“After this, David inquired of the Lord saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?
And the Lord said to him, Go up. David said, To which shall I go up?
And He said, To Hebron.”
2 Samuel 2:1
When David was faced with a difficult situation he sought the Lord. He sought the Lord for
answers whenever he could. He rarely did his own thing and seeking the Lord was why he
He never boasted to be the most intelligent or strongest. His confidence was in the Lord and it showed
in how he dealt with problems.
When he didn’t know the next step to take, the direction he was supposed to go or when a problem was
bigger than him he ran to God for help and answers.
I was encouraged by that. What happens when we are in over our head or when we are out of ideas?
What do we do when we are confronted by troubles that threaten to stop us dead in our tracks?
Do we look to people or to God?
Going to God should be the first thing we do. He will help us no matter what we face.
Going to God made a difference in David’s life.
Going to God gave him victories wherever he went.
Going to God gave him the answers he needed.
When you go to the Lord for help, He will step in and help you. Situations will change,
and problems will be solved when God gets involved.
The word is simple today.
When you don’t know what to do, ask the Lord for help.
When you need help against a powerful enemy ask the Lord for help.
Don’t try to do it on your own. The Lord is with you.
“David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver
them into my hand? And the Lord said to David, Go up, for I will surely deliver [them] into
2 Samuel 5:19
Bless you friends
“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall or fail).
You can put it down now. You don’t have to carry that weight any longer. The Lord wants to carry
the burdens YOU are carrying. We go through life with the weight of the world on our shoulders
but that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. When we are under immense pressure we need to cast
it on to the Lord’s shoulders.
Remember, there is nothing too heavy for Him. There is no weight on earth or heaven that can
crush Him. Sometimes we carry our burdens because we think He will let us down and will abandon
us when we need Him the most but God is not man. He is always faithful and will never ever
let us down.
You will not slip, fall or fail.
This doesn’t mean there will be no bad days, days you feel like giving up, or days you feel hopeless.
It means through it all you will not be moved.
When you fall you will get up.
When your back is against the wall the Lord will come in and save you.
When you are in chains, the Lord will rescue you, free you.
You will not be moved because the Lord is with you.
Cast it all to Him. Don’t leave one single thing. Learn to walk light.
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns,
once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
1 Peter 5:7
Give it all to Him. Your worries, your concerns, your fears, your anxieties, and your troubles.
He will help you with all the trouble you face. He knows what you going through and will not leave
Turn to Him today!
Bless you, friends
“Let it be known and understood by all of you, and by the whole house of Israel,
that in the name and through the power and authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
Whom you crucified, [but] Whom God raised from the dead, in Him and by means
of Him this man is standing here before you well and sound in body.”
“Whom you crucified, [but] Whom God raised from the dead”
Peter and John’s statement to the high priest and Sadducees spoke to me. The enemy’s
plan was to destroy Jesus and it seemed like he was able to carry out his plan when
Jesus was crucified but that’s not what happened. Just when the enemy thought he was victorious
God intervened and changed the narrative. Jesus was raised to life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The enemy who seemed to have won, lost and lost in a spectacular fashion.
Like I said earlier, this spoke to me because when it seems like the enemy has the upper hand
he really doesn’t. God has a plan for us and that plan is of victory.
It may seem like the game is over and the enemy has won but it’s not over and he hasn’t won,
not by a long shot.
It may appear hopeless but keep trusting God. He will turn your bleak situation around.
Joseph experienced this truth in such an amazing way. This is what the word says about him,
“And the patriarchs [Jacob’s sons], boiling with envy and hatred and anger, sold Joseph into
slavery in Egypt; but God was with him,
and delivered him from all his distressing afflictions and won him goodwill and favor and wisdom
and understanding in the sight of Pharoah, King of Eygpt, who made him governor over Egypt
and all his house.”
Acts 7:9, 10
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. His situation was hopeless indeed. There were no relatives
in Eygpt, everyone spoke in a foreign language, and he was a slave so that meant he was treated like an
animal. The game seemed like it was over. It seemed like the enemy had won.
But the Bible tells us that “God was with him.”
And because He was with him Joesph was delivered from all his distressing afflictions. What the enemy had
planned for him came to nothing. The Lord saved him and turned his situation around.
And that’s the God we serve. He is helping us in the most difficult of situations.
He will always reverse what the enemy is trying to do. What the enemy has planned will not come to pass
in our lives. This is not the time to give up. We need to keep trusting. God will save us even when it
seems like victory is nowhere in sight. He will save us when things are at their worst. We are not defeated.
So if you are in a place where you feel like there is no hope and no chance of things turning around know
that God will turn things around in your life.
He can be trusted.
Bless you, friends!
“I asked the Lord for help, and He answered me.
He saved me from all that I feared. Those who go to Him
for help are happy. They are never disgraced.”
Psalm 34:4, 5
I needed to hear that today and thought you did too!
We need His help today and we will need His help tomorrow.
We simply have to ask for it and He will answer.
Life can be tough and unbearable at times but the Lord doesn’t want us going through it alone.
We should never get to a place where we deal with problems without Him. He cares about every
part of our lives and wants to help. He doesn’t like seeing us suffer.
He wants to bring to an end the things that are tripping us up. He wants to stop the trials
from having victory over us. He wants us to win. He wants us to be victorious.
Let me say this, the trouble you are facing today will pass because the Lord is helping you.
No matter how dim things appear they will get better. Trust in the Lord. He has got you.
He is on your side. The enemy will not win.
Ask the Lord for His help always.
Bless you, friends.
“For He has delivered me out of every trouble, and my eye has
looked [in triumph] on my enemies.”
What trouble are you facing today? God will deliver you.
Which giant is standing in your way? God will move him out of your way.
The enemy thinks he is powerful but is not. he is under the impression that he has a
chance against you but he is so wrong. Because God is with you, victory is yours!
God will deliver you out of EVERY trouble you face, not some troubles but EVERY trouble.
That is the truth.
As I end I want to share a testimony of what God did for me.
Things have been pretty crazy in the country right now and our economy is in a bit of a
state with everything doubling or tripling in price but salaries staying the same.
So a few days ago I went to the shop to buy groceries because I had run out but as I swiped to pay
I had the dreaded insufficient funds message! I panicked a bit as the month is not
yet over. My mind started racing. How was I going to survive the next week and a
half with no money? How was I going to do when I ran out of fuel?? It was crazy.
But when I got home I remembered to pray about my problem. So I did. I brought it
A few days after that a friend blessed me with some money! He didn’t know I had nothing.
The money would get me to the end of the month and help me with the things I was worried about.
All praise to God. I hope that testimony encourages you and helps you to realize the
Lord will deliver you from every trouble you are facing.
Call to Him. Tell Him what you going through. Ask for His help. Don’t remain silent.
He will come to your rescue.
Bless you, friends…
“And the Philistines gathered to fight with Israel, 30 000 chariots and 6000 horsemen and troops like sand
on the seashore in multitude.”
1 Samuel 13:5
Saul and his army were in serious trouble. The enemy outnumbered them 1000 to 1 (it could have been more).
The enemy had cornered them with no way of escape, they were trapped!
As I read this story I think about the battles, the trials, and the storms we face. They vary right?
Some are not as devastating, then there are some that have the potential to rip your world apart.
But whatever the case storms are difficult. They test us, they rock us to the core. They show us who we
really are and where our faith and focus are.
Saul and Jonathan were in real danger. To add to the fact that the army they were facing outnumbered
them 1000 to 1, they had no weapons! (read 1 Samuel 13:19-22)
The only people with weapons were Saul and Jonathan. It’s crazy to think they had 2 swords
between them! How big was Saul’s army? He had a 600 strong army (read 1 Samuel 13:15)
So as you can see, their chances looked grim. But this is where the story gets interesting because against such
overwhelming odds something amazing happened. What happened is a lesson, a strategy for us to use as we
face the terrifying storms, the trials, and the challenges.
Let’s take a look at what happened;
“One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his armor bearer, “come let us go over to the Philistine garrison
on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.”
1 Samuel 14: 1
So to backtrack a bit, the only people with swords were Saul and Jonathan but Jonathan decided to go over
to the Philistine garrison without telling his father which meant he had one sword.
With one sword Jonathan would face an entire garrison! Had he lost his mind???
Look at what he told his armor-bearer;
“Jonathan said to his officer who carried his armor, “Come.
Let’s go to the camp of those men who are not circumcised. Maybe the Lord will help us. It doesn’t matter
if we have many people, or just a few.
Nothing can keep the Lord from giving us victory.”
1 Samuel 14:6
Jonathan was brave but his dependence was on God. That’s why he was so confident, so sure.
His faith wasn’t in his ability with a sword. His faith was in a God who was stronger than any enemy
he would ever face. And it wasn’t his sword that delivered him. It was his faith in God. That made all the difference.
And that’s how powerful faith in God is.
What situation are you facing today? What kind of storm are you in? Is your faith in God or are you focused
on something else??
It’s not the people you know, your intelligence, where you work,
how much you serve in your church that will get you through the storm.
It’s faith through and through. Faith really does move mountains.
Faith in God is not a lost cause.
There are times when it seems like God is silent and taking matters into our hands seems like the next
best thing but it isn’t. Give God room to move. Put all of your faith in Him and see the things He will do.
God knows everything. There is not a single thing that gets past Him.
In your darkest season trust Him. It’s your faith in God that makes all the difference.
Bless you, friends.
I went to a camp recently with the kids that I teach. It was our first time going to this particular
camp site and the kids really enjoyed it. Compared to other camp sites this one had a lot more activities.
One of the activities we did was the climbing wall. It was really high and after the kids got their turn, I gave it
a shot and got half way up. My arms felt like lead and I had no power to pull myself up to the top.
I have to admit it was a bit intimidating before I did the climb.
The kids responses were varied. Some were afraid, some were hesitant, and some were happy.
Anyway, after the exercise the instructors got the kids together for a feedback session. After all the feedback,
the instructor said something that really stuck with me. He didn’t have a sheet that rated everyone
on how high they went and there was no prize giving ceremony for the people that made it to the top.
Instead, he congratulated everyone for attempting. In his eyes, attempting the course was winning.
The mere fact of putting on the harness and taking the first step up the course was the victory. It didn’t
matter to him who won.
That really struck me. There is so much emphasis today on being number one, and winning but could that
be a partial picture?
Is there a place for a first step, an attempt, pursuing, trying?
The journey we are on is long and hard. Yeshua is not looking for number one. His desire is for us to
finish the race. No matter how difficult things are take the step, attempt, try. If you fall, get back up and
try again. Just don’t stay in one place, don’t freeze, don’t give up. Rely on Him for strength.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy,”
This is a very known passage of scripture, a scripture that gives us insight into who the enemy is and
what drives him. The plan is very clear and we know what he is about.
But how many of us know the last part of that scripture which talks about another plan, Yeshua’s plan
for us. Let’s take a look at it,
“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)”
I love this! He wants us to enjoy life and have it to the full. Despite what our circumstances say, the Lord
wants us to have abundance, He wants us to enjoy life!
Are you experiencing these things?
If I am honest with myself I don’t look for those things enough. I don’t demand them enough!
That doesn’t mean a life without trials and challenges.
Those things will come but there will also be victory, there will be peace, there will be
freedom, there will be reconciliation, there will be forgiveness a whole host of other things.
His plan for us is good and only good.
And the thing we need to realize about this is that the Lord’s plan is stronger than the enemy’s plan.
Yes his plan is all bad but he doesn’t have the final say. The Lord has the final say and He says, He has
come so we may have life and enjoy life and have it in abundance!!
The enemy would like us to believe his plan is our reality but he is a liar. The stuff he stole will be restored,
and his weapons will not accomplish what they were designed for. They are powerless against us because
the Lord is our Shield and Protector.
Yeshua has the final say over what our lives will be, not the enemy.
Have a great weekend friends…..
“When Jabin king of Hazor heard of this, he sent to Jobab king of Madon,
and to the kings of Shimron and Achshaph,
And to the kings who were in the north in the hill country and in the Arabah
south of Chinneroth and in the lowland and in the heights of Dor on the west;
To the Canaanites in the east and west; to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites,
the Jebusites in the hill country; and to the Hivites below [Mount] Hermon in the land
And they went out with all their hosts, much people, like the sand on the seashore in number,
with very many horses and chariots.”
Jabin wanted to eradicate the Israelites from existence. I think he heard all the stories
surrounding these peculiar people.
“When Jabin king of Hazor heard of this, he sent to Jobab king of Madon,
and to the kings of Shimron and Achshaph, (italics mine)
What did he hear?
– YAH parting the Jordan river so His people could pass (Joshua 3:14-17)
– Jericho’s massive walls crumbling when the people shouted (Joshua 6:20)
– The sun and moon not moving from their positions for a full day! (Joshua 10:12, 13)
– Rock missiles falling down from heaven crushing the southern kings. (Joshua 10:11)
He saw how the southern kings failed in their endeavor to eliminate YAH’s people. But he
had a plan, he would muster up the largest army ever to do the job. His goal wasn’t to cripple the
“enemy” no, he was thinking total annihilation!
YAH’s people didn’t stand a chance or so he thought. This is how the word of God described his army;
“And they went out with all their hosts, much people, like the sand on the seashore in number,
with very many horses and chariots.”
His army was compared to sand. Sand is uncountable and so was his army, innumerable,
I am sharing this story because this is a picture I believe of what it is like between me, you and the enemy.
The enemy is constantly trying to attack us because we have a purpose. There is no such thing as
an “easy road” if you are a son or daughter of YAH. The enemy doesn’t want you accomplishing what
YAH has for you at all costs.
He wants to take you out however he can. He is going to play dirty, and unfairly.
But we don’t have to fear because the Lord is fighting for us. The enemy will not be victorious.
The worst thing to do is try to live this life on your own, in your own strength because by yourself
you will lose.
It makes sense why the battle is so intense.
We need to know there is a battle but we also need to know that the God who fights for us has already
defeated the enemy.
The Hebrew word satan means “an adversary, one who resists”
That’s his very essence, to resist, to be an adversary.
It’s a fact we will face opposition when we are out to accomplish something significant for YAH
Think about Paul who had a mammoth task from Yeshua. This is what he said,
“For a wide door of opportunity for effectual [service] has opened to me [there, a great and
promising one], and [there are] many adversaries.”
1 Corinthians 16:9
Be assured that no matter what the enemy tries, no matter the horde that is in
your way, know this;
“The Lord is a Man of War; the Lord is His name.”
Satan is a defeated foe and he doesn’t have the last say, far from it!
The “Man of War” has the last say and He is on your side. When you are surrounded by the enemy
call out to Him. When the enemy seems to be winning in your life cry out to the Lord. He will
come to your rescue!
Pursue the calling YAH has for you. He is with you every step of the way.
God bless you friends!