And the fans waited in anticipation….


THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

What a world cup this has been! There have been surprises at every corner and the team you thought

had a chance is probably gone home. Anyway, I was watching the France vs Belgium game the other

day and I remember the feeling and emotion I had. What a game it was, the suspense, the action, the

spectacle.

But then I saw something that triggered a thought. I saw something to this effect;

I saw fans standing in anticipation. In the frame I saw, there was no one sitting. The expectancy from

both sides was palpable.

They were waiting for a goal.

This is a great picture of how we should be waiting on the Lord. Your expectancy as you wait should

be palpable.

 

No one goes to watch a game like this, feeling meh;

 

 

Fans are energetic, excited, and expectant, something like this;

 

I learned a lesson seeing those fans. There is a way to wait upon the Lord. Having an attitude of

whatever happens, happens is not the way we wait. We should be waiting with an expectancy and

excitement that YAH will come through, that He is answering our prayers because He is!

 

“In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before You and wait

expectantly.” 

Psalm 5:3

 

Have a great weekend friends…..

 

Rolain

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Why wait till tomorrow??!!


“Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Entreat the Lord, that He may take away the frogs

from me and my people; and I will let the people go that they may sacrifice to the Lord. 

Moses said to Pharaoh, glory over me in this; dictate when I shall pray [to the Lord] for you, your servants,

and your people, that the frogs may be destroyed from you and your houses and remain only in the river. 

And [Pharaoh] said, Tomorrow. [Moses] said, Let it be as you say, that you may know that there is no one

like the Lord our God.” 

Exodus 8:8-10

 

I am stumped! The land of Egypt was overrun by frogs (this was the second plague in a series of plagues).

When Pharaoh couldn’t get rid of them he called Moses and Aaron to pray to YAH to get rid of them.

When they came, Moses gave him an interesting proposition if you can call it that,

 

“dictate when I shall pray [to the Lord] for you, your servants, and your people, that the frogs may be 

destroyed from you and your houses and remain only in the river.”

 

Instead of saying “immediately” Pharaoh told Moses to pray “tomorrow”!!!

And that’s what got me stumped! Why wait till tomorrow???

The plague could have stopped immediately but instead, the plague would stop the next day!!

 

How many of us are like that though?

How many of us are tolerating today waiting to pray tomorrow??? (I am guilty of this!!)

Yeshua is waiting to move in your life today not tomorrow, next week, next month or next year.

He wants to move in your life today. He wants you to pray today, to put your faith in Him today!

You may think you need to wait for everything in your life to get right before you pray but that’s a lie.

The time is now!

The time to seek Him is now, not when you are perfect.

 

Pharaoh’s problem could have been solved straight away but he decided tomorrow would be the day.

Please get the heart of the message. Now is the time to get your breakthrough.

Yeshua is ready to move today and not tomorrow.

Don’t wait to ask, don’t wait to pray.

Your victory is not scheduled for some day in the future so be expectant today.

Expect YAH to move in your life today because today is the day!

Bless you friends….

 

Rolain

 

 

 

He keeps His promises!


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

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“The Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for her

as He had promised.”

Genesis 21:1

 

That is a very powerful passage of scripture! Sarah would not

remain barren because the Lord visited Sarah as He said He would

and because He kept His promise! That’s the God we serve.

He doesn’t take back promises, He isn’t fickle, He isn’t

undecided.

 

In the natural Sarah had no chance. She waited and waited

for God’s promise. For years and years she waited.

It didn’t seem like anything was happening. She may have even

lost hope but it wasn’t over. Because God visited her she had a

chance! It was because the Lord kept His word that she managed

to have a child in her old age!!

 

You have a chance today friends.

 

Your situation may appear grim, it may look like nothing is

changing and it may seem like there is no hope.

But because of the Lord things will change! Like Sarah

the Lord will visit you.

I don’t know what you are going through at the moment but

God is faithful. He will keep His promise to you.

 

“And listen! Your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also 

conceived a son, and this is now the sixth month with her

who was called barren. 

For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God 

shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. ” 

Luke 1:36, 37

 

You have a reason to hope in the midst of darkness.

You have a reason to laugh in the midst of pain because

the Lord will fulfill everything He promised you.

That’s who He is, and that is what He does!

 

“For behold, the instant the sound of your salutation reached

my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that there

would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from

the Lord. “

Luke 1:44, 45

 

Mary believed the Lord would visit her. She believed He would

keep her promise to her and because she believed she was blessed.

 

“And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that

there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken

to her from the Lord. “

Luke 1;45

 

You are blessed when you believe the Lord will visit you.

You are blessed when you believe the Lord will keep His

promise to you.

 

I encourage you to not let go of the promises of God.

Even when things are dark, even when it seems God

has changed His mind (which He hasn’t), believe in Him.

He will visit you, He will do for you as He has promised!

Amen!

 

Rolain

 

A talk about singleness and the future….


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I want to share a scripture that ministered to me recently.

 

“My soul languishes and grows faint for Your salvation, but I

hope in Your word.

My eyes fail, watching for [the fulfillment of] Your promise,

I say when will You comfort me?

For I have become like a bottle [a wineskin blackened and

shrieveled] in the smoke [in which it hangs], yet I do not forget

Your statutes.”

Psalm 119: 81-83

 

I really needed this scripture. I have been

thinking about my singleness and when God will bring the woman

He has for me. I have written about the times I tried to speed up

the process in my own time and how that didn’t work. I have also

written about the decision I made to wait on the Lord concerning

the one.

Waiting is not easy but the scripture I shared talks about how

we must hang on to His word even when we are at the end of

ourselves. Even when nothing is happening, we must hold on

to His word.

 

“My soul languishes and grows faint for Your salvation”

“My eyes fail, watching for [the fulfillment of] Your promise”

“For I have become like a bottle [a wineskin blackened and

shrieveled] in the smoke”

 

The author is fighting a battle. He is at war in the midst of the

wait. I will say it again, waiting is not easy.

He seems to be losing actually but……

Even when everything is going wrong around him, even though

his answer hasn’t been answered yet, even though there is no

evidence that suggests any kind of change in his situation,

his hope is in the Lord!

 

Reading that gave me hope. As I was thinking about all this I

realised something,

 

God has got my situation in control for sure and He is faithful.

But I have been letting marriage consume me

again and forgetting about the now. I have not been appreciative

of the season of singleness I am in now! It’s a gift….

If He wants me to be married I will be but right now I need

to be focusing on what He has for me right now.

I know that I know God is in full control of my life. He is

directing my every step and even though the wait is so

hard at times He wants me to trust Him for my future but

live!

He doesn’t want the future to paralyse me in the present. If

it’s doing that then there is a problem.

God never intended the future to paralyse me in the

present. He has amazing things in store for me in the future but

He also has amazing things in store for me right now!

 

If you are single don’t fall into the same trap I fell into.

Understand God has got you. He knows all of your concerns

and fears. He has heard your prayers concerning the One.

 

Trust God for your future and trust Him in the now. He is in both

times! How amazing it will be when you get married but don’t

discount the season you are in now. God has got so much for you

in your season of singleness.

For a long time people have thought “singleness” and “in transit”

were the same but they were wrong. Singleness is not a sort of

“transit” as you get to the real destination (marriage).

He wants you to be blessed now as well as in the future.

 

So what am I saying?

 

Wait on the Lord. No matter how hard it gets, wait on Him.

Hold on to His word. Understand beyond a doubt that He has got

you. He has heard your prayer and He will bring to pass what

you are trusting Him for.

But don’t let the desire for marriage blind you from what God

is doing now. Don’t let it blind you from living 100% for God

today.

Don’t let the fears and anxieties you have about the future

steal your joy now. Don’t let those things keep you in a state

of fear and hoplessness!

God will lead you to the person He has for you. That is not

even a question. Have faith and live!

Blessings to you…..

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The challenges of a righteous man….(part 1)


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Good day friends!

I will be doing a four part series on David the man after God’s

heart. David loved God with all of his heart but it wasn’t easy.

He went through a lot and his relationship with God was tested

immensely! I want to talk about some of the challenges he faced.

There is no doubt God had an amazing plan for David’s life but

we need to realise that the enemy didn’t sit back and let it be. he

fought and at times he seemed to be victorious BUT

God was with David and saved him from all of his trials! I hope

and pray this series is a blessing to you. Let’s get started….

 

“Then the Jebusites said to David, You shall not come in here.

But David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the City of David.

And David said, whosoever smites the Jebusites first shall be

chief and commander. Joab son of Zeruiah [David’s half sister]

went up first, and so he was made the chief.

1 Chronicles 11:5, 6

 

This was one of David’s worst decisions. This decision would

impact his life in a way he would never expect. Instead of

seeking the Lord like he always did he turned to his flesh!

He left the decision of who would be his chief and commander

to a test of physical strength! Now get me right, there are a

few things Joab did right but the bad things far outweigh the

good.

You might think I am over exaggerating but look at the

consequences of David’s decision:

 

Joab murders Abner against David’s wishes.

(Read 2 Samuel 3:21-30)

Okay fair enough, Abner had killed Joab’s brother Asahel but

Joab still went against David’s wishes.

 

Joab kills Absalom, David’s son (Read 2 Samuel 18:14, 15)

Yes, Absalom took over David’s kingdom and even sought

to kill him but after being instructed by David (2 Samuel 18:5)

to not kill Absalom, Joab still went ahead and killed him.

 

Not convinced Joab was the wrong choice? Let me share a

few more incidents that will convince you otherwise:

 

Joab kills Amasa (Read 2 Samuel 9:10)

 

Joab betrays David by supporting Adonjah rather than Solomon

the promised king. (1 Kings 1: 7)

 

To conclude read 2 Samuel 23:8-39

All of David’s mighty men are mentioned but Joab’s name

is not there.

 

Look at how one decision made in the flesh impacted David’s

life. David always sought the Lord in his decision making.

But this one decision made in the flesh cost him much.

We need to always seek the Lord when making decisions. And

please understand,

I am not talking about deciding between drinking coffee

or tea tonight. 🙂  That’s not the kind of decision making I am

talking about. I hope you get the gist of what I mean.

David made a mistake. He made a really important decision

without seeking God and he paid a hefty price for it.

May we always seek the Lord in everything we do.

As we seek the Lord for His direction and guidance in the

decisions we have to make know it pleases Him.

It shows Him our faith in Him.

So as I end the lesson is this,

 

Seek the Lord! Things go horribly wrong when God is taken

out of the decision making process. Seek the Lord in every decision

you make!

Bless you….

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

What He does when we wait…(Guest post)


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Hi friends! This is a very special post. Today, I have asked my good

friend Meilisa from Living the Imposibilities blog to talk about waiting

on God.

I have spoken a lot on waiting and I like I always say,

“God makes us wait because He loves us”. Meilisa has

a revelation from God  about waiting  I believe you need to hear

as she has been waiting on God too….I am so glad I found Meilisa’s

blog. She is someone who loves the Lord and loves His word deeply.

Her love for God and His word bleeds profusely through her posts.

I strongly encourage you to visit her blog. I believe

you will be blessed as I have been blessed. With that said,

Let’s get moving…..Meilisa, take it away! 😀

 

Meilisa

Waiting. What’s the first thing popped out in your mind when you hear that word? Some of you may sigh as the eyes rolled and skip into the next topic. Some may hate that word. And some of you may have it as your full-time job. Who likes to wait? In this instant era, I bet no one’s gonna like to wait. Who’s gonna like to be hanging in an uncertain condition?

But do you know this kind of mundane activity has being mentioned in Bible? It even repeated for several times! We know that every little things mentioned in Bible is necessary. Have you ever think why the Bible emphasize the thing most people don’t like such as waiting?

Remember Grandpa Ab and Grandma Sarah? (Genesis 15,18) God has promised them to give them ascendant. But in order to get fulfilled the promise, they waited for years!

And what about Laz? (John 11) He was dying. His sisters were asking for Jesus to come heal him. His sisters waited for Jesus. They waited!

I had been through waiting season too. I was asking God for help. I was waiting for His miracle to let me pass the entrance test of my study. The standard was actually too high to be reached by me. I studied hard as well as I prayed hard. I was in doldrums and nothing to do with that but wait on God. I waited. I waited. I waited. And then the result came. I failed.

You might have your waiting season too. Or maybe you are now in it. You’re trapped in it. You couldn’t move forward nor backward, because waiting made you stuck on that point. And the paucity of waiting is that you don’t know what would there be on the edge of your waiting. But truly I would say, to wait is mentioned frequently in Bible which means it’s necessary.

Someone once ever said, “as we wait on God, God is working.” It might be true, but practically it’s not like that. Let’s think if it’s true, doesn’t it mean that God work slowly? For example, if you have waited God to give you a bacon for a year, then God need also a year to make a bacon. But what if you need to wait for 30 years for a healing? Do you think God is that slow to heal people? It’s absolutely not. God only need to say let there be, and there will be. God can work in the speed of single blink of eye. So what’s the matter now?

The matter is, God waits, too.

(Wait, did you just say, God waits?)

Let’s take a look at the grand lovely couple back, Abraham and Sarah. What did Abraham and Sarah wait for? A promised son. And as I’ve said that God waits, then what did God wait for? It’s Abraham’s oldness and Sarah’s barren.

Does it make sense?

(No.)

Let’s jump into the Lazarus’s epoch. What did Maria and Martha wait for? Healing from Jesus to their brother, Lazarus. And if it’s true that Jesus waits, what did Jesus wait for? It’s Lazarus’ death.

One more realistic example. I did wait on God to help me pass the admission test of my school. But at that time, what did God wait for? God waited for the sentence “not passed” printed.

It’s upside down much?

When I got revealed this truth, I was breathless in awe. To know that I and God wait on together, isn’t it beautiful? You and God wait together! But, why does it seem God wait for our failure?

No, He’s not waiting for your failure. He waits for the “your day”.

Imagine your beloved ones (could have been anyone) would have birthday in weeks. You prepared all the things needed to surprise them. You’ve bought the gifts. You’ve booked the venue. You’ve contacted their friends to come. You’ve prepared the candles, balloons, and flowers. You’ve learnt to cook their favorite dishes. Before the birthday, all things needed was ready. But, would you present it all to the birthday one once it ready? No. To make it perfect, you’ve waited for the exact date of the birthday. You would wait for the right hour on that day. Why? Because it’s just insane if you present it not on the birthday. Rather, it would not be special. And it same goes to God. He waits for “your day”.

Now, when is the “your day”? We could not know it exactly. But as we see Abraham and Sarah, “their day” was when Abraham get old and Sarah could no longer bear a child. And Lazarus’ day was when he already dead. “My day” was when I got informed the test was failed. But it’s the day that He had been waiting for! The day when you come to your limit. The day when surrounds you are the impossibilities. The day when all the doors seem closed. He waits for that! He waits for the moment when you see no way. And BAAM! He comes up!

What’s the point of God’s waiting actually? I’ve been thinking that it might be to show us that human are nothing and God is everything. It might be true. But that was not the main point. The point is that the “your day” would give maximum glory to God and you would experience the maximum joy in that glory (Bloom, 2013:124). It is true that God wants the best for you. Our God is not a so-so God. He is “most”, “best”, “maximum” The superlative predicate is His.

If I could ask, which newspaper would you go-get and buy, whose headline was “A Man from Bethany Has Being Healed by Jewish Carpenter” or whose headline was “A Dead Man Has Being Risen by Jewish Carpenter”? I guess you’ve got the point.

And let’s get back to the situation when you’ve prepared the surprise party for your birthday one. As you were preparing it, you’ve already imagined your beloved face when you surprise them, have you? Who’s excited about this? I bet you who have prepared the surprise would be more excited than the birthday one. And it same goes to God who’s more excited to surprise you than you who would get surprised. Doesn’t we worship the mighty God who owns the universe yet has a kind-loving heart?

All I want to encourage is that God is good. I know to wait is boring. Or you’ve been crying every night hoping your situation could be changed. Or you no more able to hold on. The anxiety attacked and adversary laughed at your failure. I would say it’s not easy, but you are handled by the most high’s pierced hands. If God instruct you to wait, take heart! He’s not punishing you. He’s blessing you instead. He’s not letting you waiting in vain. Abraham and Sarah’s waiting was not in vain. Maria and Martha’s either, they saw His brother coming from the death. My wait either, I am now officially registered as the student of the school I thought I would not be in it. And surely your wait either! No wait in God is in vain. Rather, He’s excited to surprise you more than you excite for His help. All things you are waiting for has neatly wrapped in colorful box with your name on it. He has marked “your day” on His calendar. He counts down the day! Don’t grow weary. He loves to work for those who wait for Him (Isa. 64:4). Don’t give up! You and God wait together. Don’t be fainted. For He has prepared the best for you. And it’s all well-done prepared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope…

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning…

O people, hope in the Lord!

For with the Lord there is steadfast love and with Him is plentiful redemption…

And He will redeem you from all your iniquities…

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How can I add to that…..! God is so amazing!

God is waiting! I really love that. He is waiting for your

appointed time. He is not waiting clueslessly. No, He is

waiting and He knows the exact day, time and how you will

receive what He has promised you.

 

As we end I would like to thank Meilisa for sharing what God showed

her. I hope you have been blessed by it.

Please remember to visit her blog……!

 

Meilisa’s bio: 

A dreamer ambivert saved by grace.

Right-brained performer, Left-brained thinker.

Deeply encountered by God mostly thru’ music and books.

Love any things new and any things colored in mint! 😀

 

 

 

Rolain

A beauty to unveil……


He has made everything beautiful in its time.

He has also set eternity in the human heart;

yet no one can fathom what God has done from

beginning to end.    

Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time”

 

Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you had

an amazing holiday so far!   🙂

Let’s get started…..

This scripture has really ministered

to me in this season. There are a lot of things I am

waiting on God for and at times I get frustrated, I

get discouraged, I lose sight of things but this verse

brought a lot of things into context. In 2016 I have

resolved to wait on God. There is a reason He wants

me to wait….let me not get ahead of myself. Let me

explain what I am taking about.

 

The world has conditioned us to think “instant”but God

teaches us to wait. I want you to see

there is a “time” that has to pass as you wait on God. When

you wait on God you put yourself in a position to see His

beauty unravel in your life.

We are too impatient at times.

Let’s look at a passage of scripture for a moment,

 

“He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as

a slave.

His feet they hurt with shackles;

He was put in chains of iron,

Until the time that his word [of

prophecy regarding his brothers]

came true,

The word of the Lord tested and refined

him.

Psalm 105:19

 

This passage of scripture in my opinion perfectly

illustrates what I am trying to say.

God gave Joseph a glimpse into his future but

there was a “time” that had to pass. Was it easy,

heck no. He was sold as a slave to a foreign land to a

foreign people. He was in chains and shackles and it

was painful. In the time of waiting he was being refined.

The word tested him. Waiting is never easy friends.

But we see something amazing in the midst of his trials.

God was making something beautiful. At first it seemed

like there was only ugliness but God had a plan. He was

creating something beautiful of his life. Joseph had to wait on God.

Was he confused, most probably, but he continued to trust

in God.

 

Because God loved Joseph he made him wait!

 

Just because something hasn’t come to pass in our lives

doesn’t mean God has abandoned us even though at

times it feels like it. Like Joseph, God makes us wait

because He loves us. He makes us wait because He

wants to give us His very best!

Making us wait is His way of showing His love for us.

 

Waiting is one of the processes God uses to bless us.

 

As I have waited on God I feel like my love and trust in

Him have been tested to the core. There is nothing like

waiting on God to reveal where your faith and heart are at.

 

When I got that revelation, I saw impatience for what

it really is.

Impatience stifles God’s beauty in our lives.

If we are impatient we are saying we don’t trust Him.

We must stop being impatient. We must learn to wait

on God.

The way God sees waiting and the way we see waiting

are very different. We must see waiting as an expression

of love, a very real love that God has for us.

 

I want to see His beauty in my life and even though it’s

hard I will wait on God. I don’t want to disqulaify myself

from His goodness because of impatience. He loves me

and that is why He makes me wait.

My life is in His hands. I have waited for a long time

already but if He is calling me to wait even more

then I will do it because I trust Him!

 

My encouragement to you friend is, keep on waiting.

God loves you so much and has only the best for you.

Don’t give up or let up. Wait on the Lord. He will come

through on His promise. He will not let you down. He is

making something beautiful in your life.

Will you wait?

 

photo credit: google images

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

 

Wait for hope to appear……


THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, 

to the woman who diligently seeks. 

It’s a good thing to quietly hope, 

quietly hope for help from God. 

It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out

through the hard times. 

When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself.

Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:

Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take

it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst. 

Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail 

to return. If He works severely, He also works tenderly. 

His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. 

He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing 

roadblocks in the way: 

Lamentations 3:25, 36

 

What an amazing passage of scripture. There is so much to take

from it. What stood out for me was this verse that said,

wait for hope to appear

A lot of us have abandoned hope because what we were

trusting for didn’t come to pass.

We thought God abandoned us. But the word is very clear,

‘wait for hope to appear’…..

 

When all hope is gone, wait for hope to appear.

When life is hard, wait for hope to appear.

When trouble comes, wait for hope to appear.

Wait for hope to appear!

No matter how bad things seem, wait for hope to

appear.

The word is very clear:

 

“It’s a good thing to quietly hope,

quietly hope for help from God.”

 

We can hope because the Lord will never walk out on us,

He will never fail to return to us, the word tells us.

 

Hope can return. I may have given up and lost hope but

it can return! I will wait for hope to appear. God will not

let me down.

Don’t abandon hope, instead wait for it to appear!

Amen

 

photo credit: google images

 

Rolain