I Still Believe!!!

Have you ever asked God the question: Why God are you allowing me or my loved ones to suffer like this?  If you have ever gone through some type of emotional, spiritual, or physical pain, then chances are you have asked or thought about this question.

 The first thing we need to know is this- during our times of suffering, God is near even when He seems far away. God is walking right along with us especially during our times of suffering, even when we feel isolated from Him.  He has not abandoned us, for we are His children and He loves us and cares for us.  We must realize that He is watching over us and is doing what is best for us. When we suffer, we may feel isolated from God, but the reality is that God is with us step-by-step…Isn’t that encouraging news?

Secondly, God’s timing is perfect with His assistance, even when He appears catastrophically late. When we suffer, we naturally want God to immediately take away our pain. But sometimes, He can be agonizingly slow in solving the problems that we bring to His attention. When we suffer, there is a possibility that God is allowing us to go through it for His purpose and for our own good.

Once, a man found a cocoon of an emperor moth and took it home so he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon.  One day a small opening appeared.  The man sat and watched the moth for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.  Then it seemed to stop making any progress.  To the man it appeared as if the moth had gotten as far as it could in breaking out of the cocoon and was stuck.

Out of kindness, the man decided to help the moth.  He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon so that the moth could get out.  Soon the moth emerged, but it had a swollen body and small-shriveled wings.  The man continued to watch the moth, expecting that in time the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would simultaneously, contract to its proper size. But nothing happened.

In fact, that little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.  It was never able to fly. The man in his kindness didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get though the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body into the wings so that the moth would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Just as the moth could only achieve freedom and flight as a result of struggling, we often need to struggle to become all that God intends for us to be.  Sometimes, we wish that God would remove our struggles and take away all the obstacles; but just as the man crippled the emperor moth, so we would be crippled if God did that for us.  God doesn’t take away our problems and difficulties, but He promises to be with us in the midst of them and to use them to restore us, making us into better, stronger people.

If you have been suffering as of late, I hope that this message has uplifted your spirit and you are bold to say in the midst of sufferings- “I Still Believe!!!”

God Bless…


Tearing Down The Walls

Israel has finally crossed the Jordan. They have prepared themselves spiritually and they have, thus far, followed God’s orders to the letter. Now, they are ready to begin the conquest of the Promised Land. However, like most things in life that are worth having, it wouldn’t come cheap! Friends, we are living in days of battle and spiritual struggle. Just as Israel faced the formidable walls of Jericho, you and I face walls and obstacles in our lives as well.

Perhaps it is a lost loved one we would like to see the Lord touch and save, a lost community over which we are burdened, a ministry from the Lord that we feel inadequate about, family trouble that tears at our hearts and leaves us wondering what to do, financial trouble that stresses us to the limits of our patience and faith, a besetting sin that constantly crops us in our life, or any of other a million things! The list is long yet, we must come to realize that the power of God is best revealed in and through us when we are unable to handle life. God is more clearly visible when we are totally out of the picture!

As we face the walled cities in our lives, we need to learn to believe the Lord, to take Him at His Word and trust Him for our victories! Jesus did not save you for you to be defeated! He saved you for the victory and He will be there all the way to help you secure it for His glory! As we face our walled cities and the obstacles of our lives, it is a blessing to know that we do not have to face them alone or in our own strength. No obstacle is insurmountable as long as we face it in the Lord!

What kind of walled city are you facing right now? Does it appear to be unconquerable? Does it seem that victory is absolutely impossible in your case? Let me remind you that if your walls haven’t already fallen down flat, they can! They can fall right now! You need to take a lesson from Israel and start handling your Jericho’s God’s way. Will you come before Him with whatever your need is? Will you bring it to Jesus right now! He excels in doing the undoable! He is still a miracle working God! Greater than obstacle, able to move any mountain, stronger than any barrier you might face today. Bring it to Him and watch Him work it out!

God Bless…

Rejoicing In Each Day

“This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 118:24). When you are having one of those difficult days- a day when the storm is blowing and the battle is raging, when the burdens are heavy, when your heart is broken and your tears are flowing, when it feels like everybody is turned against you, including your Heavenly Father- that’s the time to heed this verse by faith.

The psalmist was going through battles and difficulties, yet he was able to say, “If God put this day together, I’m going to rejoice and be glad in it. Even though I may not see the blessing now, eventually by faith I’ll be able to say, ‘It all worked together for good.’

Friends, perhaps your day is full of overwhelming burdens or sorrows. Jesus also suffered days like that. Accept the day God has given you and acknowledge that He is in-charge. Anticipate what God is going to do for you today; rejoice and be glad in it. You may not understand His purposes now, but one day you will.

God Bless…




Engraved Blessings

As the year 2017 briskly comes to an end and we are on the verge to step into 2018, few thoughts come to my mind- “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” Compelling to this I ask myself how do I wish to live on my memories of 2017? How do I comfort my mind knowing that my situations haven’t yet changed?

 Well to answer these questions of mine, I reflect upon on what Psychiatrist Rollo Mays says, “Memory isn’t just the imprint of the past upon us; it is the keeper of what is meaningful for our deepest hopes and fears.” Well, memory is indeed selective!

As we forget what God has done for us in the past. Charles Spurgeon said, “We write our blessings in the sand, and we engrave our complaints in the marble.” Often our memory becomes impressed with burdens of past, pain, problems. Friends, let us not load our mind with these burdens but enrich it with a memory of His blessings. For when we engrave God’s blessings in our heart, we will never grow weary of praising Him.

So lets us together with full boldness move forward engraving our blessings into the new year keeping in mind that God is ever faithful to keep His promises in our lives.

God bless…