The moment of being afraid

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 (MSG)

I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

When was the last time you were in this position, if ever? In a situation where you felt totally inadequate in your own strength to do what had been asked of you by God?

A time where you were in such lack, or so far out of your own ability that you were forced to completely rely on God and trust Him to move in a difficult situation?

This is ‘the moment of being afraid’ and it is in this place of ultimate trust that you will see the miracle working power of God like never before.

There are many ways this situation can come about. Sometimes this moment can come upon you very suddenly when you least expect it and you may find yourself in the spotlight fronting a crowd of people who are ready to hear about Christ.

You could be asked out of the blue to share your views at a business meeting, thrust on stage to perform a solo or lining up to kick the winning goal with all eyes fixed on you.

All you can do in these instances is pray for the right words or supernatural ability to succeed. These are the defining moments God uses to propel us forward into our destiny.

Don’t you love that! Now He will act on your behalf. You are out so deep that the water is over your head and it is God’s turn to make the next move.

You might be scared, but this is where it gets exciting. Just watch how He will move through you like you never thought possible.

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3 (HCSB)

Glory is just around the corner

1 Peter 4:12-13 (MSG)

Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.

Has God forgotten us?…This is a common misconception when we are going through difficult circumstances in our life.

“Where is God? Why is this happening to me?” We naturally ask these questions because our human mind cannot understand how God can be in control of such difficulties and hardships.

However, it may be just a spiritual refining process we are going through. When things get tough in our life, financially, relationally or emotionally we can rest in the knowledge that not only is God in control but He is working out something greater than what we can comprehend.

Are you experiencing calamity and testing ordeals in your life? Have you been struggling to understand why God would allow this?

Don’t despair because maybe God is doing a work in you to accelerate you forward, to bring you to a place of spiritual maturity and victory.

So rejoice and be glad because for you, glory is just around the corner!

You are qualified

1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NIV)

David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.’

Have you been practicing for a while out in your field, the area you are gifted in and have influence? Are you ready to take down an intimidating giant?

Right as you are about to take territory there it is again! It is tormenting you by questioning your ability, your position and whether you are qualified. “Are you really the right person for the job”?

David was small, ‘little more than a boy’ and wore no physical protection…but he came in the Name of the Lord. And because of this, his enemy despised him.

Are you despised for your work in His name? Don’t be surprised.

Don’t be afraid. You ARE the right person for the job. You ARE the chosen person for your job.

Previous bears and lions that you killed qualified you for this moment. Take it down again. It might look bigger but remember the battle is the Lord’s and He will give that giant into your hands!

Spirit led dance

1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 (MSG)

“One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance. You know the guidelines we laid out for you from the Master Jesus. God wants you to live a pure life.”

Paul is urging us as he was the Thessalonian church, to follow after the things of the Spirit and not get caught up in habitual religious ways.

To pursue things that are pleasing to God and avoid repetition that is not producing fruit.

We need to be full of life and moving with God as in a dance, hearing His every heart beat. So intimate in fact that we know His next move, working with Him to create a unified masterpiece.

Religion will try and steal from us our smoothness of movement and closeness with God. It will prompt us to act out of convenience or formulas, thereby distracting us from the better path God has for us.


You need to be in close to Him as He spontaneously leads you in different directions. If you’re not close you will stumble and fall or go the wrong way.

Make a decision to move in close and draw near to Jesus because He is longing to create a living, spirited dance with YOU.

Perhaps YOU are positioned for such a time as this!

Esther 4:12-14 (NIV)

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: ‘Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’

After debating whether the time was right and if she was the one to approach the king, Esther finally agrees to her mandate.

Mordecai states an interesting fact: if Esther doesn’t save the people, she will not experience the freedom herself. In fact, everyone else will be exempt but she would remain in bondage if she doesn’t step out.

Our nation is experiencing such difficult times financially, morally and relationally. Drugs, crimes homosexuality, abortions, love of money, debt and divorce are all increasing as the nations turn from God in blatant defiance.

Perhaps you are in a situation where you have been chosen as a voice to bring the Kingdom of God to a hurting world.

Don’t hold back. Be encouraged by Esther. She was just a young girl but with an opportunity to save her people from being slaughtered and also to save herself from the effects of her country’s sin. Don’t be fooled, we are not exempt. Now is the time to stand up and be a voice of truth in our land.

‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

Through thick and thin

Matthew 10:38-39 (MSG)

“If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.”

How do you forget about yourself especially in times of real trial and pain?

All the walls are caving in around you, the pressure is so intense and all you can focus on is the crazy circumstances.

You may feel you are the only one who has ever gone through what you are experiencing. But, there is One who has gone through everything you have. Not only did He go through it with you, He took it for you. Jesus has nailed it to the cross!

Whatever you are experiencing fix your eyes on Him. Only then can you begin to take your eyes of the problem. Cast your burdens upon the Lord and let go. Give your affections to Him and these momentary ailments will be but a grain in the silo.

Magnify the Lord and see Him as the all conquering God that he really is.
“My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour.” Luke 1:46-47 (NKJV)

When temptation comes

Luke 4:8-10 (NLT)

“Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”
Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him”.

Jesus was so dedicated to doing the will of God that nothing the Devil tried took Him away from His divine purpose.

He understood the mission God had given Him.

Is the devil trying to offer you an alternative plan? Or a counterfeit to the real plan God has promised you?

Be aware and on guard if he starts to distract you. He will try and offer you everything the world offers as a cheap substitute for the call you were chosen for.

You were made for this, but you NEED Him.

Grab it by the tail

Exodus 4:1-5 (MSG)

Moses objected, “They won’t trust me. They won’t listen to a word I say. They’re going to say, ‘God? Appear to him? Hardly!’” So God said, “What’s that in your hand?”“A staff.”“Throw it on the ground.” He threw it. It became a snake; Moses jumped back—fast! God said to Moses, “Reach out and grab it by the tail.” He reached out and grabbed it—and he was holding his staff again. “That’s so they will trust that God appeared to you, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”

Moses was completely overcome by what the people might think of him. In his mind he had developed a scenario of how the people would react to what he had to say.

He had meditated on it long enough that he believed he would be rejected.

Have you ever found yourself doing that? Your thoughts running away from you until you’ve mapped out the whole response in your mind? Well, the fear of the peoples’ response ended up controlling his actions.

If you can relate to this then you had better grab that slippery serpent by the tail. That snake represents the lies that are manipulating your obedience to God and dictating your movements.

That enemy of ‘people pleasing’ has no authority in your life and is sabotaging your calling.

Grab that snake by the tail and watch it suddenly become your staff. Don’t let it be master over your life, but be master over that snake!

Happy home

Job 8:5-6 (NLT)

‘But if you pray to God and seek the favour of the Almighty, and if you are pure and live with integrity, he will surely rise up and restore your happy home.’

What is the promise here? He will restore your home to happiness.

This home might be referring to your family home or maybe it’s your spiritual home; your body. Notice there are conditions attached to the promise here.

IF you pray and seek the favour of the Almighty…this means running after Him, pursuing Him with everything and praying.

The second condition is to be pure and live with integrity. God is calling you into purity, righteousness and honesty.

If we follow these two conditions we are promised by God the restoration of a happy home.

Be ready and expect Him to rise up and restore what the locusts have eaten. If these two things are in place, a transformation must take place!

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