Is there anything too hard for God?

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In preparing for God’s visions for our lives for the year ahead, my church Transformation Church (TC), has undertaken a 21-Day of Fasting. In beginning my journey, I prayed and randomly selected a Bible App plan about vision to guide me on my journey.

Day 1 gave the story of the 12 Israelites who were sent to explore Canaan. Only 2 returned with a glowing report and a confidence of victory. Numbers 13:27-29 tells the perspective of the remaining 10 spies.

This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.”

The spies shied away from the bountiful blessing that God intended for them because they perceived the inhabitants of the land to be stronger and more fortified than they were.

Does this sound familiar? “Lord, I am not ready. I am not strong enough! There are others who a better and more qualified than I am! If I go, they will surely see that I am a fraud!”

It should ring a bell! Day after day whenever God approaches us with his vision for us, our responses are centred around our feelings of our own inadequancy. We forget that there is nothing to hard for God.

 

A QUICK STORY

In 2005, I started high school. My mom struggled to find lunch money for me daily. But God was already working things out long before we even knew there would be a need. Before leaving primary school, I caught the attention of the vice principal. Through her, her sister took an interest in me. Unbeknownst to my mother, her sister lobbied on my behalf at her place of employment. One day, shortly after beginning school, I was called to the guidance counsellor’s office. Through the sister’s lobbying, two total strangers committed to giving me lunch money for the remainder of my high school tenure.

 

THE POINT OF THE QUICK STORY

As I sat in the stillness, awaiting God’s voice, He reminded me of this aspect of my story.

With God at the forefront, the “im” in “impossible” becomes “I’m Possible!”. Trust the visions God has for you and the journey they require. Even though to the natural eye, there may be many things to fear, trust Him because there is not too hard for Him. He places us where we should be and has long ago put measures into play to ensure we come out on top.

So, is there anything too hard for God? No, there is not!


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It Will Fit in Due Season – Part 2

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As I stood reviewing my 2019 vision board, I felt a bit saddened by the fact that I had not made significant progress on my number 1 goal. This goal I had simply labeled “House” to indicate my desire to own my own home.

As I stood in my disappointment, the Lord spoke to me:

God: “Are you sure what you wanted to be done regarding house aligned with my intent?”

Me: (confused) “Lord, what do you mean?”

He then reminded me that at the beginning of 2019, I had expressed a strong desire to move from the house and area in which I was renting because I did not like the landlord/his son and disliked the surrounding area and what it represented. He then guided my thoughts to the fact that I was now standing in a different house. After house-hunting for 3 months, He had guided me to an apartment that I fell in love with on sight. He had also provided the means to ensure that I could afford to live there comfortably.

At the reminder, I paused, stunned. My perspective of the goal had not been realized but God’s has. Not only that, I had wasted an entire year trying to make my version of the goal fit in a season that it was not meant to bear fruit. It was then the thought dropped in my spirit: “When writing and acting on the vision, ensure your version of the goal aligns with God’s.”

So often in our haste to achieve what God has promised us, we fail to confirm that our version of the vision aligns with His. In that moment, I could relate to Abraham whom God had promised would become the father of many nations. To fulfil this promise, God intended to give Abraham and his wife a true heir, a legitimate son, in the right season.

However, it would seem that Abraham and Sarah’s desire did not align with God’s. Tired of  waiting for the true heir, their desire centered on just getting a “son”. Similar to my definition of “house” that misaligned with God’s seasonal intent, Abraham’s definition of “son” misaligned with God’s intended season of provision. Their desire for that son led to them “helping” God out. So, Abraham had an illegitimate son (Ishmael) with Hagar, his wife’s handmaid.

The story doesn’t end there! In due season, just as He had promised, God gave Abraham and Sarah the promised son (Issac) and Hagar and Ishmael are sent away when Issac is weaned.

Today, the repercussions of that misalignment are still evident. The descendants of Issac and Ishmael still disagree over who is the true heir to Abraham’s Covenant blessings. From this disagreement stems the Middle East conflict between the Arabs (Muslims) and the Jews.

Wouldn’t you agree that it would have been better if Abraham had waited? I am happy that my reprecussions were just limited to roadblocks and disappointments.

Don’t rush the process. Take time to consult God and trust the pace of Grace. Ensure you and God are aligned on the goals He wants you to work on. Don’t miss God’s season of provision because you focused on the wrong goal. Once God has ordained it, whatever you are waiting for will fit in due season.


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It Will Fit in Due Season – Part 1

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I bought a lovely blue dress about three years ago, on an impulse. I eagerly awaited the package’s arrival but much to my disappointment, when it arrived, there was something wrong! The dress was too big for my slender frame. Disappointed, I hung it up and forgot about it.

Two years later, my best friend got married. Hunting for a dress amongst the clothing I owned, I came across the dress. I fell in love with it all over again. I tried it on. Again much to my disappointment, though it fit better than the last time, its fit was still not perfect. Swallowing my disappointment, I once again banished the dress to a hanger.

In the midst of reorganizing, following a relocation, I came across the dress. As I made to throw it away in the give-away pile, a voice stopped me: “Suppose it fits this time?” I stopped. With reluctance I shifted the dress over my head and was shocked. This time it fit perfectly! Amazed, I dashed to my mirror and did a twirl to check how I looked from all angles. After three years, my dress felt like it was made for me. It was then the thought dropped in my spirit: “It will fit in due season.”

I can’t help but think about David. He was anointed king long before he was actually appointed king. Like my dress and I, maybe he thought that once he was anointed, he would have been immediately fit for the role and perhaps be taken to the palace to be appointed. Instead, he was sent back to the fields. The role was still too big for him. He was not ready.

Eventually, he was called to the palace. I can just imagine his excitement. Maybe his time had finally come! After all, he had killed a lion and a bear and had been anointed. But again the fit was not quite right. He was called to the palace as a musician. He was called to serve the one he was anointed to succeed.

Can you imagine how he would have felt after killing Goliath and hearing the songs that declared him better than Saul? Yet still, his season had not yet come. The role did not yet fit. He was not ready.

One of the things I love about David was his attitude during the wait. Declared a man after God’s own heart, though he was anointed, he waited to be appointed. He waited and served patiently during the seasons when it seemed like his time had surely come. He didn’t try to hasten God and make the timing of his fit come faster by killing Saul when he had the opportunity. He waited patiently and when his time came, his role fitted him perfectly.

Don’t rush the process. Don’t become impatient and throw away your purpose. Trust the pace of Grace. Once God has ordained it, whatever you are waiting for will fit in due season.


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I Chose FEAR and SETTLED.

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The biggest F-word is FEAR. It is one of the most debilitating factors that triggers one of the biggest bad words: SETTLING.

One of my earliest memories is of 4/5 year old me wanting a baby. Instead of a baby, my mother gave me a Barbie doll. I burned it! About a year or so, I got my baby brother, the boy who to this day, everyone in my family affectionately refers to as my son. I consider that memory one of my early examples of me refusing to settle. I was bratty? Yes! But I was a girl who knew what I wanted and unwilling to settle even if it meant going out on a limb to get it.

Fast forward 13 years later. During a Youth Service at church, I was asked to give a word. My immediate internal reaction was one of fear and denial. Eventually I went up to the pulpit, legs and hands shaking, and opened my mouth. To my shock, non-stop words of power flowed out. Then a strange thing happened. I got into my own head: “Shit! Am I making sense?” as voice asked. Immediately as my nerves (fears) took over and my doubts crept in, my voice was stifled and I stopped and couldn’t continue. From that day on, I turned down almost every opportunity that I was given to bring the Word. I choose to settle in my roles of Sunday school teacher and praise and worship leader, shying from any opportunity to deliver the words that God often placed in my spirit.

Two versions of the same person but two different attitude to fear. Somewhere along the way, young Chañel morphed into a woman who settled because of fear. I allowed fear to become the pilot of my life, polluting it with doubts and second-guessing. Throughout my childhood, I was the one who let my younger sister take our childhood spotlight because of my fear of exposing and being rejected because of my inadequacies when compared to my sister. At 13, I was the teen who let her best friend have the guy she crushed on for three years, afraid to let her feelings known and face probable rejection. At 15, I was the person who saved for months to buy her dream phone and then settled for another when an unexpected price change deterred her, fearing that if she didn’t get it today, she never would. At 21, I was the Christian who turned down the request to speak during our Sunday School Convention, although I was given the Word two weeks in advance. After that, I would often wonder why God didn’t use me more. But who could blame Him? He couldn’t trust that I would deliver when:

  1. I was the person who allowed fear to become the pilot of my life.
  2. I allowed my circumstances to set my limits, the height at which I dared to fly.
  3. I let the expectations of others dictate the roads I took. I settled again and again.

Each time a new path/option arose, I often made a conscious decision to settle when I couldn’t be certain of the outcome. I placed my dreams on hold, afraid to take a leap, focusing on the voices that dictated my pending failure. I feared what others would say if I stood up and voiced my truth, shaking off the chains that shackled me. I doubted and I settled constantly. I settled for the mediocrity I hated. I settled for the friends and boyfriends who did not inspire me to be. I settled for the persons who silenced me while simultaneously trying to be my voice, speaking their inaccurate renditions of my truth. I bowed to the pressures of her job and life, settling for the immediate comfort and failing to pursue the things that made my soul sing. It was always tomorrow, never today.

In essence I became a person full of regrets about the roads consciously not trodden.

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I regret the times when I was asked to preach or be the lead singer but I turned down the opportunity, even though I had already been given the Word or knew the song. I sometimes wonder what would have been the results, if I hadn’t settled in the safety of being a Sunday school teacher or singing on the choir or leading the Praise and Worship team. I regret the times when I had the opportunity to voice ideas but stifled myself because I may look foolish. I settled and settled some more.

Somewhere along my walk on this earth I forgot 2 Timothy 1:7:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

I have no control over yesterday but I do have a say in the outcomes of today and tomorrow. Today, I choose to trust God who sees beyond today and tomorrow. Today, I choose to live with the spirit of power, love and self-discipline that God has bestowed upon me. I choose to stop settling and to just begin. Will you join me?

A SPECIAL NOTE:

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I am choosing to face everything and rise. As a show of the commitment, I am undertaking a “30-Day Journey of YES!” in which I will both say yes to any opportunity that my spirit agrees with. I look forward to documenting the testimonies that I am certain God is already in the process of making.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 166

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Kings 2
  • 2 Kings 4

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

2 Kings 4:1 NLT

One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.”

 

THE REACTION

2 Kings 4:2-7 NLT

“What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”

“Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.

And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”

So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim!

“Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons.

“There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing.

When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”

Observation (s):

  1. The widow considered her little flask of oil as inconsequential, “nothing”.

    “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”

    “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.

  2. God saw the potential of the little oil and maximised it.

    And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”

    So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim!

  3. The oil only stopped pouring when all the jars were full.

    Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons.

    “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing.

     

Application:

I love fried dumplings. I enjoyed baked products. However, we rarely consider the secret agent in these products. That secret agent causes them to increase exponentially, in size. Yeast or baking powder is the little that becomes much. When yeast or baking powder is in the midst of the batter, it becomes the activating agent that catalyzes the little’s transformation into much until it reaches its limits or fills the pan.

God is the yeast in our lives. When God is in the midst, our little has the potential to become much. The widow classified her small vial of olive oil as “nothing”. What we oftentimes consider as inconsequential can be maximised by God to give us a big blessing! When the widow watched how God used her little to make much, even she became a believer, demanding more jars so that they could be filled. The little oil only stopped pouring when there was nothing left be filled. Just like with baking, with God, our yeast, in the midst, our little will expand until it has reached the limits God has set or our needs are met.

Do you have an urgent need like the widow? Let God be the yeast in your life. With Him in the midst, your little can increase exponentially.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 165

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Kings 1-2
  • 1 Kings 22:41-49
  • 2 Chronicles 20:31-37
  • 1 Kings 22:50
  • 2 Chronicles 21:1-4
  • 2 Kings 8:16-22
  • 2 Chronicles 21:5-7

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

2 Chronicles 20:35-36 NLT

Some time later King Jehoshaphat of Judah made an alliance with King Ahaziah of Israel, who was very wicked. Together they built a fleet of trading ships at the port of Ezion-geber.

 

THE REACTION

2 Chronicles 20:37 NLT

Then Eliezer son of Dodavahu from Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat. He said, “Because you have allied yourself with King Ahaziah, the Lord will destroy your work.” So the ships met with disaster and never put out to sea.

Observation (s):

  1. King Jehoshaphat made an alliance with King Ahaziah, a man the Lord deemed as wicked.

    Some time later King Jehoshaphat of Judah made an alliance with King Ahaziah of Israel, who was very wicked.

  2. Together, they built a fleet of ships that would have been a great blessing to Israel.

    Together they built a fleet of trading ships at the port of Ezion-geber.

  3. Because of the unholy alliance, God destroyed King Jehoshaphat’s work. The ships’ potential was extinguished.

    He said, “Because you have allied yourself with King Ahaziah, the Lord will destroy your work.” So the ships met with disaster and never put out to sea.

     

Application:

The Bible describes King Ahaziah of Israel as wicked. Yet, King Jehoshaphat of Judah a God-fearing man chose to enter into an alliance with him. Together they invested into an endeavor that would have made Israel richer. They built a fleet of trading ships. However, the alliance was not approved or ordained by God! Therefore, God turned what had the potential to be a great blessing into a disaster. The ships, with so much promise, never left the harbor. The Lord destroyed King Jehoshaphat’s work because of the wicked person he chose to ally with in order to achieve his work.

Do a personal audit. Are the persons you are allying with approved by God? Your unordained alliances can block or revoke your blessings. Choose your alliances wisely!


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 164

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Kings 22:10-28
  • 2 Chronicles 18:9-27
  • 1 Kings 22:29-35
  • 2 Chronicles 18:28-34
  • 1 Kings 22:36-40
  • 1 Kings 22:51-53
  • 2 Chronicles 19
  • 2 Chronicles 20:1-30

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

1 Kings 22:10-13 NLT

King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah, dressed in their royal robes, were sitting on thrones at the threshing floor near the gate of Samaria. All of Ahab’s prophets were prophesying there in front of them. One of them, Zedekiah son of Kenaanah, made some iron horns and proclaimed, “This is what the Lord says: With these horns you will gore the Arameans to death!”

All the other prophets agreed. “Yes,” they said, “go up to Ramoth-gilead and be victorious, for the Lord will give the king victory!”

Meanwhile, the messenger who went to get Micaiah said to him, “Look, all the prophets are promising victory for the king. Be sure that you agree with them and promise success.”

 

THE REACTION

2 Kings 22:14-18 NLT

But Micaiah replied, “As surely as the Lord lives, I will say only what the Lord tells me to say.”

When Micaiah arrived before the king, Ahab asked him, “Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should we hold back?”

Micaiah replied sarcastically, “Yes, go up and be victorious, for the Lordwill give the king victory!”

But the king replied sharply, “How many times must I demand that you speak only the truth to me when you speak for the Lord?”

Then Micaiah told him, “In a vision I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘Their master has been killed. Send them home in peace.’”

“Didn’t I tell you?” the king of Israel exclaimed to Jehoshaphat. “He never prophesies anything but trouble for me.”

Observation (s):

  1. Before two kings, the majority prophesied that the kings would win their battle.

    King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah, dressed in their royal robes, were sitting on thrones at the threshing floor near the gate of Samaria. All of Ahab’s prophets were prophesying there in front of them. One of them, Zedekiah son of Kenaanah, made some iron horns and proclaimed, “This is what the Lord says: With these horns you will gore the Arameans to death!”

    All the other prophets agreed. “Yes,” they said, “go up to Ramoth-gilead and be victorious, for the Lord will give the king victory!”

  2. Micaiah was pressured to agree with the majority.

    Meanwhile, the messenger who went to get Micaiah said to him, “Look, all the prophets are promising victory for the king. Be sure that you agree with them and promise success.”

  3. Despite the peer pressure, Micaiah choose to speak as the Lord directed, going against the majority.

    Then Micaiah told him, “In a vision I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘Their master has been killed. Send them home in peace.’”

    “Didn’t I tell you?” the king of Israel exclaimed to Jehoshaphat. “He never prophesies anything but trouble for me.”

     

Application:

Sometimes I hestitate to speak up, when directed by the Lord. This situation worsens expecially when I am in a crowd and the majority is swaying in the opposite direction of that of which I am being led. I struggle because of my fear of standing out and being made to look foolish.

When Micaiah is faced with a similar situation, he reacts differently. Micaiah stood before two kings and men who were said to be prophets. Despite all this, he chose to stand up and speak as the Lord directed. The majority declared that the kings would win the victory but Micaiah spoke as directed by God, declaring otherwise. Despite peer pressure, he delivered negative news when the majority delivered positive!

Will you speak as the Lord directs even if it means going against the majority?


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