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Shoulda-Woulda-Coulda Pt 2

We want to continue our series by looking at, ‘Lost Dreams’ and how God can restore them.

The dreams that speak to our future cannot be lost because they are given by God, but they become buried beneath the rubble of our hearts. The great news is that God wants to restore our dreams and remove the rubble of the past so we can move forward.

Joel 2:25 So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten. (NKJV)

The locusts are a picture of demonic spirits who have come to steal, destroy and kill.

Our focus now is to make sure that the problems, difficulties and pressures of life don’t cause us to stumble when God brings our dream around a second time.

When Jesus came as the Messiah to Israel, He said to the Pharisees that He was, ” THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED. (Mt 21:42 – NASU)

Peter the apostle later called Jesus, “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.”  (1 Pet 2:8 – NKJV)

What he meant was that when Jesus came, the majority of the Jewish people were offended when Jesus called Himself the Messiah. Hence their offence meant that instead of Jesus becoming the stepping stone to salvation, He became a stumbling stone of unbelief and lost opportunity.

Therefore, when difficulties, problems and pressures come our way, we are to see them as stepping stones, not stumbling stones. How do we do that? We do it by giving those things to God and putting our trust in Jesus to resolve them. As we do this we will find our dream become a reality again and see ourselves moving towards it’s fulfillment.

Joseph had a dream that he would rule and reign over his family. You know the story. For the next 13 yrs he was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, served in Potiphar’s house, was falsely accused of rape and incarcerated in Pharaoh’s deepest dungeon.

But throughout his ordeal he held onto his relationship with God and trusted his life to Him. As a result all those setbacks became stepping stones that catapulted Joseph to becoming the Prime Minister of the kingdom of Egypt and fulfilling his dream.

Meditation Point: Prayer – Lord Jesus, when difficulties come my way, help me to trust those things to you and see you resolve them so they become stepping stones to the fulfilling of my dream. Thank you Lord.



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Shoulda-Woulda-Coulda Pt 1


Shoulda-Woulda-Coulda is an American slang expression of regret, missed opportunities and failure.

I shoulda taken the job that was offered to me but I turned it down, and now I regret it. I woulda gone to university to study medicine, instead I allowed my parents to pressure me into joining the family company and I now feel I failed to do what’s right. I coulda been married at 25 and had a family  but I turned him/her down because I wanted to be footloose and fancy free. I now see I missed the opportunity.

All of us can add our own stories to this list. In fact many Christians are still holding onto their regrets, failures and mistakes of the past. They still carry the wounds, hurts and shame of  past things.

Paul the apostle teaches us what we need to do with the past:

Phil 3:13-14  I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (NLT)

Paul had many things from his past life that could have kept him from moving forward. He persecuted the early Church. He broke up families, had Christians killed, thrown into prison and tortured; but Paul learned how to live free in his relationship with Christ.

God has called all of us to greatness. It’s His purpose to rid our past lives of things that hold us back.

In this series of Blogs we will be looking at how God wants to restore all things that have been lost, stolen or forfeited.

Meditation Point: Through the power of the cross, the blood of Jesus has cleansed our past lives of all that would hold us back.



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Grace Forgiveness Pt 7

We will finish this series on Grace Forgiveness by looking at how we  express anger!

Eph 4:26,27  Be angry, and do not sin : do not let the sun go down on your wrath,  nor give place to the devil. (NKJV)

Anger is an emotion given by God. It is a good emotion. It is a needed emotion. Unfortunately we’ve made anger out to be a negative response in our lives. Something we shouldn’t do.

But what did Paul the apostle say. He said, “Be angry”. Express your anger but do it without allowing it to become sin.

So how do we express anger without it becoming destructive and sinful. How can our anger become a healthy expression of our life.


We must first own our anger. That is, realize that when we get angry it’s because we’ve chosen to be angry! Others cannot make us angry no matter how they may mistreat us. We choose to be angry.

Therefore when we’ve been hurt by someone and need to resolve the situation. We can do it in two ways:

1) Destructive Anger We say to the other person, “You did such an such a thing to me and you made me angry.” Or we allow our anger to spill out with words of abuse, name calling and blame.

All these ways attack the person’s character without addressing their behaviour. Hence our anger has driven a wedge between our relationship.

This is sinful anger.

2) Constructive Anger We say to the other person, “I’m angry that you did such an such a thing against me. What you did was wrong.”

What have we done. We have addressed the person’s behaviour without attacking their character. When we express anger in this way, we can be as forceful as we wish because we are not projecting our anger onto the other person.

Because we have owned our anger, we need not feel guilty or condemned because we have expressed it in a righteous way.

Meditation Point: “Lord, when i have to address a situation, help me to remember to own my anger and address the issue not attack the person’s character. Thank you Lord that I can, ‘Be Angry’ and sin not.”



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