New Year

We Are Able, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

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Numbers 13:1-33, “30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it”

The bible says that as a man thinks in his heart so is he. Many times we speak what we see. What we see indeed can be a fact but believers are not called to live by facts but by faith. In our story, the fact is, there were giants in the land of Canaan, however the truth was, God had given them the land regardless of the facts. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Are Able, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

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Numbers 13:1-33, “30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it”

To the Only Wise God Our Savior who has led us to see another New Year. How do we view this New Year and walk in it? Allow me to share some encouraging principles as we move forward. I hope you find some truth to assist you in this journey that only God can bring us through. Read the rest of this entry »

I Am Not Where I Was, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

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Matthew 9:20-22, “And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment”

As we looked at the woman with the issue of blood in Part 1, we could glean some principles from her story and apply it to our lives as we start a New Year.

1. Be a Jesus seeker: This woman in the midst of her situation became a Jesus seeker. She made it upon herself to find Jesus. Mathew 9:20, “And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment”. She decided to make a quick move before the opportunity passed her by. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sound Of Abundance Of Rain, 4of4, Evans Olang

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1Kings 18:21-43, “41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”

Law-and-grace

It is hard to understand God’s ways but He sure can be trusted. I do not think Elijah expected the blessing of the rain to delay, after all, he called on God earlier for fire and from heaven it immediately came. Waiting for the rain appeared to be taking long. He could not doubt God’s Word to make it happen. He had enough trust in God to take Him at His Word. Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”, Romans 3:4, “…let God be true but every man a liar”. When you know God’s ways rather than His works, you can choose to trust when it does not make sense, when it is not clear or even when things seem delayed. God can be trusted. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sound Of Abundance Of Rain, 3of4, Evans Olang

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1Kings 18:21-43, “41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” 

Law-and-grace

In reforming the Israelites by first rebuilding the broken altar, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal and Asherah to prove to the entire crowd the true God. Fire fell on Elijah’s sacrifice upon seeking God. Note the order, before God showered them with blessings, Elijah offered an excellent sacrifice that pleased the Lord. We seek to please God first (Psalm 103:1, Matthew 6:33) while we trust God to shower us with blessings too. Let us give Him what He requires of us. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sound Of Abundance Of Rain, 2of4, Evans Olang

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1Kings 18:21-43, “41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” 

Law-and-grace

In talking about drought in the last year, who would not want the rain of God’s blessings in this new year? Ahab and the people expected that Elijah would, in this solemn assembly, bless the land, and pray for rain; but he had something else to do first. The people must be brought to repent and reform, and then they may look for the removal of the judgment, but not until then.

I am always amazed how majority of televangelist tell us to claim and receive blessings, but rarely do we hear about restoring and reforming things lost and bent out of shape. Building what it will take to maintain blessings. No one pours precious stuff in leaking vessels, it will all leak out. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sound Of Abundance Of Rain, 1of4, Evans Olang

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1Kings 18:21-43, “41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” 

memo

One disappointing thing I experienced in school was writing an essay only to be told I missed the whole point. All the work done, hours spent in writing only to miss the whole point. If you were to be asked to write a report or an essay about the year we just concluded, would you miss the whole point in reflecting about your life and what you encountered? When I missed the point, the only way to escape it was to do it again and get it right. If you missed the whole point of last year in your life and its challenges, you may have to repeat the class in the new year, I hope you do not. Read the rest of this entry »