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He Knows How It Feels, Evans olang

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John 14:14, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

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It’s nearly impossible to tell someone “I know how you feel” in a tough situation when you have not gone through it yourself. Often mistake made is encouraging someone who has either lost a dear one and say words from no experience of your own. If you have not gone through it or similar, you do not know how it feels. The best way to respond in my judgement is to say something like this “I don’t know how it feels but I want to let you know I care“. The good encouragers are the ones who have had a taste of it and can stand and encourage.

For God to create, He only had to speak, to redeem, Christ had to suffer. There are many things that accompany Jesus’ life here on earth. We know His main mission was to come and die on the cross to save mankind. And while He was here, He also taught, healed, raised the dead, raised leaders etc. He became a person (Man) to identify with us. You cannot redeem what related to. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Need To Be In Uniform, Evans Olang

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John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (power) to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” 

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Ever had those days you just couldn’t function effectively like you should? Before day break, you are tossing on your bed back and forth wondering what the day will bring. Previous days were tough and your conclusion is, “today will present the same if not worse”. Fear has gripped your heart and you just can’t seem to get past it and move on. Don’t fret for God is present in the situation with a solution. In school we would give the teacher the right answers to math question only to learn that he was interested in how we arrived at the answer more than the right answer. Most of the time the answer was right but we couldn’t tell the teacher how we arrived at it because we cheated. The process to get to that answer is more important than the answer itself. So praying that God would lead you to that destination is better than praying, God let me find myself there.

POWER is authority, ability, right, strength, control, influence etc. At the point of believing, you are given rights you did not posses before the conversion. Read the rest of this entry »

The Lord Is My Everything, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

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Psalm 27:1-14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”

The division of Psalm 27 mention a number of things the Psalmist describes what the Lord is to him. The first verse he tells us that the Lord is his light, then his salvation, a strong hold, he mentions the beauty of the Lord, his helper and also mentions the goodness of the Lord. It’s hard to have a hero without knowing his strengths especially when you depend on him, in our case our Hero is Jesus but like David we got to know who He is to us. Read the rest of this entry »

In Able Hands, Evans Olang

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2Corinthians 12:9, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

I have shared from this scripture before but for the sake of those who are working under pressure, feeling tired, spent and exhausted like me, we need to hear this again. I find it easy at times to quote a scripture and then find it hard to apply it in a situation. Then there are those times you look at a scripture and you quote it and feel good to quote it but forget to look at the previous verses that led to it. Read the rest of this entry »

King Asa 1of4: Rest And Confidence In God, Evans Olang

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2Chronicles 14:1-15, “11 And Asa cried out to the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”

Asa succeeded his father Abijah and was one of the kings who did that which was right in the sight of the Lord demonstrated by what he did, (2Chronicles 14:2). He aimed at pleasing God, studied to approve himself to Him. In his days, God had given him peace and rest. Even in the midst peace and rest, vs. “4 He commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment”. How easy it is to relax in the time of peace and not seek God. How easy to wait until the day of trouble to figure out what to do. That was not with Asa and his kingdom.

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Do Not Bury The Dead Yet, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

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2Kings 4:8-36, “30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her”

In the midst of her loss and pain, she gathered courage and strength to do something about her situation. vs., “21 she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out, 22 Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.”

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Do Not Bury The Dead Yet, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

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2Kings 4:8-36, “30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her”

There is a song by Jim Reeves I loved to listen to in my teenage years with this line in the chorus, “It is no secret what God can do, What he has done for others, He’ll do for you…”. While there is such great truths in this line, there is a piece I would add if I had a chance to, “…but you need to know what others have done to be blessed and you do the same to be blessed”. I think it is easy to want what others have without desiring to labor like the way they did to have what they have. It was a great pianist who played a master piece and someone came to him afterwards and said, “I would give everything to play like you”, to which the pianist responded, “I have given everything to play like me”. Read the rest of this entry »