Do Not be Afraid

“But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. ‘Go, stand in the temple courts,’ he said, ‘and tell the people the full message of this new life.'” Acts 5:19-20.

The message of the new life is the message of salvation that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. The word ‘salvation’ includes forgiveness of sins, restoration, healing, help, safety, victory, peace, prosperity, and freedom.  Jesus Christ is the Author of our salvation.  His death, cross, resurrection and empowerment of His Disciples began an era of salvation to ALL mankind. God loves all people.

When He was born, wise men sought Him and found Him and worshipped Him.  Wise men are still seeking to find Jesus Christ, The Savior of the world.  His gift of salvation is freely offered to all people.  Jesus said, “I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.”  John 12:48. The Bible encourages us to: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Acts 16:31. This is the message of new life.

Today, pray and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you of all your mistakes and failures and by faith receive His love, mercy and forgiveness for a new life in Christ.  Your new life in Christ begins with a rebirth of your spirit in relationship with God, renewal of your soul by the wisdom of God and refreshing of your heart with the peace of God.

Kingdom Declaration:

Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 43-45; Matthew 12:24-50

The Gift of Time

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.

John Erskine, the author of The Private Life of Helen of Troy, said that he learnt his most valuable lesson from his piano teacher at the age of 14.  He had assumed a habit of practicing for one hour or more each day.  She coached him that the best practice that will be consistent throughout his life was to practice in minutes wherever and whenever he finds five or ten minutes – before school, after school, in between chores and a few after lunches.  He was told: “Spread the practice throughout the day and music will become a part of your life.”  By following these instructions Erskine wrote nearly all of his greatest writings on streetcars while commuting between his home and university.  He had learnt the art of ‘redeeming the time’.

Time is a gift that runs out and waits on no one.  When you rule time, you will make the most out of life.  God has given you all the time that you need to fulfill your purpose on Earth. You are the youngest today than you will ever be.  You have the maximum time now on earth that you will ever have.  Don’t waste your allotted time.  Make the most of it.  Rule it. Guard it. Respect it. Use it. Time will then become your servant and partner in the fulfillment of your greatest dream.

Kingdom Declaration:

My time is in my LORD’s hands.  In His time He makes all things beautiful and wonderful.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 41-42; Matthew 12:1-23

Recipe for a Miracle

“The royal official said to Jesus, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”  Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed.”  John 4:49-50.

This royal official, a prominent man, had a need that money could not buy, and prominence that could not help him.  He needed a miracle from God and he knew how to receive a miracle for his son and family.

To receive a miracle from God:

1) Be humble.  Regardless of what you own, and who you are, make sure you have Jesus Christ in your heart as your Savior. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.  You can’t give life or preserve life.  Your life is in His hands.

2) Ask.  He found out that not only is God able to do the impossible, but He is willing to do the impossible when asked.  God is merciful.  God is love. Miracles are God’s manifested glory.

3) Believe.  This royal official believed in Jesus, believed in His word, and received a miracle for his son.  The result:  “While he was still on the way (home), his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.  When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.”  Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.”  So he and his entire household believed.”  John 4:51-53. If you believe, you, too, will receive.

4) Obey.  “Jesus replied, “You may go.  Your son will live.”  The man took Jesus at his word and departed.”  John 4:50. This man understand authority and of Jesus Christ.

The royal official was a man of prominence and power.  His greatest attribute, however, was his humility and wisdom to honor and seek God, and to recognize his need for the power and great glory of the LORD Jesus Christ.  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews13:8.  He is still able and willing to answer you when you pray for a miracle.

Kingdom Declaration:

For with God all things are possible.  I believe and shall receive God’s manifested glory in my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 39-40; Matthew 11

Remember the Poor

“Blessed is he who considers the poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.  The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; you will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.”  Psalm 41:1-2.

God has carefully included in the Bible emphasis on caring for the poor.  First, He gives us His will for all people:  “However, there should be no poor among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.”  Deuteronomy 15:4.  However, He also said, “There will always be poor people in the land.  Therefore I command you to be open handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.”  Deuteronomy 15:11.

Jesus further tells us that we will be judged according to how we treat the poor:  “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”  Matthew 25:34-36.  Note that poverty includes lack of freedom.

Jesus described His anointing and glory: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor.” Luke 4:18 (NLT).  Poverty is not just lack of money.  The greatest poverty is a heart without God.  Good news to the poor is that salvation, help, peace has come in Jesus, who is the Savior of the world without prejudice.

God gave us many promises for helping the poor, “Blessed is he who considers the poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.  The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; you will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.”  Psalm 41:1-2.  Serving the poor is a privilege to receive God’s blessing and manifested glory in your life.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am a solution for the poor.  I am blessed to be a blessing and glorified to bring God glory on earth.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 36-38; Matthew 10:21-42

Press towards the prize

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14.

Paul shares that he is “straining toward what is ahead.”  The imagery here is that of a long distance runner in competition, who is straining every muscle and inner strength to push his mind and body towards the goal that is ahead of him.  A focused athlete does not waste time and energy looking behind him but at the prize ahead.

Here we can learn:

1) Forget your past.  Do not wallow in past mistakes but learn from them as wisdom for the future.  Your past is a story, and history that can bring God Glory.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.

2) Create your future.  ‘Straining toward what is ahead’, implies intentional actions for new results.  It involves determination, discipline, and sweat. Your calling and purpose is your motivation to bear temporary discomfort for a greater prize.

3) Press forward.  Just before the finish line, an athlete can experience extreme exhaustion, pain, thirst, and breathing issues. Yet, there is a psychological phenomenon that something can happen that makes him or her suddenly gain strength, speed up, and run the fastest of the entire race towards the finish line. After years of research, Psychologists are now concluding that the limitations of endurance are in our minds.  In other words your thoughts determines your limitation.  They are agreeing with the Bible that states: “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Proverb 23:7 (NAS).

With God as your Savior, you are running towards Him in a race of life.  Not only does He see you at the finish line, but also He is running alongside you with encouragements, and rivers of living water to give you when you are thirsty.  Don’t give up or give in to limited endurance.  Pray, be refreshed and press towards the victory and prize that is waiting for you.  He has already planned your greeting: “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my Strength, my Shield and my Salvation.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 33-35; Matthew 10:1-20

Preparation for a new season

“Joshua told the people “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5.

Preparation for a new season is very important and should be intentional with specific goals in mind.  A new season comes with expectancy and requires new actions for new results.  After living in the wilderness for forty years, Joshua encouraged the people on how to prepare for a new and glorious season.

1) Consecrate yourself.  Set yourself apart to seek God for a new season of manifested Glory.  Cleanse your heart before Him and worship Him as your Most High God with whom all things are possible. Pray, Praise, Fast. In a time of consecration God said to His Priest, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”  Zechariah 4:6.  He was counselled to trust in God for a miracle and not just in himself.

2) Create new expectations.  Expectation creates the atmosphere for miracles.  Anticipation prepares your womb for birthing.  Stop limiting God in your realm of limitation and begin to expect great things from our great (CHAYIL) God.  EL CHAYIL is LORD of Armies King of Glory.

3) Shed and shift.  Shed your previous boundaries and shift into God’s realm for ‘amazing’ possibilities.  Shift and gear up your mind for sudden surprises, great wonders, and miraculous provision that will  obviously be by the hand of the LORD Almighty and bring Glory to His Name.

4) Get your praise ready.  Practice your praise and your testimony.  From your victories, you will experience glory and glorify God. CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of the LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Glory of the LORD Jesus Christ is rising upon me to bring Him great glory on earth.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 31-32; Matthew 9:18-38

The Kingdom, Power and Glory of God

“For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Matthew 6:13.

In the first century the early Christians added a doxology to the Lord’s Prayer and it is very fitting that we also end our prayers in worship and honor to our Heavenly Father and King.  The word doxology means ‘praise and glory’ to God, exalting the Kingdom of God as greater than all the kingdoms of this world.

Throughout the Bible we see examples of Doxology:

David wrote: “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.”  1 Chronicles 29:11.

Daniel wrote of Jesus: “He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” Daniel 7:14.

Paul wrote: “Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:20.

Timothy wrote: “To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:18.

Peter wrote: “To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18.

Jude wrote: “To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!  Amen.” Jude 24-25.

Angels Sing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!”  Revelation 5:13.

Our faith declaration in worship: “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever,” affirms our confidence in the Kingdom, power and glory of God forever and ever, Amen.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Kingdom, power and the glory of the LORD Jesus Christ is everlasting.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 29-30; Matthew 9:1-17

Lead us not into temptation

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13.

The Bible encourages us to deal with our humanity with wisdom and reality. We will never be perfect and come to a stage in life where we cannot be tempted.  “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13.

It is therefore good for us to create a support and accountability structure in our life for preservation in times of weakness, temptation, discouragement, or distress.  We see four young Hebrew boys (Daniel,

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) who were living as slaves in Babylon, with the constant intimidation and peer pressure to conform to their religious and cultural practises. To preserve themselves they formed a CHAYIL Power Group of four, to intentionally share, pray, encourage and be accountable to each other.

A CHAYIL Power Group, is a group of people who intentionally come together to engage the power of God to grow like Jesus for His manifested Glory in and through them. The benefits of being in a CHAYIL Power Group is:

  • Intercession and prayer of agreement.
  • Collective wisdom from the group with ideas, peer coaching, and protection.
  • Your significance is discovered, validated and celebrated.
  • Growth in the manifested glory of Jesus in worship, wisdom, power, honor, favor, wealth and influence.
  • Support from a committed group.

The Bible states, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverb 11:14).  Jesus had a CHAYIL Power Group of four (Jesus, Peter, James, and John).  In His darkest hour of temptation, He needed the support of His Father, and also human support.  He took Peter, James and John with Him to a place of prayer and said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death, stay here and keep watch.” (Mark 14:34).  While He prayed His support group watched for His accusers.  Create your world with readiness for times of temptation.  God will deliver you as your support group help to preserve you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank Jesus for His “Keeping Power” and gift of my CHAYIL Power Group and powerful intercessors.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 27-28; Matthew 8:18-36

The Power to Forgive

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  Matthew 6:12.

To be forgiven is powerful freedom and to forgive others is a powerful choice.  Jesus linked receiving and giving forgiveness.  God wants us to be both FORGIVEN (by Him) and to be FORGIVING (us to others).

As we experience relationships and circumstances at all levels, we are aware of imperfections and the need to continually receive and give forgiveness.  We disappoint others and are disappointed by them.  To forgive, therefore, has to be a way of life for our sake.

Jesus leads us in power to rule our hearts by the power of choice.  He led us by His example.  In the journey to the cross, He heard the curses thrown at Him by the crowd; the scorn from the people He had healed; the jeers from the people He had fed; the slander of the people He would die for; the rejection and abandonment from His beloved disciples. The debt was piling up.  His hurt was real.  The deep pain in His heart was greater than the pain in His tortured body. The battle was fierce – emotional and spiritual.  Demons jeered and waited for His choice – to save or to condemn, to love or to hate. The angels waited and listened as the people cursed Him.

He stood on the cross with criminals: “When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left.  BUT Jesus with awesome power, chose to forgive and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”  Luke 23:33-34.

This was the greatest display of power; a power that now makes us powerful to choose to forgive others as our Savior forgives us daily. “Freely you have received, freely give,” (Matthew 10:8) for your sake, for the sake of others and for His sake.

Kingdom Declaration:

I have the power of Jesus Christ and I choose to forgive others even as in mercy He has forgiven me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 25-26; Matthew 8:1-17

Forgive us our debts

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  Matthew 6:12.

It is interesting that God calls our mistakes, sins, offences, and imperfections, ‘debts’.  A debt is something that is owed and has to be repaid; a liability; an offense that has to be rectified.  Forgiveness of debt brings freedom, relief, and peace.

The Bible talks about the debt and consequences of sin, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.  God warned Adam and Eve to rule their world that He created for them – earth was a paradise.  He made them in His image and likeness with power, dominion, and choice.  He told them to stay away from evil and warned them of its consequences:  “And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”  Genesis 2:16-17.  They disobeyed and died, not physically, but spiritually with a contaminated soul that would reproduce forever, imperfect children – human beings all in need of forgiveness of sins.

The good news is that God as our Loving Creator made provision for our ‘debt’ by sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross to satisfy the punishment and payment for the debt of sins of the world.  A song says: “He paid a debt He did not owe; I owed a debt, I could not pay; I needed someone to wash my sins away; and now I sing a brand new song, Amazing Grace; Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.”  The heavy price for the enormous debt, offences, sins, and shame of every person born from Adam to now and to eternity was paid by Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

John the Baptist one day looked at His cousin Jesus and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).  Believe in Jesus Christ and be saved and freed from the debt of all your failures, offences, and sins.  This is the ultimate freedom that can only come from Jesus Christ who loves and saved our world.

Kingdom Declaration:

Thank you Jesus for forgiveness and freedom that brings joy in my soul, and peace in my heart.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 23-24; Matthew 7