Jesus is praying for you

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.” Hebrews 4:14,15.

Jesus was misunderstood by His family; betrayed by His friend; forsaken by His disciples; deserted by His supporters and crucified by the world.  Jesus can sympathize with us as we go through life with all its challenges, disappointments, and human inadequacies. Not only does He understand but He is continuously praying for us and praying us through each circumstance.

Sympathy is good, but Jesus did more than that: He became weak so that we can be strong; He was cursed so that we can be blessed; He took our sickness so that we can be healed; He was bound so that we can be free; and He died so that we can have eternal life.

If that was not enough, He is always saving us; helping us; preserving us, and providing for us in times of crisis. “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25.

Jesus is praying for you; believing with you; standing with you; and fighting for you.  God is committed to your care, victory, and destiny.  God is committed to you forever.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord is my glory and lifter of my head.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 9,10; Ephesians 3.

Jesus died to save the world

“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.  Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’”  Luke 23:33,34.

Jesus died in public disgrace and humiliation. His friend betrayed and sold him out for thirty pieces of silver.  The people He fed turned against Him; the people He healed used their strength to throw rocks at Him; the people He taught threw hateful words at Him; the people He cared for cursed Him; but that wasn’t the real battle. The real battle was for his soul.

Satan wanted to bind Him forever with cords of bitterness; puncture his heart with vile curses; and destroy the purpose of His birth. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21. While He took all the sins of the world upon His flesh, His heart had to remain pure and free to save the world.  His anger was directed toward the enemy and not to the people that He would die for.  His goal was to bind the enemy and not to be bound by him.

With great power He chose to forgive the people who crucified Him, “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34.  With this powerful declaration of Jesus Christ all people can be saved, forgiven, and blessed with His abundant life.  You are blessed and highly favored.  God loves the world.

Kingdom Declaration:

God demonstrated his love for me in this: While I was a sinner, Christ died for me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 7,8; Ephesians 2.

You can be blessed by God

“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers.  His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’  Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!  Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’  And God granted his request.”  I Chronicles 4:9,10

Jabez was rejected by his mother and abandoned by his father.  He was named by his mother Jabez which means, ‘son of sorrow and pain’.   Jabez had a defining moment, he was ready for change.   He chose to create his world and not assume his parents’ world by default.  He chose a higher power than his parents – God, His Creator. He rebuilt his life on the strong foundation of God. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11.

With God as Jabez foundation he found:

1)  Love.  “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39.  With the unconditional love of God in his life he had the confidence to dream dreams and to create a successful life.

2)  Security. True security comes in knowing that your past is covered under the blood of Jesus; you are presently in His care and protection; and your future is in His hands.

3)  Significance. He created a life of meaning and influence.  A city, Jabez, was named in his honor.

4)  Success. True success is to find the will of God for your life and then do it.  Earthly success is temporary but success in God is eternal and with eternal rewards.

The result was that Jabez became more honorable than his brothers.  “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am blessed and highly favored by the Lord God Almighty.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 5,6; Ephesians 1.

The Manifested Glory of God

“Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.” 1 Kings 18:21.

Elijah was one of the greatest prophets that ever lived.  He preached and encouraged the Israelis and priests to turn their hearts back to God. He operated with manifested CHAYIL Glory (power and influence) and with great confidence: “Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” 1 Kings 17:1.

The key to Elijah’s confidence:

1)  He knew His God. “But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” Daniel 11:32. He didn’t just know about God but he knew God in strong relationship.

2)  He was confident in God’s protection. His life was threatened by Kings because of his message of revival but he showed his servant the glory that was around him.  Elijah prayed: “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

3)  His knew his purpose.  He challenged the Priestess Jezebel with her satanic power and God manifested His glory in Israel: “When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD – he is God! The LORD – he is God!” 1 Kings 18:39.  God gains glory on Earth through faithful servants who believe in Him and seek to serve Him for His manifested glory.

The Bible declares: “All mankind will SEE God’s salvation.'” Luke 3:6; “The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and ALL flesh shall SEE it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 40:5. CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of our LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants. Heaven is filled with God’s Glory.  Now the earth shall also be filled with His glory, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27. Pray, believe, and receive fresh glory to manifest God’s glory on earth.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Glory of the LORD is rising upon me to bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 3,4; Galatians 6

Power for change

“Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim.  ‘Go, look over the land,’ he said, ‘especially Jericho.’  So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.”  Joshua 2:1.

God looks for people, regardless of their life and circumstances, to save, heal, and guide them into their full potential, and eternal security.  Rahab was looking for a fresh start and a way out of her lifestyle.  She wanted change and was ready to do whatever it takes for her change. She helped Joshua and the spies to conquer Jericho in exchange for the protection and salvation of her and her family.

Rahab became a CHAYIL woman who grew in the grace of CHAYIL Glory in spite of her bad past. She grew in the seven Pillars of CHAYIL Glory:

1) Worship. She chose the God of Abraham and Moses as her source of worship and with a commitment to serve Him only.

2) Wisdom. In wisdom she ceased the opportunity for a new beginning with a family of Jews, and a new lifestyle. She negotiated for the salvation of all her family.

3) Power. As a powerful woman she made the choice to give up prostitution and to trust God as her Provider.

4) Honor.  She was transformed by God and grew in honor as she honored God.  She married, and was honored by her great husband, a Jew called Salmon.

5) Favor. God favored Rahab and blessed her with a great son named Boaz, a man highly esteemed as a kinsman redeemer.

6) Wealth. Rahab gave up all to follow God and He gave her the wealth of great relationships, a great family, resources, and great fame as a woman who trusted God and whom God trusted.

7) influence. After thousands of years Rahab remains influential as one of the women in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, Savior of the World.

It is never too late to call on God for a change of life. CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of our LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants.  When you are ready for change in your circumstances, life, and attitude for a greater future, God is ready to activate His Glory in you that is more powerful than your past, your failures, and your desperation. “The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power (CHAYIL), and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.” 1 Samuel 10:6. Choose change and God will transform your life for yours and His Name sake.

Kingdom Declaration:

I receive the power and glory of God to create my new world and a prosperous future.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 1,2; Galatians 5

God becomes your coach

“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

It is not so much your past that counts, but your determination for a better future.  Paul had a past that could have tormented and condemned him forever.  He was a murderer, a blasphemer, and a persecutor of Christians.  He wrote to his spiritual son Timothy:  “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16.

God got a hold of Paul’s life and he became one of His greatest Apostles.

Paganini, the famous violinist, was playing before a huge audience when one of the strings on his violin broke.  As beads of perspiration formed he kept playing, improvising as he went.  Then a second and a third string broke.  With only one string left, the master-performer completed the composition.  When he was finished the audience was on its feet in thunderous applause and encores.  He bowed and nodded to the conductor to begin the encore and he shouted to the crowd, “Paganini… and one string!”  He refused to quit.  He finished the race and accomplished his goal.  Remember the power within you is the power of ‘choice’.  When you choose to win in the race of life, God becomes your coach and brings His team of angelic helpers that will guide you into your victory.

Kingdom Declaration:

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me in Christ Jesus.

Read the Bible in One Year: Song of Solomon 6-8; Galatians 4

The LORD is your Helper

“The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.” Psalm 118:7.

God is your Protector, Provider, and Helper.  Your Helper is always with you and you will hear His voice now more than ever before.  He is your present Helper, future Helper, and eternal Helper.  He promises to never leave nor forsake you.

His help is not only when you get in trouble, but as your Omniscient Helper, His provision is there before you get there.  One of the descriptions of God is El Roi, the God who sees us in our distress and is there waiting before we get there with protection, provision, and help. Satan’s schemes and plans are all known by God who has already put a plan in place to counteract and frustrate him, and gain glory through your victories.

In your trials know:

1) God is never surprised.  Your Helper has already gone ahead of you with protection, provision, and victory.  This scheme was only allowed to make your glory increase. David wrote, “Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.” Psalm 21:5. This is the progression: battles then victories; then greater glory; then you receive splendor and majesty.  If you are in a great battle, you can expect great glory.  God’s plan for you is that you grow in His ever-increasing glory.

2) Provision shall be seen.  Declare it, expect it, and look for it.  When Hagar was in distress in her wilderness thinking her son would die, God had a well prepared for their provision.  In her distress she was ready to give up, but God heard the boy crying and remembered Abraham’s prayers and provided for their son.

3) Prepare for greater glory.  Learn from David’s experience as he wrote: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:5-6.

Kingdom Declaration:

In the midst of a trial, I will not fear because the LORD Almighty is my Helper, Protector and Provider.

Read the Bible in One Year: Song of Solomon 4,5; Galatians 3

God hears you when you pray

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:17,18.

Jesus chose twelve men to be His disciples to be taught and trained by Him to develop and advance Christianity.  As we read of their lives we see their weaknesses, their inadequacies, and their personal failures. They made wrong judgments, gave into fear, and even forsook Jesus at a time when He needed them most.

This gives us hope as God does not always choose the perfect, work with the perfect, or love only the perfect person. His forgiveness is greater than our failures; His power is greater than our weakness; His grace is greater than our mistakes; His love is greater than our faults; and His peace is greater than our worries.  When we pray God hears and deliver us from all our troubles.

Ethel Barrymore wrote, “And do not forget that when life knocks you to your knees, which it always does and always will – well, that’s the best position in which to pray, isn’t it?  On your knees.  That’s where I learned.”   When you fail, pray.  If you fall, pray. When you hurt, pray. If you have a need, pray. “God will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.” Psalm 102:17.

Kingdom Declaration:

I pray to God in the time of His favor and He answers me with His sure salvation.

Read the Bible in One Year: Song of Solomon 1-3; Galatians 2

 

Jesus is your True Friend

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend, who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24.

Friendship is a priceless gift.  Richard Exley says, “A true friend is one who hears and understands when you share your deepest feelings.  He supports you when you are struggling; corrects you gently and with love when you err; forgives you when you fall; prods you to personal growth and stretches you to your full potential.  And most amazing of all, he celebrates your successes as if they were his own.”

The song-writer Joseph Scriven wrote to comfort his mother when she was alone, “What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!  What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!”  Jesus was criticised for being a friend of sinners.  He called a paralyzed man ‘friend’.  He called Abraham, who had his list of bad experiences and mistakes, His friend.

He eventually called His disciples friends and said to them:  “You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

Jesus is the Friend who will stick closer than a brother.  He is the ONE Perfect Friend that you can depend on forever.  He will save you, help you, defend you, provide for you, and protect you.  Most of all He will never leave you, betray you, nor forsake you.  He is your True Friend and Savior.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ, my Savior and friend, is with me always.

Read the Bible in One Year: Ecclesiastes 10-12; Galatians 1

Keep doing good

“Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.”  Esther 10:3.

Mordecai was described as preeminent among his peers and held in high esteem because of his good work ethics, his passion in helping others, his willingness to defend victims, and his defense of the cause of God.  His journey, however, was not always easy.  He lived in Persia in a hostile and prejudicial environment with an arch enemy called Haman.  Mordecai was hated because of his values, race and his faith.  He was persecuted and threatened with death and the extinction of his people.   Nevertheless he worked, served, and lived by faith and so God prospered him.

Bishop Able Muzore was asked to lead the African National Council.  He struggled with the decisions because most of his predecessors had been killed or imprisoned.  As he prayed and sought God, his answer came through a friend who handed him these life-changing words: “People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered – love them anyway!  If you do good, they’ll accuse you of selfishness or ulterior motives – do good anyway!    When you’re successful, your friends may be false, and your enemies will be real – succeed anyway!  The good you do today may soon be forgotten tomorrow – do good anyway!  Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable – be honest and frank anyway!  The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people with the smallest minds – think big anyway!  People favor underdogs but only follow top dogs – fight for the underdog anyway!  What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight – build anyway!  Give the world the best you’ve got, and the chances are you’ll still be despised – give your best anyway”!

This was the lifestyle of Jesus Christ so we follow Him, anyway.

Kingdom Declaration:

I work, serve, and live by faith in my Sovereign God who remains in control of my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Ecclesiastes 7-9; 2 Corinthians 13.