The Powerful Name of Jesus

February 18

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.”  Philippians 2:9.

What’s in a name?  The power and influence of a name has been emphasized in religious ceremonies, poetry, marketing, branding, and prose.  By our name we are recognized and described.  God chose to give His Son the name ‘Jesus’.  He said of Mary: “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 1:21. His Name describes His purpose.

Jesus is The Preeminent Christ.  His attributes are indescribable.  His power is undefeatable.  His grace is immeasurable.  Jesus is called the Savior of the world; the bread of life; the good shepherd; the prince of peace; the Almighty God; the lily of the valley; the bright morning star; the truth and the life; the living way; the resurrection and the life; the chief cornerstone; the Messiah; the Redeemer; the Alpha and the Omega; Healer; the Holy One; the great physician; shepherd of our souls; the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  Jesus Christ is all that and more.

His Name is above whatever or whomever is against you. He is always with you, His Name is powerful in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.  Believe in the name Jesus and you will be safe, saved, and secure.  Pray in the name of Jesus and your prayers will be answered.  There is power in the name of Jesus Christ.

Kingdom Declaration:

I believe in the name of Jesus Christ for my salvation, protection, and provision

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 23-24; Mark 1:1-22


Faith is more Powerful than Fear

February 17

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.

God is encouraging you to turn your fear into faith.  Fear can be described as a distressing emotion because it comes with potential danger, pain, evil, negative consequences.  Fear is a powerful emotion whether it is real or imagined.  Faith on the other hand is described as confident trust in a person or thing.  It is based on the character of the person you put your trust in.  When you trust in God, you are trusting in His character, power, and reputation to defend and provide for you.

A nine-year old boy was taking his first airline flight when the airplane flew into a severe thunderstorm.  He was terribly frightened.  Looking at a man sitting beside him, he said, “Aren’t you afraid?”  The man could see how the boy was feeling.  “No,” he said with a wide grin.  “This is really fun.”  Immediately the boy’s face changed.  Fear and tension left him.  He, too, began to have fun.  It was like a roller coaster ride.  You can turn your fear into faith by being sure of the outcome.  God has promised you victory.

If you are going through a storm, remember that it is not permanent.  Maintain an attitude of faith. God’s promises to you are: 1) Do not fear (God will protect you). 2) I AM with you (your pilot is in control).  3) Do not be dismayed (God is God even in a storm).  4) I will strengthen you and help you (you will not fall under the pressure).  5) I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (God is holding you. You are safe in His arms).

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord is my strength and the stronghold of my life. I will not fear.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 21-22; Matthew 28


The Fruit of the Spirit

February 16

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.

The Bible describes the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ with nine manifestations. The word ‘fruit’ is singular suggesting that all believers must aim to grow in all nine areas.

The fruit of the Spirit is:

1)  Love.  God’s love, ‘Agape’, is the essence of God being poured out lavishly and consistently in you and through you.  Love gives.  Love shares.  Love forgives. Love cares for others.

2)  Joy. Happiness is determined by circumstances, and what is “happening” to us.  Joy is a deep delight in knowing who and whose you are.  Joy rejoices in confident security.

3)  Peace.  Jesus is called the Prince of Peace.  His peace enters our hearts as an anchor through life circumstances.  He gives us peace with God and the peace of God.

4)  Longsuffering or Patience.  With this fruit, we submit to God’s timing and the release of His ultimate purpose in our lives.  It is an attitude of grace towards others in their times of weakness.

5)  Kindness. This is the working out of acts of love and care.  It can be demonstrated in thoughts, words, and actions.

6)  Goodness. This is showing forth the grace of God in helping others, giving, sharing and encouraging, even when it is undeserved.

7)  Faithfulness.  Preserving that which is committed in our care; being consistent in good character in all areas of life.

8)  Gentleness. Gentleness is the manifestation of strength in control. It is dealing with issues with grace versus arrogance or anger.

9)  Self-control.  This speaks of self-government, temperance, and order.  The power of self-control begins within and flows out in all areas of life.  Imperfection is a part of humanity.  As we pray and yield ourselves to the Spirit of God, He will patiently change and help us to be more and more like Him, showing more of His fruit.  If that is your desire, God will give you the desires of your heart.

Kingdom Declaration:

I desire to grow more and more like God in His fruit, grace, power and glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 19-20; Matthew 27:51-66


Remaining in God

February 15

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.

The Holy Spirit of God is the spiritual life-force that works in and through us to bear His fruit in this world. The fruit of the Spirit is the character, values, and nature of God.  As we grow in Christ, we nurture and develop the fruit of the Spirit that are opposite to the selfish nature of mankind.

The bible tells us how to grow so that we might show more of the fruit of God: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4.

How do we “remain” in God: 

1) Daily prayer.  As we meet with God in praise and in prayer our human spirit will remain connected to His Holy Spirit so that we can receive from Him encouragement, information, ideas, revelation, correction, and instruction.

2) Daily read His Word.  The Bible is the voice of God.  It contains His word, His will, and His principles.  As you read His word daily, you will get to know Him more and be transformed into His likeness.

3) Obey God. When you obey God He sees your obedience as love for Him. “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15.

4) Serve God.  Help others in Church, home, workplace, and in areas as God opens the doors. God honors those who serve Him. “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12:26

As you remain in God, His powerful Holy Spirit will make you glorious to bear much fruit for the praise of His Glory.

Kingdom Declaration:

I praise God from whom all blessings come as I serve Him in His Church and in all areas of opportunities.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 17-18; Matthew 27:27-50


God loves You

February 14

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love.” Galatians 5:22

As the world celebrates Valentine’s Day, it is a good for us to meditate on God’s perspective of true love.  Love is the foundation of true religion.  The word ‘love’ in this Bible passage is the Greek word ‘Agape’ and described the highest and most perfect kind of love.  It involves choice and determination to manifest the great power of love.  “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13. The source of love is God.  His nature and personality is love and He expresses His love through His people as ‘fruit’, ‘expression’, and ‘evidence’ of who He is.  God is love.

The beauty of our Christian faith is that we serve God who so loves that He constantly seeks to pour out His love to the people of the world. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. Love demands expression and God’s ultimate expression of His love for us was to send His only Son, Jesus Christ to die for all the sins of the world.

God loves you. “His love for you endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34). Today, “God sends you his love and his faithfulness.” (Psalm 57:3).  “The earth is full of his unfailing love.” (Psalm 33:5). “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17).  God loves you.  Be secure in His love today.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am loved, secure, and confident in God’s everlasting love.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 15-16; Matthew 27:1-26

 


God has appointed you for Influence

February 13

“We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us – a sphere which especially includes you.” 2 Corinthians 10:13.

Some are called to represent God in the sphere of music, media, business, politics, religion, arts, sports, in full-time ministry, etc.  Do not compare yourself with others.  We each have our own calling, gifts and talents according to our spheres of influence.  Comparison with others can either lead to discouragement as you feel that you are not doing enough, or to pride because you think that you are better than others.

Jesus was focused in His calling: “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34.  Jesus never travelled to India or China.  He knew His purpose, His timing and territorial influence, and He was satisfied with doing His Father’s will.  Mary’s sphere of influence was to be a mother to Jesus and her children.  Mary was not a CEO.  She was a wife to Joseph and in her role as a mother and wife, she was blessed with great significance.  From her womb came Jesus, the Messiah.  She was the envy of every Jewish girl. Elizabeth said of Mary: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!  But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Luke 1:42-43.

It brings confidence to know that God has chosen specific spheres of influence for you. He will open the right doors for you; create the right connections; bring you the right mentors and help you towards your purpose for your life. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10.  The blue print of your life is already created by God.  Pray, believe, and be ready to step into your bright future.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD has assigned me my portion and my cup; He has made my lot secure.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 14; Matthew 26:51-75

 


God will make you Attractive

February 12

“Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”  Isaiah 60:3.

As the glory of the Lord rise upon you, you will become more attractive for His sake and yours. Christ in you is the hope for the world: “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col 1:27. This makes you valuable to God and to the world.

You will attract people in need of His:

  • Hope. “In his name (Jesus Christ) the nations will put their hope.” Mat 12:21.
  • Peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27.
  • Joy. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:11.
  • Love. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
  • Salvation. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
  • Provision. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19. (NKJV).
  • Security. “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

The Bible describes you: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Mat 5:14. He will display His light, brilliance, mercy, and salvation in and through you. “And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Is 40:5.

Kingdom Declaration:

The light and brilliance of Jesus in me is for a display of God’s Glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 13; Matthew 26:26-50


Your Words have Creative Power

February 11

“You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.” Job 22:28.

Another grace that you will experience as God’s glory arise in and through you, is new authority to speak, decree, and create by your spoken words.  Words are powerful and contains energy and life.  God’s promise is to perform and carry out the words of His servants: “Who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers.” Isaiah 44:26. Notice a key word is ‘servant’.

As you purpose to serve God, He is committed to serve you as you speak and declare His will.  Here are some promises to His servants: “Where the word of a king is, there is power.” Ecclesiastes 8:4. “…. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20.

God’s creative power to speak and create was given to His servants from the beginning: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27. You are powerful and with great potential as God’s grace and glory are activated in your life.  As you serve God, He will serve you with His glory.  As you bless God, He will bless you with His glory.  As you glorify God, He will glorify you.

Kingdom Declaration:

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to God.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 11-12; Matthew 26:1-25


Anointed for Purpose

February 10

“Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.”  Isaiah 44:28.

As you position yourself for greater influence and to be a solution to others, expect and believe for the seven-fold anointing of King Cyrus as found in Isaiah 45:1-3. God took a hold of his right hand and glorified him with: 1) Global influence. 2) Victory in warfare.  3) Multiple opportunities. 4) Open doors for new possibilities. 5) Guidance and provision along the way. 6) Removal of all obstacles to his breakthrough. 7) Creative ideas and innovation for wealth creation.

Today the name, “Disney” is a household name for families.  Walt Disney, however, had a rough start in life.  He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He started several businesses that failed and ended with bankruptcy.  As a tenacious man, He kept plugging along and kept his imagination alive with dreams until he found what he called: “His Secrets to Success” and created “Disney World”.  He revolutionized the industry of family theme parks. Today the “Disney Kingdom” earns billions of dollars from merchandise, movies, and theme parks around the world.

When your purpose is connected to God’s purpose to save the world and to fill it with His Glory, you are anointed for blessings, supernatural protection and victory in all your battles.

Kingdom Declaration:

God will anoint and glorify me for His sake and for a better world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 8-10; Matthew 25:31-46


Purpose is Powerful

February 9

“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.  And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.” Gen 37:3-4.

Joseph received a coat of many colors from his father.  This coat had great significance.  In Middle Eastern culture, such a coat was a symbol of distinction, honor, and exaltation to possible heirs of the family legacy.  Joseph immediately experienced jealousy and hatred from his brothers that almost led to his death.

Joseph, however, had a power working in him – the power of purpose.  His brothers threw him in a pit but had to come back and rescue him; he was sold as a slave but ended up in Potiphar’s house for kingdom training; he was imprisoned but met his sponsors for his calling and purpose while in the prison.  Purpose is powerful.

While in the prison he met a prison staff who later gave him a referral to the King of Egypt.  Joseph received favor from God to go before the King to interpret his dreams.  God gave Joseph superior wisdom for economic solutions in Egypt.  The obvious grace and glory in Joseph made him attractive to the King and he was removed from prison and promoted to become the second most powerful man in Egypt.

Purpose is powerful. I declare to you today, “You will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. Psalm 118:17. Whatever you are going through, be strong in the Lord, and trust in saving power. Your battle is for a testimony and your purpose is more powerful that your enemies.

Kingdom Declaration:

My God shall preserve His purpose in my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 6-7; Matthew 25:1-30