Live today in eternity

December 18

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”  (Phil. 1:20,21).

 

Death is never a favorite topic even though it is inevitable. The Bible is open about the seasons of life:

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” (Eccl. 3:1-2).

 

Paul had a healthy and strategic positioning about death. His death would work towards his benefit. He had no fear about death for he was convinced of his eternal life in Christ and lived a purpose-driven life on Earth. Every moment of Paul’s life was spent in active service of his King. Jesus was the centre of his life, the source of his life, and the Author and Finisher of his life.  Paul’s timing was already decided by God and he acquiesced with peace and joy.

 

What a wonderful peace to know that our times are in the hands of our Savior and King.  A Sunday school teacher was teaching on heaven and she described its beauty with streets of gold and all the angels worshipping God. She concluded by saying to the children, “Raise your hand if you want to go to heaven.”  Every hand shot up immediately except one child.  When he was asked why he didn’t raise his hand his reply was, “Mom just baked an apple pie for dinner.”

 

While we enjoy life on Earth, we should also plan for our eternal destination.  Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, safe and secure as your times are in His hands and heaven becomes your destination to live with Him forever.

 

Kingdom Dynamics:

I have eternal life and I live in the security of my future in God’s hands.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Obadiah; Revelation 9


Soar to your highest

December 17

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sins that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  (Heb. 12:1).

 

When you watch people fly in an air balloon it seems so peaceful and effortless.  But for the balloon to be stabilized on the ground it is held down by the weight of sandbags on all four sides of the gondola.  When you climb in to begin your ascent, the sand is released until the huge balloon slowly lifts off the ground.  The craft ascends higher as more and more sand is released.

 

We are encouraged to throw off everything that hinders us in pursuit of success.  The weight of sin, distractions, and wrong relationships can keep us from soaring into our destiny.  Bitterness, anger, fear, procrastination, bad attitudes are only some of the weights that can keep us down. When our spirits are down it affects our countenance, attitude, and decision- making process.  A sinful lifestyle leads to a wilderness lifestyle without prolonged happiness.

 

Today, see if there is any ‘weight’ in your soul that you must get rid of.  Sometimes to set yourself free, you must first set others free and then you will begin to soar.  Today, let go and let God take you higher as you soar with Him into your new possibilities.

 

Kingdom Dynamics:

I soar in the safety of my King to my greatest for His glory.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Amos 7-9; Revelation 8


Sons and daughters of God

December 16

“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”  (Gal. 4:4,5).

 

To care for a foster child is a compassionate and unselfish undertaking which carries with it many risks.  Children that are placed in the custody of the State usually come from a dysfunctional background of parents that are unfit to care for them.  When the State renders parents unfit it is usually because of abuse of some kind or neglect and therefore foster children can have emotional and relational problems.

 

It is one thing to be a foster parent (temporary) but it is another thing to adopt a child (permanently).  An adoption means that the child becomes family and joint-heirs to the family name and assets.  God did not only offer us care and compassion, but He gave us the full rights of sons and daughters.  “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will but born of God.” (John 1:12,13).

 

He did this knowing that we are imperfect and from an imperfect background.  He knows that we will fail Him and fail others, yet He takes the risk to love us anyway and calls us His children.  What a privilege to be adopted into the family of God.  As His child you have the right to His Name, you are a joint-heir with Jesus, and you have a delightful inheritance not only on Earth but also in heaven.  Everything that God owns He shares with you.  You have a loving Father and King who loves you.

 

Kingdom Dynamics:

I am a member of the royal family of God forever.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Amos 4-6; Revelation 7


The Atmosphere for Manifested Glory

December 15

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” (Acts 16:25).

 

Paul and Silas were imprisoned unjustly because they delivered a girl who was demonized and tormented. The business men and political leaders were in cahoots in their illegal operations and plotted to destroy them because with this girl set free, they were missing their slave and their business would suffer. Paul and Silas were severely beaten, thrown in prison, and shackles placed on their feet.

 

While in prison, however, they sang, praised God, and created the atmosphere for manifested glory in the prison, “Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.” (Acts 16:26). Their attitude of praise and reaction of faith even in their unjust and cruel circumstance spoke volumes to the jailers and other prisoners who were with them. They  were not only professing Christians but they were also practicing Christians.

 

The power of “choice” is a powerful gift that we can choose to activate as we create and rule our world.  Let us choose not to be ruled by people or circumstances but by the grace and power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Wherever we are God is.  What ever we go through God remains in control. Praise God and create an Atmosphere of His Glory for divine intervention and powerful miracles.

 

Kingdom Dynamics:

May the grace and love of Jesus Christ flows in and through me today.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Amos 1-3; Revelation 6


The Power of Forgiveness

December 14

“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”  (Luke 23:34.)

Jesus at the time of His death demonstrated His absolute power to forgive.  Amid ridicule, torture, rebellion, curses, sorrow, and injustice, He had only words of forgiveness for the people.  On the cross in agony He watched the people that He fed, healed, and helped only days before, shouting, “Crucify him”. The battle for His soul was greater than His physical torment.  Temptations of bitterness, anger, revenge, hate, and curses could have invaded His heart but He chose to suffer it all and forgive.  For God so loved the world that He chose to die for people and to forgive then and now.

I read of the hijackers who terrorized the passengers aboard an Indian Airlines jet for eight days.  Then on December 31, 1999, the gunmen issued a final demand before releasing their hostages.  “Sorry, but everyone has to say that I am forgiven,” said the hijacker code-named “Burger.”  When the passengers stared back at him in disbelief, he ordered them to say, “I forgive you.”  After hearing the words, the hijackers disappeared into the desert. 

Unbelievable as it might seem, Jesus is still willing to forgive you for every sin or mistake that you might have committed, even the ones against Him.  God’s power of forgiveness cancels every power of the enemy in your life.  Today receive His forgiveness and His love again even as you forgive and love others also.  Hear Him say to you today: “I forgive you.”

Kingdom Dynamics:

I live in the security of God’s forgiveness for myself and for others.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joel 1-3; Revelation 5


The Power of His Word

December 13

“Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.  My comfort in my suffering is this:  Your promise preserves my Life.”  (Ps. 119:49,50).

Many people have had their lives changed by one word from God.  For the disciples it was: “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  They left their businesses and went into full service for the cause of Jesus.  Missionary and pioneer William Carey introduced the gospel to India after being touched by the words of Isaiah, “Enlarge the place of your tent.”  Ten lepers were healed after they believed and acted upon the words of Jesus, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”  It was as they went in obedience to His Word that they were healed. 

Martin Luther was greatly influenced by the verse, “The just shall live by faith.”  He started a revolution that released Christians from the burden of being saved by their own righteousness, works, and goodness.  He taught them what He believed in, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8).

Believe and be encouraged by God’s word to you, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.” (Is. 54:17), NKJV.  Be ‘saved’ by the grace of Jesus Christ and be ‘safe’ in the power of His protection and grace for you.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I am saved and safe in the Love and Power of Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Hosea 12-14; Revelation 4


You will sparkle in God’s Kingdom

December 12

“The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.  How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.”  (Zech. 9:16-17).

 

This prophecy was fulfilled for us through Jesus Christ, our Messiah King.  It was 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.” (Matt. 1:21).

 

Notice the blessings of the saving grace of Jesus Christ:

1) You become a member of His ‘flock’, referring to Jesus as the Good Shepherd that will care and provide for His sheep.

2) You will sparkle in His Kingdom by the radiance of His glory.  Jesus the “Light of the World” has made you the light of this world.

3) You will be attractive and beautiful as His grace and glory makes you hope to the hopeless; help to the helpless, and salvation to those in need of His grace.

4) You will grow and thrive – as you study His Word and live by His Word you will grow in inner strength and wisdom.

5) You will be refreshed “as with new wine” for the joy of the Lord shall be your strength.

 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and power of His love be with you always.

 

Kingdom Dynamics:

I live, walk and prosper by the grace and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Hosea 9-11; Revelation 3


A Move of God

December 11

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man (Jesus Christ).” Luke 17:26. “At that time they will see the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:27).

 

The phrase “At that time” refers to a time when the world is going towards a dangerous level of violence, corruption, perversion, and poverty that triggers a divine visitation of God to come down in a move to cleanse, save people, and preserve the earth.  The Bible gives us hope that in those times God intervenes and comes with an outpouring of His powerful and great glory in revival, cleansing, salvation.

 

In every move of God, as it was in the days of Noah, there is:

1) Revelation.  God told Noah that He was about to cleanse and restore the world.

2) Preparation. God prepared Noah and those who believed with ability, power, authority, and glory to

serve Him in His mission to save lives and the earth, and to restore and rebuild.

3) Preservation.  He told Noah and family how to be preserved and provided for them instructions on

how to build an Ark.

4) Provision.  All their needs for survival were supplied in the Ark.

5) Harvest. Noah and family became stewards of the entire planet.  They had the job to rebuild the world. Their harvest included people, land (planet), resources.  All the wealth of the planet was now theirs.

 

Our world is in crisis and God has initiated a move to cleanse, restore, and rebuild our world. This move includes all believers in Christ.  Jesus is the Savior of our world. The CHAYIL Glory Movement is the outpouring of God’s power and great glory in and through His believing Christians to save lives, restore hope, rebuild, and restore a safe and secure world. Christ is His believers is the hope of glory for our world, and to glorify His Name.

 

Kingdom Dynamics:

I was born and am alive for such a time as this to pray and serve for a greater world.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Hosea 5-8; Revelation 2


Press through for your breakthrough

December 10

“The he said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and the king took them.  Elisha told him, ‘Strike the ground.’  He struck it three times and stopped.  The man of God was angry with him and said, ‘you should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it.  But now you will defeat it only three times.”  (2 Kings 13:18,19).

 

Sometimes we give up too easily or we do not put as much effort into something that would have plunged us into another level of success.  We reap partial victory, partial success and sometimes no victory at all.

Success comes in a package with obstacles and trials.  Victory is won after a battle.  A Champion is a winner over an opponent.

 

Your outcome will be determined by your: 

1) Commitment. If your commitment is only until you have an obstacle you will never have victory.

2) Tenacity. A determination to never give in, give over, or give up your dream.

3) Faith. For with God all things are possible and therefore you can do all things through Christ who will strengthen you.

 

God’s word for you, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Gen. 28:15).

 

Kingdom Dynamics:

God is with me. I am a Champion and by His power I shall continue to the finishing line for my victory.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Hosea 1-4; Revelation 1


God is in control of your seasons

December 9

“All by itself the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.  As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:28,29).

 

This verse was from a parable told by Jesus called, “The Parable of the Growing Seed.”  When seed is planted into a soil, it takes a while before there is evidence of growth.  There is a ‘Law of Progression’ that is applicable in both the natural and in the spiritual world.  The progression of a child into an adult; the progression of morning into night, and the progression of a dream into a reality, are all examples of the Law of Progression.

 

Jesus came as a baby and waited thirty years until He was matured and ready before launching out into His ministry. If a seed of hope or vision has been planted in your heart do not give up when there is a delay.  Water it with prayer and with the Word of God.  Soon you will see a stalk, signs of life and movement; then its head showing you the harvest is near; and then the ripened grain when the harvest is ready.

 

The harvest time is a busy time to work and pick all the harvest before it is destroyed.  It is important to know and rest in your season, for each season is equal in importance.  There is a time to plant, a time to wait, a time to develop and mature and a time to launch out. Rest, wait and enjoy each season.

 

Kingdom Dynamics:

God is sovereign in my life and in control of my seasons.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Daniel 11,12; Jude