The Blessing of God

March 23

“He will bless those who fear the Lord – small and great alike.  May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children.  May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:13-15.

When God gives you a definite promise beginning with ‘I will’ it means He has the power to perform whatever to whomever He promises. The promise here is that God wants to bless you and will bless you when you reverence Him and place Him in highest priority in your life. God responds to your blessing, praise, and worship.  As you serve Him, He will serve you.

His blessing to you includes blessings on your family regardless of their ages and relationship.  God blessed a tormented man, healed him, and said to him: “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19.

God blessed a jailer who was afraid of losing his job: “The jailer brought them (the disciples) into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God – he and his whole family.” Acts 16:34. God wants to bless your entire family and His intention is that all people will be in His family. “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” Ephesians 3:14-15.

The blessing of the LORD, The Maker of heaven and earth, includes His SHALOM (peace, wellness, health, prosperity, and all that is good in your life).  His blessing in your life includes the grace of CHAYIL (wisdom, power, honor, virtue, favor, wealth and influence). Receive it today as a member of the family of God.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am blessed to be in the family of God with God as my Heavenly Father.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 13-15; Luke 1:57-80


Honor the Children

March 22

“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.  So now I give him to the LORD.  For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28

Every child is a gift from God. There is no “unwanted child”. The Bible’s perception on children is clearly stated: “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3. Unfortunately, not all children are born into a loving and caring home but it is good for us to know that all children are important to God and with a purpose waiting to be discovered.

Your children are precious to God and the greatest gift and blessing you can give them is relationship with God in the family of God. God gave your children life through you for them to receive eternal life through Him.

For eternal blessing on your children:

1) Pray for them. You cannot be with your children for 24 hours every day for life – but God can.  As you pray, engage God in the parenting of your child.  God wants to care for your child more than you can.

2) Honor them. God’s encouragement: “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”  Matthew 18:10. When children are honored, they become honorable.

3) Bless them with God.  Teach them to pray and involve God in every area of their life. With an awareness of God in them and with them they will have greater resistance to all the evil traps that children face today in schools, relationships, and the complications of life.  “All your sons and daughters will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace.” Isaiah 54:13.

4) Speak blessing over them regularly: “And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:16.

As you pray, honor and bless your children remember that God is praying for you, honoring you, and blessing you as His son or daughter.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I declare the blessing, honor, and glory of God upon my children.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 10-12; Luke 1:39-56


God Loves Children

March 21

“When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”  He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” John 6:5,6.

Jesus was teaching in a crusade with over 5000 people.  After preaching for many hours, He was aware that the families were hungry.  Being practical, He wanted to provide food for the people.  Jesus was watching a boy sitting there for hours, excited to be close to Him and His disciples, while carefully guarding his lunch given to him by his mother.  Jesus asked the disciples “where will we find the food?” The disciples reported that they did not have enough money to buy food for 5,000 people.  Jesus, however, waited for another report.

One disciple eventually saw the seed. “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.  He did the same with the fish.”  John 6:9,11.  A boy’s lunch was used in a miracle of multiplication to feed everyone and with leftovers.

As the Master Teacher, Jesus used the opportunity to teach His disciples:

1) Allow children to become source of miracles and to experience the miraculous.

2) Nothing is impossible with God.

3) When you don’t have enough for your need, look for the seed.

4) God can and will provide.

Children are important now.  They have value now.  Let us be aware of their goodness and greatness now.  Let us validated and activate them now for greater significance.  Jesus loves children.

Kingdom Declaration:

Everyone is significant and have value regardless of their age.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 7-9; Luke 1:21:38


God is there all the time

March 20

While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time:  “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it – the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” Jeremiah 33:1-3.

God speaks to us in our circumstances if only we will hear beyond the confusion, see beyond the disappointments, and feel his love beneath the pain.  He is encouraging you to stop, take a minute, “Call to me” and He will:

1) Answer you.  Let this be an opportunity for you to learn His voice even more.

2) Give you revelation.  He will bring understanding and give you the right perspective about your circumstances.

3) Give you knowledge.  Remember that facts are not always truth.  God will give you the right information and plans for recovery and restoration.

I heard about the lady who spent fifteen minutes looking for her glasses and found it safely on her own nose.  It was there all the time.  God is there all the time.  God will reveal to you the truth of the circumstance and the seed of deliverance that is already there.

Remember: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.  God is with you and for you.  He is there all the time.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

God is always with me fighting for me, and leading me into the path of victory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 4-6; Luke 1:1-20

 

 


God’s Promise to you

March 19

“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.”  3 John 2.

God’s will for you is found in His word.  When you have faith in God, His word becomes the blueprint for your life, your insurance plan for your security, and your title deed to possess your promise.  His word contains promises that are yours for the taking.  Your faith will release the promises of God to your address.  God has declared to you that above all things, His will for your life is for you to prosper and be in health as your soul prospers.

Hindrances to God’s promises in your life:

1) Ignorance of His Word.  If you do not know what God says about you in His word you will miss out on some of His blessings. Study God’s Word in the Bible and you will know of the many blessings that are available to those who believe in Him.

2) Erosion of hope.  Hope births faith so do not give up hope.  As you keep hoping, faith will be released to keep you during times of testing and waiting.

3) Be free from condemnation. “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.” 1 John 3:21-22. Do not allow negative meditations about yourself or about God to block God’s promises in your life.  God does not condemn you but you can condemn yourself.  Believe in God’s forgiving power and forgive yourself if you have failed.  Remember that God is on your side and wants to prosper you, heal you, and bless you.

God has faith in you, and you must have faith in Him, and faith in yourself.  He has given you His word.  Believe in His word and you will prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.  Don’t give up.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I believe and receive God’s blessing of prosperity and health.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 1-3; Mark 16


Faith is Power

March 18

“The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”  Luke 17:5, 6.

Faith is power that when activated in you takes on a life of its own.  Persecution makes it grow.  Tribulation makes it prosper.  Slander makes it stronger. Threats make it tougher.  A person of faith taps into the realm of unlimited resources and potential.  “For nothing is impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37.

Faith in God makes His power yours, His love yours, His anointing yours, and His will yours.  Problems become only challenges.  People of faith have testimonies of trials ending with triumph.  People of faith turn their mistakes into opportunities for growth.  Walls collapse, waters divide, doors open and needs are met for people of faith.

Charles Blondin, a famous French tightrope walker was the first person to cross the Niagara Falls on a tightrope.  As the crowds watch and cheered him each time he crossed with a different daring feat – on stilts, on a bicycle, blindfolded and even in the dark.  When he landed on the other side with the crowd’s applause louder that the roar of the falls, he once suddenly stopped and asked his audience: “Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?”  They shouted enthusiastically, “Yes! You are the greatest tightrope walker in the world.  We believe.”  “Okay,” said Blondin, “Who wants to get into the wheelbarrow?”  No one volunteered.

Faith is not just talk nor hype.  Faith is confirmed by actions. “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”  James 2:17. Today nurture your faith by prayer and allow this word of faith to bring forth the fruit of faith in your life.  Let the power of your faith destroy all obstacles to your miracle.  Have faith in God.  You can trust Him to carry you through all seasons of life.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I put my faith in God my Source of power, strength, protection, and provision.

Read the Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 32-34; Mark 15:26-47


God desires to bless all

March 17

“Wealth and honour come from you; you are the ruler of all things.  In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.  Now, our God we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”  1Chronicles 29:12,13.

God promises to exalt and gives strength to all.  To exalt means to elevate in rank, honor, power, character, or quality.  God’s exaltation will lift you into a greater realm for positive stimulation and revelation.  Be encouraged to know that all things are possible to all people if they believe and are ready to work to achieve.

Sometimes we limit ourselves and take it even further to limit God in us.  Remember, “The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4.  God in you is greater than your fears, inadequacies, enemies, and your obstacles.  Do not put limits on yourself and do not put limits on God.

It is said that a burning desire is only the starting point of all possibilities and just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.  How big is your God?  What do you dare to believe for?  Aim high and let God set the boundaries.  God said in His word that wealth, honor, strength, and power are all available to you.  Believe it, pray it, declare it, and allow God to coach you into your new possibilities.  Every day is a new day to receive new strength, favor, and power from God.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I position my heart to receive the grace and glory of God without limitations.

Read the Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 30-31; Mark 15:1-25


In everything give thanks

March 16

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16, 17.

It is said that a thankful attitude is linked to mental health, improves sleep, increases energy, brings personal joy, and give joy to others.  Thanksgiving is a choice, an attitude, a way of life. The bible encourages us to give thanks in all circumstances and not for all circumstances.  When you offer thanksgiving to God during challenging times, His angels are attracted to comfort and help you.  When you maintain a thankful heart, negative spirits are discouraged from hanging around you.  When you persist with thankful praise you create an atmosphere for positive influence and creative power.  In everything, give thanks.

I heard the story of two ladies riding on a train and one was so visibly upset that the other asked, “Are you OK?”  She looked at the stranger thinking, “What is it to you?” but felt compelled to answer.  She told about her hatred for her work, her awful boss, the lack of good air circulation, the old computers, no privacy, and her little pay.  After ten minutes of sharing her greatly disadvantage lifestyle, she paused and said, “What about you?”  The other lady smiled and said, “Oh I’m not as lucky as you. I lost my job six months ago and I haven’t been able to find one.  Then two weeks ago, they found a lump in my breast and I am on my way for more tests. You are so fortunate to have a job to complain about and to be stressed out about its environment!”

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I praise God with a grateful and thankful heart for all He has done and is going to do.

Read the Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 28-29; Mark 14:54-72


God’s Loving Kindness

March 15

“But if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die.”  Ezekiel 18:21.

God is the God of another chance.  When God forgives, He forgets and allows us to approach Him without condemnation.  One of the Hebrew words that describes this grace and love of God is ‘Chesed’ meaning ‘loving-kindness’, a strong covenant word that emphasizes the extreme passion of God that refuses to give up on us when we are weak, faulty, or struggling with temptation.

His loving-kindness reached out to Adam and Eve after they sinned and He covered their shame.  His loving-kindness reached out to David and restored him after adultery.  His loving-kindness reached out to Peter after his public failure and restored him as an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ.

God’s loving-kindness is looking for sinners to forgive; weak people to strengthen; poor people to bless; and humble people to adopt into His family.  No wonder King David wrote: “He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.”  Psalm 18:50. Yes, God will show His unfailing loving kindness to you every day.

Kingdom Declaration:

Surely, God’s mercy and loving kindness will be with me always.

Read the Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 26-27; Mark 14:27-53


The Gift of Friendship

March 14

“A man who has friends must show himself friendly, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.”  Proverbs 18:24.

Loneliness is everywhere.  The greatest loneliness can be experienced in a crowd.  Loneliness is not just being alone, but a feeling of disconnection, alienation, or separation.  We all need friends.  We all need support, encouragement, help, and meaningful interaction.

To have great friends:

1) Become one. Instead of wishing for a friend, become one.  Show yourself friendly.  Give.  Share.  Help.  Encourage.  You have a friend because you are a friend. “A man who has friends must himself be friendly.”

2) Be forgiving.  Meaningful, special relationships have been destroyed because of one unfortunate mistake.  How valuable are your friends?  If you love them and enjoy them, be willing to forgive them.  Hopefully, they will find the grace to forgive you also.

3) Be wise.  “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Cor 15:33. Choose friends that will build you up and not tear you down.  Choose friends that will make you greater, and who will become greater because of you.

4) Be patient.  Cherish your friends.  Remember, Jesus called His disciples ‘friends’.  “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.”  John 15:15

Jesus is the Friend that will stick closer to you than even a brother.  God calls His believers, friends.  You have a Friend who will be with you forever.  You have the grace to be a friend and to have great friends.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for the great gift of great friends.

Read the Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 23-25; Mark 14:1-26