Keep your faith alive

August 19

“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.  She came up behind Him (Jesus) and touched the edge of His cloak and immediately her bleeding stopped.”  Luke 8:43,44.

One of the hardest things to do when our waiting has been for a long time is to keep our faith alive. For twelve years this woman visited doctors and looked for every possible cure for her illness and she grew worse.  Her bleeding condition would have caused great discomfort and affected her financially and socially.  This woman was ready for a miracle ad lived with expectation.  Expectation creates the atmosphere for miracles

Faith killers are:

1) Discouragement.  Discouragement has a nagging voice that says it will never happen.  It inspires negative imagination to create the worse possible scenario.

2) Fear.  Fear has an intimidating voice makes failure looks more possible than a miracle.  It makes you believe in sickness more than healing; poverty more than prosperity; failure more than success; and in the power of the devil more than the power of God.

This woman with her faith alive and expecting her miracle, heard of Jesus, watched Him heal others and knew He was the gift she was waiting for. Her faith released strength to her weakened body, and in spite her pain and discomfort, she went to His crusade with a large crowd.  In the midst of thousands of people, she had the courage to touch the cloak of Jesus and was healed.  Keep your faith alive.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I live by faith in God for miracles and blessings every day.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 103,104; 1 Corinthians 2


You are heavily protected

August 18

“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.  As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 125:1-2).

God promised His children guaranteed protection. He surrounds us, guards us, defends us, and shields us from danger. With His care and protection we are safe and secure.  In department stores when shipping ‘fragile items’ they use items such as shrink and bubble wraps, special boxes, cartons, poly bags, Styrofoam and containers made of wood or steel depending on the product. You are heavily protected and secure in God.

God protects you with:

1) His Angels. “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14).

2) His Armor. “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Eph. 6:11).

3) His Blood.  The blood of Jesus protects you from evil.

4) His seal.  “… you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” (Eph. 1:13).

5) His Word.  He has given you His promises and guarantees your outcome.

6) His Power.  “I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.” Ps 135:5.

You are protected from the inside out, God is in you.  No wonder the Psalmist says, “… you are like Mount Zion which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am like Mount Zion which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 100-102; 1 Corinthians 1

 


Our time is in God’s hands

August 17

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”  (Romans 8:35,37).

One of the biggest intimidators of our time is the word ‘cancer’.  Patients sometimes collapse even if the doctor links it with the word ‘possible’.  Paul had many near-death experiences but he was convinced that God was in control of his life.  God is our Alpha and Omega which means He controls our beginning and our ending.  We did not begin by luck, chance, nor coincidence.  We began by God and will end with God.  Our time is in His Hands. The Psalmist says:  “.Your promise preserves my life.” (Ps. 119:50).

Live with an eternal perspective. You can have eternal life. “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3).  There is an article on the bulletin board in the Mayo Clinic that reads: “Cancer is limited: it cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope.  It cannot corrode faith.  It cannot eat away peace.  It cannot destroy confidence.  It cannot kill friendship.  It cannot shut out memories.  It cannot silence courage.  It cannot invade the soul.  It cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot quench the spirit, and it cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.”

Do not fear.  Jesus in confidence declared: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”  Rest in God’s preserving power for He holds you in His hands.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

My God is my Alpha and Omega.  My life is in His hands.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 97-99; Romans 16.


Guard your heart

August 15

“You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.”  Obadiah 12.

Sometimes the temptation is to rejoice over the misfortunes of others when we think that they deserve them, but God alone is the Righteous Judge who deserves to judge all.

After Abraham Lincoln was shot by an assassin, his wife Mrs. Lincoln overcome by grief fiercely demanded of his bodyguard, “Why were you not at the door to keep the assassin out?”  The bodyguard trembled explaining that he was distracted.  She fell back on her pillow, covered her face with her hands and said: “Go now.  It’s not you I can’t forgive, it’s the assassin.”  The bodyguard replied concerning Abraham Lincoln, “If Pa had lived he would have forgiven the man who shot him.  Pa forgave everybody.”

Solomon writes: “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.”  (Prov. 24:17,18).  Guard and preserve your heart with thoughts of love and not hate; thoughts of forgiveness and not vengeance; thoughts of peace and not strife, and thoughts of joy and not fear. Let peace rule your heart and your meditation and you will have health in your bones and peace in your heart.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 91-93; Romans 15:1-13


God is waiting to hear from you

August 14

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”  Psalm 143:8.

God wants to commune with you every morning. Ralph Herring writes: “Prayer is need finding a voice.  Prayer is embarrassment seeking relief.  Prayer is friend in search of friend.  Prayer is a quest in the darkness of midnight.  Prayer is knocking on a barred door.  Prayer is communion through both darkness and closed doors.  Prayer is shameless insistence in the name of another.  Prayer is expecting and receiving all things whatsoever we need to meet the demands when Jesus our Friend calls on us.”

What a privilege to come to God in prayer, to talk to Him, and to hear His assurance, encouragement, and direction.  Prayer is the privilege to connect with and host the presence of God.  Prayer is the key that opens the door to the throne room of His glory for unlimited access to God’s unlimited favor.

Miracles result from prayer. Healings result from prayers. Lives, circumstances. and nations are transformed through prayer.  All things are possible through prayer.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 89,90; Romans 14.

 


Your faith is the key to your victory

August 13

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1,2.

There is a list of heroes in the Bible’s ‘hall of faith’ found in the book of Hebrews. They all had this in common: ‘they all had weaknesses and trials but they were all overcomers’.  They were described as people: “Who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.” (Heb.11:33-34.)

Their trials made them grow in wisdom, strength, and power.  They learnt by their mistakes and did not allow failure to be their final outcome. They put their faith in God and in His Word when they needed wisdom; in His grace in their times of need; and in His strength when they were weak.

When we read all through the Gospels we see how Jesus loved and responded to anyone who had faith in Him as their Savior, Healer, and Deliverer.  He would often commend them for their faith, “Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed from that moment.” (Matt 9:22).  By faith believe and receive a miracle today.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

By faith I believe and receive a miracle today.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 87,88; Romans 13.


God will be with you ‘there’

August 12

“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”  Deuteronomy 4:29.

Never lose sight of God in spite the circumstances you might be facing.  From where you are, seek the Lord and you will find Him ‘there’.

Three Hebrew young men were captured and taken as slaves in Babylon.  Because of their faith in Yahweh and their Jewish traditions, they were thrown in a furnace of blazing fire. When the soldiers looked in the furnace, however, they saw a ‘fourth Man’ with them ‘there’ in the fire.  The ‘fourth Man’ was God who has promised never to leave you.  When you go through trials God will be with you ‘there’.

Hagar, a desperate single mother, was in the wilderness with her son without any food or water.  The boy cried out and God met them ‘there’.  Hagar and her son were preserved, provided for, and blessed by God to become a great nation.

God is with you in every situation. He is with you both ‘here’ and ‘there’. His reminder to you, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deut. 31:7-8).

 

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord my God is with me in every circumstance that I might face today and tomorrow.

Read the Bible in One Year:  Psalms 84-86; Romans 12


Put your confidence in God

August 11

“This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’”  (Is. 48:17).

True confidence comes in knowing that God, who knows what is best for you, is willing to teach you and direct you in the path of your success and destiny.  Trusting in God’s character will make you confident in His power in you, for you and possibilities through you.  Confidence may be described as the quality or state of being certain.  You can be confident in God.

Here are some attributes of God:

1)  He is omniscient. God knows all and therefore knows the future; sees around the bend; and is ahead of you preparing for you.

2)  He is omnipotent. God is almighty and without limitations.  He is powerful and therefore quite able to protect and preserve you as you follow His path.

3)  He is omnipresent. God is Ever-present, He is everywhere and therefore will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt says: “Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance.  Without them it cannot live.” Put your confidence in God who is working for you and with you.  With God as your Source, you can also be confident in yourself as you step into a season of new possibilities.  “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” Hebrew 10:35.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

My confidence is in God who works in me, for me and through me for my highest calling.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 81-83; Roman 11:19-36


Be safe, strong, and secure

August 10

“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.

No one is immune to fear.  It is a regular fight for the strongest and the bravest.  A trapeze artist has to win the battle of fear before he steps onto a rope that could lead to his death.  A heavy weight champion has to face his fear and win the battle in his mind before he faces the battle with his opponent.

All great people had to conquer fear: Julius Caesar conquered the world, but he was terrified of thunder.  Peter the Great of Russia, cried like a child when he had to cross bridges.  Dr. Samuel Johnson, the celebrated British writer, wouldn’t enter a room with his left foot first.  If he did accidentally, he backed up and re-enter it with his right one.

 

Be encouraged today by God’s words to you today: 

1)  Do not let fear, God is with you.

2)  Do not be dismayed, your Sovereign God is in control.

3)  God will strengthen you and help you.

4)  You will not fall because God is holding you and will not let you go.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is with me therefore I am safe, strong, and secure.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 79,80; Romans 11:1-18


Ticket to an eternal destination with God

August 9

“Everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.  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 3:15,16).

The airport is filled with people hurriedly running to get to their planes that will take them to their destinations.  Some people sit around patiently waiting for the call to check them through.  Others are waiting for a cab, train or a bus to get them to their destination.  Important questions to be settled are: Where is my eternal destination?  Where is life taking me?

Here is your ticket to an eternal destination with God.  “Everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ may have eternal life.” John 3:15. “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom. 10:9).

Jesus Christ is your secure pathway to eternal life with God forever.  Today with all your heart you can surrender your life to Jesus and gain a secure destination. Please pray this prayer with me: “Dear Jesus, I know that I have made mistakes and sinned against you.  Please forgive me for all my sins.  I believe that you are the Savior of the world and that you died on the cross to save me. I surrender my life to you today.  I thank you Jesus for my gift of salvation and my secured destination to be with you forever. In Jesus Name, Amen.”

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for my eternal life with Jesus Christ. I am secure.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 77,78; Romans 10