Wisdom Testers

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17.

The wisdom that comes from God is described by seven attributes:

1)  Pure.  It is without evil inspiration and operations.  It is without selfish motives.

2)  Peace-loving.  The main goal of God’s wisdom is to promote peace and to have peace as its outcome whenever possible.

3)  Considerate.  It is gentle in its approach, making allowances for others.

4)  Submissive.  It is not stubborn but willing to listen and respect others viewpoints.

5)  Full of mercy and good fruit.  It is ready to forgive others and show acts of kindness.

6)  Impartial.  It deals with others without prejudice and selfishness.

7)  Sincere.  It can be trusted as truth, without deception and hypocrisy.

Albert Einstein says: “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”  As you make decisions today, remember these seven wisdom testers and you will be guided by God’s wisdom to rule your world with His peace and for your ultimate peace.

Kingdom Declaration:

May God’s spirit of wisdom infuse my soul, renew my mind, and preserve my heart.

Read the Bible in One Year: Numbers 4-6; Mark 4:1-20


God’s Elite Army

February 21

“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” Psalm 34:19.

Great heroes known for their bravery and skill are usually chosen for difficult feats that could determine the fate of a person, a family, and a nation.  They consider it an honor to be chosen for dangerous missions.

The Canadian Special Operations Forces has high-level elite teams of highly trained combat specialists in government military and security campaigns.  These teams go through rigorous training over many months before they are deployed into high level security operations.  During training, they are pushed to the limit both mentally and physically to weed out those who would not be successful in a demanding operation and mission. God also has an Elite Army of Special Forces to fight evil forces in spiritual warfare.

Tips in Spiritual warfare:

1) Do not fight aimlessly but strategically. “Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” 1 Cor 9:26.

2) Do not fight in the flesh but with spiritual weapons. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Cor 10:4.

3) Fight with the end in mind.  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim 4:7.

4) Remember you are not alone.  “For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deut 20:4.

Kingdom Declaration:

God is with me, to fight for me against all my enemies, and give me victory.

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


Be Your Best

February 20

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14.

Life is not always fair, bad things happen to good people. There are no reasons nor formula for the unavoidable and uncontrollable experiences that we sometimes face.  What we can control, however, is our attitude and determination to outlive and outlast our enemies.

Sometimes God allows us to go through circumstances for the opportunity to qualify us for the “Overcomers Hall of Fame.”  Albert Einstein was written off by his educators as a slow learner and mentally challenged; Joni Erickson, a quadriplegic, became a radio host, author, artist and powerful motivational speaker; John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress, was imprisoned because of his passionate faith; Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd President of America contracted polio and was paralyzed for the rest of his life.  He was the only President in a wheel chair and elected for more than two terms.  Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, suddenly lost her hearing and vision.  Against overwhelming odds and with passion and persistence she graduated college with highest honors and impacted her world.  We cannot always control our circumstances but we can do what we can, use what we have, and be the best that we can. The power is “choice”.

See life as a gift and negatives as opportunities to overcome and to prove that God in you is greater than whatever, whomever and wherever.  May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ rise upon as you take care of yourself, serve God, and be your best in your world.

Kingdom Declaration:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 26-27; Mark 2


You are God’s Workmanship

February 19

“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 word ‘workmanship’ means the degree of skill with which a product is made or a job done. To be God’s workmanship means that you are made to be YOU, and with all that you need to fulfill your destiny. As God’s workmanship He has promised to: ‘make your load lighter’ (Ex 18:22); make you fruitful (Gen 17:6); make you increase (Gen 28;3); ‘make you prosper’ (Gen 32:9); ‘make all your enemies turn their backs and run (Ex 23:27); and to  ‘make you great’ (Ps 18:35).

French scientist Louis Pasteur was born to have influence in the sphere of health, and medicine.  The timing of his life was strategically decided by God.  Purpose is connected to timing and training so he lived at a time when thousands of people died of rabies each year.  He worked day and night on a vaccine that could save them.  Just as he was about to begin experimenting on himself, a nine-year old boy called Joseph Meister was bitten by a rabid dog.  The boy’s mother begged Pasteur to experiment on her son.  Pasteur injected him for ten days and the boy lived.  Decades later, of all the things that Pasteur could have etched on his headstone, he asked only for three words: “Joseph Meister Lived!” Louis Pasteur was gifted by God with all the gifts and preservation to be a great scientist.

You are needed in our world.  God has made you a unique representative of Himself.  Created in His image and likeness you are blessed to be fruitful, productive, and prosperous.  You are God’s workmanship. He is proud of you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am created by God as His workmanship, and therefore He will make me fruitful.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 25; Mark 1:23-45


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

“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