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

Jesus Christ describes Himself

December 8


“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Rev. 22:16).


Throughout the Bible there have been many names and titles associated with Jesus Christ such as Savior; Emmanuel; Son of the Highest; Faithful and True; Alpha and Omega; Messiah; King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  To His Church Jesus described Himself as, “The Root and Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”


It is therefore important for us to understand the grace, mercy, and glory that operated in the life of David. For example, David committed great sins and yet the grace of God forgave him of them all; David was homeless in a cave and yet the grace of God eventually gave him a palace; David went through family problems with his wife and children and yet the grace of God preserved him and blessed him in the family of the Kingdom of God forever; David went through many battles and yet the grace of God gave him victory again and again; David faced giants of fear and yet the grace of God gave him overcoming power; David went through times of great loss and poverty and yet the grace of God gave him wealth.


The grace of David is now upon believers in Jesus Christ.  In his psalm David described the grace, mercy and glory that operated in his life: “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.  In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” (1 Chron. 29:12). This grace, mercy, and glory can be summed up in the Hebrew word, “CHAYIL” and can be yours as you pray, believe, and receive.


Kingdom Declaration:

The grace of CHAYIL is upon me for God’s manifested glory to be seen in and through me.


Read the Bible in One Year: Daniel 8-10; 3 John

God is in control

December 7

“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  Hebrews 12:3.


Jesus, Son of the living God, Creator of the Universe, 100% God and man, endured opposition from people even though He had the power to destroy all those who opposed Him at any time.  He warned us that we too will face trouble in this world: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33.


God gives us hope that our challenges are never a surprise to Him.  God knows all things, is before all things, and is in control of all things in your life.  When you made Jesus your Savior and Lord, He became Supreme Ruler.  Your confidence is this: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.


Joseph was sold into slavery twice but God turned it around for good by using that season of his life to train him in the government and people issues in Egypt.  Joseph was betrayed in Potiphar’s house but that was the place where he learnt the secrets of the kingdom of Egypt.  Joseph was unjustly put in prison but that was the place where he met his sponsor who promoted him before the King. Joseph’s troubles became the training ground for him to eventually rule in Egypt as second to the king.


Be confident that your God never sleeps and remains Sovereign Ruler in your life.


Kingdom Declaration:

I have the peace and security to know that God is in control of my life.


Read the Bible in One Year: Daniel 5-7; 2 John

Everybody needs somebody

December 6

“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.  I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.” (Phil. 2:19,20).


Paul knew that we all need to be encouraged and cheered on in the journey of life. No one can succeed or fulfill our destiny without somebody else helping us.  Moses as a baby needed the help of his sister and as a deliverer he needed the help of Joshua, Aaron, Hur, and Miriam.  Abraham needed the help and cooperation of Sarah. David, as great as he was, needed a friend like Jonathan, and later 400 committed supporters to make him King.  Saul needed Ananias to connect him to the disciples and to believe in him when no one else would, and to mentor him in the way of Jesus.


Jesus needed the cooperation of a woman called Mary who was willing to take the risk and be branded as the mother of an illegitimate child. Jesus also needed a team of twelve committed disciples to establish Christianity and His Kingdom on earth.  We all need somebody at some time in our life to help us get to where we need to go.


Three things:

1)  Learn to trust. You cannot accept your helpers unless you can trust them.

2)  Be willing to submit. Humility is the door to honor.

3)  Be committed to your helpers. Sow loyalty and kindness and you will reap the same.


Today, God cheers you on to victory.  If you look and listen you will also see that there are helpers and cheerleaders around you.


Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for His gift of wonderful helpers and supporters in my life.


Read the Bible in One Year: Daniel 3,4; 1 John 5

God will lead you by His Light

December 5

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Is. 42:16).


This scripture talks about God leading us when we are totally dependent on Him. There are times when we cannot see our path; hear our direction; walk to our destination; and make it over the rough places.  David described God as his light, his salvation, his shepherd, his helper, and his shield.


There are times when we cannot see ahead in the complexities of life. God gives us this promise when the way is dark: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never stumble in the dark, but will have the light of life along the pathway.” (John 8:12). God will light up your life. Wherever there is darkness, wait.  Only where His light shines, step out.   His light goes ahead of you and like a flashlight will only illuminate the areas that are safe for you to step in.


Do not be concerned about the areas that remain in the dark. His Light will shine there when He is ready to take you there. Your King is working ahead of you. He is making the rough places smooth; he is crumbling the walls and obstacles; He is destroying your opposition; He is preparing the way to lead you into triumph.  He will not forsake you.


Kingdom Declaration:

God will lead me by His Light. I will never walk in darkness.


Read the Bible in One Year: Daniel 1,2; 1 John 4

Be cleansed from all guilt

December 4

“Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.” (Ps. 25:6,7).


God will not only forgive us but also will absolutely forget whatever we might have done that is offensive to His Holiness.  It is hard for us to comprehend that when God looks at us He is not remembering or contemplating our past mistakes and failures.  He said: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”  (Ps. 103:12).


If your past failures are a distress to you and you are burdened by guilt you can be free today.  God has given you the way of freedom.  He said, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). Confess, believe, and receive His forgiveness. Not only will He forgive you, but He will also cleanse you and wash away the effects and tarnish of sin upon your soul.


He uses His own blood as the cleansing agent: “Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.” (Rev. 1:4  5). Be free from all guilt and shame as the Blood of Jesus Christ washes you today.  He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.


Kingdom Declaration:

I am cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ, forgiven and free from the burden of guilt.


Read the Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 47-48; 1 John 3.

There is a God-kind of faith

December 3

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” (Eph. 6:10).


There is a God-kind of faith; a God-kind of strength; and a God-kind of ability that is available to make you conquer every mountain with perseverance; go through every valley with God’s joy; rise above every storm with God’s peace; and obtain every promise with God-like faith.  God’s strength, ability, and might are yours in Jesus Christ.


The Bible is filled with people with God-kind of faith: “And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions.” (Heb. 11:32-33). This chapter continues a long list of people who had a God-kind of faith and they lived by faith in God.


The Bible repeats over and over: “For with God all things are possible!”; “Nothing is impossible with God.”; “Nothing is impossible to him who believes.”  No wonder Apostle Paul declared without boasting, a simple fact: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  If you need a God-kind of strength and miracle today, it is simple – exercise your God-given faith and ask.


Kingdom Declaration:

I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.


Read the Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 45-46; 1 John 2.

The joy of the Lord is my strength.

December 2

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” (Job 8:21).


Laughter is the fruit of a happy heart. The enemy will send circumstances your way to rob you of your joy and to silence your laughter. Job was attacked in many areas of his life but his greatest attack came from judgmental friends. They attacked his mind with confusion and tried to fill his soul with condemnation.  Job stood firm on the truth he knew and resisted them with the word of God.


The Bible says that God laughs at the enemy. “The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” (Ps. 2:4). Yes God laughs at your enemy’s attacks of slander, curses, threats, lies, and manipulation.


Today receive God’s blessing and deliverance from His Word: “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”  (Deut. 7:7). Praise the Lord your God. Rejoice in the Lord always as He fills your mouth with laughter and your soul with joy. You will outlive and outlast your enemies. Remember, “The joy of the Lord is your strength!”


Kingdom Declaration:

The joy of the Lord is my strength.


Read the Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 42-44; 1 John 1.

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World

December 1

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Rom. 1:16).


The world has made the Gospel of Jesus Christ an offense to all.  It is tolerant to speak of all gods except Jesus Christ.  His Name is jeered, mocked, used for swearing and in some cases people are persecuted or punished for saying the name Jesus in public or even to share His message of salvation.  It is not politically correct to mention the name Jesus or to stand for the principles of the Bible in public.


A Hindu leader of high rank who was disturbed in his mind about his future state, heard of Christians and desired to gain information about the Lord Jesus Christ.  He visited Great Britain and was provided with introductions to its leading people.  At a great banquet he said to the gentleman sitting next to him, “Can you tell me something about Christ?”  “We do not speak about such subjects at dinner parties,” was the reply.  Later he was invited to a fashionable ball and took the opportunity of asking his partner for information about Jesus Christ.  Again, he was told that a ball was no place for such a subject.  “How strange these Christians in England are!”  said the Hindu, “They seem ashamed to speak about their religion and of Christ, its Founder.”


Jesus gave us a promise, “If you deny me before men, I will deny you before the Father.”  He is not ashamed of us and by His grace we remain unashamed of the Gospel of His salvation.  Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.


Kingdom Declaration:

I am a Christian saved by the power of Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 40,41; 2 Peter 3.

Live with an eternal perspective

November 30

“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt. 16:26).


Our life is just an introduction to eternity. The choices that we make in this brief span of our existence on earth will determine our eternal heritage and home.  We are eternal beings who were made to serve the Eternal God.  His plan is to prosper us, but the things that we accumulate on earth have no value in our eternal existence.  In your blessing on Earth, put God first for His eternal blessing in heaven.  Prominence in our success must result in reverence for our Source.


I heard the story of two boys in the Taylor family.  The older said that he must make a name for the family, so he turned to politics, parliament, and fame.  His younger brother gave his life to the service of Christ, so he became a missionary to China.  Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, died, beloved and known in many countries.  The account of the other, his brother, was summed up in the Encyclopedia in these words, ‘the brother of J. Hudson Taylor’.


Evaluate all that you do from an eternal perspective and it will help you in the daily choices that you make.  Ensure that your life will count for eternity.  “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).


Kingdom Declaration:

I have the power of choice and I choose to rule my world with an eternal perspective with Christ as my King.


Read the Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 37-39; 2 Peter 2.