God is looking for financial stewards

September 12

“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’  But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”  (Deut. 8:17,18).

 

Money is a tool that in the wrong hands can cause great harm but in the right hands can cause great goodness.  The Bible says about money: “Money is the answer for everything.” (Eccl.10:19); “Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?”  (Prov. 17:16); “Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter.” (Eccl. 7:12); “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Tim. 6:10).

 

Money can either be constructive or destructive.  Money destroys lives who makes it a god; destroys families without the right priorities; destroys the poor with lack. God is looking for financial stewards and distributors, managers of His wealth for His Kingdom purpose on earth. His mission to save the world, build His Church, advance His Kingdom, and fill the earth with His glory requires money.

 

God is the source of wealth.  “‘The silver is mine and gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”  (Haggai 2:8). God gives ability, insight, and strategies for wealth creation.  If your heart is for God and you are willing to advance His Kingdom then you qualify to be His channel of His wealth.  God is looking for you.

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…” (2 Chron 16:9). God is waiting for you.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD Jehovah is my Provider and Supplier for His Kingdom sake.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 13-15; 2 Corinthians 5.


Re-fired versus being Retired

September 11

“Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.” (Ex. 7:7).

 

It is never too late to receive new strength for new possibilities if you are willing.  With age comes wisdom and experience that makes matured people very valuable to advance kingdoms, take new territories, and create lasting legacy.  Age is not the determine factor for new assignments, but rather a strong mind, faith, and a willingness to keep serving.

 

Admiral Joe Fowler was a retired Admiral from the United States Navy who went from retired to ‘re-fired’.  As a naval architect, he designed two of America’s largest aircraft carriers.  In 1949 Walt Disney, in designing his theme park in California asked Fowler to come out of retirement to design the paddle steamer, Mark Twain.  After its completion, he stayed on as General Manager of the park for its first 10 years and assisted with the construction of Walt Disney World.

 

Live, dream, create, rest, and serve God until you retire from earth to be re-fired in heaven for an eternal and glorious life.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am strong, powerful, and with God’s CHAYIL Glory to live a glorious eternal life.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 10-12; 2 Corinthians 4.


Lead others as God leads you

September 10

“The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: If you walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.’”  (Zech. 3:6,7).

 

God is looking for godly leaders.  Leaders are people of authority and influence who guide and lead others in a particular direction or to accomplish a common goal.  Leaders are role models, whether intentionally or not, you will reproduce yourself in others.

 

God’s qualification for  good leadership:

1)   Walk in His ways.  As you are led by the light of God, He will direct you as you direct others in His pathways of blessings. Clarity of vision is important for successful leadership.  When you see clearly you will lead others strategically towards a common goal.

2)  Intentional growth. Great leaders never stop learning and growing to stay current for the future. The Jesus Model for growth is available for us, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52). The CHAYIL Pillars of worship, wisdom, power, honor, favor, wealth and influence reflects the focused life and core values of Jesus. Jesus remains the greatest leader this world has ever experienced.

3)  Lead if you are a leader.  As faith without works is dead, so is leadership without decision and action.  Leadership is not a title, it is a function.  The world is looking for godly leaders to lead people out of fear into faith, darkness into light, turmoil into peace, and failures into forgiveness.

 

Successful leadership is based on good character and attitude.  Good character seeks first to please God above all others.  A good attitude pursues humility and seeks to help others.  A leader, then, should be a God-pleaser and a people-helper.  As God leads you, so lead others. As God cares for you, care for others.  As God serves you, serve others. The result will be a life of great influence and enduring legacy.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

God is leading me as I lead others in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 8,9; 2 Corinthians 3.


There is Power in the Blood of Jesus

September 9

“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.”  (Zech. 3:1).

 

The name Satan means adversary and the name Devil means accuser or slanderer.  His name describes his nature, purpose, and method of operations.

 

He accuses people in three ways:

1) Through people.  He inspires human accusers to use their voice to share his accusations and deception.  He looks for vulnerable vessels to use for his purposes.

2)  In their minds.  He shares messages of confusion; brings to remembrances past failures; inspires guilt and condemnation; and tries to move us into self-condemnation.  When your own heart condemns you, your battle becomes internalized and self-perpetuating.

3)  Before God.  He tries to block our prayers and cause delay.

 

God has promised, however, that we will overcome all the enemy’s accusations:  “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:  “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Rev. 12:10-11).

 

The blood of Jesus Christ, your Good Shepherd, is more powerful than all accusations, past failures, guilt and condemnation.  Be free.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 6,7; 2 Corinthians 2.


Jesus is the good shepherd

September 8

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:14,15).

 

A shepherd protects his sheep at all cost.  Many nights a shepherd stays awake to watch over his sheep to protect them from dangerous animals.  A shepherd walks for miles with his sheep to find them water and he anoints them to protect them from tormenting insects.  He keeps them from dangerous pathways with a rod and a staff when they attempt to foolishly wander.  He leads them to green pasture for a consistent supply of food and nourishment.

 

Jesus describes Himself as “The Good Shepherd”.  He feeds, protects, guides, and cares for us and He went one step further – He gave His life as a ransom for us. He died on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins, failures, and mistakes. He took our shame and guilt and gave us freedom and purpose in life.  If that was not enough, He also put His Spirit in us so that we will never be alone without God in us.

 

With the Lord Jesus Christ as your Shepherd you have His guaranteed protection, preservation, and provision always.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ is my Shepherd and King.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 3-5; 2 Corinthians 1


Battles creates glory

September 7

“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through the whole countryside.  He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.”  (Luke 3:14,15).

 

Jesus, after being filled with the Holy Spirit, was led into the wilderness for prayer and fasting. The devil met Him there and for forty days tempted and tormented Him with one assault after the other.  Jesus skilfully used the word of God to resist the enemy until he left Him. “When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.  Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.  He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.” Luke 4:13-15.

 

After winning the battle of His temptation Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.  Here are some positives about battles:  battles help us to build spiritual muscles; battles help us to earn greater spiritual authority and power; battles help us to gain wisdom and insight into our own strengths and our enemy’s weaknesses; battles are opportunities for spiritual and natural promotion.

 

After Jesus won His battle His ministry began with amazing results, “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (Matt. 4:23). Great battles result in great victories and great glory.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

Through my God I shall do valiantly to bring Him great glory.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 1,2; 1 Corinthians 16.


The LORD is Peace

September 6

“But the Lord said to him, “Peace!  Do not be afraid.  You are not going to die. So Gideon built and altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord is Peace.”  (Judges 6:23,24).

 

Gideon was a man who was very discouraged and fighting for survival. He and his family had suffered incredible losses at the hand of oppressive ravaging warriors called the Midianites. He was frustrated, angry and confused about God, the enemy, and himself. God appeared to him at the height of his anger and lovingly gave him a way out of his frustrations.

 

God gave him:

1) Hope. “You are not going to die.”  He received hope for a bright future to fight for more than just survival. Hope creates faith and faith births miracles.

2) Strength. God revitalized his soul with a motivating declaration, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” (Judges 6:12). God believed in Gideon, Gideon believed in God, and he became a mighty warrior.

3) Peace. By faith declared and claimed God as his Peace.  The powerful Hebrew word for peace is ‘Shalom’ and means salvation, health, success, and prosperity. Gideon would prosper by God’s peace.

4) Victory. Gideon became what declared over him – a mighty warrior and savior of Israel. “The Israelites said to Gideon, “Rule over us – you, your son and your grandson – because you have saved us out of the hand of Midian.” (Judges 8:22).

 

Today, declare, “The LORD is my Peace” and become a mighty warrior for great victories from Jesus, our Prince of Peace.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus is my Peace and through Him I am a mighty warrior for victories and success.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 148-150; 1 Corinthians 15:29-58.


A spirit of faith

September 5

“It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’  With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.” ( 2 Cor. 4:13”.

 

A spirit of faith is an attitude of faith; a personality of faith, and a lifestyle of faith.  A spirit of faith believes for the impossible and reaches for the unreachable.  A spirit of faith speaks words of faith.  Jesus taught His disciples how to develop and nurture a spirit of faith.

 

A spirit of faith:

1) Develop and nurture faith in God. “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.” (Mark 11:22). When your natural power is not enough to give you victory and accomplishments go greater in God.

2) Believes all things are possible.  Jesus’ response to a doubting father who was asking for a miracle “Everything is possible for him who believes.”  (Mark 9:23).

3) Speaks words of faith.  Paul instructed his spiritual son Timothy feed and keep his life strong with words of faith. “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.” (1 Tim.4:6).

4) Listens for instructions.  God often gives instruction for practical actions to activate supernatural miracles, “Then he (Jesus) said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”(Luke 17:19)

5) Work towards a miracle.  “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26). Do something new for new results. Step towards your miracle (do research, make phone calls, write, email, plan, etc).  Develop, Believe, Speak, Listen, Act and Nurture a spirit of faith.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

For with God all things are possible.  I live by faith and is working my faith.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 146-147; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28.


The Power of Thanksgiving

September 4

“Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.” (Jer. 30:19, NKJV).

 

Here God is talking about a people of faith in God and in His word. Faith sees future results and thank God in present circumstances. Faith with thanksgiving declares those things that are not as though they were already a reality. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb.11:1). Faith with thanksgiving brings the answers to our prayers into the ‘now’ realm.

 

By the power of faith, therefore, we can thank God in our circumstances for what we see in our faith reality. By faith we use the weapon of thanksgiving to destroy doubts, negate negative voices, guard against double-mindedness, conquer fear, and most of all exalt God as always greater and our Most High.

 

The Bible tells us that the attitude of thanksgiving will 1) make us merry, 2) make us grow, 3) make us glorious (god-fearing, brilliant, wise, strong), 4) productive and prosperous. Thanksgiving is an attitude, an action, and an intentional weapon to destroy blockages to miracles.

 

No wonder God instructs us, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:18). Thank Him today.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for who He is, for what He can do for me and for what He will do through me.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 143-145; 1 Corinthians 14:21-40.


Faith is a powerful force

September 3

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.  “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he say will happen, it will be done for him.’”  (Mark 11:22,23).

 

Faith believes, speaks, and acts.  Faith can create or destroy.  Faith can release life, healing, forgiveness, mercy, and great possibilities. Faith is unshakable confidence for a positive outcome.  Faith is a force that can move mountains and destroy giants.  Faith is powerful because your faith can also be applied for others with great results.

 

On Wednesday, July 24, 2002, nine miners were trapped inside the Quecreek Mine near Somerset, Pennsylvania.  It was said that they were trapped for “77 hours of hell”, twenty-four stories underground.  The news reporters thought they were all dead and that the continued rescue operation was only to encourage the families.

 

The rescue team however, in spite setbacks, never gave up hope and would not stop trying, never doubting for one moment that they would rescue their fellow workers. They refused to think or speak negative. What a triumphant celebration when all nine men were rescued and again saw the light of day.

 

You are powerful if you have faith.  Send a miracle and receive a miracle today.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

My faith is powerful. Today I will send a miracle and receive a miracle.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 140-142; 1 Corinthians 14:1-20.