The LORD is faithful to all his promises

“So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’”  Joshua 14:9.

If you endure, stick it out, and don’t give up God will come through with every promise that he has made.  Endurance is a necessary character to victorious living.  There are some things in life where you have no choice.  You did not choose to be born in a corrupt world.  You did not choose to create an enemy that the Bible describes as having only one agenda, ‘to steal, kill and to destroy’.  You did not choose at times to be wounded or to be disappointed.  But one thing you can choose – to live a lifestyle of faith and victory.

The children of Israel were promised by God: land, prosperity, and great significance in the affairs of humanity. Caleb at eighty years old, in spite of being forty years in the wilderness, was determined to get all his personal inheritance in spite of his age, major oppositions and the giants that were in occupation of his land.  He was a man of faith and faithfulness.  What he pursued, he obtained.

By faith and guts he put his feet on his promise; by prayer and passion he remained focused; by endurance and determination he overcame all obstacles to his rightful inheritance.  Whatever God has promised you is already waiting for you.    Don’t give up and don’t give in until you receive your blessing.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. Psalm 145:13

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 20-22; Acts 21:1-17.

You are crowned with glory and honor

“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?  You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:4,5.

Of all life forms in nature and in the Earth, sky and seas, God greatest glory is in His highest created beings – people. The intricacy and beauty in all nature cannot compare to the great value that God has placed in you.  He made you in His image and likeness, and crowned you with glory and honor.

David wrote of the manifested glory of God in his life: “But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.” Psalm 3:3.  David’s great glory manifested as great victories, “Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.” Psalm 21:5;  growth in power and influence, “And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him.” 1 Chronicles 11:9; recovery from homelessness and poverty, “Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple,” 1 Chronicles 29:2-3; recovery from terminal illness, “O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” Psalm 30:2; endorsed and exalted by God, “David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.” 2 Samuel 5:4.

You are crowned with glory and honor for manifestation in this season.  The key to activating your intrinsic glory and honor is to become a servant of God.  CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of the LORD Jesus in and through His servants.  As God’s servant He will glorify you to bring Him glory on earth.  Pray like Jesus, “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” John 17:1. Pray, believe and receive.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am crowned with glory and honor to manifest the CHAYIL Glory of the LORD Jesus Christ in and through me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 18,19; Acts 20:17-38.

All nature declares the existence of God

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.” “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”  Psalm 8:1;19:1

David as a shepherd boy devoted himself to the study of nature and God’s Word.  As he lay in the Middle Eastern hills on a clear night gazing into the heavens, he was overwhelmed by the greatness and the excellent power of God.

There are three types of ‘heavens’ that declare the glory of God:

1)  The Atmospheric Heaven with the air, sky, and clouds.

2)  The Solar Heaven with the sun, planets (five of which can be seen with unaided eyes); moons, satellites, comets, asteroids.  The Milky Way is said to contain over 200 billion stars each ‘set in place’  by God.

3)  The Highest Heaven where God Himself resides with His host of angels and believers.

Science keeps confirming the existence of a greater power outside humanity, a higher being whom we call “God”.   Nature cries out that there is a God.  The beauty of nature untouched by human hands gives us a glimpse of His excellence in creative power.  The Earth, sky and seas with all its life forms declare God’s glory.  The awesome Creator, LORD Almighty wants to be our God and Heavenly Father.  What a privilege?

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  Praise Him above all heavenly hosts.  Praise our Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Today, praise God as your Holy Father and exalt the Majestic Name of Jesus Christ, your Savior and King.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Glory of the LORD shall be revealed in all the earth.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 16,17; Acts 20:1-16.

Who is your Savior?

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11.

The world’s philosophy is that we should look to ourselves, money, and other people as ‘Saviors’.  I read the story of a soldier in Napoleon’s army who was mortally wounded in battle.  As he lay dying in his tent the hero he worshipped, lived for, and would now die for, came into his tent.  The officer thought for sure that his mighty leader could save his life but sadly Napoleon shook his head and turned away from the side of the dying man.  The book describes the tragic scene:  “As the dying man felt the cold, merciless hand of death drawing him irresistibly behind the curtain of the unseen world, he was still heard to shriek out, ‘Save me, Napoleon!  Save me!’”  In the hour of death the soldier discovered that Napoleon could not save him.

Who is your Savior?  Who will be there to save you when you enter into eternal life?  “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” As Jesus walked the earth people who recognized Him as Jesus, son of David, Messiah, Savior, received His gift of salvation and miracles.

“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” Matthew 9:27; they were healed.  A desperate mother: “A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” Matthew 15:22; her daughter was healed.

God’s gift of salvation to you includes: forgiveness, freedom from guilt, health and healing, help for your family, blessings in your career or business, blessed relationships and an eternal home with Jesus, your Savior.  Pray now and ask Jesus to be your personal Savior and Lord; believe in Him and you will be saved.  He died to save you and He is alive to save you forever.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ is my Savior, my LORD and King of Glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 13-15; Acts 19:21-41.

Create a greater you

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”  Hebrews 10:22.

From a child we are trained not to show our feelings or we could be deemed as immature or it can be judged as a sign of weakness.  We become unprofessionally trained actors trying to please others and living in the fear of people.  We put on our masks every day and we can get to the point of not being sincere with ourselves or with God.

Peggy Noonan, in her book Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, noted that appearances can be deceiving.  “People never look like what they are,” she wrote.  Of one unscrupulous businessman she commented that if we could see him, as he really is, “He’d be sitting at the dinner party with a dagger in his teeth.  To all outward appearances he was an upstanding citizen, yet he was a hypocrite to the core.”

Be straightforward with God in full assurance that He loves you just the way you really are.  He died for your weaknesses and in Him you will find the strength to be yourself and love yourself so that you can truly begin to love others.  As you assess yourself, receive forgiveness for your imperfections from Jesus Christ who died for your sins.  Purpose change.  Change the attitudes that need changing, and create the new you with full assurance of God’s love and grace each step of the way.

Kingdom Declaration:

I have the power to create a greater me for God’s greater glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 9-12; Acts 19:1-20

God has appointed your for Influence

God has appointed you for Influence

February 13

“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 purpose.  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. The blue print for your life is already created by God.  Pray, believe, and be ready to step 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

Jesus loves you

“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”  Luke 23:34.

The last words of a dying person usually reflect their attitude of heart and lifestyle.  General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, was to be the keynote speaker at his international convention.  He became ill and could not attend so he dictated a one-word telegram that would be his last sermon.  His final message was this: “Others!”

Jesus’ final message as He was dying on the cross was a prayer for ‘others’, including you and me.  He prayed for our forgiveness.  The heart of God is love, mercy and forgiveness.   God loves the world and that includes you.  Do not allow guilt or fear to destroy your confidence in God’s love.  Jesus came to Earth so that you could go to heaven.  He died so that you could have eternal life.  He was nailed to the cross so that you might go free.  His final message to the world was, “I forgive you.”

Today be free and rest in His amazing grace and His unchanging love.

Kingdom Declaration:

Nothing and no one can separate me from the love of Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 4-6; Acts 17:16-34.

God is greater than your enemies

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28.

The German composer Beethoven lived most of his adult life in fear of one day becoming deaf.  His fear finally became a reality and his hearing gradually faded to the point where he could communicate only by means of writing.  Dramatically, however, it was after Beethoven lost his hearing that he wrote some of his greatest masterpieces.  New melodies, new harmonies and compositions flooded his heart as fast as his pen could write and his fingers could play.  His deafness was turned into a blessing as he was shut out from the distractions of the world.  He used his time to become more in tune with his Creator and Source of creativity and music.

As a child of God expect His grace in your time of need.  His mercies are new every morning and His grace is far greater than all your trials.  His love goes ahead of you preparing for your victory and His Spirit within you will guide you on His path that is predesigned for your ultimate destiny.

The Bible records satan’s defeat when he tried to confront God in heaven with a team of fallen angels.  The results of that attempted coup:  “He was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.” Revelation 12:8.  Satan is still not strong enough and whatever scheme he tries against you, God will cause it to backfire and turn it around for your good.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD will cause my enemies who rise against me to be defeated before me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 1-3; Acts 17:1-5

You are blessed to be a blessing

“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3.

This promise came to Abraham that all the peoples on the earth would be blessed through him and his offspring.  The God of Abraham renewed this promise through his son Isaac, continued the promise for generations, and now through Jesus Christ to all Christians.  “He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” Galatians 3:14.  You are blessed to be a blessing.

You are blessed with God’s:

1)  Wisdom. The spirit of wisdom that comes from God is superior to man’s wisdom or knowledge gained from studies.  It is a gift of God that is available to all who ask for His wisdom.  Solomon at 20 years old received God’s gift of wisdom to become the great king of Israel.

2)  Strength.  Receive His strength to overcome everything that will block His plan for your life.   “I love you, O LORD, my strength.” Psalm 18:1. David declared his love for God as his strength.  Declare this throughout this day.

3)  Provision.  God will provide for you abundantly more than you can ask or imagine.

4)  Influence.  God’s spirit of wisdom, strength, and provision will result in a release of greater influence in your life to become a vessel of blessing to others.

“So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”  Galatians 3:9.  The Bible says that you are ‘blessed’.  Believe it, receive it and be a blessing to others.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am blessed to be a blessing to others.

Read the Bible in One Year: Job 41,42; Acts 16:22-40.

For the battle is not yours, but God’s

“Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem!  This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  2 Chronicles 20:15.

One of the weapons the enemy uses in our lives is intimidation.  Satan likes us to overestimate his power and to undermine the greatness of the power of God that is in us, with us, and for us.  God’s encouragement to you today is: “Do not be overwhelmed by the magnitude of your challenge, but instead remember the awesome greatness of your God”.  Gideon destroyed a great army with only a few men.  Moses toppled Pharaoh’s kingdom in Egypt by himself without an army.

In your battle, it’s not about:

1) The number of people that are with or against you.  God alone can take care of you.  Your trust in God brings His power and a vast army of angels as your helpers in your battle.

 2) The power of people or forces against you.  God is all-powerful.  Enemies can be mighty but they are still limited; only God is Almighty and Greater than all powers in heaven and on Earth.  God is El CHAYIL, our LORD Almighty King of Glory.

When you pray to God, you invite Him into your battles and He becomes the Commander and Chief, mighty in battle, with His host of angels to fight for you.  The battle becomes His and your enemies become His enemies.  Pray, believe, and let go and let God become your Commander in your battles.  Then the battle will no longer be yours, but God’s.

Kingdom Declaration:

My God will fight with me and for me to give me the victory for His Name sake.

Read the Bible in One Year: Job 38-40; Acts 16:1-21