The Danger of Self Condemnation

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases Him.”  1 John 3:21,22.

It is one thing to have someone that tries to abuse you physically or emotionally but self-abuse is even more dangerous.  Self-accusation results in self-condemnation.  As believers we have a peaceful way of dealing with our failures and crises.  Daily we ask God to forgive us for all our imperfections in thought, word, and deed.  It includes sins of omission and commission.  His forgiveness is instantaneous and therefore we can leave the place of prayer guilt-free and without condemnation.

When we put ourselves down, we meditate on what is lacking instead of being grateful for what we have; we compare ourselves to others and come out negative; we beat up on ourselves and work ourselves into a state of self-condemnation.  This is dangerous as in this state, faith, and blessings are blocked.  Self-condemnation blocks answers to prayers.  God responds to faith not fear, confidence not condemnation, and hope not despair.

Today, exchange condemnation for courage.  Chuck Swindoll writes: “Courage is not limited to the battle field or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house.  The real tests of courage are much quieter.  They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.”

Whenever you face a storm have the courage to free yourself from condemnation, to be faithful to that which is true, and to go boldly before God in prayer knowing He is with you always.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am confident in the forgiveness, protection, and provision of my God.

Read the Bible in One Year: Ezra 6-8; John 21


Our God is Greater

“Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest.  Be strong, all you people of the land,” declares the Lord Almighty.”  Haggai 2:4.

God encourages us to be strong.  This encouragement is for protection from a “murmuring heart” that could lead to “Heart failure”.  Symptoms of a murmuring heart are: constant complaining, negating, fearing, and rehearsing of negatives.  Our confession and communication shows the state of our heart.  A challenge is a condition and negative confession can determine the outcome. A murmuring heart can lead to “heart failure” meaning loss of faith.

Jesus encourages us: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1.  He has given us power to control our hearts by our imagination and confession. When we give up, we lose all hope and our confession becomes negative for negative results.

Create and rule your world by what you think, meditate on, say, and do.  Be strong in your circumstances and rule your mediation, confession, and actions.  The LORD Almighty is with you.  Let the weak say, “I am strong!” You are God’s champion through whom He is creating another testimony that “Our God is Greater”.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Read the Bible in One Year: Ezra 3-5; John 20


His Yoke is easy and His burden light

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11: 28-30.

Jesus, your Gentle Shepherd is making you a great offer to off-load all your burdens on Him and take His alternative of rest.  The word “yoke” in the Bible in a negative sense is symbolic of bondage, frustrating religious rites, punishment, guilt, and fear.  God is offering you a relationship with Him as your gentle Shepherd to care, help, and guide you into your dreams and destiny.   His yoke for you is easy because when you are “yoked” with Him, He carries YOU and your burdens.

God’s thoughts toward you are gentle and preserving, loving and caring, correcting and coaching, forgiving and helping.  You are not made to carry heavy burdens and He gives you strategy for your preservation:

1) Daily meet with Him in prayer and off-load all your burdens, one by one.   Don’t allow things to pile up on you.  You are not made to carry heavy burdens on your back as some animals do. Pray and release them one by one to Jesus your Burden-Bearer.

2) Take up His yoke with guaranteed victory.  With His yoke comes His power and strength.  With God as your Strengthener then all things becomes possible and your yoke is easier.  His yoke is His plan for your life and prosperity.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

God’s yoke is easy because He not only gives you a dream, but He provides for you wisdom along the way, sponsors, teachers, helpers, and encouragement every day as you meet with Him in prayer and times of refreshing.  God with you in relationship means that He is with you always in every way, in every day.

Kingdom Declaration:

I rest in God and in the power of His mighty arms.

Read the Bible in One Year: Ezra 1-2; John 19:23-42


God gives you His Strength and Peace

“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”  Psalm 29:11.

You have the privilege of an open communication with God at any time.  God, who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than you can imagine or ask for, is inviting you to come to Him for fresh strength and peace.  Where you are limited, He is unlimited.  What is impossible to you is possible to Him.  Your mountain is a stepping-stone for a miracle.  Your valley is a path for rivers of living water.  Your obstacles have doors to take you to your promised possessions.

1)  God gives you His strength.  The word strength has various applications and can mean boldness, might, power, ability, force, and security.   Security is quiet and confident strength.  Not only does God gives us strength but He counsels us on how to keep our strength:  “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10.  Guard your joy and protect your heart from negative influence.

2) God blesses you with His peace.  The word peace is a rich word with many applications and can mean safety, wellness, happiness, health, favor, healthy relationships, wealth, and prosperity.

Receive from God today His strength:  “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10.  Receive from God today the blessing of His peace.  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”  John 14:27.  The Lord bless you, strengthen you, and give you His peace.

Kingdom Declaration:

There is a river of life within me with abundant strength and peace for every circumstance.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 34-36; John 19:1-22


Faith to slay giants

“David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”  1 Samuel 17:32.

King Saul and the entire Israelis army cowered under the mighty roar of a ruthless giant called Goliath.  They listened to his threats and intimidation for 40 days and became paralyzed by fear. Thousands of trained soldiers lacked the courage to face one giant. But David …. What others saw as a challenge, David saw as an opportunity.  What others saw as impossible David saw as a miracle.  This was the time for him to put his trust in God and act out his faith for expected results.  God met David at his point of faith.

 

David faced Goliath and ran towards him with a war cry.  “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45.  EL CHAYIL is LORD of Armies King of Glory.  David’s trust was in His God who is mighty in battle to fight with him and for him to give him the victory.

 

David used what he had, a small stone in a sling shot aimed at the giant’s head. God did His part.  God sent a wind to guide the stone and with such power that it knocked Goliath dead.  David had guts and God gave Him glory.  David had faith and God gave him favor. To natural eyes David was fighting alone, but in the spiritual realm he was surrounded by a host of warring angels sent to help him.  To natural eyes David was undressed for battle, but in the spiritual realm he was covered in the spiritual armor of His LORD and Savior.

 

God will react to your actions of faith.  When you dare to step out against all odds, God will send His supernatural power to create a miracle. Today you can face your giant knowing that God is with you and for you.  You have the power to slay your giant.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 32-33; John 18:19-40


Freedom from shame

“That is why I am suffering as I am.  Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”  2 Timothy 1:12.

Confidence in suffering is the epitome of maturity.  Paul during his trial guarded his heart from shame.  Shame has its root in deception because shame is from within and not from without.  People cannot put shame upon you because ‘all have sinned’ and fallen short of perfection.  All need forgiveness and all qualified to be ashamed of something or another. No one is perfect.

Jesus, the only perfect One, took our shame on the cross and gave us His righteousness.  Be confident that if you have entrusted yourself in God’s care, He is able to keep you.  In your season of trial, trust in God.  He will never leave you nor forsake you, but He will guard you, preserve you and protect you until your victory is completed.

Stand tall, lift up your head, shake off your shame and know that in Christ you have been forgiven and have the ability to create a whole new world of greatness.  The shameful acts of the past are teaching tools that will help you in the greatness of your tomorrow.  “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1.  God’s CHAYIL Glory of worship, wisdom, power, honor, favour, wealth and influence rise upon you.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ took my shame on the cross so now I am free to live, love, and grow in His Glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 30-31; John 18:1-18


You are in a family of Champions

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Hebrews 12:1,2.

Your race is a race of faith.  There is a prize of victory in every trial regardless of the outcome.  “Through the victories you gave, his (David’s) glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor (honor, brilliance, grace, wisdom, favour, light/revelation, distinction, attractiveness) and majesty (regal power, authority, quality, character, leadership, wealth, and influence). Psalm 21:5.

The glory that was upon King David was described as great with splendor and majesty.  The Hebrew word that describes this greatness is CHAYIL and this glory is available to you when you believe in Jesus Christ, the son of David.  In times of darkness you will experience God’s light; in times of fear you have His faith; in times of desperation He is your King of Glory with sudden provision.

You are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses in heaven, your Kingdom family of Champions, who are in heaven cheering you on.  David is singing over you: “Do not fear, God is with you”.  Paul is shouting over you: “You can do all things through Christ.”  Mary is declaring for you: “For with God all things are possible.”  Daniel is whispering to you: “The lions that you face cannot destroy you.”  The three Hebrew boys are declaring over you: “God is with you in the fire.  You will not be burnt.  Don’t bow to the enemy.”  Esther is laughing over you: “Serve the King of Glory and the King of Glory will serve you.”  Hezekiah is encouraging: “You can be healed.” Abraham is saying: “The Lord will provide”.  Sarah is declaring: “It is never too late for a miracle.  Don’t give up.”

Run with perseverance your race of life.  Run to win as God has already declared you His winner.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am encouraged by my Kingdom Family of Champions in heaven and on Earth.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 28-29; John 17


Secured in God’s love

“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 has promised you:

1) His Presence.  God will be with you always.  “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20. He is not only with you but He is also ahead of you to prepare your path before you walk out your day.  Throughout today, every so often thank Him and remind Him that you know that He is with you.

2) His Power.  His power guarantees that you are able to face and deal with all that you will face today.  He is more powerful than any negative power that you might face. He is mighty to save you. The Greater One is in you, with you and for you. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29.

3) His Joy.  He takes great delight in you as you face challenges with faith and not fear; opportunities with courage; and new possibilities with “Yes I can, for God is with me”.

4) His Love.  His love will quiet you and comfort you.  His love makes you secure.  Today embrace His love as His love is embracing you.

Kingdom Declaration:

God in me and through me is mighty.  By His power I will rule my world.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 25-27; John 16


God will reward your good works

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”  Hebrews 6:10.

Sometimes we experience ungratefulness when the people we help are not there to follow through when we need them the most.

God’s principle on all acts of kindness:

1) God keeps a record. God keeps a record of all your acts of love and kindness.  He hates ungratefulness and so He is never ungrateful.  Others might forget you and move on but God never moves on.  What you do for others, do in God’s Name because He is your Source.

2) God will send someone to bless you.  It is not necessarily the one whom you helped will help you in return.  God will send strangers to help you if necessary.  Expect help, but guard yourself from expecting help from a specific person. As human beings we are not 100% – 24/7.  We disappoint each other.  Family and friendships require continual forgiveness.  Allow God to give His goodness and kindness to you through whomever and whenever, as expressions of His gratefulness to you.

3) God will reward you.  When you help others, God will reward you.  God blesses people to be His channel of blessings to others.  God loves the world.  “After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

Mother Theresa said, “Not all of us in the world can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”  Albert Einstein said, “I wish to do something great and wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were great and wonderful.”  Remember that as you help others God is keeping notes and will reward you in due season.  God thanks you for making our world a better place.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my great reward and Source of blessings.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 23-24; John 15


Goodness and Mercy is with you

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:6.

Be confident in God’s daily supply of goodness.  Goodness is God’s unexpected blessings and favor that comes your way just because you are His.  What you expect, you will receive.  Live by faith in the goodness of God and each day be expectant, excited and grateful as you see the evidence of God’s goodness.

His mercy comes through when you are weakened by your own efforts.  His mercy takes you the extra mile when you feel that all your strength is gone.  Today you have two wings to help you soar to new possibilities – goodness and mercy.

I heard the story of a man who punished his three-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive wrapping paper to decorate a box.  Later the child brought the decorated box to her father and said: “This is for you Daddy.” The father felt badly for yelling at his daughter.  When he opened the box, however, the box was empty.  The father was furious.  The little girl looked at him with tears and said, “Oh Daddy, the box is not empty, I blew kisses into it, all for you, Daddy.” The Father felt worse and he hugged his daughter and apologized.  In a short time later the little girl died in an accident and the father kept the gold box by his bed for many years.  When he felt sad or discouraged, he would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss, remembering the love of his little girl who gave him a box full of imaginary kisses.

You were given the gift of a Person called Jesus with the fullness of His love and mercy. In goodness He gave you the gift of salvation, in mercy He has forgiven you for all your mistakes and in favor He has adopted you into the family of God with God as your Heavenly Father. Today, live in the awareness of God’s Presence with you. His goodness and mercies toward you are new every morning.

Kingdom Declaration:

Goodness, mercy and favor are with me to serve and protect me today.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 21-22; John 14