Pray, Work, Stand

October 17

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Eph. 6:13).

I read the story of General Eisenhower who upon his command watched a vast armada of 3,000 ships containing 80,000 allied soldiers sailing across the waters to the shores of Sicily for war. Squadrons of planes roared into the sky. As he watched his brave soldiers go out, knowing the inevitable casualties of war, he was deeply moved.

He sprang to attention and saluted his heroic men. Then he bowed his head in silent prayer with his staff joining him in this brief act of devotion. Turning to an officer beside him, Eisenhower said: “There comes a time when you’ve used your brains, your training, your technical skill, and the die is cast and the events are in the hands of God, and there you have to leave them.”

“After you have done everything, stand!” Pray, believe, and let God take over. His burden is light and His yoke is easy. Leave it with Him. There are some things that you cannot do. Be wise enough to let go and let God. Leave it with Him as you live by faith and rest in His peace.

Kingdom Declaration:

On Christ, my solid Rock I stand for the ground of my enemies is a sinking sand.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 50-52; 1 Thessalonians 5.

Confidence in Prayer

October 16

“For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.” (Ps. 102:16,17).

Notice that your confidence in prayer is: God will respond to your prayer and rebuild, restore, and revive that which you have lost. At the end of prayer there should be rest, confidence, and assurance of victory. Prayer nullifies the power of the enemy and enforces the will of God.

Key aspects to answered prayers:
1) Faith. Have faith in God, in His ability and willingness to answer your prayers.
2) Knowledge. Seek for the will of God and pray accordingly.
3) Persistence. “Pray continually.” (1 Thes. 5:17). Do not give up.
4) Thanksgiving. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Phil. 4:6). Do not worry.
5) Assurance. John’s prayer for the believers is still God’s will for you. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2).

Pray confidently. Praise expectantly. Believe unwaveringly. Your God is faithful.

Kingdom Declaration:

My confidence is in God that He hears me when I pray and will answer in His perfect timing.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 47-49; 1 Thessalonians 4.

Be faithful with thanksgiving

October 15

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” (Ps. 100:4)

We are encouraged to nurture a spirit of thanksgiving as it is both medicine to the body and medicine to the soul. Paul also encourages us: “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Col. 3:15).

I heard of a doctor who would prescribe in certain cases of neuroses what he called his “thank-you cure.” When patient came to him discouraged, pessimistic and full of their own woes, but without any symptoms of a serious ailment, he would give this advice: “For six weeks I want you to say ‘Thank you’ whenever anyone does you a favor, and to show you mean it emphasize the words with a smile.” He found often that the most miserable patient would come back with a new outlook on life. People had suddenly become more kind and friendly.

In a world with economic, safety, health and religious insecurities we can be secure in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” (Heb.12:28). With a thankful heart, lift yourself into the Presence and Atmosphere of Glory and receive God’s goodness and love that is waiting for you. Be faithful with thanksgiving and the world will suddenly become a better place. Be thankful.

Kingdom Declaration:

I choose to be thankful for what I have rather than focusing on what I do not have.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 45,46; 1 Thessalonians 3.

Powerful Praise

October 14

“Praise the LORD. Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.” (Ps. 113:1).

Praise is both an encouragement and a command because praise is powerful.
Powerful praise:
1) Elevates us in the Presence of God. If you are in a valley, praise can lift you out. If you are in the low place, praise can raise you higher.
2) Creates a resting place for God. God is enthroned and His atmosphere of glory is created with praise.
3) Diminishes the power of your enemies. David praised God before the giant Goliath that was threatening to destroy Israel. Goliath was defeated.
4) Causes your enemies to flee. “May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.” (Ps. 68:1). Praise will drive away your enemies.
5) Unlocks the door to all spiritual blessings. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3).

Rise above your circumstances in a lift of praise. Go higher in God and elevate yourself above your circumstance as you praise God who is Most High. As you pray and praise, the ‘chair lift of praise’ will take you into the presence of God, in the atmosphere of His Glory where He fights for you to give you victory, provision, and miracles. Praise the LORD.

Kingdom Declaration:

I praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 43,44; 1 Thessalonians 2.

The great King above all gods

October 13

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.” (Ps. 95:2,3).

We are encouraged to thank God for who He is regardless of how we feel. During a crisis, He is still the great God and the great King above all gods. When disappointments come, He is still the great God and the great King above all gods. When the going gets tough, He is still the great God and the great King above all gods.

There are times when the valley is so low that there seems to be nothing to be thankful for, yet our God remains to us the great God and the great King above all gods. Joni Erickson had a tragic accident that left her paralyzed in a wheel chair. She prayed for healing for many years but God chose to give her grace to be a champion even in a wheel chair. With the heart of a winner her spirit soared into greater heights and deeper depths of creativity, power, and purpose.

Joni became an author, a song writer, a singer, artist and conference speaker. She found true love and married. Her body was confined to a wheel chair but her spirit remained strong and with a heart of thanksgiving her life brought glory to the great God and the great King above all gods. Each day she found a reason to be thankful and each day God gave her a reason to shine. Our Lord remains the great God and the great King above all gods.

Kingdom Declaration:

My Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 41,42; 1 Thessalonians 1.

New beginnings

October 12

“When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him, at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.” (Luke 7:37,38).

This woman had lived an imperfect life. She had a bad reputation, was rejected by others, stigmatized and living with shame, but she found the One who would not reject, deny, or shame her. Jesus would save her, give her new hope, and a new life.

The Power of Faith. She believed in the greater of power of Jesus Christ who can take a mess and turn into a miracle, turn her shame into a testimony, paralyse and drive out her fears, give her honor and new chance in life. The religious leaders judged and condemned her, but Jesus recognized and exalted her.
The Power of Decision. She decided to change her life with the power of God. She put blinders on to the glares and harsh judgements of people. She put in ear plugs to shut out negative comments. Her focus was on only Jesus, the hope of her salvation.
The Power for Change. Faith in the words of Jesus changed her to change her world. Her new life began that day, “Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’” (Luke 7:50).

Kingdom Declaration:

Every day is a new day of possibilities because Jesus Christ is the Savior of all.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 39,40; Colossians 4.

Powerful Peace

October 11

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7).

Peace is powerful and because it is powerful there can be resistance that requires a battle to obtain peace. In King Arthur’s story of the First Knight, the king had fallen in love, was about to marry, and was looking forward to enjoying a season of peace and celebration in Camelot. He was suddenly threatened by an enemy who was seeking a violent overthrow of Camelot. When the King was asked if he would go to battle, he replied, “Sometimes to have peace you must first fight a war.”

Powerful Peace:
1) Has a Prince and King. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6). Jesus Christ rules in His Kingdom of Glory and Peace.
2) Is a gift to you. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27).
3) Is always with you. Jesus ministered and encouraged His disciples after His resurrection, “Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21).
4) Will guard and protect you. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7).

Jesus fought for and won your peace. You have Powerful Peace in and with you. Guard it and preserve it even as God is guarding and preserving you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I have God’s Powerful Peace in me to guard my heart, my mind, and my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 37-38; Colossians 3.

Breakthrough Glory

October 10

“So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, ‘The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.’” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.” (2 Sam. 5:20).

Baal Perazim means God of our Breakthrough. Breakthrough Glory creates sudden freedom from hard resistance; sudden enlightenment in challenging issues; sudden solution to a difficult problem; sudden penetration into a blockage; sudden favor in new possibilities.

God blessed David, promoted him as King of Israel, and anointed Him with CHAYIL (powerful great breakthrough) Glory that made him King of Israel after being a fugitive for many years. When the Philistines heard that David was made king over Israel they sent an army to destroy him, “so David inquired of the LORD, ‘Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?’” The LORD answered him, ‘Go, for I will surely hand the Philistines over to you.’” (2 Sam. 5:19).

Jesus describes His Breakthrough Glory, “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:27). Power and great in the Hebrew language is CHAYIL. The CHAYIL Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ is Breakthrough Glory. Expect God’s Breakthrough Glory in your life. That which has been stagnated, frustrating, stubborn, and relentless is now going to yield to God’s Breakthrough Glory in and for you.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Breakthrough Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ is releasing sudden miracles in my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 34-36; Colossians 2.

CHAYIL Glory in Solomon

October 9

“God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” (1 Kings 4:29).

Wisdom is a gift from God that is available to all who desire it, ask for it, and with faith to receive it. One of the descriptive names of God is EL CHAYIL, LORD of Armies King of Glory. The seven Pillars of CHAYIL is a guide for us to intentionally grow like Jesus, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature (power, honor, maturity), and in favor with God (His worship, prayer, obedience) and men (influence).” (Luke 2:52, amplified). The seven Pillars of CHAYIL Glory are: worship, wisdom, power, honor, favor, wealth and influence.
CHAYIL Glory manifested in King Solomon’s life in the CHAYIL Pillars. “When the queen of Sheba saw all the (wisdom) of Solomon and the palace he had built (power), the food on his table, the seating of his officials (influence), the attending servants in their robes (honor), his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the LORD (worship), she was overwhelmed.” (1 Kings 10:4,5).

Solomon who became king as a young adult asked God in prayer for the gift of wisdom to rule as king of Israel. God was pleased with Solomon and blessed him with His manifested glory, “therefore (wisdom) and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you (wealth), riches and (honor), such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” (2 Chron. 1:12).

Wisdom is the pursuit of God, His righteousness and manifested Glory to bring Him glory on earth. The CHAYIL (powerful great) Glory of the LORD Jesus Christ is rising upon you.

Kingdom Declaration:

EL CHAYIL is my LORD of Armies King of Glory, LORD of my Harvest and Resources.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 32,33; Colossians 1.

Faith with action release miracles

October 8

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” (James 2:17-18).

The air was charged with the presence and power of God as thousands of people gathered to hear Jesus Christ, the Teacher. God in the flesh of Jesus, was among the people ministering His incredible teachings, revelations, and insights. Some were there to learn, to see miracles, and to enjoy the excitement of the crowd. The atmosphere of glory was there, “… and the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.” (Luke 5:17)

In the crowd was a desperate woman who decided to cease an opportunity regardless of the cost. She had suffered with chronic bleeding for twelve years. She lost a great deal of money with doctors and medicine. Her relationships suffered, but her faith remained strong. She put action to her faith: “When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.” Mark 5:26-29.

Notice the progression of her miracle:
1) Faith. She heard about Jesus. Faith comes by hearing the revelation of God.
2) Decision. She made a decision. She used her power of choice to move toward her miracle.
3) Creativity. She created her strategy, “I will touch his clothes”. She was specific.
4) Action. She moved towards her Source and her miracle.
When you do what you can do, God will do what He alone can do. When you use what you have God will release the miracle He has waiting for you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I live in the realm of God’s glory where all things are possible for me and through me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 30,31; Philippians 4.