Joy comes in the morning

July 25

“Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” (Ps. 30:4-5).

Peter and his fishing partners had fished all night and caught no fish. They were discouraged and defeated. In the morning as they were packing their gears to go home, Jesus came and asked them to take Him out on the water a little from the shore so he could use their boat as a platform to teach the people.

When Jesus had finished teaching He told Peter to let down his nets for a catch. Peter politely said, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5. They obeyed Jesus, let down their nets in the deep part of the lake and they caught a great catch of fish.

Seasons of weeping are not forever. After winter comes spring. After pressure coming birth of the new. When you are going through painful experiences, when the challenges seem great, remember that always after the night comes the dawn. Never lose hope during the night because God is watching over you. Pray, rest, and keep listening for His instructions for joy comes in the morning!

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my light and salvation.  His joy is my strength for today.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 37-39; Acts 26.


Speak truth to yourself

July 24

“I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’” (Lam. 3:24).

Speaking to yourself and encouraging yourself is a powerful weapon against discouragement, fear, and condemnation. David encouraged and strengthen himself in the LORD during a great crisis, “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.” (1 Sam. 30:6).  

Negative words are from the voice of your enemy. Believe and declare what God says to you: 

“Don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” (Gen. 50:21).

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you” (Gen. 26:24).

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” (Acts 16:31).

“I am the LORD, who heals you.” (Ex.15:26).

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper.” (Is. 54:17).

“Praise the LORD.” (Ps.111:1).

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Ps.106:10).

Jesus used the written word to conquer Satan during His temptation: “Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only. Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.’” (Matt. 4:10-11). Declare what God says to you and the devil will flee from you.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD Jesus shall provide, protect, and prosper me according to His Word.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 35,36; Acts 25.


Stay strong to finish strong

July 23

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.  (2 Tim. 4: 7,8).

It always easier to give up, give in, and give over to defeat.  It is easy to start off with passion and yet end up in defeat. Two million Jews had the passion to get out of Egypt, but never had the strength to enter their promised land. Many great privileges turn into great perils and many great dreams turn into nightmares because of lack of perseverance, determination, patience, and undaunted faith. 

Paul described the fight in life as a ‘good’ fight because the victory is guaranteed when you put your trust in God, and live a life with intentional purpose. He later wrote: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:57). When God is with you, all His power, love, and mercy is available to you as you persevere towards your goals. When God is for you all His encouragement, rescue, intervention, and sponsorship is yours. 

Paul kept his mind on his prize, ‘a crown of righteousness’, and it gave him the strength to endure present trials as fleeting moments in light of his prize. He wrote, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Cor. 4:8-9). Whatever you are facing today, keep fighting the good fight of faith for the LORD your God is with you. God is your Shepherd, Strength, Helper, and King of Glory. Stay strong to finish strong for there is a crown of righteousness that is in store for you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I will stay strong to finish strong and give all glory to my God.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 33,34; Acts 24.

Don’t give up

July 22

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”  2 Chronicles 15:7.

It is the last bout of pain that a mother in labor brings a child into existence. Oftentimes without pain there is no gain. Whatever you do, don’t give up. The greatest temptation for Jesus Christ was to give up on His purpose that included torture, shame, and death for the sins, sickness, and curses of the world. He agonized in the garden of Gethsemane just before His final victory on the cross. He was strengthened by His Father to finish His assignment and He cried out victoriously on the cross, “It is finished”.

Just before Joseph became Prime Minister of Egypt, he was thrown into a prison; just before Jacob became Israel he was almost killed by his brother; just before Gideon became a mighty warrior and savior of Israel, he almost gave up on God. Don’t give up! 

Florence Chadwick failed in her first attempt to swim the English Channel, because of fog. She couldn’t see that she was less than half-a-mile from the shore.  When they told her how close she had been to the finish, she broke down and wept.  But she went back again, this time more determined than ever, and broke the world record.  She understood that everything she lived and worked for could be hers, if she could only go a little farther and never give up. 

Don’t give up. Your miracle is just around the corner. It might seem foggy today but remember that God sees the whole picture.  He sees you at the finish line boasting in the LORD Jesus your Provider and Protector.  Don’t give up!

Kingdom Declaration:

I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 31,32; Acts 23.


The Power of Choice

July 21

“Love the Lord, all his saints!  The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.  Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the lord.”  Psalm 31:23,24.

You have the ‘Power of Choice’.  Choose to:

1)  Love the Lord. Do actions that confirm your love for Him.  Praise Him.  Serve Him. Obey Him. Give to Him. Go to Church to fellowship with your Christian family. Glorify Him as He glorifies you.

2)  Nurture faithfulness as a lifestyle. Be faithful to your family and in all relationships. Be faithful in your career and in all that you do. 

3)  Practice humility. Resist pride and an arrogant spirit.  Pride erodes the soul and creates a strain on your relationship with God and others.

4)  Be strong in the Lord. Draw strength from your Strengthener today.  There is no challenge that you cannot overcome with His strength. 

5)  Have faith in God.  Do not lose hope in any circumstance. God is Almighty and your guaranteed victory.  Faith in God is never denied, wasted, or without returns. Faith pleases God and by faith you can do all things and possess all things according to His will.

6)  Have a great day.  Create and rule your world.  You have a great God who lives in you and will flow through you in power, love, and victory.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am strong in the Lord and in His mighty power to create and rule my world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 29-30; Acts 22:14-29.


An attitude of meekness

July 20

“In a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them they will not be found.  But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.” (Ps. 37:10,11).

Jesus emphasized the power of meekness to His disciples, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matt. 5:5). Meekness is a key to possessing your inheritance of salvation, provision, peace, purpose, and eternal rewards from God. Meekness is an attitude towards God where you humbly acquiesce to His plans and purpose for your life. Meekness in an attitude of rest knowing that God is in you, with you and for you therefore you are safe and secure because of His abiding grace. It’s not by your might and power that you are saved and safe, but the LORD is your Salvation.

Meekness is an attitude towards others. It is an attitude of a student to a teacher, an employee to a supervisor, a child towards parents, husband and wife towards each other, and a friend towards a friend.

A meek attitude is your guarantee of victory and great peace in all areas of life. 

Be blessed today as you purpose an attitude of meekness. Let it be a power within that gives you the power to rule your world (emotions, choices, and actions). Nothing and no one can stop you from your inheritance on Earth. The glory of God watches over you as it rises upon you.

Kingdom Declaration:

My King of glory has secured all my needs for a delightful inheritance.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 26-28; Acts 22:1-14.


Clothed in the beauty of the Lord

July 19

“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.  For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”  Isaiah 61:10.

Jesus is the lover of our soul.  Our relationship with Him is often described in the imagery of a bride and bridegroom.  As His bride, our soul rejoices in Him.  We are grateful for the great dowry that he paid to embrace us into His royal family, “The Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45. He gave His life so that we can share His eternal life. 

As His bride, He provided for us His robe of righteousness so that we can be free from all condemnation and walk proudly knowing that we are accepted by our beloved Christ. Forgiveness and acceptance is the great privilege that we have in Jesus with His peace, joy, and enduring love. 

If God be for you who can successfully come against you. Rejoice in Him as He rejoices over you. Let your soul rest in Him as He cares for you. His garment of salvation upon you provides daily protection and provision. Let the beauty of Christ be seen in you today as you display His awesome glory in your life.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am clothed in the beauty of Jesus Christ my King of Glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 23-25; Acts 21:18-40.


The LORD is faithful to all his promises

July 18

“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 hardships with perseverance 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 have Satan as 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 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, after forty years in the wilderness, was determined to get all his personal inheritance in spite his age and major oppositions. He was a man of faith and faithfulness. What he pursued, he obtained with God’s help.

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. 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:

My God is faithful and powerful to fulfill all His promises to me.

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


You are crowned with glory and honor

July 17

“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.” (Ps. 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 His glory and honor. 

David was witness of God’s great Glory:

His protection: “But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.” (Ps. 3:3).

His victories: “Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.” (Ps. 21:5).

His power and influence: “And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him.” (1 Chron. 11:9).

His abject 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 Chron. 29:2-3)

His healing of terminal illness: “O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” (Ps. 30:2).

His promotion from God: “David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.” (2 Sam. 5:4).

Now you. God has crowned with glory and honor that will manifest in greater measure in your life as you believe and declare His word over you, “I am crowned with God’s glory and honor!”

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

July 16

“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, moons, satellites, comets, asteroids. The Milky Way is said to contain over 200 billion stars each ‘set in place’ by God to display His awesome glory. 

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 an Awesome 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:

God’s awesome Glory that fill the earth and the Name of Jesus revered by kings.

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