Do not Give Up

October 26

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14.

Persistence, determination, and tenacity are the marks of overcomers, conquerors, inventors, great musicians, athletes, scientists, artist, leaders, and chief executives.  Abraham Lincoln said, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” 

To have a great family persistence and determination to maintain loyalty, integrity, honor, respect, love, and forgiveness is important.  To succeed at work, persistence to overcome misunderstandings, discouragement, tiredness, and jealousy is important.  To have a great business persistence to overcome loss, treachery, and even bankruptcy is important. 

Opportunities come to all but how we deal with trials, obstacle, and failures separate the average from the achievers.  It is not talent that makes one successful – it is tenacity.  Jesus said to His disciples as He warned them of future persecution and distress: “but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matt. 24:13). 

Thomas Edison was a great inventor in his time but he had to overcome school expulsion, deafness at an early age, scarlet fever, poverty, and nevertheless became a successful entrepreneur who found over 14 companies, one of which ‘General Electric’ is a mega company today.  Do not give up, give in, or give over your dream until you succeed. 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am a champion, an overcomer, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 9-11; 1 Timothy 6.

Shine Jesus shine

October 25

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16).

There is a song that says, “Shine, Jesus shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory.” That is a beautiful song but it can only become a reality if Jesus shines through His believers.  God calls us, “The light of the world”, “the salt of the earth”, and “His ambassadors” to represent Him on Earth.  As we pray the prayer of Jesus, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven”, God is empowering His believers with His grace and glory to show forth His love, power, and grace in our world. 

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and we are His servants of salvation. His gift of salvation is released through His believers living and sharing the message of His Kingdom. You are His public relation servant telling others about the good news of His Kingdom. You are His hands extended reaching out to the hurting and showing the good works of His Kingdom. His love and character can either be seen through you or hidden by your character and personality. Your good deed is the light of Jesus shining through you to bring praise and glory to your Father in heaven.

What a privilege to know that not only do you need God, but that He also needs you.  Your destiny is wrapped up in Him and you are chosen for a time such as this to make Jesus shine through you before men.  May He shine through you today as you touch others with His light and with His love.

Kingdom Declaration:

Shine Jesus, shine through me in this world of darkness and let your glory be seen in me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 6-8; 1 Timothy 5.

Who is Christ to you?

October 20

“Yes Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”  (John 11:27).

Who is Christ to you? Martha had a revelation that Jesus was ‘The Christ’ meaning ‘The Anointed One, Messiah, and Savior of the world’.  Christ is ‘The One’ whose anointing can break every yoke and restore even the dead to life.  After her revelation, Martha saw Jesus Christ bring her brother Lazarus who was dead for four days, back to life.  Jesus Christ, who is Eternal Life is also the Source of life.  Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 

When we compare great men like Alexander the Great with Jesus Christ we see: They both began their careers very young, and both ended them at the untimely age of thirty-three;  Alexander was born in a mansion – Jesus in a manger;  Alexander was the son of a King – Jesus the son of a carpenter;  Alexander shed the blood of millions for his own gain – Jesus shed His own blood for the salvation of all the people of the world;  Alexander conquered thrones – Jesus conquered death and the grave;  Alexander enslaved men – Jesus made men free;  Alexander made history – Jesus transformed it. 

Who is Jesus to you?  Receive Him into your heart as your Savior and Lord and He will save you today and forever.  With the Anointed Christ in you, you are anointed to make a difference in our world.  Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and you can be His servant of salvation.  Today love someone, share your faith, and multiply His glory until all mankind see His salvation and the earth is filled with His Glory.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ is my Messiah and Savior of the world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 59-61; 2 Thessalonians 3.

Get rid of bitterness

October 19

“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Heb. 12:15).

It is not ‘if’ we get offended but ‘when’. It is not ‘if’ we offend others but ‘when’.   As human we will cause offense and be offended by others.  Knowing this, we must create a strategy to preserve our soul. Offense leads to hurt, hurt leads to bitterness, and bitterness is like a cancer agent that if not kept in check slowly develops into a ‘stronghold’ call hate.  Bitterness cripples and hate destroys. 

Charles Allen writes in God’s Psychiatry: “I remember a scene from Amos and Andy. There was a big man who would slap Andy across the chest whenever they met.  Finally, Andy got enough of it and said to Amos: ‘I am fixed for him.  I put a stick of dynamite in my vest pocket and the next time he slaps me he is going to get his hand blown off.’  Andy had not realized that at the same time his own heart would be blown out.  The dynamite of hatred may inflict some injury on someone else but it will also blow out our own soul.” 

God’s encouragement to us: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Eph. 4:30-32).  Self-preservation is important.  Do a soul cleansing and throw out offenses heard and seen, and negative feelings in the pit of forgiveness. Then take a deep breath of freedom and declare: “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty that I am free at last.”

Kingdom Declaration:

Thank God Almighty that I am free and shall remain free.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 56-58; 2 Thessalonians 2.


Love one another

October 18

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Rom. 5:8).

We usually love someone because of the good we see in them, the kindness they show, and the love they prove.  But God did the opposite.  He sees our faults, our weaknesses, our hopelessness at being perfect, our vulnerability at making mistakes and yet He loves us.  Our selfishness and weaknesses instead of turning Him off rather turns Him on to His purpose – Jesus died for sinners. 

A young missionary was asked by a Hindu why he and his wife had come to India and he replied: “We are here because Christ-like character is the highest that we know, because Christ gives men a free, full life, and most important of all He gives them, God.  And we do not know of anyone else who does these things, except Christ.” 

Yes, Christ loves us and now He asks us to love one another in spite known weaknesses.  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (Titus 3:4,5). This command can be a challenge in different levels of relationships but as we purpose in our hearts to obey, God’s grace will be released so that His love can flow in and through us.  Yes, Jesus loves you. 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am loved by God and by His grace I have the power to love others with His love.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 53-55; 2 Thessalonians 1.

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.