Great faith in Jesus Christ

November 14

“But say the word, and my servant will be healed. When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, ‘I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” (Luke 7:9).

We read the story of a centurion and Jesus: When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” (Matt. 8:5-8). When the Centurion returned to his house, He found the servant well.”

This centurion, a man with great authority and power in the army, had a combination of humility and great faith in the power of Jesus Christ. In humility, he went to Jesus to ask for the healing of his servant. Faith in God acknowledges our inability in the natural, so that His supernatural ability can take over. This man was humble enough to know when he needed the all-powerful God to intervene for him.

Jesus described his faith as ‘great’ faith. One of the Hebrew words for ‘great’ is CHAYIL, and describes faith that is powerful, undaunted, victorious, and immoveable. Have faith in God and you, too, will shift into the realm where all things are possible, achievable, and attainable.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ can do whatever I can ask, think, or imagine. Nothing is impossible with God.

Read the Bible in One Year: Lamentations 3-5; Hebrews 10:19-39.


Heavenly Father is watching over you

November 13

“The eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.”
(Ps. 33:18).

Your Heavenly Father is watching over you. I heard of a story of a little boy whose best friend lived a few blocks away and was having his birthday party. Unfortunately, on the night of the birthday party there was a fierce snow storm that made travelling by car impossible. The little boy, however, would not stop pleading with his dad to let him walk to his friend’s home. He didn’t want any help; he was a big boy now and could walk alone. After much discussion and hesitation, the father agreed to make his son walk in the blizzard by himself.

Overjoyed, the boy got dressed and plunged out into the storm. The blizzard made the short journey very difficult as his legs would sink into the snow and the wind became fierce. But, he finally made it and as he reached up to ring the doorbell, he turned to look back behind him and out of the corner of his eye he saw the form of a receding figure. It was his father who had followed him all the way just to make sure that he arrived safely at his destination.

Your Heavenly Father is watching over you. You might be a big boy or girl now, but Heavenly Daddy has promised to “never leave nor forsake you”.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am loved by my Heavenly Father and His loving eyes are always watching over me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Lamentations 1-2; Hebrews 10:1-19.


God’s Sovereign control

November 12

“To him belong strength and victory; both deceived and deceiver are his.” (Job 12:16).

When we ask Jesus to be our Savior and Lord, He assumes Sovereign control.  He knows that we will face challenges but He assures of His Sovereign control.  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. No matter what you may be facing – God is in control.

His Word says that He is in control of both the deceived and the deceiver.  He is in control of our mess and miracles; our trials and triumphs; our valleys and victories; our problems and provision – God is in control.  You can therefore confidently say, “No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper!”  Job, a man who revered God, went through many trials.  He faced financial loss; he lost some of his family members; he lost his health through a deadly disease; he lost the trust of his friends; and finally, the enemy tried to make him lose his soul to eternal death. His wife’s advice to him during this difficult time was to, “Curse God and die.” Job 2:9.

During all his trials, God was there, in absolute control.  After much suffering and confusion about his problems, God finally spoke to Job and confirmed that his suffering was not because of a sinful life but in God’s sovereignty He allowed His beloved servant to experience trials that would lead him to a greater triumphant life.  It is a complex issue to understand why God allow bad things to happen to good people.  His promise, however, is: “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.” (Rom. 8:28).

When you feel like you are out of control remember that God is in control.

Kingdom Declaration:

My God is in Sovereign control of my life and I therefore have His peace.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 51,52; Hebrews 9.


We live by faith

November 11

“Jesus replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’” (Matt. 17:20).

One major principle that Jesus taught, trained, corrected, rebuked and encouraged in His disciples was the power of Faith. His aim was to develop in his disciples an attitude of faith, a spirit of faith and a lifestyle of faith. Jesus described faith as a powerful force that can move mountains; dry up fig trees; calm storms; bring deliverance to those is bondage; heal incurable diseases; and make you do the impossible.

Faith is power as it releases the strength of God to accomplish great things through ordinary people: ‘Nothing is impossible for a person of faith.’ Paul persecuted Christians with passionate fury until His encounter with Jesus changed his life from security in himself to faith in Jesus Christ. He made a great discovery: he was persecuting the people who had a faith that he needed; a life he could share; a hope that would give him joy; and a path that would give him peace.

Paul understood the principles of faith and later wrote: “We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7). “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13). Paul became a hero of Christianity, wrote 13 books in the New Testament Bible, because faith makes ordinary people do extraordinary things.

Kingdom Declaration:

I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 50; Hebrews 8.


Recipe for a blessed life

November 10

“Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.” Psalm 112:1.

This Psalm begins with the writer praising God, followed by his recipe for a blessed life:
1) Praise the Lord.
It is hard to praise God and complain at the same time. It is hard to praise God and doubt His power. It is hard to praise God and not be lifted out of depression, fear, and discouragement. As your praises go up, your blessings will come down.
2) Fear God.
To fear God means to respect, revere, and value God as our Creator and Heavenly Father. As children are expected to respect their parents and honor them as their source of provision, wisdom, and protection, so our relationship with God as His sons and daughters gives us the privilege of His care, protection and provision.
3) Delight in His Word.
The Word of God has transforming power; motivating power; and mobilizing power. Truth releases power and freedom while deception enslaves and keeps people in bondage to lies. William Lyon Phelps, former professor at Yale University says: “I believe that knowledge of the Bible without a college education is more valuable than a college education without the Bible.” Enjoy your blessed life.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am loved, appreciated, and blessed by God.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 48,49; Hebrews 7.


God promise us His peace

November 9

“Again, Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you!  As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’” (John 20:21).

God promise us His peace – a peace that is beyond understanding; a peace that holds you in times of trouble; a peace that keeps your mind when trouble tries to overwhelm; a peace that preserves and protects you when you are vulnerable; and a peace that keeps you amid a storm until it passes over.

With God’s peace within us, we also become His agents of peace in a world that is filled with insecurities and fear.  We become His voice that will share the good news of His love and forgiveness; His vessel of power that will set people free from their sins, failures and mistakes.  What a privilege to be a vessel of God’s hope, love, joy, and peace.

Some of the most popular advice that people seeks from professional counsellors are about relationship turmoil; and fear and worry about health, money, and family.  People are looking for peace but can’t seem to find it.  Peace is no longer common in hearts, families, and nations.  But there is an answer – Jesus is called the Prince of Peace and His peace is available to all who needs it and asks for it.  Believe and receive His Peace that is greater than all your fears.

Kingdom Declaration:
The peace of God in me is greater than all my fears.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 46,47; Hebrews 6.


God’s Kingdom of Glory

November 8

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matt. 16:19).

God has given His sons and daughters on earth spiritual authority to exercise spiritual power as Kingdom Enforcers. Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:10). An emphasis of Jesus’ teaching while on Earth was about His Kingdom. He taught us to pray to enforce it; pray to preserve it; pray to populate it; and pray to advance it.

The Kingdom of God on earth is spiritual. It is the presence of God in hearts, lives, homes, societies, and territories. Wherever Jesus Christ is invited in to save, control, protect, and provide, He becomes King and sets up His Kingdom to rule and reign. Whenever the Kingdom of God is in the heart of believers they become heirs of His power, glory, and peace.

David lived with this revelation and walked in its manifestation defeating giants, possessing kingdoms, and overcoming all that Satan forged against him. “Through the victories you gave, his (David) glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.” (Ps 21:5). God’s Kingdom of glory is you to glorify you as He did David and His disciples, “Christ in you, is the hope of Glory.”

Kingdom Declaration:

The Kingdom of God is in me with righteousness, peace, and joy.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 43-45; Hebrews 5.


Nevertheless Champions

November 7

“Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. Gilead’s wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. “You are not going to get any inheritance in our family,” they said, “because you are the son of another woman.” Judges 11:1,2. “Jephthah led Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died, and was buried in a town in Gilead.” Judges 12:7.

Here was a man that was born in negative circumstances. He was the son of a prostitute and as a boy was thrown out of his father’s home by his step-brothers. Nevertheless, he became a ‘mighty warrior’. He became a great Judge and deliverer of Israel. Some of the world’s greatest people faced the world’s greatest challenges, but they overcame them.

Franklin Roosevelt had to overcome paralysis and nevertheless he became the only president of the United States elected to more than two terms. Albert Einstein was called a slow learner, mentally challenged, written off as uneducable and nevertheless he became the father of modern physics. Helen Keller was born blind and deaf and nevertheless yet she graduated college with highest honors and impacted the world. Golda Meir was a divorced grandmother from Milwaukee and nevertheless she became Israel’s first and only woman Prime Minister. Abraham Lincoln was the son of illiterate farmers. He experienced great personal tragedy and battled depression for much of his life, yet he is known as The Great Emancipator of slavery and America’s 16th President.

Once you believe in the ‘Nevertheless God’, then you can become a ‘Nevertheless Champion’ regardless of what life throws at you.

Kingdom Declaration:

It is never too late for a Nevertheless miracle from our Nevertheless God.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 40-42; Hebrews 4.


God’s help is available to you

November 6

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.  ‘What are you, O mighty mountain?  Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of “God bless it!  God bless it!’”  (Zech. 4:6,7).

Zerubbabel started a huge project to lead the first group of Jewish exiles from Babylon back to Jerusalem, and to rebuild the demolished temple that was there.  With great zeal he began the project but soon, two problems arose.  A few old men negated the project and discouraged the people. Then the enemies infiltrated Jerusalem by using political pressure, fear, and intimidation to stop the building of the project.

Zerubbabel, like many of us knew how to start off well, but found it hard to keep going when the going got tough. His discouragement led to despair so God sent two prophets to remind and encourage him: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you.” Zechariah 4:9. God also told him how the temple would be completed: “Not by man’smight not by man’spower but by the Spirit of the Lord Almighty.”

When you face a mountain of hindrances that threatens your plan, hope and purpose – pray and activate the supernatural power of God to override your limitations, frustrations, and challenges with His might and supernatural power. David’s King of Glory, EL CHAYIL, is mighty to save, deliver, and give you the victory.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord my God is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 37-39; Hebrews 3.


Your Heavenly Father is watching over you

November 5

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (Eccl. 9:10).

These words were written by a man who was one of the greatest and wealthiest Kings on Earth – King Solomon. Solomon succeeded his father David as king at the early age of 20. He humbled himself before God in prayer and asked God for supernatural wisdom to lead the great people of Israel. God granted his request and Solomon became the wisest and wealthiest King during his time.

To secure his kingdom for a peaceful reign, he arranged many marriages and political alliances with the neighboring kings. He built the greatest Palace, Temple, had many wives, children, fame and fortune, yet he was plagued by insecurity and depression in his later years. His search for satisfaction and security was almost scientific in its approach and through this process he discovered that life without God is a long, meaningless, and fruitless search for enjoyment.

True happiness and satisfaction is not in our power to accumulate or attain things, because we always want more than we can have, and sometimes have more that we want. His conclusion was that life is meaningless without God. Therefore, true satisfaction comes from being our best in who we are; doing our best in what we do; and living our best life each day.

Live as if today is all that you have and plan as if you have a hundred more years to dream dreams. Life is what you make it. You can create and rule your world to be the best, do your best, and receive what’s best with God’s help.

Kingdom Declaration:

I will be my best and do my best to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ to fill the earth with His glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 34-36; Hebrews 2.