God’s Protection is with you always

June 23

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 Kings 6:16.

Even if you feel like the whole world is against you, hear God’s word to you today. “Don’t be afraid because those who are with you are more than those who are against you.” You have protection and support is two ways:

1) God is with you. This promise is eternal and so powerful that not even death can separate you from His Presence and His love. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.

2) God has assigned angels as your personal servants. “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalms 91:11. “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrew 1:14.

Your Almighty God is protecting and guarding you. During mixed feelings, feel His Presence and be secure in His love. Hear His voice saying to you: “Do not be afraid, I am with you. My angels have surrounded you and those who are with you are more than those who are against you.”

Kingdom Declaration:

Nothing can separate me from the love of God.

Read the Bible in One Year: Esther 9-10; Acts 7:1-21

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It came to pass

June 22

“Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors. Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.” I Kings 19:3-5.

Discouragement can become a destroyer a person’s life. Elijah had just finished some of the greatest accomplishments of his life. He was a powerful leader and won many tremendous battles. Yet he could not win this new battle called, ‘Discouragement’. Disappointments can lead to discouragement. Discouragement can lead to depression.

The story is told of a Sunday class that had been asked the question: “In your time of discouragement, what is your favorite Scripture?” A young man said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1. A middle age woman said, “God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”. Psalm 46:1. Another woman said, “In this world you shall have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome this world”. John 16:33-35.

Then old Mr. John who was 80 years old, with head of white hair and dark black skin, stood up and said with as much strength as he could muster, “And it came to pass.” found 85 times in the bible. The class started to laugh a little thinking that old Mr. John’s lack of memory was getting the best of him. When the snickering stopped, he said, “At 30 I lost my job with six hungry mouths and a wife to feed. I didn’t know how I would make it. At 40 my eldest son was killed overseas in the war. It knocked me down. At 50 my house burned to the ground. Nothing was saved out of the house. At 60 my wife of 40 years got cancer. It slowly ate away at her.” On and on this old man shared all the pain and discouragement that life served him. The key, “And it came to pass.”

Our trials are not our destination but a journey. Be encouraged for whatever you may face, our God is greater. He will see you through and beyond the present because, “It came to pass.”

Kingdom Declaration:

My God is greater than whatever I may face today and He is in my tomorrow before I get there.

Read the Bible in One Year: Esther 6-8; Acts 6

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The LORD is Peace

June 21

“But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die. So Gideon built and altar to the Lord there and called it The LORD is Peace.” Judges 6:23,24.

Gideon was a man who was discouraged. He and his family had suffered incredible losses at the hand of oppressive ravaging warriors called the Midianites. Gideon and his family were fighting for survival. He was frustrated, angry and confused about God, the enemy, and himself. God appeared to him at the height of his anger and lovingly gave him hope for CHANGE.

God gave Gideon four things:
1) Hope. It is never too late for God to intervene regardless of how long or how hard the circumstance is or even how frustrated and angry you are. God is not intimidated by your anger. He loves you. As your Prince of Peace, He will calm raging storms of fear, anger, and shame in your heart.
2) Strength. God will give you His strength to get out of poverty, oppression, and depression. Gideon would have to work hard and fight for his new life, but God would help him all the way.
3) Peace. The antidote for a heart filled with strife, torment, and self-condemnation is peace. As a father and husband Gideon blamed himself as he watched his family suffer, but The LORD became his Peace.
4) Faith. God restored his faith and confidence in God and in himself.

As Gideon listened to the words of encouragement from God, faith filled his heart. His heart was changed from depression to determination, from passiveness to passion, and from weakness to strength for victorious warfare for himself, his family, and Israel. He determined to succeed and he did, with the help of the LORD who became his Peace.

Kingdom Declaration:

My God is my LORD of Peace who gives me the power and peace for overwhelming victory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Esther 3-5; Acts 5:22-42

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God ‘sets’ us in a family cluster

June 20

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing.” Psalm 68: 5,6.

The fatherless, widows, and the lonely are those who experienced loss of significant people in their lives. God who created you cares about every detail in your life. He is sensitive to your needs. He understands pain, rejection, family challenges, and even separation. Jesus was separated from His Heavenly Father while He was on the cross.

When Jesus was about to die on the cross He looked at His mother Mary weeping in emotional agony and He cared even through His pain. “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.’” John 19:26-27. He gave Mary, His mother, a new son – John. He knew she would be loved, cared for, and supported. God ‘sets’ us in a family cluster, that is chosen by Him.

“God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing.” Psalm 68:6. In the right family cluster of a local Church you will be taught, empowered, receive care, and have the opportunity to serve God with singing. As a member of His Royal Family, He ‘sets’ us in earthly family clusters for relationship, interaction, teaching, help, encouragement, and human involvement. As He did for Mary, so will Jesus do for you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am a part of the Royal family of God on earth and in heaven

Read the Bible in One Year: Esther 1-2; Acts 5:1-21

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Your Heavenly Father loves you

June 19

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.” Luke 11:1-2.

God many times in the Bible refers to us as children, sons, daughters and family. The disciples so admired the prayer life of Jesus, that they asked Him to teach them how to pray. He gave them the opportunity to address God as ‘Father’. In a world that is lacking of good fathers and nurturing parents, God is looking to father and parent His human family.

We read the story of a man who had to make a selfless sacrifice to save his little eight month old daughter. He gave her half of his liver previously and was now ready to also give her one of his kidneys. As he and his wife prepares mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for another surgery with all its risk, pain and concerns, their thought was: “We see the kidney transplant operation as the light at the end of the tunnel.” This a perspective of love.

Your Heavenly Father did not just give you His organs but He gave you His Son to die a cruel death on the cross for your salvation and freedom. In love the Father watched His Son tortured while thinking of you with His light in your heart as the light of the world. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. God gave you life. Be secure in the love of your Heavenly Father.

Kingdom Declaration:

The love of my God in the glory in my heart and the power that flows through my veins.

Read the Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 12-13; Acts 4:23-37

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God’s Kingdom of priests

June 18

“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
Exodus 19:5,6.

God wants us to be a kingdom of priests, a people devoted to Him in worship, to become His vessels of glory like David and his army, to be His mediators on earth, and be His faithful servants to fulfill His will on earth, “But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.” 1 Kings 8:61.

There is a chosen time for a chosen generation, a kingdom of priests, to be glorified by God to fill the earth with His glory, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10, NKJV.

As darkness invades our world we must as a kingdom of priests, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” Isaiah 60:1-2. This a great opportunity to serve God in His great outpouring of love and glory. Now is the time of God’s favor and great salvation of our world.

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for the privilege and opportunity to be glorified to bring glory to the Name of Jesus.

Read the Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 10-11; Acts 4:1-22

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World Peace

June 17

“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.

In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, the superpowers such as the United Nations, NATO, World Bank, and powerful nations have failed to make, give, and keep peace. The great thinkers of the world meet at different summits without solutions to terrorism, environmental decay, struggling economies, food shortage, and increasing poverty.

God calls himself the ‘Prince of Peace’. He owns peace and He gives it to humble hearts. World peace can only come when one by one we choose the Prince of Peace as our Source of peace. God’s peace is not circumstantial. It is a peace that flows from His heart to ours with faithful love, great wisdom, and unlimited power.

Peace is silent trust, determined patience, and quiet love. The Peace of God transcends all understanding and with the power to guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7).
Today receive the peace of Jesus Christ and as His peace floods your soul, share it with someone else so that one by one we can create world peace.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ is the King of peace and the Savior of the world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 7-9; Acts 3

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The Perfectionist

June 16

“Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41,42.

Here we have the contrast of two sisters. Martha was Miss Hospitality, cooking, cleaning and making sure that her guest, Jesus, would have the best meals in the best plates and the best service. Everything had to be perfect and organized. She was a perfectionist.

A perfectionist is described as one who has the disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable or failure. It is a ‘driven’ personality that sometimes misses opportunities for rest, self-praise, encouragement, and happiness. Because no one is perfect, a perfectionist is usually their own worse critic. This can sometimes lead to struggle with self-condemnation or impatience with others.

Martha’s sister Mary, on the other hand, knew how to enjoy the moment and she seized the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus to receive His words of life. Martha was stressed out, tired out, and frustrated because everyone else around her was not stressed out, tired out, and frustrated.

Are you a perfectionist who is constantly driving yourself into frustrations because the work is unending and others are not seeing your effort and plans to save the world? If so, rest today and learn to let some things go. Do not be hard on yourself. Be patient with others. Love yourself because Jesus loves you. You are accepted and powerful enough to accept and celebrate the power in others. Take care of yourself and love YOU. Jesus said: “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31.

Kingdom Declaration:

I love God and I shall love myself so that I can truly love others

Read the Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 4-6; Acts 2:22-47

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God’s power is greater than your storms

June 15

“They all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then he climbed into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were completely amazed.” Mark 6:50,51.

The disciples of Jesus were out fishing in a boat. The wind came against them so they were straining at the oars in desperation to prevent the boat from capsizing. At times life happens, and we have to fight to survive. Sometimes the promise is at the top of a steep mountain and It is an uphill climb all the way. The circumstances are not cooperating – the wind is too strong. People are not cooperating – you lack encouragement.

God’s words to you:
1) “Take courage!” Don’t lose hope. Invite Jesus into your circumstances. Do not face the storms alone.
2) “It is I.” God is with you and will never with you. Believe in the power of God regardless of what you see and hear.
3) “Don’t be afraid!” When God is with you, you cannot drown. You will not only survive but you will become a testimony of His Glory. His Presence brings Power. His Power brings Peace. His Peace comes with victory. When God is with you, you have all that you need to overcome every obstacle, endure every challenge, and succeed nevertheless.

Let your response in your crises be: “With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” Psalm 60:12, NKJV.
Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is with me, I will not be afraid.

Read the Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 1-3; Acts 2: 1-21

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Nurture a heart for greatness

June 14

“May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.” 1 Thessalonians 3:13.

Everything that we do and say comes from the heart. Out of your heart comes everything that creates your life. Whether it is good or evil, faith or fear, success or failure, the fruit of your life comes from the seeds of your heart. Whatever you think on releases creative power and life to your meditation. God cannot take you further than your heart allows Him to.

Over two million people was delivered out of slavery in Egypt, but some never had the heart move from a wilderness into their promises. Every reality starts with a dream and from the heart comes the faith, attitude, strength and endurance to make the dream a reality. A dream needs faith, work, and help from others for its fulfillment. David’s heart of glory attracted 400 powerful men to come to him while living in a cave to make him king. David nurtured a heart of greatness and glory.

Daniel and his three Hebrew free while enslaved in Babylon nurtured a heart of greatness and glory and they prospered during prejudice and opposition. Samuel as a boy nurtured a heart of greatness and glory was not defiled by the corrupted sons of Eli, the priest. Mary nurtured a heart of greatness and glory and from her womb came the King of Glory, Jesus Christ.

Kingdom Declaration:

I nurture a heart of greatness and glory to grow like Jesus in the seven CHAYIL Pillars.

Read the Bible in One Year: Ezra 9-10; Acts 1

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