You are God’s Great Creation

May 27

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?”  Psalms 8:3,4. 

David spent over fifteen years in exile running from cave to cave and valley to valley, and sometimes alone with only the night sky as his companion.  After spending years alone in a natural environment, experiencing the changes of time and seasons, he became overwhelmed with the magnificence of God’s creation and universe.  He looked at the sky from a limited perspective, with the naked eye, and yet he saw the glory of God displayed.

Abraham Lincoln said, “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” With powerful telescopes scientists and home hobbyists are able to observe the cosmos and discover more and more about the greatness of the universe.  The more we know is the more we discover what we do not know.

With all the greatness of God’s creation, YOU are His greatest.  He made you in His image and likeness and to represent Him on earth. You were created in love and with purpose to bring glory to God. You were created in glory and now Christ the hope of Glory lives in you. His ask of you is to: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.   God wants His glory to be seen in and through you. CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of the LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants. You are God’s great creation and His vessel of glory.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God to display His manifested glory on earth.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 1-3; John 10:1-23

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God’s Compassion Never Fails

May 26

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22,23.  

Today God is promising you three things;

1) Unfailing love.  God cannot love you more than He does now because His love towards you is already perfect in spite of your imperfections.  He will never stop loving you.  “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 8:39. 

2) Amazing compassion. His compassion is always towards you with a readiness to help you, forgive you when you need His forgiveness, and to extend His hand of mercy towards you each day. 

3) Great faithfulness.  You can count on God.  You can trust Him to be there for you always.  He waits for you even when you ignore Him or get too busy.  He is not waiting to scold or punish you but to love and encourage you.  God lives by His own Word.  “His compassion never fail, they are new every morning.” 

Love yourself and love others.  Forgive yourself and forgive others. Live in God’s atmosphere of Glory.

Kingdom Declaration:

I live in an atmosphere of God’s glory with His unfailing love, amazing compassion, and great faithfulness.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 28-29; John 9:24-41

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Create a Balanced Life (life Balls)

May 25

“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”  1 John 2:17.  

One of the buzz phrases in today’s society is, “Work, Life, Balance.”  Companies are sponsoring seminars to help staff who are becoming more and more stressed out and burnt out. People are adding a personal psychiatrist to their personal doctor and dentist. Jesus is our model for perfectly balanced life and determined success.

Jesus balanced His work with rest. “When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.” Matthew 8:18. He ruled His world. His devotion was to His Father and His duty was to others.  Jesus loved the world but the world never consumed nor controlled Him.  He submitted Himself to His Father’s control for eternal success. 

Let us create a balanced life in wisdom with seven Life Balls and with priorities in mind as we create and rule our world: God, health, family, purpose, work, relationships, friends, and recreation. The pressures of life will try to get you to either ignore or drop one of these Life Balls. But, purpose in your heart to live a balanced life. Believe and create God’s plan for your life, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2, NKJV. Create your priorities and rule your world with God as your main priority and Source of life and blessings.

Kingdom Declaration:

I rule my world with the right priorities and with God as my Source of glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 25-27; John 9:1-23

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Vessels of Mercy

May 24

“He answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  Luke 10:27.   

The parable of the Good Samaritan is the story of a man who was beaten by robbers, stripped, and left for dead.  A priest and a Levite (religious person) passed him by and did not help.  Then a Samaritan (a victim of prejudice and from a shunned class of society) stopped and helped the desperate dying man.  Sometimes we can be so religiously busy that we forget the important things like compassion, kindness, and love. The Samaritan was a vessel of mercy. 

Recently a boy, eight years of age, was beaten to death by his mother. The neighbors were seen sobbing on the television news, for they had seen signs of abuse for years but no one wanted to get involved.  It is always a risk to get involved with issues but somewhere between caution and indifference; fear and self-preservation; there must be guts to love enough to care, and care enough to help. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself”.  It is risky to get involved and sometimes costly but the world still needs vessels of mercy.

God encourages us: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36. Remember that God is forever merciful to you. 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am a vessel of God’s love and mercy of God. 

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59

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Encourage Yourself

May 23

“And the people, that is, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and again formed the battle line at the place where they had put themselves in array on the first day.” Judges 20:22.

There are times when you will have only one encourager – YOU.  Here the men of Israel had to encourage themselves after two disappointing battles.  They had gone into battle with self-confidence and self-righteousness and suffered severe lost loss.  They examined their approach, attitude towards God, and in humility they sought His favor. This time God responded: “Go, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands.” Judges 20:28. They battled again and won.  Without encouragement it’s hard to continue in faith and success.

The bible contains many examples of people and nations that suffered severe loss but recovered all.  In some cases, they gained more than they had before their crisis.  They all had to fight a common enemy – discouragement.  David after a severe loss (his family, resources, tents, workers, friend), was greatly distressed. He cried, prayed, and cried some more as the enemy of discouragement tried to swallow him in a pit of despair: “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 for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6.

There are times when you have no one but YOU to encourage YOU. You have the power to encourage yourself with the word of God, by praising God and with thanksgiving.  God’s word to you: “For I am with you to rescue and save you, ‘declares the LORD.’” Jeremiah 15:20.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord is with me forever. I am safe, secure, and confident in His victory.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 19-21; John 8:1-27

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Your good purpose will be fulfilled

May 22

“We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”  2 Thessalonians 1:11. 

You are born with purpose.  You are a solution to challenges and an answer o your generation.  We sometimes find our calling a mystery because we want the destination without a journey.  Our calling is a journey that is answered each day as we listen and walk in obedience.  Our calling is a day by day attitude of faithfulness.  As you continue to be faithful in what you are doing today your excellence will pave the journey of your purpose. 

Your purpose is speaking:

1) Be quiet enough to hear it.

2) Be wise enough to prepare for it.

3) Be strong enough to work for it. 

4) Be brave enough to speak it.

5) Be honest enough to live it. 

6) Be bold enough to defend it. 

7) Be faithful enough to pray it through.

Have faith in God, follow where He leads, and obey what He says. By His power and your actions you will fulfill your purpose.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am on my journey for the destination of fulfilling my good purpose.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 16-18; John 7:28-53

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You can succeed

May 21

“He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.  And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.”  2 Kings 18: 6.7.  

Success is one of the greatest of human pursuits.  Success is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as: “a favorable or desired outcome; the attainment of wealth, favor or eminence.”  John Maxwell describes success as: “The progressive realization of a predetermined goal”.   Success is progressive and includes the will and determination to never give up. 

God tells you how to succeed:

1)  Hold fast to the Lord.  Don’t give up your dream.  Don’t give in to fear. Don’t surrender to obstacles. When you don’t have the answer and when you cannot make things happen step back and allow God to take over, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26.

2)  Listen and obey.  Let God’s Word be your plumb line for everything that you do as you create and rule your world for success. Live by faith and not by feelings. Keep moving towards your dream.

3)  Be aware of God.  Make your heart an altar of God. Christ in you is hope of glory. Meet with Him everyday for worship, sharing, renewed strength, creativity, power, and favor. After prayer go with God every where. “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8. 

4) Have faith in God and in yourself. “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverb 16:3.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my strength and shield.  He gives me success and guarantees my protection.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 13-15; John 7:1-27

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Choose better over bitter

May 20

“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.” Ruth 1:20,21.

Trials can either make us bitter or better. They can be viewed as learning experiences that enhances growth, knowledge, and therefore maturity.

A Pastor shared that while he was away on a speaking engagement his daughter who was a great athlete met in a tragic accident, and lost one of her leg. When he flew home and visited her in the hospital and said to her, “How are you?” She said, “Dad you have always taught me not to dwell on that which I have lost but to be thankful for what I have remaining!” She was grateful for her one remaining leg.

The Bible encourages us to praise the Lord at all times, not just in the good times but even in the bad times. When we go through trials praises become a cloak of protection; a net of safety; a wall of protection; and a tower of strength. Praise protects our hearts from bitterness and keeps our souls alive for creativity, power, and solutions. Bitterness on the other hand causes barrenness to the soul; disease to the human spirit; and damage to the human body.

Our Choice: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 NKJV) “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30.

Kingdom Declaration:

I choose better over bitter. In everything I will give thanks and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 10-12; John 6: 45-71

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Practice a Positive Attitude

May 19

“Do everything without complaining or arguing.”  Philippians 2:14.

Practice makes perfect. Choice is deliberate power. You can create a greater you with a greater heart.

Create a greater you:

1)  Have faith in God. By faith I will create and rule my world with positive thoughts and unwavering faith.

2)  Practice a positive attitude. Refuse to be moved into an attitude of murmuring, grumbling, and

     complaining. 

3)  Keep God on the throne of your heart.  Do not allow circumstances to rule your heart.  God will

     preserve you as you live by faith.

4)  Surround yourself with positive friends. They will encourage and motivate you.  

5)  Create and control your atmospheres.  Live in an atmosphere of praise and thanksgiving.

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am a vessel of faith and praise. I live in the atmosphere of glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44

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Step towards your Dream

May 18

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”  James 2:17.  

Faith is the evidence of the things we hope for and our actions are the evidence of our faith.  Faith is power that gives us access to unlimited blessings from God. Jesus shared and showed the power of faith throughout His ministry.

To a desperate woman:

“Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” Matt 15:28.

To passionate friends:

“Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” Matt 9:2.

To a blind man:

“Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Luke 18:42.

To His disciples in training:

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12.

Jesus taught about the negative result of a faithless heart. “He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Matthew 13:58. Lack of faith blocks miracles and limit possibilities. Vance Havner wrote, “Faith is more like a verb than a noun…. Faith accepts the Word of God, affirms confidence in that Word, and acts upon it.”

Faith involves believing, seeing, and stepping.  What you believe for you will see as possible and what you see as possible you will have the guts to step into.  Take a step of faith today. 

Kingdom Declaration:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 4-6; John 6:1-21

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