Our time is in God’s hands

August 17

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”  (Romans 8:35,37).

One of the biggest intimidators of our time is the word ‘cancer’.  Patients sometimes collapse even if the doctor links it with the word ‘possible’.  Paul had many near-death experiences but he was convinced that God was in control of his life.  God is our Alpha and Omega which means He controls our beginning and our ending.  We did not begin by luck, chance, nor coincidence.  We began by God and will end with God.  Our time is in His Hands. The Psalmist says:  “..Your promise preserves my life.” (Ps. 119:50).

Live with an eternal perspective. You can have eternal life. “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3).  There is an article on the bulletin board in the Mayo Clinic that reads: “Cancer is limited: it cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope.  It cannot corrode faith.  It cannot eat away peace.  It cannot destroy confidence.  It cannot kill friendship.  It cannot shut out memories.  It cannot silence courage.  It cannot invade the soul.  It cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot quench the spirit, and it cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.”

Do not fear.  Jesus in confidence declared: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”  Rest in God’s preserving power for He holds you in His hands.

Kingdom Declaration:

My God is my Alpha and Omega.  My life is in His hands.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 97-99; Romans 16.

No risk, no rewards

August 16

“Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’  Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.”  Acts 3:6,7.

Peter had just recovered from his public failure for cowardly denying that he knew Jesus.  He was lovingly forgiven by Jesus and restored with the disciples to launch Christianity.  After being filled with the Holy Spirit along with the other disciples in the upper room, he went in the street and saw a crippled beggar asking for money. To Peter this was an opportunity to prove the power of Jesus Christ that would flow through him to heal a crippled man. It was a risk because of his past failure and weakened reputation but he decided to put his faith in God and speak the words of faith.  The crippled man was healed by the Name of Jesus to the Glory of the Father.  No risk, no rewards.

I read some time ago: “To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.  To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.  To reach out to another is to risk involvement.  To expose your feelings is to risk rejection.  To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.  To love is to risk not being loved in return.  To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure. But risks must be taken because the greatest risk of all is to risk nothing.  The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, he cannot feel, he cannot change, he cannot grow, and he cannot love.  Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave.  Only the person who risks is truly free.”

Jesus took a risk by coming to earth to save the world, knowing that many would reject Him.  Now we must take risks to love others, heal the sick, help the poor, and share the good news that Jesus Christ is Savior of the world.

Kingdom Declaration:

I pray and obey to share and show the love of Jesus Christ to the world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 94-96; Romans 15:14-33

God is waiting to hear from you

August 14

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”  Psalm 143:8.

God wants to commune with you every morning. Ralph Herring writes: “Prayer is need finding a voice.  Prayer is embarrassment seeking relief.  Prayer is friend in search of friend.  Prayer is a quest in the darkness of midnight.  Prayer is knocking on a barred door.  Prayer is communion through both darkness and closed doors.  Prayer is shameless insistence in the name of another.  Prayer is expecting and receiving all things whatsoever we need to meet the demands when Jesus our Friend calls on us.”

What a privilege to come to God in prayer, to talk to Him, and to hear His assurance, encouragement, and direction.  Prayer is the privilege to connect with and host the presence of God.  Prayer is the key that opens the door to the throne room of His glory for unlimited access to God’s unlimited favor.

Miracles result from prayer. Healings result from prayers. Lives, circumstances. and nations are transformed through prayer.  All things are possible through prayer.

Kingdom Declaration:

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 89,90; Romans 14.

Your faith is the key to your victory

August 13

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1,2.

There is a list of heroes in the Bible’s ‘hall of faith’ found in the book of Hebrews. They all had this in common: ‘they all had weaknesses and trials but they were all overcomers’.  They were described as people: “Who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.” (Heb.11:33-34.)

Their trials made them grow in wisdom, strength, and power.  They learnt by their mistakes and did not allow failure to be their final outcome. They put their faith in God and in His Word when they needed wisdom; in His grace in their times of need; and in His strength when they were weak.

When we read all through the Gospels we see how Jesus loved and responded to anyone who had faith in Him as their Savior, Healer, and Deliverer.  He would often commend them for their faith, “Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed from that moment.” (Matt 9:22).  By faith believe and receive a miracle today.

Kingdom Declaration:

By faith I believe and receive a miracle today.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 87,88; Romans 13.

God will be with you ‘there’

August 12

“But if from thereyou seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”  Deuteronomy 4:29.

Never lose sight of God in spite the circumstances you might be facing.  From where you are, seek the Lord and you will find Him ‘there’.

Three Hebrew young men were captured and taken as slaves in Babylon.  Because of their faith in Yahweh and their Jewish traditions, they were thrown in a furnace of blazing fire. When the soldiers looked in the furnace, however, they saw a ‘fourth Man’ with them ‘there’ in the fire.  The ‘fourth Man’ was God who has promised never to leave you.  When you go through trials God will be with you ‘there’.

Hagar, a desperate single mother, was in the wilderness with her son without any food or water.  The boy cried out and God met them ‘there’.  Hagar and her son were preserved, provided for, and blessed by God to become a great nation.

God is with you in every situation. He is with you both ‘here’ and ‘there’. His reminder to you, “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.” (Deut. 31:7-8).

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord my God is with me in every circumstance that I might face today and tomorrow.

Read the Bible in One Year:  Psalms 84-86; Romans 12

Put your confidence in God

August 11

“This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’”  (Is. 48:17).

True confidence comes in knowing that God, who knows what is best for you, is willing to teach you and direct you in the path of your success and destiny.  Trusting in God’s character will make you confident in His power in you, for you and possibilities through you.  Confidence may be described as the quality or state of being certain.  You can be confident in God.

Here are some attributes of God:

1)  He is omniscient. God knows all and therefore knows the future; sees around the bend; and is ahead of you preparing for you.

2)  He is omnipotent. God is almighty and without limitations.  He is powerful and therefore quite able to protect and preserve you as you follow His path.

3)  He is omnipresent. God is Ever-present, He is everywhere and therefore will never leave you nor forsake you.

Franklin D. Roosevelt says: “Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance.  Without them it cannot live.” Put your confidence in God who is working for you and with you.  With God as your Source, you can also be confident in yourself as you step into a season of new possibilities.  “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” Hebrew 10:35.

Kingdom Declaration:

My confidence is in God who works in me, for me and through me for my highest calling.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 81-83; Roman 11:19-36

Ticket to an eternal destination with God

August 9

“Everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:15,16).

The airport is filled with people hurriedly running to get to their planes that will take them to their destinations. Some people sit around patiently waiting for the call to check them through.  Others are waiting for a cab, train or a bus to get them to their destination.  Important questions to be settled are: Where is my eternal destination?  Where is life taking me?

Here is your ticket to an eternal destination with God.  “Everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ may have eternal life.” John 3:15. “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom. 10:9).

Jesus Christ is your secure pathway to eternal life with God forever.  Today with all your heart you can surrender your life to Jesus and gain a secure destination. Please pray this prayer with me: “Dear Jesus, I know that I have made mistakes and sinned against you.  Please forgive me for all my sins.  I believe that you are the Savior of the world and that you died on the cross to save me. I surrender my life to you today.  I thank you Jesus for my gift of salvation and my secured destination to be with you forever. In Jesus Name, Amen.”

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for my eternal life with Jesus Christ. I am secure.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 77,78; Romans 10

Jesus is a friend of sinners

August 7

“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.” All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.'” Luke 19:5-7.

Jesus was often criticized for being ‘a friend of sinners’.  Zacchaeus was the Receiver General in the customs department who was responsible to collect taxes from the Jews, even though he was a Jew himself.  The Jews considered Zacchaeus a traitor and a thief who accepted bribes ruthlessly from the people and who ran a ring of corruption with a team of hostile collectors, BUT Jesus is a friend of sinners.

Jesus felt comfortable going to this man’s house – a sinner’s house.  People did not understand the mission or the methods of Jesus.  In his book “Knowing God”, J.I. Packer writes, “There is tremendous relief in knowing that God’s love for me is based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst in me… Indeed, He sees more corruption in me than I see in myself.  Yet He wants to be my friend and desires to be my friend and has given His Son to die for me in order for me to realize this purpose.”

Zacchaeus was saved by the love of Jesus and not His judgement.  In repentance Zacchaeus said to Jesus, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”  Luke 19:8-10.  Yes, Jesus is a friend of sinners.  He came to save us all.

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for His love and mercy towards me and every person in our world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 70,71; Romans 8:22-39

Preparing for Baptism with Glory

August 6

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” (Isa 60:1).

The bible tells us that God’s plan for us is to grow in His ever-increasing glory and to go from strength to strength by His Grace, “They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.” Psalm 84:7. The word strength in the Hebrew language in the word CHAYIL which describes the glory of Jesus Christ in and through His servants.

Preparation for baptism with glory:

1) Arise. Shift from a religious or apathetic mind set, and get ready for new actions for new results of manifested glory in your life.

2) Shine.  Begin to hope, dream, and believe for a new season of a glorious life.

3) Your light has come. Knowledge and revelation precedes manifestation. Christ in you is the hope of glory for you and our world. (Col 1:27). There is the intrinsic glory of God in you that is waiting to be ignited by your faith.

4) The glory of the LORD rises upon you.  CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of our LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants.  Serve God, serve others, and be a solutionist in our world. You were created with glory to be a witness of His glory in our world.

Kingdom Declaration:

I receive the baptism with glory to bring glory to the Name of Jesus in our world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 70,71; Romans 8:22-39

God’s glorious riches for you

August 5

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” (Eph. 3:16).

God’s glorious riches for you comes with His love, peace, strength, power, favor, provision, and victories. His glorious riches for you is covenant glory.  A covenant moves a relationship from casual to committed, occasional to consistent, receiving to giving, and one-sided to mutually beneficial.

God activated His covenant love for you when He died on the cross to save you, rose from the grave to empower you, and offered to live in you with the power of His Holy Spirit and unlimited glory. Christ in you is the hope of glory for the world. (Col. 1:27). He will glorify you to bring Him glory as His witness sharing, showing and testifying of His saving grace and glorious riches to others.

David was a witness of God’s saving grace, powerful defense, “Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.  See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples.” (Is. 55:3,4).  Now you. Now us. “And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Is. 40:5). Together we can.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am a witness of the glorious riches of Christ in me the hope of glory for our world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 68,69; Romans 8:1-21