Priority is the master of one’s life

August 8

“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:  that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”  Psalm 27:4.

Priority is the master of one’s life.  It controls the present and dictates the future.  A dream can never become a reality without the right priorities in life.  Accomplishments are made through sacrifice, determination, and keeping the right priorities. 

Albert Day writes, “A pianist cannot risk his finger in a baseball.  The painter cannot imperil his eyes for the sake of his appetite.  The singer must scrupulously guard not only her throat but her general health as well.” 

Suggested Priorities:

1)  Put God first above all things.  Practice to pray every day; read God’s Word every day and listen to His voice every day.  Be aware of His abiding Presence in and with you.

2)  Love your family.  Family can be biological or divine connections for God’s purpose.  Trenton Lee Stewart says: “You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”  Live to love. 

3)  Love your neighbor as yourself.  Practice kindness to others and sow seeds for a harvest of kindness in return.

When God is your priority, His protection and provision is your security.  His promises: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:33).

Kingdom Declaration:

My priority and passion is to love the LORD my God with all my heart and life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 74-76; Romans 9:16-33

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jesus suffered for you

August 4

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Is. 53:5.)

We reflect on a tragic Friday over 2000 years ago when an innocent man called Jesus was brutally beaten, tortured, and crucified on a cross.  Jesus passionately allowed it because of a greater purpose that includes you.  The word passion means suffering, compelling, intense feeling or emotion, a pursuit to which one is devoted.

Passion describes the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross with you in mind:

  • His torture was for the torment of all people.
  • His judgment was for every time we are unfairly judged.
  • His betrayal was for our grace when we are betrayed.
  • His desertion by His disciples was for when we need others and they are not there.
  • He was despised for victims of racism, prejudice, poverty, slavery.
  • His blood was for the sins of all people.
  • His wounds were for all sickness and diseases.
  • His punishment was for the peace of all people.
  • His death was to destroy the power of death for all people.
  • He showed you His great love for you by dying in your place. He gave you eternal life.

The cross without the resurrection would have meant victory for Satan but the cross was only a journey with a great purpose for the salvation of the world. Jesus died but He rose again as our example that there is victory beyond every battle you face and hope beyond all your fears.  It was a Good Friday when Jesus in one blow on the cross, conquered death, Satan, and the grave. Hallelujah!  Because He lives, we too shall live.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am saved, secure, and victorious in Christ Jesus.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 66,67; Romans 7

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It is time for a move of God

August 3

“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. (Is. 60:1,2).

History records in the Bible that when the cycles of corruption and violence increase to a dangerous tipping point, God comes down with divine intervention that we call a move of God. “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence”. (Gen. 6:11). In a move of God and with the cooperation of a volunteer call Noah, God preserved humanity, species of animal, and destroyed all evil kingdoms in the earth.

Now us. Corruption and violence is increasing in our world. It is time for a move of God that will fill the earth with His glory; His love to destroy hate, His hope to destroy despair, His salvation to destroy fear, His grace to destroy evil, and His provision to destroy poverty. God can and will take care of His family and planet. “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:27. Jesus branded His glory, CHAYIL (powerful, great) Glory in times of great global crises.

In every move of God, He had willing volunteers like Noah, Moses, Esther, Disciples of Jesus, and even children. Now us. God will empower and glorify us to serve Him in His glory. CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of our LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants. Together we will create a tipping point for the outpouring of God’s love and glory in all the earth. 

Let us pray and invite Jesus Christ to come upon us to flow through to save our world. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14). We pray, “Heal our land, Jesus.”

Kingdom Declaration:

It is time for a move of God.  All mankind shall see the salvation of Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 63-65; Romans 6

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Ignite your Passion

August 2

“Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John replied, ‘Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.  For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’” (Acts 4:18-20).

The early church grew in numbers, power, and fame in the midst of persecution, separation from families, and threats of imprisonment and death.  A passionate group of disciples committed themselves to a cause that was greater than themselves and received power and glory from Jesus to serve Him in His mission: “Salvation for the world”. Nothing or no one could stop them from sharing about Jesus Christ, His life, death, and His resurrection. They were His witness and the movement called Christianity was birth to radically save and rescue lives, transform communities and nations.

CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of our LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants. The disciples of Jesus were His servants through whom His powerful purpose on earth would be accomplished, “Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.” (Mark 16:20).

Through His disciples Jesus worked miracles, healed the sick, delivered people from demonic strongholds, and kept His Name alive on earth. Now us. God is empowering and glorifying a passionate group of disciples to serve Him to fill our world with His powerful (CHAYIL) Glory for a great harvest in His Kingdom. We must ignite our passion to serve and pray like Jesus, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You.” John 17:1, NKJV. We are God’s servants. “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:

Jesus Christ is the Savior of our world and I am His passionate servant.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 60-62; Romans 5

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Stay in the game

August 1

“Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”  1 Corinthians 9:24,25.

In an era when athletic games were very popular in the stadiums of Rome, Greece, and Corinth, Paul in many of his writings compared life with its challenges and accomplishments to a game or race.  Athletes main goal in life is to win the best prize knowing that it takes sacrifice, determination, and sometimes pain. They know that in the game you might win or lose, but the prize is important enough to keep them focused to stay in the game. 

Jessie Owens won four gold medals and broke three world records in less than an hour.  He wrote: “There is something that can happen to every athlete and every human being: the instinct to slack off. To give in to pain, to give less than your best … the instinct to hope you can win through luck, or through your opponent not doing his best, instead of going to the limit, where victory is always found. Defeating those negative instincts that are out to defeat us is the difference between winning and losing – and we face that battle every day of our lives.” 

Don’t give up on your dream.  In the race of life remember that you have a Coach, Teacher, Helper, and Savior, Jesus Christ. He says to you: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 15:57). As long as you stay in the game, God promises to give you the victory.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my Strength and Shield, my Source of victory and salvation.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 57-59; Romans 4

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Blessed by the Lord

July 31

 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream, it does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jer. 7:7,8).

Believers in Christ are blessed with: 

1) Confidence. You can be sure that God is with you and that He shall supply all your needs in abundance according to His riches in glory.   

2) Fruitfulness. God in you will cause you to bear fruit and live a productive life. 

3) Stability. Life around you might be unstable, but planted in Christ Jesus you are stable. You cannot be uprooted by circumstances or by the wicked intentions of others. 

4)  Peace. In midst of famine or war, know that God is in control of your life, your seasons, and future.  God is for you and therefore nothing or no one can destroy you or your purpose in Him. 

Today, don’t worry, just pray.  Trust in the Lord who has already declared you blessed.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am blessed by the Lord and my confidence is in Him.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 54-56; Romans 3.

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