The Power of His Word

December 13

“Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my Life.” (Ps. 119:49,50).

Many people have had their lives changed by one word from God. For the disciples it was: “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” They left their businesses and went into full service for the cause of Jesus. Missionary and pioneer William Carey introduced the gospel to India after being touched by the words of Isaiah, “Enlarge the place of your tent.” Ten lepers were healed after they believed and acted upon the words of Jesus, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” It was as they went in obedience to His Word that they were healed.

Martin Luther was greatly influenced by the verse, “The just shall live by faith.” He started a revolution that released Christians from the burden of being saved by their own righteousness, works, and goodness. He taught them what He believed in, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8).

Believe and be encouraged by God’s word to you, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.” (Is. 54:17), NKJV. Be ‘saved’ by the grace of Jesus Christ and be ‘safe’ in the power of His protection and grace for you.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I am saved and safe in the Love and Power of Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Hosea 12-14; Revelation 4


You will sparkle in God’s Kingdom

December 12

“The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.” (Zech. 9:16-17).

This prophecy was fulfilled for us through Jesus Christ, our Messiah King. It was said of Mary: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21).

Notice the blessings of the saving grace of Jesus Christ:
1) You become a member of His ‘flock’, referring to Jesus as the Good Shepherd that will care and provide for His sheep.
2) You will sparkle in His Kingdom by the radiance of His glory. Jesus the “Light of the World” has made you the light of this world.
3) You will be attractive and beautiful as His grace and glory makes you hope to the hopeless; help to the helpless, and salvation to those in need of His grace.
4) You will grow and thrive – as you study His Word and live by His Word you will grow in inner strength and wisdom.
5) You will be refreshed “as with new wine” for the joy of the Lord shall be your strength.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and power of His love be with you always.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I live, walk and prosper by the grace and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Hosea 9-11; Revelation 3


A Move of God

December 11

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man (Jesus Christ).” Luke 17:26. “At that time they will see the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:27).

The phrase “At that time” refers to a time when the world is going towards a dangerous level of violence, corruption, perversion, and poverty that triggers a divine visitation of God to come down in a move to cleanse, save people, and preserve the earth. The Bible gives us hope that in those times God intervenes and comes with an outpouring of His powerful and great glory in revival, cleansing, salvation.

In every move of God, as it was in the days of Noah, there is:
1) Revelation. God told Noah that He was about to cleanse and restore the world.
2) Preparation. God prepared Noah and those who believed with ability, power, authority, and glory to
serve Him in His mission to save lives and the earth, and to restore and rebuild.
3) Preservation. He told Noah and family how to be preserved and provided for them instructions on
how to build an Ark.
4) Provision. All their needs for survival were supplied in the Ark.
5) Harvest. Noah and family became stewards of the entire planet. They had the job to rebuild the world. Their harvest included people, land (planet), resources. All the wealth of the planet was now theirs.

Our world is in crisis and God has initiated a move to cleanse, restore, and rebuild our world. This move includes all believers in Christ. Jesus is the Savior of our world. The CHAYIL Glory Movement is the outpouring of God’s power and great glory in and through His believing Christians to save lives, restore hope, rebuild, and restore a safe and secure world. Christ is His believers is the hope of glory for our world, and to glorify His Name.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I was born and am alive for such a time as this to pray and serve for a greater world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Hosea 5-8; Revelation 2


Press through for your breakthrough

December 10

“The he said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and the king took them. Elisha told him, ‘Strike the ground.’ He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, ‘you should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” (2 Kings 13:18,19).

Sometimes we give up too easily or we do not put as much effort into something that would have plunged us into another level of success. We reap partial victory, partial success and sometimes no victory at all.
Success comes in a package with obstacles and trials. Victory is won after a battle. A Champion is a winner over an opponent.

Your outcome will be determined by your:
1) Commitment. If your commitment is only until you have an obstacle you will never have victory.
2) Tenacity. A determination to never give in, give over, or give up your dream.
3) Faith. For with God all things are possible and therefore you can do all things through Christ who will strengthen you.

God’s word for you, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Gen. 28:15).

Kingdom Dynamics:

God is with me. I am a Champion and by His power I shall continue to the finishing line for my victory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Hosea 1-4; Revelation 1


God is in control of your seasons

December 9

“All by itself the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.  As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:28,29).

This verse was from a parable told by Jesus called, “The Parable of the Growing Seed.”  When seed is planted into a soil, it takes a while before there is evidence of growth.  There is a ‘Law of Progression’ that is applicable in both the natural and in the spiritual world.  The progression of a child into an adult; the progression of morning into night, and the progression of a dream into a reality, are all examples of the Law of Progression.

Jesus came as a baby and waited thirty years until He was matured and ready before launching out into His ministry. If a seed of hope or vision has been planted in your heart do not give up when there is a delay.  Water it with prayer and with the Word of God.  Soon you will see a stalk, signs of life and movement; then its head showing you the harvest is near; and then the ripened grain when the harvest is ready.

The harvest time is a busy time to work and pick all the harvest before it is destroyed.  It is important to know and rest in your season, for each season is equal in importance.  There is a time to plant, a time to wait, a time to develop and mature and a time to launch out. Rest, wait and enjoy each season.

Kingdom Dynamics:

God is sovereign in my life and in control of my seasons.

Read the Bible in One Year: Daniel 11,12; Jude


Jesus Christ describes Himself

December 8

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Rev. 22:16).

Throughout the Bible there have been many names and titles associated with Jesus Christ such as Savior; Emmanuel; Son of the Highest; Faithful and True; Alpha and Omega; Messiah; King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  To His Church Jesus described Himself as, “The Root and Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

It is therefore important for us to understand the grace, mercy, and glory that operated in the life of David. For example, David committed great sins and yet the grace of God forgave him of them all; David was homeless in a cave and yet the grace of God eventually gave him a palace; David went through family problems with his wife and children and yet the grace of God preserved him and blessed him in the family of the Kingdom of God forever; David went through many battles and yet the grace of God gave him victory again and again; David faced giants of fear and yet the grace of God gave him overcoming power; David went through times of great loss and poverty and yet the grace of God gave him wealth.

The grace of David is now upon believers in Jesus Christ.  In his psalm David described the grace, mercy and glory that operated in his life: “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.  In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” (1 Chron. 29:12). This grace, mercy, and glory can be summed up in the Hebrew word, “CHAYIL” and can be yours as you pray, believe, and receive.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

The grace of CHAYIL is upon me for God’s manifested glory to be seen in and through me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Daniel 8-10; 3 John


God is in control

December 7

“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  Hebrews 12:3.

Jesus, Son of the living God, Creator of the Universe, 100% God and man, endured opposition from people even though He had the power to destroy all those who opposed Him at any time.  He warned us that we too will face trouble in this world: “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.

God gives us hope that our challenges are never a surprise to Him.  God knows all things, is before all things, and is in control of all things in your life.  When you made Jesus your Savior and Lord, He became Supreme Ruler.  Your confidence is this: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

Joseph was sold into slavery twice but God turned it around for good by using that season of his life to train him in the government and people issues in Egypt.  Joseph was betrayed in Potiphar’s house but that was the place where he learnt the secrets of the kingdom of Egypt.  Joseph was unjustly put in prison but that was the place where he met his sponsor who promoted him before the King. Joseph’s troubles became the training ground for him to eventually rule in Egypt as second to the king.

Be confident that your God never sleeps and remains Sovereign Ruler in your life.

Kingdom Declaration:

I have the peace and security to know that God is in control of my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Daniel 5-7; 2 John


Everybody needs somebody

December 6

“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.” (Phil. 2:19,20).

Paul knew that we all need to be encouraged and cheered on in the journey of life. No one can succeed or fulfill our destiny without somebody else helping us. Moses as a baby needed the help of his sister and as a deliverer he needed the help of Joshua, Aaron, Hur, and Miriam. Abraham needed the help and cooperation of Sarah. David, as great as he was, needed a friend like Jonathan, and later 400 committed supporters to make him King. Saul needed Ananias to connect him to the disciples and to believe in him when no one else would, and to mentor him in the way of Jesus.

Jesus needed the cooperation of a woman called Mary who was willing to take the risk and be branded as the mother of an illegitimate child. Jesus also needed a team of twelve committed disciples to establish Christianity and His Kingdom on earth. We all need somebody at some time in our life to help us get to where we need to go.

Three things:
1) Learn to trust. You cannot accept your helpers unless you can trust them.
2) Be willing to submit. Humility is the door to honor.
3) Be committed to your helpers. Sow loyalty and kindness and you will reap the same.

Today, God cheers you on to victory. If you look and listen you will also see that there are helpers and cheerleaders around you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for His gift of wonderful helpers and supporters in my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Daniel 3,4; 1 John 5


God will lead you by His Light

December 5

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Is. 42:16).

This scripture talks about God leading us when we are totally dependent on Him. There are times when we cannot see our path; hear our direction; walk to our destination; and make it over the rough places.  David described God as his light, his salvation, his shepherd, his helper, and his shield.

There are times when we cannot see ahead in the complexities of life. God gives us this promise when the way is dark: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never stumble in the dark, but will have the light of life along the pathway.” (John 8:12). God will light up your life. Wherever there is darkness, wait.  Only where His light shines, step out.   His light goes ahead of you and like a flashlight will only illuminate the areas that are safe for you to step in.

Do not be concerned about the areas that remain in the dark. His Light will shine there when He is ready to take you there. Your King is working ahead of you. He is making the rough places smooth; he is crumbling the walls and obstacles; He is destroying your opposition; He is preparing the way to lead you into triumph.  He will not forsake you.

Kingdom Declaration:

God will lead me by His Light. I will never walk in darkness.

Read the Bible in One Year: Daniel 1,2; 1 John 4


Be cleansed from all guilt

December 4

“Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.” (Ps. 25:6,7).

God will not only forgive us but also will absolutely forget whatever we might have done that is offensive to His Holiness. It is hard for us to comprehend that when God looks at us He is not remembering or contemplating our past mistakes and failures. He said: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Ps. 103:12).

If your past failures are a distress to you and you are burdened by guilt you can be free today. God has given you the way of freedom. He said, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). Confess, believe, and receive His forgiveness. Not only will He forgive you, but He will also cleanse you and wash away the effects and tarnish of sin upon your soul.

He uses His own blood as the cleansing agent: “Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.” (Rev. 1:4 5). Be free from all guilt and shame as the Blood of Jesus Christ washes you today. He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ, forgiven and free from the burden of guilt.

Read the Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 47-48; 1 John 3.