Monthly Archives: July 2016


Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord

“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.”  Jeremiah 17:7,8.

If you believe and trust in the Lord, then God declares you blessed.  Your blessing includes:

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.  Where God guides He provides.  Resources will serve your dream and vision in God’s timing.

2) Fruitfulness.  God in you will cause you to bear fruit and your life will be filled with meaning as others are blessed through you.  It is to your Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourself to be His disciple.

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

4)  Peace.  In the midst of famine or war you 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 and highly favored.

Kingdom Declaration:

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

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


God is our Comforter

God, “who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:4.

There is a cycle that goes from experiencing troubles, to receiving comfort, to comforting others. There are things learnt in the hard times that cannot be learnt in great times. There are things learnt from experience that cannot be learnt from reading a book.  Our troubles and comfort makes us powerful to comfort others.

From negative experiences we:

1) Gain understanding.  Why did this happen and what negative actions created a cause and effect? What did you learn about you, others, and the circumstance? Experience is a teacher and with understanding you will become more powerful, “Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7. Understanding will position you for greater wisdom for greater prosperity.

2) Gain wisdom. What have you learnt from the experience? What should you or should you not do going forward? The Bible describes wisdom is supreme and above all things, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.” Proverbs 4:7.  Wisdom includes knowledge, experience, understanding and decisions.

3) Can help others. Your experience makes you wiser to help others and more powerful to create solutions. The pain you overcome makes you compassionate to comfort others.  David wrote his greatest psalms after his failure and during his times of sufferings.  Now when we read the psalms we are comforted and encouraged.

Find someone to comfort today and use your power and wisdom to help them.

Kingdom Declaration:

God comforts me in times of trouble and makes my heart secure.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 129-131; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16.


God has plans for your future

“Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a (prosperous) future for the man of peace.”  Psalm 37:37.

You have no choice where your past is concerned, it is gone.  You have no choice about your heritage, you were born without a vote in the decision.  You, however, have a choice about your future.  God has given you a sure plan for a prosperous future.  Your choices daily are the bridge towards your future.

God has a prosperous future for those who put their faith in Him and with three qualifications:

1)  Be blameless. The choice is yours.  It is not possible for you to be blameless by yourself but since it is a requirement, God has provided for you the gift of His righteousness.  “God made him who had no sin (Jesus) to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. Believe in the LORD Jesus Christ and you will be saved, blameless.

2)  Be upright in character. The choice is yours. Each day nurture a good character by the choices that you make until a good character becomes your very nature.  You are made in the image of God and in His likeness.  God’s nature is in you so that you can bear the fruit of His Holy Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.

3)  Choose peace. Peace is a gift from Jesus to you, “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. Now choose to live in peace and guard your heart.  “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15.  Avoid strife, fear and anxiety.  Let Christ rule in your heart as you create and rule your world.

You have a prosperous future.  Believe it, declare it and enjoy it.

Kingdom Declaration:

My heart is an altar for Jesus Christ to rule, guard and prosper with His peace.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 51-53; Romans 2.

 


The LORD is your Shepherd

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

Many times we battle with knowing the voice of God.  There is a battle in our minds as we try to sort out our thoughts, conscience, imaginations, and emotions.  God, however, is willing to speak to you every day and even every moment.  The Holy Spirit of God in you is gently speaking and guiding you.  You just have to tweak your antenna to pick up His signals.  His voice is gentle, loving, and kind towards you.

The Word of God is the language of the Holy Spirit. The more you know His Word, the more you will hear His voice speaking His Word in your heart. He will bring the Word to your remembrance whenever you need it and whenever you listen for it.  His Word will guide you, correct you, encourage you, comfort you and instruct you.  As you read His Word, listen to His voice. As you hear His voice be willing to obey.

As you listen to the voice of your Shepherd He promises you His guidance, provision, and protection. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28.  Jesus Christ, your Shepherd loves you.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD Jesus is my Shepherd who is guiding, providing, and protecting me.  I am safe and secure.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 49,50; Romans 1.


You are created for a Purpose

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14.

You were born for a special purpose.  Esther, a Jewish orphan maiden, lived in the city of Shushan.  She was reared by her cousin Mordecai as his own daughter. The King of Persia was looking for a queen and by God’s plan Esther won the heart of the king and she became the Queen of Persia.  She hid her true identity for many years, living in fear that the King would find out that he married a Jew, the despised people of Persia.

The time came for Esther’s true purpose.  She was born not just to be a queen, but to be a savior of her people, the Israelites.  By an evil plot of Haman, the King’s Chief of Staff, an edict was stamped by the King for the destruction of her people.  Esther lived in the Persian Palace, but she was still a Jew and therefore could be destroyed along with the Jews.  Her favor, the open doors, and her training was for ‘such a time as this’.  Her influence with the King would allow her to save her people, and she did.

Jesus lived His whole life with destiny and purpose at the rudder of his ship.  He knew why He was born and His purpose guided His decisions, actions, and priorities in life.  As you follow the Lord, each day He will guide your step into your purpose and eternal destiny.  God needed you on planet Earth NOW, that’s how special you are.  Live each day with Him and day by day He will guide you in the path of righteousness to fulfill your purpose in life.

Kingdom Declaration:

God has crowned me with glory and honor to fulfill my purpose in His Kingdom.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 46-48; Acts 28.