Monthly Archives: August 2016

Triple Blessing from God

“To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” 1 Timothy 1:2.

Paul expresses his love and commitment to Timothy, his true son in the faith.  Faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of Christianity and its believers are blessed with the grace, mercy and peace of God.

This triple blessing of Faith in God is:

1)  Grace. This word means favor, benevolence, and prosperity.  It describes the approval of God for all those who place their trust in Him as God their Father and Christ Jesus their Savior and Lord. The hymn Amazing Grace is probably one of the best known hymns in the world today and was written by a repentance ex-slave trader.

2) Mercy.  This word means pardon, forgiveness, and compassion towards an offender. Fr. Jack McArdle tells a story about God’s forgiveness: “Imagine when you die and Jesus comes to meet you and shows you a video of your entire life. On the video you see all the good things you did. But there are also a number of blanks on the tape. You ask why there are such blanks on the tape of your life. Jesus tells you these were the times when you sinned and asked for God’s mercy.” When God forgives he completely blanks out our sins and does not remember them anymore.

3) Peace. Peace is the consequence that comes from grace and mercy at work in our lives.  Peace with God comes when we ask God to forgive us from our sins.  The Peace of God comes because our conscience are clear of all guilt and fear.

The triple blessing of God is in your life with His grace, mercy and peace.  Believe and experience God’s glory.

Kingdom Declaration:

I believe and experience the Glory of God with His grace, mercy and peace.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 132-134; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.

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.

Impossibilities are possible with God

“When He had gone indoors, the blind men came to Him, and He asked them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’  ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you,’ and their sight was restored.”  Matthew 9:28-30.

The blind men had a need that required a miracle.  When the need in your life is not ordinary then you need God.  Being blind from birth, you would think that grown men would have given up and saw themselves blind for life, but obviously these men lived with an attitude of hope knowing that with each day comes a new opportunity for blessing.

Oddly enough, Jesus placed the responsibility and results of the miracle on them; ‘According to your faith will it be done to you.’  They had to ask believing that Jesus was able to heal them. God’s responsibility was to perform the miracle according to their faith.

Heaven with all its glory is waiting to release miracles to hearts of faith. Whether you are believing for yourself or for others, faith is the key to draw down miracles from the Kingdom of God.  Faith pleases God and therefore moves His hands to help, save, bless, protect and provide. Remember, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Luke 18:27. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”  Mark 9:23.  Believe and receive today from God’s unlimited supply.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am believing for great miracles to give God great glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 126-128; 1 Corinthians 10:19-33.

Outlive and outlast your enemies

“In everything (David) did, he had great success, because the Lord was with him.  When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him.  But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.”  1 Samuel 18:14-16.

When God is with you, He will automatically be for you resulting in obvious grace and favor in your life.  When we invite Jesus Christ into our hearts, He comes in with His greatness, power, love, wisdom, and goodness.  The process of success begins as the principles of success are applied.

Success will attract two kinds of people: 

1) Friends who are like-minded and aiming for success themselves will be drawn to you for relationship, networking, encouragement, mentorship, and mutual benefits.

2) Enemies with jealousy, fear, intimidation, and sometimes might attempt treachery.

Saul was jealous and intimidated by David when the purity in David showed up the poison in Saul; the strength of David showed up the weaknesses of Saul; the faith in David showed up the fear in Saul; the people’s love for David showed up the loss of favor in Saul’s life.  They danced and sang, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” 1 Samuel 18:7.  Jealousy destroyed Saul.

God will surely bless you and when He does, you will have those who are against you.  Plan your response when this happens:  “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for me, who can be against me?” Romans 8:31.  Stay with God and you will outlive and outlast your enemies.

Kingdom Declaration:

I will prosper and succeed even as my soul prospers.  God is in me and with me always.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 123-125; 1 Corinthians 10:1-18.

Worship the Lord your God

“Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.  ‘All this I will give You,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me Satan!  For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”  Matthew 4:8-10.

There is always the temptation to obtain wealth, promotion, relationships, and to get ahead in life by ‘bowing down’ (compromising and disregarding good values or God’s principles).  We seek riches at the risk of respect; wealth at the risk of wisdom; promotion at the risk of peace.

The name of the game is, ‘What ever feels good, do it’. We say there is no God so that we can worship ourselves without competition. We sacrifice and serve the unknown God – ‘the god of this world’ who blinds and leads the world astray.  We are under his control without even knowing it, because by resisting the One and only true God, we serve the enemy by default.

Good news. Satan has power but his power is limited.  He took Jesus to the edge of the mountain but he could not to push Him off. He showed Jesus all the kingdoms and wealth of this world but could not bribe Him.  He tempted Jesus with bread but could not control Him.  Satan’s power is limited in your life.  “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. Jesus with you is greater than the enemy.  If you don’t bow to temptation, God will reward you with HIS blessings and the kingdoms of this world.

Kingdom Declaration:

God has given me the strength to rule my world for unlimited favor from God.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 120-122; 1 Corinthians 9.

Live at peace

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”  Romans 12:18,19.

The promise from God is, “I will repay!”  Wow!  This means that when the enemy comes against you and you find yourself in a position of strife, unfairness, or a deliberate plan to destroy you, do three things:

1)  Maintain your peace.  Remember that your peace is a gift from God 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.  Your peace is not dependent on circumstances or external stimuli but on the Gift of Peace within you.

2) Stand in faith.  It is better for God to deal with your enemies. He has volunteered so why not allow Him.  His ways are greater and much more effective.

3) Keep doing good.  “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:21. There is no guarantee that everyone will like you.  There is no promise that all relationships will be preserved.  You do your part and let God fight your battle.

Stay strong, be wise, and live in peace, as far as it depends on you.  You cannot choose for others so rest in your choice to ‘Live in peace’.  God is with you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I choose to live in peace and let peace rule my heart as I rule my world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 119:89-176; 1 Corinthians 8.

Jesus, our Gentle Shepherd

“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;

he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11.

Jesus calls Himself the good Shepherd and His gentleness, protective patience, and loving kindness is always towards His lambs (new believers). Jesus, however, is not only our good Shepherd but He is our Savior-Shepherd, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11. Jesus died on the cross to save His sheep from sins, failure, and eternal death.

As our Savior-Shepherd Jesus will:

1) Save you.  He will save you, your family, and all that concerns you, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Acts 16:31.

2) Protect you.  Sheep are not the smartest of animals and are sometimes unaware of danger.  Driven by thirst they could go into dangerous rivers; go towards dangerous animals; and walk over a cliff thinking it is safe.  Jesus who knows all, will protect you from danger, “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” Psalm 91:14.

3) Provide for you.  Sheep has needs such as food, water, shelter, medicine, and care.  One of the names of God is Provider. He has promised to provide all your needs, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.

4) Guide you.  Guidance is needed at all ages and stages of life. God is our eternal Father for eternal guidance, “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” Psalm 48:14

Be secure today as your Savior-Shepherd, Jesus Christ is always with you.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus is my Savior-Shepherd who makes me safe, secure, and satisfied.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 119:1-88; 1 Corinthians 7:20-40.

Season of unlimited blessings

“The man asked him, ‘What is your name?’  ‘Jacob,’ he answered.  Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.’” Genesis 32:27,28.

God sometimes changed the name of His servants when He saved them from desperation into purpose. Peter’s name was changed from Simon (unstable), to Peter (rock).   Paul’s name was changed from Saul (destroyer) to Paul (worker).  Abraham’s name was changed from Abram (noble father), to Abraham (Father of many).

One of the greatest gifts we have in Christ Jesus, is the gift of ‘new beginnings’.   In Christ there is always an opportunity to make a fresh start; to admit our mistakes and move on; to admit to our pain to be healed; to admit to our weaknesses to be strengthened.

Jacob was true to his name.  He deceived his brother out of his birthright and blessing and he ended up reaping deception and treachery from his own father in law.  Jacob was fed up with his lifestyle of: blessings with cursing; riches with trouble; marriage with turmoil.  He turned to God and prayed through until he got a breakthrough.  God gave him a new name and blessed him for prosperity with lasting legacy from whom would come the twelve tribes of Israel. With his new name he got a new nature, a new walk, and a new future.  God is the God of another chance and He is only a prayer away for your new beginning.

Kingdom Declaration:

God is my Alpha and Omega and today I step into my new season of unlimited blessings.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 116-118; 1 Corinthians 7:1-19.

The God of Jacob

“Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.” Psalm 84:8-9

We mentioned yesterday that the name Jacob meant, “trickster and con- artist”.  Jacob’s name, however, was changed to Israel (Prince of God) describing a nation, a people group, and a religion.  It is never too late for change and a new beginning with God. We can learn from Jacob how to obtain mercy and favor from God:

1) Prayer and confession. “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.

2) Tithe and offerings. Jacob made a covenant with God to give back to God a tithe of everything he was blessed with.  Jacob vowed to God: “And this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” Genesis 28:22.

3) He repented for his wrongs. After a night of prayer he went back and faced his brother Esau with gifts of repentance and his brother forgave him. “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.” Proverb 16:7.

4) He did what was necessary to fulfill his destiny. “So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.” Genesis 32:24.  Jacob wrestled all night in prayer; God heard and granted him his request.

The name Jacob stands forever as a reminder that God is more powerful than our mistakes and failures. The God of Jacob looks down with favor upon you today.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am forgiven, blessed, and favored by Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 113-115; 1 Corinthians 6.

Nevertheless, God

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – the LORD, who remains faithful forever.”  Psalm 146:5,6.

Our God is God of dysfunctional families. He goes by the name God of Jacob in spite of who Jacob was.  Jacob was Esau’s twin brother and the second son of Isaac.  He took advantage of his brother’s hunger and bought his firstborn birthright privilege for a plate of food.  Later with the help of his conniving mother, he deceived his almost-blind father and stole his brother’s blessing.

Jacob’s name meant, ‘trickster, con-artist’ and he truly lived up to his name.  Jacob’s family was dysfunctional with mother and father fighting over favourite sons; siblings with jealousy, treachery, and attempted murder.  Nevertheless, God remains the God of Jacob.  Jacob continued the family trait with his sons in a dysfunctional home with brothers hating each other and attempted murder.  Nevertheless, God remains the God of Jacob.

Why? Jacob reminds us that God is merciful, able to transform lives, heal relationships, and nevertheless help us to fulfill our destiny.  Jacob cried out to God when he was tired of his old life with his old ways and consequences. Jacob was ready for change.  He was ready to fulfill his potential as the seed of Abraham.  He prayed all night and God changed his name from Jacob to Israel which means “prince of God”. God kept the name of Jacob, however, to remind us that He is not just committed to perfect people, but to sinners who are willing to be saved. Today pray and receive His mercy that is new every morning.

Kingdom Declaration:

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life as I trust in the God of Jacob.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 110-112; 1 Corinthians 5