Monthly Archives: August 2016

Put your confidence in God

“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.’”  Isaiah 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

God is greater than your fear

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10.

No one is immune to fear.  It is a regular fight for the strongest and the bravest.  A trapeze artist has to win the battle of fear before he steps onto a rope that could lead to his death.  A heavy weight champion has to face his fear and win the battle of the mind before he faces the battle in the ring.

All great people had to conquer fear: Julius Caesar conquered the world, but he was terrified of thunder.  Peter the Great of Russia, cried like a child when he had to cross bridges.  Dr. Samuel Johnson, the celebrated British writer, wouldn’t enter a room with his left foot first.  If he did accidentally, he backed up and re-enter it with his right one.

Be encouraged today by God’s words to you today: 

1)  Do not let fear control you because God is with you.

2)  Do not be dismayed or overwhelmed by any circumstances because your Sovereign God is in control of your life.

3)  When you feel weak, God will strengthen you and help you.

4) If you are feeling unstable, you will not fall.   God is holding you and will not let you go.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is with me; He is my helper.  I will look in triumph on my enemies.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 79,80; Romans 11:1-18

Ticket to an eternal destination with God

“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.” Romans 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; you died for me on the cross and that you rose again from the dead.  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.

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

Priority is the master of one’s life

“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  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 with you.

2)  Love your family.  Family can be biological or divine connections for God’s purpose.  Trenton Lee Stewart says it this way: “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.” Matthew 6:33.

Kingdom Declaration:

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

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

Jesus is a friend of sinners

“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 that is new every morning.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 72, 73; Romans 9:1-15

The LORD is Peace

“But the Lord said to him, “Peace!  Do not be afraid.  You are not going to die. So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord is Peace.”  Judges 6:23,24.

Gideon was a man who was very discouraged.  He and his family had suffered incredible losses at the hand of oppressive ravaging warriors called the Midianites.  Gideon and his family were fighting for survival. He was frustrated, angry and confused about God, the enemy and himself. God appeared to him even at the height of his anger and lovingly gave him a way out of his frustrations.

God gave him:

1) Hope. “You are not going to die.”  These words to Gideon gave him hope for a future, desire to fight for more than just survival, and faith to believe in the power of God.  Hope creates faith and faith births miracles.

2) Strength. God revitalized his soul with a motivating declaration, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12. God believed in Gideon, Gideon believed in God, and he became a mighty warrior.

3) Peace. Gideon by faith declared and claimed God as His Peace.  The powerful Hebrew word for peace is “Shalom” and means salvation, wellness, health, success, and prosperity.

4) Victory. Gideon became a mighty warrior just like God said and just like he believed, “The Israelites said to Gideon, “Rule over us – you, your son and your grandson – because you have saved us out of the hand of Midian.” Judges 8:22.

Today, declare, “The LORD is my Peace” and receive a miracle and great victory from Jesus, our Prince of Peace.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my Peace and my victory is sure.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 148-150; 1 Corinthians 15:29-58.

Preparing for greater glory

“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.

God’s instruction for preparation for greater 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.  Shift out of a pit of fear and allow God’s fresh glory to rise upon you.

2) Shine.  Begin to hope again, dream again and believe for a new season to create a new world.

3) Your light has come.  Knowledge and revelation precedes manifestation. Christ in you is your hope of glory. (Col 1:27).  There is the intrinsic glory of God in you that is waiting to be ignited by your faith. Set your expectation and make your declaration like Apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13).

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 make our world a better place.  You are created for God’s glory.

Kingdom Declaration:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and bring glory to His Name.

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

Living In The Atmosphere of Glory

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:1.

With all the problems our world faces with increase in terrorism, corruption, poverty and other vices of evil, the Bible gives us hope that believers in Christ have a life in Him and in the Atmosphere of His Glory.

In the Atmosphere of the Glory of Christ you have:

1) His CHAYIL Glory in you.

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27. The CHAYIL (powerful and great glory) of Jesus Christ is IN you and therefore you can be secure in His provision, preservation, and peace.

2) His Shekinah Glory around you.

We read of that example when the Israelites in a time of crises experienced the visible manifestation of God’s Shekinah Glory (God WITH and around them), “Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of the Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them.” Exodus 14:19.

3) The Blood of Jesus is a Canopy over you.

“Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” Exodus 12:13. NKJV

In Christ, God’s CHAYIL Glory is IN you and His Shekinah Glory is WITH and around you as a shield.

You can live in the Atmosphere of God’s Glory and remain confident in His provision, protection, and peace. Create and rule your world in this world.

Kingdom Declaration:

I live in the Atmosphere of the Glory of Christ where His peace, protection, and provision are guaranteed.

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

Jesus suffered for you

“But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:5-6, NKJV

We reflect on a tragic Friday over 2000 years ago when an innocent man called Jesus was brutally beaten, tortured, and crucified.  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.

Every experience of Jesus was deliberately allowed 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 took it all to show you the power of His love for you.

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: Psalm 66, 67; Romans 7

A New Move of God

“And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will SEE it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 40:5.

Jesus Christ is Savior of our world and He is visiting us for divine intervention. It is time for a new movement on earth to overpower current global movements of terrorism, violence, corruption, poverty, perversion, and victimization of the weak (children, the poor, and women). This New Movement will be an outpouring of God’s glory manifesting in love, hope, mercy, power, peace, goodness, and salvation. It will flow in and through His believers like you, resulting in changed lives and transformed communities. CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of our LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants.  It is a movement when ordinary believers will do extraordinary works so that all mankind can SEE and experience the grace and Glory of the LORD Jesus Christ to the glory of the Father.

The name Jesus Christ will be an exalted name in all the earth.  Enough is enough.  It is time for God to come down and save our world.  Let’s begin to move the heart of God by prayer, and in unity ask Him to come down to transform us to transform our lives, communities, and nations. Let’s pray like Jesus, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” John 17:1. Together we will create a tipping point for the outpouring of God’s glory in all the earth.  Start a ripple (PRAY) and let’s create a Tsunami of outpouring of God’s Glory 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 Chronicles 7:14.

Kingdom Declaration:

Now is the time for salvation of our world.  All mankind shall see the salvation of Jesus Christ.

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