Monthly Archives: October 2016

The LORD is your Helper

“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’  So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?’”  Hebrews 13:5,6.

God’s promise to Joshua: “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5. This promise is now from God to you.  The world fears economic collapse, war, diseases, and the future.  But with God in your life you can confidently say, “God is with me so I am secure.”

God promises:

1) Never to leave you.  You will never be alone in your circumstances and He will fight for you.

2) Never to forsake you.  Friends may forsake you, a spouse may forsake you, family may forsake you but God keeps His promises.  God is a God of holy character and He stands by His Word.  At a wedding, vows are made but often lovers become enemies.  God never changes.  You can count on Him through thick or thin, through the good times or bad, He is always with you.  When you fail, He will never fail you.

Do not be afraid for tomorrow, God is already there waiting for you.  Today declare, “The Lord is my helper.  He is with me so I will not be afraid!”

Kingdom Declaration:

I am secure with the Awesome Presence and Power of God in me and with me forever.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 22,23; Titus 1.

Honor God and He will honor you

“The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.” Genesis 39:23.

Joseph was a man that was greatly used by God to preserve his father, his family, and nations in a time of famine.  Joseph’s journey, however, included jealousy, treachery, slavery, lies, and slander but God’s purpose for his life was more powerful than all that he faced.  He went from his parents loving protection to be thrown in a pit and left to die by his jealous brothers.  He was a victim of treachery by his brothers who tried to kill him – the same brothers whom he would later save.

He was sold into slavery and eventually bought by Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, to become the manager of his household.  The grace on his life made him so attractive that Pharaoh’s wife tried to seduce him.  Joseph, however, was a man of great character and resisted the temptation of Potiphar’s wife.  When Joseph ran from her, she became bitter and lied that he tried to seduce her.  Joseph ended up in prison but he was promoted in prison.  Wherever Joseph went he was blessed and was a blessing.  “The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered.” Genesis 39:2.

When you pray the Pillars of CHAYIL Glory to grow in your life in worship, wisdom, power, honor, favor, wealth, and influence it will help you in your decisions, actions, and attitude to remain in Jesus. Joseph preserved himself in CHAYIL Glory until God gained great glory through Him.  Joseph was honored everywhere he went and he eventually became the Prime Minister of Egypt. Joseph honored God through all circumstances and God honored him, “The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered.” Genesis 39:2. I declare that God is with you and you too shall prosper.

Kingdom Declaration:

Nothing can separate me from the love, protection, and the provision of my God.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 20,21; 2 Timothy 4.

Security in God’s salvation

“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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10.

Have you intentionally chosen Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord? If not, do it today.  By simply asking Him, God is ready to forgive, cleanse, and save you.  By praying a simple prayer that includes: confession of your belief in Jesus Christ as Son of God (faith); confession of your imperfections and need of Him (honesty); asking for His forgiveness of your sins (humility); asking for His Holy Presence to enter your heart (empowerment); declaring Him as LORD of your life (security forever), you will be saved.  The Bible says: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Acts 16:31.

The salvation of Jesus Christ is not a ‘one-time’ act.  We daily need God’s saving grace as we work, play, and live.  His salvation includes forgiveness, help, healing, deliverance, and divine protection.

For confirmation and security please pray this prayer with me:

“Dear Jesus, I believe in you that you are the Son of God. Please forgive me for all my failures, mistakes, weaknesses, and sins.  I invite you into my heart as my Savior and Lord.  I humbly accept your gift of salvation and I ask for your guidance as I chose to live for you, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”  God is now in you and with you forever.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ is my Savior, Lord and King.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 18-19; 2 Timothy 3.

Friends of God

“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.  Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.”  Exodus 33:11.

Moses’ relationship with God was not only as a servant, but as a friend of God.  As God’s friend he had the privilege of speaking with Him face to face.  Moses did not need a mediator to commune with God, He was a welcomed friend in His Presence.

Abraham was also called, ‘the friend of God’, and as a result God told Him secrets and discussed with Him His plans and purposes.  God would not destroy Sodom, a city where Abraham’s relatives resided, before discussing it with His friend Abraham.  With friendship come intimacy, trust, kindness, and mutual benefit.

Today you have a friend, a very special One.  Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15. As your Friend, God desires to be intimate with you and share His secrets with you as you spend time with Him.  God loves you and call you His friend.

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for being my Savior, Friend, Lord, and King.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 15-17; 2 Timothy 2.

Worry is a waste

“But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things, will be given to you as well.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:33,34.

Worry is a waste.  It is a waste of energy, time, passion, and imagination.  Worry is worthless work.  Worry cannot change or rearrange things.  Worry captivates and consumes the mind.  It is a stealer of time and thought.  It creates fear and destroys faith.  Jesus encourages and commands us not to worry about ‘things’ such as: provision, money, clothes, house, possession and what will happen tomorrow.  He told us not to be obsessed with ‘things’ or be stressed out about ‘things’.

Remember that ‘things’ are only temporary possessions. You did not bring anything in this world and you certainly cannot take anything with you when you die.  You will leave everything behind, so maintain a right perspective when the temptation comes to worry about ‘things’.  Live with God as your Source and Helper in all areas of your life.  Live wisely, work diligently, pray consistently, serve God faithfully, and God will be your Provider of all good ‘things’.  With God as your first priority in life, your provision and protection is secure. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. God remains faithful to provide and protect you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for my today and I leave my tomorrow in His hands.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 12-14; 2 Timothy 1.

Do not Give Up

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14.

Persistence, determination, and tenacity are the marks of overcomers, conquerors, inventors, great musicians, athletes, scientists, artist, leaders, and chief executives.  Abraham Lincoln said, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

To have a great family you have to have to be persistent and determined to maintain loyalty, integrity, honor, respect, love, and forgiveness.  To succeed at work, you have to be persistent to overcome misunderstandings, discouragement, tiredness, and jealousy.  To have a great business you have to be persistent to overcome loss, treachery, and even bankruptcy.

Opportunities come to all but how we deal with trials, obstacle, and failures separate the average from the achievers.  It is not talent that makes one successful – it is tenacity.  Jesus said to His disciples as He warned them of future persecution and distress: “but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13.

Thomas Edison was a great inventor in his time but he had to overcome school expulsion, deafness at an early age, scarlet fever, poverty, and nevertheless became a successful entrepreneur who found over 14 companies, one of which ‘General Electric’ is still one of the mega companies today.

Do not give up, give in, or give over your dream until you succeed.  Failure is never final until you say so.  You can create and rule your new world with the help of God.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am a champion, an overcomer, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 9-11; 1 Timothy 6.

Shine Jesus shine

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16.

There is a song that says, “Shine, Jesus shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory.”  That is a beautiful song but it can only become a reality if Jesus shines through His believers.  God calls us, “The light of the world”, “the salt of the earth”, and “His ambassadors” to represent Him on Earth.  As we pray the prayer of Jesus, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven”, God is empowering His believers with His grace and glory to show forth His love, power, and grace in our world.

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and we are His servants of salvation.  His gift of salvation is released through His believers living and sharing the message of His Kingdom.  You are His public relation servant telling others about the good news of His Kingdom.  You are His hands extended reaching out to the hurting and showing the good works of His Kingdom.  His love and character can either be seen through you or hidden by your character and personality. Your good deed is the light of Jesus shining through you to bring praise and glory to your Father in heaven.

What a privilege to know that not only do you need God, but that He also needs you.  Your destiny is wrapped up in Him and you are chosen for a time such as this to make Jesus shine through you before men.  May He shine through you today as you touch others with His light and with His love.

Kingdom Declaration:

Shine Jesus, shine through me in this world of darkness and let your glory be seen in me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 6-8; 1 Timothy 5.

You are chosen by God

“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.  In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.”  Ephesians 1:4,5.

I heard the story of a little orphan named Mary who had a mark in her face and was often times called ‘ugly’ by the other children in the orphanage.  Visitors would come looking for children to adopt but this little orphan would always stand in a corner at the back knowing that no one would choose her.  One day a missionary couple that had been praying for a special child came to the orphanage.  All the good looking children were paraded before them.  The workers did not even bother to dress up ‘ugly, Mary’.  The missionary looked at the back in the corner and saw a sad little girl, looking with big sad eyes at her.  She walked over to her and said to Mary, “Would you like to be my daughter, you are such a special child.  I choose you if you would accept me.”  Mary that day was chosen and adopted in a home filled with love.

God is looking for imperfect people to adopt into His family. “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” (Ephesians 3:14-15).  To God you are not just ‘one in billions’ of people.  To God your Creator and Savior you are born with purpose, you are born with gifts, talents, and abilities that make you special and with a special purpose in His Kingdom.  You are loved and chosen for the family of God by God who proudly calls you His child and rejoices when you call Him Father.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am chosen to be a part of the Royal Family of God.  I am privileged and powerful.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 3-5; 1 Timothy 4.

God is never late

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you, He rises to show you compassion.  For the Lord is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for Him!”  Isaiah 30:18.

Waiting is not always easy but it is a necessary part of the process to obtain blessings from God.  Joshua went into the promised land as a spy, tasted the grapes and honey, yet he had to wait for forty years in the wilderness before he conquered and possessed it.  During that time of ‘waiting’ he was trained by Moses, serving faithfully his leader that, unknown to him, he would one day succeed. Joshua, Moses’ servant would one day replace Moses and become God’s deliverer and judge, in God’s timing.

The Hebrew word for ‘wait’ is ‘Qawah’ and it means to bind together; intertwined with; connected to.  I think of a vine in the forest wrapping itself around a huge, strong tree for growth, stability, and support.  Joshua connected himself to Moses as his servant and bound himself to God as his Source, Stabilizer and the Author and Finisher of his faith. Joshua was rewarded by God for His faithfulness to Moses.

‘Waiting’ is not passive but purposeful.  It includes faith, rest, faithfulness in service, and an awareness of the process and timing of destiny. God’s promise to you: “Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31. Wait. God is never too late and His purpose for you shall stand.

Kingdom Declaration:

My times are in my Master’s hands.  I wait and I am secure. I rest and I am at peace.

Read the Bible in One Year:  Jeremiah1,2; 1 Timothy 3.

The Recipe for Peace

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4: 6,7.

God gives us the recipe for peace: 

1) Do not be anxious.  When you operate in anxiety, you give fear a chance to control your heart and then the circumstances.  The root of anxiety is fear and a lack of faith.  It is said that fear is “false evidence appearing real”.  Do not believe fear, believe in God.

2) Pray.  When you pray God takes control.  There is nothing too difficult for God.  Remember that prayer is a two-way communication.  Not only will He hear you, He will also speak to you and give you strategies and answers for solutions.  His wisdom, strength, and power are available to you when you ask for it.

3) Be thankful.  Thanksgiving releases faith and position you in His Atmosphere of Glory for His miraculous provision and protection. God is bigger than any mountain and greater than any trial.  A heart of faith is a heart of thanksgiving that God is on your side, working with you and for you, and He will see you through.

God’s response to your prayer and actions of faith is to guard your heart with His peace and to protect your mind with His love.  Peace comes when you know that God is in control.  Rest comes as you abide in Him.  Be at peace.

Kingdom Declaration:

My heart is a chamber of peace as I host the God of peace to live in me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 65-66; 1 Timothy 2.