Monthly Archives: November 2016


Recipe for a blessed life

“Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.” Psalm 112:1.

 

This Psalm begins with the writer praising God, followed by his recipe for a blessed life:

1)  Praise the Lord!

It is hard to praise God and complain at the same time.  It is hard to praise God and doubt His power. It is hard to praise God and not be lifted out of depression, fear, and discouragement. As your praises go up, your blessings will come down.

2) Fear God.

To fear God means to respect, revere, and value God as our Creator and Heavenly Father.  As children are expected to respect their parents and honor them as their source of provision, wisdom, and protection, so our relationship with God as His sons and daughters gives us the privilege of His care, protection and provision.

3) Delight in His Word. 

The Word of God has transforming power; motivating power; and mobilizing power.  Truth releases power and freedom while deception enslaves and keeps people in bondage to lies.  William Lyon Phelps, former Professor at Yale University says: “I believe that knowledge of the Bible without a college education is more valuable than a college education without the Bible.”

 

Praise the LORD!

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am loved, appreciated, and blessed by God.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 48,49; Hebrews 7.


God’s Kingdom of Glory

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  Matthew 16:19.

God has given His sons and daughters on earth spiritual authority to exercise spiritual power as Kingdom Enforcers.  Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10. An emphasis of Jesus’ teaching while on Earth was about His Kingdom.  He taught us to pray to enforce it; pray to preserve it; pray to populate it; and pray to advance it

The Kingdom of God on earth is spiritual.  It is the presence of God in hearts, lives, homes, societies, and territories.  Wherever Jesus Christ is invited in to save, control, protect, and provide, He becomes King and sets up His Kingdom to rule and reign. Whenever the Kingdom of God is in the heart of believers they become heirs of His power, glory, and peace.

David lived with this revelation and walked in its manifestation defeating giants, possessing kingdoms, and overcoming all that Satan forged against him. “Through the victories you gave, his (David) glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.” Psalm 21:5. God’s Kingdom of glory is in you to glorify you as He did David and His disciples, “Christ in you, is the hope of Glory.”

Kingdom Declaration:

The Kingdom of God is in me with righteousness, peace, and joy.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 43-45; Hebrews 5.


Nevertheless Champions

“Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. Gilead’s wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. “You are not going to get any inheritance in our family,” they said, “because you are the son of another woman.” Judges 11:1,2. “Jephthah led Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died, and was buried in a town in Gilead.” Judges 12:7.

Here was a man that was born in negative circumstances.  He was the son of a prostitute and as a boy was thrown out of his father’s home by his step-brothers.  Nevertheless, he became a ‘mighty warrior’.  He became a great Judge and deliverer of Israel. Some of the world’s greatest people faced the world’s greatest challenges, but they overcame them.

Franklin Roosevelt had to overcome paralysis and nevertheless he became the only president of the United States elected to more than two terms.  Albert Einstein was called a slow learner, mentally challenged, written off as uneducable and nevertheless he became the father of modern physics.  Helen Keller was born blind and deaf and nevertheless yet she graduated college with highest honors and impacted the world. Golda Meir was a divorced grandmother from Milwaukee and nevertheless she became Israel’s first and only woman Prime Minister.  Abraham Lincoln was the son of illiterate farmers. He experienced great personal tragedy and battled depression for much of his life, yet he is known as The Great Emancipator of slavery and America’s 16th President.

Once you believe in the ‘Nevertheless God’, then you can become a ‘Nevertheless Champion’ regardless of what life throws at you.

Kingdom Declaration:

It is never too late for a Nevertheless miracle from our Nevertheless God.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 40-42; Hebrews 4.


God’s help is available to you

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:  ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.  ‘What are you, O mighty mountain?  Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.  Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of “God bless it!  God bless it!’”  Zechariah 4:6,7.

Zerubbabel started a huge project to lead the first group of Jewish exiles from Babylon back to Jerusalem, and to rebuild the demolished temple that was there.  With great zeal he began the project but soon, two problems arose.  A few old men negated the project and discouraged the people.  Then the enemies infiltrated Jerusalem by using political pressure, fear, and intimidation to stop the building of the project.

Zerubbabel, like many of us knew how to start off well, but found it hard to keep going when the going got tough.  His discouragement led to despair so God sent two prophets to remind and encourage him:  “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you.” Zechariah 4:9. God also told him how the temple would be completed: “Not by man’s might not by man’s power but by the Spirit of the Lord Almighty.”

When you face a mountain of hindrances that threatens your plan, hope and purpose – pray and activate the supernatural power of God to override your limitations, frustrations, and challenges with His might and supernatural power. David’s King of Glory, EL CHAYIL is mighty to save, deliver, and give you the victory.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord my God is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 37-39; Hebrews 3.


Your Heavenly Father is watching over you

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”  Ecclesiastes 9:10.

These words were written by a man who was one of the greatest and wealthiest Kings on Earth – King Solomon.  Solomon succeeded his father David as king at the early age of 20.  He humbled himself before God in prayer and asked God for supernatural wisdom to lead the great people of Israel.  God granted his request and Solomon became the wisest and wealthiest King during his time.

In order to secure his kingdom for a peaceful reign he arranged many marriages and political alliances with the neighboring kings. He built the greatest Palace, Temple, had many wives, children, fame and fortune, yet he was plagued by insecurity and depression in his later years.  His search for satisfaction and security was almost scientific in its approach and through this process he discovered that life without God is a long, meaningless, and fruitless search for enjoyment.

True happiness and satisfaction is not in our power to accumulate or attain things, because we always want more than we can have, and sometimes have more than we want.  His conclusion was that life is meaningless without God.  Therefore, true satisfaction comes from being our best in who we are; doing our best in what we do; and living our best life each day.

Live as if today is all that you have and plan as if you have a hundred more years to dream dreams.  Life is what you make it.  You can create and rule your world to be the best, do your best and receive what’s best with God’s help.

Kingdom Declaration:

I will be my best and do my best to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ to fill the earth with His glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 34-36; Hebrews 2.

 


When God is for you

“By this I will know that God is for me.” Psalm 56:9.

To have confidence that God is for you will bring you great peace because God is all-powerful.  When God is for you no matter who or what is against you, they cannot be greater than your God.  Intimidators can roar against you but like old lions they have no teeth and cannot bite you – you are protected by God.  Boastful people can try to discredit you but they cannot shame you – your security is in God.  Difficult people can try to confuse you but they cannot destabilize you – your peace is of God.

God has a reputation for miraculously preserving His believers. In Babylon He protected Daniel when he was thrown into a den of ferocious and hungry lions.  “So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” Daniel 6:16. God did.

In a hostile environment, know that God is for you.  The writer of the book of Romans says: “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31. Today put your trust in God.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am confident in Christ for my protection, provision, and preservation.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 32,33; Hebrews 1.


Keep your faith alive

“I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.  Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day.”  Joshua 14:11,12.

These were the words spoken by a man called Caleb when he was eighty-five years old.  When he was forty-five years old he was one of twelve spies who were sent by Moses into Canaan Land to assess the territory for invasion.  All the spies except Joshua and Caleb brought back negative reports.  The negative spies saw great cities and great giants who seemed more powerful than they were.  Joshua and Caleb, however, knew that to take the land would require a fight but they believed that God would help them to fulfill His promise and their purpose to conquer the land.

Howard Shultz in the 1980’s had a bizarre idea to open a coffee bar and serve coffee in paper cups over a counter.  It was difficult to sell others this idea and in trying to raise $1.6 million to start his dream he was shut down 242 times.  His persistence, passion and faith paid off and Starbucks was born, now a multi-billion company.

For forty-five years Caleb kept his faith alive in the wilderness.  Now at eighty-five he was ready for a new battle for a new season.  He was not ready to be retired but instead to be re-fired.  He was ready to ignite his dream with faith, passion, and hard work.

Keep your dream alive:

1)  Make a choice.  I will not give up on my dream for with God all things are possible.

2)  Be consistent in your confession.  Live by faith. Speak and share the dream.

3)  Be courageous.  ‘No’ is only a detour to the final destination of your ‘yes’.

4)  Be passionate about your dream.  Passion is contagious and is a magnet for resources.

5)  Pray and work your dream and God will make your dream a reality.

Kingdom Declaration:

The CHAYIL Glory of the LORD Jesus Christ rise upon me to live my dream.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 30,31; Philemon.


God’s family in heaven and in Earth

“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.

God placed a great deal of emphasis on His relationship with us as our Heavenly Father.  Jesus told us to pray to God as Father.  “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”.  There is a difference between asking a stranger or a high profile person for something versus asking a loving father who cares deeply for you.

When you pray to God as Father you are in a rich family with great possibilities for provision, protection and preservation.  As a child of Father God you have access to His family in heaven and earth.  You are a part of a great and powerful family – the family of God.

God’s family and servants includes:

1) A host of angels.  “You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.” Hebrews 12:22. They will protect you.

2) A family of believers who are already in heaven.  God describes His family of believers who are already in heaven as “A great cloud of witnesses…” Hebrews 12:1. They made it to heaven in spite of all the attacks from the devil and his demons. Those witnesses like Abraham, Moses, David, Ruth, Mary, Peter, Paul are all cheering for you.

3) A family of believers on earth. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10. We are praying for you

With God as your Heavenly Father you have His everlasting love; His powerful protection; access to His unlimited provision; and His guaranteed presence always.  You are loved, protected, and celebrated.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am a part of the family of God.  I have my Father’s Name.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 27-29; Titus 3.


Purpose is Powerful

“I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills [his purpose] for me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me; God sends his love and his faithfulness.” Psalm 57:2-3.

Purpose can be defined as determined intention and that which is set up as an objective to be reached or accomplished.  Purpose is powerful because it comes with power, potential, and design for its fulfillment. Inside a small acorn is the potential of a large oak tree.  Oak trees are used to make furniture, build houses, store wine, preserve fish, meet, cheeses and other foods.  All this potential and purpose are inside a small acorn.

You are designed intentionally by God for His divine purpose and yours.  Your purpose makes you distinct, unique and valuable. Purpose has prevailing power; preserving power; and providing power.  God is committed to you and your purpose.  The Bible declares: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverb 19:21; “The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalm 33:11; “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11.

Your purpose was created and secured by God. His purpose for your life was established before you were born.  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5. Your purpose makes you powerful and significant. No one can destroy your purpose.  You have the power to create, design, and fulfill your purpose.  Pray, create, design, seek help and have faith in God and in yourself. You were born for such a time as this. You are born to make our world a better place.

Kingdom Declaration:

Nothing can stop the purpose of God for my life.  My purpose is greater than its enemies.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 24-26; Titus 2.