Monthly Archives: August 2017

Triple Blessing from God

August 31

“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.

 1) Grace. Grace is favor, benevolence, kindness, 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. The hymn Amazing Grace is probably one of the best know hymns in the world today and was written by a repentance ex-slave trader.

2) Mercy.  Mercy 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 is clear of all guilt, shame, and fear.

Your have triple blessing from God.  Rejoice and be glad as God’s banner over you is love.


Kingdom Declaration:

God’s grace, mercy, and peace is my triple blessing from God that makes me blessed and highly favored.

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


God is our Comforter

August 30

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 Cor. 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 good times. There are things learnt from experience that cannot be learnt by reading a book. With troubles comes experience and grace to comfort others.

From negative experiences we:

  1. Gain understanding.  What happened, what we could have done better, and how to ensure that it will not happen again. Understanding will position you for greater wisdom for greater prosperity.
  2. Gain wisdom. There is a saying that says, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.” The Bible exalts wisdom, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.” (Prov. 4:7). Wisdom is the do the right thing at the right time at the right place with the right motives and with the right people. Pat Francis.
  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 also 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

August 29

“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.”  (Matt. 9:28-30).

The blind men had a need that required a miracle.  When the need in your life is not ordinary, you need God.  Being blind from birth, you would think that grown men would have given up and saw themselves blind for life. But these men lived with an attitude of hope knowing that with each day comes new opportunities 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 would 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 with faith. Whether you are believing for yourself or for others, faith is the key to draw miracles from the Kingdom of God. “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27). “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23).


Kingdom Declaration:

I am believing for great miracles to give God great glory as a witness of His glory.

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

Outlive and outlast your enemies

August 28

“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 outcome of success begins as the process and principles of success are applied.

Success attracts 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, and intimidation 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 Sam. 18:7). Jealousy destroyed Saul.

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

August 27

“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.

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.


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

August 26

“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.”  (Rom. 12:18,19).

When you find in strife, unfairness, or a deliberate plan to destroy you, turn over the battle to God.

1)  Maintain your peace.  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.”  (Rom. 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’ because God is watching.


Kingdom Declaration:

I choose to live in peace and to 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

August 25

“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.” (Is. 40:11).

Jesus calls Himself the good Shepherd and His gentleness, protective patience, and loving kindness is always towards His people. Jesus 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 us all 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, “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” (Ps. 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, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19).

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


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

August 24

“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.’” (Gen. 32:26,27).

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). Sarah’s name was changed from Sarai (lady, quarrelsome), to Sarah (princess of princesses, source of nations and kings).

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.  But, God gave him a new name and a new identity for a new season of unlimited blessings. From Jacob came the twelve tribes of Israel and Jesus the Messiah and Savior of the world. God is the God of another chance and He is only a prayer away for your new season of unlimited blessings.


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

August 23

“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.” (Ps. 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.” (Gen. 28:22).
  3. Repentance. 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.” (Prov.16:7).
  4. He did what was necessary to change his life. “So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.” (Gen. 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

August 22

“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.”  (Ps. 146:5,6).

Our God is God of dysfunctional families. He goes by the name God of Jacob in spite 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 and 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 bad ways resulting in a bad harvest. He 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