Monthly Archives: September 2017

The thief is exposed

September 20

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10).


Jesus exposes Satan and his ‘only’ agenda:

1) To Steal. He steals our relationships, our time, our money, our energy, opportunities, and then ultimately tries to steal our faith in God.

 2) To Kill.  He tries to kill our hope with repeated disappointments, disillusionment, and betrayal. Hopelessness is a major cause of depression. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” (Prov. 13:12, NKJV).

3) To Destroy. One of the enemy’s weapon of mass destruction is deception. Where truth is veiled it leads to destruction: “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor. 4:3,4).


Satan is called the ruler of this age and all ages – agricultural, industrial, information, digital ages. In every age, he seeks to steal hearts as a major soul collector, kill mankind’s desire for God, and to destroy the dignity, privilege, and power of mankind as the true rulers of this world by the Spirit of God.


Satan is mighty but not Almighty. He is limited. God remains Sovereign God over the beginning and ending of all things and ages. God’s salvation for you comes with His protection from evil, preservation from schemes, and peace to rule in your heart.


Kingdom Declaration:

I have the abundant life of Jesus Christ with all its benefits, protection, and glory.


Read the Bible in One Year: Ecclesiastes 4-6; 2 Corinthians 12.

Reflecting God’s excellence

September 19

“But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”  (2 Cor. 8:7).


David declared in one of his love letters to God, “Oh Lord, our Lord how excellent is your name in all the earth!”  If God’s Name is excellent, He is an excellent God and to represent Him we also must develop and nurture an excellent spirit.


We are encouraged to be excellent in:

1)  Faith.  A lifestyle of faith pleases God and gives us the power to make our dreams a reality.

2)  Speech.  We create our world with words of faith spoken with wisdom and grace.

3)  Knowledge.  The quest for knowledge and continued learning leads to a successful life.

4)  Complete earnestness.  Avoid hypocrisy and negative emotions.

5)  Love.   Live in the continuous awareness of God’s love as you serve others with acts of love.

6)  Giving.  Give to God according to His word, give to others and give to the poor.


Jon Huntsman Sr. quoted: “Wealth isn’t always measured in dollar signs. We each have time, talent, and creativity, all of which can be powerful forces for positive change. Share your blessings in whatever form they come and to whatever level you have been blessed.”


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and His excellent favor for an excellent life of faith, speech, knowledge, sincerity, love, and giving is with you.  You are a vessel of excellence.


Kingdom Declaration:

I live to reflect the excellent glory of my God in all areas of my life.


Read the Bible in One Year: Ecclesiastes 1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

You are eternally blessed

September 18

“The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man.” Psalm 115:16.


As a Master Scientist, God carefully created and planned the universe with all its planets, stars, galaxies, the contents of intergalactic space, energy, matter, and all life forms. The Earth is the fifth largest planet in the solar system and was given to mankind to develop, manage, and control with the help of God.


The greatest privilege of people is the opportunity not only to be created by God, but to be the family of God.  “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13).


As God’s children, He gives us His eternal love and eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ. “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 3:16). You have an eternal home called heaven, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:3).


You are eternally loved by God who has granted you His eternal blessing and the privilege to live with Him forever.


Kingdom Declaration:

I live with the awareness of eternal love, my eternal life, and the great glory of my eternal home in heaven.


Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 1-15.

God’s grace is there for you

September 17

“You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother.  But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.”  (Gen. 27:40).


Esau made some great mistakes in his life.  In a moment of intense hunger, he recklessly sold his birthright, blessing, and honor to his manipulative brother, Jacob.  His privilege as the firstborn included: a double portion of inheritance from his father; official authority in the family over all major decisions; representative of the family for all grand social activities; and to be the priest and spiritual overseer of the family.


Esau suffered greatly because of his choices, but God was merciful.  In Esau’s dilemma God gave him hope for the possibility to build a good life when he was ready for CHANGE and to activate his power of CHOICE, ‘But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck’.  The word “yoke” is symbolic of bondage, frustration, punishment, guilt, limited movement and hopelessness.


Grace can be described as clemency, reprieve, forgiveness, and unmerited favor.  By grace you were saved and by grace you are being saved every day.  In every circumstance receive God’s unfailing love for you and remember that His mercy towards you is new every morning.


Kingdom Declaration:

God’s grace, forgiveness, and mercy for me are new every morning.


Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 27-29; 2 Corinthians 10.

God’s gift of wisdom is yours if you ask Him

September 16

“Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the LORD had commanded Moses.” (Deut. 34:9).


The Bible exalts wisdom as one of the greatest gift with many benefits:

  • “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7).
  • Wisdom releases blessings from God, “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.” (Prov. 3:13).
  • Wisdom provides protection and continual guidance, “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.” (Prov. 4:6).
  • Wisdom creates a great future for its keeper, “Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Prov. 24:14).
  • Wisdom brings joy to parents, “A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father.” (Prov. 29:3).


Joshua was filled with the spirit of wisdom and became the exalted leader of millions. Jesus grew in wisdom. With the greatness of wisdom, we have a great promise from God, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5).  Today ask, believe, and receive greater wisdom.


Kingdom Declaration:

I ask, believe, and receive greater wisdom for greater manifested glory.


Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 25-26; 2 Corinthians 9.

God’s purpose shall stand

September 15

“That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”  Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat.  There were also other boats with Him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.”  Mark 4:35-37.


Being in the will of God and walking in His directed path does not mean that there will be no challenges or storms along the way.  Life has its ups and downs.  It is not always an easy road to the required destination.  One thing we can be sure of, we will get to the other side as long as Jesus is with us.  His promises are sure and His purpose will stand. God says, “.. My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” (Is. 46:10). The unexpected can really knock the wind out of us. One phone call, one e-mail, one visit from someone, one visit to the doctor can bring an unexpected storm, sometimes a furious storm.


Three things as you step out by faith:

1)  Never forget the promise of God that made you boldly start out.  Jesus promised that they would go to the other side.

2)  Never lose hope.  God is with you in the storm so there is always help, preservation, and protection.

3)  Never lose faith.  Faith knows that you will make it against all odds.  Faith sees a challenge as only an opportunity to see the great glory of God.  Without difficulties, there is no need for a miracle.


God’s purpose is greater than all your storms, all mountains of opposition, all resistance and time delays, and all the powers of evil.  God’s purpose will stand and His promises will come through, just as He said.


Kingdom Declaration:

God is Sovereign and He remains in control of all aspects of my life.


Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 22-24; 2 Corinthians 8.

Faith for the family

September 14

“Then Jesus answered, ‘Woman, you have great faith!  Your request is granted.’  And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”  Matthew 15:28.


A desperate woman came before Jesus crying, begging, and pleading to Jesus for help for her daughter who was demonized, tormented, and being destroyed by evil powers. As a mother, her daughter’s agony was also hers; her suffering was also hers and she went to Jesus with undaunted faith.  He was her hope and sure salvation.


She was a Canaanite woman who lived with prejudice and victimization, but on that day, nothing could distract her from her goal. The fear of man, people’s opinions, racial slurs, or her own emotional pain would not stop her from receiving from Jesus the healing for her child.  Her daughter’s future rested upon her faith, humility, wisdom and perseverance.


Jesus tested her spirit of faith, her confession of faith, and her belief in His Power.  She passed all tests including the test of humility. “Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”  (Matt. 15:28). Our faith can be the key to another person’s deliverance.  A parent’s faith is powerful for the deliverance of family.  By undaunted faith, fighting faith, and persevering faith you can lay hold of the promises of God for your family. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” (Acts 16:31).  Believe now.


Kingdom Declaration:

I believe and confess that my household shall be saved.


Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 19-21; 2 Corinthians 7.

Give and it will be given to you

September 13

“Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  (Luke 6:38).


Jesus taught His disciples how to start the cycle of blessing and harvest in their lives. Simply, ‘Give’.  Giving creates a cycle of sowing and reaping with unending ripple effects. What you give becomes a seed for harvest; a hope for continuous supply; and a taste of generosity.


Seed on a shelf can never grow harvest.  Money in your pocket can never bring a return.  When a seed is sown, power within the seed is released that causes it to grow, multiply, and bring in a harvest.  The ability to give is power. It is powerful to be able to give love, mercy, money, encouragement, and forgiveness to others.


When you have something that someone else needs, that is power; but until you give it away it is only dormant, useless, power until activated. Giving is powerful.  Hoarding is wasted power and creates bondage. Give as you would like to receive and step into your world of continuous supply. “But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” (2 Cor. 8:7).


Kingdom Declaration:

I live to give, I learn to love, and I have tapped into God’s continuous abundant supply.


Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 16-18; 2 Corinthians 6.

God is looking for financial stewards

September 12

“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’  But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”  (Deut. 8:17,18).


Money is a tool that in the wrong hands can cause great harm but in the right hands can cause great goodness.  The Bible says about money: “Money is the answer for everything.” (Eccl.10:19); “Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?”  (Prov. 17:16); “Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter.” (Eccl. 7:12); “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Tim. 6:10).


Money can either be constructive or destructive.  Money destroys lives who makes it a god; destroys families without the right priorities; destroys the poor with lack. God is looking for financial stewards and distributors, managers of His wealth for His Kingdom purpose on earth. His mission to save the world, build His Church, advance His Kingdom, and fill the earth with His glory requires money.


God is the source of wealth.  “‘The silver is mine and gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”  (Haggai 2:8). God gives ability, insight, and strategies for wealth creation.  If your heart is for God and you are willing to advance His Kingdom then you qualify to be His channel of His wealth.  God is looking for you.

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…” (2 Chron 16:9). God is waiting for you.


Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD Jehovah is my Provider and Supplier for His Kingdom sake.


Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 13-15; 2 Corinthians 5.

Re-fired versus being Retired

September 11

“Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.” (Ex. 7:7).


It is never too late to receive new strength for new possibilities if you are willing.  With age comes wisdom and experience that makes matured people very valuable to advance kingdoms, take new territories, and create lasting legacy.  Age is not the determine factor for new assignments, but rather a strong mind, faith, and a willingness to keep serving.


Admiral Joe Fowler was a retired Admiral from the United States Navy who went from retired to ‘re-fired’.  As a naval architect, he designed two of America’s largest aircraft carriers.  In 1949 Walt Disney, in designing his theme park in California asked Fowler to come out of retirement to design the paddle steamer, Mark Twain.  After its completion, he stayed on as General Manager of the park for its first 10 years and assisted with the construction of Walt Disney World.


Live, dream, create, rest, and serve God until you retire from earth to be re-fired in heaven for an eternal and glorious life.


Kingdom Declaration:

I am strong, powerful, and with God’s CHAYIL Glory to live a glorious eternal life.


Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 10-12; 2 Corinthians 4.