Monthly Archives: January 2018

Manifested CHAYIL Glory

January 21

“Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men.” Daniel 2:48.


Daniel and three other Hebrew youths were great examples of men who experienced the manifested CHAYIL Glory of God in their lives.  They prayed and held fast to the principles of God in the hostile environment of Babylon and God exalted them in the eyes of their enemies. CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of the LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants.  The CHAYIL Pillars describe our intent to grow like Jesus in His values and character.


The Seven CHAYIL Pillars are:

1) Worship.  They worshipped only the God of Abraham openly in spite peer pressure and death threats. “Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Daniel 6:10.

2) Wisdom. They sought God’s wisdom and dealt wisely with the rulers of Babylon for their preservation and promotion. “In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole Kingdom.” Daniel 1:20.

3) Power. They were strong emotionally and spiritually to resist peer pressure. “But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – who pay no attention to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:12.

4) Honor.  They sowed and reaped the honor of God.  “Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him.” Daniel 2:46.

5) Favor.  They grew in favor with God and men.  “Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel.” Daniel 1:9.

6) Wealth. They were blessed with great careers and wealth. “Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck…” Daniel 5:29.

7) Influence. They gained great influence in Babylon in spite of great religious and cultural pressures that could have affected their careers, “Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.” Daniel 2:49. God gained glory through His servants Daniel and the Hebrew boys, and the kings of Babylon concluded that Daniel’s God was the God above all gods.


Kingdom Declaration:

I am positioned for the manifested CHAYIL Glory of the LORD Jesus Christ to flow in and through me.


Read the Bible in One Year: Exodus 1-3; Matthew 14:1-21

You can be secure

January 20

“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.”  Is. 41:10.


Here are seven tips for security in an insecure world:

1) Do not fear.  Fear is evidence that you are exalting something or someone above the power of God.  Fear is deception.  It promises protection that is actually prevention from possibilities.  Without guts, there is no glory.

2) God is with you.  God is the LORD Almighty and King of Glory who is always with you to protect and provide for you always.

3) Do not be dismayed.  To be dismayed means to be overwhelmed and worried.  Pray, have faith, hold on to courage, and believe God as greater than your trials.

4) I AM is your God.  God reminds you of who He is and what He can do.  He is the Great I AM as He revealed to Moses and proved it by destroying Pharaoh and the mighty armies of Egypt. Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing and no one is greater.

5) God will strengthen you.  When your strength fails, God becomes your strength.  David named God his Strength:  “O my Strength, I watch for you; you, O God, are my fortress.”  Ps. 59:9.

6) God will help you.  The LORD with you is your Helper.  You don’t have to be alone in all that you do and in all that you face.

7) God will uphold you with His righteous right hand.  There are times when God carries you as a child carried by a loving parent.  There are times when as an adult you need to be carried by your Heavenly Father and loving Daddy. Today be confident in God’s awesome power that He is with you, for you and in you.


Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my Great I AM, my Helper, Shield, and Strength. I am secure forever.


Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 49-50; Matthew 13:31-58

Powerful Truth

January 19

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Rom. 12:2.


The term ‘Secular Humanism’ is a secular philosophy that exalts human reason, ethics, and justice as the key to human fulfillment and morality.  God and religion play no part in the humanist mindset that denies that there is absolute truth.  Truth to the humanist is what each person decides and chooses to believe.  Unfortunately, with no room for a Holy, Perfect, Pure and Powerful God, mankind with imperfection creates and changes truth at times to serve an evil or selfish nature.


Without faith in God, mankind is left with the weak foundation of faith that is only in one’s self and in humanity.  This leads to recurrent disappointments and sorrow. To counteract this, secular humanists are continually adapting the search for new truth, life, eternity, and hope.  The Bible encourages us to allow our minds to be transformed by a ‘Higher Power’ – God, Creator, and His Word.


God’s ways are superior to the ways of men.  God’s Word is consistent and unchanging as He is.  It is absolute truth.  God is The Absolute Truth.  Jesus Christ says of Himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6.  As we anchor our minds to God’s truth as found in the Bible, we preserve ourselves from the yo-yo beliefs of man’s imaginations and feelings.  God’s promise to us: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:31,32.


Kingdom Declaration:

God’s Truth has set me free to live in His Light that leads to eternal blessings.


Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 46-48; Matthew 13:1-30

Do not be afraid

January 18


“But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. ‘Go, stand in the temple courts,’ he said, ‘and tell the people the full message of this new life.'” Acts 5:19-20.


The message of the new life is the message of salvation that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. The word ‘salvation’ includes forgiveness of sins, restoration, healing, help, safety, victory, peace, prosperity, and freedom.  Jesus Christ is the Author of our salvation.  His death, cross, resurrection and empowerment of His Disciples began an era of salvation to ALL mankind. God loves all people.


When He was born, wise men sought Him and found Him and worshipped Him.  Wise men are still seeking to find Jesus Christ, The Savior of the world.  His gift of salvation is freely offered to all people.  Jesus said, “I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.”  John 12:48. The Bible encourages us to: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Acts 16:31. This is the message of new life.


Today, pray and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you of all your mistakes and failures and by faith receive His love, mercy and forgiveness for a new life in Christ.  Your new life in Christ begins with a rebirth of your spirit in relationship with God, renewal of your soul by the wisdom of God and refreshing of your heart with the peace of God.


Kingdom Declaration:

Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.


Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 43-45; Matthew 12:24-50

The Gift of Time

January 17

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecc. 3:1.


John Erskine, the author of The Private Life of Helen of Troy, said that he learnt his most valuable lesson from his piano teacher at the age of 14.  He had assumed a habit of practicing for one hour or more each day.  She coached him that the best practice that will be consistent throughout his life was to practice in minutes wherever and whenever he finds five or ten minutes – before school, after school, in between chores and a few after lunches.  He was told: “Spread the practice throughout the day and music will become a part of your life.”  By following these instructions Erskine wrote nearly all of his greatest writings on streetcars while commuting between his home and university.  He had learnt the art of ‘redeeming the time’.


Time is a gift that runs out and waits on no one.  When you rule time, you will make the most out of life.  God has given you all the time that you need to fulfill your purpose on Earth. You are the youngest today than you will ever be.  You have the maximum time now on earth that you will ever have.  Don’t waste your allotted time.  Make the most of it.  Rule it. Guard it. Respect it. Use it. Time will then become your servant and partner in the fulfillment of your greatest dream.


Kingdom Declaration:

My time is in my LORD’s hands.  In His time He makes all things beautiful and wonderful.


Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 41-42; Matthew 12:1-23


Recipe for a Miracle

January 16

“The royal official said to Jesus, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”  Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed.”  John 4:49-50.


This royal official, a prominent man, had a need that money could not buy, and prominence that could not help him.  He needed a miracle from God and he knew how to receive a miracle for his son and family.


To receive a miracle from God:

1) Be humble.  Regardless of what you own, and who you are, make sure you have Jesus Christ in your heart as your Savior. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. You can’t give life or preserve life.  Your life is in His hands.

2) Ask.  He found out that not only is God able to do the impossible, but He is willing to do the impossible when asked.  God is merciful.  God is love. Miracles are God’s manifested glory.

3) Believe.  This royal official believed in Jesus, believed in His word, and received a miracle for his son.  The result:  “While he was still on the way (home), his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.  When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.”  Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.”  So he and his entire household believed.”  John 4:51-53. If you believe, you, too, will receive.

4) Obey.  “Jesus replied, “You may go.  Your son will live.”  The man took Jesus at his word and departed.”  John 4:50. This man understood the power and authority of Jesus Christ.


The royal official was a man of prominence and power.  His greatest attribute, however, was his humility and wisdom to honor and seek God, and to recognize his need for the power and great glory of the LORD Jesus Christ.  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Heb. 13:8. He is still able and willing to answer you when you pray for a miracle.


Kingdom Declaration:

For with God all things are possible.  I believe and shall receive God’s manifested glory in my life.


Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 39-40; Matthew 11

Remember the Poor

January 15

“Blessed is he who considers the poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.  The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; you will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.”  Ps. 41:1-2.


God has carefully included in the Bible emphasis on caring for the poor.  First, He gives us His will for all people:  “However, there should be no poor among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.”  Deut. 15:4. However, He also said, “There will always be poor people in the land.  Therefore I command you to be open handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.”  Deut. 15:11.


Jesus further tells us that we will be judged according to how we treat the poor:  “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”  Matt. 25:34-36.  Note that poverty includes lack of freedom.


Jesus described His anointing and glory: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor.”  Luke 4:18 (NLT).  Poverty is not just lack of money.  The greatest poverty is a heart without God. Good news to the poor is that salvation, help, peace has come in Jesus, who is the Savior of the world without prejudice.


God gave us many promises for helping the poor, “Blessed is he who considers the poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.  The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; you will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.”  Ps. 41:1-2.  Serving the poor is a privilege to receive God’s blessing and manifested glory in your life.


Kingdom Declaration:

I am a solution for the poor.  I am blessed to be a blessing and glorified to bring God glory on earth.


Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 36-38; Matthew 10:21-42

Press towards the prize

January 14

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13-14.


Paul shares that he is “straining toward what is ahead.”  The imagery here is that of a long distance runner in competition, who is straining every muscle and inner strength to push his mind and body towards the goal that is ahead of him.  A focused athlete does not waste time and energy looking behind him but at the prize ahead.


Here we can learn:

1) Forget your past.  Do not wallow in past mistakes but learn from them as wisdom for the future.  Your past is a story, and history that can bring God Glory.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28.

2) Create your future.  ‘Straining toward what is ahead’, implies intentional actions for new results.  It involves determination, discipline, and sweat. Your calling and purpose is your motivation to bear temporary discomfort for a greater prize.

3) Press forward.  Just before the finish line, an athlete can experience extreme exhaustion, pain, thirst, and breathing issues. Yet, there is a psychological phenomenon that something can happen that makes him or her suddenly gain strength, speed up, and run the fastest of the entire race towards the finish line. After years of research, Psychologists are now concluding that the limitations of endurance are in our minds.  In other words, your thoughts determine your limitation.  They are agreeing with the Bible that states: “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Prov. 23:7 (NAS).


With God as your Savior, not only does He see you at the finish line, but also He is running alongside you with encouragement, and rivers of living water to give you when you are thirsty.  Don’t give up or give in to limited endurance.  Pray, be refreshed, and press towards your victory and prize that is waiting for you.  He has already planned your greeting: “Well done my good and faithful servant.”


Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my Strength, my Shield and my Salvation.


Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 33-35; Matthew 10:1-20

Preparation for a new season

January 13

“Joshua told the people “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” Josh. 3:5.


Preparation for a new season is very important and should be intentional with specific goals in mind.  A new season comes with expectancy and requires new actions for new results.  After living in the wilderness for forty years, Joshua encouraged the people on how to prepare for a new and glorious season.


1) Consecrate yourself.  Set yourself apart to seek God for a new season of manifested Glory.  Cleanse your heart before Him and worship Him as your Most High God with whom all things are possible. Pray, praise, fast and listen to God for encouragement, instruction, and inspiration.

2) Create new expectations.  Expectation creates the atmosphere for miracles.  Anticipation prepares your womb for birthing.  Stop limiting God in your realm of limitation and begin to expect great things from our awesome God.

3) Shed and shift.  Shed your previous boundaries and shift into God’s realm for ‘amazing’ possibilities.  Shift and gear up your mind for sudden surprises, great wonders, and miraculous provision.

4) Get your praise ready.  Practice your praise and your testimony.  From your victories, you will experience glory to glorify God.


Kingdom Declaration:

The Glory of the LORD Jesus Christ is rising upon me to bring Him great glory on earth.


Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 31-32; Matthew 9:18-38

The Kingdom, Power and Glory of God

January 12

“For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Matt. 6:13.


In the first century the early Christians added a doxology to the Lord’s Prayer and it is very fitting that we also end our prayers in worship and honor to our Heavenly Father and King.  The word doxology means ‘praise and glory’ to God, exalting the Kingdom of God as greater than all the kingdoms of this world.


Throughout the Bible we see examples of Doxology:

David wrote: “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.”  1 Chron. 29:11.

Daniel wrote of Jesus: “He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” Daniel 7:14.

Paul wrote: “Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Phil. 4:20.

Timothy wrote: “To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.” 2 Tim. 4:18.

Peter wrote: “To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18.

Jude wrote: “To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!  Amen.” Jude 25.

Angels Sing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!”  Rev. 5:13.


Our faith declaration in worship: “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever,” affirms our confidence in the Kingdom, power and glory of God forever and ever, Amen.


Kingdom Declaration:

The Kingdom, power and the glory of the LORD Jesus Christ is everlasting.


Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 29-30; Matthew 9:1-17