Monthly Archives: March 2018

Transformed to be like Jesus

March 31

“On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of the LORD going before them.” Zechariah 12:8.

The great privilege of being a Christian is the transformation process of the Holy Spirit of God in our lives.  We come to Jesus as sinners needing His forgiveness; with hurts needing His healing; weak needing His strength; with torment needing His peace; with fears needing His deliverance.  God is not only changing us but He is also transforming us.

Change uses external influences and motivation from the outside to cause us to change our actions.  We are motivated to make New Year Resolutions that last only temporarily. Transformation, however, results from the Holy Spirit working from the inside to change our beliefs and thinking so that our actions become our new nature and new norm.  By the power of the Holy Spirit we are being transformed into the likeness of God.  “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18.

God promises that the feeblest among us will become strong like David the giant-killer.  In you is the power of God to outlast and outlive your enemies. Be strong in the LORD and allow Him to turn your weakness into strength and your sadness into joy as you are transformed into His likeness.


Kingdom Declaration:

I am being transformed into the likeness of Jesus to bring great glory to His Name.

Read the Bible in One Year: Judges 11-12; Luke 6:1-26


As You Seek Direction

March 30

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”  Psalm 32:8.

Are you in the middle of making a big decision and you need to know that it is God who is directing you?  The fact that you need to know means that you are aware that your ideas are not always perfect; your thoughts are not always positive; God is not always the source of your imagination.  Human beings are imperfect. We don’t always hear, think, speak, and act perfectly.

The good news is that we don’t have to just depend on ourselves for direction, stability, guidance, and confidence.  God has promised to instruct us, teach us, counsel us, and watch over us in our journey of decisions and actions.  With God’s guidance, we can have confidence in His control of the outcome, “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.” Romans 8:28.

As you seek direction:

1) Pray.  God will lead, guide, and help you.

2) Seek wise counsel.  “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.” Proverb 15:22.

3) Wait for confirmation. “We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.” Psalm 33:20.

4) Keep listening.  “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17.


Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for His continuous guidance in my life on my path of lasting success.

Read the Bible in One Year: Judges 9-10; Luke 5:17-39

God’s greatness is in you

March 29

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’  They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”  Psalm 14:1.

The adult human body contains 213 bones; approximately 100 trillion cells; 30 trillion red blood cells in 60,000 miles of blood vessels; and 2 million sweat glands on its surface.  The lungs are composed of 700 million cells.  If the heartbeats for a single day were concentrated into one huge throb of vital power, it would be sufficient to throw a ton of iron 120 feet into the air.  The nervous system is controlled by a brain that has 100 billion nerve cells.  God your Awesome, Almighty, and Omnipotent Creator, created you with greatness.

The Bible describes you as “fearfully and wonderfully made.”  You are God’s masterpiece with His life flowing through you.  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10. By denying God, you deny yourself and your greatest heritage to be His child.

The blessing of a relationship with the Great God of the universe is yours when you ask Jesus Christ to be your personal Savior and Lord.  The peace that passes all understanding is yours when Jesus becomes your Prince of Peace.  You have access to His glory when Jesus becomes your King of Glory.

Ask Him today and allow His great gift of salvation and relationship to be yours. You are created in His image with His greatness in you. The spiritual DNA of God can be yours. His eternal life can be yours. When you believe in Him, His family becomes yours.  His great love is yours now and forever.


Kingdom Declaration:

I have the spiritual DNA and the greatness of God flowing through me as a blessing to others.

Read the Bible in One Year: Judges 7-8; Luke 5:1-16

The Seven Last Words of Jesus

March 28 – The Seven Last Words of Jesus

“And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”  Mark 15:39.

Words from a dying person can be remorseful, fearful, resentful or sad but for Jesus, His last words were deliberate, confident, and intentional:

1) “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.  Luke 23:34.

Forgiveness is an act of faith not feelings.  No one deserves forgiveness.  It is an opportunity for mercy because we all need mercy.

2) “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  Luke 23:43.

Jesus said this to a dying thief who was also on a cross beside him. It is never too late for God’s mercy.

3) “Dear woman behold your son, son behold your mother.”  John 19:25-27.

Even in the midst of His torture Jesus took care of His mother.

4) “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani, which means, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Matthew 27:46

Jesus spoke in Aramaic, the language he used as a child.  He went back into His childhood to appeal to His Father’s heart.  Jesus knows the pain of an abandoned child.

5) “I thirst.”  John 19:28

He who is the source of living water denied Himself to become for us the water of life.

6)  “It is finished.”  John 19:30.

He declared his mission accomplished.  Our sins were paid for in full.

7)  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  Luke 23:46.

He gave up His life for you and all people.  He rose again three days later and remains today the risen Christ, Savior, Lord, and King of Glory.


Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ is my Savior, Lord, and King of Glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Judges 4-6; Luke 4:31-44

Trials contain seeds of good and glory

March 27

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:6,7.

Remember that nothing can separate you from the love of God.  His love for you includes protection from destruction.  During trials His grace is your shield, His mercy mediates, His love is your covering, and His glory is your power within and protection around you. Do not be tormented by failure or fear.  God knows your strengths and weaknesses and yet He has chosen you for the praise of His glory.

William Wilberforce is probably one of the best-known slavery abolitionists.  For years he fought against the slave trade and his enemies were among politicians, slave owners, and global leaders in Europe and West-India.  He was involved in the revolution of the century.  His life was threatened and relationships broken.  Disappointed and discouraged, he was about to give up when his friend John Wesley, on his death bed, with trembling hands wrote William a letter, “unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and of devils.  But if God be for you, who can be against you?  Are all of them stronger than God?  O be not weary in well doing!  Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might, till even American slavery shall vanish away before it.”  Wesley died six days later.  Wilberforce fought for 42 more years.  Three days before his death, slavery was abolished in Britain, later to be abolished in the English colonies.

Trials contain seeds of glory.  God is with you and for you.  Your endurance will make you stronger. Your victory will be a blessing to you and to others. God gains glory through the trials of His servants and bestow upon them glory for a great testimony.


Kingdom Declaration:

I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Read the Bible in One Year: Judges 1-3; Luke 4:1-30

A Time for Self-Discovery

March 26 – A Time for Self-Discovery

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

There is strength, ability, creativity, and sustaining power that is waiting for discovery.  Sometimes it takes challenging times to make you discover your resilience; dangerous moments for you to discover your inner strength; discouraging words that make you discover your faith; and frustrating moments that make you discover your inner peace.

There is a story of a woman who chased her husband through the crowds at the zoo, waving her umbrella and unleashing insults like invisible missiles.  Her perspiring and winded husband, seeing that the lock on the lion’s cage had not quite closed, yanked it open, jumped into the cage, slammed the door, pushed the astonished lion hard against the bars, and peered over its shoulder.  His frustrated wife shook her umbrella, stuttered in anger, and finally managed to explode, “Ralph, come out of there, you coward!”

If you think you are a coward, that’s because you have not yet discovered your strength.  If you think you are stupid, that’s because you have had the wrong mentors.  If you think you are the most unlikely to succeed that’s only because you are the most unlikely to try.

Paul operated at a supernatural level of confidence and he said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. Put your hope in the LORD and He will activate and renew strength (power, creativity, and sustaining ability) in you.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord is my strength and shield.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 22-24; Luke 3

Principle of Blessedness

March 25

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:3.

Jesus taught His disciples the principles of ‘blessedness’.  Happiness is emotional and dependent on chance and circumstances, but there is a ‘blessedness’ that is beyond the chances and changes of our lives.  The blessedness that comes from God is untouchable by outward forces and is like a cloak of favor covering us.

God is the source of blessedness and therefore the strength of our relationship with Him will determine how blessed we are. The first key to His blessedness is to realize that without Him we have spiritual poverty. We become open to His blessedness when we recognize our need of Him, and ask Him to be our personal Savior and Lord. To recognize our need for God and our spiritual poverty without Him, “poor in spirit”, makes us a potential recipient of His blessing.

This is contrary to the humanist thinking where pride rules to deceive us into thinking that either there is no God, or if there is a God, we don’t really need Him. King David said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

apart from you I have no good thing.”  Psalm 16:2. David remained dependent on God even after his promotion from shepherd to king, incredible wealth, and great fame.

Among the thousands of songs written by King David, he wrote: “I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.  O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.” Psalm 59:16-17.

Those who remain forever dependent of God, will inherit the blessedness of His Kingdom.


Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my strength, my love, my security, and my Savior forever.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 19-21; Luke 2:25-52

Unwavering Faith

March 24

“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.  The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  Exodus 14:13,14.

Moses coached a fearful people on unwavering faith:

1) Do not be afraid. Fear is negative power. It has the power to distort your thinking; destroy your peace; and diminish your faith.  Fear can paralyse you from taking a step into new possibilities: the fear of not being smart enough; not skilled enough; not experienced enough; not charismatic enough; and you could go on and on with negative imaginations and perceptions.  Remember that God in you, with you and for you makes you greater than all circumstances.

2) Stand firm.  Be unwavering in your faith.  It is your faith that will determine the outcome not the circumstances.  Faith in God brings keeps His supernatural power in the circumstances to result in miracles.

3) See the outcome of success. They were encouraged to “see the deliverance” before it happened.  Vision is the eye of the soul. We are encouraged to have and pursue vision.  “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverb 29:18. See beyond the challenge, look higher than the mountains, and see yourself on the other side with your miracle as your reality.

4) Engage God in your battle.  When you pray, God will fight for you.  God is The Most High and greater that all heavenly and earthly powers.  With God fighting for you, your victory is guaranteed.


Kingdom Declaration:

God in me, with me, and fighting for me, is my guarantee for a successful life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 16-18; Luke 2:1-24

The Blessing of God

March 23

“He will bless those who fear the Lord – small and great alike.  May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children.  May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:13-15.

When God gives you a definite promise beginning with ‘I will’ it means He has the power to perform whatever to whomever He promises. The promise here is that God wants to bless you and will bless you when you reverence Him and place Him in highest priority in your life. God responds to your blessing, praise, and worship.  As you serve Him, He will serve you.

His blessing to you includes blessings on your family regardless of their ages and relationship.  God blessed a tormented man, healed him, and said to him: “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19.

God blessed a jailer who was afraid of losing his job: “The jailer brought them (the disciples) into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God – he and his whole family.” Acts 16:34. God wants to bless your entire family and His intention is that all people will be in 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.

The blessing of the LORD, The Maker of heaven and earth, includes His SHALOM (peace, wellness, health, prosperity, and all that is good in your life).  His blessing in your life includes the grace of CHAYIL (wisdom, power, honor, virtue, favor, wealth and influence). Receive it today as a member of the family of God.


Kingdom Declaration:

I am blessed to be in the family of God with God as my Heavenly Father.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 13-15; Luke 1:57-80

Honor the Children

March 22

“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.  So now I give him to the LORD.  For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28

Every child is a gift from God. There is no “unwanted child”. The Bible’s perception on children is clearly stated: “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3. Unfortunately, not all children are born into a loving and caring home but it is good for us to know that all children are important to God and with a purpose waiting to be discovered.

Your children are precious to God and the greatest gift and blessing you can give them is relationship with God in the family of God. God gave your children life through you for them to receive eternal life through Him.

For eternal blessing on your children:

1) Pray for them. You cannot be with your children for 24 hours every day for life – but God can.  As you pray, engage God in the parenting of your child.  God wants to care for your child more than you can.

2) Honor them. God’s encouragement: “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”  Matthew 18:10. When children are honored, they become honorable.

3) Bless them with God.  Teach them to pray and involve God in every area of their life. With an awareness of God in them and with them they will have greater resistance to all the evil traps that children face today in schools, relationships, and the complications of life.  “All your sons and daughters will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace.” Isaiah 54:13.

4) Speak blessing over them regularly: “And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:16.

As you pray, honor and bless your children remember that God is praying for you, honoring you, and blessing you as His son or daughter.


Kingdom Declaration:

I declare the blessing, honor, and glory of God upon my children.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 10-12; Luke 1:39-56