Monthly Archives: April 2018


The LORD will save you

April 30

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’  Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.”  Psalms 91: 2,3.

I read the story of a painting that showed the devil at a chessboard with a young man.  The devil had just made his move, and the canvass shows the young man with his queen checkmated.  For a time that picture hung; and no one was ever able to make an encouraging comment upon it until one day Paul Morphy, the great chess genius, was brought to see it.  He stood there studying the picture and then, as if speaking to the young man who was defeated by the devil, he cried out, “There’s your move, young man!”

There is always a move to take you out of the Devil’s trap when you call on Jesus Christ, the Great Savior of the world.  In case you are trapped in life’s game without knowing what to do, your next move is this, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13.

When you believe in Jesus Christ and call on His Name, you have taken your move to begin your victory. In His Name you have His victory, His host of Angels to fight for you, His ministering Angels to provide for you, His armor to protect and defend you, and His mercy to mediate for you.

Here is the enemy’s future: “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”  Revelations 20:10. Jesus won the salvation for all mankind. He lives forever as the victorious Savior of the world, King of Glory, and the King of kings and Lord of Lords.  Trust in Him and you will be saved.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus is my Savior and the Savior of the world.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Kings 8-9; Luke 21:1-19

 


Your Health is Wealth

April 29

“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.  And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.”  Malachi 4: 2.

God has given us the key to healing, restoration, and strength to accomplish our desires. The key is to ‘revere’ (believe in, honor, exalt) His Name. This refers to holistic health in all areas of life involving deliverance, freedom, and healing in body, soul, and spirit.  God will release you for anything that hinders your victory and prosperity.

God’s gift of health to Israel included:

1) Deliverance from the stall or bondage of slavery. “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” Exodus 8:1.

2) Healing from illness. “The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness” Psalm 41:3.

3) Healing from an unproductive life. “I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.” Isaiah 41:18.

4) Healing from loneliness. “God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing;

but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” Psalm 68:6.

5) Healing from grief and loss. “Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:13.

God’s prayer for you, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2, NKJV.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord Most High is my Healer, Provider, and Protector. I live in His Divine Health.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Kings 6-7; Luke 20:27:47

 

 


Be Strong and Never Give Up

April 28

“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.”  2 John 8.

When the going gets tough, don’t give up.  A challenge is an opportunity to break another barrier, cross, hurdle, and to win another crown. Athletes move from strength to strength by breaking new barriers of endurance. The darkest hour is just before dawn.  So many people give up just before their breakthrough.

Mary Kay Cosmetics was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the Ten Best Companies for Women and one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Her success and fame came because she overcame many obstacles, discouragements, and life’s battles.  Soon after she started school, her father became ill.  Her mother worked 14-hour days as a restaurant manager to support the family.  Mary Kay had to do housework, cook, and take care of her father by herself.  In her career, she experienced opposition because she was a woman but she turned each lemon that life handed her into lemonade.

She persisted in her pursuit and developed Mary Kay Cosmetic, a very prosperous company with a sales and marketing that strategy helped hundreds of thousands of women to become entrepreneurs.  Her motto was, “God first, family second, career third.”  When she died in 2001, she had 800,000 independent beauty consultants in 37 countries with annual sales over $2 billion.

She once said, “My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, she cared”.  And Mary Kay did.  God’s word for you today: “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7.  Keep in the race and God will be your Coach, Strength, and Promoter all the way.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am made in the image of God to resist the devil and prosper in spite challenges.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Kings 3-5; Luke 20:1-26

 


Total Dependence on God

April 27

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  Mark 1:35

Jesus lived His life in total dependence on His Father and the Holy Spirit who guided and empowered Him for miracles and strength to complete His mission on earth. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”

He kept His mission every before Him and the people.  As a boy of twelve, Jesus said to his mother: “I must be about My Father’s business.”  Luke 2:49. He said to His disciples, “I must work the works of Him who sent me.” John 9:4. “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work.” John 4:34. He lived to pleased His Heavenly Father.

His times were in His Father’s hands. He prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” John 17:1. He was preparing Himself for the darkest hour of His life – the cross.  As a man, He struggled with the thought of bearing the sins of the world when He was without sin; with the pain of being forsaken as he slumped helplessly on the cross. He prayed for fresh glory for the inevitable.  He would go through it alone and He would be alone among the people.

 

Jesus depended on His Father through all the seasons of His life.  He drew glory from His Father and Power from the Holy Spirit. If Jesus needed constant direction, strength, power, and glory in all the seasons of His life, then so do we.  If Jesus needed daily empowerment for all His duties, then so do we.  David says, “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3. Let us look to God every day in prayer for guidance and strength in every way.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.”  Psalm 28:7.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Kings 1-2; Luke 19:28-48

 


Under God’s Authority

April 26

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.  Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.”  1 Samuel 15:23.

King Saul had one of the greatest opportunities of a lifetime.  He was the first King of Israel.  He was not from a royal family yet he was a farmer who became a King.  God anointed him and placed a crown upon his head, positioned him on a royal throne, and gave him fine chariots and royal robes.  He had a golden scepter, a kingly armor, and mighty weapons.  He was a great warrior and loved by his people.  The power and wealth of the world was his but he lacked the greatest gift of all – a pure heart before God.

He was a man of authority who was not under God’s authority. Others obeyed him, but he disobeyed God. He was a Lord on Earth without a Lord in heaven.  He was ruling a nation without the power to rule his own soul, emotions, impulses, and actions.  This great king on Earth needed to humble himself before the greater King of kings in heaven.

Pride eventually invaded his heart and found its resting place.  With pride in his heart, he activated a kingdom principle: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”  Proverb 16:18. King Saul was eventually rejected by God as the King of Israel and eventually destroyed himself. Humility is the key to God’s glory and the power that keeps us in God’s continued favor. God will never reject you as you keep your heart humble and always ready for His mercy and saving grace.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I submit to God’s authority even as He has given me His authority to serve Him.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 23-24; Luke 19:1-27


Security in God

April 25

“Is not my house right with God?  Has he not made with me an everlasting covenant arranged and secured in every part?  Will he not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire?”  2 Samuel 23:5.

David was confident that if he kept his own life in order, God would remain the Controller, Protector, and Provider in His life.  God was His confidence.  God would provide open doors when He needed to go forward; protection when he faced lions and liars; promotion in due season; peace in life’s storms; help when he reached his own limitations; and salvation when he needed rescue and protection.

His confidence rested on the fact that God’s principles were unchangeable and as he managed his life with God as his priority, and remained dependent on Him as his Source, God will be with Him and give Him the desires of his heart.  This is the recipe for a successful life in God.

Here are some declarations of confidence from David: “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident; I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.”  Psalm 27:3,13.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord is my Light, Salvation, and Stronghold. I am committed to walk uprightly before Him.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 21-22; Luke 18:24-43


Your Life Matters

April 24

“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14.

The most important thought you can hold today is, “My life matters!”  Esther had lived a lie for several years.  She married the King of Persia under false pretense and no one in the Palace knew that she was a Jew.  Through a diabolic plot of Haman, one of the royal officials, a decree went out from the kingdom that could mean the destruction of the Jewish people, including Esther.

The threat of extinction for her people drove Esther to a sense of destiny and purpose.  She realized that within her lies the power to save her people.  God had invested in her His favor and glory to become the Queen of Persia.  Now it was now the time for her serve God with what He gave her.  From humble beginnings as orphan, Esther was now the greatly loved and respected Queen of Persia.  It was time for her to remember from where she came and to help those who were left behind.  She would do her best and God to do the rest.

Esther decided to help the Jews in spite of the risks. She would go to the king and make an appeal on behalf of them “And if I perish, I perish.”  Esther 4:16. Her life mattered and the life of the Jews also mattered. She put her faith in God, prayed, and obeyed.  She became a savior of her people.

How do you change your world?  By one decision, one word, and one action at a time.  How does the world become a better place?  By one good deed, one act of mercy, and one act of love at a time.  Your life matters to God and someone else needs you. God loves all people.  You are born for a purpose and for such a time as this.  Your life matters.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am born with purpose, I have value, and my life matters.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 19-20; Luke 18:1-23

 


The Voice of God’s Word

April 23

“But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”  And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored.”  Numbers 13:31,32.

Guard yourself against negative reports and negative people.  A negative report undermined the word and promise of God. God His people to go forward and possess their land but someone told them: “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” Numbers 13:31. Sometimes we must choose whose report will we believe.

Without battles, there are no victories; without competitors, there is no prize; without challenges, there is no conquest. The Israelites allowed the negative reports of negative spies, and the slander against their leader Moses to be stronger than the voice of God. They were only eleven days of travel away from their promised possession but controlled and paralysed by fear they remained in a wilderness for forty years.

The Bible warns us against defilement of our hearts: “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:15. Bitterness and fear can spread like cancer to destroy hearts, families, and nations.

Choose that the loudest voice that will remain in your heart always is the voice of God’s word.  Here are God’s promises to you: you will overcome; there is no fear in love; you will outlive slander and outrun your enemies; no weapon formed against you shall prosper; Christ in you is your hope of glory; you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you; you are destined for God’s glory.  You win.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord is my Shepherd and I will not listen to the voice of fear, condemnation and evil.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 16-18; Luke 17:20-37

 


Do Not Be Afraid to Ask

April 22

“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us, and our children, with all our possessions.  I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.”  So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.”  Ezra 8:21-23.

Sometimes when we read about the great people in the Bible we forget that they too were human.  Here we see a prophet and priest too ashamed to ask for human help.  I encourage you today that whenever you feel awkward about your circumstances remember that God is waiting to help you when you ask.  There is nothing too great or small to ask God for. God is not ashamed of you.

When Jesus was on the cross, the disciples left Him in shame. They had boasted in the power of their King and now He was hanging on a cross.  But circumstances are not final until God says so.  The cross was the place of shame but the empty tomb became the place of victory. God will make you triumph in His Name.

Ezra, in his shame did not forget to pray.  By faith, he asked God for a safe journey for his team and his family and he got it.  He asked for protection for his possessions and he got it.  He asked for the favor and blessings of God and he got it.  In midst of a shameful circumstance, pray.  God is never ashamed and He is not ashamed of you.  He is ready to answer you when you pray.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

God’s mercies are new every morning.  When I ask, I will receive what I believe for.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 14-15; Luke 17:1-19


God’s Perfect Love

April 21

“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39.

You were created in love by God.  His love is always with you, for you, powerful to save, preserve, and keep you.

The awesome love of God:

1)   Has the power to save you

The motivation for God to send His one and only Son, Jesus, to die and save you was His awesome powerful love. “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. God’s awesome love took all your shame, blame, and failures.  Jesus powerfully saved you on the cross as the Lamb of God that was slain for the sins of the world.  He powerfully cancelled every spoken or written allegations against you and declared you “free indeed”.

2)   Preserves you

It protects you as a shield, defends you before accusers, hides you in His secret place, and protects you from condemnation. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1. Guard your mind from condemning thoughts.  God’s perfect loves is with you forever to preserve in the righteousness of God.

3)   Defends you.

God’s perfect loves will attack and drive out fear from becoming a stronghold in your mind. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18. The words ‘perfect love’ means a love that is unlimited and forever coming from the Source of love. God’s perfect love protected Moses in the palace of Pharaoh; Joseph in prison; David from an assassin; and the baby Jesus from evil King Herod.

God’s awesome perfect love will save you, preserve you, defend and protect you for your purpose now and eternity. God’s perfect love is a weapon of mass salvation for the world.  You are loved forever.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am safe in the awesome perfect love of Jesus Christ my Savior and LORD.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 12-13; Luke 16