Monthly Archives: April 2018


Wonderful Savior

April 20

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” Titus 3:4,5 .

An angry tigress was trapped in an illegal wild boar trap in the jungles of Africa.  She desperately struggled to free herself but could not.  She was a very desperate and dangerous animal.  The Game Warden had to carefully approach her even though his plan was to rescue and not to harm her.  He used his ‘mercy gun’ and shot five barbiturate capsules that put her into a coma that lasted for four days.  The team then opened the trap and pulled out the sleeping animal that woke up four days later, freed to run off into the jungle.

She could not save herself she needed a savior to help to set her free and so do we.  We cannot free ourselves from the trap of sin that makes us imperfect, and from a decaying world with its unavoidable trials and temptation.  However, God had a mercy plan: Jesus, the Son of God became the Son of Man to die for our sins so that we can be free.

Jesus is our gift of mercy.  “When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” Titus 3:4,5. His love reached into our hearts and made us whole.  What a wonderful Savior, is Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus is my wonderful Savior and Lord.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 9-11; Luke 15:11-32


A Miraculous Catch

April 19

“When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”  Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:4,5.

One day Jesus was preaching to a crowd by the lake.  As the crowd grew larger and crowding Him in, Jesus looked towards the lake, saw two boats tied to the shore, and fishermen washing their nets.  He got into Simon’s boat and asked him to move the boat a little from the shore.  With the boat as His platform and water between Him and the people, He continued His teaching.

When you serve God, God will serve you.  Jesus knew they had fished all night without a catch, disappointed, and experiencing a difficult business season.  Jesus gave Simon instructions for a miraculous catch. Simon needed to do a new thing for new results.  Jesus said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”  Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”  Luke 5:4,5.

Simon obeyed Jesus and was overwhelmed by the greatest catch of His life.  We learn from this that obedience to God always bring the best results.  Later Jesus chose Simon Peter and his brother to become His disciples, “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.”  Matthew 4:19-20.  With faith and obedience, they changed their world with the powerful gospel of Jesus Christ. When you serve God, God will serve you.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

With God, all things are possible for me and through me.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 6-8; Luke 15:1-10


The Purpose of Waiting

April 18

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.  Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”  Habakkuk 2:3.

Waiting is not always easy. God’s timing is not always ours. “Any time now, Lord,” could be the cry of your heart, but consider if a fetus cries, ‘I’m tired of the darkness’; or if a caterpillar cries, ‘I’m tired of this cocoon’ and with impatience get out of the safety of their development.  It would cause premature delivery, permanent disability, and even death.

God makes us wait:

1) To examine our motives.  Waiting makes us die to ourselves to confirm purpose and motives.

2) To perfect our dreams for the fullness of time.

3) To build patience in us.  Patience is a character that builds with time and maturity.

4) To make us passionate about our desires.

5) To build intimacy with God.  Waiting makes us pray and seek God for answers.

6) To create dependency on God.  Waiting makes us depend on God in humility and faith.

God sees the big picture.  If you are in His care, your time must be in His hands.  He is never too late; He is always on time.  “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  Psalm 27:14. God will be on time.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

My soul waits on the LORD with great expectation until He fulfills His purpose in my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 3-5; Luke 14-25-35


Remain in the vine

April 17

“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5.

A vineyard is a plantation of grape-bearing vines.  The vine is the strength of the bush and provides the source of nutrients and life for the branches.  From the branches comes the cluster of grapes.  Each branch has the potential to grow great clusters with hundreds of grapes if it remains on the vine.

Jesus is encouraging you to remain close to Him so that all the potential fruitfulness of your life will manifest in abundance.  Not only will you bear fruit but also your fruit will have multiplying effects.  From a cluster of grapes, we get wine, raisin, jam, juice, vinegar, grape seed extracts, molasses and oil.  There are no limits to what God can do through a yielded vessel that depend on His unlimited power, in His unfailing grace, and in His unending love.

When God asks you to remain in Him it is because He sees your potential and is committed to its fulfillment; He knows your capabilities and is committed to your grooming; He knows what you will face and is committed to your protection. Jesus, your vine, remains strong and powerful with all the provision that you need to grow and bear much fruit. Remain in Him through prayer, obedience, and faithful service.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

My King is my source and strength. I shall remain in Him to be strong and satisfied.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 1-2; Luke 14:1-24


The Pursuit of Wisdom

April 16

“Turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding; and if you look for it as silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”  Proverbs 2:2-4.

John Templeton, founder of the Templeton Growth Fund, became a billionaire by ceasing opportunities; understanding his season and maintaining a positive attitude in times of crisis. He bought the stock of good companies that for one reason or another other investors hated. In the 1930s he borrowed ten thousand dollars and bought the 104 stocks that traded for less than one dollar on the New York Stock Exchange. He became a billionaire.  He studied and searched for understanding of the financial market and he later manipulated it to his advantage. What you study you can control.

Whatever you apply your heart to study and understand, you will eventually master and use as a tool for your purpose.  As you seek wisdom God will become your Source. As you seek understanding God will become your Teacher.  He will teach you through others, media, experiences, and even through your mistakes and failures.

If you ask God for wisdom He will give it to you: “King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.” 2 Chron 9:22.  Daniel prayed: “I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power.”  Dan 2:23. King Solomon and Daniel received great wisdom because they asked God for wisdom and He granted them the desire of their hearts.  God’s wisdom is yours when you ask Him.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I pray for the spirit of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to fill my life as I serve in the Kingdom of my God.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 30-31; Luke 3:23-35

 


The Power of Friendship

April 15

“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”  Amos 3:3

A C.E.O. once said to a group of entrepreneurs, “Take my advice.  Hire the best person for the job and save yourself a lot of headache.”  Paul puts it this way, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.”  2 Corinthians 6:14.

You cannot successfully partner with someone who does not share your vision, your belief, values, and your goals.  This goes for business, marriage, and even friendships. It is said: “A wise man chooses his friends with care, but a fool takes them haphazardly or on mere ‘liking.’”  The power of friendship is great, for good or for evil, for pleasure or for pain.

Without agreement, your union will be disunion; your issues will be quarrels; and your challenges will be channels for destruction. Choose your friends and partners carefully, walk in love, and make sure you are all heading in the same direction.

Jesus was a master at controlling His world, environment, His disciples, and friends.  He did not choose perfect people. He chose instead those who would believe in Him, agree with His mission, and volunteered to walk and serve with Him.  Judas, who betrayed Him, was chosen by God who knew his heart for His ultimate plan. Jesus chose His disciples before they chose Him.

Rule your world by the power of your choices.  God cares about your relationships.  Pray and He will set you in a “wealthy place” of meaningful, trustworthy, and loving relationships.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for my family, friends, peers, and great relationships.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 27-29; Luke 13:1-22


Humility is the pathway to greatness

April 14

“But let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.  For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” 2 Corinthians 10:17,18.

Humility is the pathway to greatness.  Pride is like cancer of the soul that never stops until it completely destroys a person’s respect for others, and reverence towards God.  Where there is pride there is no dependence on God or a true perspective about God.  John Ruskin said, “I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility.”

The world’s philosophy is sometimes contradictory to God’s wisdom.  The world says, ‘Exalt yourself’, God says, ‘Humble yourself.’  The world says, ‘Step on others’, God says, ‘Prefer one another’.  The world says, ‘Hate your enemies’, God says, ‘Love your enemies’.  The world says, ‘Be ruthless’, God says, ‘A man reaps what he sows.’  If you follow the way of the world, you will come to a dead end.  If you follow the way of God, you will find truth on the path of eternal life.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”  James 4:10. When God lifts you up, you know for sure that it will not be a ‘set up’.  The path of humility is true security as God gives more and more grace to His humble servants.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus humbled Himself to lift me up.  I humble myself to lift up others.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 25-26; Luke 12:32-59


Relationship with God

April 13

“This, then is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.’” Matthew 6: 9.

God is a covenant God and His plan for us is based on relationship.  Christianity is a religion that is based on relationship with God and God’s family.

1) God is our Savior.  Jesus Christ is our Savior.  As our Savior Jesus becomes our God who forgives us of all our sins, show us mercy when we fail, help us when we are weak, and keep us in right relationship with God. “Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”  Luke 1:46-47.

2) God is our Father.  Jesus told us to call God our Heavenly Father.  God is personable, approachable, and loveable.  We respect Him, honor Him, and glorify Him.  As our Heavenly Father, He is committed to our provision, protection, and preservation.  We have a loving Father who loves each of us personally, knows each of us by name, and provides for our daily needs.

3) God is our Holy Spirit. This amplified version of the Bible describes the Holy Spirit as, “The Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name (in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf), He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.” John 14:26

Jesus told us to pray to the Father and address Him as your Heavenly Father.  God is our King and Lord, yet when we call Him Father, we know that we are appealing to His tender mercy and unconditional love.  Today rest in your Heavenly Father’s love and bless His holy name.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

My God Almighty is my Heavenly Father, Savior, and Holy Spirit my Source of strength and power.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 22-24; Luke 12:1-31


Choose your God

April 12

“If serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15.

The power of choice is one of your greatest asset.  Joshua told the Israelites to make two important choices:

1) Choose your God.  You can choose Jesus Christ as your Savior or live by default for evil power control of your life. The bible describes two controlling power of every person – God or the Devil.  Those who believe in the LORD Jesus Christ have chosen Him as their Savior, Owner, and His Kingdom of Heaven as their eternal home.  Those who ignore Him, despise Him or reject Him has also chosen their eternal future without God.  “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.

2) Choose your family shall serve God.  Create a culture of godliness in your family.  A family that prays together stays together.  Because family is made up of imperfect people, a commitment to God helps to preserve the commitment to each other.  A reporter asked an expatriate worker in the Middle East: “What motivate you to endure all the hardships, discriminations, injustices, and loneliness?”  The expatriate answered, “The thought that I’m doing all these for my family!”

God did more than that for His family that includes you.  He made an important choice and He died to give you life; He suffered to give you peace; and He lives to give you eternal life with Him forever.

God chose you, now you can make the choice to choose Him. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.”  Acts 16:31. Your choice to today could affect your families for generations.

Pray this simple prayer: “Dear Jesus, I believe in you.  I thank you Jesus for dying on the cross to save my family and I.  Forgive me for all my imperfections and sins.  I receive you as my personal Savior and Lord.  Amen.”  Begin to read the Bible and ask Him to lead you to a Church where you can grow strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

I choose Jesus Christ as my Savior, Lord, and Eternal King.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 19-21; Luke 11:29-54


The Passionate Love of Jesus

April 11

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:4

We reflect on a tragic Friday over 2000 years ago, when an innocent man called Jesus was brutally beaten, tortured, and crucified.  Jesus passionately allowed it because of a greater purpose that includes you.  Jesus loves you. The word passion means suffering, compelling, and intense feeling or emotion, a pursuit to which one is devoted; the last suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

Every bad experience of Jesus was deliberately allowed with you in mind:

  • His torture was for torment.
  • His judgment was for every time you are unfairly judged.
  • His betrayal was for grace when you are betrayed.
  • His desertion by His disciples was for when people you need are not there.
  • He was despised for victims of racism, prejudice, poverty, slavery.
  • His blood was shed for your sins.
  • His wounds were for your sickness.
  • His punishment was for your peace.
  • His death was to destroy the power of death.

The cross without the resurrection would have meant victory for Satan but the cross was only a journey with great purpose. Because He lives, we too shall live.  There is victory beyond every battle you face and hope beyond all your fears.  It was a Good Friday when Jesus in one blow on the cross conquered death, Satan, and the grave.  Hallelujah!

 

Kingdom Declaration:

The cross of Jesus is my weapon to destroy all evil.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 17-18; Luke 11:1-28