Monthly Archives: May 2018


Waiting is never easy

May 31

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  Psalm 27:14.

Waiting is never easy, yet it is an important season in all living and growing organism, organization, and entity.  The Bible promises, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4.

The purpose of waiting on God:

1) God’s answer is best.  God’s ways are higher and greater than we can ask or imagine.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9.  Waiting can be frustrating but impatience can result in regrettable experiences. Trust in God’s timing.

2) We grow in maturity. Pregnancy is a waiting time but it is the development of a healthy baby.  The timing is very important and could determine the lifespan of the child. Wait on the LORD.

3) Our faith is tried and developed. Waiting proves our faith in God. It allows us to trust in His timing and submit to His authority as Sovereign Ruler who is never too early or late.

4) We receive the best.  When we wait on the Lord we receive the best in the best time and for the best purpose.

Jesus had to wait patiently for the timing of His ministry, growing day by day in wisdom, stature, in favor with God and with people.  “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52.  At 30 years old the fullness of His time came. He was anointed by His heavenly Father and presented to the world as Jesus, the Beloved Son of God, and Savior of the world’.  Wait patiently on the Lord.

Kingdom Declaration:

I will wait on the Lord and be renewed in strength for my best in God’s best timing.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 13-14; John 12:1-26.


Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ

May 30

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.”  Acts 16:31.

Salvation is a free gift that is given to all who are willing to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.  Because salvation is a simple process we can doubt its power.  Because it is a free gift we can undermine its value.

Salvation comes by:

1) Faith.  Activate your faith to believe in a greater power than yourself.  God is the Author of life.  He is called Alpha and Omega because He begins and ends life.  He alone can create life.  Great scientists and wealthy billionaires cannot extend their lives when it is time for them to die.  God is greater than money and all earthly powers.  Believe in God.  Believe that He exists and that He is seeking relationship with you.

2) Be specific.  The promise comes with a condition.  If you believe in the Lord Jesus you will be saved.  Be specific about the God you will choose as your Author and Finisher of your life.  Choose Jesus Christ, the One who died for all the sins of the world; the One who conquered death and the grave; the One who lives forever as proven by history and archaeologists; and the One who has given you His Word: “By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.” 1 Corinthians 6:14.

3) Household salvation.  The word household includes you, your family, your dreams, and resources and all that concerns you.  When you believe in Jesus Christ, He immediately releases grace towards your family and all areas of your life.  In Him you have eternal life.

Pray today and receive the gift of salvation: “Lord Jesus, I believe in you.  I thank you for dying on the cross for my mistakes, failures, and sins.  I ask you to forgive me. Please come into my life and give me your spiritual and eternal life. By faith I believe in you and thank you for your gift of salvation.  In Jesus’ Name, amen”.  If you prayed this prayer by faith, you are now saved and assured of spiritual and eternal life.  Go forward in confidence in Christ and create and rule your world of peace, power, prosperity, and eternal security.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ is my Savior King.  In His Kingdom I am safe and secure.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 10-12; John 11:30-57


Two kinds of faith

May 29

“The righteous will live by faith.”  Romans 1:17.

Faith is the lifestyle of a believer in God.  By faith we take the promises of God and make them ours.  By faith we resist the devil until he flees.  By faith we know that all circumstances in our lives, regardless of how difficult they might be, will work together for our good because our God is in control.  It is said that “Faith is dead to doubt, dumb to discouragement, blind to impossibilities, and knows nothing but success in God.”

There are two kinds of faith:

1)  Human faith.  Every person has human faith.  Children are born with faith and without fear.  A child has faith in parents, teachers, family, and special friends. With human faith we believe what we know by our senses – what we see, hear, taste, smell, and feel.  We sit on a chair by faith without checking its strength; we fly in a plane by faith without understanding how it works; we make plans for tomorrow and for five years by faith.  Everyone has human faith.  Human faith keeps the world in operation and function, and helps human beings to continue their journey of life.

2)  Supernatural faith.  This is a gift of faith given by God to those who believe in Him.  Because everyone has inherent faith, they have the ability to put their faith in God and to receive the faith of God. “To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.” 2 Peter 1:1.  God’s faith in us has overcoming power: “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4.

Faith is important in your relationship with God: “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.  If you have faith to put your life in the hands of a pilot that you do not know, you can put your faith in God with His great reputation of saving, keeping, and blessing those who put their faith in Him.  Have faith in God can make all things possible for you.

Kingdom Declaration:

My faith in God makes me secure today and confident in my eternal future.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 7-9; John 11:1-29


God’s Word is powerful

May 28

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”  Proverbs 30:5.

In trying to describe the Bible, Henry Van Dyke said, “It has a word of peace for the time of peril, a word of comfort for the time of calamity, a word of light for the hour of darkness. Its oracles are repeated in the assembly of the people, and its counsels whispered in the ear of the lonely. The wicked and the proud tremble at its warnings, but to the wounded and penitent it has a mother’s voice.”

The Bible is not just a book of quotations and history, but it is the voice of God to you, His precious child.  As you read His Word every day you will grow in a stronger relationship with God and His Word will become a lamp to your feet and a light for your path.  His Word to you is healing, hope, inspiration, comfort, wisdom, and peace.  “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5.

The Bible describes its power to change lives: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the LORD are right,

giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.” Psalm 19:7-8. This declares that the word of God is perfect, heals the heart, can be trusted, teaches wisdom, brings joy, and dispels fear.

God’s word is powerful.  It is fuel for the soul and medicine for your heart. God’s word is living, powerful, and divine.  Go forth in its strength today.  “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.” Isaiah 41:10.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

The word of God is strength and fuel for my soul.  I live by God’s word and prosper.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 4-6; John 10:24-42


You are God’s Great Creation

May 27 – You are God’s Great Creation

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?”  Psalm 8:3,4.

David spent over fifteen years in exile running from cave to cave and valley to valley, sometimes alone with only the night sky as his companion.  After spending years alone in a natural environment, experiencing the changes of time and seasons, he became overwhelmed with the magnificence of God’s creation and the universe.  He looked at the sky from a limited perspective, with the naked eye, and yet he saw the glory of God displayed.

Abraham Lincoln said, “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” With powerful telescopes scientists and home hobbyists are able to observe the cosmos and discover more and more about the greatness of the universe.  The more we know is the more that we discover what we do not know.

With all the greatness of God’s creation, YOU are His greatest.  He made you in His image and likeness and to represent Him on earth. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:27-28.

You were created in love and with purpose to bring glory to God on earth and His ask of you is to: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.  God wants His glory to be seen in and through you. CHAYIL Glory is the power and glory of the LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants. You are God’s great creation and His vessel of glory.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God to display His manifested glory on earth.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 1-3; John 10:1-23


Vessels of Mercy

May 24

“He answered:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  Luke 10:27.

The parable of the Good Samaritan is the story of a man who was beaten by robbers, stripped, and left for dead.  A priest, a Levite (religious person) passed him by and did not help.  Then a Samaritan (a victim of prejudice and from a shunned class of society) stopped and helped the desperate dying man.  Sometimes we can be so religiously busy that we forget the important things like compassion, kindness, and love. He was a  vessel of mercy.

Recently a boy, eight years of age, was beaten to death by his mother.  The neighbors were seen sobbing on the television news, for they had seen signs of abuse for years but no one wanted to get involved.  It is always a risk to get involved with issues but somewhere between caution and indifference; fear and self-preservation; there must be guts to love enough to care and care enough to help. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself”.  It is risky to get involved and sometimes costly but the world still needs vessels of mercy.

God encourages us: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36.  Remember that God is forever merciful to you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am a vessel of God’s love and mercy of God.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59


Encourage Yourself

May 23

“And the people, that is, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and again formed the battle line at the place where they had put themselves in array on the first day.” Judges 20:22.

There are times when you will have only one encourager – YOU.  Here the men of Israel had to encourage themselves after two disappointing battles.  They had gone into battle with self-confidence and self-righteousness and suffered severe loss.  They examined their approach, attitude towards God, and in humility they sought His favor. This time God responded: “Go, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands.” Judges 20:28. They battled again and won.  Without encouragement it’s hard to continue in a fight after severe loss.

The bible contains many examples of people and nations that suffered severe loss and eventually recovered all.  In some cases they gained more than they had before their crisis.  They all had to fight a common enemy – discouragement.  David after a severe loss (his family, resources, tents, workers, friend), was greatly distressed.  He cried, prayed, and cried some more as the enemy of discouragement tried to swallow him in a pit of despair:  “David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6.

There are times when you have no one but YOU to encourage YOU; times when the situations and events don’t offer much encouragement.  These are usually the time when you need encouragement and that’s when you have to encourage yourself.  You have the power to encourage yourself.  You have the ability to think, say, and do for yourself what you need.  God is only a prayer away and David proved that when God comes into your circumstances, He is usually enough.  Change comes.  You can be your encourager in your world.  God’s word to you: “For I am with you to rescue and save you,” declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 15:20.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord is with me forever. I am safe and secure.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 19-21; John 8:1-27


You are born with Purpose

May 22

“We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”  2 Thessalonians 1:11.

You are born with purpose.  You are a solution to challenges and an answer for your generation.  We sometimes find our calling a mystery, but it is not.  Our calling is a journey that is answered each day as we listen and walk in obedience.  Our calling is a day by day attitude of faithfulness.  As you continue to be faithful in what you are doing daily, you will grow in authority and your excellence will pave the journey of your calling.

If you listen you will hear your calling, calling you:

1) Be quiet enough to hear it.

2) Be wise enough to prepare for it.

3) Be strong enough to work for it.

4) Be brave enough to speak it.

5) Be honest enough to live it.

6) Be bold enough to defend it.

7) Be humble enough to keep praying it through.

Today by faith, act out God’s love and fulfill every good purpose as God provides you the opportunity.  Help somebody, love somebody, encourage somebody, and listen as God help you to create a new world of significance in making our world a better place.

Kingdom Declaration:

God has blessed me to be a blessing to others.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 16-18; John 7:28-53


Focus on what you have

May 20

“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them.  “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.  I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.  Why call me Naomi?  The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”  Ruth 1:20,21.

Trials can either make us bitter or better. They can be viewed as learning experiences that enhances growth, knowledge and therefore maturity; or they can create permanent damage to the heart; arrest growth, and limit future opportunities.

A Pastor shared that while he was away on a speaking engagement his daughter who was a great athlete met in a tragic accident, and lost one of her leg.  When he flew home and visited her in the hospital and said to her, “How are you?”  She said, “Dad you have always taught me not to dwell on that which I have lost but to be thankful for what I have remaining!”  She was grateful for her one remaining leg.

The Bible encourages us to praise the Lord at all times, not just in the good times but even in the bad times.  When we go through trials, praises become a cloak of protection; a net of safety; a wall of protection; and a tower of strength.  Praise protects our hearts from bitterness and keeps our souls alive for creativity, power and solutions.  Bitterness on the other hand causes barrenness to the soul; disease to the human spirit; and damage to the human body.

Our Choice: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 NKJV) “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30.

Kingdom Declaration:

I remain Thankful for my life, love, and lasting legacy.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 10-12; John 6: 45-71


Practice a Positive Attitude

May 19

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.”  Philippians 2:14-16.

God wants you to shine like a star in a dark world.  Sometimes darkness finds us in the work place, at school, at home, at a hospital.  We have to make a choice to protect our hearts from the darkness of our environment.  We cannot always change our circumstances when we want to but we can guard our hearts.

Tips on guarding your heart:

1)  Have faith in God and in yourself. Bad news is an opportunity to prove the power of God.  Miracles are still possible.  God will receive glory from your negative circumstances.

2)  Practice a positive attitude. Refuse to be moved into an attitude of murmuring, grumbling, and complaining.

3)  Keep God on the throne of your heart.  Do not allow circumstances to rule your heart.  God will preserve you as He did before for His faithful believers.

4)  Share your news only with trusted, positive friends who are solutionists.  They will encourage and motivate you into positive actions.  You don’t need mourners with you in bad times but creators.

5)  Rule your world as you create and control your atmospheres.

6)  Be thankful.  Bad news is not the end result but just information for you to make changes to create a different result.  Thank God for exposing an area for growth, changes, and new opportunities.

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God that He is in control of my life.  I am not vulnerable.  I am protected.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44