Monthly Archives: December 2018

The Breath of Life

December 21

“And the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became living being.” (Gen. 2:7).

Adam was fully formed yet without life. He was immobile and unproductive because he was missing the main ingredient of life – the breath of God. God breathed into Adam the breath of life and he became a living being. He became productive: he worked the garden, named the animals, and was given authority and responsibility because he had the life of God in him.

A man called Nicodemus, a powerful leader in his city, came to Jesus at night in search of truth. He had heard the great teachings of Jesus and saw the mighty miracles that He performed. He had never seen a man so great, not even the Rabbis or military rulers were as powerful as this man Jesus. Nicodemus came to Jesus and asked: “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him. In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:2,3).

The term “born again” baffled the great leader and Jesus explained: “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” (John 3:6). Like Adam at creation, we too need the breath of life, the Spirit of God to come and infuse in us for eternal life. This process of ‘being saved’ or being ‘born again’ simply describes our invitation to Jesus to come and save us and release His Holy Spirit of eternal life in us. We live now and forever with Jesus Christ.

Kingdom Dynamics:

Christ in me is the hope of Glory and the breath of my eternal life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Micah 4,5; Revelation 12

The grace of King David

December 20

“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” (2 Chron. 34:1,2).

Josiah’s biological father was an evil King. After his death the little boy of eight years old inherited the throne and made some choices that developed his character and great destiny.

1) He chose David as his mentor and role model.
2) He chose to embrace and believe for the grace and glory that manifested in King David.
3) He chose to live by the principles of King David.

This wise boy could not alter his physical DNA but he could embrace the Divine Nature of God he saw in King David who served God as His Shepherd and became a great king and shepherd of the people he served. David was a servant of God and a servant of his people. He was a great king. The God who fathered David would now father little King Josiah.

God is always waiting to Father those who believe in Him. Jesus Christ named Himself: “The Root and Offspring of David”, (Rev. 22:16). Today, like King Josiah, you too can be fathered by the God of David as you chose to grow like Jesus in the CHAYIL Pillars of worship, wisdom, power, honor, favor, wealth and influence. “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52. So can you.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I will walk in the manifested grace of CHAYIL, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Micah 1-3; Revelation 11

God remains our Comfort

December 19

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” (Is. 30:18).

In times of trial God remains our comfort and His word remains our foundation. Our faith is built on a solid rock that is not determined by earth’s predictions, global issues, or family trials. “On Christ the solid rock we stand and all other ground is sinking sand.”

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8). His promises are forever sure and secure:
1) He is gracious to you. You have found favor with God. He is with you and preserving you. He is your strength when you feel weak; your hope when you feel fear; your peace in a storm.
2) He shows you compassion. God’s mercy is new every morning. His thoughts are loving and merciful towards you. Even when you fail He pleads His blood for your forgiveness.
3) He is a just God. He sees and knows the circumstance that you face and will give you victory over all your enemies. He is greater than all your mountains and more powerful than all your storms.
4) Blessed are those who wait on the Lord. God is never late. God is always on time. Your miracle is on its way. Though there is a delay, there is no denial. Wait patiently for the Lord your King.

Kingdom Dynamics:

The Lord is my Comfort and my Security.

Read the Bible in One Year: Jonah 1-4; Revelation 10

Live today in eternity

December 18

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:20,21).

Death is never a favorite topic even though it is inevitable. The Bible is open about the seasons of life:
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” (Eccl. 3:1-2).

Paul had a healthy and strategic positioning about death. His death would work towards his benefit. He had no fear about death for he was convinced of his eternal life in Christ and lived a purpose-driven life on Earth. Every moment of Paul’s life was spent in active service of his King. Jesus was the centre of his life, the source of his life, and the Author and Finisher of his life. Paul’s timing was already decided by God and he acquiesced with peace and joy.

What a wonderful peace to know that our times are in the hands of our Savior and King. A Sunday school teacher was teaching on heaven and she described its beauty with streets of gold and all the angels worshipping God. She concluded by saying to the children, “Raise your hand if you want to go to heaven.” Every hand shot up immediately except one child. When he was asked why he didn’t raise his hand his reply was, “Mom just baked an apple pie for dinner.”

While we enjoy life on Earth, we should also plan for our eternal destination. Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, safe and secure as your times are in His hands and heaven becomes your destination to live with Him forever.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I have eternal life and I live in the security of my future in God’s hands.

Read the Bible in One Year: Obadiah; Revelation 9

Soar to your highest

December 17

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sins that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Heb. 12:1).

When you watch people fly in an air balloon it seems so peaceful and effortless. But for the balloon to be stabilized on the ground it is held down by the weight of sandbags on all four sides of the gondola. When you climb in to begin your ascent, the sand is released until the huge balloon slowly lifts off the ground. The craft ascends higher as more and more sand is released.

We are encouraged to throw off everything that hinders us in pursuit of success. The weight of sin, distractions, and wrong relationships can keep us from soaring into our destiny. Bitterness, anger, fear, procrastination, bad attitudes are only some of the weights that can keep us down. When our spirits are down it affects our countenance, attitude, and decision- making process. A sinful lifestyle leads to a wilderness lifestyle without prolonged happiness.

Today, see if there is any ‘weight’ in your soul that you must get rid of. Sometimes to set yourself free, you must first set others free and then you will begin to soar. Today, let go and let God take you higher as you soar with Him into your new possibilities.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I soar in the safety of my King to my greatest for His glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Amos 7-9; Revelation 8

Sons and daughters of God

December 16

“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” (Gal. 4:4,5).

To care for a foster child is a compassionate and unselfish undertaking which carries with it many risks. Children that are placed in the custody of the State usually come from a dysfunctional background of parents that are unfit to care for them. When the State renders parents unfit it is usually because of abuse of some kind or neglect and therefore foster children can have emotional and relational problems.

It is one thing to be a foster parent (temporary) but it is another thing to adopt a child (permanently). An adoption means that the child becomes family and joint-heirs to the family name and assets. God did not only offer us care and compassion, but He gave us the full rights of sons and daughters. “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will but born of God.” (John 1:12,13).

He did this knowing that we are imperfect and from an imperfect background. He knows that we will fail Him and fail others, yet He takes the risk to love us anyway and calls us His children. What a privilege to be adopted into the family of God. As His child you have the right to His Name, you are a joint-heir with Jesus, and you have a delightful inheritance not only on Earth but also in heaven. Everything that God owns He shares with you. You have a loving Father and King who loves you.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I am a member of the royal family of God forever.

Read the Bible in One Year: Amos 4-6; Revelation 7

The Atmosphere for Manifested Glory

December 15

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” (Acts 16:25).

Paul and Silas were imprisoned unjustly because they delivered a girl who was demonized and tormented. The business men and political leaders were in cahoots in their illegal operations and plotted to destroy them because with this girl set free, they were missing their slave and their business would suffer. Paul and Silas were severely beaten, thrown in prison, and shackles placed on their feet.

While in prison, however, they sang, praised God, and created the atmosphere for manifested glory in the prison, “Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.” (Acts 16:26). Their attitude of praise and reaction of faith even in their unjust and cruel circumstance spoke volumes to the jailers and other prisoners who were with them. They were not only professing Christians but they were also practicing Christians.

The power of “choice” is a powerful gift that we can choose to activate as we create and rule our world. Let us choose not to be ruled by people or circumstances but by the grace and power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Wherever we are God is. What ever we go through God remains in control. Praise God and create an Atmosphere of His Glory for divine intervention and powerful miracles.

Kingdom Dynamics:

May the grace and love of Jesus Christ flows in and through me today.

Read the Bible in One Year: Amos 1-3; Revelation 6

Sons and daughters of God

The Power of Forgiveness

December 14

“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”  (Luke 23:34.)

Jesus at the time of His death demonstrated His absolute power to forgive.  Amid ridicule, torture, rebellion, curses, sorrow, and injustice, He had only words of forgiveness for the people.  On the cross in agony He watched the people that He fed, healed, and helped only days before, shouting, “Crucify him”. The battle for His soul was greater than His physical torment.  Temptations of bitterness, anger, revenge, hate, and curses could have invaded His heart but He chose to suffer it all and forgive.  For God so loved the world that He chose to die for people and to forgive then and now.

I read of the hijackers who terrorized the passengers aboard an Indian Airlines jet for eight days.  Then on December 31, 1999, the gunmen issued a final demand before releasing their hostages.  “Sorry, but everyone has to say that I am forgiven,” said the hijacker code-named “Burger.”  When the passengers stared back at him in disbelief, he ordered them to say, “I forgive you.”  After hearing the words, the hijackers disappeared into the desert.

Unbelievable as it might seem, Jesus is still willing to forgive you for every sin or mistake that you might have committed, even the ones against Him.  God’s power of forgiveness cancels every power of the enemy in your life.  Today receive His forgiveness and His love again even as you forgive and love others also.  Hear Him say to you today: “I forgive you.”

Kingdom Dynamics:

I live in the security of God’s forgiveness for myself and for others.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joel 1-3; Revelation 5

The Power of His Word

December 13

“Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my Life.” (Ps. 119:49,50).

Many people have had their lives changed by one word from God. For the disciples it was: “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” They left their businesses and went into full service for the cause of Jesus. Missionary and pioneer William Carey introduced the gospel to India after being touched by the words of Isaiah, “Enlarge the place of your tent.” Ten lepers were healed after they believed and acted upon the words of Jesus, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” It was as they went in obedience to His Word that they were healed.

Martin Luther was greatly influenced by the verse, “The just shall live by faith.” He started a revolution that released Christians from the burden of being saved by their own righteousness, works, and goodness. He taught them what He believed in, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8).

Believe and be encouraged by God’s word to you, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.” (Is. 54:17), NKJV. Be ‘saved’ by the grace of Jesus Christ and be ‘safe’ in the power of His protection and grace for you.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I am saved and safe in the Love and Power of Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Hosea 12-14; Revelation 4

You will sparkle in God’s Kingdom

December 12

“The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.” (Zech. 9:16-17).

This prophecy was fulfilled for us through Jesus Christ, our Messiah King. It was said of Mary: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21).

Notice the blessings of the saving grace of Jesus Christ:
1) You become a member of His ‘flock’, referring to Jesus as the Good Shepherd that will care and provide for His sheep.
2) You will sparkle in His Kingdom by the radiance of His glory. Jesus the “Light of the World” has made you the light of this world.
3) You will be attractive and beautiful as His grace and glory makes you hope to the hopeless; help to the helpless, and salvation to those in need of His grace.
4) You will grow and thrive – as you study His Word and live by His Word you will grow in inner strength and wisdom.
5) You will be refreshed “as with new wine” for the joy of the Lord shall be your strength.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and power of His love be with you always.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I live, walk and prosper by the grace and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Hosea 9-11; Revelation 3