Monthly Archives: January 2019

Lead us not into temptation

January 11

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13.

It is good for us to create a support and accountability structure in our life for preservation in times of weakness, temptation, discouragement, or distress. We see four young Hebrew boys (Daniel,
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) who were living as slaves in Babylon with constant intimidation and peer pressure to conform to the Babylonian religious and cultural practises. To preserve themselves they formed a CHAYIL Power Group of four, to intentionally share, pray, encourage and be accountable to each other.

A CHAYIL Power Group (like a cell group), is a group of people who intentionally come together to engage the power of God to grow like Jesus to manifest His Glory as His servants. The benefits of being in a CHAYIL Power Group is:
1) Building a Spiritual Altar for agreement and greater authority.
2) Collective wisdom from the group with ideas, peer coaching, and protection.
3) Your significance is discovered, validated and celebrated.
4) Accountability.
5) Intentional growth in seven CHAYIL Pillars as our core values to be like Jesus in worship, wisdom, power, honor, favor, wealth and influence. (Luke 2:52).
6) Support from a committed group.
7) Fellowship and care.

The Bible states, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverb 11:14). Jesus had a CHAYIL Power Group of four (Jesus, Peter, James, and John). In times of trials, temptations, and working His greatest miracles He took Peter, James and John (His closest disciples) with Him. His wisdom paid off. After His ascension to His Father, Peter evangelized the gentiles, James became the Head of His Church, John, not only looked after His mother Mary, but He also wrote books of the Bible – 1, 2, 3 John and Revelation.

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank for the gift of a great team of Intercessors who are praying and supporting me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 27-28; Matthew 8:18-36

The Power to Forgive

January 10

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12.

To be forgiven is powerful freedom and to forgive others is a powerful choice. Jesus linked receiving and giving forgiveness. God wants us to be both FORGIVEN (by Him) and to be FORGIVING (us to others).
As we experience relationships and circumstances at all levels, we are aware of imperfections and the need to continually receive and give forgiveness. We disappoint others and are disappointed by them. To forgive, therefore, must be a way of life for our sake.

Jesus leads us in the power to rule our hearts by the power of choice. He led us by His example. In the journey to the cross, He heard the curses thrown at Him by the crowd; the scorn from the people He had healed; the jeers from the people He had fed; the slander of the people He would die for; the rejection and abandonment from His beloved disciples. The debt was piling up. His hurt was real. The deep pain in His heart was greater than the pain in His tortured body. The battle was fierce – emotional and spiritual. Demons jeered and waited for His choice – to save or to condemn, to love or to hate. The angels waited and listened as the people cursed Him.

He stood on the cross with criminals: “When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left. BUT Jesus with awesome power, chose to forgive and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” Luke 23:33-34.

This was the greatest display of power; a power that now makes us powerful to choose to forgive others as our Savior forgives us daily. “Freely you have received, freely give,” (Matthew 10:8) for your sake, for the sake of others and for His sake.

Kingdom Declaration:

I have the power of Jesus Christ and I choose to forgive others even as in mercy He has forgiven me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 25-26; Matthew 8:1-17

Forgive us our debts

January 9

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12.

It is interesting that God calls our mistakes, sins, offences, and imperfections, ‘debts’. A debt is something that is owed and must be repaid; a liability; an offense that must be rectified.
Forgiveness of debt brings freedom, relief, and peace.

The Bible talks about the debt and consequences of sin, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23. God warned Adam and Eve to rule the world that He created for them, a paradise. He made them in His image and likeness with power, dominion, and choice. He told them to stay away from evil and warned them of its consequences: “And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17. They disobeyed and died spiritually with a contaminated soul that would reproduce forever, imperfect children. Every imperfect person needs forgiveness of sins.

The good news is that God as our Loving Creator made provision for our ‘debt’ by sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross to satisfy the punishment and payment for the debt of sins of the world. A song says: “He paid a debt He did not owe; I owed a debt, I could not pay; I needed someone to wash my sins away; and now I sing a brand new song, Amazing Grace; Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.” The heavy price for the enormous debt offences, sins, and shame of every person born from Adam to now and to eternity was paid by Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

Believe in Jesus Christ and be saved and freed from the debt of all your failures, offences, and sins. This is the ultimate freedom that can only come from Jesus Christ who loves and saved our world.

Kingdom Declaration:

Thank you, Jesus, for forgiveness and freedom that brings joy in my soul, and peace in my heart.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 23-24; Matthew 7

Give us our daily bread

January 8

“Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11.

Jesus coached the disciples to pray for ‘daily’ bread. This means you are to have daily dependence on God for His strength, protection, provision, help, favor and new opportunities. God wants you to approach Him daily for worship, fresh cleansing, forgiveness, and communion. Daily He is willing to hear your desires, requests, and give you guidance and confidence that He is with you always.

People who are destitute and are forced to live day by day without knowing where the next meal will come from, find it is easier to live in daily dependence on God. God made us all with needs so that we would have to look to Him for continuous supply. The rich needs love and security, the poor needs daily provision, atheist needs freedom from fear, the talented needs freedom from insecurity, the proud needs freedom from deception. People need the LORD, daily.

Provision from your Heavenly Father is unlimited. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. God’s source of provision is an unlimited supply of glorious riches, a bank of unlimited wealth, a reservoir of unlimited grace and love, a pool of unlimited favor, and a universe of unlimited discoveries.

Today, receive fresh power, grace and strength to create and rule your world with confidence knowing that provision is on its way because you asked, believed, and received. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24.

Kingdom Declaration:

My God shall supply all my needs according to His glorious, unlimited riches in heaven.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 20-22; Matthew 6:19-34

Your Kingdom come

January 7

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'” Matthew 6:9-10.

The Kingdom of God is the rule of God in heaven and on earth in lives, societies, territories, and realms. God is the King in His Kingdom. In His Kingdom are His holy angels, His royal human family, His universe and planets. Earthly kingdoms rise and fall but God’s Kingdom is eternal and will prevail over all other kingdoms.

When we pray ‘Your Kingdom come’ we are asking Jesus to infuse our world with His manifested power and great glory (CHAYIL Glory) in the earth. It is a prayer of power and aggression against the kingdom of darkness. “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” Matthew 11:12.

The message of God’s Kingdom is good news, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” Matthew 9:35. The mission of God’s Kingdom is to eradicate evil, sickness, poverty, violence, corruption, and suffering humanity. God will do this through His committed servants. CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of the LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants.

Our King has given us His power, authority, and glory to bring Him glory on earth by sharing and showing the good news of His Kingdom. We are God’s Kingdom enforcers on earth who will advance His Kingdom by serving in His mission to infuse the earth with His Glory. “And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Is. 40:5). We will pray, serve, and declare together: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Kingdom Declaration:

God’s Kingdom shall infuse all the kingdoms of our world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6:1-18

Hallowed be your Name

January 6

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name.” Matthew 6:9.

The word ‘Hallowed’ means to regard as holy, or to worship. With the intention to be like Jesus to represent Him in our world, there are seven CHAYIL Pillars (worship, wisdom, power, honor, favor, wealth, and influence) describing our focused values in life. Our Heavenly Father was intentional about the growth of His Son, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52. Worship is our first CHAYIL Pillar as worshiping Jesus is our priority in life and taught by Jesus to be the first aspect of our prayer.

Worship is:
1) Focus. You turn your thoughts from yourself, problems, needs, and others and in the realm of the spirit, you focus on God. You imagine God in heaven seated on His throne, surrounded by His holy angels in an atmosphere of worship and adoration. You join in the worship of heaven with your own praise and declarations of the awesomeness of God. In that moment, God hears your voice and your heart as if you are the only one in His presence. You are focused on God and He is focused on you.
2) Awareness. Acknowledge your omnipresent God, who is not only in heaven but also in your heart. Be aware of Christ in you, your hope of glory. Your heart is His secret place and He is in the secret place of your heart.
3) Renewal. In God’s presence, your mind will be renewed to think right and speak right for right actions. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2. In worship, God will cleanse your thoughts, heal your mind and empower your heart for greater achievements.
4) Connection. As you worship in God’s presence, your heart becomes connected to your Source of Glory for you to receive His glory. Jesus worshiped, “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” John 17:5. Jesus received fresh glory from His Father.

Worship can also be described as reverence, adoration, devotion, honor, exaltation, and respect for God. God seeks for worship, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23. If God is seeking for worship, our response in love is to satisfy His desire, so that He can satisfy ours.

Kingdom Declaration:

I will worship the LORD in the beauty of His Holiness and ascribe to Him the glory due His Name.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 16-17; Matthew 5:27-48

Our Father in heaven

January 5

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name.” Matthew 6:9.

After being with Jesus and observing His power and great glory in miracles; healings; superb wisdom in challenging times; love for people regardless of their sickness or poverty; tremendous leadership skill; and His humanity with grace, the disciples concluded that it was linked to His prayer life. They asked Him, “Lord teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1.

Jesus gave them a prayer template as a guide for praying. First, He told them to address God as ‘Father’. This was an unusual privilege as up to that time, the Jews so revered the name of God that they felt that it was disrespectful to even say His Name. Now Jesus was leading His disciples to experience greater intimacy and a greater relationship with God as their Heavenly Daddy and Dearest Father.

This concept of a loving Heavenly Father is the source of healing to all people and nations. A father’s love is a force that brings stability and security to children. This is not always the experience of children with biological fathers, but we can experience the eternal love of our Heavenly Father – a Father who will never leave nor forsake us.

In a testimony of Everett Fullan, a missionary to a remote tribe in Nigeria, he shared of his great experience of the love of God. He said, “Behind this universe stands one God, not a great number of warring spirits, as we had always believed, but one God. AND THAT GOD LOVES ME!” Yes, AND THAT GOD LOVES YOU! His love will be perfected in you as you relate to Him as your Heavenly Father.

We are grateful to Jesus Christ for His great gift of our salvation and for the great privilege of having the love of His Father as our Heavenly Father. Paul wrote: “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. With God as our Heavenly Father, we can be secure in His love; confident in His power and peaceful in His protection.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Creator, God of the Universe is my Heavenly Father, Provider and King.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 13-15; Matthew 5:1-26

Praying like Jesus

January 4

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1.

As we begin a New Year of purpose and pursuit of God’s manifested glory in and through us, let us be coached by Jesus on how to pray intentionally and strategically to please our Heavenly Father, and to rule in both natural and spiritual kingdoms.

Prayer includes:
1) Worship. In worship we exalt God for who He is, what He can do, and what He will do for those who believe in Him. Worshipping God will put you in your right mind to see Him greater than your problems. It will remind you that God is Almighty and King of Glory. As you worship your faith grows and problems become only seeds for victory and the Glory of God. “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.” Psalm 29:2.
2) Communion. Sharing, listening, learning, crying, venting, asking, and loving in the presence of God. God is real and you can be real with Him. “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14.
3) Praying for others. God loves you, your family, friends, and peers. God loves the world. When you pray for others, you give God the opportunity to bless them because you asked.
4) Thanksgiving. Faith is an important aspect of prayer. When you pray, pray with expectation for answered prayers. Believe, receive and end with thanksgiving.

A.J. Gordon says: “You can do more than pray after you have prayed; but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed.” As we believe for God’s manifested Glory in our lives, family and all that is important to us, we will learn from Jesus how to pray for the next few days as we study, ‘Praying like Jesus’.

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for the privilege of access to His awesome presence anytime and anywhere.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 10-1

Do not be afraid

January 3

“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” Luke 1:30-31.

We are in an age of God’s Manifested Glory in our world. We hear on the news and see all around increased acts of violence, terrorism, poverty, and people’s hearts infused with fear. God is Savior of our world and as He does throughout the ages, when the evil reaches a tipping point in the world, He comes down and glorify willing servants to show forth His Glory. God’s CHAYIL (powerful) Glory will topple the evil in our world with the force of His Glory manifesting as peace to topple violence, love to topple hate, goodness to topple poverty, wisdom to topple deception, faith to topple fear, and truth to topple deception. “For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2.

Mary, after being told that she would be the mother of Jesus, her Messiah, by a miraculous immaculate conception, was afraid.
• She feared that evil would come against her through religious people, satanic forces, family. She felt she had no protection. Her word of comfort, “Do not be afraid, God is with you.” (Isaiah 43:5).
• She feared for her security without Joseph. Her word of comfort, “The LORD is your shepherd and provider” (Psalm 23:1).
• She feared for her life, she could be stoned to death. Her word of comfort, “God is your hiding place”. (Psalm 32:7).
• She feared the people. Her word of comfort, “The LORD will keep you safe and protect you from such people forever.” (Psalm 12:7).
• She feared she was just a teenager. Her word of comfort, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Psalm 37:25.

Mary is blessed among women because she did not give into her fear. Her faith in God became stronger that her fear and she grew stronger and stronger amid her challenges. Today, do not fear. God is greater than evil. Instead of expecting evil, expect His Glory to rise upon you. CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of our LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants. This is your year to shine with God’s Glory in you, upon you, and flowing through you.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my light, Salvation and Stronghold of my heart.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 7-9; Matthew 3

Our core values

January 2

“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Ps. 16:11).

Core values are personal beliefs and values by which we form the foundation of our life’s choices, behavior, and work. Your core values will determine how you live, work, play, and with whom. You should think, create, and decide upon your core values and integrate them in every area of your life. They will keep you on the path of your God-designed destiny.

The intentional growth of Jesus reflects His focused life and core values. “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature (power, honor, maturity), and in favor with God (worship, prayer, obedience) and in favor with men (prominence, wealth, influence).” Luke 2:52. The core values of Jesus are described in seven CHAYIL Pillars: worship, wisdom, power, honor, favor, wealth, and influence.

Our seven CHAYIL Pillars and core values:
1. Worship. Jesus’ prayer life and His obedience to His Father was a displayed of true worship.
2. Wisdom. Jesus grew and demonstrated His wisdom in the choices He made and His behaviour always.
3. Power. The power of Jesus amazed others: His power to control Himself and nature; His strength of character; His supernatural miracles; His power of over death; and His power to endure the cross.
4. Honor. He honored His Father as seen in His mission statement, “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” John 4:34, NKJV. He honored and loved others, even the poor and lepers.
5. Favor. He grew in favor with God and with people.
6. Wealth. His favor with people attracted financial and loving support even to His death.
7. Influence. His influence continues today in our world, in His Church, Christianity, and eternally in heaven and on earth.

“Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars.” Proverb 9:1, NKJV. Like Jesus, we can also build our lives on the seven CHAYIL Pillars for a prosperous life and legacy.

Kingdom Declaration:

I aim to grow and be like Jesus to serve Him in His mission to save the world and to fill the earth with His Glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 4-6; Matthew 2