Monthly Archives: April 2019

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, to cross another 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


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 5.

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 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


Faith Grows

April 10

“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3.

Faith grows but only if you exercise it. A body builder grows his muscles by exercise, lifting weights and stressing his muscles to different levels of strength until it tears, repairs, and grows.

Faith in God grows in two ways:
1) By hearing and applying the Word of God. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17. Sometimes God’s Word is contrary to how we feel, such as, “Forgive when someone betrays you; Praise God in every situation; and Love when all else fails.” One thing we prove more and more as we mature in Christ, “God knows what is best for the health of our body, soul, and spirit.” Pray and obey God.

2) By taking risks. If you don’t have the guts to try you’ll never have the power to succeed. If you don’t have the faith to take a risk, you will never know the pleasure of the rewards. To succeed is to overcome obstacles, to take new territories, and to conquer old fears.

Charles Spurgeon says: “Faith obliterates time, annihilates distance, and brings future things at once into its possession.” Faith in God brings security. It anchors us in peace and holds us by its power. Have faith in God.

Kingdom Declaration:

My faith is in God and my peace is from Him.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 15-16; Luke 10:25-42


Fighting for your Family

April 9

“When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan.” “He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.” Genesis 14:14,16.

Abram fought for his family and brought them back everything that was stolen from them. Families are important to God and He tells us how to fight for our families. Abraham had a trained army and weapons to fight for his family. God has given you spiritual weapons to fight for your family.

Your spiritual weapons are:
1) The Armor of Jesus. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11.
2) The Name of Jesus. “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11.
3) The Blood of Jesus. “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 12:11.
4) The Word of God. “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17. Read your Bible and declare the promises of God about your family.
5) Praise God. “As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” 2 Chronicles 20:22.
The LORD will defeat the enemies against your family as you praise, pray and declare His Word.

Kingdom Declaration:

No weapon formed against my family will prosper.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 13-14; Luke 10:1-24


The voice of Jezebel

April 8

“Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, ‘May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.’ Elijah was afraid and ran for his life.”
1 Kings 19:2,3.

Watch out for the voice of Jezebel. The doctor can speak to you with that voice, “You may have cancer.” The banker can speak to you with that voice, “You may lose your home.” A spouse can speak to you with that voice, “I am going to divorce you.” An enemy can speak to you with that voice, “I will destroy you.” Depression can speak to you with that voice, “I subdue you.” Lust can speak to you with that voice, “I control you.” Fear can speak to you with that voice, “I own you.” Don’t let the voice of Jezebel intimidate you.

In fierce anger Jezebel sent a death threat to Elijah. He was very tired from battle after battle and he succumbed to the voice of fear and intimidation. He ran from Jezebel, became depressed and wanted to die. When the battle is too long, when you are tired and overworked, when you are overwhelmed by your circumstance, be careful of the voice of Jezebel and her master, Satan.

When threatened:
1) Call on the Name of Jesus. In your desperation, His Name will begin to work for you and release His strength and keeping power.
2) Have faith in GOD. Let words of faith be more powerful than the voice of fear.
3) Plead the blood of Jesus to protect you. There is power in the Blood of Jesus.
4) Work the Word of the LORD. Read the Bible, speak the Word of LORD, sing praises, and the demonic kingdom with all its agents will be subdued.
5) Praise God. God dwells in the atmosphere of your praises and keeps His angels fighting for you. Jesus is EL CHAYIL, LORD of Armies King of Glory.

Kingdom Declaration:

God who is with me is greater than all my enemies.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 10-12; Luke 9:37-62


Your thoughts can create your reality

April 7

“The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” But Lord,” Gideon asked, “How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The Lord answered, “I will be with you and you will strike down all the Midianites together.” Judges 6:14-16.

Gideon suffered from poor self-image. The Bible talks about ‘strongholds’ in the mind. Strongholds are patterns of thinking that controls our imagination, attitudes, and our actions. Gideon’s identity was that he was the weakest of the weakest in his culture and family.

Negative patterns of thinking are dangerous because it undermines God’s Word, the truth, and your faith. “As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” We become what we think about ourselves. Negative thoughts steal our time; keep us from living in the moment; steal our energy; make us weak; give life to negative imaginations to make them a reality.

As a small snowball, rolling down a hill becomes bigger and faster as it goes down the hill, so negative thoughts rolling around in your mind becomes bigger and stronger until they become controlling power in your mind.

God tells us what kind of thoughts to think about yourself: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8. When you think positive thoughts about yourself, it will grow and become a stronghold of your mind and eventually your reality.

Kingdom Declaration:

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

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 7-9; Luke 9:18-36