Monthly Archives: December 2019

Preparing for a glorious year

December 31

“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites.” (Josh. 1:2).

This was a new season for Joshua and a new season for the Israelites. Joshua was a faithful servant of Moses and did not expect to suddenly become the leader of over two million Israelis, and to take them into their next phase of possessing lands and development as a nation. God, however, will never lead you where His grace will not keep you and His glory will not give you victory

God coached Joshua for a successful new season (Josh 1:3-9).

1) Expect new open doors. “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses” (vs.3).

2) I am in control of your boundaries. “Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.” (vs.4).

3) I will be with you and fight for you. “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (vs.5)

4) Don’t let the devil’s schemes of discouragement overcome you. “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.” (vs.6)

5) Study and obey God’s word. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Vs.7,8).

6) Do not let fear conquer your faith. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (vs.9).

Kingdom Dynamics:

My confidence is in Christ my Savior and in His hope of glory that is in me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Malachi 1-4; Revelation 22


Worship in heaven and earth

December 30

“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” (Rev. 17:14).

From the moment Jesus was born, kings and rulers of the earth started a war against Him.  King Herod heard that there was a King born in Bethlehem and he ordered a group of wise men to bring him information to kill baby Jesus. The wise men, however, when they found Jesus with Mary and Joseph, worshipped Him as their King and blessed Him with gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.

This infuriated King Herod.  “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.  Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled.” (Matt. 2:16-17).

The plot continues as His enemy still inspires mankind with deception, false gods, and humanism in open defiance against the true and living God and His Word. Jesus, however, remains the reason for the Christmas season and lives forever in the atmosphere of adoration, worship, honor, glory, and praise from angels and believers. We join in the song of the angels as they sing: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Rev 5:13, NKJV).

Kingdom Dynamics:

I praise the Lamb of God, my Savior and King, Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Zechariah 13,14; Revelation 21


The song of Moses

December 29

“And the angels sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: ‘Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.’” (Rev. 15:3).

The angels sang the song of Moses, God’s chosen deliverer for His people who were under the tyrannical rule and slavery under Pharaoh of Egypt. God uses ordinary people to demonstrate His power to save, deliver, and provide. God’s salvation on earth is usually through willing people who hear His word, share in His burden, and trust in His saving grace.

Moses, not only delivered the people from slavery by the power of God, but he also negotiated so that they left a life of slavery with all their family, animals, possessions, and the wealth of the Egyptians.

Today we can also sing a song of deliverance for we too were delivered from the enemies of our soul by the Lamb that was slain, Jesus Christ. “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Jesus took away all our failure and sins. We too celebrate our freedom. We celebrate the songs of praise in heaven and make them our songs of praise on earth.

Kingdom Dynamics:

As the redeemed of the Lord, I sing songs of praise to Jesus my King and Deliverer.

Read the Bible in One Year: Zechariah 9-12; Revelation 20


Jesus is King forever

December 28

The wise men “asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” (Matt. 2:2).

We continue to rejoice in our Jesus our King of kings and LORD of lords. Jesus is worthy of our worship. Jesus is worthy of our faithful service.

Unlike earthly kings and rulers:
1) He makes the people His Royal Family. “For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. (Eph. 3:14,15). We are a part of the royal family of God.
2) His Kingdom is everlasting. “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:32-33).
3) His Kingdom is above all others. “He is far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” (Eph. 1:21).
4) We can trust Him to never leave nor forsake us. Nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:39).
5) Our King is God. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev 1:8).

Yes, we are in the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of God is within us. We are, therefore, safe, secure, significant and satisfied.

Kingdom Dynamics:

My King Jesus is King of Heaven and on Earth. He rules and reigns in the hearts of His people.

Read the Bible in One Year: Zechariah 5-8; Revelation 19


Our Righteous King

December 27

“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Is. 9:7).

One of the reasons we fight for democracy, is that it is hard to find a perfect ruler who is trustworthy, without a private agenda, and who is really for the people.  We see kingdoms and governments imploding all over the world as ruthless leaders are being ousted and brought to justice, and we are reminded of the truth: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  The kingdoms of this world are filled with stories of greed, corruption, violence, lust, evil and selfishness as people remain victims of society; the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

We, however, can rejoice that in the Kingdom of our God we have a King who:
1) Is for ALL People. He is Savior of all mankind. “And all mankind will see God’s salvation.” (Luke 3:6).
2) Loves the people.  “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).
3) Sacrificed for the people.  “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.” (Heb. 13:12).
4) Fights for His people.  “One of you routs a thousand, because the LORD your God fights for you, just as he promised.” (Josh. 23:10).
5) Plans to prosper His people.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29: 11).

Yes, our King is Jesus Christ our Savior and we live in His Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I am safe in the Kingdom of my Savior and King, Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Zechariah 1-4; Revelation 18


We worship our King

December 26

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13,14).

This song of the angels has become an all-time favorite for music composers. The story of Jesus’ birth resounds with music that has inspired artists and composers for over two thousand years. Yet in spite the celebrations, decorations, and holidays there is a plot to destroy the true meaning of Christmas.

I read an article about Christmas in Tokyo: “A television interviewer was walking the streets of Tokyo at Christmas time. Much as in North America, Christmas shopping is a big commercial success in Japan.  The interviewer stopped one young woman on the sidewalk, and asked, “What is the meaning of Christmas?” Laughing, she said, “I don’t know. Is that the day when Jesus died?”

The plot is uncovered: ‘Destroy the gift of salvation for all mankind’.  Distract people with shopping and Christmas events; divert people from the true meaning of Christmas; make people too busy to worship Jesus; and replace His story with fables and tales.

The plot is uncovered but the power of Jesus, His love for us, and our love for Him is greater.  We worship Him at Christmas with carols of joy as we sing: “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.”

Kingdom Dynamics:

I celebrate with the angels in heaven and believers on Earth, Jesus Christ, Savior of our world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Haggai 1,2; Revelation 17


Christmas celebrations

December 25

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10,11).

Today after two thousand years we still celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior King. We rejoice in the message of the angel. The prophecy that was written is now our reality: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder; and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6).

Today our hearts are filled with joy in spite circumstances, environment and what we may face tomorrow. The message rings in our hearts:
1) Do not be afraid for with God nothing is impossible. This is a message of hope and faith and we choose to believe that our Savior King is greater than all our trials.
2) We celebrate this news that is for all the people. God loves all the people of the world. In His Kingdom we have a great chance to receive His goodness, mercy, love and peace without measure.
3) We celebrate Jesus Christ is our Savior, Lord and King. As our Savior we have His forgiveness. As our Lord, He is above all other authorities in our life. As our King, we live in His Kingdom with our guaranteed provision, protection and peace.

Today, we celebrate Jesus with thanksgiving and joy. May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the joy of Christmas brings you hope, and the warmth of Christmas grant you love.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I celebrate Jesus Christ as my Savior, Lord and King.

Read the Bible in One Year: Zephaniah 1-3; Revelation 16


Jesus is the reason for Christmas

December 24

“Mary will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.”
(Matt. 1:21-23).

On the night before Christmas, Bethlehem was busy and bustling with traffic jam of animals and carts; Judeans coming in because the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, had issued a decree that all citizens of Palestine must go to Bethlehem to register their families, properties, employments for census and taxation.

The streets were crowded; the restaurants were packed out; vendors were on the streets haggling and trading products in the Jerusalem bazaar; mangers were rented out for animals; inns were booming and all booked out and there was Joseph travelling with Mary on a donkey. She was pregnant and about to give birth.

Joseph was anxiously looking for a room at the Inns but there was no room. Maybe someone would volunteer their home but there was no one. Maybe someone would stop and help them but it was Christmas Eve, everyone was too busy – lots to do on a crazy, busy, frustrating night before Christmas. Nothing has changed in the twenty first century, for on the night before Christmas very few people are sensitive to the reason for the season.

Let us take time to experience the Christmas season, to join with the angels and sing “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14). Let us join the wise men and “bring gifts to our King and worship Him.” (Matt. 2:2). Let us be like the shepherds in the workplace who took time to seek him and find him despite their work demands.

Jesus is the reason for the season. In this Christmas season we take time to thank God for sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins. We celebrate the birth of our Savior and King.

Kingdom Dynamics:

Jesus Christ is my Savior, Lord, and King.

Read the Bible in One Year: Habakkuk 1-3; Revelation 15


Jesus Christ Savior and King

December 23

“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about; His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.”  (Matt. 1:18).

Jesus was born of a virgin.  When the angel appeared to Mary with the wonderful news that she was chosen to be the mother of Jesus, Savior of the world, she was troubled.  She had many questions and disturbing thoughts.  “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”  The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:34-35).

Yes, her son was born of God and therefore fully divine and born of Mary and therefore fully human.  As a man he was hungry, tired, and tempted.  As a man He overcame all the temptations of evil and submitted Himself to the cross to be crucified.  He rose again and as God He has the power and authority to forgive all the sins of the world.

As a loving Savior we can tell Jesus of our needs, trials, pain, and temptation.  As a man He was tempted, suffered, and triumphed.  He can empathize with our humanity and understands us with compassion.  He is our Helper, Counselor, Comforter, and our Peace.  He is our Savior and King.  Today remember the words of the angel to Mary: “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37). Jesus is our Savior to save us always, and our King to protect and provide for us always.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I am confident in my present and future security in Jesus Christ my Savior and King.

Read the Bible in One Year: Nahum 1-3; Revelation 14


The greatest act of love

December 22

“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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16,17).

For four hundred years God was silent towards His people. Israel had rebelled for many years and the many warnings from prophets were disregarded so God closed off communication with His people. They continued to observe religious traditions but were not open to revelation from the God they professed to serve.

Heaven was silent but God’s plan for redemption of the world remained in His heart. The promise of a Redeemer and Messiah that was given from as early as in the Garden of Eden would be fulfilled. The people longed for a deliverer like Moses, Joshua or David. But this time God would not send them temporary deliverance; this time their deliverer would not be destroyed by death; this time their deliverer would not be a sinner like the people; this time God would send His Son, Jesus to save the world.

God is a God of justice, sin must be punished and fallen mankind must be redeemed. Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world, the sickness of the world, and the shame of the world. Jesus satisfied justice and paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross in our place. This is the greatest act of love. God loves you. God loves the world. Our God is a God of hope, love, and peace. His love for you remains forever.

Kingdom Dynamics:

I thank God for His great gift and His great love for me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Micah 6,7; Revelation 13