Monthly Archives: February 2020


You are powerful

February 29

“Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: ‘Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”  And he went outside and wept bitterly.”  Matthew 26:75.

“To err is human, to forgive is divine!”  Don’t allow past failures to keep you in the bondage of shame.  All great and successful people have had their experiences of failure.  David with adultery; Peter with fear denied Jesus; Moses with anger committed murder; Elijah with depression wanted to die; and Timothy with discouragement almost gave up His ministry.

Henry Ward Beecher said, “It takes defeat to turn bone into flint, gristle into muscle, and make us invincible.  It forms in us that heroic nature that causes us to rise above all obstacles.  Don’t be afraid of defeat, for you are never so near to victory as when you are defeated in a good cause.”

Yes, Peter failed miserable when he denied Jesus – but Jesus restored him from a life of failure into victory.  Peter the unstable one became Peter the ‘rock’.  He learnt from his experience of failure that fear torments and has no power except deception. See your failures as mere stepping stones to new strength, wisdom and success.  Failure is never permanent unless you make it so.  Failure is a journey and not your destination.  Go forward in a new day with new hope and new faith in the power of your LORD Almighty who remains in control.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus died for all my sins and failures that were cancelled on the cross and washed by His blood.

Read the Bible in One Year: Joshua 6

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Help is a prayer away

February 28

“The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave driver, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them.” Exodus 3:7,8.

God will hear and answer you:
1) God knows of your circumstances. He is aware of your pain, your challenges and of the things that concern you. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.” Hebrews 4:15. God became flesh and lived among us as one of us, so that He cannot only sympathize with us but He can empathize because He too experienced the reality of His humanity while He was on earth. We can trust in Jesus because He knows and understands.

2) God cares. He is concerned about your suffering. He suffered in your place. His torment and suffering on the cross was for your freedom from suffering. Today be comforted in His love and let His peace fill your heart as you hope in His unfailing love. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.

3) God responds to your prayers. His response is timely because He wants what is best for you – not just a temporary solution but the ultimate plan. “This is what the LORD says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances.” Isaiah 49:8.

God will help you when you pray. A miracle is on its way.

Kingdom Declaration:

My God will do far more that I can ask, think, or imagine. My miracle is on its way.

Read the Bible in One Year: Numbers 20-22; Mark 7:1-13

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Our Greatest Gift

February 27

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37.

If you were asked, “What is the most important thing to you, what would your answer be?” It could be money, it could be your health, it could be your family, or your work.

J.P. Morgan was a multimillionaire financier. He was a very powerful and influential man that had made many financial decisions that affected the economy of the entire world. He died and left a will that contained 10,000 words and 37 articles and named this one as the most important transaction: “I commit my soul to the hands of my Savior, in full confidence that, having redeemed me and washed me with His most precious blood, He will present me faultless before the throne of my heavenly Father. I entreat my children to maintain and defend, at all hazard, and at any personal sacrifice, the blessed doctrine of complete atonement for sins through the blood of Jesus Christ, and through that alone.”

J.P. Morgan knew that money cannot buy peace, love. and meaningful relationships; and it cannot take you to heaven. The most important thing in life should be your relationship with God, the Creator of your life; The Savior of your soul; the One who is the Author and Finisher of your life. J.P. Morgan’s greatest wealth was his wisdom. “The fear (respect, reverence) of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” Psalm 111:10.

As you seek for many things in your life – promotion, praise, prosperity, and protection, God’s advice to you is to: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33.

Kingdom Declaration:

My greatest gift in life is the gift of my salvation through Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Numbers 17-19; Mark 6:30-56

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Don’t Give Up

February 26

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8.

Discouragement is a great weapon of destruction to dreams. When a project fails, that does not make YOU a failure – ‘It’ failed but YOU can try again. Ultimate failure is when a person gives up on their dream because of challenges, setbacks, and defeat along the way.

Dr. Samuel Langley was a brilliant scientist who wrote volumes on airplane and flight. He tried to fly his first plane, it crashed, and the press labeled it “a ridiculous fiasco.” Two months later he tried again, the plane plunged upside-down into a river, and the pilot almost drowned. The New York Times labeled it “Langley’s Folly,” and told him to give it up. He did!

Nine days later Orville and Wilbur Wright, two bicycle mechanics, with no formal education and nor funds, flew their plane. They refuse to give up after many failures and much ridicule. Sadly, the world today knows of the Wright brothers who were credited with building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered, and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. Not many people know about Langley.

It is not how you start but how you finished. Your finish is your choice. Faith in God and faith in yourself will determine the outcome of your perseverance. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again.” Don’t give up; don’t give in to the enemy’s plot of discouragement; don’t give over your dream to the list of “if only”. Try again.

Kingdom Declaration:

God is with me as my Source of encouragement and strength. I will not give up.

Read the Bible in One Year: Numbers 15-16; Mark 6:1-29

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Our Sovereign Peace

February 25

“But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”  My times are in your hands”. Psalm 31:14-15.

In quiet confidence, God remains our Sovereign Peace.  Peter Marshall was a passionate preacher, historian, and pastor who influenced the lives of millions.  He died suddenly on the morning of January 25, 1949 at the age of 46.  In one of his sermons he said: “When the clock strikes for me, I shall go, not one minute early and not one minute late.  Until then, there is nothing to fear.  I know that the promises of God are true, for they have been fulfilled in my life, time and time again.  Jesus still teaches and guides and protects and heals and comforts, and still wins our complete trust and our love.”

David lived with this quiet confidence in the Sovereign Peace of God. He wrote: “For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.” Psalm 71:5-6.

God will keep you, protect you, and provide for you in your journey of life.  God will keep you eternally safe.  You are safe in the Lord both now and forever.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am confident in God’s power to protect, provide, and preserve me from all that is evil.

Read the Bible in One Year: Numbers 12-14; Mark 5:21-43

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Creating New Results

February 24

“A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” Ecclesiastes 2:24-25.

When Thomas Carlyle completed his manuscript on the French Revolution, he asked his neighbor John Stuart Mill to read it.  Later Mill came to Carlyle’s house, shaken and pale.  His maid had inadvertently used it to light the fire.  Carlyle despaired – two years lost.  Writing it initially was daunting enough; rewriting it was unthinkable.  Then one day, watching a stonemason build a wall, he observed it was going up one brick at a time.  He said to himself, “That’s all I’ll think about.”  It was slow, tedious work, but he persevered and the result outshone his original.

It can become overwhelming when you look at the mountain of your ‘to do’ list.  However, looking at it and complaining about it won’t help the situation.

God tells us how to deal with mountains:

1) Speak to it. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Mark 11:23.

2) Work through it. “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God” Eccl 2:24.

3) Pray through it. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24.

You can’t change your past but you can create your future – one decision, one step of faith, and one act of purpose at a time.  Create your result and start your future today with one prayer, one thought, and one action.

Kingdom Declaration:

I have the power of God to speak the word of God to create my world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Numbers 9-11; Mark 5:1-20

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The Lord is a sun and shield

February 23

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11.

First, “The Lord God is a sun and shield.”  He gives light, warmth, energy, and strength even as He protects and defends you.  As sun, He lights your way; and as shield, He protects your path.  As sun, He energizes you; and as shield, He protects you from ‘burn out’.  As sun, He protects you from the dark; and as shield, He preserves you from evil.

Second, “The LORD bestows favor and honor”.  Favor is the grace of God that opens door, brings opportunities, and releases goodwill and kindness, even when you feel like you don’t deserve it.  Honor is God’s exaltation in your life to prove His presence and power in and through you.  “Therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” Psalm 45:7.

Third, “No good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”  God promises you everything that you need and all that is good for you.  As His light, protection, grace and exaltation works in and through you, you are guaranteed His provision and blessing in every area.  Begin to thank Him in advance as He brings every good thing that you need.  Be thankful for His loving care and protection today and forever.

Kingdom Declaration:

I thank God for his light, protection, and guaranteed blessings in every area of my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Numbers 7-8; Mark 4:21-41

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Wisdom Testers

February 22

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17.

The wisdom that comes from God is described by seven attributes:

1)  Pure. It is without evil inspiration and operations.  It is without selfish motives.

2)  Peace-loving. The main goal of God’s wisdom is to promote peace and to have peace as its outcome whenever possible.

3)  Considerate. It is gentle in its approach, making allowances for others.

4)  Submissive. It is not stubborn but willing to listen and respect others viewpoints.

5)  Full of mercy and good fruit. It is ready to forgive others and show acts of kindness.

6)  Impartial. It deals with others without prejudice and selfishness.

7)  Sincere. It can be trusted as truth, without deception and hypocrisy.

Albert Einstein says: “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”  As you make decisions today, remember these seven wisdom testers and you will be guided by God’s wisdom to rule your world with His peace and for your ultimate peace.

Kingdom Declaration:

May God’s spirit of wisdom infuse my soul, renew my mind, and preserve my heart.

Read the Bible in One Year: Numbers 4-6; Mark 4:1-20

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God’s Elite Army

February 21

“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” Psalm 34:19.

Great heroes known for their bravery and skill are usually chosen for difficult feats that could determine the fate of a person, a family, and a nation.  They consider it an honor to be chosen for dangerous missions.

The Canadian Special Operations Forces has high-level elite teams of highly trained combat specialists in government military and security campaigns.  These teams go through rigorous training over many months before they are deployed into high level security operations.  During training, they are pushed to the limit both mentally and physically to weed out those who would not be successful in a demanding operation and mission. God also has an Elite Army of Special Forces to fight evil forces in spiritual warfare.

Tips in Spiritual warfare:

1) Do not fight aimlessly but strategically. “Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” 1 Cor 9:26.

2) Do not fight in the flesh but with spiritual weapons. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Cor 10:4.

3) Fight with the end in mind.  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim 4:7.

4) Remember you are not alone.  “For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deut 20:4.

Kingdom Declaration:

God is with me, to fight for me against all my enemies, and give me victory.

Read the Bible in One Year: Numbers 1-3; Mark 3

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You are God’s workmanship

February 19

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10.

The word ‘workmanship’ means the degree of skill with which a product is made or a job done. To be God’s workmanship means that you are made to be YOU, and with all that you need to fulfill your destiny. As God’s workmanship He has promised to: ‘make your load lighter’ (Ex 18:22); make you fruitful (Gen 17:6); make you increase (Gen 28;3); ‘make you prosper’ (Gen 32:9); ‘make all your enemies turn their backs and run (Ex 23:27); and to ‘make you great’ (Ps 18:35).

French scientist Louis Pasteur was born to have influence in the sphere of health, and medicine.  The timing of his life was strategically decided by God.  Purpose is connected to timing and training so he lived at a time when thousands of people died of rabies each year.  He worked day and night on a vaccine that could save them.  Just as he was about to begin experimenting on himself, a nine-year old boy called Joseph Meister was bitten by a rabid dog.  The boy’s mother begged Pasteur to experiment on her son.  Pasteur injected him for ten days and the boy lived.  Decades later, of all the things that Pasteur could have etched on his headstone, he asked only for three words: “Joseph Meister Lived!” Louis Pasteur was gifted by God with all the gifts and preservation to be a great scientist.

You are needed in our world.  God has made you a unique representative of Himself.  Created in His image and likeness you are blessed to be fruitful, productive, and prosperous.  You are God’s workmanship. He is proud of you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am created by God as His workmanship, and therefore He will make me fruitful.

Read the Bible in One Year: Leviticus 25; Mark 1:23-45

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