Monthly Archives: September 2020

Jesus is praying for you

September 30

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 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.” (Heb. 4:14,15).

Jesus was misunderstood by His family; betrayed by His friend; forsaken by His disciples; deserted by His supporters and crucified by the world.  Jesus can sympathize with us as we go through life with all its challenges, disappointments, and human inadequacies. Not only does He understand but He is continuously praying for us and praying us through each circumstance.

Sympathy is good, but Jesus did more than that: He became weak so that we can be strong; He was cursed so that we can be blessed; He took our sickness so that we can be healed; He was bound so that we can be free; and He died so that we can have eternal life.

If that was not enough, He is always saving us; helping us; preserving us, and providing for us in times of crisis. “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Heb. 7:25). Jesus is praying for you; believing with you; standing with you; and fighting for you. 

Kingdom Declaration:

I am never alone, never without covering praying, and never without my King of Glory with me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 9,10; Ephesians 3.


Jesus died to save the world

September 29

“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.  Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’”  (Luke 23:33,34).

Jesus died in public disgrace and humiliation. His friend betrayed and sold him out for thirty pieces of silver. The people He fed turned against Him; the people He healed used their strength to throw rocks at Him; the people He taught threw hateful words at Him; the people He cared for cursed Him; but that wasn’t the real battle.  

Satan wanted to bind Him forever with cords of bitterness; puncture his heart with vile curses; and destroy the purpose of His birth. “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. 1:20-21). While He took all the sins of the world upon His flesh, His heart had to remain pure and free from all bitterness to save the world.

His anger was directed toward the enemy and not to the people that He would die for.  His goal was to bind the enemy and not to be bound by him. With great power, He won the real battle on the cross when He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34). By this powerful declaration of Jesus Christ, all people can be saved, forgiven, and blessed with His abundant life. Jesus loves the world.

Kingdom Declaration:

God demonstrated his love for me because while I was a sinner, Christ died for me.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 7,8; Ephesians 2.


You can be blessed by God

September 28

“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers.  His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’  Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!  Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’  And God granted his request.”  I Chronicles 4:9,10

Jabez was rejected by his mother and abandoned by his father.  He was named by his mother Jabez which means, ‘son of sorrow and pain’.  Jabez had a defining moment, he was ready for change.   He chose to create his world and not assume his parents’ world by default.

He cried out to the Lord Almighty and found:

1)  Love. The powerful love of God drives out fear, destroy generational curses, and forgives all sins for a new life in Christ.

2)  Security. True security comes in knowing that your past is covered under the blood of Jesus; you are presently in His care and protection; and your future is in His hands. 

3)  Significance. He created a life of meaning and influence.  A city, Jabez, was named in his honor.

4)  Success. True success is to find the will of God for your life and then do it.  Earthly success is temporary but success in God is eternal and with eternal rewards. 

The result was that Jabez became more honorable than his brothers.  “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Ps.34:8).

Kingdom Declaration:

I am blessed and highly favored by the Lord God Almighty.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 5,6; Ephesians #chayil#chayilglory#CHAYIL

Manifesting Glory of God

September 27

“Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.” (1 Kings 18:21).

Elijah was one of the greatest prophets that ever lived.  He preached and encouraged the Israelis and priests to turn their hearts back to God. He manifested the CHAYIL (powerful great) Glory of God in his life and ministry.

The key to Elijah’s confidence:

1)  He knew His God. “But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Dan. 11:32). He didn’t just know about God but he knew God in strong relationship.

2)  He was confident in God’s protection. He life was threatened by Kings, witches, and occult priests but they could not harm him.

3)  His knew his purpose.  He challenged Jezebel, priestess of Satan and triggered revival in Israel. “When all the people saw this (Elijah’s manifested CHAYIL Glory of God), they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The LORD – he is God! The LORD – he is God!’” (1 Kings 18:39).

The King of Glory whom Elijah served is now in every Christian believer, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27). The Bible declares: “The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Is. 40:5). CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of our LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants. Heaven is filled with God’s Glory.  Now the earth shall also be filled with His glory through His glorified servants on earth.

Kingdom Declaration:

The Glory of the LORD is rising upon me to bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 3,4; Galatians 6


Power for change

September 26

“Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim.  ‘Go, look over the land,’ he said, ‘especially Jericho.’ So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.”  (Josh. 2:1). 

Rahab was a prostitute looking for a fresh start and a way out of her lifestyle.  She chose God and became a CHAYIL woman with seven CHAYIL Pillars are her focused life and core values.

Her intentional growth in the seven Pillars of CHAYIL Glory:

1) Worship. She chose the God of Abraham and Moses as her source of salvation, service, and worship.

2) Wisdom. She heard about the powerful God of Moses and ceased the opportunity for a new life with Him.

3) Power. She helped Joshua and the spies to conquer Jericho, and negotiated for the salvation of all her family. She was strategic, creative, and intentional.

4) Honor.  Transformed by God, she grew in honor until her past reputation did not hold her back from marriage to a good man, a Jew called Salmon. 

5) Favor.  God favored and blessed her with a son named Boaz, a highly esteemed kinsman redeemer. 

6) Wealth. She was blessed with the wealth of great relationships, a great family, resources, and fame as a godly woman.

7) Influence. After thousands of years Rahab remains influential as one of the women in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, Savior of the World.

It is never too late to call on God for a change of life. CHAYIL Glory is the manifested power and glory of our LORD Jesus Christ in and through His servants. Choose change and choose Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. He will transform your life for a greater future.

Kingdom Declaration:

I receive the power and glory of God to create my new world for a greater future.

Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 1,2; Galatians 5


Failures make a greater you

September 25

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it, but one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  (Phil. 3:13,14).

It is not so much your past that counts, but your determination for a better future.  Paul had a past that could have tormented and condemned him forever.  He called himself the chief of all sinners who was a murderer, a blasphemer, and a persecutor of Christians.  Yet our Almighty God and King of Glory got a hold of Paul’s life and he became one of His Great Apostles. 

One of God’s names, “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). This describes the eternal God with you to help you turn failures in opportunities.

1) God ‘who is’. God in your life is current and ever-present. He is never surprized and is now alive in you.

2) God ‘who was’. God was with you when you failed will use it as lessons of life, to keep you humble, and to make it powerful as you share with others who will: learn like you from your mistake; laugh with you as you laugh at yourself; and feel better knowing that failure is only a stepping stone for greater success. The blood of Jesus forgives you sin and will erase it from your life history in heaven. 

3) God ‘who is to come’. God is in your future before you get there and He sees you according to His plan for you, “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 (bright) future.” (Jer. 29:11).

Step out of failure and shake it off, learn from it, and step into your future as a greater you.

Kingdom Declaration:

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me in Christ Jesus.

Read the Bible in One Year: Song of Solomon 6-8; Galatians 4


The LORD is your Helper

September 24

“The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.” (Ps.118:7).

God is your Protector, Provider, and Helper. Your Helper is always with you and you will hear His voice now more than ever before. He is your present Helper, future Helper, and eternal Helper.  He promises to never leave nor forsake you.

His help is not only when you get in trouble, but as your Omniscient Helper, His provision is there before you get there. One of the descriptions of God is El Roi, the God who sees us in our distress and is there waiting before we get there with protection, provision, and help. Satan’s schemes and plans are all known by God who has already put a plan in place to counteract and frustrate him, and to gain glory through your victories.

In your trials know:

1) God is never surprised.  Your Helper has already gone ahead of you with protection, provision, and victory. 

2) Provision shall be seen.  Declare it, expect it, and look for it.  When Hagar was in distress in her wilderness thinking her son would die, God had a well prepared for their provision.

3) Prepare for greater glory.  This scheme was only allowed to make your glory increase and for the glory of God. David wrote, “Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.” (Ps. 21:5).

God is with you, fighting for you, to give you victory and greater glory.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD Almighty is my Helper, Protector and Provider.

Read the Bible in One Year: Song of Solomon 4,5; Galatians 3


God hears you when you pray

September 23

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  (Ps. 34:17,18).

Jesus chose twelve men to be His disciples to be taught and trained by Him to develop and advance Christianity and His Church.  As we read of their lives we see their weaknesses, inadequacies, and personal failures. They made wrong judgments, gave into fear, and even forsook Jesus at a time when He needed them most. 

This gives us hope as God does not always choose the perfect, work with the perfect, or love only the perfect person. His forgiveness is greater than our failures; His power is greater than our weakness; His grace is greater than our mistakes; His love is greater than our faults; and His peace is greater than our worries.  When we pray God hears and deliver us from all our troubles.

Ethel Barrymore wrote, “And do not forget that when life knocks you to your knees, which it always does and always will – well, that’s the best position in which to pray, isn’t it?  On your knees.  That’s where I learned.”   When you fail, pray.  If you fall, pray. When you hurt, pray. If you have a need, pray. “God will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.” (Ps. 102:17).

Kingdom Declaration:

I pray to God and He answers me with His sure salvation.

Read the Bible in One Year: Song of Solomon 1-3; Galatians 2


Jesus is your True Friend

September 22

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend, who sticks closer than a brother.” (Prov. 18:24).

Friendship is a priceless gift.  Richard Exley says, “A true friend is one who hears and understands when you share your deepest feelings.  He supports you when you are struggling; corrects you gently and with love when you err; forgives you when you fall; prods you to personal growth and stretches you to your full potential.  And most amazing of all, he celebrates your successes as if they were his own.” 

The song-writer Joseph Scriven wrote to comfort his mother when she was alone, “What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!  What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!”  Jesus was criticized for being a friend of sinners. He called a paralyzed man ‘friend’.  He called Abraham, who had his list of bad experiences and mistakes, His friend.

He eventually called His disciples friends and said to them: “You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” 

Jesus is the Friend who will stick closer than a brother.  He is the ONE Perfect Friend that you can depend on forever. He will save you, help you, defend you, forgive you, provide for you, and protect you.  Most of all He will never leave you, betray you, nor forsake you.  He is your True Friend and Savior.

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ is my Savior, Friend, and King that I have trusted with my life.

Read the Bible in One Year: Ecclesiastes 10-12; Galatians 1


You are being appraised for promotion

September 21

“Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.”  (Esther 10:3).

Mordecai was described as preeminent among his peers and held in high esteem because of his good work ethics, his passion in helping others, his willingness to defend victims, and his defense of the cause of God.  His journey, however, was not easy.  He lived in Persia in a hostile and prejudicial environment with an arch enemy called Haman.  Mordecai was hated because of his values, his race, and his faith.  He and the Jews were persecuted and threatened with death and extinction, living in potential fear for their lives and families. Yet Mordecai was exalted, not because he left Persia, but in Persia.

Our job interview, performance appraisal, winner in the competitions of life, promotion in the Kingdom of God does not happen in a one moment but in a lifetime. His life interview was seen in his emotional strength during persecution, his soft skills in dealing with people and circumstances, his care for others, and his willingness to help the poor. Like David, he was a great leader of the people with shepherd-like qualities, and God promoted him to be a leader in the powerful Persian Kingdom.

Our character, values, and actions are being appraised. Let us live now, serve now, and manage now to reign in the future and eternally.

Kingdom Declaration:

I live now, serve now, and manage now to reign in the future and eternally with Jesus, my King.

Read the Bible in One Year: Ecclesiastes 7-9; 2 Corinthians 13.