Monthly Archives: May 2021

You can succeed

May 21

“He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.  And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.”  2 Kings 18: 6.7.  

Success is one of the greatest of human pursuits.  Success is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as: “a favorable or desired outcome; the attainment of wealth, favor or eminence.”  John Maxwell describes success as: “The progressive realization of a predetermined goal”.   Success is progressive and includes the will and determination to never give up. 

God tells you how to succeed:

1)  Hold fast to the Lord.  Don’t give up your dream.  Don’t give in to fear. Don’t surrender to obstacles. When you don’t have the answer and when you cannot make things happen step back and allow God to take over, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26.

2)  Listen and obey.  Let God’s Word be your plumb line for everything that you do as you create and rule your world for success. Live by faith and not by feelings. Keep moving towards your dream.

3)  Be aware of God.  Make your heart an altar of God. Christ in you is hope of glory. Meet with Him everyday for worship, sharing, renewed strength, creativity, power, and favor. After prayer go with God every where. “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. 

4) Have faith in God and in yourself. “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverb 16:3.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my strength and shield.  He gives me success and guarantees my protection.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 13-15; John 7:1-27         

Choose better over bitter

May 20

“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them.  “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.  I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.  Why call me Naomi?  The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”  Ruth 1:20,21. 

Trials can either make us bitter or better. They can be viewed as learning experiences that enhances growth, knowledge, and therefore maturity.

A Pastor shared that while he was away on a speaking engagement his daughter who was a great athlete met in a tragic accident, and lost one of her leg. When he flew home and visited her in the hospital and said to her, “How are you?”  She said, “Dad you have always taught me not to dwell on that which I have lost but to be thankful for what I have remaining!” She was grateful for her one remaining leg.

The Bible encourages us to praise the Lord at all times, not just in the good times but even in the bad times.  When we go through trials praises become a cloak of protection; a net of safety; a wall of protection; and a tower of strength. Praise protects our hearts from bitterness and keeps our souls alive for creativity, power, and solutions. Bitterness on the other hand causes barrenness to the soul; disease to the human spirit; and damage to the human body.

Our Choice: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 NKJV) “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30.

Kingdom Declaration:

I choose better over bitter. In everything I will give thanks and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 10-12; John 6: 45-71 


Practice a Positive Attitude

May 19

“Do everything without complaining or arguing.”  Philippians 2:14.

Practice makes perfect. Choice is deliberate power. You can create a greater you with a greater heart.

Create a greater you:

1)  Have faith in God. By faith I will create and rule my world with positive thoughts and unwavering faith.

2)  Practice a positive attitude. Refuse to be moved into an attitude of murmuring, grumbling, and


3)  Keep God on the throne of your heart.  Do not allow circumstances to rule your heart.  God will

     preserve you as you live by faith.

4)  Surround yourself with positive friends. They will encourage and motivate you.  

5)  Create and control your atmospheres.  Live in an atmosphere of praise and thanksgiving.

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Kingdom Declaration:

I am a vessel of faith and praise. I live in the atmosphere of glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44

Step towards your Dream

May 18

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”  James 2:17.  

Faith is the evidence of the things we hope for and our actions are the evidence of our faith.  Faith is power that gives us access to unlimited blessings from God. Jesus shared and showed the power of faith throughout His ministry.

To a desperate woman:

“Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” Matt 15:28.

To passionate friends:

“Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” Matt 9:2.

To a blind man:

“Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Luke 18:42.

To His disciples in training:

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12.

Jesus taught about the negative result of a faithless heart. “He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Matthew 13:58. Lack of faith blocks miracles and limit possibilities. Vance Havner wrote, “Faith is more like a verb than a noun…. Faith accepts the Word of God, affirms confidence in that Word, and acts upon it.”

Faith involves believing, seeing, and stepping.  What you believe for you will see as possible and what you see as possible you will have the guts to step into.  Take a step of faith today. 

Kingdom Declaration:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 4-6; John 6:1-21

God will create through you

May 17

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ ‘So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.’” Genesis 1:1;27.

God is Creator. The Hebrew word for Creator is Elohim which describes God as the Creator of all things and all life forms.  In Genesis 1 and 2 we read the account of God’s creation of the universe, world, plant and animal life, and human beings.  Because God is Creator He loves all His creation and the world (its people, plants, animals, and resources)

Our Master Creator placed in the earth minerals, silver, gold, products to give us energy, and everything that we would need to live in a paradise with nothing missing, broken, contaminated, or evil.   The risk factor was to place the man and woman (Adam and Eve) as rulers of the earth: “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Unfortunately, Adam and Eve were deceived and gave up their power and authority to the Evil Power called Satan.  But, God showed His unfailing love for the world, “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. 17 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.

GOD LOVES YOU AND OUR WORLD. Through Him and for Him we will serve together to save our world and fill it with His glory. (Isaiah 40:5).

Kingdom Declaration:

God loves the world and I will create and rule my world in this world for His glory.

Read the Bible in One Year: 1 Chronicles 1-3; John 5:25-47

When Enough is enough!

May 16

“Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace!  Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, and fulfill your vows.  No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.” Nahum 1:15.

There comes a time when God says, ‘Enough is enough!’ The Assyrians had afflicted Judah over and over again.  God is, ‘slow to anger and great in power’ but He will not let you go through more than you can bear.  Darkness ends with the morning.  Winter ends with the spring.  Judah received good news that their conquerors and tormentors would be destroyed and would never torment them again. 

When you go through a season of rough times remember that God watches over the intensity and the outcome.  The disciples faced many difficult times during the birthing of the Church. They were imprisoned, tortured, faced many dangers and yet declared: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. They experienced God’s grace, protection, and comfort in all that they faced.

Sometimes it takes the tough times to make you know how strong you are; turbulent times to prove the power of your peace; and fearful times to make you grow in unshakeable faith. At the end of the day, God remains in control of the intensity and outcome of your trials and will declare: “Enough is enough!” Hold on. God is fighting for you and will give you the victory.

Kingdom Declaration:

God is fighting for me to give me His victory.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Kings 24-25; John 5:1-24


Victory in Jesus

May 15

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.”  2 Corinthians 2:14.  

Paul was very confident in the victory of Jesus. God will always lead us into a victory march in the midst of our battles, and as David experienced, God sometimes parade us in victory “in the presence of our enemies.” 

In the midst of a battle:

1) Do not panic.  God is in control.  “Be still, and know that I am God.”  Don’t be moved by what you see or hear, stand on the rock of revelation that your God is in control. 

2) Don’t make hasty decisions.  Wait on the Lord and He will direct your path. 

3) Expect God to help you. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:10.

4) Resist the devil until He flees from you. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7.

5) Be immoveable in faith.  “I live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7. The victory belongs to Jesus.

Kingdom Declaration:

God’s banner over me is love and victory. The victory belongs to Jesus.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Kings 22-23; John 4:31;54

Trust in the Lord of Hosts

May 14

“So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” Zechariah 4:6-7.  

God gave this word to the prophet Zerubbabel as he was being commissioned to work with God in a project that needed amazing miracles.  First, under the kingship of King Cyrus, he led the first group of Jewish captives, who were living in exile, back to Jerusalem. They also returned with the gold and silver vessels which King Nebuchadnezzar had stolen from the Temple after it was destroyed.

Then, under Zerubbabel leadership, the Jews started to rebuild the Temple that was previously destroyed during the war.  The foundation took two years to build and then the construction came to a standstill for 17 years.  They faced opposition from settlers in Samaria who disrupted the building project and later suffered court battles which resulted in King Cyrus withdrawing his support.  

Zerubbabel, nevertheless, had to encourage himself in the Lord to keep the vision alive. He diligently resumed work on the Temple with a renewed effort by God’s Spirit and favor. He grew in favor with God because of his steadfast faith and God made him grow in favor with people.  Prophets, Persian kings, and influential people rallied around him in support, prayer, and provision. God’s word proved true and the Temple was rebuilt by the Spirit of God.

It is never easy to do great accomplishments as opposition and trials will always come. Jesus warns us and encourages us, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. You will overcome.

Kingdom Declaration:

My God will strengthen and help me to overcome by the power of His Spirit.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Kings 19-21; John 4:1-30

God will save you

May 13

“Yet I will show love to the house of Judah; and I will save them – not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but by the Lord their God.”  Hosea 1:7.

Today God is promising you two things:

1)  He will show His love to you.  The Psalmist wrote, “When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your love, O Lord, supported me.  When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:17,18. God’s love for you is strength when you are weak; support when you are falling; grace when you need encouragement; your anchor in a storm. 

2)  He will save you by His strength.  Notice, God did not say, “I might save them,” but “I will save them.”  This is definite assurance for definite results. The Lord Almighty is your Savior. 

Today, rest in God’s love and powerful saving grace. There are times when we don’t have the strength to finish what we started, power to move the obstacle before us, to follow through with the demands set before us, and God comes with assurance, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6. God loves you and He will save you by His Spirit and strength.

Kingdom Declaration:

My God will save me by His Spirit and deliver me by His power.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Kings 17-18; John 3:19-36

Humility is Powerful

May 12

“The Ninevites believed God.  They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least put on sackcloth.  When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.” Jonah 3:5,10. 

God is a God of mercy and He looks for opportunities to bless us by forgiving and removing the reproach of our sins.  The King of Nineveh was a famous but evil King and God sent His prophet Jonah to pronounce judgment and destruction on him.  The King’s heart, however, was moved with humility to repent to God for all his evil towards the people of his kingdom. God’s heart was moved with compassion and preserved him.  It is never too late to ask God for mercy. 

We read the story of General Grant who had just professed faith in Christ. The minister who spoke to him ventured to say, “‘God’s Kingdom has gained a great acquisition in your conversion, General.’  General Grant replied, ‘God does not need great men, but great men need God.’” 

Humility is the door to honor from men and from God.  Humility is powerful: it cures broken relationships; it provides another chance for missed opportunities; it opens doors to kings and people of influence; it keeps our hearts in the right place for continual divine mercy and grace. Humility is power. As you create and rule your world, intentionally choose to be humble and you will grow in favor with God and people. “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52.

Kingdom Declaration:

I will intentionally choose to be humble to grow like Jesus in favor with God and people.

Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Kings 15-16; John 3:1-18