Monthly Archives: August 2021

Nevertheless, God

August 22

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – the LORD, who remains faithful forever.”  (Ps. 146:5,6).

Our God is God of dysfunctional families. He goes by the name God of Jacob in spite who Jacob was.  Jacob was Esau’s twin brother and the second son of Isaac.  He took advantage of his brother’s hunger and bought his firstborn birthright privilege for a plate of food.  Later with the help of his conniving mother, he deceived his almost-blind father and stole his brother’s blessing. 

Jacob’s name meant, ‘trickster, con-artist’ and he truly lived up to his name. Jacob’s family was dysfunctional with mother and father fighting over favourite sons and siblings with jealousy, treachery, and attempted murder. Nevertheless, God remains the God of Jacob.  Jacob continued the family trait with his sons in a dysfunctional home with brothers hating each other and attempted murder.  Nevertheless, God remains the God of Jacob.  

Why? Jacob reminds us that God is merciful, able to transform lives, heal relationships, and nevertheless help us to fulfill our destiny.  Jacob cried out to God when he was tired of his bad ways resulting in a bad harvest. He was ready for change.  He was ready to fulfill his potential as the seed of Abraham.  He prayed all night and God changed his name from Jacob to Israel which means “prince of God”. God kept the name of Jacob, however, to remind us that He is not just committed to perfect people, but to sinners who are willing to be saved. Today pray and receive His mercy that is new every morning.

Kingdom Declaration:

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life as I trust in the God of Jacob.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 110-112; 1 Corinthians 5

Practising the Presence of God

August 21

“If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.”  (Ps. 37:23,24).

With such great promises we need to know how to make God ‘delight’ in our ways.  When you daily practice the power God you will daily experience the power of God. 

Practice three things:

1) Daily prayer.  Develop a stronger relationship with God by daily talking with Him and receive messages from His heart to yours. Tell God about your fears and He will replace them with His faith.  Tell Him about your troubles and He will send you relief.  Tell Him about your failures and He will forgive you.  Tell Him about your desires and He promises to guide you and give you the desires of your heart.

2) Daily read His word. The Bible is God’s words to you. As you read His word, listen to His voice. The Bible contains general words, but as you read and listen you will hear words that are relevant to your situation. The Bible is God’s manual for a life of success. It contains instructions and encouragement that will preserve and protect you. 

3) Daily action. Each day purpose to obey God’s principles that are found in His word.  Obey God one choice at a time. Walk in His way one step at a time.  Live for Him one day at a time.  When you make a mistake repent quickly.  When you are hurt forgive quickly. As you practise the presence of God, you will daily experience the power of God.

Kingdom Declaration:

The LORD is my strength and my shield, my hope and my salvation.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 107-109; 1 Corinthians 4.

Fight the good fight of faith

August 20

“Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience.” (1 Tim. 1:18,19).

Some of the greatest learning experiences are not found in a classroom behind a desk but in life’s experiences.  We learn to depend on God when others fail us.  We learn of our strength in the middle of a storm.  We learn how to trust when the way seems dark.  We learn how to love when it is not returned.  We learn perseverance after failures.  We learn how to conquer when there are battles. The fight of faith is a fight that refuses to lose or to give in to surrender. 

Bob Hoover is one of America’s greatest test pilots.  He survived many crashes, fought fires mid-air, and wrestled out-of-control jets back to the ground. In one crash, he broke his back and almost died, but as soon as he recovered, he climbed back into the cockpit of another jet and soared into the heavens.  When asked why, he responded, “You gotta get back into the cockpit of the bird that bit ya.” 

Don’t give in, don’t give over, and don’t give up. If you get back in the game, you will have an opportunity to win.  If you get back up again you will have the opportunity to walk towards your miracle.  Fight the good fight of faith and refuse to lose or give in to surrender.  God is with you.

Kingdom Declaration:

My battle is the LORD’s therefore I will triumph over my enemies.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 105,106; 1 Corinthians 3.

You are heavily protected

August 18

“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.  As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 125:1-2).

God promised His children guaranteed protection. He surrounds us, guards us, defends us, and shields us from danger. With His care and protection we are safe and secure.  In department stores when shipping ‘fragile items’ they use items such as shrink and bubble wraps, special boxes, cartons, poly bags, Styrofoam and containers made of wood or steel depending on the product. You are heavily protected and secure in God.

God protects you with:

1) His Angels. “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14).

2) His Armor. “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Eph. 6:11). 

3) His Blood.  The blood of Jesus protects you from evil.

4) His seal.  “… you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” (Eph. 1:13).

5) His Word.  He has given you His promises and guarantees your outcome.

6) His Power.  “I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.” Ps 135:5.

You are protected from the inside out, God is in you.  No wonder the Psalmist says, “… you are like Mount Zion which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”

Kingdom Declaration:

I am like Mount Zion which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 100-102; 1 Corinthians 1


Our time is in God’s hands

August 17

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”  (Romans 8:35,37).

One of the biggest intimidators of our time is the word ‘cancer’.  Patients sometimes collapse even if the doctor links it with the word ‘possible’.  Paul had many near-death experiences but he was convinced that God was in control of his life.  God is our Alpha and Omega which means He controls our beginning and our ending.  We did not begin by luck, chance, nor coincidence.  We began by God and will end with God.  Our time is in His Hands. The Psalmist says:  “..Your promise preserves my life.” (Ps. 119:50).

Live with an eternal perspective. You can have eternal life. “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3).  There is an article on the bulletin board in the Mayo Clinic that reads: “Cancer is limited: it cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope.  It cannot corrode faith.  It cannot eat away peace.  It cannot destroy confidence.  It cannot kill friendship.  It cannot shut out memories.  It cannot silence courage.  It cannot invade the soul.  It cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot quench the spirit, and it cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.”

Do not fear.  Jesus in confidence declared: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”  Rest in God’s preserving power for He holds you in His hands.

Kingdom Declaration:

My God is my Alpha and Omega.  My life is in His hands.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 97-99; Romans 16.


No risk, no rewards

August 16

“Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’  Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.”  Acts 3:6,7.

Peter had just recovered from his public failure for cowardly denying that he knew Jesus.  He was lovingly forgiven by Jesus and restored with the disciples to launch Christianity.  After being filled with the Holy Spirit along with the other disciples in the upper room, he went in the street and saw a crippled beggar asking for money. To Peter this was an opportunity to prove the power of Jesus Christ that would flow through him to heal a crippled man. It was a risk because of his past failure and weakened reputation but he decided to put his faith in God and speak the words of faith.  The crippled man was healed by the Name of Jesus to the Glory of the Father.  No risk, no rewards. 

I read some time ago: “To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.  To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.  To reach out to another is to risk involvement.  To expose your feelings is to risk rejection.  To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.  To love is to risk not being loved in return.  To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure.  But risks must be taken because the greatest risk of all is to risk nothing.  The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.  He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, he cannot feel, he cannot change, he cannot grow, and he cannot love.  Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave.  Only the person who risks is truly free.”

Jesus took a risk by coming to earth to save the world, knowing that many would reject Him.  Now we must take risks to love others, heal the sick, help the poor, and share the good news that Jesus Christ is Savior of the world. 

Kingdom Declaration:

I pray and obey to share and show the love of Jesus Christ to the world.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 94-96; Romans 15:14-33

Guard your heart

August 15

“You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.”  Obadiah 12.

Sometimes the temptation is to rejoice over the misfortunes of others when we think that they deserve them, but God alone is the Righteous Judge who deserves to judge all. 

After Abraham Lincoln was shot by an assassin, his wife Mrs. Lincoln overcome by grief fiercely demanded of his bodyguard, “Why were you not at the door to keep the assassin out?”  The bodyguard trembled explaining that he was distracted.  She fell back on her pillow, covered her face with her hands and said:  “Go now.  It’s not you I can’t forgive, it’s the assassin.”  The bodyguard replied concerning Abraham Lincoln, “If Pa had lived he would have forgiven the man who shot him.  Pa forgave everybody.” 

Solomon writes: “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.”  (Prov. 24:17,18).  Guard and preserve your heart with thoughts of love and not hate; thoughts of forgiveness and not vengeance; thoughts of peace and not strife, and thoughts of joy and not fear. Let peace rule your heart and your meditation and you will have health in your bones and peace in your heart.

Kingdom Declaration:

God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 91-93; Romans 15:1-13

God is waiting to hear from you

August 14

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”  Psalm 143:8.

God wants to commune with you every morning. Ralph Herring writes: “Prayer is need finding a voice.  Prayer is embarrassment seeking relief.  Prayer is friend in search of friend.  Prayer is a quest in the darkness of midnight.  Prayer is knocking on a barred door.  Prayer is communion through both darkness and closed doors.  Prayer is shameless insistence in the name of another.  Prayer is expecting and receiving all things whatsoever we need to meet the demands when Jesus our Friend calls on us.” 

What a privilege to come to God in prayer, to talk to Him, and to hear His assurance, encouragement, and direction.  Prayer is the privilege to connect with and host the presence of God.  Prayer is the key that opens the door to the throne room of His glory for unlimited access to God’s unlimited favor.

Miracles result from prayer. Healings result from prayers. Lives, circumstances. and nations are transformed through prayer.  All things are possible through prayer.

Kingdom Declaration:

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 89,90; Romans 14.

Your faith is the key to your victory

August 13

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1,2.

There is a list of heroes in the Bible’s ‘hall of faith’ found in the book of Hebrews. They all had this in common: ‘they all had weaknesses and trials but they were all overcomers’.  They were described as people: “Who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.” (Heb.11:33-34.)

Their trials made them grow in wisdom, strength, and power.  They learnt by their mistakes and did not allow failure to be their final outcome. They put their faith in God and in His Word when they needed wisdom; in His grace in their times of need; and in His strength when they were weak.

When we read all through the Gospels we see how Jesus loved and responded to anyone who had faith in Him as their Savior, Healer, and Deliverer.  He would often commend them for their faith, “Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed from that moment.” (Matt 9:22).  By faith believe and receive a miracle today.

Kingdom Declaration:

By faith I believe and receive a miracle today.

Read the Bible in One Year: Psalms 87,88; Romans 13.

God will be with you ‘there’

August 12

“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”  Deuteronomy 4:29.

Never lose sight of God in spite the circumstances you might be facing.  From where you are, seek the Lord and you will find Him ‘there’. 

Three Hebrew young men were captured and taken as slaves in Babylon.  Because of their faith in Yahweh and their Jewish traditions, they were thrown in a furnace of blazing fire. When the soldiers looked in the furnace, however, they saw a ‘fourth Man’ with them ‘there’ in the fire.  The ‘fourth Man’ was God who has promised never to leave you.  When you go through trials God will be with you ‘there’.   

Hagar, a desperate single mother, was in the wilderness with her son without any food or water.  The boy cried out and God met them ‘there’.  Hagar and her son were preserved, provided for, and blessed by God to become a great nation.

God is with you in every situation. He is with you both ‘here’ and ‘there’. His reminder to you, “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.” (Deut. 31:7-8).

Kingdom Declaration:

The Lord my God is with me in every circumstance that I might face today and tomorrow.

Read the Bible in One Year:  Psalms 84-86; Romans 12