Your Word for This Day: “I Will Sing and Testify”

Thursday, June 15, 2017

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.” Psalm 34:4-6

When difficult times happen in our lives, how should we respond? Let’s have a look today at David, the shepherd boy. In 1 Samuel 16, we read of David being summons to his father’s house from the field to be anointed for his destiny – King over Israel. This was definitely something good.

As time progressed, we see that David had many accomplishments and he caught the attention of the King and of the people… then trouble started – King Saul’s jealousy of David caused him to try to kill the young shepherd boy.  David was forced to run for His life, and he kept running for more than a decade. He experienced thirteen long, hard years of being a fugitive.

How did David respond during those years of trouble and hardship? Did David sing? Yes he did. Did David Praise God? Yes he did. Did David testify about God’s goodness even in times of trouble? Yes he did. His words testified loud and clear, that God was still in control of His life.

As we look at the life of David, we see that his response was not one of hopelessness, rather of praise. He continued to praise the Lord and we must do the same. During his bad times, David kept focused on what he had to do. He knew that he had been anointed to lead Israel one day. He did not have control over his circumstances, but he, however, had control over the way he chose to respond to the attacks of the enemy and from all that we have read, we can see that he responded accurately. We can learn a lot from David… when troubles abound, our praise to God must abound the more!

Your Word for This Day: “Wisdom for Living: CHANGE”

Thursday, June 1, 2017

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

In the month of May, we have been re-discovering many important truths about our need for WISDOM to navigate our journey through life and to access the abundance that God has prepared for His children in this season.

We have learned that wisdom is the principal thing and in all our getting we must get wisdom. We were reminded that there were two main types of wisdom: Earthly or devilish and God given (James 3:13). We also looked at the many benefits that we gain from wisdom (Proverbs 2, 3 and 4).

Now is time to ask ourselves: “What have I learned? Have I applied anything to my life? Has anything in my thinking changed? Am I walking in greater freedom?

  • Am I making wiser health decisions?
  • Am I making wiser financial decisions?
  • Am I making wiser ministry decisions?
  • Am I making wiser relational decisions?
  • Am I making wiser educational decisions?
  • Am I making wiser parenting decisions?
  • Am I making wiser spiritual decisions?
  • Am I making wiser career decisions?

Where are you right now?  Are you walking in a higher level of Truth concerning yourself and your life?

My friends, we all are at different levels of growth and development, spiritually and physically but we must all come to the conclusion that we cannot remain where we are because all living things grow and develop.  It doesn’t matter where we are in life, if we are alive, we must grow. Change is a natural part of life.

Growth is painful, but necessary. Change can be difficult, but it is also necessary.

We need to come to the knowledge of the truth about ourselves and so, as we wrap up this study on wisdom, let’s take some time today to use check ourselves out. Let’s use the mirror of God’s word to help us all to see clearly where we are so that we can chart a wise course to get to where God wants us to be.

Your Word for This Day: “Wisdom for Living: Moving”

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

“Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27

WISDOM FOR MOVING

Life is a journey and each day we take steps in a certain direction. Yes, physically we are always moving either on foot, in a car or in an airplane, but we also move either forward or backward or to the left or right by the decisions that we make.

Let me explain. 

The choices we make each day affects our lives in a particular way. When we are faced with a decision, the choice we make will determine if we will move forward in life or take some steps backwards. Every decision has a consequence – whether good or bad. And, that is why we need the wisdom of God to make the right decisions for our lives.

You need wisdom to continue on the path that God has designed specifically for you.

Along your life’s journey, you will face many distractions and there will be many a-fork-in-the-road. There will be opinions of others and strong suggestions from the media. How do you continue to move forward towards your destiny?

Wisdom will help you. 

As we ask God for His wisdom, He will help us to correctly apply the principles of His word that we have learned to our unique situations. He will lead us to people who are walking in wisdom who can share their knowledge with us. He will, by His Holy Spirit, guide us into all truth. God will do His part, but we must do ours and that is to keep our eyes focused on Jesus.

Wisdom tells us to fix our gaze on Him. When we lose sight of Jesus- the “why” for which we are alive on the earth – and focus on the material things of life, the challenges that we face and even our fleshly desires, our feet will go where our eyes direct them.

I encourage you today, as I encourage myself: keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Recall to mind the purpose for which you exist, the assignment that you are here on the earth to accomplish and the path that He has been carrying you on and FOCUS. I pray that we all press on with our eyes on the prize… “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, [we] press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

In Jesus’ Name!

Have a victorious day!

Your Word for This Day: “It’s all about the Spirit of Faith”

Thursday, May 4, 2017

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7

“Timothy, my beloved son, let me remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” Such was the instruction that the Apostle Paul sent to his young protégé who was called to pastor God’s people.    I can just imagine Paul’s heartfelt encouragement in his letter: “Whatever you do, don’t let the flame go out.”  Timothy had received the gift of God, but it was up to him to stir it up, to fan into flames that which God had deposited within Him.

This encouragement is for all believers as well, regardless of what we are assigned to do for God. We must participate in our destiny and work with the Holy Spirit to achieve it and bring glory to God. The Holy Spirit is like electricity to a light bulb and current to an appliance. Nothing works without Him. Without the Holy Spirit vibrantly engaged in our lives through continuous fellowship, we will achieve nothing. He comes with everything that we need to activate that which is within us (our abilities, skills, and talents, etc.).

God has not given you a spirit of fear… The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of faith! This means that we are not to live our lives as slaves to fear. When fear has taken over, it leads our actions, guides our thoughts and frames our words it blocks the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.

Today’s key for breakthrough: Confront your fears!

There are fears of failure, of rejection, of death, of poverty of being alone. This process of change involves confronting our fears so that we can walk in the realms of faith and see the manifestation of God’s promises in our lives.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you today. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary. It’s time to access your kingly inheritance of a life of power, love and a sound mind!

 

 

Your Word for This Day: ‘He’s The Most High God”

Thursday, April 28, 2016 

I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me.”  Exodus 20:3

 

No other god but me.” “No other god beside me.” “No other god before me.” Different translations say it a little differently—Different translations say it a little differently—but the meaning is the same. We are to have, to serve, to love, to trust, to depend on no other god, but the Lord God. It is the Lord God who so loved us that He rescued us from the power of sin and set us free to be all that He created us to be.

Many of us may not bow down to an idol of stone or wood, or worship nature, but in subtle, and not-so-subtle ways we do worship other gods in our lives—gods of money, self, people, work, religion, business, education and even sex. They are idols of our own making and they were never designed to control our lives. Only God, who created us, has the right to control usHe alone holds the blueprint for our lives.

To live lives of purpose takes an understanding that there is no other one but the Most High God that can make us successful in life.  As we journey to becoming our best selves, we must also understand that God will not share His glory. No one and nothing will be able to take credit for what God has planned to do in our lives. Our destinies cannot be achieved without God. He put God-sized dreams in our heart that needs God-sized provision, God-sized favour and God-sized connections.

Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and reveal to us by the word of God the idols in our lives – it’s time to dethrone them and let God have His rightful place in our lives.

In the words of the popular African praise song:  “All the other gods, they are the work of men, but you are the Most High God, there is none like you. Jehovah, you are the Most High, You are the Most High God.”

It’s all about the Most High God!

 

Your Word for This Day: “It’s POSSIBLE!”

Friday, April 21, 2017 

 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.  Matthew 19:26

One of the meanings of the word possible is: able to be done or achieve.

There are so many things that we wish that we could do and many times, we try, but we come up short of the mark.  This at times frustrates us and makes us want to give up on trying.  You see, our power and capabilities are limited.

Yes, God has endowed us with multiple gifts and talents but there is still a limit to what we can achieve or do.

It is not so with God, though.  God, the unlimited, infinite, all powerful, all knowing God is able to do and achieve all things.  There is nothing too hard or too easy for God to accomplish.  God is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we can ask, think or imagine.

This is easy to say, but very hard for many to believe and understand.  However,  whether or not we choose to believe it, it is what it is.  With God all things are possible.

Hold on to your faith.  Keep your words positive.  Confess only what the word of God says.

Our God is able to do what seems impossible.  He raised Christ from the dead! Our God is able to do what we cannot do.  Our God is able!!

Rejoice that you serve a God who is bigger than you.  Stronger than you.  Wiser than you.  More powerful than you.  You don’t have to make it happen.  God will make it happen if you would put your trust in Him. He is able!

 

Your Word for This Day: “He did it for YOU!”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.” Matthew 28:9

 

The women ran from the tomb with good news to share. Just when it looked as if all was lost, they learned that it was not as they had thought. Jesus was not dead, in fact, He was very much alive! According to the report of the angel at the tomb, Jesus had risen, just as He said He would.

As the women ran to tell the rest of the disciples, they met the risen Saviour on the way and His first word to them was “Rejoice!”  And the women worshipped Him.

Encountering Jesus Christ is indeed a moment of joy. Just as for these women, when we encounter the risen Christ in our lives, there is much to rejoice about.

He paid the ultimate price so that our sins would be forgiven. Rejoice!

He gave His life so that we would not perish but have eternal life. Rejoice!

He endured the pain of torture so that we would be healed of our diseases. Rejoice!

He was rejected by men, scored at and ridiculed, so that we would be accepted in to the family of God and have a rich inheritance. Rejoice!

He did it all for you and for me, to secure us a future and a hope. Rejoice

My friend, are you rejoicing? Is the life of Christ in you what causes you to smile and enjoy each moment of your day?

Let us rejoice and be glad, worshipping the Lord with our entire being, knowing that He is the reason why we are alive today.