DAY 1                          FRIDAY JANUARY, 1.                                  2016

A NEW SONG.                                                                                     Ps. 33.

“…Sing to the LORD, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day…” (Ps. 96:2).

Most people are interested in name. But only if it’s fresh; we read today’s newspapers, not yesterday’s. Ratings for news programmes would drop out of sight if they covered only last year’s or last month’s events. That same need to remain fresh and up-to-date applies to our recognition of the good things God does for us. He wants us to acknowledge that His mercy and compassion are “…new every morning…” (Lam. 3:22-23). The author of Ps. 33 realized how important that is, so he called for a new song. (v3)-a new expression of what the Lord has done for us in the past, as well as what He is doing for us in the present. The Psalmist said that God created the stars above and controls the seas below (vv6-7). He is deeply involved in international relationships (v10) and every dimension of personal experience (vv14-15). God is watching, and He shows a special kind of care for those who love Him (vv18-22). The Lord is still doing great things today. Look around you at His handiwork. See how His power and wisdom are revealed in nature and in man. Then sing a new song of praise to the God behind it all. Don’t treat the good news of His power as if it all stopped a long time ago. – ODB

PRAYER LINE: To walk in fellowship with God. And sense His love and care, Can put a song within our heart, That we can’t help but share – DJD


Each new day gives us new reason to sing God’s praise.


DAY 2                          SATURDAY JANUARY, 2.                           2016

A JOURNEY WITH PURPOSE.                                         Rom. 12:1-21.

  1. Noah’s life was transformed by 40days of rain.
  2. Moses was transformed by 40days on Mount Sinai.
  3. The Spies were transformed by 40days in the Promised Land.
  4. David was transformed by Goliath’s 40 days challenge.
  5. Elijah was transformed when God gave him 40days of strength from a meal
  6. The entire city of Nineveh was transformed when God gave the people 40days to change.
  7. Jesus was empowered by 40days in the wilderness.
  8. The disciples were transformed by 40days with Jesus after His resurrection.

The next 40days will transform your life! The Bible is clear that God considers 40days a spiritual significant time period. Whenever God wanted to prepare someone for His purpose, He took 40days. As you read “My Prayer Diary,” the next 40days will transform your life! – (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: Lord God, our Lord Jesus Christ spent 40days and 40nights in the wilderness to pray. At the end of the period, He was tested of the devil. He overcame and was empowered. Lord, empower me through Your grace.


He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it…1Thess. 5:24.


DAY 3                          SUNDAY JANUARY, 3.                                 2016.

WHAT BRINGS GOD GLORY.                                             Rom. 11:36.

“…The LORD has made everything for His own purpose…”(Prov. 16:4).

The Bible says, “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps. 91:1). Throughout history, God has revealed His glory to people in different settings. He revealed it first in the Garden of Eden, then to Moses then in the tabernacle and the temple, then through Jesus and now through the Church (Gen. 3:8; Exo. 33:18-23; 40:33-38; 1Kgs. 7:51;8:10-13; Jn.1:14; Eph. 2:21-22; 2Cor. 4:6-7). God’s glory is best seen in Jesus Christ; He, the light of the world, illuminates God’s nature. The Bible says, “…The Son is the radiance of God’s glory…” (Heb. 1:3; 2Cor. 4:6b). Jesus came to earth so we could fully understand God’s glory. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.” We are commanded to recognize His glory, honour His glory, declare His glory, praise His glory, reflect His glory; and Live for His glory. (1Chron. 16:24; Ps. 29:1; 66:2; 96:7; 2Cor. 3:18). Jesus told the Father, I brought glory to You here on earth by doing everything You told me to do.” (Jn.17:4). Birds bring glory to God by flying, chirping, nesting, and doing other bird-like activities that God intended them to do. God made ants to be ants and you to be you.  –  (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: Father, choose me and cloth me with Your virtue and let Your word dwell richly in me to give You praise and fulfill Your purpose for my life. 


When we walk with the Lord, we’ll bring Him glory.


DAY 4                          MONDAY JANUARY, 4.                      2016

HOW CAN I BRING GLORY TO GOD?                 Jn. 13:34-35.

“…Jesus said, ‘Father, I brought glory to You here on earth by doing everything You told me to do’…” (Jn. 17:4).

We can bring glory to God as follows. (1) We bring God glory by worshiping Him. Worship is our first responsibility to God. Worship is far more than praising, singing, and praying to God. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving God and giving ourselves to be used for His purposes. The Bible says, “…Use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God…” (Rom. 6:13b).

(2) We bring God glory by loving other believers: When you are born again, you become a part of God’s family, Read Rom 15:7. It is your responsibility to learn how to love as God does because God is love and it honours Him. Jesus said, “…As I have loved you, so you must love one and another, By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another…” (Jn. 13:34-35). (3) We bring God glory by becoming like Christ. The Bible says, “…As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more…” (2Cor. 3:18NLT). (4) We bring God glory by serving others with our gifts. Each of us was uniquely designed by God with talents, gifts, skills and abilities, not for selfish purposes but for God’s generosity to flow through you. (5) We bring God glory by telling others about God. Once you know the truth, God wants you to share it with others. Introduce others to Jesus. (2Cor. 4:15) – (Rick Warren).

PRAYER LINE: Father, use me to spread the word as commanded us under the Great Commission. Matt. 28:19-20.


When you know God’s grace, you’ll want to show God’s grace.


DAY 5                          TUESDAY JANUARY, 5.                     2016

BEST FRIEND WITH GOD.                                                     Rom. 5:10.

“…For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God…we shall be saved by His life…” (Rom. 5:10).

God is your Creator and Maker, Lord and Master, Judge, Redeemer, Father, Saviour and much more. Moses and Abraham were called “friends of God.” David was called “A man after God’s own heart, and Job, Enoch and Noah had intimate friendship with God (Exo. 33:11,17; 2Chron. 20:7, Isa. 41:8, Jas, 2:23; Acts. 13:22. Gen. 6:8. 5:22. Job. 29:4). Becoming a best friend of God:

(1) Through constant conversation: Friendship with God is built by sharing all your life experiences with Him. Pray without ceasing (1Thess. 5:17) The key to friendship with God, He said, is not changing what you do, but changing your attitude towards what you do.

(2) Through continual meditation: The second way to establish a friendship with God is by thinking about His word throughout the day. The Bible repeatedly urges us to meditate on who God is, what He has done and what He has said. (Ps. 23:4; 143:5. Josh. 18. Ps. 1:2). When you think about a problem over and over in your mind, that’s worry. The reason God considered Job and David His close friends was that they valued His word above everything else. Job admitted “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread” (Job. 23:12. Ps. 119:97). “They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about them.” (Ps. 77:12) God told Abraham His secrets and He did the same with Daniel, Paul, the disciple and other friends (Gen. 18:17, Dan. 2:19, 1Cor. 2:7-10) – (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: Father, make me Your best friend that the world will know how glorious Your friendship is. 


Life takes on new meaning when we become God’s best friend.



DAY 6                          WEDNESDAY JANUARY, 6.                       2016

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY.                                            Lk. 11:1-13.

“…One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him ‘Lord teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples’…” (v1).

Prayer is very important in the life of every Christian. It is communion with God when offered in spirit and in truth. Through prayer, we experience intimate relationship with God and the quality of our prayer life depicts the quality of our relationship with God. Payer meant so much to Jesus during His earthly ministry. On one of the occasions when Jesus prayed, one of His disciples saw Him and said, “…Lord teach us to pray…,” Jesus was the right person to ask on the subject of correct prayer; not just because He was the leader but because every day of His life had enough testimonies of one who has the key to prevailing prayer. In response to His disciple’s request, Christ gave a pattern for Christians’ Prayer. In it we find essential elements of prayer like Adoration, Confession, Petition (request) for Forgiveness, Protection, Deliverance, Supplication, Thanksgiving and Praise. Jesus taught that faith is essential for prevailing prayer. (Heb. 11:6). We must believe in God to whom we pray and trust Him for answers. Asking the Lord to teach us to pray is still appropriate today. The Holy Spirit will help our weaknesses as He Himself intercedes for us. (Rom. 8:26-27) Then will our effectual fervent prayer avail much. Jesus has the roadmap to God’s heart. One who follows Him will not be lost.  – (NBC)

PRAYER LINE: Lord, teach me to pray aright always so that my prayers will win more souls. 


Keep praying, the more you pray, the more you know how to pray.



DAY 7                          THURSDAY JANUARY, 7.                           2016

A COVENANT WITH THE EYES.                Job. 31:1-4. 1Thes. 4:1-8.

“…I have made a covenant with my eyes …” (Job. 31:1).

Our friend is a computer “techie,” One night when our family was at his house, I noticed a verse taped to his monitor: “I have made a covenant with my eyes” (Job. 31:1). Evidently, he understood the potential dangers of spending hours alone in front of a computer with easy access to indecent images. Our friend’s “reminder verse” is a quote from Job, and it continues “…Why then should I look upon a young woman..?” Like many of us, Job had promised himself to stay free of lust. Reflecting on that oath, he said, “Does (God) not see my ways, and count all my steps?” (v4) The Bible assures us that God does (Heb. 4:13) and that we are accountable to Him. This is why believers must “abstain from sexual immorality” (1Thess. 4:3) While some want to debate the boundaries of morality, the Bible says, “…Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart…” (Matt. 5:28). If you have made a covenant with your eyes, consider how Scripture might help you keep this pledge. Post a verse on your computer screen, Television, or the Dashboard of your car, and remember, “…God did not call us to uncleanness but to holiness…”(1Thess. 4:7) (ODB)

PRAYER LINE:        When lustful thoughts assail your mind,

To play with immorality,

Remember that God’s will for you

Is holiness and purity          –        Sper


A look that lingers can lead to lust.



DAY 8                          FRIDAY JANUARY, 8.                                  2016

UNANSWERED PRAYER.                                                Rom. 11:26-36.

“…As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways …” (Isa. 55:9).

The apostle Paul had one overriding desire: that fellow Jews would embrace the Messiah he had encountered. “…I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart..,” he said, “…For I could wish that I myself were …cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers…” (Rom. 9:2-3NIV). Yet in city after city his fellow Jews rejected him and the Christ he preached. In his most elegant letter, Paul set as his center piece, (Rom. 9:11) a passionate passage in which he struggled openly with this great unanswered prayer of his life. He acknowledged one important side benefit of this distressing development. The Jews’ rejection of Jesus led to his acceptance by the Gentiles. Paul concluded that God hadn’t rejected the Jews; to the contrary, they had the same opportunity as the Gentiles. God had widened, not closed, the embrace of humanity. Paul’s prose began to soar as he stepped back to consider the big picture. And then came this burst of doxology.

“Oh, the depth of the riches, Both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments. And His ways past finding out?” (Rom. 11:33)

The unsolved mysteries and unanswered prayers all fade to gray against the panorama of God’s plan for the age. In the end, unanswered prayer brings me face to face with the mystery that silenced Paul: the profound difference between my perspective and God’s – Philip Yancey


Prayer imparts the power to walk and not faint – Chambers (ODB)


DAY 9                          SATURDAY JANUARY, 9.                           2016

WINGS LIKE A DOVE.                                                           Ps. 55:4-22.

“…Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest…” (Ps. 55:6).

David sighed, Oh! that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (Ps. 55:6). As for me, I’d build a cabin in the saw-tooth, or take a permanent post in a fire-lookout tower. When life weighs on me, I too yearn to fly away and be at rest. David wrote freely about his circumstances: Violence, Oppression and Strife surrounded him on all sides, stirred up by the disloyalty of an old friend (55:8-14) Fear and terror, pain and trembling, anxiety and restlessness overwhelmed him (vv4-5). Is it any wonder he longed to fly away? But escape was impossible. He could not evade his lot. He could only give his circumstances to God. “As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud and He shall hear my voice.” (vv16-17). Whatever our circumstances-a burdensome ministry, a difficult marriage, joblessness, or a deep loneliness-we can give them to God. He has lifted the burden of our sins; will He not lift the weight of our sorrows? We have trusted Him with our eternal souls: can we not entrust our present circumstances to Him? “…Cast your burdens on the LORD, and He shall sustain you…” (55:22)

PRAYER LINE: Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will be singing as the days go by –  Oatman (ODB)


Because God cares about us, we can leave our cares with Him.


DAY 10                        SUNDAY JANUARY, 10.                     2016

SURPRISED BY GOD.                                                        Ruth. 2:17-23.

“…The LORD… has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead…” (Ruth. 2:20).

If Naomi had dreamed about returning to her former home prosperous and successful, entering Bethlehem would have been a nightmare. While living in a foreign land she had lost her husband and two sons and returned with only her daughter-in-law Ruth and a heart full of sorrow. “…Do not call me Naomi (Pleasant) call me Mara (Bitter)…” She told her former neighbours, “…For the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me…” (Ruth. 1:20). But this wasn’t the end of the story. When the discouraged Naomi saw God’s hand in Ruth’s life, she said, “…The LORD… has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!..” (2:20). What appeared to be a dead-end had become a doorway for those two women who had lost so much. The Old Testament book of Ruth is a wonderful story. The brief narrative is infused with an amazing sweetness and grace as “the Lord” is mentioned time after time.

Through Naomi and Ruth, we are reminded that God works in surprising ways to make His love known and to accomplish His purposes – even during difficult times. God’s surprises continue so we can take heart: He has not stopped showing His kindness to you and me.  – (ODB)

PRAYER LINE: He whose heart is kind beyond all measure. Gives unto each day what He deems best- Lovingly, its part of Pain and pleasure, Mingling toil with peace and rest – Berg


What we see of God’s provisions teaches us to trust Him for what we cannot see of His Purpose.


DAY 11                        MONDAY JANUARY, 11.                             2016

IT’S ABOUT HIM-NOT US.                                                  Eph. 1:15-23.

“…At the centre of all this, Christ rules…” (v22TM).

“The universe revolves around us.” And what Copernicus did for the earth, God does for our souls, He points us to His Son and says, “At the centre of all this, Christ rules.” Paul points out that God doesn’t exist to make a big deal out of us; we exist to make a big deal out of Him. Max Lucado writes; “We struggle with this idea because we’ve been demanding our way since infancy.” “I want a spouse who makes me happy, Co-workers who respect me and ask my opinion, weather that suits me, a government that serves me, and a God who gives me everything I want! It’s all about me! What if an orchestra followed that approach, each artist clamoring for self-expression? Tubas blasting non-stop, percussionists pounding to get attention, the trumpeter standing on the conductor’s stool tooting his horn. Harmony? Happiness? Not at all. Who enjoys confusion, or contributing to a cacophony? What would happen if we each took our place, played our part, followed the score He gave us, and made His song our song? What if there was less “here’s what I want” and more “what do you suppose God wants?” Paul answers, “Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, (we) are changed into the same image from glory to glory” (2Cor. 3:18). Getting our eyes off ourselves and onto Christ, makes us more like Him. It changes us- and couldn’t we use a change? –  (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, direct my thought life, my faith be centered on Jesus. Let people see You in my life, my family, the ministry, in Jesus’ Name. 


God is always available to hear the prayers of His children.


DAY 12                        TUESDAY JANUARY, 12.                            2016

ACCEPTED TIME (1)                                                                Eccl. 3:1-8.

“…To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” (v1).

God has a timetable by which He works, and He follows it strictly. He handled the case of Lazarus the brother of Mary and Martha in Jn. 11:1-8. His own way. God knew the condition of Lazarus even before it happened. The Bible says: “…Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world…” (Acts. 15:18). Lazarus’ sisters waited for Jesus to come till the time they concluded it was all over. They were not disappointed in the end because when it was time for Him to act according to His timetable, their mourning turned to joy and they sang a new song.

If you are truly His child, walking uprightly before Him be aware that He knows of that experience you are having for which you earnestly desire a change. He knew about it before you were born. How amazing! When He stepped into the case of Lazarus according to His own timetable on the fourth day of his demise, the hopeless situation became a great testimony. Has His “delay” made your case worse? I have good news for you! The Lord will step in and yours shall be a mighty testimony, and great joy shall follow in Jesus’ Name. In grief, Mary and Martha did not consider Him less than they had taken Him to be. They were pained of the delay. Nevertheless, their response to Jesus was still that of reverence.  – (OH)

PRAYER LINE: Father, as I meditate on Your Word, increase my faith to trust You and be patient for Your appointed time.


When all you have is God, you have all you need.


DAY 13                        WEDNESDAY JANUARY, 13.            2016

ACCEPTED TIME (2)                                                             Jn. 11:39-44.

“…Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast, for my time is not yet fully come…” (Jn. 7:8).

God is never too early, and He is never too late. His timetable is set on purpose; the purpose is not only for your sake but also for His. In all things, His name shall be glorified. No doubt, He would have been glorified healing Lazarus of his sickness, but this cannot compare to raising him from the dead after four days. Being the perfect God that He is, His timetable is the perfect one and not yours. Your case will soon become a testimony that will bring you great joy and celebration; your testimony will also bring great glory to God, in Jesus’ Name.

The attributes of God’s nature such as Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience are demonstrated in the way His timetable works. His love moves Him to seek the good of His people and desire their peace, joy, fulfillment, health etc. By His Omnipresence and Omniscience, He sees and knows all that is going on, even to the smallest detail. Through His Omnipotence, He has the ability to effect the required and desirable change. He can make a ninety year old conceive a child-Sarah. He can bring back to life a decaying corpse-Lazarus. (Jn. 11:39-44). He is able to bring back lost opportunities-Abraham’s promised child (Gen. 17:16-19). When God is at work, the impossible becomes possible, the irreversible becomes reversed and the hopeless becomes hopeful.  – (O.H).

PRAYER LINE: Your acceptable time is now. Your story is changing from a shameful or reproachful one to an enviable one. You will forget the pain and sorrow of your past, in the mighty Name of Jesus.


No force is greater than the power of God’s love.



DAY 14                        THURSDAY JANUARY, 14.                         2016

ACCEPTED TIME (3)                                                        Num. 14:39-45.

“…For He saith, I have heard thee in a time acceptable, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee…” (2Cor.6:2).

Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth did not give birth to John the Baptist until they had grown old. Yet the Bible says in Lk. 1:6 “…And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinance of the Lord blameless…” The one that was to be the forerunner of the Messiah (Jesus) was only going to be older than Jesus by 6months. God had reserved for His righteous servants the honour of becoming the parents of this fellow who would also be the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. (Matt. 11:11). The same applies in the case of Hannah, who was ridiculed and mocked for a long time, due to barrenness. Hannah’s desperation for a child made her willing to devote her child to God right about the time when God’s timetable was set for His plan. You must be ready when God says His time has come. The Israelites were supposed to move into the Promised Land from the wilderness, they were instructed through Moses to do so. They were not ready and revolted and missed their chance. In 1Kgs. 17:8-16, if Elijah had delayed, the widow would have prepared her last meal and she would have eaten it all.

PRAYER LINE: Deal with the weakness of unbelief, disobedience, doubt and fear. It is my prayer that you will be ready when God’s time comes, in Jesus’ Name. – (OH)


There is time for everything under heaven.


DAY 15                        FRIDAY JANUARY, 15.                                2016

GOD’S SELF REVELATION.                                             Isa. 42:10-17.

“…But those who trust in idols…will be turned back in utter shame…” (v17).

Most of what we know about God is from His Self-Revelation in the Scripture. We know something about Him as we look out through the lattice of nature, but because the world of nature has been affected by the fall, we cannot expect to find a full revelation of Him there. Scripture however is different. The Bible, I believe, has been supernaturally protected from the effects of sin, and in its pages we have a clear revelation of who God is and what He likes. This is why all human ideas about God, His will and His work, both traditional and contemporary, must be ruthlessly brought in line with what Scripture says. Those who think that they can get a clear picture of God apart from Scripture are deceived. A young Christian once said, “I don’t need to read the Bible to know God. I simply sit and meditate on Him and He reveals Himself to me.” He thought that he could know God in this way, but he was mistaken. When we try to get to know God using our own imagination we run the risk of knowing an imaginary God. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself, and unless our thoughts are guided and constantly corrected by God’s thoughts we will soon go off our target. I can look into the Bible to see what God is like. And we need to remember that idolatry which really is forming unbiblical notions of God and thus worshipping unrealities-is the sin that is most frequently denounced in Scripture.

PRAYER LINE: O God, help me understand that the entrance of Your word gives light. May I take Your light as my light, in Jesus’ Name. – (EDWJ)


No service for Christ goes unnoticed by Him



DAY 16                        SATURDAY JANUARY, 16.                         2016

FROM TEARS TO JOY.                                                                  Ps. 126.

“…Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy…” (v5).

In the world, tears can lead to bitterness, hopelessness, despair. In God’s economy, however, tears can lead to joy. As the Psalmist says, “those who ‘go out weeping, carrying the seed to sow’ yet will return ‘with songs of joy,’ carrying sheaves with them…” (v6). How amazing is that!

One area I’ve sowed tears relates to living away from family and friends. Keeping my parents from their grandchildren, for instance, makes me sad. As does missing birthdays anniversaries and just the day-to-day stuff of life-shopping trips with my mother and sister or having my father assemble our trampoline.

And yet the call to be away from family remains firm. God takes those tears away and bestows a harvest in return. Such as the Church where my husband serves, which after a rocky start is growing and flourishing; the friendships I’ve made there.

Are you sowing tears? Perhaps you are not happy with your work, or lack thereof, or you are caring for small children and you know that they are growing up quickly, but the days feel long. Or you are retired and wondering how you should be spending your time. Or life will never be the same because one close to you has recently died.

PRAYER LINE: Today, may the Lord reveal to us even a glimpse of how He will turn our tears to rejoicing, May He give us an eternal perspective, that we might welcome the sheaves that one day we will carry. Amen. 


Trust in the Lord is cure for a fearful spirit.




DAY 17                        SUNDAY JANUARY, 17.                     2016

FIND FAITHFUL FRIENDS.                                                2Tim. 1:3-7.

“…A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother…” (Prov. 18:24).

“…Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands…” (2Tim. 1:6).

When God gives you a divine dream and heavenly vision, you have to do more than avoid people who are jealous of your dream. You must find people who will encourage you and help you fulfill the vision. You need to find spiritual allies who will constantly remind you of your gifts and abilities (and the One who gave them to you).

It is easy to forget the gift God gave you when you are in the middle of the hurt or in the heat of battle. Everyday pressures can bog you down and cause you to forget your God-given abilities. You need true friends who know you so well that they can tell when you get depressed or discouraged. Before you know it, they will be at your side, reminding you of the vision and of all the times God has come through for you. It is important to stir up the gifts inside you. Paul the apostle made it clear that it is your job to stir up! Let me speak to you as a friend and brother in Christ: “You are not what those jealous people say you are. Get up and keep going.” Do not just lie there, God has invested great gifts in you for a great purpose. You have a special God-given ability to get through this.

PRAYER LINE: God, I am starring up the gift, I remember the dream You gave me. Please show me the friends I need to encourage me on my journey. – (CTC)


A godly life is a fragrance that draws others to Christ.


DAY 18                        MONDAY JANUARY, 18.                             2016

THE GOD WHO IS THERE.                                                  Ps. 14:1-7.

“…The fool says in his heart, There is no God…” (v.1).

Men  and women are so reluctant to pass from the notion of an abstract force or deity to acknowledge the living God. The idea of a living personal God gives men and women the jitters. They sense deep within that they are accountable to Him but they don’t know what to do about it. C.S. Lewis in his Miracles; expressed it like this: The Pantheist’s God does nothing, demands nothing. He is there if you wish for Him, like a book on a shelf. He will not pursue you. There is no danger that at any time heaven and earth should flee away at His glance. But Christ the Creator King is there. And His intervening presence is terribly startling to discovering that there is a living personal God in the universe to sitting alone in the dark and sensing someone breathing beside you. It is always shocking; he says, “to meet life where we thought we were alone.” “There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly:” was that a real foot-step in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbing in religion suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He has found us? So it is a sort of Rubicon. One goes across; or not. But if one does, there is no manner of security against miracles. One may be in for anything; C.S. Lewis. No one need worry about getting any shocks when they steadfastly resist believing in a personal God. No shocks, but no salvation either.

PRAYER LINE: Precious God, how can I ever sufficiently thank You for bringing me to Yourself? Knowing God taking personal interest in me is wonderful. Thank You Lord. – (EDWJ) 


Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is there – Ezekiel. 48:35.


DAY 19                        TUESDAY JANUARY, 19.                            2016

THE CONSUMING FIRE.                                                  Heb. 12:14-29.

“…Our God is a consuming fire…” (v.1).

George MacDonald writes: “Nothing is inexorable but love…” For love loves unto purity. Love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of that which it beholds. Where loveliness is incomplete, and love make more lovely that it may love more; it strives for perfection even that itself may be perfected- not in itself, but in the object.

Therefore all that is not beautiful in the beloved, all that comes between and is not of love’s kind must be destroyed. “…And our God is a Consuming Fire…” Power words! The reason why God is a consuming fire is so that the things that are not of Him might be entirely consumed, and only that which is eternal remain. The nature of God is so terribly pure that it destroys everything that is not pure as fire. God desires us to worship Him in “…the beauty of holiness…” (1Chron. 16:29NIV). This means that He wants the purity in us to march the purity in Him. We cannot arrive at this purity by self-effort, of course, but the more we draw close to Him, the more the fire of His purity will burn out the dross within us. It is not that the fire will burn us “but the fire will burn us up until we worship. And the fire will go on burning within us after everything that is foreign to it has been consumed. God is a consuming fire. He always was, and always will be. “World without end.”

PRAYER LINE: Father, May Your consuming fire burn out all the dross within me until everything that is foreign to Your nature which is part of me is no more, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. – (EDWJ) 


Worship God in the beauty of His holiness.



DAY 20              WEDNESDAY JANUARY, 20.                     2016

GOD REMEMBERS YOU.                                                       Ps. 103:14.

“…For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust…” (Ps.103:14).

Once while struggling in my heart to understand why God had not more readily answered one of my requests, I stumbled upon a word that brought streams into my desert. “…But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the Ark, and He sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded…” (Gen. 8:1NIV). The first four words were all I needed. I still quote them from time to time. When you remember that God knows where you are and that He will get back to you in time-what peace! What joy!! Before Noah ran out of resources and provisions, God remembered him. The Lord knows where you are and He knows how much you have left in reserve. Just before you run out, God will send the wind to blow back the waters of impossibility and provide for you. I can’t begin to describe the real ammunition I received out of those four powerful words: “…But God remembered Noah..!” I too need ministry to keep my attitude from falling while I wait on the manifestation of the promise of God. Sometimes very simplistic reminders that God is still Sovereign brings joy to the heart of someone who is in a holding pattern. The comforting Spirit of God calms my fears every time He reminds me that God doesn’t forget. – (T.D. Jakes)

PRAYER LINE: As you pray-ponder on “…For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward His name in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister…” (Heb. 6:10)


The Lord knows where you are and He knows how much you have left in reserve. – E.D. Jakes



DAY 21              THURSDAY JANUARY, 21.                         2016

FLAWED.                                                                               Gen. 27:6-23.

“…My strength is made perfect in weakness…” (2Cor.27:6-23).

A well known actor commented that he enjoyed playing “Flawed” characters in movies because people could relate better to an imperfect character. Most of us would agree that it’s easier for us to understand people who aren’t perfect because we know that we are imperfect. God included stories in the Bible of people who were deceitful, weak, unreliable, and angry. Take Jacob, for example, who deceived his father so that he would receive a blessing (Gen. 27:1-29). Then there was Gideon who was unsure of God that he asked Him twice for proof that He would be faithful to do what He said He would do. (Judg. 6:39). And then there’s Peter, who for fear of his own safety, denied even knowing his friend and Lord (Mk. 14:66-72). But when we read the rest of their stories, we observe that these people were able, with God’s help, to overcome their shortcomings and ultimately be useful to Him. That happened when they depended not on themselves but on God. Just like the people who lived thousands of years ago, each of us comes with flaws. But by God’s grace we can overcome those imperfections by embracing His “…Strength which is made perfect in weakness…” (2Cor. 12:9).

PRAYER LINE: God’s strength is made perfect in weakness, For when we are weak He is strong, To overcome in us what’s wrong – Sper (ODB)


It’s good to learn of our weakness if it drives us to lean on God’s strength.



DAY 22                        FRIDAY JANUARY, 22.                                2016

CARING IS COMMITMENT.                                                 Jas. 4:7-17.

“…Anyone then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins…” (v17).

What is Christian caring? (1) Caring is attending to the welfare of another person, reaching out to them in ways that help that person see and understand the character of Christ manifested in our deeds, our words and our actions. Caring is more than liking a person, comforting a person, or showing sympathy to a person. Caring is a commitment, and an action of the will which is dedicated to obeying a God-given, fundamental law of the universe- it is more blessed to give than to receive. I heard of a lady who attended a Church where the minister and the elders laid great stress on giving-the giving of members timely tithes and talents to the Lord. One Sunday morning, after an especially strong appeal, she approached the minister and said; “All you seem to think about in this Church is give, give, give…” thank you; the minister replied, “That is the best definition of the Christian life I’ve ever heard.” It is important to recognize that caring is more than a feeling, more than a mood, more than an emotion: it is an attitude that leads to an intention to do what God expects of us, whether we feel like it or not. Take the text for today, “…Anyone then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins…” Our feelings may be involved- we might enjoy helping someone, or not; we wait for the “right” feelings, they may come too late. Caring is commitment- Someone “doing the good he ought to do,” however he feels.

PRAYER LINE: Father, give me the heart and the strength to do good I ought to do. Help me to be guided to follow Your will, in Jesus’ Name.


The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously (Jas. 4:5b) – EDWJ


DAY 23                        SATURDAY JANUARY, 23.                         2016

CARING IS LISTENING.                                            Jas. 1:19-27.

“…It is best to listen much…” (v19TLB).

What is Caring? Caring is commitment of the will to do what Christ expects of us- whether we feel like it or not. (2) Caring is Listening: One of the most caring things we can do for people is to listen to them. God has given us one mouth and two ears. I think He expects us to listen twice as much as we speak. Listening means concentrating on what another person is saying so intently that you become more aware of the other person than you are of yourself. That’s not easy, since society teaches us to express ourselves rather than listen to others. Listening is an art, which is physical as well as verbal. Your body language is important, when people talk to you; they receive lots of messages from your body about how interested you are in them. If you hold another person’s eye longer than, say, two seconds, it’s a clear sign to them that you are interested in what they are saying. Don’t overdo this and spend the rest of the day starring into peoples’ eyes, because obviously this principle can be taken too far. But ask the Lord to help you become good listener, and to listen to others as He listens to you. An expert in listening said, when he listens to feelings, he notices moistness around their eyes, as if to say: Thank God! At last I’m being heard.

PRAYER LINE: Father God, I am humbled and gratified that whenever I talk to You, You always listen and never turn away from me. Make me a good listener. Amen. – (EDWJ) 


The seeds we sow today determine the kind of fruit we’ll reap tomorrow.


DAY 24                        SUNDAY JANUARY, 24.                     2016

CARING IS EMPATHY.                                                       2Cor. 1:1-11.

“…Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble…” (v4).

(3). Another principle of caring is putting yourself in another person’s place: the imaginative ability to project yourself into another person’s position is the key to relationships, for as we said, “life is sensitivity.” I like the way someone defined empathy: “Your pain in my heart,” Sometimes people say to me; I’m not a very sympathetic person, so I’m not suited to a listening caring robe! I usually respond by saying: “You can equip yourself, because sympathy can be learned. Sympathy is subjective: It gets down into the pit with a person and shares their feelings of hurt. Empathy is objective: It seeks to understand the hurt, without going down into the pit, so that the other person can be lifted to safety and security- Empathy– is more objective than Sympathy and more appropriate for the caring task. Christians who are not empathetic by nature can develop the ‘mindset’ of empathy. It involves an active effort to understand what is going on in the other person’s heart. Ask yourself: How would I react if that had happened to me? – Ask God to heal you of your inner hurts. Seek God’s healing and you will be better equipped to care for others-and to introduce them to the God who can soothe all pains and solve all problems.

PRAYER LINE: Gracious Father, help me to become a truly empathic person – one who can feel for others. If I need inner healing, please heal me now, in Jesus’ Name. – (EDWJ)  


True love has no strings attached.


DAY 25                        MONDAY JANUARY, 25.                             2016

CARING IS RESPECT.                                                        Rom. 12:9-21.

“…be eager to show respect for one another…” (v10).

(4). A Fourth Principle of Caring is this;Caring is Showing Respect:” A research conducted in the USA found – the professionals had the ability to treat the people they were counselling with the profoundest respect. They did not belittle them or approach them in a superior attitude, but came alongside them with the attitude: I know you are hurting… I could have been in the same predicament… let’s work together to get you back on your feet. Unless we are careful, whenever we are in contact with individuals in need we may convey the attitude: Isn’t it wonderful that I am going to help you! Or “How on earth did you allow yourself to get into such a mess?” I would never have done such a thing?  This attitude is foreign to Christ’s Spirit of caring. He differentiated between the sin and the sinner. He loathes our sins, but loves us profoundly, when we can do that- differentiates between a person’s  struggle or problem, and him or her as a person- then we are better able to play our parts as a caring member of Christ’s Body. Respect, means that we care for people too much to judge them, categorize them, label them or manipulate them, instead, we spend time offering love, concern and willingness to bear their burdens, and so fulfilling the law of Christ. Is it any wonder that Jesus was called “The Friend of Sinners?” let us learn to respect those we care for, following His example.

PRAYER LINE: Father God, remove from my heart any supercilious or judgmental attitude. Help me to relate with other people with love, care and respect, in Jesus’ Name. . – (EDWJ)  


Compassion invests everything necessary to heal the hurts of others.


DAY 26                        TUESDAY JANUARY, 26.                            2016

CARING IS BEING KNOWN.                                              Matt. 8:1-4.

“…Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man…” (v3).

(5). How can we demonstrate our love and concern for others? First, Listen carefully to what the other person is saying, and how they feel. Secondly, find words to reflect back their feelings and situations. Thirdly, use those words to tell them you are trying to understand their predicament. Remember sympathy means experiencing the same emotions. If the other person is sad, you feel sad too. You can be helpful if you just understand their feelings. This is what we mean by empathy. When we respond with empathy, we show that we understand what someone is saying about their feelings or situation. As a listener, when you respond with empathy, what is the effect on the other person? They realize that you are listening to them with your full attention, and really trying to understand them. Such attentive caring is both a great compliment and a precious gift, because you are treating that person as important, and showing that they are worth your time. The helpfulness of empathetic response is immeasurable. If this skill becomes part of your daily life, you will develop deep in relationships. If other people know you are seeking to understand their situation, feeling, needs and interests, then over time they will seek to understand your situation, feelings, needs and interests. Helpful, empathetic responses lead to helpful, empathetic relationships. Jesus is our model: let us follow Him:

PRAYER LINE: Lord, help me to reach out today to those I come across. Help me to help them with respect and empathy, as Jesus did. –  (EDWJ)


My life helps paint my neighbours picture of God.


DAY 27                        WEDNESDAY JANUARY, 27.            2016

CARING IS HOPE.                                                                Matt. 7:7-12.

“…Ask and it will be given you…” (v7).

(6). Caring is giving Hope: Can you imagine how difficult it would be to care for someone if you couldn’t offer hope? There is, of course, natural hope, based on human understanding. A person who is seriously ill, for example can be greatly helped by a doctor who assures them that others have recovered from this illness. This medical knowledge can create in the sufferer a hope that is psychologically therapeutic. However, that is different from Christian hope; the assurance based on God’s Word and character that in every trial and difficulty help will come from God. Has He not promised that when we ask, we shall receive; when we knock, the door shall be opened; when we seek, we shall find? Learn to share this message with Christians who are on the way, and also with those who are hurting. Remind them that God comes swiftly to the aid of those who are burdened-to deliver them from trouble, or provide the grace that will enable them to transform their pain into a pearl. Christian hope does not encourage us to deny or slip into inactivity or engage in wishful thinking. Christian hope rests on the fact that God is all-wise, all knowing and all-compassionate. Such trusts are not easy to grasp when one is under pressure. But God gives us hope that sustains us- just as a loving parent gives their children bread or fish, not a snake or a stone. Let us live in the hope that comes from God and share it with others, especially in times of trouble.

PRAYER LINE: Father God, make me a messenger of hope today. Help me to come alongside Your children and tell them that Jesus cares.  – (EDWJ)  


God pours His love into our hearts to flow out to others.


DAY 28                        THURSDAY JANUARY, 28.                         2016

CARING IS UNDERSTANDING.                                            Eph. 4:1-6.

“…be patient with one another in love…” (v2).

(7). The final important principle in the caring relationship that we shall consider is: Caring is helping a person to feel understood: Everyone likes to feel understood, but how do we communicate to those who are hurting that we understand their feelings and their problems? One way is by listening carefully, then reflecting back a summary of their situation as we see it. A Christian trying to help another who was obviously upset about something joined in a conversation thus – “I’m feeling very upset with him” I see, you’re feeling upset with him! Yes, he had no right to talk to me like that! Himm, he had no right to talk to you like that? “Yes, and what’s more, I’m going to let him know how you feel. I could well imagine that listeners responding to the statement “I’m going to throw myself out of the window in the same senseless manner” Himm, I see, you’re going to throw yourself out of the window? If you want to help people, don’t repeat exactly what they say. They will feel as though they are talking to a parrot. Summarize what you hear, expressing it in different words. It shows the person that you have grasped and comprehended their problem, and gives them the reassurance that although you may not have a solution, you understand their predicament and their feelings. And being understood is as helpful to the emotions as good advice is to the mind. Don’t seek to solve the person’s problem-seek to understand the person’s feelings.

PRAYER LINE: Father God, help me to be skillful at this task of helping people to feel understood, in Jesus’ Name.  – (EDWJ)  


Empathize and not Sympathize with others.


DAY 29                        FRIDAY JANUARY, 29.                                2016

THE POWER OF HOLINESS.                                                 Ps. 99:1-9.

“…Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His footstool; He is holy…” (v5).

No one knows the true grace of God; said the great Bible teacher A.W.T Tozer, “Who has not first known the fear of God.” He continued, “Always there was about any manifestation of God, something that dismayed the onlookers, that daunted and overawed them, that struck them with a terror more than the natural” I do not believe any lasting good can come from religious activities that are not rooted in this fear. Until we have been gripped by that nameless terror which results when an unholy creature is suddenly confronted by the One who is Holiest of all, we are not likely to be much affected by the doctrine of love and grace. “There was a time when the nature and character of God was a theme constantly preached from Christian pulpits, but not anymore. We must stop every time we come across a reference to God’s character in the Bible and pause to consider it. The Church of the twenty-first century needs a new vision of God’s holiness. No one has done anything mighty for God without this vision. Ezekiel tells us of the “rims” in his vision that were so high they were “awesome” (Ezek. 1:18), and Jacob rising from sleep, said, “How awesome is this Place!” (Gen. 28:17). We will be of little use to God unless we know how to tremble before Him.

PRAYER LINE: Father, draw me closer, for in You and You alone, lies both my salvation and my sanctification. Amen – (EDWJ)


There is no happiness apart from holiness and no holiness apart from Christ.


DAY 30                        SATURDAY JANUARY, 30.                         2016

STUCK ON THE HIGHWAY (1)                                    Matt. 17:14-21.

“…I say to you, if you have faith, as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you…” (v20).

God, is something wrong with me? Why is nothing happening? Have you ever felt stock, even though you knew you were operating in a degree of faith? Do not stop, you are experiencing only a temporary delay. Always remember that when God speaks to you and gives you vision, He never gives you a bad idea. Because of His nature, the Creator can give you nothing but perfection. He is perfection itself. This also means that God does not have nightmares and or get nervous about the future. He knows the end from the beginning. So although things do not look good now, just keep diligently seeking Him by faith. You need to be diligent in order to turn that corner and escape the temporary “Sticking point.” The flip side of all this is simple: If you do not keep after faith – If you do not go after God – then your hope and inspiration will die. Remember: you do not diligently seek Him merely by showing up at Church on Sunday! Stick with it. Do not give up on your dream or on the all-wise God who gave it to you. Keep after it in faith.  – (CTC)

PRAYER LINE: Make this declaration – Jesus, I refuse to give up! I will turn this corner; I look to You more and more. I believe that with Your help, this too will add to my destiny, in Jesus’ Name.


Confidence in Christ is the right kind of confidence.



DAY 31                        SUNDAY JANUARY, 31.                     2016

STUCK ON THE HIGHWAY (2)                                           Lev. 10:1-3.

“…Before all the people I must be glorified…” (v3).

At the end of His life, Jesus declared His mission a success by saying, “…I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do…” (Jn. 17:4NIV). David writes, “…Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory…” (Ps. 115:1) The breath you took as you might “reflect the Lord’s glory.” (2Cor. 3:18). Before Moses was qualified to lead Israel he first had to pray, “…Show me Your glory…” (Exo. 33:18NIV). We cross a line when we make such a request, when our deepest desire is not the things of God, or the favour of God, but God Himself, we cross a threefold. Less self-focus, more God-focus. Less about us – more about Him. This calls for the death of ego. It rubs us the wrong way. It’s a truth we must constantly remind ourselves of “…God made all things, and everything continues through Him and for Him. To Him be glory forever…” (Rom. 11:36). And if you still haven’t got the message: “…There is only one God the Father, who created everything and we exist for Him…” (1Cor. 8:6). Why does the earth spin? For Him. Why do you have talents and abilities? For Him. Whose word matters? His. Whose will must be done? His, not ours. God’s to-do list consists of one item: “Reveal My glory.” Heaven’s framed and mounted statement of purpose reads: “Declare God’s glory.” Everything and everyone exists to reveal His glory – including you. Try to remember that. – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please teach me to declare Your glory continually, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Tears flee in the sight of God’s presence.


DAY 32                        MONDAY FEBRUARY, 1.                            2016

SIGNS AND WONDERS (1)                                              MK. 16:17-18.

“…Therefore the Lord Himself shall give a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son … call his name Immanuel…” Is. 7:14.

A sign is a supernatural occurrence through God’s intervention in the course of nature. A sign is making the impossible become possible. In Lk. 1:26-33, the family of Joseph the carpenter was given a sign that had never occurred since the creation of the world. What happened to Mary – a virgin who conceived is beyond the realm of reasoning. It was a sign that had symbolic meaning for Israel and the world at large. In Mk. 16:17-18, our Lord Jesus Christ assured every believer of signs and wonders. For many people, it is unbelievable that there are evil spirits that satan has assigned to torment mankind. Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ who came not only to expose demonic activities but to subdue them on our behalf. Jesus in Jn. 10:10 said; “…The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have…have it more abundantly…” The Holy Spirit speaking through Apostle John corroborated this in 1Jn. 3:8: “… For this purpose the son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil…” In your family, the Lord is set to give you a sign that no medical or natural science can explain. Get yourself ready for a sign from God that will confuse the reasoning of men. All you need is to believe and you will see the Glory of God.

PRAYER LINE: I decree complete deliverance from all satanic oppression in my life and my entire family. I claim total healing for every member of my family, in Jesus’ Name. – (O.H).


For joy that will last, always put God first.



DAY 33                        TUESDAY FEBRUARY, 2                            2016

SIGNS AND WONDERS (2)                                                   MK. 2:1-12.

“… Then said Jesus unto him, Except you see signs and wonders, ye shall not believe …” (Jn. 4:48).

When our Lord walked the earth, the people wanted Him to prove that He was the messiah through a sign-beyond His heart penetrating sermons, they wanted to see a sign from Him which they would believe He came from God. “…Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders ye will not believe! (Jn. 4:48). In Mk. 2:1-12, we have the story of a bedridden man healed at the command of Jesus. Witnesses of this miracle wondered at the marvelous display of God’s power. The miracle that will make people open their mouth shall happen to you this season in Jesus’ Name. In the above passage-the healing of the paralytic, (Mk. 2:5, 11-12), (1) His spiritual healing, (2:5). Jesus says, “… my son, your sins are forgiven…” (2) His physical healing (2:11-12) Jesus says, “…Stand up, take your mat (bed) and go home, because you are healed. He was accused of blasphemy by the scribes. But Jesus say, His authority to forgive sin is seen in His power to heal. Exercise your faith in God through Jesus Christ on a particular situation that seems impossible-believing that God will do it and He will perform it. I decree concerning you that because of the signs and wonders the Lord shall perform in your life, all the members of your family shall be converted to the gospel, in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER LINE: In the name that is above every other name, God will do something new in your life and family, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. __________________________________________________________

The storms of life remind us to take shelter in the loving arms of our Saviour. – (O.H)


DAY 34                        WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY, 3           2016

SIGNS AND WONDERS (3)                                                          Exo. 4:9.

“… They said therefore unto Him, what sign shewest Thou then, that we may see, and believe Thee? What dost Thou work..?” (Jn. 6:30).

We vividly saw from studies that people required signs from Jesus to prove He is the Messiah. If people required that Jesus should prove that He is the Messiah through a sign, it is then expected that people would expect anyone who claims to be a minister of God to confirm his or her calling with signs and wonders. As a servant of God, the ministry God has called you to is designed for signs and wonders. Your ministry is your area of service to the Lord. It may be singing, teaching, evangelism, counselling, or just any definite area of service for which you have received special grace and anointing. For you to function effectively in your area of calling, you need signs and wonders to follow up. This will attest to the fact that God actually sent you and that you are not an impostor. Some people desire academic, theological or ministerial titles: there is nothing wrong with titles if God gives you the grace to acquire them legitimately to His glory. However, in the service of God, titles without signs and wonders backing them up are inappropriate. You need signs and wonders-working anointing to make it in your business life and to establish your calling among the people.

PRAYER LINE: Father, for all those asking where my God is, show Yourself mighty for them to see.


In every desert of despair, God has an oasis of comfort. – (OH)


DAY 35                        THURSDAY FEBRUARY, 4                         2016

STANDING ON THE PROMISES.                                    2Peter. 1:1-11.

“… He has given us His very great and precious promises…” (v4).

It is one thing to accept the faithfulness of God as a dear Biblical truth; it is quite another to act upon it. God has as many promises, which today’s text describes as great and precious; but do we actually count on them being fulfilled? Do we except God to be true to His Word? Of course, we have to be careful that we do not hold God to promises He has not given: Over the years I have seen the heartaches suffered by Christians who have been encouraged to take a statement from the Word of God, turn it into a “Promise” and urged people to believe that it would come about. When nothing happened they become deeply discouraged and dishearted. A woman had taken the words in Acts. 16:31- “…Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-you and your household…” and claimed them as a promise. When her husband and son died unrepentant she was devastated and on the point of giving up her faith. I pointed out first, even God cannot save those who don’t want to be saved and second, the promise given by Paul and Silas was for the Philippians’ jailer, not for anyone else. There are nevertheless, literally hundreds of promises God has given us in His Word that we can claim without equivocation. “…Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you…” (Heb. 13:15) is just one among many. Be careful, however, that it is a general promise you are banking on, not one given for a specific situation.

PRAYER LINE: Father, I have Your promise that You will guide me into all truth, so my trust is in You that You will give me wisdom to discern between a promise which is general and one that is specific, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. – (EDWJ)


The more we read the Bible, the more we see the promise.


DAY 36                        FRIDAY FEBRUARY, 5                                2016

THE TRUTH IN A NUT SHELL.                                       Dan. 11:14-35.

“… The people who know their God will firmly resist him …” (v32).

What is our benefit of keeping our gaze continually focused on God? There are at least three. First, the more we discover about Him, the more we will want to become like Him. The most natural thing in the world when there is a good relationship between parents and their child is for that child to become like them. That is the way it is also with God our Father. The more we discover of His love, His holiness, His purity, His trustworthiness, His strength, His patience, the more we want to emulate Him. Second, the more we study God, the better we will know ourselves. When Isaiah entered the Temple and was given a vision of God, he not only saw the glory of God he also perceived the truth about himself. Things that were hidden deep within him came to light in the presence of the Eternal One. Third, the better we come to know God, the clearer will be our perspective on the world. When we understand that God is in Charge we won’t panic every time we open the newspaper or watch the news. We won’t give up hope because of such evils as terrorism, earthquakes, diseases or murders. Naturally, we will be saddened by these events, but we will not be devastated by them. The people who know their God will firmly resist the adversary, says Daniel. We can only know God, of course, through Jesus Christ. But once we do know Him, instead of saying, look what has come to the world, the more you know God, the stronger you will be.

PRAYER LINE: My Father and my God, with Your truth as my compass, and Your word as my chart, I now embark on this great adventure-Getting to know You better. Please guide me day by day, I pray, in Jesus’ Name.


We fulfill our purpose, when we serve our Creator. – (EDWJ


DAY 37                        SATURDAY FEBRUARY, 6                         2016

HAVE IT YOUR OWN WAY, FATHER.                              Job. 1:1-22.

“… The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised…” (v21).

Scripture clearly shows us that those who were called to suffer were enabled to do so because they did not put undue emphasis on the difference between what God does and what He permits. They found God even in what He allowed. Because the world belongs to God, they saw Him as taking ultimate responsibility for whatever happens. If anything was devoid of good then they believed God would not permit it. Job did not regard his sufferings as coming from the Sabeans or the Chaldeans or even from natural causes: He took them from God. “The LORD gave; he said, and the LORD has taken away.” The Psalmist locked into the same truth. “All Your waves and breakers have swept over me; he sad (Ps. 42:7). Somewhere at the heart of bitter experiences, the Psalmist implies, there is a loving purpose at work. They were God’s waves and God’s breakers. Then there is the example of the Saviour Himself. Every Christian is familiar with what happened in Gethsemane. There, our Lord prayed, “…My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me…” (Matt. 26:39). Later He said, “…Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? (Jn. 18:11) “…The content of any cup can be transformed when we see that the hand holding it is that of the Father…” An elderly woman who experienced much suffering resolved any differences between her and God by saying, “…Have it Your own way, Father…” The secret of triumphing over suffering is to accept that God never allows anything to happen to us without providing the strength to handle it.

PRAYER LINE: Father, when suffering comes, help me to depend on You and if You allow it, You will provide a way of escape. – (EDWJ)


God’s family is always right.


DAY 38                        SUNDAY FEBRUARY, 7                               2016

WHEN THE JOURNEY GETS TOUGH.                          2Cor. 1:6-11.

“…We should not trust in ourselves but God who raises the dead…” (v9).

In August 2004, Blair and Ronna Martin lost their energetic 9years-old son, Matti when he was dragged to his death by a family cow. I had a chance to meet this Kenai, Alaska family and share in their grief. And I know how tough this tragedy has been for them. I also know that they are seeking God’s care and comfort for their pain. An observation made by Matti’s Mom is valuable for anyone walking through one of life’s valleys. During one of her down times, Ronna was reading 2Cor. 1:9, which says that “…We should not trust in ourselves but God who raises the dead…” She felt as if Jesus were telling her, “Ronna, I know the journey has been too hard for you, and you are bone-weary. Do not be ashamed of your exhaustion. Instead, see it as an opportunity for me to take charge of your life.” When the journey gets too tough to navigate, 2Cor. 1:9 is a reminder to us that we don’t travel alone, we have the help of the One who showed us His power in the resurrection, and who will demonstrate His power again when He raises believing loved ones of all generations to eternal life. “My strength and my hope have to be in Christ alone! Ronna said, “That’s a truth we all need as we travel the journey God has for us”Dave Branon.

PRAYER LINE:        When life’s journey gets so difficult,

That it feels too much to bear,

Just remember we don’t walk alone-

Our Almighty God is there  –  Sper (ODB)


The storms of life remind us to take shelter in the loving arms of our Saviour.



DAY 39                        MONDAY FEBRUARY, 8                             2016

PROVOKING SIGNS AND WONDERS (1)                      Matt. 8:8-10.

“…Jesus saith unto her, said I unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the Glory of God?…” (Jn.11:40).

Spiritual principles for signs and wonders to become daily occurrence in your life. (1) PRAYER: The centurion is the model. The prayer of this man made the wonder-working Saviour to marvel. It was a prayer of humility. The man said, “…I am not worthy…” May your prayer life receive a fresh sense of humility coupled with all assurance that will provide signs and wonders, in Jesus’ Name.

(2) PRAISE AND WORSHIP: Do you know that even if God wanted to say no to your request and you worship Him, the “no” can become Yes? The Syrophenician woman in Matt. 15:21-28 came to Jesus and said, “Have mercy on me; my daughter is grievously vexed of the devil…” Jesus didn’t answer her a word. This woman persisted in asking, yet Jesus seemed not to pay attention to her. He even said. He was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. The Bible says the woman came and worshipped Him saying “…I know I don’t qualify for a miracle but look at me, I am on my knees…” At the end of the day, she got her miracle. That is why you hear me eulogizing God with names such as; Rock of Ages, Ancient of Days, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah etc. when you do so, you are provoking, signs and wonders – (OH)

PRAYER LINE: Just worship and Praise Him for all His benefits you have received in the past. May your prayers, praises and worship provoke signs and wonders, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Prayers, Praise and Worship provoke signs and wonders.


DAY 40                        TUESDAY FEBRUARY, 9                            2016

PROVOKING SIGNS AND WONDERS (2)                1Sam. 17:34-37.

“…And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; … loved not … unto death…” (Rev. 12:11).

Another important principle for provoking signs and wonders is (3) Testifying to the goodness, majesty and wonder-working power of the Almighty God: Some years back, I observed I could not hear people very well when they talked to me. I later found out that there was a growth in my hearing canals. The doctor who did the check up advised that I should be ready for urgent medical operation but I told her I was not ready for the operation. When she left, I told God that I did not want healing but brand new ears. Seven days later, the doctor came back and did another check-up, this time; she found nothing and could not hold back her amazement at the wonderful works of God.

A man who had been married but childless for some years listened to this testimony of mine and his faith was provoked. By the time he was sharing his testimony, the man with no sperm count at all was carrying his own child. Either your testimony or the testimonies of others can provoke faith which in turn will provoke signs and wonders because Rom. 10:7 says, “…So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God…” Because your testimony about what the Lord had done for you is a form of praise, worship and practical show of gratitude, it is very potent in provoking further signs and wonders

PRAYER LINE: As you share your testimonies, your miracles will be permanent and also increase.


You will be the one to share your testimonies, in Jesus Name. What about you? Pray, praise and worship, testify. You will testify. – (OH)


DAY 41              WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY, 10                            2016

NEW LIFE AFTER INTERRUPTION.                               Gen. 12:1-7.

“…He said to them, “follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him…” (Matt. 4:19-20).

Has God interrupted your life? Abram was minding his own business when God intervened through a divine interruption and told him to leave his country, his family, and his father’s house and go to a land He would show him. Perhaps God interrupted you at a party. Maybe He interrupted you in a traffic jam on a freeway or in the middle of a class or meeting at work. God cannot be controlled or managed. He can invade any circumstance to blow up your plans and mess up your game. When He does, you can count on it being a life long interruption. He will suddenly show up and tell you to step out of your comfort zone and follow Him into the unknown. One thing I have noticed about God is that when He tells us to get up, He usually does not tell us where He is taking us. All we know is that when He says, “Go” we have to go. God has interrupted your life or you would not be investing this time with Him through this devotional book. You had some plans of your own, but God changed them. God often place us in areas in which we feel conspicuously ill equipped. He interrupts our lives so we will lean on and draw closer to Him. Enjoy the journey.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, I know You interrupted my life for a purpose. Today, I choose to walk away from all those things and get up so I can follow You. I trust You every step of the way. – (CTC). __________________________________________________________

There is a blessing in store for those who obey.


DAY 42                        THURSDAY FEBRUARY, 11                       2016

DON’T WORRY.                                                                   Matt. 6:25-34.

“…Do not worry… Your heavenly Father know that ye need all these things…” (Matt. 6:31-32).

My nephew’s job was soon to be eliminated, so I was glad to hear from his wife that he had just accepted an offer for a new position. “We prayed. I worried, and Eric was determined to get another job. Angie wrote in an e-mail, explaining the journey they’d been on for the last few months.

It’s easy for us to panic when we face serious concerns-the loss of a job, a family member with cancer, a wayward child. So we pray. And we get busy. We start doing everything we can think of to move forward in positive way. And we worry. We know it’s a waste of time. Yet a lot of us find ourselves in this dilemma-we know we should trust God, but we wonder just what He’s going to do. That’s when we turn to His Word-to remind us that He is walking with us and inviting us to hand over to Him our worries and burdens. Scripture tells us, “… (Cast) all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you…” (1Pet. 5:7), and “…God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 4:19). When your mind turns to anxious thoughts about the future, remember that “your Heavenly Father knows(Matt. 6:32) and will give you what you need-

PRAYER LINE: I don’t know about tomorrow, it may bring me poverty. But the One who feeds the sparrow is the One who stands by me – Standhill  (ODB)


Worry is a burden God never intended we bear.


DAY 43                        FRIDAY FEBRUARY, 12                              2016

WHY BE HONEST?                                                        Prov. 16:8.

“…Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich…” (Prov. 16:8).

After a week of special meetings, the guest preacher approached the airline desk to purchase a flight for home Ticket in hand; he took a seat in the waiting area. Checking his credit card receipt, he realized the attendant had undercharged him almost fifty percent. “It’s wonderful how God provides,” he rationalized. The Church hadn’t paid him too well and the bills were pilling up at home. For the next half hour he wrestled with himself although, deep down he knew what he had to do. Finally, he returned to the desk and said to the attendant, “I think you made a mistake.” “No,” she replied, “you see, I was in Church last night when you spoke on honesty, and I thought I’d put you to the test. “Why be honest?” Because people are watching your actions and attitudes, in even the smallest of details, are forming the opinion of those who hear you claim to be a follower of Christ. There’s a golden moment in the life of Samuel the Prophet. It’s his retirement. Standing before the nation he had led for 40years, he asks, “Have I ever taken advantage of you or exploited you? Have I ever taken a bribe or played fast and loose with the law? Bring your complaint and I’ll make it right.” “Oh no;” they said, “Never have you done any of that.” (1Sam. 12:3TM). When those who know you best for decades can say that about you, you did it right. And that is as good as it gets. – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, let the Holy Spirit guide me to be Christ-like, to be humble, honest and love others.


My life helps paint my neighbour’s picture of God.


DAY 44                        SATURDAY FEBRUARY, 13                       2016

THE FEAR OF GOD.                                                             Prov. 8:1-21.

“…To Fear the LORD is to hate evil …” (v. 13).

Over and over again in Scripture we are taught that because God is uniquely and awesomely Holy-Pure, separate from sin, and shining in His moral majesty we are to draw near to Him with godly reverence and fear. The vision of God’s holiness had a powerful and profound effect on the Old Testament saints, and it will have similar effect upon us too. The fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom. Contemplation of His character, particularly His holiness will lead a reverential fear that prepares the soul for profitable service and activity, just as it did for Isaiah. What does it mean to “Fear God?” The fear that helps is the fear that expresses itself in reverence veneration awe, a sense of the grandeur and majesty of God. For instance, in Jer. 32:40, we read “…I will inspire them to fear Me, so that they will never turn away from Me…” The fear that hinders is described for us in 2Tim. 1:7: “…For God did not give us the spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline…” God is not to blame for attitudes of cowardice or timidity; they come from within our own hearts. Timid people are frightened people, and if you want to explore this thought still ask yourself: What kind of things frightens me? If we fear them more than we fear God then we are being ruled by the wrong kind of fear.

PRAYER LINE: O God, I bring all those fears that hinder me to You right now and lay them at Your feet. Help me develop such reverential love of You that other fears are quickly swallowed up, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. (EDWJ)


Let God’s Word fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your life.


DAY 45                        SUNDAY FEBRUARY, 14                            2016

FRIENDING – VALENTINE.                                                  Jn, 15:9-17.

“…You are my friends if you do whatever I command you …” (15:14).

The social networking Web site was launched in 2004 as a way for college students to connect with each other online. It is now open to people of all ages and currently there are millions of users. Each user has an individual page with photos and personal details that can be viewed by “Friends.” To “friends” a person means opening the door to communication and information about who you are, where you go, and what you do. Face book friendships may be casual or committed, but each one is, “by invitation only.” Just before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples: “…You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you…” (Jn. 15:14-15). Unselfishness, oneness of purpose and confident trust are the hall marks of true friendship, especially in our relationship with the Lord. Christ has taken the initiative by giving His life for us and inviting us to know and follow Him. Have we responded to the Lord Jesus’ invitation of friendship by opening our hearts to Him with nothing held back?

PRAYER LINE:        Friendship with Jesus,

Fellowship divine,

O what blessed, sweet communion –

Jesus is a friend of mine –   Ludgate    (ODB) 


Jesus longs to be our friend.


DAY 46                        MONDAY FEBRUARY, 15                           2016

SPIRITUAL WARFARE (1)                                                  Eph.6:10-13.

“…Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil …” (Eph. 6:11).

We cannot be talking of the armour of God if there is no God. Anyone who thinks that there is no God is a fool. (Ps. 14:1). The Bible in Dan. 11:32 says, “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits…” Little wonder, Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ in Phil. 3:10 also said: “…That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being made conformable unto His death…” These scriptures show that knowing God is a weapon of spiritual warfare! This armour is made up of several parts. The constituents are listed for us in Eph. 6:14-17.The devil is alive and active. In Job. 1:7, we read about the instability and unpredictability of his destination. This is one of his wiles. The devil’s attacks are not always direct. A good example is found in Josh. 7:1&12. Joshua had been victorious all the time; Jericho had just been taken and Joshua was beginning to feel confident. Then the enemy came from behind. He entered one man who stole what God said they should not take. Joshua went against this small town Ai. The Israelites had to flee from this small town. In 1Sam. 18:5-9, David did nothing wrong but the devil used wiles-the women sang, “…Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands…” This turned Saul against David.

PRAYER LINE: I pray for you that the devil’s wiles against you will be exposed and defeated in Jesus’ Name. You must put on the whole armour of God. – (O.H).


Divine resources are never exhausted.



DAY 47                        TUESDAY FEBRUARY, 16                          2016

SPIRITUAL WARFARE (2)                                                  Eph.6:14-15.

“… For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness …” (Eph. 6:12).

The Bible in 1Tim. 6:23 says, “…Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on Eternal Life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses…” We are to fight and not run from this conflict. This must be clear in your mind. (1). Truth: The first component of the armour of God is truth. It is both a defensive and an offensive weapon. (2). Righteousness: Righteousness is also a component of the armour of God. Jesus Christ is the Truth and He is our righteousness according to Jn. 14:6 and Jer. 33:16. If you want to engage in casting out demons, you will have to know how to defend yourself using this knowledge. (3). Gospel of Peace. Another component of the armour of God for our spiritual warfare is the Gospel of peace. Matt. 5:9 says, “…Blessed are the peace makers: for they shall be called the children of God…” When you make peace with God in genuine repentance and you accept the remedy He has provided for sin, in Jesus Christ, you become favourite of God. Those who do mistake the preaching of the gospel seriously miss a lot. Read Isa. 54:17. Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ said, “…preaching of the cross is foolishness to those that are perishing but it is the power of God to those of us who have obtained salvation through it…” (1Cor. 1:18)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please keep me in your truth and holiness and don’t let the enemy prevail over me. –  (OH).


No one can take from us the gifts that God gives us.



DAY 48              WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY, 17                            2016

SPIRITUAL WARFARE (3)                                                  Eph.6:16-17.

“…And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good…?” (1Pet. 3:13).

When trouble comes, God will hide you in His inner-room until the war or battle is over. The Bible in Ps. 91:1 says, “…He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…” If God is on your side, there is nothing to fear according to Ps. 118:6. God cannot be on your side if you are committing sins-adultery, fornication, stealing, idolatry etc. you can sleep fine at night if you live holy and there will be nothing wizards and witches can do to you. You must make sure that you, (4) Wear the Lord as a garment, day and night to be able to face the devil. In Eph. 6:16-17, the shield of faith is necessary to protect us from the fiery darts of the wicked. The enemies know that as long as you are living holy, they cannot touch you. (5). The Sword of the Spirit: Which is the Word of God is another potent offensive weapon of spiritual warfare. It is an effective weapon if you are a doer of it. (Jas.1:22 & 25). Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego obeyed God entirely. They obeyed the commandment that they should serve no other god. They were put into the fiery furnace but God brought them out alive. Daniel obeyed this injunction, he was put into the lion’s den but God brought him out alive.

PRAYER LINE: I bind every power behind untimely death in my life and in the lives of my loved ones, in Jesus’ Name. I decree that as you obey the word of God today, the fire and lions of life will be terminated, in Jesus’ Name. – (OH)


Prayer is the voice of faith, trusting that God knows and cares.



DAY 49                        THURSDAY FEBRUARY, 18                       2016

BLESS AND BE A BLESSING.                                   Esther. 4:14.

“…Who knows whether you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this..?” (Esth. 4:14).

Queen Esther had no idea that her choices and sacrifice would determine the fate of her people, but they did. When Mordecai spoke this prophetic word to her, he gave us a timeless word as well that applies in special way because we are the millennium generation. I believe that you and I are living in our season of promise. Every generation that has witnessed a millennial change also has been a strategic generation. We need to think, plan, and act with strategic discernment and accuracy as never before. Now is the time to hear God’s voice, move in obedience, and make things happen. If you are not where you are supposed to be quickly repent, make all the necessary change, and follow God. Go where He tells you to go and put yourself in proper place. This is the season for divine appointments and careful movements under the orchestration of God Himself. We cannot afford to be out of position in this season of transition. Why? God is positioning you for a blessing. Even more important, He is putting you in place to reign in the Kingdom so that you, in turn, can be a blessing.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, help me to lift my eyes and see beyond my own needs, desires, and limitations, Guide my steps today as I enter my world bearing Your gifts in my heart and on my lips. – (CTC)


We sow the seed – God produces the harvest.



DAY 50                        FRIDAY FEBRUARY, 19                              2016

A WORD FROM THE LORD.                                   1Sam. 3:1-10. 

“…The word of the LORD was rare in those days…” (v1)

Noted preachers and theologian Helnut Thielicke (1908-1986) endured great opposition from the Nazi regime in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. Yet he remained committed to proclaiming God’s presence and power in Jesus Christ, during a difficult and perplexing time. Scholar Robert Smith said that as Thielicke addressed modern issues and problems in his sermons, he sought to answer the question, “Is there any word from the Lord?” Isn’t that what each of us is seeking today? What has God said that will strengthen and guide us through the difficulties and opportunities we face. 1Sam. 3 describes a time when “the word of the Lord was rare” (v1) When God spoke to young Samuel, the boy mistakenly thought it was aging priest Eli calling him. Eli told the boy to respond to God’s voice by saying, “…Speak, Lord, for your servant hears…”  (v9) Samuel listened, and he became known as a man who lived faithfully and fearlessly for the LORD” (v21). Whenever we open the Bible, listen to the sermon, or pause to pray, it’s a wonderful practice to say, “Lord Jesus speak to me. I’m ready to listen and eager to obey – (ODB)

PRAYER LINE: God who formed words by the power of His word speaks through the Scriptures His truth to be heard. And if we read with the will to obey Him, His Spirit will show us His way – (D. De Haan) – (ODB)


God speaks through His word to those who listen with their heart.



DAY 51                        SATURDAY FEBRUARY, 20                       2016

SERVANT LEADERSHIP (1)                                                 1Pet. 5:1-4. 

“…Neither…being lords over God’s heritage …” (v3)

Are you called to be a leader in the home, the workplace or the Church? Do you aspire to leadership? Understand this: today’s generation is unwilling to submit to, or follow those who practice the old “top down” style of leadership that says, I’m in charge, and the sooner you figure that out the better. You don’t demand leadership; you earn it everyday. How? By being a servant! By putting others first and yourself last. That’s what Jesus taught and practiced. The New Testament model for leadership is an inverted pyramid with you at the bottom, supporting the others, holding them up, bringing out the best in them, laying aside your own comfort and desires to serve those you are called to lead so that the job can get done, and done better.

  1. W. Tozer wrote: “A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit, and the press of the eternal situation. A person who is ambitious to lead is disqualified as a leader. The true leader will have no desire to lord it over God’s heritage, but will be humble, gentle, self-sacrificing and altogether as ready to follow as to lead, when the Spirit makes it clear that a wiser and more talented man than himself has appeared. – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE:        Love is not blind but looks

Abroad through others’ eyes,

And asks not, “Must I give”

But “May I sacrifice?”        –        Ziegler


When we love God we will serve others.


DAY 52                        SUNDAY FEBRUARY, 21                            2016

SERVANT LEADERSHIP (2)                                                 Phil. 2:5-7. 

“…Christ … made Himself of no reputation…” (Phil. 2:5-7)

If He who is called “Lord of Lords” became a servant of all, how can you, in your right mind, think you should be served by those you lead? Paul writes, “Christ … made himself of no reputation” (Phil. 2:5-7). Reputation is so important to us. We want to be seen with the right people, remembered in the right light, live in the right neighbourhood and drive the right car. Not Christ. He made Himself of no reputation. Jn. 13, Jesus stooped low enough to wash the feet of crude Galilean fishermen, then said, “I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done” (Jn. 13:15). Whose feet did He wash? The feet of common people. Surely those people walked away changed, humbled by a lesson they’d never forget-one we all need to hear.

Peter writes, “…I have a special concern for you church leaders…” Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not “bossily” telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way…God has had it with the proud, but takes delight in just plain people. So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you, He’ll promote you at the right time. 1Pet. 5:1-6).  – (TWFYT).

PRAYER LINE:        Follow with reverent steps the great examples of Him the wide earth seem our Father’s temple. Each loving life a psalm of gratitude. – Whittier


We show our love for God when we share His love with others.


DAY 53                        MONDAY FEBRUARY, 22                           2016

HAPPINESS AND HOLINESS.                                          1Pet. 1:13-21. 

“…Pursue peace with all people, and holiness without which no one will see the Lord …” (Heb. 12:14)

At Harvard University, you can take a course in happiness. This popular class helps students discover as the professor states “How to get Happy” That’s not a bad idea. In fact the Bible even suggests on several occasions the importance of being happy or joyful. Solomon tells us that God grants happiness to us as a privilege (Eccl. 3:12; 7:14; 11:9). Sometimes, though, we take the search for earthly happiness too far. We see it as the most important pursuit, and even believe that our happiness is God’s highest goal for us. That’s when our thinking gets confused. God’s word tells us that true happiness comes by keeping God’s law. (Ps. 1:1-2; Prov. 16:20; 29:18). God demands holiness and has called us to live a holy life-one that exemplifies His moral character (1Thes. 4:7; 2Pet. 3:11). In Peter’s first letter we read, “As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conducts, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am Holy.” (1Pet. 1:15-16). When we face decisions about the way we should act or how not; “Be Happy” “Be Holy.” True Joy will come from holy God honouring life – Dave Branon.

PRAYER LINE:        In all I think and say and do,

I long, O God to honour You;

But may my highest motive be

To love the Christ who died for meD. De Haan.


There is no true happiness apart from holiness and no holiness apart from Christ. – (ODB).



DAY 54                        TUESDAY FEBRUARY, 23                          2016

THE OFFERING PLATE.                                                      2Cor. 8:1-9. 

“…See that you abound in this grace also…” (v7)

Ed Dobson, my former pastor, often said that he disliked preaching about financial giving to the Church. He said his previous job required fund-raising, so he didn’t like putting any unnecessary pressure on people. But when he was teaching through 2Cor. 8 & 9, he couldn’t avoid the topic of giving. What I remember most about his sermons was the illustration he used. He placed an offering plate on the floor, stepped into it, and stood there as he talked about the importance of giving our whole selves to the Lord, not just our wallets. Those two chapters in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians give us a number of attitudes and actions that we are to display in our giving to the Lord.

Give yourself to the Lord first (8:5)

Give remembering the example of the Lord Jesus (8:9)

Give according to your means (8:11-12)

Give enthusiastically because of God’s love (9:2)

Give generously, not grudgingly or because of outside pressure (9:5-7). Next time the offering plate comes around at Church, imagine yourself stepping into it. It will help you to excel in the grace of giving (8:7)Anne Cetas.

PRAYER LINE: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving Yourself for me on the cross, Because of Your love, I give all of me – my heart, my time, my funds, my will – to You. I love You. – (ODB)


When we give ourselves completely, to the Lord, all lesser giving becomes easier.


DAY 55                        WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY, 24                   2016

THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S GOODNESS.                                      Ps 67. 

“…God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us …” (v1)

When I was growing up, we often sang a song in Sunday School that went like this “God is good to me! God is good to me! He holds hands and helps me stand! God is good to me.

I need to say, right away that I believe God is good and He takes delight in doing good things for people. He does indeed hold our hands in times of trouble and helps us stand against the onslaught of life’s difficulties. But I wonder if you’ve ever asked yourself. Why is He good? It certainly is not because we deserve or because He feels the need to buy our love and allegiance with His benefits.

The Psalmist prays for God to bless him so that “(the Lord’s) way may be known on earth. Your salvation among all nations.” (Ps. 67:2). God’s daily blessings are proof positive that He is indeed a good God, who cares for His own. But how will our world know this about God, if we never praise Him for His goodness to us? (v3) So the next time God blesses you be sure to look for ways to appropriately give Him the credit. Consuming His blessings without communicating His goodness short-changes the very purpose of His gifts of grace in our lives. – Joe Stowell.

PRAYER LINE:        As endless as God’s blessings are,

So should my praises be.

For all His daily goodness;

That flow unceasingly – Adams (ODB)


God is good – make sure the people in your world know what He has done in your life – (Testify)


DAY 56                        THURSDAY FEBRUARY, 25                       2016

THE TYRANNY OF THE URGENT.                                     Jn. 11:1-44. 

“…Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days…” (v6)

Work, running a home, parenting, studying, things that must be done at Church, and a host of other demands, build up a good deal of pressure. How do we care for people who are stressed by such demands? Well, I hope you understand by now that all problems are best met with good listening, understanding and compassion. Pressure and stress can arise from what has been called “the tyranny of the urgent.” This refers to the common habit of doing what appears most pressing, rather than taking the time to work out a proper order of priorities. A big mistake is to let what is urgent crowd out what is important. Let’s explore the death of Lazarus. Jesus received an important message from Mary and Martha: “Lord, the one You love is sick” (Jn. 11:3). But His response was to stay where He was for two days: To Lazarus’ family, the urgent was obviously to prevent his death. But what was the important issue?  To raise Lazarus from the dead. Jesus was able to recognize the difference between the urgent and the important. If you see somebody under pressure, it’s often appropriate to offer to help them re-evaluate their priorities. Some tasks may have to be abandoned in the interest of health and good functioning. One of the most useful ways in which you can experience the satisfaction of caring is to help someone recognize the harmful effects of excessive pressure and assist them in choosing better priorities.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, teach me to choose proper priorities so that I, in turn might teach this principle to others. Amen. (EDWJ) __________________________________________________________

The Bible: Read it, believe it, and obey it.



DAY 57                        FRIDAY FEBRUARY, 26                              2016

OVERCOMING LOSS.                                                Heb. 12:1-15. 

“…Look after each other so that no one of you will fail to find God’s best blessings…” (v15. TLB)

Loss comes in many ways-a child leaving home for college, a broken relationship, separation or divorce, death of a loved one, or redundancy. Each stirs up feelings of emptiness, loneliness and a sense of bewilderment. How do we care for such people? 1. Allow them to feel a sense of loss: people can never overcome a problem until they realise they have one. 2. Reassure them that it is natural to lean on others at such times: Some people feel guilty about receiving help from others. Assure them that your care for them is given not grudgingly but willingly. 3. Encourage them not to make any major decision at the moment: Some people “rebound” at times of loss, making big changes or trying to escape the sense of loss by rushing prematurely into new commitments. 4. Help them see the need for a lot of rest, a regular schedule and a proper diet: This may sound like “Spiritual” advice, but believe me, it is helpful. 5. Make yourself available daily if possible) So that the person can talk with you, pray with you and share thoughts from the Scriptures: If they know you are available, they will know they are cared for. In every Church there are people facing loss, and they can cope better when they have supporters like you; although you may not have many answers, you can show that you care.

PRAYER LINE:        O Lord, I know that many of my brothers and sisters are facing painful loss, and You have given me the impulse to care. Deepen my compassion for suffering people, and make me a good career, for Jesus’ sake. Amen – (EDWJ)


God is the only One who can make the dirty clean.



DAY 58                        SATURDAY FEBRUARY, 27                       2016

STOP WORRYING.                                                                   Phil. 4:1-9. 

“…Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs…” (v6)

Let’s define worry and anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling of being threatened, apprehensive or uneasy. Worry is the troublesome feeling we get when we are greatly concerned about real or imagined problems. We can be anxious without knowing exactly what we are anxious about. Worry, on the other hand, often has a traceable cause. When we worry, we usually know what we are worrying about. A good Biblical model for dealing with worry is found in Phil. 4:1-9– an example we can use when dealing with those who are anxious and worried. We are told not to worry. Coming from God it has points and purpose. To stop worrying is not to let our minds go blank. That will only last for a while, and then the worry will come back. God’s method is to replace the worry by prayer: “instead pray about everything.” Sometimes, when dealing with worries, I ask them to carry a card in their pocket with the words STOP WORRYING printed boldly on it. I suggest that when they find themselves worrying, they take it out and use it as a trigger to replace their negative thought processes with prayer. Paul’s advice is to tell God your needs. This means that we can spell out to God the details of our problems. The secret is simple –we replace worry by talking to God; telling Him about our problem, and trusting Him to take care of it. Stop worrying and start praying.

PRAYER LINE: Father God, give us an increasing confidence in the power of prayer. Let me stop worrying and pray without ceasing, in Jesus’ Name. Amen – (EDWJ).


God’s whisper of comfort quiets the noise of our trials.


DAY 59                        SUNDAY FEBRUARY, 28                            2016

YOU BELONG AT THE TABLE.                                       2Sam. 9:6-13. 

“…So Mephibosheth dwell in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually from the King’s table; and was lame on both his feet …” (v13)

No matter how wounded you are, no matter how handicapped you have become, no matter how far you are from where you could have and should have been – you can still make it to the place and sit at the table with the rest of the King’s kids! Yes, even though you still have a “problem” tucked under the table cloth that other people cannot see, you still belong at the table. It is the command of the King!

When Mephibosheth was finally carried to King David’s table, he began to enjoy several blessings he had not experienced since his family royal house fell. First, he began to receive food that he didn’t have to labour for. There is help for the handicapped through the Holy Spirit. God knows exactly where you are – even if you’re lost in Lo-debar. Second, Mephibosheth looked different. If you looked at him from the top to the table, Mephibosheth was as “Princely” as Absalom, with his majestic flowing hair, or Ammon, with his princely demeanour. Every time we have to silence our conditions because of our positions, our hidden wounds and problems begin to fester. We become angry and throw away everything we have. In desperation, we make permanent decisions about temporary circumstances- circumstances that we would eventually outgrow if we just had somebody we could confide in.  (T.D. Jakes)

PRAYER LINE: My Lord and my God, help me to care for myself, and better care for others. Help me to be good steward for You, in Jesus’ Name.


Faith converts time into opportunities.



DAY 60                        MONDAY FEBRUARY, 29                           2016

GOD HAS A SUBSTITUTE.                                               1Sam. 16:6-15. 

“…And Samuel said unto him, The God hath rent the Kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine that is better than thou…” (1Sam. 15:28).

God always has a substitute. If God says He wants to use you, rejoice. 1Sam. 2:27-30 tells us about Eli. God chose Eli and his family to serve Him. God later changed His plans because He only honours those who honour Him. One thing about God’s rejection is that the devil takes the place of the vacuum that is created. This was what happened to king Saul. We also have the case of Judas Iscariot in Jn. 13:26-27. He was a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. The moment God rejected him, satan entered him and ended up hanging himself. Ps. 75:6-7 says, “…For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south, But God is the judge, He putteth down one, and setteth up another…” The rejection of King Saul led to his replacement by David. No one would have heard of David if King Saul had not lost his crown and position just as nobody would have heard of Esther if Queen Vashti had not lost her position. We need to study the lives of the people that God rejected so that we can learn from their case. Heb. 12:15-17 states that Esau was rejected because he could not control his appetite. I pray that your appetite would not put you into trouble for God to reject you, in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER LINE: Father, have mercy on me and do not reject or replace me, I pray, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Valuable lessons are learned from examining the lives of those who defaulted. – (OH)


DAY 61                                  TUESDAY MARCH 1                           2016

A NEW DAY.                                                                          Ps. 118:19-29.

“…This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it…” (v24).

In a morning meeting I recently attended, the person who opened the gathering began by praying, “…Lord, thanks for today, It is the beginning of a new day we have never seen before…” Although one idea seemed obvious, that prayer got me thinking about a couple of different things. First, because each day is a new opportunity, it will be filled with things we cannot anticipate or even prepare for. Therefore, it’s important that we recognize our limitations and lean heavily on God-intentionally choosing to live in His grace and strength rather than relying on our own resources. The Second thing that occurred to me that the newness of each day is a gift worth celebrating; Perhaps this concept was what prompted the Psalmist to declare, “…This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it…” (Ps. 118:24). Of course, we face many unknowns today-and some could be difficult. But the treasure of each brand-new day is so special that David was led to write, “…Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom…” (Ps. 90:12). Each new day is a precious gift. May we thankfully embrace one with confident trust and humble celebration.

PRAYER LINE:        He whose heart is kind beyond all treasure.

Give unto each day what He deems best-

Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,

Mingling toil with peace and rest – Berg (ODB)


Each new day gives us new reasons to praise the Lord.


DAY 62                                  TUESDAY MARCH 2                           2016

UP FOR A MIRACLE.                                                        Num. 13:1-20.

Moses said, “…See what the land is like; whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many…” (v18).

Just as God led the Israelites to the land of promise and told them to “see what it is like,” so He will tell you to go to the place He has promised you. He wants you to open your eyes and asses what is going on. Is the land strong, weak, or overwhelming?

God shows you how you are outnumbered and overwhelmed so He can get you geared up for a miracle. He wants you to look at the promise so He can tell you, “…I have something for you, but I want to show you what lies in front of it: I have your enemies guarding your blessing…” Are you bold enough to press in? God is setting you up so that no one can get the credit but Him. There was a day when you would not face trouble, but after coming through so much, you now look at trouble and say “…Trouble, you cannot stop me…”

God says, “…No weapon formed against you shall prosper…” (Isa. 54:17). That may mean what happened in the lives of Queen Esther and Mordecai – they watch Haman form a gallow for Mordecai and a death decree for Esther and the Jewish people! Yet those weapons went unused. When God shows you the weapon, just pray.

PRAYER LINE: Thank You Lord that this weapon is not going to prosper. Thank You for revealing the enemy’s plots and plans and removing their power to hurt me. You are preparing me for a miracle. I thank You, in Jesus’ Name. – (CTC)


Those who put their trust in God will never be disappointed.



DAY 63                                  THURSDAY MARCH 3                        2016

CARING FOR YOURSELF.                                            Matt. 22:34-40.

“…Love your neighbour as yourself…” (v39).

If we are to care effectively for others, then we must learn how to care for ourselves. Jesus teaches self love; “…Love your neighbour as yourself…” Notice that “Self-Love” is not the same as love of self. The two are quite different. Love of self is egocentric self-interest; Self love is a healthy concern with your own needs. If you don’t love yourself, you can’t develop yourself-then you can’t care for others. Those who love others and not themselves allowing others to drain the life out of them, end up in disaster. But as we have seen, organizing one’s life around oneself and becoming self-centered also leads to disaster. The words “…Love your neighbour as yourself…” show that we are to be balanced in our caring-you are to care for yourself as you care for others. This prevents our caring from being one-sided: caring for others and neglecting yourself, or caring for yourself and neglecting others. I know many Christians who focus on caring for others but do not have a healthy and balanced concern for themselves. They usually end up needing the help and attention of others because their resources are overspent. Look at the life of Jesus described in the Gospels. Tired, yes; weary, yes; but never over-stretched. His concern for others was balanced by a healthy concern for Himself. Let us follow His example of balanced caring, love yourself and love others.

PRAYER LINE: Father God, I know You love me. Help me to love myself and care for myself. Help me to love others and care for them. Teach me to be balanced in my caring. Amen. – (EDWJ)


Before your burden overcomes you, trust God to put His arms underneath you.



DAY 64                                  FRIDAY MARCH 4                               2016

THE LETHAL WEAPON OF WAR.                2Chron. 20:21-23.

“…And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them…” (Acts. 16:25-26).

In today’s reading, the Bible clearly presents worship a lethal weapon of war. Here, three powerful nations rose up against Israel in battle. Knowing that they could not match their enemies in physical warfare, king Jehoshaphat appointed singers unto the Lord, and they went before the army to praise the beauty of God’s holiness (2Chron. 20:21). When they began to sing and praise God, suddenly, worship turned into a lethal weapon of war.

Another example of worship as a lethal weapon of war took place in Josh. 6. After the Israelites got to Jericho, they were confronted by its mighty wall that seemed impossible to breakthrough. Jericho was shut in. However, the people shouted a great shout after the priests blew the trumpet, and the walls of Jericho fell down flat. (Josh. 6:20). Worship has proved to be a very potent weapon of warfare in many cases where everything else appeared to be ineffective. Praise His Holy Name and hail Him as the Alpha and Omega, King of kings, Lord of lords, I Am that I Am, Mighty Man in battle, Lord of hosts, Omnipotent God, Omniscient God, Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Shalom, the Present Help in time of trouble, Ancient of Days. Such was the experience with Paul and Silas in Acts. 16:25-26. Suddenly, there was a great earthquake.

PRAYER LINE: Today, your worship will become lethal weapon against your problems and challenges, in the name of Jesus.


The storms that threaten to destroy us, God will use to strengthen us.-(OH)



DAY 65                                  SATURDAY MARCH 5                        2016

THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD.                          Eph. 6:10-18.

“…Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might…” (Eph. 6:10).

This world is full of all kinds of physical and spiritual battles. And any Christian who wants to fulfill his or her mission on earth must be trained to fight these battles and win them. In today’s passage, Apostle Paul was preparing the early Christians at Ephesus for the inevitable spiritual warfare. Firstly, he longed to encourage and comfort them, so he reminded them of the Lord’s strength – “…Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord…” (v10). Secondly, he made it clear that there must be no carelessness. Every part of a believer’s spiritual body must be covered by a piece of armour, so is our weapon incomplete without the belt of truth (be truthful), breastplate of righteousness(be righteous) Shoe of readiness to preach the Gospel (be evangelistic), the shield of faith (have faith), helmet of salvation (be saved) and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (know and use the Scriptures). You should find encouragement and strength in God that your commission is divine. God Himself underwrites your battles and appointed His own Son “…the Captain of your salvation…” (Heb. 2:10). Historians tell us that Trojan tore his clothes to bind up his soldiers’ wound. The Bible tells us that Christ poured out His very blood as balm to heal His saints’ wounds; His flesh was torn to bind them up. It is foolish to live in this world of warfare without being clothed consistently in complete armour.

PRAYER LINE: Lord, teach me to boldly engage the armour You have generously clothed me with, every moment.


Jesus knows the way – follow Him.



DAY 66                                  SUNDAY MARCH 6                    2016

SAY THE WORD.                                                               Matt. 12:22-37.

“…By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned…” (Matt. 12:37).

If you are happy with the life you live, you have only one person to blame because you built it. You spoke into existence the very situation you find yourself right now. Jesus said, “…For by your words, you will be justified…(the Amplified says and acquitted), and by your words you will be condemned…” (Matt. 12:37NKJV) That means sentenced. Your own words determine whether you are justified or condemned.

Did you know that God did not let any of Samuel’s word fall to the ground (1Sam. 3:19)? That means they all came to pass. Jesus said that whatever you ask in His name, He will bring to pass (Jn. 14:13-14). Whatever you speak that is not according to God’s ways will condemn you. The common denominator in all this is that results proceeds from the words you speak. The writer of Proverbs declared, “…Death and Life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit…” (Prov. 18:21). Words are more powerful that we realize. According to the first chapter of Genesis, our universe literally came into being when God simply spoke a word. If your situation looks dismal at the moment, then start talking differently. Start praising God and watch things change-they have no choice.

PRAYER LINE: Lord, I put a guard on my tongue today. I want to speak only good things in alignment with Your word and the leading of Your Spirit. I speak life, hope, and joy over those You have placed in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. – (CTC)


Courage will follow when faith takes the lead.



DAY 67                                  MONDAY MARCH 7                            2016

DEALING WITH GUILT (1)                                                   Prov. 17:22.

“…A merry heart does good, like medicine. But a broken spirit dries the bones …” (Prov. 17:22).

We cannot fully overcome depression until we have dealt sufficiently with guilt. Guilt comes from a troubled conscience. It is a self-judgment based on perceived personal misconduct. It may or may not deepen into sorrow or remorse. Some people, in fact, substitute their guilt. The Bible tells us their consciences are seared (1Tim. 4:2) and they seldom show regret for what they do. All sin initially provokes guilt in the soul of the sinner. When guilt weighs heavy on our sinful soul, it drives us to God for forgiveness. If, however, we fail to obtain that forgiveness, or if we persist in our sins, we may deaden (sear) our consciences and become insensitive to guilt; nevertheless we are still guilty before God. A murderer may feel no remorse for his crime but he will still pay the penalty. Just the same, whether we sin ignorantly or willfully, we stand condemned before the law. (Rom. 2:12). The psychological effects of guilt: No one is a stranger to guilt. However, we all deal with it differently. Guilt is a major factor in psychological problems. Often we respond to guilt with Defense Mechanism-denial blame- shifting, suppression, sublimation, self-justification, and so forth. Guilt feelings stimulate self condemnation in the form of anxiety, inferiority, fear, worry and pessimism. When these are not resolved, they lead to diversionary behaviours such as withdrawing from others, drug abuse, depression – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE: Father I surrender to You absolutely. Let Your word transform me to be Spirit led, in Jesus’ Name.


God’s ways are our targets for living.


DAY 68                                  TUESDAY MARCH 8                           2016

DEALING WITH GUILT (2)                                                     Rom. 3:19.

“…That every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God …” (v19)

All guilt is real guilt. A person is guilty, by Biblical definition, when he has broken God’s moral law (Rom. 3:19). Also by biblical definition, a person’s sins (and his real guilt) are washed away when confession occurs (1Jn. 1:9). However, guilt-feelings are another matter. A person may be guilty of sin and yet not feel guilty. Another person may feel guilty over something that is not sinful. Guilt feelings based on a personal sense of chronic inferiority before God are sometimes referred to as “false guilt.” Those guilty feelings are real enough, but it’s the standard by which we judge ourselves as inferior that is false. The standard may indeed not be legitimate (dreams of unattainable perfection, for instance) but our violation of that standard will still produce a real sense of guilt. The solution to this kind of guilt is to acknowledge and correct our false standards, not merely explain away our guilt feelings.

For example, a person may grow up being told that it is sinful to wear red socks. If he believes that standard to be true but chooses to violate it, he will experience guilt, but for him to reexamine his standard. Once he is convinced the standard is invalid, the guilt will disappear. – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE:        Lord, give us wisdom to discern when,

What is false must be revealed

Or if we need Your grace and strength.

To close our lips and keep them sealed. – D.De Haan


God produces the armour, but we must put it on.



DAY 69                                  WEDNESDAY MARCH 9          2016

DEALING WITH GUILT (3)                                                          1Jn. 1:9.

“…If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify all unrighteousness …” (1Jn. 1:9)

Two principles stand clear in Scriptures for resolving guilt: Repentance and Confession. Repentance (Greek Metanoia) is a mental decision that produces an act of the will. When we change our mind about our sins, we do something about that sin. No one ever truly repented and then went on sinning.

Confession (Greek, Homologeo) means to “say the same thing” or “to agree.” When we confess, we do not simply declare, “I have sinned.” We acknowledge that God’s judgment on that sin is just. The Bible promises, “…If we confess our sins,…from all unrighteousness…” (1Jn. 1:9). This means, then, of dealing with guilt is repentance and the method is confession. The goal is the freedom of one’s conscience, which heals the guilty soul. Without a clear conscience, guilt cannot be resolved. Those who refuse to repent of sin will perish in that sin. Those who refuse to confess their sins will pretend things are resolved when they are not. They will never be free from guilt until they face their sin and do something about it. (1) Acknowledge any hidden personal sin that is the root of your guilt. Pinpoint wrong attitudes and actions that are eating you up with guilt. Be totally honest with God. He already knows what you have done, “….For the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts…” (1Chron. 28:9). –  (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE: Prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit of God to reveal to you those areas of your life that are: not pleasing to God. As you do so, God will answer your prayers, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


When we trust the power of God, His peace will keep us from panic.


DAY 70                        THURSDAY MARCH 10                               2016

DEALING WITH GUILT (4)                                                     2Cor. 7:10.

“…For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted, but the sorrow of the world produces death …” (v.10)

(2). Honestly face the sin that is feeding your guilt: Choose a point at which to clean the slate with God and start over. Do not just admit you have failed. Establish a turning point in your life. Face your sins, confess it, correct it, and forget it. Discard any inferior, irrational, or unbiblical standard you’ve been comparing yourself to and beating yourself down with. These may be breeding painful false guilt feelings.

(3). Make a complete confession of your sin: Come to terms with God about the seriousness of your sin. Stop making excuses, and take full responsibility for what you have done. Two marks of genuine confession are sorrow according to the will of God and repentance without remorse. (2Cor. 7:10). (4) Plan to avoid future failure: See your sins as unwise and self-defeating. Prov. 8:36 reminds us, “…he who sins against Me injures himself…” (NASB); Realize that tomorrow will be a better day if you conquer sin today. Live to glorify God, not to satisfy yourself. Correcting your problems will bring glory to Him and be an encouragement to others. (5) Accepting forgiveness: The Bible assures us only one sin is really unpardonable-blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 12:31-32; Mk. 3:29; Lk. 12:10; Acts. 5:1-10) Read Jn. 3:17. – (Ed. Hindson)

PRAYER LINE: Salvation is instantaneous, Conversion happens in a split second. It is my prayer that as you surrender to the Almighty, the mercy of God will locate you and turn your life around for good, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


God’s armour is tailor made for you, but you must put it on.



DAY 71                        FRIDAY MARCH 11                                      2016

THE GREAT COME BACK.                                   Acts. 2:14-21, 37-41.

“…But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea…heed my words…” (v.14)

We like to read about come-backs-about people or companies who face near disaster and turn things around. The Ford Motor Company is an example of that. In the 1940s, a reluctance by leadership to modernize almost destroyed Ford. In fact, the government nearly took over the company lest its demise threaten the US war effort. But when Henry Ford II was released from his military duties to run the company, things turned around. Ford became one of the biggest Corporations in the world. Occasionally, we need to come back. We need to correct wrong directions or compensate for wrong decisions. In those times, we have an example in Peter. First, he nearly drowned when his faith faltered (Matt. 14:30) Then he said things that were so wrong Jesus called him “Satan” (16:22-23). And when Jesus needed Peter the most, he denied that he even knew him. (26:74). But that’s not the end of the story. In the power of the spirit, Peter made a come back. On the day of Pentecost, he preached and 3,000 people came to faith in Christ. (Acts. 2:14, 41). Peter returned to effectiveness because his faith was renewed, he guarded what he said and he stood up for Jesus. Struggling? If Peter can come back, so can you – (Dave Branon)

PRAYER LINE: Today, Christ calls. “Come follow Me!” Do not look back to yesterday. Fresh grace He will give to do His will, His joy you’ll find as you obey – (D. De Haan) (ODB)


To become whole, yield to the Holy Spirit.


DAY 72                        SATURDAY MARCH 12                               2016

GOD OF PURPOSE.                                                                Prov. 3:5-7.

“…In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated…the counsel of his own will…” (Eph. 1:11)

The Bible in Gen. 1:26 says: “…And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion…over every creeping thing…the earth…” Therefore, know that you were born for a purpose; you are not an accident, even if your parents were no longer expecting children at the point they had you. Remember Solomon was a product of a relationship founded on adultery and intrigue that resulted in the murder of his mother’s husband.

The true children of God were chosen from the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4-5). He chose us for different purposes. We should seek out His purpose and rest in Him while He brings it to pass. Moses, who was chosen for a great purpose by God, jumped ahead in his own self-counsel to begin the deliverance of his people. The result was forty year wait in the wilderness. Do not jump ahead of God, stay close to His heartbeat in the place of meditation. Hear what He will have you do per time. Knowing and walking in God’s purpose for your life brings a level of confidence that makes you exude calmness in the midst of the storm. This was the case with Paul in Acts. 27:23-25. “…for there stood by me the angel of God, whose I am and whose I serve saying, fear not, Paul…even as it was told me…” Know that there is a purpose for you, discover what that purpose is and pursue it with all your might.

PRAYER LINE: God will help you, in Jesus’ Name. (O.H)


Let the Bible fill your mind, rule your heart, and guide your life.


DAY 73                        SUNDAY MARCH 13                                     2016

HEAR AND SPEAK THE WORD.                    Rom. 17:10-13; 1Pet. 2:24.

“…Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God…” (Rom. 10:17)

Do you need healing in your body today? What have you been seeing and saying? Have you focused on God’s words? Make sure that you do not read God’s words according to man’s limited interpretation. You need to go back further back into the Hebrew of Jehovah to know that there is nothing He cannot cure or heal. If you want victory in Jesus, then speak the truth of His word. I am talking about more than a positive attitude. The words you speak bring healing and wholeness; they frame your whole world. Once you connect your words with God’s, sit back and watch healing released. It all begins when you hear the word, believe it and then speak the truths of the word. That’s the kingdom way.

Pray This Prayer With Me. Father, I realize that my words have framed my world. When I spoke negatively about myself I often spoke condemnation into my life. My doubt put the Holy Spirit “out of business” because He cannot act on doubt and unbelief.

Lord, I want to walk uprightly in great expectation, and I begin right now. I need Your help, Holy Spirit. I give You permission to arrest anything that starts to come out of my mouth that is unholy, unclean, and contrary to the kingdom. Let me speak only those things that edify and promote the Kingdom. By faith in You I declare it done now. I speak joy unspeakable in my life, and I speak peace that surpasses all understanding to guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. I speak divine healing, in my life and declare that by His stripes I am healed. –   (CTC)

PRAYER LINE: God will help you, in Jesus’ Name.


Much prayer, much power, no prayer, no power.



DAY 74                        MONDAY MARCH 14                                   2016

THE TITHE AND ITS RESULTS (1)                                    Mal. 3.

“…I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time…” (v11)

There are seven blessings mentioned in Mal. 3 that extends to every area of our lives. It is so important to recognize here that the Lord blesses us spiritually and materially. To ignore one or the other is to sell God short and not be honest with the scripture. R.T Bendall says it so well when he observed: The blessing at a natural level is inferior to the spiritual blessing…But it cannot be ignored. “…I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes… saith the LORD of host…” (Mal. 3:11) The “blessings” promised by the prophet (Mal. 3:10) is primarily spiritual, but the fact that the prophet continues as he does indicates that this blessing is not only spiritual. God has a way of blessing us materially-that just happens to coincide with our having become Tithers. The 90% that we  keep to ourselves after the tithe is given to the Lord has a way of equaling the 100% before the Tithe. Sometimes the 90% goes far, far beyond what that 100% would have purchased. How can this be? Frankly, I do not know. But I believe it. Blessing 1 “…I open for you the windows of heaven…”(v10). The windows of heaven refer sometimes to the rain, sometimes to God’s miraculous provision of food, but always to His presence. When the heavens are shut, the Lord has hidden His presence and withheld His blessing. But when the heavens are opened and the Saviour returns “times of refreshing” will come from the Lord. (Benny Hinn) (Acts. 3:17-23)

PRAYER LINE: Father, let me have passion to pay my tithe for your blessings to overflow, in Jesus’ Name


Opening our hearts and homes blesses both us and others.



DAY 75                        TUESDAY MARCH 15                                   2016

THE TITHE AND ITS RESULTS (2)                                    Mal. 3.

Blessing 2 “…Pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it…” (v10)

Pour is an interesting word, for it actually mean to “empty out” upon your life. God is saying, “…I’ll empty out my bucket of blessing upon your life; I want to give you literally every last drop. What I promised you in Deut. 28 I want to pour out upon you-and then some..”. And not only that, just think of how this relates to the kinds of prosperity mentioned in the scripture being showered with contentment, showered with enjoyment, and showered with the fruit of the spirit.

Blessing 3 “…I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes…” (v11) the word “rebuke” is a strong word, and refers to through strong “admonitions or actions” I believe that Satan the enemy of our soul, is the devourer referred to here. And thus the word of the Lord is that He will give us a special measure of protection against the attacks of the devil. Blessing 4. “…that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground…” (v11). Of course when the Lord spoke these words, most people made their living through farming. Thus protection of “…the fruits of your ground…” meant that their income and their future were protected. I have seen some individuals who have fine jobs and make a lot of money but yet never have enough to pay their bills. I believe that is because the devil is destroying the income and don’t see the result of their labour. – (Benny Hinn)

PRAYER LINE: Father, protect me from the evil destroyer of labour, for I will always pay my tithe.


God opens the windows of heaven for Tithers.


DAY 76                        WEDNESDAY MARCH 16                           2016

THE TITHE AND ITS RESULTS (3)                                    Mal. 3.

Blessing 5 “…Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field…”

This is a continuation of the previous blessing and promise that fruitfulness-the law of sowing and reaping-will prevail. Your labour will be fruitful-hard work will come to fruition. But I also believe that an implication of this passage is that your “fruit” will be protected. God will protect your children. He will keep them safe and they will have their needs met. Blessing 6, “…And all nations will call you blessed…” (v12). The Father’s hand of blessing will be so evident in your life that it will be obvious to all that there is something special about you. As a result, you will be a testimony- a living example to all those around you-of the goodness of God. Blessing 7: “…You will be a delightful land…” Now when the Lord refers to “Land” here, He is actually referring to the people who live in the land. Those whom God delights in, He chooses for service. So this promise actually refers to the blessing of the Almighty that results in His using those in whom He delights in His service.

Summary of blessings 1. Revival,  2. Abundance, 3. The enemy is rebuked, 4. Fruits protected, 5. Family protected, 6. Will become a testimony, 7. Chosen for service.  – (Benny Hinn)

PRAYER LINE: We thank You, Lord for blessings You give to us on our way; May we for these be grateful, And praise You every day


Give God what He desires most-a broken and repentant heart.


DAY 77                        THURSDAY MARCH 17                               2016

THE JOY OF GIVING.                                                             2Cor. 8:1-7.

“…That in a great trial of affliction the abundance of joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality…” (v2)

The Churches of Macedonia knew the joy of giving because they had been touched by God’s love. Although they were desperately poor and persecuted, they gave generously of what they had to their impoverished and persecute brothers and sisters in Judea.

Paul wrote, “…That in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality…” (2Cor. 8:2). Their overflowing joy welled up in the midst of “…the most severe trial…” and their “extreme poverty” and they still gave. They did not hesitate, but shared freely of what they had. It was not a matter of “…let me see if I can spare something…” They gave because of love. Remember, “It is possible to give without loving, but we cannot love without giving. The greatest proof of this is Christ’s great act of love. The moment you and I realize that God loves us, and we are touched by the revelation of His eternal love that reaches beyond time, the Holy Spirt begins to minister to us and everything we do becomes an expression of our love for God. The truth we know brings liberty and sets us free. As you study and apply these principles to your life, you will learn how you, too, can experience the true joy of giving to God and the blessings that comes as a result of applying these principles. – (Benny Hinn)

PRAYER LINE: Father, let the Holy Spirit minister to me to stay on course in applying the principles, in Jesus’ Name.


God’s guidance in the past gives courage for the future.


DAY 78                        FRIDAY MARCH 18                                      2016

GOD’S WORD IS TRUE.                                                          Mal. 4:1-6.

“…But to you who fear My Name The Sun of righteousness shall arise…says the Lord of host…” (vv2-3)

What a time those of us will have who heed the Father’s warning and live as obedient children, for the Scripture declares “…But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise…” (2-3). But never forget, God’s word is true. His expectation of obedience is real. The stakes are high. So today and every day, take God at His Word and remember, what He promised He will do. He said to us as His people, “Prove Me now.” Let’s not forget He is the Lord, and His promises are “Yea and Amen.” And remember, God’s supernatural power will be yours as you act upon His word. And when you act, you act in the realm of the supernatural. Remember, heaven responds to actions on earth. And God always responds to actions filled with faith towards Him. Example (1), Every miracle requires an act on your part. A spiritual miracle requires a spiritual act. When you are born again you must believe, confess publicly Christ Jesus. That is an act. (2) A Physical miracle requires physical act. When you are healed, you must do something physically. When the Lord saw people who could not walk; He said-Take up your bed and walk. That is a physical act. (3) A financial miracle requires a financial act. The Lord declared, “…Give and it shall be given unto you…” That is a financial act. – (Benny Hinn)

PRAYER LINE: Father, thank You for Your word. I surrender to the Holy Ghost’s guidance, in Jesus Name. I pray. Amen


Wisdom gives wings to knowledge.


DAY 79                        SATURDAY MARCH 19                               2016

NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP.                                                   Heb. 12:1-3.

“…Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart…” (v3)

Today we see the writer to the Hebrews pleading with God’s people not to give up and so fall short of God’s best. Show perseverance, he pleads, as Jesus did. This is something that we need to learn to do. Our society is one that expects instant results and we too, can suffer from what is known as “compassion fatigue.” If we do not see the results we were hoping for as quickly as we wanted when we reach out to help others we can get tired and want to give up. But we can overcome “compassion fatigue” by drawing on the energy of the Holy Spirit just as Jesus the true Servant did when He was here on earth. The great Sir, Winston Churchill was once asked to speak to a group of graduating students, but he arrived too late to make a long speech. I have just a minute to speak to you. He said, and this is what I want to say: “Never give up.” Never, never give up! never, never, never give up! Every one rose and gave him a standing ovation for they knew those words came from his bulldog heart. The apostle Paul made this plea: “…Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest; if we do not give up…” (Gal. 6:9). The thing that sustained Jesus was the joy of doing His Father’s will. Let your own heart be fuelled by that same joy.

PRAYER LINE: My Father and my God, I want to be at my very best for You, especially when it comes to the word of helping others. Save me from compassion overload, I pray, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. – (EDWJ)


General Mohammadu Buhari won the Presidency on 4th attempt. We find joy when we learn to abide in Jesus’ love.


DAY 80                        SUNDAY MARCH 20                                     2016

BRING DOWN YOUR JERICHO.                                  Num. 33:50-55.

“…If you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, …they shall harass you in the land where you dwell…” (v55)

Name your Jericho, pinpoint the situation you need to correct but have avoided for so long. The longer you let it go, the more it fortifies itself in your soul and becomes an irritant in your eyes and a thorn in your side. Jericho was a “Gateway” city marking the beginning of Canaan. It also was called the “city of palm trees,” which implies that it had an abundance of water, making it even more difficult to capture through “waiting” or siege technique. It marked the first miracle Israel would need from God to process their promise. The devil knows that you cannot resolve your problem with Jericho until you face it. It is like a fortress now because you have built it up in your thoughts and imagination. Outward circumstances and problems make its walls look overwhelming to you. So much time has passed that you have allowed it to become your partner instead of your enemy. Now you are lying with it rather than having victory over it. Wait no longer; it is time to bring those walls down. March up to that situation and confront your Jericho. It blocks your way into the promise land, so it must come down-all the way down. Once it crumbles, you will experience God’s presence in your life as never before.

PRAYER LINE: Father, I have an irritant in my eye and a thorn in my side named Jericho. It is an obstacle blocking my progress towards my promise in You, in Jesus’ Name, I declare that Jericho’s walls are coming down. – (CTC)


Facing an impossibility gives us the opportunity to trust God.



DAY 81                        MONDAY MARCH 21                                   2016

A SHOUT CAN TAKE IT OUT                                 Josh. 6:15-20.

“…When the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout… the walls fell down flat …” (v20)

As soon as the Israelites entered the promised land they faced Jericho-a formidable fortified city with massive gates and imposing walls. The Israelites had to deal with Jericho before they would move one step further in the land of promise. This should sound strangely familiar to every follower of Christ. Have you noticed that every time God brings you into some great joy, something seems to crop up to challenge your faith? You will not move on your Christian experience if you avoid confronting your Jericho. Is there something that has plagued you for a long time? Do not try to sweep it over to the other side. If you by pass your Jericho, you will always have an armed and dangerous enemy dwelling behind you. God has been merciful to you in the past but now He says, “Where are you going?” Get back here. You need to get this out of your life. Countless leaders in the political and spiritual worlds have by passed their ugly reality just as these people reach the pinnacle of their careers in public office or in Church leadership. It is better to deal with your Jericho now than to wait until later when its very appearance will wreck your life and destroy everything you have worked for. Jericho may be fortified but with a shout you can take it out. Do it now, while it is your season.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, today I will heed Your warning and begin the march of faith around my Jericho. No matter how high its walls or how great its gates, this monstrosity will come down, in Your Name.  – (CTC)


God can turn any difficulty into an opportunity.


DAY 82                        TUESDAY MARCH 22                                  2016

FIRST THING FIRST (1)                                               1Chron. 28:5-10.

“…Know the God of your fathers, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind …” (1Chron. 28:9)

When our grand daughter Sarah was very young, she told us she wanted to be a basketball coach like her daddy when she grew up. But she couldn’t be one yet, and she said, because first she had to be a player; and a player has to be able to tie her shoe-laces, and she couldn’t tie hers yet! First things first, we say, and the first thing in all of life is to know God and enjoy Him.

Acknowledging and knowing God helps us to become what we were meant to be. Here is King David’s counsel to his son Solomon: “…know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind…” (1Chron. 28:9). Remember, God can be known. He is a Person, not a logical or theological concept. He thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, and desires as any person does. A. W. Tozer writes, “He is a person and can be known in increasing degrees of intimacy as we prepare our hearts for the wonder of it”

The Lord is not playing hard to know; those who want to know Him can. He will not foist High love on us, but He does wait patiently, for He wants to be known by you knowing Him is the first thing in life – David Roper.

PRAYER LINE:        And He walks with me,

And He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known –  Miles (ODB)


The thought of God staggers the mind but to know Him satisfies the heart.


DAY 83                        WEDNESDAY MARCH 23                           2016

FIRST THINGS FIRST (2)                                                    Matt. 6:1-15.

“…This then, is how you should pray; “Our Father, in heaven…” (v9)

If, like John the Baptist, we are to be “great” in the sight of the Lord and make the path straight’ it seems to me that together we need to take some steps. The first, I think, is this. Gaining a knowledge of God through spending time with Him in personal prayer. John was undoubtedly a man of prayer-he spend long hours with God in the desert. We do not have to retire to a desert in order to achieve spiritual “Greatness,” but we do need to pray. Sometimes I wonder if Christians do not make as much impact to pray. I do not think I am far off the mark when I say we cannot prepare the way if we are not willing to pray.

Before we focus on how to sharpen up our prayer lives, however, let’s first get rid of a few wrong ideas about prayer. Some view prayer as a lightening conductor to save us from the severities of God’s wrath. I have been surprised at the number of Christians who have told me that they believe something bad will happen to them if they don’t pray. People who hold this view tend to pray from a sense of duty rather than delight. God doesn’t hold a stick over our heads and demand: “Pray-or-else” Rather, He stands before us as a loving Father and says, “…Talk to Me…” I want to get close to you. Always remember, it is to our Father we are praying, not to a tyrant or an urge. – (EDWJ)

PRAYER LINE: Loving Father, help me clear from my head all wrong ideas about prayer. How wonderfully relational that word is, I am so thankful. Amen


Never be afraid to entrust an unknown future to an all-knowing God.



DAY 84                        THURSDAY MARCH 24                               2016

APPOINTED TIME.                                                    Ps. 102:12-13.

“…Thou shall arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea the set time is come …” (v13)

The Bible says: “…If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north… there it shall be…”(Ecc. 11:3). The results of cumulative prayers can be great at the appointed time. However from our Bible reading for today, the time to favour you – a child of God, is now. You can fast forward your time for actualizing God’s favour to the present. Such was the case of the wedding at Cana of Galilee. In the middle of the celebration, the wine ran out. Knowing the power of God in her son, Mary approached Him for assistance to remedy the situation. Jesus however, told her His hour was not yet come. She nevertheless by faith went ahead to tell the servants that whatever He asks them to do, they should do it. (Jn. 2:5). Before the “Nakedness” of the celebrants becomes exposed, Jesus covered them up by performing His first miracle of turning water to wine, a wine of incomparable quality. Is your case at the threshold of becoming an object of public ridicule and making you a laughing stock? The same Jesus will cover your nakedness like He did at the occasion.

PRAYER LINE: Like Mary, rather than grumbling, and murmuring, what you need is faith in God. Demonstrate your trust in Him by praising and thanking Him, live a lifestyle of Godliness and winning souls (1Jn. 3:22) – (O.H). You will have a divine touch that will change your life, in Jesus’ Name


To give your life to Christ now is to keep it forever.


DAY 85              FRIDAY MARCH 25 (GOOD FRIDAY)                    2016

SHOUT OF TRIUMPH.                                                      Jud. 19:28-37.

“…It is finished …” (Jn. 19:30)

Recently I read about Aron Ralston, a hiker who was trapped alone at the bottom of a remote canyon. With scant hope of being found and his strength ebbing away, he had to take drastic measures to save his life. During a moment of excruciating pain, he shouted in agony and in victory, because he had freed himself and now had a chance to escape and live. Those who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus saw His hour of agony and heard Him cry out in a loud voice, “…It is finished..!” as He gave up His Spirit (Jn. 19:30). His final words from the cross were not a cry of painful defeat but a shout of triumph, because He had accomplished all that the Father sent Him to do. When Jesus died, He shared in what all of us must experience. But far beyond that, He did what none of us can do. He paid the price for our sins that we might be forgiven and have eternal life through faith in Him. “It is finished!” was the Lord’s shout of victory because now, through Him, we can escape the power of sin; we can live and be free. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, we call the day of His death Good Friday – (David Mccasland)

PRAYER LINE: I have been to the cross where my Saviour died.

And all of my life is made new –

In the person of Him I am crucified.

I have been to the cross. Have you? Frazee Bower – (ODB)


Jesus died that we might live.


DAY 86                        SATURDAY MARCH 26                               2016

NO SUFFERING, NO SAVIOUR.                                           Isa. 53:3-4.

“…Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows yet we considered Him stricken by God…” (v4)

It is extremely difficult to stand by and watch someone in pain. When those close to us are injured or fall ill, we can experience all kinds of emotions: Sympathy, helplessness, concern, guilt and even embarrassment. Sometimes we turn away simply because we don’t know what to say or do. Consider also what happens when we come face to face with someone who is disfigured. The temptation, is it not, is to avert our gaze? Isaiah tells us this is how it is with God’s Servant. He is so burdened with sorrow and suffering that people instinctively hide their faces from Him. This response was compounded in the ancient world by the simplistic belief that a sick person must be suffering for his or her own actions or sins. “…We consider Him stricken by God…” is just the attitude adopted by Job’s friends who believed that Job had brought his pain upon himself. Some asked Jesus in His day; “…Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” “…Neither…” said Jesus (Jn. 9:2-3) No one doubts that in some cases illness is the direct consequence of actions and choices. Many people are still unwilling to confront the reality of a suffering Saviour. No suffering, no Saviour. The truth is as simple and basic as that.

PRAYER LINE: Father, I see once again that only a crucified Saviour saves us. You allowed Your Son to suffer in order that I might not. His death means that I now have life. All honour and glory be to Your Holy Name. Amen – (EDWJ)


The proof of our love for God is our obedience to the commands of God.


DAY 87                        SUNDAY MARCH 27                                     2016

KNEE-DEEP IN DAFFODILS.                                           Lk. 24:13-34.

“…The Lord is risen indeed…” (v34)

When the first flowers of spring bloomed in our yard, my 5year-old son waded into a pitch of daffodils. He noted some debris from plants that had expired months before and remarked, “Mom, when I see something dead, it reminds me of Easter because Jesus died on the cross.” I replied, “When I see something alive-like the Daffodils-it reminds me that Jesus came back to life.”

One reason we know Jesus rose from the grave is that, according to the gospel of Luke, He approached two travellers headed to Emmaus 3days after His crucifixion. Jesus walked with them: He ate dinner with them; He even gave them a lesson in Old Testament prophecy (Lk. 24:15-27). This encounter showed the travellers that Jesus conquered the grave-He had risen from the dead. As a result, the pair returned to Jerusalem and told the disciples. “…The Lord is risen indeed..!” (v34). If Jesus had not come back to life, our faith as Christians would be pointless, and we would still be under the penalty of our sin, (1Cor. 15:17). However, the Bible tells us that Jesus “was raised to life for our justification” (Rom. 4:25). Today, we can be right with God because Jesus is alive – (Jennifer Benson Schuldt)

PRAYER LINE: I serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today; I know that He is living, whatever men may say, I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him He’s always near – Ackley (ODB)


The empty cross and the empty tomb provide a full salvation.


DAY 88                        MONDAY MARCH 28                                   2016

THE BLESSED HOPE.                                                            Titus. 2:13.

“…Looking for the blessed hope…” (Titus. 2:13)

THE BLESSED Hope of the resurrection isn’t like lottery where only one person out of million will hit the jackpot. And it’s not a wishful sentiment offered at gravesides to comfort the grieving. It’s a hope built on certainty. Jesus said, “…Because I live, you will live also…” (Jn. 14:19). Paul puts it this way; “…There is an order to this resurrection…” Christ was raised as the first of the harvest, and then all who belonged to Christ will be raised when He comes back. (1Cor. 15:23) Paul was writing to Corinthian Christians who’d been schooled in the Greek philosophy of a shadowy after life. Someone was trying to convince them that corpses could be raised, neither theirs nor Christ’s. And the apostle couldn’t bear such a thought. So with the brilliance of great attorney in his closing argument, he reviews the facts “…(Jesus) was raised from death on the third day…” He presented Himself alive to Peter… his closest followers … more than five hundred…James… the rest of those He commissioned …and…finally… to me…” (vv4-8TM). How many witnesses were there? Hundreds. They saw Him in the flesh. And if you’ve trusted Christ as your Saviour, one day you, too, will see Him in the flesh. At death, your spirit will go to be with Him, and at His return, your resurrected body will rise to meet Him in the air.” So shall we ever be with the Lord. (1Thes. 4:17) –  (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, grant me the grace, passion, unction, power to present Your resurrection message everywhere and every time.



DAY 89                        TUESDAY MARCH 29                                   2016

ENCIRCLE YOUR JERICHO WITH FAITH.                     Josh. 6:2-3.

“…And the LORD said to Joshua, “See!” I have given into your hands, its king, and the mighty men of valour. You shall march around the city, all you men of war…” (v2-3a)

Are you still fighting that “Jericho” in your life? Perhaps it appears week after week because you have been looking at its walls and defenses with your physical eyes. You see how high it is, you have estimated its strength, and you have anticipated how much it could hurt you to assault it. That is the problem. Look through your spiritual eyes instead, See those walls totally crumbled and flattened by faith. See yourself advancing against your enemy with valour as a man or woman of war.

Your Jericho has not come down yet because you cannot see it in the spirit yet. Get the victory in your spirit first. Then, with eyes of faith, you will encircle that city of fear with faith and see the fortress of problems fall down through the power of Almighty God.

Read this Poem:

He who gave Himself to save me,

Now will keep me to the end;

In His care securely resting

On His promised I depend – Bosch  

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, I have tired of reading about Jericho so many times because I do not want to deal with the very Jericho in my life. Today is the day I cross the river of fear and indecision to take the city I have feared so long, in Your Name, I win! – (CTC)


Don’t let yesterday’s failures bankrupt tomorrow’s efforts.


DAY 90                        WEDNESDAY MARCH 30                           2016

FINANCES: A KEY CAUSE TO WORRY.                          1Tim. 6:10.

“…For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil – and pierced themselves through with many sorrows…” (1Tim. 6:10)

One of the greatest causes of worry for most adults is financial pressure. Our finances are a reflection of our lives; disciplined people usually are disciplined about their finances, while reckless people tend to be reckless with their money. The key for most of us is finding a balance that works in the area of finances. Nothing is more challenging to a marriage than financial problems. Excessive debt leads to financial bondage. When this occurs, we make almost all of our decisions in light of our financial problems. “I can’t tithe to my Church,” a prominent business man once told me. “my finances are a mess and we can barely make it as it is” he added. But the truth was that he was living way beyond the level of his income. He had a $500,000 house, $5,000 per month mortgage, four automobiles, two boats, and enormous credit card debt. “I’ve prayed for God’s help,” he insisted, ‘but I don’t think even God could help me now” “God won’t help you; I replied, “Until you get your finances in proper biblical order. The truth is, you cannot afford not to Tithe!” Jesus said, “…You cannot serve God and money…” (Matt. 6:24). Money itself is not the roof of all evil – the love of money is the root of all evil. (1Tim. 6:10). Read Jn.17:14-16; Lk. 16:9-13. – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE: Lord, we know our sin is never private, though we may try to hide it. Help me to remember Your command for believers to tithe and the benefits of obedience.


Sin confessed and restituted brings God’s reward.


DAY 91                        THURSDAY MARCH 31                               2016

HAPPINESS AND MONEY.                                                       2Cor. 9:7.

“…So let each one give as he purpose in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity …God loves a cheerful giver…” (2Cor. 9:7)

Money, we are often told, cannot buy happiness. Yet millions expend their lives in the hope that it will. Their lives become an unending quest for the unattainable. What’s more, wealth itself is only temporary (Ps. 49:10-12). As we learned from Job, fortunes can vanish overnight. The real problem with trying to buy happiness is that it’s just for sale. God never made us to be satisfied with material things. Only by living above the material can we ever learn to use it properly? God’s aim in giving is not hoarding, but sharing. The Bible admonishes us to develop the grace of giving (2Cor. 8:1-7). The Churches of Macedonia are cited by the apostle Paul as an example of joyful giving out of deep poverty. It is not getting that brings happiness, but giving. The apostle also notes that the Macedonia Christians first gave themselves to the Lord and then gave their wealth. The totally committed Christian is one who knows the joy of giving. He is truly a cheerful giver (2Cor. 9:7). Many people are in financial trouble because they have never learnt to give. They are obsessed with getting. They have missed the whole purpose of stewardship and discipleship in the area of finances. They never think of themselves as conduits of His grace to others. – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE: So let our lips and lives express the Holy gospel we profess. So let our words and virtues share. To prove the doctrine all divine – Walts  


The Christian purpose is to promote God’s plan


DAY 92                                  FRIDAY APRIL 1                                  2016

MONEY AND DISTORTED VALUES.                                     Gal. 5:22.

“…But the fruits of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” (Gal. 5:22)

Our attitude toward money and possessions reflects our values. If you value yourself on the basis of what you have, you will be driven by the desire to succeed. If you think money alone will make you happy, you will never be happy. Joy is a fruit of the spirit and a gift of God (Gal. 5:22). It is not for sale. The poorest believer may own it in abundance. It is not dependent upon our circumstances because it comes from God. Only when we develop the right value system will we ever understand the proper place of money in our lives.

(1) Money and wealth are temporary: That which is material is temporal. It will not last forever and may not even last a life time. Only the spiritual is eternal. Therefore, spiritual priorities should always come before material priorities. (2) Christian stewardship is necessary: Temporary though it may be, we are commanded to be good stewards of what we possess (Lk. 12:16-21). Our money should be managed wisely, invested carefully, spent cautiously, and shared joyfully. (3) Wealth is to be used to God’s glory: when we learn to use our possessions to promote the gospel and invest in God’s work, we begin to understand that God does not give us things as an end in themselves. They are to be used to honour Him (Prov. 3:9) – Ed Hindson

PRAYER LINE: Ponder and Pray – Just as the winter turns to spring, our lives have changing seasons too; So when a gloomy forecast comes, Remember – God has plans for you  –  Sper


Every season brings a reason to rejoice.


DAY 93                                  SATURDAY APRIL 2                           2016

CAUSES OF FINANCIAL PROBLEMS.                                  Lk. 6:38.

“…Give and it shall be given to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over…back to you…” ( 6:38)

Financial problems can be traced back to a variety of causes: (1) GREED: The desire for more always leaves us dissatisfied with what we have. It tempts us to make unwise or extravagant purchases. (2) PRIDE: Sometimes we are driven by pride to want look successful. They build up our image. (3) IGNORANCE: Many people cannot manage their money. (4) LAZINESS: Some people are broke because they will not work. Their financial problems are but symptoms of deeper weakness. (5) STINGINESS: The Bible clearly teaches that those who don’t give don’t receive. (Lk. 6:38). Financial bondage comes when people spend more than they make. It leaves them in bondage to their creditors forever short of ready cash. The symptoms includes; *Overdue bills, *Financial worries, *Confusion, *Covetousness, *Financial manipulation, *Deceitfulness, “Get-Rich-Quick” scheme. Financial conflicts are among the major causes of divorce. Women especially can worry about money; they fret when the bills are not paid, taking out their fears and frustrations on their husbands. Getting out of debts becomes their overriding concern. They have little or no time to develop creative options toward financial growth – Ed Hindson

PRAYER LINE: Father, in Your mercy let me be guided by the Holy Spirit to sow, harvest and invest in Your word and others to Your Glory.


In the midst of troubles, peace can be found in Jesus.


DAY 94                                  SUNDAY APRIL 3                                 2016

THE NAME.                                                                           Matt. 1:18-25.

“…You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins…” (Matt. 1:21)

What is it about a name that makes it so special to us? I began thinking about this after talking to a teenager as we stood outside her Church in Black River, Jamaica, one Sunday morning. She asked, “Would you mention my name in Our Daily Bread?” I asked her if she had a story to tell, and she said, “No, just mention my name.” As I thought about her request-and her name- I wondered why her parents named her “Joyeth.” Seeing the happy nature of her personality led me to conclude that if their rationale was to urge her along toward “Joy” in her life they had succeeded. Most parents have that choice when a new baby is coming. But one baby received His name in a far different way. It wasn’t his parents’ choice that led to his moniker, and His wasn’t given to coax Him toward a personality trait. I’m speaking of the One whose name was provided by an angel who told His parents to “Call His name Jesus” (Matt. 1:21). Why? “…for He will save His people from their sins…”

No wonder His is the name above all names (Phil. 2:9). It’s a name that reveals His purpose-to provide salvation from the penalty of our sins. Jesus is indeed the name worth mentioning – Dave Branon

PRAYER LINE:        The name above all other names

Is Jesus Christ the Lord;

He came to save us from our sins

So we could be restored        –        Sper


Jesus: His name and His wisdom are one and the same.


DAY 95                                  MONDAY APRIL 4                               2016

THE POOR IN SPIRIT.                                                               Matt. 5:3.

“…Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven…” (Matt. 5:3)

In the Old Testament, the poor is almost a technical term for a particular group of people. Ps. 34:6 speaks about “this poor man” who called on the Lord and was heard and saved. In Ps. 40:17, the author describes himself as “poor and needy; and asks God to remember him and deliver him.” Similar statements elsewhere underline the fact that to be poor is to be weak and helpless, to be dispossessed and lack the resources to defend and save oneself. The poor are the needy and the captives who “Seek God” as their only refuge and salvation. (Ps. 69:32-33). They are the bankrupt of this world, and know themselves to be so, and who therefore trust in the Lord as their only hope of protection and deliverance. But what is poverty of spirit? By speaking of the “poor in spirit;” Jesus underlined the fact that He is not speaking about a lack of material prosperity. That may lead to poverty in spirit but it is not identical to it. Jesus is describing the person who sees his spiritual bondage, is conscious of the debt of his sins. (Matt. 6:12) and knows that in himself he is dispossessed before God. All he can do is cry for mercy, and depend upon the Lord. The prodigal son left his father proudly, self assured in his share of the inheritance. But when he was bankrupt, “he came to his senses” (Lk. 15:17). – (Sinclair Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: Father, create in me, a humble heart, to serve and be Christ-like in my relationship with You. Amen.


When God permits trials He also provides comfort.



DAY 96                                  TUESDAY APRIL 5                     2016

MOURNERS WHO ARE COMFORTED.                     Matt. 5:4.

“…Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted…” (Matt. 5:4)

Jesus is speaking about life in the Kingdom of God. The poverty He describes is in a man’s spirit, not his pocket, similarly, the grief Jesus describes is man’s mourning over his own sinfulness; it is regret that he has proved a disappointment to the Lord. Another characteristic of the Christian is that he does not excuse his sin, or belittle it, or ignore it. He cries out like Paul “…What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death…? Then he is comforted by the answer; “thanks be to God-through Christ our Lord.” There is deliverance and comfort (Rom. 7:24-25). Some Christians never seem to discover the reality of life in God’s Kingdom. The law of God convicts us of our sin (as it did Paul); (Rom. 7:7-12). But it is the grace of God that melts our hearts and causes a right attitude toward that sin, in sorrow, shame, and mourning. Three things to note about the Christian. (1). Whenever the Christian is conscious of his sins, he will be grieved by it. Otherwise he will grief the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 4:30) (2) No single beatitude should be isolated from the others. Jesus is describing the whole Christian life in that sermon. (3). A rounded spiritual experience involves stretching our emotional response to the Gospel, not narrowing it.      –        (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: What can you do to help others feel a part of your Church community? Visit, pray, with them, read Scriptures together, drop a note, or invite them to join you in serving others.


Fellowship builds us up, and keeps us together.




DAY 97                                  WEDNESDAY APRIL 6                       2016

THE MEEK WHO INHERITS THE EARTH.                         Matt. 5:5.

“…Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth…” (Matt. 5:5)

Poverty of the spirit and mourning over sin have pervasive influence on our lives. Their immediate effect is to make us meek. Scripture provides two special illustrations of meekness. Moses is the first. He was the meekest man of his days (Num. 12:3). It was a quality that God wrought in him over many years and with great patience. In earlier days Moses may have been self-sufficient and like so many self-sufficient men, impetuous and self-willed. Acts. 7:25 seems to indicate that Moses had a sense that God was calling him to lead the Israelites out of their bondage in Egypt. When he slew an Egyptian who was mistreating an Israelite, he thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them (Acts. 7:24).

The second example of meekness in scripture is that of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is meek and lonely in heart. (Matt. 11:29). He is indeed, in the Biblical sense, “…Gentle Jesus, meek and mild...” Meekness is especially important for those who are servants of Jesus Christ. Isaiah thus describes Jesus as the Servant of God. (Isa. 42:2-3). Apostle Paul appealed to the Corinthians by the meekness and gentleness of Christ (2Cor. 10:1). Paul emphasized to Timothy that the Lord’s servant should pursue meekness and gentleness. (1Tim. 6:11; 2Tim. 2:24-25). Poverty of spirit, mourning for sin, spiritual meekness – all these hallmarks of kingdom life can be imitated.  –  (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: Lord, grant me grace throughout each day. To walk the straight and narrow way; to do whatever in Thy sight is good and perfect and right.  –  Ed Hindson


Live each day as if it is your last.



DAY 98                                  THURSDAY APRIL 7                           2016

HUNGER AND THIRST.                                                       Matt. 5:1-12.

“…Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness …” (Matt. 5:6)

Hunger and Thirst are fundamental physical needs that were all the more true in Jesus’ day in Palestine, where water was a premium and food was sometimes scarce. The idea of righteousness occurs with some regularity in this sermon. It is one of the major themes: Christians may sometimes be persecuted because of righteousness (5:10); they must have a righteousness that exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees (5:20); they do acts of righteousness (6:1); above all, they are to seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness, in the assurance that everything they need will be supplied (6:33). But what is the fruit of righteousness of God? The Bible tells us that “the fruit of righteousness will be peace” (Isa. 32:17) and explains in Isa. 45:21, what this means by telling us that God is a righteous God and a Saviour” (not, “but a Saviour”). To hunger and thirst for righteousness, therefore is multifaceted. It means first of all, to long for a right relationship with God, and consequently to be righteous before him. Three dimensions: (1) The righteousness is provided for us by Christ Himself. (2Cor. 5:21). (2) We cannot welcome Christ as our Saviour without being willing for Him to be that Saviour. (3) The righteousness involves our seeking to see it established everywhere. – (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: Our service for the Lord becomes a duty that is hollow if we neglect our heart for God and Him we do not follow. – Sper


We can become so busy doing good that we lose our heart for God.



DAY 99                                  FRIDAY APRIL 8                                  2016

GIVING AND RECEIVING.                                                 Lk. 10:30-37.

“…Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy…” (Matt. 5:7)

The best illustration of the meaning of mercy is found in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk. 10:30-37). At the end of the parable, Jesus asks which of three passers-by (a Priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan) proved to be a neighbour to the man who was attacked by robbers. An expert in law replied, “The one who had mercy on him (Lk. 10:37). Two things should be noted here about the Samaritans as an example of mercy. (1) Mercy relieves the consequences of sin in the lives of others: (Both sinners and those sinned against). The Samaritan took responsibility for the injured man. He ministered to his broken and bruised body and did everything he could to provide for restoration and healing. (2) Mercy does not hide behind unbiblical scruples in order to protect itself from costly service. Mercy is not brought to light only by the New Testament. Perhaps the most illuminating passage of all is to be found in Ps. 109. It’s a description of the Psalmist’s enemy. He found no pleasure in blessing. (Ps. 109:16-17). Lack of mercy is the mark of those who betray Jesus. “Judas discovered, as Prov. 21:13 teaches, “…If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry one day and not be answered!..” Judas was not merciful; he did not receive mercy. – (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: When our friends encounter trials, we can help them if we’re near; some may need a word of comfort, others just a listening ear – Sper


Staying close to those who need help; helps us to stay close to God.



DAY 100                               SATURDAY APRIL 9                           2016

PURITY OF HEART.                                                                  Matt. 5:8.

“…Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God…” (Matt. 5:8)

Who are the pure in heart? At first glance, Jesus seems to be thinking here about those whose hearts are morally clean. Undoubtedly, His words have Ezekiel’s prophecy as their background: “…I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you…” (Ezek. 36:25-26). Yet this purity of which the Old Testament speaks, is not only a matter of cleanliness although it involves such but also a matter of the commitment of the heart and will to the Lord. The background for that statement lies in Ps. 24:4-6. Those who may stand in the Lord’s Holy presence should have “…Clean hands and a pure heart…” Being pure in heart, means letting nothing stand in the way of our vision of Christ. He is a great Saviour and Lord. But great things can be completely obscured by small things if the small things are brought near enough to our eyes. The issue therefore, is not how important something is in itself, but how closely we fix our gaze upon it. We see that this world has nothing to compare to Jesus Christ and all that He offers us. Jesus’ teaching provides us with a simple test of the strength of our Christian lives. How clearly do we see God in all his glory? Do we see Him as clearly as we used to? Are we pure in heart? –  (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: Then let us adore and give Him His right, All glory and power, all wisdom and might, All honour and blessing, with angels above, And thanks never ceasing for infinite love – Wesley 


The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful heart.



DAY 101                               SUNDAY APRIL 10                              2016

PEACE MAKING.                                                                       Matt. 5:9.

“…Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God…” (Matt. 5:9)

Jesus says that peacemakers enter into His covenant blessings. They will be called the sons of God. Jesus’ logic is not difficult to follow. God is described in Scripture as the God of peace. As such, He had made peace for us through Christ; He has reconciled us to Himself (2Cor. 5:19-21). Making peace is part of God’s gracious character. Those who have become members of His family will share in His family likeness. His sons will be peacemakers. Paul used two marvelous word pictures to underline Jesus teaching. (1) In Colossians. 3:15 Paul writes, “…Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since members of one body you were called to peace…” We can pictorialise his statement, Peace is the referee who blows the whistle on any action that is out of line. Paul does not mean that we are to feel peace deep down. Whether we do or not is beside the point. Rather, he means that God has called us to peace. Therefore, peace, the harmony and well-being of our fellowship, must have priority. (2) In Eph. 4:3, Paul uses another word picture, In the context of urging us to practice humility, patience and forbearance, he adds, “…Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace…” Peace is the bond-the cord that ties us all together. –  (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: This is my prayer, Lord, that You direct me from above to live a life of peace and reflect my Saviour’s love, in Jesus’ Name.


As Christ love grows, His peace flows to us.



DAY 102                               MONDAY APRIL 11                             2016

PERSECUTION.                                                                         Matt. 5:10.

“…Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven…” (Matt. 5:10)

The climate of the Beatitudes almost seems to be an anti-climax. It takes us back to where we started-the promise of the Kingdom of God. We are told that we will be persecuted. Perhaps Jesus realized how surprised this might seem to His disciples, so He emphasized His point by applying it directly to His followers. Men and Women who are poor in spirit mourn for their sin, live lives of gracious meekness, long for God’s righteousness, show mercy to others, who are pure in heart and seek peace between God and man-would such people not be welcomed with open arms? After all these are the men and women the world needs. The Scripture tells us that the world is in rebellion against God. Jesus Himself said that if men persecuted Him, they would also persecute His followers. (Jn. 15:20), He told them, “…if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first…” (Jn. 15:18). The gospel produces a life style characterized by righteousness. In practice, that means absolute integrity whether at home, in the work place, or even at play. But such integrity, not least in our own age. We should not think it strange if we ourselves encounter fiery trials. (1Pet. 4:12, Acts. 5:41). – (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: When trials intrude to slow down your life, It would be easy for you to give in; But by perseverance you’ll overcome strife, So just keep on plodding-with Christ you can win. – Branon 


Great achievement requires great perseverance.



DAY 103                               TUESDAY APRIL 12                            2016

ACHIEVING FINANCIAL FREEDOM (1)                         2Cor. 9:6-8.

“…He who sows sparingly will also reap, sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully…” (v6)

In order to break free from financial bondage several things are necessary: (1) Transfer “Ownership” of all your possession to God: Take your hands off. Recognize God’s sovereign Lordship over you, your house, your car-everything. Acknowledge that every thing you have, you have in trust. (2) Start tithing: As Christians under grace, we should view the law’s demand (10percent) as a bare minimum. Christian giving should be spontaneous and abundant. Tightwads get little from God. (See 2Cor. 9:6-8). (3) Write a budget: You will never avoid nonessential purchases until you determine just what you must have in order to pay your bills (house, car, food, heat, light, phone and so forth). (4) Stop all unnecessary purchases: Stop buying things you cannot afford. Such buying is only plunging you deeper into debts and will jeopardize everything you have. Until you have things under control, eliminate unnecessary expenditures (new clothes, dinners and expensive habits). (5) Buy nothing on credit: Pay cash for everything. Credit cards are convenient, but they plunge undisciplined buyers into ruin. “Get it today; we are told; pay for it tomorrow.” Too often tomorrow becomes infinitely. – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE: Life can make me weary and stressed at times I want to stop right now though, Lord and take the time to quiet my soul before You speak to me from Your word. Please refresh me.


Stop and take a break from the busyness of life so that you can refuel your soul.


DAY 104                               WEDNESDAY APRIL 13                     2016

ACHIEVING FINANCIAL FREEDOM (2)                         2Cor. 9:6-8.

“…He who sows sparingly will also reap, sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully…” (v6)

(6) Self fast-depreciating items: “If you are really in over your head,” that new car may have to go. Four more years of high payments means you will owe more on it than it’s worth. The same holds true for new furniture. (7) Develop biblical priorities: Spend your money on things that produce the greatest long-lasting benefits (like your children’s education). Avoid temporary fads that are keeping you broke. Evaluate every purchase from God’s perspective. Ask yourself. “How will buying this item(s) help the cause of Christ?” (8) Establish a working income: You mustn’t spend everything you make. Make allowance for tithing, taxes, fixed expenses, debt retirement, savings, and so forth. Only about 70percent of your total income should have to go towards actual living expenses. (9) Learn money management: In the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-29) Jesus condemns the poor money manager. Set proper priorities and learn to plan ahead. (10) Get out of debt: It may be a wise decision to contact a capable accountant or investment counselor for some professional help and advice in setting up a workable plan for handling your finances. Your future can become so wonderful that it will obliterate the pain of the past.  – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE: Father, make my future so wonderful by directing my choices to find joy the way You intended it to be for me, in Jesus’ Name


If you honour God in your heart, He will be honoured by your life.



DAY 105                               THURSDAY APRIL 14                         2016

HOW GOD WORKS (1)                                                              2Cor. 6:2.

“…Indeed, the “right time” is now…” (v2)

Note: Old Testament prophesy (Isa. 49:8) fulfilled in 2Cor. 6:2. The Story of this incapacitated man’s healing is rich in lessons. Let’s look at them for the next few days: (1) He was in a beautiful situation but he wasn’t enjoying it. A man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called ‘Beautiful,’ where he was put every day to beg… (Acts. 3:2) When you have a situation problem, even if you’re in a beautiful situation, you can’t enjoy it. (2) He was close to the answer but it was beyond his reach. Every day he sat at the temple gates watching others go in and be blessed. But because of his condition, the law of Moses prevented him from doing the same. Is that where you are today-in Church, but not able to receive what God has for you? You sing the songs, pray the prayers, and listen to the sermons, but you still have the same old problems? (3) When his moment of deliverance came, he needed help to seize it. Peter said, “…In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk; taking him by the right hand helped him up…” (Acts. 3:6-7) this man had no reason to think that today would be any different. He didn’t know God had earmarked it on His calendar as the day of his deliverance. And this could be your day. At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you (2Cor. 6:2) the right time for you is now. But it wouldn’t happen until you acknowledge your need of God and get ready to receive His help. That means keeping your faith strong, your heart open, and speaking God’s promises over your situation.  – (TWFT).

PRAYER LINE: Father, I surrender to You, Help my unbelief, in Jesus Name.


God alone is worthy of our worship.



DAY 106                               FRIDAY APRIL 15                                2016

HOW GOD WORKS (2).                                                              2Cor. 6:2.

“…A man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate…to beg…” (Acts. 3:2NIV)

The Bible says; “When he saw Peter and John…he asked them of money…Then Peter said, “…Silver and 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 up , and instantly, he jumped to his feet and began to walk…” (vv3-8). This story raised three questions: (1) What is your area of weakness? That’s important to know, because a handicap in one area can cripple you in other areas. A part from lacking strength in his ankles this man was normal, but his weakness stopped him from living a happy life. We all struggle with something. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience (1Cor. 10:13NIV). (2) How are you handling your weakness? This man was at the temple gate to beg. Why are you there? You need to know that, before you can get up and move on. Refuse to settle there; rise up and say: This may be who I am now, but by God’s grace it’s not who I’m going to be! (3) What are expecting? A crutch to help you live with your problem? A way to avoid doing what’s necessary to become whole? This man was looking for handouts, not healing. But handouts won’t get you back to your feet. Furthermore, when your focus is limited to what people can do for you, it can cause you to miss what God can do for you. By God’s power this man got up and walked-and you can, too.  – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father-Help me to watch and pray, And on Thyself rely: and let me never my trust destroy, But press to realms on high – Wesley


When we get to the place where there’s nothing left but God, we find that God is all we need.




DAY 107                               SATURDAY APRIL 16                         2016

HOW GOD WORKS (3)                                                         Acts. 3:1-10.

“…Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up…” (v7)

A few important observations: (1) Peter allowed God to change his plans: Peter and John were going to the temple at the time of prayer- at three in the afternoon (v1) Is prayer important? Yes, it’s all-important! But you can get so caught up in Church activities that you walk past hurting people sitting on the Church’s door step. You must be sensitive to peoples’ needs, available to God, and willing to change your plans at a moment’s notice.  (2) Peter used the Name that is bigger than any problems…In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Walk! (v6) And he did! Paul writes, “…At the name of Jesus every knee should bow… every tongue should confess that Jesus …is Lord…” (Phil. 2:10-11). You say, “What’s in a name?” in this case-everything. At the name of Jesus hell trembles, sin is forgiven, sickness is healed and stubborn habits broken. (3) Peter did More Than Pray, He Extended a Helping Hand: Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Today you’re surrounded by people who need help to get back on their feet spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially. Reach out in love and lift them. They don’t need you to spend the rest of your life supporting them. They just need a hand up-and an introduction to the One who’s able and waiting to meet their need. God used Peter to bring deliverance to this man, and He will use you too. But you have to be ready.  – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, qualify me and use me to touch lives, use Your Word to meet their need, in Jesus’ Name.


When we yield ourselves to the Spirit’s control, we do not lose our self-control.



DAY 108                               SUNDAY APRIL 17                              2016

EXPECT GREAT THINGS.                                              Heb. 11:32-40.

“…Who through faith… out of weakness were made strong…” (11:33-44)

William Carey was an ordinary man with an extraordinary faith. Born into a working-class family in the 18th Century, Carey made his living as shoemaker. While crafting shoes, Carey read theology and journals of explorers. God used His Word and the stories of the discovery of new people, groups to burden him for global evangelism. He went to India as a missionary, and not only did he do the work of an evangelist but he learned Indian dialects into which he translated the Word of God. Carey’s passion for missions is expressed by his words: “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” Carey lived out this maxim and thousands have been inspired to do missionary service by his example. The Bible tells of many whose faith in God produced amazing results. Hebrew tells of those “…who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouth of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong…” (Heb. 11:33-34)

The list of heroes of the faith has grown through the ages, and we can be a part of that list. Because of God’s power and faithfulness, we can attempt great things for God and expect great things from God – Dennis Fisher.

PRAYER LINE: if God can hang the stars on high, Can paint the clouds that drift on by, Can send the sun across the sky, what can His power do through you? – Jones (ODB)


When God is your Partner, you can make your plans large.



DAY 109                               MONDAY APRIL 18                             2016

A SENSE OF OTHERNESS.                                                  Jn. 14:1-14.

“…And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father…” (v13)

Many view prayer as simply providing an oasis of quiet meditation in the midst of a busy day, a way of providing, and calmness for the soul, A place of sanctuary. There is no doubt that prayer does provide calmness of the soul, but that is not its primary purpose. I regard prayer as the means of bringing my whole life-spirit, soul and body –into intimate personal contact with the living God. I can commune with Him, adjust my will to His and through that relationship have a knowledge of the Creator. ‘Experience shows’ says one preacher that those who think of prayer only as a reflex influence soon give up prayer. For it is not possible to project one’s spirit continuously to that which is not responsive. Another misunderstanding of prayer is that it is auto suggestion-an echo of your own voice. Those who pray relationally, however, realize it is not auto-suggestion. But other-suggestion. Prayer would never have survived and flourished as a Christian discipline if it had been only auto-suggestion, with no voice answering our voice, no heart answering ours. I have loved these lines by F.W.H. Myers ever since I first came across them:

Whoso has felt the Spirit of the Highest; Cannot confront nor doubt Him, nor deny, Yea, with one voice, O word though Thou deniest, Stand Thou on that side, for on this am I.

PRAYER LINE: Father, how can I thank You enough for the sense of otherness that I feel when I pray? Help me go deeper into prayers. Amen


To build a Godly life, let God be the architect and His Word the blue print.



DAY 110                               TUESDAY APRIL 19                            2016

THE WONDERS OF THE SPOKEN WORD.                      Gen. 1:1-3.

“…And God said, Let there be light; and there was light…” (v3)

Isa. 55:10-11 establishes the wonders working power of the spoken Word of God. The Word of God can transform darkness to light. (Gen. 1:3) This is why in Mk. 10:46-52 when Bartimaeus (Blind Bartimaeus) cried for the recovery of his sight, all Jesus did was speak, and his sight was restored. Gen. 1:20-22 reveals the fact that the spoken Word of God can transform emptiness to fullness. At the beginning of creation, the world was empty and void, but when the spoken Word of God went forth, the world became full of all sorts of creatures. Moreover, the spoken Word of God can bring orderliness to a confused situation. We see this in the story of the storm that rocked the boat of Jesus and His disciples (Mk. 4:35-41) All Jesus did was to speak peace to bring the dead buried there back to life (Jn. 11:34-44) I want to encourage you to identify genuine prophets of God and never trivialize the word that comes out of their mouth. In 2Kgs. 4:1-7, we read about the word of the prophet to a poor widow whose sons were about to be sold into slavery. The moment the man of God spoke, the multiplying power of God went into the lone bottle of oil in her hand and the miracle began to happen. I prophesy to you that in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Son to the living God, your emptiness shall be transformed to fullness. – (O.H)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I believe in Your Word that transforms from emptiness to fullness. I will never lack again, in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.


Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength – Isa. 40:31.



DAY 111                      WEDNESDAY APRIL 20                              2016

WONDER WORKING NAME.                                 Matt. 1:21-23.

“…And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues…” (Mk. 16:17)

From Mk. 16:17, we understand that signs and wonders shall follow those who believe in the Name of Jesus Christ. The wonder-working power in the Name of Jesus Christ is also declared in Isa. 9:6. Indeed the Name of Jesus is full of wonders. In Acts. 3:6. Peter said, “…Silver and gold have I none…name of Jesus Christ … rise up and walk…” the ankle bones… received strength and he began to make progress in life – walking and later leaping. Those who do not believe in the Name of Jesus for salvation, either for religious or intellectual reasons, may not know what they stand to lose. The Bible says; “…The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe…” (Prov. 18:10). The scripture reveals the secret that makes the Name of Jesus work for someone: righteousness, It is through this Name that we receive forgiveness of sins (Acts. 10:43). When Peter commanded the lame man to walk in the Name of Jesus, it was done immediately. The Name of Jesus Christ is anointed. (Song of Solomon. 1:3). This is why the Name destroys the yokes of the devil and produces deliverance for the oppressed. The devil may resist anything but not the Name of Jesus Christ, because God has given Him a Name above other names (Phil. 2:9-11)

PRAYER LINE: At the Name of Jesus Christ, receive deliverance from all forms of oppression you have been suffering from now on. – (OH)


God speaks to us through His Word; take time to listen.



DAY 112                      THURSDAY APRIL 21                                  2016

THE WONDER WORKING PRAYER.                               Mk. 9:20-29.

“…But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body, said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter, she sat up…” (Acts. 9:40)

The Bible in Phil. 4:6 enjoins us not to be anxious for anything, but rather to make our requests known to God through prayer and supplication sandwiched with thanksgiving – (Phil. 4:7). “…And the peace of God…keeps your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus…” This is the wonder of an effective Christian prayer life. Our Bible text reveals that prayer can work wonders beyond our widest imagination. It also reveals the inevitability of prayer in our lives. When the apostles wondered why they could not cast out the demons in a demon-possessed boy, Jesus in Mk. 9:29 simply told them that it was due to lack of prayer and fasting. Jas. 4:2 reveals that many children of God are guilty of negligence of prayers. Many children of God fail to realize that it is prayer that can solve the problem of lack, and not envy. Like the elder brother of the prodigal son, they are zealous in the work of God but fail to make their requests known to God. They end up becoming envious. The elder brother of the prodigal son even falsely accused his father of partiality. But the father replied that all he had was his, (Lk. 15:3). The problem with this son was that he would not ask. – (O.H).

PRAYER LINE: Ask and it shall be given you, seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened unto you. (Matt. 7:7)

Your needs will be met, in Jesus’ Name.


There is no reward from God to those who seek it from me. – Spurgeon.



DAY 113                               FRIDAY APRIL 22                                2016

THE WONDER WORKING PRAISE.                       2Chron. 20:21-24.

“…And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, and they went out before the army…forever…” (v21)

It’s a good thing to give thanks to the Lord (Ps. 92:1). One of the wonders of praise is that it ushers you into the presence of the Lord (Ps. 100:4). We know that in the presence of the Lord, there is fullness of joy, (Ps. 16:11). It’s impossible to be in the presence of God and remain the same. The Bible speaks of so many weapons of spiritual warfare, but the most effective of them all is praise. The Lord revealed to me that when you are praying and fasting or loosing and binding you are doing the battle. But when you are praising God, the Lord will do the battle on your behalf. In 2Chron. 20:15-17, after three great kings formed an alliance to fight king Jehoshaphat, he, by the leading of the Spirit of God, realized that it was through high praises to the Captain of the host of Israel that he would win the battle. As the singers were praising the Lord, the Lord took over the battle and fought on behalf of King Jehoshaphat. In Ps. 67:1-7, we read that one of the wonders of praise is that the earth will yield her increase and God will bless His people. Another wonder of praise is that when the people see the magnitude of the blessings that God showers upon those who praise Him, the whole earth will fear Him. – (OH)

PRAYER LINE: May the good Lord give you the type of blessing that will cause people to fear your God, in Jesus’ Name. your testimony will surely come.


When you have prayed, fasted without result, praise Him.



DAY 114                               SATURDAY APRIL 23                         2016

THE WONDER OF HIS PRESENCE.                                Isa. 40:28-31.

“…Thou will show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand, there are pleasures for evermore…” (Ps. 16:11)

In Ps. 16:11, the Psalmist reveals that it’s in the presence of the Lord we can find fullness of joy. Sin drives a man from the presence of the Lord. Adam and his wife ran from the presence of the Lord (Gen. 3:8). Prophet Jonah, in disobedience, also ran from the presence of the Lord and ended up in the belly of the fish (Jonah. 1:3, 15 &17). When a man runs from God’s presence, he is half-dead. Only the mercy of God can make him survive it. Some of the wonders of God’s presence are found in our scripture reading today. (1) When you make the presence of the Lord your place of abode, you will never be tired because His attributes rub off on you. (Isa. 40:28-29) While Elijah was in God’s presence, he enjoyed divinely prepared meals. He became so strong he did not only over power 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, he also outran the chariot of king Ahab. (1Kgs. 18) (2) Another wonder of God’s presence is that it gives divine boldness to those who abide in it. Read. 1Kgs. 18:15- As the LORD of host liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him today. (3) Another wonder of God’s presence is that the more you stay in God’s presence, the more you look and behave like Him. The world knew that the disciples had been with Him (Acts. 4:13). Jesus withdrew to the mountain side to commune with the Father. (Matt. 14:23; Lk. 6:12) – (O.H)

PRAYER LINE: I needed the quiet- no prison my bed. But a beautiful valley of blessing instead, A place grow richer, in Jesus to hide needed the quiet, so drew me beside – Mortenson


The quiet hour is the power hour.



DAY 115                               SUNDAY APRIL 24                              2016

COVENANT LOVE.                                                       Ex. 2:23-25.

“…God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob…” (v24)

So important are these three moving verses which tell us that God hears and responds to the groaning of His oppressed people, that we shall spend another day considering them. One statement made in those verses shows us that the reaction in the divine heart is not just a passing emotional response but one that is very profound: “God…remembered His covenant.” Divine love is not only a compassionate love but a covenant love, “Covenant” adds steel and depth to the notion of God’s love, which is later described as “Steadfast” or “Enduring.” God’s compassion evokes within Him the memory of His covenant promises to the Patriarchs – made first to Abraham and repeated to Isaac and Jacob that Abraham’s descendants would be the means of bringing blessing and salvation to all the nations of the earth. Throughout, the scriptures, we are told that our salvation depends on God remembering His covenant promises, just as it does on Him forgetting the sins He forgives. God ‘heard’ not because He was deaf before but in the sense of active responding. God ‘remembered,’ not as if He had suffered from amnesia but in the sense that He acted to implement His previous commitments. God ‘looked,’ not merely in the sense of noticing, but in being moved to sympathy. God ‘knows’ not merely as a matter of information but in being conceived, becoming involved and entering into the experience of those who were suffering. A God as loving and loyal as this deserves a loving and loyal response. – (EDWJ)

PRAYER LINE: Thank You Father for Your commitment through an agreement that will never be nullified.


God is faithful to His covenant.



DAY 116                               MONDAY APRIL 25                             2016

FEAR NOT.                                                                               Ex. 14:1-31.

“…They were terrified out of the LORD!…” (v10)

When Pharaoh learns of the Israelites departure he has second thoughts and shows himself in his true colours. To lose the Israelites is to lose his cheap source of labour. Without their ‘services’ the Egyptian economy is threatened. So, in a dramatic U-turn, the Egyptians unleash the army in pursuit. God’s strategy now is to lure Pharaoh’s army into a trap by what seems on the surface poor military tactics-marching Israel to the sea leaving no route for escape.

The Israelites’ reaction shows them in their true colours also. They, too, have a quick change of mind and claim they would have preferred to have stayed in Egypt, slavery seems a better deal than death in the desert. How quick we forget. Moses’ response is at once a rebuke and reassurance. In fact, as the people’s representative, Moses is in the firing-line for God’s own rebuke. The Lord doesn’t waste words. His message is, “…Stop complaining, Raise your staff and watch for My glory!!!” the rest as they say is history. How is it that the Israelites have been so fearful when they had already witnessed many evidences of God’s power and greatness? Of all the things that destroy inner unity fear is without doubt, the most depilatory. Whatever He asks us to do in His name, we need not be afraid, for the great “I AM” is with us. – (EDWJ)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I accept that my greatest enemy is not the enemy without but the enemy within – fear. Remove, all traces of fear from me, I ask, in Jesus’ Name. Amen 


Fear not, for I am with you – Isa. 41:10



DAY 117                               TUESDAY APRIL 26                            2016

GOD AND YOUR MONEY (1)                                           Matt. 6:19-21.

“…For where your treasure is there your heart will be also…” (v21)

The Bible says, “Jesus … watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. (Mk. 12:41). Try to answer this question honestly: “Would my giving change if Jesus was passing the offering plate and watching me write the cheque?” Actually, He does. Each time God ask you to give He observes your obedience, your consistency and your generosity or the lack of it. He doesn’t measure you by how much you give, but what you have, and what you keep. That’s why Jesus said, “…Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also….”  Now since every human enterprise is destined to go up in smoke but God’s Kingdom … there shall be no end…” (Isa. 9:7KJV), it’s not hard to figure out where you should invest, right? Yet who among us hasn’t been more excited about a dream here on earth than an eternal home in heaven? That’s why Jesus keeps challenging our priorities and values. Ever notice how many people rush to endow God’s work on the eve of their departure? Perhaps that’s because we get great perspective from a hearse “…store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…” (Matt. 8:21) What Jesus is saying to us is “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” Thank God for benevolent request, but don’t you think it a blessing of having your money spread His Kingdom while you’re still bound to enjoy it? If you want to know what’s really important to you, observe what you do with your money.  – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, grant me the wisdom to sow and continue sowing as investment for eternity.


In God’s service, our greatest ability is our availability.



DAY 118                               WEDNESDAY APRIL 27                     2016

GOD AND YOUR MONEY (2)                                              Prov. 3:9-10.

“…And with the first fruits of all your increase…” (v9)

Give Him the first and the best (TM). To live by the principles of God’s Word and be financially blessed, you must keep three things in mind. First, remember that God owns everything. Your name may be on the account but don’t get any wrong ideas: “…all things come from You and out of Your own (hands) we have given You…” (1Chron. 29:14). The truth is, you’re the executor of God’s will. So when He tells you to give a certain amount, don’t say, “I’ll think about it and get back to You.”  And don’t try to bargain, for on the other end of every act of disobedient, you will eat the best from the land” (Isa. 1:19). Second, remember that God is your Source. You don’t have a thing He didn’t give you: “…Every good gift…is from above and comes down from the Father…” (Jas. 1:17). It’s okay to enjoy your money, invest your money and share your money, as long as you trust only in … the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy… (1Tim. 6:17). Third, remember that every spending decision is a spiritual decision. Your chequebook will reflect your priorities. So what does yours say? When it came to giving, the Macedonian Christians did it right. They gave not only what they could afford, but far more. “…their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and us, just as God wanted them to do…” (2Cor. 8:3-5). When you give God your heart, you’ll have no trouble giving Him anything else.  – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I surrender my all to You for You are the Giver and Provider. Let Your hand be visible in my life, for Your praise and worship.


Giving is an acknowledgement of God’s covenant promises.



DAY 119                               THURSDAY APRIL 28                         2016

GOD AND YOUR MONEY (3)                                               Prov. 21:20.

“…A foolish man devours all he has…” (v20 NIV)

If you want to be a good steward of what God has entrusted to you, do these four things:

First, reduce the debt you carry. Be guided by wisdom, not impulse. Spending less than you earn is the key to financial security. When you’re in debt over your head it pre-commits you and dictates what you can do down the road. What you do today is the only influence you have over tomorrow. Second, remember, cash is king! Don’t worry about sophisticated investment strategies until you’ve got at least three to six months living expenses in the bank. That way you’re prepared when emergencies arise-and they will. The Bible says, “…In the house of the wise are stores… but a foolish man devours all he has…” (Prov. 21:20). Third, have a long term financial goal and refer to it regularly. Lion tamers use a stool for control. Why? Because the lion will try to focus on all four legs, and end up confused. Focus on your long-term goal. Finally, Don’t just save, sow, whoever sows generously will also reap generously (2Cor. 9:6) True financial freedom comes when giving no longer threatens your sense of security, because you’ve leaned that consecutive sowing into God’s Kingdom always generates consecutive  reaping. The truth is, there’s no better way to live. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: God’s guidance and that we need day by day, Is given to all who believe; The Spirit has sealed us – He’s God’s guarantee of power that we can receive  – Branon


The Christian who neglects giving is like a lamp that’s not plugged in.



DAY 120                               FRIDAY APRIL 29                                2016

HOPE IS FOR…                                                                   Heb. 10:19-25.

“…Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful…” (v23)

I try not to be shocked by the things I see by the message on the woman’s T-Shirt as she walked pass me in the mall. The bold letters declared “Hope is for Suckers.” Certainly, being naïve or gullible can be foolish and dangerous. Disappointment and heartache can be tragic offspring of unfounded optimism. But not allowing oneself to have hope is a sad and cynical way to view life.

Biblical hope is unique; it’s confident trust in God and what He is doing in the world and in our lives. That’s something everyone needs! The writer to the Hebrews clearly stated the importance of hope when he wrote, “…Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful…” (Heb. 10:23).

Having Biblical hope is not foolish, because it has a strong foundation. We hold fast to the hope we have received in Christ because our God is faithful. He can be trusted with anything and everything we will ever face-both for today and forever. Our hope is grounded in the trustworthy character of the God who loves us with an everlasting love, So the T-Shirt had it wrong. “Hope is not for Suckers” It’s for you and for me. – Bill Crowder

PRAYER LINE:        My hope is build on nothing less,

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name – Mote(ODB)


Hope that has its foundation in God will not crumble under the pressures of life.



DAY 121                                SATURDAY APRIL 30                         2016

O! LOVE THAT WILL NOT LET ME GO.                          1Jn. 4:7-21.

“…Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another…” (v11)

Love is the centerpiece of thriving relationships. Scriptures makes it clear that we need to be people who love-love God with all our hearts, love our neighbours as ourselves, and love our enemies. But its hard to love when we don’t feel loved. Neglected children, spouses who feel ignored by their mates and parents who are alienated from their children,  all know the headache of a life that lacks love.

So, for everyone who longs to be loved, welcome to the pleasure of knowing that you are richly loved by God.  Think of the profound impact of His love that was poured out for you at the cross.

Meditated on the fact that if you’ve trusted in Him, His love covers your faults and failures and that you are clothed with His spotless righteousness, (Rom. 3:22-24) Revel in the fact that nothing can separate you from His love (8:39) Embrace His loving provision of a future secured for you where you will be eternally loved (Jn. 3:16). When John tells us that we “ought to love one another,” he calls us the “beloved” (1Jn. 4:11; see also 3:1-2). Once you embrace how wonderfully love you are by God, it will be much easier to be the loving person God calls you to be even toward those who don’t show you love – Joe Stowell (ODB)

PRAYER LINE:        Were the whole realm of natures’ mine,

That were a presence far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demand my soul, my life, my all –  Watts


Embracing God’s love for us is the key to loving others.



DAY 122                               SUNDAY MAY 1                                    2016

THE INWARD WITNESS.                                                          Jn. 15:17.

“…And You also will bear witness, because You have being with Me from the beginning…” (v17)

This is the number-one way that the Holy Spirit leads His people. It can manifest as a check in the spirit or as a ‘go-ahead’ sign. A security, sense of strength and approval, a gladness, an inner feeling of victory- all of these have to do with the inward witness.

The inward witness is also probably the most familiar type of “Leading.” It’s something all Christians can identify with, but perhaps not all of them recognize it for what it is. Sometimes inside, you feel like something is not right, and you have to wait for a go-ahead sign before proceeding. Maybe when you began, your motivation was right, but somewhere along the line a problem cropped up. It could be an inward problem, a decision problem or something you cannot foresee. But God foresees it and says, wait. He tries to work on the other people involved or on yourself. If it doesn’t work out, then His answer is no. God tries to forewarn you, but not because He doesn’t love the other person. He’s dealing with that person too. God never deals with one and not the other. Some people hear His voice better than others. Some shut their ears and gather to themselves people who agree with them, or people who are too weak to say no to their face. – (Robert Liardon)

PRAYER LINE: Father, anoint me to bear witness with the leading of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


God is the measurer and healer of our spiritual health.



DAY 123                               MONDAY MAY 2                                  2016

THE INWARD VOICE.                                                             Rom. 2:15.

“…Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness…” (Rom. 2:15)

Sometimes on the inside you hear the voice of your spirit. This is not the same as the inward witness. This is a voice-the inward voice of your spirit. It is also called the conscience. The conscience is something built into every human spirit to help the individual discern right from wrong. Paul wrote to the Church at Rome. “Which shew the work… also bearing witness (Rom. 2:15). And again “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 9:1). But the conscience can become “seared” or dulled, over time if we continually ignore it (1Tim. 4:1-2). (1). Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;}. How can it be quickened once again? The answer is found in Hebrews.

 “…How much more shall the blood of Christ who through eternal spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God…” (Heb. 9:14).

PRAYER LINE:        The power of God can turn a heart,

From evil and the power of sin;

The love of God can change a life,

And make it new and cleansed within. – Fasick (ODB)


Justification means our guilt gone, Christ’s righteousness given.



DAY 124                               TUESDAY MAY 3                                 2016

THE VOICE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.                                 1Jn. 5:6-15.

“…For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one…” (v7)

How many of you have ever heard the still small voice on the inside? That’s the Spirit of God speaking to your spirit. Listen to it. It’s not voices-it’s His voice filtered through your spirit. There is a difference between voices and His voice. His voice comes inside and always lines up with what is written in the Word.

Whatever comes in from the Spirit can be found in the Word. What you find in the Word will be found in spiritual manifestation. They go together. If the message you are receiving on the inside doesn’t line up with the Word, then something is wrong.

Don’t make a move until you get God’s mind on the matter. If you have built sensitivity into your spirit by the Word and by prayer and by protection from worldly contamination, you can go, so tuned in to the Spirit’s voice that it sounds audible. God speaks on the inside more than He speaks on the outside Acts. 10 records the story of Peter’s vision concerning the Gentiles. Note, v19. While Peter thought about the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “…Three men seek thee…go with them, doubting nothing…” Read 1Sam. 3:2-4; Acts. 13:1-3. Note, the Holy Spirit’s voice has more authority to it than the voice of your spirit. –  (Roberts Liarson)

PRAYER LINE: Father, grant me the wisdom to discern the difference between my spirit speaking and when the Holy Spirit is leading. And let me be obedient to the Holy Spirit.


Honest questions can lead to faith-building answeres.



DAY 125                               WEDNESDAY MAY 4                          2016

KNOWINGS.                                                                                 Mk. 5:33.

“…But the women, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her;…told Him the whole truth …” (v33)

Isn’t it funny how sometimes you just know something? You don’t know why you know, but you just know? This is another way you can be led by the Spirit-you just have a knowing. Did you ever get a knowing but didn’t follow it, and later you were in trouble? You said, how did I get in this mess? Investigate your knowing, run from your wonderings. Most of the time we investigate our wonderings and run from our knowing; we wonder if there is more out there. And we don’t investigate that absolute knowing inside.

God leads us by knowing. This can also be through the inward witness, but I like to put it in a separate category because it can be so strong. You just know. That knowing inside comes from the Spirit of God. You see, when God speaks to you, He just comes down and puts it inside you. He doesn’t always give you the reasons why a thing is right. You may not discover the reasons until after the fact.

Occasionally, we get the whole picture. Most of the times we get it in parts, if God gave you everything up front, you wouldn’t have to walk by faith. You would not need to trust Him. God operates by faith. He would never do anything to undermine your faith in Him. – (Roberts Liardon)

PRAYER LINE: Ponder on Rom. 2:4. Do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Pray for the revelation of God’s will for your life.


Trust in the Lord is the cure for a fearful spirit.


DAY 126                               THURSDAY MAY 5                    2016

VISIONS (1)                                                                            Acts. 10:9-33.

“…And it shall come to pass in the last days saith God, your young  men shall see visions…shall dream dreams…” (Acts. 2:17)

One of the Characteristics of the end times is that visions are to increase. In Acts. 2. Peter quoted from Joel’s prophecy: “…And it came to pass in the last days, said God, I will pour out of … and your old men shall dream dreams…” (v17). There are five different kinds of visions. (1) The Inward Vision: This occurs when you see something on the inside. Most folks have had this kind of vision, didn’t know it was a vision. The inward vision is the most common type of vision of the New Testament. (2) The Trance: The trance is probably the least common type of vision, but it does occur. “…On the morrow as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the City, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray… he fell into a trance…” (Acts 10:9-10).

Trances are rare, but they are Biblical. It was during this trance-which is a type of vision – Peter received revelation that God intended to save the “unclean” Gentiles also. (3) The Open Vision: The open vision is when, for example, I am talking to you and as I am, God opens up my eyes to see something in the spirit. You don’t even know I am seeing something. I hear myself talking, but it’s as if my voice is coming from a great distance. All the while my eyes are looking at something else. – (Roberts Liardon)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please reveal to me through visions, Your plans and purpose for my life. As you pray, the Holy Spirit will open up to you, in Jesus’ Name. Amen


No service for Christ is insignificant.


DAY 127                               FRIDAY MAY 6                                     2016

VISIONS (2)                                                                               Lk. 1:26-38.

“…Behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying…Arise… flee…Egypt…” (Matt. 2:13)

(4) Night Vision or Dream: The distinguishing mark of a night vision is that it is a God-given dream. Remember the story of Joseph in the New Testament? While he was asleep, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and told him to flee Egypt with Mary and the child Jesus. (Matt. 2:13) That came in a dream. Every time God spoke to Joseph it was in a dream. Mary had more of an open Vision (Lk. 1:26-28) (5) False Visions: A false vision is a counterfeit of any of the legitimate, Biblical forms of visions we just covered. Evil spirits do accommodate people with false visions.  The soul will produce a religious vision to see if you will yield to it. A demonic vision usually has tragedy, error or mischievousness in it. You can discern their origin by the character of them.


The Word in Ex. 24:3-8. “…So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord…which the LORD has said we will do…” (v3) God leads us by His word. When all your senses fail and all sights dry up, you aren’t left out in the cold. Everything we see, hear, and perceive – all these things must be in line with the word. God does not speak beyond His written word. You should never go beyond the word. Judge what I say by the Word. Judge what I do by the Word, get rid of it. – (Robert Liardon)

PRAYER LINE: When we know what God wants us to do. But then we refuse to obey, we’re ignoring the voice of the Lord. And sinfully choosing our way. – Sper


We may make excuses for not obeying God, but He still calls it disobedience.



DAY 128                               SATURDAY MAY 7                              2016

PROPHECY.                                                                           Acts. 2:8-15.

“…If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy. God shall take away his part from the book of life…” (Rev. 22:19)

The seventh way God leads His people is through the gift of the Spirit called Prophecy. Be careful about your relationship to the gift of prophecy and especially the whole domain of personal prophecy. God does speak through prophets, but more often He will speak directly to your spirit in one of the five ways we’ve discussed. I’d rather hear God for myself any day than rely on Prophet Joe to tell me what God has for my life. Prophecy like visions is also something you should not seek. It has its place in the Christian life. But when your life is dependent upon it, something is wrong. When a Church feels that it has not had a good service unless somebody has prophesied outright through tongues and interpretation, it means something is out of whack.

If it never occurs, then there is a problem too. But if prophecy is always a dominant factor, where everybody gauges the success of a service or conference by how many prophecies there were and who said what, then there is a problem. Prophecy is a New Testament fact. – (Roberts Liardon)

PRAYER LINE: Father, Your prophecy for my life is to be Christ like, To set the captives free. To reconcile the lost back to the fellowship with You. Thank You for the gift so rich. Amen 


Listen to God’s Word then pray about what you’ve heard.


DAY 129                               SUNDAY MAY 8                                    2016

TWO HEARTBEATS.                                                               Mk. 3:7-19.

“…He appointed twelve…that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach and have authority…” (vv. 14 &15)

Prayer has many elements, but fundamentally there are just two: Communion and Commission. Someone has described communion and commission as the two heartbeats of the prayer life. A heart has to keep beating or death sets in. All communions without commission results in death. All commission without communion also results in death. When the two beat in proper rhythm –that is Life. (1) Communion. A Christian plantation owner said this: “As I look at the rubber tree freshly tapped, with the cup nestling up against the wound and taking the sap from the heart of the tree, I am reminded of what prayer is all about. I press my empty life like a cup up against the wounds of the eternal God and take from Him life and power and redemption. Our text for today tells us that Jesus appointed twelve disciples for three purposes: (1) That they might be with Him (2) That He send them out to proclaim and (3) To have authority over evil spirits. The first thing to notice is that Jesus called them to be with Him. Anyone who neglects Communion will find the other two elements of discipleship fading out. It is true also, that if we neglect Commission, then Communion will begin to die. Those who have Communion and Commission will have spiritual authority. It is the inevitable outcome.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, every day let me nestle up against Your side for I am empty without You. Every day, let my cup be emptied in loving help to others by giving to them. – (EDWJ)  


Those who have been found should seek the lost.



DAY 130                               MONDAY MAY 9                                  2016

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY.                                                 Lk. 11:1-4.

“…When He finished (praying), one of His disciples said to Him ‘Lord teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples’…” (v1)

In the passage before us today we read that when the disciples heard Jesus pray they turned to Him and said: ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” What was it about the prayer of Jesus that triggered in the hearts of the disciples a desire to learn to pray as He did? Familiar as most of these disciples were with the prayers of the Old Testament saints: (David, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and others), they sensed there was something different about the prayer life of the Master. In answer to their request, He taught them the essence of true prayer. The prayer can be divided into two parts: the God side, and our side. This is the God side: Our Father, Your name, Your Kingdom, Your will. This is our side: Give us, forgive us, deliver us. Someone called these two sides realignment and result. In the first we realign our life to the Father, to His name, to His kingdom and in the second, we gain the benefits. He gives, forgives leads us, delivers us. The emphasis should always be on the alignment for if we try to get results without alignment we will get nowhere. Take this as a spiritual formula for prayer: No realignment-no results.

PRAYER LINE: My Father and my God; teach me to pray. Give me the mind to pray, the heart to pray, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. –  (EDWJ)


Our love for Christ is only as real as our love for our neighbor.


DAY 131                               TUESDAY MAY 10                               2016

AN ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY.                                Isa. 42:1-4.

“…A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out …” (v3)

In the history of the world, power has so often been used to oppress people that it is refreshing when we see it being used for restoration purposes. Old Testament theologian Paul Hanson says, “The style of witness of the Servants stands so starkly must be regarded either as foolishness or as an intriguing alternative strategy! This alternative strategy handles people like China. It seeks not to break lives but to make them. Servant ministry is not deterred by the fragility and faltering faith of those to whom it ministers. Here is power tempered by goodness and humility. The servant moves, guided or powered by the Spirit, with tact, thoughtfulness and tenderness. Watch a godly person or minister at work and you will see Jesus stamped into their personality. He or she will seek sensitivity for some vestige of human dignity under an abuse and broken personality. They will search patiently for that flicker of hope. Nursing the person, they will cup hands of love around them as one would around a candle in the wind. They will tread softly lest they tread on someone’s damaged dreams. Tactful, gentle, loving, but firm, let us follow Jesus’ steps and be a gentle football on the earth.

PRAYER LINE: Father, forgive us if, when we are trying to help those who have been hurt or fallen, we are more tough than tender, more condemning than compassionate. – (EDWJ)


If you are a Christian, remember that people judge your Lord by you.


DAY 132                               WEDNESDAY MAY 11                        2016

TWO PERSPECTIVES.                                                      Matt. 9:27-38.

“…When He saw the crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd!..” (v36)

The tenderness of Jesus can be seen all over the Gospels. Indeed, He describes himself as “Gentle and Humble in Heart” (Matt. 11:29) He stood firmly against injustice, especially when religious people were perpetrating it. He was also tough on pride. But with the weak and the victimized, He was incredibly tender. His feelings were not mere sentimentality, which simply engages in empathy but does nothing practical, Jesus showed true compassion by offering practical help to crowds wandering about like lost sheep, and to lepers socially ostracized because of the disease. Often preachers make the point that Jesus was interested in three classes of people: The Least, the Last and the Lost. He had compassion for diminished souls like Zacchaeus, for a woman bent double with affliction and for widows and children-indeed, for all who suffered whether their pain was physical or spiritual. He had time for everyone, and He always ministered with tenderness and grace. Samuel Chadwick, once said: “He saw possibilities in the weakest, and potential goodness in the worst. By His gentle patience, He makes the bent to stand erect and the foulest to be a clear and shining light in the world. Jesus saw people from two perspectives, not only what they were but what they could be. These two perspectives must be ours too.” (EDWJ)

PRAYER LINE: Father, help me to see people through Your eyes-to see not only their problems but also their possibilities.


The Bible is God’s love letter to us.


DAY 133                               THURSDAY MAY 12                            2016

GET OUT OF THE BOX.                                                      Ps. 18:16-20.

“…He brought me… into a large place…because He delighted in me…” (Ps. 18:19)

A respected counsellor says: “First you crawled, then you learned to walk and the world grew bigger. Then you rode a bike…drove a car…bought a plane ticket. Suddenly the horizons were limitless. Then doubts crept in. I can’t (you fill in the blank)… and your world shrinks a little. I shouldn’t take that trip… I’ll never find my way around…I’ve too many responsibilities. No experiences, no lessons, no life. Box can be comfortable…but no matter how cozy you make it, it’s still a box. They come in all shapes and sizes. When we let unrealistic fears hold us back we can be fairly certain we’re climbing inside another box…and sooner or later we’ll run into the walls. Find one small ‘I can’t’ in your life and take the lid off the box…try for a minor impossibility…apply for that dream job. Start pursuing your vision. Poke the top of your box. Stick your head out and look around. Find a fear and turn it into a ladder. Get out of the box of doubt and insecurity and into a freedom of courage and belief. If you let it, fear will cause your imagination to run riot. But God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2Tim.1:7). A sound mind restores your perspective and helps you see things from God’s viewpoint, where all things are possible. Today He wants to give you the courage to climb out of the box and bring you into a large place because He delights in you. –  (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Don’t choose to spend eternity where pain will never dim. Instead decide to trust in Christ. And choose to follow Him. – Sper


When your outlook is blurred by problems, focus on Christ.



DAY 134                               FRIDAY MAY 13                                   2016

FIGHTING AND PRAYING.                                             1Pet. 3:7.

“…That your prayers may not be hindered…” (v7)

The right environment for answers to prayer is one that’s free from…anger or disputing (1Tim.2:8). God blesses where there’s unity. That’s why satan works so hard to keep husbands and wives at odds with each other. That way we won’t pray together, much less expect our prayers to get God excited. Peter addresses this head-on: if you don’t treat (your wife) as you should, your prayers will not get ready answers (1Pet. 3:7) When a couple’s prayers are hindered, the devil has the key to the house and can come and go at will. James gives another angle on the foolishness of fighting and praying. Not only do we fight about stuff, but after we fight we still don’t get what we want. Why? In some cases, we don’t get it because God isn’t about to give it to us so we can blow it on ourselves. James writes, “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the old desires at war within you?” You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have…so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get because your motives are all wrong. (Jas. 4:1-3). You can’t fight and pray at the same time-so decide which it’s going to be.  – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE:        Out of my shameful failure and loss,

Jesus, I come, Jesus I come;        

Into the glorious gain of the cross,

Jesus, I come to Thee – Sleeper


Own up to your sin and experience the joy of confession.



DAY 135                               SATURDAY MAY 14                            2016

FIGHTING FOR YOUR FAMILY.                         1Sam. 4:19-22(NKJV)

“…She named the child Ichabod…” (v21)

Eli the High Priest lived to see his two sons killed in battle, the Ark of the Covenant captured by the Philistines and his daughter-in-law give birth to a child called Ichabod which means the glory has departed from Israel. There is a lesson here. Today the devil is trying to take the Ark-God’s influence-out of our homes. Through media and peer pressure the forces of darkness are seeking to capture the minds of our children by exposing them to the wrong values. Mum, Dad, what’s being written over your house? “…The glory has departed, or as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord…” (Josh. 24:15)? We are in a war, but a lot of us have not been at war! If we’re going to fight the good fight for and with our children, we need to get our act together. Children don’t mind following someone who’s showing by example how it’s done, and who’s doing it with them. Hannah, Eli’s neighbour, was such a parent. After years of being childless she made a vow to God, “…if You will give me a son, I will give him back to You all his life…”   (1Sam. 1:11) God answered her prayer with Samuel, who became one of Israel’s greatest prophets. Later God gave Hannah more children – so she became the mother of three sons and two daughters…(1Sam. 2:21) That’s because He know He could fulfill Hannah’s deepest longing and that it wouldn’t make her selfish. He knew she was more interested in His glory and benefit than she was in her own. Parents, can God trust you like that? – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, help me to fight the good fight for and with our children under the watchful eye of Jesus Christ our Lord.


We have nothing to fear, because God is in control.



DAY 136                               SUNDAY MAY 15                                  2016

THOUGHTS ON RAIN.                                                       Matt. 5:38-48.

“…He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust…” (v45)

When torrential downpours beat on the heads of my newly planted petunias, I felt bud for them. I wanted to bring them inside to shelter them from the storm. By the time the rain stopped, their little faces were bowed to the ground from the weight of the water. They looked sad and weak. Within a few hours, however, they perked up and turned their heads skyward. By the next day, they were standing straight and strong. What a transformation! After pounding them on the head, the rain dripped from their leaves, soaked into the soil, and came up through their stalks, giving the strength to stand straight. Because I prefer sunshine, I get annoyed when rain spoils my outdoor plans. I sometimes wrongly think of rain as something negative. But anyone who has experienced drought knows that rain is a blessing. It nourishes the earth for the benefit of both the just and the unjust. (Matt. 5:45)

Even when the storms of life hit so hard that we nearly break from the force, the “train” is not an enemy. Our loving God has allowed it to make us stronger. He uses the water that batters us on the outside to build us up on the inside, so we may stand straight and strong.

PRAYER LINE: Lord, we know that we don’t need to fear the storms of life. Because You are good, we can trust You to use even our hard times to build our faith in You. We lean on You now.  – (ODB) 


The storms that threaten to destroy us, God will use to strengthen us.



DAY 137                               MONDAY MAY 16                                2016

LETTING GO.                                                                            Phil. 3:3-11.

“…What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ…” (v7)

It has been said that “One person’s junk is another’s treasure.” When David Dudley tried to help his parents clear their house of “unnecessary items” before moving to a smaller home. He found it very difficult. He was often angered by his parents’ refusal to part with things they had not used for decades. Finally, David’s father helped him understand that even the worn out useless items were tied to close friends and important events. Clearing the clutter felt like throwing away their very lives. A spiritual parallel to our reluctance to let go of the clutter in our houses may be our inability to clear our hearts of the attitudes that weigh us down. For many years, Saul of Tarsus clung to the “righteousness” he had earned by obeying God’s law. His pedigree and performance were prized possession until he encountered Jesus in a blinding moment on the Damascus Road (Acts. 9:1-8). Face to face with the risen Saviour, he let go of his cherished self-effort and later wrote, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ (Phil. 3:7). When the Holy Spirit urges us to release our grip on any attitude that keeps us from following Christ, we find true freedom in letting go. – David McCasland     

PRAYER LINE: Speak to us, Lord, till shamed by Thy great giving, Our hands unclasp to set our treasures free; Our wills, our love, our dear ones, our possessions. All gladly yielded, gracious Lord, to Thee. – Anon – (ODB)


Through Christ we have the freedom to let go.



DAY 138                               TUESDAY MAY 17                               2016

PUT YOUR FAMILY FIRST.                                                 Prov. 30:11.

“…There are those who cure their fathers and do not bless their mothers…” (Prov. 30:11NIV)

Dr. Christian Barnard, the world renowned heart transplant surgeon tells of leaving Minneapolis to return to his wife and children in Cape Town after being gone for months. I was unprepared for her greeting. Why didn’t you come back? There was no longer a smile in her eyes, Oh God, I thought. I’ve made most mistake of my life. “Don’t look so surprised.” She said, “We gave up on you.” I responded, “It was only a little delay. I wrote you about it.” No, you wrote only once to say you weren’t coming home.” He answered, “But we were building aortic valves to save lives.” “No, you were building a family. That is until you dumped into my lap,” she said bitterly, “we have ceased to exist for you.” I want to say I’d come home because I love my children and I love her, I wanted to because I felt it, but what could I say now that would not sound meaningless? Dr. James Dobson writes, “A six grade teacher in an upper-middle class neighbourhood was shocked to see the result of a creative writing task about their family, assigned to her student. A few of their actual sentences, I wish my mother didn’t have a boyfriend… I wish I could get straight ‘A’s so my father would love me. Parents, wise up. Put your family first or you’ll live to regret it.  – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, make me to love my family as Jesus loves the Church, Let the Holy Spirit unite my family as a strand of three cords cannot be easily broken. Thank You Jesus for loving my family.


God will never lead you down a wrong path.



DAY 139                               WEDNESDAY MAY 18                        2016

HONOUR THE FATHER’S GIFTS.                                     Eph. 4:7-13.

“…He Himself gave some to be Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists and some Pastors and some Teachers…” (1Cor. 12:18)

God wants us to honour His sovereignty and trust His ability to use ordinary flawed men and women as leaders. Most of us do not like the idea unless of course, we happen to be the ones He has chosen. God’s plan works because He knows all things, and because men’s weakness, sins and foolishness have never caught Him off guard. Anointed human leaders are just that-they are very human people, whom God has anointed for reasons only He knows. This means they go about their duties feeling all the same temptations and doubts that you do. God  gives ordinary people His anointing to equip them for assignment and to make up for their innate weakness and faults.

Church leaders should adopt a continual attitude of repentance, dependence, and gratitude. This explains why Jesus stressed servant-hood so strongly when He prepared His disciples for leadership. Paul made it clear that we do not choose what body part we are to be in the Church. It is God who sets us in place as it pleases Him. (1Cor. 12:18). To submit to human leaders, when we know they are flawed just like we are, demands an even greater trust and faith in God.

PRAYER LINE: Heavenly Father, even though I can see flaws and weaknesses in the leaders You put in my life, I will trust You to guide them even as I trust You to guide me each day, in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen. –  (CTC)


There are no unimportant people in the body of Christ.


DAY 140                               THURSDAY MAY 19                            2016

BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS.          Acts. 9:26-28; Josh. 1:6-7.

“…The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trust in the LORD shall be safe…” (Prov. 29:25)

Has God called you? Has He placed you before people? Then do not be afraid of them. People do not scare me. When I go to a convention to preach, I go with the message God gives me. Sometimes preachers and host pastors get upright when they see me coming because I do not necessarily say what they want to hear. I preach what God tells me to preach.

God will never place you before people to confirm ways or ideas. He puts you there to transform them. You will confront demons that oppose your purpose for being there, but you have a kingdom agenda that must go forward. The good news is that you do not have to walk in your own authority (you cannot anyway). God called, appointed, and anointed you to walk in His authority as His representative. Receive as your own the command God gave to Joshua just before he lead Israel across the Jordan into the promise land: “…Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you; do not turn to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go…” (Josh. 1:7).

PRAYER LINE: Father, You called me to be a transformer, a courageous life –changer with the boldness to tell others the truth in love. Thank You for giving me the strength, in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.  – (CTC)


No matter what is in front of us, God is always behind us.



DAY 141                               FRIDAY MAY 20                                   2016

PRAY FOR THOSE IN YOUR CARE.                                 Jas. 5:7-20.

“…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much…” (v.16)

If God delivered you and set you free you are free indeed. You cannot help but be free when you know the truth. The Bible says, Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil, and God wants you to know that it is finished. The devil is not crazy, though; he knows that God has defeated him and sentenced him to the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10). As long as the Church remains clueless about God’s plan for the kingdom, Jesus cannot come back. We have a job to do first and we will not complete it until the Church understands and fulfills its assignments. The reason the devil harasses you is to get at your Daddy. He cannot touch the Father, so he goes after His children. When you truly understand that you are a child of the King-if you ever get it in your heart and mind just how much God loves you-then you can tell satan, “Devil, you have messed up. I am the child of the King. If you mess with Him, and He has decreed that no weapon formed against me shall proper.” In the same way, you must understand that the devil will retarget his attack toward your children as you become Kingdom-minded. When you become strong in the Word, he cannot bother you, so he will go after the people you love instead. Spend more time on your knees praying for your children and other family members.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, thank You for setting me free indeed. I pray for those You placed in my care, Guide their steps and deliver them from every devices of the evil ones. Glory be to Your Name. Amen. – (CTC)


We sow the seed-God produces the harvest.


DAY 142                               SATURDAY MAY 21                            2016

A LIFETIME GUARANTEE.                                                        Ps. 23:6.

“…Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” (Ps. 23:6)

Goodness and mercy. Not just goodness alone, for we all are flawed and in need of mercy. Not just mercy alone, for we all are fragile and inadequate in need of God’s goodness. So He guarantees both. And if that doesn’t impress you, try this phrase: “…all the days of my life…” Think of the days that lie ahead of you, tough days raising children, days in a dead-end job, underpaid and financially strapped, days of loneliness, days of ill health, days of care giving. Listen, “…Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” All of them! And what will the shepherd do during those days? He will follow you. What a surprising way to describe God. We’re accustomed to a God who remains in one place. Who sits enthroned in the heavens and rules. But no, like a shepherd who comes behind, gently coaxing His sheep forward, our God follows us. Pursues us. Tracks us down and Wins us over. We don’t know our Helper when He’s near. Yet He’s always there. Through the kindness of a stranger; through the question of a child or the commitment of a loved one; through a word of encouragement spoken or touch well timed we sense His presence.  – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE:        I know who holds the future,

And I know who holds my future,

With God things don’t just happen-

Everything by Him is planned      –      A. Smith


We may not know what the future holds but we can trust the One who holds the future.



DAY 143                               SUNDAY MAY 22                                  2016

WHY I READ THE BIBLE.                                                 Ps. 119:33-40.

“…Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight!..” (v.35)

Why do you read the Bible? (1) First, because within its pages I find the power and inspiration I need to live the Christian life. (2) Second, because, in the words of Emerson, it teaches that “The lesson of life is to believe what the years and centuries say against the hours.” (3) Third, because I find in it the wisdom I need for the ordering of my inner life. (4) Fourth, because it assures me I am supremely dear to God and that his thoughts are ever towards me. (5) Fifth, because it unfolds for me the secrets by which men and women of the past walked the highways of hope and happiness. (6) Sixth, because it discloses the nature of my final destiny and reminds me that my Saviour is preparing a place for me in my eternal home. (7) Seventh, because it helps me breathe in the pure air of this post-modern generation.

I just could not get through life without daily dipping into the Bible. It is my hope, my health, my supreme joy. There can be no spiritual greatness without daily prayer and Biblical meditation.

PRAYER LINE: My Father and my God, help me as far as possible to begin every day with the Bible. I read other books to get information, I read Your Book to get light. May I walk in that light, in Jesus’ name. Amen.  – (EDWJ)


Knowing that God loves us can dispel doubts.


DAY 144                               MONDAY MAY 23                                2016

QUICK, DUST THE BIBLE.                                                   Ps. 19:1-14.

“…May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight!..” (v.14)

How best do we read the Bible? This is what I learned from one of my spiritual mentors. Dr. E. Stanley Jones. He called this plan for reading the Bible “The Seven ‘A’s” and I use it almost every day of my life. (1) First, when you sit down with your Bible, relax. It is difficult to inscribe anything on a tense anxious mind. If you go stamping through the woods in a hurry, said Dr. Stanley Jones, you will see little. But sit still and the squirrels will come down the trees, the birds will draw near and nature will be alive in every twig and flower. (2) Second, recall. Ask questions like this as you read: who is writing? To whom? For what purpose? What is he saying? How does it apply to me? How shall I put it in practice? (3) Third, rehearse, if you find something that speaks differently to your condition then turn it over and over in your mind. When Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness, He answered the devil with the precise words of Scripture. God’s Word had become part of Him. (4) Fourth, retain. When a verse of Scripture strikes you, plan to retain it – commit it to memory. Sadly, there is little emphasis on memorizing the Bible in today’s Church.

PRAYER LINE: Father, help me come to Your Word relaxed, and willing to let it speak to me. May my prayer always be “Speak Lord, Your servant is Listening.” Help me to get from it what You have put into it, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. –  (EDWJ)


Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all.


DAY 145                               TUESDAY MAY 24                               2016

“ANXIOUS INDECISION”.                                                 Prov. 24:1-22.

“…If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength..?” (v.10)

One of the elements of making our path straight is being mature in relation to ourselves. This involves many things of course, but one of the most significant is self-discipline. John the Baptist, we are told, drank no wine or strong drink (Lk. 1:15). He was able to deny himself things-he could practice restraint. This is a time in history when we need men and women who can leave things behind in order to give themselves more fully to God’s purposes. The concept of self-discipline does not always sit very comfortably with some of us. Some years ago a woman came to me with this problem. “I get panic attacks.” she said, whenever anyone mentions the subject of self-discipline. Can you help me to find out why? Some psychologists refer to this as “Anxious Indecision.” Whenever she moves towards the goal of self discipline, she was plagued by a fear that she might not succeed. The more she tried to reach her goal, the stronger the fear became. But when she stopped striving, the desire to be a self-disciplined person became stronger than the fear of future. Then as she attempted to try again, the fear of failure became greater than her desire to be self-disciplined. But she found freedom and release from this vicious cycle. How? – Don’t strive-Surrender. (EDWJ)

PRAYER LINE: My Father and my God, help me to be my very best for You. I have a race to run. Help me run it well, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


The darkest hour lies nearest the dawn.


DAY 146                               WEDNESDAY MAY 25                        2016

DON’T STRIVE-SURRENDER.                                          Phil. 4:10-23.

“…I can do everything through Him who gives me strength…” (v.13)

Continued from yesterday, The woman had set a good goal for herself; but the fear of failure that plagued her caused her to feel uncertain that she would reach it. The resolution came for her when she discovered that self-discipline involves not only trying, but trusting too. She thought she could only achieve self-discipline through self-effort. Then she discovered that she would never find release until she was willing to admit defeat. Self-discipline is ultimately not so much our responsibility as our response to His ability. Self-discipline for a Christian is not a matter of striving; it is a matter of surrender. It all hinges on the closeness of our relationship to Jesus. The closer we are to Him, the more strength we are able to draw from Him. A statement I have often made in past issues – (EDWJ). When we supply the willingness, God supplies the power. Far too often, we want to supply the power through self-effort. Our carnal nature likes to succeed without help from anyone else. Self-discipline is not a problem when we allow Jesus so take the heavy end of the load. Has He not promised that His yoke is easy and His burden is light? (Matt. 11:30)?

PRAYER LINE: My Lord and my God, I am putting my neck into Your yoke-uniting myself with You. But Your yoke is easy, and I am made for it. I take Your weights on my shoulders only to find they are wings. Amen.


Outside God’s will is no true success; in God’s will, no failure.


DAY 147                               THURSDAY MAY 26                            2016

LIFE IS ABOUT CHOICES (1)                                               Dan. 1:1-8.

“…Daniel resolved not to …” (v.8)

When Daniel was taken prisoner to Babylon, he was quickly promoted to leadership in the king’s palace. But as a Jew he refused to “defile himself with the royal food and wine.” Could his choice have affected his career, or even cost him his life absolutely? But what we choose to do under pressure results from one of two things. (1) Clearly established convictions we live by (2) Fuzzy convictions we’re willing to compromise for personal gain. Hard times don’t make you, they reveal you! In “Leadership Gold,” John Maxwell writes. After visiting twenty cities in seven days, it was good to be coming home! As the small private jet approached the runway, we were celebrating the success of the week. Then, in a moment, everything changed. The plane was hit by crosswinds and dropped straight down to the runway, the wheels hitting out off balance. All conversation stopped and our eyes widened as we realized we were in danger. The pilot, without hesitation, pushed the throttle and launched the plane back into the air…we all realized that could have been it. We sat quietly as the plane circled the airfield and a few minutes later we landed safely. John asked the captain, “When did you make the decision to put the plane back into the air? He replied “Fifteen years ago.” As a young pilot in training, he decided in advance what decision he would make for every possible air problem. This decision was made before the crisis. So have a game plan in place before the problem arises. (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I will trust in You for any decision I make in time of crisis. Guide me to so do, in Jesus’ Name.




DAY 148                               FRIDAY MAY 27                                   2016

LIFE IS ABOUT CHOICES (2)                                            1Kgs. 3:1-10.

“…Give your servant a discerning heart to …distinguish between right and wrong …” (v.9)

Choices-They’re the determining factors in how life turns out. When Solomon came to the throne as a young man, he prayed for wisdom to make the right choices in life. Legendary basketball coach John Wooden said, “There’s a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choices you make, makes you. Some of us make life harder by making bad choices, others move through life easily because they make good choices. The truth is, you don’t always get what you want but you always live with the consequences of your choices. Observe (1). Your choices reveal who you really are. Theologian H. P. Liddon observed “What we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are willing to be, the result of previous years of self-discipline. (2) The higher you rise, the more difficult your choices become. King Solomon could have had any woman he wanted. Sadly, he chose women who turned his heart away from God. (1Kgs. 11:4). (3) Your choices change you for good or evil. Once you choose, you become a servant of that choice. It impacts your life and often on the lives of others. C.S. Lewis said, “Every time you make a choice you are turning the central point of you, the part…that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature!” So you must make your choices prayerfully and wisely.  – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I surrender the choices I make to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ Name.


They are wise who take God for a Teacher.



DAY 149                               SATURDAY MAY 28                            2016

GOD’S MIGHTY HAND.                                                    Exo. 5:22-6:27.

“…Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, and I have remembered my covenant…” (6:5)

God reminds Moses of His past commitments in making promises to the Patriarchs (v3) and He pledges to renew that covenant with the current generation of Jacob’s sons by bringing them into the long-promised land (v8). In this way, this present generation will know the full significance of Yahweh’s Name-as previous generations had not. What is particularly remarkable here is that the Israelites were so discouraged and embittered that they could not hear the good news when it was given to them. Because people feel so dejected and resentful they cannot even see the escape route God offers them from their troubles. That is why those involved in counseling and pastoral care often need to stay with people-they need to give them a glimpse of hope so that the good news can take root in their hearts. Faced by this further unexpected setback, Moses resurrects his old argument about being inadequate for the task. The truncated genealogy that follows is perhaps meant to establish Aaron’s credentials as Moses mouth piece. It shows us once again how determined God is to bring His people to freedom and how wonderfully willing He is to us fragile and complex human agents to do so.

PRAYER LINE: O gracious Father, grant that no matter what discouragement or disappointments I might face I will never turn a deaf ear when You tell me the way You want me to go. Guide me on, in Jesus’ Name. 


Precious is history written a head of time.


DAY 150                               SUNDAY MAY 29                                  2016

THE BITTER MADE SWEET.                                            Exo. 15:22-27.

“…He throw (a piece of wood) into the water, and the water became sweet…” (v25)

Praise turns to grumbling as they realize that the journey will be tough. Suddenly the old slavery from which they had cried to be released begins to look attractive. Once again God works a miracle: The wood thrown into the water causes the rancid pool to become sweet. Will they-and we- ever learn to trust this God of grace? There is always, it seems, another test of faith around the corner. The writer Terence Eretheim says, that adult spirituality is put to the test in the wilderness ‘where evil spirits haunt and resources run out?’ Here at Marah the lesson to be learned is that of dependent trust. But we also find a brand-new definition of freedom. To be free is not simply to be delivered from an oppressive bondage so that we can do what we choose; it is to trust the choices that God makes, which are always in our best interests.

This test of faith is intended to reveal a new facet of God’s gracious provision. And it does. God discloses to His people a new name! “I am the LORD, who heals you.” (v26). What new aspects of God’s nature might we discover if we trusted and travelled with more faith? The journey which God’s people have embarked on is not simply to the promised land but deeper in the promises of God. How will God reveal Himself to you today?

PRAYER LINE: Father, as I read of the wood turning the bitter waters sweet, that old rugged cross has touched the bitter waters on my life and turned everything sweet, in Jesus’ Name. – (EDWJ)


Setbacks pave the way for come backs.


DAY 151                               MONDAY MAY 30                                2016

NOT EVERYONE ENJOYS THE PARTY.                       Lk. 15:25-32.

“…It is right that we should make merry and be glad for your brother was dead and is alive again…” (v32)

Have you ever felt the dejection of rejection from your oldest loves and closest companions? Have you felt the piecing pain of betrayal by your most trusted confidants and dearest family members? Not everyone will rejoice with you when you kill the fattest calf or rejoice at your crossing unto the Promised Land. The prodigal son also experienced the bitter sweet emotions of elated acceptance and belated rejection on the day he returned to his father’s house (Lk. 15:25-32) While the younger son faced his sin, repented of his wrong, and threw himself into the loving arms of his father, the elder brother stood stubbornly on his own rights and self-righteousness. He refused to obey his father’s loving request and join in the celebration; he chose to remain in the pain of isolation. Once his choice was made, he didn’t even hear his father’s solemn assurance that “all I have is yours” When you experience liberation and restoration by the Father’s   hand, what is important is to celebrate –even if no one else joins you! Jesus endured the scorn of an entire planet and a necessary separation from the father He loved for the joy that was set before Him (Heb. 12:12) (T.D. Jakes) There is a reader of my Prayer Diary who is experiencing rejection. I have good news for you. You will not dance alone. Congratulations.

PRAYER LINE: Forever, O Lord Your word is settled in heaven and on earth. Thank You Jesus for saving me.


When we trust the power of God, His peace keeps us from panic.


DAY 152                               TUESDAY MAY 31                               2016

STAND FAST.                                                                             Josh. 1:6-9.

“…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed…” (v9)

Many times those closest to us are unprepared for the dramatic changes that accompany our passages into the promised land. They are not ready for the passion it brings. They can’t perceive the invisible hand that has taken full control from the reins of the hearts. All they see is the “Little Brother” they have relegated to the benign “hills of mediocrity.” They still see the man who liked to play with the boys, toys, and the image of impotent potential who passed the hours away in the back room of their lives. Take heart, O man of God! Stand fast in your decision to possess the land, and your household will yet yield to the gentle persuasion of the Holy Spirit. Turn neither to the right nor to the left-and appropriate the ancient promise God gave another man who was destined to lead his own cross the Jordan from the desert to the promise “…Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid…” (Josh. 1:9) You may be facing the cutting edge of the same unwavering jealousy faced by such men as the prodigal son, Abel, Isaac, (Jacob), Joseph, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul. Don’t be dismayed by the brothers outside the door who jealously complain about your late return to the River Jordan and the Father’s house. Man of God, be of good courage. The party is in progress-and you are the honoured guest.  – (T.D.Jakes)

PRAYER LINE: No matter the weather, no matter the season, and no matter the storm, don’t give up. You will overcome, in Jesus’ Name.


Friendship can help dispel loneliness.


DAY 153                               WEDNESDAY JUNE 1                         2016

ALONE WITH GOD.                                                            Exo. 34:10-15.

“…For you shall worship no other god for the LORD whose Name is Jealous, is a jealous God…” (v9)

God is jealous of anything that takes His place in your life, especially a “relationship idol.” You say, “What is that?” It’s the lie that convinces you, your happiness depends on another person. When you look to somebody other than God for security, purpose, worth and contentment-all the things He willingly provides-He’s jealous. So tear down that idol! Yes, It’s hard to have nobody to share your life with, or come home to. But when God wants you to hear His voice, sometimes He silences all the rest. Has it occurred to you to have a deeper place of intimacy with Him? How can I know? You ask. Joshua was alone when God gave him the plan for conquering Jericho. John was alone on the island of Patmos when Heaven opened and he wrote the book of Revelation. The Bible says, “…Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak…” (Gen. 32:24). That’s when God changed his name from Jacob, a deceiver, to Israel, a prince with God. When you don’t know who you are, you’ll allow yourself to be swallowed up in somebody else’s life in order to find worth and fulfillment. You’ll think you need them in order to enjoy being you. No, let God tell you who you are. After all, who knows you better? The only way you’ll discover your true identity, is by being alone with God. (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: When life’s burdens oppress you. And trials are too much to face, Remember God’s strength in your weakness; He’ll give you His power and grace. – Sper


The increasing darkness of trials only makes the lamp of grace shine brighter.


DAY 154                               THURSDAY JUNE 2                             2016

SHIFT YOUR VALUES.                                                      1Cor. 6:12-20.

“…Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit…Therefore honour God with your body…” (vv19-20)

As the need to be disciplines as regards what we eat, we must be careful also about what we drink especially alcohol. I fully understand why some Christians advocate total abstinence. As I meet Christians in different parts of the world, I remain surprised at the number who tell me they are alcohol dependent, I encourage them to see a Christian counselor. God wants us to draw our resources from Him not from the bottle. What about tobacco? Shun it, years ago, when I urged Christians to stop smoking I would get a spate of letters insisting that I was trying to interfere with people’s pleasure and that smoking was not harmful. But not anymore, And why? The voice that speaks from heaven, for discipline is speaking through medical science. A heart specialist said this: “Of all the things that people take into themselves for their supposed pleasure, tobacco is one of the worst.” We are to be at our best for the kingdom and for the task of making Jesus known in the coming days we were created to be dependent on Christ- and on nothing else. An undisciplined lifestyle is not an option for us. One called our generation – “a generation which is trying to eat and drink its way to prosperity, war its way to peace, spend its way to wealth and enjoy its way to heaven. It can’t be done.

PRAYER LINE: Father, help me to depend for comfort not on smoke but on the Saviour, not on a bottle but on the Bible. Help me to shift my values. Amen. – (EDWJ)


Everyone must face God as Saviour or as Judge.



DAY 155                               FRIDAY JUNE 3                                    2016

REFUSING THE GOOD.                                                         Eph. 5:1-21.

“…Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise making the most of every opportunity …” (vv15-16)

Another matter that needs discipline is that of time. People often say to me- “Where do you find enough time to do the things you do – writing, travelling, teaching, lecturing and so on?” – I follow the advice of one of my spiritual mentors. “know the difference between ten minutes and quarter of an hour? In photography, I gather the quality of a picture depends not only what you include in it but what you leave out. Go over your life today and rule out those things that do not contribute. Someone asked a businessman what was the first necessity in business and he replied “a waste basket.” Another piece of advice given to me is this, “Exercise the duty of refusing to do the good if it interferes with the best.” There are many things I am invited to do which are good, but if I were to do them I would not find time for the things that are best. This involves priorising – and sticking to what we have decided. Occasionally I get it wrong, and when I do I try to get back on track. Are you the kind of person who is always running to keep up with your tasks? The man who influenced the world most – Jesus Christ – was never rushed or stressed. He simply focused on things He knew He was called to do. Oh that we would be more like Him.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus Christ, give me that disciplined poised life, with time for the things that need to be done, Amen. – (EDWJ) 


God gives blessings to us so we can be a blessing to others.


DAY 156                               SATURDAY JUNE 4                             2016

TAME YOUR TONGUE.                                                   Matt. 12:15-37.

“…For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned …” (v37)

The real difficulty we have not so much managed our time but managing ourselves. Far too often we follow our desires to run away with us; succumbing to our appetites when we should be containing them, We carry on conversations after they have run out of intelligence simply because we like to hear ourselves talk! And this leads to the next item- The discipline of the tongue: One of the lessons I have learned in life is this- The expression of a thing, deepens the impression. Our text (v37) did not mean much to me until I came to see that we become what we say, if we consistently tell lies we become a lie. “The deepest punishment of telling a lie’ says one Bible teacher,’ is to be the one who tells the lie. Have you lived with a person you can’t trust? Not to tell the whole truth, in certain situations, creates a wrong impression, and that is just as damaging as telling a lie. Let’s prepare ourselves by learning to speak consciously and in a straightforward manner.

At one meeting, after a speaker who was extremely verbose had finished his talk, the chairman got up and commented: “He couldn’t have said less unless he had said more: Learn to say what you mean and mean what you say.

PRAYER LINE: Father, help me to discipline my tongue to speak that which is truthful, relevant and loving. Set a watch upon my mouth, dear Lord, and guard the door of my lips. Amen (EDWJ)


Sin’s contamination requires the Saviours cleansing.



DAY 157                               SUNDAY JUNE 5                                   2016

WHAT DO YOU HAVE?                                                         2Kgs. 4:1-7.

“…What do you have in your house …” (v2)

The widow of the LORD’s prophets said to Elisha, “You know that before my husband died, he was a follower of yours and a worshiper of the LORD. But he owed a man some money. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves. Maybe there’s something I can do to help. Elisha said. What do you have in your house? Sir, I have nothing but a  small bottle of Oil. Elisha told her, “…Ask your neighbours for their empty jars. And after you’ve borrowed as many as you can, go home and shut the door behind you and your sons then pour it into those vessels and set aside the full ones…”

Later when she and her sons were back inside their house, the two sons brought her the jars, and she began filling them. At last she said to one of her sons, “Bring me another jar. There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. After she told Elisha what had happened, he said, “Sell the oil and use part of the money to pay what you owe the creditor. You and your sons can live on what is left.” Remember how Jesus multiplied the bread and fish? (Jn. 6). When you know God as He really is, you wonder how you ever believed that your needs could be supplied by human effort and choice. As you can see from this story, God miraculously provided for the widow as she obeyed Elisha’s instructions. Not only did He provide for her debt to be paid, God gave her in abundance so that she and her sons could live without worrying. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: God of more than enough, please bless me to overflow that I can touch the lives of others, in Jesus’ Name.


If God cares for sparrows, He surely cares for us.



DAY 158                               MONDAY JUNE 6                                 2016

COMFORT FOR THE MOURNING.                                        Matt. 5:4.

“…Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted …” (v.4)

Through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord had promised comfort (Strength, vitality) to His people in exile. The second half of that prophecy also envisages God’s people in exile, and in captivity to the kingdom of this world. It provides God bringing about a new exodus of His people and leading them back into the promised land. And so it begins, “Comfort, comfort my people” (Isa. 40:1). In Isa. 61:1-3, (the entire passage seems to lie behind the beatitudes), this promise reaches its climax in the words of the coming Messiah: “…The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on Me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor…to bind up the brokenhearted…to comfort all who mourn…instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…” These words were fulfilled in Jesus. He read them in the Synagogue in Nazareth, and added, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. (Lk. 6:21). The blessings of the new exodus are ours in Christ. Jesus illustrated this beatitude in his parable of the Pharisees and the tax collector. He pictured both men at prayer. The Pharisee spoke publicly and proudly of his achievements. By contrast, the tax collector was not ashamed to lift up his eyes to heaven – God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Contrary to expectation- is not condemned, but pardoned, that is blessedness beyond any ones expectation. – (Sinclair B, Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I understand that it pays to surrender to You with humility. Let people see You in my life and family, in Jesus’ Name. Amen


Total surrender to be used of Christ is an investment.



DAY 159                               TUESDAY JUNE 7                                2016

THE INHERITANCE OF THE MEEK.                                     Matt. 5:5.

“…Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth …” (Matt. 5:5)

When God made man, He created him to rule over the earth as His steward. God gave man dominion over everything. (Gen. 1:26-28). But man wanted more, and succumbed to the serpent’s temptation. “…You will be like God, knowing good and evil…” (Gen. 3:5). The second phrase seems to mean “able to decide things for yourself.”

In the fragments of revelation God gave to his ancient people, He included various hints that one day this tragedy would be reversed. So, in the Old Testament promises he had included the gift of “the Land” to Israel. Sometimes they proudly viewed the land as their right irrespective of whether they lived in it with meekness before God. Time and time again God had to teach them that pride always loses what it seeks to gain. Jesus was – and is – meek and humble in heart. (Matt. 11:29). He submitted Himself to the will of God and the harsh experiences that were to fall on the Suffering Servant. That is why He was able to say to His disciples that all authority in heaven and earth was – and – is – His. (Matt. 28:18). No, through the whole earth. (Ps. 2:8; Heb. 2:5-9), we can enjoy God’s creation without being it’s prisoners. Since we will inherit the earth, we can live now as stewards of the earth, meekly submitting to the purpose of our Father in heaven. – (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I have the benefit of knowing from Your Word that blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Make me a partaker for me to make heaven, in Jesus’ Name.


Conversion is the miracle of a moment; maturity takes a life time.



DAY 160                               WEDNESDAY JUNE 8                         2016

FILLED WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS.                                          Matt. 5:6.

“…Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled…”(v6)

Christ promised that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled, or satisfied. (Matt. 5:6). We have already seen that this righteousness means “right relationship” – with God, with others, and with ourselves. Jesus’ promise indicates that we will know these now, not only in the ‘new heavens and a new earth,” when the wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food. (Isa. 65:17, 25). These right relationships will mark the entire reign of God’s Messiah, from its beginning. (Isa. 11:1-9; Lk. 1:75). Already we are justified by faith, or “right wised,” as it has been put. (Rom. 5:1). Already we know that the Kingdom of God consists of righteousness. (Rom. 14:17). Already we are being filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ. (Phil. 1:1). Those who are full of righteousness will be persecuted because of it. (Matt. 5:10). But along with that persecution Jesus gives the promise of blessing. (Lk. 18:29) Everything we need will be provided for us if we make the Kingdom and the righteousness of God our first priority (Matt. 6:33). He fills us with right relationships. We enter into a caring, loving, healing, serving community where right and restored relationships can take place. (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: Ponder on this – Jesus said to one and all; “Take your cross and follow me.” When you sense the Spirit’s call, Seize the opportunity  –  Hess


God writes opportunity on one side of the door and responsibility on the other.



DAY 161                               THURSDAY JUNE 9                             2016

RECEIVING MERCY.                                                                Matt. 5:7.

“…Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy…”(v7)

We have seen that mercy is God stooping down to man in his weakness and inability, to bring him healing and restoration. He is the Good Samaritan, binding the wounds, carrying the burden, and providing for the recovery of the man who was attacked by robbers. (Lk. 10:33-35). This is what God does for us in Jesus Christ. The letter to the Hebrews describes Jesus as “a Merciful and Faithful High Priest.” (Heb. 2:17). To become such, Jesus was made like us in every way. As a result, “because He Himself suffered when He was tempted He is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Heb. 2:18).

The merciful will receive mercy (Matt. 5:7). Think about what this beatitude means. Unlike the priest in the parable of the Good Samaritan, who was unwilling to take the risk of being defiled, the Son of God came to share in our weakness, and even to experience our temptations. He knows what it is like because He has experienced what we go through. In fact, He withstood every temptation; He has felt their force to the full. He did this to help those who are being tempted. God’s mercy in Christ helps us to our feet when we have fallen, and defends and profits us when we are weak and helpless. God’s mercy pours oil of healing into the wounds of our conscience, our heart, our memories and our personalities. God’s mercy supplies the place of rest and encouragement we need, in the fellowship of His people. Read (Phil. 3:20-21: 1Jn. 3:2). The Lord’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. –  (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: Father. Open my eyes to see my failings, open my heart to receive Your discipline, and open my will to embrace Your mercy so wonderfully shared for me.


God’s mercy is available when we call unto Him



DAY 162                               FRIDAY JUNE 10                                  2016

SEEING GOD.                                                                               Matt. 5:8.

“…Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God…”(v8)

The pure in heart – those who desire both to know and serve Him – will see God. (Matt. 5:8). Scripture tells us that no man has ever seen God because He is the invisible God. (Jn. 1:18; Col. 1:15; 1Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:27). Ps. 24:3-6 indicate that the pure in heart have the privilege of ascending the hill of the Lord and entering into the presence of God in His holy place. They seek God and receive blessing from Him. Ps. 73:1, States that God is good to those who are pure in heart. Both passages emphasize the privilege and joys of conscious fellowship with God and the knowledge that we are in His presence. These passages refer to the day when the people of God will be brought into His glory into an even more profound sense of His nearness and holiness. Occasionally – in unusual visions – Old Testament prophets like Isaiah “saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted.” (Isa. 6:1) Ezekiel saw “the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.” (Ezek. 1:28). These were glimpses of the unveiling that is yet to take place. The pure in heart were promised that they would “see God!” In Jesus, God makes Himself visible. But His identity remains hidden to those with divided hearts. Only those whose hearts are purified by faith will “See” Him as He really is. To know Christ is to know God and to “See” Him. (Jn. 17:3). Read 1Pet. 4:14; Heb. 11:27.  – (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: God Himself is with thee – Thy Saviour, Keeper, Friend, And He will not forsake thee, Nor leave thee to life’s end – J.D. Smith. Surely you’ll see God through Jesus Christ. Amen.


To see Jesus will be heaven’s greatest joy.



DAY 163                               SATURDAY JUNE 11                           2016

CALLED SONS OF GOD.                                                          Matt. 5:9.

“…Blessed are the peacemaker, for they will be called sons of God…”(v9)

The Beatitudes are not haphazard in their order. They begin and end with the assurance that the Kingdom of heaven is ours through Jesus Christ. The ultimate blessing is to be called a son of the living God. Does this seem to be an anticlimax after the promise that we shall see God? In fact, it is a wonderful climax, for there is not higher privilege we could ever experience than this- to see God as our Father. The blessing implies that in the Kingdom of God we are restored to what we were meant to be – children of God. (Lk. 3:38). We see him as children to be – children of God. (Lk. 3:38). We see him as children who love and trust their Father, and who know that He will supply all their needs.

Jesus develops this point at great length in the middle section of his challenging sermon. Being aware of this particular blessing will set us free, He says, from both hypocrisy and paralyzing anxiety about temporal concerns. Best of all, since sons inherit their father’s riches as well as their father’s characteristics, this beatitude summarizes all the beatitudes. It tells us that God speaks to us in these words: “…My son, … you are always with me, and everything I have is yours…” (Lk. 15:31). Blessed, indeed, is the man or woman who has heard God say that. –  (Sinclair B. Ferguson).

PRAYER LINE: Lord, we desire to walk with You everyday. Help us to seek You diligently that we might know You intimately and follow You obediently- as children who follow their Father. Amen.


Moving away from the table can bring us closer to the Father.


DAY 164                               SUNDAY JUNE 12                                2016

THE SALT OF THE EARTH.                                                  Matt. 5:13.

“…You are the salt of the earth, But if the salt loses its saltness, how can it be made salty again..?” (Matt. 5:13)

What did Jesus mean when He said that Christians are salt? You are Salt of the Earth. Jesus is telling His disciples what they are as Kingdom people. The implication is that they are to be what God has thus made them. Jesus is speaking in the context of the persecution of His disciples. Like salt, Christians may seem small and insignificant, powerless in a power-mad segment of it and to permeate the whole. Salt is cheap; its value is minimal. But salt has unusual properties that far exceed its value: so it is with the members of God’s Kingdom. Like salt, there will be times when their true usefulness will become very clear. It is too easy for us to despair as Christians because of our frailty and insignificance personally or numerically. However, we must never give in to Satan’s lie that we can be effective only when we have large numbers and a show of strength. Jesus’ illustration of salt is an encouragement reminder that the apparently cheap and insignificant can influence its environment out of all proportion to our expectation. Salt not only preserves, but it also seasons. It brings out the flavor. Christians should have zest. Paul tells us that “our speech in particular should be seasoned with salt.” (Col. 4:6). Like salt, our lives and our speech are to bring out the “flavor” of Jesus Christ. – (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

PRAYER LINE: Father, like Jesus Christ, let us have the attributes to be salt of the world. We can be a reference point for those who seek Jesus. 


Seeking God at work puts a song in our heart.


DAY 165                               MONDAY JUNE 13                               2016

THE WAYS OF GOD.                                                         Exo. 33:12-23.

“…He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel…” (Ps. 103:7)

How do we learn God’s ways? First, We learn His ways through intimate relationship with Him. As you interact with God in prayer and the study of His word on a daily basis, you learn the ways of God. You learn How God corrects mistakes. Secondly, we learn God’s ways by learning to fear Him (Ps. 86:11). We should not misunderstand the fear of God. The fear of God is not tyrannical fear. Our God is love. (1Jn. 4:8). Rather, to fear God means to love Him so much that you would neither want to offend not disobey Him. The best friend a person can have is God. If you fear God, you will have access to enjoying life in its fullness because in God is true life. The fear of God is attained when you allow your life to be instructed by wisdom. (Prov. 15:33). The fear of God prolongs days. (Prov. 10:27) and is better than great treasures. (Prov. 15:16). It requires understanding (Prov. 2:5). You can be taught to fear God through the ministry of a teacher. (Ps. 34:11). The worst human enemy you can have is someone who does not fear God. Such a person can steal your goods, and destroy you and your children. God is constant. His acts are constant and serve as catalysts that propel men to learn His ways. It now depends on you as a recipient of His miracles to either seek His ways or not. God revealed Hs ways to Moses because Moses was His friend. – (O.H).

PRAYER LINE: We want to know Your heart, Lord, and have Your wisdom to know how to handle opposition. Give us patience to show kindness, Guide us, we pray.


God moves in mysterious ways. Read. Isa. 55:8.



DAY 166                               TUESDAY JUNE 14                              2016

WONDERFULLY MADE.                                                     Ps. 139:1-16.

“…I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”(v14)

When I was a child, someone close to me thought they could motivate me, “why are you so stupid? I didn’t know how much this had affected me until I was a teenager and heard someone behind me say, “stupid!” At the word, I quickly turned around, thinking he was talking to me.

Knowing Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord helped me to realize that because God created me in His image. (Gen. 1:27). I’m not stupid but am “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Ps. 139:14). God declares that all He has made is “very good” (Gen. 1:31) and the Psalmist reminds us that we are “skillfully wrought.” (Ps. 139:15). The Psalmist David describes how God knows each one of us intimately. “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways, (vv1-3). Not only are we wonderfully made, but because of Christ’s death on the cross, we can be wonderfully restored to a right relationship with God. “…If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…” All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ. (2Cor. 5:17-18). – Albert Lee

PRAYER LINE:        In His own image God created man,

He formed his body from the dust of the earth;

But more than that, to all who are in Christ;

He gives eternal life by second birth-    (ODB)


Each person is a unique expression of God’s loving design.


DAY 167                               WEDNESDAY JUNE 15                      2016

LOST AND FOUND.                                                                Lk. 15:4-10.

“…Rejoice with me, for I have found the (coin) which I lost…”(v9)

Recently, I couldn’t find my credit card. I began frantically looking for it because losing a credit card is no small thing. Automatic payments and daily purchases would all be disrupted until it could be replaced. Not to mention the possibility of someone finding it and charging items to our account, what a relief it was when my wife found it on the floor under the computer table. In Lk. 15:8-10 Christ told the story of something that was lost- a valuable coin, which was equivalent to a day’s wages. The woman who lost the coin was so concerned about locating it that she lit a lamp, swept the house, and carefully searched until she found it. Then she told her friends “…Rejoice with me, for I have found the (coin) which I lost…” (v9). Then Jesus gave the point of the story: “…Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents…” (v10).

People are of great value to God. Those who don’t know Him are lost in their sins. Christ paid the price by dying on the cross for their redemption. Do you know people who are lost? Ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to share the good news with them so they can repent of their sins and be found by our gracious God – Dennis Fisher.

PRAYER LINE: The Lord has come to seek and save.

A world that is lost in sin;

And everyone who comes to Him

Will be restored and changed within – Sper (ODB)


To be found, you must first admit that you’re lost.


DAY 168                               THURSDAY JUNE 16                           2016

WONDERFUL SAVIOUR.                                                  Acts. 2:22-24.

“…For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be… …” (Isa. 9:6)

A major difference between Christianity and other religions is the availability of the Saviour for anyone who needs salvation. The essence of true religion is the salvation that it guarantees. Any religion that does not offer the assurance of salvation, particularly salvation from sin, is a base contraption.

The Bible in Matt. 1:21 says that: “…And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their sins…” His confessions and testimony about Himself make Him wonderful. In Jn 15:13, He said this about His mission here on earth: “…Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends…” In Acts 2:22-24, Peter plainly declared the mission, the passion and the perfect atonement that Jesus accomplished for human kind. Heb. 9 also corroborates the perfect redemption that Jesus Christ brought to us. Apostles declared in Acts. 4:12 that “…Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved…” Read Heb. 2:3. The Pharisees admitted that He taught as someone with authority (Lk. 4:18-22; Mk. 1:22). Those who witnessed His life testified that He went about doing good. (Acts. 10:36)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I accept Your offer of salvation through Jesus Christ my Lord today. Receive me and forgive me as I (re)dedicate my life to you today.- (O.H).


Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is uncertain; today is here. Use if wisely.


DAY 169                               FRIDAY JUNE 17                                  2016

WONDERFUL RESTORATION.                                      Ezek. 37:1-10.

“…Restore unto me the joy of my salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit…” (Ps. 51:12)

Our Bible text describes the wonderful restoration that God will give you today. It describes the wonder of the restoration of dry bones. Ezekiel here was taken to the valley of dry bones. Dry bones of course signify a state of hopelessness and lifelessness. Thank God it was the Spirit of the Lord that carried Ezekiel to the valley of dry bones. It is amazing to discover that whenever God wants to perform wonders, He dialogues. He also demonstrated this character in the story of the feeding of the five thousand. (Matt. 14:15-18).

From the dialogue with Ezekiel, the wonder-working drama began. (1) The first lesson is that, whenever the Spirit of God is upon an individual, the fellow is empowered to do the impossible, like in the case of Ezekiel here, He was not even sure whether the dry bones could live or not. (2) The Second Lesson: We must learn to acknowledge the sovereignty of God in all matters, no matter how pressing the need may be, or how ridiculous He may sound (1Cor. 1:25-27). Ezekiel responded positively to the instruction God gave him. He prophesied as he was commanded, and the result was a mighty army. (3) The Third lesson: Without the Holy Spirit, there is nothing we can do, but with Him, all things are possible.

PRAYER LINE: Father, please speak to my situation and restore to me all that the enemies have destroyed in my life, in Jesus’ Name.- (O.H)


The more you love Jesus, the more He will dialogue with you.


DAY 170                               SATURDAY JUNE 18                           2016

THE WONDERS OF DIVINE VICTORY.         1Sam. 17:14-50.

“…Some trust in Chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God…” (Ps. 20:7)

(1)The wonders of divine victory are inexplicable. Jehoshaphat organized an orchestra that sang about the praise and mercies of God. This is what the wonders of divine victory look like: “…And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness they looked unto the multitude and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped…” (2Chron. 20:24) (Read 2Chron. 20:15-24)

(2) The story of David’s victory over Goliath is another classical example of the wonders of divine victory. When the Almighty God fights on the side of a person, apart from the facts that victory is sure, the way and manner the victory would be secured will produce wonders. When Goliath saw David, he disdained him and cursed him by his gods. David responded with these word: “…Thou cometh to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the Name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom thou has defiled…” (1Sam. 17:45).

While Goliath cursed David by his gods, David confronted him with Jehovah Saboath. The story ends with the wonders of divine victory. An ordinary stone in the hands of the anointed of God fell a giant who a whole nation dreaded. It was the sword of Goliath that eventually severed his head from his body.

PRAYER LINE: Father, please fight my battles for me and don’t let me be a victim of the battles of life.  – (O.H).


We can face any fear when we know that the Lord is with us.


DAY 171                               SUNDAY JUNE 19                                2016

STRENGTH OF A MAN. (Father’s Day).                       1Cor. 16:9-13.

“…Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong…”(v13)

Some years ago I found myself in an elevator with a couple of men. It was late at night, and we all looked weary. The elevator came to a stop and a larger – than – life cowboy ambled in, wearing a battered hat, an old stained sheepskin coat, and rundown logger boots. He looked us up and down, met our eyes, and glowed, “Good evening, men.” All of us straightened up and squared our shoulders. We were trying to live up to the same. On this day, which is given over to honouring guys, let’s talk about living up to the name man. We try to be strong and macho, but often it’s just a facade. For all our efforts, we realize we don’t measure up. Underneath the bravado we harbour a host of fears, insecurities, and short- comings. Much of our manliness is pure bluff.

Paul was man enough to admit it: “we also are weak.” He said (2Cor. 13:4). “That’s not pious chatter.” It’s a humbling fact. Yet in what seems to be a contradiction, Paul insisted that we are to be “men of courage” (1Cor. 16:13NIV). How can we be the strong person that God meant for us to be? Only by putting ourselves in God’s hands and asking Him to make us that we through His power and enablement. –David Roper.

PRAYER LINE:        Come, Lord, and give me courage,

Thy conquering Spirit give;

Make me an overcomer –

In power within me like – Anon (ODB) 


True strength is the power of God in the soul.


DAY 172                               MONDAY JUNE 20                               2016

EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE (1)                            2Sam. 21:16-17.

“…Thou shall go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel…”(v17)

David’s youthful strength terrified and intimidated his enemies in the early years, but time changed things. Even David discovered that his original strength and calling had changed. He was no longer needed or equipped to fight as a warrior. He was still needed, but now he was to lead as a king. His weapons were wisdom and God’s anointing, not a sword and shield. You must be careful to love your Assigner more than your Assignment. You must love God more than whatever He has asked you to do. Ultimately, the day will come when He will not ask you to serve Him in that way anymore. Don’t allow your job, your marriage, or your ministry to rob you of your walk with God – because all else is subject to change.

Learn from David’s mistakes. In the heart of battle, he tried to kill a giant just as he had always done in the past. He realized that he no longer needed to kill giants – he had been given young men who could kill them for him. Stagnancy is an enemy of progress. Keep moving. People only hold on to something when they believe nothing else will come. “…And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water…” (Ps. 1:3). Don’t allow your leaf to wither just because your season is ending. Read 1Sam. 15:22.  –  (T.D. Jakes).

PRAYER LINE: Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; Each victory will help you some other to win; fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue; Look ever to Jesus – He will carry you through.-(Palmer)


Every temptation is an opportunity to get nearer to God.



DAY 173                               TUESDAY JUNE 21                              2016

EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE (2)                                         Ps. 1:1-3.

“…And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water; whatever he doeth shall prosper …”(v3)

Fruit-bearing and leaf-withering are two entirely different things. Saul let his leaf wither when he knew his fruitful season was over. His season had ended and David’s was beginning, but Saul could have prolonged his season by obeying God’s Word. (1Sam. 15:22)

When the fruit-bearing season is over, you still can keep the leaves. Withered leaves signify the presence of disease, or the impending death of the tree. Do not allow the disease of bitterness to wither your leaf and change your attitude. If you are wise you will be able to live on the harvests and prosperity of the past. Beneath your branches you should see new sapling coming up as a result of your presence. They may be new trees, but they are still your fruit. Continue to prosper and produce through the lives of your offspring. Walk tall and stand firm. We need your presence. A simple smile from a godly elder will exorcise the demons of our youth and stabilize the fleeting fear of failure in our hearts. We all get to play on the stage and stand in the limelight, but ultimately we will hear the applause offered to someone else. As the crowd thins and the cheering fades, we must understand that the moving crowd doesn’t signify the moving of God. Somethings remain the same, the weakness of man, the power of God, and the continual changing of the age. – (J.D. Jakes)

PRAYER LINE: Father, thank You for the knowledge that Your power remains constant. Let me be guided to eternity with You. Amen.


Our highest privilege is to talk to God.



DAY 174                               WEDNESDAY JUNE 22                       2016

CONFRONT YOUR FEAR (1)                                             Isa. 41:10-15.

“…Don’t be afraid… I am with you …”(v10)

There are different kinds of fear. There’s the kind that warns you to stay away from fire. There’s the kind that activates respect for God. (Ps. 2:11). Oswald Chambers said, “When you fear God, you don’t have to fear anything else.” “There’s fear that makes you feel helpless; sometimes it’s rooted in parental criticism or a bully’s threats, and although, it’s groundless, it still haunts you. There’s the fear of failing, which if left unchallenged; becomes the father of failure. Job said, “…What I feared has come upon me…” (Job. 3:25NIV). There’s fear of the unknown where your imagination runs amok.

What if you never meet the “right person; or you lose your job, or the blopsy confirms the worst? Over and over in His Word God says; Don’t be afraid… I am with you! Paul Tourner notes: “Life and faith always insist on moving on – and I cannot move forward without leaving something behind.” The trapeze artists must let go of one trapeze at precisely the right moment and hover in the void before grabbing the other. Faith calls us out of our comfort zone…to learn new skills and minister in different ways. But we get upright. We think, “What if God asks me to do something I can’t do?” Or don’t have the strength, wisdom, or faith if you were relying on your own resources, you’d be in trouble. “…God knows you and chose you…” (1Pet. 1:2). Every time you meet a new challenge He strengthens you. – (TWFT).

PRAYER LINE: Father, get me the grace to trust Your promise – that I should fear not- thank You Father.


If God controls you on the inside, you’ll be genuine on the outside.



DAY 175                               THURSDAY JUNE 23                           2016

CONFRONT YOUR FEAR (2)                                  1Cor. 2:1-15.

“…Not in human wisdom but in the power of God …”(v5)

One of the greatest breakthroughs in modern psychology is the Law of Reversibility. It works like this; when you feel a certain way, you act accordingly. And when you don’t feel like doing something but you do it anyway; that same dynamic creates the feeling consistent with your actions. Dalla Willard put it like this: “You can live opposite of what you profess, but you can’t live opposite of what you believe. Invariably what you believe is revealed by what you do.”  Because fear is a learned response, it can be unlearned. There are two kinds of courage. (1) The first kind calls for action. President Andrew Jackson said, “One man with courage makes a majority. (2) The second kind calls for patience: the tenacity to keep persevering after you’ve done your best and before you’ve seen results. Often the difference between a hero and a coward is that a hero hangs in there five minutes longer. When you run from intimidating situations, fear multiplies until eventually it controls your life. But when you tackle your problems head-on, your confidence rises until you reach a point where you’re no longer controlled by fear. William Cowper wrote: “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform. He plants His footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the cloud ye so much dread, are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head.”  – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: I know who holds the future. And I know who holds my hand; With God things don’t just happen – Everything by Him is planned. – A. Smith.


We may not know what the future holds, but we can trust the One who holds the future.



DAY 176                               FRIDAY JUNE 24                                  2016

NOWHERE TO HIDE.                                                 Gen. 3:6-13, 22-24.

“…To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood …”(Rev. 1:5).

I smelled something burning, so I hurried to the Kitchen. Nothing was on the stove or in the oven. I followed my nose through the house. From room to room I went, eventually ending up downstairs. My nose led me to my office and then to my desk. I peeked beneath it and there, peering back at me with big eyes’ pleading for help was Maggie, our dog, our very “fragrant” dog. What smelled like something burning when I was upstairs now had the distinct odor of skunk. Maggie had gone to the farthest corner of our house to escape the foul smell, but she couldn’t get away from herself. Maggie’s dilemma brought to mind the many times I have tried to run away from unpleasant circumstances only to discover that the problem was not the situation I was in but me.  Since Adam and Eve hid after sinning, (Gen. 3:8), we’ve all followed their example. We run away from situations thinking we can escape the circumstances –only to discover that the unpleasantness is us. The only way to escape ourselves is to stop hiding, acknowledge our waywardness, and let Jesus wash us clean. (Rev. 1:5). I am grateful that when we do sin, Jesus is willing to give a brand-new start –

PRAYER LINE: From the wonders cross on Calvary; Flows the stream that still avails, Cleansing hearts and bringing victory. Through that love which never fails. – Elliot (ODB)


Sin’s contamination requires the Saviour’s cleansing.



DAY 177                               SATURDAY JUNE 25                           2016

THE CIRCLE OF FEAR.                                               1Jn. 2:1-11.

“…If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…”(v1).

When the popular band The Eagles prepares a new song for concert, they sit in a circle with the acoustic guitars and unamplified voices and rehearse their intricate vocals. They call this exercise “The Circle of Fear” because there is no place to hide and no way to conceal any errors they might make in the harmonies. That sense of absolute exposure for their mistakes is what makes this drill so frightening to them. Apart from Christ, we would suffer a far worse kind of exposure before the God of all justice. If we had no advocate and no escape, we would also have no hope. But in Christ, the believer has a Defendant who stands before the Father on our behalf. First John. 2:1 says, “…My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…” With our failings exposed, He takes our defense. Our Defender carries our relationship with God beyond a “Circle of Fear” to a fellowship of grace and truth. Our challenge is to live lives of purity and integrity that honour our heavenly Father. Yet, when we do fail, we do not need to fear abandonment or ridicule from our Father. We have an advocate who will carry us through – Bill Crowder.

PRAYER LINE: Frail Children of dust, and feeble as frail, In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail. Thy mercies how tender! How firm to the end! Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend – Grant (ODB)


The One who died as our Substitute now lives as our Advocate.



DAY 178                               SUNDAY JUNE 26                                2016

KEEP HOPE ALIVE.                                                        1Cor. 13:11-13.

“…These Three remain; Faith, Hope and Love…”(v13).

In 1914 Sir. Ernest Shackleton attempted the first crossing of Antarctica. But his ship; the Endurance got stock in ice and was crushed. Shackleton and his 27 member crew were stranded 1,200miles from civilization, drifting off on ice hoes with just three rickety life boats, a few tents and limited provisions. Eventually they reached a small island and waited while Shackleton and a handful of men took one of the life boats 800miles over tumultuous seas to a whaling station. Shackleton returned with a rescue ship, and every man survived the 18-month ordeal. How did he keep everybody’s hopes alive? (1) First, He modeled optimism. Shackleton, who described optimism as “true moral courage;” always believed that he and his crew would survive, and he spread that optimism to everyone around him. (2). Second, he nurtured their sense of significance. He kept everyone involved by seeking their opinions and giving them tasks that made them feel like they were  part of the solution. (3) Third, he encouraged them. He used humour and promoted a lighthearted atmosphere. Shackleton recognized that under extreme pressure, the ability to lighten the mood neutralizes, and prevail over daunting obstacles. Isn’t it interesting that one of the few items Shackleton rescued from the sinking ship was a crewman’s banjo? Shackleton was a prime example of how one person can keep hope alive. Your words of kindness and love, your confidence can keep hope alive in others – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, model in me optimism, nurtured in Your Word, to encourage others not to give up. You’re in control. Amen.


We are judged by what we finished, not by what we start.



DAY 179                               MONDAY JUNE 27                               2016

UNDERSTANDING THE LORD’S PRAYER (1)                 Lk. 11:1-4.

“…Lord, teach us to pray…”(Lk. 11:1).

One day Jesus’ disciples watched and listened as He prayed. When He got through they said; “…Lord, teach us to pray…” As a result, He gave what’s become known as “The Lord’s Prayer.” Can you remember when you last prayed it? If not, how come? Maybe you learned it by rote and you don’t understand its significance or power. Or perhaps it was repeated like a meaningless ritual at the end of a Church service as people put on their coats and headed for the parking lot. That tells you more about the hearts of the people than the power of the prayer. “Well, I think we need more contemporary prayers geared toward fast-trackers.” Really? Have you listened to some of the stuff they’ve replaced the Lord’s Prayer with? Jesus warned us about prayers that are just “babbling.” (Matt. 6:7). There are lots of prayers in the Bible: prayers for deliverance, for guidance, for forgiveness, for unity, etc. Here’s the score: When you pray it should be (a) Passionate: (b) Scriptural: (c) Intimate: (d) Unhurried: (e) Faith-filled. Take a moment and meditate on each of those 5things. They’re your keys to answered prayer. We only tend to keep doing what rewards us, so when prayer becomes an unrewarding experience we quit. If that’s why you can no longer pray “The Lord’s Prayer,” don’t feel condemned. Feel challenged. Can you imagine Jesus giving us prayer that didn’t move God, get a hearing and bring the needed answers? – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, teach me The Lord’s Prayer as Jesus taught His disciples and grant me the knowledge to teach others, in Jesus’ Name.


No one can take from us the gifts that God gives us.



DAY 180                               TUESDAY JUNE 28                              2016

UNDERSTANDING THE LORD’S PRAYER (2)                    Matt. 6:9.

“…Our Father…”(v9).

Jesus taught His disciples to pray: After this manner therefore ye: “…Our Father…” (Matt. 6:9). Don’t miss this: the relationship you have with someone determines the level of comfort and confidence with which you approach them. So Jesus begins by emphasizing: The Person. “Our Father!” Now, if you had an absentee father who was never there for you, or an abusive father, who hurts you or an emotionally unavailable father, who never showed you much love or acceptance, then you need a new concept of God – a Scriptural one, otherwise your past will sabotage you. Before you can trust someone you have to know they really care. Only then can your wounded areas be made whole. Our Father – that puts an address on the envelop,  You need to understand who you’re talking to and the relationship you have with Him. You approach God on the basis of who you are to Him, and who He is to you. Your Heavenly Father is a covenant making, and covenant keeping God. You can actually call God “Papa” without a trace of irreverence. “This resurrection life you received from God is…adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next Papa?” We know who He is, and we know who we are: “Father and children.” (Rom. 8:15-17). So, to pray the Lord’s Prayer effectively we must recognize and rejoice in who He is to us – “Our Father.”

PRAYER LINE: In all I think and say and do. I long, O God, to honour You, but may my highest motive be to love Christ who died for me – D. De Haan


Man weighs the deeds; God weighs the intentions.


DAY 181                               WEDNESDAY JUNE 29                       2016

UNDERSTANDING THE LORD’S PRAYER (3)                    Matt. 6:9.

“…Which art in Heaven…” (Matt. 6:9)

When we pray to the God who is in heaven, we  recognize:

His Position: Daniel said, “…The Most High rules in the kingdom of men…” Dan. 4:17. That’s God’s answer to frightening headlines and fear-filled hearts. A late-night T.V. Comedy recently quipped: “Tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and now the Avian Flu. Maybe this isn’t such a good time to be trying to take God out of the pledge of Allegiance.” If God is not in control – who is? The President? The Prime Minister? Nice folks, and no doubt well intentioned, but not good enough if you enjoy the idea of sleeping peacefully, in your bed at night. The Psalmist said, “…My help cometh from the Lord…” (Ps. 121:2). Think: If He’s Lord over every circumstance, and if He’s promised to help us when we call on Him, what do we have to worry about? Look at modern day Israel, God promised 3,000years ago: …I will bring back My exiled people Israel: they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them…never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them, says the Lord your God…” (Amo. 9:14-15). Still think God’s not running the show? He’s God, and He’s in charge. And one more thing you need to know: “…At the Name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father…” (Phil. 2:10-11) (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: When persecution comes your way. And people mock your Lord, Remember what’s in store for those who love and trust His word – (Sper) – Remember the Lord’s Prayer. 


When others’ treatment of you gets you down, look up to Jesus.



DAY 182                               THURSDAY JUNE 30                           2016

UNDERSTANDING THE LORD’S PRAYER (4)                    Matt. 6:9.

“…Hallowed be Thy Name…” (Matt. 6:9)

When Jesus told us to pray, “Hallowed be Thy name.” He was teaching us: His Protocol: There’s only one way to enter God’s presence. And it’s not with a shopping list of all the things you want. If the only time someone come to visit you is when they need something, you’ll soon stop answering the door. David tells us how to approach God: “…it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves… Enter into His gate with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful unto him, and bless His name…” (Ps. 100:3-4). Did you get that? We should enter His gates with thanksgiving for all He’s done. Then walk across His courtyard with praise for who He is: “My Saviour, my Deliverer, my Defender, my Provider, my Source of strength, my way-Maker, the Center of my joy, the Lover of my soul, the Author and Finisher of my faith.” You say, “But I am not the emotional type.” Come on, you’ve no trouble expressing yourself when your team’s winning. Whether you’re a morning person or a night person, the Bible says, “…From the rising of the sun unto the going down… the Lord’s name is to be praised…” (Ps. 113:3). The way to enter, to enjoy, and to live in God’s presence – is through praise – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, teach me the inestimable value of praise and the benefits of Your presence when I praise You.


Come to Jesus for the refreshing power of His living waters.

DAY 183                               FRIDAY JULY 1                                    2016

UNDERSTANDING THE LORD’S PRAYER (5)                 Matt. 6:10.

“…Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done…” (Matt. 6:10)

When Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done,” He was teaching us:

His Priorities: The fastest route to success in any job is to find out what the boss wants, and get it done with excellence. Bosses notice people like that. Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God… (His agenda,  His priorities).” (Matt. 6:33). The rules are different in God’s Kingdom: (1) The way up, is down. humble yourself… “…that He may exalt you in due time…” (1Pet. 5:6). Note the words, “due time.” Your blessing is already scheduled on God’s calendar. Just keep your head down. (2) By forgiving others you free yourself. At the point of forgiveness, all the energy lost to self-pity and resentment is reclaimed and redirected – and you get your peace back. What a deal! One of the songs Elvis ever sang was, “I did it my way.” In the Kingdom of God we do it His way. Each time God’s will is done, a little more of His Kingdom comes. “But why do we have to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?” because we can’t make it happen! The needed energy must come from another source. So, our prayers are more than just an invitation for God to show up – they’re the conduit through which His Kingdom power flows into our circumstances. – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE:        Correct my vision, Father –

Awry and warped by sin –

That through Your Spirit’s blessing

Your truth may shine again –  Bosih


The Bible offers correction lenses to sin – blinded eyes.



DAY 184                               SATURDAY JULY 2                             2016

UNDERSTANDING THE LORD’S PRAYER (6)                 Matt. 6:11.

“…Give us this day our daily bread…” (Matt. 6:11)

Two (2) reasons for prayer. “Give us this day…” (1) His Provision: First, while we may have so much food that our prayer is, “Lord help me to loose some weight,” multitudes go to bed hungry. They pray this prayer because without an answer they won’t make it. And we dare not turn away from them because: “God blesses those who are kind to the poor.” He helps them out of their troubles. He protects them… He publicly honours and destroys the powers of their enemies.(Ps. 41:1-2) (2) Second, Jesus said, “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God…” (Matt. 4:4). Note the phrase “every word” Some of the bread He feeds us is pleasant; some, painful. And we need both. “Ice cream Christians” pick Scriptures that make them feel good. As a result they don’t develop the spiritual muscle required to stand strong in the hard times. God’s promised to us is, “…No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper…” (Isa. 54:17). Quit praying that the weapon won’t be formed. It will. Just eat right and it won’t prosper. People get on your nerves, you go through mood swings, and you cave into fear. If that describes you, it’s time to pray, ‘Lord, I’m going through too many temptations and messing up, give me the bread.” The truth is, without your daily bread you won’t make it. – (TWFYT).

PRAYER LINE: Lord shape my life as only You can; Guiding each day by Your loving plan, Take what You need and give what You will; My life is Yours to use and to fill.Branon.


Praise the LORD! Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! –

Ps. 150:1-2



DAY 185                               SUNDAY JULY 3                                   2016

UNDERSTANDING THE LORD’S PRAYER (7)                 Matt. 6:12.

“…Forgives us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…”

This part of the Lord’s Prayer takes away our right to exact revenge, harbor resentment, or even talk about the situation to others. Here Jesus points us to His pardon: Have you been overlooked? Betrayed? Misunderstood? Do you keep giving to others but it never seems to come back? Jesus said, “…offenses will come…” So where are you going to go? To the cross? Christ forgave His enemies when He had the power to destroy them. Think! if God: (a) were as selective in forgiving as you are: (b) took His time, so you could suffer; (c) told everybody who’d done to Him; (d) forgave, but refused to give you another chance; (e) made up His mind to distance and avoid you; (f) next time you were in trouble, refused to help you saying, “Huh, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person,” could you live with that? No? Then extend to others the same forgiveness God extends to you. When you pray. “…Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…” You’re asking for a change of heart! Nehemiah writes, “…Thou art a God ready to pardon…” (Neh. 9:17). Aren’t you glad He didn’t write, Thou art God ready to put us on probation? No, pardon is God’s fixed attitude toward us. The pardon was in place before the offense was committed. The only place bitterness can live is in our memory. The only power it can have over us is the power we give it. Remember that! next time you pray, pray “The Lord’s Prayer” – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, teach me to understand that I must forgive to earn Your forgiveness. Thank You for Your faithfulness.  


When God’s Word is hidden in our hearts, His ways will become our ways.



DAY 186                               MONDAY JULY 4                                 2016

UNDERSTANDING THE LORD’S PRAYER (8)                 Matt. 6:13.

“…Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…” (Matt. 6:13)

Jesus taught us to pray for: His Protection – Protection from “the evil one.” The Satan’s agenda is still to “…kill, steal, and destroy…” (Jn. 10:10). Satan would rather you never hear these words: “…God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world…”: (1Jn. 4:4NIV). God told the first century Church in Smyma, “…Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer for ten days. But be faithful, even if you have to die, and I will give you the crown of life…” (Rev. 2:10). Notice, God tells how long the attack will last (ten days), the reason for the attack, (to test you) and the outcome of the attack (a crown of life). Every time Satan tries to score – we win! When Satan knocks us down, God picks us up. David, who’d experienced more than his fair share of slips, writes, “…The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord…Though they stumble, they will not fall (stay down). For the Lord holds them by the hand…” (Ps. 37:23-24). The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray for protection because the walk is too treacherous to make alone. So we place our small hand into God’s big hand and say, “Father, keep me from evil.” – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil within and without, in Jesus’ precious name, I pray – Amen.


Praise the LORD. Praise Him according to His excellent greatness –

Ps. 150:1-2



DAY 187                               TUESDAY JULY 5                                2016

UNDERSTANDING THE LORD’S PRAYER (9)                 Matt. 6:13.

“…Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever, Amen…” (Matt. 6:13)

Jesus taught us to pray for: His Pre-eminence: “…Thine is the Kingdom,” reminds us that if Jesus is not the Lord over all, He’s not Lord at all. When you wake up in the morning you should pray: Father, help me to paint a compelling picture to everyone I meet this day, of how much better life works when it’s lived according to the rules of Your Kingdom. “Thine is …the power” reminds us that the purpose of God for our lives can only be fulfilled through God’s power at work within us. Self-help is no help! Paul says, “…They that are in the flesh cannot please God…” (Rom. 8:8). Then he adds, “…They that are in Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit…” (Gal. 5:24-25). “Thine is … the glory,” reminds us that the credit for all our achievements must be passed on to the One Who deserves it. Queen Victoria once said, that her greatest joy was not to live in a palace or be loved by devoted subjects, but to one day lay down her crown at the feet of Jesus. Do you feel that way? These words simply mean “Lord, You are in charge not me: You have the power. I don’t. And You alone will receive all the glory.” – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, You are in charge not me. You have the power. I don’t. You qualify the unqualified. You are supreme. I surrender to You to make me be what You created me to be, in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen 


When troubles call on you, call on God.



DAY 188                               WEDNESDAY JULY 6                         2016

LEARNING TO LEAN ON GOD                                            Lk. 17:1-4.

“…It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come…” (v1)

All too often, we let ourselves become divided over the most petty things that God isn’t concerned at all. The Bible makes it clear that God’s real concern is for His children – that they love one another and get along with one another. The Bible teaches that conflict will always be a part of our lives. (Lk. 17:1). We are warned, however, not to be the source of the conflict. All too often we make the situation worse by the selfish manner in which we respond to conflict. Instead of relying on Him, we take the matter into our own hands. God’s purpose in allowing problems to come into our lives is far more important than our personal convenience. He allows us to suffer through interpersonal conflict, and develop our spiritual character. However, if we react negatively, we defeat the purpose of the conflict and end up having to repeat the lesson. If we miss the whole point of whatever God may be trying to say, He may allow more conflict. That is what the Bible means when it says, “…God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble…” (Jas. 4:6). God never allows us to be completely defeated when we are humbled and teachable before Him. Remember, God is greater than your greatest problem. He can overrule the worst of problems in order to produce the best of results. He knows what our greatest needs are, and He stands ready to meet them. – (Ed Hindson).

PRAYER LINE: When trouble stalks the path we tread; We need assurance, Lord, to know, That all our steps are being led – That You, our God, are in control! – D. De Haan


Because God never sleeps, we can be at peace.



DAY 189                               THURSDAY JULY 7                             2016

CO-OPERATING WITH HIS PLAN                       Rom. 8:35-39.

“…We know that all things work together for good to those who love God…” (Rom. 8:28)

We cannot let conflict stunt our spiritual growth and hinder God’s work in our life. If we let a problem get too big it could easily keep us from the joy of our salvation. Remember that Rom. 8:28 still applies to us. “…we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose…” (NKJV). God has a wonderful plan for our life, when we cooperate with that purpose, we will see beautiful results. Scripture reminds us that when we were saved, we became heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We receive not only the blessings of His Spirit but whatever else belongs to a son or daughter of the Most High. He does for us what we could never do for ourselves. “…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…” (Rom. 8:35-37). The victory has already been won. We need only learn how to appropriate it. We need to choose an assertive response, not an aggressive or passive one to the conflicts of life. It takes faith to act assertively on the promises of God’s Word when dealing with the people, problems, and situations of this life. He is seeking to help those believers who are willing to take Him at His word and walk in faith. (2Chron. 16:9) – (Ed Hindson).

PRAYER LINE: Father, please help me to surrender my plan to Your plan. In Jesus’ mighty Name I pray.


If God cares for sparrows, He surely cares for us.


DAY 190                               FRIDAY JULY 8                                    2016

DON’T BLAME THE DEVIL.                                                    Job. 1:12.

“…God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…” (1Cor. 10:13)

The easiest way to avoid any personal responsibility regarding our own sin is to blame it on the devil. Many people claim that they cannot deal with their temptation because “the devil made me do it.” Remember, Satan is not Omnipresent; he is a limited, created being. Chances are that Satan has never dealt with you personally. Also, a believer is no longer under Satan’s control. While he may trouble you from without (and that only by God’s permission) – (Job. 1:12) he no longer has a claim over your life. His power has been broken by the victorious death and resurrection of Christ. Try as he might, Satan cannot enter your mind and possess your will, thoughts or emotions.


When we are in despair about our frustrations, we may be tempted to blame God for our problems. We may say, “Why is God doing this to me?” However, the Bible clearly teaches that God is not the author of temptation: “…When tempted, no one should say, God is tempting me! For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone…” (Jas. 1:13) God may allow Satan to tempt us, but even then, the Bible promises that God is faithful; “…He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…” (1Cor. 10:13). There is no excuse, then, for failure or defeat. Should we fail, we have only ourselves to blame. If God let temptation come to men such as Abraham, Job, Moses, David and Paul, why should we expect to be exempted? – (Ed Hindson).

PRAYER LINE: Father, I thank You for Your assurance, that You will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can cope and You are with us in every temptation.


The Spirit within us guarantees that we’re never alone.



DAY 191                               SATURDAY JULY 9                             2016

THE BATTLE BEGINS IN YOUR MIND (1)                        Phil. 4:8-9.

“…If anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things…” (v8)

The Bible tells us plainly that what we think, not only determines how we live, but reflects who we are. “…For as (a man) thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Prov. 23:7). Every Christian knows what it is to be enslaved to lust, hatred, greed, jealousy, or envy. All of these are poison to the soul, recognizing this, the apostle Paul wrote: “…Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable;…think about such thing…” (Phil. 4:8). Seven guidelines will help you clean up your thought life: (1) Admit that you have a problem: rationalizing sin will never cure it. Whatever sinful thoughts we are troubled with, we must confess them to God. (2) Believe that God can make a difference in your thought life: There are no doubting victorious Christians. In Heb. 11:6. We learn that without faith we cannot please God. “…Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens…” (Ps. 68:19-20). (3) Take a long, hard look at yourself: God gives no blessing to Christians who hold out on Him. “…If I regard wickedness (iniquity) in my heart…”(Ps. 66:18). (4) Make a 100 percent commitment: There must come a point when we are revolted at our own vileness. It is at this point that God wants the Christian to resolve to “go all the way with God’s way. – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE: Father, from the passage, I am reminded that the battle begins in my mind. Father, be in my head and in my understanding, Be in my eyes and in my seeing, Be in my ears and in my hearing, Be in my heart and in my thinking, in Jesus’ Name I will prevail. Amen


Drop your nets and follow Jesus.



DAY 192                               SUNDAY JULY 10                                2016

THE BATTLE BEGINS IN YOUR MIND (2)      Ps. 119:105-106, 112.

“…But be transformed by the renewal of the mind…” (Rom. 12:2)

The seven guidelines continue today. (5) Be flexible and willing to change: Jesus likened a stagnant Christian to an old wineskin – no longer flexible, incapable of holding new wine. Christians who have become narrow minded, stale, and complacent are especially vulnerable to unchristian thoughts, These must be set aside. God’s goal for us is the perfect holiness exemplified in His son. (6) See God as the only refuge: We live in a society geared to human pride and self-sufficiency. Even Christians sometimes forget that only God is our true deliverer. David acknowledged as much, saying, “…The help of man is worthless…” (Ps. 60:1) and pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuse.”(Ps 62:8). (7) Renewal is a full-time Job. Rom. 12:2 teaches that we are “…transformed by the renewing of our minds…” But we must be vigilant. A daily quiet time in the Word is essential. Are you often troubled by an unclean thought? Find the appropriate Scripture and quote it to yourself when that thought comes around again. Learn to meditate on Scripture, asking the Holy Spirit for aid and illumination. Ask God to reveal His attributes to you. Seek to know Him in every thought and deed. You have a choice to either cleanse your mind with God’s Holy Spirit or unclean thoughts prompted by Satan. – (Ed Hindson).

PRAYER LINE: Father- Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path…I will follow Your decrees to the very end…”(Ps. 119:105-106, 112).


Separation is the law of earth – Reunion is the law of heaven.



DAY 193                               MONDAY JULY 11                               2016

EXPERIENCING VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION                      1Cor. 10:6-13.

“…Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you…” (Jas. 4:7)

1Cor. 10 opens by reminding us how the Israelites were tempted in the wilderness. God was not pleased with them, and they were “Scattered over the desert.”  (v5) Therefore, we should take warning and not; lust. Be idolaters, commit fornication, and tempt Christ or Murmur.

The first step in conquering temptation is to face our sin and its terrible consequences. (1) Admit to yourself that you are being tempted: Acknowledge your feelings. Face your temptation head-on and determine to do something about it. (2) Confess to God that you are tempted to sin: Remember God sees everything you are doing (Ps. 139:2). (3) Seek the help of a Christian friend: Two types of friends are to be avoided; the harsh, censorious type and the over-lenient type. (Gal. 6:2) (4) There are no excuses for failure: “…No temptation has seized you except what is common to man…” (1Cor. 10:13). “…Resist the devil, and he will flee from you…” (Jas. 4:7) (5) Trust God to give you the victory. He is faithful. If you really believe that, you will deal with your temptation by “making no provision for the flesh…” (6) Take the “way of escape…” Get away from the sources of your temptation. Don’t try to get as close as you can to the temptation. Get as far away from it as possible. – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE:        Sins confessed you must forget;

Look not back to yesterday –

Full of failure and regret;

Look ahead and seek God’s way – D. De Haan


Don’t let yesterday’s failure- Bankrupt tomorrow’s efforts.



DAY 194                               TUESDAY JULY 12                              2016

WHY DO CHRISTIANS SUFFER?                Acts. 5:3-11; 1Cor. 11:28-31.

“…Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” (2Tim. 3:12)

Sometimes suffering is the consequences of sinful disobedience. Sometimes we suffer because we deserve to suffer for our wrong actions. However, this is only one cause of suffering. While Acts. 5:3-11; 1Cor. 11:28-31 make it clear that believers may suffer for wrongdoing, the Bible also emphatically states that not all suffering is the result of sin, Job suffered not because of sin, but as lesson to his friends and to Satan. The apostle Paul was severely beaten, stoned and shipwrecked for the cause of the Gospel. Throughout Church history, many great saints of God have suffered persecution so that the Church might grow. Missionaries have given their very lives to bring the Gospel to the remote regions of the earth. It is quite obvious that all suffering is not an act of judgment against sin. There are many “causes” of suffering, but all of them are under the control of God.

(1) Sin – To warn us of the consequences of sin. 1Cor. 11:28-31. (2)  Conformity – To conform us in our weakness Rom. 12:1-2; 1Pet. 4:12-13. (3) Commitment – To develop deep spiritual qualities Rom. 5:3. (4)

Compassion – To enable us to identify with others 2Cor. 1:4. (5) Encouragement – To testify to the weak 1Cor. 1:6. (6) Evangelism – To convince the unsaved 2Cor. 4:11; 6:3-5. – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE: Ponder on Give Him each perplexing problem, All your needs to Him make known;Bring to Him your daily burdens – Never carry them alone –  Adams


Pray as if your life depends upon it – it does.








DAY 195                               WEDNESDAY JULY 13                       2016

TAKE IT BY FAITH                                                                  Isa. 40:1-8.

“…The grass withers and the flowers fail, but the word of our God stands forever …”(v8)

Billy Graham, when challenged in the early days of his ministry by critics over his use of the phrase, “The Bible says,” he went one night to his log cabin to reassure himself of the reliability and veracity of the Scriptures. He counted the number of times the phrase “…Thus saith the Lord…” appears in the Bible and found it is repeated over 2,000 times. He meditated, too, on the attitude of Jesus, who said, that He had come to fulfill the law and the prophets.

Billy Graham went out into the forest and wandered up and down, praying as he went: “Lord, what shall I do?” Kneeling down by a tree stump, he spread his Bible on it and affirmed: “Lord, I accept this book by faith.” A tremendous sense of God’s presence filled his heart, and never once after that did he doubt the reliability of God’s Word. Those who have lacked confidence in the Bible will inevitably lack confidence in their lives. If you struggle with its truth, do what Billy Graham did; kneel down and ask God to help you accept it by faith. Consider what would happen if every Christian, everywhere in the world; committed himself or herself to reading and applying the Bible to their lives and relationship every day. There would be a spiritual renaissance as the world has not witnessed since Pentecost.

PRAYER LINE: Father, Your Word is not true because it satisfies reason, but it satisfies reason because it is true. May I be certain of that for the whole of my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen – (EDWJ)


To avoid drifting away from God, stay anchored to the Bible.



DAY 196                               THURSDAY JULY 14                           2016

PREDICTIONS PROVED WRONG                    Matt. 16:13-20.

“…And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my Church …” (v18)

One great blessing that has come to us from the past is the Church. Almost every generation during the last 2,000years has produced a crop of critics who have confidently predicted the downfall of the Church. (1) Bishop Joseph Butler, 18th Century thinker and author of Analogy of Religion. When offered the Archbishopric of Canterbury in 1747 declined it declaiming that it was “too late to try to support a failing Church. (2) Dr. Arnold headmaster of Rugby School, wrote in 1832, that no human could save the Church as it then stood. More often than not, such negative comments concerning the Church have come from outside it. Voltaire, the famous French skeptic stated: “It required eleven men to build the Church, but I will prove it needs only one man to Knock it down.” Arnold and Butler were wrong. Nine years before Butler issued his doleful prophesy, John Wesley had been converted, in Aldergate Street, London, and his conversion along with that of George Whitefield two years earlier, heralded the great Evangelical Revival. Voltaire was wrong on two counts. First, it was not eleven men who built the Church – it was one Man –the Man Jesus. Second, no person will ever succeed in knocking it down. His Omnipotent Founder said: “…I will build My Church…” so nothing and no one can ever prevail against it.

PRAYER LINE: My Father and my God, I am so grateful that here in time I am part of something that has an eternal existence. Your Church will stand through eternity. Alleluyah – (ODB)


Never underestimate the value of the Bible.



DAY 197                               FRIDAY JULY 15                                  2016

THE WRIGHT STUFF.                                                           Gen. 1:1-23.

“…Let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens …”(v20)

On September 29, 1909, a young man took flight in a strange contraption that resembled a huge box kite. As he gained altitude, the pilot manipulated the levers so he could fly over New York Harbour. People looked up in amazement. In the harbour, boats celebrated by sounding their steam whistles, crowded near the Statute of Liberty exploded with cheers at the sight of Wilbur Wright taking a flight into the heavens. Wilbur brother Orville, who had piloted the first airplane flight 6years earlier, reflected on their inspiration to fly, “the desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who… looked enviously on the birds souring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.” The Wright brothers spent a great deal of time studying birds in flight before designing their planes. In Gen. 1:1 we read that “…in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth; and He said, “Let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens…” (v20). We applauded the inventiveness of the Wright brothers. Yet the Creator, who made creatures capable of flight in the first place, deserves the ultimate glory – for the birds and for every other creature He has made – Dennis Fisher.

PRAYER LINE: Field and forest, vale and mountain,

Flowing meadow, flashing sea,

Souring bird and flowing fountain.

Call us to rejoice in Thee     – Van Dyke       (ODB)


The design of creation points to the Master Designer.



DAY 198                               SATURDAY JULY 16                           2016

BEFORE YOU ASK.                                                             Matt. 6:5-13.

“…Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him …”(v8)

An RBC Ministry International colleague shared with me her delight in serving as a translator of Biblical resources. She said that she feels greatly blessed because she has the first opportunity to be ministered to by the teaching of God’s Word in the materials. As she works through them, she notes, “There is always something that addresses a need, I’m facing.” Precisely, when she needs encouragement from her Lord, relevant Biblical help is provided.

As she spoke, I thought of how our God faithfully cares for us in numerous ways. In the different seasons of life, we find ourselves facing all sorts of challenges – but we do not face them on our own. As Christ said, “…Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him…” (Matt. 6:8). In our time of need – whether spiritual, emotional, or physical – we can depend on the faithful care and concern of the Father. He knows us so well that He chooses the perfect time to give us what is best and to send reassurance of His care. “…Not one (sparrow) is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear …you are of more value than many sparrows…” (Lk.12:6-7). We must trust the wisdom of His love. – Bill Crowder

PRAYER LINE: My heart overflows – the grace He provides is just what I need for my care; It’s all I could ask, whatever the task, Whatever the burden I bear – Anon (ODB)


God’s timing is always right.




DAY 199                               SUNDAY JULY 17                                2016

COMPLETE HEALING.                                                                Ps. 82:4.

“…Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked …”(Ps. 82:4)

Amnon draws a picture of us of how badly the enemy wants to violate God’s children. He is planning and plotting your destruction. He has watched you and has great passion and perseverance. Jesus told Peter, “…Satan hath desired to have you…but I have prayed for thee…” (Lk. 22:31). Satan lusts after God’s children. He wants you. He craves for you with an animalistic passion. He awaits an opportunity for attack. In addition, he loves to use people to fulfill the same kinds of lust upon one another.

Like Peter, you may have gone through some horrible times, but Jesus intercedes on your behalf. No matter the struggles women have faced, confidence is found in the Ministry of our High Priest. He prays for you. Faith comes when you recognize that you can’t help yourself. Only trust in Christ can bring you through. Many have suffered mightily, but Christ gives the strength to overcome the attacks of Satan and human selfish lust. Often the residual effects of being abused linger for many years. Some never find deliverance because they never allow Christ to come into the dark places of their life. Jesus has promised to set you free from every curse of the past. If you have suffered abuse, please know that He will bring you complete healing. – (T.D. Jakes)

PRAYER LINE: Father Lord, please grant me the grace to surrender my physical and emotional pains to You. Thank You for the comfort and confidence in knowing that You will bring complete healing to me.


God’s healing power is available if you surrender.




DAY 200                               MONDAY JULY 18                               2016

YOU ARE A PERSON OF PURPOSE.                                    Eph. 1:11.

“…In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose…”(v11)

Have you reached that place in life where you enjoy your own company? Have you taken the time to enjoy your own personhood? Have you massaged lotion into your own skin or set the dinner table for yourself? Drive yourself to the mall and spend an afternoon picking out a gift for yourself? These self-affirming ministries can never be given to you by someone else. When other people give it, it reflects their opinion about you. When they leave, you may feel worthless and insignificant. But when you speak comfort and blessings to yourself. The best scenario is to enjoy both kinds of affirmations.

There are reasons to give yourself a standing ovation. The first is the fact that your steps are carefully observed and arranged by God Himself. They are designed to achieve a special purpose in your life. The Bible says, “…What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us..?”(Rom. 8:31). Second, you ought to rejoice because you are pursuing a goal that defies human manipulation. Your blessings rest in accomplishing the will of God. Jesus went to Samaria in Jn. 4 to minister to a hostile woman who had little appreciation for Him. Yet He was nourished by her defensive demeanour because He understood His being there, He had a mission. He was there to provoke destiny. – (T. D. Jakes)

PRAYER LINE: Father, let me be blessed with Your presence. In Your presence, Your plan and purpose for my life manifest. Amen.


Jesus never makes a mistake.



DAY 201                               TUESDAY JULY 19                              2016

ALLOW YOURSELF TIME TO GROW.                      Eph. 4:13.

“…Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God…”(Eph. 4:13)

Many misunderstand the prophecies of the Lord and so feel discontentment and despair. Just because God promises to move in your life and anoint you to do a particular function doesn’t mean that your foundation will be immediately built. After David was anointed to lead Israel, he was sent back into the field to feed the sheep. Joseph received a dream from the Lord, but his brothers stripped him, beat him, and tossed him in a hole. Satan’s laugh filled the dark channels of the hole with his hysteria. Satan didn’t understand that all great prophecies start out small. Like chestnuts in the hand of a child, those same chestnuts will one day be large enough to hold a child like the one who once held them. God has not changed His mind. His methods may seem crude, but His purpose is to provide wonderful success. Don’t die in the hole. God hasn’t changed His mind. He is a Master Builder and He spends extra time laying a great foundation. The first man Adam was created full grown. He had no childhood. He was just immediately a man. But the last Adam – Jesus, was not created fully grown. He was born a child and laid in a manger. “…For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…” (Isa. 9:6). He grew in favour with God and man. (Lk. 2:52). Not too fast, but He grew. Please allow yourself time to grow. – (T. D. Jakes).

PRAYER LINE: O Lord, how manifold the work in wisdom wrought by Thee; The wealth of Thy creative skill fills earth and mighty sea – Anon


Each person is a unique expression of God’s loving design.



DAY 202                               WEDNESDAY JULY 20                       2016

WE CAN DO IT.                                                                          Matt. 5:16.

“…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father …”(Matt. 5:10)

It is wonderful to have a plan, but that means nothing if you have no power to perform the plan and accomplish the purpose. God sends people in and out of your life to exercise your faith and develop your life character. When they are gone, they leave you with the enriched reality that your God is with you to deliver you wherever you go. Moses died and left Joshua in charge but God told him! “…As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee…” (Josh. 1:5). Joshua never would have learned that while Moses was there. You learn this kind of thing when “Moses” is gone. Power is developed in the absence of human assistance. Then we can test the limits of our resourcefulness and the magnitude of the favour of God. As we go further, you may want to re-evaluate who your real friends are. You see more clearly that the people who treated you the worst were preparing you for the best. They stripped from you the cumbersome weights and entanglements that hindered the birth of inner resilience. Yes, such friends leave us feeling naked and even vulnerable, but it is through those feelings that we begin to adapt and see our survival instincts peak. There is within the most timid person-beneath that soft, flaccid demeanour – a God-given strength that supercedes any weakness he appear to have. Read (Phil. 4:13) Rejection helps us focus on new horizon. – (T. D. Jakes)

PRAYER LINE: Father, with Your grace, I can succeed, yes, I can, in Jesus’ Name. 


Power is developed in the absence of human assistance.



DAY 203                               THURSDAY JULY 21                           2016

OVERCOMING THE GRASSHOPPER MENTALITY(1)                   Num. 13:33.

“…We were in your own sight as grasshoppers …” (Num. 13:33)

You’ll never know what you’re made of spiritually until you come against something too big to handle alone. That’s when you discover what you really believe. When Moses sent twelve scouts to check out Israel’s new homeland, they all saw the same thing: a land rich in honey, milk – and giants. Yes, Joshua and Caleb saw them too. Faith isn’t ignoring the obvious, that’s denial. Acknowledging a problem isn’t an expression of doubt. And it’s not a sin. Paul said (1Thess. 2:8). You cannot control what you won’t confront. The difference between the scouts was in how they saw the problem. Ten said, “…We saw the giants…” but Joshua and Caleb said, “…Do not fear the people…” (Num. 14:9). Real faith feeds off the stuff the enemy throws at you. It says, “Bring it on! The Lord is with me.” The negative reports of the ten spies caused 3 reactions in the people (1) Fear: Fear is irrational. It can make you forget every good thing God’s promised or done for you. (2) Retreat: Some wanted to go back to Egypt – back to how things used to be. (3) Settling: Others wanted to settle in the wilderness. But you can’t. You’ve got to move with the cloud, otherwise today’s manna is the last you’ll see. So, is the God you serve bigger than the giants you see? He says, He is. – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: Lord, give me the grace to accept life right where it has put me, and help me to overcome the fear that would waste my days. Give me the wisdom and desire to make every day count for You. 


Life matters – make the most of it.



DAY 204                               FRIDAY JULY 22                                  2016

OVERCOMING THE GRASSHOPPER MENTALITY (2)                  Num. 13:33.

“…We were in your own sight as grasshoppers …”

When you come up against a giant, either your faith will cause you to sour or your fear will cause you to sink. The Israelites died 21miles from the Promised Land, going in circles. Why? “…We saw the giants…and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers…” If you’re to see (and seize) what God’s promised you, you’ll have to conquer your giants. Now you have the power to, but do you have the will to? Joshua and Caleb stood alone. Faith will place you in the minority. The whole congregation…said, “…would to God that we had died …Egypt…” (Exo. 16:2-3). In order to go to where God wants to take you, you’ll have to rise above the opinions of others. So, who are these good folks with grasshopper mentalities? (1) They constantly talk about life’s injustices, about how they’ve been mistreated and misunderstood. To them Paul answers- (2Tim. 2:3) (2). They make excuses for not conquering in life. Sometimes they even put others down because they’re walking in victory. Paul writes, “…In all these things we are more… loved us….” (Rom. 8:37). (3) They complain about what they don’t have instead of focusing on what they do. Peter writes: “His divine power has given… knowledge of Him who called us…” (2Pet. 1:3). Get to know God better. Relationships thrive on quality time together. That’s how to move from a grasshopper mentality to a giant killer mentality. – (TWFYT)

PRAYER LINE: If you grasp the message of God’s Word, if you’ve learned to think things through; Then you can defend the Christian faith with wise words both clear and true. – Branon. 


Faith was never intended as a substitute for intelligence.



DAY 205                               SATURDAY JULY 23                           2016


“…Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them …” (v36)

Life is a journey and every human being is on a journey. Israel as a nation took a journey from Egypt to Canaan which was the inheritance of God for them. Only two of the original people that left Egypt for Canaan eventually got there. As a born again Christian, you are also on a journey; a journey into the plan of God for you on earth while the other is a journey to eternity. Forces that determine where you are on your journey to eternity: (1).What You Know: What you know in life will affect your journey in life. Those who made it in life know God. In Dan. 11:32 the Bible says that “…Those that do known their God shall be strong and do exploits…” You may not know men in life but if you know God, He will work things out for you. When Goliath confronted Israel in battle, he had held Israel hostage for forty days until someone came who knew that Goliath was uncircumcised and that anything that does not carry the mark of the circumcision was already marked for failure. David confronted Goliath and killed him. Mordecai told Haman that he was a Jew and so he couldn’t bow to him. Mordecai knew too well that you cannot defeat a Jew in life. Beloved, what you know will affect your behaviour and response to life’s situations and circumstances.  You must know like David and Mordecai that you are a covenant child of God, you carry the mark of circumcision by the Blood of Jesus. – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE:        Lord, shape my life as only You can.

Guiding each day by Your loving plan,

Take what You need and give what You will;

My life is Yours to use and to fill – Branon


Praise the LORD, Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Ps. 150:1-2.



DAY 206                               SUNDAY JULY 24                                2016


“…I know you fear God since you have not with-held your son, your only son from me …” (v12)

(1) What You Do: Habit is stronger than information. Until you process by discipline and consistency, the information you are receiving from Church and the Bible into your life, will not really profit you. When crisis comes, a man will not do what he knows but what he has always been doing springing from his habits-Are you a doer or just a hearer alone deceiving yourself? Only doers will be blessed (Jas. 1:22-25). Make a daily deposit into the bank of your destiny now for your activities will determine how your life eventually turns out. Do not fraternize with the devil so as not to bring your journey in life to an unpleasant end. (Gal. 5:19-22). (2). What You Carry: People carry different things as they go through life. What you carry with you positively or negatively. While some carry blessings, anointing, divine donations and covenants, others carry ancestral curses and demonic flows. In Heb. 12:12. The Bible states, “…Let us lay aside every weight…so easily beset us…” What are those weights not allowing you to run your race well? Until Abraham separated from Lot in Gen. 13, Abraham’s journey was meaningless. Are there unbroken curses and negative covenants still operating in your life? (Areogun). I pray for every user of My Prayer Diary that the Almighty God will break every yoke still operating in your family, in Jesus’ Name. Amen

PRAYER LINE: Father, let Your plan and purpose in my life come to pass, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


We become who God meant us to be by giving ourselves completely to Him.




DAY 207                               MONDAY JULY 25                               2016


“…This one shall not go with you, the same shall not go …” (v4)

1 The Company You Keep: The battle assaulting many people in life today is a consequence of the people they allow to go with them on their life journey. God had to separate Abraham and Lot (Gen. 13). Samson went with Delilah while Judas Iscariot joined himself to the chief priests and the elders of Jews. Both Samson and Judas Iscariot never recovered from their evil associations. David prayed in Ps. 144:11-15 that God will deliver and separate him from strange children. The sons of prophet in 2Kgs. 6:1-7, insisted that their prophetic father figure should go with them. When the unexpected happened, it was the anointing that bailed them out. Moses told God in Exo. 33, that, if God would not go with him and His people Israel, they would not go. Ephraim and Manasseh had their father with them when they went to see Jacob before his death. These two boys became two tribes and were elevated to the level of their uncles as a result of Jacob’s blessing. You need to scrutinize the people with you in your journey in life, make sure you don’t have an Achan in your camp. (Jos. 7). If you do, God will not go with you, and you will always be vulnerable to defeat. Carry God along; Get a carrier of divine covenants and blessings of God as you go through life. – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE: Life can make me weary and stressed at times I want to stop right now though, Lord, and take the time to quit my soul before You. Speak to me from Your word, Please refresh me. 


Stop and take a break from the busyness of life so that you can refuel your soul.


DAY 208                               TUESDAY JULY 26                              2016

SIX-PEOPLE AROUND THE THINGS OF GOD (1)           Acts. 2:1-8.

“…And it shall come to pass… Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…Old men …dream dreams …” (v17)

(1) The doubters: These are men that will always doubt the operations of God. There is nothing you can do. You will never be able to convince them, as their mind is their god and they are filled with their own ways. Doubters around the things of God do not make it. In fact, they sometimes get on collision course with God (Heb. 3:7-9; 2Kgs. 7:1-20). (2) The wonderers: Some people are wonderers around the things of God. When they see the moves of God, His works and operations among men, they are filled with amazement. These set of people could be a step away from believing. A good number of times, the enemy takes over their minds and they become doubters or they could slip back to mockers. (3) The mockers: After the Apostles have been filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, some people mocked them saying they were drunk. You must never find yourself mocking the things of God. Samballat and Tobias did the same against the children of Israel when they were rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem and Nehemiah the servant of God brought generational curse upon them. (Nehe. 4:1-5). If you don’t understand, any move, operation or working of God, ask question from those who know. – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE: Father Lord, please help me not to backslid but remain steadfast and be faithful in the faith, in Jesus’ Name. 


A godly life is a fragrance that draws others to Christ.



DAY 209                               WEDNESDAY JULY 27                       2016

SIX-PEOPLE AROUND THE THINGS OF GOD (2)            Matt. 1:18-24; 2:1-23

“…Behold the virgin shall be with child and…His name …Immanuel which is translated God with us  …” (v23)

(4) The opposers: The opposers of the moves and operations of God among men are the elder brothers of the doubters, the wonderers and the mockers. He is worse than others. He stands out as an opposition to God and His moves among men. Caiaphas and Ananaias the High Priest, the Priest, captain of the temple and the Sadduces in Acts. 4:1. Herod and a host of others. Opposers still exist today. They are the people that get to government positions and order that Christian programmes should no longer be broadcasted on Radio and TV. They are adversaries of the Lord and except they repent, they will surely be broken into pieces. (1Sam. 2:10). The Lord will thunder upon them: (5) The believers: Believers agree with the moves of God. They are always blessed in the moves and workings of God. (Lk. 1:45). The Bible says: “…But without faith, it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him…”

(6) The Interpreters: God wants you and all believers to belong to this category. He wants your life to be a demonstration of His faithfulness; He wants your life to show men that His promises are true. When you are an interpreter, around the things of God, divine prophecies will regularly come to pass in your life. – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE: Your mercy, Lord, how great it is to overrule our sin! So help us know Your righteousness, And choose to walk therein – 


God’s judgment is certain, but so is His mercy.



DAY 210                               THURSDAY JULY 28                           2016

TO SUCCEED WITH GOD (1)                                             Exo. 31:1-11.

“…And I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge…” (v3)

There are people that seek relevance before men and their standard of measuring success in other men (2Cor. 12), but your real measure of success in life has to do with whether you accomplish the purpose of God for your life or not. David served his generation according to the will of God and he slept.” That is success.

Some factors for your success: (1) Know the difference between what you are anointed to do and what you can do: As a Christian, there are many things you can do. But there are things that God has anointed you to do. In doing what you have been chosen or anointed to do, your highest blessing and fulfillment will come .

For example, you may be able to sing well, but God has anointed you for interior decorations, no matter how much you try and who your sponsor is, you will never be known as a singer if you decide to go into it because you can do it. But if you stay on interior decorations, you will stand before men and the anointing of God will stand you out. Stay in the area that God has called you, chosen you or anointed you. God anoints divine choices and callings. Don’t allow men to push you or sponsor you into rebellion. They are not your measure of success. God is your measure. – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE: Father, help me to discover and stay focused in what you have chosen for me to do in life, in Jesus’ Name


The Spirit of God uses the word to teach the people of God



DAY 211                               FRIDAY JULY 29                                  2016

TO SUCCEED WITH GOD (2)                                            Acts. 16:6-10.

“…And a vision appeared to Paul at night, A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him…” (v9)

(2) Know the difference between the cautions and stops of the Holy Ghost and fear: The Holy Spirit is our Guide; one of His assignments is to guide us into all the counsel of God. You will do yourself a lot of good to recognize and follow the leading of the Holy Ghost in your life. Fear will stop a man before he ever starts. (3) Know The difference between you and other people (1Cor. 15:10a) You are unique before God and He has placed a definite calling and destiny upon your life which you must fulfill with your uniqueness. Don’t commit the error of generalizing yourself with people. Always carry yourself with a sense of calling and destiny wherever you go. (4) Know The difference between seasons (Eccl. 3:1-2). Different people are in different seasons of their lives, while some are in their harvest season, others are in their seed sowing time. When you understand that, you will also know that different people will do different activities based on the current seasons in life. Do not compare and do not copy others. (5) You must know the difference between today and tomorrow. Use your today to secure and maximize your tomorrow. Invest in your tomorrow if you must treat your tomorrow with respect. Do not sell it like Esau. Your tomorrow will be alright.  – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE: Father, help me to understand the caution and the stops of the Holy Spirit in my life, in Jesus’ Name. 


As a Christian, you are God’s advertisement. “Do people want what they see in you?”


DAY 212                               SATURDAY JULY 30                           2016

GOD IS AT WORK WITHIN YOU (1)                                    Phil. 1:3-6.

“…God who began the good work within you, will continue… until it is finally finished…” (v6)

When Paul wrote to the Philippian believers, he told them God was at work in each of them. What an awesome truth. He wrote: “I pray that love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding, for I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation – the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much glory and praise to God. (vv 9-11NIV) You say, “That’s a tall order!” Yes and you’ll never accomplish it through will power, good intentions or self-efforts. You must seek God for direction, submit to Him in all things, and draw strength from Him. Trying to do for yourself what only God can do is like trying to pick yourself up by your own boots- traps; it doesn’t work. You must trust God to do the job of equipping you for the work He’s called you to do! Yes, you need to do your part, but don’t try to do God’s part. “…we all … beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory (degree by degree)… by the Spirit of the Lord…” (2Cor. 3:18). What is it that changes us? The Spirit of the Lord, He takes the pressure off and relieves us of the stress and anxiety, we, so often feel when we try to change. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, thank You for the knowledge that You are at work in me. May Your Name be glorified forever. Amen.


The knowledge that God is at work in us removes stress, anxiety.


DAY 213                               SUNDAY JULY 31                       2016

GOD IS AT WORK WITHIN YOU (2)                                Phil. 2:12-18.

“…God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him…” (v13)

The Bible says, “…It is God who is all the while effectually at work in you (energizing and creating in you the power and desire), both to will and to work for His good pleasure, satisfaction and delight…” (AMP). We have a tendency to allow a hundred-and-one different things to crowd God out of our lives, so He creates within us the desire to do His will. When you desire to read your Bible, it’s God urging you to do it. When you desire to pray, it’s God motivating you to do it. Jesus said: “…I am the Vine, you are the branches, those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruits. For apart from Me you can do nothing…you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted…” (Jn. 15:5,7). Note the word, “dwell;” it means to live in and take up residence. So as you live in close relationship with Christ, the desires conceived within you are desires He can fulfill. When you sense that God has put certain desires in your heart, it’s important to pray and ask for those things. If you’re not  sure whether or not they’re from Him, pray: Lord, I believe You’ve put this desire in my heart so I am asking You to fulfill it. But I can be happy without it, because I am happy with You. Now it’s up to you to do whatever You want: Have you reached that place in your relationship with God yet? – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I believe You are working in me. Grant me the desire and the power to do Your will, in Jesus’ Name I ask it. Amen.


The most powerful testimony is a godly life.



DAY 214                               MONDAY AUGUST 1                           2016

YOU WERE FORMED FOR GOD’S FAMILY                  Eph. 1:3-10.

“…His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself…” (v5)

God wants a family, and He created you to be a part of it. This is God’s second purpose for your life, which He planned before you were born. The entire Bible is the story of God building a family who will love Him, honour Him, and reign with Him forever. It says, His unchanging plan… gave Him great pleasure. (Eph. 1:5). Because God is love, He treasures relationships. His very nature is relational, and He identifies Himself in family terms. Father, Son, and Spirit. The Trinity is God’s relationship to Himself. It’s the perfect pattern for relational harmony, and we should study its implications. This gives God great pleasure. Read Jas. 1:18. When we place our faith in Christ, God becomes our Father, we become His children, other believers become our brothers and sisters, and the Church becomes our spiritual family. “Every human being was created by God, but not everyone is a child of God.” The only way to get into God’s family is by being born again into it. Read 1Pet. 1:3b; Rom. 8:15-16; Gal. 3:26. Your spiritual family is even more important than your physical family because it will last forever. Our families on earth are wonderful gifts from God, but they are temporary and fragile, often broken by divorce, distance, growing old, and inevitably, death – (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE:– Praise God like Paul – When I think of the wisdom and scope of His plan I fall down on my knees and pray to the Father of all the great family of God – some of them already in heaven and some down here on earth – (Eph. 3:14-15)


We need more than a new start – we need a new heart.



DAY 215                               TUESDAY AUGUST 2                          2016

BENEFITS OF BEING IN GOD’S FAMILY                     Eph. 1:11-23.

“…God has reserved a priceless inheritance for His children. It is kept in Heaven for you, pure and undefiled…” (1Pet. 1:4)

The moment you were spiritually born into God’s family, you were given some astounding birthday gifts; the family name, the family likeness, family privileges, family intimate access, and the family inheritance – Gal. 4:7b. The New Testament gives great emphasis to our rich “inheritance” (Phil. 4:14). As children of God we get to share in the family fortune. Here on earth we are given “…the riches, kindness; patience…glory…wisdom…power and mercy…” (Eph. 1:7; Rom. 2:4; 9:23. Eph. 3:16; 2:4). Paul said, “…I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance He has given to His people…” (Eph. 1:18b). First, we will get to be with God for ever. (1Thess. 5:10; 4:17). Second, we will be completely changed to be like Christ. (1Jn. 3:2; 2Cor. 3:18). Third, we will be freed from all pain, death, and suffering. (Rev. 21:4). Fourth, we will be rewarded and reassigned positions of service. (Mk. 9:41; 10:30; 1Cor. 3:8, Heb. 10:35; Matt. 25:21, 23). Fifth, we will get to share in Christ’s glory (Rom. 8:17; Col. 3:4; 2Thess. 2:14; 2Tim. 2:12; 1Pet. 5:1). The Bible says, “…God has reserved a priceless inheritance for His children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay…” (1Pet. 1:4). No one can take it from you; it can’t be destroyed by war, a poor economy or a natural disaster. –  (Rick Warren).

PRAYER LINE: – As you pray – Personalize what Paul said in Col. 3:23-24. “…Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward…”


Let your light shine – whether you’re a candle in the corner or a lighthouse on a hill.



DAY 216                               WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3                   2016

THE BEST USE OF LIFE IS LOVE (1)                              1Cor. 14:1-5.

“…Let love be your greatest aim…” (v1)

Love should be your top priority, primary objective; and greatest ambition. Love is not a good part of your life; it’s the most important part. – (1Cor. 14:1a).

(1) Life without love is really worthless. Paul makes this point “…No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love…” (1Cor. 13: 3). Often we act as if relationships are something to be squeezed into our schedule. We talk about finding time for our children or making time for people in our lives. But God says relationships are what life is all about. Four of the Ten Commandments deal with our relationships with people. But all ten are about relationships. Later Jesus summarized what matters most to God in two statements: Love God and love people. He said, “…You must love the Lord your God with all your heart…This is the first and greatest commandment…” A second is equally important. “…Love your neighbour as yourself…” (Matt. 27:37-40). Relationships, not achievements or the acquisition of things are what matters most in life. So why do we allow our relationships to get the short end of the stick? When our schedules become overloaded, we start skimming relationally, cutting back on giving the time, energy and attention that loving relationship require. Busyness is a great enemy of relationships. We become preoccupied with making a living, doing our work, paying bills, and accomplishing goals as if these tasks are the point of life. They are not. The point of life is learning to love – God and people. – (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: Father, let Your love permeate through me to all for Your glory. Amen.


We are nothing without Jesus, so give Him the credit.



DAY 217                               THURSDAY AUGUST 4             2016

THE BEST USE OF LIFE IS LOVE (2)                            1Cor. 13:1-13.

“…These three things continue forever, faith, hope and love; And the greatest of these is love…” (v13)

(2) Love will last forever: Another reason God tells us to make love our top priority is that it is eternal. (1Cor. 13:13).

Love leaves a legacy. How you treated other people, not your wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth. As Mother Teresa said, “It’s not what you do, but how much love you put into it that matters” Love is the secret of a lasting heritage.

I have been at the bedside of many people in their final moments, when they stand on the edge of eternity, and I have never heard anyone say, “Bring me my diplomas! I want to look at them one more time, show me my awards, my medals, that gold watch I was given.” When life on earth is ending, people don’t surround themselves with objects. What we want around us are people – people we love and have relationships with.

In our final moments we all realize that relationships are what life is all about. Wisdom is learning that truth sooner rather than later. Don’t wait until you’re on your deathbed to figure out that nothing matters more. Read – “…And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, and thinks no evil…” (vv 3&5). – (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: Father, Let the waters of love flow in my life, family and through my relationships, in the mighty Name of Jesus I pray. Amen


Because God loves us, we should share this love with others.



DAY 218                               FRIDAY AUGUST 5                    2016

THE BEST USE OF LIFE IS LOVE (3)                          Matt. 25:34-46.

“…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family…” (v40)

(3) We will be evaluated on our love: The third reason to make learning to love the goal of your life is that it is what we will be evaluated on in eternity. One of the ways God measures spiritual maturities is by the quality of your relationships. In heaven God won’t say, “Tell Me about your career, your bank account, and your hobbies.” Instead, He will review how you treated other people, particularly those in need. (Matt. 25:34-46). Jesus said, the way to love Him is to love His family and care for their practical needs: “…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me…” (Matt. 25:40). When you transfer into eternity, you will leave everything else behind. All you’re taking with you is your character. That’s why the Bible says, “…The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love…” (Gal. 5:6). Knowing this, I suggest that when you wake up every morning, you knee by your bed, or sit on the edge of it, and pray this – God, whether I get anything else done today, I want to make sure that I spend time loving You and loving other people – because that’s what life is all about. I don’t want to waste this day! Why should God give you another day if you’re going to waste it? – (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: I love to dwell upon the thought that Jesus cares for me, It matters not what life may bring – He loves me tenderly – Adams.


If God cares for sparrows, He surely cares for us.


DAY 219                               SATURDAY AUGUST 6                       2016


“…Do not pervert justice: do not show partiality to the poor or favouritism to the great…” (Lev. 19:15)

The book of Leviticus contains timely instructions that guided the Israelites while on their way to the Promised Land. Today’s passage spells out specific instructions on caring for the poor. God instructs that there must be leftovers in the field, deliberately reserved for the poor. This was in order for the poor to have something to eat through the year and it remains a common practice in Israel. This was what Boaz did for Ruth (Ruth. 2:8-9). Today’s world is driven by greed instead of need. That is why there is so much inequality in the distribution of wealth as a few people are living in affluence while majority are wallowing in abject poverty. The Church is not immune to these vices. The court of law is also not immune to corruption. The poor are cheated even in the court. God’s call to us today is that we seek to uphold the cause of the poor and less-privileged. We should pay those who work for us promptly and not cheat or defraud the poor. We should not be greedy because God only promised to meet our needs, not to satiate our greed. God has blessed every nation on earth with enough resources to cater for her citizens. However, some people have accumulated wealth in such a way that has left others poor. God is calling on us individuals and as a nation to a fair distribution of wealth. Greed made Nabel a fool; generosity made Boaz wise.    

PRAYER LINE: Pray for our nation that God will help our leaders to be more sensitive to the plight of the poor. Lord, make me sensitive to the plight of the poor to Your glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. – (NBC) 


Meeting the needs of the poor is a privilege, respond and be blessed.



DAY 220                               SUNDAY AUGUST 7                            2016

OPEN YOUR HANDS TO THE POOR                  Deut. 15: 7-11.

“…Rather be open handed and freely lend him whatever he needs…” (v8)

Concern for the poor is one of the major instructions God gave the Israelites as they journeyed to the Promised Land. As we learnt yesterday, God has blessed the rich so that they can be a source of blessing to the poor. He is the God of abundance and He has all it takes to meet the needs of His people. In today’s passage, we see further into God’s plan for the prosperity of His children. He intentionally instituted various systems and principles to make His children rich. One of such systems is financial relationship; the rich relating with the poor by giving material things; and the poor giving to the rich by blessing them. Giving is a way of maintaining the flow of God’s resources from the rich to the poor and a way of increasing and preserving blessings on the rich. The Lord stated categorically that it is through this (giving) that He shall bless the works of their hands and whatever they put their hands to do. (v10). Look around you. Who are those that the Lord has been pointing your attention to but you have neglected, giving one excuse or the other. Go ahead today and open your hands to the poor. Ask yourself – am I tight-fisted person obsessed with worldly wealth? – (NBC). Ponder on – When faith grows weak and doubts arise. Recall God’s love and tender care; Remind yourself of all He’s done And of those times He answered Prayer – D. De Haan

PRAYER LINE: Lord, give me the grace to generously open my hands to the poor.


For joy that will last, always give to the poor in accordance with God’s Word.


DAY 221                               MONDAY AUGUST 8                           2016

CELEBRATE WITH PRESENTS FOR THE POOR                          Esth. 9: 9-23.

“…He wrote them to observe the days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food…” (v22b)

The Book of Esther is named after a young Jewess who together with her Uncle, Mordecai, made a mark in exile where they were taken captive. Esther was among 120 virgins that contested for the position of the Queen when Vashti was deposed. By God’s favour, she won the contest (Esth. 2:16). Mordecai, her uncle, was serving as one of the gatekeepers at the palace of King Ahasuerus. He was committed to the law of his God and this infuriated Haman as Mordecai refused to bow to him. (Esth. 3:2-5). As a result, Haman masterminded a plan to eliminate all the Jews in the kingdom of Ahasuerus (Esth. 3:6). Through Esther’s influence, coupled with the prevailing prayers of her people; the table turned against Haman and the Jews were spared. (Esth. 9:1).

In response to this great fear, Mordecai declared that the fourteenth day of the month of Adar should be set aside for feasting and sharing with the poor. What a way of acknowledging God. It is interesting to note that the month of Adar is their 12th month. What a coincidence with Christmas celebration – when we were poor and weak. (Rom. 5:6-8). We are to emulate our heavenly Father in this regard. This attitude should guide all our celebrations – birthday, wedding, etc. Giving to the poor is an extension of God’s hands. (Prov. 19:17). When you give to the poor, you are simply activating your deliverance from every yoke and danger. (Ps. 41:1-2; Prov. 11:24-25).

PRAYER LINE: Father, give the Church the grace to be Your hand to the poor and not be engaged in wasteful spending. – (NBC)


The wise gives sacrificially to the poor and thus increase their account with God.



DAY 222                               TUESDAY AUGUST 9                          2016

DO NOT FORGET THE OPPRESSED                             Ps. 10: 12-18.

“…You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them…” (v18)

We are living in a world where wickedness and all manner of evil are being perpetrated. We are surrounded by evildoers – rapists, murderers, slave owners, sex-traffickers, torturers, thieves, kidnapper, thugs and sadists. (Many of them wear uniforms, of official authority and power). In desperation, believers have cried out in prayer to the God of justice, asking Him to rescue the victims of abuse when human efforts seem to fail and to put an end to violence. In the world, it is very rare to receive true justice – the act of determining rights and assigning rewards of punishments. This is because the judges of the earth can easily be influenced to pervert justice whereby the innocents are accused and the guilty are justified. It is this aberration that makes the wicked to keep perpetuating evil and the righteous are helpless in the face of injustice. God is a just God. He deals with people with equity; He is not partial in His judgment. He allows both the wicked and the righteous to continue in their deeds and then rewards each accordingly. This way the concern of the Psalmist in our passage of today. He was optimistic that God will not forget the poor, (Ps. 10:2). We too should have confidence in God, knowing that He reigns over the earth and that He would deliver the poor from every kind of oppression. Question. How can we reduce the level of wickedness in our nation and the world at large? – (NBC)

PRAYER LINE: Father, grant me the grace that in my prosperity, I will not forget to extend a hand to the poor.


“One who is wise is not carried away by the “Flourishing of the wicked like the fool.”



DAY 223                      WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10                          2016

SOUND OF ABUNDANT RAIN.                                    1Kgs. 18: 41-45.

“…Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the later rain, so the LORD shall make bright cloud…” (Zech. 10:1)

There is a point in the life of every child of God when the appointed time for the fulfillment of a divine promise arrives. We know as a matter of fact that the word of God is yea and amen. We believe that His word is settled in heaven. Not a dot in His word will pass away unfulfilled. As the time of the fulfillment of a major prophecy approaches, we may become overwhelmed with suspense and anxiety. This seems to be the case with Elijah in today’s reading. Elijah had declared to king Ahab that there would neither be dew nor rain in the land of Israel except by his word. (1Kgs. 17:1). Elijah approached Mount Carmel for the manifestation of the power of God on the back of God’s promise. There are important lessons from the way the prophet handled the situation. (1) First, he exhibited his faith in the Word of God by giving Ahab the assurance to go and start celebrating the coming of rain. (2) Second, is the prophet’s attitude to prayer. (3) Third, the sound of abundant rain must have been a sign from God to the prophet. (4) Fourth lesson, even though his servant told him “…there is nothing…” six times, he did not allow discouragement to set in. (5) Finally, Prophet Elijah persevered in the place of prayer. He said to the servant “…go again…” seven times. He continued to watch and pray and finally, there was a great rain. Read Habakk. 2:3.

PRAYER LINE: Father, please let every prophecy and divine promise for my life begin to find fulfillment now in the Name of Jesus. As you tarry in place of prayer, the Lord will answer your entire request by fire in Jesus’ Name. –  O.H.


Because God never sleeps, we can be at peace.



DAY 224                      THURSDAY AUGUST 11                    2016

DIVINE INFORMATION.                                            Amos. 3: 7-8.

“…He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches…” (Rev. 2:7)

Divine information refers to knowledge, instruction, intelligence, facts or details relating to or proceeding directly from God. There are many sources of divine information such as (1) the Bible, (2) the Holy Spirit and (3) the Lord Jesus Christ. This truth is established in Jn.16:14; 2Pet. 1:20-21 which says, “…Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation…but holy men of God…were moved by the Holy Ghost…” (4) God speaking through His prophets. (Amos. 3:7) (5) Through visions and dreams (Dan. 1:17) and (6) By the use of special signs (1Kgs. 13:3-5). The content of a divine revelation can be unveiling of hidden mysteries. (Dan. 2:22) a notification of future events (Gen. 41:25) a revelation of God’s glory; a revelation of God’s salvation (Lk. 2:30-32) or a revelation of God’s wrath (Rom. 1:18). However, the general response that God expects from you whenever divine information is sent to you is sobriety, compliance, total obedience and immediate action. “…Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts…” Heb. 4:7.

Please be warned that refusal to heed divine information in a timely manner could lead to devastating results that may be irreversible.

PRAYER LINE: Father, please help me to give a timely and positive response to every divine information I receive in Jesus’ Name.- (OH)


A word well chosen can open a heart to God.



DAY 225                      FRIDAY AUGUST 12                                     2016

THE SOVEREIGN GOD.                                                   1Sam. 2: 27-30.

“…But our God is in the heavens! He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased…” (Ps. 113:3)

God is sovereign! He possesses ultimate power and exercises supreme authority over an unlimited territory. Ps. 135:6 explains that God is able to do as He pleases in heaven and on earth. Lk. 1:37 says that “…with God, nothing shall be impossible…” and Dan. 4:35 says that “He is unquestionable; no one can restrain Him. It is very important to realize that God cannot be successfully opposed. (Job. 9:12; Isa. 43:13). He is the Lord of heaven and earth. 1Tim. 6:15 calls Him the only Potentate, the King of Kings, and the Lord of lords. He reigns supreme and His Kingdom is forever, (Ps. 29:10). God’s sovereignty extends over all things. He is sovereign over creation because He created all things for His own pleasure. (Prov. 4:11). He is sovereign over human life and over the minutest details of life – He said the very hairs of our head are all numbered (Matt. 10:30) He is sovereign over world history and governments. In Prov. 21:1 He said the kings heart is in His hands. Dan. 4:17 also affirms that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and He gives it to whomsoever He pleases. God is sovereign over satan, gods, demonic forces, principalities and powers in high places. That is why Col. 1:16 says that “…For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven…all things were created by Him, and for Him…” He is greater than the greatest, yet He is full of love and mercy. – (OH).

PRAYER LINE: Worship the sovereign God, and sing praises to His Holy Name. As you do this, His divine presence will become manifest in your life, in Jesus’ Name.


The most powerful testimony is a godly life



DAY 226                      SATURDAY AUGUST 13                              2016

CARING FOR THE NEEDY.                                                 Ps. 41: 1-3.

“…If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat…” (2Thess. 3:10)

One of the most common excuses for not giving to the needy is “I had to work had for what I’ve got: So should they.” Truly, the Bible teaches that if you’re not willing to work you’re not entitled to support (2Thes. 3:10). But did you know (1) Six million children under five die every year of starvation? (2) One out of seven people goes to bed hungry every night? (3) The three richest people on the planet have more collective wealth than the combined gross national product of the world’s forty-eight poorest countries? General Booth, who founded the Salvation Army, said, “How can you convince a man of the love of God if his feet are perishing with the cold? If your prayers aren’t being answered, here’s something to consider. The Israelites fasted and prayed, then complained that God wasn’t answering their prayers. That’s when He told them. This is the kind of fast day I’m after, to break the chains of injustice…get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts…I’m interested in seeing you… sharing your food with the hungry…putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage, then when you pray, God will answer, You’ll call out for help and I’ll say “HERE I AM” (1Sam. 58:6-9TM) When you care for the needy, the Lord promises to deliver (you) in times of trouble. (Ps. 41:1) and you can take that to the bank – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, make me a helper of the needy to the glory of Your Name. Amen


Each person is a unique expression of God’s loving design.

DAY 227                      SUNDAY AUGUST 14                                    2016

TAKING YOUR PLACE IN GOD’S FAMILY.                        Ps. 68: 6.

“…God places the lonely in families…” (v6)

Life in God’s family can be challenging. To enjoy and fulfill your role as a family member you must understand three things (1) Your rights. When you trust Christ as your Saviour, you became a member of God’s redeemed family (Jn. 3:3-6) That means you have the right to be accepted, loved, protected, respected, provided for, trained, equipped, and rewarded, Regardless of your past mistakes, God guarantees you these rights, so embrace and enjoy them. (2) The rules of the house: Without the rule of law, you end up with anarchy. And it’s the same in a family. Can you imagine what would happen if the kids ran the house? Well, God’s family isn’t democracy. You don’t get to vote on the rules. God has established unchanging principles in His Word that guarantee His blessings. “…If you are obedient, you shall ear the good of the land…” (Isa. 1:19). (3) Our responsibilities to one another: You’re called to accept, love and help your brothers and sisters, even when they’re selfish, immature, critical and irresponsible. Remember that God’s family is still “under construction,” but it’s much better than any other alternative. You need to participate in regular family life and activities. Early Church believers met together “daily” (Acts. 2:46); as a result they survived all Satan’s attempts to destroy them. So support the life and mission of your Church with your tithes, talent and time. Don’t just be a taker. “…God loves a cheerful giver…” (2Cor. 9:7) – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Thank You, God, for being our Father, Shepherd, Guardian and Guide. We will never outgrow our need for Your love and care. We want to seek You with all our heart that we might know You intimately.


The heavenly Father’s arms never tire of holding His children.






DAY 228                      MONDAY AUGUST 15                                  2016

THE SECRETS OF JOSEPH (1)                                       Gen. 49: 22-26.

“…Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well. It’s branches run over the wall…” (v22)

Joseph rose from being a 3-time sold slave to Prime Minister of Egypt, the most powerful nation of his days. He was sold by his brothers, thrown into a well without water, a servant blackmailed and sent to jail yet he rose to the post of Prime Minister in Egypt. Are you going through the experience of Joseph? You will not fail because Joseph did not fail. Follow these principles. (1) He lived a life of separation: (Gen. 49:22-26; Deut. 32:13-17). This was one major secret of Joseph and it is important that every Christian who intends to fulfill their eternal purpose under God. Search the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation and you will find that separation is a major requirement that God requires from those He wants to work with. (i) God separated Abraham from his natural idolatrous background. (Gen. 12) (ii) In Ex. 21:1, Aaron and his sons were separated into the office of the priests of Israel. (iii) In Acts. 13, the Holy Ghost said, “…Separate unto Me Paul and Barnabas…” If you are not ready to pay the price of separation, you are not yet ready for your destiny. You must be separated from the world and the ways of the world. Samson was defeated by the enemy and lost his destiny because he did not separate himself from strange women. Make up your mind to separate yourself and live a life of consecration unto God. – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE:        Sin confessed, you must forget;

Look not back to yesterday –

Full of failure and regret;

Look ahead and seek God’s way. – D. De Haan 


Don’t let yesterday’s failures bankrupt tomorrow’s efforts.


DAY 229                      TUESDAY AUGUST 16                                 2016

THE SECRETS OF JOSEPH (2)                                       Gen. 49: 22-26.

“…The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him…” (v22)

(2) Joseph abode In the Lord: Jesus said to His disciples in Jn. 15:4, “…Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in Me…” This is another secret of Joseph. A successful Christian must derive daily nourishment and vitality from the Lord. Ps. 84:11 says, “…They go from strength, every one of them appeareth before the Lord…” Paul the apostle said in 2Cor. 3:15 that, “…Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves but our sufficiency is of God…” Establish a solid relationship with the Lord and let it be sustained by a life of daily fellowship with Him in prayer, worship and study of God’s word. Make up your mind that whatever happens, nothing will separate you from the love of Christ. (3) Joseph was a fruitful branch: Joseph was not only an abiding branch, he was a fruitful branch. If it were to be some other Christians in a situation Joseph found himself without establishing a sustained relationship with God, they would have lost God’s purpose altogether. Joseph kept faith and kept on progressing in the plan and purpose of God for his life. Whatever circumstances you are in, don’t be anybody’s object of pity. The more challenges you meet on your way, the greater the impact of your success. – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please help me to live a life of consecration to You all my life, in Jesus’ Name.


The treasures of truth in God’s Word are best wined with the spade of meditation.


DAY 230                      WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17                          2016

THE SECRETS OF JOSEPH (3)                                       Gen. 49: 22-26.

“…But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were strong…” (v24)

(4) Joseph stayed by the well: The well signifies a source you are drinking from Jn. 4:14 says, “…But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst…”  You must drink from Him daily. If you are married, your wife is your well, not strange women. When it comes to feeding your spirit, don’t drink from strange wells. Do not drink from polluted wells, drink from sanctified wells.

(5) Joseph overcame his enemy daily: The greater a man’s destiny, the greater the hostility against him. The Bible says concerning Joseph, “…The archers have surely grieved him and shot at him; but his hands were above in strength…” (v.23). You must overcome laziness, procrastination on a daily basis.

(6) Joseph had a bow: You must meditate daily, pray without ceasing, confess the Word of God over your life and situations and make sure that you fellowship with the right spirits/people only. This is going to be strong defense (bow) for you.

(7) Qualify yourself for the Father’s blessing: Serve to become the favourite of the blesser of your life by obedience and not by eye-service. Adapt yourself to your leader, trainer or servant leader.

(8) Learn to see the hand of God in your daily activities: You must understand the fact that when you are in the will of God and following God’s process for your life, God cannot abandon you. He will make all things work together for your good. – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please help me to overcome every enemy of my destiny, I pray in Jesus’ Name.


God speaks through His Word to those who listen with their heart.


DAY 231                      THURSDAY AUGUST 18                    2016

FOUR STEPS TO MIRACLES (1)                                        Heb. 11:1-3.

“…Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…” (v1)

(1) Have Faith in God: There are two kinds of faith. One is human faith that is based on the knowledge and experience of man. We do not test the medicine we buy at the drugstore. We simply trust that it has undergone a series of experiments at a laboratory. We also trust doctors and place ourselves in their care because we know they obtained the necessary licenses after completing courses for becoming a medical doctor. We also trust electricity. Every day we enjoy numerous conveniences of modern civilization in our homes such as TV, Radios and Refrigerators. We trust the mail system and write letters expecting them to be delivered without fail. We trust banks and deposit our money in them for safe keeping.

But there is another kind of faith known only to believers in Jesus Christ. This is a special faith that differs greatly from human faith. This faith is based on our knowledge and experiences with God. When Jesus said, “…Have faith in God…” He was speaking of this kind of faith. The Bible tells us that “…faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God…” We must hear, read, and study the Word of God in order to know and experience God in our lives. The Bible also tells us that we can know God through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus purchased our salvation. When you accept Jesus as your personal Saviour and Lord, you are saved. – (Yonggi Cho)

PRAYER LINE: The power of God can turn a heart from evil and the power of sin; The love of God can change a life; And make it new and cleansed within – Fasick  


Justification means our gift gone, Christ righteousness given.


DAY 232                      FRIDAY AUGUST 19                                     2016

FOUR STEPS TO MIRACLES (2)                                          Mk. 11:23.

“…Whosoever says to this mountain, ‘Be moved and be cast into the sea…’ he will have whatever he says…” (v23)

(2) The mountain will move: Jesus is telling us about the tremendous power of the spoken word: “…Go, throw yourself into the sea…” is a meaningful figure of speech. The mountain Jesus speaks of here means problems brought to us by Satan himself. Jesus said, “…Say to this mountain and does not doubt in your heart…” If you want to be free from doubt in your heart, you must get rid of any source of condemnation. Next you must remove disobedience from your life, if you want to be free from doubt. In order to be free from doubt in your heart, you must repent from sin and remove disobedience from your life. Next you must speak positively with your mouth. God created the heavens and the earth and all things therein by the energy of the spoken word. Jesus caused the fig tree to wither by His spoken word. This shows us that the spoken word has great power in itself. You too can execute this power of the spoken word through creative and positive statements. You can make statements like these. “Everything goes well for me. All my sorrows are gone. All sickness has disappeared. I have overcome the sin of my life, The devil has left me for good. I am a child of the living God and am living under His loving care and blessing.” The Bible tells us that “…the tongue has the power of life and death…” (Prov. 18:21) – (Yonggi Cho)

PRAYER LINE: All that I want is in Jesus, He satisfies, joy He supplies; Life would be worthless without Him, All things in Jesus I find. – Loes


It’s no small thing to trust and obey.


DAY 233                      SATURDAY AUGUST 20                              2016

FOUR STEPS TO MIRACLES (3)                                          Mk. 11:24.

“…Therefore…whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them…you will have them …” (v24)

(3) It will be yours: The fact that you pray and ask God for something means you have a strong desire in your heart. Many Christians wonder how long they have to pray before they get their prayers answered. This portion of Scripture implies that we must pray until we have the full assurances that our prayer is answered. It has been my personal experience time and again that when I get my prayers answered, it is always with a great assurance and peace of mind, I urge you to continue praying and not give up until you receive assurance and the deep sense of peace which follows. Though you may not see the answer to your prayer with your physical eyes, or hear audible words from God with your physical ears, and though you may not grasp something tangible, with your physical hands, you can have the assurance that God has answered your prayer. The moment you receive this assurance from God and the subsequent peace of mind, do not hesitate to give thanks and appreciation to God for the answer to your prayer. – (Yonggi Cho)

PRAYER LINE: No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim;

Our trust is all thrown on Jesus’ name;

In this our strong tower for safety we hide;

The Lord is our power, “the Lord will provide – Newton

Thank You Father for the assurance that when

I ask in faith, I will receive, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


The hand of the Father is behind all good things.


DAY 234                      SUNDAY AUGUST 21                                    2016

FOUR STEPS TO MIRACLES (4)                                          Mk. 11:25.

“…If you have anything against anyone, forgive him…your Father in heaven…forgive your trespasses …” (v25)

(4) Forgive them: Forgiveness is a very important part of the life of faith and the experiencing of miracles. Matt. 18:21-31, records a parable Jesus told about forgiveness. If we do not forgive our neighbours God will hand us over to torturers. In our lives these torturers are the devil, disease, curses and pain. It is this way in the home. When a husband does not forgive his wife or a wife does not forgive her husband. In the course of our lives we may come across people who are impossible. We may feel we will never be able to forgive them. We must seek God’s help in forgiving, we must pray like this, “God, I forgive this person in spite of how I feel.” When we pray like that we have done what we have to do so far as we are concerned. Then the problem is between God and the person we forgave. Miracles transcend human understanding and common sense. They can never be explained by human wisdom or knowledge. Miracles belong only to God, and people who experience miracles in their lives know for sure that God does indeed perform miracles. (1) Have faith in God: This is the first step to miracles. (2) Then use positive language to perform miracles. (3) Thirdly, Pray until you receive assurance that the prayer is answered. (4) Fourthly, Forgive your neighbour in the Name of Jesus. These are four steps to miracles in Christian living. – (Yonggi Cho)

PRAYER LINE: Whenever life’s burden oppress you. And trials are too much to face, Remember God’s strength in your weakness; He’ll give you His power and grace – Sper


The increasing darkness of trials only makes the lamp of grace shine brighter.


DAY 235                      MONDAY AUGUST 22                                  2016

PROBLEMS ARE REALLY OPPORTUNITIES.                 Isa. 40:31.

“…Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength …” (v31)

Every time we exercise faith in Him, we are actually growing spiritually. Thus our problems are really opportunities for spiritual growth. Rom. 8:28 promises us that “… All things work together for good…His purpose…” The key to handling any problem is committing it totally to God. When problems come – and they will come – we must learn that trusting God is our first resource, not the last. Our ability and willingness to trust God in every circumstance depends upon our confidence in His goodness and His motives. All uncertainty on our part is ultimately distrust of His basic nature and character. The person defeated by life’s problems is ultimately questioning God’s integrity.

From God’s point of view, you don’t have any problems – just opportunities. His will is to give you all good things (Rom. 8:32) When the road of life gets tough, God is always there, reaching out to help us. When we learn to trust Him and reach out to Him by faith, we find the path easier to walk. Where once we stumbled, now there is progress, Where once we crawled, now we can run. (Isa. 40:31).

Don’t avoid your problems; tackle each one directly knowing that God will help you through. The tougher the problems, the greater His grace will be. We are on top, we need to pull those down up so that when we are down they can pull us up. Never give up. The last hill will seem like the toughest. – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE: Understand this – Be prepared for the detours and trouble spots. When they come along, don’t give up the race. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. You will win, in Jesus’ Name – Amen. May God grant you grace for the journey.


When the road of life gets tough, God is always there.


DAY 236                      TUESDAY AUGUST 23                                 2016

HANDLING LIFE’S CRISIS BIBLICALLY.            Hag. 2:6-7;Gen. 1:1-2;Isa. 61:1-3.

“…For thus says the Lord of Host yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea,  saith the Lord of hosts …” (Hag. 2:6-7)

Due to the fact that the world is in crisis, most people in the world are either causing the crisis or they are victims of the crisis that have engulfed the world. Many troop to Churches today because they are in crisis, A lot of people don’t have time to hear the mind of God, they want instant answer or else they compromise.

Two answers God has provided for the Church in crisis situation are:

  • Instant solution to the problems-the gift of the Holy Spirit or the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
  • A programme to keep people from falling into crisis through the teaching of the word of God.

In crisis situations what you need is the intervention of the anointing. On the other hand, the teaching of God’s word helps to keep crisis away. When a man is in crisis, he does not always have time to listen to God’s word, but two hands are stretched forth at such moments.

  • God’s hand of mercy reaching down from heaven to help mankind.
  • Man’s hand of faith reaching up and out to God for help. As you step out today, understand that God’s help is always available for you. – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE:        In solitude, on wings of prayer;

My soul ascends before the throne;

My only hope of strength is where

And His meet all alone        –       Anon


Prayer is the soil in which hope grows best.


DAY 237                      WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24                          2016

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION (1)                                Eph. 4:25-32.            

“…Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.…” (Eph. 4:25)

(1) Stop lying. start telling the truth: – People lie to each other every day. How are you doing? Someone asks. “I’m fine,” “is the usual reply,” which is not always true. Honest communication depends on honest conversation. Telling the truth builds bridges; lying builds barriers. When people see you are not being honest with them, they will stop talking to you. The Bible says: “…Each of us must put off falsehood and speak truthfully…” (Eph. 4:25)

(2) Stop hating. Start loving: The Bible also says, “…In your anger do not sin…Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry…”      (Eph. 4:26). In this passage we are warned not to stay angry because anger destroys communication. Anger can lead to aggressive or depressive behaviour, it can cause us to strike out at others or to put down ourselves. Either way, anger can be destructive, hurting ourselves and others.

When anger comes into your life, deal with it quickly and settle it. Don’t let a day pass without getting rid of any anger you might have. No one wants to be around an angry person. Anger drives children away from their parents, and it drives husbands and wives away from each other. It destroys relationships. By contrast, genuine love forgives, restores, and communicates. “…Be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God in Christ forgive you…” – (Ed Hindson)

PRAYER LINE:        God’s words of pure, eternal truth

Shall yet unshaken stay;

When all that man has thought or planned,

Like chaff has passed away  –  Anon


The first point of wisdom is to know the truth; the second, to discern what is false.


DAY 238                      THURSDAY AUGUST 25                    2016

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION (2)                                Eph. 4:25-32.    

“…Stop stealing, start giving…” (Eph. 4:28)

(3) Stealers are takers – Selfish by nature. The apostle Paul reminds us that we need to stop stealing and develop the grace of giving. (Eph. 4:28). In marriage, some people are selfish “takers.” They never learn to give; and their marriage suffers. Selfish people destroy communication; unselfish people build communication by building bridges to each other with gifts of kindness.

In each of your interpersonal relationships, ask yourself, “Am I a giver or a taker?” givers tend to see the worth and importance of other people and therefore are apt to bring out the best in others. Takers, on the other hand, tend to see the world solely from their own standpoint. They provoke others to evade, repress, or deny their innermost feelings. Their marriage partner rarely feels the freedom to be himself or herself. (4) Stop cutting down, start building up: “…Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up…And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…” (Eph. 4:29-30). Some people excel at cutting down everything and everybody. This passage warns that such negative communication grieves the Holy Spirit of God! Your youth is to be an instrument of God’s grace, not a fountain of bitterness and cursing. Every time you cut someone down, you destroy communication. You drive people away from God instead of drawing them closer to Him. What we communicate verbally should encourage and strength those who hear us – (Ed Hindson).

PRAYER LINE: Dear Lord, help us to follow the timeless standards of the Bible in speech, clothing and other lifestyle maters. May all we say and do bring glory to You. Amen.


Do my choices bring glory to God or draw attention to me?


DAY 239                      FRIDAY AUGUST 26                                     2016

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION (3)                               Eph. 4:31-32.        “…Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling, and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you…” (Eph. 4:31-32).

(5) Stop overreacting, start acting like a Christian: (Eph. 4:31-32) – The Bible urges us to “…get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling, and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you…” Eph. 4:31-32.

Here the great apostle warns us not to handle our problems like pagans. Don’t blow up, that only makes things worse! Notice the chain reaction described in v31: we start with bitterness, which soon leads to rage and anger. That, in turn, leads to brawling (verbal fighting), which leads to slander (literally blasphemy), and finally to malice, (a deliberate attempt to do someone bodily injury).  Such behaviour is not of God. It is a worldly response to problems, not the Christian response. Such overreactions drive people away from us and destroy communication.

One of the most common reasons for people overreacting in situations that require skillful communication is a failure to realize just how complex good communication really is. Effective communication can best be thought of as a circular piece, made up of at least six components. (1) What you mean to say. (2) What you actually say. (3) What the other person hears. (4) What the other person thinks he/she hears. (5) What the other person says about what you say. (6) What you think the other person says about what you said. – (Ed Hindson)


PRAYER LINE: Ponder on: True Christian behavior leads to real communication with others. We who have been forgiven can really forgive. Yes you can. 


Every season brings a reason to rejoice. Tell it to someone today.


DAY 240                      SATURDAY AUGUST 27                              2016

DON’T TRADE AWAY YOUR ADVANTAGES (1)             Judg. 9:8-15.

“…The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them, ‘Reign over us’…”(v8)

Anything that reduces your sensitivity is an enemy of your destiny; many are working wrong because they don’t have divine direction. Developing on what you do to your advantages in life – viz

(a) Born right, related wrong, end wrong. (b) Born right, relate right, end right. (c) Born wrong, relate right, end right. (d) Born wrong, relate wrong, end wrong.

Once you are born again, you are born right; your relationship equally determines how you end up in life. Samson as recorded in the text above desecrated the consecrations of his destiny, he despised his advantages and traded them away on the laps of sinful pleasure. He was born right, and he associated wrongly and ended wrong.

The following instructions will preserve you: (1) Don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly. (Ps. 1:1). (2) Record your divine instructions as you go through life Judges. 13:3-5. As you go through life there will be: General instructions. Personal instructions. (3) Find out people that know your eternal plan. Judg. 13:3-5; Esth. 4:13-14. (4) Treasure the initial move of God in your life. (Judg. 13:25). God wants to bring His move into your life so as to safeguard your destiny. (5) Show discretion in your movement, ponder the path of your feet. (Judg. 14:1-2) – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE: Help me, Lord, to reassure and strengthen others by the words I speak today, I would always try to be affirming, As our pathways cross along life’s way. – Hess


Correction does much, but encouragement does more.


DAY 241                      SUNDAY AUGUST 28                                    2016

DON’T TRADE AWAY YOUR ADVANTAGES (2)                Judg. 13-15.

“…He (Samson) found a fresh jawbone of a donkey reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it…”(Judg. 15:15)

Samson’s journey into oblivion started when he started keeping secrets from his father. He considered his father’s counsel as instructions which he disobeyed. Let us see further instructions from the life of Samson. (1) Watch out for the silences of your destiny parents (Judg. 4:3). Beware of their *Cautions *Observations *Reservations                       *Excitements *Silences. (2) Always ask these questions before you take decisions of life: does it please *God? *My father or mother *My destiny company? (3) Recognize the purpose of the anointing of God in your life; don’t trivialize the hand of God in your life. (Judg. 14:19). Be sensitive to the move of God in your life.

The devil knows that you are going to face Him one day, his plan is to make sure that you are unfit to face Him on the day of encounter. Samson forgot his mission on the laps of Delilah while Delilah did not forget hers. Once the devil makes you despise what is precious in your life, he will trap you with something dangerous somewhere. I pray you will not be a prey to the devil in Jesus’ Name. (Ps. 124:6) – (Areogun)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please help me not to trade away my advantages by the deceit of the devil to weaken my sensitivity in the Spirit.


No one can steal your identity in Christ.



DAY 242                      MONDAY AUGUST 29                                  2016

WHEN PRAYER IS HARD WORK (1)                               Col. 4:12-15.

“…Labouring fervently for you in prayer…”(v12)

Paul writes, Epaphras, who is …always labouring for you in prayers. Sometimes praying for others feels like “labouring.” Once you understand and accept that, not having “tingling sensations” when your prayer won’t discourage you. You can smile and tell yourself, “This is the way the Bible says it will be sometimes.” G. Campbell Morgan said, “A man may offer a prayer, beautiful in diction and perfect in the number of its petitions. But if it gives him gratification afterwards, that prayer cannot have been truly prayed.” You’ll feel good after you’ve prayed, but your goal isn’t to feel good about the fact that you have prayed, or that you felt particularly good during the process. Observe. (1) Prayer is a duty: It’s like going to work. You do it because it’s a commitment, and because of the rewards it brings. (2) Prayer is a discipline: The old-timers used to walk about praying through. Through what? Through wandering thoughts, through fatigue, through fears and every other form of resistance and distractions. When you enter the “Prayer Zone,” Satan will fight you at every turn. But when you stand in the name of Jesus, the power of darkness will retreat and you’ll prevail. (Jn. 14:13-14) (3) Prayer is delight: It won’t happen every time, but if you’re faithful to the place of prayer there’ll be times when your whole being will be conscious that God is present, answering your prayer and giving you guidance. And even when the answer isn’t completely clear you’ll leave His presence saying, “Now I have peace about it.” – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please let the Holy Spirit guide me to pray as Your presence brings peace.  


Prayers, an acknowledgement of our need for God.



DAY 243                      TUESDAY AUGUST 30                                 2016

WHEN PRAYER IS HARD WORK (2)                                   Jas. 4:7-9.

“…Come near to God and He will come near to you…”(v8)

We all want what successful people have; we’re just not willing to pay the price they pay to get it. When you see someone with sculpted abs and a well-toned body, they probably spend time sweating in a gym. There’s a reason Paul talks about “Labouring…in prayers” (Col. 4:12) When you pray, you must be passionate, persistent, and positive, expecting good things from God, You’ve got to put your heart into it and believe God will do what He promised. It’s not easy to fight off distractions and focus on Him. Don’t expect your fleshly nature to co-operate; when it comes to the place of prayer, kicking and screaming. And don’t expect your intellect to cheer you on; your self-sufficient nature will always choose prayer as a last resort. But God will urge you, and draw you into His presence. “…If you draw near to Me, I will draw near to you…” An unknown poet wrote: “I got up early one morning, and rushed right into the day. I had so much to accomplish. I didn’t have time to pray. Troubles tumbled about me, and heavier came each task. Why doesn’t God help me?” “I wondered.” He answered; “you didn’t ask”… I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering the day. I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray. Many problems can be resolved, or avoided altogether. When you take time to pray and include God in every part of your day.  – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Oh! What peace we often forfeit,

  Oh! What needless pain we bear.

 All because we do not carry;

Everything to God in prayerJoseph M. Seriven (1855)


God’s dawn of deliverance often comes when the hour of trial is darkest.



DAY 244                      WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31                          2016


“…Lord where do I put my hope..?”(v7)

Here are four suggestions to help survive and grow through upheavals such as an unexpected job loss, the death of a loved one, a failed marriage or a serious health issue. (1) Admit how you feel: That doesn’t mean sitting around wallowing in negativity. It means trusting God enough to acknowledge how you really feel. Pretending things are fine when they’re not, makes it harder to get back up. We all have down times. The Psalmist asked God to help him cope with despondency. (Ps. 42:43). And at one point Paul was under so much pressure he despaired even in life. (2Cor. 1:8). (2) Identify the Source: Discouragement often comes on the heels of a set back or disappointment. Did something you set your heart on fall apart? Were your hopes unrealistic to start with? Did somebody let you down? Or is your dejection coming out from a generalized feeling of burn out? (3). Talk with a trusted counsellor: Solomon said, “…The more wise counsel…the better your chances…” (Prov. 11:14). Don’t let pride prevent you from opening up to those who will listen empathetically and respond wisely. Talking to the right people can lessen your sense of isolation, and also pave the way for others who are hurting to do the same. (4) Be open before God: He, not fate or circumstances, gets to write the last chapter. Maybe He is trying to teach you something or redirect your energies. David said, “…Lord, where do I put my hope..?” My only hope is in You, when your hope is in God, He replaces discouragement with confidence, so that what you’re going through can become a path to spiritual growth. (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I come to You in total surrender. Transform me into a vessel unto honour, in Jesus’ Name I ask. Amen 


In every change He faithfully will remain.


DAY 245                      THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1                       2016

SPIRITUAL WARFARE (1)                                                 2Cor. 10:1-6.

“…The weapons we fight with demolish strongholds…”(v4)

In Bible times when an attack was launched against a city, a first strategy was to bring in a battering ram, demolish the gates and defeat the inhabitants. Today you are at war with Satan. Only when you recognize that, is victory possible. And the good news is “…The weapons we fight with… have …power to demolish strongholds…” But you must “…Put the whole armour of God…” (Eph. 6:11).

It’s not something you pick up and wear when you feel like it. And you’ve got to keep it on, because the enemy never lets up. He wants you to think he’s equal with God. He’s not! God is Omnipotent, Omniscience and Omnipresent. He can do anything, anywhere, anytime. No question, Satan is a formidable foe, but there are limits on what he’s permitted to do. (Job. 1:12). Your mind is command central; it’s where victory or defeat is decided, Paul told the Corinthians, “…I fear, lest…your minds…be corrupted…” (2Cor. 11:3). Satan knows Christ’s return is imminent and he’s ratcheting up the opposition. (Rev. 12:12). The way you win the battle is through (1) Praise: the garment that protects you. (Isa. 61:3). (2) Abiding in Christ: your source of spiritual growth and fruitfulness (Jn. 15:8-10) (3) God’s Word: it’s designed to defeat the enemy. When Satan comes against you, combat his lies with what God says. (4) Walking in Love Towards Others: It’s impossible to be victorious when you’re wrapped up in yourself. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim; Our trust is all thrown on Jesus’ name; In this our strong tower for safety we hide; The Lord is our power, “The Lord will provide” – Newton


The heavenly Father’s arms never tire of holding His children.



DAY 246                      FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2                              2016

SPIRITUAL WARFARE (2)                                                 Eph. 6:10-20.

“…Our struggle…against…spiritual forces…”(v12)

When the first plane hit the World Trade Center in September 11, 2001, we thought it was accidental. When another plane hit it, we knew New York was under attack. Dr. Robert Jeffress says: Knowing the source of the problem is crucial, a navigational accident demands one response. A hostile strike requires a completely different strategy. Every day our world is invaded by what we consider random events. Couples divorce, so we develop marriage guidance; drug use increases, so we educate our children to “just say No; pornography among Christians rises, so we organize accountability groups; Churches, threaten to split, so we employ arbitrators to help with conflict resolution; Christians battle depression and suicidal thoughts so we medicate them with the latest drugs. Please understand, I’m all for (such programmes) would we change our strategy?” Through Scripture we discover there’s an unseen world and it’s at war. Paul writes; “…Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against …spiritual forces of wickedness…” You can’t just shrug your shoulders and say, “I don’t have a horse in that race.” You’re living in the cross fire of this spiritual wars…the enemy’s determined to destroy everything and everyone important to you. And those who dismiss such words as being over the top-do so to their own detriment. We’re in a very real war, the stakes are high, the enemy skilled, armed, and determined. You must be aware and be prepared to fight. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please I need Your help. Fight the battles for me and grant me the grace to be faithful to You. Amen


Because God cares about us, He will fight our battles, if we trust Hi

DAY 247                      SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3                        2016

SPIRITUAL WARFARE (3)                                                 Heb. 12:1-11.

“…The Lord discipline those He loves…”(v6)

It’s important to know when you’re under attack – and when you’re not. One writer says, There’s a tendency among Christians to view anything unpleasant as spiritual warfare, rather than admit we’re reaping what we’ve sown. If you’ve neglected your role as spiritual teacher to your children, God may let them fall into sin. If you’ve been dishonest; He may let you face the consequences. The Lord disciplines those He loves. It would be foolish to ask Him to ease your discomfort when He’s disciplining you to get your attention. God’s discipline won’t help you if you dismiss it as Satan’s doing. If you misunderstand, you may blame Him for not answering your prayers or failing to protect you; meanwhile, God’s warning you of danger, “…For a little while you may have had to suffer…that your faith … may be proved genuine…” (1Pet. 1:6-7). A blacksmith with a chunk of metal on the anvil envisions what he wants. But it means melting down the old, recasting it, removing scars, repairing cracks, filling voids, and purging impurities until what was useless becomes valuable. Finally, he plunges it into cold water until it hardens into an unbending, useful tool. Max Lucado says, “An instrument is useful only if it is in the right shape. A good blacksmith keeps his tools in shape. And so does God. Should He place you on His anvil, be thankful. He thinks you’re worth reshaping. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: O tell of His might, O sing of His grace, Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space His chariots of wrath the deep thundercloud form, And dark is His path on the wings of the storm. – Grant


The God who holds the universe is the God who’s holding you.



DAY 248                      SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4                    2016

FAITH WITHOUT WORKS?                                               Jas. 2:14-17.

“…But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is…”(Heb. 11:6)

James. 2:17, describes faith without works as dead. In Matthew 7:21, Jesus was referring to such people when He said, “…Not everyone that said unto Me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven…” It is very clear therefore that there is a form of action that must follow any profession of faith in Christ Jesus before such faith can be called a living faith. When profession of faith is not backed up with action, then such faith is dead. Many are in the Church today living their lives the same way as people who do not know Christ. The Bible in 2Tim. 3:5, described such people as “…Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…” Such people profess faith in the Son of God; they claim that they believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ but they flatly deny the transforming power in the Word of God. They would do anything in the Name of God except allow any genuine transformation to take place in their lives. “…And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed…will of God…” (Rom. 12:1-2).

Children of God, faith without works is dead and dead faith is of no use to anyone. Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge and transformed into the image of Christ. (Col. 3:10). – (OH)

PRAYER LINE: O blest that house where faith you find. And all within have set their mind. To trust their God and serve Him still. And do each day His holy will. – Anon. 


Follow up your faith with works of righteousness.


DAY 249                      MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5                            2016

THE BLESSING OF THANKSGIVING.                            Lk. 17:11-19.

“…It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD and to sing praise unto Thy Name, O Most High…” (Ps. 92:1)

Thanksgiving to God, especially for gifts and blessings received, is required and expected. God abhors ungrateful people. God expects Christians to give thanks in all circumstances they are confronted with. In 1Thess. 5:18, Apostle Paul wrote: “…In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you…” Our willingness to thank God should not be based on our mood i.e. whether we are happy or not. Thank God for the ability to use every part of your body; that you can eat, drink, see, walk, speak, learn and interact with people. Thank God because no matter what you are going through, you are still better off in certain areas compared to some other people. Thanksgiving to God can be expressed in several different ways. However, offering thanksgiving to God in an acceptable manner guarantees an immediate response from God. Solomon chose to give a thousand burnt offerings (2Chron. 1:6). One of the lepers in Lk. 17:15-16, fell down and glorified God with a loud voice while David showed gratitude in a song and with dancing (2 Sam. 6:14). God gave Solomon a blank cheque to ask for anything he wanted. Jesus made the leper completely whole. God was pleased with David and he established his throne forever. Each of the three received a blessing from God that was irreversible.

PRAYER LINE: Father, please give me a heart of gratitude and put on me the garment of thanksgiving. – (OH)


Faith helps us to accept what we cannot understand.


DAY 250                      TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6.                          2016

INSTEAD OF WORRYING TRUST GOD.                   Isa. 50:10.

“…Let him …rely upon his God…” (v10).

One morning a man received four long distance calls before he could even get out of bed. Everybody had problems they wanted solved right now! He told his wife to forget about breakfast, only to discover his car wouldn’t start. So he called a taxi. When he got in the taxi, he yelled, ‘Let’s go! The driver asked, ‘Where do you want me to take you? ‘He shouted, ‘I don’t care, I’ve got problems everywhere! Do you feel like that today? Have you done all you know to do, but the situation hasn’t improved? ‘Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of his Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God. Note the word “Name.” God values His good name because it represents His power, His character and His faithfulness. So when you pray for anything in His name, you’re trusting His power, His character and His faithfulness. It’s like standing on a rock! We spend so much of our lives worrying about yesterday and tomorrow, yet one is buried and the other’s unborn. There’s not a thing we can do about either. The Psalmist said, “…This is the day the Lord hath made…” (Ps. 118:24). So seize this day with its blessings and challenges and live every moment of it. Read Ps. 46:1. Just hand over your worries to Him and let Him take care of them for you. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: The power of God can turn a heart from evil and the power of sin; The love of God can change a life. And make it new and cleansed within. – Fasick


Justification means our guilt gone; Christ’s righteousness given.



DAY 251                      WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 7.                   2016

REVELATION FAITH (1)                                          Rom. 10:9-10.

“…Abraham believed God and He reckoned it unto him for righteousness…” (Gen. 15:6).

There are three great Scriptures in the Old Testament on which the Pauline Revelation is based. (1) Gen. 15:6. “…And Abraham believed God and He reckoned it unto him for righteousness…” This means that he had made an “unqualified committal” unto Jehovah and He reckoned it unto him for righteousness. This ‘unqualified committal’ is identical with the thought in Rom. 10:9-10. “…Because if thou shall confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shall believe in thy heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved; for with the heart man believeth unto Righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…” For the scripture saith, “…Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be put to shame…” Revelation faith as given to Paul demands a confession with our lips of the Lordship of Jesus. (2) Isa. 28:16. “…Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation, he that believeth shall not make haste…” There are two other translations, “…Whosoever believeth on Him shall not wander about distractedly seeking another foundation…” or “…Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be put to shame…” It says whosoever does this shall not be put to shame. Regardless of circumstances of appearances or sense evidences he rests his case absolutely on the word. – (E.W. Kenyon)

PRAYER LINE: The Bible stands, and it will forever, when the world has passed away. By inspiration it has been given – All its precepts I will obey – Littlenas


In a skeptical world you can trust God’s reliable Word.


DAY 252                      THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8.                      2016

REVELATION FAITH (2)                                             2Cor. 5:6-8.

“…My righteousness one shall live by faith…” (Hab. 2:4).

(3) Habakkuk 2:4 “…My righteousness one shall live by faith…” It carries us a step further, “My righteous one” has been made Righteous by a New Creation. He is to walk, not by sight or by feeling; he is to walk by faith. In other words, he is to walk by the Word. 2Cor. 5:7 “…For we walk by faith and not by sight…” Heb. 10:38, “…My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrink back, my soul hath no pleasure in him…” You notice in each of these scriptures a challenge for our confidence. You are His Righteous one. You are to live by faith. You are not to draw back to sense evidences and to sense knowledge, but you are to walk on with Him in the light of the Word. You are looking at the Word and you wax strong through faith, giving glory to God, for you reckon that God is able to make good in you all that He has promised in His Word.

You can see how these great Scriptures become the foundation of the Revelation of Righteousness. Faith in word as it is found in the Pauline Epistles. You will find at the beginning of his great argument in the book of Romans that Paul uses Abraham’s faith as a type. You will do as Abraham did. – (E. W. Kenyon)

PRAYER LINE: Song: My faith looks up to Thee; Thou Lamb of Calvary, Saviour divine, Now hear me while I pray, Take all my guilt away; O let me from this day, Be wholly Thine. 


The living God can take the fear out of living.


DAY 253                      FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9.                             2016

REVELATION FAITH (3)                                             Rom. 4:3-5.

“…For what does the Scripture say?…Abraham believed God, and it was accounted …righteousness…” (v3).

Righteousness means the ability to stand in God’s presence without the sense of sin, guilt, or inferiority. Righteousness is granted on the ground of faith. One does not work for it. He accepts a gift. Eph. 2:8-9 says, “…For by grace have ye been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory…” Salvation, Redemption, Eternal Life, the New Creation, the Indwelling presence of the Spirit, the Legal right to use the Name of Jesus, and all of our privileges as sons and daughters of God, are based upon grace through faith. Abraham’s faith is described in Rom. 18:21 “…Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations…” He thought of Sarah, ninety years of age. He knew that she was too old to bear a child. Yet turning away from the evidence of his senses, he looked at the Word that God had spoken through the angel, and he waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God. Rom. 4:23-25. “…Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was reckoned unto him but for our sake also…” Col. 1:13-14. “…Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness…remission of our sins…” Jn. 6:47. He that believeth hath Eternal Life. A believer is a possessor. There is no believing without possession. – (E.W. Kenyon)

PRAYER LINE: The holiness of God demands A heart that’s pure within, Yet grace unites with holiness To purge the heart from sin. – D. De Haan 


The increasing darkness of trials only makes the lamp of grace shine brighter.


DAY 254                      SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10.                    2016

BELIEVING IS HAVING.                                          Rom. 3:21-26.

“…Him who knew no sin, He made to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God…” (2Cor. 5:21).

It is a Revelation of the Righteousness of God that becomes available to the man who has faith in Jesus. (Rom. 3:21-26). God becomes the Righteousness of the man who takes Christ as his Saviour and crowns Him as Lord of his life. 2Cor. 5:21 “…Him who knew no sin, He made to be sin on our behalf that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him…” Heb. 10:38. “…My Righteous one shall live by faith…” The climax of the Revelation that God gave to Paul recorded in Rom. 8:14-17 says – “…For as many as are led by the Spirit of God…but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father. The Spirit Himself… and joint heirs with Christ…” Rom. 8:11 says, “…But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, …His Spirit that dwellleth in you…” 1Cor. 6:19, “…Know ye not that your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit which is in you..?” Rom. 10:9 declares – “…Because if thou shall confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord and shall believe in thy heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved…” Luke 11:13 states “…How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him..!” Unbelief is largely the result of ignorance of what we are in Christ. Isa. 55:11. “…No word from God is void of power…” – (E. W. Kenyon)

PRAYER LINE: For life’s adventures, Lord, I ask courage and faith for every task; A heart kept clean by high desire.A conscience purged by holy fire. – Mc Dermand


Courage is fear that has said its prayers.


DAY 255                      SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11.                          2016

GET GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS.                                           Judg. 7: 1-22.

“…And the Lord said to Gideon, the people are yet too many… This shall not go with thee…” (v4).

Gideon found out that obedience to God’s plan brings victory – no matter how impossible things seem in the natural realm. God’s plan is usually a plan against all odds – that’s why it takes the supernatural power of God to do it. So the first thing Gideon had to do to succeed was to find out what God’s plan was. Read. Judg. 7:1-3.When Gideon followed the Lord’s instructions and marshaled the forces of Israel, there were 32,000 fighting men. The Lord told Gideon, “That’s too many men. If you fight this battle with all those soldiers, Israel will just say they fought and won the battle all by themselves.”

So the Lord told Gideon to send all the men home who were fearful. Gideon obeyed and the 32,000-strong Israelites army was reduced to 10,000 to fight a major battle (Judg. 7:2-3) against the Midianites with a great host of 135,000 men (Judg. 8:10). God told Gideon to reduce the army again. Those who lapped water like dogs were chosen to stage and fight the Midianite battle. (Judg. 7:4-7). Only 300 men were left to fight with Gideon against the Midianites. But despite the impossible odds, Gideon took his 300 fighting men down into the valley to engage the enemy in battle. Gideon knew victory would come only if he did it God’s way, so he obeyed God’s instructions exactly. (Judg. 7:17-20) – (Kenneth Hagin Jr).

PRAYER LINE: Silently now I wait for Thee, Ready my God, Thy will to see; Open my heart – illuminate me; Spirit divine – Scott


In His will is our peace – Dante


DAY 256                      MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12.                        2016

LEARN TO WAIT ON GOD’S TIMING.                 Rom. 8: 23-25.

“…But if we hope for that we see not then do we with patience wait for it…” (v25).

Sometimes after we determine what God’s plan is, we jump too quickly to try to accomplish what God said to do. We must learn to wait until the Lord directs us to take action. If Joshua had gotten disgruntled and impatient and figured out his own plan, the Israelites would have lost the battle against Jericho. Joshua had to do it God’s way to experience God’s victory – and so do we. The same is true with Gideon. If Gideon had tried to go to battle against the enemy with a fighting force of 22,000 or even 10,000 men, he would have been out of God’s timing and ahead of God’s plan. The Israelites would have faced overwhelming defeat simply because they didn’t do it God’s way. God’s way brings God’s victory. You need to make sure that you don’t get ahead of God’s plan too. It doesn’t matter how many doors open for you in the natural, you must wait upon the Lord for His direction and His timing. As you wait before God in prayers and listen for His direction, remember that you walk in God’s victory plan by faith. No matter how you feel, the Word says, you are on the victory side because you are in Christ. (Rom. 8:37). Regardless of how you feel, God will make away where there seems to be no way. Wait before God in prayer until you know His timing. – (Kenneth Hagin)

PRAYER LINE: We can know that God is watching, Always present, everywhere, And with hope and joy and patience He is waiting for our prayers – Roworth


Talk with God – He longs to hear from you.



DAY 257                      TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13.                        2016


“…And God said, “See I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of the earth…”…” (v29).

Potential is fulfilled only when it is given to others. You cannot enjoy or fulfill your potential if you keep it to yourself. Everything God gave you, He gave for me and everyone else. He blesses you with additional gifts when you use the blessings you have already received to bless others. Fruitfulness is always given to make you a blessing to others. You are blessed when you take what you have and give it away. This is true because sharing your potential both reveals hidden possibilities and releases additional gifts. A seed produces nothing if it does not surrender its potential to the soil. If it says, ‘I’m going to keep what I have, its potential to produce a tree is lost. Only as the seed relinquishes its outer shell and puts down roots that permits it to receive nourishment from the soil can it release its potential to be a tree. Through self-giving, the seed is transformed and gives birth to new possibilities. The same truth is evident, in the music of an orchestra. The instruments’ potential to produce music cannot be fulfilled until the individual notes are released by the players. Where one person or one instrument refuses to co-operate, all suffer loss-musicians and music. – (Myles Munroe)

PRAYER LINE: When angry feelings go unchecked. They’ll mushroom into hate: So don’t let time feed bitterness, Forgiveness must not wait. – Sper


Bitterness is a root that ruins the garden of peace.



DAY 258                      WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14.                2016

GIVING EXPOSES POTENTIAL.                                              Lk. 6:38.

“…Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together …unto you again…” (v38).

Treasures that are hidden and locked up benefits no one, Say, for example, that your grandmother gave you a beautiful necklace that she wore as a bride. If you keep it locked in a safe and never wear it, its beauty is wasted. Or perhaps you have wedding gifts of beautiful china, sterling silvers, and fine crystal that you have never used to serve a meal. You’re wasting the potential of those dishes. They cannot do what they are supposed to do sitting on a shelf. People bought them for you to use. Treasure is useless unless you expose it. Potential can never be attained if it has no opportunity to give. This is the power of John F. Kennedy’s words, spoken at his inauguration to be the president of the United states; ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’ Kennedy’s words prompt us to focus on what we can give instead of what we can get. It is through our giving that we discover what we can do and be. This was the wisdom shared by the apostle Paul. “…It is more blessed to give that to receive…” (Acts. 20:35). Releasing what you have received benefits you and others. Holding on to a treasure forfeits the blessings inherent in the treasure. You must release what God has stored in you for the world. – (Myles Munroe)

PRAYER LINE: Though I know not what awaits me – What the future has in store. Yet I know the Lord is faithful, Whom I’ve often proved before. – Anon


Our prospects are as bright as the promises of God.



DAY 259                      THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15.           2016

GOD IS A GIVER.                                                                  Rom. 8:31-39.

“…He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all these..?” (v32).

God is constantly releasing seeds into the soil of your life. He is a giver and He created you to be like Him. The foundation of God’s giving nature is revealed in His purpose for creating men and women. God made Adam and Eve so He would have someone to love and bless – more children like Christ – His Incarnate Son. Although God possessed all He had created, those things were useless to Him until He created man to release their potential by using His creations and thereby, showing off His fullness. In essence, God, who is love, created man to fulfill His potential to love. Love is worthless until it is given away. It must have an object to be fulfilled. Therefore, God needed something on which He could lavish His love, something that could understand and appreciate what He had to give. Of all God’s creatures, only men and women share God’s Spirit and, thus, can appreciate His love.

You are the object of God’s love. Because love can be fulfilled only when the receiver of love is like the giver, He created you like Himself, to be loved by Him and to love as He loves. – (Myles Munroe)

PRAYER LINE: Song–       What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and grieves to bear; What a privilege to carry. Everything to God in prayer, Oh! what peace we often forfeit, Oh! What needless pain we bear; All because we do not carry, Ev’rything to God in prayer.


His ears are open unto their prayers. 1Pet. 3:12



DAY 260                      FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16.                           2016

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING.                                      Gen. 49:25-26.

“…The blessing of your fathers have excelled the blessing of my ancestors. Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills, they shall be on the head of Joseph…” (v26).

The giving of a blessing is an important image in Scriptures. Whether it is God, a father, or some other person giving the blessing, it is a gift that exposes possibilities and releases power, God blessed Adam and Eve. (Gen. 1:28) and Noah and his sons, (Gen. 9:1) by calling forth from them the potential to be fruitful to increase in number and to fill the earth. Likewise He blessed Sarah the wife of Abraham, when He released the possibility that she would be a mother (Gen. 17:15-16). Isaac passed the power to be the Lord of the family on to Jacob when he blessed him. (Gen. 27:27-29) Jacob in turn blessed each of his sons, unveiling the future of each one (Gen. 49). In each case, the blessing confirmed what God had already purposed for the one who received the blessing.

Blessings are never given solely for the benefit of the one who receives them. That means all God has given you – your clothes, food, house, car, bike, education, intelligence, personality, etc – are given to you so you can maximize them by sharing them. You cannot release the full potential of anything if you do not share it. Abraham not only received a blessing from God; he was also made a blessing to others. (Gen. 12:2-3) The same was true of Abraham’s wife, Sarah (Gen. 17:16), his son Isaac (Gen. 26:4) his grandson Jacob (Gen. 28:14) – (Myles Munroe)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please like Abraham; bless me to be a blessing to the whole world, in the Mighty Name of Jesus.


God is always available to hear the prayers of His children.


DAY 261                      SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17.                    2016

IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON.                                                   Job. 11:13-20.

“…You will forget your trouble…as water gone-by…” (v16).

No matter, how bad things look, always remember the words, “It came to pass; not to stay;” Life doesn’t stand still, there will always be challenges. Don’t let them destroy your confidence; instead, use them as opportunities to grow. Once you’ve grown in the areas where God thinks you need additional maturity, the season you’re in will pass. Nothing lasts forever. Although it’s hard to believe at the time, “To forget isn’t to develop amnesia. It’s to reach a place where the misery is pulled from the memory like poison is removed from an insects bite. Once it’s gone, healing is inevitable. The memory will become as “…Water gone-by…” When the water that is flowing around your ankles today passes you’ll never see it again.

Kristin Amstrong says, “When someone died in Old Testament times, those who were in mourning marked their faces with ashes. They allotted a specified season, after which they scrubbed up and moved on.” How much healthier is that than our society? We put on make-up, or happy or stoic face, and prohibit people from having compassion and respecting the limits of where we are. We’re so busy hiding; we’re buried under ashes on the inside. God will call us to arise and shine when our light has come (Isa. 60:1). Ask Him to set your time limit, and be ready to wash your face; then move on. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Song– Move on! Move on! Don’t be tired; The Lord will understand, He knows the way, Move on, Move on, don’t be tired, He knows the way.


A man cannot be polished without friction nor a man perfected without adversity.



DAY 262                      SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18.                          2016

WHY YOU NEED A CHURCH FAMILY(1)                      Jn. 13:31-35.

“…By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another…” (v35).

(1) A Church Family Identifies You As A Genuine Believer: I can’t claim to be following Christ if I’m not committed to any specific group of disciples. Jesus said, “…Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples…” (Jn. 3:35) When we come together in love as a Church family from different back grounds, race, and social status, it is a powerful witness to the world (Gal. 3:28). You are not the Body of Christ on your own. You need others to express that. Together, not Separated, we are His Body.

(2) A Church family moves you out of self-centered isolation: The local Church is the classroom for learning how to get along in God’s family. It is a lab for practicing unselfish, sympathetic love. As a participating member, you learn to care about others and share the experiences of others. “…If any part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it. Or if one part of our body is honoured, all the other parts share it’s honour…” (1Cor. 12:26)

(3) A Church family helps you develop spiritual muscles: You will never grow to maturity just attending worship services and being a passive spectator. Only participation in the full life of a local Church builds spiritual muscles. The Bible says, “…As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love…” (Eph. 6:16) – (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: Ponder! Many Christians who know Jn. 3:16 are unaware of 1Jn. 3:16 – Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. Father, empower me to be Christ-like, in Jesus’ Name.


God gives us all we need, so we can give to others in their need.


DAY 263                      MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19.                        2016

WHY YOU NEED A CHURCH FAMILY (2)                     Jn. 12:26-31.

“…Now you are the Body of Christ, and members individually…” (1Cor. 12:27)

(4) The Body of Christ needs you: God has a unique role for you to play in His family. This is called your “Ministry,” and God has gifted you for His assignment; “A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire Church.” (1Cor. 12:7) Your local fellowship is the place God designed for you to discover, develop, and use your gifts. You may also have a wilder ministry, but that is in addition to your service in a local body. Jesus has not promised to build your ministry; He has promised to build His Church.

(5) You will share in Christ’s mission in the world: When Jesus walked the earth, God worked through the physical body of Christ: today He uses His spiritual body (The Church). The Church is God’s instrument on earth. We are not just to model God’s love by loving each other; we are to carry it together to the rest of the world. As members of Christ’s body, we are His hands, His feet, His eyes, and His heart. Paul tells us: “…He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, we had better be doing…” (Eph. 2:10).

(6) A Church family will help you from backsliding: None of us are immune to temptation. The Bible says, “…Encourage one another daily…so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness…” (Heb. 3:13). James tells us, “…If you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off…” (Jas. 5:19) – (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: I need the prayers of those I love while travelling on life’s rugged ways. That I may true and faithful be, And live for Jesus everyday. – Vanghan.


The best kind of friend is a praying friend.



DAY 264                      TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20.                        2016

BENEFITS OF PATIENCE                                                    Gen. 17:1-5.

“…He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith giving glory to God…” (Rom. 4:20)

There are lots of benefits awaiting those who were patient in receiving God’s promises. “…For since the beginning of the world men have not heard…waited for Him…” (Isa. 64:4) God wanted to enter into a covenant with Abraham, but Abraham was not ready. It was only after 24years of self-dependence and self-government by Abraham that God felt he was ready. Anytime God calls for a partnership with us. He is simply looking for an opportunity to bless us. When the Lord called His disciples apart in Mk. 6:30-31, it was for the purpose of waiting on Him. It is very important to wait on Him for direction in your projects, relationships and programmes. If you learn to be patient, situations and circumstances will always be within your control. In the place of waiting, there is no room for unbelief and doubt. Abraham did not stagger at God’s promises, and his faith was rewarded. (Rom. 4:20). Peter toiled all night without catching anything (Lk. 5:3-7). The Lord decided to choose his boat for a Kingdom assignment and he did not refuse or complain; he just waited for his miracle. Keep your cool. Don’t be discouraged. At the end of Peter’s waiting, his story changed. The Peter who caught nothing became the Peter who needed the assistance of others to handle the blessing of God in his life. As you patiently wait, your joy, blessing, breakthrough, healing and anointing will overflow, in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER LINE: Dear Lord, please continue to be my focus as I wait on You. – (OH).


Our greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that Jesus cares.



DAY 265                      WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21.                2016

MIRACULOUS RECOVERY.                                                2Kgs. 6:1-7.

“…And I will restore to you the years that the locus hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar…” (Joel. 2:25)

With God, there is nothing lost that cannot be recovered miraculously. No matter the type of loss you have suffered, the Almighty God will restore them to you in Jesus’ Name. In Mk. 5:25-34, the woman with the issue of blood lost a lot. She lost her health because she had been in that situation for long. She lost her wealth because she had spent all she had. She lost her peace because of absence of good health, wealth, and frustration and this leads to frustration. But by the time she met Jesus, everything she had lost was restored to her. Samson is an example of someone who suffered loss. (Judg. 16:21:28). As a result of his carelessness, he lost his eyes, to the enemy. Even though his hair grew back, blindness remained in his life. Another interesting story that shows God’s ability to return whatever is lost is found in Dan. 4:28-37. It is the story of Nebuchadnezzar who became proud that he refused to acknowledge God as the source of his achievements. God caused him to lose his kingdom, his sanity, dignity, glory and honour. Miraculously, all those years of his wilderness experience, nobody replaced him on the throne. The Lord kept his position until his training was over. As long as God is in the equation, He can reverse the irreversible. He can suspend laws and principles to make a point in your life.

PRAYER LINE: Father, by Your mercy, command a recovery of all I have lost, in Jesus’ Name. – (OH)


We sow the seed – God produces the harvest.


DAY 266                      THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22.           2016

ACTING ON HIS WORD                                                            Jn. 2:1-11.

“…But at Thy word I will let down the net…” (Lk. 5:5)

In Jn. 6:47, Jesus said, “…He that believeth hath eternal life…”Believing” is “Having;” It is possession. Mental Assent admires the word, confessed that the Word is true and very desirable, but it doesn’t possess. Believing ends in the glad confession. “It is mine. I have it.” You remember the man who was brought into the presence of Jesus by four of his friends (Mk. 2:1-12). Jesus said to him, “…Rise, take up thy bed and walk…” Had he not acted on the Master’s words, he never would have been healed, but he acted, he was healed. In Lk. 5:5, Peter said, “…But at Thy word I will let down the net…” We have cling to the theories of men and ignored the Living Word. Healing and victory belong to you. When Jesus said to Peter, “…Come, walk the waves with me…” Peter acted on the Word. When the servants filled the firkins with water, they obeyed what Jesus said, and the water became wine. (Jn. 2:1-11). We mentally Assent to the integrity and the reality of the Word; but we do not act on it. Until we act upon it, it does not become a reality. People, who act on the Word, receive things. It took faith to get into the family, but after you get into the family, all things are yours. (1Cor. 3:21). When God says, “…I watch over My Word to perform it…” then you may be certain that if you accept (Isa. 53:3-6) that just as surely as God sits on His throne, healing is bound to be yours. – (E. W. Kenyon)

PRAYER LINE: What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; If I were a wise man, I would do my part. Yet what can I give Him-give my heart. – Rossetti


Gratitude of heart can often be seen in a generous spirit.


DAY 267                      FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23.                           2016

FAITH AND BELIEVING                                          Mk. 16:16-18.

“…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us …heaven lies in Christ…” (Eph. 1:3)

Believing” is really “Acting” on the word. It is simply acting on the Word of God as you have acted on the word of a physician, the word of a lawyer, or the word of a loved one. You don’t ask the questions: “Do I believe?” or “Have faith?” you simply say “That is what God has said,” and you act accordingly; or “Did God say that By His stripes’ I am healed? If God said it then I must be healed, and I will act on what God has spoken.” Faith is the result of action. Believing is taking the step up to the object, the thing you want. Faith is having arrived. Eph. 1:3 “…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ…”

All you need to do is thank Him that you have them, say: “Father, I thank Thee for my healing. I thank Thee for my deliverance.” All that Peter did was to act upon the Word which Christ had given him. James tells us that “…Faith without corresponding action is dead…” (Jas. 2:17). Jesus said, “…They that believe shall lay hands on the sick…” (Mk. 16:16-18). That means the instant we accept Christ as our Savioiur, confess Him as Lord, and receive Eternal life, we can begin to function in the Family. We can begin to lay hands on the sick. – (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please fill my heart with joy of Christ. I desire that the abundant life I have found in Him might contagiously reach out to others around me.


If you know Christ, you always have a reason to celebrate.


DAY 268                      SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24.                    2016

HINDRANCES TO FAITH                                                         Heb. 11:1.

“…Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…” (Heb. 11:1)

Faith never rises above its confession. (We do not refer to the confession of sin, but the confession of the Word). If we confess weakness and failure and sickness, we destroy faith. When we boldly make our confession that our diseases were laid on Jesus and we hold fast to that confession, we bring God on the scene (Read Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; 1Pet. 2:24). Sometimes lack of knowledge will hinder us from making a bold confession. We do not act on the Word beyond our knowledge. Faith grows with understanding of the Word. Lack of knowledge of our Redemption and our Redemptive Rights is of times the reasons for unbelief. Lack of understanding of what the New Creation means and what it actually is, hinders our faith life. Many people do not know that they have Eternal Life. They think of themselves as being “saved from sin” Many people are not God-Inside-Minded. Lack of understanding of righteousness. Lack of understanding of our legal right to use the Name of Jesus, holds us in bondage and gives us a sense of weakness. We can defeat satan and enjoy victory with the Name of Jesus. Many are failures because of a lack of understanding about, Confession. Real faith is the child of knowledge of the Word. – (E. W. Kenyon)

PRAYER LINE: I trust in God, I know He cares for me. On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea, Though billows roll, He keeps my soul, My heavenly Father, watches over me. – (Martins) 


The Lamb who died to save us is the Shepherd who lives to care for us.


DAY 269                      SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25.                          2016

THE RIGHT CONFESSION                                                    Jn. 7:38-39.

“…I know Him, because I am from Him and He sent me…” (Jn. 7:29)

Jesus said, “…For I spake not from Myself, but the Father that sent me, He hath given me a commandment, what I should speak…” (Jn. 12:49). Every healing that Jesus performed was wrought through His Father’s Word. Jesus knew who He was; He knew His place; He knew His work. He was always positive in His message. He knew the words that He spake were His Father’s words. He took His place as a Son. He acted His part. He continually confessed His Sonship. He said, “…I am the good Shepherd. I am the Bread of Life. I am the Water of Life. I am the Light of the world…”

In Jn. 5:19-30 Jesus makes ten statements about Himself. They are really confessions, and every one of them links Him up with Deity. In Jn. 7:29, He said, “…I know Him, because I am from Him and He sent Me…” He said in Jn. 15:5 “…I am the Vine, ye are the branches…” In Jn. 7: 38-39 He said, “…He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, from within him shall flow rivers of living waters…” what a confession that was and how real it became on the Day of Pentecost. Jn. 8:54 says, “… If I glorify myself my glory is nothing; it is My Father that glorifieth Me…but I know Him and keep His word…” Read Jn. 9:35-41. In v35 Jesus said to the man who had been blind, “…Thou hast both seen Him (Jesus) and He it is that speaketh with thee…” – (E. W. Kenyon)

PRAYER LINE: He whose heart is kind beyond all measure. Gives unto each day what He deems best-livingly. It’s part of pain and pleasure, Mingling toil with peace and rest. – Berg


Each new day gives us new reason to praise the Lord.


DAY 270                      MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26.                        2016

JESUS KNEW WHO HE WAS.                                          Jn. 4:34.

“…My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to accomplish His work…” (Jn. 4:34)

Nearly every miracle that Jesus performed was performed with the Father’s words in Jesus’ lips. Jesus was the revealed will of the Father. Jn. 5:30 says, “…I can of myself do nothing…I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me…” Jn. 8:29, “…For I do always the things that are pleasing to Him…” What a picture of the Master, He had no personal ambitions, no personal ends to achieve. He was simply doing the will of His Father, unveiling the Father until He could say, “…He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father…” (Jn. 14:9). When we act upon the Word of God we unveil the Father. Few of us realize that our confession imprisons us. The right kind of confession will set us free when we realize that we will never rise above our confession, we are getting to the place where God can really begin to use us. You confess that by His stripes you are healed. (1Jn. 2:24) hold fast to your confession and no diseases can stand before you. It is when we confess the word of God, declare with emphasis that “…My God supplies every need of mine…”  and hold fast to our confession that we see our deliverance. Rev. 12:11 declares, “…And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the words of our testimony…” Our lips become the means of transportation of God’s deliverance from heaven to man’s need here on earth. Heb. 4:14 – Hold fast to the confession of our faith. – (E. W. Kenyon)

PRAYER LINE: Father, help me to confess right and hold fast to my confession in faith for amazing miracles.


We are what He says we are


DAY 271                      TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27.                        2016

LOVE AND PRAYER                                                                        Ps. 92.

“…They shall still bear fruit in old age, they shall be fresh and flourishing…” (v14)

In a popular children book, Winnie the Pooh watches Kanga bound away, “I wish I could jump like that, he thinks. Some can and some can’t. That’s how it is.”

We see younger or more able men and women doing extraordinary things that we cannot do. They can, we can’t. That’s how it is. It’s easy to feel useless when we can’t do the things we were once capable of doing. Its true that we may not be able to “Jump” like we once did, but we can love and we can pray. These are the works that time and experience have prepared us to do well. Love is the very best gift we have to give to God and to others. It is no small matter, for love is the means by which we fulfill our whole duty to God and our neighbour. Our love for one person may seen to be small action but love is the greatest gift of all (1Cor. 13:13). And we can pray. Paul encouraged the Colossians to continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. (Col. 4:2). Our prayers are a powerful force in the universe. Love and prayer are mighty works, indeed, the mightiest works for any of us, why? Because our God, who wants to use us, is an all-loving and all-powerful God. – (David Roper)

PRAYER LINE: Begin the day with God; Kneel down to Him in prayer. Lift up thy heart to His abode. And seek His love to share – Dan (ODB)


God pours His love into our hearts that it might flow out to others.



DAY 272                      WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28.                2016

LET GOD TRANSFORM YOU                                   Rom. 12:1-2.

“…Be transformed by…renewing …your mind…” (v2)

Our self-image is formed early on, based on feed-back from parents; teachers and other authority figures and changing it isn’t easy. It doesn’t come from inspiration (or perspiration), but from letting the Holy Spirit transform you. How? “…By …renewing…your mind…” Recalling when his boys were young, one preacher says, “They were playing with a toy lorry, complete with the sounds of grinding gears and roaring engines. I didn’t pay much attention as I unwound from the day’s stresses. Distractedly, I glanced down and noticed the boys were now running an aeroplane down an imaginary runway. ‘What happened to the lorry?’ I asked. ‘Daddy, this is a transformer. It can be transformed into whatever we want.’” They explained. God made the first transformer. He created man in such a way that He could pull a woman out of him. From one creative act God transformed the man into a marriage, into a family, and the family into a society. God placed certain things in you that must come out…and when you’re tired of trying to unlock your own resources, allow Him to release in you the power to become whatever you need to be. “…But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God…” (Jn. 1:12). Christ empowers us to slip out of who we were forced to be, and transforms us into who He created us to be. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Though I know not what awaits me –

What the future has in store, Yet I know the Lord is faithful, whom I’ve often proved before. – Anon


Our prospects are as bright as the promises of God.



DAY 273                      THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29.           2016

KEYS TO ANSWERED PRAYER                                      Matt. 7:7-11.

“…O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come…” (Ps. 65:2)

What is prayer? John Bunyan, while in Bedford Prison, defined prayer as “a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God had promised according to the word for the good of the Church, with submission, in faith, to the will of God.” Our God is a prayer answering God. (Jn. 16:23). If your prayers are not being answered, look inward. Are you employing the appropriate keys to answered prayers?

(1) One of such key is contrition: (2Chron. 7:14) Contrition describes a state of feeling or showing of sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming. Are these sins not confessed in your life? Ps. 66:18, says, “…If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…”

(2) Another key is whole-heartedness: (Jer. 29:14) This has to do with your commitment and intimacy. Jn. 15:7 says, “…If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask,…it shall be done unto you…”

(3) The next key is faith: Faith is one of the most important factors required for prayers to be answered. (Mk. 11:24).

(4) The fourth key is righteousness: (Jn. 9:31) Acting in accordance to the divine nature and being free from the guilt of sin.

(5) Ask in order to receive: The last but not the least key is that you must ask in order to receive. (Matt. 7:7) – (OH)

PRAYER LINE: Father, You are the God that answers prayers. Please answer my prayers as I employ the keys to answered prayers today, in Jesus’ Name I pray. –


If your faith is not personalized, it is not faith.



DAY 274                      FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30.                           2016

ENJOYING LONGEVITY.                                                 1Thes. 5:23-24.

 “…For bodily exercise profiteth little, but godliness is profitable unto all things…” (1Tim. 4:8)

Every rational being wishes to be healthy, wealthy, fulfilled and enjoy longevity. The desire to live long and be healthy is scriptural. Ps. 91:16 says, “…With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation…” Man is a tripartite being. The Bible teaches that man consists of the spirit, soul and body. God is interested in our good health. (3Jn.1:2). He desires for us to be sound and complete in our spirit, soul and body. The working of wholeness in man starts in his spirit. It begins when God touches our spirit by the Holy Ghost (1Cor. 12:3). He justifies us from sin and continually bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Rom. 8:16). The human body consists primarily of cells, which work together from tissues, which form organs, which work together as systems to carry out specific functions. It is worth nothing that healthy living guarantees longevity. To enjoy longevity, you need to eat proper balanced diets. One class consists of fruits and vegetables, The other class consist of fats, starch and proteins. A proper balance of these two classes of food will provide good health vitamins and minerals. Proteins supply building blocks for the body. Your state of mind and pattern of life can either accelerate or slow down the ageing process. – (OH)

PRAYER LINE: Dear Holy Spirit, help me to live a healthy and long life through eating healthy diet, in Jesus’ Mighty Name I pray.


With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation- Ps. 91:16.

DAY 275                      SATURDAY OCTOBER 1.                            2016

KEYS TO ANSWERED PRAYER.                                           Jn. 15:1-8

“…Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full…” (Jn. 16:24)

If your prayers are not being answered, ask yourself: (1) How is my relationship with the Lord? “…If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…” (Ps. 66:18). Anything that adversely affects your relationship with God also affects your prayers. Friendship gives you favour, intimacy gives you access. Jesus said, “…If you abide in Me, and My words…shall be done for you…” (Jn. 15:17) (2) How strong is my faith: “…Without faith it is impossible to please Him…who diligently seek Him…” (Heb. 11:6). Notice three words: (a) Believe: God’s deepest longing is to be believed, regardless of emotion or circumstance. (b) Diligently: When you pray, put your heart and soul into it. Paul speaks of “labouring in prayer” (Col. 4:12)

(c) Him: God is not some “force out there.” He’s your heavenly Father who …knows that you need all these things. (Matt. 6:32). Your highest priority should not be getting your needs met, but building your relationship with God. (3) Am I showing patience? Until God’s time finally came-how God tested his patience. (Ps. 105:19). Joseph was tested by the very promise God gave him. Can’t you hear Satan whisper “I thought the dream said you were supposed to be a prime minister, what you are doing in prison? But it only looks like a prison, in reality, it’s the birthplace of destiny. Joseph saw God’s promise fulfilled – in God’s time. And you will too. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: When you feel the tension mounting, And across the busy day, Only gloomy clouds are drifting. As you start to worry-Pray – Anon.


It’s impossible to wring our hands when they are folded before God in prayer.




DAY 276                      SUNDAY OCTOBER 2.                                 2016

YOUR STORM SHELTER (1)                                                   Ps. 46:1-3.

“…When a storm strikes…God will keep safe all who obey Him…”(Prov. 10:25)

Heart rending scenes of nature’s devastation are hard to forget. Victims caught in the path of hurricanes, floods and earthquakes are tossed around like matchsticks. But those prepared in advance escape its destruction. There is no such thing as a storm free life. The word “when (not if) a storm strikes,” teaches us that we all go through times of heartache and troubles. The question is, are you prepared? You can be. God can protect you in times of loss, sickness, divorce, unemployment, loneliness and depression. You may not be able to predict life’s storms or prevent them, but you can prepare for them and be protected in them by doing the following things. Locate your storm shelter: Mid-storm is no time to be caught in confusion, seeking refuge for yourself and your family. You must know in Whom and where your protection lies.  The Bible says, “…The name of the Lord is a strong tower…” (Prov. 18:10). God’s name speaks of its character, His reliability, and His faithfulness. Those who love God can say, “God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need Him.” We stand fearless…courageous in seasons and earthquake, before the rush and rear of oceans, the tremours that shift mountains…” (Ps. 46:1-3TM). The old Irish preacher had his own take on the hymn, He’d say, “On Christ the solid rock I stand-all other rocks are sham-rocks. Trust God. He’s the only storm shelter you will ever need. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame; But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name – Edward Mote


We are saved by what Christ did, not by what we do.



DAY 277                      MONDAY OCTOBER 3.                                2016

YOUR STORM SHELTER (2)                                                     Isa. 25:4.

“…You have been…a shelter from the storm…” (v. 4)

To be prepared for life’s storms you must: (1) Know your storm manual: The hymnist wrote, “Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubts and fear assail, Standing on the living Word I shall prevail. Standing on the promises of God.” Emotion based faith is like a broken circuit, it won’t support you in life’s storms. Its fair-weather Christianity and it doesn’t work. God’s Word stands sure; it’s greater than surrounding conditions and will enable you to outlast any storm. “…Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” (Col. 3:16). Keep a rich deposit of scripture within you at all times so you can make a withdrawal when you need it. Withstanding life’s depends on your willingness to…hear these words…and put them into practice. (Matt. 7:24) So, memorize the Scriptures, read them until, if you’re cut, you bleed Scriptures. Meditate on God’s word until it fills and shapes your consciousness. When the storm came, Job said, “…I have treasured the word of His mouth more than my necessary food…” (Job. 23:12) (2) Storm-proof yourself through prayer: Many of us treat prayer like a visit to the emergency room, until then we neglect it. Imagine where Daniel would have been if he’d held off praying until he was staring down the lion’s throat? In time of crisis Daniel drew on faith built by a lifestyle of daily prayer. In your crisis, you too can make withdrawals from your account. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Spend quality time to sing the song-above- Standing on the promises that cannot fail. The Lord will answer your prayer, in Jesus’ Name. 


Feed on God’s faithfulness to find the strength you need.


DAY 278                      TUESDAY OCTOBER 4.                               2016

YOUR STORM SHELTER (3)                                             Gen. 28:1-22.

“…I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…” (v.15)

To prepare for life’s storms, you must: (1) Practice self-control: Storms are much harder on the undisciplined and self-indulgent. The illusion that life should be easy, painless, and air-cushioned ride makes you vulnerable to discouragement, disillusionment and defeat in hard times. The truth is, tough times don’t last but tough people do. And tough people practice self-denial and self-control. It’s their spiritual muscle for handling life’s hardships. The Bible says, “…The fruit of the Spirit is …self-control…” (Gal. 5:22-23). God’s Spirit will make you tough enough to control your greatest weakness-yourself-the-thing that ultimately defeats you in the tough times. Paul lived by this principle. “…I discipline my body and keep it under control…” (1Cor. 9:27). Great athletes know that it’s their conditioning, not the conditions, that determines their victory. (2) Depend on God, not people: “…It’s better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man…” (Ps.118:8) Yes, others can help you at times like a cast helps a broken leg. But once that leg is ready to bear its weight, you must discard the cast or your leg won’t regain full strength. People can go so far, only God will go all the way with you. Paul writes, “…No one stood with me…but the Lord stood with me and strengthened me. The Lord will deliver me from every evil work…To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen…” (2Tim. 4:16-18). – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: All things work out for good, we know-Such is God’s great design; He orders all our steps below; For purpose divine–Peterson 


What the unbelievers call Good-Luck, the believers knows to be God’s love.



DAY 279                      WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5.                        2016

ONE IN CHRIST JESUS.                                                      Gal. 3:23-29.

“…There is neither Jew nor, Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus…” (v.28)

It is a great privilege to belong to Christ, we enter into this privileged position when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and Lord and we get baptized and clothed with Him. In Jesus Christ, we become Abraham’s seed and this makes us enjoy union and harmony with Him. We also become united as prejudice is stamped out and walls of tribal, gender and social partitions between Jews and Gentiles, male and females, free and bond were pulled down. This is the foundation of our faith and the truth which Apostle Paul is passing across to us this morning. This teaching must have been very strange and transformational considering the patriarchal community, they lived in. Also, the Jewish pride of being superior to all other races was laid to rest once and for all. Those who benefited from the partitioning of the human race did not like this teaching. This is one of the reasons why Paul and the early Church were persecuted. Since Jesus has achieved this good work for us, we remain in love and united in Him. Our Church, family, and workplace must enjoy equity and love. There should be no discrimination and prejudice based on ethnic sentiment, gender discrimination and partiality. We must be Christ-like in our approach to all human beings.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, give me the grace to love my brethren as I love myself. – (NBC)


Our numbered days point us to God’s eternal love.


DAY 280                      THURSDAY OCTOBER 6.                            2016

MANY MEMBERS, ONE BODY.                                    1Cor. 12:14-31.

“…As it is, there are many parts, but one body…” (v.20)

If one carefully examines the configuration and functioning of the human body as designed by God, one would appreciate God’s wisdom and how He has designed each part of the body to perform specific but interdependent functions. When you understand deeply this wisdom of God, then you would be able to also appreciate His wisdom in putting believers together as a body of Christ. All Christians are part of one body and God had a purpose for this unity in diversity. Apostle Paul had to sort out the errors the Corinthian Church had concerning the ratings and use of spiritual gifts. He is charging us, in this passage, to see things from God’s perspective. We must not relegate other members who do not possess the same ministry or gifts as we do. We should not discourage people from playing active roles in the body of Christ due to how we treat them or look down on what they have to contribute to the Church through their gifts. We must take time to appreciate those who labour silently in the Church. Their gifts may be easily overlooked but they are an extremely important part to the correct functioning of the Church. Note, The loud visible body parts, like hands, legs, are not superior to the kidney and brain.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, help me to play my role effectively in Your Church. – (NBC)


God’s Word – handle with care.


DAY 281                      FRIDAY OCTOBER 7.                                   2016

A SMALL MEMBER GREAT BOASTING.                            Jas. 3:1-5.

“…Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boast, consider what a great forest…” (v.5)

As tiny as a matchstick or a candle is, it can raze a whole building to the ground; destroy precious lives and valuable properties, if not carefully handled. That is the kind of analogy James gave as he charged us on the use of our tongue. James uses three familiar things to illustrate how important it is for Christians and teachers, in particular, to control their tongues. The first two illustrations show how human beings can use even small instruments to dominate the world. One of this is the rider that can control and drive a strong and dangerous animal like the horse. The second is the rider (steering), which is used to control ships when there is wind and tides. The third example shows a little fire that can spread and destroy an entire forest if it is not put under control, The importance of using and controlling the tongue cannot be over emphasized, especially for a Christian. Another consideration is that the root of the tongue itself is in the heart. Many evils that are spoken through our mouths originate from our hearts. All our thoughts and actions are conceived in the heart before they proceed through the tongue. It is, therefore, important for Christians to control both their hearts and tongues in order to glorify God. Prayerfully share today’s message with someone who has challenges in the use of the tongue.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, help me to use my tongue to glorify Your Name always. – (NBC)


The wise think before speaking; fools speak before thinking.



DAY 282                      SATURDAY OCTOBER 8.                            2016

THEY SHALL PROPHESY.                                               Acts. 2:14-21.

“…In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people, your sons and daughters will dream…” (v.17)

God has honoured human kind, not only with the ability to have languages, but with ability to speak, understand and interpret His prophetic words. We could see Peter operating in his grace in the message we read today. His powerful evangelistic message on the day of Pentecost became a big revival that amazed the people. They became so filled with the Holy Spirit that some people ignorantly, mocked the disciples to be drunk with wine. Peter, however, responded by telling them that it was too early for the disciples to be drunk. Then he explained that what was actually happening was the fulfillment of a prophecy given by Prophet Joel. Prophet Joel spoke about a time when God would pour His Spirit upon all flesh (people) and the promises are being fulfilled. He said that both sons and daughters would prophesy and young men would dream dreams. This reveals that God’s servants, both men and women, would receive the promised Holy Spirit and would prophesy.

The prophesy of Joel reveals that both men and women are qualified to be free partakers in the ministry of the Church. Have you received the gifts of the Spirit to do exploit for the Lord?

The wise take the privilege of having prophetic messages from the Lord seriously. – (NBC)

PRAYER LINE: Instill within my heart dear Lord, A deep desire to know Your word. I want to learn to hear Your voice. That I may make Your will my choice


Each person is a unique expression of God’s loving design.



DAY 283                      SUNDAY OCTOBER 9.                                 2016

EXCEL IN YOUR GIFT.                                                     1Cor. 14:6-12.

“…So with yourselves; since you are eager for spiritual gifts strive to excel in them for building up…” (v.12)

It is a fact that everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as his/her personal Saviour has been given one gift or the other through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. But the ultimate goal of every believer should be to profit the body of Christ as they excel in their gifts. Apostle Paul, here, argues with those who apparently put much emphasis on Tongue speaking far and above the other gifts such as revelation, knowledge, prophecy or teaching. He illustrates with music as he explains that one can only appreciate music that one finds meaningful and understandable. He stated that speaking in tongue has its own value just like all other gifts. When tongue is, however, not interpreted, it does not benefit the hearer. He commends their eagerness to possess spiritual gifts and encourages them to seek those gifts and build up the body of Christ (the Church). Although speaking in tongues is helpful to many people in public worship with interpretation, Paul says He would rather speak five words that His hearers can understand than 10,000 that they cannot. (1Cor. 14:9). The crux of Paul’s admonition is that believers should not seek spiritual gifts for the purpose of satisfying themselves but to serve others and expand God’s Kingdom on earth.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, help me to excel in the use of my gifts so that I will not be ashamed on the last day when I have to give account of my diligence – (NBC)


From our first breath to our last, we are in God’s care.



DAY 284                      MONDAY OCTOBER 10.                    2016

THE MARK OF THE LORD JESUS.                                 Tim. 6:11-14.

“…From henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear in my body the mark of the Lord Jesus…” (Gal. 6:17)

All heaven-bound Christians are children of God and by implication, belong to Christ. (Mk. 9:41; Rom. 8:16). (1) One distinguishing trait or quality that indicates ones ownership by the Lord Jesus is faithfulness: Such ones are expected to be faithful in prayer, in tithes, in studying the word of God; in their marital relationship, general human relations and in service to God. Faithfulness brings opportunities to you. God takes pleasure in answering prayers from faithful hearts.

(2) Another mark of the Lord Jesus is obedience: to the will of God. Christ came to fulfill God’s perfect will for His life. Heb. 10:7 says, “…Then said I, Lo, I come…to do Thy will, O God…” As a spouse, are you obedient to the will of God in your marriage through fidelity, submission and love? (3) Affiliated to obedience is love: Love is another mark of the Lord Jesus. John.13:1 says, “…Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come…He loved them unto the end…” God is love. The love of God is what indicates that you belong to God. Love is benevolent, bountiful, courteous and obliging. Love suppresses envy, it is not grieved by the good of others. Love controls and restrains passions.

PRAYER LINE: Father, I submit myself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ; Let His mark be seen in my life. – (O.H)


The truest measure of God’s love is that He loves without measure.










DAY 285                      TUESDAY OCTOBER 11.                             2016

HE’S A GOD OF RESTORATION (1)                                Joel. 2:25-27.

“…I will restore to you…” (Joel. 2:25)

Whatever life has taken from you, God can restore. He may not give you exactly what you want, but He will give you what’s best. And even when you fall under His corrective hand through disobedience. if you repent. He will reinstate you to a place of blessing. You say, “But what about the time I’ve wasted? The opportunities I’ve squandered, and the mess I’ve made of my life?” Sometimes I wonder if I’ve fallen so low that even God cannot reach me. No, there’s hope for you. The Bible says, “…Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save; not His ear heavy, that it cannot hear…” (Isa. 59:1). After wasting all that he inherited from his father, the Prodigal Son returned home, penniless and embarrassed. All he wanted was three square meals and a job or home in the servants’ quarters. But the moment he said, “Forgive me;” his Father called for the best robe, the fattest cow, the newest shoes and a ring of Son-ship restoring him to his rightful place as a member of the family. Even under crushing weight of the Old Testament Law, with demands that no one could live up to, God said, “…If a man steals an ox, or a sheep…he shall restore four oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep…” (Exo. 22:1). Now if God would do that for those who lived under the law and on the wrong side of the cross, how much more will He do for those He has redeemed? So you can go to Him today with confidence knowing He’s a God of restoration. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: When the pathway seems long, When temptation is strong. When your strength’s almost gone, That’s the time to press on- Hess


When you’re tempted to give up, look up.


DAY 286                      WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12.                      2016

HE’S A GOD OF RESTORATION (2)                             1Sam. 30:8-19.

“…You shall surely recover all…” (v.8)

One day the Amelekites swept down on King David’s hometown, burning it to the ground and taking its families captive. In the scene of devastation. David and his men…lifted up their voices and wept until they had no more power to weep…” (1Sam. 30: 4) Now, God will let you grieve your loses because that’s healthy, but He won’t allow you to stay there too long. So God said to David, “…Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all…” (v8). Did David and his men get back everything they had lost? Yes, and much more besides, for our God is not only a God of restoration but a God of abundance. You say, “I feel so ashamed of the years I have wasted,” The God who created time can give you more of it. “…I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…the consuming locust…You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the Name of the Lord your God who has dealt wondrously with you and my people shall never be put to shame…” (Joel. 2:25-26). Notice the word, “Plenty” When God blesses you, it will not come from an eye dropper or from a rationed supply. No. you’ll be able to sing, “His love hath no limit. His grace hath no measure, His power no boundary known unto men. For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth, and giveth and giveth again. Ever since Adam and Eve blew it in Eden, God’s desire and plan has been to restore to us all that we have lost. So come to Him today and let the restoration begin. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Simply trusting every day, Trusting a stormy way, Even when my faith is small, Trusting Jesus – that is all – Stiles


We realize the strength of the anchor when we feel the stress of the storm.


DAY 287                      THURSDAY OCTOBER 13.                         2016

HE’S A GOD OF RESTORATION (3)                             2Cor. 8:8-11.

“…That you through His poverty might become rich…” (v.8)

Are you saying, “If only I hadn’t said, or done…?” You’re not unique; we all have our regrets. But God wants us to learn from them. Not live in them. “…For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich…” Jesus wore the crown of thorns, so you could wear the crown of righteousness, and be in right standing with God. “…Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…”  (Rom. 5:1). Being justified gives you the right to stand before God and claim His best. Is your business struggling or failing? Peter the fisherman experienced that too. So Jesus, the Restorer, said to him “…launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch…” But Simon answered and said to Him, “…Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing, nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net…” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they begin to sink. (Lk. 5:4-7). Just one word from Jesus and you can go from the threshold of bankruptcy to adding a second boat. Jesus actually gave Peter back more than he lost. So the word for you today is, “Believe for more than you expected, because our God is a God of restoration.” – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: In each trial God would prove you, He would bring you forth more bright. But He’ll never cease to love you – you are precious in His sight – Anon


A Gem cannot be polished without friction, or a man perfect without adversity.


DAY 288                      FRIDAY OCTOBER 14.                                2016

HE’S A GOD OF RESTORATION (4)                                        Isa. 35:4.

“…Your God will come with…recompense (Restoration)…” (v.4)

What you give up in order to serve God is nothing compared to what you will get back. “…Peter answered and said to Him…” “…See, we have followed You…” So Jesus said to them, “…Assuredly I say to you…you who have followed Me…And…left houses or brothers or sisters or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life…” (Matt. 19:27-29). That means God can give back a hundred times more than what you’ve sacrificed in order to serve Him. Are you feeling weak and ineffective today? Read these words and stand on them. “…Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted; be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance with the recompense (restoration)…He will come and save you…” (Isa. 35:4). You say, “But I have lost my joy.” God can give it back to you in overflowing measure. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away…” (v10). You say, “But I have so little, to show for my efforts.” Then stand on this promise. “…And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose: it shall blossom abundantly…”(vv1-2). Rejoice, your God is a God of restoration, so your best days are ahead of you. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, in Your mercy grant me restoration power to recover all I have lost, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen


A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps-Prov. 16:9.



DAY 289                      SATURDAY OCTOBER 15.                          2016

BUILDING UP OTHERS.                 Acts. 2:1-7; 12:1; 1Cor. 14:13-19.

“…I thank God that I speak in tongues…nevertheless…I would rather speak five words with my mind…” (v.18-19)

One characteristics of living organism is that of growth. We grow as humans and we also help one another to grow. The remaining disciples were together in one place apparently afraid of some external forces while Jesus had ascended into heaven. The Holy Spirit suddenly came upon them and they all began to speak in tongues as they were given utterance. Apostle Paul stressed that someone who has the gift of tongues must pray that he may interpret what he says. This is because tongues only benefit the speaker’s spirit, but not the mind, even when used in prayer. He stated that it is important to benefit both the spirit and mind and he is happy to pray and praise God in the language that the heavens will benefit from.

In leading public worship our paramount concern should be for everybody in the service to comprehend what is being communicated, even those who might be passing by and are interested in what is being said in the Church. We should be concerned about the spiritual well-being of others that they will be built up. Your speaking in tongues should not be to show-off but should be used with the wisdom of God to edify the body of Christ.

PRAYER LINE: Father Lord, Apostle Paul was gifted in tongues more than his contemporaries; please give me the gifts of tongues and their interpretations and the ability to pray with my mind also. – (NBC)


The more we labour to build others up, the more God gives us the grace to build up one another.



DAY 290                      SUNDAY OCTOBER 16.                               2016

GIFTED TO SERVE.                                                            Rom. 12:3-13.

“…There are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all…” (1Cor. 12:6)

It occurred to me one day that my right foot does all the pedal work when I’m driving my automatic transmission car. It alone works the accelerator and the brake. The left foot is idle. What happens if I decide that to be equitable, my left foot ought to replace my right foot half the time when I am driving? If you have never done so, please don’t try it!

If we don’t require such equality of members of our own body, why is it that we sometimes expect it of people in the Church? That seems to be an issue that the first-century Church at Rome faced. Some were thinking more highly of themselves than they ought. (Rom. 12:3). Just because they were doing some things others were not doing. But Paul reminds us that “all members do not have the same function” (v4) We’ve been gifted according to God’s grace. (v6). He gave us those gifts to serve others not ourselves (vv6-13). Our service is to be marked by diligence and fervour, for we are serving the Lord not man. (v11). So, let’s not look over our shoulders to see what others are doing or not doing. Look at how God may be able to use you in His Kingdom today. He has gifted you just as He has pleased (v3) – C.P. Hia.

PRAYER LINE: Lord, lead me today as You see best. Use the gifts You have given me to encourage others on their journey. Help me not to compare myself with others but to be content with who You have made me to be. 


We can’t all play the same part in God’s band of service, but we should all play in harmony. – (ODB)



DAY 291                      MONDAY OCTOBER 17.                    2016

WAIT.                                                                                    1Sam. 13:7-14.

“…Samuel said to Saul You have done foolishly, you have not kept the commandment of the LORD…” (v.13)

In an act of impatience a man in Sam Francisco, California, tried to beat traffic by swerving around a lane of cars that had come to a stop. However, the lane he pulled into had just been laid with fresh cement, and his Porshe 911 got stuck. The Scripture tell of a king who also paid a high price for his impatience. Eager for God to bless the Israelite in their battle against the Philistines, Saul acted impatiently. When Samuel did not arrive at the appointed time to offer a sacrifice for God’s favour, Saul became impatient and disobeyed God’s command. (1Sam. 13:8-9, 13) Impatience led Saul to think he was above the law and to take on an unauthorized position of priest. He thought he could disobey God without serious consequences. He was wrong. When Samuel arrived, he rebuked Saul for his disobedience and prophesied that Saul would lose the kingdom. (vv13-14). Saul’s refusal to wait for the development of God’s plan caused him to act in haste, and in his haste he lost his way. (Prov. 19:2). His impatience was the ultimate display of a lack of faith. The Lord will provide His guiding presence as we wait patiently for Him to bring about His will.

PRAYER LINE: Tune your anxious heart to patience, Walk by faith where sight is dim; Loving God, be calm and trustful. And leave everything to Him –     Chambers


Patience means awaiting God’s time and trusting God’s love. (ODB)



DAY 292                      TUESDAY OCTOBER 18.                             2016

ALWAYS ACCEPTED.                                                               Jn. 1:6-13.

“…He came to His own and His own did not receive Him…” (v.11)

Financial expert Warren Buffet, one of the richest people in the world, was rejected by Harvard’s Business School at age 19. After a failed admissions interview, he recalls a “feeling of dread,” along with concern over his father’s reaction to the news. In retrospect, Buffet says, “Everything in my life…that I thought was a crushing event at the time has turned out for the better.” Rejection, though undeniably painful, does not have to hold us back from accomplishing what God wants us to do. The citizen of Jesus’ hometown denied that He was the Messiah, (Jn. 1:11) and many of His followers later rejected Him. (6:66). Just as Jesus’ rejection was part of God’s plan for His Son (Isa. 53:3), so was Jesus’ continued ministry. Enduring earthly rejection and knowing that the Father would turn away from Him at Calvary (Matt. 27:46). Jesus went on to cure the sick, cast out demons, and preach good news to the masses, before His crucifixion, Jesus said, “…Father, I have finished the work which You have given me to do…” (Jn. 17:4) If rejection has become a hindrance to the work God has given you to do, don’t give up. Remember that Jesus understands, and those who come to Him will always be accepted by Him. (6:37) – Jennifer Benson

PRAYER LINE:        No one understands like Jesus

When the days are dark and grim,

No one is so near, so dear

Cast your every care on Him. – Peterson


No one understands like Jesus – (ODB)



DAY 293                      WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19.                      2016

GIVING THANKS.                                                         Jn. 11:32-44.

“…Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me…” (v.41)

A tragedy left a family with a void chasing a car wandered into the road and was run over by a delivery truck. A 4year-old watched in shock silence as her parents cradled the lifeless body of her little sister. For years, the cold emptiness of that moment encased the family in sadness. Feelings were frozen. The only comfort was numbness. Relief was unimaginable. Author Ann Voskamp was the 4year-old, and the sorrow surrounding her sister’s death formed her view of life and God. The world she grew up in had little concept of grace, joy was an idea that had no basis in reality. As a young mother, Voskamp set out to discover the elusive thing the Bible calls joy. The words for joy and grace come from the Greek word “Chaira,” which she found out at the center of the Greek word for thanksgiving. Could it be that simple? She wondered. To test her discovery, Voskamp decided to give thanks for 1,000 gifts she already had. She started slowly but soon gratefulness was flowing freely. Just as Jesus gave thanks before, not after raising Lazarus from the dead. (Jn. 11:4), Voskamp discovered that giving thanks brought to life feelings of joy that had died along with her sister. Joy comes from thanksgiving. – Julie Ackerman Link

PRAYER LINE: Lord, I thank You that You have the power to raise the dead. May the feelings of joy, that arise from our thanksgiving, be seeds of grace to those who are afraid to feel. – (ODB)


The joy of loving comes from a heart of thanksgiving.


DAY 294                      THURSDAY OCTOBER 20.                         2016

FORCED LEISURE.                                                 Zephaniah. 3:14-20.

“…The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness…” (v.17)

Just before Christmas one year, a friend was told she must begin chemotherapy immediately. Just a few weeks earlier, Kim had told friends how blessed and content she felt with a loving family, a comfortable home, and a new grandson. As she entered the hospital, Kim asked Jesus to make His presence known to her and to stay close. The next 7months of treatments followed by recovery in partial isolation became a season she calls “Forced Leisure.” She said, she learned how to slow down, reflect quietly, and rest in God’s goodness, love, and perfect plan-regardless of whether or not she would be healed. One of God’s promises to His people Israel became personal to Kim. “…The LORD your God…will save…He will rejoice over you with singing…” (Zeph. 3:17). Kim is in remission after a journey she says, changed her life for the better. Now back in her busy routine, she often pauses to recapture the lessons of “force leisure” How important that we-in good times or times of challenge-draw near to God’s loving heart to hear His voice and place our lives in His hands – David McCasland

PRAYER LINE:        A troubled heart, a wearied mind;

Are burdens hard to bear,

A lack of peace, a heavy load

Are lifted by God’s care.      –       Fitzhurgh


People are at the heart of God’s heart – (ODB)



DAY 295                      FRIDAY OCTOBER 21.                                2016

CONFLICT RESOLUTION.                                                    Phil. 4:1-9.

“…I implore Enodia and I implore Syntyche to be the same mind in the Lord…” (v.2)

Today is observed in many countries as International Conflict Resolution Day. Its purpose is to encourage people to use mediation and arbitration rather than the legal system to settle their differences. Because we as followers of Christ are not immune to conflict, we need to learn how to resolve our disagreements in ways that honour the Lord. It has been said that “Church fights are the worst fights.” Perhaps because they break out among people who profess to believe in unity and love. Many Christians have been so hurt by a fellow believer that they walk away from the Church and never return.

Enodia and Syntyche are mentioned by name in the Bible and urged to resolve their differences: “…Be of the same mind in the Lord…” (Phil. 4:2). Instead of leaving them alone to settle their disputes. Paul appealed to a trusted fellow worker to “help those women who laboured with me in the Gospel” (v3). In this same context, Paul urged the Philippians to bring their requests to God, noting that prayer brings the peace of God. (v7) and a sense of His abiding presence (v9). Fractured relationships in a Christian community are a community responsibility. In the midst of hurts and differences, we can encourage, listen and pray. What does the Bible say about unity in the Church? (Eph. 4:1-16). What should we do if we have some things against a Christian brother? (Matt. 5:23-24; 18:15-17). – (ODB).

PRAYER LINE: Father, grant me the wisdom to resolve issue that arise with others, in Jesus’ Name I pray. 


Forgiveness is the glue that repairs broken relationships.







DAY 296                      SATURDAY OCTOBER 22.                          2016

BREAKING GENERATIONAL CURSES.                     2Kgs. 5:25-27.

“…And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, ye shall not bring…I have given them…” (Num. 20:12)

The sin of one man can sometimes lead to National disaster and tragedy. (Josh. 7:1-5). One person’s sin can also bring trouble to generations unborn (2Kgs. 5:25-27). A curse is like a river that flows downstream. It begins from its source and is passed down to other people. The idolatry of Ahab and his family brought untold hardship and agony to a lot of people for three and half years. (1Kgs. 18:17-18). This is why you must learn to accept your faults when you are rebuked for your sins. A refusal to readily accept and admit your faults might lead to untold anguish and agony at the end. At a point in time, King David sinned against the Lord because he conducted a census without God’s permission. (1Chron. 21) God was unhappy with this, and when the punishment came, thousands of people died. What a national tragedy! This is why we must always pray for the people in power, because whatever decisions they take have far reaching effects on the entire citizenry. A curse normally begins to destroy from the root, and a lot of damage is done before it is noticeable. Barrenness in business can be as a result of a curse. Joblessness and lack of progress could be a result of a curse. When one is almost succeeding but never succeeds it is the sign of a curse. I declare blessings to replace every curse in your life in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER LINE: Father, let every power chasing blessings away from me be paralyzed, in Jesus’ Name. – (O.H)


Our unknown future is secure in the hands of our all knowing God.



DAY 297                      SUNDAY OCTOBER 23.                               2016

MONEY AND THE LOVE OF IT.                            2Kgs. 5:25-27.

“…For the love of money is the root of all evil; and…pierce themselves through with many sorrows…” (v.10)

God knows no lack, and He expects His children to reach a height of financial greatness where lack will be forgotten forever. The one whose name is El-shaddai can provide for all your needs. Some people want wealth so as to use it as an instrument of oppression or revenge. God will not support such motives. Many rich people are never satisfied. There is something in them that pushes them to want to accumulate more wealth for reasons they can’t explain (Eccl. 5:10) Contentment is a virtue that cannot be bought with money. (1Tim. 6:6) If you have contentment, you can never be trapped in the deceitfulness of riches. Do you know that there are many people out in search of wealth, struggling in places where God has not put them? Isaac thought of escaping to Egypt to avoid famine or scarcity, but God asked him to remain in Gerar (Gen. 26:1-2) He obeyed God and sowed his seed right where he was and there was great harvest for him. He became so great that the natives envied his wealth. All you need to do is to cultivate the right relationship with God and He will direct you to where your blessings will locate you. Some people never planned to have extra-marital affairs, smoke cigarettes, take alcohol and hard drugs until they started having money.

PRAYER LINE: Father, keep me from wealth that will disconnect me from You or lead to my destruction, in Jesus’ Name I pray. – (O.H)


Contentment is realizing that God has already given me all I need.


DAY 298                      MONDAY OCTOBER 24.                    2016

PRAYER (1).                                                                          Mk. 11:20-24.

“…Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe…and it will be yours …” (v.24)

When you pray: (1) Use Your Faith: William Ward says: “We stamp and address an envelope and send it on its way with complete confidence that it will reach its destination. Yet we wonder and even doubt if our prayers will be heard by an ever-present, ever-loving God.” Wrap your prayers in expectation. God doesn’t respond to your need. He responds to your faith. (2) Don’t worry about using the right words: (Matt. 6:7). Ever heard the lawyers version of “…Give us this day our daily bread..?” (Matt. 6:11). “We respectfully petition, request and entreat that a due and adequate provision be made, this day and date first above and inscribe, for the satisfying of petitioners nutritional requirements, and for the organizing of such methods of allocation and distribution as may be deemed necessary and proper, to assume the reception by and for said petitioners of such quality of cereal products (hereinafter and herein called “bread” and shall in the judgment of the aforesaid petitioners constitute a sufficient amount.” That’s eighty words! Jesus used only seven. Sometimes the most effective praying is brief and to the point. (3) Be specific: Jesus said, “…You will be given whatever you ask for in My name…” (Jn. 16:23). The great thing about being specific is that whenever God answers, you know it. The loved one you prayed for was saved. The illness was cured. The more explicit you are, the more alert you’ll be for answers-which means you can be more specific with thanks to God. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: True wisdom is in leaning on Jesus Christ our Lord; True wisdom is in trusting His own life-giving Word. – Anon


God’s wisdom is given to those who humbly ask Him for it in prayer.



DAY 299                      TUESDAY OCTOBER 25.                             2016

PRAYER (2).                                                                          Matt. 6:5-6.

“…When you pray, go into your room, close the door …” (v.6)

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with a toddler? When you’re in the middle of a sentence they figure it’s a good time to play with their toys or chase the dog around the house. Sometimes that’s how we treat God. We give Him a few hurried minutes and scattered thoughts but we don’t set aside a time and place to give Him our full attention. We forget that the place of prayers is also the place of answered prayers. Our problem is “The war of wandering thoughts.” Things we’ve forgotten suddenly “parade” across our consciousness, demanding our attention. And as James says, if we’re “double-minded” we don’t get answers to our prayers. (Jas. 1:8) What can we do? (1) Pray aloud: This makes it difficult for your mind to wander. You may feel awkward at first, but you’ll soon get comfortable with it. (2) Jot down distracting thoughts: When the ticket-tape starts running, write each thing down and forget it until later. And if you still can’t help thinking about it, take it to God in prayer. (3) Keep a diary: Sometimes we don’t really know what we want or how we feel about something until we put it in writing. Then, like a mirror there it is: Your deepest needs and yearnings in front of you-and God. Tell Him your longings and let Him strengthen you. Tell Him your resentments and let Him forgive you, and empower you to forgive others. There’s no greater privilege than the privilege of prayer, so don’t neglect it. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: New mercies every morning, Grace for every day, New hope for every trial. And courage all the way. – McVeigh


God’s grace is infinite love expressing itself through infinite goodness.


DAY 300                      WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26                       2016

PRAYER (3).                                                                                 Jn. 15:1-7.

“…You will ask what you desire…”(v7)

Jesus said, “…If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you…” For your prayers to be answered, you must: (1) Make Christ the centre of your life: “…If you abide in Me…” John was close enough to lean his head on Jesus’ breast, but Peter “followed” Him at a distance (Lk. 22:54) How close to God do you want to be? It’s up to you. (2) Fill your mind with scriptures: When you pray the words of scripture your faith is activated, the devil retreats as he did for Christ in the wilderness, and God responds because you’re praying in harmony with His will. So ask yourself, “Is my request in line with Scriptures; will it blend with gifts; will it draw me closer to God; what is my part in answering it; have I obeyed the Lord?” Now, when you pray, “…Give us this day our daily bread…” (Matt. 6:11). God probably won’t rain down groceries. He will give you opportunities you must seize and act on. The words, “…Pray without ceasing…” (1Thess. 5:17), mean you should stay in God’s presence long enough for Him to answer your prayers or change your request. (3) Before you ask, examine your heart: “…If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…” (Ps. 66:18). And so does yours, the moment you become conscious of sin, confess it, then be confident that God has forgiven you and move forward. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Dear Lord, I pray that through the work of Your Spirit dwelling within me, I will be transformed into a grand display of the fruit that will attract others to You, in Jesus’ Name.


Righteousness in your heart produces beauty in your character.



DAY 301                      THURSDAY OCTOBER 27                          2016

PRAYER (4)                                                                      1Chron. 16:7-12.

“…Seek His face continually…”(v11)

A good relationship is based on being sensitive to the other person’s needs, and to do that, you must make the relationship a priority and spend time together. The difference between catching a few moments’ with the Lord and spending quality time with Him is like the difference between driving through McDonald’s and spending the evening at a fine restaurant. At McDonald’s you drive up, shout into a microphone and drive around to a window where they hand you a bag of food. In a fine restaurant you sit down, savour every bite in a relaxed atmosphere, and leave satisfied and nourished. Too many of us live on spiritual fast food and never experience the banquet God has for us. The Bible says, “…Seek His face continually…” Have you learned how to stay in God’s presence and enjoy it? When it comes to prayer, we all face two challenges. (1) Lack of desire: We complain about lack of time, but the truth is we make time for what we truly care about and enjoy. If you want to build an effective prayer life you must be willing to forfeit some things. (2) We don’t know how: Find a place with no distraction. Take your Bible and note pad with you. Use a CD player with worship music to help you. Worship will change the atmosphere around you. Just do what works for you. And be patient. Sometimes it takes weeks or months before you develop a pattern, so stick with it-the rewards are worth it. And remember, prayer is a two-way street. It’s about how much you can tell God; it’s about learning to hear from Him as well. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: The Lord is near to all who call. He promised in His Holy Word that if we will draw near to Him, Our faintest heart cry will be heard. – Hess


Have you been looking for God in the wrong places?


DAY 302                      FRIDAY OCTOBER 28                                 2016

PRAYER (5)                                                                        Matt. 26:36-39.

“…And He went a little further…”(v39)

Jesus left the crowd. He left the twelve disciples. In Gethsemane, He even left the three who were closest to Him, went a little further and fell on His face and prayed. “…Not as I will, but as Thou wilt…” It was here, face to face with His Father, that He found strength to embrace the will of God for His life. Today God is saying to you, the strength to handle this crisis and the wisdom to know what to do will be yours if you’ll just go a little further, stay in my presence a little longer, and dig a little deeper in My word. If only you know how close you are to the answer! “Jesus was only a few hours away from the cross, a few days away from the resurrection, and on the threshold of launching the Church. Are you in Gethsemane? Sometimes surrendering your will to God is hard, isn’t it? Look at Jesus. Before heaven accepted the sacrifice of a broken body; it demanded the sacrifice of a broken will. Have you surrendered to God? Why do we trust others so easily while God longs for us to trust Him? You go to the doctor whose name you can’t pronounce, get a prescription you can’t read, take it to the pharmacist you don’t know, get medicine you don’t understand, and take it with confidence. Why is it so much easier to have confidence in these “Unknowns” than in God, who is faithful in every way? The answer is in where you place your trust. Trust comes from knowing someone infinitely, listening to them and spending time with them. It doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Lord, answer my prayer as I look full in Your wonderful face.


In good times and bad, our greatest need is God.



DAY 303                      SATURDAY OCTOBER 29                           2016

THE GIFT OF HIS PRESENCE.                                          Jn. 11:14-27.

“…Many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother…”(v19)

A number of years ago, when I was a new human resource manager for a company, I attended the visitation and funeral of a long-time employee I had never met. The worker, a brick-layer, was loved by his co-workers, yet very few came to see his widow. I listened to someone trying to console her by saying that many people stayed away because they are afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing and making the family more miserable. In times of distress, however, people rarely remember what we say. What they most remember is that we were there. Familiar faces offer strength beyond description; they provide comfort for the deep feeling of loneliness setting in from the loss. This “gift of presence” is one we’re all capable of offering even if we’re tongue-tied or uncomfortable. Martha and Mary were surrounded by friends and mourners who comforted them when their brother Lazarus died. (Jn. 11:19). Then the One they most longed to see-Jesus-came and wept with them (vv 33-35). The people responded, “…See how He loved him…” (v36). In loss of any kind, Jesus always gives His comforting presence, and we have the ability to give deeply of His compassion simply by the gift of our presence – Randy Kilgore

PRAYER LINE: O may I never fail to see, The comfort you may need from me;And may you know that I am there, To bind our souls as grief we share – Kilgore (ODB)


Often the best comfort is just being there.




DAY 304                      SUNDAY OCTOBER 30                                2016

WORRY NEGATES.                                                                      Lk. 1:37.

“…For with God nothing shall be impossible…”(v37)

We need to realize that worrying about situations instead of trusting God negates our faith. A lot of believers are worried about this, that, and the other thing. Some even spend hours in torment, worrying, what’s going to happen to me? But if you’ll just follow God and cast your care on Him, you’ll find out that when you get to the situation you’re so worried about, God will have already taken care of it. You just need to talk your problems over with God, stand on His promises, and then trust Him with it. Then like the women at the tomb, you’d discover that God has already taken care of the situation before you got there. The Word is the final authority over your problems that means that your circumstances have to become subject to the Word. That’s why you can expect the best in God. When you stand your ground on God’s Word, His Word changes natural circumstances! I personally try to live by Lk. 1:37: “…For with God nothing shall be impossible…” I believe what the Word says: “…I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me…” (Phil. 4:13). Most Christians have not really gotten hold of Phil. 4:13. They read it, but it hasn’t registered on their hearts. We can do all things, not because of who we are, but because of Whose we are. The Greater One within empowers us. Read Jn. 15:7. – (Kenneth Hagin Jnr)

PRAYER LINE: Father, empower me to stand firm against all silences and techniques of the devil, in Jesus’ Name.


True trust in God stays strong even when He is silent.



DAY 305                      MONDAY OCTOBER 31                               2016

FAITH EXPECTS THE WORD TO TRIUMPH.             Mk. 11:23-24.

“…Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them…”(v24)

You can stand strong in faith on the word when the storms of life are tossing you to and fro? You need to develop confident expectation of victory in your life so you can live in God’s victory plan for you. Faith always expects the best. Faith in God causes you to anticipate for victory. Expect God to usher in His victory plan in your life. Begin to talk the best because you expect the best. Don’t talk about what you don’t have. Talk about what you do have. Talk about who you are and what you possess in Christ. Talk about what is good and edifying so you can be built up, not torn down. Don’t be like David when he experienced a lapse of faith and began to doubt God and anticipate the worst. Claim what the Bible says, “…I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God promised to take care of me, no matter what! So I don’t care what happens, God’s word works…” Let’s be the same way with God. Let’s say: “God said it, and I expect Him to do it. I expect the answer-not because of who I am, but because of whose I am”

You’ve got to exercise active faith. You have to abide in the word and feed your spirit on the truth of God’s word until you believe in your heart what you believe with your mouth. You have to expect your answer to manifest in the natural, no matter what you feel, see, taste, touch or smell. – (Kenneth Hagin Jnr)

PRAYER LINE: Father, grant me uncommon wisdom to exercise my faith on Your Word for answers to my prayers


To grow spiritually strong, read the Word.



DAY 306                      TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1                            2016

WHAT DO YOU SEE?                                                         1Cor. 16:5-12.

“…A great…door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries…”(v9)

Paul writes: “…For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries…” So, what are you focusing on? The open door or the adversaries: the opportunities or the obstacles? In 1866, an amateur geologist noticed some South African children playing with glistening rock. He asked the children’s mother if he could purchase it. Thinking it was worth nothing, she gave it to him. Later examined it, he discovered that it was a precious 21 carat diamond. When word got out, a Scottish immigrant named James Gregory was sent to investigate. He reported back that South Africa wasn’t suitable for finding diamonds. He speculated that the precious discoveries had resulted from ostriches, of all things, eating the gems in distant lands and depositing them in South Africa via their dung. A few days after Gregory’s report was made public, an eighty-three –carat diamond was found in the area that he had visited. It is now known as The Star of South Africa, and it launched the region’s first mining operation in what is today the world’s largest producer of diamonds. And what about Gregory? His name lives on, but not as he might have wished. In the diamond industry, when someone exhibits bad judgment, it’s called “Pulling a Gregory.” If you ask God, He will help you find the treasure in your field. (Matt. 13:44-45). If Jesus could turn water into wine and feed five thousand people with a boy’s lunch, think what He can do through you. The question is what do you see? The open door or the obstacle? – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Prone to wonder – Lord, I feel it: Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart; O take and seal it. Seal it for Thy courts above. – Robinson


Temptations will knock at your door; don’t ask them to stay for dinner.



DAY 307                      WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2                     2016

A CALLOUS SPIRIT (1)                                                         Lk. 9:51-56.

“…You do not know what manner of spirit you are of…”(v55)

The disciples had a problem with their attitude and Jesus called them on it six different times in two chapters. Let’s look at each and see what we can learn. A callous spirit. Instead of believing Christ to feed the crowd with the five loaves and two fishes, they said to Jesus, “…Send the multitude away…” (Lk. 9:12). One of the dangers of succeeding in ministry is that you can end up loving crowds but not really caring for individuals. Or wanting contributions, but not wanting to spend time meeting people’s individual needs. Years ago, a man decided to visit the Churches of two well known television ministries he liked. After hearing the first, he asked if he could say hello to him. But the minister’s handlers said, no. Suggesting he phoned to arrange an appointment. Disappointed, he went to hear the other minister, and was invited to lunch with him following the service. Feeling valued, he handed the minister a cheque for four million dollars. (This  is a true story). You must be approachable, available, and affirming. You must keep the personal touch. True, you can’t personally minister to all who are sick and counsel all who are hurting. As a pastor, having quality time to prepare sermons and Bible studies must be a top priority. But Jesus was touched with the feeling of our infirmities (Heb. 4:15) because He mixed and mingled with us. Only as you stay in touch will people’s needs can God use you to meet those needs in real time, the saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” So, do you care? – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: For life’s adventures, Lord, I ask courage and faith for every task; A heart kept clean by high desire, A conscience purged by holy fire –  __________________________________________________________

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.



DAY 308                      THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3                         2016

AN IMPULSIVE SPIRIT (2)                                                   Lk. 9:27-39.

“…Peter…not knowing what he said…”(v33)

On the mount of transfiguration, Peter said to Jesus, “…Master, it is good for us to be here, and let us make three tabernacles, one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah…” –Not knowing what he said…And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “…This is My beloved Son, Hear Him!..”(vv33-35NKJV) Another spirit Jesus identified among His disciples was An Impulsive Spirit. Note the words, ‘Not knowing what he said.’ Peter’s penchant for saying whatever came into his mind drew a strong rebuke from heaven. “…This is My beloved Son-hear Him…” There’s an important lesson here. Your need to appear wise and have all the answers can get you into trouble with people – and God. Generally speaking, you’re not learning while you’re talking. So learn to be quiet, observe what’s going on, and listen for what God may want to say. When you don’t know, don’t speak. People respect you when you have the wisdom and humility to say, “I’m not sure, but if you give me time, I’ll pray about it, consider it more fully and get back to you.” Experts say the average person is now bombarded with thirty-five thousand messages a day; e-mails, text messages, billboards, television, radio, Twitter, Face-book, blogs, etc, its information overload, people don’t need more information, they need answers that work; And God has those answers. So talk to Him first, and then you’ll have something to say to others that are worth listening to. “Everyone enjoys a fitting reply, it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time.” (Prov. 15:23NLT) – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: In each trial God would prove you, He would bring you forth more bright, But He’ll never cease to love you – You are precious in His sight – Anon


A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfect without adversity.



DAY 309                      FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4                                2016

A FEARFUL SPIRIT (3)                                                         Lk. 8:22-25.

“…They came to Him…saying; ‘Master, Master, we are perishing…”(v24)

The Bible says, “… He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake,” and they launched out. But as they sailed, He fell asleep. And a storm came down-and they were in jeopardy. And they …awoke Him, saying, “…Master, master, we are perishing..!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. But He said to them, “Where is your faith..?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “…Who can this be..?” For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him…” (vv22-25). Notice what is at work in this story; a fearful spirit. No matter how often God blesses us and answers our prayers, we still give in to fear the next time we face a crisis, especially when its one we haven’t faced before. Who told the disciples to get into the boat in the first place? Jesus. Understand this: Faith doesn’t exempt you from life’s storms; it equips you to go through them. And when you are in the will of God, no storm however severe can take you under. Jesus knew the storm was coming before the disciples ever stepped into the boat. So why did He expose them to it? Because He was equipping them for the future, for the day when He’d no longer be around and they would face persecution, imprisonment, and death. So the word for you today is, “Don’t be afraid. The Lord is with you, you are going to make it to the other side. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Lord, by Your Spirit grant that we; In word and deed may honest be; All falsehood we would cast aside, From You, O Lord, we cannot hide. – D. De Haan.


There are no degrees of honesty.



DAY 310                      SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5                         2016

AN UNDISCERNING SPIRIT (4)                                 Lk. 8:43-48.

“…And You say, …Who touched Me?…”(8:45)

One day a chronically ill woman who had hemorrhage for 12years pushed her way through the crowd and touched the herm of Jesus’ garment. And immediately she was healed… Jesus said, “…Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “…Master, the multitude throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched me?..” But Jesus said, “…Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me..?” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all … how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “…Daughter, be of good cheer, your faith has made you well. Go in peace…” (vv 45-48). What’s at work in this story? An undiscerning spirit. Observe Peter’s words, “…Master, the multitude throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me..?” Understand this; Jesus can tell the difference between the indiscriminate touch of the crowd and a touch of faith. Faith draws on His power and brings results! Notice, this woman touched the ‘hem’ of Jesus’ garment. The last thing a dressmaker does when she makes a garment is to sew up the hem. So the hem represents the finished work. The same back that bore the cross which takes away your sins, also bore the stripes which takes away your sickness. “…And by His stripes we are healed…” (Isa. 53:5). What do you need today? Forgiveness of sin? Healing? Reach out in faith and touch Jesus, and you too will be made whole. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: By God’s grace I stand on tiptoe, Viewing all His wonders grand, Praising Him who freely gave me; Simple faith to understand. – Bosch


In God’s character and in His creation, we see His majesty.



DAY 311                      SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6                               2016

A SELF – SEEKING SPIRIT (5)                                           Lk. 9:46-48.

“…A dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest…”(v46)

The Bible says: Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, and said to them, “…Whoever receives this little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great…” (vv46-48). What’s at work in this story? A self-seeking spirit. As long as our motive for serving is to make yourself look good, you’ll never enjoy God’s approval. And His ‘well don’ is the only thing that counts. The ability to serve behind the scenes, and do it with joy, comes from the knowledge, that ultimately your services will be recognized and rewarded by the only One whose opinion counts. Why did Jesus feature a child that day? For three reasons. (1) A child is teachable: When you’ve finished learning, you’re finished. When you can’t be told, God will have nothing more to tell you. “…The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, the ears of the wise seeks it out…” (Prov. 18:15) (2) A child is trusting: When you promise a child something, they believe you act on it, and expect it to be so. “…It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man…” (Ps.118:8). (3) A child is tender-hearted: Finally, all of you…be tender-hearted…” (1Pet. 3:8). The Holy Spirit is symbolized in Scripture as a gentle dove, so keep your heart tender and receptive to His dealings. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: More like the Master I would live and grow; More of His love to others, I would show; More self – denial, like His in Galilee. More like the Master I long to ever be – Gabriel


Nothing is more pleasing to God than self – sacrifice that grows out of obedience.



DAY 312                      MONDAY NOVEMBER 7                             2016

JUDGMENTAL SPIRIT (6)                                                    Lk. 9:51-56.

“…You do not know what manner of spirit you are made of…”(v55)

One day Jesus went into a Samaritan village and was not well received. So the disciples said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did? But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of, for the Son of man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them…” (vv54-56) What’s at work in this story? A judgmental spirit. A poll taken by the Bama Research Group reveals that today most non-believers view Christians as too judgmental. So you can be sincere, but too severe. When you mix and mingle only with those who share your views and values, you can communicate with others in ways that attack, rather than attract. Let’s be clear never has it been more important to know the truth of God’s Word and stand for it. But if you have the right doctrine and the wrong spirit, you’ll drive more people away from Christ than you’ll draw to Him. If satan has his way, he will drive holiness out of the hearts and into our fists. Imagine-Christ’s disciples wanting to incinerate those who didn’t agree with them, they weren’t even aware of the spirit that was at work within their own hearts. Jesus said, “…You shall love your neighbour as yourself…” (Matt. 19:19). That includes your non-Christian neighbours. You don’t have to defend Jesus or “Sell” Him. All you have to do is introduce Him. The Psalmist says, “…Taste and see that the Lord is good…” (Ps. 34:8) – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father grant me uncommon wisdom to excel and win souls for Your Kingdom, I pray in Jesus’ Name.


Opening our hearts and houses blesses both us and others.








DAY 313                      TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8                            2016

PEACE BE STILL.                                                                  Mk. 4:35-41.

“…He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace be still’…”(v39)

My friend Elouise has a wonderful way of putting life into clever perspectives. Once when I asked her, “How are you today? “I expected the usual ‘fine,’ response. Instead, she said, “I’ve got, to wake Him up!” “Don’t you know your Bible? Then she explained, when the disciples faced trouble, they ran to wake up Jesus. I’m going to wake up Jesus, I’m going to run to Him too.” What do we do when we are stuck in a troubling situation with nowhere to run? Maybe, like the disciples who were stucked in a life threatening storm, we run to Jesus (Mk. 4:35-41) Sometimes, however, we may try to bail ourselves out of trouble by seeking revenge, slandering the one who has caused our problems, or just covering fearfully in the corner as we sink into despair. We need to learn from the disciples who fled to Jesus as their only hope. He may not bail us out immediately, but remembering that He is in our boat, makes a difference. Thankfully, He is always with us in the storm of life, saying things like “…Peace be still…” (v39). So, look for Him in your storm and let Him fill you with the peace that comes from knowing He is near. – Joe Stowell.

PRAYER LINE: Lord, teach us to run to You in the midst of trouble, Forgive us for trying to bail ourselves out; And lead us to the peace of trusting Your wisdom and ultimate deliverance. Thank You that You will help us.


Make Jesus your first option when the storms of life threaten you. – (ODB)



DAY 314                      WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9                     2016

WAIT ON THE LORD.                                                                     Ps. 27.

“…I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry…”(Ps. 40:1)

With so many instantaneous forms of communication today, our impatience with hearing a reply from others is sometimes laughable, someone I know sent an e-mail to his wife and then called her by cell phone because he couldn’t wait for a reply. Sometimes we feel that God has let us down because He does not provide an immediate answer to a prayer. Often our attitude becomes, “…Answer me speedily, O LORD; my spirit fails…” (Ps. 143:7) But waiting for the Lord can transform us into a people of growing faith. King David spent many years waiting to be crowned king and fleeing from Saul’s wrath. David wrote, “…Wait on the LORD; be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart…” (Ps. 27:14). And in another Psalm he encouraged us with these words, “…I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He …set, my feet upon a rock and established my steps…” (Ps. 40:1-2). David grew into “…a man after God’s own heart…” by waiting on the Lord. (Acts. 13:22, 1Sam. 13:14) When we become frustrated with God’s apparent delay in answering our prayer, it is good to remember that He is interested in developing faith and perseverance in our character. (Jas. 1:2-4). Wait on the Lord. – Dennis Fisher.

PRAYER LINE: Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!! Thy wings shall my petition bear; To Him whose truth and faithfulness; Engage the waiting soul to bless – Walford (ODB)


God stretches our patience to enlarge our soul.









DAY 315                      THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10                       2016

A FRIEND IN NEED.                                                              1Jn. 3:11-18.

“…My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth…” (v18)

Not long ago my wife, Janet, and I bought a quantity of beef from a friend who raised cattle on a small farm. It was less expensive than meat from a grocery store, and we put it in the freezer to use throughout the coming months.

Then a terrible lightening storm cut power throughout our area. For the first 24hours we were confident that the freezer would keep the meat frozen. But when the second day came with still no word of getting our power back, we began to be concerned. We contacted Ted, a member of our Bible-study group, to see if he had any advice. He cancelled an appointment he had and showed up at our doorstep with a generator to provide power for the freezer. We were thankful that Ted helped us, and we knew it was because of his love for Christ. The old saying “A friend in need is a friend indeed” took on new meaning for us. John reminds, us in Jn. 3:18, “…My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth…” Sometimes this means inconveniencing ourselves to care for the interests of others or receiving that help when we ourselves are in need. After all Christ has done for us; it’s a blessing to be His hands and feet in loving one another – Dennis Fisher.

PRAYER LINE: Father, thank You for making me a part of Your family by giving Your Son Jesus for me. Help me to accept the care of others and also to serve them out of gratitude and out of love for You. (ODB)


When we love Christ, we love others.


DAY 316                      FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11                    2016

HOW TO ACTIVATE GOD’S WORD (1)                 Col. 3:12-17.

“…Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”(v16)

Making the right decision and choosing the right actions are the crux of living successfully. If you are the source of your own wisdom, or you’re looking to others, your odds are not good. Paul writes, “…Let Christ’s work with all its wisdom and riches live in you…” If you do, you’ll have the winning strategy for your life. But you must: (1) Read it: You don’t have to understand it all; it’s not an intellectual exercise. Reading it prayerfully brings power and wisdom because “…The word that God speaks is alive and active… (penetrating) to the place where soul and spirit meet…” (Heb. 4:12) (2) Meditate on it: That means “chew on” it. Let your spiritual digestive juices process God’s Word until its nutrients become part of you, strengthening, energizing and directing you. (3) Believe it: “…My word …always produces…it will accomplish all I want it to…” (Isa. 55:11NLT). There’s only one thing that can short-circuit God’s word – unbelief. “…The message…did them no good because they only heard and did not believe as well…” (Heb. 4:2). Hearing opens the door “believing” walls through it and activates the promise. (4) Receive it: No matter how strongly you believe in God’s promises and His intentions to give them to you, they’re not yours until you receive them by faith. “…Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours…” (Mk. 11:24). So believe your answer is on the way, and keep your faith strong until it arrives. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Dear Holy Spirit, You live in me. Please increase my faith so that as I read the Word and meditate on it, I should believe it, I should receive it and use the Word to do exploits for the Lord, in Jesus’ Name


Drawing close to Christ produces a growing Christ-likeness.


DAY 317                      SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12                       2016

HOW TO ACTIVATE GOD’S WORD 2.                             1Jn. 5:14-17.

“…If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us…”(v14)

While you are waiting for God’s Word to be fulfilled in your life, do these three things: (1) Verbalize it: The most effective way to pray is to speak God’s word. The patriarchs, prophets and psalmists regularly reminded God of His promises in prayer, confident He would keep them. The surest indicator of God’s will is His Word. “…This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that we know He hears us … we know that we have what we ask of Him…” (vv 14-15). God always responds to His Word, “always.” (2) Obey it: God’s plan for us is not just to speak His Word, vital as this is, but that we obey it. (Jas. 1:22). The hymn – writer said, “When we walk with the Lord; In the light of His word; What a glory He sheds on our way; While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.” Obedience – Faith in action. (3) Share it: Parents and grandparents “Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. (Deut. 6:6-9). You needn’t be a qualified teacher, just  a sincere teller, sharing God’s Word will produce fruit in the lives of your family, friends, business associates and neighbours and also increase your own grasp and understanding of it. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, please grant the grace to verbalise the Word, the wisdom to obey it and the understanding that sharing the Word is profitable. Thank You Lord for this Devotional which is Your Word in print.


May our words reflect the heart of God and His wisdom.


DAY 318                      SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13                            2016

WHY DO PEOPLE FAIL?                                                    Lk. 21:25-26.

“…Men’s hearts failing for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken…”(v26)

I think there are three reasons why people do not become successful. (1) Many people just don’t feel the need to succeed: These people are secure; they don’t need to prove anything. They’re happy, content, and they like what’s happening to them. But if success means becoming all that God intended us to be, and we’re satisfied with less than that, we not only fall short of God’s glory ourselves but we limit what others can be for Him. (2) The second reason is that they are afraid of success: Sometimes we back off because we are afraid because success puts pressure on us to continue to succeed. Sometimes we just don’t want to be responsible, so we shrink from success. People who have poor self-image always shy away from success. Others don’t want to be successful because they don’t like to be lonely. They would rather be with the crowd; its lonely at the top. Risk is another reason; people don’t want to stick their necks out. (3) The third reason why many people fail is that they are suspicious of success: We’ve almost equated humility with poverty. The Bible is chock-full of successful people who chose to enter into the arena of action and give themselves to a cause that would better humanity. They were successful in changing lives for eternity. Think of people like, Joseph, Nehemiah, the Apostle Paul, Joshua, David and Abraham. – (John C. Maxwell)

PRAYER LINE: He rose. And with Him hope rose, and life and light, Men said, “Not Christ, but death, died yesternigh” And joy and truth and all things virtuous Rose when He rose. – Anon


God can turn any difficulty into an opportunity.







DAY 319                      MONDAY NOVEMBER 14                           2016

SELECT YOUR GOAL.                                                         Phil. 3:12-16.

“…But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward…are ahead…”(v13)

Apostle Paul wrote, “…One thing I do…” (Phil. 3:13). He knew what he wanted to do. I heard a fellow say one time that “Success is the Progressive realization of a predetermined worthwhile goal.” We have to know where we are going. The goal is predetermined. Success is not an accident it’s not luck or fate. It is predetermined. Success is worthwhile. Nothing is successful that does not contribute in a positive way to help people. Success is continual. It’s not an event but a journey, an ongoing process. It’s not an accolade that we receive for a race won or job well-done. Success is the positive result of steady forward movement. The average person’s lifetime includes 20years of sleeping, 6years of watching television, 5years of dressing and shaving, 3years of waiting for others, 1year on the telephone, and 4months of tying shoes. To facilitate your goal setting, study the following: (1) Your goal must include others: Set a goal big enough to include and help other people.

(2) Your goal must be worthwhile: There is no such thing as a successful frivolous goal. (3) Your goal must be clear: If you don’t know where you are headed, a goal will be of no use. (4) Your goal must be measurable: You need a way to see if you are making any progress toward your goal. (5) Your goal must be expandable: Don’t set your goal in concrete. (6) Your goal must be filled with conviction: Conviction is the unshaken confidence that the goal is worthwhile. It’s the fuel that pushes us to achieve. – (John C. Maxwell)

PRAYER LINE: Father, let Your Spirit direct my thought-life to accord with Your plan and purpose for my life. 


Life is a journey, stay focus on God’s Word.


DAY 320                      TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15                          2016


“…I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus…”(v14)

How do you unlock your potential? Here are just a few ways to begin. (1) Look up: The first thing is to look up and find a model, somebody who is doing a better job than you are. What we need is somebody a little bigger and a little better than we are, and we need to spend time with them. (2) Give up: Abraham gave up his home to seek a better country. Moses gave up the riches of Egypt. David gave up security. John the Baptist gave up being first so he could be second. The Apostle Paul gave up his past and made a radical turn around. Jesus Himself gave up His rights. You’ll never find anybody that achieved great success in life without a give-up story. So must you. (3) Fire up: Philips Brook said, “Sad is that day for any man when he becomes absolutely satisfied with the life that he is living, the thoughts he is thinking and the deed he is doing. Until there ceases to be forever beating at the door of his soul a desire to do something larger which he seeks and knows he was meant and intended to do.” (4) Show up: Nothing will help you reach your potential like facing the challenges of your life. Some people never become all they can be because they close the door and hide while the challenge is met by someone else. (5) Go up: If we look up to a person who is reaching his or her potential, if we give up anything that hinders us from being our best, if we fire up our desires until we are no longer satisfied, and if we show up to our challenges and not become fearful, then will we go up. – (John C. Maxwell)

PRAYER LINE: Father, let Your Word illuminate my being to unlock the imprisoned potentials in me to manifest Your goodness, in Jesus’ Name.


You can trust God in the dark as well as in the light.




DAY 321                      WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16                   2016

COMMITTING YOURSELF TO GOD’S PLAN.             Gen. 12:1-9.

“…So Abraham left just as God said…”(v4)

Ted Engstrom said, “Success means a person is reaching the maximum potential available to him at any given moment.” The power God gives to Spirit filled believers ought to make a world of difference between them and unbelievers. “…Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world…” (1Jn. 4:4). “…I can do all things through Him who strengthens me…” (Phil. 4:13). How do I find God’s plan for my life? Seven questions to ask yourself: (1) Am I consecrated to Him? Rom. 12:1-2 tells us that we have to be consecrated before we can know the plan of God. (2) Am I spending time with Him? Spend time with God. The more intimate you become with God, the more knowledgeable you become of His plans for your life. (3) What are my gifts? Most of the time the plan of God fits right in with the gifts God has given us. (4) What are my desires? I have found that our desires and gifts also fit together. The gifts God gives us are often realized through our desires. (5) What are my Christian friends saying? What do they say are my strengths and weaknesses? (6) What are my opportunities? What lies before me that God may be giving to me as an open door to walk through? (7) Am I in ministry now? It’s amazing how many people who want to know God’s plan for their lives are doing nothing now. If you really want to know what God’s plan is for your life, do something. God works through a busy person. Commit yourself to God’s plan. – (John C. Maxwell)


PRAYER LINE: Creator of the universe, who reigns in awesome majesty; How can it be that You’re involved with such a one as me? – Sper


God’s involvement in our lives should reassure us of His love.


DAY 322                      THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17                       2016

CHART YOUR COURSE  .                                                    Prov. 24:3-4.

“…Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense…”(v3)

This has to do with planning. It’s better to look ahead and prepare than look back and regret. A passenger was walking to the captain of the Queen Mary during an ocean cruise, and he asked the captain, “How long would it take you before you could stop this vessel?” The captain said, “If I shut down all the engines, it would take me a little over a mile to get this vessel completely stopped.” He added, “A good captain thinks at least a mile ahead.” I went through the Proverbs in the Living Bible, and here are verses I pulled out that have to do with planning:

We should make plans; In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps (Prov. 16:9NIV) Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. (Prov. 15:22NIV). It is dangerous and sinful to rush into the unknown. (Prov. 19:2)

A sensible man watches for problems and prepares to meet them. The simpleton never looks, and suffers the consequences. (Prov. 27:12). Any enterprise is built by wise planning becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts. (Prov. 24:3-4). Plan ahead, chart your course, and if God is going to be your partner, make your plans large. – (John C. Maxwell)

PRAYER LINE: May we listen, Lord to You. As You speak to us today; Through Your Spirit and You Word- Help us follow and obey – Sper


Don’t let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.


DAY 323                      FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18                    2016

EXPECT PROBLEMS.                                                                 1Pet. 5:8.

“…Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…”(Eph. 6:11)

Paul Harvey said, “You can always tell when you are on the road to success; it’s uphill all the way.” If you find a path that has no problems you will find that it leads nowhere. Have you ever felt that you just weren’t making progress, as if you were hitting your head up against the wall? There are two ways to meet our problems. One way is to change the problem. This is only a temporary partial solution. We can try to make the problem more manageable, but it will get out of hand again tomorrow. The most effective way for us to overcome our problems is to change the person. Adversity is not our greatest enemy. The human spirit is capable of great resiliency and resourcefulness in the face of hardship. It’s not problems that mess us up. Someone said, “Cripple (a man) and you have Sir, Walter Scot, lock him in prison and you have John Bunyan, bury him in the snows of Valley Forge and you have George Washington, raise him in poverty and you have Abraham Lincoln, strike him down with infantile paralysis and he becomes Franklin Delano Roovevelt. Burn him so severely that doctors say he will never walk again and you have Glen Cunningham who set the world’s record in 1934 for the one-minute mile. Deafen him and you will have Ludwig Van Beethoven, call him a slow learner, retarded, and write him off as uneducable and you have Albert Eiustern. – (John C. Maxwell)

PRAYER LINE: Thank You Father, for the knowledge that problems lead to open doors for those who are determined to succeed.


God give us all we need, so we can give to others

DAY 324                      SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19                       2016

STAND FIRM ON YOUR COMMITMENT.                        Matt. 17:14.

“…Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah…”(v14)

The word of God encourages us in 1Cor. 15:58, “…Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord…” Someone asked James Corbett, the heavyweight boxing champion at the time, what it took to – be a heavyweight champion, and he said, “Fight one more round.” When asked how he had been so successful in his inventions; Thomas Edison said, “I start where other men leave off.”  Napoleon Hill, in his book, Think and Grow Rich, records that he studied 500 of the wealthiest men in the world and concluded that all wealthy men are persistent.

When Wilson Churchill went back to his alma mater to speak, the audience anticipated a great speech from the prime minister. He stood before them and said six words; “Never, never, never, never give up.” That was it, the speech was over. And that is probably the speech for which he is most remembered. Stand firm on your commitment. Don’t be a quitter. – (John C. Maxwell)

PRAYER LINE:        Lord, give us grace to pray for

Those who seek our harm and not our good;

And teach us how to show them love;

In ways that will be understood. – Sper.


The best preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.


DAY 325                      SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20                            2016

EMMANUEL.                                                                         Matt. 1:18-25.

“…Thus saith the LORD of host; In those days it shall come to pass …we have heard that God is with you…”(Zech. 8:23)

One reason why the Holy Spirit caused the Gospel of Matthew to be written is to show that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophesies concerning the Messiah. One of such prophesies is found in Isa. 7:14 which says, “…Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign, Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name, Immanuel…” That prophesy was fulfilled in our Bible reading today. The name Emmanuel means “God with us.” There is nothing as good as when God is with a person. God is the eternal, independent, self-existing Being. One advantage of having God with us is that no force, known or unknown can successfully detract you from fulfilling destiny. Rom. 8:31-32. For you to fully key into the revelation of “God with us,” you need to understand who God is. God revealed who He is in discrete parts through His redemptive Names to the saints of old. He said to Moses in Exo. 6:3: “…And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them…” God is “The El-shaddai:” He is the All-Sufficient One. This means He has enough resources to meet all your needs-spiritual, physical, emotional or psychological. Also God is Jehovah-Jireh. The Great-Provider (Phil. 4:19). God is JehovahRapha: The Healer. He is JehovahNissi: He is the man of war. The Almighty has the ability to fight all your battles for you. – (OH)

PRAYER LINE: Thank You Father for our Emmanuel; The God who is with us. We have nothing to fear, for at the Name of Jesus, the devil flees.


Jesus; His name and His mission are the same.



DAY 326                      MONDAY NOVEMBER 21                           2016

SURRENDER EVERYTHING TO JESUS.                      Matt. 6:25-34.

“…But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you…”(v33)

Don’t ever forget that although you may succeed beyond your fondest hopes and your greatest expectations you will never succeed beyond the purpose to which you are willing to surrender. The secret of the surrendered life is giving God the first portion of your income, the first consideration in every decision, and the first place in all of your life. When we surrendered to Him, then we have a power that really caps off the formula for success. Surrender is what brings power. We fight for power and we lose it; we surrender and we find it. As Flora Slosson Wuellner says, “There is nothing so tragically ineffectual as trying to live the Christian life without the Christian power. Try turning the other cheek without using the spiritual weapons of Christ’s power to love and see what destructive situation develops. Try going the second mile with a neighbour without going all the way to surrender to Christ and see the damage done to the neighbour’s personality and your own. Try to love and pray unceasingly without turning daily to the living water of Christ and see how quickly the personal well runs dry.” Surrender to Jesus Christ; Success Biblically means to love God with all of our heart, our mind, our soul, and our strength, to allow Him to unlock the imprisoned potentials in our lives, to get godly goals and not content to settle for second best. – (John C. Maxwell)

PRAYER LINE: I know, Lord, that You’re more interested in the condition of my heart than my outward appearance, Please make me to be the person You want me to be-filled with kindness.


The Spirit develops in us the clear image of Christ.



DAY 327                      TUESDAY NOVEMBER 22                          2016

SOWING BEFORE REAPING.                                     Gal. 6:7-10.

“…Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap…” (v7)

Our God is great. He is the greatest. He promises all wisdom, riches and glory. The plan of God and His delight is for you to prosper. (3Jn. 2). Prosperity here implies abundance, fullness and sufficiency. One thing we need to know is that prosperity does not come by speaking in tongues, but by the wisdom of sowing and reaping. At a particular time in my ministry, I started giving out neckties to elders who were ministering along with me. I then noticed that all my close associates started giving me neckties upon their return from foreign trips. God told me “Son, if you sow a tie, you will reap ties.” I then switched to sowing shoes into the life of those I was sure are of the same shoe size with me. The return did not come as fast as the neckties did. God told me, “Son, if you plant maize and also plant yam both harvests will come, but not at the same time.” Then I understood the lesson that it is the quality of your sowing that determines the quality of your harvest. There is a category of people who want to reap without sowing. They can best be described as thieves. It is wrong to expect a harvest when you have not sown. Make efforts to sow into that particular area of life where you desire a harvest. Entering into your financial breakthrough may not come easy. You have to provoke Heaven to act on your behalf by sowing. No one is poor enough to have nothing to sow – (OH)

PRAYER LINE: Father, I know that Your plan and delight is for me to prosper (3Jn. 2). Teach me to sow quality seed and have the patient to wait for abundant harvest, in Jesus’ Name.


Sow, be expectant, harvest and invest in the Lord.



DAY 328                      WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23                   2016

SECRETS OF ANSWERED PRAYERS.                          Jn. 16:23-27.

“…If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.…” (Jn. 15:7)

Although prayer is at the very heart of our relationship with God, not all prayers are answered by Him. First and foremost, you need to understand God’s original blueprint concerning any aspect of life you are praying about, and align your prayers with it. God said, in Isa. 55:8-9 that: “…For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,…and my thoughts than your thoughts…” Although God’s thoughts are higher than ours, His thoughts are directed towards giving us peace, joy and fulfillment in life. Oftentimes, people ask God for something that He is not involved in. Such prayers will definitely go unanswered. You need to wait for God’s timing. Patience is an indispensable virtue for all believers in Christ. There is hardly any promise of God that can be fulfilled in life without the application of patience (Heb. 6:12). Until patience has had its full impact on your life, you cannot get the best from God. The secrets to answered prayers include, thanksgiving and praise. If you can give thanks and praise while praying effectively, closed doors will be forced open by God as He inhabits your praises. Your attitude during the period of waiting for the manifestation of your answered prayers is very crucial to God. It does not matter how much trouble you are facing provided you keep on praying.(Ps. 50:15) – (OH)

PRAYER LINE: Father, no matter the storm, let Your glory radiate through me as I await Your best for me, my family, my ministry and my country.


God’s timing is perfect-every time.


DAY 329                      THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24                       2016

ASK GOD FOR A MOUNTAIN. (1)                                  Josh. 14:10-12.

“…Now therefore…give me this mountain.…” (v.12)

Why will someone ask God for a mountain? Because when you tackle something bigger than yourself. (1) You grow. (2) You learn to depend on God. (3) You get to celebrate big victories. Caleb said, “…here I am today, eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m, just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but with the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as He said…” (vv.10-12) Anybody can occupy the flat ground, but it takes faith in God to tackle a mountain. What’s more, that’s where the Anakites-the giants-lived. These guys were so big they caused ten of Moses spies to say, “…Next to them we felt like grasshoppers…” (Num. 13:33). You’d think at eighty-five Caleb would have asked for a nice cottage in Shalom Acres. But no, he wanted another battle and another victory before he checked out. Stop asking God for a problem-free life, otherwise you might die of boredom. It’s in working to solve problems and overcome challenges that you become the person God wants you to be. So ask Him for a task that will keep you learning, growing, uncomfortable, and hungry for significance. When you pray, “God use me,” be prepared to encounter four things: Adventure, danger, risk and reward. How about it – are you up for a little excitement? – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: The Bible is a gift from God, A lamp of truth and light; It searches heart and soul and mind, And tells us what is right  – Bosch


Like a compass, the Bible always points you in the right direction.



DAY 330                      FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25                    2016

ASK GOD FOR A MOUNTAIN. (2)                                       Josh. 14:11.

“…I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me.…” (v.11)

God has a mountain with your name on it. Do you know why? Because you only flourish as you face challenges. Joshua and Caleb both brought back a good report, yet only Joshua was promoted to leadership when Moses departed. Caleb could have withdrawn and sulked, but instead he invested himself in the lives of the people around him. As an older man whose generation was dying off, he had to develop a whole new circle of friends and he did it. He became a mentor and cheerleader for an entirely new generation. He did it with such gusto that they all wanted the eighty-five years old Caleb to lead them when they went up to the hill country. Challenges undertaken for the greater good bind us to people, whereas the pursuit of comfort leads to isolation, and isolation is terminal. You say, “I am too old to make a difference.” God doesn’t think so, “…Even to your old age…I will carry you; I will sustain you…” (Isa. 46:4NIV). So start making plans. Dare to dream! Life isn’t about comfort, it’s about saying, “God give me another mountain.” Somebody said that when everything’s coming your way-you’re on the wrong side of the road. Living the adventure God planned for you isn’t just another pursuit, it’s the reason you were born. How will you recognize your mountain? There’s no precise formula and like every other idea of growth in your life, your mountain won’t look exactly like anyone else’s. But you’ll recognize it, because it lies at the intersection of your greatest strengths and your greatest passions. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Father, as I ask for the next mountain, grant me the grace, wisdom and patience to overcome it, in Jesus’ Name.


God’s dawn of deliverance often comes when the hour of trial is darkest.



DAY 331                      SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26                       2016

ASK GOD FOR A MOUNTAIN. (3)                                       Josh. 14:13.

“…Joshua blessed him, and gave (the mountain) Hebron to Caleb.…” (v.13)

When Rich Stearns became engaged, his fiancée wanted to order some china. But he said to her, “As long as there are children starving in the world, we will not own china, crystal or silver.” Rich had remarkable gifts of leadership. He loved strategic thinking, team building and mission achievement. Twenty years later, he became the CEO of Lenox, the top producer of fine China in the country. One day he received a phone call from World Vision, asking if he would consider getting involved with them. So Rich went to Rakia Uganda, the area considered ground zero for the AIDS pandemic. In that village he sat in a thatched hut with a thirteen-year old boy called Richard. A pile of stones outside the door marked the place where they had buried the boy’s father, who had died of AIDS. Another pile marked the place where they had buried the mother, who had also died of AIDS. Rich talked for a while with the boy-now the head of the household trying to raise two younger brothers-and asked him at one point, “Do you have a Bible?” The boy said “Yes” went into another room and brought back the one book in their house. Are you able to read it? Rich asked, and at that the boy’s face lit up! “I love to read the gospel of John because it says Jesus loves children,” the boy said. Deeply moved, Rich Stearns left his job, his house and his title and asked God for one more mountain. If you haven’t done it yet, ask God for one. – (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: The skeptic questions, doubts, and scuffs. Protesting the truth we hold so dear. But God’s Word stands, its truth remains. Proclaiming what we need to hear – K. De Haan


In a challenging world you can trust God’s unchanging Word.


DAY 332                      SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27                            2016

COVENANT: THE BASIS OF RELATIONSHIP.                 Ps. 50:1-5.

“…The Mighty One, God the LORD, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to the going down.…” (v.1)

Essentially, a covenant expresses a relationship that God Himself in His sovereignty initiates out of His own choice and decision. He defines the terms on which He is prepared to enter into that relationship with man. In Ps. 50:1-5, the Psalmist gave a prophetic preview of the Lord coming in power and glory at the close of this age to gather His people to Himself. In so doing, he clearly defined those whom God will acknowledge as His people. (Ps. 50:1-5) There is only one basis on which God makes a covenant, the basis of a sacrifice. Without a sacrifice, there can be no covenant. In Jere. 34:18-20 “…And I will give the men who have transgressed My covenant, who have not fulfilled the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between its parts-the officials of Judah, and the officials of Jerusalem, the land, who passed between the parts of the calf- and I will give them into the hand of their enemies…”

Historically, the way men entered into covenant with God before the new covenant in Jesus was very remarkable, and many people are not familiar with it. Jeremiah described it well as stated above. This provides an important addition to our understanding of the process of making a covenant. Not merely did making a covenant require a sacrifice, but the sacrifice also had to be dealt with in a special way. – (Derick Prince)

PRAYER LINE: Covenant keeping God, please teach me afresh to renew the covenant You made through Abraham of old and in the New dispensation through Jesus.


In a skeptical world you can trust God’s reliable Word.




DAY 333                      MONDAY NOVEMBER 28                           2016

GOD’S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM.                Gen. 15:7-18.

“…Then He said to him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land”.…” (v.7)

Keeping in mind this procedure for making a covenant, we’ll turn to Genesis. 15:7-18, which describes how the Lord entered into a covenant with Abram. (His name had not yet become Abraham) “…And He said to him, I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it…” And he said, “…O Lord God, how may I know that I shall possess it?..” So He said to him, “…Bring Me three year old heifer, and a three year old ram, and a turtle dove, and a young pigeon…” On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram saying, “…To your descendants I have given this land…” The Lord proceeded to make a covenant with Abram. The covenant represents final, irrevocable commitment. Once God had made the covenant with Abram, He no longer spoke in the future tense. He did not say, “I will give” He said, “I have given.” The covenant has settled it-finally and forever. Frequently in Scripture, and oven or a furnace typifies intense suffering. In Isa. 48:10, God said to Israel “…Behold …furnace of affliction;…” You are not necessarily in the furnace because you are weak or backslidden or because the furnace does things for you that nothing else can do. Read Mal. 3:3. You may pass through a time when you can see nothing but the one fact that Jesus died for you. Read Rom. 8:32 He is the covenant made in the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ. – (Derek Prince)

PRAYER LINE: The work of the Lord for us has been done-Jesus has paid the supreme sacrifice; Our service for God has only begun – And nothing we do can help pay the price – Hess


Christ’s work on the cross equip us to do good works for Him.



DAY 334                      TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29                          2016

VALID ONLY THROUGH DEATH.                         Heb. 9:16-17.

“…For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it.…” (v.16)

But why was a sacrifice necessary? Why was that the only way to enter into a covenant? The answer is that the sacrifice symbolized the death of each party, to the covenant. As each party walked between the pieces of the slain animal, he was saying, in effect, “That is my death. That animal died as my representative. He died in my place. As I enter into this covenant, I have no more right to live, that explains why both Hebrews and Greek make no distinction between Covenant and Testament. The necessity of death to make a covenant valid is emphasized in Hebrew: “…For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives…” (Heb. 9:16-17). In God’s sight, this act of making a covenant is no empty ritual. It is a solemn and sacred commitment, some years later when Abram had become Abraham; God said to him, “I want your son Isaac, your only son. The most precious thing you have is no longer yours, because you and I are in covenant. It is mine. To his eternal credit Abraham did not falter. He was willing to offer up even Isaac. Two thousand years later, God, in His turn fulfilled His part of the covenant. God offered up His only Son to meet the need of Abraham and his descendants. – (Derek Prince)

PRAYER LINE: Thank You Father for the death of Jesus on the cross and the blood He shed for me provide a seal for my sonship in You Jesus.


God broke into human h