Give The Lord Your Prime Time
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them” before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; Ecclesiastes 12:1-2 NIV
Your Youth is the time of your peak powers, and you should commit it to serve the Lord. Now, you have the energy and vigor to go the extra mile, that’s why this is the best time to dedicate yourself to the Lord’s service!
As a young person, there are things that would clamor for your attention--the quest for success, fame, and money, etc--and if you’re not careful, you can be hired by their glitz and glamour.
But always remember God gave His very best for you in the person of His Son Jesus. And now that you’ve come into His Kingdom, you ought to give Him the very best of your time, talent, energy, and resources.
The scriptures admonish that you serve the Lord in “the days of your youth”, when you’re still young and full of energy! (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
So get serious with the things of God today. Don’t be enticed by the world’s concept and symbols of success and wealth. Recognize that true success and riches are in God. make up your mind to serve Him in the prime of your life.
Remember, He deserves the best because He gave you His best.
Dear Father, I’m determined more than ever to live all my years for you and give you the very best. I pledge today to serve you with wholehearted devotion and apply myself to doing only those things that are consistent with your will and purpose for my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Ecclesiastes 11:9, 1 Timothy 4:12
You’re Secure in Christ
I make a decree that in all my royal dominion men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for He is the living God, enduring and steadfast forever, and His kingdom shall not be destroyed and His dominion shall be even to the end [of the world].
He is a Savior and Deliverer, and He works signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth–He Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. Daniel 6:26-27 AMPC
Our God is a deliverer and rescuer.
Proverbs 18:10 says. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe”. What this simply means is that if you’re in Christ, you’re safe. No wonder Colossians 3:3 says, “...your life is hidden with Christ in God”.
In other words, Christ is your security, your defense, and your fortress.
The Bible instructs you not to fear because Jesus is able to save anyone who comes to God by Him (Hebrews 7:25).
David charged his son Solomon when he was crowing him King of Israel to “...be strong, and of good courage: dread not, nor be dismayed” (1 Chronicles 22:13 KJV).
In the same vein, I charge you today, Do not fear! Refuse to give attention to any information that makes the enemy seem powerful.
When anything comes against you, fortify your spirit by listening to faith-filled words again and again. As you do, faith will rise in your spirit and it’ll become impossible for you to think or talk fear!
I refuse to fear. I am afraid of nothing and no one, for the enemy has been defeated. I proclaim my victory and my glory in Christ Jesus. I walk in the light of God’s Word and I tell of His glory to the needs of the earth. Glory to God.
Follow Up References
Psalm 32:7, Mark 16:18
Choices And Decisions
Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best. Psalm 25:12 TLB
"What should I wear?” Which books should I buy?” “What course should I study?” These are questions you ask yourself before making choices o decisions. The friends you keep, the clothes you wear, the way you talk--these are all products of your choices and decisions.
In fact, everything you do is linked to your decisions, and you’re where you are today because of the choices and decisions you made yesterday.
Like many people, you might find it challenging to make the right decisions at certain times. But the question is: what guides your decisions? Could it be your friends, the books you’ve read, or the movies you’ve seen?
The best 'influencer' of your decisions is God’s Word; it gives you the ability to make the right choices at all times, and sets you on the path of greatness and success.
The world’s system may try to dictate the choices and decisions you should make, but refuse to be controlled by it. Remember that you’re not of this world (John 15:19).
Getting It Right
Stick by the principles of God’s Word and the guidance of His Spirit. This way, you’ll get to make the right decisions and be guided in God’s perfect will for your life.
The Bible says, “...do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
Whenever you have a choice or decision to make, don’t look to the world; get it right through God’s Word and by allowing the Holy Spirit lead you!
Heavenly Father, I yield daily to the leading of your Spirit and your Word. As I do so, my choices and decisions are in sync with your will, purpose and plan for my life in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up Reference
You Need An Evidence
I will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. Psalm 102:13 NIV
You Can Have A Miracle Now
You may have been praying about and desiring a particular change or miracle in your life for some time now.
Did you know that you can decide you want that change or miracle TODAY, and it will happen?
Many suffer for long because they don’t know it’s their responsibility, not God’s, to effect the change they desire in their lives.
If your present situation must change, you must get tired of it; you must make up your mind for a miracle (1 Samuel 1:10-20).
Present Your Evidence
The Lord said in Isaiah 41:21 CEV, “I am the Lord, the King of Israel! Come argue your case with me. Present your evidence.”
So, what evidence do you have to present? If it’s concerning your health, I can show you one: “Who himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
You have all the evidence you need in the Word of God. Search them out and present them before God; stand your ground and then take a hold of your miracle...today!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for letting me know that through your Word I can set the time for my own miracle! By faith, I’ve taken a hold of all the wonderful blessings you’ve made available to me in Christ, and I walk in the full manifestation of these blessings, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Matthew 11:12 NIV, Mark 11:24 AMPC
Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.” That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, “The Lord is my Helper, and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me.”” Hebrews 13:5-6 TLB
Everything Is Perfect in Heaven
Psalm 119:89 NIV says “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens,” which means that in heaven, everything about God’s Word is firm and settled.
All the angels and demons know it!
However, Satan would have you believe it doesn’t work here on earth; that’s why you’ve got to enforce it for you!
If you dare to take God at His Word and do what He says, you’ll cause the Word of God to be done in your life, as it’s been done in heaven.
It’s Not God’s Job
As far as the Lord is concerned, He’s given you everything- health, riches, abundant grace, wisdom and strength.
However, you’ve got to believe and confess these blessings to enjoy them! Refuse to accept anything else than what the Word says.
The Law Of Enforcement
If symptoms of sickness, poverty or defeat show up in your life, don’t consider them. Rather, say, “It is written of me: I’m the healed and not the sick! I’m rich and not poor! I’m a success and a victor in Christ!”
That’s the way to make sure God’s Word is settled in your life - through your confessions of faith- speaking in agreement with the Lord what He’s already said about you.
Dear Father, I’m what your Word says I am. It’s working and producing the fruit of what it talks about me! I live in your divine health; I live in your supernatural abundance and continuous victory for me everyday. Your Word is settled in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Job 22:28, Ecclesiastes 8:4, Psalm 119:89
What You Need
“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32 NIV
At a construction site, you’re likely to find materials like mortar, steel, wood, glass, sand but in building our faith as Christians, the Word of God is the only material given to us by God to do so (Romans 10:17).
This means the more of God’s Word you receive into your spirit, meditate on, and put to work, the greater your faith.
Just as builders lay block upon block and hold them firm with cement, that’s the same way you build your faith and hold it firm with the Word of God in your spirit.
How The Word Works
As you continually give yourself to studying and meditating on God’s Word, faith is stirred in your heart and you discover that absolutely anything is possible to you!
The Word has the inherent ability to produce all that it says. So, as you listen to the Word and fill your heart with it, faith will rise in you like a giant.
What does God want?
This is the reason God seeks to impart His Word to your spirit. It’s the only material you require to build and bolster your faith in order to live a successful life.
So today, just like Paul did with the saints at Ephesus, I commend you to God and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and give you an inheritance among the sanctified.
I rule, reign and dominate my world by the faith of God in my spirit! My faith is alive and produces results today because the Word of God is in my heart and in my mouth. As i speak it forth, circumstances align with God’s perfect will for my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Romans 10:17, Colossians 3:16
Receive God's Word Like A Baby
Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives and accepts and welcomes one little child like this for My sake and in My name receives and accepts and welcomes Me. Matthew 18:4-5 AMPC
If you were to hold out a child from a balcony and ask someone he trusts (say, his dad) to stay on the ground-floor and catch him, the child would not cry for help, because he trusts the man on the ground.
He may not know for certain that the fellow has the ability to catch him, but he believes he wouldn't let him fail. He trusts the man's character.
Trusting Like A Child
Just like that little child, you're expected to trust the character of God, which He has made plain in His Word. When you trust, it doesn't make you gullible.
Rather, it means that you have faith in God, and you accept that He's everything He says He is.
This way, you permit Him to accomplish whatever He seeks to accomplish in you and through you.
Lesson From Abraham
The Bible says, "Abraham had faith and obeyed God. He was told to go to the land that God had said would be his, and he left for a country he had never seen."Hebrews 11:8 CEV.
He trusted and followed the Lord, even though it wasn't clear as yet where he was going. Such childlike faith is what God expects you to have towards Him.
Dear Father, I thank you for teaching me to be effective and productive in Kingdom life. I live every day of my life trusting you wholeheartedly. I'm committed to receiving your Word and doing it without hesitation or doubt, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Proverbs 16:19, Colossians 3:13
Envision and Possess
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Joshua 1:3
God made a promise to Joshua, just as He did Moses, that every land he set foot on would be his. Joshua 1:3. But that was in the Old Testament days. His promise to us in the New Testament is different.
Today, from right where you are, you can possess cities, nations, and even the whole world from your spirit, through your spoken words.
You can speak anointed words of faith over cities, towns, and nations where cruelty, wickedness, evil, violence, and hatred abound and make such places peaceful and habitable.
The Lord has set the world in your heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11)!. This means that your spirit has the capacity to encompass the world, and there’s no limit to what you can possess from within.
The story of Abraham in the Bible is an example. God promised to give Abraham all he could envision, and Abram possessed the whole world with his spirit:
“After Abram and Lot had gone their separate ways, the LORD said to Abram: Look around to the north, south, east and west. I will give you and your family all the land you can see. It will be theirs forever!” Genesis 13:14-15 MSG
There’re no limits to what your spirit can envision and possess. From where you are, you can speak words of faith and effect changes in the spirit-realm concerning any town, city, or nation you want for Christ.
You can do the same in your family, your school, and your neighborhood.
Dear Father, I thank you for setting eternity in my heart, such that there is no limit to what I can influence. Right now, I declare that your Word is prevailing and taking center stage in my country and that people are being delivered from Satan’s power and translated into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Eccelsiastes 3:11, Romans 4:16-22, 1 Corinthians 2:11
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 NIV
Some of John's classmates thought him a weird dude, because of the way he talked to himself all the time. But there was no denying the fact that he was the best student in the class and somehow still managed to excel in sports, debates, drama,and anything else he got into.
"So, why are you always muttering to yourself?" Newton quizzed him, "I'm sure that's your secret"
"It's sure is, and it's called MEDITATION" John responded.
The word "meditate" in Joshua 1:8 is translated from the Hebrew word "Hagah", which means "to ruminate, mutter, or say under one's voice", "to say something to yourself over and over again."
Thus, in meditating on the Word, you ponder upon a Scripture,and mutter it to yourself continuously.
You may want something, and everything around you is telling you how impossible it is to have.
However, the Word says, "The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need" (Psalm 23:1 GNB) and "....my God will liberally supply...your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19 AMPC).
When you meditate on such scriptures, you begin to say to yourself, "My God lavishly supplies all my needs; therefore, there's no lack in my life! I have everything I need, in the Name of Jesus!"
As you talk like this, you drive the Word deep into your spirit, where it mixes with faith; and suddenly, the challenges that previously looked insurmountable become a walker for you!
Dear Heavenly Father, my spirit is open right now to receive the Word of your grace that heals, transforms, renews, strengthens, and changes hopeless situations. I choose to spend time with you in fellowship, as I meditate on your Word day and night, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Follow Up Reference
Luke 1:37 AMPC
Let Him Help You
I urge you in the sight of God gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate. 1 Timothy 6:13
The Sick King
There’s a very interesting story about King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20. He had become very sick and soon got some rather disturbing news from the Prophet Isaiah about his health. It was a death sentence!
Rather than giving up or becoming melancholy, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to God. He praised and thanked God and prophesized: “It is the living who praise you, as I praise you now. Parents tell their children how faithful you are. Lord, you have healed me. We will play harps and sing your praise, sing praise in your Temple as long as we live” Isaiah 38:19-20 GNB
God heard him, reversed the sentence and added fifteen more years to his life!
There’re times you’ll find yourself faced with a challenging situation. What if you went for a routine checkup and were diagnosed with a terrible illness? At that point, rather than complain or wallow in self pity, praise God for His healing power in your body. Declare His Word about your situation.
Remember that He is ever willing and delighted to hear your voice and answer your prayers. The Bible says, “For the eyes of The LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers…” (1 Peter 3:12). So, let Him be your first recourse, and you can call on Him today and always.
Dear Father, I thank you for being my source and help. I’m full of confidence and assurance in my heart, knowing that you’re more than willing to help me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Follow Up References
Psalm 121:!-8, Isaiah 31:1 , 1 Peter 5:7
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