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Scripture of the Day || November 20th, 2018

While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to Him a second time. “This is what the LORD says, He who made the earth, the one who established it – the LORD is His name: Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege ramps and the sword in the fight with the Babylonians; they will be filled with the dead bodies of the people I will slay in my anger and wrath. I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness.

Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security…and rebuild them as before…then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth.”   

Jeremiah 33: 1-9

This is the word of the LORD: Call upon me and I will show you great and mighty things which you have never known. I am the One who made the earth and established it.

The LORD is my name.

This city which is experiencing turmoil because of their sin and wickedness; this city from which I have hidden my face in anger, will not remain decimated forever. I will bring health and healing to it. My people will once more be healed and they will enjoy the abundance and prosperity I first gave them in the Promised Land. My people will have security again; I will rebuild them as before. In fact, this destroyed city is about to become my joy and pride. I have designated it to bring me praise and renown before all the nations on earth!

Question: Do you feel as though your life is decimated beyond repair? Do you feel as if God has turned His back on you and allowed you to enter a bitter life of destitution? Do you feel as though your sins have put you in an irreversible predicament?

Well, this is the word of the LORD to you today:

Call upon me and I will show you the amazing things I have in store for you beyond your current pain and frustration. I will show you great and unsearchable things yet to be known!

I have plans to restore your life to a far better state. I am about to rebuild you. Your life is about to bring me joy, peace and renown among the nations. I am about to announce you to the world! This is the word of the LORD to you today! He will watch over His word to perform it.

Prayer: LORD, I thank you for the light at the end of the tunnel. I know it is well because your plans for me are for my good and not for evil. They are plans to give me hope and a future and I receive that in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen




Scripture of the Day || November 19th, 2018

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on His law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

Which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.     

Psalm 1:1-3

Every person wants to lead a fruitful and prosperous life. We each want our lives to be blessed and productive. The question is how do we accomplish that? The Psalmist lays out the path:

First: Do not follow the advice of the wicked and do not hang out with sinners or join with people whose intentions in life are questionable. Such people are bound to infuse you with ideas that will eventually lead you astray and destroy your life.

The steps are clear: When you start “walking” with sinners, it is only a matter of time before you start “standing” with them and then “sitting” with them because their ways are now pleasing to you. In other words, their sinful ideas and ways become so captivating to you that you start gravitating toward them. That is a sure path to fruitlessness in life. Sin has the capacity to choke out your potential and destroy your life.

Second: Instead of “walking” with sinners, “standing” with them and eventually “sitting” to enjoy their company and potentially destroying your life; delight in the Word of God and meditate on it day and night. Such a conscious decision to delight yourself in the Word of God will cause your life to be fruitful because of the constant nourishment of wisdom and divine guidance that you will receive from the Word. This continual nourishment of grace into your life can be likened to a tree that is planted by a river. The roots draw nutrients from the river on a continual basis and therefore the leaves never wither and there is no lack of fruit.

So, do you want your life to be fruitful and prosperous? Then anchor yourself deep in the Word of God. Walk in the guidance of the Word and God will endow you with the grace and wisdom to be prosperous and fruitful. A Word-filled life is bound to be fruitful.

Prayer: Father, please help me to delight myself in your word at all times so that the grace that is bound in your Word will overshadow my life and make me fruitful and prosperous. Amen.





Scripture of the Day || November 18th, 2018

Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev…and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her. But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman…Now return the man’s wife for he is a prophet and he will pray for you and you will live…

Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials…And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?” Abraham replied, “I said to myself, “There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife,”

…And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, “This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”

Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle  and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimelek said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.”…

Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and female slaves so they could have children again, for the LORD had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.

Genesis 20:1-17

Abraham had repeated the half truth that Sarah was his wife with the justification that she was her father’s daughter by a different mother. He worked out an agreement with Sarah to go along with that half truth as a way of demonstrating her love to protect Abraham. Again, Abraham created a huge mess but God protected him and kept Abimelek from violating Sarah.

God’s words of confrontation to Abimelek were very strong: “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken…Now return the man’s wife for he is a prophet and he will pray for you and you will live.”

Abraham prayed for Abimelek and all the curse on his household was reversed and his life was spared.

The compassion, love and protection of God is simply beyond measure. He spared Abimelek out of compassion. Beyond that, however, is the amazing protection and love he covered Abraham and Sarah with. Abraham created a mess by lying but God understood his human fears and jealously guarded, protected and blessed him.

I wonder if we really understand the extent of God’s love and protection for His children. God looks beyond our faults and sees our need for grace and mercy. Would you take a moment to thank God that he does not deal with us as our sins deserve; for where sin abounds, grace abounds even more! God’s love and protection is inexplicable!

Prayer: Father, I thank you for your inexplicable love and protection. Amen





Scripture of the Day || November 17th, 2018

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;

May the name of the LORD God of Jacob protect you.

May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.

May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.

May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the LORD grant all your requests.

Psalm 20:1-5

I ask all this in the Mighty Name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to walk with you in obedience so that all these blessings will come upon me and overtake my life. Amen.





November 16th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores. And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted; are they not written in the books of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia?

Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, prominent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all Jews.   

Esther 10:1-3

Mordecai was a faithful and diligent servant of God. He recognized that his destiny was to tirelessly work for the protection of God’s people. At a great risk to his own life, he defied the wishes of Haman, the king’s most honored and powerful official. He would not allow Haman to intimidate him and his fellow Jews. Mordecai protested loudly and publicly when Haman instigated behind the scenes to have the Jews annihilated. He recognized that Queen Esther, her own daughter, had been called to her royal position for that crucial time. He encouraged Esther to plead to the king on behalf of her fellow Jews.

Mordecai looked beyond his personal interests and fought for the plight of his own people. Mordecai did all that with no expectations of being honored or given wealth but God gave him both wealth and honor. The last words of this fascinating Book of Esther were all about the greatness of Mordecai: “Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, prominent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all Jews.”  Mordecai was a great man because he sought the well-being of others.

True greatness is defined not by what we acquire in life by way of possessions but by the way we use our lives to impact others. If our great “wealth’ is used to live luxuriously without impacting others, our lives cannot be described as truly great. If our intellect, giftings and abilities do not positively affect our fellow humans, then our lives cannot be described as great.

True greatness is defined by how we use our lives to serve and benefit others. We can be great fathers, great mothers, great teachers, great pastors, great physicians, great nurses, great politicians, great managers and CEOs by the way we impact the lives of others as we use our gifts, talents and training to serve others.The words of Jesus are clear:”Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.

So, question: Are you living a great life? Are you serving or seeking to be served?

Prayer: Father, may I be driven solely by a desire to serve rather than being served. Amen.





November 15th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

King Xerxes replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Because Haman attacked the Jews, I have given his estate to Esther and they have impaled him on the pole he set up. Now write another decree in the king’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring – for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.”

At once the royal secretaries were summoned – on the twenty-third day of the third month of Sivan.They wrote out all Mordecai’s orders to the Jews, and to the satraps, governors and nobles of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush…

Mordecai wrote in the name of King Xerxes, sealed the dispatches with the king’s signet ring, and sent them by mounted couriers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king.

The king’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves: to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children, and to plunder the property of their enemies. The day appointed for the Jews to do this in all of the provinces of King Xerxes was the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar…

The couriers riding the horses went out, spurred on by the king’s command, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa.

When Mordecai left the king’s presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa held a joyous celebration. For the Jews, it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor…And many people became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.

Esther 8:7-17

The Scripture reminds us that our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to His power that is at work in us (Eph. 3:20). The Scripture also assures us that when the mountains are quaking and the grounds are splitting up around us and there seems to be chaos all around, we should simply stand still and see the deliverance of the Lord! (Psalm 46). Knowing that God is ultimately in full control should quieten our hearts in the midst of chaos and uncertainty.

The Book of Esther is simply a masterpiece of how God works behind the scenes to protect and uphold His people and His purposes. It is a glimpse into the incredible power of God to unleash devastation on those who rise up against the righteous and God’s Kingdom purposes. The lesson is clear: Our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ever ask or think!

So: An adopted girl living in a foreign land gains divine favor and becomes Queen in that foreign land! A hated Jew walking around in sackcloth and ashes, sitting at the king’s gate and waiting to be impaled on a pole is exalted by God to have his avowed enemy impaled on that very pole, given the ring of honor and authority from the finger of that enemy as well as control of the estate and wealth of that enemy! A hated people, now become a celebrated people with many changing their nationalities to join them! A bewildered city, Susa, now becomes a celebrating city! Who could ever have imagined that?

So, question: Are you troubled and frightened because you seem boxed in and hopeless? Are you afraid because there seems to be chaos and darkness all around with no hope in sight? Are the finances chaotic? Is the family in turmoil? Is the job situation unbearable? Are relationships taking a toll on you? Do you feel very lonely and even frightened about what lies ahead? Is there a rather unsettling health issue? Are you frightened when you think of what lies ahead?

Well, all that is very real but also remember that our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you are asking or thinking right now.

May God surprise you beyond your expectations! May God replace your ashes with beauty. May God give you the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for any spirit of heaviness you might be experiencing today. May your weeping only last for a night. May joy come forth in the morning. Amen!

Prayer: Thank you, Father. Amen.




November 14th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

That same day, King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her.

The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate.   

Esther 8:1-2

Haman had risen to great heights in the administration of King Xerxes. He was the most honored official in the court. He wore the king’s signet ring to underscore the importance of his power and influence. He had everything a man could desire. Let’s recall an earlier account: “Calling together his friends and Zeresh his wife, Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him above all the other nobles and officials.” (Esther 5:10-11).  Obviously, Haman was riding on top of the world. He could only see and breathe Haman. He felt so powerful that he even plotted the destruction of a whole race of people – the Jews; just because one Jew, Mordecai, refused to bow down to him!

It is simply amazing how short-sighted and pathetic we can be as humans. A little success can cause us to be so proud that we forget we do not really control our lives and the very next breath we take. Success can make us so proud and so arrogant that we can utter words that make God cringe on His throne in Heaven! That is exactly what Haman was doing. He had become full and boastful of himself because he had great wealth, many sons and great honor.

But there was a great reversal on the way! His wickedness, arrogance and boastfulness caught up with him and we found him begging Queen Esther to spare his life. He was pleading for mercy from the person whose family and people he had been planning to destroy! The wealth he boasted about was given to the very family he was seeking to destroy – to Mordecai and his daughter Queen Esther!

These words from James 4:13-16 are worth remembering at all times: “Look here, you who say. “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that. Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.”

So, are you “blessed” with all kinds of “success” and  possessions? Don’t be boastful. Put it all in perspective and humbly live in honor of God. Or do you feel a lack in some areas of life? Don’t worry. God can reverse your fortunes in a heartbeat. He did it for faithful Mordecai. He can do the same for you as you faithfully serve him. God can reverse your fortunes in a heartbeat.

Prayer: Father, may the words of my mouth and the meditation  of my heart be acceptable in your sight at all times. Amen.




November 13th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet, and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”

Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life – this is my petition. And spare my people – this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would have justified disturbing the king.”

King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he – the man who has dared to do such a thing?”

Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!”

Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen. The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg queen Esther for his life.

Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.

The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?”

As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Then Harbona one of the eunuchs attending the king said, “A pole reaching to the height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.”

The king said, “Impale him on it!” So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.   

Esther 7:1-10.

There are at least two lessons that we can apply to our lives from this portion of the Esther Story.

First: When man exalts you, man can bring you down; but when God exalts you, God will sustain you.

Haman’s rise to fame, wealth and honor was solely the doing of King Xerxes. He had risen in rank and honor at the pleasure of the king. As long as the king was pleased with him, his position remained secure; but when the king felt displeased with him, he longer had a place of honor. The king saw through his wickedness and ordered his death.

This behavior is part of the human landscape. We see people who endear themselves to the powerful for the sole purpose of receiving honor and recognition. But it is only a matter of time before they fall out of favor with the powers that be and their lives are totally destroyed. When man exalts you, man can bring you down because you serve at the pleasure of man.

On the contrary, when God exalts you, no man can bring you down because God will sustain you. Mordecai and Esther were exalted and honored by God therefore no amount of human intrigue and conniving on the part of Haman could bring them down.

Second: We reap what we sow. This is, perhaps, one of the most overlooked spiritual principles in life. But it is also one of the most important! Scripture says in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked; A man reaps what he sows.” Haman had a pole erected to impale Mordecai, only to end up being impaled on it himself.

It is simply amazing how we fail to think of the effect of our wicked acts on the lives and families of those we seek to destroy. Our lies, gossips, attacks, slanders and various acts of wickedness toward others can eventually come to ruin our own lives. That is what Haman experienced. He reaped what he had been sowing toward Mordecai and the Jews. He reaped shame and death!

Would you take a moment to truly examine your life and repent of any wicked deeds? Remember that God cannot be mocked, we reap what we sow.

Prayer: Father, please help me to live in purity and righteousness. Help me to repent of any form of wickedness. Amen.  





November 12th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him.

His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him – you will surely come to ruin!” While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.    

Esther 6:12-14.

“Since Mordecai before whom your downfall has started is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him – you will surely come to ruin!”

The Jewish people had enjoyed incredible success and divine protection ever since God moved them out of Egypt into the Promised Land. Their success in taking the city of Jericho and the various feats of accomplishments under such renowned kings as David and Solomon had caused fear to fall on the surrounding nations at various times in their history. Even in their sin and rebellion when God had righteously brought judgment upon them by allowing their enemies to capture and destroy their cities, they were still the apple of God’s eye. God never abandoned them. The eye of God was jealousy upon them even when they were in exile.

Haman’s animosity against Mordecai was primarily because Mordecai was Jewish. This hatred dated back to generations of animosity between Haman’s ancestral lineage as an Amalekite who had hated the Jews for centuries. Haman’s words were clear: “I am the only person the Queen invited to the banquet she gave…But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.” The hatred was simply vicious because Mordecai was Jewish. Haman was determined to deal a death blow not just to Mordecai but to the entire Jewish people.

What Haman did not take into account was that the God of the Jews could not be contended with! He had no idea that fighting Mordecai was tantamount to fighting the Almighty God Himself. His wife and advisers knew something he probably refused to consider in his power-drunken stupor: “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him – you will surely come to ruin.” The writing on the wall was clear; Haman was fighting a losing battle. He was losing precisely because Mordecai was Jewish! He was fighting the power behind Mordecai’s Jewish origin – God!

As a child of God, it is important to know who you are and whose you are when you come under the attack of the enemy. God has promised very clearly in Exodus 23:22 that if we walk with Him obediently, “I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.” We also have this assurance in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” So, don’t be frightened when you walk through “the valley of the shadow of enemies.” Be confident that the enemy will surely come to ruin. Believe and act upon God’s word!

Prayer: Father, I thank you for your unfailing divine protection. Amen!





November 11th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

That night, the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was found recorded that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate king Xerxes.

“What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” The king asked? “Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.

The king asked, “Who is in the court?”

Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him. His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.”

“Bring him in,” the king ordered.

When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?”

Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has won and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor.”

“Go at once,” the king commanded Haman, “Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.”

So, Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”  

Esther 6:1-11

Honor is something humans crave a lot. We delight in being honored especially when we feel our accomplishments deserve recognition. Every country has some form of honor for its distinguished citizens whose accomplishments have made a difference in society. We honor brave soldiers with distinguished “medals of honor.” We name streets, schools, buildings, scholarship funds, airports, military bases, aircrafts, warships and many other things in honor of distinguished people.

Churches set aside special days to honor and appreciate their pastors. Parents are honored by their children at special celebrations. We set aside special days to honor Fathers and Mothers. This is all very Scriptural because the Bible says we are to honor those to whom honor is due (Rom. 13:7)

But what if we are not given the honor we think we “deserve”? What if we are overlooked sometimes for years without being mentioned? What if, like Mordecai, our enemies are rather actively plotting our demise instead of our honor? Do we quietly sit at the king’s gate and keep our mouths shut or do we call attention to our deeds in an attempt to be recognized?

Several years ago, I had a friend who was quite upset because he felt he was not getting the proper recognition he deserved for all that the Lord was using him for in ministry. He was displeased with the fact that another person whose ministry was not as “successful” as his was having all kinds of doors opened for him. I simply told him to patiently wait on the Lord.

The Scripture says in Psalm 75:6-7’ “No one from the east or the west, or from the desert can exalt themselves. It is God who judges. He brings one down, He exalts another.” If your exaltation is self-engineered, it is only a matter of time before you come crashing down!

God will not deny you that which is rightly yours! Wait for God to honor you.

So, do you feel forgotten, dishonored or overlooked? Don’t worry at all. Just go faithfully about your Father’s business and your destiny. God can wake up the king and make him sleepless until the honor due you is given. Don’t focus on honor. Focus on serving. God has not forgotten about you. He can even use your enemies as the “planning committee” to honor you. He used Haman, Mordecai’s enemy to plan Mordecai’s honor parade. God will announce you at the right time to fit into His divine agenda.

Prayer: Father, please help me to be totally humble at all times. Help me to focus on honoring you rather than seeking to be honored. Amen.