Horizons Unlimited October 22, 2017 - October 30, 2017

Sunday October 22, 2017: I Have A Dream
Monday October 23, 2017: God's Promises Never Die with People
Tuesday October 24, 2017: No More Seeking the Low Life
Wednesday October 25, 2017: God Is Not Feeling Sorry for His Children
Thursday October 26, 2017: Lasting Results, Part One
Friday October 27, 2017: Lasting Results, Part Two
Saturday October 28, 2017: Perseverance Follows Persecution
Sunday October 29, 2017: Here for a Season and a Purpose
Monday October 30, 2017: I Have Your Hand. How Can You Fail or Fall?

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Sunday October 22, 2017
I Have A Dream

Genesis 37:5, CEV: One day Joseph told his brothers what he had dreamed, and they hated him even more.

All of us dream at times. Sometimes we are comforted by them, at other times we are frightened. Then there are those dreams that leave us confused and baffled as to their meaning.

Did God reveal an earthly event that would occur to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or was Dr. King being allowed to get a glimpse of a future eternal happening? I believe it was the latter. But because Dr. King was so involved in a cause he wanted to believe in for people to experience today, he was inspired to declare his dream on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the States' Capital in the early sixties. More than fifty years have passed since that speech and we're still waiting to see it fulfilled.

As with the children of Israel coming out of Egypt, there have been some improvements, but we're still a long way from the dream and the Promised Land.

I was a young woman in my twenties when Dr. King became a leader of people - not just people of color, but of every one with a heart to do right. His death, though sad and unnecessary, led to one of the best things that ever happened to me, because it forced me to seek the true Savior of all mankind, who had also been cruelly killed, but rose to insure that I would have life and have it more abundantly, both here in this life and hereafter.

The death of Dr. King and the Kennedy brothers' helped me in my search for something definite and permanent. I began to withdraw my confidence in flesh. I began to recognize that although I was an American by birth, I was a Christian by choice. Therefore, whatever happens in this world has a limited affect on me, because as an ambassador for Christ, I am just passing through. I, too, have a dream, and it must come to pass, because it is written for my future.

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Monday October 23, 2017
God's Promises Never Die with People

Joshua 23:14, KJV: And behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.

What a way to go! What could be more satisfying as a leader of the people and a servant of God than to know that those you have loved and taught received every promise God made to them.

I want to say to those around me what Joshua said to the people of Israel: Good things all come from God. He only promised us good things. When anything else shows up reject it, because "we are not allowed to receive anything from strangers." At least that was my mother's word to me. The devil should be a stranger to every believer, so don't accept anything from him. I know about him, which is enough for me to stay out of his clutches. I don't know him because he is not a part of my life and lifestyle. I don't expose myself to him, nor do I entertain him. Paul said, "I know Jesus in His resurrection and the pardon of my sins."

Father God is not capable of lying to us, His offspring. Therefore every word promised is done already in the spirit realm. You and I simply must learn by faith to bring what is into where we want it to be. Love and enjoy all the saints of God. But have no confidence in human flesh. Keep your focus on Jesus and receive all of your inspiration to achieve your aspiration from Him. Sometimes people you love will pass on with promises unfulfilled. But God's promises are His words, and they are all fulfilled in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Tuesday October 24, 2017
No More Seeking the Low Life

Colossians 3:1, KJV: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

I have not doubted my salvation since I received Jesus at age seven. I did not always know what to do with it or what it provided, but I was thoroughly convinced that I had it.

I am not trying to blame anyone for my past ignorance of God's Word. I am too busy being grateful that once His hand was on me, it remained. However, I never read or heard this verse until I had violated many of God's commandments and statutes, and was in my late thirties.

I try to imagine what a difference it would have made had I known that salvation meant more than getting to heaven following my passing. I had no idea that going to the altar that Sunday morning in May 1944 meant that I, too, was risen with Christ.

I never doubted that He had risen, but no one told me that I had been resurrected; no one told me that I had been dead! Education in itself is not bad, but is incomplete alone. Without the teaching of the Bible, everyone is ignorant and uninformed about spiritual truth.

I was brought up among good people. Most of them lived decent lives. However, I have concluded that they just must not have understood the Bible, for I do not believe that anyone fully understanding Scripture would hide it from another person. Something in it makes you want to witness to others. The best witness in the world is being what the Bible teaches that you are. Despite a lack of understanding in my younger years, I thank God that I discovered not only that I was resurrected with Christ, but also that God expected me to seek the things from above that the Father gave to me in Christ Jesus.

You can't begin to appreciate how much and how long I had sought after what was available here in the earth. I was pitifully limited until I made this verse a hallmark for living. Please instill this verse in your little ones and loved ones. Tradition and culture taught are okay, but often they put you in bondage if you are not skilled in balancing them with the Word. Thank God, I heard and received. No more low life for me!

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Wednesday October 25, 2017
God Is Not Feeling Sorry for His Children

Psalm 103:13, KJV: Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

Most people are confused about this verse because they are familiar with the human tendency to conduct private "pity parties." This refers to the act of feeling sorry for oneself. That is a sinkhole if ever there was one! The devil is so stupid to attack us-it only makes us more determined to demonstrate his defeat. Something happens when you discover that the enemy cannot whip you. A sense of power begins to rise up within you. The next thing you know you are beginning to enjoy those encounters with enemy forces because you always win! The word "pitieth" in this verse is really saying to us that, just as a natural father has compassion on and shows mercy to his offspring, so the Lord offers compassion to anyone who reverences Him. We don't even have to ask for all those wonderful things each of us need so much of the time. The Lord abundantly dispenses them to those who respect and obey Him.

There is nothing wrong in wanting a lifelong companion. However, I always say, "If you are not satisfied with Jesus' touch and His loving mercy, no human will be able to fulfill your requirements."

Humans offer sympathy and self-indulgence, but the Lord's pity is not like that. He pours out love, demonstrating His compassion and mercy to help us with every situation in life. He is a tender Father desiring that we would reverence and respect Him. I promise you-the reward is greater than the effort.

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Thursday October 26, 2017
Lasting Results, Part One

2 Corinthians 2:4, TM: But the message comes through anyway. God's Spirit and God's Power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God's power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

II have heard some eloquent, exciting preachers from the pulpit. However, the Spirit would reveal that apart from their training to excite the people in the natural, they didn't have faith enough to find their way out of a spiritual paper bag, wet and with holes in it. This helped me to focus on Jesus. I also learned to believe His every word at all times because He and His Word were one and they never changed. Without a doubt God's miraculous power contains God's ability, abundance, strength, and mighty, wonderful work.

Paul said faith is a response to God's power. The just shall live by faith (Hebrews 10:38). We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

For years, a challenge with my back dictated that I visit the chiropractor every Tuesday evening at six o'clock. I did so with little or no thought for eleven years. The best the chiropractor could do was to bring me temporary relief. One day at a meeting in Madison Square Garden, with no one laying hands on me, I released my faith in the power I saw demonstrated and I received my healing. I located scriptures to support what I believed. I reminded the devil when he tried to return with symptoms that I had received my healing. I have held fast to my confession for over thirty-one years. Why give it up now? The devil is still a liar.

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Friday October 27, 2017
Lasting Results, Part Two

1 Corinthians 2:4, TM: But the message comes through anyway. God's Spirit and God's Power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God's power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

I am not for one second attempting to make light of anyone blessed with various gifts of God's power demonstrated to benefit His people. Demonstration of God's power causes the recipient to develop a life of faith. The power operates as God wills. In order to keep what you received from God, you will have to learn His Word, develop faith in what He has promised you and stop satan in his tracks when he tries his vain imaginations.

Once you embark upon a life of faith, the enemy can only attempt to plant doubt in your mind. If your mind and heart are filled with the Word of God and you are pursuing a life of being filled with God's Spirit, the enemy knows you won't be fun to play with. If he finds that your response to God's power did not result in a life of faith, the enemy will attempt to take charge of your life.

Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh (2 Corinthians 10:3, KJV). We achieve lasting victory when we use the weapons of our warfare to cast down arguments and every high thing the devil sends our way. When we choose to walk after the spirit we will always win and retain lasting results!

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Saturday October 28, 2017
Perseverance Follows Persecution

I was amazed to find so many scriptures promising persecution to the righteous. There is so much false teaching around today that gives the impression that we as believers are to skate through life with no major challenges. Yet the Bible is full of promises that tell us the circumstances of life will most likely deal us a punch or two.

Like anyone else, I would prefer not to encounter those challenges. However, my spirit man is teaching me that overcoming difficulties is part of the maturation process. I am a believer, so for me to quit would be to violate my very title of believer. But it is important not only that I believe, but also that I know in whom I believe and upon what I have established my believing.

I believe that the Apostle Paul is the second highest example of persevering despite persecution. Jesus, of course, is the first. Recently, I read in Paul's second letter to Timothy that Paul believed he had done the will of God, even though he found himself in a Roman jail condemned to die. Paul's ministry neared completion, and all of his friends and supporters throughout Asia had abandoned him; yet he still wanted to encourage Timothy in his role as shepherd of the flock at Ephesus.

Jesus said in Luke 10:19 that He has given us all power over the enemy and that nothing of the devil can hurt you. Why quit then? Quitters are not believers because a believer never quits. Gear up and go on looking for God in the middle of every challenge that surrounds you.

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Sunday October 29, 2017
Here for a Season and a Purpose

1 Peter 1:4-5, KJV: To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

The natural man seeks to receive from others through their deaths what was acquired and obtained in their lives. However, this kind of inheritance is subject to decay and is not pure. I have provided for you, My child, an everlasting, immortal possession that you can only receive by accepting My Son's resurrection from the dead. Yes, He did die, but it was not in His death alone that you became an heir, for had He remained dead you would be without hope. Never wait for one to die to receive what I have for You. What I offer is superior to anything any human can provide.

Your inheritance and all of your true possessions are from Me. They will never decay or rot. They are pure and undefiled. They do not diminish with time, and they never lose their value. They are maintained in heaven for you as I keep you by My power in the earth through your faith.

In the meantime, experience and enjoy the residue of your future inheritance. It is more than adequate, for you are only here for a season and with a purpose.

The day is soon coming when I will reveal what I have provided and promised. In the meantime, occupy until I come, for it won't be long now.

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Monday October 30, 2017
I Have Your Hand. How Can You Fail or Fall?

Isaiah 41:13, NLT: For I hold you by your right hand-I, the Lord your God. And I say to you 'Do not be afraid. I am here to help you'.

Whenever I read a promise made to Israel, my faith increases. God made so much available to them as His servants. How much more can He do and will He do for those who are His Son's body. Reflect on what He has already done, and it will help us focus on what He is doing and is willing to do.

Many of our purchases in this life come with a "lifetime guarantee"-that's a joke. Is that our lifetime or the lifetime of the purchased product? We sometimes don't even know where we have placed our lifetime guarantees, and often the manufacturer is out of business after a few years.

Jesus Christ is the only lifetime guarantee that we can expect to be in place when we need Him. Why? His Father promised Him, and He cannot lie. Whenever we need Him, He'll be there for us. The Father is holding us by our right hand, which means His right hand is free to perform whatever we need.

Just as a bug cannot exhaust our supply of food at a picnic, we can never exhaust God's unlimited provisions purchased for His children. God promised to help. What is it that we are in need of that could ever deplete God's supply? Just think about it. Were we to need more than God has, He would speak it into existence for us. Since God completed all His work and rested on the seventh day, He, being God, took care of every past, present, and future need of His people in Christ Jesus. Jesus' death, burial, resurrection, and ascension were the last pieces needed for us to live in victory. We cannot fail or fall. Our Father is holding our hand.

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