Horizons Unlimited June 24, 2018 - July 02, 2018

Sunday June 24, 2018: They Did Not See
Monday June 25, 2018: Train Yourself to Say No at the Right Time
Tuesday June 26, 2018: Can Devotion Be Measured?
Wednesday June 27, 2018: Access to Perfection
Thursday June 28, 2018: Obedience: A Delight, Not An Obligation
Friday June 29, 2018: Refer Them to Your Source
Saturday June 30, 2018: You Can't Keep What You Gained Dishonestly
Sunday July 1, 2018: We Were Told to Worship, Not Complain
Monday July 2, 2018: In His Due Season

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Sunday June 24, 2018
They Did Not See

Deuteronomy 11:3, NLT: They didn’t see the miraculous signs and wonders he performed in Egypt against Pharaoh and all his land.

Much of this chapter is talking about what was expected of the children of Israel who experienced His mighty power versus their children who saw none of what He did to cause discipline in their lives. “Where much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48). Once God has proven Himself to you by what He has done for you, He is expecting your obedience to all of His laws, requirements, regulations, and commands (Deuteronomy 11:1).

Because the offspring of the original covenant generation had not seen what God had done, they were exempt from absolute love and obedience to Him. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6), but He is not opposed to proving Himself to you so that you have no excuse not to believe Him. However, once He operates His love, care, and faithfulness on your behalf, He will not settle for less than your best.

The younger generation was exempt because they had not seen. Where we are concerned, on the other hand, we get to see God’s miraculous signs and wonders because we first believed. Therefore, total love and absolute obedience are essential to our success in spiritual matters. We must allow the Holy Spirit to position us to see all the Lord’s mighty deeds with our own eyes.

Once we experience Him, we should love Him. The more we love and obey Him, the more we can expect to encounter Him. Instead of a vicious cycle, we enjoy a victorious cycle.

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Monday June 25, 2018
Train Yourself to Say No at the Right Time

Daniel 1:8, NLT: But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief official for permission to eat other things instead.

Just because what is offered to us appears to be better than what we have, does not mean that it is God's best for us.

Train yourself to hear the voice of the Lord regarding when to say no as well as when to say yes. Settle it in your heart and mind to abstain from that which could become an idol in your life, whether it is food, clothing, money, or shelter. God does not provide for you anything that could defile you.

For Daniel, refusing food that was contrary to God's dietary laws for His people was a test. Thank God he passed it with flying colors. Daniel did not just reject what was offered to him because he was rebellious and wanted to make a point. Once he settled to remain innocent in the eyes of the Lord, he showed respect for the king's servant who was simply doing his job. Daniel asked permission to eat food other than what the king provided. When he did that, the wisdom of God and the excellent Spirit in him knew what to ask for. Once we train ourselves to do only what is pleasing in the sight of the Lord, He, God, will provide wisdom to not offend others.

Mother used to say to my brother and me, "Everything that glitters is not gold." Why settle for what is pretty without knowing its value. What appeals to our five physical senses does not guarantee that it is a provision from God. Learn to discern what is and is not for you even though others may be able to go with the flow.

I've learned that numbers and volume do not impress God. He often permits decrease so that He and He alone will get the credit for what He will do in the midst of a right-minded people.

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Tuesday June 26, 2018
Can Devotion Be Measured?

Devotion is not the songs we sing and the prayers we pray in the assembly. Devotion is not the time we set aside each day to get in the Word or read books written by others. Devotion is not even how long we talk to the Lord. These are all nice things to do, and we should do them. But I believe devotion means daily communication with the Father as to how to establish a love relationship with Him, desiring only to do His will His way, including in His timeframe.

Human devotion to God can be measured, but not by another human. God is the only one through Jesus capable of measuring our devotion. First of all, we must be single-minded in our devotion to God and Him alone. He is the only One deserving and worthy of our affection. The Father does not measure our devotion according to what we do for others. Unless He has inspired our action, He is not measuring “the deed to meet the need”; He is measuring our obedience to what He has spoken concerning every situation.

Devotion to God means to examine ourselves to make sure nothing and no one occupies first place in our life except Him. The Lord measures our devotion according to the priority of our hearts and our willingness to obey even when we don’t understand what’s being required and why. How do you fit on His chart?

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Wednesday June 27, 2018
Access to Perfection

Hebrews 9:12, NKJV: Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Technology is such today that to gain access to certain restricted areas, people can either press their thumb or hand against a scanner or even allow the retina of their eye to be scanned. Dental records have been used for a long time to help identify individuals. In some instances, these have been substituted or replaced by more advanced means. Not so with the blood of Jesus.

Notice that before Jesus entered into the Holy of Holies, He had already obtained eternal redemption for us. He took it with Him to present it to His Father, who sealed this new covenant-which was the real thing and not a copy-with Jesus' own blood. The Law of Moses offered a copy and was considered the first covenant, which was administered by men; responsibility was assigned to the high priest. Atonement was performed annually and became a reminder of the people's sins. However, Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb, but rose from the dead as the eternal High Priest, ever making intercession to God for His people.

Think about that. Picture Jesus Christ always in God's presence concerning you and me. It was His one-of-a-kind blood that gave Him access to the Perfect One, and to those things that were perfect, on our behalf. No one else could do it, nor would anyone else want to do it. But Jesus understood what the Father had planned for us. Therefore, He considered it a joy to do what was pleasing to the Father.

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Thursday June 28, 2018
Obedience: A Delight, Not An Obligation

Psalm 119:143, NLT: As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.

As I was growing up, many times God was presented as some big bad ogre whose sole purpose was to swat you like a bug when you didn’t do things His way. So I always felt obligated to obey God in order to avoid being annihilated! When I found that the purpose for obeying God’s standards, rules, and regulations was so that He could position us to submit to Him and, thereby, have the ability to resist the devil, I learned a few things. God was not trying to keep me from enjoying life; He was trying to train me concerning that which was to be enjoyed without compromise.

God presents us with opportunities to work with Him as a partner and not a peon. I have never minded obligating myself to something that I believed in, but I did not like for people to require something of me without my approval. When I realized the amount of slack God had given me over the years when I was not deserving of it, I acquired a taste for obeying Him. It was my choice to obey, not His requirement. He seemed to love me in spite of me.

At one period in my life, pressure and stress dictated that I should run from God in shame for what I had done. Then truth found its way into my life, and I began to find such delight in obeying the Lord’s commands. I obligated myself to the Lord in appreciation for His love extended toward me.

You can stop crying rivers of tears and make a choice to obey — not out of obligation, but out of love to and for the One who is worthy of it.

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Friday June 29, 2018
Refer Them to Your Source

Proverbs 5:17, TM: Your spring water is for you and you only, not to be passed around among strangers.

While this verse is referring to faithfulness in marriage, the principle can be applied to almost anything and anyone.

I came from a financially poor background to abundance. Then the Lord asked for it all back in order to obey Him to go to Bible school at age forty-two. My late husband, Clinton and I found ourselves with fifty-eight cents two weeks before school started. However, this was one of the most exciting times of my Christian life. We were never without food, shelter, or clothing, though we, in the natural, were financially depleted.

The greatest lesson I personally learned in this was not to change from believing in Him when the wealth and increase began to be restored. I still delight in using my faith to obtain what He has for me. The other lesson I learned, which was not an easy one, was to be led by the same Spirit, and not my emotions, when it came to sharing what I have with others.

It is very hard to see people struggling, especially your loved ones. But struggling is what makes a caterpillar into a butterfly. I have been without luxuries and have had to count my coins at various times in my life, but I've never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread (Psalm 37:25).

What an injustice we do to our friends and families when we use our supply from God to meet their need. We owe it to them to refer them to our Source and not give them our supply unless God tells us to do so. Many people want the blessings of the Lord without His discipline and a life of obedience to Him.

When you have nothing you can depend on but God, and you are determined to find out that He is who He said He is, and will do for you what He has promised, you are in for quite an adventure.

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Saturday June 30, 2018
You Can't Keep What You Gained Dishonestly

Jeremiah 17:11, KJV: As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

I believe God is saying: "Never be as the partridge, My child, foolishly gathering what you did not bring forth, expecting to enjoy the fruit thereof. You have every right to expect to enjoy the fruit of your labor. You may even find pleasure in the gain of an inheritance that was received in an honorable way. But you will never find lasting joy or lingering delight in anything gathered dishonestly.

"I will not allow you to have the wisdom or the wit to increase and multiply what you do not deserve.

"So don't be as a foolish one who gathers what he did not produce, for it will take wings and fly away, leaving you with only a memory of what could have been. Repent, therefore, and then restore to its rightful place what is not yours to keep.".

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Sunday July 1, 2018
We Were Told to Worship, Not Complain

Exodus 15:22, NKJV: So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.

How often we partially obey the Lord! We miss bringing Him on the scene of our lives because, despite what He does, we still have a problem trusting Him.

Almost every time the Lord sent Moses to Pharaoh to ask him to let God’s people go, God required the people to “worship Him” for three days in the wilderness. He never promised them ideal conditions when they got there. They quickly forgot that it was God’s idea and that God had just brought them through the Red Sea while walking on dry land.

Is this not the story of our lives? Because we often do not find exactly what we expected when we arrive where God told us to go, we complain. Instead of worshipping Him and looking for Him in the midst of adversity, we forget to be grateful for what He’s done.

When we obey the command to go three days in the wilderness to worship, the next move is God’s.

How many times has God spoken to us to go to a certain place to perform a certain task and we insert our expectations of what it will be like when we get there. We say, “God told us to do this so it has to be favorable.” But it’s less than we thought and we become discouraged and question our faith and our ability to hear the voice of God.

Unless God tells you what to expect when you obey Him, you have no right to complain once you obey. Just sing, shout, and act like everything is perfect because your obedience to His voice will make it perfect for you in His due season.

Remember, where you are is where you are supposed to be for He has directed and fashioned your steps to be properly fitted for His master plan.

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Monday July 2, 2018
In His Due Season

Psalm 6:3, NLT: I am sick at heart. How long, O LORD, until you restore me?

God has promised to bless the godly and surround them with His shield of love (Ps. 5:12). Therefore, whatever we are going through is only uncomfortable to our flesh. The greatest protection we have is His shield of love. We can depend on Him rescuing us and saving us (Ps.6:4).

It will do the enemy no good to pursue evil toward me. Why? Because the Lord hears my crying and pleadings. He answers my prayers because He loves me. It is His love that disgraces and terrifies all who set out to do me harm. He refuses to permit them access to me (Ps. 6:10).

Our actions often contribute to our hearts being sick because we forgot to confer with Him before we made that last choice. Before we ask, "How long, O Lord, before You restore me?" know that He has a due season for everything. I have learned that it is better to talk to Him ahead of time than to try to pinpoint Him as to the time of restoration. Trust me, the time that it takes for the restoration is often much longer than the pleasure that brought on the pain.

A few years ago, some friends went on vacation with me. We spent most of the week asking, "What's the point?" If we can focus on the fact that as His people we are the godly, and therefore He has promised to surround us with His shield of love, we'll survive. Learn quickly that God will not make us do what is right or exempt us from the devil's darts. But, He will always rescue us and equip us with what is needed to avoid temptation, transgression, and trouble.

Begin to seek Him first, and His kingdom. Not only will He direct our steps to avoid some of life's pits, He will lengthen our legs as well as our life to jump into that which is pleasing and profitable to Him, which always benefits us-in His due season.

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