Horizons Unlimited April 21, 2019 - April 29, 2019

Sunday April 21, 2019: Foolishness Stinks
Monday April 22, 2019: Qualification for Petitions Granted
Tuesday April 23, 2019: Faith Turns to Flight Alien Forces
Wednesday April 24, 2019: For You, I Am He
Thursday April 25, 2019: Boast in This Alone
Friday April 26, 2019: The Father Honors Service to the Son
Saturday April 27, 2019: The One and Only
Sunday April 28, 2019: Seed Sown Is Not Always Fruitful
Monday April 29, 2019: Molded Mud

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Sunday April 21, 2019
Foolishness Stinks

Ecclesiastes 10:1, NLT: Dead flies will cause even a bottle of perfume to stink! Yes, an ounce of foolishness can outweigh a pound of wisdom and honor.

Much wisdom is found in Ecclesiastes, but there is also much that does not apply to the life of the New Testament believer. Only our spirits in partnership with the Holy Ghost can discern the useful and practical. This verse, for example, is very useful. Truly, as this verse says, we can own the most expensive perfume in the world, but if we allow dead flies in the bottle, our perfume will cease to offer its sweet-smelling aroma.

This is a perfect analogy for a person who has been given wisdom and honor yet walks alongside foolishness. One can be known for great wisdom and rightfully deserved honor, but it will all become history if the person allows even a small amount of foolishness to occur. I am not suggesting that you should always be in a serious mood, but I am suggesting that you should not oppose godly wisdom in word or deed in order to pursue the dictates of the flesh.

Large ministries have toppled because of a foolish moment. Governments have been overthrown because of "dead flies in the ointment." Is it fair? I will let God be the judge. But consider this: Regardless of all the future good a person does or how hard one works to make a difference in people's lives, when history is written about that person it will always include a little tag about his or her folly.

Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. The question is what he or she will do in response to those mistakes. Therefore, where are the ministers who are willing to preach holy living, the compassion of Christ-and that divorce can be right? While divorce is never God's best for a couple, it is not the unpardonable sin. When is divorce correct? The short list includes the following scenarios: when a partner commits adultery, when a spouse is physically abusive, and when the head of the home refuses to come home or provide for his family.

Indeed, it is never right when one or the other allows dead flies in the apothecary. It is not foolish to kill the flies, but it is foolish to allow them to disrupt your life and God-ordained relationship. Return to wisdom, and God will again bring you honor.

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Monday April 22, 2019
Qualification for Petitions Granted

Esther 8:5, NKJV: "If it pleases the king, and if I have found favor in his sight and the thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to annihilate the Jews who are in all the king's provinces."

We need to recognize that people in positions of authority are not to grant petitions just because they have the power to do so. Rather, the petition and the petitioner are to qualify by pleasing the one granting the request. Furthermore, the request must also be right.

Often, doing what is right is pleasing to people in authority. When we do what is pleasing in the sight of our leaders, we obtain their favor.

However, our goal should not be just to bring them pleasure. Our goal should be to do the right thing. Our leaders must observe our actions and deem them the right thing to do and make their choices on the basis of the rightness of what they observe.

We do not have to struggle to bring God pleasure. He is pleased when we do the right thing. He is pleased when we walk in the righteousness His Son made available to us. Then we will obtain His favor and His blessing.

Dear Father God, I am aware that You never slumber nor sleep and Your eyes are everywhere looking to see whom You can show favor and bless. I do not want to do what is right just to acquire Your blessing. I want to do the right thing because it pleases You, and every fiber of my being desires to please You.

I do not do what is right or pleasing to You for Your favor, but that is just a byproduct of what I am really grateful for. That object of my gratitude is the truth that when I was Your enemy You still loved me so much and I was so important to You that You sent Jesus to ensure our unity for all eternity. I am blessed, and, I believe, pleasing in Your sight.

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Tuesday April 23, 2019
Faith Turns to Flight Alien Forces

Hebrews 11:33-34, KJV: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Often we confuse faith and fight. We are ready to fight most battles and enemies that confront us to oppose our safety or well-being. Most of the time our energy is directed toward human beings, while the true enemy of our souls sits around and howls with laughter at our puny little efforts.

Wake up, children of God! By totally trusting in God through confidence in His Word, we can and must turn to flight every foreign, strange, and alien power and force assigned to attach itself to our bodies, our finances, our families, and our faith. Their mission must not be accomplished, even if they come as an army against us.

It takes the same effort and energy to exercise faith to fight a headache, cancer, AIDS, poverty, anxiety, or any other work of the wicked one. The quantity of faith needed may change, but the quality required does not change. You will obtain every promise of God using the same faith.

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Wednesday April 24, 2019
For You, I Am He

Isaiah 46:3-4, NIV: "Listen to me...you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."

God shared these words to encourage the house of Jacob, but they speak to my heart also. And what a surge of confidence I receive along with them! When I look back on days past and remember the many times the forces of darkness tried to take over my life to destroy it, I know God was there. I can come up with no earthly reason for being who I am and where I am today, so I know that all along God has been on the case and working all things together for my good (Romans 8:28). Knowing this, I want to cry and rejoice at the same time.

You might say that God, the Creator of the universe, is my personal caseworker. He did not start on my case when I arrived here on the day of my birth; He has upheld me since I was conceived. He picked me up and carried me, even though at times I tried to wiggle out of His arms.

Now that the time has gone by and my hair is frosted with years of living, I can see that He has always been there, sustaining and maintaining me.

Lord, I am so glad that You have not become weary from the weight and load of carrying me. Thank You for reminding me that You made me; You carried me all these years; and You will continue to be my all in all. "Everything I am and ever hope to be, I owe it all to thee." Your grace has performed this miracle in my life and, according to Your Word, has been sufficient for me (2 Corinthians 12:9).

May I never again long for the unreachable when it is You who kept me from it because it was not Your best for me. In the future, may I never struggle with what life brings my way; but, instead, may I remember that the "I Am" of the Bible brought me through the things of the past. And You have done a pretty good job-especially with what I have given You to work with. For me, You are He who has rescued and sustained me, and I will serve You alone.

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Thursday April 25, 2019
Boast in This Alone

Jeremiah 9:23, 24, NIV: Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the LORD.

God is not saying that He is opposed to our having wisdom, might, or riches. He is saying that even when we possess these things, we have nothing to boast about. The only valuable thing to boast about is that you understand who God is and what brings Him pleasure. God wants us to know Him.

Too many people pass through life wondering what makes God angry. My response to that is "Who cares?" I’d rather spend my time learning about what makes Him glad. If I do that, there is no need to be concerned about what ticks Him off.

When God takes no delight in us, it’s like living in an unlit world all the time. That’s why I look for ways to please Him. One of the ways I please Him the most is by pursuing a better understanding of His nature and character. I pray for that daily. Then I spend time in His Word, which gives Him something to work with so He can impart to me the revelation knowledge of who He is.

Make it your daily goal to please the Lord, and He will do the same for you.

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Friday April 26, 2019
The Father Honors Service to the Son

John 12:26, NKJV: If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

In this verse, Jesus very clearly makes a promise that no one can revoke or prevent. However, it is conditional.

Yes, the Father honors anyone who serves the Son, but servants stay with their Master. Don't call yourself a servant of the Son if you spend all of your time attending to someone else's demands. A housekeeper does not show up for a paycheck at one home if she keeps another house.

Jesus said, "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also...." Jesus was essentially saying, "If you serve Me and you are where I am, then when I need you, I will not have to go looking for you to serve Me." We need to ask ourselves this question: "Do I want the Father's honor?" If we answer "yes," then the next question is "Where am I spending my time? Am I serving a human who never seems to be satisfied, or are my efforts for Jesus uppermost in my thought life?" My housekeeper does not wonder what I want done or the way I want it; she knows because I have specifically communicated these things to her. She does things exactly as I ask her to. In addition, she is willing to make changes as I request them.

Consequently, I not only pay her, but I also reward her above and beyond her salary. If I can do this as a human "master," how much more will God the Father reward anyone who serves His Son? The "here and now" benefits I have received from the Father since committing to serve, follow, and be with His Son are almost more than I have room to contain. And the hope of the future reward is beyond my ability to fully comprehend. However, I don't serve His Son for the reward He promised. I serve His Son because He first loved me and taught me how to apply His love to others. Indeed, loving and serving others is one of the best ways to serve the Lord Jesus.

Human recognition and honor do not begin to compare with honor from the Father. Will you serve Him today?

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Saturday April 27, 2019
The One and Only

Judges 18:9, NLT: The men replied, "Let’s attack! We have seen the land, and it is very good. You should not hesitate to go and take possession of it."

The tribe of Dan chose five men to scout out the land of Laish. God said their journey would be successful, peace was theirs, and He would go before them. The five returned with a good report, and 600 men went to take over. However, the five spies had set their eyes on a sacred ephod, household idols, a carved image, and a cast idol from a shrine they had found.

Just because the five spies were warriors did not mean they had wisdom. They missed the obvious and obeyed their flesh. No one told them to spy out the shrine-they were told to spy out the land. (Watch what gets your attention when you are on a mission. It will be the first thing you return to when you forget your focus.)

The people of Laish had led carefree, peaceful, and seemingly secure lives. However, they had been outside of God’s covenant and, therefore, were without real protection. Worse yet, they had what God had promised to His people.

Though their god was helpless against the one and only God, the tribe of Dan brought it into their camp. Then they set up the carved image and worshiped it. Why did the people of God want to worship an idol that could not protect the others who worshipped it? There is nothing worse than to know what is obviously the right thing to do, yet to ignore it. How many times has God eliminated forces to give His people property so they can rebuild it for His glory, only to watch them allow it to be used for ungodly purposes? If unbelievers want to come and participate in our program, let’s welcome them. But let’s never let an abomination to God attach itself to us, especially when we are on the verge of our greatest victory.

Please examine where you are and what you are doing with God’s gift. The God who provided it can maintain it for you when you trust Him to complete what He has begun.

Do not limit or short-change the Almighty God. He is the One and Only.

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Sunday April 28, 2019
Seed Sown Is Not Always Fruitful

Luke 8:5, NKJV: “A sower went out to sow his seed.”

The God-given purpose of all seed is to be fruitful. It is to reproduce but it has to be sown first. Seeds are not to be hoarded or sown where they are in danger of being trampled, devoured, withered, or choked. Seeds need good, rich, moist soil to be fruitful.

The sower has the responsibility of knowing something about the soil prior to sowing his seed. Failure to get proper information can result in wasted seed, and this includes ministries. Seed that falls on rocks produce for the moment but will not produce lasting fruit. Fruit that benefits others provide additional seed for future reproduction.

Seed will grow in the midst of thorns. However, the thorns will continue to grow and eventually strangle perfectly good seed meant to produce.

According to Jesus the seed is the Word of God and will produce when properly used. However, anyone who hears the teachings of God’s Word and does not seek for the understanding of what they heard is what we call “wayside” Christians. They hear it but do not know what it means.

The devil robs them quickly before they can believe it in their hearts and be positively affected by it. He knows that if you ever get an understanding of what God is saying to you in His Word, he, the devil, will have no further influence over you.

Spiritual immaturity is a sign of natural immaturity. Some Christians hear the Word of God, believe on it, and begin a fruitful life but they get waylaid along their journey because they become flesh-led instead of Spirit-led. Things happen in their lives that cause them to forget that Jesus is their burden bearer and they try to handle it themselves.

Testing helps to determine what you are all about and is not unique to a few Christians. God’s Word was never intended to prevent stuff from coming. It was given to prepare you to better deal with it when it does come.

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Monday April 29, 2019
Molded Mud

Psalm 103:14, KJV: For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

Who we are and what we are is not a surprise to God. He observes and recognizes the mold by which we are made, or formed. He has marked us so as to recognize that we are dried mud (Psalm 103:14). This is why, "like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him" (Psalm 103:13). This verse does not imply that God feels sorry for us. Rather, the word "pitieth" means to love, to have compassion on, and to extend mercy to all who morally reverence Him.

God injects and inserts Himself in each of us who honor Him. He is expressed through us not only by our words but also by our witness of His goodness in our lives. He knows that the dried mud out of which we are made is hopeless and helpless without His love, His compassion, and His mercy in us. The reason He places Himself in us is, first, so that we experience victory for ourselves; and, second, so that we dispense what we have received from Him to others.

Since His love has taken us "mud molds" and made us capable of doing all things through Christ which strengthens us (Philippians 4:13), then the dispensing of that same love, compassion, and mercy will tear down strongholds, destroy yokes, and liberate those bound in any way.

Precious Father, again I have discovered You as You have revealed Yourself to me in Your Word. I am both humbled and inspired to know that as a mud mold with Your power in me I can expect to walk in victory in all areas of my life.

There is no one like You, and I refuse to settle for less in my life. Know that I love You and my affection is ever towards You. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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