Horizons Unlimited June 25, 2017 - July 03, 2017

Sunday June 25, 2017: A Name You Can Trust
Monday June 26, 2017: Do You Know What Time It Is?
Tuesday June 27, 2017: God Has Forgotten It, Why Won’t You?
Wednesday June 28, 2017: I Don't Like It, but I Need It
Thursday June 29, 2017: Provision and Promise Are Not the Same, Part 1
Friday June 30, 2017: Provision and Promise Are Not the Same, Part 2
Saturday July 1, 2017: Because
Sunday July 2, 2017: No Life Apart from His Son
Monday July 3, 2017: What Did Wisdom Say?

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Sunday June 25, 2017
A Name You Can Trust

Psalm 9:10, NIV: Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

In my childhood, I often heard certain names which represented certain positions in life: Rockefeller, Dupont, Mellon, Rothchild, Mussolini, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin. I knew those names had no effect on my life personally, so to me they were just names. Later in life, I met certain people whose names were also very popular. Many of them had a profound effect on me and my family, but I’ve learned not to put my confidence in any flesh.

My mother-in-law used to say to my husband, “All flesh is as grass, so learn to wear this world and everyone as a loose garment.”

The day I became personally acquainted with the Man Jesus Christ, He introduced me to His Father God and His Holy Spirit. Though I knew all Three, it was not until I began to pursue a personal, intimate, and committed relationship with Them that I began to be secure in what we had together. The more I ran after Them, the more They ran towards me.

It worked the opposite of the way relationships in the world work. The more you go after the things and people in the world, the more elusive they become.

God is not that way. He will never forsake those who seek Him. The relationship begins when we are introduced to Him. Once we know Him and His name, trust enters the relationship.

Dear God, there is one thing I know for sure, and that is who You are. I know the value of Jesus’ name in my life. The Person of the Holy Spirit leads me and guides me daily. Because of this, my life is now a life of seeking You first—Your kingdom and Your righteousness. You do not forsake me, but You increase, add, and multiply much to my life that places me in a better position to serve others.

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Monday June 26, 2017
Do You Know What Time It Is?

Ecclesiastes 3:1, KJV: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

In the next seven verses of this chapter, Solomon shares concerning times and their opposites. The problem with this teaching is we lack understanding of it and equate much of it to our dealings with God's creation. We are not called to help God with His timing concerning His people.

All men and women are His people though not necessarily His sons. We don't qualify to decide when anyone is to die; yet we do. We are unable to decide whom to hate, but knowing what to hate is another thing. Whatever God hates, as His child, I am to hate also. If I decide that capital punishment is right because of another's behavior and actions, I could consign that person to eternal damnation because I did not believe that anyone could reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul would be on his way to hell if it were left up to us. David Berkowitz, Nicky Cruz and Maury Davis would never have survived our legalistic cry for justice. I thank God that Jesus intervened and the light of His tender love shown on them and turned them around to reach many for Him. I do not condone their wrong; that's between them and the Lord. Since I am not without sin, I refuse to cast any stones. It's not the time for such judgment. Instead, it is time for each of us to pursue God's purpose. Do you know what time it is?

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Tuesday June 27, 2017
God Has Forgotten It, Why Won’t You?

Isaiah 43:25, Moffatt: Yet it is I who for my own sake blot out your ill deeds. I will put your sins out of my mind.

We recently received an advisory form from a member who was feeling the need to expose all the dirty laundry of her past to her pastors. We sensed that we had no need to know and she had a real need to know what Calvary provided for her. I believed God for His wisdom on how to handle this without making her feel rejected.

On the morning of our meeting, during my devotional time, the Lord gave me Isaiah 43:25 in the KJV. It reads, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” Upon arriving, I handed her the advisory form that she had submitted and the Scripture that I had received from the Lord, in that order. When she read them, her response was, “I guess we don’t need a meeting, do we?” We shared that this was the same conclusion we came to, but we wanted her to operate in the same wisdom we had. She left in about ten minutes, edified, encouraged and comforted. Our executive assistant commented, “That’s the shortest meeting you’ve ever had.”

Advisors, ask God for His answers. That will greatly relieve your calendar and you will last for the task a lot longer.

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Wednesday June 28, 2017
I Don't Like It, but I Need It

Hebrews 12:11, NLT: No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening--it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

I grew up in an era when parents still spanked their children. My mother was not a criminal because she spanked me. She was training me for a quiet harvest of right living, which I am experiencing today. Of course, I did not find the spankings enjoyable then. No one ever does.

The Bible warned that we would not enjoy discipline. But it doesn't say to discontinue it because it is painful or uncomfortable.

Too often we forget that there is a season called "afterward." Righteousness does not just occur. It is the peaceable fruit that is yielded from the painful training of discipline.

Our flesh will never petition us to be disciplined. It is always selfish, inconsiderate, and in pursuit of what makes it happy. It is never content and satisfied. It has an addiction for more of what it has been allowed to feed on. "Enough" is never a part of its vocabulary.

Undisciplined flesh is a death certificate to its owner. In order to mature, we must allow our spirits to take the lead to master our minds and our flesh.

While my flesh never wants to hear of any type of tribulation, my spirit glories in it because it produces perseverance, and perseverance produces character, and character produces hope.

Why do we need hope? Hope is guaranteed not to disappoint because it is connected to the love of God, which He pours into our hearts by His Holy Spirit while we are experiencing the tribulation. The fruit of perseverance helps to develop our character while we receive this poured-out love of God, a gift that today gives us hope.

Don't expect to enjoy pain and discipline. Expect to enjoy the harvest that it will produce when you accept it as a part of building your character.

Parents and family members, please don't allow your emotions for your children and other family members to blind you to what is best for them. Allow the Spirit of God to help you make the right decisions involving your loved ones. The same people who say, "Don't spank or discipline your children," will be the society that turns the key to lock them up away from trained, disciplined people.

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Thursday June 29, 2017
Provision and Promise Are Not the Same, Part 1

Genesis 1:29, KJV: And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth.

And I will make of thee a great nation (Genesis 12:2, KJV).

Prior to the Fall, Adam had been given everything he would need on the earth. Although Abram's family was selected of the nations to be the channel through which to bring forth man's redemption from the Fall, Abram only received God's promise. With Adam, the provision was real. With Abram, the provision was coming because of the promise. Adam never had to use his faith for anything. Abram was never to have anything without exercising his faith.

Thank God for Jesus! He provides for His people all that God has promised. In Christ, the provisions and the promise became one. All it takes is the same faith to bring the promise into the natural realm so we can use its provision.

I recently watched the movie "The Miracle Worker." Afterward I walked, prayed, and cried. I began to realize that the Body of Christ is like Helen Keller and Jesus is like Ann Sullivan. By faith He saw what was in us and was willing to die in order to enlighten us. Jesus never gives up on us-but sometimes to reach "the real us," He has to remove distractions and hindrances.

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Friday June 30, 2017
Provision and Promise Are Not the Same, Part 2

Hebrews 10:36, CEV: Learn to be patient, so that you will please God and be given what He has promised.

The key word in this verse is "patient." The New King James Version reads, "...After you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise." God is giving us permission to receive His promises, but we still have to use our faith in order to enjoy His promises.

We often endure, but too often we do it with much complaining about the lot that has befallen us. Adam and Eve had the provision needed for this life. In Jesus, we not only have provision for this life, but we also have His promise of eternal life. Both are ours. We are covered in Him for both realms.

Often we want the promises without the patience to do God's will. But we must not think we will receive His provision and promise while we spend His dime. When God said, "Bring ye all the tithes..." (Malachi 3:10), He meant all.

When you fail to bring God's dime to His storehouse, you have not done His will. And failing to do God's will short-circuits His provision and His promises to you. God has established His way for you to receive the benefits of His divine provision, and He will not permit it any other way.

So save yourself time and grief. Do God's will His way, and His provision and promises will come your way. Nothing else works.

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Saturday July 1, 2017

Galatians 4:6, NLT: And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”

Before we received Jesus Christ as our Savior, the thought of calling God "Father" never entered our minds. Without Jesus in our hearts, it wasn't even an option for us. It took an "act of God" to provide us with that privilege.

Because God sent the Spirit of Christ into your heart, you can confidently do and say many things that you were reluctant to before. Therefore, if shyness is still plaguing you, remember that the same Spirit of Christ that is in you to cause you to boldly say, "God is my dear Father," is there to aid you in whatever else you need to say or do.

Shyness did not come from God. It is not your personality or nature. If it were from God, if it were a part of your nature, you would be content with it and you wouldn't long to be like someone else.

No, what you call "shyness" is really a spirit of timidity, and its author is the devil. It is designed to make you shrink back from responsibility and to limit your ability to receive God's blessings.

I am not implying that you have to act like a bull in a china shop. However, I am strongly suggesting that because the Spirit of God's Son is in you, you should ask for the Holy Spirit's help in claiming and walking in all that His presence in you has provided. He will back you, but you have to initiate what you want to say or do. It's another step of faith.

Don't be concerned if you have a dry mouth, a constricted throat, or heart palpitations. These often occur when you are about to be blessed abundantly in ways that are unfamiliar to you.

Because you have the Spirit of God's Son in you, you are no longer limited to or lacking in confidence and boldness. He gave you salvation. Why would He withhold anything else from you (Romans 8:32)? He wouldn't! I challenge you to go for the gold today. Take back all that satan has stolen from you, because you have the Spirit of God's Son dwelling in you. That makes you His child, a sure victor in every situation.

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Sunday July 2, 2017
No Life Apart from His Son

1 John 5:12, NKJV: He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

This verse is so plain, so basic, and so uncomplicated that anyone should be able to receive it. Society makes rules to govern everyone. Those rules are usually the same for everyone; however, they are not always effectively enforced.

God says all people who have received His Son have zoe, or a quickening in Him. They have that spark of the Holy Spirit, who is the only One capable of inserting or injecting life into a human.

Certainly by now you must know that mere breathing is not an indication of life. Breathing is the inhaling and exhaling of the oxygen needed here in the earth to demonstrate activity in a human body. But that is not zoe; that is not life. Life comes as the evidence that God has given us eternal life, and that witness of life is found only in His Son (verse 11).

When we believe on the Son of God, the witness, the record, and the evidence of what God has provided for humankind is found within us and the fullness of God is made real. All wisdom, all understanding, the gifts without measure, and the ripened fruit of the Spirit are all within, waiting to be released in the direction of humankind.

We either have His life because we have received His Son or we are liars because we won't accept God's evidence of His Son. It is time to stop expecting everyone to abide by the same rules of society when many are operating with the life of God in them and many others lack the moral fiber needed to live in this world because they have not yet received the Son of God.

It's not too late. We can still work with God to introduce His Son to this world to cause them to come into His family. Let's do it-now.

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Monday July 3, 2017
What Did Wisdom Say?

You are wisdom. Every word that you utter to me will make me wise when I listen intently to you. Because of your love and your plan for me, there is no need for me to beg you to speak to me; I merely need to pay closer attention.

You are spirit, therefore you relate to me spirit to spirit. Your voice is distinct from the voice of my flesh. My body will take me in the opposite direction from where you want me to go. My mind is my responsibility. You would not have told me to renew it if it was not in need of attention and construction.

I will train my heart to hear your truth. I will find what you say to me agreeable and delightful. Revelation is my daily diet. You keep nothing from me that I need to know on any given day. You will never withhold from me what is needed to make my day successful.

The advice you have for me will make me cunning so that you can make me know your words are truth. They are stable and solid and everyone that you share will provide me, the hearer with what I need for every circumstance. I will not listen to anyone else, nor be moved by the fads of today. You are the same yesterday, today and forever.

My past is behind me and it did not defeat me because of your words to me. My future is not in your hands, it is in my mouth. What I utter today will become my habitation for tomorrow.

I will guard well my heart. I will never allow bitterness or unkindness to enter because those things quickly accumulate, and the abundance of them must not proceed from my mouth. My words will determine my future.

You have more for me to do because my words have power to create and to destroy. You have waited to see if I understood what I could cause in life. You are convinced that you can release more things to me because as my trust has grown in your truth, your truth has grown in me. I will always ask myself ahead of time, what did wisdom say?

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