Horizons Unlimited December 08, 2019 - December 16, 2019

Sunday December 8, 2019: Never Cooperate in Shady Deeds
Monday December 9, 2019: Just Make Sure You Have Shared
Tuesday December 10, 2019: Believing Removes Blindness and Death
Wednesday December 11, 2019: Patience Is Not Inactivity
Thursday December 12, 2019: The Righteous Practice Righteousness
Friday December 13, 2019: Make the Effort To Be Your Best Self
Saturday December 14, 2019: A Copy to Resemble
Sunday December 15, 2019: Is It by Lineage or the Anointing of God?
Monday December 16, 2019: 'Casting Away' Prevents You From Being a Castaway

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Sunday December 8, 2019
Never Cooperate in Shady Deeds

Ephesians 5:11, KJV: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of the light" (Ephesians 5:8). Regardless of the color of our skin, we all were once as dark as midnight; but now we are light in the Lord. Now we are to tread all around and follow as companions the luminous fire because we are sons and daughters of the ultimate fire, produced by God's Spirit working in us.

God created Adam and Eve. We are products of God's fire through the Holy Spirit by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Because of this wonderful change in our lives, we are never to cooperate in shady acts.

The fire in us is to consume all the darkness in and around us. Just as light causes the darkness in a room to disappear, we are to be so luminous that no darkness can remain.

We are to be tried by fire because we are fire, and children of fire. The fire does not consume fire, but it consumes everything else. Whenever there is a fire, everything that was conceived in the darkness is brought to light. It is exposed. We cannot have or be partakers of the barren unfruitfulness of the darkness. Our fire, the fire in us, is to convict, convince, rebuke, and tell a fault--not conceal it and cover it up.

Father, I thank You that as Your child, produced by Your Holy Spirit, I am fire. I do not just have fire, but I am fire. Therefore, I will not participate in the works, acts, or deeds of barren or unfruitful things. I ask You to continue to work within me as I continue my walk throughout the earth as a child of light. Please release in me Your fire that will illumine all the darkness that exists among the people. Help me to expose what is not pleasing to You and to help others desiring a change to come in the direction of Your life. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Monday December 9, 2019
Just Make Sure You Have Shared

Deuteronomy 31:27, NKJV: "For I know your rebellion and your stiff neck. If today, while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against the Lord, then how much more after my death?"

What a blessing it would be to leave a legacy that all who have been taught by you would walk in the understanding of the truth. Some will, and others will choose not to. You still get credit for having shared.

Moses said in verse 29, "For I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way which I commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands."

Those were Moses' words spoken over the children of Israel. Paul speaks a better word over us. "But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul" (Hebrews 10:39).

What is the difference? A man named Jesus.

Paul said, "O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" He then answered his own question: "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin" (Romans 7:24, 25).

Pastors and Teachers, make sure your expectations of people are according to what God requires and not your pet doctrine. Every spiritual leader has personal preferences. You will be less discouraged when you preach and teach the requirements of the Lord from His Word.

Are you like Moses, highlighting the people's negatives? Or, do you find yourself like Paul, believing for God's best to influence them to be and do better? Remember, Pastors and Teachers, make sure you have shared the truth of God's Word. You will have whatever you say. Harness your loose tongue to line up with God's desire for your sheep, and stop agreeing with the way they are now. You make the difference.

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Tuesday December 10, 2019
Believing Removes Blindness and Death

2 Corinthians 4:3-4, NLT: If the Good News we preach is veiled from anyone, it is a sign that they are perishing. [The god of this evil world, satan,] has blinded the minds of those who don't believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them.

People give the devil far more credit than he deserves. Don't you see it? He is not powerful enough to prevent you from believing. He does not blind you from believing. If he could do that, no one would become born again. No, he looks for the skeptic and the doubter. Anyone who is unwilling to submit to a power beyond one's own intellect becomes the devil's prey. It is your choice whether to believe or not.

The glorious light of the Good News is already shining upon everyone: those who choose to believe walk in its illumination; those who refuse become blinded. In fact, unbelief makes the light become as dark as night. Anytime anyone makes a choice to believe, darkness starts its departure. Believing repels darkness; doubt attracts it. God does not veil His truth: doubt and unbelief are the culprits.

Even allowing your curiosity to question the source of a sunrise or a sunset, the stars, moon, water, and wind gives God something to work with. When I lived in New York City, I would look out over Central Park from our condo and marvel at the beauty of God. Trees have always fascinated me. There are so many different ones, and each knows what to do in each season. The same is true of anything that is sensitive to the voice of God.

The devil wants you to scientifically explain everything around you. When you do, it gives him license to increase the blindness. However, I challenge you today to choose to believe that there is a Supreme Being making all of this happen. Then ask Him to make Himself known to you. I am confident that He will respond to the tiniest smidgen of belief you offer Him. He loves you more than mere words can express, and He delights to demonstrate His love for you.

This is your day to change the rest of your life. Everyone will one day fall asleep, but if you will believe, you will live in light here and one day relocate to an even brighter place.

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Wednesday December 11, 2019
Patience Is Not Inactivity

Hebrews 12:1, NLT: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.

Patience is not sitting still and just waiting for a certain thing to happen.

Patience is knowing that God has entered us in a race. Notice, though, that God has set the rules. Can you imagine entering your children in a race that you did not first know they were qualified to run? Our challenge as Christians has been our failure to understand that we are already qualified to run, for endurance is part of the fruit of the Spirit. We are not lacking in or void of patience. However, we have not understood how it works.

First, make sure that you have done the will of God or that what you are pursuing is His will for your life. Second, set aside anyone or anything slowing you down. We can run together, but we are not able to carry anyone. That is not a human assignment; that is the task of the Holy Spirit. The sin that hinders our progress is the arrogance to think that we don't need the Lord in and for everything. Nothing will weigh us down or hamper our hope like trying to endure without His help. What qualifies us to run His race is our refusal to surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial.

What is the race we must run? It is mastery over strife, contention, struggles, and any contest that the enemy of our souls presents to challenge us.

Yes, our confidence in our relationship with God encourages us at times to be still, and that certainly suggest strength of character; but that is not the only way to demonstrate this special relationship with God. What about a decision to go on with the show when your tears blur the lights on the stage and the faces of the audience? How about risking loving again when the love of your life has left you for someone else or even in death? The good news is that others have gone on before, walking in the shoes of faith, and mastered our seemingly impossible moments. They are not so silently cheering us on. Never let the noise of the voice of defeat all around you prevent you from listening for the sound of the victors of the past. They are fulfilling their final assignment to remind us that our present was once theirs also. They won, and so will you.

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Thursday December 12, 2019
The Righteous Practice Righteousness

1 John 3:7, NKJV: Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

Two phrases I hear too often among believers are, "I can't help myself" and, "God knows my heart." I agree, none of us can help himself or herself, which is why God allowed Jesus to come into our heart. We desperately needed His help. And He has given us what we needed.

I also agree that God knows your heart, but I suspect He's wondering why you are still practicing what your old heart dictated before He changed it. If you say you are a child of God, yet you fail to practice righteousness, then someone is deceiving you, and I presume that it is you doing the deception. God never does a partial job. Listen to this: "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (Hebrews 13:20-21 KJV).

God knows He has to mature us to do His will, which is the only thing that is pleasing in His sight. There is no good work apart from Him. It's not that we don't know what to do. We simply have not learned to be as little children who know how to trust. Children are so naturally trusting that they have to learn how not to trust. None of us can be great tennis players practicing golf all day, or vice versa. If we expect to be righteous as He is righteous, we must practice righteousness.

What are you practicing today?

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Friday December 13, 2019
Make the Effort To Be Your Best Self

Acts 24:16, KJV: And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.

If you are anything like me, you have to work at not offending God and, especially, people. God is not as easily offended as are humans. God knows our frame—He knows we are dust—but He also reminds us that He has given us all we need to be like Him.

Most humans have either not read or understood the message of Psalm 119:165: “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” An offense is a stumbling block to others. We need to keep our consciences clear as to what we say and do that could cause others to stumble. God isn’t going to fall off His throne over what we do. However, each of us is to train oneself and strive to have a conscience, which means a moral co-perception, that does not offend.

Are we faultless before God and man? I am sure God had a reason for leaving us in these human bodies following our new birth experience, but some of us are amazed to find ourselves still challenged by certain things. It’s not the challenge that we fear; it’s the possibility that we may yield to it. It takes effort not to offend God or man. It is not automatic.

The thought of disappointing God does not always prevent me from sinning, but it certainly does act as a strong deterrent. A decision to sin is always one’s own choice, and those of us who are serious about a life with the Lord quickly repent and stop ourselves from allowing the human side of us to dominate for a moment.

I shutter to think what terrible things I would be capable of without my ever-present desire to please Him. Please don’t become discouraged with yourself. The devil would like nothing better than for us to give up on ourselves. He knows God won’t do that, so he’ll try to get us to quit. Refuse to cooperate with him. Reunite with God, and operate in the moral co-perception that will assist you with doing what is right before God and man.

My children may say and do things that disappoint me at times, and vice versa. But they’re still my children, and I’m still their mother. Could God do less for us? Begin to be your best self. It will become easier the more you do it.

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Saturday December 14, 2019
A Copy to Resemble

1 Corinthians 15:49, NKJV: And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

We do not think it strange when a baby is born resembling his parents or some ancestor. In fact we are pleased when we are the one the child resembles! But our heads go "tilt" at the thought of someday having a profile like Jesus. In using the word profile, I am not speaking of just a side view of Jesus. We shall take on His likeness, His stature, His image, and His semblance. Surely, if we can look like our parents in the flesh, we can look like our Savior in the Spirit.

"We shall also" is a promise that must be fulfilled. We need to work with God to make it happen. In fact, God and Jesus will not settle for less from us. We have been identified with Adam because of the things done in our flesh. Isn't it about time that our deeds done in the Spirit identify us with Christ? Jesus is the "prototype" for us to copy in order to resemble Him. Is it so hard to comprehend that we can, in fact, bear the image of the heavenly Man? This is a promise made by the Lord Himself through the apostle Paul.

Ask the Father to help you to release His potential in you, and refuse to limit Him or His Word. When you begin to grasp this verse as a reality, you will begin to see the image change. Begin to declare: "Jesus is the Copy I am to resemble, and I will, therefore, reject anything that is not like Him".

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Sunday December 15, 2019
Is It by Lineage or the Anointing of God?

1 Samuel 10:12, NKJV: Then a man from there answered and said,“But who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb: “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

Evaluating a person’s qualifications for leadership based on natural lineage instead of according to divine authorization does more harm than good. The fivefold ministry gifts are given by the Head of the church, the Lord Jesus, as it suits Him. They are not passed down to generations through one’s natural parents, as some would believe.

People questioned Saul’s background to stand in the ministry when the hand of God was upon him. God had given Saul another heart. It had nothing to do with who his natural parents were.

It is time for parents to stop selecting the office or position their grown children should function in. It is time for children to stop looking at the ministry of the parent and deciding that they would rather be the heir apparent than trust the Lord to position them where He wants them. When Jesus makes the selection and anoints you in an office, it is beneficial to the body of Christ “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).

God will allow modern day dynasties to fail and their leaders to fall so He can bring them into alignment with His plan for their lives. It matters not what family you were born into. What matters most is the anointing, as given by the Anointed One.

I know of a sister in Christ who can teach and preach circles around her father and her brother, but because she is female “the board” is not ready to allow her to be the leader of the ministry. I am so glad that God does not make His selections according to “the board.” When Clinton and I were still working secular jobs, we were doing the work of the ministry and seeing miracles. God never considered our lineage when He anointed and called us.

Are you being used of the Lord where you are? Then you have all you need to continue. Don’t be concerned about your lineage. When it is time for you to take the lead, opposition will either agree or be removed. What God has assigned to you cannot belong to another.

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Monday December 16, 2019
'Casting Away' Prevents You From Being a Castaway

1 Corinthians 9:26b- 27, TM: No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.

There are many things, especially in the New Testament, which teach us what and what not to cast away. We are to cast away, or cast off, the works of darkness (Romans 13:12), while at the same time we are to cast not away our confidence (Hebrews 10:35).

Paul is attempting to get us to see what displeases God and what brings Him pleasure. The question was asked, "Has God cast away His people?" The answer came, "God hath not cast away His people" (see Romans 11:1 and 2 KJV).

Never let anyone tell you that God has abandoned you. Since He had been involved with Israel for so long and had too much invested in them to simply wash His hands of them, how much more can we, His Son's body, expect to obtain support from Him. Even so, Paul, who was both an Israelite and a Christian, said, "I do not want to be found unapproved, disrespected, worthless, a reprobate, a castaway." Paul exhorted both a casting away (of sin) and a not casting away (of confidence in God), lest we run our spiritual race in vain.

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