Horizons Unlimited February 17, 2019 - February 25, 2019

Sunday February 17, 2019: Freed to Help Others
Monday February 18, 2019: God Specializes in Things Thought Impossible
Tuesday February 19, 2019: Innocent of Sin
Wednesday February 20, 2019: Now You Will See What I Will Do
Thursday February 21, 2019: Praise Summons His Presence
Friday February 22, 2019: Resting In Your Innocence
Saturday February 23, 2019: Talk Long Enough and Sin Will Surface
Sunday February 24, 2019: The Principal Meal
Monday February 25, 2019: Tools to Locate Favor

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Sunday February 17, 2019
Freed to Help Others

Exodus 3:11, KJV: And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

God did not answer Moses’ question, “Who am I?” He did, however, tell Moses who He was.

God does that often, especially when we feel inferior or uncertain about who we are. God has never revealed to me who I am, but He has shown me in His Word who I am in Christ. Then He has revealed Himself to me not only by what is written about Him and about Him in me, but also by His power.

God did not answer Moses’ question, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” However, God did say, “Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain” (v. 12).

It doesn’t matter who we are. When God tells us to do anything, He already knows He must accompany us to perform it. This is why I willingly give God all the glory for the inspiration of His truth through me: I know that I am not wise enough to think of it on my own.

We can also see from this passage that God will ask you at times to confront people or things that you have been avoiding, as He asked Moses to confront Pharaoh. Always remember that He does not assign the task to you to cause you to be defeated. He does it because there is a need. His people have cried out to Him, and He has seen their affliction and oppression. It is His season for making a change.

Don’t forget that Moses was no longer experiencing the oppression of Egypt. Unlike many of his fellow Hebrews, he was not trying to make bricks without straw. He was very comfortable keeping the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law. If you are comfortable, secure, and free from the enemy where you are, then get ready. God will probably call on you. After all, what could you do if you were oppressed? He freed you to help others.

It is not about who you are. It is about what God made you to be: free!

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Monday February 18, 2019
God Specializes in Things Thought Impossible

Luke 1:37, KJV: For with God nothing shall be impossible.

The word "impossible" does not appear in the Old Testament in the King James Version of the Bible. Yet, the people of the Old Testament had as many challenges with their trust in God as we, the Church, have.

When the angel told Mary of Elizabeth's pregnancy in her old age and shared "for with God, nothing shall be impossible," Mary believed Him. She grabbed a hold of "shall be" and ran with it, claiming that what had been and was with Elizabeth "shall be" unto her also.

Never think because you have a negative condition or circumstance that you have a covenant to keep it. It didn't matter to Jesus if a man was born blind, if a woman was bowed over eighteen years, or if a young girl died: He delivered them all. In fact, He raised Jairus' daughter, the ruler's servant, and Lazarus from the dead. God specializes in things thought impossible. What difference does it make to God's ability whether you are crippled or barren, have a fever or a hangnail? Nothing shall be impossible to God.

Is your history so sordid and seedy that you would not want anyone to ever know? Give it over to Jesus along with yourself, and watch God restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25).

Because of your unbelief and lack of mustard-seed-sized faith to speak to the mountain-sized challenges you are facing, you think things are impossible to you. Jesus said, "Not so." Nothing is impossible to you. When you exercise faith and speak to your mountain, it will move and nothing shall be impossible to you.

Father, the time has come for Your children to take their rightful place in the earth, walking in all of the authority that Calvary's sacrifice provided. It is time for us to stop thinking that anything that is in Your will for humankind is impossible to do. Without faith, it is impossible to please You. Everyone of us who names the name of Christ is empowered by Your Spirit to know what is pleasing to You, so we can please You by speaking out Your will and expecting it to be so.

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Tuesday February 19, 2019
Innocent of Sin

Jude 24, NLT: And now, all glory to God who is able to keep you from stumbling, and who will bring you into his glorious presence innocent of sin and with great joy.

When we allow Jesus, our keeper by His Holy Spirit, to direct and order our steps, He will never lead us into sin. We may be exposed to sin, but God can keep us by His power from becoming involved in it.

We can be innocent in the presence of God. This is not just speaking of us after physical death. He is able to keep us from falling or stumbling now. There will be no falling in heaven. Jesus is able to present us as trophies of His power in us to His Father to make Him happy.

Sin, like the poor, will always be with us. Therefore, we will always have to make choices concerning it. I found out that the devil could not make me do anything. It was my responsibility to make the choice to resist yielding to my flesh and to obediently follow the Spirit of Christ in me.

The glory that comes upon us for following the Spirit is because God made it possible. He placed His Spirit in us to keep us standing instead of stumbling. His Spirit in us can and will cause us to become innocent when we decide to follow His leading.

Because He is the Spirit of Truth, He will share only that which is truth. We then have an opportunity to hear, receive, and act on what He is saying to us. The Holy Spirit is not the Spirit of information. Any spirit will give that to you. No, He is the Spirit of Truth, which He takes to lead and guide us into all truth. He cannot lead us into a lie or that which is contrary to God's plan for our lives. Our being innocent does not mean we never miss it; it means returning to the truth when we do miss it. We enjoy the presence of the Lord when we reject guilt and condemnation.

Mistakes, error, and mishaps occur because we made a choice to follow something other than the truth. Truth will always make us free. It may not make us popular, but truth does make us free-unencumbered and without restraints that hinder us from being all that we were created to be.

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Wednesday February 20, 2019
Now You Will See What I Will Do

Exodus 6:1, NLT: "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh," the Lord told Moses. "When he feels my powerful hand upon him, he will let the people go. In fact, he will be so anxious to get rid of them that he will force them to leave his land!"

When you are accused of being responsible for the negatives happening to those you are sent to help although you have obeyed the voice of God concerning them, don't ignore the accusations or walk away from the accusers. Your job is not yet complete. You have just undergone a test to see if you would obey God regardless of the circumstance.

Like Moses, we often conclude that our obedience to deliver the message from God should result in immediate positive results. Sometimes it does.

Oftentimes it does not. I only know that obeying what He tells us to do always has a profitable end for His people.

Hebrews 10:36 (NLT) says, "Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that he has promised." The word "will" here indicates that, beyond a shadow of doubt, you will receive if you will simply exercise patience.

Notice that God did not require Moses to do anything to Pharaoh but to deliver the message. When he protested and questioned the One who sent him with the message, God told him the whole plan and advised him that he would see what the purpose of the message was and he would see it "now."

What Moses did not know was God's operating time frame. God did not have a problem with Moses' asking. He was not affected by the question at all. Our questions to God are not what activate His power. Our questions only demonstrate our lack of confidence in Him to deal with every situation that concerns us in a timely fashion.

I have learned that nothing or no one moves the powerful hand of God to aid us. Neither does anyone prevent His powerful hand against our enemy when He has predetermined a completion time or date.

No one enjoys difficulties, but they come anyway. Rejoice over the grace you have been given and don't quit. Why? Because quitters seldom see the powerful hand of God at work to turn their circumstances around, and seeing that hand at work is what builds our trust in Him.

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Thursday February 21, 2019
Praise Summons His Presence

Isaiah 43:21, NKJV: This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.

God spoke these words about the nation of Israel, but His people have not always fulfilled their part of this statement. They were always His people because of His covenant with Abraham, but their actions and words were not always a praise to Him.

Our covenant with Him through Jesus allows for this promise to be ours also. God has formed and reformed us for Himself. We shall and do declare His praise.

During a Bible study at our church, the people offered up so much praise to the Father that He manifested the gifts of healing and prophecy in demonstration of His power. Several conditions were called out so that people could receive deliverance. Then, while we were still praising and about to receive the offering, the Word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Someone here has a big toe that needs to be healed."

I spoke the Word aloud, and a lady ran to the altar with both her shoes on. No one but God could have seen the injured big toe inside her shoe. I laid hands on her as a believer and prayed for her to be healed-and she was.

Again, as we were preparing to receive the offering for the evening, one of the members came forth to say, "I believe I have been impressed of the Lord to say to the people present, 'Your praise has summoned My presence.'" The Spirit said that God was looking everywhere to observe those taking the time to praise Him, and when He found sincere praise He responded with His gifts manifested.

We were formed for His pleasure; we must declare His praise. "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!" (Psalm 107:8 NKJV).

God will visit with you, too, when you make the time to praise Him. Corporate praise in the assembly of believers is powerful and electrifying; but when you are alone, think about His goodness to you and His faithfulness in every situation. Meditate on that until your own personal melody forms in your heart. Believe this, act upon it, and receive a visit from the One whose presence changes all things.

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Friday February 22, 2019
Resting In Your Innocence

Psalm 37:6, NLT: He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

The only thing that you can do about accusers and attackers is to remain innocent.

I never defend myself when I am accused. Jesus is my defender. Liars never accept correction because they are motivated by satan, the father of lies. All others are open to the Spirit of Truth.

At times, you may be led by the Spirit to do certain things that are misunderstood. Don't waste time trying to get others to agree with your vision. They most likely cannot see it. When we are innocent of wrongful charges, God will make it clear to those who are genuinely interested in truth. Even God can't get through to those who don't want truth.

A strong sense of power and safety surround you when you are innocent of accusations. I do not understand why people attempt to defend themselves. Explaining for the purpose of clarification is one thing. Defending yourself to be accepted by man is another. Jesus was our example of "resting in innocence." He committed Himself to the One who judges rightly, stayed focused on His purpose, and walked in His authority. Those who walk in their authority are subject to much criticism. However, God has vowed to make your innocence as clear as the dawn. Today, examine your thoughts, your motives, your words, and your deeds. You be the judge. Then walk away with your mouth closed, your integrity intact, and confident in the Father as your defender. Mistakes are not a part of His vocabulary or His lifestyle.

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Saturday February 23, 2019
Talk Long Enough and Sin Will Surface

Proverbs 10:19, NKJV: In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

James 3:6 reads "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell." What does that mean? Like a tiny match that can burn down a forest, never underestimate the value or harm that can be caused by your "tiny tongue." It can pollute your whole body and the direction of your existence and become an agent of hell itself.

When my late husband and I started pastoring, one of our best messages was "Kick the Hell Out of Your Tongue." God is not controlling our words; He gives us the grace to do that. Failure to say only what pleases God invites the devil to ignite the tongue in our mouth. It will be as though the fires of hell have fueled the tongue to consume everything in its path.

Quiet times and limited communication help keep sin from surfacing. Talking too much almost guarantees that we sin due to the multitude of our words. The fast talkers, the loud talkers, and the long talkers try to impress others with what they say. They don't know and sometimes don't care how you feel or think as long as you listen to them. Sooner or later, they lapse into exaggeration or even "bald-faced lying." Sometimes it is good to calmly stop them before they dig themselves in too deep.

If you provide transportation to others, you have the right to protect your ears and your heart by establishing guidelines for what is discussed in your vehicle. People put up "No Smoking" signs. Put up a "No Talking" sign unless the owner initiates the conversation.

If you ride with a vocal driver, believe God for a new driver or other transportation. There are always earplugs and headsets-even if you aren't listening to anything. Of course you can suggest you pray together during the day's journey. Hopefully they will get the message.

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Sunday February 24, 2019
The Principal Meal

Revelation 3:20, KJV: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

I believe the Lord is saying, "My desire is to sup with you--to provide you with nourishment to which no natural food can compare. You simply must invite Me in. While hurts, doubts, or fears may have you opposed to letting anyone else in, I can enter even through an opening as small as a needle's eye.

"I cannot speak to the world except through you. I only talk to My sheep.

What My sheep hear from Me must then be shared with the world. You see, the world cannot hear or understand Me, but you are able to receive from the supernatural and translate it to the natural.

"Think this not strange. Did not My Father send Me to the earth in the form of flesh so that those open to Him would hear about Him through Me? Though I have returned to be at the Father's side, I am still in the earth in the form of flesh in you, My body.

"Listen, My beloved. I am bringing to you fresh wisdom and understanding so that you can impart to those who are unable to hear My voice. But I must have a portal to enter; and when you allow Me in, your spirit will flourish and burst forth with insight that will alter circumstances and situations in your life and in the lives of those around you. I am waiting with the principal meal for the day when you will partake and share with others. Invite Me in.

"I will also hear what you have to say. Your praise is your supping with Me.

My wisdom is My supping with you. Understand, My child, that this is part of your laboring together with Me. I cannot reach the lost without you, and you must not go to them without first hearing from Me. So here I am rapping at the portal of your heart, waiting for your sensitivity to My voice and the invitation to enter with the meal and message for today.

Never serve anyone without first having dialogue with Me.

"Be still. Listen. Hear. Obey. For through you, My child, I have so very much to say."

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Monday February 25, 2019
Tools to Locate Favor

Proverbs 3:3,4, NKJV: Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.

All of us want and need the favor of God and, at times, man. But it can seem so elusive because the very tools we need to dig for His and human treasure are trying to evade us. We need both mercy and truth in our lives as we incur God's favor as well as that of others. Yet they both try to escape our grasp because the devil understands the power of mercy in the life of a believer.

Mercy is loving kindness or the same kindness God's love displayed towards us on Calvary. Truth is stability, certainty, and trustworthiness. Truth and mercy are measured by God as He observes us in our response to Him, others, and situations that try to catch us off balance.

It is another form of the seedtime and harvest principle. If we expect to have favor (kindness) from God and people, then it is strongly suggested that we show it to others. If we want a solid foundation that is stable to build trust, then we must refrain from lying to others. We will at some point reap what we sow.

Do you have a court case pending? Are you in need of a miracle in what appears to be a hopeless situation? What are your desires today of both God and people? If you have not given mercy when it was needed, if falsehood has been the foundation of your life, repent, ask God to forgive you, and straighten out some things with the humans you have wronged. Receive your forgiveness and go on in trust from there.

I don't know when and if you will pay, but I am very familiar with God's favor when I have come to Him with a sincere heart of genuine repentance. He is not a respecter of persons. He loves you and regardless of what is taking place around you, He is working all things together for your good. Believe that. It is the truth.

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