Horizons Unlimited Jun 16, 2024 through June 24, 2024

Sunday June 16, 2024: His Unchangeable, Unbreakable Promises
Monday June 17, 2024: Strange and New
Tuesday June 18, 2024: He Can Wait
Wednesday June 19, 2024: I Feel Like Celebrating
Thursday June 20, 2024: Death Rendered Entirely Idle
Friday June 21, 2024: Ambition and Assertiveness
Saturday June 22, 2024: 'You Didn't Trust Me Enough'
Sunday June 23, 2024: Obedience Stabilizes Your House
Monday June 24, 2024: Wealth Can Be Lost, Wisdom Lasts Forever

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Sunday June 16, 2024
His Unchangeable, Unbreakable Promises

Hebrews 6:17-18, TM: When God wanted to guarantee His promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee - God CAN'T break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.

People often say, "There is nothing more sure than death and taxes." God's Word is. People have been known to be raised from the dead, and some of those are alive today. Taxes have changed over the years and can only be levied when people are employed.

God wanted to show the heirs to His promise that He would never change His mind, so He gave us both His promise and His oath. His promise is His Word, and His oath is binding. God cannot lie; therefore, He has bound Himself to us eternally. "Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.”(v. 18, NLT). His promise like an anchor for our souls (Heb. 6:19).

Our spirit has it settled. It is our mind that needs reassurance at times. Our confidence confirms for us that the curtain has been removed and that, at will, we can enter into where Jesus has already gone to assume His role as our High Priest forever (vv. 19-20).

I no longer make my confession of sins to a man, nor do I look to man for my safety and protection. Man cannot absolve me of my sins, especially since Jesus took His untainted blood into the Holiest of Holies and presented it to our Father on my behalf.

God said it, that settles it, and I believe it. Because the Father said it, for me it is settled. It's not settled because I believe; it's settled because Father God said it.

Very few ever called their biological father a liar, a man who is capable of lying by virtue of his being human. How much more confident should you be when your Heavenly Father speaks. He cannot lie. If God were ever to lie, He would cease to be God, and that could never happen.

God does not tell me everything the way I want to hear it, nor does He take me down the path that I would lay out for myself. But after 70 years, I can still boldly say He has never disappointed me, lied to me, or let me down. His promises are still unchangeable and unbreakable.

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Monday June 17, 2024
Strange and New

Exodus 34:14, KJV: For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

I have always perceived that the Holy Spirit was directing me differently than He was leading those around me. I don't mean that I knew it was the person of the Holy Spirit; that knowledge came much later. I just knew things without being able to prove how I knew them. This was so foreign to the way others around me operated, I began to be silent about what I knew for fear or concern that others would think I considered myself better or more spiritual than they. I didn't, but I knew that He was leading me differently or that I was sensing more so than they were concerning the direction in which He wanted me to go.

God is a jealous God and is unwilling to "play second fiddle" to anything or anyone. He is constantly training me for what He has for me to do. To my flesh, it is strange and new. I don't believe that I am the only one He is dealing with like this, but that matters not to me. I keep remembering that dry and dark season in my life, and how He has made my eyes to sparkle once again. You can't appreciate that if you have either never experienced it or have never lost it in the first place.

God wants me to acknowledge Him fully and completely in everything and in every way. What He is expecting and requiring of you may be different, but I am very clear concerning His voice and the call He has for me. I must follow Him.

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Tuesday June 18, 2024
He Can Wait

Hebrews 10:12-13, KJV: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

If we are really looking for Jesus to return, we need to be about the business of making His enemy His footstool. He will not come until the Church is walking in its victorious position. Jesus said, "The gates of hell will not prevail against the Church" (Matthew 16:18). He was saying that the Church would be established upon the revelation that no flesh and blood can provide.

Christ is not coming for a battered, bedraggled, broken-down Bride. His plan is to present us triumphant and glorious to His Father, and we know that no one ever brought defective gifts to the High Priest. Do you know anyone higher than the Creator of the universe?

Concerning His return, Jesus can wait-but what about us? How much more will we endure until we say "enough and no more"? We must launch forward from a position of prayer. We must purpose to understand in our hearts that heaven is our home and that performing to please men of the earth will hinder our collective home going. I don't know about you, but I'm homesick. I want to be with Jesus and experience the triumphant entry that is afforded conquering heroes.

He can wait, but why should He? Let's get on with the work of making satan and company the Lord's footstool.

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Wednesday June 19, 2024
I Feel Like Celebrating

Psalm 13:5-6, CEV: I trust your love, and I feel like celebrating because you rescued me. You have been good to me, Lord, and I will sing about you.

I once shared with the co-pastors of RLCC that I was so happy in the Lord and excited each day about going to our church even when there was no service being held. I can hardly wait for each night to end so I can rise and dress once more to go to RLCC. Another day in the house of the Lord gives me another opportunity to impact the lives of others.

Prior to writing this, I received a call informing me that a younger relative whose diapers I once changed "fell asleep"- I hope, in Jesus. I am not sad, except for the pain it is causing the parents and siblings, because I love them also. This relative made some poor choices in life that possibly contributed to the devil doing what Jesus said he would do, and that is to "steal, kill, and destroy" (John 10:10).

After that phone call came, I discovered that I still trust God's love and feel like celebrating. Why? Because He rescued me and has been-and still is-good to me. "'But for the grace of God,' that could be me." The reason I want to celebrate and sing about it is, one day, I was allowed to count the cost and make a choice, and I agreed to pay the price.

What's your testimony today? If you're a Christian, you have reason to celebrate.

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Thursday June 20, 2024
Death Rendered Entirely Idle

2 Timothy 1:10, KJV: But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

God had a plan from the beginning and has now made it plain to those who follow His lead. Every human will cease to exist at some point. The Scripture says that our Savior Jesus Christ has abolished death. What does that mean to me as a believer? The Greek word here for "abolished" says that Jesus has rendered idle, inactive, inoperative, ineffective, without influence, and powerless death's hold over you and me. Many people make choices they would not otherwise make, because they fear that a certain decision would cost them their lives.

When we understand what happened at Calvary, we learn that Jesus' coming in the flesh broke the power of death and showed us the way to everlasting life through the Good News.

Often we have the opportunity to feast on the Word of God and, instead, we allow playtime and even rest to interfere with God teaching us. But why would we want to engage in frivolity if it means not engaging His presence and spending time with Him? The power of death is destroyed as it relates to me as a believer. To me, that's Good News!

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Friday June 21, 2024
Ambition and Assertiveness

Ambition is good. However, these are forces that must be managed and controlled. Without proper regulation of these gifts working in your life, they will be your ruin. Always know when to include or to consult with others. God knows His plan for you. Resting in Him will insure that in His season you'll be right where He wants you to be. Remember He said to humble yourself and He will exalt you. Don't let your good be evil spoken of. Ambition and assertiveness out of control or not properly managed come across as a potential take over.

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Saturday June 22, 2024
'You Didn't Trust Me Enough'

No one can take over permanently what I have orchestrated. Your steps are ordered by Me. I know when you are ready for the next step or move. Never allow yourself to get ahead of My plan or what was intended to be your launching pad could become your stumbling block. I know where you are. I have always known where you are. You are where you are today not because of you, but because of Me. It was your submission to Me that allowed Me to call those things that be not, as though they are. I'm here. Wait, I say, on Me. I have the whole picture, and it includes you Proverbs 3:5 (CEV)-With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment.

Several years ago, I flunked a spiritual test by not trusting God enough. I told Him I wanted a parking place on a certain block, as close to where I was going as possible. I drove through the block and there was not one available space to park my car. I heard, "Go around the block." I obeyed. As I returned to the block of my destination, there was a very tight space available where I could with some effort park my car. As I parked, I observed a driver about to leave in a vehicle several cars in front of me. I switched parking spaces because it was closer to where I was going. I just knew this was God's answer to my request.

As I approached my desired destination afoot, I noticed still another empty space just in front of the place where I was going. Although I was parked only a few car-lengths behind it, I had not seen this spot. The Holy Spirit said, "You didn't trust Me enough. I told you to go around the block, because I needed that time to speak to that person who was hindering Me from working all things together for your good." But when I circled the block in obedience, my head got excited that any kind of space at all was available, and I settled.

God does not want His children to settle for less than they requested of Him. He wants us to trust Him to work out His perfect plan for us. How many times, because we didn't trust Him enough, do we have to take extra steps to get to where we want to go when He has already provided what we asked Him for?

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Sunday June 23, 2024
Obedience Stabilizes Your House

Luke 6:46-47, NKJV: "But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like."

A person obedient to God’s Word builds his "house" having dug deep into the Word and laying a foundation that will take him back to the Word for the challenges life brings. And life brings them to all of us.

I was fortunate to learn early that obedience carries with it rewards and disobedience carries with it consequences. We often blame the devil for some things that happen to us when, in fact, it is disobedience to what we know that creates the problems we have.

Luke 6:49 reads, "But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of the house was great." I realize now that during the time of physical attacks on my husband’s body,who is now asleep in Jesus, the stability of our lives and ministry was demonstrated because we had laid a solid foundation in tranquil times. We did not just hear the words of Jesus, we did them. When the storm, flood, and stream arose, they were not a match for the foundation that we laid on the Rock, Christ Jesus. We had not allowed His words to be something superficial that tickled our ears. We dug deep in peacetime. It is a whole lot easier to dig when things are quiet than it is when they are vehemently beating against you.

Jesus is not impressed with us calling Him "Lord, Lord," then refusing to do what He teaches. He knows that He is our Lord when our lives show His teaching as the things around us fail and fall into a collapsed state. Years of experience have taught me not to expect to grow apart from having God’s Word as my foundation.

Obedience stabilizes your house and prolongs your life. Why? God can use you and your obedience.

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Monday June 24, 2024
Wealth Can Be Lost, Wisdom Lasts Forever

Proverbs 16:16, CEV: It's much better to be wise and sensible than to be rich.

Most young people today are taught ways to become rich. Rarely, however, are they taught the value of wisdom. Consequently, when financial abundance overtakes them, they often don't know how to manage and keep it.

Anyone who sincerely studies the subject of wisdom will always have not only what he needs, but also an abundance to be able to bless others. Frankly, I think wisdom should be taught in the classroom. What a great start in life those students would be prepared for! As I was growing up, wisdom was always shared in the home, the neighborhood, and almost everywhere you went. Children were often said to be "old for their age." That was another way of saying they usually made sensible choices or had "common sense." Common sense was not something that you held a degree in; it was what was expected of you, and you rose to the occasion.

I have probably desired wisdom all my life but I began to pursue it at age 12. I was amazed by all the other things of value that appeared to accompany it.

No one seems to expect people to have common sense anymore, at least not among our youth, which is where it is most needed. Common sense went by the wayside when consequences for wrong choices were "eliminated." The attitude now is that if wrong choices are rewarded the same as right choices, why choose what's right? Do what makes you feel good without concerning yourself about others. Selfishness is the first step away from the path of wisdom.

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