Horizons Unlimited March 03, 2024 through March 11, 2024
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Sunday March 3, 2024: What Would You Do?
Monday March 4, 2024: Loneliness or Solitude?
Tuesday March 5, 2024: Your Hand and Your Purpose Determined
Wednesday March 6, 2024: Son, Go Work Today in My Vineyard
Thursday March 7, 2024: Fearful Choices Are Foolish Choices
Friday March 8, 2024: Establishing What You Decree
Saturday March 9, 2024: Glorify God With Your Gift
Sunday March 10, 2024: My Substance Is Familiar to You
Monday March 11, 2024: Before Whom I Stand

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Sunday March 3, 2024
What Would You Do?


2 Samuel 12:20, KJV: Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped; then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him and he did eat.

David had done evil and heard the prophet say his child would die (2 Sam.12:14). He should have been the one put to death; he was the one who sinned. Verse 14 says, "Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born of thee shall surely die." Verse 9 reads, "Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord to do evil in his sight?"

God spared David's life because God had a plan for an entire nation to be executed through him. Many of us have been chosen of the Lord to do mighty things and we give in to our flesh, allowing momentary satisfaction to interfere with our God-ordained assignment. I've been there, and I only knew to do what David did. I confessed my error. The question is, "What would you do?"

It's easier to seek God's help before we miss it, in order not to miss it. God is still your Father, and loves you in spite of what you've done.

David's actions are a good rule of thumb. Once he accepted the child's death, he got up from the filth, washed himself, anointed himself, and resumed his role as king and a child of the Most High God. Before anything else, he went to the Lord's house to worship. Would you have gone to your house first, or would you have felt too guilty to show yourself in the house of the Lord?

You may have messed up royally, but never forget who you are in Christ Jesus. A way has been provided for you to come home. Never forget your Father's call on your life. Repent and fix it now.



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Monday March 4, 2024
Loneliness or Solitude?


Mark 1:35, KJV: And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

If you have not learned to enjoy solitary places, it could mean that you have not been out among the crowd much. For some of us, crowds represent work. Being the leader all the time is not all fun and games.

The example Jesus shows in Mark 1:35 is one each of us should adopt. A habit of rising up early, especially before daybreak, pretty much guarantees that one will not encounter the multitude. There is nothing quite like being in a solitary place with the Father before the rush of the crowd starts.

Crowds don't always mean people. If humans don't show up to occupy your time, other things on assignment to attack, distract, and attract you certainly will. Jesus understood the value of that "up time" with the Father. The world calls it "down time," which is why they are so down.

Jesus, "rising up," chose solitude, yet He never talked about being lonely. Did you know that "solitary" and "lonely" both mean alone without companions? "Solitary" is alone or remote from society. It may imply a condition of being apart from all human beings or of being cut off by wish or circumstances from one's usual associates.

Jesus often found Himself in that position. Why, then, was He not lonely? A lonely person is sad from being alone. A person choosing to depart to a solitary place is thrilled to get alone in the presence of the One with all the answers to all of one's questions.

People often say to me, "Everybody needs somebody." That may be true, but do they always need other human beings? I have no problem with fellowshipping with other humans, but they are cheated if I haven't first had my "up time" with the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God.

Has being alone made you sad? If so, begin a new regime of rising up a great while before day, departing into a solitary place, and then praying. In a very short time, you will have the security of knowing that you're not alone just because there is an absence of other humans, and you will find joy in being alone with the Father.



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Tuesday March 5, 2024
Your Hand and Your Purpose Determined


Acts 4:27-28, NKJV: For truly against your servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever your hand and your purpose determined before to be done.

The crucifixion of Jesus was a setup. God’s hand and His purpose determined long before Gethsemane, long before Golgotha, what was to take place with Jesus.

The crowd, used to execute God’s hand and God’s purpose, consisted of Herod, Pilate, the Gentiles, and the Jews. But it was God’s hand that determined when, where, and how Jesus would die. It was God’s hand that determined to nail Him to the cross. But because God is spirit, He used them in the natural. God determined to do this so He would not have to determine that it would happen to us.

They did not know that they were doing the will or purpose of God the Father. Had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But God knew what He was doing. Often we condemn things because we do not understand God’s purpose.

Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV) reads, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross.” What was the joy? (1) That He was going to please His Father by redeeming us. (2) He was again going to set down in a position of authority, not sit down.

He was appointed to a position of designated authority at the right hand of God so that He could be the strength we need to approach His Father. To be set at the right hand of the throne of God is not talking about reclining or resting on a chair or bench, or even a couch. Jesus, because of His obedience to death, was set by His Father in a permanent place of authority not only to worship Him but to approach Him on our behalf.

Jesus is the appointed power of God in the Universe. Receive Him and you’ll receive the Father.



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Wednesday March 6, 2024
Son, Go Work Today in My Vineyard


Matthew 21:28, KJV: But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard.

In a family business, eventually the time comes when responsibility of the business is presented to the son, not to a servant. Paul said in Galatians 4:7, "Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son, and if a son; then an heir of God through Christ." Today, God is looking for His sons to work the vineyard. The fields are white to harvest and as heirs of God through Christ we are expected to submit to voluntary servitude to assist in bringing others into the fold before it is too late.

I have been a servant and I have been a son; sonship is better.

As a son/daughter, my desire is not just to enjoy the role and the benefits. It is to show that I, by an act of my will, want to do everything asked of me to help my Father harvest the crop of others, so that none should perish.

I have seen families where the offspring simply enjoy the name their family carries and all of the benefits that the family name provides. But they in no way demonstrate that they understand that being in a family is more than just receiving. Being part of a family means sharing responsibility to fulfill the family's purpose.

Jesus never looked at what His Father could do for Him personally. He always wanted to do the Father's will and that which pleased Him. What I see as I study the Word of God is that most of Jesus' time with the Father was listening to what His Father would say to Him which was always to benefit His Body.

Jesus had no need to make personal requests of God. He understood that the Father would withhold no good thing from those who walked upright before Him. He knew the Father found pleasure in prospering His children. The only times Jesus requested anything from His Father were for us. We read that in John 17. When He prayed concerning Lazarus, He said He did it for the benefit of the people there. He understood that the Father heard Him when He spoke Lazarus' life into existence in John 11:23, "Thy brother shall rise again." May we learn to be that kind of a son.



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Thursday March 7, 2024
Fearful Choices Are Foolish Choices


1 Samuel 13:11, NLT: But Samuel said, "What is this you have done?" Saul replied, "I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn't arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle."

The enemy is always ready for battle with God's people, but we are on the winning team. Stop allowing the devil to decide when and where you battle. The battle is not yours, but the Lord's. Only combat as God's Spirit dictates. And remember: He'll never ask you to battle with natural weapons. The weapons you use are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of every stronghold of satan.

Neither the enemy's presence nor the lack of human support should have concerned King Saul. Samuel the prophet had told Saul to go to a particular place and wait for him to join him in seven days to make sacrifices. He said, "When I arrive, I will give you further instructions" (1 Samuel 10:8).

What is the Spirit of God telling you to do? Will you not wait on Him to do what only He can do?

Samuel the prophet, not Saul the king, was authorized to offer the sacrifices. But Saul, like some of us, forgot that God is never late and those who trust in Him will never be ashamed.

The Spirit of God told me many years ago, "If I do not appear to assist you when you think I should, though I may have said I would on a certain day and midnight of that day comes and goes, do not look at your clock or your calendar. I will not be late. If you will wait on Me, you will not be denied."

I so wish that Saul had listened to God's prophet and not focused on the people who left him but on those who remained. God always assigns certain ones to remain with you. Learn to thank God for them. Watch His Spirit come upon them to do great and mighty exploits.

Today, we have One with us greater than any prophet. His name is Holy Spirit. Learn to listen to what He is saying to you; then wait for Him to bring it to pass. After all, He is the One authorized for the job. Never allow fear to make your choices, for that is foolishness and it could cost more than you want to pay.



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Friday March 8, 2024
Establishing What You Decree


Job 22:28, KJV: Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

We’ve all heard how important words are and that there is no such thing as a powerless word. At the same time, there are unproductive words that are not at all beneficial to us because they’re not divinely inspired nor do they foster God’s plan for our lives. Since we have the power to decree and establish things, every word we utter needs to line up with the Bible to bring about God’s best in our behalf.

My mother used to say, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” Worse than that, I believe idle words are the devil’s personal arsenal to destroy God’s people. We may be able to unproductively sit on our hands, but we cannot sit on our words once we’ve spoken them. Words roam around unbridled in the atmosphere until they accomplish what they were sent to do. That is one reason it’s so important to say, “I’m sorry” or “Please forgive me.” We can’t even call words down until we have repented for releasing them.

Most people in the ministry are criticized at some point or another, and as much as your flesh will want to retaliate, don’t do it! What you decree to another will be established first in you. Even though these spokesmen obviously don’t understand the power of their words, what they say about you they actually decree for themselves. When you touch God’s anointed ones with unkind, ungodly, and vicious words, you release a negative force that will hunt you down as though it were a heat-seeking missile.

We stand on dangerous ground when we decree negatively about other people. Romans 14:4 (NLT) says, “Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong.”

While we never condone wrong, we also need to make sure that while we encourage others to do right, our words concerning them do not in turn act as judge and jury and then condemn us. Remember-what we decree will be established to, for, or against us.



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Saturday March 9, 2024
Glorify God With Your Gift


1 Peter 4:10, NIV: Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

I have no doubt that God’s pleasure is to bless His people, and He does it in so many different ways. Evidently He does not give to everyone the same way, because some receive blessings based on their faith in His promises to them and others receive gifts from Him when they do not use faith for them at all.

Of course, all of us must use our faith to continue to use and develop our gifts. And 1 Peter 4:10 says that we are to use these gifts from God to serve others. We must become administrators of His grace. We are not to hoard that grace or the other gifts He gives us, but we are to use them to serve others. We are temporary containers who continuously distribute an ongoing outpouring of His grace. So many people we encounter need to experience God’s grace, and He saw fit to use us to disperse it.

Some of the most precious moments in my life were not when I was receiving. I am grateful for those times, but they do not compare to the thrilling moments of observing others’ joy when I am obedient to God to bless them with what He has given me.

You have to know that the gift came from God before you will be comfortable with giving it away.

Never view a giver as more spiritual than someone else. Never decide that people operating in the spiritual gifts are always in God’s presence.

God can use the shallowest believer to operate in the gifts of the Spirit and perform miracles. These people may be undisciplined and out of control when it comes to denying themselves, but when the anointing is flowing they are an explosion going to happen.

Then I have seen others with the fruit of the Spirit growing and operating and manifested to the point of putting the rest of us to shame, yet with the fruit gifts in full form they never operate in ministry gifts.

What I have learned is that it matters not which gifts you have or how many. What matters most is that you administrate your gift in obedience to His direction and to the glory of God.



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Sunday March 10, 2024
My Substance Is Familiar to You


Psalm 139:16, KJV: Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

There is nothing new in our lives, and any incident or accident involving us does not catch You unaware, O God. You saw us before we were born. Every day of our lives was recorded in Your book. "Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed" (NLT).

Before one day of my life began, you had already ordained the seconds of my life. You knew what I was going to look like, be like, and do for You when I was yet unformed.

I am not a surprise to You. You are neither shocked nor discouraged about me or my life. You have the full picture, and my end is already planned. It is a plan for good, and not evil. It is a plan to prosper and succeed in all things.

I just need Your help in revealing to me what You have already recorded about me. Since You know what I think and what I will say, help me to think Your thoughts and speak what is pleasing to Your ears.

Not only can I not flee from Your presence; I don't want to be anywhere where I cannot sense You. I know, according to the Word, that You are with me in all things, at all times, but there is a special thrill in sensing You near.

I know You are in me, but the assurance of Your presence is what quickens me and makes me confident to be bold and speak boldly.

As this day unfolds, may the glory and wonders of Your majesty be released in all things. Present me with opportunities to do what is Your will-not just to satisfy myself but to benefit others.

Thank You for letting me know and reminding me that You are very familiar with me and have known me from before I manifested in the earth. You chose me, in Christ, before the foundation of the world.

We are longtime friends. I desire to cooperate with You fully.



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Monday March 11, 2024
Before Whom I Stand


1 Kings 17:1, KJV: And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, "As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew or rain these years, but according to my word."

Elijah the prophet of God has been credited with many miracles and noted for his boldness. In addressing King Ahab, he essentially said, "You may be king of Israel, but you are not in control of the elements. Because I stand in the presence of the Lord God of Israel, I will speak on His behalf to change the course of the elements, and you will be powerless to prevent it. Nothing will change unless I first announce it." This Bible example excites me because it teaches me that when I take the time to stand before God and to stay pleasing in His sight, I do not need to fear leaders or laymen. The Spirit of God spoke to me one time, saying, You may personally receive My promises for yourself without standing before Me in prayer and intercession, but you will never speak accurately for Me to others without taking some time to get in My presence. For that is where the flow from Me, through you, to them begins.

If you want your words to benefit and transform lives, if you want boldness of speech with no trace of timidity, ask yourself, "Before whom do I stand?" When you want creatures and creation to obey what you declare and decree, ask yourself, "Before whom do I stand?" Never be concerned with how you will be affected by what God asks you to say or to do. God's provision is found where His command and your obedience meet. For He is the One before whom you must stand.




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