Horizons Unlimited February 16, 2020 - February 24, 2020

Sunday February 16, 2020: Come In and See
Monday February 17, 2020: Courage-Take Heart!
Tuesday February 18, 2020: High Time
Wednesday February 19, 2020: Acceptance Brings Illumination
Thursday February 20, 2020: Attached to the Source of Life
Friday February 21, 2020: Selected and Named
Saturday February 22, 2020: God Does Not 'Out-Promise' Himself
Sunday February 23, 2020: The Bad News Is All Wrong
Monday February 24, 2020: My Value Is Unlimited

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Sunday February 16, 2020
Come In and See

Luke 8:16, NLT: No one would light a lamp and then cover it up or put it under a bed. No, lamps are mounted in the open where they can be seen by those entering the house.

Why stay out where the darkness can overwhelm you? Come in and see. Jesus is not concealing from us anything that we need to know. Failure on our part to enter in is what keeps us in the dark and uninformed.

How do you enter in? First, you must acknowledge that if you are outside of the Lord's house, light is limited to all that have not yet chosen to enter. From the outside, you don't know what is hidden and what the secrets are. Entering in provides us with the opportunity to pay attention to what's being said. To come in suggests that we are now open to more or better understanding.

From outside of God's family, His message is obscured, and the distractions around you often prevent you from listening. Anyone neglecting to listen with spiritual ears will always run off with only a portion of what is being said, and the wicked one will target him the same as he would a forgetful hearer. That's how he tricked Eve. She thought she had heard what God said, but her speech betrayed her, and the devil took advantage of the moment.

Stop half-quoting Scripture. Either say what is written, or be quiet until you know it. How do you know when you know it? You know it when it proceeds out of your mouth without any hesitation, because it's so lodged in your heart, having entered in, that the only exit for it is your mouth. The heart never fills up on half-Scriptures or good intentions. If anyone knows that you know it and are speaking it with confidence, the devil should.

The ones who have entered in are very apparent to the devil. First of all, they have learned enough of the things previously hidden to them, and the secrets only those intimate with the Lord have access to, that they have become wise enough to stay in once they came in. They are protected and secure, having come into the light. Why would they want to retreat to the devil?

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Monday February 17, 2020
Courage-Take Heart!

Isaiah 35:3-4, TM: Energize the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees. Tell fearful souls, "Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right and redress all wrongs. He's on his way! He'll save you!"

Instead of using the power of our words to change things, we have come to tolerate what happens to us. That has weakened our resolve to speak to the mountains in our lives (Mark 11: 23-24). We seldom call things which be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Too often, we talk about the things that are, when God tells us to take what does not exist in the natural realm and, using the name of Jesus, bring it from the spiritual into the natural.

We have been guilty, at times, of ignoring those whose strength appears to be wavering. We are not to criticize, but say to those who appear to be fearful, "Be strong. Do not fear." Show them the scripture, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). No believer wants to be afraid. Something or someone is binding him or her. Those of us who understand the power in the name of Jesus can change things for them.

While we believers do not have to use our carnal weapons anymore to win any wars against the enemy, we still have to engage in what is often spiritual warfare. So much money has been wasted and too many lives have been lost fighting the war in the Middle East. We, God's people, neglect to enlist in spiritual combat. We forget to get before the Lord and contend with satan for what is the will of the Lord in this battle. There is nothing like over-confidence to weaken one's faith in the Lord to perform that which He has promised, which is always His will.

Look around you. There are brothers and sisters waiting to hear you say, "Be of good courage. Take heart." Wait no longer.

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Tuesday February 18, 2020
High Time

Romans 13:11, The Message: But make sure that you don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break.

Paul admonishes us to stay alert to a high standard of moral conduct. As responsible Christians, we are to display the lofty character Jesus has provided for us.

The enemy appears to be more aware of the high place toward which we are headed; he has pushed all his buttons to get us to use up our energy in busyness so that we are no longer sensitive to spiritual things. If we become distracted by daily pressures we think we must be involved in, we will become as one in need of a nap. The devil wants us to get so caught up in doing that we can't see what day and hour we are in.

We are to pay all our debts, not make new ones. The only debt we are to commit to and never expect to ever pay in full is our debt of love for others. Loving our neighbor as ourselves sums up what we were saved to do. Love, God's love, will satisfy every one of God's requirements.

High time is another reason for living in love. We are aware of the hands on our spiritual clock, and our spirit is saying we don't have as much time as we once did to line up with the Lord and His character in us.

Failing to walk in His love could cause us to doze if not fall asleep. We need to awake to where we are in time. We are closer to Jesus' appearance than when we first believed. The night is almost over, and we need to shed everything that is contrary to God's ultimate plan for us.

It's high time we turned the reins of our lives over completely to Jesus and renounce thoughts of self-indulgence. Murder what is not of God in you.

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Wednesday February 19, 2020
Acceptance Brings Illumination

John 13:7, KJV: Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

We must learn to accept the move of God. When we do, He illuminates our understanding.

Initially, though, He is not interested in our understanding Him. He is looking for us to have such an intimate relationship with Him that we simply follow. It is called faith. Without faith, pleasing Him is impossible.

I used to understand less of what God was saying and doing than I do now. In fact, my opinion of what I thought He was doing was evident in my explanation of Him and His actions. Today, I seldom try to explain God's reason, and I rarely share my opinions about what He is doing. I know that He knows the complete story and that whatever He is permitting, He is using to work for my good.

God is not keeping any secrets from us, nor is He waiting for us to understand what He is doing before we decide to obey Him and accept His actions.

Obedience and acceptance can only follow trust's lead. It is just a lot easier to obey someone or something you trust. I am grateful for a reputation that causes some people to go along with a project that I am involved with, even when I have either not had time to fully explain it or my explanation was still somewhat hazy. For example, my husband doesn't always understand my plans (nor I his), but we have become so intimate and trusting of each other that often we accept what the other one is doing because of our track record with one another.

Surely God's track record with us by now is such that we can decide to accept first and understand later. Jesus promised us that we would, indeed, understand later. Therefore, I choose to wait for both my change and my understanding to come as I move out with Him.

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Thursday February 20, 2020
Attached to the Source of Life

John 15:4-5, NKJV: Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me, you can do nothing."

I once observed a large, healthy tree outside of a window with leaves that were a deep, rich green. However, there was one branch that was almost completely severed from the tree with dead brown leaves on it. What a contrast between life and death.

I believe the Holy Spirit brought that tree to my attention to show me the importance of staying fully attached to the source of life. In other words, you can't just be born again. You must allow His Word to fill you, and His Word must be your number one priority if you expect to live productively.

As I was meditating on verses 4 and 5 today, I was reminded that a part of my daily request of the Lord is that the fruit of the Spirit be in full manifestation everyday throughout the day in my dealing with others as I represent Jesus.

The Holy Spirit reminded me that my request can be a reality if I remember that the Spirit's fruit grows and matures in me as I stay joined to the Lord at all times. The only way I know to do that is through a combination of fellowship with Him and obedience to His every word.

I know wonderful, well-meaning people whom I believe love the Lord, but their level of Word knowledge is limited. They know how to quote the Scriptures, but they don't have a clue about the power it wields for them when they believe and act upon it.

The Word of God was not given to us just to quote or preach. It was provided for us to believe, to trust, and to obey-regardless. Anyone who trusts, believes, and obeys God's Word is attached to Him, the source of life and power.

Power to change things comes to the believer, not to the quoter. We can learn anything that is said or written for the purpose of quoting it. However, only confident quotation of God's Word in every situation actually releases a force to perform in the lives of those who stay joined to Him.

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Friday February 21, 2020
Selected and Named

John 15:16, KJV: Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

I remember the first time I read this verse. I was shocked. All of my life, I was led to believe I had selected the Lord Jesus as my personal Savior. When I inquired of the Lord about this, the response I received was, "You were taught about Jesus, and you made a decision to receive Him as your Redeemer. It was at the moment of your decision that He selected you and named you for the position and office you are called to."

Aren't you glad you didn't have to earn "brownie points" with God? When we receive Him by faith, He selects and names us to our position in His Body. All of us will not be selected and named for the same position, but we will be included in the selection and naming process. He knows what He wants us to do, and He gives each of us whatever is necessary to complete the job. People who are selected and named to a position or office by men and not God are being set up for a head on collision.

No one except Jesus can select and name you to that which will bear lasting fruit. Anyone who tries to get you to renounce or ignore your selection and call is wasting his or her time.

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Saturday February 22, 2020
God Does Not 'Out-Promise' Himself

1 Kings 8:56, NLT: Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he has promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.

The children of Israel received God's never-failing promises through His servant, Moses. Think how much more reliable the promises are to the Church that came through God's Son, Jesus Christ, who shed His precious blood to guarantee their truth. It's like having a pre-nuptial agreement between God and us with Jesus as the "lawyer" who wrote it up on our behalf. God never "out-promises" Himself.

There are several things we should look for to aid us in our confidence concerning what the Lord is saying to us, His Church. Who is the source of the promise? What is the scope of the promise? Is there substance in the promise? Is the promise simple enough for us to understand? Has the promise clearly stipulated what it covers that will benefit us? What about both the surety and the security of the promise? We need to know the dependability of the structure.

When dealing with people, some of these things could cause us concern. However, we are contracting with the Trinity, and God has promised that He would withhold no good thing from those who walk uprightly before Him (Psalm 84:11). Further, it gives Him pleasure to give us, His children, His kingdom (Luke 12:32).

I can rest in that because I know, according to the Word of God, the source of all of His promises to me. I understand the scope and substance of His promises. They are not too complicated for me to comprehend. He speaks clearly, saying what He means and meaning what He says. There is nothing more secure than His written promises.

Humans often declare more than they can provide. They occasionally try to get out of a pre-nup. But God never "outpromises" Himself. We just have to make sure we keep our part of the contract.

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Sunday February 23, 2020
The Bad News Is All Wrong

John 8:44, NIV: You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

During a time for exhortation in our church service, these words came forth: "Extra, extra! Read all about it! The good news is that the bad news is all wrong!" What simplicity. What accuracy. What a word to stand on! God does not heap bad news on His children any more than He heaps guilt and condemnation on them. As far as God is concerned, His words bring us only good news--revelation knowledge of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

So when you hear bad news of any kind, rejoice because the good news is that the bad news is all wrong. How can you know that? Well, all the bad news comes from the devil, and Jesus said he has been a liar from the beginning.

This means that, even though you may have to hear an evil report, you don't have to be adversely affected by it. The way to victory over all situations that are contrary to your happiness and well-being is to know and to quote what has been written. The one thing the devil is afraid of is that you will truly find out what God has said about you.

Don't try to beat the devil by outdistancing him in a marathon race. The way to defeat him is to resist him, acting as if you don't know he even exists. However, you can only do this by first humbling yourself under the mighty hand of God.

So remember, whenever you hear bad news, declare it to be wrong. Then rejoice because the truth of the Good News has set you free. You are a winner and an overcomer in Christ Jesus!

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Monday February 24, 2020
My Value Is Unlimited

Revelation 21:7, KJV: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

When the revelation came that my worth is not according to my possessions but according to my inheritance, my whole attitude changed and the victim mentality that was trying to attach itself to me dissipated and disappeared. The day I accepted Jesus I overcame the world and inherited all things. Many of these blessings are for me to enjoy here in this life; some are for me to enjoy throughout eternity.

God knows we must mature in order to experience some of His promises. But I'm so glad we don't have to die to receive most of what Jesus' shed blood attained for us. As sons and daughters, you and I cannot place a dollar figure on our worth, because we have been bought with an awesome price and adopted into a royal family.

I know a Christian brother whom God has prospered so much in his business that he recently commissioned a 38-million-dollar airplane to be built. I rejoice with him because he loves the Lord. He tithes on all his wealth, he gives offerings as directed by the Lord, and the Lord has made him rich. But that wealth is not this man's worth. His value is not in his abundant provisions. His true value is the same as mine and yours.

And we don't have to leave our true value behind when we depart from this earth; we get to take our wealth with us. The world may have more money than we have; but they don't have more wealth, because what you and I have cannot be measured in carnal terms. Our value is priceless because Jesus paid the ultimate price for our lives.

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