Horizons Unlimited May 31, 2020 - June 08, 2020

Sunday May 31, 2020: Force Them Out or Make them Slaves
Monday June 1, 2020: Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit
Tuesday June 2, 2020: Living Wisely and Well
Wednesday June 3, 2020: Made Rich
Thursday June 4, 2020: The Day of the Lord Is Coming
Friday June 5, 2020: Will God Take It Back?
Saturday June 6, 2020: In the Shower or in the Storm
Sunday June 7, 2020: I Will Pay the Price
Monday June 8, 2020: Refined as Silver and Tested as Gold

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Sunday May 31, 2020
Force Them Out or Make them Slaves

Joshua 16:10, CEV: Ephraim could not force the Canaanites out of Gezer, so there are some Canaanites who live there among the Israelites. But now these Canaanites have to work as slaves for the Israelites.

At age 85, Caleb completed his assignment and received the promise God gave him when he was forty. He attacked the occupants of his promised land, forced them out, then started another war (Joshua 15:13,14).

45 years passed between Caleb's assignment and its fulfillment. What do you mean you are going to retire? Not if you plan to possess what God has promised. The promise of God to you has nothing to do with your age. However, if you want what He has promised, you will have to apply effort to possess it. How bad is your "want to?" God makes a promise, but His people have to possess it. Caleb and company had to physically fight for what God has promised and given to them.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds. We can and will receive all that God has promised, if we apply the effort to possess it through faith in His Word, prayer and thanksgiving, exercising patience. That is the will of God for us. And when we do His will, we will obtain His promises.

Caleb waited 45 years, than still had to contend for what was his. Most believers don't want to wait 45 months or days. At 85, a modern day believer would have already been retired for at least 20 years. God told me that I get to retire when He can have a day off.

Are you going to be an Ephraim or a Caleb? If you have not yet learned how to dispossess the enemies of your flesh, at least make them slaves to the promises of God for your life. Wake up, get up, and go get what God has promised you, using your spiritual weapons.

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Monday June 1, 2020
Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit

Luke 18:1, CEV: Jesus told his disciples a story about how they should keep on praying and never give up.

One of the words for "pray" here is interrogate, which is derived from the word that means speak or say. Sadly, we often think prayer is only petitioning God for our desires, which are often selfish. In prayer, we do at times ask of, or beseech, the Lord. But that is just one kind of praying. I never have to pray for what I have been authorized to claim based on my oneness with Him, which is the seal of my covenant with Him.

Verse 2 of Luke 18 speaks of a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man. This widow understood persistence so she continued with this judge until he wanted to get rid of her before she wearied him (verses 4-5).

The devil does not have the power to wear us out; he deceives us in our ignorance of our identity in Christ Jesus, the knowledge of which is where all of our strength comes from. When you know who you are in Christ and what He has promised and provided, you will "ding dong" the devil until he releases what he is illegally holding that belongs to you. His greatest fear is that you will become a believing believer who refuses to give up until you have received all that has been promised to you.

Become a winner that will not quit. The Greater One lives inside you. The devil can't win unless you quit.

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Tuesday June 2, 2020
Living Wisely and Well

Proverbs 19:20, TM: Take good counsel and accept correction - that's the way to live wisely and well.

Man's correction is sometimes tough to handle, because there are times one can sense some personal input and attitude. I don't seem to have a negative reaction to being corrected by God. "Blessed is the man whom God corrects, so do not despise the discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in" (Proverbs 3:11, 12). I don't receive correction from everyone however, because I can sense when people just want to have a say in what I'm doing. I always have this clean feeling when God corrects. When God is correcting you and me we can usually find scripture to support it. All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebutting, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

Don't let anyone hold you hostage with their opinions and beliefs. Require them to give you chapter and verse for what they say to you. When God corrects it has purpose. He wants His children thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17). You and I will live wisely and well when we hear from and obey God. Good counsel is always from the Lord and can be easily accepted. It's a no-brainer knowing that disobedience to God carries with it consequences.

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Wednesday June 3, 2020
Made Rich

Proverbs 11:25, NLT: The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

Verse 24 in the New Living Translation says, “It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose every thing.”

I thank God that since I was a small child He gave me a gift of giving. I have always had a willing heart to obey God when it comes to being separated from what I have.

The Lord started me out at about the age of five. Mother’s Day and my mother’s birthday were never more than two weeks apart. I did what I had to do to give my mother a gift on those occasions. The first of my two initial gifts to her was a ninety-nine cent mother of pearl pin from W. T. Grant’s five and dime store, which she thought was the most treasured thing she owned. The second gift was a glass candy bowl with four smaller bowls in it that, I believe, she kept until she went to sleep in Jesus more than forty years later. Mother often was, but not the only, recipient of God’s generosity through me.

You are not to give all you have to everyone who asks or has a sob story. A quick way to become a statistic yourself is not to be able to differentiate between God’s voice and the voice of those on assignment to remove you from what God has provided for you. I trained myself to hear the voice of God concerning giving.

A giver is one of the highest callings you can have. A giver is a free person owing no man anything but to love Him. Other than souls coming into the kingdom, my request of the Lord would be that people would develop a willing heart and become givers.

The more I gave, the more I prospered and the more I would give. You really can’t beat God in giving, no matter how hard you try. See for yourself.

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Thursday June 4, 2020
The Day of the Lord Is Coming

2 Peter 3:9, NLT: The Lord isn't really slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.

God is giving us time to "get it together," not to continue in what our flesh has been doing. God is for people, not against them. He does not want anyone to perish, especially any who have confessed His Son as Savior. Confessing His Son and accepting His Son are not the same things. You and I can quote or mimic words all we want with no results. On the other hand, accepting Christ as Savior involves sincerity of heart.

We are recognized as Christians by our fruit and our lifestyle, or manner of living. When we say we are Christians, we no longer represent ourselves. The world looks to see what is different in us because of who we say we are.

God said, "Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth-so wonderful that no one will even think about the old ones anymore" (Isaiah 65:17, NLT). I personally believe that our training for that great event can and should begin when we are born again. I also believe preachers ought to teach that, so that the new believer can begin his quest for it. Increase, prosperity, and abundance are ours because of where we are-positioned with Christ (Ephesians 1:3; 2:6). However, I believe that preaching Christ first and then holiness will position us to attract those benefits and others besides.

Increase, prosperity, and abundance do not in themselves result in holiness, but holiness can result in the former. Remember, without a life of holiness, you will not see God (Hebrews 12:14).

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Friday June 5, 2020
Will God Take It Back?

Matthew 18:35, CEV: That is how my Father in heaven will treat you, if you don't forgive each of my followers with all your heart.

I knew that God was in Christ reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19). God is no longer promising us salvation; He has already provided it. I merely have to receive and accept it, but when I do, is not part of the deal that I treat others as He has treated me? The king who had forgiven one of his officials a tremendous debt took it back when this same official failed to forgive someone else a much smaller debt (Matthew 18:21-35). Jesus said, "That is how My Father in heaven will treat you if you don't forgive each of His followers with all of your heart." Do you want to take that kind of chance? I don't.

I know we're under grace and not the Law, but will failing to act like Jesus not frustrate the grace of God in your life (Galatians 2:21)? How will I treat what God has done for me? Will I treat it with contempt by mistreating others, or will I have a magnanimous attitude toward people, whom He loves?

After Isaac blessed Jacob thinking Jacob was really Esau, Isaac told Esau he could not take the blessing back (Genesis 27:33). In the Old Testament, pronouncing a blessing on someone was a permanent thing, and much like the law of the Medes and Persians (see Daniel 6:15), it could not be changed. Jesus often spoke of the results of failing to forgive others (Mark 11:26).

I don't know about you, but I don't want to chance not forgiving anyone. The price is too costly. Forgiveness is free; why not dispense it the same as we received it.

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Saturday June 6, 2020
In the Shower or in the Storm

1 Peter 4:19, KJV: Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

The old song I grew up with titled "Stand by Me" had these words in one of the verses: "When the storms of life are raging, stand by me." I loved that song. As a child, I'd sing it and plead with God to remain with me through the "rough stuff." Little did I know at the time that He would never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).

As time went by, there were a few storms in my life that I needed God to help me through; but I began to discover that the storms were rare. On the other hand, I seemed to be experiencing "showers" of difficult situations on a daily basis--and those showers were causing me some challenges! One thing I had to learn was that sometimes suffering comes in this life according to the will of God. There is also suffering that should not be named among us (1 Peter 4:15).

When I suffered according to God's will--persecution because of belief in His name and commitment to righteousness--I was not ashamed, and God was glorified. Suffering according to the Father's will required me to commit the keeping of my soul to Him in well-doing as unto my faithful Creator. I had to learn to do what was right, regardless of what I was going through.

You, too, need to learn to recognize God's presence with you, whether in the storms or in the showers. Commit the keeping of your soul to God as your faithful Creator. He will always help you to do what is right and pleasing in His sight, performing all according to His will in your life.

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Sunday June 7, 2020
I Will Pay the Price

1 Kings 18:41-44, NRSV: Elijah said to Ahab, 'Go up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of rushing rain.' So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; there he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees. He said to his servant, 'Go up now, look toward the sea.' He went up and looked, and said, 'There is nothing.' Then he said, 'Go again seven times.' At the seventh time he said, 'Look, a little cloud no bigger than a person's hand is rising out of the sea....'

About a year and a half after Clinton fell asleep in Jesus, I found myself in a dry, dark place spiritually, in which I could not sense the presence of the Lord in any way. I was conscious that I was not crying, yet the water from my eyes flowed freely and in abundance as I emptied myself, finally telling the Lord that I could not see, hear, feel, or even sense Him in my life. I continued in confidence that He was with me because I had the assurance of His Word that He would never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5): "So that we may boldly say, 'The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me'" (verse 6).

I had believed His Word, but I had not been speaking the sixth verse, so I began saying it over and over until His presence, "no bigger than a person's hand" (1 Kings 18:44), engulfed me. Sometime later, a full "rain" of His presence was again with me, and I vowed to do whatever was necessary not to experience that dryness and darkness again.

After that dry and dark season ended, I was prepared to walk away from everything and everyone necessary to avoid even one second of feeling void of His presence. Thank God, to this day I have resisted every opportunity that could result in that kind of experience. I have never valued the Lord's presence more. I relinquish anything that could jeopardize His presence in my life, and refuse to participate with others who don't have the same appreciation of Him. I have counted the cost and I am willing to pay the price to be engulfed by God's presence. Are you?

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Monday June 8, 2020
Refined as Silver and Tested as Gold

Zechariah 13:7-9, NLT: Strike down the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered,…"But one-third will be left …I will bring that group through the fire … I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold.

Though this was a prophecy for the remnant of Israel, I saw it come to pass in our church when Clinton fell asleep in Jesus. Because I thought that I was as loved by the people as Clinton appeared to be, it never occurred to me that his passing would allow for such an exodus of the RLCC membership.

It took my being refined as silver and tested as gold to face the truth. The Lord allowed me to see what really happened.

Clinton was not confrontational. His attitude was that a person would stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and give an account for his or her conduct as a believer. In the meantime, he could be the fair-haired pastor. My approach was different. I wanted you to see what you were doing while you could make corrections and help ensure that you get to stand before Jesus one day. If you liked me, fine. If you didn't, you and the Lord would work it out.

Following Clinton's departure, I experienced every test mentally, emotionally, and spiritually that could occur. Thanks be to God that in Christ Jesus, and with the help of the Holy Ghost, I was still standing when the tests were over. Every promise God has ever made to me was being fulfilled.

I was not exempt from the negatives in the world. What determined victory or defeat was my faith in God and His Word. I believed Him and continued to act like He is the God that cannot lie. My pain, loneliness, and fear were not from God; therefore, they could not remain in my life. I only sign for and accept His good and perfect gifts.

The remnant that remained lifted up my arms in serious prayer and support. Now, they, too, are rejoicing in the victory with me. Halleluiah, we did not quit!

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