Horizons Unlimited July 07, 2024 through July 15, 2024
HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Sunday July 7, 2024: My Long- and Short-Range Goal
Monday July 8, 2024: Don't Think Too Highly of Yourself
Tuesday July 9, 2024: Peddling Doubt Is Equal to Peddling Dope!
Wednesday July 10, 2024: Will Your Actions Cause Others to Praise God?
Thursday July 11, 2024: When You Know How!
Friday July 12, 2024: Follow the Word
Saturday July 13, 2024: Will You Be Ready?
Sunday July 14, 2024: What Makes You a Queen?
Monday July 15, 2024: The Fallout of Sin

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Sunday July 7, 2024
My Long- and Short-Range Goal


Ecclesiastes 2:11, NKJV: Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.

Most of what we have acquired has been vanity and vexation. What a shocker this is to those of us who grew up believing that accomplishment, achievement, and accumulation were the answers to all of life's ills.

The greatest joy I have received and the thing that keeps my heart bubbling with happiness is not what I have accumulated; rather, it is what God has used me to do for the Kingdom and for others.

Years ago, the Lord instructed me to write down my long- and short-range goal. I simply wrote, "To be sensitive enough to the voice of Jesus on a daily basis that any question or doubt in my mind would be eliminated as I follow God's plan for my life." That one goal sure simplified everything for me.

How could I estimate the value of my privilege of teaching a ten-year-old to read, only to watch her accept Jesus the first time she attended church and to ask for and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit two days later? As a result, this child who had once struggled with reading two-letter words, suddenly attacked and decoded eleven- letter words without assistance from anyone except the Spirit of God within her! What are your short- and long-range goals? May they result in an accumulation of this type of wealth.



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Monday July 8, 2024
Don't Think Too Highly of Yourself


2 Samuel 5:2, NKJV: lso, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out, and brought them in; and the Lord said to you 'You shall shepherd My people Israel and be ruler over Israel.'

God would have allowed Saul to retain his kingdom forever had he not operated in fear and disobedience, allowing himself to mistrust God by making sacrifices to God instead of waiting for Samuel to arrive (1 Samuel 13:13). God sought after a man after His own heart. He personally chose David, because He knew Saul would blow it (verse 14). David's success is often compared with and showcased against the backdrop of Saul's failure.

Too often, people look at the external and judge what they see, while God always looks at the heart and decides. David and Saul had equal chances to please God. Saul often became angry (1 Samuel 11:6-7). He was not a humble person at all. He even tried at times to kill David as well as his own son Jonathan.

God expressed regret, for having made Saul king (1 Samuel 15:11, 35). Finally, God's Spirit departed from Saul (1 Samuel 16:14). Repeated disobedience cost Saul his throne. David was not perfect. He committed adultery, had a man killed, and counted, or numbered, the Israelites against God's orders. But he always sincerely repented and took responsibility for his actions.

Only God can take the lid off our limitations. David did not become a successful leader just because of what God did for him, but, rather, based on his own humility and his willingness to receive correction from God. Saul made choices without consulting with God. David stayed in God's face about everything except Bathsheba, but when he repented, he was blessed. So shall it be with you!



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Tuesday July 9, 2024
Peddling Doubt Is Equal to Peddling Dope!


John 10:24, KJV: Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

Doubt is a choice you make; so is believing. Do you imagine that after 400 years of silence with God, the first thing He revealed-His Son to come-was done to cause doubt in the people He was sending Him to save? I don't think so. Jesus came to erase all doubt by revealing Himself as well as His Father (John 10:25). Jesus went on to tell them the reason they were in doubt was, they were not part of His flock (verse 26).

What I hear proceeding from the mouths of some preachers, as well as laypersons, tells me they either don't know Jesus or that they have been erroneously taught. Erroneous teaching can certainly hinder you for awhile, but real hunger for His truth will attract the Person of the Holy Spirit on your behalf every time. He is the Spirit of truth! I believe you should only read Christian fiction when you have read and been taught so much truth that you are able to properly discern truth from error.

Paul, in his concern for the church at Galatia, began to doubt the Galatians because they were not walking in the truth he had shared with them; they were being tempted with false teaching. Why would Jesus or Paul want to peddle doubt? They each paid a high price to provide us with freedom. False teachers are "dope pushers" trying to get you to accept counterfeits. You will not experience freedom if you accept their teaching. Never doubt Christ and His plan for your life.



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Wednesday July 10, 2024
Will Your Actions Cause Others to Praise God?


Luke 18:43, KJV: And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

Have we become so jaded and blasé about receiving from the Lord that we've forgotten that the purpose of receiving from Him is to cause us and others to follow Him and to give thanks? Are those standing by observing us praise God for having received the promise? One friend made a life transition, not having lived to a ripe old age, because each time he used his faith to obtain a health victory, he then just wanted to play bridge or go shopping. Jesus does not heal us so that we can play games or shop. He wants us to make a choice to follow Him and to glorify God for what has taken place in our lives. It will have a positive effect on those who know the journey we've been on. They will rejoice with us.

We once called the home of another person who was under attack. We were told, "He's sitting in front of the TV watching football." God allowed him to transition out of this world less than a month later.

Friend, receiving from God is about feeding on the Word, not satisfying your flesh. Give the Spirit something to work with in your life. As a result, you'll cause others to praise God.



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Thursday July 11, 2024
When You Know How!


Philippians 4:12, CEV: I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it is to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little.

Although I don't recall ever being where food was not available to me, I have for various reasons been hungry. When you know you can identify with the plight of others, compassion then rises up in you -not pity, but compassion. Pity carries no power with it to change the circumstance. Compassion activates faith in God's Word and almost "with violence" takes back from the devil what he has stolen from an uninformed person.

Unfortunately, there are preachers and so-called Christians who preach and teach that the negatives of life come to all and must be endured. That's a partial truth, which makes the whole thing a lie. I agree that negatives come to all-to sinner and saint alike. However, as a child of the Most High God, I have the ability to alter anything life throws me that is contrary to God's plan and purpose for me. How can I change it? First, I know that Christ gives me the strength to face anything (Philippians 4:13, CEV). Secondly, once I have faced life's "anything," I then use the words of my mouth to decree and declare what God has promised me.

When you know how to activate the principle of "believing in your heart and saying with your mouth," you will take back what ever the devil has stolen.



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Friday July 12, 2024
Follow the Word


Joshua 3:3, CEV: When you see some of the priests carrying the sacred chest, you'll know it's time to cross to the other side.

Israel was instructed to keep their eyes on the container that carried their instructions for success, since they had never traveled this way before (verse 4). They were told that the chest would guide them.

Believers have the Holy Spirit to take us where God has ordered our steps. It is imperative that we keep our spiritual eyes on Him and not be distracted by what our physical eyes may see. Faith in what God has said will direct us to our destination. Our Guide cannot be seen with our natural eyes, but divine accuracy is what He does best.

Too often I hear people say, "I know what the Word says, 'but'." When we really know God's Word and understand that it only works for us by faith or by believing, there are no buts. Every time we allow a "but" to follow what we know, we are in rebellion and disobedience.

Follow God's Word. Period. You may not always understand what He's doing, but you can be sure of this: He's working it out for your good. To follow God's Word is to follow His Son-the Beloved One in whom He is well pleased. We no longer follow a box, we follow His written and spoken Word. When we do that, He is well pleased with us.



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Saturday July 13, 2024
Will You Be Ready?


Luke 1:17, TM: He will herald God's arrival in the style and strength of Elias, soften the hearts of parents to children, and kindle devout understanding among hardened skeptics - he'll get the people ready for God.

John the Baptist was able to do this because it was first prophesied in Malachi 4:5, 6 that he would be the one. In preparing himself to fulfill scripture, John spent a great deal of time in the wilderness alone with God. He wasn't interested in the latest games or fashions. He ate what was needed for him to survive. He was focused. He understood his call and was responsible only to the Lord. He was not afraid of the rulers or the people. John the Baptist said and did what was needed as directed by the Spirit of God. Yes, it cost him his life, but he was ready. He was not so busy getting everyone else ready that he forgot that he too one day had to leave here.

Jesus said, "Servants are fortunate if their master finds them awake and ready when He comes (Luke 12:37, CEV). He tells us to be ready and keep our lamps burning (verse 35). There are times that I allow my schedule to become overloaded and the Holy Spirit reminds me not to be so in love with the work of the Lord that I lose sight of my priority which is to spent time together with Him. To neglect to serve Him makes me an unfaithful servant, and the Lord can teach me much in my service to Him. But He can teach me more in personal time with Him.



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Sunday July 14, 2024
What Makes You a Queen?


The New Testament does not mention the word queen except to discuss Old Testament events and persons. At times I hear women share that their spouse treats them as a queen in spite of what they say or do. Something about that "rubs" me. As I was meditating on that one day, the Holy Ghost said, "I'd rather you act like a queen than to be treated like one."

The word queen simply means "the feminine of king." When a woman is said to be treated like a queen, it suggests to me that someone might be allowing her to be happy and accepted regardless of her behavior and attitude toward him or anyone else. When a woman asks to be treated like a queen in this manner, it means she is saying, in effect, "Don't require me to face who I really am, and never criticize me, correct me, or require me to do anything that makes me uncomfortable." A reality check is needed here, because no one who is right-minded will permit that fantasy world to exist for another.

Are you being treated like a queen because you deserve it, or is it a way to keep you in their bondage? Queen Vashti, who was written about in the book of Esther, was born into royalty; she did not simply marry into it. But when she chose to act "royal" because of who she was from birth, the king and his cronies attempted to reduce her status. Her attitude and behavior was, You may be able to take away my title, but because I am royal, you can't take that from me. She for all intents and purposes said, "I'll give up the pleasures of the palace before I'll give up who I am. You didn't make me, and I will not let you break me." Vashti acted like a queen even though they did not treat her as one. She left personal pleasure behind to walk away with integrity and dignity.



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Monday July 15, 2024
The Fallout of Sin


Joshua 22:20, CEV: Don't you remember when Achan was unfaithful and took some of the things that belonged to God? This made God angry with the entire nation.

Achan died because he sinned, but he also caused the death of many others. Dying as a result of my own sin is one thing. Causing others to die due to my sin is too difficult to think about.

This is what Jesus did for me and He was the only one assigned to die for my sins. What a relief it is to know that He did not have to remain dead for me. In fact, if Jesus had not been raised from the dead, He would not have qualified to declare me innocent. He made me a new creature in Christ. Old things passed away and behold all things were made new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

The fallout of sin still affects others today. Presidents will go down in history books as liars, fornicators and abusers of their office. When we obtain a certain level or status among the people, we no longer belong just to ourselves. Men and women, when you are single adults, you are accountable only to your Maker. When you add spouses or children into your lives, you also add additional responsibility and accountability.

For Achan to die because he stole what belonged to God is different from his entire family, all his cattle and all he had falling into the pit with him when it opened. Who are you attached to? Do you periodically check out what they are up to, or do you look the other way when you know they're wrong? When your inner voice tells you that something is not right do you question it or decide you'd rather not know? Don't get caught in the fallout of another person's sin. The result could be fatal.



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