Horizons Unlimited May 20, 2018 - May 28, 2018
HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Sunday May 20, 2018: I Have What They Want
Monday May 21, 2018: You Don’t Have to Sink
Tuesday May 22, 2018: Equal Rights For Women
Wednesday May 23, 2018: Don't Shipwreck Your Prayers
Thursday May 24, 2018: Money Is Not Your Need or Solution
Friday May 25, 2018: Made Known to Us
Saturday May 26, 2018: A Great Light Shineth
Sunday May 27, 2018: Too Busy To Pray Is Too Busy
Monday May 28, 2018: Only For Him

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Sunday May 20, 2018
I Have What They Want


Psalm 16:11, KJV: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Pleasures for evermore" sounds to me like endless bliss. Since the Father has offered to show you a path that leads only to life, why not follow it? Paths of our choosing can never lead us to anything comparable to what God has promised for our good.

The lengths and cost of carnal pursuits at being happy are not only sad but fleeting when each of us can experience joy in full measure by simply choosing to fellowship with the Father. He shows up when anyone wants to spend time with Him.

The guarantee of endless pleasure is found at the right hand of God Himself. It is not unusual or impossible. Who is it at the right hand of God? Of course, you know the answer to that; Jesus is! The secret that has been revealed in this is that all we need to do is receive Him as Lord and Savior, continue in His Word, and experience pleasure without conclusion.

Everyone claims to want to be happy. I put it that way because when asked to make changes, adjustments, and sacrifices in their lives that will bring happiness, suddenly they are reluctant to do so. Some absolutely refuse and renounce wisdom. For them, I say "claim to want to be happy" because they will not adjust their sails according to the wind that is blowing at that time. It took me years to learn that happiness was not found in accumulating more things.

I spent many years and many dollars looking for happiness in all the wrong places. The day I recognized and admitted that Jesus had everything I wanted or needed was my day of liberation. I am more excited about pursuing Jesus today than I have ever been, because nothing matters without Him. Furthermore, everything is mine because of Him.



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Monday May 21, 2018
You Don’t Have to Sink


One day my granddaughter, Sarah, fell out of a paddleboat we were in together. The Holy Spirit said, “Hold on to her.” Since He knew that neither Sarah nor I could swim and that I was taking 241 people to Israel two days later, I obeyed. We went well below the surface and rose immediately. I knew enough to not struggle. Having learned to float, I thought I could get Sarah to safety by floating until she got help. Thank God, His right hand of mercy got me to a boulder and literally fastened me there until I obtained enough breath to help God help me up.

Through that experience, I learned a great lesson. When your faith does not allow you to walk on the water of your situation and life has not taught you to swim, never resort to struggling in the waters of life; you might sink. Instead, fill yourself so full of His promises in your time of fellowship with Him that when the flood comes in, it will not drown you. In fact, to your surprise, you will find that God’s faith-filled words will cause you to float. Most people can float longer than they can swim anyway; it certainly takes less effort.

Did that recent telephone call or unexpected letter nearly send you into a tailspin? Don’t struggle with it. Listen on the inside of you. If you have filled yourself up with God’s Word, you will hear your message of how to float. Help is on the way.

If you have not been in the presence of God consistently through His Word, stop what you are doing right now, ask for forgiveness for spiritual neglect, and plead for direction, wisdom, and strategy to purposefully seek Him first on a daily basis.

Did you say, “I don’t have time”? Rethink that. You don’t have the time not to. The waters are rising and a dam is about to burst. You may not be able to prevent the flood, but you don’t have to sink from struggling either.

Gear up for some Holy Ghost swimming lessons, or at least take some courses on the fine art of faith floating. It is preparation time. Get on with it, and avoid the struggle.



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Tuesday May 22, 2018
Equal Rights For Women


Numbers 27:4, NKJV: “Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father's brothers.”

Aren't you glad that Jesus freed us from what was almost considered a curse? For a man not to father a son in the Old Testament was not received well. The only thing worse than not fathering a son in the eyes of that society was being barren as a wife.

This was the first pre-nuptial agreement. The daughters of Zelophehad petitioned to receive an inheritance for their father's name so he would not be penalized for not having sons. They did not protest to the other women. They believed God would do the right thing and would speak through his servant in charge. He did; and they received from God what they requested.

However, the daughters had to agree to certain guidelines if they wanted the money. For female heirs to marry, what they owned was protected from being absorbed into the inheritance of another tribe. They could have given up their inheritance to marry outside the tribe, but that was not likely since they risked asking for it in the first place.

We had a friend who put all her eggs, which were many, into a basket with her husband’s. He stopped doing things God's way and a divorce, which she did not want, occurred. He did not behave like a man of God towards her and she ended up with only her integrity and love for Jesus.

She did not embarrass him. She trusted God to work all things together for her good because she understood that her inheritance was not in this world. Because he did not do right by her or God, he lost everything including what was once a lucrative career. She never lost her desire to serve God and others. Now God is remembering what He originally planned for her.

Ladies, your equal rights must be found in Jesus. Your access to Him makes you not only equal but ahead of many. Keep your focus on what and who makes you equal.



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Wednesday May 23, 2018
Don't Shipwreck Your Prayers


1 Peter 3:7, NLT: In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat her with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God's gift of new life. If you don't treat her as you should, your prayers will not be heard.

It is time Christian men use their faith to believe God to understand their godly wives. Previous verses teach godly women the importance of doing right by their husbands, even when their husband has not yet sold out to the Lord. In other words, ladies, your husband's relationship with the Lord should have no effect on your godly behavior.

I believe that if a woman is committed to living a holy and set-apart life for the Lord, she should believe God for wisdom on how to please her man without violating her position with God. He will show her how to attract him to Christ without making him feel that she thinks she is superior to him. Godly women can, and often do, win their ungodly spouses to Jesus.

A man who is a professing Christian has a responsibility to reciprocate to his wife what is necessary to have a full life with her. Though she may be physically weaker, God sees her as his equal. Therefore, she should be treated accordingly. They are heirs together of God's grace. Failure to see that, mister, will cut off your prayers.

As the spiritual head of the home, a man cannot mistreat the Father's daughter and expect her Father to reward him. What would your response be to your son-in-law not doing right by your daughter? If your prayers are not getting answered and you seemingly are doing everything according to the book, you may want to look at how you are behaving toward your wife.

Shipwrecked prayers are not God's will for you, but neither is His daughter being ill-treated because you have neglected to learn the science of doing right by His child. Fix it now.



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Thursday May 24, 2018
Money Is Not Your Need or Solution


Acts 3:3, NIV: When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.

Money was not what this man needed. He had been crippled since birth and begging almost as long. Even if Peter and John had money to give him, they perceived that his need was greater; so, therefore, his solution had to be greater.

Today, we often limit what we receive from God because we fail to recognize our true need. Culture often says we need more or better housing as well as government funds to assist us with food for our flesh and clothing for our backs. But in fact, we need Jesus to change those parts of us that can't be seen with the natural eye.

The good news and an open heart to receive truth free one to depend upon God, not man, as his source. Like Peter, we may be used of God to assist with someone becoming stable. However, without the one who appears to be the victim applying some faith to act on what is happening in and for him, he remains in a beggarly state.

No intelligent person would "pooh-pooh" the use of money to assist in one's well being. But, never, ever conclude that money is the answer to what you need. Jesus is always our solution. He's capable of using what He knows is best for us. Peter knew his limitation to help the lame man; but, by the Spirit of God, he directed the man to look past his limitation to the One who was the solution to his situation.

Stay very close to the Lord Jesus Christ and it will be easy to step aside so that those in need stop looking at you and pass from you to Jesus for help and hope. After all, the Scriptures say, to those who look for Him will He appear, and those who trust in Him will never be ashamed.

Remember, money is never your need or your solution.



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Friday May 25, 2018
Made Known to Us


John 17:26, NIV: I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.

Jesus was not praying for people to merely be conscious of God's love. He wanted more than that. He wanted the God-kind of love to be in them so that He, too, could reside within them.
We know how much God loved His Son. Imagine that kind of love living in each of us who believe on Jesus. Better yet, imagine Jesus living in us to dispense that kind of love to others everywhere we go.

One thing is certain: We can't experience that degree of love without an awareness of who the Father is, and we will never know the Father unless the Son reveals Him to us.
Jesus cannot live where God's love does not exist. God's love cannot exist where His love for Jesus has not been taught. No human can truly teach you about the Father's love except His Son.
Dear Father God, I may not have the total illumination of Your love for Jesus, but if it's like Your love for me, it's awesome. I know how much I love Jesus, but it can't compare with Your love for Him. I desire to love as You love, without personal preferences, prejudicial opinions, and attitudes that will hinder me from being the vessel You would choose to use in accordance with Your plan for mankind. I believe to receive more knowledge of You, which brings with it more love.



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Saturday May 26, 2018
A Great Light Shineth


Isaiah 9:2, NKJV: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.

Each of us makes the choice either to walk in darkness or in light. God obligated Himself to allow us to see the great light, and He has shined that light upon us. He will not, however, force us to walk in His light. He will not evict us from the land of the shadow of death. We have to decide to look for the road out of the land of the shadow of death while the light is shining upon us.

We were all born in darkness, and we had no choice concerning that; but because of God's love for all of His creation, He exposed us to light and used that light to expose the darkness in our lives. But He does nothing further concerning changing our journey. We can continue to walk in darkness; or we can decide to pursue the light, which we have already seen.

If in the Old Testament a man was disqualified from becoming a priest due to physical blindness, if an animal was disqualified as a sacrifice because it was blind, God certainly would not want His people to be blind spiritually. But now, because Jesus shed His blood under the new covenant, we who have received Him are made priests and kings and a holy nation. Even if our natural eyesight is impaired, we are acceptable to Him as long as our hearts are not impaired.

Thank You, Father, for shining Your great light on me so that I am able to discern with spiritual eyes who You are.



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Sunday May 27, 2018
Too Busy To Pray Is Too Busy


Daniel 6:10, NIV: Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened towards Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Daniel had become a very popular and powerful person although he was in captivity. Yet, he took the time to pray-not once or twice, but three times every day. This fact tells us about the character of Daniel. Notice that God did not require Daniel to pray three times a day. Daniel chose to require that of himself. When we make that kind of decision, change usually follows close behind.

In addition to temporarily setting aside certain responsibilities in order to pray three times a day, Daniel elected to be at risk with man rather than to neglect his time with the Lord. Far too many of us are too busy with ourselves and our things. We don't take enough time to show respect to God, the Provider of all that we enjoy in the natural.
I have been guilty of this more times than I care to remember. I decided to make some adjustments in my thinking and to take the necessary corrective measures to improve my prayer life.

Father, please forgive me for talking to You on the run. If I can stop and shop, I can stop and pray.



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Monday May 28, 2018
Only For Him


Joshua 22:5, TM: Be vigilant in keeping the Commandment and The Revelation that Moses the servant of GOD laid on you: Love GOD, your God, walk in all his ways, do what he's commanded, embrace him, serve him with everything you are and have.

Finally, the people of God possessed what He had promised many years earlier. The promise was made to their ancestors, who never saw or profited from the promise themselves. Here we observe the faithfulness of God to always provide what He promised.

Those to whom the promise was made failed to keep God’s commandments. His Law was not respected and adhered to. Love for God was limited. They were too busy pursuing their plans and ways of doing things to do things His way. Obedience only occurred when they hit a “brick wall.” They neglected to embrace Him. Serving Him was more lip service than an activity performed from the heart.

In spite of all that, God’s love was forever committed to them, yet the requirements for His blessing never changed. As a result of both — His faithfulness and the requirements He set forth — it was the next generation, their offspring, who finally possessed the inheritance.

We experience and enjoy a great deal today that never would have been possible if Jesus had not been obedient to go to Calvary. It’s nice to enjoy those things, but are we ever going to get it straight that personal pursuits and agendas are such a distraction and waste of our real purpose? We exist only for Him. He must, therefore, become and remain our focus and our future. We can do nothing apart from Him; He doesn’t want to do anything apart from us. We are loved. We are blessed. We are set apart from all the rest. He is looking to the day that He becomes our affection and the only reason for our being. We must live and move and have our being in Him, period — the end.



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