Horizons Unlimited May 15, 2022 through May 23, 2022

Sunday May 15, 2022: Made Known to Us
Monday May 16, 2022: A Great Light Shineth
Tuesday May 17, 2022: Too Busy To Pray Is Too Busy
Wednesday May 18, 2022: Only For Him
Thursday May 19, 2022: Quietness and Confidence Is Strength
Friday May 20, 2022: You Measured the Path for My Steps
Saturday May 21, 2022: Help Bring Him Back
Sunday May 22, 2022: Thank You
Monday May 23, 2022: God's Words Penetrate Prisons of Any Kind

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Sunday May 15, 2022
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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Monday May 16, 2022
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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Tuesday May 17, 2022
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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Wednesday May 18, 2022
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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Thursday May 19, 2022
Quietness and Confidence Is Strength

Isaiah 30:15, NIV: This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:

'In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.'

The natural tendency for humans is to fight back, to protect themselves from the negative words and deeds of others. However, I declare to you this day: "Don't do it!" The devil designed lies, gossip, and even negative truth to destroy God's people, but he can't stop our progress or prevent God's sustaining glory from being revealed to us. Therefore, the devil works diligently to erode our strength. He tries to cause us to take on judgmental attitudes. The devil wants you to rehearse the harmful things that others are doing to you. Why? When you do, he knows you aren't confident enough to rest in God's peace.

I gained victory over the devil after he realized that I did not think it strange that he sent fiery darts to test me. This was a new Sarah who refused to worry, complain, or criticize. Instead of retaliating, I now rejoiced to be a partaker of Christ's suffering. Confidence became my strength. The joy of the Lord enabled me to remain at peace in persecution.

Are you talking more about your circumstances than about the One who is keeping you? If so, use your mouth to praise the Father. Speak life over those who have become agents of the enemy. Speak and act knowing that the Creator of the universe is your Father.

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Friday May 20, 2022
You Measured the Path for My Steps

Psalm 18:36, NLT: You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.

God knows how wide to measure a path to prevent us from tripping or slipping along the course He ordained for us.

I love to take pilgrims traveling to Israel with me on the Roman road from Jericho to Jerusalem. Wadi Kilt, a narrow, winding road through Israel's mountains, is one of the highlights of our trip. But you'd better be a skilled driver before you attempt to travel this road! The many twists and turns make it a surprising and treacherous terrain.

God has prepared a wide path for our feet. In other words, the path we are to walk has been properly measured by God to ensure that our feet won't slip. For some of us, however, the problem is that too often we stray over onto other people's paths. And their paths are not prepared to accommodate the potential measure of our steps.

Potential is a deposit God has made in each of us. We are created equal to our own potential. We may not have the same gifts, but all of us have the potential to be the best with the gifts that we possess.

Today, make a decision to walk in the path God planned for you. Then any invasion of the enemy on your path will summon God's presence on your behalf. And don't invite the enemy in by straying from your road of righteousness. Your path is measured out for your feet only. It is a perfect fit.

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Saturday May 21, 2022
Help Bring Him Back

James 5:19,20, NKJV: Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

These verses have always agitated my spirit because I have since learned that in order to obey them I have to become more involved either letting someone know that he is on a wrong path and away from God's truth, or spending more time praying for someone to return to the Lord.

Wandering from truth is spiritual sickness. When we are attacked in the physical realm, we make demands of the devil to take his hands off our bodies or that of others. What do we quote when we see a believer straying from the truth? The Bible calls a wandering, erring believer a sinner. They have the experience of being born again, but they need to be converted. A Christian who is not doing things God's way has not yet been converted. Following his own ways makes him a sinner. When we get involved in bringing him back to truth, we contribute to saving his soul from death.

This is another form of witnessing. Proverbs 14:25 (NKJV) says, "A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies." I am not talking about someone who leaves your church because of policy or doctrine. I am speaking of departure from the godly way of life. That is serious and we are obligated to do everything possible to restore someone into fellowship to the Lord-even at the risk of losing our relationship with that person.

To hide a multitude of his sins is to cover him in forgiveness, not to conceal wrongdoing. Ask the Lord how to witness to a straying believer to get him back to his Father.

We need to stop writing people off and begin to use our faith to snatch them from the influence of the enemy. Now.

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Sunday May 22, 2022
Thank You

"Father, I want to say 'Thank You' for never allowing me to be satisfied with the mundane things of this world. Because of that, I have been forced to face the reality of being different which does not permit a child of God to ever just settle. As I was writing this, I looked out of my den window, across from one of the major corporations of the world, and saw a man just plop in his executive chair. My spirit sensed his unhappiness. I am ever so grateful that You removed me from that rat race I once thought was my answer to everything.

"Dear God, help me to show others what You have shown and are showing to me. Time is so short, and men's hearts are failing them for fear. Fear torments. There is no torment for those who are obedient and follow You. Your Word is always true and that will never change.

"However, I am sensing that for some there is another dimension that we must receive in order to follow You more closely. It's being led by the Spirit which is always supported by Your Word. There are things that You are speaking to Your children that have not been done before. Not because You did not decree or declare them, but because we were too stiff-necked to let go of what we had to be able to receive what You have for us. We are just getting around to trusting You enough to do it Your way. What years we have wasted! But, we believe in these last days You will strengthen us to take back not only what has been stolen, but by using Your strength, to forge on into the unfamiliar and that which is not comfortable to our flesh.

"With Your help, we will do it. Help us to develop a life of prayer and fasting which will aid us in hearing more clearly every word that You are speaking to us. Lives are depending on it. Now, today."

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Monday May 23, 2022
God's Words Penetrate Prisons of Any Kind

Jeremiah 33:1, KJV: Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison.

This is one of the most awesome scriptures in the Bible. When you think that you have messed up to the point that you are unable to hear the voice of God clearly, rebuke and renounce that thought. If God has something He wants to say to you or through you, His voice will penetrate prison doors like a laser.

Jeremiah had been selected by God to be a prophet going forth to proclaim what "thus saith the Lord." How much more will He continue to speak to those of us with a covenant with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ? I have had to retrain my thinking and refuse to hear the voices that keep saying, "You're too old, your season is over, you are a dinosaur in your approach to spiritual things"; and begin to declare that He who has begun a good work in me will perform or perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil.1:6).

Pay no attention to where you are at the moment. Be confident that He who never makes a mistake will complete to perfection what He started. Knowing that you did not ask to be selected for His tasks, He counted you worthy; and He does not change His mind when you mess up. He is more confident of what we can do than we are. We focus on our ability and gifts. God is focusing on His ability which is without limit.

Stop trying to figure out what you can do for God. He is not impressed. God wants us to relax, submit, and trust Him to finish what He started.

What makes us think that we qualify to complete any of God's projects? Let the supernatural in you keep doing what He began regardless of where you are right now. Where you are is not your final destination.

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