Horizons Unlimited September 16, 2018 - September 24, 2018
HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Sunday September 16, 2018: No Respect for Age or Wisdom
Monday September 17, 2018: The Closer the Promise, the Greater the Increase
Tuesday September 18, 2018: Sifting His People
Wednesday September 19, 2018: What Are You Doing With What You Have?
Thursday September 20, 2018: Justice Delayed Is Not Justice Denied
Friday September 21, 2018: The Oath That Perfects
Saturday September 22, 2018: Followers With a Heart of Gratitude
Sunday September 23, 2018: Truth Can Never Be Destroyed-Lies Must Be
Monday September 24, 2018: Way to Go

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Sunday September 16, 2018
No Respect for Age or Wisdom


Proverbs 29:9, TM: A sage trying to work things out with a fool gets only scorn and sarcasm for his trouble.

The Scripture teaches us to live at peace with others as much as we can (Romans 12:18), because there are times when others fail to cooperate. When I find it difficult to acquire peace with others, I adjust and ask God to provide peace for me without them. No one has a right to ruin my day. "This is the day the Lord has made," and until another provides for me a day like the one He has provided, I refuse to allow that person to rob me of my joy and gladness.

A sage is a person of wisdom and will not be drawn into the foolishness of the spiritually immature. Proverbs 29:11 (TM) reads "A fool lets it all hang out; a sage quietly mulls it over." Verse 20 says, "Observe the people who always talk before they think-even simpletons are better off than they are." When you are too quick to speak and never listen to what others are saying, you will cease to grow.

Do you stop to hear what another is saying, or do you chatter all the time? When you are fortunate enough to be exposed to godly, seasoned citizens, it pays to take heed to their words. God gave them extended years and wisdom to pass on to us who are called according to His will and purpose. This window of opportunity will close one day, and we don't want to have any regrets about what we did with the opportunity. To this day, I love to visit in person or on the phone with the "golden" saints. Each visit is a window God has given me, for which I am grateful.

Many Asian cultures treat their sages as treasures. Too often, we treat ours as burdens. If you've been quick to speak and slow to listen, repent and begin to thank God for His sages that cross your path. Then "listen up," for they have much to say. Their words are not just utterances; they give out wisdom, of which we can never have enough.



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Monday September 17, 2018
The Closer the Promise, the Greater the Increase


Acts 7:17, KJV: But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt.

It appeared that Israel was in the wrong place for God's promise to Abraham to become a reality to them. After all, Egypt was enemy territory governed by a new king who knew nothing of the previous king's commitment to Joseph and his family.

God laughs when we quiver in fear because of who's in charge in the natural. God is saying to His people, "My promises to you are in charge, and that is all you need to go on." Every one of God's promises to us personally and to the Body of Christ corporately has a set time for fulfillment. The closer His promise is to being fulfilled in our lives, the more we will increase in our capacity to receive it.

The promise is not advanced or hindered because of where you are. The promise will be fulfilled because of what God has sworn. I like to say that since the Lord orders my steps and my stops, wherever I am is where He wants me to be. I never have to follow the crowd. When I follow God, the people around me will become the crowd.

The promise is moving in our direction. It knows God's time frame. It recognizes when we are in the right position, with a capacity to receive it.

So stop concerning yourself with whether or not you are in the right place. You know by your own re-created spirit when you are out of place and when what you're doing is "Nutsville in motion." If you are obeying the voice of God, His promises are catching up with you.



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Tuesday September 18, 2018
Sifting His People


Judges 7:2, NKJV: And the LORD said to Gideon, "The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'"

I suspect that Gideon felt pretty confident going out against the Midianites when he had 30,000 soldiers or people backing him. But God knows human nature better than anyone. He knew He could not give the Midianites into the hands of the Israelites and get any glory for Himself. By their basic human nature the Israelites would claim that they won the battle and not that God had done it for them.

Notice God said they were too many for Him "to give the Midianites into their hands." When are we going to realize that every victory we enjoy is because of God giving it to us? Therefore, it matters not the size of those with you or against you, God is still the giver.

The Lord simply told Gideon to separate the ones who lapped with their tongues from the ones who got down on their knees to drink. The choice to lap or bend the knee was theirs.

I concluded God could not tell even Gideon the benefit of lapping because he, like so many other leaders, would not have trusted God to include his best friend or his family and would have attempted to influence certain ones.

Instead of focusing on the size of the people allegedly with us, we need to begin focusing on the size of our Lord and sing the song, "Little Is Much When God Is in It," with conviction.

Maturity is when you stop looking at the size of the crowd and begin to see God working through your widow's mite. With God, it is never the size of what you have or do; it is the sincerity and humility in which you do a thing.

Like Gideon, when you follow the Holy Spirit's lead, you never have to separate who you like from whom God uses.



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Wednesday September 19, 2018
What Are You Doing With What You Have?


Psalm 18:23, NIV: I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.

Some of the saddest prayers I have heard are from Christians who are asking God to keep them from sinning. He won't. He has empowered every believer with the ability to be blameless and without sin.

Does that mean we won't miss the mark at times? Decidedly not. It simply means that we don't have to miss it. But if we do, we can admit it, repent for it, and get back in step with God.

I don't buy the statement "Start all over with God." I don't believe God requires us to go back to square one and give up all the ground we have gained in our walk with Him. I do believe we are to make note of what caused us to stumble or fall, mark that thing as a potential enemy, and ask God for His forgiveness and the wisdom to recognize it in whatever shape or form it takes on in the future. However, we have come too far to give up what we have gained. We can just believe our Father is the forgiving God He promised to be and go on from there.

One day I decided to stop being overly concerned with people's opinions and attitudes about me. I realized that pleasing humans was a lot more difficult than pleasing God. I don't mean that we should not be accountable for what we do; I just mean we cannot let people be more important to us than God intended them to be.

Our friend Wyatt Brown said, "There needs to be someone in your life who will say 'no' to you that you can still respect." I thank God for the trusted, respected people in my life who love me enough to say "no" when "no" is needed.

Father, I thank You for giving me Your Son, Jesus, and His precious Holy Spirit, for with Them I am able to walk blameless before You. Because of that, You reward me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in your sight (Psalm 18:24).

Help me to recognize that I am always responsible for doing something with what You have given to me. I know I can come to You for all things, but the most important thing You have given me is Your wisdom to exercise dominion and authority in the earth. I am grateful, my Father.



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Thursday September 20, 2018
Justice Delayed Is Not Justice Denied


Psalm 94:15, NKJV: But judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

One of the major mistakes people in the United States make at election time is to vote for a man or vote by party. In this country we have the blessed privilege of voting our heart. No Christian should ever go into a polling place, close the curtain, and pull the lever without first having heard from God.

Anyone with the Spirit of God can and should discern the time we’re living in. Wicked men and the spirit of lawlessness are running rampant in the earth, just as the Bible said. But that is not the conclusion of the matter, righteousness and justice will return and God’s people, those who have purposed in their heart to follow Him, will follow Him and all that He stands for.

Never confuse delayed justice with denied justice. God, through His precious Son, Jesus, will deliver us. He will make the crooked paths straight. He has given us a future filled with hope in His Beloved Son who is our Savior. Make Him your Lord also.

Look at Psalm 94:21-23 and rejoice in the God of your defense.

“They gather together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood. But the LORD has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their iniquity and shall cut them off in their own wickedness.” This is a promise of our protection and the destruction of the wicked. We should not rejoice until or unless they come to Christ. God does not want anyone destroyed. The day of God’s judgment is not a day He is looking forward to. But it will come to pass for those who will not walk the path He laid out for them or who devise ways to hurt His children. He will protect us, and reward our enemies accordingly.

Today is the day to make the right choice. Accept His Son, request His help to turn from what you have been doing and become one of His.



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Friday September 21, 2018
The Oath That Perfects


Hebrews 7:28, KJV: For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

I believe God is saying: "Most oaths or contracts carry loopholes because they are made and carried out by humans with infirmities and frailties. However, My child, I came in the flesh to establish for you an oath that is perfected and perfect for you forevermore. My spoken and recorded words are surer than any commitment anyone will share with you.

"I am reliable. I am dependable. I am faithful. And I am in love with you. Therefore, you can move out to move in My power; for we have a job to do, and I have given you my Word, which is sufficient to accomplish it. You don't have to come up with anything new. Go with what I have said, and watch it come to pass exactly as I spoke it. Trust Me, and you will never be ashamed".



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Saturday September 22, 2018
Followers With a Heart of Gratitude


Matthew 20:34, CEV: Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Right away they could see, and they became his followers.

They appeared to have their priorities straight. Like the crippled man at the beautiful gate who went into the temple with Peter and John after he was healed (Acts 3:8), these two blind men chose to focus on Jesus from the instant they could see.

I believe we would see more manifestations of healing if the recipients had their minds clear as to the purpose for their healings. Jesus does not heal blind eyes for us to watch TV or read e-mails all day. Crippled and lame people are not made to walk to go golfing, fishing, hiking, or swimming when the rest of the assembly is gathered to worship Him.

Those blind men had Jesus' attention when they called Him "Son of David." Jesus knew that "Son of David" for a Jew meant Messiah. "Messiah" means we're in covenant, and covenant means the blessings of Abraham are available to anyone recognizing Jesus as the Messiah.

When I read Luke 7:36-47 concerning a sinner woman's love and appreciation for Jesus, I am able right away to identify. This has helped me understand why I want so much to follow Jesus: He has forgiven me of much. Following Him with all diligence is a small price to pay for what He has done in my life.

Those who feel they only need to be forgiven of little show forth little love. But much love toward the One who has forgiven you of much causes you to show much appreciation.



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Sunday September 23, 2018
Truth Can Never Be Destroyed-Lies Must Be


Acts 19:27, NLT: 'Of course, I'm not just talking about the loss of public respect for our business. I'm also concerned that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will lose its influence and that Artemis-this magnificent goddess worshiped throughout the province of Asia and all around the world-will be robbed of her prestige!'

If Artemis was so great, magnificent, and influential, how could she be robbed of her prestige? However, Paul's goal was not to discredit Artemis, but to preach Jesus. Artemis was not central; Jesus was, is, and always will be. Jesus is Truth. Truth can never be destroyed, which is why even death could not keep Him in the grave. Artemis was a false goddess, and all lies must be destroyed.

The only thing that destroys lies is truth. Like so many people today who are making a lot of money, the people there in Ephesus pretended that they were promoting a worthy cause, when, in fact, they were out to protect their source of wealth (see Acts 19:25). If Artemis was the "real deal," Paul would never have been able to persuade so many people that handmade gods are no gods at all (verse 26).

In exposing lies, we often insult the God-given intelligence of His creation, mankind, and we also fail to understand the power of His Holy Spirit. It does not take a genius to figure out, If I can make it myself, why would I want to worship it? No, we worship only Him who is superior to us in everything.

God made us in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). He made us a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5). Yet there is nothing He created that He considers greater than His creation, man, and we are not allowed to worship ourselves. He and He alone is to be worshipped. Never concern yourself with lies that are spread. Just learn and then speak the truth. The Holy Spirit will take it from there. Truth remains; lies always die.



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Monday September 24, 2018
Way to Go


Psalm 66:17, NLT: For I cried out to Him for help, praising Him as I spoke.

There is a time to cry, but not when you need help. The devil is looking to make you cry. He enjoys seeing us-the Body of Christ, with all the power in the universe available to us-crying. We have provided him this pleasure too often. But this is a new day, and we have replaced weeping with praising.

We have matured on God's Word to the point of proclaiming the wonderful name of our Lord in the middle of an onslaught of negatives. We have learned to petition Him with our praise and to rehearse aloud what the Lord has already done for us. When we do this while under attack, the enemy of our souls becomes so confused that he flees in search of someone who has not learned to praise God.

We all need God's help when we experience some things beyond our natural ability to cope. But the way of escape is usually found in praising God. Praising God should become so automatic that thinking about it in time of need is not necessary. Praising God in peacetime is a preparation for ultimate praise in times of trouble. Anyone can yield to praise, but a practicing praiser makes a consistent decision to honor God both with the lips and with the lifestyle-regardless of feelings. Once you make a decision to do it, be prepared for a change in how you feel. So when you need a weapon for sure victory over all evil, praise is the way to go.



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