Horizons Unlimited September 25, 2022 through October 03, 2022
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Sunday September 25, 2022: A "Don't-Quit" Attitude
Monday September 26, 2022: God's Intention
Tuesday September 27, 2022: Preserved and Reserved
Wednesday September 28, 2022: Start Laughing
Thursday September 29, 2022: Mimic Christ
Friday September 30, 2022: Truth Locked Up in Your Heart Blocks out Sin
Saturday October 1, 2022: Good, Right, and Faithful
Sunday October 2, 2022: Understanding Is Superior to Knowing
Monday October 3, 2022: The Best Way Is Not Always ‘Instant’

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Sunday September 25, 2022
A "Don't-Quit" Attitude


Romans 8:25, NKJV: But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

Perseverance means you are not to quit or give up until you have what you desire. It means you are to enjoy your answer before it is manifested so that by the time it appears, you are already on to the next faith challenge.

Never allow a delayed manifestation to dictate your enthusiasm for what you desire. There is no greater defeat the enemy can bring your way than discouragement. Discouragement is a spiritual scud missile, targeting your hope. A hopeless person is a helpless person.

Many young people and adults today appear to have no hope. But without hope, a person has nothing to cling to or to build on in his heart. A person who has hope is pregnant with a vision that simply must be carried until the day of delivery.

Personally, I have learned that I don't have to bring to pass the vision with which the Holy Spirit impregnates me. I simply carry the "baby" with the help of hope, trusting that soon I'll get to enjoy a fully developed, healthy, happy manifestation of what I would not give up on.

Ask the Father to give you a don't-quit attitude concerning the things He has planned for your pleasure and your life. When you won't quit, the devil can't win. Remember--seeing is not believing; rather, believing is seeing what others are blind to.



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Monday September 26, 2022
God's Intention


Exodus 9:16, NKJV: But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.

God does not do anything by accident or on a whim. He is deliberate about all things. He commanded Moses to pay an early morning visit to Pharaoh to let him know that He was the one and only and that He allowed him to stand in order to demonstrate His power so His name would become a household word.

Today, God wants to show through His children that this same strength has not diminished but operates in and through us to complete every task and to tell every ear who He is. He raised Pharaoh up to show His power. He raised us up to use His power.

One Sunday morning at our church, we were singing the song "My God Reigns." I shared with the congregation that, long before, a friend of ours, after being out of fellowship with the Lord, came to a worship service in our home. While singing that same song she began to sing, "I got raised." When I pointed out to her the correct words she replied, "I don't care what the song said; when I sensed the Spirit of God in this service I got 'raised.'" After sharing this story, I asked the people to sing a couple of choruses using her words. When the people responded, the Holy Spirit began to move and speak through me, calling out conditions and breaking bondages.

When I asked all who were healed and delivered to come to the altar, a couple hundred responded. Among them were a man and woman who began to hug and cry. This brother and sister, with tears streaming down their faces, acknowledged that they had just forgiven each other after an extended period of bitterness and hatred. The family members came forward, and a Holy Ghost meeting was underway.

I wasn't scheduled to be at the service that day, but clearly God intended me to be there so that He could demonstrate His power and all present could proclaim His name. The sister who had been reconciled to her brother passed away one year later. God's ultimate intention was to enable that family to come together again and enjoy peace and unity before the sister entered eternity.



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Tuesday September 27, 2022
Preserved and Reserved


2 Peter 3:7, KJV: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

Christians have heard much about God's abundance and His blessings. But they ignore the fact that the same God that has preserved the heavens and earth shall one day judge the earth using fire to destroy it. He has reserved it though He once preserved it.

Never think that what the Lord has spoken will not be fulfilled. Because of His mercy and His desire for all to repent and be saved, He has a temporary hold on the destruction that will occur.

Some have questioned the Lord's coming and made light of His delay. But He is going to come, and I sense sooner than we think. The world is making preparations for their future here in the earth, but it is a waste of time. Earth and the heavens, as we know them, have been preserved for people to get it together and believe on His Son, Jesus. Those refusing will experience the reservation of fire that is the reward for the wicked who willfully chose to ignore God.

He has plans and a promise of a new heaven and a new earth. He said He won't use water the next time He destroys the earth; it will be fire. God does do things differently at times. He made the old covenant first; but when He was ready, He made a new one. Thank God He did. It is because of the new covenant that we, His people, do not have to fear the future. We get to spend eternity with Him and Jesus.

Revelation 21:2 NIV says, "I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth passed away." Since the first one passed away, ask yourself why would you plan your future in or on it? The believer should be focusing on the new thing God is about to do.



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Wednesday September 28, 2022
Start Laughing


1 Peter 4:12, KJV: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing has remvoe the word “has” happened unto you.

I can't be provoked or tempted above what I can tolerate, and the choice is mine as to what I will do when temptation comes. Notice, I said when temptation comes. Everyone is presented with challenges. No one can avoid them, but we don't have to allow challenges to remain as permanent guests.

I have learned that during a difficult time I must not suddenly decide that God abandoned me in the camp of the enemy. I have come to see that my victory is assured. God has allowed the trial to perfect me. If I adopt this perspective, I can sail through any stormy situation with my joy intact.

The Greek word for strange in this verse can be translated as "entertaining." We could react to a fiery trial in this way: laugh at the devil as though he had come to entertain you. Stop thinking that he has come to defeat you. That may be his preference, but he can't defeat the believer. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The abundant life of Christ in you prevents the devil from destroying you. Since the following verse, 1 Peter 4:13, tells us to rejoice, I choose to act as though the devil is a court jester. The Spirit of God calls us "beloved." We can relax in the fact that He has classified us with Jesus.

The next time the devil tries to make you think that you're going under, remember who you are and start laughing at his antics. God certainly does!.



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Thursday September 29, 2022
Mimic Christ


1 Corinthians 11:1, NIV: Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

Unlike so many leaders of today, Paul was not attempting to gather people to himself to dictate to or control. He wanted followers to mimic the Spirit of Christ in him. He was committed to follow or imitate the One who called him to serve at all costs, and he wanted those he taught to do the same.

Often, in an attempt to compliment me, ladies will say, "I want to be like you when I grow up." My usual response is, "I made a choice to be like this before I grew up, then proceeded to do what was necessary to insure my future by putting away and setting aside the weights that hindered my progress."

Our progress is impeded by the weight of which we have not yet let go (Heb.12:1). The word "weight" means a mass, bulging by the load. It's the burden we carry that slows us down and stunts our spiritual growth. Neither Jesus nor Paul walked around with spiritual weights. If we are going to follow them, then we have some serious examination to do as well as believing for the wisdom to make right choices.

To mimic another starts by meditating on what and how he does what you want to copy. Do not be content to think about what He is doing, make a choice to begin to imitate and follow Him. Count the cost before you make the vow, then get up from the feet of Jesus and walk in His footsteps. Imitation is not just a form of flattery. It is having selected one that is successful at what he is doing and copying him with the Holy Spirit's direction. Always allow for the Holy Spirit to validate what you are about.

You were not born to be a copy of anyone. God does not want just copies. He wants those of us to take the good of another and allow Him to finish our unique mold.



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Friday September 30, 2022
Truth Locked Up in Your Heart Blocks out Sin


Psalm 119:11, KJV: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

The seedtime and harvest principle is quite evident in this scripture. The Word is the seed. My heart is the soil, or the good ground the seed is sown in. And freedom from sin is the harvest, or desired result.

The only way I know to block sin from operating in me is to lock the truth of God's Word into my heart. The Hebrew word here for "hid" means to cover over, to hoard or reserve, to deny, to favorably protect. We are not hiding the Word in our hearts as if it were some deep, dark secret. On the contrary, we are using it as a covering.

We are stockpiling it; we are favorably protecting our hearts and denying the enemy access because out of the abundance of our hearts our mouths will speak and words spoken from our hearts have creative power--power to produce what is said.

Accept Psalm 119:130 as a word inspired by the Lord: "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." Have you ever tried to hide light? You can't without denying or smothering it with darkness. If you really want to keep sin out of your life, allow God's Word to enter into your heart. The light will accompany the Word and cover over and protect your heart so that the darkness of sin cannot enter. Then what proceeds from your heart will bring understanding even to the most simple among us.

God is not going to force His Word on us or in us. We must diligently seek after it for the benefit and value it brings with it.

A sin-free life is a result of a heart full of the Word of God.

Father, help each of us to understand and pursue Your Word. Our desire is to please You and be kept from the evil in this world (John 17:15). The only way to do this is to allow the entrance of Your Word, to lock it in our hearts so that the things flowing from our hearts represent Your life and light in us. The time is short, and we choose a Word-filled, Spirit-filled life with You now and forevermore. Amen and amen.



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Saturday October 1, 2022
Good, Right, and Faithful


2 Chronicles 31:20, NIV: This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God.

Some of us do some really good things at times. But are the good things we are doing right for us to do? There are many good deeds to be done, but are we called to do those specific things? My assignment is the right thing for me to do. When I do what I am called to do, God considers it a good thing, and it is right for me.

Furthermore, what is my track record in accomplishing or performing my task? Can God and man depend on me? Are my words my bond? Am I faithful? Unless I am faithful in my assignment, it matters not how good a thing it is for me to do or that it is absolutely the right thing for me to do. Failure on my part to follow through is an indication that I am less committed than God is to the assignment.

Try to imagine yourself needing God for a specific task at a specific time. Then imagine that, though He promised to be there for you, He becomes distracted or just plain forgets to come through for you. That would make Him less than God.

When people tell me, "God is faithful," I always respond by saying, "He would disqualify Himself as God if He were not faithful." Since we are made in God's image, nature, and character, and He has decreed that we are His children and He is our Father, then surely we are expected to imitate Him. We are not only capable of doing what is "good and right and faithful;" we are also expected to always execute such. To do so both brings honor to us and glory to God. These things are the makings of a good name and a good reputation. Mankind will reap the benefits when you are faithfully doing what is good and what is right. Not only that, but God will find pleasure in you. So go for it right now.



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Sunday October 2, 2022
Understanding Is Superior to Knowing


Proverbs 28:5: Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.

It matters not how nice or moral you may be. The Bible defines as evil anyone who is unable to distinguish good judgment. Regardless of how much a person may know, unless that person understands to seek first the Lord, that person is spiritually blinded and lacks true intelligence.
I am learning that understanding is, in fact, superior to natural knowing, because natural knowing is limited to seeing with your physical eyes. But we who are in Christ are blessed with the ability to discern in a realm beyond our eyesight.

This verse tells us that those who seek the Lord understand all things. So much is available to anyone seeking the Lord. Those who seek the Lord are cared for and protected beyond what they could provide for themselves. But the privilege of being able to understand all things is that all blind spots are illumined. The Holy Spirit within you brings you to the top, and all contrary things are placed beneath your feet. Thank God for understanding.




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Monday October 3, 2022
The Best Way Is Not Always ‘Instant’


Proverbs 15:14, TM: An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth; fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies.

Most intelligent people are also wise people. This verse in another translation reads, “A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.” (NLT) There was an era in my life when things were made to last, and a good meal cooked for family that consisted of quality nutrients was the highlight of the mother’s day. Now, because many homes require both parents’ income, moms have no time to plan a meal or to train their children in the importance of well-planned, healthy meals.

Although my mother had to work because she was the breadwinner — the sole support of the family — she always placed before us a good solid breakfast before we departed for school. She also saw that we attended Sunday school and worship service each week, even when she could not go herself. We also attended the Sunday afternoon youth services and the “fourth Sunday” evening service when it occurred.

God says that wisdom is the principal thing, so He commands us to obtain wisdom (Proverbs 4:7). Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of academic education available to influence me, but I thank God for the wisdom that was poured forth from those He placed in my life. Fast-food fads and fancies were not a choice we were given.

One thing I remember about my childhood was that Mother did not become concerned when we thought she was strict and old-fashioned. She knew we didn’t know enough to find our way out of a paper bag that was soaking wet with holes in it! Instead, she set the standard and the pace that would lead us to truth, which was to make us free.



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