Horizons Unlimited January 13, 2019 - January 21, 2019
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Sunday January 13, 2019: Reverence for the Lord Rewards My Granddaughter
Monday January 14, 2019: Are You Ready To Cast Away Your Security Blanket?
Tuesday January 15, 2019: Your Prize Will Be Where You Are
Wednesday January 16, 2019: Your Life Is Your Prize for Trusting
Thursday January 17, 2019: Mansion or Manger — It Matters Not to God
Friday January 18, 2019: Conscience Without Offence
Saturday January 19, 2019: Keep His Commandments and He'll Keep His Mercy and Covenant to You
Sunday January 20, 2019: Behold the Beauty Around You
Monday January 21, 2019: Quiet, Calm, and Fearless

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Sunday January 13, 2019
Reverence for the Lord Rewards My Granddaughter


Psalm 103:17, KJV: But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children.

God repeatedly says in His Word to people: "Fear not. Don't be afraid." He does not want us to be afraid of Him. To walk in the "fear of the Lord" means respecting and revering Him. When we do this, His beauty, His favor, His good deeds, His loving kindness--which are perpetual, to continue without an end--are dispensed to and displayed for those who worship and adore Him. For then His righteousness, His virtue, and His prosperity will become the reward to our grandchildren.

Dear Father, I thank You for proving this benefit to my granddaughter Sarah because of my reverence of You. If I never leave her material wealth, may she always be prosperous and virtuous because of my love and my relationship with You. This is her heritage, and I claim it for her in Jesus' name.



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Monday January 14, 2019
Are You Ready To Cast Away Your Security Blanket?


Mark 10:50, KJV: And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

Suppose no one even knew your name, and the only covering you owned was that which authorized you to have a livelihood and earn a living. If you were given an opportunity to give up this garment, what would be your choice? This man's identity was only based in the fact that his father was Timaeus and that he wore a beggar's garment, which allowed him to legally request money from people. He was called blind Bartimaeus, perhaps to distinguish him from some of his brothers. "Bar" means son of, so Timaeus was evidently his father's name.

What had this blind man heard about Jesus that inspired him to stop begging and appeal to Jesus for mercy? Jesus had not yet gone to the cross, but this man was the seed of Abraham with covenant rights to be exercised. Jesus did not just hear the words, "Son of David." He knew that anyone using that name had a revelation of who He was from the beginning: the Messiah. The very people who should have encouraged Bartimaeus sought to shut him up-but he would not be denied.

What do you need from the Master today? Are you willing to claim your identity and shed your security blanket? If you are calling on Him, He will answer and you will receive the desire of your heart.



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Tuesday January 15, 2019
Your Prize Will Be Where You Are


Jeremiah 45:5, KJV: And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

I believe God is saying:"What a waste of time and energy it is for you to seek after great things. You are the greatest thing that I have ever created, and My desire is that you live and not die in order that you might declare My works. Nothing is more important to you or to Me than your life, because through your life My purpose is fulfilled.

"Go forth today unhindered by the evil that exists around you. Although others may experience calamity and tragedy because of seeds they have sown or due to their failure to choose My plan for them, you need have no fear. Remove worry from your life, for in all places you go, My child, I am with you. You can rest in the promise that I have given your life unto you for a prize. Enjoy the prize, because the prize only goes to the winner. You are a winner."



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Wednesday January 16, 2019
Your Life Is Your Prize for Trusting


Jeremiah 39:18, NLT: "Because you trusted me, I will preserve your life and keep you safe."

I believe God is saying: "Your trust in Me, My child, is your greatest weapon against the adversary. There will be no battle for you when you lean on Me for total care and keeping.

"Locks, safes, insurance policies, medical and dental benefits, bank accounts, and the like are not wrong in themselves. But it is wrong for you to depend on them.

"Have I not raised you up from nothing and nobody, to a place that no man could have provided for you? I am your love. I have delivered you already. Failure is not in My plan for you, dear one. Because of your absolute submission and dependency on Me, your very life will be My prize to you."



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Thursday January 17, 2019
Mansion or Manger — It Matters Not to God


Luke 2:12, NLT: “And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!”

Would you have left the splendor and glory of a mansion to go live in a manger? When you know who you are, it matters not where you live. Jesus left His mansion in glory to come to earth and teach us how to be content with Him wherever we live. He was to be recognized, not by His regal, royal robes, but by the strips of cloth that covered Him. Yet upon His resurrection, when the disciples came to the empty tomb, Jesus was recognized by the fact that no body was found with the strips of cloth that remained.

Strips of cloth — like the cloth that once covered Him upon His entering our world — still identified the Savior Jesus Christ at His departure. But it identified the risen Christ! The abandoned strips of cloth told the disciples that He had been raised from death just as He said He would.

Jesus left His mansion in Heaven to come to earth’s manger, and He was found in that manger wrapped snugly with strips of cloth. He did it so that He could one day return to the Father to prepare our mansions — minus the strips of cloth! Jesus went from a mansion to a manger so that we could one day go from “manger” to our mansion in Heaven. Man prepared our manger, but only Jesus can prepare for us the mansions that our lives here on the earth warrant.

God does not care if, while we are here on earth, we go from mansion to manger or vice versa, as long as His plan for mankind is fulfilled. So let us put off anything else that hinders our walk with the Lord. Let us recognize Him for who He is, not what He has covering Him. He is our covering, guaranteeing for us a covenant that will be in place forevermore. Whether I was born in a mansion or in a manger — or in a shack beside the train track — it matters not to God. It’s recognizing His Son as my Savior that provides for me a mansion in glory, where He is.



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Friday January 18, 2019
Conscience Without Offence


Acts 24:16, NKJV: This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

There is a strong possibility that no matter what you do you risk offending someone about something. What is being asked here is not that you don't offend, but (1) that you work to prevent offence and (2) that your conscience be clear before God and people.

Paul was saying that he had hope in God and that he believed the same as his accusers believed-that God was going to raise both the righteous and the ungodly. That is why he worked at maintaining a clear conscience in the presence of God and other people.

One of the concerns I have today is that far too many people do not believe there is a God, especially one who can raise us from both a physical and a spiritual death. So many people are of the sad notion that this life is all there is, and that you better get all you can, as soon as you can, by whatever means necessary, from all the people that you can- whether they cooperate or not.

That is not the attitude of one who strives always to have a non-offensive conscience. Many people appear not to care what people or God think of them.

Most offence proceeds from our mouth. James 3:2 (KJV) says, "For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able to also bridle the whole body."

Simply said, if you will control your tongue you can control whatever your body wants to do. Because all evil finds its roots in the heart of a person, guarding our words is the first step in protecting our heart and a protected heart will never be concerned about its abundance proceeding through the mouth to offend.

We can do a great deal of fault finding, but what about being declared faultless before His throne. Is your conscience without offence?



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Saturday January 19, 2019
Keep His Commandments and He'll Keep His Mercy and Covenant to You


Daniel 9:4, KJV: And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments.

When you petition God, let it always be with purpose. He will provide the result, but we should expect that our petition to God is more than just a nice thing to do.

God sent Gabriel to encourage Daniel's heart with a message that he was beloved and would, therefore, receive the understanding of the matter and revelation of the vision concerning him and his people (vv. 21-23). How much more can we expect the Holy Spirit of God, who indwells us, to reveal what we are experiencing in our lives and the lives of the people around us? However, the message and the revelation to us are obscured when we neglect to seek God, confess our sin, and honor Him for who He is, and to love Him for what He has already done in our lives.

When you seek God, confess your iniquities, and acknowledge God first in all things, the Holy Spirit will give you increased skill and understanding. God has promised to keep His covenant with those who love Him.

God's mercy and the keeping of His covenant are what He does best for all who love Him and keep His commandments. When we keep the commandments, He keeps the covenant. They work together. Obedience to the commandments sets us in motion toward the promised covenant that is already in motion toward us. It's a sign of our love for God and His for us. "At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision" (v. 23). So do not fret about reasons and answers. Petition God today, confess what He already knows anyway, acknowledge Him and His mercy, and expect His covenant to be fulfilled on your behalf. He has made it easy; please don't complicate it.



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Sunday January 20, 2019
Behold the Beauty Around You


I believe the Lord is saying, "What do you see as you look around you? Are the colors and changes in nature your doing or Mine? No beauty in the natural compares with the makeover that has taken place within you. The beautiful you inside is straining and longing to be released, so do not restrain and restrict the real you from surfacing. No sculpture or painting will warm the hearts of others like the beautiful you released to flow out toward others.

"Humans make up, but I make over. I know all the defects and blemishes and the root causes of them. Makeup merely covers the flaws. My love, My power, and My grace surgically remove that which is not pleasing in My sight. For your beauty, My child, is not external; it is internal, and I alone have access to your inward parts. Do not be afraid to allow that which I have re-created in you to surface, for that which I have done is a good thing and must not be hidden.

"A butterfly was not made to live in a cocoon. It flies unhindered to catch the eyes of others who declare without hesitation, 'Oh, isn't it beautiful!' These beholders recognize My craftsmanship at the very sight of a butterfly; how much more will they see My handiwork in you! "Therefore, do not hold back your true beauty. Sure, the world will think you are soft and strange. So what! They neither judge nor reward you. I alone reserved that privilege for Myself. You are a masterpiece, created by the Master Himself. As you live a life of praise to Me, I will go before you, be with you, and follow you to ensure that you are protected on all sides from harm.

"I love you, My child, and I know your love for Me. Now allow others to see through and in you what they, too, can be."



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Monday January 21, 2019
Quiet, Calm, and Fearless


Isaiah 7:4, NKJV: “Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear or be fainthearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands....” Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear.”

Most people have yet to learn that these words are the keys to victory and peace when challenging situations confront them. It’s very important for us to understand that when God tells us to either “do” or “be,” He is saying, “I have empowered you to do these things.”

Furthermore, when an anointed man or woman of God tells us, “Thus saith the Lord,” the word that follows is not a suggestion for us to consider. We need to listen to the entirety of God’s message to us. It is a statement of intent. It is truth promised, and our only choice at that point is whether to obey it or to reject it.

Most of us are so highly motivated to respond to what we see, hear, taste, touch, and smell that we forget to develop our spirits. Developing our spirits takes us to a level of trust and obedience beyond our physical senses.

God sees and hears the threats of physical harm against us. He is fully aware of the enemy’s plans toward us, but God’s concern is never with the threats or the harm. He is concerned with assuring us of the outcome.

Isaiah 7:7 (NLT) says, “...This invasion will never happen.” The choice, then, is ours. Will we believe His words to us? Or will we allow what we see, hear, taste, touch, or smell to dictate our reaction? Verse 9 (NIV) says, “...If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”

Father God, You expect us to be standing when the forces of darkness have unleashed ballistic missiles against us. Standing is what we are to do when we have done all we can do. Standing is what we are doing when the Word finally has been uttered.

I know of only one way to stand, and that is to believe Your Word. Your Word will establish me and secure me in a position that brings glory to You, that shows You for who You are. I choose to be quiet, calm, and fearless because You told me to do so. I will not lose heart. I will stand in my faith in You.



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