Horizons Unlimited May 19, 2019 - May 27, 2019

Sunday May 19, 2019: Never Eat Your Last Seed
Monday May 20, 2019: How to Prosper
Tuesday May 21, 2019: We Have No Light Outside of Him
Wednesday May 22, 2019: The Lord Knows Those Who Are His
Thursday May 23, 2019: Wisdom and a Wife
Friday May 24, 2019: Why Die When You Can Live? Part 1
Saturday May 25, 2019: Why Die When You Can Live? Part 2
Sunday May 26, 2019: Wisdom Is Always Productive
Monday May 27, 2019: Happiness: The Byproduct of Trusting God

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Sunday May 19, 2019
Never Eat Your Last Seed

Luke 21:3, KJV: Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all.

A quick way to get God involved in your life, which includes your finances, is to give Him your all, your best, and your last. When my late husband and I were attending Bible school, preparing to follow God's directions for us to attend and not take on secular jobs, we discovered one evening at offering time we were down to two dollars and the mortgage in New Jersey, the rent in Oklahoma, along with other bills, were soon due. We understood that what we had would not put a dent in what was due, so we agreed to sow our last, our best, and our all.

This simply meant God would have to come on the scene two dollars sooner. He did it, and I haven't looked back in the area of finances since. Those who trust in the Lord will never be ashamed.

A debtor who is a Christian once made this excuse for failing to pay his debt: "The law of survival did not provide extra after my needs and responsibilities were taken care of." The Spirit spoke to me and said, "That person missed it because, for the believer, the only law of survival is to trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding: in all your ways (debts and vows included), acknowledge Him and He will direct your path” Proverbs 3:5 -6. God knows where all the money we need is, but He is not taking His children down that path when they fail to trust Him and fail to pay their vows to others.

The people giving into the offering at the time of the poor widow's giving did not impress Jesus, because they gave out of their abundance. She gave out of her poverty, putting in all the livelihood she had. She understood that the One who provided seed to the sower would multiply the seed sown (not the seed eaten).

She was not sowing to get rich or to get a new husband. She was sowing to please God. Little did she know that He was physically present in the form of Jesus to observe, judge, and decree the value of her giving.

Father, help us to discern what You see. Teach us that the true law of survival is to trust You with our all-most of all, with ourselves. Nothing is impossible to those who believe.

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Monday May 20, 2019
How to Prosper

2 Chronicles 31:21, KJV: And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.

An abundance of books are written on prosperity and how to get rich. Some of them can certainly be an aid to point you toward right thinking about how to receive some blessings of the Lord. However, some are just nice marketing tools to prosper the author and the publisher, presenting techniques so far from Bible principles that you will become lost and frustrated.

This verse is one of the simplest ways that I know to experience God's blessing, and yet millions miss it in its simplicity. Let's look more closely at it. Notice it says "everything he began." Don't wait for someone to tell you to get involved. Volunteer and let them assign you or look for something needed to be done and do it.

Next, is "service in the house of God." Too many people in the church are looking to be paid for what they do in the service of the house of God and that is all they get. When the house of God is serviced from the heart, the prosperity accompanying that is without measure. Hezekiah checked out the law and the commandments as to what pleased God. He did it not halfheartedly, but with all of his heart because he wanted a relationship with God and not the pastor. He did what he did for God's house when the pastor was nowhere around observing.

Jesus the man was approved of God (Acts 2:22). Surely if He had to be validated by the Father, you and I cannot expect less. Signs, wonders, and miracles follow anyone willing to speak truth and live holy. Pastors do not or should not ordain anyone into the ministry who has not demonstrated the same things that showed that Jesus was approved of God. Pastors recognize gifts; they do not give them. Deaf ears, blind eyes, and broken lives were all healed while my late husband and I were still working our secular jobs. Doing what Jesus did as a man in the earth caused us to be recognized by people long before we were told to go into the ministry.

Serve the Lord with your whole heart. Works are to accompany your faith, and recognition of gifts and talents will follow.

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Tuesday May 21, 2019
We Have No Light Outside of Him

John 1:4, KJV: In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Either you have life, or you have death. Either you have light, or you have darkness. It is the light in Christ Jesus that provides us with life and, conversely, it is the life in Christ Jesus that gives light to everyone who receives Him. The light and the life are interchangeable.

Most people are learning to merely exist. The time has come for the dead to hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live. Those who refuse to hear the voice of Jesus will not live. The season is here when all people will hear the Son's voice, which is why we will not have any excuse when it is time for God to judge humankind. The last trumpet shall blow, and the dead in Christ will rise.

I do not believe that sound will be from a musical instrument. I believe the Father will speak something to Jesus and He will repeat it with such power and authority that it will sound like the shofar that is used to call together the people of God for the festival at hand. Jesus will not be sending angels to get us. He is coming to personally escort us home, and His voice will be heard by both the dead and the living who together will be caught up to meet Him in the air.

We do not have to wait until the Rapture to hear from Him. He, the light and the life, is speaking today and can be heard by all so that we can receive Him to experience more abundant life. Those who have ears to hear, hear what the Spirit is saying.

Many unfruitful words are being shared around the world even as I write this. The Bible said there would be false teachers and prophets in our very own midst. Therefore, it is a waste of time to try to prevent them; but we the believers are not to be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine and the cunning of men. That means we choose whether to listen to His words, which bring life; or to lies, which lead to death. The choice is yours.

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Wednesday May 22, 2019
The Lord Knows Those Who Are His

2 Timothy 2:19, NLT: But God's truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who are his' and 'Those who claim they belong to the LORD must turn away from all wickedness.'

Some things will never change. One of them is the solidity of the truth of God's Word. It matters not who tries to distort and malign it; its foundation is unshakable.

One of the reasons I am confident in the Word is that God's Word is not discerned by the head but by the heart of man. The hearts of men and women of God cannot be tampered with.

Something else that always remains the same is the truth that God is very clear about those who belong to Him. He is not confused at all. Who are they? They are the ones who claim to be His by turning away from all wickedness, with godly sorrow and genuine repentance.

Any mother who has given birth and seen her baby for the first time will from then on recognize as a fraud and substitute any other child brought to her. Surely, if a natural mother can identify her children after only one look, how much more will the Creator of the universe recognize His children who are made in His own image and likeness? It is time to awake from our sleep and become planted on the solid foundation of God's Word so both God and the world will know for whom and what we stand. God does not play second fiddle to anything or anyone. When He is first, nothing and no one else is needed.

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Thursday May 23, 2019
Wisdom and a Wife

Proverbs 8:35; 18:22, KJV: For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord. Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord.

Both wisdom and a wife are important and should be found in this order. Without having found wisdom you will not recognize the right wife when you find her. All of us need favor of the Lord and He delights in rewarding His sons with both life and a wife.

Men, failure to find wisdom (who by the way, is not lost, just unavailable to those unwilling to seek after her), will hinder you from finding the life God intended you to experience. Surely by now you know that life is more than breathing. It is not what you eat, where you live, what you wear or have. Life is maturing in the things of Christ by the Word of God in actions wherever you are, whatever you are doing, and especially with whom you do things.

Life without God's wisdom is existing; it is not living. Wisdom allows you to make godly choices. Wisdom helps you to recognize truth from fiction. Wisdom shows you paths to walk on and paths to avoid. Wisdom speaks of excellent things and the opening of its lips shall be right things (Proverbs 8:6). Wisdom loves those who love her and those that seek her early and diligently shall find her (Proverbs 8:17). Wisdom, like a good woman, has to be pursued and shown that you love, respect, and care for her. Wisdom, like any fine lady, does not want to be taken for granted or abused. Wisdom will abandon and divorce anyone who fails to appreciate her value. She, wisdom, will work with you, help you build a life together, and require little more than love to stay with you through whatever life presents as "showtime."

The best book in the world to study on "how to" where a woman is concerned, is Proverbs on wisdom. If you will do what wisdom wants and apply it naturally to the woman in your life, you will never fail in your relationship. The bonus for obtaining wisdom and a wife is that you also obtain favor of the Lord. There are no favors anywhere like God's favor. Choose today the grace of God to learn how to obtain His wisdom. Once you have her you are ready for a wife, even if you have a spouse. I suspect wisdom can teach you how to enjoy her God's way.

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Friday May 24, 2019
Why Die When You Can Live? Part 1

1 John 2:17, NLT: And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.

It both amazes and saddens me to see so many people struggling and striving for the things of this world. Didn't anyone ever tell you that the world and the things you lust after in it are both fading away? They are temporal, growing strangely dim in the light of His glory that we are able to see more and more. However, the excitement for me is discovering that if I do His will in word and deed, the spirit of Sarah Utterbach will live forever.

None of us is able to grasp what or how long eternity is, because there is nothing to compare it with. Hebrews 11:3 says, "By faith we understand..." That's as close as we're going to get in our attempt to understand eternity. What First John 2:17 is saying is that "eternity" is how long we can live just by doing His will.

You and I cannot do His will apart from a relationship that allows for us to stay in constant fellowship with the Lord. The born again experience provides for the relationship, but a choice to obey Him in every area allows for the fellowship.

Why waste your time pursuing things that are fading away even as you read this? The world will never give you what you need to live eternally. Only Jesus does that.

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Saturday May 25, 2019
Why Die When You Can Live? Part 2

1 John 2:17, TM: The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out-but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.

Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These things do not come from the Father; they are from this evil world (1 John 2:15-16).

I am believing God to teach and train a group of people as to what really matters in life and death. You can't have eternity without death. Everyone is promised eternity. However, the choice we make concerning Jesus will determine where and how we'll spend eternity. With only two choices, heaven or hell, you don't have to be an "Einstein" to figure that one out! Hell is a real place. It was not originally created for mankind, but for the devil and his troops (Matthew 25:41). I am so glad that the Spirit of God pursued me until I was able to get on the right side of Jesus, because those on His left are headed for eternal destruction. Those who on His right are destined for eternal life.

Why die when you can live? The choice is yours. Make the choice for Jesus today. Everything else is disappearing. Can't you see that the luster is already gone?

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Sunday May 26, 2019
Wisdom Is Always Productive

James 3:17, NKJV: But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

Are you at peace? If not, have you inspected your fruit lately? Do you still approach things like a bull in a china shop? Must things always be the way you want them? Do you enforce the letter of the law, or do you deliver the spirit of the law to others? Do you hold seats and spaces for certain people you are fond of, while requiring others to sit where they are told? When the pastor is present, are your attitude and behavior the same as what your family observes at home? Is everyone else lower than you in your eyes? These are great questions for all of us to ask ourselves on a daily basis. They are not to make us feel guilty or condemned. They are to help us personally examine our fruit, to identify what kind of wisdom we are operating in and its origin.

I don't know about you, but I don't want to operate in counterfeit, diluted, contaminated wisdom when the real thing is available to me. I thank God for scriptures like James 3:17 that prick my heart and cause me to ask why I settle for the beggarly elements when I can experience the pure things of life.

Together, let's look at our lives to find out if we truly have wisdom from above. According to 1 Corinthians 1:30, Christ Jesus became for us wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. That is good news. If your life seems to be topsy-turvy and in turmoil, stop right now and ask God for a liberal dose of His wisdom for today's use. Then make an appointment to discuss tomorrow's amount first thing in the morning. Over the years I have found that God's pure, liberal wisdom only lasts me for the day. That's why I return for the pure stuff each day.

I must have God's pure wisdom. Why? Because I must have peace; I must practice gentleness; I have to learn to yield more; I need to dispense full measures of mercy; I cannot function as God's representative without good fruits, which have no favorites and leave no room for criticism.

Won't you join me in a daily request for God's pure wisdom?

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Monday May 27, 2019
Happiness: The Byproduct of Trusting God

Proverbs 16:20, KJV: He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

It appears that the good things in life make us happy. Most of these good things are external, and there is nothing wrong with external good things--as long as we don't become addicted to them for our real happiness.

Any happiness we have that is based on external goods is short-lived. We need more and more to make us happy, until it seems as if we are in constant pursuit of happiness. It is never permanent but always illusive and fleeting.

I used to be on this unceasing hunt for happiness. Then one day, after having prayed the "Ephesians Prayer" (Ephesians 1) over myself for a period of time, I began to better understand God's Word. I could see more clearly His plan for my life and my role as His child in the total plan for humankind.

I discovered that, in the midst of a deteriorating society in which moral decay had seeped through the cracks of life, I was in better control--not of the world, but of its effect on me and on the things that concerned me. I realized that wisdom to handle matters as they surfaced was more valuable than silver and gold. Good began to surface in my life from all angles and every avenue. Even the pressures, temptations, and everyday tests of life did not throw me off balance.

I didn't like everything that happened, but I purposed to fix what the Holy Ghost and I could fix and leave behind what we couldn't. Interestingly enough, when the wisdom of God inspired me to leave things behind, I found that nothing had power to follow me without my cooperation. I began to perceive that I trusted God more and more; and the more I trusted Him in everything, the happier I became.

I thank my Father for allowing me to bump my head and crash into walls when I followed my own plan for me. This was the best way for me to discover that, apart from total trust in Him, happiness is a temporary thrill. There is no better way to be convinced than by trying to do it myself and discovering that without God, I don't even know what needs to be done.

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