Horizons Unlimited July 21, 2019 - July 29, 2019

Sunday July 21, 2019: Rejoice Not Against Me
Monday July 22, 2019: What You Do, O Lord, To Make Me Happy!
Tuesday July 23, 2019: Does God Hear Your Voice?
Wednesday July 24, 2019: Easy and Possible
Thursday July 25, 2019: Managing Your Tone
Friday July 26, 2019: Spiritual Paralysis Is Doubt
Saturday July 27, 2019: Next to God, Who Is the Greatest?
Sunday July 28, 2019: Obedience: An Investment for the Future
Monday July 29, 2019: Prosperity without Wicked Schemes

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Sunday July 21, 2019
Rejoice Not Against Me

Micah 7:8, KJV: Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Exactly one week from receiving the above verse, the enemy unexpectedly fired a missile at my late husband. It was intended to be fatal, but like all of his attacks, it proved to be little more than a firecracker.

Of course, now I know why the devil was so upset. Four days earlier, twenty-five souls came to Christ running to the altar to receive their salvation at a holiday musical directed by my late husband called "Born to Reign." According to him, it was the greatest musical production of his life as a musician, because in 50 years, no one had ever accepted Jesus at one of his performances and this time there were many.

There are things you are about to do for the Lord. Please understand that you may be challenged; do them anyway. The greater the challenge, the greater your reward when you endure. For years, I mistakenly thought that once I sold out to Jesus and bought into His plan for my life, life was going to be sweet and smooth. Sweet it is, but smooth, we are still working on. Though it may not always be smooth, riding the bump and the waves no longer makes me seasick.

I realize now that the people who left me with the impression that they had the secret to total success just did not tell all their story. And sometimes they were keeping secrets. It's okay. It helped me to turn more to the Lord for my answers who taught me how to rise when I fell. It taught me how to walk by the light of the Lord's Word when the switch was turned off and the tunnel was long and dark. What a surprise for the devil and for me when I learned to believe God for myself and have Him meet me where I was.

I thank God for every person who was used to bring me as far as they could in my walk with the Lord. But I thank Him most of all for teaching me what I needed to know when I needed it. Now, I watch what He taught me work every time all the time. Rejoice not against me, satan, for the Holy Spirit has taught me well.

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Monday July 22, 2019
What You Do, O Lord, To Make Me Happy!

Psalm 4:7, NKJV: You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

A "God glad heart" is a heart that rests in peace when chaos is present. It is a heart that is safe when disaster looms from every corner in the room, a heart that walks a sunlit path when darkness seeks to overwhelm.

One of the things that the Israelites rejoiced over was the increase of their grain and grape crops. Increased crops meant that God was with them and that He was pleased to prosper them. There are a lot of things that happen in life to make us smile and be happy. Most of them come to bring joy for the moment, but will cause a different reaction when they change.

This does not happen when God puts gladness in your heart. Prosperity and increase are wonderful, and all things being equal, most people will show some excitement and "get their step in" when things are smooth and uncomplicated. But what happens to their heart when the devil tries to pull the plug in their lives and drain out everything they believe in? If God has put gladness in your heart, increase, decrease, or no crease, it's okay. You may have to make a few adjustments in your schedule but His grace was there to provide whatever and whoever is needed to work it together for your good and His glory. Remember, God is high on putting things in their proper order for your good and for His glory. That makes His heart glad.

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Tuesday July 23, 2019
Does God Hear Your Voice?

Psalm 142:1, KJV: I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.

This verse in Psalm 142:1, says to me that I am the one to call on the Lord for His help. He wants to hear my voice making known my request to Him. I personally have not found in the Bible that I need a prayer partner to approach the throne of my Father God other than the Holy Ghost. I know Matthew 18:16 talks about the prayer of agreement. However, a closer look at it says two of you on earth agreeing should both ask of the Father. In case you are not aware of it, the Holy Ghost who prays the perfect will of the Father is on earth. He is never in strife with anyone. He holds no resentment towards anyone and He wants my request to be granted more than I do. He never says that He is in agreement with me, but secretly resents my petition.

People should pray together corporately, but they should never become dependent on another human in order to reach God. Some Christians who call their prayer partner every day, first thing in the morning have nerve enough to get off the bed to make the call never having greeted the Father for making it possible to see another day.

My spiritual Father in the Lord is a godly man, and knows how to reach God and teaches on prayer. However, the few times that I have approached him concerning prayer was simply to ask him to agree with what I had already prayed. I told him what I had prayed and the scripture I was basing my prayer on. I could see the glimmer in his eyes as a proud father would have when his child has done well. He would certainly pray with me if I asked him to, but for him to know that I have learned to rely on the same source that he does makes for him a glad heart.

My suggestion to you is to make a deliberate choice to gain the confidence to be bold enough to talk to your Father and your God personally. Just as He wants us to recognize His voice speaking, He wants to hear our voices for He recognizes each and every one of them. Please do not let your voice be marked absent when others are present. He awaits your call, request, and petition. Begin anew with the Holy Ghost.

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Wednesday July 24, 2019
Easy and Possible

Deuteronomy 30:11, KJV: "For this commandment which I command you today, it is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off."

Requirements never bother me as long as I know upfront what they are, and that they are realistic and make sense.

God does not hide His requirements from us nor does He make them so difficult that obtaining them is impossible. Jesus said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:30 NKJV).

To be yoked with someone requires both people to be heading in the same direction at the same time. I believe that is why the Lord said in Deuteronomy 22:10 (KJV), "Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together." Both are burden bearers. One will continue on with the task because he is a castrated bull and a female cow in the field no longer entices him. But the ass will sit down when you least want him to. One is dumb, the other is stubborn, and therefore they should not be yoked together.

The burden Jesus is discussing can be described as "invoice as with freight." I did not understand that, but the One who hides nothing from me that is to be practically applied to my life makes everything real to me.

The Lord once asked me, "Have you ever received any freight?" My response was, "Yes." He asked, "What usually accompanies freight?" I said, "An invoice." He said, "My children keep trying to give Me the invoice while they try to carry the freight and it should be reversed. They are not burden bearers. They should hold the invoice (the Bible) and give Me the freight (the burden) to hold for them until they are ready to handle it. By then, I will have changed the freight or the burden into a blessing because they have reviewed the invoice. Then they can claim the freight without it being too heavy for them.

"I am the God who makes the heavy light, the dark bright, the weak strong, and the meek bold. All things are possible with Me and all things are possible to you when you believe the invoice, which contains every blessing and promise you will ever need".

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Thursday July 25, 2019
Managing Your Tone

Proverbs 15:1, NKJV: A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

Recently I received a blistering letter from someone who has been visiting RLCC for nine years; she comes with her husband who is a member. She became angry at the way I commented on people leaving church before service was dismissed.

I grew up with a mother that taught me to use the restroom before entering the sanctuary, get enough water to quench my thirst, and expect to remain inside until the pastor dismissed the entire church.

The woman who wrote the letter to me was absolutely correct in addressing the tone I used, even though she was too cowardly to address me face to face. I apologized to the congregation the following Sunday for my tone, but not my comments. I apologized because I want God to trust me to manage my tone, my tongue, and my temper.

I will not attempt to justify my tone; it was harsh. My actions should never ignite another's anger. A soft answer turns away wrath. Like Moses and the children of Israel, I allowed myself to get into the flesh. Moses did not fulfill God's plan for him because he allowed himself to become frustrated with God's people. Better was expected of him; and better is expected of me.

I have often wondered about those who disobey and frustrate the God-selected leaders of the local church. I believe they, too, will be accountable for their part in the leader's transgression.

Parents, likewise, should not provoke their children to wrath but are to bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Children should obey their parents in the Lord and honor their parents, which is the first commandment with promises. The promise is "that it may be well with them and long life in the earth will be theirs" (Ephesians 6:1-3).

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Friday July 26, 2019
Spiritual Paralysis Is Doubt

As I look back to 1977 when I was seriously exposed to God's Word, I see many who started with me are either dead or no longer serving the Lord. What happened? I had a desire to do things God's way while others talked about how hard it was. It wasn't hard, it was different. The more I chose to please God and leave people to Him, the easier it became. Matthew 11:28-30 in the Message Bible reads, "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me ... watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

I was practically born on the second row of a church. I cannot recall a day when I didn't know about Jesus. I did not see anyone living what they were preaching; yet I knew the Bible was right, therefore, everyone else had to be wrong. It was a while before I had the spiritual courage to cut ties and be willing to sacrifice pleasures I had grown to enjoy in my flesh. When I compared the pleasures of the flesh with the spirit of Christ in me, Jesus won hands down. I've never used drugs, so I'm unfamiliar with that kind of high. But I have been so caught up in spiritual things that I lost the desire for anything except the supernatural.

Every influence and attraction loses its power the moment you decide to be led by the spirit and set your affection on things above. Forget the appeals of the world and paralyze the devil by simply believing the Lord and His Word.

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Saturday July 27, 2019
Next to God, Who Is the Greatest?

Matthew 18:3, NKJV: “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

There is no question that salvation is the first step back to God. But without a conversion experience, you can never fully appreciate what your salvation really means.

Matthew 18:4 NKJV reads, “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” God is looking for people who will humble themselves so that He can exalt them.

We get letters daily from ministers wanting to reach the world for Christ, yet they miss the opportunity to speak to the people they work with every day. Are they not important also? I happened to mention to a friend the possibility of her daughter marrying someone of a different race. It was one of those “Holy Blurts” because it had nothing to do with what we were talking about.

The mother said, “It’s funny you would say that. I mentioned that possibility to my husband the other day and he said, ‘God would not do that to me. He would not give me a son-in-law of that race.’” I wanted to cry because I want to believe that this father would do anything to get a person of any race saved into the kingdom, but when it came to a son-in-law he had some deep-seated emotions without realizing it.

It helped me to understand why there is little growth in him and his ministry. The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone and any form of prejudice is a “no-no.” Many of us have some form of prejudice that we must deal with daily. We just need to stay honest with God and ourselves and ask for His grace to make the right choices. What are the right choices? Whatever is pleasing to Him and not our personal preferences.

Unless you humble yourself as a little child God will find limited use for you in His plan and scheme for humanity. It is examination time. I believe you can pass the test.

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Sunday July 28, 2019
Obedience: An Investment for the Future

Deuteronomy 4:40, NKJV: “You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

Obedience is a responsibility. It is an investment in my future as well as the future of my children. Moses was not making a request or a suggestion to Israel. He commanded them. When a command comes from God through one in authority, it pays to look closely at what is said and, at all costs, do it.

Obedience is not something to take lightly. Attendance in church, praising the Lord while there, and serving with every free moment you have does not guarantee prosperity and long life. Obedience to His Word and to His personal instructions to you must precede what you do.

John 14:21 in the NKJV says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Read verses 23-24, “Jesus answered and said to him, If any one loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me, does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” I wrote in my Bible, “Disobedience is a sign that your love of Jesus could use some work. And, that you can have love for Jesus without the love of Jesus.” Love of Jesus results in obedience.

Where is it, and what is it, that caused you to fall short in obeying God? “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).

Let’s do it and now!

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Monday July 29, 2019
Prosperity without Wicked Schemes

Psalm 37:7,16-18, KJV: Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

Wealth can come to a person either from God or from the devil. True prosperity, however, comes to those who really believe in God, to those who wait silently upon Him in obedience and trust.

I know of people both saved and unsaved who have accumulated great wealth not because they trusted in God for prosperity, but because they came up with wicked schemes -- some of which are as wicked as the world's way of doing things. When the "prosperity" of a Christian comes to him or her on the backs of insecure, gullible, fragile, and emotionally needy sisters and brothers, in my opinion that Christian is more wicked than the world.

When a minister preaches that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just, but every dollar that preacher gets is from weak-minded sisters and brothers, in God's eyes and even in the eyes of the world, that preacher is just another con artist. When you start to merchandise yourself more than you promote and preach Jesus, you are being set up for a fall.

"For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins" (Proverbs 5:21-22).

"The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death" (Proverbs 11:3-4).

God wants His children to prosper. When we really rest in Him and abandon our wicked schemes, He will prosper us in every area and bring glory to His name.

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