Horizons Unlimited August 02, 2020 - August 10, 2020

Sunday August 2, 2020: Dominating Concentration
Monday August 3, 2020: The World's Cares Choke the Word
Tuesday August 4, 2020: How Soon Do You Say Yes or Okay?
Wednesday August 5, 2020: He Exposes Publicly
Thursday August 6, 2020: Only the Lord Rescues Me
Friday August 7, 2020: Holy Ambition Within You Must be Released
Saturday August 8, 2020: Behold Thy Mother, Behold Your Son
Sunday August 9, 2020: Thought Test
Monday August 10, 2020: Get A Life!

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Sunday August 2, 2020
Dominating Concentration

1 Timothy 4:15, CEV: Remember these things and think about them, so everyone can see how well you are doing.

In Paul's advice to Timothy, he was not exhorting Timothy to focus on or be concerned about those around him. Paul wanted Timothy to be aware of the value of the teaching and good instruction he had received growing up and to be certain he did not deviate from that teaching when sharing with others.

I could not find the word "concentrate" listed in the King James Bible. However, "meditate" was readily mentioned in both the Old and New Testament. We are influenced by what we have allowed to dominate our thoughts. We can determine what dominates our thoughts by what we choose to concentrate on repeatedly.

To meditate means to roll around in your mind what is written in the Word and what is spoken to your heart. Scripture says when we meditate the Word, we make our own way prosperous (Joshua 1:8).

Paul exhorted Timothy to watch how he lived and what he taught. If he were to keep on doing what he meditated on, which was what he knew that worked for him, not only was he to be a good servant of Jesus Christ, but he would save himself and those who heard him (1 Timothy 6 & 16 CEV)

The Lord never told us to concentrate on His Word. Meditation is not an exercise of the mind and the spirit dominating our lives for the glory of God. Our minds and our spirit will always agree with what God has said. An unrenewed mind and the flesh (which can never be renewed) cannot agree on spiritual things. It's not mind over matter, it's meditation of what's on our mind that matters. Never let concentration dominate you. Remember and meditate about what has gotten you to where you are and where you want it to take you.

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Monday August 3, 2020
The World's Cares Choke the Word

Mark 4:18, 19, TM: The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hears the Kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard and nothing comes of it.

When I went on vacation for the first time in my life without anyone but the Lord, it was glorious. I took 3 sets of undergarments, 3 changes of clothes. I wore makeup one day before asking myself who really cared if I had on makeup or not? I ate when I felt like it, ate out if the spirit prompted me to, or ate in. I had no concern for anyone's diet being abused, no conversations or advising anyone. I watched the local news in the morning and before going to bed. What freedom. I read or wrote as long as I was being inspired. I went out or stayed in with no thought of what others wanted to do on their vacation. I had finally learned to vacate. Interestingly enough, I did not feel guilty. In fact I felt relieved. I'm trusting the Lord to allow me to do this again.

It is sad when I observe people who have had special favor with the Lord pursue things that can only bring them pleasure in this life, yet you have made no preparation for the hereafter. Since it's true we can take nothing with us, why are we permitting life's cares to control us? The Word is going forth in abundance, but it is not producing the effect it should, because we're never satisfied with what we have except for a very short period of time. That's because we God-created beings were not made to be content with man-made toys. We strangle, drown and analyze the very thing that comes to propel us into visions of eternity. Someone once said worry is a type of infidelity. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and shared that worry was misdirected energy.

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Tuesday August 4, 2020
How Soon Do You Say Yes or Okay?

Psalms 119:60, CEV: As soon as you command, I do what you say.

God seldom makes a request or a suggestion of me. Somehow I find that I don't have to struggle with His commands. Yes, okay, or all right, just seem to fit. I admit I need a little more grace when a human commands anything of me. I first have to get past their tone, then their status.

One of the reasons I respond favorably to God is that over the years, it did me no good to delay His commands. He doesn't go away, and I find that I don't sleep restfully when I have ignored Him. Sooner or later I'm going to have to do it, so why put myself through a lot of unnecessary loop-deloops? One reason it's a good idea to respond quickly to God in a favorable way, is it's a sign to Him of trust and that you really are convinced that as your heavenly Father, He would never ask anything of you that would or could prove harmful to you. When we hesitate to act on a God command, it could signal to God that something or someone is a priority over Him. He does not ever like that. I highly recommend if you have been guilty of this, repent at once and ask Him to please repeat what it was He originally said.

Let's look at it another way. When we obey God's commands at once, we sow the seed for His response to our petitions and supplications. Usually by the time we go to God for something it's because we have exhausted all our human efforts without positive results.

Another way to look at it is, you have said yes, okay, or all right, so much that you don't need to ask for what you want. He looks at your "yes, okay, and all right" deposits, and then just provides what you think, before you get around to asking. It is never to your hurt, harm or disadvantage to do what He asks of you.

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Wednesday August 5, 2020
He Exposes Publicly

2 Samuel 12:12, CEV: What you did was in secret, but I will do this in the open for everyone in Israel to see.

David, like so many of us, committed his sin in secret and thought he escaped home free. Isn't it ludicrous for a child of God to forget that everything we do is observed by our Father? God said through Nathan, the prophet, "I chose you to be the king of Israel. I kept you safe from Saul and even gave you the house and his child. I let you rule Israel and Judah and if that had not been enough I would have given you much more. Why did you disobey me and do such a horrible thing (2 Samuel 12:7-9 CEV).

With all the good David had done to earn the reputation of being the apple of God's eye, his dastardly behavior with Bathsheba, plus having her husband killed, cost his family dearly. Imagine being told you will never live in peace again because of what your parents did. "If anyone loves me, they will obey me. Then my Father will love them and we will come together and live in them. But anyone who doesn't love me won't obey me" (John 14:23-24 CEV).

God allows our sins to be exposed publicly because that's the only way we will stop the wrong we do. As long as we sin in secret without confessing it and asking for forgiveness, something remains in us that keeps that thing alive, and we dig ourselves into a deeper hole.

I receive letters from inmates, male and female, praising God for loving them so much that He allowed them to be caught and sentenced. They now see, had they not been arrested, they would have continued down the path of destruction they were on, with no clue as to how and when to exit. God never exposes us to embarrass. He exposes us publicly to give us another chance to return to Him. That's how much He loves us. He will receive us when we repent.

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Thursday August 6, 2020
Only the Lord Rescues Me

2 Samuel 4:9, CEV: I swear that only the LORD rescues me when I'm in trouble.

Never position yourself to be indebted to anyone, especially when what they are supposedly doing for you is wrong. These men expected David to appreciate the fact that they had killed the son of his former enemy. But David assured them that his Lord was the only one he looked to when he was in trouble. God does not use evil or wrong for our benefit, when His plan for us is victory. He does not steal from someone to prosper us. Don't accept another's evil as a personal blessing from the Lord for you. He would not deserve to be God if He operated like that. Our God is able to make all Grace abound toward us (2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV).

Once, I returned two items that I had purchased because they could have proved harmful to me. The sale clerk issued a credit to my account for more than twice what I paid because she misread the sales ticket. It never occurred to me not to bring this to her attention in order to correct her error. I didn't think, "The store can absorb it, they charge too much anyway." No, the Spirit in me led me to fix it immediately for conscience sake. The God I serve does not need to take advantage of anyone's mistake to benefit me. Plus, who is stupid enough to release that kind of spirit in your life?

Remember, what you sow is what you will reap. Examine yourself and look at all the good God is doing for you. Don't blow it over greed or you'll end up losing more than you tried to gain. Honesty and integrity are just a few of the badges we Christians should wear all the time. Those murderers of an innocent man in his own house cost them their body parts as well as their lives. Is anything worth that? Make sure you know and follow the heart of the One you want to respect and reward you. God does.

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Friday August 7, 2020
Holy Ambition Within You Must be Released

Colossians 3:1, 2, TM: So if you are serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up and be alert to what is going on around Christ-that's where the action is. See things from His perspective.

The power of Christ continues to transform us, as we are being filled with God's Holy Spirit. This transformation begins with the passion we have for Christ, which prompts us to show His compassion to others. It is our passionate hunger for the spiritual, which moves us in holy ambition.

Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). That truth is the supporting strength of our ambition to move ever onward to deeper depths and higher heights in Him. No matter what may confront or challenge you in this pursuit, do not be hindered; God lives in you by His Spirit. He releases exceedingly more of His grace, enabling you to stand and withstand every onslaught, as He extinguishes all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

In the natural, people with ambition seldom allow anything or anyone to prevent them from their goal. Why then do Christians-who have supernatural power allotted to us in the Spirit, halt and play dead until the storm passes over? Do as Jesus did. Speak to the storms hovering over you and say what His Spirit has taught you to say. Believe in your heart that His victory is yours and keep the pressure on the devil until he either quits or you reach your goal.

As a Christian you are guaranteed persecution, temptation, strife and any other opposition satan can throw at you. But you are also promised both God's ability to equip to withstand, and a sure reward if you endure.

How badly do you want what Calvary provided for you? Move forward as though that is indeed the only thing that is important to you. The Holy ambition within you must be released.

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Saturday August 8, 2020
Behold Thy Mother, Behold Your Son

John 19:26, 27, CEV: When Jesus saw His mother and His favorite disciple with her, He said to His mother, "This man is now your son." Then He said to the disciple, "She is now your mother." From then on that disciple took her into his own home.

Jesus trusted His Father God to provide for the care and keeping of His mother. He trusted God to make the necessary arrangement for her future, which is why that Jesus chose one of His faithful disciples rather than any of her own children to care for His mother.

Jesus had other brothers and sisters. Jesus was the only one who was divine because He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, but Jesus was not Mary's only child. I had never thought of that before. However, as I meditated on the above verse, I realized that Jesus never asked His Father to change His assignment so that He could take care of His mother. He saw the bigger picture. He saw all of us being restored to His Father if He continued in what He came to earth to do.

How many have lost the opportunity to work with God in fulfilling His plan because we felt a need to care for a loved one? Can't we trust our loved ones to Him by setting aside our Messiah complex? I overheard a very elderly lady saying to her friend as we shared an elevator, "Much to my surprise I know how to pay my bills, write out checks, and do what I need to do." It appeared that when someone was alive, they had shielded her to such an extent that it nearly crippled her ability to be self-sufficient. She was excited that she was as capable as anyone else.

Don't miss God by assuming your responsibility is something He did not assign you to do.

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Sunday August 9, 2020
Thought Test

Proverbs 17:3, CEV: Silver and gold are tested by flames of fire; our thoughts are tested by the LORD.

Fire removes the impurity from gold and silver and makes it pliable for molding. The Holy Spirit is given to do the same for us. When we are assailed by the wicked one, the Holy Spirit enables us to renew our minds and to think as God thinks. He also helps us to conform to what God intended for us to be.

Most translators say our hearts are tested by God. To me, the thoughts and the heart are the same. My heart will not allow me to think or hold on to any thought that is not pleasing to God. My heart and my thoughts are to be united, which is why anything that tries to occupy space in my head must be cast down if it's not of God. I cannot entertain and embrace anything that I don't want to reach my heart, for I will speak what is in my heart.

For so long, Christians have allowed culture, tradition, and habits, to dictate our actions. We celebrate holidays with no thought as to how they came into being. We play, and watch games religiously, and wonder where the power of God is in our lives. The early church was bent on becoming single minded to spiritual things and God rewarded them with His power (Luke 10:19).

Choose this day if you want the power of God or the play of the world. Play is easier and superficial. It does not require discipline and sacrifices. It allows you to do whatever makes you feel good, but it is of no benefit to others. I don't want a "feel-good religion," I want a "do good religion." I have not been allowed to remain here in the earth to just feel good. As His representative I am here to do good by working with Him in training others for His work. Please allow the Holy Spirit to assist you. You are being tested and God is trying to get the right answers to you before the test is over.

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Monday August 10, 2020
Get A Life!

Galatians 2:20, NKJV: I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Usually when someone tells you to "get a life" it's a put down. They are implying that you're out of touch with reality or that you have become so spiritually minded that you are of no earthly good. Actually, Paul said this was necessary in order to have unity through humility.

Philippians 2:1,2 reads, "Therefore, if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord of one mind."

When someone, even a Christian, says to you, "Get a life," they are suggesting that you be more like "normal people." Normal people are like this world. I don't want to be normal. I have chosen to set my affection on things above and not on things of this earth (Colossians 3:2). I have lived the carnal life and it's a road that leads nowhere.

"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1 NKJV)." I got a life. It is the life of God in me, and I'm enjoying it to the fullest! As the song says, "The things of the earth have grown strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace." I have chosen to turn my eyes upon Jesus. What's the point of salvation if it does not equip us to live for Him and to experience being an overcomer in this life through Christ? Thank God, as He is, so are we in the world! (1 John 4:17)

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