Horizons Unlimited September 12, 2021 through September 20, 2021

Sunday September 12, 2021: People or Demons-Be Not Afraid
Monday September 13, 2021: Impulsive and Ignorant Comment Versus Willful Rejection
Tuesday September 14, 2021: Irritating and Unproductive
Wednesday September 15, 2021: My Spirit Will Sustain Me
Thursday September 16, 2021: Growth in Affliction
Friday September 17, 2021: Got Fruit?
Saturday September 18, 2021: Show Me Now Your Way
Sunday September 19, 2021: Authority and Anointing Versus Eloquence
Monday September 20, 2021: Integrity as an Armour Bearer

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Sunday September 12, 2021
People or Demons-Be Not Afraid

Psalm 3:6, NKJV: I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.

In addition to the above numbers of people, I added in my Bible "and demons also." Thank God for allowing me to see that people are not ever my problem unless they have yielded to a force or spirit other than God's Holy Spirit.

Once I learned that every demonic spirit would bow to the name of Jesus and that human flesh apart from God never would in this life, life became so much easier for me. With demon spirits, I walk in my authority to use the name of Jesus. With human spirits, I believe God for His grace to operate in the fruit of His Spirit at all times in every way, never reacting or responding to what another person says or does. That's not easy but it's possible.

Such self-control is not easy. But when you make the choice to keep your focus on Jesus, you will remember that you are on assignment to represent His Spirit-not your flesh in the earth. The way to be unaffected by people while at the same time positioning yourself to be used of the Lord to minister to them is to believe for grace to walk in the Spirit at all times.

Can you locate where you are today spiritually? Does the devil have you thinking that everyone is against you with an elaborate plan to stop you at every turn? The first thing you need to know is that God's plan for your life cannot be stopped by anyone except you. Understanding who you are with God through Jesus Christ is essential to experience a victorious walk among the masses who are ill-informed.

Don't quit now-your change is around the next bend in the road. The path you are on is new to you, but not to your Creator. He loves you so much that He planned your steps (and stops) long before you learned to even walk.

Never forget that God sent His Son because of His love for all of humanity. He paid an awesome price to guarantee you so much. Remember to develop appreciation for who you are while at the same time seeing your connection to God and to humanity.

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Monday September 13, 2021
Impulsive and Ignorant Comment Versus Willful Rejection

Matthew 12:32, NKJV: Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

Callers to my live call-in talk show "The Choice Is Yours" often ask me, "What is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost?" My usual response is "Giving credit to the devil for the supernatural things done in your life by God." Because they have heard so much erroneous teaching, they are confused. Their quest for truth is a good sign that they are not guilty.

In ignorance, most of us have made impulsive comments we did not intend. Since God reads hearts, He knows when we are just ill informed as opposed to willfully rejecting truth.

Willful rejection of the truth is when you have not only read and heard the Scriptures, but you have been privileged to experience the power of God in your personal life. To fail to credit the Holy One with this, but to deliberately say that this is of the devil, is too dangerous to think about.

Many people are concerned because their church teaches that speaking in tongues is of the devil. Jesus said, "When the blind lead the blind, they both fall in the ditch," which is why it is written to try every spirit to see if it is of God (1 John 4:1).

Years ago, my church taught the same thing. But one day after hearing additional truth from the Scriptures and reading for ourselves, my late husband and I both said, "We believe this speaking in tongues is of God and we want all of Him." Six months later the Holy Ghost completed in us what Jesus had begun years earlier. We were born of Jesus' Spirit when we acknowledged Him as Savior. We were baptized with His Spirit when we spoke in tongues as the evidence of His equipping us with power.

I know this is of God, because I have all the additional parts with the tongues. I operate more in the fruit of the Spirit along with the gifts of His Spirit, contributing to my spiritual growth as well as benefiting others. Trust me, only God could have pulled this off, and I will not give credit to the devil for it.

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Tuesday September 14, 2021
Irritating and Unproductive

Proverbs 10:26, KJV: As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

There is no purpose for brushing your teeth with vinegar, nor is there any purpose for entering a smoke-filled room to read your Bible. While vinegar will not enhance tooth decay or smoke cause blindness, neither are they useful or productive. In fact, they irritate you.

The people now on our staff are some of the most productive we have ever had. We praise God for them and at the same time we show our appreciation to them financially. We love to be a blessing to our employees. Why? Because they believe God for the grace to be productive without anyone standing over them with a club or a threat.

One of the few things in my Christian walk that threaten the fruit of the Spirit in me are nonproductive people. They irritate me. They irritated Jesus also.

Luke 13:6-9 tells of the man who came to examine the fruit on his fig tree. When he found none, he wanted to cut the tree down because it was using the ground without providing a return. The keeper interceded for it for a specified period of time with the understanding that failure to produce at some point would result in the tree being reduced to firewood.

A Christian employer should never have to terminate another Christian due to lack of productivity. If you, the employee, are not willing to do the job or even assume additional tasks, volunteer to quit to make room for one willing to do more.

How did you do on your last evaluation? How often does your supervisor speak to you about the quantity or quality of your work? Are you abusing phone privileges? Did you not know that sick leave or recovery time is to give your body an opportunity to repair and mend itself? It is not for shopping or visiting or celebrating your birthday. It certainly is not for your overtaxed social life because you stayed up too late. Every good Christian employee is to be both productive and non-irritating.

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Wednesday September 15, 2021
My Spirit Will Sustain Me

Proverbs 18:14, NLT: The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?

One of the most important lessons I have learned is to guard my spirit and to protect it from injurious words spoken by others, even when it was not their intention to wound me. I have trained my spirit to reject anything done against me and refuse to internalize the actions of others.

When attacks knock on my door, a merry heart answers it every time. Proverbs 15:13 says, "A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit." Promote gladness of heart in your life. Read or watch something every day that will make you laugh.

One of the operators where I get my nails done had a new puppy that resembled a snow-white fur ball. The floors at the salon were highly shellacked, and the puppy was trying to run but could only skid in place. After laughing so hard at those tiny legs trying to run, I realized how much better I felt for laughing.

Pursuing laughter is cheaper than purchasing prescriptions. Laughter keeps your bones moist. I do not concern myself with threats of osteoporosis. I read Proverbs 17:22, which says, "A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones." Let nothing or no one break your spirit.

When I do something that borders on retardation, I never try to conceal it. I laugh at myself first, then I laugh with others about it so the devil cannot convince me they are laughing at me. Believe me, it works.

I can be a very serious person, particularly about spiritual matters, but I enjoy being around things and people that make me laugh. Sometimes I am reading along in my Bible, and the promises of God's provisions cause my heart to skip a beat. His truth is so simple, it makes you laugh at how complicated you can make things.

If you want a merry heart, you have to search for it. Go to a zoo or to the circus, or visit a pet shop and watch the puppies and kittens. Jesus died so that you could experience His joy to make you strong. Go ahead and laugh-it will do you good.

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Thursday September 16, 2021
Growth in Affliction

Exodus 1:12, NKJV: But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel.

Multiplied growth was not what the Egyptians had in mind when they afflicted the children of Israel. That was because they did not understand the way God operates.

All of us prefer not to experience pain, suffering, and discomfort in any form. However, there are children of God rising to the battle cry in greater numbers than ever before. The reason, I believe, is they are increasingly aware that they (the Christian church) cannot be destroyed. They don't allow what is thrown in their path to cause them to doubt God's love for them. Anyone in doubt of God's love on their behalf will begin to hesitate before following the voice of God. That is never a good thing. Believe that God loves you in spite of surmounting evidence to the contrary.

My mother birthed two living children, and she dearly loved us both. However, from the day I was born until the day she died, I was aware that my older brother was very special to her. But I never doubted her love for me during those 45 years of my life.

Instead of fretting over my mother's love for my brother, I began to see that we were different. He was easier to become attached to than I was. Once I accepted that she was not deliberately making a difference between us-it was simply that she responded to me differently. I went on with my life, multiplying and growing in my walk with the Lord. I was no longer affected by what anyone said or did, for my pursuit of the Kingdom and His righteousness inspired and sustained me.

Today, look for God in every area of your life. I assure you that He is there with you, loving, caring, and sheltering you. Afflictions are uncomfortable to your flesh, but they cannot touch your spirit man. Ignore your flesh and promote your spirit. You will experience both the peace and love of the Almighty.

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Friday September 17, 2021
Got Fruit?

Galatians 5:22-23, KJV: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Friends, family, and even complete strangers can place a strong demand on the fruit of the Spirit in your life. With every selfish attitude you encounter from others, you are faced with a test: Will you retaliate or release the fruit of the Spirit? Every day I pray and ask the Father to develop and release all the fruit of the Spirit in my life-not for my benefit only, but for the benefit of others and for His glory. When others see you being pushed, pressed, and potentially stressed in a situation, yet refusing to respond negatively-as they would under the same circumstances-you glorify God in that situation. You are reflecting Him to the world as you demonstrate a power that the world does not possess. The ungodly may act tolerant for a time, but push them hard and far enough and you'll soon see that they know nothing of longsuffering, patience, and gentleness from a pure heart. But the fruit of the Spirit, especially the fruit of love, are what you and I are all about.

We aren't told to walk in the fruit of the Spirit simply to improve our personalities or make life pleasant for those around us. The fruit of the Spirit in our life release the force of God in and through us to master any situation. Walking in the fruit of the Spirit makes you dangerous to the devil. When you walk in love, you cannot fail. When you walk in patience, you cannot be stopped until you reach your determined destination. When you walk in temperance, your own flesh can't hinder you and the ship of your life will stay afloat while others around you sink into oblivion.

When life deals you a blow, rejoice that you've been counted worthy to be tested. When the world gives you a lemon (the only fruit it can offer), don't get sour. Let them taste your fruit. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you turn their lemons into cool lemonade or rich lemon pie. Then when others see you remain unaffected by the negatives that happen to all, they will want a drink from your glass and a slice of your pie!

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Saturday September 18, 2021
Show Me Now Your Way

Exodus 33:13, NKJV: "Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people."

I am grateful to Moses for taking this position concerning the assignment God gave him. It has helped in my approach to God concerning what He has required of me. I won't attempt a thing without reminding God that His grace is sufficient for me, and that in my weakness He is made strong. I must have His grace and His wisdom to pursue and overtake my portion of His plan for people.

Jesus revealed the Father and His ways to us as a "right-now God." We must know Him now if we're going to grab the baton in this next leg of the Christian race. We must know Him, because in knowing Him we obtain His grace.

One of the many things we need to know and understand is that there is no room in the life of a believer for prejudice, favoritism, or membership in a "special interest group." Blacks cannot be only for other blacks; whites cannot hire other whites when an Hispanic or Asian may be more qualified for the position. I always say to God, "This nation is Your people. Therefore, You must show me Your way now." He does, and I am grateful.

God responded to Moses and said, "My presence shall go with you and I will give you rest." What a promise! God Himself promised that His presence would accompany us. Moses said to the Lord, "If Your presence does not go with us, then leave me here, because I would not be able to trust You." Moses wanted a specified and guaranteed word from the Lord.

The object of this lesson is to do things God's way, which brings us into a true knowledge of Him. That keeps us steady while He continues to work all things together for our good.

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Sunday September 19, 2021
Authority and Anointing Versus Eloquence

2 Corinthians 10:11, NKJV: Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.

Never confuse eloquence with anointing. Paul was ridiculed and contemptible in speech as far as the Greeks were concerned. You and I might have been considered a big joke to them. But what do "they" know? I am grossly deficient academically. Frankly, I do not want to take time from prayer, study of the Word, and fellowship with the Father to pursue an academic education at this time in my life. Yet I learn from everything and everyone. I have no challenge with education; it is a good thing. There are those assigned to complete school-and they should. But before you look down your educated nose and conclude that others are beneath you, pay closer attention to what they and God are doing together.

My lack of academic education was no accident, nor was I financially deprived. I chose to drop out of school because spiritual things excited me more. I realize now I could have had both, but there is no unscrambling those eggs. Though I regret not having an education from a school, I do not feel inadequate or inferior to anyone. Why? Because the anointing of God on me for five minutes is worth more than money can buy. Walking in my God-given authority has opened doors of opportunity for me to be used of the Lord on behalf of others.
Remember what Jesus stated through Paul, "God will take the foolish things of this world to confound the wise and the mighty" (1 Corinthians 1:27). Academics helps instruct you to earn a living. The authority and anointing of God will instruct you to live in line with His plan for you personally.

When you do not know where to go next, go nowhere. Wait until direction comes to help you find your way. With His authority and anointing, you will find yourself in the lead regardless of how you may articulate what He tells you to say.

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Monday September 20, 2021
Integrity as an Armour Bearer

Proverbs 10:9, NKJV: He who walks in integrity walks securely. But he who perverts his ways will become known.

No one ever needs to be protected from being innocent. Prosperity, completeness, and uprightness are drawn to the magnet of integrity in a person.

The word integrity is not found in the King James Version of the New Testament, but the Old Testament speaks volumes in just a few verses. Job held fast his integrity and declared that one thing he would have at the end of his life was his integrity (Job 27:5).

The Psalmist said he wanted to be judged according to his integrity (Psalm 7:8), and he wanted integrity and uprightness to preserve him (Psalm 25:21). In other words, he would trust his God to examine him and find him innocent of accusations or charges. Being in right-standing with God and innocent of abusing others would create an invisible barrier of protection around him and keep out any and all assigned to harm him.

Much is stated in the Bible about walking in one's integrity. Perverted ways are not the paths of one walking in his integrity. Guilty paths are sooner or later exposed. What you do in darkness will come to light.

Proverbs 11:3 says the integrity of the upright will guide them. The second part of that verse says, "...but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them." I love scriptures that present the benefits as well as the ill-consequences of failing to make the right choices.

God made us "choice" people. He informed us in advance of the choices that were profitable to us, because He wanted us to understand the price for unprofitable choices before we made them.

Think about where you are today. Do you stop to consider the effect your choices will have on others? Or are you so in pursuit of your passions that you show no compassion for others? Is your word your bond, or do you agree to things because you never learned how to securely say no? Lack of integrity not only will cause you to grope through life in darkness, it could result in your becoming unfaithful. That is not a good thing.

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