Horizons Unlimited November 17, 2019 - November 25, 2019

Sunday November 17, 2019: Your Words Were Heard
Monday November 18, 2019: Your House Is Covered, Not Theirs
Tuesday November 19, 2019: Reserved and Preserved
Wednesday November 20, 2019: Have You Given the Enemy Access?
Thursday November 21, 2019: What Are You Waiting For?
Friday November 22, 2019: Whom Are You Leading?
Saturday November 23, 2019: A Tried Heart
Sunday November 24, 2019: Are You Filled or Do You Just Speak in Tongues?
Monday November 25, 2019: Mud Pies and Mud Slides Occur When There Is No Rock

Horizons Unlimited PDF Archive

Sunday November 17, 2019
Your Words Were Heard

Daniel 10:12, NKJV: Then said he to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come for your words."

Are we really interested in God hearing and answering our prayers? Then stop praying selfish prayers. We were not given the privilege of praying so that we could increase in our personal assets.

Prayer is the privilege of talking to God about changing cities and nations. We are to mature beyond praying just for I, my, mine, and me. We are to talk to God about universal and eternal things, not just about the local things. It is all right to pray about local and community changes, but never stop there. When our affection is set on things above then we should begin to speak of things on the earth that we want done in heaven. I suspect what we talk to God about universally will help to influence what we rule and reign over eternally.

Angels have no need to pray, but even Jesus found it necessary to pray while He was here in the earth. John 17 tells us what Jesus petitioned the Father while He was here. Notice that His primary focus was to benefit people. That is where we must go in order to get the heart of God. It is always God's desire for His people to be blessed in the earth, but for it to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Since it is true that we brought nothing into the world and will depart with nothing, doesn't it make Holy Ghost sense not to be limited by what we accumulate here? I want the mind of Christ concerning what to hold onto and what to let go of. Anything that will hinder my trust in the Lord-and my willingness to have confidence in Him alone to provide what I need when I need it to fulfill His plans and purpose-I want to let go of. It all comes from Him. It all belongs to Him and He decided to share some of it with us to enjoy while we work with Him to benefit people. Let go and let God.

Back to list

Monday November 18, 2019
Your House Is Covered, Not Theirs

Joshua 2:18, NKJV: Unless when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father's household to your own home.

Rahab had acknowledged the God of the Israelites as the one, true God. She asked the spies to spare her parents and siblings when they returned to possess the land given to them by God. She understood that everyone was either going to be destroyed or enslaved, so she was buying some insurance for herself and her family also.

When you cooperate with God's plan for people, His covenant is with your house, not that of your relatives. Joshua stated, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15).

When you are the head of the home, you choose which God you will serve. Rahab chose Jehovah, her family had not. But because she did, God protected her house. Therefore, anyone in her house enjoyed the benefit of her commitment to God. Her family could have rejected her offer and remained at home, however, they chose to move in with her. As a result, while everyone around them was destroyed, they were totally unharmed.

As much as you want God's protection for your loved ones, they have to establish their own covering with Him unless they come into your home and live according to His requirement of you and your commitment to Him.

Jesus is available to everyone who chooses to come to Him. If your words to your relatives do not seem to penetrate, perhaps you need to stop talking to them about the Lord and begin talking to the Lord about them. Stay in God's face and walk according to His Word. He will honor your request, because it is already His desire for them to be a part of His family. He will perform the supernatural, if that is what it takes. Commit them to Him. Rest in Him. Thank Him in advance for the manifestation. Start today.

Back to list

Tuesday November 19, 2019
Reserved and Preserved

2 Timothy 4:18, NKJV: And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

Circumstances around you are not scheduled to improve. However, you can work and walk through all of them when you are equipped with Bible truth.

Evil work is a given, but according to my Bible, I have a reservation with God to be delivered from it. Not only that, but I am promised that He will preserve me. When something is preserved, it is protected from the destruction and decay of this world.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, knows that His sheep are unable to protect themselves, just as a parent knows her baby cannot protect himself. Many years ago, when my children were babies and toddlers, I never expected them to be wise enough to protect themselves from danger. So I put up the necessary gates and restraints to limit their activity-to guard them from hazardous objects and situations. That is what our Shepherd can do for us.

Do you have a reservation of assured preservation? Even today, the tragedy of 9/11 gets blamed for almost everything that is negatively oriented. That is so sad because 9/11 is not responsible for all of the world's evil works. The devil is, and he just uses 9/11 as a distraction to keep us from the truth that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled in our day and age.

The U.S.A. has been so very blessed. We who are citizens are very fortunate to be able to call America "land of the free." We should also call it "land of the blessed," for that is what we are.

I believe that God is calling together a core of men and women who understand where we are according to the Bible: leaders who are not looking to exclude anyone, but want to get together in one accord to hear from God as to what His next move is for us individually and collectively; men and women who understand that they cannot prevent the evil of the world, but are wise enough to comprehend that they can live unaffected by it.

The power over evil is not to prevent it, but to prevent it from taking you and yours over. Make your reservation for preservation by accepting Jesus, God's Son, now. Don't wait.

Back to list

Wednesday November 20, 2019
Have You Given the Enemy Access?

2 Kings 21:14, NKJV: So I will forsake the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become victims of plunder to all their enemies.

Aren't you glad that God does not become so angry with us that He delivers us into the hands of the adversary, as He did with Israel? However, although He will not send us to the enemy, our rebellion, disobedience, and lack of reverence can position us where the enemy has more access to our minds, and thus to our lives. God has sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us. He has given His Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and teach us, and to warn us of impending dangers. He will support us and back us in our every effort of obedience to His Word. He has bound Himself to us by what is written, and He cannot violate His own Word.

Whenever I find myself under attack physically, financially, or in any way, I first look to see if I am in obedience to His Word and His Spirit. Then I check to see if I am walking in love, not by others' definitions of love but by God's standard given in His Word. If I fail either of these evaluations and find that I have allowed the enemy's entrance into my life, then I repent and make the necessary adjustments and corrections. However, if I cannot find any doors that I have left open to the enemy, then I continue forward in the midst of adversity with confidence that my Father has not given me over to any enemies. Therefore, I cannot be defeated, and I will not quit.

Dear Father in heaven, I thank You for instructing me in Your Word. Thank You for enlightening me to the truth that there are times I can rejoice for being counted worthy to walk through the fire and the flood, knowing I will neither drown nor be consumed by the forces of evil. Jesus' prayer was that I be kept from the evil in the world, and Your faithfulness to fulfill that prayer is a solid rock on which I can stand. Thank You that even when I can't sense Your presence, I can believe You have not abandoned me because of what is already written. I bless You in Jesus' name. Amen.

Back to list

Thursday November 21, 2019
What Are You Waiting For?

Ecclesiastes 10:11, NLT: It does no good to charm a snake after it has bitten you.

Some people are like snakes-and it is risky for you to allow them too much access and freedom in your life. But unless and until the Holy Ghost reveals a potentially dangerous snake in your midst, do not operate in fear.

I used to think "snakes" recognized their deliberately wrong behavior. However, experience taught me that even if they recognize and dislike their wrong behavior, they do not always know how to stop their actions. Such snakes are particularly dangerous to have around. It is easier to know how to handle snakes who present themselves as snakes because they are never going to change. The most volatile snakes want to be pets, and yet they are still very much out of control and malicious.

What do you do? Charm them with the Holy Ghost and the Word of God-hoping they will change-but keep enough distance between you to allow the snake to demonstrate that it is harmless. Otherwise, you will be the first one the snake bites-and it will be too late to charm the snake then! The taste of your blood will excite it more and more until it kills you and your vision-or until you kill it.

The truth is that you are always at risk when you try to salvage a person, but failure to try disqualifies you as a Christian. What is the solution? Trust God to work all things together for your good, even when others harm you. Be sensitive to the Holy Ghost concerning those around you-especially to those who are close enough to bite.

Go through life walking in love, but also confronting in love whatever makes you uncomfortable as you interact with others. Accept the fact that people can change, and do your best to help them be the best they can be. Look for their improvement, but keep your distance until change manifests. Remember: The choice to change is theirs, but the choice to protect yourself is yours!

Back to list

Friday November 22, 2019
Whom Are You Leading?

1 Samuel 22:2, NIV: All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader.

Who is more in need of a leader than those in debt? Most people owe a natural debt of some kind. (All of us owed a spiritual debt that we could never pay, but thank God our Champion took care of that for us.) The Hebrew word here for debt is nash, from the root word that means "lead astray (mentally), to delude (manually), or to seduce, beguile, and deceive." A person who is under this influence needs a leader-and badly.

Furthermore, who is more in need of a leader than the discontented? According to the original Hebrew wording, this is the group of people who have become bitter, angry, chafed, and heavy. They are breathing, but they are more animal-like than human. Their very souls and lives are in jeopardy because they have become slaves to their appetites and desires for things they can't afford or do not need at this time. Someone needs to lead them. They have their salvation, perhaps, but are totally defeated in life as Christians. God never wanted His children to settle just for heaven someday. No, He intended that we be in a win-win situation at all times while here on the earth, where He sends leaders.

True leaders from God may not be excited at first about the group assigned to them, but they will never take advantage of or abuse them. Some so-called leaders prey on the distressed, the debtors, and the discontented, but God sees and knows all things.

If you fall into any of these groups, don't add despair to your life by becoming discouraged. Ask God for a leader to help you become disciplined, for it is lack of discipline that has helped create your dilemma. With God's help, it is never too late to correct some bad habits that you may think are part of your genealogy. Start today with Jesus, the ultimate leader.

Back to list

Saturday November 23, 2019
A Tried Heart

Proverbs 17:3, KJV: The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.

There have been times in life when I could not freely get involved with certain individuals even though the world chased after them. Other times, I wanted to hire certain people but could not follow through with the choice because my spirit was restless. I thank God for the Holy Ghost because when I heeded His directive and did not pursue these individuals who appeared impressive on the surface, it was only a matter of time before they did something ungodly, unethical, or self-seeking.

The Holy One has taught me not to look at the faces of men and women, but to ask His help in discerning their hearts.

None of us is completely flawless. But if we sincerely desire to follow after our Father, we should ask Him each day to search our hearts and remove or expose anything displeasing in His sight.

At the same time, I can tell a little about most people by their personal appearance. I occasionally look at a man's shirt collar and cuffs to see if they're clean and crisply ironed. I notice if a person's shoes are shined. When asked to ride in a car, I fight not to judge a person if he or she must clean out the car before I can occupy a seat. And have you accepted an invitation to visit someone's home, only to have the person ask you to "take a seat if you can find one"? While these things provide some indication about people's habits or lack of them, no one judges the true character of another without the help of the Holy Ghost. Only God's Spirit in us can try the hearts of others.

Indeed, it's a good idea to heed the bells and whistles in your heart before you align yourself with others. Fewer couples would divorce-especially fewer Christians-if people paid greater attention to their hearts. Business partners would require less legal advice if they paid more attention to following their hearts. Try your heart first; then you will be in a better position to try someone else's.

Back to list

Sunday November 24, 2019
Are You Filled or Do You Just Speak in Tongues?

Acts 1:8, Message: And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.

The Word of the Lord came to me saying: "The people are not filled with the Holy Spirit - most have just enough of Him to speak in other tongues, but that does not mean that they are filled." I asked, "How will they know if they are filled?" He replied, "Filled people never have to repent."

I saw it. A person who is truly filled with the Holy Spirit will never lie, cheat or do anything that the Holy Spirit does not lead him or her to do. Therefore, that individual has no reason to repent. We're being filled, but most of us are still working on our Christian character in one way or the other.

The reason we don't see more miracles and power evident in the church today is because we are not filled. We have only been indwelled or baptized with the Holy Spirit, but what are we doing with His power and presence within us? Filled people in the Bible did things out of the ordinary as directed by the Holy Spirit. They discerned situations and altered conditions. When people experience physical attacks, are you so filled with power that they can they come to you for help or do they see you running to the doctor and depending on medicine also? Be filled.

Back to list

Monday November 25, 2019
Mud Pies and Mud Slides Occur When There Is No Rock

I made the most interesting mud pies as a four year-old, complete with Mother's chocolate syrup and cherries on top! They were not edible, but they were certainly pretty. As I rode a train recently through several states, over the course of my travels, I observed the most beautiful rolling hills I had ever seen. As I pondered the difference between this particular state and the state where I live, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, "This land is all dirt, which is why they have great mudslides. You live where everything is built on rock. It's not as green, but it's also not likely to experience mudslides." I began to rejoice concerning where I lived.

"Pretty" is not always God's best for you. My pretty mud pies could have made a person sick if they had been eaten, because it was not the decorations that made the pies; rather, it was the main ingredient, the dirt. And it was the dirt, decorated with lush grass and trees, that made those rolling hills so breathtakingly beautiful. Yet a mudslide could occur that would cause all of that beauty to topple and be destroyed.

Similarly, if you are not building your life on the Rock Christ Jesus, the mudslides of life could cause what is beautiful to you to crumble and be destroyed. Our former home was built on a lake. There was a huge rock in the middle of this lake, which was part of our property. After living there for several years, I observed that the water and the elements had no effect on the rock. Likewise, when we build our life and our future on the Rock Christ Jesus, the course of the law of sin and death has no effect on us. We can walk unscathed among the sin and all the other negatives around us, because our Rock, Christ Jesus, made us exempt from the mud pies and the mud slides.

Never be fooled by the "pretty" that might not last. Instead, attach your vessel solidly to the Rock that is always able to anchor you and provide you with safe harbor.

Back to list

Horizons Unlimited PDF Archive

 Summer 2005

 Fall 2005

 Winter 2005

 Spring 2006

 Summer 2006

 Fall 2006

 Winter 2006

 Spring 2007

 Summer 2007

 Fall 2007

 Winter 2007

 Spring 2008

 Summer 2008

 Fall 2008

 Winter 2008

Back to list