Horizons Unlimited November 28, 2021 through December 06, 2021

Sunday November 28, 2021: Are Your Feet on the Demon's Neck?
Monday November 29, 2021: Trusted and True
Tuesday November 30, 2021: Skating On Thin Ice
Wednesday December 1, 2021: Speakers for the Lord
Thursday December 2, 2021: We Always Have A Way Out
Friday December 3, 2021: The Best Medicine in Town
Saturday December 4, 2021: Glad or Sad, the Choice Is Yours
Sunday December 5, 2021: You Will Be A Success
Monday December 6, 2021: Prisoners of Suffering and Pain

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Sunday November 28, 2021
Are Your Feet on the Demon's Neck?

Joshua 10:24, CEV: After Joshua had called the army together, he forced the five kings to lie down on the ground. Then he called his officers forward and told them, "You fought these kings along with me, so put your feet on their necks."

Jesus defeated the devil for us when we had no strength to fight. How much more should we keep satan under our feet? Luke 10:19 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible because it tells me of my authority and responsibility as authorized by Jesus himself.

As long as we're in these earth suits, even though we're being filled with the Spirit, the devil will challenge us. The reason he challenges us, though he's already defeated, is because from the beginning of time he's known what the spirit of deceit can do to those who are not quite sure of who they are and what authority they have. Notice what he did to Adam and Eve? At age 36, I began to be made aware of who I am in Christ Jesus and I refuse to let the blood He shed when He died on Calvary for me to be in vain. Because of Calvary, I make every demon and their family my footstool. I don't just wait for them to attack me; I keep my feet on the devil's neck. My champion fought for me and won. Why would I do anything but stand fast in the liberty He gave me? One of the things I love about the Lord is that He gives me gifts and does not return the next day to take them back.

Today are you feeling on top of the world, or are you feeling as though you and satan have reversed places? If you are feeling "under the circumstances," get out from under them, walk in your authority over them. Honor God by taking your rightful place seated in Christ Jesus in heavenly places. Discover who you are in Him, and every battle you face, you'll win!

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Monday November 29, 2021
Trusted and True

Psalm 119:160, CEV: All you say can be trusted. Your teachings are true and will last forever.

We've all been lied to, left hanging in the balance and disappointed in what occurred with someone we wanted to believe in. At times, we have been the guilty party, but what has that to do with God? Every word He speaks to us can be trusted; yet at times we find ourselves in a tizzy, because He is the last one we turn to when we need help, companionship, or wisdom. Not only are His teachings true, they don't fade after a period of use. He and His teachings are timeless.

Do you allow yourself the luxury of dependency on Him? He'll never fail you, disappoint you, or let you down. One of the reasons we experience disappointment is because we look to receive from humans what only God can and will give. One of the reasons for that is because there is nothing selfish in Him. People don't intend to let us down, but they are unable to handle the stress we put on them. God and God alone is equipped to deal with our labor and heavy burdens.

Don't cause another to sin because you place them in areas they were never intended to be in. I often hear the statement, "I have to take care of my family. I need to prepare for their future." This usually results in working two jobs or lots of overtime, which means the time needed to train them to depend on God is lacking. The head of a home should work to provide for his household until they have been taught that God is their source and supply. We seldom require our youth to use their faith to believe for their desires and pleasures. Are you teaching them to tithe on their allowance, their salary, or the special occasion money they receive? The principles and laws of God work for all that work them, no age limits required!

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Tuesday November 30, 2021
Skating On Thin Ice

Psalm 103:10, NLT: He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.

To insure that His creation would not be lost forever, God the Father stopped trying to get men to obey and follow Him and He sent His sinless Son Jesus as our substitute. Jesus Christ took our place in judgment and offered Himself to be the Lamb of God, slain before the foundation of the world to take away the sin of mankind. This willingness to obey the Father fully earned Jesus the right to sit at the right hand of His Father, where even now He ever lives to make intercession for you and for me.

Because of Jesus, God does not see our sin anymore. He sees only the Blood of Jesus. Imagine if God was still dealing directly with us today. We would not make it through the morning watch. But because of Jesus, the Father's love will never be separated from us. Who wouldn't want to yield to a love that powerful and pure? In case you are not aware of the time we are living in, we are closer to the return of Christ than we've ever been. You're skating on thin ice if you live your life oblivious to the truth that any day now Jesus might crack the clouds and come for His Church. It will be over and done so quickly. There will be no getting ready time. Today, I ask you to honestly assess where you are, then ask yourself if you are ready for His appearing? If not, fix it.

Everything in creation snaps to attention at God's Word-everything except humans. We say we love Him then give our attention and affection to others and things. He asks us-His creation-to follow Him, to confer with Him, but we want to schedule in the Creator when it is convenient for us. That attitude is both reckless and ridiculous. Holding the Creator in contempt by ignoring Him is to skate on thin ice. It's dangerous.

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Wednesday December 1, 2021
Speakers for the Lord

James 5:10, CEV: My friends, follow the example of the prophets who spoke for the Lord. They were patient even when they had to suffer.

Today's prophets are to confirm what the Holy Spirit has already spoken to you. They confirm in you what the Lord has already said to you. The prophets of God are not to fleece God's people for their personal gain. Prophets are yielded vessels confident that the Master Potter will mold them as clay into a vessel for His use.

Prophets understand that God, the all time architect, knows His plan and has no need to explain Himself to every worker. He has, however, obligated Himself to those He is using to build what He has designed.

Prophets perceive with accuracy what the Spirit is speaking to the church. They communicate it in the form of judgment, comfort and hope. Prophets are not sent to discourage or destroy God's people. They are to train and warn them. Prophets are not permitted to doubt when God speaks. They go forth with confidence and authority. The called work of a prophet is imposed on them along with the power to perform God's will successfully.

Prophets do not always get a vision or hear an articulating voice. Often their assignment carries with it an indication that by faith they are to work with what God wants to accomplish. Prophets are on call for the unexpected. They are seldom asked to execute the prearranged, but are provided with agencies and energy outside themselves. When the consistency of an assignment is evident and does not let up, a prophet concludes that God is speaking. True prophets speak for the Lord and not themselves.

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Thursday December 2, 2021
We Always Have A Way Out

2 Corinthians 4:8, MSG: We've been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do.

We're much harder on ourselves than the Lord is. That's because we would like to see ourselves as perfect, never making the same mistakes we see in others. The Lord sees all of our weaknesses, faults and failures. But I have found that He accepts and uses us anyway. He knows when we need to sleep and when we need to pray (Matthew 26:45).

Once some information was shared with me that I really had no need to know. Inwardly, I made a vow to never repeat it. I did good for several days. Suddenly, one day I heard myself saying it to others that had no need to know it. I cannot tell you the condemnation I heaped on myself. The devil had me for a moment thinking, "You blew it now! Jesus cannot trust you to keep your vows."

I was at a loss and allowed a moment of despair to enter. Yet the Holy Ghost is so kind. He reminded me of 1 John 1: 9 and told me simply to repent and not to be so confident that I can't miss it anymore. I repented for both repeating what I heard and for being so spiritually cocky.

The very next day the Lord awakened me with eleven entries for the devotional. I had not lost it. But because He forgave me immediately, like He did His twelve disciples who failed to stay awake (Matthew 26:46), I know now I need to ask His help daily.

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Friday December 3, 2021
The Best Medicine in Town

Psalm 119:50, CEV: When I am hurting, I find comfort in your promise that leads to life.

All of us have found ourselves hurting at times. It may be for different reasons and when we least expected it. There are times when those closest to you caused the pain. It doesn't matter who or what cause the hurt, hurting is hurting. Wounds caused by an injury are much easier to be healed than one you know you didn't deserve. What's the solution? Find comfort in God's promise that leads to life. The reason we find comfort in the promise that leads to life is failure to be comforted by His Word leads only to death or destruction.

Never permit yourself to meditate on the pain you experience. Always look for a Word from the Lord for comfort. How will I know it's a Word from the Lord? Does it bring you comfort and reassurance that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel you're in? Or does it incite you to retaliate, or try to get even? Years ago I chose to ignore pain and look to the great pain reliever, His name is Jesus. He can handle what man says is impossible. Look at what the writer said in verse 52. "I find true comfort, LORD, because your laws have stood the test of time."

I know you know that we are not under the law but under grace, but God's words are forever settled in heaven (Psalms 119:89). The thing I like best about relying on God's Word for everything is that it is a prescription that can be filled in any country or nation. I never have to concern myself with anyone using a substitute or leaving out what's been prescribed.

The promise of God is His Word, whether it's written to be read or it's spoken to me specifically. He is the Great Physician and He knows both what hurts and what heals.

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Saturday December 4, 2021
Glad or Sad, the Choice Is Yours

Proverbs 17:22, TM: A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leaves you bone-tired.

Choosing to maintain and retain a merry heart will not make you popular with those around you who thrive on being sad. Misery truly does love company. Do you want to feel good or hurt all over? It's a choice you make to be cheerful or to be sad (Proverbs 17:22, CEV). The important thing is not so much what happens to you, but how you choose to respond to what happens to you.

At the airport, several years ago, I was about to take a flight. My Bibles and other essentials made my luggage extremely overweight. The skycap was the picture of someone having a "bad hair day." When my turn came to check in, I simply handed him a $20 bill and made his day. Before that gesture, he looked as though it would hurt for him to smile or say a kind word. I decided he deserves better for himself and I can help him with his adjustment. The grin (not smile) was all over his face and his words to me could not have been more pleasant and helpful.

Who can you help today with what you have in your hand? I benefited from his change of attitude, and I suspect all those who came behind me received better treatment than those in line before us.

I am a Christian. I desire to let others know who I am without uttering a word. I choose to smile because my heart is happy. I will not allow it to be otherwise. It costs me nothing, but it can bring great dividends. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22 (NIV).

The joy of the Lord is my strength daily. Are you despondent? Get a smile in your heart then remember to tell your face. You'll help yourself and others.

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Sunday December 5, 2021
You Will Be A Success

1 Kings 2:3, CEV: Do what the Lord your God commands and follow His teaching. Obey everything written in the Law of Moses. Then you will be a success, no matter what you do or where you go.

This was David's instruction to Solomon, prior to his falling asleep. As you can see it was conditional, which God's promises are to you and me if we choose to walk in His fullness. New Testament Christian's are not under Moses' laws as Israel was. We might want to write it this way for us. "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, has made me free from the law of sin and death."

There are still laws or rules we must obey in order to experience victory in whatever we do or wherever we go. While having money can be a good thing, it's still the lowest form or power, and it has one purpose, which is to exchange it for something you want more than the money. You can't eat it, sleep with it, wear it, and without faith it can't get you healed. With enough money you may be able to afford a little comfort or relief when you're under attack, but it cannot make you well or happy.

Never allow yourself to be duped into thinking more money will make you successful. A successful person is a happy person, with or without finances.

Today, if you are not happy in Jesus, money will not change that. You will be a success if.... Without obedience to the requirements of the Lord you will never be successful. To think otherwise means you are either deceiving yourself, or have been deceived by a false teacher.

Success is not about what you have; it's about who you have, and who has you, to the glory of God.

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Monday December 6, 2021
Prisoners of Suffering and Pain

Job 36:8, 9, NLT: If troubles come upon them they are enslaved and afflicted. He takes the trouble to show them the reason. He shows them their sins, for they have behaved proudly.

Thank God for Calvary. Old Testament people believed that anything occurring in your life that was not considered a blessing was directly related to sin in your life. Once I learned what really happened at the Cross, and all of the provisions God made for me through Christ who took care of the sin situation as well as my health and wealth, I stopped beating myself up looking for what I did wrong.

Folks, we have both an adversary and an advocate. They never trade places with each other. My adversary at times is permitted to cause me unpleasant moments in my flesh. But because I know who my advocate is, I know the devil cannot do anything to me that my advocate and I can't handle (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Like the song says, "I thank God for the mountain. I thank God for the valley, and the storms He's brought me through. If I never had a problem, I wouldn't know that God could solve them. I'd never know what faith in His word would do."

Suffering with Jesus is encouraged. Suffering from pain is unacceptable to me. Therefore, I speak to all pain reminding it that it's trespassing illegally and I will not receive it now or ever. Don't get taken in because of your age. I have not found anywhere in the Bible that pain comes with age.

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