Horizons Unlimited April 11, 2021 through April 19, 2021

Sunday April 11, 2021: Living Versus Existing
Monday April 12, 2021: Pray Without Ceasing
Tuesday April 13, 2021: Searched For
Wednesday April 14, 2021: There Are No Exceptions To The Rule
Thursday April 15, 2021: What Are You Good At?
Friday April 16, 2021: How Quickly We Forget
Saturday April 17, 2021: Worry About Nothing-Trust God Always
Sunday April 18, 2021: With Pleasure I Mentally Perceive
Monday April 19, 2021: Unless You Disobey

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Sunday April 11, 2021
Living Versus Existing

1 John 3:3, TM: All of us who look forward to His coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus' life as a model for our own.

As much as we would like to take people by the hand and lead them through life, we can't. God holds each of us responsible for our actions. We can either act on His Word and walk in victory, even as we pass through adversity, or we can ignore truth and try to excuse and justify what we do. But we still have to give an account of all our deeds done in the body, be they good or evil.

When I was first introduced to truth in God's Word, I wanted to know it was so. I said to the person that taught me, "Point me in the direction I need to go, don't hold my hand. Just point me in the direction and I'll find the way." I did not know the person of the Holy Spirit or His job and responsibility to the church, but I wanted to know for myself that God was who the Bible says He is.

Thank God for Jesus and the Holy Spirit who created in me a hungry heart that still today is not satisfied. Daily, I want more of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit who leads me and guides me in to all truth and shows me things to come. I took responsibility for my growth and for my lack of it and God helped me.

Stop blaming the preacher and other Christians for your failure to act on what you are taught. When I acted on truth taught I began to live. Less than that is merely existing. The newest saint on the block is made free the moment he acts on the Word of the Lord. I'd rather be wrong trying to take action than to merely exist while remaining passive and in doubt.

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Monday April 12, 2021
Pray Without Ceasing

Acts 12:5, KJV: Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

When we fully grasp that the Church is comprised of people and is not merely a building, we'll walk more in our authority and in the exercising of our privileges.

There are those in prison who are guilty and those who are innocent, as Peter was. I do not judge the guilty ones because they may be one of God's new creatures in Christ. But I will begin to pray more for those whom I know are innocent.

Constant prayer is praying without ceasing. Praying without ceasing doesn't mean you can't go to work, grocery-shop, cook family dinners, or clean your home. It means that while doing your ordinary, everyday duties, you continue to confer with the Lord.

When we yield to God, He will tell us who or what to pray about. I suspect that we waste a lot of time praying about what others are requesting as opposed to making ourselves available for the service of the Lord.

Hebrews 1:14 tells us that God's angels are sent to minister for those of us who are heirs of salvation; it does not say they minister to us. Therefore, let us look only to Jesus to comfort us. Angels come at Jesus' command to assist us in His plan for us, but only He ministers to us.

Let's not forget that Jesus loves us so much that He will intervene to help us when we trust in Him. Angels are our servants, but He is our Savior.

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Tuesday April 13, 2021
Searched For

Psalm 34:4, KJV: I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

God does not close His ears to the cry of His children. He hears and is attentive to each of us when we search for Him diligently. He knows when we are in need of His intervention and He knows when we selfishly call on Him. When you and I earnestly search for the Lord, we will leave no stone unturned. This is what we can expect when we really pursue Him. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry (Psalm 34:15). He sees our need and He hears our words. Verse 17 reads, The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

What are some of the troubles we find ourselves in: tight spots, adversities, afflictions, anguish, tribulation, distress and fears? These things come, they are real and they are designed to frighten you. So, what is your rebuttal? Search for the Lord, not the doctor, lawyer, your parents, siblings or offspring. They may hear you, but are they in a position to deliver you? While they are trying to organize, He has already delivered you because you sought Him. He does not give us a diagnosis, prognosis or surprises. He handles everything the moment He hears us.

What are you saying? Are you speaking words of faith to Him?

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Wednesday April 14, 2021
There Are No Exceptions To The Rule

We tend to think there is an explanation for everything. When we cannot logically explain a thing, we say it's an exception to the rule. Why not just admit that there are some things that God has created that we cannot understand or explain?

What we call "exceptions to the rule" tells us that we simply cannot explain God because He has not revealed to us what we fail to understand. There is a high degree of probability with the majority of things, but God always has the final say about everything. Who made the rules? Who is the expert about everything?

When I taught our kindergarten students, we gave them some very sound rules that applied to phonics. However, there were always "exceptions to the rule," which meant that the rule did not work in every situation. That is not true with God's rules and His promises. There are no exceptions to His rules. I have observed what appeared to be impossible situations altered with nothing more than a change in one's attitude about faith.

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Thursday April 15, 2021
What Are You Good At?

Job 39:18, NLT: But whenever she jumps up to run, she passes the swiftest horse with its rider.

An ostrich is not a very good example of a caring parent, yet God still allows her to conceive. In fact, scripture says, "God has deprived her of wisdom and gives her no understanding (verse 17). An ostrich has no emotions for her eggs, but she is good at what she does. In fact, no one can do it better.

You may lack the formal education and opportunities of others, but as a believer, Jesus has been made unto you wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). Stop looking at what you can't do and see yourself able to do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).

God has never assigned an ostrich to go into all the world and preach the gospel. But He assigned us. It's okay to recognize the butterflies in your stomach, just don't allow them to dominate you. We would not treat our young as an ostrich does, because God has not deprived us of His wisdom. He has commanded us to go in His might and strength.

I once saw a DVD of a group of ladies living in shacks in a rural town in the south. Someone saw a photograph of one of their quilts on a line in the background, and what had been their hobby became their ticket to abundance. So get up and run. Outrun everything and everyone around you, because you have Jesus and His Holy Spirit as your partners.

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Friday April 16, 2021
How Quickly We Forget

2 Chronicles 14:11, NLT: Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, "O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!"

Asa had an army of slightly less than half the size of his enemy, Zerah, when Judah came under attack. Because Asa's army was made up of courageous fighting men, and his trust in God, Israel won the battle over the largest army in its history (verse 8). With that in mind, can you explain why having lived in peace with his enemies for years, he chose in his latter years to call on another king, instead of his God, to aid him against a smaller army (chapter 16:2-3)? It would appear that we do the same thing today. How quickly we forget how we once trusted in God and the name of His Son Jesus to get us through and over, when the odds were totally against us.

God doesn't change. How do we lose our faith and confidence in the one who can never fail us? The scripture says, "The Lord defeated the Ethiopians in the presence of Asa and the army of Judah (14:12). The Message Bible reads, "Then Asa prayed to God saying, Oh God, you aren't impressed by numbers or intimidated by a show of force once you decide to help” (verse 11).

How do we show God our confidence in Him and at the same time not take Him for granted? Perhaps living in peace too long affects our sound judgment and weakens our resolve.

God sent His prophet to Asa to rebuke his behavior, and Asa made things worse by imprisoning the prophet. He further compounded his action by abusing God's people. When we fail to acknowledge and repent for our wrongs, a downhill spiral begins that results not only in our defeat but at times even death.

Never forget who God is and what He has done for you.

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Saturday April 17, 2021
Worry About Nothing-Trust God Always

Philippians 4:6, KJV: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Prior to the devotional only being available on our website, it was also available in print. One time as I was preparing to go on vacation, the text for an issue of Horizons Unlimited arrived for me to review and return within a quick turnaround timeframe in order to meet the deadlines of those God has assigned to assist me with publishing this precious book for the precious people whose lives He wants to impact. No one told me the copy was coming, and it wasn't on my calendar of things to do. I answered that I would consider taking it with me, and that if God wanted me to include it in my schedule, He would give me the time and the inner witness to do it.

When I left, I thought I had the copy with me. When I discovered I didn't, I enjoyed the rest of my vacation and thought no more about it.

Returning home, it still was not one of my priorities. I did what I had vowed to the Lord, leaving the text to be read later. The day I decided to read it, I couldn't keep my eyes open. I decided to nap awhile and read it later. As I was about to wake up, the editor of the magazine phoned me to say, "I don't know where you are with this, but I have redone it and taken out all the errors. A new copy will be in your office in the morning."

Because the Lord loves me and knows that I trust Him, He didn't permit me to waste several days on this project for nothing. I didn't worry or fret; I just rested in Him. In the end, He worked all things together for my good and His glory. Don't worry about a thing. When you place your trust in God, unexpected events will work for your good and His glory.

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Sunday April 18, 2021
With Pleasure I Mentally Perceive

Habakkuk 2:3, NKJV: For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.

On Thanksgiving in 1980, the Lord gave me this scripture in a meeting in New York City. I never had to memorize it. It seemed to have jumped off the page and lodged in my heart. It became the foundation from which RLCC was built and launched.

The vision spoken of here means to contemplate with pleasure what I could perceive or dream. Everything the Lord has asked us to do as a church, we have obeyed it with confidence, because we waited for God's timing and His dream. Failing to wait for God and for His dream could result in a nightmare for you when you allow your impulses to dictate your service for the Lord.

God has supported everything He has authorized us to do because we would not compete with others or get ahead of His timing for us. It appears at times that we are not doing as much as others. But the Lord adjusted my thinking when He said, "You are only going to get credit for what I told you to do anyway." Now I do my part as directed by Him and enjoy sweet sleep.

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Monday April 19, 2021
Unless You Disobey

1 Kings 9:6, 7, CEV: But if any of you or any of your descendants disobey my commands and start worshiping foreign gods, I will no longer let my people Israel live in this land I gave them. I will desert this temple where I said I would be worshiped. Then people everywhere will think this nation is only a joke and will make fun of it.

When God appeared to Solomon the second time, it was to confirm Solomon's prayer and request. Then God let him know that His intention was to be worshiped in the temple Solomon had built. God stated that He would "Keep His promise, providing the people obeyed His laws and teachings." He has not changed today.

I am told that there are so-called churches that no longer believe the church is relevant today. Others no longer have altar calls, and the list goes on. This brings me to pray for them, because they are the very ones that need what churches should be teaching. I have found nowhere in any of my Bibles that the power and purpose of the Church will change until the saints are caught away at the appearing of Christ. Every word of God is spoken for us, inspired and recorded for our maturity. When obeyed, it leads us gently, but firmly through life, it's fires of adversity, and ultimate victory in every area of life.

You and I will never outgrow God and His Word. My desire daily is to continue in my worship of the Lord, be it from a cathedral or a storefront. We are in the process of remodeling areas of our church that we believe the Lord has instructed us to do. We know God lives in us, but because he has instructed us to assemble together, from all accounts concerning what I read, His places of worship were always extravagant, but were not wasteful. Since He expects me to upgrade the assembly, why not upgrade the place of this worship then, me?

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