Horizons Unlimited January 29, 2023 through February 06, 2023

Sunday January 29, 2023: Trust in God's Mercy Forever
Monday January 30, 2023: An Honest and Good Heart Hears, Keeps, and Brings Forth With Patience
Tuesday January 31, 2023: Kisser or Clinger?
Wednesday February 1, 2023: Get Outside the Camp
Thursday February 2, 2023: Harm Is No Threat to You
Friday February 3, 2023: Victorious Suffering
Saturday February 4, 2023: Evil Must Be Your History, Not Your Future
Sunday February 5, 2023: Reverence for the Lord Rewards My Granddaughter
Monday February 6, 2023: Are You Ready To Cast Away Your Security Blanket?

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Sunday January 29, 2023
Trust in God's Mercy Forever

Psalm 52:8, NKJV: But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.

Never confuse wealth with riches. There is nothing wrong with wealth providing you understand that your trust must remain in the Lord. Any fool with a little luck or being in the right place at the right time can contribute to your becoming wealthy. But only one believing in God and His words will experience true riches.

Wealth does not keep you morally pure and corruption free. It does not bring you closer to God, nor does it ensure that you will remain on the path the Lord has decided for you. In fact, if you do not have the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God, wealth could be used by the enemy to provide you with so many luxuries that pull you away from trusting God, and you start to believe that what you have is what you are about.

Wealth offers you creature comforts, but true riches are an inheritance from the Lord. As I read daily in this journal, I am amazed at the number of times I quote my mother. Many of the truths she imparted to me were from Scripture, but a great deal were practical wisdom that life had taught her. Because much of what she said was based on God's Word she laid a foundation for me to build upon.

Mother never left us with wealth. However, most of the riches that will last began with something the Lord inspired my mother to say to me. It all began because the God who created me had a plan for my life, and He would use whomever He would for my spiritual maturity.

Check with the Lord today what you are to plant in the lives of your little ones and others. Rest assured that it must be their trust in the Lord's mercies that they will be as green olive trees in His house. Praise Him for what He is doing.

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Monday January 30, 2023
An Honest and Good Heart Hears, Keeps, and Brings Forth With Patience

Luke 8:15, KJV: But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

The word "heart" here is not speaking of our spirits only. It is an admonition concerning both our thoughts and feelings also. We are to think and feel well. We are not just what we eat, but also what we think and do. We are to encourage worthy thoughts and perform worthy deeds.

Years ago, I developed the habit of greeting toll takers on bridges and parkways. I even call their names if their name badges are posted. Some scoff, but the majority are so surprised that their whole countenance changes. I drive away blessed for having been a blessing. Sometimes I feel that God has used me to help make their day. Does it cost me anything? No. But the reward of knowing I was used as a channel for the Father to bless someone is payment enough for me.

Father God, thank You for making me in Your image and likeness. You have given me the mind of Christ. I have Your wisdom and because I delight in You, You give me the desires of my heart. I desire only to do that which is pleasing to You, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Tuesday January 31, 2023
Kisser or Clinger?

Ruth 1:14, NKJV: Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

These two young women came from the same area. They married two brothers. They were good wives and had a good relationship with their mother-in-law (verse 8). After the passing of both brothers, the two women both started out with their mother-in-law to return with her to her home country (verse 10). But one was easily discouraged, because she became focused on the conditions and circumstances. Naomi did not paint a rosy picture for them, but Ruth was committed. She had no idea that this picture of doom and despair would result in the brightest future she could have hoped for. Orpah kissed Naomi and probably wished her well. But Ruth was willing to cleave to Naomi regardless of what appeared to be.

Watch people who are always wanting to "kiss" you. Where are they now? They are hirelings that run when changes occur that seem unpleasant or when they think they can do better without you. God watches everything you do as well as what those whom He assigned to assist you choose to do. Never fret, because when the Lord calls you, He will rid you of those who cause your grief. And He will bring forth and accelerate those who were once among you. Just know that you are called according to His purpose and then allow Him the right and privilege to work everything together for your good.

The "kissers" usually don't last, nor can they be depended on except to gain personal support! But the "clingers," like Ruth, will go all the way with you and will be willing to work for the good of you both. Keep your eyes on Jesus and your faith in God. People change their minds all the time; He never does.

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Wednesday February 1, 2023
Get Outside the Camp

Hebrews 13:13, KJV: Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

If you are in the right camp, then there is no problem. However, any soldier in the army knows that in order for him to be sustained and maintained, he must be in the right camp, the right company, and the right barracks.

I was never in the military, but I understand military rules. Requests are not made, suggestions are not given, and opinions are of very little consequence. A book of rules exists for everyone to follow, and nothing is to be added or taken away. Every good sergeant goes by the book. Every good commanding officer, however, weighs the situation and makes a decision that considers and evaluates the extenuating circumstances. And such assessments are done on an individual basis because the book of rules does not address the variables of every situation.

The book of rules for the army was written by men for men and is subject to change. The Bible was recorded by men but inspired by God. And it never changes. Its rules direct us according to the expectations of our appropriate camp. As believers, we are to get outside the camp of the world and its immorality and lustful desires. But for many of us, it is equally important to go outside the camp of "denominational dogma," for Jesus is outside that camp also. Ask Jesus to receive you into His camp, for it is an enduring city that will not fade or pass away. As your Commanding Officer, He knows what's best for His soldier. And His commands can be trusted.

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Thursday February 2, 2023
Harm Is No Threat to You

1 Peter 3:13, KJV: And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

I believe God is saying: "When you, My child, pursue that which is good, beneficial, and well, you need not concern yourself with harm or evil assigned to you. For you are not threatened by the one who originates sin, harm, and evil. Set your course toward those things that are of benefit to you and also others.

"Do not imitate what others are doing, regardless of their position, status, or popularity. Many of them have their own agendas and programs. They have not conferred with Me, and the things they are promoting will come to naught because they are selfish and are designed to benefit and gratify themselves and theirs. They are not good things. Those things I consider good will tend to benefit mankind.

"That is why I sent Jesus. He came for all of mankind, not just a few people. I am always looking to restore and revive My people. Please tell them I love them."

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Friday February 3, 2023
Victorious Suffering

Romans 8:17, KJV: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

If you can't conclude your testimony of suffering, wait to proclaim the testimony until you gain the victory. Many forget that there is a light at the end of their tunnel. Affliction has an end. God has a promise concerning our particular situation. Trouble will not last.

Testimonies come from tests, but where are you in the test? It is not a testimony to the glory of God when you can't give Him praise for giving you the victory. A situation may not have the perfect ending, but are you praising God for the blessings you do have? When you stop seeing the problem as preventing your success, then you have a testimony. People are only hindered by their own assessments. Once you decide to persevere regardless-giving no regard to the circumstances-whatever you are going through will result in victory.

Stop meditating on what you don't have and assault the negative spirit realm with praise to almighty God. Praise is a weapon and it is best used when we are under attack. We often say that we are "joint-heirs with Jesus." If you are, then you can expect to suffer with Him, not for Him so that you and He may be glorified together. If there is no victory in your suffering, change your attitude and your conversation. Think about your position as a joint-heir with Jesus. The benefits and the blessings outweigh the sadness and the suffering. I challenge you to do it now.

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Saturday February 4, 2023
Evil Must Be Your History, Not Your Future

Psalm 37:27, NKJV: Depart from evil and do good; and dwell forevermore.

I’m amazed and saddened by the number of Christians who want God to deliver them from things He has already told them to quit.

Notice it says, “Depart from evil.” Nowhere does that imply that God is going to remove evil from your path nor is He going to eradicate evil so you won’t sin. As a matter of fact, sin is allowed to run its course so that your resistance to the wicked one will prove that the greater power lives within you. Paul wrote that when you are tempted, God would make a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Psalm 37:28 says, “For the LORD loves justice and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.” It does not get any clearer than that. As His child I will never be abandoned or allowed to deteriorate. The children of the devil shall be cut off from God’s protection and preservation.

What do you want for your future? The first thing to do is make evil a part of your past and good a part of your present. God can do anything, but years have taught me that He will not do for me what He has authorized me to do for myself. As a matter of fact, He usually will not make another move on my behalf until I perform what was my part in my life.

When we have departed from evil and do good, I can assure you that when it is God’s turn to move on your behalf, He will attempt to wipe out all of the devil’s assignment against you if you prayed according to His wisdom and His Word.

It is never too late to get it together. I thank God I do not have to bring my history into my present because He gave me a future in His Son that has no remembrance of my past. That’s good news.

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Sunday February 5, 2023
Reverence for the Lord Rewards My Granddaughter

Psalm 103:17, KJV: But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children.

God repeatedly says in His Word to people: "Fear not. Don't be afraid." He does not want us to be afraid of Him. To walk in the "fear of the Lord" means respecting and revering Him. When we do this, His beauty, His favor, His good deeds, His loving kindness--which are perpetual, to continue without an end--are dispensed to and displayed for those who worship and adore Him. For then His righteousness, His virtue, and His prosperity will become the reward to our grandchildren.

Dear Father, I thank You for proving this benefit to my granddaughter Sarah because of my reverence of You. If I never leave her material wealth, may she always be prosperous and virtuous because of my love and my relationship with You. This is her heritage, and I claim it for her in Jesus' name.

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Monday February 6, 2023
Are You Ready To Cast Away Your Security Blanket?

Mark 10:50, KJV: And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

Suppose no one even knew your name, and the only covering you owned was that which authorized you to have a livelihood and earn a living. If you were given an opportunity to give up this garment, what would be your choice? This man's identity was only based in the fact that his father was Timaeus and that he wore a beggar's garment, which allowed him to legally request money from people. He was called blind Bartimaeus, perhaps to distinguish him from some of his brothers. "Bar" means son of, so Timaeus was evidently his father's name.

What had this blind man heard about Jesus that inspired him to stop begging and appeal to Jesus for mercy? Jesus had not yet gone to the cross, but this man was the seed of Abraham with covenant rights to be exercised. Jesus did not just hear the words, "Son of David." He knew that anyone using that name had a revelation of who He was from the beginning: the Messiah. The very people who should have encouraged Bartimaeus sought to shut him up-but he would not be denied.

What do you need from the Master today? Are you willing to claim your identity and shed your security blanket? If you are calling on Him, He will answer and you will receive the desire of your heart.

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