Horizons Unlimited November 29, 2020 through December 07, 2020
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Sunday November 29, 2020: Any Man's Spirit Is Accessible to God
Monday November 30, 2020: Personal Benefit Is No Reason to Believe
Tuesday December 1, 2020: To Live Again
Wednesday December 2, 2020: Wrong Choices Could Cost Your Anointing
Thursday December 3, 2020: Cultivate
Friday December 4, 2020: What’s The Rush With You?
Saturday December 5, 2020: God Has To Be Who He Said He Is
Sunday December 6, 2020: Too Big for Your Britches
Monday December 7, 2020: What Is Our Common Thread?

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Sunday November 29, 2020
Any Man's Spirit Is Accessible to God


Proverbs 20:27, KJV: The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching al the inward parts of the belly.

Our tendency is to think that God will only speak to those who are saved. But according to the Bible, that is not true. Ezra 1:1 reads: "Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, sayingÉ." What he said can be read in the next verse.

Believers often act as though we are an exclusive club with membership closed to all but a chosen few. Such thinking is totally contrary to John 3:16.

King Cyrus said to those in captivity "The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem which is in Judah." (Ezra 1:2) Some denominations faint at the thought of God asking a heathen to build Him a house (especially one who has God's people in bondage).

God will not be defined by or limited to our narrow, little way of seeing and doing things. I used to be surprised when God used those who were non-Christians to do His building until I studied the Bible and discovered that King Cyrus, King Darius, and many others were used by God for a purpose and a season. Sad to say, but often the heathen are more willing to work for or give to the purposes of God than are some of God's children.

One thing I know is that God has a plan, a schedule and a timeframe. When His people will not cooperate with Him, He will use others. Many times, although they are initially heathen, they eventually become His people while getting involved with God's ultimate purpose for humankind.

I am thrilled to know that the spirit of every person can be reached by God. Some of us would be in serious trouble if a non-Christian had not stepped in to assist us. I occasionally hire heathens because their work is often better done than that of some Christians. I try to keep them around me until I have been a witness to them and God has stirred up their spirits to receive His Son, Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. God will be God regardless.



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Monday November 30, 2020
Personal Benefit Is No Reason to Believe


Jeremiah 28:10, KJV: Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah's neck, and brake it.

God does not change what is written in His Word in order to benefit anyone personally. What He has predicted shall come to pass. However, because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary we can now experience His grace to endure to the end and not allow negative circumstances to affect us.

Though Hananiah the prophet removed the wooden yoke from Jeremiah's neck, Jeremiah was not personally relieved. After all, he himself had put on the yoke. It was a symbol to the people that they were going to experience some negatives for a time before God delivered them.

False prophets are not new. Their mission in life is to get God's people to trust in a lie (verse 15). Jeremiah responded to Hananiah in the presence of the priest and the people in the temple. Jeremiah reminded the people of what the ancient prophets had spoken. That everyone who predicts peace as a prophet must carry the burden of proof. Only when the prediction comes to pass can it be known that it was really from the Lord.

That is a good rule for all of us to follow. Never look at what is going to benefit you personally if it is contrary to the inspired written Word of God. Regardless how much you desire for a thing to occur, never go against what is written. When there is a conflict between what you desire and what is written, ask for the grace to stay steady in the midst of what is written.

Hananiah came with words of peace when God had said to His people, "You must submit to Babylon's king [Nebuchadnezzar] and serve him" (27:8, NLT). There was a season for Nebuchadnezzar to be used as "God's servant" (27:6).

The key here is to stay so close to God that you recognize whom He is using for the moment and obey the leader at hand. When God is through and His plan is fulfilled, He and He alone will change people and things. In the meantime, do the honorable thing. Trust God who has a plan for your life to make it all work together for your good and His glory.



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Tuesday December 1, 2020
To Live Again


Romans 14:9, KJV: For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

We often hear Christians use the word revival to share a need to have fervent preaching to cause sinners to come to Christ or to reawaken Christians to the Spirit of Christ in them.

The resurrection of Jesus occurred so that those in Him would live in Him forever. The song, Revive Us Again is not scriptural because Jesus revived, which means to live again. He did it for a purpose - to be Lord, both of the living and the dead. We changed the words in the song to Inspire Us To Win. Because of the reviving of Jesus, there is no need for us to be revived. We are alive forevermore in Him. Yes, we can permit our light to go dim, but nothing can extinguish our Holy Ghost fire if we elect to desire Him and deny self.

Since I’ve met Jesus, I will never die again. I will cease to live in this body one day, but as a believer, that is not dying. It is graduating to the position of being in place so that when Jesus finally returns and I’m caught up to meet Him in the air, the reality of my living again will be settled.



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Wednesday December 2, 2020
Wrong Choices Could Cost Your Anointing


Acts 15:7, NIV: After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them, "Brothers, you that know some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.

A heated discussion occurred concerning whether or not the Gentiles needed to be circumcised to be accepted. Peter knew first hand that this was not God's requirement (read Acts 10) and he was motivated in his spirit to say so. I believe had he not stood strong with the truth of the matter, he would have lost his anointing. The reason he was sent to Cornelius' house, although his ministry was to the Jews, was Peter would need to be as adamant with his brothers (the Jews) as God had been with him.

God had to make it clear to Peter what He wanted. The Gentiles were convinced to believe when Peter came with the message of the Gospel. They knew he had violated the customs and traditions of his people to come to them.

We wonder why we don't seem to have the illumination we once had. Could it be that God has spoken a specific assignment to you, and because the person with whom He told you to speak is not of your denomination and persuasion, you failed to obey? Discrimination and prejudice are still in the Church because some have not yet embraced other brothers or sisters. Do you still have a preference for the music played? The race card can be played from both sides. Make the right choice. Your anointing is too valuable.



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Thursday December 3, 2020
Cultivate


In order for anything to grow, develop and become useful, enjoyable and productive, it has to be cultivated. One of many reasons for this is for us to break up and destroy the weeds of familiarity that causes a crusty surface, which hinders and often prevents the essential water and other ingredients needed to promote the development that will improve that which is planted. Love is the same way. It matters not if it is our love for God or another human. We must give our attention to God, a plant or another person.

If God never came on the scene to rescue us and bless our efforts, would we not risk growing cold towards Him? The same is true of our mates, friends and children.

Anything that continues must continue to be prepared to progress. We must train ourselves to be nurtured; otherwise, we start to take for granted that which we treasure most. God does not want to only hear from us when we need Him; He wants to enfold and embrace us when the only motivation we have is our relationship to Him.

To keep it alive, we must learn to cultivate.



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Friday December 4, 2020
What’s The Rush With You?


Isaiah 7:14, KJV: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, the virgin will conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

This prophecy was spoken to King Ahaz concerning an event that would not occur for several hundred years; but occur, it would. Sometimes we are in such a rush for events that are spoken to us for the future to happen, we often decide to help God out and mess things up royally.

Everything that God speaks to us will happen; although, it’s not always in our lifetime. When God spoke this to King Ahaz, not only was Mary the chosen virgin and Joseph the earthly father not yet born; neither were their parents and grandparents on the scene.

There are many things God has spoken to me directly and through others that will come to pass, but not necessarily in my earthly lifetime. He told me before RLCC was four months old, "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry" (Habakkuk 2:3 KJV). At the time, I had no mental sight, dream, revelation or oracle, which is what a vision is. But God has done more than I would have knowingly thought to ask; yet, He has for His own reasons brought His plan to pass.

It was His vision, not mine; He brought it to pass.



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Saturday December 5, 2020
God Has To Be Who He Said He Is


There are days when I have to stir up what I’ve heard all these years because my flesh feels so far away from God and anything spiritual.

God has to be who He says He is; otherwise, why serve Him? He has to do what He promised; otherwise, why believe Him? Over the years, I have observed that when God is about to change my direction or require a new thing for me or of me, I am least aware of His presence. Of course, I’d love to accept what He commands when I am having my mountaintop experiences, but there would be little or no faith in that; I’m already flying high. He seems to delight in giving me orders when I’m least sensitive to His voice. God seldom gives me advance notice of what He wants me to do next.



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Sunday December 6, 2020
Too Big for Your Britches


2 Samuel 24:10, KJV: And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people.

"Too big for your britches" is an expression my mother used when I got a little too cocky. Sometimes we receive such wonderful blessings and success from the Lord that we start to believe our own press. Thank God, we have a heart that knows when to smite us.

To recognize that we have acted foolishly is a good sign. It means we are eligible for forgiveness, if we humbly ask for it. I am much harder on myself than God ever is. When my heart condemns me, it hurts-really hurts. The Lord's rebuke is firm but fair. He never reminds me of my past. The devil, on the other hand, wants me to never forget my past, and he brings things to my remembrance I can hardly believe I once did. But the Lord instantly comforts me and helps me to get back in the saddle of His plan for me.

David forgot that his trust must be in the Lord and not in the number of his fighting troops. Unbelievers trust in numbers. Believers trust in the Almighty, in spite of their numbers. When we start to get too big for our britches, we could use a little humility. We must ask the Lord to help us to decrease in our assessment of ourselves, so that we can clearly see that all our boasting should be in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:31.) When we fail to examine ourselves, God will allow a pin to prick our balloon.

A member of RLCC shared this one Sunday: "Submit, obey, and walk in love until His further plan is revealed to you." Amen.



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Monday December 7, 2020
What Is Our Common Thread?


God's plan is beyond anything you or I could ever think up or imagine. He has a reason for everything He does. Our common thread is we all love Jesus. We desire that all people of every nation come to Christ and become His disciples. We know the value of teaching the uncompromising word to whoever wants to listen. We understand the value of obedience. None of us have it all; we are a part of His whole. Let's let Him lead us as to the part He wants us to play.

I don't expect to ever permit "break dancing" in my church. I do not believe that rap music or hip-hop is for the church. I believe it belongs in the street and is being used to attract many sinners to Christ, through young people who understand the importance of them getting Godly teaching from men, women, boy and girls that know how to be everything to all men.

Jesus is our focus; Kingdom building is our job. The Gospel is still the power for salvation (Romans 1:16). Who's to say how God will use His message to those needing to reach those that are untaught. Young people, stop thinking that we older Christians are dinosaurs. Give us time to become flexible while you grow more in God's grace. We need each other. We have wisdom that you need. You have the energy and strength we need to go where we can't.



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