Horizons Unlimited October 14, 2018 - October 22, 2018
HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Sunday October 14, 2018: Understanding Is Superior to Knowing
Monday October 15, 2018: The Best Way Is Not Always ‘Instant’
Tuesday October 16, 2018: For Consider Him
Wednesday October 17, 2018: Singled Out
Thursday October 18, 2018: Are You at Your Wit's End?
Friday October 19, 2018: And You Think You Are So Smart
Saturday October 20, 2018: The Beam That Connects the Balances
Sunday October 21, 2018: Keeping Yourself Responsible
Monday October 22, 2018: Wisdom Prevailing Prevents Riots

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Sunday October 14, 2018
Understanding Is Superior to Knowing


Proverbs 28:5, KJV: Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

It matters not how nice or moral you may be. The Bible defines as evil anyone who is unable to distinguish good judgment. Regardless of how much a person may know, unless that person understands to seek first the Lord, that person is spiritually blinded and lacks true intelligence.

I am learning that understanding is, in fact, superior to natural knowing, because natural knowing is limited to seeing with your physical eyes. But we who are in Christ are blessed with the ability to discern in a realm beyond our eyesight.

This verse tells us that those who seek the Lord understand all things. So much is available to anyone seeking the Lord. Those who seek the Lord are cared for and protected beyond what they could provide for themselves. But the privilege of being able to understand all things is that all blind spots are illumined. The Holy Spirit within you brings you to the top, and all contrary things are placed beneath your feet. Thank God for understanding.



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Monday October 15, 2018
The Best Way Is Not Always ‘Instant’


Proverbs 15:14, TM: An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth; fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies.

Most intelligent people are also wise people. This verse in another translation reads, “A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.” (NLT) There was an era in my life when things were made to last, and a good meal cooked for family that consisted of quality nutrients was the highlight of the mother’s day. Now, because many homes require both parents’ income, moms have no time to plan a meal or to train their children in the importance of well-planned, healthy meals.

Although my mother had to work because she was the breadwinner — the sole support of the family — she always placed before us a good solid breakfast before we departed for school. She also saw that we attended Sunday school and worship service each week, even when she could not go herself. We also attended the Sunday afternoon youth services and the “fourth Sunday” evening service when it occurred.

God says that wisdom is the principal thing, so He commands us to obtain wisdom (Proverbs 4:7). Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of academic education available to influence me, but I thank God for the wisdom that was poured forth from those He placed in my life. Fast-food fads and fancies were not a choice we were given.

One thing I remember about my childhood was that Mother did not become concerned when we thought she was strict and old-fashioned. She knew we didn’t know enough to find our way out of a paper bag that was soaking wet with holes in it! Instead, she set the standard and the pace that would lead us to truth, which was to make us free.



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Tuesday October 16, 2018
For Consider Him


Hebrews 12:3, NKJV: For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

I used to try to avoid tests, but not anymore. Once I learned that everything the devil sent to destroy me God would use to develop me, I got an attitude. That attitude says, "Shoot your biggest shot devil because I will seize it as another opportunity to demonstrate your defeat in my life!" When discouragement and weariness come to vex my soul, I consider Jesus and the things He endured. Since it is impossible for me to be defeated (unless I fail to walk in the promises of God), I have learned to consider Jesus in every situation. I am reminded of what He endured and am encouraged to stay in the race, refusing to quit or give in.

I rejoice because Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, endured the cross and despised the shame. Paul told Timothy, "But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry" (2 Timothy 4:5 NIV).

God would not have inspired Paul to write this if He had not enabled Timothy to do it.

"Keeping your head" is your responsibility. The Holy Spirit will help you do this as you meditate on Christ.



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Wednesday October 17, 2018
Singled Out


Jeremiah 45:5, NLT: "Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don't do it! But don't be discouraged. I will bring great disaster upon all these people, but I will protect you wherever you go. I, the LORD, have spoken!".

The value of knowing both the written Word and recognizing the voice of the Lord to your spirit is of immeasurable value. Biographies and motivational books can excite and motivate you and me for the moment, but it is sort of like Chinese food: it does not stay with you for long. However, daily Bible reading, accompanied by a sincere desire to obey it, and personal time spent often in the presence of the Lord is more satisfying than oatmeal on a cold morning. It will change your life.

For years, I sought what I thought were great things. Today, I don't remember what most of them were or where they are. What a waste.

I had a lovely condo in NYC. I wear at times some fine designer clothes, but these things are not what I am seeking. They are the rewards for seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. I seek to sit in the presence of God first thing in the morning. I seek to hear His voice clearly so that I don't miss an opportunity to introduce someone to Jesus. I seek to be sensitive to what is going on around me so what I say or do can make a change in someone's life.

I am not discouraged that more people are not following hard after God, or panting after Christ as a deer does for water. I am concerned that people often appear to be more interested in the pleasures this world offers, while their understanding of kingdom principles is grossly inadequate. There seems to be little if any fear of what is to become of people who don't know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

I believe the promises made to Jeremiah. I, too, am protected wherever I go because the Lord has spoken this to my heart. This promise was a part of the message that God sent to Baruch by Jeremiah when he was overwhelmed with trouble and pain thinking that God was setting more on him than he could bear. He was weary and restless and needed to be encouraged.

The word to you from the Lord is "Do not be weary in well doing. Refusing to faint in the day of adversity will bring you strength and reward.".



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Thursday October 18, 2018
Are You at Your Wit's End?


Psalm 107:27, KJV: They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.

No matter what my location or condition may be-lost, homeless, hungry, thirsty, imprisoned, rebellious, or near death-when I cry out, "Lord, help me, for I'm in trouble," He will rescue me from my distress, lead me to safety, satisfy my hunger and thirst, and fill my life with good things.

My God alone dispels the gloom about me and snaps any chain that binds me.

The enemy was hurling things at me faster than I could deal with on my own. I was at my wit's end when the Lord revealed to me that "at my wit's end" was a good place to be. There, at the end of myself, all my wisdom was exhausted, and His wisdom could begin. It was at my wit's end that I learned to cry to Him for help, only to discover that He was there to rescue me from my distress.

Psalm 107:43 states, "Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the LORD” (NLT). Are you at your wit's end today? Good! Allow yourself to learn that God's faithful love endures forever and His ears are fine-tuned to hear your request for help. Watch how He'll give you peace while He works all things together for your good. Smile. It's time you did.



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Friday October 19, 2018
And You Think You Are So Smart


Jeremiah 51:15, KJV: He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

Can you do this? Of course not. And neither can anyone else. One of the things that the Holy Ghost is showing me is the false teaching and doctrine of sonship. Brothers and sisters, that is not in the Bible. It is idol worship. It is a doctrine designed to personally benefit the teacher and leave you hanging high and dry. Paul was inspired to say to us in 1 Thessalonians 1:9 (KJV): "For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God."

Have you noticed that idols are made up of silver, gold, and brass? In other words, they are made up of precious metal and are appealing to the eyes but they have no life in them. That is true also of the ones made of wood and stone. Why? Because they are dumb. Also notice that all gifts, offerings, and sacrifices brought to natural idols are left at the altar because the idol has no life, no power, and no ability to move it or use it to benefit others.

That is not the case with human idols. When you bring your gifts to them at the altar, they allow you to stuff their pockets until they are bulging. Or they will have their "armor bearers" there to pick it up. Those gifts are not used to serve people, but for the personal use of these human idols who brag of how many cars and planes they have, or how and where they live. Folks, this is idol worship.

Material possessions are not my focus. I want to impart to the people principles so they too can know how to be abased and how to abound. When you turn from idols or false teachers or lovers of filthy lucre to serve the one true living God you will find, like Paul, you know how to be content in whatever state you find yourself.

You need power, wisdom, and understanding. God used these three things to create the earth, establish the world, and to stretch out heaven. They were not for His benefit, but for His people forever.

Turn from human idols and serve the living God who will use you and your gift to help people and bring glory to Him! That is smart.



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Saturday October 20, 2018
The Beam That Connects the Balances


Matthew 11:30, NKJV: "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Years ago the Lord taught me that burden meant "invoice as with freight." He told me He wanted His children to carry the invoice and give Him their freight and not vice versa. Today, I was impressed to look up yoke. It means the beam that connects the balances of a scale. Jesus is that beam that connects us to His spiritual world, which is the only way our natural man can live a Christian life in this earthly world.

God left us here in the earth to affect its inhabitants for Him, while at the same time, not to become influenced and conformed to their way of doing things. Jesus is all we need to do the work of the kingdom in the earth. It really is easy when we cease to hold on to freight the enemy tries to get us to carry.

We know any invoice that accompanies all freight is lighter than the freight itself. Turn it over to Jesus, and you will smile after a while. Thank God for Jesus. He is our beam that not only balances our life but also keeps us connected to that which is spiritual.

I am so glad to be free of all this world's stuff. It is my privilege to serve my Lord unentangled.



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Sunday October 21, 2018
Keeping Yourself Responsible


1 John 5:18, KJV: We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

It is our responsibility to keep ourselves from the influence of the wicked one, even when we cannot avoid his attacks.

The devil tries to lure us into sin. He attacks us to destroy our influence for God. The New Living Translation tells us, "We know that God's children do not make a practice of sinning…" We frustrate the grace of God's forgiveness by habitually sinning versus occasionally missing the mark.

Some of our prayers are such a waste. We call on God to rescue and deliver us from situations that we are responsible to rectify. For me, I find that I usually have to return to where I opened the door to the enemy or at least revisit where I did not walk in my authority based on God's promises to me. When I correct and adjust what I can as His child, He takes over from there.

But it is comforting to know that the spiritual equipment He has given is enough to keep me in the first place. Consider the many benefits of being born of God: The grip of habits resulting in sin is broken. As the Body of the Begotten--the Body of Jesus Christ--in the earth, we can keep ourselves, just as He did. And the evil one cannot arbitrarily get his hands on us. As re-created humans, born of the Spirit of God, we are equipped with the power of God's Spirit and His Word. We can resist every attack, win every war, and benefit from every battle. Ask yourself right now: Am I taking responsibility for what's going on in my life?



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Monday October 22, 2018
Wisdom Prevailing Prevents Riots


Acts 19:40-41, NKJV: 'For we are in danger of being called in question for today's uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.' And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

The assembly was so confused, they had forgotten why they had gathered (verse 32). Because the group recognized Alexander to be a Jew, with one voice, for two hours, they yelled, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!" What commitment, albeit frenzied. In some churches today, Jesus' Name is barely mentioned once in a two-hour service. Getting everyone in one accord is almost more than we can hope for.

Although the city clerk was not a believer, he allowed wisdom to speak through him. After quieting the crowd, he explained the correct way to charge someone with what you believe to be a legitimate concern (verses 38-39).

When I observe so-called men and women of the cloth instigating and heading up protests about what could be legitimate concerns, I think about Jesus and what He would do. Often these men and women have a following of uninformed people who do not think for themselves. Don't allow ambitious people to use you for their personal gain, especially if you are a believer being encouraged to act more like an animal than a Christian.

Dr. Martin Luther King led thousands of people from all walks of life in peaceful protest, highlighting the many ills of our society. He was not sent to make a name for himself. He just wanted to right the wrongs of this country. When you allow God's wisdom to prevail, ultimately the results will be favorable. Mob rule will cause would-be supporters to avoid you. Get quiet and listen for God's lead.



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