Horizons Unlimited August 13, 2017 - August 21, 2017

Sunday August 13, 2017: Bastard Is Not Your Name
Monday August 14, 2017: Husbands, Entreat God for Your Barren Wife
Tuesday August 15, 2017: One Who Denies the Existence of God
Wednesday August 16, 2017: Diligence Brings Favor
Thursday August 17, 2017: Beyond the Battle
Friday August 18, 2017: Ingredients for Peace
Saturday August 19, 2017: Obedience: Parents' Legacy to Children
Sunday August 20, 2017: Void of Understanding and Perception
Monday August 21, 2017: The Cause of Death to Some Brings Life to You

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Sunday August 13, 2017
Bastard Is Not Your Name

Hebrews 12:8, NLT: If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children after all.

Failure to submit to a particular minister will not make a person a bastard. Paul said that the discipline of God is what identifies a person as His children. How, then, can a born-again child of God ever be a “bastard”? God becomes our Father when we receive His Son as our Savior. In Matthew 23:2-4 Jesus warned religious leaders of their responsibility only to act as official interpreters of the Scriptures. He then admonished the people to obey and practice every word they said, but not to follow their example because they did not practice what they preached.

He further stated that everything they did was for show (verse 5). In verses 8 and 9 He taught us that we should not allow others to call us “Rabbi” because we have only one Teacher and all of us humans are on the same level as sisters and brothers. He continued with a charge to call no one here on the earth “Father” because only God in heaven is our spiritual Father. Don’t let anyone call you “Master” either, because there is only one Master-the Messiah.

Everything we have does not come from human beings; it comes from heaven. James 1:17 says that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father above.

Don’t be deceived into thinking that your reward and your increase are the result of your associations with anyone except Jesus Christ. Quantity without quality does not equal value.

Keep your focus on Jesus. Keep your mind on Jesus. Set your affections on Jesus, and you will find that you are led by His Spirit, not driven, dragged, pushed, and shoved into activities and events that are not yet for the season God has you in.

Your Father God is not withholding any good thing from you that a human can supply. What is happening is that His will and pleasure are being worked in you to prepare you to go when He says “go.” You are His child. Bastard is not your name.

Dear Father, thank You for making us Your sons and daughters and for preparing us with Your loving discipline so that we can go forth with the call You have placed on each of our hearts.

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Monday August 14, 2017
Husbands, Entreat God for Your Barren Wife

Genesis 25:21, KJV: And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son and thou shalt call his name John. (Luke 1:13, KJV) Husbands, entreating God for your barren wives will be honored when you really want your wife to conceive and you plan to assume your God-ordained duties toward your family. Plan to get involved in bringing up your child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord through godly example. You owe your wife and child this kind of commitment.

Undoubtedly, there are women who have cried and prayed and become weary in their attempt to conceive. When husbands acknowledge their spiritual leadership role in the home, they can stand in the gap for their wives and stand against the enemy who's trying to prevent them from experiencing their God-given right to have children.

Husbands, following is a prayer which you can pray to entreat God for your wife:

Father, I stand before You as a covenant child with Your promises. I come to You on behalf of my wife. If I have allowed anything in my life that has prevented her from conceiving, I confess it and ask You to do away with it, and to open up the way for my wife's womb to be satisfied. I commit to You that when my wife conceives, I will dedicate this child to serve You and I will be the kind of father and husband You have ordained me to be. I will bring up my child in the nurture and admonition of You all the days of his or her life. I believe right now that I receive the strength to cause the seed to go forth for my wife to conceive. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I command satan to call down his forces which have no right to oppress my wife's body, for it is the temple of the Holy Spirit of God. In the name of Jesus, barren womb be opened and receive strength to conceive. From this point on, I believe that I receive an heir and together, Lord, we will serve You as a family all the days of our lives, in Jesus' precious name. Amen.

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Tuesday August 15, 2017
One Who Denies the Existence of God

Psalm 14:1, NLT: Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; no one does good!

While atheists deny the existence of God, their denial does not affect His existence. Things do not disappear because we deny them.

The few so-called atheists I know say with their mouths there is no God, but their hearts are not corrupt. They don't go around plotting evil things, and their deeds are very good. They take on unnecessary time-consuming projects to bring joy to the hearts of others. In fact, they are more moral than many Christians I have encountered.

In Job 12:7-10, Job said to his friend, "Ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you. Let the fish of the sea speak to you. They all know that the Lord has done this. For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of all humanity."

Since animals, birds, the earth, and all fish know that nothing lives without God's hand and breath causing it, I am satisfied that the most intelligent of all of His creation can and will receive the revelation of who He is.

I suspect that some who say they are atheists are really saying, "I want no part of organized religion." I don't either. God is out to establish relationships, not religious organizations. However, most things have to be organized because humans have not yet allowed themselves to be governed by the Spirit of God in them. Without organized, Spirit-led people of God, I shudder to think what chaos would exist all around us.

From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God has made. We can clearly see His invisible qualities, His eternal powers, and His divine nature. We are without excuse whatsoever for not knowing God, for we instinctively know the truth of God (Rom. 1:19-20).

I don't like the word "atheist" because it interferes with the fellowship of good, moral, clean-cut, and otherwise fine people. I accept so-called atheists because I understand the stronghold of the devil in their lives and pray accordingly.

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Wednesday August 16, 2017
Diligence Brings Favor

Proverbs 11:27, KJV: He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour; but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

When we look at the people around us, occasionally we see people who seem to always have it all together. Heaven seems to be smiling on them continually, and we are absolutely convinced that they are God's all-time favorite children. But this is not so. It's just that these few have grasped a principle that will work for all, but all have not understood the principle and how to work it.

The principle I am referring to is found in Proverbs 11:27, which says, "He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour..." The phrase "diligently seeketh good" here in Hebrew means "to be about doing good early in the morning." If we want to make this our lifestyle, we must make a priority out of the task of doing good in our thoughts, words, and actions.

You and I have chosen to be diligent. I assure you that following through on this choice is not automatic. Numerous opportunities present themselves to justify our doing and being less. However, the reward for seeking to do good from the moment we open our eyes until the moment we drift to sleep is to rest knowing that we have become God's delight, acceptable to Him, and His good pleasure. That, folks, is favor.

Father, help me to resist the temptation to retaliate when the situation present is actually an opportunity to demonstrate Your love and Your light once more. Help me to remember at the dawn of each new day that I have a new slate on which to record the best of all You are and all You have for Your creation, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Thursday August 17, 2017
Beyond the Battle

Judges 20:18, NIV: The Israelites went up to Bethel and inquired of God. They said, "Who of us shall go first to fight against the Benjamites?" The LORD replied, "Judah shall go first."

This story of the Israelites' fighting against the tribe of Benjamin fascinates me. The fight began when the Benjamites wouldn't surrender two men who had committed a great sin (Judges 19:22). Because the Benjamites protected the wicked among them, they eventually lost 25,100 of their 26,000 fighting men. The mystery here for me is that the Israelites inquired of God three times before fighting with the Benjamites. Each time God approved them for battle; yet of their 400,000 men, the Israelites lost 22,000 in the first battle, 18,000 in the second battle, and 30 in the third. Those casualties added up to a tenth of their army! How would we have handled that first loss? Would we trust a God who had approved our action and then appeared to abandon us? Until we are willing to stick with God and His Word no matter what, we are not equipped for what life sends our way. Personally, I would rather lose 10 percent of all that I have while trusting God, than lose 90 percent while protecting wickedness.

I may not understand everything that happens in life, but one thing I do know: God is on my side. He is working all things together for my good; therefore, I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. Life may change my condition, but it has no effect on what I believe.

Make the decision to look beyond the battle to see the victories that are yours by faith in the true and living God.

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Friday August 18, 2017
Ingredients for Peace

Philippians 4:9, KJV: Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

It must have been gratifying for Paul to know that, as a Christian leader living the godly life in the presence of all, he could command the saints at Philippi to follow the Lord as he had demonstrated before them. His actions illustrated to the Philippians that it was possible to live as God had called them to live.

In this verse, Paul gives certain requirements. He essentially says, "Do what you have learned, received, and heard in me." However, he also identifies the reward for meeting the requirements: "The God of peace shall be with you."

How wonderfully liberating it was for me when I discovered that all that I would enjoy from the Father depended on me and my response to His words! My success or failure was to be determined by me, not by others. My parents, pastor, instructors, companions, relatives, children, and friends were not to be the determining factors in whether or not I would enjoy peace with God.

To experience and enjoy a life filled with the peace of God, which passes all human understanding, is simply a matter of doing what I have learned, received, heard, and seen done in others who are following the dictates of the Bible. It is my choice to apply these truths, and when I do, no force in the universe can alter my destination or interrupt my rendezvous with God's peace. The same can be true for you.

Precious Father, I thank You that I can enjoy the peace that You give. Your peace is not as the world gives, but it only comes through the knowledge I have of You and Your overwhelming love for me. Please help me to always be reminded of Your faithfulness to humankind. Work with me as I model that characteristic in my faithfulness to You, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Saturday August 19, 2017
Obedience: Parents' Legacy to Children

Genesis 26:4,5, KJV: And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

In this scripture we see that Abraham's obedience to God's voice greatly impacted Abraham's children. Because a parent heard and did God's bidding, his heirs benefited, though they had done nothing to create their inheritance.

Parents, we have a responsibility to ensure our children's future blessing. We cannot do this by our physical labors or our intellect but simply by tuning in to God's frequency and consistently doing what He shares with us. Therefore, when God shares His plan with us, we must make it a requirement for our lives.

As parents, we are disciples. As disciples, we are not mere pupils or learners. We must adhere to and accept the instruction given to us and then make it our rule of conduct. As parents, then, we influence our children by our conduct; and because of our obedience, our offspring will be blessed.

Commit to a life of obedience and action that is pleasing to God. Then, you can expect to have your children hear from God, as Abraham's son Isaac did (Gen. 26:2). Accept that God will direct their steps (verse 3). Acknowledge that, just as God blessed Abraham for his obedience and as He has blessed you for your obedience, God blessed Isaac and his children and He will bless your children and their children for the purpose of being a blessing to others. Recognize God's capability to establish His promises in your children's lives, and look for the increase in them and the call to be channels for God.

All because a parent (Abraham) obeyed what he heard from God and kept God's charge, commands, statutes, and laws, all the nations of the earth are blessed. Bless your family: obey God's Word.

Dear Father God, make us to know that parenting is more than giving birth and serving. It is more than providing for the flesh and the mind. Obedience to Your voice and keeping Your charge, commandments, statutes, and laws guarantee future provisions and blessing that cannot be counted, calculated, or cut off.

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Sunday August 20, 2017
Void of Understanding and Perception

Isaiah 6:9, KJV: ...Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Understanding and perception are not connected to the brain. Both are processed in and proceed from the heart.

Several major Christian magazines and newspapers are full of advertising for meetings, conventions, seminars, services, conferences, and revivals all over the United States. But you seldom, if ever, see an invitation just to come hear or meet Jesus. When was the last time you were invited to a meeting for the sole purpose of coming to sit in His presence and just be with Him? Agendas are so full of what we want to do to attract and excite the crowd that Jesus is often left out-and sometimes the place is so full that He couldn't find a seat if He got in. We may hear a lot and even see some extraordinary things, but do we walk away with understanding and perception? What is the purpose of all these gatherings? I know the Bible tells us to forsake not the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is (Heb. 10:25). But we seldom complete that verse,which says, "...but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

Not only are the attendees instructed to come together in order to be encouraged, but so are the leaders. We need to ask ourselves if we are blessing those who bring light and truth to us by doing what we hear and see. Or do we feel that once we give in the love offering, our obligation to them is over? Rather than receive a large check in the offering from you, I would prefer to know that you are doing what you've been taught, and that you are perceiving what the Holy Ghost is saying to you about what I have said.

Your brain cannot process what I teach you or do before you. Check out your heart. Make sure it is sound; then you will be filled with godly understanding and be able to discern according to a righteous perception.

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Monday August 21, 2017
The Cause of Death to Some Brings Life to You

Genesis 7:17, NKJV: Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.

This is an awesome scene. Most people and nations fear increased waters, but this righteous man, this obedient man had no concern at all. The increased waters simply lifted him and his family higher and higher above the very waters that killed everything and everyone else.

God knew what He had planned for humanity. But as He spared a mating pair of everything else He created, He spared Noah and his wife and his sons and their wives. God was upset with humanity, but He certainly was not finished with His creation. And because of His love for His creation, He never will be.

One commentator of the Bible suggested that "It was because of the ark's barge-like shape that it made it difficult to capsize." My spirit jumped up in me and said, When are humans going to give God credit for keeping His covenant with His people? Noah never asked to be spared. God initiated the covenant. Genesis 6:18 (NKJV) reads, "But I will establish My covenant with you." When God establishes anything it is done until He says it is over, and with this man it is never over as far as He is concerned. No way could that boat ever capsize. Had the waters increased right up to the sky, the ark would continue to rise high above it. Who knows, Noah, the righteous one, may have been able to step off the boat right into the presence of the Lord.

The point is, God had a plan for His man, and no increased waters, plagues, or anything else were going to interrupt it. Of course, Noah could have prevented it by simply refusing to build the ark since there had never been one before. I strongly suspect things would have had a different outcome.

Where are we in this picture? We look righteous, we say righteous words, but are we following after everything that He has asked us to do? I am certainly trying with all of my heart to please Him. Many years have taught me that nothing pleases Him more than obedience to Him and love towards people. God prepared an ark through Noah's obedience. The ark lifted and rose above the increased waters. Don't you want to rise above what can destroy others?

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