Horizons Unlimited May 16, 2021 through May 24, 2021

Sunday May 16, 2021: Do God's Desire and My Dream Mix?
Monday May 17, 2021: Either I Got It, or I Don't
Tuesday May 18, 2021: For a Witness
Wednesday May 19, 2021: God Knows More
Thursday May 20, 2021: Grace: One of God’s Gifts
Friday May 21, 2021: His Yoke Is Easy and His Burdens Are Light
Saturday May 22, 2021: Is Your Gift 'Keeper of the Ass'?
Sunday May 23, 2021: My Source of Satisfaction
Monday May 24, 2021: One Whose Words Have Power

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Sunday May 16, 2021
Do God's Desire and My Dream Mix?

Psalm 132:3-5, NLT: "I will not go home; I will not let myself rest. I will not let my eyes sleep nor close my eyelids in slumber until I find a place to build a house for the Lord, a sanctuary for the Mighty One of Israel."

David made a noble vow with good intentions, but it did not become reality because it wasn't God's plan. God has something to say about our dreams for Him. At times, our dreams are simply a glimpse into what can be done. We are not always the ones chosen to bring the dreams to pass.

That should not matter as long as what God wants is accomplished.

When my late husband and I attended the first homecoming following our graduation from Bible school, the head of the school made a statement that lodged in our hearts: "Get out of debt in the next three years and stay out of debt."

We did not borrow money to purchase our church's facilities, though we tried to in the beginning. We thank God that He allowed every attempt to fall through. My husband's dream was on hold until God worked out a plan for us that was so good that the owners held the mortgage with a no- prepayment-penalty clause. They thought that we were going to forfeit the contract and they could reclaim the property, but God gave us wisdom and strategy to pay it off in two years and three months. We have added 20 million dollars' worth of renovations onto the original building debt-free since 1987.

I am not saying that it is wrong to borrow. That is between God and His children. I am saying that we have been able to obey His desires and follow our dreams without paying interest for more than twenty years.

Never build or purchase based on anticipated growth to accommodate the people. If you have too many in attendance for the space you have now, have them give toward their future facility. If they are uncomfortable in too little space, then they will give to increase the size.

When you borrow to make them physically comfortable, circumstances may change in their lives which could cause them to be more uncomfortable with the ministry's debt.

What has God spoken to you? Ask His advice before you make your next move.

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Monday May 17, 2021
Either I Got It, or I Don't

Esther 2:15, NKJV: Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king's eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised....

Esther was just one of many young, beautiful women selected to be prepared as a potential replacement for Vashti, the king's dismissed wife. This position was not a desire of Esther's heart, but she permitted herself to go through the basic preparations. When it was her turn to spend the night in the presence of the king - knowing that she was a Jew and he was a foreigner - Esther took the attitude, Either God is in this, or He's not. If God was in fact ordering her steps, no one was going to be able to stop it. If it was not God's plan, she wasn't going to waste her time trying to make it happen.

It matters not if we are male or female - when we think we have to help God with His plan for us, we'll miss His best for us every time. Esther ultimately became queen instead of a concubine because she refused to try to impress anyone. She either had it, or she didn't.

God made each of us who we are, and He often takes the foolish things of this world to confound the wise and the mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27). Be who you are, and let God take it from there.

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Tuesday May 18, 2021
For a Witness

Isaiah 55:4, KJV: Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

This verse says God gave Jesus "for a witness." As members of the body of Christ, we are to represent Him in the earth. Each of us is given "for a witness." It is interesting to watch even the newest of believers get excited about witnessing to others--and that is a good thing to do. However, God has commanded each of us to be a witness (Acts 1:8). Anyone can witness and give out tracts. But to be a witness is to live what you are talking about, to allow your lifestyle to testify when words are unuttered.

In addition to Jesus' being given for a witness to the people, He was also given for a leader to the people. Leaders always stand boldly in front. We Christians, too, must stand boldly in front of the people, in a place of influence.

The anointing for a believer to lead will attract others to follow; therefore, the believer's example for them should be the same as Jesus' example, which never caused anyone to stumble or fall.

Finally, Jesus was given as a commander. He was appointed for a message. The message was not just what He said; it was what He did. He said, "I only do what is pleasing to the Father. I didn't come to do My will, but to do the will of Him who sent me." Our greatest sermon will not be what we utter, but what others see us do, especially when all the forces of hell are raging against us.

Lord, I know what it is like to live contrary to Your will and, gratefully, I know what it is like to live pleasing in Your sight. I refuse to think about how far I still need to go to get it totally together, because I'd become discouraged. I'd much rather meditate on how far I've come with You to be a witness for the kingdom. Help me remember that You have given me, along with Jesus, for a witness to the people--an up-front woman, an example, and a message that is better seen than heard. Thank You again for including me in Your plan for such a time as this.

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Wednesday May 19, 2021
God Knows More

Luke 18:27, NKJV: But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

Often the doctor will say, "I've done all I know to do, he/she is going to die." Everyone is going to die; that's nothing new. However, since God knows more than all the humans in the world, let Him make the choice concerning life and death. Confer with Him before you start to repeat any physician's words. Let God tell you what's going to happen concerning your loved one.

A member of our church was told recently that her mother, who was in a coma, died. The call came from a sibling while she was at work. Her supervisor gave her the time off to handle the arrangements. She called me and we arranged for her to pick up the "Life Transition" information form we provide to our members when a family member falls asleep in Jesus. She was impressed to call another sibling before she left town and discovered that her mother was still in a coma but alive. The next report was Mom was out of the coma and sitting up.

I was going away for a few days. Having inquired about her mother before I left, she reported that her mother was coming home the following week. That Sunday, she testified that Mom was home as of Friday and went to get her hair done on Saturday. All this in less than four weeks because God knows more! Next report she was taking a driving test.

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Thursday May 20, 2021
Grace: One of God’s Gifts

1 Corinthians 1:3, KJV: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

What is this gift of grace that God and Jesus give us, and why do we need it? It is the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in life.

Because the human heart is capable of so much good and bad, it needs help. Every heart needs to be divinely influenced. Without divine influence on our hearts, we would never get saved. Even if, by some miracle, we did get saved, without divine influence on our hearts, we would reflect a life that was displeasing to God and that certainly would not attract others to Jesus. Without divine influence on our hearts, we would never experience any kind of peace. We would not enjoy any blessings without God and Jesus pouring into us the grace and peace needed in all seasons.

Although we do have this wonderful divine influence in our hearts and we do not have to labor and struggle for it, it is not automatically going to operate and flow. Our hearts are like wells. People whose water source is a well must draw from it daily. The well may be full of water, but someone has to dip it out for the well to fulfill its purpose. Similarly, our heart wells are full of God’s grace, His mercy, and His peace, but without dipping daily for them, we will miss their purpose in our lives.

We don’t get new grace any more than we get new air to breathe. Even though it is stored in the wells of our hearts, we need to go boldly to the throne to obtain the mercy and grace that we need for each day (Hebrews 4:16).

Father, our desire is to operate in Your grace, to extend Your mercy, and to live in Your peace. Teach us to dip daily into the wells of our hearts, which You have filled, so that we will be a reflection of what You have already done in us.

Your grace is sufficient for us to share the overflow with others. You give such good gifts, even when we have not appeared to be appreciative. We really are grateful, and we will be more mindful to show it in the future.

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Friday May 21, 2021
His Yoke Is Easy and His Burdens Are Light

Matthew 11:30, KJV: My yoke is easy and my burden is light.

When you and I begin to sense that we are becoming weary in our effort for the Lord, know that we have obligated ourselves to things that He has not required of us. How does that happen? We look around at what we see in the natural and assume that it is our responsibility to right the world’s wrongs. Without intending to, we get over into making choices that the Lord never intended for our hands, minds and hearts to be involved in.

Sometimes we think more highly of ourselves than we ought. We forget that the Creator pulled together this whole universe without our input and He will tell us what He would have us do to keep it running its course. Often, He wants nothing more of us than to take time to pray and confer with Him His next move. All of us know that prayer is essential in our communication with God, but we forget its real value. Let’s face it; we’d rather be involved in His spectacular miracles than to simply pray in order for His miracles to occur through mere humans. God seldom does anything unless someone prays.

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Saturday May 22, 2021
Is Your Gift 'Keeper of the Ass'?

Genesis 22:5, KJV: And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

Years ago, the Lord revealed to me that Abraham was operating in faith and confession when he said, "The lad and I will go yonder and worship and come again to you." Remember, he had been told to make a burnt offering of his "only son whom he loved." But recently, I noticed for the first time that the only purpose of the two young men was to keep the ass while Abraham obeyed God.

Why were two young men needed when only one ass was present? It appears that the ass carried the wood while Abraham, Isaac, and the two young men walked. It was only when they were in view of the place of sacrifice that Abraham placed the wood on Isaac while he carried the fire and the knife. Perhaps the two took shifts in keeping the ass, maybe one watched while the other rested; otherwise, only one was needed. God often sent people out in two's.

The object here was to keep the ass for their master since it was his personal property. If a predator came or a villain showed up, one could keep the ass while the other dealt with the intruder. Each of us has a gift but too often we covet another's gift and miss the reward of our labor. These young men were not the sacrifice; Isaac was. They were not to perform the sacrifice; Abraham was. This journey was an act of faith and worship, involving only Abraham, Isaac, and their God. The only responsibility of the two young men was to obey their master by taking care of his animal.

Since the Bible tells us that it was counted unto Abraham as righteousness to operate in this kind of faith, I suspect that keeping the donkey was accounted to these two young men for righteousness also because they obeyed and remained faithful to their call. What is God saying to you? You will only be rewarded for that. So cease from envying another. Just be faithful and obedient to that which is required of you.

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Sunday May 23, 2021
My Source of Satisfaction

Psalm 87:7, KJV: As well the singers and the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.

Psalm 87 speaks of the prominence God places on Jerusalem. In this chapter, God promises that all will benefit and be blessed for becoming citizens of Jerusalem. How much more, then, shall we be blessed for receiving His Son, Jesus Christ, into our hearts and becoming citizens of heaven? At all their festivals, the children of Israel sang, "The source of my life is in Jerusalem." We, the redeemed of the Lord, should find every occasion to sing, "The source of my life is the Son of God," for He willingly shed His innocent blood on Calvary's tree and made it possible for us to receive Him.

We don't have to go to Mecca, Memphis, or Missouri to receive the blessing of God. Through Jesus, God offers to live inside each of us.

When we were more flesh-dominated, we thought that our possessions--our homes, our cars, and our clothes--were signs that God was pleased with and blessing us. Now that the Spirit dwells in us and we yield to His domination, we are able to see and say that our source of satisfaction is not in a particular city but in an intangible place found only in Him.

Speaking of that place, God says, "Be still, and know that I am God..." (Psalm 46:10, NKJV). "...Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord..." (1 Corinthians 15:58, NKJV). Notice, God is much more interested in our being than in our doing.

He also says to endure to the end and be saved (Matthew 24:13) and to do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).

Once we center in on the source of our satisfaction, it will not matter if we are not chosen, as Peter, James, and John were chosen to watch with Jesus in the garden--a physical place. Some of us are called to wait in His unseen presence, soaking in the essence of His Spirit.

We are not to wrestle with God. Instead, we are to learn to rest in Him. Only then will we find who we are to be. And this will enable us to do as the Spirit directs.

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Monday May 24, 2021
One Whose Words Have Power

Matthew 8:27, NIV: The men were amazed and asked, 'What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!'

The word "disciple" means adherer who accepts the instruction given to him and makes it his rule of conduct. Had the disciples understood this meaning, they would have known that they were in training to receive instruction and to make that instruction their rule of conduct. They would have accepted that, once Jesus had given a command to depart to the other side, that command was inevitably destined to be fulfilled. So when Jesus said, "Let's go to the other side," even the winds and the waves had to obey His command and let them go to the other side. There were two devil-possessed men on the other side. In order to set these hurting men free, it was necessary for Jesus to get to them.

We are adherers of Jesus' instruction. We are to conduct ourselves as He did. We are to speak what is necessary and then proceed as though it is a done deal. The words we speak with power are intended to do more than just get us things; they are intended to put us in a position to help others. We don't want people marveling at what God is doing through our anointed words. We want to teach them how to work the Word of God in their own lives, as well as the lives of others they come in contact with.

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