Horizons Unlimited July 16, 2017 - July 24, 2017
HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Sunday July 16, 2017: His Purpose Will Stand
Monday July 17, 2017: Falling Is Not Fatal
Tuesday July 18, 2017: Greater Works
Wednesday July 19, 2017: But When I Am Afraid
Thursday July 20, 2017: Go And Sin No More Part I
Friday July 21, 2017: Go And Sin No More Part II
Saturday July 22, 2017: Individuals, Not Tribes, Are God's Decision
Sunday July 23, 2017: No Longer a Closet Christian
Monday July 24, 2017: So You Thought You Did This?

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a Sunday July 16, 2017
His Purpose Will Stand


Isaiah 46:10, NIV: "I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please."

My late husband, Clinton, wrote a song called "I'm So Glad." In it, one of the statements is "Nothing in my life takes You by surprise." It's true. God is never caught off guard or shocked by what we say or do.

Still, He trusts us with His plan for humankind. Only God in His infinite wisdom and power would do that, but He does. Isaiah 46:10 helps me understand why and how He could do this. He knows the first from the last, the front from the back, the beginning from the ending. The ancient is not unfamiliar to Him, and the future will present Him with no new information. Yet with all of these things in mind, He boldly declares, "My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." In other words, God essentially says, "With all the information, all the facts, and all the truth available, I will make sure that My will is done in the earth, just as it is being done in heaven. I am doing it My way, and no force or power can prevent it or hinder it. I could not be stopped in the past, and I will not be stopped in the future. Period. The end." Father, when I read that You will accomplish Your plan regardless of any adversity, I am so proud and confident to have You as my Father. It is easy to serve You and submit to You, because it is quite obvious that You are in control.

Father, in moments past, I was not sure that my future was part of Your concern or agenda. But that was because I was ignorant of Your Word. So I made a pitiful attempt at doing what I thought was best for me. I even had nerve enough to think I was helping You out by not bothering You with what I considered the "small stuff." Was I ever glad to find out that to You it was all small stuff! It is now my pleasure to roll the whole of my care over on You because You care for me (1 Peter 5:7). I leave it all in Your hands now because I know Your purpose will stand.



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Monday July 17, 2017
Falling Is Not Fatal


Psalm 145:14, KJV: The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

While no one wants to fail, it is encouraging to know that God will support you when life and wrong decisions throw you a curve ball.

At times some Christians fall away, become overwhelmed, and appear to be overthrown. The Lord upholdeth all. There have been moments when you may have felt like a fugitive from anything that is spiritual. The Lord upholdeth all. He does not just prop you up. He will raise, lift, and comfort you through the circumstances and conditions in life that have caused you to be bowed down.

The Hebrew word for bowed is curve. When life throws you a curve ball, know that it is designed to cause you to bow down. Rejoice because your Father-Creator of the universe, Maker of all things-is committed to lifting you and comforting you at that time.

Stop looking to others for your prop-to comfort or lift you up. God has reserved that role for Himself through Jesus to everyone who will receive it. He is the Rock who supports your steps. That's why when you fall, it's not fatal.



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Tuesday July 18, 2017
Greater Works


John 14:12, TM: The person who trusts me will not only do what I'm doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I've been doing.

You can count on it. I am paraphrasing a statement I read today which almost knocked me off the sofa. “Christ cannot be everywhere at once, which is why He put you and me there.” We know the Spirit of Jesus is everywhere in His believers. Because He never functioned in the earth as anything but a man and no man can be everywhere at once, He authorized and assigned us to be His extension and His reflection. There are so many more of us; we are able to cover more ground than He ever did.

As we grasp who lives within us, we will do greater in quantity, not quality, due to our numbers. However, everything He did as a man we can do also. Our challenge is not our lacking in ability, it’s in our believing and saying. We think we are being humble when we refuse to imitate Jesus in this area. He said it because He heard the Father say it. Our head does not want us to believe we are equals with Jesus in the earth. He left us here to finish His work.



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Wednesday July 19, 2017
But When I Am Afraid


Psalm 56:3, NLT: But when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

We can't prevent fear from coming to us any more than we can stop temptation from visiting. How we respond when fear or temptation arrives separates the winners from the losers.

Because of 2 Timothy 1:7, which reads, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind," I used to be frightened of the fact that I was sometimes afraid! I thought it was a sign that I was without faith, until the Holy Spirit taught me to treat fear the same way I did weakness.

Jesus Himself said, "My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9). He did not say that I would never feel weak. He did promise that His grace was sufficient for me to rely on His strength. I decided that since that was true concerning when I felt weak, I would apply the same principle when I felt afraid. His grace is sufficient for me in all things, so when I feel afraid His faith is made perfect.

God delights in showing up for any of His children who place their trust in Him. Stop trying to handle your affairs yourself. Trust in the One who made you. Let Him produce the strength when you feel weak, the faith when you feel afraid, and the way of escape that you need in the midst of temptation. He will do it!



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Thursday July 20, 2017
Go And Sin No More Part I


John 5:14, TM: A little later Jesus found him in the Temple and said, “You look wonderful! You’re well! Don’t return to a sinning life or something worse might happen.”

Jesus was not trying to attract disciples to Himself. He was out to relieve this man’s suffering and encourage him as to the importance of staying on the straight and narrow path.

Pastors and evangelists, it is not about adding numbers to your assembly or crusade. Too often we neglect to tell people what they need to hear in order to continue to walk in His benefits and blessings because our trust is not in Him to support the work He has called us to do for Him. When we compromise what is according to Scripture, we contribute to the possibility of one reverting to that from which he was delivered.

Jesus never criticizes or condemns, but He also does not condone our life before we had an encounter with Him. When we have experienced His blessings and His deliverance, where will He find us? Do we go to His temple to praise and thank Him for what He has done, or do we use what He has provided to return to that which contributed to our problem?



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Friday July 21, 2017
Go And Sin No More Part II


John 8:9-11, TM: Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. “Woman where are they? Does no one condemn you?” “No one Master.” “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.”

It appears that we can have many accusers, but only others that are free of sin can condemn us. If Jesus, the only sinless one, refuses to condemn us, we owe Him our life by refusing to allow sin to continue dominating us. Sin cannot reign in us without our approval and our cooperation.

When we permit sin in our life, once we are made free by the Master, it’s an indication we want darkness more than light. There is no darkness in Him. We’d rather walk in darkness with our friends and family than to buck our culture, our traditions and our habits; than to tell others truth and risk being separated from them.

Never forget Jesus died for us to have a relationship with the Father, not our family and friends.



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Saturday July 22, 2017
Individuals, Not Tribes, Are God's Decision


Psalm 78:67, KJV: Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim.

Ephraim was one of Joseph's two sons, yet it appears that what God had done for Joseph and how He demonstrated His care and concern for Joseph was not a manifested reality in the sons of this special chosen one.

Imagine what it must be like to have acquired, accumulated, and hoarded money all of your life trying to secure your future when you discover that no amount of money can heal your body or that of a loved one, but a miracle from God can.

I've shopped in some of the finest stores in the world, yet I have never found one of them with peace of mind for sale. I'm so glad I know where to go and get what I need without a price. Jesus already paid for me to simply receive it upon request.

Does it sadden your heart somewhat when you are wallowing in God's abundance and benefits while you observe your children barely making it through each day? It is one of the most helpless positions I have ever been in. But I believe that the Lord is saying to me and to you, "The fruit of your womb is blessed." However, the manifestation of that promise depends on them establishing a well-pleasing relationship with the same God who has blessed you.

God did not deal with Joseph the way He dealt with his brothers. This verse implies that Joseph's sons had to learn the hard way that their father's relationship with God was a personal one and that his "benefit from obedience" package was not automatically handed down. Oh, it was available to Ephraim and Manaseh, but they needed to have going for them what their dad had that got God's attention in the first place.

Sons, daughters, and every seed of godly parents reading this devotion for today, examine yourself, look at what is occurring in your life, and observe what God is doing to bless your parents. Ask God to forgive you for rebellion and disrespect of your parents, ask your parents to forgive you, and go to God with a sincere heart requesting the same spirit to please Him that Mom and Dad have, and watch your life and condition change. Parents who serve God are ordained by Him to be an example. Yours are no different.



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Sunday July 23, 2017
No Longer a Closet Christian


Psalm 26:12, NLT: I have taken a stand, and I will publicly praise the LORD.

Though we haven't arrived at a place where we are mistake-free, one day our mistakes must become minimal and missing the mark must become an accident, not a habit.

Imagine saying to God, as David did in Psalm 26, "Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering" (verse 1). The qualities of integrity and unwavering trust are obviously qualities that get God's attention. David requested God to put him on trial and cross-examine him (verse 2). A person had better know that he has it all together when he asks the One who judges righteously to put him on trial! Apparently, David's personal inner lie detector had assured him that he was innocent.

Nothing is quite like having a heart that does not condemn you. It does not matter what others say or do concerning you. Stay focused on the love of God, which can never fail you, and live according to His truth (verse 3).

Too often, we adjust to please others because we value their love more than we value God's Word. If you're guilty of this, stop it now. It will cause you to compromise, which precedes corruption, then death.

What kind of company are you keeping? Are there liars and hypocrites in your circle of friends? You must learn to hate the fellowship of evildoers and refuse to participate in the actions of the wicked (verse 5).

Are your hands clean? Can you come into God's presence with a song of thanksgiving, preaching the miracle of God (verses 6-7)? Remind God that you deserve better than the fate of sinners, murderers, and the wicked. Declare what you are and what you want from God (verses 9-11).

When you do these things after passing your personal polygraph test, you can make a stand before all and publicly praise your Father God.

This is the season for coming out of the closet as a believer. Unbelievers, in their wickedness and ignorance, are coming out. Let the grace of God in you abound even more. The anointing is on you to decree and declare the goodness of your God. So do it now, in Jesus' name.



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Monday July 24, 2017
So You Thought You Did This?


Psalm 78:72, KJV: So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

The longer I live, the more I receive, and the more I read my Bible, the more I understand God's love for me.

Israel seldom seemed to grasp who God was and what His covenant meant to them. In fact, when I read about them, I feel a little better about me.

I used to be embarrassed about the goodness of God in my life because of all of the dumb, stupid, immoral, and uncouth things I had done. But then I began to study and read about God's love, His favor, His compassion, and His patience towards His own covenant people. Today, I understand Psalm 78:72.

While you and I should develop integrity, it is Father God's integrity of heart that not only provides physical food for us, but also provides the revelation of His written and spoken Word.

The reason we don't have to concern ourselves about the next step in our lives is that the Father God is guiding us with the skillfulness of His hands. Somehow, I just don't get the impression that God does not know what He is doing.

I wish I could describe in words the thrill and the peace of not having to plan my day or my tomorrow. My yesterday was greater than anything I could have conceived. The confidence and comfort that accompanies this childlike attitude is so wonderful.

As a human parent, I know that I would do almost anything in my power to prevent my natural children from failing and falling, and I have human frailties and faults. How much more should we be able to depend on the Creator of the universe, the owner of all things, whose power is without limitation, and whose skills are without measure? If you are still concerned about your next meal or outfit, if you still are under the impression that you have to come up with a plan for your future, you have not yet been privileged to know my Father. His meals are gourmet. And His hands--which made the moon, sun, stars, and the universe, and most of all humankind--are hands very capable of guiding your life and mine.



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