Horizons Unlimited June 09, 2019 - June 17, 2019

Sunday June 9, 2019: Love and Confidence
Monday June 10, 2019: Are You Telling Your Children the Difference?
Tuesday June 11, 2019: Chaff or Wheat? The Choice Is Yours.
Wednesday June 12, 2019: Temptation and Choices
Thursday June 13, 2019: No Brotherhood Without Sonship
Friday June 14, 2019: Righteousness Keeps; Sin Kills
Saturday June 15, 2019: Any Disobedience Is A Turn Toward Wickedness
Sunday June 16, 2019: Mere Humans Wither Like Grass
Monday June 17, 2019: Don't Exalt Human Love Above Truth

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Sunday June 9, 2019
Love and Confidence

2 Corinthians 5:21, NLT: For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

God knew that the only way to reconcile us to Him for eternity was to make Jesus a sin offering to provide for us an opportunity to change internally.

Imagine having a valuable, perfect treasure and making it marred and scarred so that it could bring back to you other treasures that were less perfect but just as valuable to you. That is exactly what God did with the treasure of His Son. He let Jesus become sin and be sacrificed on the Cross so that Jesus could make us righteous and bring us back to the Father.

Not only was this act God's ultimate display of love for us, but it was also the ultimate display of His confidence in Christ. God knew that Jesus would willingly become the sacrifice for us.

Knowing this, how can we not feel loved? God loved us enough to send Jesus and make Him a sin offering, and Jesus loved us enough to accept the assignment of becoming that offering.

Humans are wonderful, and you and I may have many good friendships and relationships. However, I seriously doubt that any would offer to do for us what Jesus joyfully did.

Now is the time for us to take a serious look at the relationships we are seeking after. Let us assess the friendships in our lives. What do our friends contribute to help us become better soldiers for the Lord? We must eliminate anyone from our circles who is not working with God to improve us.

This is not the time to have our spiritual energy drained by a bunch of silly, shallow people. Yes, we must pray for them; we must be an example to them. However, we must avoid consistent, personal interaction with them.

We can't spend all of our time rebuking, correcting, and chastising others. Unless we observe someone receiving our words and making necessary changes, it is time for us to move on.

Let us seek a relationship, first, with the One who loved us enough to die for us and, second, with people who strengthen our relationship with Him.

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Monday June 10, 2019
Are You Telling Your Children the Difference?

Psalm 44:1, NKJV: We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old.

"You never told me that before." "Why didn't you share that with me?" "This is the first I'm hearing of this." How many of us have made these statements to our parents or heard our own children say them to us later in life? What an injustice to keep faith-encouraging truths from our children.

What did the children of Israel hear from their forefathers? Verses 2 and 3, "You drove out the nations with Your hand, But them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword. Nor did their own arm save them. But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them."

That is powerful. When did we stop telling our children about the Almighty God in our midst? They often have no hope because we neglected to tell them of His mighty power and faithful love.

I would often share with employees in the condominium where my late husband and I lived as I observe them sweeping or mopping floors, "That is how I got my start." I tell them that in the summer of my twelfth year I operated a hotel elevator to help purchase my clothes. I scrubbed nearly 32 floors every Saturday for eight dollars at ten and eleven years old.

I did not want them to think that I always was as they were seeing me in the present. God has done some mighty things to bring me from then to now and I am grateful. As the faces of the employees in our building would light up when I told them of my beginning, I wanted our granddaughter and others to hear also and be glad.

We rob others of a lesson in faith when we give the impression that life has always been good and fair. It has not, but the grace of God has been enough to see me through. Therefore, I have neither fear nor regret. Please tell your children the truth and show them the One who makes the difference.

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Tuesday June 11, 2019
Chaff or Wheat? The Choice Is Yours.

Psalm 1:4, NKJV: The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

In the natural, chaff was once the covering for wheat. It has no ability to make itself valuable or to give itself substance to keep from being blown around even by the slightest gust of wind. It is worthless and empty, without stability, and yet it was once connected to wheat.

But we humans, made in the image and likeness of God, are likened to wheat. Verse 3 likens us to a well-watered tree planted close to the resource that sustains it to bring forth fruit in its season.

How can this be? This describes anyone who has acknowledged Jesus Christ as God come in the flesh, who refuses to heed the advice of nonbelievers, and rejects to follow in the steps of heathen or seat themselves in the place of scorners. They are joyful concerning both the precepts of God and also the dictates of His children's code of ethics while here in the earth.

When we allow ourselves to meditate and repeat over and over what God has said, we will find that this meditation is more than an exercise of our mind, it is living in our hearts, minds, and bodies with God's plan for our lives. When we do meditate on the truth, we will be productive and personally prosperous (you can be one without the other). This is so unlike the chafflike people who waste their words on empty, idle, and vain things.

Don't you think that since judgment begins at the house of God (1 Peter 4:17) we should begin to examine ourselves as to whether we are fruit producers? Or are we fainting in the day of adversity because we neglected to anchor ourselves in what God has already spoken concerning us? We have been given great opportunities to choose that we will no longer be tossed to and fro with every new wrinkle. Instead, with the help of the Holy Ghost we study to show ourselves approved unto God, workmen that will not be ashamed. We will listen to anointed men and women of God teach us, and we will judge what is said by the Spirit in us and what is already written in the Bible.

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Wednesday June 12, 2019
Temptation and Choices

1 Corinthians 10:13, KJV: ...God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able....

Like everyone else, I am often challenged by temptations, threatenings, and troubles. If it were up to me, I wouldn't have to experience any of these. But if I didn't, what kind of soldier or witness would I be? Life presents each of us with the three Ts, but the choices we make then will determine our destiny. Nothing is going to stop the three Ts from coming our way, but none of them will be above what I am able to handle.

We are equipped to handle everything that comes our way. However, we must make the right choices. Did you know Paul said that we are troubled on every side? We are perplexed, persecuted, and cast down. But aren't you glad that this is not the end of his statement? He said, "Though there is trouble for me on every side, I am not distressed" (2 Corinthians 4:8).

The Greek word for "distressed" means to hem in closely; to cramp; to straighten. The devil will try to box us in and prevent us from fulfilling our assigned mission, but he can't.

I may be at a loss mentally (perplexed) with what seems to be no way out. I may even stand in doubt, but bless God I'm still standing and the devil cannot ever cause me to be at a total loss (despair) because of the "above that I am able" part. He can follow after me (persecute), only to find that I am not left behind in some place (forsaken) or deserted. My Father and my Savior are always with me in the Spirit. I may be cast down (frequently opposed), but never will I perish, die, or lose (be destroyed).

We'll all shed these earth suits one day. But that, for the believer, is not dying. And how can we lose when Jesus has made us overcomers in this life? So I have chosen to enter His rest and by faith ignore the external distractions, because the person on the inside of me is unaffected by trouble, perplexity, persecution, and attacks of the enemy.

Paul encouraged us with the fact that the persecutions and affliction came because of his doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long suffering, charity, and patience. But the Lord delivered him from them all (2 Timothy 3:10-11).

Shout, "Thank God! I am delivered from them all!".

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Thursday June 13, 2019
No Brotherhood Without Sonship

1 Peter 2:17, KJV: Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

This verse contains the only mention of the word "brotherhood" in the New Testament. It tells us to love the brotherhood. Love for the brotherhood is not possible without first having obtained sonship.

Peter shares that we are to honor, or respect, all men. However, love for the brotherhood-God's other children-is only possible for those who have entered into sonship through His beloved Son, to those who allow God to deal with them as sons.

Just because you have given birth to a baby does not mean that child will allow you to parent him later. God's sons and daughters voluntarily receive and accept God's love, discipline, correction, rebuke, and endless mercy.

One of the ways God deals with us, His children, is to require us to love one another. This is more serious and demanding than the respect we must show to all people because they are creations of Almighty God. When we show respect to all people, we show reverence to God. I did not say that all people deserve to be respected, but the mere fact that they were created by God gives them the right to be respected.

I suspect that respect for others begins with respect for oneself. If I do not respect myself, it will be challenging to respect you. God wants each of us to do both.

Learn to distinguish between respect for all people and love for the brotherhood. Without God's grace, we are unable to love the brotherhood. When there is true brotherhood, there is pure sonship. Biblical brotherhood is a coming together around Christ for His purpose and plan.

Because of our sonship, let us learn to restore relationships to each other and to Him. The greatest honor we can bring to our King is to love one another as He has loved us. This is possible only because His Spirit in us allows for our differences, but never our division, for "by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35).

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Friday June 14, 2019
Righteousness Keeps; Sin Kills

Proverbs 13:6, KJV: Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

We often think that righteousness is something we have which distinguishes us from the heathen. That is true to a point, but righteousness is much more than that. Righteousness is a force, it is a power to preserve, protect, guard, guide, and govern each child of God. With all that Calvary provided, it also made available righteousness to keep us, the believers, on the right track, traveling the right road.

We who are saved are just that, saved. Saved from the influence and effects of sin and wickedness of all sorts. To those who have not yet acknowledged Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, defeat and death are their lot in life. Regardless to what appears to be the rewards of wickedness, it has only destruction, defeat, and death packaged in this very attractive wrapping, but its contents are lethal.

The Word of God is very clear. The devil comes not but for to steal, kill, and destroy. Wickedness has one conclusion, death. Oh, it starts out a little more subtle. It may even excite and stimulate you at first. But wickedness is designed to make you stumble. Then it will entice you. At the same time it will seduce you into an addictive relationship solely for the purpose of robbing you of your identity and will power. Whatever it takes, in whatever form needed, it will ultimately topple you in your walk towards the things of God. Wickedness and sin is a path that swallows its victims. It is a road to detour around, and avoid at all cost. Anyone choosing to or deceived into journeying on it will be overthrown at some point. There is no way to get around it.

This verse in Proverbs 13:6 is clear. Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way. It sounds to me like there are rewards and benefits in being a Christian. Since this is true, why not make a choice to be the best Christian possible. After all, you and I are aware that we lack the power to be anything of value on our own. But we can rejoice knowing that we have help. We have a keeper and His name is righteousness. Make a choice today to cooperate with righteousness. It will steer you away from death.

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Saturday June 15, 2019
Any Disobedience Is A Turn Toward Wickedness

2 Timothy 2:19, NLT: But God's truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and "Those who claim they belong to the Lord must turn away from all wickedness."

The Bible is very clear. God knows who are His. It is just as clear that those who claim they belong to Him must-not should-turn away from all wickedness. You and I can't fool God. Claiming to belong to God, yet continuing to act like the devil reveals that we are making unwise choices while expecting to enjoy the benefits God provided for His children.

Often we say, "Things aren't working for me like I want them to," when the truth is that we are not working with the Word of God. We must give the Holy Ghost something to work with, and it usually starts with our obedience to God.

One of my young friends visited me concerning a proposal she wanted implemented. As she was leaving, I asked about her dad. She began to cry. The long and short of the story is the family was being challenged and my friend felt that it had gone on too long.

As we shared, I found out that her dad was not attending church anywhere because "he is not receiving what he is looking for at this time."

The Bible tells us, "And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25).

Did you notice that nowhere in this verse is there a discussion of what we want to do? As I told my young friend, the bottom line is that I could easily explain the family's struggle. Dad, the head of the family, is out of order according to the Word of God, which puts him out of the will of God, which disqualifies him from the benefits if not the blessings of God.

Folks, we can't fool God. Although we may think we're living a good, clean life, any disobedience to God's Word is a turn in the direction of wickedness.

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Sunday June 16, 2019
Mere Humans Wither Like Grass

Isaiah 51:12, NLT: "I, even I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?"

The only reason saints of God dread human oppression is that we forget the Lord Jesus and God the Father, who put the stars in the sky and established the earth. You and I may stumble; but we will never fall past His reach, because He upholds us with His hand (Psalm 37:24).

God promised Israel that He was with them and that He would never leave nor forsake them (Deuteronomy 31:6). Stop and think about that. Here you are face-to-face with mere humans threatening to harm you. Decide to respond to the call of God by being strong and of good courage, refusing to be afraid of them because you remember that your Maker, the One who created all things, is not only with you but is in you. What do you think will happen? People who have come to hurt and destroy you will not respond favorably to your cries and pleas for mercy. They are out to steal, kill, and destroy you and yours. They have no favor or mercy to give. If they had those attributes, they would not be threatening you in the first place.

Accept the fact that without divine intervention, you will die. Then decide that if you are going to leave a threatening situation, it will not be by pleading for your life. Jesus said that those who seek to save their lives will lose them.

Open your mouth and boldly declare that your Creator is in you and with you to deliver you from mere humans made of nothing more than grass that withers. "Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a place of refuge for their children" (Proverbs 14:26).

He will take care of our children, and He will make provision for His children also. Begin to make this your daily song of praise: "You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble; You surround me with songs of victory" (Psalm 32:7).

Singing in peacetime is one of the greatest weapons to hone for battle. Love for God and a song in one's heart are the strongest pieces of armor any believer can put on. You are a winner in Him. So dress up in your armor now.

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Monday June 17, 2019
Don't Exalt Human Love Above Truth

Proverbs 15:12, NIV: A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.

Have you ever heard someone scoff even at his teachers and take on a know-it-all or superior attitude? In many instances, they think that popularity and prosperity are all they need to make it in life.

The Bible calls such mockers foolish because they will not seek the counsel of the wise. Wisdom is still the principal thing. These people need understanding to prevent satan from stealing the very words that were once sown in their hearts (Matthew 13:18-25).

My mother used to tell my brother and me, "Be very cautious how you treat people on your way up because you may meet those same people on your way down." I agree that listening to a human opinion about what you are saying or doing is of little value. However, we should listen to someone sharing scripture with us, because all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, that we may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

We can't just accept the inspirational scriptures and avoid the ones that reprove, correct, and instruct us in righteousness. Wise people love correction. They receive it as another profitable tool for them to live by. On the other hand, scorners or mockers will not like you if you offer scriptural correction. They will not call on the wise for advice.

If we turn from the right way, we will be punished. If we refuse correction, we will die. God inspires correction to put us back on the right track. When we reject it, we face deadly consequences.

Father of grace and mercy, help us not be concerned about who loves us. When we exalt human love above truth, we cross a very dangerous line. If what we share with each other only tickles the ear and fails to move us on to the next level with you, perfection is still just a word for us. Help us understand that receiving your Word is for our benefit. It will help keep us on the path of right thoughts, words, and deeds. This kind of wisdom protects us from being vulnerable to the destroying forces of this world's influences.

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