Sunday April 23, 2017: There Are No Exceptions To The Rule Monday April 24, 2017: What Are You Good At? Tuesday April 25, 2017: How Quickly We Forget Wednesday April 26, 2017: Worry About Nothing-Trust God Always Thursday April 27, 2017: With Pleasure I Mentally Perceive Friday April 28, 2017: Unless You Disobey Saturday April 29, 2017: The Right Kind of Help Sunday April 30, 2017: The Power of the Lord Monday May 1, 2017: Stretch Forth Your Hand Horizons Unlimited PDF Archive Sunday April 23, 2017
There Are No Exceptions To The Rule
We tend to think there is an explanation for everything. When we cannot logically explain a thing, we say it's an exception to the rule. Why not just admit that there are some things that God has created that we cannot understand or explain?
What we call "exceptions to the rule" tells us that we simply cannot explain God because He has not revealed to us what we fail to understand. There is a high degree of probability with the majority of things, but God always has the final say about everything. Who made the rules? Who is the expert about everything?
When I taught our kindergarten students, we gave them some very sound rules that applied to phonics. However, there were always "exceptions to the rule," which meant that the rule did not work in every situation. That is not true with God's rules and His promises. There are no exceptions to His rules. I have observed what appeared to be impossible situations altered with nothing more than a change in one's attitude about faith.Back to list Monday April 24, 2017
What Are You Good At? Job 39:18, NLT: But whenever she jumps up to run, she passes the swiftest horse with its rider.
An ostrich is not a very good example of a caring parent, yet God still allows her to conceive. In fact, scripture says, "God has deprived her of wisdom and gives her no understanding (verse 17). An ostrich has no emotions for her eggs, but she is good at what she does. In fact, no one can do it better.
You may lack the formal education and opportunities of others, but as a believer, Jesus has been made unto you wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). Stop looking at what you can't do and see yourself able to do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).
God has never assigned an ostrich to go into all the world and preach the gospel. But He assigned us. It's okay to recognize the butterflies in your stomach, just don't allow them to dominate you. We would not treat our young as an ostrich does, because God has not deprived us of His wisdom. He has commanded us to go in His might and strength.
I once saw a DVD of a group of ladies living in shacks in a rural town in the south. Someone saw a photograph of one of their quilts on a line in the background, and what had been their hobby became their ticket to abundance. So get up and run. Outrun everything and everyone around you, because you have Jesus and His Holy Spirit as your partners. Back to list Tuesday April 25, 2017
How Quickly We Forget 2 Chronicles 14:11, NLT: Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, "O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!"
Asa had an army of slightly less than half the size of his enemy, Zerah, when Judah came under attack. Because Asa's army was made up of courageous fighting men, and his trust in God, Israel won the battle over the largest army in its history (verse 8). With that in mind, can you explain why having lived in peace with his enemies for years, he chose in his latter years to call on another king, instead of his God, to aid him against a smaller army (chapter 16:2-3)? It would appear that we do the same thing today. How quickly we forget how we once trusted in God and the name of His Son Jesus to get us through and over, when the odds were totally against us.
God doesn't change. How do we lose our faith and confidence in the one who can never fail us? The scripture says, "The Lord defeated the Ethiopians in the presence of Asa and the army of Judah (14:12). The Message Bible reads, "Then Asa prayed to God saying, Oh God, you aren't impressed by numbers or intimidated by a show of force once you decide to help” (verse 11).
How do we show God our confidence in Him and at the same time not take Him for granted? Perhaps living in peace too long affects our sound judgment and weakens our resolve.
God sent His prophet to Asa to rebuke his behavior, and Asa made things worse by imprisoning the prophet. He further compounded his action by abusing God's people. When we fail to acknowledge and repent for our wrongs, a downhill spiral begins that results not only in our defeat but at times even death.
Never forget who God is and what He has done for you. Back to list Wednesday April 26, 2017
Worry About Nothing-Trust God Always Philippians 4:6, KJV: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Prior to the devotional only being available on our website, it was also available in print. One time as I was preparing to go on vacation, the text for an issue of Horizons Unlimited arrived for me to review and return within a quick turnaround timeframe in order to meet the deadlines of those God has assigned to assist me with publishing this precious book for the precious people whose lives He wants to impact. No one told me the copy was coming, and it wasn't on my calendar of things to do. I answered that I would consider taking it with me, and that if God wanted me to include it in my schedule, He would give me the time and the inner witness to do it.
When I left, I thought I had the copy with me. When I discovered I didn't, I enjoyed the rest of my vacation and thought no more about it.
Returning home, it still was not one of my priorities. I did what I had vowed to the Lord, leaving the text to be read later. The day I decided to read it, I couldn't keep my eyes open. I decided to nap awhile and read it later. As I was about to wake up, the editor of the magazine phoned me to say, "I don't know where you are with this, but I have redone it and taken out all the errors. A new copy will be in your office in the morning."
Because the Lord loves me and knows that I trust Him, He didn't permit me to waste several days on this project for nothing. I didn't worry or fret; I just rested in Him. In the end, He worked all things together for my good and His glory. Don't worry about a thing. When you place your trust in God, unexpected events will work for your good and His glory. Back to list Thursday April 27, 2017
With Pleasure I Mentally Perceive Habakkuk 2:3, NKJV: For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
On Thanksgiving in 1980, the Lord gave me this scripture in a meeting in New York City. I never had to memorize it. It seemed to have jumped off the page and lodged in my heart. It became the foundation from which RLCC was built and launched.
The vision spoken of here means to contemplate with pleasure what I could perceive or dream. Everything the Lord has asked us to do as a church, we have obeyed it with confidence, because we waited for God's timing and His dream. Failing to wait for God and for His dream could result in a nightmare for you when you allow your impulses to dictate your service for the Lord.
God has supported everything He has authorized us to do because we would not compete with others or get ahead of His timing for us. It appears at times that we are not doing as much as others. But the Lord adjusted my thinking when He said, "You are only going to get credit for what I told you to do anyway." Now I do my part as directed by Him and enjoy sweet sleep. Back to list Friday April 28, 2017
Unless You Disobey 1 Kings 9:6, 7, CEV: But if any of you or any of your descendants disobey my commands and start worshiping foreign gods, I will no longer let my people Israel live in this land I gave them. I will desert this temple where I said I would be worshiped. Then people everywhere will think this nation is only a joke and will make fun of it.
When God appeared to Solomon the second time, it was to confirm Solomon's prayer and request. Then God let him know that His intention was to be worshiped in the temple Solomon had built. God stated that He would "Keep His promise, providing the people obeyed His laws and teachings." He has not changed today.
I am told that there are so-called churches that no longer believe the church is relevant today. Others no longer have altar calls, and the list goes on. This brings me to pray for them, because they are the very ones that need what churches should be teaching. I have found nowhere in any of my Bibles that the power and purpose of the Church will change until the saints are caught away at the appearing of Christ. Every word of God is spoken for us, inspired and recorded for our maturity. When obeyed, it leads us gently, but firmly through life, it's fires of adversity, and ultimate victory in every area of life.
You and I will never outgrow God and His Word. My desire daily is to continue in my worship of the Lord, be it from a cathedral or a storefront. We are in the process of remodeling areas of our church that we believe the Lord has instructed us to do. We know God lives in us, but because he has instructed us to assemble together, from all accounts concerning what I read, His places of worship were always extravagant, but were not wasteful. Since He expects me to upgrade the assembly, why not upgrade the place of this worship then, me?Back to list Saturday April 29, 2017
The Right Kind of Help Exodus 18:21, NKJV: Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties and rulers of tens.
When Jethro said this to Moses, he wanted to help with the obvious work Moses was called to do. Many attempt this without doing the previous verse.
Exodus 17:20 says "And you (Moses) shall teach them the statutes and laws and show them the way in which they must walk and what they must do." This is a very important consideration in the selection of the right kind of help. Many want to be selected for service, but they do not want to want to submit to the requirements for selection.
Are you able? Do you fear God? Are you truthful? Do you hate covetousness? Will you accept ruling over ten or fifty or do you want to start with the thousands and the hundreds? Are you willing to seek the Word of God first? Are you willing to follow the pastor as he or she follows Christ? You must learn the right way first. How good are you with godly instructions? The right kind of help submits to all of this and is willing to wait for God's due season to exalt them. Selah. Back to list Sunday April 30, 2017
The Power of the Lord Psalm 118:14, CEV: My power and My strength come from the Lord and He has saved me.
The writer of this Psalm said, "When nations surround me and I was attacked on all sides and they swarmed around like bees, I got rid of them and their fiery stings (verses 10-12).
At times it appears that the enemy attacks nearly cause you to fall, but when you understand where your power and strength come from, you'll know help is on the way! Is quitting an option? If it is then you are relying on yourself or others to aid you. Why is it so hard for us to see that acting like little children dependent on a reliable parent is how we win? You and I have been given all power over the enemy and his demons. But that means we have what it takes to resist him, not to fight him.
Stop trying to prove your power and strength except in the Lord. We are not wrestling with humans. We may prove superior in that kind of involvement; but the devil and his forces only influence flesh and blood. You still must get to the source, and since his power is not natural, we must see that we can't fight and win with natural or carnal weapons. When we permit the power and strength of the Lord to influence us in our battle, He saves us. In fact He has already saved us in Christ Jesus, our Hero. Knowledge of this truth allows us to trust in Him for manifested victory to be seen by all.
What relief it is to know that the creator of the universe influences me to handle all situations. Who are you looking to for help? Trust me, if it's not from the Lord, you'll be disappointed along the way. Back to list Monday May 1, 2017
Stretch Forth Your Hand Luke 6:10, NIV: He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored.
Do you have a word from the Lord commanding you to do what is seemingly the impossible? Do it now! If you get an audible voice spoken down in your spirit or a still, small voice on the inside of you, great. But don't let that be the only way you will receive from the Lord.
I have discovered that I can simply believe what He inspired to be written and get the same results. Faith to obey is the key to what you need in the natural. The man with the withered hand had to attempt the impossible at the word of the Lord. When he did, what couldn't happen, did happen.
You can't stretch forth a withered hand on your own, but you can do it by faith and watch the manifestation occur. It does not matter what you need. Dream the impossible dream and begin to act like it is so. When you do, you'll see your dream inspired by God's Word coming true. Just don't utter what others have said about your situation-only believe.
But if what He says to you is received today by faith, what do you have to lose? Stretch forth your faith. Back to list Horizons Unlimited PDF Archive
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