Horizons Unlimited March 24, 2019 - April 01, 2019
HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Sunday March 24, 2019: Mission Not Accomplished
Monday March 25, 2019: Submission Transferred to Us
Tuesday March 26, 2019: A Sincere Call Gets God's Attention
Wednesday March 27, 2019: Watch Your Choice of Role Models
Thursday March 28, 2019: Follow the Leader
Friday March 29, 2019: Worsen the Devil’s Worst Nightmare
Saturday March 30, 2019: God Does Not Lie-Why Do His Children Lie?
Sunday March 31, 2019: Adversity Purifies the Heart
Monday April 1, 2019: Tell the People to Get Moving

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Sunday March 24, 2019
Mission Not Accomplished


Psalm 129:2, KJV: Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.

The Hebrew word for "afflict" in this verse means to cramp. Anyone who has ever had a cramp or been in cramped quarters understands the pain or discomfort they can bring and their ability to prevent and restrict free movement.

From my early days, forces have come against me to try to prevent me from being and doing all that God's plan for me included. I have never been able to stop the afflictions, but because of my total commitment to God through Jesus Christ, these forces have not been able to overcome me or have power beyond what I can endure. I know it is God's love and His grace that are at work in me to fulfill what He has begun in me.

So devil, shoot your biggest shot. I have overcome, and your mission will never be accomplished in my life.

Father, I thank You for Your faithfulness to me. Thank You for helping prevail in life and walk in Your best for me.



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Monday March 25, 2019
Submission Transferred to Us


1 Peter 3:22, KJV: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Christ brought us to God by suffering sin once and for all. We were unjust; He was just. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, which is why sin shall no longer dominate us. When we allow the sacrifice of Christ to crucify our flesh, at that moment our spirits are made alive to direct our steps. We need His Spirit in control, because only as we surrender to Him, the Spirit of Truth, will we know all of the truth that shall make us free.

Jesus is seated now at the right hand of the Father. Every angel, all authority, and all power have been made subject, subordinate, and obedient to Him. The same authority, power, and rule over angels attributed to Jesus are ours because we, too, are seated at the right hand of the Father in Christ. Therefore, we have dominion, authority, and miraculous might over every existing force in the universe. Now that you know it, use it to benefit mankind. That's your real job.



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Tuesday March 26, 2019
A Sincere Call Gets God's Attention


Psalm 145:18, NLT: The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him sincerely.

It is very reassuring to know how close God is to me when I need to call on Him. I have no concern about static on the line or the signal fading out in the middle of a sentence when I'm conversing with God. I know with certainty that I have His full and undivided attention when I "call on Him sincerely."

What does calling on Him sincerely mean? Instead of using the word "sincerely," The King James Version uses the word "truth," which is another way of saying "trustworthiness." When we call on God using His written and spoken promises, He hears Himself speaking. And we know He always listens to what He has to say because everything that He has spoken has come to pass or created a new thing.

When we refuse to consider what's going on in the natural in order to see what is in the spirit, we allow our faith to speak. God's attention will then not only be focused on what we speak, but also He will call together all of heaven to bring it to pass in the earth.

Don't just "chitchat" with God. Say what you want based on what He has spoken to you from His Holy Word and from His personal words to you that can be supported in His Word.

Today, stop for a moment to recognize that God is near. He is so close to you and to me. He does not distance Himself based on our situation. We do not have to beg, squall, or grovel in the dirt to get God's attention. Failure to gain God's attention is the result of our failing to speak forth His truth. But when we do, God is aware that we are truly trusting in Him to bring a thing to pass.

Nothing moves God quite like our trusting Him. Quit holding back. Quit holding on to the little stuff you don't want to bother God with. To Him it is all "little stuff." Get smart and roll the whole of your care on Him. (That means all of it.)

Why try to handle your own cares when God can and is willing to take care of everything that concerns you? God never tries anything. He does it-period.



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Wednesday March 27, 2019
Watch Your Choice of Role Models


Proverbs 3:31, NKJV: Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

The Bible tells us if anyone is oppressing another, he is an abomination to God. That person is perverse in what he is doing, therefore we should in no way want anything that resembles him to attach itself to us.

Godliness guarantees you will be privy to God's secret counsel. The New Living Translation reads, "But he offers his friendship to the godly" (Proverbs 3:32). Friends tell friends their most intimate secrets. We can and should be considered a friend of the Lord.

I am thrilled to have the privilege of knowing God's revealed words. Imagine, God wants to share His secrets with you as He did with Abraham. I suspect that in these last days, God wants His people to know all that looms on the horizon and what to do about it. Unlike the world, we are to be informed before, during, and after certain events occur so we can make righteous choices in the midst of it all. This is the will of God for all His children.

Worry is misdirected energy and not the will of God for His people. If your life aligns with God's Word, all will be well with you. You have no need to fear or be anxious about the future. God knows exactly what you need. He knows His plan for our lives-both individually and collectively, and He has no shortage of wisdom or provision concerning our needs or circumstances. Nothing and no one is powerful enough to thwart God's purpose for the world and His people.

The time has come for the people of God to choose individually and once and for all to stop doubt, selfishness, and immorality in their lives in any form. It matters not what exists in the lives of others, particularly those we would esteem as role models.



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Thursday March 28, 2019
Follow the Leader


Matthew 16:23, KJV: But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

All of us have our opinions, preferences, and prejudices, and they are not all bad in and of themselves. However, anyone who allows himself to be used of the devil to cause scandal, which is the Greek meaning for the word "offenses," will be in conflict with Jesus.

Jesus was saying to Peter, "You have become a bent sapling--a snare, a cause for displeasure, a stumbling block. This was the same Peter whom Jesus had applauded for having received directly from the Father the revelation of who Jesus was. Now Jesus was indicting him.

How many times have anointed men and women of God, used mightily in ministry and international relationships, suddenly fallen from their lofty positions? Why? They have forgotten the plan of the One who anointed and revealed Himself to them in the first place.

Too often, we are so busy trying to get God to reveal Himself to us that we forget that His plan is to reveal Himself in us.

Jesus was doing His best to prepare His disciples for His departure and was telling them the reason for it. It did not fit in Peter's thinking. Imagine rebuking the One God just revealed to you as His plan for mankind! Like Jesus, some of us have experienced the pain and discomfort of having God's message and plan for our lives misunderstood and even opposed by those professing to love us. Don't fret. Your cacophony in life is another person's perfect drumbeat, and vice versa. The most valuable lesson I have learned as a Christian is to hear the voice of the Lord and be led by His Spirit, not by people. Anything less than flowing with God's revealed plan and His declared word is not flowing at all.

In Matthew 16:23, Jesus is telling Peter, "You are about to join the ranks of the enemy. You started out in the right camp, but your mind is on your plans and affections, on the things of the world. In verse 24, Jesus is saying that if any man will come after Him, he must choose to deny himself--set aside his desires, passions, and pleasure--and follow the Leader.

Today is a good day to do a mind check. Are you still following the Leader?



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Friday March 29, 2019
Worsen the Devil’s Worst Nightmare


John 10:10, KJV: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

One day I was standing at my kitchen sink, meditating on a letter I had recently written for a book for college students, encouraging them to pursue their dream. As I stood there, the Holy Spirit spoke to me: “There is a level beyond that. Did you ever dream you would be doing what you are doing?” My response was, “Never for a moment.” Then He said, “There was a time when you had dreams and personal aspirations and you pursued them relentlessly and with a passion. But the time came when you began to set them aside, and so subtly you began to confer with Me daily, consecrating yourself for My use. You obeyed me as though you had no other option. You desired to do My will and bring pleasure to Me by obeying what I required you to do with and for others. The thief never ceased to come, but because of your obedience he was prevented from stealing from you. He was unable to kill your spouse or your children or to destroy what I had provided because of your faith. The seed you had sown and your absolute obedience to do things My way stopped him in his tracks toward you and yours. You became his worst nightmare. Once you found that he had been given more credit than he deserved, you looked for ways to demonstrate his defeat in your life. Now you are on a roll. You are deliberately pursuing what disturbs his tranquility and pleasure.

“Remember when, at five years old, you fell down a well? What about when the car you were riding in, along with two others, ended up on the grass in the traffic circle center because the driver was drunk? Of course you remember all of the opportunities the devil had to steal, kill, or destroy your life. His nightmare started when he found out that not only could he not have you, even when you were playing on his turf, but that you were now playing on God’s turf. You were making it a lifestyle. Never keep this to yourself. Go tell everyone what the Lord has done for you, for doing so worsens the devil’s worst nightmare.”



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Saturday March 30, 2019
God Does Not Lie-Why Do His Children Lie?


Genesis 26:7, NKJV: And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, "She is my sister"; for he was afraid to say, "She is my wife," because he thought, "lest the men of the place kill me for Rebekah, because she is beautiful to behold."

Fear will make you a liar. Fear will cause you to think doubtful thoughts. Fear will cause you to say what you think. Fear will cause you to forget the promises of God. Fear will cause you not to consider how your choices will affect another person.

Aren't you glad God is faithful to do what He has promised even when we fail to trust Him? So many times, God will make us a promise and the first contrary condition will cause us to plan our protection, as if we were more capable than God. That is what Isaac did when he feared what people could do to him, and it is what we do when we don't understand what God's protection can do for us.

It is only when God does the supernatural in the middle of our fear that we return to His promises to us. We wake up one day and find that, although we have a famine, we have been provided with seed to sow during the famine. Then, before we realize it, we are reaping in the same year we sowed an abundant crop because God has blessed us as He promised He would.

Commit to truly trusting God's promises, because trust is the only thing that will cause truth to proceed from your lips. Trusting the promises of God is the only eradicator of the torments of fear. Remind yourself often of His promises so that trust will squeeze out truth from your heart when fear is trying to rent space in your head.

Father, You are the faithful God whose demonstration of mercy and grace dilutes the justice we deserve when we neglect to trust You and take You at Your Word.

Your patience overwhelms us and acts as a rod to prod us to act like You on behalf of others. We are grateful that You are not offended at our lack of trust. But, then, that is what makes You the One true living God. We love You for who You are.



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Sunday March 31, 2019
Adversity Purifies the Heart


Proverbs 17:3, NKJV: The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.

The refining pot and furnace eliminate that which has no value so that the true value of the silver and the gold can be appreciated. God allows for a similar process to help us see what we are. Adversity comes not to destroy us; its purpose is to separate us from what lacks true worth.

Of course, none of us would volunteer to experience life's refining pots and furnaces, but both are needed to help us and cause the power of God to rise in us. The Lord does not test us because He needs to know more about us. He knows that we need to know more about ourselves.

Many of us do not fully know who we became when we were born again. We have wisdom. We have favor. We have an anointing to pull down every stronghold that would seek to exalt itself against God's Word in our lives. Yet, we continue to tolerate things that should have taken the closest exit long ago.

I have no problem with the prosperity message when it lines up with the Word of God, benefits people, and brings glory to the Almighty. I cut my spiritual teeth on faith, and I attempt to live by faith because it pleases my Father God. I don't walk by faith just to get things or to avoid life's not-so-fair twists and turns. The things needed in my life are present and in abundance because my motivation is to seek first the Kingdom, not things.

Am I suggesting that we can go through life adversity-free? No, not at all! I am saying that since God is looking for us to be refined and become pure, He permits adversities to help us determine our value.

Each of us, in order to do and be all that God intends for us to do and be, must first eliminate everything that lacks value in our lives. We then must visualize our value before we proceed in our purpose. Finally, we must recognize that adversity does not come to destroy us, but is allowed by God to refine and define our hearts toward Him.



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Monday April 1, 2019
Tell the People to Get Moving


Exodus 14:15, NLT: Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!"

God clearly told Moses, "You are My choice to lead My people out of Egypt into the Promised Land." He did not discuss the Red Sea route at all, because it was not an issue with God. Therefore, it should not have been an issue with Moses.

Most of the time we want the entire plan of God for our lives spelled out for us in advance. That is not likely to happen, because there would be no faith involved and without faith we would not be pleasing in God's sight.

We need to settle this faith requirement. We must have and exercise faith. Period. God was saying to Moses, "What is your problem? You are asking Me to do something that I told you to do. The best you will receive from Me, Moses, is the strategy as to how to do what I told you to do."

That key is all we need. Moses told the people not to sweat it because God would fight for them (Exodus 14:14). God is saying, "I don't need to fight for them, I told you to take them through. Nothing and no one can prevent that if they will keep moving and pay no attention to what they observe in their path. Since you stopped to cry to Me, now I'll tell you what you have to do. However, make no mistake about it, had you all continued in your journey what you needed to know to pass over would have been revealed to you as you walked."

Once God tells you to go, unless He tells you to stay, keep moving. He saw every obstacle before you began your journey. If He wanted you to make it a concern, He would have included it in His instruction to you.

What are you waiting for? You have your marching orders, now march, and do not delay your trip by observing the surroundings. They were not put there to prevent you. They were always there for you to overcome. So come on over, now.



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