Horizons Unlimited July 14, 2019 - July 22, 2019

Sunday July 14, 2019: What You Do Can Alter Your History!
Monday July 15, 2019: We Lie and Do Not the Truth
Tuesday July 16, 2019: Put Off What You Have Not Proven
Wednesday July 17, 2019: Touch Not God's Anointed
Thursday July 18, 2019: Pleasure Versus Duty
Friday July 19, 2019: Your Mouth Determines Your Diet
Saturday July 20, 2019: The Weapon of Righteousness
Sunday July 21, 2019: Rejoice Not Against Me
Monday July 22, 2019: What You Do, O Lord, To Make Me Happy!

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Sunday July 14, 2019
What You Do Can Alter Your History!

1 Chronicles 5:1, NLT: The oldest son of Israel was Reuben. But since he dishonored his father by sleeping with one of his father's concubines, his birthright was given to the sons of his brother Joseph. For this reason, Reuben is not listed in the genealogy as the firstborn son.

Times change, but human nature does not. Many men in the Bible appeared to have zipper problems, just as some men do today.

As the firstborn son of Jacob from the unloved wife, Leah, Reuben was designated to enjoy the privilege and the responsibilities his unique position provided. He was to receive a double-portion of father's estate. Yet, Reuben lost it all because he--like David, Samson, and David's son who raped his half-sister Tamar--did not control his carnal appetites because he failed to understand his destiny.

It's a guarantee that covered sins will be exposed.

What will history books write about you and me? Most history books will never record our names. But there is one book that will record our life and times and it is the Lamb's Book of Life. What will it record concerning you? Though Rachel was the loved wife of Jacob, her first born Joseph was not entitled to the birthright until Reuben forfeited it by failing to control his physical appetites due to his own deluded thoughts about what was rightfully his. As a result, Joseph received the double portion of Jacob's estate when his own sons were later adopted by his father, Jacob (Genesis 48:20-22).

Have you set in motion negative circumstances because of dumb choices you've made? You and I cannot unscramble the eggs of our past. But as believers we are now complete in Christ. Therefore, we have a responsibility to make wise choices since God has honored us by choosing us to glorify His name.

Are you putting your future at risk by the choice that you are about to make? Quickly confess your sins and turn as far away from them as you can, and run after God and His righteousness. That choice will alter your history in a way you will not regret!

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Monday July 15, 2019
We Lie and Do Not the Truth

1 John 1:6, KJV: If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.

I am amazed at the number of Christians who try to give the impression that they are comfortable sinning. As a Christian before I submitted wholly to the Word of God, I tried to be socially and politically correct. But I was miserable trying to serve God and flesh at the same time. So, I know that though others may be doing it, they are not happy campers at all. Been there, done that, and bought the tee shirt.

The message through the Apostle John is "God is light and there is no darkness in him at all" (1 John 1:5 NLT). To have fellowship with the Father and live in His presence we must approach Him through the cleansing blood of His Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 1:7).

Two forces are vying for your attention all the time. One is the darkness of satan and his lies. The other is that of our Father God who is pure light Himself. If you are in the darkest pit or tunnel, the tiniest match or flashlight turned on dispels the darkness around you and your vision becomes affected in a positive way. However, you can be in the brightest room in the world and observe that unless someone turns off the light, no darkness can exist at all. There is no such thing as tiny darkness affecting absolute light. It is either total darkness or darkness affected by light in one form or another.

Wake up to the truth that you cannot keep sinning and claim you have fellowship with God. The Greek word koinonia for fellowship means partnership, participation, social intercourse, communication, benefaction, a sharer, an associate, and a partaker. Of course you want this with the Lord if you have received Jesus Christ. As I did, you simply needed help with the "how to." You love the Lord, so did I, but the darkness surrounding me was overtaking me and I did not know how to stop it. But Jesus already did! One day I simply acknowledged that I did not know how to be a Christian. I stopped looking for human examples of people who talked it but failed to walk it. I began with believing that if God would require something of me He certainly would show me how to do it. He would not do it for me. But if given opportunity, He would instruct me in His truth as to how.

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Tuesday July 16, 2019
Put Off What You Have Not Proven

1 Samuel 17:39, KJV: And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

Like David, you must remove the security blankets well-meaning people try to put on you. Since you are the one about to do battle for lives to come into the kingdom, trusting God for your deliverance and protection, don't concern yourself with what any human thinks. Do what you have to do to bring glory to God.

There is a real "Saul" spirit loose in the earth against the body of Christ. That spirit says, "Go, and the LORD be with thee" (verse 37), but then burdens you with what did not work for them. No natural protection will ever work for a believer like faith and trust in the tried and true God.

Saul wore this armor into natural battle, but it had no power to influence him in spiritual warfare. He repeatedly missed it with God through disobedience.

People, we are in a spiritual fight and we are expected to win. Don't think the natural attack on you is the battle to be won, or even fought. The natural attacks come to get your focus off of the true war. Learn to ignore the natural "stuff." Jesus has covered that for you by His shed blood, but only you and I can deal with the spiritual things in our lives.

Aren't you glad Jesus fixed it so that you can handle and even eradicate it? Know the strategy of your God, the tactics of your enemy, and what the battle is all about. God will never require you to go on a mission unless He already knows you can accomplish it. He sent Jesus to the cross because He was confident that Jesus could do the job like no on else.

Since you now represent His body in the earth, defeat must become a dirty word to you. Do not cooperate with the devil by saying what he says and miss the message of the "Strength of Israel" (1 Samuel 15:29), which is proven over centuries for the private and personal use of any and all of God's children.

Go, and the Lord will be with you because you have dressed up in His armor and have past experience with Him. He is proven.

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Wednesday July 17, 2019
Touch Not God's Anointed

1 Samuel 24:6, NKJV: And he said to his men, "The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord."

It is not always easy to stay focused on how to separate your respect for God's anointed from wanting to yield to the flesh, which always wants to get even.

Saul was not interested in sparing David's life. Fear of David prompted Saul to see him as an enemy and a threat to what he thought was his. Saul forgot who made him king and why he was selected in the first place. If Saul had stayed focused and conscious of the Lord and His plan for His people, then David would have been of no concern to him. Remember David was God's second choice. God never wanted the people to have a king in the first place and was gracious enough to share with them in advance how the king would treat them.

When we don't allow God to protect us from others, He will attempt to work in the situation for our good. David's heart condemned him for even cutting off the end of Saul's robe. David was surrounded by people who wanted him to take advantage of the opportunity to do away with Saul. I am here to tell you that you will always have opportunities to make wrong choices but when you know God's Word and you have His heart, you will view each opportunity to do wrong as a test to prove your love for the Lord and your honor for His Word.

Luke 6:38 is used often when offerings are received and there is nothing wrong with that. But the Lord has taught me that I can't apply verse 38 until I apply verses 27-37. Loving your enemy and doing what is good toward them can only happen when you want to please the Lord more than you want to receive from Him. Your flesh and mine want to retaliate, fight back, become defensive, and give back word for word when someone curses or criticizes you. Once I learned that no one can curse me because Christ became the curse for me when He died on Calvary's tree, total liberation was mine. You might speak foul words to me or about me, but my obedience to please the Lord insulates me from any ill effects and allows me to release love words over my foes.

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Thursday July 18, 2019
Pleasure Versus Duty

2 Corinthians 5:14, KJV: For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.

All of us either have worked on a job that felt like a chore or have done things for others because it was the nice or the right thing to do in the sight of humans. That, my friend, is duty.

Then there are a few in life who have done things, and it mattered little or not at all if the recipient responded favorably. The thrill and pleasure of doing it had already been theirs.

When my granddaughter was an infant and a toddler, I shopped for her all the time and never required her to say thank you. She could not. It was my pleasure, and I did not do it because she was my granddaughter. I did it because I was her grandmother and I planned to enjoy every grandmother moment because it was mine to enjoy.

Then one day I discovered that I felt so much in love with Jesus that, just as giving to my granddaughter brought me such joy, serving Him brought me sheer pleasure. I was not a Christian because it was my duty or it was a respectable thing to do. Two things happened. His love for me constrained me, and my love of Him constrained me. I wanted to do for Him and with Him everything I could because nothing had thrilled me more. And I thank God that I feel the same way and even more so today.

Father, it may be my duty to serve You, but it certainly is not a chore. I can't imagine anything more pleasurable than serving You. Thank You for being patient with me as I grow in my obedience to You. I desire to do what is right in Your sight all the time. Time is assisting me in learning to bring my flesh in line with my spirit and Your Word. I bless You for it in Jesus' lovely name. Amen.

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Friday July 19, 2019
Your Mouth Determines Your Diet

Proverbs 18:20, NKJV: A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.

All of us enjoy a well prepared meal. Some of us focus too much on the meal and often fail to recognize the damage we are doing to our health when we neglect to discipline ourselves concerning what we eat. It is so easy to blame the devil, saying we are under attack when we are presented with health challenges, when in fact we have indulged in gluttony, eating beyond the limit of what is conducive to good health.

I come from a long line of excellent "soul food" cooks and I also come from a long line of "buffalo women." I realized that I needed to cook less soul food, and eat smaller portions of what was available, to train my stomach to deal with less. Proverbs 18:20 helped me understand that physical food is not what satisfies my stomach. I am, rather, satisfied by the productive words I speak from God's perspective. I used to have a lot of issues and I never held back from expressing myself regarding whatever issue concerned me at the moment. God began to teach me, however, that the only issues that are important are the issues of life flowing from a heart consecrated to God's control.

The produce at the grocery market may be appealing and can certainly benefit us physically. But it is the produce of our lips that fills us spiritually, causing even our physical bodies to feel satisfied. At times, my stomach called out to be fed, yet I chose rather to feast on the Word of God, or I decided to share God's truth with someone. In either instance, I noticed that I soon totally forgot about physical food and felt as though I had attended a banquet.

All of us recognize the importance of the fruit of the Spirit operating in our lives. We know we are to walk in love, peace, joy and the rest, but are we placing the same emphasis on the last of the fruit of the Spirit, which is temperance? Balance your food intake with the Word of God. If you manage and stay in control of your appetite, you will see the satisfaction that comes from God's Word will help you with your diet.

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Saturday July 20, 2019
The Weapon of Righteousness

2 Corinthians 6:7, NLT: …We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense.

I shared this verse with my granddaughter when students were murdered and wounded recently by another young student in California. Without the Word of Truth, the power of God, and righteousness, we have no protection from these things happening.

Parents, please teach your children that metal detectors, police, and carnal weapons are no protection for them. Teach them that their lifestyle must reflect Him so that whether they are attacking evil or defending themselves against it, their most effective weapon will be a life of integrity. There are no shortcuts or side trips--any behavior apart from God's Word will result in negative consequences. Too often young people are not told that whatsoever we sow, that also we will reap--and no gender or age group is exempt. But also, no gender or age group is exempt from the rewards and benefits of obedience to God.

Let's stop making excuses for our children, such as, "They will outgrow it," or "One day they'll be better," or "After all, he/she is only a kid." There are no more days for the children who were killed in that shooting spree. I am not suggesting that these children were guilty of wrongdoing or anything else. I just know that there is a devil full of evil intent, and he comes to steal, kill, and destroy whenever and from whomever he can.

Folks, we need to get serious about our righteousness. It is a powerful weapon of protection against any evil attack.

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Sunday July 21, 2019
Rejoice Not Against Me

Micah 7:8, KJV: Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Exactly one week from receiving the above verse, the enemy unexpectedly fired a missile at my late husband. It was intended to be fatal, but like all of his attacks, it proved to be little more than a firecracker.

Of course, now I know why the devil was so upset. Four days earlier, twenty-five souls came to Christ running to the altar to receive their salvation at a holiday musical directed by my late husband called "Born to Reign." According to him, it was the greatest musical production of his life as a musician, because in 50 years, no one had ever accepted Jesus at one of his performances and this time there were many.

There are things you are about to do for the Lord. Please understand that you may be challenged; do them anyway. The greater the challenge, the greater your reward when you endure. For years, I mistakenly thought that once I sold out to Jesus and bought into His plan for my life, life was going to be sweet and smooth. Sweet it is, but smooth, we are still working on. Though it may not always be smooth, riding the bump and the waves no longer makes me seasick.

I realize now that the people who left me with the impression that they had the secret to total success just did not tell all their story. And sometimes they were keeping secrets. It's okay. It helped me to turn more to the Lord for my answers who taught me how to rise when I fell. It taught me how to walk by the light of the Lord's Word when the switch was turned off and the tunnel was long and dark. What a surprise for the devil and for me when I learned to believe God for myself and have Him meet me where I was.

I thank God for every person who was used to bring me as far as they could in my walk with the Lord. But I thank Him most of all for teaching me what I needed to know when I needed it. Now, I watch what He taught me work every time all the time. Rejoice not against me, satan, for the Holy Spirit has taught me well.

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Monday July 22, 2019
What You Do, O Lord, To Make Me Happy!

Psalm 4:7, NKJV: You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

A "God glad heart" is a heart that rests in peace when chaos is present. It is a heart that is safe when disaster looms from every corner in the room, a heart that walks a sunlit path when darkness seeks to overwhelm.

One of the things that the Israelites rejoiced over was the increase of their grain and grape crops. Increased crops meant that God was with them and that He was pleased to prosper them. There are a lot of things that happen in life to make us smile and be happy. Most of them come to bring joy for the moment, but will cause a different reaction when they change.

This does not happen when God puts gladness in your heart. Prosperity and increase are wonderful, and all things being equal, most people will show some excitement and "get their step in" when things are smooth and uncomplicated. But what happens to their heart when the devil tries to pull the plug in their lives and drain out everything they believe in? If God has put gladness in your heart, increase, decrease, or no crease, it's okay. You may have to make a few adjustments in your schedule but His grace was there to provide whatever and whoever is needed to work it together for your good and His glory. Remember, God is high on putting things in their proper order for your good and for His glory. That makes His heart glad.

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