Horizons Unlimited March 18, 2018 - March 26, 2018

Sunday March 18, 2018: When the Light Comes On
Monday March 19, 2018: Spiritual Sacrifices: The Outcome of Natural Ones
Tuesday March 20, 2018: Am I Doing God’s Work or Mine On My Patrol?
Wednesday March 21, 2018: Let the Gifts Begin
Thursday March 22, 2018: Consider Him
Friday March 23, 2018: No One Knows Automatically
Saturday March 24, 2018: Strengthened For a Purpose
Sunday March 25, 2018: Serve God Regardless
Monday March 26, 2018: Peculiar Treasure

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Sunday March 18, 2018
When the Light Comes On

Psalms 119:130, CEV: Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people.

This is good news. I never understood the cartoons that would show a light bulb coming on in the head of a person, until I read this verse. Like me, you too may lack a formal education. Don't despair, no university or institution of higher learning can teach you to understand the Word of God. They can teach you about God, but only the Spirit of God within can teach you what God is about.

Schools will provide you with information concerning God. The Holy Spirit will provide insight, inspiration and revelation concerning God, which only He can teach. When you train yourself to listen to the Holy Spirit you will obtain the how-to application of the information. That is when the light comes on, because understanding has entered in.

I am not suggesting for a moment that you not obtain an education. Education is not wrong. It just does not offer you the nuts and bolts of who God is and what He is all about. An educated person should not become impressed with his or her education, and remain ordinary in their mind and pleasing in God's eyes by still seeking Him first, acknowledging Him in all their ways, and recognizing that without Jesus they are nothing, and with Him nothing is impossible to them. The preaching of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing because satan has blinded their eyes, but to those of us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Ordinary people understand about being saved. They know it's a process and not just the one-time experience of being born again. Those without the light see themselves as "entitled," which means nothing to God without an understanding of who He is and what He says.

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Monday March 19, 2018
Spiritual Sacrifices: The Outcome of Natural Ones

1 Peter 2:5, NLT: And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are God's holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.

My growth and maturity as a believer are based on discipline. Discipline-the natural sacrifices I make in obedience to the Word of God-prepares me to offer spiritual sacrifices that I would otherwise be unable to make.

Aren't you tired of losing ground and having to retrace steps you have been over before? Good! God has given us everything we need to work with as He prepares us as living stones for His temple and as His holy priests who make spiritual sacrifices. But we must first give God the natural discipline that shows we are willing to sacrifice for Him. We can forget about making spiritual sacrifices if we neglect to make natural ones.

Then, God can and will build us as living stones as we let go of operating only in the natural. The natural has a season, but that season is over for those of us who want to go on to be spiritual temples and holy priests. God's best was not living in a temple made by hands and having priests who needed to clear up the sin in their lives before standing in for the people.

We, His living stones and His holy priesthood, are His best and His final plan. Hopefully one day we will fully grasp the value placed on us as the creation of God, made in His image and likeness.

I used to read my horoscope to try to find out what my lot in life was to be. I even foolishly believed that I was getting advanced information. Then one day the Spirit spoke to me and said, "I wish you would give My Word as much respect as you do those horoscopes."

I suddenly realized that I had been consulting the wrong source and that my faith was in the wrong report. That ungodly information changed daily, but God's Word never did.

I made the adjustment, and I asked for the Holy Spirit to help me stay focused. What I found was that life for me was a lot simpler than I ever thought it could be, yet at the same time I was accomplishing more as I was being led by His Spirit.

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Tuesday March 20, 2018
Am I Doing God’s Work or Mine On My Patrol?

Mark 13:34, NLT: The coming of the Son of man can be compared with that of a man who left home to go on a trip. He gave each of his employees instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return.

There is no doubt that God is always at work, so when you are not aware of a specific assignment to perform, then wake up and ask God where He’s working today and let Him know you are willing to join Him in whatever He is doing.

I often hear people say, “I don’t know what God wants me to do.” That usually tells me they have an agenda of their own that they want God to bless. They don’t want to put faith or effort toward or get too involved with what God is doing, or they’ll miss accomplishing what they prefer to do.

The Lord did not leave us here without both the instruction and the Instructor telling and showing us our assigned task. Each of us, I believe, has a season and a time of “watch” to work with. Is your watch — your patrol, or assigned time of duty — being used up with things you enjoy and find pleasurable, or will He find at His returning that you’re doing His will? All of us have preferences. Some of us even obtain an education and degree in the field in which we expect to make our lifelong career. However, often we find that God will change our career path with no prior notice! As a child, I desired to be an undercover detective. But I also wanted to drive a tractor-trailer — yes, an 18-wheeler! I believe I would have been pretty good at either or both. But God had something else in mind.

I never pursued either of those areas as an adult, because I thought I’d missed obtaining educationally what it would take to qualify me. Certainly, I could have pursued equipping myself for these careers of choice, even as an adult, but I didn’t. However, while God is not opposed to education, He is also not impressed with it, nor limited by it.

Now on my “watch,” I am constantly looking to see what He would have me to do next, since I know He would not have me sit idly by doing nothing, or pursue my own interests instead of what interests Him.

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Wednesday March 21, 2018
Let the Gifts Begin

A friend of mine once told me that certain gifts operated in him at times, but not until he coveted the gifts did they begin to flow in a fuller measure. Later, I said out loud, "Lord I covet every gift You have placed in me, and I desire that each gift be in full and complete manifestation." I knew I had a prophetic gift, but even I was stunned by the increase that occurred after I began to covet the gifts.

God then increased the prophetic gift in me as never before. When I inquired about this, the Spirit of God said, "I can trust you to say whatever I tell you to say to whomever I bring across your path. Never try to make it happen. I will decide when and where to release the gifts through you. You have always given Me the glory. Therefore, I can trust you with My gifts. Your compassion will flow to many hurting, bound, and dying people everywhere you go. You understand that I, not the gifts, exalt you. Submit and humble yourself before Me and go wherever I send you. Refuse to be a respecter of persons. This is the season for you to walk with the wisest of wise men. I am the wisest of all men. Now My wisdom will flow to and through you in greater measure than before. You have made Me your companion. Now we can work together as one."

Covet the gift God has given you to help others. Be careful to give Him all the glory as He increases the measure of grace He pours through you.

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Thursday March 22, 2018
Consider Him

Hebrews 12:3, NKJV: For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

What a difference it makes in your life when you consider someone else before making your choices. I know no one better to think about than the Lord Jesus Christ.

The more popular and well-known you become, the more responsible you are to stop and think about the effect your next move or words spoken will have on others.

How do you want to be remembered? Once, a young man called my live talk radio broadcast because he was concerned that he could no longer sense God in his life. He quit his job several months earlier because he'd allegedly had an abusive boss and could no longer deal with the suffering he had endured.

The World Trade Center event happened shortly thereafter and now the job market appears to be closed to him.

My question to him was "Did quitting your job eliminate the suffering you now have because you are broke?" His reply was "No."

I said, "Did you consider that you were on assignment at that job, that you were the only Christian there who could make a difference in the lives of the abusers and the accusers?" Suddenly, this young man could see that he had missed the Lord by not considering what Jesus had endured before joy came to Him. Instead of taking time to consider those facts, he had merely exchanged suffering with pay for suffering without funds.

A lady called after that discussion to tell the listeners that six years before, she was about to tell her boss a thing or two when she turned on her car radio and heard me say, "Don't ever think about telling your boss off. You are on that job to represent Jesus, and you are about to miss your breakthrough because you are not considering your true purpose in being there. It's not important what they are doing to you. The important thing is what God wants to do for them."

Consider Jesus today before you make your choices. His plan for your life will always affect the lives of others.

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Friday March 23, 2018
No One Knows Automatically

Psalm 143:10, NLT: Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

A great deal of emphasis and money is given annually toward educating children. Some parents sacrifice for years to store up funds for their children's college education. People politic, maneuver, and manipulate to be next in line for their children to attend the most prestigious kindergarten. Somehow, they think that the right school ensures their little one's success.

Oh, they may make the right contacts and network with and become connected with the "who's whos" in this world, but look at their lives. The best words to truly describe some of them are shallow, insecure, and morally bankrupt.

Many think that wealth and the right address somehow represent power. Then, when they're faced with adversity-sickness, substance abuse, tragedy, a turn in the world's economy or their children, whose weddings were society's events of the year, waking up married to a pervert or a psychologically challenged person-it makes their lives a living hell, and they have no answers and nowhere to turn.

What do we believers do when this happens? We should thank God for an opportunity to demonstrate that the wealth of the righteous is laid up for the sinner. What is our wealth? Love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, meekness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, the name of Jesus, the gift of salvation, and ...so on.

There is nothing wrong with material wealth, as long as we do not worship or depend on it. It is good to have it and act as channels to let God use it where it is most needed for the good of humankind.

Father, we do not automatically know Your will. After being born again, we must be taught by the Holy Spirit and Your Word what pleases You. The only way to avoid stumbling and pitfalls is to be led by Your Spirit. This is Your desire for us.

We, too, desire to have a firm footing first, so that we can share with others that You are not just a sure "thing": You are the sure One, and a life of real success means moving forward on the foundation of Your Word. Your Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths, and we thank You.

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Saturday March 24, 2018
Strengthened For a Purpose

Colossians 1:11, KJV: Strengthen with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.

Of course, we know that the Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). However, we need to understand why we need His strength. His strength is not to win over the devil. Jesus took care of that. The devil is no longer my concern. I know his future.

The strength of the Lord is needed in my life to overcome the things which challenge daily. Patience is not something that any of us have too much of. Not only does longsuffering need to be further developed in me, but doing it with joyfulness is surely lacking at times.

In fact, I have had to learn to differentiate between the suffering allowed by the Lord and the suffering inflicted by mean people or people that are too lazy and irresponsible to carry their own share of the load. In fact, that is my yardstick to measure when I am being tested for righteousness' sake and when others are imposing on me as directed by the devil and not by God.

Every time that I have experienced something that I would have chosen to avoid and I find that I am joyful in the midst of it, I recognize that my Father is allowing it because with it He has given me the strength and grace to patiently endure and, at the same time, keep a happy face and a happy heart.

Stop confessing that you have no patience for certain things, and begin to say, "I have been given the strength of Almighty God according to His glorious power so that I will demonstrate all the patience and endurance needed for every challenging situation."

Your flesh and mine will never lead us into an attitude of patience and long-suffering. Flesh never wants to endure anything. It only craves immediate gratification and self-indulgence. God knows what is knocking at your door this very moment. He also knows that as His child, you have His strength to be joyful in the middle of the "mess."

We must simply distinguish between what is from the Lord (for, He will give joy to endure it) and adverse situations that require us to use our faith and authority to resist and release them.

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Sunday March 25, 2018
Serve God Regardless

2 Corinthians 6:8, NLT: We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors.

Paul's concern was not to be liked or popular. He wanted to live in such a way that no one would be hindered from finding the Lord Jesus by the way he acted. All of what he did was to show that he was a true minister of God.

The more you serve the Lord and show the true colors of a God-appointed minister of Jesus Christ, the more you will be despised, slandered, beaten, put in jail, sent before angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, made to endure sleepless nights, and starved. It is your purity, understanding, patience, kindness, sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit that will prove you.

Have you forgotten what you were like before submitting to the Holy Spirit's training? I remember my former state, and I am more grateful than ever for being introduced to Him.

Self-called ministers serve only themselves. A true minister of God will always want to demonstrate the Lord Jesus and please His Father. A self-called minister will never be able to consistently endure hardship such as Paul experienced. Self-called ministers always want the best and the blessed, but they never want to endure the mess to pass the test.

Life's tests are not always easy and comfortable, but neither are they impossible. God allows His children to be tested. He does not test us, because as with Job, He is already confident of what we will do in every situation. He allows the test because sometimes we don't know for certain what our choices will be.

Reflection can be a good thing when we recall how impossible life once seemed. Reflection is a balm to future projections, especially when we recall how easy something was in the past compared to what we feared it would be.

As a true minister of God, you will probably endure a few lumps, bumps, knocks, and stumbling blocks. Don't try to avoid them. They are merely tests to see if you will continue to serve God regardless.

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Monday March 26, 2018
Peculiar Treasure

Exodus 19:2, KJV: For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.

The Lord may be able to use one of His ministers, like Moses, to deliver you out of your Egypt, but He will not stop you from pitching your tent in a wilderness because you refuse to climb the mountain before you.

Many of us settle just for being delivered: "Please don't ask me to go any further; I am satisfied just being at the back of His mountain."

No, you are not, which is why you keep murmuring and complaining.

God is on the mountain. He is always at the top of everywhere we stop.

Thank God that Moses went up to God. Because he did, the Lord began to speak His plan to Moses. God was clear about what they were to do to be pleasing to Him and laid out the conditions to become "peculiar treasure" status.

Where are you today with the people you have been sent to lead? Are you going to stay with them at the base of the mountain, or are you going on until you hear from the Lord? There comes a point when you have to choose to pursue God regardless of the people or neither you nor they will mature. Failure to go after God will leave you with nothing to say to His people. He will only speak to you what they need to hear when your choice is to leave them for more of Him.

God has decided that, like Israel, we are to hear His voice, keep His covenant, and allow Him to take us to a level far above just knowing about Him. He wants us to know Him intimately. He wants to elevate us to a kingdom of priests unto Him, a holy nation, a peculiar treasure.

Get ready to break camp and climb the mountain where we can find Him. God is no longer speaking to us through Moses. Are we listening?

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