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Loving God

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{ Day 26 }

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." —Luke 7:44-47

Some have such a dim view or low appreciation for both the holiness and love of God that the cross does not seem that significant. They understand neither the greatness of their need nor the glory of God's gift. Jesus taught that the one who has been forgiven much will love much. You will "love much" when you begin to comprehend the magnitude of what Christ has done on your behalf.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

My heart overflows with love for You, dear Jesus. There is no one on Earth who loves me as You do. I have so much to thank You for, and I give my life to serving and loving You because of what You did for me.

Passion is birthed in you by revelation
of the knowledge of God.

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Daily Breakthroughs

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Don't Sell Out

Then King David sent, and fetched him [Mephibosheth] out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. —2 Samuel 9:4

Mephibosheth dwelt in the house of Machir, which means "sold out." He had sold out to his circumstances. Have you ever said, "Well, under the circumstances, I'm doing okay." Who says you are under your circumstances? You are more than a conqueror. But if your circumstances dictate your lifestyle instead of your position, then you will sell out your birthright for your current situation instead of waiting for your future promise. You may have settled for less, but God won't.

Like the man with the withered hand, God will demand that you stretch forth your disability (Mark 3:1-5). Perhaps, instead, you are like the prodigal son eating with pigs, but the Father is waiting for you to come to His feast (Luke 15:11-32). You may be eating crumbs, but God has prepared His table for you (Luke 16:19-31). Yes, you can run from covenant but you cannot hide. The light of His Light will expose you. You will say with the psalmist, "If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me (Psalm 139:11).

Don't run from the covenant. Embrace the new covenant with Jesus as Your Lord and Savior.

Jesus, I desire to be in covenant with You.
No longer will I sell out to the world with
all of its pleasures and temptations.
I desire You and You alone. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Seek His Esteem

This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. —Isaiah 66:2

It is a powerful and wonderful thing to have God's esteem. The word esteem means to think highly of; it means respect or favorable opinion. Can anything be more fantastic than to have God esteem you—to think highly of you? This is possible not because of your profile, your importance, or performance, but because you want it more than anything else. Profile does not mean that God is pleased with you. There are people who are rich and famous, but they will never experience God's commendation or hear "well done." For these things mean little in heaven. All that is required is to want it—more than anything. That's all. This means that you—whoever you are—can have God's esteem.

What is required of you is not perfection, but seeking—making an effort to obtain—His praise and esteem. You don't have to be the prophet Daniel. Three times the Lord said to Daniel, "You are highly esteemed" (Dan. 9:23; 10:11, 19). Daniel was called highly esteemed not because he was a prophet, but because he loved God more than the approval of people (Dan. 6:10). It was his love for God's honor that put him where he was; he could be trusted with a high profile because it meant less to him than God's honor.

How much time and energy is required on our part? It all depends. If we want His esteem, then we are going to walk in any ray of light He gives to us along the way. We prove we want His esteem by the decisions we make. The honor of God is therefore at our fingertips. It is closer than our hands or our feet, closer than the air we breathe. It is centered in the mind, heart, and will. One could say, therefore, that to have the esteem of God is the easiest thing in the world to achieve because He is eager to show it. And yet to feel and hear His "well done" comes to those who show that it is really what they want by their words and deeds. The reward is pure joy.

Excerpted from Pure Joy (Charisma House, 2006).



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Around the Word in 365 Days

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Giving to the Poor

Psalm 41:1-13 Our church has always given to some ministry that feeds the poor, and often members of our church will go down to the inner city and serve meals to the poor. We also have orphanages in India and Mexico that house many children who otherwise would be living in poverty on the streets. I believe the fact we have always been faithful in giving to the poor is the reason we have never experienced any financial crisis of consequence.

There is a proverb that says, "When you give to the poor, you are lending to God." When you lend to God, He does not have to pay any interest, but instead He pays great dividends. The dividends acquired when we lend to God by giving to the poor are without measure. I can remember seeing a little Indian preacher jump up and down for joy when he received his first pair of shoes. He was forty years old and never wore shoes. At Christmas time I always had a party at my home in honor of a dear friend who had a ministry with the poor. Those invited were to bring an offering to her so she could distribute gifts and clothing to the poor at Christmas. I couldn't wait till everyone finally left the house so my friend and I could total up the offering. We were always so blessed to see the giving spirit of all those invited.

You also will receive a blessing when you give to the poor in spirit. Whenever we impart a drink of spiritual water and a portion of God's Word to thirsty and hungry souls, we will experience great blessing. Remember, Jesus came to preach the gospel to the poor.

Lord, help me to look for ways I can lend to You by giving to the poor. There are so many needy people whom You want to bless financially and spiritually. I want to be a co-laborer with You in the ministry to the poor.

READ: Leviticus 16:29-18:30; Mark 7:24-8:9; Psalm 41:1-13; Proverbs 10:15-16

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