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Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 31 }

But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. —2 Corinthians 3:18, NAS

While Jesus walked on Earth, His glory was veiled in human flesh. Veils were used in the Bible to hide the glory of God. A veil was put over Moses's face to hide the glory, a veil hid the holy of holies and glory of God in the tabernacle, and the writer of Hebrews spoke of the "veil, that is, His flesh" (Heb. 10:20, NAS). In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul discusses one other veil that hides the glory of God. It is the veil that covers the heart and prevents a person from beholding the glory of Christ.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, I do not want anything to hide the revelation of Your glory from my life. Remove the veil that covers my heart and prevents me from seeing You as You are.

The revelation of the true knowledge of
the glorified Christ will transform you.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Comforter

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. —John 15:26

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus does not change. He was not a different Jesus for John than He is for you today. When you see Him with the eyes enlightened by the Holy Spirit, you will see the same Jesus whom John knew.

The Holy Spirit makes this possible, for He was sent to show us Jesus. "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth-.-.-.-He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you" (John 16:13,15).

The Holy Spirit was called alongside us to help. The Spirit is the Paraclete—the One who stands beside us. He is our Comforter, Helper, and Teacher, given to us to carry out God's part of the covenant! Welcome the Holy Spirit into your life and allow Him to lead you into all truth and wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:7).

Holy Spirit, lead, guide, and direct my life. Show me
Jesus continually. Teach me His truth. Comfort me
in every sorrow and pain. Dwell in my life which is
consecrated to be Your tabernacle. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

Today's Message

We All Have Reasons to Rejoice

And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. —Acts 5:41, KJV

Do you feel that you let God down sometimes? Haven't we all?

He is not asking us to be excited about the bad things that may have happened in our lives or in the world around us, but He is trying to get our minds on something useful and positive because—one day—we will be glad we did.

The rejoicing that Peter experienced after being rebuked and flogged by the ruling council of Jerusalem showed how much he had changed. He was cowardly after Jesus was arrested, but now he was as bold as a lion. God wants to do this for all of us. He lets us have a second chance after we have blown it. This alone is cause for rejoicing.

But there is one further important clarification: we are told to rejoice in the Lord. We do not rejoice in ourselves or in things. We rejoice in the Lord Jesus. This we can always do because there is no fault in Him, no disappointment. We rejoice in His person—that He is totally God and totally man. No matter what our circumstances we can always—with integrity—rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The same Lord we rejoice in, however, is not only in heaven. He is with us wherever we are. Paul spoke of Jesus being right there with him (2 Tim. 4:17). How could this be if He is in heaven? Is it because He miraculously remains there and yet comes to us where we are? Certainly. But it is also because He lifts us up to where He is! "God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6). "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Heb. 13:5) That is therefore perpetual cause for rejoicing.

God will come again, one way or another, to let us have another chance—and (perhaps) save face! Rejoice in His faithfulness. Rejoice in the way He covers for us and does not expose the skeletons in our closets. God is so kind and gracious. Whatever you are going through, this too will work together for good (Rom. 8:28). So rejoice!

Excerpted from Pure Joy (Charisma House, 2006).

 


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Around the Word in 365 Days

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When to Trust in the Lord

Psalm 56:1-13 The Bible exhorts us in many verses to trust in the Lord at all times. There is, however, a special time when we need to say aloud, "I trust in the Lord." That special time is when fear comes upon us. David writes in this psalm,"What time I am afraid, I will trust in You." If you are familiar with David's history, you will know he was provided with many opportunities to be afraid. He constantly was surrounded by enemies, and in the psalms David reveals some of the secrets to overcoming fear. He certainly became an expert at this. David was quite sure that fear would always present its cold, clammy handshake throughout his life. David, however, learned not to shake hands with the devil and receive fear.

Fear is the frontal assault the enemy uses against us. If he can get us in fear, then he has neutralized any effort of ours to overcome him. We must have faith to overcome the enemy, and fear always negates faith. Fear is the anesthesia Satan uses to paralyze so he can then perform his surgery on his victims. If we learn to refuse fear, we will spare ourselves from much of what Satan would love to accomplish in our lives. Jesus said, "Fear not," and the words "be not afraid" and "fear not" are written over 365 times in the Bible. We see over and over again people who began in faith, but then were overwhelmed by fear. The moment fear entered in, they were neutralized in their effectiveness. An example of this, of course, was Peter when he was walking on the water. Everything was going fine until Peter took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the angry sea. He was overcome with fear and began to sink.

In this psalm David tells us what to do when fear comes. David knew that Satan would never stop trying to put fear on him, but David learned how to resist Satan when he came knocking at the door of his heart with the special delivery marked "FEAR." The moment fear knocked, David said, "I will trust in the Lord." Not one of us is skillful enough to overcome Satan's tactics in our own strength. If, however, we put our trust in the Lord to fight our battles for us, we will have the victory every time.

The next time fear comes knocking at your door, say aloud, "I will trust in the Lord and not be afraid." The moment these words leave your mouth, you will feel a surge of faith and strength rising within you. The Bible tells us not to be anxious about anything, but instead to pray about everything. We have learned today not to be fearful in anything, but to trust the Lord in everything. When we do this, the peace of God will mount guard over our hearts with His peace. Fear always attacks the heart and upper part of the body. Fear causes our hearts to race, and also causes that sinking feeling in the pit of our stomachs. The moment you feel either of these sensations, immediately say aloud, "I will trust in the Lord and not be afraid." A blanket of God's peace will flow over you, and you will be able to fulfill all God desires for you on this earth.

READ: Numbers 19:1-20:29; Luke 1:1-25; Psalm 56:1-13; Proverbs 11:8

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Live Extraordinarily

Today's Message

Set Free from Sin

I received Jesus Christ as my Lord in 1979 and it changed my life. Immediately I lost the desire for alcohol, I stopped swearing, and other sinful desires gradually disappeared the more I read, meditated on, and spoke the Word of God over my life.

However, there was one area of sin that didn't go away as easily. I struggled with lust and was addicted to pornography. I had periods of freedom, but after time gravitated back to it. At the end of a four-day fast on May 6, 1985, I was set free from the stronghold of pornography and lust. By His grace, I'm still free today.

However, once I was set free from pornography's grip, I still had to resist the desire to engage. Prior to May 6, I seemingly couldn't resist with any success. After May 6, I could resist, but I had to cooperate with grace to fight off the urge to look at pornography. Its power over me was broken after fasting and intense prayer, but I still had to steadfastly resist the desire.

Over time, as I continued to pray and allow God's Word to saturate my mind, I noticed that my desires had changed. I no longer had to make myself turn away from pornography; rather, I was repulsed by it. God's grace had changed me thoroughly from the inside out. The writer of Hebrews describes this blessedness:

"For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]! But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law." (5:13-14, AMP)

I realized that God's Word had brought my senses and mental faculties into alignment with His desires and thoughts. Holiness is to think, talk, and live as He does. The flesh can be trained, but it loves habitual patterns. Just as it can be trained in unrighteousness, it also can be trained in righteousness. We can take dominion over our mind and flesh through the power of grace. Our flesh responds to what it is fed.

His grace is more than enough to set you free from any sin!

Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculum and best-selling books now available in over sixty languages. His newest book is Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live. More information is available at www.ExtraordinaryOnline.org.

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