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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 151 }

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. —Psalm 18:1-3

Many Christians who reach out to others burn out quickly because they launch out into ministry before they establish in themselves the foundations of being lovers of God. Discouragement, despair, boredom, and frustration will inevitably occur if we do not recognize that we are first called to be lovers. The reward of our labor is that we get to enjoy being a lover as the primary preoccupation of our lives. It's a pleasure beyond compare. As a lover first, now when I experience attacks from other people, when I am undermined, when things don't work out, when disappointment comes while I am laboring for the gospel, I can always run back to the secret place. I still have a secret place of pleasure where I am immersed in the knowledge that God loves me. This is where God imparts back to me a little bit of the Father's love for His Son. This is true spiritual pleasure!

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Lord, You have privileged me to share Your intimacy as Your bride. It is that love relationship that allows me to fulfill Your will for my life. I am Your loved one.

God fashioned us to receive love and to be vessels
through which His affection flows back to Him.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

His Perfect Will

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. —James 1:2-4, NAS

As you mature in Christ, there are some things you need to accept, even though you may not understand them.

When everything in you cries, "No, Lord, no," and you say, "How could God want me to go through this?"-.-.-.-that is the time for you to bow your knee and declare, "Yes, Lord, yes." God will allow you to walk through the fire to prove that the power to deliver you is of Him and not of yourself.

He is the God who brought you in; He is the God who will bring you out. Let no thought of defeat enter your mind, but rather, "Let this mind which was in Christ be in you also" (Philippians 2:5).

When you pass through deep waters, raging storms, and terrible trials, He will see you through. Jesus delivers you from every crisis and puts your feet on solid ground—the rock of His Word.

Jesus, see me through every trial. Help me keep my eyes
fixed on You in all my crises. Amen.

 


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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Beware of Yesterday's Anointing

I have given them the glory that you gave me. —John 17:22

I was brought up in the Church of the Nazarene, a denomination that was born in revival. There was an unusual anointing of convicting power on that church in its early days. They had what its founder, Phineas Bresee, called "the glory."

What was that? It was the anointing—an anointing that transcended their lack of education, money, refinement, and prestige. The presence of God was at times so powerful it seemed almost impossible for lost people to enter their services without getting converted. People who came to laugh and scoff ended up smitten and on their knees in tears before God. The services were frequently characterized by shouts of joy and people waving their handkerchiefs with inexpressible happiness.

In his last days old Dr. Bresee would preach from church to church one message: "Keep the glory down." Why? He knew that if they ever lost it they were finished.

If God had His way in our churches today, what would happen? I don't know. I know how He has worked in the past. The trouble is, our education, culture, and refinement stand in the way of the Spirit having His own way.

When the anointing lifts and the glory fades away, there are always those who sadly won't admit to the withdrawal of the Spirit. They continue trying to "work it up"—creating the shouting and manifestations that become pale imitations.

Once this happens, the glory becomes yesterday's anointing in two ways. First, God may not necessarily want His glory to be manifested in precisely the same way as it had been unveiled in a previous era. Yesterday's anointing was real enough, but it was for yesterday. Second, those who "work it up" are trying to keep yesterday's anointing alive, and the flesh becomes all too obvious. They are trying to relive what God was doing yesterday but may not have chosen to do today.

Excerpted from The Anointing: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Charisma House, 2003).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

The Perfect Sacrifice

Hebrews 10:1-17 We studied about the tabernacle and the pattern of prayer. We saw that now we can begin our prayers instantly with worship, because Jesus through His shed blood on the cross purchased us the right to now go boldly to God's mercy seat and find help in time of need. Only the high priest in the first covenant could enter into the holy of holies where he saw the mercy seat with the cherubim over it. He could only enter through the veil of the holy of holies once a year on the Day of Atonement. We have the great privilege now of entering God's throne room daily to find help in time of need because of the authority we have in Jesus' name and through His shed blood.

The sacrifices offered by the early priests on the brazen altar were imperfect. Jesus truly is our all in all. He not only is our new High Priest, but He is also the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the earth. When John saw Jesus, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." The sacrifice the early priests made to atone for the sins of the people had to be done once every year, and the sins of the people were only covered, not taken away. The Bible tells us, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has the Lord removed our transgressions." This fact should make us want to enter every day with praise through the gates of thanksgiving. This great transaction on the cross when our sins, iniquities and transgressions were laid upon Jesus is aptly described in Hebrews 10:14: "For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified."

Jesus was the perfect sacrifice who now gives us the hope of being presented blameless, without spot or wrinkle (perfect in every way) to the Father when we see Him face to face. Because Jesus was perfect, we now can be perfected in Him. Thank You, Jesus.

When I survey Your wondrous work on the cross, I stand in awe of what You purchased for me on that day. Help me, Lord, to allow Your Holy Spirit to conform me daily to Your image. Thank You for the hope that when I see You I will be like You— perfect and complete.

READ: Ezekiel 21:1-22:31; Hebrews 10:1-17; Psalm 108:1-13; Proverbs 27:12


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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

Rule in Life

?Many believe they are merely struggling sinners who've been forgiven—and someday, in heaven, they will be like Jesus. This fallacy keeps people in bondage and nullifies God’s power in their lives. The Bible tells us we are His children: "Beloved, now we are children of God" (1 John 3:2, NKJV). If we are now His children, we now have access to fully operate in the character of Jesus.  We have the ability to live as He intended us to live from the beginning—extraordinarily! We can live in His image, His likeness, possessing His ability—all through grace! You are a son or daughter of God. You possess His nature. You were meant for anything but ordinary!??

Grace not only instructs us, but it also empowers us to live above our human potential. We're born again, brand-new people, free to live an extraordinary life! The same power that raised Jesus from the dead abides in us. This is why the enemy has strived to reduce grace down to merely a ticket into heaven. If you find out who you are, you will rise up and be a great threat to his work. You'll be extraordinary and change your world!

"All who receive God's abundant grace and are freely put right with Him will rule in life through Christ" (Romans 5:17, TEV). This scripture shows we are to rise above the norm. We are influencers and leaders. If you're a teacher, you can come up with the most innovative ways of communicating knowledge and wisdom. If you're a designer, your creative ideas can be cutting-edge. As a businessperson, you can have inventive ideas and keen marketing strategies that are ahead of the curve. You'll know when to buy and when to sell. If you're a stay-at-home mom, you can be the most imaginative mom in your neighborhood. As rulers in life, we will meet others' needs by the exceedingly great power that's in us.

Those who find this grace-empowered life are not driven by personal gain or greed. They live to bring light, love, truth and resource to those they influence. In reaching beyond themselves, they touch hurting humankind and naturally flourish.

Extraordinary living has been God's plan for you from the beginning—nothing less. But, you must truly believe this to begin enjoying a godly life, advancing in all areas of society. You were designed with the potential to be the most creative, innovative and wisest on earth! You were created to heal the sick and free the captives! A revelation of who you are and what you are called to do awaits you... ask, seek, knock—and believe!

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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