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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 59 }

Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. —Psalm 2:10-11, NKJV

God is awesome in splendor and terrifying in His greatness. This royal One has no superior—no equal. When we get a glimpse of His eternal power and majestic beauty, we will be filled with reverential fear. We tremble before His greatness. If we feel only trembling in God's presence, then we will not experience the fullness of His grace. David says we are to rejoice before Him as well.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Lord, You truly are awesome in splendor and terrifying in Your greatness. It is more than I can comprehend that You love me so much that You bestow a righteous inheritance upon me. I rejoice in Your goodness to me and bow in humble fear in Your mighty presence.

We are to exult in the benefits of our inheritance.


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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Increasing Power

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. —1 Corinthians 12:12

Your brain provides every electrical impulse required by your internal and external organs to function rhythmically and powerfully with one another.

Your hand can move independent of the body. But adding your wrist, arm, shoulder, torso weight, and movement increases the hand's impetus, power, and capabilities.

Although you are complete in Christ, you must be joined to the body of Christ to be functionally complete and to accomplish His will.

When you occupy your place in the body of Christ, your significance multiplies by the entirety of the body of the living, resurrected Christ. By joining yourself to the body, you increase in Him as you decrease in self. "A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church" (1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT). You are gifted to serve others. You are blessed so that you may be a blessing to others.

When the devil sees you, a fitly joined member of the body, he knows the body is in full operation under the Lord Jesus Christ, head over all things to the church.

Lord, use the gifts You have placed in me to
serve others. I am willing to be Your vessel
of ministry in order to bless others. Amen.


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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

God's Gifts and Callings are Irrevocable

For God's gifts and his call are irrevocable. —Romans 11:29

Because the gifts and calling of God are "irrevocable," a person who had a tremendous anointing yesterday can continue to see the momentum of that anointing continuing to manifest itself. He or she may hastily conclude that "the anointing is still with me" when it is but the momentum of yesterday's anointing.

This is sobering. I could be a hypocrite in my personal life, and yet my gift could continue to function. I could even deceive myself by telling myself, I must be right with God, or I couldn't preach. The truth is, God's calling and gifts are irrevocable. That means that God will not withdraw my preaching gift simply because I have not been a loyal, obedient son. He gave me certain abilities when He made me and called me into the ministry. By study and hard work I can improve upon those gifts—without a fresh anointing that comes only from continued intimacy with God. And when people say, "That was a good word," or "God spoke to me through you today," I could assume that God is very pleased with me indeed. One of the worst things we can do is to take compliments too seriously.

It is possible that there are those who sincerely don't know better. They are well equipped, high powered, eloquent, and charismatic; people are blessed by their ministries. These people who are thus used by God may sincerely believe they are pleasing God because their anointing is functioning so well. "I am under God's anointing," they may well say. True. But it could be yesterday's anointing. There may be nothing fresh about it.

The fresh anointing is the essential thing. It is what replenishes the irrevocable. If our irrevocable anointing is not replenished by a fresh touch of God, we are depending on yesterday's anointing.

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 Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Proverbs 9:1-6 I've always wondered what the seven pillars of wisdom were. After studying the sevenfold anointing spoken of in Isaiah 11:2, I concluded that the seven pillars of wisdom must be the seven aspects of the Holy Spirit of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2 says, "And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord" (KJV).

Jesus Christ is all wisdom. He was anointed with seven wonderful aspects of the Holy Spirit—wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, and the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. The Spirit of the Lord contained all of these strong pillars. The number seven means complete. Jesus operated in the complete anointing of the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us that God's Word is what holds the earth in place. These seven aspects of the Holy Spirit are the pillars that give support to mankind on earth. If these pillars did not exist in some people on earth, we would have utter chaos.

The seven pillars of wisdom were established even before the foundation of the world. God holds this world together by His Word, and the seven pillars of wisdom give mankind the ability to hold on in faith, no matter if the whole earth is shaken. In the last days the Bible says everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Those who are operating in God's wisdom will not be shaken. Revelation tells us that those who overcome will be made pillars in the temple of the living God. If we depend upon the Holy Spirit daily as Jesus did while He was on earth, we will be those pillars in eternity.

Don't you want to be a pillar, someone who overcomes in every circumstance? You can be if you operate daily in the wisdom that comes from God. This wisdom is described in James 3:17: "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." We also have to refuse to operate in worldly wisdom. Worldly wisdom is full of strife, envy, confusion and every evil work. Which wisdom will be your mode of operation today?

Lord, help me to operate in Your wisdom today. Thank You for Your secure pillars of wisdom that give me strength in a world that seems to be falling apart.

READ: Exodus34:1-35:9; Matthew 27:15-34; Psalm33:12-22; Proverbs 9:1-6



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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

Reputation Is Not About You

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:5-8, NKJV)

Many people in the world today are fighting fiercely to climb the ladder of success. A great deal of their energy is focused and spent on building a reputation in the eyes of others in order to "make it big." In the process of their pursuit, they quickly become addicted to the approval of others.

Jesus did just the opposite—He made Himself of no reputation (see Philippians 2:7). In other words, He stripped Himself of all His kingly rights and humbled Himself to become human. The Creator literally took the form of His creation. Instead of living His entire life to build a name for Himself, He endeavored to build a name for His Father. He said, "I am not in search of honor for Myself. [I do not seek and am not aiming for My own glory.] There is One Who [looks after that; He] seeks [My glory], and He is the Judge" (John 8:50 AMP).

Having a good reputation is important; however, the motive—or driving force—behind your cause should be weighed. Are you tempted to make a name for yourself for success, or are you a person of good reputation because you long to represent your King well on earth?

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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