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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 84 }

Until the day breaksand the shadows flee, turn, my lover, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills. —Song of Solomon 2:17

Have you ever told the Lord no out of fear and weakness when He asked you to do something for Him? Just as He did with the maiden, the Lord calls us out of our comfort zone that we may become mature disciples who live for His pleasure and purpose.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, forgive me for the many times I've said no when You asked me to do something for You. I want to be mature, to have a constant yes in my spirit to the things You want me to do and be.

Just like the maiden in the Song of Solomon, I have sometimes
refused the Lord's fresh challenges by telling Him to go leap
on the mountains or go and conquer areas of darkness without me.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

A New Creature

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: Old Things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. —2 Corinthians 5:17

The process of exchange begins with repentance—the only passport recognized at the gates of His kingdom. To repent means "to turn from." You turn from your sin to His forgiveness; your pain to His healing; your lack to His abundance.

God's Word gives you a new realization of your resources: You are a child of more, not of less. You are a child of provision, not of poverty.

God's Word requires you to submit your will to His. The greatest barriers to His blessing are stubbornness and conceit. Believing we have all the answers doesn't give God room to work.

God's Word requires you to control your emotions. Self-discipline, combined with God's abundance, brings good stewardship.

Abundance begins with obedience. Accept God's authority over your life, and allow Him to do His transforming work in your mind.

Lord Jesus, transform me. Renew my mind
so that my every thought will be of and from You.
Keep me in Your perfect will. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Flow in the Spirit

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. —Galatians 5:25

What does flowing in the Spirit mean? It is moving along with Him, keeping in step with Him, and missing nothing He may be wanting to do through us. There is such a thrill in flowing in the Spirit. You feel what you are doing is worthwhile; you feel authenticated, you feel loved; you feel you are part of something very important—the kingdom of God. You feel this when visiting a sick person or resisting temptation, when you walk to work or do work in the office. It is a twenty-four-hour-a-day possibility.

This is what Peter and John were doing when they were walking toward the temple one afternoon but were unexpectedly stopped—only to see the healing of a forty-year-old man who had never walked. (See Acts 3:1-10.) There are two questions that emerge: (1) Why were these disciples led at this particular time to administer healing to this man? (2) How did they know this man would suddenly be healed?

The Holy Spirit was sovereignly at work, carrying out the Father's will, when Peter and John came upon this man at the temple gate. That is the only explanation for the healing right then and not before.

But the question still remains: how did they know that God was going to heal this man? It was because they were walking in the ungrieved Spirit; the heavenly Dove was remaining on them. The easiest thing in the world to do is to grieve the Spirit, and the extent of His sensitivity cannot be exaggerated. But Peter and John were enjoying sweet fellowship with the Spirit and with each other, so they did not miss out on what God was prepared to do. It gave them great joy to be involved in this miracle. Since we live in the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Excerpted from Pure Joy (Charisma House, 2006).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

Idle Word Room

Matthew 12:22-45 I have a friend who said she would probably spend the first 10,000 years in heaven in the "idle word room." It would take that long for the Lord to judge all of her idle words. Jesus said in Matthew 12:35-37, "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

Thank God there is no "idle word room" in heaven, but this passage should be a wake-up call to us all. We need to be careful about what we speak aloud. It is important to remember that Satan cannot read our minds, but he can send us many evil thoughts. Our responsibility is to take those thoughts captive to Jesus Christ before we speak them aloud. I would not be married today if I spoke aloud every thought the enemy gave me about my husband. Satan is the accuser of the brethren, and his language is always critical, judgmental and negative.

I recall one night soaking in the bathtub after a long day of hard work in the home cleaning and watching after our three sons. Some of the thoughts running through my mind were so negative. I can still remember thinking, Nobody cares in this household; nobody helps me. I'm just a slave. My husband never helps around the house. Suddenly while I was drowning in this pool of negative words in my mind, I heard the Lord speak to my spirit. He said, "Don't let the enemy take advantage of you." Then I realized Satan wanted me to speak all those thoughts aloud to my husband. I resisted Satan then and said aloud to him, "If you think I'm going to repeat the thoughts you just gave me to my husband, you have another think coming. I release these thoughts right now to the Lord Jesus Christ, and I refuse to allow these thoughts to ever be spoken as words out of my mouth." The thoughts stopped immediately.

Our mouth can be compared to a gun. A Wall Street article compares the mouth to a gun. It said, "Sometimes you may blurt out something you really don't mean. But words once spoken, like bullets once fired, cannot be recalled, and they can wound."

Don't blast anyone today by pulling the trigger of your tongue. In a multitude of words is sin.

READ: Genesis 37:1-38:30; Matthew 12:22-45; Psalm 16:1-11; Proverbs 3:27-32

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

Divine Empowerment

God didn’t just rescue us; He empowered us so that we can live successfully here in this world. He didn’t want children who would have the title of righteousness but not have the ability to overcome the sins and weaknesses that ensnared them in the first place. No, He designed salvation to be complete—triumphant living in this world as well as in the one to come.

"Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action)"

(2 Timothy 3:16, AMP).

God took great care in getting His Word to us, so why do we take it so lightly and not put more emphasis on it? Why do we try to make His infallible Word fit into or confirm our lifestyle or social culture instead of allowing it to shape our lives? It's incorruptible, eternal and can never be altered or changed. It is the rock where we're to stand firm and to base our lives on.


The living Word not only instructs but also empowers us to live above our own human potential—extraordinarily. We've been born again; we're brand-new people; we're sons and daughters of God!

It's so amazing when you think of it. The stars that sailors have set their course by for generations, the sun that has given light and warmth to our atmosphere for thousands and thousands of years, and the constellations that have been shining for longer than humans can remember can all fade out and die before the Word of God can fail. The Word of God is so mighty that it holds all created things together!

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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