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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 209 }

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. —2 Corinthians 3:18

The apostle Paul referenced this spiritual principle: "But we all ... beholding as in a mirror the glory of Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory." As we behold the glory of the Lord we become transformed. This very basic principle is foundational to Paul's theology of heart transformation, and it's what made David a man after God's own heart. Simply stated, whatever we behold or understand about God's heart toward us—that's what we become in our hearts toward God. If we behold a mean and stingy God, we will become mean and stingy. But if we behold His glory, as Paul wrote, the Holy Spirit transforms us into something glorious. David was a student, a Rhodes scholar, a PhD of God's emotions. He was so consumed by this high endeavor that he made it his primary preoccupation "all the days of [his] life" (Ps. 27:4). As a result, he had more insight into the things that burn in God's heart than any other man in the Old Testament. He became different.

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Lord, I want to gaze unafraid into Your passionate heart and experience Your transformation from glory to glory. All I want is to be more like You!

David created his own category of intimacy with
God because he dared to gaze, unafraid, at the
passionate heart of God.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

New Wine

And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. —John 2:3

Signs and wonders are given to us to reveal Jesus' glory, and for no other reason. John said that because of the miracle of turning the water into wine at the wedding at Cana, Jesus' disciples then believed that He was the Messiah (John 2:11).

When Jesus arrived, He was met with mankind's universal problem: They had no wine! Wine is always symbolic of joy in the Bible, and this is the area that always starts to deteriorate first as we face the day-to-day problems of life.

But what was Jesus' action? First, He commanded the servants to bring the water pots to Him. As living vessels, we must first present ourselves in our current state, to the Lord.

Jesus then requested, "Fill the vessels to the brim." If we will give Him what we are, He will change us into what we should be. If we will pour out all that we have—our dreams, our hopes, our plans for the future—He will fill us with joy unspeakable and full of His glory!

Jesus, I thirst for Your new wine in my
life. Refresh me. Make me new so that
I may contain Your new wine. Fill me
with unspeakable joy. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Keys for an Awakening

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. —Matthew 22:29, KJV

I believe that revival is coming—an unprecedented kind of outpouring such as was seen in Jonathan Edwards's day, unlike anything our generation has seen. This Awakening will come when the Scriptures and the power of God come together. Another way of putting it is that the Word and the name of God are rejoined—remarried. The two ways God unveiled Himself in the Old Testament were through His Word and His name.

What is the Word? It is what Abraham believed and so was saved. "Abraham believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness" (Gen. 15:6). It's the way people are saved still.

What about the name? It was first disclosed to Moses in Exodus 3:6, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob."

Like many of us, Moses wanted a rational explanation for what was happening. We all have our questions; however, some things are too deep to be revealed this side of eternity. God said simply, "Stop. Take off your shoes. You are on holy ground." (See Exodus 3:5.) And in that event, an event through which Moses would never again be the same, God unveiled His name—"I am who I am" (v. 14).

Unprecedented phenomena accompanied the unveiling of God's name. There were signs and wonders that defied a natural explanation. It began with the burning bush. It continued with Aaron's rod, which was turned into a serpent. It continued on with the ten plagues of Egypt, culminating with the night of Passover and the crossing of the Red Sea on dry ground.

How do we summarize the relationship of Word and name? The Word relates to God's integrity: His promise, His grace, His inability to tell a lie. It is the way we are saved. The name relates to His honor, His reputation, His power, and His influence.

In this coming awakening, God will use most those who have sought His face, not His hand, who have searched His Word and stood in awe of it.

Excerpted from The Word and the Spirit (Charisma House, 1998).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

In That Day

Isaiah 12:1-14:32 We are still in the days of awe. I hope you are praying for your Jewish friends during this holy season for them. Pray for that veil to be dropped over their eyes and for the eyes of their understanding to be opened. This passage in Isaiah speaks about a special day that will happen in Israel. That day will be filled with praise because God's chosen people will at last know Jesus as their Messiah. They will know the God of their salvation, and with joy they will draw water from the wells of salvation. They will see all the excellent things God has done, and God will be their strength and song.

The days of awe will no longer be observed because His chosen will know that their names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. No longer will they have to ask God for another year of life with the hope that in that year their names would be removed from the Book of the In-Between and placed in the Book of the Righteous.

What a glorious day that will be when Jew and Gentile will worship together in Jerusalem. In that day they will actually speak the things Isaiah wrote: "And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee" (Isa. 12:1-6, KJV).

What a great day that will be for all of Israel. You can have a part in ushering that day in by praying now for Israel and all the Jewish people.

READ: Isaiah 12:1-14:32; 2 Corinthians 13:1-14; Psalm 57:1-11; Proverbs 23:9-11

 

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

Greater Works

To be holy is to live like Jesus, to walk as He did on this earth, bearing the same fruit. Jesus made this clear: "You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures." (John 15:16, TEV)

What enduring fruit is Jesus referring to? He revealed the answer to this during His Last Supper: "The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works..." (John 14:12, NLT)

Greater works? He specifically states, "Anyone who believes..." I would have found these words difficult to believe if anyone other than Jesus had said them. However, this remarkable statement is straight from His lips, and His Word is infallible! We have been brought into His family, made one with Him, and given His nature and Spirit. Therefore, we are not only to do the miraculous works He did but to surpass them! How is this possible? Through His grace.

Grace gives us the power to go beyond our natural ability. It brings us into the extraordinary realm. Hear Paul's words: "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:8, NKJV)

In this scripture, Paul was specifically discussing finances and giving, but the principle applies to all areas of life. There are several key words we need to highlight. First, Paul says, "...all grace abound toward you"—not a little bit of grace but all. Every spiritual blessing is ours in Christ Jesus (see Ephesians 1:3). This is why the Holy Spirit through Paul states, "No one, then, should boast about what human beings can do. Actually everything belongs to you...and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God" (1 Corinthians 3:21, 23, TEV).

Paul continues by saying you will always—not just in some incidents, but always—have all sufficiency (total and complete) to abound in every good work. Jesus declares that each of us will accomplish greater works. So, abounding, empowering grace gives us complete and total sufficiency to meet every need we may encounter, no matter what it is! There is nothing that cannot be accomplished in regard to bringing heaven's provision to earth, for grace has fully provided it all.

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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