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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 102 }

Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you? —Song of Solomon 6:1

What is the response of others when they see you standing utterly resolute in your commitment and unwavering in your affection for Jesus even in the midst of suffering, rejection, and persecution? What is their response when they see that price is no object to you and that you are totally committed to Jesus regardless of what comes your way? As the Holy Spirit reveals more and more of the personality of Jesus to our hearts, our commitment will deepen, and we will inspire even more to passionately follow Jesus. God is raising up a company of believers whose impassioned devotion to Him will inspire many.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

I want to be a part of that great company of believers whose impassioned devotion to You will inspire many. Let my life be a witness to the lost. Let Your Spirit reside within so that anyone looking at me sees only You.

Others cry out, "We want what you have in Him.
We want Him, too!"

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Selecting Your Soil

But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it. —Matthew 13:23

You cannot expect a harvest unless you sow in good soil. Fertile soil for a spiritual harvest is a location God Himself has endorsed (Deuteronomy 26:2). God places His name where His Word is preached, where people are being saved, where there is a strong conviction of right and wrong, and where the leadership is not afraid to tell the truth about sin. Good soil is found where deliverance is preached and practiced, and where the Holy Spirit has complete liberty to move in His baptism, anointing, power, gifts, and grace.

The best seed in the world will fail if it is not watered by the Word and nourished by the Holy Spirit. Sow where there is a continual, tangible presence of the Lord. Sow into the good soil of ministry where Jesus Christ, not man or program, is lifted up.

Spirit of God, show me where to sow my seed into
the good soil of ministry. Help me not only to sow but
also to pray and work in ministry so that Your name
will be exalted. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

The Need to Remember

I thank my God every time I remember you. —Philippians 1:3

God has a perfect memory, and yet, if we are to believe the psychologists, so have we. Psychologists say we never really forget. Well, you could have fooled me, but that's what they say. We do forget, however. When we look back on our past we remember things that were pleasant. Yet it is one thing consciously to remember things; the sad thing is there are some things we don't forget, especially if something is pointed out to us. One of the things that will make hell, hell is that you will have a memory in hell. In Luke 16:25, Abraham said to the man who was in hell, "Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony."

But even on this planet, sometimes even as Christians our memories have to be jogged. At the Last Supper Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19). One of the reasons for the Lord's Supper is to jog our memories, to remind us how we know we are going to go to heaven. For when we eat the bread and drink the cup, there before us are symbolized the body and the blood of Jesus.

The first time the word remember appears in the Bible is in Genesis 9:15-16, where God said to Noah, "I will remember my covenant. ... Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant." Sometimes it seems as if God is slow to remember. Sometimes we come to Him and cry, "O God, remember!" The question is, we ask God to remember, but do we remember? There is one thing God appreciates, and I cannot stress this too much, He appreciates being thanked. Remember to thank Him.

Excerpted from All's Well That Ends Well (Authentic Media, 2005).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

True Joy

Psalm 144:1-15 One of my favorite Christmas hymns is "Joy to the World." True joy can only come from Jesus, and on this Christmas morning we are more aware than ever of this fact. All over the world people are celebrating the birth of Jesus, and their joy is not based upon their circumstances. Their joy is based on the fact Jesus has come to touch their circumstances and every area of their lives.

So many on this day go to the bars to celebrate, and often they celebrate Christmas by getting loaded because of overdrinking. Such people are seeking joy in the wrong kind of drink. These people will only be satisfied temporarily. Jesus offers to us all the drink of living water that will cause us never to thirst again. He told us the secret to true joy, which is to abide in Him and allow His words and love to abide in us. Jesus is the source of lasting joy. He said, "These things have I told you that your joy might be full and that My joy might remain in you."

So many get depressed right after Christmas because the glow has vanished and they are faced once again with the mundane daily job and duties. They have forgotten that Christmas Day is passed, but Jesus Christ has not. He lives and is praying for us on the day after Christmas and on every day for the rest of our lives. Jesus is the true joy who is the glory and lifter of our heads. He is the day spring that causes us to spring with His Spirit daily. This psalm says, "Happy are the people whose God is the Lord."

Today you will be happy if you make Jesus the Lord of your life. He is waiting to receive those special gifts of your cares and concerns wrapped in prayer. As you are giving gifts to others, be sure to cast all of your worries, cares and everything that concerns you into the arms of Jesus. He can't wait to receive your cares because He cares for you. When you cast all of your cares upon Him, you can enter into the exhortation, "Be happy, don't worry." Joy is waiting you this Christmas day as you rest your burdens into His hands. Joy to the world! The Lord has come not just once, but He lives now and is praying for you, and soon He will come again. What a day that will be when our Jesus we will see. We will look into His face and see the majesty of His grace. It will be better than Christmas. JOY! JOY! JOY !!!

Happy birthday, Jesus! I give You all my cares and concerns as gifts to You on Your birthday. Thank You for touching each one.

READ: Zechariah 8:1-23; Revelation 16:1-21; Psalm 144:1-15; Proverbs 30:29-31

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

A Sexual Nightmare

We are straying far from God's heart because we are so influenced by our society. In so many ways, the church has become a subculture rather than what we are called to be—a counterculture.

The gospel of forgiveness and inheriting heaven is preached but not the complete gospel of also being set free from the dominion of sin. As a result, many are easily conformed to this world, where it's common for a man and woman to live together, have sex outside of marriage or with the same gender, and divorce and remarry for reasons other than unfaithfulness. And these practices are becoming more common among Christians because the church has not proclaimed what Jesus has freed us from.

It pleases God when we live holy, especially in our sexuality. This is the area that usually goes haywire outwardly if there is a deeper problem inwardly. If you were able to look into the heart of a professing Christian who is enslaved to fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography or any other sexual impurity, you would most likely find a deeper issue. It could be pride, rebellion, lust for power, bitterness, envy or some other iniquity, but no matter what's there, the root is always a lack of true fear of the Lord.

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You are doing this already, and we encourage you to do so more and more. For you remember what we taught you in the name of the Lord Jesus. God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-3, NLT)

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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