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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 345 }

You did not trust in the Lord your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go. —Deuteronomy 1:32-33

The church must discern the current move of the Spirit. Just as the children of Israel followed the cloud through the wilderness, the church needs to move when the Holy Spirit says to move. The relationship that exists between the church and the Holy Spirit is not static. The Spirit is forever doing a new thing with the church as a whole and, separately, with each congregation. The Ten Commandments given on Sinai are forever true and unchangeable, but the people of Israel were changing locations constantly as they moved around in the wilderness. The kind of moving I am referring to is the changing emphasis placed on elements of truth, structure, and strategy. The greatest expression of the church as a prophetic community is in those congregations or denominations that move on with the cloud but carry with them all the wisdom, experience, and maturity of their history.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Spirit, may I never be so content with my spiritual life that I fail to see the moment-by-moment, day-by-day ways that You are moving and revealing Yourself to Your people. Do a new thing in my heart, in my church, and in Your world.

We are moving around within the boundaries
of the unchangeable truth of God's Word.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Protect Your Seed

Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. —2 Timothy 1:14, NAS

Everything a pregnant woman takes into her body goes directly into her baby. If she smokes, drinks or takes drugs, she may harm or even abort her unborn child. Everything that comes in through your eyes, your ears, and your mind goes into your spiritual womb. If you take in doubt and unbelief, you will contaminate the miracle growing in your spirit.

Some people abort the miracle God has for them because they are full of doubt. They let go of God's promise and lose sight of their miracle.

Before raising Jairus' daughter from the dead, Jesus ordered all unbelievers to leave (Luke 8:54). If you are incubating a miracle, shun doubt and unbelief; feed your spirit with the things of God, allowing the Holy Spirit to conduct regular check-ups of your spiritual condition. Guard your miracle-.-.-.-it is His gift to you.

Lord Jesus, reveal to me the unhealthy things
I have been putting into my spiritual womb.
Instead of partaking of something harmful
to my miracle, I will feast today
on Your Word. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Knowing God

You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol. ... You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. —Exodus 20:3-6

The first three of the Ten Commandments are letting us see just a little bit of what God is like. These commands are deep teaching. In a sense they were spoon-feeding Israel, and yet the words are so profound, so deep. Israel was a redeemed community. As we have seen, the word redeemed means that they had been bought back. God loved the people of Israel. They knew God, but only just.

How well do you know God? How well would you like to know Him? How deeply is it burning in you that you would love to know Him better? If that deep desire is there, it means that there is a special anointing—the power of the Holy Spirit—on you. There could be no greater desire on earth. So you can mark it down; the flesh did not put that desire there. The devil did not put that there. This is one desire, if it is there, that only God could put there. And for giving you that kind of thirst and longing, be thankful for it. Take it with both hands and walk in every little bit of light God gives you. Walking in the light will show that you really mean business—that it is not just a passing yearning.

Whenever you discover something that you hadn't seen before, an awareness of sin or a higher level of obedience, take it. There may be that which offends you, but remember that God often tests us by letting us be offended.

God wants to see how much you want Him. So sometimes, if I may put it this way, He puts His "worst" foot forward; He lets you see the most "unattractive" aspect of His nature, or what He knows you may regard that way, to see whether you will still love Him just as He is.

Excerpted from Grace (Charisma House, 2006).



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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

Joseph: The Provider

Luke 23:44-24:12 This passage tells about Joseph of Arimathea, who provided the sepulchre for Jesus' burial place. Luke describes Joseph of Arimathea as a counselor, a good and just man. He also had refused to condemn Jesus. The name Joseph in Hebrew means "provider."

My husband had a precious experience when he went to be alone for a day at Stone Mountain. He felt it was time to seek the Lord about some things and he just wanted to be alone in the presence of the Lord. As he was praying, he heard the Lord say, "I call you Joseph." It was not an audible voice, but Tom heard it with his spiritual ears. When he came home and shared this experience with me, I began to do research on the name Joseph in the Bible and discovered that all the Josephs mentioned were providers.

There are three Josephs mentioned in the Word of God: Joseph, the son of Israel who was sold into slavery, went ahead of his brothers to Egypt and was able to provide food during famine not only for his brothers, but also for all of Egypt. Joseph, the guardian father of Jesus, provided a safe childhood, family and home for Jesus. Joseph of Arimathea provided the burial place for Jesus.

God has a special name for each one of His children. If we miss finding out what this name is on earth, we will know it in heaven. We learn in Revelation that those who overcome will be given a white stone, and on the stone will be written a name (Rev. 2:17). The Lord knows each one of us personally, and it is His joy to give a special name to each of His children. My husband truly is a "Joseph" because his motivational gift is "giving." I joke with people and tell them my motivational gift is spending, so we make a good team. Whatever name Jesus has chosen for you, I am sure it will reveal your special calling here on earth. I know one name He has chosen for each of us, and that is "Precious."

Lord, it is so wonderful to know You love me so much and Your delight is to give me a new name. Names are so important to You, but more important to You are the people who bear those names. I'm so glad to be called by Your name (a Christian and a child of God).

READ: Judges 8:17-9:21; Luke 23:44-24:12; Psalm 99:1-9; Proverbs 14:9-10

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

Free from Sin

??"For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace" (Romans 6:14, NKJV).

Why shouldn't sin have dominion over us? Because we no longer possess a sin nature, but we have entered God’s empowerment, possessing the nature of Jesus Himself. We are free from the power of sin!

The Message says, "Sin can't tell you how to live." God's Word, the truth, declares here that gossip, slander and lying no longer have dominion over you. Adultery, sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, pornography or any other impurity no longer dominates you. Hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness, prejudice and envy no longer control you. Uncontrolled anger, rage and outbursts of wrath have lost their authority in your life. Stealing, substance abuse and alcohol addiction are no longer a master over you. Disobedience to authority, stubbornness and insubordination have lost their dominion over you. And the list continues.

You don't have to yield to such sins anymore because you are now under the empowerment of grace! Look at it this way: You were once imprisoned by your own nature to some of these things and unable to live a godly life. Jesus came and threw open the prison door. He took the keys to sin's powerful domination, and you can now walk out of the prison. You are no longer a slave to sin. You are free and a child of God!

Before we were in Christ, we were slaves to sin and had no power over it. Now we do. We can choose to either submit to sin or we can walk in grace free from sin. Christians have power over sin because they possess Jesus' nature. God did not set you free from sin so that you could continue to sin and be forgiven—without reaping its consequences. God set you free from sin so that you could indeed be free and walk in true holiness as Jesus did. The true believer's goal is not to sin. However, if we sin, forgiveness is still found in His provision of grace.

Grace empowers us to be pleasing to God, to live an extraordinary life! However, if we choose not to walk in our new nature and continually yield to sin, then we give up our freedom and again are captive. New Testament repentance is about truth and represents a complete change of mind or heart. It is when we are deeply sorry we've hurt the heart of God and are now committed to obeying His desire in this area. It takes both confession and repentance to free a believer from sin's grip.

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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