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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.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

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

The Beginning of Miracles

This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee-.-.-.-and his disciples believed on him. —John 2:11

Jesus' first miracle was to turn water to wine. What Jesus began is not finished; the Miracle-worker has never changed: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8).

The last miracle did not end with the last apostle named in the Bible; for this to be true there would have to be a complete absence of miracles. Even one miracle would disprove this erroneous statement.

In Mark 16:15-20, Jesus confirmed that miracles are not special gifts for a few, but are for all believers. Those claiming that the age of miracles has ended deny the power of prayer. For God to hear and answer your prayer is a miracle.

You may feel that today you do not need a miracle. All of us stand in need of miracles every day. Every breath is a miracle. Every act of kindness is a miracle. Every time you forgive and receive forgiveness, it's a miracle. Every prayer is a miracle. Miracles are signs pointing to God. Expect God to act miraculously in every moment of your life.

When you pray, expect God to hear and answer your prayer. Healing is for today. Deliverance is for today. Signs and wonders are for today!

Jesus, open my eyes to all the miracles
You are doing every moment that I may
glorify Your name and give You all
honor and praise. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Welcome Home!

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. —Philippians 3:20

During the era of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was famous for big game hunting in Africa, a Southern Baptist missionary completed forty years of Christian service in Africa. The missionary sailed from Africa to New York and heard a band playing as the ship was coming into the harbor. He was so excited! He couldn't believe it was happening, that his friends had brought a band to welcome him home. Tears filled his eyes as he quickly worked his way down the exit of the ship to walk down the gangplank. Suddenly a security man stopped him and spoke officiously, "Step back, sir." The old missionary waited while President Roosevelt, who had been on a big game hunting trip, was the first to disembark. As it happened, the old missionary was the last person to leave the ship.

He put his suitcase down as he stood on the dock. The band that had been welcoming the president of the United States had dispersed. Nobody was there to welcome the returning missionary home—not a soul. The old man made his way to a modest hotel in New York and fell to his knees as soon as he entered his room. "Lord," he cried, "I've served You for forty years in Africa, and no one welcomes me home. President Roosevelt spends three weeks hunting, and they have a band playing for him." The Lord then whispered to the old missionary, "But you're not home yet."

One day Jesus will welcome us home. There is coming a day when we will see for ourselves what John saw—the New Jerusalem "coming down out of heaven from God" (Rev. 21:2). That will be our eternal home, and one day we will be home never to move again.

Can you imagine how thankful we will be then? The bliss cannot be described now, and I wonder if we will ever be able to take it all in then. We will certainly thank Him then. Let's do it now more than ever before. In fact, all the time.

Excerpted from Just Say Thanks! (Charisma House, 2005).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

To Sum It Up!

Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14 Ecclesiastes is a rather negative book written by one of the wisest men who ever lived. Solomon, however, saves his wisest words for the conclusion of Ecclesiastes. After sharing that all of life is vanity, Solomon does give the major priority of life. If we lived our lives on earth with what he shares as our first priority, the conclusion of our lives would not be vanity. The conclusion of our lives would be lives lived to the glory, honor and praise of God.

What is this priority? Solomon speaks these words of wisdom: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all" (Eccles. 12:13).

This admonition sounds very much like the statement made by the One who is all wisdom, Jesus Christ. Jesus replied to the question, "What is the greatest commandment?" with these wise words: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matt. 22:37-39, KJV).

Each day I live I am reminded to keep the main thing the main thing. Both Solomon and Jesus shared with us what the main thing is. To sum it all up: The main thing is to love God and love your neighbor. Why is it so hard to do this? Love benefits all concerned. Love benefits the one who gives love and the one who receives love. I often tell my husband, "Life would be so easy if people would just love one another." This is another "sum it all up" statement that is true. This does not mean life will be without difficulties and trials, but love will carry us through every trouble. The reason people find it so hard to love one another is simple. Love never fails. Satan knows this, so he works tirelessly to cause division and strife, bitterness, jealousy, pride and anger in our lives. The price to love another is the same. It means laying down our pride. Pride causes selfishness, strife and jealousy. Another reason it is so hard for us to love God and others is because we cannot do it in our own strength. We must depend upon God to shed the love of God abroad from our hearts, and often we do not daily submit ourselves to Him for that wonderful work to be accomplished in us. Perhaps you will want to join me this morning in a prayer that sums it all up:

Lord, I love You. Help me to love today as Jesus loves. Amen.

READ: Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Psalm 49:1-20; Proverbs 22:20-21

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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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