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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 348 }

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. —2 Peter 1:19

God has raised up leaders in the church throughout the generations who have functioned as prophets of God crying out against the sins of the people. John Wesley, for instance, turned England back to God when the people's personal unrighteousness and apathy had brought them to the edge of societal chaos. This outcry is similar to the prophetic cry against social injustice, but different in that it is specifically directed to the people in the church. It is less like Jonah prophesying against Nineveh and more like Isaiah and Jeremiah prophesying to Israel and Judah. People such as Billy Graham, Charles Colson, John Piper, David Wilkerson, and A. W. Tozer stand out in my mind as prophetic ministers raised up to cry out against unrighteousness in the church as they revealed the deep things about the knowledge of God. Their words have been anointed by the Spirit to awaken hearts to holiness and passion for Jesus.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, give us a clear understanding of the men and women of God whom You are using as prophetic ministers to our world today. Anoint their spirits and awaken their hearts to holiness and passion for Your Son. Cause us to be attendant to their words, that we do not miss the revelations of Your Spirit that they bring.

God uses such prophetic voices, just as He used
John the Baptist, to prick the conscience
of believers unto full revival.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

No Impossibilities

For with God nothing shall be impossible. —Luke 1:37

The angel Gabriel brought Mary a testimony of the divine greatness of the child she was to bear—set apart from any human being who would ever walk the earth. In Luke 1:35 Gabriel tells her He will be of unique origin. Born of a virgin through the overshadowing power of the Most High, He will be—and eternally is—the Son of the Highest (v. 32). His God-given name will be Jesus, which means "God saves." Because He will be mankind's Savior, He is the One who will come as the promised Redeemer.

Unlike all other human beings, He will be wholly without sin, and therefore, the absolute Holy One (v. 35). Because He is without sin, He will be the divine King who will reign over His spiritual kingdom throughout eternity (v. 33).

Finally, Gabriel assures Mary with a truth that has stood the test of time. Everything that he announced to her was possible—even the amazing miracle of the incarnation of His Son—for with God all things are possible.

Nothing with God is impossible. Give Him every impossible area of your love, and yield to the way He will solve each problem.

God, I give you all that is impossible, knowing that
You alone are the God of the possible. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Don't Lie

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. —Exodus 20:16

Why did God give this commandment, "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor"?

First, God wants His people to tell the truth when they speak. In ancient times two or three witnesses were required in a court of law. "One witness is not enough to convict a man accused of a crime or offense he may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses" (Deut. 19:15). This was to protect an individual from being maligned by a personal enemy, from a vendetta, or from someone who just wanted to bring another down.

The second reason God gave this command is that He wants to protect us from being falsely accused. He does not like it if anybody lies about you, for it hurts you. And if you feel that way, so does God. This is your comfort when you are lied about. Are you prepared to believe that God cares even more for you than you do? God cares about His children.

If you are a parent, how do you feel if somebody says something about your child that is not true? I myself can handle many things said against me, but when I hear of something said against either of my children, I have to work hard to contain myself.

You should know that God the Father feels that way about His children, too. Perhaps you have nobody who will defend you when people lie about you. But God heard it, and He does not like it. He said, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay." In other words, He will vindicate you. The word vindicate means "to have one's name cleared." It's what God does best. Anything God does, He does well. But if He has an "area of expertise," it is this.

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

That Sinking Feeling

Psalm 94:1-23 Everyone during their lifetime experiences that sinking feeling. It may be fear that usually hits us with a racing heart and a sinking feeling in the pit of our stomachs. It may be discouragement. The saying goes that when the devil created the tool of discouragement, he then ceased from his works. We may have that sinking feeling when we are experiencing the loss of a loved one. When we receive the report we have been turned down for an interview, once again that sinking feeling overwhelms us. The psalmist David was quite familiar with the sinking feeling. Flight and fight were his constant companions during his lifetime. In this psalm he reveals how he was able to survive the sinking feeling. He writes, "Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul-.-.-.- They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge" (vv. 17-19, 21-22, KJV).

David knew to whom he could turn when he had that sinking feeling. In an earlier devotion I shared about the vision a friend had about how the Lord walks with us through life. She said the Lord never turns His back on us. He is face to face with us always, and as we walk through life, He is walking only a few steps in front of us with His hands outstretched to catch us if we start to fall. As she shared this vision, I pictured a loving father teaching his year-old child how to walk. Lovingly he stretches his arms out toward the child, and he stoops to eye level with the child. Then he coaxes the child by saying, "Come on, you can do it. Daddy is here to catch you if you begin to fall." Then slowly the father moves backward so the child will move forward to be near him.

When you have that sinking feeling, Jesus is face to face with you with His arms outstretched to catch you when you start to slip down. In Psalm 26:1 David prays, "Vindicate me, O Lord; for I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the Lord; I shall not slip."

In Psalm 37:31 David speaks of a righteous man: "The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide."

Today remember the Lord is your help, your defense, and in His mercy He will not let you sink.

READ: Judges 4:1-5:31; Luke 22:35-54; Psalm 94:1-23; Proverbs 14:3-4

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

Living Larger

"And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace" (John 1:16, NKJV).

And of His fullness we have all received. The completeness of Jesus has been imparted to us! Not the fullness of a prime minister, president, celebrity, rock star, great athlete or scholar, but the comprehensiveness of Jesus Christ Himself. If you really hear this, you'll never envy another man or woman again. You have the full nature of Jesus Christ in you!

The word nature is defined as "the innate or essential qualities or character of a person."

We are in Christ, He is in us, and we have the fullness of His nature. The seed planted in us when we were born again is all that makes Christ who He is! How awesome. In this world we have the comprehensiveness of His nature!

John says it like this: "As He is, so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17, NKJV). So many believers think that someday in heaven we'll be as He is, but for now on earth we are struggling sinners who've merely been forgiven. This is a mammoth lie, and it keeps people in bondage and nullifies the power of grace in their lives.

And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. (John 1:16)

Here is the point so many miss: Receiving the fullness of God's nature is directly connected with grace. It is God's unmerited gift—a gift that not only saved us from eternal damnation but also gave us His characteristics. One aspect of grace is just as real as the other, and it was all provided the moment we were saved.

God's divine nature was freely imparted to us, and our once hardened hearts were replaced by the seed of God's inherent characteristics. We now have the ability to live as He intended humankind to live from the beginning—extraordinarily. We now can live this life as sons and daughters of God, in His image, His likeness, possessing His ability through grace!

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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