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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 69 }

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. —1 Corinthians 1:30

We must adopt an offensive posture if we are to break free from a stronghold. We must hunger for God and long to know Him intimately as we look back over our shoulders at temptation and say no. Our strong-willed determination to overcome our weaknesses and addictions is not our sanctification. Our sanctification is found in a person: Jesus Christ! When we are given just a little glimpse of the truth about Christ's awesome beauty and splendor, we will bow before Him in awe, and with gladness and affection we will abandon ourselves to Him.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Lord, I do hunger and thirst after Your righteousness. My hope is found only in You, Lord Jesus, and I submit myself to Your will so that I may overcome all the weakness in my human heart.

It's by knowing the truth, then pursuing a person (God),
along with resisting unholy passions and
temptations, that we can walk in victory.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Transforming Life

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,-.-.-.-and ye are not your own? —1 CORINTHIANS 6:19

When you were born again, the Spirit of God took up residence in you, and He imparted His very nature and being into your spirit. God left the man-made Holy of Holies and made you, the born-again believer, the temple of His presence.

You are in vital union with the Father. You have life in you today to transform your marriage, your relationship with your children, and your finances. There is life in you right now to heal your body. "In him was life; and the life was the light of men" (John 1:4). Take hold of this powerful truth today and begin to express His life.

We have been built up a holy habitation of the Lord, and He is building His dwelling place out of living stones. As His tabernacle, the presence of God goes wherever you go. You can bring those around you into His presence at any time and in any place. You bring life, healing, power, and deliverance into the lives of others through His indwelling presence. Is Jesus touching others through you?

Jesus, indwell me and overflow me touching all those
around me. Teach me how to keep
my temple holy for You. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

The Esteem of God

I know you by name and you have found favor with me. —Exodus 33:12

I heard Gigi Tchividjian give a talk in which she admitted to low self-esteem. She said, "Whenever I was introduced, I was referred to as Billy Graham's daughter, the wife of a Swiss psychiatrist, or the mother of six children." She concluded that she had no identity of her own, but she sought it and found it in Christ.

As God earmarked you for a work in the future, I would urge you to get your sense of self-esteem from knowing you please God alone. Just Him. He isn't hard to please. First, the blood of Jesus washed all sin and imperfection away. Second, Jesus is at the Father's right hand and is moved with compassion over our weaknesses. Third, the Father, in any case, "knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" (Ps. 103:14).

It is true that God will refine you so that when your time has come you will be ready and trustworthy of a greater anointing. But you won't be perfect. "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8). God isn't waiting for you to get perfect before He can use you. Otherwise He wouldn't use anybody—ever.

Do you have a heart after God? Do you yearn to honor Him? Do you aspire to seek not honor and glory from your peers but the honor that God alone can bestow? If so, God will find you. Your parents may not see in you what is there, however well they think they know you, but God does. He will find you. He will discover you. Someone said, "It takes fifteen years to become an overnight success." God's time has come when someone who knows all that is needed to know about you steps in without your raising a finger.

Excerpted from The Anointing: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Charisma House, 2003).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

God Meant It for Good

Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10 Throughout our lives circumstances and situations occur that we just do not understand. For example, I have been praying this week for two dear saints of the Lord who have been stricken with cancer. They both love the Lord with all of their hearts, and yet they are facing a severe test of faith. Why would God allow such a thing to occur? I often see how we blame God for our troubles, but we have to remember the "trouble maker" is not God. The "trouble maker" is Satan, and his plan is to destroy us. God's plan is to give us life and give it to us more abundantly. My husband had two heart attacks, and during that time, he held on to the scripture in Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end" (KJV).

Joseph did not have this verse of Scripture to hold on to when he went through many severe testings of his faith. He was almost murdered by his brothers, sold into slavery, accused falsely and imprisoned, yet Joseph never became bitter. He only became better. In this passage we see how afraid his brothers are because now their father was dead and they expected Joseph to seek retribution for their sin against him. After all, they were the ones who sold him into slavery and started his cycle of suffering. Some of the most amazing words in the Bible are recorded as Joseph talks with his brothers: "And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them" (Gen. 50:19-21, KJV).

Joseph knew his place, and he knew God's place. It was not his place to bring retribution upon his brothers. He released all judgment of them to God. He forgave them, and he even encouraged them and promised to nourish and take care of them the rest of their lives. Joseph understood the sovereignty of God. He knew as long as he was faithful to God and loved God with all of his heart, God would ultimately work everything for good in his life. Joseph knew this in his spirit, but we have an advantage over Joseph. This revelation that God works everything for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose is clearly written by Paul to us in Romans 8:28. If we love God with all of our hearts and know we are walking in the calling of God, we can have the deep assurance that whatever trial we face in this life, God's ultimate plan is to work it for good in our lives.

READ: Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10; Matthew 16:13-17:9; Psalm 21:1-13; Proverbs 5:1-6

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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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