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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 259 }

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. —2 Corinthians 9:10-11

Adullam was tough for another reason as well. The people who gathered to David were not exactly Israel's best and brightest. Their spiritual roots were not deeply anchored in God. They were in distress, in debt, and discontented with Saul and the government. They came to David and said, "Take care of us. It's time somebody else thinks for me!" Idealism and naivete about relationships are removed from us in Adullam. This is the place where we discover that God is real and He alone is our supply even in greatest distress, not the people He sends our way. The good news of Adullam is that it gives you hints and foreshadowing of what you can expect in the time of God's full release of your destiny. So the struggles you are visited with in Adullam turn out to be training for the way God wants to bless you in Zion. In your time of deepest struggle you will see hints of what's to come in your life.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

You alone supply the things I need—whether in Gibeah or Adullam. Teach me to look only to You for my supply. Help me to show others that You are all I need, all they need.

God doesn't want us to get our identity even
a little bit from our anointing or earthly
success but from being loved by
God and being a lover of God.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Change Your Mind

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. —Romans 12:2

What must happen for the kingdom of heaven to come? Renew your mind according to the Word of God.

Christians sometimes sing, "When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!" Why wait? You are in the kingdom of heaven right now! Rejoice! When you change your mind, you also change your attitudes and your actions. Your responses change. When life gets tough, start rejoicing instead of rebelling. When difficulties arise, start praising instead of protesting.

You are a child of the King. Begin to think like a King's kid. Instead of praying for the rapture when trouble comes, transform woeful thoughts into words of faith: "Things may look bad, but I am in the center of God's perfect will for my life. I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heavenly places together with Christ Jesus. The kingdom has come because the King has come!

Jesus, renew my mind. Change my attitudes
and my actions. Renew and conform me
to Your image that my every word
and actions will proceed
from You. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Lifestyle Worship

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. —Ephesians 4:1

The way we guard against being a hypocrite six days a week and acting piously on Sundays is by applying the Word of God to our lives. Revival in a church may be quite extraordinary, but it is only a question of whether each member is following the conductor's score in his private life. In an orchestra, the sound is no greater than the sum of the different parts. As Paul says in Ephesians 4:16, "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love" (KJV). So our worship ought to be a glorious symphony to God—no one out of tune, no one playing too loudly, each person following his or her own score.

Though our worship is not a performance designed to attract other people, or pander to our own love of display, there is a sense in which it is a performance—a performance for God. Our worship is for God, the King of kings; should that not affect us as we prepare for the Sunday worship since our Sunday worship is the culmination of what we are all the time?

How do we actually achieve this? How does the right performance come about? The first is practice at the individual level.

We can all practice living in the presence of God from minute to minute. And in order to do this, we must outlaw all bitterness from our lives. We must seek to be filled with love, with total forgiveness, and acceptance of each other.

Excerpted from Worshipping God (Hodder & Stoughton, 2004).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

You've Got to Serve Somebody

Romans 6:1-23 One of the things men rebel against is serving a master. Many rebel against serving God because they feel they will not be able to do their own thing. What rebellious people do not realize is that even though they are not serving God, they are serving another master when they do their own thing. When we resist God, we submit to Satan. When we submit to God, we are able to resist Satan.

In this passage in Romans Paul makes it quite clear that we are all servants. We are either servants of sin or servants of righteousness. The fruit of sin is death. The fruit of righteousness is peace, joy and life. We have to decide which fruit we want our lives to produce. If we honestly look at this choice, it truly is a "no brainer." Who on earth would choose death over life, peace and joy? Yet many make such a choice daily when they seek to do their own thing rather than God's thing.

Paul exhorts us to offer the members of our bodies as an instrument of righteousness unto God. If we do not offer the members of our bodies to God, then we have by our own neglect or apathy submitted the members of our bodies to Satan through giving into our own lusts. If we do not reckon ourselves dead daily to sin, then the members of our bodies will be alive to lusts and to Satan's plan, not God's plan for our lives. A daily prayer I pray is:

Lord, I offer the members of my body today to You to be used as instruments of Your love, righteousness, peace and joy.

When I pray this prayer, I know I have submitted to God, and I also know He will give me the strength to resist the devil and give me the power to say no to my own lusts. If I sincerely want to do God's thing today instead of my own thing, He will move heaven and earth to see that I have the power and ability to do His will. In fact, He has already moved heaven and earth to empower me to do His thing instead of my thing. The earth quaked when Jesus died on the cross for me, and the heavens were opened when Jesus ascended victorious over sin and death.

God only wants one thing from us today. He wants us. We can offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to Him today by offering the members of our bodies to be used as instruments of His love, righteousness, peace and joy. If we will do this, the power of heaven and earth are at our disposal. His name is Jesus. He is all power and has defeated every other power in rebellion against Him. He has defeated Satan and provided a way for us to escape from our own fleshly lusts. Hallelujah!!!

READ: 2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17; Romans 6:1-23; Psalm 16:1-11; Proverbs 19:20-21


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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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