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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 261 }

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. —Ephesians 4:2-6

The Lord told David to go to Hebron and only take a little bit of the kingdom. There were twelve tribes of Israel, and Hebron represented only one. God was testing and training David once again. He wanted David to find his identity in God, not in being king of Israel. Therefore, God only released a partial fulfillment of the full destiny promised to him. God will do this to us, too. It's an agonizing experience, but it builds incredible patience in us. David spent seven more years limited to the city of Hebron. Still, he didn't become angry with God for making him wait through another season of testing. He knew the Lord would give him all of Israel when it was time. He was after the perfect will of God and would not settle for less. The only reason David could act this way lay in his identity: being king of Israel was not the key to his sense of importance. And we too will triumph in the lesson of Hebron when we see we are already successful before God and don't strive for success before men by going after position and honor.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Teach me, Father, that the accumulation of blessings that You have brought into my life pale in importance to the intimate relationship You long to share with me. Let me dwell in Hebron, the place of partial fulfillment of Your destiny for me, content to find my identity in You and You alone.

God wants you to find your identity
in God, not in earthly success.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Whom Will You Believe?

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae, of David also-.-.-.-Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.-.-.-.- —Hebrews 11:32-33

Sometimes when we are confronted by the cares of the world, we find ourselves believing in a God who is different from the God of the Bible. Not believing God is who He says He is probably accounts for most of the uncertainty and defeat in our lives.

Believe in Him! The God of the Bible always hears and answers your prayers. The God of the Bible does not cower in the presence of the devil and will never leave you nor forsake you. The God of the Bible cannot fail.

He is the God of battles, the Lord of Hosts, and the God of victory. He will never surrender in the face of adversity because the war is over and He has emerged victorious! Just believe in Him and the battle is already won!

Never consider defeat when He is in the plan and the battle. Never allow doubt to distort His Word or truth. Above the roar of the battle, only one voice rings out the truth—the voice of God. Listen to His still, small voice whispering His truth in your heart.

God, how I listen intently for Your voice in
Your Word, in worship, in the stillness,
in the Spirit, and in the prophetic
moments. Speak to me and I will
both listen and believe. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

God Comes in a New Way

When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. —1 Kings 19:13

If someone were to say to you today, "The Lord is going to appear in your life between now and sunset," you would probably say, "Well, if He really is going to appear, I'm sure I'll recognize Him."

Elijah was to see a manifestation of the glory of God unlike anything he had ever seen before (1 Kings 19:9-18). It comes at a time in his life when he is depressed, tired, and on the run from his enemies. As he shelters in a cave in hiding, God tells Elijah to watch and see what He will do: "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by" (v. 11).

First, a great and powerful wind tears the mountain apart and shatters the rocks around him. This has to be the Lord! He has appeared in this way before. But we're told that "the Lord was not in the wind." After the wind there is an earthquake. Ah, this must be it! But no—"the Lord was not in the earthquake." After the earthquake comes a fire. Elijah is sure this is the way it should be, because God had previously manifested Himself through fire. But "the Lord was not in the fire." After the fire there is "a gentle whisper," what the King James Version calls "a still small voice."

I daresay that God wants to appear in my life and in yours. The difficulty is that we tell Him how He can do it. Some of us who have seen God work think, I'll know Him when He comes because I've seen Him before. The truth is, God may come again and ignore all the traditional ways. He has worked through earthquakes. He has worked through wind. He has worked through fire. But this time He may come in a different manner. Will we recognize Him if He does?

Excerpted from When God Shows Up (Renew Books, 1998).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

Investing in the Kingdom of God

Proverbs 19:17 Two of the treasures we can take to heaven when we die are people we have witnessed to and the Word of God we have hidden in our hearts. There is another way we can invest in God's kingdom here on earth and at the same time add to our heavenly bank account. Today's reading reveals this way. It says, "He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord; and He will pay back what he is given."

The thought that we can lend to God seems odd since God owns everything. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. What need does He have for us to lend to Him? Most banks are happy to loan money to people. They know they will be paid back more than the amount of the loan because they add interest to the payments. Wouldn't you love to find a bank that was willing for you to lend to it, and in return this bank would pay you back the amount you loaned and even more than you loaned? God is the corporate president of such a bank.

When we lend to God, we do not charge interest, but He pays us back abundantly with interest. We give directly to God when we offer sacrifices of worship, praise, our bodies for His use daily, our time and finances. We loan to God when we give to the poor. What we give to the poor, it is a loan to God because we become the instrument to bless someone who can never pay us back. Our loan is not to the person, because he cannot pay us back. But our loan is to God, and He pays us back. The treasure God receives when we lend to Him by giving to the poor is pure delight and joy when He sees how this poor person has been blessed by our generosity. Nothing makes God happier than to see the poor being fed and clothed by those who care in the body of Christ.

God was delighted on the day we gave pair of shoes to an Indian pastor who for his forty years on earth had gone barefoot. The moment this pastor put these shoes on, he ran and jumped and praised the Lord. I believe God was running and jumping right along with Him. God was rejoicing over that scene with singing and dancing. Today you may have an opportunity to lend to God by giving to the poor. The rewards of such a loan are beyond expression.

Lord, help me to lend to You by giving to the poor. I realize some people are poor spiritually because they have never known Your love. No one has invested the time it takes to share with them the gospel. Don't allow me to miss out on any opportunities You may present to me today to lend to You by giving to those who are physically poor or spiritually poor. Amen.

READ: 1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34; Romans 4:14-5:2; Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 19:17


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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

A Life You Were Created For

??Have you often thought, "There must be more"? You’re not alone. I believe a fresh revelation of truth will unlock the God-potential within you. You probably know that by God’s grace you’re forgiven and saved, but do you know that His grace empowers you here and now in this life?

"And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace" (John 1:16, NKJV). Here's the point so many miss: With grace we can receive the fullness of God's nature! Grace is the gift that not only saved us but also imparts to us the completeness of Jesus. We are in Christ, He is in us, and we have the fullness of His nature. Without this insight, we cut ourselves off from the flow of grace. Most believe God's grace has forgiven their sin and saved them from hell, but there is so much more! We have been given a new nature, and we are empowered to walk as Jesus (see 1 John 2:6) with authority to bring heaven's will to earth.

My life changed dramatically once I discovered that grace not only includes God's amazing forgiveness and promise of heaven, but also His empowerment in this life. Before this, I struggled trying to be good in my own strength. I found many of God's instructions too difficult to fulfill, I battled inferiority and poor self-image as I wondered why there was so little eternal fruit in my life. However, once the realization came that I possessed the fullness of God's nature, my life stabilized, blessings flowed and my impact for the kingdom greatly increased.

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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