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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 67 }

Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. They know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. —Psalm 82:4-5

Satan's goal is to keep us in darkness. His strategy is to distort or restrict our knowledge of God so that it is erroneous and inadequate. Thus we are weakened and held in bondage. Satan seeks to lay claim to every area of spiritual darkness that he can find in us, including wrong ideas and thought systems, sympathetic thoughts toward sin, and self-excusing rationalizations. He utilizes these to erect spiritual strongholds in us to protect his investments and interests in our lives.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, when I am feeling weak, confused, and ineffective, help me to realize that a dark area in my spiritual life may be hiding some sinful habit or area of rebellion that needs to be exposed to God’s light and then destroyed. Let Your light shine on all the dark areas of my life, O God, and bring me into spiritual maturity.

Satan does not want the light of the knowledge of
God’s heart to invade our spiritual darkness.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

He's in You

God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. —COLOSSIANS 1:27

The Tabernacle is a perfect picture of the coming of Christ and that He wants to live in you. The glory of God dwelt in the Holy of Holies. The very presence and tangibility of God resided within that holy chamber. Once a year the High Priest entered to sprinkle the blood of animals as an atonement for the sins of the people (Hebrews 9:7).

The Holy of Holies and the Ark of the Covenant itself have been transferred from a shittim-wood box, overlaid with gold. God has engraved those tablets not on tablets of stone, but on the fleshly tablets of your heart.

He has laid deity over your humanity and sent you out into the world as a living, breathing, moving Ark of His covenant! Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, and His anointing reside in you. You are being transformed from glory to glory. "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Jesus, clothe and transform me with Your glory so that
all I do may give glory and honor to Your name. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

How to Develop Active Listening

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. —Revelation 2:7

If we are going to learn how to develop active listening to the voice of the Spirit, there are a few characteristics that we need.

The first characteristic required for active listening is an open mind. That means, a mind closed to nothing that coheres with holiness. Paul says about this, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure . . ." (Phil. 4:8, KJV).

The second characteristic for active listening is a willingness to let go of our pride, a willingness to be vulnerable.

The third characteristic is that we are always listening out for God's voice, even when this involves a telling off. God may speak to us through a friend or a stranger; through unanswered prayer or through the withholding of vindication. It may be through disappointment. It can be simply because we see the need. If we are really walking in the light, we will look anywhere for God's way of speaking.

So often we expect God to speak to us in one way, when all the time He is approaching us differently. Someone has put it like this: God gives hints rather than directions. He lets you come to the conclusion for yourself.

The fourth characteristic to hearing God is that we deal with any impediment that militates against the Spirit, for example, any personal bias that we superimpose upon God, calling it His will when it's actually our own prejudice, and any grudge or unforgiving attitude.

Again, we must beware of any fleshly appetite that dulls our spiritual outlook: it may be a television program, our choice of reading or of friends. Some things may not be bad in themselves, but we know that they dull our desire for God.

When we learn to develop a lifestyle of active listening, we will hear God's voice much more frequently than before, because now we are beginning to recognize when He speaks.

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

The Value of a Prayer Partner

Matthew 18:1-22 It has been my privilege over my fifty-plus years as a Christian to always have a prayer partner. There are so many advantages in having a prayer partner. This passage in Matthew gives two very important reasons for us to pray with others. Jesus tells us, "Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matt. 18:19-20, KJV).

Whenever we pray in agreement with another person, God promises to answer our requests, and He promises to be in the midst of us as we pray with two or more people. There is great power in agreement. For years I had my own quiet time and Tom had his. We only prayed together when there was an emergency. One Sunday morning during communion, the Lord spoke this to my heart: "The days ahead are going to be difficult. If you do not pray in agreement with your husband, you will not be able to get through these days. I want you to pray daily together first for your nation and leaders, then pray for yourselves, your family, your church and others."

We had been married for twenty-five years when I received that exhortation from the Lord. We have seen miracles happen over and over again as we have agreed together in prayer about the things listed above. We have seen our son delivered from drugs, three beautiful daughter-in-laws who love the Lord with all their hearts and who simply adore their husbands, deliverance from serious injury in a car accident, healing of a heart problem, just to name a few. If none of our requests had been answered, however, just experiencing the presence of the Lord as we prayed was gift enough to keep us praying in agreement together. God promised to hear every prayer request for others as we touched them through prayer and prayed for their concerns.

One of the greatest joys of my life has been to meet with several neighborhood ladies to pray every Monday night. We have been meeting for more than seventeen years and have seen so many answers to prayers for our families, for one another and others. I look forward to going to church on Wednesday nights when our whole church meets to pray in agreement for those things that concern us. If the prayer of one righteous man avails much, just think about what the prayers of two or more righteous people will accomplish.

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

The Fullness of Grace

You probably know that by God's grace you're forgiven and saved, but do you know there is so much more that grace gives us?

"And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace" (John 1:16, NKJV). Here is the point so many miss—with grace we can receive the fullness of God's nature! Grace is a gift that not only saved us but also imparted in us the completeness of Jesus. We are in Christ, He is in us and we have the fullness of His nature.

The fundamental problem is that we have cut ourselves off from the flow of grace. Most believe that God's grace has forgiven us from all sin and saved us from hell—which is true—but many are missing the rest: the new nature we have, the power to walk in holiness and the authority to bring heaven's will to earth to meet the needs of humankind.

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

Many believers think that we are merely struggling sinners who've been forgiven—and someday, in heaven, we'll be like Jesus. This fallacy keeps people in bondage and nullifies God's power in their lives. The Bible tells us we are His children: "Beloved, now we are children of God" (1 John 3:2). If we are now His children, then we now have access to fully operate in the character of Jesus. We have the ability to live as He intended us to live from the beginning—extraordinarily! We can live in His image, His likeness, possessing His ability—all through grace!

Grace not only instructs us but also empowers us to live above our own human potential. We've been born again; we're brand-new people. We are free to live an extraordinary life! You are a son or daughter of God. You possess His nature. You were meant for anything but ordinary!

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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