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Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 238 }

Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. —Isaiah 60:4-5

A great company of billions of believers will gather together on the sea of glass for the long-awaited wedding day. It's significant that human history ends with the marriage supper of the Lamb, one of the very few corporate responses of the church to Jesus described in the Word of God. On that last day we will have fully understood Jesus's leadership over history. His perfect leadership will have produced a bride that says with a glad tongue, "Rejoice and be glad, for the marriage of the Lamb has come!" We will rejoice with absolute gladness. We will erupt with joy. Under the leadership of Jesus, the human heart always erupts with joy. This is His desire for us even on this side of eternity.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, Your Word teaches me that the wedding day of Your Son and His bride will be a glorious celebration beyond my human comprehension. My heart is filled with longing and anticipation, and I'm overwhelmed with love for my Bridegroom, Your precious Son.

When Jesus has His way, He makes hearts glad.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Put Your Past Behind You

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 3:13-14

Many people need to be delivered from the skeletons of their past. "Those things which are behind" may include failed marriages, broken promises, failures, disappointments, setbacks, and betrayals.

You can be standing waist high in ocean water and watch as water begins to ebb quietly away from you-.-.-.-then the force of the wave begins to increase, propelling you forward.

Just as the tide pulls the water back, forming a wave of power, God draws you to Himself.

Don't fight against God's pulling and tugging at your spirit. Allow yourself to be drawn to Him and enveloped in His presence. Trust Him with your very life, and He will propel you forward into your destiny.

Put all of your past behind you. Bury it under His mercy and grace. Refuse to dig it up again or to listen to the old, tired accusations of the devil.

Jesus, give me the strength to look forward and not look back.
Keep me from dredging up my past sin which You have
already forgiven and forgotten. Keep my
heart fixed on You. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

Today's Message

The Lord Is Always Before You

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. —Psalm 16:8

I would like to discuss the circumstances of unhappy employment, for various circumstances can lie behind this. For some, a lack of education has meant that they will always be stuck in a certain kind of job.

Some travel considerable distances to get just what work they can find. Then, after they get there, it is really dull. They dread arriving, they look forward to leaving, and they look forward to Fridays and hate Mondays. On top of that they have to work hard and inconvenient hours. In other words, they experience a lack of fulfillment. Sometimes the way they are treated is degrading. And as for a bit of prestige? It is out of the question. No prestige. But that was how it was for Joseph, too.

But there is some compensation in unhappy employment. I don't refer to being paid a little extra or getting double pay for overtime. I am talking here about a different kind of compensation. The Bible says Potiphar bought Joseph from the Ishmaelites who had taken him to Egypt, but the Lord was with Joseph (Gen. 39:2). I call that a wonderful compensation! Now if I can get this point across, it could change everything and possibly give a person a different perspective. Unhappy employment is not unusual. What is unusual is the fact that the Lord is with you.

One of the greatest things you can ever learn as a Christian is to remember that you have the presence of God. Why does it say the psalmist "set the Lord" before himself? It means that he had to remind himself that the Lord was there. You see, setting the Lord before him didn't mean that by doing this the Lord managed to get there on time. No, the Lord was already there, because David went on to say, "Because he is on my right hand." The phrase "I have set the Lord" means that David put himself in a frame of mind to remind himself that the Lord was already there. "I have set the Lord always before me."

And if you can do this in the toughest moment and in the loneliest moment, then you know He is there. Remind yourself, He is there.

Excerpted from The Thorn in the Flesh (Charisma House, 2004).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

What Would Jesus Do?

1 Corinthians 10:15-11:2 Many today are wearing a bracelet with the initials W.W.J.D? This stands for, "What would Jesus do?" My older sister was impressed with a family who counseled their children to ask "What would Jesus do?" when they were wrestling with whether to do something or not. The answer to the question "What would Jesus do?" is always the same. The answer is, "Jesus would always do what would bring glory to His heavenly Father."

In this passage Paul gives the right answer also to this question. He says simply, "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Cor. 10:31).

The above statement is a great measuring rod we can use to determine if we should do something or not. We need to ask ourselves the question, "Is what I am about to say or do going to glorify my heavenly Father?" If it will not glorify Him, then we should not say or do it.

Sin is simply falling short of the glory of God. We will not fall short of the glory of God if we are constantly seeking to glorify Him. A prayer I try to pray every morning is the one below. You might want to join me in praying it this morning.

Father, help me today to say and do only those things that will bring glory to You. I offer the members of my body—my mind to think Your thoughts, my tongue to extol You and to speak edifying things to others, my hands to do Your works and my feet to walk in Your ways and Your will today.

READ: Nehemiah 11:1-12:26; 1 Corinthians 10:15-11:2; Psalm 34:11-22; Proverbs 24:14-16


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Live Extraordinarily

Today's Message

Greater Works

To be holy is to live like Jesus, to walk as He did on this earth, bearing the same fruit. Jesus made this clear: "You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures." (John 15:16, TEV)

What enduring fruit is Jesus referring to? He revealed the answer to this during His Last Supper: "The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works..." (John 14:12, NLT)

Greater works? He specifically states, "Anyone who believes..." I would have found these words difficult to believe if anyone other than Jesus had said them. However, this remarkable statement is straight from His lips, and His Word is infallible! We have been brought into His family, made one with Him, and given His nature and Spirit. Therefore, we are not only to do the miraculous works He did but to surpass them! How is this possible? Through His grace.

Grace gives us the power to go beyond our natural ability. It brings us into the extraordinary realm. Hear Paul's words: "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:8, NKJV)

In this scripture, Paul was specifically discussing finances and giving, but the principle applies to all areas of life. There are several key words we need to highlight. First, Paul says, "...all grace abound toward you"—not a little bit of grace but all. Every spiritual blessing is ours in Christ Jesus (see Ephesians 1:3). This is why the Holy Spirit through Paul states, "No one, then, should boast about what human beings can do. Actually everything belongs to you...and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God" (1 Corinthians 3:21, 23, TEV).

Paul continues by saying you will always—not just in some incidents, but always—have all sufficiency (total and complete) to abound in every good work. Jesus declares that each of us will accomplish greater works. So, abounding, empowering grace gives us complete and total sufficiency to meet every need we may encounter, no matter what it is! There is nothing that cannot be accomplished in regard to bringing heaven's provision to earth, for grace has fully provided it all.

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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