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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 19 }

God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am." "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. —Exodus 3:4-6

In Old Testament times, whenever God appeared to men, an overwhelming sense of terror and dread was the result. In contrast, many in our day are so blind to God's transcendence that they show shocking disregard for Him. If people are unaware of God's terrifying supremacy that transcends the universe and time itself, they will have little fear of Him. If we have no fear of God, nor the fear of consequences, then we will easily break His commands.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father God, I stand in awe of Your power and might. Teach me to have a holy, reverential fear of Your glory so that my life will be lived in purity and holiness.

The downward spiral of morality in our society is directly
proportional to the loss of our understanding
of the greatness of God.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

An Eternal Covenant

And David said unto him [Mephibosheth], Fear not; for I will surely show thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul, thy father; and thou shalt eat at my table continually. —2 Samuel 9:7

King David's magnanimous response toward the helpless cripple Mephibosheth closely parallels how God loves us.

A covenant blessing awaited Mephibosheth that he could never even hope for in his wildest imagination. While Mephibosheth had resigned himself to a life of scraps and crumbs, his true inheritance was rooted in a covenant blessing that promised an abundant life.

Mephibosheth had to move from the desolation of Lo-debar to the palace in order to claim his blessing—and so do we! The covenant promise David made was more than a human promise to his beloved friend, Jonathan. David is honoring a timeless, eternal covenant sealed in blood and in the name of Almighty God, El Shaddai.

Jesus has sealed a covenant in His blood with You. You can feast at the table of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Will you come to His table?

Lord Jesus, when I eat the bread of Your broken body
and drink the cup of Your shed blood, I remember the
sacrifice You made on the cross to bring me to Your
table. Thank You for the new covenant sealed
by Your blood for my salvation. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

The Purpose of a Thorn in the Flesh

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh. —2 Corinthians 12:7

The purpose of the thorn in the flesh, Paul says, is to keep us from being conceited because of God's unusual blessing. In Paul's case it was because of "surpassing great revelations."

If you say, "I don't have a thorn in the flesh," then I don't suggest you pray, "O, please, Lord, give me one!" I can tell you right now that it is nothing for which you should stand in a line. It is nothing that you pray to get; you will pray to get rid of it. I don't wish it on anybody.

The first qualification for the thorn in the flesh is the fact that the Lord has been extraordinarily good to you. If He has been unusually good to you—you qualify. Is that you? It may not be "visions and revelations from the Lord" (2 Cor. 12:1), but it is nonetheless an equivalent dose of sovereign grace, so wonderful that it is humbling for you to contemplate.

The second prerequisite is that one of your weaknesses happens to be that you tend to take yourself too seriously. If you immediately say, "That's not me," then I doubt that this is true. We are talking here about a thing called "pride." We are talking about a sensitive ego. So if you are sure you don't have a problem where pride is concerned, then there is no problem for you! Congratulations! You will not have a thorn in the flesh. You are exempt, so forget it.

Now I don't want to be unfair, but if you think you don't have a problem with pride, then you show you have no conviction of sin. The more you are convicted of sin, and the more you see of God's glory, then the more you will see how proud you are. At first you say, "I'm not that bad," and later you say, "I'm horrible." God peels the layers away—that is why you need a thorn in the flesh.

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


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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

The Anointing for Ministry

Luke 4:1-32 So many in this day are seeking the anointing, but few realize that we already have the anointing. We have the same anointing for ministry that Jesus had. Isaiah lists seven aspects of this anointing of the Holy Spirit in Isaiah 11:1-2:

  • The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding
  • The Spirit of Counsel and Might
  • The Spirit of Knowledge and the Fear of the Lord
  • The Spirit of the Lord

In this passage in Luke Jesus tells how the Spirit of the Lord anointed Him for ministry. He then lists six things this anointing will enable Him to do:

  1. Preach the gospel to the poor
  2. Heal the brokenhearted
  3. Preach deliverance to the captives
  4. Recovering of the sight to the blind
  5. Set at liberty those who are bruised
  6. Preach the acceptable year of the Lord

The anointing of the Holy Spirit is what enabled Jesus to fulfill these six ministries. The Spirit of Counsel and Might enabled Jesus to heal the souls of the people. He was able to counsel those who were brokenhearted, and He also set at liberty all that were bruised in their souls. The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding enabled Him to preach the gospel to the poor in spirit who needed wisdom and understanding, and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord and Knowledge enabled Him to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

We have this same anointing. The Spirit of the Lord is upon you today. To whom will you minister today?

Lord, forgive me for seeking an anointing that I already have. Because Jesus lives in me, I have the same anointing He experienced when He was on earth. Why do I hesitate to move out in this anointing to minister to others? Help me to get rid of all of my fear and self-awareness and allow the Holy Spirit to minister through me today. Amen.

READ: Numbers 30:1-31:54; Luke 4:1-32; Psalm 63:1-11; Proverbs 11:20-21

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

Divine Empowerment

God didn’t just rescue us; He empowered us so that we can live successfully here in this world. He didn’t want children who would have the title of righteousness but not have the ability to overcome the sins and weaknesses that ensnared them in the first place. No, He designed salvation to be complete—triumphant living in this world as well as in the one to come.

"Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action)"

(2 Timothy 3:16, AMP).

God took great care in getting His Word to us, so why do we take it so lightly and not put more emphasis on it? Why do we try to make His infallible Word fit into or confirm our lifestyle or social culture instead of allowing it to shape our lives? It's incorruptible, eternal and can never be altered or changed. It is the rock where we're to stand firm and to base our lives on.


The living Word not only instructs but also empowers us to live above our own human potential—extraordinarily. We've been born again; we're brand-new people; we're sons and daughters of God!

It's so amazing when you think of it. The stars that sailors have set their course by for generations, the sun that has given light and warmth to our atmosphere for thousands and thousands of years, and the constellations that have been shining for longer than humans can remember can all fade out and die before the Word of God can fail. The Word of God is so mighty that it holds all created things together!

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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