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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 287 }

These are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel. —Acts 2:15-16, NKJV

The Joel 2 prophecies concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit are partially fulfilled in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. But just because the outpouring at Pentecost was "what was spoken by the prophet Joel" doesn't mean that was all of the outpouring. The Spirit fell on one hundred twenty people in a small room in Jerusalem. That's not big enough for the complete fulfillment—even if you include the three thousand who were converted and baptized that day. I am convinced that the fullness of Joel 2 is yet to be seen. The greatest and fullest manifestation of the kingdom of God—the Day of the Lord, the restoration of all things, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit—is reserved for the consummation of all things at the end of the age. I believe there will be an unprecedented revival in which all believers will experience dreams, visions, and everything Joel prophesied just before the Second Coming of Christ.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, I long for the fulfillment of Your prophetic word to pour Your Spirit out upon this world. I wait eagerly for revival to fill our land and for Your people to experience dreams and visions from You.

The prophecy will have a worldwide scope
to it where all flesh—that is, all believers,
not just prophets—will have
dreams and see visions.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Household Salvation

They shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house. —Exodus 12:3

The night before the great Exodus, God instructed each Hebrew household to slay a lamb and apply its blood on their doorposts. When the death angel saw the blood of the spotless lamb, he knew to pass over that home-.-.-.-and the entire household was spared God's wrath.

Parents, the Bible says if you believe Jesus is who He said He is—the Lamb that died for the sins of the world—you are to apply His sinless blood to your life and that of your family, and believe God for your entire household to be saved! (Acts 16:31).

Stop walking the floor and complaining to God, "My children are on drugs," or "Mine is a homosexual," or "Mine has been married fourteen times." Walk around your home and announce, "I plead the blood of the Passover Lamb over my home. I don't care what my family's situation looks like, or what it sounds like. I don't care what anyone says about it. The blood is applied!"

Lord Jesus, I apply the blood to my family. Cover and
protect my spouse and my children, my parents, and
my grandchildren. By Your blood, redeem, deliver,
save, heal, and restore every member
of family. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

The Unloved Woman

When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn't I?" —Genesis 29:25

Leah, Jacob's first wife, not his choice and not part of his plans, can be seen in the Bible as the unloved woman. Perhaps she was unloved by everybody. Jacob didn't love her. She was plain, and Jacob never pretended to notice Leah. So we see Leah was also unloved by her father, because no father would have treated his daughter like that if he cared about the way she felt. Leah was manipulated and controlled by an uncaring father. Can you identify with that?

So why is this story relevant? It is especially relevant to any woman who feels unloved. It could be because of an unhappy relationship with her father. You have felt unloved as long as you can remember because you haven't known a father's love. Perhaps you feel unloved because of an unhappy relationship with a brother or a sister. It could be you feel unloved because of a husband or because of another man who has hurt and rejected you. My word to you is this: God cares about that. Furthermore, this story is relevant not only to women, but also to any man, any husband, any father. If you have been insensitive to a woman's feelings and have underestimated the hurt she feels by her rejection, you may come to appreciate the depth of her pain.

We are all different, and because we do not share the same problems and weaknesses, we may feel it is hard to find someone else who will understand how we feel. The point is that God sees and understands, and to prove it, He sent His Son into the world, who lived on this earth, tempted at every point just as we are, yet He was without sin. And even if no one else understands, Jesus will understand completely. Do you know we can talk to Him and tell Him just what we're feeling? No one ever cared for us like Jesus.

Excerpted from All's Well That Ends Well (Authentic Media, 2005).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

A Merry Heart

Proverbs 17:22 In recent years some medical doctors have used "laugh therapy" with their patients. I heard a story about a lady who was healed through laughter. Her doctor prescribed a steady diet of "The Three Stooges." She was instructed to watch the videos of their old films as much as possible. It worked. She actually laughed her way to health. This secret was known by Solomon, who writes, "A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones."

Medical research has discovered that healing enzymes are sent throughout the body when we laugh. Over the years I have learned that God has a sense of humor. He loves to rejoice.

You've heard the expression, "An apple a day will keep the doctor away." I believe "a laugh a day will keep the doctor away." A great healing comes to us when we are able to laugh at ourselves. When we take ourselves too seriously, we are just no fun to be around. My pappy was a great storyteller, and he had a dry wit. He had lots of friends who always wanted to take him on fishing trips because they enjoyed his stories, humor and company. I believe the disciples felt the same way about Jesus. One of my favorite pictures of Jesus is the one that portrays Him laughing.

In contrast, a broken spirit causes dry bones. This condition in modern terms would be called osteoporosis. The bones naturally become more brittle with old age, but we can hasten this condition if we have a broken spirit. A broken spirit is usually caused by rejection. In counseling many brokenhearted people, I have seen the toll rejection has had on their bodies. It is hard to have a merry heart if we live with an abusive husband or a rebellious child. Yet it is a merry heart that will get us through even oppressive situations.

What can a person who is trapped in an oppressive situation do to maintain a merry heart?

I gave the answer to this question to a friend who called me today. Her husband emotionally abuses her with his critical, judgmental spirit. In his eyes she can do nothing right. I told her to fill her house with praise when he is at work. Keep praise music on all day and sing songs to her children. All the day long she can sing hymns, psalms, spiritual songs and make melody in her heart to the Lord.

God has given us the garment of praise that lifts the spirit of heaviness. I know if this dear lady will fill her house with praise, she will charge the atmosphere with the presence of the Lord, and her husband will be affected. So many that are oppressed or depressed seek to self-medicate themselves with alcohol, over-the-counter drugs or other drugs. We have God's medicine bottle, and the directions read: Take seven praise pills a day and rejoice in the Lord.

REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS, AND AGAIN I SAY, REJOICE!

READ: 2 Kings 3:1-4:17; Acts 14:8-28; Psalm 140:1-13; Proverbs 17:22


 

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

The Road of Holiness

God has given us the resources we need to live a holy life that pleases Him! There's no need to ever fall short. Consider what the writer of Hebrews tells us: Pursue…holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God. (12:14–15, NKJV)

The main point here is clear: We need the grace of God to walk in true holiness. Again we might ask, "If, as we've been taught, grace is only about forgiveness, then what does 'fall short' mean in this verse?" The Greek word here is hustereo. Strong's Concordance defines it as "to be inferior, to fall short (be deficient), come behind, be destitute, fail." Thayer's Lexicon goes into more depth by stating that this word's meaning is "to be left behind in the race and so fail to reach the goal, to fall short of the end."

Hear the prophet Isaiah's words: There will be a highway there, called "The Road of Holiness." No sinner will ever travel that road; no fools will mislead those who follow it. No lions will be there; no fierce animals will pass that way. Those whom the LORD has rescued will travel home by that road. They will reach Jerusalem [heaven] with gladness, singing and shouting for joy. They will be happy forever, forever free from sorrow and grief. (35:8-10, TEV)

God says that when we walk in the power of the grace of God, bearing true fruits of holiness, we are invincible because of Him. Isaiah says that no fierce animal, such as a bear or lion, will be able to take us out! (This includes our supreme enemy, Satan, who walks about as "a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" [1 Peter 5:8].)

We have no reason to fail when producing fruits of holiness through the power of God's grace—not because of us but because of Him. Grace gives us the power to walk the highway of holiness, which secures for us the promise of finishing the race well.

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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