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Breakthrough.


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Before the breakthrough comes the vision of what God can and will do if you will act in faith.

Notice this: It’s not vision we lack, but resolve.

Breaking through requires much of us.

God has done His part.

 He has issued the invitation, “Come to My table.

 Eat of My flesh.

 Drink of My blood.

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you.” (See John 6.)

All the elements needed for a breakthrough have been provided by God for you.

The breakthrough for your harvest is here.

The breakthrough for your healing is here.

The breakthrough for your prospering is here.

The breakthrough for your inheritance is here.

 Will you break through?

Father, give me a vision of what You can do in my life if I will act in faith.
 
Show me the “new things”
You have for me. I accept Your invitation to come to Your table.
 
Lead me into my breakthroughs. Amen.
 

The Need for Fresh Anointing.


The Lord’s anointing oil is on you. —Leviticus 10:7

Our reward in heaven will not be determined by yesterday’s anointing but by today’s fresh anointing.

I will not receive a reward for how well I preached, how many thousands I reached or blessed, or even how many people were converted under my ministry.

To be rewarded for my gifts is nonsense!

“For who makes you different from anyone else?.

What do you have that you did not receive?.

And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Cor. 4:7).

God is not going to reward me for the ability He alone gave me.

My reward in heaven (may God grant that there is such) will come entirely by whether I practiced what I preached: walking in the light, dignifying the trial, totally forgiving others, and placing utmost priority on my intimacy with Him.

And yet my continued effectiveness here below is also determined by my hearing God’s voice today.

If my anointing given me yesterday is replenished by a fresh anointing that comes by the way I live personally and privately, I will continue to hear God speak and will know His will daily.

I will not  miss what He wants of me or what He wants me to see around me.

I can think of nothing worse than missing out on what God is doing.

And yet my knowledge of the Bible will not in and of itself guarantee that I will recognize what He is up to today.

We must all learn to distinguish the difference between what is important and what is essential—and always do the latter.

Whether with our use of time, money, our diaries, or social relationships, the issue is what is essential and being sure we do what is essential.

Yesterday’s anointing is important; today’s fresh anointing is essential.

Excerpted from The Anointing: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Charisma House, 2003).

By R. T. KENDALL.

{ Day 365 }.


 

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5

Search the Scriptures and look for new insights into the ways of God with His people.

Study the history of revivals.

Wisdom and errors are easier to perceive with the luxury that hindsight affords.

Encourage people to rejoice in that, whether or not they have personally been manifestly touched by the Spirit, God is visiting the body in general.

 Let us not be so individualistic in our thinking.

May we all trust the Lord to give us our personal portion in any visitation and be glad for what He is doing in others.

This attitude puts us in the best possible condition to be able to receive what God does have for us as individuals.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Thank You, Father, for all that You are doing in my life.

 I commit my life to searching Your Word and Your presence for new revelation from You.

I want to be fully engaged in Your destiny for my life.

I want to be counted worthy of manifesting Your marvelous love to others.

 I am Yours, Lord.

Use me in any way You choose—now and forever.

Encourage people to rejoice in that, whether or not they have personally been manifestly touched by the Spirit, God is visiting the body in general.

By MIKE BICKLE.

Around The Corner.


“Go down ahead of me to Gilgal.

I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.” 1 Samuel 10:8 (NIV)

God had given Saul specific directions from the prophet Samuel on how to win in a battle Saul was going through.

Saul was instructed to go to Gilgal and wait on Samuel to come and offer a sacrifice unto God.

Then Saul would be told what to do next in his life.

But in 1 Samuel 13:8-14, we find that Saul did not wait and did not follow what the Lord told him to do.

“He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter.

So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.”

And Saul offered up the burnt offering. Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.

“What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD’s favor.’

So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”

“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said.

“You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.

But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” (NIV)

Saul did not wait on the timing of God’s direction. He started looking at the situation around him.

He began to see, in the natural, the men beginning to leave; the men he was counting on.

He began to fear and think, “My enemy is going to come into this territory and attack me.”

Then he began to feel, “I will take matters into my own hands and not follow The Word given to me.

It’s getting too late, The Word or promise given to me is not happening, I will just stop waiting and believing that God will come through for me.

This is just taking too long!”

Is that where you are right now?.

Are you like Saul, looking at how hard it’s getting?.

Are you beginning to move according to what is going on around you?

Saul’s promise was coming.

The manifestation of his promise from God was on its way; it was moving on the road toward him!

His promise was almost there when Saul decided to quit waiting, watching, believing and speaking what God said. His breakthrough was on its way.

The change in his situation that he had been waiting on was just a few moments in time from him, and Saul gave up and canceled it all to discover that “Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived.”

That’s what God wants you to know.

He knows what time it is.

He loves you and He will keep His Word – will you?.

Are we going to give up because it looks like it is getting late?.

Are we going to try to make a breakthrough happen by ourselves and in our own power?

Decide today to dig your spiritual heels in the ground and not give up! You shall finish strong! 

Scripture Of The Day: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14 (NIV).

By Jamie Carte.

Why His Return?.


And if I go… I will come again…
John 14:3

Recommended Reading
Revelation 22:6-7

The first appearance of Jesus was a mission of humility and sacrifice.

The second will be a mission of triumph and transformation.

He often described it as a groom returning for His bride.

 The Church, He said, is “the bride of Christ.”

And what eager brides we are!–eagerly awaiting our Lord to come take us home!

 According to 1 Thessalonians 4, He will break through the clouds with a great shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.

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But He must also come to judge the world.

Jesus spoke several times of the final judgment, when He would come to judge the living and the dead and to separate His faithful children from those who refuse to follow Him.

He’ll also return to establish a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness.

 How eagerly we’re awaiting His new universe with its shimmering capital city described in Revelation 21 and 22 as the New Jerusalem.

Another year is dawning, dear Father let it be, on earth or else in Heaven another year for Thee!
Frances Havergal

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Psalm 119
 

Resurrection Power.


  
     

“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” -Romans 6:5

 Can you recall a time when a piece of your spirit died?.

 Maybe someone said something to you that left an indelible negative impression on you…or, you received a critical word or comment that sapped your spirit.

Because of comments made to us and/or experiences during our lifetimes, all of us carry in our hearts some negative impressions of ourselves and our capabilities.

All of us have “given up” on certain dreams or aspirations at one time or another.

 All of us have negative impressions of ourselves that are absolutely NOT true.

 All of us have felt a piece of a dream, or an entire dream, die.

However, death is not the end of the story.

 Yes, death can be painful – very painful – when you work hard and plan long, and then, for whatever reason, have to abandon your project, your dream, or even a longstanding relationship.

It hurts.

Death can also be very sudden and almost painless when you submissively and perhaps subconsciously just let go of your dream, reasoning, “It probably wasn’t a very good idea anyway…my ideas never are…”

I know for me, personally, my soul tends to want to “settle in silence” when I passively let a piece of my spirit die.

 “Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul would soon have settled in silence” (Psalm 94:17).

And this happens ONLY when I choose to NOT allow the Lord to be my help. Either way, death leaves an empty hole in our hearts.

However, there’s more to the story, the final chapter. Christ‘s death on the cross – we can’t even imagine the obvious physical pain, let alone the magnitude of His sacrifice.

 But, Christ knew it wasn’t the end. He knew that death was just a painful bridge to a beautiful new birth!

Yes, the final chapter is, of course, the resurrection – the glorious resurrection!

You’ve heard it a million times: “You can resurrect your dream!” So-called “self-help” books have told you this for years, but, you might be thinking, “I’ve been there, done that.

I’m worn out on that idea.” Well, maybe, maybe not. Christ’s resurrection was God’s idea, not yours, not mine, not anyone else’s.

What is God‘s resurrection idea for you today? God’s ideas, born through us, are always better than ideas that we, alone, conceive or otherwise take credit. Let God resurrect a dream or goal or idea in your life today!

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PRAYER:

Lord, resurrect Your purpose for me today.

Help me to be willing to tune-in, to see, to sense, to acknowledge, and to respond to Your ultimate plan for my life. Amen.

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Can you remember a time when a piece of your positive spirit died? Did you just accept it?.

 Would you like to resurrect it?.

 How do you think you could discover God’s new dream for you?.

Written by Jim Coleman.

“Immanuel”


The Name

The name “Immanuel” appears twice in the Hebrew Scriptures and once in the New Testament.

One of the most comforting of all the names and titles of Jesus, it is literally translated “with us is God” or, as Matthew’s Gospel puts it, “God with us.”

When our sins made it impossible for us to come to him, God took the outrageous step of coming to us, of making himself susceptible to sorrow, familiar with temptation, and vulnerable to sin’s disruptive power, in order to cancel its claim.

In Jesus we see how extreme God’s love is.

Remember this the next time you feel discouraged, abandoned, or too timid to undertake some new endeavor.

 For Jesus is still Immanuel — he is still “God with us.”

Key Scripture
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” — which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:22 – 23

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Tuesday

Praying the Name

“Go away, Lord; I am a sinful man!” Luke 5:8

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
Psalm 139:7 – 10

Reflect On: Psalm 139:7 – 10.

Praise God: For his promise to be with you.

Offer Thanks: For God’s persistence in pursuing you.

Confess: Any pattern of sin in your life.

Ask God: To increase your confidence in his desire to be with you.

One of the greatest of all the promises in the Bible is this: I am with you.

Jesus said it to his disciples (and to us) at the end of Matthew’s Gospel: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 If the Lord is with us, what do we have to fear?.

What do we lack?.

 How can we lose?.

 The same Lord who walked on water, healed the sick, and rose from the dead is saving us, watching over us, guiding our steps.

Knowing this, why don’t we dance in the streets and throw more parties?.

 Why do we sometimes act as though God is not only not with us but that he is nowhere in the vicinity?

There may be many reasons why we feel God’s absence in our lives.

 One of these is surely that our “spiritual sensors” often don’t work very well.

We are like malfunctioning radar that can’t spot a supersonic jet flying straight overhead.

But another common reason is that we are the ones who go AWOL, not God.

Consider Peter.

One day Jesus climbed into Peter’s boat, telling him to row out into the lake and cast his nets out despite the fact that Peter had been up all night fishing with nothing to show for it.

But this time when Peter threw out the nets, he caught so many fish that his boat began to sink.

 Instead of jumping with joy, Peter fell down and implored Jesus to leave him, saying, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”

There’s something right about Peter’s response. Jesus is holy and sin is his implacable enemy.

 Still the Lord didn’t leave Peter.

Instead he stayed and transformed his life.

 And that’s what Jesus wants to do with our lives.

We make a mistake when we let our sin drag us down and away from the One who has promised to be with us.

Instead of running to him, we let a cloud settle over us.

 Finding it hard to pray, we move farther away.

In a thousand different ways, we say, “Depart from me, O Lord!”

At times like this we need to recall the words of Psalm 139:11 – 12:

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

If you are troubled by some persistent failing, by some entrenched sin, don’t run away from Jesus.

Instead express your sorrow and ask for his forgiveness — and then receive it.

After that try praying this famous fourth-century prayer known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate:

Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me, King of my heart;
Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
Christ be above me, never to part.
Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,
Christ all around me, shield in the strife;
Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising, light of my life.
Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me, King of my heart;
Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
Christ be above me, never to part. 

By Ann Spangler.

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