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The Keys Of Carey, McKay, And Livingston Thursday, November 16, 2017
David Livingstone’s heart was set on being a medical missionary to China, but the opium wars made it impossible. He went to Africarninstead and opened up unchartered land to the Gospel. Alexander McKay prepared for Madagascar, but instead ended up in Ugandarnhelping found one of the most amazing missions in the world. Robert Carey planned on going to the South Sea, but instead ended up inrnIndia and was responsible for opening up India to the Gospel. None of these people got what they initially prepared for or dreamed about,rnbut they didn’t let it stop them. In the end, what appeared as a broken dream was really the call of God to do something better. You willrnknow broken dreams and frustrated plans, but be all the more determined to serve God no matter what. If it’s not one way, He’ll give yournanother and it’ll be something better and greater than anything you could h ave ever planned yourself. In the end, disappointments arernGod’s appointments if you let them be, and your detours will have been the call of God on your life.
From Message #1470 – Plan B
Scripture: Prov. 16:3
TODAY’S MISSION – Today when things don’t go as you want make it your aim to praise and glorify God all the more.
The Worship Of Your Avodah Friday, November 17, 2017 The Biblical Hebrew word for ‘work’ is ‘avodah’. It also means ‘worship’. Often, worship takes work and our works shouldrnalways be worship. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly, as for the Lord rather than for men.” If yourndon’t do it with all your heart, then you’re not being whole. When you agree to do a job, you agree to do it 100%. When you give less than that, and don’t work as you said, then you’re taking that which doesn’t belong to you. As a believer, you should be the best of workers, and do all you do wholeheartedly to God. When you don’t work wholeheartedly, you not only rob your employer, you also rob yourself. When you do something wholeheartedly, that’s when you do it freely. When you’re half-hearted, you’re in bondage. So, do what you do with a whole heart or don’t do it at all. Because in Hebrew, work is avodah, and avodah is also worship. When you stop doing your job half-heartedly, and start doing it wholeheartedly to God, your work will stop just being work, and will turn into worship.
From Message #933 – Avodah
Scripture: John 9:4
TODAY’S MISSION – Today do all that you have to do, the task of your work, your job, your duties, wholeheartedly for the Lord – as if it was worship – because it is.
The Everywhere Name Wednesday, November 15, 2017 While Messiah was in the boat with His disciples, there came a violent storm, waves breaking over the boat threatening to drown them. Messiah was sleeping. He didn’t really have to do anything, because it was enough that He was there. Messiah has a special name in Hebrew prophecy. In Hebrew, it’s a sentence: ‘Im’ with a long e meaning ‘with’, ‘Anu’, which means ‘us’, and ‘El’, which means ‘God’- ‘Immanuel’, or ‘God with us’. Messiah’s presence isn’t just the Name, but Immanuel the sentence. Messiah was ‘God is with us’ on the boat that day, because He’s Immanuel. We all know what it’s like to have storms in our lives, times when it seems like everything is out of control, overwhelming circumstances, and it seems that your boat is sinking. You’ll have those storms, but when they come, remember Who’s with you in your lifeboat. If you are Messiah’s, then Immanuel is in the b oat with you. The wind and waves won’t prevail against you, and your boat won’t sink because you’re not alone. In the storm is Immanuel; God is with you in the storm.
From Message #351 – Immanuel I
Scripture: Joshua 1:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, throughout the day, meditate on this Hebrew sentence, IM-ANU-EL – GOD IS WITH ME!
The Fondling Of Heaven Tuesday, November 14, 2017 When I was little, grown-ups in my family were always patting or rubbing my head. My parents explained that it was an expression of love. They were touching me because their hearts were filled with love toward me. A word used to describe God is ‘rachamim’, meaning ‘mercies’. It comes from a root that means “to fondle,” or “gently touch” someone you love. Just as the adults felt towards me when I was a child, so God loves you. Just as your heart overflows with compassion and sympathy towards the needy, so God’s heart overflows with compassion for you. Too often our ideas about God’s mercy are more of a legal concept than of the heart. But now you know how He feels towards you. His heart overflows with deep compassion when He thinks about you. He wants to touch you in your spirit and heart with His tender love and affection. He wants to put His arms around you and hold you tight. God doesn’t just let you in the door of the kingdom, He loves you from His heart with rachamim; with deep compassions and tender fondlings.
From Message #329 – The Blessings of the Merciful
Scripture: Luke 1:78–79
TODAY’S MISSION – Run into His arms of mercy today and receive the tender fondling of God’s love.
Showers On The Midbar Monday, November 13, 2017 The Hebrew word for ‘wilderness’ is ‘midbar’. Israel’s wilderness is like a giant moonscape of rock hills and plains, rock mountains and valleys; everything rock. That’s why the word ‘midbar’ also means ‘waste place’ and ‘desolate’. But, when the rains fall upon the wilderness, the whole place changes. The dry wadi’s fill up with water and become rivers in the desert. The rock hills are covered with a coat of green and become speckled with beautiful flowers of every color. It’s a miraculous sight. It’s almost unbelievable to see. The fact is that even when things look totally desolate in the wilderness, there are seeds of grass and flowers waiting to blossom as soon as they receive their water. Your life might have been a wilderness or wasted place and your situation right now might seem dry, desolate, and hopeless, but in God, your desert will bloom. You might not see it , but there are seeds of joy, life, hope, and love waiting to blossom. They only need you to open your heart to the waters of God’s Spirit, and your desert will bloom.
From Message #474 – The Midbar
Scripture: 1 Cor. 3:6–9
TODAY’S MISSION – Invite the Spirit to touch every part of your life today, especially into the most barren and dry ground, the wildernesses of your life.
The World Of 1948 Friday, November 10, 2017 Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated. Communists take over Czechoslovakia. Harry Truman is re-elected. Stalin rules the Soviet Union. Honda motorcycle is created in Japan. Humphrey Bogart stars in Key Largo, and John Wayne in Fort Apache. V8 juice is marketed, the McDonald brothers begin franchising their name, and Nestle’s Quik is introduced in the US. Into this world, the ancient words of the prophets come to pass. The year is 1948 and the nation of Israel is resurrected, fulfilling ancient prophecies. Life is filled with details that seem to have nothing to do with God or His plans. If you don’t think your everyday world is biblical, just remember 1948. God was working it all together to fulfill the ancient prophecies. If you love and follow God, know with assurance that His hand is on your life. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose”— even Nestle’s Quik.
From Message #309 -The Gathering
Scripture: Prov. 19:21
TODAY’S MISSION – Go through your day today, in full confidence and faith that God has worked and will work out everything for your good.
Kepler’s Universe Thursday, November 9, 2017 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler, troubled by his friend who denied the existence of God and maintained that the universe came into existence by itself, constructed a model of our solar system. Upon seeing it, his friend exclaimed, “How beautiful! Who made it?” Kepler replied, “No one. It made itself.” “Nonsense,” said his friend. “Tell me who made it.” Kepler then said, “Friend, you say that this little toy cannot make itself? It’s but a weak imitation of this great universe, which I understand you believe did make itself.” No one in their right mind would have believed that Kepler’s model made itself any more than one could believe that a car could manufacture itself. Yet, according to many scientists, the universe came into existence by accident, and so did human life. You’re here because of God, and your life has a great purpose. The Creator also said concernin g you, “I know the plans I have for you… plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.”
From Message #508 – The Dance of the Heavenly Circles
Scripture: Ex. 9:16
TODAY’S MISSION – Rest assured in the fact that your life was not an accident and God has a purpose for you. Live each moment
The Shemen Name Wednesday, November 8, 2017 In the Song of Solomon, the bride says to her beloved in Hebrew, “Shemen turak sh’mecha”. “Your name is like pouring oil.” When you’re in love, your beloved has a beautiful name and it pours off your lips like oil. You sing it, shout it, and write a song about it because the name of your beloved is always beautiful. When you’re in love, the name of your beloved is like pouring oil. The name of Messiah is like pouring oil. Not just because He’s called ‘The Anointed One’, but because it’s the name of our Beloved. There’s something about His name, Jesus; Yeshua in Hebrew. It’s the name of the One who loves us with all His heart and life, who died for us. His name should pour out of your heart and lips, and not just His name, but His love. It’s one thing to talk about Yeshua, another to show His love. Show others the love of your Beloved, and they will love Him too. Then His name will flow from their hearts, like pouring oil.
From Message #289 – Like Pure Oil
Scripture: John 13:34
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, let your lips be filled with and flow forth with the name of your Beloved, in worship, in praise, and in love.
The Isaiah 66 World Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Isaiah 66:1 says, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool.’” Sitting in a chair with your feet up on a stool is a divine picture. Heaven is as the chair to God because that’s where He dwells, and the stool is the earth. By nature He doesn’t dwell here, but He does touch it with the feet of His presence. This world, with all its mountains, oceans, nations, and history, is all His footstool. Do you have problems, worries, concerns, fears, or anxieties on your mind? All of these things that happen to you in this world are part of God’s footstool and, therefore, under His feet. If you dwell with God, all these things are also under your feet. That which is under God’s feet is under His control, His will, and His love for you. Ephesians says that He put all things in subjection under Messiah’s feet, and if you’ll receive it, under your feet as w ell. So, stop worrying. Pull up a chair, put your feet up, and be at peace— you’re living in a footstool world.
From Message #267 – Under His Feet ll under your feet. If God, until they become the miracles of pe
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:10
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, set aside all worry, all problems, all concerns. Treat them all as a footstool; put it all under your feet. If God, until they become the miracles of peleh.
The Matbil Monday, November 6, 2017 When, as a Jewish person, I first started reading the New Testament, I had a hard time with John the Baptist. It was like reading about Richard the Presbyterian, or Norman the Methodist. It didn’t sound Jewish to me. I pictured him clean-shaven, short hair, with a robe. The truth is very different. He was hairy, bearded, wild looking, and spoke Hebrew. He was called ‘Yochanan Ha Matbil’; Yochanan the immerser. He was a Nazarite; dedicated to God according to the scriptures, a priest, a son of Aaron, and he was Jewish. John the Baptist stands as a symbol of the Gospel and salvation. To the Jew, it seems totally un-Jewish. To most Christians, it seems totally un-Jewish. In reality, it’s the most Jewish thing in the world. When you really get to know Messiah, you realize how Jewish it is. If you have the Jewish Messiah in your heart, you’re Jewish in spirit. Get to know who He really is. Rejoice in your Jewish roots, bless the Jewish people, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, because true Christianity is as Jewish as John the Baptist.
From Message #224 -Yochanan The Immerser
Scripture: Rom. 2:28–29
TODAY’S MISSION – Meditate on this – In Messiah you are a child of Israel, totally Jewish, live as one who is of God’s chosen people, His royal, holy priesthood.
The Prisoner’s Flower Friday, November 3, 2017 In his loneliness and despair, the Frenchman Charnay, imprisoned for provoking the wrath of Napoleon, took a rock and scratched on the stone cell wall “nobody cares”. One day, through the stones of the dungeon floor, a green shoot appeared and began reaching up to the light through the tiny window of his prison cell. Charnay was so touched by this, he kept part of his daily ration of water for the plant. It grew until it became a beautiful blue flower. The day the flower fully blossomed, Charnay crossed out the words “Nobody cares” and replaced them with “God cares”. On hearing of this, Empress Josephine was so impressed with his devotion to the flower that she persuaded Napoleon to set him free. If a prisoner in a dark dungeon could find the love of God, how much more can you in the circumstances of your life? When situations look hopeless, look for the tender shoot comi ng through the cracks. Nourish and water the tender shoot of God’s love, hope, and joy and you’ll see something beautiful blossom. You will likewise be able to declare, “God cares”.
From Message #1979 – Anochee Eemkha
Scripture: 2 Cor. 12:9–10
TODAY’S MISSION – Take a scripture and ‘carve it’ into your heart, and to every situation of your day. Refocus your thoughts today and meditate on the love of the Lord in your life.
The Peleh Of Your Life Thursday, November 2, 2017 Are you dealing with a lot of difficulties in your life? You probably think it’s a bad thing. The word for difficulty in Hebrew is ‘peleh’. The word for ‘miracle’ is the very same word ‘peleh’. You see, every difficulty in your life is a potential miracle. In Isaiah 9:6, Messiah is called the Counselor of miracles, but you can also take it as the counselor of difficulties. In the Gospel, you find His miracles with the blind, lame, crippled, poor, the grieving, those in mourning, the thirsty, the sick, the lepers, the guilty, the sinful, and the outcasts. We find the miracles in our difficulties. You have to learn in your difficulties to find His miracles. Those who found miracles are the ones who lifted up their difficulties— their withered hands, crippled fingers, sinful eyes— to the touch of His hands and the difficulties became a miracle (peleh). The difficulty is the very thing that allows you to have a miracle. So, lift up your difficulty to the touch of God’s hand, and the difficulty will become a miracle (peleh), because that’s what it was all along, in disguise.
From Message #431 – Peleh
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:10
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, embrace the difficulties in your life. Praise God, lift your troubles up to Him, and open them up to
ICELAND’S WAR AGAINST THE DISABLED Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Shalom, to you my Friend and Co-Minister in the Great Commission…Word for the Month & for Wed., Nov. 1st. It came out in a CBS News report. It appeared to be news heralding a medical breakthrough. The report stated that Iceland is leading the world in “eradicating Down syndrome births.” But there was no medical breakthrough, no treatment or cure for genetic disorders. It was something very different. Iceland had decided that the answer and cure for children born with Down syndrome was…. Extermination. In Iceland, the government mandates that doctors notify pregnant women who are carrying a child with Down syndrome of the option to end the life of their unborn child. In Iceland nearly 100 percent of women notified by their doctors that their unborn child has Down syndrome choose to abort the child. The CBS report appeared to frame the development as something close t o a step of progress: “Other countries aren’t lagging too far behind in Down syndrome termination.” Thus it would seem to be the wave of the future. “Iceland,” the report said, “is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion.” Notice the word child has been eliminated or rather the child has turned into a disease that is being eliminated. Only the reality is that it is the child that is being eliminated. A counselor in an Iceland hospital speaks of the procedure this way: “We don’t look at abortion as a murder,” she said. “We look at it as a thing that we ended… And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder — that’s so black and white. Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.” Could this be the wave of the future? The idea that those who have abnormalities are not worthy of life goes way back. It can be seen in the pagan practice of leaving ones’ unwanted child out in the cold to die of the elements. It can be seen in the writings of Margaret S anger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion organization. And it can be seen in the philosophy of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. We must take note, that before he launched the Holocaust and the annihilation of millions, he ordered the death of the disabled. How radically different is Messiah, Jesus, who came specifically for the lame, the blind, the crippled, the paralyzed, and the afflicted. He treated them as precious vessels created in the image of God. And for them He gave His life. So too He commands and warns: “In as much as you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it unto me.” Let that be taken as a warning to a civilization that ends infirmity by ending people. And for us, let it be taken as a charge to defend the defenseless, to speak up for those who cannot, and to live as people of life. Your brother and co-laborer In His love and service, Jonathan
See Message: The Kingdom of Broken Crosses
Scripture: Scripture: Psalm 139:13-17
TODAY’S MISSION – This month turn away from that which leads to death, all sin and darkness, and choose life and all that leads to life in everything you do. And may God greatly bless you as you do!
Zerubbabel And The Mountain Tuesday, October 31, 2017 The Hebrew word for mountains is harim. In Zechariah 4:7, God talks to a mountain. He literally says in Hebrew, “Mi ata har hagadol?” This means, “Who are you, great mountain?” He’s actually saying to the mountain, ‘Who do you think you are?’ The great mountain in Zechariah 4 was all the obstacles, distractions, setbacks, discouragements, and apparent impossibilities which were coming against Zerubbabel as he tried to follow God’s will. We’re also called to talk to mountains with an attitude, or an edge. You too have obstacles, discouragements, bondages, or situations that seem hopeless. These are your mountains. Don’t just sit back and accept them. You need to walk up to your mountain and start speaking to it with an attitude;“Just who do you think you are? How dare you try to stop God’s will in my life? How dare you try to stop the blessings and joy He has for me? You’r e going to be history, leveled to the ground by the Spirit of God and I will have the victory!” That’s how to talk to mountains.
From Message #181 – Mountains and Capstones
Scripture: Eph. 3:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, practice talking to mountains! Go up to that hindrance to God’s will– that obstacle, that evil, that darkness, that sin– and put it in its place!
Lechem Chaim The Bread Of Life Monday, October 30, 2017 Messiah said He was the Lechem Chaim, the Bread of Life. Bread is a basic simple staple of life. Messiah is the Bread of Life because His love is basic, simple, and essential. You don’t need the caviar of life. The sophisticated things of this world, even of religion, will never satisfy the hunger in your heart. Believers are often prone to forgetting the source and the staple of their spiritual life. We easily get lost in the complexities of doctrine, ministries, new teachings, and new movements. We need to get back to the bread. You may have known the Lord a long time, but got lost in the complicated and sophisticated things of life– money, relationships, businesses, careers, owning a house, ministry, pursuing a higher standard of living, or just making ends meet. If you’ve let your life become so complicated that spiritually your heart is starving, come back to the sim ple things. Come back to His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness. Come back to the simple joy of salvation and knowing Him. You need Him and He alone is the Bread of your life.
From Message #152 – The Bread and The Wine
Scripture: 2 Cor. 1:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Renew your faith today by getting back to the Lechem Chaim– the simple, basic, essential Bread of Life. Partake of the simple love of God.
Your Audience With The Most High Friday, October 27, 2017 Emily Post, known in her time as the authority on social behavior and proper etiquette, was once asked the correct procedure when one is invited to the White House and has a previous engagement. She answered, “An invitation to dine at the White House is a command that automatically cancels any other engagement.” In other words, whatever else you’re doing, no matter how much planning went into it or how your heart is set on it, cancel and go to the White House. If that’s proper etiquette for a call from the President, what’s the proper etiquette for a call from God? How much more should you treasure your meeting with God every day? How much more should you cancel and put aside all your activities to have an audience with Him? How great an honor it is to meet God in prayer and communion? Greater than an audience with any President or King. He’s sending you an invitation. C ancel all your other plans, answer the call, and go to the throne room. It’s better than the White House.
From Message #2112 – The Still
Scripture: Matt. 6:6
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, put aside all your activities. You have something much greater to do– You have an audience with your King!
The Fringes Of Your Life Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Kanaph is the Hebrew word for the corner of a garment or the bottom hem. It’s the same word used in Job for the ends of the earth. God commanded His people to wear sacred fringes called tzitzit, tassels that hang down from the corners of their garment. When Scripture says that a woman touched the fringe of Messiah’s garment, it was His tzitzit. Kanaph means the end, and tzitzit is a tassel that extends the end. As a child of God, there must be no end to your love, your joy, or your giving. The corners of your heart and life must be extended. Your compassions mustn’t be limited to your friends, but must be extended to strangers and the poor who dwell in the four corners of the world. As Israel had to extend the corners of their robes, so too must you extend the corners of your heart and reach out to those who are outside your life. Lengthen the cords of your life and love today so that others may touch the hem of your garment, as they did His, and find healing and miracles.
From Message #465 – The Sacred Fringe
Scripture: Ps. 119:32
TODAY’S MISSION – Extend your heart today and reach out to those outside your life, outside your comfort zone, and outside your fields.
The Specificity Factor Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Most believers say they believe that God can do anything. After all, He’s God. But truthfully, most believers don’t really believe God can do anything. When the anything becomes a particular problem or need we’re dealing with, then our anything faith goes out the window. God cannot do anything, because anything is generic and vague and doesn’t mean anything. He doesn’t do things vaguely and generically. He doesn’t do just anything. He answers real and specific problems with real and specific answers, fulfillments, and miracles. He won’t deal with just anything, He’ll deal with specific things– needs, problems, troubles, or gaps in our lives. If you want to see God do something, stop saying God can do anything and get real. Let Him do one thing. Get specific. Start praying specific prayers. Start bringing Him that specific problem or need in your life, that specific gap in your heart. Start believing specifically for that one thing with specific faith. Forget anything and start with that one thing. Get real with God and God will give you a life that’s really something.
From Message #111 – Notes on Faith
Scripture: Eph. 3:20
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, get specific with the Lord. Get specific with the Word, specific with your obedience, specific with serving Him, specific with a specific good work. Be spe
The Power Of SassonThursday, October 26, 2017 In Hebrew, sasson means gladness, and it’s linked to the word bright. The English word glad also comes from a root that means bright. Another word that also comes from the same root is glade. A glade is an opening in a forest, particularly where the light comes in. So, if you want joy, you need to be bright. In order to be bright, you need light. To get light, you need an opening. It’s not enough to wait for an opening for joy, you need to make an opening for joy. It’s like living in a dark room when there’s sunshine all around you. It looks dark only because you’ve blacked out the windows. Dwelling on that problem, trouble, rejection, sorrow, hurt, or loss is keeping you from the joy. Meditate on the light of God’s goodness. It’s all around you. If you want joy, open up a window of faith and let in the light of God’s love. When the Son shines in, everything will become b right and you’ll be glad.
From Message #131 – Joy
Scripture: Matt. 5:14–16
TODAY’S MISSION – Break down the barriers of sin and darkness today with the joy of the Lord. Make an opening for the light of God to shine in.
The Lakham People Tuesday, October 24, 2017 The biblical Hebrew word for fight is Lakham. When the Jewish people came back to the land of Israel, they had to quickly organize an army for the first time in over 2000 years and learn to fight. It turned out to be one of the most effective and powerful fighting forces in history. You may not be a fighter in the natural realm, but in the spiritual realm you cannot be a pacifist. You have to fight. If you’re a child of light, you have to stand against the darkness. If you don’t fight back, you’ll lose because you’re already in a fight. Your enemy attacks your faith, your joy, your love, and your relationship with God. The soldier who doesn’t realize he’s in a battle is a sitting duck for the enemy. Don’t be a sitting duck. Fight back– not against people, but against darkness. Fight the good fight of faith, love, joy, truth, righteousness, and hope. Stop living on the def ensive and start overcoming. Put up your spiritual fists and come out swinging. You’re on the winning side, but you can’t win if you don’t fight.
From Message #214 – Overcoming Fear
Scripture: 2 Cor. 10:3–5
TODAY’S MISSION – Don’t fear the battle – embrace it, in the confidence and power of the Lord who guarantees you the victory.
Practicing Your Sovereignty Tuesday, October 17, 2017 In order for Messiah to be King of Israel, He has to be of the royal line of David. His mother was of the line of David, His Father is King of the Universe. Even his stepfather, Joseph, was a descendent of David, poor but no less royal. Kings are called sovereigns, meaning they are above and over all things. Joseph and Miriam went through life as sovereigns. Not that they didn’t have a lot of problems, but they never let it get the better of them, hinder, or define them. They walked through them sovereignly. They were little sovereigns. If you’re born of God, you’re also of royal blood. You’re a little sovereign, so live a royal life. You’re not subject to your problems. As a child of God, your problems are subject to you, so rule over them. Reign over and command your problems, because you’re not subject to this world– this world is subject to you. Be not overcome, but o vercome. Declare your sovereignty today, learn how to walk above your life in God’s Spirit, and you’ll start living like a king.
From Message #582 – The Secret King
Scripture: 1 John 5:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Don’t let your circumstances dictate who you are today. Live sovereignly over your circumstances, your problems, and your world.
Living The Miraculous Friday, October 20, 2017 Pele is the Hebrew word for miracle. Some people are skeptical of the miracles of the Bible. In the story of Peter Pan, a boy appears in people’s bedrooms with a tiny winged woman and they just accept it. In real life, you wouldn’t think it was fine, you’d call the police or child services. In the Bible, when a miracle happened or an angel of the Lord appeared, the people to whom the miracle happened didn’t carry on as usual. They fell on their faces, trembled in fear, froze, bowed down, were overcome with joy, or questioned it. They did exactly what a 21st century skeptic would do if confronted with a real miracle. The reality of miracles isn’t Never-Never Land or some lady on strings pretending to be Peter Pan, but real divine intervention into real life. So be strong in your faith, because what’s supernatural isn’t less than natural, but more. It’s super real. If Messi ah has saved your life, then it isn’t a usual life but a miraculous one. The miracle is real. Walk in its power and overcome, because you’ve been touched by the living God, not Tinker Bell.
From Message #39 – That You Might Know
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:10–11
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, don’t carry on as usual. Your salvation is a miracle! Don’t ever get over it. Live as if you were a walking miracle because you are!
The Dwellings Of ThanksT hursday, October 5, 2017 The Feast of Tabernacles is called Sukkot in Hebrew. It’s plural for sukkah, which means a temporary hut. The Israelites would leave their homes and camp out in huts they made out of branches. They would remember the journey that God took them through to bring them to the Promised Land, to appreciate what God had given them. Sukkot is the feast of thanksgiving. As God’s people, we have to give thanks for what we’ve been taken from and what He’s given us. Often, we come to the Lord rejoicing for what He’s done and then forget and take our blessings for granted. It’s really important to remember when you first came to the Lord, to stop and give thanks to God for what you have. Remember what you had before the joy, before you had hope and faith. Get away with God and give thanks for all your blessings so you can be blessed again. Write down your blessings. Give thanks to Go d. Get into your sukkah, your hut. Take nothing for granted and you’ll continue to receive the blessings. Happy Feast of Tabernacles!
From Message #1070 – The Practice of Thanks
Scripture: Col. 3:17
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, take time to remember and meditate on all that God has carried you through in life and give thanks.
The State Of TamimMonday, October 9, 2017 Messiah said, “Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect”. He was speaking Hebrew, and one of the central Hebrew words for perfect is tamim. It also means complete. Your heavenly Father is perfect and not lacking anything. If you want to fulfill this commandment, you have to learn to be complete. If you dwell on what you don’t have, what you want, and what you think you have to have, the more incomplete and miserable you’ll become. You don’t have to get anything to be perfect. Perfection begins not by getting more, but by being still and letting God complete you. It begins when you stop dwelling on what you don’t have and start rejoicing in what you have in God. It starts by being still and knowing that He is God, by saying in your heart, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. When God completed creation, He rested. You’ll find completeness when you stop striving and start resting in God’s rest. Enter the Sabbath of His presence, the peace that passes understanding, and the way that is perfectly complete and completely perfect.
From Message #444 – The Perfect Commandment
Scripture: 1 Cor. 13:10
TODAY’S MISSION – Rejoice in what God has given you today. Rest in His perfect shalom, His completeness, His perfection.
The End Party Friday, October 6, 2017 In life there are two parties and two joys. That of the world and that of heaven. The world celebrates beginnings- youth at the beginning of life, the wedding at the beginning of the marriage. They find joy in strength, beauty and sensual pleasure. As time goes on, the party fades and continuously moves away from joy. Then there’s heaven’s party, and the joy of the Lord. Heaven’s party is summed up in the biblical ‘Feast of Tabernacles’ called ‘Sukkot’. It was the greatest party of ancient Israel, and it didn’t come in the beginning of the year but at the end in the autumn. God’s biggest celebration comes at the end. The more you go on, the more joyful it gets. You have to choose one or the other- the party of this world, or the party of Heaven, the joy of the flesh, or the joy of the Lord? One is already fading away. The other’s just beginning. So forsake the flesh and its temptations. It’s a party that’s on the way out. Live in the Spirit and the party of God, and your joy will never end.
From Message #565 – The Last Joy
Scripture: Rom. 8:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Join in the Feast of Thanksgiving today, and the spiritual joy found in God’s party. Today make it your aim to rejoice in the Lord always!
The Success In The Failure Friday, October 13, 2017 Robert Moffett, a Scottish missionary to South Africa, came back to Scotland to recruit missionaries. He preached a messagerntitled, “Unto You Oh Men, I Call”. It was winter and only a few women, along with a small boy who had come to work thernbellows of the organ, showed up. He felt discouraged, knowing that few women could be expected to undergo all the harshrnconditions of Africa, but he gave a call to the mission field anyway. Little did he know that the little boy was stirred by thernmessage and decided that one day, he would follow in Moffett’s footsteps. He grew up, earned a degree in medicine, and thenrnspent the rest of his life ministering in Africa. His name was David Livingstone. You’re not called to be a success in the eyes ofrnothers or even a success in your own eyes. You’re called to be obedient. Only in heaven will you truly know what yournaccomplished b ecause you were faithful. Whatever you see or whatever you don’t see, be faithful and your life will be a successrnin the eyes of heaven.
From Message #1470 – Plan B
Scripture: Prov. 3:5–6
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, focus on the endgame and put your effort into living God’s plan, no matter what you see. Be faithful and trust Godrnwith the results.
Manifesting Messiah Thursday, October 12, 2017 When I was five, I cut out little pieces of cardboard and pasted them together to make a bus with windows, wheels, and little seats. I put it in my back pocket to bring it to school for show-and- tell. When it was time, I stood up and reached into my pocket to proudly display my cardboard bus, but all I found were cardboard pieces. It was demolished, having been sat upon; my first great scholastic achievement was destroyed. I ended up telling them all about the bus instead of showing them. I was all tell and no show. Show-and- tell is also our first big assignment as children of God. It’s a crucial part of the Great Commission. We’re told to love not only in word, but in deed. You’re to tell the world the Gospel, but that’s not enough—you have to show them the Gospel. Show them Messiah in your life, your home, your manner, your emotions, your relationships, your joy, your love, the way you treat others, and in your peace. They won’t be able to help seeing. It’s as simple as show-and- tell.
From Message #555 – Show-Em
Scripture: Col. 3:17
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, don’t only speak Messiah, show Messiah in everything you do. Make your life a show-and- tell about Messiah.
Message From The Dead Wednesday, October 4, 2017 In the late 19th century, Henry Stanley journeyed to Africa in search of David Livingstone. He was received by King Muteesa of Uganda. One of the king’s wives had a strange dream just before his arrival about the white man’s God and His son. The king agreed with Stanley to send a letter to England asking them to send missionaries. The young French man who was carrying the letter was ambushed and murdered. Stanley’s letter was recovered from the boot of the slain man and sent to England where it was printed in the daily telegraph. Several young men responded and brought the Gospel to Uganda. In the end, the dead man did his job. If a dead man can be used for the Great Commission, how much more you who are still breathing? The Gospel is so alive that even though the messenger is dead, it still produces life. Become a messenger of the Good News, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and serve the Lord in the great commission. You’ll end up being more alive than you ever were before, because God’s will is the way of life.
From Message #1937 – Reaping the Field of Blessings
Scripture: Phil. 2:12–13
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, seek to become a messenger of the Good News in whatever way, and through whatever the door, the Lord would open for you.
The Apostasy Candles Tuesday, October 3, 2017 II Thessalonians speaks of a great falling away. The Greek word is apostasia from which we get the word apostasy. Stasia means state of, and apo means away from. Looking around the world, we see apostasy everywhere, even in some churches. We’re witnessing an unprecedented social, moral, cultural, and ethical upheaval, but Messiah didn’t die to save culture or society. He died to save people, and the Gospel’s as strong as ever– even stronger now in an anti-God culture verses a culture that professed to be Christian. A candle burns brightest at night. When the apostles foretold the apostasy, faith in Messiah was the belief of relatively few people. Most of the world was pagan. In order to have apostasy from the faith, it would have to spread to all the world. This was only possible in the 19th and 20th century when Judeo-Christian morality became universal. So, be encourag ed. The apostasy you see in the world is only more proof that God’s on the throne and you’ve got the light. Be strong and remember, it’s not by day but by night that a candle burns its brightest.
From Message #486 – End Time Love
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1
TODAY’S MISSION – Practice being a candle in the night– shine against the darkness, bear a contrary light, and be a night light of the Lord.
The Strings Of The Harp Monday, October 2, 2017 Ephesians 5:19 speaks of singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord. The word melody in Greek is psallo, which means to pluck as a harp. Your heart is like a harp made to make holy music, if it’s played right. You might look in your life and heart and see things that don’t look beautiful; ups, downs, highs, lows, hopes, disappointments, joys, tears, love, and rejection all mixed together. A harp doesn’t have just one string, but many. It has both high strings and low strings. The highs give it brightness and brilliance and the lows give it deeper and fuller sounds. There’s a great beauty waiting to come out from your life and heart, from the highs and equally from the lows. The key is to let God’s Spirit touch all the strings of your heart and make it beautiful. Let Him touch your high strings– your joys– and your low strings– your sorrows and your hardships . Whatever it is, bring it to the Lord, because only the heart that’s touched by the Spirit can make heavenly music to God.
From Message #423 – Melody In Your Heart
Scripture: Ecc. 7:14
TODAY’S MISSION – Use both the good and bad times, the blessings and problems alike, to glorify God.
The Athens Christian Monday, September 18, 2017 Ephesians 2:12 says, “Once you were … without God in the world.” The Scripture is saying that the Gentiles were going through their lives as if He didn’t really exist. The Greek word for without God is atheos, from which we get the word atheist.You might think an atheist is someone who denies God, but the root of the word really denotes someone who’s without God. If you’re not careful, you could end up being a Christian atheist- a Christian who lives as if God doesn’t exist. Much of modern Christianity, many churches, and ministers exist not for God, but to keep existing – serving the house of the Lord, not the Lord of the house. They wouldn’t run well without computers, phones, consultants, databases, or their business practices, but they’ll run smoothly atheos/without God. Beware that you don’t end up the same way, running activities in your life quite smoothly without God. Get back on your knees, because atheist really means without God, and without God nothing else matters.
From Message #295 – Strangers To The Commonwealth
Scripture: Ps. 37:34
TODAY’S MISSION – Acknowledge your need for the Lord in everything you do today. Live in the very present reality of God.
Giving To Your Creditor Friday, September 15, 2017 The inventor, A. A. Hyde, found himself deeply in debt. Believing that because of his debt, any money he had belonged to his creditors, he didn’t tithe. One day, he was impressed with the thought that God was his first creditor and everything he had, had been borrowed from God in the first place. He began tithing in his debt, and as he did, the Lord caused him to become debt-free and greatly blessed him so that he could bless others. You, too, may be dealing with a lot of needs, lack, and want. You may not think you have much to give. It doesn’t matter. The Lord praised the tithing of the widow, because she gave out of her poverty. Poverty could be very affluent if you give out of it. Don’t ever think you have too little to give. If you have too little, you have too little not to give. Give to God out of your prosperity or your poverty. Give and it shall be given to you . In God’s eyes, giving is never limited by the size of your resources, only the size of your heart.
From Message #1148 – The Holy Debt
Scripture: Matt. 25:37-40
TODAY’S MISSION – Give to the Lord today out of your much or your little. Bless Him in every way you can.
The Masks Of God Thursday, September 14, 2017 There are times the Lord appeared to His people in disguise: walking on water and they thought Him a ghost, to Mary/Miriam looking something like the gardener, to the disciples as a stranger on the road to Emmaus. So, too, the Lord often appears to your life in disguise, and just as His own disciples didn’t recognize Him, chances are you’ve missed Him. He may speak to you disguised as the radio teacher, the pastor, a friend, your conscience, or even as an unbeliever. The Lord may touch you through your boss, your parent, as sunlight on a beautiful day, or as a smile from a stranger. It’s the Lord in disguise. He might save your life through the correction of a friend, through the hurt of the enemy, or even through what looks like a tragedy at the time. If you belong to Him, the Lord says to you, “I am with you always even to the end of the age.” If you don’t always see H im or feel Him, it doesn’t mean He’s not there. It means He’s there right by your side in disguise.
From Message #253 – Recognizing Him
Scripture: Is. 41:10
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, seek to identify all the appearances of the Lord in your life, in people, circumstances, guidance, provision, and blessings.
Talking To The Saints Wednesday, September 13, 2017 There are some denominations that believe in the veneration of saints. They build statues to honor them and pray to them- Saint Joseph, Saint Jude, etc. Is it biblical to venerate saints? Yes, as long as it’s the right saints and the right venerating – as in giving honor. Scripture teaches that everyone who’s born of the Spirit is a saint – thus we must believe in all of them. It’s saints who greet you at Worship Service, who teach the word, who sit next to you in the service. We’re to honor the saints around us, never to worship or pray to them, but to revere and bless them. The saints who are already in heaven don’t need your reverence, but the saint who sits next to you, your brother and sister in the Lord, could use real love, respect, honor, and encouragement. It’s okay to ask a saint to pray for you as long as the saint is alive. It’s even nicer to pray for a sain t, because the saints can use your prayers. Love a saint today, because saints are biblical and so is their veneration and blessing. rnFrom Message #752 – To Become a Saint
From Message #752 – To Become a Saint
Scripture: Eph. 6:18
TODAY’S MISSION – Take every opportunity the Lord gives you today, to honor and encourage the saints around you.
Rabbi Paul And Your Commentary Tuesday, September 12, 2017 The Talmud and the Targums are Judaism’s writings on the Bible and commentary on the commentaries of the Bible. When you read the writings of Paul, it’s clear that he was a rabbi schooled in the Writings of the Rabbis. His writings are every bit as rabbinical in style and approach as that of the Talmud and the Targums of Judaism – except that he has the answer, the truth of Messiah, and the Spirit of God. God prepared him all his years before Messiah – to become an expert in commenting on Scriptures and bringing out their deeper meanings so that you could be blessed with the epistles. So, too, God has given you His Word and salvation and He wants you to comment on it, discuss it, share it, proclaim it, rejoice in it, and contemplate it. He’s given you His Word. Your life is to be the commentary on His Word. Let everything in your life, word, and deed be a commentary on G od’s love and salvation.God gave you the Bible. Let your life now become its living, continuous, and never-ending commentary.
From Message #163 – The Five Gospels
Scripture: 1 Tim. 4:15-16
TODAY’S MISSION – Make everything you do today a commentary on the truth, love, and salvation of Messiah.
The Thomas Touch Monday, September 11, 2017
Upon hearing the reports of the Resurrection, Thomas said, “Unless I see the nail prints in His hands, put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand in His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later Messiah appeared and said to him, “Put your finger here, see My hands, reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas responded, “My Lord and my God.” It’s literally a touching scene, and touching is the key. When Thomas touched the Lord, he stopped doubting. We need to do the same. Messiah doesn’t say, “hide or repress your doubts,” or “shame on you for having them.” He says, “Bring your doubts to me. Don’t let them separate you from Me. Touch Me and let Me touch your doubts and make them disappear.” Do you have doubts? Learn from doubting Thomas. Really, it’s unfair to call him doubting because he ended up very much believing. He appr oached the Lord with his doubts and touched Him. You do the same. Touch the Lord with your doubt and He’ll touch you with faith.
From Message #192 – Touching God
Scripture: Is. 26:4
TODAY’S MISSION – Bring any doubts you may have to Messiah today. Bring everything to Him, even the most ungodly parts of your life and touch Him with it.
The Light Of The Virgins Thursday, September 7, 2017
Messiah’s parable of the ten virgins was based on the ancient Hebrew wedding. The maidens would wait with the bride, not knowing exactly when the groom would come. They had to keep their lamps oiled because it often happened at night. This parable is linked to the end-times, and we’re near the coming of Messiah. Five virgins didn’t keep themselves ready, and at the time of His coming had lost their light. We have to be like the faithful virgins. In the end-times, it’s especially crucial for believers to keep that light of faith strong, because for many it goes out. It’s easy to let your love of God get snuffed out by the world, relationships, distractions, money, materialism, or selfish ambition. Even busyness in ministry can snuff out the light simply by not refilling it. You’re an end-time believer, and you have to be wise. Stop getting distracted. Refill your oil i n prayer, in the Word, in doing His true will, in rejoicing in Him, and just being in His presence. Refill your lamp every day, and your light will shine bright through the end-times.
From Message #995 – Lights of the End-Times
Scripture: Matt. 6:22
TODAY’S MISSION – Refill your lamp today in prayer, in the word, and by rejoicing in His presence.
Your Storm Brother Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” A brother is born for hard times, not just for the good times. In the good times, having a brother is good, but a true brother is born in the times of hardship, to stand with you when no one else will. That’s the most important time for being a brother. If you’re born again, you’re the brother of Messiah. You’re born for times of adversity, to show yourself true not just when everything seems fine, but also in times of testing. You’re born not to abandon, forsake, or deny Him, but to stand with Him all the more in adversity, trouble, and persecution. When times are tough in your life, that’s when you should show your true devotion to Him in your brotherhood. When you go through a trial, don’t despair. Praise and bless Him all the more; He’s your brother and you’re His. You’ll be bl essed because you were born as His brother. A brother is born for adversity and He will stand in your adversity just as well.
From Message #997 – The Storm Brother
Scripture: 2 Sam. 22:26-27
TODAY’S MISSION – Express your true devotion to God today by praising Him through whatever situations you go throu
Inside The Name Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are safe.” If you are named among the righteous, you need to run into the name of the Lord. The name of the Lord is not just a group of letters or sounds. It’s His authority, His identity, it’s Him. To run into the name of the Lord means to get yourself inside Him, inside His identity- your name inside His name, your weaknesses inside His strength, your unrighteousness inside His righteousness, and your sins inside His holiness. Get inside Him. Salvation is getting your identity in God’s identity, getting your life inside His life so you are in Him. It’s no longer I that live, but Him. When you run into a tower, you disappear. If you want to be safe, disappear in Him. Get covered. Get your life, heart, emotions, sins, fears, ego, ambition— everything— inside the name, identity, authority, and will of God. Because the name of the Lord is a strong tower, and if you run into it, you will be safe.
From Message #986 – Inside the Tower
Scripture: Ps. 16:1
TODAY’S MISSION – Run into the Lord today and let Him encompass you with His strength.
The Boa’s Strategy Monday, September 4, 2017
Boa constrictors can crawl 85 meters through a forest to enter the hole of a large mammal, coil there, and wait for the bait for days. The enemy is a serpent and uses the same strategy; he seeks to find an opening in your life, an unprotected open area, a foothold, a position to strike at you. If you know that the serpent is waiting to strike, the wise thing to do is identify that opening in your life. It can be an ungodly attitude, a habit, an ungodly incident, or something in your past— a hurt, a wound, unforgiveness, bitterness, a connection to the occult. Even pride, jealousy, insecurity, rejection, idolatry, lust, or a lack of trusting God can be openings. It could be any entrance at all, such as gossip, that television show, that magazine, the internet, that association, that place you go to that gives the enemy a foothold. He’s waiting to strike you. Be wise and s eal up that hole in your life once and for all. The enemy is a serpent who needs only an opening. Don’t give him room anymore; close the door.
From Message #987 – The Serpentine Strategies
TODAY’S MISSION – Today focus on sealing up any openings, gaps, weaknesses, sins, and danger areas to close the door to the enemy.
THE PARADIGM Friday, September 1, 2017
Shalom to you, my Friend and Co-Minister in the Great Commission…rnrnThis month will be the release of The Paradigm. So I thought it’d be good to let my partners and co-ministers know in advance what it is and some things I would not share elsewhere.rnAs the year began, I had no idea I would be writing “The Paradigm.” It only came to me after the year began. Most of it came to me in one month (as did The Harbiner). Things moved very quickly. I had about sixty days to write it and it would go to print about one month later, and be in the stores two months after that.rnSo The Paradigm will be coming out this September.rnThe Paradigm is definitely the most explosive book I’ve ever written – so much so that I’ve joked I might have to leave the country for a few years. Of the books I’ve written, The Paradigm is most similar to The Harbinger. It is an ancient biblical mystery t hat lies behind what is taking place in our day, even before ourrneyes.rnThe Paradigm is a master blueprint that not only reveals the big picture of what’s taking place before our eyes but even the details of the events of our day. Hard as it may be to believe, it even reveals specific peoplernof our day. This three thousand year old blueprint has determined the rise and fall of governments, even who will win elections and who will lose, more accurately than modern pollsters and analysts. It even reveals whenrnspecific occurrences must take place down to their exact years, months, and, in some cases, down to their exact days and dates – including the exact day of a presidential scandal, the time and manner of Osama bin Laden’srnassassination, and even the exact date of 9/11. It is so exact that one would have been able to pinpoint the day of the calamity years before September 11.rnIt goes right up to the present, to this last election, which it foreshadows, and beyond. It even give s revelation on what lies ahead of us, what the future holds. It brings forth a prophetic warning. And it reveals critical keys to know how to overcome and live victoriously in such a time as this.rnBecause it is so specific and touches the powers that be, I would ask you, my friends and partners, to please keep me, my family, and all else in prayer – and please pray that God would powerfully use The Paradigm forrnHis purposes. (It will be released on September 19 and available everywhere – and even before that, by the time you read this, it should be available online.)rnIt ultimately shows, above all, that God truly is in control, over all things and through all things, even down to the most minute details – and in every moment of our lives.rnThis month dare to rise higher in the Lord and in His calling than you ever have before. And may God greatly bless you as you do!rnrnYour brother and co-laborerrnin His love and service,rnJonathan
See Message: Josiah’s Window
Scripture: Prov. 9:11
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He Who Is Joy Thursday, August 31, 2017
God is the King of the universe and the Lord of all. You are part of the universe. Therefore the only way things can be right in your life is when you make Him who is the King of the universe, the king of your heart, and when you make Him who is the Lord of all, the Lord of your life. The Lord is also the Joy of all existence. The only way things can be truly right and blessed in your life is to make Him who is the Joy of all, the true joy of your life. You are to rejoice in the Lord always, because you’ve made Him the joy of your life. You are to delight yourself in Him, because you’ve made Him the delight of your heart. If you’ve made God the Lord of your heart, that’s great and essential. If you’ve made Him the Lord of your life, that’s just as important. But now do something even more: make Him who is the Joy and Delight of all creation, the joy and delight of your he art and your life will be blessed.
From Message #985 – Delight Yourself in the Lord
Scripture: Ps. 51:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Spend time delighting in the Lord today and allow His joy to fill you to overflowing.
The Blessing Of Anti-Semitism Wednesday, August 30, 2017
For two thousand years, the Jewish people have been hated, persecuted, oppressed, killed, and massacred. One of the greatest evils the world has ever known, Adolf Hitler, was devoted to the total destruction of the Jewish people. You might think that all the hatred and suffering goes against the Word of God, but the Bible foretold it and it does just the opposite. If you look at it objectively, you have to say that there’s something supernatural and unique about the Jewish people. What else explains why all the forces of hell are against them? The darkness is so great against them because they are greatly linked to the Light. The darkness doesn’t disprove the light, it proves it. They’ve survived because the Bible said they would. In your life, all the evil you’ve dealt with, sin, problems, adversity, attacks, and setbacks should not discourage you, but encourage you. If you’re following God, it’s a witness that He’s real, He loves you, and you’re called to overcome and fight the good fight.
From Message #967 – The Beast Of A Thousand Faces
Scripture: Ps. 139:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Whatever challenges you have today, know that God’s power is greater. You’re on the winning side – Fight your good fight!
Magnifying The Magnificent One Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The Koran contains a statement directed at believers in Yeshua (Jesus). It says, “Oh people of the scripture do not exaggerate in your religion, the Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary”. It calls Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, but doesn’t understand what the Messiah is. Don’t exaggerate the Messiah? How could you exaggerate the Messiah? He’s the One who reconciles man to God, becomes a light to the nations, brings peace- first spiritually and then physically to the world, makes the lion lie down with the calf, ushers in God’s Kingdom, and reigns upon the throne of David. Don’t exaggerate the One who saves us from hell and who redeems us for everlasting joy? Don’t exaggerate Him? How can you? If there is one thing you can’t exaggerate, it’s the Messiah. As people of the True Scriptures, followers of the Anointed One, Messiah Yeshua, don’t stop lifting up the Lord. You can’t sp eak enough about Him, praise Him enough, lift Him up, and rejoice enough in Him. Don’t worry about exaggerating the Messiah. You couldn’t if you wanted to, because He’s just too great. He’s the Messiah.
From Message #984 – The Secret of Islam
Scripture: Acts 4:20
TODAY’S MISSION – Magnify the Lord today in everything you say and do.
The Rabbis’ Savior Of The World Monday, August 28, 2017
Judaism says that Jewish people can’t believe in Yeshua/Jesus, because one man can’t die for the sins of others. But in ancient rabbinical writings is this amazing statement: “When God wants to bring healing to the world, He strikes a righteous man among them with disease and sufferings. Through Him, He gives healing to all. As it is written, He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and by His stripes we are healed.” Even though most rabbis deny it, it says in Isaiah 53 that atonement comes through striking a righteous man. There’s only one, Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth, who died for our sins that we would be healed. He was wounded and bruised for your sins. He gave His life for you, so give yourself to Him. He went through a lot for you and He counted it joy because it was for you. So count it joy when you’re going through trials for Him. He bl ed on an execution stake for the love of you. Live completely and entirely for Him, because even the rabbis agree— someone died for you. rn
From Message #983 – The Prince of Tears
Scripture: James 1:2
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, do everything, live every moment for the One who gave everything for you.rn
The Titanic And The Solid Rock Friday, August 25, 2017
The Titanic scraped along an iceberg and didn’t sink until hours later. In the beginning, everything was still level and the people continued their activities. They saw the iceberg through the windows, but didn’t think that there was real damage. They couldn’t see it, but the damage was real, and the water began flooding the chambers. It was mortally wounded. People continued to talk and play cards. The band continued to play as if everything was fine, but there was limited time left. That’s a picture of life. It appears solid, but it’s mortally wounded. Eventually it’s going down. If your well-being is based on anything in this life, your well-being is going to sink. Messiah spoke of a rich man who stored up his treasure, but then his life was required. He put all his treasures in a sinking ship. Beware of growing comfortable in a sinking ship. No matter how much it glit ters, it’s still sinking. Put your treasure where you can’t lose. Messiah is the rock; build your hope on Him, for all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is the Titanic.
From Message #982 – The Floating Palace
Scripture: Lam. 3:24
TODAY’S MISSION – Is your well-being dependent on anything other than Him? Today place your hope, your well-being, and your peace on nothing less than Messiah, the solid Rock.
One Believer Under God Thursday, August 24, 2017
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declared the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ unconstitutional because of the words ‘under God’. God is being removed from American mainstream culture. But it’s not just about the word ‘God’, it’s about the word ‘under’. Without God, there is no under; the state becomes the final authority, man becomes the measure of all things, there’s nothing above him, and everybody becomes a god. What separates a true believer from false believers and non-believers is that they live under. They don’t just know about and praise God, they live under God by actually submitting their lives to Him. Are you truly living under God? When God’s will, plan, and desire isn’t yours, do you put your will, plan, and desire under God? The desire to remove the words ‘under God’ isn’t good, but the real point isn’t the words ‘under God’. It’s whether God’s people are living u nder God. If you want ‘under God’ to be in the pledge of allegiance, put ‘under God’ in your own pledge of allegiance to God. Live your life as a true believer, one believer under God.
From Message #981 – The City on the Hill
Scripture: 2 Cor. 5:5
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, truly submit your will to God and allow Him to direct your plans. Live truly as one believer under God!
The Simple Maxim Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good”. This perfectly sums up a great theological truth. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. If you don’t believe, you can’t do good. If you do believe, you have to do good. Faith without works is dead. Works without faith are empty. Work out your salvation, because it’s God who’s at work with you. Trust, believe, and then act on your faith. Don’t try to do good without believing. Don’t believe and then not apply your faith into action. Let every work come from faith, and let your faith work. As the hymn says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”. The key to abundant life is very simple. Believe His Word and then just do it, just truly believe. Then take that faith into your life, with real faith actions, and see what happens. Keep it simple. Trust in the Lord and do goo d. Even more simple: “Trust and obey. For there’s no other way to be happy in Yeshua/Jesus, but to trust and obey”.
From Message #980 – The Fruitful Bough
Scripture: Prov. 16:20
TODAY’S MISSION – Take a word from Scripture today. Believe it, and then act on it.
The Path Of The Magi Tuesday, August 22, 2017 The magi were priests of a pagan religion, yet they found Messiah because they were seeking Him.The Jewish leaders of that day, knew about God but didn’t find Him because they weren’t seeking Him, they were heading the wrong way. It’s not your position or your past that matters – it’s where you’re heading. A sinner who’s heading to God is better off than a saint who’s falling away. So where are you heading? Paul said, “I discipline my body[…] so that after I’ve preached to others I won’t be disqualified”. He also said, “Forgetting what lies behind, I press on”. He started out every day as if he were a new believer who had as much to know about the Lord then as at the beginning. Have the same attitude. Seek to know God, because we don’t even know the half of God. It’s not who you have been, or even where you are, it’s where your heart is heading. Don’t rest on your laur els. Seek God again as you did at first. It’s a good road, it’s the road of the Magi.
From Message #979 – Amazed in Cyprus
Scripture: Jer. 24:7
TODAY’S MISSION – Make it your aim today to seek God with all your heart and draw nearer to Him.
The Other Heaven Monday, August 21, 2017
The Hebrew word for heaven is Shamayim. The ‘im’ at the end makes it plural, so the word heaven means specifically two or more. Shamayim means not just heaven, it means heavens. We think of heaven as that which comes after this life is over; it’s not yet, but it will be. In one sense, yes. But that’s just one heaven, so there has to be another one. If one is then, then the other heaven is now. Heaven can’t just be a place you go to after this life, it’s got to be the place you live now. For a child of God, heaven is not just something that will happen in the future, it’s where we live now. We’ve been born from above. We’re already seated in the heavenlies. It’s not just getting into heaven, it’s about letting heaven get into you, into your life, because it’s not just heaven, it is Shamayim – heavens. Discover the secret of it and start dwelling in it right now. Don’t wait until you’re dead to start living it. Heaven is too important to not live in now.
From Message #978 – Shamayim: The Mystery of Heaven
Scripture: Eph. 2:6
TODAY’S MISSION – Learn the secret of dwelling in the heavenlies now, and live our life from heaven to earth.
Your Sacred Access Friday, August 18, 2017
In the Scriptures, those who minister to God are called Cohanim, meaning the priests. They were those in charge of God’s service and were given access to the Holy Place behind the veil. It’s no accident that the ministers of God were given access to His presence because those who minister to God have to dwell in His presence. The only good things we can do for God are the good things we receive from Him first. Those who do the will of God are given special access to the presence of God. As a servant of God, He’s opened for you the doors of His sanctuary, to meet you in the secret place. If you’re committed to doing His will, He will open the doors to show you His glory and fill you with His power so you can do His work. Because you are a spiritual Cohanim through Messiah, serve Him with all your heart. Come into the Holy Place daily where the glory, power, and presence of God are waiting just for you, His priest. Enter in behind the veil, for that is your privilege and your access.
From Message #975 – Sailing Away
Scripture: Ps. 132:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Enter into the holy place of His presence today and minister to Him in His presence, as His priest.
Barachat Avote Thursday, August 17, 2017
Scripture teaches us about the father’s blessing; Abraham blessing Isaac, Isaac blessing Jacob, and Jacob blessing his sons. In every generation, fathers are supposed to bless their children and children are supposed to receive the blessing. Adolf Hitler, who propelled the world into WWII and was responsible for the death of 6 million Jews and millions of others, was raised by a father who treated him harshly, with rage and beatings. Not that his father was responsible for what he did, but it’s noteworthy that he never received his father’s blessing. It’s really important to receive your father’s blessing. Maybe you never did and your life has been affected by it. The good news is, if you’re born again, you now have a Heavenly Father who’ll never refuse to give His blessing to you, the child He loves. As a beloved child of God, you can now receive your Father’s blessing. Receive it, because it’s time to live as a beloved child. All you need to do to live a blessed life is get blessed. So get your blessing, because your Father is waiting to give it.
From Message #977 – Your Father’s Blessing
Scripture: Prov. 10:22
TODAY’S MISSION – Receive the blessing from your Heavenly Father today and become the beloved.
The Promised Land In All Places Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Eretz is a Hebrew word used in scripture for the world or the land – specifically, the land of Israel – and the earth. In the Sermon on the Mount, Messiah was quoting Psalm 37:11: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. Eretz can mean both promised land and the whole world. As a believer, wherever you are in the world, you’re meant to be dwelling in the promised land. Anywhere in the world/eretz, you can dwell in the eretz/promised land. Anywhere you live can become a promised land for you. Wherever you live, live as if you’re in a land of promises. That’s the way to dwell in His perfect will, His blessings, His promises, and His goodness. It doesn’t matter where you are, it’s Who you’re with that makes any place in the world the Promised Land. It’s great to make a pilgrimage to Israel, but it’s even better to dwell in the Promised Land no matter where you live. Learn to dwell there all the time, because as a child of God, you’re given the blessing of dwelling in the land of promises.
From Message #974 – Dwell
Scripture: 1 Kings 8:56
TODAY’S MISSION – Whatever you go today, live as if you’re
Seeing Things As They Are Not Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Much of world history happened because of revolutionaries making a difference. There’s a trait that revolutionaries share. They never accept things as they are, or the status quo as the final story. They see it as temporary, something that’s going to change. They see their defeats as temporary setbacks and their dreams as if they’re already the final reality. Most believers tend to just accept the world, situations, and people as they are, resigning themselves to the darkness. God called you to be a light to the world, to make a difference, to be a true revolutionary. In order to do that, you need to see things in a revolutionary way. As God’s revolutionary, you can’t accept the world, or the status quo, as the final story. Your situation is only temporary. Darkness and sin is not the final story. Your failures are no longer failures, they’re now only setbacks. There ar e no more real problems in God, only challenges. No more hopeless defeats, only victories and triumphs waiting to happen. Put on revolutionary eyes, because it’s time to change the world. It’s time to live like a revolutionary.
From Message #973 – Revolutionary
Scripture: Ps. 33:4
TODAY’S MISSION – Put on revolutionary eyes today. Don’t accept things as they seem, but as God has willed them to be – your circumstances, your life, and even yourself.
The Tarrying Factor Monday, August 14, 2017
Some people have formulas about how to receive the fullness and empowering of God’s Spirit, some have seminars on it. Messiah said, “Tarry in Jerusalem”. The word in Greek is kath-id’- zo. It means to stay, to continue. They had to continue in Jerusalem, in God’s will and presence. If they’d only stayed four days instead of ten, they’d have missed the blessing. If you want the fullness and power of His Spirit, you have to kath-id’ – zo. Stay, continue, and keep on in the will of God. Consistency in God is important. Many people give up before they get the blessing. The secret of receiving the blessing in God’s Spirit is linked to tarrying. They didn’t just go to Jerusalem and get the blessing, they had to stay there and persevere before they saw anything. The Spirit life is about continuing, abiding, perseverance, consistency, endurance, and continuing in His Word and wil l without giving up. Do you want to reap? Keep on keeping on, in the will and calling of God and He will come to you to fill your life with fullness and power from on high. You just continue.
From Message #972 – Welcoming the Spirit
Scripture: Luke 24:49
TODAY’S MISSION – Make it your aim to keep on in what is good. Don’t give up in the Lord, but press on no matter what.
The Mirrors Of God Friday, August 11, 2017
I knew two great saints of God, Sabina and Richard Wurmbrand, leaders of the underground church in Romania. In Sabina’s last days, she was in great pain. Feeling overwhelmed, she asked the Lord, “How long?” He reminded her of how, as a young woman, she’d taken some jewelry to be worked on. The jeweler put her jewelry over a flame.Panicking, she’d cried, “You’re going to destroy it!” He turned up the fire and said, “Trust me, I know what I’m doing. I have to keep it on the fire until I can see my reflection on the metal. Then it’s finished.” She heard the Lord say, “Don’t panic, trust Me. I Am the Master Jeweler. You must go through the fire for a moment and when I can see My face reflected in you, it will be finished.” Soon after that, she peacefully went home to be with the Lord. When you go through trials, don’t fear. God’s purpose isn’t to hurt you, but to change you i nto the image of Messiah. God wants to see His reflection in you because you’re His jewel and He’s your Master Jeweler.
From Message #970 – The Way of the Great
Scripture: Rom. 12:12
TODAY’S MISSION – Are you going through a trial today? Allow God to purify you so that He can see His reflection in you.
The Always Right Direction Thursday, August 10, 2017
What’s your direction? Do you have a direction or a goal? In any journey, it’s important to know your direction and stay on course. In life, sometimes we come up with our own directions— to school, our jobs, getting married, directions of self-improvement, or of making more money. What’s the direction the Bible says? It’s really simple— “make love your aim”. Love is to be your direction. When you have a direction, you aim everything there. Do you want to find God’s will for your life? It’s not necessarily what you might think it is, but pursuing His love is. Love the Lord with all of yourself, and your neighbor as yourself. You need to chart your course to one goal; the goal of love and that’s it. Heaven is a place of love, and you’re heading to heaven.rnSo go in the direction of love and aim away from that which isn’t love. Whatever it is, get away from it if it’s not lo ve. Set your compass and chart your journey to love. Don’t go north, south, east, or west. Simply go in love.
From Message #966 – The Heavenly Calling
Scripture: 1 John 4:9
TODAY’S MISSION – Make it your aim today to walk in love and away from whatever is not.
The Deadly Double Standard
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Proverbs 16:11 speaks about double standards. In many hospitals, there are two doors. One door is prenatal care, where everything is devoted to the carrying of unborn babies. The doctors are devoted to making sure the unborn baby’s needs are met. Through the other door, there are no doctors devoted to ensuring the unborn baby is healthy. Beyond this door, the baby is not safe. The doctors, rooms, and machines are wholly devoted to the killing of the baby— abortion. It could be the same baby, if a mother changes her mind. It all depends on which door the mother enters. Through one door, the baby is protected, through the other door, the same baby becomes the victim of a killing. How can that same baby’s life be priceless in one door and worthless in the other? When there are two sets of weights and values, you have a double standard. Do not get used to the double standard in regards to life. Uphold God’s standard. Be a person for righteousness and life. No matter what changes in society, you hold to what is true.
From Message #965 – The Weights of the Bag
Scripture: Lev. 19:36
TODAY’S MISSION – Today, hold to what is righteous and speak up for what is true.