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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 142 }

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. —Revelation 19:7-8

When God called me to begin seeing myself through the revelation of the bride of Christ, I protested. How could the son of a tough boxer focus on proclaiming to the body of Christ about being a bride? Confused, I said, "Lord, that does not make sense!" Now I understand that I will never enter into a more radical posture as a warrior than as a bridal warrior, a romanced warrior against the kingdom of darkness. We will have power to sustain us in the battle. Other warriors will burn out, they'll get injured, and the passion in their hearts will be lost. It is so easy to get your heart wounded in the heat of battle. But romanced warriors' hearts are more protected and empowered because they carry their primary reward (which is the power to be exhilarated in love and fascinated with beauty) within their hearts. Though they may even die as martyrs, their hearts die aflame with the passion of Christ's love.

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I want to be Your bridal warrior, dear Savior, and to fight the good fight of faith in Your power and strength. Let my heart be strong in the fire of Your love.

In the posture of a bridal warrior, we will be
secure, and our hearts will be protected.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Finished for the Devil

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. —John 19:30

I do not care what your situation looks like. I do not care what the devil has been trying to do in your life. I do not care what kind of lie he has tried to sell you. Settle it in your spirit once and for all that the devil is defeated. The devil may know your past, but you know his future. He is finished. He is destroyed. He is defeated.

Jesus came to earth "to destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 2:7). The word works in this verse means the kind of energy that produces power or action. Jesus came to strip the devil of his power. The only power the enemy has over you is what you give him through believing his lies.

When Jesus hung His head on the Cross and said, "It is finished," He did not mean "almost finished." The battle was won at Calvary and declared at His resurrection. Do not let the devil browbeat you any longer. Tell him he was defeated two thousand years ago, and claim your victory today. Rejoice, because when Jesus said, "It is finished," He meant it was finished for the devil and Your salvation, healing, deliverance, and victory were also settled for eternity.

I declare to the enemy that he is defeated. Satan, you are finished.
You have no authority over my life. All power and authority
belong to Christ. He is the One I listen to,
and I am deaf to any lies you would say to me. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

The Ultimate Proof of Total Forgiveness

That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. —2 Corinthians 5:19

The ultimate proof of total forgiveness takes place when we sincerely petition the Father to let those who have hurt us off the hook—even if they have hurt not only us, but also those close to us.

I had come face-to-face with this reality, so I prayed for certain people to be forgiven. However, after a few moments, it was as if the Lord said to me, "Do you know what you are asking Me to do?"

I thought I knew the answer to His question, so I said, "Yes."

He then seemed to reply, "Are you now asking Me to set them free as if they had done nothing wrong?"

That sobered me! I needed some time to think, but while I pondered His words, the Lord reminded me of the many sins for which He had forgiven me. I became frightened of the possibility that He might reveal—or let come out—some of the terrible things I had done.

I then humbly prayed, "Yes, Lord, I ask You to forgive them."

Once more I needed a little time. Then the Lord seemed to say, "What if I forgive and bless you, RT, in proportion to how you want Me to forgive and bless them?"

By this time I was boxed in a corner, and I surrendered. I began to sincerely pray for them to be forgiven and blessed as though they had caused me no offense. But I cannot truly say that my prayer was particularly godly or unselfish.

This is, after all, the message of the New Testament: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).

What impresses the world most is changed lives for which there is no natural explanation.

Excerpted from Total Forgiveness (Charisma House, 2002).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

God Has Willed All to Us

Hebrews 9:13-28 When my mother died, I could not come into my inheritance until all the legal requirements were met. Only then could I receive what she had willed to me many years earlier when she wrote her will.

In the very beginning of time God wrote a will for all of His children to inherit. Even though Christ had not yet been made flesh, He was present with the Father in the Spirit. Jesus was the very living Word of God that spoke the worlds into being. God intended for all who believed on His Son to inherit eternal and abundant life. The legal requirements had to be fulfilled first. For a will to be activated, the person who has written the will must be dead. Christ died once for all men, and because He died, we now can inherit all God intended for us to inherit from the beginning of time.

When my mother died, I had to go to the courthouse to claim my inheritance. I had to give proof of my identity and sign some papers. When Jesus died, the availability of His inheritance was there, but we now have to claim it. We claim our inheritance by believing and receiving by faith Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The sad part is that so many do not know anything about their great inheritance. If they never have heard the gospel, how can they claim their inheritance? What is even sadder is that some when they hear the gospel refuse to claim their inheritance. I have never understood this.

After the law was given to Moses, he sprinkled the blood of calves and goats upon the book, the people and the tabernacle. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. After Jesus died, His blood was made available to us to cleanse and sanctify our earthly tabernacles (our body, soul and spirit). Because Jesus said, "Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God," we now have the privilege of entering into all God has willed for us.

Father, I pray for all those today who have missed becoming a joint heir with Christ. I pray these lost people will have the eyes of their understanding opened, and I pray You will deposit the gift of faith to them so that they might believe and receive Jesus Christ, Your Son, as their Lord and Savior. I pray that soon they will be able to claim their full inheritance. Thank You, Father, for sending Your Son to earth, not only to live, but also to die and to live again.

READ: Ezekiel 20:1-49; Hebrews 9:13-28; Psalm 107:1-43; Proverbs 27:11

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

A Sexual Nightmare

We are straying far from God's heart because we are so influenced by our society. In so many ways, the church has become a subculture rather than what we are called to be—a counterculture.

The gospel of forgiveness and inheriting heaven is preached but not the complete gospel of also being set free from the dominion of sin. As a result, many are easily conformed to this world, where it's common for a man and woman to live together, have sex outside of marriage or with the same gender, and divorce and remarry for reasons other than unfaithfulness. And these practices are becoming more common among Christians because the church has not proclaimed what Jesus has freed us from.

It pleases God when we live holy, especially in our sexuality. This is the area that usually goes haywire outwardly if there is a deeper problem inwardly. If you were able to look into the heart of a professing Christian who is enslaved to fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography or any other sexual impurity, you would most likely find a deeper issue. It could be pride, rebellion, lust for power, bitterness, envy or some other iniquity, but no matter what's there, the root is always a lack of true fear of the Lord.

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You are doing this already, and we encourage you to do so more and more. For you remember what we taught you in the name of the Lord Jesus. God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-3, NLT)

Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculum and best-selling books now available in over sixty languages. His newest book is Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live. More information is available at www.ExtraordinaryOnline.org.

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