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'Until'

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Word For Today by Bob & Debby Gass
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'God wrestled with him until' Genesis 32:24 KJV

The Bible says, 'Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man [the angel of the Lord] until the breaking of the day.' When God decides to deal with you He will get you alone. Notice, Jacob was 'left'. When surgery is required, nobody else is allowed in the operating room. Something in you must be dealt with or you won't make it.

Notice also, 'There wrestled a man with him until'. Others may give up on you, but not God. 'He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ' (Philippians 1:6 NKJV). 'Until' Jacob becomes Israel, 'until' the deceiver becomes a prince with God, 'until' you begin to walk, talk and live in such a way that everybody around you knows you've been touched by God. God's not going to let you get by with stuff He used to overlook. When you're running out of time He will wrestle with you and show you that you're wasting your life. He will wrestle with you over your careless attitudes, words and actions. He will wrestle with you over your ingratitude and help you see how blessed you are. He will wrestle with you over your double-mindedness and unwillingness to make a commitment. You've changed jobs, changed relationships and changed churches; when are you going to let God plant you permanently somewhere so that you can bear fruit?

There are two 'until' in this story. First, God wrestled with Jacob until he said yes. Second, Jacob wrestled with God until He blessed him. At that point Jacob's name changed, his past ended, and the future God had in mind for him began.


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Displaying day 304
Monday, October 31, 2011


Old Testament Reading: Obadiah 1
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r/?verse=Obadiah+1&version=niv


New Testament Reading: Hebrews 2
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r/?verse=Hebrews+2&version=niv


Psalms Reading: Proverbs 26:13-22
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r/?verse=Hebrews+2&version=nivS


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Deal with Your 'Ishmael'

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Word For Today by Bob & Debby Gass
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'Cast out the bondwoman and her son' Galatians 4:30 KJV


Ishmael was born as a result of Abraham attempting to hurry up the plan of God and fulfill it through human effort. Are you doing that? We all have our 'Ishmael': a good idea that was not God's idea, and it can complicate your life. You say, 'But didn't God love Ishmael too?' Yes, and He blessed him (Genesis 17:20). But God said He would only fulfill His plan through Isaac.

When you run ahead of God, or try to replace His will with your will, not only do you suffer, but the people you love suffer too. Spiritually speaking, when God says to you, 'Cast out the bondwoman and her son', He's saying, 'It's time to deal with your past and clean out your cupboard.'

But notice something else in this story. Like Ishmael and Isaac, sometimes your miracle and your mistake can grow together under the same roof. Things can be so bad in one area, yet so good in another. Today God may be saying to you, 'Because of the destiny I have in mind for you, you've got to put this thing out of your life.' It's painful letting go of something your flesh creates, but you have no choice. Here are your options. You can be moved by their pleading and miss God's best. Or you can say, 'As much as I love you, I love God more.' When you're willing to walk away from something you love because you love God more, that's called the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15). And when you offer it up to God, you position yourself to receive the fullness of His blessing in your life.

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Displaying day 303
Sunday, October 30, 2011

Old Testament Reading
Lamentations 3:40-66; Lamentations 4; Lamentations 5
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entations+4%3B+Lamentations+5&version=niv


New Testament Reading
Hebrews 1
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r/?verse=Hebrews+1&version=niv


Psalms Reading
Psalm 119:129-136
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r/?verse=Psalm+119%3A129-136&version=niv


The Bible on one page
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Ask God to Give You a Dream

Friday, October 28, 2011

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'Your old men shall dream dreams' Joel 2:28 NKJV

The Bible says, 'Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.' When God gives you a dream, He gives you the resources and relationships needed to fulfill it.

Not everybody will believe in your dream. Paul writes, 'What if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar' (Romans 3:3-4 NKJV). If your dream is from God, disregard the naysayers and give yourself fully to it. Just be sure your dream is from God. It can't be born out of somebody else's wishes. Sometimes your dream is actually somebody else's desire for you. Parents do this. They want to relive some part of their life through you, so they push you to do something they themselves always wanted to do. That sets you up for a lifetime of trying to please your father and mother, to get their approval even though you're now an adult. Then one day you wake up and realise you're trying to live somebody else's dream. It may actually have been God's plan for your mother or father, but now you're stuck with it.

Get unstuck! Ask God for your own dream! Your dream can't be born out of wrong motives such as pride, jealousy, anger, rejection or competitiveness. Are you trying to prove something to somebody? Are you trying to win their admiration and respect? Are you trying to make up for being rejected? Acknowledge your motives, ask God to heal your heart, then ask Him for a dream that He can back up!

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Displaying day 302
Saturday, October 29, 2011

Old Testament Reading: Lamentations 2:7-27; Lamentations 3:1-39
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r/?verse=Lamentations+2%3A7-27%3B+Lame
ntations+3%3A1-39&version=niv


New Testament Reading: Philemon 1
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r/?verse=Philemon+1&version=niv


Psalms Reading: Psalm 119:121-128
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The Bible on one page
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Heart Revelations

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Word For Today by Bob & Debby Gass
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'try me, and know my thoughts.' Psalm 139:23 KJV

Our character is not revealed just by our actions, but by our reactions. Actions can be planned, but reactions are spontaneous. They give us a glimpse of what's really in our heart. At that point we can look at it and deal with it.
Who among us would readily admit that at times we're greedy, lustful, controlling or insecure? Or resentful of the blessing of God that's evident in the lives of others? When the Psalmist prayed, 'Try me, and know my thoughts', he was inviting God to create the circumstances that would bring to the surface in him all the 'junk' at the bottom of the lake of his subconscious, hidden from view-not only from the eyes of other people but also from his own eyes.
Paul writes to the believers in Galatia and says, 'My dear children! I feel as if I'm going through labour pains for you, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives' (Galatians 4:19 NLT). Note the words 'until Christ is fully developed in your lives'. That calls for a resensitised conscience and a redirected will. During the reign of Oliver Cromwell the English government ran low on the silver it needed to make coins. So Cromwell sent his men into the cathedrals to search for some. They reported back that the only silver they could find was in the statues of the saints standing in the corners. 'Good,' Cromwell reportedly said, 'let's melt down the saints and put them into circulation.' That's what we need, isn't it? To be melted by God, filled with His Spirit, and put into circulation.


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Displaying day 301
Friday, October 28, 2011

Old Testament Reading
Lamentations 1; Lamentations 2:1-6
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r/?verse=Lamentations+1%3B+Lamentation
s+2%3A1-6&version=niv


New Testament Reading
Titus 3
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r/?verse=Titus+3&version=niv


Psalms Reading
Psalm 119:113-120
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r/?verse=Psalm+119%3A113-120&version=niv


The Bible on one page
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Your Breakthrough!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Word For Today by Bob & Debby Gass
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'The One who breaks open the way will go up before you' Micah 2:13 NIV

Are you thinking, 'If I don't get a breakthrough, I'm not going to make it?'

Try to understand these two things.
First, your problem is just an opportunity for God to work on your behalf. You are positioned to experience the truth of these words: 'The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.' By God's grace you can prevail over your circumstances. You can rise above discouragement and the self-defeating mentality that says: 'Nothing's going to change for the better'. You say, 'But I tried and failed!' Fine, mark that off your list and say, 'Now I know what doesn't work.' Rejoice, God knows the way, and He's going before you!

Second, before you experience a breakthrough there's usually a shake-up. Chuck Yeager , the World War II hero who broke the sound barrier, fractured his ribs in a horse-riding accident the day before he hopped into the cockpit and attempted to do what had never been done with a plane before. His friends said, 'You're in too much pain. Don't do it.' His fears told him, 'Nobody's ever done it before. You won't either.' At 1100 km/hr the plane began to shake violently. Then suddenly he broke through into what he described as 'a great calm'. That's how it is when you're about to experience a breakthrough. When everything around you starts to shake and your fear level skyrockets, you're not about to crash and burn, you're on the threshold of a breakthrough!

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Displaying day 300
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Old Testament Reading
Habakkuk 1; Habakkuk 2; Habakkuk 3:1-19
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r/?verse=Habakkuk+1%3B+Habakkuk+2%3B+H
abakkuk+3%3A1-19&version=niv


New Testament Reading
Titus 2
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r/?verse=Titus+2&version=niv


Psalms Reading
Proverbs 26:3-12
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r/?verse=Proverbs+26%3A3-12&version=niv


The Bible on one page
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