The simple fact that we often do not recognize the weapons unleashed against us can keep us in silence that ends up being passive agreement with hell’s agenda instead of active agreement with God’s promise. Once a weapon is exposed, we can counter it, but some weapons are so embedded in our life that we cannot discern their presence or aim. Recently, I realized how an undetected weapon can stay active in a stealth mode: Knowing that we are sons of God on the earth to represent and activate His government, I now realize that some of my beliefs early on had limitations that were a weapon formed against me, and those limitations have continued in stealth mode through many years. A specific example is that Jesus said while He was on earth to pray the Kingdom come and God’s will be done; so a weapon formed against me was to believe the Kingdom is only a future entity whose government could never be realized in my lifetime on earth. That weapon, that limitation, that confusion, has been successful in keeping God’s government as pie-in-the-sky and ineffectual to generations that did not disagree and lived bound by that misbelief.
(This is another in the series “Weapons Of War” by Kathy Gabler)
Speak Out The NO! (Kathy)
Let him that hath an ear hear. If we truly hear and understand this promise from God in Isaiah 54:15,17 (The Message: “If anyone attacks you, don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them, And if any should attack, nothing will come of it. . . but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what GOD’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.” GOD’s Decree.”), we will respond. Truth is activated by action to cause results in our life, and the essential action is agreement. Even powerful truth lies dormant as potential until it is activated through our embrace and agreement. The very least we should do when darkness threatens our corner of the world and spews its propaganda is to speak out a resounding NO!
Dear Self, Individual and Family, this promise is to you also.
Isaiah 54, as stated another way in The Message: If anyone attacks you, don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them, And if any should attack, nothing will come of it. . . but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what GOD’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.” GOD’s Decree.
There are key insights in this passage about a weapon: 1) If we believe it is from God, we might as well take up the weapon and shoot ourselves! We shoot down the promise if we agree with a weapon on the basis of deserving the hit because of guilt or failure or mistakes or punishment. Who needs an enemy when we are so capable of wrongly accusing our God and taking up weapons against our selves? 2) This promise assures us that ultimately the prepared weapon of attack will not have success and will not do us damage. If we understand this, it will keep us from panic that causes us to do ourselves damage in the mean time. 3) We have to think like our God to grasp His promises. God always sees long-range. We focus on the immediate hit, but His promise here reaches to heritage and the eventual working out of everything for good. That makes it plain that our disappointments concerning promise come from our giving up before the promise has finished its course. (I’m thinking the only weapons with a possibility of success are those that land in our panic, fear, guilt or impatience.)
“They may gather together and stir up strife, but it is not from Me. Whoever stirs up strife against you shall fall and surrender to you. But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This triumph over opposition is the heritage of the servants of the Lord; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me says the Lord”. (Isa 54:15, 17 Amp)
How do I dare address this to America? I dare because the gift of righteousness is deposited in those who believe in Christ, a remnant living in this country to give witness that this is a Christian nation that belongs to the Lord and His original purpose for it. Rather than passively assuming America cannot receive and agree with this promise in Isaiah, I can aggressively declare we do receive and agree with it. I not only can, I just did.
(This is the first in a series on “Weapons of War” by Kathy Gabler)
FMCI Annual Conference in Waxahachie, TX. Jim Hodges, Dutch Sheets, Dr. Don Crum, Cynthia Dunbar, Dr. Patti Amsden. It is a time of intercession and declaration over our nation, calling it back to the righteousness of God. I led a team of people last night in making declarations of life and righteousness. There are people from across the nation and several foreign countries who are here joining their voices with ours.
To hear some of the messages and reports that are ready to view, go to: fmci.org and the podcast options are at the bottom of the page.
More will be added as meetings progress through tomorrow. Dutch Sheets is speaking tonight. His message should be up sometime in the morning.
Jn 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. The Holy Spirit now makes available to all what was only available to a few in the Old Testament. (Lk24:49;Jn16:13;20:22;Acts1:8;Eph5:18;1Jn2:20) We must have impartation from the Holy Spirit to know what is to come. He takes the things of Jesus and shows them to us. Jesus is the One who has a future and if we are to participate in HIS future, we need to know the things that are of Him.
Isa 33:5 The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. 6 And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is his treasure. (Amp)
He is the God who does the undoable,
changes the unchangeable,
and provides the impossible.
God is wound up about His Son and His Son’s destiny, so how can things be winding down? Religion leaves us to think that this whole thing is about us and our getting to heaven. The reason God gets wound up about people is because of the part of His Son’s destiny that they play, not because He would simply rather have them playing a harp than roasting like a marshmallow. Paul shows this plainly: Eph 1:8 “Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence), 9 Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him, 10 [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth. “(Amplified) It is descriptively put in the NASB in v.10 like this: …an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ.
The whole Story is about Him. Since the whole Story is about Him, how can it all be winding down for the Church? But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working; He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work. (Jn 5:17) When does the Father or the Son ever stop working? And… if They are working, is Their work any less than perfection of purpose no matter what the view from our angle? How could the Church Jesus is building be one generation away from extinction? How could the Bride that Jesus will marry go to her wedding in shame and defeat? How can the Head have a body that is defunct? Eph 5:27 shows us that His Church is a “glorious Church” and in Heb 12:27 it is the instrument of the Kingdom that cannot be shaken: “The phrase ‘one last shaking’ means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered. 28 Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. (The Message) His Kingdom is an ever-increasing Kingdom, not an unwinding Kingdom. (Isa 9:7; Dan 2:35; Mt13:33) God is wound up about His Son’s destiny and the destiny of Jesus is realized in the sons of the Kingdom and we will not stop short of the glory of God. “For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].” (Rom 8:19, Amp)