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A Legacy Of Warriors

A Legacy Of Warriors
David was caught in the crossfire between King Saul and Israel’s destiny, but he had already been trained not to be a victim of a lion, nor a bear, nor a giant and now… a king.  He did not stumble into Saul’s grasp, but he fought wisely.  He dodged the spear, hid cunningly and acted a lunatic when necessary.  Nor did he act like a victim and lash out at the king.  Rome-warriorHe was surrounded by God’s countermeasures: 400 distressed men and mighty warriors and the king’s own son.

Stephen, caught in the crossfire between tradition and truth, disempowered his enemies, even while being stoned by refusing to play the victim in attitude.  He finished his stand for righteousness and prevailed through the countermeasure of forgiveness!

Jesus, caught in the crossfire between the Old Covenant and New Covenant was persecuted by the Pharisees. Yet He never empowered them by seeing Himself as a victim.  He declared their limitations openly, saying they could not take His life. He was confident of His unlimited, supernatural backing.

Persecution for righteousness’ sake will never produce a victim legacy, rather, a legacy of warriors who eventually displace systems, principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness.  That’s making offensive moves and taking ground. That’s the Kingdom in action.

(This is the last excerpt from an article by Kathy Gabler entitled “Offense: The Kingdom In Action” in which she talks about the advantage of moving from merely a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy.)

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Cowering Chunk Of Crispy Fried Chicken?

Cowering Chunk Of Crispy Fried Chicken?
Actually, persecution for righteousness’ sake is evidence that you are a Kingdom agent caught in the crossfire. The real target is a righteous deposit of God’s purpose in history.  Fried ChickenNow that’s not to minimize persecution or say that being in the crossfire is fun or easy.  It wasn’t easy for Esther when she was caught in such crossfire, but she did not throw up her hands and take on a victim-attitude.  Persecution does not equal “victim” or “martyr.” We should not automatically just cower.  Esther didn’t, and we can learn from her.  The opposite of being a victim is to fight wisely, activate God’s countermeasures and get a God-strategy. Daniel and the three Hebrews were persecuted in the crossfire of King Darius’ corrupt court, but a victim would have been a lion’s lunch or crispy fried chicken in the fiery furnace.

(This is an excerpt from an article by Kathy Gabler entitled “Offense: The Kingdom In Action” in which she talks about the advantage of moving from merely a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy.)


The Point Of Empowerment

Sentiment may tell us that being persecuted is the same as being a victim or even a martyr, but according to this beatitude in Matt.5:10, persecution for righteousness’ sake actually marks the point of empowerment, Open_doorwhere the blessings of the Kingdom (that is, the power of His order and unlimited resources) open to us.  This scripture tells us we have the option to see persecution defensively or offensively, as victimization or empowerment. Spending our life pressing toward the mark and taking a righteous ground,  will involve persecution in the process, but persecution is not a goal, and God certainly never intended us to develop a victim’s  expectation  that draws it.

(This is an excerpt from an article by Kathy Gabler entitled “Offense: The Kingdom In Action” in which she talks about the advantage of moving from merely a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy.)

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For Righteousness Sake

Office-WorkersLet’s see how the “persecuted for righteousness sake” (Matt.5:10) scripture unfolds.  The root of this blessing is righteousness.  Righteousness is an offensive move toward a God-goal, and the persecution is generated because of it.  This verse does not say, blessed are the persecuted for theirs is the kingdom.  Many have made persecution the focus and left people with a tendency to glorify persecution, even if the conflict is not about righteousness. For example, it’s not about righteousness when a zealous person wants to witness to get another notch in their pistol and they take every opportunity to throw pearls before swine (Matt 7:6). That’s persecution for obnoxiousness’ sake.  In the office, when a Pharisaical legalist points out every sin and calls down hellfire, he’s persecuted for condemnation’s sake.  The zealot and legalist are not being persecuted for righteousness’ sake.  However, from the ripple effect, even though these people have misrepresented God and generated their own persecution and bruises, they become the defensive victim, and being a defensive victim is a common view of Christianity, but not sonship.

(This is an excerpt from an article by Kathy Gabler entitled “Offense: The Kingdom In Action” in which she talks about the advantage of moving from merely a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy.)


Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

Let’s take another turn from defensive to offensive in the constitution of the Kingdom, in Matt 5.  As surely as meekness generates the blessing of earthly inheritance in v. 5, and being pure in heart generates the blessing of seeing God show up in v. 8, just so v. 10 tells us what generates tree-sunsetKingdom power in our lives:  Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness sake!  For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.  

Happy and to be envied are those pursued with harassment or oppressive treatment because they have aligned with righteousness.   What is the blessing?  God’s  governmental power IS (present tense) theirs.  His authority and authorization and strategic wisdom and supernatural resources are, present tense, theirs.  (As well as now-power, v. 12 extends the blessing to future reward in heaven also.)  

(This is an excerpt from an article by Kathy Gabler entitled “Offense: The Kingdom In Action” in which she talks about the advantage of moving from merely a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy.  *The other excerpts from this article are listed below on this page.*)

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Pray For Oklahoma

We declare over Oklahoma that its redemptive purpose will rise through the rubble and that the injured will recover quickly and fully. We declare that the people of God will shine in their generosity and mercy and helps. May the Lord God Almighty enable His people to communicate His redemptive Word to individuals and the state.

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We know these pastors who are heading up this relief effort.
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Bankrupt Without Him

house_keyI believe that part of maturing as sons is moving from a defensive to an offensive  perspective.   An example is in the BEATITUDES  (which can be considered the constitution of the Kingdom).   Matt 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Being poor in spirit might seem to be a needy and defensive posture at first. But we move from defense to offense in our mindset by realizing that the poor in spirit are not the insignificant but those who know they are bankrupt without Him and therefore welcome adoption as a son and gladly receive the key to their Father’s household and submit to His rule of power and government order.  There is no insignificance in that scenario.

(This is an excerpt from an article by Kathy Gabler entitled “Offense: The Kingdom In Action” in which she talks about the advantage of moving from merely a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy.)