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God’s Assurance

butterlyWhere or how do you get the promise of God? All I know is that one day I suddenly came to the realization that, over time, God has given me certain promises. Knowing the desires of my heart in prayer and meditation on His Word, God has given promises at those times also. But most often it has been like little discoveries, one here and one there. It’s something like, “I have God’s assurance on ‘that.’ It’s already done!”

Some promises include the fact that He will work in and through me to bring about the promise. Others, He has worked in persons and situations in such a way that all I could do was just stand back and be amazed (cf.Rom.4:20-21). There is an overall promise and purpose and as I have walked in it I have received other promises, some of which have already been realized.

“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” (Rom.4:20-21, NKJV)

(This is the second excerpt in a series about “Promise” from Marty Gabler’s book “Why Sheep Have Short Legs,” Chapter Two.) 

Melissa Gabler and the Grace Worship Band

Worship songs from Concerning The Kingdom Conference 2013

Click here for “Our Father” worship music: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-03-21T10_26_44-07_00

Click here for spontaneous worship music: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-03-21T10_33_09-07_00


The Holy Spirit Is More

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You are more than your constituent parts by the power of the Holy Spirit. In your constituent parts, you are arms and legs and head and torso and talent and ability but by the power of the Holy Spirit you are much more today. In you, the Holy Spirit will be more than you are and, in you, He will do more than you can do. He will be what you are not and do what you cannot do.

“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be…” (Acts 1:8, Amp) 


Stay Close To His Promises

vending_storyWhat is a promise anyway? It is something that began in the heart of a compassionate God. It is not something that He has to give us (cf.1Co. 2:12). The promises of God are what it is His desire to give us (cf.2Co. 1:20;Heb.6:17). Yet it is not like putting money in a vending machine, pushing a button and the drink we selected simply falls out into our hand. A “promise of God” is something that begins in His heart and is worked out in us through circumstances (cf.Phil.1:6), people (cf.Gen.45:7-8) AND TIME (cf.Heb.11:8-11).

(This is the first excerpt in a series about “Promise” from Marty Gabler’s book “Why Sheep Have Short Legs,” Chapter Two.)

Melissa Gabler and the Grace Worship Band * Worship songs from Concerning The Kingdom Conference 2013

Click here for “Our Father” worship music: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-03-21T10_26_44-07_00

Click here for spontaneous worship music: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-03-21T10_33_09-07_00


No Prision Or Chain Is Too Great

There are certain things we can expect if we have been “eating” things like the gruel of bitterness or disappointment. Such a diet renders one unable to give birth. There is hands chainno birthing of the promise of God in an embittered spirit. That which God desires to perform in and through us has no “fertile womb” in which it can be conceived when infected by bitterness.

 A wounded spirit is more difficult to heal than a broken body. It is more subtle, yet more devastating. Cf.”A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Prov.17:22).”

Fraud, adultery and divisions in organized religion have not together taken a toll on the church to the extent that embittered spirits have. But no matter how devastated you may be, God has prepared deliverance. Before Israel could even come up with a plan of escape, God had a plan in a deliverer called Moses. No prison or chain is too great or too old for God to break (cf.Jer.30:8).

(This is the seventh excerpt in a series from Marty Gabler’s book “Why Sheep Have Short Legs,”  Chapter Two.)


When Eating The Gruel Of Bitterness

Task masters suppress and have full intention of destroying hopes and promises. During a particularly trying time in my life I had an opportunity, at his invitation, to spend some time with a minister I had known for a number of years.

Businessman On StringsWe were sitting across from one another in a booth at a restaurant. At one point that evening, he was physically repulsed by my conversation and he actually got as far back in the corner of his side of the booth as he possibly could. Later that night that disturbing scene replayed itself in my memory.

As I wondered about the cause, I began recalling my words and my tone of voice. Because of certain situations I had faced in the past with persons he and I both knew, emotions which were marinated for months in bitterness dominated my portion of the discussion. It was then that I realized I had become a victim of the task master called Bitterness.

I had not eaten at the Master’s table in so long that my spiritual and emotional belly was growling painfully with the acidic gruel that Bitterness had been feeding me. That pain was eventually expressed in the form of acidic verbiage which stung and repulsed others.

If you submit to them, task masters feed you a spiritually malnourished diet that will keep you subdued while they do your planning for you. They preempt any goals or plans you had for yourself.

(This is the sixth excerpt in a series from Marty Gabler’s book “Why Sheep Have Short Legs,”  Chapter Two.)


Nourishment For Deliverance

hand n child'sAnything that has to do with deliverance, anything that would bring you to possess the land, anything that would bring you to a new chapter in your life must be nourished. If it is nourished it will overcome Pharaoh. God nourishes us and those dreams, hopes and promises He gives us so that they might live and deliver. Cf.”But Zion said, The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me. Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you! (Isa.49:14-17).”

(This is the fifth excerpt in a series from Marty Gabler’s book “Why Sheep Have Short Legs” Chapter Two.)

 

Nourish The Dream

deer bottleMoses was nourished in his father’s house for three months (Ex.2:1). Anything marked for the purposes of God must be nourished within us and given ability to stand. Giving ability to stand is in the basic meaning of nourish. “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict (Heb.11:23).”

That dream God gives is no ordinary dream. Feed it. Nourish it. The false report may say, “Oh, but it is so skinny and frail, it’s almost dead.” Nourish it. It will come back strong. “Oh, but there may not even be an ember left because the original fire was built so long ago.” Patiently and persistently stir and feed the fire. It will come to flame again.

(This is the fourth excerpt in a series from Marty Gabler’s book “Why Sheep Have Short Legs” Chapter Two.)