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Archive for September, 2013

COME UP HIGHER

When God says: For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isa 55:9), He is not mountain-topattempting to get us up under severe condemnation, He is offering an invitation to come up to where His ways and thoughts are so that we can know those ways and have those thoughts. Why would He do otherwise when going up to His ways and thoughts will bring glory to His name and cause the Kingdom to advance in the earth? He is saying that we are not quite there yet but just keep coming. He called Abraham up on top of the mountain and instructed him to “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. (Gen 13:14-15)  Abraham had to get his eyes off himself and off his immediate failures and limitations and off the economic condition of the surrounding nations and off the hurts he received in his relationship with Lot. He had to lift his eyes to the Word of God, to the promises of God. Look up from where you are and get your eyes on the victories of the risen Christ and… what you can see, your children will inherit (Gen 13:15).

(This is the ninth excerpt from Marty’s SEEC Magazine article, “The Word Is Mighty In You.”)

 
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Whose Report Will You Believe?

Often someone will walk up and say, “What is the Lord saying?” I think, most often, that the Lord is saying or asking, “Where are you going to stand? Will you Stand On Wordstand with the nation-wide news broadcasts or with reports of demographics or with unrighteous legislation or, in spite of it all, will you stand on my Word?” At the close of each service (and every night before retiring), we might should sing the words of that song, “Whose report will you believe? We will believe the report of the Lord!” We are not subject to robbers, corruption and terrorists, we are subject to the Word of God if we will agree with it. (Mt 18:19-20) We too are posed with this question: “Is the Lord’s power limited?”  Is the Lord’s power limited just a little bit in certain areas of disease or international crises? The answer is an emphatic, “NO!”. We live an overcoming life by the power of God because the living Word is alive and active within us. Col 1:29  For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me

(This is the eighth excerpt from Marty’s SEEC Magazine article, “The Word Is Mighty In You.”)

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Click on this link to read the latest issue of SEEC Magazine * August/September 2013:  https://martygabler.com/magazine/
We pray that this issue of SEEC Magazine is a blessing to you,
Marty & Kathy Gabler

 

 


Contend For The Word The Lord Has Given You

army campContend for the word the Lord has given you.
1. CONTEND: “to excite oneself against a foe; to wage war.”
“…I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. BEGIN TO POSSESS IT, and engage him in battle.” (Deut.2:24, NKJV)

2. WAGE WARFARE: “expedition; campaign”
“This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,” (1Tim.1:18, NKJV)
Hint: The words “expedition” and “campaign” should be sufficient terminology to help us understand that contending for our word isn’t going to be just a day excursion. You’re going to have to take more than just your lunch.

3. HEED: “to attach oneself to; be be given to or addicted to; to devote thought and effort to”
“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;” (2Pe.1:19, NKJV)

CONTEND + WAGE WARFARE + HEED = keeping plenty busy!
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“I have held back the enemy by My Hand.”
In this 2min. Audio file, Marty Gabler brings and encouraging word.
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-04T13_06_15-07_00

“He is putting gates in your fences.”
In this 3min. audio file, Kathy Gabler brings an encouraging word.
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-04T13_14_04-07_00


Living Like We Have A Lord And Savior

Y in roadGod’s Word in Heb 4:12 is not “penetrating to the dividing line of the soul and the spirit, and of joints and marrow, exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart” so that we can feel condemnation, but so we can get into agreement with the Word of His power. Getting into agreement with the Word is our living in such a way that the principles and values of the Word are evident in our lives. It will result in our living like we have a Lord and Savior.

(This is the seventh excerpt from Marty’s SEEC Magazine article, “The Word Is Mighty In You.”)

 

THE WORD DIVIDES BETWEEN SOUL AND SPIRIT

A two-edged sword was so desirable in ancient battle because it cut coming and going and it cut right and left. The Word cuts like a two-edged sword to divide between the dominance of the soul and the spirit of a

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person. That continual drive of soulishness that feeds on carnal tendencies is brought into check by the power of the Word. At the time the Word precisely cuts and divides, we have an opportunity to respond to the Word and comply with it. Our responding and complying pushes down the dominating soul and allows our spirit to rise and grow with the Word. As the Word increases in our lives, sin’s ability to dominate decreases for sin shall not have dominion over you. (Rom 6:14)

(This is the sixth excerpt from Marty’s SEEC Magazine article, “The Word Is Mighty In You.”)

Click on this link to read the latest issue of SEEC Magazine * August/September 2013:  https://martygabler.com/magazine/
We pray that this issue of SEEC Magazine is a blessing to you,

Marty & Kathy Gabler

 

Consider The Rainbow

When you consider a rainbow–anyone can see it and even scientifically know how it is done, but do you know Who did it?  Beyond the obvious, the real beauty is relationship and the real impact is what is being Rainbow_MG_Sept2013said without words.  The rainbow is an awesome promise that what we have outlived does not have to be relived again.  Thank God, the past does not dictate my future.  His mercies are new every morning.

“I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.” (Gen.9:13)

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lam.3:22-23, KJV)

(Kathy Gabler’s “Thought For Today #5”)
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“I have held back the enemy by My Hand.”
In this 2min. Audio file, Marty Gabler brings and encouraging word.
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-04T13_06_15-07_00
“He is putting gates in your fences.”

In this 3min. audio file, Kathy Gabler brings an encouraging word.
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-04T13_14_04-07_00

 
 

God Doesn’t Ask Questions Looking For Information

God doesn’t ask a question because He is looking for information. He asks questions because He already has the information. He asks questions to get the person being asked to realize the weight of the information. In Num 11:23 The Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s power limited?” Evidently the Lord had to ask the question which begged the answer because Moses had been talking and acting as though the Lord’s waterfallpower is indeed limited, or perhaps he was beginning to consider someone else’s opinion on the subject. Moses must come to the realization of the information so he can decide where he is going to take a stand. Instead of getting all up under condemnation and feeling badly for allowing such a false view of God to creep in upon his considerations, Moses must say, “Wait a minute. God’s power is not limited, nor has it ever been!” Come up to a higher view than the one that is dragging you down. 

(This is the fifth excerpt from Marty’s SEEC Magazine article, “The Word Is Mighty In You.”) 

Melissa Gabler and the Grace Worship Band singing “Manifesto” in a worship service
at Grace International Church * www.graceic.org
Click on link below to listen:
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-19T07_57_28-07_00