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The Word Of God Is Working In You

MG_smile_bkgrdMarty brings an encouraging word in this 2 min. audio.

The Word of God is working in you!

Click on this link to listen: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-30T07_51_04-07_00

 
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Happy Reformation Day!

Martin LutherThis is a day of celebration! I doubt you will see any children walking around this evening dressed like Martin Luther but it is a significant day in church history. October 31 is Reformation Day. This is the day celebrated as the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door in 1517. The reformers believed that only Scripture was the authority for Christians, not traditions of a church and they preached salvation by grace and not works. We celebrate those who courageously stood against the theological norms of the time, confronting corruption in the church at the price of risking and/or losing their lives. Happy Reformation Day!

 

Tares And Wheat

Wheat_TaresIn prayer the Lord gave me three things to share and a declaration for each. They are 1.) Tares and Wheat, 2.) Calling Things That Are Not and 3.) Incremental Change. 

Tares And Wheat–When this subject is approached, it will likely be for the purpose of discussing eschatology. However, there is a principle here that we need to take a closer look at that could be advantageous to us well before the end of this age. It could even determine how some come to that end time in matters of preparedness. There are principles in Scripture that will help us well on our way to victory if we will take note of the priority and order they show us.

Mat 13:30  “Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” (NASB)

(This is the first excerpt from Marty’s article “Tares And Wheat.” In the next few days, there will be excerpts dealing with “Calling Things That Are Not” and “Incremental Change.”)

 

Gates To The Fullest Future

Gates_gatesOur security is not in having laws and traditions to protect us, but in knowing Him who is absolute wisdom.  Principles hold true, but they get put in priority order by the wisdom of God in every situation.  Traditions can have us believing in our beliefs more than we believe in Him, and at that point His word and counsel have no power or effect in us or for us.  Our beliefs are not holy, He is.  Therefore, let us give respect and follow through to the gates our holy and wise God builds specifically to get us to the fullest future He desires.

(This is the last excerpt from Kathy’s article “Gates In Our Fences” in Volume 16 Issue 4 of Marty & Kathy’s ministry magazine, SEEC Magazine.)

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Building Gates In Hard Places

Probably the hardest place to build a gate is in our traditional, established views of scripture, and unfortunately we could die on our own sword trying to defend our traditional beliefs simply because gate_rockthe letter of the law kills.  It is rather ironic that the letter of the law is so strong yet vulnerable to something as simple as a typo or language or culture or new revelation.   However, the spirit of the law, or the truth that is right and unchangeable in it, is not threatened by new gates to fuller understanding.  For instance, the scripture says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”   The spirit of that law boils down to not deliberately deceiving and manipulating information against someone. However, our traditions add to the letter of that law and imply that we are being dishonest if we do not say everything we are thinking. When did getting everything off your chest become the definition of honesty? That more likely defines selfishness or stupidity. Also, the letter-of-the-law tradition can obligate us to answer anybody’s direct question, spilling out all we know and quoting “honesty is the best policy,” when silence would have been the wisest response. 

(This is the eighth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Gates In Our Fences” in Volume 16 Issue 4 of Marty & Kathy’s ministry magazine, SEEC Magazine.)

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In this 2 min. audio encouragement Kathy
declares: “Your Redeemer lives and He is
able to buy back time that the locusts have eaten.”

CLICK ON THIS LINK to listen: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-14T04_56_06-07_00

 

New Gates Are Not Optional

gate_metal_woodWhile prophesying to a lady, I saw her as a bird in a gilded cage.  The door was open on the cage, but she would not fly out.  Instead of leaving her captivity, she decorated it, but the golden captivity was still captivity.  We can comfort ourselves with former revelation, with blessings already received and with testimonies of past obediences, or refuse to move and just focus on quests that everyone would call godly, but God’s designs are always moving beyond the past and even beyond the now. When He builds a gate, He is not presenting options; rather He is giving direction.  That gate will lead to growth, increase, maturity and change.  Purpose beckons us beyond our current fence line.  God is faithful to build the gate, but it is up to us to choose to go through it. (This is the seventh excerpt from Kathy’s article “Gates In Our Fences” in Volume 16 Issue 4 of Marty & Kathy’s ministry magazine, SEEC Magazine.)


Safe Or Risk?

open-gate1Sometimes a gate God builds is not a welcomed sight.  It looks like a risk to us or a scary unknown.  We feel like we have the option to decide to just stay safely within our fence and familiar boundaries.   The problem is that if we ignore the gates, we are locking ourselves into tradition just like the Pharisees.  We rarely see ourselves as Pharisees, but we too build personal traditions of men through the way we personally process instruction or the way we establish our own priorities or the way we come to our personal conclusions.  Our thought processes and priorities and conclusions are filters that can literally keep us from hearing what God is saying and thereby keep us refusing to acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s direction in our daily life.  So, “you make the word of God of none effect through your tradition, (KJV).  And you ignore God’s commands in order to follow your own teaching. “(CEV) Mark 7:13 

(This is the sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Gates In Our Fences” in Volume 16 Issue 4 of Marty & Kathy’s ministry magazine, SEEC Magazine.)
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In this 2 min. audio encouragement Kathy
declares: “Your Redeemer lives and He is
able to buy back time that the locusts have eaten.”

CLICK ON THIS LINK to listen: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-14T04_56_06-07_00