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Archive for November, 2013

Expectancy

atticExpectancy can raise our heads and cause us to look beyond the now.  A whiff of expectancy changes the atmosphere.  The zeal of expectancy searches the horizon of today and stretches toward tomorrow’s.  Actually, expectancy can even draw inspiration by scavenging through yesterday.   The light of expectancy chases away shadows in your attic.  Suddenly, forgotten Potential coughs and breathes again, treasures stand up like dusty “maybes or what if’s.”  The whole landscape dances with the winds of expectancy.

(This is the first excerpt from Kathy’s article “Expectancy.”  SEEC Magazine Volume 17 Issue 5)

 

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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

 
 
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Why not a LIFESTYLE of THANKSGIVING?

Why not a LIFESTYLE of THANKSGIVING? This Thanksgiving, may our hearts and minds be so turned to awareness of our Lord and to the giving of thanks to our Lord, that if He were to send in among us “angels unawares” (Heb.13:2), they would witness people who know the righteous God that they know, in the way that they know Him and Pilgrim Thanksgivinghonor Him. May such messenger/observers witness our living out our thanks rather than vocalizing it occasionally. 

4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, BUT RATHER GIVING OF THANKS… 
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words…
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord…
10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness…
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
20 GIVING THANKS ALWAYS for all things to God the Father in the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST… (EPH.5:4-20, NKJV)

 

Would You Like A Little Cheese With That Whine?

I laughed at myself recently. I was frantic to find a title to a vehicle we were selling. Marty and I had both searched our desks and files, but neither of us could find the title. Rifling through my files one more time, I suddenly heard myself praying, “Lord, help us. No, seriously, really make something happen this time!” Well, that was certainly no Cheesesexemplary prayer of faith and power to confess publicly, but it was a powerful prayer in that it turned a light on for me.

As the light came on, I could plainly see the unconscious script going on behind the scenes. As soon as I had muttered, “Help, Lord,” I thought of praying those same words hundreds of times concerning another situation in my life. The remembrance came to mock me for there was no help showing up after years, no sign of change, no movement whatsoever in my circumstances after those hundreds of prayers. The reminder was not only a damper on expectation for any present help, it was an in-my-face threat that God would not show up with resolve of this title situation.

The voice of desperation does not equal prayer mainly because desperation most often focuses on the problem which is the opposite of a faith focus on the One who has the answer. I suddenly realized I had been whining (hundreds of times), but I had considered it prayer. I repented. The awesome thing about repentance is that it brings change that brings change. Suddenly, in a Holy Spirit photo memory moment, Marty saw the title and it was right where we had put it, in a forgotten safe place. Hey, that’ll preach, the answer is SAFE until we can see it.

I laughed again. I love the smell of victory, especially even before the smoke of battle clears!
(Kathy Gabler — “Thought For Today #9)

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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

 
 

Don’t Despise Small Beginnings

sprout and earthWho dare despise the day of small beginnings? (Zech.4:10) A foundation had to be laid and then the building had to be continually worked on until it was finished. Mark 4:26-28 shows us that wheat doesn’t just jump up out of the ground and into the bag overnight. The farmer sows the seed, then it begins to grow while he sleeps and while he is awake though he can’t figure out how. Then when it begins to come up out of the ground, it is first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. That is incremental progress and the result is a harvest that supports and sustains. God will answer prayer with change that works on His timetable and in our lives, rather than what could end up being destructive.

I declare that God wisely and effectively uses incremental change in our lives and in our environment, as well as immediate all-at-once change, and we will have the knowledge and wisdom to see both and participate in both.

(This is the last excerpt from Marty’s article “Tares And Wheat.” This excerpt deals with “Incremental Change.”)


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SEEC Kingdom Conference * Theme: “Thy Kingdom Come”
March 5-7, 2014 * Grace International Church * Willis, TX
Speakers: Jim Hodges, Dr. Don Crum, Marty Gabler, Kathy Gabler, Melissa Gabler
“. . .he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3)
seecministries.org   *   www.graceic.org

 

Samson And Incremental Change

samsonThe principle of incremental change is as evident in Scripture as is miraculous, immediate change. The Philistines regarded the captured Samson as one who was at a weak stage and would remain so. But Jud.16:22 says “But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.” His hair did not suddenly pop out of his head on the day he took out more Philistines than he ever had. He went through the process of incremental change and growth and was ready on the day God so appointed his victory over the Philistines. A great opportunity lay ahead of shaved-Samson but he had to have been incrementally regaining his spiritual sight that enabled him to see God’s purpose for Israel, and he had to be incrementally regaining his strength so he would be ready for the moment.

(This is the eleventh excerpt from Marty’s article “Tares And Wheat.” This excerpt deals with “Incremental Change.”)

 

Can’t Fly? Try Walking

stairsIncremental change can be compared to looking at a ten story building wishing you were on top of it. A little bird flaps his wings a couple of times and is suddenly on top looking at all the world below. But people stand around crying, wishing they could be on top of the building enjoying the breeze and the scenery when there has always been a staircase inside the building that would yield an opportunity to anyone who would take it one step at a time. There are those who go about all the time talking about how God is going to give the riches of the wicked to the righteous but they will not save one dollar or make a single investment. There are those who long for the church to change or the nation to change but will not begin by getting involved with persons, institutions and regions. We must “occupy” till He comes, not wait for sudden dispensational change.

(This is the tenth excerpt from Marty’s article “Tares And Wheat.” This excerpt deals with “Incremental Change.”)

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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

 

So Pants My Soul For You, O God

As the regal deer ran with all his strength, he eventually outdistanced the four-legged hunters that hungrily pursued him. Finding a pleasant water brook shaded by great deer1_350oaks, he slowed his pace and drew in deep breaths of fresh air while his racing heart pounded vigorously in his ears. Though still cautious and though very weary, he lowered his head to the cool, life-giving liquid and drank his fill. 

No doubt, the Psalmist had witnessed just such a scene in the wilderness and had, himself, been relentlessly pursued by a crafty foe. He identified with being winded and with the threat of pursuit as well as with the deep desire for only that which can satisfy and renew the whole being. We join the deer and the Psalmist and turn our thirst to the only One who can satisfy and refresh us who have been pursued. For today, we shall continue resolutely on our journey, having been refreshed by The Living Water of life.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.” (Ps.42:1, NKJV)
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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