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Archive for December, 2014

So The Enemy Loses His Nerve

We must end this year well in order to go into the new year well so that we can end the coming year victoriously.  Defeated_300We must determine to get rid of the old and get hold of the new.  It may cost us money, time, effort and purposefully applied energy to finish a season.  We may actually have to sit down, think and make a plan.  Finishing a season is very important because it disheartens the enemy.  “The wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul. It had taken fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard the news and all the surrounding nations saw it, OUR ENEMIES TOTALLY LOST THEIR NERVE. THEY KNEW THAT GOD WAS BEHIND THIS WORK.” (Neh.6:15-16, Msg)  Maybe if we finish something, we won’t have so many enemies breathing down our neck all year.


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When Our Buttons Get Pushed

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May we allow the Holy Spirit to reason with us when our
buttons get pushed and our triggers are pulled by things
that aren’t even reasonable and may He bring us back to
reason that overcomes.

“I applied my heart to know, To search and seek out wisdom
and the reason of things, To know the wickedness of folly,
Even of foolishness and madness.” (Eccl.7:25, NKJV)


Understand The Makeup Of Others

A blow dryer is not wired like a drill even though there are some similarities in shape and size. If you put a blow dryer to work drying and styling hair, you will get great results and the dryer will likely last a long time. But if you Dryer_Drill_FBtry to force it to operate like a drill and force drill bits down inside it and press it up against a piece of wood or metal and turn it all the way up, the blow dryer will be damaged beyond repair and the one forcing the dryer will be injured, if not fatally injured. People are “wired” the way our Lord has in mind for them to operate in the Kingdom of God (1Cor.12:18). If they are coerced through immediate need that demands “the wheel that squeaks the loudest gets the grease” or through guilt or through an unscriptural ministry paradigm, they and their environment will both be damaged and may never function again. Not only do we need to understand our own makeup but the makeup of others so that we may work together efficiently and bring forth the glory of the Father and not that of religious demands or mere sentiment (1Cor.12:14-27).
(This is the twelfth excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


May Life Permeate

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As the people of God assemble today may Life
permeate the atmosphere and rejuvenate the
weary, save the lost and heal the sick.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden
and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will
ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]” (Matt.11:28, Amp)


My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation

Simeon with Jesus

Lk.2:27 So he [Simeon] came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,  28  he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:  29  “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;  30  For my eyes have seen Your salvation  31  Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,  32  A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,  And the glory of Your people Israel.”


Glorify God In Your Sphere

The oranges on the orange tree are the “glory” of that tree. Birds are “wired” to fly, i.e., they are meant to fly. Fish sparrow flyingare “wired” to swim, i.e., they are meant to swim. Horses are “wired” to run, i.e., they are meant to run. Every time a bird flies, it glorifies God because it is doing what God created it for. Every time a fish swims, it glorifies God. Every time a horse runs, it glorifies God. Those three animals are showing the purpose for which they were created and reflect their Creator when they fly, swim and run. 

Every time a person does or says the things God specifically “wired” them to do, at whatever level they do it, they glorify God. Eagles have been clocked at 75 mph. They have been observed flying at 10,000 feet altitude. They are glorifying God as they fly at that altitude and at that speed. Sparrows have been clocked at 40 mph and have been observed flying at 300 feet altitude. But the sparrow is glorifying God just as much as the eagle. We Americans love “eagles” and put them on TV at great cost and we make sure they are able to rent huge auditoriums and stadiums but they are not glorifying God any more than the “sparrows” that speak and act redemptively at home, on the job, on the campus, in the hospital, in the downtown mission or jail, in the nursing home, in the store or restaurant. Jesus spent a great deal more time with three than He did with 5,000. Eagles and sparrows equally glorify God in the respective spheres He created them for.

(This is the eleventh excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


Call His Name Jesus

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Lk:1:31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and SHALL CALL HIS NAME JESUS.  32  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.  33  And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Matt.1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born JESUS, WHO IS CALLED CHRIST.

Matt.1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and HE CALLED HIS NAME JESUS.