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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

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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. 


God With Us Redemptively

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Emmanuel, “God is with us”, is the God-Man who was born of a virgin that God might dwell among men. Not only did Jesus, Emmanuel, live among men but He lived redemptively among men. He didn’t come to bring merely a message or a creed but He lived out redemptive acts through His life on earth. His disciples, those whom He has redeemed by His redemptive act of His shed blood on the cross must, in turn, live redemptively among men. There are too many and too much to redeem to simply live to go to heaven.

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matt.1:23, NKJV)


Your Home A Place Of Receiving

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Your Home #11—May your home be a place of receiving. May your family receive encouragement, good times, happy times, times of celebration, gifts and surprises, supplies, breakthrough, health, wealth and resolve of on-going issues.

“Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.” (Isa.54:2, NKJV)


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He Has Caught Our Attention

In his new book, The Orphan Heart, Larry Burden gives an interesting definition of “glory” from the Greek man lookingword “doxa”:  “the appearance, form or aspect of a person which catches our attention and commands our recognition”. The Person, Jesus, has “caught our attention” and “commands our recognition”. He has truly caught our attention and commanded our recognition when we begin to emulate Him. Jesus told His disciples, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit…” (Jn.15:8). So, we are to follow in the same pattern as THE SON and live in such a manner and to such a degree of fulfillment that the Father, through us, is “catching the attention” of people wherever we go. Jesus told Philip, “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…” (Jn.14:9). May it be said of us also.

(This is the tenth 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.)


Provided A King

3 wise menAs the people of God assemble today, may they rejoice in the God of their salvation for He has provided us a King who rules in righteousness (Isa.32:1). May they practice the wisdom of seeking Him.
“…Three wise men came from country far;
To seek for a king was their intent…”
“Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.”

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zech.9:9, Amp)


Glory Of The Father

walk aloneJesus was a Tree who brought forth fruit (Jn.12:28; 17:1). Jesus was the Kingdom exposed to mankind. In Jesus, the Kingdom was observed; in His lifestyle, His character, His actions (Matt.12:28). The fact that He brought forth fruit is the fact that He was the glory of His Father in the earth. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn.1:14, NASB) In his new book, The Orphan Heart, Larry Burden gives an interesting definition of “glory” from the Greek word “doxa”:  “the appearance, form or aspect of a person which catches our attention and commands our recognition”. The Message puts it like this:  “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (Jn.1:14, Msg) Though the Father was sitting upon a throne in heaven, He could be seen in the earth in Jesus as He interacted with His environment. 

(This is the ninth 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.)


Memories Not Take Toll

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May our Lord minister to your memory and regret so that you seldom, if ever, think of those things again that caused them;  and if you do happen to think of them, may they not take any toll on your sense of worth or readiness to obey your Lord. May He move upon the hearts and minds of those who have freeze-framed you, to just let it go. And if they need to forgive you, may they receive from our Lord the grace to do so.

“And the Master, God, stays right there and helps me, so I’m not disgraced. Therefore I set my face like flint, confident that I’ll never regret this.  8  My champion is right here.  Let’s take our stand together!  Who dares bring suit against me?  Let him try!” (Isa.50:7-8, Msg)


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What Trees Produce

Jesus had made wise observations about trees and fruit in His time on earth. From His statements to the very orchard1religious Jews, it was apparently His observation that fruit was not hung on trees by angels nor did it come by the blessing of laying on of hands, but fruit came when the trees produced it: “…given to a people producing the fruit of it” (Matt.21:43). It seems the lesson learned here is that there must be people who will be “planted” in relationship with the Lord and His people (Ps.92:13) in such a way that they receive the “nutrients” that will enhance and mature a tree in such a manner that fruit grows on the limbs. The concept of “planting” is one of staying and permanence (Isa.60:21; 61:3). A tree (1) stays planted, (2) takes moisture, (3) takes nutrients from the ground it is planted in, then (4) brings forth fruit. Fruit is brought forth by the tree that has been planted and enabled (Ps.1:3; Jn.10:38; Js.2:17-24; cf.Mk.11:13). “Bring forth”: make, produce, bear, shoot forth. The tree does not stand alone or produce alone. Jesus even said of Himself, “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father…” (Jn.14:20) Then He informed His disciples how they were to glorify God—Jn.15:8 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit…” The bringing forth is redemptive. Jn.3:16 is redemptive; it is about Something that is beneficial to mankind. Prov.11:30a “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life…” Jesus is “THE Tree Of Life”. Jn.14:6a “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life…” Trees bring forth fruit and it is (1) glory to the Father, (2) life and (3) redemptive.

(This is the eighth 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.)


The Lord Supply To Distribute

Xmas gifts
May the Lord supply you with gifts and money to distribute Christmas
gifts to be a blessing and a representation of His care and generosity.
May the people you give them to be touched by our Lord’s love and
compassion and may they respond to His love in a deeper manner
than they ever have. 

“Do not forget or neglect to do kindness and good, to be generous
and distribute and contribute…” (Heb.13:16a, Amp)


Marty & Kathy Gabler invite you to read their articles
in the latest issue of SEEC Magazine. Volume 18 Issue 6
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Fruit Identifies

orange treeI was looking at the picture of a tree on the internet; it looked like a tall bush. I could not tell what kind of tree it was. There are 23,000 different kinds of trees on planet earth and it was hopeless attempting to decide which one it was. Looking at the tree, I wondered what kind it was and what good it was; was there any benefit in the tree existing; would it do anyone any good? I clicked to the next picture. It was the same tree a few weeks later. Bright-colored oranges were all over the tree. There was then no doubt in my mind what kind of tree it was, what it was good for and whether it was of any benefit to people because I could see “the glory” of that tree. Debates over size, leaf shape, trunk size, color and location were of no use until the appearance of fruit.

(This is the seventh 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.)


SEEC Magazine Volume 18 Issue 6

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SEEC Magazine — Ministry Magazine of Marty & Kathy Gabler
Volume 18  Issue 6  — December2014/January2015

 

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After magazine opens, scroll down to read.

 

Seeing Us As God Sees Us (Part 2)——–Kathy Gabler
The Kingdom And The Church (Part 2)–Jim Hodges
Transitioning To Zion———————-Simon Purvis
The Orphan Heart————————–Larry Burden
Reaching For The Supernatural———-Dr. Elwyn Lewis
Spearheading A New Spiritual
   Awakening And Movement————-Sam Brassfield
Hope Came To Earth———————-Pamela Dietz
By Others Or By Us?———————–Marty Gabler


Joy For Our Savior

Joy

 

As the people of God assemble today may
they open their hearts and mouths and sing
joyous praises to their God because He has
provided a Savior. “Joy to the world the Lord is come.”

“Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord and
joyfully celebrate His mighty acts, for great is the
glory of the Lord.” (Ps.138:5, Amp) 


Before We Open Our Mouth

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May the Lord help us before we open our mouth
so He doesn’t have to help us correct or
overcome what comes out.

“For by your words you will be justified and
acquitted, and by your words you will be
condemned and sentenced.” (Matt.12:37, Amp)


Fruit Of The Kingdom

Provision that is far above what might be called “adequate” has been made available to us to give ourselves over to a orchardPerson and His governmental order that we might glorify Him through a life which testifies to that order. In speaking to the Jews of His day, Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.” (Matt.21:43, NASB) In The Message that verse reads quite plainly: “God’s kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life.” Those Jews, to whom Jesus spoke, were most tedious at observing and keeping all the laws and feasts of Judaism, yet Jesus doesn’t seem to think that those observances are producing any fruit of the Kingdom. After all of their legalisms and religious effort, they have yet to produce the fruit of the Kingdom which, evidently, results in the need for the Kingdom (God’s redemptive governmental and legislative authority in the earth) to be given to a people who will produce said fruit. Some people, somewhere, at some time must (1) align with scripture, (2) contradict culture and (3) bring forth the fruit of the Kingdom by acting redemptively (enabled by Holy Spirit) to reverse the effects of darkness (Matt.13:33; 1Cor.2:4; Col.1:13; 1Jn.3:8 and Jn.20:21; Acts 1:8).

(This is the sixth 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.)


Healthy Self-Image

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Healthy Self-Image:

Is not about fantasy or hype or superiority or self-focus; is not about looking in the mirror and thinking you are wonderful, beautiful or nearly perfect. Healthy self-image is learning who you are, your assets and liabilities, strengths and flaws and training yourself to override them as necessary and make them work. It is knowing you have presence and meaning in life.—Kathy Gabler


Don’t Disengage From God’s Best

leaving trackThe definition of “sin” in Thayer’s Lexicon is “to be without a share in; to miss the mark”. But a good look at Jn.3:16, beyond the mere King James English, would show us what an all-wise, beneficent God has done and why He has done it. Inspired by Simon Purvis’ teaching on this verse I offer this take on it:  “For God so loved His created order of people and things that He gave His only Begotten Son, so people might receive His loving government, so that He might bring them back into His order, to preserve their life as it was originally meant to be before they gave themselves over to a lifestyle of disorder.” (Jn.3:16, my paraphrase) Considering Thayer’s definition and the context of Jn.3:16 this might be helpful in understanding what sin is:  to live a lifestyle of decision-making and acts that disengage us from God’s very best, that would take us to the fulfillment which shows His purpose for us by what is lived out in our life.
(This is the fifth 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.)


Relentless Opposition Break

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May the Lord grant that seasons of weariness and relentless opposition over your life break and dissipate like the morning mist.

“But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, TRIUMPH OVER OPPOSITION] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.” (Isa.54:17, Amp)


“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


Stopping Short – Missing The Mark

Religion tends to view “sin” as acts that are really nasty or really noxiously rebellious or destructive to others, while readily justifying and excusing arrow targetourselves from stopping short of the fullness of the purpose and plan of God for our individual lives. An individual stopping short of the Lord’s design for his/her life does not bring forth the glory of God, as intended, in that person’s lifestyle in their lifetime. Accepting Jesus as Savior just to get the heaven-or-hell issue taken care of does not, altogether, necessarily solve the “stopping short” or “missing the mark” issue. Teachers typically give the definition of “sin” as “missing the mark”. Often, they will use a target and bow and arrow as a very good illustration. But not only is it possible to miss the bullseye by hitting to the right or left of it, it is also possible to “miss the mark” by not pulling back sufficiently on the bowstring to get the arrow to the target, thereby, causing the arrow to fall short. An inadequate or inappropriate attempt will “stop short”.

(This is the fourth 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.)