By the time we find Judah in the book of EZRA, after being prisoners of confusion in Babylon, they are tired of looking for change and seeing only sameness. As soon as they came from captivity, they set up an altar for sacrifice and laid the foundations of a temple. However, in Ezra 4, it tells us their neighbors discouraged them and frightened them away from building. They’d hired counselors against them to frustrate them. They wrote accusations against Judah and Jerusalem saying they would become traitors. The government then stopped them by force and work on the temple ceased until the second year of Darius king of Persia.
By then however, the storms of life had layered grit and grime on their “windows” making it difficult to see anything encouraging. They couldn’t see the need to keep on trying! They had no spirit nor courage to try again. They said, “Not NOW, we haven’t even recovered from captivity. We can’t deal with one more thing right now!”
Hag 1:1-4, “In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai. This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come for the LORD’s house to be built.'” Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” (NIV) Giving up because we are weary is not an option.
(This is the second excerpt from Kathy’s article “Rebuilding Our Temple“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
When the foundationally soiled values of human reasoning foul the hearts and minds of church-goers (and former church-goers who have supposedly been taught the Word of God), and it becomes evident in lifestyle choices that do not glorify God Almighty, it is high time for people to avail themselves so that their hearts and minds may be washed with the Word of God all over again (Eph.5:26). It was not actually a legalistic preacher who said, “Be not conformed to this world” but Apostle Paul in the Bible who shared it for those who would overcome and be victorious.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Rom.12:1-2, Msg)
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Do you ever have a day when you think, “If faith were teeth . . . right now I’d be gummin’ it”? I don’t know about you, but I don’t wake up every day looking for new battles and greater challenges. In fact, many mornings I wake up tired, tired of waiting on promises that still haven’t manifested; tired of praying for healing, but seeing only a little; tired of believing for miracles, but only feeling the heat get hotter; tired of looking for change, but seeing sameness; tired of watching people go two steps forward and three steps back; tired of asking for a refreshing rain, but ending up in a puddle of disappointment. When the storms of life wear your faith down to the gums and contrary winds layer grit and grime on your windows, it can change the way you see things. But don’t give up. We are on the threshold of seeing more of the presence and plan of God manifest in our lives than ever before.
(This is the first excerpt from Kathy’s article “Rebuilding Our Temple“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they hear wise
counsel taught from the Word of God and from interacting
with the people God and may that counsel save them from
hurt and loss and bring them to resolve of issues.
“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude
of counselors there is safety.” (Prov.11:14, NKJV)
Safety is not in the multitude of prophesies and visions and revelations. Safety is in the multitude of counselors (Prov.11:14). There are “sheep” who don’t believe they need the flock and certainly don’t need a shepherd because they have a multitude of visions and prophecies. We call those sheep “wolf food”.
Kathy speaking tonight at DVP2015. NO FEE
Melissa Gabler and the Grace International Worship Team
September 25-27, 2015 *** DVP2015 *** NO FEE
Sunday morning Pastor Joe Bogue will be interviewing
Marty, Kathy and Barbara about dreams, visions and prophecy.
The soul can initiate dreams, pulling from the senses, emotions, imagination, stresses, thoughts and experiences. God has given us the dream tool, not only as a direct line to hear from Him but also as a means of revealing our own issues to help us resolve them. When dealing with soul dreams, it can be easy to miss the point and dismiss an uncomfortable dream rather than benefit from it and get to godly resolve! We have all had strange dreams where we went to the breakfast table feeling guilty. Have you ever awakened with a load of guilt left by a dream? For example, a common soul dream is dreaming you are back in school and can’t find your class or your homework. It could be that your current situations or activities are reminding your soul of the same feelings of those embarrassing, immature, insecure years. Or you could be glimpsing something in your soul that was never resolved from back there in that stage of maturing and training. Or you could be feeling unequipped or fearing failure in your future plans. In any case, there is no benefit to carrying that guilt around the rest of the day.
(This is an excerpt from Chapter Three of Kathy’s book “The Heart of Dreams”. This is the third edition with more content and more symbols.)