Daily Devotions

Archive for October, 2015

The Lord Keeps His Own

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The Lord has promised to keep His own, even with flood waters rising
and moons changing to various colors. Even with the threat of financial
and international upheaval God Almighty will keep your life.

“The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life.  8 The Lord
will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and
forevermore.” (Ps.121:7-8,Amp)


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Disappointment That Distracts

EndOfRoadAnother thing that can distract us from mandate is disappointment. Disappointments can distract us from purpose.  I think some of our greatest battles start with disappointments, and disappointments come most often because we have erroneous expectations or misbeliefs.  For example: if we believe God’s will is for us to live trouble-free, then we set our expectations accordingly.  That’s a misbelief and mis-expectation.  It will never happen.  Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation.”  The only way out of tribulation is to be out of the world.  Misbeliefs, even if they sound like truth, will lead us down a dead-end road into a downward spiral.  If we believe that God’s will is to have trouble-free lives, when there is trouble we will come to one of three dead ends: 1) Accusing God of falling short on His side of covenant, leaving us to live in anger and a sense of betrayal;  2) accusing self of doing something wrong and missing God’s will and smothering ourselves with self-examination and self-judgment;  or 3) accusing the devil of singling us out so that we live in the torment of self-pity and believe we are a helpless victim.  That view of ourselves actually positions us to be a victim and invites more trouble.  God’s will is not being trouble-free.  He would have never allowed the snake in the garden if that were the case.  God’s will is that we step on trouble and overcome it every time it rears its head!
(This is the fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Rebuilding Our Temple-Part 2“ 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.)


Marty & Kathy Gabler invite you to read their
articles in the latest issue of SEEC Magazine.
Volume 19 Issue 5
CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO READ:
Read SEEC Magazine


He is Mighty to Save

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May we lift up our heads from the struggle of battle and 
behold Him who has already overcome, and trust ourselves
completely to Him Who is mighty to save.

“WHO IS this Who comes from Edom, with crimson-stained garments from Bozrah [in Edom]? This One Who is glorious
in His apparel, striding triumphantly in the greatness of His might? It is I, [the One] Who speaks in righteousness [proclaiming
vindication
], mighty to save!” (Isa.63:1, Amp)


 


Distracted by Pain

BackHurtOur mandate is to rebuild this temple to house His presence and His purpose. What distracts us from our mandate? One of the things at the top of the list is pain. Pain has a way of capturing our attention. Pain has a way of becoming a priority, but even pain must bow to God’s authority and power and purpose. Marty hurt his back a few years ago. He laid on the bed begging and pleading for healing and relief. Between groans, he decided to call and cancel the service scheduled for the next day, but the Holy Spirit said, “You are not dealing with this like a son.” “How do I do that, Lord?” he asked aloud. The answer came just as loud. “Declare your position and purpose.”

      Aloud he began to declare, “God has purpose for me in Lockhart, Texas. I will go and do what I was born to do.” Not even remembering how he got off the bed, he found himself packing. He was still in pain, but able to move again. He took ground inch by inch, moment by moment that day. By the time he stood in the pulpit and preached, the pain had completely left him.

      He could have thought like Judah, “I will pursue the purposes of God someday, just not now.” I have to recover first! But as he adjusted his priorities in his thinking, the process of healing began as he headed toward purpose.

(This is the fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Rebuilding Our Temple-Part 2“ 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.)


The Focus of Desperation

I laughed at myself as I recalled frantically calling out to the Lord a while back. 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 CameraFocusmore time, I suddenly heard myself praying, “Lord, help us. No, seriously, really make something happen this time!” Well, that was certainly no exemplary 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 unverbalized 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)


Don’t Die on the Vine

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If we don’t seek the kingdom and His righteousness, we can die on the vine.  Dying on the vine means that fruit goes unpicked, food goes uneaten, harvest goes unrealized and destiny goes unfulfilled.  We can be connected to the vine and be on our way to heaven, yet not reach  fulfillment of purpose during our lifetime.  We can love God, yet go through life missing His direction and timing simply because we are not seeking the kingdom, not pursuing a relationship with Him.  

(This is the third excerpt from Kathy’s article “Rebuilding Our Temple-Part 2“ 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.)


Marty & Kathy Gabler invite you to read their
articles in the latest issue of SEEC Magazine.
Volume 19 Issue 5
CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO READ:
Read SEEC Magazine


Bear One Another’s Burdens

BearOthersBurdensAs the people of God assemble today, may the Holy Spirit and the compassion
and loving heart of JESUS Christ move upon each heart so that each one helps
the other bear their burdens with wisdom that is lacking, knowledge and
encouragement that is lacking.

Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults,
and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah)
and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it]. (Gal.6:2, Amp)


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