A child is always full of anticipation and is always using their imagination to carry them beyond the mundane of ever-present limitations. When children approached Jesus in Mark 10:13-15 He expressed a desire to be surrounded by them and their minds ripe with anticipation. He announced to the deeply, zealous religious people around Him that He desired they become like those little ones who don’t try entering the Kingdom with agendas, preconceived ideas, preferences and jaded imaginations which leave no room for the limitless possibilities of Almighty God. It would appear from this context that we will not see (v.15) the awesome, mind-shattering acts of the rule and power of Jehovah unless we approach Him with an imagination and attitude of anticipation to enter into His redemptive workings in this hour of unprecedented need and opportunity. Many have made their time, talents and money available to God to do the predictable, but mustn’t we make our childlike imaginations available to participate with a God Who has never been creatively stagnant and Who has never bowed to limit Himself to the mundane?
Marty audio excerpt: “God’s Will Has Never Changed”
(Melissa) Have you ever had times when a revelatory nugget pops up, then within days you hear the same nugget from other sources? That’s been happening as of late and I’m learning to pay attention to those! Following is one such instance that has been not only ringing in my ear, but answering some of those seemingly unanswerable questions.
While in conversation this was quoted to me from a book, “God hides some things for specific times so that the enemy cannot destroy them.” That stuck with me, and a couple of days later I read a quote from someone else that was expressing the exact same thought! Well, that really hit me between the eyes, especially because these came from trusted sources. It was an “Are you listening?” moment.
(This is the first excerpt from Melissa Gabler’s article “God-Cloaked Answers“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
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“Everything Is Set Up For You To Cross The Finish Line.”
The parents were sitting in the kitchen going over their finances and planning the family vacation coming up in five months. The little boy was walking down the hall past the kitchen door. As he passed, all he heard were the words “OK then, we’re going to Disney World”. He picked up his pace and headed straight for his bedroom. After an hour or so the parents decided it was bedtime and headed down the hall. They stopped at their little boy’s room to check in on him. He was sitting on the edge of the bed, laying over on his over-stuffed zipper bag, fast asleep with his swim mask on his head and wearing his Mickey Mouse t-shirt. He had heard something that filled him with anticipation and that anticipation had him prepared to get under way. Mk.10:15-“…Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” This is not declaring to us that we have to be like a child to go to heaven. It is talking about seeing the authority, power, rule and active sovereignty of God because we have childlike anticipation for participating in God’s Kingdom agenda and activity.
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The fact that you need to change your thinking in some part of your life is not an indictment against you! The simple truth is that without repentance, there is no change and without change there is no overcoming contradictions that keep affecting your life and your legacy. In the vision (several posts back) of that man being resurrected out of contradiction, he started in a death lock and was getting nowhere. That right there was a contradiction to the will of God, but he not only rose up to move on, he rose up and broke free of the smothering consequences and effects and residue of contradiction that were piled on his life in those layers of dirt. We can choose to overcome contradictions in our lives that have hindered us and troubled us too much and too long. Beyond that, God is also ready to supernaturally resurrect us out of the damage they’ve done to us! Our Redeemer is Resurrection and Life! He intends to restore what was lost under siege. His good plans are powerful and precious and within reach. So let’s become who we were born to be and do what we were born to do for His Glory! (This is the last excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Resurrection out of Contradiction“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
As the people of God assemble today, may He use our instructors to clearly point out the path for us to walk on. May we hear and see all the truths, directions and wise instructions that bring us to the path of Light so that we may go victoriously throughout our lives displaying the worth and value of a life lived according to the unfailing Word of God. May unbelievers observe and inquire about the road that Jesus pioneered for us.
“. . . Point out the road I must travel; I’m all ears, all eyes before you.” (Ps.143:8, Msg)
In your daily faithfulness to God, you might just be a placeholder for someone else. You may be standing between someone and their destruction and, were you not there, they might just move into that thing or that relationship or that distress that prevents their getting to destiny. Moses was a placeholder for Joshua. Elijah was a placeholder for Elisha and Paul was a placeholder for Timothy. It is like being the shoulders that someone else gets to stand on and start out on. Our ceiling is their floor. You are a placeholder for your children and very possibly even for others.
1Cor.16:13 ”Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong.” May you discover daily God’s purposes in your life.
(KG) Cain didn’t recognize the threat on his porch until God told him, “Cain, Sin is crouching at your door.” God was not saying, “You have a ticket to hell on the porch, Boy.” God wasn’t writing him off. He was warning Cain that he had a personal issue on his doorstep that would trip him up. It was a behavior pattern of messing up and then being offended about it. That thing would crouch on his porch and dictate his life if he didn’t master it. Cain had a call to repentance, a call to think differently and change so that he could overcome a contradiction before it overcame him, but he didn’t and it did. Cain’s thinking did not change and the contradicting behavior pattern of offense and anger drove him into a rage and he killed his brother.
(This is the tenth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Resurrection out of Contradiction“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)