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Archive for June, 2016

Available Imagination

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 GirlLookingUpthe 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”
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2015-03-02T21_56_59-08_00


God-Cloaked Answers

EyeKeyHole(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.”


Like a Child

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 BoySwimMaskand 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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Ready to Resurrect

The fact that you need to change your thinking in some part of your life is not an indictment against SkyRedSunriseyou! 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.)


The Road I Must Travel

RoadManWalkAs 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)


Placeholder

HoldingParkingSpotIn 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.


 


Issues on the Doorstep

(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, PorchStepsBoy.” 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.)


 


Name of Jesus Powerful

JesusHealLameIn the next few days and weeks I believe you will find the name of Jesus to be very powerful in your life and your environment — if you will call upon His name, “Jesus”, see Him heal, watch as He delivers others out of impossible strongholds of bondage and fear. Say His name and see how marvelously He delivers you from the threat of harm, even from bullies. The children’s ministers at our church have taught them to declare, “The name of Jesus is my super power”. In Acts 3:16 (Amp) Peter declared: ”And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man…”  May you discover more of the power of the name of Jesus this week.


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Overcoming the Snake on Your Porch

Sometimes these contradictions are obvious, like when I walked out on the porch and a snake was on my porch. That thing had crawled up on SnakeOnPorchto the roof ledge of a second story porch!  It was a very loud contradiction to my plans and future.  (I knew it was a personal  issue because I was the only one home.)  One of the symbolic meanings of a snake is “a threat to the future,” and sure enough, one of us had to die that day!  However, some personal contradictions are not as obvious, even on our porch, because they are always there and we don’t see them as a threat to our future purpose and fulfillment and destiny.  Contradictions on your porch can be from old wounds and memories that haven’t faded and still cause fear or anger or discouragement.  They linger like a cloud on your porch waiting to come and go with you.  Contradictions to your purpose can come from family traits like anger or pride or being judgmental. You don’t notice them because they have always been there. 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.

(This is the ninth 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.)


KATHY GABLER brings an encouraging word in this 3min. audio file.
“He is putting gates in your fences.”
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-04T13_14_04-07_00


Don’t put oil in the Dishpan

SinkDishpanThe guy hurried from the garage to the kitchen brushing past his wife who was just coming out of the laundry room. Grabbing her dishpan, he headed back out to the garage without so much as a howdy do. “Where do you think you are going with my new dishpan?”, the wife demanded. Obviously on a mission, the husband yelled over his shoulder, “To change the oil in my pickup!” Even more vehemently and quickly headed in his direction, she yelled back, “Not with my good dishpan, you’re not!” at which point he demanded to know why not. She firmly replied, “Because that pan is sanctified! It is sanctified for dishwashing and nothing else!” In Josh.3:5, Joshua’s instruction to the people of Israel was “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”  He well might have been instructing them to separate themselves from things like cynicism, unbelief, opinions of others, past disappointment or from anger. Anger and disappointment are anticipation busters. Joshua did not suggest the Israelites find a knock-em-down prayer line to get in. He instructed that they sanctify themselves. Sometimes we fail to sanctify ourselves today and end up wondering why we don’t get to experience God’s wonders tomorrow.


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Overcoming Contradictions

ContradictionsIf your health or finances or circumstances contradict your God-design and purpose and future, His will is that you overcome those contradictions.   So this boils down to two things in my thinking:  1) we need  to recognize the contradictions in our life and 2) we need to know that overcoming them will involve changing our thinking and choices.  I’m not talking about contradictions coming at us from Washington D.C. or CNN or TBN or our boss.  I’m talking about up close and personal, on-our-own-front-porch stuff that is hindering our purpose and future. The simple truth is that without repentance,  there is no change and without change there is no overcoming contradictions that keep affecting our life and our legacy.

(This is the eighth 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.)


 


Hearts of Fathers to Children

FatherProdigalSonAs the people of God assemble today, may hearts of fathers be turned to the coming generation. May fathers in our congregations discern the potential of the youth around them and let their hearts be turned to affirming them, encouraging them and enabling them on to their destiny in Christ. May this be the most memorable Father’s Day with fathers and children turned to each other in love and in honor, grasping the heavenly Father’s heart for the generations to glorify His intent.

“May the Lord richly bless both you and your children.” (Ps.115:14, TLB)


 


Fathers Put Their Children on Their Shoulders

There is a statue in the Woodlands area just north of Houston. A child is standing on the shoulders of a man. The plaque at the base of the FatherChildShouldersstatue is a quote attributed to Sir Isaac Newton. It reads something like this: “The reason the present generation can see so far is because it is standing on the shoulders of the former generation.” Is the generation coming after us presently standing on their fathers’ shoulders? Does that generation even know that those shoulders are available? Have we taken that generation and lifted them, no matter what the cost, up and onto our shoulders? Are we expecting them to simply stand alongside us and inherit the same inadequacies and shortcomings we have been willing to live with? Some people rehearse to their children the failures and injustices and less-than-desirable qualities of their heritage. While some boldly abort the coming generation while they are still in the womb, some abort them in a more socially acceptable manner once they are out of the womb. In either case, the future has been robbed of their God-ordained potential. Perhaps it is the job of the mothers to push until they are born and then perhaps it is the job of the fathers to push up until they are securely standing on our shoulders. 


 


A Piece of the Bigger Purpose

Whether we each realize it or not, our purpose is a piece of the bigger purpose that God is stewarding. Perhaps part of your purpose is being PieceOfPuzzleGod’s expression of mercy in an office or for you to be the medicine of healing because you can make others laugh.  Or maybe He placed your skills and personality as a connector to get people to solutions in a community.  Most of the time we are not aware of how God is using the details of our daily lives as a part of His bigger intention, but God watches over you and who you were born to be.  He also intends that you outlive anything that contradicts any facet of your multi-faceted purpose and fulfillment.

(This is the seventh 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.)


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Marty and Kathy Articles Volume 20 Issue 3

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Marty and Kathy Gabler invite you to read SEEC Magazine  Volume 20  Issue 3. This is our 20th year of publication. May you be strengthened, encouraged and equipped.

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SEEC Magazine _ Volume 20  Issue 3

IN THIS ISSUE:
Bringing Sons to Glory….Kathy Gabler
Worship in Revelation…..Jim Hodges
Walking in the Spirit…….Lynn Burling
Reformation on the
     Horizon………Simon Purvis
Turn off the Projector….Joe Bogue
Where did the
    Promises Go?………..Larry Burden
Live a Legacy to
    Leave It………..Melissa Gabler
Amazed and
    Perplexed…………….Marty Gabler


Anticipate God

“Everything looks to you in ANTICIPATION, and you provide them with food on a regular basis.” (Ps.145:15, NET) It is quite difficult to BibleTurnPageanticipate the provision or intervention of God if we are not looking to God and His Word. When someone has attempted to say something hopeful or positive about the future I have heard (from Christians) statements like: “But they said ‘such and such’ on the news”. “But the guy who works at my office said ‘such and such’.” “But I read an article on the internet (that was written by a complete stranger without any credentials) and it said ‘such and such’!” Hey, what about NOT looking everywhere else and what about saying: BUT GOD IN HIS WORD SAYS….!


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Carrying a God-Purpose

(KG) Everyone breathing is carrying a God-purpose.  We are in 2016 to be sons and daughters of God making history in the earth.   Not one of SchoolBusPolicemanBoyus is insignificant or without a holy calling.  Whether we realize it or not, our purpose is a piece of the bigger purpose that God is stewarding.  You may be a school bus driver that God positioned in a sphere of protection over three children that the enemy’s trying to take out before they become a principal and mayor and police chief that they were born to be.  Perhaps you are raising a child that will affect the medical world in twenty years.  Maybe you are living in a particular county so that your taxes can help change it for a God-plan. God is bigger and better planned than the opposition that is against you.

(This is the sixth 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.)


 


The Anticipation Factor

If a preacher wants to get us really excited, all they have to do is quote 1Cor.2:9 – “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” It is then, out of our lack and loss, quite easy for us to come up with all manner of things for God to show us and tell us. But don’t rule out the Holy Spirit’s involvement: v.10  “BUT God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” We must be in relationship with Holy Spirit to have those things revealed. He is the agent of the things revealed. Human lack and research will not get it done. That might even cause us to completely miss the largeness and uniqueness of what God has in store. We do not have to wait for heaven to see them and to hear them. Holy Spirit is the power-factor, influence-factor, heart-change factor. He is even the anticipation-factor.


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Repentant Thinking

ThinkingHandFace(KG) I came to a fuller understanding of biblical repentance meaning “to consider things differently and change your thinking”. My understanding was shifting drastically and I was beginning to think differently. That caused a passion for life and purpose and the future to stir my daily life.  In all that process, I was REPENTING and didn’t even know it. Now when I hear “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” it means, “Kathy, find out where you need to change your thinking if-and-when anything that God has seems beyond your reach.  Getting beyond contradictions of my misbeliefs opened new horizons!  I realized I was born again into this Kingdom that was not just “somewhere over the rainbow” someday, and I could have never walked in my life purpose  without those changes.  They were key understanding for me being able to do what I was born to do.

(This is the fifth 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.)


 


Hearts That Anticipate

AnticipationLookUpAs the people of God assemble today, may they turn their hearts, thoughts and considerations to who God is and to HIS capacity and begin to anticipate what only God can do in this morning’s meeting, in our personal lives and in our nation. May our hearts anticipate what we have never seen so that we call upon Him expectantly.

“But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation, my God will hear me.” (Mic.7:7)


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The Next Horizon

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May you reach the next horizon with strength to spare and may you rocket into
the heart of the God-ordained participation that awaits you beyond that horizon.
May you realize the knowing and joy and fulfillment of participating with our
Lord and His purposed-people over that horizon.

Jesus said, “You’re tied down to the mundane; I’m in touch with what is beyond
your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch.
I’m living on other terms.” (Jn.8:23, Msg)


 


Power and Authority Within Reach

(KG) Eventually, I came to a fuller understanding of biblical repentance meaning “to consider things differently and change your thinking”.  I HandReaching3came to understand it to be “reconsidering for the purpose of aligning your thoughts with God’s”.  As the process of repentance opened my understanding, even the phrase “the Kingdom of Heaven ” came to more meaning.  I discovered that the Kingdom of Heaven was not a place with God that we can only reach after death, but that the Bible concept of the Kingdom of Heaven is His authority, power, order and ruling presence everywhere, at all times, both in eternity and the now.  According to Psalm 145, His Kingdom always has been and always will be.  Another major turn in my understanding then was that when Jesus said “the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” it is a major contradiction to think He meant that it is almost time to leave the earth to go to another place when He was actually saying the authority and power of God is within reach on earth!  That made me realize that when Jesus healed some people, He said, “The Kingdom has come upon you.”  He had a grasp on God’s order in Heaven and was pulling it into earth to heal.

(This is the fourth 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.)


 


Avoid Cannon Fodder

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May you skillfully discern when there is a hidden agenda in a question and not just simply answer it. May you discern when there is an accusation in a question and the asker is hoping you will give them “fodder for their cannon” so they can fire it back at you. May you be forthright and righteous in all your dealings with all people to the glory of our Lord as you watch Him intervene in your behalf.

“Blessed be the name of God, forever and ever… , He provides both intelligence and discernment, He opens up the depths, tells secrets, sees in the dark—light spills out of him! God of all my ancestors, all thanks! all praise! You made me wise and strong… ” (Dan.2:21b-23a)


 


Contradiction to Your Purpose

Resurrection out of Contradiction happening through process would involve repentance.  Let me give an example that explains that thinking:  I SunlightCloudsGoldgrew up on the church bench and when I heard, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” I thought it meant, “Get right with God, girl, because you may be at the pearly gates any minute!”  In addition to that, my only concept of “repent” was to confess sin so you won’t go to hell.  So, my deduction was that we are on earth just to get saved, stay saved and then go to heaven.  I had no idea that conclusion was an absolute CONTRADICTION to God’s specific purpose and future planned for my life.  All I knew was, that as a teenager, that conclusion was a rather un-exciting view of life because staying saved didn’t sound like an adventure to me and Heaven sounded like more of the same, too boring to my young heart to motivate my daily life.  I was completely unaware that my thinking contradicted seeking the Kingdom, God’s power dimension, and that comprehensively contradicted accomplishing what I was born to do.
(This is the third 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.)