(Kathy G.) The toughest wilderness experience on record for me stretched out over five years of confusion and anger and ulcers. Before our daughter Melissa was born, I had prayed two specific things, that she would never have asthma or kidney trouble because both were bloodline issues. By the time she was eighteen months old, we were in Texas Children’s Hospital Houston because she’d had a bronchial asthmatic attack due to a severe kidney infection. After two weeks in two hospitals, we were facing kidney surgery.
Each night after I’d get her to sleep, I’d look out that tenth floor window. There were lights and noises and people filling the city, but I had never felt so alone. Marty was in Missouri in seminary and for the first time since I was nine, God was not there for me. I couldn’t figure out why He had abandoned me. I wanted to scream what David prayed in Psa 83:1, “God be not silent and be not still”, but I just stood there, hurting, angry and confused.
The day before surgery I sat on the twenty-third floor waiting for Melissa to come out of nuclear X-ray when a sudden headache hit me between the eyes. I barely got her back to the room in time to throw up my toenails. I then laid down on the cot by her bed and closed my eyes. I felt a little hand on my head and heard a little voice say, “Jesus, heal my momma.” As her hand lifted, the headache left. I should have been grateful but that made me angrier.
My identity was gone because I felt abandoned, orphaned. My self-worth was shattered because there was no backing, no affirmation, no inheritance of healing within reach. I was disappointed enough to be angry and disregarded boundaries and self-government to be rebellious. Why follow the rules when you are no longer even in the game? My silent reaction to the sudden relief from the headache was far from grateful. Jaw locked, I demanded, “Why would You answer her prayer but not mine?”
It took five years for me to hear and acknowledge Father’s response to my question. “Kathy, Melissa prayed in faith, but you prayed in fear. You can’t take that fear where you are going. I had to let you confront and defeat what threatened you.” The thing most important to me was what God could do but didn’t. The most important thing to Him was His Original Intent for our lives. If that fear remained, it would cause road blocks to where both Melissa and I were born to go. Fear would be a contradiction to both our assignments. I was intent upon surviving the experience. Father was intent upon bringing us to glory. If we focus on self, glory is a problem. If we focus on Father, glory is a certainty.
Our Father’s Original Intent is Relationship with Mature Sons that reflect the image of Christ as they fulfill their life assignment and thereby share His Glory in their generation. Please be encouraged. Our faithful and patient Father will keep working with us and through us until we get this!
(This is the last excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
Everywhere people gather, eventually discussion will get around to talking about family and the difficulties of relationships. I remember hearing about a man who attended a seminar and upon arriving told someone that he had come there to learn how to manage his family. One of the older leaders responded saying, “Don’t try to manage your family; learn to love and serve them, then leadership in the family will come as a by-product of the loving and serving.” It has been said that the biggest favor fathers can do their children is to love their mother.
(Eph.5:25, NKJV) “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” We are praying you discover daily that you and your family are walking in our Lord’s sacrificial love.
(Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.)
(Kathy G.) Psa 37:9, Those who wait for the LORD . . . will inherit the land. The word “wait” here means gather your expectations and twist them together. That sounds like we should gather our expectations of a God outcome together and twist them into a strong rope to hold to until we see them come to pass. The word “land” here is defined as wilderness. We can outlive the wilderness and own it and profit from it as we move on to the next glory.
(This is the ninth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they realize afresh that they are purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and may they be fed by the enabling of the Holy Ghost which is upon the overseers of the church of God.
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28, KJV)
Have you ever heard people talk like they expected to live in bad health, like it is just something people must deal with? Do you believe you must wrestle with the same old physical issues your parents died with? We do not have to yield to those things and there is no law that says a person must die sick. Wholeness is part of the salvation we have available in Christ Jesus. May you exert energy just because you want to delight yourself in the Lord Who is your wholeness and strength. May family and friends speak of your good health from this day forward. (Prov.3:8, Msg) “Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!” We are praying you discover daily that you are blessed with life and health.
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(Kathy G.) More keys we can take from Jesus’ wilderness example. 3) Don’t be baited to prove your worth. Don’t even be baited to doubt it. The fact that Jesus died for you shuts out doubt and question of worth. Many wars are won at the point that doubt is kicked out. 4) Don’t let the enemy decide the rules of engagement in the wilderness. That means don’t jump when he says, “Frog.” In fact, sons don’t talk to snakes, they stomp them.
In time to come, may you live differently with different results than you have lived in times past. May your home and work be filled with different conversation in times to come because you are no longer discussing threats and defeats but hopes and victories. May your home be fuller of the things you have needed, full of evidences of victories and full of love. May it be full of the language of prosperity. May the months ahead look totally different as you look back on them. May they have the look of answers, resolve and fulfillment. (3Jn.1:2, NASB) “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” We are praying you discover daily that you and your family are prospering in God’s will.
(Kathy G.) Another key we can take from Jesus’ wilderness example will equip us: >> Don’t allow your identity to come into question during the process. You don’t question your family bond, and if anyone else does, don’t answer them. Stand confident that your Father will not de-son nor de-daughter you, and you must be on guard against allowing a rebellious or orphan spirit to de-Father you.
May the Lord Most High keep His powerful hand upon our school teachers in this coming year. May He minister to them their importance in our culture and bless them for giving of themselves to our children. May He protect them and make them righteously effective beyond all logical measures for the children’s future and the future of our nation.
“…They are to give good counsel and be teachers of what is right and noble,” (Titus 2:3, Amp)
(Kathy G.) I believe the reason Jesus was led into the wilderness was because He was the prototype for wilderness training. He went there as a son and left there as a son, and there’s no indication it took a long time in between! Some keys we can take from His wilderness example will equip us: 1) It is difficult to be led by one thing while dominated by another. So when you are in wilderness circumstances, don’t allow an orphan spirit or rebellious spirit to dominate your thinking. Father will always see to it that sons “are led by the Spirit” out of wildernesses to fulfillment and glory, but orphans and rebels are not thinking like sons and do not know how to be led of His Spirit.
(This is the sixth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
As the people of God assemble today, may they recall the blessings of God and the rich, life-giving Word of God and be encouraged and strengthened to remain solidly committed to Him.
“When he arrived there, he was pleased to see what God had done for them out of kindness. So he encouraged all the people to remain solidly committed to the Lord.” (Acts 11:23, GW)
May you sprout out on every branch and may every bloom become valuable fruit. May you labor under and rejoice and revel in awesome, excruciating growing pains that bring you to the height of your Lord’s expectations for you. No more withering, no more stunted growth but God-enabled enlargement, production, extension, multiplication and proliferation be unto you for the glory and the Name’s sake of our LORD JESUS CHRIST and His fame in the earth. May our Lord’s success be manifest through you like a vine that bears fruit. (Jn.15:2, NKJV) ”Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” We are praying you discover daily God’s fruitfulness in your life.
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(Kathy G.) Though Satan could not sabotage The Only Begotten Son’s relationship with Father, he obviously hasn’t quit trying to sabotage sons of God. It gives us an edge to realize that devils are not geniuses nor mind-readers, but they can smell “wilderness” on us. Sons are most vulnerable to be devoured when they are in a wilderness condition. We are simply more easily shaken when we are in a wilderness place of feeling desolation, loneliness, abandonment, confusion, oppression and depression. The wilderness is a low place with no way out, a smothering place with no wind of change or breath of hope stirring. The issues of our own soul usually drive us into wilderness conditions, but Jesus was led by the Spirit into His wilderness experience. That indicates some wildernesses are God plans for the process, but whatever the drive or draw, wilderness times are part of the process of moving “from glory to glory.” The good news is that Father intends they work out for our good. As mature sons, we can be confident that coming to glory means coming to a God outcome, and it is Father’s will that wildernesses end up positioning and changing us to fit promise and be equipped for purpose.
(This is the sixth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
It doesn’t take much awareness to notice all around us there is great need and a lot of hurting people. If our God is anything, He is Redeemer. His people will, therefore, bear His characteristics and likeness and they shall redemptively impact their environment and the people in it. May the people of God be like yeast growing in the dough and permeating arts and entertainment, business, education, family, government, media and religion. May we influence the present culture with the love, compassion, authority and wisdom of the rule of God. (Matt.13:33, GW) “He used another illustration. “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman mixed into a large amount of flour until the yeast worked its way through all the dough.” We are praying you discover daily our Lord’s redeeming influence working through your life.
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(Kathy G.) The reason the Father/son relationship is pivotal is because that relationship provides what every son needs to function effectually in their lifetime. These function essentials are spelled out in Romans 8– 1) the strength of identity, 2) the empowerment of affirmation and 3) the protection of boundaries built into relationship. Our adversary knows this and consistently targets the Father/Son relationship and attempts to make you feel de-sonned or de-daughtered. Every temptation that the devil threw at Old Testament Adam in the garden and then at New Testament Adam in the wilderness was an attempt to sabotage the Father/Son relationship. He used doubt to knock on the door of their minds and then demanded they take action to prove him wrong. The doubts were back-handed accusations concerning God’s motive or commitment or planning. The doubts and accusation were aimed at causing friction and distrust between Father and son.
(This is the fifth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
The Lord God is our keeper. He keeps us in the palm of His hand and watches over us daily. We can trust Jesus, our Good Shepherd, to take note of His sheep in very practical matters. May the Lord help and protect you to keep your confidential matters confidential. May the Lord keep your passwords, emails, FaceBook, webpages and bank accounts secure. May those who would attempt to say things to your detriment be checked by the Spirit of the Lord, lest they hinder your righteous progress. May the Lord rebuke the devourer in your behalf. (Isa.33:6, Msg) “God keeps your days stable and secure—salvation, wisdom, and knowledge in surplus, and best of all, Zion’s treasure, Fear-of-God.” We are praying you discover daily that the Good Shepherd is keeping you.
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(Kathy G.) God has always intended to bring sons to glory, not cherubs. Father’s design is this: Father – Sons – Glory. Satan audaciously tried to share God’s glory and he failed. He has since been on a mission of revenge with full intent to thwart the glory by taking sons out of Father’s design equation. This might answer questions you have about experiences where opposition continued to unexplainable extremes, perhaps to the point of people saying, “The devil must be scared of you!” It is true. The devil is afraid that you will BE a son of God who does what you were born to DO and thereby be one of the many sons Father brings to glory.
(This is the fourth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
As the people of God assemble today, may our Lord’s prayer requests be prayed by His people. May those things He desires on earth, in the lives of people be prayed in agreement with His heart and purposes.
“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt.6:9-10, NKJV)
May the Lord work in behalf of His people so that property sells for the price that it is worth. May buyers and sellers come together in a timely fashion. May all proceedings and closings proceed to the desired end without a hitch.
“For God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel, says, “Life is going to return to normal. Homes and fields and vineyards are again going to be bought in this country.”’ (Jer.32:15, Msg)
Let’s get down to some ground–level grit. It is God that brings (leads, influences, carries, persuades) sons to glory. The sons’ part is to overcome through the process of getting there. Opposition is anything that contradicts the Word, will or character of God in our lives. In John 14:30, Jesus pointed out one major source of opposition was “the ruler of this world.” Your adversary, the devil, will oppose you continually. Though the glory of God may have never been in the forefront of your thinking before now, it has been number one priority with the devil all along. He is afraid you will do what you were born to do.
(This is the third excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
In the Bible the LION could not prosper against David because David kept God in the supreme position in his life, in his thoughts, and in his consideration. The BEAR could not prosper against David because of the supremacy of God in David’s life. The GIANT could not prosper against David even though he came against David with the deadliest of weapons. KING Saul could not prosper against David even though he was conniving and had supreme authority in the land. God’s supremacy was far greater than all of them. (Ps.74:12, NASB) “Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.” We are praying that no matter what the opposition, you discover daily God’s supremacy working in you and in your behalf.
(Kathy G.) We cannot lose sight of the “sonship” priority during the process. Religions and cultures and philosophies can train people to be good and do good stuff without being a son, but if you put that kind of regimen without relationship in a bowl and add a lifetime of effort and consistency and sacrifice, you will still come up short of the glory of God. If our identity gets attached to our works and then accomplishments become the measure of our worth and merit, (instead of righteousness being a gift from God), we fall short of the glory of God. Bringing sons to glory pivots on the Father-son relationship, not regimen and rules and works.
(This is the second excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
Where are you going to stand? Will you stand with the national news broadcasts or with reports of demographics or with unrighteous legislation or, in spite of it all, will you stand on God’s Word? Every night before retiring, we might should sing the words of that song, “Whose report will you believe? We will believe the report of the Lord!” We are not subject to rumors, corruption and terrorists. We are subject to the Word of God if we will agree with it. (Mt 18:19-20) 1Co 1:18 “For the WORD of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the POWER of God.” (NASB) We are praying you discover daily God’s Word working powerfully in your life.
(Kathy G.) Rom 8:23, but we ourselves groan inwardly as we wait for redemption which will reveal our adoption, our manifestation as God’s sons. Some people misunderstand that “groan” for redemption as a groan to escape somewhere over the rainbow someday, but we weren’t born here to live our years yearning to get out of here. We were born to display Father’s glory. According to Romans 5:2, “bringing sons to glory” is a matter of Father leading, influencing, carrying and persuading mature sons, who bear the likeness of Christ, to do what they were born to do according to Father’s design and intent. Relationship and having sons is God’s Original Intent, and bringing sons to glory is priority with our Father. The process to that priority is in 2 Cor 3:18, as we consider who He is and reflect and pattern after Him as we are changed into the same image from glory to glory. It is by His Spirit that we are enabled to change and be and do what we were born to in our lifetime.
(This is the first excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)