May the Lord cover us, rescue us and keep us from involving ourselves with those who are not intending to operate within the timing of Him who sets the times and works His plans accordingly. May our Lord save us from those who do not desire HIS calendar and those who simply neglect concern over His times. My times are in His Hand and I will not put them in the hands of any other. We need HIM every hour. “My times are in your hand…” (Ps.31:15, NKJV) “Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God! Hour by hour I place my days in your hand, safe from the hands out to get me.” (Ps.31:14-15, Msg)
Not all of us got everything our parents, family and tutors tried to get across to us as we have progressed through life. Occasionally (if not more often) we say something or do something that isn’t in keeping with those things that are most proper in relating to others. For some of us, there are probably people who think we grew up on the back side of the wilderness without any effort from a parent to impart wisdom and etiquette. But God is wise and He is also good and merciful to the point that He will give us the wisdom in etiquette we have not absorbed thus far.
“But the wisdom from above is first pure [morally and spiritually undefiled], then peace-loving [courteous, considerate], gentle, reasonable [and willing to listen], full of compassion and good fruits. It is unwavering, without [self-righteous] hypocrisy [and self-serving guile].” (Js.3:17, Amp)
In days to come, as you walk before God Most High in the light of His Word and trust in Him, may our beneficent Father grant you good times, happy times and times of celebration. May you look to the future expecting to see the goodness of God in your life and the lives of your family. Don’t be defeated by what appears to be on the horizon. Don’t be disheartened by rumors and every story that finds flight on the fancy of someone’s fears or imagination. May our merciful Father God send delightful surprises your way and grant you good times, happy times and times of celebration. (2Chron.6:41b, Msg) “…let your holy people celebrate goodness…” We are praying you discover daily God’s goodness working in your life.
May your home be filled with different conversation in the year to come—different because you are no longer discussing threats and defeats but hopes and victories.
“Answer my prayers, O True God, the righteous, who makes me right. I was hopelessly surrounded, and You rescued me. Once again hear me; hide me in Your favor; bring victory in defeat and hope in hopelessness.” (Ps.4:1, The Voice)
Let us live more than a mere semblance of life, more than a reasonable facsimile thereof. In this coming year, let us rise to the heights that our Lord invites us to and live full lives.
”Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.” (Eph.3:19, Msg)
Miracles are begun in grace and perfected in glory. They start with God’s supernatural enabling and come to complete manifestation through His intent and purpose and timing. As I wait on God, I shall continue to pray for miracles this Christmas season because the coming of the Christ is still in effect as well as God’s goodwill toward men. May His presence and power and purpose and timing change your life as His goodwill touches the earth again.
(This is the last excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Christmas Miracles“ taken from Volume 20 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine.)
The Christmas events were extraordinary. Angels were active and interactive with the characters in the event. Persons of high rank got personally involved at great expense. Individuals of lowly birth and lowly means played as important a role as those of higher caste. Divine intervention and protection and wisdom kept the characters in pace and in place. Signs and wonders served to help the characters get into position at just the right time to be supply for Mary and Joseph and the Little One they were privileged to raise up for the saving of a nation.
Let us do far more than delight in the extraordinary events of the Christmas Advent. Let us consider them as that which was initiated to become the ordinary, all year long, for those who would embrace this Extraordinary One born in such an extraordinary way.
“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.” (Lk 2:20, Amp)
Waiting on God involves continuing to do what we were born to do instead of deciding to be still and silent in a puddle of disappointment. For the record, I did get past my disinclination to encourage people like Marty had asked me to that Sunday morning and, before midnight, I got two phone calls with reports of undeniable supernatural interventions. I did not hear about them before Christmas like I had prayed, but both had happened the week before Christmas! One was financial and one was a granddaughter coming to an incredible God-turn in her life. I remembered the word of wisdom that started the financial miracle and I knew about that grandmother’s prayer vigil for that particular granddaughter. So, I realized before either miracle, there had been a “working of miracles” behind the scenes before anyone saw the actual miracle.
(This is the eighth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Christmas Miracles“ taken from Volume 20 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine.)
I’m not talking about waiting to the point of a brain strain by trying to “believe” so Tinkerbell’s light will stay on. As a child I watched the Disney movie, Peter Pan. In the scene where the fairy’s light of life would go out forever if the audience didn’t “believe,” I felt the challenge and did my part. Unfortunately, that contaminated my definition of faith and believing and made it a matter of strain and feelings and human achievement. Waiting on God is about believing God is aware of every part of our lives and refusing to doubt that He is both willing and planning to show Himself powerfully faithful.
(This is the seventh excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Christmas Miracles“ taken from Volume 20 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine.)
Instead of picking a point to throw our hands up and quit, I’m thinking it might be wiser to expect God to be God and to wait on Him. Psalm 25 says, I will wait on God . That means I will gather all my expectations and twist them into a strong cord and hold on to my confidence that God will have the last word on all matters that concern me. It also means that I will trudge through disappointment and delays until I get to His results. That is simple truth that sometimes seems extremely complex to live just because life is so daily. It is a daily challenge to wait on God and wake up to face sameness without flinching and to outwit reasoning that demands we “get real” and find a livable acre this side of a miracle. Stress sniffs us out daily when we are waiting on God, and if it gets a grip, it will drag us into emotional fatigue that can lead to weariness in our attitude. The word says not to be weary in well doing. Waiting on our faithful God is “well doing,” but if we get snared in weariness, we are liable to faint and miss our awaited God outcome (Gal 6:9).
(This is the sixth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Christmas Miracles“ taken from Volume 20 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine.)
Miracles can require process, like Lazarus. Dying was part of the process of his miracle! In John 11, Some thought “Jesus wept” because He was grieving over His friend, but I believe Jesus was weeping over their pain that misunderstanding caused during the process they were experiencing. He had already said that the result of Lazarus’ sickness would not be death (vs. 4). When Jesus got to the tomb, He got angry. Again, I believe He was upset because they were not AWARE that a PROCESS means God is working on a much bigger project than just the lightening moment we need. They did not know that the resurrection of Lazarus was a demonstration to convince hearts that Jesus was the Christ sent by God as well as a prophetic sign of His own resurrection to come. Step by step, the resurrection of Lazarus was a crucial miracle that fulfilled a much bigger purpose than the personal need.
(This is the fifth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Christmas Miracles“ taken from Volume 20 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine.)
Miracles can require perseverance. The woman with the issue of blood had at least five justifiable reasons to give up and die: her culture, her gender, her strength, her experience and the odds against success in actually reaching Jesus, but she pushed on. Her moment of relief was only one part of that miracle.
Miracles can require participation. The working of miracles may have you climbing up on a housetop, carrying one corner of a stretcher with an ailing friend and then dismantling a roof to let him down into a room to be healed. The actual moment of change was only one part of that miracle.
(This is the third excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Christmas Miracles“ taken from Volume 20 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine.)
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Christmas Miracles….……………Kathy Gabler
As the people of God assemble today may they open their hearts and mouths and sing joyous praises to their God because He has provided a Savior. “Joy to the world the Lord is come!”
“Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord and joyfully celebrate His mighty acts, for great is the glory of the Lord.” (Ps.138:5, Amp)
At 4:00 the next morning, I felt tears trickling across my nose and woke up enough to realize what I was thinking and hearing. When I pray for miracles, I’m asking for a sudden, complete, supernatural change in circumstances or conditions or people. Most often, we think of miracles as the moment of change or relief or resolve that comes like a lightning strike, but they might turn out to be a slow rain instead. Rather than think God is unfaithful or uncaring because we haven’t had that lightening moment, perhaps we should consider the working of miracles as a process and consider, as well, that part of that working includes all the time and preparation and specific details that miracles sometimes require.
(This is the second excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Christmas Miracles“ taken from Volume 20 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine.)
Last December, Marty was preparing to speak on Sunday. Saturday night, he walked out of his office and said, “Before I start tomorrow, why don’t you encourage the people along the lines of how you have been praying for miracles in this Christmas season.” I nodded like a sweet, obliging helpmate, not wanting to infect him with any “badditude” during his preparation. One of the ways I sometimes demonstrate mercy is by not saying everything I’m thinking. (Some folks reading this article can probably appreciate that more than others.) As he walked back to his office, I continued thinking, “I’m not caught up in a forward momentum over that particular prayer this day after Christmas!” Yes, it was still the season, but God had missed my deadlines for those prayers. I wasn’t in a throw-down fit over that, but I was in a sit-down, back to the drawing board discouragement. I mumbled to the Lord that I hadn’t seen a miracle in the Christmas season in any of the targets in my scope. I even added, “But Lord, I’m still willing to rejoice over anybody’s miracle, my Church of Christ friend’s or my Lutheran friend’s or even a Democrat’s!
(This is the first excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Christmas Miracles“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
We are not just attempting to get people to heaven, we are part of a great plan to bring the rule of God into present circumstances. People don’t just need a ticket to heaven in the by and by, they need the rule of God now in their bodies, families, finances and workplace. It is one thing to speak of heaven and what it is going to be like “some glorious day,” but it is to the glory of the Father to give testimony of lives and circumstances invaded by that wonderful realm now. (Lk.10:9, KJV) “heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.” We are praying you discover daily that you are making a difference as you bring the rule of God into your environment. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.)
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IN THIS ISSUE:
Christmas Miracles….……………Kathy Gabler
Covenantal Connections.…….…Jim Hodges
The Sower and the Soil………….Simon Purvis
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Fathering a Generation….………Jim Becton
Hearts and Billfolds …………….Kevin Sherman
The Key of David…….…….….…Sam Brassfield
Our God of the impossible is not limited or defeated by facts and history. Our Redeemer can and will override history if we dare to trust Him and cooperate with Him. Whether it is in conversation or just a passing thought, God help us to realize in the moment when we are hearing contradictions to the will of our Father or perceiving evil threats or discerning assignments from hell so that those things are not left unconfronted!
(This is the eighth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Contradicting Contradictions“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
Because we have stopped living by what is said BY OTHERS and have started living by what is said BY US, hopes, victories, prosperity, and health could come to pass. People have stopped taking medicine or started taking a medicine because someone with no medical training, said they should and the result was disastrous. People have invested in a market someone told them to invest in and the result was disastrous. We should be very wise in deciding whether to live by something said by others and decide the correctness of it by the truths evident in the Bible. (Matt.4:4, NKJV) “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” We are praying you discover daily that you are living by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.)
Believers sometimes do not counterpunch error or deception or evil because they do not understand the creative force in their words. There is life and death in the power of the tongue (Prov.18:21) so we can speak a word and shatter darkness and kill its effect. Even when the facts are undeniable or blows are already struck and have already become a statistic, we can still speak life to turn the tide of consequences.
(This is the seventh excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Contradicting Contradictions“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they be assured by leadership and by one another that Faithful God stands solidly in the future bidding His children to come that they may participate in His victorious ventures.
”Your people will come as volunteers that day; they will be a sight to see: on that day, you will lead your army, noble in their holiness.” (PS.110:3, Voice Bible)
We tend to focus on the physical, on our body, appearance and the physical logistics of opportunity and influence—like being around the right people at the right time in the right places. But may our Lord, by His Word and Spirit, adjust and enhance everything we need to be emotionally, cognitively and subconsciously for aligning with that which our Lord has put in us. That which He has put in us is for bringing us to be the most effective we can be for His Kingdom purposes.
”We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.” (2Cor.10:5, Msg)
When speaking of countering something declared on TV, you may reason that a statement on TV can influence millions, So how does my minor input have any effect? Consider these things: 1) The contradiction touched my sphere of responsibility so my part is to neutralize its effect in my sphere and my part is one part of a bigger force at work. 2) Just how much agreement God needs to have legal access to a situation or to turn a tide or to do a miracle is really not our worry. Our focus is doing our part and trusting God that it will make a difference. (Our small part may end up food for 5000!)
(This is the sixth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Contradicting Contradictions“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)