The coming generation will anticipate something. Who will give them something to anticipate? Will they anticipate hopelessness or the possibilities of the God of the Bible? One of the biggest favors we can do the coming generation is to build anticipation into them, anticipation for the intervention of God, anticipation to see God do something no previous generation has ever seen. Every time people speak of tragedy and hopelessness, let us say to the coming generation, “BUT GOD….”. Let’s help them keep their anticipator alive and well and functioning at peak capacity. Let’s charge it up at every opportunity! (This is the ninth excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation”.)
Have you ever been thinking one thing in your mind but when you spoke, something entirely different came out your mouth? Have there been times when you were certain that there was a fog in your brain and you couldn’t find the much-needed information that would help you get things resolved? Our God is able to help us in this kind of need. May all things that are supposed to connect in our brains connect as they should. May they connect in the timing and fashion that is profitable for accomplishing daily tasks and completing goals and communicating accurately. (Ecc 12:10, CEV) “Then I tried to explain these things in the best and most accurate way.” So be it. We are praying you discover daily that our Lord is enabling your mind with accuracy. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.)
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A couple was sitting at their kitchen table going over their finances and planning the family vacation which was yet three months away. Their little 5 year old boy had been in the den playing and watching TV during the planning session. It was getting late so he decided to go to his room. As he passed the kitchen the only words he heard were, “OK, so we are going to Disney World”. The little boy’s heart leapt with excitement and he quickly ran to his room. Sometime later, the parents finalized their three-month plan while finishing off their coffee. As they headed for bed they looked in on their son to make sure he was asleep. When they looked into the room they saw the little 5 year old lying over on his over-stuffed travel bag sound asleep. He was wearing his swim mask, his Mickey Mouse shirt, one white shoe and one red shoe. His anticipation warranted that he be prepared to travel when it was time to load the car. What are we saying that is causing the coming generation to positively anticipate the future? (This is the ninth excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation”.)
The overwhelming factor in God’s design is that He has purposed to bring each of us to the Image of Christ (Rom.8:29). (2Co 3:18) “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” The goal Paul spoke of is consistently out there before us. It IS attainable. But we will likely need to adopt Paul’s strategy: “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil.3:13-14) We are praying you discover daily you are pressing toward the calling of God. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.) www.txpraise.com
A Child’s Anticipation. The passage of Mk.10:15 is not talking about getting to heaven. It is talking about the authority, power, rule of God. Mk.10:15 “…Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” “As a child” paints the picture of a child who is always full of anticipation. Embracing that picture, we will not try bringing to God our agendas, preconceived ideas, preferences, and hearts/minds with no imagination available to God. Out of the four million Israelites trapped against the Red Sea, how many do you think used their imagination to encourage the others that God would use the rod of Moses to part the sea so they could cross over on dry ground? They were stuck in the mindset of powerless servants who would not allow their minds to go beyond the typical thought processes of a subjugated people. I for one am thankful that a merciful God sent the prophet Moses with a word for them that would help them move beyond those old mental habits.(This is the eighth excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation”.)
God’s Word and His principles and His character and His will are the metal of un-carnal weapons. For example, when we discover strongholds in our own lives that do not align with His word or principles or character or plans, humility can become an un-carnal weapon. The Word says that if we will humble ourselves He will give us grace. (1 Pet 5:5) So, when we choose to humble ourselves before God, we position ourselves to receive grace. That means we are enabled to change and the stronghold is brought down. (Kathy Gabler)
Don’t rule out Holy Spirit’s involvement. 1Cor.2:9-10–“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.” v.10 “BUT God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” From the profitable instruction given us in v.10, it stands to reason that we must be in relationship with Holy Spirit to have valuable, enabling things revealed to us. Not only does He reveal the necessary to us but He is actively working (often unnoticed) in circumstances that have the unmovable look of already being set in cement. Our anticipatory prayers will include factoring in Holy Spirit’s power and behind-the-scenes working. He is the power factor, influence factor, heart-change factor. He is the anticipation factor. Don’t fail to consider Him. (This is the seventh excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation”.)
There are people who wonder if they have been predestined to heaven or to hell. They wonder if they are struggling against an inexorable tide that is gradually pulling them under. Why don’t we look in the Bible? (Rom.8:29, NASB) “…those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son…” Yes, you are predestined. The Message translation puts it like this: “He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of His Son.” If we will stay on the Potter’s wheel, like Jeremiah 18 suggests, Father will work in us so that we might experience the life and victories of His Son, Jesus. We are praying you discover daily the love and grace of Father God forming you into the image of Christ. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.)
We may very well need to separate ourselves in anticipation of what we do not see in this moment so that we might see it in the next. We will need to separate ourselves from what we have not seen in the past year. In order to see what we need to see in the next moment (or the next year) we must separate ourselves from the distractions, interferences and disqualifiers of the present. Joshua’s instruction for the people to “separate themselves apart from” could include separating from such practical and mundane things as (1.) cynicism (2.) unbelief (3.) opinions of others (4.) from past disappointments (5.) from past events that never culminated in the desired outcome and (6.) from people who never followed through with influence or promises. Joshua’s words that seem to really stand out in 3:5 are, “Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow.” Anticipation is not an emotion but a matter of wise adjustments and preparation. (This is the sixth excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation”.)
With God, what you do not see in this moment is entirely possible in the next moment. We can allow our anticipation to be fueled by various and sundry reports or we can separate ourselves from superficial and culturally accepted norms. Josh.3:5 “Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, FOR tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” We could, just as well, use here the word “sanctify”. It basically means “to set apart from”. That “setting apart from” is for a purpose, not simply being set over to the side as attempting to not be identified with something. (This is the fifth excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation”.)
As the people of God assemble today, may there be faith stirred in hearts concerning those who have been absented from the local fellowship. May there be expectancy that they be returned to the fellowship to edify and, once again, take their place on the wall.
“May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent and hidden one from another.” (GEN. 31:49, Amp)
Everything you fear has limitations.
“I have seen a limit to everything else, but your commandments have no limit.” (Ps.119:96, GW)
The warning our Lord gives in Matt.7:1 (“judge not lest you be judged”) is wise counsel to not judge (Gk.: krino) superficially or based upon mere opinion. That is why, in 1Cor.2:15, we are to be spiritual (not merely superficial) by examining and discerning information. Rather than going about saying, “He said ‘this’” or “She said ‘that’” why can’t we develop the habit of declaring, “But God said in His Word…..”?
(This is the fourth excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation”.)
Many people do not feel secure in many locations throughout their comings and goings of a week. But I pray you find your home to be that place. May your home be a sanctuary and may you be at peace there. May you find comfort and safety within its walls and comfort from those who dwell there. May you have quiet and solitude and not be invaded by inordinate noise and commotion of nearby dwellings. There is a promise Jehovah gave Israel that I believe those who trust in Jesus can claim for their families: (Jer.30:10b, GNT) “…You will come back home and live in peace; you will be secure, and no one will make you afraid.” We are praying you discover daily that you are at peace in your home. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.) CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Disaster prevention may be found in as simple a form as judging before deciding. “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things…” (1Cor.2:15a, KJV) The Amplified version sets it in terminology that gives us a good definition of the word “judge” (Gk.: anakrino) in this context: “But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things]…”. Numerous times I have heard the biblical phrase “judge not lest you be judged” witlessly rattled off while accepting things that were quite preposterous (even dangerous). It would seem that the primary aim of our taking the time and wisdom to judge should be to examine if the report/information is in agreement with the Word of God. (Compare: Lev.19:15b; Ps.82:2; Prov.31:9; Lk.12:57; Jn.7:24) This is the third excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation”.)
All sorts of people make suggestions and offer advice on a daily basis. But let us receive the faithful words of true friends, counselors, fathers and mothers, and make the proper adjustments to become more effective in the purposes of our Lord and be more valuable to others. May their words propel us forward. And may we treat unqualified opinions and criticisms as water off a duck’s back and refuse to let them anchor us to unwarranted sloth. (Prov.27:6 KJV) “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Prov.27:6, GNB) “Friends mean well, even when they hurt you. But when an enemy puts his arm around your shoulder—watch out!” We are praying you discover daily the benefit of godly counselors.
(Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they be filled with the fullness of God and challenged to a new level in what our Lord has in His purposes for each member of the Body of Christ, as we stand for our families and as we confront the present climate of culture in our nation.
“May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” (Eph.3:18-20, KJV)
Zeal can attract people and even hold their devotion for a time. But zeal cannot replace character nor can it substitute for lack of character. Character, not zeal, is the wineskin for the new wine of the new level or the new season of authority. I have seen zealous people split churches and destroy the reputation of a church in a community in a fraction of the time it took to build that reputation. I have seen zeal undo the work of spiritual leadership in a hurting person and drive that person from the church. But character builds, sustains and adds to. It doesn’t take away.
“For Barnabas was a good man [privately and publicly—his godly character benefited both himself and others] and he was full of the Holy Spirit… And a great number of people were brought to the Lord.” (Acts 11:24, Amp)
Keep Out! #2 – -May the power of the Word of God and enablement of the Holy Spirit help us keep out tendencies to obsess over difficult people.
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. 19 Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new…” (Isa.43:18-19a, Msg)
Just because you do not communicate or give at the same level or in the same manner as other people, does not mean that you are to hold back what God has for you to release for others. In Jn.6:9 the little boy did not hold back his little lunch of loaves and fishes just because it wasn’t sufficient in the eyes of some. He didn’t withdraw saying, “This won’t do any good.” He released it and Jesus took the little and made it sufficient for many. (Lk.16:10a, Amp) Jesus: “He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much…” We are praying you discover daily that you are not holding back but offering your best for God’s highest good. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day. Click here to listen: TEXAS PRAISE RADIO)
It is not unusual to hear something like, “But the guy who works at my office said ‘such and such’.” “But I read an article on the internet and it said ‘this and that’!” I have observed people making decisions and acting on something reported by a casual acquaintance or even a stranger. How often do we stop and measure the person speaking, much less the source and agenda of their argument? Why would we, in the moment, take their report as though they were expert on the subject (especially a total stranger on the internet) or that they are reporting it absolutely accurately? When we do not properly weigh information, no matter how zealously reported, we may likely end up with its consequences. Once we take a sober assessment of our personal history, many of us will probably find that we have been the recipient of those things we have anticipated that came out of an off-hand statement someone made.
(This is the second excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation”.)
When our little friend got demerits at school, on several occasions, for talking so much his grandmother asked him why he does. He replied, “I’ve got a lot to say”. Sometimes it’s just best not to say anything. May the Lord help us to not speak when it would be wiser to just listen in particular settings; and may we trust the Lord to handle the outcome of what we felt was so important to say in those settings. (1Thess.4:11, KJV) “…study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;” We are praying you discover daily that you are studying to be quiet until wisdom releases you to speak.
(Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.)
Each of us already has a pretty full plate of anticipation about coming days and events. We are built to anticipate. If we are honest, I believe we will admit that we are continually anticipating what is ahead whether we are anticipating good or bad, productive or nonproductive, desired or undesirable. Right in the middle of it all it would be quite helpful to us if we considered that it is quite difficult to anticipate the provision or intervention of God if we are not looking to God and His Word. Ps.145:15 (NKJV) “The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season.” (NET) “Everything looks to you in ANTICIPATION, and you provide them with food on a regular basis.” (This is the first excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation”.)