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)