Daily Devotions

Archive for October, 2017

From Failure to Future

Forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors”. . . And forgive us our debts AS we forgive our debtors.  I wonder if a healthy father-son relationship means having to continually ask for forgiveness?  I think many Christians feel this part of the prayer is a directive to always be sure we are still saved, but that is not praying as a son.  A healthy son does not continually question if he is still a part of the family.  This statement, more than a petition to be forgiven, is submission to a mature son’s discipline and training.  Forgiveness un-tethers us so our lives do not revolve around our conflicts.  Forgiveness changes our focus from failure to future.—Kathy Gabler
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Word of God is Alive and Active

The Word of God is alive and active and cannot stop being alive and active. May the redemptive, productive Word you heard days ago or even years ago be alive and active in you today, producing fruit unto righteousness, life to the glory of our Lord’s name.  ”God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.” (Heb.4:12-13, Msg)

 

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Release From Anger

As the people of God assemble today, may they encourage each other and help each other to turn away from anger (even if it is the result of injustice), so that they may be released from that which eats at them and leaves them miserable. (Ps.37:8, Amp) “Cease from anger and abandon wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evil.”


Stir Up The Amen

Keep the “Amen” alive in you; that “Amen” the Holy Spirit put down deep in you when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Worship, read the Word, listen to the teaching of the Word, share your testimony. Stir up the “Amen” to Who God is and to His Word.  “Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In Him, this is what we preach and pray, THE GREAT AMEN, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, PUTTING HIS YES WITHIN US. By His Spirit He has stamped us with His eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what He is destined to complete.” (2Cor.1:20-22, Msg)


More Fully What God Intended

It has been said that “graveyards are full of good intentions that were never walked out,  full of dreams never fulfilled, books never written, relationships that were never gleaned from”. May you realize today that there is no reason for you to live a lesser version of what God intended you to be. There is no reason for you not to dream and, with the enablements of the Spirit of God, press forward beyond discouragements and obstacles.  (1Pe.5:9b-11, Msg) “….keep a firm grip on the faith… It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ… will have you put together and on your feet for good.”  We are praying you discover daily that you are becoming more fully what Father God intended. 

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Big Bad Christian Crusher?

There is no weapon in all of hell’s arsenal that is marked “Sure ‘Nuff Christian Killer.” “No weapon forged against you will prevail (Isa.54:17).”  There is no diabolical demon on the lower level of hell behind a great steel and concrete door marked “Big Bad Christian Crusher.” There just simply is no such thing. Indeed he has come to “steal, to kill and to destroy (Jn.10:10)” but he cannot unless we fall for his propaganda and give in to his deception. (Marty Gabler from his book “Sheep Have Short Legs”.)

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God Intervenes – We Cooperate

We can pray and declare God’s will from the known will of God concerning each of those five points where we expect to see The Intervener. The known will of God is His written Word. (1) He will intervene with people—(Rom.12:17, Amp) “Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone.  18  If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord.” God will intervene but our cooperation is essential. (2) God will intervene in our health—(3Jn.1:2, Msg) “We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health–that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul!”  (3) He will intervene in our finances—(Phil.4:19, Amp) “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  (4) He will intervene in our nation—(Prov.14:34, GW) ”Righteousness lifts up a nation, but sin is a disgrace in any society.” (Ps.33:12, KJV) ”Blessed [is] the nation whose God [is] the LORD;”  (5) Our Lord will intervene for Israel—(Ps.121:4, KJV) ”Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”  God will intervene but our cooperation is essential.  (Excerpt seven from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.)

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Your Home – A Place of Healing

Have you ever wished that there was some place other than a hospital where you could go for healing? Have you wished there was a place of peace where you could completely escape the harshness of the world around you? Do you realize that prayer, belief in the Word of God and trusting in His desires for you can make your home into such a place? Father God desires your wholeness and your peace of mind.  May your home be a place of healing and recuperation from illnesses and from the harshness of the environment you move in on a daily basis.  (Ps.91:10, GW) “No harm will come to you.  No sickness will come near your house.”  We are praying you discover daily that you are seeing your home become a place of healing.  (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24hrs/day.)

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The Intervener

While praying I believe the Lord spoke to my heart that we can see THE INTERVENER. The word “intervene” means: “to come between disputing people, groups, etc.; intercede; mediate; to interfere with force or a threat of force.” (Merriam Webster)  We can cry out to the Lord God and (1) He will intervene for us with people we have not been able to get resolve with. (2) He will intervene and turn our health around. (3) He will intervene in our finances. (4) He will intervene in the unrighteous issues of our nation. (5) He will intervene for Israel.  (Isa.64:4, NET)  “Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who intervenes for those who wait for him.” Let us expect to see the Great Intervener, faithful God.  (Excerpt six from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.)

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Winning

As the people of God assemble today, and as the folks in Houston (with their team WINNING and advancing to the world series) enjoy a pleasant distraction from hurricane recovery, may the people of God also anticipate to WIN against the opposing storms of darkness that seek to stop the advancing of the Kingdom of God in our nation.  “We’ll ask the Lord to save us! We’ll sincerely ask the Lord to let us WIN.” (Ps.118:25, CEV)

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A Guard on my Lips

Let us be careful what we say. The Lord doesn’t want what we speak falling to the ground (1Sam.3:19)

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Where is a Hero When You Need One?

We hear stories and testimonies and we long for those extraordinary, even miraculous things to happen for us. When I was child and frightened, I longed for a fearless, strong, undefeated hero to rush in and come to my rescue. Do you find yourself asking, “Where is a hero when you need one?” Perhaps a little different tack on this subject would be more help than regretfully wishing. (Rom.10:8, Msg) “So what exactly was Moses saying? The word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest. It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching.” We can choose to either wish and complain or we can search out, learn and memorize scriptural ammunition to use in the fight. (Isa.49:2, CEV) “He made my words pierce like a sharp sword or a pointed arrow; he kept me safely hidden in the palm of his hand.”  (Rev.1:16, KJV) “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword…”.  (Excerpt five from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.)

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SEEC Magazine Volume 21 Issue 5

SEEC Magazine Volume 21 Issue 5
October/November 2017
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Shedding the Scales

May our Lord’s mercy, Word and Spirit remove scales from our eyes. “Scales were representative of Saul’s ignorance… and unbelief.” (Gill)  How do “scales” form? They come from past paradigms, from traditions of our environment, opinions, and personal preferences. Persons of significance whom we have given place in our lives, in our development may, in their views, expressions, and theology be instrumental in helping to form the ignorance and unbelief that prevents our seeing readily and clearly the truths of the Kingdom of God. It takes the Holy Spirit to enable us to realize that those blocking, hindering scales are actually there and are actually preventing our seeing even Scriptural truths. (Acts 9:18, NKJV) ”Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.” And, may I add, Paul then became a powerful instrument in advancing the Kingdom of God—as vehemently as he had opposed it.
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I Don’t Receive That

I was ministering in a Sunday morning service. I was talking about things that we just simply receive in our lives and we don’t even think to oppose them. Then I said that believers need to learn how to say, “I don’t receive that”. There was a young boy sitting on the third row back who had been expressing suicidal tendencies because of bullies at school. I said, “Let’s practice that right now and say it like we mean it.”  That young boy jumped to his feet and yelled louder than anyone else, “I don’t receive that!” On Monday, when kids at school began to bully him and call him names and tell him what they were going to do to him, he would respond each time with, “I don’t receive that.” Those bullies were dumbfounded and did not know what to do and just walked away. His mother said that it turned his life around. (Excerpt four from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.)

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God Makes Known

Tomorrows that have already become check marks on the calendar of history were declared by God. “I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them…” (Isa 48:3) God has declared. “Declared”: to be conspicuous, to tell, to make known; to avow. God not only makes known what is to come but He guarantees it. “And I shewed them” actually means that God has made “them” plainly heard.  Now the question is: who is asking and who is listening?

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Don’t Let Your Mind Go There

We can deflect what the enemy sends against us. DEFLECT: “to change direction by interposing something”. How do we interpose one of these God-provided tools? When the enemy launches an attack, whether it is physical, verbal, mental or spiritual, we can “change the direction” of that attack (deflect) by speaking out the Word of God, or praising God, or by making the opposite declaration of what the enemy is bringing against us. Don’t let your mind go where the attack wants it to go. Keep your mind on those things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, good report and things that have virtue (Phil.4:8). (Excerpt three from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.)

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Beyond What we Have Seen and Heard

As the people of God assemble today, may they worship and hear the Word of God that shows them that their God is preparing things for them, to supply and equip them, that they have not yet even imagined; that Almighty God is working behind the veil that our doubt, fear and the obstacles of this age have formed.  (1Cor.2:9, CEV) ”But it is just as the Scriptures say, “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!”

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Order and Priorities of God

The thing about seeing Thy Kingdom Come is that it carries the order and priorities of God, even if that shocks or contradicts or shakes current theology, current cultures, current belief-systems or even our interpretation of “Church”.  Those three words, Thy Kingdom Come, give God access to every level of our lives that must change to align with His Kingdom.  Just as He sent the Last Adam, the Redeemer to bring His original intent and order of the garden into reach once again, so He intends to bring our core values into His original intent and order.  That will mean major shaking in our thinking, in our conditions, in our priorities and in our earth . . . as it is in heaven.—Kathy Gabler

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Interjecting the Positive

The lady was in the hospital for the third time in the last two weeks. Doctors were having a tough time getting her systems to stabilize. She listed her diagnosis on Facebook. Someone negatively wrote, “I have heard of that and it is not good, but I am praying and hope it doesn’t get worse.”  May the people of God develop the habit of interjecting a positive outlook when we discover ourselves in the midst of mindless and hopeless drivel.   (Rom.4:18a, Msg) “When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said He would do. ”  We are praying you discover daily that you are full of the Word of God and speaking it positively in every situation.

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Deflecting Missiles

We can deflect missiles the enemy sends against us. We can speak in such a way and act in such a way that those things “change direction”.  DEFLECT: “to change direction by interposing something”. We can interpose the Word of God, the will of God, praises, declarations, while thinking on the true things of Phil.4:8—noble, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue. (Excerpt two from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.

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What Can Defeat

This is the day the Lord has made so…    I will rejoice and be glad for neither sin nor satan can defeat me because they were defeated at the Cross. Only ignorance of who I am in Christ can defeat me but I overcome that through the indwelling Christ.
16 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].
17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Eph 3:16-19 (Amp)

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Deflecting Enemy’s Assaults

When praying recently I believe the Lord impressed strongly upon my heart that believers are able to deflect what the enemy sends against us. I saw a left arm holding up a shield like the shield of faith. I also saw a right hand of authority up like when a policeman is ordering a vehicle to stop. I heard that we can deflect all forms of attack, rumors, accusations and even disease. (Deut.28:7, Amp) “The Lord will cause the enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way, but flee before you seven ways.” (Excerpt one from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.)

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