Daily Devotions

Archive for March, 2018

Jesus Conquered Through it All

“JESUS did not conquer in spite of the dark mystery of evil, He conquered through it.”  (Quote found in my notes)  
”… I died, but see, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of [absolute control and victory over] death and of Hades (the realm of the dead).(Rev.1:18, Amp)

The Resurrection is a Guarantee

As surely as the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead was a guarantee, just so, the resurrection that is “IN JESUS” is working in believers. The resurrection is “in” JESUS. If He is able to rise from the dead by that resurrection power that is in Him and if He is able to raise us up from the dead, wouldn’t it follow that He is able to raise up in us now those God-given promises and dreams that have become buried under the passing of time and the pressing of unrelenting circumstances?  The religious experts promoting lifeless religion were “greatly disturbed because [the apostles] were teaching the people and proclaiming IN JESUS the resurrection from the dead.” (Acts 4:2, NASB) Those religious spirits were “thoroughly pained” because the truth and reality of the resurrection IN JESUS was the power of redemptive demonstration:  “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33, KJV; Acts 4:13 “unlearned men” with resurrection power in them) Resurrection power points to the Person of JESUS, not to religious tenets and their officious practitioners.

Say Thank You in the Night

Thank God in the Night. May we awaken in the night to give thanks and to receive insight and be stirred in the truth that our God is available to those who seek Him and may we return expectantly to restful sleep knowing that He is acting in our behalf.   “…I get up in the middle of the night to thank you; your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning!” (Ps.119:60, Msg)

Someone Greater Than the Walls

The walls of Jericho, though formidable as they were, could not prevail and keep Israel out of where Israel was supposed to be.  Those walls held great fame in the land. They were not something anyone or anyone’s army would even attempt to breach.  However, Israel did not even have to breach the walls. The supremacy of the authority and presence of God and the glory of God breached the walls so that they fell down flat.  “By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat.” (Heb.11:30, Msg)

The Best Way to Pray

On a camping trip three men were discussing the best way to pray. One man claimed that standing on one’s head is the best way to pray, that the best praying he ever did was when he fell into a dry well headfirst. Whether standing or kneeling, we must each determine to have a place of prayer and to pray daily. May your home be a house of prayer where prayers are offered for each of those who dwell there. May it be a place of agreement for your needs and for the salvation of family.
(Acts 16:31, GW)  “They answered, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will be saved.’”  We are praying you discover daily that your home is a place where prayer is often spoken and heard.  (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard at the bottom of each hour on Texas Praise Internet Radio)

Releasing Others

(Kathy) — As we release others, dead or alive, from what they owe us in apology for pain, hassle, grief or injustice, we are freed up from the debt we have built. Debt erased from our future will change it. Forgiveness is an investment in your future.  “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (Matt.6:12, KJV)

God is Like His Word

As the people of God assemble today, may they be taught, reminded, encouraged, assured that God’s Word is just like Him, “the same yesterday, today and forever”. May the people of God encourage one another to stand on His unfailing Word so that as the wind blows and the waves crash, the house will continue to stand. “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isa.40:8, NKJV)

Trust the Lord

Trust the Lord for He is too
wise to act irrationally and
too compassionate to be cruel. — Marty

2018 — Remarkable

(Melissa Gabler) — One last note, I just found it very interesting how the State of the Union Address was the same night as the Super Blue Blood Moon. Go with me here: the moon affects the tide. This was a very rare event in our nation. Likewise a President of the United States ending the SOTU Address with, “Trust in God”, was a rare event the same night, and both are affecting the tide of our nation. The tide has turned. Let’s do this. Let’s declare to the year 2018, “You are going to be a remarkable year”.  (Last excerpt from Melissa Gabler’s article “2018 So Far”.)

Synergy of Relationships

(Apostle Jim Hodges) — “The synergy of covenantal relationships produces more comprehensive and effectual ministry. Of course, there must be some level of trust for such relationships to form and maximize the Lord’s ministry among us. We trust God and must learn to trust one another. Those who stay in isolation because they cannot trust will minimize their gift and calling.”

God is not Mocked

(Melissa) — Yeah, I’d say that the festering had to be dealt with last year! The poison had to be extracted. So, the first quarter of this year is when we begin to see what God has been dealing with nationally and personally. That is why there is a seeming mix of last year’s funk along with “finally—suddenlies”. That last bit of poison has a tendency to try and hold on for dear life. So, don’t give up, ” 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap. 8 For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.” (Galatians 6:7-9 AMP). IT IS TIME. (Third excerpt from Melissa Gabler’s article “2018 So Far”.)

The Culture of the Kingdom

(Simon Purvis) — Jesus didn’t tell His disciples to go out and preach the gospel so a few people could go to heaven. He commissioned them to disciple the nations. The preaching of the gospel is to get people free from an evil age, getting people delivered from an evil culture over into an age where there is righteousness, where we can walk right, our families can be right, our character can be right. The church is a different culture than this age and God intends for the culture of the Kingdom of God in the church to change the society out there in the evil age. (From Bro. Simon’s message at KC2018)

Band Aids Being Removed

When I heard that there would be pus extraction in 2017, it was with the realization that it was being extracted in these areas (to name a few) with a view toward 2018: GOVERNMENT LEADERS with dark roots e.g., Traitors, Tyrants, Secret Societies, Slave Masters and those which have held manipulative sway in the high courts of this land! WITCHES are being brought to the light so their tentacles will be cut off of this nation and THE CHURCH; SOCIETY’S BANDAIDS like, “Anything goes because I’m a victim“ are also being extracted. RELIGIOUS IDEALS like man-made, manipulative ideology that has held sway in the man-made “high positions” of the church were also extracted. This year of extraction also included our being extracted from captivity and we are victoriously coming out with all the bells and whistles GOD had originally installed!

Extracting the Poison

(Melissa Gabler)  I remember at the beginning of last year hearing 2017 is the year of pus extraction. Therefore, a drawing salve season began: The reason drawing salve works is that it softens the skin around the splinter or whatever else is in there and this then enables the body to more easily eject the foreign object. This is something that the body does naturally anyway, but by moisturizing the area and using anti-inflammatory agents you simply encourage this to work more quickly before the wound closes over it. At the same time it can encourage blood flow which will also help to create pus, and as the pus is ejected from the body so too is the foreign object. That last bit of poison has a tendency to try and hold on for dear life. So, don’t give up (Gal.6:7-9)  (Second excerpt from Melissa Gabler’s article “2018 So Far”.)

Unified, Care, Vision

As the people of God assemble today may they become more unified in their connections with one another, their care for one another and their vision for their city.  ”So that there should be no division or discord or lack of adaptation [of the parts of the body to each other], but the members all alike should have a mutual interest in and care for one another.”. (1Cor.12:25, Amp)

Identity, Affirmation, Boundaries

(Kathy Gabler) Self-image, self-worth and self-government cannot be determined by your IQ or strengths or looks or successes or skills, but neither are they determined by experiences or failures or opinions or lies.  The thing that outranks all of that is your relationship with the Father and guaranteed daughtership or sonship.  Identity, affirmation and boundaries are powerfully established through that relationship.

Consequence of Suppressing Truth

Individuals and entities are determined to redefine words and institutions to fit their preferences and to defy morals and values. Romans 1:18 shows us this is not new in history and does not go without consequences: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, WHO SUPPRESS THE TRUTH in unrighteousness.” “Suppress” is holding down truth under sinful acts to prevent truth from being revealed.(CBSC)

2018 So Far

Well, it’s been something so far! There is most definitely a different atmosphere so far this year. I have noticed that while people are seemingly being pounded by illness and circumstances, there are “finallies” busting wide open! What?! It makes sense, however, in the light of multiple words last year about things getting tougher and tougher and then… THEN a breakthrough in the first quarter of 2018. (First excerpt from Melissa Gabler’s article “2018 So Far”.)

For Which we Have Been Apprehended

The reason Paul said (Phil.3:12), “that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus”, is because, at every opportunity, Holy Spirit is pulling us forward (v.13) in anticipation of grasping the fullness for which we have been “apprehended.” That word “apprehended” is a wonderful word which means: to possess; to take eagerly, comprehend, find, perceive (Strong); to take possession of – in a good sense, of Christ by His holy power and influence laying hold of the human mind and will, in order to prompt and govern it (Thayer).  (Jn.6:44, MEV)  “No one can come to Me unless the Father who has sent Me draws him.” We are praying you discover daily that you are being apprehended and grasping the fullness of God’s purpose. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard at the bottom of each hour on Texas Praise Internet Radio)

Expecting the Extraordinary

What God has started cannot be stopped. His Kingdom is advancing in the earth because He is raising up sons and they, in their generation, are being manifested to meet the groaning of creation (Rom.8:19, 22). The disciples cried out in fear when Jesus came walking on the water because they had not been expecting anything but the ordinary from their extraordinary Savior. We are in an era of history when nothing less than the extraordinary of Heaven is required in the earth. We will expect the extraordinary from our extraordinary Savior in the coming year as we embrace His norm. (Last excerpt from Marty’s article “Embracing a New Era”)

So God Can Bring the Best Out of You

As the people of God assemble today, may the powerful Word of God go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit so that our minds are transformed and all conformation to the world’s system is displaced by God-values and God-principles. May the clutter in the atmosphere in our weekly surroundings dissipate like the morning mist and the Word arise like a mighty force within us.  ”Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Rom.12:2, MSG)

What is in the Atmosphere

(From Kathy’s message at KC2018) — What is in the atmosphere can influence our minds. Words are in the atmosphere. The prince of the power of the air has not forgotten that words have power. The Word instructs us not to be lulled into numbness by what is in the atmosphere. Rom.12:2 not only says “Don’t be conformed”, it also says, “Be transformed”.

A Healthy Soul

(LARRY BURDEN is speaking this morning at KINGDOM CONGRESS 2018) — I cannot tell you how important it is that we examine the fruit of our lives and be courageous enough to face our areas of bitterness by repenting and releasing forgiveness. This action makes all the difference between a healthy soul, or a lifetime of bitterness, cynicism, jealousy, hatred, and ultimate destruction. We have the opportunity to change our future by addressing these issues in our own lives today.  Jesus did it for me. He will do it for all of us! (KC2018 info: martygabler.com/kc2018/)

Transformed by God’s Government

(SIMON PURVIS speaking Mar.8 at 10:30am) — It is no longer just about us receiving Jesus, getting our sins forgiven and going to heaven.  That is not even the full gospel.  The gospel message is the rule of God coming into planet earth because Jesus Christ has come to set up His throne in our hearts and to rule our lives.  He is not just ruling our conscious self but also the deep down desires of our heart (subconscious) so that He can fulfill every desire He has ever put in us.   I have heard it said that man is three quarters subconscious and one quarter conscious.   From what we have seen in Christianity, we subdue one quarter but have three quarters in rebellion.  We cannot spend our lives trying to make decisions to be holy.  God never intended the conscious to determine our holiness.  The Word of Faith message of being positive in your thinking, positive in your confession and not having ill words or negative thinking has many elements of truth, but it still does not address subduing the subconscious.  Not knowing what is working on the inside of the subconscious is why people of God can be strong Christians and then end up in adultery or running after money.  The three quarters, the subconscious, must bow to His government to be transformed.   — SIMON PURVIS is speaking at KINGDOM CONGRESS 2018.   ALL KC2018 INFORMATION CLICK HERE