May you carry in you the deep peace and knowledge that you are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and may everyone in your home be saved and have that same peace. “They replied, “Have faith in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved! This is also true for everyone who lives in your home.” (Acts 16:31, CEV)
As the people of God assemble today may they be so focused on being yoke-fellows with those where God has set them in the Body of Christ that voices from the past and voices of faulty reasoning cannot reach them and call them away from their post. “And I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave to come down to you?” (Neh.6:3, Amp)
(Kathy Gabler) — “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt.6:11). . . This declaration is not a frugal request for bread crumbs to fight off hunger and poverty; rather it is an agreement with unlimited means for whatever is needed to walk out our purpose and bring glory to our Father. He knows not only what we are to accomplish and steward in our day, but also in our lifetime, and He also knows the provision and timing of portions necessary to do so. “Give us this day our daily bread” is deliberate agreement with our Father’s apportioning for life and purpose on a daily basis. As sons we steward relationships, money, circumstances, business and mandates. If we trust Father to apportion our daily provision, that provision will be neither limited nor wasteful, but I believe understanding this as a declaration of agreement will definitely blow our doors with the changes it brings to our lives. That prayer is agreement with (1) Father’s economy, (2) Father’s accounting and (3) Father’s agenda.
For the benefit of coming generations may the Lord help us to connect effectively with coming generations so that we may impart the values and principles of Holy Scripture. ”And you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deut.11:19, Amp)
Most everyone would admit, at some point, that they are fearful. Many things can drive the fears that deplete our hopes and expectancies. But, everything you fear operates on the authority of a government that is inferior to the government and King of the Kingdom of God. (Lk.2:11b, The Voice) “…He is the promised Anointed One, the Supreme Authority!” (Matt.4:23b, Msg) “[Jesus]… taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was His theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government!” (Rom.13:1a, Msg) “All governments are under God.” (Col.2:10, GNT) “and you have been given full life in union with Him. He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority.” We are praying you discover daily that you are fearlessly living under the rule and authority of God Almighty.
(Melissa Gabler) — We/YOU carry what our nation and the world needs, and you can change things from where you are at this moment. God used a remnant of people time and time again to make big changes. He’s God, a tiny dose of His power can turn this thing upside-down! Our new motto for the middle of 2018 and beyond: As goes the remnant, so goes the nation.
(Kathy Gabler) — While the most common understanding of prayer is an appeal or petition, I think The Lord’s Prayer illustrates a broader concept of prayer. I see it as a prayer of alignment with God’s Word and will and character, or a declaration of agreement with God’s order and principles and intent. If I viewed The Lord’s Prayer only as a petition, it would seem to be a formal format of how to properly ask for basic necessities. While there is nothing wrong with that, I think there is more life in it and more relationship demonstrated in His model prayer. This prayer takes on more dimension when it comes from a motive and priority to pray as sons who know and reflect their Father.
(Editorial by MG) Yet, another prediction of the end of the world and/or the coming of the Lord has been the titillating subject of conversations. This prediction set for April 23, 2018, was actually first made by a preacher in 1843, sort of like a re-run or a borrowed subject revisited. If it got attention in 1843, it is very likely that it will get attention again in 2018. The names of the predictors and their notoriety rocket to dizzying heights from which they fall, seemingly unscathed, until their next worthless prediction stirs the insecure masses yet once again.
Is the world (even the church) having to look to the sky for a sign of Jesus because there are no signs of Jesus coming forth from Christianity? It seems that people are continually looking up into the sky. If there were manifestations of the risen Christ continually taking place through “Christians”, how would there be time for people (Christians and non-Christians) to stand around looking up for a sign? I have heard Christians talk about how much hope it gives them to hear about signs in the cosmos and I hear about people praying to see those signs. Why not pray that Christians will start praying to see the redemptive power of the risen Christ manifested in our communities, in drug addicts, in diseased babies, in disillusioned and hopeless teenagers and the deliverance of the miserable thousands held captive in human-trafficking? Time might be better spent if each of us were to look into our mirror (instead of the sky) and ask, “Where is there any sign of the risen Christ?”.
News services are using their valuable air time and print space reporting on Christians declaring the end of the world. Christians have said time and time again throughout my lifetime (more than six decades) that no generation has seen things worse than they are now, and it is now the end of the world and the coming of the Lord. They have looked up into the sky and sought all manner of natural signs to confirm their suspicions (Gal.4:10). Yet, I find it interesting that not one time have I heard anyone say that no generation of Christians has ever been more like Jesus than this generation (even after all these years and all these centuries of church attendance and observing the stars and dispensational charts). Amos has a great suggestion: “SEEK HIM that maketh the seven stars and Orion… THE LORD IS HIS NAME:” (Amos 5:8) Could it be that Amos would rather have us take valuable time and effort we are using to seek signs and actually use it to SEEK The LORD?
As the people of God assemble today, may they recall and rehearse for one another the promises of faithful God and may they hope in them anew and afresh. “Remember [fervently] the word and promise to Your servant, in which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life.” (Ps.119:49-50, Amp)
(Melissa Gabler) — God Himself created the original warranty when Jesus took those stripes on His back (Isa. 53:5 & 1 Pe. 2:24). Yeah, that’s right, we have a never ending warranty on us, signed in blood. This warranty includes, “…all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Pt. 1:3). Whatever you are dealing with is covered in your “warranty”. It’s fixable! The siege is over because the Lord has already lifted up a standard against it (Is. 59:19). Our individual lives are about the greater good so go ahead and be healed right now! You are too important to be silenced by sickness, pain, or emotional turmoil.
Kathy Gabler) — How do we CHANGE and resolve anger? The first step is HONESTY. WARNING: our religious mindsets can set us up for defeat, if we believe that being angry is a sin. If that is the case, the accuser of the brethren delights in keeping us on the witness stand, denying that we are angry. He has an open and shut case against us and sues for damages. Sometimes the suit lasts a lifetime! But the Spirit of God lovingly bids us to get off the witness stand and calls us to the Judge’s chambers to admit the anger. This might scare everyone in the courtroom, but it will not frighten the Judge. For in the honesty and truth of the Judge’s chambers change begins. Anger and grief begin to let go of our emotions.
May you lift your head, get a deep breath, may your eyes clear and focus and may you walk in the way that is right and enjoy the favor of the Lord. “For the Lord God is a sun and a safe-covering. The Lord gives favor and honor. He holds back nothing good from those who walk in the way that is right.” (Ps.84:11, NLV)
FMCI Regional Conference April 19-21, 2018
(Melissa Gabler) — We can ask the right kind of questions that lead down a path of deliverance, healing, and action. When we ask the right questions we are able to hear the answers we need. When we ask fear-based questions we have already come to the wrong, statistic-based, society-experienced conclusions. These soulish conclusions make it really hard to hear a Spirit answer. So, a good place to start asking the right question is to ask the Holy Spirit, “What questions should I be asking about this situation?” He will tell you, and most of the time these questions carry the answer in them. The right questions are a key to unlock doors and chains. The right questions give you the right perspective.
“Why are we in this present mess and why is God allowing it?” That is basically what Gideon was asking. “How soon they forget”. Gideon was asking that question in Jud.6:13 but in verse one it plainly states, “The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord…”. Perhaps one reason humans let their “forgetter” work so efficiently is because we pretty much feel that we are not accountable for what we don’t remember. Yet, consequences still follow. (2Cor.7:9b, Amp) ”…your sorrow led to repentance [and you turned back to God]; for you felt a grief such as God meant you to feel, so that you might not suffer loss in anything…” We are praying you discover daily that Holy Spirit is bringing things to your memory so you might not suffer loss in anything. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard at the bottom of each hour on Texas Praise Internet Radio)
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)
The Lion, The Bear, The Giant And The King—The LION could not prosper against David because David kept God in the supreme position in his life, in his thoughts, in his consideration. David had to put his harp down and sing his praises out of breath while running toward the lion to do battle with the lion. The BEAR could not prosper against David because of the supremacy of God in David’s life. The GIANT could not prosper against David even though he came against David with the deadliest of weapons. KING Saul could not prosper against David even though he had supreme authority in the land. God’s supremacy was far greater than Saul and his army. “Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.” (Ps.74:12, NASB)
(Kathy Gabler) —Having a cracked self-image, a shattered self-worth or a failed self-government, does not void our Father’s love or intent, nor His good plans for us! If we learn to think in our hearts like that, that truth will free us up to walk in destiny and keep us from giving up before we become all God had in mind that we were born to be. Father, may my life glorify you to the fullest extent. Let me see me as You see me. Cause me to value as You value. Grace me to live honoring Your boundaries for my life. May I live in the truth and may it be not only my freedom, but also my legacy.
Sometimes, in the middle of certain current events, Christians will carry on in such a way as to declare that certain events are evil and will fervently pray that they stop. But there are times when circumstances must come together in such a way that “Pharaoh’s snakes” can be drawn out into the open, so they can be swallowed up (Ex.7:12) in order to set the pattern for what is to come in the deliverance process. If those events do not come about, the “snakes” will stay in their hiding place. “So have no fear of them; for nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, or kept secret that will not become known.” (Matt.10:26, Amp)
(Melissa Gabler) — Having a relationship with the King is an eye-opener: You are not junk. You have not messed up your fictitious “one shot”. You do not have to live with sickness and pain. You most certainly DO have something to deposit where you are and where He takes you. You/we are here for a purpose beyond occupying space and time. You are here to make a difference. There is healing in knowing this!
(Kathy Gabler) — If anyone ever feels like God sets boundaries to demean or be unjust or cruel, they need some vitamin “G” as in “G”row up! He sets boundaries wisely to set the stage for the truest expression of commitment, respect and honor in a lifetime. It takes self-government to work within boundaries and that self-government develops maturity and character. Character is a matter of righteous values and moral strength. Character is essential to taste true fulfillment in your lifetime. It will take character to keep you wherever purpose takes you. I’ve known really gifted and skilled people who lost everything because they did not have the self-government and character to honor boundaries and protocol in relationships or career or finances or health.
People, time and circumstances seem to be working against destiny for many. BUT ask Joseph, “Did God bring you to purpose? And when He finally did, was He too late?” Ask David, “Did personalities keep you down so that your life did not fulfill God’s purpose?” The deciding factor is this: Is God our goal? That is the only goal God will guarantee. To have God as our goal means that we want to possess Him, to know Him, to walk with Him more than anything. To have God as our goal means that we will know Him and we will know Him by His Word getting into us and walking by that Word. If we know Him we will allow Him to bring us into the likeness of His Son. Some say, “That was then and this is now.” True, BUT God had an unpredictable habit of manifesting Himself miraculously then and…. His habits have not changed NOW!
As the people of God assemble today may they realize the completeness of God for the condition of lost mankind and live and speak representatively that the lost may know the One they are longing for. “Indeed, the Son of Man has come to seek and to save people who are lost.” (Lk.19:10, GW)