Daily Devotions

Archive for May, 2018

Jahweh is Faithful

Jahweh is no less faithful in this moment of history than He was in 2Co 4:9: “we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side.” We live in this time in history because God ordained it so and He also ordained the days to come for His Name’s sake (Ps23:3;106:8;1Jn2:12;3Jn:1:7) even if there is opposition, we must come to understand and gain knowledge to overcome (1Chr 12:32). Resistance takes different forms at different stages of history and is dealt with at various intensity levels at various times but we still win battle after battle and conflict after conflict.
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Entered a New Era

(Melissa Gabler) — It really is an exciting time even though it may not look like it because we have entered a new era. Let’s look a little closer at what this means.  Merriam Webster defines “era” as: “a memorable or important date or event, especially one that begins a new period in the history of a person or thing, a stage in development.”  When I read this definition, that last part jumped off the screen, “a stage in development”.  So, I looked up “development“: “1. An unfolding; the discovering of something secret or withheld from the knowledge of others; 2. The unraveling of a plot.” Oh my! We have been in the midst of an “unraveling plot” our entire lives! I am basing the time span of the past era on the life of Dr. Billy Graham.  There were several words out there that the death of Dr. Graham would mark significant change, and that is when I knew we were truly in a new era.  So, for most of us we have been in this “stage of development” all of our lives.  God has been developing the Kingdom here on earth throughout the past era and we are about to see what He has been doing. (First excerpt from Melissa’s article “PIcture This”.)
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DVP2018 September 14-16, 2018

Planning ahead:
DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY SEMINAR
with Team Gabler, September 14-16, 2018.
Grace International Church Willis,TX.
www.graceic.org

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KATHY GABLER speaking at Dreams Visions & Prophecy Conference
To listen to a brief audio clip, click on the link below: 
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2015-09-03T06_02_35-07_00

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Big Ego

A big ego is like a big nose.
The bigger it is, the more
sensitive it is and the more
other people have to watch
out for it! — (Kathy Gabler)
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Imperative to be Properly Connected

The fruit of our lives is a witness of the connections we have made. In Jn.15:4, Jesus makes it plain that the only way a branch can produce fruit is to live in the vine, i.e., be properly connected.  ”Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. A branch cannot bear fruit if it is disconnected from the vine, and neither will you if you are not connected to Me.” (Jn.15:4, The Voice)
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Kathy Gabler “You Have Value”
A 3min. video excerpt from Kathy’s
message “Free To Be”.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH:
https://youtu.be/9xJPWhgH2N4_
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Extreme and Strange Dreams

A good friend of mine had a strange dream and could not stop thinking about it.  She said, “I’ve been asking the Lord what He’s saying, but I don’t have an interpretation.” In her dream she was in a hospital maternity ward.  There was an infant she did not know but she felt concern and responsibility for the baby.  When she went to change the baby’s diaper, she realized this baby was pregnant and about to give birth.  She frantically sought out help but the nurse was too busy with other patients.  She woke up with a sense of frantic concern and urgency that lingered for days and she desperately sought the Lord to understand what He was saying.

Extreme and strange dreams sometimes seem so far out of our control that it is easy to conclude they are not natural and therefore must be SUPER-natural in source.  We then assume God is the one that is saying something but don’t realize His silence is saying something, “It is not me talking.”  The frustration gets thicker because we cannot imagine how such a strange dream experience could come up from within us!  It is a good thing at this point to look at the dream again and dissect it.

  3. When considering a dream or vision, watch for symbolism.  Symbolism is an object, person or action or event that represents something other than itself.  A pregnant baby is obviously symbolic.  If cats are talking or dogs are driving your car, you’re “not in Kansas anymore” and you’re not talking “literal.”  Thankfully, we do not have to be experts on symbolism to discover what something symbolizes.  We can find out what a symbol represents through prayerfully brainstorming it or researching it until we find an option that bears witness concerning the dream.  (By the way, when you do get understanding about a symbol, record it.  It is likely to become part of your dream language or dream vocabulary and it will usually have the same significance in future dreams.)

What does a baby symbolize?  To it’s care-giver, a baby represents a new beginning, new potential, new responsibility, etc.  The baby itself symbolizes being vulnerable, unequipped, immature, inexperienced, unskilled, innocent, ignorant, etc.

4. When considering a dream or vision, note the setting.  See if it is a reference to an event, season, relationship, pattern, timing, etc.  For example, if the setting is Grandma’s house, the dream message is likely dealing with family history or something from your childhood. The setting of this lady’s dream was a time and place of  birthing or a time and place of new responsibility, a new beginning and a new focus. That was a clue to understanding the reason for this dream, especially since her baby, (literally her youngest daughter), was in a time and place of just such new responsibility.

5. When considering a dream or vision, watch for literal aspects among the symbolism.

During the dream, this dreamer was anxious about who could help and who would be responsible for the outcome of this situation.  She was not able or even skilled to help with this medical situation. That detail indicated this was not God commissioning her nor a God-to-Man communication with instructions for her to hurry and handle her daughter’s challenge in real life. This dream was from within her and revealed her concerns  regarding her baby having a baby. 

Her daughter had just been appointed as a new pastor.  The anxiousness was because of the many factors a baby implies.  She was worried that her daughter may lack experience or ability or maturity or experience to handle what she was beginning.  Her dream brought the anxiousness that was already within her up into her awareness like a flood.  That is why she woke up feeling frantic with a sense of urgency.  When the dream revealed her inner fretting, that she had not realized, she knew she must choose to trust God instead of herself and come to relief and resolve through effectual prayer for her baby girl. (Last excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visions”)


Edifying Conversation to Benefit Others

As the people of God assemble today, may they converse with one another in such a way that each is edified and no carnal subjects or gossiping distract persons from what the Lord might be wanting to say to each one in the assembly.  “But now, put all these things behind you. No more evil temper or furious rage: no more evil thoughts or words about others, no more evil thoughts or words about God, and no more filthy conversation.” (Col.3:8, Phillips)
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Presence of Mind Not to be Duped

May the Lord give us presence of mind not to be duped when someone is trying to use us, or use our influence or our good name.  “They have no intention of living for our Master Christ. They’re only in this for what they can get out of it, and aren’t above using pious sweet talk to dupe unsuspecting innocents.” (Rom.16:18, Msg)
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Melissa Gabler and Grace Worship Team singing “Manifesto”
Sound best enjoyed with earbuds or headphones.
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-19T07_57_28-07_00

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Pieces of the Puzzle in Dreams

(Kathy Gabler) — Jer. 17:9, says the heart is a puzzle no one can figure out, but some of those puzzle pieces can show up in our dreams.  Memories you have never remembered before can suddenly be a dream video, and that can be the puzzle piece that solves a troubling in your heart-thinking.  Our heart-thinking is crucial because it affects all our life and all our relationships, Pro 23:7,  “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.”  Therefore, self-to-self dreams are very important because the scripts of those dreams reveal what is affecting or influencing our thoughts and emotions and senses and moods and attitudes.  Again, it is key to remember that in self-to-self dreams it is not God doing the talking, but us. (Sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visions”)


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Staying Around Long Enough

It may be that some people have not lasted in a relationship with an individual or a church because they only stayed long enough to find out what they were not in the relationship, but they didn’t stay long enough to discover what they were. One must needs be around and function as a member of the body long enough for the body to identify one’s place in the body (1Tim.3:10).   “But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationship with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from every sin.” (1Jn.1:7, GW)
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Self-to-Self Dreams

Self-to-Self dreams can clean house by flashing scenes from our life into dreams so we can gather and toss “thought-clutter” and have a clean start the next day.  Scientists and doctors have proven these kind of dreams are a nightly reset that de-clutters the mind and de-stresses the mind.  Since stress is the starting point for many, if not most health issues, the ability to dream self-to-self is healthy. The Hebrew word for dream is chalam (khay lem), which means to strengthen or restore to health or facilitate recovery.  Any way you look at it, dreaming is a blessing from the Lord.  Even nightmares or upsetting dreams or bizarro dreams can be a positive because they bring things stored in our core closet out to the living room where we can be aware of them and we can confront them for relief or resolve. (Fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visions”)
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Resentment Can Lead to Impotence

MICHAL (Beware resentment)—In 2Samuel 6 Michal represents resentment toward change. She doesn’t leave; she stays around but everyone knows that she resents the changes that have taken place. Michal makes her resentment known to leadership and does what she can, through attitudes, to make them regret change. The tragedy is, however, that she is never able to add to what is going on – her resentment has left her unable to bear anything with life in it. She is impotent (2Sam.6:23).
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You Have No Rival Worship Song

“You have no rival, You have no equal. Now and forever our God reigns.”
Melissa Gabler and the Grace Worship Team. Grace International Church Willis,TX.

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Is This Dream From God?

(Kathy Gabler) — When considering a dream, knowing whether a dream is from God or not may help bring clarity.  Sometimes we figure out in hind sight that a dream was from God, but it is still a valuable insight for future reference.  If a dream is from God, it is a God-to-Man communication, revelation, realization or confirmation coming down to us.  If a dream is a self-to-self communication it is coming up from our heart or core to get information and conditions up into our mind-awareness.  (Fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visions”)
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Pentecost Sunday

As the people of God assemble on Pentecost Sunday, may they hear afresh their Lord as He charges His followers: “He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised,” (Acts 1:4) “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22) and then Apostle Paul throws in: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” (Eph 5:18). The tense used in the original language actually reads: “BE YE BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT”. In other words, there is to be an ongoing filling or a series of fillings.
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Jehovah in a Moment

Mighty Jehovah acts in a moment of time. People can be up against an insurmountable wall of opposition in one moment and in the next moment, the Lord God has acted upon people and circumstances to bring about a whole different outcome. The “perfect storm” can be formed and can be thrashing you about until you believe that there is no way to survive and there certainly is no way through. But, in a moment of time the Master can speak to the storm and, because the wind and storm know His name, you are surrounded by calm and then there is the shore. ”Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Or shall a nation be brought forth in a moment? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she brought forth her children.” (Isa.66:8, Amp) (Remember May 14,1948?)
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Dreams and Process and Prayer

(Kathy Gabler) — Although the Holy Spirit sometimes gives a word of wisdom which reveals a dream’s message, meaning and purpose all at once, it is just as fulfilling to get to the message, meaning and purpose through the process of prayerfully searching them out. We can sit at the Lord’s feet and lean against His knee and ponder the pieces of a dream.  Sometimes we don’t even have to completely dismantle the dream to get the gist of it, but it if it does require more effort, then we research the Bible and reference books and friends until the concepts connect and open our understanding.  God created dreams and visions to communicate and He will certainly help us get to understanding. (Third excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visons”)
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His Angels Guard

The Lord DOES give His angels charge to guard us. If it had not been for that very wonderful means of Jehovah’s intervention, I would have fallen off our second story porch headfirst yesterday on to our cement driveway when a banister broke loose that I had all my weight on! BUT I was kept from falling! The name of the Lord be praised!  ”He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; THEIR JOB IS TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING.” (Ps.91:11-12, Msg)
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Revealed Dream’s Message

Perhaps you have experienced how the Holy Spirit sometimes gives you a word of wisdom which reveals a dream’s message, meaning and purpose all at once. It is like a light suddenly coming on or subtitles coming across the scenes.  I love it when God does that, as was the case recently.  On a three-way call with intercessors, a lady told her dream about a friend who had just been notified he had an aggressive cancer. The dreamer was surprised because her friend didn’t even look sick.  In fact he looked in the peak of health and fitness.  As she told the dream, I heard, “It is not physical cancer.  It is bitterness that is targeting him, but has not successfully overtaken him.” God revealed an assignment and a call to intercession through word of wisdom revealed by the Spirit. (Second excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visons”)
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To Communicate Clearly

May the Lord help us to communicate clearly what we need to communicate to others and may we receive the clear communication from others that we need to receive.    “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” (Eph.4:29, NASB)
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You Are Worthy of it All Worship Video

“You are worthy of it all”
Worship song video. Melissa Gabler and the Grace Worship Team.
Grace International Willis,TX


When Considering a Dream or Vision

When considering a dream or vision, the goal is communication. Understanding the way you dream and the language that may be unique to your dreams, is equipping for life. This “understanding” is a major part of “having an ear to hear”. You may already understand most of your dreams and already know when they are from God or for a God-purpose, so your only challenge may be figuring out how to follow up or walk them out in real life.  (First excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visons”)
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Assurance of Being Family

As the people of God assemble today, may they give and receive the touch of acceptance and assurance that they are part of the family of God, the household of faith.  “Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).” (1Pe.4:9, Amp)
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We Honor Our Mothers

My mother made certain that I studied my Sunday School lesson on Saturday evenings. She saw to it that I made each choir practice and dressed in starched shirt and pants, and a jacket and tie on Sundays. She made sure that she communicated with the public school teachers and school officials so that I comported myself properly and she went over my report card with a fine-toothed comb wanting to know why certain grades were not up where she thought they should be. My mother doctored every fever, ache and ailment with the remedies her mother had taught her. As you can see from the partial list I just made, I most definitely was not neglected. Thanks mother!  ”Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;” (Eph.6:2, KJV)
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