Daily Devotions

Archive for June, 2018

Which is More Costly?

When wading into war became obvious on the present course of progress, 10 spies decided to change course for a whole nation and a whole generation. Not desiring to deal with any difficulties, they began to yell, “Giants!” Taking that lead in opposition to the will of God became very costly for them – much more costly than the war which was waged for the promised land (Num 32:13). But Caleb’s response to the opposition was, “We are able to overcome it.” Caleb and Joshua, who gave the good report, were the only two out of that generation who possessed the promised land.

Courage Accompanies Purpose

In the Bible God gives us the example of a young teenage boy with very limited abilities. He shows us this David who will not tolerate the bullying and tyrant posture of opposition to the will of God. Courage accompanies purpose. When we do not understand God’s purpose and God’s ways, not only will giants intimidate and prevent us but anything which poses as a possibility of change or adjustment in our comfort zones. When we receive a prophecy, the elements of that prophecy will require adjustments in some area. From the moment David received his prophecy, his life was in continual change being propelled toward destiny. Consider the story of Joseph’s life if you still have questions about change and adjustments.

Contend, Wage War, Heed

Do you have a word or promise of God that has not come to pass in your life? Then (1) CONTEND—Deut.2:24 “begin to possess… and contend”; “contend”: to excite oneself against a foe,  (2) WAGE WARFARE— 1Tim.1:18 “wage the good warfare”: expedition, campaign, (3) HEED—2Pe.1:19 “…the prophetic word which you do well to heed”:  to attach oneself to; to be given to or addicted to; to devote thought and effort to.  Seems that while we are expecting God to do it all, there is a considerable amount we can be doing.

Convictions and the Things That Inch Upward

How far up on the list have we let “minor” items inch toward “major” positions in recent years? Habits, indulgences and expenditures tend to creep ever upward among priorities and can eventually press biblically-based convictions out of position.  May the Lord help us to keep things in the order that the wisdom of biblical values would put them.   “First things first. Your business is life, not death. Follow me. Pursue life.” (Matt.8:22, Msg)

Sound of Hope

The sound of hope is never insignificant. Hope is the sound of heaven moved into the earth through songs, preaching of the Word of God, prophecy, conversation, teaching and testimonies. No hope is too small.    “…the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even among far-off unbelievers.” (Matt.12:21, Msg)

Consequences of Speaking Curses

Criticisms and curses which are being plenteously doled out in this nation will find a place to land. Those undeserving persons for whom they are intended will find that curses are like flitting birds that fly around with no place to land. ”Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, So the curse without cause does not come and alight [on the undeserving].” (Prov.26:2, Amp) But that is not the end of it. I have heard it said that the old rabbis taught that the undeserved curse returns to roost on the roof from whence it came. Scholars believe that the wording in the Hebrew text expresses that the unprovoked curse shall return upon him who uttered it. An old Turkish quote says, “Curses, like chickens, always come home to roost.” Much of what sounds like some opinionated smart aleck just sounding off in a microphone, carries with it dire consequences if not repented of. Those who are the subject of undeserved curses should counter the curse by not receiving it and by speaking life over them and theirs, and speaking the covering of the provisions of Psalm 91.
KINGDOM CONGRESS 2019 is March 6-8, 219 at Grace International Willis,TX ** NO FEE
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Acceptable Words

As the people of God assemble today, may they discipline their thoughts and actions and keep focused upon their Redeemer and may their speech, about one another and about events, be filled with God’s Word. May they verbally demonstrate hope for a victorious future in Christ and His Kingdom purposes. ”Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Ps.19:14, NKJV)

Criticism Not Neutral

For years, the leaders of this nation and special interest groups have been filling its atmosphere with criticism and caustic vitriol. Its presence so thick in the atmosphere has increased it and made it contagious. There is an inescapable principle in the Bible. It isn’t God just getting mad at a few well-deserving individuals, it is a God-given law of the universe which tells us that no voiced vitriol is neutral. ”Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” (Prov.18:21, Msg)

Frustration and Reason

May we allow the Holy Spirit to reason with us when we get over into a mentality of frustration and anger, and begin to express views and attitudes that aren’t even reasonable. May He help us to recover in a timely fashion and grant us grace to repair the breaches. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD…” (Isa.1:18, KJV)

God’s Kingdom in Effect

(Kathy Gabler) – God’s Kingdom has already been in effect, now is in effect and will be in effect always.  That contradicts that silent someday that would keep the Kingdom of God out of reach during our lifetime, or keep “righteousness and peace and joy” in His presence only a future, someday realization (Rom 14:17).  How messed up is it to think that righteousness, peace and joy are unreachable until you die?  That thinking would make “Thy Kingdom come” a death request.  Could we get any more perversely opposite to the heart of God than that?  Could we deny His New Covenant provision any louder than that?  If we think that His Kingdom (meaning His rule and His order) cannot come into earth now when we pray, is it any wonder that manifestations of His power show up piecemeal rather than bulk, or sporadically rather than continually?  Poor God.  When His stewards on earth think like that, they only accidentally stumble into agreement that opens the earth to God’s will in the now.
Marty and Kathy invite you to KINGDOM CONGRESS 2019  March 6-8, 2019

Lord Help us Think

May the Lord help us to think through matters when they are presented to us before we act on them.    “Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them.” (Prov.3:21, Msg)

A Season of Fear Dumping

(Melissa Gabler) —The Holy Spirit prompted me to ask for a season of “Fear Dumping”. Then I saw a picture of a chronic cycle just about at its start over place, but this time there was a button readily available to be pushed called “Fear Dump”. When we make the choice to push that button, all of the fear driving that cycle will be dumped causing that cycle to end! A season of fear dumping is upon us, PUSH THAT BUTTON!  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2Tim.1:7, NKJV)
Melissa Gabler will be leading worship and speaking at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY 2018
September 14-16, 2018 at Grace International Church Willis,TX  936-856-2455

May God Prosper

May the people of God see their accounts receivable increase significantly over last month. May every dime in accounts receivable be received before the deadline. May delinquent accounts from the past be caught up and paid within 90 days.  “May God prosper you and your family and multiply everything you own.” (1Sam.25:6, TLB)

The Father’s Marvelous Love

As the people of God assemble today, may they honor Him by trusting completely in His Fatherly love and wisdom toward them, and live this week in the peace and knowledge that He will never abandon them.  ”[ Divine Sonship ] Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children…” (1Jn.3:1, TPT)

Under My Father’s Shadow

When I was a small boy, there was a huge German Shepherd that would come trotting down our street every day. To my young eyes, looking through our backyard fence, he looked as big as a horse. I would tremble trying to hide behind the gatepost and hoped he did not look my way or come up our driveway. One day my father was standing outside the fence, in the driveway, talking to our neighbor. I was standing next to him. That dreaded wolf-like creature came trotting down the street and looked right at me as he passed. I simply put my arm around my father’s powerful leg, looked right at that hell-hound and stuck my tongue out as far as I could! I had no fear and wasn’t in the least concerned because I was convinced my father could handle anything that slobbering, long-toothed denizen-of-the-hood might attempt. If I am overshadowed, I don’t have a shadow. If I am hidden in the shadow of my Father, I am so close that HE is the one who is seen and I am afforded His protective covering.  ”He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].” (Ps.91:1, AMPC)

Our Father Who is in Heaven

(Kathy Gabler) — Who is in heaven . . .“Our FATHER who is in heaven,” releases a son from any earthly father’s shortcomings.  There will be no hindrance in our conversation because of a father’s bad mood or because of an earthly father’s personal guilt or distraction or misunderstanding or prejudiced opinion or unjust anger or mistaken views or lack of foresight.  His being in heaven declares His Divine Supremacy while removing all human limitations.  We are praying to a powerful Father, the Father who is situated above all, the Father who controls the universe, the Father who is almighty, the Father who is subject to none, the Father who prevails over all.  Praying as a son changes the posture, scope and expectations in prayer.

Our Father

(Kathy Gabler) — Our Father . . . The first emphasis in Jesus’ instruction was to start prayer from the “Our Father” position of a son to his father.  This places priority on relationship rather than protocol and on heritage rather than hierarchy.  Relationship assures us we can be confident of acceptance when we approach Him personally, face to face.  Lack of relationship (1) leaves us unsure and at a distance, (2) a questionable guest in the throne room or (3) a needy outsider having to beg.  Coming face to face is about knowing our Father well enough to see as He sees.  If we don’t come face to face, we position ourselves on the peripheral where we are susceptible prey for misbeliefs  about God.  When men are too far away to really know Him as a son, they are more apt to lean to their own understanding and create images from their own imagination and experience, like the ancient Greeks did.  The gods they created had so many human flaws that their supernatural powers over men were distorted to extremes by emotion and whim.  If misbelief misrepresents God, it corrupts the potential and purpose of relationship and the motivation of the heart.  Then there is no sonship and no “Our Father” entrance into the dimension of prayer Jesus taught.

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Scriptural Courage

When God is keeping His people on His timetable it will require constant change on the part of those people. If we take an honest look at Eph 4:13-16, we will admit that we have not arrived. Change in the Church across the board is what we have to look forward to. Sameness is not the answer. As we hunger for the Holy Spirit’s presence in carrying out our Heavenly Father’s mandate, there will be likely human personalities who will resist. As we continue to receive prophecies that propel us forward into our destiny, there will be opposing forces that will attempt to intimidate and discourage us from doing mighty exploits. The 10 spies will cry, “Giants!” The Athaliahs will yell, “Treason!” The Michals will tauntingly proclaim, “Vile!” And the Sanballats will accusingly shout, “Rebellion!” If we check our mandate and our motivation and find them to be scriptural as David did, then let’s allow it to become our courage.

Change for the Good

May your phone ring with blessings, change for the good and favor.
“But every good endowment that we possess and every complete gift that we have received must come from above, from the Father of all lights, with whom there is never the slightest variation or shadow of inconsistency.” (Js.1:17, Phillips)

Circle of Sameness

Sanballat, who was pointing the finger and doing the name-calling, was from a city of Moab. Great recommendation! What does he know about promise? Moab is the place in the Bible where all manner of murmuring went on. Furthermore, the foundation of the nation of Moab is incest (Gen 19:37). Incestuous thought cycles (thoughts that never receive any input from any other source) produce little or contaminated revelation which curses coming generations. There are people who only think thoughts that have been thought by their little group. They never receive anything from anyone outside their little circle of sameness. They rarely entertain a fresh thought.  Isn’t that just typical? Typically, the people who proclaim that “this” is not a move of God or “that” couldn’t be God wouldn’t know a move of God if it came down Main Street wearing a red hat!

God Still Can

As the people of God assemble today, may they realize and be encouraged that what God Almighty did in the Bible He still can and will do today.    “Our God and King, You have ruled since ancient time; You have won victories everywhere on this earth.” (Ps.74:12, CEV)

Upsetting the Status Quo

Sanballat represents those who misrepresent change.  Sanballat is the “accuser of the brethren.” Nehemiah was doing great. He had a mandate from God. Changes had to be made in order to stay in alignment with that mandate. It didn’t make Nehemiah popular but at least he was obedient to God. Not only did Nehemiah have to labor under the stress of wall-building, he was also dealing with false accusations. Just as the new changes were really making a difference, Sanballat begins to point the bony finger and yell, “Rebellion!” (Neh 2:19). The changes were building up the wall and filling in the gap that left the Israelites exposed to the enemy but the good changes were misrepresented and called “rebellion against the king.” They were called rebellious against the present order of things. For those who are the guardians of “status quo,” any change is considered rebellion. Those who change what has been done redundantly for years or decades are called rebellious. Since no one wants the label “rebellious” and since there are such severe warnings in the Bible for those who are “rebellious,” that name-calling becomes an ominous intimidation. The implication is, “Back off or you will suffer the consequences of rebellion.”

The Language of the Spirit

We cannot go into the future speaking the common language of fear, lack, doom and deterioration. When Peter, out of great concern for Jesus’ safety, demanded that Jesus speak the language of self-preservation rather than the language of self-sacrifice, Jesus declared, “Get behind me, Satan.” (Mt 16:23) We must move in that delegated “power of rule” that Jesus has been given so that we may victoriously lead others into the future. The language of the “power of rule” is the language of the Throne (position of rule). Jesus is seated at the right hand of God’s Throne (Eph 1:20) and we are seated with Christ in heavenly places (2:6). We must receive that language by the Holy Spirit if we are to bring the power of the Throne into earth (Lk 12:12;Jn 12:49;14:26;16:7). That language cannot be readily used unless we have spent time in the Word and in prayer, even to the point that Holy Spirit prays through us with His groanings, His language (Rom 8:26).