The heart of him who “worships the Father in spirit and in truth” is found in Ps.34:1-3, “I will extol the Lord AT ALL TIMES; HIS PRAISE WILL ALWAYS BE ON MY LIPS. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” It is apparent here that those who have been delivered sing a song of deliverance, those who have been afflicted sing a song of restoration so that those who are in need can be encouraged and lifted to deliverance.
Zach and Liz did not know they were born to produce the forerunner of Christ. And if they had known, at their age they would have felt certain that they had outlived purpose! Elizabeth’s age and health and natural mind could not see a pregnancy in her future, especially not one of such divine order. How many people of God, because of age and health and life’s circumstances, feel they have outlived purpose, not realizing there are people not yet born that they are destined to touch, not realizing there are circumstances not yet in existence they were born to affect or cover in prayer? (Seventh excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they not give up on the promises and enablements of God for them and may they not give up on one another’s promises, gifts and callings. ”So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” (Gal.6:9, Msg)
May you exert energy just because you want to delight yourself in the Lord Who is your wholeness and strength. May family and friends speak of your good health. “Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!” (Prov.3:8, Msg)
Do you think Zacharias, Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary had any sense they were POSITIONED for their purpose? I don’t think so! Neither did the Widow of Nain plodding along in the funeral procession, feel POSITIONED by God to dance home with a resurrected son, but she was! Saul atop his horse, on a Christian-killing mission, answering only to the Sanhedrin had no warning he was about to be blind, wrapped around that horse’s knees and entering training to be an apostle, but he was POSITIONED by the purpose of God! Murmuring Martha, grieving and waiting to give Jesus a piece of her mind over his tardiness, had no inkling she was about to un-bury the brother she had buried four days before, but she was POSITIONED … in destiny … in purpose … in history. (Sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
If you want to know what a certain people were going through at a particular time in history, look at their music. Music throughout history has told of the joy, the tragedy, the triumphs and the defeats of a tribe, a race, or a nation. The book of Exodus makes record that after God had saved Israel from Egypt by drowning Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea, “Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: ‘I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and the rider are thrown into the sea’” (Ex. 15:1). This truly was a song that Israel had never sung before!
Do you think Mary was PREPARED for a conversation with an angel to end with her being pregnant with the Messiah? Her girlish daydreams of romance and home and family had never played out like this, neither could these circumstances fit in any of her spiritual aspirations! Nothing could have prepared her to feel so disqualified in her society yet be so divinely POSITIONED in the plans of God . . . in destiny . . . in purpose . . . in history! (Fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
On the morning of our 10th anniversary, I proudly presented Kathy with a special card I had remembered to buy the day before. It was an expensive one that had gold-embossed raised letters. The message on it was very romantic and meaningful. It was the 10th year in a row that I had not forgotten to get her a card. Without reading it she sighed, put it back down on the table and said, “Just once, it would be nice to have something YOU said instead of something you paid a total stranger to say.” Ouch! There was no thank you and no passionate kiss! That evening I was in my time of devotion with the Lord. I was singing the latest song that had already sold over a million copies when Kathy’s response to my card came flooding back through my mind. It was as though the Lord was saying, “I would like to hear a song from you that was not written by someone else.” Ps.98:1 says, “Sing to the Lord a new song”. The Hebrew meaning of the term “new” is “something fresh, a new thing.” In other words, a NEW SONG which is sung to God is one that has not been sung by anyone else. A NEW SONG is one of spontaneity and delight. You are the only one who can sing that NEW SONG to God because you are the only one who truly knows what God means to you.
Do you think Joseph was PREPARED to find his fiancé pregnant with the Messiah? The turn of events very likely made Joseph feel betrayed and a victim of injustice. He could easily imagine his name being whispered in snide comments among his peers. His boyish dreams of heroism and purpose never looked like this, yet he was POSITIONED . . . in destiny . . . in purpose . . . in history . . . to be a hero of the faith. (Fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they be filled with the fullness of God and challenged to a new level in what our Lord has in His purposes for each member of the Body of Christ, as we stand for our families and as we confront the present climate of culture in our nation. “May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” (Eph.3:18-20, KJV)
Oh, sheep, know thy Shepherd. The Good Shepherd is too compassionate to be cruel and He is too wise to be irrational. His ways are not the epitome of men’s frustrations and anger with one another nor the outworking of men’s legalisms. (Excerpt from “Sheep Have Short Legs” book by Marty Gabler)
Do you think Elizabeth was PREPARED to be the mother of the forerunner of the Messiah? In all her prayers for a child, that had definitely never entered her mind! On top of that, Elizabeth was barren; and she and her husband were both well along in years. Age opposed purpose! Age defied destiny. Age contradicted the plans of God! So, no, she was not PREPARED to birth John the Baptist, but she was POSITIONED by God . . . in destiny . . . in purpose . . . in the history of mankind! With God all things are possible no matter what area you are barren in and no matter your age. (Third excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
So many people have been talking about how dark the world is getting. Many are very worried and some don’t hesitate to express their deep fears. One Christian I was told about recently can’t sleep and it is affecting their health. BUT I think I found a SECRET in John 8!! ”Jesus said to the people, “I am the Light of the world. So if you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, for living light will flood your path.” (Jn.8:12, LB)
Do you think Zacharias eating his bagel and lox at breakfast was PREPARED to meet Gabriel at work that morning? When the gigantic angel suddenly showed up with a telegram from God, it terrified Zacharias. Obviously, he was not PREPARED, but he was POSITIONED by God . . . in destiny . . . in purpose . . . in history . . . for that meeting. Awareness of purpose can be easily lost among the stuff of everyday life. Nevertheless, our efficient God is weaving our lives with purpose daily. (Second excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
May the power of the Word of God and enablement of the Holy Spirit help us keep out tendencies to obsess over difficult people. “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. 19 Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new…” (Isa.43:18-19a, Msg)
Growing up on Abraham Avenue, playing Hopscotch and Hide-and-go-seek, Zacharias, Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary had no idea how they would fit in the plans of God and the history of man. Amid all their lessons in history and prophecy from the Torah, they had never pictured themselves as key players in the greatest story ever told. However, their lives were divinely positioned for the plans of God. (First excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
As the people of God assemble today, may the Lord walk through walls of opposition, walls of impossibility, walls individuals have built between themselves and other members of the body of Christ. May He miraculously walk through every barrier into our midst today so that He might release in us and through us His peace, gifts and redemptive power. “That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.” (Jn.20:19, NLT)
Prophet Isaiah (9:7) assures us that “There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.” The Kingdom of God is the government of God in action—God’s will being acted out (Matt.6:10)—and we are assured in the Word of God that His government will increase with a never-ending increase.
May the Lord help tithers and givers to find ways to save money on purchases. May your eyes be opened to avenues of discount and event-sales that you have not been aware of previously. May you pay off purchases ahead of time and save on interest rates. May the Lord grant you favor to do business with those who are of the household of faith and bless them as you enjoy peace with them in the purchasing process. “I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.” (Isa.45:3, NKJV)
I invite you to fill in the blank: In spite of ______________, the Kingdom of God is advancing. The Kingdom is advancing in spite of anything you can put in that blank. You are part of something that is bigger than you are and it is still standing and it is still advancing. (1) The wall is still standing. You and I may only be small pebbles in its makeup but we are part of the wall that is still standing. (2) You and I may not even vaguely resemble King David but we are part of David’s kingly, warring company. (3) You and I may not be Gideon but we are part of the Gideon company that does not consider the odds. We consider Him who has called us. (4) You and I may not be the whole bucket of water that is being thrown on the fire but we are drops in that bucket that are putting out flames.
Paul helped the Christians in Rome to wake up to a matter that would be a vital factor in their future: …”The Word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart”… (Rom.10:8, NKJV). Some of us came through an era of religious training and teaching that left us with the understanding that the vital factors of our lives and our future would be the result of what someone else said to us. Some have grown up in dysfunctional families and some have come out of bad marriages thinking that they do not deserve anything more or different than the negative that was said about them. But the helpful instruction of Paul is that the word our ears (and the atmosphere and the environment) need to hear is the word that comes out of our own mouth. But that word must be influenced, must be shaped by THE Word of God: “…that is, the Word of Faith which we proclaim;” (v.8b). What was to come out of the Romans’ mouths was to have been influenced by the instruction of the Word from godly leaders and teachers.
(Melissa Gabler) — If God cloaks something for a time, it is not only to hide it from the devil and his destructive minions, but it is also to hide it from our own self-sabotage. Yes, the devil and self-sabotage are two different things. However, the devil LOVES stoking the flames of self-sabotage! All we have to do is let our fears and concerns fall out of our mouths like kindling for the enemy’s threatening bonfire. So many times we make the devil’s job so easy.
We are being equipped so that the Kingdom of our God can advance in us and through us. It’s going to involve taking dominion and bringing God’s order into all the mountains of culture and into individual lives and into circumstances and into history. Not every act of dominion is going to be as quick as stopping the wind and waves because changing the powers-that-be may take a while in some cases, but let’s do this. Let’s be sons that reach for what’s in reach. Let’s be the sons that bring the order that creation is groaning for. It starts with crying out, “Bid me Come, Lord.” (From Kathy’s article “Bid Me Come”)
Two events for the calendar. (No Fees)
Dreams Visions Prophecy September 14-16, 2018 at Grace International Willis,TX
Kingdom Congress March 6-8, 2019 at Grace International Willis,TX