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September 14-16, 2018 Dreams Visions Prophecy

Grace International Church  Willis,TX just north of Houston
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His Sufficiency Overwhelming My Insufficiency

“I didn’t feel near this good when I got here!”  Haven’t you heard someone say that just after a worship service where it seemed as though the joyful bliss of heaven touched the pain of present earth for a couple of hours?  Normally when I have felt like that was after an evening of being in the presence of God, lost in his loving touch.  Though I was in the middle of a crowd of people who were appreciating his divine presence, I was not cognizant of their praises, their position or their voices.  On one such an occasion, in a home Bible study, about twenty of us had been standing in a circle, holding hands and offering up worship and prayer at the end of the teaching period. Suddenly, as I was releasing praises of adoration, proclaiming the character and attributes of Father God, I realized who and what I was before the awesomeness of God.  Forty-five minutes later, while on my face in the middle of the room, I suddenly became aware of the others who were present that night.  But for forty-five minutes the praises of God witnessed to my heart my great need for God on that particular night.  I realized that for all I wasn’t, and that for all I lacked, God was sufficient.  At that very moment, though it had been a long and trying week, I was rested from the weariness and apprehension that had beset me because I was insufficient for all the requirements upon me.

Planning With the Coming Generation

I hold no sentiment whatsoever that Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics; in fact, I believe just the opposite. We know, and have ministered to, awesome men and women of God who are impacting politicians and legislation for the righteous purposes of God in this nation. Christians should be in leadership positions in every arena that molds the minds of society. We are presently living in the mire of the opposite view that has reigned in religious circles and is directly accountable for the fact that so few of the coming generation are supported (with encouragement, mentoring and finances) to take those fields of endeavor–while other religions and philosophies started preparing and strategically placing their coming generations 100 years ago. BUT the tide is turning. Joseph, Daniel, Esther arise, your forebears repent and synergistically run with you!

Is God Worthy or Just Handy?

There will probably always be someone with the attitude of “Hello, Lord, my name’s Jimmy and I’ll take all you gimme.” Perhaps we should stop occasionally and ask ourselves, “Do my life and words show that I view God Almighty as One Who is worthy or do I view Him as One Who is just a great resource?”  There are no lines in the age to come where people stand patiently for God to hand out “blessings,” for the sole occupation of EVERYONE in that age is BLESSING GOD.  Consider Revelation 19 “I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:  Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God” (v.1).  “And they cried:  Amen, Hallelujah!” (v.4).  “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:  “Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!” (v. 6-7)  So, it is not that I shall be silent in my waiting for God to “bless” ME but it is that I shall raise my voice, my hands, my instrument to proclaim blessing to HIM who has chosen me!

For The Praise

If some were asked why they attended church services, their response would be something like, “I go to receive a blessing” and then they very probably sit patiently on the bench until a preacher or someone actively involved in the service can “move” them so that they have received their “blessing.”

It is true that God enjoys “blessing” his people by doing things for them that edify and release them both in their inner man and in their physical man.  However, sufficient Scripture cannot be found that would show that God “blessing” people is why he created them.

In fact, Scripture lays out quite a different scenario.  After a command in Psalm 149 to “Praise the Lord” and to “Sing to the Lord a new song,” there is also the encouragement for Israel (the “blessed” people of God) to “rejoice, be glad, praise, dance, and make music… for the Lord takes delight in his people.”  Paul joins the effort by proclaiming in Ephesians 1:11-12 that “In him we were also chosen.… in order that we…. might be for the praise of his glory.”

Dreams Visions Prophecy Sept.14-16, 2018


(Job 33:15-16) “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men,
in slumberings upon the bed;
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their
instruction”.     —  Visions-Joel 2:28; Prophecy-Rom.12:6

Everything That Hath Breath

With a strong German accent my Grandfather would quote Psalm 150:6, “Let everyting dat hat bret praise da Lordt.  Praise ye da Lordt.”  From the time that I was a small child until I was fourteen he would begin a testimony (every Sunday night) with that verse and always, as he wept, end with “Godt is love.”

Exuberance and love for the Lord didn’t just have its place in religious services.  Though his praises may have been more readily noticeable during worship service, my Grandfather’s worship was a lifestyle lived out before the world.  When I was fourteen he passed this life to join the worshipers about the throne of God.  I recall being amazed at the number of neighbors and business people from the community who were present at the funeral.  Here was a man whose light shined, not just for church people to see, but genuinely for all to see, whether at worship, work, or just visiting throughout the community.

Pop Gabler was a praiser and worshiper of the first order. He actually believed and practiced the verses he so enthusiastically voiced. He actually believed that “EVERYTHING that hath breath” was to praise the Lord.  There was always room in the Lord’s house, around the Lord’s table, in Pop Gabler’s home for anyone no matter what their background, their theology or their sin.

Love of God was readily expressed in the form of hospitality, patience, acceptance for “everything that hath breath”.  If an alcoholic or prostitute wanted to come into our church, sit next to him and sing the songs of the faith and worship with us according to our form of worship, he welcomed them in the name of the Lord.

At the time of his passing, many from many walks of life, destitute to wealthy, sinner to saint voiced testimony that their lives had been touched by God through his acceptance of them.  For the first time in my life I realized that it was possible for EVERYTHING THAT HATH BREATH to praise the Lord and I determined in my heart to be careful not to discourage “everything that hath breath” from praising the Lord.

The emphasis is not, “Am I worthy of God?”  Rather, the emphasis is: God is worthy of ALL PRAISE.  “All you have made will praise you, O Lord” (Ps. 145:10).

Let Hope Arise

As the people of God assemble today, may hope arise within the hearts of the weary ones and may dreams be revived in the lives of the discouraged ones, and may they lift their hands and declare on clear voices that our God does not forget His covenant or His mercies to a thousand generations.  “The LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not abandon you, destroy you, or forget the promise to your ancestors that he swore he would keep.” (Deut.4:31, GW)

Everything You Fear

Everything you fear has limitations.
“I have seen a limit to everything
else,but your commandments
have no limit.”(Ps.119:96, GW)


Praising Alone and With Others

David didn’t require being with a group but praised God even while alone. He probably did more praising alone than he did in religious gatherings.  “By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life” (Ps. 42:8).  Yet, he was just as ready to praise God along with others; “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you” (Ps. 22:22). David, obviously, was not one of those persons who went around saying, “God knows what’s in my heart”. What was in his heart found outward expression both alone and with others.

The Rule of God Will Finish

A powerful, determined king could not destroy the baby Jesus. When thousands of babies had been slaughtered, the king’s powerful reach could not touch baby Jesus (Matt.2:16). So powerfully, so authoritatively was this world system invaded that it could not touch even one tiny baby who was foreordained to be the embodiment of the advancing Kingdom of God in this earth (compare Mk.2:12). Rome had conquered the world but it didn’t know what to do with a carpenter from Nazareth (Lk.23:4). He walked about freely demonstrating the Kingdom of God (Lk.11:20). He confounded the proponents of false religion (Matt.12:2-5, 24-28). They set a guard on His tomb but could not prevent the invigorating power of the rule of God over death nor could they prevent Jehovah-Sabaoth’s messenger from rolling back the sealed tombstone. The rule and authority of God to finish what He started is unstoppable.


DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY  September 14-16, 2018  NO FEE
Grace International Church Willis,TX   graceic.org

Heart and Soul Praising God

After a time of worship alone on the hillside, David’s praises, and prayers, were to be heard publicly.  They blessed those who heard them and who joined in the voicing of them. Perhaps the greatest blessing to others was the recognition of the relationship that existed between God and a true worshiper.  Parrots are cute when they mimic but are not necessarily a blessing. Though David’s praises and prayers contained adjectives and descriptions of God learned from youth, he still put heart and soul into praising the Lord who is “my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;  my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Ps. 18:1-2).

Soul, Bless the Lord

Though supplication through prayer, making one’s needs known before God, was zealously taught David from the time he was a small child, David made his praises primary. It is apparent David sought God that he might know Him, while many were and are now seeking God only as a means to an end. If we had a recorder going 24/7, we might find it very interesting to hear the high percentage of pleas, requests and demands we make of God Almighty, as compared to the percentage of time spent in praise. “BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL,” the Psalmist cries. This is not a cry for assistance or “blessing” for he has not pleaded, “Bless my soul, Lord,“ but rather proclaimed, “Bless the Lord!” (Psalm 104:1) “…the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers.” (Jn.4:23b, Amp)

Hearing Wisdom and Acting

May the Lord graciously help His people to listen when they are supposed to listen, to the people they are supposed to listen to. May they hear clearly and act judiciously and reap the benefit of the principles of Almighty God. “Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.” (Prov.15:22, Msg)


Returning to Fellowship

ChurchShakingHandsAs the people of God assemble today, may there be faith stirred in hearts concerning those who have been absented from the local fellowship. May there be expectancy that they be returned to the fellowship to edify and, once again, take their place on the wall.  “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent and hidden one from another.” (GEN. 31:49, Amp)

Set a Guard on my Mouth

Let us be careful what we say. The Lord doesn’t want what we speak falling to the ground. (1Sam.3:19)  “Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.”Ps. 141:3, Amp)

Legacy of Anticipation

Marty Gabler gives a word on “Legacy of Anticipation” at an FMCI Conference.
4 minute video.


Especially For an Audience of One

While watching his father’s sheep, David was nurturing that intimate relationship with prayers and songs.  The cathedral that echoed his vocal praises was the cathedral of air and hillside which was far removed from gilded halls.  The audience upon whose ears the melodious praises fell were only animals who were not able to boast of his talents nor were they able to appreciate these acts the way religious devotees laud those who practice what is expected of them.  For David, it was honest and grateful expression of his relationship with God, whether God was the only audience or not.

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Trusting God in all Circumstances

Long before David ever became king of Israel, he had a secret relationship with God.  There was relationship, communing between David and God, long before he wrote the beautiful Psalms which are part of our worship and meditations today. The Psalms were not the result of a weekend revival nor the result of a trip through a falling-down prayer line. They are the result of a life of worship and trusting God in all circumstances. ”I was once young, but now I’m old. Not once have I found a lover of God forsaken by him, nor have any of their children gone hungry.” (Ps.37:25, TPT)

Worship, a way of Living

When Jesus began to deal with the real need in the life of the woman he met at the well, she tried to get him sidetracked by raising an old argument about worship.  The conversation had become uncomfortably personal.  But since the controversy over where to worship was endless, she hoped to divert Jesus from the subject at hand.  Jesus didn’t allow her to control the situation and divert him from the real need.  The real need was honesty with God in life, in worship.  Worship is not something that takes place in a “sacred location” or “sacred building” or “sacred ceremony.”  Worship is a way of living before God as well as offering songs, readings, wave offerings and other such acts of adoration.  The true worshiper deals honestly and openly with God at all times, not just in certain locations or at special times.

DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY  September 14-16, 2018  NO FEE
Marty, Kathy, Melissa
Grace International Church Willis,TX   graceic.org


Worship That Ministers to God

We know that God desires “true worshipers” and Lev. 3:41 captures a true combination when Jeremiah urges, “Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven…”  We truly want to worship God in a way that ministers to him and the Scriptures clearly show us numerous ways which are acceptable to him.  As the loving spontaneity of children delights their earthly father, so our Heavenly Father delights in the spontaneous praising and worshipping of his children.  A worshiping example is “Praise the Lord.  Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.  Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;  let the people of Zion be glad in their King.  Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and  harp.  FOR THE LORD TAKES DELIGHT IN HIS PEOPLE;  he crowns the humble with salvation (Ps. 149:1-4).

To Walk it out Daily

No matter how young or how old we are, no matter what the current circumstances around us, we dare not agree with opposition in health or time or circumstance or relationships more than we agree that Father God has determined our days.  Our purpose is eternal and will continue when we step from this earthly realm into the next.  We must remain faithful and full of hope in this earthly dimension, knowing it is the boot-camp development of our character and purpose for the next.  We can take rest in the confidence that God has POSITIONED us for His plans.  In covenant with our awesome God, it is His part to position our purpose in history.  It is our part to walk it out daily.  (Last excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)

Of the Kingdom of Light

As the people of God assemble today, may they realize that they are children of the Kingdom of God which is the Kingdom of Light and that there is nothing working in darkness that can defeat the unshakeable Kingdom of God. May they rejoice as those who walk in the Light and fellowship of King Jesus.  ”Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, and offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship with reverence and awe;” (Heb.12:8, Amp)

Intense Exertion

In spite of the angle of descent of morals and values, in spite of what the world money market looks like, in spite of what the state of the union looks like, we stand on the brink of a destiny that our forefathers never imagined (Jer.33:3)—But it will require moving from being waiters and observers to acting. It will require shifting, modifications, transitions and intense exertion:  the “violent” action of Matt.11:12 which means “intense exertion.” It is not violent in the sense of doing persons harm but in the sense of putting forth effort (i.e., intense exertion) in opposition to things that oppose purpose. We must oppose darkness like opposing a rattlesnake trying to crawl up in our bed. We must do it for our King and for a generation.