Daily Devotions

Archive for October, 2018

Reformation Day

We are celebrating Reformation Day! On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the Wittenberg Church door in Germany. What had been covered over by centuries of profitable and manipulative tradition, was exposed and the truth of God’s Word, the Gospel of salvation by grace (Eph.2:8), was made known. There is ONE Mediator between God and man, not a Mediator plus someone or some religious/ecclesiastical system (Heb.10:10). That Mediator, JESUS, alone was appointed by God to make atonement for the sins of men by His death. His atonement alone gives only Him authorization to be our Intercessor with God in our behalf. All persons (no matter race or creed) are to go directly to that Intercessor JESUS (Heb.7:25) and trust only in this Mediator alone. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Tim.2:5).

Not Experience

God wants the passion of His character released into the Body of Christ. God’s passion is NOT our human experience. The people who will know God will know passions that they have never known in themselves alone. They will know extents of emotions that they would never know within the bounds of culturally acceptable bounds. Our human experience wants limitations on all things and wants to control all things…. including God! One preacher put it this way, “The ways of God must be inscrutable beyond understanding. If they were not, they would be surrendered to man’s mind. And if to man’s mind, then ultimately to man’s control.” Cf. Isa 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Change and Re-evaluation

It is not easy to be redefined or repositioned because change stirs up re-evaluation and self-examination that shakes our self-image.  If I have to change positions or titles, does that mean I was wasting my time before?  Not necessarily.  Holding a place until a season is fulfilled is part of the destiny process.  Have I failed and therefore have to be replaced?  No, being repositioned by the Spirit of God is about growth and effectualness, not failure.  Am I being demoted instead of promoted?  Paradigms and experience and old models may say “Yes,”  but if God is truly in charge, He is always about maturity and increase.  We can trust His title changes and redefining to position us for excellence and promotion in His Kingdom. (Tenth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Fresh Obedience”)

Video: “Dealing With Disillusionment”

“Dealing With Disillusionment”  Host: Marty Gabler

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Prayers Important for the Nation

As the people of God assemble today, may the Lord encourage them for the future of our nation and their vital part in assuring that future. May they be encouraged that their prayers and partnership are significant in His workings in America. May they receive His assurance that they shall not be moved out of purpose nor off the foundation of God Almighty. “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:  God shall help her, and that right early.” (Ps.46:5)  “He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.” (Ps.62:6)

Disclosure Dreams

The bottom line is that disclosure dreams reveal issues in our lives and if you ignore the dream, you ignore the issue.  Then you coexist with it instead of conquering it.  One of the most obvious types of disclosure dreams is recurring dreams or dreams with a recurring theme (i.e., similar settings, action, emotions, outcomes or atmospheres). These types of dreams can be from God or our own springs, but they are revealing something that we need to be aware of, address and/or resolve.  A recurring dream can be an ongoing  process so that every time you dream it, you are moving toward resolve.  A recurring dream can become a personal indicator like our teapot telling us when we’re about to blow or when we are battling an old, familiar war.  A recurring dream can be an ongoing process bringing clarity to a future mandate, obedience or strategy.  A recurring dream can reveal a memory that needs closure. A recurring dream can signal an unconscious battle or fear.  Or recurring dreams can reveal a destructive pattern or cycle that needs to be broken.  I’ve talked to a number of dreamers  that discovered two or more generations had the same troubling, recurring dreams because the root was not resolved in the first generation.  We can pursue an understanding of recurring dreams and take issues to God for deliverance, resolve or healing and stop tormenting dreams, perhaps for generations!  (Kathy Gabler)
MARTY GABLER brings us this series of devotions called Beside Still Waters.
This one is titled: “Don’t give up, don’t be impatient” Psalm 27:14, TPT –
“Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord.”





Beside Still Waters Devotion in the Word and Prayer