Daily Devotions

Archive for November, 2018

Showing our Lord’s Character

Being a sign in the earth is accomplishing something that shows our Lord’s character (His Name) in this earth. That which is in heaven comes into this earth through an earthen vessel and continually points back to its Source in heaven by what it says and what it does until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. (Eph.4:13) Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t stop short of becoming a mature man; don’t stop short of the measure of the stature or the fullness of Christ. It is a life well-lived, a life well-spent, a life of godly character for His glory that is a vessel to contain what has been imparted from heaven. (Third excerpt from Marty’s article “From Heaven to Earth”)

The Victim and the Virus

There is a war in the atmosphere over our nation. It’s like a virus that causes complete irrationality brought on by the stubborn refusal to take personal responsibility. This “virus” was released by an evil agenda to build a one-world dictatorship in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”! How? By coddling, and stroking the broken. By wooing them with band-aids, and promising them “Kool-aid”. Instead of teaching people they don’t have to be a victim of their circumstances, this “virus” took advantage of their emotional state for it’s own selfish, ungodly gain. Well, guess what, “There shall be no end to the increase of His government and of peace, [He shall rule] on the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from that time forward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:7 AMP) It’s happening folks!

Signs and Sons

“Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, Who dwells on Mount Zion.” (Isa.8:18, NASB) A sign is something that points to something greater than itself. The sign is never the focus but that which it represents. Isaiah’s children and their names were an ongoing message (a sign) to the nation of Israel. Jehovah was attempting to move His resolve and provision from heaven into the earth in Israel by giving Israel a sign through living, breathing members of their community. Sons of God are still signs in the earth of answers that are in heaven and ready to be moved into earth.

God’s Original Intent for You

(Melissa Gabler) Here’s what you need to know first and foremost: YOU are important, YOU have a piece that the rest of us need, YOU have a gift and skill combo no one else has, YOU will live and not die, YOU are created for His glory, and all of these things are His original intent for you now and in the days to come! Now that that is in the atmosphere, let’s talk about life in the season ahead.

From Heaven to Earth

The need in our nation is far greater than politicians, military, law-enforcement and the medical community, combined, can handle.  We must have in this earth that which is beyond earth because, for decades, the best efforts of man in this earth have fallen miserably short. The Lord Jesus (King of Kings) commanded His disciples to pray that His Kingdom would come in earth as it is in heaven (Matt.6:10). It is plain to see in our Lord’s command that what exists in heaven can be moved into the earth through prayer by available vessels who align themselves with His purposes, who don’t merely pray but position themselves to be the vessel through which the power and provision of heaven move. Those same disciples are the ones who were said to have “turned the world upside down” in Acts 17:6. Conclusion, something moved through them from heaven into earth and the result was as though the world was turned upside down because the outcome was so different from the norm. (First excerpt from Marty’s article “From Heaven to Earth”)

Strengthened in the Inner Man

As the people of God assemble today may they be strengthened in their inner man by the Holy Spirit. May they be reinforced by mighty power by the Holy Spirit.   “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]. (Eph.3:16, Amp)
Beside Still Waters with Marty Gabler
“O God, Display Your Might and Strengthen”
Psalm 68:28, Amp – “Your God has commanded your strength [your might in His service and impenetrable hardness to temptation]; O God, display Your might and strengthen what You have wrought for us!”
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Honoring Commitments to Us

May the Lord bring to their remembrance the good promises others have made to us, no matter how long ago.  May they consider the commitments they made and set about honoring those promises. May they not try to follow through with only a “reasonable facsimile thereof” but provide the full measure of the original intention and may God bless it and multiply it beyond initial expectations.  Gen. 41:9–”Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: “I remember. . .”   v.12–”Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there. . .”   v.14–”Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph. . .”

Goliath was Born to Fall

I asked to understand why the power of the air could get to and maintain such a fierceness  of warfare in a particular region I had been praying over.  I heard the words, “10 layers” and then I realized  this power had been steadily gaining and reigning for decades, and the powers that be, those residing rulers of darkness in this region, have tenure.  The air has been repeatedly conditioned as men’s choices, acts and decisions have remained “under the influence.”  However, Goliath, no matter how big he grew was born to fall, and no matter how many opponents he fought on the way, the confrontation with David was his appointed demise.  God’s “due time” appointments involve the intersection of time, place, circumstances and specific people.  It is obviously due time for God’s order to prevail in the atmosphere of that region.  That explains why the warfare has peaked to a crisis turning point.  Decades of decisions and their results over that region are being set up like dominoes, poised for knocking down.  (Kathy Gabler)

It is Good to Give Thanks to the Lord

It is a good thing to be reminded on one special day of the year that it is our full time occupation every day (while going out, while being out and while coming in) to give thanks to the LORD for goodness is not just an attribute, it is what God is and He can be nothing else. Let there be giving of thanks (in both speaking and singing) to Jahveh, who is most gracious. “It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord, To sing praises to Your name, O Most High” (Ps.92:1, Amp)

Thanksgiving as a Lifestyle

Why not a LIFESTYLE of THANKSGIVING? This Thanksgiving, may our hearts and minds be so turned to awareness of our Lord and to the giving of thanks to our Lord, that if He were to send in among us “angels unawares” (Heb.13:2), they would witness people who know the righteous God that they know, in the way that they know Him and honor Him. May such messenger/observers witness our living out our thanks rather than vocalizing it occasionally. 

4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, BUT RATHER GIVING OF THANKS…  

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words… 

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord…

10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness…

15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 

18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 

19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 

20 GIVING THANKS ALWAYS for all things to God the Father in the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST… (EPH.5:4-20, NKJV) 

God Confirms His Word

God reveals Himself in truth. We are not only to recite truth but we are to experience truth. The truth is that GOD IS AWESOME, that He is great and greatly to be praised. What better way to praise ALMIGHTY GOD than to praise Him with our very lives – spirit, soul AND body.  What about the importance of the Word? He promised that He would confirm His Word with signs following (Mk.16:20). He didn’t just talk about the power of His Word. He showed what the power of His Word would do! “The things that distinguish a true apostle were performed among you with great perseverance—supernatural signs, startling wonders, and awesome miracles.” (2Cor.12:12,TPT)

Strength for Fulfilling Purpose

May the Lord keep us in His timing by giving us health and prosperity so that we may be everything we need to be for our families for as long as we need to be it. May there be physical strength and mental acuity for fulfilling our responsibilities to loved ones and those the Lord has connected us to for His Kingdom purposes. May the Lord keep us from illness and disease that we may walk in His timing without faltering or coming up short of fulfillment.  “Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eyesight was sharp; he still walked with a spring in his step.” (Deut.34:7, Msg)

Not Use Issues as a Screen

As the people of God assemble today, may the Lord enable them to step beyond issues that would otherwise hinder their hearing the truths of His Word. May issues not be considered or guarded as the Word of God is spoken. May those issues not be a screen that the Word has to get through before the Word can be considered for repentance and/or growth. May personal issues, and issues with others who are present in the meeting, take a back seat to the life and delivering power of the Word of God.  Psa 81:13 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! 14 Speedily then I would subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their adversaries.” (Amp)

Power of the Air

The scripture, Eph 2:2 came to mind as I realized my friends were  battling the  “prince of the power of the air.”  I went to search out that scripture wanting to get a working definition and understand “the power of the air.”   That verse in Ephesians indicates the power of the air to be enemy occupation in an atmosphere.  When the power of the air is infested like that, it can cause the culture to fester and draw flies like the imaginings and thoughts and opinions of men and their unbelief, rebellion, arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.   The power of the air is atmospheric conditions that affect people daily either positively because it is receptive to God or negatively because the power of the air has successfully been contaminated and made toxic. (Excerpt from Kathy’s article “Mature Sons Results”.)

Whispers on the Wind

Recently, I asked the Lord for insight on what some pastor friends were dealing with. His answer was, “Whispers in the wind.” Caught up in the moment, I did not speak but used my hands to war (Psa 144:1). I thrust my hand in the air, snapping antennafrom an open palm to a pinching grip to silence the noise and shut up the foul breath.
I was confident that the “winds” were being confronted by counterforces of God and the outcome would be a halt to the lethal influences invading lives and business and government, especially in the church mountain of culture in that region. “Be still and know that I Am God” was the prevailing, activated directive as I watched the war in the air. I saw dark powers vying for positions like communication companies contending for key antennae placement. The powers of darkness were looking for effective perches for the most intense signal and dominating communication advantage to keep the atmosphere inundated with their whispers, but the sounds were muted.
(Excerpt from Kathy’s article “Mature Son Results”)

Need Reality

(Kathy Gabler) – People do not need rhetoric about God, they need the reality of God.  “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” (1Jn.3:18, GNT)
You may read great articles by Marty and Kathy and others in SEEC Magazine.

Good Common Sense

May the Lord God draw our attention beyond false presumption and cultural misinformation and the weakness of mere emotional reactions to train us in good common sense so that we may enjoy the fruit of living God’s way. “Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living your way.” (Ps.119:66, Msg)

My Times are in His Hand

May the Lord cover us, rescue us and keep us from involving ourselves with those who are not intending to operate within the timing of Him who sets the times and works His plans accordingly.  May our Lord save us from those who do not desire HIS calendar and those who simply neglect concern over His times. My times are in His Hand and I will not put them in the hands of any other. We need HIM, our Shepherd, every hour. “My times are in your hand…” (Ps.31:15, NKJV)  “Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God!  Hour by hour I place my days in your hand, safe from the hands out to get me.” (Ps.31:14-15, Msg)

Free From What Has Been

A public school teacher from our home church was talking with one of her students. The boy said that since his father was in prison, he would likely be in prison. She simply told him that he did not have to be in prison just because his father was. His response was, “I never thought of that.” The teacher only had to speak something that you might think could be left unsaid because it should be obvious. But for a boy who lived in an environment without hope, a simple word of encouragement changed his whole outlook.  Just because something has been a reality, even for a long time, does not mean it is a given for the future. Through Christ our Lord, we are free from what has been and have hope for what shall be.  “Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. 7 . . .And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.” (Gal.4:5,7 Msg)


Strength for the Remainder of the Year

As the people of God assemble today may those whose hearts are heavy from failures, defeats and grief so far in this year lift their heads, get a deep breath and realize that they are part of the family of God and that they have strength and fellowship through Christ our Lord and the family of God to go on to victories in the remainder of the year.  But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.  4  With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! (Ps.3:3-4, Amp)

As the people of God assemble today may those whose hearts are heavy from failures, defeats and grief so far in this year lift their heads, get a deep breath and realize that they are part of the family of God and that they have strength and fellowship through Christ our Lord and the family of God to go on to victories in the remainder of the year.  But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.  4  With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! (Ps.3:3-4, Amp)


The Hope God Put in Me


I will not allow any person nor any adverse circumstances to determine the lifespan of the hope God originally put in me.

Save From the Presumption of Others

May the Lord save you from the ignorance of others, the presumption of others and the carelessness of others.  “When you act with presumption, convinced that you’re right, don’t be surprised if you fall flat on your face! But walking in humility helps you to make wise decisions.” (Prov.11:2, TPT)

Redefining for the Next Generation

I knew of a pastor who spent his life building a great church in a large city.  Many lives were impacted by his faithfulness and the largeness of his vision.  However, there came a time to redefine his role and be repositioned for the effectualness of the vision to future generations.  The pride of being self-made gathered from the recesses of his years of experience.  Fear of losing his personal investment caused him to go back on promises to the next generation of leadership.  Pride, fear and self-determination kept him from synergizing with the potential of the future.  He held tightly to the heart of the church that he had built, and when he left, feet first, it went with him.  He started it and essentially ended it in one lifetime.  

“What used to be” is not the witness that will impact a community or a region for the Kingdom.   I AM is being misrepresented if He is not present-tense and awesome.  If we refuse to allow pride or fear to keep us from fresh and timely obedience, sons of God will be redefined and repositioned as needed and we will flow into a momentum that causes the good plans of God to manifest.  The groaning communities and regions will reel with the supernatural results and exponential harvest that He has planned. (Last excerpt from Kathy’s article “Fresh Obedience”)

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God Who Breaks in Upon His Church

Our God is a self-disclosing God who reveals Himself in acts of power by forcefully breaking into our otherwise routine existence (cf.violent tempest blast”-Acts 2:2, Amp). He breaks in upon His Church (which most certainly is His privilege) with memorable moments that breathtakingly remind us of our destiny and which propel us out of comfortable routine into that destiny. Being conformed to the Image of Christ and ruling this universe with Him is our destiny. Day to day maintenance of mundane comfort zones does not allow propulsion into that destiny. Cf. “The Lord of life leaves enough mystery to be intrusive, disruptive and surprising in order that He might shatter our tendencies to predictability and, yes, even boredom. Saints die of many things, but to die of boredom is the ultimate insult to the God of an ever-expanding glory!” (quote from Mark Chironna)