There are some people who, throughout 2022, have tried to hold up the shield that quenches the fiery darts coming against them and their family and their church. But because of continued wearying circumstances, you have wearily lowered that shield and some of the darts and accusations have gotten through and done damage. Entering into 2023, you are getting that shield back up and into position by realizing and declaring, “But the Word of God says______.” As you quote the Word in the face of the incoming fiery darts, faith will begin to arise and you will, once again, lift the shield that quenches the darts. 2023 for you will be a season of quenching the fiery darts with the Word of faith. “Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Eph.6:16)
MELISSA — God is putting His finger on things that must be dealt with right now in individual’s lives. This is a tremendous opportunity to be free of cycles, issues and fears that have held you and your family captive. I know there are those reading this right now that have had recent revelations of personal bondage that the Lord is unlocking. He’s opening eyes and restoring lives for, dare I say, such a time as this! So, take rest in knowing you don’t have to have it all figured out and on track before you go to bed tonight. Just simply start with realizing that He is the One that restores your soul and leads you in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake (Ps. 23). It’s about that, His Name’s sake, inch-by-inch for His Name’s sake.
Marty will be bringing the Declarations for 2023.
Grace Church Willis,TX just north of Houston off I-45. Click on the pic below for info.
KATHY—As One Nation under God, may we not be afraid to open our eyes and see what Truth exposes as the Lord uncovers works of darkness and removes workers of darkness. Instead of living out a future in deception and dysfunction under siege of darkness, we are going to AWAKEN to God’s Original Intent for this nation again. We are Positioned and Graced for an Awakening that God has planned! Please Grab that by faith today, not bowing to how you feel. Mary wasn’t even married yet, so she certainly didn’t FEEL like the mother of the Messiah, but she was Positioned in history and GRACED by God to be part of His plan, and so are we!
Marty will be speaking 12-31-22 2:30pm at a one-day conference “Girding Up for The Battle and Harvest Ahead” in Canton,TX at The Gathering Place House of Prayer. Lowell Thompson host. See a list of speakers and info below or go to website: https://tgpwc.org/special-notices
The gate is narrow and the path difficult in Matt.7:14. If you will hear it, I declare over you that those things that have made the gate “narrow” by virtue of their presence will not be the obstacles in the coming year that they were in the past year. They will not be those obstacles because you will not allow them to be. You will not give them the place they have had in your life in the past and they will not prevent your passing to the next level of effectiveness the King intends.
Marty will be giving the 2023 Declarations Sunday morning 1-1-23 in the 10:00am service at Grace Church Willis. Info and map: gracewillis org
MELISSA—Our stance in this season is standing — standing on the truth that our magnificent God is doing something BIG. He is establishing His plan for 2023 and beyond. We GET to be a part of this. We GET to be a change agent simply by standing. Yes, YOU have what is needed for this moment. Now is not the time to throw your hands up. Now is the time to take a deep breath and watch the glorious show unfolding in the days ahead. Yes, there will be shockers. BUT all we need to know is that those shockers are proof that God is shaking what can be shaken (Heb.12:27-28)! Thankful to be Your daughter, my King. “The kingdom of God doesn’t come by counting the days on the calendar. Nor when someone says, ‘Look here!’ or, ‘There it is!’ And why? Because God’s kingdom is already among you.” (Luke 17:21 MSG) It’s time to wake up, and be who we were born to be. Let’s win this war, as God has intended.
KATHY—As the CHURCH, may we be AWARE of what is righteous and what is not. We dare not hold to an old mindset of hide until we rapturously escape! No, this earth is the Lord’s and He is our Lord, so we’re on His side! That means we take a righteous stand and participate with our Lord to make a difference. A friend told me of his dream that carried this prophetic message: as the people of God stand up and turn from what is not God, we will see God move swiftly to bring about what is God! So be it. If the Lord has to pry us loose from traditions that are security blankets or mindsets we cling to like a pacifier, He loves us enough to do it. In this decade of Awakening, may we work with God and not idolize past obediences or past sounds or past experiences, nor cling to formulas and drag around a “snake on a stick” (2Kings17).
As the people of God assemble today may “all ye faithful” come, assemble today (whether with family or in a church building or a prison or in some place non-typical) and be joyful and triumphant as we adore Him: CHRIST THE LORD, JESUS, KING OF THE JEWS, SON OF THE MOST HIGH, THE HOLY CHILD, SON OF GOD, GOD MY SAVIOR. (Luke Chapter One) We will be joyful in considering His names and titles and all their implications for Israel, for us and for the nations as were Gabriel and Mary. Let us give voice to those names and titles today with expressions of hope.
Team Gabler will be live Christmas morning at 9:00 Central. on Marty Gabler’s Facebook page.
Theme: “Christmas Thoughts”
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MARTY, KATHY, MELISSA — Thoughts of Christmas
MARTY—Jesus, son of Abraham and son of David, was born when the seed of Abraham was a despised people and tributary to the Roman yoke and when the house of David was buried in obscurity. The performance and provision of God comes when circumstances would place upon it the heaviest it has to offer. Ease and convenience are not the components of fulfillment. The CHRISTMAS story is a story of hope in the face of all that is contrary. “Against all odds, when it looked hopeless, Abraham believed the promise and expected God to fulfill it. He took God at His word…” (Rom.4:18a)
KATHY— Growing up on Abraham Avenue, 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. God intends your life to be spent to His glory. (Jer.29:11)
MELISSA—Yesterday I was praying over a situation for which I have no answers and can do nothing about. As soon as I prayed I heard, “Now, let go of all of your ideas of how this thing needs to be worked out and let Me have it.” As we head into CHRISTMAS and a new year may we lay down every weight, worry, and preconceived idea of what the will of God should look like in our current situations, and leave it in the capable hands of the One Whose birth we are celebrating! Have a very Merry Christmas and may you find peace unspeakable in the decision to trust the One who already set us free.
MELISSA — Even though the sky is clearing there may be a storm or two that pop up as we head into the God ordained days ahead. No worries though, the storms have to “be still” and bow to the intention of God Almighty. In prayer the other night I heard this after it came out of my mouth, “Your Kingdom is over this nation and you are releasing another increment upon us.” What if we are that increment?! What if we are the stealth measures He is putting in place to release a deeper increment of His Kingdom on this earth? Me thinks we are!
KATHY—We have never been where we stand right now as the Church or as the Nation. For over 100 years, the Church has been deliberately undermined as a godly force in our culture and our Nation has been systematically sabotaged, but “the cup of iniquity of the Amorites is full”, (100 years and 100% full!) The meanings of the word “Amorite” tell the story graphically: the iniquity (darkness) of the “Top of the Mountain controllers” is FULL! The iniquity (injustice) of the Public and the Prominent is FULL! And just like God gave the Amorites centuries to repent but they would not, God has given old-bloodline world controllers centuries to repent but they have not. So to quote 2Kings 17:17 again, God has had enough. Justice will be ugly for the Public and Prominent in coming days, but justice now will be deliverance for generations to come, and God will avenge the innocent.
There are a variety of excuses for not going to the next level or through God-ordained doors of opportunity. Some of the doors we are supposed to go through are just beyond temptation. Some of them are just beyond ignorance and neglect and some are just beyond lethargy. Temptation can be resisted, ignorance can be displaced by willful pursuance of knowledge and wisdom. Neglect can be exchanged for responsible activity and lethargy can be handled by self-government. Don’t get stuck in the past, don’t even get stuck where you are. Isa.43:18—“Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” There are people/family waiting for us to make the right choices to get beyond the hindrances that stand between us and the next level in advancing the Kingdom purposes of Yahweh in this earth.
MELISSA—It’s making sense now why we don’t see many signs, wonders and miracles. We have lived so long under and believed the rules of engagement of an evil agenda. As disgusting as this is let me say it like this, we have basically had a relationship with this evil agenda causing us to operate under man’s wisdom that has been shaped by the fear this agenda produces to the point that we have almost been completely sterilized by it. Who knew how massive the deception had become? This is why this awakening is coming in phases and not all in one event. It’s too big for one moment. The rules of engagement change when my relationship is with my King and not the enticing spirit of the age. When my identity comes from relationship with Him I don’t live by society’s rules on life, love and prosperity. I live by Kingdom rules. The intensity has cranked up but it’s leading to a Kingdom invasion through those that engage to win.
KATHY–HOWEVER, I declare we are not too weary or too weak to participate with our God because we know what the Lord told Judah that day in 2Ki 19:6, and I believe it’s a prophetic word for us today. God is going to deliver His people and our nation from Evil! We need to be AWARE of that and PARTICIPATE! The Lord said through Isaiah: “Don’t be afraid. It’s Me that’s being blasphemed. Behold, I will put a spirit in (your enemy) so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will cause him to fall by the sword there.” That sounds like God’s gonna turn the tables. It sounds like our enemies will be taken out by insiders and their own camp will betray them. Sure enough, in Hezekiah’s distress the word of the Lord came to pass. Whether Sennacherib believed Judah’s God would help them or not, he heard the rumor of the Angel of God massacre that left 185,000 Assyrian corpses in their camp! So Sennacherib “got out of Dodge”, but when he went back home, his own sons killed him. Isaiah’s prophetic word already came to pass then and it will once again. We are not likely to hear it on the 6:00pm fake news, but God is sending angels to help us prevail over this present darkness. Whether that darkness is evil politics or greedy schemes or 100 year old strongholds or impossible situations or personal wars in our backyard, we are being delivered from evil!
As the people of God assemble today may they realize that they are not forsaken or forgotten but they are experiencing those things that will show them approved at the next level of function in the Kingdom of God. May they throw off self-pity, self-doubt and self-judgment as they begin to release the enablements that Holy Spirit has been imparted to them for. 1Pe.1:2,TPT—“You are not forgotten, for you have been chosen and destined by Father God. The Holy Spirit has set you apart to be God’s holy ones, obedient followers of Jesus Christ who have been gloriously sprinkled with his blood. May God’s delightful grace and peace cascade over you many times over! ”
It could be, perhaps, that if you are (1) in a wilderness (Moses), (2) a prison (Peter), (3) a boat filling up with water (disciples on lake) or (4) the middle of a group of people on their way to throw you off a cliff (Jesus—He went from being little known to becoming widely known Lk.4:28-30) that you are not forsaken or forgotten about or being punished. Look what Jesus got to experience going to the next level: v.30-“Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.”-What did that look like? Just exactly how did that happen? Not many people in history (if any) have experienced something on that level. V.32 speaks of a new level of authority after that; casting out demons effortlessly, diseases healed. It may be that you are being processed to be able to stand in the next level.
MELISSA—Believing is about relationship with Jesus. Think about it, when Jesus walked the earth these signs were simply part of His nature. They flowed out of Him. Here is my definition of this kind of relationship just to be clear: Priority focus and attention, Guidance given and examples to live by, I trust Him with my life. So, my relationship with Jesus being priority should produce the same lifestyle He lived. I believe in Him, walk with Him, talk with Him, follow Him and signs simply flow out of the nature formed from that relationship. This completely changes the rules of engagement regarding anything I am faced with from here on out.
KATHY—Sennacherib made it plain to King Hezekiah that he intended to run right over Israel just like he had other nations (2Kings 18). At that point, Hezekiah put on sackcloth and went to prayer and sent runners to Isaiah the prophet with this message: it is a day of deep distress; for sons have come to birth and there is no power to bring them forth. In other words, it’s time to pierce the darkness around us and change the future for generations to come, but we’re not strong enough to do it. We could add to Hezekiah’s message in our day: most of us are too weary to even try to fight the darkness because for years we’ve seen morally depraved people blaspheme all things sacred! For years, we’ve watched wealthy bullies get away with murder and seen corrupt politicians cheat and blackmail and bribe their way to the top. We’ve watched media deliberately lie and deceive and brainwash the public with propaganda. We’ve seen technology kill people and engineered devices take their toll. And we’ve seen injustice go unpunished. All this has left us rattled and weary and weak. Hezekiah was aware they needed God, he put on sackcloth and went to prayer and He took action to begin sanctifying the nation and that was an obedience that led to the intervention of God for their nation.
In speaking of Getting Ready for the Next Level it would behoove us to consider some basic meaning in that title. NEXT LEVEL: next step, next move, following step, what follows, next on the list, next stage, next phase, what comes next, follow-up, further action, future action, next in order. Getting Ready: Faith, stepping out, moving toward (not satisfied with status quo, with where we are, with just letting things bump along as is), not the same old attitude; not staying in the same rut. Ex.14:13-16,Amp—“Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest. 15 The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward!” The time is ripe for going forward to the next level, to that which beckons us onward to victory.
MELISSA—I was reading the Great Commission in Mark 16 recently and something jumped out at me that gave me more of an understanding of how the rules are changing. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:15-18. “And these signs will follow those that believe” – Wait, I’ve been desperately praying for these things to manifest. This tells me that when I believe these signs follow. I don’t have to go searching for them. And “believing” is not about believing in signs. We are meant to believe in the One Who beat death just prior to laying out this commission! Believing is about relationship with Jesus. Think about it, when Jesus walked the earth these signs were simply part of His nature. They flowed out of Him. He only followed the rules of engagement of the Kingdom. The spirit of the age had no hook in Him and He did not play by its rules.
KATHY—Judah was upset as their idolatrous and corrupt lifestyle was shattered, but they faced an even greater threat from another direction at the same time. A cunning enemy, an Assyrian Commander who fully intended to take them captive, used their upheaval of norms as the moment to undermine their confidence in their king Hezekiah and more importantly, their God! He taunted them saying, “You obviously have no hope of divine help!” And they couldn’t argue with that since King Hezekiah had already cleared out their collection of gods, proving all their gods were powerless and disposable (2Kings 18)! Sennacherib reminded them that the Assyrians had taken over country after country and none of their gods had done them any good. Added to that, any hope they might have had of Jehovah God’s help took a nose dive with the fall of the “SNAKE on a STICK!” Judah was shaking in their boots. Taking advantage of that moment, the crafty Assyrian put them to the question: What justifies your confidence that you can beat us?
(For future reference, no matter who corners us with such a question, whether friend or foe or self-talk, there is only one answer: Our confidence comes from the faithfulness of God. His faithfulness is greater than anybody’s opinion or experience or track record.)
As the people of God assemble today they should realize that Almighty God is planning and willing and working His Kingdom purposes in the earth. Let them hope in His desire to fulfill His promises in them and bring them to their potential to impact those in their sphere of influence. Matt.5:13-16,ESV—“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”