Daily Devotions

Awakening to God’s Original Intent

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! 

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  1. David Conway

    I have been given prophecies over the years that point to a pretty spectacular work of God I guess one such prophecy was given by two different prophets at separate times and neither one knew what the other one had said I struggle now with Understanding how this is going to come to pass
    I know everything is in God’s time not ours. I guess one point of reference would be how long it took Moses to get to where God wanted him

    December 29, 2022 at 8:08 am

    • Hi David, I am sending you this article I wrote praying that it will be of some help or inspiration to you. Blessings, Marty Gabler
      I WILL NOT ALLOW ANY PERSON NOR ANY ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCE TO DETERMINE THE LIFE-SPAN OF THE HOPE GOD ORIGINALLY PUT IN ME. The stubborn determination of the person who has received a prophecy should perhaps be expressed like the previous statement. There will be some amount of time between receiving your prophecy and the full realization or manifestation of it and there are reasons why (which I will deal with in this article). When speaking at a conference, I mentioned this factor concerning prophecies. The following day another conference speaker addressed that statement in his message. He said that he believed that all the prophecies he receives are for right now and not some later time. Actually I agree, at least in one sense. I do not believe that we should take a prophecy and just “sit it back on a shelf” until God scoops us up on a “magic carpet” to sweep us away to the fulfillment without anything being required on our part. Part of the answer to “What do I do with this prophecy?” is: You don’t put it on a shelf until something happens. It seems apparent in scripture that there is typically some distance between where we are when we hear from God and the door which God has opened for us. When we receive a word from the Lord He does not always tell us how long the hall is between where we are and the open door. Some of the elements of a prophecy may begin to manifest almost immediately but the typical scriptural model is that the elements and interpretation and application of that prophecy will be revealed and manifested over some period of time. If we do not have an understanding of this major factor we will be tempted to give up and abandon what God originally communicated to us. We do not have to settle for anything less than what God originally promised but it may not be manifested until it has passed through some phases of what I call a “proceeding” of the word of God.
      “IN PART”
      The “proceeding word of God” is somewhat like the developing panorama of a parade. The first float and band that come along are not the whole parade. In a parade there are floats that are created and presented by individual companies. Then there are floats presented in the parade by various institutions which have a different design and purpose in the parade. There are bands from colleges which march and play the music they present on football fields and then there are bands from places like New Orleans who play jazz which represents the culture of that place. The two bands have dressed quite differently and played varying styles of music.
      Please keep in mind this most important consideration: YOU HAVE BEEN PROPHESIED TO IN PART. “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;” (1Co. 13:9 NAS). The word “in part” means: one of the constituent parts of a whole; in a measure, to some degree (Thayer’s Lexicon) We may receive our prophecies “in part” but the rest can be discovered. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Prov. 25:2 NAS). The word “search out” means: to examine, to investigate; to search through, to explore, to examine thoroughly (Brown, Driver, Briggs). I wonder if it might be that there is a making of kings in the process of searching out the things of God. At any rate, there is no need for the blessings of God to remain hidden to us. Many have relegated the passage in 1Co. 2:9 to the eschatological category of things that will be revealed some time down the line in the millenium. V.10 makes it plain that the things in v.9 which the “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard” have been revealed to us by His Spirit. The eye can see and the ear can hear what God has prepared for us now. The Spirit of God is in the revealing business.
      The “proceeding word of God,” as I understand it, is a process of interpretation and application. When we receive a prophecy, we need to take time, and perhaps even “pain,” to go to the lengths which we must in order to grasp the overall interpretation of the prophecy as well as the specifics. The word “search out” in Prov. 25:2 means to “search through,” so it would appear that when we receive a prophecy, we have begun a process of searching through the word as it proceeds and unfolds and gets applied to the purposes of God in our lives.
      Simply put, Jesus was not 21 and fully trained when he came out of Mary’s womb. Jesus was an infant in every sense of the term. In Lk.1:32-33 Gabriel prophesied to Mary concerning who Jesus would be and what He would do. Notice that the part about what He would do actually contained no detail. Most prophecies tend to be general in nature and the details or specifics are eventually worked out during the “proceeding” process. When Jesus was born He was an infant who, I do not doubt, cried to let His mother know He had messed His diaper or that He was hungry or that He was uncomfortable in His present position in His baby bed and would prefer to be held and cuddled. Specifics were not included in the prophecy as to how vv.32-33 would be manifest nor was there any apparent evidence that this tiny infant could possibly ever fulfill that prophecy which proclaimed that (1.) “He shall be great;” (2.) “and shall be called the Son of the Highest:” (3.) “and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David:” (4.) “And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever;” (5.) “and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” But notice with me what takes place in the scriptural record as Mary watches Jesus growing and developing and stepping into these elements step by step.
      STEP ONE: The first bit of manifestation of this prophecy was the birth of a little baby who had to be constantly cared for, fed and bathed. Then as this little child began to take His first, unsteady steps He had to be taught to feed Himself and what was appropriate at the table and what was appropriate and not appropriate around other people. (A side note: If Jesus did not develop as a normal man then He did not have the human experience that allowed the writer of the book of Hebrews to proclaim that Jesus had been tempted in all points like the rest of us so that He could “be touched with the feeling of our infirmities”- Heb.4:15 [only with the exception that He never did succumb to any of the temptations; it is not a sin to be tempted, only to yield to the temptation]).
      STEP TWO: When Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the temple to do for Him according to the law (Lk. 2:21f), Mary’s prophecy was proceeding even farther with insights and confirmations. The “just and devout man” Simeon was led by the Spirit to go to the temple while Mary and Joseph were there with Jesus. Simeon too had a prophecy; that he would not see death until he saw the Christ. Simeon’s prophecy was part of the proceeding word to Mary. Simeon further revealed to Mary things about her Son in vv.30-32 and 34-35. Upon hearing this new “measure” or new “degree” of revelation on the matter, scripture says, “And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him” v.33. The picture is getting bigger; the page is unfolding farther. If they had already had revealed to them, in the past, all they were meant to know and if there were no proceeding word, then they would not have “marveled.” The word “marvel” means: to wonder, to wonder at (Thayer’s Lexicon).
      STEP THREE: When next He comes up missing on a family pilgrimage, they find Jesus in the temple both asking questions and answering questions. Upon observing Him in this action and observing how everyone was “astonished,” Mary finds the word unfolding or proceeding even more after twelve years. Mary, though not fully understanding all that was being gradually unfolded, kept these matters in her heart (Lk. 2:51).
      STEP FOUR: By the time we see Jesus at the wedding in Cana, Mary is beginning to grasp what has proceeded from the original understanding of the prophecy in Luke chapter one. She now makes the suggestion that He do something about the wine shortage (Jn. 2:1f). The proceeding word of God which opens up to us over time and brings us understanding is a process of clarifying.
      That is one reason why we refer to prophecy as “a word” from God rather than “words” from God. For one thing, God can say more in a single word than we can comprehend over a great period of time. However, a “word” is about all that we limited humans can take without coming apart at the seams. Remember, we know in part and prophesy in part. Our human limitations require that God communicate with us in a scene-by-scene unveiling. Too much at one time and our whirling, wondering minds could miss the point of the whole thing by jumping ahead of God’s timing and try to do at one time all that the word or vision seems to indicate. But if we realize that God has a proceeding word for us, that God wants to fully communicate His purposes and that they are discoverable, we are more likely to posture ourselves for the long-haul.
      Ex. 23:27 “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run. 28 I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. 29 but I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. 31…. I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out before you.”
      God very much desires that you and I possess the “good land” of our prophecy and His promises. But God is a very wise and very loving Father. (cf.“…until you have increased enough.”) He doesn’t expect us to bite off more than we can chew nor would He think of forcing us to. He hid Moses in the cleft of the rock to prevent him from being exposed to too great an intensity of His presence. Moses led sheep in the wilderness before he led Israel to the promised land. Joseph served in Potiphar’s house and in prison before he served Pharaoh. David watched over his father’s sheep before he was allowed to watch over Israel. Each of these men experienced the unfolding and clarifying and interpreting aspects of the proceeding word of God. “Until you have increased enough.” “{For I am} confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:6 NAS)

      December 29, 2022 at 2:18 pm

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