Daily Devotions

Archive for April, 2023

Never Go Back

As the people of God assemble today, may the Lord Almighty grant that His people will be awakened by His Holy Spirit working with His Word and may we never go back to the place we were before He did. Egypt and religious legalism are not for returning to, they are for leaving. The enemy of the purposes of Christ does not have to destroy the church with civil laws. All he has to do is get it sidetracked from Christ. (Gal.4:8-11, Msg)—“Earlier, before you knew God personally, you were enslaved to so-called gods that had nothing of the divine about them. But now that you know the real God—or rather since God knows you—how can you possibly subject yourselves again to those paper tigers? For that is exactly what you do when you are intimidated into scrupulously observing all the traditions, taboos, and superstitions associated with special days and seasons and years. I am afraid that all my hard work among you has gone up in a puff of smoke!”

No Countdown to Canaan Conference

Even while in the middle of the wilderness, Israel was on the verge of a new era. Yet, there weren’t any people walking around or gathering groups under a tree to listen to them preach about the new era that was being ushered in and that they should have hope and that they should give themselves wholeheartedly to it and, most certainly, no one had even announced a Countdown to Canaan Conference. Even without the thing being announced in bright lights, the new season was moving in upon them just the same. One factor we must always be aware of that can spawn disillusionment is when the proclaimers of new eras leave us with the assumption that it is going to be a “magic carpet ride”. We will not be able to simply go on about “business as usual” but must look for ways to adjust to what is coming and adjust and make preparations for what we are hoping will be.

Watching, Listening, Heeding

Melissa Gabler—As the people of God, what do we need to be watching, listening for and heeding? Watch for creativity and ideas being unleashed that will produce finances, answers, healing, refuge and change in hearts. Deut.28 sounds like we won’t miss creativity and ideas “if” we listen diligently to the voice of the Lord our God, being watchful to do all His commandments.

Days of Elijah

KATHY—Over a two week period I kept hearing, “These are the days of Elijah.”  It wasn’t a song echoing within me but a declaration. I later discovered several other folks were hearing this also.  Since I know we hear in part, I figured it was likely that each of us was hearing a different emphasis in the Days of Elijah.  Setting out to embrace my part, I searched out significance in the Days of Elijah.  I was amazed how vividly the conditions he faced were the same we are facing in our days of history (1Kings 17-18). As our days mirror the days of Elijah in so many details, may we be encouraged that we too will see the called-of-God follow the Lord’s directions and take down corrupt government and willful evil, both now and in generations to come. (This is the first excerpt from Kathy’s article “Days of Elijah”. We will post more in the next week or so.)

Hopes And Dreams For A New Season

There are people who have hopes and dreams that a new season is just ahead and that it will hold something fresh and fulfilling. There is a God-something in us that urges us to reach beyond what we have experienced and strive for more than we have known. We so desire to eagerly respond to the “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” invitation of Jer.33:3. We want to see and experience the “never seen” and “never known” which is beyond our own capacity so that we may know resolve and victories and fulfillment that have, heretofore, been beyond our reach. So, we must lift up our heads from where we are and look to where there is transforming power and radical answers that change individuals and grip them with an insatiable vision for the Kingdom of Heaven in the earth. Ps.121:1-2,NASB—“I will raise my eyes to the mountains; From where will my help come?  2  My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”

As Goes the Remnant

Melissa — We/YOU carry what our nation and the world needs, and you can change things from where you are at this moment. God used a remnant of people time and time again to make big changes. He’s God, a tiny dose of His power can turn this thing upside-down! Our new motto for the middle of 2023 and beyond:  “As goes the remnant, so goes the nation”.

SFMV#14 – God Will Stand With Me

SFMV#14  “God Will Stand With Me”
Marty reads Scripture and prays for our victory today.
Click on the picture below to view video.

SFMV#14 ThmNail

Don’t Let Peace Depart

KATHY—After waking in the funk I mentioned recently, stillness was my first hurdle.  Two scriptures came to mind.  The first was Jn 14:1, Let not your heart be troubled.  I had taught on that scripture a few times and knew it meant “don’t let your heart be agitated, tossed to and fro, restless, perplexed with doubt, stirred up, struck with fear and dread or anxious and distressed”.  Since I had woken up in that very condition, my challenge was to find a way out of the troubling.  After rereading my own notes, I knew one positive step was to hold my peace, or keep my mouth shut.  Peace will depart from our heart on the wings of our words and all that is left is trouble’s rubble.

Seeing the Difference

 As the people of God assemble today may they praise from their hearts, give from their obedience and hear from true Biblical understanding so that they might arise with God’s power to meet the needs of the hurting and oppressed.  “I’m sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.” (Acts 28:17-18, Msg)

Deliver Us From Evil

There was an intercessors meeting where I was asked to speak. I was talking about all the demonic activity and agendas being promoted in our culture and that it might be a good idea for us to look to Scripture and heed our Lord’s instruction in the Lord’s Prayer to ask our Heavenly Father to deliver us from evil. There was a known minister from the region in attendance and he spoke up and said that in that particular context (Matt.6:13), the original language isn’t referring to evil in general but to “the evil one” and we were delivered from him at the cross. (In that particular context it seemed as though he was implying that we are not supposed to pray to be delivered from evil.) And, believe it or not, I am actually aware of the truths stated by that gentleman. But, first of all, I still desire to continue to be delivered from the evil one (it appears these days that he is still quite active), his activities and his agenda in my generation and I desire the nearly-destroyed-by-evil people I minister to, to be delivered also. Then, when I further consider him and all that is quite apparently evil and devilish in the culture of this nation, I think the present condition of the world around us begs the question, “How many know that you don’t get the dog without his fleas?” There is not only an “evil one” but it is my belief that in Mk.5:9 where the man said, “My name is Legion, for we are many” we are shown that, though he was just one man, the “dog’s fleas” (more than one) had so infested him that he was tormented and terrorizing the region of the Gerasenes. That level of demonization and demonstrative display are not the only ways evil is manifested. Evil can function quite often in disguised, subtle and hidden ways, yet leave its disturbing, harassing residue over a wide area. I regularly pray for said deliverance from evil in society and regularly declare it over hurting people. I shall continue to pray for insight, wisdom and discernment for myself and others as we move forward in facing the challenges of evil and move forward in the purposes of the King of Kings as the powers of darkness continue to oppose the Kingdom of Light (Jn.3:19-20;Col.1:13;1Pe.2:9;1Thess.5:22).

Angelic Company

MELISSA—In days to come we will realize we have massive amounts of help from a God-created angelic company.  It’s time to be aware that God has created an angelic army doing His will on this earth right now.  It’s time we realized we are intended to network with them because they know our destiny and it is their job to help us get there.  Just like Elisha’s servant in 2 Kings 6, it is time for our eyes to be opened to this partnership God intended.  By the end of 2023 we will look back in amazement at what He has done and where we are. So, go ahead and ANTICIPATE the inevitable, supernatural intervention of God! (MELISSA will be leading us in a Worship Encounter and speaking at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY <> September 8-10, 2023.) All information for DVP2023 is at martygabler.com/dvp2023.

Unmapped Trips

KATHY—I awoke in a funk.  When my eyes opened, the weight of unresolved situations and unanswered prayers was already smothering my hope for the day.  I sat up and said, “Father, I’m not going to whine and list the stuff that is squeezing my heart.  Neither will I foolishly demand that You do something quick or I quit, but I do honestly want to ask:  How should I think? How do I deal with the troubles in my face this morning, long-standing issues that have not the slightest evidence of even being on Your radar?  I see no hint of things in motion or even the slightest chance of change.  What do I do?”  He answered immediately, “Stay still and stay thankful.”  His answer was both sudden and surprising, but the instructions were clear.  I embarked on a journey that morning, one of those unmapped trips that bring you to intersections you did not anticipate.  I was about to discover that some foundational concepts in my Christian world, like peace and trust and faith, connected in ways that I had never realized.

Facilitating Heaven

As the Word of God says, “Everything that can be shaken will be shaken” (Heb.12:27). For more than 2,000 years the prayers of the saints have been going up to the throne of God in obedience to the instruction of our Lord when He required His disciples to pray, “Thy Kingdom come.” God Almighty has not been deaf upon His throne. Just like rats scurrying to get out of a collapsing building, the powers and principalities in second heaven are feeling the pressure of Third Heaven coming into the earth (Mt.6:10). They are scurrying about the earth and our nation affecting everything and everyone that will allow it and they are attempting, through willing dupes, to dismantle everything they can. Throughout history, when a retreating army leaves an area, they burn and dismantle everything they can so that their enemy cannot use it to their advantage. We should not, at all, be surprised at the attempts to dismantle the Word of God and the institutions that uphold it and our constitution. Hence, our faith, prayers and unwavering availability must facilitate the coming of heaven into earth. 

Is This The End?

Melissa Gabler—Is this the end? It is for some very old wickedness.  It has mocked God and is getting crushed to oblivion.  We have to remember this when the battle is this intense.  Hey, if those who have sown to the flesh are reaping destruction, then the other side of that coin is heaven on earth! “But the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.” (Gal. 6:8-9 AMP) Don’t push this promise off to someday when you die. God’s original intent is for us to be heaven-on-earth during our lifetime. Heaven is invading earth right now.  This harvest is here for both sides of this coin! While the corrupt are meeting their corruption the just are receiving their promises (Compare—Ex.14:19-20). This is a beautiful time to be alive.  We get to see the justice and goodness of a God that will never be mocked.  You can be assured of that!  Angels, attend to the harvest!

The Bid-Me-Come Heart-cry

Kathy Gabler—That “BID me COME”, that heart-cry of Peter (Matt.14:28), is in the heart of all of us.  It is deep calling unto deep and JESUS is saying to us too, “COME ON!”  There is no need for us to live a watered-down version of what God had in mind for our lifetime.  We don’t have to leave a wimpy, skimpy heritage.  Fear may hold us in the boat and tempt us to refuse the dominion mandate, but there is a stronger force at work in us.  There is a heart’s cry, “Lord, BID me COME.”  We may consider just stepping back from sonship and dominion because we have not seen it or lived it vividly yet, but dominion is not about being an experienced son, it is about being an obedient son.  There will be times in all of us that the cry of “BID me COME” stirs in our breast and we have a choice to respond to the Lord’s, “Come on.”

Glorify and Edify

Free Church HugAs the people of God assemble today may they glorify Yahweh and may they edify the saints. May they speak words to one another that encourage and bear fruit. May praises and encouragements be overheard by the little ones so that they, in turn, speak to their peers words that encourage them to be Kingdom achievers by the grace of Almighty God. Heb.10:24-25,Amp—“And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities,  25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.”

Morning Victory Videos – Scripture and Prayer

In the SFMV videos Marty reads the Bible and prays for morning victory.
Click on the picture below to go to Marty’s Facebook page to view video.
SFMV Promo2

Choose Poison or Fruit

For years, the leaders of this nation and special interest groups have been filling its atmosphere with criticism and caustic vitriol. There is an inescapable principle in the Bible. It isn’t God just getting mad at a few well-deserving individuals, it is a God-given law of the universe which tells us that no voiced vitriol is neutral.”Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” (Prov.18:21, Msg)

Darkness Has an Expiration Date

MELISSA — Darkness has an expiration date and its number has been called.  The Hosts of Heaven are currently attending to that matter.  “For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction.” (Gal.6:8) There it is in rather simple language.  This corrupt spirit has been defying, challenging and ridiculing the original intent of God and its time is up.  God’s intent is the only thing that carries life and blessing.  Anything outside of that is an enemy of God and will surely self destruct …with some help from Angel Armies.

Advantages Without Limits

KATHY— My brother has an infant grandson who lives with him. He is always speaking words of life to him and quoting Scripture over him. I enjoy my brother texting me pictures of my little nephew day by day. He sent me a picture of the baby wearing his bib. There was just one big word that completely covered the bib: LOVED.  Those kinds of words build the atmosphere around him very literally. May our little children always be in an atmosphere that declares their worth because that will affect their life. My little nephew so obviously has the mark of God on his life and future. May everything and everyone around him lineup with God’s good plans for him. I bless him and his family today as the angels of the Free Child Hold HandLord keep each of them in place and purpose that will bring fulfillment instead of frustration in life. Jesus said, “A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect — life in its fullness until you overflow!” (Jn.10:10,TPT). Abundantly means “advantages without limits”. By our God’s grace and enablement, let’s set up our little ones to have our Lord’s advantages without limits.

Heaven Waits

A while back I heard a man singing “Heaven waits for me. I am looking forward to going there” and it was difficult to understand his next lyrics because of all the shouting and jumping around. I don’t ever recall reading a scripture in the Bible that actually says “heaven” is waiting for us, wanting us to come there. BUT I do remember reading a scripture that says CREATION is waiting for us. Creation is not waiting for sons/daughters to be removed from present chaos but the Bible actually says that creation is groaning (Rom.8) for sons/daughters, with the likeness of their redeeming Lord (Jn.20:21), to be revealed in the earth through redemptive action and redemptive words of life (Acts1:8). Where I have been lately across the U.S. and outside this nation, that groan is getting louder and louder, more desperate and more pleading—some even pled with me to let them video me with their phone while I prophesied and prayed so that they might take them and play them for others in desperation. They did not ask me to tell them about heaven. They asked me how God’s power might help them and their families and their nation in the present chaos.
What heaven IS waiting for is sons/daughters of God through whom it may come into the earth. Perhaps it would be more Biblically accurate to say that what heaven is waiting for is for sons/daughters of God Almighty to receive Holy Spirit in such a way that they receive outpouring from heaven and reveal the Christ of glory in this present earth. Would that when this subject was sung or preached that the shouting of those being revealed in the earth would be so great that the singer/preacher would have to pause before going on.
The Holy Spirit brings what exists in the realm of heaven into history. Jesus was in heaven but He was brought into history by Holy Spirit. When Mary asked, “How shall this be?” Gabriel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you” (Lk 1:35). Paul says that Holy Spirit has a groan He wants to groan through us and that it will answer the groan in creation: “And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for {us} with groanings too deep for words; (Rom 8:26, NAS)
The groaning of creation for the sons of God to be revealed (v.19) is met with the power of Holy Spirit in bringing the realm of heaven into history. The answer to the groan of the creature (v.20-21) is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; 2:4) brings the power that is beyond what we can produce or accomplish in ourselves (Acts1:8,TPT “…and you will be seized with power.”) The fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:22-25) manifests in this earth the conduct and relationships of heaven. We must get the relationships of heaven into the earth. The gifts of the Spirit (1Co.12:7-11) manifest in this age the power of heaven over our limitations — over what we do not know and cannot do. We must get the power and benefits of heaven into this earth, “Salvation does not mean flight and escape from the lower material world to a higher spiritual world; it means the redemption of the realm of human history by the invasion of the spiritual realm of God, so that the historical realm is lifted to a new and higher level of existence (G.E. Ladd, Theology of the New Testament, p.489).”

God is Not Mocked

MELISSA—“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap.  For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8 Amplified). As my hair stood on end, I realized this is the chaotic shriek we are hearing on a daily basis throughout this nation.  The wicked ARE receiving their harvest because they have mocked the Great I AM.  The humanistic spirit of this age thought it killed God.  Oops! 

SFMV#12 – Scriptures For Morning Victory

SFMV#12 – Scriptures For Morning Victory #12 – “The God of The Storm”
Marty reads Scriptures and prays.
Click on the video below to view.
SFMV#12 ThmNail

Carrying a God-Purpose

Kathy Gabler—Everyone breathing is carrying a God-purpose. We are living in this time to be sons and daughters of God making history in the earth. Not one of us is insignificant or without a holy calling. Whether we realize it or not, our purpose is a piece of the bigger purpose that God is stewarding. You may be a school bus driver that God positioned in a sphere of protection over three children that the enemy’s trying to take out before they become a principal and mayor and police chief that they were born to be. Perhaps you are raising a child that will affect the medical world in twenty years. Maybe you are living in a particular county so that your taxes can help change it for a God-plan. Perhaps part of your purpose is being God’s expression of mercy in an office or for you to be the medicine of healing because you can make others laugh. Or maybe He placed your skills and personality as a connector to get people to solutions in a community. Most of the time we are not aware of how God is using the details of our daily lives as a part of His bigger intention, but God watches over you and who you were born to be. He also intends that you outlive anything that contradicts any facet of your multi-faceted purpose and fulfillment.