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Strategic Dreams

“Indeed God speaks once, or twice, {yet} no one notices it. In a dream, a vision of the night, when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber in their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,” Job 33:14-16.(NAU)  I am continually amazed at the strategic dreams God SleepDreamsends in the night. I consider strategic dreams to be those timely telegrams that confirm direction or give instruction or release insight and understanding about our lives and circumstances.  These dreams can bring answers when we need them as well as bring answers to questions we don’t even know to ask.    

Strategic dreams and visions can become un-carnal weapons in our lives.  “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,” (NKJ) 2 Cor 10:3-4. We can access God’s arsenal of un-carnal weapons by seeking Him.  We become skillful with His weapons as we learn His ways. We learn His ways by paying attention to the truth He reveals and by submitting to His order and following through on His directions.  Our Creator’s creativity is unlimited!  He has unique, customized weapons in His arsenal that will counter any weapon ever formed against us, (Isa 54:17).  

(This is an excerpt from Chapter One of Kathy’s book “The Heart of Dreams” This is the third edition with more content and more symbols.)
Kathy will be speaking at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY 2018  September 14-16
Grace International Willis,TX   CLICK HERE FOR INFO

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Old wars, Old enemies, New Victories

Sharing the third victory in this series which was won with un-carnal weapons that were received in dreams and visions: Old wars, Old enemies, New Victories

      A lady told me that she had seen a dark shadow in her bedroom one evening. Strangely, she was not frightened, but she knew she needed wisdom and insight to set the thing to flight. A few days later in a dream, God opened her understanding.

 peaceful scene water     In the dream she discovered an old soul-tie, an individual that she had considered a constant refuge in times past. Suddenly she realized that because this friend had never required any commitment (nor offered any), she had used the relationship as a refuge whenever she feared commitment in her life. Many times when she’d been faced with the need to commit to a relationship or to commit to a responsibility, fear would flare up and send her running back to the refuge where there were no strings attached. It was a need-based, unhealthy relationship and she realized she was still tied to its memory. As surely as an old photo album from that time of her life was stored in a closet, she had stored that sense of refuge in her memory. Like a comforting blanky or silky, she could still pull it out if life got too demanding.

      Awaking and considering the dream, she realized the dream revealed she had maintained a memory in her heart of a carnal place of refuge. If the Lord is not our refuge, then neither is He Lord of our refuge … and the places in our life where He is not Lord are places vulnerable to powers of darkness. The dark shadow’s presence was evidence that a stronghold needed pulling down. Suddenly she remembered that same dark shadow had come to her room when she was a child. This revealed more of the nature of the stronghold. That fear of commitment that made her seek out refuge in her teen years had obviously dogged her in childhood also. Her understanding opened further and she knew there was a deeper root. That root was fear, a fear of failure to be exact. That fear, which is common to many, had likely plagued other generations in her house before coming to her room and it continued to show up through her life at points of purpose and times of potential fulfillment of destiny. Once again the familiar enemy showed up, intending to hinder a new season of purpose in her life, and he fully expected to send her scurrying backward in search of safety again.

      However, she now had an un-carnal weapon to wield. With the dream’s insights came the grace to take action. She started by getting rid of the old photos. There was no need to preserve the memory of the old refuge any longer because there was no need to assume or even accept failure. She no longer trusted her ability to build a refuge like she once had. By trusting in God instead of self, she slammed the door on the fear of failure and the dark shadow no longer had a legal leg to stand on. Through her obedient follow-through she was swinging an un-carnal weapon that defeated an old enemy for her and for her generations to come.

      For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, (2 Cor 10:3-4,NKJ)

(This is the fifth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Un-Carnal Weapons”.(This is the final excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Un-Carnal Weapons”. Excerpts from articles are posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)

 


Un-Carnal Weapons

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, (2 Cor 10:3-4NKJ) 

man yellI pray we become a people of God, skillful in the use of un-carnal weapons.  I believe the first step to that goal is learning to recognize the difference between carnal (governed by mere human nature only) and un-carnal weapons.  If we simply “do what comes naturally,” we are choosing carnal weapons.  So, we must learn to do what comes super-naturally.  Emotional reactions that flare up in us are sometimes explosive and therefore seem powerful.  After all, we all know what it is like to fear someone’s upset or wrath.  However, emotional outbursts, like a persuasive tongue or logic or rationalization are common weapons of the natural man; therefore they are still carnal weapons and do not compare with un-carnal weapons like Godly authority and wisdom or Divine revelation and intervention. 

(This is the first excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Un-Carnal Weapons”. Excerpts are posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)


Dismantle The Powers

The coming year will initiate a maturing season that will bring forth mature sons who get mature results for the Glory of their Destroyed brickwallFather.  When I read 2Co 10:3-6, this is what it says to me:  For though we are flesh and blood, when it comes to war we are not limited to physical frailties, human nature or human passions.  For the weapons and tools of our warfare are not fettered by mere human motives and passions with temporal effects.  Rather, we dismantle the powers of darkness by pulling down their conniving efforts to block our knowing God and His instruction that will cause us to prevail.  As we learn to pierce the piece God points out, we will see God-results.  Like our example, we will learn to merely do what He says do and watch God happen.

(This is the final excerpt from Kathy’s article “Mature Son Results” * SEEC Magazine Volume 17 Issue 6 * Previous posts from this article are available by scrolling down this page.)

**Kathy will be speaking at the SEEC Kingdom Conference March 5-7, 2014.
Conference details are available at:  martygabler.com/ctk-conference/

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SEEC Kingdom Conference * Theme: “The Advancing Kingdom”
March 5-7, 2014 * Grace International Church * Willis, TX
Speakers: Jim Hodges, Dr. Don Crum, Marty Gabler, Kathy Gabler, Melissa Gabler, Simon Purvis
“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end . . .” (Isa.9:7 )
You may find conference details on these web pages:
martygabler.com/ctk-conference/ * seecministries.org   *   www.graceic.org


Fighting Wisely

Fighting Wisely

Discerning the intent of a particular weapon can reveal a strategy for its defeat.  An example is that many weapons seem personal when you are actually one of many being targeted.  An individual can get overwhelmed by being caught in the crossfire of a bigger, corporate target.  Like the Untouchables, who were governmental agents caught in the crossfire between the purpose of a nation and the corruption trying to undermine it, they took personal hits but the war was much bigger than the individuals. Their mandate or calling and purpose put them in the crossfire. In addition to persevering in spite of their personal hits, the strategic elements that made the Untouchables untouchable, or undefeated, were purity of motive, skill, and corporateness. (2Co.10:3-4)

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