Jesus, son of Abraham and son of David, 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, TPT)
Growing up on Abraham Avenue, Zacharias, Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary had no idea how they would fit in the plans of God & the history of man. Amid all their lessons in history & 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. (Jer29:11) — Kathy G
“Your throne is established from of old. You are from everlasting.” (Ps.93:2) Before any sons of Belial (“reckless, lawlessness”) planned or implemented their shenanigans, God was already on His throne. Before any elements came together to form a disaster, He was. Before Abraham, Jesus is “I Am.” (Jn.8:58) So, as Melissa sings, “He stands above it all.” And we run to the Rock that is higher than us. “For no matter where I am, even when I’m far from home, I will cry out to you for a father’s help. When I’m feeble and overwhelmed by life, guide me into your glory, where I am safe and sheltered.” (Ps.61:2, TPT)
There are blessings, signs, wonders and miracles about to happen in our lives, our families, our churches and our nation because God was witnessing of it before you and I were ever born—for His Name’s sake. We will not fall backward from promise in our confession. We will not say as Abraham, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.” (Gen.15:3). Because He who is Witness responds “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” (v.4) We will not see promise from afar or second-hand. We will see it with our own eyes and give Almighty God praise.
What have our children heard? Have they heard blessing like the voice of blessing of Abraham to Isaac and the voice of Isaac to Jacob? Have they heard words of honor around the house and words of life, words of productivity? Are we just repeating in our home what we experienced when we were growing up or are we determined that our children will see the faithfulness of God in their generation? “As for me,” God says, “this is my covenant with them: My Spirit that I’ve placed upon you and the words that I’ve given you to speak, they’re not going to leave your mouths nor the mouths of your children nor the mouths of your grandchildren. You will keep repeating these words and won’t ever stop.” (Isa.59:21, Msg)
The Christmas story is the story of hope — hope in the face of all that is contrary. Christmas time is a great time to use for the purpose of remembering, memorializing the fact, that when God says, “I will….”, then God will. He will move mountains, seas and people. In Josh. 2:11 the fact and realization is that our God is able to move anything or anyone in heaven or in earth to accomplish His purposes. He is able to move in the life of an obscure girl who had no credentials or evident reason for expecting to be part of an earth-shaking, history-shaping event. Her qualities and integrity (evidenced in the writings of both Matthew and Doctor Luke) helped to place her in the middle of the road where an unprecedented moving of God was progressing like a steamroller and changing history as man had known it. That change was taking place through a small handful of individuals and not through some large and varied political or military movement. From all that we can find concerning this person called Mary, precious few people even knew of her qualities and integrity. It would seem that Jehovah was about the only One who saw and might very well have been the only One who noticed. And by the time she was discovered to be with child, she would have been disqualified by any who did happen to notice. Had it not been for dreams and angels intervening by Divine directive, her own husband would have done away with her.
When God promised Abraham a son it would appear that it was long deferred. Abraham most likely thought that the son which was promised was his immediate son. However, that promised Son was the One through whom the world would be blessed, the One who would be called the Christ. This Son of promise proved to be coming at the great distance of some 42 generations and about 2,000 years. Though it be long and arduous by our standards, God Jehovah is faithful in all and brings about detail for detail that which was foretold long before it was realized in this realm which we call reality. Delays do nothing to weaken the promise of God; for in what seem to us to be delays, our all-wise and provisional Father is preparing a people who will walk out His fulfillment rather than being caught unawares and overcome by His fulfillment. As we learn in the New Testament teaching of our Lord, the new wineskin must be prepared for the new wine or it shall burst and the wine and its value lost.
It is interesting to note Henry’s observation on this one point: “This son of David, and son of Abraham, who was to be the glory of his Father’s house, was born when the seed of Abraham was a despised people, recently become tributary to the Roman yoke, and when the house of David was buried in obscurity; for Christ was to be a root out of a dry ground.” From such a studious observation we could readily come to the conclusion that the performance and provision of our God comes when circumstances would place upon it the heaviest it has to offer. Ease and convenience are not the components or the ambiance of fulfillment. The Christmas story is the story of hope — hope in the face of all that is contrary.
Have you noticed the myriad of challenges in current events that seem to have no solution? Have you wondered if there are any answers to the dilemmas you wrestle with in your life? As you face the unknown factors of challenges ahead of you, may your ears and eyes be opened to discover that there are still possibilities in God for solutions that no one has ever considered. May you go toward those challenges speaking in agreement with the creative acts of God in the Bible and in the earth. Let’s imitate Abraham: (Rom.4:17, Msg) “…[Abraham] dared to trust God to do what only God could do: … with a word make something out of nothing.” We are praying you discover daily the possibilities and solutions in the risen Christ. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they realize the sense of advancing forward against odds that cannot weigh them down to defeat. May they look up into the Face of promise and may they find shackles falling away as they begin their new, brisk pace of momentum into victories.
”‘Hear, O Israel: you are advancing today to battle against your enemies. Do not lack courage. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble [in terror] before them,” (Deut.20:3, Amp)
Would-a, should-a, could-a… ah, those little nagging possibilities and regrets. They are those things that chase away sleep while the mind races and the heart thumps away at an accelerated rate because you feel dumb and have come to the undeniable conclusion that you would have just been better off if you had never gotten out of bed this morning. Right at that point is when you feel lower than a caterpillar’s belly in a wagon rut. Just a few days ago you felt ten feet tall in the Spirit and now you have to tiptoe to reach the doorknob.
As a mentor told me many years ago, “Forgive yourself and go on.” Go back to believing what your Lord says about you. Go back and stand on those promises–and it probably wouldn’t hurt to do a little speaking in tongues while you are at it. HE Who raised up Abraham and Sarah and made of them a great people; HE Who raised up Israel after captivity will raise you up again! Forget the would-a, should-a, could-a’s. It’s time to remember The Rock.
“Hearken to Me, you who follow after rightness and justice, you who seek and inquire of [and require] the Lord [claiming Him by necessity and by right]: look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the hole in the quarry from which you were dug; (Isa.51:1, Amp)
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Marty & Kathy Gabler
Influence For Proliferation
According to the revelation of Prophet Isaiah, our children are to have a greater inheritance and influence than we have had (also Prov 13:22). That cannot happen without facilitation and that begins with the hearts of the fathers turned (by designed effort) to the children. Undeniable and lasting influence and facilitation are by the blessing (by verbalization and by touch) of children by fathers. Abraham’s blessings are claimed by the descendants of both of his sons even to this day. Jacob’s blessings upon his 12 sons were evidenced by the proliferation of 12 entire tribes who still possess some of the most valuable and strategic property on earth. The most powerful nations on earth have not been able to breach those God-ordained blessings. We see, therefore, the great significance of spiritual fathers enlarging their tent to embrace persons whose natural fathers had no spiritual deposit for them. It is wise to note that Prophet Malachi shows our Lord’s desire not only for the hearts of the fathers to be turned to the children but also the hearts of the children to be turned to the fathers (Mal 4:6). It would seem to be a two-way street of children reaching to fathers as well as visa-versa.
(This is a continuation of articles on “Our Sphere Of Influence.”)
Marty & Kathy’s Concerning The Kingdom Conference March 6-8, 2013
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APOSTLE JIM HODGES is speaking at the 6th Annual Concerning The Kingdom Conference
Audio excerpt of JIM HODGES speaking at CTK Conference: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-03-03T21_50_48-08_00
KATHY AND MELISSA are speaking at the 6th Annual Concerning The Kingdom Conference
Audio excerpt of KATHY AND MELISSA speaking at CTK Conference
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In This Issue:
p. 3 ………… 2013 Downloads * by Kathy Gabler
p.6 ………… Shifting Up To A New Level * by Jim Hodges
p.10 ………. Royal Dynasty * by Dr. Don Crum
p.12 ………. No Weapon Formed * by Melissa Gabler
p.14 ………. Holy Spirit And Issues Of The Heart * by Simon Purvis
p.19 ………. The Blessing Of Abraham Through The Church * by Jim Becton
p.22 ……… Characteristics Of The Third Day Army * by Tricia Miller
p.25 ……… 2013 Declarations * by Marty Gabler