As the people of God assemble today, may they be filled and overflowing with His grace and His empowering Holy Spirit and hope like they were at Pentecost and may His Spirit overflow into every area of their lives and into the areas of responsibility they have and the relationships they have. “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4, KJV) “May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” (Rom.15:13, Msg)
God-fearing people can have carnal reactions to a move of God. Those making fun of the work of Holy Spirit were what we might call the “churched people” of that day. Yet when the presence of God began to manifest in that city, they were bewildered. These religious, faithful members of the synagogue even made fun of the move of God: v.13 “Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.'” Today people would say something like, “Oh, they’re just in the flesh.” When God restores a truth to His people it can get messy because humanity, dug into its carnal comfort zones, is not easily moved. The way the God-fearing people reacted in Acts 2 is proof positive that God-fearing people can have carnal reactions to a move of God even to the point of making fun of it. A preacher I heard quoted said, “The ways of God must be inscrutable beyond understanding. If they were not, they would be surrendered to man’s mind. And if to man’s mind, then ultimately to man’s control.”
(This is the fourth excerpt from Marty Gabler’s article “Amazed and Perplexed“ taken from his most recent book release “Toward an Understanding of Moves and Manifestations of God”. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
The people who were amazed and bewildered were not heathen. They were very religious people (v.5″God-fearing Jews”). These were the “churched people” of that day. They knew the Scriptures and they had been trained in theology. They were those who were supposed to know about God and know what He was like and know the kinds of things He does. But they didn’t know everything about God nor everything about the way He does things. They hadn’t seen all the ways in which God moves. They didn’t have knowledge of all the ways in which God might manifest Himself. Cf.Isa 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” This unprecedented Power surge left these religious people “bewildered” in v.6, “utterly amazed” in v.7 and “perplexed” in v.12 (NIV).
(This is the third excerpt from Marty Gabler’s article “Amazed and Perplexed“ taken from his most recent book release “Toward an Understanding of Moves and Manifestations of God”. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
You are more than your constituent parts by the power of the Holy Spirit. In your constituent parts, you are arms and legs and head and torso and talent and ability but by the power of the Holy Spirit you are much more today. In you, the Holy Spirit will be more than you are and, in you, He will do more than you can do. He will be what you are not and do what you cannot do.
“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be…” (Acts 1:8, Amp)
Sentiment may tell us that being persecuted is the same as being a victim or even a martyr, but according to this beatitude in Matt.5:10, persecution for righteousness’ sake actually marks the point of empowerment, where the blessings of the Kingdom (that is, the power of His order and unlimited resources) open to us. This scripture tells us we have the option to see persecution defensively or offensively, as victimization or empowerment. Spending our life pressing toward the mark and taking a righteous ground, will involve persecution in the process, but persecution is not a goal, and God certainly never intended us to develop a victim’s expectation that draws it.
(This is an excerpt from an article by Kathy Gabler entitled “Offense: The Kingdom In Action” in which she talks about the advantage of moving from merely a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy.)
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We Live In This Time In History Because
We live in this time in history because God ordained it so and He also ordained the days to come for His Name’s sake (Ps23:3;106:8;1Jn2:12;3Jn:1:7)
Typically after someone shares about how they were powerfully used of God, someone will walk up afterwards and say something like, “Yes, but you are a full-time minister, pastor, evangelist, prophet etc., etc.” Title, T-shirt or cap doesn’t matter. The anointing and empowering One, the Holy Spirit is the same in every believer at any time in history.
The reason we do not speak with a British accent and send our taxes to London each April is because 1000’s of nameless people participated in the American Revolution and turned the tide for the nation. It could not have been done by the dozen or so people whose names made it into the history books.
Jahweh is no less faithful in this moment of history than He was in 2Co 4:9: “we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side.”
“So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.” (Ps.90:12)
DECLARE: “I do not live so I might observe history taking place but so I might make history. I was born at the right time and will effectively impact the sphere of influence God has given me in my generation.”
Prophetic Gift Calls Us To Perseverance
When God gives a promise He gives a witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. He… put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (2Co 1:22). We allow pressures and delay to smother the witness, of the Holy Spirit, to promise. When we are on our way to the fulfillment of promise and the wind is not at our backs, the tendency is to turn around and go back so that we are not opposed by the wind. Rowing with the wind is much easier than rowing against the wind. But winds of opposition will come from the enemy because he does not want the promise of God to be fulfilled in us. If it is fulfilled in us it will not only revolutionize our lives but it will also bless those around us. It will advance the Kingdom of God.
We need the prophetic gift around regularly strengthening, encouraging and comforting (1Co 14:3) because the receiving of promise from God does not prevent waves from coming over the side of the boat. But the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it (Mt 14:24). The fact that we have received a prophecy does not guarantee that the wind will be at our backs. The waves coming over the side do not have to sink us. The wind does not have to destroy us. Believe it or not, those things do not even have to discourage us. They should actually build into us determination. They should make us more determined to focus on the goal. Those who strengthen and encourage the people of God out of a prophetic gift keep us grounded in the Word and looking toward the goal.
Marty will be speaking at Dreams Visions Prophecy on the relevance of prophecy for today * No Fee
January 25-26, 2013
Grace International Church just north of Houston,TX
I declare that Creator-God will creatively bring about solutions for our families, our nation and Israel in 2013.
Blessed is He who is so creative, our Lord God. If He can create such beautiful wonders that our eyes can barely believe what they are seeing, can’t He creatively bring about solutions and resolve concerning us and our nation and Israel? I think the answer is: “Well, He’s done it before!”
DECLARE: “He has done it before and He will do it again”
“Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch His breath. And He knows everything, inside and out.” (Isa40:28, Msg)
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” (Jer.29:11, Amp)
“thoughts”: a device, a plan, a purpose, an invention (Thayer)
If need be, He can invent an event or a thing to bring solution in my life.
In Daniel’s writing, he sees Jesus as The Stone (Dan.2:35). By the time we get to the New Testament, Peter is referring to Jesus as the “Living Stone.” To whom coming, [as unto] a LIVING STONE, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, [and] precious… (1Pe 2:4). It is most interesting to note that the only ones “disallowing” the Stone is “men.” In Psalm 2 when “kings of the earth set themselves against the Lord” and “rulers took counsel together” against the Lord, God sat far above them in the heavens untouchable and laughed at those men who had no power to touch the all-powerful God of the heavens. It simply does not matter how many or who has “disallowed” the Living Stone. What does matter is that He “is chosen of God”.
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