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)
As the people of God assemble today, may each one look beyond opportunities
to dwell on and point out the faults of others. May each one pray for the other
that their faults not overcome them but that they escape faults and shortcomings
and be blessed for the purposes of the Lord and the blessing of others.
“and never return evil for evil or insult for insult [avoid scolding, berating, and
any kind of abuse], but on the contrary, give a blessing [pray for one another’s
well-being, contentment, and protection]; for you have been called for this very
purpose, that you might inherit a blessing [from God that brings well-being,
happiness, and protection].” (1Pe.3:9, Amp)
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There are people who need you, O Lord. They need to be strengthened, encouraged, equipped and comforted. Give us enablement that is beyond who we are, what we know and what we can do so that they may be edified and impacted to the degree you want them to be.
“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only [b]being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].” (Gal.6:10, Amp)
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p.3 – Seeing Us Like God Sees Us—Kathy Gabler
p.6 – The Kingdom And The Church—Jim Hodges
p.9 – The Divided Man (Part 2)—Simon Purvis
p.14 – Perspective Switch: A Contrast Of Hope—Melissa Gabler
p.17 – The Gifts Of Healing—Lynn Burling
p.21 – Don’t Lose Sight Of Purpose—Tricia Miller
p.24 – From Great Dissatisfaction To Great Satisfaction—John & Pat Terry
p.26 – Don’t Stop Short—Marty Gabler
May the Lord bless His people today. May they be kept in safety and, LORD, in your envelope of love and favor. May their efforts to get their job done be effective beyond the energy and skill that they put into it because they and their righteous efforts are blessed by the touch of your hand. May they sense the companionship and help of your precious Holy Spirit with everything they face and everyone they must deal with today.
Let’s see how the “persecuted for righteousness sake” (Matt.5:10) scripture unfolds. The root of this blessing is righteousness. Righteousness is an offensive move toward a God-goal, and the persecution is generated because of it. This verse does not say, blessed are the persecuted for theirs is the kingdom. Many have made persecution the focus and left people with a tendency to glorify persecution, even if the conflict is not about righteousness. For example, it’s not about righteousness when a zealous person wants to witness to get another notch in their pistol and they take every opportunity to throw pearls before swine (Matt 7:6). That’s persecution for obnoxiousness’ sake. In the office, when a Pharisaical legalist points out every sin and calls down hellfire, he’s persecuted for condemnation’s sake. The zealot and legalist are not being persecuted for righteousness’ sake. However, from the ripple effect, even though these people have misrepresented God and generated their own persecution and bruises, they become the defensive victim, and being a defensive victim is a common view of Christianity, but not sonship.
(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.)
What of the New Year?–The Unexpected Positive
It would seem that typically when “unexpected” is mentioned our minds tend to go toward the negative. BUT Jahweh is the God of the unexpected positive: grace when we don’t expect it, mercy when we don’t expect it, a Hand up and out when we don’t expect it. (Acts 12:5-16; “they were astonished”)
May the Lord give you unexpected surprises that delight your heart in 2013.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1Cor.2:9)