(Melissa Gabler) I remember at the beginning of last year hearing 2017 is the year of pus extraction. Therefore, a drawing salve season began: The reason drawing salve works is that it softens the skin around the splinter or whatever else is in there and this then enables the body to more easily eject the foreign object. This is something that the body does naturally anyway, but by moisturizing the area and using anti-inflammatory agents you simply encourage this to work more quickly before the wound closes over it. At the same time it can encourage blood flow which will also help to create pus, and as the pus is ejected from the body so too is the foreign object. That last bit of poison has a tendency to try and hold on for dear life. So, don’t give up (Gal.6:7-9) (Second excerpt from Melissa Gabler’s article “2018 So Far”.)
As the people of God assemble today may they become more unified in their connections with one another, their care for one another and their vision for their city. ”So that there should be no division or discord or lack of adaptation [of the parts of the body to each other], but the members all alike should have a mutual interest in and care for one another.”. (1Cor.12:25, Amp)
(Kathy Gabler) Self-image, self-worth and self-government cannot be determined by your IQ or strengths or looks or successes or skills, but neither are they determined by experiences or failures or opinions or lies. The thing that outranks all of that is your relationship with the Father and guaranteed daughtership or sonship. Identity, affirmation and boundaries are powerfully established through that relationship.
Individuals and entities are determined to redefine words and institutions to fit their preferences and to defy morals and values. Romans 1:18 shows us this is not new in history and does not go without consequences: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, WHO SUPPRESS THE TRUTH in unrighteousness.” “Suppress” is holding down truth under sinful acts to prevent truth from being revealed.(CBSC)
Well, it’s been something so far! There is most definitely a different atmosphere so far this year. I have noticed that while people are seemingly being pounded by illness and circumstances, there are “finallies” busting wide open! What?! It makes sense, however, in the light of multiple words last year about things getting tougher and tougher and then… THEN a breakthrough in the first quarter of 2018. (First excerpt from Melissa Gabler’s article “2018 So Far”.)
The reason Paul said (Phil.3:12), “that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus”, is because, at every opportunity, Holy Spirit is pulling us forward (v.13) in anticipation of grasping the fullness for which we have been “apprehended.” That word “apprehended” is a wonderful word which means: to possess; to take eagerly, comprehend, find, perceive (Strong); to take possession of – in a good sense, of Christ by His holy power and influence laying hold of the human mind and will, in order to prompt and govern it (Thayer). (Jn.6:44, MEV) “No one can come to Me unless the Father who has sent Me draws him.” We are praying you discover daily that you are being apprehended and grasping the fullness of God’s purpose. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard at the bottom of each hour on Texas Praise Internet Radio)
What God has started cannot be stopped. His Kingdom is advancing in the earth because He is raising up sons and they, in their generation, are being manifested to meet the groaning of creation (Rom.8:19, 22). The disciples cried out in fear when Jesus came walking on the water because they had not been expecting anything but the ordinary from their extraordinary Savior. We are in an era of history when nothing less than the extraordinary of Heaven is required in the earth. We will expect the extraordinary from our extraordinary Savior in the coming year as we embrace His norm. (Last excerpt from Marty’s article “Embracing a New Era”)