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Getting Into Agreement With the Word

God’s Word in Heb 4:12 is not “penetrating to the dividing line of the soul and the spirit, and of joints and marrow, exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart” so that we can feel condemnation, but so we can get into agreement with the Word of His power. Getting into agreement with the Word is our living in such a way that the principles and values of the Word are evident in our lives. It will result in our living like we have a Lord and Savior.
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Redeeming The Cracks

When our self-image takes a hit and our mirror gets cracked, it is tempting to feel so fragmented that we stop FaceCrackMirrorfunctioning.  If we do, then condemnation seeps into those cracks and tries to kill our relationship with our Father and tries to steal our sense of worth and tries to destroy our self-government.  Condemnation is one of the most lethal weapons the devil uses because it carries a mixture of truth and lie that is particularly toxic.  Condemnation’s first punch is usually true, like “You know you messed up. You’re guilty.”   However, it’s second punch is a poisonous lie like, “There is no way out, no healing for a cracked mirror.  There is no way to redeem value that was lost and no restoration of broken boundaries.”  Those lies should make you want to spit.
(This is the fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Seeing Us The Way God Sees Us—Part 2“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


 

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For Righteousness Sake

Office-WorkersLet’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.)


No Fear of Being De-sonned

No Fear of Being De-sonned (Kathy)

The offensive strategy of sons of God gathering to strengthen and equip and be enabled to serve their place of purpose and calling in life is going to pivot on the individual believer getting this and maturing into a confident father-and-son-holding-handsFather/son relationship.  That’s a relationship that cannot be shaken by mistakes or failures, a bond that cannot be weakened by hard times and a relationship that can’t be manipulated by accusation or condemnation.  Condemnation is probably the #1 most successful tool against Christians because it causes people to live like yoyo’s—up one minute, down the next—vitally involved one month and feeling totally disqualified the next.  Condemnation is deadly because it measures your salvation by your behavior and disqualifies you with every error, sin or failure.  Here’s a key:   condemnation can only do you damage when your focus is works and behavior instead of relationship. Sons know they don’t get into the family by being perfect, so they don’t fear being de-sonned because of imperfection. Condemnation always connects your behavior to your self-worth, but God doesn’t.  So, mature sons must learn to think like their Father and not remain an immature son who is likely to disinherit himself.

(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.)

Kathy and Melissa will be speaking on “Why You Are Wired The Way You Are”  June 14-15 at Grace International in Willis,TX just north of Houston. Click on this link for more info: https://martygabler.com/calendar-events/