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What Gets Bigger Than God?

Kathy — Consider David. His self-government completely crashed as he committed big time sin that had big time consequences. Most people would have crawled in a hole to eat worms and die (especially after a big prophet exposed it all), but David took personal responsibility and owned his mess.  That positioned him to repent (2Sam.12:13). He didn’t act like Adam and try to hide after he sinned.  Neither did he spend the rest of his life cowering as unworthy or continually seeking reassurance that God still accepted him.  No, in fact, after he repented, he begged God to change His plan and spare the child born out of adultery.  Who would have the nerve to ask God for mercy at this point?  Even after his self-image took a big hit publicly, David didn’t allow condemnation to seep in the cracks.  It wasn’t that he was a simple-minded optimist, nor was he thinking in terms of deserving this, he  was  simply convinced God loved him.  None of David’s mess-ups ever got bigger to him than God.  He remained “a man after God’s own heart,” who continued to see himself as a son just like God did. That’s relationship.  That’s a strong family bond and some awesome sonship!
(Kathy will be speaking at Dreams Visions Prophecy – Sept.10-12 – Grace Church Willis)

Don’t Leave the Giant in the Valley

If David would have gone home just to pray about Goliath it would have left the giant in the valley. The problem with giants is they don’t stay in valleys. Had David ValleyStreamClouds.jpegnot confronted and contradicted Goliath, he would have marched up the mountain and right into Jerusalem to capture Zion. The giants of this hour are after the defeat of “Zion”, i.e., determined to take out every practice and symbol of our Lord in this nation. Joel 2:17, Msg — “Between Sanctuary entrance and altar, let the priests, God’s servants, weep tears of repentance. Let them intercede: “Have mercy, God, on your people! Don’t abandon your heritage to contempt. Don’t let the pagans take over and rule them and sneer, ‘And so where is this God of theirs?’”

Beyond Skills to Purpose

David was sent by his father to check on his brothers who had gone to war. When David came up over the top of the mountain and saw the scope of what was in the ManLookMountain.jpgvalley below, he could have easily concluded that this ordeal was none of his concern. It did not appear that David had any abilities or skills or protocol to deal with this escalated national problem. The lesson we take away from this bit of Israel’s history (as in numerous others) is that we should never forget to factor in God’s purpose and power. Zech.4:6, CEV — “So the angel explained that it was the following message of the Lord to Zerubbabel: I am the Lord All-Powerful. So don’t depend on your own power or strength, but on my Spirit.”

Lord of Angel-Armies

As the people of God assemble today may they testify and proclaim into the atmosphere that there is One God and His name is Yahweh and He is the Savior of warriorangelHis people and He is Jehovah Sabaoth, Lord of Angel-Armies. 1Sam.17:45 “David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock.  46b …THE WHOLE EARTH WILL KNOW THERE’S AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD in Israel.  47 And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God!” (Msg)

Unprecedented Victory

StoneSlingshotDavid hit Goliath in the mind with a rock. That resulted in an unprecedented victory. There are unprecedented events that are making history for the first time. There are more to come. Unheard-of giants must be met with unprecedented courage and means. “I will work a work in your days, which you will not believe, though it be told you. (Hab.1:5; Acts13:41)

Heart of the Warrior

Apostle Larry Burden of KingdomLife in Frisco,TX
This is an excerpt from his message “Heart of the Warrior” He will be speaking at Kingdom Congress March 6, 2020.
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Apostle Burden will be speaking at Kingdom Congress March 6, 2020.
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Trouble Linked to Promotion

When trouble came to David on that hillside, he couldn’t see how being attacked by LionBear.pnga lion had anything to do with being king of Israel someday. That day all he saw was teeth, hair and eyeballs lunging at him. He had no idea killing that lion connected to confronting a bear or how that was preparatory to killing a giant or how that would favor him as a candidate for king. (Rom.8:28) —Kathy

Until We Come To The Measure

May the Lord put in you the worshiping, warring heart of David; may He put in you the determinate fortitude of Daniel; may He put in you the wisdom of Solomon; may He stir in you the loving loyalty of John and may He put in you the compassionate, selfless, mission-accomplishing heart of His Son. May the Lord bring a parting of ways with people, thoughts and actions what would prevent those values and qualities from rising to the top and may He bring to you His ordained, Scriptural relationships that would build-in and re-enforce them — “until we come to the measure and stature of Christ” (Eph.4:11-16).

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Heart and Soul Praising God

After a time of worship alone on the hillside, David’s praises, and prayers, were to be heard publicly.  They blessed those who heard them and who joined in the voicing of them. Perhaps the greatest blessing to others was the recognition of the relationship that existed between God and a true worshiper.  Parrots are cute when they mimic but are not necessarily a blessing. Though David’s praises and prayers contained adjectives and descriptions of God learned from youth, he still put heart and soul into praising the Lord who is “my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;  my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Ps. 18:1-2).

Trusting God in all Circumstances

Long before David ever became king of Israel, he had a secret relationship with God.  There was relationship, communing between David and God, long before he wrote the beautiful Psalms which are part of our worship and meditations today. The Psalms were not the result of a weekend revival nor the result of a trip through a falling-down prayer line. They are the result of a life of worship and trusting God in all circumstances. ”I was once young, but now I’m old. Not once have I found a lover of God forsaken by him, nor have any of their children gone hungry.” (Ps.37:25, TPT)

The Ordinary Ordained by God

Something very ordinary ordained by God to be applied in a unique circumstance turned the tide for a nation. Though the giant loomed large in the valley (1Sam.17:3-4), God had sent a shepherd boy over the top of the hill for the purpose of going down into that valley to contradict the giant. An army did not take out the giant. A small smooth stone from an ordinary shepherd’s sling was all it took to end the giant’s career. The faithful God of Israel still does business the same way He always has.

2017: The Game Changer #2

David n Goliath
(Melissa) 2017: The Game Changer #2 — Time to slay the victim mentality. We saw the victim mentality come to a head in 2016 and get whipped! You know that “Sleeping Giant” we’ve been talking about for a while? Well, it’s name is “No More”, and it woke up in the latter half of last year. No more victims for Christ.  No more victimized churches.  2017 will see God’s original intent realized in many areas.


Forms Of Opposition

ChessOpposedThis passage of scripture (“But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.” —2Sam 5:17) gives us the general idea that we, like David, are being opposed as we move forward with God and embrace the changes He is taking us through. In this article I want to show you four forms this opposition will take: 1) Giants represent the difficulties of change. 2) Athaliah represents that which attempts to prevent change. 3) Michal represents those who resent change. 4) Sanballat represents change being misrepresented.
(This is the third excerpt from Marty’s article “Giants, Athaliah and Michal“ 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.)

Considering The Coming Generation

BabylonEmpireWhen considering the coming generation who have set their hearts
on the Lord, instead of fearfully asking: What is going to happen to
Daniel, or to Joseph or to David?

Perhaps we should be expectantly asking:  What is going to happen
to Babylon, Egypt and Goliath?

”Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me!
We are for signs and wonders in Israel  From the Lord of hosts,
Who dwells in Mount Zion.” (Isa.8:18, NKJV)

Marty on KPLE-TV
“The Journey” with Robin Durham and Compass Ministries.
Subject: “New Testament Prophecy”
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Too Dangerous



Some people in the Bible had similar experiences with attacks and opposition. When the tribes of Israel got together and anointed David king, the Philistines went searching for him to take him out of the picture. “But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.” (2Sam 5:17). They realized that they had passed up a great opportunity to destroy David and now intended to correct their mistake. Now that the anointing had come upon David for his destiny, he was too dangerous. So, a concerted effort was mounted to remove him from any possible scenario which would bring Israel to the victorious state which God’s word had prophesied.
(This is the second excerpt from Marty’s article “Giants, Athaliah and Michal“ 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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Signs And Wonders

Signs And Wonders (Kathy Gabler)
The words translated miracle or sign or wonder are, for the most part, interchangeable in the Bible. A working definition is: displays of the supernatural in this natural realm.

That is encouraging in one way because that implies one reason we don’t see signs and wonders is because we don’t SEE them, even though they are on-going. How many of the 5000 plus that were eating on the hillside realized their lunch was a miracle? I’m thinking a good percentage didn’t have a clue! How many thousands of people saw the same star as the three kings, but didn’t know it was a sign and a wonder? When David saw Goliath, he wasn’t looking for a miracle! He was just looking for a rock! However, there were miracles (plural) in the mix that day, beyond the anointed impact of a rock from a sling. The whole scene was a miracle of timing, circumstance and possibly Goliath choosing the wrong helmet that day! Someone who is trained in CPR can easily fail to see the miracle of being in the right place at the right time to participate in the intervention of God in a situation. Isaiah 20:3, calls it a sign and wonder that Isaiah walked naked and barefoot for three years. I’m just not so sure his wife called that a sign and wonder!

We build definition boxes in our minds, then if supernatural interventions don’t fit in our box, we tend to miss it. I submit to you today that our thinking must change and is going to change. We cannot think as mere humans. We need Kingdom thinking as sons. Jesus said in John 14:12-13, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.”
(This is the first of a series on Signs And Wonders.)