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Justice Cannot Start With Lies

Kathy—America began its journey to be a self-governing and self-reliant nation with the goal of freedom and justice for all.  The spirit of division working against our nation right now also seeks to separate truth from justice, but we have to have truth to establish boundaries and principles that protect and guarantee moral rightness, decency and fairness.  Without truth-based justice, any citizen is susceptible to rampant injustice.  We have current event proofs that justice cannot start with lies, and we have God proof that truth will prevail. Certain justice will prevail with the Truth according to God’s Original Intent for this nation, and justice will include the conniving Hamans hanging on their own gallows. 


Speaking of Chaos…

Many people are speaking of chaos right now. Many times in the Bible order came out of chaos and order will come out of chaos again in America. Gen.1:1-3,TPT—”When God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was completely formless and empty, with nothing but darkness draped over the deep. God’s Spirit swept over the face of the waters. And then God announced: “Let there be light,” and light burst forth!” 1Cor.14:33—“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace…”


Division Seeks to Separate People

Kathy—Ultimately a spirit of division seeks to separate God’s creation from God’s Original Intent so that the plans of God fall in history and fail to come to pass. This spirit is stupid enough to set itself against Almighty God and tenacious enough to try anything.  Besides working to separate people and make relationships dysfunctional, it is working against our foundational values and beliefs.  One blatant example is how this spirit is actively attempting to divide freedom from truth.  John 8:32 tells us, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  There is an undeniable link between truth and freedom.  It’s not that truth automatically sets everyone free, it is when we KNOW the truth.  That means when we are aware of the truth, it will make us free.  Truth that we KNOW will liberate or deliver or exempt us from liability.  If people are unaware of truth they can live in total ignorance and live as captives of lies and erroneous beliefs and cunning deceit.  In recent times we have watched deluded people project freedom to be extremes of entitlement and destructive chaos.  Only a self-absorbed and warped mind believes freedom to be totally unrestrained, unaccountable and anything-goes behavior.  Only darkened minds believe they are free when they are captives to misbeliefs and lies. (Isa 44:20 says that a deluded mind cannot even question the lie in his own hand.) When the United States of America declared its independence, our forefathers declared we were no longer subject to the influence or control of another government’s tyranny or its oppressive injustice or its single ruler with absolute power.  The success of this nation’s launching was in the first four words of the Declaration of Independence:  “We hold these truths . . .”   They knew truth to be essential for genuine freedom, and we likewise know freedom  must be in continual covenant with truth.


A Lot of Downloading Going On

There is a lot of downloading coming to us from heaven. There is also a lot coming to us through the internet. Take caution with what you do with what is coming in on your computer. There are all manner of prophecies out there about what is supposed to be happening in the near future. I received a call MPG Grace 4-5-20from a pastor recently who told me that there were some people in his congregation hearing one thing from one prophet and others were hearing from another prophet who contradicted the first prophet and the church was torn as to which one they were going to go with concerning the future. It is time to practice discernment and caution. 1Jn.4:1,NASB—“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”


Walk in the Commandments

It is God’s will for us to walk in the commandments of the LORD GOD and keep His Word so that our days may be increased. God increases our days so that we, and our children, might walk in the realization of promise fulfilled.  (Deut.11:21-22, Amp) “That your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. 22 For if you diligently keep all this commandment which I command you to do, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave to Him—“  We are praying you discover daily that you are cleaving to God and keeping His life-giving Word.


The Right Questions

(Melissa Gabler) — We can ask the right kind of questions that lead down a path of deliverance, healing, and action.  When we ask the right questions we are able to hear the answers we need.  When we ask fear-based questions we have already come to the wrong, statistic-based, society-experienced conclusions.  These soulish conclusions make it really hard to hear a Spirit answer.  So, a good place to start asking the right question is to ask the Holy Spirit, “What questions should I be asking about this situation?” He will tell you, and most of the time these questions carry the answer in them.  The right questions are a key to unlock doors and chains.  The right questions give you the right perspective.


Jesus Builds and Empowers

Kathy—The operations of traditional church simply don’t carry the power or impact that God intended for His Ekklesia/Church.  I am not suggesting that we strain or strive to not be traditional but that we yield ourselves to Jesus as He builds His Church/Ekklesia.  His building process is more than simply adding to its numbers.  Build also means “edify, mature and develop”.  So before we get determined and get a hernia trying to be the Ekklesia, or before we get zealous and start calling fire down out of heaven, or before we almost drown trying to walk on water, let’s remember it is Jesus that builds and empowers us as His Church. 


To Purpose Out

Kathy–God didn’t put you on this earth to “age” out. He put you here to “purpose” out! God will be your strength today.  Deut.33:25, Amp– “Your strongholds will be iron and bronze, And as your days are, so will your strength, your rest and security be.”
Josh.14 :11–“I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so is my strength now, for war and for going out and coming in.”


Bringing in God’s Will

Kathy—Jesus lived out an example for the Ekklesia, or the Church, that He said He would build.  He showed us how to bring God’s will into earth’s conflicts and contradictions.  He demonstrated Kingdom authority every time He did something, whether it was turning water into wine or taking dominion over a fig tree.  Every time He healed a paralytic or raised the dead or delivered someone from demons, Kingdom order came into earth.  He was training His People that they could access Kingdom rule and power, and He didn’t take it lightly when His trainees did not pick up the keys that He gave them.  Remember when the disciples woke Him up in the boat because of the stormy sea one night, He addressed His disciples BEFORE He addressed the weather! He reprimanded them in Matt 8:26 saying, “Why are you so afraid? Why are you such cowards?”  Then in Matt 17:17, when the man brought his son with epilepsy and the disciples couldn’t cure him, again Jesus rebuked the disciples BEFORE He rebuked the demon.  (AMP) He said, “You unbelieving (warped, wayward, rebellious) and thoroughly perverse generation!  How long am I to remain with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring the boy here to Me.” That same verse, Matt 17:17, isn’t any milder in other versions.  One reads:  “You unbelieving, corrupt and perverted generation!” (MSG) “You have No sense of God! No focus to your lives!  How many times do I have to go over these things?” (CEV) “You people are too stubborn to have any faith! How much longer must I be with you?  Why do I have to put up with you?”  Jesus did not mollycoddle them when they didn’t pick up the keys and take authority and get Kingdom results.  


Is God’s Intent Optional?

Kathy—If you were raised in a traditional church environment like I was, concepts like “binding” and “loosing” (Matt.16:19) can seem almost too radical and even border on blasphemy.  And we all know church-goers who never think about these keys to the Kingdom and never attempt to bind or lose or allow or disallow anything.  We also know church people who never think about sonship or dominion and very likely have never felt the least bit equipped to speak to a storm and say, “Peace be still.” So there is not an Ekklesia heart in every Christian that would cause them to rise up and confront contradictions to the will of God.  Nor does every Christian have confidence that they have the means to make a God difference in their own life, much less make a God difference in a business or a community or a court or a nation.  However, Jesus clearly told us that He is building a Church, a People, and He gives them the keys they need to deal with life matters and bring about God changes and God outcomes.  So we really need to unplug from the idea that using these keys is optional.  Being His Ekklesia is not like choosing new car options of whether you want heated seats or not!  In fact, you may find yourself in the hot seat if you consider these matters optional, since that is really considering God’s intent for His Church as optional.  Some things simply aren’t optional, they are obedience.


Keys to the Kingdom

Kathy—In the next verse (Matt.16:19) we find a special and specific link between The Ekklesia and the Kingdom:  Jesus said He’d give His Ekklesia the Keys to the Kingdom.  For the full impact of that, of course, we need a working understanding of this Kingdom for which we have keys. The first mention of “Kingdom” is in Matt. 3:2.  There, the Greek word for Kingdom is defined in Thayer’s Greek Lexicon as:  A) rule, power, kingship and dominion, B) the right or the authority to rule, C) the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah and D) royal power conferred on (or granted to) Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom.  So giving His Ekklesia, or Church, the keys to the Kingdom means that He gives His Called Out Ones access to His dominion and power. He gives us the right to act as agents of His authority in the earth.  Jesus went on to break that down for us that whatever the Ekklesia prohibits on earth will have been prohibited in heaven, and whatever they permit on earth will have been permitted in heaven.” (ISV) The Amplified version reads like this: “Whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (or declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.” (CEV)  Having the keys to the kingdom of heaven, means God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth.  But he will not allow anything that you don’t allow.  Again, I think you would agree that these things reach beyond typical or conventional church-goer thinking.  Nevertheless, these scriptures are in the Bible — in red letters even!


What is it That Hell Cannot Prevail Against?

Kathy—The exchange between Jesus and Peter in Matt.16:17-18 (“I will build my church”) establishes three things about the Ekklesia: 1) The Ekklesia or The Church is a called out people rather than a local building designated as a House of God.  2) The Ekklesia or The Church is a called out people because they have the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, the God-sent Anointed One and they know Him to be the Son of God Son, their Lord and Savior.  3) The Ekklesia or The Church is a called out people who will not be conquered when hell’s opposition enters their life and circumstances!  Although this conversation between Jesus and Peter should take us beyond typical, local-church-thinking, there are people who go to church every Sunday and are not aware of the Ekklesia that hell cannot prevail against.  And there are believers who simply don’t always remember that hell cannot prevail, especially on hellish days. (Personally, I can sometimes be a hot mess before I remember I’m a called out one that hellishness cannot overpower!) (More to come on this subject in my next post)


Unshakeable Revelation

Kathy—In order to develop a working understanding of the term “ekklesia” we look to its first mention in Matthew 16.  Leading up to this chapter, Jesus had already walked on water and fed the 5000 and delivered Legion from demons.  So the reports of Jesus were spreading and crowds were gathering as He taught in open air meetings.  This was the setting when He asked His disciples, “What are people saying about Me?” They answered, “Some people say you are John the Baptist or maybe Elijah or Jeremiah or some other prophet.” Then Jesus asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Peter’s answer showed that he had the revelation that Jesus is the Messiah that the Old Testament prophets had said would come and the Son of God Who was sent to be the Savior and Deliverer. Then Jesus said to him, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. (Matt. 16:17, Msg)  In the next verse, Jesus said He would build His Church, His Ekklesia, His assembly of called out ones, with those who have that same unshakeable revelation of the Christ as The Messiah and Son of God, and these called out ones would be a company of people that hell cannot defeat or hold out against. 


Premium Fear

Melissa–Many seem to be speaking about an awakening. This makes me ask, what are we awakening to? The thing that hits me the loudest is that we are being awakened to the fear of the Lord. I’ve heard from several places that the church has to return to the fear of the Lord, and as He sheds insight on this subject it makes more and more sense why we cannot live outside of it. Well, we have been living outside of it for the most part and that just isn’t working. If we are awakening to the fear of the Lord, what have we been in? We’ve been operating in fear, but it’s a substandard fear. A substandard fear is fear of lack, death, pain, trauma, loss, etc. We, however, are waking up to what we were meant to operate in, which is the premium fear of the Lord. In this premium fear we operate out of awe, reverence, trust, insight and understanding. This is a totally different way of living! Substandard fear is unclean fear, but premium fear of the Lord is clean fear. This obviously leads to totally different outcomes.    


Seeing the Need

As the people of God assemble today may we each see past first impressions and first appearances and see the need in others. May we be sensitive to what Holy Spirit has to say and has to show us about others so that we may edify them and be to them what they are needing in this season of their life. May we be part of the Christ-sent solution with love and power to set the captive free. 1Thess.5:11–“Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.”

Getting Through to People

May the Lord enable us to effectively get through to people. May our attempts to say and do helpful things get through the fog of what people are dealing with and may those attempts be enhanced by the Word and the Holy Spirit to aid in those persons breaking through into victory. “But when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me.” (Jn.15:26, Amp)


Increase of His Government

Melissa–Sitting here I keep hearing, “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end” [Isaiah 9:7] This is not only a beloved Christmas time chapter, it is also laying out original intent. Looking up the word ‘government’ leads to this, Of the increase of His ‘dominion’ there shall be no end. Ever-increasing dominion is quite a powerful force! When I look at Isaiah 9 like that I just don’t think the plan is to keep cycling back around to needing revivals like we’ve known them in our lifetime. I say this for anyone who may be struggling with the term “revival” like I have. It can’t be about a formula, it has to be about the King’s dominion increasing during our lifetime.
(Melissa is leading worship and speaking at Kingdom Congress 2022 on Mar.3 at 10am. You may view all information for KC2022 at martygabler.com/kc2022/)


True Rest

As the people of God assemble today may they find rest unto their souls. May they exchange tears and weariness for strength and joy. May they discover that true rest is responsibly acting in the authority they have been given by their Lord and Savior and not try to live a lifestyle driven by mere desire and obligation to people and causes not ordained by their Lord. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.” (Matt.11:28) 


Battle and Heat

Kathy–Life’s battles do not intensify just because the devil gets mad or has a personal grudge.  No, the battle heats up by reason of the needed outcome.  As surely as heat can determine the strength of a weld, so does the intensity of battle establish the strength and longevity of the victory.  The vehemence of battle welds the outcome in undeniable purpose rather than just leaving us with fragmented memories of war. Heat is one of the components of long-term victory and intense battle yields intensely awesome results! 


Things Shaken

As the people of God assemble today may they look into and consider the Word of God which is the foundation of their individual lives and the role and order of the Ekklesia (the governing body of Christ). May we each realize our place in the body of Christ and work toward an orderly, essential, impacting function in this present culture and responsibly respond to the shaking of “all” things, including inadequacies and misconceptions in ourselves.  Heb.12:27,TPT,”Now this phrase “once and for all” clearly indicates the final removal of things that are shaking, that is, the old order, so only what is unshakable will remain.”


What is Going On?

A question I have heard asked repeatedly over the last few months is: “What is going on?” There is a sudden dawning upon people and nations that things are not the way they used to be while there is an underlying desire within the breast of the typical person for things to go back to the way they were in spite of the ever-present fear that they won’t. Even if you could get back to “the good old days” you would find them woefully inadequate in their revelation and application for today. Current events are not just the result of bad politics or bad politicians. They were not left in charge. An apostolic order for accommodating and advancing the Kingdom of God in the earth was the design when Jesus ascended to the right hand of Majesty on High (Acts 1:3). Things, therefore, must shake and adjust so that the church and the nations might come into correct order.


The Spirit of God Gripping Hearts

As the people of God assemble today may they not forget their godly heritage, the Word of God they were taught, nor their prayer times around altars stained with tears of conviction and repentance; the altars where life dedications were made and where the Spirit of Almighty God gripped their hearts and their family members’ hearts and their peers’ hearts. And may they lead coming generations to those experiences that have strengthened us and filled us with His Spirit, His faith, His hope and a righteous fear of Mighty God so that we all might keep standing and keep believing through whatever the times, the world throws at us. We are overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
Rev.2:3-5,Amp–“…you have left your first love [you have lost the depth of love that you first had for Me]. So remember the heights from which you have fallen, and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will] and do the works you did at first [when you first knew Me]; otherwise, I will visit you and remove your lampstand (the church, its impact) from its place—unless you repent.” 


Become Aware of Potential

As the people of God assemble today may they become aware of the potential in one another. May each one look beyond the other’s faults and each of our eyes be opened to the other’s potential. May Holy Spirit help us to see potential today that we were not aware of before. May we begin to speak to that potential and encourage one another and minister words of knowledge, words of wisdom and words of release.   Phil.2:3,NASB–“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves;”


Hearts of Expectancy

As the people of God assemble today may His people have a sense of the more that is to come of His purposes and His outpourings. May the hope of receiving and participating fill their hearts with expectancy. “In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary–we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” (Rom.5:5, Msg)