As long as there are a people who feel they have their “ticket stamped” to go to a “much better place,” there will be no reform of what they deem to be merely an exit platform (cf.Jn.20:21;Lk.9:2;Jn.16:7). If the departure platform is somewhat rickety, people will just try to stand still and hope the train out of there arrives soon. With such a view, no one reforms or rebuilds the platform; they simply grip what is available to grip and hope to be off of it as soon as possible. The emphasis today upon the sudden coming of the Lord isn’t about Him, it is about us. The religious pundits pounding their pulpits exclaiming the quick return of our Lord are getting hearty (and well financed) “Amens!” in response to their promises of sudden escape from disappointments, rudely jostled comfort zones and nerve-racking prognostication. We have been taught by pop-theology to use faith for immediate relief, not long-term endurance, not long-term results (Heb.11:13 does not figure into Esau’s demands for immediate relief). The Esau mindset of blowing off the coming generations and spending what you’ve got on relief for the present generation flies well in today’s skies. Joseph did not get immediate results (or relief) after his prophetic dream and prophetic pronouncement. He and Daniel and Esther were sent ahead to “preserve a posterity,” “continue a remnant” and “save lives.” (Gen.45:7 Amplified) Joseph stood and stood and took ground “until the Word of the Lord proved him” and he was not proven to guarantee him plenty of airtime and notoriety but for the survival of a nation (Ps.105:18). He was not dealt the luxurious right of faith for immediate relief or escape. But the result was the salvation of a nation and its being propelled into the future of its destiny for Jehovah’s purposes and Name’s sake.
(Marty will be leading prayer and declarations and speaking at Kingdom Congress Mar.3-5,2021. No Fee. Schedule and information: martygabler.com/kc2021)
Is the best teaching we can give people the one which tells them they can escape their problems or is it the one that shows them God and His Word is their ability to overcome them? “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work (1Jn.3:8).” “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith (1Jn.5:4).” “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full(Jn.10:10).” “They overcame him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony (Rev.12:11).” Escaping problems isn’t the answer. The resolve of problems by the power of Almighty God is the answer. The greatest testimony to the name of God is not that He can snatch His puny people out of a menacing mess that is too much for them. The greatest testimony is that His power in their lives has brought them victory over every stronghold and principality in this present earth.
Marty Gabler will be speaking at Kingdom Congress 2020
March 4-6, 2020. Click on this link to hear an excerpt of
More info about KC2020: KINGDOM CONGRESS 2020