Convention: “a rule, method, or practice established by usage; custom; accepted usage, especially as a standard of procedure.” One label that fits Jesus very well is “unconventional”. “There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, Nor are there any works like yours.” (Ps.86:8; also Jer.10:6; 1Sam.2:2; Deut.33:26; Ps.74:12; Job 5:9) Jesus’ disciples had observed Jesus praying and had observed the impacting redemptive results He got when He spoke to nature, disease and demons. When they asked Him to teach them to pray, He told them that they should ask for that which is in heaven to be moved into the earth (Matt.6:10). Needless to say, that which is conventional in heaven (God’s will) is going to be unconventional by earth’s standards, practices, methods, rules and usage. And yet, that is what our Lord instructed us to ask for.
About the time of Moses Israel began to cry out, “Save us from Pharaoh!” Then suddenly, “Bam!” Snakes, staffs and bull frogs are flying in every direction. About the time of Jesus Israel cries, “Save us from Rome!” The suddenly, “Bam!” Wind, fire, tongues and spiritual drunkenness hit them. God’s people are once again crying, “Save us!” Get ready for something unusual! Are you ready for the unconventional? (Isa.55:8-9)
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”)
We received a call from a pastor of a small church. There had been several logistical problems leading up to the service time that past Sunday and only a small number of people ended up being in attendance. He was thinking, “Wow, we just barely have enough people here today to have a service.” The service started and a group of strangers walked in and filled one whole row of seats. A few minutes later a man leading a few other people walked in and took a seat on the back row. A minute or two later another man walked in with a couple of people. Then a few minutes later yet another man walked in with some people and sat down. By this time the room is about half full. The pastor said that all the people entered into worship and were obviously not strangers to the presence of the Lord. At the end of the service the pastor thought, “I need to get back there and introduce myself and find out who all these people are.” To get quickly to the point, each of those three men were billionaires. None of the three knew each other but each of the three said that God had told them to be there for that service. They had each flown there in their private planes, one of them from Asia—just for that service. They each donated supplies to the church’s disaster relief project where they were ministering to the city. Each of the billionaires had come across the church’s website which presented their outreach to the city and each of them wanted to come and see the church and meet the pastor to see if it all was for real. Later, at lunch, the pastor and his family were talking about what had just transpired. The pastor said, “I just don’t understand what has happened!” and he was literally trembling at the awesome thing God had done. His daughter said, “Dad, don’t you remember the prophecy Marty Gabler gave you two months ago? He said that you should get ready for God to move in extraordinary ways, in ways that you would not ever think of. This was one of those extraordinary events.” (Eighth excerpt from Marty’s article “Embracing a New Era”; Marty will be ministering prophetically at KINGDOM CONGRESS 2018 Mar.7-9. Call for information: 936-856-2455)
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Peter’s friends were weeping and praying for his release from prison but it is most doubtful that they were visualizing an angel walking in and slapping him on the hip and commanding him to rise up while his chains simply fell off. Which one of them actually pictured in their mind that an angel would simply usher Peter out of that prison like they were going for a Sunday stroll? How can we call this event anything but extraordinary? One of the amazing factors about Peter’s experience is that he was experiencing something that he had never even taught on! There was no popular teaching making the rounds at all the big conferences that taught about the existence of a special squad of jail-breaking angels. Something happened that Peter had never heard of. (Seventh excerpt from Marty’s article “Embracing a New Era”; Marty will be ministering prophetically at KINGDOM CONGRESS 2018 Mar.7-9. Info: Grace International Church 936-856-2455)
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When Peter was in prison (Acts 12:7) he had been presented with a great opportunity to be introduced to the Book-of-Acts-norm. In reading that awesome book’s account of the early church, we cannot help but observe that God’s people had been ushered into a new era, an era in which they could fully expect to function in ways and means they had never seen the like of. There are things, events and supply in Heaven that Father wants to get into the earth. But they are extraordinary by our standards and He is desiring cooperation from us “earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2Cor.4:7) (Sixth excerpt from Marty’s article “Embracing a New Era”; Marty will be ministering prophetically at KINGDOM CONGRESS 2018 Mar.7-9. Info: Grace International Church 936-856-2455)
The King and His Kingdom will be preached (Lk.9:2) March 7-9 at Kingdom Congress 2018.
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As the people of God assemble today, may they settle for nothing less than the extraordinary of Heaven in their midst. May they not look to those things known only by religious sentiment. May they lift up their heads and look to where there is transforming power and radical answers that change individuals and grip them with an insatiable vision for the Kingdom of Heaven in the earth. “Manifest your kingdom realm, and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, just as it is fulfilled in heaven.” (Matt.6:10, TPT) (Kingdom Congress Mar.7-9, 2018 Theme: “From Heaven to Earth”)
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