The heart of him who “worships the Father in spirit and in truth” is found in Ps.34:1-3, “I will extol the Lord AT ALL TIMES; HIS PRAISE WILL ALWAYS BE ON MY LIPS. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” It is apparent here that those who have been delivered sing a song of deliverance, those who have been afflicted sing a song of restoration so that those who are in need can be encouraged and lifted to deliverance.
You may be trapped in a cocoon because of the mistakes or difficulties of a previous generation or, you may be in a cocoon challenge because of some particular aspect of your destiny. If your enemy has sniffed out the purpose and call of God in you, he will go after it. Technically, the devil can’t decide to touch God’s plan and purpose, he is just not big enough. His only hope is to derail God’s participants from it through evil devices like injustice, deception, false accusation, etc. He will use anything he can to limit or stop you or your passion. Stopping you from being who you were born to be and doing what you were born to do is his only way of hindering the GLORY of GOD in the earth. Jesus said in John 17:4 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.” So your purpose and potential to bring God glory can draw unique fire as the devil consistently tries to rob, kill or destroy the glory of God.
(This is the second excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Continuing to Choose Life“ which was published in SEEC Magazine -Volume 19 Issue 6. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
Melissa Gabler and the Grace Worship Team
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The glory of God through us, His creation, is not our putting forth effort to hit an ideal or to align with a creed or even getting to heaven. It’s accomplishing things that show His character, His Name in this earth in spite of the influence of culture. That which is in heaven comes to earth through an earthen vessel (Jer.18:4-6; Matt.6:10) and continually points back to its Source in heaven (Matt.5:16). That is why Jesus could say, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” because He never misrepresented the Father, no matter how hard people (and the devil) tried to get Him to adjust to their expectations. “Glory” can be translated “excellence”. If we stop short of the excellent purpose and use of God’s power in our life, we have stopped short of His glory. The glory of God through us is purpose revealed and realized. Thayer says that “glory” means “splendor, brightness of the moon”. We only speak of the beauty of the moon because it is reflecting the sun, and the only reason there is reflection is because of the power of the sun. We can only show forth the glory of Him who sits on the throne in heaven. Let us ask, “What of my life points back to heaven?” We are not come-shorters; we are go-forthers whose lives bring attention and recognition to the redemptive God of the ages.
(This is the last excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts were posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
The oranges on the orange tree are the “glory” of that tree. Birds are “wired” to fly, i.e., they are meant to fly. Fish are “wired” to swim, i.e., they are meant to swim. Horses are “wired” to run, i.e., they are meant to run. Every time a bird flies, it glorifies God because it is doing what God created it for. Every time a fish swims, it glorifies God. Every time a horse runs, it glorifies God. Those three animals are showing the purpose for which they were created and reflect their Creator when they fly, swim and run.
Every time a person does or says the things God specifically “wired” them to do, at whatever level they do it, they glorify God. Eagles have been clocked at 75 mph. They have been observed flying at 10,000 feet altitude. They are glorifying God as they fly at that altitude and at that speed. Sparrows have been clocked at 40 mph and have been observed flying at 300 feet altitude. But the sparrow is glorifying God just as much as the eagle. We Americans love “eagles” and put them on TV at great cost and we make sure they are able to rent huge auditoriums and stadiums but they are not glorifying God any more than the “sparrows” that speak and act redemptively at home, on the job, on the campus, in the hospital, in the downtown mission or jail, in the nursing home, in the store or restaurant. Jesus spent a great deal more time with three than He did with 5,000. Eagles and sparrows equally glorify God in the respective spheres He created them for.
(This is the eleventh excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
We need the power of Holy Spirit in order for God to be able to get us from point A to point B. The blessings of God stem from the fact that God has a Son, and a purpose to glorify that Son because that Son has a destiny. God will take a person from point A and, no matter how impossible it seems, get them to point B to participate in fulfilling some aspect of His Son’s destiny in advancing His Kingdom.
(This is the tenth excerpt from Marty’s article “The Governor’s Power” taken from Marty & Kathy’s ministry magazine, SEEC Magazine Volume 17 Issue 5. More excerpts will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The article in its entirety may be read at this link: https://martygabler.com/articles/)
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Let’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.)