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The How of God’s Promises Not Our Concern

PathLightWalkNothing is birthed and the flames of gifting fade away when we take our focus off “God said” and place it on our inner doubts and struggles. Those doubts are fed by the detractor and those he enlists. What God promises, He also performs. The “how” of it is not our concern. It is God’s and it is no problem (cf.Heb.11:3). Cf.”Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Ps.37:3-4).”


Faithful to His Promises

Our Holy Father is faithful to His promises. What is a promise anyway? It is something that began in the heart of a compassionate God. It is not something that HandsPouringGrainHe has to give us (cf.1Co. 2:12). The promises of God are what it is His desire to give us (cf.2Co. 1:20;Heb.6:17). Yet it is not like putting money in a vending machine, pushing a button and the drink we selected simply falls out into our hand. A “promise of God” is something that begins in His heart and is worked out in us through circumstances (cf.Phil.1:6), people (cf.Gen.45:7-8) AND TIME (cf.Heb.11:8-11). (Excerpt from Marty Gabler’s book “Sheep Have Short Legs”)


Nourish the Dream

Moses was nourished in his father’s house for three months (Ex.2:1). Anything marked for the purposes of God must be nourished within us and given ability to stand. Giving ability to stand is in the basic meaning of nourish. “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict (Heb.11:23).” That dream God gives is no ordinary dream. Feed it. Nourish it. The false report may say, “Oh, but it is so skinny and frail, it’s almost dead.” Nourish it. It will come back strong. Someone may say, ”Oh, but there may not even be an ember left because the original fire was built so long ago.” Patiently and persistently stir and feed the fire. It will come to flame again.


Guard Attitude and Gratitude

(Kathy Gabler)—Our faith and trust in God is our stand of agreement that opens the earth and the circumstances and the day and the moment to Him. Basically, Father told me to guard my attitude and my gratitude, and I learned the surest way to do that is to make trust a priority every time a contrary wind stings my face. My confidence in Him cannot be passive nor frail. It must be a deliberate daily decision. Thankfulness too is a daily deliberate decision. For me that decision starts when I remind my soul that He is good and He is in the moment.


Faith is Stand of Agreement

(Kathy Gabler)—Faith is the key to His pleasure (Heb.11:6) because faith is how we receive the deposits of His love or the changes His will causes or the manifestations of His Original Intent in our lives.  It brings God pleasure for people to experience His good will toward men and His beauty for ashes and His making the impossible possible.  Our faith and trust in Him is our stand of agreement that opens the earth and the circumstances and the day and the moment to Him.  So, our complete confidence in Him is like a portal for His entry and workings in our life, and that pleases Him.    


Our Value to God

(Kathy Gabler)—Hebrews 11:6 also says that “without faith it is impossible to please God.”  Our stillness may be challenged if we misunderstand that part of the scripture.  We must understand that pleasing our loving Father is different from pleasing others.  Pleasing God is not the same as pleasing the boss or pleasing a task-master or pleasing a judge or pleasing the powers that be in the human realm.  God is not affected by humanness, and He is not so shallow that pleasing Him is about emotions or preferences or moods that humans or Greek gods seem to be fraught with.  Neither is pleasing God a matter of our worth or value to Him as is the case in a master-slave relationship. (Sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Trust Gives God Access” Vol.22Iss3)


Standing Strong

(Kathy Gabler)–Trust is not refusing to think or just being purposely passive.  It takes deliberate effort not to teeter-totter in the contrary winds of circumstances or emotions.  In order to stay in the steadiness of trust, we must choose to ease down from uptight stress or climb up out of the mulligrubs of disappointment.  If you picture a sure-footed stand on either side of that middle balance-point of a seesaw, you can see that standing strong and keeping your head straight (not leaning to our own understanding but trusting in the Lord with all our heart, Pro 3:5) involves a bend of the knee while you counter the ups and downs of life.  The effort is outward, but the rest from threats and what-ifs is inward.  So at the very least, stillness that comes from trusting God can bring us to physical healing just because it brings relief from stress.  Trust is being still because you know He is God, and trust works in tandem with faith to experience God’s will being done.  I believe we can see it in Heb 11:6, Anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.  We believe He exists because we have faith in His word, and trust is our confidence that He can be approached and will respond.  Sometimes I think our trust in God is shaken because we don’t see the results we thought faith promised.  At those times, being still and refusing to be shaken may boil down to holding on to God more than what we thought He said or what we thought He meant. (Fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Trust Gives God Access” Vol.22Iss3)