The emphasis left us in Heb 4:12 is that the Word that is alive and the Word that is
indescribably sharp, will leave nothing in us alone. The Word of God cannot be anything but alive, active, operative and penetrating and addresses everything in us. That powerful Word is going to leave nothing alone in your life. The Word of God is going to get after sin. It’s not going to leave the destiny of Jesus that is in you alone. It’s not going to leave the prophecies that are in you by the laying on of hands alone. It’s not going to leave the songs alone that God inspired and brought to you in worship concerning His greatness to be and greatness to act.
Sometimes all the enemy has to do is remind us of old battles. It is easy to allow experience to decide our future, but it is not the will of our Father. Experiences should mature us… not rule over us. If we allow experience to be the final authority and dominate our thinking, we forfeit hope. According to the Word, we must persevere through experiences to get to hope: Rom 5:3-4 “…but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope.” (KJV) It is interesting that several translations substitute the word “character” for “experience.” “Endurance produces character, and character produces hope,” (RSV). Experiences are meant to process and strengthen our character, not become a set of expectations that overshadow our future. —Kathy Gabler
As the people of God assemble today may the order of the Lord Most High prevail over the order of religion. May He truly be able to take His liberty in spite of the agendas of the western mindset in order that we may know, experience and emulate Him who birthed, invaded and empowered the church in the upper room–the church that “turned the world upside down.” May our Lord’s version of “decently and in order” prevail as freely as it did in Acts 2 for the purposes of our Lord getting the results of Acts 2. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:2-4, NKJV)
The “you” in “you shall chase your enemies” (Lev.26:7) is a plural you. Watch how Jehovah’s plan for unity and agreement works. While v.8 says that five of you shall chase 100, it shows the unpredictable increase of 100 putting 10,000 to flight. This scripture shows us the principle that the supernatural kicks in and increases as unity increases. The enemy simply cannot predict that kind of outcome. When unity increases, you throw off the devil’s strategy; what he developed doesn’t work any more. Now, maybe we can see why he doesn’t want us having the same mind, moving in the same direction with the same heart. “And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.” (Lev.26:7-8)
Standing on the steps of our state capitol in the place where inaugurations are held, the team sang, “I will remain confident in this, we will see the goodness of the LORD.” We were there to witness an inauguration, a startup of a new era that opened our government and politics and moral and legal standards to the goodness and purposes of God. Suddenly, Melissa turned and pointed at the capitol building and prophesied in song, “You will not abort this time . . .” The stirring within Melissa to prophesy those specific words to the legal and political heart of Texas were not random or coincidence. While the prophecy was a general directive from the Lord for our government to not abort the will and purposes of God, it was also a specific directive to reverse legal history. The worship team had been unknowingly set-up for this timely obedience that was in no way premeditated on their part. Melissa had no awareness of the famous abortion case of Roe vs. Wade having its roots in Texas. Nevertheless, her obedience was the appointment of God to release agreement with heaven to uproot and change its fruit. The little “piece” she got and released was a part of a much bigger matter than they knew in both the state and the nation.
Whether the government of God alters the direction and details of history through a world-shaking miracle or incrementally through a series of events, our lives and obedience are meant to be instrumental in this ever increasing Kingdom. —Kathy Gabler (Last excerpt from “Ever Increasing”)
The Hebrew writer (Heb.4:12) is showing us that God’s Word is alive. This “alive” Word is Jesus as described in Jn 1:1-3. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word is not merely a thought or something that is vocalized; the Word is the divine Person. He has never not been alive. Even when His body was in the garden tomb for several days, the Bible says that hell was reeling and shaking because the Word which cannot ever be dead, was walking the corridors of hell collecting the keys to hell and the grave. (Rev 1:18) That earthly body was dead but the Word was still alive and active getting things accomplished regardless of, and not bound by, the lifeless body.
Melissa and the Grace Worship Team had been asked to start the worship in the Awaken the Dawn prayer and worship project in Texas. Anticipation had been building in me for three weeks that this assignment would be part of a God intersection in history at our state capitol in Austin. I was confident there would be a sound released that pierced through opposition and spiritual darkness and interference. I had seen a sound piercing through the heavens to open a portal, an access for God’s desire “as it is in heaven” into the earth, an opening for a God-flow into the politics of our state and nation. From the first sound, God’s presence and anointing was infusing the atmosphere around the governmental heart of our state. As we entered the iron gate we heard the sound, and friends coming down Congress Avenue by car heard the sound of Melissa’s voice declaring, “We set our hope on the One who is the EVERLASTING GOD.” I stood in awe that that particular proclamation echoed over the grounds of the state capitol of Texas in 2018.
When I reached the sidewalk in front of the capitol, I was aware that angelic forces were at work ushering in changes in circumstances and filling the capitol building with light that would penetrate its recesses and resources. A breeze literally swept across us signaling the winds of change were arriving that would leave no sabotaging evil untouched. I perceived the Spirit of God was interrupting the pace of men and their agendas whether those agendas were public or private. —Kathy Gabler (Fifth excerpt from “Ever Increasing”)