Do you think Joseph was PREPARED to find his fiancé pregnant with the Messiah? The turn of events very likely made Joseph feel betrayed and a victim of injustice. He could easily imagine his name being whispered in snide comments among his peers. His boyish dreams of heroism and purpose never looked like this, yet he was POSITIONED . . . in destiny . . . in purpose . . . in history . . . to be a hero of the faith. (Fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
Sanballat represents those who misrepresent change. Sanballat is the “accuser of the brethren.” Nehemiah was doing great. He had a mandate from God. Changes had to be made in order to stay in alignment with that mandate. It didn’t make Nehemiah popular but at least he was obedient to God. Not only did Nehemiah have to labor under the stress of wall-building, he was also dealing with false accusations. Just as the new changes were really making a difference, Sanballat begins to point the bony finger and yell, “Rebellion!” (Neh 2:19). The changes were building up the wall and filling in the gap that left the Israelites exposed to the enemy but the good changes were misrepresented and called “rebellion against the king.” They were called rebellious against the present order of things. For those who are the guardians of “status quo,” any change is considered rebellion. Those who change what has been done redundantly for years or decades are called rebellious. Since no one wants the label “rebellious” and since there are such severe warnings in the Bible for those who are “rebellious,” that name-calling becomes an ominous intimidation. The implication is, “Back off or you will suffer the consequences of rebellion.”
May the list of people grow who benefit because of the Word and Spirit of God that are at work in you and through you.
“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, Amp)
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“The Journey” with Robin Durham and Compass Ministries.
Subject: “New Testament Prophecy”
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As God gives His mandate to Jeremiah, His mouthpiece to the people, missiles are being launched from siege machines. The pounding, hammering sounds of destruction are in the air. The people seem to have a mentality for retreat and survival in the present, not a mentality for the future and future generations. There is no mentality for gain, increase or growth but rather for getting relief from the present situation whatever price has to be paid. While they are taking structures apart to put up defenses for the present, the coming generation is surely wondering what will remain for their future and adopting attitudes that are nonproductive for future hope. There is no attempt to actually stop destruction, just attempts to try and fend off some of it.
(This is the third excerpt from the article “Just A Call” written by Marty Gabler in Volume 13 Issue 4 of SEEC Magazine. Excerpts will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
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Marty & Kathy
p. 3 – Restoring Honor In The House Of The Lord—-Jim Hodges
p. 8 – Bid Me Come—-Kathy Gabler
p. 11 – Being A Carrier Of A Revelation—-Dr. Patti Amsden
p. 15 – Patriots, Prophets and Policy—-Bob Long
p. 17 – Awareness—-Melissa Gabler
p. 19 – An Unfolding Revelation Of Jesus Christ—-Simon Purvis
p. 23 – The Gifts Of The Spirit—-Lynn Burling
p. 26 – And They Were All Filled With The Spirit—-Earl Pruitt
p. 28 – You Haven’t Seen Everything—-Marty Gabler