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Filled and Overflowing

As the people of God assemble today, may they be filled and overflowing with His flamesgrace and His empowering Holy Spirit and hope like they were at Pentecost and may His Spirit overflow into every area of their lives and into the areas of responsibility they have and the relationships they have. “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4, KJV) “May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” (Rom.15:13, Msg)


Our Redeemer Restores

Kathy Gabler — Holy Scripture says that Jehovah will restore what the locusts have eaten. (Joel 2:25) He will make up for those times that no matter how many bugs you locustkilled, they kept coming.  He will restore those years it took to fight and endure the swarming  circumstances.   He will make up for the time it took for circumstances to consistently strip away your strength and hope.  He will make up for all those mornings when the sunrise woke up the dread in your soul again and circumstances continued to devour your day and your future.  He will make up for the months and years that opposition smothered you and circumstances robbed you through changelessness. He is, indeed, your Redeemer!


Last One Standing

Perhaps we could paraphrase Joel 2:25 like this:    “I will restore the years swallowed up because you did not realize the significance of MY purpose and destiny in your life.  The circumstances were forces  that mountain_peakI used to change you,  to build character,  to build strength, to complete a work within you and to bring about the right timing and conditions for My purpose in you.”  

Of course, when you are eating locusts without the honey, pulling crispy, creepy locusts shells out of your hair and swatting them away from your nose, eyes and ears, you wonder if you will be naked and half eaten or even be able to see the Redeemer who is coming.   If you dared open your mouth you would ask for His ETA.  However, that is the time to let the last line of Job 19:25, echo through you, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.   He will have the last word and He will be the last one standing in our behalf.  So, let’s dare to trust Him to keep our accounts and wait for Him to show up as our Redeemer.

(This is the last excerpt from “Wait For It,” an article by Kathy Gabler in the August/September 2013 issue of SEEC Magazine.)
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We pray that this issue of SEEC Magazine is a blessing to you,
Marty & Kathy Gabler


Outliving A Siege

The last sentence in Joel 2:25 says,  My great army which I sent among you.   That tells us that God sent the army of locusts, the swarm of circumstance.   Did He send them to ultimately rob, kill and destroy His people?  Castle siegeNo.  Interestingly, through those times that it feels like we are helpless and chaos is king, our Redeemer is watching and working behind the scenes and at every intersection.   Even during a siege there is a redemptive factor at work and, whether we realize it or not, the conflict is working something out of us and into us.  Overcoming a locust season is an opportunity for sons to build muscle and maturity.  Coming out with both is a redeeming result of difficulty.   Outliving a siege positions us for redemption of our purpose.  Matured and muscled, we are then equipped to embrace every opportunity restored, every resource restored, every potential restored, every strength restored, every harvest restored, every energy restored and the years lost in the difficult, building process.   

(This is the second excerpt from “Wait For It,” an article by Kathy Gabler in the August/September 2013 issue of SEEC Magazine.)

Melissa Gabler and the Grace Worship Band
Worship songs from Concerning The Kingdom Conference 2013
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Your Redeemer

locustA redeemer is one who delivers, avenges or ransoms as needed, one who buys back what was lost.  Think about all that can be lost to us, like lost opportunities, lost resources, lost potential, lost strength, lost harvest and lost energy (to list a few).   Our Redeemer can even buy back time, He said so in Joel 2:25,  “And I will restore to you the years (I will make up to you for the years) the swarming locust has eaten, the locust larvae, and the stripping locust, and the cutting locust. . .”  This scripture does not only say He can restore the years, it says He will.   He will make up for those times that no matter how many bugs you killed, they kept coming.   He will restore those years it took to fight and endure the swarming  circumstances.     He will make up for the time it took for circumstances to consistently strip away your strength and hope.  He will make up for all those mornings when the sunrise woke up the dread in your soul again and circumstances continued to devour your day and your future.    He will make up for the months and years that opposition smothered you and circumstances robbed you through changelessness. He is, indeed, your Redeemer!

(This is the first excerpt from “Wait For It”, an article by Kathy Gabler in the August/September 2013 issue of SEEC Magazine.)

Click on this link to read the latest issue of SEEC Magazine * August/September 2013:  https://martygabler.com/magazine/
We pray that this issue of SEEC Magazine is a blessing to you,
Marty & Kathy Gabler