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Connected to a Higher Source

Jesus wanted His disciples connected to a higher source than the religion they had been stooped in. Jesus wanted followers whose lives showed His loving, redemptive character as a result of their relationship with Him. The legalism they had practiced could identify adherents but couldn’t produce fruit that witnessed to who the Father really is. The only thing their legalism communicated was that they were connected to a religion and its rules. Jn 15:8 “This is how my Father shows who He is–when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.” (MSG) The fruitless things in their lives were pruned back by the word of Jesus so they might produce good fruit, good character (15:2).  We are praying you discover daily that the character of Jesus is demonstrated in your life.  (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24hrs/day.)

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Connected to a Higher Source

makingconnectionJesus wanted to get His disciples connected to a higher source than the religion they had been steeped in. The legalism they had practiced could identify adherents but couldn’t produce fruit that witnessed to Who the Father really is. The legalism was a witness to their personal determination but not to the character of the Father. The only thing their legalism communicated was that they were connected to a religion and its rules. Jn 15:8 “This is how my Father shows who he is–when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.” (MSG) They had to be pruned back by the Word of Jesus just so that they would be ready to bear good fruit (15:2).


 


He Has Caught Our Attention

In his new book, The Orphan Heart, Larry Burden gives an interesting definition of “glory” from the Greek man lookingword “doxa”:  “the appearance, form or aspect of a person which catches our attention and commands our recognition”. The Person, Jesus, has “caught our attention” and “commands our recognition”. He has truly caught our attention and commanded our recognition when we begin to emulate Him. Jesus told His disciples, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit…” (Jn.15:8). So, we are to follow in the same pattern as THE SON and live in such a manner and to such a degree of fulfillment that the Father, through us, is “catching the attention” of people wherever we go. Jesus told Philip, “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…” (Jn.14:9). May it be said of us also.

(This is the tenth 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.)


What Trees Produce

Jesus had made wise observations about trees and fruit in His time on earth. From His statements to the very orchard1religious Jews, it was apparently His observation that fruit was not hung on trees by angels nor did it come by the blessing of laying on of hands, but fruit came when the trees produced it: “…given to a people producing the fruit of it” (Matt.21:43). It seems the lesson learned here is that there must be people who will be “planted” in relationship with the Lord and His people (Ps.92:13) in such a way that they receive the “nutrients” that will enhance and mature a tree in such a manner that fruit grows on the limbs. The concept of “planting” is one of staying and permanence (Isa.60:21; 61:3). A tree (1) stays planted, (2) takes moisture, (3) takes nutrients from the ground it is planted in, then (4) brings forth fruit. Fruit is brought forth by the tree that has been planted and enabled (Ps.1:3; Jn.10:38; Js.2:17-24; cf.Mk.11:13). “Bring forth”: make, produce, bear, shoot forth. The tree does not stand alone or produce alone. Jesus even said of Himself, “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father…” (Jn.14:20) Then He informed His disciples how they were to glorify God—Jn.15:8 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit…” The bringing forth is redemptive. Jn.3:16 is redemptive; it is about Something that is beneficial to mankind. Prov.11:30a “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life…” Jesus is “THE Tree Of Life”. Jn.14:6a “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life…” Trees bring forth fruit and it is (1) glory to the Father, (2) life and (3) redemptive.

(This is the eighth 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.)


Creation Is Still Waiting

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Creation is still waiting for the sons of God to get connected to that Higher Source. Creation has witnessed what man and his philosophical mindsets produce and creation is still groaning for the revealing of the sons of God who produce what the Vine energizes. Never mind, operator, the connection is still good.

(This is the last excerpt from Marty’s article “Operator, Operator, I’ve Been Disconnected!” which was published in Volume 11 Issue 5 of their ministry magazine SEEC Magazine. Excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To read the entire article just scroll down the page to each excerpt.)


Marty & Kathy Gabler invite you to read their
articles in the latest issue of SEEC Magazine. Volume 18 Issue 4
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p. 3 – Mobilizing The Remnant—-Jim Hodges
p. 7 – Clear The Air—-Kathy Gabler
p. 10 – Call To Remembrance—-Larry Burden
p. 13 – Divided Man—-Simon Purvis
p. 16 – Baptism Of The Holy Spirit—-Lynn Burling
p. 20 – The Power Of Agreement—-LaDell Wilson
p. 24 – Discovery—-Don Pope
p. 26 – Three Keys To The Fulfillment
Of Your Prophecy—-Marty Gabler


Higher Than Religion

pruning vineJesus wanted to get His disciples connected to a higher source than the religion they had been stooped in. The legalism they had practiced could identify adherents but couldn’t produce fruit that witnessed to who the Father really is. The legalism was a witness to their personal determination but not to the character of the Father. The only thing their legalism communicated was that they were connected to a religion and its rules. Jn 15:8  “This is how my Father shows who he is–when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.” (MSG) They had to be pruned back by the word of Jesus just so that they would be ready to bear good fruit (15:2). 

(This is the fifth excerpt from Marty’s article “Operator, Operator, I’ve Been Disconnected!” which was published in Volume 11 Issue 5 of their ministry magazine SEEC Magazine. Excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)