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Spirit and Faith Soar

As the people of God Almighty assemble today may they praise and glorify Him in spite of trials and discouragements that assail them. As they praise Jesus and testify to one another of His goodness, may their confidence in His Word and His promises cause their spirit and their faith to soar to new heights in His purposes.  Hebrews 10:35-36,Amplified—“Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. 36 For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.”


Don’t Ignore the Prophetic

Melissa — “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made both of them.” (Prov.20:12)  We are all capable of living a prophetic lifestyle without being a Prophet.  Sometimes we train ourselves to ignore the Prophetic Lifestyle because we don’t want to be weird. This really is an epic life we are meant to live. Don’t ignore it. This life is meant to be epic! — (Melissa Gabler is speaking on “The Prophetic Lifestyle” Sept.11 at the DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY CONFERENCE 2021 at Grace Church Willis. All info is at martygabler.com/dvp/)


Endued Beyond Limitations

As the people of God assemble today may they realize that the potential that is in them is not merely human capacities but the impartation of Jehovah’s enablements, His compassion and His purposes. We are endued with gifts and abilities that are able to redemptively work beyond human limitations. Eph.3:20,TPT—“Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.”


Safety of Our Children

We are concerned for our children today, Heavenly Father. We pray that, where earthly fathers have failed, You reach out Your protecting Hand and speak with Your guiding Voice to the children and Youth of our nation. We pray that Your Presence would be known on our school campuses through the believers that are on site and that Your Holy Spirit would strengthen and give wisdom to the teachers and school officials for the appropriate education and safety of our children.


Snake on a Stick

Kathy — We need an Awakening as badly as Judah did in 2Kings 17. They had forgotten their God. They had forsaken their one true God and even closed the door to the temple and nailed it shut. In the next chapter, 2Kings 18, Hezekiah became king of Judah and Awakening began. Hezekiah was AWARE they needed God and He took action to begin sanctifying the nation. He destroyed the local shrines, tore down the images of foreign gods, cut down the sacred pole for worshiping the goddess of sex and fertility and he also smashed the bronze snake Moses had made in the wilderness. Remember when fiery serpents were biting and killing them in the camp? God told Moses to put a brass serpent on a pole so people could see it and be healed. That was a one-time obedience that led to the intervention of God for their nation. Keeping that pole as a testimony from history to teach their children about God was understandable, but sticking that pole among the idols they were worshiping and making sacrifices to, dishonored both God and the acts of God in their behalf. That generation had to have cooked the books (unethically change the meaning) of their own history to justify worshiping a SNAKE on a STICK. Let’s bring that home to our present darkness. How much have crooked people and entities cooked the books in this present time and distorted the Rule of Law and guidelines as they deliberately try to change our history. They fully intend to redefine who we are and distort the God-purpose and destiny within us. We need an Awakening to stop the madness in both the Church and the Nation! We need to follow Hezekiah’s lead in such a time as this! He made the God-changes that were in his reach! He could reach their idols and he tore them down . . . and it PLEASED God! Of course, it didn’t necessarily please everybody else because Awakening always upsets the norms.


Hidden Things Exposed

Melissa — This is Awakening: Part 278 because I have mentioned awakening a lot lately. I can’t get away from it. I have noticed that awakening, for the most part, is presented as an event but I believe we have been in “The 3rd Great Awakening” for some years now. Think about it, we have seen almost unbelievable evil surfacing everywhere and it’s because hidden things are being exposed! This is seriously ancient evil crawling to the surface but awakening is causing us to see it. Awakening is two sided: God’s glory manifesting and evil being exposed and annihilated. It can’t be a one time event because it’s way too massive for us to be able to endure all at once!
(DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY 2021 is Sept.10-12 at Grace Church Willis,TX  gracewillis.org)


Don’t Forget, God is at Work

  What we need more than better politicians is an awakening (at least) move of God… in the Church, then the nation. God will never share, with mere political parties, the power He has designed to be exercised through the Church. In “God and Politics” Dennis Lindsey says, “Politicians are not to be looked to for complete social reform… The Church has been losing influence in America because it has been relying on politics to stop the moral and spiritual decay in society. Politics will not catalyze the change; it is simply a reflection of the environment. If the environment is rooted in Christian values, the politics of America will be rooted in Christian values… The spiritual revival and renewal of Christian faith needed in America will never originate from Washington. Once the spiritual climate changes, Washington will be changed. If the American Church thinks her salvation […] comes from Washington and a God-fearing president, then her hope is rooted in a counterfeit… God’s Church is not dependent on elections; it is dependent upon His Word, which declares, ‘… I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’” (Matt 16:18)1 If we are not careful, we can just get to looking around and saying, “‘Such and such’ is what’s going on” and forget that God is at work.
DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY 2021 is Sept.10-12.


God-Ordained Doors

There are a variety of excuses for not going through God-ordained doors. Some of the doors are just beyond temptation, some just beyond ignorance and neglect and some are just beyond lethargy. Temptation can be resisted, ignorance can be displaced by willful pursuance of knowledge and wisdom. Neglect can be exchanged for responsible activity and lethargy can be handled by self-government. Matt.7:14,Amp — “But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it.”


Bolster the Prophetic Lifestyle

Melissa — How do we bolster the Prophetic Lifestyle? 1. Acknowledge there is an unseen realm and you were made for this because the One Who created you built the capacity in you for this lifestyle. 2. pray in tongues – Ephesians 3:16—“May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality].”  Praying in tongues strengthens your inner self/spirit so that you can decipher and see the unseen. 1 Corinthians 14:4a—“One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.”  It takes edifying ourselves, by building up our spirit, to keep human nature from taking the driver’s seat.
  Here is the current relevance for this line of thought. In this year, we are currently dealing with the epic fail of human nature/soul in our nation.  The chaos is being fueled and driven by the unseen realm and human nature is completely ignorant of it. This current status tells me we are at the climax of a lifetime.  I’m not speaking of the return of Christ, I’m talking about the Bride of Christ becoming what God planned for her to be. God’s original intent is in effect. It takes an acquaintance with the unseen to know that and to be a part of it.


The Scary Unknown

Kathy — Sometimes a gate God builds is not a welcomed sight.  It looks like a risk to us or a scary unknown.  We feel like we have the option to decide to just stay safely within our fence and familiar boundaries. The problem is that if we ignore the gates, we are locking ourselves into tradition just like the Pharisees.  We rarely see ourselves as Pharisees, but we too build personal traditions of men through the way we personally process instruction or the way we establish our own priorities or the way we come to our personal conclusions.  Our thought processes and priorities and conclusions are filters that can literally keep us from hearing what God is saying and thereby keep us refusing to acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s direction in our daily life.  So, “you make the word of God of none effect through your tradition, (KJV).  And you ignore God’s commands in order to follow your own teaching. “(CEV) Mark 7:13 


Leeches Loosed

I saw people with several leeches attached to them and sucking life out of them. But the Great Physician (Mk.2:17), the Lord Jesus, is skillfully and surgically coming to remove those leeches by the ministry of His Spirit and His Word. There are people who have experienced the attaching of those “leeches” through the flooding and the flow of what is going on in culture and society and current events. There is a great deal of criticism in the atmosphere over our nation. It is spreading into every area and every kind of relationship. There are many battles and struggles between entities and interest groups in our nation. These “leeches” in the form of fear, doubt, concerns, and distress are sucking life and vitality and hope out of people. I declare that those “leeches” that have been sucking life from people, sucking enthusiasm, sucking energy and sucking hope will be removed. I declare that the great physician is skillfully removing those leeches from you. I declare that there won’t be any form of “septic reaction”, there aren’t going to be any wounds left to fester after the removal of those “leeches”. In place of those things, I speak to you life in Christ Jesus, I speak to you the life of His Word, I speak to you renewal, restoration. I want to declare over you that all of the negative stuff that has been going on for the last year and a half or so and that has been bombarding you, that which has been stolen from you, those things that have stolen peace, even stolen money, that which has stolen relationships, that which has stolen opportunities is being healed by the Great Physician as He administers His Spirit and His Word to your life. The Bible says that when the thief steals he is required to return seven times what he stole (Prov.6:31). May the Lord Jesus Christ minister to you deliverance, healing and seven times what the enemy has stolen from you.
(Marty will be speaking at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY September 10-12, 2021. Location: Grace Church Willis,TX  gracewillis.org.  No Fee to attend.)


The Soul and Sabotage

Melissa — Let’s look a little deeper at faith. Heb.11:1,Amp — “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed):”   What is hoped for that is divinely guaranteed? Healing, a hope and a future, never being forsaken, His love, just to name a few.  BUT if human nature/soul is in the lead it can and probably will sabotage these in some way by needing to control. “…and the evidence {proof} of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”  Prophetic Lifestyle, through faith, acknowledges that the unseen realm is as real as the seen.  Human nature/soul has a problem with what cannot be seen and touched. 


God Gives a Gate

Kathy — God builds gates through a new thought, a new opportunity or a word of counsel.  After wearing a path around your fence lines looking for answers, a new gate is a welcomed sight.  One of my usual methods is to confront problems head-on until they are resolved.  One day I distinctly heard the Holy Spirit say, “Kathy, confrontation is not always the best method for resolve.”  That was not a  “traditional thought” for me, and it gave me new direction.  I could suddenly see the wisdom of not approaching a friend of mine and laying everything out verbally. Due to my friend’s temperament and personality, confrontation would be gas on their fire rather than water. That word from God became a gate into a whole new set of tools for resolving problems. 


Looking Beyond, Around and Over

As the people of God assemble today may they look beyond, around, over and right through the threatening hindrances that seem to be screaming out their determined obstinance to the fulfillment of God’s Kingdom purposes in their lives. May they lift up their heads and see their King of kings high and lifted up and authoritatively above all opposing factors and persons. Rom.8:28,Amp—“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”


Goliath-Sized

When a Goliath-sized obstacle rears its head and begins to proclaim to us all the many pieces it is going to rip us into, rather than trying to remember if our insurance premiums are paid, we should try to remember God’s Word over our life. Rather than predicting the picture of desolation this monster will leave us the subject of, we best begin to proclaim the purposes and prophecies of God for us and our seed. Heb.10:23,Amp—“Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word];”


Evidence of Things not Seen

Melissa — Speaking of faith, faith is unseen.  Human nature has a hard time with faith because of this. Why wait on some unseen force when I can make something happen now? This passage of scripture on faith is basically the handbook on the Prophetic Lifestyle: “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. 2 For by this [kind of] faith the men of old gained [divine] approval. 3 By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3 AMP


Stand Firm on the Word

We must stand firm and solid upon the Word of God for we have been given a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. Heb.12:28, Amp — “Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe;”  We must (1) pray every opportunity that arises; (2) call ourselves and others into alignment with the written Word of God and with prophecy (we mustn’t speak out disagreement with the Word and what we have prayed and declared); (3) speak the opposite of what we see. Back when the mask emphasis was being so stressed a woman left the service at Grace and went to a store. A man was not standing right on the tape square for social distancing and the woman behind him began screaming at him and he began screaming back at her. The whole atmosphere was in an uproar. The lady from Grace just began to quietly declare the peace of Jesus and the whole thing quieted down and everyone went through the line without any further disturbance. Ps.4:8, Amp — “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust. Isa.33:22, TPT—”The Lord Yahweh is our judge, our Lawgiver, and our King; He will save us completely!”


A Grievous Pang of Body

Kathy — As I considered the prayer of David in Ps.139:23, I noticed the definition of “wicked” even included: “a grievous pang of body.”  Many people are distracted or diverted from their destiny by physical distress.  I believe this prayer could be the catalyst for change in our physical bodies as well.  I pray, “Lord, reveal any sorrow or offense that is the root of disease or dysfunction in my body.  Don’t let me hold to any issue or belief that hinders my soul or body.  Let neither soul nor body distract me or defeat me as I follow your lead in the ordained path you have for me.  I am confident that with your answer will come the grace to make any changes necessary and remove mountains WITHIN in the remainder of this year.”  Amen.


Strength of Prophetic Lifestyle

Melissa — The strength of human nature comes from being in charge, having control, trust in self and the tangible. The strength of the Prophetic Lifestyle comes from faith, knowing the Great I Am exists and trusting His love and plan.


Search me, O God

Kathy — As he prayed “Search me, O God, and know my heart,” (Ps. 139:23) David wasn’t just praying for an examination and a test score. He was positioned to repent. He submitted to God knowing God’s answer or instructions would bring change in his thinking and his opinions, perhaps in his relationships and daily lifestyle. David knew he must release fear or grief or offense as God pointed them out so that those things would not block his view of God.


Avert the Curse

As the people of God assemble today may they look to their heavenly Father, trust in Him as their loving Father and emulate Him in this hour so that the hearts of the children will be turned to them and to God and avert the curse. Mal.4:6,Amp—“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers [a reconciliation produced by repentance], so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse [of complete destruction].”


God in Response to Prayers

I received the longest text I have ever received with a testimony from a woman we have known for decades. About a month before, she was dying from several life-threatening issues and required immediate surgery. She lives by herself and was unable to work and was physically wasting away (90#). Let me share with you the high spots: She says, “I had stopped praying. I had basically given up. But thanks to you and Kathy and Melissa not giving up on me and praying for me, I have truly come out of illness, a dark place. My mind is clear. I’m back on my knees praying. God has blessed me so much since my surgery. I am working out again, eating again, doing things for my elderly mother and praying nonstop for my family.”  Blessed be the name of the Lord forever! Don’t stop praying for people. God is moving in response to your prayers, even in the midst of national crisis.


More Than Meets the Eye

Melissa — Let’s break it down. The Prophetic lifestyle (spiritually minded) is based on realizing there is more going on than meets the eye. There is an unseen realm always present and in action in the midst of the seen realm.  “For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense.” (Romans 1:20, AMP)
       Human nature/soul (carnally minded) is largely based on the seen realm without much thought or regard for the unseen.  “Now the mind of the flesh is death [both now and forever—because it pursues sin]; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace [the spiritual well-being that comes from walking with God—both now and forever]; the mind of the flesh [with its sinful pursuits] is actively hostile to God. It does not submit itself to God’s law, since it cannot,” (Romans 8:6-7)The word ‘carnal’ in vs. 6 – sarx (Greek) – literally means “human nature”To be “human nature” minded is deadly? How so? Because human nature wants to be in charge — reasonable, logical and do it ourselves.
       Human nature is carnally minded and operates in the seen realm which is based on man’s power, wisdom and experience. The Prophetic Lifestyle is spiritually minded and operates in the unseen and seen realm based on the wisdom and power of God for every situation. “If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5, AMP)


The Mountains Within David

Kathy — May we be like David as he prayed for the mountains within himself to be revealed in Ps.139:23,24. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (NKJV) A paraphrased word study reveals this in his prayer: “O God, examine me and reveal my mind, my knowledge, my thinking, my memories, my inclinations, my determinations, my conscience, my moral character, my appetites, my emotions and my passions.  Scrutinize me and reveal my disturbing thoughts and opinions.”  When David asked God to search him for wicked ways he was NOT on a guilt-driven search for evil and moral decay in himself.  The word translated “wicked” here is used only two other times in the Old Testament and both times it was translated “sorrow.”  So David was asking God to see if there were any high places of idolatry in him that had been built on wounds or offense or sorrow or hardship or bitter memories.  He was asking God to see if there  was any experience or threat bigger or more important to him than God.  David knew those things could distort God’s counsel and instructions and even block him from God’s presence.  Every soulish mountain-stronghold becomes a blind spot that blocks us from seeing God’s truth and purpose, thereby keeping us from God’s presence and plans in some part of our life.
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