It seems that some in the church have always had a theology that says something can’t be God if there are any difficulties involved. We want confirmation from God in the form of ease. We look for Gabriel and the boys to come and play us a few verses of “Onward Christian Soldiers” before we are willing to deal with difficulties. It may actually be more in line with scriptural example if we were to watch for satanic opposition as a sign of confirmation that we are on the right track. When Jesus told His disciples to get into the boat and go to the other side of the lake, a great wind rose against them and just about sank them! Actually, the scripture puts it this way, “the wind was contrary” (Mt 14:24). Nothing seemed to be working in their favor, yet it was the will of God for them to proceed, advance, adjust.
(This is the sixth excerpt from Marty’s article “Giants, Athaliah and Michal“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
Marty on KPLE-TV
“The Journey” with Robin Durham and Compass Ministries.
Subject: “New Testament Prophecy”
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“BID me COME,” is a longing to experience the Kingdom of God. “BID me COME,” is a longing to demonstrate the Authority of God so that my life is more than typical, average Christianity. It is a longing from the heart of our Father to provoke generations to come to reach their potential in Christ. The only way we will leave a weak, uninspiring heritage is if we ignore that cry of “BID me COME” within us. I know I am not a young thing to tackle such a quest, but I also know that even time and age have to bow to the purposes of God. The empowering truth is that “BID me COME” trumps age. We are never too old or too young to take ground for His purposes.
(This is the sixth excerpt from the article “Bid Me Come” written by Kathy Gabler in Volume 18 Issue 3 of SEEC Magazine. Excerpts are posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
Prophetic Gift Calls Us To Perseverance
When God gives a promise He gives a witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. He… put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (2Co 1:22). We allow pressures and delay to smother the witness, of the Holy Spirit, to promise. When we are on our way to the fulfillment of promise and the wind is not at our backs, the tendency is to turn around and go back so that we are not opposed by the wind. Rowing with the wind is much easier than rowing against the wind. But winds of opposition will come from the enemy because he does not want the promise of God to be fulfilled in us. If it is fulfilled in us it will not only revolutionize our lives but it will also bless those around us. It will advance the Kingdom of God.
We need the prophetic gift around regularly strengthening, encouraging and comforting (1Co 14:3) because the receiving of promise from God does not prevent waves from coming over the side of the boat. But the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it (Mt 14:24). The fact that we have received a prophecy does not guarantee that the wind will be at our backs. The waves coming over the side do not have to sink us. The wind does not have to destroy us. Believe it or not, those things do not even have to discourage us. They should actually build into us determination. They should make us more determined to focus on the goal. Those who strengthen and encourage the people of God out of a prophetic gift keep us grounded in the Word and looking toward the goal.
Marty will be speaking at Dreams Visions Prophecy on the relevance of prophecy for today * No Fee
January 25-26, 2013
Grace International Church just north of Houston,TX