Though some irresistible gravity be pulling on us to suck us down that abysmal “sifter” (Lk.22:31), our Lord has prayed for us and we can endure to the end and be saved (Matt 24:13). Jesus was so certain Peter could endure that He said, “And WHEN you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Lk 22:32, NIV) Cf. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Heb. 7:25, NAU; also Rom 8:27, 34). Though the temptation is to draw away from God and the fellowship of the saints when we fail, it is obvious from the book of Hebrews that those who are saved are those who draw near to God through Him. The concern Jesus has is not only to see you and I turned back to purpose and productivity but that we might strengthen others to do likewise. While we acquiesce to the pain of our failures and disillusionment and award ourselves precious time to lick our wounds, the strengthening of others simply gets put on hold.
(This is the seventh excerpt from Marty Gabler’s article “Too Late“ which was published in SEEC Magazine -Volume 4 Issue 5 [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 GABLER is speaking at the Kingdom Equipping Congress.
KEC2016 March 2-4, 2016
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Peter just stood there shaking his head…. totally confused…. because he had been telling people, “He has come to sit on a throne.” And now…. this King of kings has just explained to Peter that He will hang on a cross. What was so glorious and victorious now, from Peter’s viewpoint, stinks. Just about the time Peter had God figured out, just about the time he got comfortable walking on a predictable road of committed institution-building, God seemingly veered off to the left and sent Peter’s head spinning in a dizzy flood of questions and attempts to re-evaluate his calling, if indeed he ever had one. Though some irresistible gravity may be pulling on us to suck us down that abysmal “sifter,” our Lord has prayed for us and we can endure to the end and be saved (Matt 24:13). Jesus was so certain Peter could endure that He said, “And WHEN you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Lk 22:32, NIV)
(This is the first excerpt from Marty Gabler’s article “Too Late“ which was published in SEEC Magazine -Volume 4 Issue 5[Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
SEEC Ministries International (Marty and Kathy)
9th Annual Kingdom Equipping Congress
March 2-4, 2016 * NO FEE
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God has a plan and a path for each of us to walk out during the course of our life (Jer.29:11). Our Lord has put within each of us a personality, gifting and abilities that He has designed to use uniquely to His glory. They are expressive aspects of His image (Gen.1:26) and must, therefore, become very significant considerations in our growth and maturity development. Each of us are “wired” differently from the other (though from time to time we will come across others wired similarly to us). The “way we are wired” (personality, gifting, abilities) is the way He means for us to function effectively in that plan (Ps.139:13-18). It is possible for each of us to become disillusioned, discouraged or disappointed and stop short of walking that course in the manner He has “wired” us. It is possible for each of us to stop short of fulfilling that goal but we don’t have to… not at any point (Lam.3:23; Matt.24:13; 28:20; Jn.14:17; 2Tim.4:7).
(This is the first excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. Excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The entire article is yours upon request.)
In the old western movies, when the town was too conditioned to the reign of an old foe, the lone sheriff (governmental agent) had to fight him alone. The governmental agent, (the God-appointee to the situation), moved forward and equipped them through example, inspiration and direction. Then “the few” stepped up to unify and finally brought the tipping point. The eventual key to victory was when enough of the townspeople and landowners decided to defy evil and stood together.
However, realistically, the tipping point can take a long time to develop because victims are so conditioned to corruption or fear of bucking it. During the time it takes to unify a corporate tipping point, unfortunately, the government agent more often than not becomes the target of rulers of darkness who hold tenure. While being targeted by the enemy, there will be attacks on relationships, circumstances and health to the point that it can seem like the real challenge is keeping the governmental agents ALIVE for the mandate!
How in the cat-hair do we fight for a corporate cause when we are fighting to survive individually? First, we must take hope that God has positioned gifts and strengths geographically and relationally for corporate wars ahead of time, and we must believe corporate agreement will defeat customized weapons as well as enemies with tenure that are attempting to protect ungodly strongholds. Secondly, we have to be confident that being the target does not mean we have to just take a right hook and then wait helplessly for a left jab every time the enemy gets upset. We are not a victim nor a God-authorized target. Once that is settled in us we can fight with confidence and win through time and perseverance. (Mt.24:13;Heb.3:14)