We dare not expose our obediences to sabotage with our doubt and unbelief. I mean, even after the fact, we can go away analyzing and criticizing and speculating for months about its success to the point of concluding it was a failure or worthless effort. Unfortunately, the harvest crop can be tall and to the point of the ears forming or being almost complete, but our conclusions were all the thief needed to kill, steal and destroy. It takes as much trust with the after effects as it does to obey in the beginning, so let’s rest in the confidence that He will always be Lord of the harvest. —Kathy Gabler
The enemy knows that if he cannot kill your dream, it will do him damage. The Egyptians made the Israelites’ lives “bitter with hard labor” and the “Egyptians used them ruthlessly”. (Ex.1:14) Pharaoh also came up with a plan to abort the possibility of deliverance. His plan for the midwives was to slay all promise and even hope of deliverance. He wanted them to stay at it, be vigorous, don’t let up, slay them all. I am reminded at this point of Jesus’ words “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy (Jn.10:10).” The enemy quietly made a deal with the midwives to go about their destruction as quietly as possible – hopefully unnoticed (cf.Ex.1:16). The devil wants you to die in quiet desperation, preferably completely away from spiritual help and fellowship. He wants your dreams and visions to die unshared, unvoiced and most definitely…. unfulfilled. Just as a sheep is ever searching out life-sustaining grass, it seems that we are ever searching out God’s will. God’s plan is ever to reproduce Himself in us. That’s why He gives us dreams and visions. He puts a “bullseye” out there, aims us at it and desires we move in obedience toward the center of the target. (From Marty Gabler’s book “Why Sheep Have Short Legs”.)
It is not easy to be redefined or repositioned when there is no model for it. Without a model, there is no guarantee that the upheaval in our lives is worth it! We are much more secure when we have a contemporary model to go by, but when God is building a model, it might start with you! You might be the one building a boat before anyone even grasps the concept of rain or flooding. You might be the one climbing out of the boat and walking on water. That means you are the one who must be willing to make mistakes or face the criticism and ridicule that reformation requires. (Ninth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Fresh Obedience”)
MARTY GABLER brings us this series of devotions called Beside Still Waters.
This one is titled: “Don’t give up, don’t be impatient” Psalm 27:14, TPT –
“Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord.”
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If parts of the old models become extinct or inactive during fresh obedience, it is likely they were already successfully completed or they were only temporary in purpose. I believe we will find that many details of former models will fall into the category of facilitation rather than essential purpose. The mud Jesus put on the man’s blind eyes did not need to be preserved and kept as a holy tool. It was simply facilitation for an obedience, a means to an end. Many of the acquisitions of our past examples are not to be carried into the next chapter of purpose. Facilitation must keep a secondary role of support as we move ahead in fresh obedience. (Sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Fresh Obedience”)
It is possible that fresh obedience will bring such radical results that it will be tempting to get caught up in revolution rather than obedience! That is a warning to the wise. If we become revolutionary through passion rather than wisdom and obedience, the results will not be the same. Making changes for the sake of change is about passion. Expecting or demanding immediate change can be about impatience rather than obedience. Nevertheless, fresh obedience will be revolutionary. (Fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Fresh Obedience”)
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Fresh obedience is doing what we see the Father doing today (Jn.5:19). That could be as radical as healing a woman in the synagogue on the sabbath, in the presence of those who think the time and place are totally inappropriate. That could be as revolutionary as taking over the weather and stopping a storm in order to complete a specific mandate on the other side of the lake. (Fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Fresh Obedience”)
Beside Still Waters – Delivered From Captivity (Marty Gabler)
Ps.18:36 – “You’ve set me free from captivity and now I’m standing complete, ready to fight some more!”
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We all have paradigms and they are in our mental files and they affect our choices and our expectations. So, the challenge is to realize when our examples and typical patterns need adjustment. That realization does not come by focusing on the pattern, but rather by following the Holy Spirit. The adjustments will come and we will build newer models as we walk in fresh obedience to the Holy Spirit. Fresh obedience will never contradict God’s principles nor His character, but it may reach past known borders and it will not bow to former limitations. (Second excerpt from Kathy’s article “Fresh Obedience”)