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Counter Measures

(Melissa Gabler) The initial hit from the enemy might require you to go on the defense, but you never stay there.  I will explain this in a tactical way.  I have been taking self-defense classes for over four years. One of my instructors recently said, “We teach you to defend yourself one time.  We will never teach you to stay in a defensive position.  You must counter, control, and finish the fight.”  Well, my goodness.  What strategy!  After you defend yourself one time from your enemy’s attack you then strike back with the weapons and skill God has given you.  You can’t stay just in the defensive position.  You propel forward because He already set up your counter measures and you are well armed, and able!  What are your counter measures?  Number one: Scripture. Number two: your Holy Spirit-breathed prophetic words.  Other than that, whatever God has personally set up for you.  Ask Him to show you and open your eyes to see!  Don’t get bogged down in the fear of it.  Look for His provision because it is already there.  Isaiah 54:17-“no weapon formed against you shall prosper” is not an afterthought.  It is solid forethought!

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One Greater Than the Temple

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Jesus did not seem at all concerned about offending people who didn’t believe the way He believed. In Matt.12 He and His disciples walk through a corn field on the Sabbath and the disciples picked and ate corn. When approached by the Pharisees and rebuked for it, Jesus defended the disciples. He then walks into the synagogue and heals a man’s withered hand on the same Sabbath. He has now stacked up two major offenses. The Pharisees immediately called for a little confab to plan to destroy Him using the healing as their condemning accusation. Instead of apologizing and going great lengths to attempt to prevent offense, He rather reminded them in verse six that they were the ones offending by not acknowledging He is greater than the Temple and its system they claimed was being violated. “One greater than the Temple is here.”



The Spec And Log Principle

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UNFORGIVENESS is put in perspective in the Spec and Log principle of Matt 7:3, “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? (NKJ) Unforgiveness is the log which is bigger than the sin (spec) we cannot forgive in someone else.  God asks us which is worse, someone’s sin or our unforgiveness of their sin?  The log is a vivid picture of how blinding unforgiveness can be.  It keeps us from seeing that if we build a prison for someone, we have to stand guard over it.  We are locking ourselves in, building limitations for our own life.  For example, if we don’t forgive someone for rejecting us, we will become blinded by a resident fear of rejection.


Dreams, Visions And Prophecy Conference
September 25-27, 2015
Speakers: Marty & Kathy Gabler & Barbara Jimenez
For more information: Dreams, Visions And Prophecy


Don’t Stay On The Defense

RomanWrestlersThe initial hit from the enemy might require you to go on the defense, but you never stay there.  I will explain this in a tactical way.  I have been taking self-defense classes for over four years. One of my instructors recently said, “We teach you to defend yourself one time.  We will never teach you to stay in a defensive position.  You must counter, control, and finish the fight.”  Well, my goodness.  What strategy!  After you defend yourself one time from your enemy’s attack you then strike back with the weapons and skill God has given you.  You can’t stay just in the defensive position.  You propel forward because He already set up your counter measures and you are well armed, and able!  What are your counter measures?  Number one: Scripture. Number two: your Holy Spirit-breathed prophetic words.  Other than that, whatever God has personally set up for you.  Ask Him to show you and open your eyes to see!  Don’t get bogged down in the fear of it.  Look for His provision because it is already there.  Isaiah 54:17-“no weapon formed against you shall prosper” is not an afterthought.  It is solid forethought!
(This is an excerpt from the article “No Weapon Formed Against You” by Melissa Gabler)


Listen to a brief excerpt of Melissa’s message from
The Kingdom Equipping Congress
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN–http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2015-02-28T22_30_35-08_00


They Are Getting Over It

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People who have said things about you in the past (even though they may have been right) are getting over it this year;  and the damage that they did with what they said you were, you are going to overcome this year and it’s going to turn around for your good.
“And they will say about you, ‘The Lord always does right!  God is our mighty rock.’” (Ps.92:15, CEV)


 


Don’t Stop And Replay Offending Moments

Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension was for our salvation.  That salvation includes the power to RecorderListenovercome any obstacle to your life and purpose.  The fact that He came to die for you proves that you have value.  That’s your trump, the undeniable proof that you have value and that will forever declare your worth!  The challenge is figuring out how to get your emotions to agree with that truth so that you don’t bottom-out if someone treats you as if you don’t have worth.  If  someone’s  selfishness or pride or ignorance or prejudice or stupidity causes them to look at anybody as worthless, that is their problem.  It is a lie to believe someone else’s problem can make you worthless.  The challenge here is to find a way that their problem has no influence over our emotions.  If we can learn to leave those offending moments in life by deciding not to stop and replay them, we can walk away in the confidence that we can trust God to deal with people and their issues while we rest in the truth that our self-worth isn’t even at risk.

(This is the first excerpt from Kathy’s article “Seeing Us The Way God Sees Us—Part 2“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.) 


Kathy is speaking at the SEEC Ministries Kingdom
Congress 2017  March 1-3, 2017
Info:  Kingdom Congress 2017
“Advancing The Kingdom” — Kathy’s message from the SEEC
Kingdom Conference 2014 (52 min.)
Click link below to listen:
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2014-05-04T04_57_51-07_00


“Offense: The Kingdom In Action” by Kathy Gabler

“Offense: The Kingdom In Action” (Kathy Gabler)

OffenseI believe we are in a transition moving from a religious mindset that views church as meetings that satisfy an obligation to God to realizing we are all sons of God gathering to be effectual, by living our lifetime demonstrating His Kingdom-come and will-being-done on earth as it is in heaven.  This is not a new transition. It’s just a time of greater momentum with more obvious results and changes. The yeast is spreading, permeating our understanding. (Matt. 13:33)

(This is the first excerpt from an article by Kathy Gabler entitled “Offense: The Kingdom In Action” in which she talks about the advantage of moving from merely a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy.)