(Jim Hodges)—The devil offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world in the wilderness. It is my conviction that Christ began to take on those kingdoms before the cross. He took them on in the wilderness of Judea and won the victory there. He then celebrated the victory in the garden near Golgotha. The whole ministry of Jesus is to transform a wilderness into a garden. The Bible began in a garden and ends in a garden-like city.
When the devil told Jesus in the wilderness that he would give Him the kingdoms of this world Jesus, of course, would not bow to him. He defeated the devil in the desert as the Son of Man because He did not use deity powers to do so. That gives us hope of overcoming the devil also. On the cross, Jesus legally, judicially and covenantally stripped Satan of all his authority and made an open show of his being defeated. (Apostle Hodges is speaking at Kingdom Congress 2018 March 7-9.) KC2018 INFORMATION
May good things and giftings, and words of encouragement and enabling spring up out of you in this season like a spring that is beginning to flow. May all the debris of uncertainty and past failures and criticisms blow completely away as the good things flow unhindered to bless others. Get into the Word of God and let it speak more loudly to you than the voices that would remind you of your history. Be reminded that the former things are cast into the sea of forgetfulness. The forgiveness and enablements of Jesus Christ override past failures and insure future victories. ”The good man, from his [inner] good treasure, brings out good things…” (Matt.12:35a, Amp) We are praying you discover daily God’s forgiveness in your life.
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Sometimes these contradictions are obvious, like when I walked out on the porch and a snake was on my porch. That thing had crawled up on to the roof ledge of a second story porch! It was a very loud contradiction to my plans and future. (I knew it was a personal issue because I was the only one home.) One of the symbolic meanings of a snake is “a threat to the future,” and sure enough, one of us had to die that day! However, some personal contradictions are not as obvious, even on our porch, because they are always there and we don’t see them as a threat to our future purpose and fulfillment and destiny. Contradictions on your porch can be from old wounds and memories that haven’t faded and still cause fear or anger or discouragement. They linger like a cloud on your porch waiting to come and go with you. Contradictions to your purpose can come from family traits like anger or pride or being judgmental. You don’t notice them because they have always been there. The fact that you need to change your thinking in some part of your life is not an indictment against you! The simple truth is that without repentance, there is no change and without change there is no overcoming contradictions that keep affecting your life and your legacy.
(This is the ninth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Resurrection out of Contradiction“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
KATHY GABLER brings an encouraging word in this 3min. audio file.
“He is putting gates in your fences.”
May the Lord turn the tide that has pushed against you and brought weariness as you have tried to press forward. May you flow, full sail, into victory after victory as the hand of God assures your overcoming.
“Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? “The hand of God has turned the tide! The hand of God is raised in victory! The hand of God has turned the tide!” Ps.118:15-16, Msg
SEEC Ministries International (Marty and Kathy)
12th Annual Kingdom Congress
March 6-8, 2019 * NO FEE
Marty, Kathy and Melissa Gabler, Jim Hodges,
Simon Purvis, Larry Burden, Dr. Don Crum
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KINGDOM CONGRESS 2019
I saw the words scroll across the television screen: “SPEAK TO THE MOUNTAIN.” I thought of all the times I had spoken to circumstances and problems to be removed or resolved but saw no change. Suddenly the Holy Spirit interrupted my musings and instructed me to speak to the MOUNTAIN “within,” not “without.” In that moment the emphasis switched from the trouble and pressure around me to the troubled soul within me. Ps 143:12 “And in your mercy and loving-kindness, cut off my enemies and destroy all those who afflict my inner self, for I am Your servant.” (Amp) The primary mountain is the stress or anxiety or fear or anger or frustration or guilt or confusion that mounts up in us in reaction to circumstances. Those negative and destructive forces mount to such heights that they block out the light of truth and smother hope. They darken our emotions and obstruct God who is our Light, Truth and Hope, by raising a barrier between me and Him. So the “inner” MOUNTAIN is the first and critical challenge. (This is the first short article in a series. More to come…) seecministries.org