If we do not get to promise because of our willingness to remain just this side of it, we end up accepting our present circumstances as an acceptable substitute. One of the defeating factors of living with that substitute long enough is that it can become preferred over the cost of actually getting to promise. But anything short of promise also falls short of glorifying God. 2Cor.1:20, TPT — “For all of God’s promises find their “yes” of fulfillment in him. And as his “yes” and our “amen” ascend to God, we bring him glory!”
As the people of God assemble today may doubts concerning their calling and purpose and value in the Kingdom of God dissipate like the morning mist. “You keep every promise you’ve ever made to me! Since your love for me is constant and endless, I ask you, Lord, to finish every good thing that you’ve begun in me! (Ps.138:8, TPT)
The promise of God is the “good land” (Deut.1:21,25). That is why satan fights you so hard. He knows that the fulfillment of it will do damage to him. He knows that when you embrace promise and begin to walk in it, you will displace his claims on lives and take territory for the Kingdom of God. “Let us go up and take the land.” (Num.13:30)
The Lord is challenging those who have been caught up in the spirit of breaking covenants and ignoring covenants; And those who have been robbed of the value and benefits of covenant will regard covenant as a must, will cling to people and opportunities, will repent, will rethink and will rebuild the walls that have been broken down.
Ps.51:7-15, TPT “Purify my conscience! Make this leper clean again! Wash me in your love until I am pure in heart. 8 Satisfy me in your sweetness, and my song of joy will return. The places within me you have crushed will rejoice in your healing touch 9 Hide my sins from your face; erase all my guilt by your saving grace. 10 Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you.”
There are blessings, signs, wonders and miracles about to happen in our lives, our families, our churches and our nation because God was witnessing of it before you and I were ever born—for His Name’s sake. We will not fall backward from promise in our confession. We will not say as Abraham, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.” (Gen.15:3). Because He who is Witness responds “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” (v.4) We will not see promise from afar or second-hand. We will see it with our own eyes and give Almighty God praise.
When we are willing to be moved where God deems best and when we are willing to be modified even though it means we must change our mind about some inaccurate views we were formerly willing to die for, then the promise begins to come into place. It is then that the position of the promise changes from potential to actualization (cf.Lev.26:3-13; Deut.28:1-14;Rom. 12:1-2;Js.1:3-4,12;4:7-10;Phil.1:6).
God’s promises are never less than His best for us. He is a God who loves us in such a way that He wants the very best for us — the best with reference to His character and His understanding of what will make us into the image of His Son. If we yield to Him and are willing to be moved and modified in the process, He will do whatever is necessary, even to moving mountains and men to bring about what is best.
Where or how do you get the promise of God? All I know is that one day I suddenly came to the realization that, over time, God has given me certain promises. Knowing the desires of my heart in prayer and meditation on His Word, God has given promises at those times also. But most often it has been like little discoveries, one here and one there. It’s something like, “I have God’s assurance on ‘that.’ It’s already done!” Some promises include the fact that He will work in and through me to bring about the promise. Others, He has worked in persons and situations in such a way that all I could do was just stand back and be amazed (cf.Rom.4:20-21). There is an overall promise and purpose and as I have walked in it I have received other promises, some of which have already been realized. “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” (Rom.4:20-21, NKJV) (From Marty Gabler’s book “Sheep Have Short Legs”.)
It is God’s will for us to walk in the commandments of the LORD GOD and keep His Word so that our days may be increased. God increases our days so that we, and our children, might walk in the realization of promise fulfilled. (Deut.11:21-22, Amp) “That your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. 22 For if you diligently keep all this commandment which I command you to do, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave to Him—“ We are praying you discover daily that you are cleaving to God and keeping His life-giving Word. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard at the bottom of each hour on Texas Praise Internet Radio).
May the Lord bring to their remembrance the good promises others have made to us, no matter how long ago. May they consider the commitments they made and set about honoring those promises. May they not try to follow through with only a “reasonable facsimile thereof” but provide the full measure of the original intention and may God bless it and multiply it beyond initial expectations.
Gen. 41:9–”Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: “I remember. . .”
v.12–”Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there. . .”
v.14–”Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph. . .”
There is wisdom in honoring healthy boundaries in life and not damaging borders of ownership or lines of good conduct or established ethics or moral limits, etc., however, a gate indicates access beyond, not damage to a border line. Hopefully, I won’t be written off as just having a blasphemous fit, but I think we might be more mature sons of God if we view Acts as a beginning rather than an end. Would we stay within our old fence lines if we saw ourselves as Bible characters instead of mere men in history? Many will immediately fear I’m risking the curse for adding to the book, but the church world is probably in more danger of the “taking away” from the book curses because we see the Bible as a book that has a beginning and end like any other. I am not talking about a new book of Mormon or revising the Canon, I am talking about the Bible’s legacy being the eternal and ongoing Word of God. I am talking about having a part in the big picture in such a way that our life choices and accomplishments actually connect to God’s plan for a generation beyond our own or a town we don’t even live in or an election that hasn’t even registered candidates yet. I pray we begin to see that we dare not lock down in traditions of the past and refuse to enter the gate into all that God has planned for us to do in the future and in our lifetime.
(This is the third excerpt [under the heading “Old Fence Lines”] from Kathy’s article “Gates In Our Fences” in Volume 16 Issue 4 of Marty & Kathy’s ministry magazine, SEEC Magazine.)
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When you consider a rainbow–anyone can see it and even scientifically know how it is done, but do you know Who did it? Beyond the obvious, the real beauty is relationship and the real impact is what is being said without words. The rainbow is an awesome promise that what we have outlived does not have to be relived again. Thank God, the past does not dictate my future. His mercies are new every morning.
“I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.” (Gen.9:13)
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lam.3:22-23, KJV)
(Kathy Gabler’s “Thought For Today #5”)
“I have held back the enemy by My Hand.”
In this 2min. Audio file, Marty Gabler brings and encouraging word.
“He is putting gates in your fences.”
In this 3min. audio file, Kathy Gabler brings an encouraging word.
That depreciating disparager is a thief and has come “only to steal and kill and destroy (Jn.10:10).” His goal is to steal away a word, a hope, a dream or a vision that God has given. He would love for you to think it has been canceled or, at the very least, that you will have to settle for something less. You end up bedraggled, talking like, “It’s not going to be what I originally expected it would be but ‘many are the trials of the righteous’ and I’m just glad to know the Lord.” The detractor spirit finds many an ear willing to listen, willing to believe and willing to act on the altered information.
The thief will get us preoccupied with other people’s views of our relationship with God or their opinion of the likelihood of God’s promise coming to pass in us. He wants us totally dismayed with the time period between promise and fulfillment. Such a spirit readily points out failed relationships and failed attempts “to be a part of” so it appears that there is now a “blemish” on our calling. His memory works overtime reminding us of failed or unheeded opportunities. Hence, the implication of our being unworthy or unreliable as participants in any divine purpose.
If the detractor cannot knock you completely out of the race, he wants the wind and confidence knocked out of you so that your performance is hindered. It would be somewhat like a high performance racecar driver pulling in for a pit stop and saying, “Don’t put much gas in the tank and don’t put on any new tires because I don’t deserve it the way I’ve been driving.” Cf.”For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through Him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ (2Co.1:20).” Never stop saying “Amen” to what God has said.
(This is the third excerpt in a series about “Don’t Settle For Anything Less” from Marty Gabler’s book “Why Sheep Have Short Legs.”)