Jesus wanted His disciples connected to a higher source than the religion they had been stooped in. Jesus wanted followers whose lives showed His loving, redemptive character as a result of their relationship with Him. The legalism they had practiced could identify adherents but couldn’t produce fruit that witnessed to who the Father really is. The only thing their legalism communicated was that they were connected to a religion and its rules. Jn 15:8 “This is how my Father shows who He is–when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.” (MSG) The fruitless things in their lives were pruned back by the word of Jesus so they might produce good fruit, good character (15:2). We are praying you discover daily that the character of Jesus is demonstrated in your life. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24hrs/day.)
In David’s son Absalom, the people got the appearance and looks that fit their agenda but they didn’t get the character in the man. He was able to present a fine appearance and a desirable program but there was no character behind the appearance. Absalom got the results of a self-promoter and Israel got the privilege of dealing with the fallout. Maybe if we give ourselves to time and process and track records, we will have less fallout to deal with. Quality decisions and relationship over time engender trust. (1Thess.5:12, KJV) “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you.” We are praying you discover daily that you are trusting others only as you give them time to prove themselves trustworthy. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24hrs/day.)
God has made it plain that relationship is one of His primary concerns and always will be. Learning to live with others is part of the maturing process of our character and walking out our life purpose. Relationships should enhance our lifetime and future, but they can also undermine both. They are part of the challenge of everyday life and we will find some to be rewarding, some to be taxing, some to be for a season, some to be for a reason, some to be for a lifetime, some to be by choice and some to seemingly be the result of unforeseen circumstances. Each has its own set of distinctives and its own path, but all relationships require God’s wisdom and our time and effort to be healthy. (The first excerpt from Kathy’s article “Investing in Relationships” published in SEEC Magazine.)
(Melissa) This is the year to loose your grasp on plan B and take hold, with both hands, of plan A – His original intent for your life in 2016. If your answer is hidden, ask God what the right question is in this moment. Ask Him what, in you, might be hindering the answer. Ask Him what you need to know today. He’s got plans for you, He is not into punishing you. His M.O. is all about forgiveness, redemption, relationship, and promotion all for His glory. Hey, if He tells you it’s simply about timing then it’s really that simple. His timing is perfect. Look at the birth and life of Samuel. Perseverance is key! It’s going to be an amazing year. Get ready for your answers.
(This is the last excerpt from Melissa Gabler’s article “God-Cloaked Answers“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
Having a relationship with the King is an eye-opener: You are not junk. You have not messed up your fictitious “one shot”. You do not have to live with sickness and pain. You most certainly DO have something to deposit where you are and where He takes you. You/we are here for a purpose beyond occupying space and time. You are here to make a difference. There is healing in knowing this!
(This is the second excerpt from the article “Ask The Right Questions” by Melissa Gabler.)
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“Everything Is Set Up For You To Cross The Finish Line.”
We can see God addressing the three-legged design of basic human needs in the three questions He asked Adam:
1> The first question was, “Adam where are you?” Where is the identity that had us as Father-to-son, face-to-face, yesterday, but today has you hiding? After Adam ate of the tree, when he looked at himself, his mirror was cracked. He was fragmented and his self-image was scarred. If you think that mess-ups in your life can de-daughter or de-son you, your identity is too fragile, and it is not rooted in relationship with your Heavenly Father. The first shot the devil took in the wilderness was at Jesus’ identity when he said, “If you are God’s Son.” Jesus was so confident of His identity and unshakeable relationship with the Father that Satan couldn’t tempt Him to even try to prove it by turning stones to bread. The key to sound identity is that it be rooted in relationship with God.
(This is the ninth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Seeing Us The Way God Sees Us” which was published in SEEC Magazine. Excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
In 2014 God is giving us loving and creative insights into impacting people’s lives. People in this present culture are not wondering whether or not they will go to heaven or hell if they die, they are concerned whether they have a purpose and what they will do if they continue to have to deal with present moral and cultural challenges. God will speak to us about what He is concerned about in a person’s life while steering us away from pet peeves (religious pet peeves and pet peeves formed from our family paradigms) so that we can effectively impact them with His love and compassion.
**Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives. (1Pe 2:12,Msg)
SEEC Kingdom Conference * Theme: “Thy Kingdom Come”
March 5-7, 2014 * Grace International Church * Willis, TX
Speakers: Jim Hodges, Dr. Don Crum, Marty Gabler, Kathy Gabler, Melissa Gabler, Simon Purvis
“. . .he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3)
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