As long as there are a people who feel they have their “ticket stamped” to go to a “much better place,” there will be no reform of what they deem to be merely an exit platform (cf.Jn.20:21;Lk.9:2;Jn.16:7). If the departure platform is somewhat rickety, people will just try to stand still and hope the train out of there arrives soon. With such a view, no one reforms or rebuilds the platform; they simply grip what is available to grip and hope to be off of it as soon as possible. The emphasis today upon the sudden coming of the Lord isn’t about Him, it is about us. The religious pundits pounding their pulpits exclaiming the quick return of our Lord are getting hearty (and well financed) “Amens!” in response to their promises of sudden escape from disappointments, rudely jostled comfort zones and nerve-racking prognostication. We have been taught by pop-theology to use faith for immediate relief, not long-term endurance, not long-term results (Heb.11:13 does not figure into Esau’s demands for immediate relief). The Esau mindset of blowing off the coming generations and spending what you’ve got on relief for the present generation flies well in today’s skies. Joseph did not get immediate results (or relief) after his prophetic dream and prophetic pronouncement. He and Daniel and Esther were sent ahead to “preserve a posterity,” “continue a remnant” and “save lives.” (Gen.45:7 Amplified) Joseph stood and stood and took ground “until the Word of the Lord proved him” and he was not proven to guarantee him plenty of airtime and notoriety but for the survival of a nation (Ps.105:18). He was not dealt the luxurious right of faith for immediate relief or escape. But the result was the salvation of a nation and its being propelled into the future of its destiny for Jehovah’s purposes and Name’s sake.
(Marty will be leading prayer and declarations and speaking at Kingdom Congress Mar.3-5,2021. No Fee. Schedule and information: martygabler.com/kc2021)
What are you willing to pay for immediate relief? Israel desired to return to slavery after being freed at their own request (Ex.3:7,9). The main concern was immediate relief. Esau was hungry, so he traded his birthright for immediate relief. We may find it necessary to deal with a rumbling stomach or uncomfortable surroundings for a period of time to get to promise. Ex.3:7-9, Amp – “The Lord said, “I have in fact seen the affliction (suffering, desolation) of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters (oppressors); for I know their pain and suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand (power) of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a land [that is] good and spacious, to a land flowing with milk and honey [a land of plenty]—to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 9 Now, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me; and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them.”
When things begin to stack up on top of each other and a sense of panic begins trying to creep in, I think many of us either jump into a get-it-solved-by-any-means mode or have fallen back into a can’t-do-anything-about-it-so-why-try mode. But in spite of the temptation to feel that He, who could do something about all of it immediately, has (“for some reason”) just chosen to add one more thing to our load, we will look expectantly for relief. Relief is on its way. “Don’t add to my troubles. Give me some relief!” (Jer.17:17, Msg)
KG — If you are battle-weary, I believe the new year, 2017, will bring welcome changes. I’m not implying battles will stop suddenly and everybody goes on vacation. I’m saying many long-term battles will end because you finally win. “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around” (MSG, Pro 13:12). I expect some sudden good breaks in the year to come.
May the Lord grant you a sudden good break
that brings you much needed relief.
Proverbs 13:12 (MSG) ” Unrelenting
disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a
sudden good break can turn life around.”
When things begin to stack up on top of each other and a sense of panic begins trying to creep in, I think many of us have either jumped into a get-it-solved-by-any-means mode or have fallen back into a can’t-do-anything-about-it-so-why-try mode. But in spite of the temptation to feel that He, who could do something about all of it immediately, has (“for some reason”) just chosen to add one more thing to our load, we will look expectantly for relief. Relief is on its way.
“Don’t add to my troubles. Give me some relief!” (Jer.17:17, Msg)
Below is a short audio file of Kathy Gabler speaking on “Escaping Victim Syndrome”.
She spoke on this subject last year at SEEC Kingdom Conference.
She will be speaking this year March 5-7, 2014 * Grace International * 936-856-2455
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We declare over Oklahoma that its redemptive purpose will rise through the rubble and that the injured will recover quickly and fully. We declare that the people of God will shine in their generosity and mercy and helps. May the Lord God Almighty enable His people to communicate His redemptive Word to individuals and the state.
We know these pastors who are heading up this relief effort.
Kathy & I are supporting the Isaacs to redemptively minister to Oklahoma.