As the people of God assemble today may take note of those who are really in need of prayer so that they can make it through the week and through the year. May they let Father’s precious Holy Spirit move their hearts in behalf of others and pray for them and speak to them of the hope that is within us through the promises of Jehovah God Almighty. Lam.3:21-23,Msg—“But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: 22 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. 23 They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! 24 I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”
I saw the picture of a man on the internet and was immediately moved to pray for him. I prayed this and that for some minutes and then I believe Holy Spirit began to shift my praying to pray that Father would help him to rise above everything he has never risen above, to be delivered from everything that has ever held him captive so that he can be everything he is supposed to be right through 2023. It isn’t doing us (or the other person) any good for us to just label their bondage and feel that the fruit of their lives has proven us correct in our assessment. We can allow their defeating shortcomings to drive us to our knees in intercessory prayer and declarations of liberty over them. 1Tim.2:1-“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.”
MELISSA— Have you ever had times when a revelatory nugget pops up, then within days you hear the same nugget from other sources? That’s been happening as of late and I’m learning to pay attention to those! Following is one such instance that has been not only ringing in my ear, but answering some of those seemingly unanswerable questions. While in conversation this was quoted to me from a book, “God hides some things for specific times so that the enemy cannot destroy them.” That stuck with me, and a couple of days later I read a quote from someone else that was expressing the exact same thought! Well, that really hit me between the eyes, especially because these came from trusted sources. It was an “Are you listening?” moment.
I began meditating on God hiding something for a specific time, and it felt like this statement began filling cracks in my understanding. If God cloaks something for a time, it is not only to hide it from the devil and his destructive minions, but it is also to hide it from our own self-sabotage. Yes, the devil and self-sabotage are two different things. However, the devil LOVES stoking the flames of self-sabotage! All we have to do is let our fears and concerns fall out of our mouths like kindling for the enemy’s threatening bonfire. So many times we make the devil’s job so easy. (MELISSA is one of the hosts, leading worship and speaking at Kingdom Congress 2023. KC2023 Info: martygabler.com/kc2023/.)
KATHY — In our natural thinking, we might see creepy minions of darkness creating havoc and standing on the verge of overtaking our doomed world but, if we think like God thinks, these are all signs of creation groaning for the manifest sons of God, Rom 8:19,22. Creation is groaning for powerful men and women of God to do supernatural things and bring God’s will and order to this life.
I declare that in 2023:
1. THERE WILL BE A Fresh Outpouring of the Supernatural.
Kids Version: We declare that we will speak the words that bring heaven to earth.
Numerous people will be anointed by THE Prophet to prophesy awesome stuff. Your cry will be “Oh, God, let me prophesy the awesome, the extraordinary, the unconventional of your power, your love, your compassion, your wisdom, your provision.”
1Cor.14:3,TPT—“But when someone prophesies, he speaks to encourage people, to build them up, and to bring them comfort.”
(You may watch the service at Grace when Marty gave the 2023 Declarations here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVGOsYMU5dY) Move slider over to 55:55 where Marty begins speaking.
MELISSA— We are not sissies. We have the DNA, the breath of THE all powerful God in us. We can be that Change-Agent wherever we are! Here’s something else about a Change-Agent: they stay in their ordained sphere and deposit heaven there. They do not go running all over the world looking for the bad guys. Just imagine Change-Agents waking up all over the world carrying the atmosphere of the Kingdom right in their own region. This Kingdom is way more potent than any other kingdom we see activated right now, so can you imagine what this thing is about to look like?! I’m getting excited over here!
KATHY—Exasperation is only on our side of any situation. Exasperation always boils down to our focus. Our focus is the desperate need, the unanswered prayers, and the injustice that we feel. And the tormenting factor that is at the root of all of that, is fear. And fear is complex. It is a fear of loss and a fear of unbearable consequences and at the same time a fear of personal failure. The only antidote is to move our focus to God who does not fear. He sees much more than the details that torment us. And His nature and character do not change or bend under the weight of threats. The only way to step out of exasperation is to step into simple trust. God knows the details. God cares. And God will do whatever is needed to be done concerning our concerns.
As the people of God assemble today let us yield to the full counsel of our all-wise heavenly Father. Let us continually, throughout the year, draw on His Word and His Will as we walk paths of righteousness with sons and daughters of God for His name’s sake. Ps.32:8—“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
May the Lord keep us with His Word and His Wisdom that we not become convoluted with side-tracking issues this year and that we not clutter up our purpose and focus with relationships that God has not ordained. 1Cor.7:35,Amp—“Now I say this for your own benefit; not to restrict you, but to promote what is appropriate and secure undistracted devotion to the Lord.”
Marty, Kathy, Melissa, Jim Hodges, Dr. Greg Crawford, Larry Burden, Dr. Lynn Burling,
Joe Bogue, Brian Sherman in SEEC Magazine Quarterly Issue January2023-March2023.
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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 this year. 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. (Melissa will be leading worship and speaking at Kingdom Congress which is Mar.1-3,2023. All info: martygabler com/kc2023)
KATHY—Sons don’t take a cultural “given” as their heavenly Father’s thinking. Sons stay alert to what contradicts the will of God and the culture of His Realm. Sons know the Word and therefore know, “with God nothing is impossible”. So sons know that a seemingly unchangeable end is CHANGEABLE.
It is hard to just settle for what is presently evident in our lives and in our environment when God Almighty has shown us in His Word that His sons/daughters are expected to call upon Him and know the breadth, length, depth and height of Him (Eph.4:18) that we have not known before and even expect to be filled with “the fullness of God” (Eph.3:19). New levels there are and we shall rise to them. Doors there are and we shall go through them. We shall walk through them, we shall run through them and those who go with us shall experience the Kingdom of God…. on earth as it is in heaven. Rise up, go through, walk through, run through and if you have to…. battle through! FULL POTENTIAL IS STILL OUT THERE… (waiting).
MELISSA — After having some wearisome days I was praying and I heard a slingshot being pulled back slowly to the point of release. I could hear the sling snapping as it was being pulled to the its limit in order to hurl the stone at peak velocity. Then I heard the Holy Spirit say, “You are feeling this way because this is where you are.” We are being stretched to the limit for the greatest outcome. Don’t forget what happened when David released that stone — a giant fell!
KATHY—Wouldn’t it be more in character with our wise and loving God to have planned a path for us that fulfills who we are rather than contradicts who we are? To think otherwise is to assume our Heavenly Father has not been actively aware of us in every moment of our lifetime. To think otherwise is to assume our gifts and callings were an after-thought, after God got to know our personality and talents and quirks. No, we serve the God who knows the end before there is a beginning! (Isa.46:10)
As the people of God assemble today may they take hold of the Word of God and stand firmly on Father’s promises, those promises that do not fail and that remain good no matter how much in the environment seems to be sliding away into chaos. May they continually hear that Word of Life which speaks more surely than all the predictions of “knowledgeable” persons and troubled factions and having heard it, and rehearsed it, stand firmly upon it while praising the name of Him Who sits on the Throne. Heb.10:23,Amp–“So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.”
We take God’s Word, grab hold of it and tenaciously cling to it until it carries us into tomorrow. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying… I will do all my pleasure.” (Isa46:10) This means that God declares something before there is anything like it in existence and when it is time for it to be manifest, it comes into existence. He is not finished declaring over you!
Marty will be giving Part2 of the 2023 Declarations in the 10:00am service 1-15-23 at Cornerstone Brenham.
Info Link: cornerstonebrenham.org
Melissa— It came to me that to actually trust God meant to actually let go of needing to know the process of getting to an answer. I’ve never functioned like that. Unfortunately my M.O. has been to ask and believe for a God-outcome while all along fixating on my logic’s only conclusion as to how that could happen. That, my friends, will WEAR. YOU. OUT. In that moment it felt good, it felt right to let go, and something in me took a deep breath for the first time. (Melissa is leading worship and speaking at KINGDOM CONGRESS 2023 – March 1-3. Detailed info: martygabler.com/kc2023/)
Kathy—Moving into the new year we would be wise to make decisions based in the Word of God, the wisdom of God. If we go to God for a deposit of His peace and wisdom, we can make a choice that contradicts our feelings. That doesn’t mean you are giving up strategy and resolve, it means you’re just choosing not to stay upset while it comes. To stay upset is to choose death because your body will suffer, relationships will suffer and “emotional reactions” will become king in the house and set an atmosphere that draws more upset.
What of the New Year? — Paths & Old History
16-This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves… 18-“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. 19-Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. (Isa.43:16, 18-19, Msg)
MELISSA — “You crown the year with your bounty, and your paths overflow.” (Ps. 65:11 AMP) “Crown” here is the Hebrew word “atar”. It means to encircle for protection. So, we really are tiptoeing into something big in 2023 and we are protected as we approach our reveal. And let’s just top it off, “Your paths overflow” says 2023 is marked with abundance. The biggest fight we have at this point is truly believing our God is as good as He really is!
KATHY—The Holy Spirit gave me specific instructions one day to put my heart into the day. Graciously, He did not say, “Instead of murmuring today, try living like it connects to My good plans for you.” Whether we can see past the smoke of the fire we are in or not, we can decide to persevere each day with the confidence that it truly is an investment toward tomorrow and our potential in 2023. Mt.6:34,TPT—“Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
As the people of God assemble today, may they build one another up in hope as they look to the future with expectancy for the purposes of God Almighty to be fulfilled in their lives and in their church family. ”So then, let us pursue [with enthusiasm] the things which make for peace and the building up of one another [things which lead to spiritual growth].” (Rom.14:19, Amp)