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The Master is Unconventional

While dealing with the wind and waves of a violent storm, the disciples were not expecting anything unconventional from Jesus. Ps.50:21 “These things you have BoatCloudsShore.jpgdone, and I kept silence; you thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you, and state {the case} in order before your eyes.” (NAS) They may have been thinking that He was like them, being subject to the same limitations they were subject to. They were expecting conventional things from an unconventional Savior. If only they could have grasped the concept that He is THE MASTER OF THE STORM.  After Jesus had calmed the storm in Mk 4:41, they asked one another, “What manner of man is this?” (KJV). In other translations it reads “Who is this?” Not fully knowing who He was, and was therefore capable of, little did they know that He would be coming to join them walking on the water! If your logic is questioning, “What manner of man is this?”, the answer is, The Master Of The Storm. When the Master is called on and relied on, it is possible to get unconventional results in an unconventional year, for He has power over the power that threatens, even over the storm.


Contradicting the Storm

The disciples confronted the storm on the lake but Jesus contradicted it with peace. wavesWhen Jesus said to His disciples that He had been given all authority in heaven and on earth and then commissioned them to disciple nations, that was the announcement that believers had now become the embodiment of the Kingdom like He was. We have the same authority and power to contradict darkness. Deut.28:7, Amp — “The Lord will cause the enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way, but flee before you seven ways.”


Speaking the Known Will of God

The disciples confronted the storm on the lake but Jesus contradicted it with peace. two talkingWhen Jesus said to His disciples that He had been given all authority in heaven and on earth and then commissioned them to disciple nations, that was the announcement that believers had now become the embodiment of the Kingdom like He was. We have the same authority and power to contradict danger and crisis. The very least we can do is stop rehearsing the obvious and speak and declare the opposite — the known will of God which may be readily found in the Bible: life (Jn.10:10), health (3Jn.1:2), provision (2Cor.9:8), safety (Ps.46:1), peace (Jn.14:27).


Pulling the Heavenly Into the Earthly

Dr. Don Crum — Jesus was God on a mission and He had men with Him called disciples. [Matt.8:18f] They had started their journey in joy, going somewhere with Jesus. They passed through a terrific threat that exposed their fear. They got to the other side and participated in deliverance. However, I think the real mission was to see the Lord in a new way, to have Him revealed to them in such a way that they rowing in stormcould not help but marvel, “What manner of man is this?” That is worship. The effects of the mission accomplished was the deliverance of a city from demonic possession, but the real mission was to get the Church to worship. When we worship, we move into a dimension of God called His throne room. By the way, we are already seated therein. We are here in our physical bodies, but we have an even greater, more significant presence at the right hand of God the Father in Christ. At the right hand is the place of highest authority. As God gets us into that understanding, then from earthly place and time, we really worship as we are worshiping already in the heavenly realm. Seated in the presence of His majesty we are worshiping Him along with angels and creatures and elders that cannot stop even if they wanted to. This is the seat of His government which we call His Kingdom. It is important that we marvel and worship, for when the Church worships, that tips the scale. (Dr.Crum will be speaking at Kingdom Congress 2020. He will also be giving us an update on Israel and world events.)


Dr. Crum will be speaking at Kingdom Congress 2020 March 4, 2020.
He will also be giving us an update on Israel and world events.
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Thunder: “To Call Aloud”

The following week after I had the vision about the war and the storm, exactly seven days later at 3:00 A.M., I was awakened again, this time to a literal storm. Thunder rattled the windows. The thunder was loud, unnerving and unending.  It seemed to be right over our house, pounding the windows and walls and it brought me fully awake. I sat up and awaited understanding and instructions to pray as the atmosphere around me seemed electric.  The most unusual thing about the thunder was that it was not coming in abrupt crashes but rather in a steady drumming sound in the heavens.  After what seemed half an hour or so, the thunderous vibrations slowly moved away, but I could still hear the continuous rumbling in the distance.

I looked up the Hebrew meaning of “thunder” which is “to call aloud; a voice or sound, a proclamation”. “Thunder crashes and rumbles in the skies. Listen! It’s God raising his voice! Job 26:11.  And this is only the beginning, a mere whisper of His rule. Whatever would we do if He really raised his voice!” Job 26:14  “Whenever this happens, my heart stops– I’m stunned, I can’t catch my breath.  Listen to it! Listen to His thunder, the rolling, rumbling thunder of His voice.  He lets loose His lightnings from horizon to horizon, lighting up the earth from pole to pole. In their wake, the thunder echoes his voice, powerful and majestic. He lets out all the stops, He holds nothing back. No one can mistake that voice–  His word thundering so wondrously, His mighty acts staggering our understanding.” (Job 37:1-5)  The week before, I had seen Him break through second heaven to release His will into the earth.  This week, I sat listening to His voice charge the earth’s atmosphere and make it tremble with anticipation.   (Second excerpt from Kathy’s article “Breakthroughs Coming”— First excerpt was posted on 1-15-18)
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Practical is not Always Adequate

In the middle of the storm, right on top of the troubled water Jesus said, “It is I”. The sufficiency of the boat was doubtful, the only practical thing that was available was less than adequate. It is Jesus who has given the promise and it is Jesus who will make good on it and it is Jesus that the storm cannot drive away! The storm cannot displace Jesus.  Just look at Who has given the promise. Jesus had far better transportation than a leaky old boat. The safest place on this occasion was not in the boat but on the water! Faith is for the purpose of getting out of the boat, not for asking Jesus to get into the boat (Matt. 14:28). Wishing a storm would have never come, asking why storms come, trying to lay blame for the storm are all distractions. Now is the time to look up from the threatening waters and walk with Jesus day by day “to the other side” (Matt.14:22). The safest place is with the Master of the storm.

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In the brief video “Texas You Are Not Alone” Marty Gabler
encourages those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
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Fear and Point of Reference

Concerning Hurricane Harvey we, on the Texas Gulf Coast, have just come through a series of unprecedented events and are now facing challenges that are unprecedented. In Matthew, the disciples were terrified because they had no point of reference for what was happening. When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the lake, that terrified them as much or more than the storm. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear (Mt 14:26). They did not see the circumstances allowing anyone, including Jesus, to walk on water. They considered these circumstances as those that take you down and never let you up. These men of God had heard the heart-wrenching stories of fishermen suffering disaster at sea. Each of them could vividly tell a story of a relative or a friend who had not been able to attain the goal of “the other side” (Matt.14:22)  Nerve-testing reports of failure to “reach the other side” had settled upon their ears and they had used them as foundation stones to build a point of reference which, at this point, filled their hearts with terror.

Victory was not on their minds. There was absolutely no thought of, nor any faith for, victory over this situation. Perseverance was no more than an idealistic point made by preachers on land, in the safety of storm-free weather. They hunkered down and just got ready for anything this set of circumstances wanted to throw at them. That is not how we make it. That is not how we persevere. That is not how we receive the promise. The prophetic gift always, annoyingly refuses to let us simply “grab a root and grunt.” Prophet Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matt.14:27) Our focus is on Him Who is not bound by circumstances.

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TEXAS YOU ARE NOT ALONE

TEXAS YOU ARE NOT ALONE
In this brief video Marty Gabler offers encouragement to
those who are dealing with the issues of Hurricane Harvey.
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An Extraordinary Savior

The disciples were not expecting anything out of the ordinary from Jesus when He entreated them to row to the other side of the lake (while dealing with the throes of a violent storm). Ps. 50:21 “These things you have done, and I kept silence; you thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you, and state {the case} in order before your eyes.” (NAS) They may have been thinking that He was like them, being subject to the same limitations they were subject to. They were expecting ordinary things from an extraordinary Savior. If only they could have grasped the concept that He is THE MASTER OF THE STORM.  After Jesus had calmed the storm in Mk 4:41, they asked one another, “What manner of man is this?” (KJV). In other translations it reads “Who is this?” Not fully knowing who He was, and was therefore capable of, little did they know that He would be coming to join them walking on the water. “The Master of the Storm” is the answer to the question, “What manner of man is this?” When the Master is called on and relied on it is possible to get results that are out of the ordinary, for He has power over the power that threatens, even over the storm.

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Hurricane Harvey in Texas

Hurricane Harvey on Lake Livingston
This is not Galveston. These waves are on Lake Livingston.
This is at the boat launch area down the hill from our house.
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“And there will be a pavilion for shade from the heat by day, and
A REFUGE AND A SHELTER FROM THE STORM AND THE RAIN.” Isa.4:6

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No Gouging in the Storm

We are praying and declaring that people in the storm who have to pay for products or services will not be gouged or cheated in any way. We pray that con men who try to take advantage of people will be shown for what they really are before people are duped. We pray that people will not be sold any product or repair that they don’t truly need.  We also pray that people will discover that damage is not as extensive as originally thought and that products and services end up costing less than estimated. “The Lord wants all scales and balances to be right; he wants all business agreements to be fair.” (Prov.16:11, ERV)

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Refuge From Stormy Weather

As the people of God assemble today may there be people who discover that the people of God care about them and the circumstances they feel they are about to drown in. May there be assurances that each is staying in the boat and standing with the other to get to the other side of the lake in spite of the storm. (Ps.55:8, Msg)  “I want a walk in the country, I want a cabin in the woods.  I’m desperate for a change from rage and stormy weather.”

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The Foundational Thing: I Believe God

 

Boat_Paul_RomeFrom the stormy Acts 27 account Paul decided, in the midst of a dangerous situation, to not live by things said BY OTHERS. The foundational thing he said was in v.25 “I believe God”. He believed the thing said in v.24 “you must be brought before Caesar”; and HE SAID that thing also. Other things he said that were contrary to what was apparent: v.22 “there shall be no loss”; v.24 “fear not”; v.24 “all will be saved”. All the other 275 people and their authorities (unbelievers) were crying out contrary things but Paul did not live according to what they said; he lived according to what he had been instructed and what he had been instructed, HE SAID. Not only did Paul firmly stand on what HE SAID but, eventually, those in authority began to say what he said and all were saved.

(This is the fifth excerpt from Marty’s article “By Others Or By Us?“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.) Marty will be speaking at the Kingdom Equipping Congress Mar.4-6, 2015.


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Each Standing With The Other

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As the people of God assemble today may there be people who discover that the people of God care about them and what they are going through. May there be assurances that each is standing with the other to get to the other side of the lake in spite of the storm.

“So that there should be no division or discord or lack of adaptation [of the parts of the body to each other], but the members all alike should have a mutual interest in and care for one another.” (1Cor.12:25, Amp)


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Breaking Patterns

Under any influence our thoughts are affected and what we think we speak and what we speak is agreement that legalizes what goes on in our world.  That makes me wonder if one of the Tornadoreasons that history repeats itself is because the air is conditioned for it.  It is possible that it only took one or two storms in Kansas to have people rehearsing the trauma and filling the atmosphere with dread and expectation that eventually formed “Tornado Alley.”  We honestly cannot deny experience, but we can defy it developing into a pattern that rules the day.  Is it an extreme and absurd thought to you that even weather patterns can be affected by the power of the tongue?  Are the atmospheric conditions an untouchable, sovereign element of nature or did Jesus speak to the storm?  I’m not suggesting a new breed of storm-chasers, rather that we do what the Father is doing, even as He directs concerning weather and nature.  If experience is backed with agreement that becomes a power of the air in a geographical region or in a family, in a community, in a business or in a nation, we still do not have to stay in passive agreement with that pattern if it is not the will of God.  We can agree with God and clear the air. 
(This is the seventh excerpt from Kathy’s article “Clear The Air” which was published in Volume 18 Issue 4 of their ministry magazine SEEC Magazine. Excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


Rowing Against The Wind

When God gives a promise He gives a witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. “He… put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2Co rowing in storm1:22). We allow pressures and delay to smother the witness, of the Holy Spirit, to promise. When we are on our way to the fulfillment of promise and the wind is not at our backs, the tendency is to turn around and go back so that we are not opposed by the wind. Rowing with the wind is much easier than rowing against the wind. But winds of opposition will come from the enemy because he does not want the promise of God to be fulfilled in us. If it is fulfilled in us it will not only revolutionize our lives but it will also bless those around us. It will advance the Kingdom of God. The wind will resist our shifting into a new season.

(This is the fifteenth excerpt from Marty’s article “Launching Into A New Era” in Volume 17 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine. You may read other excerpts by scrolling down this page and by going to http://martygabler.com)

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Marty & Kathy Gabler invite you to read the latest issue of SEEC Magazine * February/March 2014.
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Focused On Facts

Jesus calms stormWhen Jesus told His disciples to go to the other side of the lake, the hard facts the disciples focused on, once out on the water in the storm, were (Matt.14:22-27):  1.) it was night-dark  2.) they were a great distance from land  3.) the boat was beaten by waves  4.) the wind was against them—blowing the opposite direction they were supposed to go. We must beware of reaching a point that we are merely dwelling on just the facts. These may be the present facts but they are not the conclusion of the matter. In the Bible, present facts and final conclusions always looked very different from one another.

(This is the thirteenth excerpt from Marty’s article “Launching Into A New Era” in Volume 17 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine)

*Dr. Don Crum is speaking today (11a.m. & 7p.m.) at the SEEC Kingdom Conference. Info: https://martygabler.com/ctk-conference

Listen to a short audio track of his message on “Royal Dynasty”:   http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2014-02-12T10_43_08-08_00