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What, Where, Why, How, When

What, Where, Why, How, When — WHAT we need more than better politicians is an awakening move of God. WHERE we need that move of God is in the Church. WHY we need that move of God (perhaps it might better be labeled a reforming move of God) is because, having lost sight of our purpose in the TreesWindBentearth, the church is bemoaning and reacting rather than decreeing and acting. HOW the move will come is determined by the resistance from those He is attempting to move upon, i.e., the types of circumstances in which they will be willing to hear from God. There are numerous creative circumstances in the Bible that were allowed to develop to awaken purpose in those who eventually became Sunday School story heroes. But then, their goal was not to get to heaven. It was to stop the giants and the systems that dared defy the Lord of Hosts. WHEN God moves, we must be ready to yield to a paradigm that allows His government to reform us before we inadequately try transforming a nation. (1Pe.4:17 “judgment begins in the house of God”) After not preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom (i.e.,the rule of God, not just a get-out-of-hell-free message; Matt.4:23; 9:35; 24:14) and Kingdom culture for 200 years, we are crying out in our nation for a political figure to legislate morality to produce a culture that doesn’t destroy itself and shed innocent blood. (Matt.5-6 is Kingdom culture)
(Marty will be leading and speaking at KINGDOM CONGRESS 2021. It is Mar.3-5 at Grace Church Willis,TX just north of Houston. No Fee.)

Lifting Eyes Away From Present Circumstances

As the people of God assemble today, may they look to the hills from whence comes their help. May they look beyond the present limitations they struggle against and look to the focal point of Almighty God. May they look to Him Who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb.  ”I will lift up my eyes to the hills [of Jerusalem]—From where shall my help come?  2  My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Ps.121:1-2, Amp)


God Has Elected Us

As the people of God assemble today, may they realize that they have been elected to an unlimited term of office. May they rejoice in God their Savior Who has elected them to be defended and to provide justice in their behalf.  “And will not [our just] God defend and avenge His elect [His chosen ones] who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay [in providing justice] on their behalf?” (Lk.18:7, Amp)


Mutual Care for one Another

prayforeachother1As 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)


Walking Forward With Confidence

HikingWalkStickAs the people of God assemble today, may they worship and dwell upon the Word of God Most High so that they find their strength in Him and so that they may walk forward into the coming week with confidence that what God has started, He will bring to completion.
“The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility].” (Hab.3:19, Amp)


Heads Above Flood Waters

As the people of God assemble today, may they discover that in the midst of their corporate prayers, praises and fellowship that they are getting their heads above the flood waters of circumstances because the Light and presence of God Almighty is drawing them up into His arms and His purposes with His enablements.

”God thunders across the waters, Brilliant, his voice and his face,
streaming brightness— God, across the flood waters.” (Ps.29:3, Msg)


Supply For Servants

Supply For Servants

By the time the prodigal gets to the pig pen, this guy is having to eat that which is nothing more than left-over and waste. He is suffering at this level because he has stepped out of his metron pigpen(sphere of influence) not satisfied to yield to his father’s wise timing. Thankfully, he came to himself in that situation and realized that his father’s servants, in their metron, fared better than he did. Although he was a son, the servants were better off than him at this point and their position and circumstance was far more desirable than what he had being out of position as a son born to privilege and inheritance. After wasting the measure of rule he had carved out for himself, he realized that he had presumptuously grasped a measure of rule he was not ready for. If a private in the army can stay within his measure of rule, he will have all the food he needs, all the gasoline for his jeep, all the bullets for his rifle and all the medical care he will need; and he will never pay rent or electric bills  (Mt 6:33-and all these things will be added unto you). His peers will never be allowed to promote him or talk him into taking the position of a captain. As his superior officers observe him, they will measure his abilities and promote him accordingly (Ps 75:6-7).  The prodigal concluded, “My father’s servants have stayed within their measure of rule and look how well supplied they are.” 

For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up.

7 But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another. (Ps.75:6-7, Amp)

Opposition + You + Holy Spirit = Victory


Opposition + You + Holy Spirit = Victory

Numerous times in the books of Judges, Samuel and Kings we read the phrase, “and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him (e.g. Jud 3:10).” Have you ever noticed that when we read that phrase that shortly after that, the whole set of circumstances turns completely around for the entire nation of Israel? If the Spirit of the Lord came upon one individual under the old covenant and completely intervened for an entire nation, what could happen when, under the new covenant, the Spirit of the Lord endues a body of believers? What will happen when we begin to factor in the Holy Spirit to everything that concerns us, our families, our churches and our nation? What will happen when we make room for Him, time for Him and actually expect Him to show up and do something through us? As a child in Sunday School, I was actually taught as truth that “one shall set a 1,000 to flight and two 10,000.” I was also taught with some degree of vehemence “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” Numerous times in public places, the Holy Spirit has used us in gifts of power that have demonstrated the love and power of God to individuals. Because we travel the same routes repeatedly, we have seen some of those people again and they remember that time we ministered to them. 

In Jud 3:10 the Spirit of the Lord came upon aged Othniel and saved the day for a  nation.  The equation was NOT: Israel’s oppression + aged Othniel. BUT it was: Israel’s oppression + aged Othniel + the Spirit of the Lord. The Holy Spirit is the key to our authority and His power is our enablement. Barnes says that “the Holy Spirit endued them with extraordinary wisdom, courage and strength.”