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Fears and Concerns Sabotage

(Melissa Gabler) — 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.
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The Victory of Jesus

(Jim Hodges)—The devil offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world in the wilderness. It is my conviction that Christ began to take on those kingdoms before the cross.  He took them on in the wilderness of Judea and won the victory there. He then celebrated the victory in the garden near Golgotha.  The whole ministry of Jesus is to transform a wilderness into a garden.  The Bible began in a garden and ends in a garden-like city. 

When the devil told Jesus in the wilderness that he would give Him the kingdoms of this world Jesus, of course, would not bow to him.  He defeated the devil in the desert as the Son of Man because He did not use deity powers to do so.  That gives us hope of overcoming the devil also.  On the cross, Jesus legally, judicially and covenantally stripped Satan of all his authority and made an open show of his being defeated. (Apostle Hodges is speaking at Kingdom Congress 2018 March 7-9.) KC2018 INFORMATION
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Are You Gummin’ It?

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Do you ever have a  day when you think, “If faith were teeth . . . right now I’d be gummin’ it”?  I don’t know about you, but I don’t wake up every day looking for new battles and greater challenges.   In fact, many mornings I wake up tired, tired of waiting on promises that still haven’t manifested; tired of praying for healing, but seeing only a little; tired of believing for miracles, but only feeling the heat get hotter; tired of looking for change, but seeing sameness; tired of watching people go two steps forward and three steps back; tired of asking for a refreshing rain, but ending up in a puddle of disappointment.  When the storms of life wear your faith down to the gums and contrary winds layer grit and grime on your windows, it can change the way you see things. But don’t give up. We are on the threshold of seeing more of the presence and plan of God manifest in our lives than ever before.

(This is the first excerpt from Kathy’s article “Rebuilding Our Temple“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)

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Redeeming The Cracks

When our self-image takes a hit and our mirror gets cracked, it is tempting to feel so fragmented that we stop FaceCrackMirrorfunctioning.  If we do, then condemnation seeps into those cracks and tries to kill our relationship with our Father and tries to steal our sense of worth and tries to destroy our self-government.  Condemnation is one of the most lethal weapons the devil uses because it carries a mixture of truth and lie that is particularly toxic.  Condemnation’s first punch is usually true, like “You know you messed up. You’re guilty.”   However, it’s second punch is a poisonous lie like, “There is no way out, no healing for a cracked mirror.  There is no way to redeem value that was lost and no restoration of broken boundaries.”  Those lies should make you want to spit.
(This is the fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Seeing Us The Way God Sees Us—Part 2“ 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.)


 

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The First “Adam” Bomb

bomb explosionAdam’s failure to take dominion over that serpent, creeping creature, was a disobedience that caused a direct disconnect in relationship with the Father Creator, and it caused a breach in Adam and Eve’s domain.  That whisper from the tongue of that creeper, opened a can of stink and his bad breath filled the garden.  It opened the earth to a realm of opposition and contradiction to heaven’s order. This first “ADAM-BOMB” mushroomed over the garden and Adam and Eve were smothering in the smell of failure; so they hid and became fugitives in fig leaves.

(This is the fifth excerpt from Kathy’s SEEC Magazine article “Advancing The Kingdom Through Dominion.” Excerpts will appear on this page Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.)

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“Advancing The Kingdom” — Kathy’s message from the SEEC
Kingdom Conference 2014 (52 min.)
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http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2014-05-04T04_57_51-07_00


Don’t Quit In The Heat

If we study the progression of Romans 5:4, (trials then perseverance then character then hope), we begin to understand the real issues. Threshold wars are waged when the heat of trials gets our character to a red-hot blaze, like the point when metal can be changed and re-shaped. That is the point when the heat flames-red-hotmakes it tempting to quit and run to the nearest place of relief rather than complete the process by submitting to the Blacksmith’s hammer. So these wars are screaming the question while we’re in the heat of battle: “Will you do the right thing, let God change your heart and mind where necessary? Will you choose to respond to trials with wisdom and develop godly character; or will you remain the same person, refusing to be conformed to His image?” And our answer at this point will either propel us on to hope and toward promise, or cause us to fall short of hope and promise.

(This is the fourth excerpt from the article “Threshold Wars” by Kathy Gabler.)
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