Kathy — God’s plans for where we are going depend on our being who we need to be when we get there. That requires transformation, and transformation comes through trials. Let me say that more exactly: transformation comes through listening and learning His Ways in trials, which is the opposite of hardening the heart! Rom.12:2, Amp — “And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
Psalm 139:16 (Paraphrased): “When I had not yet existed for even one moment, I was commissioned by God’s purpose. Before I was even wrapped as an embryo in my mother’s womb I was marked and approved by God’s eternal wisdom and greatness.” As surely as we were in the womb being transformed to come forth as a living being, reflecting the likeness of our natural fathers, we are in “cocoons” in life being transformed to reflect the likeness and character of our heavenly Father. What I mean by “cocoons” in life is the tough, tight places in life, times when we are caught in a web of circumstances or conditions that have us hot and bothered, barely able to breathe and can’t see a way out. In “cocoon times”, we can either walk in faith and keep doing what we know to do and realize God is going to utilize it for our growth and development, or we can try to run and escape . . . maybe for an entire lifetime. Or we can take a machete to the thing, pitch a fit and tear up jack! (Of course that very rarely fixes real-life situations and usually makes them worse!) The bottom line is we only do damage when we refuse to change as needed.
(This is the first excerpt from Kathy’s article “Choose Life“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
MARTY GABLER brings us this series of devotions called Beside Still Waters.
This one is titled: “Don’t give up, don’t be impatient” Psalm 27:14, TPT –
“Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord.”
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How do we, in a time of need, suddenly stop the negative and suddenly begin authoritatively operating in the power of the Throne? How do we, in a season-shift, push down the troubling aspects of our environment and see what the Father is doing and do what the Father is doing in spite of those elements? We can immediately go to panic, to fear, to flight but our emotional make-up is such that we require a period of time before turning to the positive. I have seen deer in the wild that were perfectly at peace, grazing and resting. But, suddenly, there is a noise and they jump and snort and run. Then they stand around stomping and snorting and looking at each other and looking all around their environment. They eventually settle back down but the operative word here is “eventually.” It only takes one deer to keep the rest from settling back down and all the rest will run and abandon food and rest because of the one. How do we turn it around in our minds? We “be not conformed” (Rom.12:2). We do not allow ourselves to be pressed into the mold of present circumstances. We submit our minds to be transformed by the Word of God. Applied to the correct report, we can renew our minds. If we neglect knowing the intentions of the King for this season of history, we cannot be transformed into the mindset that cooperates with and gets the results of His Kingdom intentions.
(This is the twelfth excerpt from Marty’s article “Launching Into A New Era” in Volume 17 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine)
Listen to Jim Hodges “The Kingdom In Action” a short audio track: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2014-02-05T11_42_39-08_00
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