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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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A Sheer Gift

James 1:2 says “Consider it a sheer gift, when tests and challenges come at you from HandHeadWoman.jpgall sides.”(Msg) So on those days when your spouse, children, mother-in-law and cocker-spaniel are all screaming for attention at the same time a check is missing in the check register and the fridge is dying and melting all over the kitchen floor…you need to think,“sheer gift”. Uh-huh… this is obviously going to take some practice! —Kathy
(Kathy is speaking at Kingdom Congress March 6, 2020. All info: martygabler.com/kc2020/)


Feet to the Path

Walking on the SidewalkAs we persevere through trials God
will not be manipulated or blackmailed
or bribed into shortening the time needed
to mature our character. Ps.66:8-9 says
that He holds our lives in his hands and
He holds our feet to the path. Evidently,
God not only intends for us to outlive the
heat of trials, He intends it to transform
us on our way through it. —Kathy


How Long are Fiery Trials?

HeatFurnaceKathy — I’ve asked the Lord many times, “How long are fiery trials supposed to last?” I’d like to say He answered, “Twenty minutes to twenty days, max!” However, we have all lived long enough to know better. He patiently explains to me, again, that time is not the issue in trials. Results are the issue. While we watch the clock or calendar during trials, God looks at the growth, maturity and changes in us. (Rom.5:3-4)


Character and the Heat of Trials

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 Blacksmiththe 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 makes 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.


Laying Hands on Mules

(From Kathy’s great grandfather’s booklet “Experiences Under Tests and Trials”, CT Carleton) “One Sunday this other preacher and I were going to church in a wagon, we were already late and one of the mules laid down in that deep sand, harness and all, sick. I said, man what are we doing to do? We are already late. He said get out and lets lay our hands on this mule and ask God to heal him. We did and God healed that mule and he jumped up and we went on to church. Who wouldn’t praise a God like that?”

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Mood as a Force

The Holy Spirit can divide soul and spirit so that the issues of the heart-mind can become obvious (see Heb.4:12).  Honest confrontation of one’s own heart is the starting place for emotional healing and deliverance.  Trials and tribulations are common to all and are ideally supposed to come to good results that bring us to maturity in the image of Christ.  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character.  (Rom 5:3,4)   However, we can refuse to persevere, refuse to submit to change and refuse to mature in character by simply being offended by trouble.  I believe this type of offense is common to many:  either we are angry at inequity or injustice or disappointments, or we fear those things.  We can choose to let go of the anger and fear and walk away trusting God with the big picture, knowing that today’s circumstances are just one scene; or we can buy into the short-term blitz and use a mood as a force to try to change the conditions and the people around us.     (The fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Investing in Relationships” published in SEEC Magazine.)

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