As the people of God assemble today, may they be filled and overflowing with His grace and His empowering Holy Spirit and hope like they were at Pentecost and may His Spirit overflow into every area of their lives and into the areas of responsibility they have and the relationships they have. “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4, KJV) “May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” (Rom.15:13, Msg)
In Acts 2 the Holy Spirit invaded Jerusalem and 120 went forth from that place of invasion electrified as a result of their hunger for God. They didn’t just get goose bumps, they received an enduement of power (Acts1:8) that resulted in the world giving testimony: “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” (Acts17:6b) The world got to see another version of what right side up and wrong side down was.
”… I died, but see, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of [absolute control and victory over] death and of Hades (the realm of the dead).(Rev.1:18, Amp)
Subtle things in the Bible that no one noticed until they were put in place and activated by the timing and purpose of Yahweh: (1) One Hebrew in Pharaoh’s prison (Joseph); (2) 300 men on a hillside outside a Midianite camp (Gideon); (3) 14 yr. old with a slingshot (David); (4) A baby born in an obscure stable (Jesus); (5) 12 nonsdescript men sitting at the feet of Jesus (ragtag, imperfect group of disciples); (6) A little boy’s lunch (feeding of 5,000); (7) 120 people having a prayer meeting in an upper room (believer-empowering, city-rocking move of Holy Spirit). Result: History Changed! Conclusion: Don’t give up!
For God to get something transitioned from His heart into the earth, He must find someone or several someones to cooperate. In order to cooperate, those someones must be willing to add to their present experiences. They must be courageous enough, hungry enough to accept new experiences from God! Some people have nailed down the lid on their “experience box”. Others have closed the file on further experiences from with God. Some have closed the books to any more entries. Jesus commanded 500 of His followers, “Tarry in Jerusalem until….” Yet only 120 went to Jerusalem and “waited until”. Why should 380 people who have the attitude “Been there, done it, got a T-shirt” “wait until”? The Promise of the Father came. A group of people still received power from heaven. But the point is: 380 people didn’t get over their bewilderment and receive. 380 people ended up merely reading about what happened to 120!
Beside Still Waters with Marty Gabler
An evening devotion of reading the Word and prayer.
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Thank God for the prayer movement leaders who have arisen in the last 10 to 20 years to remind the church that they are supposed to be praying. Every time the people of God have lost something over the course of time God has been determined to restore it. He is a God of restoration. And every time God restores something to the church He has to bring it back in an earthshaking fashion for it to do staid, cynical humans any good. A plain old vitamin B tablet won’t get the job done when a virus has our entire system run down. God has to give us a “powerful concentration of ‘B’ in ‘shot’ form”. When a car battery goes dead, a simple 10 amp charger isn’t enough to get the vehicle going again. A 250 amp charger is required and, boy, is there ever a difference between a 10 amp spurt of electricity and a 250 amp jolt!
While it is good and necessary to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, let us honor Him even further by receiving the gift and empowering of the Holy Spirit that He gave at what many call the birth of the Church, Pentecost. Closing out this year and heading into 2018, anything less than a “high amperage” Holy Ghost “jolt” will not be sufficient. (Acts 2:2, TPT) “Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear!” (Acts 1:8, TLB) “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about my death and resurrection.”
2 min. video of Marty Gabler encouraging you to listen for
and look for the extraordinary Savior.
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There are people who, in recent years, have tried to summarily dismiss various manifestations of God. Some have claimed that because they do not see specific examples of some of the specific manifestations in the Bible that those manifestations are not of God. They go from making that point to actually speaking and working against groups which embrace such moves. If the upper room crowd would have had time to look over the manifestations of the Day of Pentecost, they might have rejected them on the same basis. Peter said, “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;”(Acts 2:16-KJV). Yet, there is no mention in Joel of tongues, tongues of fire or Spiritual inebriation.
(This is the fifth excerpt from Marty Gabler’s article “Amazed and Perplexed“ taken from his most recent book release “Toward an Understanding of Moves and Manifestations of God”. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
Language And Purpose
There is a language for the people of the Kingdom of God. Even after Peter had spoken the language of doubt and unbelief (Mt 26:72), he later received the baptism with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and was able to boldly stand and preach Jesus to the crowd that had gathered around Solomon’s Porch. The language of the purposes of God in Christ was imparted to Peter so that he could speak beyond the limitations of himself. The result of being filled with Holy Spirit and speaking to all the cultures gathered that day was that a combined total of 3,000 representatives of “every nation under heaven” were saved. A crowd consisting of diverse languages and diverse cultures was captivated by the language of the purpose of Jesus in the earth. (Acts 2:14,16) Likewise, by the enabling of Holy Spirit Paul spoke boldly and persuasively concerning Jesus and the Kingdom of God (Acts 9:29; 19:8). The language of our heritage and our culture is severely limiting. Therefore, as we go into the future our cry is, “Holy Spirit, enable us to speak the language of the Kingdom of God so that the rule of our Lord may be advanced in this earth, no matter where we are or to whom we are speaking.”