(Kathy Gabler)—I awoke in a funk. When my eyes opened, the weight of unresolved situations and unanswered prayers was already smothering my hope for the day. I sat up and said, “Father, I’m not going to whine and list the stuff that is squeezing my heart. Neither will I foolishly demand that You do something quick or I quit, but I do honestly want to ask: How should I think? How do I deal with the troubles in my face this morning, long-standing issues that have not the slightest evidence of even being on Your radar? I see no hint of things in motion or even the slightest chance of change. What do I do?” He answered immediately, “Stay still and stay thankful.” His answer was both sudden and surprising, but the instructions were clear. I embarked on a journey that morning, one of those unmapped trips that bring you to intersections you did not anticipate. I was about to discover that some foundational concepts in my Christian world, like peace and trust and faith, connected in ways that I had never realized. (First excerpt from Kathy’s article “Trust Gives God Access” Vol.22Iss3)
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When you CHOOSE LIFE you are choosing what you will agree with. Your agreement is what opens doors in your life and the cocoon. Your agreement aligns you with either a God-outcome or the plans of self or plans of others, or the plans of Hell . . . or possibly some combination of the last three! For example, if you’re caught up in an emotional web and surrounded by hurt feelings or offense or disappointment or despair, your soul is likely to choose to wallow in “UPSET.” That choice is agreeing with current conditions, but your spirit calls for a vote, knowing nothing good comes out of coddling and rehearsing UPSET. There’s no ground taken by staying UPSET. Let’s put it in graphic terms. When your stomach gets UPSET, you throw up. There’s no need to save the VOMIT. Choose to FLUSH it and move on, thereby agreeing that you are not staying a prisoner of the UPSET. Why do people ever choose to stay in the chaos of UPSET? Most often, it is because they don’t feel or believe they can help it and they have no awareness that there is a choice to react differently. Sometimes people get in a habit of staying upset because it brings attention or pity. Others stay upset as a campaign for justice or vengeance. We can, however, train ourselves to use the weapon called CHOICE and practice until we are skilled enough to choose not to allow UPSET to rule our lives.
(This is the seventh 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. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
In this 2 min. audio encouragement Kathy
declares: “Your Redeemer lives and He is
able to buy back time that the locusts have eaten.”
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What are we putting into the atmosphere? The prime reason Jesus knew that He must help the disciples reach a point of not being troubled (Jn.14:1) is because when people are troubled, they talk like they are troubled. That kind of talk is contagious. Talk that is troubled is anything but productive.
(This is the ninth excerpt from Marty’s article “Launching Into A New Era” in Volume 17 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine * Marty will be speaking at the SEEC Kingdom Conference * Mar.5-7. Conference details are at https://martygabler.com/ctk-conference/)
Listen to a short audio file of MELISSA GABLER speaking on “Everything Is Set Up For You To Cross The Finish Line.” She will be speaking at Kingdom Conference March 5-7. To hear Melissa CLICK ON THIS LINK: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2014-02-24T20_55_32-08_00