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I THIS ISSUE Synergizing Heaven & Earth......….....3 Jim Hodges Becoming Mature Sons.........................6 Kathy Gabler Symbols Journal....................................7 Weaponry Kathy Gabler Distractors………………..................10 Dr. Elwyn Lewis Hope Deferred….................................15 Melissa Gabler

The Rock.............................................28 Marty Gabler O THE COVER: Mat 6:28 Why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow. They don't work hard to make their clothes. Mat 6:29 But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn't as well clothed as one of them. Mat 6:30 God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields, even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow. He will surely do even more for you!

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Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

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The challenge and call upon the Church of the 21st Century is to align its worship with the worship in the heavens around the throne of the Lord God. The guidebook for meeting this challenge and fulfilling this call is the Book of Revelation.

From Genesis to Revelation we hear the call to realign the earth with heaven. The Bible begins with, "In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). The strong implication is that heaven and earth were in harmony. Sin had not yet been released in the earth. When it was released through the fall of our first parents, earth became disharmonized with heaven. In fact, everything came into disharmony when Adam and Eve embraced the lie of Lucifer. God and man became disharmonized in their relationship. Adam and Eve's relationship became strained and disharmonized. Adam and Eve and the environment no longer related in the same way. Certainly Cain was not in harmony with his brother, Abel. Throughout the Old Testament, God called new heirs through whom He desired to re-harmonize earth with heaven . From Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, and to David, God brought forth new dimensions of His plan to overcome the disharmony. All of these were like "new Adams" with whom God started over. Through each of them the Lord released a new order of worship. Each of these orders included blood sacrifice by which God would establish His covenant in the earth. The order for Adam was the Garden. For Noah, it was the ark, a sort of floating garden. In Abraham, altars throughout the land of promise became the order. In Moses, the pattern for


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the tabernacle came. And through David, although actually built by Solomon, the Temple expressed the new order of worship. Although there was some historical progress in the plan of God, all of these new Adams did as the first one did. They failed, and they fell. When we come to New Testament times, we behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. He is the Last Adam-Second Man who did not fail nor fall. Through Him and His redeeming and atoning blood, the worship order is established in the heavenlies which would become the pattern for worship in the earth among His followers. When He hung on the cross, the horizontal and the vertical met in reconciling power. Man is reconciled to God and the earth is legally, judicially, and covenantally re-harmonized with heaven. Now the Church, through the worship order inaugurated by the Lamb, will become the vessel through whom the Lord God will experientially re-harmonize the earth with heaven. Now it will be the Church of the redeemed who will pray as He taught, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!" If the Church will synergize with heaven in its worship and intercession, the earth will once again be in harmony with heaven! It would be good here to recall two Biblical settings which present a picture of synergy between heaven and earth. The first one is found at Bethel when Jacob saw angels ascending and descending on a ladder that connected earth with heaven. He then declared, "This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven" (Genesis 28: 17). It was here that the Lord renewed the Abrahamic covenant with Jacob. It was also here that Jacob received the revelation that earth and heaven are connected. If the Church, the house of God, is the gate of heaven, then something of heaven is here on the earth. Indeed the access to heaven is on the earth and that access is found in the Covenant Community of the Lamb. Undoubtedly Jesus had this incident in mind when He said to Nathaniel, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you shall see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man" (John 1:51). Jesus, the Lamb, would provide access to the Father's presence through His shed blood. And Jesus is the ladder that reconnects and re-harmonizes earth with heaven! The Synergy of the Word of God and the Music of God Author James Jordan makes an intriguing comment about this. He says the Holy Spirit is the Music of God.1 I would agree. I would add this observation: God is the original Musician and He created angels to worship Him with music. In the Godhead, the Holy Spirit is in charge of the music and worship! Christ is the Living Logos Word of God and the Holy Spirit is the Music of God! We see the synergy of the word and music in the ministries of two Old Testament prophets, Samuel and Elisha.


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The Ministry of Samuel Samuel, who inaugurated the school of the prophets, was accompanied in his ministry by a prophetic orchestra (I Samuel 10:5). This orchestra brought forth new sounds never heard in Israel or in the earth! They were a forerunner ministry who introduced the ministry of song to the priesthood. Up to that time, the priesthood was all about sacrifice and teaching the law. In Samuel's ministry, song joined sacrifice, and this became a foreshadowing of the "Tabernacle of David" type of worship that would later be established on Mt. Zion. This also pointed forward to the song of the Sacrificed One, the Lamb! (Revelation 15:3). The Ministry of Elisha Later in the history of Israel, the prophet Elisha requested a minstrel before he prophesied to King Jehoshaphat (II Kings 3: 15). The Scripture states when the minstrel played, the hand of the Lord came upon the prophet and he released the word of the Lord. The point is obvious. Both the "word" and the music were prophetically anointed. These incidents give us further insight when we look at the worship in the Book of Revelation. Let me refer again to James Jordan. He makes an insightful observation when he says that throughout church history, there has been a tendency to slow down the praise of the Church, to pull it down into a devotional and reverential piety that gives way to mystical feelings. The Gregorian chant of the Middle Ages would illustrate his observation. But then the Reformation of the 16th century returned the Church, in a measure, to vigorous praise. However, a few generations later, the churches slowed down their singing and practically eliminated the rhythmic character of their hymns and Psalms. In the later part of the 20th century, the charismatic movement restored vigorous praise but sometimes at the cost of weak doctrine. Jordan is advocating more vigorous worship and praise for the Church and I would concur. When we take a closer look at the worship scenes in the Book of Revelation, we will be confronted with vigorous, demonstrative, instrumental, and yes, loud worship. It will be as the sound of many waters and peals of thunder. The worship of the Church ought to move like water and clap like thunder! (This article is an excerpt from Apostle Jim Hodges’ book Releasing The Sounds of Heaven on Earth. This book and other materials may be found at his website: www.fmci.org or by calling the office 972-283-2262. Jim Hodges is the founder of the Federation of Ministers and Churches International. Having ministered in over 40 nations, Apostle Hodges serves the Body of Christ internationally as a teaching apostle with a passion to see the Body of Christ fully established.)

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All my life on the church b e n c h , when I heard “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” I thought it meant, get right with God, Girl, because you may be at the pearly gates any minute!!! However, I do not believe that is the emphasis that God intended in His word. I have discovered two major flaws with that thinking: 1) It puts the Kingdom only in the future and eternity. That is not the case since the Kingdom of God’s is His authority and power and the Kingdom is where the King has domain. Even though His throne is in heaven, His domain and His authority and power are both in heaven and on the earth. That’s why when Jesus healed, He said, “The Kingdom has come upon you.” God’s authority and power over sickness and disease has come upon your physical body, here, now, on earth. Jesus said the Kingdom of heaven is at hand because the authority and power of God is within reach! Everything in heaven displays God’s authority and power and that same authority and power can be displayed on the earth. 2) The second flaw in that thinking is that repentance is not just a call to confess sin so you will go to heaven and not hell. A fuller, biblical understanding of repentance is to consider things differently, change your mind


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and see things as God sees them. Look at life with the power of God factored into the picture. So, now when I hear “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” it means, Kathy, change your thinking wherever necessary so you are empowered to do all that God intended in your lifetime and then in eternity as well. Of course, the bottom line is, if we knew how to think “differently” we would. It takes the Holy Spirit to open our understanding and help us see things differently. For example, in our natural thinking, we see vampires, wolfmen, and witchcraft as great darkness overtaking our doomed world, but if we think like God thinks, these are all signs of creation groaning for the manifest sons of God, Rom 8:19. Creation is groaning for powerful men and women of God to do supernatural things and bring God’s will and order to this life. Our children perceive this early on. It’s in the DNA of their spirit to reach beyond natural to supernatural. That’s why they love video games that take them beyond natural limits, and they’re drawn to heroes like Superman. If we don’t teach them to know God and think like He thinks, they won’t know If we leave them untrained, they were born to walk on water or heal the blind WHEN it is obedience to Father’s instructions.

they settle for flawed models.

If we leave them untrained, they settle for flawed models like the Hulk or Spiderman, who do supernatural acts motivated by fear, anger or revenge. Untrained, they’ll go after super-heroes without any discernment of their dark sources, like Harry Potter, Matilda and Sabrina. We must teach our children, and every life we influence, to see as God sees. Of course, the best way to teach is by example. As we daily learn to think like God thinks, that becomes our legacy and influence. A healthy legacy makes it essential to get the basics right. The starting place is how we think about our salvation! Many generations have been taught that salvation is just an escape from hell, but they need to think differently. Salvation is empowerment for life! We are not on earth just to get saved, stay saved and go to heaven. Our salvation is much more awesome than that! We are on earth with a purpose. We are part of what God is doing in the history of the world, history that He has already written, because God knows the end before the beginning. Isa 46:10 for I am God, and there is no one else; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end and the result from the beginning . . . the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My . . .purpose.


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When the word says our name is written in the Book of Life, did you think it was just a list of names? I don’t think so. It is the Book of LIFE! That indicates that our name is written several times, in several chapters of God’s plans unfolding in the details of history. Maybe your part is to raise a daughter who will be a godly influence in a school system. Maybe your part is to build a moral stronghold in the business community, by selling real estate or working at Kroger. Maybe your part is to encourage righteous politics in ten families by 2028. You might be an encourager that God will use in a 1000 different settings before you are 70 and 1000 after! Your salvation means you have the covenant-backing of Almighty God to help you overcome anything that opposes what you’re born to do, whether that opposition be in your health, relationThis awesome ships, finance, timing or circumstances. Your salvation assures you of overcoming power. This awe- salvation will some salvation will even save you from yourself. even save you You have the power of God to overcome opposition from yourself. within your own heart, beliefs, mind, memories, character and emotions. Being born again is just the beginning, an introduction to the Kingdom of God where we can experience the presence, power and authority of God. Jesus answered, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (Jn 3:5, KJV) When we pray the sinner’s prayer and get born again, we become a member of the family of God. After we’re born again, our next step is to understand who we are in Christ and realize that we need to grow into mature sons, like Jesus our example. Jesus is, was and will forever be the only begotten Son of God, but Romans 8:29 says, For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers. Those of us born again into the family and who thereby enter the Kingdom of God are the many brothers. We too are sons of God. As children, we learn who our parents are through time and relationship. We learn their order, values, beliefs, preferences, priorities, etc. We identify them and our identity develops from there. As sons of God, we learn who He is through time and relationship, then our identity as sons develops from there. In God’s order, healthy parenting establishes three essentials in each son or daughter: 1. Identity which produces Self-image, 2. Affirmation which produces Self-worth,


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3. Obedience which produces Self-discipline. These are three essentials for mature, healthy character, and mature character is essential to experience our fullest destiny that glorifies God. A frail self-image, lack of self-worth and lack of self-discipline can damage or destroy anyone’s future! Identity is knowing who you are and being confident you have purpose for being here. The first shot the devil took at Jesus in the wilderness was at His identity: “If You are God's Son, then command these stones.” However, Jesus was so confident of His identity that Satan couldn’t tempt Him to even have to prove it. Affirmation establishes our self-worth. The second thing Satan said was, "Since you are God's Son, jump." Let’s just see how far your Father will go to prove His regard for you. Many people grow up never being affirmed. No authority figure ever even notices their worth or ever takes the time to declare it, but God did. “This is My beloved Son in whom I’m well pleased,” affirmed Jesus personally and publically! Satan couldn’t make Him test His own worth because he couldn’t make Him doubt His Father’s affirmation. Obedience should be the truest expression of submission, respect and honor, especially in a mature son. The third thing the devil did was offer Jesus a quick way to get what He came after, but to get it an easier way than obedience to His Father. (Jesus knew the kingdoms of the world were to be His, but not by worshiping Satan.) Jesus was a mature son and so intent upon obedience that He couldn’t be tempted by success on an easier path. Satan could not get Jesus to focus on what He could do instead of who He was. That is self-discipline! That is mature character! Those who never have their identity established or those who never have their worth and life affirmed, usually find obedience just a way to survive until they can get on their own in life! Sadly, however, they are really not equipped to be on their own. The GOOD NEWS is that being born again offers us a new beginning. Our salvation brings another opportunity to be equipped for life as we gain identity and affirmation through healthy fathering. What was not experienced in our natural sonship can be established in our spiritual sonship. These essentials get established as we think differently and become mature sons, overcoming everything that opposes God’s good plans for our lives.

Expanding our Symbols Journal Weaponry By Kathy Gabler


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Symbolism is a limitless horizon to be explored. We contradict the very essence of symbolism when we try to limit it. With that in mind, the following is not intended to be the only significance of the subject.

An intercessor recently told me of a dream about a new ministry in their region. The pastors were loading wood on their van to start the building, but as they left the lumber yard, jet planes began to pursue the van, a woman was screaming at them from one plane and then someone shot out their tires. After this, the attacks continued with bees covering the van. The most important insight is the call to intercession for someone under attack. If the intercessor did not have any other understanding, she could still pray effectually knowing that God did not intend enemies to prevail. More insight on the attackers might bring more strategic prayers, but the bottom line is that the dream is a call to intercession. The attacks came from aerial sources indicating spiritual warring. In this case, all weapons were launched through witchcraft. The jets indicated experienced and advanced weaponry. The woman screaming is the release of agreement with an evil assignment, and the bullets and bees are torments loosed to hinder. The defeat of all weapons is agreement with the word no weapon formed against us shall prosper. The full countermeasure in prayer is to send every undeserved curse (Prov. 26:2) back to its source. (Kathy’s book Getting To The Heart of Dreams has over 100 symbols.)

Back in February of this year, I was in meditation before the Lord. God said to me in my spirit; “Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might…always abounding in the work of the Lord. Be not distracted by the conditions of life around you. Ignore the distracters in the natural, in the spiritual, in your mind and emotions” (Ephesians 6: 10; 1 Corinthians 15:58). Then I prayed this prayer, “Lord, take hold of my being and en-


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able me to have dominion over distracters.” There are people and things which distract us from our focus on our goals in life. I call them distracters. There are many things that rob us of time, energy, and concentration which kept us from fulfilling our dreams and individual calling from God. In this article I want to encourage you to rise above the distracters which cause hindrances and road blocks. God gives us power to say no to those things that entangle us. In Jesus Name we can “throw them off” and get on with the mission God has called us to do in this generation. There are many categories of distracters that affect us. The list is very long. It would be impossible to cover all of them in this writing. Since most of those reading this article are in ministry of some form, I want to focus on distracters in ministry. The enemy’s goal is to distract us from the calling God has ordained for us. The plot of Satan from the beginning has been to distract God’s people from the purpose He has created them for. In the Garden of Eden God placed man with a perfect nature and environment. The devil came with his lies and decep- The enemy’s goal is tions. He was able to distract Adam and Eve from to distract us from their concentration and focus on God and His the calling God has plan for them. Satan has been at work doing this ordained for us. ever since. He will do it to each of us if we let him. He is the major distracter. Because of sin our flesh has become a distracter. The world under the control of the devil has influenced us to neglect our God-given giftings and abilities. This distracter also leads us into disobedience, and we forfeit the accomplishments and blessings of the Lord. I am sure as you read this, you have already begun to think of things that have distracted you from being your best for God. Most of us have been guilty of allowing distracters to hinder us. Learning to say no to distracters is not easy because they are fulfilling to our flesh and human nature. I will list several distracters that confront us as ministers. I will begin with religious activity. Most Christians feel if they are busy doing the work of the Lord it will help them lay-up treasure in heaven and be pleasing to God. Many Christians are doing what we call “dead works”. Busy work does not necessarily advance the Kingdom of God. This approach to Christian living can lead to a rooted religious spirit and distract the person from a true relationship with Christ. If the enemy keeps God’s people busy, he can hinder them from hearing the voice of


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God and knowing true direction in their life. We are to be busy for the Lord, but according to His will and empowerment. There are many good things that can be done, but has God told us to do them? God needs us to keep focused on Him. Many are burned out doing good works because they have not sought the Lord for what they are to do. Because it looks right and profitable doesn’t mean it will be, just like investing in the stock market. Religious work can be a gamble; hit and miss. Many have become weary or broken in honest Christian work and asked God, “Why have you not blessed me?” God’s answer many times is, “I didn’t tell you to do that.” “?ot everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord’ have we not prophesied in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness (disobedience)” (Matthew 7: 21-23). These people We must not let were busy, but they were not working according the our good works will of God nor had a relationship with God that distract us from established understanding. It is time the church was in a knowing relationship with Christ. The work of doing His Will. the kingdom would be much more productive. Jesus said, “On this rock I will build my Church.” Who is building the church, you or me or Christ? We are to build His kingdom not ours. It requires His directions. We must not let our good works distract us from doing His Will. Mental distracters is a major one. It is easy to get tangled up in problems which bog the mind in endless pig trails of thinking. Personal problems, problems of those to whom one ministers, personality and people-relation problems, financial problems, governmental regulations, and family are sources of mental distracters. How we think and handle these problems can either help us rise above them or cause us distractions and lead us off into endless mental entanglements. They keep us awake at night and waste precious time during a busy day that should be used more profitably for constructive thinking. This distracter wearies us and brings fatigue. The devil uses this distracter to turn our attention away from vital accomplishments God has ordained us to do. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we are in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Satan has always sought to distract man’s mind away from obedience to the Lord.


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Most of us try to solve these problems by reasoning. The more we reason, the more we become entangled mentally which leads to confusion and despair. Jesus said to cast these cares on Him. When we let go of them we can turn our thoughts back to the Word of God and the His purposes that will produce more effectively for the Kingdom. There are many problems that only God can solve. Our thinking will never make them better. 1 Peter says, ”Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (NKJ). The NLT says, “So think clearly and exercise self-control….” Revelation here means the second coming of Christ, but it could be applied to revelation required to solve our problems. 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” I sense someone reading this needs to throw off a mental distracter that has kept you bound for a while. Let’s look at circumstantial distracters. Situations seem to be going along perfect. Everything is just fine and on schedule. Then out of nowhere, suddenly something happens that turns the atmosphere into a war zone or interrupts the plans. An accident, family or marriage problems, road blocks, hindrances, decisions of people, and many other life changing events and reverses can crush our plans and totally alter our directions. We can plan and have all details worked out. Then a distracter can come along and overpower what Impatience is seems be a good idea.

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James 4:13-16, “Look here you people who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay lated by there a year. We will do business there and make a profit’. scheduling How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your distracters. life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.’ Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil” (NLT). There have been great men of God whose lives and plans have been distracted by circumstances. Job was a man like this. Everything was going along fine; then a sudden change of condition. Job learned how to handle his distracters by not denying God and standing firm in his faith. James 5:11, “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” How we handle our circumstantial distracters will determine how God responds with His compassion and mercy. Let’s look at scheduling distracters, a companion to circumstantial distracters. Fitting into other people’s schedules can be a distracter, time waster, and frustrating. Having to fit into the schedules of others can lead to disgust, emotional reactions, and impatience. Impatience is easily stimulated by scheduling distracters. People are not usually conscious of other people’s schedules. When people are late or fail to keep appointments, they can bring disruption to other’s schedules. Doctor’s will call patients to make sure they are going to keep an ap-


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pointment. It is important that we are considerate of other people’s time. Respect for other’s schedules will pay off when you need favor from them. I have found that showing patience with others usually brings appreciation in return. It is a good investment to value the time of others. Keeping a sweet spirit when your schedule is distracted will pay off. Doctrinal Distracters. The Bible calls them “every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14). I believe every person needs to be open to the Holy Spirit to make adjustments in their doctrine. I adjust mine as I grow daily in spiritual understanding. However, I try not to be influenced by doctrinal distracters. I do admit on occasion I have been distracted by moves that seem to be spiritually correct, but later found out that they were full of emotional appeals and personality self-centeredness. It is important to be open to what God is doing today, but not be distracted by showmanship and error. Distraction Management is a major benefit in the ministry. There are many ministers who work hard to One act of careestablish the kingdom of God, but by a simple distracless reaction to a ter can tear down all they have built up. One act of distracter will careless reaction to a distracter will destroy their infludestroy influence. ence. Personality traits that are not under self-control or not directed by the Holy Spirit are easily captured by Satan and taken advantage of. Accountability is important in ministry. Those who do not want to be transparent or openly honest in the operation of their ministry will be easy victims for distracters. The fruit of the spirit is more essential than the manifestation of the gifts. A minister’s gifts must be subject to the judging of others of his same level as stated in 1 Corinthians 14:29. Paul said, “I bring my body under subjection so that after I have preached this gospel, I should not be a cast away.” The thoughts, intents of our hearts, our emotions and will, the circumstances in which we live, and the things we believe must conform to the will of God and not be distracted by the influences of the world, the flesh, and the devil. I believe the church has yielded to distracters which have weakened its influence in the world. Christ needs His church to return to the intent to which it was birthed by the Holy Spirit. God’s people must be aware of the distracters by which they are being confronted all around them. Are we sure that what we are doing is inspired and ordained of God? This hour in history requires our being focused. The word from the Lord said, “Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might…always abounding in the work of the Lord. Be not distracted by the conditions of the life around you. Ignore the distracters in the natural, in the spiritual, in your mind and emotions.” Lay aside the distracters and return to a full relationship with Christ. Have you allowed the distracters to stand in the way of a more effective ministry? (Dr. Elwyn Lewis and his wife, Mavis, are overseers for Kingdom Living Church


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"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12) Feeling like I had been banished to the land of “a-rock-and-a-hard-place,� trying not to explode I heard the first part of this scripture, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick...". Strangely enough it brought an immediate calming to the smothering tempest inside of me. Going from feeling a transition coming and announcing it, getting affirming words, receiving a handful of what looked like awesome opportunities, but then into what seemed like quicksand, all made for a cesspool of despair. I know God's word doesn't return void (Is. 55:11), I know He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5), I know His plans for us are good (Jer. 29:11), but that knowledge alone didn't keep me from disheartenment. Knowledge and hope go hand in hand. We have to know the truth and hope in the truth. My hope had been deferred because I had grandiose ideas of how His promises would come to pass and when they didn't happen like that I fell into a heart-sick place. Now, I'm not talking about wanting to give up on God and run the other way. That's not even an op-


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tion. I'm talking about feeling terminally stuck in that abyss between hard places. So, there really was relief when I realized that I got myself in this situation and God did not exile me here. I think that is where our nation is at the moment... a heart-sick place. There was so much hope in the presidential election that a Christian might get in. Not only did that not happen, but the hope stirred on the other end of the issues seems to be waning with each passing decision. And in the church realm there have been shifts and decisions that have unnerved the hopeful. So, there is somewhat of a heart-sick plague going around. I don't know about you, but it always makes me feel better when I realize it's not just me feeling the pressure. It's something much bigger than an individual. So, what is the strategy? We have to put our hope in the Truth. I know that is actually easier said than done, especially right now. "For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:11 AMP) "?o one's ever seen or heard anything like this, ?ever so much as imagined anything quite like it— What God has arranged for those who love him. But you've seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you." (1Cor. 2:9-10 MSG) "Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you." (Deu. 31:6 AMP) "Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!" (Ps. 31:24) We have to remember, He stands above it all and when His word is fulfilled it will be a tree of life... to the nations! "And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You." (Ps. 39:7) (Melissa has worship CDs available: Break Out! * Healing Presence * An Encounter. To hear an excerpt from An Encounter, just go to www.youtube.com and type in Melissa Gabler. Also available is a teaching on CD: Learning to Hear God. She leads worship at Worship Encounter every third Thursday at the Conroe House of Prayer * 7pm * 115 W. Davis * Conroe,TX 77301 * www.conroehop.org. Melissa leads worship and is on staff at Grace International Church in Willis,TX. She has a weekly blog at: neverforgettobreathe.blogspot.com. )


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The Kingdom rules over the church, family, and civil government. If that order is misplaced, you will get chaotic, dysfunctional and unproductive churches, families and governments. That is exactly what we have in America today! The Kingdom of God must be restored to its proper place in God's government. Anyone or anything, including the church that exalts itself above the Kingdom is an imposter. The pride and selfserving attitude of any individual or church will be its downfall (Proverbs 16:18). God will not allow His plan to be thwarted by man or any theology that denies the Kingdom of God. God has instituted government in the church (1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11; 2:20; I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:17). The administration of this government permits the church leaders to preach and teach the Word of God. As the church teaches the Word of God, and administers discipline, it becomes the key that opens or closes the door for men into the Kingdom of God (Matthew 16:17-19; 18:15-20; John 20:2123; Revelation 1:18; 3:7; Isaiah 9:6-7). The church is not over the family or civil government. Its government is holy, spiritual and ministerial. It has to do with matters of doctrine,


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worship, and spiritual discipline of sin. It has authority only to administer the will of God concerning matters revealed by God in scripture and led by the Holy Spirit. It is not to exercise control over the family or civil government. It is to teach God's people what the scripture has to say about civil government, the market place, education family, arts, etc. SELF-GOVERNMENT In each sphere of life, the believer is directly responsible to Christ who rules the hearts of His people and affects everything they do. One of the basic governments under the government of God is self-government: an individual has to govern himself under the Kingdom of God. When men are brought into the Kingdom of God by the teaching of the church, they will bring order to the whole of their lives by His authority. It is this ordering of the whole of life under Christ's rule that constitutes the Kingdom of God in the earth. Whatever these believers do, or wherever they go, they are to do all according to His will. He, therefore, exercises His rule and influence in and through them in the world. It is in this invisible, but real realm that Christ exercises His authority in the activities of His people in the earth and that expands His Kingdom. His Kingdom has an ever-increasing effect in the earth for good. THE FAMILY The family provides the building blocks for all aspects of society. Its members are to become the servants in the Kingdom of God, operating under his direction and by His strength. They are to be taught, trained and equipped by the church for good works. That training and those good works are to influence and impact civil government since it is to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. The family has government and order. To maintain order, the family uses a rod. CIVIL GOVERNMENT Civil Government is ordained of God as "His minister" or servant of God for good (Romans 13: 1-7). It is to bear the sword of physical power as a terror to evil works. Its task is that of avenger to execute wrath upon those that do evil. As long as a civil government is content to restrain and punish crime and violence protecting the good and punishing evil, it will be performing its most important purpose in the Kingdom of God. The Christian must support, pray for, obey and honor the civil government. However, when that government punishes the righteous and rewards the evil, it is the duty of Christians to resist that power because it subverts the laws of God. We ought to always obey the "lawful commands" of our government, but we must always obey God rather than man when there is


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a conflict between the two (Acts 5:29). When a civil authority becomes a terror to good works rather than evil, we believe that Christians have to obey God's commands. Civil government is to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity (U.S. Constitution Preamble). The church deals with sin and civil government deals with crime. All civil government ought to be dealing with is crime. They should not be concerned with welfare. The civil government should have power to control only one thing and that is crime. They restrain evil so the Church can spread the Kingdom of God. Anywhere the civil government is ordering itself right, the Church is powerful. A GOVERNING FORCE The Church was to be a government in the earth—a governing force in the Kingdom of God propelled by the laws of God. The Church has been given the keys of the Kingdom and tremendous power to administrate in this earth. The foundation of the church is apostles and prophets. The Church is an apostolic Church founded on the apostles (Ephesians 2:20) " ... having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone". The church has to have apostolic authority, apostolic commission, apostolic doctrine, apostolic order, and apostolic fellowship. The Church was to be a government in the earth. The word ecclesia means a people who were called out to assemble for the purpose of government. The original Greek does not mean called out ones to assemble. Every time the church assembles, it should do government. However, the church has lost the whole order of the Kingdom of God and the authority of it. We come together for fellowship, but not to do government. TWO TYPES OF CHURCHES In the Bible days, there were local churches and regional churches. The local church ministered to a local area. It was made up of believers in a particular area or location. The regional churches had a greater call of touching the whole region. An example of a regional church was the Church at Antioch. Paul and Barnabas were sent out from the Church of Antioch. Today Regional Apostolic congregations are equipping their people to do the work of the ministry and sending them out. We are not to get inside our four walls, thank God that we are saved and wait for him to take us to heaven.


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CITY ON A HILL Matthew 5:14 - Ye are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. In the past, the American Church has been like a sleeping giant, lulled to sleep with the deception that things on the earth will become worse and worse and the only salvation is to be raptured out of all this evil. But in these days, revelation has come, and the Church that possesses dunamis power (like dynamite) is awakening from its slumber and beginning to administrate governmental order. BINDING AND LOOSING Matthew16:19 - And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Revelation 3:7 ...These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open: Better words understood for binding and loosing is opening and closing. The keys belong to Jesus Christ. They are His keys He administrated while on earth and now He has passed the keys to His apostolic Church. He has given to the apostolic church keys with two sides-keys to open and keys to close. Keys that "open" the Kingdom of God and keys that "close" the Kingdom of God are governmental keys. With these governmental keys, authority through preaching and declaring God's Word, has been given to the apostolic church. They open the door for people to come into the Kingdom of God. JUDGMENT AND ADMINISTRATION The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof (Ps.24:1) God wants to bring a redemptive judgment in this nation. Every judgment in scripture is a redemptive judgment where God judges to bring a nation back to His purpose. There is no judgment to completely destroy. The administration of America is not from Washington D.C. It is from the throne of God. You and I are sitting in that throne with God for administration of this nation. We have abdicated our responsibility as the government of God in the earth and there are those who have taken over. The God-haters are destroying our nation and want to kill the church. The Kingdom of God has a government to stop this. God wants to redeem this nation. We have the keys. (Simon Purvis pastors Word of Life in Lufkin,TX. This article was taken


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from his 160 page study manual (pp.38-51) on the Kingdom of God. For CDs of Pastor Purvis’ messages or to contact him about speaking engagements call 936-639-2000; Email: wol-luf@consolidated.net)

When Lord Bromley Betchworth returned to the United Kingdom (U.K.) after living in the U.S. for 12 years, he returned to a culture that had dramatically changed. "I was shocked at how moral values had changed in such a short time and how church attendance in mainstream denominations was in free fall," he said. "Four out of five churches were either declining or simply static." Betchworth wrote those words in the forward to a fascinating new report that seeks to explain the moral breakdown in a once vibrant Christian nation. In many ways, what has happened in the U.K. may be in the future for the U.S., because the two nations have had a similar religious past, according to Christie Davies, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Reading, England, and author of “The Strange Death of Moral Britain�. "At the end of the 19th century, there were comparable levels of religiosity in Britain and the United States. The British lived in a culture in which the assumptions of Protestant Christianity were taken for granted," Davies wrote in The New Criterion. But he said that, generally beginning after World War II, the nation's morality collapsed, and the U.K. saw dramatically worsening trends in illegitimacy, substance abuse, crime and other sorts of behavior that were once considered sinful. In 2000, the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. George Carey,


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also noted Britain's moral decline. "A tacit atheism prevails. Death is assumed to be the end of life. Our concentration on the here-and-now renders a thought of eternity irrelevant." A year later, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who as archbishop of Westminster is the spiritual leader for more than four million Catholics in England and Wales, agreed. Quoted in The Times (London), he spoke of the rising popularity of New Age and occult beliefs, and to the growing tendency of people to find temporary happiness in alcohol, drugs, pornography, sex and consumerism. "It does seem in our countries in Britain today, especially in England and Wales, that Christianity, as a sort of backdrop to people's lives and moral decisions - and to the Government, the social life of the country - has now almost been vanquished." How did such a spiritual catastrophe occur? Some might be quick to point to the rise of secularism in the late 1800s and throughout the first half of the 20th century, which culminated in the U.K.'s acceptance of a welfare state after World War II. However, secularism may be a result, and not a cause, of the death of religion in the U.K. In fact, Davies traces the first major evidences of Christianity's decline to the 1950s, when religious participation began to droop, especially as evidenced by Sunday School attendance. In order to delve into these issues, the interdenominational Ecumenical Research Committee (ERC), convened in 2002, designed and executed a year-long survey of churchgoers "of every denomination and theological persuasion." More than 14,000 people responded to the questionnaire, which was designed with open-ended questions, instead of the more traditional "check box" format. This was done to allow respondents to elaborate on their feelings, rather than being steered to a limited number of options. The report of the results, "Let the People Speak," noted that 91 percent of the responses expressed the same opinions. "What was causing this erosion of values? Why were people turning away from the church? And more to the point, what can be done about it?, were the questions that the ERC's survey was attempting to answer,� Betchworth said. So, when the people spoke, what did they say? What were they looking for? The following are some of the answers found in the report: Believing and Caring Shepherds The failure of many ministers to defend the faith and responsibly carry out what parishioners expected of the clergy was a theme throughout


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the survey results. For example, many respondents complained that their ministers hardly seemed to believe in Christianity themselves. Said one churchgoer: "Often clergy do little to try and convince us that God exists, let alone outline the logical reasons behind our belief in the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection." Ministers also came in for serious criticism when it came to conducting worship services. The report said many churchgoers complained about "shoddy services" and "ministers going through the motions," even to the point of virtually speed-reading through the sermon or preaching it in a voice that was "inaudible" or without any "real conviction or sincerity." One middle-aged couple said, "We used to go to church expecting very little and came away with nothing. This has now changed to expecting nothing and coming away with even less .... What we want are services taken with a conviction and a 10,000 saw the passion for Christ." lack of a clarion Many people said they wanted clergy "to give call for holiness greater priority to home visiting and pastoral care, as a very real in order to reflect God's love and concern for the explanation for individual." That was something that most people the decline. couldn't get anywhere else. As one woman said, "It is a very uncaring world now, and the church should not be emulating this but rather standing out against it and being seen as a caring community." However, due to organizational priorities in their denominations, parishioners said ministers were given so many administrative duties that they had no time to tend to the needs of the people beyond conducting services. Solid Teaching The report noted that there is "a spiritual hunger among congregations for a greater understanding of a wide range of relevant topics," and Christians think that hunger should be fed, at least to a large extent, during the sermon. But they aren't getting that substance. Time and again, respondents complained that they were getting only "platitudes," "political and social sermons" or "matters of little spiritual significance." A churchgoer declared, "I need help to grow in my faith and help to become the person Christ wants me to be." "Tinkering around with service times or liturgy won't work if the message isn't there," said one churchgoer. "The heart of the matter is that con-


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gregations want to hear what the Bible says in a relevant way, with conviction and passion." A Worshipping Community "People want churches to give priority to the ministry of worship, satisfying all the various aspects worship involves," the survey report found. As one might expect, there were thousands of responses dealing with the form, or style of worship in the service. While some called for more traditional liturgy, and others for a more modern approach, both sides conceded that a balance of styles would be fine. Almost all were in agreement, however, that services that "bordered on entertainment rather than worship" were the most disappointing. Moreover, many of the respondents realized that their spiritual journey was not one to be taken alone, and so it is not surprising that "the sense of fellowship experienced" was also someThey simply haven't been told thing that made a difference for churchgoers. "They said that they derived pleasure from worenough about it shipping with others, it gave them a sense of beto either accept longing," the report said, "a sense of comradeship or reject it. and a sense of being part of a 'spiritual family.'" This sense of belonging to a spiritual family was made more critical because of the brokenness of relationships, marriages and families in the U.K. A Prophetic Church There was a real desire expressed in the survey responses for more teaching emphasis "on the nature of God's holiness and the implications this has for individuals and our two nations." Many said this message had been missing from the church for decades, having been gradually replaced by a one-sided proclamation that God was "loving and nothing more." Approximately 75 percent of respondents - more than 10,000 in number saw the lack of a clarion call for holiness as a very real explanation for the decline of Christianity's influence in the U.K. "Many who used to attend church are now filled with apathy," the report summarized. "They no longer see any point in attending, because the message they have been given is that 'God loves me anyway,' regardless of whether or not they attend church or change their lives, so why bother?" This was one of the central laments of the Christians that answered the ERC questionnaire. People "are calling on churches to robustly defend moral values with conviction and courage and cease being 'silent' and 'lukewarm' in the face of moral collapse" in the U.K., the report said.


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To accomplish this, the church must arise to its "divine calling" as a prophetic voice in the nation, because the church was given the task of "being the moral conscience of the [U.K.] and a proclaimer of the true character of God." Defense of the Faith In the face of an entrenched secularism in the U.K., many respondents said they wanted churches to "emphasize the many reasons why believing in God and Christianity makes sense and to challenge a doubting society." This was a factor that was mentioned in 73 percent of the letters received. Said one churchgoer: "It is a myth to say that the people of this country have rejected Christianity; they simply haven't been told enough about it to either accept or reject it." The lack of both a bold declaration of the Christian faith and a vigorous defense of Christian truths - apologetics seems to have occasioned much discouragement among those Christians in the U.K. who remain true to the faith. Betchworth said, "If churches started defending these beleaguered Christian values, the effect would be profound, galvanizing and encouraging millions of ordinary decent people.” Will the churches - and especially the clergy - listen to the thousands of Christians who responded to the ERC survey? Only time will tell, but the future of the United Kingdom may rest on that decision. What has become of the American church? What is this sickness spreading in the body of Christ? I don’t know whom to blame more for it: The narcissistic minister who craves the attention, or the spiritually naive crowds who place these arrogant people on their shaky pedestals. All I know is that God is grieved by all of this shameful carnality. How far we have fallen from authentic New Testament faith. Paul, who carried the anointing of an apostle but often described himself as a bond slave, told the Thessalonians, “Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives” (1 Thess. 2:8). New Testament Christianity is humble, selfless and authentic. And those who carry the truth don’t preach for selfish gain or to meet an emotional need for attention. May God help us root out the false apostles and false teachers who are making the American church sick with their mancentered, money-focused heresies. The church in the U.S.A. is walking down the same road as these in Britian. Today we live in a much different world. Values are shifting and people are searching for meaning in life. Today there are approxi-


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mately 175 million unchurched and unreached people in the U.S.A. We have become the 4th largest mission field in the world. With the removal of the Bible and prayer from our schools our society has become more and more paganistic. This is proven by the fact that the fastest growing churches in America are not Christian (i.e., New Age, Mormon, etc.). The church has gone into a maintenance mode. We have taken on a "hold the fort mentality". What is a fort mentality and do I have it? Ask yourself these questions: 1) Do I need constant counseling? 2) Do I talk Christianeze? 3) Do I attend that church just to receive nurturing? 4) Am I insulated from my community? 5) Do I see ministry just inside the four walls of the church? 6) Do I view the church's assignment as keeping me and my kids safe? 7) How many unchurched friends do I have? 8) Do I feel uncomfortable when a stranger comes in to my church? 9) Do I read about, listen to or know my generation and their needs? 10) Am I afraid when someone mentions evangelism? By answering these questions it will give you some idea of where you are. Learning to accept the culture that is adrift means we must become very secure in our position with Christ. The pattern in Scripture has always been the stronger giving up for the weaker. Notice four observations in I Cor. 14: 1) It was normal for unbelievers to attend. 2) It was normal to give instruction on what was happening because the unbelievers were there. 3) Gave some general principles for whole church; such as: anything that drew the unbeliever away was not permitted, anything that drew the unbeliever was permitted. 4) It was the responsibility of the church to change in order to minister to the unbeliever. What am I saying? My good friend put it this way, "The church in the U.S.A. is either entering the SECOND Dark Ages or we are on the verge


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of a great end-time harvest." I have been working with several churches lately and the leaders are asking the same questions: “Why isn’t God moving in this country?” “What about our ministry?” “How can I awaken my church?” These are not easy questions to answer as some are in a time of structural adjustment, some have to adapt to demographics changes, for some it is learning how to harvest their crop, etc. Whatever the reason, many of them are saying it is because: “God is judging America,” “God is finished with the USA”, “It must be me!”; “I am the problem”; “people don’t want to go on with God”; and on, on, on. To that, my response is: “Could be.” “Has God told you that He is finished with you and America?” Sometimes it is not cosmetic changes we need to make but personal changes in our life. John Garlock told me one time, “Terry, there is NOTHING permanent in the Kingdom of God.” We are on a journey. All the leaders in the Bible had to make adjustments. What adjustments do you need to make personally? How can you help your ministry and this nation? By shepherding the people, teach solid Bible messages, improve your worship, and defend the faith. We can be a key instrument to a move of God in this nation, if we will hear the cry of God and His people to the real needs in their life. If the church feels disconnected it is because God is moving forward and waiting for His people to catch up to what He is doing. Churches grow in cycles, stages, and seasons. (Eccl. 3:1, 10, 11, 17; Acts 14: 17; 20:18) We need to know the prophetic cycle of God for this nation and make every effort to plug in to what He is doing. (Dr. Terry L. Thompson can be contacted for leadership training, seminars and weekend ministry. Contact him to participate in a missions trip. PO Box 721 Montgomery,TX 77356. He may also be contacted through his website: www.terrylthompson.org)

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Prophetic exhortations may best describe what I have to share with you. While praying, I believe the Lord gave me several exhortations concerning current events. I, therefore, encourage you to seek out the written Word of the Lord on all matters of current event and let that Word be your point of balance no matter how apocalyptic news events and current prophecies may seem. MEANT FOR EVIL BUT TURNED FOR GOOD As I was praying, Gen.50:20 began stirring in me. "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. (NASB) I then saw what looked like a large tea kettle on a fire. It was boiling and steaming. A hand that somehow represented a spirit that is against all Christ represents picked it up and proceeded to pour it upon those who give themselves to the purposes of God. But before it could be tilted and begin to pour, it was turned back upon the one pouring and the boiling water poured on him. There are powers and entities that are working in league with darkness and they are in direct opposition to everything Christ and His Word represent. They do not just lift their voices and votes on occasion, they are actively intending evil. But I declare that the hand of God is mightier than the hand of evil intent. PREPAREDNESS There are varied opinions concerning preparedness for events that might pos-


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sibly come in the way of weather and man-made catastrophe. Our Lord gives us much wise instruction in the Bible. (Pro 6:6) Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise… When the last two hurricanes came through our area, people were unable to purchase food, water or gas and there were businesses who were refusing to make change. You had to have small bills. It may have been different in your area. But the instruction of scripture is to be wise and to be prepared. Pastor Carolyn Aycock pointed out recently that there are examples in the Bible where their preparation became their miracle. Noah made preparation and it carried he and his family above the waters. Joseph heeded the wisdom God gave him for Egypt and prepared and saved his own family plus a nation in time of a lengthy famine. I have lived in the Gulf Coast region all my life, have experienced many hurricanes and can testify how miserable it is to be without some of the basics when some degree of preparedness would have made things a lot different. We have even been able to share and be a blessing to unbelievers through supply. Each person and family should pray and act according to their convictions. YOU STAND ABOVE IT ALL Our God Jehovah is Almighty God and He is not up under any event, whether it be current, past or coming. Melissa often sings the phrase, “He stands above it all.” He is great and stands above anything that could overwhelm us. God’s throne was securely in place before any sons of Belial (“wreckless, lawless”-Duet.13:13) were even born who would attempt to lead a nation into destruction. Long before they ever started their shenanigans, before anyone ever voted in an election and long before stuff began to culminate and happen, God was firmly upon His throne. His throne is not rocking or even vibrating. Psa 93:2 Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. THE MANDATE IS STILL IN EFFECT ?othing of Kingdom purpose has been (or will be) put on hold. During prayer, I was wrestling with all the events and possible scenarios after hearing about churches and ministries and individuals changing their giving and commitments concerning kingdom efforts. I saw a vision that was like an old WWII black and white movie. The Zeppelins were over London dropping bombs, there was much confusion and people were running in all directions trying to find bomb shelters. Grown men were running over women and children trying to get to a shelter. But in the midst of the chaos I suddenly noticed a man going against the crowd. It was a doctor frantically trying to reach a wounded man. Then, two women dressed like nurses were pushing against the crowd trying to get to a woman who had been hurt. At that point, a man who appeared to be an administrator came into the scene and began to give instructions on clearing debris so traffic flow improved. In that instant the Lord spoke to my heart that mature sons are to BE what they are no matter the circumstances, even difficult circumstances. (The aforementioned scenario is only meant to be a recognizable circum-


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stance, not a predicted event.) Nurses and doctors go to work when there are people in physical need. Sons of God BE whenever and wherever His gifts and enablements are needed. Nothing of the purposes of God has been recalled or changed. We are still supporting missions, buying equipment and investing in lives. If there are new problems to deal with now, that must mean that there are new solutions. It is now time to go forward. Speak to Israel that they go forward (Ex 14:15). SET YOUR FACE LIKE FLINT In Isaiah, the prophet shows Messiah setting his face like flint as He heads toward Jerusalem. He could not be dissuaded from His purpose. (Jn 18:37) “Steadfastly set His face…” (Lk 9:51) means “courage, firmness, resolution”. There are goals yet to reach. There is purpose yet to fulfill and mature sons of God will set themselves to accomplish what they are purposed for and will not shrink back or change their minds just because circumstances threaten. THE ROCK NEVER CHANGES One of the types of Christ in the Bible is a Rock. The Rock we are instructed to build upon in Mt.7:24 is none other than Jesus. The Rock doesn’t move or shake or crack because there are things leaking in deep parts of the ocean. The Rock is steady and firm no matter what political system or false god is threatening with teeming hoards within our borders or outside them. While praying, I was impressed with the act of David taking his slingshot and standing up to Goliath. David hit Goliath in the mind with a Rock. That resulted in an unprecedented victory. There are unprecedented events that are making history for the first time. There are more to come. Unheard-of giants must be met with unprecedented courage and means. The Goliath of this age: the mind, the thinking, the reasoning of opposition in this hour of history must be hit with THE Rock, i.e., His Word, His righteousness, His purpose, His Name, His actions… consistently. None of these can have effect without a biblical worldview foremost in the hearts and actions of sons of God. 1Sa 17:45 David told the Philistine, "You come to me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Armies, the God of the army of Israel, whom you have insulted. David had a biblical worldview. He saw each and every decision and action through the Word and purposes of God. Nothing in his life was separate from the Word and purpose of God. THE LORD IS MY ROCK 2Sa 22:2 He said, "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 3 My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, You save me from violence. 4 "I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies…. 7 "In my distress I called upon the LORD, Yes, I cried to my God; And from His temple He heard my voice, And my cry for help came into His ears.


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August 29 * Seguin, TX New Life Fellowship Pastors Layne & Pamela Dietz Marty & Kathy * 10a.m. Info: 830-372-1200 www.newlifefellowshipseguin.com Sept.12 * Lago Vista, TX North Shore Fellowship Info: Don Dickinson 512-267-2106 10:00 a.m. Sept.16 * Conroe, TX * CHOP WORSHIP ECOUTER* 7PM Sept.18 * Sealy,TX * InterAct SEEC InterAct * Holiday Inn Exp Sept.20-23 * Waxahachie,TX FMCI Annual Conference Sept.25 * Conroe, TX * InterAct Marty & Kathy Teaching 10am-3pm Sept. 26 * Temple,TX Lifegate Christian Fellowship Pastors Donnie & Melisa Cooper 254-899-2060 * 10a.m. Jim Hodges & Marty Gabler www.seecministries.org Email: mail@seecministries.org SEEC Ministries International PO Box 298 Coldspring,TX 77331-0298 Office: 936-653-4108

August 28 * Conroe, TX * CHOP SEEC InterAct 2010 fourth Saturday I will not allow any person nor each month with Marty & Kathy Ga- any adverse circumstance to determine the lifespan of the hope bler teaching. *** Subject: “When Heaven Invades Earth” God originally put in me. 10a.m.-3p.m. *** No Fee Teaching, Interaction, Worship, MinisSEEC Website maintained by: try Lorena Gamboa * www.ficmi.org

May the Lord grant you peace and the salvation of your home. May the Lord’s Word prosper in you and may you bring forth fruit to His glory.

*Thank you for praying. After each issue is mailed, more dates get added to the calendar. Bless you for praying for us.*

CALEDAR OF EVETS Dates are subject to change. Call before traveling.


SEEC Ministries International

PO Box 298

Coldspring, TX 77331-0298

www.seecministries.org *** Email: mail@seecministries.org


Marty & Kathy Gabler will meet you each month for time in the Word, interaction and worship.

The rule of God to finish what He has started is unstoppable! So powerfully, so authoritatively was this world system invaded that it could not touch even one tiny baby who was foreordained to be the embodiment of the Kingdom of God in this earth.

*10am-11am Teaching w/ PowerPoint *11am-12pm Interaction w/ Attendees *12pm-1pm Lunch *1pm-2pm Teaching w/ PowerPoint *2pm-3pm Worship & Ministry

SEEC Ministries International www.seecministries.org mail@seecministries.org 936-653-4108

Subjects: Purpose, Ministry, Moving in Spiritual Gifts, Kingdom of God, Prophecy, Dreams & Visions

Bring Your Laptop — Free Wi-Fi — Free Coffee — Bring Your Lunch Cold Sodas and Juices Available — Restaurants and Fast Food earby Third Saturday Each Month at Holiday Inn Express * Sealy,TX Fourth Saturday Each Month at Conroe House of Prayer * Conroe,TX We will spend time in the Word and enjoy interaction, worship & ministry.

Check out the info on back of card! * Bring A Friend!

Third Saturday Each Month Sealy, TX

Fourth Saturday Each Month Conroe, TX

Holiday Inn Express 2370 Hwy 36 South Sealy,TX 77474

Conroe House of Prayer 115 W. Davis Conroe,TX 77301

Info: 979-865-5464

Info: www.conroehop.org

August 21, 2010 Sealy,TX

August 28, 2010 Conroe,TX


SEEC Magazine Vol.14 Issue 4