THREE REALMS of CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE
By the "Voice from the Wilderness"
[Spiritual DNA: Born in days of Sukkot (Tabernacles) where the WILDERNESS and the TABERNACLE - the truth of the wilderness - is emphasised; also a few days after Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement: the most important day in the TABANACLE) where the way into the HOLY OF HOLIES was made manifest.]
This, I believe, is "the cornerstone truth" of the Final Tidal Wave. All other teaching and truths must be built on this foundation, be consistent with and not contradict this foundation; and put in relation to this key and central truth. It is the "centerpiece" of the puzzle. All other truth needs to be fitted in and not forced to fit, once this main piece - masterpiece - is put in place.
For example, recently a well-known and respected minister of the gospel spoke of the importance of Classical Christianity. However, shortly after this, he brings out an article entitled, 'Put Some Punctuation into your Praise', and says "Shouting is an act of faith that can break the power of fear, doubt, heaviness and grief. When the devil has turned up the volume of his clamorous attacks, we must retaliate by lifting our voices in raucous praise." This contradicts the "cornerstone truth" which is also classical Christianity. Do you understand what I am saying? ("The Great Death" - 'shutting the door' is lacking here and is needed to fully accomplish this)
This truth is also consistent with the classical Christian foundation which has played a major part in the lives of famous Christians such as Jeanne Guyon, Watchman Nee, Fenelon, Count Zinzendorf, John Wesley, the early Quakers, Jessie Penn-Lewis, Hudson Taylor and is true in the life of Kathryn Kuhlman.
The tabernacle is "the truth of the wilderness", the pattern, given to us by God through Moses coming down from the smoking cloud-covered mountain, to approach God. Under the Old Covenant, only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies once a year at a time set by God - Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement - the holiest day of the year for religious Jews, the beginning of the new sacred year). Today, under the New Covenant, through the Blood of Jesus, we can remain continuously in the tabernacle and be sovereignly drawn into the Holy of Holies on a daily basis.
Note: The term ' tabernacle', as used in these notes, is actually the 'tabernacle proper' (the 'tent').
And let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. [Exodus 25: 8]
This "truth of the wilderness" which is "the mystery of the tabernacle" is also the central truth revealed to those you have been called by God into the wilderness over the past few decades. As this was the main revelation and teaching tool given to the Israelites; so too, it is to us who have been called into the wilderness for many years. Let us be found like Joshua and Caleb who came out of the wilderness into the Promised Land.
[JOHN 14 A new dispensation with a difference: the HOLY SPIRIT; we come to Jesus, the (Narrow) Way, only through the Presence of God]
INSIDE and OUTSIDE
OUTSIDE = Outer Court. Enclosed by a high fence. Could look up and see the natural light of the sun.
INSIDE = in the tent or tabernacle; consisted of the HOLY PLACE and HOLY OF HOLIES. Covered with 4 layers of rug-like coverings. It was lit up by the light of the Menorah or Golden Lampstand or Candlestick [PIECE 3] which symbolised the Presence of God.
So OUTSIDE is OUTSIDE the Presence of God; INSIDE is IN the Presence of God. The Presence of God was most intense in the Holy of Holies.
Old Testament saints lived in the OUTER COURT. [HEB 9:8 The WAY into THE HOLY OF HOLIES was NOT YET MADE MANIFEST]
When we begin in the flesh, we don’t fully enter into the Presence of God.
Satan was the worship leader of heaven.
He knows this!
Foundational truth: Begin in the HOLY PLACE; and not in the OUTER COURT.
* ("The Great Death" - 'shutting the door' is needed to fully accomplish this)
Jesus said, "It is finished". The Jerusalem temple, a replica of the wilderness tabernacle, had a veil or curtain that was about 60 feet in height, 30 feet in width and four inches thick.) Furthermore, it was torn from top down, meaning this act must have come from above. The WAY into THE HOLY OF HOLIES was MADE MANIFEST]
Strangely, and sadly, approximately 95% of Christians today live in the OUTER COURT.
Satan's main priority is to keep Christians from (out of) the Presence of God. He does this by keeping them satisfied and content to live in the OUTER COURT. Can a true believer be satisfied to live in the OUTER COURT?
When God commanded Moses to build the tabernacle, He started with the Ark of the covenant. So God works from the inside out. We begin from the outside in.
God desires that you and I live in the realm of the HOLY PLACE and the HOLY OF HOLIES. God said, I will dwell among them. I will come and make My habitation among them. I will tabernacle among them. This God desires our fellowship. He does not desire the fellowship of angels. He loves us. Our relationship is what we have to pursue with Him. Relationship is much more important than our needs. I we live where our needs are, we will be defeated. If we go beyond our needs, and begin to experience fellowship with God Almighty, our needs will vanish into nothing. Suddenly our hearts are knit with His, and communion begins. The communion of the heart begins. There is more to fellowship with God than we know. We have experienced so little of it. We really have not experienced the depth of communion with God Almighty. *
Furniture in the OUTER COURT was made of BRASS; whereas furniture in the TABERNACLE ('tent') was constructed of PURE GOLD. Brass and gold look similar. Only close inspection and the correct light will reveal the difference.
"In the Charismatic move, Christians have brought the brass of the world into the temple of the Lord as a substitute for pure gold. What they have is a mixture; it is not pure. Therefore, I can only bless My people so far, because they have substituted brass for gold. They’ve brought the CLAPPING and DANCING of the world into the temple."
You see, when you come into the New Testament, you find that all praise and worship is to be done In The Spirit. The Old Testament saints worshipped God purely in the flesh.
Bringing brass into the temple grieves Him.
Though the principles and examples in the Old Testament may be the same as in the New Testament, the practices are not the same.
The next great spiritual outpouring that God is wanting to bring upon the earth will require that man lay aside his own plans, purposes, and pursuits and pursue the true worship of God. The Body of Christ is in shallow waters of a new beginning of God's glory manifested on the earth, but that new wave of God's blessing can only occur as the Body of Christ gets the brass out of the temple!
Quotation from a visitation of Jesus to Kenneth Hagin in the book "Plans, Purposes and Pursuits."
* referring to brass substituted for gold in the Temple by King Rehoboam
Consider the contrasts between OUTSIDE and INSIDE the Tabernacle:
Shallow vs deep;
Outward vs inward;
Digging wells that have no water in them vs Living water;
Living Laodicea vs Buy from Me gold tried in the fire that you may be rich;
Soulish (mind, will and emotions) vs spiritual;
the flesh vs in the Spirit.
We are looking at ALL areas of Christian experience: Some of the main areas that I will consider in detail are PRAYER, PRAISE and WORSHIP (the highest form of prayer) and the WORD OF GOD. These are symbolised by two of the three items of furniture found in the HOLY PLACE.
 THE OUTER COURT
PRAYER: The place of ASKING. THINGS predominate, even SPIRITUAL things, gifts and ministries. NEEDS. REQUESTS. Many words. Confession, forgiveness and renewed consecration characterise this place. REPETITION is found here. Every day the same pattern is repeated. You get tired and weary easily in this place. AMEN is said and prayer ends. Not the place of fellowship.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP: THE FLESH prevails: "Most of Charismatic praise"; Clapping; Dancing in the flesh; "Jesus shouts"; falsely called liberty; high praise; rap; Christian rock. True praise only occurs in the HOLY PLACE; when we praise through the Presence of God. There is a reverence and an awareness of the Person and Presence of Jesus in the HOLY PLACE.
Charismatics know little (why? praising in the flesh is not praise at all) about praising Me, but they know nothing at all about true worship. [Hagin]
GENERAL: STRUGGLING with sin (only truly purged from sin through the Presence of God), STRIVING, FRUSTRATION, WARRING WITH THE DEVIL - unbalanced spiritual warfare, HARASSED BY SATAN, DEMONIC OPPRESSION and even POSSESSION (demons can access the OUTER COURT), LIVING SACRIFICE (CONSECRATION): much fasting and prayer. Ministry-focused. Church-focused. Promise - focused, even with genuine rhema promises given by God. Vision-focused, even with genuine vision from God. IDOLS.
There is no separation from the WORLD here. The inner nature of those here is similar to that of those of the WORLD. The OUTER COURT is Living Laodicea.
Promises of God. Seeking spiritual things. Seeking gifts and not the Giver. Seeking healing and not the Healer (faith healing versus Divine Healing). Evangelism in our strength - reach the lost at any cost; 'Doer of the Word'; 'Love your neighbour'; Causes: Abortion & Gay Protests, etc. Name it, Claim it. Renewing the mind. Positive thinking. Positive confession. Speaking the Word. Standing on the Word. Who we are IN CHRIST (in faith). Faith-centred Word-centred. Christian Counseling. "Revelation knowledge ", Family-centred; People-centred; Social gospel; Sowing seed in the flesh. Principles. Principles of faith. Principles of prosperity. Repentance-centred (repentance is important but we must not stay there);"Put a smile on someone's face." Much prayer and fasting.
As we mature and grow deeper in Christ [realm of the HOLY PLACE and HOLY OF HOLIES], we have a deeper revelation of His Sovereignty and there is much less of us (our effort) and more of His working. As a co-labourer with God your part becomes smaller and smaller; His working becomes more and more. All of God. None of self. As He wills becomes emphasised in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
[A] What about the BRAZEN ALTAR [PIECE 1] and the LAVER [PIECE 2]? If we should not be found in the OUTER COURT AT ALL, what about CONFESSION OF SIN and CLEANSING FROM SIN?
A NEW LOOK AT CONFESSION OF SIN: We will look at this later. At this point, let us say that confession of sin shifts from the OUTER COURT to the HOLY PLACE for a New Testament believer.
[BRAZEN ALTAR or ALTAR OF SACRIFICE: The altar stood raised on a mound of earth, higher than its surrounding furniture. This is a projection of Christ, our sacrifice, lifted up on the cross, His altar, which stood on a hill called Golgotha.
LAVER: It stood halfway between the BRAZEN ALTAR and the HOLY PLACE. The priests were to wash their hands and their feet in it before entering the Holy Place.]
Today, most Christians have substituted the furniture in the HOLY PLACE (made of PURE GOLD) with BRASS pieces; and have moved the pieces from the HOLY PLACE to the OUTER COURT. God's intention is the opposite. In the New Testament, the BRASS pieces of the OUTER COURT should be moved to the HOLY PLACE and be substituted with PURE GOLD pieces.
[B] A NOTE TO CHRISTIAN WORKERS: First, point baby Christians to the FOUNDATIONAL DOCTRINES in HEBREWS 6. Then point baby Christians to the 5 keys of the HOLY PLACE; not to the externals of the OUTER COURT. Let us not lead the babes in Christ along the garden path; but into a real experience of Jesus Christ through the Presence of God which is the only true and narrow Way.
We have been taught incorrectly that IN THE SPIRIT is praying in tongues. Tongues is praying WITH our spirit. We need to fully understand and experience the 5 keys of the HOLY PLACE to live IN THE SPIRIT. These truths KEEP us filled with the Spirit. Be (being) filled with the Spirit [Ephesians 5:18]. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is only the initial infilling of the Spirit. We need to REMAIN filled with the Holy Spirit and move deeper in our experience of Jesus Christ through the Presence of God.
[C] A NOTE TO ALL. Be careful with the books, media, ministries, - even Bible School teaching - and Christian television you assimilate. Most material out there today takes you into the OUTER COURT and those who follow you too!
The Tabernacle ('tent'):The emphasis is on seeking Jesus Himself. To know Him more. Seeking His fellowship through the Presence of God. Not His blessings. Not petitions. The flesh cannot enter here.
A few centuries ago, the emphasis was very different: The Person and Presence of Jesus was foremost. The Body of Christ needs to get back to this emphasis.
No longer is it our strength; but His strength. Poor in spirit. Our character and inner nature takes on the character of the Beatitudes. Our hearts are melted by the Presence of God. Hearts of flesh. No longer hearts of stone. Must deny own activity of soul (self) to make room for the life of God.
The 'tent' had on top, four layers of curtains acted as a roof to shield the tabernacle from sun and rain. There was no protection against the elements in the OUTER COURT.
 THE HOLY PLACE
WAITING on the Lord (ISAIAH 40) is foundational in this realm. "eagle stands on rock; turns its face to the wind"
[All birds fly. The eagle mounts. It first stands on the rock. Only bird that understands the winds - air currents. Waits for the right wind. When the right wind comes, she spreads her wings. She doesn't fly up. She rides the wings of the wind. All other birds fly up. Struggle. No rest. King of the birds. Locks his wings and rides the winds of God.]
Song of Solomon 1: 1-4 LITTLE by LITTLE you are drawn by the sweetness of His Presence into the Holy of Holies. Fragrance of Christ.
"Fill my cup, Lord"; "Breathe upon me Breath of God"; "Spirit of the Living God"; Holy Spirit, Thou art welcome in this place"; "Hallelujah".
We experience the PRESENCE OF GOD here, LITTLE by LITTLE, as He draws us deeper unto Jesus and eventually into the depths of the Holy of Holies.
So when the waves of God's Presence come [beginning in the HOLY PLACE], they become more intense. They become more powerful as your intimacy continues with God.
REVERENCE: the key to His Presence. Reverence becomes increasingly important as we move inward toward the Holy of Holies. There are examples in Scripture of those who died because of irreverence. How much more should we show reverence under a better covenant where we ALL can enter His innermost chambers? Irreverence grieves the Holy Spirit causing His cloud of glory (intense Presence of God) in the HOLY OF HOLIES to lift.
Let us consider 5 ESSENTIAL KEYS (4 PIECES of FURNITURE - includes 2 PIECES from OUTER COURT) of the HOLY PLACE:
[A] BABY STEPS to begin to know Jesus through THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF GOD - the realm of the HOLY PLACE.
This deals with our quiet times where we come before Him. It is the beginning of WAITING IN HIS PRESENCE and is a help to keep us from the error of 'emptying our mind' or 'visualisation' as practiced in EASTERN MEDITATION. This is Satan's counterfeit or imitation and is the open and legitimate doorway for demons to enter and even possess you! (strange incense - Leviticus 10: 1-3)
KEY 1: PRAYER - ALTAR OF INCENSE [PIECE 5]
Under the Old Covenant, burning incense is essential to enter the Holy of Holies. The High Priest entered the Holy of Holies through a thick cloud of burning incense - brought burning incense with him - to shield his eyes from a direct view of God’s glory. Incense was burnt on the ALTAR OF INCENSE in the morning [KEY 1] and the evening [KEY 1]; but also was kept burning continually [KEY 3] throughout the day and night as a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
It is through the ALTAR OF INCENSE that we are drawn into the Holy of Holies. It was positioned in front of the veil to the Holy of Holies.
"Waiting in His Presence"
Spend time waiting upon Him in faith and occasionally praying to Him aloud - with reverence. Come to Him with a deep sense of love, very gently and come to Him humbly with a deep sense of worship. When His Presence is manifest, be still. Do not think of anything. Do not try to say anything. Do not try and do anything. When the sweetness of His Presence wanes, speak again. In other words, move only when the cloud moves. Do not seek to move as long as He is near. Be still in the Presence of God. Learn to be quiet before Him. If your mind wanders, just turn back to Him. Do not try to imagine what He looks like. You can also occasionally use the Lord's prayer. Pause - selah, and be slow, letting Him minister to you.
WILDERNESS PRINCIPLE: The Shekinah glory cloud was seen by more than 2.5 million Israelites above the Holy of Holies of the TABERNACLE by day and as a pillar of fire by night.
When the cloud moves, we move. When the cloud stops, we stop.
If you have a difficult time, dry spells or find that your mind is wandering a lot, be serene. Accept it. Sometimes His sweet Presence will be manifested more than at other times. He is sovereign with regard to showering His blessing. Learn to come into His presence to please Him. Receive all things with calmness and serenity.
Dry Seasons (why? To cause you to pursue Him)
You will have dry periods. This, however, is not the issue. The issue is this. How will you respond to the Lord in these periods? Most Christians will exercise their strength and the flesh will manifest itself. Self effort. Instead, we need to learn to be patient - worship Him with patient love and contentment. Remember the Lord is searching throughout the earth for that Christian who will remain faithful and loving even when He has withdrawn Himself. This is the beginning of understanding KEY 5: THE CROSS. You will eventually broaden this perspective until it encompasses every second of your life. This outlook and new perspective to life - towards your circumstances and such a look of faith towards your Lord, will make you content with everything. You will begin to receive everything that comes into your life as being from the hand of God, not from the hand of man.
“PRAYER REQUESTS ?” [OUTER COURT]
Do not be surprised if you no longer are able or comfortable with offering up prayer requests. You will eventually come to this place in God where this becomes distasteful (as well as other activities of the OUTER COURT). In the past, you offered by petitions and requests with ease. Now it has become difficult.
Now it is His prayer. His plans. His purposes. The Holy Spirit helps us to pray. He always prays according to the will of God. There is always heavenly agreement as the Father always says, “Yes” to that which the Holy Spirit asks. Romans 8:26. To be in this place, you must give up your attachment to everything. Give up your desires. Give up your wants.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP (Praise is the highest form of Prayer)
Pursue the same path as in prayer. Here we are not just singing songs but entering into His Presence.
KEY 2: WORD OF GOD - TABLE OF SHOWBREAD [PIECE 4]
"PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES"
a. The first way was simply reading a portion of the Scriptures out aloud. I was not concerned whether I understood all the content. I just savoured the Presence of God which was manifest very powerfully at times. Again when His Presence is close, stop reading and be still before Him. This is devotional reading of the Scriptures. Again, move only when the cloud moves. Be still in the Presence of Jesus. Always come before Him in quietness and reverence. The reading of Scripture has quietened your mind - your soul. When your mind wanders, turn inwardly back to Him. When your outer senses and soul is calm, you will become more sensitive to His Presence. Your spirit or heart is the place where He manifests Himself.
Many make the mistake of seeking the Lord outwardly and not inwardly. This brings much grief to the Christian. One will never grow up in the things of God. He will also struggle to have clarity with truth.
b. The second way is where only a few verses are read. This is not a quick reading or the studying of the Scriptures. There is no deep inward profit from such reading. It is not how much that you have read but what He reveals.
If you read quickly, it will benefit you little. You will be like a bee that merely skims the surface of a flower. Instead we need to penetrate the depths of the flower and remove its deepest nectar.
You will also find that you no longer move from subject to subject in the Scriptures. You remain in the place where His Presence has been manifest and only move when He moves. Your daily devotions will follow on from the previous day where He manifested Himself.
“TRUE REVELATION” [Cf “REVELATION KNOWLEDGE” of OUTER COURT]
Revelation comes as REALITY rather than KNOWLEDGE. This comes as you grow in the truth of the 5 keys, especially the 5th key: The Cross. Some think on the different experiences of our Lord; here it becomes an imprint of Himself on your soul. Something inward. Reality rather than knowledge.
Eventually, your own efforts of prayer will become less and less. Eventually His Presence with become your normal experience. You will come to love this silence and peaceful rest which comes from His Presence.
From these simple beginnings, we need to move forward into the DEEPER things of God.
[B] IMPORTANT: Remaining CONTINUALLY in the HOLY PLACE. This takes us beyond
our quiet time (where we VISIT Him) to MAKING GOD OUR HABITATION as in Psalm 91
and John 14-15. It is the more refined activity of WAITING IN HIS PRESENCE CONTINUALLY.
[this is the meaning of : pray without ceasing - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ]
KEY 3: Understanding ABIDING IN HIM - ALTAR OF INCENSE [PIECE 5]
Turn your heart gently to Jesus. Distractions turn your heart away from Him. When distracted, deliberately turn you attention back to Him. Eventually, stay before Him continuously and habitually without interruption. This is ABIDING in Him. As you remain before Him, there is no further need to keep turning to Him. Rather you REST in this continuous inward act of abiding. (x passive; soul is ACTIVE, yet no effort)
eg. sailors taking a ship out to sea
initially difficult (oars needed, ropes loosened)
eventually moves easily: the pilot simply spreads sails (=before Jesus) and holds the rudder steady (=keep heart from wandering).
Beginning - outward, surface. Later on - inward, deep (hardly even aware of this activity)
“DISTRACTIONS” and “TEMPTATIONS”
If you sin or become distracted by some circumstance, deliberately turn your attention back to Him. Don’t struggle or fight the thing, but simply turn away from it and turn towards the Lord inwardly.
In the Old Testament, those who believed in God did not have God's Presence ABIDING within them. That is why they had to present themselves in Jerusalem where God's Presence was. A change in the order of worship [JOHN 4].
You can see how this could happen even in a natural relationship such as a relationship between a man and woman. What if the man and woman were sitting together talking for some time, exchanging words of endearment, and suddenly one of them began to clap? Wouldn't that seem inappropriate? Friends, when we are praising and worshipping the Lord, He is present!
Instead of putting clapping before the lifting of our hands or the praising of God with our lips, it should come last, if at all. [Hagin]
Clapping, 'Jesus shouts' inappropriate when one is in this place of ABIDING IN HIM. If one lives in the OUTER COURT, one is not before Him like this and finds nothing inappropriate with practices like this. The problem is with us; we should not be found in the OUTER COURT at all.
SAD TRUTH: Many Christians today are not abiding in Him. Or they assume, because they are Christians, or IN CHRIST positional, they are; but have lost the meaning and reality of this. This can be the result of what has been taught to them. That is why they are comfortable in the OUTER COURT.
DELIVERANCE: Christians who struggle to leave the OUTER COURT realm and to fully enter the HOLY PLACE and HOLY OF HOLIES may need deliverance. There may be strongholds, which are the hiding places for demons, hindering the experience of resting in this inward act of continual abiding.
HOLY PLACE and HOLY OF HOLIES: No sin permitted here; hence no hiding place or doors for demons to oppress.
IDOLS: Other times, there could be IDOLS in your heart. Repentance is needed. Mainly in OUTER COURT.
KEY 4: A NEW LOOK AT CONFESSION OF SIN: the LAVER [PIECE 2]
[IMPORTANT: What about the BRAZEN ALTAR and the LAVER if we are no longer living in the OUTER COURT?] Confession of sin shifts from the OUTER COURT to the HOLY PLACE for a New Testament believer.
After some time and coming into the genuine experience of abiding in His Presence, you will discover that no fault or sin escapes the reproof of God. The Lord will become more and more the constant examiner of your soul. It will not be you examining yourself, nor will it be seasonal. It will be the Lord continually.
As soon as you commit a sin, you are immediately rebuked by an inward sense. A deep inward burning or confusion.
SELF-EXAMINATION: You only allow His light to shine upon you and expose any fault. There is no "self-examination" here.
REPENTANCE: Repentance is followed by a restoration. The sweetness of His Presence manifests. You will be amazed how difficult it is to remember your sins. Forgetting your sins is proof of your having been cleansed from them. This is the truth of "God will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea" [Micah 7:9].
His Presence brings us into the realm of eternity. The sacrament of the present moment. Forgetting the past. Leaving the future in His hands.
KEY 5: THE CROSS - the BRAZEN ALTAR [PIECE 1]
THE BRAZEN ALTAR is moved to the HOLY PLACE becoming "THE GOLDEN ALTAR" for the New Testament believer.
Staying before Him in our day to day lives. Our occupation is not a distraction. We learn to receive all things from His hand, staying before Him. The understanding that He is Sovereign is foundational. Dry times - we stay before Him in the HOLY PLACE and not in the OUTER COURT. Circumstances cannot separate us from Him. Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
"Take no thought for tomorrow..." [Matthew 6:32,34]
This taking up His cross is casting off all your cares. This includes spiritual needs. They are left at the cross. In other words, we are NOT found in the OUTER COURT AT ALL! This covers two worlds: both outward practical things and all inward spiritual needs. You forget yourself and think only of Him.
It is forgetting your past. It is the leaving of the future in His hands. It is a devotion of the present and a committing of the present moment fully to the Lord. The sacrament of the present moment. Eternity. ("who IS, who was and who is to come" Revelation 1:8) You are also satisfied with the present moment, no matter what it contains. You are satisfied because you know that the Lord is sovereign and allows this present moment and that it is part of His plan for your life.
PURITY comes if you receive suffering and a heavy cross in the same way as receiving blessings. We love Him the same whether on the Mt of Transfiguration or on Mt Calvary. You will not find any comfort from man when you have been put on the cross. The only comfort will be in the knowledge that the cross is from the Lord and that He is Sovereign. You must learn to love the cross. It is impossible for you to truly love the Lord without loving the cross. The believer who loves the cross finds that even the bitterest things that come his way are sweet. Proverbs 27:7. You will hunger after God, and find Him, in the same proportion that you hunger after the cross. God gives us the cross, and the cross gives us God.
Receive the cross as from His hand. It is much lighter this way. However, you will still feel the weight of the cross and its pain.
Andrew, the apostle, said, “I would not have preached the honour and glory of the cross if I feared the death of the cross.” Andrew, going towards the place of execution and seeing the cross waiting for him, said, “O cross, most welcome and longed for! With a willing mind, joyfully and desirously, I come to you, being a scholar of Him who did hang on you, because I have always been your lover and yearned to embrace you.”
[When storms approach, with wind and thunder and lightning, lesser fowl head for cover, but the mighty eagle spreads his wings and with a great cry mounts upon the very winds which drove the lesser to cover. Storms are a joy to him, for on their mighty updrafts he soars to heights of glory. And he does it effortlessly, letting the wind carry him where lesser birds must beat with frantic wings to stay aloft.]
 HOLY OF HOLIES
"eagle in heights above" ("Turn your eyes upon Jesus ... things of the earth will grow strangely dim")
KEY = an UNUSUAL SERENITY and PEACEFULNESS will gradually spread over your soul
an awareness of the tangible Presence of Jesus and His embrace fills your being and your place
Song of Solomon 2: 6-7
Under the Old Covenant, burning incense is essential to enter the Holy of Holies. The High Priest entered the Holy of Holies through a thick cloud of burning incense - brought burning incense with him - to shield his eyes from a direct view of God’s glory. The smoke thickens and the aroma of the incense pleases God. It is through the ALTAR OF INCENSE that we are drawn into the Holy of Holies. It was positioned in front of the veil to the Holy of Holies.
Touching the realm of eternity. Time stands still. The "SACRAMENT OF THE PRESENT MOMENT". ("who IS, who was and who is to come" Revelation 1:8)
Works done in this realm have far reaching results, even unto eternity. Wood, hay and straw are found in the OUTER COURT; which are to be burned. Silver and precious stones in the HOLY PLACE; gold in the HOLY OF HOLIES.
Tongues (praying WITH the spirit) is not found in this realm. Baptized in Love. Intense. Cloud of Glory.
FEW words. Words become inadequate. Silence. Words have power in this realm.
Wholeness. “Jesus Your Presence makes me whole”
the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing [Isaiah 10:27]
Prayer becomes His Presence. His Presence becomes prayer.
INTIMACY. WORSHIP. COMMUNION. UNION with God. HEART to HEART Communion.
Psalm 42:7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts; all Thy waves and Thy billows are gone over me. Billows are the intensity of waves. So when the waves of God's Presence come [beginning in the HOLY PLACE], they become more intense. They become more powerful as your intimacy continues with God.
Fullness of Intimacy Psalm 91. The secret place. Totally protected. Not many believers experience this on a daily basis.
"We are standing on Holy Ground"; "Surely the Presence"
God sovereignly brings one into this place; our task is to stay before Him, waiting upon Him, by abiding in Him (spread sails = before God, hold rudder = keep heart from wandering) and taking up His cross (remaining before Him continually). By staying before Him continually, we will more often be found in the HOLY OF HOLIES. This will be the realm in which we live as Kathryn Kuhlman lived.
A few Christians only come into this place daily in quiet time. However, they live in the OUTER COURT mostly and only touch on this. One in a million wait continually before Him and live in the TABERNACLE where they are often in the HOLY OF HOLIES and live in this realm.
[Often just as I wake up in the morning, I find myself in the HOLY OF HOLIES. God seems to sovereignly bring me into this place, and this occurs at times which are not my regular quiet times. An unusual serenity and awareness of His Presence and His embrace spreads over my whole being.]
The CROSS keeps us in the TABERNACLE and out of the OUTER COURT. The more the CROSS is present in my life, the shorter the duration of the time spent in the HOLY PLACE.
Living in the HOLY OF HOLIES (often being sovereignly drawn into this place) is MAKING GOD OUR HABITATION (John 14 and Psalm 91) and not just VISITING His courts.
All activity - both that which is surface and visible, as well as that which is hidden and internal - must come from the working of the Spirit. The working of the Spirit deep within you must be the SOURCE of all your activity. ALL OF GOD. NONE OF SELF. OVERSHADOWED BY THE ALMIGHTY. This is fully true in this realm.
an UNUSUAL SERENITY and PEACEFULNESS [INCENSE from HOLY PLACE]
soul ACTIVE (x dullness; x deadness; x inactivity (soul does not cease all action);
exchange - His life for your life
RICH, FULL, ALIVE, ABUNDANCE
activity is FREE, EASY & NATURAL (LIBERTY). No effort at all.
SPONTANEOUS, EXALTED, PEACEFUL
also STRENGTH, BOLDNESS and CERTAINTY
eg. WHEEL spins FAST (active, yet NO EFFORT)
(vs FLESH (soul active on own apart from the Holy Spirit)
activity is FORCED, STRAINED, ANXIETY, STRIVING, RESTLESS, TURBULENT
always appears busy; accomplishes little
(vs PASSIVITY - EASTERN MEDITATION zombie = the living dead)
dullness; deadness; inactivity, emptying of the mind - visualization of Jesus, strain, effort, oppression
symptoms: lose sharpness, lose ability to think clearly, often associated with neglect of body. Opposite to Presence of God: alive, sharp.
5 MANIFESTATIONS of the HOLY OF HOLIES:
[a. You can be UNAWARE of this activity as there is none of self (the flesh) involved and it is very different from how it has been taught. Most of that which had been taught applies to the OUTER COURT and sometimes to the HOLY PLACE. If you think about the activity taking place you will realise that gifts of the Spirit are operating. However, very sublimely. You may not be aware that gifts of the Spirit are operating. However, you are aware of His love, His thick intense Presence, His closeness, His embrace. God takes over completely in this realm. b. He is completely SOVEREIGN in this realm. It is only as He wills.]
 TRUE INTERCESSION [HIGH PRIEST entered once a year = INTERCESSOR]
In this realm, Jesus, the Intercessor enters in. Groanings without utterance. The Holy Spirit takes over. He begins to groan out of our being. But the groanings are not audible. Suddenly intercession takes over our hearts. True intercession is quite silent. Without uttering a word, everything within you is burning like a volcano. (What people call intercession is not really intercession. Pure intercession is all of God. He is the Intercessor. You are the vehicle that He uses. God uses your being to cry out. Heavenly agreement comes in. God needs this to act. You become His partner.) His prayer. He asks. The Father answers. Yes and Amen. God says Yes to Himself. The Holy Spirit is waiting to use your vessel to ASK.
I have just been used to change history. I have been used to change the destiny of nations. *
Three unusual times in my personal experience: 1. Salvation of mother (she was born again shortly afterwards) 2. Benny Hinn to see the light and come out of the Word-Faith movement (he came out shortly afterwards and put an article in the Charisma Magazine) 3. Pastor Ed Roebert to see the light and come into this new realm (he came out shortly afterwards, his last five years of ministry before he went to be with the Lord were different).
In this realm, nothing is done on our part. It is all of Him. Deep revelation and burden felt. No or little conscious praying, etc. You may not be aware that you are interceding as this is far removed from what many call intercession! The Holy Spirit intercedes; all of Him!
'The desires of your heart' (Psalm 37:4) . His will yours. The Holy Spirit begins to make intercession in you and for you. He intercedes and He requests the thing which is the desire of His heart - the heart of God. Now the desire of His heart becomes the desire of your heart. The request comes from the Holy Spirit. The desire comes from the Father. The believers will becomes one with that desire. There are times when the Lord will burden the believer to pray for certain things. The believer is completely aware that this prayer comes from God and not himself. An important principle: The believer is not free to pray for WHOM he pleases, for WHAT he pleases , or even WHEN he pleases!
 PSALM 91 PROTECTION [ARK OF THE COVENANT - pillar of fire, Shekinah cloud above]
The atonement cover was God’s dwelling place in the tabernacle. Above the ark and the atonement cover, God appeared in His glory in “unapproachable light” (1 Timothy 6:16). This light is sometimes referred to as the Shekinah glory. The word Shekinah, although it does not appear in our English bibles, has the same roots as the word for tabernacle in Hebrew and refers to the presence of the Lord.
There is no protection from the wind, rain and sun in the OUTER COURT. There is protection from the elements as you move into the 'tent'. There is special Psalm 91 protection as you enter the HOLY OF HOLIES. This protection is angelic protection. As you move into the 'tent', covered by four layers of rug-like coverings, you look upwards to the roof or covering and see embroidered images of angels. In the HOLY OF HOLIES there are also two angels above the mercy seat on the ark of the covenant.
MIRACLES and JUDGEMENT accompanied the ARK. ANGELIC VISITATION and PROTECTION occurs in this realm. Unusual - strange - things begin to happen!
 RECEIVING [GOLDEN POT OF MANNA - Wholeness, Fully satisfied, MIRACULOUS PROVISION in wilderness]
INWARDLY: "Bread of heaven feed me till I want no more"
OUTWARDLY: No matter what you may need, you can reach out and take it i.e. healing
"You haven't seen anything like what we will see when the body of Christ gets to that place of worship. We were in that kind of atmosphere worshipping God in one of our crusades, and there were five people sitting in wheelchairs. Three of them just got up and walked off. No one laid a hand on them... you can just reach out and take what belongs to you in Christ. The Bible teaches laying on of hands, but you really don't have to have hands laid on you when the Presence of God is so strongly in manifestation. No matter what you need, you can reach out and take it and say, 'It's mine!' "[Hagin]
Anything you want, ask now. She said, whatever you ask in this moment, He will grant it. [Kuhlman]
Sometimes He responds to NEEDS and CARES that you cast upon Him by staying out of the OUTER COURT. He knows your needs before you ask Him. [cf Name it, Claim it in the OUTER COURT]
 REVELATION [TWO TABLETS with 10 COMMANDMENTS = GOD's REVELATION]
The secret place. Satan can't access this realm; secrets: God speaks to us here, often very sublimely. Imparts truth into our being. It can be so sublime that we can even incorrectly assume that this truth is of us.
Word of knowledge, word of wisdom [gifts of the Spirit operate in this realm with NO effort from you at all or conscious operation]
The operation of the gifts of the Spirit in the HOLY OF HOLIES is different to the operation of the gifts in the HOLY PLACE. In this realm, you can be completely unaware that the gifts are in operation! You are overshadowed by God in this realm.
Sometimes He shows you answers to NEEDS that you left at the cross by staying out of the OUTER COURT. He knows your needs before you ask Him.
And I will meet you there, and will speak with you, above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubs which are on the ark of testimony, all which I shall command you concerning the sons of Israel, And I will meet you there, and will speak with you, above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubs which are on the ark of testimony, all which I shall command you concerning the sons of Israel, Ex 25:22
 UNUSUAL AUTHORITY [AARON's BUDDING ROD]
The people, out of jealousy, rebelled against Aaron as their high priest. To resolve the dispute, God commanded the people to take 12 sticks written with the names of the leader of each tribe and place them before the ark overnight. The next day, Aaron’s rod from the house of Levi had budded with blossoms and almonds. God confirmed his choice of Aaron’s household as the priestly line.
Jesus didn’t reject God’s authority. Instead, He submitted Himself to the Father’s will and died on the cross. [KEY 5: spiritual authority comes as you take up His cross]
Your words are His words in this realm. Holy Spirit's words and the Father's words are one. Heavenly agreement. Your words will not fall to the ground.
"Mountain-moving"; "Curses"; "Command" - Gift of Faith operates here, even through you may be completely unaware that is operating. Words have power in this realm. Dunamis power. [cf faith in the OUTER COURT]
CHARISMATIC and WORD-FAITH: mostly in OUTER COURT. Sometimes touch the HOLY PLACE; but never the worship of the HOLY OF HOLIES.
Charismatics know little (why? praising in the flesh is not praise at all) about praising Me, but they know nothing at all about true worship. [Hagin]
Often hesitated to WAIT ON THE LORD; concerned about the danger of EASTERN MEDITATION, Satan's counterfeit. Never entered in. Stayed in the OUTER COURT.
Should we seek to be a partner with a movement such as the Word-Faith Prosperity Movement in order to receive the blessings of God; or should we rather leave the movement in search for a genuine fellowship and relationship with Jesus our Lord?
END-TIME MOVE: Three WAVES -
TORONTO & PROPHETIC: Entered into HOLY PLACE. Understood WAITING ON GOD to an extent. Mixture present - still spend time in OUTER COURT. Do not know THE CROSS. Foundation shaky.
Third wave numbers exceed Charismatics now.
COMING TIDAL WAVE : HOLY OF HOLIES central. Sound foundation. This realm is central in the FINAL TIDAL WAVE; and the FINAL HARVEST follows; and then our Lord will come for His own.
Following and holding fast teaching from a movement such as the FAITH MOVEMENT can take you into the OUTER COURT without you realising it. Be careful what you hear!
"Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ" [Jeanne Guyon] It adds the flesh to the bare bones outline given in this article.
"Plans, Purposes and Pursuits" [Kenneth Hagin]
"Series on Intimacy with God. Three Realms of Prayer." [Benny Hinn]
*Acknowledgement is made for numerous excerpts from the above works which have been included in the above article. Remember, all that we have received - the truth - is not from us, but from God.
1. Three areas:
OUTER COURT = place of SACRIFICE (often the verse 'sacrifice of praise' is used incorrectly here)
HOLY PLACE = place of WORSHIP
HOLY OF HOLIES = place of COMMUNION. Alone with God. Unusual serenity. Remember: Priests were not allowed in the Holy Place on Day of Atonement. Even in the midst of a CROWD or CONGREGATION - praise and worship. In this realm, in the Presence of God you are alone with God. Only 2 persons - lost in God. Inner solitude.
2. Michael Molinos in his book "The Spiritual Guide" shows clearly the difference between the OUTER COURT and the 'tent". The difference between the BRASS and the GOLD - FINE GOLD. Between INWARD and OUTWARD experience. Some can't discern the difference between BRASS and GOLD. Look similar in dull light.
CHILDLIKE FAITH: A simple vision of God. The simpler the better. It is a beholding of Jesus. No strain. Not of the soul. Not to do with imagination. Visualization is of the soul; not of the spirit. Satan's realm is of the SOUL.
3. Jeanne Guyon in "Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ" emphasises the Presence of God more. Knowing Jesus Christ through the Presence of God. Menorah.
4. GOLD-PLATED WOOD: Picture of giant with feet on earth and head in the clouds. True Christianity - humanity remains. Heart of flesh. On the other hand, Word-Faith teaching leads to "feet are no longer on the earth." Altered view of life; different way of thinking.
5. ARK of the Covenant. Golden ark. Innermost room - Most Holy Place. Perfect Cube - 15ft.
MOST IMPORTANT PIECE. The most complete type and figure of the Lord Jesus Christ. Centre of the tabernacle service.
ARK = chest or oblong box. Made of wood (humanity); covered in GOLD (deity). Gold-plated. Ultimate safety and security. Ultimate security of the believer from judgment. A refuge from the storms of life.
Three arks in Bible:
1. ark of Noah
2. ark of Moses
3. ark of the Covenant
Weatherproof and storm proof; secure from judgment. Waterproof - lined with pitch = kaphar - OT word for blood atonement.
Cover = Mercy Seat
Between God (throne of God between wings of cherubim) and sin (broken tablets of the law) there was the Mercy Seat. Ark represented JUDGMENT and DEATH. 1 Samuel 6:19 Lifted the blood stained MERCY SEAT for just a brief moment.
Background of the cross emphasised:
a. awful holiness of God - judgment. God's demand for the blood of a substitute.
b. awful sinfulness of sin. Acts - Ananias & Sapphira. (x lightness)
God hates sin.
x joke about Bible; frothy, light and irreverent handling of the things of God. Services a CARNIVAL or CIRCUS. ENTERTAINMENT prominent. Different from place of deep reverential worship of God. Christian music today. CHRISTIAN ROCK. CHRISTIAN RAP. Some choruses similar to JUNGLE JAZZ. SHALLOW. NO SPIRITUAL DEPTH.
Lost much of the reverence for holy things because of the introduction of much of this shallow entertainment. Missed the seriousness of the HOLINESS OF GOD and implications of unatoned sin.
Today, there is a SILENCE concerning HOLINESS OF GOD.
SIN is the opposite of the HOLINESS OF GOD. The CROSS OF CALVARY also reveals God's HATRED FOR SIN outside of Christ. CALVARY = judgment upon sin. Terror of hell outside Christ.
In the realm of the Holy of Holies, anything of the FLESH, SIN, etc. GRIEVES the Holy Spirit. The Presence of God can lift. Remember Kathryn Kuhlman - He's all I have. He's all I have got. Why? There is a price to pay = TIME. Not strong in theology, etc. Lose this and you have nothing!
"A SMALL SIN": Emphasises the awfulness of sin. First sin - larceny. (x death penalty today!) Adam did not commit murder.
The world hates the world "SIN".
SIN is the reason for HELL.
SIN is the cause of every SORROW in the world. Greed behind the Great Recession.
SIN leads to HOSPITAL, PRISON and ASYLUM.
The penalty of sin goes beyond the grave. Goes into eternity.
Price of sin = Blood of God's only Son.
Calvary = proof of the GRAVITY of sin.
COMMUNION: When a Christian is still dwelling among the gifts, he has distinct - but only momentary - illumination. Visions, etc. The more advanced the believer becomes, the less DEFINATE will be his illuminations. If the believer reaches the level described here, he will only have a GENERAL illumination. That illumination is of God Himself, nothing more. He will not have any specific illuminations.
But out of this very general light, which is God Himself, he will DRAW WHATEVER HE NEEDS. This too is how he will minister to others.
STATE OF GLORY: The methods of transformation are left behind. The soul is LOST IN GOD and is transformed. LIFE OF GOD and LOVE OF GOD is fully experienced here through IMPARTATION. True intimacy with Christ here. That love comes from God. Enveloped in Divine life and love. Such an encounter of love is neither of the emotions nor of the natural man.
6. POT OF MANNA: Just as fresh today as the day it fell from heaven! The manna in the wilderness spoiled after ONE day; this pot of manna remained fresh for thousands of years! Not only provision externally. FEEDING on Jesus Himself. JOHN 6:51. Eating. Drinking deeply of living water. Experience this in the Holy of Holies.
Place where the PROMISES OF GOD are manifest. Most hold fast to these in the Outer Court. One first needs to die to the promises of God.
7. BUDDING ROD: Numbers 17 rebellion. God's choice was one tribe. Rebels wanted to rather rotate between tribes. Test: 12 dry sticks with names of each tribe one on each stick. In morning, one dry stick budded - life out of death.
The Presence of God not only fills you, but also the PLACE where you are! This is why demons are stirred up! Must learn to take authority over demons in this realm!
8. TABLETS: Protection and revelation often go hand in hand. In this place - Holy of Holies - the Lord through His Presence brings a perception of hidden things - hidden things of darkness. This revelation causes one to walk around 'danger'; walk through danger unharmed. Our Lord Jesus lived in this realm! This is how He perceived the very thoughts of the Pharisees; and how He kept out of their traps until His time had come to fulfills His Father's will.
9. PRAYER: In the OUTER COURT - can ASK and sometimes God will grant you it as God granted Israel a king. Can be very dangerous as you miss entering into the tent. Persuaded by the answer that you are IN THE RIGHT PLACE! "What are you doing here, Elijah?"; "Where are are you, Adam?"
The transformation is characterized by prayer that is an ever ascending movement towards SILENCE. That is, the powers of the soul gradually become totally quieted. In the Holy of Holies there is a cessation of every tiny effort.
When a believer has arrived at this point in his pilgrimage, he has actually come to a place where HE CANNOT LAY HOLD OF PRAYER AT ALL. The ability to pray has been taken away. He cannot even set aside certain times for prayer.
The believer, therefore is led to think that he has lost every kind of devotion to the Lord. He has come to the place where he has nothing at all but naked faith.
There is also a struggle to read books - lose interest in Christian books. Most deal with Outer Court.
Does prayer return? Yes. Resurrection life is central to the Holy of Holies. Characteristics of resurrected prayer: marvelous ease, a devotion which is sweet, gentle and very much in spirit and always IN GOD.
10. TWO DOORS: GATE = death to the WORLD; still much of the flesh present; DOOR OF 'TENT' = death to the FLESH.
We sing "He is Lord". He is Savior and Lord. However, the fullness of His LORDSHIP occurs only when we experience "The Great Death" and die to the flesh. Later, in the 'tent', He truly has COMPLETE LORDSHIP. "HE IS LORD!"
10. ABIDING IN HIM [KEY 3]: Process of "losing oneself in God".
ORDINARY. Not all these people are unknown. Your Lord draws people to these believers and they are often able to communicate life to others. They naturally win others over to Jesus Christ.
Part of being totally abandoned to Him means that one does not evaluate how he is being used by God. As Christ becomes rooted in a believer more deeply, that one is less self-conscious about his relationship to God.
GROWING: Let your spirit be ENLARGED to greater and greater degrees. The process of "losing oneself in God" happens in different degrees in different people. Every person can be completely full. But some have larger capacities than others.
11. COVERINGS: 4 layers of CLOTH and weatherproof LEATHER
a. finest WHITE linen embroidered in BLUE, SCARLET and PURPLE. Figures of cherubim with outstretched wings.
b. blanket of GOAT'S HAIR
c. blanket of RAM'S SKINS dyed a deep crimson RED colour
d. LEATHER of "porpoise" (sea cow) skins - drab, dull and bluish gray, no colourful beauty
Hanukkah Kislev 24th until Tevet 2nd.
This year Hanukkah begins the night of December 11th.
The Feast of Dedication” or Hanukkah, -- you will not find this Holiday in Lev. 23 with the seven Feasts of the Lord. But we find it in John 10:22 and other places as well. I think it may be necessary to do a little history here before going on; this will not be a history lesson, just a little background.
The time was around 167 BC or, if you’re Jewish--BCE. Prior to this date a young ruler named Alexander the Great, ruled the entire ancient world. This period of time is referred to as “the Hellenistic period” (Greeks). His untimely death caused a power struggle and four of his generals split up the kingdom. The one that ended up with Israel was Antiochus IV. This new Ruler of Israel commanded everyone to convert to Hellenism (Greek Metrology) and the Greek values that he held. Many did, even many of the Jews of the land because they found it to be a very civilized way of life.
But, there were those Jews who held close to the Torah and God’s way of worship and refused to embrace Hellenism. In fact, Antiochus gave the Jews an ultimatum, to either give up their distinctive customs, such as worshipping on the Sabbath (Saturday), Circumcision, and Kosher Laws, or die.
One of the first things Antiochus did was to desecrate the Holy Temple. He ordered the utensils, such as the Menorah, Altar, and Table to be defiled and torn down. Then to be certain that he had accomplished his job, he ordered a pig to be sacrificed on the holy altar [Brazen Altar]. After doing all of that, he order that a Greek god Zeus be worshiped in the Temple.
When Antiochus heard that the people were murmuring and talking about revolt against him, he marched his troops to a town in the foothills called Modi’in. His plan was to erect a false god in the city and force the people to worship it. Modi’in was the home of a priest named Mattathias who had five sons. He and his sons revolted and killed the soldiers and began the revolt against this evil ruler. One of Mattathias’s sons was Judah, and he became the new leader and was quickly nicknamed “Maccabee” (the Hammer in Hebrew). To bring this piece of history to a close we will just report that Maccabee and his men defeated the Greek armies and got rid of Antiochus.
The Maccabees now faced the task of restoring the Temple for Jewish worship to their Holy God. They cleansed the Temple and restored the furnishings. There was special attention given to the Menorah, for it symbolized the Light of God. They restored it and when they went to light it, they found there was a problem. This Menorah could only be used with special oil, and it took eight days to prepare such oil. They found enough of this special oil to burn only one day. To celebrate the victory of the battle fought for their religious liberty, they decided to light the Menorah anyway and allow the light of God to shine forth with its glory, even if but for a day. But God gave them a miracle, and the oil lasted eight days, until the new oil was made ready. So today we have the eight days of the Feast of Dedication “Hanukkah.” It is also why you will see a nine branch Menorah instead of seven in most Jewish homes. It represents the miracle of the eight days the oil burned; the ninth branch (in the center) is the Shamash (Servant Lamp), which represents the Messiah.
There are many customs and traditions that brings one closer to God and understanding of His greatness associated with this holiday, but I want to keep this as short as possible. Each night for eight nights a candle is lighted. The Shamash (the center) is always lit first, for it is from the Messiah that all light flows. It is then used to light each candle for the eight nights. Blessing is said and songs about Hanukkah sung. Gifts are given to the children each of the eight nights. During the lighting of the Shamash and the other candles are lit with the Shamash, the following blessings are said. I will try to write the Hebrew in English letters for you, I hope I do it correctly.
A little advice in lighting the candles, you place them in the Menorah from right to left, but you light them with the Shamash from left to right.
BARUKH ATAH ADONAI ELOHENU MELEKH HA-OLAM, ASHER KIDSHANU B’MITZVOHTAV L’HADLEEK NER, SHEL HANUKKAH.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has set us apart by your commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of Hanukkah.
So after lighting the candles and singing the Hanukkah songs, you set down for a festive meal, each night for eight nights.
[Jerry Golden Extract]
EARTHQUAKE in THE CHURCH - a Word -by Phil Buck. January 27, 2010 - Prayer time for the Church, at our home.
I heard a word in my mind saying, There’s coming an earthquake of the magnitude 7.0 that was experienced in Haiti, only it is coming to the Church. I have sent many warnings down through the portals of time, that this day was coming, and now is here, even at the door. The earthquake will start from outside the Church, and then will permeate the Church from within. Prepare, prepare, there will be destruction as would never have been imagined. The rubble of the buildings of man will crumble to the ground. The teachings of man will have come full circle. There will be people that have bought into the man system and will be destroyed in the rubble of the collapse, some spiritually and others both spiritually and physically. For they have believed a lie and will suffer the consequences of their doing. Of those that have escaped, I see a long line extending beyond my vision to see. They are the walking wounded from all religious persuasions, that were not caught up totally in the man-centered religious system of beliefs. But being exposed to the system has left its mark in various forms on each one. I see this line in my minds eye, people lined up at the entrance to a white tent.
This is where they are coming to receive life spiritual life from inside the tent. Those inside the tent are like doctors and nurses, ministering to the wounded, hurting spirits of each one. As they help them heal, with the proper perspective and focus of the gifts they have to offer, then they are sent from the tent whole and ready to minister to others as they were ministered to. "Now behold the ones on the inside of the tent, before they stepped inside the tent they had nothing to offer in and of themselves, but as they stepped in they received the power to work the works for which I have call them to. This is a special people that have closed themselves up with me. Yes, and some have been in preparation all their lives for this time and this mission". "I want you to see those in the tent, for they are those that have given everything to Me. These are they that this day I’m calling my people to come out of the religious systems of man and into the marvelous light of my Son Jesus. Will you be counted as numbered among those in the tent? Or will you be one of the many in the long line?" "Come away with me this day and give your all to me for the line is long and is now just beginning to form. They need your gifts, your love & your sacrifice of service. Will you be there for them? Or will you be among them?"
-Phil Buck, Indiana, USA.
Liberty does not simply come from losing "religious inhibitions." Stage diving and charismatic praise and dancing and shouting is not Christian liberty! This may come as a surprise to many.
Liberty comes through "The Great Death." Today, many in the church go to lengths trying to explain away the Book of Job. Job is an embarrasment to them and does not fit in with their theology. They maintain that Job confessed negatively and brought the trouble upon himself. Yet the Book of Job is the key to the deeper life in Jesus. It is the way toward maturity in Christ.
Job portrays "The Great Death" - the shutting of the door of the tent. God stripped Job of everything - his worldly goods, his wealth, his children, his health. This represents the stripping of of his gifts, his works, his ministry, etc. Then God restored Job. Resurrection. Resurrection means that one has the ability to do that which he was able to do before he died. However, Job was different afterwards. How was Job different?
Differences were seen in his disposition toward THINGS, WORKS and a new found JOY.
No longer was he attached to THINGS. Remember that the Outer Court is concerned with things. The tent is all about Jesus. He does not use things as he once did. Everything now is done in God. He uses things as he needs to. However, he will not possess things as he formerly did.
Concerning WORKS, one will find it difficult to do the works that one did before. Some works will remain but will be done in a different way. No longer in the flesh but in God. What men see as the work of God is very different from what God sees as the work of God. He will see see things from a different point of view. Works will be easily - almost naturally - done through the Presence of God. Liberty will be there.
A JOY will be present. A great joy that goes beyond the strange fire of the Toronto movement. This is a joy that is almost imperceptible. It is constant as a state rather than an experience. Fear is no longer present. One does not fear the cross anymore. Driving desires are not there anymore. Craving for things have largely gone.
(No longer - bound, cannot pray, deep fears, deep struggles of guilt - removed through "The Great Death.")
THE MARK OF THE CROSS [GAL 6:17]
Today, most Christians know not the cross at all. They see transformation into the image of Christ as simply conforming their lives to the Word of God. In other words, they ignore the deeper work and transformation. They are on the surface spiritual people, but no deep work has been done in their lives. They are not truly spiritual. They only appear to men to be spiritual.
Remember, I mentioned before that Malachi speaks of the soap and the refining fire as the two methods of purifying His children. Taking up His cross allows the deep work of God to begin taking place. It is a life long transformation beginning when one first begins to yield to the Lord.
The cross is more on the surface - very important, take great delight in - for quite some time in the believer's journey. The desire for the cross can be rather strong. Later it becomes deeper and more hidden. It becomes the almost unconscious principle of your soul. All your hidden thoughts and innermost actions are under the cross's work. Transformation takes place from internal to external.
Taking up His cross implies that he sees God in ALL of his circumstances. In other works, he sees that the cross comes from the hand of the Lord; and not from the hand of man nor circumstances. Each moment - no matter what it holds - is from His hand. The sacrament of the present moment. The realm of eternity. The God who IS.
A Christian who has progressed this far no longer speaks much of visions, prophecies and revelations. This is more the realm of the Prophetic Movement today, always seeking the word of the Lord. The Christian who has known the cross fully and understands what it means that the cross has become Christ* does not speak much of visions, prophecies and revelations.
He has a pure and simple childlike faith. He sees Jesus and Him alone. He also sees everything differently ... as through the eyes of God! He appears ordinary to a casual observer; but under closer inspection he is very different from other mortals. He is just like the shoe-leather exterior of the tent; but has treasures within.
*The cross will work the work of God in you. But now the work of God will bring the cross to you, and the cross will bring the Lord Himself to you [Guyon].
REMAINING FAITHFUL - WHAT IS REQUIRED?
Live in the present moment and let each event unfold without adding of subtracting from it. i.e. let the cross have its full work done in your life
Only allow God to move you. What must you DO? Nothing. Nothing of self or own effort. Nothing in the flesh or in faith.
[Quotations from Guyon]
The WASHTUB VISION
-Hollie L. Moody.
Several months ago, I felt impressed of the Lord to read repeatedly
1 Kings 17:1 and 18:1, 41-45. As I wondered and pondered why these verses of Scripture seemed so compelling to me, my attention was once again drawn to 1 Kings 18:1; in particular, where it reads: "And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah..."
As I finished reading this verse of Scripture, the Lord began to speak to my heart.
"Did Elijah stop being a prophet when My word wasn't coming to him?" The Lord asked me.
This question from the Lord struck my heart and took my breath away. I myself had been enduring a time of great silence from the Lord. Yet even though the silence from the Lord was distressing in many ways, I continued to feel the Lord's presence with me.
Over the past several months, it was as if one tragedy after another was striking my family and loved ones. There were numerous stressful situations occurring at the same time.
A spirit of intense weariness settled upon my heart. I usually felt as if I were bracing myself for the next blow to strike.
As I continued to seek the Lord for answers and direction, I had a very strange vision. This vision was so strange to me that I almost dismissed it as silly and unimportant. Yet, it haunted my thoughts. After some time, I felt clarity from the Lord in regard to this simple, "silly" vision.
I would like to share this vision, and what the Lord spoke to me in regard to this vision, with others; especially those prophets of the Most High God who also may be enduring tragedies and/or a time of silence from the Lord.
In the vision, I saw a long line of silent men and women.
Each of the men and women had on a brown cape that touched the ground and they were staring ahead intently.
I glanced in the direction the men and women were looking to see what they were staring at. To my surprise, I saw a large washtub such as was used in bygone days to wash clothes. Hovering over the washtub, I saw an immense hand.
I watched as each of the men and women approached the washtub. The large hand plucked up each man and woman one by one, and very deliberately placed that person (still wrapped within their brown cape) inside the washtub. Then began what I can only describe as a "wash cycle."
During this time of being "washed," each of the men and women were being swirled madly around within the washtub.
Soap and water were in their eyes, ears and even in their mouths. The hand also "scrubbed" each of the men and women on a scrubber, then would place them back into the soapy, turbulent water.
As I continued to watch all of this, I became aware of the soft murmuring of a voice. I couldn't make out the words that were being spoken, but the sound of the voice was gentle and soothing. At the end of the wash cycle, the men and women appeared absolutely exhausted.
Then began the "rinse cycle." The wash water was drained from the washtub, and clean water added. A bucket appeared grasped in the large hand. I watched as the large hand repeatedly poured bucketful after bucketful of water over each of the soapy men and women.
The voice continued to murmur gently and soothingly to the men and women, but with the soap and now the water in their ears, they didn't seem able to hear the sound of the voice.
At the end of the "rinse cycle," I watched as the large hand set the bucket aside, grasped each of the men and women one by one, and placed them into an old fashioned wringer.
I gasped with dismay as I saw each of the men and women being completely flattened and having the water pressed from them as they were put through this wringer. Then, the men and women were placed gently into a basket. By the time this entire process was completed, the men and women were totally limp and exhausted.
Then another hand appeared so that there was now a set of large hands. The hands reached into the basket and gently removed the men and women one by one. The set of hands carried each man and woman to a clothesline and began to "hang" the men and women on the clothesline.
As I stared at the men and women hanging on the clothesline, I saw that each of them had their eyes closed; almost as if they had fallen asleep after the ordeal they had just endured.
I then began to faintly hear the sound of a gentle breeze. This breeze seemed to envelope each of the men and women, and they were gently swaying back and forth on the clothesline. As the breeze gently blew on the men and women, the soft voice continued to murmur to them.
Gradually, the men and women seemed to become aware of the sound of the voice. They opened their eyes, began to slowly look around them, and became more alert.
The hands then took each of the men and women down from the clothesline. The men and women stood silently, as if waiting for something to happen. I realized that during this whole process, not one of the men or women had resisted, or even spoken.
As I stared at the men and women, I saw them become quietly animated. I noticed they were each staring off into the distance at something. I turned to see what it was they were gazing at, and saw a small cloud. The small cloud appeared as if from over the horizon. Then, each of the men and women set off towards the small cloud, and the vision ended.
As I continuously thought upon this vision, the Lord began to speak to me about it.
"Do you know who the men and women are?" The Lord asked me.
"No, Lord," I replied.
"They are My prophets," the Lord replied. "To one degree or another, I have been taking My prophets through a time of being purified and cleansed. For some of them, this process is quite open and apparent. For others, it is hidden and is being accomplished in secret and in isolation. For all of them, though, it is painful; for all within them that is impure or unclean is being laid open and is being dealt with and cleansed."
"Why, Lord?" I asked.
"For the coming days ahead," the Lord replied. "As I have been dealing with My prophets, so will I also be dealing with each of My children. When this cleansing process comes upon each of My children, My prophets will be there to aide in this process."
"What is the purpose of this process, Lord?" I asked.
"I am moving in a different manner than I have before," the Lord answered. "I am speaking differently. Each of My prophets, and also each of My children, must be attuned to the changes in the way I am moving and speaking. If they are not attuned to these changes, they will overlook and miss My purpose and My will, and what it is I desire to see accomplished."
"And what is it that You desire to see accomplished, Lord?"
"I desire for My prophets to not only speak My word," the Lord replied. "I desire them to also have a solution to the word I give them to speak, and to know through My Spirit how to apply the interpretation of My word to them."
I felt confused by this answer.
"You do not understand, child?" The Lord asked me. I admitted that I did not.
"When I speak a word of warning or of coming calamity to one of My prophets," the Lord explained, "not only do I desire that prophet to speak forth the word of warning, I desire them to also have a solution to the coming calamity. Speaking forth My word is no longer totally acceptable to Me," the Lord said. "I would also have My prophets to become so mature in Me that they will also have clear direction for others in regard to the word I speak to them. Now do you understand?"
"Yes, Lord," I replied.
"The cleansing process for My prophets and also for My children,"
the Lord continued, "is for them to come to maturity. When they are mature, then will I arise with total strength and glory in the midst of My people.
The danger, though, during this process is that of My prophets and My children becoming dejected and overwhelmed by the situations I will and have been bringing upon them, and for them to quit. Another danger is that of not restoring and strengthening those who I will expose during the cleansing process. Before there is a cleansing of the flesh, there is first a decaying of the flesh. Whenever the flesh is decaying, there is a stench. The stench of the flesh decaying for many of My prophets and My children will be offensive to many others, yet it is not My desire for their backs to be turned upon those who are going through the decaying process.
This is a very delicate time spiritually for My prophets and eventually for My children," the Lord continued. "Souls hang in the balance, and it will be through the maturity of My prophets and then of My children, that the fate of these souls will be
decided." (-Feb 25th, 2005).
WHY The 'WILDERNESS'?
The 'wilderness' is not a concept that is understood too well in Christendom, despite the fact that it is all the way through the Bible. From the book of Genesis right through Revelation there are clear references to the 'wilderness' as being something God often employs in His dealings with men. The pattern is undeniable.
When we look through the Scriptures we see that the wilderness is often a place of spiritual "crisis" and also preparation. It is the place God sends us before the "real action" begins - before we enter into the full purposes of God in our lives. There must be 'death' before there can be resurrection. There must be a desert place before the "promised land".
The wilderness is a place of trial and testing, of brokenness and full surrender to God. The props and activities that have kept us continually striving to "make things happen" are stripped away.
Our self-reliance is shattered and replaced with a total reliance on God alone. Every "idol" in our lives (often including our own ministry) is brought under the piercing searchlight of God. Our selfish motives and ambitions are shown for what they are. This process may take years. Finally we emerge broken, chastened and purified. The process has matured and cleansed us in so many ways. We are now ready for the fulfillment of all that God originally called us to do. But our heart-motives are vastly different from what they were before.
We see this pattern all the way through Scripture. Many lessons can be learned from what we read there. Abraham, Joseph, Joshua, Moses, David, Elijah, John the Baptist, Paul the apostle - and even Jesus Himself - all had to go through this "wilderness" experience.
Very often it lasted for years and years. Why then should we be surprised if it happens to us?
Probably the best-known instance of a 'wilderness experience' in the Old Testament is the story of Moses and the children of Israel.
Moses had been raised and trained all his life in the palaces of Egypt. But when he came face-to-face with his heritage as an Israelite, he rose up "in his own strength" and killed an Egyptian slave-driver. He was then forced to flee into the desert, where he was to spend 40 YEARS as a simple shepherd in the wilderness.
What an enormous length of time! Imagine if every Christian leader had to spend that long in the wilderness before God would allow them to lead His people! It is almost impossible to imagine the depths of despair and "death" to all his dreams and hopes that Moses went through during this time. In fact, after 40 years it is hard to imagine anyone being "deader" to the usual ambitions and temptations of leadership than Moses would have been. And what PATIENCE these years of waiting must have produced in him!
We see here the lengths that God will go to in the "preparation"
of a leader "after His own heart." (-Though 40 years is unusually long). The isolation, the chafing, the crying out to God for deliverance
- all play their part. Such an experience is almost irreplaceable.
That is why God uses it so often. The hearts of driven men are so similar in so many ways, that God's "cure" becomes similar also!
He will even shut us up in a kind-of 'prison' for a time so we cannot escape the process. It is that important. He does not want 'self'- oriented leaders shepherding his precious sheep.
After his 40 years of preparation, Moses returned to Egypt at God's command to lead His people out of bondage. This was the beginning of the entire nation of Israels' wilderness experience. For when they left Egypt the only way to their "Promised Land" was through the desert. Some commentators say that in a straight line, their journey could have taken just a few weeks or less. But because of their disobedience and fear, the vast majority of those who left Egypt were destined to die in the desert, never reaching the Promised Land. In fact, their wilderness journey ended up taking 40 years!
Now we need to take special note of this fact:- Not everyone who entered the wilderness survived it. In fact, multitudes perished there.
The wilderness tried them and found them wanting. They went to the place of testing and failed the test. This is a pretty crucial fact to realize in our day also. Just because we are "called out" and enter a wilderness time, does not mean that we will embrace the dealings of God and respond appropriately. It is entirely possible to lose everything out there. These people lost out completely.
Only their children came through to inherit the promises of God.
How clearly we see this pattern over and over again - in both the Old Testament and the New:- That many whom God wants to one day use are sent into a place of aloneness and brokenness before being brought into their true destiny. We have not even mentioned heroes of God such as Noah, Jacob, Job and others who all had similar experiences. Part of this process lies in the "waiting" that takes place. Also, the fact that all the supporting 'props' are taken away. The "waiting" alone can be torture.
The wilderness also deals with any fear of man or 'systemized'
way of looking at things. God often uses it to bring a whole fresh perspective, which is very important for leaders who are going to be representing a "new" approach or facing opposition because of the confrontational words that they are bringing. The lonely desert years give them backbone to stand up to the crowd or the powers- that-be, and declare God's truth without compromise. They now truly fear God rather than man. And they think differently from others. The wilderness is vital for anyone who is wanting to bring fresh manna to God's people.
Are you someone who has been going through such a "desert"
experience, my friend? Be encouraged! Look up, for your deliverance draws nigh. God only ever sends His children through such experiences when there is a great purpose to it. Don't give up. Don't be cast down. On the other side lies a 'land of promise' if only you can hang on to Jesus. Be active, be praying, be prepared. Don't become "passive" and let the desert swallow you whole. Use this time to draw closer and closer to Jesus. Dig down and plant your feet firmly on the Rock. Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up in due time - if only you can cling to Him.
TESTIMONIES of THE WILDERNESS - Powerful
"Very good point about the desert being able to swallow you whole if you aren’t clinging to Jesus. My wilderness is 11 years and counting. The last few months I’ve tried to ‘go to sleep’ and ignore things, be inactive, and just sit down and play in the dirt til Jesus comes because I’m tired and sad. But this has only served to make me more tired and more sad, and very parched.
“She who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives” is what comes to mind. Thank you for this timely word to warn, but also to encourage and show that this pain has a great purpose."
"I have been in extreme darkness and earthly loneliness for 19yrs now. I don`t hope to come out some famous kind of person, but my hope is that the world around me will know and see Christ in me.
My face is set hard towards Him, because He is my only Hope. He has been everything to me over these years. My mother, father, sister,brother, uncle, aunt, grandma, cousin, best friend…..He has been the anchor of my soul and my Rock who causes me to be steadfast. I encourage every child of His to begin every day as if looking from the grave, then we can come to some kind of true eternal perspective. It`s because of Him that I am able to be more than a conqueror in this world. Even in this `desert“ His yoke is easy and His burden is light. It`s the glory and the agony. Amen!"
"I was especially encouraged by some of the last words, “hang on to Jesus. Be active, be praying, be prepared. Don’t become “passive” and let the desert swallow you whole… Dig down and plant your feet firmly on the Rock. Humble yourself before the Lord… cling to Him.”
What I felt this winter (just before leaving “the prophetic movement” here in Norway) was that a lot of stuff/material under my feet vanished, and so my feet came to touch the solid ground, the Rock, Jesus Christ, and I got to experience God’s grace. So that’s something I can relate to. “Cling to Him” has been some of the most important Bible words for me even though I can’t seem to fix it. But it’s true what you just wrote, that our self-reliance becomes shattered and is to be replaced by a total reliance in God…"
"While 40 years may be on the long end of the wilderness time scale, it is certain that it is longer than 6 months. It seems so many ‘preachers’ (Todd Bentley comes to mind) were barely ’saved’ before they exploded on the scene with their ‘anointing.’
And when these ‘preachers’ get caught in sin, six months to a year and you can recover from anything from adultery to homosexuality and be back leading the flock. Is it any wonder that they are leading people into deception?? How many cults were started by people who suddenly went from saved to prophet in six months or less?? And hundreds, maybe even thousands of people follow them, because they are not rooted and grounded in the WORD."
"It’s very strengthening to know this is the “normal” experience for any believer wanting to move on from maturity to holiness, God is not picking on any of us – in fact the highway of holiness is found in the wilderness. In answer to the question, how important is the wilderness, I would say there is no way around it, some kind of wilderness is really the cross whereby we are conformed increasingly into the image of our Saviour as we bear His reproach.
My wilderness began about 23 years ago and seems at different seasons it has had layer upon layer added to it, wish I could say I have suffered nobly, but no, I have just suffered as messily as suffering always is. Lately I’ve been getting somewhat resigned and it’s worrying me a little whether this is a normal phase or if I’m getting passive as you mentioned in the article, or maybe just older! For sure I’m more at rest in the Lord than I’ve ever been, trusting in His sovereignty, but I’ve experienced the death of my dreams and visions and am having to encourage myself that the Lord will resurrect what is of Him. How I pray for all the precious believers here, that the Lord will uphold, encourage and strengthen and be near to all who are suffering according to His perfect will…may the Lord bless you all!"
"Yes, 'tis true, when God gives a vision, He will take a saint through the three stages of it: birth, death and supernatural fulfillment. Abram, Joseph, Moses, even the apostles had to go through the stages. To me, the problem seems to be the waiting, not knowing when.
Abram did not know he had to wait 25 years for the son of promise – Isaac; Joseph did not know he would go into a pit, prison, before his dreams realized, let alone see his father again after 22 years in Egypt. Even the apostles did not know if Jesus would resurrect, even though He told them that He would. They could not see the Messiah dying. Most of the O.T. prophets portrayed the Messiah in his glory. They could not see the church. She was hidden.
I guess faith is the key. “Without faith, it is impossible to please him; ..”(Hebrews 11:6) Even the apostle Paul was in the desert/ wilderness of Arabia for 3 years, God straightening out his theology. “…but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.” (Galatians 1:17) Christ was tested in the wilderness.
All the while we are waiting for God, Satan will try to get us to fulfill the vision with human effort. Prime example: Hagar, the Egyptian maid bore Ishmael. But the wilderness is a lonely place. I can attest."
"In this American culture of youth, the maturation process and the years required for the growth of wisdom is often disparaged.
People do not want to wait, and they fear old age. But God used Moses when he was 80 to lead a congregation of over 3 million; God used Caleb at 80 to conquer the Promised Land. Others were mightily used of God in older ages, so we can see that waiting in the wilderness brings increase in many areas, including patience, wisdom, longsuffering, endurance, and humility. Now that I’m 70, having spent years in the desert, literally taking care of cows and sheep, God is allowing me to travel and minister in foreign lands, in ways I’d often dreamed about, but was not free to follow. He knows our days, He is our strength, and the time in the wilderness is important for our eventual testimony. Thanks...
for the words of encouragement."
by Francis Frangipane
According to the Scriptures, Moses was "educated in all the learning of the Egyptians." Indeed, as a prince in Egypt, Moses had grown to be a "man of power in words and deeds" (Acts 7:22). Thus, it is hard to equate this eloquent and cultured man with the stammering shepherd who, at 80 years old, was overwhelmed with his inadequacies, so much so that he pleaded with God to choose someone else.
Consider: The Lord took a self-assured world leader and reduced his opinion of himself until he possessed no confidence. And it was in this state of mind that God decided to use him. Having been thoroughly convinced of his unfitness for leadership, Moses was now qualified to lead.
Remarkably, the Lord would ultimately reveal Himself to Moses (and all Israel as well) as Jehovah-Rapha: "I am the Lord that healeth thee." Yes, God is our healer, yet there are times when God's hands wound before they heal. Indeed, He must cripple our self-confidence before we truly become God-confident. He breaks and drains us of pride so that we, who were once full of self, might instead be filled with God.
The Lord called Moses to return to Egypt as His spokesman. In response Moses pleaded, "Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue" (Ex. 4:10).
Never been eloquent? What about Egypt? "Moses the Eloquent" has become "Moses the Stammerer." The identity of a sophisticated leader, a prince who knew the highest tiers of Egyptian culture, no longer functions in Moses. God has so humbled His servant that he cannot even remember his days of powerful words and mighty deeds. Moses has only one memory of Egypt: failure.
For Moses, the very mention of the word Egypt floods his mind with weakness; Moses fears returning to the place of his humiliation, especially as a leader. Yet, God has not called him to be a leader, but a servant. And, to be a servant, one need not be eloquent, but obedient.
It Was God's Idea
Moses is sure his particular weakness, stammering, will disqualify him. How can a man who cannot speak clearly speak for God? Yet, not only is the Lord unhindered by human weakness, He asks, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?" (Ex. 4:11). Amazingly, the Lord not only accommodates Moses' condition, He takes credit for it!
It is a profound thought: God stripped Moses of his worldly place and training, burdened him with a heavy and slow tongue, and then commanded him to serve Him in this specific area of weakness: speaking!
The Lord could have instantly healed Moses! He could have given him oratorical skills greater than what he possessed in Egypt, but He did nothing to cure Moses. In fact, the slow speech is God's idea!
Perhaps we have spent too much time blaming the devil for certain limitations that actually have their origins in God. Yet, what truly matters with the Almighty is not the eloquence of our words, but His power to fulfill them. It's a fitting combination: stammering words backed up with immutable power. "I...will be with your mouth" (Ex. 4:12). This is the alliance that makes for victory.
Why is the Lord so attracted to the lowly? He knows the weaker His servant, the more genuinely he will praise God for the work He accomplishes.
So the Lord kept Moses weak, and He maintained His servant’s sense of dependancy throughout the wilderness sojourning. Forget Charlton Heston’s portrayal of Moses with perfect articulation, there is no record of God having healed Moses’ stammer. Standing before the regalia of Pharaoh's court, Moses spoke with the same stammering tongue that began to afflict him in his old age. Later, at the Red Sea, when the horses and chariots of Pharaoh's army cornered the fleeing Hebrews, Moses lifted his voice and, with struggling lips, proclaimed, "Sta-sta-stand st-still a-a-and see th-the s-s-salvation of the L-L-Lord!"
Who would not be tempted to plead, "Hurry Lord; heal his stutter!" Yet, the Red Sea parted. God was never troubled by His servant's flawed oratory skills.
This is the glory of the cross: self is crucified so that Christ may be revealed in power.
The fact is, the Lord deliberately seeks those who know their flaws. Paul testifies that "God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong. . .the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God" (1 Cor. 1:27-29).
"That no man may boast before God." May the revelation of God liberate us from human vanity. The truth of God is this: Our weaknesses are an asset. God has chosen us, not because of our strength, but because we are weak. I am not talking about our sinfulness, but that our weaknesses and lack of pedigree do not disqualify us from being used by God.
I am not saying we shouldn’t seek God to heal our weaknesses, let us pray and believe Him! But let us also not excuse ourselves from God's calling because of our weakness. You see, before the Almighty, we each are nothing, and we can do nothing of lasting value apart from Him. It is in our lowliness that God's glory rises to its greatest heights.
Perhaps your last place of service to the Lord seemed to be a complete failure. Yet, it is possible that the Lord has simply been making you perfectly weak, that He might manifest Himself perfectly strong within you.
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From "WHY REVIVAL TARRIES" - Powerful!
-by Leonard Ravenhill.
Today God is bypassing men -- not because they are too ignorant, but because they are too self-sufficient. Brethren, our abilities are our handicaps, and our talents our stumbling blocks!
Elijah lived with God. He thought about the nation's sin like God; he grieved over sin like God; he spoke against sin like God. He was all passion in his prayers and passionate in his denunciation of evil in the land. He had no smooth preaching. Passion fired his preaching, and his words were on the hearts of men as molten metal on their flesh.
Brethren, if we will do God's work in God's way, at God's time, with God's power, we shall have God's blessing and the devil's curses. When God opens the windows of heaven to bless us, the devil will open the doors of hell to blast us. God's smile means the devil's frown! Mere preachers may help anybody and hurt nobody; but prophets will stir everybody and madden somebody.
The preacher may go with the crowd; the prophet goes against it.
A man freed, fired, and filled with God will be branded unpatriotic because he speaks against his nation's sins; unkind because his tongue is a two-edged sword; unbalanced because the weight of preaching opinion is against him.
Ah! brother preachers, we love the old saints, missionaries, martyrs,
reformers: our Luthers, Bunyans, Wesleys, Asburys, etc. We will write their biographies, reverence their memories, frame their epitaphs, and build their monuments. We will do anything except imitate them . We cherish the last drop of their blood, but watch carefully the first drop of our own!
Oh, my ministering brethern! Much of our praying is but giving God advice. Our praying is discolored with ambition, either for ourselves or for our denomination. Perish the thought! Our goal must be God alone. It is His honor that is defiled, His blessed Son who is ignored, His laws broken, His name profaned, His book forgotten, His house made a circus of social efforts.
God's problem today is not communism, nor yet Romanism, nor liberalism, nor modernism. God's problem is -- dead fundamentalism!.
"So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of my mouth." - Rev. 3:16