August 10, 2000
Last night, I got a real eye-opener in the Word of God at the teaching of the prophet Juanita Bynum.
All this week I've been drawing nearer to the Lord at the Word Explosion services at the Mabee Center in Tulsa OK. We've had great teachings by Benny
Hinn, Jerry Savelle and Jesse DuPlantis, and am looking forward to Marilyn Hickey, Creflo Dollar, John
Bevere, Leroy Thompson and others the rest of the week.
The Lord sent Juanita to the city of Tulsa with a specific word for the body of Christ that was incredibly powerful.
The root scripture is Daniel 10:1-12 and really centers on the interaction that we as Christians have when we hear the voice of the Lord.
You see, Daniel received a message and the Lord showed himself to Daniel to give him the understanding of the message. Daniel had been fasting (serious fasting, no food at all) for 21 days in order to purge himself of all the needs of flesh so that he could totally depend on God and gain the Spiritual food that he needed.
When the Lord showed himself to Daniel, the presence was so overpowering that he had no strength and while he heard the sound of the words he fell into a deep sleep and was face down to the ground.
The Lord gave him the strength to raise up and receive the revelation of the message.
The whole issue here is the issue of really hearing the voice of God.
The majority of the body of Christ hasn't really heard the voice of God clearly. Nor have we really dedicated ourselves to God totally. We don't set aside the daily prayer time, seek Him as urgently as we should, and we wonder why our prayers don't get answered.
Daniel 10:12 says;
"Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words"
We have to humble ourselves, stop feeding our flesh and start feeding our spirit on the Word of God and prayer. 15 minutes of worship and prayer just won't cut it.
God gave us His best. We should give Him the same. He knows it and will honor true submission and desire for His presence.
I tell you that if you clearly hear the voice of God Almighty, the Creator of all things, you would not have the strength in your body to even lift your head. He has to shield Himself from us because of our iniquity.
The Christian person needs to grow in Christ and dedicate themselves to Him. We need to purge ourselves totally and set Him first in all areas of our life. One statement made last night was..."If you can still look in your past and see yourself the way you used to be, then you haven't gone far enough or deep enough with God."
Something happened during this sermon; The Holy Spirit came to the meeting and the power of the anointing was so strong that some were lying prostrate on the floor, while others just stood weeping. I could not move and just sat in my seat and
worshipped in the Holy Spirit. I didn't even have the strength to lift my
hands. I don't know how long this lasted but know that I didn't get to bed until
after 11:30 last night.
The power of the Holy Spirit is awesome and is going to get stronger as we learn
to receive it. We need to learn to die to ourselves, not worry about what our
flesh needs or wants and give total focus on Jesus and allow Him to reach us.
This morning I was continuing to reflect on last night and the Lord led me to
the following scripture;
The Watchman and His Message
God's Dealings Are Just
1 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 "Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them:
"When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man
from their territory and make him their watchman,
3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns
4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the
sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head.
5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall
be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life.
6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and
the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among
them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the
7 "So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel;
therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.
8 When I say to the wicked, "O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you
do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his
iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
9 Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn
from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
10 "Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: "Thus you
say, "If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in
them, how can we then live?"'
11 Say to them: "As I live,' says the Lord GOD, "I have no pleasure in
the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn,
turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?'
The Fairness of God's Judgment
12 "Therefore you, O son of man, say to the children of your people:
"The righteousness of the righteous man shall not deliver him in the day of
his transgression; as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall
because of it in the day that he turns from his wickedness; nor shall the
righteous be able to live because of his righteousness in the day that he sins.'
13 When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his
own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be
remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die.
14 Again, when I say to the wicked, "You shall surely die,' if he turns
from his sin and does what is lawful and right,
15 if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks
in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he
shall not die.
16 None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he
has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live.
17 "Yet the children of your people say, "The way of the LORD is not
fair.' But it is their way which is not fair!
18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he
shall die because of it.
19 But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and
right, he shall live because of it.
20 Yet you say, "The way of the LORD is not fair.' O house of Israel, I
will judge every one of you according to his own ways."
I'm still working all this out, but I felt compelled to publish this
Put your faith in Jesus and He'll show you the way. God is awesome!
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