Having Done All, To Stand

by John Jeffreys

Whitestone Convention January 2011

 

Luke 21:25-26

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

You might have stood outside a couple of weeks back and watched the moon turn red; something that had not happened since 1628 and will happen again at the end of this next 1,000 years; somewhere at the very end of the millennium.

When you look down through history, signs like that have taken place and have been extremely significant; and they are always right on time. I saw it turn red or a copperish color and I stood there in the silence of the snow and darkness. One thing I noticed, is that it didn’t last very long and it was over with. Things are shaking; there is no question about that.

Luke 21:28 and 36

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass (they shall come to pass just as quickly as it came to pass with that moon turning red) , and to stand (accounted worthy to stand) before the Son of man.

So nothing is on “automatic” here. I need to be accounted worthy , not of yours or my own estimation; I need to be approved unto God. Not to survive; not to get through; but to stand before the Son of man.

In Revelation 14:1, we see 144,000 standing and the Lamb standing in their midst. From that view point, in the next 2 ½ chapters—that’s how long it takes—all of Babylon is dismantled.

God is testing me and I am to watch therefore, and to pray always, and to look to Him that I might be accounted worthy to be found standing in this day.

Let’s look at the book of Ephesians, please. The book of Ephesians is one of the two most mature expressions of the church in the New Testament, along with the Colossians. I’m going to skim through some verses here.

Ephesians 1:4 …he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…

The word “chosen” is where we get the word “elect” from, which means “to reach into a volume and pick out a hand full for one’s self”. No one has any counsel or input into His doing that; He just does it and He did this before He threw down the foundation of the world.

Ephesians 1:4(b) …that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

That would be equated to standing before the Son of man.

Ephesians 1:5(a) Having predestinated us…

That means He has “limited us in advance”; He set and prepared our frame before He threw down the foundation of the earth. He knew our frame, our name, our generation, our time, our parentage, the color of our eyes, our uprisings and our down-sittings. It was all “bordered”—“limited in advance”. Because God in His foreknowledge knew what we would do; He knew what we would say to Him if He gave us the opportunity; He already knew that. The limitations were to bring us to that opportunity.

Ephesians 1:6(a) To the praise of the glory of his grace…

Ephesians 1:8 …he hath abounded toward us…

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself :

He did not purpose in a group; He did not take a vote; He simply purposed it in Himself.

Ephesians 1:10(a) That in the dispensation (administration) of the fullness of times he might gather together in one…

We are heading for a one-world government. Glory to God! It is His one-world government; that’s where this is going. The rest, He is just laughing at; He is laughing in the heavenlies! He has an administration that He is preparing to bring in.

Ephesians 1:10-11, 13-14

10 That in the dispensation (administration) of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated (limited in advance) according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will;

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth…ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 (We’ve received) the earnest (the engagement ring) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 And what is the exceeding (throwing beyond the mark; overthrowing) greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.

20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world (age) , but also in that which is to come:

22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church (ecclesia) ,

The “ecclesia” before Paul’s time meant those who were called out from their individual lives and called in to the “boule” (In ancient Greece, this was a council of citizens appointed to run daily affairs of the city)—into the “congress” of the nation. We have just not been called out , we’ve been called in to an administration and to be seated around His throne.

Ephesians 1: 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.

Isn’t it interesting that these Ephesians were one of the most mature expressions of the church and yet when Paul saw them in their order, where they were in the Spirit, their faith in the Lord Jesus, and their love to all the saints, then he began to pray for them that they would receive the Spirit of Revelation? We say, “Wait a minute, Paul, they already have the Baptism of the Spirit and they are moving in a good order.” And Paul says, “That’s right; that’s the foundation. I’m praying that they will receive the Spirit of Revelation; that they might know the hope of their calling and that they may know that hope is anchored in the mighty power ; the power of His might which raised Christ Jesus from the dead and set Him at the right hand of the Father on high.”

Paul is not saying that he prayed the Spirit of Revelation would come upon the elders. He did not say, “Once I heard of where you were in the Spirit, I started to pray that the traveling ministry coming through would receive the Spirit of Revelation.” No, it’s the Spirit of Revelation over every single member every single member. Out of that will come an expression of the measure that He has put in each one of us.

The Spirit of Revelation is not so that we can have a good word for the convention or when we travel; not so we can have a good word over the pulpit at home, or a great and mighty word for devotions. No, it goes way beyond that; it’s a Spirit of Revelation that we might know Him and see Him and know the strength of His power for one thing— to stand .

Verse 20 says that ‘He raised Him from the dead’; if you are like me, you have a mental picture of God raising the Lord from a prone position, but the emphasis of the word is not raising Him from a prone position; the emphasis of the word is that this power and might set Him on His feet! It set the Lord Jesus on His feet!

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

What God has done is set us on our feet! He has brought us into an upright position. It says that we can fall asleep in Ephesians 5 and lose the position, but if we do, it says:

Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

In other words, He has already raised me and put me on my feet and if I go back to sleep, I am the one who is responsible for getting back up and to stand up and He will give me light.

So as the book begins, so the book ends. If you go to Chapter 6—you are familiar with this, of course—you can see that it ends the same way that it begins. Remember, the issue is that I might be accounted worthy to stand before the Son of man. That I might be accounted worthy to stand before the Son of man. That is not off in the future; that I might be accounted worthy by the time this thing ends up; that I will be found standing before the Son of man! No; I want to be found standing now .

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

He is not asking us—He is not requiring us—He is not expecting us— to stand in our own strength . As a matter of fact, if we stand in our own strength, as a matter of determination, even our end-time determination, by our own will and by our own knowledge of the Word, we will be as one who thinks he is standing; that is not what we want. You are nodding your head because we have all been there where we thought that we are standing!

Peter thought he stood! He said, “Jesus, you just stop talking like that; I’m here! You are forgetting that; I’m here and as long as I’m here I’m going to take care of You!” He had a sword and did he mean what he said? Oh, yes! He meant it! He was standing— he thought .

This is the same one who when they bring him forth to crucify him in the coliseum, will say, “If you’re going to crucify me, I refuse to be crucified in the same position as my Master. Turn me upside down.” This is one who is unmoved by all these things, but not at the first; he thought he stood. It took the crowing of the rooster three times and Peter was totally devastated and went out and wept bitterly .

In the garden, Jesus speaks to Mary and said, “Don’t touch Me, Mary. I’m going to Galilee and you go tell My disciples and by the way, tell Peter…”. Peter, who is not standing, is down at the very bottom, which is the very best position to be, in order to stand!

The very best position to be in, is the reality of a knowing that I cannot do it on my own . If I can stand, then how in the world am I going to experience the power of His might? The power of His might comes to a company who knows they do not have any of it!

Therefore, he who thinks he stands— falls —so that he may understand what standing really is!

Therefore, failure and falling is an essential first step to learning this. The company that stands in Him will be leaning on Him!

When Peter stood up after that—when the Spirit came over him—he was fearless! Because he was standing in a power that was not his own!

Ephesians 6:10-11

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

The devil doesn’t want us standing and will convince us otherwise.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Those issues were mentioned in the first chapter of Ephesians, if you remember.

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand .

“Withstand” is face to face combat and then “standing” is to stand afterwards—to occupy.

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,

That is why we prepare ourselves for convention times; we want our ‘loins girt about with truth’. That girding does not come by someone else preaching it. You cannot be girded and I cannot be girded by preaching this message. It comes from a hearing relationship with Him! It comes in the realm of impartation. You can forget everything I have said, but when God tells you something, you never forget it! It becomes a part of you!

Like Brother Buddy said, ‘It’s not that you have to go through and memorize everything, but He’ll bring it to your memory.’ It’s now a part of you! It’s down inside of you!

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness:

The only time that we are righteous is when we are upright. The only time that I am upright , is either because I am trusting in my own works and I think that I stand; or, I am being held up by Him— held up by Him.

Ephesians 6:15-16

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all (above all of these items) , taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

The shield of faith—how can I pick up the shield of faith? Faith comes by hearing; it’s the hearing relationship that allows me to experience the shield of faith.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word (rhema) of God (His word spoken to me) .

His word spoken to me—so that every member might receive the Spirit of Revelation, so that there might be a personal encounter.

If we are in a time of failure and nothing has been working for us—all you see is failure; you actually are closer to the truth than otherwise. God is without respecter of persons; if I call on God with all my heart, He will hear me. If you call on Him with all of your heart—except unless you’re in the ages between—No! You call on Him with all of your heart and He will hear you!

This is what He wants! He wants every individual! That company of 144,000 was not leaning on one another! They were not holding onto one another! I have never seen a bunch of grapes, yet, that have little stems going from grape to grape. They are a bunch who each, individually, is joined to the Vine! That is what makes that bunch! Every single one of them is individually linked; it’s not going along for the ride! If you have one grape all by itself, it will not turn into a raisin—unless it disconnects from the Vine.

He is the One who will hold us up . If you look over in the book of Isaiah chapter 41, please.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

God is out to teach every single of us, including me, what it means to be upheld by Him and not to go on my own strength or my own confidence.

One thing that Peter was not lacking in was confidence. All that confidence had to be kicked out from under him in order for him to come to the true upholding. The Shulamite comes out of the wilderness leaning on her beloved. That is the picture.

Isaiah 41:13-14

13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob,

You see, “worm-ness” is a prerequisite! Yes! We qualify! You will never see a football team called the “Worms”! It doesn’t give the image! “Ah, we’re playing the Worms next week.” There is no “macho” about that!

Why would we ever be interested in being on a team of worms? If we are interested in crying that we might be found worthy to stand before the Son of man’, H e upholds that category of people.

Isaiah 42:1-2, 4

1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold ; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged…

Why is that? Because he is being upheld by the Lord! When I fall into any of those other things, I am not really trusting Him to hold me up. I can flip back to a form and try to recover in a form, but that will not do it.

You can stand in a form, but it’s the wrong form. That’s why Paul said in Galatians, ‘ stand therefore in the liberty —not the form—but, the liberty— that’s the word for “freedom” in the original Greek. It means “stand in the freedom of the Spirit”! The only way that I can, is not because I just decide to; it’s that I need to call and to cry unto Him!

Now back in Deuteronomy 4, Moses is speaking:

Deuteronomy 4:21-23

21 Furthermore the Lord was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance:

22 But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan : but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.

23(a) Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God…

Paul calls the two covenants, both the Old and the New, the ‘ covenants (plural) of promise’. Within that promise is a lively hope that He is going to finish exactly what He has started in you!

23(b) …which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee, for the Lord thy God is a consuming fire; even a jealous God.

I have seen from this chapter that what equates to an “image” is where I “leave off hearing”. Drop the hearing in your relationship with the Lord and what I am left with is just the hull—just the shell.

The reason Moses was not allowed to go over Jordan into the spiritual land is because “Moses” represents a realm that requires human performance . I must not go over into the land. But you are going over and don’t you forget the issue.” Because, you see, the performance is going to be from the Lord.

Deuteronomy 4:25-27

25(a) When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land ,

Long in the land—hundreds of years? No, usually “moves” of God last about as long as—this one. Then they petrify. How? They go from reality and slip into a form . If God does not intervene, that is exactly what will happen. One generation passes off to the next, to the next, to the next, and we end up in a form that we keep moving in. We are good at that. There are some former “moves” of God who had been around for a few centuries and they are still moving in that form.

25(b) and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy God, to provoke him to anger:

26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed .

Another translation says this, ‘you shall certainly perish without delay from the land, which you are crossing the Jordan to possess, you shall not live in it long, but you shall be cut off entirely.’ It doesn’t sound like a good thing to me.

27 And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you.

28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see (This is what the form does not do; we are worshipping a god that we have created and he does not see) , nor hear , nor eat (taste) , nor smell (he does not discern) .

Four of the five senses; the one that is left out is “touch”. We can slip into this form in our individual life where we slip out of the reality, or maybe we have never really known the reality. We develop the vocabulary, we know when to smile, we know how to greet one, it’s an “end-time” format that we get into, but the god we are dealing with does not see me and he cannot speak to me because he doesn’t have anything to say; there is no discerning, either in the tasting or the smelling—there is no judgment that comes from him. That is the death of all previous “moves” of God. It is where they wound down and ceased.

Now listen to this; I have said all of this just for the following verses:

Deuteronomy 4:29-33

29 But if from thence (from something that is not the real thing) thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

30 When thou art in tribulation (that’s pressure) , and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days , if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

31 (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?

33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

If everything has gone flat for anyone and there is no reality, the key is this: if we will cry unto God with all of our heart, He will show you the real thing .

He that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him! Except for you, because you just really messed it up so bad? No! There are no exceptions! You cry unto Him with all of your heart!

We don’t have to convince God to bring us into the reality! The whole thing is in reverse; it is God in His mercy that has shown us our need of Him!

This is what we cry, “God, please, don’t deal with me with what I deserve! Please deal with me according to

Your mercy and according to Your grace! I call on You! I see that You can be real in another’s life and I want the real thing! I want to know You !”

You know what? If we have spent the last 40 years of our life worshipping something that looked like the real thing, then we have wasted 40 years. But brethren, if we spent the last 40 years worshipping a form and in the end, we find the real thing, do you know the whole 40 years, every single one of them, is worth it all to come into the real thing? To come into the real thing would be worth it all; having spent everything and laid down on the altar, if in the end, it all comes into focus and we have the real thing! Hallelujah!

This is the God who touches us.

Let’s turn to Daniel 10 for a moment. We can see a little pattern here in Daniel’s life; there are several men who get touched by the Lord. The apostle, John, dropped like a dead man; Joshua dropped like a dead man; do you know how a dead man drops? A wounded man drops “lightly” because he is still going to posture himself—his arms are going to go out—although he might fall suddenly, he is still dropping “lightly”. When a dead man drops, it’s a straight “thud” right down. They drop on their face in the book of Revelation with John and over in the book of Joshua with him, but that is not any different here with Daniel in chapter 10.

God was moving Daniel to seek Him. It says:

Daniel 10:2-11

2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.

It says that the house of fasting is better than the house of feasting. Could we allow here that Daniel is seeking the Lord with all of his heart with this issue?

3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Daniel was out seeking the Lord. He was hoping.

4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel (this is the Tigris River) ,

He was hoping that at least by the 24 th day he would be heard. Of course, that would be vain if you were worshipping an image.

5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire (there are other descriptions of this in the scriptures) , and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

In 1867, right after the Civil War, God started a great hunger; there was a great hunger for something deeper from God. They called a camp meeting for Vineland, New Jersey; down in the south of New Jersey. Quite a large number of people brought their wagons, horses and tents and they gathered. The Lord moved in their midst so much that they decided they would have a second meeting. So, in 1868, they chose Round Lake, New York. I have seen the sign for Round Lake when I have traveled, but I have never had time to turn off and just go there. If I had time to go and stand there, this story is what I would be thinking about.

In 1868, in Round Lake, New York, 10,000 people came to seek the Lord. They had split-log benches through the trees in a semi-circle and they had a platform for the preachers to stand on. They had something like 300 preachers that sat around the base of that platform. They came with their tents, their wagons, their firewood and kettles, to seek the Lord.

As the meetings went on, one preacher had just finished preaching and sat down. No one was getting up yet, and there was an older preacher sitting there so he started leading in prayer; he just started to pray. Somewhere in the beginning of that prayer, all of a sudden, the Spirit came down over 10,000 people seated on those split-log benches. The result was, first of all, a huge gasp—a corporate gasp—and then they all bent over into their laps. The presence of God came down upon them in such a unity all at once and they were just bent over. This was a precursor to what God was after; He was about to restore a second feast within the next 40 or 50 years.

Believe it or not, there were some people in that crowd who did not have a real relationship with God at all. What happened to them was—and this is what the writers from back then will tell you—they came down with the “jerks”. They came down with the “jerks”! That’s what they called it!

7(b) …a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

This is exactly what happened; instead of falling forward on their laps under the presence of God, they stood up because everything was jerking; the hairdos were going in every direction; the cravats and the ties; and they just took off and ran into the woods! God has a way of separating things if He wants to speak! They just ran!

7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

This is between this One who is in the form of the Son of man (verses 1 and 2) and Daniel; the others are scattered. It was Daniel alone.

8(a) Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision,

This great vision starts in chapter 11 and goes into chapter 12. Through this vision, Daniel is about to hear a portion of the plan of God. It is about to be imparted to him and here is the prerequisite.

8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness (vigor) was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength .

9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face , and my face toward the ground .

This is not an upright position in case you didn’t notice. When he was first met, he was in an upright, natural position. God wanted him in an upright , supernatural position, so the first step towards that is to knock him off of his feet.

God will go to great lengths over the days, the weeks, and the months, and even the years, to knock us off of our feet.

An image cannot see, or hear, nor touch. But the apostle John says, ‘That…we have heard seen …and… handled …’ This is what happens:

10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.

The first touch from Him doesn’t produce a “Superman”; it brings a person to his knees, but it’s a touch from God.

11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved (Isaiah 42:1 said ‘My servant, whom I love,’ that is the one I ‘uphold’) , understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright : for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling .

‘I stood trembling.’ What a wonderful place! What a wonderful way to be standing ! Trembling ! We don’t have it all sealed up; we can only stand right now! I have no spare standing for tomorrow, or next week! I don’t have any spare standing ; all I have is standing now . I can’t package it; I can’t preserve it; I can’t label it; I can’t reproduce it; the standing yesterday does not work for today! I have to be content in the standing —just now !

We don’t like that! We want things ordered! We want to project things! But He is bringing all of us— He is bringing all of us —to just now ! In one night— in one night —this whole nation may wake up and find out, all that it has—is now ; and that’s all in the natural realm.

But God is preparing us to be content with now and expecting nothing more than now! The reality in the standing is not something I can wrap up and carry with me, and use when I want; it’s just now! I don’t like it any better than you do in not being able to project it. But when I let Him touch me again in my mind , I realize that now is all that I really want. Just now . He wants to bring us to just now .

We can have this now . Brother Buddy said, “How long does it take to get right with the Lord? To get back into the upright position?” If we wake up, it’s because He woke us up. I can stand up now and be found standing in Him.

Daniel 10:17-19

17 For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? For as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me , neither is there breath left in me .

18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,

19 And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me .

If we go back to Ephesians chapter 3, we read that this is the chapter in between the standing in the 1st chapter and the standing in the 6 th chapter. This is what Paul is praying for them:

Ephesians 3:16(a) That he would grant you,

That is a grant. I have never applied for a grant, but I do understand that they just don’t call you up and tell you that they are granting you something. You have to apply for one; you have to make an application for a grant.

Ephesians 3:16(a) That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might

It says both in the first chapter and the last chapter that we might become strong , not in our determination, but in the power of His might.

That we might be strengthened by might—in our minds as we listen to the Word? No!

Ephesians 3:16-19

16 That…you…be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man (and receive the Word there) ;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19(a) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,

Paul is crying in the first chapter for them to receive the Spirit of Revelation; and then when it comes to chapter 3, he is on his knees asking the Lord to grant the Ephesians a strengthening —an infusion of strength in the inner man.

If we are going to stand in this hour, that is exactly what I need and it’s exactly what you need on a daily basis— an infusion of strength . This is what will permit us to stand in this hour. How can we possibly stand in this hour? The answer is, we can’t; but He upholds a people in this hour, one day at a time. If I lose that, I lose the adventure—which is a poor word for it all—I lose the reality and I end up with a form and with that, all the accompanying fear.

If we go back in Deuteronomy 4, Moses is speaking to them and he goes through the judgment that has fallen on Israel and the people that have been taken away by the hand of the Lord as they followed another god.

Deuteronomy 4:4 But ye that did cleave unto the Lord your God are alive every one of you this day.

So the line of demarcation through the “sand” here, is on one side there were those who did not cleave to Him and they are gone, but all of you who remain are remaining for one reason: you are cleaving ; you would not let go of the Lord.

This word “cleave” occurs about seven or eight times in the book of Deuteronomy. Let me just show you twice in chapter 10 and verse 20:

Deuteronomy 10:20-21

20 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave , and swear by his name.

21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.

Deuteronomy 30:20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Getting into the land was not near the issue of staying in the land; it was remaining in the land.

Let’s go over to 2 Samuel chapter 19. This is a favorite chapter of mine since I heard it in a school auditorium in Salem, New Hampshire. I had walked in late to a convention and Brother Buddy was teaching this Word. I sat down and started shouting; I don’t normally sit and shout, you may not have noticed that. I don’t know why, but I was the only one shouting! I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one receiving the Word, but that is better than receiving the “jerks”, I’ll tell you that! I was shouting and I’ve never forgotten this Word. I have owned it as my own.

This is when David had to flee from Absalom and he went over Jordan; he had a very small company around him, but he basically went alone. Out of all Israel, twelve tribes in Israel, and with this little company, David went by himself .

Even with Shimei cursing and throwing stones at him, he had to go for his life because it’s clear here, it says that Absalom would have killed his father, David. If he got his hands on him, he would have killed him.

So, he goes by himself and crosses over Jordan and Barzillai takes him in. Then, as you know, Absalom was slain and so they are expecting the king to come back. All of Israel was speaking on this one subject; all of Israel discussed about bringing the King back. And that’s what the church is doing right now. All of “Israel” is talking about bringing back the King.

(Brother John Jeffreys is being facetious in this paragraph.) Fortunately, there’s a brother who has figured out a way, so the king will be coming in May. What day is it in May? May 12 th . I don’t know which tribe he is from, but they have engineered it and I’ve heard it’s rather reliable. Just like the man who had calculated for the Lord to return on September 30 th or somewhere around there. Joe McCord was telling about this; Larry King interviewed the man on television and said, “Is there any possibility that you could be wrong?” And the man said, “No! There’s absolutely none!” Joe was in the Far East and on that particular day that the Lord was to return, he was flying across the International Date Line and got to go through that day a second time! Joe also said, “When I heard him say to Larry King that there was no possible way he could be wrong, I knew that even if the Lord thought He was coming back that day, He changed it immediately!” So the whole result of that is the “10 tribes” have continued talking about when He is going to come back and now it’s May 12 th or whenever. That’s a great subject out there.

But the word of the Lord didn’t come to the 10 tribes; it came to the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin. The King himself sent a word to them and said, “I hear all the tribes talking about bringing me back, but why aren’t you directly involved in bringing me back? Because you see, you are flesh of my flesh and bones of my bones; you are directly related to me.”

What directly relates us to Him? Being in this “move”? No, not quite. Being a member of the Haines Farm; the Sapa Farm; The Land; Whitestone? No! No! That doesn’t relate us whatsoever! Forty years of conventions, that’ll do it? A whole closet full of convention tapes, that’ll do it? No, it won’t. I could be worshipping an image or a substitute the whole time and not be related to Him at all.

Moab and Ammon are around the border of the land and have a relation but it’s not the same; it’s in an unreal realm .

So what relates us? I am related if I am in a real relationship with Him where regardless of feeling and regardless of circumstances , I throw (cast) my trust to Him one day at a time . I come in under His command and say, “Quicken me, Lord, according to Thy precepts. Lead me; direct my steps today because I am not interested in leading my own life; I am interested in doing Your will .”

When there was a knock at the door and they said, “Jesus! Jesus, I hate to break up the meeting, but Your mom and Your brothers are outside.” And Jesus said, “Who is My mother; who are My brethren, but they who are simply—one day at a time—just now

“But you don’t know what it has been like all my life!”— just now.

“I can’t be sure that I’m going to continue this!”— just now!

just now want His will—want to do His will .

David the King said, “You are related to Me; you are bone of My bone; you are flesh of My flesh.”

Do you know what it did? It caused Judah to stand up like one man . It instilled them—it was a Divine inspiration in them to go after this for real— one day at a time —and they went after their King!

Some of Israel went with them because there are some faithful in Israel in the other 10 tribes. They crossed the land to Jordan and they received their King. Barzillai sent the King across with his sons. The King came into the midst of Judah and Judah surrounded him and started back towards Jerusalem and then they were met by the 10 tribes.

The 10 tribes were not happy about this! They said, “Wait a minute! This doesn’t fit in the plan! It doesn’t fit in the form! We have this thing figured out and what are you doing with him? You didn’t include us!” There’s an argument that breaks out, “What gives you the right to do this? We have 10 rights—10 votes! What gives you a right?”

And Judah responds:

2 Samuel 19:42-43

42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? Have we eaten at all of the king’s cost? Or hath he given us any gift?

The men of Judah were saying, “We were not doing this because of something we could get from the King. We entered into His sufferings; we came in under his command as he came in under his Father’s command. We are related to him! We have done this at our own cost!

43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

That is because they were being held up by the King.

2 Samuel 20:1-2

1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, (it’s time for us to repent! No, he said,) We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his (own individual) tents, O Israel (we’ll show them!) .

2(a) So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri:

If we are not joined to Him , if we are not related to Him , we will follow the next guy with a trumpet and we will end up in our individual tents. We may be tenting right next to one another, but we will not be united.

2(b) …but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

They leaned on Him. This word “clave”, which starts in Genesis and is brought over into Ephesians in the New Testament, is where a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife. That shows a union; that shows a relationship; it shows a commitment; it shows a oneness. This is what He is after. God requires this of me and of you. This is what He is looking for from a people who have come into a reality .

That reality will hold up even when there are no feelings; you can feel like God is 100 miles away, but you will still present yourself and come in under His command. It will hold up even in the good times, which I suspect are even more dangerous than the bad times. But it will hold up in the bad times in the test and the trials; it will hold!

God is exercising us in all these things. We can find that the one constant is His presence if I will put my trust in Him.

When Bruce Olson found the Montilone Indians, a tribe of headhunters in the Columbia Mountains, he had left Minnesota when he was 19 years old and found where they were; he made a little camp next to theirs. They took him right in after they speared him in the thigh. If you’ve read the story, they speared him first, and they brought him right in. They had a prophecy that there would be a man with a book and that he would teach them. Well they had just speared him and brought him in. They helped him to recover and the relationship began to develop.

He was catching their language and writing it down and then he was writing portions of scripture for them. He started on the New Testament and when he came to the word for “faith” or “trust”, he didn’t know how to convey that to them. He was asking the Lord how to convey those words.

In their lodges where they slept, there were vaulted ceilings, very high, about 10 or 12 feet up and you climbed up to your hammock; they hung their hammocks up there off of the very top! You climbed up a ladder 10 or 12 feet and you hoped that you would have a restful night because if you tumbled out of there, something was going to break!

So he used that illustration; the Spirit of the Lord showed him what “trust” was for the Montilones—“to hang your hammock on Him”—where you throw your whole trust to Him for the day—just for today—you don’t have to worry about tomorrow—I don’t have to worry about next week. Would you please tell me that after this meeting?

To throw our whole trust to Him! Simply to cleave to Him now! He has this whole thing in His hand .

Standing is not for weaklings. It’s not in our own strength; it’s His. But you see, there are two parts to it; He upholds me and I cleave.

He brought that little maiden out of the wilderness, but she was leaning. She didn’t have a perfect record with this; she lost Him in the middle of the night. She didn’t get up from a prone position to let Him in and He was gone! She had to go looking for Him! It was just disastrous! He was gone! And in the dark! This was in the night! She went to the elders and the elders couldn’t say, “Oh yes, here He is! Come here! Come here!” No, all they could do was point in the general direction. It was after she had passed from them that she found Him and this time, she grabbed a hold of Him and she would not let Him go! And she brought Him into her mother’s house; she would not let him go!

Don’t you understand; don’t you see? If you and I have failed in these matters, He is conditioning us that when we find Him , we will value Him and we will not let Him go!

It takes a strength; not my own strength, but it takes a relying on Him.

When you go past Fort Benning as you cross into Georgia, they are wearing their helmets and they have a sign out there that says, “Live Free or Die!” Our sign would be “Die and Live Free!” It would be very similar! They are wearing their helmets and they are holding their weaponry. I have never gone by any of those gates in which they are sitting in a lawn chair; they are standing and you would think the enemy is right down the street. They are standing and anytime you ever see any of them, they are in full uniform; full combat readiness.

That’s just a type and a shadow of what God really wants us to do. With someone like me? Yes, and someone like you. He is teaching us to stand with the shield of faith, in the armor of God, one day at a time.

Let’s turn to 2 Timothy. This is Paul’s last epistle; he is not writing to a list of churches or a region of churches; he is writing to just one “son”; his “son”, Timothy. The apostle Paul has born the sufferings of the Lord and he explains in Ephesians and elsewhere, “God has put me through these sufferings for you, Gentiles, that you might also receive the glory of the Lord.”

His cry for Timothy is that he would not draw back from following what Paul was going through. In the first chapter he says, ‘For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.’ He says, ‘Don’t be ashamed of my testimony.’

God wants me to have a testimony in Him. That testimony cannot be my July 24, 1963 testimony; that’s when I was born again. It says, ‘They overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.’ The next testimony comes up and I go again to the July 24, 1963 testimony. No, it’s the current witness; it’s the current testimony of His life ; it’s His life that is the testimony. That is how we overcome him.

The reason He wants us in under command, in a hearing relationship , where we are serving Him and not ourselves, is that we might bear testimony. What is the testimony? That we might bear witness to the life! How did they overcome? By the blood of the Lamb and by the life of the Spirit .

God is not bringing us under command to make us miserable; He is bringing us under His command that we might be quickened by His life and be holding a testimony.

2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

That verse is what got me into 2 Timothy ‘…be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.’ Remember in Ephesians chapter 1 and chapter 6, it said to ‘be strong in the power of His might.’

I was reading in another translation and it said, ‘So you, my son, must gain strength by means of the grace that is in Christ Jesus.’

Now, wait a minute! Timothy is no 20 year old here who started out with Paul when he went through Derbe the first time on the first missionary journey! Timothy has been with him all along; he’s been through thick and thin with him! He’s been sent out on missions; he’s gone a full gamut and now Paul is about to leave and he tells Timothy, ‘You have to gain strength’?

It’s kind of like the Ephesian church that was flowing in the depth that it was flowing and Paul gets on his knees and asks for the Spirit of Revelation to come to them? If it’s one thing that you and I need—because we’ve only been in this thing for 40 years—with all the Word that is behind us and there is probably still some that is in front of us—with all that Word—in the midst of all that, there is one thing I need. I need to not assume anything, I need to gain strength ; the strength that is in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I need to appropriate it for just now.

“God, I don’t even know how to ask for it. I heard what Brother John said and I witness to it. Lord, I sense more weakness than anything else. Here I am, and I’m asking you to strengthen me with a strength that is not my own ; a strength that holds me up ! It has to be real , Lord. I don’t want to pretend this thing; I don’t want to be pretending! I don’t want to try to put on a form of this. I want this thing to actually work! Would you do this for me, Lord? I am asking You to bring me into a reality of Your life in me that holds me one day, one hour, one moment at a time and it speaks to me when I’m missing it and it witnesses to me when I am hitting it. Lord, I want a strength . There is not enough determination in me to determine to walk through these days that are ahead.”

That determination just goes down the drain; there’s not enough; you can’t work it up! You can’t trust in this! I can’t trust in Haines! I’d like to, but listen folks, I’m not telling you this is the way it’s going to be; I’m not sure the way it is going to be anymore than I can be sure that it is not the way it’s going to be. They could come up the driveway and come in here and say, “Folks, we’re sorry, but you can’t live here anymore.”

Things could get so bad that you would not be able to pick up as a company and go and rent houses in Delta and still associate. It could get that bad! I don’t have inside information on this, but please hear me, because if this thought that I am expressing is disturbing you, like it disturbs me, it might show that I am leaning on the wrong thing and it may do me more good—I don’t like this thought, either, folks. I am not here to put anything on you, but I’m grateful for this.

I was sitting and waiting on the Lord the other day. Brother Bill Powell was getting the van ready to go and I was staying behind with Nancy as we had another doctor’s appointment to go to, and I thought there has been so many wonderful times here. Brother Buddy was in the next room and they were going to the next convention and I thought, “Lord, thank You for all the times we have been together as a team, thank You! Thank You!”

But I cannot project that into the future; I only have it right now. So I was saying, “Lord, thank You right now .

You, Who have given us so much, so richly, right now . You will take care of us regardless of what format, what changes, or what disappears entirely.”

If it does, it will only be for the time that it took for that redness to cross the face of that moon. But if it does, God will be doing us a favor because God wants us to know a depth of the life of the Spirit that can, if necessary, uphold us to stand alone , even if no one else is standing.

In the woods of southeast Alaska, the trees are huge. Those trees, when they are in a thick woods, grow in dependence on one another. If a fire went through and just left a few of them, or if a logging team went through and just left a certain kind, suddenly they are all alone. Then the next big wind that comes, what stood there for decades goes over, because the roots didn’t go down far enough.

On the other hand, you can come from Haines Junction and start in towards the Pass and watch the big trees get more little and more little and fewer. You can get up into that Pass where there are no trees and you can look up and you see one solitary tree standing with nothing else around it— just one tree .

God uses loneliness to bring forth a deep rootedness; it does not require somebody coming up the driveway to produce that. Somebody said this at this convention, ‘God can make you very much alone right in the crowd.’ He can bring you to a battle or a struggle that nobody can answer for you. You can call a brother or type an email to the ministry and the answer will come back, but it won’t hit the issue. You can try to describe it to the local ministry, but they can’t give you an answer. You can look in all the familiar places—your best friend, you have a few people who know and they are praying for you—no answer.

Do you know that God does that on purpose? David said in a Psalm, “No man was able to answer me.” God did that! That was a favor He was doing to David; He was requiring him to get his answer from Him ! God will do that!

God will put you into the place of pressure where all your peers around you will make fun of something that He required you to stand in. The best way to fall is to think that we stand. He’ll require you to quietly stand in a relationship with Him.

That standing requires us to go to Him and to ‘be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.’

The Amplified Bible says, ‘So you, my son, be strong in the grace that is to be found only in Christ Jesus.’

This is what He is after. If I am going to stand in this hour —if I am going to be a witness in this hour of anything—it will be a life and a strength that is not my own . It is available for every one of us. As a matter of fact, each of us has to find it; no one can find it for me .

We ought to try something; we ought to experiment with something—with a total experiment—we ought to say, “Lord, I want You to show this to me . I want You to make it real to me ! I want to know that You are the One holding me up, not me, myself, or my brethren around me.”

If it’s not Him holding me up, I think I want to know that now! Before it goes any further! I would like to know what it is that is holding me up! When He changes everything on me, that’s not the time to know.

It’s like that prophet with the iron horns (Zedekiah) that swatted Micaiah, the only prophet that prophesied contrary to the 400 prophets of Baal, and said, “Who do you think you are, you “twerp”! We all told him if those two kings go out there, they are going to win! You told him that a lying spirit was drafted by the Lord. Did He put a lying spirit in all 400 of us to get Ahab to go out to battle so that he could die?” So Zedekiah swats Micaiah across the face in front of everybody; the two kings and all! Then he said, “You just tell me; you just tell me how the spirit went from me to you!”

Do you know what Micaiah’s answer was? He said, “You’ll find out in the day that you are running from chamber to chamber—from room to room—desperately trying to hide yourself, but finding no hiding place at all. That’s the wrong time to find that out! That is the wrong time to find it out!

If I am not in the reality ; I would like to know it now ; that I may be brought into that hiding place—rooted and grounded in Him—and in the standing position that we are all going to have to be in, if we are going to be found worthy to stand with Him .

Consider the first resurrection; it’s a standing position. We don’t go from a laying down position into it; we stand on this side of the change that we might stand on the other side; because that is possible, it is possible for you and for me— just right now. Amen.

 


   
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