Done All, To Stand
Convention January 2011
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;
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.
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.
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.
21:28 and 36
And when these things begin
to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your
redemption draweth nigh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1:4 …he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of 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.
1:4(b) …that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
would be equated to standing before the Son of man.
1:5(a) Having predestinated us…
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.
1:6(a) To the praise of the glory of his grace…
1:8 …he hath abounded toward us…
1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according
to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself :
did not purpose in a group; He did not take a vote; He simply purposed
it in Himself.
1:10(a) That in the dispensation (administration)
of the fullness of times he
might gather together in one…
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.
That in the dispensation
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 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
In whom ye also trusted,
after that ye heard the word of truth…ye were sealed with that holy
Spirit of promise,
(We’ve received) the earnest
(the engagement ring)
of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession,
unto the praise of his glory.
Wherefore I also, after
I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Cease not to give thanks
for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
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:
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,
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.
Which he wrought in Christ,
when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand
in the heavenly places,
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
And hath put all things
under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the
church (ecclesia) ,
“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.
1: 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in
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.”
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.
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
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
2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
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:
5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from
the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
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.
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 .
6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power
of his might.
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!
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
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 .
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
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!
he who thinks he stands— falls —so that he may understand
what standing really is!
failure and falling is an essential
first step to learning this. The company
that stands in Him will be leaning
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!
Finally, my brethren, be
strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour
of God, that ye may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil.
devil doesn’t want us standing and will convince us otherwise.
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.
issues were mentioned in the first chapter of Ephesians, if you
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 .
is face to face combat and then “standing” is to stand afterwards—to
6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with
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!
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!
6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and
having on the breastplate of righteousness:
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.
And your feet shod with
the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all (above
all of these items) ,
the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the
fiery darts of the wicked.
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.
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)
word spoken to me—so that every member might receive the
Spirit of Revelation, so that there might be a personal
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
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
is the One who will hold us up . If you look over in the
book of Isaiah chapter 41, please.
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.
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.
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.
For I the Lord thy God will
hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will
Fear not, thou worm
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
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.
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.
He shall not cry, nor lift
up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
He shall not fail nor be
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.
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!
back in Deuteronomy 4, Moses is speaking:
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:
But I must die in this land,
I must not go over Jordan
: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.
Take heed unto yourselves,
lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God…
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!
…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.
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.
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.
When thou shalt beget children,
and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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) .
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.
listen to this; I have said all of this just for the following verses:
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.
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
(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.
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?
Did ever people hear the
voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast
heard, and live?
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
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!
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!
is what we cry, “God, please, don’t deal with me with what I deserve!
Please deal with me according to
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 !”
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
is the God who touches us.
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.
was moving Daniel to seek Him. It says:
In those days I Daniel was
mourning three full weeks.
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?
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.
was out seeking the Lord. He was hoping.
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) ,
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
…a great quaking fell upon
them, so that they fled to hide themselves.
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!
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.
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.
Therefore I was left alone,
and saw this great vision,
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.
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
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 .
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.
will go to great lengths over the days, the weeks, and the months,
and even the years, to knock us off of our feet.
image cannot see, or hear, nor touch. But the apostle John says,
‘That…we have heard … seen …and… handled …’
This is what happens:
And, behold, an hand touched
me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
first touch from Him doesn’t produce a “Superman”; it brings a person
to his knees, but it’s a touch from God.
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
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
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.
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 .
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
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 .
Then there came again and
touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he
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 .
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:
3:16(a) That he would grant you,
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.
3:16(a) That he would grant you, according to the riches of his
glory, to be strengthened with might
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.
we might be strengthened by might—in our minds as we listen to the
with might by his Spirit in the inner man
(and receive the Word there)
That Christ may dwell in
your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend
with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and
And to know the love of
Christ, which passeth knowledge,
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.
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.
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
4:4 But ye that did cleave unto the Lord your God are alive
every one of you this day.
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
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:
Thou shalt fear the Lord
thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave ,
and swear by his name.
He is thy praise, and he
is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things,
which thine eyes have seen.
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.
into the land was not near the issue
of staying in the land; it was remaining in
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.
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 .
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 .
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
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 —
you don’t know what it has been like all my life!”— just now.
can’t be sure that I’m going to continue this!”— just now!
just now want
His will—want to do His will .
the King said, “You are related to Me; you are bone of My bone;
you are flesh of My flesh.”
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!
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
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
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?
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!
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.
is because they were being held up by the King.
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!) .
So every man of Israel went
up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri:
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.
…but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan
even to Jerusalem.
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 .
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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?
throw our whole trust to Him! Simply to cleave to Him
now! He has this whole thing in His hand .
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.
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!
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!
takes a strength; not my own strength, but it takes a relying
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.
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.
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.”
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.’
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
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 .
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.
Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that
is in Christ Jesus.
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.’
was reading in another translation and it said, ‘So you,
my son, must gain strength by means of the grace that is in Christ
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’?
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
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.”
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.”
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
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!”
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.”
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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!
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.
standing requires us to go to Him and to ‘be strong in
the grace that is in Christ Jesus.’
Amplified Bible says, ‘So you, my son, be strong in the grace that
is to be found only in Christ Jesus.’
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 .
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.”
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
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!”
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!
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
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.