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August 23, 2000

I Am Coming For My Bride

Bill Hardaway

I am coming with power that has yet to be displayed on this earth. I am coming to deliver My brothers and sisters from the hand of the evil one. I am going to break the teeth of the evil one and dispose of him, once and for all.

There is nothing the can stand before Me and the glory that My Father has given Me. My time is at hand! Rejoice for your redemption draws near! I am coming to deliver those who are Mine from their fallen natures and the sins of this world. I am coming to restore what has been corrupted and make all things fresh and new again. I bring with Me a new Earth, shining in the sun.

If there ever was a time to seek Me, now would be that time. Seek Me while I can be found. I am coming and coming soon for My bride.

Will you wait for Me one hour? I am on My way to deliver you. Don't shrink back, approach the throne of glory with boldness and I will receive you as My own.

I WILL DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE FALLEN ONE...

I am ready to display My power and My glory through those whom I have called. Wait for the calling I have prepared you for. Do not lean on your own understanding or desire the things that are not of Me.

Know this. I am about to move within you in a mighty way! Nothing can stand before Me, nothing can hinder the things I am about to do. Everything that is hidden will be revealed and exposed.

Do not be faint of heart! I am about to move among you as I have long desired to. I will destroy all the plans and the works of the fallen one. I am the Lord your God and there is None other.

YOU HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD...

I have seen the beginning from the end. I have prepared your victory long before you were even born. I will move anything that stands in your way!

As you learn to trust Me, you will see the desires of your heart come to pass. There is nothing that is too hard for Me. In fact the only struggle I see, is Satan trying to get out of your way, as you move forward to the victory you have so desired!

You are mine! Satan has no power over you. It is time to fully realize the nature that lives with in you. You are My child and I will do anything it takes to deliver you from all the troubles that you are now facing.

So rejoice, you will overcome all the trials and hardships that you are now facing. I will not allow it to be any other way!

Your Father.

WHard1954@aol.com

Around the World, Prisons Holds God's Treasures

Bill Yount

It was late and I was tired, wanting to go to sleep, but God wanted to talk; It was about midnight, but it dawned on me that God does not sleep. His question made me restless. "Bill, where on earth does man keep his most priceless treasures and valuables?" I said, "Lord, usually these treasures like gold, silver, diamonds and precious jewels are kept locked up somewhere out of sight with usually guards and security to keep them under lock and key."

God spoke. Like man, My most valuable treasures on earth are also locked up."

OUT FROM THESE WALLS WILL COME FORTH AN ARMY

I then saw Jesus standing in front of seemingly thousands of prisons and jails. The Lord said, "These have almost been destroyed by the enemy, but these ones have the greatest potential to be used and to bring forth glory to my name. Tell MY people, I am going this hour to the prisons to activate the gifts and callings that lie dormant in these lives that were given before the foundation of the earth. Out from these walls will come forth an Army of spiritual giants who will have power to literally kick down the gates of Hell and overcome satanic powers that are holding many of My own people bound in My own house.

FORGOTTEN VESSELS--MUST BE RESTORED

Tell my people that great treasure is behind these walls in these forgotten vessels. My people must come forth and touch these ones, for a mighty anointing will be unleashed upon these for future victory in My kingdom. THEY MUST BE RESTORED." I then saw the Lord step up to the prison doors with a key. One key fit every lock and the gates began to open. I then heard and saw great explosions which sounded like dynamite going off behind the walls. It sounded like all-out spiritual warfare. Jesus turned and said, "Tell My people to go in now and pick up the spoil and rescue these." Jesus then began walking in and touching inmates who were thronging Him. Many being touched instantly began to have a golden glow come over them. God spoke to me, "THERE'S THE GOLD!" Others had a silver glow around them. God said, "THERE'S THE SILVER!"

"NOW GO AND PULL DOWN THE STRONGHOLDS"

Like slow motion they began to grow into what appeared to be giant knights in armor-like warriors. They had on the entire armor of God and every piece was solid and pure gold! Even golden shields! When I saw the golden shields, I heard God say to these warriors: "Now go and take what Satan has taught you and use it against him. Go and pull down the strongholds coming against MY church." The spiritual giants then started stepping over the prison walls with no one to resist them, and they went immediately to the very front line of the battle with the enemy. I saw them walk right past the church as big-name ministers known for their power with God were surpassed by the giant warriors like David going after Goliath! They crossed the enemy's line and started delivering many of God's people from the clutches of Satan while demons trembled and fled out of sight at their presence.

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

No one, not even the church, seemed to know who these spiritual giants were or where they came from. All you could see was the armor, the golden armor of God, from head to foot, and the shields of gold were there. The shields were restored to God's House and there was great victory and rejoicing. I also saw silver, precious treasures, and vessels being brought in. Beneath the gold and silver were the people that nobody knew: REJECTS OF SOCIETY, STREET PEOPLE, THE OUTCASTS, THE POOR and the DESPISED. These were the treasures that were missing from His House.

In closing the Lord said, "If my people want to know where they are needed, tell them they are needed in the STREETS, the HOSPITALS, the MISSIONS, and PRISONS. When they come there they will find Me and the next move of my Spirit and they will be judged by My Word in Matthew 25:42. "For I was hungry and you gave me no meat: I was thirsty and you gave me no drink: I was a stranger and you took me not in: naked and you clothes me not: Sick and in prison and you visited me not."

blowtheshofar@juno.com

Not Ashamed?

Mark F. Owens

I was recently talking with a minister friend who made the observation that our churches are filled with people who love Jesus, know all about Jesus and are trusting in Jesus for their eternal salvation, but still remain unwilling or unmotivated to follow Jesus.

Personally, I have come to the conclusion that there is a tremendous power in this faith we so often take for granted. It's like a bird sitting on a power line. For the bird, it is a convenient place to perch, but he has no idea that between his feet runs an incredible force that cannot be seen except in the outworking of it's power.

As we look around at the rapid disintegration of Western culture, we must be mindful that the power for transformation and preservation lies not in our mass marketing plans or human idealism, but is contained only in the Gospel of Christ. And this power can be unleashed only by people who are willing to forsake all in the passionate pursuit of Kingdom of God.

I was looking for books on Christian stewardship last week, and in four large bookstores I found one.... only one..... on the subject of kingdom living and the responsibilities of the believer.

Now I found hundreds of books on personal finance, building your personal prayer life, finding peace and happiness in Jesus and other equally egocentric pursuits. But it seems that the concepts of sacrifice, self denial and service to God have no ready market in the consumer driven church of today. And here lies the root of our vain struggle to effectively preserve and change the world around us. How can we be a beacon of change when we look no different from the pagan culture around us?

In the first century, it was not the eloquent delivery of the Apostles or the purchasing power of the church that turned the world upside down. It was not the entertainment factor or the promise of personal health, wealth and happiness that grew the church at a phenomenal rate. It was nothing more than the incredible and unlikely power of the Gospel, delivered by fallible humans and empowered by the unseen essence of God that literally changed the world forever.

And when we once again embrace the simple truth of the Gospel and commit ourselves once again to the simple commission of Christ, then we will see the outworking of the power of God to salvation in our midst.

Unless of course, you're ashamed of it........

mfowens@juno.com

The Law Of Liberty

Doug Morrell

"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Rom. 14:17, NIV)

We've all encountered times when some specific issue, problem or concern not commanded nor forbidden in Scripture finds its way into our lives. As a disciple, and especially to those of us who work with people (all of us), the question becomes, "What should I do when someone I am close to violates my understanding of a commandment, but who is not breaking the commandment?" In other words, I find myself offended by someone else's choice because it doesn't line up with my doctrine.

For example, suppose I visit another church body and they are more expressive in their worship than what I think God desires and ordains; I find a way to condemn their actions. Or suppose another church group doesn't use instruments in their praise time and my church group does so I'm convinced that God only inhabits the church of electric drums; I find a way to condemn them. Or suppose someone I'm counseling decides not to heed my sage advice, but the issue at hand is morally neutral and I find myself later wanting to say to them because the outcome turned out just the way I told them it would, "I told you so!"

To further illustrate, my daughter and I were recently traveling together. As we went down the road, she unconsciously made this very annoying clicking sound with her fingers. After a while, I turned to her in frustration and said, "Would you please quit acting like a child." She calmly replied, "I am a child."

BAM! Right in the old spiritual kisser. I thought how could I -- the wiser, more mature, and experienced -- become so intolerant of another human person's actions to not only judge them, but also condemn them? And not only another person, but my daughter who is 30 years younger than me?

Now, I'm being really honest here. How many times today have each of us taken the liberty of the law and beaten some other precious brother or sister about the head and body? All in the name of Jesus, of course. Let's continue...

Specifically, the Bible says there is room enough for toleration and differences of strictness regarding such issues as eating habits (Rom. 14:2-4) and observing special days in the Christian life (Rom. 14:5, 6).

In general, there are guidelines with respect to things that are neither commanded nor forbidden in Scripture. It's called the Law of Liberty found in Romans chapter 14.

We must understand that under the old covenant the Law's system only allowed limited access to God. The new covenant no longer poses rules for cleansing, but calls to faith and acceptance of the completed work of Jesus. We are not to allow anything other than the Word of God to control or judge us. We are neither judged holy nor unholy by external regulations, but by the condition of our heart.

Disciples are not to judge each other with reference to the practice of morally neutral issues (Rom. 14:3, 4) because each individual is responsible to God (Rom. 14:12). In fact, those who are more mature in Christ should always practice self-limitation in exercising their liberty because they can offend others (Rom. 14:3) and this carries within itself a more serious offense. Being a stumbling block involves more than upsetting another or ignorantly offending; it is a serious deliberate offense that wounds and weakens another's conscience and ruins relationship with Christ. Sin against a brother is a sin against Christ (1 Cor. 8:9-13). The point is clearly made: Christian liberty (especially for those who are more mature in Christ) MUST always be exercised in love with a view to strengthening others (1 Cor. 10:28-30). As the Apostle Paul wrote, "For why is my liberty judged by another man's conscience?" (1 Cor. 10:29).

We can conclude, then, that neutrally moral issues are never more important nor are their fulfillment essential to God's reign. The most important issue is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and that we are FREE to serve the Lord in all the ways that are consistent with His word, will, nature, and holiness.

Remember, no created thing in itself is sinful, since everything, including you, belongs to God. It is simply inconsistent to glorify God and hurt others. The final umpire must be considerate love, not how much you know, not how long you've served your church, or how much you disagree with some else's choice, or your liberty. It is considerate love.

Disciple Tech Tips:
1. Reject rules that aim to cleanse the spirit by means of humanly contrived regulations. Realize that in Christ you are no longer subject to human wisdom or works, but to God (Col. 2:16-23).
2. Set your thinking and affections on Jesus Christ, and build your relationship with Him. Do not allow worldly pursuits to waste your mental or emotional energy (Col. 3:1-11).

Grow in grace and truth...
doug
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Fire and Water

Carylann Hartley

A fountain of flame is bursting forth. It will flow past the current boundaries and out to My people, out to the streets. It will send forth My Fire and My Living Water to those that do not know Me and will not even acknowledge me at this point. The time will soon be upon you, My people, when those you thought unreachable will come to Me. I will allow you to be a part of this. Wait on Me for the time is coming soon but not yet. Become accustomed to My Fire and My Living Water. The two will flow together just as justice and grace also go together. Become a part of both the Fire and The Living Water. Don't be one to just look on them but get into the flames, get into the water so that I can flow through you to those around you.

Carylann Hartley
Godsgloryfire@aol.com

With This Ring

Bryan Hupperts

While going through security at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, MO, I watched as a young woman in line ahead of me trip the alarm on the security station's metal detector. She was required to recheck through her pockets for metal objects and pass through again. On the second attempt, she again tripped the alarm and was ordered to raise her hands for a body sweep. There was a shaking of heads and a smirk on the guards' face.

This young woman was pierced through with rings and chains all over her body. She was led off presumably to be stripped searched as I carefully removed my pocket watch and coinage and passed through the security station unmolested. While I was mildly amused, still I was grateful that I wasn't required to remove my ever-present wedding ring.

Rings have an amazing part in human history. I have seen pastors spit fire preaching against rings citing their "pagan origins." A quick reference through the Bible reveals an amazing array of the legitimate Biblical use of rings.

The first place a ring is mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis 24:22 in relation to marriage. "The man took a golden nose ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels of gold." These were given to a young woman named Rebekah as a wedding proposal. Notice that she didn't wear the ring on her finger but in her nose! Perhaps those pierced punkers wandering the mall aren't as off as some would believe!

Rings were used in connection to marriage from the earliest recorded human history as symbols of the mystical joining and union of men and women. But rings carry more than mere sentimentality. The second Biblical use of rings has to do with a ring of authority called a signet ring.

The signet ring, or seal ring, was a symbol of authority and gave the wearer legal rights to transact business. When a slave named Joseph was called before Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, he was promoted to being second in command over the entire country. Genesis 41:42- 43, "Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand. So he set him over all the land of Egypt."

The significance of placing the King's ring on this slave's hand meant that suddenly Joseph, who moments before wasn't even allowed by Egyptian custom to look directly on Pharaoh, could suddenly speak for Pharaoh! Except for the throne, they became functional equals! Because of the ring legally placed on his finger, when Joseph spoke, it was as if Pharaoh spoke. Joseph had been given the power of attorney to act on behalf of the King!

Rings also speak of restoration. In the story of the prodigal son, the wandering son returned home morally ruined and bankrupt. He had been described as "dead." When the Father saw him coming, he ran to meet him in Luke15:22. `The father said to his servants, "Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.'" When this ring was again placed on this wayward son's finger, he could again transact family business in full authority as a son." This ring restored his dignity and told all who saw it on his finger he was again his Father's beloved son.

We are called to be (2 Corinthians 3:2), "living Epistles, read of all men." And we are sealed with the King's signet ring, his stamp of ownership and authority, sealed with the blood of the Lamb. Esther 8:8, "Write a decree. in the king's name, and seal it with the king's signet ring; for whatever is written in the king's name and sealed with the king's signet ring no one can revoke."

With your ring, with your seal, We, the purchased Bride of Christ on earth, each declare as in Song of Solomon 7:10, "I am my beloved's." We do thee wed, Lord Jesus!

Bryan Hupperts 2000
SheepTrax Ministries, Inc.

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