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Preperation For Promotion

Preparation for Promotion

There are always uncertainties ahead, but there is always one certainty–God’s will is good. Vernon Paterson

Psalms 76:5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

6For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

7But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

 

2012 is a year of growth/promotion for the Body of Christ. 

This year God has chosen to open a window of opportunity for the body of Christ.  He has decreed a time for obtaining the promises. He is about to unleash a wave of glory, power, and revival fire like never before in this city. But just as every time before, he will manifest himself differently than before. There will be a snowball effect simultaneously with a birthing. This year as the Cervix is dilating in our spiritual lives, the birthing will gradually increase. We are already part way through the year and the ball is already rolling. It is time to dust off your old dreams and visions, and renew your goals. It is time to grab hold to the promises of God with Bulldog Tenacity and refuse to be denied. This is not a prosperity doctrine; this is a prophetic word to those who have ears to hear. This is a decree to those who will choose to have faith. You will not need to have a seed in your hand to see this come to pass, but you will need a seed. You will need the seed of your faith in God.  Not in this word, not in the Man who speaks. You will need to sow your faith in God through the life you live on a daily basis. If you will trust God actively (Not just with your mouth) you will see God move in the restoration of the past dreams and the birthing of new visions.

Preparation by Fire

Key Point: In Order for me to reach my goal I must be tried

Job was trusted by God

To Go through the fire

God not only allowed Job to be tried, He actually appointed the trial and sent Satan himself to do it.

Job 1:8 (God stirred Satan against Job)

God would not have Assigned Satan to try Job had he thought that Job would fail.

God is using our trials and tribulations to prepare us to receive the provision needed to fulfill our purpose. (Job 42:10)

But it is not so that we can sit back and enjoy our pie. This is a special blessing that is for those who are diligent about their father’s work.

God is looking for Men and Women he can trust with his anointing. (The anointing is for results)

Key Point: In Order for me to see my vision come to pass, I must have faith

God saved the 3 Hebrew boys

 IN the fire (Miracle of Dunkirk)

Daniel 3

In early 1940(May 26 1940) the British and their allies sent a force of some 350,000 men into the low countries of Europe to stem the tide of German advance into France, Belgium and Holland. Caught in a brilliant pincer movement by the invading German forces the beleaguered British Expeditionary Force was pushed back to the beaches of the small Belgian town of Dunkirk. To everyone’s surprise the Germans halted their advance to regroup. As England and the world waited for what appeared to be the sure and certain annihilation of 350,000 men a three word message was transmitted from the besieged army at Dunkirk. It read simply, “And if not.” The British people understood the biblical import of the cryptic message. It was a reference to the Old Testament book of Daniel, where Daniel and his friends chose death rather than worship an image of the pagan king, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:17-18). The British Expeditionary Army, surrounded, cutoff and on the brink of destruction was declaring to Britain and to the world that even in apparent defeat they were, in fact, victorious. The message, more eloquent than a sermon delivered in St. Paul’s Cathedral, galvanized the British people. In a matter of hours thousands of boats of every description headed across the dangerous waters of the English Channel and, at the risk of their own lives from enemy fire, began the evacuation of the heroic but beleaguered army in what historians now refer to as “the miracle of Dunkirk.”

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

21Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

 

24Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Key Point: In order for me to possess my Dream I must remember what God has done

God Prepared David for the throne (through the testing)

And brought David Out of The fire

As I study the life of David, I find he spent a great deal of his time waiting. David had to wait something like 15 years from the time he was first anointed by Samuel to the time he became king over Judah (as recorded in our text). It was another seven years before David was anointed king over all Israel. This means David waited over 20 years of his life to be made king.

The road to promotion was paved with training and preparation.

(1 Sam. 17: 34-37) David used his past experiences to encourage himself in faith. He knew what God had done, thus, he knew what God would do.

(1 Sam. 26:23) David refused to do what was not right in the sight of the LORD. He sanctified his Life for the Lord. He did not kill his enemy even when he had the opportunity. He left that to God.  He didn’t Just say it.

 

Practical Application

 

  1. 1.       We must remain humble before God  (James 4:10)

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

  1. A.      Don’t allow yourself to become prideful
  2. B.      Refuse to condemn or judge other people because they have not reached where you are spiritually

 

  1. 2.       We must seek his Kingdom in order to obtain our expected end.  (Matt 6:33)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

  1. A.      the kingdom of god is not meat and drink but righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the holy ghost (rom. 14:17)
  2. B.      all your needs will be supplied by the father as you prioritize his kingdom in your life
  3. 3.       We must wait on the Lord through service (psalm 27:14, 37:3,4,5,34)

27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

Wait ON the lord- serve Him as a waiter, attend to His needs and so shall you have strength.

Psalms 37

34Wait for the Lord

and keep his way.

He will exalt you to inherit the land;

when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

Wait FOR the Lord patiently, enduring hardness as a good soldier (2 tim, 2:3) and walk in His ways.

 

3Trust in the Lord and do good;

dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

God is not slack concerning his promise (2pet. 3:9), Put all your chips on Him. Depend on His faithfulness.

4Delight yourself in the Lord

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Find your Satisfaction in God, and he will change your desires and then grant them to you.

5Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him and he will do this:

If you Commit yourself to Him in all your ways. Obligate yourself to Him first. Pledge Your allegiance to Him. Lose yourself in Him and His Love. Require yourself to be faithful to God. Compel yourself, Constrain Yourself, devote yourself to the Father, and He will do This.

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,

the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

 

You have trusted Him in a few things, and He has not failed you. Trust Him now for everything, and see if He does not do for you exceeding abundantly above all that you could ever have asked or thought, not according to your power or capacity, but according to His own mighty power, that will work in you all the good pleasure of His most blessed will. You find no difficulty in trusting the Lord with the management of the universe and all the outward creation, and can your case be any more complex or difficult than these, that you need to be anxious or troubled about His management of it? Hannah Whitall Smith

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Where is the Lord God of Elijah (by Paul Siddal)

     In 1952, an unheralded evangelist named, Tommy Hicks, was summoned to Argentina by a hopeful group of missionaries praying for revival.  As his plane soared high above the clouds to Buenos Aires, the name, “Peron” kept coming to his mind. When he asked the flight attendant if she knew anyone by that name, she told him, “He is the president of Argentina!”

     At that moment, Hicks knew divine destiny was amazingly leading him to meet “Peron,” i.e., the president of Argentina. The Spirit further impressed upon him it would be the restrictive President Peron who would assist him in helping to hold evangelistic campaigns in the nation’s largest stadiums.

     ”Preposterous and unfeasible,” were the thoughts of the missionary committee, who had invited this unknown evangelist in the first place. They believed a conference hall, holding no more than 2, 500 people, would more than exceed their expectations. Besides, Argentinian governmental policies especially, under Peron, strictly prohibited large gatherings for so called, evangelicos.

     But Evangelist Hicks wouldn’t hear of it. He told the committee the Lord showed him a stadium of at least 25,000 people and a man called “Peron” was going to help him get the job done.

     The next day the anointed evangelist tenaciously went to the Casa Rosado, (The Pink House), the equivalent to our, White House. But he was halted abruptly by a guard from the guard house pointing a loaded tommy-gun directly at his chest. The evangelist unflinchingly explained to the guard he came to solicit President Peron’s help, in holding salvation/healing crusades in the local coliseums. The guard queried Hicks if he actually believed Jesus could still heal as he did in Bible days. When the evangelist exclaimed, “He can and he will,” the guard proceeded to describe his ills from being plagued with hepatitis. Hicks authoritatively prayed the prayer of faith over him and he instantly felt all the pain leave his body. The astonished guard announced to Hicks and his translator, if they return at the same time tomorrow, he would arrange an interview with President Peron.

    Unknown by many, the President himself was inflicted with eczema, an incurable skin disorder, so disfiguring, he refused to be photographed. Curious over the reported healing of his guard, Peron asked Hicks if believed Jesus still healed as he did when he was on earth. The evangelist said, “Give me your hand.”   In a matter of moments, the power of God came so strong upon the presidente he staggered back under the impact. As the evangelist was praying, the diseased flesh on his face transformed before all their eyes into fresh new baby skin. The amazed Argentine president exclaimed with gratitude, “Caramba, Dios mio, estoy curado” (Good heavens, my God, I’m cured).  This is the same president Peron, who years earlier, and before her untimely death to leukemia, married the infamous, Evita. (The same Evita was portrayed on Broadway and later played by Madonna singing, “Please Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”)

   

 One article entitled, Revival Fires, reported:

 

      The eczema disappeared! Permission to hold the campaign was assured. Huge traffic jams blocked all roads leading to the gigantic Huracan stadium in Buenos Aires during the most electrifying gospel crusade Argentina has ever seen. Many thousands travelled by means available from as far as Brazil, Chili, and Bolivia.

     The blind saw, the deaf heard, cripples were walking. Ambulances full of sick passengers were driven to the meetings went away empty!

     A boy of three had been unable to walk without heavy steel braces on his legs. When the crowd prayed, the boy’s mother took off his brace in faith. The child began to walk unaided! Delighted, he ran up and down. The ecstatic crowd shouted, cheered and wept for joy… A doctor who knew the child’s case was so overcome when he saw the miracle he fell down, grabbing Pastor hicks by the knees, saying, “I want this Christ; I want to be saved.”

    

     I read of this revival many years ago when I was a very young 23 year old associate pastor. But what drew me to this story presently was something I hadn’t picked up on before. It was birthed by the heart cry of missionary Edward Miller who used “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” as his rallying call.

     I was stunned because I had already designed the front cover of this article before learning this.

     Let me explain.  For some years now I’ve been burdened beyond measure to see God do again what he did in my generation.

      I grew up in the early seventies. Reflecting on that time I used to say, “I spent the summer of 73 with LSD.”

     But then Jesus dramatically intervened on my life. I well relate to the great preacher Charles Spurgeon who wrote, “I did not light the torch but rather the torch lit me.” After reading the entire New Testament I went back to my high school and preached Jesus and they were amazed to hear me constantly talking about Jesus rather than my latest acid trip.

     I thought I was all alone and this was only happening to me- some hippie kid in northwest Indiana. But then in the school library I picked up a copy of Life Magazine and saw 1000’s of hippies being baptized in the Pacific Ocean on the west coast. I discovered I wasn’t the only one after all; but this was happening all over and I had been caught in the aftermath.

     Some years ago I was pastoring a church near Louisville and I stumbled on a YOU TUBE clip about the Emmy nominated documentary. “FRISBEE: The Life and death of a Hippie Preacher.” I bought a copy of the DVD on line and wept as I saw film footage of Lonnie Frisbee, a converted hippie, baptizing 1000’s of hippies at Pirate’s Cove, in Corona del Mar, California.

     I determined one day my feet would touch the same beach and there I would pray that God would do it again. Last month that aspiration came to fruition, when I flew to California, from Indianapolis, and was able to pray on that sanctified sand where so many lives had been changed. I squatted down and bowed my head in back of the cove to pray around 7:30 in the morning. The insides of me began to stir and then I heard the Spirit whisper, “This isn’t about Me repeating it…it’s about Me completing it.”

     After returning to Indianapolis I was over laying my photos on my PC of the baptism site with earlier images when Lonnie was there. As I looked over the images of the 100’s of hippies lining up and awaiting to be baptized, a cry came from my spirit, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And now I’m confronted with the realization the same cry came from the heart of missionary Edward Miller before the great Argentinian revival in the 50’s.

    Again the Spirit spoke to me: “The next wave of My Spirit will not only attain but will also contain.”    While driving, my mind centered upon Jesus’ first visit to Peter in Luke 5. There he told Peter to launch out into the deep. Peter told the Lord they had toiled all night but had caught nothing…”Nevertheless at your word we will cast our nets.” The haul of fish was so plentiful they had to beckon to their fishing partners to help haul them all in. But verse 6 says, “…and their nets began to break.”

     Immediately my mind fast forwarded to another fishing story involving Jesus and Peter after the resurrection. In John 21 we see the disciple Peter still nursing his inner wounds from denying Christ, returning to his earlier career in fishing. There, on the sea shore, stands an unrecognizable Christ telling the exhausted fishermen to cast their net on the other side of the boat. Their net is instantly filled to capacity. John says to Peter, “It is the Lord.” The haul of great fish was very large – 153 altogether.  Then verse 11 says, “…and although there were so many, the net was not broken.”  

     Then, out of nowhere, I heard, “In the next move, the Lonnie Frisbees aren’t going to be lost in their relapses.” And then very clearly, and in capital letters, the words appeared to my mind, “IN THE NEXT MOVE, THE SPIRITUAL FATHERS ARE NOT GOING TO REJECT THEIR SONS.” This next move of the Spirit is going to be one of restoration, not excommunication. (Luke 1:17).

     This move will be more restorative than authoritative. The cry from the heart is “ABBA Father” not “Father, ABBA.” Intimacy must always proceed before authority. (Romans 8:15)

      You see, Jesus, the good shepherd, wouldn’t allow, Peter, his lost sheep, to remain lost. He came to him after his failure, just as he did before his failure. The commission remained the same and the catch of fish was just as great. But this time the nets weren’t going to break. He was going to contain what he attained and none of the haul was going to be lost. Peter became a great spiritual father to those who had failed.

     The Lord is calling back the prodigals of the previous generation to be spiritual fathers of restoration to the prodigals of this generation.

      The message of the gospel depicted by Peter is simply this: “I treat you as though you never did it. I will always treat you as though it never happened. People may treat you differently now, but I, your Lord, will always be “the same, yesterday, today, and forever.”

     In the next wave, more people will be falling forward on their faces than backwards on the floor. Because this move will prioritize prophecy over tongues, the results will mark the (5) signs of true revival as found in I Corinthians 14:23-24, “Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues…will they not say you are mad? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, (1) he is convicted by all, (2) he is convinced by all, (3) the secrets of his heart are revealed; (4) and so he will fall on his face, worship God, (5) and report that God is certainly among you.” Now that is true revival!

    In the next wave, the word “GO,” is going to be elevated as an equally important prerequisite for revival as prayer and fasting. People like Tommy Hicks and Lonnie Frisbee were always on the “go.” They didn’t just sit around to pray and wait for things to happen – they made things happen. This move is going to be all about Jesus’ commission In Matthew 28:19, Go therefore and make disciples…for lo, I am with you always…” I frequently reiterate to my younger Christian brothers, “No go, no lo.  Jesus said, “Go…for lo, I am with you always.” If we want the “lo” then we got to “go.” There’s another way to have beautiful feet than an expensive pedicure. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”(Romans 10:15). The last verse in the gospel of Mark climaxes with: “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word with signs following.”  Lonnie Frisbee “went out” witnessing by hitch hiking up and down the west coast, inevitably connecting him to Calvary Chapel, and the rest is history.

     I conclude with the yearning question, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah? In the next wave, the younger disciples are not going to subtly drift away from their spiritual mentors. (II Kings 2). The God of Elijah is now with the Elisha(s).  In order for the mantle of Elijah to be received there had to be a stick-to- it-ness in the life of Elisha.

     But a man is only to be served as an Elijah mentor when he has the ability to take you to the other side of Jordon.  The mantle is never transferred in the desert of defeat where Moses received the law at Sinai. A Moses will never take you to the promised land of victory. He looked in but never entered in.  Elijah’s mantle carried with it the power to cross over the river Jordon-to a land that flowed with milk and honey. The mantle resides on those who are able to deliver people from the desert to the Promised Land –from living under Law to living under grace. (John 1:17; Romans 6:15)

     The next move is not going to fade in glory, but exceed in glory, because it’s not going to mix legalism and religion in with it. It’s going to remain a ministry of the New Covenant and refuse to put the new wine in old wine skins.  (Mark 2:22; II Corinthians 3).

     The next wave is going to begin small, like a cloud the size of a man’s hand, then emerge as one of the largest outpourings this world has ever seen.

     The exercise of all spiritual gifts, are going to be restored back to the church. (I Corinthians 12)

      It’s going to come out of nobodies, not from somebodies. (I Corinthians 1)

      Mega-churches will soon discover man-made strategies for church growth will pale in comparison to what the power of the Holy Spirit can do in a small struggling church in one single day! It’s going to arrive, in weakness, and not with enticing words of man’s wisdom but in the “demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”(I Corinthians 2) Drug addicts, of all types will be delivered in just one day, without any withdraw symptoms, and not by a program, but by a person, and that person is:  the Lord Jesus Christ.  By His grace ALONE,     Bro. Paul Siddall             psiddall@mail.com

  

 

       

                                       

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