DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY 2018 Sept.14-16
Grace International Church Willis,TX just north of Houston
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“I didn’t feel near this good when I got here!” Haven’t you heard someone say that just after a worship service where it seemed as though the joyful bliss of heaven touched the pain of present earth for a couple of hours? Normally when I have felt like that was after an evening of being in the presence of God, lost in his loving touch. Though I was in the middle of a crowd of people who were appreciating his divine presence, I was not cognizant of their praises, their position or their voices. On one such an occasion, in a home Bible study, about twenty of us had been standing in a circle, holding hands and offering up worship and prayer at the end of the teaching period. Suddenly, as I was releasing praises of adoration, proclaiming the character and attributes of Father God, I realized who and what I was before the awesomeness of God. Forty-five minutes later, while on my face in the middle of the room, I suddenly became aware of the others who were present that night. But for forty-five minutes the praises of God witnessed to my heart my great need for God on that particular night. I realized that for all I wasn’t, and that for all I lacked, God was sufficient. At that very moment, though it had been a long and trying week, I was rested from the weariness and apprehension that had beset me because I was insufficient for all the requirements upon me.
I hold no sentiment whatsoever that Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics; in fact, I believe just the opposite. We know, and have ministered to, awesome men and women of God who are impacting politicians and legislation for the righteous purposes of God in this nation. Christians should be in leadership positions in every arena that molds the minds of society. We are presently living in the mire of the opposite view that has reigned in religious circles and is directly accountable for the fact that so few of the coming generation are supported (with encouragement, mentoring and finances) to take those fields of endeavor–while other religions and philosophies started preparing and strategically placing their coming generations 100 years ago. BUT the tide is turning. Joseph, Daniel, Esther arise, your forebears repent and synergistically run with you!
There will probably always be someone with the attitude of “Hello, Lord, my name’s Jimmy and I’ll take all you gimme.” Perhaps we should stop occasionally and ask ourselves, “Do my life and words show that I view God Almighty as One Who is worthy or do I view Him as One Who is just a great resource?” There are no lines in the age to come where people stand patiently for God to hand out “blessings,” for the sole occupation of EVERYONE in that age is BLESSING GOD. Consider Revelation 19 “I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God” (v.1). “And they cried: Amen, Hallelujah!” (v.4). “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!” (v. 6-7) So, it is not that I shall be silent in my waiting for God to “bless” ME but it is that I shall raise my voice, my hands, my instrument to proclaim blessing to HIM who has chosen me!
If some were asked why they attended church services, their response would be something like, “I go to receive a blessing” and then they very probably sit patiently on the bench until a preacher or someone actively involved in the service can “move” them so that they have received their “blessing.”
It is true that God enjoys “blessing” his people by doing things for them that edify and release them both in their inner man and in their physical man. However, sufficient Scripture cannot be found that would show that God “blessing” people is why he created them.
In fact, Scripture lays out quite a different scenario. After a command in Psalm 149 to “Praise the Lord” and to “Sing to the Lord a new song,” there is also the encouragement for Israel (the “blessed” people of God) to “rejoice, be glad, praise, dance, and make music… for the Lord takes delight in his people.” Paul joins the effort by proclaiming in Ephesians 1:11-12 that “In him we were also chosen.… in order that we…. might be for the praise of his glory.”
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(Job 33:15-16) “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men,
in slumberings upon the bed; 16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their
instruction”. — Visions-Joel 2:28; Prophecy-Rom.12:6
With a strong German accent my Grandfather would quote Psalm 150:6, “Let everyting dat hat bret praise da Lordt. Praise ye da Lordt.” From the time that I was a small child until I was fourteen he would begin a testimony (every Sunday night) with that verse and always, as he wept, end with “Godt is love.”
Exuberance and love for the Lord didn’t just have its place in religious services. Though his praises may have been more readily noticeable during worship service, my Grandfather’s worship was a lifestyle lived out before the world. When I was fourteen he passed this life to join the worshipers about the throne of God. I recall being amazed at the number of neighbors and business people from the community who were present at the funeral. Here was a man whose light shined, not just for church people to see, but genuinely for all to see, whether at worship, work, or just visiting throughout the community.
Pop Gabler was a praiser and worshiper of the first order. He actually believed and practiced the verses he so enthusiastically voiced. He actually believed that “EVERYTHING that hath breath” was to praise the Lord. There was always room in the Lord’s house, around the Lord’s table, in Pop Gabler’s home for anyone no matter what their background, their theology or their sin.
Love of God was readily expressed in the form of hospitality, patience, acceptance for “everything that hath breath”. If an alcoholic or prostitute wanted to come into our church, sit next to him and sing the songs of the faith and worship with us according to our form of worship, he welcomed them in the name of the Lord.
At the time of his passing, many from many walks of life, destitute to wealthy, sinner to saint voiced testimony that their lives had been touched by God through his acceptance of them. For the first time in my life I realized that it was possible for EVERYTHING THAT HATH BREATH to praise the Lord and I determined in my heart to be careful not to discourage “everything that hath breath” from praising the Lord.
The emphasis is not, “Am I worthy of God?” Rather, the emphasis is: God is worthy of ALL PRAISE. “All you have made will praise you, O Lord” (Ps. 145:10).