Five-Fold Today - A New Grove Of Trees - Temporary Blindness - Your Life Is Not Your Own, Rise Up And Prepare - The Book of Ephesians, An Apostolic Manual - Where the Rivers Go - Not Yet "Due Time"

December 19, 2000


Stephen Hanson

13. And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land." Is. 6

5. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
6. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3

8. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts. Prov. 18
19. A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. Prov. 20

(The Lord showed me a man who was chopping at a section of a tree. He kept chopping and chopping and finally, the tree came down. Then I watched as several trees were chopped down, one at a time. Afterwards I noticed that after the stump was left, it wasn't particularly a "clean cut," it was somewhat splintered or jagged at the bottom.)

(Again, I was shown a similar scene, only I was watching this from more of a distance. I watched as a huge redwood was felled. Several of these along with other deciduous and evergreen trees were being chopped down. The huge trees then fell to the ground. Then a small evergreen tree was found and it was placed into the ground. It was placed in a hole of where one of these redwoods was taken out of. It was carefully set into place with dirt being "packed" around it so that it would be in good soil and ready to grow.)

(Finally, this time I was shown a grove of very lush-looking trees. I was looking at this section of trees from overhead. They were thick and seemed to be healthy in this area. However, in the middle of this grove there was a fire that had started to break-out. It continued to grow and it had reached a huge blaze. All of the trees in this area or grove, were in danger of being burned and destroyed.)

"These trees represent my servants who have stood in a certain place for a long time. You have been set into the ground and have been there for a long time. But the axe is laid to the stump, for you have not proven to follow Me. I have younger ones who will be placed in the soil where you have been. The stumps will remain though as a reminder. For there is a new generation coming forth."

"The forest has been caught unaware by a fire. It has broken out in the middle, and you have been caught unaware by it. The enemy is right there in the midst of you. The enemy is slander, and the enemy is gossip. An entire section of you can easily be destroyed. As an entire forest can be destroyed, so the tongue can spread its fire."

"Let not the voices be heard around you. Don't listen to a gossiper. Do not feed on his morsels."

"The land will bring forth a new grove of trees in my name. A remnant will remain. They have not lifted up their voice to slander another. They have not listened to the lies of the enemy."

Stephen Hanson

Temporary Blindness

Marsha Burns

I am allowing places of temporary blindness in your lives so that you can't see where you are going next. This is for the purpose of sharpening your walk by faith. You cannot be self-sufficient and still depend on Me. We cannot be one when you are independent. It will no longer be sufficient for you to depend on the arm of flesh. I am drawing you higher and elevating you in the realm of the spirit so that your spiritual eyes will be opened to a greater degree. Rise up above the blinding storms in your lives, and I will show you things that are to come. Some of you have trusted in an old vision, but it has become dim with the passing of time, so it is time for revision. Be prepared to look past your current circumstances into the realm of the spirit.

Faith Tabernacle
Kremmling, CO

Your Life Is Not Your Own, Rise Up And Prepare

Yolanda Ballard

Be still and know that I am God. Know that I have called you to do a mighty work of restoration through you, My children, My called out ones. Come unto Me and receive the strength that is needed to carry out the task that is ahead of you.

For these are treacherous times. In many places around the world many are dying for proclaiming My name. Even in remote villages that many don't even know of. For many have given up their own lives...their own comforts and family, friends, and finances to put Me first. They have given up their lives completely to serve Me. They live out My word....that they love not their lives unto death.

Now I am saying this to remind you this day that your life is not your own...for it was purchased with the blood of My own Son. He gave up His life that you would have life and more abundantly. But your interpretation of abundant life many times is much different than Mine. What you may have allowed the enemy to do is to give you a false security and a false freedom.

Yes, your life is truly hidden in Me alone. I am your security, your refuge, your high tower. But many trust their lives in the arm of the flesh and build their own snare. For true blessings and prosperity come only by waiting upon Me and trusting in My timing and provision. Many are debt free because they have stood upon My word and in My provision and timing. And now they have ample amount to live comfortably and to also give an abundant amount into My kingdom.

I am telling you this to remind you that your time is not your own. It is purchased by the blood of My own Son. So look unto Me as how you should spend your time. Be conscious of My will at all times. For it is not your will to be done but My will to be done in you and through you.

Look unto Me the author and finisher of your faith. Stand on My word alone for I have so many promises to manifest in your many blessings to pour out upon you. But you have given into the lies of the enemy in many areas of your life for you do not live completely for Me. I am not the one who is on the throne of your life, but you are. You are the one who makes many of your decisions of how you are to spend your life.

Now I admonish you. I have given many the freedom to decide who they are to follow each day. Many do not live the life of a missionary whose life is completely directed by Me each step of the way. They have to trust Me completely for their safety and provision and without My anointing--maintained by prayer and fasting--they are nowhere. They have a holy fear within their hearts that if they don't live close to Me, they will not survive.

Now this is an ample blessing for them, but it is a hard life but much fruit of My Spirit results from this. And signs and wonders and miracles follow their words because they have been before Me. They do not have all the distractions that many in the world have. They have a life of simplicity and faith in Me.

Now I am saying all this to you to warn you that the time is short and that your priorities in life must be set straight. Be determined to weed out all that distract you from My presence. Be concerned only with the things of necessity when you go out to make your living. Do not make the plans that determine how much materialistic gain you would acquire in your life. Seek ye first My kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Make sure the desires of your heart are pure, and I will bless you.

Examine your hearts, My children, and determine to know the truth behind your actions. Be open and I will reveal to you all that has been a hindrance in your life. Let Me uproot all the rebellion, the selfishness, the pride and vanity....and even the desire to make a name for yourself. Do not fool yourself any longer. Are you truly living for Me or are you still on the throne of your life? This is the time to truly examine your heart and believe for the changes that I have in store. I have promised you the abundant life, but it is only hidden in Me, says your God.

Come one, come all, come unto My banqueting table of love for I have so much I want to pour out upon you of My glory and grace. Oh, My children, do not stay away. Come unto Me and feast upon all the hidden manna I have to bestow upon you. Do not stay away from the nourishment I have for you through My Word. It is your sustenance. Do not feel that you don't need to come to Me daily for this nourishment because if you don't you will surely die. Your spirit needs to be fed daily all the milk and the wheat, the grain that will make you strong, and the meat that you will become strong in Me. I have everything that you need contained within My Word.

So put aside all that would distract you. Put Me first. My presence and My Word are of utmost importance to you. So why do you try to make it on your own so much? Why do you struggle so to survive. Look unto Me, the author and finisher of your faith. For faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Not just reading My Word but speaking it forth daily in your conversations of life. Watch what you say for you will be blessed or cursed by what comes forth from your mouth. Do not set up your own snares. Don't work with your enemy but against him for he is only out to steal, kill and destroy you and your life in Me.

So put forth your armor and your enforcements to good use. Do not let them lie idly not being used. Pick up My Word and be made strong. Sharpen your sword, polish your armor, stand behind your shield completely so that no firey dart can touch your mind. Do not look at circumstances but look to My Word. Confess My Word and walk in faith standing firmly on My promises and be strong says your God.v And arise from your sleep for the battle is at hand. Do not be complacent but be wise and prepare. If you cannot run now with the men against you, what will you do when the horses are loosed? I warn you now. Prepare now while you have time. Wake up from your sleep and prepare!

The Book of Ephesians, An Apostolic Manual

John Kempf

Ephesians presents the church with a spiritual schematic, a spiritual blueprint that lays out it powerful, governing apostolic truth. The spiritual doctrines and dynamics outlined and expanded upon in Ephesians pave a clear, determined, and productive path whereupon individual believers in Christ and the church collectively should tread. The first chapter of Ephesians speaks of nothing less magnificent and inspiring than of the church's eternal foundation!

Make no mistake about it; the book of Ephesians is about the church in the most comprehensive sense! And it must be emphasized that what makes the church so glorious is that its inception, its foundation, its mandate, and everything related to its ministry comes from the Head of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, Ephesians schools the body of Christ, the church of the Living God, about its rightful and predestined sphere of power and influence--"heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3).

Thus, the church operates and administers from the spiritually lofty and effectual position to which God, through the power of His Holy Spirit and in accordance with his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself (Ephesians 1:9), has raised the church up to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. From that majestic and blessed spiritual posture it is the ordained will of God that His children—His church, rule and reign as heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).

Therefore, this is an awesome hour in the long and continuing history of the church. Let the apostle and prophet arise and with powerful affirmation and reformation-based consequence, declare to the church — behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He has saved us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we are glad and rejoice in His salvation (Isaiah 25:9).

Pastor John Kempf
Sword Of The Spirit International

Where the Rivers Go

Maria Magruder-Taylor

And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live Ezk 47:9

When we think of the river of God, we usually think of one river, yet there are several rivers of God! There are rivers of healing, deliverance, salvation, rivers of provision, rivers of life! Everywhere these rivers go there is LIFE! Where do these rivers come from? You of course! They come from within YOU! Wherever you GO there should be good fruit left behind, there should be LIFE.

John 7:38 He who believes in Me as the scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.

I hear the Lord saying, For those who will listen to My voice and seek me with their whole hearts will find these rivers increasing inside them, so much so they will not be able to stand in the waters anymore, for they will have to swim, because they will be overcome with the rivers.

Ezk 47:5 for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.

For there is no end in depth to My rivers, and I desire that you are not just ankle deep in the things of Me, but that you immerse yourself completely in My ways, and my statutes, for its only in the deep waters that I can move you freely in My Spirit. There is so much more, you think you have tasted the rivers of God, yet you have only come waist deep, and I am calling you into the deeper things of My Spirit.

Everywhere you allow My rivers to go there will be an explosion of LIFE! Allow My rivers to run through you, don t allow yourself to dammed up! Let the rivers flow!

Ezk 47:9 There will be a very great multitude of fish, because the waters go there, for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.

As My people are overcome with My rivers, they won t help but to overflow into the fields of harvest bringing fruit everywhere they go. There will even be certain areas that I will tell you to drop your net for the harvest will be great!

Ezk 47:10 there will be places for spreading their nets.

This last day of harvest is not just for certain people, but it is a body move that I am doing. I will use My body to reach the world. It will no longer be a select few, but My whole body will be in movement with power and anointing, as a great army.

For those of you who haven t been seeing the results in the Spirit or have been awaiting that breakthrough, its time to cast your net on the other side, it time to move with the rivers of God. For the same place that you have chosen will not work anymore. If you will allow Me, I will move you to a place, a place for you to cast your net and then there will be a great exceedingly many of fish in your net! For My rivers are going towards the Great Sea of people, but many of you haven't left your place, you have been stagnant, and have not seen any results. The rivers must go to Great Sea, which is the people, because that's where My rivers flow! You thought My rivers could only flow in your four walls, yet I say to you the rivers are to flow FROM the temple to the world, and when the rivers reach the people they will be healed!

Ezk 47: 8 When it (river) reaches the sea, its waters are healed.

For those of your who have let your rivers become stagnant in your heart, you will not see any fruit of My Spirit, unless you change your ways, and move with the rivers of God. I say it again, what you thought was Me or what worked in the past will no longer work, for I am doing a new thing, forget the former things, let go of mans ways and traditions, and get into my rivers, and let Me take you to these places I have for you! For the places I have for you, do not reside within the four walls that have become so comfortable, these sacred places reside with the things of the lowly, what was less will now be the more honorable parts.

Ezk 47:11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt.

My rivers start with the temple and move outward towards the Great Sea. Where are your rivers going? Or have they been stagnant? I pray that you allow the rivers to flow out from you, for you are the temple of the Holy Ghost, and He is ready for you to move. For in Him we move and have our being. Its time to move with the rivers of God.


Not Yet "Due Time"

A. W. Tozer

But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
--Job 23:10

God has said He will exalt you in due time, but remember, He is referring to His time and not yours!

Some of you are actually in a fiery furnace right now. You are in a special kind of spiritual testing. The pastor may not know it and others may not know it, but you have been praying and asking the Lord: "Why don't you get me out of this?"

In God's plan it is not yet "due time." When you have come through the fire, God will get you out and there will not be any smell of smoke on your garment and you will not have been harmed.

The only harm that can come will be from your insistence that God must get you out sooner than He plans.

The Lord has promised to exalt you in due time and He has always kept His promises to His people.

As children, we can always afford to wait. A saint of God does not have to be concerned about time when he is in the will of God.
I Call It Heresy!, 116-117.

"Lord, I pray this morning for anyone who is 'actually in a fiery furnace right now.' Give great grace to endure until the 'due time' when You bring release and exaltation. Amen."

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