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September 13, 2000

Are We Ready???

Shelleymae Bartlett

Dear Friends & Family, Brothers & Sisters in the Lord,
Are we ready??? I pray for you to be waxed strong in the Spirit!!! Are we strong enough in our faith? Planted firmly on the bank of the river of life, with roots growing deep into the water of His Word? Vitally connected to Him? Are our hearts ready... Have we died to ourselves? Are we fully repented, emptied out, purified & filled up with His Spirit? Are we the living sacrifices He has requested us to be?...

To be willing no matter what the cost, to lay down even our lives for what we believe for the sake of the Kingdom? So others in seeing His strength through us may see the TRUTH, & may lay down their lives as well, to live forever with our SAVIOR, LORD, & KING JESUS CHRIST???

How many of us will turn away??? The Lord says many, & His heart breaks & pleads with us to change our minds & come with Him, & press in while there is still time.

All those who have their eyes on anything but the Lord will be deceived. Some of us will even fight the good fight & turn around & run in the end when we are finally faced with death itself.

There were 10 virgins. 5 were wise & 5 were foolish... They were ALL the Bride Elect, But it was only the ones who made themselves ready, those whose lamps were filled (with the Spirit), Trimmed,( repented & wearing the Full Armor of God [Jesus on the outside), Lit, (Jesus Christ shining in their hearts/lives) There is a difference between a wife & a virgin. The unmarried women (those who love not the world) careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be Holy both in body & spirit: But she that is married, careth for the things of this world (& she understands from her own understanding [carnal mind) sitting on the throne in her heart).

It is Purity/Holiness that He desires!! He is coming back for a Bride without spot (without immoral stain) & wrinkle (Without inner struggle).

As the world gets darker, our lights should be getting brighter & brighter that ALL should see HIM in & through us!!!! If you were to take a lit candle, & set it in your window in the bright of day, you could not even see the light.

You might even be able to look right through it & not even see the flame. (depending on the brightness of the outside light), But as dark approaches, the light will get brighter & brighter & in the darkest of the night, that light will not only light up all around the outside of our house for all those to see, But the inside of us as well!!!

Wherefore Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle & High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to him, as Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory then Moses, in as much as he who hath builded the house hath more honor than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that buildeth ALL things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all His house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But CHRIST as a son over His own house; Whose houses are we, IF we hold fast the confidence & the rejoicing of Hope firm unto the end. Wherefore (as the Holy Spirit saith, To day IF ye will hear His voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, proved me, & saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, & said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I swear in my wrath, they shall not enter into My Rest)

Take heed, brethren, lest there be any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from The Living God. But exhort each one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, IF we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they heard, did provoke: Howbeit not all came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom He was grieved forty years? Was IT not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Heb 3 (Please study Heb 4 also)

I tell you this because time is short, because there is a lost & dying world out there!!! We the Church have been asleep for way too long & the Lord is sounding the alarm... Wake up. Arise, Light your lamps... It is the 11th Hour...

There is a great revelation & promise ... in that, the darkest hour IS before dawn!!!

May the Grace & Peace & Strength of our Lord be with you all. You are in my heart, thoughts, & prayers, (\O/)

Shelleymae Bartlett

Destruction of gods!

Alice Weeks

Ex.32:1 ...(NIV) Come, make us gods... As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt we don't know what has happened to him. Isa.44:9-22 v.10, They that make a graven image are all of them vanity and their delectable (desirable) things shall not profit;


MY PEOPLE WANT gods THEY CAN SEE! They make gods of their leaders. When their leader goes to the mount to be with me, ie Moses, they pressure Aaron to make a golden calf, god of their own choosing, made of their own gold, made in the likeness of a beast. I brought my people out of Egypt with a mighty hand, with miracles and provisions, yet they sought the god of Egypt. What am I to do with my people? My people want gods they can see! I will destroy these gods! Then they will turn and repent.

John 20:29 ..because thou hast seen me thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Alice Weeks

Use It

Petru Prinsloo

The enemy has come upon some like a mighty flood of waters. Some stand awed at the untempered onslaught - sinking in the quagmire of unbelief, weakness and inactivity. Others simply flail about without anchor or direction, succumbing to the continuous waves - first down into the deep then upwards to the heavens. Even more wonder "Where is God in all this?" and lash out in dwindling faith.

In this bleak picture My Beloved Ones, I must ask "Where is your authority - why don't you use it?" Are you not the one's I have singled out to make disciples of the nations? Did I not give you authority to trample demons and heal the sick?


I have called and appointed you. I have given you the rod of Aaron to stretch out over the waters of Egypt to perform miracles to My glory and for setting the captives free. I have given you the rod of Moses to part the Red Sea, move into victory and break out into victorious songs of praise. Consider whether the Exodus would have occurred as it did, if Moses and Aaron did not ACT in obedience to Father's voice. They were told what to do and had to physically ACT upon it - they had to stretch out their rods until the goals were reached. Moses had to hold up his rod until the battle with the Amelikites was won. They had to physically react, do something and continue with it until the end. Obedience and action work together like a horse and carriage. The horse cannot effectively draw a burden without the carriage. The carriage cannot move the burden by itself. Your rod (spiritual authority) must be used only in obedience to My voice. Remember the consequences after Moses struck the rock when Father told him to speak to it?


As the priests bore the Ark of Presence before the children of Israel to part the Jordan., Today you are My holy priesthood bearing My Presence. Where waters are blocking your progress, step in with My Presence and the waters will part. I am the Author and Finisher of your faith. I endured the Cross, suffered the shame, tread out and perfected the path of faith. Remember, he who believes in Me, the works that I did, he will do also. Greater works than these he will do, because I am seated next to Father. I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you. Again, bearing My Presence and bearing fruit imply ACTION - action in faith. Faith in My Spirit within, that He will teach and guide you; faith in the faith I have perfected for you. Do not turn aside when waters: peoples, multitudes, danger, distress or tempest obstruct your walk for the Kingdom. Step forward into the waters, My Presence is with you; the waters shall not overcome you. However you must take that step into the water first...........


I have placed upon your shoulders the mantle of calling, anointing and responsibility - roll it up (use it) and strike the waters so you can move through on dry ground. I never spoke on My own authority, but by Father's command. I only did what I saw Him do. I have raised you and qualified you by My Spirit. I have endued you with strength and power and given you the right to exercise that power in My name. Your calling and anointing are powerful and excellent; for consider from whence it comes! This is not the calling into a particular office but the calling to go forth and BE ACTIVE for My Kingdom. By My spirit I have anointed and sealed you. Do not draw your mantle close to you; don't use My power for your glory. Take your anointing and IN HUMILITY wield your authority and power to part the waters.


Evil has no weapon against this combination of faith, obedience, humility and a relationship with Me - your authority. I defeated Satan but he knows that if you don't use your authority against him, he will come against you like mighty rushing waters.


Look again to the Ark of Presence - did it not contain Aaron's rod within; was it not covered with a mantle (layer) of gold? The people followed this Ark through the wilderness. Now you, by My Presence within, your rod and mantle, must open a way through the waters. Beloved, Hear My voice, stretch out your rod over the waters and the captives will be set free; bear My Presence, take that first step into the waters and you will come upon My Kingdom; take up your mantle, strike the waters and you will see miracles before your eyes.

My Beloved ones, you have all you need. You have Me and you have what I gave you. Use it goodly for I long for Our wedding night.


Bill Yount

I saw a vision of a hand gripping a plow, sweating under the burden of labor in the field of ministry. Coming down onto the plower's field were birds fluttering, great and small, threatening to steal the seed being sown, greatly distracting the plower plodding along.


There were high winds of adversity prevailing with thick dark clouds of oppression overshadowing this huge field. These present conditions on the ground and in the atmosphere seemed to render this labor to be all in vain. The hand being weary and now trembling from discouragement started slipping from the plow hopelessly. For a brief moment, this vision stood motionless as though the heartbeat of the plower had stopped.


Suddenly, God's voice, like thunder cracking through the black clouds, touching down like lightning, pierced the plower's heart as though it would burst with electrifying power like a jump start.....


Look not to the right or to the left.

Don't look back.

Don't even look ahead,

. . .but look up and fix your eyes on Me, the Author and Finisher of your labor, for your redemption draweth nigh. Waste no time shooing the birds from your field, but keep your hand to the plow and keep plowing on in hope.


"Know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord and be not weary in well doing for you shall reap bountifully if you faint not. I am coming into your field of labor to redeem it and to release a new anointing and unction that will break forth upon your ground, for the earth is Mine."


"I am also coming into your ministry and you will discover power coming upon your plow.... going before you, making the crooked places straight and cutting the bars asunder, opening up even new ground and opportunities."

"My strength will come flowing through the plow into your hand and the blood, sweat and tears sown in discouragement will be reaping in My joy that will become your strength in this last-day harvest. You will discover My strength being made perfect in your weakness and find My joy in your journey."


"For joy is not only found in the reaping, but there will be plenty in the sowing. So much that the days will come as in Amos 9:13..."The plowman shall overtake the reaper," says the Lord. "Remember that he that observes the wind shall not sow, and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not what is the way of the Spirit, even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. In the morning sow thy seed and in the evening withhold not thine hand; for thou knowest not wither shall prosper, either this or that or whether they both shall be alike good." Ecclesiastes 11:4 "KEEP YOUR HAND TO THE PLOW"

Bill Yount


Diane Bahler

After the death of Saul, David returned from defeating the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days. On the THIRD DAY a man arrived from Saul's camp, with his clothes torn and with dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor.

"Where have you come from?" David asked him.

He answered, "I have escaped from the Israelite camp."

"What happened?" David asked. "Tell me."

He said, "The men fled from the battle. Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead."

Then David said to the YOUNG MAN who brought him the report, "How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?"

"I happened to be on Mount Gilboa," the young man said, "and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and riders almost upon him. When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, 'What can I do?' "He asked me, 'Who are you?' "'An Amalekite,' I answered. "Then he said to me, 'Stand over me and kill me! I am in the throes of death, but I'm still alive.' "So I stood over him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord."

Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

David said to the young man who brought him the report, "Where are you from?"

"I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite," he answered.

David asked him, "Why were you not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?" Then David called one of his men and said, "Go, strike him down!" So he struck him down, and he died. For David had said to him, "Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, 'I killed the Lord's anointed.'"

David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, and ordered that the men of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar): "Your glory, O Israel, lies slain on your heights. How the mighty have fallen! (2 Samuel 1: 1-19)

The Lord led me to read this scripture last night (9-10) but I didn't think too much about it until a friend asked me today if I had any thoughts on the firing of Bobby Knight. Events in the natural often reflect what is happening in the spiritual realm. Natural events can be used by the Lord as prophetic foreshadowing, illustration, or warning. I think there is something of all of these in the recent events with the Indiana University Coach. First some background:

The Knight Who Would be King

Bobby Knight has been the head basketball coach at Indiana University for almost 30 years. Indiana is almost synonymous with basketball and a lot of that is due to the excitement Coach Knight brought to college basketball. Knight has come to symbolize IU and even Indiana to some extent. "Hoosier Pride" has become an unofficial motto of Indiana.

Knight was the knight who would be king. He built a kingdom of his own at IU and news reports indicated Knight was often disrespectful even to the university president. Knight was able to get away with it because he became something of a legend for both his winning teams and his outrageous behavior. Over the years he has frequently demonstrated his bad temper publicly but has suffered few consequences because of strong public support until recently. This year alone Knight was accused of choking a player in a 1997 practice and a university secretary accused him of throwing a vase at her. These latest incidents led to University President Myles Brand issuing a "zero tolerance " policy toward Knight's behavior. Knight agreed to this policy in order to continue coaching at IU.

To be very honest, I hoped that Knight could make it one more year, finish the race and be able to retire as a hero. I was at IU in the late 1970's when "Hoosier Hysteria" was rampant. But as someone in my office remarked today: "NO ONE CAN SURVIVE ZERO TOLERANCE."

The final nail in Knight's coffin came a few days ago when a 19 year old FRESHMAN greeted Knight in a way the Indiana coach deemed far too casual and disrespectful. Knight reportedly grabbed the young man's arm and gave him a lecture. On Sunday night the school decided Knight's reaction was the final straw in a "pattern of unacceptable behavior" and fired him. Knight refused the opportunity to resign.

A Prophetic Allegory

This word is not personally for Bobby Knight or anyone involved in his situation; however, after seeking the Lord about it this afternoon, I believe this story is an allegory for what the Lord is saying to the Church in this hour.

Bobby Knight can be seen as a type of Saul. He had been around for a long time. He was part of the "old guard" and he built his kingdom with PRIDE. He was truly a talented coach (anointed) and he was successful in many ways. However, over time, he became a despot - ruling by control and intimidation. He became so confident in the power of his position that he largely ignored those higher up and built his own kingdom. He probably thought he was invincible because he had many supporters. However, he couldn't own his own behavior. Knight always seemed to have an excuse for his behavior and it usually placed the blame on someone else. His pride kept him from seeing himself honestly and making any real changes. It was his pride that brought him down. In his pride, Knight thought that he could live up to a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for his behavior. A YOUNG MAN - a FRESH man - greeted him in a way that he thought was disrespectful of his position and authority and reacted with anger and intimidation. And in the end his pride denied him his last opportunity to leave IU with a more positive legacy by resigning rather than being fired.

A Word for the Church

There are many in current leadership in the church that are "servants who became kings." There are many "Saul Kingdoms". They may have started out with the Lord's anointing but somewhere along the way they became victims of their own publicity. They became blinded by pride and the spirit of Saul entered in as they began to build their own kingdoms. They may have believed they were inquiring of the Lord but they stopped waiting on Him and began to listen to their own reason and logic. The spirit of witchcraft and manipulation moved in and began to convince them that they were hearing from the Lord when they were listening to their own minds, wills and emotions. Most of them probably believe they are truly humble and exhibit a great deal of false humility, not understanding that true humility is being totally dependent on the grace of God and the finished work of the cross. In time the Spirit withdrew and they began to rule with intimidation and control rather than risk losing their position and authority, truly believing they were doing God a favor by maintaining discipline and order.

1 Chronicles 10: 13-14 says that "Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not INQUIRE OF THE LORD. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David, son of Jesse."

The spirit of pride has become so strong in some that they can not see the deceit in their own hearts. They deny that there is anything wrong in their own hearts. They rely on their own works, however, rather than the Spirit. Because they do not live by the Spirit they are living under the law which is a POLICY OF ZERO TOLERANCE. And NO ONE CAN SURVIVE ZERO TOLERANCE.

There is about to be a changing of the guard - the old for the new. The Lord is about to overthrow "Saul's" kingdom and He is going to use a FRESH- MAN to do it - the MANCHILD - the Sons of the Spirit of Elijah. But Saul's death will bring no joy to them. Instead they will lament "how the mighty have fallen" because they will be able to see the difference between the person and the spirits (religion, pride, antichrist) holding those persons in bondage.

There is also a danger and a word of warning to those "young men" who would seek a name for themselves by helping to kill Saul so that they can take his crown. The Lord is about to send fire to burn up EVERTHING that is built on PRIDE.

The good news is there is a way of escape. It is the way of the cross. Both Saul's and young Amalekites do NOT have to fall to the sword if they will lay down their crowns willingly at the foot of the cross. There is still time to trade their man-acquired authority for true spiritual authority. Before the "mighty" fall, we must cry out to the Lord for Him to open the eyes of their hearts so that they can see the destructive lies pride has them in bondage to. Repentance will set them free but pride BLINDS the heart and keeps them from true repentance.

"O daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and finery, who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold." (2 Samuel 1: 24)

This is what the Lord, the Creator, the Holy One of Israel says:


The Power to Heal and Help

Woodrow Lucas

Recently the Lord used a class on Health Ministries that I'm taking at Northpark University to demonstrate to me the power of Christian Unity and Faith. Lately, a great many Christians and Christian groups have been experiencing miracles and there is a new found resurgence in focus on the Charismatic or "sign gifts". But it recently occurred to me that much of that focus has been somewhat vain in the sense that we want the gifts simply for our own entertainment or edification. For instance, there is a preacher such that every where he goes gold dust manifests. Well what about us getting together and fasting and praying such that in those countries where the GDP is low and yet inflation seems to just get higher and higher that the Lord would anoint Christians with the power to make gold and bless people financially. Similarly, the gift of healing. I believe that this applies not just to humans but to the Creation which man was appointed steward over, to subdue and rule.

I believe that God intends for us to be gentle rather than dominating rulers. Thus why not fast and pray such that people in developing nations can breathe life into their water supply and transform parasitic organisms into life spreading bacteria? I believe that as certain Christian organizations which acknowledge the "sign" gifts and those Christian organizations which have been servicing the poor with very little help from "supernatural" anointing as it applies to the gifts begin more and more to dialogue then those with the gifts might get some better insight as to how to apply them in the spirit of optimized charity and those without the gifts might garner some more Faith to believe in God not just for natural means of engendering health through cooperation, justice, and education but also supernatural means such as claiming our spiritual and natural authority over the earth and all molecules therein.

I pray and hope that all Christians as the world hurts more and more would receive the gift to heal in the Spirit of John 14:12 and would begin to manifest miraculous power over the forces of nature not just to save souls but to grant hope and healing to those souls suffering in poverty and disease.

God Bless

Woody and Machel

T. Austin-Sparks
September, 1927

". . . the flesh profiteth nothing . . ." John 6:63. There is so much—and there are so many ways—which claim to be "God's Service" and "mighty works in the Name of Jesus." Thank God, however, that we have not to judge and decide what and what is not true service to God. It is given to us; nevertheless, to recognize and emphasize basic principles by which all that claim to serve Him must judge themselves in this matter.

Now, of this service there must never be a judging after the seeing of the eyes or the hearing of the ear! This is a matter into which the senses cannot come without the peril of deceiving and misleading the whole life. The service of God—like every other thing in relation to Him—is essentially an unmixed spiritual thing.

Again and again we have marked the grievous tragedy of ministries—personal or otherwise—which were mighty in spiritual significance, that in time took human significance and assumed forms of natural impressiveness at the expense of that essential value to God. Yes! It has grown big, expansive, and famous. Yes! He or she has a name, a reputation, a following, a fame, and a position; but so often . . . oh, son often . . . at a cost which makes it all poor gain and makes God's heart bleed.

Without seeming to judge of this ourselves, let us state a principle: All-inclusively, only what God does Himself is God's service! This is basic to the entire revelation of the purposes of God in the whole Scriptures. The Lord Jesus is most insistent upon this Himself: "The Son can do nothing of Himself" (John 5:19) "My Father worketh hitherto" (John 5:17) "He (the Father) doeth the works" (John 14:10)

Motive, good intent, laboriousness, enthusiasm "in the name of Jesus," "for the Kingdom," "in the interests of mankind," etc.—these do not count in the realm of "the eternal purpose which He (the Father) purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11) if they are our own activities . . . with our own natural resources. It must be "God which worketh in you" (Philippians 2:12).

The flesh cannot enter into the works of God; hence the measure of spiritual effectiveness is the measure in which the Cross of Christ has slain our flesh experimentally . . . not what appears to be successful Christian work, but what is done—not by men—but by God through crucified men. We must be content to have our fruitfulness and spiritual value registered in the unseen . . . and not be dominated by the scales of values as set up by men on the earth.

Even after Moses had been chosen, had received the revelation, and had been commissioned, "the Lord met him, and sought to kill him." Why? Because the circumcision of the flesh had been neglected . . . and no flesh can serve the Lord.

T. Austin-Sparks September, 1927 GRACE BIBLE MINISTRIES

Submitted by Doug Fortune


Ginny Bell

Children, I have heard your cry for Increase. Increase! Increase!, you cry. And this pleases me. I want to increase you in power, in strength, in authority, in finances, and in every facet of your life. Indeed, this must happen.

But you, darling children, have not known that increase is what happens in WAR when the victory is won and the spoils are presented to you for the taking. Yes, increase is not handed to you automatically, but is won waging war against the enemy and taking back the land he has stolen from you.

I AM a MAN OF WAR! The LORD is my Name! I teach your hands to war. I teach your fingers to fight. For it is by my Spirit, and not by your own might or power, that you will enter into the land and possess it through WARFARE. It will not be your own strength that wins the battle for you, but you must be willing to engage in the battle. Indeed, all these trials and hardships that have compassed about you are working for you by my Spirit, because you are now in a position to let me teach your hands to war and your fingers to fight. It is not my desire that you lay down and let the enemy trample upon you. NO! Fight! Fight, for the spoils of war are those very things you have cried out for in your spirits—restoration, healing, prosperity in every area of your walk with me. Look at the Scriptures which depict me as the Man of War, the Mighty Conqueror, the Captain of the Hosts. I am here to win the victory for you as you engage in the battle. Make up your mind to fight! Keep your eyes on your Captain. Don't give up. Stand up and see the salvation of the Lord. I am FOR you. Praise me. Worship me. Call upon Me to arise and scatter your enemies. Stand in the strength of your GOD. Rally the troops and call upon your God to fight for you.

Ps 144:1
Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: (KJV)

Ginny Bell

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