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As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”   (Psalms 42:1)

Great deeds are done by men with great desires, and the heart of man is the furnace that forges those desires.

Knowledge won’t drive you that far – it just makes you accountable.
Wisdom may enlighten you and make you aware, but it is not the driving force of your heart.
Obediently doing good deeds will make a fair show of going through the motions, but it is not inspired with the flame of passion.

We sit and listen to passionate preachers pointing us in the direction we should go, we read the books that are meant to get us moving down the right path, and we sing the songs that lift our souls, but those are only tools to help, not the actual driving force itself.

As human beings, we need inspiration to lift us up over mediocrity.  Something must drive us, or we will not be driven; something has to draw us, or we will not be drawn.  It is not in the heart of man to inspire himself to great things in God; it has to come from God.

We know what to do – we just need the desire to do it.

I have preached a lot of messages, and have had a lot messages preached to me, but as the congregation files out the back door, you have to wonder how far the word that was just preached to them will go.  We need more than that little bit of gas that the preacher put in our tanks to go much farther than the church door.

We can edify one another and hold each other up, but inspiration must come from the Throne of God.  He is the only one that can light that fire in your heart with the spark that comes from the Holy Ghost.  Now true, you have to bring fuel for the fire, and you have to continue to feed that fire, but the first spark comes from the Spirit of God.

It happens when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  A fire is lit in your heart that you never had before.  You can actually feel the warmth!  But it is up to you to keep the fire going.

All the preachers in the world, all the edifying stories from other Christians, and all the self-help books written cannot replace the wood for that fire.  That wood comes from the Word of God and nothing else.  There is no substitute.  The Word of God was written in the Spirit, and that is what you need to pierce through the layers of flesh and mind to touch the innermost part of your heart.

Reading and prayer will draw you to God and builds the fire in your heart, but when you forget your reading and prayer, however, you forget your power in God, and eventually the fire goes out. 

God will put the desire in our hearts if we go up to Him and get it; it doesn’t just fall out of Heaven into our lap.  And once we have it, we must continue to seek the face of the Lord to keep it.

So, life is a test: 

Some people care, and some people don’t. 

Some will seek the face of God, and some won’t. 

Some will overcome everything in their way to serve the Lord, and some will choose the easy way out. 

Some will cry out to God for the drive and desire to serve Him, and some will just wait for it to happen to them. 

Some will depend on others to serve the Lord, and some will push their way through the crowd to touch the Throne of God for themselves.

Some will cause their lights to shine and their fires to blaze, while others allow their embers to grow cold.

Some will do great deeds in God, while others sit and watch.

The following article is an excerpt from the coming volume 10 of the Voice in the Wilderness series. It will be available on our website: http://www.revivalfire.org/books/


“…her candle goeth not out by night.”  Proverbs 31:18

What separates a nominal Christian from an on-fire Christian?

Vector illustration of yellow candle on black background

There is a line that God draws to separate those who make it into Heaven, and those who don’t.  I have often wondered, where is that line? 

I don’t believe for a moment that just because I may have repeated a prayer of Salvation once in my life, that I am forever saved and can go on about my life living the way I please.  Jesus didn’t give his life so I could have an excuse to sin.

Neither do I believe that just because I believe God exists, or because I attend a church somewhere that I will meet the criteria that God requires.  Jesus told those who claimed to have eaten and drank in His presence that He never knew them, even those who had prophesied in His name.

Let me go one step further and say that even perfection in doctrine would not give me entrance into that place of Grace that gives life to the soul.  The Pharisees were squeaky clean in doctrine and works, but from the sound of things, they wound up in Hell.

I fully understand the importance of sound doctrine, which, as the building blocks for our house of safety, must be laid straight and true for the walls to be strong.   The Apostle Paul fought fiercely to defend the churches against all sorts of heretics, including those who maintained that a return to circumcision and the works of the Old Law were necessary for salvation – a doctrine that is still alive today.  And yet, while utterly important in directing our walk in God, correct doctrine can only point the way in which to walk, and works can only embellish it.

Something more is needed.

When reading about the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, who is the picture of the true Church, I was struck by the passage quoted above.  Who burns their candle all night long?  And why would you do that? 

I dare say that most of us turn the lights off when we go to bed.  But not the virtuous woman.  She kept her light burning throughout the entire night.

As Christians, we rejoice in our salvation and celebrate our transformation from Death, but a truly converted Christian will not stop there.  He must look back into the darkness and shine a light so others can see the lighthouse of safety and come out of the world of death. 

The essence of Grace is manifested in us when it transforms us from a creature of this world to someone whose heart and soul are planted in the next, and the realities of darkness become most stark when seen from that place of light.  The dark seems darker and the despair seems more desperate.

We all have our testimony that we uphold, and while many are satisfied with that, others are not.  Truly transformed believers are not satisfied with attending bland church services, fellowshipping with other satisfied believers in ivory halls of contentment, and warming ourselves by the coals of indifference.

Something inside us cannot rest while others are dying.  While others seek the calm serenity of their chapels and cathedrals, there are those of us who want to set up a rescue station one foot away from the very Gates of Hell.  Light the candle and let it burn all night long.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not about us.  It’s about others.  Charity is what makes the difference between those who are content and those who are on fire.  Charity is more than “love” – it is love in action.  Above all things, even Faith and Hope, Charity stands as the essence of the entire Gospel, the main theme of the Cross, the whole reason why Jesus died, and the central reason of why we were called. Without Charity, we are but tinkling bells and a sounding cymbal – plenty of noise and pretty music, but lacking substance.

Charity is what separates the sheep from the goats.

Brother Dale, dale@revivalfire.org

Bibles for Liberia

Our brothers in Liberia have held a 4-day revival campaign. So far 538 souls have been saved. We need 300 Bibles for people who cannot afford them. Can you help?

Donate here:
https://donorbox.org/bibles-for-liberia-revival

Here’s their report from yesterday. Added to this is another 150 souls just today.

Brother Dale+


REVIVAL FIRE SOULS WINNING SUMMARY REPORT

DATE: OCTOBER 12-15 2021

ATTENDED: OCTOBER 12-2021

 DAY TWELVE (12) THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY (320) WERE IN ATTENDANCE, THE SERVICE WAS INCREDIBLE, WITH GREAT ATTENDANCE AND CROWD OF MULTITUDE THAT SHOW OUT FOR THE REVIVAL.

RESULTS:

 ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE (105) SOULS GOT SAVED DURING THE REVIVAL AND ONE (1) WOMAN GOT HEAL FROM MENSTRUATION PROBLEM, (MARY KAMARA) TESTIFY THAT SHE HAS BEEN MENSTRUATING OVER FOUR (4) MONTHS NON STOP BUT WHEN SHE WAS INVITED FOR THE REVIVAL ON TUESDAY THE 13 OF OCTOBER, DURING THE PRAYER HOUR THE POWER OF GOD TOUCH HER AND IMMEDIATELY THE FLOW OF BLOOD STOP.

ATTENDED: OCTOBER 13-2021

DAY THIRTEEN (13) THREE HUNDRED AND NINETY (390) MEN AND WOMEN ATTENDED THE CONFERENCE AND REVIVAL.

RESULTS:

NINETY-FIVE (95) SOULS GOT SAVED DURING THE REVIVAL AND TWO MEN GOT HEAL, A 40YRS OLD MAN POSSESSED BY DEMON GOT DELIVERED.  WE HAVE A REMARKABLE SERVICE

ATTENDED OCTOBER 14 2021

SEVEN HUNDRED (700) PERSONS WERE IN ATTENDANCE AND WE HAD UNBELIEVABLE MIRACLES DURING THE REVIVAL, THIS WAS VERY BIG MEETING. IT’S HAPPENING BECAUSE OF THE PRICE, COMMITMENT AND SACRIFICES THAT WE ARE PAYING FOR SOULS WINNING, AS WE PAY THE COST OF SOULS GOD GIVE US THE SOULS, ONLY THOSE THAT ARE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE, GET THE PRIZE (PHILIPPIAN 3:8-14) SACRIFICE IS THE GREATEST SECRET FOR SOUL WINNING. PRAISE THE LORD WE HAD CATCH IT.

RESULTS

DURING THE REVIVAL ONE MUSLIM WOMAN VISITED THE REVIVIAL SHE HAS BEEN PREGNANT FOR 12 MONTH NO DELIVERY, SHE WERE STANDING AT THE BACK, WHERE THERE WAS NO LIGHT, THE LADY NEVER TOLD HER HUSBAND THAT SHE WAS COMING TO REVIVAL METTING.

THIS LADY HID HERSELF IN DARKNESS BECAUSE OF FEAR, WHILE PRAYER WAS GOING ON BY PASTOR MOMO SELEY, THE POWER OF ANOINTING TOUCH THE BABY IN THE WOMB, SHE RECEIVED DELIVERY PAIN IMMEDIATELY, PEOPLE THAT WERE CLOSER TO HER CARRY HER AT THE CLINIC TO GIVE BIRTH, THIS IS THE REALLY MIRACLE BEFORE REACHING TO THE CLINIC SHE GIVE BIRTH BY HERSELF ON THE ROAD.

WE VISITED HER AT HER HOUSE AND HUSBAND BOTH OF THEM GIVE THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST IT’S SO AMAZING TESTIMONY, THIS INCREDIBLE MIRACLE BROUGHT ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT (108) SOULS AND THEY GOT SAVED.  I TOLD MYSELF THIS IS LIKE A DREAM, BUT IT REALLY HAPPENED TO HER, IT’S ONE OF UNBELIEVABLE MIRACLE THAT I HAVE WITNESSED, PERSONALLY.

ATTENDED OCTOBER 15 2021

 ACCORDING TO THE DATA THAT WAS COLLECTED DURING THE REVIVAL FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHTH (480) SHOW UP IN THE MEETING, THE REVIVAL MEETING WAS VERY PARK. THE PRICE AND SACRIFICES KEEP GIVING US SOULS IN THIS VILLAGE, TRUST ME THE SOULS ARE WAITING FOR SOULS WINNERS, BUT NO MANY PEOPLE WANT TO PAY THE PRICE OR SACRIFICES, NO PRICE NO SOULS, WE WILL CRY FOR SOULS.

RESULTS  

DOING THIS REVIVAL MEETING WE HAD A BROKE DOWN, WITH OUR EQUIPMENT, PRAISE THE LORD THAT WE HAD A TECHNICIAN TO FIX THE EQUIPMENT. EIGHTY (80) SOULS GOT SAVED BY SURRENDER TO JESUS CHRIST THAT NIGHT, IT WAS WONDERFUL IMPACT SERVICE, AS WE CRY FOR SOULS THE UNCOUNTABLE MIRACLES HAPPENING HERE. 

THE ANOINTING BRINGING SOULS TO JESUS EVERYDAY WE ARE CATCHING SOULS, WITH GREAT PRICE OF SACRIFICES AS WE KEEP GOING DEEPER GOD KEEP GIVING US HIS PRECIOUS SOULS. WE WILL BE INITIAL THE FOLLOW-UP TOMORROW AND DAY AFTER TOMORROW.

THE TOTAL SOULS THAT GOT SAVED FROM OCTOBER 12-15 2021(388)

THE TOTAL THAT ATTENDANCE THE REVIVALS FROM OCTOBER 12-15 2021(1,890)

WE NEED ADDITIONAL TWO HUNDRED (200) BIBLES IF POSSIBLE TOMORROW.

THANKS

Momo Seley

Fire in the Congo

 Our radio station in the Congo burnt down.

Blaz

We started this radio station last year to evangelize the city of Bukavu and the broadcasts alone have been winning 500 to 850 souls every month. That’s more than all the churches in most of our major cities!  

But the radio broadcast has done so much more. Many people contact us to talk about how they were healed just listening to the broadcast.  Last month over 100 marriages were restored through a marriage counselling program. And there are several other programs we have there – orphans, street kids, battered women and widows, even a Bible school for evangelists is connected to the station.

The building that housed our radio station in the Congo has burnt to the ground and has taken much of our equipment with it and we need to restore it as quickly as possible. And now we have to start over.  

Until we are in operation again, everything stops. Soul-winning, marriage counseling, and all the gospel broadcasts will all have to stop. We need to get back up and broadcasting as soon as we can. 

A donation of $250 will buy one of the two laptops we need. $525 will buy the radio receiver. We also need furniture, cables, microphones, and rent for the next 5 months to put us back on the air to start winning souls again and broadcasting the Gospel to Eastern Congo.

A total of $5,500 is needed to purchase the equipment that was lost. We have $1,500 already. All we need is $4,000 more. Your gift of $50 or $100 will go a long way to get us back on the air winning souls again.

       Satan has attacked us relentlessly. A few weeks ago, our greatest soul-winning evangelist was killed. And now this.  I wish I had something clever or touching to say that would touch your heart to capture this burden.

All I can do is ask.

“I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:”  (Revelations 2:2)

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.”  (2nd Corinthians 11:13)

I know most of us are striving as hard as we can to establish the Gospel and light the fires of revival across the land. We are trying to build bigger ministries so we can see more souls saved, and to lift up the Church to stand triumphant in the face of evil. In doing so, however, we can sometimes fall prey to a very subtle lust for more power in God, bigger ministries, more supernatural visitations, and a greater influence on the people around us.  This problem is endemic throughout the Church. We see it with ministries that think they are stepping out in faith when, in reality, are stepping out in presumption. They wind up way out in front of the Lord instead of being led by Him and are left begging for help and support bringing shame upon the Gospel they were trying to honor.

One of the problems is the effusion of titles, especially that of apostle and prophet.  There are so many apostles one has to wonder what they are apostles of.  And just exactly what do we mean by the title, Apostle?

The debate has gone on for 2,000 years about whether the office of an apostle ceased after the thirteen original apostles of Jesus Christ.  I will not get into that, but I will say that there are strong arguments for both sides of that issue. Personally, I believe that God has apostles today, but not of the same caliber as the original apostles. After all, the names of those twelve apostles will be carved into the twelve foundations of New Jerusalem. That’s pretty hefty company to be in.

What I do want to address is this spread of self-appointed apostles. True apostles are not appointed. Neither can that office be earned through works. Apostles are called. Many feel that an apostle is someone who has seen the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Lots of people have seen Jesus; that doesn’t make them apostles. You have to be called – this is a special calling, not a job or a badge of honor or a position. Were you called? Did you stand in the holy presence of God as He commanded and called you into this calling?  Are you sure, or are you hoping?

Many think that you get your appointment to be an apostle if you have planted churches. Let me be clear, there is absolutely no Biblical reference to validate that claim. So, you’ve planted some churches. Great, but that does not make you an apostle. It is simply not in Scripture.

Third, do you have the signs of an apostle?  Are you able to do the miracles and healings on command? Not here and there, or sometimes yes and sometimes no, but on command. You may have healed the sick and even raised the dead, but just because you healed some people, that does not make you an apostle.

Do you operate in a level of Holy Ghost power that can be felt when you enter a room? Can you raise the dead? Can you do it without pride getting a hold of you? Do you stand in the powerful authority of God to step into this holy calling?

Apostles are called to be the foundation of the Church. They are the personal ambassadors and representatives of Jesus Christ Himself. As such, there are, by definition, not very many of them. Nor should there be. This is a very special calling to be entered into with the chilling fear of God. To call this apostleship upon yourself in such a cavalier manner is a fearful thing. One that you might have to answer for at the Judgment Bar of God.

The scriptures given up at the top of the page should warn you that there will be many false apostles in the last days. Don’t you be one of them. 

Those of you who know me, know that I have repeatedly told everyone to drop the titles. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. (1st Peter 5:5). The only reason I can see for this indiscriminate use of titles is pride. We want to catch some of the shine of God’s glory. It is that old lust for recognition; the desire to be a Tribal Chieftain. Let me remind you that the Gospel is not about you, who you are, what you are, or how you compare with everyone else. King Saul made that mistake and it landed him in Hell.

Nobody cares about what a big shot you are. They care about how much you care about them, not you. And for that, you do not need a title. If you are walking in the power and anointing of God, you will not need a title for people to know who you are in the Lord. And if you are not walking in that kind of power, having a title will not make a difference.

“Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”  (Matthew 23:10-12)

“…and all ye are brethren”

And hence, that is why I sign off as,

Brother Dale

A Shadow in Noon Day

“Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; betray not him that wandereth.”  (Isaiah 16:3)

There comes a time when you are called to make a stand against things that are wrong, and answer the call to fight against the oppression of the weak and innocent.  God calls you to first take counsel and understand what you are doing and why.  Whenever you stand up to resist the oppression of darkness, you need to understand that you will pay a price for your convictions. But stand anyway because it is the right thing to do.  You may not win, you may not come out of it unhurt, you may pay a higher price than you’d like to, but there is a point when, knowing and realizing what the price may be, you make that decision anyway.  It is a determined call that rises out of your soul that cries out that this is right and that is wrong, and you refuse to give in to the intimidation of iniquity. Count the cost and make a decision that you will stand for that which is right.

When you do stand, it will be in stark contrast to the landscape around you – as the shadow of night in the midst of the bright noon day.  There is no mistaking who you are, what you are doing, and what you are standing for.  There is a boldness to righteousness that fuels a faith that is defiant. It is a David kind of faith — the kind he took out into the field to defy Goliath; the kind that galvanized his feet with his two friends and defy the entire Philistine army.  It is the type of defiant faith that Jonathan declared as he rose to scramble up the rocks that “there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.”  These were men of faith to whom the odds did not matter.  It was not about winning or losing, or personal safety or advantage.  It was not about blessings and prosperity.  It was that “Damn the torpedoes!” call to a battle for righteousness. What were the odds against David when he and his two friends faced down an army that was so fearsome that the entire army of Israel had fled?  Who cares? They stood to fight for the honor of God and it didn’t matter what the odds were!  Did it matter to Jonathan that there were only two swords among all the Israelites to fight over 100,000 men of war?  Not hardly. To men such as these, the victory belongs only to God.  The only thing that matters is what is right.

God thrusts us into opportunities of challenge to strengthen and forge us into men and women of conviction, champions of righteousness, and defenders of the Faith.  It is not an opportunity to be missed.  Our weapon is the Word of God, our armor is our faith and our righteousness, and our determination is fueled by the zeal of the Lord of Hosts. We stand, not because we count the odds, but because it is right. 

We have been called to hold up the Blood-Stained Banner in the battle for the greatest cause of all time.  Let us stand in such contrast to the world that we are as a great shadow of night in the midst of a glaring noonday sun that we may give refuge to a lost and dying world that has been beaten down with the forces of darkness, where victory has been stolen and trampled upon, where hope is but a faint glimmer in a dark world, and where courage is in great demand. 

In a Field of Barley

 “And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighties.  He was with David at Pasdammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a parcel of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines. 

And they set themselves in the midst of that parcel, and delivered it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD saved them by a great deliverance.”    (1Ch 11:12-14)

There comes a time in your Christian life when you have had enough of good intentions, fair speeches, and repetitive platitudes.  There comes a time when you are ready to plant your feet on solid ground and are ready to fight. No more talk; it is time to DO something.

I don’t believe that David and his two companions honestly thought they were going to live through this battle.  This was way past what David faced with Goliath. After all, the enemy was so fearsome that the entire army of Israel ran in terror.  It says in 2nd Samuel 23 that they only came back after it was safe.

But while the situation had changed, the principles had not.  They gripped their swords and drew a line in the ground beyond which they would not move. Three guys standing against incredibly overwhelming odds … no let me take that back. No bookie in Las Vegas would even give you that much of a spread – there were NO odds. Not a chance. Adios, amigo!

But there comes a time when you have had enough talk. Come Hell or high water; win, lose, or draw, there comes a time when you are ready to stand and fight for the honor of God. No, I don’t believe they thought they would win – they just didn’t care. This was not their battle; it was the Lord’s.  It was not up to the circumstances, the odds, or the facts – it was up to God Almighty.  It didn’t matter what the outcome would be; what mattered was that they stood.

I have some friends like that, who yell out into the face of the enemy, “To Hell with the devil! Damn the torpedoes!  I will not back down, I will not back up, I will not compromise, and I will not run!” God often puts his servants in situations like that to give them the opportunity to trust Him no matter what.  Like Jonathon scrambling up the rocks to take on the enemy, they hang onto the promise that “there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.”

Champions are forged in times of utter desperation and sharpened by absolute reliance upon the salvation of God. There are times when the only thing that is sure is the Rock upon which you stand.  Those are the times of victory.

True Holy Ghost revivals are birthed out of the same womb.  There has to be a time when the Church has had enough of “church as usual”, enough of that sing-song Pollyanna Gospel our churches are so full of. Enough of the worn-out platitudes of peace, love, blessings, and how much Jesus loves us. When will the Church fall under the conviction of the Holy Spirit to repent of their Laodicean ways, their preponderance of worldly flash and glitter, and seek to the old paths, look to the old ways of old-fashioned, broken repentance at the altar for God to forgive us for having “church” instead of what He called us to?

When we reach that point, we will then have the courage to stand in that field of barley.

God Loves Puppies

There is nothing that will soften your heart like a little puppy.  If a little puppy can’t get you, you can’t get got. 

It seems that the Lord is very much the same way.  He tells us to become like little children or we will not inherit the kingdom of God — and woe unto you if you offend one His little ones!  Little kids and widows have a special place in God’s heart.

How unlike us!  The things that we esteem highly in our society have more to do with our strengths rather than our weaknesses.  Achievements, success, and boldness in business get the gold plaque and the award.  Strong personalities prevail in all our human interactions, and those who dominate win the prize, while weaker personalities take a lower place.

This is natural.  Life is a competitive place no matter where you are.  It is a struggle to survive, and Life isn’t always fair.  But then, that’s the way Life is.

But God is mindful of the weak, the infirm, and those who can’t compete. 

It doesn’t always seem that way, though, does it?  Sometimes you wonder why Life is so tough, and why can’t you be like the other guy?  Is God watching?  And if He is, does He realize what you’re going through? 

And there’s always that question in your heart, why me?  Does God not like me as much as those who seem to have everything going for them?  I know that God is supposed to be completely unbiased, but how come I got the fuzzy end of the lollipop?

Did it ever occur to you that it’s not about what you’ve got, but about what you do with it? 

The bright, handsome, talented young man will never have to face the challenges that a retarded, sick or poor reject has before him.  Everything comes easy to him, whereas life seems hard and cruel in comparison to the other.  How will that play out when we stand in Judgment?  Who overcame the greater challenges in life?

 Maybe your weaknesses are your greatest strengths, and your trials are your greatest blessings.  In the end, what will matter the most, and which will be the greater testimony?

Don’t worry if it seems like you’re always looking up at everyone else.  Maybe that’s a good place to be.  Let the titans battle it out for dominance.  Look for that secret place of the Most High that is found only in humility and the fear of the Lord — like children and widows and puppies who desperately need Jesus Christ as their Savior.  That’s the place where you will find Him.

And yes, God loves puppies.

Brother Dale

The Obadiah Church

“And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
(1 Kings 17:1)

A reflection of the last days can be seen in this chapter in Elijah’s life.  Israel had forsaken the true faith of their fathers for an idolatrous religion that was pressed upon them by Ahab’s marriage to Jezebel – a satanic union of church and state. The land seemed to flourish in prosperity that was undoubtedly attributed to this new religion of Baal.  Baal, of course, is the god of love who preaches a kinder, gentler gospel message than that old, stern and judgmental Jehovah and is more in tune with the pleasures of the world.  Satan’s job is not to try to convince us that sin is not sin, but rather that we can get away with sin because God will always forgive us, understand our human failings, and cover our sin with His love.  That is the god of Baal, and that is precisely why the people loved Baal and hated the prophets of God.

How like today!  We have a form of godliness, but we have denied the power thereof because we have pulled away from the holiness and fear of God that our grandfathers preached to us.  We denigrate the old Brush Arbor revivals, and then wonder why the modern church is so anemic.  But although we are disenchanted with the old message, we still adhere to the idea of Jesus … we just manufactured it into a different form that has an uncanny resemblance to the golden calves at the foot of Mt. Sinai.

Elijah was chased to the Brook Cherith to be fed by the ravens until the brook dried up.  Every morning and every evening the birds came to sustain him.  I’m not sure how Elijah felt about being fed these delicacies from birds, but this is certainly not the same picture that we see in how today’s ecclesiastical royalty is being served.  But then, neither are they the type of preachers that we would expect to march into Ahab’s throne room and tell him that he is going to Hell.

When there was no sustenance left in Israel, Elijah was sent out of the country to Zidon. When there is no more movement of the Holy Spirit in the Church, God will start moving outside it.  Elijah meets a widow at the gate of the city.  Why the gate and not the well or somewhere nondescript?  I don’t know, but the gate of the city was always the place of authority and judgment.  Perhaps there is a message there, but at any rate, he sends her off to make him a cake with a pronouncement from God that He will sustain them … not lavishly, perhaps, but God will sustain them for 3-1/2 years.

This is a picture of the church in the last days – a shell of her former self, outside the denominational structure, in the shadow of the Jezebel Whore of Revelations, with just enough of the meal of the Word of God and the oil of the Spirit to sustain herself through this time of spiritual famine.  One day at a time.  There was only enough for them to be sustained by the faith that God would keep them for one more day.  I don’t know how bad the end times will be, but both Jesus and Daniel said that it would be worse than anything the world has seen since the beginning of time.  That seems to match the picture we see here in Zarephath.

“Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity…”  (Isaiah 26:20-21)

When the day of reckoning finally came, Elijah was sent to Obadiah to call Ahab.  God could have sent him directly to Ahab, but He didn’t.  He used Obadiah.  In Obadiah, we see a picture of yet another church in the last days, but we don’t see an oppressed church like the one of the Widow of Zarephath, but a worldly church that is still attached to the kingdom of this world.  Yes, Obadiah hid the prophets from Jezebel’s wrath, but he never disassociated himself from Ahab.  Out of his own mouth, he confessed that Ahab was still his lord.  Here is the compromised church, hanging onto her love for prosperity and comfort. She is not willing to stand up and challenge the sin and unrighteousness of the worldly system that she is part of, and not willing to leave it for the scarcities of the desert.  It is this Obadiah that God chooses to engage in this last great challenge between the prophet and the king.

The story of Mount Carmel is rich with imagery – the water, the fire, the judgment, and the sound of abundance of rain, all of which would be better served in another article – but it is the picture of the two churches that concerns me here.  I hear talk of the “triumphant church”, of the great things to come, and how we will move into the greatest Church Age that we have ever seen.  I have even heard that the wealth of the sinners will be laid up for the just and thereby transferred to us, and we will get rich.  Why do we so desperately hang on to this?  Is it because we can no longer see the world for what it really is?  Have we become an Obadiah church, touting our “good works” as an excuse for our compromise with the world, and in doing so have aligned ourselves with Ahab, even calling him lord and are unwilling to make a stand for truth and righteousness?

Perhaps God, in His incredible mercy, will allow the Church to be engaged again in the last showdown between the Spirit of Elijah and the Church of Baal.  Not all is well with the Church, nor will it ever be as long as we retain our worldliness and refrain from reproving the world of its sin. There will be some hard choices to be made which the Church may not have the strength and integrity to make.  When Elijah stood alone on top of Mount Carmel, where was Obadiah?  Do we fear, as did Obadiah, to confront the world and take a stand against a false religion of love, peace, and prosperity in the face of lust, sin, and covetousness? 

God in His mercy may yet engage the Church in these last days, but I believe she will be sifted with the “sieve of vanity” as Isaiah warns us in chapter 30:28.  The choices she will face will not only be hard, but they will seem radical and extreme.  It will be a solitary stand against that which seems to be normal, but it is a choice that she will have to make nonetheless.

Brother Dale, dale@garris

[Excerpt from coming book, “A Voice in the Wilderness, volume 9”]
Available soon at http://Revivalfire.org/books

Dying

“God is not trying to change you.  He’s trying to kill you!”

I read this today and it rang a bell in me.  It isn’t change that I need to worry about.  I’ve worked against myself for 42 years trying to change myself into the man of God that I have pictured before me as my goal in life.  No, I just gotta die.

This is not about being a better Christian or volunteering more at church.  It’s not even about reading more Bible or fasting and praying more so that you will become a stronger man of God.  It is not about you.  It’s about others.  It’s about surrender.  It’s about giving up your vision of yourself and giving in to Him.

A lot of folks look at me and think I’ve got this whole thing all wrapped up in a neat package, but I’m as scared as the next guy about letting go and stepping into the unknown.  How do you just drop all the stabilizing things in your life and step off the edge of the cliff?  Is that what it means to die? Do I just have to shut off the switch that is labeled “Me”?

No one realizes how scared every time I am called to stand up before even the smallest groups of people in the remotest of villages. Every time.  No matter how many hundreds of messages I have preached or how many churches have been ignited or how many hundreds of people have been saved and healed, “Lord, will I be able to deliver your Word with the Anointing that will change their lives this next time?  When they ask me to pray for them, will they actually get healed? Are you gonna show up?  Cause, honestly Lord, I don’t know how to do this.”

No, this is about dying, not growing.

When I look at myself, I can see with a sharp clarity all the warts I have and all the pimples that are on my butt.  I struggle with all kinds of stuff that I’d rather not tell anyone about. I don’t have enough faith. I don’t pray hard enough. I hate fasting. I catch myself thinking about the wrong stuff, saying the wrong things, leaning in the wrong directions.  Lord, I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention, but I ain’t the guy you think I am.  I can point to the guys who really are better than me, who could do a much better job than me.  I honestly have no idea what I’m doing.

But those prayers are all answered the same way.  I hear that pregnant silence, punctuated with the sound of Him patiently drumming His fingers, waiting for me while I’m looking around asking if He can find somebody else.

So I swallow (gulp), take a deep breath, and say, I know I am not worthy – and will never be worthy.  I don’t know how to be some righteous Holy Joe, some great supernatural powerhouse in God, or how to lead your people.  I don’t know how to organize a deeply theological sermon, don’t know how to do miracles, don’t know how to deal with people’s emotions, how to preach, how to pastor, or even be a great Christian … I don’t know anything. 

But here am I, Lord.   

Send me.

Fables

“A religion of mere emotion and sensationalism is the most terrible of all curses that can come upon any people.  The absence of reality is sad enough, but the aggravation of pretense is a deadly sin.”  – Samuel Chadwick

Sound like any of the churches you’ve been to lately? Or like some of the televangelists that swarm the airwaves with their sensationalism? Or like our new wave of “revivalists” who lead us like Pied Pipers to emotional displays of excitement rather than bringing us to the altar of repentance where true revival can only be found?

Somewhere in our pursuit of religious goals, bigger churches, and more prosperous ministries, we compared price tags and chose the one that promised the biggest bang for the cheapest price.  It was a simple decision. Why labor and agonize for long lonely nights in secret with God for intangible results claimed by an invisible faith, when for the cheap price of a superficial show of faith mixed with instant sensationalism, we can have the proven attraction of a Hollywood extravaganza?

  • We have traded the agony of deep travail in prayer for a cheap and easy “name it and claim it”. We “speak the word” like sorcerers expecting God to jump at the snap of our fingers to bring us blessings, but for the things that God cries for, our hearts are strangely silent.
  • All night prayer meetings these days mean a half hour for each of us shared for a few hours or so, not the desperate cries for lost souls that rang out until the dawn broke.
  • Contending before God and storming the Throne of Grace in spiritual warfare is now a lost art (at which we breathe a sigh of relief for its loss).  Our revival prayer meetings today are merely a subdued time of murmured prayers and shared insights with a backdrop of praise music instead of the times of intense warfare that used to crash the gates of Heaven for revival in times past.
  • We have left the secret place of the Most High for a more “professional” production with lights, glitter, and smoke.
  • The altars of repentance that once beckoned to lost souls desperate for Salvation have now become magnets for “pity” lines to assuage our weakened church members that they are “loved”.
  • Our focus has turned away from the desperate masses of the lost and has been redirected to a self-oriented doctrine of prosperity, blessings, and wealth…for ourselves.
  • We have broken the constrictions of old-fashioned strong doctrine for the warm and friendly openness of ecumenism, not only with the harlot church, but even with Hindus and Muslims.
  • We have turned Hell from an everlasting furnace of torment that awaits the multitudes into a place of discomfort that only a very few will ever go to…and certainly not anyone we know.
  • We have dismissed the fearlessness of holy boldness as rude and unbecoming because it is too unsettling to our comfortable ways.  Instead, we have trained our pastors to be nice, warm, and accommodating so that they won’t offend anyone.
  • We are more concerned with being conciliatory than a lightning rod of God’s judgments, and so we swarm to those who claim to have a “prophetic spirit” and will tell us what we want to hear but we are repulsed by brash prophets who carry forth a word of rebuke.
  • The Love of God is no longer the keeping of God’s commandments but is pictured as a warm, fuzzy emotion that, along with a cheap Grace, is waltzing the Church into a lukewarm apostasy.
  • The Fear of God is no longer the fear and trembling and dread of the Almighty, but is now “awesome respect”.

In short, we have become sophisticated. And this is what is found in the Assemblies of God, the Pentecostals, the Baptists, and the new rash of evangelical and charismatic churches – the ones who are supposed to be alive!

Does anyone realize how desperate we are for a revival? Not a churchy imitation of fake sensationalism like we see in today’s “revivalists”, but a God-fearing, Heaven-sent, flesh-crucifying broken cry for the holiness of God?  But who do we have that is desperate enough to drop to their knees and pour their hearts out at the altar of repentance for God to have mercy on us? Who among us will contend before God in secret travail until God answers? Has our desperate passion for the lost died?

We have forgotten how to pray. And our revivalists are more interested in a show of emotion, pressing people to the floor so they will be “slain in the Spirit”. Instead of yelling “Repent! Repent! Repent!”, they holler out “Fire! Fire! Fire!” as if they were magicians calling down the fire of God.  That’s not how Elijah did it.

Are there any of us who realize how far we have drifted?  We depend upon a carnal production rather than the unction of the Spirit, and our preachers cover up the loss with manufactured speeches that are passed off for sermons which are forgotten five minutes after the congregation has passed through the doors. They depend more upon their scholastic abilities than a crucified dependence on the anointing of the Holy Ghost, and as a result, have lost the power that once thundered over their pulpits. Were there any lives that were changed, any hearts broken, any sin exposed and cleansed, any souls saved? Did the Blood flow?

Does anyone care?

“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3,4)

It is not a question of whether we agree or not, whether we will utter our “Amens” or bob our heads up and down – it is a matter of what you will do about it.