THE PRICE

By Ronnie Loyd

Will you pay the price? Who will be that man? Who will be that woman? Will it be you? Will it be me? How will we know if God has put His divine hand on us to be part of this massive outpouring of His Spirit in our time? Again, I say the only way I know that we’ll be quiet and attentive enough to hear God’s voice is through the godly disciplines of fasting and prayer. Only when we experience the depth of God and His love will we be able to rise to the newness of life.  But it will be necessary to pay the price, just as we will always pay a price for something that is lasting and worthwhile. Paying the price will cost us some conveniences.

To fast means to deny ourselves what is common, normal, and necessary-food-for a period of time so that our minds will become sharp, our hearts softened, and our spirits receptive to what God has to say to us. The price is great but worth it. Why? God promises to fill the void that the absence of food creates; He will pour out His blessings and satisfy us in a way that food neither can or will.  Without this intentional, heightened spiritual focus that comes from humbling ourselves in God’s presence, we will be doomed to face the future timidly, defensively, without prayer, and without serious motivation. But when we have been in the presence of the Almighty God and have taken our directions from His heart, we will have the wherewithal, the strength, the desire, the courage, and the confidence to face the future boldly, without fear, and without compromise.


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HOLINESS IN ACTION

ToBy Ronnie Floyd

A missionary in India was once teaching the Bible to a group of Hindu ladies. Halfway through the lesson, one of the ladies got up and walked out. A short time later she came back and listened more intently than ever.

At the close of the hour, the leader inquired, “Why did you leave the meeting? Weren’t you interested?” “Oh yes,” The Hindu lady replied. “I was so impressed with what you had to say about Christ that I went out to ask your carriage driver whether you really lived the way you talked. When he said you did, I hurried back so I wouldn’t miss out on anything.”

So my question to you and to me are these from an unknown poet:  What would He find, should He come just now? A faded leaf or a fruitfulness bough; A servant sleeping, and idle plow; What would He find should He come just now? What would He find should He come tonight? Our garments soiled or spotless white; Our lamps all burning or with no light; What would He find should He come tonight?

The privilege of living in the presence of God is open to every believer. Yet many of us settle for remaining outside of the Holy of Holies, satisfied to grow weary and old in the outer courts of the tabernacle. What prevents us from entering this gateway where power and breakthroughs are occurring? It’s not the character, nature, or actions of God, but the darkened veil of our own self-worship, a self-life that has not been carried to the foot of the cross.

When we pray and fast, our lives become positioned to encounter the holy God.  When we encounter Him, the veils are lifted and the liberty begins. Breakthroughs occur because of God’s power moving in our lives. That is holiness in action.


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HOLINESS LEADS TO INTIMACY

By Ronnie Floyd

When we begin to experience the holy presence of God that comes through fasting and prayer, intimacy begins like nothing we have ever experienced before. Intimacy with God is a lifestyle. If it is to do its work, it must change us from within and cause us to review and alter our behavior in the heat and torment of our days.

Intimacy with God changed Moses on Mount Sinai when he prepared to give God’s Commandments to His people.  Intimacy becomes a reality when you and I say, “That’s me, Lord,” to the question posed by the singer of the Psalm: “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessings from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior.” (Ps. 24:3-5) Intimacy with the Creator means baring our hearts to the Farther, allowing Him to see if there be any wickedness in us. And how quickly the verdict will read. But it will be read with love, with encouragement, and a prodding for us to return to our families, our work, our schools, and our churches as different people because we’ve been in the presence of God.

Intimacy with God begins with periods of long quiet listening, only later to become a conversation where we ask Him, in His timing, to repair the terrible breaches in our relationships, to reveal our improper motives, to bring healing to our lives, to remove our spiteful spirits, to help us speak words of kindness, and to learn to express unutterable joy for the flash of flame that now blazes in our hearts from having been in His presence.

Prayer and fasting move us into moments of self-examination spiritually, resulting in encountering our holy God personally. When we will begin to see lifestyle change occur in us due to this, we move to the kind of spiritual breakthroughs where intimacy with God occurs. Please know, standing in awe of the holiness of God will lead to an intimacy with God so special that your passion becomes living in obedience to God.

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“I MYSELF WILL HELP YOU,” DECLARES THE LORD

Isaiah 41:1-20

This morning let us hear the Lord Jesus speak to each one of us: “I myself will help you.” Imagine Him saying, directly to you, “It is but a small thing for me, your God, to help you. Consider what I have already done. What? Not help you? Why, I bought you with my blood. What? Not help you? I have died for you-and if I have done the larger thing, won’t I do the smaller? Help you? That is the least I will ever do for you; I have done more, and will do more. Before the world began, I chose you. I made my covenant for you. I laid aside my glory and became a man for you; I gave up my life for you. And if I did all this, I will surely help you now. 

In helping you, I am giving you what I have already bought for you. If you had need of a thousand times as much help, I would give it; you need little compared to what I am ready to give. It’s much for you to need, but nothing for me to bestow. Help you?  Don’t be afraid! If there were and ant at the door of your barn asking for help, it would not ruin you to give him a handful of your wheat – and you are nothing but a tiny insect at the door of my all – sufficiency. I will help you.”

Oh, my soul is this not enough? Do you need more strength than the omnipotent one?  Do you want more wisdom than the Father possesses, more love than He is able to display, or more power than His spirit gives? Bring your empty pitcher here! Surely this well will fill it. Hurry! Gather up your shortcomings, and bring them here – your emptiness, your afflictions, your needs. This river of God is full for your supply; what else can you desire?

My soul go out in this strength for the eternal God is your helper!


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ENTERING THE HEAVENLY DIMENSION

By Jonathan Cahn

The teacher led me into the Chamber of Vessels and to a section within it in which was a large reproduction of the Temple veil, that which marked the entrance to the holies. “What do you see,” he asked, “on the veil?” “The cherubim.” “An image of the cherubim embroidered on the veil…a two-dimensional representation of the cherubim…with height and width, but with a missing dimension-depth. The reality represented by the image has, of course, more than two dimensions. But on a veil, one is limited to representing three-dimensional realities on a two-dimensional plane. Now let’s go behind the veil.”

So we passed through the veil and into the reproduction of the holy of holies. “Now, what do you see?” “The ark of the covenant,” I replied. “And what do you see on top of the ark of the covenant?” “Figures…of the cherubim…in gold.” “And how many dimensions do they have?” “Three.” “So from outside the veil, one sees the cherubim in two-dimensions. But from inside the veil, another dimension was added. And where are you when you pass through the veil?” “In the holy of holies?” “Which represents the dwelling place of God, the heavenlies, and the secret place, the place you dwell in prayer and worship before God’s presence. Outside of that place you see the cherubim in two-dimensions, but inside, you find another dimension. There are realities,” said the teacher, “that you can never know until you go beyond the veil and dwell in the presence of God, realities waiting in the depth of God’s presence, the depth of prayer, and depth of faith and worship. Compared to that which lies in the presence of God, everything the you’ve known in the world is like a two-dimensional drawing on a piece of parchment, and all your ideas of God are like two-dimensional images embroidered on a veil. Make it your aim to go beyond the veil, into the secret place of the holy of holies and dwelling of His presence…beyond the woven images of cherubim and into the reality of the Most High.”

The Mission: Enter this day beyond the veil, into the deep and deeper and deeper of His presence, to dwell in the dimension of the heavenlies.


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