The Greatest Gift
Paul Keith Davis
I trust this newsletter finds you full of faith and hope for this coming season. This has been an incredibly active month spiritually from Rosh Hashanah through Tabernacles. Much revelation and insight has been given to prepare us to move forward into a season of fruitfulness and harvest.
The Lord willing, we hope to share much of that insight through the messages in our conference October 5-7 and in the coming days. There is a major emphasis at the present moment on God enlarging and increasing our capacity for Him. It takes God to serve God! We need the Holy Spirit to give us a greater depth of hunger and desperation for Him than ever before. The times in which we live dictate that reality.
Recently I heard the Lord ask, “What is the greatest gift that I could give My people.” Of course, the immediate answer is salvation and freedom from our sins. However, the context of the question related to the Church and the various gifting’s that we are presently contending for. I know from history that whenever I am asked a question I generally do not know the answer so I responded with the question back to the Lord. The response I heard was, “what is the greatest commandment?” Naturally my mind reverted to Matthew 22:36-38 saying:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment.”
Therefore, although we are believing for great mantels of healing, revelation, supernatural insight and other endowments essential for the harvest, a valid argument could be made that the greatest gift would be desperation for God or as I have shared lately, ”an enlarged heart for God.” This is the revelation that we have been derived from the amazing athlete, Secretariat. We have shared this in a message entitled, “The Heart of a Champion” and “Books of Destiny.”
During Chuck Pierce’s “Head of the Year” gathering I was speaking on the “enlarged heart” message and all of the prophetic implications that I have received from the study of Secretariat when Chuck prophetically interrupted the message with an incredible decree from the Hawaiian delegation. The entirety of this message can be obtained from Glory of Zion ministries or our office.
The group from Hawaii had prepared an amazing prophetic dance and procession to present Chuck with a carving of a big red horse made from Koa wood with the Hebrew emblems for the year 5771 carved into it. It was a powerful time of proclamation and decree for the coming season. I was deeply honored and touched as Chuck then presented the “big red” horse to me.
I am completely convinced that a spiritual deposit is available in the realm of the Spirit that will catapult us into a deeper and more intimate place with God. It is in fact the greatest gift that He could give us at this time as Christians. History is saturated with the testimony of devoted Saints who gave themselves for the message of the Kingdom. Hebrews 11 articulates a random sampling of those throughout Biblical history identified as true champions. Many more will be recorded in the archives of Heaven from this generation who have encountered God in like fashion.
A simple study of modern Church history also records the lives of many who changed and influenced their generation for God. Invariably, many of them lived productive and fruitful lives in the Kingdom but along the way became more desperate for the Lord, thus paving the way for an encounter with Him that changed and transformed them forever.
That is the testimony of men and women such as Kathryn Kuhlman, William Branham, John G. Lake, AA Allen and many others. I believe such an encounter is on the horizon for those of us today who experience an enlarged heart and greater capacity for God.
For Kathryn Kuhlman it was at 4: 30 on a Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles California; for William Branham it was deep in the woods of Kentucky on May 7, 1946; for AA Allen it was while locked away in a closet for many hours where he encountered God’s tangible and visible glory that launched him into a supernatural ministry. For John G. Lake it was after a nine-month season of prayer and fasting when a glory encounter filled and saturated his life and transformed him into what he described as a “Christ-man.”
I believe we stand on the brink of the prophetic fulfillment of an incredible prayer the Lord offered just prior to his crucifixion. In John 17:25-26, His great high priestly prayer declared:
“O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
What an incredible opportunity! To love the Lord Jesus with the love by which the Father loved Him and sent into the world to make Him known. Needless to say, we need a supernatural increase of our capacity to walk in such an incredible place with the Lord and influence our generation accordingly.
Note from Paul Keith and Introduction to Elijah Maswanganyi:
In 1996 Wanda and I had an incredible opportunity to spend a day with two powerful apostolic missionaries from South Africa, Paul Dell and Elijah Maswanganyi. I sat amazed for many hours listening to the incredible stories of the miraculous as these two men recited their journeys throughout Africa winning various villages for God. At the conclusion of our time together, Elijah invited me over to an area that contained a box loaded with his books. After digging around for a moment he found a specific one that he wanted to give me. It was a pamphlet containing his “baptism in love” experience. I’ve always found it an amazing story and share it with the hopes of it providing encouragement and affirmation to the present message. I preached a sermon recently entitled “Baptism of Love” that is available through our ministry if you would like to obtain it.
My Baptism in Love Experience
By Elijah Maswanganyi
Several years ago I went into a sublime experience of what I term a “baptism of love.” This title, I hope, will not give the reader the impression that I am expounding upon the unusual doctrinal teaching. My purpose is merely to narrate accurately, truthfully and sincerely my personal experience. I trust that my testimony will show that God, in the exercise of His Sovereign Power and great Grace, does reveal Himself to certain individuals in various ways, not with a purpose of launching a new doctrine, but for the purpose of spiritual development of that individual. After all, the ways of God are not the ways of men.
And now, my experience of a Baptism of Love:
I was alone, sleeping in my room after I had finished my usual devotions. All of a sudden, at about two o’clock in the morning, I heard and felt beautiful music surging within me like a symphonic orchestra at the highest crescendo. The music within me was joined by a host of angelic beings around me. There was perfect harmony between the song within me and that out of the Angels around me. The harmony of the music which was accompanied by instruments, was not only beautiful to the highest degree, but also absolutely perfect and completely fulfilling my deepest spiritual and emotional longings. I felt transported by that music into the heavenlies. The chorus sung was “Tell it to Jesus… He is a Friend That is Well Known.”
It was as if someone was turning the volume higher and higher. At the highest crescendo, I felt drowned in the ocean of that Angelic music. At that point of sweeping ecstasy, I saw the most beautiful Hand of Jesus, but I did not see His Body. The Hand moved gracefully towards my forehead. After His touch, I got out of bed and burst into tongues, utterances of praise in speech and song which was in perfect harmony with the Angelic singing. My hands were stretched up from about two o’clock to about six o’clock in the morning. My hands and feet never got tired. Then I sobbed with joy, peace and happiness. It was at this point that I was baptized with love. From that moment on I knew that I had gone through a new experience with God.
When I opened the door at about six o’clock in the morning, I loved everything my eyes fell on: the peoples of various races. They appeared to me like God’s bouquet of flowers. I loved the sky, the clouds, the trees, the grass, the buildings, the cars and the animals. All my suspicions, judgmental attitudes and fears were gone. I was so full of peace, which Paul describes as one that “passeth all human understanding,” that for the first time in my life I felt completely free. Perhaps it is that experience that gave me a new definition of love, namely “God’s Love Is Freedom.”
After that glorious and supernatural experience, my life and ministry have never been the same. God gave me the capacity to understand and to love people unconditionally and to forgive unconditionally. It is that love that enables me to forgive untoward situations in advance.
Because of this experience I love all people, I think people, I dream people all the time. In my travels throughout the world, people have testified about this love of God in me. I get through to most people without much effort because God made all people to respond to love.
Even when people may not understand your language and culture they do know when you love them. From my Bible I can see why I cannot hate. It is because hatred is of the Devils nature and love is of God’s nature. I may get angry over certain situations, but that anger is short-lived. There is a big difference between hate and anger. Hate is the sin of the spirit, whereas anger is purely emotional.
Love is the greatest need of the world. Because love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend, it is a constructive power that should be promoted in the home, school, church, governments and international relations, more than any other power.
From: The Power of Love and Reconciliation
Rise Up and Come Away
A Prophetic Vision for our day
Wade E. Taylor
“…For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Song of Solomon 2:10-13
During the time in which we live, an urgent, present Word from the Lord is going forth. He is saying to those who have a spiritual ear to hear: “I am separating to Myself all those who are willing to be made ready to have a part with Me in that which I am about to do. Therefore, arise and come away with Me.”
The winter is past, the rain is over and gone
A season of spiritual barrenness has given way to an outpouring of the Holy Spirit which came as rain. This “former rain” (Pentecostal, Charismatic visitation) was given to prepare the way for an end-time “visitation” of the Lord to His people – “the former rain, and the latter rain, in the first month.”
“Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He has given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain, in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.” Joel 2:23-24
This time of visitation is bringing a flow of spiritual revelation, understanding, and moving of the Holy Spirit. All who rightly respond to this time of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit are experiencing a higher level of spirituality and anointing (the floors full of wheat and the fats overflowing with wine and oil).
The Flowers Appear on the Earth
This visitation of “rain,” is causing choice sons (spiritually mature overcomers) to become a vibrant, visible witness (flowers appearing) for the Lord throughout the earth. Much is being accomplished through the building up of His Body.
The Time of the Singing of Birds is Come
As a part of this increased spirituality, a higher level of worship is being made available to the Body of Christ. This “singing of the birds” (prophetic worship in harmony) is the key that is unlocking the door to the heavenly realm (Zion).
The Voice of the Turtle is Heard in our Land
As a result of this higher level of worship, the “voice of the turtledove” (prophetic revelation) is bringing forth a progressive unfolding of the Word of the Lord concerning His “end-time” purpose and the establishing of His Millennial
The knowledge of the Lord
Shall fill all the earth
When the Spirit of the Lord shall fall
It shall flow as a river
It shall fall as the rain
It shall rise as the dawn
In glory ore the land
A vast new realm of spiritual life and experience is coming into view as being presently attainable to those who are seeking to go beyond their present spiritual experience.
The Fig Tree Puts Forth Her Green Figs
Though yet a green fig, Israel is aggressively asserting itself. The entire world is aware of the presence and importance of Israel. Those who pray for Israel will be rewarded by the Lord; those who oppose will be judged.
The Vines with the Tender Grape Give a Good Smell
A remnant within the Church is beginning both to experience and to express the spiritual life and ministry that the Lord desires. Those in whom the Spirit of the Lord is moving can truly testify, “The winter is past, the vines with tender grapes are giving a good smell – for we were changed when the rain fell upon us, and now His life is flowing through us.”
At this present time, a people are being called out from the world into the Church. Great blessing and growth is taking place in the Church through this outpouring of the Holy Spirit. At the same time, there is another call going forth from the Lord to those who have responded to this deeper working of the Holy Spirit. They have become intensely spiritually hungry, and are being called apart to the Lord Himself.
To these He is saying, “Rise up and come away with Me.” Those who hear and respond are being called into a realm of spiritual identity and function with the Lord Himself, in which they are becoming the expression of His life and purpose.
The pressure to participate in various legitimate activities, either church or secular, often beckons loudly to those who are finding this new and richer experience in the Lord. They struggle with the question of priorities, as they feel the many valid claims upon their time and energies, but at the same time, they intensely desire to come into all that the Lord is revealing to them.
The Lord is revealing Himself as standing outside of the door of all this activity, knocking, due to the urgency of this present time. He is saying:
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with Him, and He with Me.” Revelation 3:20
There is a price to enter into His highest and best. As we come apart to sup with our Lord, expressing our spiritual hunger and need to him, He will exhort us to “…buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed….” (Revelation 3:18).
This is a call to rise above our being satisfied with all of the provisions and blessings that He amply gives, and to come into an experience of spiritual identification and fellowship with the Lord Himself.
John heard this call. A door opened in heaven and he heard a voice as a trumpet (prophetic revelation) talking with him, which said:
“…Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the Spirit: and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.” Revelation 4:1-2
There is much that the Lord desires to reveal concerning things to come; but notice that He did not place the emphasis on these things. The revelation that follows is of the Lord Himself in all of His Glory, with the overcoming Church caught up to His Throne.
“And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like to an emerald.” Revelation 4:3
Today, there are manifold demands upon our time. Let us again meditate upon the true purpose for this challenge, “My Beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away” (Song of Solomon 2:10).
This call that is presently going forth from the Lord is for those who are willing to pay the price by overcoming all that is less than His best, and rise into the place of identity with Him in His Throne.
Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Me” (John 12:32).
Here, those who respond will be qualified to rule with the Lord in the closing out of this Age, and in the establishing of the Age to come.
Let us be careful both to hear and to heed all that the Lord is saying to us at this present time.
Riding “Unbridled” by the Leading of the Spirit
By John L. Moore
Editor’s Note: John L. Moore is a third-generation cattle rancher in Montana and a multi-award-winning journalist and novelist and is an apostolic and prophetic minister as well. His journalism has appeared in scores of publications including The Elijah List, The New York Times Magazine, Readers Digest, The Western Horseman, Charisma, Ministries Today, America’s Horse, Sports Afield, Bugle: The Magazine of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Books and Culture.
Apostle and Prophetic Minister, Chuck Pierce, shared this word on September 8, 2010: “We are entering a season of unbridled power.” James 1:26 says, “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” James 3:3 adds, “Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they may obey us, we direct their entire body as well.”
This is a heart-felt read from a true rancher, John L. Moore. At the end of his article is a popular video link of horse rider and trainer, Stacy Westfall, who rides her horse, Roxy, unbridled. If you haven’t seen it yet, get your Kleenex ready.-Julie A. Smith, Breaking Christian News
Still, there is a higher way yet, and that is being “unbridled.”
(John L. Moore – Montana) – I make no claims of being a master horseman, just a fair-to-middlin’ badlands cowboy. But I know some real horsemen. Yet, I do have a disagreement with those who are much more knowledgeable friends, and that is the matter of the “bit.”
For those of you who don’t know, bits come in many forms, shapes, sizes and functions. Most trainers begin with an O-Ring Snaffle and progress slowly through a series of mouthpieces – shanked snaffle, low-ported curb, grazing bit, and others – until they find a bit the horse seems to adapt to best. Or they adapt a horse to the ultimate bit, a Spanish spade – of which there are several varieties. My horses have always “told” me that they hate bits, and yet, I have been required to use them as a training tool.
The Law is our early bit. It jerks our head around when we want to go our own way. In other words, the Law “plow-reins”: us. Gradually, we learn to respond to the Spirit and the Lord can “neck rein” us. Instead of being forcibly pulled, we respond to a slight push. There are important spiritual lessons in this. The horse and horsemanship are an important message at this time.
Paul Keith Davis has been teaching on the spiritual messages found in the life of the great race horse, Secretariat. (You can read Paul Keith’s article about this horse in a recent publication at http://www.whitedoveministries.org/
index.cfm?zone=Docs/Articles%20by%20Paul 20Keith/PKDEnlargeOurHearts.htm&page=Articles ) Secretariat had an unusually large heart, yet this mountain of horseflesh, this veritable package of purpose and destiny, was controlled by an O-Ring snaffle.
Yet, I would say there is even a higher way. Recently – and I am almost afraid to admit this to my cowboy friends – I purchased a Bitless Bridle for my good young gelding, Simon. A Bitless Bridle is a new concept; it is not similar to a bosal or mechanical hackamore, and Simon, who has a very sensitive mouth, responds to it very well. As I said earlier, I am convinced horses hate bits, but the good ones learn to tolerate them. Bits, in many cases, are simply symbols of pride to the horseman and some cost a couple thousand dollars each.
Still, there is a higher way yet, and that is being “unbridled” (see Chuck Pierce’s quote above). If we learn to allow the Spirit to control our mind and tongue then we change from being plow-reined to neck-reined. The more we respond to the slightest pressure of the Spirit the less necessary pressure becomes. When the “mouth” is sanctified, the bit is no longer required and we move into a “bitless” bridle because there is still need for control over our head (mind.) When our head (mind) is in synch with our Master then we are allowed to be “unbridled.”
I was recently sent this video link below, and surprisingly, confirmation came. A magazine I occasionally write for has this horse woman on the cover this month and it sits on the desk here beside me. The Spirit is trying to say something!
Here is a link to a popular video of horse rider, Stacy Westfall, who trained her horse Roxy to ride “unbridled.” Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-7v8Ck1crg and as you view this video, see yourself as the “horse” and the Spirit as the “rider.” Watch and enjoy.