What Will Hasten The Day?

Series: Other Speakers

Sun am 22 May 2011 – Daniel van Eeden

Amos 9:13; Isa. 55:3; Luke 1:38; Matt. 16:13-19; (Heb. 4:12); Matt. 13:54-58;

Rom. 8:22-23; James 4:8; 1 Cor. 2:4-5; Eph. 4:15-16, 23; John 7:16-18

There’s a tension between the spoken Word, the proceeding Word, and the fleshing out of the Word; its fulfillment in our lives. This must not become an excuse for us not to walk in what God has given to us.  Are we a Kingdom people? We pray, “Let Thy Kingdom come; let Thy will be done in this earth, in us, as it is in heaven.”

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When the plowman will overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; when the mountains will drip sweet wine, and all the hills will be dissolved (Amos 9:13). We believe this is the day that the ploughman has overtaken the reaper, because the Word we hear week in and week out must become flesh. We must live it! Hope deferred makes the heart sick. What will hasten the day? What will shorten and close the gap? What will bridge the divide between the spoken word and what we walk in? How do we receive, perceive and experience the Word ministered in this house? That makes the difference. Listen that you might live! (Isa. 55:3).

How we perceive someone and what we think of that person, will determine the extent that we open up our hearts to that person, and to the Word the person is speaking. If you receive a prophet in the name of a prophet you will receive the reward of a prophet. If you receive an apostle in the name of an apostle, you will receive that. It is I who listens and determines the extent to which my life changes; do I recognize the person who speaks the Word for who they are?

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matt.16:13-16).

So what holds it back? We cannot let the Word become information only. We can talk about it and revelate about it; but is it an impartation? Has it become flesh and blood in us? Impartation can only take place if we allow it. There has to be an acceptance and an agreement the moment that Word is spoken. If you are willing to do His will, you will know (John 7:16-18).

Mary said, “Behold the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). A bondslave is one who serves because he loves his master. Is that attitude of serving in this house?

We need impartation, not just information. The Word is sharper than a two-edged sword, able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. It’s not a mental thing. We determine in our hearts to accept or reject the Word that comes to us. Our attitude and openness to the Word of God will determine the effectiveness of that spoken Word. It’s our responsibility. As long as we see Kobus as our Pastor, we will have a problem. Yes, he does pastor; but it’s not his calling. His calling is to speak a living Word, a Kingdom Word – to the whole world. The recognition of the ministry and the Word starts here. His grace must multiply in this house; but if you don’t recognize the grace, how can you ever become it? The womb atmosphere is here.

‘He came to His hometown, and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas, and His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief’ (Matt.13:54-58).

Who holds the key? We do! We can shrink the divide between the spoken Word and the fleshing out by recognizing and listening. The blockage is with us. We need to re-evaluate who we are – individually and corporately. We are not an evangelistic church, we are not focused on the born again experiences. Thank God for that; but we are a Kingdom Church. Being born again is a guarantee for eternity; but the Kingdom is here and now. It demands a life-changing experience, and a change of lifestyle. “Thy Kingdom come” is not a futuristic prayer; it is for now. We need a hunger that demands a fleshing out of our faith. When the Word impregnates us, we are pregnant; but then something has to start showing. You can’t stay the same. I shouldn’t have to Bible-punch someone and quote Scriptures for them to recognize Christ. I want them to see Him in me – in my work, in my actions, in my walk, in my talk. In everything I do, Christ must come forth. He must grow in us; but it comes by the Word.

The whole of creation groans. Even we ourselves groan, waiting eagerly for the redemption of our bodies (Rom. 8:22-23). Are we waiting eagerly? There has to be something in us that grabs hold of this. There has to be a groaning in us to become what He wants us to become. ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you’ (Jas.4:8). The Kingdom of God does not consist in Word but in power (1 Cor. 2:4-5). By saying, “Lord, let it be done to me according to your Word,” we can unlock that demonstration of the Spirit and of power by our hunger and our recognition of the vessel that speaks the word and our attitude of, “Let it be done to me according to your Word.

Our progress is as fast as the weakest person. ‘But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love’ (Eph 4:15-16). Who causes growth? We do, the Body. Unless we have a revelation and a fleshing out of the corporate, we will never see the Kingdom of God on this earth. We need one another now more than ever before.

What He’s done is a done deal. The problem is not with God. The problem is with our tapping into that provision. ‘And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth’ (Eph 4:23). This Christ that is ministered to us week after week, the character of Christ, all the things of the Kingdom – put it on! Make it your own.

What will hasten the day? Listening with an open heart; listening with an attitude of, “Let it be done to me according to the Word.” Open your heart to the messenger; let’s have a hunger that demands a fleshing out.