The following Holy Spirit-inspired words were spoken through the late Kenneth E. Hagin years ago to the body of Christ. They still apply today. Whosoever will, let him hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the church.
"Don't draw back. The time is near, the time is at hand. No longer can you wait; no longer can you procrastinate. No longer can you say, 'Yeah, in another day, I'll consecrate. In a later day, I'll wait on the Lord more. In another day, I will spend more time with Him. In another day, I'll put my flesh under.' No longer. Don't draw back and don't pull back.
"The Spirit of the Lord pleads with you. Come forward, more forward. Answer the call you hear in your heart. Respond unto the Spirit of God. It is not bad. It is good. The price that would be paid in the flesh is nothing compared to the glory that shall be revealed. It is not bad. Do not dread it. Do not draw back from it. It is a lie. It's a deception that has held you back. It's a lie. It's a deception that has caused you to draw back. Go on in. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
"Oh, the treasures of the things He has laid up for you. The things that your heart is hungry for. Nothing else will satisfy your soul. Nothing else will give you the answer in your heart. Nothing else will satisfy what you seek. Nothing.
"Oh, push in. Respond unto the Spirit of God. Just lay those other things aside. Humble the pride and fall before Him and wait upon Him. And as you do, your soul will blossom. Your spirit will spring forth. Yea, you will be a greater blessing unto your spouse. You'll be a greater blessing unto your family because you will bloom forth. And you won't be restricted like before. And you won't be vexed like before. And you won't be hindered like before.
"Yea, you've done some things for them (your family). You've drawn back and you said it was for them. But you have not been a blessing to them in that the full blessing of the Lord was not upon thee. But if you shall press in, though it might seem to cost that price in the beginning, it might seem like it costs you. It might seem like it costs them. Yea, but that's the only way to get to the things that they desire and the things that you desire and the things that are needed.
"Yea, the things that must be in this hour, it cannot be delayed. It cannot be delayed. It must be now. Now, now is the time. So heed the call of the Spirit's cry in your heart. Don't say, 'I'll do it by and by.' But the time is now. Do not dread or fear. It is good. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Taste and see that the Lord is good!
"Don't think it's too high a price. It's nothing in comparison to the light and the glory that shall be revealed. Draw nigh unto Him. He shall draw nigh unto thee. Seek His face. He shall reveal Himself unto thee even in a greater way. And you shall rise up and you shall be enabled to be a far greater blessing.
"And your latter end shall exceed and it shall overflow and it shall be abundant in blessing and glory and grace. And the evil one that thought to deter you and thought to lie to you and keep you from it, you shall look at him, and you shall say, 'Ha, ha, ha, ha ... Your plan did not work. Ha, ha, ha, ha ... It did not succeed. Ha, ha, ha, ha ... I did not believe it. Ha, ha, ha, ha ... I obeyed ... Ha, ha, ha, ha ... I ran my course. Ha, ha, ha, ha ... I finished my job. Ha, ha, ha, ha. I have accomplished His will and with His glory I am filled. His grace, mercy and glory are with me day by day.'
"And those things that once held you, those things that for years, years and years deceived you and held you out; you shall look at them from that higher place. And they shall seem nothing to thee. They shall seem small and despised in your eyes. You shall look upon them in dismay and you shall say, 'Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha." You shall see far, ha, ha, ha, ha ... And you shall know well, and you shall move sure, and shaken shall be hell. And their power shall be confused for His authority you've used.'
"And that which they greatly feared (hell's demons) shall have happened. For they feared, they feared that the revelation of truth would come into the earth. They feared that it would come through the heavenly host that would withstand it. They feared that someone would stand. They feared that someone would seek. They feared that some would penetrate into that realm.
"When the revelation comes, the truth doth set the captives free. And that which they have greatly feared, it shall even come to pass. It'll come to pass. God shall reveal His truth unto His people. Yea, we've rejoiced in the light. And we've seen a little bit. And we moved, but, oh, there's so much more. There's so much more. And the enemy would have us just revel in what we see and what we know and not push and penetrate to hold fast to receive more. But it shall not be for a glimpse we do see. And we shall not be satisfied until the truth in our hearts abides. We shall not draw back, and we shall not fear until we have all that God would give year by year...increasing glory to glory, light to light. Not doing it in the flesh, but by the good faith fight.
"And His plan shall be accomplished, and His ways shall be straight. And then it shall be ready. He shall come. He'll not be late. And His people shall have done His bidding, and His people shall have heard His voice. And His Spirit shall have reaped the harvest through the church, and His people shall rejoice. He calleth thee higher. Continue to look down on lowly things on the ground, but look up and see what He has reserved for thee. And by faith, let your heart reach out.
"His Spirit lifts you up. Your heart has craved to know him. You shall know what your mind has hungered to know. You shall do what you were created to do."
This excerpt was taken from the final chapter of my last book, Cleansing the Temple.
In this modern day of increased media and technology, where platform, popularity and public ministry are valued and promoted far above prayer and private ministry, we need to return to our roots.
May the Lord purge us from mammon worship, every form of pride and iniquity, the wisdom of man and false success. May He purify us and make us a house of prayer.
May your own personal temple and the corporate temple of God be consecrated to Him and become a house of prayer in this hour, in this day, throughout this new year and this new decade.
Bert Farias' books are forerunners to personal holiness, the move of God, and the return of the Lord. They also combat the departure from the faith and turning away from the truth we are seeing today. The Tumultuous 2020s and Beyond is his latest release to help believers navigate through the new decade and emerge as an authentic remnant. Other materials/resources are available on his website, Holy Fire Ministries. You can follow him personally on Facebook, his Facebook ministry page, or Twitter.
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