Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Out of nowhere, came a vision of the Liberty Bell. My attention was naturally drawn to the crack in the Bell. I felt in my spirit so grieved to feel how it seemed to signify such a deep fatal crack in the true liberty and freedom of our nation. Could that breach ever be repaired? Why wasn’t at least the physical defect of the Bell ever filled in with more metal? Would the Bell’s scar be prophetic, representing our nation’s fatal epitaph–unchangeable like the Grand Canyon engraved into Arizona. If only the crack was not there. I felt mesmerized by it. For the longest time my eyes could not move nor could my eyelids even blink.
SUDDENLY, LIKE A DAM BURSTING
Then suddenly as though in a twinkling of an eye, the brightest light pierced through that crack like a dam bursting. My head immediately turned away from the brightness emanating out of that crack. Instantly I had a knowing that this was the very Shekinah Glory of God.
FROM THE INTERCESSIONS OF GOD’S PEOPLE
Looking away from its brightness, I saw a large rope that was attached to the Bell. This rope was intertwined and braided. It seemed to be made out of the prayers and intercessions of God’s people. The Hand of the Lord began to reach down towards this rope to get a hold of it.
The Lord then spoke. “This Liberty Bell is going to ring again.” I then remembered the words inscribed on that Bell: Proclaim Liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.” It was now a rhema word from God.
In the Spirit I had a knowing that the Liberty Bell would be heard again spiritually throughout Philadelphia and across the nation. And with the sound of Liberty, the Shekinah Glory of God would begin to rise up out of obscurity and be seen even in the gross dark places of our nation. Concerning this vision the Lord spoke, “Have My people forgotten that all things are possible?”
Tradition holds that the Bell cracked while it was being rung during a funeral service in memory of a Sheriff. Prophetically it will ring again for the life and the Glory of a King who still lives in our land.
Can you hear the bell ringing?
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I travel in ministry and give out a lot. It often leaves me empty and so hungry for God that I can't wait to receive from the Body of Christ myself. I attended a certain church once where I heard a minister share a message. After the service someone came up to me and said, "Bill, I didn't get a thing out of that minister's message." I told him, "It's because I got it all. I was so hungry I ate off your plate!" Are you hungry? "He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet." Proverbs 27:7
Those who hang out with friends who seem to see eye-to-eye on everything and who never disagree, will not grow much. I sense the enemy has been working overtime trying to convince many that you no longer need the irritation and grinding of certain people in your life. Be careful, the Lord may still be sharpening you. The person who is least like you and sees things so differently, may be your best asset for your future purpose in God's Kingdom.
This morning I felt I could no longer endure the painful trial going on in my life for two months now. In frustration, I cried out to God. "What are you doing to me?" He said, "I'm making a man of God out of you!" He continued, "I did not cause your pain but I'm using it."
The orthopedic doctor calls it a frozen shoulder. Jesus calls it healed. Pray as I walk through to the manifestation of my healing. Healing runs in my family!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
I have traveled around the country enough to know that almost everyone is going through the hardest times of their lives. Somehow that comforts me. I am not alone. I believe it's time to get real with one another. When I hear that others are going through the same struggles as I am, it sets me free and lets me know I can make it.
I have gotten a few scars over thirty-six years walking with the Lord. I want to encourage you that our scars are medals in disguise. I would like to share a message I shared recently in my home church titled, 'Sometimes Life Is Hard.' I pray that you will be encouraged by it. The audio message can be heard at the church website on www.bridgeoflife.org.
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