Hello family! This word is such a good word. It’s a reality for the now, as much as it was when it was given. Because God’s words are multi functional: they address the present and lay a foundation for the future. Enjoy!
The Lord says in Matthew: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Zach. 4:6 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
7 “Who [art] thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel [thou shalt become] a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone [thereof with] shoutings, [crying], Grace, grace unto it. 8 “Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
9 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.”
Go back to verse 6 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but thy word shall not pass away.” It seems to me that we treat His word too lightly; we think we can take it or leave it. We think we can believe it or not believe it. We can think we don’t have to believe it but I’m going to tell you one thing: when we stand before Him we’re not going to be judged by our works, we are going to be judged by the word of God. We’re going to be judged by whether we’ve received the word of God or not and whether we’re walking according to that word.
There’s no excuse not to know the Lord and to know His word in this training center. Because everyday in your classes and in this place you receive the word of God. There’s no excuse for any person not to know the word of God and if we know the word of God, we need to know that word is going to judge us. Whether we receive it or we reject it the word of God stands sure. Though heaven and earth will pass away, His word will still be our judge in that day. Whether we want to believe it doesn’t matter; whether we want to receive it doesn’t matter. We’re still going to be judged by it and what we do with, it doesn’t matter whether we like it or not. It is still God’s word and we have to answer to God and not man.
I feel God really wants to reveal His word to us. He said to Zerubbabel when there was a mountain in his way. Verse 7 “Who [art] thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel [thou shalt become] a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone [thereof with] shoutings, [crying], Grace, grace unto it.” The headstone was Christ and the grace is the grace of God. Jesus took the law and fulfilled it and also the condemnation that went with it. He gave us grace and when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, He forgives us of our sins and we’re not under the law anymore; but we’re under the grace of Jesus Christ.
God’s grace is given to us through Jesus Christ. If we don’t accept Jesus we don’t have His grace. If we accept Jesus as our personal savior we’re under His grace and covered by His grace; but if we don’t accept His grace we have no covering. Without Christ we have only sin and rejection; but when we receive Him we are forgiven of our sins. We ask God to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all sins and unrighteousness. The Lord then takes away the condemnation of the law of sin and death and gives us His grace.
The law of the Lord is His grace. God’s grace when we accept Christ as our Savior and are water baptized we go down into that water with Him. We lose the old man of sin and in his place we come up with the new spirit, a quickening Spirit of Jesus Christ, in His grace. We are no longer under the law but we are under His grace. But we have to walk by His grace and live by it and stand in it and give Him glory for God is going to hold us accountable for that which we hear and receive.
We’re not here in this place innocently; we’ve had a lot of light. Every one of us has had the light and God requires of us to live in that light. Every child in this place knows right from wrong by the Spirit of God. Every child is held responsible for what they do with Jesus. Whether they are going to hear and obey His word or whether they are going to go on the way they are going to go. It doesn’t matter whether you like it or not, you are going to answer to God. If you invite Jesus into your heart you need to get rid of the stubbornness and rebellion and not go on into your rebellion.
You’re going to meet His word down the road whether you like it or not. You’re going to meet it! It’s better for us to meet the Lord and know that He that loves us, than to be one that resists the Lord and be found without Jesus. We have no assurance of how long we will live or what is going to come tomorrow. But one thing we know, if we know Him, He knows what will come tomorrow. If we know His grace it will bring us through tomorrow. We can’t turn from His love or His grace and we can’t blame Him for things that man has done.
We have to be at one with God and at peace with God. No man is going to stand before God and accuse Him and no child is going to do it. No man is going to blame God for what is going on in this earth for God gave that responsibility to man. Man gave it to Satan; but we have to answer for what we do with what God wants us to do. We have His written word, the living word.
He’s saying to us it’s not by might, it’s not by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord. We don’t have to trust in anything of our own flesh. All we have to do is believe His word and trust in Him and do what He wants us to do.
What are we doing with His word? Are we studying it and believing? Do we believe that His word is going to judge us? Then we better be careful how we take it and how we act upon it, because that word is going to judge us, whether we like it or not, it makes no difference. If we think we’re so smart, we’re going to tell God how to do it we’re going answer for it.
I’m not going to read this story tonight; but it’s about this man who decided He was going to leave God out of His life. I know some children here that are having a hard time with God in their lives. I really want you to know and God wants you to know that He loves you and tonight your decision should be for Jesus; not for the things of this world.
I believe God’s judgment is already started in the house of God; they are already in His church. I believe God is saying, “This is it.” I’m telling you something: we don’t play around with God. We don’t tell God what to do for we have a responsibility to every person, to speak the truth and to warn them.
We went to this place and that place and told them God sent us and they knew it; but they decided they didn’t want us. Their decision didn’t change the fact that God had sent us. It didn’t change the fact that what we were giving to them was the truth and was what God required of them to hear. They decided they didn’t want to hear it so they thought they were free from it; but they weren’t free from it. When you hear it, you are held responsible for it. The things we do in rebellion can cause people to go to hell. We can stand in people’s way and hinder those that want to obey God.
When Ezekiel met with the Lord, he met with Him in a mighty way. He saw Him in His glory. He saw Jesus and Jesus called him to minister by His spirit and He trained him by His spirit. He didn’t go anywhere unless the Lord sent him. He trained him in chapter 2 and 3 and in chapter 3 He sent him.
Ezekiel 3:14 “So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.
15 “Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.
16 “And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
17 “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
18 “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
19 “Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
20 “Again, When a righteous [man] doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
21 “Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous [man], that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
22 “And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, ‘Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.”
It’s a serious thing. God’s word stands; it doesn’t matter whether you or I want to believe it or not. We are going to be judged by His word. His word stands!
He said, “It’s not by might or power but it’s by my Spirit. My word shall never pass away. Heaven and earth shall pass away but my word will never pass away.” Every word that you people speak that tears down and destroys, we’re going to be held accountable for it. Every attitude that we have that tears down another. I don’t care if you children think it’s a joke. It isn’t! It’s very serious before God. It is not a joke and we need to stop it; because we are going to give an account to God for every idol word that we speak. Whether we think it’s smart or cute or good or whether we think it’s bad; we’re going to give an account to God for it. So we need to stop and think of how mighty God’s word is and how we will give an account to God for every word that comes out of our mouth. This should put soberness inside of us.
You children calling one another names and hitting one another; running and tattling on this and that instead of praying for one another, it needs to stop. If a child does something wrong to you, you pray for them and you forgive them. If you don’t forgive them, God can’t forgive you. We have to forgive people that hurt us. We have to forgive them because if we don’t forgive them, when we will stand before God, He won’t forgive us. We can’t be forgiven before God if we have anything in our heart against anybody or if we have hardness or any such thing.
God wants us to forgive people who despitefully use us. He wants us to forgive them, no matter what they do to us. He wants His forgiveness to come so that He can heal us and set us free and forgive us of every sin. It isn’t always that we are doing it to someone; but something happens to someone and we get effected by it. What happens to us when we get affected by it? The same thing happens, we get it inside of us and we don’t forgive them.
We better forgive them because Jesus can’t forgive us until we forgive one another. The Father can’t love us unless we love one another. We have to forget what people say and do. Most of the time people say it in anger and don’t really mean it at all. We need to get the anger out of our life and allow God’s love to come and take its place.
Sometimes we say things and we wish a thousand times we had never said it; but once it is said you can’t take it back. It’s already gone out into the air way. The thing God is saying to us is: “Don’t say the things; don’t allow the anger to be demonstrated in your life.”
Let it go and let God take it. Let His peace and His love come and fill us with forgiveness. He has great things in store for us in the days ahead, but before He can give it to us we have to forgive and love everybody. We have to be able to take all these things and not be affected by them.
Some children here are very sensitive and they’re not used to rough American customs. Their culture is different, they’re not rough like Americans and we say the wrong things.
God wants us to remember that it’s by His Spirit and not by our mind or by our ways or what we want. If we do it by His Spirit then we are going to do the right thing. So the Lord is saying to us to allow His spirit to train us and bring us into that place in the Lord where His word is going to be spoken to us. When we see those that are wicked and that are against God, He wants us to warn them. We better warn them! We better be that example God wants us to be; because we are going to answer to God.
I’m expecting some changes in you young people and in the kitchen and the dining room and all over this place. I’m expecting some curtesy, some kindness and thank yous from your mouth for the things that are being done. I’m expecting you to obey the word of the Lord. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but Jesus said, “My word shall never pass away.”
Now what are we going to do with it? We need to confess our sins, our faults, our hatreds and all that stuff that’s built up inside of us. We need to ask the Lord to take it and wash us in His precious blood; to cleanse us from every wrong attitude and wrong spirit and to hear the word of the Lord and do it. You have all had enough of the word of God in you to know the truth. I know you do!
Someone said to me the other day, “You don’t teach milk here. You don’t give them milk to drink; these babies need milk.” I said, “These babies don’t need milk. They are in the meat of the word and they don’t need milk. They know the word! The Spirit of the Lord is on them and all these little ones are speaking the word of the Lord out here to the adults, words that God puts in their mouth.” When God puts it in our mouth He wants us to get up and walk straight: act right, talk right, look right, and be right.
We have this little thing here that’s called Giant Takers! What does He say here? “Hear the word at my mouth and give them warning.” The wicked shall surely die unless there are Giant Takers. The righteous will forget the unrighteous unless there’s Giant Takers. We must not forget the call that God has put upon us here in this place. He’s called us to be Giant Takers to pull down the stronghold of the enemy and to stand their ground!
We have seen these children do it over and over again in situations that we see as utterly impossible; but because they interceded and prayed God did mighty things. He’s the same God today; His word is the same today. We’re not going to get on the wrong path this summer. We’re going to stay on the path that the Lord has put us on: Giant Takers to pull down the strongholds of the enemy.
The devil hates us here because we’re doing what God has called us to do. We have to remember we have a charge before us, if there are wicked people we have to warn them. If there are righteous ones who are going to begin to sin, we warn them. God’s going to give us a straight path to walk in and He expects us to walk in that path. He wants us to warn everyone that goes out of that path in the wrong way.
I feel ‘heaviness’ for this family that we know and we love them. There is rebellion in the home and God will not bless it. Stubbornness He will not bless; but God will forgive if we will ask for it. We have to speak the word of God about stubbornness and rebellion; we have to face it one day whether we want to or not. It’s a fact that is before us. We either do the right thing or face the consequences.
The path is straight before us and the word is strong in our hearts and minds. What are we going to do with it? God’s given it to us and it’s ours if we accept it. He’s saying, “I love you and I don’t want the enemy to destroy you. I want you to hear my word and know that my word is going to stand and not pass away.”
If you don’t accept it then God is going to deal with you. If you accept it tonight the Lord will forgive you and He will cleanse you and take away all these hurts and all these things that are wearing on us. He will teach us how not to be affected by the remarks of others.
One of the girls comes to me a lot and tells me how these children talk about her and the things that they say to her. I said, “Don’t be affected by it. Pray for them, because God’s going to judge every word they say to you; but if you say anything back God will judge you for what you say back. This is what it is: blah- blah. There are 2 of you instead of 1 but if there is only blah, then God’s going to deal with that blah and you’re going to be free.
If we continue to do these things then God is going to judge us. If every word comes out of our mouth is judged by the Lord, then this is what the Lord says: “Even to the intent of our heart.” His Word is sharp and powerful and quicker than any two edged sword; cutting asunder to the marrow from the bone. Annella told me you couldn’t cut away the marrow from the bone. God says His word can do it. He is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Are we going to get by with it? No we’re not going to get by with anything! He hears and knows everything, you can’t escape it. It doesn’t work that way. We yield to the Lord and say, “Lord, I thank you that you love me and forgive me and take all this bitterness and hurt out of me and let you love come and take its place.
I don’t know if there was a person anywhere as bitter as I was; but God took it because I asked Him to. If we don’t ask Him He won’t do it. He won’t force Himself on anyone of us but oh, if we ask Him He will be right there, quickly, to remove all the hurts. He will remove all these things and they won’t be remembered them anymore. I feel we need to hear what God is saying and truly repent for all the little things that we say and do so God can move here in a mighty way.
Turn to 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty.
18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
This is what God has for us. We believe that you are going to allow God to let His Spirit train you in this work. If you’re not allowing Him to train you, you’re missing what you’re here for.
He said that He’s training us, by the Spirit of the Lord, to be able to stack dishes. There used to be people come in and say, “I don’t feel led of the Lord to help with the dishes.” They put you in a spot where you can’t say, “Hey, which spirit are you listening too.” “I don’t feel led by the Spirit of the Lord to do anything!” What you do is back-off !
Here are these great people, already trained by the Spirit of the Lord and He doesn’t tell them to do anything. Something is wrong! Which spirit are they listening too? I think it’s their spirit. If we hear the Spirit of the Lord and His great need we all at once, every person, in the place rises and begins to flow with it and all at once the job’s done and everybody’s happy. No one feels like they are worn out; because the Spirit of the Lord lifted them up and they worked, by His Spirit, and the job got finished.
I remember when we used to have a stack of watermelons out here. We didn’t have any fork lifts and everybody had to shift the melons. Joshua would sit on top of them when he was a baby. They would miss some of them, as they were tossed to them from the truck, and the melons bust when they hit the ground. But they were all moving in the Spirit together and we would get jobs done.
It hasn’t changed today! The other day when we asked everybody to go out and help something happened. The Spirit of the Lord began to flow like a bunch of angels working on the grounds and they were happy afterwards; because they allowed the Spirit of the Lord to work in them to accomplish what God wanted them to do.
This is true of everything in this place. This is God’s place, God’s work, God’s Spirit and every one of you that is led by the Spirit of God needs to flow by the Spirit of God. The Lord is that Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is, there is liberty.
We have a responsibility, one to another, to forgive one another and not to hold anything inside of us against one another. We need to forgive one another and to allow God to cleanse all of it away. The other person has to answer for what they do; but you have to answer for a right spirit and right attitude in every situation. If we forgive one another the Father will forgive us. If we love one another the Father’s love will be in us. God is requiring that we be a watchman; that we watch over one another, by the Spirit of the Lord, when things happen. We need to warn one another and to encourage one another instead of pushing one another down. We need to help one another so the Lord can lift us up and bring us above the enemy and that which he piles upon us. God loves us so much that He wants us all to be free from everything that the enemy would put on us.
This liberty which He has for us is to set us free, out of bondages and hatred, anger and everything so that Christ can come forth in us in His love, peace, joy and righteousness. We can have it; it’s ours if we will receive it and let Him take away these things. It only takes a second when we say Lord, I give it to you and He takes it and the memory of it is gone and you never remember it any more. You don’t remember what you had been, only who you are now in Jesus; with hope, peace, joy, and righteousness because Jesus paid the price for us, against sin and death. He took the penalty that we would have had and His grace abounds in us that we might be able to believe His word: “It’s not by might or by power; but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.” He is faithful and His word will never pass away.
Let’s take hold of His word and believe what He is saying. The Lord wants to set us free and keep us free. What are we going to do with Jesus if all these feelings we have are allowed to build up toward another? When the Lord says, “I’ll forgive you but you have to forgive one another, then the Father will forgive you.” We need to forgive one another and allow the Lord take away everything so that we have peace. Allow God’s love in our heart and look at one another and say, “We love you with the love of the Lord.” Lord, forgive us for our attitudes, remarks and anger and give us your peace, Jesus.
Somebody came by here in the UPS truck and he said, “This is such a peaceful place.” It is because the Prince of Peace dwells here. We don’t want anything that doesn’t exemplify His peace and His love in this place.
Father, we praise you for the word. We thank you for the mighty power in the name of Jesus and in the Word of God. We thank you for the power that’s in your Spirit, Jesus. Speak to each heart here and let us yield to the Spirit of the Lord to set us free in your liberty. Free with our sins forgiven and our hearts cleaned of all these things. All the things which make us miserable and heavy, take them out of our life, Lord.
We thank you for the blood of Jesus and this beautiful word of God that you put in our hearts, Lord, the word that we might not sin against you.
Rev. Agnes I. Numer
June 29, 1995