PROPHECY: The Lord Moves Suddenly
March 8, 2001

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It has been a very busy week. As an accountant, this time of year gets a bit hectic. Sometimes, it gets hard to put the Lord first, but I found myself this morning, fulfilling my vow to fast at least a little bit every week: today, I was going to fast breakfast. A one meal fast you say? Yes, that is what I felt was being called for. During that time, I was singing songs of worship and praise and meditating on my God.

Suddenly, the Lord spoke. He said that He wants me to begin to write and prophecy every day again. So, after almost a month of almost no activity in the prophetic realm, the LORD is announcing to me (and to you) that we are entering another season of high prophetic activity.

A couple of you have emailed me and talked to me privately, wondering why so few people were posting to the group and why there were so few words. The answer to that is simply that God chooses when to speak and we listen. Sometimes, it is most wise to "Be still and know that I am God". So, that is where we have been together for the last month. When He does not speak, it is wise for His servants to shut their mouths and meditate on the fear of the Lord, and on what He has already spoken to us.

And so, tonite, I began to seek the Lord regarding what He might have to say. He began by urging me to seek Him in his word concerning the subject of sleep.

Proverbs 3:24

"When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet."

Psalm 4:8

"I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety."

Truly, the best sleep I have known has come to me during these last years of my service to the LORD my God. And I have slept well in very uncomfortable surroundings. I served in Homestead, FL, after Hurricane Andrew, for eight days. There was no running water and no way to get totally clean by showering. And yet, dirty and hot, I slept very well every night during my service there. Notice Peter in the following scripture:

Acts 12:6

"And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison."

This does not sound like a very comfortable place in which to sleep: a dungeon...bound with two chains...between two soldiers. Yet, Peter was sleeping soundly.

Now, the Lord moved me as I was reading Proverbs 8 to consider rising early. Consider this:

Proverbs 8:17

"I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me."

I know that this is true experientially also. Many of the greatest revelations God has ever given to me have come at 5 A.M. I note that Jeremiah was a repetitive early riser, as was Abraham. How interesting it is that God links a reward of finding him in a special way to those who fast from sleep by rising early. Truly, He gives the sweet sleep, yet He rewards those who fast from it.

And then, it occurs to me that this is true with everything we give to God. God provides us every morsel of food we eat, and we give him thanks for it. Yet, he rewards those who fast from eating the very food He provides. God gives man every dollar in his checking account, yet he rewards the giver who gives back to God some or all of what he has been given by God.

I know now that God is calling me to add to the weekly fasting that I have already been doing. He wants me to rise early at 5 A.M. to seek His face. And so, by the grace of God, I will do so in His strength.

I'll close with this. I have five children. Many of you have children too. I have found that the one thing that really gets the attention of my children and gets them asking what God is doing is when they see me already awake and in my bible, at my desk, when they rise from their beds. This seems to set the whole house in spiritual motion. It marks me as the spiritual leader of my home and then, spiritual discussion with the kids ensues.

This sounds like revival to me. Bring it on Lord.

Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ

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