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Dear WPA and other readers:
We read in God's word that God is involved in famines. In some places,
God sends the famine; in other places, God informs a prophet that a
famine is coming.
Joseph was told a famine was coming, and he moved to prepare.
Elijah was told by the Lord to prophesy that there would be no rain, and
so it was. A famine resulted, which usually occurs after a drought, and
the Lord fed Elijah by Raven. Yum, Yum...raven food.
Amos was warned that the day would come when there would be a famine of
hearing the word of the Lord.
Agabus warned that severe famine would spread over the entire Roman
world, which, by the way, was also the entire Christian world at that
time in Acts 11:28.
God first spoke to me about the coming famine of hearing the word of the
Lord in April, 1992, during a fast of forty days. When that word came,
I expected the arrival of it to be quickly realized.
Now, here we are, ten years to the very month from the going forth of
that prophecy, and we find ourselves in the midst of it, and it is a
world wide famine. Haven't you noticed?
We have all experienced personal "dry times", when we have done
something to drift away from God.
Most of us have experienced times as members of churches where the
entire church went dry. Some people, in that dry time, were tempted to
wander off in search of more spiritual food.....they said "we're not
being fed". I suppose they went away, and found someplace where the
spiritual meal was more to their liking. They simply could not wait the
dry time out.
In such cases, I have noticed one common thing: that church is always
stronger and better off to be rid of those people who jump ship during a
dry time. The unity is stronger among those who remain. They endured a
bit of a crisis together, and they know they will hold together when the
next crisis comes, for, crisis will always come around.
Now, we are in a world wide famine of hearing the word of the Lord.
I've been warning about it for ten years. There are several articles
and discussions about it in these archives. A search string of "famine
AND hearing AND God" will yield a great many articles where we have
talked about it. You could look at message 3178 (Bening) or 3347
(Silbernagle) as examples.
This famine is very similar, in the Spirit, to the one Agabus foretold
about in natural. Note that the famine of Agabus was to affect the
whole Roman world. No matter where one ran, to or fro, one found
famine. Such is the case today in the Spirit. Undoubtedly, some will
travel this planet, by jet or internet, to see if this is the case. I
tell you it is so by the Spirit of God. It has set in quite firmly.
My advice in this hour is this: the Lord is saying BE STILL. Running
to and fro and raising a ruckus is not going to help anyone or
anything. Remember the HALT principle. Watch yourself when you become
too hungry, angry, lonely or tired.
Fishermen, when there are no fish, tend toward fighting. With fishers
of men, it is no different. It is very easy to get into a fight these
days, and difficult to restrain oneself once the waters have broken
through the dam. Remember this proverb:
"HE THAT IS SLOW TO ANGER IS BETTER THAN THE MIGHTY; AND HE THAT RULETH
HIS SPIRIT THAN HE THAT TAKETH A CITY." Prov 16:32.
So, be very careful in this hour. Call out to God every day that He
might fill you with His Spirit, so that you might have His peace, His
patience, His forbearance and His self control, for you are going to
need it. You are going to be provoked! Rejoice!
It is going to be very easy to examine yourself to see where you are in
the faith in this hour.
You'll need to look no farther than your tongue and your letters.
Stephen L. Bening
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