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The Servant Of The Lord

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I would imagine that the great majority of my readers own concordances. Most of you own a Strong's Concordance, and many of you probably own computer Bibles with helps. Since most of you are interested in prophecy, you have probably done exhaustive bible searches of words like prophet, prophecy, prophetic, prophesying and prophesy. How many of you have searched out all the bibical references to the word "servant"?

I heard from a good friend today. He needs our prayers, as I do also. Those of us who boldly speak the truth are going through varying degrees of attack from the enemy right now. He is getting it worse than me right now. One line from his communication stuck with me all day today. He said:

"To be a ''prophet'' you must be HIS SERVANT....first and foremost.... which you are. and that separates you from the hordes of false prophets. Too bad that they want to prophesy , but do not want to serve. the reason why the ''prophets'' are argueing about issues like ''studying TORAH'' and ''keeping SABBATHS'' is because they have no idea that servants are ''dead men''....have no need of ''rights''."

The Lord has called me his servant, and so I am. To me, it is God's highest call. Marty Goetz set the words of the psalmist to music, and captured the essence in my spirit when he sang:

"One thing I have asked of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life. O to behold, the beauty of the Lord, the beauty of the Lord, you're beautiful my Lord. And to inquire, in his temple, to inquire, in his temple, that's my desire, O Lord, my hearts desire, O Lord."

What is it to be a "dead man": a man having no rights. To the Hebrew, the parallel was the bondservant who did not desire freedom from his master even when it was his right. His ear was placed to the door and he was marked with the awl, forever to carry the mark of his master as a bondslave....voluntarily and freely given.

This "highest call", which the Father made of Jesus, is best described in Philippians 2:6-11. I am very familiar with this passage of scripture, as I memorized it for presentation in a Christian play I performed in a few years back. I knew that the Lord was making it a life verse of mine and that he was calling me to this highest call as well.

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death....even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus told us, through Mark, that "Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." Mark 10:43-45

As we enter the final two to three weeks of this outpouring of the Holy Spirit....as we clamor to receive all that Jesus has for us, we would be wise to ask that God would place upon us this mantle of the servant. I have asked the Lord for this for years...first before everything else. The Lord has granted my request, and has given me many other gifts as well. It evokes memories of Solomon, asking for wisdom, being granted everything else as well. God is bringing gifts today. Be sure to ask for the very best ones.

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

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