What The Lord Said To Me Today
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."
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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