“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” Revelation 3:11 [KJV]

Listen in and read along as Pastor Richard reminds us of God’s promises, our reward, and what it really means to “Hold Fast.”

Notes

Anytime we’re going to receive what the Lord would have us receive, He’s always going to bless us. Always. Some people have such a poverty-stricken mindset that they believe, when they get to Heaven, all they’ll get to do is weed-eat.

But, God built us a mansion! When we get to Heaven, it will already be built according to all of our tastes before we could even voice them! The colors will are unimaginable because we’ve only ever seen colors as tainted by sin; the colors will be colors of life! Heaven will be more glorious than we can imagine.

We have a job to do, and our mission isn’t just for us. Some Christians’ whole mentality of “hold fast” is “I got a knot tied in, hanging on till Jesus comes, so when He pulls the rope in it’ll drag me with it.”

That’s not the mentality of the Glorious Church. The mentality of the Glorious Church is “we’re well able.” Because of who? Not because of ourselves, but because of Christ that dwells in us! So, we are well able to do all that He has called us to do!

There’s teaching out there in the Church world that we should be secretive about what we believe. That’s lying. Our teacher is still the Ancient of Days; His name is Father God; His Son is Jesus Christ and the Powerhouse of Heaven, the Holy Ghost, dwells within us! So, our study is still with the Ancient of Days; the Creator of all there is, and all that in them is!

 

“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

Habakkuk 2:2–3 [KJV]

 

“And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by. For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.”

Habakkuk 2:2–3 [AMP]

 

“And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”

Exodus 31:18 [KJV]

 

“And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.”

Exodus 32:19 [KJV]

 

“And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”

Exodus 34:28 [KJV]

 

God had Moses receive the Commandments on tablets because it was permanently written in stone! God did not want Man to be able to erase it! Though Moses got mad at the people, sinned, and broke the tablets, God made Moses write the tablets himself; there are consequences for wrongdoing. As Moses was re-writing the commandments, he was likely thinking, “I should not have broken the copy God gave me!”

Ever since I was saved at 6, then filled with the Holy Ghost just before I turned 11, the Spirit of God put something in me; it was the call of God! It was the anointing of God to share the message of Christ! When I was very young—before I had sensed the call of God in my own conscience—my Aunt Lilly would point at me as I walked in and say “He’s a little preacher man… He’s going to preach the Word of God”, and when others then asked me, I would always agree.

Though I decided—when I got older and moved away from God—that I would be something else, when I got back to the Spirit, I knew what God had originally put in my heart was my true calling. I hadn’t decided to be a bank robber or anything bad—and even though it was a benefit to society—it was not what God had planned for me. What God has planned for us is the best; it’s where the greatest joy is; it’s where greatest peace is; it’s also where the greatest tests and trials are!

Why? Because satan wants to get you off course! Because satan knows that if you obey God and fulfill your calling, you’re going to bring others into the Kingdom of God!

That’s why God said to “make [the vision] plain upon the tablets”! Even when people are in a hurry, the vision should be plain enough that they always have a clear picture of exactly what the vision is!

When some people attend some churches, and others ask, “how was it?” they respond with “I don’t really know… They had lots of lights and other stuff, but I really don’t know.” The way God has always used me is that He has me make it really plain because He’s always kept it really plain with me; that’s the only way I know how to do it.

Some may say, “You need to be more politically correct!” No, I don’t! That’s what’s wrong with the church-world today!

Many ministers have decided “I’ll be politically correct” because they don’t want to offend anybody; that’s why people are leaving the church right and left! They don’t have any absolutes anymore!

Living for Jesus means that you are supposed to be absolutely Christlike! Some may say, “I can’t believe you said that!” Others may say, “You’re saying we have to be perfect!” The word “perfect” in the Word of God should have actually been translated as “mature.” We should mature in Christ!

When babies grow up, they make mistakes. Even if we parents tried really hard, we might remember some mistakes we made; and it may help us have compassion on others, at times.

It got to the place where I said to my children, “Kids, there were a few years that I ran from God and that was no example!” How do I know? Because I still go back to that town and people come remind me of my past!

 

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

Hebrews 8:12 [KJV]

 

“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

Psalm 103:12 [KJV]

 

God doesn’t remind you of your past! People might, but God doesn’t! The Bible says that if you get your sin under the Blood of Christ, He forgets!

When you go “fishing in that mud-hole”—bringing up your own past—God responds with “What are you talking about?” He literally erases any memory of your sins from His mind and His Spirit! In fact, the Bible says that our sins are removed as far away from us as the east is from the west!

Where does the east start and end? There may be boundaries with the north and south, but there are no boundaries with the east and west! Our sins are infinitely removed from us!

 

“Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

2 Chronicles 7:1–3 [KJV]

 

So, to what are we “holding fast”? We are holding fast to the greatest outpouring of the Shekinah Glory! What is the Shekinah Glory? It’s God’s brightness of glory!

In other words, this glory is going to manifest to such a degree that the whole world is going to know it!

 

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

Hebrews 9:28 [KJV]

 

“And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

Luke 21:27–28 [KJV]

 

You may think, “Well I heard He’s going to come like a ‘thief in the night.’ “ But, did you know He’s not talking to believers! He’s talking to those that are only contemplating getting saved. He’s talking about how it will seem to those that aren’t looking for Him!

He said, “I’m coming back for those that are looking for me.” Every time I hear something on the news that lines up with the Word, I look up!

Why? Because Jesus said, “When you hear all this, look up, for your redemption draweth nigh!” He said He’s coming back in “clouds of glory!”

The Shekinah Glory of God is the brightness of God, and it will shine so bright the whole world is going to know! The Bible didn’t say the whole world will believe, but they will know.

You don’t have to agree with me, but I believe that God is such a good God that pilots who know the Spirit of God and are filled with the Holy Ghost will know as that day approaches they shouldn’t go into work that day. When I was growing up, they showed the planes diving and crashing.

 

“And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”

Revelation 6:15–16 [KJV]

 

“And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

Revelation 7:13–14 [KJV]

 

But, did you know God is so merciful that even through tribulation the Word says there will be those that stand and they’ll get born again! God loves mankind so much, I don’t believe He’s going to just destroy half of the earth during that time.

Some may say, “Well, how can you prove that?” The Word says during tribulation there will be those that cry for the mountains to fall on them, and if it did it won’t kill them!

Think about it: they even have an opportunity to stand through tribulation and make it to Heaven. That’s amazing!

I’m going on the first bus, though! I’m going in the first round! Haha! He’s not going to have to hold a bus for me because already going to be at the door saying, “Open! Open! Open! Open!” I’m ready!

 

“One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.”

Deuteronomy 19:15 [KJV]

 

“The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.”

Haggai 2:9 [KJV]

 

I hope you got your shoutin’ shoes! Do you know what that title “Lord of hosts” means? It means “Commander in Chief.”

Some may say, “Well, that’s the Old Testament.” I’m glad you know that. He said the latter house will be greater than the former, doesn’t it?

Some may yet say, “Well, that only applied then.” No, it doesn’t!

Some ministers might claim, “this is my whole ministry.” But Jesus, Peter, John, James, and Paul touched on many subjects, didn’t they?

I’m sorry, but I just don’t agree that God calls a minister to only minister on money. Just preaching on money won’t get people saved. It might save their finances, but it won’t save their souls; it won’t get them born again.

 

“For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

Acts 20:27 [KJV]

 

God does not call ministers to minister on only one area. As a minister, I know what God has put in my spirit: I’ve preached on all areas of living. All of it. Why? We need the whole counsel of God!

It was like this with Dad Hagin: Jesus told him “You teach my people faith.” Jesus told him, “If I don’t tell you something else to deliver to the people, you always have that calling to deliver to the people [the message of faith].”

Now, if you’ve been around my ministry a long time, I always go back to holding fast. Why? It’s a portion God put inside of me!

I always go back to the Holy Ghost and fire! I always go back to this move of God we’re in—we’re not going to get into it because we’re in it now—because it’s intensifying and we should be further than we are!

Now, don’t get depressed or discouraged! We are to still look up and say, “Lord, forgive me for dragging my feet and going slow.” And God will forgive us and accelerate our growth if we choose to go that way!

I don’t know about you, but I choose to go that way!

 

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech”

 

2 Corinthians 3:5–12 [KJV]

 

“[It is He] Who has qualified us [making us to be fit and worthy and sufficient] as ministers and dispensers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not [ministers] of the letter (of legally written code) but of the Spirit; for the code [of the Law] kills, but the [Holy] Spirit makes alive.”

2 Corinthians 3:6 [AMP]

 

I highly recommend that you read 2 Corinthians 3 and see what the Lord would say unto you. In everything of God, there are two sides: there’s the side of the dark, which means you’re on the wrong side of judgment; then, there’s the side of the light, which means you’re on the right side of judgement.

How often have you gone to the restroom and you wanted to clean your hands but the soap dispenser is empty? Now, I know you are all more peaceful folk than I, but it’s aggravated me before; I really wanted soap.

Now, we don’t always do what we want to do, but I wanted to knock the thing off the wall! Or, I wanted to just rip it out and take it to the staff and say, “This needs some attention.”

As dispensers of the Lord, we have the world out there that’s gone to the church at times and they got nothing! And we wonder why they didn’t want to come back. Well, they didn’t get anything when they went up to the dispenser!

They may have gotten a nice story and a pat on the back, but there was no anointing. They went and if the praise and worship would have been praise and worship, not entertainment, they would have sensed the presence of God.

Who’s fault is that? Some would say, “Well, it’s God’s!” No! It’s Man’s!

The work of Man is to seek God and worship Him as He wants to be worshiped!

 

“And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”

Genesis 4:3–7 [KJV]

 

Cain wanted to worship God in his own way. Guess what? God did not receive.

Abel worshiped God in the manner God desired. Guess what? God received it and honored Abel for it!

Cain then killed Abel. Why? Because Cain was set on doing things his own way in rebellion against God.

In the church, we have people that say, “Well, bless God, I’m going to do it my way and God can just come down and bless it!” Well, He’s not going to bless it. God’s not going to bless anything only you want to do!

The same would say, “Well, the Bible says that the Lord blesses all I put my hand to!” If you go put your hand to a .45 caliber handgun and rob a bank, I promise you God is not going to bless it! He’s not going to work with you and say, “Now’s the right time.” He’s not going to work with you!

God will only put His hands to your hands and bless you when you put your hands to His work and His will!

 

“But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?”

2 Corinthians 3:7–8 [KJV]

 

Now, listen with the spirit. Lord, I pray that there are ears to hear and minds open to hearing what You desire to say to us! Because we are in for the greatest display of the glory of God that will reap the greatest harvest of mankind!

God timed it. God knows it! And God’s looking for a people that will hold fast for it! That’s us! Hahaha! That’s us!

I’m not going to say, “Oh, God, give it to another generation.” No, bless God, I’m going to be faithful! I’ll be faithful to the Heavenly vision! I’ll not be disobedient to it!

Sounds like the latter house shall be greater than the former, doesn’t it?

I’m not trying to put words in here. I’m just showing you that these scriptures complement what Haggai 2:9 said because Haggai 2:9 said there’s a set time!

 

“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].”

Hebrews 4:16

 

There are a lot of Christians that say, “Well, now there’s a lot of pressure on the church and now the church is going to fall apart!” God never intended pressure to ever put us on our knees!

God said “come freely to the throne of Grace!” He intended for us to get so full of the Word and so full of Jesus that we welcome the time to fall to our knees before God and plead the case of humanity!

Go back to Acts 1 & 2 and you’ll see that God told the church that it was not birthed until Jesus had died, was buried, and resurrected and seated at the right hand of God! At that moment, the church was birthed! The Church of the Spirit! Hahaha! That’s us!

The glory of the latter house will far exceed that of the former house because the spirit of Christ seated at the right hand of God lives in us! The Word says we are seated in Christ at the right hand of God!

 

“And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders… And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.”

Exodus 12:33–34 & 35–36 [KJV]

 

What we have to realize is this ministration was never going to be an exit for this church. When the children of Israel left Egypt it was a type and shadow of the church leaving the world system! It was a type of the rapture!

The children of Israel left Egypt in Glory! They left in glory! The people say the children of Israel leaving and ran to them saying, “Here! Take all my money! Take all my Jewels! Take it! Take my wagons! Take my mule! Take everything! Just get out of town!”

 

“And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.”

Luke 7:36–39 [KJV]

 

If it had been some in the church today, they would have said, “No, I’m believing God. Leave me alone.” Well, you dummy! You just passed up the hand of God! When the heathen wants to run and throw it on you, just receive it in the name of the Lord!

They got mad at Mary (a prostitute before she came to Jesus). She poured out her expensive, scented oil, washed Christ’s feet with tears, and anointed His head with oil! That fragrance was worth a lot of money.

A lot of those same doubting believers would say, “Why didn’t she sell that and put it into the offering plate?”

When you come to Jesus, you’re washed white as snow! Whatever’s in your past is gone. Glory to God! Hahaha! My past—my ignorant days—are under the Blood of Christ, and God doesn’t see it anymore!

Every once in a while, the devil comes trying to drag that whole mess in and start pulling stuff out, saying, “You remember this?”

You know how I started answering him? “No. No, it’s under the Blood. Why should I remember it? God doesn’t, and He’s the only one that would have a right to hold it against us!” But in the steppes of humanity’s sin, Jesus went to the cross so that we could be born again!

He doesn’t hold anything against us, glory to God! So quit holding it against yourselves! Just repent. Shake it off!

 

“And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him… And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.”

Exodus 34:29–30 & 33 [KJV]

 

The ministration of old—the Commandments given Moses by God—was so glorious that it lit his face as he came down off the mountain!

Some may say, “Well, why doesn’t that work for me?” Because you don’t believe it! You’re still wallowing around in your past life. You’ve never really embraced that Christ translated you out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light!

The greater that revelation of the light gets in your heart, it is allowed to radiate from your body! Everything we get from God goes into our spirits. Even the healing of God, the full measure of everything God has for you, goes into your spirit.

 

“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Romans 10:10 [KJV]

 

When out of your spirit words of faith begin to sound, it activates every spiritual deposit of the Living God! Confession is made unto salvation!

It could be said this way, “Confession is made unto possession!”

Even though it is all promised you, it is not yours until you begin to confess it! Some people say, “I can’t confess it until I know it’s real!” They’re saying God’s a liar because they are checking their feelings rather than God’s promises; faith has nothing to do with your feelings!

These same people didn’t feel saved when they started down to the alter! Most of us walked quite differently. Some of us got to “bawlin’ and squallin’ ”; we only breathed every once in a while. “Aaaaaah!!!”

We didn’t feel saved when we were walking down there. But, oh, when we got down there and our hearts hooked up with our mouths—or our mouths hooked up with our hearts—and we made Jesus Lord, we walked away with a different cry! They were tears of joy!

Why? Because we knew, “I’m in! Hahaha! I’m not going to hell anymore!” That’s enough to get excited about!

If you want to keep that excitement, you have to then find out who you are in Christ.

 

“And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 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.”

2 Corinthians 3:13–18 [KJV]

 

We do not cover our faces with a veil. We let God’s glory shine! When we get our mouths lined up with professing, confessing, and speaking who we are in Christ, we activate that God’s glory that resides within us and it radiates forth!

If you always walk around saying, “I’m not worth much” and “I can’t do anything”, you aren’t worth much and you can’t do anything! I’m not being mean. You set the destiny of your life with your words!

You will be all that God has called you to be when you start walking around saying, “I am who God says I am. I am what the Bible says I am. I can do all things because greater is He that dwells in me and His name is Jesus. I have God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost dwelling on the inside of me. I can’t fail because I’m successful. I can’t go under because I’m going over. I can’t sink because I’m walking on the water, hahaha!”

Have you ever gotten excited about going to church and before you got to church you lost your excitement? It’s because the devil jacks with your feelings. I always blamed it on my kids. But, no, that’s not it. I let go of it!

 

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

2 Corinthians 3:17 [KJV]

 

There is only liberty where the Spirit of the Lord is, and the Spirit of the Lord only inhabits faith!

Some may say, “Well, that’s the house of God. It’s that building there.” No, He doesn’t. He does not live in this building.

The only reason the presence of God is in here is because He came with you, and He came with me. We should honor the house of God because that is the place where we receive His instructions. But, God does not live in a house.

 

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

John 6:63 [KJV]

 

All we need is a place to join together to worship God and His presence will be there! We need a place where we humbly and reverently draw nigh unto our Most High God and fearfully seek His face! We come to hear what Jesus said in John 6:63: the words of spirit and the words of life!

When we honor God’s Word and our purpose for coming together, we receive those words of spirit and words of life into our spirit and mature into the carriers of the glory! We mature into dispensers of God’s glory!

When people come and need something from God, they can come to you and you will put God into them! You will put life into them!

Instead of attacking them, saying, “You idiot! You’re going to hell for the way you’re living!” you will remember we were all there, yet God had mercy on us.

 

“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.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 [KJV]

 

We will not wear a veil! Remember when we were kids and we would sing “This Little Light of Mine I’m gonna let it shine! Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine”? This glory is what that song is about. We are not to hide!

How is the glory going to manifest? We start walking around, rehearsing what Paul wrote here in 2 Corinthians 3: “God, I’m part of this ministration of the Spirit. I’m part of this ministration that has more glory that what Moses had, and it lit his face!”

What happens then? That light that lives within you begins to activate because your words of faith are declaring it! That light begins to radiate out of your spirit and it begins to affect your mortal body!

There will be days that some of you, if you’re obedient to the Word of God and declaring what God says about you, you’ll go to the mall looking for a new pair of sneakers and someone will come up and say, “There’s a light on you! Your face is lit up! Could you tell me what it is? Could you tell me why you have so much life about you?”

That’s your opportunity! Some may say, “Well, I don’t have a platform.” God will give you a platform if you will seek Him on your knees and give Him a platform!

The church is going to fill up not because it’s pastors or preachers winning the harvest alone. It will be done by the Body of Christ energized and set on fire by the living glory of God.

His Shekinah Glory shines so brightly! Why? We’re all members of a body. We’re all members of the same body! And, as that glory increases in me, it will cause it to increase in you! And, as it increases in you, it will cause it to increase in me!

Some may say, “Yeah, but I’m just a little toe on the Body of Christ.” That little toe is connected all the way up to the neck!

 

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:25 [KJV]

 

That’s why the Word says we should gather together even more when we see the day of Christ’s return approaching!

Right now, there’s a move in the church that says, “We’re only going to have a Sunday morning service”, “We’re going to have a thirty minute service” and “We’re going to blow in and ham it up right, then go on and do our own thing the rest of the day.” That’s contrary to the Word of God.

The Word of God teaches that we gather together even more! Why? So that our supply is restored!

Have you ever gone to church feeling a little down and when you left you say, “Whoa, that sure was good this morning”? You might not have even shouted. But you walked out refilled and revitalized because you plugged into the supply of the Body of Christ!

The energized Body of Christ is another witness to the Shekinah Glory of God. Doesn’t that line up with Haggai 2:9? I want anyone that hears or reads this message to know because it is spoken and written plainly for all to hear and read!

Some may hear or read this message and say, “Oh, that will scare some of them.” Others, though, will say, “I believe I had better go and check that out. I believe I want a little shine! Hahahaha! I believe I want to go over there and get me a little glow!”

 

“(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”

Hebrews 11:38–40 [KJV]

 

We are holding fast to the completion of everything God has declared to the Glorious Church! As pastor of Living Word Fellowship, that’s where I’m going. I’m not missing it! And, I’m inviting you to go with me!

Does that mean that I know it all? No. But, I know the one that does. Hahaha! I have my ear tuned toward Heaven listening to Him!

Some ministers may ask, “What are you preaching on?” and I tell them; then, they look at me with an expression of “Why?” Because God said!

Those same ministers may say, “We ought to be preaching on money!” Well, if you can’t get excited about this and want to do right by your money, your “wood is wet.” I’m just helping you “get your wood dried out!”

 

“This same John’s garments were made of camel’s hair, and he wore a leather girdle about his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.”

Matthew 3:4 [AMP]

 

“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless… And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.”

Luke 1:5–6 & 8–9 [KJV]

 

John the Baptist’s father was a high priest. Can you imagine when he got to the synagogue and everyone that didn’t know Zacharias was John the Baptist’s father was saying, “Hey, did you hear about that nut out there by the river? He’s just wearing a leather girdle and he’s out there eating wild locusts. He’s just standing out there screaming, ‘Repent! Make the way of the Lord Straight’? Everybody—everybody—knows you’re supposed to come in here and pay the money-changers to get your sacrifice so your sins are covered! That goofball is out there screaming ‘Repent! Be baptized for the remission of your sins’! ”

Did you know that was against the tenets of the religious circle in that day? When they got through running their mouths, I believe Zacharias said, “That’s my boy!” Hahahahaha!

Then Zacharias responded, “Let me tell you a story. I was going to buck that calling. Then God, the Creator, Elohim, the God of Glory came and locked my mouth until that boy was born. So, don’t you come in here running your mouth anymore! There’s the door!”

I guarantee you Zacharias kept his mouth lined up with God after John the Baptist was born. Zacharias knew fully well what the Lord could do if he didn’t keep his words lined up with God’s; God could shut his mouth indefinitely!

 

“(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”

Hebrews 11:38–40 [KJV]

 

How many of us want to get a good report? How did they get that good report? Through faith.

In Heaven, you don’t get a good report card except through faith! I certainly don’t want to get there and see all zeros or F’s. I want a good report.

What promise was he talking about in verse 39? What we received: Jesus dwelling on the inside; us living as brand new spirit beings.

Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Joseph, Moses and Rahab were all in Heaven and, yet, God provided a better promise for us! They all held fast despite terrible trials and tribulations to their portion of God’s promise, even though they hadn’t received it.

Glory to God, we are the generation to see God’s promise of the catching away of the Bride that has adorned herself! Glory to God, that’s what we’re to hold fast to!

When you hear the news of things going on in the world, we ought to be getting happy for our redemption draweth nigh! The fulfillment of all that God has said to the church is coming on our church and on us because we are holding fast to everything God promised us!

 

“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.”

1 Samuel 17:45–47 [KJV]

 

We need to learn how to talk trash to the devil like David to Goliath! Satan may run his mouth, but we should look at him and say, “I’m cutting your head off and I’m hanging it in my tent today!”

I promise you, when David spoke those words against Goliath, faith was hooked up! I believe Goliath saw a miniature vision of his head coming off his shoulders, and I believe his laugh after that was nervous! Hahaha! As though Goliath thought, “What does he know that I don’t know?”

What David declared happened exactly as he said. What are we saying? What are we saying?

I’m in and swimming to the deep end of all God has for us, His glorious church!

 

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.”

James 5:7 [KJV]

 

All of these scriptures complement each other. God never intended to sneak the church out of the world. Mankind has tried to say that God will steal us away like a thief in the night as how the church will see and experience it. But, I’m convinced—and if you disagree, I challenge you to get in the scripture and disprove it—He’s telling Christians “You’d better be looking for me.”

 

“I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

Luke 18:8 [KJV]

 

Remember when Jesus asked, “When I return, will I find faith?” What is Jesus going to find coming out of our mouths? Out of your mouth?

Will you be hiding in the mountains waiting for Jesus to come? Well, I’ll tell you I’m not hiding with you! I’d rather go out and let the armies of the anti-Christ shoot me.

 

“For you’ve seen My hand throughout the Old Testament. You’ve seen My hand deliver My people. And every time my people would turn their face toward me, and get faith within their mouth, and begin to remember those things I’ve decreed and I declared unto them, you’ve seen every one of them that My hand—My mighty arm—came down and delivered that people and brought them through in total victory. And in these last days I’m not coming back for an underground church. I’m not coming back for a church that’s hiding. I’m coming back for my Glorious Church that is adorned with my Glory and has made Herself ready and has conquered all that I have put under their feet. And they’re enforcing My Word and My plan in the earth. And I’m going to bring in the greatest harvest that’s ever been known to mankind from the beginning until the end. It will happen as I have declared!”

Prophecy

 

Glory to God! I believe it, Lord!

Some may say, “Oh, Jesus, come quick! The devils startin’ to win!” I know Christians like that. They’re not getting anywhere in prayer because when they go to prayer they pray, “Oh, God, you see the devil’s winnin’!”

There’s no faith in that! I like what I heard a preacher say: the Spirit of Faith will make a tadpole slap a whale. Picture that.

Even if it were a giant tadpole. Even if it were a foot long. He’s swimming out there, and here comes a whale. A big whale. A blue whale.

The whale says to the tadpole, “You ain’t nothin’. Look at me!” And, with the Spirit of Faith, the tadpole hits that whale with his tail and sends the whales head spinning!

 

“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;”

2 Corinthians 4:13 [KJV]

 

The devil is used to Christians cowering down and trying to figure our way out. But, we should then just bow up and slap him again! Hahaha!

You slap the devil and he’ll try to get out from under your feet. What do you do then? Slap him back down under your feet and say, “Shut up, boy! I got the Spirit of Faith just like they said in Corinthians, ‘We having the same spirit of faith… therefore we speak’!”

It’s not your hand that slaps the devil. It’s faith-filled words that slap the devil back under your feet!

There’s nothing in the natural we can do! Why? Because our weapon is the Word of God! It’s a two-edged sword, and you can use it to slap the devil around.

And, then, you’ll hear that fine ring that comes from only the finest steel as it slaps the devil back down. People ought to hear the ring of that fine steel as the pass by your house because you’re continually slapping the devil.

You’re slapping him in your life. You’re slapping him in your kids’ lives. You’re holding fast to what God has declared unto you and what He’s promised you.

 

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

Numbers 23:19 [KJV]

 

God said, “Hath I not said it? Shall I not do it?” We have to get a hold on that in these last days!

I believe I hold fast that my God is not a man that He should lie! Everything He has promised, He is surely bringing it to pass in my life, in my church, in my city and in my family! Everything that belongs to me through the Blood of Christ mine! And it’s going to all be manifest in my crown!

 

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.”

James 5:7 [KJV]

 

“For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”

Hebrews 4:3 [KJV]

 

Did you know the devil likes to get you in a knot? Because when he can get you in a knot, you’re not in faith. The Word says that when you enter into faith, you enter into rest.

You may pray as you’re walking or doing other things, but the countenance of faith is not “Ooooooooh, Looooord!” That’s not faith!

 

“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”

Mark 4:39 [KJV]

 

Faith says to the devil, “Shut up!” Faith does not look at the storm and say, “Aaaaaagh!” Faith does what Jesus did: it tells the storm to shut up; “peace, be still!”

Why? Because you have peace. You are in faith.

 

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.”

James 5:7 [KJV]

 

God wants more than just us in the church, now. I believe—I said it years ago, and I’m still convinced of it—years ago, they started building these giant arenas for sports. You know what God told me they were really built for? For places to gather the harvest.

And there won’t be any beer sales! There won’t be any popcorn and sodas brought into the services. Why? Because they will gather together for one reason: to know about this Jesus; to know why the church is so powerful and full of glory.

Some worry and ask, “How are we going to get the lost?” I have friends that ask this. How do we get the lost? Press into what’s ours.

If you start shining, they’ll start climbing. If you start shining with the glory, they’ll start running to the church; they’ll run to find out what you have.

Right now, there are many Christians with big talk but no game. What the world has seen is a church that looks like a chihuahua with a mouth like a mastiff. When the world finally peaks behind the door, that weak chihuahua can’t even lift its head off the floor and barks uselessly.

 

“He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

Daniel 3:25 [KJV]

 

God’s wanting to make us look like the Son of the Living God. God desires to make us look like the Fourth Man in the fiery furnace.

 

“Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for He gives you the former or early rain in just measure and in righteousness, and He causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before.”

Joel 2:23 [KJV]

 

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.”

Amos 9:13 [KJV]

 

The former rain was to plant. The latter rain was to bring in the harvest. God is giving to us the former and the latter rain in the same season!

The reapers will overtake the sowers in this very season! We are going to see meetings—because we’ve held fast to His Word and His Truth, unwavering as others go to and fro—in which there will be flashes of light during praise and worship, before the minister ever speaks!

When the light settles, there will be sinners in the alters prayed through and baptized in the Holy Ghost who will then turn around and go after the harvest themselves! That’s the seed planted, and that the seed matured!

For what are you believing? I’m having it all. It won’t be the white flag of surrender that we’re waving; it will be signaling where we are for our glorious reunion with Christ!

We have made a place for you to manifest your glory! We have made a place by our faith and the declaration of our mouth where we are going to have it all!

We will say, “Lord God, you just pack up your Heavenly 18-wheelers and get them on that highway!” The angels will have no question as to where they are going. The glorious light shining from our faces will be so bright in our church that the angels will be saying, “I know where it is! I’ve been hearing about Living Word Fellowship in Laredo, Texas! I’ve already delivered some loads, so c’mon, boys, I know where to go!”

Some may hear or read this and think, “He’s lost his mind!” I sure did! I got the mind of Christ! Hahaha!

 

“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

Revelation 3:11 [KJV]

 

Some people say, “I just want to make Heaven!” I never live my life that way. I don’t want to just barely get by.

Some ask, “Well, do you have billions in the bank?” No, but I have a full supply.

Some people look and say, “Aw, you don’t have much.” But, let me tell you what I have: I have the Zóé Life of God living on the inside of me. It made me a brand new creature and species in God.

I have God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost dwelling in me. I have at least one guardian angel that goes with me at all times. There may be more because of my assignment, it’s not up to me. Either way, I know I have more than enough!

He’s not only my shield, but He has my back! He’s my everything! He’s my breath! He’s everything that I have need of!

He said, “My name is I Am.” Hahaha!

You can go before Him in the Throne of Grace and say, “I need peace!” He says, “I Am!” You say, “I need joy!” He says, “I Am!” You say, “I need some supply!” He says, “I Am!”

We need to start getting happy when you realize “I Am” is in us! Who am I? “I Am.” Hahahaha!

We’ve won, glory be to God!

Some may say, “Well I can’t say that. I don’t feel like it.” Remember that the Lord said to hold fast to our crowns. The Lord said that every generation will have a crown.

In the military, each award or promotion comes with medals or insignia. In the Kingdom of Heaven, our crowns will have in them a jewel that represents our having held fast to the greatest move of God that’s ever been witnessed by mankind; that’s part of our crowns, and I’m not letting anyone steal my crown.

I’m not letting anyone steal my crown.

 

 

Note: I copied some of the things my father said word-for-word while I wrote other things as I was ministered to by the Lord.

by Pastor Richard Womble