Archive for February, 2014

I’m not even sure these are all from the same place even though they’re part 1,2, and 3.  I actually tend to convert youtube videos to mp3 format so I can listen to them on my drive.  They don’t transition exactly between them, so I expect there are other people talking here or it’s over several days, but still, good stuff.  Looks like they were posted at the first of last year.  They seem pretty current since he spoke of the next 7 years of feasts being important to tabernacles.

At the end of part 2(I think), he discussed when we first saw Jesus.  He did a brief walk-through of how he came to that point.  I have listened to him talk about how others get there, but i like to hear how he did.  From the point he realized it was possible, he began to push for this, he said it was a little over a year until he got through.  It’s encouraging and not at the same time for me.  I’m up to 2 years of praying and seeking.  At the same point, I know I am much farther away than he or Sadhu was when they began to press into this.  I still have some areas of sin that I’m still struggling over.  I can’t imagine it would be good for the Lord to let me through with that.

Anyway, again, it’s another set of messages with great stories, and very good instruction from Neville.





Anyone see a schedule for him. I’d love to know if he’ll be doing any conferences soon, but I can’t find any sort of schedule for him. I’m not sure if he’s taking time off, or actually making a point not to publish things.
 If I haven’t heard anything else I’ll probably just contact their ministry, I’ve done that in the past and gotten a response for another question.

Have we been this far off all this time?

It has always bothered me that we talk about “Good Friday” when Jesus died, and Easter on Sunday when he was resurrected.  Why you may ask?  Because I can count.  Friday to Saturday, one day, Saturday to Sunday, two days.  Yet scriptures are clear that he arose “on the third day”, and another:

For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. – Matthew 12:40

Somehow this has never really bothered anyone else around me enough to actually talk about it.  When listening to some of these guys, possible from some of the messages of William Branham, I had learned that the church started to decline around the time of the Nicean Council.  I believe it was this(or another council) where Constantine helped combined the Passover with “Esthers Day” in an attempt to make Christianity more political and the main “religion” of Rome.  I had heard this, but still didn’t really realize how much had happened.  Now go on to these next 2 verses.

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Jame, and Solme, bought spices, so that they might come and annoint Him. – Mark 16:1

It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.  Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. – Luke 23:54-56

Wait… so how did they buy the spices after the Sabbath, and then prepare them before the Sabbath.  Time travel?  Or are we all so quick to take our church customs and not think to question them.

If we look back at the Sabbath, we find a special day in there where no one was to do work.  It was a special Sabbath during the week.

In the first month, on the fouteenth day of the month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bead to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.” – Leviticus 23:5-7

Notice how the fifteenth day of the month was a day with no work.  Basically a Sabbath?  And that day could fall on any day of the week.

So Jesus was crucified Wednesday.  14th day of the month, when Passover began at twilight.

Thursday was the special sabbath. (First day of Passover)

Friday they got the spices and perfumes

Saturday was the normal Sabbath.  Jesus arose sometime this night

Sunday they found the tomb empty.

Wednesday night to Saturday night – 3 days and nights.

I’ll never look at Easter the same way.  In fact, if God loved Passover so much that he timed Jesus death so perfectly to match for the time of the lamb being prepared and slain for Passover, perhaps I should be observing it rather than Easter.  No revelation here so we’ll just see where the Lord directs as I get there.

I’m going to start by taking your through a very common and unnaturally hard struggle in my life. I don’t know that you really care to hear it, but I think you’ll find some similarities with things in your own life.

For the life of me, I can’t get up in the morning. Of course part of the problem is I’m actually shooting for a really early time. I have been trying to test out Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj’s teaching about waiting on The Lord, that The Lord will give back strength to you when you sacrifice to Him. So I’ll make it up one day, then sleep in the next. I’ll miss an alarm one day, another I’ll hear it but decide I’m too tired. Another day we fall asleep on the couch, for me to wake up at 2am, to clean up and get back in bed. The next day we do something similar, then my wife comes to bed just as I’m about to get up, so I’m so happy to be holding her I just can’t get myself up on time. Another day she comes back in to bed(we fall asleep on the couch a lot, have you noticed that) just about the time I’m going to get up. I don’t want her to realize exactly what time I am getting up cause she’ll most likely not understand, so I try to lay in bed a little longer and miss it. Almost every time I tell myself I’ll just lay for a little long, it immediately becomes an hour at least. Some days I look at the sequence of the last couple days and can’t imagine that chance could even pull this off. I am by nature a little lazy, so that helps, but I think as I really try to spend more time with The Lord, the enemy works against me.

I say this whole thing to bring up the point of this, the little things. It really comes back to being a bond-servant. There’s a couple things like this, that I know God would like me to spend time with Him and waiting on Him, so I figure out a time to do it, then I don’t make it happen. I don’t arrange my life so that I can insure this time. Similarly, I don’t do good on family prayer and devotional time. Its such a simple thing, but amazing what reasons I can come up with for not getting around to it today.

Obedience. If I can’t obey God in the little things, He will never promote me on to the bigger things. If I don’t listen when he asks to do something, I’ll stop hearing Him. I’m pretty convinced now this is why many Christians don’t hear God. We stopped listening at some point, and He moved on without us.

A lot of us this came up because I ran across a little book from Walter Beuttler talking about the manifest presence of God. I’ll speak more about this and give you a link later once I’ve finished it.  He had an experience where God had told him He would send him around the world, then told him to get a passport. Walter didn’t do it because He didn’t have any money. God told Him three times and each time He responded to God to say why, because he didn’t have money for tickets. Then one day a women came and gave him a ticket to go somewhere that she couldn’t use. It was 2 weeks out and it takes 4 weeks to get a passport. So he missed it. He says he went the next 9 months waiting for God to send him somewhere. Because he didn’t obey he missed an opportunity.

How many of those have I missed. How much have I missed out hearing from God because I’m not disciplined enough to actually just make a daily time in the morning. Because I can’t work out with my family a time for these things to happen. It scares me sometimes.  In that book he had experiences very much like mine.  He said he tried to get up early.  His alarm would go off, then he went back to bed.  He did this a couple days, realized it wasn’t working, then asked the Lord to wake him up.  At the right time, he awoke(first was a bird at his window, then an argument in the house, then a car crash that woke him up), then went back to bed.  This happened three days.  At this point he asked the Lord to wake him up and keep him up.  So the next morning he awoke sick to his stomach and ran to the bathroom, when he got back, guess what time it is.  Maybe I should make more of a point to get up so God doesn’t start doing this to me.  I have actually noticed that when I sincerely come to the Spirit and ask for help to get up to meet with God, that most of the time(maybe all, I’m not sure) I wake up at that time, alarm or not.  If I don’t ask, there are days I sleep through my alarm and never notice.

All this to say.  We are in a war against our flesh.  God must come first.

Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. – Revelation 3:20

I used to think this was some special knock, some special situation.  Instead I have come to learn that, especially at first, it’s the little things.  It’s the morning I wake up early as if I heard a voice or an actual knock.  It’s the random time in the day where I hear my name called, but it wasn’t anyone else.  It was the sudden presence of the Lord that comes upon me.  It’s the song that comes into my head out of nowhere.  Neville Johnson calls these things God knocking at our door.  God is requesting to meet with us or telling us something.  As Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj says, he’s a perfect gentlemen.  If we don’t answer, he will go away and not bother us.  Ask the woman from the Song of Solomon who wouldn’t get out of bed quick enough.  We must learn to set aside our own feelings, our fleshly desires, and to order our lives around Him.  When He comes knocking, we should step aside and wait upon Him.

This is such a simple and “easy” first step.  There’s no special spirituality required.  There’s not intense training or knowledge.  Its the discernment that the Lord might be trying to talk to you, and having enough desire to do something about it.  It’s making a point to get to bed early so you can awake in time for a quiet time in the morning.  It’s overcoming our fleshly desires.  This is the thing anyone can understand and practice, no matter how “spiritual” they are.  And perhaps it’s also the entrance to growing that many never make it past.

Back in high school I was one of the officers for a christian organization at my school.  We took turns giving lessons during the year.  My turn came up and I remember giving a message I titled “A Simple Faith”.  I think at the time I didn’t realize how true that really was.  We can make things so complicated.  I don’t remember much of that message, but the title has stuck with me.

Yesterday I was reminded of it as I read through John 15.  I’d been meditating upon verses 1-5, but 5 stuck out on me.

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. – John 15:5

That passage had been talking about bearing fruit, so in context it’s saying that apart from Jesus we can bear no fruit.  We can do nothing that will last apart from Him.  I was then thinking about all the stuff I do, and how little I feel like Jesus is involved in what I do.  When I work, it is from my own strength and for my own glory, or His?  When I am taking care of my family, is it because Jesus gave them to me, or because I’m supposed to?

I believe the Lord was trying to tell me that it’s very simple.  Just do everything in Him.  What’s that verse…

Whatever you do, So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj says that Jesus told him that walking with God is very easy.  Stop struggling and just do it.  In my case right now, just take each action in the day as a chance to please Him.  If I will turn each thing I do into something I do with the Lord, that would revolutionize my life.

I just need to believe that He is there.  If I truly believe, than I’ll act on that.  I believe it was Smith Wigglesworth that used to say “Just believe” to those who came to him.