Last month I was pretty excited because the Lord had intervened so supernaturally regarding a pretty serious crisis that had cropped up in my life. In actuality that predicament was just the culmination of a long list of extenuating circumstances that had escalated and progressed until it became apparent that all these very grave and life-altering events were not a normal progression of circumstances but were obviously an attack orchestrated by ‘the powers of darkness’ that Ephesians chapter 6 talks about. I mean, it was like the powers of hell were suddenly unleashed.
They were certainly far beyond my natural ability to resolve. So, I imitated what those bold and fearless men of God in the bible did when they were powerless and I began to sing and praise the Lord. That is what King Jehoshaphat did in the Old Testament and that is what Paul and Silas did in the New until God fought the battle on their behalf and delivered them. I was more than happy to relinquish this entire mess to the One that has some serious clout, not only in heaven but also on earth.
Although I don’t want to repeat myself I need to reiterate the part about how the Lord showed a friend, who lives thousands of miles away, that I was in the fiery furnace and that the fire was getting hotter and hotter. She said that God was going to send Warring Angels to deliver me from the flames that wanted to consume me and that all I needed to do was to stand in faith and trust God and to sing, and then sing some more, the same way Jehoshaphat did when he came up against insurmountable odds and the same way Paul and Silas did when they were imprisoned.
That was amazing! The fact that she mentioned these particular people from the thousands that could have been used as an example was pretty spectacular in itself, but, God used a third confirmation which was so remarkably specific that even an atheist would have to acknowledge that it was a miracle. She told me to read Psalm 27 and to get a flag and to wave it symbolically, unbeknownst to her that I had the word ‘flag’ written in the notation of my bible beside that very same psalm.
How much clearer could it be? It was as if God literally arrived on the scene in the midst of all the turmoil. It was really encouraging and at the same time extremely humbling to know that God was reaching down and was about to set things straight. I realized that God was going to do battle for me. I had total peace. I certainly didn’t need any additional proof or further confirmation so what happened over the next two days was obviously orchestrated to build YOUR faith for the circumstances that are happening in YOUR life. Or, maybe God wants to prepare you for those things that are yet to come. Either way, I am convinced they happened so that you would know that God is aware of your situation and that He is willing to undertake for YOU.
The fact that God used David Wilkerson in these two additional confirmations, to further emphasis His solution to the dilemmas we face in our lives, is not surprising because I respect him as a prophet sent by God. Therefore the Lord has him pop up at all the strategic points in my life knowing that I will pay close attention.
The first confirmation jumped off the page and almost hit me in the face when my friend brought me a pile of mail that she had been holding for me. Tucked away in this stack was an article in which Wilkerson used King Jehoshaphat as an example, showing what he did when he faced an invasion by a massive army. As his nation trembled helplessly before this mighty force... Jehoshaphat sang! As he sang God simply had the enemy turn on itself and destroy itself.
The second confirmation, which is actually number five, was a taped message of the sermon he preached just recently warning of a sudden cataclysmic event which the Lord showed him was imminent. He believes that it is going to occur in the United States, yet the entire world is going to be affected by it. He believes that Isaiah 24 prophecies about the events of a day when everything is going to be turned upside down. It is going to be beyond man’s human ability to cope with the aftermath. The world is going to be changed in one hour. He also believes that the church is going to be changed in one hour and enter her destiny. His sermon was not intended to instill fear in anyone but to show that God loves us so much that He warns us in advance.
The crux of his message though was that in the midst of all this destruction he saw that God’s people will be ‘singing the song of the Lord.’ They will be ‘singing for the majesty of the Lord in the midst of the fire’ (Isaiah 24:14, 15 paraphrased) because the children of the Most High God do not sorrow as the world sorrows because we know that God is in control. As that old hymn so aptly declares, ‘He holds the whole the world in His hands.’ Therefore, we have absolutely nothing to fear.
Let me emphasize that the time to start singing is not after disaster strikes but now. Right now, begin to sing and build yourself up so that you can stand strong and bring strength and peace to those around you.
For those of you who are in the midst of your fire right now.... it is not too late to start singing because ‘the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show HIMSELF strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.’ (II Chron. 16:9 KJV)