The Greatest Gift

Greetings friends,

I trust this newsletter finds you full of faith and hope for this coming season. This has been an incredibly active month spiritually from Rosh Hashanah through Tabernacles. Much revelation and insight has been given to prepare us to move forward into a season of fruitfulness and harvest.

The Lord willing, we hope to share much of that insight through the messages in our conference October 5-7 and in the coming days. There is a major emphasis at the present moment on God enlarging and increasing our capacity for Him. It takes God to serve God! We need the Holy Spirit to give us a greater depth of hunger and desperation for Him than ever before. The times in which we live dictate that reality.

Recently I heard the Lord ask, “What is the greatest gift that I could give My people.” Of course, the immediate answer is salvation and freedom from our sins. However, the context of the question related to the Church and the various gifting’s that we are presently contending for. I know from history that whenever I am asked a question I generally do not know the answer so I responded with the question back to the Lord. The response I heard was, “what is the greatest commandment?” Naturally my mind reverted to Matthew 22:36-38 saying:

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment.”

Therefore, although we are believing for great mantels of healing, revelation, supernatural insight and other endowments essential for the harvest, a valid argument could be made that the greatest gift would be desperation for God or as I have shared lately, ”an enlarged heart for God.” This is the revelation that we have been derived from the amazing athlete, Secretariat. We have shared this in a message entitled, “The Heart of a Champion” and “Books of Destiny.”

During Chuck Pierce’s “Head of the Year” gathering I was speaking on the “enlarged heart” message and all of the prophetic implications that I have received from the study of Secretariat when Chuck prophetically interrupted the message with an incredible decree from the Hawaiian delegation. The entirety of this message can be obtained from Glory of Zion ministries or our office.

The group from Hawaii had prepared an amazing prophetic dance and procession to present Chuck with a carving of a big red horse made from Koa wood with the Hebrew emblems for the year 5771 carved into it. It was a powerful time of proclamation and decree for the coming season. I was deeply honored and touched as Chuck then presented the “big red” horse to me.

I am completely convinced that a spiritual deposit is available in the realm of the Spirit that will catapult us into a deeper and more intimate place with God. It is in fact the greatest gift that He could give us at this time as Christians. History is saturated with the testimony of devoted Saints who gave themselves for the message of the Kingdom. Hebrews 11 articulates a random sampling of those throughout Biblical history identified as true champions. Many more will be recorded in the archives of Heaven from this generation who have encountered God in like fashion.

A simple study of modern Church history also records the lives of many who changed and influenced their generation for God. Invariably, many of them lived productive and fruitful lives in the Kingdom but along the way became more desperate for the Lord, thus paving the way for an encounter with Him that changed and transformed them forever.

That is the testimony of men and women such as Kathryn Kuhlman, William Branham, John G. Lake, AA Allen and many others. I believe such an encounter is on the horizon for those of us today who experience an enlarged heart and greater capacity for God.

For Kathryn Kuhlman it was at 4: 30 on a Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles California; for William Branham it was deep in the woods of Kentucky on May 7, 1946; for AA Allen it was while locked away in a closet for many hours where he encountered God’s tangible and visible glory that launched him into a supernatural ministry. For John G. Lake it was after a nine-month season of prayer and fasting when a glory encounter filled and saturated his life and transformed him into what he described as a “Christ-man.”

I believe we stand on the brink of the prophetic fulfillment of an incredible prayer the Lord offered just prior to his crucifixion. In John 17:25-26, His great high priestly prayer declared:

“O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

What an incredible opportunity! To love the Lord Jesus with the love by which the Father loved Him and sent into the world to make Him known. Needless to say, we need a supernatural increase of our capacity to walk in such an incredible place with the Lord and influence our generation accordingly.