When I was younger I asked the Lord this question, “Why did God call great men to mountains just to talk to them. Couldn’t You just talk to Abraham in his house?” As I begin to grow in my maturity I found many times it was with great personal sacrifice that I was able to hear the Lord speak. But then I learned that God was setting up the moment. The difficulty was not on my part, but was He was concerned that I properly understood the message that He was about to give me.
One time the Lord told me to fast for 40 days. After the long period of self-denial Jesus still hadn’t spoken to me, so I went to the top of an 8,000 foot mountain in Southern California to pray. The first day He was silent, the second day He hadn’t responded and the third day I was still waiting for Him to speak. On the fourth day I felt the Lord call me to a lonely climb on the back side of the mountain. It was very steep and dangerous and since I was overweight at the time it further increased my inability to maneuver. After about two hours I found myself stuck on the edge of the cliff with a 50-foot drop below, and a 25-foot climb above me. I had nowhere to go but up.
At that exact moment the Lord finally began to speak, and it was through a prophetic and physical sign based on what was happening at that moment on the mountain. I knew that on my physical journey through life I was going to come to a point where the situation appeared to be so bad that I could not turn around but only move forward into His perfect will. This message on that mountain was so simple ~ but so clear. For 20 years it has motivated me to keep on climbing and never give up no matter how impossible and how dangerous the events and situations might appear to be around me.
Though the message I received on the side of that cliff took only a few hours to receive it has stayed with me up to the present day and will continue to keep me on future pathways towards His perfect will. On that historic day, when I finally reached the top of that mountain past the cliff edge and all the difficulties involved, God’s message to me was very easy, fun, and I laughed for the rest of the day.
The point I am hoping you receive is that God’s message to you has a lot to do with the time and place you receive it. Remember the earth was created with just one word: Let there be “light”. God’s natural environment is all you need to create the answer to all of your problems. Many times His word is backed up by the physical situation and circumstances you are experiencing the moment you hear His word. I call this the “Jesus moment.”
This week in the Renaissance Revival we have been having “Jesus moments” that are so different and unique that not one service has any resemblance to any previous one. The services are singularly unusual not because of purposeful planning. It is just the divine direction of the Spirit. God is moving in ways that can only be described as the confusion you feel when you are walking through a whirlwind No wonder for 14 years people throughout our ministry received dreams and visions on this subject. God was telling us the whirlwind was coming. Well guess what it’s here.
This week our whole church is going to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for a prophetic conference. This is a chance for you to have a Jesus moment! Timothy Snodgrass is going to prophesy at a level that you have never heard before and each one of you will receive a message for your life’s destiny that could be the launching of your future! Don’t miss it. You’re each going to come to a place on the exciting cliff of life where there is no turning back but only upwards towards greatness! Gershom Sikaala, a young Zambian who operates in signs, wonders and miracles, will be joined by his renowned American mentor Ralph Wilkerson. This is the first time in history these three have ever ministered together and it is going to be a true “Jesus moment”!
Listen to the words of the great prophet Isaiah: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Many times the sophisticated wisdom of God takes us on that journey to childlike simplicity. This is where the real miracles occur.
Don’t miss your moment of genuine life-changing miracles! This is Pastor Richard talking. Most of you have known me since my childhood, and one thing I have done consistently is tell you the truth. In an honest, no-holds-barred way, believe me! Don’t you dare think. “Oh, I’ll do it later,” or “I’ll receive my miracle in a different place when it’s a little more convenient!” This is your time for a Jesus moment!