The Sunday TYM.E.S. (Meditations, Encouragement, and Sharpening in Him)
Hello, again, and welcome to Chapter 4. In this chapter you will see that learning to obey the Lord and walk in the Spirit upset my daily life as He challenged me to take steps of faith which were new and “daring”. All of the ingrained fears, prejudices, and religious habits of decades began to surface. It was almost as if the Lord was turning over these rocks in the garden of my mind, exposing the vermin. As I began to listen to Him and just do the simple things He asked, the beetles went scurrying. By His Grace He is the great pest Exterminator! I hope this story will be an encouragement to those of you who are similarly in process of learning to obey Him, turning over the doubts, fears and patterns of a lifetime to the Lord.
You will also see in this chapter how the Lord reminded me of important past events which years of soulish activity had blocked. The Holy Spirit as Counselor was there on the scene, bringing up long forgotten pieces of the puzzle and revealing how the Lord had been intimately involved in my life all along. Sandy Landry and I are working on a book which will recount the fascinating stories that were almost buried and forgotten before the Lord stepped in to revive them. I am confident that:
“He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and he will tell you things to come.”
Soaking in Him
As last week’s episode came to a close, I stood in the hall holding a pink time bomb, Dr. Hamon’s Prophets and Personal Prophecy: GOD’s Prophetic Voice Today. What happened next makes me blush a little. Brisk footsteps echoed in the hall; it was my husband, JR! Afraid of being “caught” in possession of this “radical” book, I ducked into the bathroom. Reading ravenously, I opted for a longer than usual stay. In fact, I drew a bubble bath and spent several hours, well, soaking and turning pages.
My fear of detection really had nothing to do with JR personally! It had everything to do with years of being MIStaught about those “crazy” charismatics and their “questionable” practices. In retrospect, I had hidden my real heart and suppressed my very real questions for many years. At 27, I had secretly begun speaking in tongues and then let the gift lie dormant it because it did not fit with churches I attended. At one service, a Pentecostal pastor had prayed and laid hands on me in 1983. I felt an electric shock and subsequently prayed for the gift of prophecy. I kept it to myself, thinking my prayer had been just a sentimental gesture. Wasn’t prophecy just an antiquated gift that had long since passed from view now that we had Jesus?? Still, there was no getting around it; in a very serious prayer, I HAD ASKED for the gift of prophecy. I told no one, because there was nothing to tell. Nothing happened that I could see. Life went on, and I forgot all about it.
So you see, I had kept secrets before, and thought it best to do so again, so as not to be talked out of my “extremism” before I knew enough to defend the supernatural experience that started it all. (Today, 2/13/12, as JR marched off to work with a copy of The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophecy under his arm, I wonder at the Great Awakening the Lord has wrought in our lives in a few short years.)
The Calgon bubble bath escapes went on night after night. Dr. Hamon had written other books, and during the frequent “soaking” sessions, I read them eagerly! As a violin teacher, I had always enjoyed introducing tiny children to the excitement of the sight, sound, touch, and even smell of the violin. The music would stir a part of their soul and broaden their capacities of appreciation of the world around them. Now it felt as if I was a kid again, beginning to enjoy the Lord on a whole new level.
At that point in time, I was unaware of any churches in Silicon Valley which recognized prophetic ministry. It seemed too far to travel far to link up with another believer on the same “wave length”. So I resumed surfing. One site, and then another, would catch my eye. I would compose a long letter of explanation about who I was and what had happened. Suddenly I would feel “wrong”, knowing the Lord was not in it, and I would stop abruptly and delete the email. Still I prayed for His leading, knowing that when He presented the right door, I would “know” it.
Finally, in mid-April, I revisited the Prophetic Ministries Tabernacle site with the kindly looking man and his church “outside the box”. It was on this visit that I began to reflect on the similarities between Kent’s ministry and “the way the Lord had led us” up to this hour. JR and I had spent 28 years of involved in a large television ministry, and so the idea of community beyond the four walls of a local church was not new.
I read his statement of faith and approved his motto: “Pray. Hear. Obey.” So simple and yet profound. Was I following it? “Pray”? Yes, check; prayer life had come alive again! “Hear”? Check! That was beginning to happen more and more, praise HIM! “Obey”? Hmm. I was beginning to discover this “obedience to the faith” I had read about in Romans 1:5 had been seriously lacking!! Thank God for His grace.
Kent gave permission to “tell all” in this column, so I will. If it bores you to read these financial items, just skip the next few paragraphs. Yes, on my first visits to the PMT site, I wondered how Kent’s ministry was supported. What would the hourly rate for an Ezekiel or an Isaiah be, anyway? Could I afford a prophecy? It was thus that Kent’s teaching section on “Giving an Offering” caught my eye:
Giving an Offering for a Word
Though a prophet may receive a monetary blessing when giving a person a word from God, he is not to be mistaken for a hireling. A prophet who is a hireling will give a false prophecy at the request of a supporter for monetary gain.
In contrast to these false prophets, there are men of God who desire to only speak God’s words and to reveal God’s plans for the people. These men receive their spiritual blessing from God and their financial blessing from God’ people…
Then Saul said to his servant, “But look, if we go, WHAT SHALL WE BRING THE MAN? For the bread in our vessels is all gone, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?” I Samuel 9:7
Then Saul’s servant said, “Look, I have here at hand one fourth of a shekel of silver. I will give that to the man of God, to tell us our way.” I Samuel 9:8
In this and other scriptures throughout the Bible, God has shown us that we must support his prophets. These men of old had conviction that they must bless the prophet, Samuel, for his intercession.
I was impressed with this for several reasons. First, it coincided closely with what I already believed about valuing the Word of God. We had always practiced rendering material things for spiritual according to I Corinthians 9:11 and Galatians 6:6-8. We had always paid to obtain a copy of my local pastor’s sermon each week. I’d just bought an anointed pink book by Bill Hamon. How was a donation for a prophetic word any different? Surely many would criticize Mr. Simpson for asking for a donation up front, but I was fully anticipating a fee much greater than $30.
Secondly, I respected Kent’s stance against religious hypocrisy. As a professional violinist, I had experienced the dilemmas of operating in a God-given gift for which church people had trouble assigning a monetary value. For example, a church once hired me to teach Saturday music lessons to paying students, but afterward ruled that my musical gift was a ministry, therefore I was not to be paid. So I understood the issues over receiving money for operating in a gift. Musicians and artists of all kinds have always had it hard. It seemed to me that prophets must be in the same boat.
Thirdly, in the natural, my Italian heritage had trained me never to show up at someone’s home without an “offering”- a bottle of wine or a loaf of bread, whatever. An offering was a similar expression of honor and respect.The passage which Kent quoted from I Samuel reflected an attitude of respect for a man of God.
Well, all that to say I had no fear of being “fleeced”.
BUT as I sat at the computer with the Holy Spirit prodding me to request a prophecy, I still stewed inwardly. This man Kent talked the talk of a seasoned prophet. Why make it “easy” on him by spilling my guts in a lengthy introductory email? No sirree! I dismissed my previous ideas of giving a long preamble of explanation. There wasn’t room on the submission form anyway. If this guy was a real-deal prophet of the Lord, the Lord would spell it out to Him. The Lord knew my desperation…I wanted “confirmation” of the veracity of my supernatural experiences; I wanted details known only to the Lord! I expected a blow-by-blow account of my fantastic life adventures. I entertained fabulous ideas of how the prophecy might outline the next five years of my life, how Kent would hear strategies of how to get the rest of my family saved, how this word would kick off an extraordinary phase of spiritual growth and local church revival. Also, I craved answers on a REALLY pressing personal problem! Surely the Lord would zero in on that area first, I reasoned. I prayed earnestly that the Lord would use this prophetic word to confirm what He most wanted me to know.
Looking back, “I wanted” a lot!! Thank God for His mercy and generous grace! At least it may be said that I prayed in full expectation of a powerful word from the Lord.
Finally I filled out the form, clicked “submit” and breathed a sigh of relief. The struggle over whether or not to contact a prophet was over. Obedience was exhausting!! Entrenched religious tradition, the religious spirit, fought hard with every sophisticated argument to convince me that only zany, gullible folks really believe this stuff. Even after my experiences (see Chapter One), there was constant doubt. I record this truth hopefully to help some who have similar trouble trusting that the Lord is actively leading and guiding them as they take steps to pray and know Him better.
Yes, for me at that time, just simply to obey His direction and order a prophetic word constituted a huge step and statement of faith. The Lord had told me to trust HIM, and that is what I was doing. Rereading the New Testament with new eyes, I now viewed the operations of prophecy, visions and dreams as basic bread and butter for the Christian. By sending for the prophecy, I had affirmed: YES, prophecy is for real; YES, it DOES exist in the church today; and YES, I am open to however the Lord wants to speak His will and His heart to me.
A couple of weeks later, a thin padded mailer arrived in my mailbox.
I opened it, and with trepidation, tore open the CD case. Anxiously I gave the CD a spin. Kent’s voice boomed out as he mispronounced my name with a bit of a backwoods drawl. This California girl chuckled nervously, but what I heard next shattered my cool. It was to replay countless times over the course of the next weeks; the words were so totally ….
Time to go; will pick up here next time, Lord willing.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
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Thank you so much. I receive this word in Jesus name. I’m praying for clarity and discernment as I enter in this new season in my life. I’m thankful for your newsletter as well, I find it very encouraging and it complements Kent’s ministry well. God bless you sister and all you touch in Jesus name, amen. There is “new wine” fermenting at the moment and it will pour into and from you soon.
Dear Sister Tye,
I can’t tell you how much of a blessing you have been to me. You have confirmed a word to me that was given many many years ago. Exactly even on Abrahamic word in faith. I have a few friends that are close to me, that feel something may or may not be of God in my life. That in their opinion type and then there is something The Lord spoke many many years ago to me in a situation.
I have gone back and forth and to be honest, I have looked more at the circumstances then I have resting in The Lord. Because this is a test and surely requires Abrahamic faith to believe in The Lords way and answer then of my friends opinions and circumstance. The word you shared with me gives me peace to rest in The Lord to have him do as he said and not to my circumstance. I got ahead of The Lord and feel I have caused a bit of a mess..My friend I have in my life is no longer speaking to me and now there has been a breaking of communication. I know I must put it in his hands to work out and leave it there and rest in The Lord.
Thank you so much for the time you have always taken to pray for me and bless me. I am going to donate a love offering to your ministry. You are such a blessing.
Thank you so much and May The Lord richly bless you and your ministry.
“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled, which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.”