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In July of 1996, God opened the door for me to go to Norway. The meetings in Norway were a huge success and invitations kept coming in for the next few months for me to return. While the meetings were going well in Norway, everything back home was falling apart. Each time I would return from Norway, we would start paying what we could with the offerings I had collected. Every month we would pray that God would give us a breakthrough. Unfortunately, by October we were meeting with our corporate ministry attorney discussing the ministry’s options. Quickly, November came and the creditors were driving us nuts. Where had we gone wrong? In December 1996, the ministry was about $86,000 in delinquent debt with no sign that things were going to get better.
The time had come to face the worst. Our attorney took me down the hall from his office and introduced me to an attorney who specialized in corporate bankruptcy. As the attorney began to talk to me about the process that he would use to put the ministry in bankruptcy, the Spirit of the Lord speak. It was so strange, when His voice started I could not hear a word the attorney was saying; although, his month was moving the entire time. The word was so strong I must have looked to the attorney as if I had seen a ghost. I excused myself from the presence of the attorney and rushed back home to my study to do as the Lord had commanded. Driving back from the bankruptcy attorney’s office in Dallas, Texas I began mediating on the Lord’s word over and over again. It was important that I did not forget even one portion of the word I had received. What the Lord had told me was this.
“Go and write a letter to each one of you creditors and offer them 12.93% of the balance you owe them.”
I knew within myself what the letters were to say and that it was important that I send them by priority mail. Totaling all of our debts I then calculated 12.93% of that total. Then I checked the ministry account to see if we had enough money to pay 12.93% to each of our creditors. To my amazement the amount in the account was almost the exact same amount; we had $1.05 left in the account. I knew then that everything was going to be okay.
It was December 21, 1996. Even though it was only 4 days until Christmas and we had just a dollar and a nickle we had given the rest to our creditors; we stood in perfect peace.
Within just three weeks after sending out the letters and checks to our creditors, we were debt free. God’s word had delivered us. God made a way for everything to be paid in full with a huge 87.07% discount to boot. In all of my years of banking, I had never heard of anyone being able to discount their debt by this large of a percentage. Maybe 10% but nothing more than 15% being the maximum rate of discount acceptable in the industry. Today I stand in awe of how God carried us through this walk of faith.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of god” (Romans 10:17).
Just because the Lord gives us a word of direction does not always mean that the walk will be easy. Here is my point; you cannot walk in faith if you have not first received a word from the Lord of what to do. Understanding this experience will help explain what Apostle James had written.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).
If you are not willing to be led by the Spirit, you cannot experience these challenging and exciting journeys. You are going to have problems in this world no matter if you are saved or not. The decision everyone has to make when working out problems is; will you use your carnal mind or accept the direction of the Holy Spirit?
If you have an angel whisper in your ear a life changing word, will you battle with doubt and unbelief. Negative thoughts will try to steal your word from the Lord. If you are one who does not have angels coming to you with revelation from God, then you need to walk with someone you know who does. This is why God has given prophets to the church, to minister to those who cannot hear for themselves.
“And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues” (Corinthians 12:28).
For a period of about two years I struggled with something the Lord had said to me. He said;
“Kent, if everyone could hear me like you do, I would not need you, nor would I have created the office of a prophet.”
I had a hard time receiving this word was because I realized I would be given a great deal of responsibility. My ministry now would be to deliver the uncompromised word of the God with such accuracy that there would be no doubt in my heart that what I had spoken was truly from the throne of God.
When the Holy Spirit speaks inside of you, it is different than when an angel delivers revelation knowledge. First of all, there is much more power in the voice and presence of the Holy Spirit. At times, He will cause you to fall into a trance or weep uncontrollably under His conviction (see; Acts 10:10-15).
After I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I gained understanding of how I was able to know of things to come. Before I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I only heard Him every so often, maybe once a year. When the Holy Spirit spoke, it was not in long sentences or casual conversation. His words were short, to the point and powerful. Even though I did not have all the understanding of what He was saying, there was always evidence of a change in my life.
Each time the Holy Spirit has spoken to me, I have remembered every word and the experience of hearing His voice. Maybe, this will help you know when you have heard from God and when you have heard from an angel. Here is a good way to know when you’re hearing an angel; especially, when you are ministering in the prophetic word. If you are fortunate enough to have an angel appointed to minister for you according to Hebrews 1:14 you will discover very quickly the angel will flood you with all kinds of prophetic experiences. Words begin bursting out of you, you see things, feel things and know things by faith. For we prophecy by the measure of our faith (see; Romans 12:6).
There is still tons of new revelation being downloaded into God’s ministers and as of the past year the measure of His revelatory words come almost daily. Get into a place where you can stand under His spout where His glory is coming out. You will find yourself receiving things coming to you from His throne that you’ll not be able to tell your closes of friends. When that happens keep your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Now, that is a lesson for another time; for now, just find that spout where the glory comes out, it is well worth it.
(message by, Kent Simpson, Apostolic Prophet)
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