Monday, April 30, 2018
I was watching the movie Hacksaw Ridge, about Desmond Doss a Seventh Day Adventist conscientious objector and Medic and Medal of Honor honoree during World War II.
The battle for Hacksaw Ridge was part of the campaign to take Okinawa. While the Japanese Army held the ridge, He rescued 75 wounded American Soldiers, lowering them 350 ft., down the side of the escarpment to safety. Captured Japanese Soldiers reported having him in their gunsights, but their guns would jam when they tried to shoot him. During this time, he kept praying, “Lord, Just One More!”
That prayer stayed with me, “Lord Just One More!” I asked the Lord, “Why is this is staying with me.” Lord said, “I want my people to have that same cry in their hearts, “Lord Just One More.”
In 1 Corinthians 9:16-27, Paul has this attitude of the heart, doing and being whatever, it takes for the Gospel.
Mark 16:15-18 (NKJV) Jesus: “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
In Luke 15:1-10, God is all about the just one more. The Shepherd had 99 sheep that were safe, but there was one that was lost. The Shepherd was not satisfied until that one lost sheep was found and returned to the flock (just one more). The woman, who had ten silver coins and then lost one. She kept searching until it was found (just one more). Then she calls her friends and neighbors to celebrate. In this passage, we see there is rejoicing in heaven when one sinner repents (just one more).
Finally, 2 Peter 3:9 says it all: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (NIV) (Just One More).
We are being called to by the Holy Spirit to have a burning passion in our hearts and minds, for Just One More, Lord!!
Billy Graham had this passion; his hear cry was,” Give me souls, Lord.” In other words, “Just One More.” God has promised the Billy Graham mantle to the Church, but we also must have the passion for, Just One More.
We must begin to stir up ourselves. To begin, to cry aloud to Lord, “Just One More, Lord!! Give me Just One More,” Then, we must put into action our prayers. We must be courageous and step out knowing that we are moving with the passion of God.
It’s time for the passion and the heart cry of the Church to be, JUST ONE MORE. When you get the one, cry out again, “LORD!!! JUST ONE MORE!!!”
©COPYRIGHT 2018 RICHARD L SPANGLER
Friday, January 5, 2018
Special Note: I feel it is important to republish this article at this time. Relationship with is key to what is God doing this year and the years to come. Attached are several Prophetic Words for 2018.
As we know, God is restoring all things. When we say this, we are thinking of the restoration of the 5-fold ministry and gifts of the Spirit. Then, all members of the Body of Christ doing the work of the ministry.
But, the Lord is restoring beyond those things. His will and purpose are to restore our relationship with Him. This relationship goes beyond the relationship that King David had, beyond what Joshua and Moses had, beyond what Enoch enjoyed. As wonderful as these relationships were, God wants to bring us back to the relationship that Adam had in the Garden of Eden.
The Adam relationship a place of not only knowing the Will of God for our lives, not only knowing His Voice and seeing what He is doing and moving with Him but knowing Him intimately. It is a place of knowing His footsteps and not only hearing His heartbeat but that we will know what it is to be in the center of His Heart.
The Call of Father God for each of us is to be in a relationship with Him. The purpose of sending His Son Jesus Christ and the giving us the Fullness of the Holy Spirit overflowing our lives is for us for us to have a relationship with Him.
Sadly, many of us never even move beyond the basics of being saved and being filled with the Holy Spirit but there is a desire for more, but many never get to the more of God. The lack of relationship creates a sense of frustration in our spirits and eventually leads many to settle for what that have. There are others who attempt to do it in their strength. Often leading to a legalistic life of reading so much of Word of God and praying many hours a day. These things are good as tools and need to happen, but the Word without the Spirit and prayer without the Spirit lead only to an intellectual knowledge about the relationship with God.
So, how do we reach the relationship that God has purposed us and created us to be in with Him? This requires a shift in the way we do things for God. It requires a shift in our attitude about our relationship with God, our Father. We must realize that relationship is more than what we do for Him.
The relationship comes from spending time with one another not just in the doing of things. The time factor is key. Sadly, many do what has been mentioned above, read the Bible, some study the Bible (there is a difference), and they pray. This is where most of us stumble; we make prayer a one-way litany of our needs with a little praise and thanksgiving to top it off. Then, we are out the door, expecting an answer, but never taking time to listen or spend time with the one we are praying.
Listening is the beginning of a relationship. Psalm 46:10 the NRSV, NIV, ESV, KJV all translate this way, “Be still, and know that I am God.” The NASB says,” Cease striving and know that I am God” and the AMP version, “Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God.” In all of these translations, God is saying to us to “stop” realize Who I Am.
How do we be still and start listening? I started, eight years ago, by stopping for 5 minutes at the start of each day, now this means turning off all distractions in our lives, TV, computers, tablets and yes cell phones, and inviting God to come. I would say this: “Father I want to be with you, come and be with me.” Then, I would wait, thinking on God, with the expectation that He would come. Takes some training to keep your mind from wandering off to other things, but you can do it as I did.
Since then my time with the Father has grown and grown, it how goes well beyond the 5 minutes, it is developing into more and more intimate relationship with God.
It has become a knowing that God is with me every day, all day and this fact makes my life exciting and an Adventure in the Spirit, daily.
Salvation opens the way. Being filled with Holy Spirit gives us the power. Studying the Word of God gives us knowledge and prayer start the communication. Taking time to invite God to come and be with us, waiting and listening for Him are the first steps in the restoration of the Adam Relationship in our lives.
There is much more to come. You can begin to experience this relationship with God. God wants you to have it, all you have to do is willing to spend time with Him.
©COPYRIGHT 2016 RICHARD L SPANGLER
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Monday, October 16, 2017
By Richard L. Spangler
I went for my morning walk on Rosh Hashanah. As I was walking, I began to ponder what happened to the Young Lions. I was almost immediately caught up in a vision.
I found myself standing on one of the Mountains of Influence. All around me there were demons. I felt a hand on my shoulder and there beside me stood Jesus. Jesus said, “Fear not. I have shielded you from the demons. As with me, they cannot see you or even sense we are here. Watch.”
I began to watch. But not only could I watch but I could sense what these demons were feeling. They had feelings of arrogance; this mountain belonged to them, and all that was on it was theirs’.
There were people on the mountain. They were influenced by the demons to make large heavy chains for themselves. They also made chains for other people. The people gladly accepted the chains and put them on themselves, as if they were receiving a coveted award. What they didn’t realize was that the chains were weighing them down, keeping them from becoming what they wanted to be.
The demons heard the roar of lions from off in the distance. They stopped and looked up, but turned back to their work, unconcerned by the sound. Their arrogance rose up again. Some said, “This is our mountain. We have had it for a long time. It will always be ours.” The others nodded in agreement.
Suddenly, at the base of the mountain, an army of Young Lions of Judah appeared, surrounding the mountain. The lions began to roar, and the mountain started shaking. The demons were stunned but quickly recovered. They began to scream at the lions, all sorts of lies and those people under their began to do the same.
The lions ignored the lies and moved up the mountain. As the lions came near the demons, the started to run. But the lions were too quick for the demons, and they overtook them. The Lions bounced on the demons. Then, using their mouths, grabbed the demons by their necks.
( At this point, I wondered why the lions grabbed these disgusting creatures with their mouths. Then it came to me, “They overcame them by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” Words come out of the mouth.)
The Lions lifted the demons off the ground and tossed them high into the air( like a child throwing a rag doll) and off the mountain. Then, lions would roar again and move to strike down the next demon.
In the midst of this battle, when the lions came across a person that was chained or one under that was under the influence of the demons, they changed. The lion's faces became as lambs; they began to love these people with the love of God and chains fell off.
I looked up the mountain, the principality, was ordering more demons to attack the lions. At this point, the second wave of more powerful lions joined the attack. Tossing the demons even higher into the air and they were landing in the valley with a resounding thud.
The principality called out to the other mountains for reinforcements. I look towards the other mountains, and they were also under attack from the Lions of Judah. Demons everywhere are losing the mountains. The third wave of lions arrives and begin bounding up the mountain towards the principality. The principality cries out for help. In the distance, a black cloud rises and begins to move towards the mountains. I can see it is a massive army of demon warriors charging towards the mountains. I this point, I look at Jesus, and he says, “Now.”
Immediately, there appears an army of warrior angels. The angels were twice the size of the largest demon and outnumbered the demon army two to one. The angels stopped the demons in the tracks.
When, the principality, began to retreat, throwing more demons into the path of the lions but nothing stopped the lions. The third wave of lions reached the principality. They all grabbed the principality, and they all tossed principality high into the air. The principality goes so high that I could no longer see him. I look away from the mountain, and I see a cloud of black dust rising, I assume that is where the principality has landed.
The Lions are now on the top of the mountain, and they begin to roar in praise to our God. The people who have been set free joint in with choruses of praise and worship.
The demons try to counter-attack and are easily defeated each time they attack. The war continues for what seems like years and years. Time is flying by faster than I can comprehend.
All, at once there is a blinding flash of holy light. When I can see again, all the Lions and people they have set free are gone. There is a silence everywhere. Even the demons are stunned into silence at what just happened. Off in the distance, a black cloud descends and starts covering the earth.
I look at Jesus, and he says, “It’s time to go.”
I find myself, back walking and making my turn towards home.
© COPYRIGHT 2017 RICHARD L. SPANGLER
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
By Richard L. Spangler
The Lord spoke to me about fifteen years ago that He was going to show me the Young Lions of Judah and that I was to encourage them in who they are to become. At first, I only saw a few here and there, but now I am beginning to see them everywhere I go. Recently, the Lord gave me this vision about the Young Lions of Judah.
I was caught up in the Spirit and found myself standing on top of a high mountain. I look down and see a large valley, extending as far as the eye can see. In the distance, I see other mountains surrounding the valley.
I see something moving in the mountains; I focus my eyes on one of the mountains, and to my surprise, I see young lions, male and female moving over the top of the mountain and down into the valley. It is the same on each mountain, 1,000’s and multiplied 1,000’s of lions, all moving into the Valley.
I was expecting to see a lot of fighting among the lions to establish their seniority and authority. Instead, the lions acknowledged each other and seemly took up assigned positions in the valley. The movement continued until the valley was full of lions. Suddenly, all the lions bow their heads and then raised their heads and roared in unison. The roar of all these lions was deafening and shook the mountain.
I wonder what all this means. I hear the voice of the Lord behind me, I turn around, and there stands Jesus.
Jesus spoke, “You are looking at the Valley of Judah. The Lions that have gathered here are the Young Lions of Judah.
I have commanded them to gather. They have come from their caves and dens, where I kept them until this time. Now is their time.The roar was their worship, and it shakes both the spiritual and physical realms, for they worship in the unity of the Holy Spirit. But, there is more, Watch.”
I turn back to look at the lions. The Lions begin separating into eight different lions prides. Seven of the lion prides move off in seven different directions, but the eighth pride remained in the Valley.
Before I can ask the Lord explains, “The seven pride of lions are moving to take the seven mountains of influence. The eighth pride remains behind to worship and train.”
I asked, “Train?”
The Lord says, “Watch.”
I look and see more young lions coming. These lions are bigger and stronger than the first group that gathered. I watched, as the lions that remained behind, move among this new group, guiding them to their positions in the valley. The eighth group grew larger and even more powerful than the new group as they did the work they were assigned. Once, they were all gathered, and in position, the eighth group of young lions roared. Then, all the lions roared in unison of worship. Their worship sent shock waves of power into the atmosphere. The mountain I am standing on began shaking more violently than before. I could barely stand during the roar and as the mountain shook.
Then as before, lion prides formed. Seven of the lion prides move off to the seven mountains of influence. The eighth pride remained behind. There was a difference, as I watched this eighth pride, these lions grew even larger and more powerful as the other lions were leaving. Again I looked towards the mountains surrounding the Valley of Judah, and more lions were coming. These lions were even bigger and more powerful than the second group of lions. The eighth lion pride did their work, guiding this new group of lions. The lions of this eighth pride continued to grow even larger and stronger as they did their work. Again, the lions, roared, together, in worship. The sound of their roar was deafening, with explosions of power in the atmosphere. The shaking of the mountain was so strong that I could not stand.
This time, almost all the lions left the Valley of Judah and moved towards the seven mountains of influence. The small pride of lions that remained continued roaring, and the mountains continually shook under the power of their worship.
I looked to the Lord and began to speak, “The second group of lions is the children of the first group. The third group is the children of the second. The children, have the DNA of parents and learned from them, growing larger and stronger than their parents.”
I started to ask a question, but the Lord continued. “This does not involve chronological age but the heart of the individual. There are many Young Lions of Judah that have gray hair on the outside, but I have kept the hearts young, and I will give them strength to do what they are called to do.”
The vision closed and I got a sense of the timing in my spirit. The first group of Young Lions is gathering now. The next group of lions will come together in about ten years, and the third group will come about ten years later.
© COPYRIGHT 2017 RICHARD L. SPANGLER