Enter Into Thy Chamber

Isaiah 26:20

Come, my people, enter thou into thy chamber, and shut thy door about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast

The Lord was calling His people to come to a more excellent place with Him. Today the Lord once again desires His people to enter the chamber and spend private time with Him in His presence. He is calling His people to a closer walk with Him. The Lord desires that we come to a place where we can spend time with Him in His presence. It is always a beautiful thing when we all come together to pray and worship. Yet, there also needs to be time set aside that you can spend with the Lord. Real communion is to have fellowship with the Lord. During this time, we build our relationship with Him. This gives Him the chance to be able to speak to us and to deal with us on a personal level so that we may become more lively members of His body. We must always seek to enter into His presence to taste the sweetness of the Lord. As we spend time with Him, He is able to reveal Himself to us. Coming to Him in the private chamber accomplishes many things our lives. Entering into the presence of God will cause us to become humble. We could not come into His great presence without realizing how small we really are. He is high and mighty God. All power is in His hands. We are nothing without Him. For Him to love us, is indeed an amazing thing. It is a sign that a person has not been in the presence of the Lord when that person is high minded or exalts himself.

There are many misconceptions about the Lord because people do not see the need to spend time in His presence. I was at a prayer meeting one time, and a man said, “We need to find out what would make God want to spend time with us.” God created man for His own pleasure. The reason that we exist is that He desires to spend time with us. The real fact is that man has little or no time to spend with God. He is waiting for us to make time for Him. I had never called on His name when He answered and said, “Not now, I cannot be bothered.” Whenever I have called on Him, He has always been there for me.

The verse says, hide thyself. When we spend time with the Lord in His presence, we build a hedge of protection around us. The only place that we can find refuge is in the Lord. We are safe as we hide in Him, and that security stays with us. This means that the enemy may rage against us, but he cannot touch us. The enemy will not be able to get through the hedge of protection.

In Psalms 91:1-2 it says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.” David found this very precious place with the Lord. He knew how to enter into the presence of God. The time that he spent praying and magnifying the Lord caused him to be able to dwell in the secret place. This was the only place that David knew he could find refuge. He knew that if he put his trust in the Lord, the Lord would deliver him. Psalms 18:17 tells us, “He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.” Through the testimony of David’s life, we know that God did hear his cry and did preserve his life. Even when the enemy was too strong for David, the Lord kept him. This is the place that God desires for us to be in, a place where we are so in touch with His presence that we trust in Him to be our refuge and our fortress. If we find this secret place in Jesus, we will be able to believe in Him to deliver us from our enemy, even if the enemy is too strong for us. It does not matter what form the enemy takes to come against us. When God’s people have trouble trusting in the Lord, it is because they have not entered into the chamber to spend time in His presence. Therefore, they cannot believe in the Lord to take care of them, and so they trust in man. The more time spent in the presence of the Lord, the surer you become in knowing that the Lord will hear and answer you.

Psalm 18:6 says, “In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears” We can know that He will hear us. The more time spent in His presence, the closer we are to Him. Then we are able to come quickly into His presence in the time of need. In Psalm 64:1 it says, “Hear my voice, O’God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.” If we fear the enemy. It means that we do not trust that God is able to keep us. Fear causes the people of God to not be able to trust Him; therefore, they are not able to enter into the victory. We must find the secret place in His presence. As we come to Him, the enemy will not be able to hide from us what he is doing. The Lord will show us what needs to be done and strength will come to us. Only in His presence will we find peace. The fear will leave, and the victory will come.

Psalm 27:4-6 says, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore, will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.” David’s only desire was to dwell in the House of the Lord, to be in God’s presence to behold His beauty, and to inquire of Him. If this could be our only desire, what glory we would see. Many want to dwell with the Lord someday when this life is over. The Psalmist desired to live in the house of the Lord all of his life. I do not want to wait until I leave the body or until some unknown date in the future. I desire to dwell with Him in His house. I wish to stay in His incredible presence today and every day from now throughout eternity. David knew that the Lord would hide him from those that wanted to destroy him. The sixth verse says that his head was lifted up above his enemies that were around about him. This means that we can see all that the enemy is doing. They may be all around, but nothing can be hidden from us. We are high above the battle so that nothing will be able to touch us. David offered sacrifices of joy and sang songs of praise to the Lord. This is one of the most critical parts of our relationship with the Lord. No matter what we are going through, we must continue to sing praises unto the Lord. We have to let the joy of the Lord come forth and cause strength to come to us.

The presence of God will reveal to us the things He is not pleased with in our lives. In the second chapter of the book of Revelations, the Lord speaks of the seven churches. He tells the good things about each church. Then He says, “But, I have a few things against thee.” He tells them the things that He is not pleased with. He gives them warning to repent and turn from their wicked ways. Now, these were the churches that had done wonderful works for the Lord. Many of them had suffered persecution for the gospel. Yet, there were some things that they were doing that the Lord was not pleased with. He desired that they change so that they would not be lost.

Today we need to ask the Lord if He has a few things against us. We might be doing outstanding work in His name. Yet, maybe there is something within us that He is not pleased with. It is time to ask the Lord to let us know what He has against us so that we can get those things out of the way. We need to spend time in the presence of the Lord and let Him take those things out of our lives.

Why must we allow God to make the change of nature in our lives? Because these things that are in us are harmful to us, the Kingdom of God, and the kind of witness that we are to those around us. In the Old Testament God instructed the children of Israel to kill out the giants that were in the land. They did not do what God had told them to do. Instead, they left a remnant of the giants. Later, we see the children of giants rise up against Israel. In I Samuel 17, Goliath rose up against Israel and would have destroyed them if God had not raised up David and put the victory in His hands. In 2 Samuel 21:16, the giant Ishbibenob rose up and almost killed David. In 2 Samuel 21: 18-19, Saph and the brother of Goliath rose up against Israel. Then another giant rose up against Israel. In 2 Samuel 21:22 we are told, “These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.” If Israel had destroyed the Giants in the beginning as God had instructed them to do, there would have been no giants to rise up against Israel.

When there are things in our lives that are not pleasing to the Lord, we must let Him take them out of the way. God wants to give us the victory over those things in our lives that would destroy us. If we do not allow this to take place in our lives, later those things will rise up and try to destroy us just like the giants. These things can seem like giants. They can appear so big and so strong that there is no way you can overcome them. These giants will try to destroy what God has done in your life. It is better to get the Giants out of the way as soon as the Lord reveals the problem. The only way we are going to win the victory is by entering into our closet and spending time in the presence of the Lord. Grab hold of the Lord and do not let go until the victory comes. Do not fight against what God desires to do. Instead, wrestle with Him to win the victory. The victory will come. Do not let anyone make you believe that you cannot overcome. Jesus overcame death, hell and the grave. He rose from the dead so that we may have life. At that time, He won the battle for us. When we accept Jesus and the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, we receive the power to overcome. We need to believe and walk in the victory that He has won for us.

In Genesis 32:24-30, Jacob wrestled with the Lord until morning. Jacob had not received what he desired. He held onto the Lord and did not let Him go until the Lord blessed him. Jacob needed a special blessing from the Lord. In the twenty-eighth verse, we see that the Lord changes his name from Jacob to Israel. Anytime the Lord makes a change in the names of people throughout the Bible, it shows a change of nature. Jacobs nature had been changed; therefore, his name was changed to Israel.

Many times, people enter into prayer because they are in need of something. Jacob went to the Lord for one thing, but what he received is what he really needed. He needed a change in his nature and the blessing of the Lord. When people enter into prayer, they often pray for a short time. When they do not receive what they prayed about, they go away accepting that this is God’s will for them. Sometimes we have to grab hold onto the Lord and not let go until the change in our nature comes. We must stay in His presence and allow Him to bring forth what is pleasing in His sight. The Bible says that Jacob wrestled with the Lord, not against the Lord. This shows us that when we come into the presence of the Lord, we should not fight against what He desires to bring forth in us. The Lord wants to bring change in our lives. We must allow those changes to take place. During the time that we are in His presence, we must wrestle with Him, not against Him. As we wrestle with Him, we join Him in the fight against those things in our lives that are not pleasing to Him. The more time that we spend in His presence, the more remarkable victory we have over the old nature, and the change takes place.

-Rebekah Rankin

“Whereas I was Blind, Now I See”

DSC_0003 (2)“Let every hidden thing come to light, and every lie revealed.” As God begins answering this prayer, we must also pray that God gives those who have believed the lies the ability to see and understand the truth. Many people are deceived, and it is essential for us to pray that God open their eyes to see. Only until God brings understanding to the hearts will they be able to walk in the light no longer being deceived.
In John 9:1-7 it says, “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered Neither hath this man sinned, or his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay, and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way, therefore, and washed, and came seeing.”
This man had been born blind so that the works of God should be made manifest in him. Jesus came and spat on the ground anointed the eyes of the blind man and sent him to wash in the pool of Siloam. In his blindness, he went to the pool and cleaned the clay from his eyes when he was done he was made whole and now can see in the natural. The most beautiful miracle here is that not only was his physical sight opened but was able to see all things with understanding. He was no longer blinded by the things that he had been taught or told to believe. We see this later in the chapter.
John 9:26-33 says, “Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? How opened he thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear It again? Will ye also be his disciples? Then they reviled him and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not whence he is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him, he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.”
He had an excellent understanding of the kingdom of God even above the religious leaders. That they might have eyes to see and understand is a powerful prayer. It is better than all the words of trying to convince someone to believe the truth. If the understanding comes from the spirit washing away the clay out of their eyes, no one will ever be able to take it away from those who have the spiritual sight to see.
We must pray that every lie is revealed, every hidden thing comes to light and that we all might have eyes to see and not be deceived.

-Rebekah Rankin

Letter from the Desk of Rebekah Rae

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I hope those of you who have read the articles on prayer have been able to put the principles to work in your own lives. If you have not yet read the articles, I hope you too find them insightful and an encouragement to continue in powerful prayer life.
In the last inspirational message posted, I spoke of prayer, “Let every lie be revealed, and every hidden thing come to light.” This prayer is essential in this day and time. It is more important than ever before that we do not let the lies blind us. Lies can be very deceitful and misleading. People who are blinded by the lies will fall into the trap. We as the people of God do not want to fall into the traps set by those wanting to destroy. We must have eyes to see not only the traps of the enemy but also the works that God is doing. As we move forward, we must not be deceived by the lies of man because we can see the truth, if we are willing to open our eyes and let the Holy Spirit reveal his plan to us. We must let go of many of the things man has taught us and allow God to reveal himself to us. Be not deceived by those who twist the Word of God into a lie.
In the Garden, the serpent twisted the words spoken to Eve. Adam had told her if she ate of the Tree of Good and Evil she would surely die. The serpent said, “thou shall not surely die.” He changed a truth into a lie by adding one word. She believed the lie and did eat. Then she offered to her husband, and he did eat. Adam was not deceived he just went along with Eve. The truth had been given to Adam by God, and to Eve by Adam, they chose to believe the lie and fall into sin and death.
When the Devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, the Devil used the scriptures to try and trap Jesus into doing something against the truth of God’s Word. Jesus knowing the scriptures was able to combat the lies with the truth. Jesus prepared himself for this temptation. He had spent forty days in prayer and fasting. It is so important to have a life grounded in the Word of God and prayer; however, fasting is a significant part of a life of victory. It is vital to our survival and living a victorious life here on this Earth.

-Rebekah Rankin

Coffee or Tea with Me Inspirational Message

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Many years ago, I was going through a situation, and God impressed upon me to pray “Let every lie be revealed, and every hidden thing come to light.” As I began to pray this prayer, the things that had been hidden from me came to light. It amazed me when I saw the lies being revealed even by the same people who told the lies. The most incredible thing was that not only were the lies and hidden things coming out in that situation but in others as well. It seemed as if nothing could be hidden from me. Over the years whenever the need would arise I would say this prayer and watched God move on my behalf. Last year I began to pray this prayer for my country and have seen God answer in such a beautiful way. Sometimes I think how that person can say something like that, but then I realize that they are only exposing the hidden things that are within them and exposing the lies they have led people to believe. It is glorious when God gives his people the power to overcome and deliver the victory into our hands. I encourage you to take this precious truth and put it to use in your prayer life. You will be amazed at how well it works.

-Rebekah Rankin

Where are the Intercessors?

 

 

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 “And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor,”

Isaiah 59:16

Where are the intercessors? Where are those that pray both night and day unto the Lord? The Spirit of the Lord is moving across our Land looking for intercessors. Those who will lay down their Lives as a living sacrifice unto the Lord as in Romans 12:1; “I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrificed, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” He is looking for men and women who will give of their time to spend time in prayer and to intercede for others; those who are willing to give up the things that consume their time so that they may be able to spend this most precious time in the presence of God interceding for others. The ministry of intercession is not one of the five-fold ministries listed in Ephesians 4:11. This tells us that it is not a ministry that some are called to, and others are not. Intercession is a requirement and is expected of all Spirit-filled believers. We must rise up and take our places in this very import work of the kingdom, as intercessors.

Many ministries have risen only to fall in shame. This is because those that followed them did not take their place to intercede for their Spiritual leaders. Intercession is an essential part of our lives as believers. As we intercede for others, we impart strength to those who we pray for. This is important because it causes them to be strong and therefore in the time of temptation, they will be able to overcome. James 5:16 tells us to pray one for another. It is our responsibility to pray for each other. This is so we can strengthen each other so that we will be able to stand. While you pray, believe in your heart that the Lord has heard your prayer and will answer. When we see a fault in our brother or sister in the Lord, we need to pray for them. If people spent as much time praying for others as they do talking about them, the Body of Christ would be much stronger. There would be more unity and less separation. Talking about one another has never caused change. Only through prayer and intercession can we help each other to overcome our faults. Talking about people will tear them down and destroy them. We can either be cancer that consumes the Body of Christ or we can be the white blood cells and kills cancer. Prayer builds us up, makes us healthy and more lively members of the Body of Christ. As we see fault in others, we must first pray that they may see that a change is needed. Second, that God will give them the ability to overcome. As we begin to intercede, we will see change take place. If we are faithful to continue intervening, the victory will be won.

James 5:16 tells us, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” This is telling us that if we pray and continue in prayer, much will be accomplished in our lives and in the lives of those we pray for. If we continue in prayer for our nation, we will see many won into the Kingdom of God. The youth and the gangs will not be roaming the streets looking for something to do. Instead, they will be out witnessing and bringing others to Jesus. Evangelism begins with the bringing in of the harvest, the training of those brought in and, in due time, the sending forth of the new ministries. However, prayer and intercession must be a vital part of every stage of evangelism. A life of prayer and intercession is a life of victory.

In Luke11:1 one of the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We must ask the Lord to teach us to pray. The traditional ways of prayer and worship do not conform to God’s ways. Many times, we do not know how to pray, and therefore we do not have a productive prayer life. We must let the Holy Spirit take over, He will begin to show us areas that we need to concentrate on. He will not only show us what we need to pray for but how to pray concerning that area. Do not be surprised if He leads you to pray for things other than those things that you wanted to pray concerning. The Holy Spirit might even guide you to pray for things that you have had no knowledge of. Let the Holy Spirit take over and lead the prayer time, and you will have a productive prayer life. Remember that the Holy Spirit is in no rush. Do not be surprised if it takes an hour or so praying in the Spirit before He begins to lead you in your prayer. Take the time. You will never be sorry.

As we begin to pray for our nation, we must pray as Jesus instructed in Matthew 9:38, “Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” Remember that this is His harvest. It belongs to Jesus. Therefore, when we pray, we must pray as if the nation belongs to Him. The harvest belongs to Jesus, not to sin. The prayer must center around the bringing in of the harvest. Those that live in sin are servants to sin. Sin will have a stronghold on the nation as long as man lives as a servant to sin. However, as the laborers begin to win those who are lost in sin to the Lord, sin will lose its stronghold in the nation. If the prostitute gets saved, there will be no one selling themselves anymore. If the drug addict gets saved and set free, then the dealers will have no one to sell to. They will either get saved or leave the city. When the adulterer gets saved and set free, he will want to live a pure and holy life unto the Lord. As people begin to get saved and set free from sin they will no longer go to have their palms and cards read. Instead, they will look for instruction from the Lord. Therefore, witchcraft will lose its power. Win the nation to Jesus and sin lose its power over the nation. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers into his harvest. Pray that the Lord will send you as a laborer to bring in His harvest.

1 John 5:14 says, “And this is the confidence that I have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us…” Here we see that we should have confidence in Him. Believe that the Lord loves us and that because He loves us, He hears us. The main point here is to ask according to His will. Jesus never asked anything outside of the will of the Father. Therefore, everything that He asked of the Father the Father did. This is the key to answered prayer. The more time we spend in prayer before God, praying in the Spirit, the closer we come to Him and His will becomes known to us. When we know, His perfect will we can pray according to His will. Therefore, the prayer will be answered according to the exemplary will of God. John 16:23 tell us that we must use the name of Jesus. Jesus is the only name that has the power, anointing, and authority to access answered prayer.

Hebrew 7:25 says, “Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Jesus makes intercession for us continually. In the New Testament, the Lord has never required anything of us that He would not do. The Lord makes intercession for us and requires that we do the same for His kingdom and all those that belong to Him. He lives to make intercession for me. How can I do any less for Him? Even though the Lord can do all things without our help, the Bible teaches us that He desires for us to be part of what He is doing. For example, Matthew 7:7 states, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be open unto you.”

Many people do not consider a life of intercession because it is not a life of outward fame and glory. It is in secret. We see this in Matthew 6:6, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” This time spent in prayer is time for one to enter into the presence of God; to come into the Holiest of Holies. A prayer life of intercession is life between the individual and God. The Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly. People who have to tell how much time they spend praying have received the reward of man. To reap the prize of the Father is much higher than to obtain the award of a man knowing how much you pray.

We learn two essential keys to a life of intercession in II Kings 6:17, “And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.” The first thing that we learn is that we must be as Elisha. We must have spiritual insight to see what the Lord is doing in our life, even if it looks like everything is going wrong. If in the natural it seems as if the enemy is going to win and that the battle is in his hand, we must pray that the Lord will open our eyes to see that the victory is the Lord’s. Elisha was not blind. He knew the victory was the Lord’s and he believed that God would win the battle for him. We must not only pray that we have spiritual eyes to see what the Lord is doing, but we must also believe that He is able to accomplish that which He has shown us. Spiritual insight only works when we are willing to trust in the Father.

We also learn from the scripture that we must pray for the eyes of the Church to be opened. The Church needs to see through spiritual eyes what the Lord is doing today. The enemy always keeps the people of God looking far off so that they do not know what is happening today. The Lord gives us hope for tomorrow; yet, He desires us to see what He is doing now. The Church must recognize and believe. We must see that the Lord rules and reigns today and that He is in complete control of every situation. We must know that He keeps His word and that if He promised it, He is more than able to keep His promises. We must pray that the eyes of the Church be opened to see what God is doing. If His word says, “By His stripes, ye are healed,” then you are healed. If His word says, “signs and wonders shall follow them that believe,” then signs and wonders shall follow.

It is so crucial to the Church that the children of God arise as intercessors today. We only have to look at the world around us to see the great need for intercessors who will stand in the gap and make up the hedge. In Ezekiel 22:30, the Lord looked for an intercessor and found none: “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none”. Here we see that the Lord requires us to pray and intercede for the land and those around us. Also, in Isaiah 59:16 it says, “And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor.” Today let us arise in power and unity as intercessors and pray for our nation and, most important, for the harvest. As we arise and begin praying for the harvest in our country and for each other as fellow laborers, we will begin to enter into true unity. True unity begins with praying one for another. The Apostle Paul prayed the most wonderful prayers for his fellow laborers. In Colossians 1: 9-11“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” .What a victorious prayer!

As the people of God begin, with pure hearts, to pray prayers such as this for each other, we shall see the Church empowered beyond comprehension. What would be better than being filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding? What would be better than walking worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God? What could be better than being strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness?

This was Paul’s desire for his fellow laborers. If this could be our desire for each other, then there would be no division. We would be secure in unity. Each of us, filled with the knowledge of God and His will, would be able to fulfill His will and to be pleasing unto Him. Through prayer, intercession and walking in the will of the Father, this nation will be taken for the Kingdom of God.

-Rebekah Rankin