Many sheep grow dry because they have reached a place that has no Spirit. When you have come wherever there is life, continue to drink. If what is in you cannot absorb the problems of people, it will affect you. The Spirit can absorb what troubles people, but when you are dry, you become a dumping place. This is the same as the ground that is clean at first, however, it does not remain clean.
Most ministers suffer from what they were not suffering from because of lack of moisture. That is why I said, ‘Most of them began well,’ however, because they were too quick to lay hands, they shared in the sins of people. When you receive from a dry place, you become a dumping place for you have partook from it.
When you fellowship at a dry ground, you become a dumping place because the person you received from is burdened from listening to problems of people and then dumps them on you because you arrived dry, expecting moisture but found dryness. And you received it, thus it caused you to be more dry (a valley of dry bones). When Jesus takes your burdens, He does not carry them around with Him, but nails them to the cross.
When you go to a place where the Spirit of the Lord is and you cast your burdens, it is the Lord who carries them but when you enter where it is dry, you leave with the problems still with you. This means everyone who enters in the valley of death becomes affected by it. When you go to dry bones, you become a dry bone yourself because you cannot change them.
In [Ezekiel 37], many prophets passed there (valley of dry bones), but all they gave the bones is more dryness. When you look at this scripture in a prophetic manner – it is referring to a church. There are churches where when you enter, you find draught, and it is so severe that it is no longer a church but a religious activity because the Spirit of the Lord is not there, so when people come as dry as they are, they leave in the same condition.
People go where the Spirit is, that is why the disciples who were following John could not even stay with Jesus the moment He came. John offered his disciples baptism, however, they still remained dry. But Jesus came with moisture (flowing with the river of life), thus the disciples of John were bound to follow Him.
John began well but lost it along the way, he started becoming noisy by raising arguments as if he was a politician. People went to him to be baptized yet they would leave dry, but when they went to Jesus, they found the Spirit; a flowing river. People leave churches because they have tasted something that you (minister) have never given them. If they taste moisture, they will flee from drought.
[Acts 17:2], “And Paul entered the synagogue, as was his custom, and for three Sabbaths he engaged in discussion and friendly debate with them from the Scriptures, explaining and pointing out [scriptural evidence] that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I am proclaiming to you, is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).”
And some of them were persuaded to believe and then joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks, and many of the leading women. But the [unbelieving] Jews became jealous; taking along some thugs from (the troublemakers) the market place, they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar; and then attacked Jason’s house trying to bring Paul and Silas out to the people. But when they failed to find them, they dragged Jason and some brothers before the city authorities…”
Sabbath used to be on every Saturday. And Paul reasoned with them for three weeks from the scriptures. Imagine going to a place where you expect God to speak but the Word is scarce in that house of God. When Jesus taught these men, they heard what they have never heard before. So, it means Jesus came with something different. They therefore, adhered to every Word and a division broke out among them over what they have been taught. To others, it became a drink of living water but unto others, it left them offended.
When living water is given, it is either you drink or you stumble. The living water either causes you to be offended or to become built up. The division in the church was because some, received life and some were offended.
When the gospel offends people, it does not mean that there are none who are drinking from it. It simply means that those that are offended, refuse to humble themselves. Jesus was giving them something that they have never tasted before, hence some were persuaded and then convicted.
There are moments when you meet with someone who can who make you feel like salvation is a new thing because of the things they teach you; they speak from the Spirit and make you wonder if you were lying when you said you are born-again, because what they speak is fresh living waters from above.
The Word is likened to water because water has the ability to separate. God told Gideon to go to the water, to taking his men of war with him. As they drank some, they received the Chief cornerstone while others perceived a stumbling block. The water separates people from their thoughts. The river does not give you what you want. These waters are looking for someone who is ready to receive what they were not prepared for. There are people who go to the well yet come back dry.
After David was anointed, he continued to tend the sheep, and his brothers whom Samuel rejected when he anointed them, were in the valley of death fighting with Goliath, however, they could not bring a change. So life was with David, the Spirit was with him. When he (David) was in the wilderness, his father (Jesse) sent him to the valley of death to go give his brothers food, when he got there, he found the Philistines mocking the God of the Israelites.
Demons can play everywhere but not in the house of God. There are some churches, which when you go to, you have to deliver the entire house, you deliver even the minister, this means that Goliath has made the church his playground. When people go home, they all get attacked altogether with the pastor – it is a dry ground. That is why people go to church and yet remain the same way as they were before, nothing changes them. They proclaim ‘Hallelujah’ together with demons.
[Psalm 23:5], “My cup runs over.” David was in a dry place, however, he was not dry, so because his cup ran over. He is not affected by what is happening around him, rather, he affects others by watering them. Verse (6), “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord.” With this he says, wherever he goes he makes an impact (affects).
Being in church does not make you moist. Demons fight those who are wet – those who have moisture. Churches that close down are the end result of what demons have been doing. Demons have been playing there with a mission to destroy. They do not close the church when they know that the church it dry, they close it when they are exposed. A demon can ignore a church that is dry, because the church is not a threat unto it, and this is because the church already belongs to it.
They are not fighting you because you were destroying, but because you were bringing moisture. Some ministers are comfortable with ABC (matters that are not complicated). In some churches they say you are destroying them when you bring moisture.
[Ezekiel 37], there are some churches that are very dry but when people meet you, they become quickened by the Spirit. This thing is serious, it is not a matter of just going to Church only, but a matter of – Are you drinking? Are you becoming filled? Is your cup overflowing? Sometimes we focus on the problems and forget to drink. We take water (Sound of many waters) and wash so that we can see; we wash our faces but forget to drink!
And because you did not drink, you cannot come back to what you have never tasted, that is why people are not sustained, the moment they receive their breakthrough, they are gone.
Some people are in churches that are dry, however, some are in churches where there is water but these very people are not drinking. In some of you there is no more hope, duet to the way you have been prophesied; everyone who prophesied you has brought more dryness in your life, your focus became on what God is doing in your life instead of eating from Him.
We do not go to church because there are many people who are testifying. But it is about whether you are getting fed? There are miracles, but people are not fed; therefore, they end up becoming disciples rather than becoming a sheep. When Paul came moisture came also.
[John 6:53], “, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood [unless you believe in me as Savior and believe in the saving power of my blood which will be shed for you], you do not have life in yourselves.”
How many times did Jesus heal the sick and they followed him? Countless times! A miracle does not guarantee life but he who eats receives life, even he who receives healing, or a job! Sustenance is found when you eat and drink, not when you testify. Those who eat also testify. The woman with the issue of blood went to Jesus with the mentality of a witch-doctor (consultation mindset), she left after she received her healing, she never followed Jesus. Why do we not read about her just like the likes of Mary. She just touched the garment and returned to who she was. She did not eat so that is why no change took place in her.
Verse (54), “The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood [believes in me, accepts me as Savior] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it], and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day.” Do not go for bread that will make you testify, eat so that you live forever. They touched the glory but they were never clothed with it, therefore, they went back and did the very same things they were doing. You touched. But you never ate. The disciples have been walking with Jesus but they were not aware that He is the living bread.
Verse (52), “how can this man give us his flesh to eat?” How can He give us His character? How can He make us become who He is? Paul says, “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ.” There are two scriptures about imitating; one says, “Imitate their faith…” And the other says, “Imitate my character” – (See Hebrews 13:3). Paul says to Timothy, “ I remember your sincere and unqualified faith [the surrendering of your entire self to God in Christ with confident trust in His power, wisdom and goodness, a faith] which first lived in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am confident that it is in you as well. That is why I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination].” But the character is of Paul. So faith is not character, when it comes to character, imitate Timothy because he imitates me.
So basically what Paul was saying is that you can have their (“…grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice…”) faith, but imitate His (Paul’s) character, meaning you can still use the same elements you were using while you were in the darkness, however, now with a change of character. Jesus does not come to abolish faith but He comes to give the right character to the faith, He approves the faith but not the character.
Moses, your character is changing; you will not speak like the prince of Egypt anymore because of this very change. He used the same faith he had (before God sent him), but he now used it in the right way – right character. God used the same heart but took out what is stony and gave them (Israelites) flesh. He admires the faith a man has and uses it for His glory. Moisture does not change your faith but your character, it changes how you do things. With Him, you must not just touch and use but you must eat.
Verse (60), “When many of His disciples heard this, they said, “This is a difficult and harsh and offensive statement. Who can [be expected to] listen to it?” Many of His disciples left and only the sheep remained. Such came only to be healed, freed from demons and be laid hands but when it was time to eat they left.
Jesus already knew who is a sheep and who is not, He went everywhere to preach and the disciples were made, but He already knew who among those disciples were going to eat from Him and who would betray Him. In the commission of making disciples, you will find some, who come for miracles and those who eat from you (sheep). When things are tough, those who came for miracles leave but the sheep remain through it all as a Son abides permanently in the house of the Lord.
Paul explained, demonstrated, and taught them how the Messiah was persecuted, some heard a voice and followed him. The sheep are granted by the Father but disciples are made. There is a difference between a sheep and a disciple; a disciple is made everywhere, even in the dark kingdom. You make disciples, and they go around, but the sheep always follow the shepherd, they do not come once off and learn, however, they constantly eat from the master. Do not go where it is dry and where there is no shepherd, be where there is moisture!
[Ezekiel 37], once you are connected, there is nowhere you can go, you drink and eat. When you have a history of poverty, you make sure you do not go back. When you experienced draught and then you find moisture, you ensure that you hold on to it because you know how tough it was in the desert.
“Hear, o dry bones”, these bones were people, so the bible relates them to bones in order to emphasize their condition. These are people who were dry in spirit. And these people are dry not because there had not been any ministers passing where they are, but they were there, however, they were fed draught until they became a valley of dry bones.
[Psalms 78:5], “For He established a testimony (a specific precept) in Jacob
And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach to their children [the great facts of God’s transactions with Israel].” They drank from the rock yet they died, they are like people touching water without carrying it in them (they do not drink). Verse (17), “Yet they still continued to sin against Him By rebelling against the Most High in the desert.” This is their character, when they are given the Word, they do not store it in their hearts, they become dry as if no water was ever given to them.
[1 Corinthians 10:1-4], “More over brethren, all our fathers were under the cloud, passed in the sea …they drank of that spiritual rock which followed them and that rock was Christ”. Being under a cloud of fire and passing through a sea on foot, indicated that they saw signs and wonders. The rock followed them but they were ignorant, it is like God was forcing Himself on them. They only touched, and did not drink, that is why were scattered. Do not just touch this water, drink from it, keep it in you, lest you become scattered!
YESHUA; A CITY ON A HILL, THE LIGHT THAT CANNOT BE HIDDEN.