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    VISION: Trampling God's Vineyard

    Jacob, my son, had asked me recently to share something from my experience regarding a word and vision God had shown me during my first year of my walk with Him. As a result of this word and vision, God made a significant impact in my life that laid the foundation for the rest of my life affecting everything I do.

    It started with the time I was reading...
    Ezekiel 33:7-9
    7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
    There was more in this chapter I read but this is the verse that stood out to me. I was a new believer with a fervent desire to serve my new Lord in any way I could and in my eagerness, I set off many times too quickly. This was one of those times. After reading this passage, I felt compelled to go out to the seedier parts of town, at this time I lived in Houston, and attempt to persuade everyone I came in contact with. I spoke to drunks and men in the act of making out with men. In fact, I spoke to everyone I happened upon. This went on everyday for two weeks. At the end of two weeks, I was mentally and emotionally exhausted and very much felt the weight and burden of guilt as I had converted not a single soul. I cried out to the Lord then and immediately He responded with, "Go back and read it!"

    I knew He meant for me to read again that passage in Ezekiel and this time as I read it, the part that said, " shall hear a word from My mouth..." I realized that I didn't wait to hear anything further from the Lord but rushed ahead without His direction. As soon as I realized this point I repented. Just then, the Spirit of the Lord showed me a picture of He and I entering a vineyard together. I saw that I was trying to pull what I thought was fruit from trees left and right, haphazardly. Then I heard Him instruct me that I should have waited till He pointed to the ones that were ready. Just as I heard Him tell me this, another voice spoke. This voice was different than the one instructing me. This voice had a commanding and authoritative tone that literally made me tremble.

    This new voice said, "WHO ARE YOU THAT TRAMPLES MY VINEYARD?"

    I immediately fell on my face trembling head to toe and wept. I said that I never want to trample Your vineyard Lord! From that time in 1976 till today, I have endeavored to wait till He speaks or shows me what to do before I launch out ahead of Him. I have found during the course of my walk with Him that His timing is absolutely perfect! I could give example after example of this but do not have the space for it here.

    Here is a classic example, the story of Bartimaeus found in Luke 18:35-43. When blind Bartimaeus cried out for mercy, those who were with Jesus but went ahead of Him warned him to be quiet. Jesus, on the other hand, stopped and called for this man to be brought to Him and was healed. Wherever Jesus goes, a crowd accompanied Him. Included in this crowd are always those who go ahead of Him, walk alongside Him and those who follow. The problem with those who walk ahead is they often assume they know what action Jesus will take and just as often, are in error. Just like the example the Spirit of the Lord showed me, they will attempt to harvest the wrong fruit while missing those that are ready.

    We can NEVER make assumptions as to what actions the Spirit of the Lord will take, even if the circumstances are identical. With one blind man He may speak his healing, with another He may touch him while another He may make mud and rub it into the man's eyes. Jesus says that He only does what He sees His Father is doing and speaks only what His Father commands Him to speak. [John 5:19, 12:49] if our desire is to be Like Jesus, then we must walk as He walked. To do this, it is imperative we understand whose vineyard we are allowed to work and be careful in how we hear otherwise, we too may find ourselves trampling in the vineyard belonging to the Father.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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    1. Good Spirit filled instructions. May the Lord grant me His grace to follow it


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