By Dr. Richard Ing
September 21, 2004
It’s two o’clock in the morning and I’m at my
computer. Couldn’t sleep thinking about
the six visions that came to mind in the last few days - two old and four
new. A week ago, I came across visions
on my computer that Arlene and Al had two years ago. Arlene had been praying, “O Lord, how come
our church does not grow?” Suddenly, God
showed her a picture of Moses holding up his rod of authority as Israel warred
against the Amaleks. So long as he held
the rod up high, Israel
prevailed. But when he got tired and his
arms began to drop, the Amaleks began to win.
After a while, two men put a rock under Moses so he could sit down and
the two men helped hold up Moses’ arms.
In the end, Israel
won the victory. Arlene wept because she
got it that no one was helping me. It
hasn’t change much.
Al had a vision in which he saw a soldier on a large
white horse running around, trying to rally the troops to battle. As he galloped toward the crowd, it divided
and the horse and rider would disappear in the middle of the crowd. The crowd would part as he galloped out, then
would come together again, but the crowd would not change from its original
form. No one followed. He felt that it was me on the white horse. No one else wanted to go to battle.
Last Thursday (Sept. 16), Karen had a vision in which she
was looking down over a desert. Sand was
blowing everywhere and it was dark. The
people in the middle of the sand storm had turbans on their heads and their
eyes were covered to protect against the flying sand. There was a man in a lighter-colored outfit
trying to gather the people and lead them out.
No one appeared to follow him.
The members are being blinded by Satan and they
intentionally cover their own spiritual eyes because they don’t want to
see. If they see and understand, they
may have to follow. Although the man
tried hard to guide them out of the storm and show them the right way, they
refused to follow.
On the same night, Reuben saw a man and a donkey going up
a hill. The problem was that the man was
off the donkey and the donkey was trying to pull the man up the hill. The man was resisting.
What came to my mind was that nobody is really listening
and following what I have to say. I have
no armor bearers or people to help with the task of fighting the enemy - no one
to hold my arms up and fight side by side with me. The help I get is very small compared to what
is needed to wage war against the kingdom of darkness. We are about to go into battle and I am on a
white horse, but nobody else has a horse and every time I try to rally the
troops for battle, they divide and move aside, but nobody follows.
In Reuben’s vision, I am the donkey/servant that God has
sent to help carry the people up the hill to a higher level with God, but the
people resist and refuse to move forward and upward. They would rather jump off and go back
down. I am willing to carry everyone on
my back, but people resist.
In service this past Sunday, Al had a vision in which he saw a Chinese man
balancing whirling plates on sticks, like troupes of acrobats from mainland China do. In the beginning, the plates were spinning
nicely, but after a while, the man began to tire and the plates began to warble
as his arms became heavy. Suddenly,
another man appeared and began to help the first man by taking over the
spinning of some of the plates.
In his second vision, Al saw an ear of corn. When he shucked the ear of its outside layers
of leaves, he saw beautiful, plump and even kernels of corn. He then saw another ear of corn that looked
the same as the first. But, when he
shucked the covering off the second ear of corn, all he found was black, rotten
kernels with maggots. He took another
ear of corn and then another. But the
next two were just as bad.
Al’s first vision is me, a Chinese man, trying to carry
the show. In the beginning, everything
is good with balancing the plates, but as time went on, I got tired and the
plates began to warble. But
alleluia! Someone came to help carry
some of the burdens and the show went on.
I pray and believe that some day someone in this church will step
forward and share some of the burdens.
This vision is similar to Arlene’s vision about Moses.
Al’s second vision confirmed my sermon for that very
day. God gave me a message about seed
(the word) being sowed and some seed was stolen away by the fowls of the
air. Others fell on stony ground and
took root, but it was only shallow and when the hot sun fell on them, they
withered and died. Still others fell
amongst thorns and thistles and were choked. The fourth fell on fertile soil
and bore fruit – thirty-fold, sixty-fold and hundred-fold. This parable applies to us - already
converted Christians. Most are in the
third category - amongst the thorns and thistles. Jesus explained that the thorns were the
cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of the world.
No matter how much of the word you hear, no matter who
the teacher is, if you have not yet crossed over the bridge of faith into the
area of trust in the Lord for all your needs, you cannot bear fruit. Fruit comes through trust in the Lord
evidenced by an abiding in Him. God
cannot use you much unless your heart is fully yielded to the Lord. Too many of us are still clinging onto the
world and still have more faith in our own abilities and talents to meet our
needs - financial and otherwise. We are
satisfied with the tidbits of limited anointing and spiritual experiences with
God. Others are stuck in their hobbies,
jobs and other worldly pursuits. They
are afraid of going all the way with God because they do not trust God for
their welfare. Jesus said to seek first
the kingdom of God and all these things will be added
to you. Truth is, we don’t trust
God. We have little faith. Without faith, it is impossible to please
God. Heb. 11:6.
Most of the people in this church are not able to bear
fruit for the kingdom
of God. The evidence is found in the fact that hardly
anyone has brought others into this church in the last ten years. When I went through past church telephone
directories, I found that my wife and I had brought in over 85% of the members,
either directly or indirectly. No one
else seems interested enough. We
camouflage our lack of faith by doing occasional good works, although even that
area is mostly neglected. While some
members occasionally share the word, it is mostly accidental rather than
intentional and planned. Reality is that
most of us are useless to the kingdom
of God and disobedient.
God has been warning us over and over again, like He did
to Israel and Judah in the
days of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc.
We are being set up for judgment.
There will be a point in time when He either: (1) gives up on us; (2) does something
drastic that will force us to give up the things of the world and to follow the
vision He has given this church; or (3) judges us.
As for myself, I really don’t care if you follow me for
my sake. I am not into control and
manipulation and I do not crave recognition and fame. I am not into having a big church. I can’t even handle the few I have. All I want to do is obey the Lord. I care that you follow and obey for God’s
sake and for your own self. I care that
you become a mature son or daughter of God and that we fulfill God’s eternal