Proverbs 25:11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
11 A word spoken at the right time
is like gold apples on a silver tray.[a]
I’m adding this word I received at the end of my book because it was given to me by the man who eventually became president of “StreamsMinistries” after John Paul passed away. I did not at the time know who John Thomas was and, at the time he gave it to me, John Paul was quite well. We spoke later this night and found we were both spiritual sons of John Paul. It is to this day, over 6 years later, the most accurate and powerful word I ever received. As I have mentioned previously, I had moved to Alabama to turn my place in to a “city of refuge” or, simply, a small group retreat center. This word came soon after I moved there as I was working on thresholds in the house.
“Bill – right? Bill…Bill I see you building. I see you building. I see you with a tool belt, hammer in hand. I see you building and I feel like you’ve been building structures. I don’t know if that’s a literal building thing. I really am not sure. Well, but part of it, picture it, and I’m trying to figure out how they attach together. So maybe I don’t need to know how they attach together. Bill, in the picture I saw you building, I saw you working, I saw you going after things in the Kingdom, and I saw you watching other people that were next to you going farther than you and you’ve been wondering why they keep on getting further than you and you’re not recognizing. It’s almost like these people that were next to me, they’re way out there. But you don’t actually realize that while they’re out there, you’re up here. That as they’ve been going out, you’ve been going up. And there’s been a tenacity that’s been built in you through pain. You’ve had to struggle and fight for what came easy to other people. And because of that there is a strength that is in you that you actually propel people forward when they come around you. And all of that pain has not been, I know there’s physical pain, but I’m not talking about physical pain, all of that pain has not gone un-noticed and it will not go unrewarded. There’s things that are being built in you that’s creating a strength because where you’re going is not the same, so you can’t compare yourself. But it’s exactly where you’re supposed to be going, and if you continue with a Servant’s Heart you will find yourself in the middle of the thing that you’ve always hoped for. There’s a place of influence on your words, there’s a place of evangelism and it’s almost like there’s been a fear of what people would think, or of what people would say, an intimidation to speak out boldly, but The Lord’s going to put a boldness upon you and when that boldness comes there’s going to be a breakthrough in peoples’ hearts and I even see physical healings being released, but I see it’s almost like a wrapping coming off of peoples’ hearts when you begin to speak because there’s a story that you have to tell that people are going to believe because it’s real. Something that I said earlier. It was earlier this afternoon. I don’t think that you were here for this afternoon, but I said your scars are your badges of authority, and you’ve got a lot of scars and they can be badges of authority for you. So I bless you with the knowledge that it was not without purpose, it was not without purpose. It feels like it’s been a series of years. It’s almost like you’re in a dark room and that room has lasted for a series of years but you’re standing at the door and you can see the Light. And you feel like you’re about ready to come out and you’re wondering how long, and it is just about time to step over the threshold. And when you’re in a dark room and you can’t see what’s on the other side. All you can tell is that there’s something coming , but when you step out your eyes are going to adjust and you’ll realize that what you’ve always Hoped for is right around the corner. It’s something Specific that you’ve always hoped for. It’s not just a vague, “Oh it’s gonna to be great”. There’s something specific that you’ve cried, This is what I want, This is what I want, This is what I want, and it’s like it’s been stolen from you. It’s like you almost had it and then it was ripped right out of your hands, and you’ve been left like “What?!” and it’s right around the corner. It’s coming back. To step across the Threshold, you know the choices that you need to make and you know the Faithfulness that He’s called you into. Those are the steps that’ll get you across the Threshold. You already know them. Persevere and don’t back down. Bless you.”