There are only two deaths that are known in My Kingdom and each death must be experienced by every Kingdom Citizens before they become a citizen.
One death is spoken of quite often better known as death to self. It is the death of your flesh, or your old nature, but it must die before My Father’s nature can replace it. This surrender is completely voluntary, and must be must be an act of your own will.
This act must be an act of love and not duty. Those that surrender out of an act of duty do not last. Those that surrender out of an act of love remains as long as the love for Me and My Father’s kingdom and My Father is intact and fervent. The love relationship will grow as long as the secret place remains the most honored place in your life.
However, I want to concentrate on another Kingdom death that is much harder to understand, but it has a lot to do with the first death just mentioned.
The next death is called the death of a vision. Every Kingdom Citizens when they go through the narrow gate, will gradually pick up the vision that My Father has created them for.
This vision quickly becomes their reason for being on planet earth, and it will always jell together with all of the experiences and things that they and you have come through in your lifetime since birth. My Father does not waste a moment of anything, especially time, because He knows that that’s all you have to offer Him, from that point on.
The things that you’ve experienced since childhood will suddenly come alive with a brand-new purpose and a reason that is far greater than your previous use of these gifts. Those with musical talents will demonstrate this the clearest in simplest. There are millions of people with talents that are use behind closed doors, but many are talented in a more public way such as singing. Now here is where death must take place.
To be a Kingdom Citizen you must surrender absolutely everything, and I do mean everything, to the will plan and purpose of My Father.
This place has one major purpose to bring My Father’s Kingdom to earth and display it to the world exactly as it is in heaven. Every person that is, comes to earth from heaven and is given an angel to watch over and protect them. That Angel reports to My Father on your progress from the cradle to the grave, (Matthew 18:10).
Now here is the hard part, that seems to make no sense at all, until a revelation takes place in the secret place, while waiting in My Father’s presence. All of the talents that you were born with, seem so exciting and glorious because everyone throughout your earthly lifetime has bragged about your talents that make you uniquely you, your talent has actually set you apart and given you an identity and a place in life on earth.
When you enter the Kingdom you must lay this talent down along with all of your bad, and ugly things because, “everyone in comes to the Kingdom as an unclean thing, and your righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and you all fade as a leaf; and your iniquities, like the wind, have taken you away from Me!”Isaiah 64:6.
However at this point, this will make no sense as most people take it personally and because they love Me with all their heart, they are thinking that this is the best gift they could offer My Father for His use in bringing His Kingdom to earth.
What is being forgotten here is that with any old nature, even the good is bad, because it was born in sin and iniquity. Therefore the good must die along with the bad, “you were brought forth in a state of iniquity, (doing wrong); your earthly mother was sinful who conceived you and because of that you too are sinful by nature,” (Psalm 51:5).
My blood has washed away you’re sin, but has not changed your character. Your character is only changed by waiting in My Father’s presence in the secret place.
In the excitement of being part of My Kingdom, instead of surrendering your talents, you choose to use them in your own strength and ideas, and My Father causes it to fail miserably. This failure is very clear and has a great negative affect on your outlook, this negative effect is a feeling of worthlessness.
All your life people have bragged about your talent and now it is suddenly worthless and produces nothing for the Kingdom. This is the greatest and hardest test before entering in the Kingdom Citizenship, because beyond this, you can see nothing that you have to offer.
This is exactly what My Father is waiting for, because if you’re will is completely surrendered to Him and His will, you will be able to let your best go for His best to take over.
Every Kingdom Citizens must go through the death of their vision in order to be resurrected again according to My Father’s will and timing for His purposes only. When your talents are received by My Father, He sanctifies (sets them apart) them with his Holy Spirit and in His time gives them back as gifts from the Spirit not talents. From now on, they are His ideas and no longer are your presentations of good ideas, but they are God’s ideas.
This death of the vision process will be repeated many times during your kingdom walk on earth, especially if there is a neglecting of time with My Father, in the secret place. In short, all your talents must be surrendered completely to the King, where they are put to death and then resurrected as an anointed gift and given back to be used from that point on only under His direction.
Kingdom Citizens do not have talents, they have the gifts. Carnal Christians have talents that lack the anointing to do the work of the Kingdom. This is extremely obvious in many concerts, where two singers will get up and sing the same song, one very talented, and the other very anointed!
The talented one will get great applause but no change takes place in the hearer. However the gifted one has a deep and profound eternal effect on the hearers changing their lives forever.
Same music, same song, same audience, one with gifts, the other with talents, one produces temporary enjoyment called entertainment the other produces eternal life changing future kingdom citizens called ministry!
Kingdom Bottom Line: The Glory
This death of the vision process is critical and will never be overlooked. This death of a vision process will take place over months and even years as you grow towards full ambassadorship, where you are a full-time representative of My Kingdom, known in My word as a manifest son of God, (Romans 8:19).
My Father must get all the glory for everything in His Kingdom. No flesh will ever share His glory at any time.
The issue here is:
- Are you able to take the crushing of your ego and pride that comes from your talents being put to death?
- Can you take someone saying, NO?
- Is it your ministry or His ministry?
- Does He supply your needs, or are you depending on your ideas and efforts?
- Is it your ministry, or My Father’s ministry?
- Is it your abilities or His abilities?
- Is it your kingdom or His Kingdom?
These are all questions that are answered with the death of a vision. Will you let your talent die and allow Him to resurrect it and give it back as a gift, to be used and directed fully by My Spirit?
Can you handle the death of your vision and trust Him to bring His vision to pass through you?
Here is a simple DEATH of a vision test: If you have the fear of losing anything, then you have not surrendered everything. When you have surrendered everything, you have nothing to lose.
~ Jim Hammerle
Jim Hammerle(1941-2017) began ministering with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, a retired businessman, Jim helped feed Ugandan widows and orphans, and helped Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He was His banker and was privileged to give His money away, helping to build a Haiti orphanage and invest in USA lives. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.