Religion is a tough business, week in and week out trying to come up with something different to keep people coming back. In every weekly staff meeting I hear the phrase “Hey what about trying …” My church has become a theater production, with every church trying to have a bigger and better show the the one down the street. My Spirit is grieved with the lights, camera, action mentality of the western church. The streams have become muddy, and the waters polluted by a production mentality. Soon most of the audience will be gone as I draw people unto Myself, back upstream where the waters are pure.
I have longed to take over the American church service and sit and eat together with My sheep. “I have stood at the door of hearts, and knocked and knocked: longing for any man to hear My voice, and open the door, so I can come in to him, and eat with him, and he with Me,” Revelation 3:20. But the theatrical mindset is in unbreakable, and My sheep are not being allowed time to feast in My presence. It is impossible for any human to plan My meetings with My people. “The depth of the riches both of My wisdom and knowledge are unsearchable as are My judgments, and the ways I deal with each heart, are past any human ever finding out!” Romans 11:33. No human knows the diet of each of My lambs and no person has the answer to the need of a human soul.
I AM doing a new thing that will cause My people to slow down, and discover, “the exceeding riches of My grace and kindness toward them,” Ephesians 2:7. The gifts that I have placed inside them are still buried and can only come forth as they lay beside still waters and have time to feed in green pastures! Psalm 23. My body cannot be built to full stature in a theatrical setting, because hours of personal interaction is needed for each joint to supply what the other needs. I have designed the whole body to be fitted together and compacted by the unique gift which every individual supplies, but it’s according to the gifts that are allowed to work in every believer. Intimate time with Me and with each other is a must for the body to increase and edify itself in My love,” Ephesians 4:16.
Seek Me with your whole heart and I will lead you into the new thing I am doing. Do not try to manipulate the new thing I AM doing, into what I AM no longer doing. “No man puts new wine into old bottles: else the new wine burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles become marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles,” Mark 2:22.
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with tv and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|