Dan.10:19 – And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
This verse always reminds me of my good friend and mentor Dick Mills. His love for the word of God, word study books, and old commentaries was contagious and permanently infected my life. Brother Mills loved to study God’s word. When he ministered in our church in New Orleans he would always stay an extra day and insist on a trip to all of the Christian book stores in the area. One of his great joys was when a new translation of the Bible would be released. He started me on building a library and I actually acquired his 6000 book library shortly before he went to his reward. Today’s verse was one that Brother Mills referred to on a regular basis. He would take the word he had studied for years and speak it out in faith as a prophetic word. As he did this, today’s word would be fulfilled, “He spoke and I was strengthened”. Brother Mills would speak God’s word and his hearers would be strengthened. Here is a definition from the KM Hebrew Dictionary on the word strengthened.
to be strong… to give strength, repair, encourage; to grasp, seize, hold; to make repairs; to establish oneself firmly; to encourage, to rally strength: physical and internal strength of character –
Learning to hear God’s word as a living, prophetic word is a critical tool in the Christian’s arsenal. It is often the very vessel the Lord uses to bring breakthrough into our lives. There were several seasons in my life that I needed to breakthrough when a word spoken in season brought breakthrough into my life. One such word came in the beginning of 1999. The Lord spoke a word to me from Luke 5, “Launch out into the deep and let your nets down for a catch”. At first I didn’t really know how to apply this verse in my circumstances. By the end of the year it became surprisingly obvious. The Lord gave us an idea for a production called Beyond the Grave in October of that year. At this writing we have been having BTG productions at our church for over twenty years. Approximately 75,000 people have made decisions for Christ at the BTG altar calls. The Lord spoke His word out of Luke in 1999 and we were strengthened.