Summary: We need to gab the Censers from the altar and run to intercede for others.

Are you trusting the rope?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

Where are the dinosaurs?

Years ago, while traveling down Highway 23 in eastern Kentucky, we would pass by a beautiful brick church. It was in an ideal location.

The church was closed and the windows were broken out, there had not been services there for many years.

I pondered one day -- wonder what happened to that church? Why is it closed, and the windows

broken out and the weeds all growing around?

On one trip, I pondered this aloud? My oldest son, then 9 or 10, said, I know Dad, I know why it is vacant?

I said, well OK, tell me?

He replied, LOOK THE GRAVE YARD IS FULL ALL AROUND THE CHURCH, ALL THEIR MEMBERS DIED! They never reached out to the next generation?

My heart was broken, for there was probably an element of truth to this lesson? God help me to reach and intercede for others!

I am pondering about how serious the day in which we

live could be?

I am pondering how easy it is to be satisfied with


We can doctor the symptom, and the disease still kill?

It is a beautiful thing to see the flag waving in

the yards and on the cars all around us.

We have sought the heart of God for the renewing of

this nation.

We cannot substitute patriotism for the cross.

Sincere Christianity and true patriotism have much in


We need both, but the priority must be on the cross.

Patriotism consist not just in waving the flag, but

in striving that our country shall be righteous, as

well as strong.

Righteousness exalts a nation!

If we don’t stand for something,

we shall fall for anything.

It could be a great danger, in the perilous times

that we live, to substitute patriotism for


Some trust in chariots, some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Psalms 20:7.


They tell the story of a mountain climber, who

desired to conquer the Aconcagua Mountain in

Argentina, near the Chilean border.

The Aconcagua Mountain is the highest mountain in

the Andes, and the highest mountain in the western


This man initiated his climb after years of


This man decided he would climb this mountain all by

himself for he wanted all the glory to himself.

He knew better, so against all advice he went up


He started climbing and soon it was getting

later ... and later.

He did not prepare for camping, but decided to keep

on climbing higher and higher.

Then it got dark ... night fell with a great

heaviness at a very high altitude.

Visibility was zero.

Everything was black.

There was no moon, and the stars were covered by


He had no sense of direction, alone and no direction?

As he was climbing a ridge at about 100 meters from

the top, he slipped and fell.

Falling rapidly he could only see blotches of

darkness that passed.

He felt a terrible sensation of being sucked in by


He kept falling ...

and in those anguishing moments good and bad

memories passed through his mind.

He thought certainly he would die.

But then he felt a jolt that almost tore him in


Like any good mountain climber, he had safely staked

himself with a long rope tied to his waist.

In those moments of stillness, suspended in the air

he had no other choice but to shout,


All of a sudden he heard a deep voice from


"What do you want me to do?"

"SAVE ME!" He replied.

God answered, "Do you REALLY think that I can save


"OF COURSE, MY GOD, you can do anything."

The man heard a voice,

"Then cut the rope that is holding you up."

There was another moment of silence and stillness.

The man just held tighter to the rope.

The next morning the rescue team said that they

found a frozen mountain climber hanging strongly to


It is so easy in a time of crisis to trust in ropes, chariots, and horses, but God has a plan.

Will we trust God’s plan?

Nothing can happen to you that you and God cannot


Today we trust in many counselors,

we have professional, polished counselors,

but where is the counsel of the Lord?

Where is the altar?

We are thankful for counsel.

The Bible records in

Proverbs 11: 14 Where no counsel is, there the

people fall: but in the multitude of counselors

there is safety.

We also must heed the warning from:

2 Chron. 32:8, With him is the arm of the flesh;

but with us is the Lord our God to help us and fight

our battles.

9. And the people rested themselves upon the words

of Hezekiah.

There is rest in trusting the plan of God.

We can have many false trusts.

Good weapons and trained soldiers are not

always the answer.

Financial security is not secure? Social security

and social justice does not always prevail.

Jeremiah warned us,

Jer.17:5 Thus saith the Lord: Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the Lord.

How about you?

How trusting are you in that rope?

Why don’t you let it go?

God is calling His People to humble themselves,

to pray, to turn from their wicked ways.

God will... The question is will we?

How sad is the verse:

Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them,

that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap

before me for the land, that I should not destroy it:

but I found none.

We need this nation to hear the call to stand in the hedge for God.

Many stand for the doctrine of prosperity,

divine health but the Father’s real plan is

that the SOUL PROSPER, 3 John 2.

I do not think God’s people are exempt from problems and trials.

Every great man of God had a TEST OF FAITH.

I do trust God’s hedge helps us through problems.

The Faith Test teaches stamina and patience through

the suffering, and learning to be submissive.

The absence of problems does not bring peace, the presence of God brings peace.

We polish our worship and praise.

We call for committees and commissioned studies.


Prayer can accomplish more than what man can dream.

There appears to be a calling or a role to stand in the gap, intercession for others.

We need deacons, Sunday School teachers, youth

leaders to moved in the programs,

but we need more than that.

We must have people arise in the office of intercession for the lost, the hurt, and the dying.

We need people to arise to the high calling of intercessor.

Hell is real.

Our nation cries out.

We need people to grab the horns of the altar until

God moves.


The death angel visited the camp of God. 14,700 people die in one day.

A man named Korah had no fear of God or God’s man,

and trouble was growing rampant.

The judgment of God was released, death abounded.

Aaron grabbed the censer and ran and stopped the judgment.

What if Aaron had not stood in the gap?

Numbers 16:48 and Aaron stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

Will you run for the lost?

Exodus 32:32 Moses learned to stand in the gap.

Moses made a serious commitment not knowing the


God if you will not forgive them, blot me out also.

Wow! God raise intercessors for this day.

Moses’ sister Miriam was sick and was going to die.

Miriam ran her mouth in discouragement.

Moses begged God, HEAL HER NOW, I beg you.

Num. 12:13. God allowed Miriam 7 days outside the

camp, but she was healed because Moses interceded in


2 Sam. 24:18, 24 ---25, David’s age knew of gap standers, someone needs to pick up the censor and run between people and God.

Araunah offered to give the land as an offering to

stay the judgment coming. David said he refused to

offer God something with no cost.

Intercession worked.

Number 22:29 -- 30, it appears a donkey was smarter than the preacher and stood in the gap.

The preacher would have died, but thank God for a

smart donkey.

2 Kings 20: 1--3 It appears that Hezekiah set his face to the wall and interceded the gap for himself, 15 more years for the right attitude.

John 1:40, Andrew appears to be a bringer, a gap stander.

Will you enlist as an intercessor?

Intercessors receive little applause?

This is not an upfront glory position?

The church will go extinct without intercession

active in our closets.

I agree that we are not exempt from the attacks and problems of this world.

I disagree with the preachers that have picked what

day and how they are going to die and until then the

airplanes will be a sign of God’s blessings.

All will face three SOLEMN DAYS, no matter how close to God we choose to live:

1. Solemn day of sickness

2. Solemn day of death

3. Solemn day of judgment.

It will be too late to intercede after the fact.

As I understand there are clear benefits to serving God.

Malachi 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your grounds ... 12. And all nations shall call you blessed...

Thank God for the rope, but our trust is in the Lord God.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; in Him will I trust: my Shield, my High

Tower, my Reuge, my Savior ...

2 Sam. 22:2.

God help us bring others to you!

His servant,

Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

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