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Talk the Talk &Walk the Walk- Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

“He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.”
Psalm 15:2

Currently, we have had 30 speakers participate in the evening worship service. We have 10 more speakers to go. Each and every night, I don’t know what is too come. Most of the time, I have never heard these men speak before until they arrive INSIDE THE TENT. In fact, I haven’t even met most of them. But my oh my, the messages have been timely. They have been anointed. They have been Spirit-led. God has been using the preaching of His Word to make a difference in the lives of the individuals that are coming to the tent. But these messages aren’t only reaching those in Dallas. They are also reaching people throughout the nation, and world…through the internet (they are all online).

And interesting enough, these men who are preaching come from all walks of life. They walk onto the stage with an array of diversity. Some come dressed up in a suit and tie. Others come in jeans and flip flops. Some arrive with a conservative theological background, and others come with a Pentecostal style of preaching. Some speak softly while others hoot and holler. Some have preached for 25 minutes while others speak for 60+ minutes. Either way, I believe the Lord has been using each and every one of the speakers to effectively communicate the Word of God. People are being instructed based on the Bible. What a blessing!

But after hearing these dynamic sermons, I hear SO many people who were in attendance at the TENT come up to me and say, “Tonight was awesome. I will be back. What is happening here INSIDE THE TENT is amazing!” But guess what ~ many don’t come back. I understand we are all busy. I agree that we all have a life to live. We all have jobs to go to. And I believe we all have our own specific ministries. But please don’t tell me something like, “I will be back, and then never plan on coming back.” PLEASE HEAR ME, I am personally guilty of this all the time. Therefore, I confess before each of you. I over commit. My heart and intentions are right, but I know I can’t make it. I know I can’t follow through. Which is why I am bringing it up. Because I believe false promises trickle in and throughout the body of Christ. We want to sound good, yet we don’t act upon what we say. And one thing is for sure, I am writing today mainly for myself, so I may attempt to overcome making any more false promises.

Why am I bringing this up? Because I was encouraged by someone who TALKED THE TALK, and actually WALKED THE WALK. You, see, there is one individual who specifically stands out. He showed to me (and that wasn’t even his intentions) that he is a man who lives out what he says. When he walked INSIDE THE TENT last night, I was floored. Why? Because this man said he would come back at least once. He said he was going to make an effort to come to the revival at least one more time. It had been over three weeks, and still no sign of his presence. I was beginning to wonder…until last night. When he walked in, I was ecstatic. Not because it was one more person to fill the seat, and not because he was a highly-respected individual in the community, but because he showed me that he was a man of his word.

David, the psalmist beautifully asked a question to God, “O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?” The answer was simple, yet profound. In Psalm 15:3 it says, “He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.” You see, if we want to dwell in the presence of the living God, we must walk with integrity, as well as speak the truth. They go hand-in-hand. Otherwise, we will be out of balance. Otherwise, we won’t be able to minister to the world. And the man who walked in the tent last night for the second time, understands this important principle of the Christian lifestyle. He did what he said he would do. Why the fuss? Otherwise, if we don’t follow through, the world will see the inconsistencies of our lives. We will be labeled as hypocrites and rightly so. And please know, I will take a number and get in line. I am right there with others who say one thing and do another. But after last night, I was so encouraged. Like this man of God, we are all called to be the body of Christ who can talk the talk and walk the walk. Can I get a witness?!?
- klm

" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan