Sid Roth - What I Saw Jesus Doing in Heaven Will Rock Your World
Sid Roth: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome. Welcome to my world where it's naturally supernatural. If I was to ask you how many of you know for certain what your destiny is, what you're supposed to be doing with your life, and I don't care if you're 70 years old or seven years old, here's the truth, most of you would say I'm not sure. How many of you would like to be sure? You see, your destiny is like your fingerprint. No one that has ever lived has the same fingerprint like you have. You have a destiny. How many of you want to know for sure, for certain, what your destiny is? All right, you're about ready to have it supernaturally unfolded. Now James Durham was a spirit built Army chaplain for 30 years. But I asked you last night, there was a specific time when you had your breakthrough in the supernatural because believe it or not, just because your spirit built doesn't mean you're really moving in the supernatural and all that God has available to you. Tell me what caused your breakthrough.
James Durham: Immediately after getting the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1969, I began to have a lot of visions, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, and I operated in that a lot. But it was much later than that, I was in a revival and someone stood up and said, "I visited Heaven last night, and described the visit. And I thought, hey, that sounds pretty cool. And that night, I went home. It was very, very late. I got back to my room. And as I was getting ready to get into bed I said, you know, it would be really neat to be able to have a visit in Heaven. That was the extent of my prayer for this to happen. I laid down on the bed and as soon as my head hit the bed, the pillow, I was standing in Heaven, standing before the throne of Jesus, and I was just completely awestruck. But as I looked at Jesus, I couldn't think, I couldn't speak, but I just fell in love. And something happened in my heart. It was like a transformation came to me when that happened. And from that time on it became a very regular thing to visit with the Lord in Heaven and very often to go to a training room where he was training me on how to activate some of the things that he was releasing to me. And he told me very clearly, "These are not just for you. I want these to be testimonies for other people so that they will also be activated in those things".
Sid Roth: Now you had a vision recently and Jesus himself said that everyone has to hear this vision. Well I'm everyone. Tell me.
James Durham: Well it was a very, I guess it was kind of a startling vision, I would say, and I was suddenly lifted up into the presence of the Lord and I saw myself, it was like I was outside of myself looking at myself, and I was kneeling before the Lord with the left knee on the floor and my right on the floor, kind of like a knight kneeling before his king. And I was kneeling for Jesus, and I had this, what I call my cloak of humility. It's a really, old worn out kind of brownish cover, and I really liked that, because you got to be humble before the Lord. And I was kneeling before him, worshiping the Lord. And suddenly the Lord said, "Hey, would you like to see how I see you"? Well I wasn't sure because just like everyone else I began to think of past mistakes, things that I should have done that I didn't do, and I wasn't sure if I really wanted to see that. But if the Lord asks I've learned you say yes. So I said yes. And when I did, the Lord sort of stepped over to the left side and he had a rod in his hand, a staff, and he began to pull that cloak back slowly from the staff, and I was absolutely stunned at what I saw. When the cloak began to come off of me I was wearing a helmet and full armor like a knight in the Round Table. But the armor was gold and it was pure gold, and it was shining, and I realized it was the light of the Glory of Yeshua that was reflecting off of that armor. And has he pulled more and more back, I really got into kind of fear because I do not want to get into pride, because I think pride will block you from really encountering the Lord. And this, I thought if I keep seeing this I might get into pride.
Sid Roth: Proverbs says, "Pride comes before a fall". I don't want to fall.
James Durham: Be humble before the Lord and he will lift you up. So I actually asked the Lord, "Don't show me anymore and to put the cloak back". And the Lord did what I asked. And this was so startling, and I thought I can't tell anyone this vision because it will sound to prideful. I didn't even tell my wife that I had this experience. But then the Lord began to press on me that I needed to share this vision with other people because he wants other people to see how he sees them. He doesn't see you for past mistakes, failures or whatever. He sees what you are created to be. He sees you as if you've already reached your destiny and accomplished your purpose for the Kingdom on Earth. That's how he sees you right now. Right now he's seeing you as someone who has already completed that and he wants you to understand that.
Sid Roth: Wait. If that's true, my experience and I know your experience is most people go their whole life and they say, well I'm not in the Bible ministry. I'm just supposed to be a parent, a spouse, make money and die. But you maintain that God has his fingerprint that is so unique, a destiny so unique. Why is it most people, if you ask them, do you really know your purpose, do you really know your destiny, and they're honest, they usually say no.
James Durham: That's been my experience. And I think that's why the Lord wants to activate this in people right now is we have been, unfortunately, we've been taught in the church that for a long time didn't see the possibilities, but they kind of focused on limitations. And a lot of things were taught that just really aren't biblical. They're not in accordance with what God intends for us, and as a result, many of us are filled with self-doubt. Some of us are into self-condemnation and we just can't see or grasp how far the Lord wants us to go or how high he wants to elevate us to his anointing. But in this season, because we're in these last days and because it's a time for the End Time harvest, I believe, that everybody who is a believer and is spirit-filled needs to be activated to accomplish their purpose for the Kingdom. God chose you to live in this generation for his purpose.
Sid Roth: And I'll tell you what, I wouldn't want to live in any other generation. This is the generation of the wrap-up. Why would you want to live in any other generation than this? And everyone counts. Everyone must fulfill their destiny. And according to James and according to the Bible, God wants to activate your spiritual senses, your seared gifting, and I want to find some practical ways on how you can do it. Be right back.
Sid Roth: James says not only can everyone have their spiritual eyes activated, you have your natural eyes, but see what's going on in the invisible world, every one of your senses can be activated and it starts out with focus. Explain.
James Durham: Well I think we have focused too much on ourselves and our limitations. God wants us to focus on his promises, on his Word and begin to see how he plans for us to live and how he plans for us to be activated in this generation.
Sid Roth: One of the things you do to focus is he'll take stories in the Bible, the miracles of Jesus, and you actually put yourself in that. Explain.
James Durham: Well I started reading. I noticed over and over in the Bible, I studied through the Bible three or four times a year and in detail, and I saw there were so many promises and so many things that were spoken over people, and I decided I want to claim those for myself. And I started reading it out loud because faith comes by hearing by the Word. I began to speak those things over myself. And after I did that for a while I began to really put faith behind that, and the faith was every promise in the Bible is for me and it's for you, and God wants us to begin to grasp those promises and begin to live in the fullness of the Anointing as for our purpose is awesome. Our destiny is great. And what God wants to release in spiritual gifts to us through our eyes open, our ears open, every other sense being open to the Kingdom, is for us to be able to do exactly what would be the very best thing for the Kingdom, and ultimately that's the best thing for us and for other people.
Sid Roth: Can every person that is a believer in the Messiah looking at us right now, can they have every spiritual sense activated?
James Durham: Absolutely, I do. And I think God made a promise, I see it in the scriptures, all the way back in the Old Testament and repeated in the New Testament, that in the last days his spirit was going to come on all flesh, on men and women, on people who are older, people who are younger, every social status in the world. That his spirit will come on all flesh and when it does we'll all be enabled to prophesy to see visions and to dream prophetic dreams. And so many people have never claimed the promise, and I started claiming the promise. And a lot of what I do on that card that I put my prayers on is I begin to pray and activate those things.
Sid Roth: You've been saying this for years.
James Durham: Yes, over and over myself until I believe that 100 percent in my heart. And that's what I recommend to people. It began to claim those promises to say every promise in the Bible is for you.
Sid Roth: Most people, God starts in just a little way and they discard that little way. Explain that.
James Durham: Well we shouldn't despise small beginnings. And sometimes the Lord only shows us some very small thing, some little thing. But instead of getting discouraged what I encourage people to do is to say, wow, God is beginning to do things in me and I began to rejoice, and began to give him thanks and praise for that because God responds to gratitude much more than he responds to grumbling. And so we don't grumble about a small thing he's doing in us, but we begin to do it to the best of our ability and thank him for enabling us and activating those gifts in us so that we're able to do that. And right now, I'm feeling that God has something really special for people are watching this right now. I just have felt the presence and I'm feeling it right now of numerous healing angels that are manifesting here with us and they're manifesting with you. And I know in the spiritual realm that if you need healing there's a healing angel that just manifested for you. And right just we release the angels to minister what Father God sent them to minister, be healed in Jesus' name. Whatever you need, that angel came for that purpose. And I feel right now that the love of the Father is just pouring out like standing under a waterfall and the blessing and favor of the Lord is pouring out over you right now. Receive it and believe it, and give thanks for it, and keep on thanking him and speaking it until it manifests. Amen.
Sid Roth: Now James, why is it the minute you spoke what you were feeling in the invisible world I felt a presence of God, zoom, like that. Why is that? I like to try to understand the invisible world.
James Durham: Well I think when we do what the Holy Spirit prompts us to do his power just manifests, and I felt that, too. And it almost felt like it's coming up from the floor. It just felt like the power of God suddenly surrounded us. And the Spirit is so pleased when we follow his prompting that he just releases power. And I'm feeling it right now, it's just like the Lord, the presence is getting stronger and stronger.
Sid Roth: I don't know what he's going to do when we come back, but I know he's going to do something, and I know you're going to be back.
Sid Roth: James, you had a vision that shows how easy, and that's the key word, easy it is for you to walk into your destiny and purpose. Tell me about that vision.
James Durham: Well Sid, what I saw in that vision, the Lord was talking to me and he was making it clear that sometimes by the worldly wisdom we're always thinking about all the things that we've got to do to earn our position. We've got to elevate ourselves through effort and trying and praying, and pressing in.
Sid Roth: Well but in the corporate world you jockey to get to the top and you don't care who you step on. That's the corporate.
James Durham: Right.
Sid Roth: My Bible says that if I will lower myself God will raise me. If I higher myself, he'll lower me.
James Durham: So in my vision the Lord told me basically just to get over myself, quit thinking so much about what I'm supposed to do to get worthy of him. It's not about me, it's about him. It's about what he's done. And all the heavy lifting has already been done for us and all we have to do is just open up and receive it. And that's what the Lord is trying to release to people. You don't have to go through all of these machinations. You don't have to do all of these things. Now it's good to pray, it's good to worship and I encourage people to do that all the time, but you just need to open your eyes, ears and your heart to see that the Lord is the one who has accomplished this for you and he wants to just release it to you right now. And we release it to you and just ask you to open your heart and claim it for yourself right now in Yeshua's name.
Sid Roth: You know, in that vision I found it fascinating the Lord was holding something that was round, and what did it look like, a beach ball or something?
James Durham: Well I thought of an exercise ball that you have at the gym, and I thought well that's odd because he's not exercising. And I was just watching the Lord as he was holding onto this ball. And then as I focused more on the ball, because at that time I was looking at him, I saw that it wasn't an exercise ball, it was actually Planet Earth, and the Lord was looking so intently. He was so focused on people on the earth. And the first thought I had was, you know, a lot of people would be uncomfortable with the idea because they don't really want the Lord to look that closely into their life sometimes. Sometimes they like to slip back in the darkness so they can do a few of the things they don't think would please the Lord. But the Lord said to me, he reads my thoughts, he said to me, "I'm not watching them closely to do them harm, I'm watching them closely to bless them and to give them purpose and destiny". And then I began to almost like have telescopic vision, and I kind of zoomed in. And I saw a woman standing there holding the hand of Jesus, and it looked like she had been weeping maybe through the night, and she desperately reached out and took Jesus' hand, and I heard the Lord say to her something he had been saying to me all morning: "Comfort, yes, comfort my people says the Lord". And I believe the Lord wants to comfort people who are going through difficult times. And then I focused in some people who were worshiping, and their worship seemed so pure and it seemed so focused on the Lord, and the Lord was focusing on them as well. And I heard the same thing: "Comfort, yes, comfort my people". I believe the Lord wants people to know that their worship, their praise is pleasing to him and he's watching that, and it opens up doors of blessing and favor. And I just saw that the Lord wanted each and every person that he was looking at on Planet Earth to begin to see the awesome destiny he has for them.
Sid Roth: Does he have a destiny for a unique fingerprint, just as our fingerprints are unique, does he have that unique a destiny for each person?
James Durham: Absolutely. And that's one of the awesome things about the Lord that he's able to do that for every single human being. Everyone who has flesh has the potential to get in that kind of relationship with the Lord and begin to see what that awesome destiny is and what God has destined you, created you to live in this time to accomplish this amazing purpose unique to you. And if I don't do that, if I don't open up and see that and I don't do that, something is going to be missing in the Kingdom of God in this generation, because you and I have been uniquely equipped and created for that purpose, and we need to do that for the fullness of what God has planned for this generation.
Sid Roth: Talk to the person at home that says that's okay for these superstars, but can I really know this. Talk to that person that's saying, can I really know this.
James Durham: Well I see that all that time that people say well that may be something for famous people or people that we know, they're gifted and have all of these special spiritual gifts, but what about me, can I do that? And I say absolutely yes. The Lord isn't looking for superstars. He's not looking for people that come to him fully equipped. He's looking for people who are willing to see the awesome thing that he created them to do, and they're willing to see it and then let him equip them and then lift them up to the fullness of the Anointing he has. And it's not about who you are. It's about who he is. It's not about what you've done. It's about what he's done. It's about what he's going to do in the future and he wants to do it through you. And just imagine the joy that you can have when you realize I fulfilled my purpose on Earth. I reached the destiny that God established for me from the foundation of the earth for this generation. You will have so much joy and you will have so much comfort from the Lord when you allow him to lead you into the fullness of your destiny in the Kingdom.
Sid Roth: And what would you say to the person that says, I knew what I was supposed to do and I didn't do it? Is it too late?
James Durham: It's never too late.
Sid Roth: All right, did you hear that? It is never too late. God said to Jeremiah, "Before you were conceived in your mother's womb I knew you. I called you". And I say to you, before you were conceived in your mother's womb I knew you and I called you, and God said the best is yet to come.
James Durham: Amen.