Prophetic words for the Body of Christ concerning the days ahead, given by Lance Lambert in 1994 - a message to church leaders.
"In the days which are to come, that part of the church which will survive and prevail as overcomers will be that part which has learned to walk upon the waters, trusting only in Me. There will be such storms that it will no longer be possible, as it were, to cross the waters by the ordinary means of using a boat, for the storms will be such that any boat will founder.
The ways of traditional church organisation will not be adequate for the needs, because they will be too rigid and inflexible to withstand the wind and the waves, and those who have put their trust in them for their security will be like those who find themselves in a boat which is overwhelmed and doomed to sink.
In those days only those who have learned to walk upon the waters will walk in safety. Do not put My People into rigid formal structures, for to do this is to put them into a boat which will seem adequate and comfortable while the waters are calm, but will later become a place of death for those whose only experience has been to get in and enjoy the ride.
The structure of My Church is not to be like a ship, a monolithic whole, a structure created by men. It is to be My Body, a thing which is completely mobile and flexible, able to respond and adapt to the needs of the moment.
A body will survive; but any structure created through the wisdom and efforts of man will prove to be like the ship which will sink in the time of trouble and pressure. Do not over-organise my people but teach them the ways of God; teach them the way of listening for the voice of My Spirit, and of spontaneous action in obedience to those promptings.
Teach them not to rely upon men, or upon any form of organised structure, but teach them that each one must have his trust solely in Me, the Head of the Body, who alone has the wisdom to guide His People through the stormy waters.
The days are coming when every item of your security which depends upon the ways of man and the structures of the world will be taken from you. No matter how hard you have laboured to build it up and no matter how much My People have asked Me to bless it, it will all be like having placed your treasure in a bank which has suddenly closed its doors to you and will permit you no access.
Teach my people, therefore, the way of walking on the water. Teach them in these days while the waters are yet calm to put their eyes upon Me with a whole-hearted intensity, and to trust Me implicitly in all matters, whether they seem great or small.
As each member learns to recognise and obey the instructions of the Head, so all together will begin to be able to function as one body.
This will never come about through human organisation, but only as they learn to walk continually under the direct leading of My Spirit. Your task is not to organise them but rather to teach them how to walk hand in hand with Me.
Consider what is written in My Word and hold it close to your hearts.
Thus it is written, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord, for he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when prosperity comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord, for he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river and will not fear when heat comes, but its leaf will be green; and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” [Jeremiah 17:5-8]
Let Me teach you how to live and how to lead My People according to this word, in order that I may have a people who are able to walk upon the waters in the day of the storm."