Preparing Your Document
God made a particularly strong impression on me in 2016. He told me to add two elements to my upcoming books:
Freely you have received; freely give. (Matthew 10:8 NIV)
Most people only apply this verse to what is mentioned directly before it.
Heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. (Matthew 10:7)
This is the inspired word of God. There is purpose in every nuance of what is said. In this case, we must also examine what is not being said: it doesn’t say, “Freely heal, freely raise the dead, freely cleanse, freely cast out.” This would have clearly defined what we should do freely.
Instead we have Jesus giving instruction and direction. First He reveals what He has called them to do and empowers those whom He has set on a task. Then, He adds the parameters, “you did nothing to earn this power or knowledge; I give it freely to you. You do the same. What I have given to you, give it away for free.” (Matthew 10:1-15)
This reminded me of a woman, let’s call her Joan, who was preaching on television. Joan gave a word about this back in 2015, “God is rising up the unknown to give away for free what His anointed are charging for.”
Directly after Joan’s words God kept me awake until 4 A.M. giving me the amazing revelation that led me to write “Why Doesn’t God Speak to Me?” He said, “How much are you willing to hear from Me? To receive from Me?”
Instantly, I replied, “You have given me glimpses of the price I may have to pay, and I am now ready and willing. I give it all to you...should the price be my very life.”
The quiet voice of the Holy Spirit continued, “Then implement the revelation I gave to you when I revealed why John was taken back in time to old Jerusalem.”
“I am, God, aren’t I?” I asked. “Ever since You spoke to me about going to Heaven, I am putting your revelations on my website for free. And I will never charge for a prayer or an appearance.”
“But you are charging for your books.”
The words caused a mild panic. I couldn’t stop my thoughts, “They are my biographies... Everyone charges for a composed biography. And, I paid thousands for a top-of-the-line edit on those, not to mention the cost of having the covers professionally designed. Surely I am able to charge for the final polished project I invested money and years of time creating.”
He asked, “What makes these books worth buying? Why do you have a product to sell?”
I knew better than to say, “Because I am able to write in a way that seems to appeal to some people.” The word tells us that He knew us before we were formed in the womb; He designed me with the gift to write. Instead I thought, “Because I have had an interesting journey that may help others.”
Gently He prodded, “And what did you do to deserve those ‘interesting’ experiences?”
A part of me wanted to say “I fell in love with Jesus with my whole heart.” But I know many people who love Him as I do, and yet they haven’t been blessed with some of the wonderful experiences I have been given. My soul sighed as I was forced to admit, “Nothing. I am no one. I abandoned You. And You chose to reveal who You are to me. I messed up time and time again, and You sent miracle after miracle to encourage me... These books wouldn’t exist without You.” Peace, so strong it was undeniable, welled up deep inside me confirming I was on the right track.
Despite the hours of deep revelation God had just brought to me, petulant, whiny thoughts burst forth, “But all the big evangelists and even smaller pastors have made millions, if not billions, with their books! Why did you have to reveal this to me? Why do I have to be the one to do it for free?”
“To whom much is given, much is required. You now know the fullness of your calling. You cannot give the enemy a place from which to attack you.”
Vividly, the words I uttered less than an hour ago came to my mind: I had said I would do anything He asked. Another soul-sigh, “I put my faith in You to provide. As soon as I can write this up and upload the revised book, they are all yours.”
This is why all books associated with “God stuff” are now free in all distribution. The printed copy is free (including shipping) on my website.
WARNING: To all ministers, evangelists, apostles, prophets, and teachers, two words from God for you:
The Future of God’s Ministers
John, the aforementioned pastor, who was used mightily as a messenger by God, was taken to Heaven twice. On the second visit, he was placed in a room with four rows of seats, stacked one above the next. Religious leaders who were household names filed in and sat in the third row. The row below it was filled with a couple of people whom John recognized from the religious arena. The bottom row was filled with completely unknown individuals, while the top row remained empty. The person escorting John to this room said, “During the outpouring, many in the third row will be removed from the ministry and some even from the Earth, and some will barely survive. The top row is the place that has been unfilled since the time of the disciples in the Book of Acts. People in the bottom row will vault over the other rows to fill many of these seats. Some will be filled by people not yet seated.”
The Effect of the Outpouring
A famous television evangelist, who specializes in prophecy and predicted that George W. Bush would be president two years before he announced his run for office, had a series of dreams. He was unable to interpret these dreams. As with John, when hearing him describe them the meaning was so clear it was hard to believe he didn’t know what they meant. Each of the dreams featured an actual tsunami hitting America.
The dream: The evangelist was in the home of a well-known preacher in Baltimore. Water began flooding into the house. He grabbed supplies and headed up to the second story, but the water kept rising. He searched for an attic or crawl space, but was so startled by the content of his dream that he awakened.
Interpretation: From 1776–1777 Baltimore was the temporary capital and residence of the United States government. A few things to note: the evangelist was in the Baltimore home of a well-known religious leader who didn’t see the flood coming and scrambled to survive. This likely indicates that many long-standing, once dominant religions may run the risk of being wiped out as they scramble to survive during the outpouring of glory.
These interpretations are gifts from God, which the Holy Spirit brought as I heard the information. When coupled with the television evangelist’s prophecy and John’s death, the meaning is unmistakable. May this serve as a warning to ministries that are potentially vulnerable and which need to proactively protect their work.
It is time to come up to a new level of faith and trust in God. If you do not have the faith necessary to give all the insight, all the knowledge, all the experiences God has given you away for free and trust Him to take care of the worldly cost of being on TV, then step back until you do.
The disciples didn’t charge for a single word they said, wrote or otherwise. They trusted in God and so should you. Additionally, people do not need to give you a seed of ____ amount to receive their breakthrough. That is selling the blessings and anointing of God. (Acts 8:16-22) Give people the information and trust God to tell them what to send. Stand back and be amazed when they send exactly what God told you they would.
This is the way it should be done.
One of the differences between the gift of prophecy and being called as a prophet is that the gift is used to edify and build. A prophet often brings correction in order to enlighten people who have stopped doing things God’s way. This is the less-coveted part of my new job.
The next thing God did was to bring me the rest of Bible verses I needed to help correct the situation with His people. Yes, preachers are doing it wrong; they have conformed to the world order of taking their money up front. But God’s people who are receiving instructions and help have an instrumental part to play as well.
If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?... [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel. (Corinthians 9:11&14 AMPC)
Let him who receives instruction in the Word [of God] share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his support]. Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. (Galatians 6:6 AMPC)
This is the correct order that God shows us in His word. First, we give what God has revealed to us freely, then we wait for God to speak to those who have received it. What people decide to give is a matter between God and the person who has received it and is completely in their hands. What is going on now is backward: we give for a price, collecting before we even know if what we have given has helped others.
Notice the warning at the end of the second verse. If you receive from God and don’t respond according to His way of doing things, you won’t benefit from what you are learning. This was so ingrained in God’s people that a group of Christians asked Paul not to come and speak to them because they didn’t want to have to give him an offering for his teaching. (2 Corinthians Chapters 11 & 12)
I hope you will pray and ask God what you should give in return only if you have received spiritual insight, new information, peace, hope, or encouragement.
Being a prophet is not quite as much fun as I had hoped. Sometimes it is exciting; sometimes it is hard. However, through it all, I continually find that God has an amazing sense of humor. Now I am a publisher who is giving away books for free. It took some time, but I am finally okay with that. It isn’t because I have great faith in each reader to respond and give as they are led to do, so the next batch of books can be printed. I have great faith in God who is able to do all things. I know He has told me to do this and He will provide.
You must ask yourself, “Do I have a part to play in that provision?”
God has instructed me to include three ways in this book in which you can give back, should you be inclined to do so:
1. Send what God tells you to:
P.O. Box 234
Star, Idaho 83669
2. PayPal – If you have an account, do the following:
a. Click on “Send Money”
b. Type in this email address:
c. Type in the amount God tells you to give
d. Under “Special Instructions” type: Lynn Hardy
3. Visit LynnHardy.com and click on the books link. There will be options provided that will take you to PayPal and where you can use a credit card to give without a PayPal account.
Whatever you decide, may God bless you and keep you.
When we are given an assignment for God, we should do our best and trust Him to do the rest. We will share with you the resources we have used so that your work can be completed and presented in a professional manor. Before you send your work out for an edit, we hope you will consider the following testimony.
Every book written by Lynn Hardy concludes with the revelation about distribution of revelation from God. It is labeled "Final Words." We suggest you include this in your work. It can be done in one of two ways:
Changing the content and personal information to reflect you and your contact information. If you wish to include an acknowledgement for this information it can be done with an endnote.
Add the following to the first paragraph of the Final Words and pasting it directly into the end of your book:
-- I conclude this book with the final words from Lynn Hardy's (LynnHardy.com): --
You can copy the Final Word at the end of this document or download the word document or the PDF.
Once your document is complete, you will need to do three things:
Get an edit
Have a cover designed
Format the text
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