Some seventy years ago, in a California mountain community, Frances Metcalfe formed the Golden Candlestick, a remarkable covenant fellowship dedicated to worshiping the Lord and interceding for the nations. For more than fifty years, they experienced some of the most extraordinary encounters with the King of Kings, and now for the first time, their complete works are compiled in an authorized three-volume set by James Maloney, in honor of the heritage they conferred to The ACTS Group International.
Then, in the midst of my giving of thanks, to my utter surprise and delight, “Jesus, Himself, drew near!” (Luke 24:15) I saw our Beloved walking in our midst—as in a garden of lilies—with great tenderness and concern. We, His lilies, were all lying in the dust, our stems broken, our blossoms trampled down. It was as though a violent storm had beaten us and left our garden ravaged! He walked most carefully, so as not to crush even a tiny shoot. And He spoke in a whisper, as though to Himself, these words: “By reason of many breakings.” Then He stooped and began to lift each stem up and brush the dust and gravel away. As He did so, He said, “I am the lifter up of your head.” (Psalm 3:3) Although He spoke no other words, He conveyed His thoughts to me by the Spirit. I shall try to relate them, though no words can possibly give them the color and meaning they had to my illumined heart. He reminded me that the epitome of all knowledge and wisdom is to KNOW GOD—Who and What He is and was and ever shall be. “That I may know Him!” cried our father St. Paul, and every saint reechoes that cry. This is the first and great essential. And a second, like unto it is, “Know thyself!” The basic cry in the heart of man in every generation is, “Who am I, what am I, whither have I come, and where am I going?”
JAMES MALONEY is the president of The ACTS Group International, an apostolic vehicle for activating, counseling, and training in the supernatural. It provides opportunities for equipping, imparting, and mentoring to this generation of ministers and the next, who are eager to see a fuller release of the miraculous power of Jesus Christ, by hosting groups in overseas crusades and national conferences. James can be reached via the ministry’s website at www.answeringthecry.com.