Prophetic Word For Evander Holyfield
-Heavyweight Boxing Champion-
Dear Champ and Team Holyfield,
Greetings in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ, and a beautiful and glorious New Year to all of you. Brother Holyfield, although I have followed your career since the early 90's, this is my first time to send you a message. I noticed the invitation that appeared on your website a year ago - inviting your fan’s and supporter’s comments which might help you gain insight and help you with your decision whether or not to continue your career in boxing. Well, the LORD has given me a prophetic word for you. And the text I was given is 2 SA 7:1-11 (KJV):
"And it came to pass, when the king [David] sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies, (vs. 2) That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within [tent] curtains. (vs. 3) And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart, for the LORD is with thee. (vs. 4) And it came to pass that night that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, (vs. 5) Go and tell my servant David, thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build [M]e an house for [M]e to dwell in? (vs. 6) Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked [about] in a tent and in a tabernacle. (vs. 7) In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed [M]y people Israel, saying, Why build ye not [M]e an house of cedar? (vs. 8) Now therefore so shalt thou say unto [M]y servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote [sheepfold], from following the sheep, to be ruler over [M]y people Israel: (vs. 9) And I was with thee whithersover thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the names of the great men that are in the earth. (vs. 10) Moreover, I will appoint a place for [M]y people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime. (vs. 11) And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over [M]y people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth [declares to] thee that [H]e will make thee an house [a royal dynasty]…" - 2 SA 7:1-11 (KJV)
In verse 1 of this passage, the Bible declares that God gave the king rest from all of his enemies – TOTAL VICTORY (protection and safety). And in verse 2, the king desired to do something for God – moved by his love towards God, and the gratitude he felt for all He had done for him. King David expressed his desire to glorify God through the following words: "I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains." But the prophet picks up on the desire of the king's heart - and exhorts him to "Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee." And then the LORD visits the prophet that night, and takes him in different direction, saying, "Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build [M]e an house for [M]e to dwell in? (vs. 4)
So we see that God knew the heart (desire) of the king, and the prophet did, also (to build a house for God to dwell in). And skipping ahead to verse 8, the LORD takes this opportunity to remind the king, through the prophet, just how far He has brought him: "...I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be a ruler over [M]y people, over Israel: And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name..." (vs. 8 & 9) - The name "Evander Holyfield" has become a great name, indeed, both in the Church - and the world. And at the end of this passage in 2 SA 7, we read, "I will make thee an house..." (vs. 11). How amazing it is that God has made you - and all of the rest us, who are believers in the LORD Jesus Christ - His house!!! We are “the temple of the Holy Ghost...” – 1 CO 6:19
King David desired to dwell with the LORD, who was his God: "And the king said to Nathan the prophet, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in curtains. (vs. 2) Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee..." (vs. 3) And in looking at one of David’s heartfelt prayers that is written in the Psalms, he reveals his zeal and desire for the house of God (to be in God’s presence): "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple..." – PSA 27:4 Brother Holyfield, THE LORD DESIRES TO DWELL WITH YOU MORE THAN YOU DESIRE TO DWELL WITH HIM, AND THE DESIRES WITHIN YOUR HEART HAVE BEEN PLACED THERE BY THE LORD, HIMSELF. And He has promised to give you the desires of your heart [the desires that He has placed within your heart]..." - PSA 37:4. Your desire is to glorify God through a successful, overcoming, and victorious life. His desire for you is for you to fulfill your calling through him – which will glorify Him – more that you desire it within yourself. JESUS laid down his life – gave it for His friends - that He might live through you.
The LORD desires to glorify Himself through your life – more so than what He has to this point in time. He delights in doing the impossible – which is declared by Team Holyfield. Your career has been a testament to that. And the LORD desires to take your life into a greater dimension of and for His glory:
There is a powerful quote in a movie titled “CHARIOTS OF FIRE”. It is the story of a missionary to China who lives and runs to honor God and glorify His name. During a meeting with two of his Brethren, the first declares, “What we need now is a muscular Christian, to make folks sit up and take notice…” And an elder with the mission exhorts him, saying, “…You can praise the LORD by…[serving Him with] perfection – don’t compromise – compromise is the language of the devil. Run in God’s name, and let the world stand back and wonder…” And when Christians perform what is perceived as being impossible – God will get all of the glory.
Now, through the ministry that I have been working with for the last 7 years, I have learned a powerful truth about the saving and healing walk of the victorious Christian. We are progressively changed into the image of the LORD Jesus Christ through the process SEEKING, HEARING, and OBEYING [or PRAYING and OBEYING]. And through our walk of obedience (which the Bible often refers to as "walking in the Spirit"), we are killing off “sinful flesh" as we receive the word of God, and walk in it and through it [His spoken word]: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the MOUTH of God [to his regenerated spirit]” – MAT 4:4. This is the word and work that the LORD has given me to speak to you. “Praise be the LORD…”
And speaking of God’s delighting in doing the impossible - I had a motorcycle accident 19 years ago, in which I sustained a spinal cord injury. I have been relying on wheelchairs since 1985. I had my 40th birthday last December, which I was excited about – a long awaited date. At the “40 year mark”, we have been well-tested! I heard a certain Christian recording artist say that she did not feel that her ministry began until she was 40 years old (although she began recording Gospel music at the age of 23). And I have made mention my age, because I believe that the LORD will also use this as an avenue to bring you added encouragement through the athletic calling that He has put on my life – which is to compete with other wheelchair athletes in wheelchair track and road racing. It is a great honor to be used of God in any capacity that He chooses to use us – His yielded vessels. And through our lives in Christ, we can offer great encouragement to others – that they too, can experience His saving grace and healing power. The Gospel is "Grace for forgiveness and Power for deliverance," my former pastor says. Thank the LORD – for great is His faithfulness… And like Jesus, we shall proclaim, "With men this is impossible, but not with God: For with God ALL things are possible…” – MAR 10:27
In closing, the LORD continues to shown me His prophetic calling on the lives of Blood bought Christians around me. For example, I have been introduced – by the LORD – to two young ladies (who both happen to be from Vietnam), whose birthdays fell on 11/19 and 12/19. The older Sister was born on 11/19, and the other, who is 13 months younger than the first, was born on 12/19. The number 19 is very significant in the life of the Christian, for it relates to the command of Jesus Christ to “take up your cross and follow Me…” The cross that we are called to carry is the thing (the Word of God) that crucifies our flesh (For more on the number 19, see our website at FMH-CHILD.ORG, and on the “homepage”, click on the “button” that appears at your right hand, labeled “#19”). And concerning the two young ladies, I am convinced that the LORD our God is going to use them greatly in these last days. I am confident that He has called both of them to be prophetesses – to be used to speak His life-changing Word with great authority resulting in great demonstration and glory for the LORD. And because you were born on 10/19, I challenge you to seek the LORD concerning whether He has called you to the office of a prophet, as well.
And I will leave you now - with this letter - and these prophetic words, that you spoke on the Praise The Lord program with Jan Crouch and Benny Hinn on 11/19/96: “I am not going to do anything, unless the LORD says to…”
The LORD is going to reap great glory from your life, Brother – more than ever before…
Love in Christ Jesus,
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