RE-DIGGING THE ANCIENT WELLS OF ATLANTA

Walking on Auburn
Hi Everyone,

Since inheriting THE HUB ATLANTA CHURCH this past summer, the Lord has been breaking any idea of “normal church” that we may have had and teaching us “normal Christianity”. With that, I wanted to share a powerful update on our adventures/journey in downtown Atlanta that may involve a part of YOUR destiny. Please share this with anyone as you feel led.

Since relocating The HUB Atlanta downtown, we have taken on a very “different” style of “church”. With instructions from Papa to simply “be the church” in this season, we have been meeting weekly in downtown Atlanta to release the sound of Heaven over our city through worship, prayer & prophesy. We believe the intention of this is to prepare the atmosphere for revival. We have been given an assignment to re-dig the ancient wells of days gone by to bring Atlanta into her God-designed destiny. 

Through the process, He told us to study the history of Atlanta to find specific points of needed prayer. In addition, some prophetic words we have received regarding the resurgence of MLK Jr’s nonviolent movement of love have begun to be confirmed in many ways. We believe the sound of Heaven that Papa is using us to release will have the power to penetrate hearts and dissolve the hatred and division that still exists racially and economically in our city, metro area and southern United States.Note also that while I often speak of bringing “Atlanta” into her destiny, we have seen visions of a whirlwind starting in downtown, moving west, then south, then east, then north, and even healing the land from the Trail of Tears in North Georgia. So for those of you receiving this who are not directly a part of what we’re doing downtown (maybe you even live out of state), you can still be a part of the process for these freedoms to cover our metro area. We believe this will eventually have a regional effect on the whole southeastern US.

In recent weeks, we have taken much time to research and pray over:

  • Underground Atlanta
  • Five Points Train Station (the HUB of the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)
  • the Zero Mile Post (the original center point of the city of Atlanta)
  • The GULCH (the original Undergound Atlanta and original railway HUB of transportation)
  • Auburn Ave (home & launch pad for MLK Jr.).

At each place, we are sensing the power of God in amazing ways. And each place we have gone was supernaturally revealed to us, as if we are getting one piece of the puzzle at a time. And our directive of where to pray continues to be Spirit-led.

As we were prayerfully walking through Auburn Ave yesterday, one of our HUB / MOW family who was unable to attend was at home being led by Holy Spirit to pray and research more about our great city’s history. She send me a link to an event that happened in 1906, and it will now be our point of convergence this coming Saturday, Feb 14th.

We meet weekly at 1pm in the “G-DECK” which is a Georgia State parking Deck at the corner of Central Ave and Wall St in Downtown Atlanta. Parking is Free. If you plan to attend, please RSVP so we know you are coming and don’t leave the parking garage without you. The areas we will walk and pray this week are within 6 blocks of this parking garage:
*CLICK LINK FOR AN ARTICLE AND MAP OF LOCATIONS WE WILL PRAY ON SATURDAY*
http://clatl.com/atlanta/walking-tour-of-the-1906-atlanta-race-riot/Content?oid=1262841

Here are some things we ask you to keep in mind:

  • We invite you to join us in person, or at least in prayer as we continue to cleanse our city/metro area and bring “inner-healing” (so to speak) and see the strong holds of the past removed, so that an atmosphere of UNITY and REVIVAL can come forth.
  • Our CALENDAR will always have the latest dates/times we are meetingbut specific location information will be released through these email updates, facebook and our blog. We encourage you to follow along with our updates to pray.
  • YOU may be given a piece of the puzzle to bring freedom to Atlanta and surrounding areasWe know that we are not an exclusive group, and that this mandate of freedom will come through the obedience and unity of many.
  • Please share any revelation you receive regarding the healing/restoration of Atlanta and surrounding areas at info@thehubatlanta.org

Thank you for joining us in prayer for the freedom of our great city, our metro area, and the southeastern United States.Many Blessings~

Senior Pastor & Visionary

Here is more about the event in 1906 for those who are interested:
On the afternoon of Saturday, September 22, 1906 Atlanta newspapers reported four alleged assaults, none of which were ever substantiated, upon local white women. Extra editions of these accounts, sensationalized with lurid details and inflammatory language intended to inspire fear if not revenge, circulated, and soon thousands of white men and boys gathered in downtown Atlanta. City leaders, including Mayor James G. Woodward, sought to calm the increasingly indignant crowds but failed to do so. By early evening, the crowd had become a mob; from then until after midnight, they surged down Decatur Street, Pryor Street, Central Avenue, and throughout the central business district, assaulting hundreds of blacks. The mob attacked black-owned businesses, smashing the windows of black leader Alonzo Herndon‘s barbershop. Although Herndon had closed down early and was already at home when his shop was damaged, another barbershop across the street was raided by the rioters—and the barbers were killed. The crowd also attacked streetcars, entering trolley cars and beating black men and women; at least three men were beaten to death.
On Sunday, September 23, the Atlanta newspapers reported that the state militia had been mustered to control the mob; they also reported that blacks were no longer a problem for whites because Saturdaynight’s violence had driven them off public streets. While the police, armed with rifles, and militia patrolled the streets and key landmarks and guarded white property, blacks secretly obtained weapons to arm themselves against the mob, fearing its return. Despite the presence of law enforcement, white vigilante groups invaded some black neighborhoods. W.E.B. Du Bois, an African-American educator, writer and social activist. The riot’s aftermath helped move black activists away from an accommodationist stance and toward the more aggressive push for racial equality advocated by Du Bois. In the wake of the 1906 riot, Du Bois wrote a moving poem called “The Litany of Atlanta.”:  http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/features/2006/sep/raceriot/poem.pdf

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Be empowered, and take it back to your community…

Or stick around and be a part of what God is doing in our great city!

Mary’s Exciting News: Inheriting Kingdom Destiny!

thehublogoHELLO EVERYONE!

It is with great humility and honor that I announce to you the most recent amazing move of Papa God in my life!

You may recall in early February I shared with you about my alignment into Kingdom Family under Leanne Goff at The HUB Atlanta Church.  At that time I could sense God’s hand and strategy in aligning me for destiny but I had no idea what was about to happen next.

THE EXCITING NEWS!

Long story short (and there is SO much to this amazing story!)… I am now witnessing years of divine strategic preparation and over a decade of prophetic words culminate as this divine alignment has made a way for me to receive Kingdom inheritance in my life… I am now becoming the Senior Leader of The HUB Atlanta Church. From a complete state of rest I have watched Papa God reveal his plan for Leanne Goff (Founder & Senior Leader of the HUB), for myself and for my continued assignment in this city.

After several months of divine alignment, prayerful consideration and due diligence, Leanne Goff has received her own Kingdom inheritance and as of August will relocate to be the Senior Pastor of Family of Faith Community Church in Newark, OH. Leanne and I have become family so that connection will never change, and she will remain the apostolic covering over The HUB Atlanta and myself. I will miss her dearly but know that obedience to the will of God is the best and most exciting thing for all of us!

RELOCATING THE HUB TO “THE HUB”

As part of the Kingdom strategy that has been in my heart and prophesied, The HUB Atlanta will be relocating from the Atlanta suburb of Suwanee, GA to “the hub” of Atlanta… downtown… where we will bring Heaven to earth and intentionally impact our community outside the four walls. Our exact home-base of operations is still being determined, but our website and facebook will continually be updated with the latest information. STAY TUNED!

The mandate of the HUB will remain the same… we will continue to be A FAMILY TRANSFORMING NATIONS… and we will begin with our own nation in downtown Atlanta. Finding our identity as sons and daughters and walking in destiny will remain at the heart of who we are in the Kingdom. Our goal is to see that true identity is revealed to all and that everyone we meet is released into their designed destiny.

EXPERIENCING THE GLORY REALM

Along with the timing of our transition, this weekend The HUB Atlanta and Glory City Church are hosting a conference called EXPERIENCING THE GLORY REALM with Leif Hetland and Jason Upton. For a limited time registration is $60 and its BUY ONE BRING ONE FREE! If you can only make Friday night you can pay $25 p/p. If you can only make Saturday, you can pay $35 p/p. Register now! Sessions include Friday evening at 7pm (July 25) and Saturday (July 26) at 9am, 2pm and 7pm. The HUB Atlanta Church will not meet on Sunday this weekend in lieu of the conference.

ETGR

A PARADIGM SHIFT

I stand in awe of Papa God as he continues to unfold my destiny before my eyes without even a hint of my instigating or striving. Just six months ago I strived to be a “might woman of God” and work toward obtaining my inheritance to reach the world for Christ. But today my entire paradigm has shifted due to my alignment with Leanne Goff… I am now a “little girl with a BIG Dad” who has learned that from a state of REST I can sit back and RECEIVE my inheritance instead of working toward it.

As Kris Vallotton preached a while back… destiny is indeed birthed through alignment in Kingdom family. Papa God has an inheritance for His sons and daughters and we can learn to lean back into Him and receive what is rightfully ours in the Kingdom. May you seek His heart as to where His perfect alignment is for YOU!

Love and Peace,

Mary

Mission Singapore Complete!

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Mary Held and Bill Johnson at KINGDOM INVASION SINGAPORE 2014

Mission Singapore is complete! I arrived home safely in Atlanta on Monday, March 24th about 2:30pm. It was a strange feeling to know that I boarded a plane in Tokyo at 2:30pm on Monday afternoon, yet landed in Atlanta 12 hours later at the exact same time… 2:30pm on Monday!

The first four days of the trip we were ministering at a conference called KINGDOM INVASION 2014. The speakers were Randy Clark, Bill Johnson, Heidi Baker and James Goll. It was amazing to say the least. We had backstage privileges and bumped into them frequently for brief conversations and photos. The sponsoring church even set up a special ‘green room’ for our team where we were served meals and a continual supply of water, snacks and outlets to charge our smartphones… LOL. They treated us so kindly and with such respect.

There were 8000 in attendance at the conference and night sessions were open to the public. There were morning, afternoon and evening sessions and our team ministered at them all when the speakers called for people to come forward for prayer. We also were asked to come on stage twice to give any words of knowledge that the Lord was showing us for anyone in the crowd.

There were pre-service healing room times before the night sessions where the sick lined up outside to come in for healing prayer. Our team prayed with them and saw many miracles including chronic pain in backs and shoulders healed, as well as blind eyes opened, deaf ears opened, the lame walking, tumors disappearing, metal implants dissolved, depression lifting, emotional wounds healed and deliverance from demons. At the conference alone there were over 1500 healings recorded and almost 200 salvations!

The last few days of the trip we had an opportunity to do some sight seeing but also attended services at various churches where Randy or Tom Jones preached. Again we were the prayer team and saw many more healings. I personally was called out (along with two others from our team) during a church service to go into a church office to minister to a woman who was manifesting demons. She had been taken to a Buddhist temple by her family for many years and offered up in rituals to their gods. Every time she came to church for prayer she would manifest and get taken out of service. Yet despite the embarrassment, this woman keeps coming back because she knows Jesus is her answer!! She was very broken and demonized, and the Lord revealed to me she had multiple personalities. We ministered to her for about 90 minutes and then I was able to impart some knowledge and experience with their deliverance ministry members as to how to offer long term help for her, as well as give my contact information. There is no mistake that God continues to bring broken women with multiple personality across my path. I seem to be a magnet for this type of need.

I could go on forever about all I saw and witnessed! All I know is many people in Singapore are not the same, nor am I. I received just as much as I gave on this trip. God has once again grown me in my spiritual authority and prepared me for even greater works.

The day after I returned, I went to the bank to make a deposit for work. I overheard one of the tellers talking about pain in her back and shoulder and that something was pinched. So I told her I knew the Healer and that I would love to pray with her. She got very excited and said yes! I prayed for her and she felt heat in her neck and back and all the pain left! Hallelujah! Then another teller came over and said she’s had asthma all her life and has been really bothered by it today so I prayed for her lungs to be cleared and she can breathe better than she can remember! I love divine encounters in the middle of your work day when you’re trying to rush to the bank before they closed!

This is the purpose of Global Awakening taking people on their trips, not only to minister to those where we travel, but also to train, impart and empower us to HOST HIS PRESENCE and RELEASE THE KINGDOM everywhere we go when we return home. GOD IS SO GOOD!

Here are links to six photo albums on facebook:

Day 1 – Tuesday, March 18
https://www.facebook.com/marymargaretloveslife/media_set?set=a.10152082049323040.1073741833.591723039&type=3

Day 2 – Wednesday, March 19
https://www.facebook.com/marymargaretloveslife/media_set?set=a.10152084343633040.1073741834.591723039&type=3

Day 3 – Thursday, March 20
https://www.facebook.com/marymargaretloveslife/media_set?set=a.10152087813908040.1073741835.591723039&type=3

Day 4 – Friday, March 21
https://www.facebook.com/marymargaretloveslife/media_set?set=a.10152087840433040.1073741836.591723039&type=3

Day 5, Album 1 – Saturday, March 22
https://www.facebook.com/marymargaretloveslife/media_set?set=a.10152088317553040.1073741837.591723039&type=3

Day 5, Album 2 – Saturday, March 22
https://www.facebook.com/marymargaretloveslife/media_set?set=a.10152088848648040.1073741838.591723039&type=3

Day 6 – Sunday, March 23
https://www.facebook.com/marymargaretloveslife/media_set?set=a.10152090810098040.1073741839.591723039&type=3

Once again, I appreciate all who prayed and donated to make this possible. Please know that you share in the rewards for every person who was touched so mightily by God!

As for my next mission venture, I am prayerfully considering Pakistan in the fall, probably October. It would be with my new pastor Leanne Goff and Leif Hetland of Global Mission Awareness. Leif holds great crusades in Pakistan and has found great favor with government leaders and Muslim leaders. They call him “the Ambassador of Love”. Tens of thousands of Muslims have come to Christ through his ministry.

I will keep you posted as the Lord gives me clarity about going on this trip.

Many Blessings~

Mary

Mary’s Update: Kingdom Alignment in Kingdom Family

thehublogoIt is with great excitement that I share this amazing, recent shift in my life and ministry!

Through God’s divine leading (repeatedly, since July) which I finally responded to 🙂 I visited The HUB Atlanta church in Suwanee, GA in December. Little did I know that it would be a life changing visit resulting in a KINGDOM ALIGNMENT.

In the few short months of visiting The HUB, the Lord gave me fresh, new and deep revelation of KINGDOM FAMILY and it’s connection to DESIGNED DESTINY, and what it really means to be sons and daughters of Father God. He also showed me in greater measure the power of what can happen when God aligns spiritual sons and daughters with divinely positioned spiritual mothers or fathers.

I can’t even put into words what I am feeling inside other than there are hopes, dreams, visions, prophetic words and promises that have been buried in my heart for many years that almost seemed dormant. BUT GOD HAS STIRRED THEM AGAIN WITH A FRESH, RENEWED HOPE and He has assured me that A BIRTHING OF MANY OF THEM IS NOT FAR OFF! I’m so excited I can barely contain myself!  I cry tears of joy almost daily lately as I stand in awe of this divine alignment that found me even though I didn’t even know I needed it.

It is with great honor and privilege that I have joined the leadership team of The HUB Atlanta church under the senior leadership of Leanne Goff. Leanne is a mighty woman of God changing nations, but more than that she is a daughter. She knows who she is, and Who’s she is and she has profoundly affected my own sense of KINGDOM IDENTITY in the short time I’ve known her. Out of her passion, the HUB’s mission is to be “A FAMILY TRANSFORMING NATIONS.” Knowing for quite some time now that I too am a woman called to the nations, I am confident this alignment is going stretch me, challenge me and prepare me for the birthing of God’s DESIGNED DESTINY in my life as I learn to receive my rightful INHERITANCE of being a true daughter.

Acts 20:22-24
And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. NKJV

I ask for your continued prayers as I step into new levels of Kingdom action and influence. The warfare has increased so much since this shift which convinces me even more of the power of this alignment.

I’d also love for you to come and visit sometime! We meet on Sunday evenings at 3108 McGinnis Ferry Rd, Suwanee, GA (inside Gateway Church) at 5:30pm.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Mary

Do You Hear What I Hear? Don Potter Explains The 432hz Frequency

432Hz MusicI recently received a prophetic word about frequencies, sound, etc and that God was going to reveal Himself to me in it (how He is in it). In the three short weeks since that word, every time I turn around something is coming across my path that has to do with this subject! (books, articles, posts, blogs, podcasts, webcasts, live teachings, etc.) God is good!

This past Friday night (Sept 13, 2013) Don Potter (musician from Morningstar Ministries) spoke about music and Heaven’s sound. The message was profound about what the enemy has stolen from the Kingdom regarding sound and music. You may have heard (I had not) that it is believed that Hitler’s propaganda people made 440hz the main frequency used in music since Hitler. They changed it (influenced by the enemy) to set people out of harmony with the earth. God created the earth and everything in it on the 432hz frequency where healing can flow through the music. In 440hz it cannot flow to us because our human bodies are tuned to 432hz.. So is all of nature. Instruments since the 1930′s are all tuned to 440hz to keep us out of harmony.

This information blew me away. I shared it with our worship leader and he was blown away too and said it makes perfect sense! He said he is re-tuning their instruments to 432hz… back to the frequency of GOD! I thought you might be blessed by this.

I’m sharing this information with every pastor / worshiper / musician / warrior I can think of. And I hope you would too! God is waking us up to the delusion so we can be healed, restored and empowered as His Bride!

Let’s get our frequency back!

I know the tendency when people hear this type of subject matter is to think, “Gee, that sounds a bit NEW AGE.” But God is really bringing to my awareness lately (through many other sources) so many things that we (Christians) tend to consider ‘demonic’ that are actually God ideas but the enemy has created counterfeits to the original. The ORIGINAL, POWERFUL, GOD-ORDAINED, GOD-DESIGNED, GOD-INTENDED purpose behind these things has been lost because we’ve written off the originals, mistakenly thinking the entire topic is demonic. BUT GOD! He truly is waking us up to the delusions and to HIS original intentions so we can be FREE and operate in the power of the Kingdom! WOOT!

Added 5/17/14:

Here is more that God has brought across my path on this subject…

Here is Don Potter’s message about the 432hz frequency:
http://youtu.be/N7v3cQI6Vz8

A very informative blog post:
http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/08/440hz-music-conspiracy-to-detune-good-vibrations-from-natural-432hz.html
A book called PHYSICS OF HEAVEN...the website is:
http://heavensphysics.com/

JoAnn McFatter: Frequencies & Sound
http://companyofburninghearts.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-04T06_31_36-07_00

SOUND OF HEAVEN / SYMPHONY OF EARTH by Ray Hughes
There are many other GREAT books on this link, but to find this one by Ray Hughes in particular you must scroll down alphabetically to find it.
http://annalizemouton.com/more-reading/

ENJOY!

WILL YOU ENLIST IN GOD’S SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP? OR WILL YOU WAIT TO BE DRAFTED?

bootcampWILL YOU ENLIST IN GOD’S SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP?

OR WILL YOU WAIT TO BE DRAFTED?

PURPOSES OF SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP
(modified from actual Military Boot Camp descriptions):

1. To teach you how to learn (and stay teachable) and become adaptable to changing circumstances and environments.

2. To breakdown your worldly identity and rebuild your spiritual identity, allowing you to walk in your God-given authority.

3. Desensitize you so you are equipped to handle difficult circumstances and not be moved or shaken.

DESENSITIZE
a. To render less sensitive.
b. To make (an individual) nonreactive
c. To make emotionally less sensitive or unresponsive, as by long exposure

4. Prepare you for all elements of reasonable service in the Kingdom of God.

PREPARE:
a. To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose
b. To put together or make by combining various elements
c. To equip
d. To lead up to and soften

5. To strengthen you mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

6. To expand your capacity to discern the enemy’s tactics and respond effectively.

TIPS TO SURVIVING SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP
(modified from an article about Military Boot Camp)

1. Shut Up and Listen
Learn not to do anything from your own initiative. Always be listening for God to speak in every situation.

2. You Don’t Make the Rules
Don’t argue with God. There is no way on earth that you will win, and it will no doubt cost you in time, energy and maybe even money.

3. Pick Me
Be careful what you wish for. Standing out can have its rewards, but it is a double-edged sword. Becoming a warrior puts a big target on your back. If you are asked to volunteer for a leadership assignment, you will find you will be responsible for others and held to a higher standard.

4. Prioritize
In Boot Camp your life is going to be broken down into two categories; things you want to do, and things God wants you to do. The temptation will be strong to slack off, procrastinate or only do your own thing. Don’t.

5. Stay Focused
Don’t get discouraged or give in to the temptation to give up. Quitting should not an option. Don’t look too far ahead and stay focused on the task at hand.

6. Help Your Buddy
Your life is not your own anymore. You will live, eat, sleep, fight and die as a team [Body of Christ]. The sooner you learn to work as a team (stop focusing on yourself), the sooner life will get better for you. Boot camp is about being part of the team; selfish motives & selfish ambition are weeded out and swiftly taken care of. You need to focus on the “WE” [Kingdom of God / Big Picture] aspect of everything you do.

7. Do Not Question the Logic Behind What You’re Doing
Just about everything you will do in Boot Camp has a purpose, even if some things you must do are difficult, inconvenient, or uncomfortable. There will come times when you will want to question why you are doing something, which, in your opinion, is stupid and a waste of your time. There are times what you are required to do won’t seem “fair”. Just suck it up, obey and trust God.

ACTS 20:22-24
And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. BUT NONE OF THESE THINGS MOVE ME; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. [caps mine]

God is preparing His Army, of which I am one. Will you let Him prepare you? He needs us prepared & desensitized so that what used to “freak us out” will no longer freak us out. We will be able to go places we could not go before because we will have been made ready and will no longer react emotionally to that same environment / situation… WE WILL NOT BE MOVED.

THE BODY OF CHRIST MUST RISE UP TO THE FRONT LINES INSTEAD OF RETREATING IN THIS WORLDWIDE BATTLE FOR SOULS. SOON THERE WILL BE NO OTHER OPTION.

WILL YOU ENLIST? OR WILL YOU BE DRAFTED?

Navigating Storms: Approaching the Thick Darkness Where God Is…

FURIOUS STORMS

If you watch the video above, I think you’ll agree that we all have days or seasons in life where we feel like this ship. I’m in one of those seasons right now… it’s one of those times where I am completely aware of the sovereignty of God and my utter inability to do anything. Just like this ship, I am completely dependent on Him to carry me safely through the storm.

In recent days, I have been trying to be like Jesus and “rest” during the storm. However, the temptation is to act more like the disciples than Jesus:

Matt 8:23-27  Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”  He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Such is the life when you’re following Jesus. Why is there such a misconception in the church and world today that if you follow Jesus everything will be smooth sailing? Au Contraire! In fact, just like with the disciples…Jesus Himself will lead us to the boat, and WITHOUT WARNING, ferocious storms can come up on us in the blink of an eye. In fact, obedience to God will often defy logic and reasoning by the world’s standards and it can feel like a whirlwind is upon you as a result!

So the question is: What are you going to do when the dark clouds come? Are you going to run away from them, hide under the covers or allow deep depression to overtake you? Or will you recognize that God is in them, divinely working out your destiny?

IT IS IN THE GREATEST DARKNESS THAT THE LIGHT SHINES THE BRIGHTEST

The greatest moves of God always seem to be birthed from great seasons of darkness. Take Genesis 1 for example: it was out of great darkness that God brought LIGHT and LIFE to the earth. And in was in a great season of darkness that Jesus was crucified, yet it resulted in LIGHT and LIFE for us today. Just because a season is dark, doesn’t mean God isn’t right in the middle of it.

There is another reference to the darkness that confirms to us that God is indeed in the midst:

Ex 20:18-21  When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.  

Today I am choosing to be like Moses and approach the thick darkness where God is… smack dab in the middle of my storm. I am going to trust and rely on my God who can calm the winds and the waves at His command. I am trusting and submitting to the inward work that He is doing in me to prepare me for what the future holds. I am confident that the storms I see around me are for my good and His Glory. I am trusting for Him to divinely show me every step, and I will obey no matter now unreasonable it appears!

I thank God for the Perfect Storm and rejoice with gratitude in the midst of it all! SHOW ME YOUR GLORY, LORD!

WILL THE STORMS EVER END?

Finally, I want to leave you with a reminder about what to expect after this storm passes and the flood waters recede in your situation:

Gen 8:1-4 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

I looked up what ARARAT represents, since this is where the ark came to rest. It means:

ARARAT: Holy Ground;  a mountainous, volcanic region in Armenia; this elevated plateau of Armenia is eminently suited to have been the center from which the human race spread in all directions. Notwithstanding its high elevation the region is fertile, furnishing abundant pasture, and producing good crops … Some people believe that Noah’s ark still rests on Mount Ararat, and occasional expeditions have been launched to find it. However, shifting glaciers, avalanches, hidden crevices, and sudden storms make the mountain so difficult to climb that it is referred to by the native inhabitants of that region as “the Painful Mountain.” (from International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1996 by Biblesoft and from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (c)1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

This is our reminder that “crossing over” into destiny and the fulfilling of God’s promises in our lives brings new levels of responsibility and surrender. While it is an exciting, joyous time of leaving that stormy season, we will also be stretched to new levels and be called to endure even more treacherous terrain for the sake of His glory. This is a place of ELEVATION the Lord brings us to, from which we spread out in all directions to share the gospel through the testimony of our endurance and obedience. We will never escape the storms. We just learn to navigate through them in peace and trust, knowing that God is in them and is using them to take us to new levels for our good and His great glory.

Here are two songs that have ministered to me in seasons of storms and I pray they will minister to you too.

Many Blessings!