MaryLovesLife Ministries-Jan/Feb 2016

Getting to the Heart of the Matter…

12745806_10153532369748040_2066757919156924177_nWell 2016 has started off with promises of God manifesting all around us!

WRITING PROJECT:
The biography I’m writing about international missionary Daniel Scalf is nearing completion! After an 11 month battle with MRSA (which he got from a hospital where he was having heart tests), Dan is back preaching and we were honored to have him with us in downtown Atlanta. We were also able to spend some time putting finishing touches on the first manuscript. We are believing to send it to the publisher soon! Rick Joyner of Morningstar Ministries, as well as Francis Frangipane and the late Bob Jones have been trying to get him to tell his story for years. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS HIS AMAZING TESTIMONY! I am pictured with Dan in the top photo, and several other photos are shown below from our time of worship & Dan sharing with us at Atlanta Outreach Project (AOP).

BEING THE CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS
The HUB Atlanta Church began weekly discipleship classes every Thursday evening @ 6:30pm at AOP, as well as having our weekly church service there every Saturday at 4pm. The power of God is touching people in a beautiful way and Kingdom relationships continue to grow with those God sends our way. We are currently meeting indoors due to weather, but spring is right around the corner and our tents will be up again soon! Additionally, the owner of Kings Glen Apartments (where AOP is located) is building out the basement with a kitchen and meeting space. We are involved in designing it to meet our needs. It can be used for church when needed, but also for our classes and ministry to the community, as well as for the young men in A YOUNG MAN’S HoPE (Home of Purpose & Empowerment), the residential discipleship program at AOP where The HUB provides ministry support.

INNER-HEALING & DELIVERANCE
Every Thursday afternoon is dedicated to inner-healing prayer appointments with clients or anyone who wants to come. There is not a fee, but a love offering is welcomed. God is doing so much in so many people lately, aligning them to walk our their destiny and strengthen their identity in Christ! I am also halfway through teaching another semester of my 12-week ministry school on Wednesday evenings, raising up more inner-healing & deliverance ministers. If you desire a ministry session, or to train for this type of ministry, please visit the RADICAL INFUSION website.

EQUIPPING A GENERATION FOR THE FUTURE
A Young Man’s HoPE (Home of Purpose & Empowerment) is underway and we are so excited to see it grow! Our young men have already become like family and more are on the way! (A room awaits them in the photo below). If you know any homeless young men who need a home and a family, consider sending them to our residential discipleship program. Click on the link above for more information and the intake phone number. WE ARE OPERATING THIS HOUSE BY FAITH AND NEED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS DONATED: non-perishable food (such as canned vegetables, pasta, rice, sauces, snacks, cereals), cleaning products (disinfectant cleaner, cleanser, dish liquid, laundry soap, garbage bags), toilet paper, crock-pots, and a microwave. Or consider purchasing a grocery gift card next time you’re at the store. We had 400lbs of processed & packaged deer meat donated from Timothy House in Jasper GA. We are so grateful! We also have two new young men in need of clothes: shirts XL, pants 32 & 38.

MARY’S UPDATE:
On a personal note, I continue to walk by faith not only for the finances of these ministries but for myself as well. In my first two months without taking a salary, the Lord faithfully brought in everything I needed! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO IS GIVING INTO THIS MINISTRY! Not everyone is able to be a monthly partner, so at this time, the amount coming in is not a promised fixed amount every month. I am still praying for more to partner monthly! Will you ask God if he would have you become a monthly partner with MARYLOVESLIFE MINISTRIES INC? Click the link to find out how. Remember, together we both receive the rewards for the lives that are forever changed by the gospel.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS UPDATE, AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ALL THAT GOD IS DOING!

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Arise! Shine! Wake Up & Thank God for the Warnings…

trumpetsThere is, in our modern materialistic western society, a way to “tune out” what you don’t want to hear and even go to church only to hear what you want to hear. It creates a bubble of false security that often denies that any hard times are coming. Then when someone prophetically blows the trumpet warning call, they are called a heretic or false prophet, claiming that the role of the prophet is not the same in the NT.

I am in full agreement that we need to preach LOVE, release LOVE and introduce people to LOVE. But that LOVE is often misrepresented as only a “bed of roses” once we get saved. On the contrary, while the LOVE of God fills us and brings us unexplainable peace & joy, we enter a war zone with the enemy. And we must teach that we were not given a spirit of fear, and that we have the Father’s direction in all things. We have the ability to hear His voice and be led in the way that is right. Instead, we say it’s not LOVE if we even mention that there is any hint of evil that we may come up against. But LOVE will warn you, LOVE will guide you, LOVE nailed Jesus to a cross for the greater good of all.

My prayer is that the church come out of this “bubble” and begin praying like never before, consciously releasing the Kingdom of God everywhere, and teaching a balanced Christianity of Word and Spirit so we are prepared for what is yet to come. The world is under the control of the evil one… the ruler of the air… and we’re foolish if we don’t teach people how to stand in the face of evil (or if we teach them that the evil in the earth is lessening with time). On the contrary, the greatest manifestation of evil and the greatest manifestation of God’s power both remain to be seen… they will both increase as the end nears… but the Kingdom of God (within us) will triumph over all evil. Even death can’t have us. But we can’t pretend evil doesn’t exist.

The Lord is faithful to warn us day by day and step by step to divert the plans of enemy. Why would we be upset about that?

1 John 5:19-21
We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

Ephesians 2:1-2
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

2 Tim 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Eph 6:12-13
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

2 Peter 1:19-21
We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 5:8-10
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

WHY I’M POSTING ABOUT THIS NOW

All of this pondering of mine has come as a result of a recent prophetic warning from Rick Joyner, and some subsequent responses to it I’ve witnessed on facebook from well known, influential ministers.

Here is my original post from facebook:

“Urgent message from Rick Joyner today from a dream he had last night. Also a link to another dream he had a few weeks ago about Heaven on earth. This same message was in my Spirit this morning and it resulted in my previous status. I also reposted a blog recently of a dream I had in June 2013. The Lord is speaking church! WE MUST PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS AND THE PROTECTION OF OUR NATION! See links to all below…

Today’s dream from Rick: http://www.morningstartv.com/prophetic-perspective-current-events/urgent-warning-isis-coming-america-gate-hell-has-been-opened

Previous dream of Heaven on Earth:http://www.morningstartv.com/prophetic-perspective-current-events/we-are-going-heaven

My blog post: https://maryloveslife.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/i-had-a-dream/

What I said in my facebook status just hours before hearing the warning from Rick Joyner:
I believe we carry the Kingdom of God and are called to release it everywhere we go as a witness to all nations. We can bring heaven to earth in various situations every day. The demonstration of heaven on earth will indeed increase as lawlessness abounds, and multitudes will come to know Him and be saved, but it won’t be a pretty process in the natural. As the end nears, the Kingdom of God will increase on the earth, and lawlessness will also increase. Both will be undeniable and presented to the entire world. There will be no denying that a choice must be made. It will be beautiful in the Spirit as many become new creations in midst of desperation! Humankind has more often needed to become desperate to turn to God than not. That desperation will lead to the beautiful transformation of many!

Matt 24:3-13
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

ADDED  6 HOURS AFTER ORIGINAL POST on FACEBOOK:

There is much controversy over Rick Joyner’s prophetic warning today. Many (even well respected ministers) are saying that the role of the prophet changed in the NT. I don’t agree.

In my own research I found the prophet who gave Paul a not very encouraging word in Acts 11 where a prophet warned about a famine and the disciples responded by sending gifts… “27During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.”

And in Acts 20 – Paul gets a word from the Lord for himself that is not pleasant…he then has the option to obey or not and go to Jerusalem..and now prepared for what was coming, he went… “And now, behold, bound by the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. 24“But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.”

And in Acts 21…it was a warning to Paul. He chose to go anyway which was his to determine the leading of the Lord for him, but I do believe that prophets today are also called to warn when there is prayer or other choices that can prevent whatever is being warned about. “10After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” 12When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.””

I personally do not see any evidence that the role of the prophet changed from OT to NT. Jesus himself was called a prophet and forewarned many unpleasant things. A warning gives mankind a chance to intercede, repent or whatever is needed to prevent a potential outcome. To me that is Papa’s love to advise us!

MORE REVELATION I GOT ONE HOUR AFTER PUBLISHING THIS BLOG POST

If a parent has a dream or is it is revealed prophetically by Father God that their child is at risk of being killed in a car accident on a certain road, OUT OF LOVE the parent will warn the child. They will be very serious when they tell them, and it may even cause a sense of fear to try and rise up. But this is why it’s important to understand the loving heart of the Father. The warning gives the child an opportunity to 1) not drive on that road and take a different route, 2) not drive at all that day, or 3) use extra caution when driving on that road and be more aware of their surroundings. The warning serves to PREVENT the outcome that was at risk. This is the loving heart of a parent, and this is the loving heart of Father God when prophetic warnings come.

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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

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

I Had A Dream…

purple eyeHad a very intense, vivid, staggering dream on June 1st, 2013 that God has reminded me of twice in the last few days. I cannot shake the prompting of the Holy Spirit to again share the message I received from it.

Shortly after the dream the Lord told me several times to be “VIGILANT”. It means: “On the alert; watchful; keenly alert to or heedful of trouble or danger, as while others are sleeping or unsuspicious.”

THE MESSAGE FROM MY DREAM:
We can shelter ourselves from the evil in the world by turning off the media, turning a blind eye, and creating an ideal environment around us and our families that appears free from evil’s impact. But the day is coming where even the comfort of our everyday lives will be impacted and we won’t be able to “turn it off” or turn away. It will impact our personal lives so deeply that it cannot go unnoticed. It is brewing around us in the spirit realm even now, but will not manifest in the natural until the appointed time.

There are people, places and organizations in place now that are not what they appear. There is conspiracy behind the scenes that will soon be revealed. But it will be too late to stop the effects of what has been accumulating. This is not to frighten anyone, but a warning to BE READY, and to teach our children to be ready. The worst thing we can do is create a bubble around them leaving them vulnerable and unequipped. We should not fear if we have Jesus! And we must raise our children to know Him personally! Their generation will experience far more than we will when it comes to evil.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph 6:12) We look in shock on the sudden devastation from tornadoes, etc. But the coming destruction will be aimed even further at the morals of our country, and the morals of our children. A moral-less generation is arising. It will not be an unexplainable weather phenomenon that we have to blame, but atrocities that will have been orchestrated in the minds of people controlled by evil, who have a seared conscious and no moral compass. We will find ourselves in awe that such heinous acts could be tolerated, let alone planned.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS:
Historical evidence shows that the early church grew exponentially primarily because of one thing: PERSECUTION. This is not about us, but about souls for the Kingdom! We won’t have time for a pity party. It’s time to pray & rejoice now, and it will be time to pray & rejoice then, as the greatest harvest of all time begins. We know the victory belongs to JESUS! ARE YOU READY to be a light in darkness? The greater the darkness, the brighter His LIGHT will shine.

MAY THOSE WHO HAVE EARS TO HEAR respond in faith, prayer and Kingdom action.

THERE IS HOPE!
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, click here: http://www.maryloveslife.org/A-Gift-for-You.html

Eph 5:15-17 Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 

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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!

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!