SURVIVING THE STORM
IT SEEMS LIKE THERE IS JUST NO END IN SIGHT TO ALL OF THE
THINGS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH, AND ALL THE
THINGS THAT YOU HAVE HAD TO WALK THROUGH IN LIFE. THE
PERILS OF THIS LIFE SEEM TO HAVE COME CRASHING DOWN ON
YOU LIKE THE WAVES OF THE SEA AGAINST THE SEA WALL. IN
TIMES PAST YOU HAVE FELT STRONGER, BUT RIGHT NOW YOU
FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN WEAKENED BY ALL OF THE STORMS
OF LIFE THAT HAVE CAME YOUR WAY. IT SEEMS AS IF WHEN
YOU TRY TO GET ONE FOOT ON THE GROUND, LIKE SOMETHING
ELSE JUST COMES AND KNOCK YOU RIGHT BACK DOWN. IT IS
AS THOUGH YOUR ENTIRE LIFE HAS ALWAYS BEEN FILLED
WITH  STRUGGLES AND SURROUNDED BY CONSTANT PAIN AND
CALAMITIES. YOU FEEL THAT NO ONE AROUND YOU OR NOBODY
REALLY UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE MESS AND HELL THAT YOU
HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH. YOU WANT TO OPEN UP TO
SOMEONE, BUT YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN'T TRUST NOBODY, AND
THAT THERE'S A LOT OF FAKE AND PHONY PEOPLE AROUND
YOU THAT ARE JUST A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES. YOU FEEL THAT
ALL THEY ARE GOING TO DO IS CONDEMN YOU AND PASS
JUDGEMENT ON YOU. AFTER ALL, YOUR LIFE HAS NOT BEEN SO
PERFECT, SO YOU HAVE ISOLATED YOURSELF FROM A LOT OF
PEOPLE, EVEN THE MASSES, THE CROWD, AND THE NORM, AND
YOU REALLY ONLY DEAL WITH A FEW CLOSE FRIENDS AND
RELATIVES WHOM YOU CAN'T TALK TO, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T
REALLY UNDERSTAND YOUR LIFE. AT TIMES YOU MAY HAVE
SAID "LORD WHY DO I HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL THIS, AND
WHY WAS I EVEN BORN? WHY DO IT SEEM LIKE I ALWAYS HAVE
TO STRUGGLE AND FIGHT JUST TO SURVIVE AND STAY ALIVE?
WHY CAN'T I HAVE A REGULAR AND NORMAL LIFE JUST
EVERYBODY ELSE? WHERE IS MY AMERICAN DREAM AND WHY
HAVE I BEEN PICKED ON ALL MY LIFE? WHAT IS IT ABOUT ME
THAT HELL HAS CHOSEN TO BATTLE WITH ME? GOD WHAT IS
MY PURPOSE? TALK TO ME LORD, TALK TO ME! LET ME KNOW
WHAT'S UP!" THIS HAS BEEN YOUR WHOLE ATTITUDE TOWARD
LIFE, AND YOU'VE BEEN QUESTIONING THE LORD AND
QUESTIONING YOUR LIFE PURPOSE. THAT'S EXACTLY WHY THE
LORD HAS DECIDED TO SPEAK TO YOU THROUGH ME IN THIS
WRITING. THE LORD SAYS THAT "YOU'VE BEEN WASTING A LOT
OF TIME WALLOWING IN A PITY PARTY AND JUST SITTING STILL
IN LIFE FOCUSING ONLY ON THE PROBLEMS IN YOUR LIFE TO
THE POINT THAT THE VOICE OF YOUR PROBLEMS HAS BECOME
LOUDER THAN MY VOICE TO YOU. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO
SPEAK TO YOU, BUT YOU WERE TOO BUSY. I'VE BEEN TRYING
GIVE YOU SOME IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR A BETTER
LIFE, BUT YOU KEPT IGNORING ME AND IGNORING HOW I WAS
SPEAKING TO YOU. I WILL SPEAK THROUGH WHOMEVER I WILL
AND BY WHATEVER METHOD I CHOOSE; FOR I AM THE LORD!
YOU HAVE BEEN BUSY DOING THINGS YOUR WAY AND TRYING
TO FIX ALL OF LIFE PROBLEMS YOUR OWN WAY AND BY
YOURSELF, AS IF MY HAND IS SHORTENED THAT IT CANNOT
SAVE YOU FROM THE ADVERSITIES OF LIFE, AND BECAUSE YOU
WERE TOO BUSY TO SEEK MY FACE I SENT A WIND TO GET
YOUR ATTENTION. I SENT A WIND TO WAKE YOU UP. I CAUSED
THE WINDS TO BE CONTRARY TO GET YOU TO CALL ON ME,
BECAUSE I DESIRE FELLOWSHIP WITH YOU, BUT YOU HAVE
FORGOTTEN ME. YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THE POWER OF MY
RIGHT HAND. MY RIGHT HAND HAS THE POWER TO LIFT YOU UP
OUT THE MIRY CLAY IN ONE DAY. MY RIGHT HAND HAS THE
POWER TO BRING YOU OUT OF THE DUNGEON AND THE PRISON
HOUSE IN ONE DAY. MY RIGHT HAND HAS THE ABILITY AND THE
POWER TO TURN THINGS AROUND FOR YOU SUDDENLY IN ONE
DAY, IF YOU WILL HUMBLE YOURSELF AND CALL ON MY NAME.
MY RIGHT HAND IS MY GOVERNING AUTHORITY, SAYS THE LORD!
YOU DO HAVE POWER TO PREVAIL. WHEN YOU CALL ON ME, YOU
ACCESS THAT POWER FROM ON HIGH TO PREVAIL AGAINST ALL
OF THE PLANS AND WORKS OF THE ENEMY. I AM A GREAT KING,
SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS, AND MY CHILDREN AND THOSE THAT
KNOW MY NAME SHALL HAVE A SURE PLACE OF REFUGE AND
HIDING PLACE FROM THE STORM, AND THE GATES OF HELL
SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST THEM. YOU HAVE YET TO CALL
ON MY NAME. YOU HAVE YET TO COME BEFORE ME. YOU HAVE
YET TO COME BEFORE THE HIGH COURTS OF GOD TO PRESENT
YOUR CASE TO ME. OH' THAT YOU MIGHT COME BEFORE ME
THAT I MAY JUDGE FAVORABLY ON YOUR BEHALF. SUDDEN
TROUBLE WILL HAVE TO BOW AT MY POWER WHEN I JUDGE IN
YOUR FAVOR, SAYS THE LORD! I WILL VISIT YOU WHEN YOU
CALL ON ME, DECLARES THE LORD!


                          
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        Written by: Roderick Grimes of Ensign to the Nations


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