Intro From Julie A. Smith:
There's a lot we can learn going through storms. Storms are challenging, no doubt about it, but they can also build great strength, anointing and character, and can lead us right into our Promised Land of inheritance.
Just remember the stories of both Job and King David – their storms AND restoration thereafter were great! Their personal stories of hardship and overcoming adversity still greatly inspire and minister to us this day.
Angela Greenig writes a powerful word of how God "speaks to us through storms". Some of the deepest revelations and encounters I've had were right in the middle of a trial or storm.
Be encouraged in your calling and push through any storms you might be facing as Angela shares: "Are you a King David anointed by God? Don't lose focus, and keep battling through the storm! God wants healing and restoration!"
Many people could be waiting for the very healing and restoration that you are carrying.
Julie A. Smith, Editor
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God Is Speaking To You In Your Storm - What Is He Saying to You?
Job lost everything. In one day all his animals, all his servants, and all his children were either taken or killed (see Job 1:13-19). Job had a great destiny to fulfill, yet he was stuck in a storm. God spoke to Job out of his storm (see Job 38:1), and as soon as God spoke, that Word brought forth life.
It was God Himself who now answered Job. Not his friends, not those who came to comfort him, but God answered him. In His answer, He reveals Job's ignorance about the divine role He had in all the things that were happening around him. God humbled Job by revealing how little he really knew and understood about who God really is.
Friends, when Job realized the breadth of God's plans, his response was, "Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know" (Job 42:3). How often do we speak out without realizing the breadth of God's plan for us? However, through God's response, came first-hand revelation to Job: God's presence, God's mercy, and God's love.
Job's constant prayers and deepest longing was to find God. He wanted to know that everything was still alright between himself and God even though he had lost everything. The Lord's response to Job illustrates that God will come to all who sincerely and steadfastly call on Him, even if our prayers come from a heart of confusion, doubt, frustration, or anger.
God will, in His time, fill us with His presence, His comfort, and His Word. As we stay in fellowship with God, we can endure any trial, storm, and any adversity we are called to endure. We too, like Job, may not realize that God's presence, mercy, and love are with us. His greatest desire was to find God in the midst of his storm, as it should be our desire to find Him in the midst of ours.
Have You Questioned, "Why?"
David was hiding in a cave. David was in a cave with misfits: those who were in distress or in debt or were discontented (see 1 Samuel 22:2). David was a called man with a great destiny, yet he was hiding in a cave with social outcasts. God brought to David these men and women who also had a destiny. David was waiting for a move of God and for the right timing for his destiny to be fulfilled, and also he was protecting the anointing that God had put on his life. God had already told David he would be king. David had his share of trials and discouragement – just like you. We have all questioned "Why?"
David was with Jonathan, Saul's son, when he asks that very same question: "What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?" (1 Samuel 20:1).
I have heard many ask these same questions. I know that you know that you have this great destiny in your very being and you know that you were created for something greater, and yet you are chased by your circumstances that are sometimes beyond your understanding and your control. Like David had to wait, we too must wait. Sometimes, when we are in our cave, we find our answer.
God takes us through desolate times, deserts, and storms. It is during these times that God can speak to us in our circumstances. Seek God. Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness (see Matthew 6:33), because when we don't seek Him and we prefer to seek out friends, we will get a slew of opinions. Friends will try to advise you, "Don't do this, don't do that," but unless God builds it, you labor in vain (see Psalm 127:1).
Job was angry and bitter because he was trying to figure out why these things were happening. His friends were giving him fleshly wisdom. Be careful of who is speaking into your life. What is their motive? Oftentimes, we don't know their hearts, however, God knows their heart (see Luke 16:15).
Push Through and Remove the Obstacles
Friends, when God speaks to you, it will be confirmed in your spirit! I feel that God is giving us this message. In Luke 24:49-50, the Lord says, "'Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.' And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them."
Listen friends, His promises are "Yes and Amen" (see 2 Corinthians 1:20). The word "endued" has a Greek origin, meaning to clothe or put on. The "power" that we are endued with in this verse is referring to power from the Holy Spirit. It means possession of control and an authority of influence over the situations you may be dealing with. My friends, listen, you are entitled to full access of Heaven when you have been clothed with power from the Holy Spirit!
I know many of you are facing storms and hiding in your caves right now. Press into Jesus! Push through and remove the obstacles. God says, "Build up, build up, [and] prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of My people" (Isaiah 57:14). Some of you are facing obstacles in your finances, some in your marriages, in your families, with your children, your jobs, your church, your destiny, and God says, "Remove the obstacles!"
People have been taken captive by the enemy, and they are in a cave, even though they have a covenant promise. What about you? Are you a King David anointed by God? Don't lose focus, and keep battling through the storm! God wants healing and restoration!
Trust the Lord With All of Your Heart
Heavenly Father, You have called us with great destiny and purpose, and today we take our rightful positions and gifting You have given us. No more will we hide, begging for crumbs, because we are the King's kids! We will take our rightful seat of position at the Lord's table. We take rightful ownership today, and we are not running back, we are only going forward, and may Your will be done in our life and may Your Kingdom come.
Father, I pull Heaven down, and I pull Your glory down! I know there are adversities and lies, but I choose to hear Your voice, Lord! Father, just like Elijah went to the mountain to hear Your still small voice, I will listen for Yours. In the name of Jesus, life will come forth!
Friends, whatever your storm is right know, trust the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your steps (see Proverbs 3:5-6). He gives you peace that surpasses all understanding (see Philippians 4:7).
Stay the course and you will see the effect of your prayers. Wait upon the Lord and He will renew your strength (see Isaiah 40:31)! You will run and finish the race! Many called are in hiding, hurting and scared, and yet when we walk in the promise of the Father's love, all things come together for our good (see Romans 8:28) to give us His expected end.
Till the End,
Angela T. Greenig
Angela Greenig Ministries International
Angela Greenig is founder of Angela Greenig Ministries International, is author of three books, has produced two DVDs, and hosts "Justice for All" media channel with XP Media. Angela's teachings and insights come from years of experience on the front lines of spiritual warfare. She is a seasoned seer/warrior for Christ, and is a leading force in deliverance ministry. For the past 27 years she has been a defender of the faith and a voice for those who have no voice, traveling the world, preaching the Gospel and training up the Body of Christ. For the past 21 years she has been blessed to be working on the streets of Seattle, Washington, helping to feed and clothe the homeless and those in need. Angela has built and released ministries in many cities throughout America and in many nations of the world. She has a heart of welfare for the salvation and deliverance of people.