SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. Ensure that the Church you will be a part of can identify what your calling is and can effectively prepare you for that walk. To do that you need a mentor not a friend. So, recognize that a good mentor is not one who will or is supposed to tell you what you want to hear, but will tell you what you need to hear in order to allow you to grow spiritually and in every other area – whether you agree or not, whether you like what they say or not. Your goal is to grow in the Lord, so that you can fulfill the purpose on your life; not find to find friends who say what you say and agree with everything you say and vice versa. Remember 1 Corinthians 4: 15

2. Always be willing to learn and to accept correction. Regardless of all you know, there is always more to learn; and not everything you already know is the truth. Realize also that the mind that is logical, analytical and skeptical will never embrace faith as something that makes sense. Faith is not supposed to make sense. The bravest person is not the one who climbs on a 200-storey building or walks across a high-wire without a safety net; the bravest person is the one who chooses to believe in and serve the True, Living, Almighty and Incomparable God regardless of what everybody else says, and despite the fact that He is not visible to us – all while keeping their eyes focused on reaching the eternal goal. Remember John 3: 16 – 17 and Philippians 3: 12 – 14

3. Don’t ever let your focus shift from your relationship with the Lord God, to other Christians and what they are doing or are not doing in their walk with Jesus Christ. That is a distraction! Do what you need to do for God and be whom He said you are to be for Him; and to know that you must continue to spend time with Him, read His Word. Remember, 1 Corinthians 15: 58.

4. Sometimes there are very painful experiences you will have as a Christian. Nothing exempts us from such circumstances, but having a relationship with God allows us to be confident in His capacity to turn things around and allows us to use what we have learnt to help others. Remember Philippians 4: 13.

5. Contrary to popular belief, God DOES NOT have to tell us everything; He DOES NOT have to explain Himself or His actions to us – He DOES NOT owe us an explanation on any issue. We owe Him our Trust, our Faith, our Service through Servanthood, WE owe Him our lives! So when He instructs, we move! You will know His voice – how He speaks to you, as you continually and consistently read His word and spend time with Him. Remember Isaiah 55: 9 and Proverbs 3: 5 – 7.

Pastor Dr. Michelle Lyston
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Have Mercy On The Poor

Many times within the society, you will hear statements about growing the economy. We are told about goals and targets, but in the midst of growing an economy, the poor are not in the equation. They are long forgotten by politicians and business people, and even some global agencies that promise to deal with charity and such issues.

Oftentimes, the advisers themselves have no idea what it is to be poor. They simply make decisions, oblivious of the realities. Sometimes you will see statements made by various countries regarding poverty eradication. They even have international-level conferences where they discuss and make statements to those assembled, and based on the statements, you wonder if they know where they are living.

Decisions have been made to make the investors happy, while the poor are very unhappy. In fact, they are dying under pressure.

Sadly, the younger generation is drowning under debt, burdened by the weight of what the previous generations left behind. This is not a legacy, this is a yoke.

God showed me a vision where a group of politicians and investors were crossing a river. They were all excited at the prospect of new business deals, but in the midst of all that, the Lord showed that there were two generations. The older generation was trying to catch up, but they could not. While the young generation was in the river trying to cross, the politicians were trying to extend their hands in a simple gesture, but it was only for show.

They didn’t realise, however, that in crossing the river at the pace to grow the economy and please the investors, there were different levels of the riverbed and that the children were drowning; the only alternative was for the Church to step in and save them. The politicians and business people did not even realise what was happening. There are other meanings, however, that will be discussed in articles to come.

One cannot drive an economy at the pace of investors and international lenders. Even when the nation passes the test, the people are failing the test. If we want to see the economy grow, we must put plans and measures in place to rescue the poor.

DEATH BECAUSE OF POVERTY

One billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.

In 2011, 165 million children under the age five were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.

The World Food Programme says, “the poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty”. Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

The Bible, specifically and strongly, outlines in Proverbs 31: 8-9: “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Take a look also at Proverbs 22: 22-23, Psalm 12:5, and Isaiah 10: 1-3, which is a very serious scripture.

No nation must have any laws or decrees that would bring any kind of oppression or further hardship on the poor. When God establishes a leader in office, God judges them based on the burdens borne by the poor of the nation. In fact, that is what defines one’s legacy or the duration of the administration; and when we focus on pleasing the investors and the poor are forgotten, then it brings serious consequences and curses over the nation.

The country urgently needs to revisit the economic policies that it is pursuing.

The Government needs to set up JA Monetary Fund for the Poor. This will assist the poor, for example, with basic items, furniture, education, burial, and health bills.

– It needs to provide nurses’ aides for seniors, especially for the disabled children and adults.

– Coordinate with the private sector to donate skimmed milk powder and diapers to the newborn babies of poor families.

– Have a flat rate on water for the poor.

– Reduce GCT.

– Increase the minimum wage.

– Restore and revamp the free zone.

– Build more shelters for the homeless.

– Have a flat rate for electricity in low-income areas.

– Give more support for farming, not only in promoting it as a viable means of income, but also in subsidising the cost of tools and equipment.

– Lower insurance rates for second-hand vehicles.

– Implement a no-tax policy for new companies for the first three years.

There is much more we can do for the poor, particularly if we want to see the next generation rise to meet the challenges and overcome them for the growth and development of the nation.

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GOT SALT?

GOT SALT?

 

By:  Pastor Dr. Michelle Lyston

 

Matthew 5: 13 says:

 

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

 

God’s Word tells us that believers (in Him) are “the salt of the earth” and so, as Christians – as followers of Christ – we must recognize that in order to have its flavor, salt MUST go through one of two processes – Evaporation or Mining.

 

I learnt that the simplest method of evaporating brine is solar evaporation, but this can only be done in hot, dry, sunny places. The brine – the salt water from the ocean or salt lake – is collected into shallow ponds and allowed to evaporate in the sun.  Evaporation means that it will go under the extreme heat of the sun and that heat is intensified because the brine is put in a shallow pool area so that evaporation takes place even faster.  Further to that, while in the process of evaporation, the insoluble impurities – those things that will not dissolve away, but will have to be found and literally pulled out of the salt – such as sand and clay and slightly soluble impurities such as calcium carbonate settle to the bottom as evaporation begins. The brine is pumped or moved by gravity flow to another pond where calcium sulfate settles out as evaporation continues. The remaining brine is moved to yet another pond where the salt settles out as evaporation proceeds.

 

I also learnt that Rock Salt is mined from underground. Sometimes pressure from deep inside the Earth forces up large masses of rock salt to form salt domes.  Once salt is detected, a drill is used to dig the area and dynamite placed in the holes.  Then the area is blasted and the rocks of salt fall to the ground crushed.  It is then collected/harvested and then brought in for further crushing.  After that, the salt is separated by particle size, and there is further purification so that the non-salt elements are removed to ensure that pure salt remains.

 

 

If we are going to be the Salt of the Earth as the Jesus Christ has instructed us to be, then we must yield to the process He allows us to go through.  There are some of us that will experience situations that are surface-level issues like protocol, how to deal with people at all levels, learning how to serve others well.  The shallow pool the salt water is put in for processing is out in the open where anyone can view it, and that represents how publicly exposed God can allow our situations to be.  But when the heat is added to the situation – when the situation intensifies, then our truths are revealed – our hearts, our attitudes, our fears, our weaknesses and our mindsets.  While all this is happening, many automatically begin to focus on the negatives we may see in the situation, and that is when we find out about our real selves.  It is at that point the enemy of our souls capitalizes on this exposure and uses it to guilt us into running away from the process; but God is saying to us, “Focus on being the pure salt I am causing you to be.”  God is only allowing your ‘insoluble impurities’ to be revealed, not to embarrass or destroy you, but to allow you to see what exists within you that would hinder you fulfilling your purpose and to remove it from you (if you let Him) so that you can be pure salt for His use – to flavor the earth!

 

Interestingly, like the Rock Salt domes, there are those of us that God has to drill, dig and blast into – the hurt, the pain, the rejection, the loneliness, the hopelessness, the depression, the anger, the bad memories, the continual doubting of His voice, the breaking and scarring of our hearts, our deepest (untold) fears, the negative mindset and stubborn will we have, and He has to allow us to go through what seems like a dynamite field sometimes to get us to where He need us to be.  Yet, even in all this, He is digging away at our hearts so that instead of a heart of stone – a hard heart, we have a heart of flesh that is pliable in His hands, and we learn how to love again and live again.  He digs away at our fears and our mindsets to build our faith and confidence and to allow us to experience Him fully and deeply and be pliable in His hands so that our purpose is fulfilled.  He is ultimately training us so that we will accomplish our earthly mission.

 

Revelation:  The salt has to be broken up – shattered to pieces – in order to be effectively used and to cover more ground.  In Genesis 19: 26, Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt, which means she became hardened, inactive, unusable and ultimately stuck in one place – frozen in the position of looking back.  We cannot allow ourselves to become pillars of salt.  If we keep looking back at the past and what we used to enjoy before the process began – if we don’t let go of the old us, old mindset, old attitudes – then we are positioning ourselves to become ineffective, unprocessed and unable to be used by God, and as a result we are aborting our own purpose.  We can’t look back and yearn for the old us and the old things when God is shaping a new and better you.  If we become pillars of salt then we become hard and unusable and we will be left behind.  We need to be broken to be used.

 

So instead of fighting Him on these things – instead of fighting with God through your processing/complaining about the process, He wants us to yield to the process He is allowing us to go through – because He knows what He is doing.  It is through this process that our spiritual muscles are built and we develop our trust and faith in God – our All-Powerful, Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent God!

 

 

In 2 Samuel 22: 35 the Lord says, “He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”  So when we come up against resistance against our purpose we must push back – with the Word of God and by following His instructions, and allow our spiritual muscles to be strengthened.

 

He says in Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”  He knows how to get us to where He needs us to be for Him.

 

Ultimately, don’t stop going, doing or being for God and in God – our Creator.  You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you (Philippians 4: 3).  Remember that you are more than a conqueror through Him Who loved us (Romans 8: 37).  Know that ALL things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to HIS purpose! (Romans 8: 28)

 

So while the process seems like it’s breaking you down in every possible way, let it break you!  Don’t be afraid to be broken, because only then will the pure salt within you be revealed!

#BEPURESALT #BREAK #PURPOSE #PRESS #JUSTSTAYINWORSHIPMODE™

 

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DISTRACTION FOR DIVISION

 

By: Apostle Dr. Steve Lyston

 

Times and Seasons are critical for one to understand.  Divide and Conquer is a term many of us have heard (or used) in relation to physical war or strategic planning.  However, we must recognize that this strategy applies to spiritual warfare as well.    One of the main activities employed in the Divide and Conquer strategy is Distraction.

 

A distraction is something that is presented to prevent someone from giving full attention to something else and it causes extreme agitation of mind and emotions.  The enemy can only operate by utilizing division and distraction to execute their plans.

 

When the negative happenings begin to dominate the headlines such as the race issues and disrespect of a nation’s flag by its own citizens – particularly in the sports and entertainment industries, they are all distractions by the enemy.

 

The watchman in Zion and intercessors have slackened from the wall and many of them have lost focus.  The enemy is trying to regroup and relaunch.  The difference between the forces of light and the forces of darkness is that the forces of darkness are more persistent than the forces of light.  After a victory, the forces of light get complacent. They forget that there is always a fragment ready to regroup to execute their plan.

 

We are in a season where light and darkness must identify where they stand – there is no middle ground.  People have to identify their source of success.  The sports and entertainment industries are what the enemy has been using for years to come against God’s plans and purposes and God is ready to deal with them.

 

Each time the enemy has a plan to carry out something greater, he uses the race card, the gender card, the personal rights card, the political correctness card and so on, to distract people from recognizing the real plan/issue; and those who are not stable in God, especially carnal Christians, will also be distracted.  Even those who are very vocal about racism are the biggest pushers of racism themselves.  That is simply a distraction and many people are falling for the distractions and are missing the bigger picture.

 

It is critical for the watchmen in Zion to get back on the wall and not to lose focus.  Our source of communication is and ought to remain heaven and not the media.  God wants us to connect and remain linked to the Holy Spirit on a permanent basis instead of downloading from the media.  There is a storm coming – a shift and a shake – and the enemy wants to rob as much as possible.  We have to be sensitive in this season to God and the move of God.  We are in a season of being quick to listen and slow to speak.  Every man has to work out his own salvation with fear and trembling, and ensure that there is oil in your lamp.  (Matthew 25)  Don’t be like the five foolish virgins, because every knee WILL bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we want to be on the right side when that happens.

 

So watchmen, don’t be distracted – stay on the WALL!

 

The Lord already gave the word that there will be a dwindling in the entertainment and sports industries.

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THE PROPHETIC WORD OF THE LORD

 

THE PROPHETIC WORD OF THE LORD

September 28, 2017
5:00 p.m.

 

The Prophetic utterances of the Lord given through Apostle Dr. Steve Lyston, Bishop Dr. Doris Hutchinson, Pastor Dr. Michelle Lyston and Prophetess Sophia DiMuccio

Entertainment Industry

1. Dwindling and shaking will take place in the entertainment industry in general.

2. There is going to be an explosion in the Gospel Music Industry – exposure is looming over the promoters, show hosts managers and those gospel music artists that have, through their decisions and actions, caused many to shift their focus from the holiness and majesty of God and have caused people to no longer fear the Lord, but have instead reduced Him in their eyes as equal and common. God is not pleased.

3. The Lord says He is going to deal with very prominent gospel artists very strongly, very harshly because He gave them a great and significant opportunity to win a generation for Him, but they did not sit under the processing He had for them and they followed the wrong flow, and as a result there are many whose souls are at risk because of their selfishness and poor choices; they allowed the spirits of Jezebel and Mammon to lead them instead of following His instructions.

 

       Ministers in Jamaica House

 

Jamaica

1. The Government of Jamaica needs to establish a Prayer Center and pay those Christians who are not working to pray around the clock against disasters that would impact other nations, and pray for those already affected by disasters. As they obey, God will bless the nations mightily. The Private Sector also needs to be a part of this initiative.

2. The oppression on the people of Jamaica is great! Many are crying out for change; and the Lord says “Yes! Change is coming!” The Lord also wants the parliamentarians to get closer to the people, and listen to the problems of the people, then carry out an assessment of what is needed in each household, and give assistance where needed.

3. The Lord wants the Prime Minister to call the nation into a day of prayer and fasting before it is too late – to stop the crime and violence. By obeying, great changes will come to the nation!

4. The Holy Spirit says He shall visit the Blue Mountains in Jamaica – because many evil acts are taking place there.

5. The authorities need to start putting laws in place to have mandatory evacuations in low-lying areas and especially in Port Royal to prevent massive loss of life.

 

International

1. Pray urgently against a disaster in Aruba.

2. Something will happen coming out of Egypt that will bring great exposure. It will also bring great reform to the United Nations (UN).

3. A shaking will take place in North Korea. There will also be a great shaking in other nations. There needs to be great contingency plans in place in preparation for the many disasters that are ahead. No country is safe. These disasters will also begin to expose politicians in various regions who really don’t care about the people, and the relief that they want to divert from the people.

4. Something will take place in West Germany.

5. God is bring many countries back to basics and He is using nature to speak to man and it is key for each person to listen in this season. Many are watching globally to see how different governments will handle the disasters.
6. The oceans and seas are crying out – tsunamis, tidal waves and underwater volcanic eruptions as well as typhoons are pending. (Haggai 2: 21) A shift and purging of nations are taking place as the Lord is coming against unGodly decrees and laws and the abandonment of the poor. (Isaiah 58; Matthew 25) No one can legislate God out of the nations nor stop what He is doing. God is getting the Bride ready for the return of His Son.

7. Many of the Caribbean islands that have suffered serious damage is the result of them opening their borders for the enemy to carry out sinful acts within those regions. God is getting their attention. God says He has seen the wickedness that has been taking place in secret. Many have sold out for cash!

8. As the Lord continues to shake nations, it also is a test for both political sides in the USA to come together and give assistance to the people regarding disaster relief. The Lord says the issue of race is a distraction to widen the divide. Many behind the scenes know it is not about race.

9. More devastation is coming to the USA. The US Treasury will be pressured and drained as they will spend more money than they have ever spent in history to deal with disasters.

10. Indonesia and Paris (France) will be greatly affected by disasters and riots.

11. The Lord revealed that as the sea grows angrier, we will see waves emptying massive fishes onto dry land. This will be a sign to man.

12. Stop building homes near forests as many lives will be lost if it continues. Thousands of lives will be destroyed by fire unless they take heed.

13. Many businesspeople are shipping money away to other regions, but when they are ready for it, it will be gone!

14. October to December we will continue to see worldwide mourning. There is too much evil taking place within the earth and some of what is about to happen will baffle scientists.

15. There are laws that are being formulated to come against Christian believers. When it is released many Christians will be affected! Get ready!! Get ready!!!!

 

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Flood, Famine, Food And Water

Disasters have been afflicting nations worldwide and, without a doubt, have been creating a serious, negative impact on the national and world economies. As a result, growth and development have been involuntarily sidelined in order for government to maintain a grip on things while attempting to repair the damage – physically and otherwise.

Without a doubt, we have entered a new path and a new era. We are now seeing nature speaking to mankind. For years, we have been outlining that there needs to be a plan, both individually and nationally.

From time to time, particular Third-World countries wait until there is a threat to put a temporary plan in place, and after the threat has passed, they go back to square one. If countries are going to become viable and survive, then we have to change the way we think as well as our modus operandi.

Very shortly, different countries will only be focusing on their own welfare – because every nation will be affected by a disaster of some kind. Third-World countries are often looking to other nations for assistance, and that is a mistake. Flood, famine, food and water will be the focus of every nation and it is critical for Jamaica and other Caribbean and Third-World countries to have an excellent contingency plan – particularly since the water in this region is of such high quality. Water will be gold in a time to come, and the recent hurricanes have already proven that. During the hurricanes, there was a shortage of water and the price of water increased significantly. In fact, there were some instances that the price of water per case was 10 times the original price. So water that sold for US$3.99 per case was being sold for $39.99 per case. Some states had severe water shortage.

EMERGENCY PLANS

It is critical that different heads of states begin to work along with UN bodies – especially the FAO, UNEP, WFP, UNISDR, UNHCR,WHO, UNV – to put effective and proper emergency and response plans in place to save lives. Many countries may think they are safe and that they don’t face what another region does. But, natural disasters can happen anywhere and nothing can stop them. They don’t need a visa, they don’t adhere to regulations, and they don’t need permission to occur in a particular place. The nations need to have permanent and mandatory evacuation plans for all those who live in flood-prone areas and those who live close to the ocean or sea. Our seas and oceans are no longer safe and nations are now prone to tsunamis, tidal waves, monsoons, cyclones, typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions under the seas. This is not just about apocalyptic happenings as we find in Luke 21; but scientists and many countries have been interfering with and testing various weapons and actions in the seas and other areas in our environment which itself has a delicate balance, and now things have become dangerous. Marine life is now threatened and many countries, for the sake of economic development, has interfered with our environment, building in areas they should not.

Nations Now Need To:

– Identify the old riverbeds and courses that have been ‘developed’ and built on and pull out of those areas. There needs to be intensive ‘river training’ activities and building of protective walls. More dams need to be built. Food storage must be implemented at both individual and national levels to prevent price gouging, which will lead to famine and starvation.

– Coordinate with churches and other non-governmental organisations to provide support to deal with the spiritual needs of the people. Oftentimes, there is great focus on providing food and other physical amenities, but no attention is given to the mental and emotional toll that disasters have on individuals and as a result, that aspect is neglected.

Serious problems with weather patterns will continue. Tsunamis, earthquakes, flooding, fire, and hailstones will occur. Most geographical areas and landscapes will change. Environmental problems will increase. Food and water will be contaminated because of the high level of activities within the ocean. The fish are not safe, and there needs to be major testing.

There is good and bad that can be found in the midst of a famine, however. Nations and organisations that are properly prepared always have an advantage and will have dominion in times of famine. Stockpiling and logistics are key in moving forward. The question then becomes: Is there enough food, medication or water available globally to deal with a global famine?

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NEGLECT OF SPIRITUAL LEADERS AND ISSUES CAUSE GREAT SUFFERING

By: Apostle Steve Lyston

It is critical for us to find out or to know the reasons or causes for the negative occurrences taking place globally. The number one cause for much of these issues and problems globally is the neglect of Spiritual things and Spiritual leaders. The Church, which is God’s representative on the earth, has a prophetic mandate to be the salt and the light within the earth. The Church has a mandate to deal with the Spiritual issues affecting the world and the continual restoration of mankind. The Church is the unit of people mandated to carry out certain roles, offerings and certain sacrifices within the earth such as Praises, Righteous Acts, Giving, Evangelism, Sacrifice of Love, Prayer. (Hebrews 13: 15, Ephesians 5: 1 – 2, Acts 6 and Acts 10 -14). Furthermore, the Church must carry out Humanitarian Activities and the ministry of reconciliation for certain blessings to take place.

 

There was a time when individuals, businesses and the political sector would give into the Church to carry out the mandate that God has given; and many would give from the blessings they received from God. There were various feasts done throughout the year, especially the three (3) main feasts – Tishrei, Pentecost and Atonement – where people would come and give based on their blessings. God also set the Sabbath aside – whether Saturday or Sunday – where the people would bring their Tithes and Offerings to build the House of God. (Malachi3; 1 Corinthians 16: 2) These days, many neglect to do this and would rather give to the occult, financially support immorality and other lewd activities taking place worldwide. Even the saints have abandoned giving to God’s House and taking care of their Spiritual Leaders. (I Corinthians 9: 11; Galatians 6: 6; I Timothy 5: 17) Many true Pastors have walked away from ministry. Some are hurt because of the betrayals and poor treatment they have received. We have seen much ingratitude being shown and sadly, once individuals and families have received the blessings and benefits after being poured into by their Spiritual leaders, many of them neglect, curse and walk away from the ones who labored with and helped them.

Regardless of how brilliant a person may be or how successful an organization is, certain blessings can only come about for them when it is released by a man or woman of God.

Many criticize leaders about the houses and vehicles they have when they are enjoying their blessings from God, but there is no other profession more qualified to receive the blessings than a Spiritual person who is genuinely serving and representing God. It is interesting that such persons have no problems if a Pimp, drug dealer, movie star, musician or any other profession enjoys these things. Which other profession goes to God on behalf of the people, sometimes sacrificing their own familial relationships, and counsels with them, stand in the gap for them, engage in the processes of healing and deliverance, for them? Can they call the drug dealers, pimps, movie stars and other people they adore and follow to do that for them when they need a breakthrough?

The neglect of Spiritual things and Spiritual leaders have gone up to God and unless we find those leaders like Ezra, Nehemiah, Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31), and unless we restore the priestly order and call back the good priests into full time ministry, where their families can be taken care of and they can focus on rebuilding, restoration and execute their pastoral functions, then we are going to be seeing continued suffering and shaking throughout the earth.

Haggai 1: 3 – 11 says, “Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple[a] to lie in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways! “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the Lord. “You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

Each person reading this, begin to take care of your Pastors. As an Apostle, I have seen the suffering of many good Pastors and the kind of treatment they have received and this is not good for neither the individuals nor the community. Many may say that there are too many churches in a particular area. But as one disappears, so will your business disappear and darkness will begin to take over the community. You will see more floods and disasters. So when you hold back your hand from giving into the house and Kingdom of God, you fail to hold up the hand of your leaders and so you will lose the battle. (Exodus 17: 8 – 13)

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THE TRUTH ABOUT STORMS

 

 

Jonah 1: 4 – 5 says, “But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.  Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load.[a] But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.”

 

There are many debates about storms, hurricanes etc.  According to the Webster’s New College Dictionary, a “tempest” is “a violent storm with high winds, especially one accompanied by rain, hail or snow.

 

Storms come in many ways.  There are storms of life that God speaks to us about in Psalm 46 and He lets us know that He is ever present in our time of trouble.  We have storms to test the measure of our faith and Jesus said in the Scriptures “O ye of little faith…”

 

Storms cleanse the earth, purge, removes old things and brings new things to the forefront.  It uproots trees and even blows seeds to new places.  Storms can even create jobs for the poor.  Storms reveal the hearts of those in leadership and whether or not they truly care for the people and are willing to offer assistance in times of disaster.

 

There are contrary winds which oppose God’s will for your life.  We see it in the Scriptures when the disciples were crossing over and there were contrary winds that Jesus rebuked.

 

In Matthew 14: 22 – 33 Jesus knew that the contrary wind was coming and furthermore He wanted to see if they were ready to go to the next level in the supernatural.  He also wanted to show His humanity and reveal His Deity and power over the elements which He created.  (Read Luke 8: 35; Mark 4: 39)

 

Storms also promote some and bring others to repentance.  There are many Scriptures which tell us that God rides on the very wind.  God speaks through nature and each person may receive a different message.   Storms change priorities, mandates and motives.  STORMS ALSO SPEAK TO US ABOUT APOCALYPTIC HAPPENINGS AND THINGS TO COME.  (Luke 21; Revelation 6 – which are coming).

 

So each person has a message.  But what stood out to me is Jonah 1: 4 where God sent a great wind on the sea – a mighty tempest.  This could possibly be a category 5 hurricane because it threatened to break up a ship.  This came about because of Jonah’s disobedience because Jonah was running from the presence of God.  He did not want to go and preach repentance to the people to whom God wanted to show mercy.  So the question is, could it be that storms are coming up because of the disobedience of some of God’s people who no longer want to preach repentance and have gone in a different direction doing their own thing?  In the midst of all that Jonah was fast asleep in the midst of the boatful of people worshipping other gods.  Jonah didn’t even want to identify himself as a prophet of God until his life was threatened and he had no choice.  Is that what it will take for the prophets of God to do what God says?  In all of it, Jonah asked to be thrown overboard because He knew that it was him and his disobedience that brought on the storm.  It is after that we see the transformation take place with those aboard the ship.  So the Holy Spirit said to me – the storm preached the gospel that Jonah would not!  So when men in different nations throughout the globe stop preaching the gospel and compromise, He will use nature to preach just as in the days of Noah.  And it will not just threaten the lives of the saved but also the unsaved.  We will see many disasters globally unless we preach the gospel.

 

Those governments and organizations who refuse to change direction and refuse to help the poor the fatherless and the widow, and refuse to embrace Godly environment and principles will end up ‘shipwrecked’ and will spend far more than they bargained for to recover from natural disasters.

 

When we fail to listen to God’s true servants, then we will have to listen to the wind and nature that don’t need permission, regulations or visas and cannot be sanctioned, regulated or zoned.

 

 

 

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