Surviving The Storm

IMG_2705-0“Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” – Zephaniah‬ ‭2:2-3‬ ‭

The Lord recently showed me a vision in which I was quietly on my knees praying in the midst of a storm. It was as if I was right in the center of a fierce whirlwind, yet completely untouched by it. Though the tempest raged, I was peacefully in prayer in the eye of the storm.

There are times in a persons life, a family, a church, or a nation when God will allow storms of judgment to arise. Yet even in judgment there is mercy. You see, more often then not, the storms come to blow the chaff away.

Chaff is the worthless, valueless, hollow, paper like part of the wheat. It looks like the wheat, often it is attached to the wheat but not only is it not wheat, it renders the wheat useless while it is mixed in with it. So God sends a wind. Being light and hollow the chaff is easily blown away by winds of trial leaving behind a pure wheat suitable to be made into bread. And what is bread, but the body of Christ. So when there’s too much chaff in our lives, our church, or our nation, God sends a wind.

Though the wind is sent because of the chaff, the wheat (being mixed up with it) must face the storm all the same. So how does the wheat survive what is meant to blow the chaff away? By taking a position of lowness. The wheat, being filled with substance, is weighty and clings to the ground as the chaff tries to rise, is caught up by the storms, and scattered away.

When Spiritual storms arise those that are filled with the Spirit of God will humbly bow down, cling to the ground in weighty prayer and be hid from the fierce cleansing winds of wrath. They will take a position of lowliness while the prideful, being lifted up, are caught away. The wheat (a biblical type for God’s people) being made low in the storms, hidden in prayer, fasting, and seeking righteousness, will then be exalted once the storm has passed and they’ve been made pure by it. Having let go of all the chaff, it can then be transformed into the very likeness of Christ. In other words, the wheat can then become bread, the body of Christ.

“Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” – Zephaniah‬ ‭2:2-3‬ ‭

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” – James‬ ‭4:8-10‬ ‭

“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” – Luke‬ ‭22:31-32‬ ‭

In The Eye Of The Storm

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