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Quit Crying Out “when Lord?” and Start Declaring “now Lord!”

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In a vision during worship at church the other night, I saw a big storm that was increasing in strength. Within that storm there were small whirlwinds that were being raised up from the ground. As the storm intensified, the whirlwinds would increase too fighting against the storm. The whirlwinds were rotating in the opposite direction of how the big storm was turning. Through the opposite of rotation, the big storm finally ceased.

Tempest: a violent windstorm, a violent commotion, disturbance, or tumult.

God says that He is raising up His children to be a tempest, to be the storm within a storm. The whirlwinds represented the body of Christ who was attacked by the enemy. When the enemy tries to send a storm our way we have the authority to fight against the storm. To fight fire with fire! Now is not the time to coward away from the storm. Now is not the time to run and hide. God says “quit crying out “when Lord?” and start declaring “now Lord!””. What we are doing during the storm can shorten the duration of it faster than waiting for the storm to pass.

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

This scripture is used a lot to encourage us that the Lord will renew our strength. But what do we do till then? To “wait” is also an action word, it is a verb. We are to remain active during the storm and not passive. Think of waiting in the context of a Waiter or Waitress at a restaurant. They wait on us by serving. If they were to remain in the kitchen then they would no longer be “waiting” on us because they no longer are “serving” us. What if they were to say “I’m a waiter so I’ll just wait here in the kitchen”? That would not benefit us as the customer, and would not benefit the waiter/waitress who rely on big tips.

We are to wait on the Lord by serving Him. No matter how good or bad things are. Whether you’re at peace or in the midst of a violent storm, we are to continue serving God. We accomplish that through praying, worshiping, studying the word, spending time in His presence. That is how we should “wait” upon the Lord. Those are also the tools we need in order to be a whirlwind to fight back against the enemy.

Acts 1:4-8 (NKJV) And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

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Acts 1:13-8 (NKJV) Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers

Jesus told the disciples to “wait for the Promise of the Father”. But what did they do while they waited for the day of Pentecost to come? They “all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” To pray requires an action, therefore they were not just sitting in the upper room twiddling their thumbs and staring into space. They spent their time in waiting by praying and supplication.

Throughout revival history of the great awakenings is documented of how the people came together to pray. They too waited on the promise to be poured out, but during that time of waiting they were doing something, they were praying and continued serving the Lord.

After we have served God by waiting on Him, then we increase in strength for what is next ahead of us. As the storm comes against us, we too can come against the storm! Don’t lose hope, don’t give up. Walk in the authority and boldness God has given you. No matter how strong the enemy’s attack may be, God has made us stronger through Him!

Be the tempest within the storm. Fight fire with fire. A whirlwind of God’s glory! Be active and not passive in serving God. Quit crying out “when Lord?” and start declaring “now Lord!”

2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NIV) As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

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Mike Gates
www.opengatesministries.com

A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..

A word by Dana Jarvis

I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.

Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!

You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.

However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”

I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!

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Mike is a prophetic revivalist with a passion for evangelism. His desire is for people to be radically changed by the power of God. In Sept. of 1995 God delivered him from paganism & the occult, depression, and addictions. Since then Mike has been committed to telling other's about Jesus. Mike ministers God's freedom, deliverance, and healing. He demonstrates the love of Jesus and believes that actions speak louder than words. Mike carries an anointing to equip the body of Christ to release and activate their God given destiny. Mike and his wife Kim are co-founders of Open Gates Ministries which was started in May of 1998. They are youth pastors and worship leaders. Mike and his family are members of Dayspring Church in Seminole, TX. For more information visit: www.opengatesministries.com