Introduction – Understanding God In The Valley

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During our visit to the Bahamas, when hurricane Dorian hit, the biblical chapter of Ezekiel 37 kept coming to me. In that moment, I knew that the Lord was going to send a message, and the message I received, is that God is about to lead His chosen ones to the valley of the shadow of death. A place that no one really would want to go. I knew God was going to start positioning them in some of the greatest intensities of life on the earth that would be unpleasant to our natural senses. It would require great faith and focus on Christ to lead them through. 

Most of the things that God is going to do in the earth are not going to look or feel glorious in the near future. God’s ways are not our ways, yet if we ask Him to show us his ways, He is faithful to do so. God’s ways are at times, seemingly backwards. He says, “Sit at the lowest place at a table and wait for the master to decide to call you up to the head of the table. We tend to think we are qualified to sit with Him in heavenly high places immediately, and we find ourselves at times to rush to the top. Nevertheless, even if we are qualified through the blood of Jesus, we can’t actually sit in that place of authority with Him without His personal invitation. It seems that in God’s kingdom, up is down, and down is up. (Luke 14:10)

Most times Western culture teaches us to produce the greatest glamour, exaggerate the move of God, and make our lives seem as though we are the best and newest thing, since sliced bread.   It’s a subconscious way of training by the world that makes us think that if we’re getting to the top and everything looks great with massive energy, that it is the Lord. Even though at times, God meets us while being energetic, I want to challenge you to think a little bit differently. First, God humbled Himself and made Himself of no reputation, and came in the form of sinful flesh. (Rom.8:3, Phil.2:8) The scripture in itself shows that God will come in the most ridiculous and most humble packages in our lives. It will not look like God when He comes if we’ve been trained that God always appears gloriously flashy. Therefore, I can tell you that we are about to see the big thing be the little thing.  It’s part of what God is working on in the background.  He’s trying to get a people to start listening to the still small voice, instead of the big and loud voice that makes His ways seem huge and broad. Don’t get me wrong, God is huge and broad, but He doesn’t always appear huge and broad. A matter of fact, most of the broad places and big voices that we listen to are not the Lord. It’s glorious for a while, but then later, we find ourselves in want or in dire need. The bible says in Matthew 7:13, 

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Again, God will come in small packages and lead us into a small narrow door that actually opens up to a big package from God. That big package is, God Himself.  But first, we have to humble mindsets, that is, inherit a new way of thinking by being led by the Spirit of God, and then we’ll find ourselves walking like and with Jesus on the earth as He is in heaven. 

One of the things the Lord told me when Hurricane Dorian skimmed by the East Coast of the United States, was that this was a warning, or a wakeup call for America.  In that moment, I thought, “What kind of warning?” and the Lord answered me saying, “It’s a warning to get yourselves together and to start walking close with Him.  My visitation is not going to look like any other before.”  This reminded me of the storm that the disciples went through when they were crossing over the sea with Jesus:

Matthew 8:23-26 – Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

When the storm approached them, it appeared to be terrifying in nature, and the disciples were afraid it was going to overcome the boat and destroy them. In great fear and panic, the disciples woke Jesus up, and when Jesus got up, He calmed the storm and intentionally inquired of them saying, “Where is your faith?”

This portion of the scripture is highly relatable to us as Christians and in our walk with God. You see, our faith should be really in the Lord and not in our fear or what we feel. If He is sleeping or resting during the storm, so should we. Yet the disciples’ eyes were on the storm instead of Jesus. The disciple’s faith was more in fear than it was the Lord, and how He was in rest in the situation. As followers of Christ, we have the opportunity to draw closer to God so that we too can understand how He moves and has His being, otherwise the storms that are coming our way are going to wipe us and those out that have chosen not to understand the ways of the Lord. The warning for America was that if we don’t build our whole life on the rock, Jesus Christ, we will not be able to handle the storms that are coming upon the earth and our country. Personally, I think we’re in for a few storms that will hit our country. I believe that we are going to have a financial, and military storm in the future, and if we haven’t invested all of our strength in the Lord, many could actually lose their minds by the things that are coming upon us. 

There are several revelations of Jesus that are available to all who choose to walk closely on His path that He has prepared for us.  He is about to allow His sons and daughters to truly start experiencing His power in a new and strategic way.  God is going to position many in areas that seem hard or destructive, only to restore them, and raise them up in the nature and wisdom of the mind of Christ.  We must embrace the idea now, that the path that is going to be set before us will not “feel” euphoric or “feel” like the presence of God as in the past. Yet when we choose it, it will be one of the most glorious times we have ever had with God. We will still have our personal fellowship with Him, and there will be times of refreshing that will give us strength so that we can be able to continue walk in what God has called us to do. Also, when we begin walking on the true Path of Life, we will find ourselves non – codependent to having to have euphoria or the emotional feelings of God’s presence. The strength of God within will be our supply, which will be His joy. When we have the strength of God, it enables us to keep our minds on His will without relishing or bathing in the anointing, or manifest presence of God for ourselves. 

     As I continued working and flying back and forth from the States to the Bahamas, God would remind me to study Ezekiel 37. I began writing revelations He would show me along with other knowledge I had receive on Ezekiel years prior.  I feel these revelations will not only help to prepare us for what’s ahead in our lives and nation, but it also will give us a bit of “new” understanding of the Lord, and the valley that we are headed too. We are headed to see God and His glory!

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