In the tempest there is a temptation to row really hard, but I hear The LORD say, “Be still! Abide. Be still. Linger in My Presence…”
I awoke this morning with these words whispering in my ear. It was 6:36 and the bright sunshine was already streaming in the bedroom window.
I lay wondering if I should get up, but felt the urge to close my eyes and relax a while longer. I immediately fell into a vision and Jesus started speaking to me.
In the vision, my husband (of 39 years + 3 days), comes to me with a fancy silver-handled basket holding a piece of buttered toast cut in half, with beautiful red jam.
He is dressed in a comfy t-shirt, yet he presents this elaborate silver basket with a long handle, to me, like a butler at a tea party with the Queen.
In my spirit I hear the words, “Papa Jones sent this for you.”
Even though Bob Jones is gone from the earth, he is here somehow, sending me a message. I see him as he was in his chair, relaxed and teaching.
Words of wisdom pouring out to a group of us eagerly soaking up every crumb, as his words flow from the Father’s heart.
My husband represents the late Prophet Bob Jones, whom I didn’t know until the last year of his life. Although I never met him personally, I’ll never forget the one day I was led to listen to him on a recording, after he had passed away, and I experienced my first encounter with the Glory, manifested in an explosion of gold dust all over my hands, Bible, my clothes and all around me.
I received an impartation that day, and Bob became a mentor of sorts to me. Now to hear the words, “Papa Jones” was a surprise to me. A term from the Father, our ABBA, our Papa.
He was providing a luxury in a very simple manner, and teaching me a lesson at the same time.
I heard The Spirit speaking…. “Peace, be still. The storm has passed. If you will abide in Me, I will abide in you. When you have learned to abide, the outward storms will not affect you.”
Right now there is a temptation to come running out of our four walls and start scurrying around just like we used to do. But I hear The LORD saying,
“You can do nothing without Me and I AM not in the scurrying, I AM in the rest.
Linger at My feet, listen to My still small voice, gently teaching you to relax in Me.
The storm in your soul has passed and when you believe that and speak that out, the storm around you will cease to matter. Come, stay a while longer, and you will learn the lesson that is so hard to learn.
Mary learned it, but Martha didn’t. Enter into My Rest, enjoy the time of quietness that you still have. A time is coming of civil unrest, where everything around you will look like chaos has erupted.
People will fight with each other, Christians fighting with Christians, slander and accusations being hurled at each other, and there will be no peace for the wicked.
Only in Me will you find peace and true rest for your soul. See, I AM feeding you tea and toast for you to eat at the banqueting table with the King.
The enemy will look on and be enraged, but you will have peace and enjoy My Sweet Presence in the midst of the tempest.
I AM providing the perfect storm to teach My People how to abide and learn to rest in the midst of chaos.
I want to teach you how to cause the chaos to cease. When you enter My Rest you will be able to look at the chaos and say to it “Peace be still!” and the chaos will flee and you, My Child, will bring the peace into that chaos.
Don’t become part of the chaos. Stop looking at the why’s and how’s of what is happening in the world right now, for it has distracted your attention from lingering with Me.
This is refining moment in the body of Christ. This is My Refiner’s fire.”
“He brought me to his banqueting house and His banner over me was love,” Song of Solomon 2:4.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me,” John 15:4.
“For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His,” Hebrews 4:10.
“22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” ” Luke 8:22-25.
~ Heidi Bryden
Heidi Bryden is a devout follower of The LORD Jesus Christ, whose desire is to hear and obey the calling on her life to serve Him, through sharing what the Holy Spirit impresses upon her through poems, dreams, and words of knowledge.