Motives are being tested among my ranks at this time. I reveal rank and authority to whom, I will. Not all will see or recognize your rank and order. This is a time of revealing. Loyalty is mandatory.
Fishermen throw out their nets and expect a great catch. The fishermen do the job of hauling in the nets and separating what is in the net. There are true fish but there are also bad fish and creatures that cannot be eaten or used. There are also things in the net like trash. Just because there is a large haul doesn’t necessarily mean everything you’ve done is successful. The truth comes out with what remains.
Make no hasty decisions. When you cannot see clearly and fog settles down on your ship, it is the time to stop and wait. WAIT until the matter is sounded, until the fog lifts. When nothing is normal, stop, look at the consistency of Gods word to you up to that point. Go back to what you KNOW is true and wait for God to show you more.
When this fog comes on our ship in the ocean of life, it will test our resolve. Waiting is so important, as many are impatient. If you cannot wait for things to clear out you could be off course or even ship wrecked.
There were three old time ships leaving from their docks with orders from above. They all relied on the maps and star’s for direction. After awhile, all three ships entered a fog that lasted many days and nights. All three ships and crew continued to wait. The Chief Captain had the orders for all three ships. He was in the middle ship.
As the fog continued for weeks, the first ship and crew, became antsy and pressured. The Captain of that ship decided to go on their own. The crew pressed the Captain and said they could make it.
Finally that Captain gave heed to the crew and sounded an alarm for the other ships to hear. The first Captain said he would move out and go through the fog expecting to find their way. The Captain of that ship and crew rebelled against the warnings and the set commands that were issued to the Chief Captain of the middle ship.
After a longer stay in the fog, the third ship Captain was pressured by the crew to go it alone and decided to take a different route and to move through the fog. The middle ship Captain warned them of the danger of moving without sight and stars. When pressured the third ship Captain feared because of mutiny, he gave into the crew instead of staying on target with set orders.
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry,” 1 Samuel 15:23.
The first ship ended up way off course due to a terrible storm. Lives were lost and the months that continued could have only cost them a few weeks. The third ship ended up ship wrecked by hitting rocks when there was no visual to see where they were. Great was the destruction of that ship and it cost many lives.
The middle ship Captain who had the authority over the whole mission, warned the other ships and crews. The Chief Captain of the middle ship told his crew to stay on target and kept telling them to trust God and not move until the fog lifted. The Captain of the host continued to wait; finally the fog lifted after a few weeks and they were able to pull up the anchor and safety arrive to their destination.
The moral of the story is: When you have been called and sent forth into the sea of life and things get foggy and unclear, it is not the time to make hasty decisions. It is the time to stop, put your anchor down and wait for the LORD to give you clarity. Stand there and trust that the LORD will give you clear direction. No matter how much pressure is put on you, by man or other things, continue to resist and stay on target. Many are so impatient when in waiting mode. It is a major part of our Christian walk to be sure HE stays Chief Captain of our ship.
And this word,
“Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear,” Hebrews 12:27-28 KJV.
It doesn’t always “feel” good when we wait. We must learn discipline to wait on the LORD as our Commander and Chief. In His time he will give us our release. When we develop discipline, this is the main issue we must master because He wants us to know our own heart.
The LORD knows the rest of the story, however He wants us to know if we believe him. Why? He wants us to see our own heart.
If we cannot wait on God, we will get into trouble. This is a time of testing for many. Stand on what God has already told you. There are times and seasons when we must trust even though we can’t see a thing.
It is very much like a spiritual fog. Pull back from all distractions and wait on the LORD. Don’t move and don’t get off target for soon you will see and have the break through.
The cost of service sometimes means you don’t do anything but wait. No matter how long it takes. When nothing is normal; Stop, look at the consistency of God.
Remember his works and word he taught you up to this point. Go back to what you KNOW is true and wait for God to show you more. Then HE will say all is clear!
The LORD wants to command a blessing over us! Amen? Amen!
See Acts 27 KJV
“Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small help, whither soever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things, Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace,” James 3:3-18 KJV.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey
Sherry Edwards Mackey
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