This valley is sometimes deeper than at other times, and sometimes longer than at other times. One thing is for sure, if you are going to mature to become a end time overcomer, you must cross many shadow of death valleys. A shadow of death feels like death, but it’s only a shadow. The feeling of death, is being alive with no feeling at all. It a feeling that causes you to wonder if you are saved, or if I AM anywhere around. Just blank, no excitement, no joy, just blank, unless an anointing happens to fall on you to preach, teach or share the good news! You have not sinned, you have been loving Me and putting Me first, and suddenly you emotionally and mentally, flat-line!
The thoughts run through your head, am I doing anything that counts, where am I in the eternal scheme of things? Deep down, you know I am in this, but things got quiet all of a sudden. I hear your mental questions, “Okay Lord, where are you?” But I AM not going to answer because I AM drawing you to a higher place where the wine is brand new but the danger is greater than you have ever experienced, Luke 10:3 KJV.
Everything is done differently in the new place, so you are going to have to seek Me out harder than ever, and nothing will be familiar as in other valleys. “This time you must seek Me as a blind man and be so determined that you feel after Me, and find Me in the darkness of the shadow, even though in reality, I AM not not far from you at any time My child:  For in Me, you live, and move, and have your being; because you are My very offspring” Acts 17:27-28.
I know it’s a time of confusion and it just don’t make sense which makes things worse, because there is nothing to repent of! Here is what is happening in the spirit realm. I was walking close by your side in a manifest presence as you were walking out your salvation and developing your gifts! Then we came to the end of your tests and trials, having passed them all. I moved to the next plateau across a different valley, I AM actually with you, but My presence cannot be felt, because your hunger and commitment to follow Me must be tested at a higher level in this change. Each valley has its own cross for you to carry, each valley has a new death to die, but this one demands total trust!
This time on the other side of the valley, the world is going to be really bad, something you have never seen before, Matthew 24:21-22. Soon they will tell you you can no longer read My word in public because it contains hate speech, sin can no longer be called sin. The land of the free and home of the brave has vanished and suddenly you are a man without a country. But this time, as you come up out of the valley of the shadow of death you “confess that you are a stranger and pilgrim on the earth.  For you declare plainly that you seeking another country.  This time you desire a better country , that is actually a heavenly kingdom: and because you made it through this valley of the shadow of death, I am not ashamed to be called your God: and you know that I prepared for you a glorious eternal city,” Hebrews 11:13-14,16.
So keep feeling and searching Me out, because I AM right here on the other side of the dark shadow of deaths valley, you are only a few feet from your brightest day!
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but I will arise upon you, and My glory shall be seen upon you.  And the world shall come to your light, and leaders to the brightness of your rising, because you made it through the final valley of the shadow of death,” Isaiah 60:2-3.
~ Jim Hammerle
Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministering with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, a retired businessman, Jim helped feed Ugandan widows and orphans, and helped Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He was His banker and was privileged to give His money away, helping to build a Haiti orphanage and invest in USA lives. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.