How A Hurricane Taught Me God’s Voice


My first encounter with hearing God’s voice occurred with Hurricane David on August of 1979.

I had just given my life to Jesus Christ.

We lived on Key Biscayne Florida, which is an island surrounded by water.

My father, and my now deceased mother, were getting divorced and my father had left our home.

When Hurricane David was tracking across Santo Domingo, I I heard the voice of God, for the first time.

He told me that David would not hit Miami.

I told my parents that God had spoken.

Many people are shocked when hearing that God speaks personally.

I don’t know why that is so strange.

If He created the mouth, why should He not also speak?

I was an impulsive young man, full of faith in the God who had captured my heart, with His love.

David, however, was zeroing in on Miami.

Forty eight hours before arriving, the Key Biscayne Police Department drove through the island recommending everyone to evacuate.

I told my family!

“I am not leaving, because God told me that the hurricane is not going to hit. I am going to prove to you that God talks to me.”

We boarded up the home and my mother, brother, and sister left for a Holiday Inn, just outside Key Biscayne.

I remained with my Living Bible, a weather radio, and a few flashlights.

With the eye of the hurricane now 10 hours away, light rains began.

I watched TV and read verses from the Bible.

The winds and rains strengthened.

Suddenly the power went out!

With the lack of noise, I could plainly hear the ever-increasing winds.

My mother telephoned and pleaded with me to come to the Holiday Inn.  I panicked.

I got the keys to the car to leave.

When I opened the front door, violent winds and horizontal rains bombarded me.  There was no way out.

Trying to phone my mother, communication had dropped.

I did not know if I had heard a demon or God!

It was 1:00 AM.

The eye of David was to hit Miami at 6:00 AM.

My weather radio also lost power.

The only sounds were the screeches of the winds which became more boisterous by the minute.

I was petrified.

I got my Bible and the flashlight and read from the Book of Job.

It’s when we step out unto the fragile limb of faith that the Lord acts.

With flashlight shining on the giant print Bible I read.

Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

God spoke to Job out of the whirl wind!

God was now speaking to me out of the whirl wind!

Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

The behemoth in the King James Version is cattle or a water buffalo, or a rhinoceros.

But as I read this scripture, my flashlight hit a darkened part of the wall, and landed upon a huge white moth!

Behemoth….moth!   The timing could only be God’s!

At 3:30 AM the winds increased all the more.

I got angry at God. I ranted. I climbed on top of a chair and shook my fist.

“You told me that the hurricane was not going to hit.” You are lying to me, I am going die out here.”

God answered Job and me from the whirlwinds.

He rebuked me for my panic attack!

 Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

7  Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

8  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

9  Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

Then in Job 42.

Job 42:8  Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

When I read “my servant Job shall pray for you”, I dropped the Bible, fell on my face and unto the cold white tile.

“Oh God, please forgive me, I was wrong. Please make the hurricane turn around.”   

For ninety minutes I prayed, face on the icy floor.

The winds intensified the more.

I increased my prayers.

After an hour, with my face still buried the winds began to decrease.

By 5:00 AM there was a substantial reduction in the wind speed.

I kept on praying.

By six o clock the winds were only 50 miles per hour.

The eye of hurricane should have been on top of Miami.

I had no electricity or phone. I had no idea what occurred.  I fell asleep exhausted.

Later I learned that at 5:00 AM when David was over the Bahamas, its steering currents shifted and prodded the hurricane northward.

What a miracle!

This is how I began to hear and learn the voice of God.

In the photo, notice the slight jog of the hurricane to the north very close to Florida. This is when I was praying.

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Effective Church Growth


This scene is from El Orno, Nicaragua, last year.

We had been on a ministry trip and were visiting the home of a local pastor.

His daughters were sick.

As the power of God stirred, folks from an adjacent church saw it and rushed to us.

It reminded me of the Book of Acts.

Those who suppress the power of God commit spiritual suicide for the growth of the global church occurs mostly by the power gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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An Angel Standing in the Sun


Re 19:17  Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the great supper of God,

How powerful is the sun?

In Revelations an angel is standing in it.

 Hebrews 1:13  But of which of the angels has he said at any time, Take your seat at my right hand till I put all those who are against you under your feet?

The Christian is given a seat with Christ on His throne at his right hand.

Angels do not have this honor!

Who is ultimately more powerful, they or us?

 Philippians 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

The power belonging to a resurrection life which will last forever is greater than the power of the sun, which one day dies.

God will remove both sun and moon and His glory will be left.

Paul’s pursuit was to know the Christ in him experientially and progressively.

Secondly, was his quest to know the power belonging to Christ’s resurrection experientially and progressively.

This amazing power is gradually revealed as we obey.

It’s not what we do, but what Christ does through us.

It’s our observation of God’s resurrection power at work in us that is key to victory.

Someday our knowledge of this power will allow us to stand in the sun if it’s still there.

How much power do you have in you? Is it enough to stand in the sun?

Make it your goal to progressively and experientially know Christ’s resurrection power.

This is no easy task.

It takes time with Jesus.

Yet, very few things matter as much.

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What Are Spiritual Gifts?


I Corinthians 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

Verse four tells us that God has given to the church an assortment of spiritual gifts.

Verse five says that God has given a variety of ministries and offices to Christians.

Verse six says that God administers His gifts and ministries in many ways, according to the person whom He works them through, and the situations in which He releases them into.

Verse seven says that spiritual gifts and or ministries have been given to every Christian, and none is exempt!

No one has the luxury of being a passive onlooker, and no one has the right to prohibit the manifestation of the Spirit through another believer.

Verse seven says that the purpose of spiritual gifts is to the manifest the Holy Spirit, which without them, would make the reality of God undetectable.

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The Unending River of God


The goal of freedom in Christ is to allow the Holy Spirit to become the undisputed and unhindered leader of your life. Nothing is as vital as this if we are to see life changing things impact people’s lives. Towards the end of the service at Silver Springs Vineyard Church of Nyack I suddenly got a vision of a powerfully moving river teeming with the waters of life. Since the river was flowing downstream by the force of gravity, nothing could stop it. God told me, this is the river of my Spirit that I wish to release today. Because gravity pulled it forwards, I had to do nothing but stretch out my hand and let it flow out of me. The first person we prayed for a was a little lady in her 70’s. She was so massively touched that she leaned against the wall, out in the presence of God. I believe that for nearly two hours the river flowed to many and yet we did nothing but to stretch out our hands. Jesus is beautiful.

Do You Have The Faith of Abraham?


The Faith of Abraham

Romans 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk (Greek: march as a soldier ) in the steps (footprints) of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

The faith of Abraham is a military walk after the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Do you follow God’s voice as a soldier does the commands of a general?

This is the key to true success.

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead (corpses), and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Abraham once and for all, as something which had been settled, believed God.

He agreed with what God said about him and not what circumstances dictated.

Who is this God whom Abraham believed in?

Abraham believed in the God whose nature is to continuously give life to dead things which are so dead that they are corpse like.

This way it’s God who does the work in you and not you in your own strength.

What situation do you have in your life which is as hopeless as a corpse?

Rejoice, for its right where God enjoys working the most. God loves to work with dead things!

Abraham also believed the God who continuously calls the things which are not, just as if they are. The word “as” is a very interesting. It means in the same manner as, or having the same content.

So Abraham believed the God who calls the yet not existing things as if they had the same makeup or content of fully existing ones.

Romans 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

Abraham, with all hope gone, believed upon a foundation or structure made up of hope, that upon this foundation he might become the father of many nations, in relation to the voice of God which told him that he would.

Do you place your walk with God upon a foundation of hope, and the expectation of what He will do?

Romans 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead ( now in a permanent state of a corpse) , when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness ( the corpse-likeness) of Sara’s womb:

It says that Abraham did not consider, or focus his understanding on the functions of his own body which wrtr now in a state of a corpse and also the corpse likeness of the womb of Sarah.

20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong (Receiving God’s power) in faith, giving glory to God;

In the view of what God has promised him, Abraham did not vacillate between two completely opposite outcomes but was strengthened knowing God’s ability and knew that the only outcome would be the one which God promised him.

What outcome do you believe for, yours or God’s?

21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

Persuaded means to be fully carried.

Abraham allowed himself to be fully carried into the opinion that what God promised him, He was able and capable to fully complete.

What about you?

Do you have this type of confidence in the Almighty.

God wants you to!

 

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