I was walking down the beach under a somewhat cloudy sky on a muggy late August day on a surprisingly and frustratingly sleepy and sluggish day not long after my arrival in Jacksonville Beach where God had led me to set up a ministry base after over 5 years on the road full-time for Him and ministry when I knew clear as day the Holy Spirit was talking to me.
I knew without a shadow of doubt He was telling me to turn around and go back not go any further on my walk. Unlike in all the years I lived in rebellion against God foolishly believing I was in charge and control of my own life and could pick and choose everything about my life as I lived for self, I submitted myself to the Lord and turned around. I walked back from whence I had come.
Just as I neared my starting place, not far from my dwelling place of ministry, the sky was fiery dark and thunder grumbled and rumbled. A sizable storm was coming, I could tell, and God in His love and mercy had turned me around just in time to make it back inside to safety before the onslaught of the storm.
God in His love and mercy warns all of humanity in the Bible that the greatest storm of all time is coming as He unleashes His fire and fury against us for our sins against Him whereby the ultimate dwelling place of all sinners who do not surrender our lives wholly to Him will spend forever in torment in hell and the lake of fire.
God so loved the world He sent His only Son Jesus to the earth to live a perfect life, to the cross to die in our place and take all His wrath and the punishment we deserve of hell and the lake of fire upon Himself, and to raise Him from the dead.
So all who turn from our sins, believe in Jesus as Lord and in His death and resurrection, and genuinely devote our lives to God and His ways, are forgiven, given a forever relationship with the Lord, and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
God lovingly, tenderly, turned me around before the storm came. Because I listened, I found shelter from the storm.
Please do not delay. If you have not humbled yourself and given your life over to the Lord God almighty, sincerely living for Him led by His Holy Spirit according to the Bible, may now be the time! Enter into the Lord’s forever shelter – before it is too late!
“”Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”” Matthew 7:21-27 NKJV