Leading with Friendship Even in Our Darkness

It seems to me that the days of Pharaoh are reliving today under different leadership. While this is going on our Moses is somewhere preparing for the mission to approach the enemy with the same command “Let my people go”. The world is covered in darkness and with the wildfires, storm and destruction, but nothing like the politics of our time. Where are the people of God that are failing to cry out and make preparation for the deliverance is near at hand?

Yes, we are experiencing “gross darkness” that is covering the earth. We are all feeling the effects of ongoing storms of mayhem, dark clouds of corruption and the shifting shadows of subversion. Yes, there is some shifting in the atmosphere and that is saying to me time for preparation.

But lest you think the darkness is only an indication of the devil’s presence, remember there is one greater who alone is Lord of the night.

“And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis1:2).

Before there was light, there was darkness, and both originated from the same creator. Darkness is not always the absence of God for it is He who made it. But not only does God move over the darkness, but He also rides upon it to carry out His purpose. Remember that God uses the same vessel to accomplish His purpose.

He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet. 11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. 12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies. 13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled. 14 The Lord thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice. ” (2 Samuel 22:10-14)

Can you see Him? The captain of the hosts is riding upon the darkness with retribution in His hands, and He has fire in His eyes and a laugh in His belly. The Lord passes through the darkness as if on a joy ride, coming to deal with the oppressors and tormentors. The thickness of night is nothing to Him, for what the enemy uses as a smokescreen, the Lord uses as His transport!

Our dread champion is not threatened nor hindered by the darkness, He uses it as momentum to reveal a greater glory. Because all things are under His feet, even the darkness must submit and yield to His movements and will. But even as that reality should strengthen our hope and build our faith, there is a greater call that He issues to those who follow Him.

He actually invites us into His darkness with Him. When Moses brought the people before the mountain of the Lord where there were thunder, lightning and smoke, an invitation was issued to come in the midst.

And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” (Exodus 20:20-21)

Where the people gave in to their fears and avoided the darkness, Moses pressed in. He knew his master’s voice and had learned to trust Him. He knew there was another unseen reality at work. The darkness doesn’t take us away from the Lord’s presence, it actually draws us closer.

 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitations of his throne.” (Psalm 97:2).

We must understand this, church, in the days we now live. The closer the darkness comes, the closer His presence comes. The thicker the clouds seem, the greater His glory will be revealed. That which seeks to blind and oppress us is that very thing our God rides upon to bring forth His righteousness and justice.

The great deception will not work, for our adversary is about to be unmasked for the fool he truly is. The darkness that he is manipulating for evil intent is the very darkness heaven is counting on to usher in a supernatural revolution. Not just revelation, but revolution! Out of the darkness a glory is being revealed and a people are being empowered which only heaven could orchestrate. Even now, the very places where the enemy’s hordes have set up camp are the very places being prepared for glory.

Saints of God, ministers of the church, my brothers and sisters,  the Spirit of God is yet hovering and brooding over the darkness. The voids that are before us are about to be filled with wonder and majesty yet unseen. He who created this vast expanse with all its shades and shadows has been working behind the scenes, getting ready to reveal another one of His masterpieces. It is the sons and daughters who have risen with courage and fear nothing but Him. It is the promise of Eden returning once again to the earth to display life, light and the wild expanse of His glory. Know that behind every cloud of darkness is a piece of heaven waiting to be born!

But we have a choice. As we face this darkness, we must determine our response. Once again, the people of God are before a mountain. Once again we are feeling the shakings and storms emanating from unseen realms. But this mountain is the mountain of the Lord, and the only access to it is through the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 2:2-4). He is again inviting us to come unto this place where courage is apprehended and boldness is mustered.

Do not make the same mistake as the people of old. Do not avoid the darkness or turn from it. Do not stay on the sidelines or shrink back in uncertainty. It is time to run into the darkness, for it is in the thick darkness that He is sharing His secrets and revealing His heart! Just as He did with Moses, He is calling His servants and those who have been set apart for this season of deliverance that is now upon us, to come into His chambers and fellowship with His Spirit. It is only in this inner sanctum of the fiery mountain where true power and authority can be found.

Understand that this secret place is no longer found in the safety of the pastures or hidden in the caves. No, this secret place can only be found in the darkness, in the storms, in the shakings. It is only when we step into and penetrate the darkness that we will see Him as He truly is.

This means to discard the fear of man and the fear of impending doom and trust in that which you cannot see. Gird up your loins and move forward! It’s time to face that which you dread. Do not turn back to familiar ways or paths of comfort. Do not allow that which you see and hear to turn you aside from this invitation into the dark places where the enemy cowers and the Lord reigns. Do not allow your fears of the dark to keep you from this upgrade in the Spirit and impartation from heaven.

Faith is being matured and the fear of the Lord is being established. For in these days of deliverance, those on the Lord’s side will not be known by their caution in staying safe, but by their courage in penetrating the darkness.

Are you ready to move forward to the next level and face the foes of darkness? It is time to step out in the unknown and see what the Lord has in store waiting for you. This is your breakthrough time and you have to get up and get out for the master needs you. Arise church and start the journey into the darkness for the light of God is about to be revealed.

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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