A Shelter in Time of Storm
by Ernest Angley
You as a child of God need not be afraid of the storms of life. There is nothing to fear, nothing to worry about, for the Lord is your shelter. The great I–Am stands by you, a strong tower that cannot be destroyed. The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe (Proverbs 18:10).
Run into that strong tower, the blood–name Jesus and be safe. Use His name. Many righteous children of God live beneath their privilege by not using the wonderful, all–powerful name of Jesus, that strong tower they could run into, a tower that would keep them safe from the storm.
Jesus said, Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27). Why let fear take you over when the Lord has given you His perfect love to keep you delivered from fear? He declares in His Word that there is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (I John 4:18).
If you are bound with fear, just open up to God and let His love flow in. God’s love destroys fear. His love is the greatest power in Heaven or on Earth, and rivers of it are furnished to you. God wants to give you more and more of His love, more than you could ever imagine, more than enough to serve everyone you come in contact with. There is no shortage of God’s love, only a shortage of containers that will accept it and serve it.
The blood name of Jesus will wash you clean, wash all your sins away; and the love of God in that name will be yours to use against the devil to put him to flight. Some of you have been afraid much of your life; afraid of this storm or that problem. Why be afraid when the Lord said to fear not? Through the blood of Jesus you can trample devils underfoot and not be afraid.
Jesus worked to get fear out of the disciples. They saw Him feed five thousand with just five loaves and two fishes. The multitude ate their fill, and still twelve baskets of food remained. However, only hours after seeing such a miracle, the disciples were overcome with fear. And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid (Matthew 14:22–27). What a storm it must have been! But in that storm, Jesus walked the waters to come to them, showing them they had nothing to fear. That’s our Jesus, our shelter in time of storm.
Jesus walked the waters that night to teach His disciples a great lesson. He knew fear had seized their hearts. Now He would demonstrate He meant just what He said, that His powers were real, that they had nothing to fear, nothing to worry about. But Jesus first had to identify Himself. He told them to be not afraid, it was He.
I don’t think the Lord should have to keep identifying Himself to His children. His promises are true; He should be so real to us in this final hour that we know Him at all times. Jesus is the one who will walk our stormy deep, the only one who can really walk it for us. Yet often we put more dependence on the hands of man than on the name of Jesus!
For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me (Hebrews 13:5,6). Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:30). The Lord will be with you in sickness, in health, in times of prosperity, in troublesome times when you don’t have enough money to make ends meet.
Worry Is Not Faith
Worry is not faith; faith is not worry. You hinder and delay the answer from the Lord through doubt and fear. Jesus was very plain in telling us to trust God and not to worry: Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:30–33). If you are fearful, you won’t reach out to seek God first.
When you are afraid to reach, afraid that God will not supply your needs, you don’t believe the answer will come. Get fear out of the way so you can see through the eyes of God’s love.
Jesus told you to not be afraid; He is always ready to help you and be with you. Remember, His very name is such a shelter that you can run into it and be safe. As you go into the power of His name with the faith and the love of God drawing you, you are protected. You know everything is going to be all right, the disease healed, the heart re–created, the need met. You know you are not going blind; you are going to keep your sight, keep your hearing because these things are the will of God for you. You don’t have to be afraid: God has the cure for incurable diseases. He is your shelter, your healer. For I am the Lord that healeth thee (Exodus 15:26). Decide that the Lord will do it. He has all power. He is the one who made you, who loves and cares for you.
It’s time to stand tall, to live in the name of Jesus, think in the name of Jesus, pray in the name of Jesus and walk in the name of Jesus. As you work and walk and love in the name of Jesus, all Heaven backs you up. The Rock of Ages is your shelter, your Savior, your Lord, your great high tower. In Jesus you are not in bondage. Through the eyes of faith that the Lord gives you, you look far beyond man’s limitations to your blessed shelter in time of storm.
Some people are always searching out a place of protection from their tomorrows. Jesus said, Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (Matthew 6:34). Why worry about tomorrow? Know that tomorrow you will be trusting and serving God. He performs miracles, and so if you need a miracle on tomorrow, know that you can have one. God performs healings, and if you need a healing on tomorrow, He can heal you. God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). If you have a need, know it can be supplied. Know God’s promises so thoroughly that the devil can’t talk you out of any of them.
Some people say the Lord is going to look out for them, but the devil gives them a little shake and they forget God’s promise. Fear enters. This is not the way to trust God. Run into His name, your high tower, your shelter. He has all the strength and help you need.
Use the Power in Jesus’ Name
No storm, no power can destroy the name of Jesus. You have been given that name, a name with all the power of Heaven in it. His is the only name I use when the devils are cast out, when the blind receive their sight, and the crippled begin to walk. The name of Jesus is the only name that brings miracles, miracles to people. Untold hundreds of thousands have been healed through His name.
Recognize the greatness in the name of Jesus. When you pray in that name, be aware of its power. That name connects you, as a child of God, with Heaven instantly. When you say, In the name of Jesus I come, the door to the Throne Room is wide open. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). It’s a time of need, and you have help. Stop walking the floors in worry. You’ll wear out your shoes. The nights are made for sleeping. Remember who you are in the Lord and what is offered you. You as a child of the King carry His name. With the name of Jesus comes a divine blood permit to use all the power in that name, power to defeat every storm of life.
Do you depend on self and exclude God? Are you trying to build a little shelter for yourself instead of trusting God’s shelter? People have built all kinds of houses they thought would withstand any storm, but the storms came and the houses fell.
Build on the Rock, Christ Jesus. If you have the sure foundation, you don’t have to worry about your house, about your tomorrows. God holds your tomorrows in His hands. In fact, He holds all eternity in His hands. God is the power of eternity, a power He makes available to you. The privilege of tapping into that power any time you need help is yours.
You can call Jesus anytime.
Don’t wait to call Jesus only when you are in trouble; praise Him for all He has done for you in the good times. Praise Him when you don’t have a pain—make a joyful praise!
God Healed Me
Countless nights I have gone to bed praising God because I had no pain. I had started preaching when I was eighteen, and then at twenty–three, I was struggling on the stormy deep, and it looked as though I would surely die. I couldn’t understand it. Why, Lord, would you call me to preach, gift me with preaching and let me die so young? The storm was raging more fiercely all the time. I wasn’t afraid to die, wasn’t worried about the state of my soul. I knew I hadn’t committed any sin against God since He had saved me. I knew I was holy through and through and if I died I would go straight to Heaven—but I wanted to stay here and preach. However, my condition was steadily growing worse. My body went down to almost a skeleton, the flesh was melting away and the pain unbearable. If I ate, I died deaths; if I didn’t eat, I was starving. What a storm it was!
Tossed in all directions, I seemed to have no faith left. Fear entered, and hope was leaving. Then a little before ten o’clock one night in that awful storm, Jesus came and made me every whit whole. I found I had had my shelter all the time because I had built on the Rock, the solid Rock Christ Jesus. There was nothing between me and my Lord. He walked my stormy deep; He came to me and brought me good health that has lasted for years and years. Later the Lord reminded me that He hadn’t healed me of just one thing; He had healed me all over, for there were many things wrong with my body.
I hate pain, and try to defeat it for everyone through the name of Jesus. Many times the Lord will move on me to ask people: Wilt thou be made whole? Wilt thou be made whole? I discovered that just as you can have your whole soul saved at one time, you can have the whole body healed at one time.
Do the Simple Things
Some of you feel you are straining your faith to receive more than one miracle. But it’s just as easy for the Lord to heal you all over as it is for Him to heal a single problem. Why would He give you a heart miracle and then let you die of cancer? Why not take all the healing you need? Why not ask the Lord to recreate your heart or any other part that needs to be re–created? He is still able to create and re–create. He created you in the first place. He doesn’t say, Why, this might work…but then again it might not. The Lord never experiments; He knows exactly how to repair you.
Jesus made receiving very simple, but you must be close to Him to believe His words. He said, And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover (Mark 16:17,18). Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it (John 14:12–14). Do you believe it? If so, you will be healed.
The mother of Jesus gave the formula for receiving. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it (John 2:5). That’s all you need to do: whatever He tells you. No matter how simple, take care of what He tells you to do. God doesn’t need people to perform great feats for Him; He needs people to obey Him in the little things. God takes care of all the big jobs. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now (John 2:7–10). Even a child could fill the waterpots; it was a simple thing Jesus told the servants to do. They couldn’t turn the water into wine, but they could obey the Lord.
This wonderful new wine wasn’t fermented. It didn’t make anyone intoxicated. Jesus came not to intoxicate you with wine, but with Heaven’s Spirit, Heaven’s love, Heaven’s joy, goodness and greatness. He is the one to depend on; He is your source of supply, your shelter.
Run to Your Strong Tower
In this last and final hour, great fear is seizing many hearts, those who have not run into the shelter of the Lord. The Lord said men’s hearts would be failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (Luke 21:26). If you’re full of fear, then you don’t have a heart that Heaven is pleased with. Spiritually sound, you would not live in fear of the condition the world is in today.
The Bible tells us what the last days will be like just before Jesus comes. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come; For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (II Timothy 3:1–7).
The name of the Lord is a strong tower in these perilous last days, stronger than all the storms that may come your way. How foolish to worry when you have nothing to worry about, when the Lord is in charge of your life! Whenever you begin to doubt the Word of the Lord, you are foolish. You could be strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power (Colossians 1:11).
In God’s shelter, you have His glorious power to strengthen you mightily. All the shelter you need is described in Psalm 91: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
You either trust God to be your refuge, your shelter, or you don’t. Your faith is either in God or in something else. If you try to divide your faith between man and God, faith is so weakened that God is not able to operate for you in anything other than a hit–skip–miss fashion.
You are to be a faith person. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews, the faith chapter, tells us how people lived—by faith, by faith. God wants you to cooperate with Him, to be obedient. He has promised to deliver you, to be with you in time of trouble. What a shelter He is!
Run into the name of Jesus; in other words, clothe yourself in His name. When you do, you clothe yourself in His blood power. The blood power of Jesus cannot be destroyed; it is eternal, divine, and you who are born again have been made partakers of that blood and all the power it brings.
God Spared My Mother
The name of Jesus thrills us through and through when we say it in all the power of its grace, when we say it in faith believing. So many times that name has been spoken when a loved one was facing the jaws of death, and the Lord gave that loved one life.
There was a time some years ago when my mother lay unconscious. Nothing had been able to restore her to consciousness. When I reached her bedside she did not respond to me—and she had always recognized my voice. Now it didn’t mean a thing to her. I was helpless. I never thought I would see my mother like that; it was devastating to me. Then the Spirit of God took me over, and the Lord moved on me to say the name Jesus. I leaned over. “Jesus,” I said. She didn’t move. I said, “Je–e–e–e–sus,” and she still didn’t move. I said it several times. Her lips began to tremble. The name of Jesus was making contact. Because she had so much of Him on the inside, His name penetrated into her innermost being when no other name would reach her. I said, “Jesus is wonderful.” She spoke for the first time: “Jesus is wonderful.” I don’t know how many times we repeated the words, Jesus is wonderful. Although her eyes remained closed, she said the words in a joyful way. Finally she opened her eyes, looked up and said, “Goodnight,” turned over and went to sleep. The next morning she woke up and was all right. I learned that you can get into any child of God with the name of Jesus. Even in a coma, the person will respond in their very soul to His name. Jesus is in that soul and gives the person the strength to respond.
Come to the Healing Shelter
In this Jesus shelter we have everything we need, all the peace, joy, wisdom, knowledge, strength. Everything is supplied through the name of Jesus and the mighty love of God. God didn’t only give Jesus His name, He gave it to us. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
When God gave us the name of Jesus to use, He gave us all the greatness of Heaven, all the peace and joy for time and eternity. Jesus proved God’s promises are real as He demonstrated again and again what the power in His name would do. Read of His mighty works in the Word of God.
Jesus sent forth the seventy into the harvest fields of souls. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name (Luke 10:17). Jesus is still manifesting Himself through the lives of His people today. Your I–Am, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Speak the name Jesus and devils flee. I speak the name Jesus and thousands are delivered in moments of time in the overseas crusades; the devils have to go out of the people they are possessing. It is marvelous to see, to hear, to know what God is doing at a time like that! His works are beyond the human mind, and they’re all done in the name of Jesus, our high tower, our shelter, our joy, our greatness and our help for a lost and dying world.
In this wonderful shelter we can invite the weary, the sinful to receive salvation. Our shelter is eternal, remember, not temporary. Because of our shelter there will be no storm in eternity for us. We will live on throughout the ages and never grow old. Man in Eden was to have had this shelter, but he lost it through sin when he sold out to the devil, and the storms of life were his. How awful to be in the storm with no shelter! Man and woman left that shelter and went out into a terrible storm, not knowing, really, where they were going.
For many, many ages man didn’t have this great shelter in the name Jesus, but we have that name today, that high tower. We have the privilege of running into this name any time, running into this power, using this power, all the power Jesus used when He was here on Earth.
In this shelter you have nothing to worry about. You are in the healing shelter, the shelter with healing for all manner of sickness and disease. Let go of fear; don’t be depressed or in despair. Under the wings of the Almighty, you are in the shelter of His great love and grace where no power of the enemy can stand. In His favor you have found a hiding place, a resting place, a place of healing for soul, mind and body. Always remember you have a shelter in Jesus Christ no matter how rough the storm. Rejoice that you are hidden away in Jesus. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness (Isaiah 41:10).
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower (Psalm 18:2). Since He is all of that to you, why shouldn’t you trust Him? Why would you ever doubt Him at all? Why put up with the world’s bondage?
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36). When the Son sets you free you are no longer a slave to the devil. Sickness comes from the devil. He has no legal right to afflict God’s property. Don’t give away your rights. Don’t accept sickness because everyone else gets sick. Think of those who recover, those who are healed, delivered. It’s the will of God for you to be healed. The Lord wants you to be well, to live in that healing shelter, the name of Jesus.
There are all kinds of diseases on this Earth today; many people are sick and afflicted. No matter how much knowledge medical science brings forth, it’s never enough. Billions have been spent on the cancer cure when all the time we have that cure in the name of Jesus. Thousands have been healed of cancer through that name. Recently a woman told me she went back to the doctor, and the finding was no more cancer in her breast. God had taken care of it. There is a name, a shelter with all healing power in it.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9–11). All demons, even Lucifer himself, one day will have to bow and confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. You don’t have a weak shelter; you have shelter stronger than all the powers of life, stronger than Heaven and Earth. They will pass away, but this shelter will stand forever.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (John 1:14), and the Word will endure forever. Why not accept your miracle? Why not reach out and touch the Lord? Why not decide a healing promise in the Word of God will be your point of contact, and you will be healed? You can be free; man can’t free you, but Jesus can with healing from Heaven.
You who are fearful, weary, suffering: Why not come out of the storm and find refuge in your shelter? I was overjoyed to get out of that storm of suffering and into my shelter! Peace for my body had come at last. When your soul and body are at peace with the Lord, it’s almost Heaven.
A Glory Umbrella
The Lord sheltered the Israelites with a glory umbrella, but I can think of an umbrella greater than that: God’s great love through the blood of Jesus, an umbrella for the whole world—if they would just get under it. For the Israelites God wrapped Himself in a pillar of fire at night and kept them warm, held back all danger. God sheltered them, proved His safekeeping when Pharaoh’s army came hard after them. When Pharaoh saw the Israelites cross through the Red Sea on dry ground he decided that his army could go through, too. He thought surely he had them trapped, but the shelter stood firm because the shelter was God. The power of that shelter closed the waters over the enemies of God’s people.
Don’t let your heart be troubled; don’t let it be afraid. Decide that your shelter is a sure one. Your shelter is as strong as you will ever need. You have nothing to fear, nothing to worry about.
But sinner, you do have something to worry about because you are out of the shelter. Everything outside the shelter will one day be destroyed, even this old earth and the heavens above that you see. All will be destroyed. Come to the shelter today, come to Christ Jesus; He can set you free.
A Shelter of Salvation and Healing
If you want Him to be your shelter, say the sinners’ prayer with me: Oh, God, save my soul! I am so sorry I sinned against you, but I have come home. I will serve you, Lord, the rest of my life. I believe in the blood of Jesus. I believe He died for me, and I believe His blood washes away all my sins. Come into my heart, Jesus! Come into my heart!
If you meant that prayer, now you can rejoice: He has come! Hallelujah, Jesus is mine!
You who are sick and afflicted: I am not your healer, but Jesus is. Divine healing, I say again, is a promise in the Word of God. He sent his word, and healed them (Psalm 107:20). He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Claim the promise of healing, the promise of the Lord to get you well. Get ready for your miracle. You may be thousands of miles away from me, but you are not thousands of miles away from the Healer, Jesus. He is right there with you. Lord, here they are: I bring those with heart trouble, with internal problems, those who have cancer, diabetes. I bring them all to you. I bring the little children to you to be healed: Heal! Heal! In the all–powerful name of Jesus! Heal! In the holy name of Jesus! Heal! I pray.
I speak the name Jesus with the faith of Heaven, and people are healed. All the honor, all the praise and glory go to Him. You felt the presence of the Lord—that’s your sign. Watch yourself get well. Look at all improvements daily. The Lord promised to get you well; don’t doubt Him. The Bible says to ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord (James 1:6,7). Only believe. With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27). Write and tell me what you received from the Lord so I can rejoice with you. God’s blessings be upon you. No one has ever loved you like Jesus loves you; no one has ever cared as He cares. Trust in the all–powerful deliverance in His holy name and find your shelter in time of storm.
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe (Proverbs 18:10). The precious name of Jesus is the only safe shelter for all the storms of life.
JUNE, 1999, ERNEST ANGLEY, founder & editor in chief, Vol. 44, No. 3, The Power of the Holy Ghost USPS 516-050) is published bimonthly by Grace Cathedral, 1055 Canton Road, Akron, Ohio, 44312. Periodicals postage paid at Akron, Ohio, and additional offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Power of the Holy Ghost, P.O. Box 1790, Akron, Ohio, 44309.
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