THE PARABLE OF THE PACIFIC SALMON 5/25/09
When the Lord first called me in 1984 I had many awesome
supernatural experiences. They were enough to catapult
me into a new life and direction and launch my faith to
a new level. I did not know at the time that I would
need this. Because for the next several years I had
terrible, terrible resistance in the way of demonic
dreams, visions, nightmares, voices at night. I battled
night and day to overcome these things, because I was so
inflamed in deep longings for the intimacy I had in the
Lord when He first called me. He comforted me and told
me He was putting me through basic training of how to
overcome as His warrior. And I learned so much in those
years in the school of overcoming.
The parable He gave me was the story of the Pacific
Salmon that live in the
Pacific Northwest. When they are mature, they travel up
from the ocean into the rivers and stream beds from
whence they were born. They travel uphill against the
current, the rocks, the white water and all the
entanglements. Eventually the strongest make their way
to the very place where the were hatched. It is there
that they lay their own eggs. As they are finally still
you can see their bodies with gashes and wounds from
such a hazardous journey upstream. It is then you truly
understand their innate passion. In spite of their
wounds, they relentlessly continue to climb upstream
until they have fulfilled their destiny. Once they have
laid their eggs, they die. Their children swim
downstream to the ocean to repeat the process.
It is the triumphant story of God's overcomers as they
decrease and God increases, as they die to self so that
God can live through them.
Rev 12:10-11 NKJV
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,” Now
salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and
the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of
our brethren, who accused them before our God day and
night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the
blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony,
and they did not love their lives to the death .
I learned through the process that God alone allows what
touches our lives, for good. And He really is our
trainer in every sense of the Word. I learned a rock
hard faith through those years, and now when I get a
demonic experience at night it is not for overcoming
because I keep my weapons honed, but rather for my
training and discipline for opening wrong doors.
Each and every time the enemy swarms, it is for our
promotion. God will take us higher with greater
authority, more revelation and better perspectives than
ever. He brings EVERYTHING together in our lives for
good because He is our GOOD FATHER.
Rom 8:35-39 NKJV
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: "For
Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted
as sheep for the slaughter." Yet in all these things
we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor
angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present
nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any
other created thing, shall be able to separate us from
the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 5:3-5 NKJV
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations,
knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and
perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope
does not disappoint, because the love of God has been
poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was
given to us.
Rom 8:28-30 NKJV
And we know that all things work together for good to
those who love God, to those who are the called
according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He
also predestined to be conformed to the image of His
Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called;
whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He
justified, these He also glorified.