Who’ll Stop the Rain?

Authority Gregory Dickow

Who’ll Stop The Rain? (Walking in Your God-Given Authority)

I was listening to the radio the other day, and an old classic from Creedence Clearwater Revival came on, the one that asks, “Who’ll Stop The Rain?” Whether you’ve heard of it or not, we can ALL identify with the lyrics!

“Long as I remember the rain been comin’ down.
Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages tryin’ to find the sun.
And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain?”

We are living in times where these lyrics have never been more true! It’s raining! And most Christians don’t believe they can do anything about it. It’s raining fear. It’s raining terror. It’s raining depression, discouragement, sickness, and disease. It’s raining family problems, emotional problems, and financial problems. As the song says, “There are a lot of clouds of confusion pouring on the ground.” And we, as Christians, are good men and women trying to find the sun, but it’s time that we become the people who do more than look for good things to happen. It’s time for us to learn to stop the rain!

So I’m writing to tell you today — YOU HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE RAIN IN
YOUR LIFE! YOU have authority and power to RISE UP, take control, and put an end to these storms of “rain” in your life! That’s right! As a child of God, you have been given dominion!

“Let man have dominion over the earth.” — Genesis 1:26

DOMINION: noun do·min·ion \də-ˈmi-nyən\ : the power to rule…

God gave the original right of dominion on this earth to Adam and Eve. They surrendered this dominion to Satan in the Fall. But, through the victory of Jesus on the Cross, He purchased back dominion & authority with His own precious blood. That’s good news! But the good news gets even better!

Jesus said in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give YOU authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Wow! — I hope you got that! Jesus won back the right of dominion through His death and resurrection. And then — He gave this authority to you and me! We have authority on this earth!

I’m declaring today, YOU CAN STOP THE RAIN!

So then, you’re probably asking the question, “But Greg, how do I stop the rain?” Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s look at an example of a man who actually did it!

James 5:16–17: …The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

Effective, fervent prayer from a righteous man avails much! THAT IS THE KEY TO STOPPING THE RAIN!

So why are we as Christians allowing THE RAIN to keep falling?

The enemy gets us falling for the lie that God is in control of everything. The truth is, God is NOT in control of everything. If God were in control of your marriage, you’d be happier. If God were in control of your kids, they would be a little more obedient. 🙂

Through Jesus, we have the dominion on this earth! We get to decide the kind of day, attitude, marriage, and health we’re going to have! We could turn that over into the hand of the enemy if we want… but God has given us the responsibility AND authority to pray and stop the rain!

So, once we get past that lie, what’s the next thing the enemy tries to do? He goes to attack the basis for our ability to pray and stop the rain. He gets us trapped in religion — am I truly righteous? Have I done enough good deeds? Am I holy enough?

Listen, friends — we don’t become righteous through any action on our part! Righteousness is a gift! Romans 5:17 says, “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign — have dominion — in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

We are righteous through the gift of Jesus, NOT through our own actions. Ah, you need more proof of this, right? Here’s what James 5 and verse 17 says about Elijah, the original rain stopper: “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.”

You see, Elijah had a nature like ours — a human nature — yet he was able to offer up the type of prayer that literally stopped the rain! If you look back over the life of Elijah, he had ups and downs just like you and me. Yet, none of his human flaws disqualified him from this type of prayer power! And you’re no different — your human flaws don’t disqualify YOU from stopping the rain in your life and in your world!


It’s time for us as believers to step up and onto the scene and stop the rain like Elijah did. It’s time to take our families back, take our communities back, take our dreams back, and take our land back! We can’t put our head in the sand and live in fear any longer. We’ve got to stop running and start commanding the rain to stop! Jesus said in Matthew 18:18, “Whatsoever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatsoever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” In other words, heaven will forbid what WE forbid; and heaven will allow what WE allow.

Are you ready to stop the rain? I sure am! And I’m sure you feel the same way. All that’s needed is for us to take dominion, stop believing the lie of the enemy, and pray according to the righteousness that is ours through Christ and WE WILL AVAIL MUCH IN THE EARTH! Amen?

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Tornado Love

Tornado Love

Love is invincible facing danger and death.

Passion laughs at the terrors of hell.

The fire of love stops at nothing —

it sweeps everything before it.

Flood waters can’t drown love,

torrents of rain can’t put it out—Song of Solomon 8:7

God’s love is a BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! When it hits you, it’s going to be a like a tornado. Listen to Solomon’s description again—It’s invincible. It laughs at terror; it stops at nothing; and nothing can stop it! WOW! That’s what I’m talking about. That’s what God feels toward you!

It sweeps everything before it. God’s love sweeps away…

… our sin.

… our loneliness.

… our pain.

… our fears.

…When the love of God hits you the way I’m praying it will, NOTHING WILL REMAIN THE SAME!

It’s going to wreck your old fears and limitations; it’s going to ruin your old view of yourself and others; it’s going to sweep you off of your feet and take you to a place that you’ve never been before.

God’s love comes in like a storm in our lives … not to hurt us, but to blow away what has been hurting us; to destroy what is destroying us; to bring disaster to what has been bringing disaster to us all our lives.

He comes with a vengeance. But his vengeance is not against you. It’s against the things that are hurting you.

He takes vengeance out on fear; He takes His vengeance out on anxiety, sickness and lack; He takes His vengeance out on anything that tries to hurt His precious children–Everything that has ever tried to get in the way between you and Him. For God is a jealous God.

Do you want an encounter with God like that? Do you want a Christianity like that – a Christianity that is so full of love and power that it changes you? So full of goodness and mercy that follows you, seeks you and chases you down?

You see, God doesn’t have to be chased by us. His love is so great, that He’s the one who chases us!

The prodigal son’s father didn’t wait for his son to get all the way home. As soon as he saw a glimpse of his son in the corner of his eye far off in the distance…

he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him continually. Luke 15:20

That’s aggressive, invincible, tornado love! That’s the love of God! The father didn’t wait for the son to clean up his act; or change his clothes, or become a servant. The son just turned toward his father, and the Father came running, chasing, embracing, kissing, blessing & healing!

God is chasing you down with His goodness & love!

The bride in Song of Solomon 2:16 says, “My lover is mine and I am his”.

We belong to each other! When you discover that this is the kind of relationship God wants to have with you, it changes how you look at yourself; how you look at Him, and how you look at others. You are no longer alone in this fight to try to conquer life and conquer sin. You are ONE WITH HIM. He is yours and you are His. This love-relationship conquers all. This love never fails. This love gives you purpose and meaning and reason to live. It gives you something to look forward to every day of your life.

All the temptations of the enemy are temptations to doubt God’s love for us. When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he said “Throw yourself down from here. Your angels will catch you” (Luke 4:9, Matthew 4:6) And Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

What Jesus was saying at that point was in essence: “I won’t throw myself down, because God loves me too much … He has a plan for my life and there’s too much to live for. I am not going to kill myself because God’s love for me is too great and His purpose for me is too great. I am too significant to Him, I am too important to Him, too valuable to Him.”

You see the temptation to give up or give in, went away when Jesus reminded himself and the enemy that the Father loved him too much to let him throw his life away.

And that’s exactly how God feels about you!

Say to yourself: “I will not throw myself down because of low value or low self-worth, I am worth everything God paid for me. He wouldn’t have bought me with His blood if He didn’t love me. He wouldn’t have bought me with His blood if He didn’t value me. He wouldn’t have bought me with His blood if He didn’t think I was significant to Him.

God didn’t send his Son, Jesus, to die for what was insignificant … He died because

And that’s the kind of love that sweeps away all sin, loneliness, temptation, pain & fear. That’s tornado love! Get ready to be swept away!

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The Gift of Hope

How to receive the gift of Hope!

It’s been said that man can live 4 weeks without food; 4 days without water; 4 minutes without air; but we can’t live 4 seconds without hope!

Hope is like having a dream that you believe will come to pass; expecting a promise from God to come to pass. To have hope is to know that things are going to get better no matter how they may look right now.

Romans 5:5 says, “Hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 5:5) If hope does not disappoint, then why are so many people disappointed? They’ve lost hope.

Besides what we see in the news, our personal concerns about the future, our finances, our children, job security, and relationships can leave us feeling hopeless. Maybe you’ve lost hope about something in your life, or know someone who has.

Who hasn’t asked the question at one time or another: Is there any hope? Is there any hope that things will turn around? Is there any hope that life will get better? Is there any hope that your dream will come true? The answer is a resounding, YES!

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to GIVE you a future and a hope.” Your future and your hope are GIFTS from God, that no one can take away! Do you see that? HOPE IS A GIFT! All you have to do is receive it and you can walk in divine hope every day. Here’s how:

#1: Look to the God of hope. Romans 15:13 says, “NOW the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace through believing that you may abound in hope.” God is the God of hope, NOW. Remember when God introduced Himself to Moses and said, “Tell Pharoah to let my people go.” And Moses asked, “Who shall I say you are?” Aren’t you glad God didn’t say, “Tell pharaoh I am the great I WAS. Or the great, “ I Will BE One Day.” No, God said, “I am the great I AM. He is the God in your present. He IS NOW the God of hope.

#2: Look UP, rather than OUT at your situation. When you look around at your circumstances and limitations, it can often be discouraging and disappointing. But when you look UP and look to Him, at His possibilities, hope comes. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.

#3: Look at how God does things. God takes us from the Old Testament to the New Testament, from the law to grace, from sin to righteousness, from sickness to healing, from fear to love, from defeat to victory. “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, it gets BRIGHTER & BRIGHTER until the full day.” (Proverbs 4:13) He never takes us from good to bad; He always takes us from good to great. When your hope is in God and His Word, things will always get BETTER and BETTER.

#4: Keep expecting God’s blessing & favor. That no matter how bad it looks— you can walk through every situation in life knowing there’s a blessing in it somewhere. In the midst of your sickness is healing, in the midst of your mess is a message, in the midst of your test is a testimony. Your calling is in the midst of your conquering. Look at Joseph in the Bible—there was no hope left for him, except what God had promised him; except the dream God had given. No matter how low life took him, as He looked to God, he went from the pit to Potipher’s house; from the prison to the Palace. And so will you!

There is always hope. Receive it as a gift from God today; and when you do, everything is going to be all right!

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