New Book Shares One Pastor’s Unique and Personal Relationship With God

In Rushing the Floodgates of Heaven: FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO Are Thirsty!, Nathan French, a pastor in Washington State, provides a special look at the personal conversations he’s had with God. French previously wrote IT ISN’T Meant to Be a Secret: God Wants to Talk to You, where he shared his dramatic story of drug use and a failed suicide attempt-failed because he believes God intervened to save lots of him for better things. Nathan’s father, himself a minister, found bring him home and help the healing begin. In addition, his mother has been his chief supporter and the editor of his writings, fully believing in her son’s ability to talk to God and convey His words. God has clearly blessed Nathan with phenomenal parents.
In Rushing the Floodgates of Heaven, Nathan shares with readers the non-public journal entries he made between September 2011 and April 2012, picking up where his first book left off. In each entry, he records what he hears God telling him. These are not prophecies like those of Isaiah and Jeremiah, but more like friendly conversations, although the voice of the Old Testament God is heard clearly here as is the gentle voice of Jesus. Besides the words themselves, Nathan often has visions of Jesus doing simple things such as for example sitting beside him that reflect the non-public closeness that God wishes to have with all of His children.
In the passages, we get a few hints about Nathan’s conversational process with God. Nathan writes down what God tells him. In one passage, God says:
“When I speak these things to you, it is important to remember that you do far better when you don’t have your own thoughts in the way. Write only the word I offer you next. Your faith brings another word forth. That is the method that you know it really is from Me because surely if you did this apart from Me, you would not have complete sentences.”
In another passage, God remarks:
“Notice that when you write by faith, you don’t know what the next word is going to be until you write down the final one. Write by faith-not by thoughts. Process information by My Spirit, which bypasses your brain and sends signals from the center. The purer the heart, the purer the signal. Root out all that’s not from light and let My light shine.”
But more important than the procedure for how Nathan communicates with God are the words God shares with him.
Some of these words are very dramatic. For example, throughout a church service, God tells Nathan:
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“Point to the solution-don’t focus on the problem. Always remember that I reward every act of faith. Put your foot in the water and strike the rock just how I tell you to. I am preparing to bring fire, and every person will experience Me. Increase your hands to the sky; then drop them down and say, ‘I release the Holy Fire of heaven.’ I will drop to purify my saints.”
Third , message, Nathan tells us that “Through the church service, one young man was freed from addiction. His feet were so hot that he took his shoes off for a number of days.”
All the messages have daily themes or topics, and sometimes you can find multiple ones per day. Topics discussed include how people treat Santa Claus compared to God, the importance of forgiveness of others, forgiveness of sins, the value of unity among Christians, help with how Nathan should serve as pastor, gossip, jealousy, obedience, and the need for people to return to the Lord. I really like the passage about the need for Unity among Christians when the Lord says: “Everyone has issues and hurts that need help. People need each other-the days of Lone-Ranger-Christianity are over. Unity requires more than one.”