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40-Day Yielding: Daily Devotions

Join authors Kathi and Jeff Pelton, and thousands around the globe, as we yield ourselves to the Lord on a daily basis. Access daily devotions below written to inspire, encourage and align the body during these 40 days of Yielding.  Click here to learn more about the Yielding.

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Week 5: December 13 - 20

Week 4: December 5 - 12

I woke up this morning with a line from the worship song, “One Thing Remains” playing over and over again in my mind,

“My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can separate my heart from Your great love.”

We were born into a world that already had victory, jubilee, and eternal life provided for us before we ever took our first breath.The offer and invitation into forgiveness and full pardon had been paid for two thousand years before our existence; before we ever sinned or ever allowed iniquities to touch our lives. Our only requirement was “yielding”. His love paid the price for every sin of every man. All debt cancellations have been provided for by the grace that comes from His great love.

As we’ve entered the month that Christians celebrate the birth of our Messiah, let us remember how this Great Love entered the world that He created as a vulnerable infant. He left His throne to be born in a stable where a young girl would be his mother; a young girl whom He created. What kind of love allows such vulnerability? He came to pay our debt of sin knowing that many would not ever open and receive the greatest gift mankind was ever offered. Yet still He came. He came as an infant and died as a spotless lamb; the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all mankind.

Today, may we remember and rejoice in Jesus our Savior.. For we have been given eyes to see and ears to hear salvation’s song. We have received the greatest gift the world will ever know. Our debts have been paid and they are remembered no more! We are free from the captivity of sin’s slavery and can now walk in the way, the truth, and the life. Like Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 3) we are “brands plucked from the fire”. Nothing can separate us from His great love!!

May we be awakened from our slumber to experience the joy that has been set before us…a Savior and a King. May we yield, and receive the fullness of everything the gift of salvation has offered us. May we shake off the slumber that tries to separate us from first love and wipe the sleep from our eyes so that we may see clearly. The King is on His throne and we have been seated there with Him!

“For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6

We celebrate the honor and joy of walking with Him. We celebrate that our yielding has become the doorway to live in all that His life, death, and resurrection provided. Today we once again yield to Him that we might fully embrace abundant life!

Twelve years ago I lost a necklace that had been given to me while my husband and I were the directors of a house of prayer in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. We had been praying daily for Israel and the Jewish people. A dear friend felt to send me the necklace that had upon it a menorah, the Star of David and the Christian symbol of a fish which is a Greek symbol that translates into, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior”.

I was very sad when I lost it. I looked everywhere, and asked God for its return but never located it. In the years since then, our family moved back to the United States, and we have lived in five different homes and two different states. This week as I put away the boxes that held our Christmas decorations, something dropped on the ground in front of me. I looked down and saw the part of the necklace that has the menorah, Star of David and the fish (not the chain, only the charm). I was shocked. We have celebrated Christmas twelve times since it was lost (and it wasn’t lost at Christmas time), we’ve bought new containers for all of our Christmas decorations over the years and emptied the boxes a dozen times, and never seen the necklace; but nevertheless, there it was!

As I picked it up the Holy Spirit spoke to me,

“This is a sign for many that things lost will suddenly and miraculously be found. Not only objects but lives that have been lost will be found.”

These words reminded me of the story in Luke 15 about the lost sheep and lost coin,

““Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

““Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”” Luke‬ ‭15:4-10

These two stories come right before the story of the prodigal son. God cares deeply about lost things and lost loved ones. He heard my prayer twelve years ago to recover my necklace, and though it appeared that it was forever lost…suddenly it was found among the decorations that we put up to celebrate the birth of our Messiah. This necklace that symbolically announces “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior” to the Jews was found within these items that celebrate our Savior’s birth.

As we’ve been meditating on Zechariah 3, where Joshua the high priest is “plucked like a brand from the fire”, we encounter a beautiful picture of Lord taking back what was stolen from him (this one who was lost). It was a sovereign and miraculous act that caused Joshua’s life to be restored and recovered.

When Mary said to the angel of the Lord, “Be it unto me according to your word,” that one act of yielding became the doorway of the entrance of our Savior. As we continue to yield our lives and say to the Lord, “Be it unto me according to yourword” then we too become a doorway for others to see the Messiah. Our lives become the manger in which He lays His head. We become like the star that led wise men to come to him and like the angels that announced the Savior’s birth to the shepherds. Our lives announce the Good News that says to all who are lost,

…“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke‬ ‭2:10-11‬ ‭

This Good News continues,

“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”” Luke‬ ‭2:12‬

‭I believe that my lost necklace being found is a sign for us all. It is a sign that the lost will be found. I also believe that the symbols on this necklace are symbolic of the salvation of Jews; light is coming to reveal that their Messiah has come and He is “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”

Today as we yield our lives to the will and word of the Lord we pray for the lost. We come into agreement with the intercession of Jesus our Savior for both wise men and shepherd to have eyes to see and ears to hear that their Savior has invited them to “come”. We will see lost things recovered suddenly.

To be saved is to be given a second chance. When Jesus paid the price for the penalty that sin had brought against mankind it created a way for every man and every woman to receive a second chance through a full pardon.

As I’ve been studying the third chapter of Zechariah I see such an amazing illustration of God giving someone a second chance. Joshua the high priest’s second chance was purely an act of grace. He had been soiled by his iniquities and bombarded with accusation—most likely true accusations. Joshua needed a second chance!

God did what only He can do by rebuking Satan and His taunts of accusation. Though many of the accusations may have been based on actual iniquities, we must remember that the enemy can only accuse…HE CANNOT CONDEMN! God is the true High Priest and Righteous Judge over all men. Though our lives and actions may have given cause for accusation, we must remember that there is NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8:1-2

Just as God cleansed Joshua the high priest, gave him new garments, and restored his position, so He has done for everyone who has accepted the ransom for their sins through the price that Jesus paid on the cross. But it goes even beyond that: we are given a second chance to live in freedom from the sin that leads to death.

“…the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

We have not only been saved by grace but clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God comes and lives within us, causing us to now walk in freedom from sin; giving us wisdom, counsel, and power.

Romans 8 goes on to say,

“The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” Romans 8:3-4

We are free to follow the Spirit of God. God declared an end to sin’s control over us! The enemy still loves to whisper thoughts that accuse or replay past regrets, but we can say to those thoughts, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Declare the words from Romans 8:1 every time an accusation brings up guilt, regrets, and dread,

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”

The enemy wants you to come into agreement with accusation so that he can snare you with false alignments and with old captivity. Condemnation is gone, the price has been paid, and sin’s control has been broken over your life. You are now the recipient of abundant and eternal life!

Obedience to the Lord is necessary to move forward in maturity and authority, but it is the power of the Spirit within you that helps you to walk in God’s ways. It is the oil of His Spirit that anoints our heads, gives our feet steps that are pleasing to the Lord, and purifies us from all iniquities.

Then he said to me, “This [continuous supply of oil] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel [prince of Judah], saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of whom the oil is a symbol],’ says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 (AMP)

He is the pure olive oil that keeps our lamps lit as we await our Bridegroom’ return. Today, we yield to the oil of the Spirit, who causes us to walk in purity and holiness. We turn our dependency from our own strength to the Spirit. We will walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh. He is our second chance!

As I prayed I heard the Lord speak these words,

“Like a father protects his children or a man protects the bride of his youth, so I watch over my children and bride with a fierce and jealous love. You are the apple of my eye!”

I could hear the cries of many sons and daughters who have faced battles sent against them. The Lord’s voice heralds louder than the sound of the battle and He has come to protect and restore the ones His heart loves.

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.” Psalm‬ ‭17:8-9‬ ‭

Though the enemy has surrounded many, it is God who sets a table for us in the presence of our enemies. Though the thief has stolen, it is God who will restore double, and although the accuser has taunted many with his mockeries, it is God who will rebuke him.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm‬ ‭23:5-6‬ ‭

Whoever touches you touches the “Apple of His Eye”. God Will not be mocked and will not allow His beloved to be touched without vindicating her. He is watching over the great transformational work that is occuring in His people just as He watched over and orchestrated the work done in the life of Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 3). He presides with detailed and tender care over your life. Those who have risen up against you will not be left without punishment.

“For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—”
‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭

Though this verse is specifically about Jerusalem, many Scriptures have dual meanings; it is for Jerusalem and for His chosen people (Gentile and Jews).

Today, thank Him for His care, His protection and the banqueting table that He has prepared for you. Vindication belongs to the Lord, so know that as you hide in the shelter of His wing, you can rest assured knowing that your life is in the hands of the King. He will rule over you with justice and mercy.

Also, pray for the peace of Jerusalem, whom God loves!

“Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.” Joshua‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭

Do not turn aside to the left or the right…

The instructions of the Lord are a narrow road but one which provides great safety for all who travel its path. The right and the left call to us to turn aside from the absolute surrender to God’s truth and yet the Lord says,

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

In the 23rd chapter of the Book of Joshua, God’s people are not only exhorted to stand firm but they are also warned that turning aside from His Word will cause us to be joined to what the Lord has previously defeated on our behalf. It will cause disunity with God and a joining to that which will bring us harm.

“But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them, then you may be sure that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the Lord your God has given you.” Joshua‬ ‭23:12-13‬ ‭

Many in the body have wavered to the right or left throughout history, causing them to be snared and caught in the traps that the enemy set for them. The beauty of God’s wisdom is that, as we turn back in repentance, it sets us back on track with truth and blessings. The amazing grace and gift of repentance allows us to move back into victory and begin to reap the rewards of faithful stewardship of the great call upon our lives.

The promises of God are without fail; there are promises of blessings as we walk in His ways and promises of discipline if we violate our covenant with Him. This is not a word of condemnation but a word of exhortation and a sober reminder to “stand firm”!

“If you violate the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.”” Joshua‬ ‭23:16‬ ‭

We must heed the whole truth of His Word, not only the parts that comfort our souls. The good news is that if a man or woman has wavered and they repent, they are restored. This is a time that the Spirit of the Lord is setting His people upon the path of righteousness. He is carefully positioning us to walk in authority and victory with the King of Glory.

Today we yield and once again ask the Lord to do for us what we cannot do in our own strength: help us to stand firm and to align our steps with the covenant we were brought into when we gave our lives to Christ. We ask that all other gods will be driven out from among us and that we will no longer join ourselves to them. We chose to stand firm!

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James‬ ‭1:12‬

Today I was thinking about the power of declarations and the words from Psalm 19 began to flow through my mind and spirit,

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world…” Psalm 19:1-4

A declaration does not have to consist of words; it can speak its message through creation, through visual beauty, and through the strength of the elements. These are demonstrations of His glory and majesty. Our lives, too, can declare, demonstrate, and pour forth speech without ever using words. As we walk in alignment and obedience to God’s ways and wisdom, we become a living demonstration of the glory of God for all to see. Our lives pour forth the speech of peace, love, and joy. It is in the posture of unity and oneness of spirit with Christ that the sons of God are revealed.

As we heed God’s instructions we are refreshed and what seems lofty becomes easy—simple and light—giving us joy.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.”
Psalm 19:7-9

Today, we yield to the instructions of the Lord. We wear them like costly jewels and like a crown of great wisdom. Proverbs speaks often of receiving wisdom and instructions; bringing great benefits to the son who listens to them. We ask the Spirit of the Lord to instruct us in ALL of our ways and we rejoice in the benefits that His wisdom will produce in our lives and families.

Wise children heed their father’s instructions.

When we were young, if we chose to not obey our parents or guardians, we could be easily misled, deceived, and manipulated. Even as adults, we are not always able to keep ourselves from being coerced and seduced by the enticing and flattering treasures of the world. If we think ourselves wise in our own eyes, we prove that we are foolish.

But fortunately, we understand from Scripture that in His kindness, our gracious God makes provision for us to understand true wisdom. He has made it available to us at all times, in many ways.

Wisdom calls aloud in the streets,
she raises her voice in public squares.
She cries out above the commotion.
At the entrances of the city gates,
she utters her speech…
Behold, I pour out my heart to you.
I will make my words known to you. (Proverbs 1:20-21,23 TLV)

The prophet Isaiah also reveals to us the heart of our gracious Lord:

I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, “Here I am, here I am,”
To a nation that was not called by My name.
I have stretched out My hands all day long to a
rebellious people….(Isaiah 65:1-2).

He is always faithful, even when we are unfaithful. He longs that everyone would walk in truth and the counsel of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter who has come to lead us into all truth. He reminds us of the truth today, just as the Lord spoke to Joshua the high priest,

“If you will walk in My ways,
And if you will keep My command,
then you shall also judge My house,
And likewise have charge of My courts…. (Zechariah 3:7).

God went on to tell Joshua that He was sending forth His Servant the BRANCH, the One who, according to Jeremiah 33:15, brings righteousness and justice upon the earth.

As we listen and yield to Him, trusting and following His continual instruction, we will speak and act in true wisdom as we have been taught; we will be one heart with the great shepherd who loves us and all people, who is making us one as He and the Father are one. We will do only what we see the Lord doing. We will move as He moves, and love as He loves.

Wise men still seek Him!

This evening begins the celebration of Hanukkah with the lighting of the first of eight candles. The miracle that occurred over 2200 years ago is a picture of the light that has illuminated our hearts—a light of purity and a light of the miraculous.

We pray as Paul did in Ephesians 1:18; that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened—“filled with light”—that we would know the hope of His calling and His glorious inheritance in us, and that we would understand the greatness of His power to us who believe. This power is like the mighty strength He exercised when He raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:19-20).

This is a work of grace in our hearts and our lives. It is our Lord’s mighty power at work in us. We don’t earn it; we don’t cause it to come to us through effort. We posture ourselves humbly; yielding, trusting, believing that He is true and faithful, and that His Word is true. He will fulfill His purposes and promises in our lives. He is the Alpha and Omega—the beginning and end, the initiator and perfecter of our faith (Revelation 1:8; 22:13; Isaiah 44:6; Hebrews 12:2).

He faithfully began a good work in us, and He will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). This work unites us with our Bridegroom, creating worship and faithfulness within our hearts, that we would be the “five wise virgins” with our lamps full of oil (Matthew 25:1-13), purified by the Holy Spirit, watching with the eyes of our hearts wide open and full of light.

The darkness of our present age is no match for the burning devotion—fueled by pure oil—that the Lord Himself is producing in His family. Just as the Maccabees refused idol worship and refused to be intimidated by the enemies of God, so we too enter the temple of the Lord to worship, to set aright those things that have been displaced, and to receive a miracle of power and devotion placed within our hearts by the One who performs miracles.

We need the oil of the Holy Spirit within us to keep our light burning in the night season until the return of our Bridegroom. His truth shines more purely and brightly within our hearts, and the light we release to others—bringing the light of hope to their darkness—will continue to grow in authority and power as we have yielded and find ourselves united in one spirit with the Lord.

This will display the true light that lights every man (John 1:9) and will release the power of the Holy One to restore us, our families, and our lands.

Week 3: November 27 - December 4

I am overwhelmed by the goodness and grace that God is pouring out upon His yielded ones. There is a transformation taking place that is allowing us to soar upon the winds of the Spirit. The mercy of God is freeing us from the places in our hearts and minds that have weighed us down and kept us bound to the patterns of the world rather than the love of the Father.

Now the Spirit is pleased to release the wisdom and instructions that His people need for both their personal lives as well as the wisdom needed for the corporate body of Christ for the days ahead. His Word is the plumbline of all wisdom. In His mercy He is aligning our life’s actions with His statutes and the instructions found within His Word. Authority is released with alignment.

In Zechariah 3, after the Lord had rebuked Satan and changed the filthy garments that had been upon Joshua the high priest, He then gave him instructions of how to live in the authority of his position. These instructions separate Joshua from the iniquities of his past and place him in the position of authority for the days ahead.

“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: If you follow my ways and carefully serve me, then you will be given authority over my Temple and its courtyards. I will let you walk among these others standing here.” Zechariah 3:7

As we yield our wills and our ways to the Lord, He is faithful to reveal the wisdom and ways in which you should walk. We must remember that His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts. We must yield to what may not fit into the patterns of the world or our natural thinking but they are the mysterious ways of God. His ways will take us higher and bring breakthroughs that are unimaginable.

“Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” Jeremiah 33:3

Over the next eight days I feel that the Lord will share with His yielded ones “remarkable secrets” that will give us authority, favor and wisdom for the things to come.

The oneness of spirit with our God (1 Corinthians 6:17) is increasing and strengthening as we yield. His ways and walking in His statutes position His people in the authority that brings the breakthrough. This is for individuals, families and people groups (nations).

Today is a day to yield your will and ways to be aligned with the King and His Kingdom. May His Kingdom come and will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!

Over the past number of days I have been seeing in my spirit what looks like a scene from a movie or a prolonged vision. In this “scene” there is a family in their home. The husband is sitting in a room busying himself with the things he likes to do and the wife is in another room taking care of household duties. As time goes by I see them pass one another in a hallway but they do not connect or speak. The children are in their rooms doing the things that keep them occupied. When dinner has been prepared and the family comes together once again there is little interaction beyond asking for someone to “pass the potatoes”. As dinner finishes everyone helps clean but the only words exchanged are questions such as “Can you take out the trash?” Then everyone goes back to doing their own thing in separate rooms and the cycle of being together but divided continues.

Then a second scene plays through my mind. It is the same family but the children are now teens. I see the same patterns playing out of being together yet divided and the oldest daughter approaches her parents and says to them, “Dad and Mom, I see you each day but I can’t feel you. You are in the same home but I don’t see you connected to each other and that makes me feel divided. We live here but don’t love here.”

As these two scenes kept replaying in my mind I asked the Lord what He is wanting specifically to say through them. He answered me by taking me back to a vision that I had about a year ago of clock gears turning over lives, families and even churches, but they turned independently of each other. It kept individuals busy but they were just going around in circles (not going forward). Then God reached down and like a pieces of a puzzle coming together, these individual wheels were connected and it caused the “hands of time” to move forward. Forward motion began as unity and connectivity was restored.

God is reaching down even now to bring the divided parts together. As we yield to His hand and cooperate with His Spirit, He is highlighting relationships. Just as the family I saw lived in the same home but was divided relationally, we can allow our relationship with Jesus to become functional. We can lose “first love” and begin to move independent from the oneness and unity that God so desires. We can even go through the motions of what we think intimacy looks like, but lose our heart connection. God is inviting His bride back into the place of “flesh of my flesh,bone of my bone.”

He is not only reuniting intimacy and connectivity with Him but also with one another. He is highlighting couples, families, friendships, and fellowship. This work will be a partnership with His Spirit. Where the busyness of life has created divisions and independence from one another, God is calling His family to come back into intimacy and oneness of spirit. He is restoring first love between husbands and wives, healing the separation between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers. He is pulling each of us like separate puzzle pieces and connecting us to create a picture that represents His Kingdom—which is a family.

It is like time has stood still due to disunity; like a wristwatch that has stopped ticking. As the interlocking wheels come together, time is reset and forward movement takes place. The Kingdom advances.

Recently I was with someone who I have been very close to relationally. While we were together everything appeared fine but I felt very disconnected from this person. Finally I stopped and said, “I can’t feel you. I don’t feel your spirit or the intimacy of heart with you.”

Then this person shared the struggle and warfare that they were going through and how it had created a disconnect in their heart; first with God and then with others. I felt that this was a picture of an assignment that the enemy had sent against many to bring divide Hs family.

Revelation 2:4 says,

But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love].

We must not allow familiarity to replace first love. We call out for the wind of the Spirit to blow upon the embers of intimacy and love, first with God and then with one another.

If we walk in God’s statutes and truths apart from intimacy and first love, then we begin to create rules and laws rather than partnership and true unity. We become that resounding gong because we don’t have love.

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Today, invite the Spirit to rekindle first love. Ask Him to add love to all that you do and then watch the wheels come together to advance the Kingdom, and the puzzle pieces connect so that the world sees a family.

As I awoke this morning I saw in my spirit window washers cleaning the dirt off of what appeared to be skyscrapers. When I backed up further it was not a skyscraper but a massive body with many eyes upon it. The eyes were the windows that were being washed. Then I heard the Spirit of the Lord say,

“I am cleaning the eyes of the body of Christ from all that the world and its cultures have darkened them with. I have commissioned angels to go to my sons and daughters to wash their eyes so that they will see clearly.”

As the Lord has been taking me through Zechariah 3 as a prophetic blueprint of what the Spirit is doing currently within His yielded ones, I have been aware of the themes of “washing” that is represented within its verses. Joshua the high priest has his iniquities (sins) washed, the accusations against his life washed (removed), his garments changed, his turban changed (the washing of his body, soul and mind) and then his behaviors and way of living washed and aligned so that he may fulfill all that the Lord positioned him for. Joshua needed to see differently so that he could behave differently.

““Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” Matthew 6:22-23

…When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light…” In the vision I saw a massive body with many eyes. I believe that God is even now bringing healthy to the eyes of the body of Christ. This will not only bring health to the whole body but will cause their light to shine forth for all the world to see. Darkness is being washed away as we continue to yield.

Today the Lord has come to us to wash away all darkness from our eyes. We can also bring our loved ones before His throne of grace and pray, “Open their eyes that they might see clearly.”

Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Mark 8:25

“Lord, today we lift our eyes to you, the One That our help comes from. Wash our eyes and restore them to health so that only light is found within us both individually and as a corporate body. We also bring our loved ones before you and ask that all blindness and darkness is removed from their eyes that they might see you clearly; causing them to yield to your will and ways. We come into agreement with truth, health, light and your perfect love to cover us and the ones we love.”

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” John‬ ‭10:9‬ ‭

The Hebrew year 5778 has been prophesied by many to the “The Year of the Door”. Since Rosh Hashanah (September 20-22) I have been experiencing a deep time of walking from one place in the spirit to a new place. The threshold of crossing through this doorway or gateway I would likened to receiving a “biohazard cleansing”. In the natural, a biohazard cleanup is done after a house or building has experienced a crime or traumatic event take place where blood or biohazard waste has been left behind. I know that this is a graphic picture but there has been a great battle by the thief that has left upon many what I would call spiritual trauma creating the need for a spiritual biohazard cleansing.

As we walk through the doorway of Christ this year, we are receiving a deep cleansing from past traumas and hazardous waste that has touched our lives and left marks on our souls. This year is a year to walk through a doorway in the Heavenly realm that leads to abundant life in Christ.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭

The body of Christ has come through a great battle, especially in the Hebrew year 5777, which was the Year of the Sword. Now we have taken possession of the sword through the victory of Christ and we will go through the door of 5778 to possess and occupy the land of promise. After a great battle (even a great victory) there is a time that the soldiers have their war stained garments changed, their bodies washed and even their minds renewed from all that they witnessed while on the battlefield.

As we have been looking at Zechariah 3 and the changing of Joshua the high priest’s filthy garments; we can see a parallel picture of this biohazard cleansing that is happening even now for the body of Christ. We are receiving fresh, clean garments and being washed anew from all that has clung to us as the thief came to kill and destroy.

I saw a clear vision of His people walking through a man in white linens and as they passed through Him (as if he were a doorway) they were purified, sanctified and refined like gold. They received the white linens that he wore in exchange for heavy war-stained armor and the bloodied sword in their hand became like a bolt of lightning; powerful yet light.

This is what is happening even now. We have been passing through the doorway of Jesus and we are finding safe pasture and restoration for our souls. Though there will be more battles ahead they will be fought in a place of power and authority that has brought great rest to God’s soldiers. We will be clothed in light and purity that is like spiritual camouflage to the demonic forces. The oneness in spirit with Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:17) that is happening will cause the promised protection we read of in Psalm 91 to come upon us in greater measure.

Today is a day to pass through the Door. The door is Jesus and He is clothing us anew with His white garments. He is taking the heavy and burdensome sword from the past season and handing us a sword of light and power for the days ahead. We are clothed with Christ and walk in His ways as we are one in spirit with Him.

This is a good day to be alive and to go beyond survival to abundant life!

I awoke hearing the words,

“Peace on Earth, good will to men.”

It came like a Heavenly declaration from the Creator of the Earth and of men. With it I could feel the longing in the very heart of God for men to experience all that He creates them to enjoy: peace, goodness, joy, adoration, and a love that brings all things together in beautiful unity.

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

The longing within this declaration took my breath away and caused my heart to race with a fresh revelation of His love for all that He has created. I could hear His cry that passionately groaned,

“Oh, that none may perish but all would know the depth, height, and width of my love for the ones that I died for.”

This was like the words from 2 Peter 3:9,

“The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”

The mercy of God is stirred once again to intervene on behalf of those who have no ears to hear or eyes to see. Like Joshua the high priest in Zechariah 3, who was a “brand plucked from the fire” or Paul on the road to Damascus, who was apprehended by grace, I feel the mercy of God reaching down to capture the ones that have been held captive by sin and death. Oh, that none should perish!

The Father’s longing is not about right or wrong, it is not religious or political…it is the longing of a loving father who wants His children to experience all the love and beauty that they were created for. Just as the prodigal son’s father waited patiently for his return, the Heavenly Father waits with bated breath to embrace and restore those who have left his home and arms.

Today, receive the longing and love that is pouring forth from the very heart of God. As you do, enter into His longing for those who are still in captivity. Call them home. Weep with Him for the ones that He weeps for. Call for mercy to be the road home during this season.

We pray from the words of the Christmas song “Away in a Manger”,

I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care, And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.

Amen

I was recently having a conversation with someone who was struggling with some areas of captivity in their life as well as struggling with a lack of intimacy with God. He had been wrestling this captivity with human strength and when that did not bring the freedom he desired, he would back away from God in defeat.

During this conversation he asked me, “What does it look like to walk with God? What is my part?”

Immediately an answer came forth from His Spirit,

“Intentional surrender. You must daily be intentional about surrendering your life to God.”

Ultimately, all transformation is a sovereign act of grace that comes by the power of the Spirit, but we have a part within this grace…it is to yield or surrender willingly and intentionally to Him. God will never violate our free will, therefore our growth and change comes from the posture that Mary took in Luke 1:38,

“Be it unto me according to your word.”

That is intentional surrender!

Just as we must be intentional about nurturing intimacy with our husband or wife, the same is true with our relationship with the Lord. We are invited into the deepest intimacy a person can ever experience but it is an invitation. God waits patiently for our response; not withholding His love but never forcing relationship. Like the father in the story of the prodigal son, he watches and waits, although when he saw his son coming home he ran to him!

Today the Lord is once again inviting us into a deeper surrender. Our response is an intentional one where we yield in faith to the One who loves us more than we can comprehend. We long for the manifestation of Ephesians 3:20–the “more than you can ask or imagine”—and yet this is only realized in the posture of intentional surrender. It is in that posture that a love beyond anything that we can ask or imagine begins to be experienced.

My prayer for you today comes from the Book of Ephesians,

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians‬ ‭3:14-21‬

Intentionally surrender to the width, length, depth and height of the love of Christ.

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”Psalm ‭37:3-4‬ ‭

Psalm 37:3-4 have been the scriptures that God spoke to my family when He asked us to move away from our home state to live in a new land that He was calling us to. In some version verse 3 reads,

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Psalms‬ ‭37:3‬ ‭

Since arriving in this new land, just over three years ago, we have trusted in Him and we have fed on His faithfulness. As we have obeyed His directions, His statutes and His ways the Lord has set a bountiful table of His faithfulness before us. We have been drawn into safe, green pastures and His love and goodness have become the greatest desire of our hearts.

As we yield to being His delight, He in turn becomes our delight.

Psalm 37 goes on to say,

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” Psalm‬ ‭37:5-6‬ ‭

Many of the prophetic words in this past season have been about personal breakthrough. I believe this verse is a key to seeing that take place. “Commit your way to the Lord…” We must not commit part of our way or a portion of our life but rather all. Commit it all! Fully trust Him without holding anything back and watch the break of dawn shine forth and His vindication shine over you without any shadows.

When Jesus gave His life as a ransom for us, He gave it all. Likewise, when we gave our lives to the Lord, we gave it all. We did not commit part, we committed all.

During this last month of 2017 God is doing a sovereign work, as we yield to Him, that is bringing us into an undivided oneness. The places that our hearts have been divided and that we have been double-minded are being made whole so that we might enjoy oneness of spirit with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17 & John 17:20-23).

The white garments and royal turban that was placed on Joshua the high priest in Zechariah 3 is a beautiful illustration of the purity of heart and renewing of our minds that is even now taking place. This is crossing us over a threshold that takes us into safe, green pastures.

Today we declare with David the words from Psalm 23,

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Yesterday God moved powerfully at our church in Portland, Oregon (USA). It was a time where God was blessing the generations to walk as one together. First the fathers and mothers laid hands on those between ages 20 to 30; releasing the blessing of what we carry and the fire of God upon their lives. Then the younger generation turned and blessed the fathers and mothers. It was a powerful and beautiful time.

When one of the young men came to pray over me, he saw God hand me a blank check. He then said that the Lord trusts me and is giving me this check to fill in whatever I wanted to ask for. Immediately the word “Wisdom” came to mind. In my spirit I could see that word being written upon this check. As I silently whispered the word “wisdom” the young man said, “I see the wisdom of Solomon coming upon you.” It was as if this check was cashed immediately. I was having a 1 Kings 3 moment.

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:5-9

Solomon asked for a discerning heart; the wisdom to lead people in the way they should go and to distinguish between right and wrong. To have this kind of wisdom is to come into alignment with God’s Word and ways. As soon as I asked in my heart for wisdom I heard a sound in my spirit, it was the sound of something large shifting that caused it to lock into place with something else. I knew that wisdom was the key to walking in the fullness of unity with my God in the days to come.

God’s response to Solomon’s request was this,

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 1 Kings 3:10-14

Solomon received more than he asked for and with this answer he was given further instructions (wisdom),

… And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.

Solomon was given a choice. He was being asked to yield his life in order to walk in obedience to the Lord and to keep His decrees and commandments. This was the wisdom that would unlock the promise of long life for him. It would secure his future.

Throughout the scriptures we often see that immediately following a sovereign act of God there is an invitation for the people to yielding their lives to walk in His ways for the sake of remaining in the blessing and breakthrough they received. In Zechariah 3 we see this happen once again. Immediately after the Lord clothes Joshua the high priest in the new garments, He gives him the key instructions that will secure his future and his blessing.

““This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.”Zechariah 3:7

“If you…” These are the words of the invitation into intentional surrender. This is where we yield our will and say like Mary, “Be it unto me according to your word.”

Grace saves us and then then invites us into the yielding of our lives to walk in His ways. Today we can ask for a discerning heart and for wisdom but do not ignore the“If you…” that follows. It is what secures your future.

Week 2: November 19 - 26

“Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings; honor the Lord for his glory and strength. Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Psalms‬ ‭29:1-2‬ ‭

Today we worship the Lord and give Him the honor that He deserves. The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad!

Psalm 29 goes on to talk about the sound of God’s voice. As we worship Him with shouts of “Glory”, the sound of His voice comes forth,

“The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning. The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!””

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭29:4-9‬ ‭

His voice rebukes the Accuser, His voice shatters the mountains that stand in your way, His voice declares innocence over your life and breakthrough for your needs. As we release our voices in worship, He releases His voice to shift all that needs to be shifted. The power of praise and the power of His voice come together to break the barrenness and bring forth beauty and prosperity.

Psalm 29 concludes with these words,

“The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭29:10-11‬ ‭

He is King! He rules over all of creation and it is He alone who gives strength and peace to those who put their trust in Him. Today we join with the Heavenly beings to Shout “Glory!” We pour out our praise because He is worthy. Let all the earth declare His beauty, His majesty and His might. We place our trust fully in Him knowing that the sound of His voice goes before us and opens the way for us to walk in victory.

“We give you the glory that you deserve today!”

The Spirit of the Lord is doing a deep and sovereign work within His yielded sons and daughters. He is renewing our minds and giving us the mind of Christ.

When God’s people are aligned with His ways, causing our minds to be renewed with His truth, we receive breakthrough in wisdom, understanding, favor and freedom from all the chains that have bound us to the former ways.

“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:21-24‬

Once again we are brought back to Zechariah 3:5 where we see God putting a new turban and new garments on Joshua the high priest,

‭”Then I said, “They should also place a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean priestly turban on his head and dressed him in new clothes while the angel of the Lord stood by.” ‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭3:5‬

Our thoughts and beliefs (minds) have been ‭formed by many different influences: culture, family, experiences, media and education. Many of these influences have been formed by the “patterns of this world” but God is renewing our thoughts and beliefs to be aligned with the pattern of our King and His Kingdom.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭

There is a cooperation with the Holy Spirit that we are invited into in order grow in maturity. It is the yielding of our will and ways to the transformative work of Christ in our lives.

During this second 8-day segment of the 40 days of yielding, we can pray as David prayed,

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23

The grace of God has come to usher us into a time of renewal. This includes the renewing of our minds to set us free from every thought and belief that has been connected to the former ways.

“Jesus, today we yield to the renewing and transformation of our minds.”

As I took time to hear from the Lord this morning, what I heard surprised me. I heard a sound that was loud and roared with fierce passion. It was strong like ocean waves breaking over the shore and loud like the sound of thunder on a stormy night. I asked the Spirit what the sound was and He answered,

“It is the sound of the Father arising to answer the cries of distress that come from His children.”

Then I was led to Psalm 18,

“The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.” Psalm‬ ‭18:13-15‬

As we have been yielding to this deep work that the Lord is doing within us, the enemy rages against this mighty work of grace. If you have experienced a warfare against your life or your family during this time then know that the Father is arising to answer your cry and once again rebuke the enemy,

“The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”” ‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭

As we yield each day we are being changed; renewed in mind and spirit. Our deepest thoughts and subtle agreements with the Accuser are being removed causing us to be clothed in oneness of spirit with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17). Though this terrifies the enemy, it provokes the jealous love of God to arise with the sound of protection and power of His hand to defend His people.

“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.” Psalm‬ ‭18:6-12‬ ‭

The Lord is our defender, protector, provider and a shield around us. As we stand before Him as yielded ones, allowing this great work of grace to transform us once again, He defends us and watches over the work of His hands. He guards us in all of our ways.

“As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”

Psalm‬ ‭18:30-32‬ ‭

I encourage you to read through Psalm 18 on this 11th day of “The Yielding”. We enter into thanksgiving and praise for who He is and all that He has done for us.

“The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!” Psalm‬ ‭18:46‬

I awoke with an old Keith Green song in my mind. I immediately knew that the Spirit gave me this song as a prayer for today. The words are,

~~~

Rushing wind blow through this temple,
Blowing out the dust within,
Come and breathe your breath upon me,
I’ve been born again.

Holy spirit, I surrender, take me where you want to go,
Plant me by your living water,
Plant me deep so I can grow.
Jesus, you’re the one, who sets my spirit free,
Use me lord, glorify, your holy name through me.
Separate me from this world lord.
Sanctify my life for you.
Daily change me to your image,
Help me bear good fruit.

Every day you’re drawing closer.
Trials come to test my faith.
But when all is said and done lord,
You know, it was worth the wait.
Jesus, you’re the one, who set my spirit free,
Use me lord, glorify, your holy name through me.
Rushing wind blow through this temple,
Blowing out the dust within,

Come and breathe you breath upon me,
For I’ve been born again.

~~~

As these words rushed like wind through my mind, I knew it was the song of surrender and the prayer of yielding that invites the Holy Spirit to blow through me.

His wind has been blowing away the dust from places that we didn’t even know were there. It is going to the very roots of wrong beliefs or patterns that we’ve conformed to. It’s changing behaviors and old habits. His rushing wind is blowing upon all that keeps us hindered from fully being surrendered to Him.

This deep work is not only about iniquities being removed but also about being realigned in even the most subtle things. Two years ago I received a prophetic word from a stranger passing by and she said to me,

“The Lord is about to recalibrate you for the new season that He’s moving you into.”

Then she shared with me about when she moved to a new state where the altitude was higher and the winters were colder. She said that her car was not running well after moving there. She took it to a mechanic and they told her that it needed to be recalibrated for the new climate and seasons. When they recalibrated her vehicle it ran better than ever because it was now aligned and calibrated to the new.

We are being recalibrated for the new climate and season. We have gone up higher and this is requiring fine tuning and adjustments that will give us strength and alignment for the future.

The grace and mercy of our loving God has given us the gift of repentance as an invitation into transformation. God never forces us into transformation (or even recalibration) but invites us to come and stand before Him so that He might blow this rushing wind upon and through us.

Today pray with me the words from the song above. Say yes to the invitation into transformation. We have been given new, white linen (garments) in place of the former garments that were soiled with both sin and accusations against our God. We pray these words now,

“Rushing wind blow through this temple, blowing out the dust within.
Come and breathe you breath upon me,
For I’ve been born again.”

Today I read a vision that an artist from South Africa had that I feel is very significant during this time that we are experiencing a sovereign work of the cross that is ushering us into the NEW.

The vision was this,

“VALLEY OF THE KINGS _ A DOORWAY WITH A NEW INSCRIPTION (Lynette Van Todder)

I saw an ancient doorway made of huge yellow blocks of stone (sandstone), the second focus was on the pillars on either side which indicated the importance of the building. The colour of everything was ‘botter geel’ (butter yellow) these words kept playing around in my mind as if the colour is really important. Above the huge entrance was some hieroglyphic writing. As I looked it kept dissolving like sand in an hour glass, revealing a new inscription in ancient writing. This kept disappearing as the sand dissolved and fell down to reveal the next writing. I asked the lord what is this I am seeing? He said: I am changing the script. After quite some time and after many different inscriptions, it stopped. There was indented Greek like writing, but I could still not make it out. I Asked The Lord what is the new script, I can’t read it well and He impressed on me that it was what was written on the cross above Jesus’ head. INRI (King of the Jews).

As I read this vision of the “scripts being changed” it immediately brought me to words the Lord has been speaking to my spirit for the past few months. The words have been,

“Whose narrative are My people listening to?”

In Zechariah 3, we see that Joshua the high priest has the Lord on one side of him and Satan on the other. He had been living according to the narrative of the enemy; causing him to be clothed in garments soiled with iniquities and accusation. In the great mercy of God, He is “plucked like a brand from thefire” (Zechariah 3:2) and becomes a sign and wonder for generations to come of the grace of the cross of Jesus.

Her vision took me into my own vision in which I saw men and women with ancient writings upon their foreheads (minds). I knew that it was Egyptian writings and they represented their “former captivity”. They represented old mindsets, former beliefs and the messages that remained from the former life. These were falling away like a sand castle collapsing. Just as in the vision above, which concluded with the inscription appearing that was upon the cross being now written upon the ancient doorway “INRI” (Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews), I saw those same words written now upon the foreheads of God’s people. Forevermore, they were marked with the declaration of the cross and their lives were engraved with His signature, “King of the Jews”.

I believe that this is a “doorway season”. Many have already passed through but God has extended grace and time so that all of His children may pass through. This doorway is inscribed with the words, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. As we pass through there is a sovereign work done where the former things, the old mindsets and wrong alignments are being set in alignment with His rule over our lives. This is not a tyrannical rulership but rather an intimate relationship that removes all of the former things that have ruled over your life causing strongholds, captivity and accusations. The pillars of God’s truth and justice are upon this doorway and His name is inscribed upon the doorpost.

I encourage you to go through this doorway today. Begin by taking communion; for this is your declaration of remembrance of the grace by which you have been saved. It is an agreement that your life is forever marked by the grace and salvation paid for by the “King of the Jews”. You have surrendered all (yielded all) and you now rule and reign with Him. You are marked with sonship and a signet ring that give you kingly authority has been placed upon your hand. Your priesthood is restored, your garments have been changed and the former things that were built upon sinking sand are now being secured upon the Rock of Christ and His unshakable Kingdom.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19

He makes all things new…even you!

Today, as I waited on the Lord, I saw a vision of a huge arm pulling a small child close. The arm was so big and the child was so very small that it shielded every part of this vulnerable child.

Then I began to hear the words from 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.”

In Him I will trust! Often as we grow from childhood to adulthood, we feel a sense of independence and begin to take the burdens of life, provision, and responsibilities for others upon ourselves. Though we must work hard and be responsible, we must not become independent from the care of our Father. We are fully dependent for every good thing. We must take only His light burden upon ourselves and know that He has a future and hope for us.

As we look at some of the things that men and women of God in the Bible did, we must realize that they were able to do these things only because they were yielded and surrendered to Him.

Moses could not have delivered the Jews from the captivity of Egypt had he not yielded to allowing God to move through his life. Abraham had to yield to see the promises of God made manifest in his life. Mary had to yield to carry the task of being the mother to our Messiah.

In all these examples, and many more, their yielding was their obedience to surrender to God’s will rather than their own. God often asks us to do the impossible, but our response and responsibility in the request is to first yield by saying yes. Then we surrender even deeper by allowing ourselves to become fully dependent, and in doing so, we enter into a trust that shatters natural fears.

…I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

We shall not fear because we dwell in the secret place, under the mighty arm of our God.

“Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.” Psalms‬ ‭91:5-12‬ ‭

Like the child in my vision, who was vulnerable while left alone but fully shielded as he was drawn near, so are we left vulnerable to the battle unless we allow our lives to be drawn under the shadow of His wing and trust with childlike faith in His faithfulness.

Once again I am taken back to Zechariah 3 where Joshua the high priest did nothing but stand while the Lord did for him what he could not possibly do for himself. Today we stand in the silence of perfect trust, of surrender, and of protection. We allow His wing to be like the white linen that covers our nakedness and protects us from the battle.

We shall not fear for He is our refuge!

“The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”” Psalms‬ ‭91:14-16‬ ‭

These are His words to His children. We are honored and rescued…we are saved!

As I waited on the Lord this morning I began to hear many voices speaking words of regrets. These were voices of believers and yet their words and thoughts began with the phrase,

“If only I had…..”

Regrets were in the forefront of their minds as they stopped to get silent and pray. These regrets caused them to want to stay busy, because stopping long enough to quiet their souls often brought forth flood of regrets and thoughts of “If only…”

If only I had…

  • been a more patient parent
  • been a more loving spouse
  • been more generous
  • been more loving
  • been more faithful
  • been a better friend

…and the list goes on.

Yet if we stop long enough for the soul to finish its laundry list of regrets, then we will find that at the end the Spirit of the Lord will come with a new list; a list of restoration.

I Am…

  • a perfect Father who is patient with you
  • a passionate Bridegroom who sees only your beauty
  • a generous Father who holds nothing back from you
  • a loving God who gave His all for you
  • an ever present helper in your times of need
  • a faithful friend

…and the list goes on.

For all that we lack He is our “more than enough”. There is no regrets in Christ, only restoration.He makes all things new.

In repentance we find change and a holy exchange, where we begin to reap blessing that which we did not sow. God changes us and forgives and forgets our iniquities. Our “If Only” is exchanged for His “I Am”. Regrets are washed away by the flood of restoration.

As a parent I never want my children to live in regrets that cause their nights great sorrow. I only desire that they experience the beautiful gift of repentance that washes away stains, gives them a fresh start and a clean slate, and renews them with expectations of joy. This is the heart of God toward His children.

When Peter denied Jesus three times the Bible says that “he wept bitterly.” He came to the end of himself. His soul was filled with regret. As Peter’s regrets turned to repentance, we discover that Jesus’ response upon seeing Peter after His resurrection is to restore him. He first fills his nets with fish, then He cooks him breakfast, and finally He asks Peter three questions that all begin with,

“Do you love me?”

Peter’s answer of “Yes” was his restoration of relationship that repositioned him out of self and into Christ.

This is a picture of what the Lord is doing for His people even now. Many, like Peter, have come to the end of themselves. Some have even denied Him during the dark night of their souls. Yet, after a night of weeping and sorrows…joy comes in the morning. Our God has cooked us breakfast and set a banqueting table before us. He brings us into a new day and asks us the question that restores,

“Do you love me?”

We answer,

“YES! YES! YES! You know we love you!”

We now can move from regrets and repentance to restoration and renewed relationship. We can feed His sheep because it is no longer we that live but Christ who lives within us (Galatians 2:19-21).

Today is a new day and our Savior has made breakfast for His disciples once again. Sit down and eat with Him today. The night is over and “Christ in you” has begun.

Here in North America we have entered the winter months where, in many places, the ground is covered in the winter’s white snow. If you go to the mountain tops the snow is untouched, undisturbed and looks as if the purest white linen has been laid upon the ground. A hush comes with this beauty that causes the onlooker to find stillness and rest.

As we finish the second 8-day segment of “The Yielding” we also finish the focus verse from Zechariah 3:5,

“Then I said, “They should also place a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean priestly turban on his head and dressed him in new clothes while the angel of the Lord stood by.” Zechariah‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭

The angels brought new clothes that represented Joshua’s restoration and purification. We, too, have received a “new turban” as our minds have been renewed and new garments as we have yielded to a deep purification in our hearts. Just like the undisturbed snow-covered mountain tops, a hush and stillness has come upon us. The beauty of “Christ in us” and the peace that comes with alignment and purity causes a “Selah” to come upon our lives. I even sense Heaven’s holy hush as they view this act of grace as the pure white linens have been laid upon God’s people.

Today is a day to rest in the work that has been done. It is a day to feel the peace that purity and grace has brought to us.

Breathe it in and let the light burden of the Lord bring us into a deep rest. As we rest we will be taken higher. It is in the high places that the gentle snow falls and covers everything with a white garment. The rains came to wash and at times it felt like a flood of debris being removed accompanied by the sound of thunder. Now we have been washed and clothed anew. The sound of the silence is the sound of the peace that surpasses our understanding.

I am reminded of the verse in Isaiah 1:18 that says,

“Come, let us settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are crimson red, they will be like wool.

It is settled and today we can rest. God will bring the new instructions but we will carry them out without the burdens of all that we’ve been carrying. He has removed our iniquities and taken our burdens. His yoke is as light as the soft white linens that now covers us. His gentleness surrounds us and His peace rests upon His chosen ones.

~Selah~

Week 1: November 11 - 18

Zechariah 3:1-2

“Then the angel showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord. The Accuser, Satan, was there at the angel’s right hand, making accusations against Joshua. And the Lord said to Satan, “I, the Lord, reject your accusations, Satan. Yes, the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you. This man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire.”

The Lord desires to address the accuser that has brought accusations against your life and your loved ones, as well as accusations against His true nature and character. We encourage you to take time alone, and with others, to allow the Spirit to reveal those accusations that you have worn as garments. He will help you break agreement with lies you have believed and spoken. He will rebuke the enemy and silence the accusations.

Each day, throughout these eight days, stand before the Lord and ask the Spirit to reveal and remove all accusations that have raised themselves against the knowledge of the Holy One.

Today as we took communion together we heard the words,

“…a brand plucked from the fire.” Zechariah 3:2

The Spirit of the Lord has plucked us from the fire; from the penalty of sin and death. We ask Him to come and pluck our loved ones and our nations from the fire.

May He come and wash all the soot off of our lives, our loved ones and our land, as well as any scent of sin or death. His body was broken and His blood was shed for our redemption and we now stand before Him in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We plead the blood of the Lamb over all.

The voice of the Accuser is now replaced with the sweet sound of our Savior who calls out,

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

Today…come and let Him give you rest from all the heavy burdens that you are carrying. Let Him carry your life, your loved ones and the land that you dwell in. His yoke is easy and there is rest for your souls.

As we continue to go through the first eight days (five 8-day segments within the 40 days) we can discover from the blueprint that the Lord laid out before us, from Zechariah 3, that there is a battle over our lives and destinies.

“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.”‭‭ Zechariah‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭

Satan was standing on the opposite side of Joshua from where the Lord stood “in order to oppose him”. To oppose someone means to disapprove of and attempt to prevent, especially by way of an argument. The enemy actively resists God’s plans for your life. He attempts to persuade you to resist as well through his arguments against God’s faithfulness, character and the truth of His will and Word. Satan refuses to comply with God’s ways and so he continually shouts arguments against truth.

When we begin to shift away from the perfect alignment with God’s will and Word we take upon our lives a lie. which in turn, is an accusation against the Holy One. All lies equate to accusation and every accusation is rooted in an accusation against the Lord Himself. This is why we are allowing the Spirit of the Lord, along with the help of angels, to remove the accusations and lies that have shifted us from being fully aligned with “oneness of spirit” with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17).

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
The Lord is even now rebuking Satan on your behalf. Just as He did with Joshua the high priest, He fights on our behalf.

I saw a vision of this scene where Joshua stands in between the Lord and Satan. But in the vision Joshua no longer was content to stand in the middle (between two opinions). Instead he rushed to the Lord. When he did this he came into absolute alignment with Christ and he no longer heard the arguments that the enemy shouted to resist him. I saw oneness, unity and authority restored as well as a protection from the enemies assaults.

Today, rush to the arms of your Beloved Savior! We no longer want to stand between two opinions or even allow our ears to hear the arguments and accusations against our God and His will for our lives. We fall into the arms of Mercy and Grace and let Him fight for us.

“Be it unto me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Last night I was suddenly awakened with a phrase going through my mind as a declaration. The words were,

“Where Satan has tried to conform you to the world, God is about to transform you by His Spirit.”

This naturally brought my mind to the verse in Romans 12:2 that says,

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

As this supernatural work occurs you will be able to walk in the wisdom of knowing His perfect will and Word.

Today, invite the Spirit of the Lord to transform every part of your life and mind that has been conformed to the patterns of this world. The patterns of the world cloud discernment, judgement and understanding. The renewing of our minds bring us into clarity and wisdom.

I come into agreement with the prayers of Jesus right now that you and your loved ones will be transformed; having your minds renewed. I declare with you that every place that has been conformed to the patterns of this world are now transformed by the power of His Spirit and the washing of His Word.

We do not belong to the world any longer (John 17:16) but are now citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven (Philippians 3:20). He will transform us to the patterns of His Kingdom and to the ways of our King.

People have a hard time letting go of having control. We have been taught in life that letting go is to be “out of control” or it is to become passive. Yet the “letting go” with God is the yielding that allows transformation.

As His sons and daughters we understand that His ways and His wisdom are higher than the ways and wisdom of any man. As we surrender to the work of His Spirit we let go of all that holds us back from the fullness of unity (oneness) with Him. Surrender creates a yielding that says, “Not my will but your will be done.”

Let go of all that you’ve been trying to control. Give God full control; give Him both the good and the bad. It is by grace that your life was redeemed and it is by grace that your will be transformed. Your part is surrender.

As the words to the old song go:

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all,
I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory to His name!

Today we surrender all. We belong to Him and all that we have we gladly surrender to Him. For in His hands everything thrives and is blessed. What we hold onto remains limited but what we surrender to Him becomes miraculous. Let go and let God!

“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” I Corinthians‬ ‭6:17‬

One spirit with Him? Have you ever thought about these words?

If you read through the verses prior to 1 Corinthians 6:17 you will find that this is compared to intimacy between a man and woman when “the two become one flesh”. Paul warns against being joined physically with a harlot because of the joining and “oneness” that occurs.

We are temples of the Holy Spirit; therefore we are to walk in purity in both our bodies and our spirits.

As we continue to stand before the Lord as Joshua the high priest did in Zechariah 3, we are yielding to the work of His Spirit that will remove all places in our bodies and in our spirits that have been defiled or joined to anything that separates us from being “one spirit with the Lord”.

Today, as you come before our merciful God, ask the Spirit to restore the purity in your body and in your spirit. We will live in one spirit with the Lord and therefore in unity with His people.

Let us offer ourselves as holy and living sacrifices as we read in Romans 12:1-2,

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” — Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬

We all know the verse from Zechariah 4:6 but I’d like to share it with you out of the Message translation,

The Messenger-Angel said, “Can’t you tell?” “No, sir,” I said. Then he said, “This is God’s Message to Zerubbabel: ‘You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,’ says God-of-the-Angel-Armies. ‘So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you’re nothing but a molehill. He’ll proceed to set the Cornerstone in place, accompanied by cheers: Yes! Yes! Do it!’” Zechariah 4:6

“You can’t force these things…” or “Not by might nor by power…”. As we yield to the powerful might of the Spirit even the mountains before us become like molehills. Though the enemy will cast shadows that loom like tall mountains over us, they are but molehills before the Lord.

Our authority and identity as sons and daughters of the Most High God is terrifying before every enemy and every demonic force. They tremble as the Cornerstone of Christ is securely place in our lives and we yield fully to His Spirit and to the will of our Father.

Today we once again yield to the work of the Spirit of God, who causes mountains to tremble and demons to flee. We declare that Jesus is the cornerstone of our lives and of our families. Though the Earth is shaken, we shall not be; for His Kingdom cannot be shaken.

We conclude the first 8-day segment of this 40-days of Yielding with declaring that we put Jesus our Cornerstone in place! I hear the Lord speaking with great authority the words from Zechariah 3:2,

“The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?””

‭‭God will not be mocked and He will rebuke the one that has accused and harassed you, your family and His people.

Jesus is the Cornerstone of our lives!

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