December 12, 2017
"Grace, Grace and the Great Cloud of Witnesses"
Bonnie Jones, Pineville, NC
From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
Bonnie Jones had an intriguing dream recently that offers GREAT insight into what is happening within the Body of Christ.
We are ALL running a race, saints...this is a great reminder to us as Bonnie shares:
Each generation runs their race, carrying the baton of the prior generation. Although Bob Jones was a mighty anointed prophet of God, he would often say that his ceiling must be our floor. He believed the next generation must take the anointing higher than he did. Just like Elisha received a double portion of Elijah's anointing, we must go deeper in Christ and higher in the Spirit. All of our promises are hidden in Christ and are continuously being unfolded.
Now, I don't want to give it all away... but the dream offers encouragement for what God is saying to the Church right now! I encourage you to read it for yourself and pray it excites you to RUN your race WELL. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Please forward this word to your friends! Encourage them to subscribe to the Elijah List right here: http://elijahlist.com/subscribe.
Steve Shultz, Founder and Publisher
The Elijah List & Breaking Christian News
"Grace, Grace and the Great Cloud of Witnesses"
Bonnie Jones, Pineville, NC
Dream of a Race with Ava Grace
In a dream I had recently, it appeared there was a foot race that was about to begin. My granddaughter named "Ava Grace" and myself were participants. There were approximately a dozen people on our team made up of various ages. There was Ava, being four, while others were teens, twenties, forties and then of course me, sixty something. Our line was staggered.
Ava, being the youngest, was about twenty yards out in front, while others were five or ten yards behind her. The oldest were back at the starting line. At first, I called to her saying that she's cheating and needs to come back to the starting line. But she insisted that was where she was supposed to be and set herself in position to run the race.
The Great Cloud of Witnesses
That's when I noticed another team on the other side of the field facing us. Each team member appeared to be an adult standing on the finish line in single file. At first, I was afraid for Ava because I thought the opposing team would knock her down if they advanced toward our line. But I was wrong. As I was able to focus more clearly on the other team, I realized they were part of the great cloud of witnesses that had already finished their race. There was so much love and joy oozing from them and they were so excited for us. They were jumping up and down waving their arms with great enthusiasm. Then with arms outstretched, beckoning us to come to them, I realized they were encouraging us to get moving, now!
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)
I believe the veil is very thin right now and, in fact, continuously getting thinner. The saints I saw had already finished their race here on earth, but their promises are not complete until we finish our race. Each generation runs their race, carrying the baton of the prior generation.
Although Bob Jones was a mighty anointed prophet of God, he would often say that his ceiling must be our floor. He believed the next generation must take the anointing higher than he did. Just like Elisha received a double portion of Elijah's anointing, we must go deeper in Christ and higher in the spirit. All of our promises are hidden in Christ and are continuously being unfolded.
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." (Hebrews 11:13 NKJV)
Ava Grace—What's in a Name?
I feel my granddaughter's name, Ava Grace, is significant in this dream. Therefore I believe God is extending grace—grace to His children to speak to and overcome every obstacle and hindrance in their lives. Because it's not by might nor by power, but only by His Holy Spirit (Zech. 4:6) that we shall endure the race ahead.
It's not going to be an easy race, but like the great cloud of witnesses have already done, we also must keep our eyes upon Jesus and cast aside every burden. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. We must be like our predecessors that yielded to Jesus and looked beyond the Cross to the joy that lies ahead. Christ endured the Cross for the sake of His inheritance. We are His joy and likewise He is ours.
"This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts. 'Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of "Grace, grace to it!"'" (Zechariah 4:6-7 NKJV)
The word grace means "kind, lovely and charming." But God's grace means getting what you don't deserve. The Lord spoke to me about grace. He said, "You see, people feel grace is all about being friendly and kind and doing good for one another. Grace suspends judgment and My judgment is final. My grace allows for human error to be revealed and to repent, so that My mercy covers the sin." Mercy means not getting what you do deserve. I believe God is granting us a time of grace for self-examination and repentance for sin, so we can run our race unhindered. Then we can express His grace toward others through love.
The Young Will Lead the Way
I found it interesting that a four-year old was leading the way. She was out in front of the rest and focused. Even when I brought distraction, she discerned by the Spirit to run her race. The older the other participants were, the nearer they were to the starting line. I believe that speaks volumes. The youth of today are grasping spiritual truths far quicker than adults because their spirits have not been defiled by the world. Adults would be wise to pay close attention to their innocence and follow after them. If not, some will be left standing at the starting line waiting for the starter to fire his pistol.
"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you." (Isaiah 60:1 NKJV)
It's time for all of us to arise and let the Lord's light shine through us into a dark world. It's time to run our race keeping our focus on Jesus and knowing the great cloud of witnesses are surrounding and cheering us on. Their promises are incomplete without us; like Bob's promise of a billion-soul harvest can't be complete until we do our part.
Let's join together and run our race and not grow weary. Let His glory rest upon you to refresh and strengthen you along the way. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
The Prophetic Ministry of Bob and Bonnie Jones
Email: click here
Bonnie Jones has a great love for the Lord, the Word, and the Cross of Jesus. She loves children and enjoys blessing them with a gift of joy, truth, love, and encouragement. Bonnie moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2001 to attend Morning Star School of Ministry; in 2005 she met Bob Jones and they were married the following year (Bob Jones went home to be with the Lord in 2014). Bonnie moves in a seer prophetic gifting as well as healing and miracles. Her passion is to see women set free from the fear of man and step into their gifts and calling.
Bonnie Jones' Itinerary:
January 4, 2018 (7pm)
Seattle Revival Center
12636 SE 89th Pl., Newcastle, WA 98056
Phone: 425 228-0810
January 5-7, 2018 (10am; 9pm)
Vancouver Revival Centre
3-19040 Lougheed Hwy, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia V3Y 2N6 Canada
(for more information click here)
January 9-11, 2018
Three Rivers House of Prayer
1335 - 11th Ave., Longview, WA 98632
To receive daily, encouraging prophetic emails from The Elijah List to your in box CLICK HERE or go to: http://elijahlist.com/subscribe
Visit our webstore and check out Alveda King's brand new book by Elijah List Publications: America Return to God: www.americareturntogod.com
Also check out Steve Shultz's Revised and 2nd Edition book Can't You Talk Louder, God?: http://www.elijahshopper.com/cant-you-talk-louder-god-secrets-to-hearing-the-voice-of-god-revised-and-updated-edition-by-steve-shultz/
Permission is granted (and you are also encouraged) to reprint these articles in hard copy form, as well as sending them to your own email lists and posting them on your own websites. We ask only that you keep Elijah List website, email contact info, and author contact information intact.
Elijah List Publications
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321