From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
There is so much God is doing right now, especially in our hearts.
He is revealing Himself in a new way and showing us areas that need to be let go of personally and corporately.
Yes, He is doing a clean sweep to many areas and in our nation...that's a fact!
Read this uplifting word from Kathi Pelton and let it equip you to pray for our nation. Let's be a part of the solution and be a part of His clean up crew! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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When I was a child, every Saturday my siblings and I were required to thoroughly clean our rooms. One time, I remember not wanting to clean so I took all the clothes that had been scattered through my room and threw them on my closet floor and closed the doors. Then I took the papers, books and homework and shoved them in my desk drawers in a haphazard way. Finally, I took everything else and just pushed it under my bed to hide it from sight.
After vacuuming and dusting I called my mom to let her know that I was done. She walked in (probably realizing that it was too soon for me to have properly cleaned) and when she saw a "seemingly" immaculate room, she became suspicious and opened my closet door. Of course, my hidden mess poured out upon her feet, and what didn't fall was quickly tossed out by her. Then she headed to my bed, lifted the bedspread to look under it, and the true hidden mess and deception was revealed. Everything was thrown out into the middle of my room and now it all looked worse than before I had begun.
I thought of this memory as I've observed the state of our nation.
A Mess Revealed
Less than six months ago everything looked clean, in order and right, but suddenly something came and opened our closet doors and pulled out all that was hidden from sight; suddenly we have a bigger mess than before.
But, just like when I was a child and hid my mess—nothing was actually cleaned at all. The mess in our nation was merely hidden from sight. Most didn't want to deal with it or see it exposed because we don't like "mess." We had learned to live contently without uncovering the mess or exposing all that was hidden.
When my mess was exposed (as a child) I was forced to truly clean it up; to bring order and alignment to every area. But first, everything had to be pulled out from the hidden places and exposed. I believe, that is where we are as a nation. (Photo via Piqsels)
So, God first began with His Bride. From March through May God opened the door of our hearts and exposed the clutter and mess that was keeping us from making room for Him. Many of us in the Body of Christ took these months to get our hearts clean and make room for Him. Remember, God always looks for a remnant to work through. Also, there had been a time of exposure within the Church because God always cleans His house first.
God's Clean-Up Crew
Once He had cleaned, prepared and aligned His remnant's hearts it was time to pull out everything under the bedrock of our nation. Yes, it's a mess and it's all been pulled out and thrown into the light for all to see. Although it may not feel like "our mess," we need to know that it is the mess we knew existed and yet did not want to look at or even know what to do about. Now it is laid out for all to see and it is the Church that will be given authority and wisdom regarding what to do to bring it back into divine order.
We can't just push it back under the bed or hide it behind closed doors because it's already been exposed. We must begin the step-by-step process of cleaning it up. We need the help of our Father because it's, quite honestly, too big of a job for us! But...He is happy to give wisdom and hold the plumb line that will reveal alignment. We must ask for wisdom and be willing to steward the clean-up process.
We may wish that we could just go back to the way it was before 2020, but to have 20/20 vision and to make decrees that establish righteousness, we first needed to know what was hidden from sight. It can be better than it was before! If we will go before the mercy seat and then follow His lead, then we won't merely have the appearance of being clean but purity can be established—even in the hidden places.
It Starts with Alignment
Exposure is good when it is exposing that which is unclean. We must all begin the work, but first we must align with God's heart and His steps to lay down personal agendas, and pick up heavenly blueprints that draw us into the oneness that Jesus prayed for in John 17:21-23:
"I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one—as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in us so that the world will believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me and that You love them as much as You love Me." (Photo via Piqsels)
We may have to lay down names, titles, brands and differences to come into the oneness that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit share and see it come upon the Church. I am praying for His plumbline to come and for His Bride to yield to the true alignment of Heaven. Let us lay everything at the feet of the One who is worthy, and release the perfume of oneness over His feet so that it fills the atmosphere with "Christ in us."
God is aligning hearts, He is aligning His remnant Church, and He is aligning together those who will be entrusted to carry out His purposes in humble surrender, as well as confident authority in His leadership. We serve a humble King who is searching for those who will lead and serve as He does.
Now is the time to pray for a holy alignment to continue that will usher us into the oneness that causes "the world to know." May all that has been exposed now be made clean by our God and His faithful remnant. We don't have time to get overwhelmed by the mess before our eyes because we must remember, it was there all along, just hidden from plain view. We just have to allow the cleaning to begin.
Perfect love is ultimately the alignment that is needed. Many years ago, the late Bob Jones was asked a question when He was taken to Heaven: "Did you learn to love?" Let us ask for reformed lives that align with His love. Will we learn to love? It is easy to love that which is lovely, but now we have the opportunity to love that which is unlovely.
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Jeffrey and Kathi Pelton live in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jeffrey is a writer, teacher and book editor. Kathi is an author and prophetic voice to the Church. They walk with nations and individuals to see God's original intent fulfilled. Their ministry, Inscribe Ministries, was founded upon the verse from Habakkuk 2:2 that says, "Then the LORD answered me and said: 'Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.'"
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