From the desk of Steve Shultz:
Once in awhile you'll hear me say that a person is one of my favorite people. I do seem to have a lot of favorites, but Cindy McGill is certainly one that is at the top of my favorites list.
Cindy and I did a conference together in Southern California a couple of years ago and it was so rewarding. We work well together and we seemingly have the same viewpoint. The way I would put it is that we both believe God is very simple and we tend to make Him very complicated.
Let's FACE THE WIND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - since those WINDS OF CHANGE are blowing already. You can either face this wind and be changed quickly - or you can run from the wind and it will catch you anyway! But if you run, the change may take a little longer, and I'd just as soon get it over with.
Enjoy Cindy. Here are some great resources by Cindy McGill, one of the most down-to-earth people I've ever known. Oh, and here also is a CD by Bob Jones on the "Winds of change!"
"FACE THE WIND – IT'S A FAITH WALK"
The Winds of Change are Blowing
Does it feel like everything in our lives is being challenged? Sometimes it seems like our spiritual compass is spinning out of control and we can't find our direction. We put one foot down and the ground moves under the other foot. There is no doubt that we have crossed over into uncertain times. The certainty in uncertain times is to keep our anchor in Jesus.
Isaiah 41:10 says, "Do not fear for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
It's time to walk by faith and not put a lot of trust in our own understanding. The winds of change are blowing and everything in our lives is affected. These winds will show us where our house is built.
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus is teaching about the two houses:
"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
"But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
Two houses and two foundations. Often we feel that the winds are adverse times and difficult seasons of our lives, but what if the winds actually represents the Holy Spirit?
God is redefining His Church. God is directing the wind and we find ourselves faced with two choices. We can either turn our faces to the wind or turn our backs on the wind.
If we turn our backs to the wind, we lose sight of things to come and can become rigid and unmovable, possibly even fighting against God. If we face the wind, we find ourselves positioned to have old things blown off of us, capture new vision, and become strengthened for the days to come.
LET THE JUNK BLOW OFF YA!
This shift and change is from God and we must face this wind to get to our next place. He is getting old stuff out of us. Old mindsets, old methods, old comfortable paths and predictable lifestyles are being blown off of us in this wind.
We must avoid trying to reconstruct things God is dismantling. This change is essential. We cannot move forward without it.
God is challenging us to increase our faith. We must ask ourselves this question: Will we choose to be a people of faith or familiarity?
The truth is we cannot keep going like we are going to arrive at the place God wants us to be at. The path is turning. We have to follow Him to arrive at our destiny. We are faced with an opportunity of setting the stage for the greatest visitation of His presence that the world has ever seen.
Things are being removed and things are being added to our lives. The choice is ours. Do we turn our back on the preparation process or do we face the wind and let God reshape our lives, circumstances and mindsets for His purposes?
The very wind He sends, prunes, protects, directs and guides us. There is a higher plan in place. It is God sending this wind.
THERE GOES THE ROOF
These windy times are seasonal, but our faith must increase right now. God is blowing the lid off of our little world. When the roof is gone, there is no obstruction to seeing the Heavenly realm. Things are getting exposed. We are able to see things from God's view.
When the wind dies down, we will have a clearer picture of God, of ourselves, our assignment, and a deeper dependence on God with new levels of trust and faith. Honestly, most of the stuff we thought we just had to have, we discover we just don't need anymore and when it's gone, we won't miss it - stuff in the natural and in the spirit realm.
WHERE IS OUR FAITH?
God is taking over. He is directing the ship. As this storm comes up, will we remember God's words to us or will we be like the disciples who woke Jesus up in the boat, telling Him they were going to die?
Luke 8:22-25, "Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, 'Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.' And they launched out. But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, 'Master, Master, we are perishing!'
"Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, 'Where is your faith?' And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, 'Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!'"
We are going to make it to the other side. The process may take us in a way we didn't see coming, but the end result is that we will be in a new place with new perspective and INCREASED FAITH!
Face the wind. It is a good thing and a God thing.
Anchored on the Rock,
Hope for the Harvest Ministries