From the desk of Steve Shultz:
Jesus told us that HE wants us to have an abundant life. More than we expect – pressed down, shaken together and running over.
And please remember us at the Elijah List and consider making an end-of-the-year donation. We are an LLC which is a FOR-PROFIT entity, so there wouldn't be a tax-deduction. We appreciate ALL of your support big and small. You can donate online by going to: https://www.elijahlist.com/donations/donation.php or you can send in a check to this address:
Elijah List Publications
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321
Many blessings to you, our dear readers.
Jesus' Plans - a "Million Times Better Than I Expected"
Jesus began to define some of His hopeful, fascinating, "beyond my greatest belief" plans that were a million times better than what I ever could consider ("'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived' – the things God has prepared for those who love Him." 1 Corinthians 2:9). He said, "Now let's share what we're going to do in 2011."
First He showed me many in the Symphony of Hope that He was putting in place. I marveled at His wisdom, as each member of the Family of God had specific roles, timing, temperaments, sensitivities and a unique worship and one-of-a-kind love for God as Hope Craftsmen, filled with radiant hope in this Hope Reformation.
I saw such glory on people...beyond what I could ever imagine. Jesus turned to me and said, "My sons and daughters – these anointed craftsmen are more than what they think. They are more than enough in Me to handle and build out radiant Hebrews 3:13 houses of hope in the midst of these waves that are coming."
"But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called 'Today,' so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." –Hebrews 3:13
Jesus said to me tenderly, "Remember as I show you My plans for 2011 that I'm not going to share all the answers. I'm going to purposely create some ambiguity that will lead to true dialogue, deep relationship and the right, hopeful-heart questions to ask Me in this season. I will give you and others great insights that have not been opened up to this point about My plan." He looked deep into my eyes in the most loving and hopeful way and explained, "The most important reality to Me is that I know you would not trade My secrets for any other person or reason, and that you would absorb the substance of My secrets."
He paused a moment, and then continued with that in mind. "Now let Me give you a glimpse of 2011 through My love, hope and confidence in Me so that you will see the present challenges to the nations in light of My hopeful, confident, overcoming heart. Then you can share with others from the posture of enjoying My will and being strengthened and greatly encouraged as I pull back the veil, so you can agree and pray these realities in."
The Great Symphony of Hope
From the porch swing in Heaven I reclined on with Jesus, I looked out into the distance and saw a very great multitude of people, a people who were not striving but who knew their inheritance – a vast hope and love army who believed the promise of Genesis 3:15, that the seed of Eve would rule the earth. It was the great Symphony of Hope. It is the plan of God to bring Heaven and earth together, like Jacob's ladder in Genesis 28:12, through His people.
Everyone in the Family of God was included and I watched as they went on the journey of hope together. Their hearts stayed in such a high place of inexplicable joy and hope as they stayed together, even when government realities didn't line up. Jesus began to highlight particular groups in this multitude, and He shared with such love and hope that my heart began to burn with affection for His people.
Those Who Put Out Forest Fires of Hopelessness: First, He said, "Look at those ones," as He pointed at various groups within the crowd. "They are the only ones who know how to put out forest fires of hopelessness because they are filled with overcoming, creative joy and hope. They understand the John/Nathaniel realities of being ones who have been with Jesus."
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Second, He pointed out another group that was to bring forth something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. He explained that something old was an understanding of the heart of God from the past; something new was an understanding of the heart of God for today; something borrowed was the anointing and power mantles of others (including Jesus) from the past; and something blue was the revelation of the heart of God for the future. They would help ambush many cities and nations of the earth with the hope of God by helping many see the Heavens open and angels descending and abiding on earth, as well as the Son of Man.
Slum Dog Millionaires: Next, He drew my attention to a group that He called the "Slum Dog Millionaires" who were ones that perceived little value in their experiences in life and didn't think they amounted to much, but He had another opinion:
"They have everything they need to offer others from their own experience to bring them from hopelessness to hope in 2011...they will go from hiddenness to a 'coming-out' party! What they had experienced would create millions and millions of hope presents and packages for those who were suffering in their particular situations. They would help bring others into a place that was called 'home,' where the rightful hope of their calling in God would come forth." He said, their lives were the connecting points in the midst of these challenges between God and the hearts of many. They would help us see the Lord who fills the earth with His glory.
Hope Orchestra Conductors: On the porch swing, Jesus showed me many other groups that I will share in the future, many of whom will act as Hope Orchestra Conductors, putting instruments into place in the Symphony of Hope. They were more than enough to handle the five Great Waves that are coming to the nations in 2011.
Five Great Waves in the Nations
(In no particular order)
Next, Jesus spoke as the King of the nations. He said, "These five great waves or challenges that are coming will turn into beautiful loving victories in Me as you keep your eyes on Me and enjoy Me. I will turn the Valley of Challenge into a Door of Hope (Hosea 2:15)."
As He spoke, my eyes were fixed on His, and there was not an ounce of fear or despair in His eyes. His face shone with a radiance and confident hope in His plans for the Family of God and the nations. It was more than convincing – it was unpretentious confidence. I watched as the waves began to rise in front of me, and Jesus held my hand with strength and surety as He explained each wave to me, as well as the hopeful solution in Him that He had prepared for His people.
The First Great Wave: Economic Challenge to Many Nations & Families
I watched as the First Great Wave of Economic Challenge came against the nations and families in 2011. Jesus said, "Financial pain is cruel...let Me put this challenge into perspective." He was so full of hope as He showed me this wave within the Biblical pattern of His goodness in the past, as in the days of Joseph, where a man of God was prepared ahead of time to save the nations in time of famine. He showed me other times in the past where He had bound the strongman and brought an open Heaven. He then showed me what could happen if the wave was not handled rightly.
As I watched the waves unfold, I felt anxiety rising in my heart, and Jesus took hold of my hand even more firmly. Then He opened my eyes to see the angels that were there helping. He said, "I told My disciples that life is more than food and the body more than clothing (Luke 12:23) because I know how people are susceptible when they are hungry to give in to wrong systems and wrong realities." He said, "I understand, and I have right realities and hope realities for you to choose now, to proactively become Hope Reformers and Benevolent Ones in the days to come."
I saw some of these challenges that would rise up and I felt such peace as I watched His creative genius and the economic solutions that He showed me as He worked through different ones who led others to God and a true Biblical hope versus becoming victims and dependent on the hand of man. It was a wonderful opportunity to see Him as Supplier in this great challenge before us!
The Second Great Wave: False Unity
Next, as we sat together on the porch swing, Jesus pointed out another wave on the horizon. I watched as the Second Great Wave of False Unity came against the nations. Jesus showed me those who would join together in wrong alliances and not around a lovesick God who was lovesick for people. Instead, they would gather around the survival of human beings and out of their desperate need would purpose to make false alliances. I saw that this false unity across the nations was fueled by many dying in loneliness and need. Many of those in need would respond to someone lending them a hand and a little compassion, though the source of help was not from God but from men who desired their own gain. There was compassion on the front end but a "bite" on the back end.
Jesus shared how this false unity was like Nimrod and Babylon in Genesis 11, where people became bricks versus living stones because they all conformed for the survival and need of one another. This was like Hezekiah in Isaiah 36-38, who came under false unity and alliances with pagan nations who promised them that they would be greatly taken care of by them, and the opposite was true. He showed me that Hezekiah had wrongly leaned on Egypt for help (and He showed me present tense nations) because he had felt so alone and didn't know how to take care of the people. He depended on false unity because it appeared to be a quick fix (and He showed me some of these present tense leaders who would do the same). Jesus also showed me how King Saul had succumbed to the pressures of the people.
Looking out over the nations from the balcony of Heaven, I saw that there were societies that could come together under wrong banners that will create false unity for the sake of survival, support, understanding and relationship. They will be obviously unified around the wrong values and gods, and it will come back to cause them harm.
Jesus went on to say, "I have caused there to be division among you in order to approve what is right, and I will point out what true unity is and will bring forth a unity that is a serious and unstoppable force. It will come from My prize people who will bring forth a 'better than' plan in God." (Then I saw countries that would align around them.)
The Third Great Wave: The "Nanny States"
Then while on the porch swing with Jesus, I saw a Third Great Wave rise up against the nations. He called it the "Nanny State" (which was wrong dependence on the hand of man), and He showed me how this third great wave is where many become like little children (as in Judges 8) looking for someone to take care of them. I saw the scene unfold before me, as these children first look to good leaders who say, "We're too busy." Then the children look to the thorn bushes and brambles (which represent evil leaders), and my heart sank as I watched them gladly agree to care for the children with evil intent in their hearts. I saw human trafficking rings, organized crime and other abuses come forth from this reality.
"Who's Our Daddy?" I felt the fire and passion of Jesus as He showed me the injustices to the children (and these were children not only in age, but in a sense, these children represented all of us, from CEO's of major corporations to housewives) and all of us were asking, "Who's our daddy? Who will take care of us?" He wants to answer that He is our daddy, instead of us turning to a "nanny state" and becoming wrongly dependent on the government.
The scene melted away before me, and it was He and I alone again on the porch swing, and He said, "Come closer to Me and look into My being...am I enough?" I cried as I felt the areas where I had not trusted Him to be enough. But then He smiled at me and He expanded my mind and broke every paradigm about who and what I was dependent on, and how dependent I could be on Him and His solutions.
I was totally speechless for a long time...and if you know me, that is not the norm! I was in such awe of His capacity and compassion in this encounter. I saw Him bringing forth Hope Craftsmen who would be filled with pleasure to solve these injustices with lovely, hopeful conclusions. I saw them begin to rise up and say to the children of the nations, "You have a Father in Heaven who will help to build you in hope and give you the true and hopeful advanced tools that will equip you for all you need in the future."
His Loving, Enjoyable Discipline
Jesus shared with me that there are those in the Family of God that He has a loving, enjoyable discipline for, because they have a proneness to being cared for wrongly as victims. This discipline would deliver them and they would be able to then feed and build themselves on the true and hopeful knowledge of God and not be raised as cripples. They would be equipped to appropriate who God is now and at every stage of their life.
"They have no concept of My greatness in them or in who they are in Me... Little disciplines open up the right doors to see Me properly and will go a long way, like adoration, thanksgiving, and inquiring of My heart...these will lead to decrees from Me that will bring transformation at the deepest level."
Then Jesus stressed to me that I and our Deeper Waters team (with a group of others He has shown us) have a responsibility and privilege to be Patriarchs and Matriarchs of hope that will not only deliver the children but will help build and develop them in hope and abundant life in Him that was a million times more beautiful than we could ever imagine.
He shouted, "Now, now, now is the time to be filled with hope miracles!" He was giving us an invitation to be leaders of hope to help the children to smile at their future. He said, "A thousand times more than you think...no, a million times more than what you think! Think of Philip, what a dynamic life, He translated in the blink of an eye! You've missed the beautiful hope miracles that have happened!" He said, "I am the beautiful God who has designed a future that has never entered the mind of man...and I'm inviting you into it."
The Fourth Great Wave: False Heroes with False Hopes
In confidence and in unpretentious perfect rest, Jesus showed me the Fourth Great Wave that would come against the nations. It was a wave of False Hopes that will come forth from False Heroes. He said that these false heroes will try to remind us of our worries and our doldrums and failures and try to keep these before us. This is what they were designed to do, and then they would site themselves as the answer. When we had an itch in the spirit they would offer us a scratch in the soul...meaning that their answers would be the 1 John 2:16 lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life as a way to deal with the pressures, challenges and disturbing emotions that will arise from these waves.
As Jesus watched these false heroes and observed their inferior beauties and lesser answers, He laughed, "You've got to be kidding! They will be no match for My wondrous, high heavenly ways which are full of mental and heart genius that will free people from misery." I watched as these false hopes began to turn the people into slaves and they became dependant on care systems and wrong compassions which steal their unique identity.
From the balcony of Heaven with Jesus, I saw nations where the Holy Ghost Hope Glory Train would go, and then He showed me that our nation in these next few years is going to make a choice between false hopes and true Biblical hopes. I saw that most in our nation could rely on the false hopes of ever-increasing wealth from wrong sources, growth and wrong dependence on a system to take care of them.
I watched as many were living on entertainment to avoid reality and were not dependent upon God. Jesus said, "Look over there," and He pointed out some of the false hope leaders of the past that were covered in dark thinking. I saw that many of them had great intentions and were trying to do good, genuinely desiring to help people, but they had tried to help through a humanistic mindset in their own strength rather than dependence on Him. They all had the same goal, for people to be cared for, but the real issue was who they were depending on to provide the needed care.
The Fifth Great Wave: An Incomplete Understanding of the Kingdom of God
Next, Jesus showed me the fifth Great Wave that was key and was misunderstood by the Body of Christ. It was an Incomplete Understanding of the Advancing Kingdom of God. "True understanding of the Kingdom of God is hoping in Him and experiencing His smile and fullness of life now."
He showed how the Body of Christ has been educated in wrong ways, and how it's going to take such a great hopeful determination and discipline shift in our education of who He is and who we are and our futures in Him, to understand our roles as loved image-bearers and our awesome authority in Him to bring forth divine destiny and a Hope Reformation.
Jesus was passionate about this, and He said, "I will bring forth exponential learning in 2011 regarding what the true Kingdom of God is all about." He showed me that there has been a limited view of Him and His Kingdom, and He showed me nine distinctives that were new to our understanding in how they were Biblically walked out. He had a grand, glorious, hopeful, positive invitation for all of us. He said, "You won't lose your brain or heart, but be open to hearing Me in the present tense invitation into this most fundamental lesson, of how you might live with Me in this age of faith and hope and overflow with love for yourself and others today."
He shouted, "I want to open up the Kingdom on a whole new level that will meet the needs of the coming days with hope miracles, and a hope way of living through Hope Patriarchs and Matriarchs and Hope Craftsmen. It will be so beautiful!"
At this point, Jesus became very excited as He rolled out His blueprints for 2011, because He had a "greater than" plan and an overcoming, hopeful solution for each and every challenge that would come against His people. I leaned in closer as He shared His confident hope-filled answers with me... to be continued.
Deeper Waters Ministry
About Bob Hartley: Bob Hartley is the founder of Hartley Institute/Deeper Waters Ministry in Kansas City, Missouri, inspired through a dream the Lord gave to Bob more than a decade ago, where the Lord spoke that the "The youth of this nation are diving into 'shallow waters' of the knowledge of God, and it is killing them!" Bob's heart is to take this generation deep into the knowledge of God through hopeful, heartfelt prayer and intimacy with the Lord, and opening up their ability to hear from His heart and partner with the God of All of Life in every arena and season of the soul.
Bob served as a pastor at Metro Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle before entering the marketplace in 1983, with a vision to see the marketplace redeemed and cities established that value and love the person of Jesus. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Hartley Group, a "Hope Center" for the marketplace, consisting of Hartley's Executive Cleaning, Swift Chemicals & Supply, Prize Properties and H&H Management in Kansas City, Missouri. Bob is a frequent speaker to youth, churches, businesses and national leaders throughout America and the world. His quest has been to bring the Kingdom of God into every arena of life and give spiritual tools and equipping to those seeking to know and love God in the midst of their everyday lives. Currently, Bob resides in Kansas City with his wife and four children.