From the desk of Steve Shultz:
As Bill Yount’s word states, God has shown over and over to His people that He is indeed more interested in the “weightier matters” such as “justice and mercy.” These have to do with relationships. Yet so many of us forget this and we concentrate on keeping traditions and we focus on working hard for the Lord.
Yet when we stand before the Lord, God will speak to us about the things we did that affected the lives of others more than how hard we worked or how well we kept “the rules.”
This will turn out to be a well-timed word for many people, myself included.
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"CAUTION: You are Entering into Your Promised Land -
BE CAREFUL NOT TO MURMER –AND GUARD EVERY RELATIONSHIP!"
"And the people murmured against Moses saying, 'What shall we
drink?'" Exodus 15:24
On the very brink of entering into their land of promise, the Israelites began to weep and cry out upon
hearing the evil report of the ten spies. "And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and
against Aaron and the whole congregation said to them, 'Would God that we
had died in the land of Egypt! Or would to God we had died in this
wilderness!'" Numbers 14:2
"And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before
the rock and said to them, 'Hear now you rebels, must we fetch you water out
of this rock?'" Numbers 20:10. As a result of Moses' anger against the people, he strikes the
rock instead of speaking to it, and it cost him from entering the Promised
Land. The book of Numbers could also be called the book of "murmuring" because the Israelites kept murmuring against Moses and God.
Entering Into The Promised Land!
Being in the same church for thirty-five years, I am learning late in life
that God deems our relationships higher than our visions and dreams. If your
vision or dream is not yet fulfilled, check out your relationships, because I
believe we inherit our promised land through our relationships. We not only need God to enter into the Promised
Land, but we need each other. "Where there is no vision, the people perish," (Proverbs 29:18) could also
perhaps be turned around to say, "Without people, your vision will perish."
Your promised land or vision isn't really just for you. It is for
others too! I am learning that God uses people to help fulfill my dream and
to take me into my purpose and destiny. I have seen Him use all kinds of people--people I did not like much. I have seen God use some of my enemies to actually launch me toward my divine purposes and destiny. Find an accountable friend and tell them, "I might need you to help get me into my promised land!"
Your Present Relationships Will Affect Your Children And Grandchildren And Generations To Come!
If I had my life to do over again (regarding my dream and vision for my life and our church), I would guard my relationships more. When I began to focus on our vision and made it more important than our relationships, we began to lose ground. When we begin to lose our relationships, we begin to abort our vision and destiny.
I am learning that the vision is in people more than us leaders. That's why the leaders are called to equip and bring forth the visions and dreams out of people! I also learned that the decisions made endangering relationships for the sake of our vision, or what I wanted, directly affects our children. I believe that one of the reasons some of the younger generation is no longer interested with church as it is today is because of the way we have hurt one another. Our hurts and wounds sown in our relationships are often multiplied and reaped in our children and grandchildren, affecting generations to come.
A New Foundation Is Being Poured Into The Body of Christ!
Recently, I saw a vision of a huge cement truck pulling up outside of God's House. It was there to begin to pour a fresh new foundation in the place of the old foundation, which had been cracked and marred, and it could no longer hold what was coming: the weight of the glory of God. I sensed the Lord saying to all of us in His Body to stand back and circle this foundation that was being freshly poured. We were being commanded to stretch out our arms, hold on to each other's hands and not to touch the fresh foundation until it was dried. The Lord was saying, "Hands off! This is My work and not man's!"
As we firmly held on to each other's hands, many of us were wanting to ask questions concerning what to do like, "Lord, what about the vision You gave us?" I sensed the Lord responding, "Just keep holding on to each another!" We kept asking many other questions like, "Lord, what about this, and what about that?" Every question that we had was being answered from Heaven, "Just keep holding on to one another!" It was as though "holding on to one another" was the heavenly vision that God had had for all of us all along!
Be Careful That Your Gifts Don't Separate You From People!
I am learning that Jesus died for people more than He died for my gift or dream. Often, people write to me and say that their pastor or leaders aren't open to their prophetic gift. I say to them, "Can you tone your words down enough so they can receive at least part of God's word instead of none of it?" I don't sense this is compromising the Word of the Lord. What good is it if you have a word from God, and no one is able to receive it? I believe when we hear from God, we can say what He says in a loving way that anyone will be open to receive it--even children!
Being in the same church for thirty five years, I have learned to submit words to leaders over me. And when they disagreed, I would go to the Lord and realize He was mostly interested in conforming me to His image and refining my prophetic gift through the authority over me. After all of this time, I now have a world-wide prophetic ministry, and I am still--and always will be--learning through my leadership and people around me, adjusting my gift and calling.
By the way, I am now in leadership at our church. Never let your gift come between you and the authority God has placed over you and the people around you. Allow God to use people in your life to refine your gift, while you are being conformed to the image of Jesus. If the Lord leads you out of your church for whatever reason, first share with your pastor the reason behind your departure in love and leave with the pastor blessing you so that you will be blessed going out!
You may be just one relationship away from your inheritance! Let's make
sure we love everyone, including our enemies! It's time to go on in!
Happy trails to you!
Blowing the Shofar Ministries