From the desk of Steve Shultz:
Cindy McGill is truly a friend of mine. She knows how to "tell it like it is" and that's what I love about her ministry and writings. She's the real deal.
Now, read this "tell it like it is" word for this hour. I know I needed to hear it and I'm sure you do too, and I believe you will appreciate what Cindy has to say.
By the way, we have an Israel Tour coming up in September. You can join me, Kim Clement and Wendy and Rory Alec from God.tv. Hope to see you in Israel with us in September! Details also in itinerary below.
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Where is Your Head?
There is a lot going on right now. If you are experiencing what we are, it seems like we get one situation under control and another one pops up before we can catch our breath. These circumstances and situations are causing us to be strengthened and changed in areas. We are also developing a new level of faith and trust. The High court is ordering a "workout" session for us to attend, and the results will be amazing. We are in God's "boot camp" right now, and it's because He loves us that He has enrolled us. God is working ALL things after the council of His own will (Ephesians 1:11). We are being groomed, prepared and aligned for the days we will face ahead of us.
Are You Losing Your Head?
Let's face it. We are NOT going to figure the future out on our own, no matter how gifted we may be. Jesus is OUR Head. He is an excellent leader and we must follow Him closely if we are to stay in peace and be free of confusion. It's not time to walk in the light of our own council. We need Jesus to lead us and guide us and be our HEAD.
We will always see in part, prophesy in part, and we will always be dependent on the One who loves us the most, to keep us and instruct us all the days of our lives.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways think on Him, and He will direct your steps." All means ALL. We have to understand things from His perspective, otherwise we will become anxious, critical and full of fear, which results in torment. God said He would keep us in perfect peace when we keep our minds on Him (Isaiah 26:3).
Are You Losing Your Mind?
It is most important to lose your mind and take Christ's mind. In Isaiah 55:8, He told us that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways.
Philippians 2:5 says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Well then, what is Christ thinking?
For one, He is thinking FEAR NOT, cheer up, take courage I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD (John 16:33). Even in the midst of uncertainty, the Church is headed for her finest hour. We are watching a very confused, misguided and fearful world seek for answers, and God is going to use us in ways beyond our imagination.
Let's list some of His thoughts according to Philippians 2:
1) Be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
2) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
3) Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
4) Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
Now, just that much is enough to keep us busy for a while.
How's Your Love Life?
Jesus said, "By THIS all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:35).
How are we doing on this? Are we passing our love tests? I heard someone say, "If you want to pass all of your love tests, then join church." When situations are beyond our control and we are anxious and fearful, it is easy to jump off the love ship and embrace an attitude of every man for himself. It's called a "survivor mentality." But such an attitude will not teach us to love. If we run from our hard times, we will not learn how to navigate through them to the end, and we will face the same situation again down the road. Love never fails, but we have to stay in it for it to never fail.
We can ask ourselves these questions:
1) Do I love my enemies? (Matthew 5:44)
2) Do I do good and pray for those who hate me? (Luke 6:27)
3) When my enemy is hungry, do I feed him and give him water? (Proverbs 25:21)
4) Do I pray for my leaders, or judge and criticize them? (1 Timothy 2:2) This one results with a promise of a quiet and peaceable life.
Doing things God's way attracts His attention and He can and will consider us for greater things in the days to come. Proven character results in hope, and hope will not disappoint us, because the love of God is poured out in our heart (Romans 5:4-5).
Class is in Session
Another really important point right now is to be teachable. When we embrace a "know it all" attitude, then pride causes us to be resisted by God and will delay and possibly abort God's plan to use us.
I call Psalm 119 the "teach me" psalm. David was asking for God to teach him so he could walk in truth. That would mean that David didn't know how to do things on his own. God will teach us when we seek Him with our whole heart. In that place, we can let go of walking in the light of our own council and release people who have hurt us. Healing is present when we position ourselves before the One who can put us back together again. Forgiveness is not optional. God is a God of justice and He is well able to deal with people and situations that have caused us pain. Forgiveness is freedom.
Attitude has always determined altitude, and this will never change. The world is watching. They are looking for a demonstration of a Jesus they can follow, too. How we represent Him in dark days screams volumes to people seeking answers. This is where the "rubber meets the road," so to speak. We are challenged to consider our ways. The first chapter of Haggai talks about shifting our conduct so we can succeed.
There are uncertain days ahead for sure, but God is still in control. He is seeking to raise up a Church that looks and acts like He does. We are going to experience the presence and power of the Holy Spirit like we never have before, but God will ALWAYS look on the heart. We can do all kinds of things for Him, but in the end the question will be, "Have we forgotten our first love?" God is for us, with us and is well able to help us run the race and win the prize.
Lookin' forward to bringing His Kingdom to earth with all y'all.
Hope for the Harvest