Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.
But in My Weakness...
~Jeffrey Pelton A major part of satan’s job description is to accuse the people of God. Revelation 12 tells us he is “the accuser of the brethren” who spews forth garbage and accusation against us day and night. Too many Christians feel the awful sting of his lies, and they conflate their weakness and failure with the condemnation of the enemy, determining themselves to be second-rate and impotent, fearing that most of their efforts to love and serve Jesus are just not good enough. But, what if—instead of bemoaning our inabilities—we were to boast in our weaknesses? What if we declared, like the apostle Paul, “…therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9)? What if we were genuinely honest about, and grateful for, our inabilities and foolishness, since these provide a pathway for our Lord to display His strength and His wisdom and His glory? What if we realized that we need each other; for Jesus lives within us and He has distributed His gifts and talents liberally among us, so we can learn to honor and depend upon one another. When we understand the importance of humility and forbearance, we can walk more fully in the one heart that our Savior desires. We are His body, and we can walk in love through the process of purification, even if our lives seem to have been shipwrecked and we feel cast helplessly and hopelessly on the vast deep of failure. “…God seems to delight in taking the weakest among us and using them to show His power and greatness….Frequently, the Scriptures picture the people of God with images not of power but of smallness and in the hiddenness of weakness. Those who enjoyed the most dramatic manifestations of divine power were often those of the greatest humility….” (Astonished, Mike Erre). Our Father works through us—weak and broken though we may be—so that we may comprehend His mercy and tenderness and power. He is the God of grace; where sin and weakness abound, grace and His power abound infinitely more! We are painfully aware of our lack in so many areas, and the accuser would have us wallow in the pigpen of regret. If the prodigal son had realized his wretched condition and had been horrified by the realization of his selfishness, but then resigned himself to living in squalor, he would never have experienced the joy of his father, who ran to embrace him, re-clothe him, and throw him a party.
The Lord is Clearing the Debris From Your Past
Jeffrey and I were praying together yesterday regarding a single word I heard the Holy Spirit speak: RESET. As we prayed into this supernatural reset that I felt happening, Jeff heard the Spirit say,
“It is time for all the ‘flotsam’ to be removed.”
Honestly, I had no idea what the word meant and had to ask him (he’s a writer/editor so he loves words and has an extensive vocabulary). He explained that the definition of flotsam pertains to goods that are floating on the surface of the water as the result of a wreck or an accident. Often it refers to debris from shipwrecks long ago.
I felt such a weight in the Spirit upon this specific word and meaning. He shared with me that he felt that this was a work of the Spirit that included an intentional partnership with God’s people. God is “surfacing” debris in our lives that comes from past wreckage that has polluted our souls. As these things surface it is important to ask the Holy Spirit to remove this flotsam and to purify the residue that remains.
This may pertain to even the memory and trauma attached to past wreckage in your life, your family or even your land. Deep is calling out to deep and His Spirit is searching the deep places in order to remove old debris and give you a divine reset.
This removal of the sunken ships in your soul that cause reminders of the trauma to continuously float to the surface, will usher you into a reset in your body, soul and spirit. You will begin to experience life differently and will be filled with the joy of your salvation once again. This is not only for individuals but for couples, families, people groups and lands.
For those who have experienced “shipwrecks” within the Church, the removal of the debris from those experiences will cause you to see the body of Christ with the eyes of Christ rather than through the lenses of the wreckage and past pain. Distorted filters will be removed and you will discern the family of God rightly. This will bring great unity where the enemy has created division and isolation.
Do not be alarmed or dismayed if things from the past begin to surface because it is not a sign of going backwards, but merely a work of the Spirit to quickly and effectively remove all that has been buried and creating pollutants. This is your forward movement!
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24) Oh the joys that He has planned for you to experience! Thank you Jesus for removing all wreckage from our past so that we can go forth in our divine reset and restoration!
Blessings Today--Meditations from the Word: Yielding to His Gracious Work in Us
But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
Within His hands everything thrives and is blessed. When we grasp for, and try to cling to, what we feel should belong to us, we limit ourselves to what we can understand, and our lives are ultimately stunted and empty. We become like a painting barely begun; a canvas with little daubs and splotches of paint.
But when we surrender to the Master, everything we give to Him is crafted into beauty and our lives become transformed into a masterpiece.