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The Yielding (Day Thirty-one)
(See "Introduction" below for an overview of the full forty-day encounter)
DAY THIRTY-ONE--"He Will Give You True Wisdom"
Wise children heed their father’s instructions.
When we were young, if we chose to not obey our parents or guardians, we could be easily misled, deceived, and manipulated. Even as adults, we are not always able to keep ourselves from being coerced and seduced by the enticing and flattering treasures of the world. If we think ourselves wise in our own eyes, we prove that we are foolish.
But fortunately, we understand from Scripture that in His kindness, our gracious God makes provision for us to understand true wisdom. He has made it available to us at all times, in many ways.
Wisdom calls aloud in the streets,
she raises her voice in public squares.
She cries out above the commotion.
At the entrances of the city gates,
she utters her speech…
Behold, I pour out my heart to you.
I will make my words known to you.
(Proverbs 1:20-21,23 TLV)
The prophet Isaiah also reveals to us the heart of our gracious Lord:
I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, “Here I am, here I am,”
To a nation that was not called by My name.
I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people….
He is always faithful, even when we are unfaithful. He longs that everyone would walk in truth and the counsel of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter who has come to lead us into all truth. He reminds us of the truth today, just as the Lord spoke to Joshua the high priest,
“If you will walk in My ways,
And if you will keep My command,
then you shall also judge My house,
And likewise have charge of My courts….
God went on to tell Joshua that He was sending forth His Servant the BRANCH, the One who, according to Jeremiah 33:15, brings righteousness and justice upon the earth.
As we listen and yield to Him, trusting and following His continual instruction, we will speak and act in true wisdom as we have been taught; we will be one heart with the great shepherd who loves us and all people, who is making us one as He and the Father are one. We will do only what we see the Lord doing. We will move as He moves, and love as He loves.
Wise men still seek Him!
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Focus for December 5-12
The angel of the LORD gave this charge to Joshua: “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.’” (Zechariah 3:6-7)
As we enter the fourth eight-day segment of our Forty-Days of Yielding, we rejoice greatly in all that God has already done for us. We are experiencing a renewal as He completes the preparation of our lives to walk in greater unity with Him and with one another. We freshly perceive our lives through the righteousness of Christ, for we understand that we have been clothed in Him; and we view our loved ones and neighbors as He sees them, rather than the way the accuser seeks to define them.
We have been washed of iniquities and have broken agreement with lies. Now we will commit anew to walk in obedience and to keep all of His requirements so that we may be carriers of His authority and “govern His house” in truth and justice.
This will be a time that authority is reestablished and servant leaders are set in place. No longer will there be an abuse of authority in the Lord’s house, but we will lead as He leads—committing to only do what we see the Father doing. We will love as He loves and move as He moves.
This is the answer to the prayer of Jesus in John 17,
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23)
May we be the ones who answer His heart’s desire!
INTRODUCTION TO FORTY-DAY "YIELDING"
~Jeffrey and Kathi Pelton
In unity with people from every nation, tribe, and tongue, we have joined a global forty-day initiative called “The Yielding”. Please join with us and many throughout the nations to see the Lord do for us a great work of restoration!
[To hear David Demian (Watchmen for the Nations) sharing at the launch of the forty days, please click here.]
The Lord has been speaking prophetically concerning a forty-day period in which He will perform a work of preparation and consecration in the lives of His faithful remnant. As we sought the Lord regarding this time, we longed for language that would best describe what we were sensing deep within His heart. It seemed to be something deeper than would be expressed by the word consecration, which means to be set apart; although that is vital and precious, we realized that God intends to draw us further to a place of being united in oneness of spirit with Him. We began to hear the word “yielding,” and we realized that the forty days are to be a time of yielding to the Lord in order to become one with Him in a way we have never yet experienced.
In this season of acceleration, it is on God’s heart to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. The Spirit spoke to us that the dates of this time of yielding were to be from November 11 through the last day of Hanukkah, on December 20. He took us to three portions of Scripture to reveal His intention for us during this time.
The first portion is from Zechariah 3 that gives the account of the changing of Joshua the high priest’s garments, and the removal of the accusations that had soiled them. The Spirit will do the same for us as individuals and as families. We have “worn” accusations as we believed them, coming into agreement and seeing them as truth; but in reality they are not accusations against us, but against our Father. These lies have soiled our garments and wounded our unity with the One who chose us. God invites us to stand before Him in quietness and solitude, alone and with other family members, to allow Him to remove accusations that have become soiled garments. Accusations against the truth of His character and His faithfulness will be removed, and we will be restored to “one spirit with Christ” (1 Corinthians 6:17).
The second portion of Scripture is found in Luke 1:38, when the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary, announcing that she would conceive a child as the Holy Spirit came upon her. She responded,
“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38 NKJV)
This is the heart of our posture, of yielding to what He has spoken. The Spirit of God will come upon us these next forty days to clothe us with new garments and to restore our authority, which has been weakened as we allowed accusations against His holiness and truth to soil our lives and our families.
The last portion of Scripture comes from Zechariah 4:6,
Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, “This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ saith the Lord of hosts.
This is not a work of the flesh but a gift of mercy from the Lord. We yield, but the Spirit will accomplish all that is in His heart. Yielding does not require self-examination, but instead involves trust, inviting and allowing the Holy Spirit to come upon us in order to accomplish the will of God in our lives.
Joshua’s restoration and purification were a result of the Lord’s sovereign act. Joshua did nothing but stand, while the Lord performed what needed to be done. Mary yielded as God’s maidservant, to allow His holy will to be accomplished. They both experienced a sovereign act of God, even though they had done nothing to deserve it. We believe these forty days will be powerful as the body of Christ yields to His authority in order to see Him accomplish that which we cannot do for ourselves.
The forty days will be broken up into five eight-day segments, culminating with the eight days of Hanukkah. Each eight-day segment will have an inspirational invitation to help you enter in and yield your heart. We encourage you to consider partaking in communion as often as the Spirit leads during this time, as it will be an intricate part of aligning with truth and yielding to His Spirit.
Feel free to invite other to join us in this holy time together.