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The Yielding (Day Eight)
(See "Introduction" below for an overview of the full forty-day encounter)
DAY EIGHT--"Not By Might..."
We all know the verse from Zechariah 4:6 but I’d like to share it with you out of the Message translation:
The Messenger-Angel said, “Can’t you tell?” “No, sir,” I said. Then he said, “This is God’s Message to Zerubbabel: ‘You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,’ says God-of-the-Angel-Armies. ‘So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you’re nothing but a molehill. He’ll proceed to set the Cornerstone in place, accompanied by cheers: Yes! Yes! Do it!’” (Zechariah 4:6)
“You can’t force these things…” in other words, “Not by might nor by power…”.
As we yield to the powerful might of the Spirit even the mountains before us become like molehills. Though the enemy will cast shadows that loom like tall mountains over us, they are but molehills before the Lord.
Our authority and identity as sons and daughters of the Most High God is terrifying before every enemy and demonic force. They tremble as the Cornerstone of Christ is placed securely in our lives and we yield fully to His Spirit and to the will of our Father.
Today we once again yield to the work of the Spirit of God, who causes mountains to tremble and demons to flee. We declare that Jesus is the Cornerstone of our lives and the lives of our families. Though the Earth is shaken, we shall not be; for His Kingdom cannot be shaken.
We conclude the first eight-day segment of this forty-days of yielding with the declaration that we put Jesus our Cornerstone in place! I hear the Lord speaking with great authority the words from Zechariah 3:2,
The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
God will not be mocked and He will rebuke the one that has accused and harassed you, your family, and His people.
Jesus is the Cornerstone of our lives!
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.
Focus for November 19-26
We continue our posture of yielding, in our second eight-day segment, with the words Mary spoke in Luke 1:38,
“Be it unto me according to your word.”
Our reading for this eight-day period comes from Zechariah 3:3-4:
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”
As we come before the Lord, we will once again see the Holy Spirit do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He will remove the filthy garments that represent shame, trauma, false identity, and accusations against us and against the true character of God. We will allow Him to remove our iniquities and clothe us with the righteousness of Christ.
Angels have come to assist us during this time of yielding. They are servants that have come to prepare the Bride, making her ready for to walk in the authority that unity with God provides for her.
Partaking of communion continues to be a beautiful aspect of this time of yielding. As we remember the price that Jesus paid, the perfect sacrifice He gave, and the grace by which we have been saved, we are drawn into tangible transformation.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
The Spirit of the Lord invites us into His presence, to partake of His lovingkindness and allow Him to usher us into a new level of unity and oneness of spirit that we have not previously known.