As I awoke this morning I saw in my spirit window washers cleaning the dirt off of what appeared to be skyscrapers. When I backed up further it was not a skyscraper but a massive body with many eyes upon it. The eyes were the windows that were being washed. Then I heard the Spirit of the Lord say,
“I am cleaning the eyes of the body of Christ from all that the world and its cultures have darkened them with. I have commissioned angels to go to my sons and daughters to wash their eyes so that they will see clearly.”
As the Lord has been taking me through Zechariah 3 as a prophetic blueprint of what the Spirit is doing currently within His yielded ones, I have been aware of the themes of “washing” that is represented within its verses. Joshua the high priest has his iniquities (sins) washed, the accusations against his life washed (removed), his garments changed, his turban changed (the washing of his body, soul and mind) and then his behaviors and way of living washed and aligned so that he may fulfill all that the Lord positioned him for. Joshua needed to see differently so that he could behave differently.
““Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” Matthew 6:22-23
“…When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light…” In the vision I saw a massive body with many eyes. I believe that God is even now bringing healthy to the eyes of the body of Christ. This will not only bring health to the whole body but will cause their light to shine forth for all the world to see. Darkness is being washed away as we continue to yield.
Today the Lord has come to us to wash away all darkness from our eyes. We can also bring our loved ones before His throne of grace and pray, “Open their eyes that they might see clearly.”
Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Mark 8:25
“Lord, today we lift our eyes to you, the One That our help comes from. Wash our eyes and restore them to health so that only light is found within us both individually and as a corporate body. We also bring our loved ones before you and ask that all blindness and darkness is removed from their eyes that they might see you clearly; causing them to yield to your will and ways. We come into agreement with truth, health, light and your perfect love to cover us and the ones we love.”
Over the past number of days I have been seeing in my spirit what looks like a scene from a movie or a prolonged vision. In this “scene” there is a family in their home. The husband is sitting in a room busying himself with the things he likes to do and the wife is in another room taking care of household duties. As time goes by I see them pass one another in a hallway but they do not connect or speak. The children are in their rooms doing the things that keep them occupied. When dinner has been prepared and the family comes together once again there is little interaction beyond asking for someone to “pass the potatoes”. As dinner finishes everyone helps clean but the only words exchanged are questions such as “Can you take out the trash?”Then everyone goes back to doing their own thing in separate rooms and the cycle of being together but divided continues.
Then a second scene plays through my mind. It is the same family but the children are now teens. I see the same patterns playing out of being together yet divided and the oldest daughter approaches her parents and says to them, “Dad and Mom, I see you each day but I can’t feel you. You are in the same home but I don’t see you connected to each other and that makes me feel divided. We live here but don’t love here.”
As these two scenes kept replaying in my mind I asked the Lord what He is wanting specifically to say through them. He answered me by taking me back to a vision that I had about a year ago of clock gears turning over lives, families and even churches, but they turned independently of each other. It kept individuals busy but they were just going around in circles (not going forward). Then God reached down and like a pieces of a puzzle coming together, these individual wheels were connected and it caused the “hands of time” to move forward. Forward motion began as unity and connectivity was restored.
God is reaching down even now to bring the divided parts together. As we yield to His hand and cooperate with His Spirit, He is highlighting relationships. Just as the family I saw lived in the same home but was divided relationally, we can allow our relationship with Jesus to become functional. We can lose “first love” and begin to move independent from the oneness and unity that God so desires. We can even go through the motions of what we think intimacy looks like, but lose our heart connection. God is inviting His bride back into the place of “flesh of my flesh,bone of my bone.”
He is not only reuniting intimacy and connectivity with Him but also with one another. He is highlighting couples, families, friendships, and fellowship. This work will be a partnership with His Spirit. Where the busyness of life has created divisions and independence from one another, God is calling His family to come back into intimacy and oneness of spirit. He is restoring first love between husbands and wives, healing the separation between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers. He is pulling each of us like separate puzzle pieces and connecting us to create a picture that represents His Kingdom—which is a family.
It is like time has stood still due to disunity; like a wristwatch that has stopped ticking. As the interlocking wheels come together, time is reset and forward movement takes place. The Kingdom advances.
Recently I was with someone who I have been very close to relationally. While we were together everything appeared fine but I felt very disconnected from this person. Finally I stopped and said, “I can’t feel you. I don’t feel your spirit or the intimacy of heart with you.”
Then this person shared the struggle and warfare that they were going through and how it had created a disconnect in their heart; first with God and then with others. I felt that this was a picture of an assignment that the enemy had sent against many to bring divide Hs family.
Revelation 2:4 says,
But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love].
We must not allow familiarity to replace first love. We call out for the wind of the Spirit to blow upon the embers of intimacy and love, first with God and then with one another.
If we walk in God’s statutes and truths apart from intimacy and first love, then we begin to create rules and laws rather than partnership and true unity. We become that resounding gong because we don’t have love.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Today, invite the Spirit to rekindle first love. Ask Him to add love to all that you do and then watch the wheels come together to advance the Kingdom, and the puzzle pieces connect so that the world sees a family.
I am overwhelmed by the goodness and grace that God is pouring out upon His yielded ones. There is a transformation taking place that is allowing us to soar upon the winds of the Spirit. The mercy of God is freeing us from the places in our hearts and minds that have weighed us down and kept us bound to the patterns of the world rather than the love of the Father.
Now the Spirit is pleased to release the wisdom and instructions that His people need for both their personal lives as well as the wisdom needed for the corporate body of Christ for the days ahead. His Word is the plumbline of all wisdom. In His mercy He is aligning our life’s actions with His statutes and the instructions found within His Word. Authority is released with alignment.
In Zechariah 3, after the Lord had rebuked Satan and changed the filthy garments that had been upon Joshua the high priest, He then gave him instructions of how to live in the authority of his position. These instructions separate Joshua from the iniquities of his past and place him in the position of authority for the days ahead.
““This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: If you follow my ways and carefully serve me, then you will be given authority over my Temple and its courtyards. I will let you walk among these others standing here.” Zechariah 3:7
As we yield our wills and our ways to the Lord, He is faithful to reveal the wisdom and ways in which you should walk. We must remember that His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts. We must yield to what may not fit into the patterns of the world or our natural thinking but they are the mysterious ways of God. His ways will take us higher and bring breakthroughs that are unimaginable.
“Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” Jeremiah 33:3
Over the next eight days I feel that the Lord will share with His yielded ones “remarkable secrets” that will give us authority, favor and wisdom for the things to come.
The oneness of spirit with our God (1 Corinthians 6:17) is increasing and strengthening as we yield. His ways and walking in His statutes position His people in the authority that brings the breakthrough. This is for individuals, families and people groups (nations).
Today is a day to yield your will and ways to be aligned with the King and His Kingdom. May His Kingdom come and will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!
Here in North America we have entered the winter months where, in many places, the ground is covered in the winter’s white snow. If you go to the mountain tops the snow is untouched, undisturbed and looks as if the purest white linen has been laid upon the ground. A hush comes with this beauty that causes the onlooker to find stillness and rest.
As we finish the second 8-day segment of “The Yielding” we also finish the focus verse from Zechariah 3:5,
“Then I said, “They should also place a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean priestly turban on his head and dressed him in new clothes while the angel of the Lord stood by.” Zechariah 3:5
The angels brought new clothes that represented Joshua’s restoration and purification. We, too, have received a “new turban” as our minds have been renewed and new garments as we have yielded to a deep purification in our hearts. Just like the undisturbed snow-covered mountain tops, a hush and stillness has come upon us. The beauty of “Christ in us” and the peace that comes with alignment and purity causes a “Selah” to come upon our lives. I even sense Heaven’s holy hush as they view this act of grace as the pure white linens have been laid upon God’s people.
Today is a day to rest in the work that has been done. It is a day to feel the peace that purity and grace has brought to us.
Breathe it in and let the light burden of the Lord bring us into a deep rest. As we rest we will be taken higher. It is in the high places that the gentle snow falls and covers everything with a white garment. The rains came to wash and at times it felt like a flood of debris being removed accompanied by the sound of thunder. Now we have been washed and clothed anew. The sound of the silence is the sound of the peace that surpasses our understanding.
I am reminded of the verse in Isaiah 1:18 that says,
“Come, let us settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are crimson red, they will be like wool.
It is settled and today we can rest. God will bring the new instructions but we will carry them out without the burdens of all that we’ve been carrying. He has removed our iniquities and taken our burdens. His yoke is as light as the soft white linens that now covers us. His gentleness surrounds us and His peace rests upon His chosen ones. .
As I waited on the Lord this morning I began to hear many voices speaking words of regrets. These were voices of believers and yet their words and thoughts began with the phrase, “If only I had…..”
Regrets were in the forefront of their minds as they stopped to get silent and pray. These regrets caused them to want to stay busy, because stopping long enough to quiet their souls often brought forth flood of regrets and thoughts of “If only…”
If only I had…
• been a more patient parent
• been a more loving spouse
• been more generous
• been more loving
• been more faithful
• been a better friend
…and the list goes on
Yet if we stop long enough for the soul to finish its laundry list of regrets, then we will find that at the end the Spirit of the Lord will come with a new list; a list of restoration.
• a perfect Father who is patient with you.
• a passionate Bridegroom who sees only your beauty.
• a generous Father who holds nothing back from you.
• a loving God who gave His all for you.
• a ever present helper in your times of need.
• a faithful friend
…and the list goes on
For all that we lack He is our “more than enough”. There is no regrets in Christ, only restoration.He makes all things new.
In repentance we find change and a holy exchange, where we begin to reap blessing that which we did not sow. God changes us and forgives and forgets our iniquities. Our “If Only” is exchanged for His “I AM”. Regrets are washed away by the flood of restoration.
As a parent I never want my children to live in regrets that cause their nights great sorrow. I only desire that they experience the beautiful gift of repentance that washes away stains, gives them a fresh start and a clean slate, and renews them with expectations of joy. This is the heart of God toward His children.
When Peter denied Jesus three times the Bible says that “he wept bitterly.” He came to the end of himself. His soul was filled with regret. As Peter’s regrets turned to repentance, we discover that Jesus’ response upon seeing Peter after His resurrection is to restore him. He first fills his nets with fish, then He cooks him breakfast, and finally He asks Peter three questions that all begin with,
“Do you love me?”
Peter’s answer of “Yes” was his restoration of relationship that repositioned him out of self and into Christ.
This is a picture of what the Lord is doing for His people even now. Many, like Peter, have come to the end of themselves. Some have even denied Him during the dark night of their souls. Yet, after a night of weeping and sorrows…joy comes in the morning. Our God has cooked us breakfast and set a banqueting table before us. He brings us into a new day and asks us the question that restores,
“Do you love me?”
We answer,“YES! YES! YES! You know we love you!”
We now can move from regrets and repentance to restoration and renewed relationship. We can feed His sheep because it is no longer we that live but Christ who lives within us (Galatians 2:19-21).
Today is a new day and our Savior has made breakfast for His disciples once again. Sit down and eat with Him today. The night is over and “Christ in you” has begun.
Today, as I waited on the Lord, I saw a vision of a huge arm pulling a small child close. The arm was so big and the child was so very small that it shielded every part of this vulnerable child.
Then I began to hear the words from Psalm 91,
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
In Him I will trust! Often as we grow from childhood to adulthood, we feel a sense of independence and begin to take the burdens of life, provision, and responsibilities for others upon ourselves. Though we must work hard and be responsible, we must not become independent from the care of our Father. We are fully dependent for every good thing. We must take only His light burden upon ourselves and know that He has a future and hope for us.
As we look at some of the things that men and women of God in the Bible did, we must realize that they were able to do these things only because they were yielded and surrendered to Him.
Moses could not have delivered the Jews from the captivity of Egypt had he not yielded to allowing God to move through his life. Abraham had to yield to see the promises of God made manifest in his life. Mary had to yield to carry the task of being the mother to our Messiah.
In all these examples, and many more, their yielding was their obedience to surrender to God’s will rather than their own. God often asks us to do the impossible, but our response and responsibility in the request is to first yield by saying yes. Then we surrender even deeper by allowing ourselves to become fully dependent, and in doing so, we enter into a trust that shatters natural fears.
…I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
We shall not fear because we dwell in the secret place, under the mighty arm of our God.
“Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.” Psalms 91:5-12
Like the child in my vision, who was vulnerable while left alone but fully shielded as he was drawn near, so are we left vulnerable to the battle unless we allow our lives to be drawn under the shadow of His wing and trust with childlike faith in His faithfulness.
Once again I am taken back to Zechariah 3 where Joshua the high priest did nothing but stand while the Lord did for him what he could not possibly do for himself. Today we stand in the silence of perfect trust, of surrender, and of protection. We allow His wing to be like the white linen that covers our nakedness and protects us from the battle.
We shall not fear for He is our refuge!
“The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”” Psalms 91:14-16
These are His words to His children. We are honored and rescued…we are saved!
Today I read a vision that an artist from South Africa had that I feel is very significant during this time that we are experiencing a sovereign work of the cross that is ushering us into the NEW.
The vision was this:
“VALLEY OF THE KINGS _ A DOORWAY WITH A NEW INSCRIPTION (Lynette Van Todder)
I saw an ancient doorway made of huge yellow blocks of stone (sandstone), the second focus was on the pillars on either side which indicated the importance of the building. The colour of everything was ‘botter geel’ (butter yellow) these words kept playing around in my mind as if the colour is really important. Above the huge entrance was some hieroglyphic writing. As I looked it kept dissolving like sand in an hour glass, revealing a new inscription in ancient writing. This kept disappearing as the sand dissolved and fell down to reveal the next writing. I asked the lord what is this I am seeing? He said: I am changing the script. After quite some time and after many different inscriptions, it stopped. There was indented Greek like writing, but I could still not make it out. I Asked The Lord what is the new script, I can’t read it well and He impressed on me that it was what was written on the cross above Jesus’ head. INRI (King of the Jews).
As I read this vision of the “scripts being changed” it immediately brought me to words the Lord has been speaking to my spirit for the past few months. The words have been,
“Whose narrative are My people listening to?”
In Zechariah 3, we see that Joshua the high priest has the Lord on one side of him and Satan on the other. He had been living according to the narrative of the enemy; causing him to be clothed in garments soiled with iniquities and accusation. In the great mercy of God, He is “plucked like a brand from the fire” (Zechariah 3:2) and becomes a sign and wonder for generations to come of the grace of the cross of Jesus.
Her vision took me into my own vision in which I saw men and women with ancient writings upon their foreheads (minds). I knew that it was Egyptian writings and they represented their “former captivity”. They represented old mindsets, former beliefs and the messages that remained from the former life. These were falling away like a sand castle collapsing. Just as in the vision above, which concluded with the inscription appearing that was upon the cross being now written upon the ancient doorway “INRI” (Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews), I saw those same words written now upon the foreheads of God’s people. Forevermore, they were marked with the declaration of the cross and their lives were engraved with His signature, “King of the Jews”.
I believe that this is a “doorway season”. Many have already passed through but God has extended grace and time so that all of His children may pass through. This doorway is inscribed with the words, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. As we pass through there is a sovereign work done where the former things, the old mindsets and wrong alignments are being set in alignment with His rule over our lives. This is not a tyrannical rulership but rather an intimate relationship that removes all of the former things that have ruled over your life causing strongholds, captivity and accusations. The pillars of God’s truth and justice are upon this doorway and His name is inscribed upon the doorpost.
I encourage you to go through this doorway today. Begin by taking communion; for this is your declaration of remembrance of the grace by which you have been saved. It is an agreement that your life is forever marked by the grace and salvation paid for by the “King of the Jews”. You have surrendered all (yielded all) and you now rule and reign with Him. You are marked with sonship and a signet ring that give you kingly authority has been placed upon your hand. Your priesthood is restored, your garments have been changed and the former things that were built upon sinking sand are now being secured upon the Rock of Christ and His unshakable Kingdom.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
He makes all things new…even you!
~I awoke with an old Keith Green song in my mind. I immediately knew that the Spirit gave me this song as a prayer for today
Rushing wind blow through this temple,
Blowing out the dust within,
Come and breathe your breath upon me,
I’ve been born again.
Holy spirit, I surrender,
take me where you want to go,
Plant me by your living water,
Plant me deep so I can grow.
Jesus, you’re the one, who sets my spirit free,
Use me Lord, glorify Your holy name through me.
Separate me from this world Lord.
Sanctify my life for you.
Daily change me to your image,
Help me bear good fruit.
Every day you’re drawing closer.
Trials come to test my faith.
But when all is said and done Lord,
You know, it was worth the wait.
Jesus, you’re the one who set my spirit free,
Use me Lord, glorify Your holy name through me.
Rushing wind blow through this temple,
Blowing out the dust within,
Come and breathe you breath upon me,
For I’ve been born again.
As these words rushed like wind through my mind, I knew it was the song of surrender and the prayer of yielding that invites the Holy Spirit to blow through me.
His wind has been blowing away the dust from places that we didn’t even know were there. It is going to the very roots of wrong beliefs or patterns that we’ve conformed to. It’s changing behaviors and old habits. His rushing wind is blowing upon all that keeps us hindered from fully surrendering to Him.
This deep work is not only about iniquities being removed but also about being realigned in even the most subtle things. Two years ago I received a prophetic word from a stranger passing by and she said to me,
“The Lord is about to recalibrate you for the new season that He’s moving you into.”
Then she shared with me about when she moved to a new state where the altitude was higher and the winters were colder. She said that her car was not running well after moving there. She took it to a mechanic and they told her that it needed to be recalibrated for the new climate and seasons. When they recalibrated her vehicle it ran better than ever because it was now aligned and calibrated to the new.
We are being recalibrated for the new climate and season. We have gone up higher and this is requiring fine tuning and adjustments that will give us strength and alignment for the future.
The grace and mercy of our loving God has given us the gift of repentance as an invitation into transformation. God never forces us into transformation (or even recalibration) but invites us to come and stand before Him so that He might blow this rushing wind on and through us.
Today pray with me the words from the song above. Say yes to the invitation into transformation. We have been given new, white linen garments in place of the former garments that were soiled with sin and accusations against our God. We pray these words now,
“Rushing wind blow through this temple,
blowing out the dust within.
Come and breathe your breath upon me,
for I’ve been born again.”
As I took time to hear from the Lord this morning, what I heard surprised me. I heard a sound that was loud and roared with fierce passion. It was strong like ocean waves breaking over the shore and loud like the sound of thunder on a stormy night. I asked the Spirit what the sound was and He answered,
“It is the sound of the Father arising to answer the cries of distress that come from His children.”
Then I was led to Psalm 18,
“The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.” Psalm 18:13-15
As we have been yielding to this deep work that the Lord is doing within us, the enemy rages against this mighty work of grace. If you have experienced a warfare against your life or your family during this time then know that the Father is arising to answer your cry and once again rebuke the enemy,
“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?”” Zechariah 3:2
As we yield each day we are being changed; renewed in mind and spirit. Our deepest thoughts and subtle agreements with the Accuser are being removed causing us to be clothed in oneness of spirit with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17). Though this terrifies the enemy, it provokes the jealous love of God to arise with the sound of protection and power of His hand to defend His people.
“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.” Psalm 18:6-12
The Lord is our defender, protector, provider and a shield around us. As we stand before Him as yielded ones, allowing this great work of grace to transform us once again, He defends us and watches over the work of His hands. He guards us in all of our ways.
“As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”
I encourage you to read through Psalm 18 on this 11th day of “The Yielding”. We enter into thanksgiving and praise for who He is and all that He has done for us.
“The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!” Psalm 18:46
The Spirit of the Lord is doing a deep and sovereign work within His yielded sons and daughters. He is renewing our minds and giving us the mind of Christ.
When God’s people are aligned with His ways, causing our minds to be renewed with His truth, we receive breakthrough in wisdom, understanding, favor and freedom from all the chains that have bound us to the former ways.
“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” Ephesians 4:21-24
Once again we are brought back to Zechariah 3:5 where we see God putting a new turban and new garments on Joshua the high priest,
”Then I said, “They should also place a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean priestly turban on his head and dressed him in new clothes while the angel of the Lord stood by.” Zechariah 3:5
Our thoughts and beliefs (minds) have been formed by many different influences: culture, family, experiences, media and education. Many of these influences have been formed by the “patterns of this world” but God is renewing our thoughts and beliefs to be aligned with the pattern of our King and His Kingdom.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
There is a cooperation with the Holy Spirit that we are invited into in order grow in maturity. It is the yielding of our will and ways to the transformative work of Christ in our lives.
During this second 8-day segment of the 40 days of yielding, we can pray as David prayed,
“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
The grace of God has come to usher us into a time of renewal. This includes the renewing of our minds to set us free from every thought and belief that has been connected to the former ways.
“Jesus, today we yield to the renewing and transformation of our minds.”