Nov 22, 2020 The Elijah List
|From the Desk of Steve Shultz:|
Can I just be honest, even vulnerable with you? The truth is, I wish (and often hope) that the ground would not have to shake…that is, I WISH my life’s comforts would not have to be interrupted when God is getting ready to promote me! Here’s the truth…that wish…is NEVER GOING TO COME TRUE. When God shows up on the scene – in YOUR LIFE, in MY LIFE and in the life of the CHURCH – the GROUND IS GOING TO SHAKE…at least metaphorically.
In those times, when you feel you are about to finally get that promotion – God’s going to allow your life’s comforts to seemingly disappear suddenly, before your very eyes. I’m a “grace guy.” I see God’s goodness everywhere. But as a grace guy, I’ve seen it too many times to teach it any other way…When God shows up, the “ground is gonna shake.” So you might as well accept it.OK?
As Bill Yount says in his word: “We gotta ‘GO’ for launching!” (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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“This Is The Moment You Were Born For!”Bill Yount, Hagerstown, MD
I heard these words recently, “We gotta ‘GO’ for launching! We gotta ‘Go’ for launching!” Then it dawned on me…there can be no launching without a great shaking. I don’t know about you, but I’m sitting at the edge of my seat for what’s next, for the King is calling.
The King’s Call to Launch Us”As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings…” (Deuteronomy 32:11)Is your life being stirred, shaken and interrupted? I’ll tell you why.
The Lord has greater things for you.
Like an eagle, He (the Lord) has landed and is shaking the Hell out of the place where you are. Embrace the shaking and kiss your normal life goodbye. It’s time to spread your wings and fly, because you’re an eagle, not a chicken. Don’t die in your nest. God is up to something good in your life. He is reaching down and taking the good, the bad and the ugly and stirring it all around, causing everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
The Eagle Has Landed!
Forty years ago when I started attending our church, in the spirit, I saw a huge eagle in a nest on our balcony. It was stirring the nest in people’s lives. It stirred and shook twenty-six of us members out into full-time ministry. Some went overseas and never came back except for visits, for they fell in love with the people over there. Some, like myself, stayed in the states. After 40 years I saw this eagle returning to our church and to the Body of Christ at large. The eagle has landed! The eagle has landed in our lives!When the eagle landed 40 years ago in our church, it began to stir a hunger inside of me to hear God’s voice.
Back then, I lived two blocks up the street and I would walk to church begging God to let me hear His voice in the church service, for I needed to know what to do with my life. Because I was expecting to hear from the Lord Himself, He never failed to anoint my pastor or anyone else who stood in our pulpit to minister exactly what I needed to hear. For forty years, in the same church, God still speaks to me, for my expectation is to hear Him. This eagle will stir, shake, and interrupt our lives. Looking back over my life, God has been in my interruptions more than He’s been in my plans.
I hear the Lord saying, “Kiss your normal life goodbye!” Our nests have had some nice comfortable feathers in them, but this year, as the nests shake, the sharp sticks will jab and prick us out of our comfort to help us get out of our nests, because we were born to fly.
Every storm and adversity you have ever faced has come to prepare you to spread your wings this year. Don’t die in the nest. The harvest is now. God often comes when we least expect it, when we are just going along in life minding our own business, and our dream is within reach and we’re almost there. That’s when the eagle often comes, interrupting our lives to be about our Father’s business.The Lord says, “There’ll be no sitting on the sidelines this year. I’m taking the benches out. There’ll be no benches to sit on. I’m calling everyone onto the field of their neighbors, city sidewalks, market places and the nations.
Wherever you go, I’ll be there.”
The move is on! The King is calling for you!The Interruptions of God: He Is Up to Something Good!”Prepare for take off! Make sure your seat belts are fastened securely.” These were the words my wife Dagmar and I heard recently while sitting on a flight to Houston, Texas to minister. Then the pilot came on the intercom and said, “We are expecting a nice flight to Houston today.
“When I heard this, I said, “Thank You, Lord! We are on the right plane with the right pilot.” A little later he said, “I see a couple minor things up here that concern me. I will get the mechanics to check it out, then we’ll be on our way. After awhile he said, “I have good news for you and I have bad news. The good news is, you will be going to Houston. The bad news is, not on this plane.”Those words pierced me and have never left me, for I believe it’s a prophetic word for the Body of Christ this year.
I heard the Lord say, “You will be arriving at your destination that I have for you, but not by sitting in the pews of your churches. These pews will not take you there; neither will this nest.”We had to exit the plane to board another. Standing in a long line to board again, they announced yet another gate change for another flight. (There will be some gate changes coming for many of us this year.)
I was frustrated with all these changes. I said, “Lord, what are You doing? Because I’m on a mission for You!”
He said, “First of all, I just saved you from a plane crash. Another thing, I’m up to something good!” Many of God’s people, with all the stirring, shaking and interruptions, are wondering what is going on in their lives. They are wondering where God is or where He went.
Looking back over my life, God has been in my interruptions more than He’s been in my plans.
Let me tell you: God is up to something good in your life. He’s reaching down and taking the good, the bad and the ugly and stirring it all around, causing everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. He has even pulled the stinger out of death and is using it for His glory!
We’re Not in Kansas Anymore!
I am reminded of the Wizard of Oz movie where a tornado picked up Dorothy’s house in Kansas and whirled it to another place. When it landed, Dorothy said to her dog, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.” I hear the Lord saying to the Body of Christ, “We’re not in Kansas anymore. You can’t go back and live like you used to live, or do the things you used to do. You will have to think differently, for you are in a new place.”
The King is calling for you and me. This is the moment we were born for. Ask the King what’s next for you. Don’t be surprised by what you hear. It may blow your mind.
Whispers from the Nest:• The person you are jealous of could be the one who launches your ministry, if you humble yourself before them.• The people who love you enough to confront you are the ones you
learn the most from.• You may be asking, “Lord, are You trying to kill me with some crazy people around me?”
His response to you… “You are coming into revelation now!”
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Blowing the Shofar Ministry
Bill Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life Church in Hagerstown, Maryland for the past 40 years where he is in leadership. He faithfully served in Prison Ministry at Mount Hope Inc. for 23 years and now travels full-time, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. Bill’s calling is to encourage the Body of Christ to move forward into God’s destiny as they are sent into the harvest field. “Humility and Humor” characterize his ministry as he brings forth a fresh word that is “in season” proclaiming the Word of the Lord! The shofar or (ram’s horn) is at times used in his meetings, breaking the powers of darkness over regions, churches and households. Many of God’s messages which Bill ministers prophetically, come out of every day life with his family and friends.