by Kathi Pelton
The Spirit of the Lord woke me up in the middle of the night speaking to me about “establishing a remnant that walks in humility and trust.” I turned over and the clock read 3:12 and I knew that He was speaking to me out of Zephaniah 3:12,
“Those who are left will be the lowly and humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the Lord.”
God is dealing with pride, the strength of men, the unjust power of men, boasting and wickedness throughout the nations. We will see the “judgements” against the arrogant play out as the days go by. But, for those who are humble and contrite and for those who have put their full trust in the Lord (His remnant); they will be strengthened, He will prosper them and He will show His kindness to them (Zeph. 2:7). In their weakness, He will show Himself strong and mighty.
For those who have turned away from the Lord or who have turned to trusting in their own strength, there is an invitation to return to Him as their “stronghold of hope.”
“Seek the Lord, all who are humble, and follow his commands. Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you— protect you from his anger on that day of destruction.” Zephaniah 2:3
God loves the humble but in His righteousness He opposes the proud. I believe that what has prevented the remnant of God’s people from “dwelling together in unity” and prevented the glory of the Lord that comes from the oneness share by God (John 17:21-24) is residual pride. We all should be asking the Lord to rid us of the stumbling block of pride that causes men to fall and our brothers to stumble as we run together.
I continue to hear in my spirit the word, “preference.” Over and over I will hear it and see the full circle and unbroken fellowship of the Father, Son and Spirit. It is perfect and divine preference that yields to the other in absolute unity. Preference is like a rhythm that releases the glory of the Lord.
We cannot allow national pride, judgements, personal pride, boasting or our strength to lead us onward. We must humble ourselves in personal relationships and in corporate relationships. We must lay down our prejudices against one another and pick up preferences!
Just last week my youngest son had a believer speak a word of judgment on the basis of him being “American”. Though he is sensitive in his spirit, he is not emotionally frail in any way— yet, his spirit was so grieved, not for him as an American, but for the break in oneness that this judgement carried, which is so precious to the Lord. It left him in tears and deep intercession.
We must humble ourselves and lay down judgements and boastfulness. We must ask the Lord to examine our hearts and give us humility. Our strength and trust is to be in Him alone. He will judge the proud but as He does that He will exult the humble with authority and strength that brings great light in the midst of darkness and shaking.
Humility and trust will establish you and cause His kindness to be poured out upon you. This is the hour to pray for the washing away of pride and self-sufficiency so that He will be exulted in the nations.
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”” Luke 14:11
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