As we draw near to the elections, let’s be very careful to not get caught up with anything other than listening to the Lord, and seeking His Wisdom and Understanding for our nation at this pivotal time in her history.
Just as God chose Moses, Joseph, and David… imperfect men who were entrusted to lead and provide for God’s people, so the Lord raises up people who are not perfect, but humble and available, and then grows and matures them to become who He destines them to be as they walk in their Calling.
The Lord wants to encourage us to not look at people at this time of transition in our nation, but to look at Him, hearing what He is saying, and what He is doing behind-the-scenes. For it’s so easy to get thrown off-course when we notice failures and faults in others. Let’s be very focussed on Christ at this time, and understand the workings of the Spirit within our nation.
The Lord has been impressing a few things on my heart regarding the elections that I want to share quickly. He has shown me that the ‘New Day’ that our nation will be birthed into, will not be limited to a 24 hour day, but it will be the beginning of the ‘New Day’ of the ‘New Season’ for our nation. It will be the crossing-over of the Jordan toward the Promised Land. It is important to understand this, so we don’t get disappointed or discouraged if what we see doesn’t resemble the fullness of the ‘New Day’ straight away. There will be a crossing over, but taking the land is going to be a process.
The Lord has also shown me that He is Sovereign, and He is going to show His Wonders in this time, as He did when He delivered Moses and the Israelites from Egypt. There was a period of delay, where the Pharaoh’s heart was hardened by God, to show forth God’s Greatness and Wonders. He was working behind-the-scenes, setting the stage to display His Power and Majesty. Only God received the glory for their deliverance, and we still celebrate it today!
In the same way, the Lord is going to take South Africa into the ‘New’ through the elections, but it’s going to be a process. There is going to be time involved, as the elections will set us on a new course, but will not cause an immediate establishment of the ‘New’. The process is going to be the period in which the Lord is going to exchange the Old Wineskin with the New, and that will take some time. This nation is going to go through a major transformation where the ‘old’ is going to become useless and ineffective, even impossible. We will find ourselves looking at a puzzle we can’t fit together, and during this time of frustration and even shaking – as the ‘old’ will be shaken until it falls apart, the Lord will break the pride and arrogance in our nation, and bring forth a heart of humility where people will take hands on all sides for the first time, and serve our nation in unity.
There is a levelling coming within our government. The Lord has placed His Righteous remnant in government through the ACDP, in the same way as He placed Esther in Persia for a time as this, and they will operate with an anointing to diffuse potentially explosive situations, bringing extreme opposites together as the ears of government will be open to them. They have a very significant role in what the Lord is building within our nation, but they too, will be in the winepress of humility, and any root of pride and arrogance will be dealt with. For the Lord is gracious and kind, and He is going to bring a shaking within our government that is not one of judgment, but one of purification and refinement. One that will cause a radical change amongst the leaders of our nation that will birth a nation of unity, Truth, and Righteousness.
A Living Sacrifice
1I appeal to you therefore, brothers,a by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.b 2Do not be conformed to this world,c but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.d
Gifts of Grace
3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members,e and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,f with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Marks of the True Christian
9Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,g serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.13Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.h Never be wise in your own sight. 17Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave iti to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.