Do Not Fret…Trust Him

Kathi Pelton

For any of you who follow my writings, you are aware of the 40-day time of “Yielding” that God has been leading us in. When I saw that today is day 37 I immediately thought of one of our life verses, Psalm 37:

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” Psalm‬ ‭37:3-6‬ ‭

One of the greatest lessons of my life has been learning to trust God. I discovered, after years of unnecessary fretting, that He is faithful, true, and trustworthy in all things. There are often times that I don’t understand His ways or find Him leading in the direction that I’d naturally choose, but as I rest and trust, His faithfulness anoints my steps and draws me into peace.

He has become the absolute desire of my heart because in Him there is such peace, light, and unfailing love.

Psalm 37 continues,

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” Psalm‬ ‭37:7-9

Do not fret!

I have found that the moments I allowed my heart to turn away from trust and enter into fretting only led me away from the Lord’s green pastures and still waters into dark alleys where my enemies had set a trap for me. Decisions made in a fretful state of mind were reactions to natural circumstances rather than the response of a yielded and trusting daughter.

Psalm 37 finishes with these words,

“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.” Psalm‬ ‭37:39-40‬ ‭

Today turn your heart to trust fully in the salvation of the Lord. Let fretting be removed like an old garment and put on the garments of faith and trust. He will not forsake you or leave you without help. The impossible is merely an invitation to see the sovereignty of the Lord made manifest in whatever you are facing. Lay your head upon His chest and be still. Trust Him!

(Day 37: The Yielding)

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God is Purifying All That the Enemy Has Defiled

Kathi Pelton

As I’ve taken the past two months to meditate on Zechariah 3–a story that is marked by God’s miraculous grace to save a man defiled by his own iniquities—I have become keenly aware of this continual work of grace happening in the lives of God’s sons and daughters even now.

As believers we stand before the Father fully clothed in the purity and righteousness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Yet still, we are being transformed in our souls— our minds, character, thoughts, and feelings. Our minds are continuously being renewed in order to obtain the mind of Christ, our belief systems are being aligned with truth, and our actions are being adjusted to mirror only what we see the Father doing. Condemnation has been removed and we have been set free from guilt and shame, even while our souls are being purified from all that the enemy has defiled from the old patterns of this world.

As I awoke this morning I saw in my spirit a scene of snow falling. As it fell it began to cover the branches of each individual tree, then the soil and brush beneath the trees, causing the entire landscape to be clothed in this pure white snow. It was a gradual and peaceful transformation. The land did nothing to receive this gift, it merely received it.

The same is true in Zechariah 3 with Joshua the high priest; he merely stood and received the new garments (white linens) just as the land received the white covering of snow.

There is an accuser who desires to replay and remind God’s people of their past iniquities, hoping to cause them to return to the pig pens of his demonic defilement. He wants to keep our souls in his defilement so that our light will be hidden. The definition of defilement is to sully, mar, or spoil. impair, debase, degrade; desecrate or profane (something sacred), desecrate, profane, violate, or to violate the chastity of (a woman). Jesus has clothed us in new, white garments and removed our sins as far as the east is from the west. He has set us free from sin and it’s defilement, He is the pure oil that renews and transforms us into a bright and pure light that reveals Christ to a darkened world.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

Remember that just as it took time for the landscape to be fully covered in the white snow, and as the oil that was used to light the flame of the menorah took eight days to purify, so our souls are in a process of purification. Though we stand blameless before God because of the blood of Jesus, our souls are still being transformed.

Today is a day to yield to the transformational work of the Holy Spirit. I heard the Spirit say that there is a deep work of grace happening even now. He is removing defilement from lives. I saw the “landscape” of lives being purified from all the mire of iniquities of the soul and He is covering places that had been left uncovered.

The landscape represents all that pertains to your life. Just as in the scene of the snow falling, not only were the individual trees covered in snow, but the ground that they were planted in was covered and the growth around them was covered in white. Even the atmosphere was permeated by the falling snow. God is removing defilement from spiritual atmospheres, from lands, people groups, families, and from your life. He is covering every detail. All you have to do is to be still and receive it.

“Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm‬ ‭46:8-10‬ ‭

(Day 36: The Yielding)

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The Miracles that Happened Before Will Happen Again

Kathi Pelton

For a couple of months now I’ve been hearing the Spirit speak the words,

“What has happened before will happen again.”

I wasn’t sure specifically what this meant and didn’t want to assume a meaning, but today I heard these words again. As I heard them this time the Spirit showed me miracles that had happened before suddenly beginning to happen again.

We are in the middle of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah that recalls a miraculous victory followed by a miraculous eight nights of the temple menorah remaining lit when there was only enough oil for one night. As I heard, “What has happened before will happen again,” in my spirit I saw miracles happening. They were like the ones that Hanukkah commemorates: miraculous defeat of enemies, miraculous restoration of land, miraculous provision from lack, miraculous light in darkness.

Not only did I see Biblical miracles of old about to happen again, but miracles that had previously been experienced in individual lives and families that had been lost or stolen, I saw them restored and returned, never to be stolen again. Their miracles would accompany an anointing to release the power of breakthrough onto others as well.

Expect miracles! Expect beyond what you have experienced before; miracles that give you victory over your enemies, that restore what is rightly yours in Christ Jesus, that bring provision out of lack and that cause lost things to be returned! I declare over you, “What has happened before will happen again.”

Today, yield your faith to an expectancy of miracles!

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Prepare to Leap Forward Into 2018

2017 has been a year to position yourself for your year of “more than you can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).

Finish this year by positioning your finances for abundance. Now is the time to give your end-of-the-year gift that will be your seed sown into your 2018 harvest.

If we have been a blessing in your life this year, consider sowing into our ministry. To give to Inscribe Ministries go to:

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Star of Wonder

Kathi Pelton

As I pondered the beauty of the candlelight that is seen in the Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations, it bought me back to the light that shone so brightly in the night sky two thousand years ago. It was a light that led wise men to the eternal Light that would offer deliverance to all mankind from the darkness of sin and death.

That light came in the form of a tiny baby. While Bethlehem slept in their beds, the Savior was born and laid in a manger. A King became a helpless baby in a town that had no room for him. He allowed Himself to leave His throne and become fully dependent on the ones that He Himself had created.

As we have been led like the wisemen to the King, who once again sits upon His throne, will we allow ourselves to become fully dependent upon Him? Will we make room in our hearts and our cities for the One who the angels announced to shepherds and a star led wise men to worship? For He is the perfect light and there are no shadows within Him. As the Christmas carol says,

O Star of wonder, star of night

Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading, still proceeding

Guide us to thy Perfect Light

The Holy Spirit is our “Star of Wonder” that leads us by His light. He is “Emmanuel- God with us”. Never are we to fear darkness again, for we have received the greatest gift known to man…Christ Jesus, our Lord.

We worship with hearts fully yielded to the babe that once laid in a manger and the King who sits upon a throne called “Mercy”. What light and love came that night and shines with great brightness still.

Do you need a light to lead you forward? A star that brings you into wonder and delight? Today, your humble king has grace, mercy and delight to be poured over you. He will lead you where miracles never cease and light always dispels darkness. Present yourself before Him, like the gifts the wisemen set before the babe…the Messiah who slept in a manger. Surrender all.

Together we sing…

Glorious now behold Him arise

King and God and Sacrifice

Alleluia, Alleluia

Earth to heav’n replies

(Day 34: The Yielding)

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Light Shines in the Darkness

Kathi Pelton

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John1:5

During this time of Hanukkah that is celebrated by the Jewish people all around the world, I am reminded that even the smallest flame overcomes the darkness. It takes but one lit match to bring light.

I recently had someone write me and ask me this question,

“What is my purpose here on Earth?”

They felt purposeless. Yet, as a believer they contain the light of the Holy Spirit and their mere existence dispels darkness. Though their life (and every life) is created with a call to great purpose, if all they did was let their light shine it would have a significant impact.

No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:15

I have a friend whose son was severely handicapped. In the 29 years that he lived he brought significant light to all who would come in contact with him. He could not speak, walk, or even feed himself but he could reveal light. His smile, his love for God and mankind was brighter than some of the most able-bodied people you’ll ever meet. He didn’t hide the light that was placed within him but let it shine like the steady flame of a candle.

During these eight nights of the Hanukkah celebration let us let our light shine forth for all to see. What greater purpose is there than to reveal the light that Christ has placed within us? He is the Light of the World and the darkness CANNOT overcome it.

Today we ask that our lives would shine with the light of Christ. In anymanner that we have placed our light under a basket we say, “No! I’m going to let it shine.”

(Day 33: The Yielding)

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He Gives Us Pure Oil

Jeffrey Pelton

This evening begins the celebration of Hanukkah with the lighting of the first of eight candles. The miracle that occurred over 2200 years ago is a picture of the light that has illuminated our hearts—a light of purity and a light of the miraculous.

We pray as Paul did in Ephesians 1:18; that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened—“filled with light”—that we would know the hope of His calling and His glorious inheritance in us, and that we would understand the greatness of His power to us who believe. This power is like the mighty strength He exercised when He raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:19-20).

This is a work of grace in our hearts and our lives. It is our Lord’s mighty power at work in us. We don’t earn it; we don’t cause it to come to us through effort. We posture ourselves humbly; yielding, trusting, believing that He is true and faithful, and that His Word is true. He will fulfill His purposes and promises in our lives. He is the Alpha and Omega—the beginning and end, the initiator and perfecter of our faith (Revelation 1:8; 22:13; Isaiah 44:6; Hebrews 12:2).

He faithfully began a good work in us, and He will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). This work unites us with our Bridegroom, creating worship and faithfulness within our hearts, that we would be the “five wise virgins” with our lamps full of oil (Matthew 25:1-13), purified by the Holy Spirit, watching with the eyes of our hearts wide open and full of light.

The darkness of our present age is no match for the burning devotion—fueled by pure oil—that the Lord Himself is producing in His family. Just as the Maccabees refused idol worship and refused to be intimidated by the enemies of God, so we too enter the temple of the Lord to worship, to set aright those things that have been displaced, and to receive a miracle of power and devotion placed within our hearts by the One who performs miracles.

We need the oil of the Holy Spirit within us to keep our light burning in the night season until the return of our Bridegroom. His truth shines more purely and brightly within our hearts, and the light we release to others—bringing the light of hope to their darkness—will continue to grow in authority and power as we have yielded and find ourselves united in one spirit with the Lord.

This will display the true light that lights every man (John 1:9) and will release the power of the Holy One to restore us, our families, and our lands.

(Day 32: The Yielding)

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He Gives True Wisdom

Jeffrey Pelton

Wise children heed their father’s instructions.

When we were young, if we chose to not obey our parents or guardians, we could be easily misled, deceived, and manipulated. Even as adults, we are not always able to keep ourselves from being coerced and seduced by the enticing and flattering treasures of the world. If we think ourselves wise in our own eyes, we prove that we are foolish.

But fortunately, we understand from Scripture that in His kindness, our gracious God makes provision for us to understand true wisdom. He has made it available to us at all times, in many ways.

Wisdom calls aloud in the streets,

she raises her voice in public squares.

She cries out above the commotion.

At the entrances of the city gates,

she utters her speech…

Behold, I pour out my heart to you.

I will make my words known to you. (Proverbs 1:20-21,23 TLV)

The prophet Isaiah also reveals to us the heart of our gracious Lord:

I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;

I was found by those who did not seek Me.

I said, “Here I am, here I am,”

To a nation that was not called by My name.

I have stretched out My hands all day long to a

rebellious people….(Isaiah 65:1-2).

He is always faithful, even when we are unfaithful. He longs that everyone would walk in truth and the counsel of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter who has come to lead us into all truth. He reminds us of the truth today, just as the Lord spoke to Joshua the high priest,

“If you will walk in My ways,

And if you will keep My command,

then you shall also judge My house,

And likewise have charge of My courts…. (Zechariah 3:7).

God went on to tell Joshua that He was sending forth His Servant the BRANCH, the One who, according to Jeremiah 33:15, brings righteousness and justice upon the earth.

As we listen and yield to Him, trusting and following His continual instruction, we will speak and act in true wisdom as we have been taught; we will be one heart with the great shepherd who loves us and all people, who is making us one as He and the Father are one. We will do only what we see the Lord doing. We will move as He moves, and love as He loves.

Wise men still seek Him!

(Day 31: The Yielding)

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The Heavens Declare His Glory and So Will Your Life!

Kathi Pelton

Today I was thinking about the power of declarations and the words from Psalm 19 began to flow through my mind and spirit,

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world…” Psalm 19:1-4

A declaration does not have to consist of words; it can speak its message through creation, through visual beauty, and through the strength of the elements. These are demonstrations of His glory and majesty. Our lives, too, can declare, demonstrate, and pour forth speech without ever using words. As we walk in alignment and obedience to God’s ways and wisdom, we become a living demonstration of the glory of God for all to see. Our lives pour forth the speech of peace, love, and joy. It is in the posture of unity and oneness of spirit with Christ that the sons of God are revealed.

As we heed God’s instructions we are refreshed and what seems lofty becomes easy—simple and light—giving us joy.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.”
Psalm 19:7-9

Today, we yield to the instructions of the Lord. We wear them like costly jewels and like a crown of great wisdom. Proverbs speaks often of receiving wisdom and instructions; bringing great benefits to the son who listens to them. We ask the Spirit of the Lord to instruct us in ALL of our ways and we rejoice in the benefits that His wisdom will produce in our lives and families.

(Day 30: The Yielding)

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Stand Firm! Your Victory Comes From the Lord

Kathi Pelton

“Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.” Joshua‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭

Do not turn aside to the left or the right…

The instructions of the Lord are a narrow road but one which provides great safety for all who travel its path. The right and the left call to us to turn aside from the absolute surrender to God’s truth and yet the Lord says,

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

In the 23rd chapter of the Book of Joshua, God’s people are not only exhorted to stand firm but they are also warned that turning aside from His Word will cause us to be joined to what the Lord has previously defeated on our behalf. It will cause disunity with God and a joining to that which will bring us harm.

“But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them, then you may be sure that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the Lord your God has given you.” Joshua‬ ‭23:12-13‬ ‭

Many in the body have wavered to the right or left throughout history, causing them to be snared and caught in the traps that the enemy set for them. The beauty of God’s wisdom is that, as we turn back in repentance, it sets us back on track with truth and blessings. The amazing grace and gift of repentance allows us to move back into victory and begin to reap the rewards of faithful stewardship of the great call upon our lives.

The promises of God are without fail; there are promises of blessings as we walk in His ways and promises of discipline if we violate our covenant with Him. This is not a word of condemnation but a word of exhortation and a sober reminder to “stand firm”!

“If you violate the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.”” Joshua‬ ‭23:16‬ ‭

We must heed the whole truth of His Word, not only the parts that comfort our souls. The good news is that if a man or woman has wavered and they repent, they are restored. This is a time that the Spirit of the Lord is setting His people upon the path of righteousness. He is carefully positioning us to walk in authority and victory with the King of Glory.

Today we yield and once again ask the Lord to do for us what we cannot do in our own strength: help us to stand firm and to align our steps with the covenant we were brought into when we gave our lives to Christ. We ask that all other gods will be driven out from among us and that we will no longer join ourselves to them. We chose to stand firm!

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James‬ ‭1:12‬

(Day 29: The Yielding)

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