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This 25-day devotional that will take you through the 25 days of December has become a family favorite for many. Each devotional is inspired by a Christmas song that reveals the beautiful story of Christ coming to earth as our Savior.
The Sounds of Christmas was our favorite book to co-author as a couple and we are so happy each year to share it with families that want to draw together into the true reason for the Christmas season…Jesus!
The noise of the “kings of this earth” conspiring against the Lord and his people is louder than ever. It is keeping people awake at night and declaring defeat like a clanging cymbal. But— we are not to tune our ears into the sounds of earth! We are to align our hearing to the sound of heaven and the sound of the voice of our God. The sound of victory rings clear as it is wrapped in his agape love.
As I tuned my spiritual ears into the voice of heaven, this is what I heard,
“The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” Psalms 2:4
He was laughing because HE KNOWS THE END FROM THE BEGINNING! He is enthroned above all other rulers, powers and authority. He has established victory on behalf of the saints and he holds the future of all things in his hands. You have no defeat in Christ— only victory. Throw off every agreement, belief and thought of defeat. Look up! Salvation and victory is yours.
Though the enemy makes noise and creates chaos— the Prince of Peace, who is the commander of angelic armies, can silence him with a mere whisper. He is commanding angelic armies to fight for the saints. He is the restorer of your peace, he is the help in your trouble, he is the healer of your body and he is the answer to every problem that you are facing.
He laughs because he is completely in control. NO, HE HAS NOT LOST CONTROL! He knows what is happening and nothing is hidden from him or gets past him.
Here is Psalm 2:4 in context of the other verses:
“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” Psalms 2:1-12
We find our refuge and hope in the Son! And we celebrate his rule with awe and trembling. We ask for the nations and the ends of the earth as our possession. We “kiss the Son” in allegiance and dependency— in hope and trust in the Lord alone.
If you have been downcast and aligning your soul with defeat— shake it off and ask our wonderful Holy Spirit to realign your faith and your expectancy with the hope that does not disappoint. Speak truth and victory into the battle that you are facing. Declare his faithfulness over the troubles that have stolen your peace and ask that the peace of Christ once again is allowed to guard your heart and mind. If you need to repent for unbelief and hopelessness— do so now. Align your words with his Word and your prayers with the confident hope that does not disappoint. Close every door that has dread and defeat behind it and open the door of hope once again. Be found in the refuge of his faithfulness.
God is laughing— not at your pain or your battle— but at those who believe they are more powerful then him. The enemy has been defeated and victory has been secured for all those in Christ. It’s time to laugh with him!
One year ago I had the most life changing encounter when angels escorted me into the Throne Room. I wanted to share it with you again since it is timeless and eternally true.
A Throne Room Encounter That Changed Everything! “The Victory Is Yours!” Kathi Pelton
A week ago I had one of the most unexpected and transforming encounters of my life. I am praying that the Spirit will help me to share it with you so that you can truly experience the transformation as well.
During our Sunday worship service in downtown Portland, Oregon, I found myself being drawn into a place in the spirit that I had never been before— at least not like this. I was no longer in Portland, but I was being ushered by unseen hosts to a heavenly place.
As I was moving from the earthly realm) into the heavenly realm I began to experience every grief, burden and painful “outcome” being swallowed up by the sounds and atmosphere of heaven.
I suddenly found myself bowed down in The Throne Room where I was absolutely overwhelmed and overtaken by the attributes of God. I was immersed in the kindness of God, the mercy of God, the holiness of God and the absolute victory of God. I began weeping uncontrollably— not because I was sad but because it caused everything in me began to cry out, “Holy, holy, holy!”
I could see other people coming from earth to heaven and as they did, all defeat and death was swallowed up in the victory of Jesus. This place was so vast and yet so full— but FULL of every aspect of God.
Waves of “who he is” crashed over me, one after another. All I could do was to bow down even lower while crying out, “Holy, holy, holy are you!”
First a wave that revealed his kindness would come and take my breathe away because it would fill every part of this place and everyone (and every being) within it. Then a wave of his mercy would come, and the same thing would happen— and so on. I never wanted to leave this place because I was absolutely freed from of every sense of defeat while being immersed in complete victory. Eternal victory! The perishable was overtaken by the imperishable Christ and his victory. I trembled in his presence and wept in overwhelming gratitude for his mercy and kindness.
When I began to experience my spirit returning to the room on earth, I passed through a place where I saw the enemy. He was holding two playing cards; one said, “Victory” and one said, “Defeat.” Then without any words spoken to me, I suddenly knew that if the church (His sons and daughters) continued to have an “outcome” mentality of victory or defeat, rather than an overcoming mindset of eternal victory, it would enable the enemy to play that “defeat” card again and again. He held the victory card for himself and played the defeat card against the saints of God. But it was us who were empowering him to play it and even to hold it through believing that in any way, we can be defeated.
I knew that the Lord wanted us to have our minds renewed with the imperishable victory in found in heaven that swallows up death and defeat. We are to become a people who believe that for those “in Christ”, victory is the only outcome— no matter what our natural eyes see or circumstances seek to dictate.
In The Throne Room, I experienced how death and defeat was swallowed up in absolute victory. The response of all in this place was to cry out “Holy, holy, holy.”
God is bringing a transformation to his Church from being an “outcome minded” people to “overcoming minded” people. We must remove the DEFEAT card from the enemy’s hand; then he can no longer play it against God’s people. Every time he plays this defeat card, and it is believed (due to not seeing the outcome we desired or hoped for) it releases doubt, defeat, depression and disillusionment which opens all kinds of doors to become more worldly minded. We move further away from the awareness of his holiness and begin to embrace the lies that we can be or are defeated.
We are to be heavenly minded and everything that we experienced is swallowed up in the victory that Jesus secured for us over 2000 years ago. Every experience, even the painful ones, should draw us closer to heaven where we are healed by who he is and every attribute that is within him. The hard “perishable and temporal experiences should be brought to the imperishable and eternal truth where they are clothed with garments of praise. Then, even in our times of weeping, we would cry out, “Holy!”
The enemy is using this defeat card as his trump card (a valuable resource that may be used, especially as a surprise, in order to gain an advantage) against God’s people. But God is going to break the mindset that allows room for defeat, and he will renew our minds with a revelation of his victory.
I am not saying that all painful and difficult things will stop happening here on earth if we remove this card from Satan’s hand, but I am saying that if we will ask God to renew our minds, so that the only possible outcome for those in Christ is victory then the devastating effects of believing defeat (thus, experiencing defeat) will stop.
I want to say this with absolute conviction, “ULTIMATELY, FOR THOSE IN CHRIST- THE ONLY OUTCOME IS VICTORY.” That was what I took away from these thirty minutes in The Throne Room.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:54
In that place I was immersed in the imperishable— the eternal— and experienced everything relating to death and defeat being swallowed up in victory. EVERYTHING!
I am praying that God would, by his Spirit, transform our minds and beliefs to become an “overcoming minded people” rather than an “outcome minded people.” I believe that God is going to replace the mindset that has made room for defeat to be swallowed up in the revelation of his victory. It is time to pull that defeat card out of the enemy’s hand leaving him with only a victory card that declares “his defeat!”
God is inviting us into the throne room where we will encounter and experience the imperishable truth that overcomes our temporal and perishable circumstances and experiences. This will break off trauma, depression, defeat and hope deferred. It will release the truth that says, “Victory is the only imperishable truth for those in Christ.” This will cause the saints on earth to join with those in heaven as we with one voice cry out, “Holy, holy, holy are YOU!”
“But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the Lord above is mightier than these!” Psalms 93:4
Has your life been impacted by violent winds and waves sent to knock you off of your feet? If so, know this…THE LORD IS MIGHTIER THAT THAT WHICH HAS BEEN SENT AGAINST YOU!
It is time to declare, “I am arising in the might of my God!”
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
He is mighty to save you! You may feel knocked down but you are not knocked out! It’s time to shake off the disorienting and stunning hits you took and rise up “in His strength and might!”
This is your “Rocky” moment! The enemy is rejoicing and dancing in victory just a bit too soon. He thinks you’re down for the ten count but suddenly I hear the count go from “one, two, three, four, five…” to “five, four, three, two, one!” There is a reversal and I see God’s people rising up in victory. As the count is reversed the sound is like liver punches upon the enemy that is taking him down by the might of God. As you are rising up, your enemy is going down!
“…It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” Zechariah 4:6
The battle belongs to the Mighty One; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Suddenly you will rise and laughter and joy will fill you with renewed strength. There will be no trauma left, no mark left of what hit you because there is a supernatural reversal.
Get ready to rise and finish 2022 with unprecedented victory! You may have been the underdog but because you have put your hope in the Lord, He is coming in might and power to save you and restore you.
If you are down today after what has felt like a knock down blow, begin to declare, “I will arise in the might of my God!” The listen as the ten count is reversed and the victory is given to you.
On October 31st I was praying for our nation and heard a clear announcement and declaration in my spirit, “It’s time to turn, it’s time to turn!”
As I heard these words I went into a vision of a massive ship that I understood represented the United States of America. It was being ordered to make an immediate turnaround. Then I knew that it was a time for “all hands on deck.” God’s people where being told, “Take the helm, take hold of the helm.” And together through prayers, declarations and acts of obedience we grabbed hold of the helm and began to turn this massive ship.
The sense I received was of utmost urgency— yet with this urgency came excitement and great expectancy. As we partner with God to turn the ship— IT WILL TURN. Now is the time for America to turnaround— to turn back to Christian values and God’s original intent. To align with His compass and find our true north once again.
Then the vision continued and as this great ship turned back in the direction it was commissioned to go, a large wake was created from the abrupt turn. As America turned, the wake it created caused other nations to turn. The turning of this ship (America) even resulted in lives turned, prodigals returning, hearts turned, governments turning— even circumstances turning around both personally and globally. In this encounter I literally heard people crying out, “What must I do to be saved?”
It is time to prophetically put our hands to the helm of this ship and begin to turn the wheel. Declare, “America is turning back to God, back to Christian values, back to a righteous moral compass.”
Do not delay— begin today to partner with God to see America turn. If you are in another nation, partner with us to see it turn because the wake may result in your nation turning toward God! Let’s all join as one body to take hold of the helm and turn this ship called America back to God.
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“Stay in the now; for this is where you will find grace, strength and peace.”
This is not to say that you should not dream of tomorrow but do not fret about tomorrow. This moment is where grace is found so don’t use it up on tomorrow. God lives outside of time so He is in your yesterday, today and tomorrow…and every day thereafter. He is already there for you and making a way for everything that you need.
Find Him in your now and you will find grace, strength and peace in this moment. His breakthrough has been promised to you and His promise is sure. Take a moment to get back into “this moment” and then realize that He is sitting there with you, holding your hand and longing for intimacy with you. Let everything else go as you trust in your Beloved.
Remember His words from Matthew 6:25-34
“Do Not Worry”
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Now breathe! Take in the moment, enter into absolute trust and know that He has grace and provision for every detail, every need and every loved one. May the peace of God guard your heart and mind.
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As many celebrate Halloween today I kept being drawn to a word within that word which is “Hallowed”. Hallowed means, “may your name be Holy”. It is always amazing for me to remember that October 31st is also known as Reformation Day as well as the anniversary of the first day of the Welsh Revival. His name is declared Holy on this day and every other day.
We read these words in Matthew 6,
““This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10
I love this prayer, especially during this time in the world, I find myself praying these very words often,
“As we, Your people, declare, ‘Holy is Your name’ we also ask that Your kingdom would come and Your will be done in our nation and in the nations as it is in Heaven.”
We ask for His kingdom to come and His will to be done in our lives, our families, our homes, our churches, cities and nations. His will is the wisdom that we desire to walk in and His kingdom is the culture that we long to live in.
This is how He taught us and encouraged us to pray. God would never teach us to pray in a way that He doesn’t intend to answer. You can pray this prayer each day with faith that He will answer. His name is Holy (Hallowed) and on a day that so many dress up to be someone or something that they are not, our God never changes or lies, He never leads us to believe something that is not true. Holy and true, faithful and good is our God!
The prayer goes onto say,
“Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’” Matthew 6:11-13
Once again, if God teaches us to pray for our daily bread then He intends give us our daily bread. Our Father promises to provide for our daily needs. This is not only our physical needs for provision but it is also for the provision that we need spiritually. As we forgive we are then forgiven. His grace continues throughout the ages that washes us from sin. Then God goes further and keeps us from temptation and the evil one. We are to pray this daily in the same way we pray daily for our provision. Remember to ask the Lord to protect our nations from the evil one as well!
Today— on this Reformation Day— may we declare that HE IS HOLY. Holy is His name in all the Earth. As many will be celebrating fear and darkness this day may God’s people be declaring, “Hallowed be Thy name!” May He deliver us all from the evil one and reform us into His image.
May we declare this day, “Hallowed be your name, Jesus!” This is the name that brings peace, life and promises. While death and fear is made “acceptable” today (even to children)— we will rejoice in the “GIVER OF LIFE!”
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There are two narratives to choose from in our lives: God’s narrative or the enemy’s narrative.
The enemy speaks a narrative that is a far more familiar message to what the world has taught us to live by. It is based on rational thinking, sight, circumstances, works, human strength and the wisdom of man.
God speaks a narrative that is full of mysteries, impossibilities, a wisdom that is based on grace and truths that are mere foolishness apart from faith.
I often hear people say that they don’t hear the voice of God. Often this is because they have become so familiar with the narrative of the world and the voice of reason that the mysteries of God’s ways are doubted and strange. They sound like foolish imaginations, therefore are dismissed. Yet, when the believer begins to weigh that still small voice with Biblical truths and step out in faith to follow it they discover that the foolishness of God is wiser than any human wisdom that they have followed.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1:25
The enemy is far too excited to shout accusations against God and his character to those who hold fast to the demand to understand his ways according to what their eyes see and the thoughts understand. But the renewed mind knows, without doubting, that there is nothing that puts the goodness of God or his faithfulness in question. No longer is there a demand to understand his ways according to the flesh but we walk out his instructions (though often foolish to those looking on) putting our hope in his faithfulness alone.
Much of the disillusionment that believers become stuck comes from listening to the all too familiar narrative of the world and of the “god of this world”. When God becomes our portion and prize there is no longer room made for disappointment and disillusionment. There is no disappointment in him— only discovery of profound mysteries as we trust and follow him.
When my husband and I were newly married we set out on our first steps of faith as a married couple by moving away from our home and all of our family to go to Bible college in another state across the nation. We didn’t have jobs arranged or money beyond what we needed to get there, and we didn’t know anyone there. We were both so excited to walk out our faith for the first time as a married couple.
After we traveled thousands of miles to arrive in our new apartment, we discovered that we had forgotten to put money aside to turn on our electricity. It was July and the heat and humidity was unbearable. We had spent all of our money on the journey to get there and on school costs so we didn’t have what we needed to turn the electricity on. We spent the first 24-hours sweating and wondering if we had bit off more than we could chew. We had only just arrived and we were already in lack.
The next day was Sunday and during worship my young husband went to the altar to pray while I stayed in the pew, feeling very alone in the midst of thousands of strangers. I looked around at the huge crowd and my eye caught sight of a white haired man walking down the center aisle. He caught my attention not because of his white hair but because he was wearing a long trench coat on a very hot and humid day. As he walked down the aisle my eyes followed his steps. When he came to the row that I was in, he squeezed past the all the people and walked straight up to me. He looked straight into my eyes and said,
“I have been sent here to give this to you.”
He placed in my hand the exact amount of money that we were in need of to turn on our electricity. Then he turned around, walked back down the aisle and left the building— in his trench coat into the 100° heat and humidity. The building was made up of glass walls so I searched with my eyes to see where he went but he just disappeared. In that moment I knew that I had just encountered an angel and I heard the voice of the Spirit say,
“Trust me always and watch what I will do.”
He sent an angel to do what we could not do for ourselves. This would merely be the first time we’d experienced angelic help and miraculous intervention throughout our years of following his voice. His divine provision has marked our lives more often than we can count and taught us to rest in the wisdom of God even when circumstances dictate another outcome.
With God everything is upside down from the way it is with the world. His Word and his Spirit are the instruments or gauges that we depend on to direct us. The right way with God is often the wrong way with the world, the “go” with God is often the “stop” with the world, left is right and right is left— with God even weakness is strength! It’s disorienting at first but what a joy it becomes when the burden of figuring things out with human understanding and working with our limited strength is replaced by the mercy, grace and wisdom of God.
The following words are the foolishness by which we live by and find our truth in,
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”” I Corinthians 1:26-31
Dare to follow the mysterious voice of truth and the narrative of God. You will find rest for your soul and joy in your journey. His ways are not our ways…THEY ARE HIGHER!