We Are At Jabbok

By Kathi Pelton

The Spirit of the Lord has been speaking to me daily over the past month about Jacob’s wrestling match recorded in the book of Genesis. This story could be described as Jacob’s wrestle with his flesh, in order to surrender, so that he would “prevail with God!” Remember, at the end of the wrestle God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, meaning, “The one who prevails with God.”

Here is the story in Genesis 32:22-28:

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

This wrestling occurred in a place called “Jabbok.” For the past month I have felt that the body of Christ, both corporately and individually, are at a spiritual “Jabbok.” We can no longer go forth and overcome in the ways that we have in past seasons. This is a time to wrestle down our flesh with the Lord until full surrender comes upon us. It is as though there has always been a mixture of God’s power and our human strength that has overcome past battles but no longer is that the case! God will touch our hip socket so that He will prevail, leaving us with a fleshly limp but a spiritual victory.

It is time for our name to be changed from Jacob (Jakob) to Israel. Jacob means supplanter and supplanter means “someone or something taking the place of another, as through force, scheming, strategy.” As I said earlier, Israel means the one who prevails with God. The Lord is removing any attempts of our flesh to usurp the glory, strength and honor that rightfully belongs only to the Lord. Every desire within us to force or scheme our way to victory will be surrendered so that we can truly prevail with the truth of Zechariah 4:6,

So he answered me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength or by might, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of Armies.

When Jacob fully surrendered—after his flesh/hip socket was weakened, and his name was changed to Israel—he changed the name of Jabbok. Jabbok, meaning “to empty itself” or “a place of passing over” was now named Peniel, which means, “The face of God” or “he who strives with God.”

I believe that this is a prophetic picture of where we are at as God’s people. We are Jacob at Jabbok, and our wrestle will result in both names being changed to “Israel at Peniel.”

I love the way the late David Wilkerson describes Jabbok,

“Jabbok is the place where Jacob wrestled with the Lord. It is where he made his total surrender to God. It is where he got his new character, and new name – Israel. It was the place where he cast down his last idol, and won his greatest victory.

‘And he rose up that night… and passed over the ford Jabbok…’ (Gen. 32:22).

Jabbok means ‘a place of passing over’. It also stands for struggle; to empty and pour out. What a glorious truth is revealed in this place called Jabbok. It has everything to do with us today. It is the place where God’s people discover the secret of power over every besetting sin. It represents a life and death crisis – one that leads to absolute surrender.” (David Wilkerson)

Absolute surrender! We may have to wrestle with God in order to receive absolute surrender because our flesh and the sins of our flesh can be strong and overcome us. But, in mercy, God caused Jacob’s hip socket to be wrenched, thus causing a physical inability to continue to wrestle in the flesh. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that allows motion and gives stability needed to bear body weight. This is why he walked with a limp thereafter. We may walk with a limp to wrestle down our flesh and the sin that has prevailed, but afterward we will “prevail with God!”

Do not shy from this place or this wrestle because it is the greatest victory you will ever experience in becoming “one with God.” It is where you will learn to dance with God according to His steps and His lead. It is where sin will no longer prevail in your life but you will prevail with God. No more force— “by His Spirit” will be your victory song and it will bring you into a Shalom (rest) that is greatly needed.

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Do It Again!

Today I have had the song by Elevation Worship, Do It Again, playing in my mind all day long. The lyrics are familiar to many but as a reminder— here is some of them,

I’ve seen You move, You move the mountains
And I believe I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe I’ll see You do it again
I’ll see You do it againYour promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence
You’ve never failed

I have sang it, declared it, proclaimed it and put my faith to these words today. Our nation has unmovable mountains that seek to block the way forward— but faith can move mountains! It’s happened before and will happen again!

Though the shakings will most likely intensify, do not loose heart because of what your eyes will see. Trust that God is shaking everything that can be shaken. Do not despair— be wise and gentle, prayerful and at peace, if you need to weep don’t forget to dance afterwards, and love one other- encourage one another and trust in the Lord with ALL your heart.

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the same God who spoke the world into existence, parted the Red Sea, saved men in the fiery furnace, was born of a virgin, called the lame to walk, the blind to see and the dead to live again! He will DO IT AGAIN!

Jesus answered them, “I assure you: If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you tell this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭21:21‬

May we see Matthew 21:21 manifest many times in 2021!

He is a miracle working, way making, God of the impossibilities. He loves us and has heard our prayers and responds to our faith! Do not doubt that mountains will move and we will cross over!

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I Saw a Great Washing and Refreshing

By Kathi Pelton

As we all know 2020 was a year of extremes. Many experienced extreme losses and at the same time many in the Church experienced extreme transformations. But, without a doubt, all of us were subject to the deep darkness of evil that was revealed and vile accusations that came from the evil one.

I saw a picture this morning of a woman who was returning from a long and treacherous hike in the wilderness during the winter months. She had scaled mountains, walked through deep ravines, crossed valleys and climbed over obstacles that blocked her way. She was muddy, weary but also so grateful for all that she had experienced, learned and overcome from the journey.

Then, in this vision, the Lord send angels to attend to her. First they removed her muddy boots and outer garments, then they removed the backpack off of her back. Then they ushered her into a warm home with a cozy fire burning. In this room there was a tub filled with steaming water and the rest of her garments were removed. She stepped into this warm tub of clear water and then the angels began to pour warm, clear water over her head. As the water ran down over her, it washed away all the residue from the long journey she had taken. The angels washed her hair, her face, her hands, her feet until they were washed clean. Then they poured oil over her to anoint her. This oil touched her heart and mind and softened it to keep it tender and sensitive (for she had seen things and experienced things on the journey that sought to harden her heart). Then they brought soft, white linens to clothe her in; including what looked like a towel or turban for her head. All of these garments were white but around the edges (sleeves, neck, ends and surrounding the towel/turban) were many words sewn in gold thread. As I looked closer I realized that they were scriptures from the Bible.

One of the scriptures was from Ephesians 5:26-27,

“…to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.”

Another was from John 15,

“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” (vs. 3)
‭‭ ““I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.” (vs. 5)

There was also the verses from Hebrews 4:12-13,

“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.”

There were more but those were the three that I am aware of. I found it so beautiful that the first scripture in Ephesians is from the chapter regarding how a husband should treat his wife. Our Bridegroom, Jesus, was doing just that for his bride in this vision. He was cleansing her by the washing of water by the word. Then he was clothing her in garments that represent purity, fruitfulness, unity and the sword of his authority.

I believe that 2021 is beginning with a washing of his bride. All of the residue from the long journey of the past year is being washed away. We are being anointed with oil and we are being clothed in purity, oneness and the authority of his Word!

The Word of God is your sword and shield. More than any other time, this year you will need to be equipped with his Word as your weapon and protection. You must clothe yourself in the Word of God and saturating your mind in his Word (wearing it like a turban). His Word will cleanse you! In a year of even greater exposures; his Word will clothe you, cover your nakedness and keep you pure. His word will wash you and keep you joined to the true Vine so that you will produce fruit.

His Word will be a tent or canopy over your life, your family and your home (even your ministry or business). It will be warmth, water and fire for you. Begin each day by reading his Word and praying his Word over all that pertains to you. Declare it over your home, your city, your nation, and over all who sit in seats of authority. For his Word is a two edged sword that will separate the holy from the profane.

I heard the words, “My Word is your key to success and fruitfulness! My Word gives victory and triumph to all that it touches. My Word keeps you pure and gives you peace. My Word is your authority and it brings heaven to earth.”
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Let us saturate our lives and this year with the water of his Word!
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Time To Ascribe!

By Kathi Pelton

On this first day of 2021 the word “Ascribe” has been resounding in my mind and my spirit like a bell tolling to announce God’s attributes. To ascribe means to attribute, impute or assign a quality or cause to something or someone.

The 96th Psalm ascribes certain qualities to Yahweh,

“Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to Yahweh the glory of His name; bring an offering and enter His courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations: “The Lord reigns. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. He judges the peoples fairly.”” Psalms‬ ‭96:7-10‬ ‭

As I read these words (declared these words), I could feel the weight of the authority we carry as His Ecclesia to ascribe to the Lord attributes that fill heaven to be made manifest on earth.

Therefore, we ASCRIBE to the Lord glory and strength! We ASCRIBE to Yahweh the glory of His name! We enter His courts with confidence that He alone has established the earth and His attributes will be upheld on earth as it is in heaven.

We ASCRIBE all dominion and sovereignty to Yahweh!

Today, join with me to ascribe righteousness, justice, mercy, truth, wisdom, faithfulness, deliverance and victory to the Lord! We ascribe authorship of all of these attributes to God alone. We come into His courts with thanksgiving and declarations that He will pour out these attributes over all His creation— for the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it!

Ascribe to Yahweh, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due His name; worship Yahweh in the splendor of His holiness.” Psalms‬ ‭29:1-2‬ ‭

Psalm 29 concludes with the words,

“In His temple all cry, “Glory! ” The Lord sat enthroned at the flood; the Lord sits enthroned, King forever. The Lord gives His people strength; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalms‬ ‭29:9-11‬ ‭

He sits enthroned as King forever! He is enthroned over all the happenings on the earth today. We declare that He is enthroned over 2021 and all the activities on the earth in this time. He is enthroned over our lives. He is enthroned over all as we ascribe to Him all that belongs to Him and that He deserves! All authority, all dominion, all power and all glory are ascribed to Him alone.

Let us rejoice! He rules with righteousness and faithfulness— let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice! Let earth receive her King in 2021!

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2021: A Wrestle or A Dance?

By Kathi Pelton

I will be putting out a longer and more detailed word regarding “prophetic insights for 2021” in the coming days. But for now I wanted to share with you the most important thing that the Lord spoke to me. It was these words,

“Tell my people that the days ahead will either be a wrestle or a dance. It is their choice.”

Then I saw the Lord extending his hand toward his bride; inviting her to dance with him. His eyes were filled with tenderness, longing and deep love for her. I knew by revelation that this was a dance that she’d never danced before— it was intimate but also intricate. I could see her longing to enter his arms and dance but I also saw her trepidation because she did not know the steps.

He once again spoke saying, “Don’t look at your feet but look into my eyes and your feet will follow.”

This dance required her to remove her shoes— she was barefoot because this was holy. She also needed to be able to keenly feel the ground beneath her feet as she followed his lead. Face to face would be the posture needed for the steps ahead. Eyes locked on his eyes and not on the things below— he will lead and order the steps as love leads the dance. The light in his eyes will bring beauty, joy and pleasure even as you are trampling serpents with your joined steps— you’ll be unhindered by what is below because your gaze will be fixed on his eyes.

I also saw another scene. It was those who insisted on walking as they have in the past. They weren’t wanting a dance but rather a fight. Deep inside they wanted to take the lead. They tightened their boot straps and forged ahead. Then quickly they got tangled up in the movements of Jesus because he was not moving the way that they were. The clash in movements became a wrestle to those who didn’t take his hand and engage in the steps of this dance.

I was very aware that each step of this intricate dance was defeating more giants than anything we had done before. This dance required surrender, yielding, oneness and undivided focus. It was a surrender to the realization that “his ways are not our ways” in an atmosphere that provoked the flesh to battle in “our ways.”

The enemy provokes people to get us to enter into our strength, our ways and even our strategies. He has no idea how to battle those who are surrender to oneness with Christ. He has no idea what to do with joy and unity. Peace is absolute chaos to the enemy, who feeds on an atmosphere of anxiety and fear.

I don’t know the steps to this dance but I know his eyes and therefore I will remove my shoes and draw near with a surrendered and yielded heart…and let him lead. We will see more victories than ever before. This dance will lead prodigals home and the lost into the arms of Christ. It will release peace, joy and favor and it will reorder things like a supernatural plumb line.

If you find yourself in a wrestle then stop and find his eyes— then let his eyes lead your feet back into the dance. We dance and live from the place of victory…because Jesus has already defeated death and hell.

“Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and the old, together,
For I will turn their mourning into joy
And will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow.”

Jeremiah 31:13

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It Is Time to Put On the Garments of Praise

By Kathi Pelton

“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:3

2020 has been very difficult for many. Though God has come as light in the darkness for those who take refuge in him, it does not change the fact that all of the world, those who fear the Lord and those who do not, have been effected by all that has taken place in 2020.

We have all watched dear friends lose loved ones unexpectedly, lose jobs, lose homes, lose businesses…or maybe it is YOU who have lost one or one of these things this year. There is no shame in grieving. Grief does not reflect your faith or your trust in God. It merely says, “I have loved someone that I can no longer share my life with.” or “I labored for something that I believed in and it is no more.” There is grief that comes with losses and God asks us to grieve with those who grieve. And so we do!

Even as we grieve with those who grieve, it is right to put on “garments of praise” (even in the midst of loss or experiencing compassion on those who have lost). We have all lost something, even if it is just our rights and freedom to interact with friends or to enjoy looking into another’s face to see them smile. Though we have been forced to wear a mask on our physical body that reminds us all of this global pandemic, it is time to purposely and intentionally put on a spiritual garment that is called “praise!”

We have an eternal hope that gives us reason for praise in every season and circumstance. I have had seasons in my life of grief where I praised through the tears and it became of garment of peace in the midst of a storm. Praise became my refuge and fortress that took me above what my eyes could see.

Isaiah 61 goes on to say this,

Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs. “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”

Today these words from Isaiah 61 rang like a bell of triumph in my spirit. It was like an announcement from angelic hosts calling us to put on garments of praise because the faithfulness of the Lord is our reward and his everlasting covenant will be made known among the nations!

I had a vision of God’s people putting on the garments of praise and as they did, God supernaturally clothed them with heavenly garments of peace and favor that broke off heaviness and despair. This garment of peace was tangible to the point of giving supernatural strength to those who have grown weary. The garment of favor attracted both heaven and earth; bringing forth prosperity that touched every area imaginable.

It is time to let the words that conclude Isaiah 61 pour out of our mouths like a river of praise,

“I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”

Clothe yourself with garments of praise and watch what happens in the days to come!

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Dominion Dream

DOMINION DREAM—
Kathi Pelton

Two nights ago I was in that place between deep sleep and coming awake when I either had a dream or a spiritual encounter where I began to hear the words,

“All dominion belongs to Yahweh! All dominion belongs to our God! All dominion belongs to King Jesus.”

As these words were being declared, a crown of dominion was being placed on the head of Jesus (the One with many crowns).

As this happened I saw the “Dominion Voting Machines” that have become so controversial regarding election integrity. I looked at the machine but there were powers and forces that were over it and that were part of massive scheme to overthrow America being a Christian nation. These powers had stolen dominion and authority away from the American people. The machine was like the crown or throne that executed a vast and multi-layered plan to rob the American people of their vote and their will.

But, the Ecclesia rose up and began declaring that ALL DOMINION BELONGS TO THE LORD! As this happened— dominion was removed from the thief and was placed in the hands of God’s people to put as a crown upon the true King…the only King: Jesus.

The word dominion means this:

Definition of dominion
1 : DOMAIN (an area of territory owned or controlled by a ruler or government)
2 law : supreme authority : SOVEREIGNTY
having dominion over the natural world
3 dominions plural, Christianity : an order of angels

The law or supreme authority— the sovereignty belongs to Jesus! We give our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, dominion over the natural world just as he has supreme authority and sovereignty over the heavenly realms. The world is the Lord’s and everything in it!

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” Psalm 24:1

By the authority of Jesus Christ we remove all dominion from those who have devised evil and have exercised unlawful acts and plans against the American people. We break the power that has usurped our constitution, our rights and our voice. We restore ALL dominion and all sovereignty back to the One who reigns in love, faithfulness, righteousness and peace. The Lord who is full of justice and mercy.

Declare these words: Dominion belongs to the Lord of Angel Armies! Dominion belongs to the Lord of Hosts, Dominion belongs to the One true and sovereign God— Yahweh! According to His name, we the people of Yahweh, remove all dominion, rule and power from those who have made themselves enemies of God and we give it back to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

“Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury. For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.” The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’” Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities— for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭2:1-12‬ ‭ (I am writing this in December 21 which in many nations is written as 21/12)

Amen!

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The Backfire!

By Kathi Pelton

I woke up from a dream this morning as the sound of a massive “shot” or “backfire” sounded in my dream. As I woke up I heard the words, “A divine backfire.”

The meaning of backfire is this: A plan or action— rebound adversely on the originator; have the opposite effect to what was intended.

Today, 12/12, is the 40 day mark since the November 3rd election. In the Biblical story of when David faced Goliath the Philistine army had mocked the Israelite army and their God for 40 days. On the 40th day to young David goes out without the armor of a warrior and with merely a stone and sling to face Goliath. It was David’s confidence in the name of Yahweh, that took Goliath down by the mere shot of a stone.

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.46 This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:45-46

The mocking accusations backfired on the Philistines that day!

When I heard in my dream the backfire or shot, I woke up and saw the stone hit the head of Goliath and the sound of the shot as struck his head. Then I heard the words, “The shot heard around the world.” As this spirit that mocks hits the ground it will shake the nations with the fear of the Lord.

Today is a backfire day! Crown Jesus King of Kings!

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His Word Does Not Return Void!

By Kathi Pelton

“It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:11‬ ‭

If you want to plant good seeds that produce a harvest that flourishes in your life— without thorns or thistles— plant the Word in your heart, incorporate it in your prayers and decree it over all that you love!

During the years that my husband and I directed a house of prayer I learned the great value and the “sure fruitfulness” of praying the Word of God. It surely prospers everywhere it is planted! Isaiah 55 goes on to say this,

“You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”” Isaiah‬ ‭55:12-13‬ ‭

People are looking for answers, they desire prayers of power during this new and unfamiliar era and they are longing for fruitfulness in a world of thorns. His answer is in the seed of His Word! Begin to “eat the Word” for it is the “choicest of foods!” Pray the Word because it is good seed that will bring forth a harvest of peace, joy and fruitfulness everywhere it is planted! His Word will not return void!

The Lord compares it to the rain and snow that falls upon the earth— it saturates the earth causing to germinate and sprout; which provides seed to sow and food to eat (Isaiah 55:10).

His Word is the true food that satisfies the thirst of mankind— it is water to the soul and seed to the sower. It is the seed that prospers wherever it is planted.

Do you have an area of your life that has been barren or producing thorns? Then sow the seed of His Word into that barren ground and watch it prosper and bear a bountiful harvest. His word prepares the ground, it gives the seed, it waters the seed (causing it to germinate) and it prospers everything that it touches..

Today is a day to begin to plant the Word in your life, your family, your business, your city and your nation! This is the wisdom of the Lord that is undisputed! Pray it aloud and decree it over your family, your job and your ministry. It is the key to your turnaround.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” Isaiah 55:8

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Clothed In Christ

By Kathi Pelton

I always love the Apostle Paul’s honesty regarding his self-evaluations in the scriptures. The more that the beauty and holiness of Christ is revealed to him, the more he realizes how weak, wretched and lacking he is. BUT…he does not at all despair in his self-evaluation because it merely causes the “glory of God” to be revealed all the more.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

We all have weaknesses and areas that we battle for greater victory in. Some days end in great triumph, as Christ’s beauty and power is made manifest in you, and other days you lay down more aware of your weaknesses then ever before. It is in those times that, like Paul, that you can boast in your weakness because it is His power that will be seen and His glory that will manifest. On those hard days, before your Father, all that is seen is “Christ in you and His righteousness covering you.”

You are clothed in Christ. When you approach your Heavenly Father, He does not see your shortcomings, your weaknesses or flaws— He sees His Son! There is no stain upon Him and therefore— no stain is seen upon those who have been “baptized into Christ.”

“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:27

Of course this does not mean that you make concessions for sin or that you do not fight against the temptation that comes but it does mean that He covers your nakedness in garments of righteousness and salvation. You need to continually put on “the new self” and yet know that when you fall short that you are still “Clothed in Christ.”

“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah‬ ‭61:10‬ ‭

What a beautiful truth that you can cling to! This gives you great cause to rejoice and be joyful. Yet, the enemy desires to steal this promise and truth from you. He sends his demons to watch for your areas of weakness, to provoke you in that area and to mock you in regards to that weakness. They whisper accusations to bring you shame and to cause you to hide from God. And yet, you must remember that you are not naked and exposed but clothed in robes of righteousness— the righteousness of Christ. There is no need to hide for a garment has been provided for you.

Once again, though you are clothed in Christ— daily remember to wear His righteousness in a manner that displays His worth and faithfulness. Just as you take up the armor of God each day, so you can train your soul to get dressed each morning in garments of righteousness.

When I became a Christian at 18 years old— I drastically changed the way that I had previously dressed. My nakedness had been exploited and even used for my advantage to gain what I desired. But when I was baptized into Christ, I was not only spiritually clothed and covered with His robe of righteousness but I also had to learn how to outwardly dress different and how to live differently. Now, 38 years later, I am still pressing in, through the help of the Holy Spirit, to see my life match and align with the garments that He has placed upon me. I do not want to be a stumbling block for those who see me therefore I deeply desire and fight to see Christ revealed in every part of me.

You are on a journey into maturity. It is so important to know that while you are journeying— “He has you covered!” Otherwise, you would be utterly defeated even before you began. You also must know that the pathway to purity never ends. We will always fall short of His glory but His righteousness is a robe that covers all of our unrighteousness. You are left never left naked and ashamed before your Heavenly Father.

So today get up and say to your soul, “You are clothed in the righteousness of Christ.” Then put your spiritual armor on and go out in victory, boldness, purity and His strength. It’s time to take down some giants by wearing His name!

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