God Is Working Behind the Scene— or Beyond the SEEN!

By Kathi Pelton

In seasons of pain, loss or waiting it is easy to get stuck in only what is seen with our eyes. After all, isn’t there a saying, “Seeing is believing”? In my life and in the life of most believers— what we see is rarely a true gauge for what God is doing.

God is always working in the place of “beyond what we can see.” It is like a stage manager who, behind the veil (or curtain), is setting everything in place for what is yet to be revealed. Yet, the intended audience only gets to view it when it is completed. Often we wait for the veil or curtain to open in faith, hoping that what is revealed will exceed our expectations.

Many years ago, when my husband and I were trying to adopt our oldest daughter (she was a baby at the time), everywhere we turned became a dead-end or obstacle that was too big for us to cross over. Though we knew that we had clearly heard God’s voice say again and again, “This is your daughter”, we felt like the Israelites before the Red Sea with the Egyptian army coming up behind us.

As months of dead ends and impossible circumstances continued, even some of the strongest believers we knew began their to doubt that we had heard God correctly. All who looked on with their natural eyes at the impossibilities before us counseled us to admit that we had made a mistake and to move on. We even had the judge on her case say to me (with great force), “You don’t have a prayer!”

But…that is exactly what we had!

After almost a year of believing and fighting against impossible odds we miraculously received our promises and were given a date that she would enter our home and become our daughter. We were ecstatic— God had done the impossible, just as he had spoken to us. We set up her nursery, hung her photos all around our home and our family and friends showered us with little pink dresses and all the things that she would need. It was such a joyous and beautiful time for us and for all who were a part of our lives.

Then, two weeks before she was to come home with us a new circumstance arose. Her social worker informed us that we had lost her once again and time it was final— our case was being closed. No words can describe our grief. We had gone through years of infertility and now had fallen in love with a baby girl that God had said was our daughter— but she was gone and being place with another family.

In the following weeks we wept and we grieved deeply. We also wondered if we had ever truly heard God’s voice. Our hope was shaken and our hearts were broken. But what we did not see was that God was doing something behind the what we could see that was beyond anything that we could ask or imagine.

Though it would take an entire book to tell you of all the intricate details that God was doing behind the scene (or the seen), two months after we lost her, our phone rang and it was the case supervisor over her placement asking us if we wanted to pick up our baby girl the next day!

What we thought was finished and we had died to, He was resurrecting without our knowledge. The next day she was in our arms— as our daughter! We kissed every one of her fingers and toes and stared at her for hours and hours. She even took her first step that day, right into my arms. Though we could not see God working, He was! He was working in the place “beyond the seen.”

Many of you may find yourselves in a similar place. Maybe what is “seen” contradicts what you thought you heard. The current losses may seem to outweigh any possible victory. But, in your place of waiting, wondering, and wrestling— remember that God never stops working.

“Be still and know…” Psalm 46:10

Hear Him as He speaks over you, “Beloved, I am not finished yet.”

No matter what you are facing or what your eyes see— He never stops working on your behalf. His promise in Jeremiah 29:11 is still true!

“For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
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You may have woke up this morning feeling deep sorrow but the Lord’s declaration is that He will give you a future and a hope. You may not see any hope with your eyes but He is working behind the scenes. He makes paths in the wilderness and refreshing pools in desert wastelands for those who wait upon Him and put their trust in Him.

“Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.” Zechariah 9:12

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Up, Up and Away in 2023

WASHINGTON D.C.

2023 is in full swing now. We’ve already have had a busy January but February begins our new year travels. On February 7th we will fly from Portland, Oregon to Washington D.C. to meet with our “DC Team” to join them for all that God is doing on the ground and throughout the nation. We will also have the opportunity to visit our family in Northern Virginia and speak at some churches in the region.

We will also be meeting with Lamplighter’s Ministries (Jonathan & Jolene Hamill) to hear from the Lord what is on His heart for “East and West” to partner together in during 2023. These strategic times of meeting together are always significant as we wait on the Lord and join together the pieces that we are each carrying.

After returning to the Pacific Northwest we will be working alongside the senior leadership team of our church as we continue to transition into a new season that prepares the Portland, Oregon region and the church for all that the Lord has spoken to us and our local leaders. This is an exciting season but also a challenging time as we move out of the “familiar” in order to receive the blueprints of a new wine skin and way of equipping. It is always refining and stretching to go through these significant changes.

In late March and early April we will be traveling to California before heading to Israel in mid-April for a prophetic journey with Jonathan and Jolene Hamill, along with a team of people that God is gathering in Israel for a strategic initiative.

Since 2019 the Lord has had Jeffrey and I travel far more for the purpose of walking out prophetic and strategic initiatives that He has directed us to do or to be a part of. These types of journeys are different than when we traveled to speak because the travel is not paid for, nor do we receive payment for our time/ministry. We absolutely love being able to say yes to the Lord but it requires us to have the body of Christ partner with us to help financially cover the costs of our travel expenses.

We have been extraordinarily blessed by the response of His people— our family in Christ throughout the nations— to go above and beyond (even throughout Covid) to help us to fulfill all that the Lord has asked us to do and where he has asked us to go. In 2022 you funded two back to back ministry tours that spanned over fifteen states— including New York City on 9/11, Boston, Virginia Beach, Cape Cod/Plymouth and many other destinations that are expensive cities to stay in. But we lacked nothing because of people like you.

We want to give you the opportunity to stand with us in faith and obedience (and give your yes) as we give our yes to all that the Lord is asking us to do in 2023. We need to fund our upcoming trip to Washington D.C. and Virginia— we also need to prepare to fund our time in Israel. We know that we will have a clearer understanding of what God is asking of us after our time in Washington D.C. regarding more travel for meeting with His people in different states and nation— as well as in the Pacific Northwest. Even our work there (as well as our living expenses) are funded by those led to support our ministry.

If you would like to help fund us in 2023 by sowing into our travel fund, we would for you to join us by partnering with us. We will most likely have opportunities for some of you to join us at different locations that God sends us to. We met hundreds of amazing people on our 2022 ministry tours.

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Making Room For What is About to be Birthed

Kathi Pelton

I was shown a vision of Mary, pregnant with our Messiah, going from person to person and knocking on the door of their hearts to see if there was room for what was about to be birthed. Then I heard the words,

“Make room, make room, make room!”

Our precious Savior is looking for places to birth what heaven is ready to bring upon the earth. It is not one place or one life, but for all who will make room for Him.

What does it look like to make room? I believe that it looks like yielding our will and surrendering our thoughts to receive His. Yielding is to give room and time to allow the Spirit of the Lord to move. It is to give “right of way” to the Spirit of God by moving out of the way.

I am hearing the Lord say,

“If My people will only yield to My Spirit, then the land will yield a great harvest of fruitfulness.”

This is the land of our individual lives, the actual lands that we live in, the land of our families, the land of our promises, and the land of generations yet to come. We will see “on earth as it is in heaven” made manifest in the coming days.

I hear the Spirit say, “Yield to My will alone.”

His ways are not our ways. We must lay down our thoughts, our opinions, our wisdom, our demands, our rights and yield to His ways. Our unyielded thoughts and opinions, when enforced, will only serve to birth counterfeits of God’s perfect will. If I had relied on “my” thoughts throughout my life, I would have picked the wrong person to spend my life with, the wrong life directions, and made a lot of wrong decisions. The surrender to His ways and His will made room for the birthing of His plans for my life.

I hear in my spirit the words that Mary spoke in Luke 1:38 when the angel of the Lord appeared to her to announce that she would conceive a child. Her response was to yield and surrender to that which she did not understand by saying,

“Be it unto me according to your word.”

I hear her words in my heart once again today. Do we understand the weight and fullness of yielding and surrender that was requires in this statement? There was no grid for what had been spoken to her; the Spirit impregnating a young virgin girl to carry the long awaited Messiah! Mary’s yielding required her to make room for that which she had no understanding of. It was a posture of the surrendering her will and saying that her trust in the Lord was enough to face what was ahead.

To make room in our lives for God to do what He desires to do requires our surrender to His will and not our own. This makes room for what our God wants to bring forth at this time— and on earth at this time. Mary’s response cleared the way for the manifestation of what was spoken by the angel of the Lord.

Will God find room in our hearts in this hour? Is there room enough, through the yielding and surrender of our wills for God to come in and birth what He is carrying in His heart? Will His Church be the “inn” that has made room for Him or will He have to find a manger once again to birth His purposes and plans?

Pray with me the words that Mary prayed that made room for Jesus,

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A Deep Cry Is Coming from His Sons and Daughters: “Make Me Holy!”

This article was written and published many years ago. I saw it today and knew that we are in this place again— yet deeper! I pray this helps you as you cry out, “Make me holy as You are holy.”

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A Deep Cry Is Coming from His Sons and Daughters: “Make Me Holy!”
by Kathi Pelton

There is such a deep work that the Holy Spirit is doing in lives at this time. I have honestly never felt an absolute longing to be “holy as He is holy.”

1 Peter 1:15-16 says, “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.'”

I feel emptied of “me” in so many ways. Everywhere I go I talk to believers that are experiencing the same thing. It is a desperation to be one with Him; to be purified from anything that has exulted itself above Him or diminishes His beauty and faithfulness from being displayed in any way.

This is not a work that can be done in the flesh or even a desire that can burn within us apart from the fire of the Holy Spirit igniting it. It merely requires a willingness to yield to the work of the Spirit who searches our hearts.

There is a yearning from deep within many of His sons and daughters that cries out the words from Psalm 139:23-24,

“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Do not fret over the sense of being emptied or become overwhelmed by the experience of deep calling out to deep. And don’t get stuck in the impurities that are uncovered— He will wash you. You are not alone in this process. Our souls are being purified for the sake of living as Jesus lived; to only do the will of His Father.

Invite His fire to come upon you and give Him permission to purify your heart. The end result will be “oneness with Christ” and “being holy as He is holy.” He is worthy of it all and worthy of us all.

“Jesus, have your inheritance in our lives and in all the nations.”

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You Will Prevail!

You Will PrevailAs God Prevails Over You.
Kathi Pelton

Jacob’s wrestling match, recorded in the book of Genesis, could be described as Jacob’s wrestle with his flesh. He wrestled God unto the point of surrender, so that he would begin to “prevail with God!” Then, at the end of the wrestle, God changed his name from Jacob 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.” Many in the body of Christ, both corporately and individually, are at a spiritual “Jabbok.” You can no longer go forth and overcome in the ways that you have in past seasons. This is a time to wrestle down your flesh with the Lord until full surrender comes. There is a mixture of God’s power and human strength that has been used to fight past battles, but no longer will that the case with you. God will touch your hip socket so that He will prevail, you may prevail with a limp but victory will be yours.

It is time for your 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— is victorious with God.

There are times that the Lord will weaken your flesh (even wound you) to bring forth a full surrender for the sake of bringing you into a life of prevailing victory. Surrender to God is never loss— but always gain. Your flesh has wrested against what it has not understood. Every desire within you to force or scheme your way to victory will be surrendered so that you can truly prevail with the truth found in 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.

Jacob’s name was not only changed but the place where he wrested with God was also given a new name. Jabbok, meaning “to empty itself” or “a place of passing over” was given the new name, Peniel— which means, “The face of God” or “he who strives with God.”

I believe that this is a prophetic picture of where many of you are at. Your wrestle will result in both names being changed to “Israel at Peniel.” You will prevail and see the face of God.

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).

The name, 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. This is the place where God’s people discover the secret of power over every besetting sin that keeps us from seeing God and prevailing with Him. It represents a life and death crisis – one that leads to absolute surrender.” (David Wilkerson)

Absolute surrender! You may have to wrestle with God in order to receive absolute surrender because the sins of your flesh can be strong and keep you from the blessing and victory that He desires to give to you. But, in His mercy, God may cause you to receive a wound that makes you unable to continue to wrestle against Him. Jacob’s wound was to his hip joint, which is a ball-and-socket joint that allows motion and gives stability needed to bear his body weight. This is why he walked with a limp thereafter. You may walk with a limp after your wrestle with the parts of you that have resisted God, but afterward, you will prevail with God because God prevailed over you.

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 be carried in the arms of the Almighty God. It is where you will say, “Not my will but Your will.” No more self-force but you will trust that “by His Spirit” prevailing victory will come. You will be marked by God and His name and true identity for you will be established.

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The Father Is Removing the Weight of Shame and Regret From Your Back

By Kathi Pelton

Our Heavenly Father is breaking chains of regret, shame, humiliation and bitterness from His sons and daughters. He is lifting your head and saying,

“It’s time to forgive yourself.”

There is such love and kindness in His touch and in His eyes. He is removing heavily weighted backpacks that many of you carry— packed with regrets. They are regrets about decisions you made, sins repeated, relationships violated and pain caused to others. You have opened these backpacks many times in shame to look through them and this has caused you to hold onto unforgiveness against yourself.

The Father is removing the weight of regrets off of your back. He is assigning angles with jars of water and oil to wash and anoint your feet, your hands and your heads. The Father is lifting you back up to your feet and Jesus is reaching out his hand to you. Take his hand, he desires to dance with you as a bridegroom dances with his bride.

Allow Jesus to embrace you. He is whispering in your ear the words from Song of Songs 4:7,

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”

God is removing the regrets that have caused you to be weighed down. He is saying, “It is now time to forgive yourself.” Exchange that pack of regrets for the beauty of redemption. Take the hand of your Beloved Jesus and let Him whisper in your ear the words that you’ve longed to hear and that He’s longed to say,

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”

Today is the day and now is the time to let all regrets go and allow the beauty that He sees to wash over you.

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Will You Stand In Prayer With Us?

Dear Friends,

Would you join me in praying for a man that is very precious to me and my family. His name is Steve Trujillo and he is the founding pastor/leader at Father’s House Portland where we are on the senior leadership team. He and his wife, Deborah, as well as their two adult children have ministered alongside us and are very close friends to us.

Steve has glioblastoma which is an aggressive brain cancer that the medical community has no cure for at this time. His condition has become serious and we need a miracle to see him healed. Will you join me in believing and declaring a miracle in his physical body? And please pray for his family— Deborah, Tony & Marissa.

We have also created a family fundraiser to help with the alternative treatments he is receiving and for all of the expenses that are accumulating due to this condition.

Steve and his family have served the Lord faithfully and labored to see the Kingdom of God come to earth as it is in heaven (especially here in Portland) without compromise or wavering. Steve is a hero of the faith! He is respected and known for city transformation not only in Oregon but in many states throughout the nation. Even men like Lou Engle have joined alongside him in prayer initiatives in Washington DC.

Or you can scan the QR code on the attached photo of Steve and his beautiful family.

Here is the link to the family fundraiser page that we’ve created— please share it even if you don’t personally know them. This is deep on my heart.

THANK YOU from the depths of my heart!

https://www.transformationstrategies.org/general-9

God Will Meet You At The Beautiful Gate and You Will Be Healed

By Kathi Pelton

As I came before the Lord today, I saw Him approaching a beautiful gateway that led to His Father’s house. All around the gate were those who felt as though they had become lame and disqualified (or unable) to enter into His Father’s house. They had lost their identity and had been reduced to “lame beggars.” Jesus was coming toward these men and women, not with merely a hand out, but with His hand extended out.

These people who felt lame— emotionally, physically, mentally, relationally and even spiritually— were about to have a “Beautiful Gate” moment. Jesus is not going to leave you where you are and give you a hand out, He is extending His hand to you and saying, “Take My hand, rise up and walk.” As you receive His hand, you will be healed! You will no longer be begging for a hand out but because you received His extended hand and you will go forth leaping, dancing and praising God (Acts 3:1-11).

There is a “beautiful gate” miracle that is being extended to you. You will receive compassion and a miraculous healing for the places that have left you feeling lame and left you feeling more like a beggar rather than a son or daughter.

The lame man, who daily begged for a hand out at the Beautiful Gate (as people made their way to the temple), encountered Peter and John on that historic day. Though they did not have a coin to hand him— Peter extended his hand and said, “Get up and walk.” As he took Peter’s hand and stood up, his feet and ankles were restored to normal. He then accompanied them into the temple to worship.

Today, I see Jesus approaching a gate where many of the “lame” have gathered. His hand is extended with the power of compassion and healing flowing from it. He doesn’t want to give you a hand out that leaves you lame and outside of the temple begging— He wants to heal you so that you can leap, dance and praise God— then go with through the gate and into His Father’s house with Him.

There are about to be miraculous healings for many who have felt spiritually and emotionally lame. They will be transformed from beggars to sons and daughters. Physical healings, mental healings, emotional healings, and spiritual healings will flow from His hand and dancing will break out in the streets, in our churches and in our homes. Even relationships will be healed and restored and entire families will rise up and leap for joy.

“Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.” Acts‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ ‭

This will be the testimony of many!

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Clean Hands– Pure Hearts: A Generation of Purity Will Arise!

By Kathi Pelton

There is something deep within most people that long to be clean. Purity brings peace and a clear conscience. It is something that when I first came to know the Lord as a young 18 year old, felt was out of reach! I didn’t fully understand how the blood of Jesus makes us whiter than snow but also how there is “a process to purity” that we must desire and partner with.

When I was born my parents named me Karen. In those days moms and babies stayed in the hospital for three days after a birth. For the first three days of my life I was called Karen but on the third day my parents had a visitor who said that I looked like a “Kathleen” and they fell in love with it and changed my name (calling me Kathi for short). The interesting thing is that both of these names have the same meaning, “Pure One.”

As a new believer I would look back upon my first 18 years and I realized they were anything but “pure!” I would do anything for love and often did. So when I discovered the meaning of both of these names they Lord said to me, “I created you to carry purity and that threatens the enemy more than any other call on your life.” I knew that the enemy had fought long and hard to defile what God had put within me.

So…I began to pray that He would make me pure as He is pure. I asked for clean hands and a pure heart. Though my outward actions changed fairly quickly; the motives of my heart, the manipulations of my soul and the developing of a clear conscience was a process. The process didn’t defile me because I was covered by His blood and clothed in His righteousness (not my own!). Yet, I had to want it enough to value purity like a treasure of great worth that I had to find.

Though I was pure and clean in the Father’s sight through the righteousness of Christ, I still dealt with many things that I knew grieved they heart of God because they were things that blocked my view of His beautiful face. For me, impurities were like stones in my soul that blocked my view and caused me to stumble or have to navigate my way around until they were removed. I loved the verse from Matthew 5:8 that says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”

While gifting a can allow you to be used of God, purity allows you to see God! But how do we have our hearts cleansed, our minds renewed and our souls set free of the defilements of the world? For me, it was a constant prayer out of Psalm 51 that I prayed and cried out for,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit…” (Psalm 51:10-12)

In my early days (as new believer) gospel singer, Keith Green, had a song that was written from this verse and I remember driving in my car singing it with tears streaming down my face; wondering if my heart would ever be pure. Yet, it was not by might, not by my power but by the work of His Spirit that He began to renew my mind and purify my heart…as this happened I began to see God. It was the treasure that was worth the journey and the search.

As we are living in a time where the exposures of darkness and sin are becoming a common occurrence I find my heart grieved. I’m not only grieved because these lives were made for so much more but because I want them to see God! The pursuit of purity is one of the greatest pursuits you will ever engage in because it is the pathway to intimacy and unhindered oneness with God. It is worth fighting for and pressing in for.

Again, the blood of Jesus lacks nothing in allowing us to stand before the Father as ones who have been made as white as snow. Yet, there is a process that must occur of in the lives of every believer that involves purification, the renewing of our minds and cleansing of the motives of our hearts. As this happens we find great freedom and alignment with the character of Jesus creates a “face to face” intimacy that is like nothing we can imagine.

I believe that God WILL have a bride without spot or wrinkle! I believe that a generation of purity will (and is!) arising; completely dependent upon His Spirit to do this work within their hearts and lives. I believe that a deep longing for purity is arising from the exposure of darkness and sin that has been hidden in the church. The prayer in Psalm 51:10-12 will be on the lips of His people like never before. I pray that every person who is being exposed will fall on their faces when n humility and repentance and pray for clean hands and a pure heart. May they SEE God!

Purity is not merely the appearance of walking in Biblical morality; purity is what is within your heart, your mind and your motives. It is not obtainable by works but rather it is a work of His Spirit. But we must want it..cry out for it and pursue it as if our lives depend on it (because they do!).

I long to always see God! I long for all of His people to see Him as He is! This will keep so many from being pulled into deceptions and compromise. When you see Him you will want to be like Him…it’s like pure, clean water that refreshes every place of shame and separation. He’s so, so beautiful!

Let’s begin to pray this prayer like never before; over our lives, over our children’s lives and over the body of Christ.

“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.” Psalms‬ ‭24:3-6‬ ‭

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God is Making You a Sharpened Sword— Fit for Battle— Created for Victory!

By Kathi Pelton

In a world of constant exposure to social media with perfect family pictures in “house beautiful” backdrops, even the healthiest people can begin wondering what is wrong with their family or their home. They may find themselves asking why their family isn’t as perfect as that family they saw on social media in matching pj’s sitting peacefully in front of a fireplace? Why isn’t their house always clean and sparkling while decorated perfectly? But let’s be honest, who wants to see a picture of someone’s kid having a fit or their kitchen sink full of dirty dishes or any of the chaos that all too often accompanies real life?

I am one of those people who love to post photos of my family having beautiful moments and I love to take pictures of beautiful things— especially my home and sunrises. But what you don’t see is my real life struggle between the beautiful moments. They happen! My beautifully polished hardwood floors get dirty every week, my kitchen table becomes a “catch all” way too often and I would never show you a 5 am wake up picture of myself! I invite the social media world into my seemingly “all is beautiful” life and spare my viewers of the mess and moments of weakness.

The messy parts of life are often when we feel weak, incompetent, chaotic, guilty or like a fraud. Quite frankly, for many, the mess may be more frequent than the moments of strength or beauty. So what are we to do during the the weak times or amid the mess? What are we to do when there is a spiritual battle all around us and all we feel that we have is weakness and tools that merely maintain the mess?

Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!” Joel 3:10

Spiritually you may feel that all you possess are coping tools rather than weapons that can win the battle that rages around you. But you can use those tools to be forged into weapons of war and stand up (even in the midst of weakness) and say, “I am strong in the Lord!” God had me take my coping tool of journaling and turn my pen into a weapon of war to defeat discouragement, lies and defeat. My pen has become a sharpened sword of truth in my hand. What is your tool that can be beaten into a weapon of war against the enemy?

As for weakness, the Apostle Paul boasts in his weakness— even claiming to be the weakest of all men. Why? So that his life could declare the strength of God amid mortal weakness and mess.

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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. 2 Corinthians 12:9-11

Behind the veil of social medial posts and pictures exists the weakness of every man, woman and child. The photos of frail people fighting sickness and adversity may be more accurate of the state of mankind, especially without God. Yet— God calls to us to take what is in our hand and “beat it into a sword.” You may feel like a useless tool, only useful for cleaning up messes or calming chaos, but it is time for you to know that in the hands of the Lord, you can become a sharp sword that is fit for battle— you can stand up and say, “I am a strong warrior.” Of a matter of fact, it is time for you to do this. Begin by boasting in your weakness and acknowledging the strength of our Almighty God. Then allow His strength to renew and strengthen you. Don’t settle for the mess or for defeat— you were made to overcome, to change the atmosphere and to be victorious! Offer him your seemingly common tools (gifts) and watch as He makes you a sword that is fit to tear down strongholds, defeat giants and overcome great armies.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Stop running from the Lord because of our weakness and begin to wait on the Lord until you receive “strength from on high!” He gives strength to the weary and power to those who feel like fainting (Isaiah 40:29). He did not choose you because of your strength or even because of the gift in your hand. He knows your weakness but he looks for you to posture yourself in waiting and yielding to receive his strength. He receives your offering of what seems useless and transforms you a great warrior with sharpened swords and spears. He is the one who turns useless vessels into victorious warriors.

One thing that I have discovered in my journey with the Lord is that often when I feel my weakest— beaten down by pressure and the poundings that this life brings— it is actually then that I am being formed from a plow into a sword. The perseverance and endurance of plowing through turmoil and adversity will turn my plowing shovel into a sharpened sword or spear. Declare this, “I am strong in the Lord! I am a sword in the hand of the Lord! I am being sharpened into a spear that pierces the darkness. I am a mighty warrior!”

If you feel faint, weak, or beaten down— don’t give into defeat! You are about to become a shining double edged sword that is mighty in the hand of God! It is time for the weak to declare, “I AM A STRONG WARRIOR!”

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:31-37

You are more than a conqueror through him who loves you!

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