A Time of Renewal

Kathi Pelton

The Spirit of the Lord is doing a deep and sovereign work within His yielded sons and daughters. He is renewing our minds and giving us the mind of Christ.

When God’s people are aligned with His ways, causing our minds to be renewed with His truth, we receive breakthrough in wisdom, understanding, favor and freedom from all the chains that have bound us to the former ways.

“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:21-24‬

Once again we are brought back to Zechariah 3:5 where we see God putting a new turban and new garments on Joshua the high priest,

‭”Then I said, “They should also place a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean priestly turban on his head and dressed him in new clothes while the angel of the Lord stood by.” ‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭3:5‬

Our thoughts and beliefs (minds) have been ‭formed by many different influences: culture, family, experiences, media and education. Many of these influences have been formed by the “patterns of this world” but God is renewing our thoughts and beliefs to be aligned with the pattern of our King and His Kingdom.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭

There is a cooperation with the Holy Spirit that we are invited into in order grow in maturity. It is the yielding of our will and ways to the transformative work of Christ in our lives.

During this second 8-day segment of the 40 days of yielding, we can pray as David prayed,

“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.” Psalm 139:23

The grace of God has come to usher us into a time of renewal. This includes the renewing of our minds to set us free from every thought and belief that has been connected to the former ways.

“Jesus, today we yield to the renewing and transformation of our minds.”

~Amen

(Day 10 of 40: The Yielding)

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The Sound of the Lord

Kathi Pelton

“Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings; honor the Lord for his glory and strength. Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭29:1-2‬ ‭

Today we worship the Lord and give Him the honor that He deserves. The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad!

Psalm 29 goes on to talk about the sound of God’s voice. As we worship Him with shouts of “Glory”, the sound of His voice comes forth,

“The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning. The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!””

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭29:4-9‬ ‭

His voice rebukes the Accuser, His voice shatters the mountains that stand in your way, His voice declares innocence over your life and breakthrough for your needs. As we release our voices in worship, He releases His voice to shift all that needs to be shifted. The power of praise and the power of His voice come together to break the barrenness and bring forth beauty and prosperity.

Psalm 29 concludes with these words,

“The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭29:10-11‬ ‭

He is King! He rules over all of creation and it is He alone who gives strength and peace to those who put their trust in Him. Today we join with the Heavenly beings to Shout “Glory!” We pour out our praise because He is worthy. Let all the earth declare His beauty, His majesty and His might. We place our trust fully in Him knowing that the sound of His voice goes before us and opens the way for us to walk in victory.

“We give you the glory that you deserve today!”

Not By Might…

Kathi Pelton

(Day 8 of 40: The Yielding)

We all know the verse from Zechariah 4:6 but I’d like to share it with you out of the Message translation,

The Messenger-Angel said, “Can’t you tell?” “No, sir,” I said. Then he said, “This is God’s Message to Zerubbabel: ‘You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,’ says God-of-the-Angel-Armies. ‘So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you’re nothing but a molehill. He’ll proceed to set the Cornerstone in place, accompanied by cheers: Yes! Yes! Do it!’” (Zechariah 4:6)

“You can’t force these things…” or “Not by might nor by power…”. As we yield to the powerful might of the Spirit even the mountains before us become like molehills. Though the enemy will cast shadows that loom like tall mountains over us, they are but molehills before the Lord.

Our authority and identity as sons and daughters of the Most High God is terrifying before every enemy and every demonic force. They tremble as the Cornerstone of Christ is securely place in our lives and we yield fully to His Spirit and to the will of our Father.

Today we once again yield to the work of the Spirit of God, who causes mountains to tremble and demons to flee. We declare that Jesus is the cornerstone of our lives and of our families. Though the Earth is shaken, we shall not be; for His Kingdom cannot be shaken.

We conclude the first 8-day segment of this 40-days of Yielding with declaring that we put Jesus our Cornerstone in place! I hear the Lord speaking with great authority the words from Zechariah 3:2,

“The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?””

‭‭God will not be mocked and He will rebuke the one that has accused and harassed you, your family and His people.

Jesus is the Cornerstone of our lives!

The Restoration of Being One Spirit with Christ

Kathi Pelton

(Day 7 of 40: The Yielding)

“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭6:17‬

One spirit with Him? Have you ever thought about these words?

If you read through the verses prior to 1 Corinthians 6:17 you will find that this is compared to intimacy between a man and woman when “the two become one flesh”. Paul warns against being joined physically with a harlot because of the joining and “oneness” that occurs.

We are temples of the Holy Spirit; therefore we are to walk in purity in both our bodies and our spirits.

As we continue to stand before the Lord as Joshua the high priest did in Zechariah 3, we are yielding to the work of His Spirit that will remove all places in our bodies and in our spirits that have been defiled or joined to anything that separates us from being “one spirit with the Lord”.

Today, as you come before our merciful God, ask the Spirit to restore the purity in your body and in your spirit. We will live in one spirit with the Lord and therefore in unity with His people.

Let us offer ourselves as holy and living sacrifices as we read inRomans 12:1-2,

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬

Let Go and Let God

Kathi Pelton

(Day 6 of 40: The Yielding)

People have a hard time letting go of having control. We have been taught in life that letting go is to be “out of control” or it is to become passive. Yet the “letting go” with God is the yielding that allows transformation.

As His sons and daughters we understand that His ways and His wisdom are higher than the ways and wisdom of any man. As we surrender to the work of His Spirit we let go of all that holds us back from the fullness of unity (oneness) with Him. Surrender creates a yielding that says, “Not my will but your will be done.”

Let go of all that you’ve been trying to control. Give God full control; give Him both the good and the bad. It is by grace that your life was redeemed and it is by grace that your will be transformed. Your part is surrender.

As the words to the old song go,

All to Jesus I surrender,

All to Him I freely give;

I will ever love and trust Him,

In His presence daily live.

I surrender all,

I surrender all.

All to Thee, my blessed Savior,

I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,

Humbly at His feet I bow,

Worldly pleasures all forsaken;

Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender,

Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;

Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,

Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender,

Lord, I give myself to Thee;

Fill me with Thy love and power,

Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender,

Now I feel the sacred flame.

Oh, the joy of full salvation!

Glory, glory to His name!

Today we surrender all. We belong to Him and all that we have we gladly surrender to Him. For in His hands everything thrives and is blessed. What we hold onto remains limited but what we surrender to Him becomes miraculous. Let go and let God!

The Lord Fights for You

Kathi Pelton
(The Yielding: Day 4 of 40)

As we continue to go through the first eight days (five 8-day segments within the 40 days) we can discover from the blueprint that the Lord laid out before us, from Zechariah 3, that there is a battle over our lives and destinies.

“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.”‭‭ Zechariah‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭

Satan was standing on the opposite side of Joshua from where the Lord stood “in order to oppose him”. To oppose someone means to disapprove of and attempt to prevent, especially by way of an argument. The enemy actively resists God’s plans for your life. He attempts to persuade you to resist as well through his arguments against God’s faithfulness, character and the truth of His will and Word. Satan refuses to comply with God’s ways and so he continually shouts arguments against truth.

When we begin to shift away from the perfect alignment with God’s will and Word we take upon our lives a lie. which in turn, is an accusation against the Holy One. All lies equate to accusation and every accusation is rooted in an accusation against the Lord Himself. This is why we are allowing the Spirit of the Lord, along with the help of angels, to remove the accusations and lies that have shifted us from being fully aligned with “oneness of spirit” with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17).

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
The Lord is even now rebuking Satan on your behalf. Just as He did with Joshua the high priest, He fights on our behalf.

I saw a vision of this scene where Joshua stands in between the Lord and Satan. But in the vision Joshua no longer was content to stand in the middle (between two opinions). Instead he rushed to the Lord. When he did this he came into absolute alignment with Christ and he no longer heard the arguments that the enemy shouted to resist him. I saw oneness, unity and authority restored as well as a protection from the enemies assaults.

Today, rush to the arms of your Beloved Savior! We no longer want to stand between two opinions or even allow our ears to hear the arguments and accusations against our God and His will for our lives. We fall into the arms of Mercy and Grace and let Him fight for us.

“Be it unto me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

When God Walks Into the Room

Kathi Pelton

There’s a worship song by Bryan and Katie Torwalt called “When You Walk Into the Room”. For the past two nights this song has played in the background of my dreams all night. The lyrics to the song are as follows,

When You walk into the room

Everything changes

Darkness starts to tremble

At the light that You bring

And when You walk into the room

Every heart starts burning

And nothing matters more

Than just to sit here at Your feet

And worship You

We worship You

We love You

We’ll never stop

We can’t live without You, Jesus

We love You

And we can’t get enough

All this is for You, Jesus These words are so very true. When Jesus walked into the room of our lives everything changed…darkness trembled at His light and His presence became our greatest longing. 

When we invited Jesus into the rooms of our life His Spirit took up residence within us and now when we walk into a room so does Jesus. Did you know that you are the carrier of that very light that causes the darkness to tremble and His presence to permeate the atmosphere? 

Yes! Every place you step brings fear to the darkness and beauty into the room. The enemy would like to blind God’s people from the reality of the truth of who we are and Who we carry within us. Nonetheless, it is true! 

Just as the children’s Sunday School Song, “This Little Light of Mine” says,

“Hide it under a bushel, NO, I’m going to let it shine.” 

Never let your light be hidden under a basket (bushel) of unbelief. As we enjoy the great and endless benefits of sitting at His feet, let’s take that fire and go light up the darkness and warm the cold hearts with Jesus. Where we go He goes and everything changes. Let your faith arise to believe in Who you carry and let Him overflow and permeate every place you go. 

You may feel small but the One who created the Heavens and the Earth lives within you. The Light that causes all darkness to tremble shines forth from you and the One that changes hearts burns within you. 

Today, go out with the knowledge of Who lives within you. When you walk into a room so does Jesus! Let Him shine, let Him shine, let Him shine.

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Peace Can Be Yours

            
Kathi Pelton

This morning I was reading an article by Garris Elkins about peace. As I read it I was reminded of the reason that I wrote my book, “30 Days to Breakthrough: Peace”. It was written out of a season that God was teaching me how to walk in His peace and how to take every thought captive (replacing anxious thoughts with the peace that surpasses understanding). 

My journey of seeing the peace of God made manifest in my life began in a season that was quite turbulent. During that time the Lord asked me a question. 

“Kathi, what is the main source of warfare in your life?” 

Honestly, I could not answer His question because so many different circumstances filled my mind as our family had spent years walking by faith and yet facing warfare. After many hours of pondering this question I finally realized that I was suppose to answer Him with a question. 

“Lord, I do not know. What is the main source of warfare in my life?”

He immediately responded with words that were going to change my life.

“Daughter, it is not circumstances that cause you such great warfare, it is lack of peace. I will now take you on a journey that will teach you to live in My peace in all circumstances.”

And He did…and still does! 

For years He taught me, moment by moment, day by day, how to obtain peace by trusting in His goodness and faithfulness. He brought me back to situations that caused me the most anxiety and fear. As He did He revealed how the warfare came mainly from fear that robbed my faith. In each scenario the outcome was the provision and help that we needed but the warfare was my lack of peace within the storm. 

It is like the story of Jesus calming the storm in Matthew 8, 

…Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Matthew 8:23-27

How did Jesus sleep in the midst of the storm? He knew with complete certainty that His Father was with Him and that the storm had no authority over His life. We can have peace in the storms of life as we rest in the certainty of the Father’s love and care for us.

Does this mean that bad things won’t happen? No. It means that we can rest assured in the promise of provision and help in every storm that touches our lives. We can have peace as we press into the assurance of our faith and lay hold of that assurance.

I have faced great losses at times in my life but in those times the “loss of peace”was what caused trauma to set in. There will be times of grieving in our lives but the presence of peace becomes the anchor of hope. Fear brings trauma that lasts beyond the time of grieving but peace carries us through the grieving with the comfort that heals. Our anxious thoughts toss us like a boat on a raging sea but the peace of God calms the vessel and calms the sea. 

If peace is lacking in your life, ask the Lord to take you on the journey that will secure your life in the presence of His peace. He is our peace and yet so many of His sons and daughters are still living in fear. This world has taught us to fear the waves but the Lord has peace that lifts us above the waves. 

We have the help of a loving Father, a Savior and a Spirit that comforts and guides us. We have the help of angel armies and heavenly hosts! We are not without help or hope. The enemies greatest strategy is fear. He rejoices when one of God’s children believes that they have been abandoned, left without help or loses their faith. It creates a mocking and accusation against God to go forth. 

When the children of God chose to walk in the assurance of His goodness, His help, His promises and His faithfulness then there is peace. Life rarely looks like we think it should look and even the journey to many promises fulfilled can give the appearance of the opposite happening, but we can rest in the peace that comes from knowing that even the winds and waves obey His voice. He will establish His plans for our lives. 

He has the provision for all that you need! His timing to fulfill the promises He has given to you are fixed and sure as you trust in Him. He has the steps ordered for you and the counsel (wisdom) for every one of those steps. Don’t rely on your thoughts or on trying to rescue your life through the ways of the world or man’s wisdom…His ways are higher and they will take you into the peace that you need to hear His voice. 

He says, “Come up here!” The roar of the waves will drown out the whisper of peace. Go up higher so that you are held in His peace. He will roar at the waves and they will be stilled.

Today, I declare over you, “Peace be still.” 

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Past Traumas Are Being Healed and Joy Is Being Restored

Kathi Pelton

Recently my husband and I were praying over friends that had been abused by a church leadership for many years. As we prayed I became aware of an angel standing over them holding a large water jar (pitcher) that was being pouring a Heavenly liquid upon them. 

I was taken by surprise because I had encountered this very angel seventeen years earlier. It had appeared while I was with a dear friend who had experienced a traumatic loss in her life. It appeared with the same jar (pitcher) and was pouring a liquid substance over her as well.

The Angel of Healing

This angel is an angel of healing and restoration. The liquid being poured out was a mixture of healing water along with the oil of joy. The healing water had been drawn from Heavenly healing pools. Then it was mixed with the oil of joy. It would not only heal but it would restore joy. 

I knew that this angel had once again come to wash away trauma as well as restore (heal) the areas that trauma had wounded and left scars. 

The angels of healing are being commissioned in response to the cries of the children of God.

“I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭30:1-3‬ ‭

Cycles of Trauma 

As this angel was in our midst I saw a paper appear before my eyes with these words upon it,

“Trauma produces fear, fear produces triggers, triggers produce reactions and reactions produce more trauma.”

It becomes a vicious cycle that wounds and re-wounds the soul and causes people to live in a continual state of trauma, fear, triggers and reactions.

God is breaking this cycle by sending angels of healing and restoration to pour this heavenly liquid over wounded souls. 

These angels are dipping the jars in the healing pools and the oil of joy is being mixed in even now. November and December will be months of healing and the restoration of joy for many of God’s children.

Invite the Angel to Come

I believe that the Father is asking you to invite these angels of healing to come to you and pour this healing substance over your body and soul. You do not have to see the angel; your faith is all that is needed. You will begin to experience healing from past traumas and all the fear and reactions that have been attached to them. 

This is a divine reset from a loving Father who does not want His children living with trauma and the cycles that occur when those traumas mark the soul.

“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:3‬ ‭

Joy Comes After Mourning

You will begin to experience joy once again. There are seasons of mourning but God wants you to know that as the darkness of trauma is washed away, light will come like a new day to renew you with joy.

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!”‭‭ Psalms‬ ‭30:11-12‬ ‭

Joy will come as the wounds are healed. It will surely come…as surely as the morning. 

“…Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”‭‭ Psalms‬ ‭30:5‬b

Healing angels are awaiting your invitation to come and pour healing over your body and soul. Their jars are filled with Heavenly healing that will restore your soul and bring the light of morning after a long night of pain. The oil of joy will pour over you as it is mixed with the water that heals. 

“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy 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

Now is the time for your healing! 

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Nothing Has Been Wasted

         

~~Kathi Pelton

Our life stories have been filled with highs and lows, gains and losses, beauty and ashes, as well as joy and sorrows. In all of the stories that have created the seasons of our lives, God wants you to know this one thing,

“Nothing has been wasted.”

He is the Redeemer! The beautiful stories that have been written upon the pages of my life have been greatly enhanced by His touch and the tragic stories that been written upon the pages of my life have been powerfully redeemed by His touch.His faithfulness has remained true and steadfast through it all. 

Nothing has been wasted. 

Today was one of those days that I experienced moment of redemption regarding a loss experienced many years ago. As time has gone by I have learned to rest and wait upon His beauty to come forth even from among the ashes. In time His beauty appears in the most unlikely of places. Though He was not the author of our pain, He is the author of the beauty that comes forth from it.

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

We can not escape the reality that there are days of pain and sorrow but we can embrace the truth that in the midst of those pages, we have been given hope that beauty will be restored. There is great comfort that we can go into the beautiful chamber of His love even in times when our soul feels cast down and covered in ash.

On days where it seems that this world speaks a resounding message of hopelessness through adverse circumstances; we know that just like when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead when every hope had gone into the grave with him or when the disciples saw Jesus feed 5000 people with only enough food for a small boy; we will see His power displayed in our lives. He will resurrect, multiply, feed, fill and then there will be twelve baskets more than we began with. All of your losses, when placed in the faithful care of Jesus, are redeemed, restored and always multiplied beyond expectation.

As most of my readers know, my family has experienced many natural fires. We’ve lost homes and lived through a terrifying firestorm. Now, our home city of Santa Rosa has experienced the worst firestorm we’ve ever heard of. Our past losses will now prove to bring the beauty of hope to the friends and family in that area that have lost so much. Nothing has been wasted. Our past pain will be present comfort to those who can’t see past the ashes. Our loaf and fish wil now be multiplied to feed and give hope to many. As we offer what we have in our hand to Jesus, He uses it to feed many. We have seen the beauty come forth in our own journey with fire and loss and now we can take the beautiful redemption of our story and plant those seeds in many lives. 

Your story has nothing wasted when planted in the soil of our Redeemer. 

To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”  Isaiah 61:3

It will all be beautiful in time! Whatever your story is…offer it to Him. Offer the ashes, offer the beauty, offer the mourning, offer the joy, offer the despair and offer the praise. What is offered to the Lord will be resurrected and multiplied to help many more than you can ever imagine. Offer Him your story…He will use every part of it and nothing will be wasted.

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