God’s Whirlwind Is Coming Upon You

By Kathi Pelton

I heard and wrote this word quite a while ago and yet the Lord has brought it back to the forefront and said, “This is a ‘now’ word from my Spirit.” Receive it!

I have been experiencing what I can only describe as a “whirlwind of God.” I was taken into the place of this whirlwind, prophetically, and I saw it rest upon those who have stood in His faithfulness in the midst of adversity. I saw it come upon those who have given out of their own need. And I saw it come upon the faithful remnant that has honored the Lord with shouts of, “Great is Your faithfulness!” in the midst of the storms.

This whirlwind of Heaven will displace the enemy and his demonic assignments sent against you and it will bring you what I heard called “crazy favor” that will make a way for you where there appears no way!

A road will suddenly appear in your wilderness, a stream in your desert and a refreshing cool breeze upon your parched soul. I see sudden and sovereign breakthroughs coming that leave His faithful ones wondering if they are dreaming or if it is real.

There will be shouts that say, “Look what God has done for us!” heard across the land! Contagious joy will fuel this whirlwind and the joyful laughter that comes upon those who have been touched by this will create “spin off” whirlwinds that land upon those who have wavered in their faith, and they will suddenly rise up once again out of their ashes, and beauty will burst forth from their lives.

This whirlwind of heavenly activity will activate faith in many and will cause resurrection power to be released in the atmosphere. The suddenly of God is in this “swirl” and a great movement will come forth from those it touches.

Thank You, God, for the heavenly atmosphere that is invading earthly circumstances and human vessels!

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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE SOWN INTO OUR EAST & WEST COAST ASSIGNMENT!!

We are laying hands and declaring “crazy favor” and abundant blessings over each one of your names and households!

We have almost reached the “West Coast” goal that is needed! If you would like to sow a financial gift into this national assignment of bridging East and West, you can donate on our website at: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

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You can send a US check or USD money order to:

Inscribe Ministries 12400 Regiment Lane Fredericksburg, VA 22407 (use this address only until July 10,2021)

AFTER JULY 10th USE THIS ADDRESS:

Inscribe Ministries 149 NE Ocean Loop Hillsboro, OR 97124

Never Regret Your Yes

By Kathi Pelton

Next year marks 40 years since the first time my husband and I gave our first “yes” to the Lord and left the home that we loved and all our family to say yes to him. That first “yes” was a bumpy road— partly due to our youthfulness (and the crazy homesickness that I experienced) and partly due to “what was promised was not delivered.” We gave up our beautiful life in Northern California and moved 2241 miles to a place we’d never been…because we wanted our lives to matter and we wanted to follow Jesus! From the very first day we arrived it was hard and the next two years only got harder before we left. I remember when we finally decided to go home (after the leader fell into sin), I felt so much sadness— I felt foolish— I felt like I’d somehow failed— and regrets overshadowed why we had gone in the first place. We had left everything and everyone to follow Jesus! The Lord quickly spoke to me and said, “Daughter, never regret your yes.” I understood that though I had no way of measuring the success that looked like failure to anyone looking on…the Father measured every yes given to his Son as an act of worship and there are no regrets to be carried in that offering.

Now, forty years later and thirty-one homes later…we are still giving our “yes.” We are not so naive now to think that we measure success by what man sees but rather by what God receives. Throughout all the years of saying “yes” we have had “pinch yourself” moments that were so beyond what we could have asked or imagined and we have had moments of pain so deep that we wondered if we’d survive. But no matter if it was “awe” or if it was “weeping”…he was and is worthy of it all.

So don’t judge the pure “yes” that caused you to cross a country or an ocean or leave the ones you love. Don’t judge by the man-made measure of success and don’t judge yourself “yes” harshly— what is offered to him is eternal and the fruit of that yes will reap a bountiful harvest. If you know someone who sacrificed much to give their yes— do not judge or glory in what might look to your eyes as failure. God sees it differently!

Please know that this word is not coming forth because of our upcoming move from the DC region back to the West Coast because we have great confidence in what God has begun in our focused time in DC and our continuing journey with what was planted…this word comes out of witnessing a lot of people give their “yes” during the past couple of years that other might view as “failure”, but know this— it is counted to them as a great reward because Jesus is smiling at their offering of praise! Their yes is still making him smile.

If you are young (or old— or in between) and your excited “yes” did not turn out how you hoped and dreamed please do not take on regret! I fully believe that the very first “yes” that my husband and I gave— which ended in what looked like absolute failure and a waste of time and money— was a seed planted in our lives of becoming a disciple of Jesus. It was worship to him because of our hearts, not because of our accolades. Honestly, though it was painful, God used it as part of our journey and the training of our hearts.

I woke up this morning hearing in my spirit the tears of those who felt great excitement about a venture they said yes to that now has no measurable success. First, your mere “yes” was a victory from the start! Every sacrifice and offering of “leaving all to follow Christ” is a victory. Every mile, every moment, every tear, every homesick and heartsick feeling, every sleepless night…it is all counted as worship.

Don’t you remember the reaction of those who looked on as Mary poured out the expensive bottle of perfume over the feet of Jesus, along with her tears? They mocked her and said that it was a senseless waste. But over 2000 years later it is still seen as one of the greatest acts of worship. Your yes is like that alabaster jar of perfume, broken and poured out over his feet in worship. There is to be no regrets and there is surely no way to measure the worship that is poured out in these moments. These are eternally remembered!

Keep saying YES! Keep pouring out your life and do not let regret take away the offering that you gave. Don’t judge your “act of worship” and don’t listen to the mockers who look on judging the offering wrongly. He was glorified!

I hear the words, “Well done.” over many of you right now. I see Jesus crowned and exalted by the yes that you offered. I see angels being sent to water the seed that may look as if it died and yet we know that He is a God of resurrection power. I wish that I could give you my life experience of what looks like many successes and many failures…because you’d understand that it all produced endurance, character and even the brokenness released perfume that anointed his feet.

“No regrets for your yes, Beloved!”

The Lord has been glorified! You will see fruit one day if you will allow it to be perfume over his feet rather than regretting the cost that was paid. He is so ravished by you and overwhelmed by your offering. Well done!!

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Thank you to all who have sown into our cross country move to set up a home base on the West Coast and a base in the DC region. You are amazing!

Our first goal of reaching $10,000.00 has only $3000 left to go! That has all happened in just two weeks! Once we get the Oregon home base established, we will begin focusing on the Virginia (DC region) base. We will travel back and forth between Oregon and DC throughout each year.

If you would like to sow into the last $3k needed or into the second phase in Virginia, go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

You can also send a check or money order to: Inscribe Ministries 12400 Regiment Lane Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Or, after July 15th to: Inscribe Ministries 149 NE Ocean Loop Hillsboro, OR 97124

LATEST UPDATE

Dear Friends,

We wanted to send you an update and praise report on our sudden and unexpected transition.

As most of you read in my previous update— we were praying about God’s direction for our next move. On June 1st we found out that we were going to have to move from our current home in the Washington DC region and both my husband and I immediately had a sense that the Lord was in it and that it was more than a move to a different house nearby.

As we sought the Lord and sought prayer and counsel from trusted friends, we all felt as though the Lord has given us two instructions:

1. Set up our “home base” back in the Portland, Oregon area (they need quite the spiritual support there).

2. Establish a new base in the DC region (we also need an incredible amount of spiritual reinforcements here).

One of the words we received is that God is setting us up as “bookends” in the nation that will help hold up east and west. Another word that came from almost everyone who prayed with us was, “Where is home?” The spiritual answer is that home is wherever Jesus has sent us (where he is) but the clear question was, “Where do we feel like home is?” We had to say, “It is in Oregon.”

Therefore, we are now making preparations for a double assignment— set up our home base in Oregon and set up a place to stay during our months in the DC region each year. We have created lifelong relationships and connections in both places.

I will not bore you with the hundreds of details that are involved in this huge transition but I will say that prayer is appreciated to see all the pieces fall into place at the right time. We have only about thirty days to see the first phase come together.

PRAISE REPORT!

The first stage of this transition is getting to Oregon. This alone quickly became a minimum cost of $10k! We know that God provides for what he asks so we started the process with our confidence in him. Within 48 hours we had a miraculous $6k come in toward this portion of the move! We are overwhelmed by the kindness of God and generosity of his people. He is so good and faithful as we give our “yes” to him.

CURRENT NEED—

We quickly discovered that Covid not only effects everyday life but it has greatly effected costs of moving trucks, housing and everything in between. We are in need of another $5,000 in the next 30 days. It sounds like a tall order but as we saw during the first 48 hours— nothing is too tall for our God!

We need your prayers for strength, grace, protection, continued wisdom and open doors. We also need financial help to meet the need for the first stage of setting up the West Coast home base.

If you desire to stand with us in financial support, you can give a gift on our ministry website at: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

You can also send a check or money order to Inscribe Ministries to:

12400 Regiment Lane Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407

(Gifts are tax deductible in the US)

Thank you for both the prayers and the giving. We will see you in the West and in the East!

Final Hours To Give Your End-of-the-Year Gift

Dear Friends and Partners,

It is because of faithful friends and partners like you that we made it through 2020! We were able to fulfill every assignment the Lord asked us to do…including move cross country to the Washington DC region…all because you stood with us!

We are already gearing up for a new year’s assignment in early January. We are praying that many of you will respond and give an end-of-the-year tax deductible gift.

Finish 2020 with a generous gift and reap a generous reward in 2021. God loves a cheerful giver!

You have 24-hours left to make your final 2020 tax deductible donation. To make that donation to our ministry (Inscribe Ministries), go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

Thank you so very much for standing with us as we complete this challenging year. We are praying for each of you; comfort, restoration, peace and joy.

Jeffrey & Kathi Pelton

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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We have launched a #givingtuesday2020 fundraiser! You can help us finish the year well by sowing into our fundraiser.

2020 has been a life-changing year for us. We believe that the greatest work of the Ecclesia is only just beginning. We are working tirelessly to see our nation and the nations of the world turn to Jesus. Please stand with us in prayer and financial support as we go into the new year.

To give go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

400 Year Anniversary of the Pilgrims Arriving at Plymouth

November 11 will be the 400 year anniversary of when the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth. This is a significant moment for our nation— especially as we are in the midst of such a battle to secure our Godly heritage.

The Bible is clear that God considers 400 years a spiritually significant time period. Whenever God wanted to prepare a nation for His purposes, He took 400 years.

We believe that our nation is in a completion of preparation and a fullness of time spiritually to walk in His purposes. We sense that God is asking for leaders of intercession in our nation to gather in Plymouth on this 400-year anniversary. Together we will pray, decree and establish His steps ahead.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO TAKE THIS JOURNEY TO YOUR PLYMOUTH!

Will you stand with us in prayer and by giving financial support to get us there? We have a 24-hour window to raise $1000 for travel, lodging and food. God provides for what He asks His people to do. Therefore, we know that if we are called to be there— He will provide.

If you feel to sow into this divine appointment to gather and pray in this historic place on this significant day then click on the link below.

https://www.inscribeministries.com/

Thank you for standing with us in our “yes” to God as we fight for our nation’s freedom and for God’s purposes to be fulfilled in our nation.

Blessings,

Jeffrey & Kathi Pelton

“Bless Me Lord”

By Kathi Pelton

One of the most listened to songs of 2020 is “The Blessing” which is based off of the scripture in Numbers 6:24-26,

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

It is so common for Christians to say, “God bless you.” to a friend or as a salutation and yet somehow we hesitate to ask the Lord to bless us personally (although we do tend to beg a bit during a time of crisis). Many of His children seem to feel bad or guilty about asking for a blessing.

There are few greater joys that I experienced as a parent then when one of my children ask me for a desire that is on their heart. Whether it is a gift, a place they’d like to go or even a spiritual blessing— what a joy it is for me to fulfill that desire.

Yet, somehow we have come to believe that our Heavenly Father merely wants to take from us and not give to us! We know that is not true because He gave His Son! Who would do that but God? Recently I heard someone say, “It’s not about us, it’s all about Him!” And though I understand this statement, the Holy Spirit spoke to me immediately after hearing it and said, “I made it all about you when I sent My Son to die for you!” Possibly— it is all about “Him and us!”

This morning as I woke up to wait upon the Lord I was surprised to hear something that I didn’t expect. I had just asked Him what was on His heart and what He wanted me to pray into but His response was, “You are on my heart. I merely want to bless you with your hearts desire.” Wow!

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:41

Religion says that we aren’t to ask for blessings— only sacrifice, but the Father wants to give you your hearts desire and make all of our plans succeed! The greatest desire on my heart is for my husband and my children to see their heart’s desires fulfilled and to succeed in all of their plans. Why would God desire anything less for His children?

On August 29th I was praying with a friend on a phone call and as I prayed I saw a “door of hope” before us and Jesus was the key to open the door. In the spirit I unlocked the door and it opened. What stood ahead of me was a land that was so prosperous, beautiful and bountiful that it took my breath away. I asked Him, “Where is this?” And He replied, “This is Jeremiah 29:11.” Just then I looked down at my phone and the time counter on my phone call was at minute 29:11 and the date was the 29th (of August— the 8th month which represents new beginnings).

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

What if you began to ask the Lord to bless you with abundance and success? What if you began, in faith, to pour out your heart’s desires to Him and actually believed that He wanted to grant you those blessings? There is a door of hope standing before you to invite you into the future and hope that prospers you in every way. Have you ever truly considered that He deeply desires to give you success? Sometimes we are more comfortable with putting our faith out for struggles, disappointments and warfare then we are for blessings and success. We expect them and then aren’t surprised when we receive what we put our faith toward. Redirect your faith today! Direct it toward what His Word says and begin to expect it.

Of course we “seek first God and His Kingdom”, we ask for clean hands and pure hearts, we desire to be holy even as He is holy and we always offer a sacrifice of praise— but let’s not forget His benefits and His blessings! He loves to bless His children!!

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8

Taste and see His goodness. If we ask for a fish will He give us a stone? Never! Throw every stone that the enemy has given you (and called it God’s answer) back and keep asking for your blessing! A mighty catch is coming! I heard the Holy Spirit speak the word, “Stonewalled!” I knew immediately that the enemy has tried to “stonewall” your requests! This is the definition of stonewall,

“To delay or block (a request, process, or person) by refusing to answer questions or by giving evasive replies.”

God is not stonewalling you but the enemy surely has been trying to. He is trying to delay you and block you from moving forward into receiving your blessing of Jeremiah 29:11 through deceptions and replies that cause you to stop short of all that God has for you.

For weeks now I keep seeing the well-known cartoon of a man pickaxing a tunnel and he gives up right before his breakthrough—when one more strike would have broken through to the other side. The enemy fears the “strikes” that are happening in 2020. God’s people are striking the ground again and again with relentless determination and we are about to break through. Do not give up! Do not give up on your personal breakthrough or the breakthrough for revival in nations. Keep striking the ground.

“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.” Psalm31:19

You who take refuge in Him…hear this, “The Lord has good things in abundance stored up for you!” Believe again. The Lord bless you and keep you— and May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you!

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Will you bless our ministry? We are asking the Lord for those who will commit to support our ministry over the next three months. God has given us assignments to carry out regarding our nation that we need greater financial support to fulfill. Would you say “yes” to being one of those people? If so, go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/ and press the donate button. Thank you and we will pray abundant blessings upon you and your loved ones.

God Will Do For You What You Cannot Do For Yourself

By Kathi Pelton

The Lord showed me people who were lying in bed with their minds filled with anxious thoughts that led them to conclusions of dread and doom for the days ahead. But the Father came to comfort them saying,

“Do not fear, do not worry, and do not dread the days ahead for I will do for you what you cannot do for yourself. You can trust me.”

As the people responded in confident trust, the gripping fear washed away and peace restored them to rest in His promises.

If you are being driven by fear and anxious thoughts then the Lord wants you to hear His words of truth and words of hope. He is not unaware of what you are facing and He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

Your sleepless nights that lead your thoughts down dead-end roads and hopeless prospects are being exchanged for the deep sleep of a baby in its mother’s arms and the thoughts that bring your hopes into a vast space with abundance before you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

You will lie down in peace and wake up in joy because the Lord has taken up your cause! Though you have not been able to find your way though the tangled net that you are caught in, watch now: the Lord will rescue you.

I declare peace over you, peace over your mind and peace over your body. Though you don’t feel adequate or able to find your way out of the place that you find yourself in, know this: He is able to rescue you!

“Such is the confidence and steadfast reliance and absolute trust that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualifications come from God.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:4-5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Christ qualifies you for success, for breakthrough and for a positive outcome. It is in yielding your life to the place of “absolute reliance and trust through Christ toward God” that your confidence is restored and you are saved.

Have you ever seen a wild deer caught in barbed wire fencing? It will flail in fear only to find itself held tighter in the snare’s grip. When rescuers come to free the deer they must hold it still in order to free it and keep it from greater harm. The Lord is holding you still and cutting away the barbs and snares that you find yourself caught in. Do not fear for He is with you and freeing you from the tangled snare that you are caught in. He will heal your wounds and He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself!

Be calm, be still and watch to see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.

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Will you help us in September through December? We are asking if you will stand with us by sowing a financial gift into our ministry in September, November and December. We have a strong assignment from the Lord for our nation over the next three months and need those who will partner with us to support the financial side of these assignments. We know that the reward is the same for those who “go” and those who “sow.”

If you would like to sow, go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

Thank you and bless you!

Making A List— Checking It Twice

By Kathi Pelton

My life is busy!! My brain is full and to be honest— I’m easily distracted!! Is anyone else like that?

So— I have learned to use lists! If I go shopping or have a busy day planned…I make a list. When I have an upcoming birthday or at Christmas time I make a list! WhenI pack a ministry trip or vacation—yep, I make lists to keep me on track and so that I don’t miss something important. When we moved cross country in January…A LONG CHECK LIST WAS ESSENTIAL!

What about with prayer? Yes— I make prayer lists!! Not for every prayer time since I like to live a lifestyle of continuous prayer. But for my focused daily prayer time I have a list. My list includes prayer points that I bring before the “Throne of Grace” and as I bring each point before our Lord, I then wait for His Spirit to lead me in His intercession for that person or subject. It is not dry or legalistic but rather it keeps me focused and at the same time leaves room to be led by the Spirit to go deeper and spend more time on what He reveals needs more attention.

My prayer list is also an ongoing testimony book of answers! I always leave space to add notes and the testimonies of answers to those prayers. It becomes the spirit of prophesy to the prayers yet to be answered.

For instance— I pray for all of our ministry supporters each day. As I mention them by name, I wait and I am sensitive to the Spirit giving me insight and His heart to press in deeper day by day for specific ones. I do the same thing with our children. I bring each one before Him and wait…always asking Holy Spirit to lead me and pray through me for what He knows they need; not just what I want for them.

Usually my list includes prayers for our nations leaders, our local church leaders, our city and nation. Again, as I bring these before His throne of grace— I pause and listen for His voice and to feel His heart. Some days it’s merely mentioning these things and other days it become deep intercession. He leads— I follow!

I also pray His Word. Praying aloud the scriptures over your loved ones, leaders and nation will never come back void! For instance, yesterday I had Ephesians 3:17-19 on my heart. It reads,

“I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

I began to pray these verses aloud over my children, my husband, our ministry supporters, our leaders and our nation. That they (we) would be rooted and grounded in love and the knowledge and fullness of God. His Word is always better than my words!

Far too often the church will view anything planned as “religious or legalistic.” That is not true! We can make lists and still yield and submit to the leading and flow of His Spirit. Often the church is not getting things accomplished due to distraction and the desire to be freely led— but think of how much is accomplished when you do both. You make a plan and you yield to the Lord directing and establishing your steps— even in prayer.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD directs and establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

So—as the Christmas song goes, “He’s making a list, checking it twice…” During this time of heightened distraction in the spiritual atmosphere it might be good to make a list! Then bring your prayer points before the throne of grace and where Jesus will meet with you.

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16

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To support this ministry with a financial gift go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

Do You Want Authority and Influence?

By Kathi Pelton

This week I have been thinking and praying about why there are so many in the body of Christ who have many talents and gifts but they are not being used or walking in leadership/authority within the spheres of the talents allotted to them. Why?

I believe that we can find the answer to this question in Luke 19. Beginning in verse 11 and ending in verse 27 we read the parable about the ten talents (minas). In this parable a noble man travels to a distant country to receive authority and become king over that region. He has servants back home and he gives each of them ten talents (minas) and told them to “engage in business” until he returns.

Jesus came to the earth where He will be our eternal king. Mankind (especially His sons and daughters who are servants by choice) have been given talents and asked to “engage in His business” until He returns.

This noble man’s “subjects” hated him and decided to send out a delegation who declare, “We don’t want this man to rule over us!” Maybe this is why he goes to find another country to be king over? (Doesn’t this sound like the delegations filling our country’s city streets with rebellion and anarchy!— not the peaceful protests or voices of reformation but the mobs bent on destruction). Let’s pray that God does not go looking for another country that will honor His authority!

Back to the parable…

When this noble man returns having “received authority to be king” in a far away country, he calls the ten servants that he gave money (talents/minas) to so he can find out how much they made in business. Or— what they did with the talents given to them?

The first one (vs. 16) gained ten more! Then the master told him, “Well done— because you have been faithful in a ‘very small’, I will give you authority over ten cities.”

The second one came and had made an increase of five talents. So, the master gave him authority over five cities. But another servant came and gave the master back only the talent originally given to him because he was his master’s severity so he hid it away. He didn’t even deposit it in the bank where it would earn interest! Because of this the master took away even the talent given to him so that he was left with nothing and was given authority over nothing.

The story concludes with these words,

“‘Yes,’ the king replied, ‘and to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Luke‬ ‭19:26‬

This may sound like a hard word but we must understand the truth of sowing and reaping— of stewarding what has been given to us or hiding it away out of fear. We also must understand both the kindness and the severity of God! We cannot separate them or call one good and one bad. A good father is both kind in times of praise and pleasure as well as severe in times of discipline; because he desires to save us, protect us and teach us wisdom.

“Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in his kindness. But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off.” Romans 11:22

God is looking for those who can be trusted to steward what He has given to them. As we watch a “delegation of rebellion” take to the streets of our nation, God is looking for those who He can give authority to in different spheres of influence. We do not want to lose Him as the king over our nation!

But— first we must be faithful with the “small” talents entrusted to us and “do God’s business” with them. We must multiply and invest what we have been given so that we are trusted and given authority over more. I believe that this parable is both for this time and for the ages to come after the Lord returns. What we are entrusted with during this time will be handed to Him when we stand before Him and then authority will be given in the world to come.

If you have not been seeing increase with the small (or large) talents you’ve been given then know this: “It’s not too late!” You can begin today to take what you’ve been given and invest it (do business with what you have) to see increase and multiplication. Talents are not only in the form of gifts like public speaking, writing, singing, playing an instrument, etc. (the ones we focus on in the church world) but they are all that the Lord has invested in you— your story, your compassion, your service of “helps,” your relationships, your family, your finances and all of your blessings.

The church needs to unfold the cloth that has hidden the talents given to them and deposit them in ways that will reap increase. It’s time to receive authority so that we can see our nation saved.

We each need to be about our Father’s business and then watch as God comes and announces over you, “Well done! Because you have been faithful with the small I will give you authority over more!”

God is looking for those that He can give authority and influence to. His eyes are watching how we “do Kingdom business.” Jesus understood this and was our example of this,

And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Luke 2:49

It is time to be about our Father’s business and multiply that which He has entrusted us with.

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