For many days now I have been hearing the word, “Echo.” Of a matter of fact I hear it and see it so often that it has now become like an echo in my ears. When I hear a word that repetitively I must stop and ask the Lord, “What are you saying?” So I did.
As I waited upon the Lord I was first led to look up the meaning of the word.
Echo: a repetition of sound produced by the reflection of sound waves from a wall, mountain, or other obstructing surface. a sound heard again near its source after being reflected.
When sound hits a hard surface or obstruction an echo is created as the sound waves bounce back near the source— we truly seem to have hit a mountain or obstruction globally and it is causing a great echo.
As I prayed I was taken to Hebrews 11 and heard the words,
“The echo of faith from the saints of old, who believed in Yahweh, has joined with the faith of those who believe today. The sound of old and sound of the new has become one clear echo which is a battering ram against the opposition that seeks to kill, steal and destroy. Mountains will come down!”
Hear are some of the words from Hebrews 11,
“All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.” Hebrews 11:13
The great cloud of witnesses are watching the faith that they stood in long ago and the faith that we stand in converge as a sound that will echo through the earth today and through eternity. The intermingling of their faith and our faith is creating a frequency of sound that will break the barriers! It is the sound of those who stood in faith, walked by faith, persevered in faith and by faith took down mountains!
Let faith arise in this hour! Let it arise like never before. Grab hold of the same faith that Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived and died in! Let it become intermingled with your faith and the sound of your “yes.” Break the sound barrier of accusation and opposition and may the echo bring the fortified wall tumbling down as in the days of Jericho.
Pray, worship, prophesy, declare His Word aloud and let your feet go forth in faith! Release the sound of faith!
There will be another sound that echoes through the land and that is the sound of the enemy armies crying out in distress,
“The nations will hear of your devastating defeat. your cries of distress will echo throughout the earth. In the panic of their flight one soldier will trip over another and both of them will fall down defeated.” Jeremiah 46:12
Jesus already secured our victory! We know the end of the story and though we see the nations raging and darkness is seen on the earth— the faith of the saints of old and the faith that you live by will echo throughout eternity and will be a battering ram against the armies of darkness. His defeat is as sure as your victory.
Stir up faith. Don’t hide, don’t back down and don’t be found silent. Let the sound of the men and women of faith be heard throughout the earth!
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For the past several weeks I have been hearing this phrase in my spirit,
“Gideon’s remnant army is arising!”
In Judges 7 we read the story of Gideon’s army. The backdrop to this story is that the Israelites had done evil in the sight of the Lord so they had been handed over to the Midianites for seven years. The Midianites were extremely cruel and oppressed the Israelites so severely that they had taken to hiding in mountains and caves. The Lord summoned Gideon to call forth warriors to face the Midianites. As they prepared to fight them this is what the Lord said,
“You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength.” Judges 7:2
God was not only dealing with the Midianites that had oppressed the Israelites but He was also dealing with the false gods and worship of Baal that had been taking place within the Israelites. God was about to show that He alone is the deliverer and it is His power that sets the captives free.
Before we return to the story of Gideon’s army— is this story beginning to sound like a picture of what we are facing? A nation that has gone from “In God We Trust” to calling darkness “light” and evil “good.” Our nation flies rainbow flags that represent our turning to depravation and deception with great pride while they burn our own flag that once represented freedom and a nation that humbled themselves to trust in God. Cruelty and oppression is seen throughout our land against God’s people. We are censored and many are hiding in caves.
Back to the story—
After God reduced Gideon’s army to a mere 300 men (to face a vast and mighty Midianite force), He instructs them to go to their camp in the middle of the night only armed with clay pots that hide the light of their “blazing” torches and ram horns. These are not exactly the weapons of warfare we’d expect or the number of men needed to be victorious. God had reduced Gideon’s army from approximately 32,000 to a mere 300 men while the Midianite army was so vast that they were like the sands of the seashore— to many to count!
The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” Judges 7:7
Here is what happens next,
“Gideon divided the 300 men into three groups and gave each man a ram’s horn and a clay jar with a torch in it. Then he said to them, “Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do. As soon as I and those with me blow the rams’ horns, blow your horns, too, all around the entire camp, and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’”” Judges 7:16-18
Gideon and his group of 100 men went out first to the edge of the Midianite’s camp and they blew their ram’s horns and broke their clay jars revealing the light of their torches. This signaled the two other groups of 100 men to follow.
“Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape. When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.” Judges 7:20-22
I believe that this story is a picture of what God will do in this hour. It appears as if the body of Christ is facing an enemy army that is so vast that they cannot be numbered. It also seems as though there is a mere remnant that has not departed in fear. What is left is but a “remnant.” Our weapons are absolute foolishness in the eyes of men but God will give us victory in the darkness of night with the blazing torch of Christ and the sound of the shofar and our shout, “For the Lord and for His Bride!”
The modern day Midianites will turn on themselves in fear and God will give a victory that no man can take credit for! It will not be by the strength of men but by the power of God!
It is interesting that every time I see the word “Midianite” the word, “Mediaites” replaces it. The media has become a vast army that oppresses God’s people. They lie, deceive and create a false narratives that controls the listeners. But watch as God gives victory over the “Media-ites!”
Our numbers do not matter! We may appear outnumbered but God and His heavenly hosts are with us. I hear the words from 2 Kings 6:16 declared over us,
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
We carry the blazing torch of truth and light in our left hand and the horn that sounds the declaration of “Yahweh!” in our right hand. The time is approaching where the clay jars will break and the torch will blaze for all to see. The time is coming for the sound of the ram’s horn and the shout of the remnant army to come forth that will grip the enemy’s camp with such fear that victory will come without ever entering into the battle.
There is a Civil War happening in the streets of America. It is the mobs against the cops, blue against red, law against lawlessness— but it is the remnant army that will receive the victory! Our voice will be heard and it will strike fear into the hearts of the wicked. The oppressor will not prevail and tyranny will not triumph! Gideon’s army will once again emerge with victory.
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As I woke up this morning and began to wait upon the Lord it was like an audible song began to play in the atmosphere around me (although no music was actually playing). I immediately recognized the words to the song, “All Who Are Thirsty”— here are the words that I was hearing,
All who are thirsty All who are weak Come to the fountain Dip your heart in the stream of life Let the pain and the sorrow Be washed away In the waves of His mercy As deep cries out to deep (we sing) Come Lord Jesus come
As these words flowed like a stream of refreshing water through my soul I clicked on Facebook and the first post to show was from a precious prophetic friend who wrote a post about rest and concluded with this scripture,
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”” Matthew 11:28-30
Throughout the time of quarantine and even through the past weeks of great unrest in our nation I have felt constant strength and grace to run the race and press into all that the Lord was asking and doing. I have had a tremendous grace upon my life throughout this ever-changing season. But about two weeks ago a weariness began to hit my soul. Because we live in the Washington DC region I wondered if it was just the spiritual atmosphere from so much continuous warfare over our nation or if it was something personal? Either way— I was weary!
I decided to press and stand against the weariness and yet the more the more weary I became. It was as if burdens too heavy to carry would come upon me and they would weary me even more. Then I watched it hitting others around me…such a deep, heavy weariness!
Then, last night we had some new friends over to our home and during our time together our gentleman guest began to minister to our daughter regarding the subject of weariness. He told her a story about surfing and learning to rest after the long, hard paddle out to where the waves are good. He said that he had to learn to rest after the exhausting paddle because if he tried to catch a wave while weary from the trek to deeper waters then the wave would end up taking him under. But— when he’d take the time to rest— when it was time to catch the wave he would be able to ride it all the way back to shore with ease. As he spoke these words a vibrant double rainbow appeared over our home and remained for a long time. As I looked upon this rainbow and thought about the rest he was speaking of, I heard the Lord say,
“I promise not to overwhelm you or flood you with that which will take you under. Rest in me and ride the waves of mercy to my shores of grace and victory.”
Many of you have had a long journey of “swimming and paddling hard!” Your strength is depleted and you need to take time to rest. You are now positioned to catch the wave that will take you higher and further then you have ever known but first you must rest. You are being invited into Matthew 11,
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
He will take the burdens that are too heavy for you to carry and he will teach you to rest and to come to him where his gentleness will comfort and soothe your weary and storm tossed soul. It is there that you will receive the light yoke that will allow you to ride the wave of mercy that you are about to catch.
The battle belongs to the Lord! Yes, you have a part in the battle but if you do not stop to rest (and release the heavy burdens) then you will be taken under by the wave that is coming. Rest will enable you to ride it and not be swallowed by the force of it. The wave will either take you higher or take you under but the key is resting in Him and allowing heavy burdens to be removed from your shoulders. This wave is to bring His people higher while drowning the enemy who does not know how to rest.
If you are thirsty, weak and weary then rest at His table— eat the riches of all that He has set before you and be strengthened. Let His wisdom and thoughts become yours.
““Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. See how I used him to display my power among the peoples. I made him a leader among the nations. You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.”” Isaiah 55:1-5
Isaiah 55 then goes on to say this,
““My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Often we think that when the battle is raging we must jump in with all of our strength to defeat the great enemy before us. But we must remember that God’s ways are not our ways and there are times that the greatest weapon in the fight before us are the weapon of rest and trust, dependency and stillness, hope and faith.
During this time don’t forget how God used Gideon’s army! God reduced their numbers so low that it appeared to be a sure defeat against such a vast and mighty enemy. Then God had them put torches in jars and carry ram’s horns (trumpets) as their only weapons as they descended upon the enemy’s camp while it was still dark. Then they broke the clay jars to reveal their torches of light and blew they the ram’s horns. The enemy was so surprised that they turned on themselves in the chaos and Gideon’s army watched as they were defeated by their own hand.
“It was just after midnight, after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars. Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape. When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.” Judges 7:19-22
Three hundred men who obeyed God’s ways with weapons of light and sound defeated a vast army that processed weapons that could have defeated an army of thousands. The battle and the wisdom belongs to the Lord! His ways are higher.
So…rest, wait, eat, drink and listen. Let go of the burden as you look upon an enemy that is too big for you. God reduced Gideon’s army from thousands to a few hundred so that no man could boast that it was by their power or strength that defeated the enemy army…but by God alone!
“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty Zechariah 4:6
A great wave of mercy is approaching and it will bury the but you must rest so that you can ride the wave and not be taken under by it. His ways are not our ways and His weapons are not the weapons of man. You may feel that your light is in a jar (hidden) and your sound is not being heard at this time— but the time is coming where the jars will break and the sound of the shofars are blown! Rest and wait— the time of deliverance is coming. A wave of mercy is coming that will defeat the enemy that has come against God’s people!
“Come to the fountain Dip your heart in the stream of life Let the pain and the sorrow Be washed away In the waves of His mercy As deep cries out to deep Come Lord Jesus come”
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When I was a child, every Saturday my siblings and I were required to thoroughly clean our rooms. One time I remember not wanting to clean so I took all the clothes that had been scattered through my room and threw them on my closet floor. Then I took the papers, books and homework and shoved them in my desk drawers in a haphazard way. Finally I took everything else and just pushed it under my bed to hide it from sight. After vacuuming and dusting I called my mom to let her know that I was done. She walked in (probably realizing that it was too soon for me to have properly cleaned) and when she saw a “seemingly” immaculate room she became suspicious and opened my closet door. Of course my hidden mess poured out and what didn’t fall out tossed out by her. Then she headed to my bed and lifted the bedspread to look under it and the true hidden mess and deception was revealed. Everything was thrown out and my room looked worse than before I had begun.
I thought of this memory as I’ve observed the state of our nation.
Less than six months ago everything looked clean, in order and right but suddenly something came and opened our closet doors and pulled out all that was hidden from sight and suddenly we have a bigger mess than before.
But, just like when I was a child and hid my mess— nothing was actually cleaned at all. The mess in our nation was merely hidden from sight. Most didn’t want to deal with it or see it exposed because we don’t like “mess.” We had learned to live contently without uncovering the mess or exposing all that was hidden.
When my mess was exposed (as a child) I was forced to truly clean it up; to bring order and alignment to every area. But first everything had to be pulled out from the hidden places and exposed. That is where we are at.
So, God first began with His bride. From March through May God opened the door of our hearts and exposed the clutter and mess that was keeping us from making room for Him. Many in the body of Christ took these months to get our hearts clean and make room for Him. Remember, God always looks for a remnant to work through.
Once He had cleaned, prepared and aligned His remnant’s hearts it was time to pull out everything under the bedrock of our nation. Yes, it’s a mess and it’s all been pulled out and thrown into the light for all to see. Although it may not feel like “our mess”— we need to know that it is the mess we knew existed and yet did not want to look at or even know what to do about. Now it is laid out for all to see and it is the Church that will be given authority and wisdom regarding what to do to bring it back into divine order.
We can’t just push it back under the bed or hide it behind closed doors because it’s already been exposed. We must begin the step by step process of cleaning it up.
We need the help of our Father because it’s quite honestly too big of a job for us! But…He is happy to give wisdom and hold the plumb line that will reveal alignment. We must ask for wisdom and be willing to steward the clean up process.
We may wish that we could just go back to the way it was before 2020 but to have 20/20 vision and to make decrees that establish righteousness, we first needed to know what was hidden from sight.
It can be better than it was before! If we will go before the mercy seat and then follow His lead, then we won’t merely have the appearance of being clean but purity can be established— even in the hidden places.
Exposure is good when it is exposing that which is unclean. We must all begin the work but first we must align with God’s heart and His steps to lay down personal agendas and picking up heavenly blueprints that draw us into the oneness that Jesus prayed for in John 17:21-23,
“I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” We may have to lay down names, titles, brands and differences to come into the oneness that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit share and sweet it come upon the church.
I am praying for His plumb line to come and for His bride to yield to the true alignment of Heaven.
Let us lay everything at the feet of the One who is worthy and release the perfume of oneness over His feet so that it fills the atmosphere with “Christ in us.”
God is aligning hearts, He is aligning His remnant church and He is aligning together those who will be entrusted to carry out His purposes in humble surrender as well as confident authority in His leadership. We serve a humble king who is searching for those who will lead and serve as He does.
Pray for a holy alignment to continue and to usher us into the oneness that causes “the world to know.” May all that has been exposed now be made clean by our God and His faithful remnant.
Perfect love is the alignment. Like Bob Jones was asked when He was taken to heaven, “Did you learn to love?” Let us ask for reformed lives that align with His love.
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When the global quarantine began in March I was taken into a powerful encounter with the Lord. In this encounter I saw the Lord knock on the heart of His bride’s heart. She quickly and readily responded and opened the door for Him to come in— but He could not enter because her heart was too crowded. It was filled with so many things; even spiritual things (teachings, methods for ministry, etc.). Her heart was so full of thing about the Lord that there was no room for the Lord. He then asked her if He could clean out the clutter in her heart so that He can come in and reside. She responded with a “yes.” As I watched this process I was surprised because He emptied her heart of everything— until there was nothing left but room for Him. Then he brought in a small wooden table and two chairs. He proceeded to set a loaf of bread and a glass of wine upon that table. Then He sat down in one of the chairs and said to His bride, “This is all you need. Come sit at the table with me and dine upon the finished work of the cross.”
For many weeks I did just that. I sat with Him, took communion and feasted upon the intimacy and simplicity that was at this table. It was everything to me and everything I needed— His tangible presence, the constant reminder of the grace provided by the cross and a space made to breathe Him in.
Then, as the time of Pentecost came and went I began to add things to my schedule again. Then as unrest hit our nation like a shocking flood of trauma, I gradually began to focus on the solution and how to respond to help others and heal our land. Though these are not bad things and though I was spending a lot of time with the Lord, I had left the table that He set up in my heart and was running through the streets looking for Him.
Today, the Lord stopped me and gently whispered to me, “Beloved, return to the table that I set up in your heart.” Come as you are, dine with Me for I am all that you need.”
Suddenly, breath filled my spirit and I felt a clean, white garment placed upon me. I knew that the table is where I will receive all that I need in the days ahead. This is where my cup will overflow with all that I need and desire will be fulfilled. This is where I will breathe in the breath of His life to refresh my soul. I will eat and be satisfied by His goodness and mercy. I will receive wisdom for the day and be baptized in the flood of His love. This is both a bridal chamber and a war room— for oneness is produced here and mysteries are revealed here. I will begin and end each day here to once again. When and where He goes, I will go but my spirit will remain at the table.
God is calling us back to the table set for two. In the midst of our enemies— He sets a table and invites us to sit with Him and dine with Him.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed and refreshed my head with oil; My cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5
We must begin in this place and even as we go out— our spirits must remain at His table. It is here that we receive His blood, His body, His breath, His fragrance and the light, clean garment that refresh us and clothes us in His strength.
Let His love fill your cup and then drink deep. Feast upon the fullness of “Christ in you” and listen to His voice— His whisper is revelation and wisdom.
It’s time to come back to the table!
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In times like we are living in it could be easy to become downcast or overwhelmed by all that is going on in the world around us. I’ve heard stories of young children, pre-teens and teenagers having panic attacks, fighting hopelessness and weeping uncontrollably. Although, it’s not only the youth, but people of all ages, becoming undone because nothing seems secure or familiar.
So— as the Church— how do we respond and comfort those who are fearful and hurting? We first begin with us and at home.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
We must quiet our souls and anchor our lives and the atmosphere in our homes in the truth that “He is God!” Nothing can change that and we can rest and breathe deep knowing that He is God and He is good. We are not without hope! As you anchor your life in the love of God you can then take practical steps to reset the atmosphere within your home.
• Turn off the TV (especially the news which glorifies the agenda of fear and hopelessness).
• Turn on worship music and fill your home with the message of hope and praise! God is in control!
• Sit down with your children and family members and let them talk, process and give them answers that assure them that God is still in control. Speak peace— speak hope!
• Hold each other long and often. Sometime we just need to be held— and held long— until love and comfort replaces the fears and pain.
• Take walks, play games and make memories together.
• Read and pray the Word over your home and family!
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
I just finished a 14-day series centered around this verse! We must turn the narrative of hate, rage, deception and that which is “newsworthy” to that which is “praiseworthy!” When we do that it begins to renew our minds with truth, hope and love.
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 36:7
Here is your “nothing better” truth statement! There is nothing better then the steadfast love of God. He is our refuge and constant place of security.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Nothing can separate us and nothing is better then living in the grip of His love. NOTHING!
When one of my kids are hurting I will sit them down and I will speak the truth of God’s love over them until it sinks in and saturated them! Together we will linger in His truth and love until His love casts out all fear.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
His love is perfect— every other love falls short and has limits! It is imperative to lead our loved ones to the arms of “Perfect Love.” It is there that fear is driven out. It is in His arms that we can surrender control and “become still”— knowing that He is God and He loves us without conditions or limitations.
When our lives and our families are in the grip of God’s love then we can become a refuge and light to the world around us. The world is looking for an anchor of hope. They are looking for comfort, peace, hope, light, rest and love. They will look for the refuge of true family…but that must first begin in our homes.
We must know that He is good and nothing in this world can change that. When you begin to loose perspective— run to His arms! There is no better place to be— there is NOTHING BETTER than His love and His everlasting arms. When you encounter people who feel panicked and out of control, it is then that you take their hand and lead them to the loving arms of Jesus.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” Romans 8:35
When skewed perspective “feels” like it has separated you or someone before you from the love of God remind them of the words from Romans 8:31-39 that assure us that NOTHING can separate us from His love. Within the love of God we receive everything we need. There is no lack, no risk, no fear— just His goodness and beauty.
Be still and know that He is God! Let His love and goodness pour over you today! Then pour it over your loved ones and over those around you. There is nothing better!
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If you’ve ever dealt with “hope deferred” you know that deep heartsick feeling. When my husband and I began trying to start a family we experienced years of hope deferred. Throughout those years we watched most of our friends make announcements of “We are having a baby” or “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl.”
Our only announcement each month was from our fertility doctor saying, “No change—no progress— no baby.” And every month without fail—I’d hope again (wishing that I wouldn’t!). Each month I’d dream again, I’d pray again…and I’d be devastated again. I began to hate that I would cycle from hope to despair every thirty days when there was so much to be grateful for in my life. I didn’t want to be heartsick but I couldn’t shake “hope” that would lead me there.
My husband and I had been given prophetic words by those that had no idea what we were facing; which just raised our hopes even more— only to face the month after month— year after year disappointment which made me all the more heartsick!
For the past eight years I’ve been walking with one of my children through this same journey of hope deferred. Having gone through it myself does not make me an expert at navigating the sea of emotions that have waves of hope build and then crash on the shores of her and her husband’s life like getting punched in the stomach each month. But because of Jesus— hope relentlessly returns.
For me— I have a beautiful and happy ending to my story of hope deferred! We not only adopted a beautiful baby girl but I also gave birth to two boys and a another girl! Double-double for all the heart ache and hope deferred! I am praying and believing for my daughter and her husband to have their arms filled with “desire fulfilled” very soon! I am praying for you to have your desire fulfilled as well.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire (longing) fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
That was one of the verses that I clung to during my years of hope deferred. The amazing thing is that the 11 month old baby girl that we adopted had been named by her 15 year old birth mother. The name she chose was Desiree’— which means “longed for!” Only God…she was our longing fulfilled!
Why am I sharing these two stories; one still in the grip of hope deferred and one in the reality of desire fulfilled? Because there are many of you who will read this that are in the pain of hope deferred or you know someone who is.
Did you know that there is an aspect of hope deferred that is beautiful? It is the word “hope!” The very thing that was deferred was also what was my assurance. Quite honestly in the midst of going through those years “hope” didn’t feel beautiful because it felt like a set up for disappointment and pain. But looking back I now know that hope is what moved me forward, it kept our dreams alive and our faith secure.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5
We hope because the love of God has been poured into us! We cannot escape it and if we were able to— we would have to abandoned the love of God. We’d have to lose our confident expectation that is rooted in our faith. The hope of being loved by God will never disappoint— this is the hope that comforts every other hope; it is the hope that will never be deferred, never be withheld, never be delayed and will always be the foundation of every other desire and dream.
If you are experiencing the pain of hope deferred then run fully into the arms of His love! In His arms there is not only every desire fulfilled but a comfort that only His love can provide. In the grip of His love we have hope renewed, trust refreshed, joy in the midst of pain and beauty in the midst of barrenness.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
As I have gone through seasons of pain and hope deferred I have learned to not lean on my own understanding but to lean into His everlasting arms of love. It is there that I don’t need answers to the “whys” or feel like I must harden my heart to protect myself from the pain. In His arms the hope of His love is poured into me without measure— washing away heart sickness. His love is always gives me more than I can ask or imagine! I may weep there but I’m also comforted in the grip of my true Hope! Jesus is the hope and desire of every heart…even if they don’t know it.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
In Hebrews 11:11 we read of the fulfilled promise of a son for Abraham and Sarah— but though the promise took many years to be fulfilled it says this,
“By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.” SHE JUDGED (considered) HIM FAITHFUL WHO HAD PROMISED!
That is true hope! We must know and believe that He who promised is faithful! There is no separation between His promise, our hope and His faithfulness. They are braided together and to separate hope would be to judge Him as unfaithful.
“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“Hope in the Lord” will renew you and strengthen you to continue to run. Some days the only place you can run to is His arms but in that place love will be poured into your heart without measure.
“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
No matter what you are facing— you can put your hope in the fact that God desires to prosper you and not harm you. He has beautiful plans for you…to give you HOPE and a future of hopes fulfilled as the love of God poured out upon you.
I will leave you with these words from Psalm 33:18,
“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love…”
His unfailing love is your desire fulfilled. Keep hope alive.
Thank you to all of my readers who have stood with me in prayer and financial support during this time. Your kindness has been like breath in my lungs and honey to my lips! My husband and I pray for you allcontinually.
We are standing in the midst of an nation that is gripped in fear, rage, pain and exposure. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken. Our very roots are being shaken as chaos fills our cities and streets.
So, how do we— the body of Christ— position ourselves and navigate these perilous times? I spend the past week asking the Lord and even talking with trusted friends about this very thing. Though I only “see in part”, I would like to submit to you my part.
One of the things that the Lord clearly reminded me of was of a vision that I had over twenty years ago where I was taken over a particular nation that was in great turmoil. This nation was not only experiencing a shaking but it was also very known for worshipping idols (burning incense to man made statues, making offerings to carved images, etc.). In my vision I was taken above this nation and I saw what I can only describe as the scent of fear, idolatry, anger, pain and the worship of false gods that was attracting demons to gather in what looked like a “feeding frenzy.” The demonic activity over this nation was being fed by the emotional reactions and the works of men and women enslaved to serve images that demand a cost yet give nothing in return.
Then, in this vision (encounter), I was taken to the solution. I saw the believers in this nation raising up the standard of the “fear of the Lord.” What that looked like was a posture of abiding trust, becoming still in perfect peace, persevering in prayer and devoted to the worship of Jesus alone! As the believers engaged in this it released a fragrance or perfume in the atmosphere over this nation of “the scent of Heaven.” Suddenly the demons began to flee in absolute anguish as the scent of Christ’s body was released. It was a “repelling scent to the forces of hell.” The other thing that happened in this encounter was that as the beautiful fragrance of the bride filled the atmosphere it caused angels to rush and gather to the scent. It strengthened them and they fed upon the peace, the trust, the prayers of faith and the worship. It strengthened them to be victorious in battling the powers and principalities that were keeping nations and people captive. I watched this nation change through the remnant of God’s people shifting the atmosphere that became like kryptonite to the enemy and his demons.
The second thing that the Lord reminded me of was that He has always told me these words,
“Kathi, peace and the stillness of abiding trust is absolute confusion and chaos to the enemy!”
Peace and trust is like an encoded message that the enemy cannot decode. It also releases chaos and fear into the enemy’s camp like no other thing. The peace is God causes confusion and chaos to come upon the enemy’s plans!
There will be assignments that will be given to many in this time. Some of you will be called to the public squares in cities as reformers. Some of you will be called to the secret place of prayer. Some of you will be called to serve on mountains of influence that need to be redeemed and some of you will be called to release the sound of worship. Whatever the call, the assignment or the place…do it from the place of perfect peace and abiding trust. This posture will become the promise of Psalm 91 over you and it will be a weapon like no other.
Whether you are going out to the streets or closing yourself into your prayer closet; this is a time to “be still and know that He is God!” The stillness of peace and trust will make room for Him to move!
This truly is a “not by might, nor by power but by His Spirit” time in history! Sometimes our silence and stillness that comes from absolute trust deafens the noise and calms the storm more than anything else. What did Jesus do in the storm? He slept in perfect peace knowing that His Father would not let anything happen to him.
You may raise your voice in worship and truth but there is a stillness and silent trust that will establish far more than anything else we can offer at this time. If fear and chaos has filled your heart and mind— this is the time to ask the Spirit of the Lord to deliver you from the atmosphere and influence of this world and to usher you into the unshakable Kingdom of His dear Son. Peace and trust will clothe you with a stillness that confounds the enemy and gives you strength.
“Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Thank you to those who have stood with us as we have moved to the Washington DC region and been in such a turbulent time; especially here in the DC region. Your prayers and financial support is truly appreciated. We pray for you daily and release peace upon your home and hearts! Continue to pray for us and if you can, financial support during this time is greatly appreciated.
Every Sunday evening I have a prayer call with a group of people from the Washington DC region to pray for our nation, our leaders and whatever the Spirit speaks to us as we wait upon Him. Last night we had a powerful time of prayer in the midst of all of the pain and rage happening throughout our nation.
During our time praying the Spirit kept turning my attention to the cities that have been targeted for violent riots and destruction. First I was led to begin to declare a new name over these cities (and over our nation) as the verse from Isaiah 62:2-4 flowed through my spirit,
The nations will see your righteousness. World leaders will be blinded by your glory. And you will be given a new name by the Lord’s own mouth. The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see— a splendid crown in the hand of God. Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his bride.” The Lord asked me to begin to declare over our nation and over these cities— where violence has erupted— that the Lord will change their name from “Forsaken” or “Desolate” to “The Cities of God’s Delight.”
Then I was taken into a vision where these cities were pools of stagnant water with the blind, deaf and lame (spiritually disabled) laying all around them. But suddenly angels descended upon these cities and began to “stir the waters” and when they did this the people, who had gathered there with many “spiritual diseases” began to see, hear and rise up and walk. They could see that Jesus is the only Savior, they could hear that He is the hope that they had been looking for and suddenly they could rise up from their lame posture and run to Him.
“…for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.” John 5:4
The diseases of deception; hopelessness, rage, murder, anarchy and rebellion were suddenly healed and captives were being set free.
It is time to stand in the cities where violent riots have broken out and call forth the angels to come and stir the stagnant waters so that they become healing pools. It is time to declare over our nation and these cities their new name, “Cities of God’s Delight!”
May the very ones who go to these cities to bring destruction and hate suddenly find their feet in a pool that heals them and sets them free from the disease of deception. May they encounter the living God and become repairers of the breaches.
Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Nashville, Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake City, Cleveland, Raleigh, Louisville and more— call upon the angel of their Lord to come and stir the waters of your city and make it a pool of healing. Declare that their names, “Forsaken and Desolate” are no more but that God calls them by a new name! Declare the new name over your city.
What the enemy has meant for evil God will turn for good and for healing. Do not despair, do not bow low in hopelessness but rise up and see the salvation of the Lord come to our nation and to these cities!
Thank you to all of my readers who have stood with us in prayer and financial support during these months where we cannot travel. Because of you we are able to continue to minister and help thehurting. We pray for each of you daily and know that the Lord is sending a special blessing upon you and your household.
This was the word that I released in December 2019 as my 2020 Word! During this time of “unrest” in our nation, REST is a key word for our victory!!
“By My Spirit” in 2020: A Decade of Rest By Kathi Pelton
“So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty Zechariah 4:6
Each time I see the numbers 2020 I see this verse overlaid upon it. As I have prayed into the decade ahead, there are two of the things that the Lord has highlighted to me:
• The sovereignty of God will be displayed throughout the earth.
• Resting in His sovereignty will be where victories are won.
As I was praying into these two things the Lord began to highlight an interesting item in the new house that my family moves into across the nation (in the Washington DC region) as a prophetic sign. That “interesting item” is that this house has an elevator!! What?! No, we are not moving into a mansion but it was built as a model home for the community it is in and they put everything that was offered into it. An elevator for the three floors is one of those options. We are giving the option of laboring to get somewhere or resting in “by His Spirit” to take us higher.
As I listened to the Lord for the meaning of this elevator I saw Jacob’s ladder and felt that there would be an ease about going up to the heavenly places and then an ease in returning with the revelation given. There will be a lot of going up and coming back down beginning in the new year. This will be the source of keeping us out of constant “ups and downs” in our souls.
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1
The invitation and the open door is before you! The key to entering in is resting in the sovereignty of God. “Not by night, not by power but by His Spirit!”
Just as I was pondering this “elevator prophetic sign” Patricia King, who raised me up and mentored me as a prophetic voice, released a word and encounter regarding going up in the ease of an elevator to receive deeper revelation!! This was such a confirmation for me (you can find that word on The Elijah List from 12/30).
As our family prepares to move next week to the Washington DC region (we will be in Virginia) I found myself getting emotionally prepared for a battle. Everyone that we know who has arrived there has had to face great battles. I found myself figuring out all sorts of ways to prepare spiritually, mentally and emotionally. It was like a subconscious preparation. As this was happening the Lord interrupted me. He said, “Kathi, what are you doing? Do you not know that resting in Me is the key to your victory?”
As He spoke those words I remembered the verse from Zechariah 4:6 and then the phrase that says, “It takes two to fight” kept going through my mind.
The enemy will try to pull you into “fight mode” because the past decade as been a “warring decade.” We have becomes more familiar with the battle than the rest of God. It’s what we’ve known and what we are familiar with but it’s time to change our “default” from battle to rest.
As we have laid down all that we have known to enter into the new we need to know that the key to victory in the next decade is spiritual rest. It is an abiding trust, peace and rest that does not engage in the provocation of the enemy that is designed to pull you out of rest and into war. I don’t exactly know what that will look like but I trust that He will teach us. This will not be lethargy or inactivity but rather a spiritual rest in His sovereignty. It’s a posture in your spirit that aligns your soul. There will be battles but the battle belongs to the Lord and will be won through the rest of the Lord.
I learned many years ago that supernatural peace was the key to my personal warfare being defeated (which you can read about in my 30 Days to Breakthrough: Stepping into Peace book). Where there is peace there is no fear or warfare! But this rest will take us deeper and it will be the one thing that the enemy cannot fight. You will be like a warrior of rest.
Then I came across a word by Bob Jones that I had never seen before, it is all about 2020-2029 and rest! Here is that word,
“The 2020’s will reveal the ‘Rest’ of God, to where the Body will come into a place of resting in God, where God will rest in us. And in this rest, the enemy will not be able to do warfare, because we are resting in God and He is resting in us. He will accomplish the things He means to do in a people that is at rest. He has always wanted a people that will come into His rest; there never has been one but rest is on the way.” Bob Jones
Rest is on the way!
“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Hope and rest will be closely tied together. They walk hand in hand. If rest is the key to victory then hoping in the Lord is the key to rest. Hopelessness will drain and exhaust you and battling in the way you have in the past will merely bring you into a war against hope.
Lay down you weapons of the past decade and pick up the spiritual weapons of the next decade which are rest, hope, trusting in His sovereignty, and accepting the invitation to “Come up here.”
I hear the “ding” of the elevator arriving and the doors opening to take you up. You will receive revelation and impartation about true rest for your souls and true spiritual rest. This will bring you much healing from the traumas of battle from the past decade.
The doors are now opening…enter in!
Thank you to ALL of my amazing followers who have and are continuing to stand with us in prayer and financial support during this time. We are praying for you daily and decreeing every promise of God to rest upon your life and home.