Do Not Be Agitated By Those Who Do Evil

By Kathi Pelton

We are living in times that can quickly provoke the soul to agitation, even anger, everywhere we turn if we are not diligent to “trust in the Lord.”

Here in the United States, election years always release a spirit of division, opposition and agitation. This election year is like no other; the battle is on a whole different level and the landscape feels like the beginnings of a civil war. Now we have added the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the already charged atmosphere. If you watch those hearings for five minutes and your sure to become agitated no matter what side you are on!

We must go up higher in our spiritual posture and let our roots go deeper in the soil of His ways. God’s people can stand up for righteousness, goodness and truth without stirring up the atmosphere with soulish agitation. We must remember that we are on the brink of a literal civil war here in America, therefore, we need to be those who hold the standard of truth in righteousness. We have authority to shift atmospheres through our worship, our words, our intercession and our love— let us not be the trip wire that takes us from civil unrest to civil war!

Psalm 37 is an excellent guide for these times. The very first verse instructs us on how to conduct and restrain our souls,

“Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong. For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants.” Psalms‬ ‭37:1-2‬ ‭

DO NOT BE AGITATED! They spring up quickly but wilt before becoming strong or mighty tree— they wilt like tender green plants. Psalm 37 goes on to say,

“Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday. Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.” Psalms‬ ‭37:3-7‬ ‭

This past January the Lord moved our family to the Washington D.C. region from the West Coast. He was very clear in His instructions to “dwell in the land” as 2020 began. We had no idea why or what was coming but the one thing we carry with us (no matter where He sends us) are the instructions from Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.” Our favorite version says, “…dwell in the land cultivate faithfulness.” That is what we do!

As God moves us to a new location we first establish our trust in the Lord and do what is good before Him and to those around us. Then we cultivate faithfulness— we live by faith, we plants seeds of trust, we practice peace and ask Him to “dwell with us.” Then we watch Him act on our behalf and on behalf of the people and land that He has placed us in.

The only other thing that we came to this region carrying was a powerful prophetic dream that I had in May 2019 of seeing “In God We Trust” restored in our nation. So, once again we cultivate trust— then we know that— “He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like noonday.”

We moved to a city just south of DC that is the home of the national ministry (movement) called, “Awaken the Dawn” so when I read, “making your righteousness shine like the dawn”, I know that we are called to awaken righteousness and a movement of righteousness from this place through prayer and worship. We are in DC weekly where there is a hearing regarding justice happening even now— God will act and make our justice come forth like the noonday. HE WILL ACT AS WE TRUST! Noon is coming.

We are the Church and it is up to us to cultivate faithfulness and trust in the place that He has planted each of us! You may wonder why you are in the city or state that you are but let me suggest that you are there to cultivate the land, to hold the line and to establish righteousness and justice through your commitment to walking in HIS WAYS!

Let’s not cultivate agitation! We become agitated when we do not understand our enemy! Our enemy wants to provoke us so that we focus on being robbed, cheated, lied to and deceived. Though these things are true (and always have been— we are merely seeing with 20/20 vision now), the shift and change will not come through weapons of the flesh but through weapons of the Spirit! Peace, trust, righteousness, faithfulness and walking in His ways will cause God to act! Refrain from anger!

Let’s look at another few verses from Psalm 37,

“Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated — it can only bring harm. For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” Psalms‬ ‭37:8-9‬ ‭

It’s time to inherit the land! But anger and agitation will only bring harm! God will destroy evildoers as we put our hope in the Lord and refrain from soulish reactions. The humble will inherit the land— not the arrogant evildoers who seek to provoke you to leave your place of trust and engage in their divisive and hateful tactics. Verse 11 says,

“But the humble will inherit the land and will enjoy abundant prosperity.” Psalms‬ ‭37:11‬ ‭

It goes on to say, “The wicked person schemes against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him. The Lord laughs at him because He sees that his day is coming.” Psalms‬ ‭37:12-13‬ ‭

Psalm 37 is a verse for this time! It paints a picture of how we are position ourselves to inherit the land and to prosper. I greatly admonish you to heed His instruction by refraining from agitation, the ways of the world and the provocation of the enemy. Trust in the Lord and do good— then God will act!

I also greatly encourage you to read, study and meditate in Psalm 37 during this time because it His wise instruction of how to inherit the land.

“Wait for the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land. You will watch when the wicked are destroyed. I have seen a wicked, violent man well-rooted like a flourishing native tree. Then I passed by and noticed he was gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found. Watch the blameless and observe the upright, for the man of peace will have a future.” Psalms‬ ‭37:34-37‬ ‭

Amen!

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The 25 Days of December

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Come Into The Embrace of the Overcoming One

By Kathi Pelton

While I was in worship and prayer yesterday I was suddenly encircled in the most intimate and powerful embrace I’ve have ever experienced— which immediately had me undone. As this happened I saw the “overcoming arms of Jesus” outstretched upon the cross with torn flesh and pierced hands that flowed with blood. I heard the words, “The Lamb has overcome.” Then, suddenly, I found those very arms around me, holding me in an embrace that was releasing love, mercy and overcoming authority into my life.

“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” Psalm 3:31

His “overcoming arms” around me became like a shield— my glory— and it lifted my head with renewed confidence and courage. I immediately felt an inner-rest come upon me only came through all that He had overcome and defeated. I was no longer weary from all that I saw that needed to be defeated. It became the tangible reality of Zechariah 4:6,

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” Says the Lord of hosts.

His Spirit that is in me carries His overcoming power and authority. His Spirit was allowing me to come into the embrace of the overcoming arms that paid the price for me and defeated sin and death. He overcame all the world! It was like being embraced by the words, “For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son.” (John 3:16).

A supernatural inner rest washed over me and through me like a cleansing flood of His finished work. I was brought into the arms of the author and finisher and all striving washed away.

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Rest in Christ can be present even in the ongoing activity of the believer because it is an inner-rest that goes with you and silences demands while putting an end to striving. It wraps you in the victory and confidence of His finished work as His Spirit works through a yielded vessel. Striving ceases, fears are calmed, demands are silenced and a canopy of love comes over you like the wing of a mother hen over her chicks.

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:41

He is in us, around us, before us and behind us. We have overcome because the Overcomer lives within us. The world may scream loud and demand an audience but the blood of Jesus speaks a better word and defeated the voices of threat and accusation. So we can rest in Him— our Risen King.

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:51

Come and find rest in the arms of the One who has overcome. Yield to His arms of love that will anoint you with His overcoming authority and seat you in Heavenly places where you will reign with Him forever.

Because He has overcome— you have overcome! Victory is yours.

“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:21

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“Obey My Voice”— The Key to Covenant Blessings

By Kathi Pelton

There is such blessings released upon those who obey! When my children were young my husband and I worked hard to teach them the value and rewards of obedience. When they listened to our voices, obeying what we spoke, their lives were surrounded by saftey, pleasures, wisdom, blessings and peace. Yet, on those occasions that they would exercise their “own stubborn will” they would quickly find their souls and circumstances in turmoil. In childhood we are to learn to live a life that values obedience and wisdom so that in adulthood we can walk in covenant with God.

We can come up with a thousand different reasons that the nations are in turmoil and people are in misery but the root of it all is “broken covenant through disobedience to the voice of God.”

Jeremiah 11 gives us a great example of this,

“Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant— the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God. Then I will fulfill the oath I swore to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey’—the land you possess today.” I answered, “Amen, Lord.”” Jeremiah‬ ‭11:3-5‬ ‭

God is not a controlling tyrant but rather a loving and wise Father who knows what will bless those He created and what will harm them. He merely desires us to walk in blessings, life, freedom from harm, health and prosperity. He knows the path to take us there and yet many have turned away from His voice of wisdom and the blame Him for the turmoil in their lives.

Again and again throughout scripture the Lord says, “Obey My voice.” But, again and again mankind turns away from His voice to follow other gods and “the stubbornness of his evil heart (Jer. 11:8).”

We must understand that blessings follow obedience and covenant but curses follow broken covenant and disobedience. The Book of Proverbs is a manual to sons of “how to live” that make all of this known to those who desire wisdom. I love to pray for God to give me the wisdom and understanding that all of creation was formed from. If creation was formed out of God’s wisdom and understanding then it is part of the DNA of us and of the universe— therefore, it only makes sense to ask for the wisdom of God that aligns us with all of creation and our Creator.

“By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.” Proverbs‬ ‭3:19-26‬ ‭

It is so wise to obey! His wisdom is filled with promises and protection for your life. Wisdom is grace for you, safety to you, assurance upon you and peace around you.

God, in His great mercy, gives second chances for men and women to turn from stubborn and rebellious ways (foolish ways) so that they can come back into the grip of covenant and obedience— redeeming the blessings of covenant and breaking the curses of rebellion.

This is probably my greatest prayer for the nations, my loved ones and for my life. “Let us obey Your voice!” May the nations repent for broken covenant, for stubborn rebellion and for disobeying the voice of God. I pray that every man, woman and child would obey the voice of God and watch the blessings of wisdom and covenant restored to their lives and their land.

Cry out for wisdom! Obey His voice and watch salvation come upon every area of your life.

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It’s Time to Bring Down Heaven to Earth

By Kathi Pelton

Last night I had a brief, yet profound (and completely unexpected), encounter during a time of worship. Suddenly, I found myself in the third heaven and I was looking out upon the “Crystal Sea” or “Sea of Glass” that is before the throne. I have never seen anything like this before. The sapphire blue was breathtaking and endless; and the sky (horizon) was like fire and reflected His eyes. The stillness upon this sea was far beyond “the lack of a storm or waves”- it was a sovereign stillness and peace that carried great power that saturation the entire atmosphere. It was as if a great “weightiness” was upon the peace— a weighty peace.

As I stood there, looking out upon it, Lord asked me, “Would you like to walk upon it?” He took my hand (though I never saw His face— only heard His voice and felt His hand take mine) and He walked me out a short distance upon this crystal sea of glass. I don’t know how to describe what I saw but over this immense sea the sky had what I can only describe as both the sunrise and sunset happening simultaneously. Actually all of the colors from the beginning to end of morning and evening somehow were intermingled and the sea and sky reflected it all. I knew that His face was the source of these colors and that all of heaven reflected His image, His power, and His beauty. The weight of peace and rest on this sea and in this place was an experience I will never forget. It was the most powerful stillness I’ve ever encountered and yet it was such a brief moment that I was there.

I wanted to share this with you because of what happened next. As I was taking in this peace and beauty the Lord said to me, “Did you know that you can bring this peace from heaven down to earth?”

After He spoke those words, I was immediately back in the room in Washington DC where we were worshiping and praying. I knew that we had the authority to take this weighty peace and see it come into the earthly realm.

We have received many warnings that when President Trump announces the Supreme Court nominee that it will be like a civil war in our streets and nation. But as many of us have prayed, we’ve felt peace that makes no sense in the midst of warnings. I felt that God was giving us permission to ask for the peace that resides in heaven (coming from His throne) to come upon Washington DC, upon our nation, and upon our households. It is like a blanket of peace that comes down to intercept the plans of the enemy.

It reminded me of how people with anxiety disorders will use a “weighted blanket” to calm them. This was like a heavenly weighted blanket that would bring peace and rest to the anxieties and fears that produce anger and violence. It holds supernatural peace and rest that calms the chaos.

From this encounter I feel that we can all begin to bring heaven to earth for the sake of our nations, for our households, for our individual lives. All sin that has been brought in repentance to Jesus, is cleansed by His blood and put under the “sea of forgetfulness.” Where there is absence of sin there is manifest peace and order. The Lord has put our sin into the sea of forgetfulness and given us this “sea of glass” (peace, rest, and stillness) in it’s place.

A remnant of His people have been repenting on behalf of the United States and bringing our sins before the throne of God to be washed by the blood of Jesus. Our sins are being thrown into the sea of forgetfulness and a “sea of glass”— His peace and presence is being offered in its place.

I don’t know how this will manifest on earth— possibly it will bring a distinction by resting on His Ecclesia (making us a refuge) or maybe it will stop the chaos and violence that the enemy is stirring up in our streets and cities? I only know that Jesus said, “You can bring this down to earth.”

I don’t want to interpret the full meaning but I do want to bring the experience to you so that you can enter in and add your faith to it. You can declare and ascend by the power of the Spirit in order to bring back this sovereign and weighty peace.

On earth as it is in Heaven!

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Rosh Hashanah: 5781— The Crowning of the King and the Blood that Declares a Better Word

By Kathi Pelton

As you enter this Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, it is a time of new beginnings, renewed faith and breaking out of the old patterns that have hindered you so that you can embrace God’s perfect patterns and ways.

Rosh Hashanah means “Head of the Year.” It is the day that determines and sets into motion the rest of the year ahead. Just like our heads (minds, thoughts, decisions) determine our path and our actions so is it believed in the Jewish faith that this time determines the days ahead.

In 2019 I had a profound experience that began right before Rosh Hashanah when I heard the Spirit speak and say, “It’s coronation day.” I saw the Lord ask His bride to kneel before before Him and He was crowning her as His Queen. I knew that it was an “Esther moment” for the church where she would begin to walk in greater authority and favor. Because of this experience many believers throughout the world bowed before the King together to receive this coronation— the crowning of His queen.

Then, as we know— soon after Rosh Hashanah 2019 (5780), we began to hear the first reports out of China of a virus that had the name “Corona” within it; meaning crown. We paid little attention to it as it was so far from our shores and from our thoughts. But, within months it would change the entire world. I believe that the enemy is so threatened by the authority of God’s Bride that he devised a plan to stop and usurp the authority of the Ecclesia from establishing what God desired. But, as most of us know, this has severely backfired and the Church is rising up in greater global unity and authority than ever before. All I can say is, “Who can stop the Lord Almighty?”

As we approached Rosh Hashanah 2020 (September 18) I had another experience that was similar to the one I had in 2019, when the Son crowned His bride. This time I heard the words, “Coronation of the Son.” I immediately saw God’s people crowning Jesus as King of their lives, King of their nations and King of the universe.

Days after this experience I was on a Zoom call with a few of our international family members where I shared this experience. A Messianic Jewish man (Asher Intrater) was on the call with us and he began to explain to us that a key part of Rosh Hashanah is to proclaim God as “King of the Universe.” It is a coronation proclamation.

You can enter into this “Coronation of the Son” to begin this “Head of the Year” by proclaiming these words,

“Jesus, you are the only Savior, you alone are God, you are King of my life, you are King of the Earth, you are King of the Universe and you reign forever and ever.”

As you crown the Lord, King of your life at the head of the year, you are also proclaiming that you are the “head and not the tail” because you are His bride and His queen. His reign has given you authority to make decrees and proclamations that must be upheld. You can decree and it will be established when you do so from the place of bridal authority and from the power of His blood.

This new Hebrew year, 5781, means, “strong silence in the mouth.” To better understand what this means we can look at the blood of Jesus. Though no sound is heard, it is able to redeem, resurrect and restore.

“You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks a better word of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24

The blood of Jesus— though silent— speaks a better word! It speaks and establishes forgiveness, justice, truth and righteousness. As His blood poured down the cross and out upon the ground, it spoke of the greatest love and sacrifice that will ever be known to mankind. It declared that “whoever believes shall be saved and have eternal life!”

I believe that this year we are being called to enter into the “finished work of the cross” where the silent blood of Jesus speaks more loudly than any voice heard on earth. This silence represents an inner rest. It is a year to enter into His rest, even to strive to enter into His rest.

Though we have come out of the previous year (5780) far more aware of our weaknesses, more aware of our shortcomings and having wrestled with God which has left us with a limp— we will come up out of this wilderness leaning upon our Beloved.

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?” Song of Solomon 8:5

To lean upon another is to depend on them, trust in their strength and to steady yourself with their uprightness. We are trusting in and resting in His faithfulness, goodness, righteousness, holiness, justice, mercy and grace. We are invited into cease striving so that we know that He alone is God and King of all. Do not overly concern yourself with your weaknesses or with your limp because “the greater the limp— the greater the leaning will be.” Lean into Him (and upon Him) like never before.

As we make Christ our resting place (not merely a place to visit but a place to dwell and call “home”) then in turn we become a resting place and dwelling place for Him. Isaiah 66:1 says,

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?”

Then it goes on to say,

My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the LORD, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.”

As we proclaim Jesus as King of our lives and King of the universe— we are aligning our lives for a year of blessings, favor, prosperity and peace. Though the world rages in chaos and strife; God’s people will find rest, peace and blessings as they live in His reign and His favor.

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Thank you to all of my readers who have supported our ministry in 2020 through prayer and financial support. We could not have made it this far without you! We pray for you continuously and declare multiplied blessings upon you!

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God Is In The Smallest Details Of Your Life

By Kathi Pelton

The past week I’ve been working on a elaborate “paint by number” for adults that I bought back when the quarantine began. I honestly have no idea why I ordered it because it’s not something I’d normally buy. As I’ve been working on it today I was amazing at the hundreds of tiny details to be painted and how some of the tiniest spots make the biggest impact on the painting.

As I looked at it the Lord began to speak to me about the intricate details. He said, “Kathi, I don’t only care about nations and initiatives but I care deeply about the ‘seemingly’ tiny things that my sons and daughters love and long for. Many think that I do not care about the small details but they forget that I know the very number of hairs on their head and grains of sand on the seashore. That is who I am. I paid great attention to the details when I made each one of you— and every detail matters to me.”

Then he showed me how some people feel very small and insignificant but how he sees them so very differently. I looked down at my painting where in the midst of large areas of dark and neutral colors there are two small dots of red paint. They literally make all of the large areas almost fade way because they stand out with such vibrancy. That is how he sees many who feel small and insignificant— they stand out like a vibrant beautiful color that draws his eye to them. Every detail matters and every person matters.

So, next time you are wondering if that small detail in your life really matters to God or the small thing that you love or that you do really is seen— then know that it truly does matter to God!

Though I am known for my writing, one of the things that I love to do is to make things in my home beautiful and cozy for my family. One Christmas season, a few years back, I got up in the middle of the night to pray and when I walked into my living room where all the little lights were glowing and revealing the details of my decorations, I heard the Lord’s voice so clearly say to me, “I love to be in your home. I love every detail and the attention you pour into the smallest spaces. I find rest here.” I immediately began to cry because that was one of the most kind and beautiful things he could have said to me. I had never enjoyed my home more than in that moment that we enjoyed it together.

He wants you to know that the pain you feel over something that others would consider insignificant is not insignificant to him. He wants you to know that he loves and cares about the smallest details of how he made you— those are what makes you uniquely “you!” Though you may feel like a little red dot in the midst of a world of broad brush strokes; you were placed in this world at this time to stand out and be an intricate detail in his creation.
He sees you, he sees what you love, what you feel passion and pain about, what he placed in you and his image that is in you. You may be one of his favorite resting places!

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew‬ ‭10:29-31‬ ‭

He is in your details!

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The Mental Warfare is Real

By Kathi Pelton

We are all made of body, soul and spirit. Because of that, we cannot separate one from another. When our body hurts it affects our soul and spirit— this is true with our souls as well (mind and emotions).
When I was young my soul was leading the way— taking me down winding paths of chaotic and often unnecessary turmoil. I made decisions that were based on emotions and viewed the world from whatever my emotional state was on that particular day. This didn’t immediately change after my salvation experience but took years of having the Holy Spirit teach me how to let Him lead. I had to learn how to submit my thoughts and emotions to the peace of Christ and the truth of His word— I had to be given a “renewed and sound mind.”

2020 has been a year that is “supercharged” with mental and emotional extremes. First the pandemic and quarantine (which would have been enough), then the death of George Floyd that turned our nation into something unrecognizable with riots and violence, great political unrest, hatred toward our police, divisions about race and now our entire West Coast in flames. It is enough to challenge the most stable person.

I don’t recount the hard things to remind you of what is negative but to help you to understand that in the midst of all of this there is a real mental warfare that is being fought by all. We live in the Washington DC region and meet with leaders here weekly and they all will tell you that the greatest personal warfare they have to contend with is the “mental warfare.”

So- what does that look like? Often it will hit your soul in a way that causes you to want to disengage and isolate; self-quarantine begins to sound awfully attractive in these times. Many will begin to want to escape into a sort of denial by watching TV or reading or doing whatever is their escape mechanism. These things are not bad if they are in balance but those being hit with mental warfare will sink into these things like a drug that separates them from all the pain.

Another form of mental warfare will come in the form of panic and anxiety that leaves a person feeling as though there is no escape. Thoughts of running or even death will consume their souls. Some people begin to get suspicious of people plotting against them or thinking obsessively about the negative political atmosphere, conspiracies, etc. Some get angry and cynical while others get depressed and hopeless. In any case, the peace of Christ and the perspective of His Spirit will begin to fade away.

This mental warfare must be dealt with and recognized as it begins to take hold; before it takes over! For example, I had a day recently where I felt exhausted and just didn’t want to engage in anything that was on my plate for that day. It was an unnatural exhaustion (I had plenty of rest the night before) that hit my body and my soul. I took time to rest that day but the more I rested the more tired I became and the more I wanted to disengage from everything. I quickly realized that this was mental warfare because I didn’t even want to spend time with the Lord, with people I love and didn’t feel joy in the Lord— just “blah.”

I had to get up and begin praying in the spirit, turn on some worship music and exercise my spirit until my soul submitted. After a short time I suddenly felt my energy return and I could think clearly, see clearly and felt joy return. It reminded me of when I’m dealing with low blood sugar and I feel disoriented and fatigued but then I eat something and suddenly I’m back to normal— clear headed and energized.

We are living I times that require our minds, our thoughts and our emotions to be submitting to His Spirit and to the truth of His Word like never before. God has promised us a sound mind but we must do our part to walk in it and keep walking in it.

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Fear is like a “power outage” to the soul. Everything goes dark! We must ask for God’s power to remain strong within us so that we walk in the light. For me a key for staying mentally clear is found in Philippians 4:8,

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Train your mind to focus and think upon these things!!

Most of my family and friends are living on the West Coast and they are dealing with raging fires, evacuations and all sorts of chaos. My mind is with them constantly but if I allow myself to think upon the “what if’s” or the fear then the “power goes out for me!” Darkness will overtake light and I will be ineffective in my prayers and support of them. I must put my hope and faith in the promises of God for those that I love and think on those things as I pray. My prayers must be from the place of light (and peace) and not darkness (and fear).

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

My peace effects my prayers! Therefore my mind must be found in His peace and in absolute trust in Him so that I can receive His wisdom and revelation regarding all that is before us. We want effectual prayers that bring effectual change, Spirit breathed actions and initiatives that come from God alone, peace that changes the atmosphere and thoughts that birth words of hope to those around us. We want to be the image of Christ walking the face of this earth.

Jesus never lost His composer because He knew how to keep His mind focused on things above— even if He had to wrestle in prayer! I have no doubt that Jesus had to deal with this mental warfare that must be overcome by the Spirit. We must not allow ourselves to just sink under it but to wrestle until we rise above it. We must not only work out in our bodies to remain healthy but we must practice a mental work out routine to keep our minds fixed on Christ.

If you need to reach out for help— do so! Don’t let this warfare sink you in the darkness until you cannot breathe. Then manage it daily through prayer, the Word of God and staying engaged with those who love Him. There is no more wasting time!

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26

The Helper is present to help you!

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“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!