Tent or Tabernacle?

by Kathi Pelton

Over the past three days we hosted a 50-hour worship tent in Portland, Oregon for the Awaken the Dawn movement (#tentamerica). When we were asked about sharing testimonies that came forth from our tent I began to ponder what I wanted to share. Although we have testimonies of healings and people experiencing deep touches of God’s love and presence; the true testimony for me was the tent itself. It’s three days standing has become a picture that is forever etched upon my heart.

Our tent was donated by a local church that owned an inexpensive “summer tent.” Purchased for under $100, they were perfect for a warm day event but not for a three day heavy storm. It did have “flaps” that acted as walls, yet they were little more then thin plastic tarps with clear faux windows (and small Velcro strips to hold them in place). The instructions enclosed with the tent clearly stated that it was not meant to remain up overnight and should NOT BE USED in wind or rain.

The weather forecast for our three day (50-hour) event revealed large storms approaching. Our venue was at a high place in our city so the wind is known to be much worse in that location. But, “in faith” we raised our flimsy tent and prayed for God to keep it standing.

The night before we were to start our 50 hours of worship I had a pretty sleepless night as I heard the rain beginning to pour and the wind blowing outside. I thought about how I was about to put thousands of dollars worth of sound equipment and musical instruments (that I didn’t own) into a tent that specifically says, “Do not use in wind or rain.”

The next morning, as we arrived at our tent to set up the sound equipment, I found a completely drenched tent that had taken a hard beating the night before from the harsh weather. My main concern was the sound equipment and the safety of the people who would be coming to worship.

As our team unloaded the equipment we decided to put two heavy duty pop up canopies over our stage area to protect it in case the tent failed; so we had “tents within tents.” We knew that nothing would keep the rain from coming in from the ground so we made sure that all electrical supplies were above the ground so that we would not electrocute our musicians! Then we took zip ties and reinforced the thin walls. Lastly, we used waterproof tape to seal any openings where water was leaking through.

After getting all of the sound equipment, instruments, chairs, lighting, tables, and decorations (even rugs) set up we were ready to go! It looked amazing and so inviting. The excitement was building but so were the black clouds outside. People arrived and our first worship team was about to start up when “boom!”…five minutes before it began all the electricity short circuited leaving us in the dark. As everything turned dark a torrential downpour began that was accompanied by huge gusts of wind. Our faithful worship leaders pulled out an acoustic guitar and began to sing in the dark. Our small team rushed around in the dark and rain trying to figure out how to get our power back on. Some of us searched for circuit boxes, some held the poles to the tent to keep the winds from giving us a “Wizard of Oz” moment, some worked in the dark to seal more leaks. All the while I prayed my heart out for supernatural help! But the worship went on! After about forty minutes of this we suddenly had power again. Our faithful team was soaked to the bone but they went right back into worshipping the One who is worthy of our offering.

Worship was continually beautiful but through each set our tent was taking a beating that surely should have destroyed it within the first hour. The heavy rain poured upon it and the winds whipped it like a kite in the wind and yet it stood!

Due to the harsh weather and need for “all hands on deck” our little team spent the 50 hours onsite more than taking breaks to get much needed rest. We were compelled to protect the sound going forth! Prior to the event the Lord kept saying to me, “Protect the sound.” I didn’t fully realize what He had meant until all of these things began to happen. We would protect the sound through prayer and remaining present!

Hour after hour the most amazing sounds of worship intermingled with the sound of the abundance of rain came forth. And hour after hour this flimsy summer tent stood like a lighthouse in the storm.

It was as if the harder the hits came against this tent the more resilient and steady it became. This cheap tent became a priceless, supernatural sign and wonder to all who came in. As it endured the storms it gained “character” and to us was no longer a cheap, plastic tent but now a true tabernacle of praise. I thought of the words from Romans 5:4-6,

“…endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

By the time we reached the half way mark, our tent had proven its ability to withstand the worst of storms and our confidence and hope grew! It was not going to disappoint us because the love of God was being poured out in it!

As I watched this tent, it became a picture of the Christian life. Storms come upon us that reveal the weak areas that need the strength and love of God. We endure storms that “should” take us down but as we remain in Him we are held up and our character is built. Then hope is produced and that hope does not fail or disappoint us! It is a hope given to us by the Spirit of God. The same Spirit that helps us to endure storms and grow in the hope of Christ was holding up our tent. In our weakness His strength is made manifest just like in the weakness of our physical tent His strength was being made manifest as we put our hope in Him.

What began as a cheap tent became a castle! It stood like His constant faithfulness that is sure and unshakable. So, yes…tents saw healings, experienced deep worship, made proclamation, experienced unity, saw orphans put in family and homeless sheltered…but what happened with our tent will forever impact me.

Our tent became a testimony of how He takes the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and how He takes our weaknesses and in that place causes His strength and faithfulness manifest for all to see!

So. now I am happy to boast in our weak tent because it revealed the strength of our God! He turns paupers into princes, orphans into sons and daughters and plastic tents into tabernacles of praise.

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Angels Are Removing The Dark Clouds of Gloom and “Shadow Storms”

by Kathi Pelton

Early this morning I saw dark demonic clouds that has been sent over many of God’s people in order to distract, discouraged and dishearten them.

There is so much activity in the spirit realm right now over both individuals and over territories (nations/people groups). Great battles are being fought to take land and to occupy territories that have long been held by the enemy. God’s people have been arising like an army of light that will walk in unity, joy, peace and the fear of the Lord. This has the enemy scrambling for ways to cause them to “break rank”, dismantle unity and cast shadows to cause human fear because he knows that their fear of the Lord is one of their greatest weapons.

As I saw these dark clouds (much of which were shadows that appear larger than the actual size) over people I suddenly saw the angels of God coming to blow them away and expose them for what they were. Some were actual demonic clouds filled with dark assignments to send a storm over people who had become a threat to his rule. Others were nothing more than what I will call “shadow storms.” I saw it like when people use their hands to make shadow figures appear on a wall that look like monsters or wild animals. The enemy is actually using the brightness of the light that these people carry to cast a shadow that looks fiercer and larger than it actually is; or to give the appearance of being something that it actually is not. It’s a like “smoke and mirrors” to create fear and block the light.

The Lord is dealing with the actual demonic dark assignments that have been targeting true, significant threats to his camp and God is also exposing the shadow games that were sent to cause fear and to stop forward movement in those becoming a threat. His warring angels have been commissioned to disassemble the demons, expose the “trickery” and to blow away the darkness.

On another subject; I felt that the Lord wanted to remind some of you that there is a great sifting occurring at this time. This sifting will separate the “sheep and the goats.” It is difficult to watch this process, especially with people that you had great hope for. But do not be dismayed because many will return later when they come to a place of deep repentance after dwelling in darkness.

Wolves in sheep’s clothing are being exposed, false doctrines are being exposed, mixture is being exposed and impure motives are being exposed. Pray for a deep humility that allows true repentance to come to these people and places that have tolerated mixture and compromise.

Again, do not be overly dismayed by exposure of what was already there! Of course there is grief when we see these hidden things exposed but it is necessary. Just because you see it doesn’t mean that it didn’t exist already. Thank God for the exposure so that the opportunity for repentance can come. If they will not repent then it is better that no one else is influenced or led astray by their hidden agendas.

If you have been dealing with a dark cloud that has discouraged you, ask the Lord to send His angels to blow away the darkness and ask the Spirit of the Lord to comfort and encourage your soul back to the place of joy. The enemy is putting on quite the show and the joy of the Lord may be the answer that shakes off the heaviness. Also, remember that an uncompromising fear of the Lord is both a shield and powerful weapon against human and circumstantial fear.

It’s time to dance and praise Him in the darkness of night,

“Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalms‬ ‭134:1-3‬ ‭

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Rejoicing and Weeping

by Kathi Pelton

I don’t often take the time to just scroll through social media but this morning I did. As I did I found myself rejoicing at posts that announced great news (the birth of a baby, a miracle, a reunion with a loved one, etc.) but then as I scrolled further I’d come upon some of the most painful, heart wrenching posts I can imagine. I went from praising God for His goodness to pleading with Him for comfort and mercy within mere seconds.

We are all in different seasons; some are in seasons of great joy, new beginnings and seeing long awaited desires fulfilled. Others have suddenly been swept into loss, grief and pain that leaves them barely able to breathe. And of course there are those who are just journeying along in a season of “normal everyday life.”

We have all known and experienced these three very diverse season in life. So where is God in the midst of tragedy while another is dancing for joy?

He is in both. Though we cannot comprehend why tragedies occur, especially to those whose lives have been committed to Jesus, still they do. I have lived through them and through them found a different aspect of God that changed my life for the better. The tragic or painful seasons were where I had to live “in the deep.” It is there that I learned the truth of His faithfulness when every circumstance and emotion screamed out, “Where are you God?”

Life is a journey of hills and valleys, grassy fields and desert sand, jumping for joy and falling down in deep grief. We don’t get to escape any of it and yet we do get to discover that our God is faithful through it all. His goodness does not change, His promises do not end and His love does not waver.

How is it that God can be bending down to comfort and help the one going through the deepest pain and in the same moment dancing over the one who has found Him or who is celebrating a great victory. How is it that one experiences a miracle while another a tragic loss. He’s not a God of contradictions but rather a God who is near to all. He can weep and rejoice without contradiction. He can perform a miracle one moment and leave us wondering why He didn’t in the next moment. Or maybe we don’t understand what a miracle looks like? God is not limited to one expression or confined to an “either or”…He is the God of “Both and…”

Just as I found myself this morning rejoicing one second and in tears the next as I viewed posts on social media; even more I was aware that God was with all, in all and faithful to all. His faithfulness is as true in the tragedies as in the triumphs. His love is as complete and undiminished in the pain as it is in the promise fulfilled.

One of my favorite verses to meditate on and to speak on is Hebrews 11:11. Those who know me will often hear me emphasize the truth hidden within this verse,

“And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:11‬ ‭

The part that has impacted my life isn’t the promise fulfilled but rather the words, “…she considered him faithful who had made the promise.”

The promised didn’t come for years and Sarah and Abraham wavered in their emotions about the promise. But she began with the conviction of His faithfulness. I, too, have chosen to “consider” (judge, discern) Him faithful in my life and daily choices. That is my life standard. I have determined that though seasons change, my emotions change, my perspective varies and my circumstances change…HIS FAITHFULNESS IS UNCHANGING!

I may need to be reminded of this in a time of pain and I may need others to help hold me on this truth when I do not understand the journey; but I choose this as my truth and my anchor.

We can rejoice with one and weep with another without contradictions. We do not have to understand the “whys” to declare Him as faithful. One day we will all understand and know that our faith was and is justified. Until that day, determine one thing…HE IS FOREVER FAITHFUL! In everything “consider Him faithful.”

Seasons come and seasons go but His steadfast love endures forever. This is your anchor.

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It’s Your Day of Atonement! Decree His Seven Blessings and Watch Them Be Established In Your Life!

by Kathi Pelton

Today we are in the midst of The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), which begins at sunset on Tuesday, October 8, and ends at nightfall on Wednesday, October 9. It is the most holy day on the Hebrew calendar and it truly is a significant day for all believers. As we remember that Jesus is the One who atoned for all of our sins and that His atonement is a permanent atonement, no longer temporary as in the Old Testament. Yet, within that atonement is a promise of blessings that we receive as well. I believe we obtain these blessing as we come into Christ but they become established as we decree them over our lives…for His Word does not return void.

As we recognize this most holy time of the Fall feasts; decree the seven blessings that God decreed for this day:

• You’ll receive a double portion from the Lord (Joel 2:23) … TWICE the power of every blessing!

• You’ll experience financial overflow (like the threshing floor of Joel 2:24)!

• What you’ve lost will be restored (Joel 2:25)!

• Jesus will return or you’ll experience an explosion of miracles in your life (“wondrously,” Jesus says in Joel 2:26)!

• The divine presence of Jesus Himself will be in your midst (Joel 2:27)!

• Increased revelation knowledge will pour into your life, and angels will camp around your children (Joel 2:28)!

• What has stopped or blocked you will be banished — you’ll be delivered (Joel 2:32)!

Atonement is defined as:

1. reparation for a wrong or injury.

2. the reconciliation of God and humankind through Jesus Christ.

Here is the list again with the scriptures written out for you to decree. This is the Hebrew year 5780, which represents the “mouth” and I believe that it is a year to “decree a thing and it will be established!”

Joel 2:18-23 gives seven supernatural blessings connected to the Day of Atonement offering:

A Double-Portion Blessing

“He will cause the rain to come down for you — The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month” (Joel 2:23). The former rain prepares the land for seed-time, and latter rain prepares it for harvest. During the first month of the Jewish New Year, both rains come together. This double-portion blessing still happens today for those who present a Day of Atonement offering to the Lord.

• God’s Divine Presence

“I am in the midst of Israel: I am the LORD your God and there is no other” (Joel 2:27). Everywhere you go, His presence goes with you.

Restoration

“I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25 NIV). God promised that He will give back to you whatever the devil has taken away from you.

Miracles

“You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you” (Joel 2:26). God promised not only to provide you with plenty but also that He will deal wondrously with you. Imagine an outpouring beyond anything you’ve know before.

Financial Outpouring

“The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil” (Joel 2:24). If we obey the covenants of God, He promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing so big that we won’t have room enough to receive it (see Malachi 3:10).

Blessings upon Your Family

“I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days” (Joel 2:28-29). God desires for your family to build a great heritage of faith and follow Him all the days of your life (see Psalm 115:14).

Deliverance

“Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Joel 2:32). This includes those of us who have been “grafted” as wild olive branches into the tree (see Romans 11:11-24), and this promise of deliverance is available to believers everywhere.

(The seven points above were written by Benny Hinn Ministries)

Gather your family and decree these words together! Establish them over and in your lives and household this day that we remember the atonement that has been given to us through Christ Jesus.

He not only takes away our sins but then He gives us a seven fold blessing in return! What a wonderful Savior!

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The Power of Stillness

by Kathi Pelton

Many of you have been in a time of great spiritual momentum and it’s been a source of accelerating you forward. But, do not become discouraged or dismayed if a sudden and unexpected stillness, pause or what may even feel like “delay” comes upon your time of acceleration. Remember this; God moves mightily when we get still.

There is a familiar verse in the Bible that talks about this,

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

There is an amazing spiritual thing that happens when God calls His bride to be still. Suddenly, we make room for Him to move. At times our activity can begin to take the lead but as we hear His invitation to “be still” we will enter into a deeper trust and abiding rest that gives Him room to take the lead and make clear the way ahead.

Many years ago our family was in one of the most significant transitions of our lives and the warfare against this transition began to hit on every front. I felt like I’d been put on the defense rather than the offense where I had been positioned prior to the resistance. One day, during this time, I was seeking the Lord and He took me into a vision that gave me deeper understanding of how to walk through my transition or this “threshold” of life that I was in.

In the vision I was dressed as a bride and was standing next to my Bridegroom, Jesus. We were at the threshold of crossing into our honeymoon suite. I was so excited for this new beginning that I was about to rush over the threshold ahead of Him. Just then Jesus stopped me and said,

“My bride, allow Me to carry you over the thresholds of life because it is in stillness and the posture of being fully yielding to my strength and arms that you will cross over without being disturbed. You will be carried in intimacy.”

At that point (in the vision) I ceased my “running ahead” and paused (got still) so that He could pick me up and carry me over the threshold. As He carried me over the threshold I looked down and below me I saw a great battle that I was being carried above in the arms of My Savior. Had I rushed ahead, I would have entered a huge battleground (or army of resistance) that the enemy had set for me but, because I got still, I was carried over it and the enemy was put under the feet of Jesus.

After that vision I got very still and invited the Lord to carry me and the incredible warfare I had been experiencing suddenly ceased. There was such protection and peace in my pause and my stillness.

If you are in a time of transition and you suddenly feel or hear the “pause…be still” then know that you may actually be at the point of crossing over and your obedience to pause and be carried will create a smooth and seamless transition over the threshold of your new beginning.

Here are a few encouraging verses to help you in your pause, rest and stillness:

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

• My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Psalm 131:1-2

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

There are many more like these…may you let His strength become your strength as you enter into quietness and trust. Let LOVE carry you.

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He’s In The Waiting

by Kathi Pelton

There is a popular Christian song called, “Take Courage” that has a line in it that says, “He’s in the waiting” There are many of you that have been in the middle of a transition and it seems to be lingering longer than is comfortable for the human soul. It feels a bit like “living in limbo.”

This song goes on to say,

And You who hold the stars

Who call them each by name

Will surely keep Your promise to me

That I will rise in Your victory

And hold onto your hope

As your triumph unfolds

He’s never failing

He’s never failing

So take courage my heart

Stay steadfast my soul

He’s in the waiting

Yesterday I heard Him say,

“Great authority is being gained as you trust Me ‘in the waiting.’”

Many of you are holding onto His promise; hoping in Him in absolute trust even though you do not see the way and do not understand the why. But know this; your stillness is building an authority, a trustworthiness and a surrender that will make the fulfillment so much sweeter.

Our souls are learning stillness and rest in the unknown. There is a great discipline in stillness because our human nature wants to make something happen or to rush ahead. We are entering days where it will be so important to know when to be still and to when to know that He has spoken to “Go.”

This summer I was a part of a national gathering where for an hour straight over a thousand people stood in silence. It was a holy time but it was hard to “wait.” We couldn’t see what God was doing and our souls were restless to do something or make something happen. But He made it clear that we were making room for Him to move. There are times when God asks us to stop and wait in silent trust because we are making room for Him. We surrender control and our activity for the sake of heaven coming to earth.

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

Be still…He’s in the waiting! Though He is not still, we are still. The Hebrew definition of “stillness” is to stop striving, to let go, and to surrender.

Another definition is to “hush” or quiet yourself (such as when Jesus spoke to the storm, “Peace, be still.” When my children were young we were living in Canada but all of our extended family lived in California. Twice a year we would take the twenty hour drive home to be with family. During those drives often our kids would begin to whine and say, “Aren’t we there yet?” They would become restless in the waiting and I would have to resort to giving them what we called “A silent time out.” This meant that they had to spend fifteen minutes in silence. By the end of it the wrestle with their restless souls were brought into stillness once again.

It is tempting to begin whining to God and say, “Aren’t we there yet?” But be still! You’ll know when it’s time. You can choose to rest and cease striving or arrive at the destination worn out from not surrendering control.

Be assured that He is able to get you where you need to be in the time that you need to be there. Stay in His timing and know that “He’s in the waiting.”

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The YES Explosion! A Divine Encounter

by Kathi Pelton

As I have been traveling the past number of months I noticed that almost everywhere I’ve gone something particular would happen during worship. In each place the song of the Lord would come upon the worship team and an amazingly pure sound would be released that always had the words, “We say yes!” within it.

During one of these times of worship in Bend, Oregon this past June, the song of the Lord with the words “We say yes” once again began to pour out. It was such a pure and deep sound from the Bride to her Bridegroom.

Yet, this time as the words were being sung I was suddenly taken into an spiritual encounter. I found myself looking upon the scene at Calvary as Jesus was being laid upon the cross.

The soldiers took the nails and as they hammered each nail through our Lord’s hands and feet, He would let out a deep and loud cry but what I heard in the cry was the word, “YES!” It was Jesus’ “yes” to His Father and to His bride as He yielded to giving His life for the ones that He so greatly loved. With each pound the hammer upon the nails that pierced through Him, another shout and cry of “YES” would be released. It was the sound of agape love that gives up all for the ones who are loved. “Yes, My Bride, I give My all for you.” It was the most agonizing and yet beautiful sound I have ever heard.

Then I saw the “Yes” of our Savior and Bridegroom go forth through time and it intercepted with the “Yes” of the bride that was pouring out in this hour from His bride. As the “Yes” of the Bride and the “Yes” of the Bridegroom intersected (like the past and present coming together in a divine collision) they released what looked like a sonic boom that went out across the world.

Suddenly I saw what appeared to be millions of men, women and children across the world drop to their knees and surrender their lives to Jesus. They all began to cry out, “Yes” in surrender to our Savior. No one said a word to them but the “combustion” of the “Yes” of the bride and her Bridegroom had released a spirit of revelation over the earth.

I found myself saying, “Lord, did millions of people just come to know you by a sovereign revelation that this was released?”

His response was,

“No, Kathi. It was billions!”

There is a deep, pure and fully surrendered yielding that is building within the hearts of His bride at this time that cries out, “Yes! Take all of me. I give my all for the One my heart loves.” This sound of surrender will collide with the sound of surrender that our Savior cried out when He gave His all for His bride.

It two sounds of surrender release the invitation and words found in Revelation 22:17,

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

We cry out “Yes!” Worthy is the Lamb to receive all honor, glory and dominion! Hold nothing back. Billions around the world are waiting for the revelation of what they long and are thirsting for. Do not hold anything back, for His “Yes” and our “Yes” are about to send forth a sonic boom that carries the revelation of Jesus throughout the earth.

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SHOUT TO THE LORD

As we begin the Feast of Trumpets tonight at sundown and usher in the Hebrew New Year 5780; let us say…let us shout…let the sound of praise be heard throughout the earth.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and melodious song, with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the earth and all living things join in. Let the rivers clap their hands in glee! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy before the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.

‭‭Psalm 98:4-9

We bless you and your household this day! We shout the song of triumph over you this day! We release the blast of victory over you this day! Join the song of the redeemed and watch our triumphant God move on your behalf.

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The Narrow Gate That Leads To Broad Breakthrough

by Kathi Pelton

This may be the most important revelation I personally have ever received; it is deep and yet simple, profound and yet understandable, impossible and yet so obtainable.

It began this past week while I was part of an intervention for someone who had fallen into deep occult practices, all the while believing, and insisting, that their activities were “all God.” While I met with this person they told me that they had found the “broad way” that was so beautiful and inclusive of many dimensions and spiritual experiences. As these words came into my ears, immediately my spirit rose up and I said,

“No my friend, the way to God is through the narrow gate and few find it! It will lead you into the greatest beauty that you will ever experience and that beauty will be unlimited and wide, but never forget that the gate and path is narrow.”

As the words sprang from my lips it became like a weighty conviction upon me that has not lifted.

Then, this past weekend our church had our monthly, “Encounter Sunday” where we give the whole Sunday to spontaneous corporate words and worship. From nearly the moment we began the service, the weight of glory filled the room in a way that took me to my knees. Deep intercession filled my spirit, and I was acutely aware that the Spirit of the Lord, along with a great angelic presence, was in the room.

As we corporately released the sound of worship and cries of intercession, and allowed the prophetic voices to speak, an individual came forward and began talking about “the narrow way.” Had I not already been kneeling, I might have fallen down because the reality of the narrow way had been resting upon me for days.

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

As our church family continued to press into the word about the narrow way, I was taken into a profound encounter.

Psalm 91 and The Narrow Way

In this encounter I was taken into a deep and narrow ravine, but within this place was a beam of intense light, rather than the darkness one would expect in such a location. Outside the ravine was a great, open expanse completely shrouded in darkness—in great contrast to the brilliance I was experiencing. I realized that I was in the “cleft of the rock” spoken of in Exodus 33:22. Then the Spirit of the Lord said to me,

“Daughter, the narrow path is the place of your Psalm 91 promise. It is also the place where you will see my glory and still live. The enemy cannot enter this ravine—the cleft—as the light is too bright. I AM the narrow gate to enter this place. You are hidden in this place and as you abide here I will reveal mysteries, strategies, and my glory.”

Then I saw eagles, birthed and trained in this narrow place, that would receive great light, understand mysteries, and receive strategic assignments to fly from the ravine into the darkness of the broad way, commissioned to bring the light they carried that dispels darkness. In doing this they were protected, because they were hidden by the light.

Hidden by light! This was a foreign concept to me, as I know that usually things are hidden in a dark, unseen place. But in this encounter, the brightness of the light was the hiding place, and the eagles that soared into the darkness were hidden by this great light that blinded the enemy.

The narrow place is not always an easy place, which is why “few find it”; it is for the remnant that will daily die to self so that Christ may live in them. It is the place of uncompromising covenant, which can only be kept by dependency on grace, rest, and trust in the “One who is able to keep us from falling.”

Could the narrow path also be the “refuge and shelter” that we read of in Psalm 91?

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!” Psalms‬ ‭91:9-13‬ ‭

Could the narrow path also be the cleft of the rock that Moses was hidden in?

“When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” Exodus 33:22

Could the narrow path also be the “courtyard” where mysteries are revealed?

“While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the Lord gave him this second message: “This is what the Lord says—the Lord who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the Lord: Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” Jeremiah‬ ‭33:1-3‬

Could it be that the narrow path is like a greenhouse for spiritual fruit?

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” John15:4

This narrow path is where we encounter our plumb line, our alignment with the oneness of God (John 17:21-23). It is the place we are to live in and move from. It is our refuge because it is Him!

Jesus lived His life on earth on the narrow path and within the refuge of His Father’s love, light, and movements. We must allow our lives to be aligned the same way, live as Jesus lived, and walk the path that He walked. Here is a perfect “alignment verse” found in 1 John 2:3,4,5,6,

“And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”

Jesus is the narrow gate, that leads to the narrow path, that ushers us into the great and wide promises of abundant life!

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To Him Who Is Able…

by Kathi Pelton

The Book of Jude, which contains only one chapter, is truly playing out before our eyes as God cleans His house and exposes “scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires.” (Jude 1:18)

The Church must increase in discernment because not all who shout the name of Jesus have made Him Lord of all. The grace of our Lord and the fear of the Lord are not to be separated. The fear of the Lord is to be the only standard of true believers, for then there is nothing before Him and no compromising of the full Word of God. It is through grace that we are saved and are able to live in the reverent fear of the Lord.

To witness the deceptions in doctrine (such as no hell, no judgment, a redefining of love and grace, and occult practices in the name of our God) is heartbreaking. To see vile perversions and manipulation, without repentance and disregarding the fear of the Lord, is nothing short of shocking. Yet, the Book of Jude warns us that those who follow the desires of the flesh will arise within the church. They will scoff truth and lead many astray.

But Jude finishes this warning chapter with these words,

“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen. To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever.Amen.”

Note: “To Him who is able to keep you from falling away.” This makes clear that there can be “a falling away” which is why we need to walk in the fear of the Lord, and not make up our own doctrines that redefine the grace by which we are saved (saved from what if there is no final judgement? Jude 1:8 speaks of a punishment of eternal fire). We must pray for those who are even now falling away because they have moved out of the fear of the Lord into deceptions and doctrines of demons.

“For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” Jude‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭

When we try to make God in our own image to appease our wounds, our compromises, our lack of understanding or our fleshly desires, then we scoff at truth and the One who is all truth. Why do many separate the love of God from the judgements of God? His ways are higher than our ways and we must know that His judgements are not separate from His absolute agape love. His discipline is love, His wrath against sin is love, and His grace is found within that love. His love has given us a free will to choose life or death, full surrender or the demand for our own way, purity or perversion. He will not force us into the fear of the Lord (which is our hiding place, peace, security and refuge) but He invites us into the standard that grace opened up for us.

Yes, this is a very different post than my normal encouragements; but this too is encouragement! I encourage you, even entreat you, into a life of full surrender. Grace will meet you and He is able to keep you from falling away. It’s not works but it is a choice! Only the grace and love found in the fear of the Lord keeps us from stumbling and presents us before our Father without fault. Yet we must heed the warning in the rest of Jude 1. We must turn away from the desires of the flesh

“It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”” Jude‬ ‭1:14-15‬ ‭

To “execute judgement and convict of all ungodly deeds” so that they might turn back to God and escape eternal punishment. His love give us an invitation to repent and be saved. There is a grace to turn back to God and be presented as “faultless” because of the blood of Jesus.

I’m sure that this will not be a popular post or gain many “likes,” but it is truth and the truth is what sets us free.

Let’s walk with Jesus as the plumb line of our way of living. “To Him who is able to keep you from falling…be all glory!”

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