Do You Need Relief From Fear? Here’s What The Lord Told Me…

By Kathi Pelton

I battled fear for many years! It was a gripping fear that would consume me and rob me from experiencing joy. I would obey (say yes) to the Lord and then as I began to walk it out I’d be gripped by a soulish terror that was traumatizing. A number of years ago God brought me through a season of healing and freedom from this “spirit of fear.” It was a process of learning trust and peace but because we live in this world there is always the temptation or opportunity to allow fear to return.

When God recently called our family to move from the West Coast to Virginia (we arrived less than a week ago) and live in the Washington DC region I have to admit that the challenges and obstacles that were before us to make this move where an “invitation to become fearful.” The day we said “yes” was filled with some anxious moments as I dealt with my soul. When I took my anxious thoughts before the Lord, He took me into a vision. In this vision I saw the disciples on the deck of the boat in the midst of the storm (Mark 4:35-41) while Jesus slept in the stern of the boat. The disciples were in a fearful panic for their very lives! As I saw this scene the Lord spoke to me and said,

“Daughter, you have two choices; you can live on the deck of fear, focusing on the storm, or you can find where I am and come rest with Me.”

Jesus was not going to let anything happen to His disciples because He knew that the Father was watching over Him (then). In this story, He gave us a beautiful and powerful example of His posture in sudden storms— rest! Just as He rested in the care of His Father, we too, can rest in the shadow of His wing in the midst of the storms.

As we walked through the process of a complete life change, location change (3000 miles from anything familiar), leaving our youngest son, our church, our dearest friends, our home and saying yes to a new financial demand (and spiritual atmosphere) that would take the stretching of our faith once again— I decided to allow my soul to rest with Jesus in the stern of the boat. Though there has been a constant demand on my physical body; my soul (my heart, mind and emotions) needed to be at rest.

If you are experiencing fear, anxiety or a sudden storm— find where Jesus is and let your soul abide with Him there! The “deck of fear” is where the storm will beat against you relentlessly! It will scream defeat with every crashing wave. But there is an invitation into the hidden place (beneath the deck…in the stern) where your soul can find rest.

This is your promise and this is the stern of the boat where you will find rest:

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”” Psalms‬ ‭91:1-16‬

The key is where you dwell! If you choose to live on the deck, trying to save yourself, you will experience the crashing waves but if you will go into the place of abiding in Him with absolute surrender to trusting in Him— you will find rest for your soul and be free from the fear of the day’s arrows and of night’s terrors. Because He loves you, He will rescue you!

Leave the deck of fear and allow you soul to find Jesus and find rest. There is joy in the absence of fear. There is peace in the presence of Jesus! ————————————————–

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Clean Hands and Pure Hearts– A Generation of Purity Will Arise!

by Kathi Pelton

There is something deep within most people that long to be clean. Purity brings peace and a clear conscience. It is something that when I first came to know the Lord as a young 18 year old, felt was out of reach! I didn’t fully understand how the blood of Jesus makes us whiter than snow but also how there is “a process to purity” that we must desire and partner with.

When I was born my parents named me Karen. In those days moms and babies stayed in the hospital for three days after a birth. For the first three days of my life I was called Karen but on the third day my parents had a visitor who said that I looked like a “Kathleen” and they fell in love with it and changed my name (calling me Kathi for short). The interesting thing is that both of these names have the same meaning, “Pure One.”

As a new believer I would look back upon my first 18 years and I realized they were anything but “pure!” I would do anything for love and often did. So when I discovered the meaning of both of these names they Lord said to me, “I created you to carry purity and that threatens the enemy more than any other call on your life.” I knew that the enemy had fought long and hard to defile what God had put within me.

So…I began to pray that He would make me pure as He is pure. I asked for clean hands and a pure heart. Though my outward actions changed fairly quickly; the motives of my heart, the manipulations of my soul and the developing of a clear conscience was a process. The process didn’t defile me because I was covered by His blood and clothed in His righteousness (not my own!). Yet, I had to want it enough to value purity like a treasure of great worth that I had to find.

Though I was pure and clean in the Father’s sight through the righteousness of Christ, I still dealt with many things that I knew grieved they heart of God because they were things that blocked my view of His beautiful face. For me, impurities were like stones in my soul that blocked my view and caused me to stumble or have to navigate my way around until they were removed. I loved the verse from Matthew 5:8 that says,

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”

While gifting a can allow you to be used of God, purity allows you to see God! But how do we have our hearts cleansed, our minds renewed and our souls set free of the defilements of the world? For me, it was a constant prayer out of Psalm 51 that I prayed and cried out for,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit…” (Psalm 51:10-12)

In my early days (as new believer) gospel singer, Keith Green, had a song that was written from this verse and I remember driving in my car singing it with tears streaming down my face; wondering if my heart would ever be pure. Yet, it was not by might, not by my power but by the work of His Spirit that He began to renew my mind and purify my heart…as this happened I began to see God. It was the treasure that was worth the journey and the search.

As we are living in a time where the exposures of darkness and sin are becoming a common occurrence I find my heart grieved. I’m not only grieved because these lives were made for so much more but because I want them to see God! The pursuit of purity is one of the greatest pursuits you will ever engage in because it is the pathway to intimacy and unhindered oneness with God. It is worth fighting for and pressing in for.

Again, the blood of Jesus lacks nothing in allowing us to stand before the Father as ones who have been made as white as snow. Yet, there is a process that must occur of in the lives of every believer that involves purification, the renewing of our minds and cleansing of the motives of our hearts. As this happens we find great freedom and alignment with the character of Jesus creates a “face to face” intimacy that is like nothing we can imagine.

I believe that God WILL have a bride without spot or wrinkle! I believe that a generation of purity will (and is!) arising; completely dependent upon His Spirit to do this work within their hearts and lives. I believe that a deep longing for purity is arising from the exposure of darkness and sin that has been hidden in the church. The prayer in Psalm 51:10-12 will be on the lips of His people like never before. I pray that every person who is being exposed will fall on their faces when n humility and repentance and pray for clean hands and a pure heart. May they SEE God!

Purity is not merely the appearance of walking in Biblical morality; purity is what is within your heart, your mind and your motives. It is not obtainable by works but rather it is a work of His Spirit. But we must want it..cry out for it and pursue it as if our lives depend on it (because they do!).

I long to always see God! I long for all of His people to see Him as He is! This will keep so many from being pulled into deceptions and compromise. When you see Him you will want to be like Him…it’s like pure, clean water that refreshes every place of shame and separation. He’s so, so beautiful!

Let’s begin to pray this prayer like never before; over our lives, over our children’s lives and over the body of Christ.

“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.” Psalms‬ ‭24:3-6‬ ‭

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Thank you and we pray abundant blessings upon you!

It’s Time For Your Earthly Circumstances to Align With Heaven

By Kathi Pelton

I feel something rising up in my spirit! It’s the sound of things suddenly and dramatically shifting. It is the sound of your earthly circumstances that have been held out of alignment by demonic forces to suddenly be pushed back; everything comes into alignment with heaven.

The enemy has greatly feared the posture of surrender in your life, the “yes” you have given to the Lord and the authority you are willingly stepping into. He has sent battalions of demons to thwart all who are transitioning into new positions and new mantels. They have held you back and caused the very circumstances needed to make the transition to become a raging river of resistance.

But watch what happens now! I hear the sounds of heaven’s army forming together. I heard the Spirit say the words, “My artillery regiment has arrived with ‘weapons of war’ that will defeat those who have been sent against My people.”

Even now those that have held you back and caused your earthly circumstances to be out of alignment with heaven’s provisions and resources are being defeated. The sound I hear is like when heavy equipment is pulling two weighty pieces of metal into place and connectivity. Though the enemy could not touch heaven he has been able to touch your circumstances which caused everything to become misaligned. But now the shift from defeat to victory has arrived and everything needed to be aligned with heaven for your transition now comes!

The transition needs full alignment with heaven to “cause everything to work together for good” or “sync up” (align).

Doors will now suddenly swing wide open, new provisions will suddenly break through, new forms of resources that have been unknown to you will suddenly appear, positions will come available, heavenly favor will come upon you and like the gears of a clock coming together (wheels within wheels) you will be aligned with heaven’s provisions and timing.

No man will take credit because is will be so supernatural and so miraculous that only God will receive the glory. What the enemy meant for evil has set up the perfect scenario for the Lord to receive all the glory. Your impossible will become the miracle that reveals His goodness. He will display His might and power as He commands this heavenly artillery regiment into a great victory that causes “all to cross over together!”

Stand up! Go to the riverbank of the obstacle that is standing in the way of your cross over. Step into the rushing water and watch as it stands up like a soldier that stops to salute you as you pass by. Honor is being given to you as you pass over. I see you being saluted as you transition to the other side. God is not only being given glory but He is commanding honor to be shown to you and metals of honor to be pinned upon you. Your rank is being elevated and your authority is being upgraded.

“Who can stop the Lord Almighty?”

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Rejoicing and Weeping Together: This Is Family

By Kathi Pelton

This week families all over our nation gathered around tables to share in the celebration of Thanksgiving. As I viewed many pictures of families smiling together I thought of the “stories behind the smiles” that often are much different than what a social media post relays.

This past week one family that we know lost their wife and mom in a car accident. Another, spent the day remembering a child that they lost recently and still another faced pending cancer treatments. Behind our family photos we are feeling the ache as we prepare for some family members to move 3000 miles away, one child was not present and is facing homelessness, one has just fallen in love and can’t stop smiling, and one couple going through the pains of infertility. A true mix of joy and pain.

There is always incredible beauty and deep felt pain in the background of every picture, every life and every family. No one is exempt from the joy or the pain. But what makes it all worth it is that we are a part of a family. We rejoice together, we weep together and we risk experiencing pain to experience the joy and beauty.

Why did Jesus go to the cross? It wasn’t to give a “hero of the day” social media post…it was to make a way for His family to be together for all eternity. Family was the “joy set before Him” as He endured the cross. Before the creation of man and woman; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit weren’t bored or unhappy but they knew that making a family in their image would be good! When sin, pain and heartbreak touched that family they knew that no sacrifice was too great to gain them back.

This is what God is still longing for! His mission has not changed. He wants to bring back all the sons and daughters who have gone astray or who are not experiencing family. There are still members of the family missing from the picture! He rejoices with the family gathered around Him and yet there is deep pain for the ones that are missing. There are stories behind the smiles that compel Him to send His sons and daughters to leave everything to try to fulfill the longing to see His family united as one.

Our family moves many times and the majority of those moves have been to go where His heart is calling us to in order to fulfill His longing for the family in that city and nation. This is the story for many who have said, “Here I am, send me.”

God loves family!! He is the One who sets the lonely in family. If you are lonely then there is family for you! They are all across the world and waiting to receive you. Don’t sit alone…find family! Wherever we have been there has always been a family there to be a part of. Is it a perfect family! No, there is pain, brokenness, imperfections and dysfunction of some sort within every natural and spiritual family but there is love, joy and beauty to be found if you’re willing to embrace the “weeping and the rejoicing.” You can’t have one without the other.

As we enter into the holiday season, let’s remember that perfection isn’t the goal…family is. So sit with the broken and comfort them, hear the voices of the ones who feel unheard, hug the ones who feel unloved and ache with the one who is struggling to find hope. Then and only then will joy come and rejoicing come. May the story behind the smiles in pictures be one that says, “Through it all I have been well loved!” That is what makes family.

Let us love well! As we finish this year and prepare for a new year let us strive to be more present with the one standing in front of us, let’s listen more attentively, love more deeply, give more readily and “feel” more sensitively.

A social media post is merely the cover photo of a book that tells a much longer story. It’s a story of joy and pain, successes and failures, gains and losses, tragedies and triumphs. The story is what makes true family; not the picture. Our God isn’t looking for the perfect family, He’s merely wanting every person ever created to be a part of His family. Let’s see His dream come true by loving well…in weeping and rejoicing we can truly be a family.

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The Shout That Releases A Heavenly Rescue Mission

By Kathi Pelton

We truly are in a time of battle against the enemies of God! Or maybe I should say that the enemy is in a battle with those who are lovers of God! But we know that “love wins!”

I woke up with a song lyric going through my mind. Often God will put a song in my spirit to speak to me about what He is doing. This time it was the line from the song, “You Have Won Me” (Brian & Jen Johnson/Bethel Music) that says,

“Shout it out and lift up one voice in worship, sing it out until all the earth can hear it, Jesus is alive and He saves, He rescues and saves!”

There is a battle cry (or shout) to be released! Let’s shout it out as one voice until all the earth can hear it, “Jesus is alive and He saves…He rescues and saves!” The enemy hates truth, hates unity and oneness and hates the sound of salvation. Why? Because it is a frequency that shatters darkness and sets the captives free.

“The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.” Psalms‬ ‭91:14‬ ‭

He will rescue and save you! He will rescue and save this generation! His salvation will come like a flood in response to our battle cry because it carries “salvations sound!”

I see in the days ahead stadiums full of desperate and passionate people shouting out, “Jesus is alive and He saves, He rescues and saves!” Their sound will not be contained within the stadium walls but it will fill the atmosphere of cities and regions with the song of salvation that sets slaves free! It will release a rescue mission to a generation!

I see mom’s on their bedroom floor shouting out the same words over their prodigal children and in response Jesus releases a rescue mission to leave the ninety-nine to save the one.

I see nations shouting these words over the unborn and a mighty rescue mission to save the babies in the womb! The sound with bring triumph over death.

Shout it out!! It’s time! It’s the sound of salvation and the sound that signals a rescue mission to loose the captives and to shatter the darkness…even the darkness that has opposed you, oppressed you and tried to shut your mouth. It’s time to shout! Jesus is alive and He saves, He rescues and saves!

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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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Watchdogs or Watchmen?

by Kathi Pelton

Recently I had begun noticing people in the body of Christ that had taken on a posture that has the tendency to be “fiercely on guard” and somewhat “territorial” in nature. They are continually looking for an intruder or a breach to come into the atmosphere or room. I know that there are certain people that God has “wired” to guard and protect but I what I saw were people becoming more acquainted with the presence of darkness then the ability to release the light that dispels darkness.

A watchdog is always on guard! It is trained to ward off and attack any intruder that breaches the place or person that it has been stationed to guard. Again, this is not a negative thing but the Spirit of the Lord began speaking to me about the difference between a watchdog spirit and the spirit of a watchman.

A watchman sits in a high place to observe from the “above” advantage. They see the whole picture, the whole city and signal a corporate people regarding what needs to happen. A watchdog views what is in front of him, what doesn’t smell right and then goes after the threat one on one to defend its territory. Unfortunately, not seeing the whole picture has created victims with bite wounds that could have been avoided if the perspective was viewed from above.

Often this kind of “watchdog” mentality in the church has often missed the mark. It’s created suspicion, an attack mode, a defensive posture and a focus on intruders. Often it merely focuses on getting rid of the threat. But a watchmen is set above to see what God is doing! Though they will see the enemy but they will also see the Captain of the Lord of Hosts and His great army. The watchmen will see what both are doing and how they are to move and align God’s people to be in unity with the army of light. They are those who dispel darkness rather than wrestles darkness in a one on one territorial battle.

Recently a friend had a dream where she was in her house trying to sleep and her dog was near her front door. She looked and realized that the door was open and that there could be an intruder in the house. But her dog didn’t bark or rouse from his place of rest. She was confused at why he was sleeping while the door was ajar and the presence of something dark could be nearby. When she awoke she immediately remembered the story in Matthew 8:23-27 when Jesus slept on the boat during the storm that caused his disciples to believe that their lives were threatened. The Lord spoke to her and reminded her that we must learn to rest in the presence of darkness in the days ahead. Sometime rest is the weapon of warfare.

This dream reminded me of the time (many years ago) when the Lord asked me a very specific question. The question was,

“Kathi, what would you say that the main source of the warfare is in your life?”

I have since that time learned that often when God asks you a question, rarely is He looking for you to answer it but is merely getting your attention to listen for His answer. After hours of pondering and attempts at answers (which received no response), I finally realized that I was to answer the question with a question,

“Lord, what is the main source of the warfare in my life?”

He answered immediately by saying,

“Daughter, it is lack of peace. If you had My peace in every situation in your life you would not have warfare. There is no warfare where there is peace.”

From that day on I began a journey to see the peace of God established in my everyday life (this journey was the source of my book, 30 Days to Breakthrough: Stepping Into Peace). As the peace of God became a constant presence in my life, rest was added to my soul. I use to deal with insomnia due to stress, worry and fear but now I have been able to sleep in the storm.

This rest took me from the posture of being a watchdog to being a watchman that can see from above and know when I need to move and when I need to “sleep in the storm.” Yet, even when I move or need to “sound an alarm” it is not from a place of “fierce attack mode” but from intentional trust and alignment with what God is doing. It is from a place of releasing light rather than wrestling darkness.

One more example happened just this week. Our church has a weekly prayer team that walks the streets of Portland to “prayer walk” the city. We have a few very discerning people who faithfully walk with our team. They are the type who can see where the enemy is and what he is doing. This week we were preparing to do a worship night in downtown Portland when one of these “discerning the darkness” people went out to prayer walk where we’d be having our worship night. Within two minutes of leaving the building he returned. He walked straight up to me and said, “As soon as I left the building the Lord asked me what I was doing. I realized that I had gone to see what the enemy was up to but the Lord wanted me to see what He was doing and told me to go back to where the worship was happening and focus on His presence.” That night we had the most profound worship we’d ever had without any battle to break through darkness. As each one focused on Him and what He was doing it brought in light that pushed back the darkness. We became watchmen rather than watchdogs. We aligned with Heaven and became soldiers of light.

God is calling for His watchmen to arise. To move and live according to the light and movement of heaven. This movement may “at times” look like sleeping in a storm because sometimes the enemy is stirring up a storm to exhaust us, engage us in a unnecessary battle and to create fear. We need to discern the light so that we can release the light that breaks the power of darkness.

Now, please know that I am well versed in the scriptures regarding “watchmen” such as Isaiah 62:6

“On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest…”

There are many scriptures that call us to be alert, awake and to “sound the alarm” but the shift is that we can do that from His peace and spiritual rest rather than from reaction and fear. We can warn a brother, call a city to alert or sound an alarm from a place that does not create chaos but rather brings the army of God into divine order and alignment with the strategies of Heaven. His watchmen bring a oneness and unification of the angel armies and God’s army on earth. It discerns what the Father is doing and aligns us with the movement of heaven rather than the reactions of earth.

God is balancing and aligning His sons and daughters to respond to the wisdom from above so that the activities of earth do not have us in reactive chaos. This is the offensive posture that ushers in victory so that we are not beating at the wind and waves. Peace be still is our sound!

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The God of Peace will Crush Satan Under Your Feet

by Kathi Pelton

As I was waiting upon the Lord I heard the verse from Romans 16:20 that says,

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

The Lord knows how you have stood firm. He has seen how you have resisted the temptations that have come to cause you to act according to the flesh. He has seen every act of obedience and trust that you have walked in. He has also seen how Satan has been harassing you!

The Lord says one word,

“Enough!”

I hear this once again regarding what you have been facing. You may be wondering why you have not yet seen the change and help that you have hoped for but I sense that He wants you to know that it will come soon! The declaration has been made and soon your enemy will be crushed under your feet.

This is not a time to “sit down” in defeat but to continue to stand firm in the posture of faith that you have fought so hard to hold on to. Put every lie, every lack, every temptation to concede defeat under your feet. Resist the devil!

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

James 4:7

The devil comes when you are feeling weak and tired to try to create divisions, offenses, jealousy, envy and even bitterness. But God is able to manifest His strength to you in the midst of your time of weakness. Stand in His strength to resist the evil one.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

You are not weak! You are strong because the Word of God does not lie! Allow this truth to revive you. You are so close to your breakthrough. The enemy works the hardest to get you to “give in” to his schemes right before your victory. Stand firm in the strength of His grace and put every one of his schemes under your feet.

You are an Overcomer! You have not been defeated. You can walk in your victory even before you see the manifestation of it in the natural realm.

Now is the time to stand in Christ, your Overcomer! His victory is your victory. All that He has belongs to you. Declare your freedom, declare your victory and declare what is true.

I encourage you to do a prophetic act of writing down the lies that have wearied you and write down the things that you need to overcome. Then put that paper on the ground and stand on it. Put those things under your feet and declare truth that through Christ you have overcome and received victory.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:12

A crown is coming to you because you have stood and resisted the evil one. You have overcome by the blood of the Lamb. Now is the time to see all that has come against you crushed under your feet.

Isaiah 41:13

For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

Amen!

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