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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Do You Hear His Whistle?

by Kathi Pelton

In all the reports written and conversations being held regarding a few known voices that have “fallen away” we must continue to know that the Lord has sent forth His whistle and many are gathering with a resounding, “Yes!” in their hearts to give all for the sake of His glory. Though the enemy is highlighting the few losses— we must not forget that the gains are far greater!

“”I will whistle for them and gather them in, for I have redeemed them, and they shall be as many as they were before.” Zechariah‬ ‭10:8‬ ‭

Though this verse is specifically speaking of Israel, it also speaks of the restoration of His family that has and is being grafted in. Headline news mostly focuses on the losses but the Lord is announcing the advancement and the multiplication of sons and daughters that are responding to His whistle. They are returning to the Lord in numbers far greater than the few who are falling away. We can pray for those ones but we must not forget to rejoice at those who are daily being added to the family of God and those who are leaving all to gather at the sound of His whistle.

“I will make them strong in the Lord, and they shall walk (go forth) in his name,” declares the Lord.” Zechariah‬ ‭10:12‬ ‭

There is a sound, a whistle, being released that is calling the family together. It is the sound of the glory of the Lord, the sound of oneness and the sound of the Bridegroom calling to His Bride. There is a response to His whistle coming forth! It releases the sound of an army marching in unison, shoulder to shoulder (without jostling one another). It is the sound of the lovesick bride that leaves her comfort to run after the Bridegroom. And it is the beautiful sight of an unbroken covenant that releases the oil that keeps the lamps of the wise virgins burning.

Let’s pray for those who have fallen away but even more, let us join the Lord’s “whistle” that calls the redeemed to gather and multiplies the sons and daughters. Let us call to the north, the south, the east and the west— let them go, do not hold them back!

“I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth–“ Isaiah 43:6

This is a time of gathering the family to march as one army; carrying the glory of the Lord. He will have dominion from sea to sea, from the rivers to the ends of the earth and His people will walk as one with Him. They will stand as ambassadors, the government of God, to bring what is decreed in heaven into the earth.

Do you hear His whistle? Join in!

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Dreams Are Coming True

Kathi Pelton

This week, before my eyes dreams that I never thought could come to pass have manifested before my eyes. They are dreams for a nation, dreams of seeing the oneness that Jesus prayed for in John 17:21-23 unfold, dreams for my personal family, and for the family of God, and the dream that God has for His glory to make us one! Please continue to read to the end because you will see how what is happening pertains to you!

Though I am an American, I have stood and walked with our neighbor, Canada, for many, many years. God told me that they carry a healing call that will restore nations, and if I would give myself to a nation that was not my own, I would, in turn, see my nation healed and restored. In the twenty years that my husband and I have walked with Canada we have seen things that were more amazing than words could describe, but the past ten years we watched all that we labored for in the nation seemingly overrun by divisions, broken relationships, and even what has seemed to be the enemy taking the land.

But this week, I have stood with my husband and most of my children in this land that I have given so much of my life for, and I have watched relationships restored, hearts turned back to one another, and humbled, surrendered vessels allowing their weaknesses to make a way for the strength of the Lord to do what we could not do! What we are experiencing is nothing short of miraculous! We are becoming ONE!

You may be wondering how this pertains to you? As I have been a part of this beautiful and overwhelming dream come to pass, the Lord said,

“Watch now! What is happening here has opened up rivers of restoration that will flow to many nations. My people will see that in the midst of their great weakness that I have come to make known the greatness of My strength! It was never about the strength of men but rather the surrender of men’s weakness to make room for My strength.”

You may feel beaten down, defeated, divided, and void of strength. But in that place humble yourself before the Lord and offer your brokenness and weakness to Him. Yield to see His strength made manifest in your weakness and depravity. We could never do what is about to be done out of our strength! It required an emptying for the sake of a pure filling.

I hear the verse from Hosea 6:1-3,

“ Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

It is resurrection time! God has pruned us, He has allowed weakness for the sake of being emptied of so we might be filled with Him and the glory that He and the Father share. We will carry His glory and see our families, cities, and nations filled with glory! Do not let your weakness stop you for this has happened for the sake of seeing His strength made manifest!

Amen!

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It Is Done!

by Kathi Pelton

This morning I woke up out of my sleep prophesying the words, “It is done!” I don’t recall what I was dreaming but it didn’t feel like a dream but rather the Spirit of the Lord prophesying over battles, over prayers, over people and over nations. As the words, “It is done!” came forth from my mouth I began to see the finished work of the cross that secured victory coming upon so many things. Then the words repeated again and again…”It is done, it is done, it is done….prophesy, IT IS DONE!”

I then began to prophesy over my natural family, over my spiritual family, over my city and my nation the words, “It is done!” I prophesied over the fight to end abortion, over the lost and into the atmosphere…It is done! As I prophesied these words, my faith began to rise and authority began to flow from deep within my spirit. The words contained the victory that Jesus obtained when He spoke the words, “It is finished!”

Whatever need you have, whatever battle you are facing, whatever loved one you are carrying and whatever prayer you are praying; I prophesy over that thing and over that person, “It is done!” Join with me and declare the victory and finished work that prophesies the victorious outcome.

Prophesy over the salvation of your sons and daughters, “It is done!” Prophesy over the full manifestation of provision for your personal needs, “It is done!” Prophesy over the battle for the lives of the unborn to be protected, “It is done!” Prophesy over areas of darkness that need the light of Jesus, “It is done!”

Stir up faith and let the words awaken you to reach in faith for the victory that was sealed in the words Jesus spoke when He said, “It is finished!” Death was swallowed up in victory and His words resound over you today just as clearly as they did two thousand years ago. Don’t hold back and don’t back down; let faith arise and let your mouth prophesy the victory!

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An Amazing Dream I Had Last Night… “Blessed Assurance” or “Blessed Insurance”

by Kathi Pelton

I had a vivid but unusual dream last night. In the dream I was seeking to find an insurance policy that would cover my “faith”. I knew that my life was at a high risk point regarding what I was stepping into and wanted insurance in case something happened and we were left with losses. Suddenly a package arrived for me and I opened it; as soon as I held it in my hands I knew that it had sent from Jesus. When I opened it I found that it contained a scroll or rolled up document. As I unrolled it I saw writing on the header of this document that said, “Assurance Policy” It was an not an insurance policy but an assurance policy that gave me a written guarantee that my faith was being covered by His declaration of promised provision. I took it out and signed it before waking up. 
What an amazing dream! I was seeking “insurance” (a guaranteed compensation of loss) and He gave me “assurance” (a positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise.). 
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
The Greek word for assurance can be translated to mean “concrete”. It is the foundation or concrete proof of something we can stand upon. Therefore this “Assurance Policy” was my concrete proof or promise that there will not be a need for an insurance policy that compensates for loss. What a “blessed assurance” this dream was to me! 
Often, our view of loss and God’s view of loss differ. I was speaking to a group of young adults this week about the subject of God’s faithfulness and asked them if their definition of His faithfulness was based on what they think the outcome of a particular matter should look like. I gave the example of someone praying for a loved one who is ill and ends up dying. I asked them if the faithfulness of God remains true in the midst of what we would see as a great loss. They determined that, “Yes!” His faithfulness remains sure even when we don’t understand. 
I share this not to dampen the word of “assurance” but to break off of many the restraints and strongholds of disappointment that have come through defining His faithfulness by a particular outcome that may have measured His faithfulness. Let us declare and determine (over our past, our present and our future) that is faithfulness is immeasurable, irrevocable and irrefutable! 
“Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created.” Psalm 119:90
Our faith is bound and secured by His faithfulness. His faithfulness is our “assurance policy” in the midst of all that we face and all that we experience. There are no losses with Christ because in Him there is eternal and immeasurable reward. He is worth every risk, every act of faith, every “Yes” spoken, every sacrifice made and every life lived fully unto Him. 
We do not need an insurance policy to back up our faith…we have been given  a “assurance policy” that declares a promise of His faithfulness from generation to generation. 
“God will repay each person according to what they have done.” Romans 2:6
We will receive a great and eternal reward for not holding back but giving our all. There are no losses…
“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” Deuteronomy 5:33
I will end with the first stanza from the song, “Blessed Assurance”, 
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood
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His Presence Changes Everything

by Kathi Pelton

What an amazing reality to know that when you wake up each morning that His presence is right there with you. Then, when you lay down at night He remains present— and in every moment throughout each day.

When I was a young believer and newly married I got up one morning to see my young husband prostate on the floor in prayer. I could tell that he was weeping and I was deeply moved by the tenderness in my husband’s heart. When he finally got up from the floor I looking at his tear stained face and said,

“Wow, you must have had a powerful time with Jesus!”

He shocked me because he responded by saying, “No, I wasn’t able to breakthrough into His presence.”

I stood before him utterly confused because I had read the verse from Deuteronomy 31:6-8 that says,

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

I had only been a believer a short time but I was sure that we didn’t have to “breakthrough into His presence!” Somewhere in my young husband’s sensitive conscience and desire to “be holy” he had come to believe that he had to work to gain access into the presence of God; the enemy was only too happy to convince him that he’d never done enough to arrive (thankfully, God set him free of that lie!).

We may have to “strive to enter into rest”; not because we have to earn it but because we have to train our souls to surrender to trust and peace; but His presence is with us always. He’s not absent, distant, mad or critical— He waits, watches and does not ever waver in His faithfulness to be with us always.

The knowledge that He is always with me and His Spirit (which is Him!) dwells within me changes everything. The God who spoke the entirety of creation into existence is with us always! There is nothing that you will go through or face alone. NOTHING!

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2

You continually have all that you need because He is with you. Your comforter, deliverer, provider, protector, friend, warrior, counselor, teacher, helper, lover, King and Savior is present with you day and every night. Not because you did anything to earn it but because His death on the cross tore the veil that separated us. It is grace that opened up the way. He paid the full price for His presence to be opened up to us. We can boldly and confidently go before His throne!

I want to say it again…HIS PRESENCE CHANGES EVERYTHING!! He is before you, behind you and beside you. He’s been where you are going and He’s been where you have already gone.

I am continually in awe when I look back on my life at how at every turn He’s prepared the way for me. Of course I’ve faced my share of hard times and even seasons of deep grief, but He was always present to comfort me and make a way through the wilderness. The older I get the more I can look back on my own journey as a living testimony that declares, “He has never left me, nor forsaken me!”

I woke up today with such a tangible awareness of His presence with me and around me. It filled me with such expectation of wondering what He will do next— because everything changes in His presence!

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

What amazing and unfathomable thing will He surprise us with today? Yesterday He surprised dear friends of ours with a testimony that left me in such awe! When I heard the testimony of what God did, I wanted to run into the arms of Jesus and embrace Him for being so very good and faithful. His faithfulness toward them overflowed onto me like a flood of joy.

He is with you and in His presence is joy (Ps. 16:11) , peace and rest (Ex. 33:14), refreshing (Acts 3:20-21), help (John14:26), wisdom and instruction (Ps. 25:5-9), mercy and grace (Heb. 4:16), salvation (Zep. 3:17), justice (Ps. 37:5-6), fruitfulness (Jer. 17:7-8)…and so much more!

Release His presence into all that is around you…and watch as it changes everything.

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