Testing 1, 2, 3, 4

By Kathi Pelton

The words, “Testing 1, 2, 3, 4” are most often heard when a person is doing a microphone sound check. It is to check clarity, levels and balance. So, it was interesting to wake up hearing these words. It is like a heavenly sound check is taking place. I then heard these words from the Book of James, chapter 1, verses 2, 3 & 4,

“2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

I wonder if too many of God’s people are trying to figure out what is going on by gauging the world around us? I hear statements like, “This is what I heard but this is what I see.” I surely understand and I get why there are questions, concerns and confusion. Personally, my world has been altered on so many levels but then I remind myself of Bible story after Bible story where absolute defeat turned into a greater victory than expected when the narration of events was written by God and not man. Here are just a few…

Young Joseph was given a dream and a coat of many colors that promised him authority, honor and favor but the promise did not play out like Joseph thought they would in his young mind. God’s narrative quite honestly seemed at best cruel and harsh; betrayal, slavery, isolation, abandonment, false accusation, imprisonments— but then the promise came to pass. The journey looked nothing like the dream but the outcome was so much greater and saved a nation in a time of great famine!

Then there was Moses. He went to Egypt as a deliverer of the Israelites but I guarantee you that each time he told Pharaoh to “Let my people go!” and the Israelites labor was increased and plagues came upon the land that they most likely not only questioned his authenticity but also did not view him as a deliverer. I imagine the accusations against Moses and Aaron were numerous. But God’s narrative once again played out much differently than even Moses expected. Not only were they delivered but their enemies were defeated.

Let’s not forget Lazarus! He was a personal friend of Jesus; a family friend where he found a home. Basically, Lazarus was an “insider” and counted among Jesus’ inner circle. When he gets sick his sisters know what to do…go get Jesus! Surely he will not let his personal friend die. He will come quickly and heal his friend. But no. He delays and almost seemingly strolls without any urgency to the home of his friend. He’s not only late, but Lazarus has been in the grave for days. The pain felt by all is real and raw. The questions of “where were you” and “if only you had been here” were intermingled with such deep grief. Yet, once again our God was not late but He was narrating a different story than anyone understood. The natural was not going to dictate the sovereignty of God or His ways. Although Lazarus was dead and it appeared final (nothing could be done)— then Jesus showed up and spoke, “Come forth!”

Last, Jesus came through a virgin birth, lived a sinless life, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, fed thousands with only a small lunch and raised the dead. His disciples knew He was their long awaited Messiah. They had such hope, such promise and so much confidence in Him. They had seen the miracles and watched power flow from His hands. They knew that victory had come into a world of oppression. But then their precious Jesus was arrested, betrayed, beaten, crucified and put into a gave. Can you imagine the grief, the shock, the confusion and the questions. I am sure that there were many moments of great division as His disciples and followers tried to figure out what had just happened and who was at fault. I would imagine that there were fingers pointed at one another and accusations made. Pain often looks for a reason or for “what went wrong and who is to blame?” It was not a pretty sight…where had love and unity gone? But then the third day came…God’s narrative once again prevailed in the greatest victory known to mankind happened in the greatest moment of division and despair.

Here we are again…

2021 has begun with what many are perceiving as the greatest defeat they have seen in their lifetime. An increasingly horrific global pandemic, oppression and evil manifesting like the plagues of Egypt, economic ruin for so many and the shock in America upon a church that prayed, repented for the sins of their nation, humbled themselves before the Lord and walked in faith regarding what they heard the Spirit speaking to them…then the opposite happened. But even when the narrative on earth looks nothing like what we thought it would— does that mean that we have been defeated? It surely looks like absolute defeat (for our freedom, for the unborn, for our children, for our safety and for righteousness to prevail). But God…

In this place of what appears to be contradiction to our faith suddenly fingers are pointing at one another, people are in pain, in grief and in confusion. They are looking for someone to blame or clinging to the narrative that they thought would occur. But God’s narrative always has a deeper work to be done.

What if the “testing of our faith” is upon us so that we become steadfast, complete and lack nothing? Maybe in the midst of emotional turmoil and deep grief we should stop trying to figure out the Almighty and begin to “count it all joy” that our faith is being tested. Maybe we should stop pointing fingers and instead raise our heads so that we see the face of God. Maybe…just maybe, a much deeper work is being done.

For me— my personal losses and pain is bringing up dross that needed to be removed. Places that I didn’t even know that I had held unresolved issues have suddenly been uncapped so that I can be washed and purified by His blood.

This is my “sound check” moment. It’s like God has put a stethoscope to my heart and is saying, “Testing, 1, 2, 3, 4.” I believe this is happening for all who are willing. He’s clearing and purifying the sound of our hearts. He’s balancing and aligning us to His heart, His ways and His pure sound. He’s removing every obstacle that blocks the pure sound of His good news and perfect love.

This is our James 1: 2,3,4 time. Let us count it all joy and then watch a greater victory than we ever imagined come forth as we see a bride without spot or wrinkle emerge. We have not been defeated…we are having our faith tested and it is time to allow Him to make every adjustment needed.

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Believing Beyond What We Can See

By Kathi Pelton

In seasons of pain, loss or waiting it is easy to get stuck in only what is before our eyes. After all, isn’t there a saying, “Seeing is believing”? In my life and in the life of most believers— what we see is rarely a true gauge for what God is doing.

God is always working in the place of “beyond what we can see.” I love the one stanza in the popular song, Way Maker, that says,

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working
You never stop, You never stop working

Many years ago when my husband and I were trying to adopt our oldest daughter (she was a baby at the time), it seemed that every where we turned we hit a dead end or obstacle that was too big to cross over. But we had clearly heard God’s voice again and again saying, “This is your daughter.” Even some of the strongest believers we knew doubted as they looked with their eyes at the impossibilities that laid before us month after month. One day the judge on her case told me with much force, “You don’t have a prayer!” But…that is exactly what we had! Then, two months after we lost her, the case was closed and she was to go to another family…God, who never stops working, did a miracle and overnight she was in our arms as our daughter! We couldn’t see Him working— we didn’t even know if He was working…but He was working and it was in the place of “beyond what we can see.”

That doesn’t mean we didn’t weep. We wept with a grief that we didn’t know was possible. It doesn’t mean we didn’t grapple with wondering if we had not heard right. We truly had to question everything about how we heard God. It doesn’t mean we didn’t waver in our faith. When the case was closed on us, we completely lost faith…not in God but in what we thought we heard.

But, behind the scenes this was happening,

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working
You never stop, You never stop working.

Our Way Maker was working! Once again many of us find ourselves in a similar place. Very little that my eyes see make sense. Most of the “seen” contradicts what I thought I heard about so many things. The current losses seem to far outweigh any possible victory. So, in this place of waiting, wondering, and wrestling I will remember that He never stops working (even when I cannot see it).

As I am writing this little post of encouragement (yes, even to encouraging my own soul), my husband walked into the room with a cup of coffee for me, in a mug that I don’t remember owning, that says,

“Be still and know…” Psalm 46:10

Once again He speaks in personal and mysterious ways…His still, small voice silences the fears and calms the waves…

“Be still My daughter. I am not finished yet.”

And so I let down all of the self protection that wants to guard my heart, I weep again but in renewed hope and I cling to the One who has never failed me.

No matter what you are facing or what your eyes see— He never stops working. His promise in Jeremiah 29:11 is still true!

“For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
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You may have woke up this morning feeling pain and deep sorrow but the Lord’s declaration is that He will give you a future and a hope. You may not “see” any hope but that is where our Way Maker makes a way. If you are “in the land of the living” and you call upon His name then this promise is for you. For those who have passed out of the land of the living (and called upon His name)— they have received the fullness of their HOPE! It’s an eternal promise.

Do not despair to the point of losing hope. We are “prisoners of hope” that will hope beyond what our eyes can see.

“Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.” Zechariah 9:12

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We Are At Jabbok

By Kathi Pelton

The Spirit of the Lord has been speaking to me daily over the past month about Jacob’s wrestling match recorded in the book of Genesis. This story could be described as Jacob’s wrestle with his flesh, in order to surrender, so that he would “prevail with God!” Remember, at the end of the wrestle God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, meaning, “The one who prevails with God.”

Here is the story in Genesis 32:22-28:

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

This wrestling occurred in a place called “Jabbok.” For the past month I have felt that the body of Christ, both corporately and individually, are at a spiritual “Jabbok.” We can no longer go forth and overcome in the ways that we have in past seasons. This is a time to wrestle down our flesh with the Lord until full surrender comes upon us. It is as though there has always been a mixture of God’s power and our human strength that has overcome past battles but no longer is that the case! God will touch our hip socket so that He will prevail, leaving us with a fleshly limp but a spiritual victory.

It is time for our name to be changed from Jacob (Jakob) to Israel. Jacob means supplanter and supplanter means “someone or something taking the place of another, as through force, scheming, strategy.” As I said earlier, Israel means the one who prevails with God. The Lord is removing any attempts of our flesh to usurp the glory, strength and honor that rightfully belongs only to the Lord. Every desire within us to force or scheme our way to victory will be surrendered so that we can truly prevail with the truth of Zechariah 4:6,

So he answered me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength or by might, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of Armies.

When Jacob fully surrendered—after his flesh/hip socket was weakened, and his name was changed to Israel—he changed the name of Jabbok. Jabbok, meaning “to empty itself” or “a place of passing over” was now named Peniel, which means, “The face of God” or “he who strives with God.”

I believe that this is a prophetic picture of where we are at as God’s people. We are Jacob at Jabbok, and our wrestle will result in both names being changed to “Israel at Peniel.”

I love the way the late David Wilkerson describes Jabbok,

“Jabbok is the place where Jacob wrestled with the Lord. It is where he made his total surrender to God. It is where he got his new character, and new name – Israel. It was the place where he cast down his last idol, and won his greatest victory.

‘And he rose up that night… and passed over the ford Jabbok…’ (Gen. 32:22).

Jabbok means ‘a place of passing over’. It also stands for struggle; to empty and pour out. What a glorious truth is revealed in this place called Jabbok. It has everything to do with us today. It is the place where God’s people discover the secret of power over every besetting sin. It represents a life and death crisis – one that leads to absolute surrender.” (David Wilkerson)

Absolute surrender! We may have to wrestle with God in order to receive absolute surrender because our flesh and the sins of our flesh can be strong and overcome us. But, in mercy, God caused Jacob’s hip socket to be wrenched, thus causing a physical inability to continue to wrestle in the flesh. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that allows motion and gives stability needed to bear body weight. This is why he walked with a limp thereafter. We may walk with a limp to wrestle down our flesh and the sin that has prevailed, but afterward we will “prevail with God!”

Do not shy from this place or this wrestle because it is the greatest victory you will ever experience in becoming “one with God.” It is where you will learn to dance with God according to His steps and His lead. It is where sin will no longer prevail in your life but you will prevail with God. No more force— “by His Spirit” will be your victory song and it will bring you into a Shalom (rest) that is greatly needed.

Now is the time—

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It’s Time to Align Your Hope With Assurance

By Kathi Pelton

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1

When God speaks a promise to me, through His still small voice, through a prophetic word or through His written Word, I access it by faith.

This amazing gift of faith is the key that opens new realms of experiential peace and joy. Faith is a three strand cord in my life; believing, receiving, and rejoicing. When God speaks, first I believe it as truth, then I receive it as reality, and then I rejoice because I am confident that He will do it.

This world, in its unredeemed state, teaches us to “wait and see” before getting overly excited about much of anything. It trains our thoughts to become skeptical about things hoped for or promises made. We are told to expect the worst so that we are not disappointed. It is a culture that throws ice water on those who have childlike faith. Unfortunately, I see this even in the body of Christ. Many have become skeptical about the promises of God. It is time to see your faith fully restored! God is restoring the assurance of faith to His sons and daughters.

Someone recently said to me that they were “sure hoping” that what they were standing in faith for was actually God. I immediately responded by telling a story from when I was a young believer.

I had been growing in the Lord and was beginning to take big steps of faith as I heard His voice, but then would become fearful that my “faith” was based merely on my desires and not truly His voice. I didn’t trust my hearing! These thoughts would steal my peace and joy because they stole my confident assurance. One day the Father sat me down to have a “Father/daughter” talk (I love those moments). He said,

“Daughter, a good parent is always watching over their little ones. They know where they are, what they are doing, saying, and wanting. Children love to tell their parents their desires; just as you do with Me. Do you think I am unaware of what you are thinking? I know what you are believing for and it is up to Me, as your Father, to make my voice known to you. Stop worrying about what you are believing for and have faith that I will not let you go astray. It is MY job to make sure that you hear My voice and no other. Have faith in My ability to make sure that you hear Me and follow Me.”

This was such revelation to me! I was young and spending way too much time worrying about “getting it right,” rather than having faith that He would make sure that I heard Him and would be taken to the right place. Such peace and joy came as this burden was removed. My prayer life changed from often agonizing pleas for His help to confident praise of His goodness, protection, and love. I was able to take His hand and simply walk forward, knowing that He was leading the way.

The enemy will always try to hit faith with fear. It will often come with the words, “Did God say that?” That question alone is the doorway to fear that will rob you of assured and confident faith. This question is like the enemy inviting you to sit you down and have a counterfeit “father/child” talk. If we sit down and entertain this question then peace and joy is robbed. Moreover, faith and trust in the confidence of your Father’s care for you is turned to doubt and being double-minded.

John 10:27-30 assure us that we will hear His voice,

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.””‭

We are His sheep (His children and most valued possession). He makes sure that we hear His voice so that we can follow. The enemy cannot snatch you out of the Father’s hand, but he will surely whisper questions that will attempt to steal your peace.

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to make sure that you hear His voice. If you have heard Him and are standing in faith for a promise, then know that He has taken your hand in it and will lead you.

Don’t get stuck on the details of the promise (how the journey will look) because rarely does the journey to our promise look like what we thought it would. And more often than not the fulfillment is much better than we believed for! Many times my interpretation of something has added details and presumptions that were not accurate. It has been vitally important in my life not to begin to doubt or fuss with turns—or even setbacks—that appeared opposite of the promise. As I remain in confident assurance I always find myself in the manifest truth of Ephesians 3:20,

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
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My “details” would have left me lacking but His path always has taken me to even greater joys and heights!

Twenty years ago I was given a postcard with a verse on it that hung in my home until recently, when I gifted it back to the person who originally gave it to me. The verse is from Philippians 1:6,

“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

He began it and He will complete it! In YOU! I am the most unlikely person to live the life that I’ve been living for so many years. I was such a fearful child who had almost no confidence, felt insignificant and thought my life would be a train wreck. Then Jesus came in and I just stand in awe as I see the work that HE began and is completing in me.

It’s time to get happy, to stand in awe, to live in confident assurance and to rejoice in the victories that He has promised even before they are seen. If He has shown them to you then they are sure! Take His hand and know that He will make His voice known to you. Put your faith in Him even more than any promise because HE IS THE PROMISE! Every promise is realized as you have faith in Him.

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?” “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:33-36‬

‭‭(This article was written three years ago today but it is so appropriate for now.)

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Two Types of Wrestles: One With God and One Against God

By Kathi Pelton

Two months ago the Spirit of the Lord told me that 2021 would be a “wrestle or a dance” for his people. He extended an invitation to enter the dance with him but he also made it clear to me that many would not receive his invitation. The ones who do not take his hand and dance with him will walk according to their own steps (and wisdom) resulting in a painful wrestle. This word helped me to continue to fully yield and surrender to his invitation to follow his lead and keep my eyes fixed on his.

We are less than two weeks into 2021 and I keep hearing people say how they are wrestling with what it happening in our world, with what is true, what is from God and what they are seeing with their eyes. Quite honestly, I don’t think that there is anyone who hasn’t had a bit of a wrestle because the world is shouting at us to look upon the “things of the world” and we wrestle to keep our eyes on things above. What was once familiar in this world has suddenly become unfamiliar and uncomfortable. Yet, God has not changed and he is still our Comforter.

When I began to find myself wrestling to “keep my eyes on things above”, I asked the Lord a very serious question, “Have I left the dance that you are leading and entered the wrestle that you warned us about?”

He responded by revealing to me that there are two types of wrestle— one that rebels against his leadership and one that wrestles down the flesh to enter into full submission and surrender to his leading.

After Jacob wrestled with God his name was changed from Jacob to Israel. Israel means, “The one who has prevailed with God.” His wrestle changed and aligned his life to prevail with God. To prevail means: To prove more powerful than opposing forces; to be victorious.

God has prevailed over his enemies! He has prevailed against sin and death; he is inviting us into “prevailing with him!” While this is our desired posture- often we first have to wrestle down the narrative that this world has written upon our souls. The narrative of doubt, skepticism, unbelief, defeat and fear always fight against God’s prevailing victory like a boat tossed about by a raging sea.

Those carnal narratives can lead us to hold back from God, to manipulate, to rebel and to enter into a “flight” rather than a fight mode. The Lord revealed to me that the wrestle against that which would prevent me from “prevailing with God” is part of the dance that we are in. We are wrestling down the flesh that rebels against God for the sake of allowing surrender to make us one with him. As we are one with him, we become one in prevailing with him. No longer do we battle from a hope for victory but we battle from victory that has already been established.

The wrestle that we DO NOT want to enter into is the wrestle that causes us to walk according to the flesh rather than the Spirit. That posture doesn’t wrestle with God but against God. It tries to wrestle down truth, covenant, love, righteousness and oneness. It could be compared to when a married couple postures themselves against one another and begins to demand their way to the point of breaking the bond of oneness, defiling the covenant and eventually walking away from one another.

Marriage can be compared to a dance in which we have to learn steps that submit to one another, prefer one another, lay down demands and change our ways as needed. Sometimes we step on one another’s toes until we get down the steps so that we can move in unity and oneness. Marriage can feel like a wrestle at times while we learn to surrender to love but when you “fight for prevailing together” it transforms the individuals into one flesh; yet, many prefer flight from the fight for oneness…and just walk away. Just like in marriage, to wrestle (fight) for oneness through a surrendered heart and feet that follow his lead is a fight worthy of entering into. It is the fight against all that is within us that rebels against God and his ways. This will end in a name change! You too will be called, “One who prevailed with God!”

Be careful to not fix your eyes on this world or become overwhelmed by all the chaos in it. When that happens most people enter into one of two postures. One is to become enraged and bitter, causing them to focus their eyes on the world and charge forward in their own zeal and opinions (which is foolishness to God). The other is to completely disengage. For instance to stop praying, worshipping, reading the Word and to comfort themselves with a posture of denial and distancing themselves from both the things happening in the world and from God. Neither posture will allow you to “prevail with God!”

For those who want to walk in their own ways, live in their own opinions and lead their own steps (and who call themselves believers), they will find themselves tripping over God’s feet and wrestling with rebellion.

I normally find writing such an easy form of communication in my life and yet trying to describe these two different wrestles is proving difficult. I only pray that I have communicated it clearly. 2021 can be a dance, but sometimes we will have to wrestle against the temptation to create our own steps or move according to our natural tendencies. We have never been this way before! Especially for those of us in the United States- we have never even dreamed of walking through what we are suddenly facing.

Know this, the dancefloor for this dance that “prevails with God” is in the heavenly realms, not the earthly realm (although it will greatly impact the earthly realms). Our eyes must be fixed on things above and our thoughts must be upon those things that are “praiseworthy.” I want to remind you of one key that He gave me when He asked me to enter this dance, he said, “Keep your eyes fixed on mine and your feet will follow.”

YOU CAN WRESTLE WITH GOD BUT DO NOT WRESTLE AGAINST GOD! The wrestle with him will cause you to prevail with him. The wrestle against him will cause only pain and defeat. Fight for oneness with him!

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Our Bill of Rights Renewed Through Thanksgiving

By Kathi Pelton

I had an experience yesterday while resting that came in an unusual and unexpected way. It came as I was watching a very innocent older TV series that had similar scenes as what I am about to share. The Lord came upon me while watching this and it and turned the very scenes that I was watching into a “now encounter” that was deeply significant to his heart.

In this time I watched American Christian couples in their homes grumbling and complaining about what is happening in our nation (obviously, not without cause). Father’s were enraged and mothers were fearful. The atmosphere was one of defeat, fury and despair. In one home the children were in another separate room from their parents and they were sewing an new American flag. As their father shouted in anger they wondered if they should hide the flag that they had planned to raise. The children looked confused and fearful as their father continued cursing their nation. Then, in another home, there was an immigrant family who had come to America for freedom from a communist nation. They understood the great loss that was taking place but rather than cursing they began to bless our nation. This immigrant father began to quote the words of Article 1 of the Bill of Rights (pictured below) and he was leading his family in a song of thanksgiving for a nation that was founded upon these freedoms and rights (freedom of worship, religion, speech and press). As his voice went forth it was heard by households near and far causing repentance to touch the hearts of the fathers. They wept in repentance for complaining and even cursing our nation. Then they began to thank God for the blessings of America. They began to once again bless our beautiful nation and the children’s tears ceased and smiles of joy came upon their faces. A spirit of heaviness was replace by the oil of gladness. Then all of these families gathered together to bless our nation and thank God for the freedoms we have enjoyed (the freedoms that men and women have given their lives to uphold). This posture of thanksgiving and blessing caused a white flag pole to be raised. Then the children brought the new American flag that was then raised upon this flagpole. Together they began to sing, “America the Beautiful.”

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

After seeing all of this I saw God hold up our Bill of Rights and I could hear him decreeing article one over our nation. I believe that we are to decree and pray for it with him. We are to close the mouths of cursing and open the mouths of thanksgiving and praise. May God shed his grace on our nation and crown us with brotherhood from sea to shining sea! May the flag of freedom be raised by those with childlike faith and joyful hearts. May father’s words turn from cursing to blessing and mother’s hearts move from fear to courage. Lastly, may we protect what many immigrated to our nation to enjoy…FREEDOM!

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Do It Again!

Today I have had the song by Elevation Worship, Do It Again, playing in my mind all day long. The lyrics are familiar to many but as a reminder— here is some of them,

I’ve seen You move, You move the mountains
And I believe I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe I’ll see You do it again
I’ll see You do it againYour promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence
You’ve never failed

I have sang it, declared it, proclaimed it and put my faith to these words today. Our nation has unmovable mountains that seek to block the way forward— but faith can move mountains! It’s happened before and will happen again!

Though the shakings will most likely intensify, do not loose heart because of what your eyes will see. Trust that God is shaking everything that can be shaken. Do not despair— be wise and gentle, prayerful and at peace, if you need to weep don’t forget to dance afterwards, and love one other- encourage one another and trust in the Lord with ALL your heart.

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the same God who spoke the world into existence, parted the Red Sea, saved men in the fiery furnace, was born of a virgin, called the lame to walk, the blind to see and the dead to live again! He will DO IT AGAIN!

Jesus answered them, “I assure you: If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you tell this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭21:21‬

May we see Matthew 21:21 manifest many times in 2021!

He is a miracle working, way making, God of the impossibilities. He loves us and has heard our prayers and responds to our faith! Do not doubt that mountains will move and we will cross over!

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I Saw a Great Washing and Refreshing

By Kathi Pelton

As we all know 2020 was a year of extremes. Many experienced extreme losses and at the same time many in the Church experienced extreme transformations. But, without a doubt, all of us were subject to the deep darkness of evil that was revealed and vile accusations that came from the evil one.

I saw a picture this morning of a woman who was returning from a long and treacherous hike in the wilderness during the winter months. She had scaled mountains, walked through deep ravines, crossed valleys and climbed over obstacles that blocked her way. She was muddy, weary but also so grateful for all that she had experienced, learned and overcome from the journey.

Then, in this vision, the Lord send angels to attend to her. First they removed her muddy boots and outer garments, then they removed the backpack off of her back. Then they ushered her into a warm home with a cozy fire burning. In this room there was a tub filled with steaming water and the rest of her garments were removed. She stepped into this warm tub of clear water and then the angels began to pour warm, clear water over her head. As the water ran down over her, it washed away all the residue from the long journey she had taken. The angels washed her hair, her face, her hands, her feet until they were washed clean. Then they poured oil over her to anoint her. This oil touched her heart and mind and softened it to keep it tender and sensitive (for she had seen things and experienced things on the journey that sought to harden her heart). Then they brought soft, white linens to clothe her in; including what looked like a towel or turban for her head. All of these garments were white but around the edges (sleeves, neck, ends and surrounding the towel/turban) were many words sewn in gold thread. As I looked closer I realized that they were scriptures from the Bible.

One of the scriptures was from Ephesians 5:26-27,

“…to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.”

Another was from John 15,

“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” (vs. 3)
‭‭ ““I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.” (vs. 5)

There was also the verses from Hebrews 4:12-13,

“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.”

There were more but those were the three that I am aware of. I found it so beautiful that the first scripture in Ephesians is from the chapter regarding how a husband should treat his wife. Our Bridegroom, Jesus, was doing just that for his bride in this vision. He was cleansing her by the washing of water by the word. Then he was clothing her in garments that represent purity, fruitfulness, unity and the sword of his authority.

I believe that 2021 is beginning with a washing of his bride. All of the residue from the long journey of the past year is being washed away. We are being anointed with oil and we are being clothed in purity, oneness and the authority of his Word!

The Word of God is your sword and shield. More than any other time, this year you will need to be equipped with his Word as your weapon and protection. You must clothe yourself in the Word of God and saturating your mind in his Word (wearing it like a turban). His Word will cleanse you! In a year of even greater exposures; his Word will clothe you, cover your nakedness and keep you pure. His word will wash you and keep you joined to the true Vine so that you will produce fruit.

His Word will be a tent or canopy over your life, your family and your home (even your ministry or business). It will be warmth, water and fire for you. Begin each day by reading his Word and praying his Word over all that pertains to you. Declare it over your home, your city, your nation, and over all who sit in seats of authority. For his Word is a two edged sword that will separate the holy from the profane.

I heard the words, “My Word is your key to success and fruitfulness! My Word gives victory and triumph to all that it touches. My Word keeps you pure and gives you peace. My Word is your authority and it brings heaven to earth.”
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Let us saturate our lives and this year with the water of his Word!
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Will you become a 2021 ministry partner? Journey with us as we walk with nations to see them become one with Christ and with one another. 2021 will be a beautiful demonstration of the bride walking in oneness with God.

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Time To Ascribe!

By Kathi Pelton

On this first day of 2021 the word “Ascribe” has been resounding in my mind and my spirit like a bell tolling to announce God’s attributes. To ascribe means to attribute, impute or assign a quality or cause to something or someone.

The 96th Psalm ascribes certain qualities to Yahweh,

“Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to Yahweh the glory of His name; bring an offering and enter His courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations: “The Lord reigns. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. He judges the peoples fairly.”” Psalms‬ ‭96:7-10‬ ‭

As I read these words (declared these words), I could feel the weight of the authority we carry as His Ecclesia to ascribe to the Lord attributes that fill heaven to be made manifest on earth.

Therefore, we ASCRIBE to the Lord glory and strength! We ASCRIBE to Yahweh the glory of His name! We enter His courts with confidence that He alone has established the earth and His attributes will be upheld on earth as it is in heaven.

We ASCRIBE all dominion and sovereignty to Yahweh!

Today, join with me to ascribe righteousness, justice, mercy, truth, wisdom, faithfulness, deliverance and victory to the Lord! We ascribe authorship of all of these attributes to God alone. We come into His courts with thanksgiving and declarations that He will pour out these attributes over all His creation— for the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it!

Ascribe to Yahweh, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due His name; worship Yahweh in the splendor of His holiness.” Psalms‬ ‭29:1-2‬ ‭

Psalm 29 concludes with the words,

“In His temple all cry, “Glory! ” The Lord sat enthroned at the flood; the Lord sits enthroned, King forever. The Lord gives His people strength; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalms‬ ‭29:9-11‬ ‭

He sits enthroned as King forever! He is enthroned over all the happenings on the earth today. We declare that He is enthroned over 2021 and all the activities on the earth in this time. He is enthroned over our lives. He is enthroned over all as we ascribe to Him all that belongs to Him and that He deserves! All authority, all dominion, all power and all glory are ascribed to Him alone.

Let us rejoice! He rules with righteousness and faithfulness— let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice! Let earth receive her King in 2021!

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God is raising up those who will partner with our ministry in 2021 in prayer and as financial supporters. We have so many testimonies from our 2020 supporters that tell of God’s faithfulness and miraculous provision and protection throughout that turbulent year. We invite you into being the recipient of a testimony of miracles in 2021 as you partner with us.

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Final Hours To Give Your End-of-the-Year Gift

Dear Friends and Partners,

It is because of faithful friends and partners like you that we made it through 2020! We were able to fulfill every assignment the Lord asked us to do…including move cross country to the Washington DC region…all because you stood with us!

We are already gearing up for a new year’s assignment in early January. We are praying that many of you will respond and give an end-of-the-year tax deductible gift.

Finish 2020 with a generous gift and reap a generous reward in 2021. God loves a cheerful giver!

You have 24-hours left to make your final 2020 tax deductible donation. To make that donation to our ministry (Inscribe Ministries), go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

Thank you so very much for standing with us as we complete this challenging year. We are praying for each of you; comfort, restoration, peace and joy.

Jeffrey & Kathi Pelton