Leaving The Shallows

Leaving The Shallows
Kathi Pelton

When my kids where young and we spent a lot of time as a family at lakes and at the ocean, I was always shouting out to them to “stay in the shallows.” Why? Because it is a safe place for young children to play.

As new believers we do the same thing in our infant state. We start small by playing “in the shallows” of God’s love. There we begin to learn His ways, His faithfulness, His character and His truths. Every once in a while new believers go immediately to the deep waters but often end up disillusioned or overcome because true faith requires knowing the One that you are putting your faith in.

I often see many believers (who have walked with God for many years) “stay living in the shallows” their entire lives. They know God, they know His promises and they have seen His faithfulness yet they still want to play it safe. Fear of the “deep end” keeps them in shallow places.

I was definitely one of those young believers that needed a constant lifeguard because I was never satisfied with the shallows and was constantly jumping into the deep end without knowing how to truly depend on Him. My strength was my source in those days and it rarely lasted very long before I found myself sinking and drowning in my soul (thank God for rescue angels and friends!).

I have now walked with Jesus as my Savior for 38 years (and four years more “exploring if I should commit). About 25 years ago my husband and I knew it was time to dive into the deep end of faith— we were ready to find Him there. The difference was that we had learned that “in our weakness He manifests His strength!” We understood that we were about to be made very weak and come to the end of our strength so that we could learn to rely fully upon His strength. We knew it would hurt and stretch us but we knew the discover of Him was worth it!

Even more than the natural risks we were began taking 25 years ago (by moving to another country, leaving everyone we knew and loved, leaving the familiar; leaving the shallows)— the risk of facing things being completely out of our control and coming to the end of our strengths was what sobered me the most. But it was at the end of my ability to control my life and circumstances that I began becoming intimately acquainted with His loving faithfulness. It was at the end of my soul’s need to understand and comprehend that I began to learn and experience “the peace of God that exceeded my understanding.” And, it was at the end of my physical, emotional and spiritual strength that I was weak enough to find His strength that comes with great power!

Sometimes I wonder to myself, “Why don’t you just stay in the shallows where it is safe?” But in the shallows are not where faith is needed, my love is tested and my weakness made strong by His strength. It is not where dependency is so tested that it turns into intimacy. It is not where “oneness with God” is made manifest in my life.

There is a time, when we are babies in Christ, that we “play in the shallows” so that we begin to become acquainted with who He is; because those formative days are needed to know how to live the depths. Knowing Him and His ways are vital because your soul must learn to depend upon His Spirit that lives within you. But as we grow we outgrow the shallows and must venture into deeper places.

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

There is risk in living in the deep places, not visiting or occasionally jumping in for a momentary plunge, but actually living there. It is a risk because it requires full surrender! It requires not playing it safe, not being able to figure it out, not comprehending it and not being in control. It will take you to weakness so that you can discover true strength. Not your strength but His.

All of these requirements do not equal misery (as I once believed) because when God takes over what happens is that you come into true dependency which ushers in true rest for your soul, true peace that silenced the warfare of doubt, true joy that no longer depends upon circumstances and an “awe and wonder” as you watch His strength do what you could never do!

I love “gifts and talents”; they’re beautiful and amazing, but they will only highlight “you” until they are fully surrendered to Him in the deep places. Just look at Hollywood! So many gifted and talented people who have gained fame but become completely lost in the wreckage of their own limited strength. I have spent years traveling and being acquainted with amazingly “gifted and talented” believers (even ones who are well-known); but only a remnant of them have moved beyond their “gifting” to discover Him in absolute surrender. Their identity had to die to discover His within them. Many who didn’t learn this have fallen away.

I love surrounding myself with people who have learned to live in the depths; beyond the place that they are in control. These people don’t put on airs, pretenses or masks. They don’t jostle for position because they have gone so low that only God is lifted up. They call me deeper and make me aware of the places that I’ve yet to surrender. They have been made into His likeness and I see His image within them.

The shallows aren’t bad when you are a child, but don’t stay there. If you desire true joy, rest, peace and love you must come to the end of circumstantial joy, rest, peace and love. Intimacy is waiting for every believer but it is found in surrender. It is found in letting go of “you” to grab hold of Him.

He’s inviting you now, “Come deeper My child.”

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:7

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Stay In The Now

Today, as I was praying, I was taken into a vision where I saw a man standing in “today” (the now) but his soul

was in yesterday and tomorrow; he was absent from where he was actually standing— in the NOW. His focus on yesterday was keeping him stuck in regrets and disappointments and his obsession with tomorrow was drawing him into heavy burdens, dread, and fear. As I looked at him I could see the Lord calling to him to come and enjoy the day He had planned for him; a day filled with grace, joy, love and peace. It was a table set before him with such detail and love. But, he had become so accustomed to not living in the “now” or even in the day that the Lord had given him that he had lost his peace and his joy. He had not enjoyed the delicacies that were set before him for a very long time.

Then I saw the Lord go into his yesterday and wash away the pain, the regrets and the disappointments that had clung to him like a cold, wet garment.

Then I saw the Lord go into His tomorrow and He sent forth angels to prepare the way to bless and prosper him in all his ways. He then washed the dread, worry and fear from him with a peace that surpassed this man’s understanding.

Tomorrow’s table had no provision upon it because the Lord had not set it for him yet.

Then He wrapped him in a clean, white garment and drew him back into today. As this man left his past and entrusted his tomorrow to the Lord’s perfect care he was able to enter into the amazing grace that the Lord had set for him that day. This man began to laugh with joy. Relief from the sorrows of yesterday and the burdens of tomorrow flooded his soul while peace, rest, and a lightness filled him like a long, deep breath.

The Lord is resetting those who have been dealing with great anxiety, depression, and fear. Allow Him to minister to the pains of yesterday and the fears of tomorrow while drawing you into the beauty of today.

This is a work of His Spirit that He is doing even now. Stop and take the time to be with Him; allowing Him to do this deep work within you. There is such peace and rest in abiding trust. There is amazing grace that sets you free from having to figure it all out in your own strength. There is joy in the surrender as you put your faith in His perfect care.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

STAY IN THE NOW!

Ask the Lord to remove your soul from the regrets of yesterday and the burdens of tomorrow. He has gone before you to prepare a future and hope for you so you do not need to worry.

He has prepared a table for you today and it has everything you need for the day. Does a mother set out food for her family that is to be eaten tomorrow? No, it will spoil if it’s set out before meal time. She only puts out what is for now. God does the same for you. You were never supposed to live on yesterday’s spoiled food or sit at tomorrow’s table that has not yet been set for you yet. There is so much to enjoy today—enter into your now!

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A Jubilee Dream

On 2/9/2020 (into the morning of 2/10) I had a dream that lasted all night that had three themes:

• Jubilee
• Awe & Wonder
• A Renewed Heart of Gratitude

These themes filled my dreams last night— in the dreams I saw large debts forgiven and brought to the place of “zero balance owed.” It was a financial jubilee! Along with this jubilee, the recipients were given the gift of “awe and wonder!” Many of these recipients had become a numb as they went through one hardship after another but this jubilee caused their hearts to be awakened to the glorious awe and wonder of the overwhelming love and kindness of God. This awe renewed a heart of gratitude within them that awakened prayer, worship and love like they’d never known before.

Many of His people are about to discover the awe and wonder that comes from the loving kindness of God. This discovery will resurrect depths of love for God and for others that take their breath away.

“Discover” is the word that will define what they are about encounter because they will discover awe, wonder, grace, miracles, gratitude and love in a way that transforms every part of their lives.

Thank you Jesus for such kindness! We stand in awe of You!

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Honor The Lord and Watch Him Bring Victory To The Battle You Are Facing

By Kathi Pelton

I absolutely love the story in 2 Chronicles 20! In this story Jehoshaphat has been informed that a vast army is approaching to attack his land and his people. He is terrified and calls for the people to fast and pray. Then he prays and reminds the Lord that they established a temple in the land to honor His name and that their trust is in His name alone. The people once again cry out to the Lord to spare them from the vast approaching army and the Lord speaks through one of their prophets saying,

“He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!””
‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭20:15-17‬ ‭

The next morning they go out, sending worshippers ahead and as soon as they begin to sing the enemy armies turn on themselves and fight one another until not one is left alive.

As all the people of Judah and Jerusalem saw the Lord Himself defeat the vast army they rejoiced greatly. They also spent three full days gathering all the plunder left by the defeated armies. They rejoiced with song, dance and great joy as they entered Jerusalem carrying the plunder!

What stands out to me in this story above all else is that it began with honor! When they returned to their land from exile they set up a temple to honor the name of the Lord. It was the statement over their nation and their people that said, “In God We Trust!” When they heard that enemies were approaching to take their land they immediately turned to honor the Lord and they turned their trust toward Him once again. Yes, they were afraid but even within their human fears they honored the Lord and trusted in His faithfulness.

I believe that this story is a “testimony for today!” Many are facing approaching enemies, vast armies and even “sure defeat.” But you are a temple of the Lord and your life has been established to bring Him honor. Your posture in the midst of human fears and even what appears to be a pending defeat is to decree, “In God I trust!”

I hear the Lord speaking to you, just as He did to Jehoshaphat, saying, “This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s…”

Honor the Lord with your posture, your trust, your prayers, your faith in the midst of fears and then sing and declare, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His faithful love endures forever!” (2 Chronicles 20:21)

God spoke through His prophet to them that they were not to be afraid and they believed the word of the Lord and acted on it (2 Chronicles 20:20). They went out to face an enemy too large to defeat with only the word of the Lord and their trust put in that word (and in His faithfulness!).

Do not hear the word of the Lord and then run away in defeat. You can go forth and face your dread enemies knowing that, as you have honored Him with your trust and faith, He will battle for you and defeat all of your enemies. You will watch as God fights for you. You will even be left with more “plunder” than you can carry!

This is a word for God’s people individually and corporately. It is for households and for nations. It is for all who honor the Lord even when their very lives are threatened and their land is being invaded.

Put your face low to the ground in humble honor, dependency and begin to pray. Cry out to the One who’s love endures forever and then follow His instructions. Sing of His love and as He leads go to the battlefield with songs of praise leading the way. Then watch what He does! Watch as your enemy turns on himself and destroys all that was planned to destroy you! Watch as the Lord fights for you and watch as you return home carrying the plunder of provisions.

Honor Him! Honor Him when you are afraid! Believe in His words through the prophets and believe in His faithful love that endures forever. Though your enemy is vast and defeat appears sure; trust the Lord and what He is saying! Go out and face them knowing that the battle is the Lord’s!

“Give thanks to the Lord; His faithful love endures forever!”
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His Heartbeat Is Your Breakthrough!

by Kathi Pelton

Over the past few weeks I have begun to hear the sound of the heartbeat of God during times of worship. Each time this happens the beat (rhythm) awakens the atmosphere with life, healing, light, love and breakthrough.

Then the Lord began to show me another aspect of the sound of His heartbeat. Twice now, when I have heard the sound, I was taken up to see what it is doing to the darkness and strongholds over lives and regions. When the sound of His heartbeat comes into a room and it is recognized and partnered with it becomes the force of a battering ram against strongholds of darkness. It is the sound of breakthrough!

When two hearts are joined as one there is something that happens– oneness, unity, alignment, agreement and strength. When the pulse of God’s love is joined with the longing of His bride it changes atmospheres, transforms lives and breaks through demonic strongholds and assignments. The joining of His heart and our hearts breaks down walls of division!

During some recent gatherings the worship leaders began to sing prophetically the words, “Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see?” As they sang these words the sound of His heartbeat was heard in the room and dividing walls broke down, ushering in a oneness with God and one another. As we heard the sound of His heartbeat we also saw the sound pounding the forces of darkness like a battering ram to knock down the strongholds that opposed God and His people.

Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see and your ears to hear the beat of His heart. Then join your heart to His and watch what happens! Watch as oneness of hearts break the divisions and watch the sound breakthrough the resistance! First love will be awaken, great joy will fill your heart and families will be restored.

Do you hear what I hear? It’s the sound of the Bridegroom and His bride becoming one heart…the sound of His sons and daughters becoming one family!

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What Is God Doing?

By Kathi Pelton

As I was flying cross country today I felt the Spirit ask me to share with you some things that have been highlighted to me as we’ve entered 2020. There is more but I’d like to share these specific ones with you so that you can both identify (confirm) His work in your life regarding these areas and so that you can begin to pray for these things personally, for your loved ones and for the body of Christ.

Here are the eight that I’d like to highlight and further explain for now:

Rest In Christ: This is a “rest in your soul” that comes with abiding in the surrendered trust in your Father’s love. It heals trauma, brings peace and breaks fear/anxieties.

By My Spirit: Zechariah 4:6 has been highlighted as a key verse for this era. As we rest in Him (laying down our might & power) it makes room for the sovereignty of His Spirit to accomplish the impossible; giving ALL glory to God!

Jubilee: I keep hearing that we are about to see “miraculous jubilees “ take place. These will set many free from the enslavement of financial debt. It will cause prisoners to be set free and heavy weights to be removed from the backs of God’s people.

Holiness: A hunger for holiness is building and growing that is causing authentic “Godly sorrow” that ushers permanent change (repentance) and sets people free from regret, guilt and condemnation.

Clean Hands/Pure Hearts: “The pure in heart will see God.” A washing of hearts and hands is now happening! It is like a fresh baptism in purity. This is causing a purification of heart motives and reforming movements.

Return To First Love: The revelation of the agape love of God is beginning to fall upon the Church (His Bride) that will awaken her to first love. This “first love” will cause a sound that is like a pounding heart but will act as a battering ram against hatred and darkness. It is the sound of full abandonment to His desires. Worship and prayer movements will carry this sound and will become the thing that goes before what He is doing in the earth (evangelism, healing, deliverance, salvations, nations shifting, etc.)

The Government of God On Earth: The bride has been crowned with authority (such as Queen Esther). The King’s scepter has been extended and He is awaiting her requests so that He might grant them. Her voice and requests will set people groups and nations free. The signet ring has been placed on modern day Mordecai’s who will carry out what the King has spoken (and His Bride has decreed). This is establishing a governmental authority upon the church like has not been seen before. The earth’s governments will even be subject to the authority released through the mouths of God’s people.

Family, Unity & Oneness: Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21-23 is beginning to be made manifest. This is a sovereign act of God that merely requires humility! Preference of others, being family, praying rather than judging differences, and surrender are purifying (fertilizing) the soil that is making this possible.

There is so much more! What a magnificent time it is to be alive in Christ! Make these points (themes) points of prayer and meditation each day.

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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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The Waters Are Parting

By Kathi Pelton

The body of Christ is in a time of a corporate “crossover.” Whether it involves a geographical move, a career move, or a ministry move…it really doesn’t matter because there is a corporation “spiritual move” that is happening for all. This is a move of His Spirit that aligns us with God’s times and seasons. Though we can prophetically describe what we are seeing and sensing, no one really knows what is on the other side.

Some prophets are prophesying the greatest move of God the earth has ever seen and others are prophesying the overcoming of the darkest hours ever known but I’d like to suggest that it’s most likely not either/or but both/and.

In Psalm 23 we read the words, “He prepares a table for you in the presence of my enemies.” This may be the most accurate description of what is on the other side. I believe that we are in the midst of this massive crossover. We aren’t on the shores of where we were nor are we on the other side but we are crossing over on supernatural dry ground in the midst of what should overcome us or prevent us from getting to the other side.

The Father has set a table for us and had rung the dinner bell for all to come and feast at His table. It will be in the presence of our enemies. That does not need to cause you fear because God is with you and you do not have go focus on the enemy but rather in the One who has set a table for you. The battle in this new day and new land is different so our perspective needs to adjust. We must adjust from being “enemy focused” to being “Jesus focused!”

Battles will be won by hearing and obeying in a posture of peace and rest in His victory. This is not about your spiritual strength to overcome the enemy but about allowing His strength to be made known in the midst of human weakness. David didn’t defeat Goliath because of skill or strength but because He put His trust in the name of His God and stayed true to his identity.

Jericho’s walls shouldn’t have fallen because of a shout and Goliath shouldn’t have fallen because of a stone; yet the impossible fell because men did not put their trust in their weapons or their wisdom but in the name of their God!

This is how we must live in the new land. We feast at the table of the Lord with the whole family and we watch victories come as we trust in the name of our God! It’s not about the one man or one woman but about the whole family walking in oneness with our God.

Today, Anita Alexander (an Australian prophetic voice), saw a vision of the ocean waters standing up to salute the King. She said, “Creation is saluting the King!” This was so amazing because in November I was taken into a vision of the massive crossing over that was about to occur and in this encounter the rushing river that stood between the people and the promise land stood up like a soldier and saluted the people passing through. Creation was honoring (like an honor guard) the sons and daughters of the King. I believe both visions are happening in this hour.

We are being honored as we give all the glory and honor to our King. Creation will cooperate with “making a way where there is no way!” Miracles will not just be a prophetic metaphor from past times but a reality that are seen by all in present time.

We are moving from individual anointings into a corporate anointing. The focus is no longer about the individual pieces but about the oneness of the family being joined and in their right places to fulfill the prayer of Jesus in John 17; that we would be one just as they are one! Nations will be saved because of oneness! A harvest of souls will be saved because of a “family” that has made a home for those coming in. And walls will fall because we march and shout together!

Do not be discouraged by all the shifting. Do not allow the feelings of being disoriented by the unfamiliar to stop your forward movement. As you salute and honor your King, creation is saluting you as the heirs of the King. You are crossing over and though there are battles to be won ahead; there is a table set before you in the presence of your enemies. There will be enemies but there will be feasting.

You will learn to feast in the battle and rest in the storm because the King has been given the honor He deserves. For now, the waters are parting and standing up to make way for a procession of purity to enter the new land; for it is the pure in heart who will see God!

Step forth! Your faith and obedience has opened the way!

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A Night To Remember and Rejoice

by Kathi Pelton

The third night of Hanukkah this year is coinciding with Christmas Eve— the eve of our Savior’s birth. As we remember another night of the miraculous light that burned in the temple we also remember the announcement of the angels that the miracle of a virgin giving birth would bring light into the world.

Luke 2:8-20 –And in the same area there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And then an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very afraid. But the angel said to them, “Listen! Do not fear. For I bring you good news of great joy, which will be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

“Suddenly there was with the angel a company of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace, and good will toward men.”

Good news of great joy! This light, who’s name is Jesus, has never dimmed or stopped burning. The oil of His love, joy, grace, mercy and kindness still fills the temple and the hearts of all who believe. All the earth us filled with His glory.

Tonight as our family lights the third candle we will remember our Savior and the eve of His birth; his young mother had no room to lay her head as she prepared to bring forth the greatest gift known to mankind. We will remember that He came, He lived among us, He revealed His Father to us and He paid the price for our sin in order to reconciled us to God. Tonight will bask in the joyous and triumphant miracle of His resurrection on the third day!

We join with all the angles to announce “tidings of great joy” to a world that is searching for true joy. Because He lives we now have become a light that shines in the darkness with the miraculous oil of His love and salvation. The miracle oil still burns today. Joy to the world— the LORD HAD COME, let earth receive her King!

The hope of Israel came! He came as a miraculous light in the form of a tiny baby. Yet, the government rests upon His shoulders and His Kingdom has no end. Rejoice, rejoice…Emmanuel has come and is with us always!

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice. From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Hanukkah!

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Thank you to all who have stood with us in prayer and support as we prepare to make the 3000 mile journey across our nation on January 4th. We remember Mary, who traveled on the back of a donkey while pregnant with our Savior and we rejoice that our “small hardship” is unto Him!

If you would like to give a gift of financial support as we cross over to live in the Washington DC region (Virginia), we would be so blessed to receive your gift of love. Go give go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit…”

By Kathi Pelton

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit…”

Tonight at sunset the second candle of Hanukkah will be lit. The oil was only supposed to last for one night but it miraculously lasted for eight nights.

I believe that today, on this second night (when the oil should have run out) that miracles of multiplication will be seen once again. If there is an area that you are lacking in and what you have will not last for what you need tomorrow, begin to declare the words, “Not by might, nor by power, but by Your spirit…”

His Spirit releases the oil of multiplication and will prosper and multiply what you have as it is used and offered in faith. When there was only enough oil for one night they didn’t hold it back but lit the lamp— they used the oil. As they did, God multiplied it so that it lasted until the process of producing more oil was completed. Eight full days. The number eight Biblically represents new beginnings.

Often we hold back when we don’t have enough for the days ahead. But, that is because many live in the fear that God won’t keep His promise in our “tomorrow” if we don’t see it today. Yet, it is only what we hold back that is truly lost. If the oil hadn’t been used to light the first night’s lamp then the other nights of miracles would never had happened.

I remember a miracle that happened when my family was living out of our country as missionaries. We only had enough money to buy food for that day. We had four kids and about four dollars to our name. That small amount would buy milk and eggs. But on that Sunday morning at church the Lord asked me if I would give it to Him. I fussed with fear for a moment and then emptied the small amount of provision we had from my purse into the offering. Somehow we made it through the week with what we had and the next Sunday our leaders decided to honor us and asked us to come to the front of the church. They asked the people to pour money into our laps. That morning we received almost $8,000!!! More than enough! My $4 was multiplied into $8,000!! God didn’t need my original $4 but He wanted to pour the oil of His Spirit upon my small faith and watch it grow!

Our Heavenly Father held nothing back from us. He gave His only Son as a light that miraculously has continued to burn and bring forth more sons and daughters then ever could be counted. He is the “servant candle” on the lamp stand of our lives; lighting all the others!

Hold nothing back! When we hold back we align with “worrying about tomorrow!” Trust Him and give what is supplied today and watch the miracle of multiplication touch your “oil” and bring light to your life for many days to come.

Happy Hanukkah— day two!

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LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TILL WE CROSS OVER! Our family and ministry will begin our cross country move from Oregon to Virginia (to be near the Washington DC area) in less than two weeks. This is a “destiny” move to stand with God’s heart for our nation during this critical time. If you would like to support us financially as we cross over you can give through our website at: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

Thank you and we pray the miracle of multiplication upon your gift!