Sudden and Kairos Moments In Time

Kathi Pelton

If you read my mailing from yesterday— you will remember that on July 5th I suddenly sensed in my spirit that my husband and I have to be in three places on the east coast by the end of July— Plymouth, Boston and Washington DC.

But why?

I have been questioning why the Lord would suddenly request this of us, especially since we had no prior plans, no airline tickets have been purchased and no arrangements pre-made? And in three of the highest priced cities for lodging in the nation! In the natural it seems inefficient and ridiculously expensive (over $3k!!)— yet, God seems unconcerned with cost or efficiency— just obedience.

So we are pushing forward— in obedience to His prompting, in faith and in sensitivity to His desire. This may be what some of you may be facing as well regarding different things the Lord has asked you suddenly to do. It may seems outrageous and even financially foolish but radical obedience is required in this hour where dominos are falling and His Kingdom is coming to earth. These are sudden and Kairos moments that must not be missed.

As I made plans for our trip yesterday, a friend sent me a transcript of Dutch Sheets “Give Him 15” from 7/7 (we will be with Dutch in Boston) and now I have some understanding regarding our “why” and why these three locations in our nation. For those of you living in the United States— this will encourage you and for those who live in other nations— what God is about to do here will surely spread through the nations as the roots of Baal are destroyed.

Here is that transcript (the video recording link is in the comments):

JULY 7, 2022
Give Him 15
The Battering Ram
Dutch Sheets

Dreams are fascinating, both when they originate in our own minds and when they are born of the spirit of God. Normal limitations of the natural realm do not exist in dreams. Perhaps you have dreamed that you were flying like Superman. I have. Maybe you have seen monsters or unusual creatures in your dreams. Not so good. For certain, dreams are susceptible to extraordinary happenings.

This ability to move outside the realm of natural laws is one of the reasons God chooses, at times, to speak through dreams. He can reveal things using unusual pictures and symbolic representations. He can also give us messages which do not have to be filtered through our natural reasoning. All dreams believed to have come from God must be judged by Scripture, of course. If they disagree with the Biblical teachings, we know they are not from God. However, dreams are a biblical method through which God speaks to His people.

A few weeks ago, Holy Spirit spoke to my brother, Tim Sheets, through a dream. The dream actually occurred as he slept on an airplane. It is quite profound. Here is his account:

“In the dream, I had gone to pray in Washington D.C. on July 4th. I’ve been there numerous times to pray. In the dream, I was in Lafayette Park, which is across the street from the White House. I have actually prayed there before in real life. But in the dream, I felt led to go to the spot where Dutch, Ken Malone, and I went 5 years ago (2016) to pray.”

[Tim pauses the dream account momentarily to give an explanation of what happened to us on that literal prayer journey in 2016.]

“Chuck Pierce had given us a golden vav, a stake, and prophecied, ‘Use this as a symbol. Go to Washington D.C., drive it into the ground, and decree that we are re-staking claim to America. God will show you where to place it.’”

Still recounting the literal prayer time in 2016, Tim continues, “We went to DC and were praying in front of the White House, in Lafayette Park. Of course, we wondered, ‘Is this where we should drive the stake?’ After praying, I said, ‘I don’t feel like we’re to do it here, guys.’

“Both Ken and Dutch agreed. However, Dutch responded by saying, ‘But I don’t feel we are finished with our assignment here.’

“I said, ‘Well, what else do you want to pray about? We’ve been praying for an hour.’

“Dutch responded, ‘Well, I don’t know. Let’s pray about what to pray about!’ (Sometimes you just have to keep it simple!)”

Still recounting the literal prayer time in 2016, Tim continues, “We were being discreet as we prayed, and had backed up into the park somewhat, 50 yards or so from the crowd standing at the front fence of the White House. Ken prayed, ‘Lord, what else are we to decree here? What more would You like us to do?’

“Then we saw a guy coming towards us. As he got closer, I said, ‘Guys, that’s an angel!’

“He kept coming and didn’t even really look our way. He simply walked by us, 2 or 3 feet away, and said six times: ‘Mercy, mercy, mercy, mercy, mercy, mercy.’ And then kept walking.

“Dutch said, ‘We gotta talk to him!’ We looked for him, but he was gone. Well, it didn’t take a genius to know what we were gonna pray. We started asking God for His mercy!”

[Tim now shifts back to describing his recent dream.]

“So, in this dream, I’m thinking, ‘I’m going to stand where that angel spoke to us.’ And I went to that spot. As I stood there praying (again, in the dream), looking at the White House, I saw a guy, maybe 100 yards or so away. He was carrying a tree trunk about a foot and a half in diameter and around 12 feet long! And I’m thinking in the dream, ‘He’s carrying a tree trunk! There’s no way a human can carry a 12 feet long tree trunk. That can’t be…he can’t be a human! This has to be an angel.’

“As he came closer and closer to me, I could see that it was, indeed, an angel. He was actually a very, very big angel with muscles rippling all over, and he carried the log under one arm as he approached. Stopping directly in front of me, he stood still, staring at me.

“In the dream, I finally asked the obvious, ‘Why are you carrying that tree trunk?’

“And he answered me in the language and demeanor of a soldier, which was very telling. ‘Sir, it’s not a tree trunk. It’s a battering ram.’

“Well, I said, ‘What are you going to do with it, soldier?’ I knew to call him ‘soldier’ because of the way he spoke.

“He responded, ‘There are four of us surrounding the White House. We’re here to break down Lucifer’s barriers that protect Baal’s roots.’

“I said to him, ‘Well, why did you…why did you come and reveal that to me?’

“Then he said, ‘Sir, permission to proceed?’

“I responded, ‘Soldier, proceed.’” (End of dream)

After relating the dream, Tim stated, “Micheal and his angels will be releasing battering rams to unlock this nation.”

There is really no explanation needed for this dream. God is saying He is about to tear down satan‘s strongholds over Washington, D.C. This was confirmed to me yesterday by the following prophetic word given by my friend Chuck Pierce. Chuck said,

“We are in an era when God is strengthening us. It’s time to cut certain heads off of the enemy – we are in a ’headship’ war, determining who will rule and how they will rule. We are going through a time of realignment – even personally. We need guts of iron and backbones of steel…The enemy tries to get your soul so wounded that you can’t understand what is happening…

“Timing is key now – timing for DC. Everything between now and the end of July, for DC – is key. It can be turned the way the Lord wants it to be turned.”

His final statement is quite significant. DC can be turned the way the Lord wants it to be turned. And this month of July is key. For two leaders in the body of Christ to hear the same message, in different ways, is very important. July is a very strategic month. In Tim’s dream, he was in DC on July 4. (This was so real to him that he actually went to DC on the 4th to release – at the very spot in the dream – a decree for the angels to implement their battering rams.)

We must listen carefully and act on these words. I encourage prayer journeys to Washington DC this month. I also urge intercessors and prayer groups to pray into these words throughout the month of July. Pray that more exposure comes to evil in our nation. Pray that the barriers protecting Baal’s roots in America be demolished. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations, and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10: 3-5; NASB). Let’s experience the breakthroughs God wants to bring us!

Pray with me:

Father, we thank You for giving us encouraging words and clear strategies through our great Helper, Holy Spirit. You have confirmed over and over the angel’s message in 2016. We received great mercy in that election. Donald Trump gave us three constitutionalist Supreme Court Justices, just as he promised he would, and now we have seen the curse of Roe broken off of us. Mercy, indeed.

And You sent another angel to that very same spot, in a dream, telling us it is time for Baal’s influence in America to be fully exposed and his hold over us broken. This confirms what we have already been hearing in the Spirit; You also have recently said this to prophetic leaders and intercessors. Release the battering rams now, we pray. Send Michael and his angels to tear down – to demolish – these strongholds through the prayers and decrees of Your Ekklesia.

And now, Father, awaken the praying church to the significance of the month of July. Impress upon them the importance of praying regarding this dream. Send teams into Washington DC. Send apostolic leaders and intercessors there. We will go confidently, knowing we have the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, with which we can bind the powers of darkness over America and release Your Kingdom will. We decree as our King instructed us: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven! And we do this in the mighty name of King Jesus. Amen.

Our decree:

We will not stop praying and decreeing the will of God over America. We will be faithful watchmen.


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An Invitation To Sow Into Our Nation

Jeffrey and I going on a short term national prophetic/spiritual assignment in Plymouth, Boston and Washington DC in just two short weeks. This came up as a suddenly but not without the Lord speaking to me the words, “Get ready to go east.”

We are part of the senior leadership team at Father’s House Portland and our church is sending us out and has set up a fund to bring in the $3000 needed to fund the trip. We will use their letter and website to raise funds for this assignment if you would like to sow into it. Here is the letter—

Back in 2019 Father’s House felt to send the Peltons for a two year assignment in Washington DC because God was calling our churcg to be part of sowing into a national reformation. Then the Lord brought them back because He wanted to link the East and West for a national turn around. Right now God is about to make a huge move in our nation for that turn around and the Peltons have been given an opportunity to be sent out by our house on a short term mission to sow into this move.

They have been invited, as part of our house, to join a group of apostolic and prophetic leaders such as Dutch Sheets, Jon and Jollene Hamil, Chris Mitchell, and others who carry a governmental call and authority in the United States on July 20th, 2022 for a series of prophetic and strategic prayer sessions. The journey will start at the first settlement in Plymouth, Massachusetts and there they will seek the Lord for His divine strategy and wisdom regarding His steps forward in our nation.

From Plymouth, they will travel to Boston for a prophetic act at the historic Faneuil Hall for a Daniel 7:22 turnaround (to learn the historic significance of Faneuil Hall go to: ).

They will also gather on 7/22/22 to align with Daniel 7:22. Daniel 7:21-22 says this,

“As I watched, this horn was waging war against God’s holy people and was defeating them, until the Ancient One—the Most High—came and judged in favor of his holy people. Then the time arrived for the holy people to take over the kingdom.”‬ ‭

From Boston they will go to Washington D.C. to spend time with their DC team that meets at Jon and Jolene Hamill’s Eagles Nest, which overlooks the National Mall. They will participate in initiatives that are happening in the DC area, speak in Manassas, Virginia, prayer walk the governmental buildings and support David’s Tent DC.

We are asking our entire church body to be part of this by lifting Jeff and Kathi and the entire team in daily prayer and investing in this effort by giving to help cover the cost which is around $3,000 for flights, hotels and ground transportation. We ask you to stop right now and ask the Lord to put in your heart what you should give. We can all be a part of this sending and repeat the reward of giving to a Kingdom purpose simply do the following:

  1. Click on this link which is the Father’s House secure giving page 
  2. Enter the amount God prompts you to give.
  3. Click on “FUND” then Select Special Speaker Special Offering Fund (It’s the only open fund we can use right now) 
  4. In the Comment Section please write “America Turn Around Mission Trip”

Thank you for stepping up and supporting this incredible opportunity to make a big difference in the spiritual and natural realities in our nation. God has been speaking that He is about to shift things in a huge way. This time is not an election that will bring the shift but the very hand of God that is moved through our agreement and prayer. We can all be a part of this by giving in order to make this send possible. Time of the essence to let’s move on this together!

What the Enemy Meant For Evil— Will Be Turned For Your Good!

By Kathi Pelton

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

As I was sitting with the Lord yesterday the verse in Genesis 50:20 kept repeating in my mind and spirit. Then I clearly heard these words,

“Every time you see the enemy bring forth an evil plan to harm you— decree My redemption over it and then watch how I will turn that very thing that was meant to bring you harm into something that accomplishes My purposes.”

Wow! This is not an unfamiliar verse to me but yesterday it came alive in a new and revelatory way. Every plan and execution of evil plans that we put into the hands of God will be transformed into something that accomplishes his purposes and is redeemed for a good purpose.

Now is the time to shake off the perspective of how much evil has been sent against you, your family, your children and your nation. It is time to arise with a renewed faith that is validated by Genesis 50:20. This verse give you a Biblical and legal right that assured that EVERYTHING sent against you (that touches you or your family— or God’s family) will most definitely become a weapon for good to accomplish salvation, blessing, redemption and bring forth His Kingdom!

Have you been stolen from? Has the enemy sent circumstances against you that were meant for evil? Have evil laws or orders in your nation caused you or your family harm? If so, now is the time to watch those very things transformed into the very thing that God uses for his purposes— to bring life, save lives, redeem, bless, prosper and heal you!

Grab hold of the verse and promise in Genesis 50:20 and declare transformation and redemption over everything that the enemy has sent to harm you. We are in a time where miracles are happening and miraculous breakthroughs are manifesting on earth in such quick succession that we cannot help but say, “Surely the Lord is with us!”

“Then my enemies will see that the LORD is on my side. They will be ashamed that they taunted me, saying, “So where is the LORD— that God of yours?” With my own eyes I will see their downfall; they will be trampled like mud in the streets.” Micah 7:10

“But if you are careful to obey him, following all my instructions, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will oppose those who oppose you.” Exodus 23:22

And finally,

“You will look in vain for those who tried to conquer you. Those who attack you will come to nothing.” Isaiah 41:12

We can look at all that the enemy has meant for evil and rejoice because we can place it in the hands of God and watch the enemy flee as God redeems and uses it to accomplish good! Praise our God and our Redeemer!

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Ready, Set, Go!

Kathi Pelton

The body of Christ has entered a time of acceleration and of seeing God go before us to cause things to happen in quick succession. Many are hearing the words, “Get ready!” Others are seeing dominoes falling— one after the other. Something has begun and we are in a “READY, SET GO” time.

The things that are happening are due to the sovereign timing of the Lord and the partnership of faith and prayer from His family. We not only see this in the United States but throughout the nations. Suddenly we are seeing unprecedented events and historic breakthroughs that we have prayed for many decades. His remnant is arising with courage and boldness as they are quickened by the leading of the Commander of the Host of Heaven. Even the things that were meant for evil, suddenly God is turning them for good (not only good but for righteousness). We must even see the evil that is released through the perspective of the Lord, our Redeemer. When we view things through Him— we can take hope in the fact that when evil is touched by God— it is redeemed for good.

I have the honor of walking with a global team of men and women from dozens of nation. If I could share with you the sudden and fast moving breakthroughs that are happening (especially in the Middle East) the stories would give you great hope that a global harvest of souls has begun. I will save those stories for another time in order to protect the tender shoots that are even now springing up, but take heart— it is happening.

Family is key in this hour. God is building a family that will lay down their lives for one another, hear one another, make room for one another and love like only family loves. The old wineskin of buildings that house systems and agendas is bursting each time that the new wine touches it. A new wineskin is coming forth that will hold this new wine. It looks like family and it consists of sons and daughters, fathers and mothers and of generations that honor one another.

Most of us wouldn’t think twice about giving everything we have (including our very lives) for our spouse or child— that is because they are family. We are connected by love, not just a common belief or interest. Honest conversation are beginning to happen in the body of Christ for the sake of unmasking deep rooted pain and to bring healing to a global pandemic of disunity and broken covenants. Oneness is family— and when we become family the world will see the image of the Godhead.

To this end, my husband and I have been invited to go to Plymoth, Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington DC to help see the family of God in our nation strengthened, edified and built up. It is a quick and sudden invitation that takes place in just two short weeks. The cost of this travel will be in the thousands due to airline, hotel, gas and car rental costs. But we know that GOD IS ABLE! He is able to make a way for what is on His heart. He makes a way to see His family formed on earth as it is in heaven.

We would like to invite you to partner with us in seeing this happen. The dominos are falling and family must be in place so that those coming in will find a home— in our nation and every nation. This is a “ready, set, go” time for us and for you.

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Thank you from the depths of our hearts for praying and standing with us as we follow His lead.

God is Breaking Off Cycles of Shame and Defeat

By Kathi Pelton

Get ready to receive revelation after revelation of how He loves you, how He sees you and who He is within you! These revelations will cause your eyes and focus to shift from self to Savior— the One who has overcome every place of sin, shame, defeat and death.

You will be awakened by these truths that will set you free— for you will be free from cycles that leave you running in circles but get you nowhere.

The enemy is constantly trying to redefine you according to who he desires you to be— broken, defeated and looking nothing like the image of God that you were created to reveal. He wants your identity and image to reveal depravity, shame and defeat. Ultimately, he truly just wants to hurt the heart of God— knowing that He loves you with an everlasting and eternal love.

If your gaze has been looking at self (navel gazing) or even at your shortcomings— it’s time to look up and gaze at the One who paid the price for all of your sin and shortcomings. Look how He is reaching out to you with arms to restore and redeem you back to who He created you to be. He is putting the image of His Son upon you— He is clothing you in righteousness— not your own, but His! He is putting white garments upon you and causing you to move forward and upward. No longer will shame cycles keep you moving in circles because there is no defeat for those in Christ.



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Have You Drifted Into Turbulent Waters? Here is Your Way Out…

By Kathi Pelton

We know that in this life we will face tribulations and trials that feel like storms raging against our souls; but there is a truth that we can lay hold of that calms every storm and turns our tribulations into triumphs. This truth is found in Colossians 1:20,

“…and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.” Colossians‬ ‭1:20‬

Peace has been provided for everything you’ll ever face; every trial, every circumstance, and every storm. The blood that was shed on the cross provides peace and reconciliation in all things. Though you cannot control the world around you, there is a peace that has been provided through Christ and His shed blood that becomes the rudder stabilizing you and guiding you through rough waters. ‭It is accessible for all who know Him and call upon His name.

The enemy seeks to stir up strife and create storms so that you might “drift away” from the truth that brought you into salvation and the peace that has been provided for you through the blood of the Lamb. We must hold fast to His truth that provides peace and victory to all who have allowed the blood of Jesus to reconcile them to God.

“But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News…” Colossians‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭

You can have assurance of the victory of Christ in everything you will ever face. You can be at peace even now, because He is your confident assurance (faith) of things unseen and your hope that all things will work together for your good.

One of the verses that I pray almost everyday is found in Philippians 4:7,

“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.”‭

This verse has become like a rudder for my soul. It is His peace that guards my soul (my heart and my mind). Where there is peace, warfare ceases! Though you may be in a storm or even in a battle, peace provides a confident assurance of the victory that belongs to the Lord because of the blood that was shed for you. Peace allows you to refocus your gaze and fix your eyes on things that are “worthy of praise.”

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭

Focusing on the storm around you will merely cause you to sink, but as you fix your eyes on the excellent and praiseworthy things (especially, upon Jesus) then you will begin to walk on the waves with peace and assurance.

“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians‬ ‭1:22-23‬ ‭

Your storm is under His feet, and as you enter into peace and oneness with Christ, then it is under your feet as well. He is the head over all and everything is subject to His rule; even the winds and waves.

Ask for His peace to guard you and fix your eyes on Him and upon all that is praiseworthy. As you align with peace and truth you allow Christ to be the head over all the storms that you are facing. The storm in your soul will cease and the circumstantial storms that surround you will become subject to His authority and rule. The Lord takes great pleasure in us as we posture our lives in alignment with truth and oneness with Him. His pleasure releases great victories!

“When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.” Proverbs‬ ‭16:7‬

Fix your eyes upon Jesus! ‭His peace will lead you back to still waters that refresh your soul.


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God Will De-Seat the Deceitful— But He Has Wisdom For Us Before This Happens

By Kathi Pelton

On June 20, 2022 the Lord spoke to me saying,

“Watch as I de-seat the deceitful.”

I immediately knew that he was speaking of those who have been given seats of authority and leadership in spheres of influence— especially in governmental seats.

When I hear words like this, I am very careful to humble myself before him and pray for mercy upon those who are the subject of his anger. Far too often I have seen (and grieved) as believers “gloated” when their enemies have fallen. I want to remind us in this season of what Proverbs says about this,

“Don’t rejoice (gloat) when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them.” Proverbs‬ ‭24:17-18‬

When I heard that God will “de-seat the deceitful” I had to remind my soul that God’s heart is broken by those who have turned away from him and are now being used to deceive. I had to humble myself and ask him for mercy upon their lives. His anger is without sin— and so must ours. May his anger bring them to repentance, even if they lose their “seats”, may their souls be saved.

During our time living in the Washington D.C. region I saw many groups of believers come through our nations capital. Some came with humility and purity while others came with a motivation that was to rejoice when their enemies would fall. As we came closer to the 2020 federal elections, I began to see more and more of those coming with what appeared to be “gloating” rather than purity. Do not get me wrong— there were many with pure hearts that came to pray, worship and bow down before the Lord with humble hearts. But an intercession came upon me because I began to feel a spirit of “gloating over our enemies falling” come upon many. The verses in Proverbs 24 would ring in my mind like a siren that called for intercession.

This past May the Lord told me that the summer months would be marked me “desires (promises) fulfilled.” We are only a week into summer here in the United States and we have already seen three Supreme Court rulings that have brought victories (the right to bear arms, the right to life, and the right to pray). The reversal of Roe v Wade is unprecedented and has been interceded for 50 years. A true jubilee judgement!

I believe that we will also see the de-seating of the deceitful— but we must pray for mercy and pray for the raising up of righteous men and women who will humbly walk with God and uphold his statutes. We are not to gloat or rejoice over our enemies falling, lest his anger be turned away from them and come upon us.

We must walk in wisdom in times when God’s anger is toward the wicked. His judgements may bring victory to the righteous but let our rejoicing be focused on the victory rather than gloating as enemies fall. We rejoice in the Lord and pray for our enemies.

If men and women (who have become deceivers) hold seats of authority that they will be removed from— let us pray for mercy. Let our rejoicing be in the justice of God rather than the “falling of our enemies.” This is a plum line alignment for the Church regarding what we rejoice in. We CANNOT gloat. Pray that Gid would remove all gloating from his people’s hearts and rejoicing.

Here is the definition of “gloat”:

To contemplate or dwell on one’s own success or another’s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure.

May we never bring this into our worship or celebration of victories.

We are rejoicing regarding our King’s verdict for life in our nation— life that begins at conception— lives that he knew before they were in their mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). But we do not gloat with smugness or malignant pleasure. We rejoice in his righteous decree in humility and gratitude.

I believe that gloating insights a reaction of violence and hatred— because it is void of love. Let us pray for a pure worship to come forth— a holy hunger— a pure praise. God will honor this kind of rejoicing.

“Thank you Jesus for your victory! Keep our hearts pure, our worship pure and our prayers pure. We pray for our enemies, even as you bring holy alignments and answers to prayers. Impart your love to all that we do and say! “


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You Will Never Suffer Alone

By Kathi Pelton

“In all their affliction he was afflicted.” Isaiah 63:9

Some versions say,

“In all their sufferings, He suffered.”

God is not only the God who “rejoices over us with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17) but he is also the God who grieves and suffers with you. He is more compassionate than can ever be imagined which is displayed in his faithful love and endurance that he has revealed to mankind throughout the ages.

If you are suffering— know this; God is suffering with you. You are not alone, you are not condemned, and you are not abandoned. He feels what you are feeling and he is with you.

In the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead in John 11, I am always touched by his response to Martha and Mary’s pain and tears, “…he was deeply moved.” (Vs 33) and then in verse 35 it merely says, “Jesus wept.”

Jesus knew that he was about to raise Lazarus and that there would be great joy restored— but when he saw the pain in the eyes of those who loved Lazarus, he first stopped and wept. He suffered with them, he felt their pain and he wept with them— because of how much he loved them.

I personally do not believe that the suffering of any believer is in vain. Not only do your tears capture the affection of the Lord but they cause him to enter into your affliction as well. Isaiah 63:9 goes on to say these words,

“…and the Angel of His Presence saved them.”

Most scholars do not believe that this was a created angel but that is it speaking of God himself. His presence comes like an angel and rests upon the afflicted to save them and carry them through their deepest pain.

“He redeemed them because of His love and compassion; He lifted them up and carried them…” Isaiah 63:9

He covers you, carries you and has compassion on you.

The day that my younger brother was being taken off of life support last year (due to Covid), may have been one of the most excruciating moments of my life. I felt like I couldn’t breathe and was weeping uncontrollably. Yet, in those moments of such deep pain— the presence of the Lord was tangible. I was overwhelmed with pain and equally as overwhelmed by his presence. The Angel of His Presence was carrying me— and I could feel the Lord weeping with me. Though my brother wasn’t raised up like Lazarus, l could feel him with me…and he wept. During those moments, I witnessed unexpected miracles that flowed out of his compassion and redemption. I experienced his eternal love and the veil between the temporal and eternal became thin and sheer— so that I could see beyond the loss to the eternal gain.

Nothing is wasted! Not one tear is forgotten or unseen. No suffering of his saints is left without his presence, his compassion and his redemption. Though we may not fully understand the suffering that we endure, I am confident that the the crushing produces a wine of great cost and value. Our tears are like the costly perfume that Lazarus’ sister, Mary, poured out upon the feet of Jesus. There is a fragrance that is released when we pour out our suffering over his feet.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

If you are suffering today— you are not alone. Jesus weeps with you. The “Angel of His Presence” is with you even now to carry you through with great love and compassion. He will restore you. Pour out your tears over his feet and let the fragrance of suffering become a perfume that fills the room. Not one tear is wasted when Jesus is present. It has eternal value.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

And finally,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

May the Lord bless you and keep you— May his face shine upon you and give you peace.


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What If?

By Kathi Pelton

“What if…”

These are two words that can become a land mine in the midst of your journey of faith. These words are two of the enemy’s favorite words to throw at the faithful believer just before they drift off to sleep or venture out in faith. How often are you enjoying the beauty of the Lord and just as you begin to feel that all is well those two words come and hit you like a bucket of ice water in your face?

• What if I didn’t hear God?

• What if I fail?

• What if I just imagined the vision?

• What if God didn’t say what I thought that He said?

• What if my hopes are dashed?

What if…

Cue the ICE WATER!!!

Wait, this sounds familiar! One of the first stories we read in the scripture about the serpent (the enemy) is this very thing.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1

The words aren’t exact but the meaning is the same! “What if God didn’t say that?”

Have you ever had one of those nights that turned into a sleepless night of those negative “What if?” thoughts! I use to have them often when we were first stepping out in faith. Those thoughts and fears were rooted in not trusting in the goodness of my Father and the plans he had for me and my future.

These questions that the enemy is quick to throw at the obedient believer can take him on a fast-track from his heart to his head. The “what if” questions can come in the midst of your peaceful walk through green pastures with the Lord. Suddenly there is the serpent, whispering questions that only have lies for answers— they exploit your greatest fears. It’s like having land mines explode unexpectedly beneath your feet. But you can know that this is NOT the voice of your God because “he is not a man that he should lie!”

If this has ever happened to you, then be encouraged because the enemy rarely asks this if you actually haven’t heard from the Lord! When you hear and obey you can pretty much bet on the first attack will begin with a question, “Did God really say?”

It’s Going To Be Worth It!

The one thing I know is that with every step of faith you take after hearing God’s voice, you can know that he has gone ahead of you to prepare the way. It often looks different than we expect but there is a plan and purpose. Sometimes that purpose is much greater than you ever had imagined and sometimes it appears like it was purposeless— and yet those are the times that our character and endurance is formed if we keep our heart set on Him.

When the enemy comes with the questions that have the words, “What if…” or “Did God say…” within them then there is only one answer and that is this,

“If I have not heard the Lord and have made plans outside of His will then God will re-order my steps into the right direction; even in the midst of my plans!”

I have a scripture to back me up in this,

A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. Proverbs 16:9

I have seen this again and again in my life and the life of believers. Yep…we get our plans wrong sometimes and God has to move in and reorder things. But he always orders the steps of a righteous man or woman. I don’t put my trust in MY ability to hear and interpret His wisdom, I put my trust in his ability to order my steps and to cause me to walk in his ways. God will be faithful to rescue you and direct your steps on a sure path as you trust in Him.

Know this— He is a faithful Father and as you commit your steps and plans over to Him, He will keep you on a sure path. Don’t judge your journey harshly because some paths are rocky and cause us to learn to have our foundation in him alone and some paths are smooth and full of fruitfulness— both are necessary for our growth.

We must not put our confidence in our gifts or even in what we see but rather in the absolute truth that He is a faithful Father in the midst of all of our humanity. He honors and adores every overture of love that we make for Him.

Make all that you do become worship to Him. Obeying God’s voice is not always the easy path but it is always the best path.

There is an old Rita Springer’s song called, “Worth It All”— that song is a declaration as God calls his people into unknown paths that requires faith and obedience. Know this, no matter what it looks like, when done “unto Him” it is going to be worth it all.

—> Turn the “What If” Around

Next time the “what if” questions begin to spin you in circles, try turning them around by changing the narrative to something positive. Ask different “what if” questions…

• What if my greatest longings are fulfilled?

• What if I fly rather than fall?

• What if God exceeds my dreams and expectations?

• What if I’m about to embark on the greatest journey of my life?

• What if it’s better than I imagine?

• What if I find crazy favor every step along the way?

Dream with God. And thank him that he desires these good and perfect gifts for you! Every step of your journey will be worth it!

Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified Bible)

With Hebrews 11:1 you have a promise to go with your faith and with this promise you can answer the enemy’s questions with a proven and sure answer. Move forward in your faith and in your assurance of all that you hope for as you go. Keep your eyes fixed on the One that will never leave or forsake you. He is faithful.



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The Gift of Desperation

By Kathi Pelton

One day a friend who spent many years working with Heidi Baker in Mozambique made a comment about a church in America that has continually stuck with me. She said, “This church has everything that we had in Mozambique, except one thing— desperation.”

These words pierced my heart with such conviction that from that moment onward— a growing seed of desperation has been planted within me. The words circled in my mind and in my spirit as if they were enveloping me. I began to think about the times of desperation in my life and how they caused me to throw off all restraint, all that “looks proper” and everything that hindered me from running to Jesus to be thrown off. Those moments caused me to throw off “me” in order to find him alone.

Since that time, I have begun to have eyes to see how there is an increasing desperation growing within the church (globally) that is causing them to throw off all that hinders them from finding Jesus alone. Suddenly, many are finding that their programs, systems, gifting, charisma and reputation are no longer getting the results that these things once gained. What was once “fresh bread” is now stale and undesirable. They are coming to the end of their selves and their ability to “keep up with the needs of a desperate world.”

It is as though we are seeing new wine poured into old wineskins and the old wine skins are now bursting. As many keep trying to hold onto the old, they find that it is being wasted as it is poured onto the ground because the old can no longer contain the new.

Although this has been happening for a while now, there is a “point of desperation” that is beginning to peak where believers cannot take it any longer and have begun crying out for the authentic move of God and authentic life of a believer that is not based on agendas, systems, programs or the influence of gifts. They want JESUS!

This desperation is a gift. Although it may not seem like it now, as we begin to respond to the desperate cry of our hearts to be enraptured by him, transformed by him and moved by him— we will begin to see that “when we ask for bread, he will not give us a stone.”

Over and over again, I have heard in my heart the words to the verse in 2 Timothy 3:5 that say,

“…having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof…”

As these words have ruminated in my heart, my eyes began to be open to how we have merely had a form of unity, a form of oneness, a form of family, a form of intimacy, a form of surrender…and the list goes on. We are desperate to no longer have a form of godliness but to have GOD! Only his power can do this in us!

But to go there we must get real and get raw. There is honesty to be spoken, offenses to tear down, reputations to be surrendered and schedules to be torn up. It may not look pretty or professional but it will make a way for the transformational power of God to flow. We may not have a fiery sermon and we may sit in an hour of silence— but God will come and he will move because we are making room for desperate hunger to be met by him alone.

Heidi Baker has had to face the most desperate of situations where she knew that she had nothing in her, save Christ, to offer to people who were literally living in the “valley of the shadow of death.” She had to drop everything and fall on her face to find the only One who can save. She has learned the lifestyle of desperate surrender that has birthed true intimacy that is followed by genuine miracles.

I feel the desperation building in God’s people. It is uncomfortable, it defies what feels proper or acceptable before others, it makes us vulnerable and removes our masks. The desperation is creating a true hunger that will push past the known until the new wineskin is formed by the Spirit of the Lord. New wine is being made in the barrels of desperation.

The final recorded prayer of Jesus in John 17 said this,

““My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” John‬ ‭17:20-24‬ ‭

The new wineskin will be that WE ARE ONE! Then the world will know! A form of oneness will not fool the world into believing. Nor will it impress the younger generation to be a part. It will not set captives free or transform cities. They want family and they want what is authentic. Their desperation must be met by the believers in Yeshua! Otherwise the world will offer them a counterfeit which will leave them in great confusion.

Jesus we need you! We are desperate for you— and if we aren’t— make us desperate. We need your true power that saves and transforms, we need true repentance and transparency, and we need to allow all that is being shaken fall away so that only that which is built upon the foundation of Christ will remain.

Give us the gift of desperation!


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