This morning I woke up very early and asked our Echo Dot (Alexa) to play soft jazz while I made my coffee. As I stood in our dimly lit kitchen with the sound of coffee dripping, Louie Armstrong’s unique and beautiful voice began to sing, “What A Wonderful World.”
Quite honestly, it was like a breath of fresh air from days gone by, when our world was simpler (or at least appeared to be simpler). I stopped and leaned against our kitchen island letting sound of his voice and the lyrics wash over me. Here are the words to the beloved old song,
I see trees of green Red roses too I see them bloom For me and you And I think to myself What a wonderful world
I see skies of blue And clouds of white The bright blessed day The dark sacred night And I think to myself What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow So pretty in the sky Are also on the faces Of people going by I see friends shaking hands Saying, “How do you do?” They’re really saying “I love you”
I hear babies cry I watch them grow They’ll learn much more Than I’ll never know And I think to myself What a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself What a wonderful world
Suddenly I realized, “What has changed?” Are trees still green, do roses still bloom, is the sky still blue, are clouds still white, does the moon still light the night sky, do rainbows still appear, do babies still cry and do people still say, “I love you”? Yes, all of these things are still true. Creation still declares his goodness and his beauty.
Though much of mankind has turned to other gods and tyranny has gripped nations– there is still beauty to behold. I think that sometimes we feel that it is a betrayal to those suffering to stop and gaze on beauty but it is so good for your soul. There will always be suffering and times to grieve but we must not forget to look upon the beauty of an evergreen tree or a desert cactus that blooms with colorful splendor. We must not forget to stop and watch a sunrise or sunset and let it’s beauty take our breath away. We must not stop looking for rainbow or finding joy in the faces of our loved ones.
You have permission to find beauty and to let it wash over your soul like a healing balm. You will still weep with those who have lost loved ones, with nations that are suffering and with those who’s hearts have been gripped with fear but it is good to see that beyond the “headlines” there is still “a wonderful world to behold.”
This isn’t a prophetic message, it’s just a note from my heart to yours to “stop and smell the roses” once again. Create beauty and gaze upon beauty– it is so good for your soul. Maybe even turn on Louie Armstrong’s song, “What A Wonderful World” and just lean back and remember that God has given us a wonderful world that reveals his beauty.
I just wanted to share with you that I was thinking to myself today, “What a wonderful world.”
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:13-14
“For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the LORD.” Hanukkah 2:14
I heard in my spirit all of the noise coming from news reports and social media outlet of conflicts, fear and tyranny. I heard the noise of divisions, anger, blame, fear and rage— all resonating like “resounding gongs and clanging cymbals”. It was deafening. Then suddenly I heard the voice of the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth. He roared with a roar of His agape love and the shrieking clamor was silenced. It brought all confusion and noise to an abrupt stop, releasing an awareness of the glory of the Lord upon the earth.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1
When love is absent— only noise fills the atmosphere. That is why it is causing such a negative effect on people. Many individuals, both inside and outside of the body of Christ, are experiencing deep weariness, headaches, anxiety, aggravation, depression, and even hopelessness. The toxic bellowing is exposing the state of mankind apart from the love of God. It is revealing the hatred in people’s hearts and the absence of peace. It is preparing the way for an awareness of the glory of the Lord to come.
God’s people can change the narrative and the atmosphere that creates fear and divisions. So many have turned their focus to “issues” rather than releasing the sound of our Bridegroom— which is agape love— and it is strengthening the very issues they are focused on rather than bringing an awareness of the glory of God.
I am not suggesting that we ignore issues and put our heads in the sand— but issues have become more evident and even louder than the love of Christ— and that is wrong! A great turnaround is needed in the body of Christ. We should be carriers of love and glory of God which shifts the atmosphere, the earth and the people so much that issues are resolved as the fear and standard of the Lord becomes the foundation of this generation.
Great Wonders are Coming
This is a time when God that God is first purifying his church, because we are carriers of His glory. His Spirit within us will pour out from us and the glory of the Lord will fill the earth. Miracles, signs, and wonders will be seen. Nations will see his glory and a global banqueting table will be set in the presence of our enemies.
In the days of Joshua, when the Levitical priests carried the the Ark of the Covenant upon their shoulders to the overflowing banks of the Jordan River (to see it part), there was first a purification.
“Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.”” Joshua 3:5
It was harvest season when this occurred, just as it is at this time. God is about to do great wonders among us! The enemy is raging, and he is stirring up confusion, division, and great murmurings because he sees the signs of purification within God’s people, and he remembers what happens next: the promises are fulfilled! The glory of the Lord will shine brighter than the darkness of evil, the threats of tyranny and the issues that invoke fruitless debates. Love will cause men and women to move from a position of “choosing camps” into the oneness that Jesus prayer for in John 17:21-23.
Carriers of His Glory
The enemy fears what is within those who are yielded to purification and sanctification. Just as the Ark of the Covenant carried His glory, so we too are carriers of His glory.
What was contained in the Ark of the Covenant?
It contained a golden pot of manna, miraculous provision to nourish Israel that did not come from the labor of man’s hands, but from God alone. Gold is refined and purified. The miracles will be held in refined jars not produced by the strength of man, but by the kindness of God.
The Ark also held the budding rod of Aaron, which was used to bring forth the deliverance of God’s people from the slavery of Egypt. It was the rod that turned into a snake in Pharaoh’s court. The Egyptian magi turned their staffs into snakes, but the snake that had been Aaron’s rod swallowed theirs (Exodus 7:8–10). It was also a miraculous sign of “ending divisions, complaints, and arguments” amongst the tribes; a sign of the noise being silenced and stopping unnecessary deaths.
“Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to the people’s murmuring and complaining against you” Numbers 17:5
The budding of the rod also indicated the blessing and choosing of the tribe of Levi. The tribe of Levi were the “set apart” ones who carried blessings with them.
Aaron and his sons were set apart following the golden calf incident ( Exod 32:26-29 ). They were blessed and chosen because their actions signified their loyalty to the covenant. We see this happening once again as God is setting apart those who are standing loyal to His covenant. Blessings follow them throughout the earth.
The third item in the Ark were the stone tablets that the commandments of God were inscribed upon. This set in place the standard of the Lord; His righteousness, truth, and order.
Is it possible that we are to be those who carry manna from Heaven in a time of great spiritual famine? Are we to carry the budding rod of Aaron that puts an end to the murmuring and complaining? Are we to carry the commandments of the Lord that raise up his standard in a world where every righteous standard has been replaced by evil? May I suggest that we are to ask for these things— to seek them and to carry them. Then, where we rest a blessing comes to all.
Be Set Apart
This is a time to allow God to separate you and set you apart as a member of His priesthood and as a son of the tribe of Levi. Do not involve yourself with those who are building golden calves or erecting towers. Do not be dismayed or swayed by the noise of Babel that is being trumpeted. And do not become a part of the noise that is void of love.
Peace is available as you are set apart. God’s righteousness and order will come upon you and your household as you are set apart, and deliverance will come. God lives in us and we must be carriers of heavenly provision (food), peace, love, oneness, truth, order, deliverance and righteousness.
The snakes that have been sent against God’s people to bring fear and confusion will be swallowed up by the rod of Aaron. God is purifying and setting apart his sons and daughters for the time of the great harvest.
Let us see the earth filled with the awareness of the glory of the Lord! Let it start with you— when we are one “then the world will know that the Father sent his Son!” (John 17).
I wrote these words in 2020 and they are a good reminder of who we are and what He has given us authority to do!
Today I want to remind you that YOU have been given to keys of the kingdom of heaven. Shake off the stupor and any other thought that renders you hopeless, powerless and subject to the spirit of the world. YOU are not a victim but a priest and a king! YOU have the authority to PROHIBIT and to PERMIT what happens on earth. It is time to use the keys we’ve been given and to bind and loose! As we take back our authority and together begin to bind and loose (prohibit and permit) then we will see things shift and open for a great awakening…both personally and corporately.
“I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you prohibit on earth will have been prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will have been permitted in heaven.” Matthew 16:19
I was just sharing with someone that I honestly believe that one of the greatest battles that is being fought right now is over the “image of God” that is in all mankind. The enemy hates His image when he looks at us. He is jealous of His beauty- the beauty revealed in us. He hates God and hates His identity in us. That is why he works so hard to dishonor and destroy purity, innocence, identity, gender, marriage, family, sexuality and everything that is holy…everything that reveals God’s image. That is why any church leader or political leader or parent that stands against this onslaught is hit with such great warfare and hatred.
But– together we can rise up in agreement with heaven and loose what is holy, pure and righteous and bind all that stands against God’s ways and truths. We have the keys but many are not using them so the way of breakthrough remains locked while the enemy defiles our children and our nations. It’s time to pull out our keys and begin to lock and unlock, bind and loose, prohibit and permit. Our world depends on us walking in what we’ve been given authority to steward and protect. We are not victims but rather we are the victorious warriors who have received the victory that was purchased by the Lamb that was slain.
May the spirit of David, of Moses, of Joseph, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…the spirit of Mary, Deborah, Lydia and Esther come upon us and get us up out of our pit of self pity and defeat to begin to be the heroes of faith that we have been called to be. Yes, I’m even preaching to myself! I say this in passion and in love because we are so much more then we are often living out.
Rise up sons and daughters of the King! It’s time to prohibit demonic activity and permit the Kingdom of God and righteousness to saturate our homes and nations.
I am writing this in the middle of the night so that I do not forget the dreams that I just had or the message sent through them.
In the first dream I was taken over the earth where in the spiritual atmosphere of the second heavens there was a timeline that looked like individual “film stills” (photos) that were setting in place for future events. These scenes and pictures appeared to be securely set in and unchangable as they were going before “real time on earth.” They seemed to prophesy from the demonic realm— like the enemy was producing a movie that was being played out on earth ahead of time. It was his narrative and his script for what lies ahead.
Then, as I looked upon this furture timeline (which included catastrophic events, upheaval and hopelessness) I suddenly saw smoke coming from the earth that was from a huge golden incense jar. This wasn’t like the smoke that billows from a fire with dark plumes of black, but it was a steady stream of colorful smoke that danced like a gentle river as it ascending toward heaven. When this incense touched this future timeline that was being set in place (produced), the photos of “what was coming” began to melt away. They were being pulled out of what has appeared “set and secured” for our future and melting as this incense touched it, causing the scenes to disappear. Then I saw before my eyes the words, PRAYER CHANGES THINGS.
As I woke up I heard the Spirit of the Lord repeating over and over, “Pray, it changes things! Pray, pray, pray!” I saw once again how prayer creates an incense that interrupts the enemy’s plan and script to make an opening in the heavens for God’s will and plans to come to earth. It is when God’s people pray that times and seasons align with the will of God. It makes a way for “On earth as it is in Heaven.”
The enemy always has a different script that wants to usurp God’s ways, plans and timeline. His brings hopelessness that gives the message that “no change is available” but God is inviting us to pray like never before because the prayers of the saints will melt away the plans of the evil one and open up a way for the plans of the Lord to be done on earth in His way and His timing. God’s ways always bring hope and promise; even in the midst of judgement. Mercy remains present!
The second dream that I had was of a constant sound that was over the earth at this time. This was a demonic sound that was repeating phrases over and over that were brainwashing the people of the earth. They spoke evil things and called them good and then called good things evil. I heard phrases like, “Communism is good.”, “Marxism is good.” along with many other phrases. It had a seductive spirit that caused even some of God’s elect to begin to believe this message. In this dream the “spiritual soundtrack” of these messages was constant and subliminal. I remember at one point in the dream being allowed to feel the alluring that it was releasing upon people’s minds so that they would begin to believe the unimaginable. It was like a drug that altered minds.
Though I was not shown a solution in this dream (only the condition of what was happening) I woke up wanting to trumpet the Word of God like a shofar into the atmosphere. I longed to get my Bible out and begin to pray and decree His infallible Word. I wanted to shout the good news of the gospel of Christ and His truths as written in the scriptures.
I believe that in these two dreams there are two clear messages:
• Prayer releases an incense that cuts through the future plans of the enemy and opens a way for “on earth as it is in Heaven.” And,
• The sound of the Living Word that is found in the written Word will overcome the sound that is redefining what is evil as good and what is good as evil. Release His sound of truth!
Please take the strategies that the Lord is releasing in this hour and put them into action. This is not merely a time to say, “Amen” but to put into practice prayer and the declarations of His written Word that is alive! Pray the Word, pray in the Spirit, pray for His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Join the intercession of Jesus.
We must not be passive and begin to sink under the lies that says no change is available. If that was so then why does Jesus intercede? Why did He pray during His time on earth and why did He teach His disciples to pray? It is because, PRAYER CHANGES THINGS! We also know that His Word does not return void— so release His Word!
“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Let’s pray and declare his Word like never before!
(These two dreams were received one year ago but are critical for this time that we are currently in.)
As you face each new day, shake off all fears that come to direct your steps, dictate your decisions and narrate your perspective. The fear of man and the fear of adversity calls to you to see if you will partner with it. If you take fears hand it becomes the unlocked door for the thief to enter through. The thief only comes to kill, steal and destroy; robbing you of abundant life (JOHN 10:10).
Wake up each new day and exchange the fears that rob you of joy, peace and hope for the fear of the Lord that brings you wisdom, refuge, goodness and blessings. The Word of God is filled with the benefits of walking in the fear of the Lord. It is time for the Church to close and lock the door of fear that is allowing an enemy to order their steps and to open their hearts and door to the fear of the Lord that is eternal and final.
Shake off the fears that have hindered you and put them under your feet. There is a fear that places your life above every natural fear and enemy…that is the fear of the Lord. From that posture, peace and righteousness will lead you and rule over your life with truth and justice.
Shake off that snake called fear and trample it under your feet! Today is your day to take back your joy!
The Lord has such beautiful freedom for His people that is found in the posture of surrender. Yet, surrender is one of the postures of the saints that the enemy fears the most.
The conception of Jesus began with an act of surrender by a young girl,
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38
And today, I hear the echo of her words on the lips of those who want God more than they want their way or their will. This sound of surrender is the same sound that resounded through the heavens, through the earth and through hell when Jesus surrender all saying,
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42
Today, I feel the intercession of another great push of going low and surrendering all. We must remember that in both of these instances— Mary’s surrender and then the surrender of the One she carried in her womb— there was pain and deep personal struggle in the yielding.
I feel in my soul and my spirit that deep, internal struggle (wrestle) between the flesh and the spirit happening in so many of God’s people to enter the place that says, “Be it unto me according to your word.” Or, “Father, please take this cup from me, YET, not my will but yours be done.”
We must understand that the posture of surrendering self, surrendering our will, our desires, our comforts and our lives is the sound that opens prison doors to set the captives free. Mary’s surrender, which came at such a high cost, made way for our Savior to be birthed. And, Jesus’ surrender, that came at the greatest cost that will ever be paid, made the way for all mankind to have the opportunity to walk through Him (as the open prison door) to eternal freedom.
The sound of surrender sets you free and it sets the stage for others to be set free from captivity. This act and sound of surrender is so threatening to the enemy that he is raging against it (to stop it) with great force.
Sword or Surrender?
When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, Peter pulled out a sword and cut off the ear of one of the soldiers (although we know that Peter wasn’t aiming for merely an ear but to take his life). Peter was face to face with injustice and being a man of action— he was going to stop the great betrayal taking place before his eyes. Injustice was provoking Peter to draw his sword.
We have all seen things in the past two years and even come face to face with that “provoking spirit” that made us want to draw a sword in a moment of injustice rather than find out the will of the Lord. Peter’s quick reaction that caused him to draw a sword would also cause him to deny Jesus three times that same night. It is often easier to draw a sword then to surrender to the will of God that at times includes suffering. Yet, the pain that Peter experienced by choosing the sword over surrender was by far the greatest agony of Peter’s life. A short time later, God redeemed his friend. The surrender of Jesus set his friend free from the prison of guilt, shame and regret.
We must understand that our personal act of surrender (that often comes in a time of great pain, injustices and personal crisis) has a far greater effect on mankind then we will ever know. Young Mary’s act of surrender was a very personal act in a private room, and yet, thousands of years later is still resounds with an echo that strengthens us to do the same today. Of course there are times that we are called to “arms” (battle) but even that is in surrender to his will, not provoked by the flesh. Surrender can be one of fhe greatest spiritual weapons ever used to defeat the enemy. Not passivity but true Spirit led surrender.
You may be in a place of great personal pain. You may be wrestling against your thoughts, your will and your soul to be able to say, “Not my will but Your will be done.” You May even want to stand up and draw a sword to stop what is happening before your eyes with a weapon of force (trying to control the pain and control what feels out of your control) but today I hear the intercession of Jesus for you that is giving you the strength to bow down and surrender to the will of the Lord.
I hear in my spirit the sound of swords returning to their sheaths, the sound of knees hitting the floor in absolute surrender and even the weeping that finds the words of surrender that say, “Be it unto me…”
This is the sound of the disciples of Jesus today saying, “I choose Your will over all other things— even my will” There is a cost in this sound but the cost and sacrifice is creating a frequency that will set you free to truly live. It will echo through eternity with a remembrance like that of the great heroes of faith. What you sacrifice and surrender in this moment will effect the rest of your life and will ripple with a sound and frequency of freedom.
Put back the sword of the flesh and pick up the sword of Spirit, which is surrender to His Word. We do not understand today what our surrender will do for our tomorrow, for our children’s tomorrow and for mankind’s tomorrow. As you repeat the the words, “Be it unto me according to your word.” And, “Father, not my will but your will be done.” You are shifting the narrative. For each believer that does this, “their ripple” will be added to the ripple effect of every believer that is also yielding their will. This will create a tsunami of surrender that overtakes the flood that the enemy has sent. God’s standard will be raised and many will be set free.
Jesus is interceding for you even now. He sees your pain, He knows the cost you’ve paid and the pain you’ve faced. He will never leave you or forsake you as you give your all (even when you don’t understand). It will be worth the cost— fruit will come forth from the seed of sacrifice that you put into the fertile soil of personal pain— watered by your tears. He is worthy of it all. Say with me today,
We are asking for immediate prayer for our 5-year old grandson, Kai. He was rushed to the hospital this evening and is now being transferred to a pediatric hospital an hour away (he is in ICU). His blood sugar is well over 600 and he appears to have diabetes 1. They need to get him stabilized.
Kai’s dad (our oldest son, Corey) will be riding in the ambulance with him while his mom drives there in the morning. She has their two other young sons.
Please pray for Kai, his daddy and mommy and for us as we walk through this. This will be an ongoing journey even after he is stabilized.
The immediate need is first for prayer and second for financial help for his dad and mom. They will need help with travel and medical expenses immediately.
If you are able to help please use our ministry website donation button to give and add a note to your donation that says, “Help For Kai” to it.
Thank you once again for being the best family and “expressions of the love of Jesus” anyone can have. You are heroes!
Thank you ALL for your prayers as we packed and sold everything to make the 3000 mile move from Virginia to Oregon.
Once we arrived we had to start from scratch by rebuying all of our furnishings, supplies, food and even a vehicle.
Today is the two month mark from the time that the Lord made it clear that we were moving back to the Pacific Northwest and today— IT IS FINISHED! The last purchase was a vehicle to replace our economy car we sold in Virginia. We will also be establishing a base in the DC region in the coming months.
Although I love decorticating homes and getting nice things; after selling almost EVERYTHING we owned to make this move, I have to say, “I am so happy to be done and to focus on other things!”
It was an amazing amount of work to empty and sell everything from one large house and then to rebuy and fill a entire new house. Finding a replacement car for the right price with so many scams out there proved to be quite challenging as well. But God directed us— as you prayed for us— and it is now completed.
We were so grateful as many of you sent us messages of how you were praying for us— especially when I got so sick during the move. Many of you sent support for our ministry during the time that we had to stop everything (business and ministry) to make this happen. We have no words that are adequate enough to thank you!! The Kingdom of God sure has an amazing family that comes together for one another.
For those of you who have asked about the release of my new book, “FINDING HOME”— we had to pause the editing and publishing process with Inscribe Press for the past two months in order to focus on the moving process. We are hoping to get things moving forward again now that the offices and our home is set up. We had sold all of our office furnishings as well so it has been quite the process to re-buy everything for our Inscribe Press office (except the books— we brought those). We will re-announce the release date soon. Jeff is busy catching up on book contracts from other authors so we appreciate your prayers for him as he works long hours (I don’t want any other editor than him for my new book— he’s so gifted).
We have already restarted “ministry activity” and have our first speaking engagement on this side of the country in less than two weeks. We sense that it will be a busy season ahead therefore, keep those prayers coming our way.
On a separate note, the western states have been hit with devastating wildfires for the past four years during the months of August and September. We are seeing them break out once again all along the west coast states. Please pray that these devastating wildfires will cease and become resurrecting revival fires that will touch the entire nation(s) with healing and life.
Thank you again— our bodies are tired but our souls are so refreshed, grateful and thankful for all that the Lord has done and all of the plans he has ahead for us. What a good, good Father we have and such a wonderful family that you have been as you surrounded us with prayers, encouragement and support. We are blessed!
With Love, Jeffrey & Kathi Pelton
As we gear back up to speak, travel, write and build up the body of Christ— we will continue to need prayer and financial support to sustain the costs of ministering. We love to go out with no need or expectation of payment— but rather to serve out of the overflow of our hearts. It is our supporters that make that possible!
This morning I saw two pictures simultaneously. The first was a scrabble game board with scrabble pieces clearly spelling out words of truth and faith. Words like FAITH, PRAYER, PRAISE, WISDOM, HOPE, JOY and LOVE. Then suddenly the picture changed and all of the pieces were scrambled across this game board without a single word being formed— just letter tiles scattered everywhere with no formation. Some tiles were even upside down so that not even the letter was displayed.
After seeing these two pictures I asked the Lord what he was wanting to say and I saw a new scene of him coming to unscramble what had been disrupted. He was turning all the pieces upright and bringing formation back to the words that brought definition and clarity previously.
One by one the Lord is moving things back into place. Though you may have felt disoriented and even displaced in 2021, watch now as the pieces of your life come back into order and clarity is restored. BUT WATCH THIS— I see him adding new words to the board. Words like, “OVERCOMER, PERSEVERANCE, ENDURANCE, CHARACTER, FAITHFULNESS, VICTORY and GLORY.”
What has been forged in your life during this time of feeling “scrambled and undefined” are the characteristics of Christ. These characteristics are rarely formed in seasons of ease but rather in seasons where we must hang onto CHRIST ALONE. This is when you stand when that is all that you have left to do— nowhere else to go, nothing else to turn to, no clear victory in sight except Christ and the Cross. Yet, you have stood in him alone.
Though the enemy was allowed to scramble you and scramble much of what had appeared defined and established in decades past— he will soon see that the posture of those who stood in the midst of chaos and confusion has produced a greater strength and overcoming spirit than has ever been seen before. We are about to come full circle but when we do there will be an unbreakable circle of oneness between God and his bride that will never be broken or separated.
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” John 17:22-23
His glory is being restored to the darkest of places and oneness with God will be seen…”then the world will know!” What the enemy meant for evil is now being turned for good. The losses will become gains, the storms will prove to have propelled us further than if had they never come. What had been scattered and scrambled will suddenly be revealed to have produced unity, oneness and an unmovable resolve. What has appeared to be scattered and scrambled bones will suddenly reveal an army— of faithful and overcoming soldiers of light and glory.
I awoke this morning hearing these words, “Call Back Those Who Feel Spiritually Disenfranchised.”
The atmosphere in the “air” is one that causes many to feel stripped of power, rights and freedom. It has produced depression, anxiety and a sense of hopelessness in the world but it has even effected those who are a part of the body of Christ.
The “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) rules over the “sons of disobedience.” He rules in such a way that it brings oppression and deception across the face of the earth. Yet, when we were saved by grace, we were lifted above the world and even the air controlled by this “prince” who personifies rebellion, disobedience and hatred toward God. We were seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus where we have full freedom, rights and power through the Holy Spirit.
“…that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:5-7
Our union with Christ is what keeps us from being disenfranchised! We have the “incredible wealth of his grace and kindness” with us always. No prince of the air or power in the earth or air can take that away from us.
God has had me in deep intercession for those who have felt disenfranchised, disillusioned and disempowered within the body of Christ. As I have prayed the Spirit has revealed how his people must yield (surrender) their whole hearts and lives to Christ without reservation or timidity. The “power of the air” carries a strong spirit of intimidation— causing many to feel defensive and overpowered. Yet, this is a deception and a lie to cause us to live beneath where the grace and kindness of God has elevated us to— which is being seated with Christ where all authority and all dominion exists. You are a son or daughter with full rights to the inheritance of the King and you are a citizen of the Kingdom of God with full rights and freedom. You are NEVER disenfranchised!
God is calling back those who feel that they have lost their place and their rights. He is calling them back to His Kingdom where he rules and reigns in righteousness and truth. He is calling them back into their royal positions as sons and daughters.
Let us join him in calling them forth! This wrong posturing has produced entanglements of roots of bitterness, cynicism, misalignment and feelings of powerlessness. We can begin to intercede and pull these negative and oppressive entanglements off of them. We can call them into full surrender and the truth of their heavenly positions. We can call them back into sonship.
Then, with the authority of unity (oneness with Christ) and one another we can begin to call the unsaved into the salvation that comes by grace— into the new covenant.
Let us take up arms for our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters— who have lost their way. They are at risk and the entanglements have become a stone that is causing them to stumble and is opposing the blessings of his covenant promises from flowing freely into their lives.
Call the disenfranchised home! Call them back into the truth that is found in the grace and kindness of God. Call them back into the unity and oneness of Christ!
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