Your Fear— The Enemy’s Great Pleasure

By Kathi Pelton

This morning I was reading the story of when Elijah ran and hid from the threats and anger of Jezebel after he had all of the prophets of Baal killed. As I was seeing this story in my mind I suddenly heart a loud and sinister laugh in my spirit. I immediately knew that the enemy had laughed with great pleasure at Elijah’s fear as he ran and hid. Then I was taken to this time— a time where threats, mockery, lies and intimidation may be greater than any physical sickness. I saw many running in fear to hide in caves, terrified that the modern day Jezebels would find them and take their lives. Once again I heard that sinister laughter as the enemy saw God’s people running in fear. He seemed to enjoy the fear in God’s people, more than just about anything else.

Then I heard—

“Fear of your enemies is like the wind and earthquake that Elijah experienced on Mount Sinai. But I was not in the wind or the earthquake of fear. They merely revealed the strength of his fear. I am the God who whispers as you calm yourself before me. The fear of the Lord is the remedy that brings you into the peace that calms the fear raging within you so that you can finally hear my whisper.”

The enemy creates a whirlwind of fear so that you cannot hear the wisdom and instructions of the Lord. Do not be ashamed, for even the greatest of men like Elijah and David ran in fear from the threats and pursuit of their enemies. I see ministering angels coming to you as they came to Elijah in the cave to give you warm bread and a drink of cold water to strengthen you and give you rest from all that you have faced. He will bring you to the “mountain of God” for a visitation. He will whisper to you the wisdom that you need to go forward. Wisdom that will silence the enemy’s sinister laughter. The one who sought you to bring you harm will be the one who should have run in fear from the wisdom given to the prophets of the Lord.

God will have the final laugh as the victory is given to those who walk in the fear of the Lord and put their trust in him alone.

Eat, drink and rest in his presence— then ascend the mountain of the Lord to listen once again. He is refreshing you and will speak to you out of a place of stillness.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

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Out With the Old— In With the New

By Kathi Pelton

In early January I had a vivid dream that my family was moving and after the movers loaded the truck I walked back into the house we were leaving to find all of my living room furniture and decorations still in place— they had not been loaded onto the truck going to the new place. In the dream I was frustrated and confused. I turned to my husband and said, “Why didn’t you load my furniture or pack my decorations?” He responded by saying, “You won’t need them for where we are going.” Still frustrated and confused I picked up a Target bag and began to rush around the room, grabbing items to take with us. As I grabbed the items, I noticed that they were not only out-of-date but didn’t represent who I am today or where we were going (though I did not know where we were going in the dream).

This morning, as I was beginning to awake, I was taken into the “home in my heart” where the Spirit lives within me. It was like it had been swept clean and everything was white. A bright light was streaming in and something like a “fresh breath” filled the air. The clutter from old was gone, the frantic atmosphere was gone (replaced by an inner peace, refreshing and rest), the need to appease others (rather than truly love others and please God) was gone and all that was being added was pure light, fresh and white. I guess the best way to describe it, is to say that the baggage of old was gone and replaced by his “light burden” which was pure and bright.

The transition from one way of living to another is and has been difficult at best but the exchange of the old ways for his new has been so beautiful— and we’ve only just begun.

The interesting thing to note is that the old wasn’t bad— in the dream my furniture was still useful, comfortable and pleasant to look at but it was not for the new season. My husband and I moved across the country this past July and when we did, the Lord asked us to leave our furniture. We sold all of it with the exception of three pieces (a chair, a secretary and a fireplace)— which were pure white. The furniture in my dream that was being left behind was the furniture that we had sold. All of our new furniture that we bought is white. Often God will use the natural things to speak of the spiritual things.

Also, one of the items that I shoved quickly into the Target bag (the only item I remember) was a wooden Easter bunny decoration— like a painted wooden craft from the late 90’s. Yet, Easter is new life and resurrection— not a wooden bunny. In the dream I knew that it was May and wondered why I hadn’t taken down an Easter decoration yet. It represented an “old season” and a even a false representation of new life.

God is inviting us into a new season, new life and a spiritual resurrection. It is requiring us to leave behind the old— even precious things that have deep meaning and things we may have built (my sense was that I had made and painted that wooden Easter bunny). But the exchange will be so much greater! We are making room for the greater glory and the old will merely get in the way. There is more I can say about this Easter bunny but I will leave that for the Spirit to speak to you.

This is time of letting go— the letting go is causing our hearts to apprehend a love, healing and purity that resurrects everything around us and within us. I feel like the letting go is causing me to grab hold of the hem of his garments and in doing so, his garments are clothing me with his true character and nature— they are covering me with his glory. And they are healing me from things that I didn’t even know needed healing.

I am not prophesying a new day— I am declaring that we are now in that new day. If you are being held back by what you are holding onto from the old season— LET GO— it will be freedom and healing to your soul.

BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW!

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The Cloud of Glory Will Return to the Church

Today a friend sent a prophetic word that was released in Jerusalem in 2014 by a respected prophet from the Middle East, Imiel Abadir. He often prophesied years ahead of what was currently taking place. I had the honor of traveling with him and a team for many years and witnessed his accuracy.

I was so encouraged to hear it again in the context of where the world is currently at. I pray that it will bless you.

Here is the word,

“The Lord says: The dispensation of the fullness of time is at hand, and the Lord is in the business of purifying and refining His Church bride, to be qualified for kingship in eternity. And while the world is stricken by calamities and disasters, the Church bride will experience something beyond measure; The Lord says, I will restore back the glory of the first apostolic church, and signs and wonders will be prevailing as a witness of God’s mercifulness. The Lord says, I am about to release many giftings, and I am about to release the spirit of cohesiveness, and genuine unity. The Lord says: Be prepared, because I will mature many of you with a higher level of understanding. The Lord says: Be prepared, because I will astonish every one of you, because, the cloud of glory will be restored back to My Church worldwide! And the Lord says, in such an enormous gathering, I will touch miraculously many of you, and you will go back to your homes with a new spirit of anticipation that the next years will be glorious, says the Lord, Amen.”

Word by Imiel Abadir, who has now passed on to be among the great cloud of witnesses.

“…the cloud of glory will be restored back to My Church worldwide!” Be it so Lord Jesus!

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A Love Revolution Is Coming— It Will Ignite Love That Has Grown Cold

By Kathi Pelton

No matter who I talk with, each person agrees that they don’t recognize the world we live in. The world has redefined good as evil and wrong as right. The unnatural has come into our everyday life and called “natural”— the perverse as “pure.” Yet, as God’s people we have the unimaginable privilege of being surrounded and submerged in the perfect purity and righteous goodness of Jesus that overcomes evil.

Even still, we need to ask the Spirit to guard our hearts and minds with the peace that surpasses all comprehension. If we do not allow the perfect peace of Jesus to guard us then it could be very easy for our love to grow cold. Matthew 24:12 says,

“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.”

Being surrounded by lawlessness can produce a number of reactions that can quickly lead to our love growing cold. Some will feel offended and angry, which if not kept in check will lead to cynicism, judgements and bitterness. Others may feel deeply saddened and find it difficult to hope. This can easily lead to a hopelessness that loses faith and begins to doubt God. Still others may merely go numb— causing a lack of spiritual sensitivity which will cause their love to grow cold.

If you are battling any of these reactions, I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to help you to be able to look and see where your treasures have been being stored. It is so easy in times of “ease” to begin to trust in the things of this world rather than in the unshakable kingdom that is eternal. When times get difficult we quickly become aware of where are treasures are as they begin to shake.

People who have lived in nations that have been impoverished and oppressed often find it far easier to store up their treasures in heaven because the world has not offered them anything worth putting their security in. Those of us who have lived in nations that have an abundance of supply, opportunity, and freedom struggle deeply with the constant temptation to put our trust in our earthly freedoms and provisions. Though the world says that we are rich— we may be found as the most impoverished when those things are threatened.

I do not say this with any weight of shame because I believe that the Lord has great compassion upon those who are fearful, grieving and suddenly struggling with having to see that they are “poor in spirit.” I know that in his love and mercy, our beautiful Father in heaven is both comforting the fearful and doing a “transfer of wealth” from the earthly things to the eternal things. I know that over the past two years this has been a constant work in my heart. It has been a type of deliverance from false securities and a lack of true revelation of that which is eternal and imperishable.

Over the past week the Spirit has been highlighting the issue of love to me. He has had me in intercession for his people almost constantly regarding where “love has grown cold.” It has not been a rebuke but rather a release of his healing and mercy. He has shown me that there are some of his sons and daughters who came to believe in him but have never experienced “first love.” Their hearts had been so damaged by the time they came to believe that they came into an agreement of Jesus being their Savior but their hearts never were able to connect intimately with him. I also saw those who had an amazing “first love” encounter when they came to Jesus— but the pain experienced within life, the church or within the realm of Christianity had caused their love to cease to grow cold (for Jesus or people). Lastly, I saw others who had known the love of God and the love of family— but the lawlessness all around them had shocked their love into a frozen state— making it grow cold. There were more but I will only mention those. In every case there was great comfort and compassion coming from the heart of God.

Then, last night I had an encounter where I saw God in the heavens and he was stoking a great fire. He was breathing on it and the coals where turning bright orange. He was fueling it with his love and stirring it with his hand (yet it did not burn him). The fire was getting hotter and hotter until every coal contained the fullness of his love and mercy. Then I saw him call for angels to take the coals and go forth to ignite love in the hearts of his people. These coals contained healing, refinement, deliverance, encounter, and revival. I knew that they would touch the hearts where love had grown cold and revive them. They would even touch the hearts that had not grown cold and cause them to blaze with an even greater love.

I believe that we are about to experience a love revival and revolution that will touch the whole world. Our hearts will be ignited with love for God and for one another like never before. We can even now begin to cry out to him and say, “God, come with the coals of love and ignite my heart and life with a love that far surpasses anything I have ever known or experienced!”

Come Lord Jesus, Come!

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Being Refined? You Are Not Alone!

By Kathi Pelton

It’s seems that everyone that I talk to lately is in an intensified season of refinement. From their words (which flow from the heart) to their motives, to areas of judgement or offense— the fire of purification has come to purge and purify.

I am involved with a global team, a national team and a local team. I find it so very interesting that no matter which team I am talking with, the words of discernment are the same— REFINEMENT!

In God’s mercy he has some to search our hearts and to cleanse us of every place that grieves his heart and separates family and friends. The seemingly “little” allowances or accommodations that we have given permission for (or merely ignored) are no longer insignificant or out of our sight. They are highlighted for the sake of repentance. The little foxes that spoil the vineyard are being exposed so that the harvest can come forth without being spoiled.

I was having a conversation with a young man yesterday who said that he was feeling under assault from the enemy because things were happening all around him that were triggering offense and anger. I was able to assure him that most likely God was surfacing “triggger areas” for the sake of healing, refining and repentance. He was so grateful that he now had a strategy that would cooperate with the Holy Spirit rather than focusing his time and energy at fighting the enemy. The thing is…when we allow the Spirit of God to purify us and remove the places of strongholds— that becomes the greatest weapon we have against the enemy— he then has no part of us!

If you are dealing with frustrations, offenses, judgements, anger or words that slip out and reveal your heart in an unbecoming way— you too are being refined. Don’t be disillusioned— this is merely proof that you are a son or daughter of God.

The dross is coming to the surface as pressure is applied and things in your soul are stirred. This is not a time to become weighed down by guilt, nor is it a time to nurture (feed) these areas that need refining fire. God is being a good Father to you by exposing them so that you can repent and invite his Spirit of purify you.

In the letter to the Church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14), they are counseled to buy gold (refined in fire), to buy white garments (to cover their shameful nakedness) and to buy eye salve (to see— for their vision is blurred or blinded to areas of compromise). God calls them “lukewarm” due their need for refinement, purification and clear sight. Though they say that they are rich, the Spirit of the Lord reveals that they are, “…wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” It is in God’s incredible love for them that he is bringing this revelation and invitation into repentance.

“I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:18-20

The currency of heaven is love and if we love the Lord with all of our heart, soul and mind (and our brother as ourselves)— then we will use that currency to buy gold, white garments and eye salve. If we do not have the currency of love in our life’s account— we can ask him for it.

Let’s earnestly repent so that we can feast with the Lord. Open the door to him when you are triggered by something or someone. Open the door when your mouth spills out words that reveal wrong motives, judgements or profanities. His knock my sound like exposure but when you open up and let him in he will cleanse you.

A dear friend of mine was saying, “We are being purged to be promoted.” Yes we are! We are overcoming to be made ready to wear the victors crown.

Revelation 3 goes on to say this,

“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:21-22

This is a letter to the church of 2022– sealed with a promise of authority, promotion and victory. Let us be sober minded and pay attention when Jesus is knocking on the door of our hearts so that he can let him in. He will exchange our filthy garments for pure, white garments that cover what has been exposed.

Repentance may be the greatest weapon ever picked up by the Church! Pick it up and be purified.

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He Will Not Disappoint You— He Will Exceed What You Desire!

By Kathi Pelton

Every morning, without fail, my amazing husband brings me a cup of coffee while I am still in bed. He rises before me and greets me with this “cup of love” each new day.

Then every morning, without fail, my amazing Savior brings me a cup of mercy. He never fails to come to me and greet me with His “cup of love”.

You may not have a spouse that brings you a cup of coffee each morning but you do have the same Savior, who rushes to meet you each new day with mercies anew, unfailing love and everything that you need for the day ahead.

Just as my husband never disappoints in bringing me my morning cup of coffee; neither does our God disappoint or leave us in want. He fully exceeds all expectations and showers us with such extravagant and undeserved love and mercy. He is so in love with His bride!

“And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans‬ ‭5:5‬

One of the best moments of my life was the morning after my wedding. I was in San Francisco International Airport with my new husband and I the ticket agent called me “Mrs. Pelton.” Hearing my new last name for the first time made me want to shout for joy! I was forever his and he was mine. I looked down at my wedding ring and felt overcome with joy at this “dream come true.” Actually, it exceeded any dream I had ever dreamed! It was a moment where my desire fulfilled was not only experienced but it was exceeded!

As I waited on the Lord He reminded me of this “favorite memory” of mine and said to me,

“Did you know that every time I look upon my bride this is how I feel?”

Our God is overcome with joy every time He looks upon us, knowing that forever we are His and He is ours. It brings Him such great pleasure to bless us and care for us. He does not hold back any of His love from us but exceeds all expectations toward His bride.

If disappointments are what you’ve begun to expect then it is time to change your expectations. He has such love and goodness to pour out upon your life. Morning by morning He has new blessings planned for you. Through days of joy and days of pain He is with you. He NEVER leaves you and will never fail you. You are all together lovely to Him. He sees you through the eyes of His redemption and His perfect love.

Just as the Lover speaks in Songs of Songs 4:7 says,

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”
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As you focus on His love and not upon your flaws His perfect love will wash over you causing even the flaws will wash away.

When He looks upon you this is what He says,

“You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.” Songs 4:9‬

Begin each day with the expectation of experiencing His perfect love, His glory and receive His cup of mercy.

“He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory.” Romans‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭

His love does not disappoint but always exceeds our expectations.

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The Olive Branch and The Arrow

By Kathi Pelton

A few months ago, my husband and I received a prophetic word about being peace makers. One line of the word was this, “You will know when to bring an olive branch or when to bring an arrow.” These words have stuck with me over the months since that word was given.

I believe that many are being given olive branches and arrows in this season, along with the wisdom of when to use them.

The olive branch is used known as a symbol of peace. The Greek’s believed it to be a symbol of “peace on earth or with man.” But the Hebrew meaning is one with an eternal promise of peace based on the covenant promises of God. To extend an olive branch is to usher the person or persons back to the peace that surpasses earthly circumstances or understanding and restores them to the peace that comes out of the faithfulness of God according to his covenant with men. Throughout the Bible mankind again and again violates and breaks covenant with God— often turning to worship idols or pervert purity— which always brought chaos and war. Yet, throughout history, God remains faithful to his covenant promises. In repentance and rest— salvation and peace is restored. His peace comes to guard our hearts and minds because it is a peace that is not dependent on what is happening in the world around us but rather a peace that comes out of God’s constant faithfulness to keep his covenant made with his people.

God will give those who are called to be “peacemakers” (both individuals and nations), the wisdom to know when it is time to extend the olive branch that joins men and women to God’s covenant promises, restoring them to a place of unity and peace. They will work together, build together and restore the ancient ruins together when they receive the olive branch that reconciles men to God and to one another.

God will also provide these peacemakers with arrows. An arrow requires a bow in order to be shot forth. It is interesting to note that the olive branch restores us to the peace that God will surely keep his covenant promises and the “rainbow” has the same meaning. The shape of a rainbow after a storm is the same shape as a bow used to shoot an arrow. This is what God says about the rainbow after the great flood,

God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.

“…I have set my bow in the clouds…” Genesis 9:13

The Hebrew word “qešet” is used in the Bible to refer to the bow as an instrument of war or hunting, or figuratively as a symbol of power and authority. I believe that there will be times to extend an olive branch and there will be times that these peacemakers will pull out the bow of power and authority to shoot the arrow of truth that will bring men to their senses regarding the covenants with God. They will return from their waywardness and repent. An arrow pierces the heart with truth.

God’s arrow is referred to as lightening. “The arrows of God are the lightnings which cleave the atmosphere (Hab. 3:11), the calamities which He sends upon the enemies of Israel.” God will use his arrows (lightening) to judge and defeat the enemies of his people. Peace will come as the enemy is defeated and God’s people are victorious. There will be times where the Lord asks these peacemakers to partner with him to release the arrows of lightening against his enemies. They will war for peace!

An arrow will also cut or divide in two— it can be used to separate the holy from the defiled or the precious from the worthless— when shot from the bow of a peacemaker. To make peace takes a warrior—it is different than a peacekeeper. Peacemakers are not passive, they are deliberate with their weapons of authority and they are wise warriors who know when to give a branch or shoot an arrow.

There are also arrows that divide brothers through words that separate and harm— but the arrow of peace will stop vain imaginations and arrogant arguments. These arrows will shoot truth, bring repentance and restore brothers back to humility and love.

The Bible refers to children as arrows in the hands of a warrior. Our children are our arrows and there has been a great war set against them. The enemy is trying to break and destroy our arrows. God is about to pull back his bow and release his arrow of lightening against those who seek to devour our children. They will be once again restored to our “quiver” and used by God to establish victory and truth. We will partner with him to plunder the enemy’s camp and take back our children.

It is time for the peacemakers to arise and receive the olive branches and arrows that will bring men back into God’s covenant. Peacemakers will both deliver peace and they will “war for peace.” They are gentle and they are fierce but their most mighty weapon is wisdom. We must know what to bring to each circumstance.

Place your hands out and ask for the wisdom of God, ask for the olive branches and ask for the arrows. He will provide and peace will prevail as men return to the stronghold of hope that are found in God’s ancient covenants with his people.

(As a side note: On the Great Seal of the United States of America is an eagle holding an olive branch and a quiver of arrows. May our nations be one that makes peace as a mighty warrior with wisdom. God established our nation in covenant and may we now shoot the arrows and bring the olive branches that restore it once again to the covenant that was made with God.)

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Shout It Out, “I Am Yours!”

By Kathi Pelton

I was listening to a worship song by Jesus Culture that came out a few years back called, “Rooftops.” As I listened to the chorus, the words seemed to rise up in my soul to the point of wanting to shout them out. The chorus goes like this,

“So I shout out your name, from the rooftops I proclaim that I am Yours!”

I recently received a call from a leader of a house of prayer who wanted to ask how he could pray for my husband and I. Another time in my life my answer may have been a more “circumstantial” request but now all I could answer was to have him pray that we are completely God’s. I don’t want to hold anything back from Him— i want my heart, my motives, my words and every movement I make to be initiated by his love and his Spirit. I passionately long for everything to be fully yielded to my God; not only in words but in action and heart!

I am hearing this cry for full surrender and purity from so many at this time. Everything within them desires all to belong fully to Him. It is a hunger for Christ alone that is tangible and insatiable. Their prayers have turned from being focused on the “things of this world” to the Savior of this world…Jesus.

There is such a longing for face to face intimacy with God. I hear desperate and humble cries to be purified, sanctified and washed of every thing that hinders perfect love. Hearts are echoing the prayer of David,

“My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm‬ ‭27:8‬ ‭

The mercy and Father-heart of God has been extended to those who are crying out to Him. He is removing barriers, obstacles and places that have kept His bride from the fullness of knowing His Son. Our precious Holy Spirit is removing the fear of complete surrender— hunger and longing for purity is overcoming the fears of refinement or full surrender. Some of these fears are not conscious choices but obstacles that came through life experiences that created walls that stood against intimacy. In His mercy He is breaking these walls down.

I keep seeing in my spirit a scene playing before my eyes of the Lord taking His bride into His arms and just holding her, kissing the top of her head and not letting go until every fear falls away. While I see this I hear her soul cry out the words, “I am Yours! I am Yours! I am Yours!”

The is a holy exchange taking place between the Bride and the Bridegroom. It is the divine exchange of desire and longing for one another. Our garments are being changed into a pure white gown. The bride is being prepared like never before!

“My darling, I am yours, and you are mine, as you feed your sheep among the lilies.” Songs of Songs 2:16

Shout from the rooftops, “I am Yours!”

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The Pressure Test

By Luke Tanner

Note from Kathi Pelton— my son-in-law wrote this last year and it is so applicable to what God is doing in so many of us. Be blessed—

Forgive me, I’m a car guy— so I will use the example of a car to explain what I see going on with many people at this time.

When your car overheats, you know you have a problem. Without diagnosis, you don’t know what is broken to fix it. One of the steps of diagnosis is called a pressure test; allowing the system to be “overwhelmed by pressure” in order to figure out what component is failing. Only then can you make your assessment regarding what is wrong, what repairs are needed and begin to move forward.

God has allowed me to experience blowouts (spiritual and emotional overheating) at different times in my life to 1) know there was a problem that needed attention and 2) diagnose- build pressure (hardships) to reveal what was broken.

These are the things we often perceive as failures. Building pressure in the system isn’t a failure. In fact, it’s necessary before a repair or life change can happen.

God builds us up in our hardest times, using hardships to weed out the false beliefs and things that unknowingly hurt our connection with Him. In my case the misalignment was that it was up to “me” to make a change and that I had to find the solution to our problems. Alignment was surrender.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 NLT

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Have You Been Poked and Provoked?

By Kathi Pelton

Have you ever seen someone poking another person in the chest to attempt to provoke a reaction? Or maybe you’ve had this done to you. The enemy of our soul loves to poke at God’s people to try to get a negative reaction— then he immediately turns to that person and accuses them for the very reaction that he provoked.

Well— I have decided that when the enemy does this, that he is doing me a favor! Why? Because if there is something under the surface of my life that can be provoked to a sinful or negative reaction then I need that to be exposed and I need to repented of it.

The enemy pokes because he’s aware that there are areas that “can be provoked.” We want to be a people that can say like Jesus, “The enemy of the world comes, but he has no hold over me.” (John 14:30)

If you find yourself being poked at and then provoked— thank the Lord for revealing a place that the enemy still has a hold on you. There is no shame but rather an opportunity to repent and surrender that area to Jesus.

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139:23-24

Oh, to be more like Jesus— that is my heart’s cry.

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