The Year of the Peg and the Age of the Sons and Daughters

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October Article

by Kathi Pelton

Vav: Peg, Nail or Hook

As we passed into the Jewish New Year of 5776, I kept experiencing the same vision over and over. In this vision, I saw a carpenter’s shop containing a workbench covered with piles and piles of wooden pegs. Then I saw the Lord standing before the bench. He was holding a knife and was whittling one of the wooden pegs with great attention. As He carved this peg, He would stop every few minutes and hold it up to a hole to see if it fit securely in the proper place that they were meant to be fastened. His eyes scanned every detail of the peg, as if it was the most important thing that He had ever made.

Each time I saw the vision, I would hear these words:

“My people will no longer be like square pegs trying to fit into round holes. They will be known as sons and daughters and fit in My Father’s heart securely.”

We have entered the Hebrew year 5776. Two of the Hebrew letters associated with this number are the ayin and the vav.

Ayin gives us a picture of an eye and Vav gives us a picture of a peg, nail or hook. When I discovered this, I understood why our Lord’s eyes were so intent on the peg He was whittling. Every aspect of His children’s lives that was not founded upon identity as a son or daughter was being whittled away. Every edge that keeps them from fitting in the Father’s heart was being chipped away so that they could find a secure home in His heart.

 

The Age of Sons and Daughters

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  1 John 3:1.

We have entered an age where the harvest field is great and ripe. The key to the harvest is the revealing of the sons and daughters of God. We read in Romans 8:19 that all creation longs and yearns for the revelation of the sons of God.

In past seasons, there have been many who have labored diligently for the Lord, but have not fully grasped His deep desire for them as beloved members of a family. But now, God is inviting all who are willing to embrace their identities as sons and daughters. An orphan spirit affecting many throughout the church has caused the heart of God great pain. He has watched His children behave like orphans and paupers, causing them to live with deep insecurities and misrepresenting His true nature to the world. As we come to understand that we are children of God, we will no longer just know of Him, but will truly experience Him as Father—Papa, Daddy, Abba.

The Father will entrust the inheritance of His Son, Jesus, into the hands of His sons and daughters. I hear the Spirit saying that this is the Age of the Sons and Daughters. They will reveal the lavish love of the Father and the many will run to be a part of this family.

 

The Apple of His Eye

As the world sees the revealing of the sons of God, they will come into the family by the thousands. This revelation will also open the eyes of God’s chosen people, the Jews. God is sending many of His sons and daughters to support and show love to His chosen ones.

The battle has been great over the nations that have stood with Israel. Most have turned their backs on this land that was home to our Messiah. My nation, the United States of America, has turned away within our government. But many of God’s sons and daughters have continued to stand faithfully in the gap for the “apple of His eye.”

For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye…”  Zechariah 2:8.

This year that speaks of an eye also speaks of the apple of His eye. It speaks of eyes being open and many sons and daughters coming home to the heart of the Father. God’s family will represent His government within the nation as they stand with Israel.

 

Securing the Peg

All glory belongs to the Lord! There are to be no other gods before Him and no glory taken in vain for ourselves or our personal gain. There is a great purification taking place in His yielded children, cleansing impure and selfish actions and motives.

In Isaiah 22, we read about an official in Hezekiah’s court named Shebna, who craved power and prestige, with no thought for the well-being of his people. He built a marvelous tomb for himself, so that he could be remembered with honor and splendor. Shebna was a man who wanted to promote himself more than he wanted to advance the kingdom. So the Lord proclaimed that he would be removed from his position.

20 “In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. 21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah. 22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat of honor for the house of his father. 24 All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.

25 “In that day,” declares the Lord Almighty, “the peg driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down.” The Lord has spoken. Isaiah 22:20-25.

Because of his pride, Shebna was replaced by Eliakim, a true servant with a father’s heart. Yet, even an honorable man such as Eliakim could never ultimately be a support for all his people (verse 25). He was simply a shadow of the One who would truly fulfill this promise, who is “holy and true, who holds the key of David” (Revelation 3:7).  The Lord is whittling away every vestige of self-exaltation among His people. It is because of His great love that He is removing anything that will enslave and entomb us. In His great love, He is removing the roots of pride and self-dependence that will cause us to fall if they remain.

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:11-12.

Because He delights in us, He will discipline us. His discipline is merely His love being made manifest in our lives. The chisel in His hand is painful against our rough edges for a moment, but the finished work will cause us to live securely as sons and daughters within the love of the Father’s heart. Yielding yourself to the work of His hand and humbling yourself before Him will allow this process to be completed quickly.

 

He’s a Good, Good Father

There is a song that has become very popular in Christian circles called “Good, Good Father” (written by Pat Barrett and Anthony Brown). Every time I hear this song I am moved deeply. It is the message of this time. He is a good, good Father and we are loved by Him. The lyrics are the sound I hear in the Spirit when I wait upon God. I hear the Spirit revealing the love of the Father and revealing the truth of our identity as sons and daughters.

This truth is our security and the peg that will not fall. Many will be able to come home and hang up their outer garments on this peg of truth. They will come home to the Father’s house and to the Father’s heart where they will fit securely.

Kathi Pelton

www.inscribeministries.com

 

 

 

Our True Inheritance

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By Kathi Pelton

In the past few years the true meaning of the word inheritance has become very real to me. Both my parents suddenly passed away within a short time of each other, leaving my siblings and I with a financial inheritance. My parents worked hard for many years.  They spent countless hours carefully investing and consulting with financial advisors through both prosperous and perilous times to preserve funds for their retirement and security.

In the end, the money could not replace the inheritance that we truly needed as their children. Money could not hold our family together, but merely divided us.  It was our hearts that needed investment and needed to be secured. If time had been invested, and spiritual seeds sown, we would have been rich.

What I had longed for all my life was a relational and spiritual inheritance. I have watched many men and women who have been blessed with a long line of parents and grandparents who have given their lives to see a spiritual inheritance passed onto their children and their children’s children. These godly parents invested time, love and honor into their children. They taught them how to walk with God and how to love Him with all of their hearts. I have always been in awe of this kind of legacy—a godly inheritance that would not pass away.

I honor the work of my parent’s hands and how they labored for many years to make a good life for themselves and leave a monetary inheritance for their children.  The truth is that I would have traded every penny for a spiritual inheritance.

 

The Inheritance That Will Never Pass Away

A spiritual inheritance is something that my husband and I have been laboring to leave our children and our children’s children. It is something that we can give them while we are still alive, and something that we can leave them after we are gone.

Psalm 37:18 says,

The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever.

Teaching our children to live fully in the Lord’s care, in absolute dependence on His promises and to listen to His voice every day of their lives is the greatest investment we can make. We would give our very lives to make sure that within our family we prepare a place where the blessing of the Lord can rest for generations to come.

Our greatest longing is for our children to know that they are loved not just by us, but by the One who gave His life for us. We invest our love, time, prayers, counsel, affections and finances into each of them.  We long to leave an inheritance of truth and righteousness that reads, “His love endures forever!”

This is an everlasting inheritance; one that will not end. His love is eternal and is the answer to every question they will ever need answered after we are gone. The height, width, length and depth of His love are the boundaries that we want our children to live in.

Psalm 16:6

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

 

His Inheritance

Along with teaching our children about leaving a spiritual inheritance, we also have taught them that they are the inheritance that the Father longs to give His Son.

Investing in His inheritance is the greatest investment that we can make. For thousands of years the enemy has sought to kill, steal and destroy the inheritance that is to be given to Jesus. WE ARE HIS INHERITANCE! You are His inheritance; every man, woman and child that has every lived was created to be His inheritance.

Psalm 28:9 says,

Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.

God is moving on the hearts of His sons and daughters to go into all the Earth to gather the inheritance of His Son. They are dispersed throughout the nations, and many have been sent to gather the lost seeds. The Father is waiting for the return of His sons and daughters who are His Son’s Bride.

 

The Prodigal: His Inheritance Comes Home

God longs for His family. He longs for every wayward child, every son and daughter that has wandered from His care.

Just like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son, our Heavenly Father waits with anticipation for His sons and daughters to return home. In that story the son feared returning home because he had squandered his father’s inheritance and was too ashamed to face him. But all the father longed to do was embrace his son and cover his shame by restoring him into his family.

Luke 15:20-24

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

The father was not concerned about the money that had been wasted, because he knew that his son was the true inheritance. Our Heavenly Father understands this; He gave His most precious possession—Jesus—in order to provide a way for His family to come home. His family is His inheritance. You and I are the true inheritance.

 

A Jubilee Year

As we have now passed Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) into the year 5776, we have entered what is considered a Jubilee year. Jubilee refers to a year where debts are paid and land is returned to its original owners.

I believe that this is God’s Jubilee year for many. Many prodigals will have their debts forgiven and they will return to their true Father. God’s inheritance will increase and His family will grow. Let us announce this jubilee over our families, over our cities and over the nations. We will partner with our Father to see His Son have the inheritance that He is worthy and deserving of.

This year both physical and spiritual inheritances will be returned. There will be a transfer of wealth from the enemy camp to God’s family. This wealth will be lives that have been held by sin and death as well as resources that have been in the hands of the ungodly.

Proverbs 13:22

A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

God will release the wealth of sinners in the hands of the righteous this year in ways that will astonish many. These transfers will resource many to go forth to bring Jesus His inheritance.

 

Kathi Pelton

www.inscribeministries.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Now Word: Transfer of Wealth, Salvation and Prisoners Set Free

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By Kathi Pelton

A word of encouragement for God’s people:
 
I believe that there is a great transfer of wealth and resources coming into the hands of the righteous who have laid down their lives to fulfilled God’s will and to see all glory given to Him. This is to ALL who have surrendered in whatever role the Lord has placed you in to be His representative. I see resources, land and finances being transferred and being prepared to be transferred even now.
 
I also believe that there is about to be a great influx of sons and daughters (prodigals) returning home along with the eyes of those who have never walked with the Lord being open.
 
Last, I see a great visitation of the Lord that is about to come upon prisons. I see angelic visitations for those in prison that will be like Saul’s conversion to Paul. These visitations will bring immediate and sudden deliverance from demonic strongholds and tormenting spirits that have kept these men and women enslaved. The hardest of the hard will become the softest hearts of all. Prisoners will be ministering to the guards and they will both be free in Jesus. People will go to prisons to be set free.
 
Agree with me in prayer for these things. As we agree with Heaven and humbles ourselves to pray; great things will be unleashed.
 
Amen
 

In Our Weakness He Makes His Strength Known

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By Kathi Pelton

As we enter into this New Year (according the the Jewish Calendar) of 5776, it helps us to be aware that this is a Jubilee Year–a time when debts are canceled, land is returned and strength is given in place of weakness.

God is the One who will do for you what you cannot do for yourself. Have you been crashing into your own weakness and inability to help yourself? If yes, then you are to know that as you surrender your weakness to God that He will come in and manifest His strength on your behalf.

2 Corinthians 12:9-11

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Yesterday I was sharing with a couple of young adults that the greatest dilemma we face as believers transitioning into adulthood is that, even as we must learn to shoulder greater levels of personal responsibility, it is vital that we also learn to become absolutely dependent on God. Dependency on God is the key to freedom and independence from the bondage of the world’s call to rely on our own strength. Self-dependence merely reveals our desperate need for God.

We are living in a time that God is being very deliberate, inviting His sons and daughters to live in the safety and refuge of His strength. This process first exposes our greatest weaknesses, and areas where we have been living independently from His strength, exercising our independence through self-protection, striving and insecurities. But the good news is that surrender is as easy as “raising your white flag”: turning in humility to a loving Father who is very present to scoop you up into His strong and loving arms and embrace you.

We are a people in need of God and each other, My area of weakness may be your area of strength and my strength may be your weakness and together we can hold one another up as God holds us all. We were not created to live independently from one another or from God. We shine through dependency and His power is revealed in our weakness. Unity and dependency are like a two edged sword. It is the truth revealed to His sons and daughters who live in a world that tries to deceive us into living apart from Him and one another.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

This is a beautiful truth that speaks of the unity of marriage and of friendship. I love that I have my husband, my family and many friends who can pick me up and keep me warm–and I can do the same for them.

God’s strength makes the impossible possible. You can let your faith arise as you are facing impossible situations, because God’s strength and power comes to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

Matthew 19:26
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

Psalm 37:39
“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble.”

As you enter this New Year, celebrate His strength and power. Celebrate His invitation into Jubilee, where He does for you what you cannot do for yourself. Boast in your weakness, knowing that His power will make a way where there is no way.

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