Leaving The Shallows

Leaving The Shallows
Kathi Pelton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oh, How He Loves You!

By Kathi Pelton

The Bible is the greatest love story ever written. Within its pages are words of life, words of grace, words of redemption and words that love— a love that goes even unto death.

Above all else, every person longs to be loved; to be loved unconditionally, to be adored completely and to never be abandoned by that love.

Yet, there is only One who has ever loved in the way we long to be loved and were created to be loved— that One is Yahweh! Yahweh means “He Who Makes That Which Has Been Made.” He created each one of us in His image– to be loved with agape love. Agape love is the unconditional love that we were created to enjoy and to give. This agape love is what every created being longs for– and it is available to every person through the love of Christ.

When sin entered the world it also entered our experience with being loved. The unselfish and unconditional love that we were intended to give and receive was now tainted with selfishness, conditions and limitations. This left mankind in a constant state of “want” or “lack” causing people to try to fill their core longing with lesser things such as power, greed, wealth and fame. Human love became tainted with selfish motives— eros love replaced agape love. And yet…God still remained faithful in His agape love! His perfect and undefiled love sent His Son to be the sacrifice for our sin.

Though the definition of love is increasingly being redefined by depravity and confusion; God’s love remains true, pure and undefiled. It remains available to all who choose to believe and receive the gift of perfect love: His Son—Jesus.

As we celebrate a day that is focused on love, let us not be disillusioned by the eros love (a love that has self attached to it) that we have experienced but let us allow the agape love to wash over us and heal our hearts so that we may, in turn, love with His love.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:16-18

Agape love remains available to all. Jesus died for all and His love has not grown cold for even the most deprived heart. He cannot be anything less then perfect in His love for all; for He cannot deny Himself.

If your heart had not been touched by agape love or healed by God’s perfect love then ask Him now to enter your heart and life. It will transform you, redeem you and free you from living in hope deferred.

Today is the day that your Valentines experience can become one that fulfills rather that leaves you wanting. His love will fill you to overflowing so that you will lack no good thing.

He is offering you what you truly long for; agape love. All you have to do is believe and receive.

Happy Valentines Day!

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Get Out Of Your Head!

By Kathi Pelton

Have you ever found your mind trying to intellectually comprehend a matter of faith? It’s like a blind man trying to picture in his mind something he has never seen or felt. Your mind must yield to the faith that your heart and spirit know to be true without the demand of comprehension.

Next time your mind begins to try to take the lead on a matter of faith, tell yourself, “Get out of your head and into your heart.”

The believer’s heart trusts God! There is no wavering, no figuring it out, no wondering or even doubting…just pure childlike trust. His children’s hearts sings continually that He is a good, good Father! The heart that beats from the posture of faith finds rest in the place of surrender and abandoned assurance in who He is and in His promises.

On the other hand the head will try to filter faith through circumstances and natural things. The unyielded mind will try to usurp faith with natural reasoning which will quickly rob the believer of peace. The head will always try to understand what the heart is sure of so why not just remain in the heart?

Of course God gave you a mind and gives you wisdom and understanding of how to walk forward in decisions that need to be made and actions that need to be taken. But your trust in God, your rest and your peace must surpass your understanding. This happens in the place of abiding in your heart and spirit; not in your head.

When your thoughts are leading you on paths that rob you of peace and trust then you can know that the enemy is alluring you down a path where he intends to kill, steal or destroy your faith. Once he does this he replaces peace and trust with anxiety, panic, doubt, unbelief and fear. You will always know that you are being persuaded to leave your posture of faith and trust when your thoughts begin to rob you of peace and take you into “understanding.” Remember, God’s peace surpasses natural understanding.

God’s people need to quickly learn to train their minds to submit to their hearts (your spirit) when it is going down paths that do not honor God’s truth. Wondering minds that stray from truth need to be bridled and brought back to the assurance of faith.

Refuse to show compassion to the flesh when it spews unbelief because it breathes death upon the faith that dwells in the spirit, giving life and breath.

Become ruthless with training your flesh and mind to come into continual alignment with trust and faith. When you begin to align with unbelief it merely creates a an atmosphere of being a doubting, worry, anxiety and self-pity. The flesh must learn to submit to the Spirit if God and align with where your heart abides.

This quote by Bill Johnson speaks to this matter so well. He said,

“Questions raised in the atmosphere of trust release revelation but questions raised in the atmosphere of distrust release unbelief.”

You can have questions but they must be question from the heart of trust rather than from the place of distrust and doubt. When your thought process begins in doubt it will quickly lead you to unbelief. Your mind must be submitting to truth and trained (even bridled in necessary) to let your hearts (spirits) create a continual atmosphere of trust. Then revelation, wisdom and peace will flood in and make a path that is filled with faith, trust and joy.

God is good! His faithfulness is sure and unchanging from generation to generation. If your mind is not creating an atmosphere filled with the truth of His goodness and faithfulness then go back to your heart. If your heart has been soiled by the unbelief in your mind then ask His Spirit to create in you a new heart that is pure and undefined by unbelief. His Spirit will lead you back to truth and to the paths that lead you forth in joy and peace!

““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-13‬ ‭

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

By Kathi Pelton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Give thanks to the Lord; His faithful love endures forever!”
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What Is God Doing?

By Kathi Pelton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Prophesy The Good Report and Watch Your Miraculous Breakthrough Happen!

By Kathi Pelton

We are living in times that could “knock the wind” out of the strongest and most resilient men and women. Looking at the world around us truly is like reading a bad report. There are constant natural disasters (fires, floods, famine), there are acts of terrorism that are unthinkable and acceptance of the most horrific crimes against humanity such a “full term abortions” that are unashamedly called “a woman’s right!” and Christian’s are being persecuted around the world.

As believers we could easily look at the world around us and want to concede defeat. But we do not take our cues or perspective from the world around us but rather from the One who rules and reigns over all.

We must look beyond the natural realm to see, hear and then speak (declare/prophesy) what the Holy Spirit is saying. This is where you will find encouragement for your heart, rest for your soul and the hope that carries you into victory after victory; breakthrough after breakthrough.

When the children of Israel passed into the Promise Land they knew that the natural report was that “taking the land would be impossible!” Well, that very scenario, to the believer, should be your greatest hope! Why? Because that is where we see God show up the most frequently! He is the God of the impossible (not improbable). But He waits for a people who will partner with Him to receive the instructions (that more often than not look completely foolish to the world) that will bring forth the victory.

Over and over during this first month of the new decade I have heard in my spirit the words from Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord.” The good report aligns us with the work of His Spirit to accomplish the impossible while partnering with His people to be the conduits of foolish obedience that ushers in impossible results.

When God’s people came upon the fortified city of Jericho; it’s walls, guards and strength spoke a very bad report! If they were to have stopped and merely looked with their eyes at what was being faced; they would have conceded defeat before even starting. But God had a good report that involved acts of faith and obedience that “in the natural” (apart from “by His Spirit”) would merely result in making them look very foolish and becoming a mockery to their enemies.

To be “strangers in a new land” and show up to your first battle by walking around the city seven times and then release a shout must have looked like absolute foolishness. I’d imagine that the guards and rulers of Jericho must have looked on and thought, “Really, that’s all you’ve got?!” No weapons, battering rams, armored warriors…just men, women and children walking in circles?

But they were waking in Zechariah 4:6! They were obediently making room for “by my Spirit” to accomplish the impossible! There was no act of might, no human power being displayed but merely a people who saw beyond the natural realm and listened to the voice of their God and became surrendered vessels to make room for a “by my Spirit” victory to occur.

After the seventh lap around Jericho the people used their voices to release the sound of victory and just as the Lord promised, “Jericho’s fortified walls came tumbling down!” This struck fear into the hearts of their enemies throughout the land. The voice of faith became louder than the voice of mockery. It was the sound of a people who believed that “by my Spirit” the impossible can happen!

Too many Christians have been receiving the bad report about their personal lives, their cities and their nations by “reading the circumstances!” If the impossible is standing before you then it’s time to get excited because that is where God most often will bring a “by my Spirit” miracle! But he does look for a people who trust Him enough to believe His good report and will act on it! He is calling a Joshua and Caleb army to arise and take the land!

When my family arrived in the Washington DC region two weeks ago to live (at the Lord’s request) it was an impossible situation from the very start! We didn’t have the money, the means, the “invitation” or even the physical strength for a 3000 mile move. Everywhere we looked we saw “impossible” barriers. But as we saw the impossible, heard the good report and began to surrender step by step to His instructions. And what happened far exceeded our wildest expectations!

Now we have arrived (we are living in Northern Virginia)! But we arrived to a state that just elected a governor who is so extremely liberal that he condones taking the life of a baby if it survives a late term abortion! We have arrived in this region during an impeachment trial, during a time where our president is hated with vile hatred by the media and by the most vocal Americans, and during a time where our nation seems more divided then since the time of the Civil War. But guess what? We have heard the good report! We have heard a good report that in the midst of division we will see a John 17:21-23 unity miracle occur. We may be strangers in the land who have just crossed over in the midst of many giants (we may look like grasshoppers in comparison) and fortified walls but we have a “by my Spirit” promise!

We are not coming with might or power but with yielded and surrendered lives so that we can hear the good report, receive the instructions (even if they seem and look foolish!) and join with like-minded people who will be those conduits of surrender that make way for a “by my Spirit” miracle!

Are there fortified “impossibilities” that you are personally facing? If so, now is not the time to lose hope or give up! It is not the time to allow the anxiety of pending defeat to rob you of your faith! Now is the time to hear the good report and prophesy it over your impossible circumstance! Declare Zechariah 4:6 over your situation and then hear and obey even the most foolish thing. But be sure to let your voice be louder than the voice of opposition! Let a victory shout rise up so that you are raised up out of a posture of defeat (the tomb of dread). Stop seeing the impossible as your death sentence or sure defeat! It is your invitation into victory and breakthrough.

There is a supernatural rest in this posture because it doesn’t require your might, power or strength…it merely requires your faith! Will you dare to believe the good report or will you live according to what the impossible dictates? Will you remain in Egypt (under a master that enclaves you to hard labor) or will you move into the Promise Land of your inheritance and believe that as you hear and obey that “by His Spirit” the breakthrough and victory will come?

Let the spirit of Joshua and Caleb come upon you and arise in faith! Put on the shield of faith and go take the land of your inheritance! Take back rest for your soul, take back the land of promise, take back the peace that surpasses understanding, take back your hope, joy and victory! Take the good report and watch the walls that stand between you and your promise fall. Now is the time for breakthrough after breakthrough!

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Freedom From The Religion of Regret

By Kathi Pelton

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:10‬ ‭

This morning my “verse of the day” once again struck my spirit with such joy because it carries such freedom! Years ago the Lord spoke the words to me, “No regrets— only repentance!” The Godly sorrow that leads to repentance brings freedom from guilt, shame and regret. God disciplines His sons and daughters; He doesn’t punish them. Punishment lingers on and brings regret but God’s discipline invites us into a procession of freedom that goes from “Godly sorrow” to repentance to freedom. It sets us free to change and not repeat the same action.

I always ask Holy Spirit to replace my human sorrow (which often involves feeling sorry for myself, beating myself up, feelings of regret, defeat and shame) for true Godly sorrow that takes my hand and leads me out of captivity and into freedom. It puts me on the right path and takes me off the “hamster wheel” of repetitive sin and regrets.

You can’t make Godly sorrow come; you must ask for it. It is a work of the Spirit. Often believers will spend years in religious regret which robs them of joy and enslaves them to human effort rather then asking the Spirit of the Lord for the gift of “Godly sorrow.”

“Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit” says the Lord.

We have entered a time of great deliverance from religious regrets. That has been a spiritual Egypt for so many with a hard taskmaster ruling over their souls. Some have spent their lives in this land of regret. But true Godly sorrow, which lasts but a day and sets the captives free will come upon those that have been oppressed with guilt, regret and condemnation…which is not repentance! Your Deliverer has come to set you free!

If you’ve been caught in this cycle (even for decades) then exchange your human sorrow for Godly sorrow. Ask the Holy Spirit for a divine and supernatural exchange. Shake off religious regrets and allow the sorrow that will lead you to salvation and freedom!

I speak over you what the Spirit spoke over me many years ago, “NO REGRETS— only repentance!”

Be free in Jesus mighty name!

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For All Who Are 60+…The Lord Has A Word For You!

By Kathi Pelton

Yesterday I was speaking to someone who is in his early 60’s and I said to him (by the Spirit’s prompting), “In 2020 your 60’a will be like your 20’s again!”

I literally saw his “youth renewed.” As I spoke these words the Spirit is the Lord landed on my words and showed me that this will come upon the 60+ year olds who are still “running with the Lord.”

I saw a weariness and the fatigue of age was weighing them down but suddenly the words from Isaiah 40:28-31 will come upon them and renew them!

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

You will have the wisdom, maturity and experience of your natural age but you shall run and not grow weary, walk and not faint! 2020 will restore the strength of your 20’s while retaining the wisdom of your years. Many will say, “60 is the new 20’s!” It’s the best of both!

God is breaking off the battle weariness and the soul weariness from years of plowing the ground. He is cutting off restraints from the past and giving new vision, new strength, new hope and new joy for the days ahead. The joy of the Lord will propel you further than any other thing. There is angelic help that will cause you to be able to do as much as the “twenty year old you.” There is a rest in the Lord that will clear the way ahead of you and allow you to feel like you are walking on level ground even while ascending a mountain. You are going up higher without effort.

Many of you have sacrificed your dreams and your youth to prepare the way for your children and your children’s children. You have worked tirelessly! But watch how God causes it now to benefit you! You did it for them but you will now reap a great reward! It’s not too late to dream!

Get ready for a revitalization! You are not nearing an end but rather entering a new beginning! A new strength! A new wind and a new joy!

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Your “Peace Guard” Is Ready and Waiting

By Kathi Pelton

I have a daily habit during my prayer time to pray one particular verse. That verse is Philippians 4:7 which says,

“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.”

I pray this because the Spirit revealed to me years ago that if I have peace, even while facing negative or challenging circumstances, that there is no inner warfare or turmoil. Therefore, this prayer daily (and some days more than once a day) has proved to anchor my soul in the rest and peace of Jesus.

But, something happened the other day as I was praying Philippians 4:7! As I prayed it I saw what looked like an angelic royal military guard stand at attention (forming two lines on either side of me) and I heard the words, “Your Peace Guard is in place.”

As I saw this it brought to life the verse in Psalm 91:11

”For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.“

And Luke 4:10,

”For it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning you to guard you carefully.’”

In early December I had an amazing experience with the Lord where His bride was being crowned (as a queen) and I heard the words, “It’s coronation day!” (You can read the full word here: http://bit.ly/36POy1c ). Since that time I have had numerous experiences where waters “stood to attention” as His people passed by, creation has stood at attention and now an experience of an angelic guard standing like an “military honor guard”. This peace guard that surrounded me was standing with such honor and dignity; as if I was a highly important individual.

Then I looked up what the military honor guard specifically does and this is their main assignment: appointed to receive or guard a head of state or other dignitary.

As we have bowed in humility to receive our crown from the King of Kings, heaven and earth have begun to stand at attention as we pass by. When God called our family to move from the West Coast to the Washington DC region (we arrived last week); he specifically said to me, “I am sending you as My chosen dignitary. You will sit with and host many dignitaries from around the world.”

A dignitary is a person considered to be important because of high rank or office. A queen is a high rank and is show great favor by her King (see the Book of Esther).

I believe that the body of Christ will experience many of these royal and high ranking experiences. It will be odd at first because we are still coming to grips with “who we are in Christ” (this is part of the change of seasons we are in) but it will change how we see ourselves. This assignment of a peace guard is very important for the days ahead. It will guard your heart and mind!

The Spirit gave me a key the other day regarding avoiding traps that the enemy has set specifically at this time and it involves peace. He said, “The enemy has set up circumstances and situations designed to move you from the operating out of your spirit to your flesh. These instances will provoke you to lose your peace, to engage your flesh and to propel you into a carnal reaction (and foolish action). That is where the trap is laid! If you move and act out of peace and in “a soulish reaction” the enemy has traps laid to rob you, delay you and ensnare you. Regret will try to bring you shame that robs you of your dignity.

When I heard this I sat down with my entire family and shared it with them. I warned them to be patient in circumstances that provoke a reaction (like traffic or fear or an offense, etc.). I shared how the enemy has set traps behind these provocations that are far greater than what is provoking them in the moment. The enemy has a legal right when we leave the spirit and enter into an agreement or alignment with the flesh.

I share this with you because it is truth. It is a warning that will guard and keep you from unnecessary warfare. Ask for His peace guard to come and surround your going in and coming out. Invite them to join you and to guard your heart and mind with the peace of Christ that is beyond comprehension (understanding).

We are learning how to live in the new day and new land. This is one of those important revelations for understanding your enemy and understanding the heavenly host that is made available to you.

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12

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Clean Hands and Pure Hearts– A Generation of Purity Will Arise!

by Kathi Pelton

There is something deep within most people that long to be clean. Purity brings peace and a clear conscience. It is something that when I first came to know the Lord as a young 18 year old, felt was out of reach! I didn’t fully understand how the blood of Jesus makes us whiter than snow but also how there is “a process to purity” that we must desire and partner with.

When I was born my parents named me Karen. In those days moms and babies stayed in the hospital for three days after a birth. For the first three days of my life I was called Karen but on the third day my parents had a visitor who said that I looked like a “Kathleen” and they fell in love with it and changed my name (calling me Kathi for short). The interesting thing is that both of these names have the same meaning, “Pure One.”

As a new believer I would look back upon my first 18 years and I realized they were anything but “pure!” I would do anything for love and often did. So when I discovered the meaning of both of these names they Lord said to me, “I created you to carry purity and that threatens the enemy more than any other call on your life.” I knew that the enemy had fought long and hard to defile what God had put within me.

So…I began to pray that He would make me pure as He is pure. I asked for clean hands and a pure heart. Though my outward actions changed fairly quickly; the motives of my heart, the manipulations of my soul and the developing of a clear conscience was a process. The process didn’t defile me because I was covered by His blood and clothed in His righteousness (not my own!). Yet, I had to want it enough to value purity like a treasure of great worth that I had to find.

Though I was pure and clean in the Father’s sight through the righteousness of Christ, I still dealt with many things that I knew grieved they heart of God because they were things that blocked my view of His beautiful face. For me, impurities were like stones in my soul that blocked my view and caused me to stumble or have to navigate my way around until they were removed. I loved the verse from Matthew 5:8 that says,

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”

While gifting a can allow you to be used of God, purity allows you to see God! But how do we have our hearts cleansed, our minds renewed and our souls set free of the defilements of the world? For me, it was a constant prayer out of Psalm 51 that I prayed and cried out for,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit…” (Psalm 51:10-12)

In my early days (as new believer) gospel singer, Keith Green, had a song that was written from this verse and I remember driving in my car singing it with tears streaming down my face; wondering if my heart would ever be pure. Yet, it was not by might, not by my power but by the work of His Spirit that He began to renew my mind and purify my heart…as this happened I began to see God. It was the treasure that was worth the journey and the search.

As we are living in a time where the exposures of darkness and sin are becoming a common occurrence I find my heart grieved. I’m not only grieved because these lives were made for so much more but because I want them to see God! The pursuit of purity is one of the greatest pursuits you will ever engage in because it is the pathway to intimacy and unhindered oneness with God. It is worth fighting for and pressing in for.

Again, the blood of Jesus lacks nothing in allowing us to stand before the Father as ones who have been made as white as snow. Yet, there is a process that must occur of in the lives of every believer that involves purification, the renewing of our minds and cleansing of the motives of our hearts. As this happens we find great freedom and alignment with the character of Jesus creates a “face to face” intimacy that is like nothing we can imagine.

I believe that God WILL have a bride without spot or wrinkle! I believe that a generation of purity will (and is!) arising; completely dependent upon His Spirit to do this work within their hearts and lives. I believe that a deep longing for purity is arising from the exposure of darkness and sin that has been hidden in the church. The prayer in Psalm 51:10-12 will be on the lips of His people like never before. I pray that every person who is being exposed will fall on their faces when n humility and repentance and pray for clean hands and a pure heart. May they SEE God!

Purity is not merely the appearance of walking in Biblical morality; purity is what is within your heart, your mind and your motives. It is not obtainable by works but rather it is a work of His Spirit. But we must want it..cry out for it and pursue it as if our lives depend on it (because they do!).

I long to always see God! I long for all of His people to see Him as He is! This will keep so many from being pulled into deceptions and compromise. When you see Him you will want to be like Him…it’s like pure, clean water that refreshes every place of shame and separation. He’s so, so beautiful!

Let’s begin to pray this prayer like never before; over our lives, over our children’s lives and over the body of Christ.

“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.” Psalms‬ ‭24:3-6‬ ‭

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