Breaking the Roots of Poverty

by Kathi Pelton

When we think of poverty we usually think of those who lack basic needs and live in less than desirable conditions. Yet, a poverty spirit can exist in a person who lives in a mansion, drives a fancy car, and takes extravagant vacations. Often the poverty spirit will mask itself in greed. Greed is defined as an intense and selfish desire for something; especially wealth, power, or food.

Greed is addictive and often insatiable. It always needs more and feels a lack even in the midst of abundance. Why is this? It is because often greed is just the pain of a poverty spirit taking control. It may start with a true need but if not dealt with it can quickly become a black hole that can never be filled or satisfied.

Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…”

There is a filling up and overflow of every good and perfect thing when we become part of our Good Shepherd’s flock.

“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12:32

When we come to know Christ as our Savior we become sons and daughters of God. As we fully leave the “orphan spirit”—which walks hand in hand with a spirit of poverty—in order to receive the spirit of sonship, we become aware that we not only are a part of a family but are also joint heirs with the Kingdom of God; a kingdom that has no lack. His Kingdom is filled with abundance, beauty, fruit, resources, relationship, love, and every good and perfect gift.

In the place of sonship our lives go from having our roots planted in a dry and desert land, where there is always lack and thirst, to being planted by streams of refreshing waters and fruitful orchards where we thrive in every season.

Greed often begins in need! The deep need for a father, a family, a place to call home is inherent in every person because that is how God made us. When that need is not met we take on an orphan spirit that believes that there is no one to watch over them, therefore the person becomes their own self-protector and “self” becomes the focus for the sake of survival. Eventually this “self” focus will take root and give place to greed.

In the Book of Luke, chapter 12:13-21 we read about the parable of the rich fool who stored up his treasures on earth but did not have relationship with God. He stored up an abundance and then decided to live to satisfy the desires of his flesh. That night he died leaving his earthly storehouse behind yet having no heavenly treasure stored up.

“Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”” Luke‬ ‭12:15‬

The end of this parable says this,

““Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”” Luke‬ ‭12:21‬ ‭

Need that is filled outside of a rich relationship with God merely becomes greed that will make you a fool. The person who invests in a rich relationship with God will be a person who gives generously and yet lacks no good thing. That person will be rich in life and when death comes he will have eternal treasures stored up that will have no end.

God desires to give you the gift of sonship which will satisfy you and make you generous in every way. A greedy person becomes an idolater, worshipping the things of this world (Ephesians 5:5), and never being satisfied. As sons and daughters we have been given the Kingdom of God which lacks nothing. We can give to others in need without fear of being left in want. We can love others more than ourselves without fear of not having our needs met. We can become selfless and still know that we have a Father that watches over every detail of our lives.

Part of the amazing gift that God is giving His people in these days is the gift of freedom that has kept His people from the fullness of sonship. We were not created to live in the grip of “want” that leads to the captivity of greed. If you sense a root of greed that stems from a poverty or orphan spirit then God is reaching out to you to set you free. He will exchange the orphan identity for the identity of a son or daughter. He will exchange the deep fears of poverty and lack for the assurance of His Kingdom that has peace and plenty. He will exchange the greed that never satisfies with the riches of relationship with Him that make you generous. Lastly, He will set you free from being self-focused to being Christ-focused, which will make you a light to the world.

It is His great love that offers you this supernatural exchange!

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God Has Promised to Prosper You and Not to Harm You

by Kathi Pelton

God’s promises are real! Do you believe that? His promises of blessings and help are not just nice words to give you false hope but they are promises from God and He cannot lie!

Human hope is more of a “wish” than true Biblical hope which is “assurance”! Many believers live expecting adversity and lack and merely “hope” (wish for) a more positive outcome.

My family had the privileged of spending a number of years as a part of Patricia King’s team in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. I remember during those first years of “living by faith” (often what I’d call “frantic faith” rather than fearless faith) she would often say to me,

“If you put your faith out for lack that is what you will get but if you put your faith in His promises then you will receive what He has promised.”

Our family has now spent many years in full time ministry; being paid through the generosity of those who were moved by the Holy Spirit to support us. In the early days I would spend more time fretting and worrying that we would lack then believing what He promised. This was often how things ended up which reinforced my fear and doubts. It is where I put my “faith”. Yet, God dealt with me according to His love and did a deep work in my heart that moved me from fear to true faith. True faith releases the hope that assures the good result (fruit).

God walked me through a process that took my life from fear to peace. It is a peace that surpasses what my eyes see or my mind understands. It is a peace that is founded in the truth that says it is my Father’s good pleasure to keep His promises and to bless me with all the benefits of being His daughter. It is not your Heavenly Father’s desire to harm you in any way…it is His great desire to bless you with every good and perfect gift.

One of the things that I discovered as He began to walk me out of the bondage of fear was to show me who He is as a Father. I had been living out of an orphan spirit; the poverty spirit is like conjoined twins with the orphan spirit. They walk hand in hand (or head to head); always believing that the Father seeks to punish, demand performance and then leave you suffering with lack, confusion and harm. The person with an orphan spirit deeply desires to be wanted and yet finds it inconceivable that they actually can be wanted or loved. The orphan spirit chains the believer to unbelief because it cannot coexist with the true love of the Father or the peace that comes from this truth. The poverty spirit easily coexists with the orphan spirit because they both are founded on lies, doubt, unbelief and hope deferred. They exist outside of the realm of being a son or daughter who is deeply loved and extravagantly cared for.

When I was set free from the orphan spirit the poverty spirit had to go as well. I began to KNOW and BELIEVE every promise of God. Rather than spend my nights in a sleepless state of trying to figure out how I would find my way out of constant pending disappointment and lack; I was able to lay my head down at night knowing that my Heavenly Father had everything I needed and even things that I desired. I didn’t have to have a back up plan or try to convince myself that God was good but somehow I was bad and deserved this treatment. My faith (or should I say “fear”) had been based on performance and wrong identity; not His promises or in the love of sonship.

Do you dare to believe with the hope that assures that God desires to prosper you and not harm you? The Word of God is 100% truth! You can lay down tonight knowing that He will keep His promises.

Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, I will make myself available to you,’ says the Lord.

The Spirit of the Lord says to you tonight, “My child, you can rest assured of my love and promises for good and not evil in your life. Only believe.”

The words “Rest Assured” means that you will receive the best of care…this is the truth!

I heard these words from His heart today for you,

“I am the God who will surely rescue you and restore you. I do not slumber or sleep but am always watchful over my beloved ones. My arm is not too short to reach you. Rest within my arms and trust me. Know that you are being held by me this very moment. I will not fail you.”

Rest in the grip of His unfailing love. Let peace wash over you as you lean into surrendered trust. Let His kiss bring you new life and His arms comfort you with tender care and joyful confidence.

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Christmas Eve: The Wonder!

Christmas 🎄 Eve is my favorite day!

I love the wonder and excitement in the face of children, the carefully chosen and colorfully wrapped gifts nestled under the tree, the stockings hung and filled with little treasures, the Christmas story being read by fathers, the smell of freshly baked cookies coming from kitchens, new Christmas pajamas being worn and little ones being cuddled and the glow of Christmas lights that bring peace and joy to all who see them.

May this day be all of those things and more for you and your family. Most of all…may the lasting joy of the Savior that was born to us be what makes this Christmas one to be treasured and cherished throughout the years to come. Love came down and He still brings wonder, excitement, gifts, treasures, warmth, embrace, light, joy and peace to all who let Him in.

Merry Christmas Eve from the Pelton family!

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He Gives Rest to the Weary

Kathi Pelton

As I sat down to pray and write today, Papa God poured His deep compassion over me for His sons and daughters who are battle-weary. The compassion that flowed in me felt like strong arms reaching out to hold and lift up the weary ones. As this embrace from Papa God enveloped me for the “weary ones” I heard the words from Matthew 11:28-30:

“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’”

Allow all of the weariness, the heaviness, and the pain to fall at His feet as you fall into His outstretched arms. He will take the burden that is too heavy for you to carry. As Papa holds you, Jesus’ light burden comes upon you to comfort you and to give you rest.

Do not worry about what is ahead or what lies behind because He is before you and behind you! He is surrounding you with His love and kindness. He is blanketing you with warmth and protection. His angels have been set on guard around you to minister to you and to battle for you.

Your Daddy loves you so very much. His goodness and tenderness is with you, right where you are today. He is the lifter of your head.

“So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people. ” Psalms‬ ‭3:2-8‬ ‭

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Notes From Daddy…

Today I am beginning a weekly post called, “Notes From Daddy”.

They will be short love notes from your Heavenly Father to you. They will come each Tuesday so be watching for them.

March 27th’s “Note From Daddy”:

“I am all that you need for all that you are facing. I will order and establish every step ahead I will give you the wisdom that you need for the decisions that are before you. Trust me; I am good and I will not fail you. I have sent help and answers for the prayers that you have prayed in faith. I have sent angelic help, I am making a way where there appears that there is no way, and I am doing for you what you cannot do for yourself. I have placed My favor upon My faithful ones, upon My sons and daughters. As you remain in Me and yield to My ways, you will stand in awe of what I will do for you. You will experience the manifestation of the ‘more than you can ask or imagine’ in your life. Remember, seek first My kingdom and My righteousness and all that you need will be added to you. I Am your good Father and My goodness will rest upon your life.”

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It’s Time to Forgive Yourself

Kathi Pelton

As I awoke this morning I saw our good Father breaking chains of regret, shame, humiliation and bitterness off of His sons and daughters. Then I saw Him lift their heads and say,

“It’s time to forgive yourself.”

There was such love and kindness in His touch and in His eyes. He then removed heavily weighted backpacks that each one was carrying that were packed with regrets. They were regrets about decisions that they had made, sins they had repeatedly done, relationships they had violated and pain they had caused. I knew that these sons and daughters had opened these backpacks many times and look through them which caused them to hold onto unforgiveness against themselves.

As the Father removed the weight of regrets off of their backs angels came with jars of water and oil to wash and anoint their feet, their hands and their heads. The Father then lifted them to their feet and presented them to His Son, who had His hand outstretched to them. As they took His hand He began to dance with them as a bridegroom would dance with his bride.

As they allowed Jesus to embrace them He whispered in their ear the words from Song of Songs 4:7,

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”

God is removing the regrets that have caused His sons and daughters to be weighed down. He is saying, “It is now time to forgive yourself.” Exchange that pack of regrets for the beauty of redemption. Take the hand of your Beloved Jesus and let Him whisper in your ear the words that you’ve longed to hear and that He’s longed to say,

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”

Today is the day and now is the time to let all regrets go and allow the beauty that He sees to wash over you.

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God is Replacing Regret with Restoration

Kathi Pelton

As I waited on the Lord this morning I began to hear many voices speaking words of regrets. These were voices of believers and yet their words and thoughts began with the phrase,

“If only I had…..”

Regrets were in the forefront of their minds as they stopped to get silent and pray. These regrets caused them to want to stay busy, because stopping long enough to quiet their souls often brought forth flood of regrets and thoughts of “If only…”

If only I had…

• been a more patient parent

• been a more loving spouse

• been more generous

• been more loving

• been more faithful

• been a better friend

…and the list goes on.

Yet if we stop long enough for the soul to finish its laundry list of regrets, then we will find that at the end the Spirit of the Lord will come with a new list; a list of restoration.

I Am…

• a perfect Father who is patient with you.

• a passionate Bridegroom who sees only your beauty.

• a generous Father who holds nothing back from you.

• a loving God who gave His all for you.

• a ever present helper in your times of need.

• a faithful friend

…and the list goes on.

For all that we lack He is our “more than enough”. There is no regrets in Christ, only restoration.He makes all things new.

In repentance we find change and a holy exchange, where we begin to reap blessing that which we did not sow. God changes us and forgives and forgets our iniquities. Our “If Only” is exchanged for His “I Am”. Regrets are washed away by the flood of restoration.

As a parent I never want my children to live in regrets that cause their nights great sorrow. I only desire that they experience the beautiful gift of repentance that washes away stains, gives them a fresh start and a clean slate, and renews them with expectations of joy. This is the heart of God toward His children.

When Peter denied Jesus three times the Bible says that “he wept bitterly.” He came to the end of himself. His soul was filled with regret. As Peter’s regrets turned to repentance, we discover that Jesus’ response upon seeing Peter after His resurrection is to restore him. He first fills his nets with fish, then He cooks him breakfast, and finally He asks Peter three questions that all begin with,

“Do you love me?”

Peter’s answer of “Yes” was his restoration of relationship that repositioned him out of self and into Christ.

This is a picture of what the Lord is doing for His people even now. Many, like Peter, have come to the end of themselves. Some have even denied Him during the dark night of their souls. Yet, after a night of weeping and sorrows…joy comes in the morning. Our God has cooked us breakfast and set a banqueting table before us. He brings us into a new day and asks us the question that restores,

“Do you love me?”

We answer,

“YES! YES! YES! You know we love you!”

We now can move from regrets and repentance to restoration and renewed relationship. We can feed His sheep because it is no longer we that live but Christ who lives within us (Galatians 2:19-21).

Today is a new day and our Savior has made breakfast for His disciples once again. Sit down and eat with Him today. The night is over and “Christ in you” has begun.

(Day 15 of 40: The Yielding)

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I Shall Not Fear

Kathi Pelton

Today, as I waited on the Lord, I saw a vision of a huge arm pulling a small child close. The arm was so big and the child was so very small that it shielded every part of this vulnerable child.

Then I began to hear the words from Psalm 91,

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

In Him I will trust! Often as we grow from childhood to adulthood, we feel a sense of independence and begin to take the burdens of life, provision, and responsibilities for others upon ourselves. Though we must work hard and be responsible, we must not become independent from the care of our Father. We are fully dependent for every good thing. We must take only His light burden upon ourselves and know that He has a future and hope for us.

As we look at some of the things that men and women of God in the Bible did, we must realize that they were able to do these things only because they were yielded and surrendered to Him.

Moses could not have delivered the Jews from the captivity of Egypt had he not yielded to allowing God to move through his life. Abraham had to yield to see the promises of God made manifest in his life. Mary had to yield to carry the task of being the mother to our Messiah.

In all these examples, and many more, their yielding was their obedience to surrender to God’s will rather than their own. God often asks us to do the impossible, but our response and responsibility in the request is to first yield by saying yes. Then we surrender even deeper by allowing ourselves to become fully dependent, and in doing so, we enter into a trust that shatters natural fears.

…I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

We shall not fear because we dwell in the secret place, under the mighty arm of our God.

“Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.” Psalms‬ ‭91:5-12‬ ‭

Like the child in my vision, who was vulnerable while left alone but fully shielded as he was drawn near, so are we left vulnerable to the battle unless we allow our lives to be drawn under the shadow of His wing and trust with childlike faith in His faithfulness.

Once again I am taken back to Zechariah 3 where Joshua the high priest did nothing but stand while the Lord did for him what he could not possibly do for himself. Today we stand in the silence of perfect trust, of surrender, and of protection. We allow His wing to be like the white linen that covers our nakedness and protects us from the battle.

We shall not fear for He is our refuge!

“The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”” Psalms‬ ‭91:14-16‬ ‭

These are His words to His children. We are honored and rescued…we are saved!

(Day 14 of 40: The Yielding)

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The Father Desires to Lavish You in His Love

Kathi Pelton

I was taken into an experience in which I became keenly aware of a deep longing of our Heavenly Father to lavish His love upon His children. 

I was able to feel the depth of His love and to sense the longing for His children to experience His love for each of them as individuals. 

Remember, He loves you so much that He gave His Son as a ransom for your life. Sometimes we forget that He still loves us today that much! The Father lavished us with His best (His Son) and He has not stopped. The enemy works hard to convince God’s people that their Father wants to withhold from them or even that He is angry with them. But His love never changes and He has never regretted giving His beloved Son. 

It is time to fully believe that He longs to lavish you with His love. He will never withhold from you and His love never has changed. Though He has compassion on His children, it is not pity that causes Him to bless you…IT IS LOVE! 

Reject every thought that your Father withholds from you or is angry with you. Of course He grieves when His children doubt or question the depths of His love, just as any father would grieve. He is overjoyed when we believe and trust that His love is limitless and extravagant. This joy provokes His love to pour out like rain upon His children.

“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

It’s time to expect the great love of your Father to be lavished upon you!


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May I Have This Dance?

Kathi Pelton

There are few things as precious as those moments when a father and daughter dance together. When our daughter, Amy was little, it was her favorite thing to have her daddy pick her up, turn on their favorite song and dance together. She had to do nothing but enjoy the dance of being carried and loved. 

Today Daddy-God is asking His daughter’s if He may have this dance. He sees the longing for nearness in your eyes and the desire to be carried. Even as you’ve grown you have not become too mature to outgrow the precious “daddy/daughter”dances. 

Your Heavenly Father is reaching out to lift you up into His arms and carry you into a dance that will refresh you with intimacy, tenderness and a depth of love that you’ve been aching for. 

As He picks you up all of the burdens that you’ve picked up will fall away. He will not only carry you in this dance but he will restore you to the knowledge and experience of His care. You were never meant to carry a heavy load or to be too old to be a daughter. 

Well-loved daughters live in peace and joy. They know that they are protected and nurtured with absolute adoration. They don’t worry because they know that their daddy is watchful and never misses a step in protecting them. 

You are a well-loved daughter! Your Father’s adoration for you both clothes you and crowns you with perfect love. This dance will remind you of who you are; His daughter, His princess and His greatest prize. 

Today He is asking you, 

Daughter, may I have this dance?”

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