Let’s Be Jesus To Those In Fear!

By Kathi Pelton

There is so much fear right now and for the first time in my lifetime— it’s global! But rather than focusing on whether the fear and reactions to those fears are warranted or not, let’s respond to the reality that much of the world has become very afraid. There are those who feel alone and there are those who have real health issues or children (loved ones) that are vulnerable to illnesses– they feel afraid! There are people out there who have experienced traumas that have left them more susceptible to gripping fear and those who have never been shown true love. It really doesn’t matter what our opinions are regarding the source of the fear– what matters is our response as those who are to carry the love of Jesus to the world.

Right now a lot of people who are in fear are watching social media but will they merely see the body of Christ making light or even “mocking” their fear. Again, it doesn’t matter what your opinion is but what does matter is that the fear that many are experiencing is real and is paralyzing. So let’s be light, be hope, be compassion— be Jesus to them!

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

I’d like to draw your attention to the second half of this verse, “…but a spirit of power, love and of a sound mind.” I believe it’s time to arise during this time that so many have come under a spirit of fear and release the power of love and use the “sound mind” given to us to minister peace and hope in a world that is gripped with fear.

I saw a post today where someone was offering to go to the store or bring food or visit those who feel that they cannot leave their home (do to fear or who are elderly or fighting flu symptoms, etc.). What a great response!

What if part of the great harvest begins with His people loving a world that has been infected; not only by a virus but by a true spirit of fear? What if we respectfully offer to sit with them (even with a mask on if that is what helps them). What if we offer to run an errand or bring a meal or pray for them?

Or; even if all you can do is post words of love, peace, hope and encouragement on social media or through a personal email— let’s do that!

We can be Jesus in this and release a pandemic of love. Maybe if the churches have to close their doors then instead of being behind the doors of the church this Sunday we begin to visit the places that fear has been visiting? Why should fear get to have the last word when love can be offered like a cup of cool water on a scorching day?

We can joke about toilet paper shortages but let’s not mock those that are truly afraid. This is an opportunity to show love; what does love look like?

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

It does not dishonor. We need to walk and present a love that honors. Be sure that both in person and on social media that we are not dishonoring of those who are fearful. I read a post from a lady who lives nearby to our city saying that she wore a mask and gloves to the grocery store yesterday and people were mocking her, making comments about over-reacting and shaking their heads at her. Well, what people didn’t know is that she has a seriously ill child at home who’s immune system is highly compromised and she has to be extraordinarily careful to not bring home any virus! Wouldn’t it have been wonderful if someone had walked up to her and offered to pray for her or help carry her groceries? If just one person had stopped to offer love they would have seen seen the tears behind her mask.

We have an incredible opportunity to love right now. Let’s stop completely focusing on what the enemy is doing and ask Jesus what He would do. Of course we need to pray and take spiritual authority over sickness and fear but we also need to be the love of God to those in need at this time. Let’s band together as churches, as caring human beings, as communities, as Christians and ask Him what we can do and then go do it!

Fear may be an open door for love to come in! Go—>

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Do You Need Relief From Fear? Here’s What The Lord Told Me…

By Kathi Pelton

I battled fear for many years! It was a gripping fear that would consume me and rob me from experiencing joy. I would obey (say yes) to the Lord and then as I began to walk it out I’d be gripped by a soulish terror that was traumatizing. A number of years ago God brought me through a season of healing and freedom from this “spirit of fear.” It was a process of learning trust and peace but because we live in this world there is always the temptation or opportunity to allow fear to return.

When God recently called our family to move from the West Coast to Virginia (we arrived less than a week ago) and live in the Washington DC region I have to admit that the challenges and obstacles that were before us to make this move where an “invitation to become fearful.” The day we said “yes” was filled with some anxious moments as I dealt with my soul. When I took my anxious thoughts before the Lord, He took me into a vision. In this vision I saw the disciples on the deck of the boat in the midst of the storm (Mark 4:35-41) while Jesus slept in the stern of the boat. The disciples were in a fearful panic for their very lives! As I saw this scene the Lord spoke to me and said,

“Daughter, you have two choices; you can live on the deck of fear, focusing on the storm, or you can find where I am and come rest with Me.”

Jesus was not going to let anything happen to His disciples because He knew that the Father was watching over Him (then). In this story, He gave us a beautiful and powerful example of His posture in sudden storms— rest! Just as He rested in the care of His Father, we too, can rest in the shadow of His wing in the midst of the storms.

As we walked through the process of a complete life change, location change (3000 miles from anything familiar), leaving our youngest son, our church, our dearest friends, our home and saying yes to a new financial demand (and spiritual atmosphere) that would take the stretching of our faith once again— I decided to allow my soul to rest with Jesus in the stern of the boat. Though there has been a constant demand on my physical body; my soul (my heart, mind and emotions) needed to be at rest.

If you are experiencing fear, anxiety or a sudden storm— find where Jesus is and let your soul abide with Him there! The “deck of fear” is where the storm will beat against you relentlessly! It will scream defeat with every crashing wave. But there is an invitation into the hidden place (beneath the deck…in the stern) where your soul can find rest.

This is your promise and this is the stern of the boat where you will find rest:

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”” Psalms‬ ‭91:1-16‬

The key is where you dwell! If you choose to live on the deck, trying to save yourself, you will experience the crashing waves but if you will go into the place of abiding in Him with absolute surrender to trusting in Him— you will find rest for your soul and be free from the fear of the day’s arrows and of night’s terrors. Because He loves you, He will rescue you!

Leave the deck of fear and allow you soul to find Jesus and find rest. There is joy in the absence of fear. There is peace in the presence of Jesus! ————————————————–

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Are You Needing Wisdom?

by Kathi Pelton

Many in the body of Christ are in times of transitions that involve decisions that require wisdom. We always want to walk in the wisdom and counsel of the Holy Spirit as we proceed forward. During those times of life that require supernatural wisdom and understanding, I love to pray the scriptures because then I am praying from a “starting place” of foundational truth.

As we know from Proverbs 16:9, “We make our plans, but it is the Lord who determines our steps.” I always begin by committing my plans to the Lord and then asking Him to determine, order and establish my steps according to His wisdom and will.

From there I pray that the Spirit of the Lord would “fill me with the knowledge of His will with ALL spiritual wisdom and understanding.” The words from Colossians 1:9-11 perfectly express the longing of my heart regarding every step taken and decision made,

“…asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…” Colossians‬ ‭1:9-11

Often during times of transition the warfare can increase; especially against our minds and emotions. The unknown can cause us to fear making a wrong decision and the enemy always uses fear as an open door for harassment. The end of the verses above say, “…be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might…” Therefore, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the strength that comes from the Lord’s glorious might!

Since the enemy uses fear as an entrance point to harass men and women with confusion and insecurities; I turn the tables and use fear against the enemy! I turn to the “fear of the Lord.”

Proverbs 1:7 says,

“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

Ask for the fear of the Lord because that is your foundation. Walking in the fear of the Lord requires humility. You must humble yourself before the Lord and lay down human wisdom in exchange for true knowledge, wisdom and even discipline that submits to adjustments that need to be made in our lives. The fear of the Lord will displace the fears sent by the enemy to thwart your place as part of those who are advancing the Kingdom of God and declaring His good news to a world in great need. The world is looking for wisdom but it is looking in all the wrong places. As your life becomes a testimony of the fruitfulness that comes forth as you walk in His ways; we will see the world turn to the Church for wisdom and counsel.

Last, never lean on your own understanding! This will cause you to measure your decision according to sight and the standards of the world. Human understanding does not take into account the supernatural power of God to do the impossible. Proverbs 3:5-7 says,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.”

He will make your paths straight as you trust Him with all your heart and acknowledge Him in all your ways!

If you have decisions to be made, steps to be directed or the need for wisdom, start by aligning your prayers upon the foundation of His Word! Then watch as your paths are made straight and your steps are ordered of the Lord.

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You Will Tremble As You See The Goodness Of The Lord Come Upon The Desolate Places

by Kathi Pelton

When we think of trembling we usually think of fear or a cold chill. It is rarely spoken in the context of something good. But there is a trembling that happens in moments of awe and wonder. It catches you off guard causing you to collapse in joyful tears under the weight of such goodness.

We see this kind of trembling when a young child sees their daddy for the first time after a long military tour or when two lovers who have been separated by a great distance are finally able to embrace. We see this when a mother holds her newborn baby or the first time that the daughter that my husband and I fought to adopt was finally placed in our arms. It is a trembling that comes from the awe of a long awaited desire fulfilled.

“And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.” Jeremiah‬ ‭33:9‬ ‭

Though this verse is speaking of the restoration of Jerusalem; as I awoke this morning the Lord gave it to me for His Bride…you! The Lord is about to show you His faithfulness in such a way that it will leave you trembling in awe. The display and manifestation of His goodness and prosperity upon your life will also cause your enemies to fear and tremble as they see all the plans they sent against you crumble before the goodness of God.

Though you’ve felt like a barren and desolate city, soon you will watch as the faithful goodness of the Lord overtakes all that stood against you; causing you to prosper with shouts of great joy! This will be the sound that comes forth from your life,

“…the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord: ‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!’ For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the Lord.” Jeremiah‬ ‭33:11‬ ‭

This was His promise for the holy city of Jerusalem and it is His promise over you. He is good and He is your Restorer. Now is the time to shout His goodness over your desolate area! Shout it over the barren wombs, bad reports and those who are sick. Shout it over every waste place. Shout to that place of dread in the pit of your stomach. Fill your lack with shouts of, “The Lord is good!”

His promises are true and they are sure! Therefore, you can begin to release the voice of gladness be heard even now. The enemy has been shouting with a voice of dread, hopelessness and accusation for far too long. His voice comes and sucks the air out of the room and out of your lungs because it is the voice of lies and darkness. Break all agreements with that voice because it only comes to kill, steal and destroy.

It is time to raise the voice of the redeemed. Let the sound of those who have been given abundant life go into the atmosphere and into the land. Let us shout,

“Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”

Watch as a trembling of awe and wonder returns to His Church! This tremble will cause mountains to fall and desolate places to blossom with goodness and prosperity.

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Shake Off Fear

Kathi Pelton

As you face each new day, shake off all fears that come to direct your steps, dictate your decisions and narrate your perspective. The fear of man and the fear of adversity calls to you to see if you will partner with it. If you take fears hand it becomes the unlocked door for the thief to enter through. The thief only comes to kill, steal and destroy; robbing you of abundant life (JOHN 10:10).

Wake up each new day and exchange the fears that rob you of joy, peace and hope for the fear of the Lord that brings you wisdom, refuge, goodness and blessings. The Word of God is filled with the benefits of walking in the fear of the Lord. It is time for the Church to close and lock the door of fear that is allowing an enemy to order their steps and to open their hearts and door to the fear of the Lord that is eternal and final.
Shake off the fears that have hindered you and put them under your feet. There is a fear that places your life above every natural fear and enemy…that is the fear of the Lord. From that posture, peace and righteousness will lead you and rule over your life with truth and justice.

Shake off that snake called fear and trample it under your feet! Today is your day to take back your joy!

“How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways. When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table. Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the LORD” Ps. 128:1-4

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God is Removing the Rulership of Fear From Your Life

Kathi Pelton

Fear can cause such chaos in lives. It often is the trigger that causes people to make rash decisions, to leave a relationship (or to enter one unwisely), to self-protect, to fight or take flight, or to attempt to control their lives.

Fear is one of the enemy’s favorite weapons against mankind. He eagerly visits many forms of fear upon people throughout their lives in order to create reactions (triggers) that become “land mines”; then individuals learn to reorder their steps to avoid these explosive traps. Many people literally plan their steps to avoid triggers and yet the entire time they are allowing fear to narrate and navigate every step.

Are you one of those people who has fear ruling and dictating your life? If so, take hope, because God is about to remove the ruler called “Fear” from the throne of your life.

It is important to understand that the spirit of fear comes in many different forms that the enemy has custom-designed just for you. The triggers that these fears bring become familiar; creating a “cause and effect” that become ongoing negative cycles in your life. These fears cause a reaction that affect decisions, and the direction of your life subtly becomes aligned with demonic agendas that are contrary to God’s plans for your life.

Here are some tools that God has given in order to come out from under the rulership of fear:

• Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of the triggers that cause you to change your steps or actions to accommodate fear. Repent—turn away—from allowing fear to rule over your life and invite the Lord to take His rightful place in those areas that fear has held you captive.

• Stop allowing fear to narrate your life. When you feel those familiar fears come knocking at the door of your mind and emotions (soul), immediately stop and renounce partnership and agreement with fear. Then ask the Holy Spirit to replace it with the “fear of the Lord.”

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

The fear of the Lord is a positive fear rather than a negative fear. It is to chose the posture of living in reverence to God and all of His ways, causing us to experience the blessings of abundant life. As we chose the fear of the Lord over the rulership and idolatry of all other fears we receive freedom from the paths that have led many away from true holiness. His holiness cleanses us from the defilement that the fear of man and the “fear of fear” have brought upon many.

For the believer, the fear of the Lord is their true protection. It protects them from the sinful nature that once ruled over their lives and it protects them from the weapons that the enemy forms against them.

Psalm 91 begins with these words,

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” Psalms‬ ‭91:1-2‬

The fear that the enemy brings is designed to cause the believer to leave the refuge of God and return to the rulership of the fears that led them away from trust in God alone. This fear will defile the believer and cause them to be a clear target for the weapons that the enemy has been forming against them.

There is a promise for those who live in the fear of the Lord and place Him alone as their refuge,

“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.” Psalms‬ ‭91:9-11‬ ‭

Today is the day to begin to live in the fear of the Lord. The spirit of fear has been ruling over too many of God’s people for far too long. It is time to exchange the fears that have chased you down like a deer being hunted for the fear of the Lord that provides protection, purity, peace, and holiness.

He is waiting to be invited into the places that the negative fears have imprisoned you. He will set you free as you posture your life in reverence and absolute trust in Him alone.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear…” 1 John 4:18 (a)

Let His perfect love have full reign in your life today.

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Dance On It!

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I woke up this morning with an old Vineyard song going through my head called, “Dance On It”. The song is about dancing on the enemies plans (injustice) with praise. When our kids were young it was one of their favorite songs and they would break into dancing every time it was played.

I had a dream last night that I was in a room where a demon was. The fear in the room was tangible.  I started out by praying against the demon and rebuking it. But the atmosphere of fear grew stronger. Then the demon began to manifest his power in the room by throwing me out of the chair that I was sitting upon, then taking the blanket wrapped around me and throwing it off and last the curtains on the window began to blow and then were ripped off the window. At that moment all fear left me and I realized the “show” that this demon was putting on to display his power. In a moment this crazy courage came upon me and I stood up and began wildly dancing throughout the room and singing the name of Jesus over and over. Then I broke out into laughter and I realized that my focus had been on getting rid of the demon rather than the assignment that he was sent to release. The assignment was fear and as I overcame fear and began to dance the demonic spirit left and I woke up.

If you are being harassed by the enemy and he’s trying to move you from your posture of faith (like in my dream when he tipped me out of my chair) or he’s trying to disrupt things around you (in my dream he pulled the drapes down) then it just might be time to “dance on it” with great abandon!
The enemy just can’t stand it when we stop being afraid of him any longer. He had no idea what to do when I arose and began to dance in the midst of his trickery. Then as I sang the name of Jesus in the midst of my dance he just had to leave…it was all too much for him.

It’s time for God’s people to get up and dance! Dance upon every bad report, dance upon every fear, dance upon every thing that has disrupted your joy and gladness!
Now get up and dance on it!

Psalm 149:2-4
…Let Israel be glad in his Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King. Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.…

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