“Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit…”

By Kathi Pelton

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit…”

Tonight at sunset the second candle of Hanukkah will be lit. The oil was only supposed to last for one night but it miraculously lasted for eight nights.

I believe that today, on this second night (when the oil should have run out) that miracles of multiplication will be seen once again. If there is an area that you are lacking in and what you have will not last for what you need tomorrow, begin to declare the words, “Not by might, nor by power, but by Your spirit…”

His Spirit releases the oil of multiplication and will prosper and multiply what you have as it is used and offered in faith. When there was only enough oil for one night they didn’t hold it back but lit the lamp— they used the oil. As they did, God multiplied it so that it lasted until the process of producing more oil was completed. Eight full days. The number eight Biblically represents new beginnings.

Often we hold back when we don’t have enough for the days ahead. But, that is because many live in the fear that God won’t keep His promise in our “tomorrow” if we don’t see it today. Yet, it is only what we hold back that is truly lost. If the oil hadn’t been used to light the first night’s lamp then the other nights of miracles would never had happened.

I remember a miracle that happened when my family was living out of our country as missionaries. We only had enough money to buy food for that day. We had four kids and about four dollars to our name. That small amount would buy milk and eggs. But on that Sunday morning at church the Lord asked me if I would give it to Him. I fussed with fear for a moment and then emptied the small amount of provision we had from my purse into the offering. Somehow we made it through the week with what we had and the next Sunday our leaders decided to honor us and asked us to come to the front of the church. They asked the people to pour money into our laps. That morning we received almost $8,000!!! More than enough! My $4 was multiplied into $8,000!! God didn’t need my original $4 but He wanted to pour the oil of His Spirit upon my small faith and watch it grow!

Our Heavenly Father held nothing back from us. He gave His only Son as a light that miraculously has continued to burn and bring forth more sons and daughters then ever could be counted. He is the “servant candle” on the lamp stand of our lives; lighting all the others!

Hold nothing back! When we hold back we align with “worrying about tomorrow!” Trust Him and give what is supplied today and watch the miracle of multiplication touch your “oil” and bring light to your life for many days to come.

Happy Hanukkah— day two!

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LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TILL WE CROSS OVER! Our family and ministry will begin our cross country move from Oregon to Virginia (to be near the Washington DC area) in less than two weeks. This is a “destiny” move to stand with God’s heart for our nation during this critical time. If you would like to support us financially as we cross over you can give through our website at: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

Thank you and we pray the miracle of multiplication upon your gift!

Step Into The River That Rages Between You And Your Promise

by Kathi Pelton

The body of Christ is in a great time of crossing over. This is happening in both the spirit and in the natural realm. Many are packing up everything as they prepare to cross over from the wilderness home they have known into the land of inheritance they will possess.

As the crossover time from one decade to another is now less than two weeks away, God’s people are experiencing a preparation and call to stand up out of the familiar, out of the comfortable, out of the stagnant place, and move into the new land. Once again, for some this is a shift in their spiritual posture, and for others it is both spiritual and physical.

For my family it it both. The Lord began to speak to us almost nine months ago about a move to the Washington D.C./Virginia region. We have lived on the West Coast our entire lives so this came as quite a surprise and honestly, quite a challenge. When we determined (and discerned) that this move was certain we suddenly were hit with great opposition. Our finances were hit (even our monthly support took a large hit), my physical health was hit so hard that it looked like the possibility of any move would have to be delayed for many months, and circumstances that needed to fall into place were just not happening. Impossibilities were surrounding us like a great army of opposition.

So— we waited. We paused and we ascended the mountain of God to get face to face with Him. During one of my mornings in prayer I heard Him say, “Daughter, it’s time to step your feet into the river that rages between you and your land of inheritance. That which opposes you will stand up and honor you.”

I asked Him if this was a spiritual or a natural step? He replied, “Both.” He then revealed to me what the natural (physical) step needed to be and in obedience I took that step. It was a costly and risky step of faith, but within twenty-four hours everything shifted and the raging waters began to part. Not every detail was in place but we were able to place our feet upon dry ground, and with every step forward the waters of opposition have stood up and made a way for us.

Absolutely impossible circumstances that had no answers suddenly had answers and all of the physical symptoms that I had been experiencing—and that were leaving doctors baffled—stopped overnight. We began crossing over!

I sense that our testimony is a prophetic announcement over many of you. It is time to put your feet in the river that has been raging between you and your Promised Land. What has opposed you will stand up like a soldier that salutes you as you pass by. This may require a spiritual step or a natural step; or like us—both. Ask the Lord what it looks like for you to step into the river of spiritual or natural circumstances that is preventing you from crossing over. He will “direct your step(s).”

As you go forward you also need to know what to bring and what to leave behind. For us, this is occurring in the physical realm and the spiritual realm. In both cases there have been good things, and even useful things, that the Lord has said would not be needed in the next season. Parting with these things that have always been fruitful or useful has been an act of faith but we know they are making room for the new. We’ve never been this way before so we don’t know what we will need in the days ahead, but we know that we must make room for the new by leaving behind some of the old.

One thing I am experiencing (which I believe is a prophetic picture) is that, in the natural, even what I have loved and found “homey” in regards to the way I decorate my home is having to change. I will be about to pack something for our new home and the Spirit will say, “That is part of the old design. I have something new.” To me this speaks of taking off old mantles and making room for new ones. We are stepping into new mantles that will radically change the way we function, and even alter the appearance of “who we are.” There are days that I spend so much time getting rid of things that I wonder if I’ll have anything to fill the new with. But we must trust that the Lord is making room for the new, and not try to fill the empty space with something just because it feels empty at the moment. There are many provisions that will come as you step into the new.

Do not be overly concerned with what you don’t have as you move forward, but be careful about what you do have that you need to let go of. Those are the things that will hinder you, slow you down, and become obstacles in the days ahead. You don’t have to understand His ways but you do have to trust His wisdom! Letting go and trusting Him is key in this hour.

In this process you can be experiencing times of stress or sudden anxiety. That is normal because you may be crashing into the “boundaries” of your faith. We don’t like to believe that our faith has boundaries, but in times of transition you will most likely run headlong into a boundary line of faith. It is the level to which your faith has been tested and proved in the past seasons, but suddenly God is calling you to cross over beyond that point of faith that you’ve walked in before. The moment you begin there is a new giant waiting there to mock you and intimidate you with fear. I find it so helpful to pray out of Philippians 4:7 each day,

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Let His peace be the guard over your heart and mind as you go into new territory and as you expand your spiritual walk further than you have gone before. He is extending the tent pegs (Isaiah 54). You may be confident in facing a lion or a bear but a giant is altogether something new!

So, be patient with yourself and with those around you, because so many are in transition and it is a very vulnerable place to be. Change is hard. The unfamiliar is just that: unfamiliar and unknown. We are entering new cultures and assignments, and the boundaries of people’s faith are being expanded and stretched. This involves our souls being refined, and fears that we have never had to face are suddenly “in our face”! This process is challenging motives of the heart and purifying aspects of our lives that needed to be made pure. So, don’t be too hard on yourself or on your neighbor, your spouse, your friend, or your leader. We are all being stretched and what was normal is no longer normal.

Finally, pray for the grace for yourself and others found in Ephesians 4:2-6,

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

‭‭It’s time to step into the river!

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As our family transitions in this cross country move, will you help us financially? Our moving date is January 4th to begin making the almost 3000 mile journey across the nation. God is calling us to stand in the gap for our nation and has asked us to be at the epicenter of the battle. Prayer and financial support is greatly needed as we prepare to go. To give a gift, go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

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Thank you for standing with us with your prayers and gifts!

Yes, Virginia, there is a Savior!

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Savior…His name is Jesus!”

There may not be a Santa Claus but there is a resurrected king!

OUR BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

We are moving to Virginia to stand with our nation, pray from DC and to see our nation turn back to God! Will you stand with us and we prepare to go?

We have lived our entire lives on the West Coast. No matter where we’ve traveled in the world; we always returned to the West Coast to go home. That will change as of January 4th, 2020. We will begin our 3000 mile journey across the nation to make Virginia our new home and ministry base.

We received a prophetic word that said, “This is not just another move— this is your destiny!” God has confirmed His desire for us to live in Virginia and to turn our attention to turning our nation back to God. Jesus is worthy of His full inheritance and we will join forces with those that have labored with great sacrifice to see God’s original intent for our nation fulfilled.

Although we know that “He who called us will make a way for us.”, we also heard Him say, Invite My people to enter into this destiny journey with you.” We are a family and God loves it when the family stands together to bring the breakthrough. It makes our Papa proud!

Therefore, we are asking if you would like to be a part of our destiny journey by helping us cross the country to settle into a new land? The Lord said, “Look at the nation through My eyes; it is flowing with milk and honey!” That is His good report that we are believing as we crossover.

A GoFundMe account has been created for those who feel to stand with us as we step our feet in the river. In faith we are believing for the water to part so that we can cross over on dry land. If you would like to be a part of our journey by sowing into this destiny move then here is the link:

http://bit.ly/2qNqBI2

We will continue to keep you updated and hope to see many of you visit the DC and Fredericksburg, Virginia area. We will continue to wait, hear and write even as this move continues. Thank you for your love, prayers and support!

Jeffrey & Kathi Pelton

www.inscribeministries.com

12/12! Today Is Not An Ordinary Day But Rather An Extraordinary Day!

by Kathi Pelton

The word below is a word from the Lord that was give to me on 12/8 for today– 12/12. I will add the link to the “Coronation Day” word that coincides with this word at the end.

The Scepter Is Extended!

I heard the Lord say, “Now that you have bowed and received your crown and Coronation Day has occurred, the corporate crowned Queen Esther has been invited to come before the King; My scepter is extended to her on this very day.”

I then heard Him ask His chosen queen, “What is your request?”

She answered, “Save Your chosen people throughout the world from what the spirit of Haman has devised against them in order to destroy them.”

I saw the King’s anger burned against this spirit and it’s deceptions. He responded saying, “The antagonist will hang upon his own gallows and My people shall be saved. Your request is granted.”

Prior to this vision, I had woke up on Sunday (12/8) and heard the Lord speak these words,

“Kneel down before Me and receive your crown— for today is Coronation Day.”

I saw us kneel and receive our crown; position, inheritance, birthright and position of authority to represent the Crown that is on the head of the King of Kings.

Our church in Portland, Oregon all gathered and bowed together this past Sunday to receive the crown that the Lord was placing upon His Bride to declare her as His queen. It was powerful and many tangibly felt the weight of the crown being placed upon their heads and the shift of positioning in His Kingdom.

Take the time today (if you haven’t already done so) to kneel and receive the crown that the Lord is placing upon His bride. Then go before Him, as His scepter is extended this very day, and make your request known. Ask the King to save us from the enemy’s plan of destruction. Ask for your nation to be saved, your people to be saved and your family to be saved.

Then watch as the “antagonist” (the Haman spirit) is taken captive and hung upon the gallows that he constructed against those who are to rightfully wear the King’s signet ring. The spirit of Mordecai that is pure, righteous and just will replace the spirit of Haman that is evil in every way.

Today is a governmental shift! It is a “for such a time as this moment and day!”

Please share this so that many will enter in. As we know, God will use a remnant to accomplish something for the whole so don’t think that if someone doesn’t know about this that they are missing out. Today we watched as thousands around the world entered into this while on a global online gathering with over 66 nations.

Here is the link to the “Coronation Day” word that I released on Sunday:

https://oceansinthedesert.com/2019/12/08/receive-your-crown-it-is-coronation-day/

This is not an ordinary day but rather an extraordinary day!!

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

God began speaking to us nine months ago regarding a move to the East Coast (Washington DC Region)…3000 miles away! Our assignment is the nation and we have said yes. On January 5th we will head east from our home on the West Coast; arriving January 10th.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS CROSS COUNTRY MOVE!

We are in immediate need of a minimum of $5000. If this ministry has been a blessing to you please reach deep in your heart and pockets and make this the time that you give generously! Thank You!

You can give through our website at: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

In My Weakness He Becomes So Strong!

By Kathi Pelton

Have you ever been in the midst of God launching you into new and amazing things and suddenly you are hit with the reality of your own weakness so strong that it knocks you to your knees? That is my life currently.

It’s not a bad place because it increases dependency, breaks boundaries that you didn’t know you had and humbles you to enter into the new place in a posture of being bowed down and transformed.

Each time that the Lord has brought me into something new it has required a new level of faith and trust. Of course it is such an honor to be chosen, to be called, to be asked to “go for Him”…but it requires not only my “yes” but my surrender, my death to self and the severing of any dependency on my “gifting.”

The other day I found myself in one of those “knock you to your knees” moments. Suddenly I felt as though I ran full force into a brick wall. It hit so hard that I began weeping. I asked the Lord, “What was that?” His answer took me to my knees. He said, “It’s the comfort boundary that your ‘yes’ hit.”

Oh my heart! I was immediately undone. I am keenly aware of my propensity to deeply desire comfort, traditions, the familiar and a “picket fence” life. This is probably why God keeps me from a life of human comforts; He is jealous for my heart. But in this particular moment I realized that my faith had a comfort boundary or picket fence that looked like “great faith” to the outsider but still created a limited habitation for my God that my transition had hit.

Creating a boundary wasn’t a conscious decision but when I became aware of it I also was immediately aware of every lingering insecurity, weakness and fear that existed beyond the boundary I had set. I felt cripple and it crumbled me to the ground all day long. It wasn’t condemnation but rather a dismantling of securities that are not founded in Him.

As I looked at these weaknesses and these limitations I could only weep. Then I bundled them up and carried them to the feet of Jesus. As I laid them before Him I could only bow low before my humble King. I presented my pain, my fears, my desires for the “safe road”, my weaknesses and then asked Him to be King over them.

Suddenly I was filled with strength that was so sovereign that it reminded me of when Daniel was in the presence of the Angel of the Lord and it took him to his knees,

“Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning.” Daniel 10:18

My strength returned and I was able to get up. Then I was given courage to move beyond the familiar boundaries that my soul had erected. I felt courage imparted to me, His love filled me and His goodness carried me beyond what I had known.

Human weakness is merely the fertile soil for the strength of Christ to be made known and displayed. Throughout my life there have been key seasons where God has prepared to go beyond where I am comfortable and each time it is as if the Lord has bought a field just beyond what I’ve known and invites me to expand my boundaries to be planted there. It is usually a field that is untouched and needs great work before it can receive seed.

When I say yes this becomes the field where I my life is once again tilled, weeds are pulled (roots of weeds are removed), stones are removed, hard ground is softened and fertilizer is added. It’s a messy process and I long for the fruit of the familiar field behind me. But this process prepares me to bear new fruit and to know Him in greater ways; and to trust Him more.

If you are in the grip of the crippling reality of your personal weakness, then allow yourself to fall at His feet. Bring all of your lack, your fears, your pain and your insecurities and place them at His feet. He can turn anything into an offering of praise. Watch as He turns the broken pieces into beauty and the weakened places into strength and courage. Christ in you will become your strength and your song. You will find yourself moving beyond the boundaries that you have known and dancing on the heads of giants that mocked the “God in you!”

It’s okay to cry, to feel weakness and to be afraid…but you must not stop there! You must fall at His feet and present even what doesn’t seem beautiful to you. He makes all things presented to Him beautiful.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

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Receive Your Crown: It Is Coronation Day!

by Kathi Pelton

This morning I heard the words, “Bow down, it is time to receive your crown.”

Often, as Christians, our focus is to cast down our crowns before our beautiful King but the Lord made it clear to me today that there is a coronation ceremony happening in the spirit where God is crowning His chosen ones to walk in their sovereign positions as kings and queens who represent the crown of the King of Kings.

I saw that now is the time for the sons and daughters to enter into their birth rights and to receive their crown. There is great inheritance within your birth right and because you have been born into a King’s family (born again) that inheritance is yours. It is time to take your place and to begin to access your inheritance.

Like in the days of Queen Esther, the King’s scepter is being extended, the signet ring is being placed upon the hand of the rightful recipients, favor is being shown and crowns are being placed upon the heads of those who have been prepared for “such a time as this!”

Not only is there a coronation ceremony happening but as it is happening there is something else simultaneously happening; it is the “hanging of the antagonist.”

Haman was the antagonistic figure in the Book of Esther and there has been a Haman spirit sent to try to destroy God’s people but suddenly the very gallows that he erected to destroy God’s chosen ones will now be used to “hang this antagonist!”

God is asking if you will bow down before Him to receive the crown that you were born to wear. You didn’t earn it, you weren’t elected to wear it by any man but it is because you were born into a royal family and now is the time to walk in what you were born to do.

All of Heaven is gathered for watch this coronation ceremony. Bow before Him and allow Him to crown you with His crown of authority where you will rule and reign with Him.

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We have a huge announcement on Tuesday so be sure to watch for it! If you would like to “sow in faith” into our ministry and what we are about to announce, go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

We believe that there is a breakthrough anointing upon sowing into our “suddenly!”

Has God Said?

by Kathi Pelton

There are three words that the enemy has not stopped using to abort God’s purposes, tempt God’s people and undermine God’s truth since as far back as the Garden of Eden,

“Has God said?”

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1

These three words brought doubt and that doubt brought unbelief and the unbelief brought forth disobedience. These three words changed mankind and introduced sin to what had been pure. I can quite honestly say that I have been tempted on many occasions to make a wrong decision based on the battle that comes when the enemy speaks these words.

My husband and I are currently in one of the biggest transitions of our lives. It is our conviction that the Lord has asked us to do something that will change so much in our lives (we will announce it soon) but the moment that the decision to obey the Lord was made, the enemy came like a serpent in the garden with those three words, “Has God said?”

The problem is that those three words are just the opening of a flood of other words and accusations that make you wonder if you truly have heard. It is the doorway to fears, doubts and anxious thoughts. “Has God truly said?”

But we can put our confidence in these words from our precious Saviour,

“My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27

The voice that questions God’s people saying, “Has God said.” Immediately brings confusion, anxiety, doubt and turmoil. Yet, when God speaks, even to correct or adjust, it brings peace, freedom, stability and resolve.

In our personal transition we have had people come and say, “Are you sure?” Or, even provide an altered interpretation for what we are hearing. These are good and spiritual people who love us but it has been a test for our souls to see if we will hear and obey by standing firm and following Him. We listen to counsel, advice, the voices of friends and family but we the weigh and discern it to the voice of our beloved Shepherd.

His voice brings a deep conviction of “Yes” but the “Has God said?” voice seeks to shatter your conviction and alter your path and actions.

I was telling a friend today that the moment we made our final decision to obey this radical change that we are transitioning into, those three dreadful words came like a wet blanket or bucket of ice water in our face. I literally wanted to scream like a woman in the midst of the most intense part of birth, “MISSION ABORT!” (not abort a baby but abort our decision!) I entertained the “Has God Said?” voice just long enough to make me want to run the other direction and choose the familiar, the easy and the known over this unfamiliar, hard and strange new land.

I’m only sharing our current story because your story may be similar. My mistake was allowing my thoughts to take the bait of “Has God Said?” and actually doubt my ability to hear His voice which brought me into an entire day of emotional turmoil and questioning.

Don’t take the bait! God will speak to you and He will be sure to “keep you from falling.” You will hear, make your plans and it is God who then will order your steps. When the enemy comes to question you so that you doubt what you’ve heard, panic and fear enters in; you can be assured that this is not the voice of your God.

So, the one thing that I can assure you that God IS NOT saying is, “Has God said?”

There is great wisdom in the counsel of trusted friends and leaders! We have been walking with many during our journey and it is an amazing safety net. Yet, you may get different opinions even in the midst of trusted spiritual counsel. In the end you must follow His voice and put your confidence in the fact that YOU KNOW HIS VOICE!

There has not been one big transition in our lives where we did not face the enemy asking us this dreaded question. It should be our sure sign that God has said! Don’t compromise your conviction or your “yes” even though the offer to taste the fruit the serpent is tempting you with looks appealing. Especially when what God is asking has great personal sacrifice attached to it. The temptation to abort the mission or change your answer can seem very appealing in the moment.

To wrap this up; if you are hearing, “Has God said?” and it brings doubt, fear, rationalization and temptation to compromise then you can know that is not the voice of God. His voice will lead so that you can follow. He brings peace, a deep knowing and forward movement that is almost involuntary because it comes from your yielded and surrendered heart. It feels involuntary but it truly is not because you voluntarily said, “Not my will, but Your will be done.”

“God, right now I pray for all of those who are in transition and I pray for all who are stepping out in faith in response to the sound of your voice. I decree peace over their hearts and minds; the peace of Christ. I pray and decree an unprecedented favor over them as they follow you. I pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to rest upon them and upon all who are affected by their transition. I silence the voice of the serpent that questions their ability to hear their Shepherd. The Lord rebuke you, Satan. I pray for their ears to hear and for the crooked paths to be straight, the valleys to be raised up and the mountains to be lowered before them. God, I pray that you would increase their faith, their trust and their wisdom. Thank you for your faithfulness to speak and to lead your sheep. You don’t let your sheep go astray! Your Shepherd’s rod comforts your people as we know that you will use it to keep your flock on the right path. Lord, by your power break the confusion and turmoil off of those who heard the question, ‘Has God said?’ and it robbed their peace and their joy in the journey. Break off the doubt, fear and unbelief that was attached to the question and has now affected their souls. Restore to them the joy, peace and intimacy with you in every step of their journey. In the name above every name, Jesus Christ. Amen”

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It’s Time For Your Earthly Circumstances to Align With Heaven

By Kathi Pelton

I feel something rising up in my spirit! It’s the sound of things suddenly and dramatically shifting. It is the sound of your earthly circumstances that have been held out of alignment by demonic forces to suddenly be pushed back; everything comes into alignment with heaven.

The enemy has greatly feared the posture of surrender in your life, the “yes” you have given to the Lord and the authority you are willingly stepping into. He has sent battalions of demons to thwart all who are transitioning into new positions and new mantels. They have held you back and caused the very circumstances needed to make the transition to become a raging river of resistance.

But watch what happens now! I hear the sounds of heaven’s army forming together. I heard the Spirit say the words, “My artillery regiment has arrived with ‘weapons of war’ that will defeat those who have been sent against My people.”

Even now those that have held you back and caused your earthly circumstances to be out of alignment with heaven’s provisions and resources are being defeated. The sound I hear is like when heavy equipment is pulling two weighty pieces of metal into place and connectivity. Though the enemy could not touch heaven he has been able to touch your circumstances which caused everything to become misaligned. But now the shift from defeat to victory has arrived and everything needed to be aligned with heaven for your transition now comes!

The transition needs full alignment with heaven to “cause everything to work together for good” or “sync up” (align).

Doors will now suddenly swing wide open, new provisions will suddenly break through, new forms of resources that have been unknown to you will suddenly appear, positions will come available, heavenly favor will come upon you and like the gears of a clock coming together (wheels within wheels) you will be aligned with heaven’s provisions and timing.

No man will take credit because is will be so supernatural and so miraculous that only God will receive the glory. What the enemy meant for evil has set up the perfect scenario for the Lord to receive all the glory. Your impossible will become the miracle that reveals His goodness. He will display His might and power as He commands this heavenly artillery regiment into a great victory that causes “all to cross over together!”

Stand up! Go to the riverbank of the obstacle that is standing in the way of your cross over. Step into the rushing water and watch as it stands up like a soldier that stops to salute you as you pass by. Honor is being given to you as you pass over. I see you being saluted as you transition to the other side. God is not only being given glory but He is commanding honor to be shown to you and metals of honor to be pinned upon you. Your rank is being elevated and your authority is being upgraded.

“Who can stop the Lord Almighty?”

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Rejoicing and Weeping Together: This Is Family

By Kathi Pelton

This week families all over our nation gathered around tables to share in the celebration of Thanksgiving. As I viewed many pictures of families smiling together I thought of the “stories behind the smiles” that often are much different than what a social media post relays.

This past week one family that we know lost their wife and mom in a car accident. Another, spent the day remembering a child that they lost recently and still another faced pending cancer treatments. Behind our family photos we are feeling the ache as we prepare for some family members to move 3000 miles away, one child was not present and is facing homelessness, one has just fallen in love and can’t stop smiling, and one couple going through the pains of infertility. A true mix of joy and pain.

There is always incredible beauty and deep felt pain in the background of every picture, every life and every family. No one is exempt from the joy or the pain. But what makes it all worth it is that we are a part of a family. We rejoice together, we weep together and we risk experiencing pain to experience the joy and beauty.

Why did Jesus go to the cross? It wasn’t to give a “hero of the day” social media post…it was to make a way for His family to be together for all eternity. Family was the “joy set before Him” as He endured the cross. Before the creation of man and woman; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit weren’t bored or unhappy but they knew that making a family in their image would be good! When sin, pain and heartbreak touched that family they knew that no sacrifice was too great to gain them back.

This is what God is still longing for! His mission has not changed. He wants to bring back all the sons and daughters who have gone astray or who are not experiencing family. There are still members of the family missing from the picture! He rejoices with the family gathered around Him and yet there is deep pain for the ones that are missing. There are stories behind the smiles that compel Him to send His sons and daughters to leave everything to try to fulfill the longing to see His family united as one.

Our family moves many times and the majority of those moves have been to go where His heart is calling us to in order to fulfill His longing for the family in that city and nation. This is the story for many who have said, “Here I am, send me.”

God loves family!! He is the One who sets the lonely in family. If you are lonely then there is family for you! They are all across the world and waiting to receive you. Don’t sit alone…find family! Wherever we have been there has always been a family there to be a part of. Is it a perfect family! No, there is pain, brokenness, imperfections and dysfunction of some sort within every natural and spiritual family but there is love, joy and beauty to be found if you’re willing to embrace the “weeping and the rejoicing.” You can’t have one without the other.

As we enter into the holiday season, let’s remember that perfection isn’t the goal…family is. So sit with the broken and comfort them, hear the voices of the ones who feel unheard, hug the ones who feel unloved and ache with the one who is struggling to find hope. Then and only then will joy come and rejoicing come. May the story behind the smiles in pictures be one that says, “Through it all I have been well loved!” That is what makes family.

Let us love well! As we finish this year and prepare for a new year let us strive to be more present with the one standing in front of us, let’s listen more attentively, love more deeply, give more readily and “feel” more sensitively.

A social media post is merely the cover photo of a book that tells a much longer story. It’s a story of joy and pain, successes and failures, gains and losses, tragedies and triumphs. The story is what makes true family; not the picture. Our God isn’t looking for the perfect family, He’s merely wanting every person ever created to be a part of His family. Let’s see His dream come true by loving well…in weeping and rejoicing we can truly be a family.

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November and December are the months of the year that most faith-based ministries experience a large decline in giving. Will you stand with us by making these months known as the best giving months of the year? To give a gift to this ministry, go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

A Free Gift For You!

A FREE GIFT FOR YOU!

Our ministry, Inscribe Ministries, has a gift for you today! Giving Tuesday (December 3rd) is all about giving to your favorite non-profit organizations but today we want to give back to you.

Here are three chapters (days) from our “Sounds of Christmas” book for you to read and enjoy.

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And when you are hungry for more we will send you the full PDF download of the entire book for any donation of $50 or more; not just today but through December 3rd.

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Of course, you can always purchase this beautiful book (paperback or now in a hardbound deluxe edition)

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Thank you for supporting our ministry!

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

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