God is About to Send Fire Down Upon Your Offering. He Will Prove that He Alone is God!

by Kathi Pelton

The Holy Spirit has been drawing my attention to the story in 1 Kings 18, when Elijah and Ahab and the prophets of Baal had their showdown.

As you recall, Jezebel had been killing the prophets of God and supporting the prophets of Baal and Asherah. When Elijah shows up to meet with King Ahab, Ahab accuses him of making trouble in Israel but Elijah declared that it was the king and his family that had made trouble for the nation by turning away from God to worship Baal.

Elijah then tells Ahab to call the prophets of Baal and Asherah to be gathered (along with the worshippers of these idols). There were 450 prophet of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah and one prophet of the true God, Elijah. Elijah instructed the prophets of Baal and Asherah to build an altar of wood and place a cut up bull upon it and then to call to their gods to send fire to consume their offering. From morning to evening they called, shouted, danced and ritualistically cut themselves to summon their god. Fire never fell.

Then Elijah built an altar of stone and wood. He then placed the cut up bull upon it. Then the altar was drenched with water; even a trench was dug around it and water filled it. Then He called upon the One true God.

“At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The LORD —he is God! Yes, the LORD is God!””

‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭18:36-39‬ ‭

I felt to remind you of this story because many of you are facing impossible circumstances and yet you have not turned away from the One true God. You have seen the lives of prophets taken, you have watched the evil one try to kill the word of the Lord that you have been standing on and you have watched your countrymen turn to serve idols and false gods.

Today you stand like Elijah before your drenched offering, knowing that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the true God. Those against you outnumber those who are for you but God is on your side and He is about to send fire upon your offering.

I hear you praying the words of Elijah that say,

“…Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”

This showdown is not merely for your breakthrough but it is the kindness of God that brings those who have turned to false gods back to the One who loves them and gave His life for them. It is for you, for God and for those who have been lost.

The spirit of Elijah is upon the Church and we are about to see the fire of God fall upon the impossibilities and upon nations! Many will turn to God as they see Him prove that He alone is God.

Declare that the spirit of Elijah will fall in a greater measure upon our sacrifice. Believe that God’s true and pure fire will fall. Declare that those who worship and serve idols (false gods) will turn back to God. The spirit of Elijah defeats every spirit of deception when God’s fire falls and reveals Him as the One true God.

This is the hour that the glory will return! The glory train is arriving and a shout that calls “All aboard” is heard throughout the nations. Those who carry the spirit of Elijah will board this train and be carriers of His fire and glory. They will call back that which belongs to God! The whistle has sounded and it is the time of glory and fire to go forth with light and power.

We call upon the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Prove that we have done all these things at your command. O LORD, answer us. Answer us so the people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.

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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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The Path That Overflows With Hope

by Kathi Pelton

There is a pathway that all believers are invited to journey on throughout their lives. It is a path less traveled and a path unknown by those who do not know Christ. It’s a path that doesn’t make sense to our human senses and a path that cannot be planned out through natural understanding. This path that we are invited to journey upon merely requires surrender and dependency. It requires that you surrender the demand to understand, surrender the dependency you have on walking by your sight and it requires you to lay down your independence. It is called the path of hope and trust.

As you let go of your ways and ask the Spirit to set you on the path that follows His leading alone, only then will you discover true joy and peace.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I once heard the Spirit say to me,

“Do not settle for a glass half full when you can have one that overflows.”

I have found that as I following the leading (path) of the Holy Spirit my cup overflows. This path causes the enemy absolute confusion. He doesn’t understand the movements or ways of the Spirit. Just as God’s ways confound and confuse our human minds, like so it confounds and confuses the enemy.

The safest path you will ever journey on is this path of hope and trust in God alone. It’s not only a shortcut with less bumps and obstacles but it’s also the only one that promises the benefits of joy and peace.

In my life personally; I rarely know where I’m going, the details of how provision will come in to get there or what will happen when I get there. But what I do know is that there has been more of an overflow of fruitfulness, wisdom and provision as I have followed His path then there ever was when I walked on the path that I understood. Plus, joy and peace accompany me like faithful companions all along the way. Every day is like walking in the company of those who have a surprise for you. Joy and peace lead me with such enthusiasm and confidence that it becomes contagious.

It’s not too late to begin your journey on this path less traveled…the path that overflows with hope, joy and great expectations. Let go and let God!

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The Convergence of Time

by Kathi Pelton

If you’ve noticed, there are a lot of words that have been released in the past two months about “time.” Words like, “The Time is Now,” “A Marker in Time,” “Now is the Time,” “It’s Time!” and more. I have been in many conversations with other prophetic voices who are hearing clocks, bells, whistles, alarms, and words that go back many years becoming NOW words.

We are in a convergence of time; time past and a now or kairos time; the old and new, the past and present all colliding into a NOW time. One time, one people, one family, ONE God!

I saw a vision of men, women, and children all walking in different places around the world; all in different time zones and doing different activities. But all at once each person’s watch synchronized and reset to the same time and alarms all went off simultaneously. There were pocket watches that older men carried, wrist watches that the middle aged people were wearing, and smart watches that the younger generation was wearing. They all synchronized and as they did one family emerged…three generations walking as one with One God!

When I looked at the different watches to see what time it was I began to see many times overlaid as one kairos time. I saw “10:10, 11:11, 12:12…but they were somehow all a now time.”

Then verses began to flood through my mind. Verses such as these,

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

“And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.” Hebrews 11:11

“For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Luke 12:12

I began to hear to hear prophetic words that were brought to my remembrance from the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s….then i heard words from now and they all converged into one sound that signaled the family to converge and emerge.

I am sure that what I was experiencing was limited to my understanding and that there was so much more than I was aware of because I could hear echoes of years gone by and prayers for tomorrow as if they were one sound. It sounded like the worship in Revelation 4:11 before the throne that caused the elders to cast down their crowns and cry out,

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Then the words, “Holy, holy, holy” rang out and the men, women and children now on earth joined with heaven; casting down their crowns. Suddenly men’s hearts were purified and a remnant was made ready for a move of God that would be marked by purity and oneness.

The time is now. The convergence of time is upon us and the sound of heaven and earth is aligned to give Him all the glory He deserves.

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The Weight of His Kabod Glory Will Come Upon You!

by Kathi Pelton

This morning I was listening to Nate Johnston’s FB Live where he talks about getting rid of yokes and receiving new mantles. As he spoke I heard the Spirit of the Lord say,

“I am exchanging the heavy yoke upon My people’s shoulders for the mantle that carries the ‘weight of My glory’.”

If you are laboring with a heavy yoke and burden…now is the time to cast it off and ask for the mantle that fits you, was made for you and will rest the “weight of His glory” upon your life!

The enemy is trying to weigh many down with burdens that want to move them from the place of intimacy to a place of control or from a posture of grace to the works of the flesh. He wants you to take matters into your own hands so that you will stop seeking “first the Kingdom of God.” The enemy knows that as you seek first the Kingdom that all things will be added to you and that is a double blow to his demonic agenda.

God is saying that this is not the time to take a heavy yoke upon yourself but to take up the His light yoke and receive His mantle that will upgrade you and propel you forward with anointing and intimacy. I have talked to many people lately that have been experiencing unusual shoulder pain, neck pain and back pain. I believe that these are physical signs of assignments that have placed a heavy yoke upon God’s people to separate them from peace, grace and intimacy.

God is sending the “weight of His glory” upon those who will ask. There is a divine exchange offered that will take the heavy yoke off of your shoulders and cover you with the double portion mantle that will set you in place with anointing and the weight of His presence. This is the “Kabod” (glory) which means abundance, honor and glory!

I encourage you to watch Nate Johnston’s FB live from this morning where he will minister to you regarding this very subject. I’ve posted it on my page. Nate’s FB page can be found at: https://m.facebook.com/natejamesjohnston

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Your “But God…” Moment Is Upon You!

by Kathi Pelton

• When God speaks, bad reports become praise reports.

• When God moves, dark storms become still waters.

• When God blesses, a small offering is multiplied into abundant supply.

• When God touches, the blind man sees and the lame man dances.

• When God commands, mountains move and a way is made.

• When God delivers, demons flee and men are restored.

• When God loves, broken lives are forever changed!

Every day with God is a day of miracles! Whatever your need is today, there is a “But God…” opportunity before you. No matter how big or how small, how crucial or how trivial; He loves to speak, move, bless, deliver and love you.

Do not be discouraged by the challenges that are before you because they are about to become your “But God…” testimony. Get excited because if God is for you then who (or what) can stand against you?

“God, today we stand with great expectation to hear you speak, to see you move, to witness your touch, to watch you command, to experience your deliverance and to live within the power of your love!”

There is a “But God…” moment about to invade your story!

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The Bells and Whistles Are Now Sounding

Kathi Pelton

This morning I was heard the Spirit of the Lord speak the words, “I am now releasing all the bells and whistles.”

As I was taking note of this I heard “in the natural” what sounded like a train whistle three times (there are no train tracks near our home)! On the third one my husband said to me, “What is that sound?” When I told him what I was writing and that the noise was coming from outside he said, “I thought it was coming from your phone!” It was my phone that I was writing on.

Immediately I was taken to three scriptures to confirm the sound we were hearing:

Zechariah 10:8:

“I will whistle for them to gather them together, For I have redeemed them; And they will be as numerous as they were before.

Isaiah 5:26:

He will also lift up a standard to the distant nation, And will whistle for it from the ends of the earth; And behold, it will come with speed swiftly.

Zechariah 14:20:

In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “HOLY TO THE LORD ” And the cooking pots in the LORD’S house will be like the bowls before the altar.

For months now I have been taken back to 1989 when Bob Jones and Paul Cain prayed over my husband and I the words, “Holiness unto the Lord.” We began praying that over our children from the moment of their birth onward. The words that were spoken and prayed over us (along with many others) thirty years ago have been ringing in my ears and my spirit again and again like an alarm saying, “NOW IS THE TIME!”

It is like the arrival of a train that signals, “All aboard!” or a bell that is attached to horses signaling their arrival. In 2014 I began hearing a train whistle in my spirit. Each time that I’d talk about it to someone, suddenly a train whistle would go off in the natural (even if I didn’t know that a train track was nearby). At that time I knew that this particular whistle was signaling something spiritual that was approaching for the USA. I knew it was time to get ready and be prepared to board this “glory train.” Now, five years later I am hearing the sound once again. This time, it is coming with “all the bells and whistles!”

I find it interesting that while I’m hearing these words about bells and whistles that my family has been having unusual car problems. Both of our cars have had issues that stopped them from running. The term “bells and whistles” are often used in describing newer cars. We will say, “It is equipped with all the bells and whistles,” meaning that it is an upgrade with all the things that make travel easier and more comfortable. I found myself calling in a newer car with all the bells and whistles as these problems occurred. Cars (vehicles) represent families and ministries and I believe that the Lord is sending forth an upgrade to many ministries that have nurtured “family” so that they can go forward with greater ease and comfort; almost like going from an old “clunker” to a prestigious top-of-the-line new vehicle.

I recently had a dream where an old, dilapidated SUV was in my driveway and a new Lincoln Crossover was delivered to me and parked next to it. i believe that this spoke of it now being a time to crossover into a time of emancipation (Lincoln representing a spirit of emancipation)! This is a time of liberation and freedom from that which has held us back.

The war horses are coming with bells inscribed with the words, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD.” Those who have been prepared to run with the horses are being released (emancipated) from the fenced places to run fast and free. They will run with the fear of the Lord as their standard and they will whistle to the nations to come! Bells of revival will ring in the land and nations will come to witness all that the Lord will do. Signs and wonders will be like the bells and whistles that sound throughout the nations. These will not be contained within church walls but will spill out into the streets; into the byways and highways to both the least and the greatest! All will see that the LORD is God. Like the bowls before the altar that are filled by the prayers of the saints, the overflow is now upon us!

Do you hear the bells and whistles? The sound of a great move of God is arriving. Do not miss this time but be prepared to run!

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Abundant Rain, Super Bloom and Butterflies! Signs of a New Day!

by Kathi Pelton

Our family line has been in California for many generations but a few years ago the Lord asked us to leave the state and move to Oregon. We return for visits with our extended family often and this week was one of those visits. As we drove though the state the normally brown hills were now vibrant green; unlike we’d seen in many years. It was like a visual shout announcing, “The drought is over and abundant life has come and kissed our land.”

As we continued to drive we began to take notice of the amazing wildflowers (poppies, mustard, etc) in bloom throughout the vineyards and upon the rolling hills. Sunshine and rain clouds cast amazing light and shadows down on the land. I was looking at a physical manifestation upon the land that only happens when years of drought receive the downpour of an abundance of rain.

Then the Spirit said, “This is a picture in the natural of what My people will soon look like to all who see them.”

There has been a long spiritual drought for the body of Christ; no differently then the “Golden State” has experienced. But the abundance of rain has come and Spring is appearing upon the lives of His people.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭

This abundance of rain upon a land that has experienced years of drought has caused what is being called a “super-bloom” in California, with hundreds of thousands of orange poppies carpeting the hills and meadows. The abundance of rain has caused plants to thrive, giving the “painted lady” caterpillars plenty of food to fuel their transformation (metamorphosis) into millions of orange and black butterflies taking flight. One butterfly enthusiast in California said that these butterflies seem very purposeful and undistracted in their migration flight pattern. They are quite directional! She was quoted saying,

“They’re in a hurry, like the rabbit in ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” she said. “They have a very important date.”

This is such a picture of the sense that I am getting from many prophetic voices right now. There is clarity in direction and it is like we are hurrying toward a very important time and destination.

California is a natural sign of a spiritual change of conditions and seasons. Not only for the state itself but for the state of the body of Christ. We have gone through a long metamorphosis from a place of crawling to a state of taking flight. Like the butterflies emerging from the fields of orange poppies, so is the church emerging from a time of drought and crawling into a time of flight and thriving. They are be drawn to the time of harvest where the super bloom of souls, healings, miracles and a great outpouring will occur.

It is interesting to note that the orange poppies (which are California’s state flower) and orange butterflies are being highlighted in this natural scene. Orange is the color of fire and there so many prophetic voices talking about the fire of God coming upon the church. Amber is the color that represents the Glory of God.

We also know that California has been experiencing a few years of extreme fires that brought so much destruction but now the land is displaying the glory of God after the purifying fires. Once again we see this state revealing a prophetic picture of the Church which has gone through extreme refining and now is beginning to see a display of the Glory of God resting upon it.

What a beautiful and exciting time we are entering into. One of my friends and I keep saying that we feel like Alice (from Alice in Wonderland); we have gone down the rabbit hole and don’t want to go back! It is becoming a “wonder-land” where awe and wonder will be seen by all. His glory will clothe the church with splendor and beauty and His fire will bring forth the manifestation of signs and wonders by the millions!

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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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It’s Restoration Time!

by Kathi Pelton

Joel 2:25-27 has been going through my spirit for many months,

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,

The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,

And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.”

Every time I read these verses, one particular line stands out to me,

“… My great army which I sent among you.” (vs. 25b)

We often get so excited about the restoration part that we miss this line. So why am I pointing it out? It is for perspective and for deep understanding of how loved we are as sons and daughters.

This may sound strange, and you may wonder what I mean. How can an army of locusts sent among us prove the depths of the love of our Father?

Many years ago my husband and I were launched into ministry in a very public way, yet there was still much refining in our hearts and in the intent of our hearts that still needed to occur. At one point in our journey our amazing Heavenly Father looked upon us and knew that we needed the discipline that only a loving father can bring. He sent among our lives what only can be described as an army of “swarming and crawling locusts.” This season of difficulty, which looked to our eyes like destruction, was actually the time of discipline that would lead to repentance for the sake of restoration. It was the Father sending His great love upon us in the form of chastening.

I cannot imagine the depth of love that it took our Father to send such discipline upon our lives. The pain that came upon us was devastating. The “locusts” came and exposed every area of compromise, rebellion, pride, and unfaithfulness that was masked under all of the “good works.” This “army sent among us” stayed for seven years and I truly did not know if we would survive. I was often convinced that it was a demonic attack against us for all the years of ministry we had done. Although I am sure that the enemy took advantage of this time, I am more convinced that the great mercy of our God sent this among us in order to save us from our own hidden sins and generational strongholds.

It is easy to blame the enemy for everything that comes upon us but during those seven years, time and time again I became keenly aware of all that was being brought to the surface and exposed that neither my husband nor I had allowed ourselves to deal with. God was extracting the precious from the worthless. He was refining us, disciplining us (because He loves us so very much), and saving us from the things that would have ultimately destroyed us.

I won’t take the time to go into how deep and severe this seven year period was but I will say that I don’t know if I, as a parent, could have allowed my children to face such excruciating pain and not intervened. But the depths of His love allowed the full process to take place, knowing that He was there to save and deliver us from the very things that would have destroyed us. It gave me a greater understanding of how He could send His Son to die for us!

Psalm 78:8 says,

“Then they will not be like their ancestors— stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.”

God was assuring us that we would not be like those who had gone before us; stubborn, rebellious and not giving our hearts fully to Him. During those long and agonizing seven years He humbled us, gave us hearts of obedience, hearts fully yielded to Him. He knew the deep cry in us to be like Him and in His mercy He disciplined us and answered our greatest longing.

Many of you have gone through long periods of crisis and what only can be described as an army of locus sent among you. But what if it was (or is) the greatness of the love of your Father that sent this “great army among you” in order to save you?

We came out of those years refined and have seen gold produced. We are learning not to resist repentance but to understand it as a gift of freedom that we may quickly embrace. The fire of His love still remains upon us, keeping us pure and holy unto Him. And now we live in the time of restoration; we dwell in the beauty of verses 26 and 27,

“…You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.”

Though many of you have been through a time of a “great army being sent among you,” there is a promise that springs from this time and it is the promise of restoration! I truly cannot thank God enough for His discipline and for sending the army that exposed all that was hidden. He delivered us from so much! How great is His love! How vast is His wisdom and how good are His ways!

If you are in the midst of this sort of sifting and refining, humble yourself before the Lord quickly. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the gifts of humility, obedience, and faithfulness, and to cause your whole heart to be turned toward Him. Not only for your sake but for your children and your children’s children.

“…because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6

It is better to humble yourself before you are humbled by the Lord. This is a time where God is creating a people who will walk in humility, obedience, and faithfulness, whose hearts belong fully to Him.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:10

Oh, how deep His love is for you and for me!

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