We Are Fighting For “The Image of God” To Be Preserved In Our Children

By Kathi Pelton

Recently, during a time of intercession, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Kathi, do you know what the enemy hates most of all? He hates my image in every created person.”

Instantly I understood why we are witnessing the depth of depravity regarding identity, gender, and sexuality that we see today. Last week’s Democratic National Convention featured a panel that hosted an individual who claims to be a “Black-Vietnamese, transgender nonbinary/gender transcendent mermaid Queen-King.” The attack against our children and our children’s children, regarding identity and the image of God that they were created to display, is beyond anything that we could have ever imagined in years past. If someone would have suggested that a political party would have hosted a panelist that claimed to be a “mermaid Queen-King” we would have shaken our heads and said, “That will never happen!” And yet it is happening.

What was yesterday’s insanity is today’s celebrated norm. The confusion and delusion is truly mind boggling. In saying this, there is no hate or lack of compassion for those who have been caught in this great deception because if Jesus were here waking the earth, these are the ones He would have dined with and told stories to that would have brought them to salvation. Oh, how He loves all who He has created; and we must do the same.

My point in bringing up this level of confusion regarding identity, gender, and sexuality is to point out that the enemy absolutely hates to have to look upon the image of God within you and me and our children. He wants to wipe it out; make it so distorted and diluted that God’s image within mankind is unrecognizable.

It is the greatest mockery of God’s creation. This mockery and perversion of true identity is a slap in the face of our crucified Savior. It is not only a great wound piercing the heart of Jesus but it is heart-breaking and heart-wrenching to every Christian parent that has loved their their precious son or daughter, dedicated them to Christ, sung over them lullabies of Jesus’ love, and raised them in the truths of the Word, only to see them caught in the trap of this great deception.

How do I know this? Because one of my beautiful children has been caught in this deception. All our other children and their spouses love the Lord with all of their hearts, but this one precious child has been stolen and is trapped in a life that is destroying the beauty of the image of God that she was created in. As a parent, who loved and nurtured such a beautiful creation, I find my heart so deeply grieved for such a waste of beauty and identity— I grieve for the loss of all of the plans that the Lord has for her life that are not being lived out.

But this article is not about my child but about “our children and our children’s children!” This may be one of the greatest attacks on mankind ever played out. So, what can we do?

Jesus is the great Intercessor and we must join Him as intercessors. When I hear a believer say that he or she is not a “great intercessor” (as if that were a calling such as a pastor, teacher or apostle) I immediately think, “Well, it’s time to become one!” We are all to have prayer and intercession be nurtured in our lives in the same way we nurture our lives with the Word of God. I’ve never heard a true Christian say, “I’m not a follower of the Bible.” We all know and understand that the Word of God is our lamp that lights our path; that is undisputed. So, why do we label some people “intercessors” and some not? If we want to see the image of God in our children and in the generation that is being born today, then we must join Jesus in His intercession for them!

“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans‬ ‭8:34‬ ‭

Rather than condemn, we must begin to intercede! We must allow our private times with the Lord and even our corporate times together to become times that we enter into His intercession. In 2016 I was involved in a time of corporate intercession, along with ten thousand other believers from all across the world, as we entered into the intercession of Jesus for the US elections. There was no mention of a particular candidate, but rather a crying out for His will to be done. I watched as thousands of Chinese men and women rushed to the front of this convention center in Jerusalem to “push” in prayer. It wasn’t even their nation being prayed for but they entered into the intercession of Jesus with groaning too deep for words.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26

The “wordless groans” were so deep and pure. They were bringing heaven to earth. The next day most of us were completely shocked by the election results— to this day I believe it was birthed in intercession by the nations of the world who entered into the intercession of Christ.

What if we began to do this for our children; for the preservation and revelation of “the image of God” that is within them? What if rather than another conference we gathered to intercede? If we grabbed the horns of the altar and did not let go until we saw the breakthrough?

“Adonijah was afraid of Solomon, so he rushed to the sacred tent and grabbed on to the horns of the altar.” 1 Kings 1:50

In the Old Testiment, Adonijah had sinned greatly and he knew to run to the altar and plead for mercy— and he received it and his life was spared.

Stephen S. Gibney writes this about the altar with the horns, “The altar has two meanings: the first meaning was that the altar symbolized the cross of Christ (Heb 13:10) and the second is that the altar symbolized fiery prayer (Lev. 6:13). One man said that, ‘Altars were places where the divine and human worlds interacted. Altars were places of exchange, communication, and influence. God responded actively to altar activity.’”

Rather than shaking our heads at the narrative regarding identity and gender in the world today, isn’t it time for us to go before the cross of Christ in fiery prayer and watch the divine world and the human world interact until we see a breakthrough?

This is a battle fought in heavenly places. What is being played out on earth is not fought on earth but in the place of intercession— the intercession of Jesus. If conferences and corporate gatherings were to become prayer meeting where we took hold of the horns on the altar and cried out for mercy, we could see our children saved from having their identity robbed and the image of God mocked.

Isn’t it time?

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Feeling Anxious or Depressed?

Kathi Pelton

Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Did you know that not all that you experience may be “you”? We are spiritual beings with physical bodies and souls that often react to unseen things. What feels like a problem in you may actually be something that you are perceiving outside of you.

When I was twenty years old my husband and I moved across the country to attend Bible college. When we arrived and walked onto the campus I immediately felt like something was wrong. I remember telling my husband, “I think we just made a huge mistake.”

Something inside of me shifted in that moment that caused me to go from a young, happy, and carefree newlywed to someone feeling anxious, oppressed and eventually depressed. In our years at that college I watched as a number of women (professors’ wives) experience nervous breakdowns. All that I knew was that something was wrong but everyone just said that it was me and my emotional immaturity.

Finally, as my husband watched me go from emotional turmoil into physical illness he decided to take me back home before graduating. I remember feeling so badly that all of the hard work that he had done during his years of studies (getting straight A’s) and his dreams of translating Bibles and missions work was being lost because of me. Then, just a few months after returned home the news came that the chancellor of this college had been involved with prostitutes as well as other sins of pride and impurities. The school lost its accreditation and most of the students left. It was televised all over the world.

Why am I telling you this story? Because we didn’t understand that I carried a discernment gift or how I was to walk with it. The gift of the discerning of spirits is very misunderstood and often not recognized by the Church. Often people who experience physical and emotional reactions to spiritual environments are carrying a gift of discernment (not always but more often than we realize). The good news is that this is a redemptive gift that can not only benefit you but benefit those around you and the place that you live if it is handled properly.

I had to learn how to recognize when a physical or emotional reaction required spiritual tools that brought a healthy response. The problem was that these “reactions of the soul” almost always feel very personal and very disorienting. I didn’t understand in the early years how I could be feeling happy one moment and the next moment having thoughts like, “I just want to die!” These extremes are often experienced by those who have this gift. More than likely, in those moments, I was picking up a spirit of death or suicide that was in someone or over an area.

There have been three keys in my life for walking with this gift (that surely didn’t feel like a gift for many years). The first key was to allow the Lord to heal me from all of the trauma in my past and to allow the Lord to deliver me from spirits that wanted to destroy me. Second was to allow my life to be aligned fully with the Spirit and the Word. Third was to allow intercession to be the place that these extreme senses and emotions were processed.

When I discovered the place of intercession I found that the Lord would take me from a reaction that began in my body (my physical senses), then hit my soul (emotions/thoughts) to the place of my spirit where His Spirit brought forth a proper response through prayer and wisdom (understanding). This would not only accomplish what the gift was put there for but it would also lift from me the burden that—if kept in my soul—would have become a “heavy yoke”.

There is a lot going on in our world and in lives around us all the time. Discerning spirits does not have to be devastating or detrimental but rather the launching pad for amazing breakthrough. I believe one of the most threatening things to the enemy is the gift of discernment and the discovery of how to walk in it. As this is understood, the intercession that accompanies it, grounded in truth and wisdom, will begin to shift lives, cities, and nations.

If you are feeling anxious or depressed don’t stop there and assume that it’s just you! Go to the Spirit and ask the Lord for wisdom. Seek healing, get grounded in truth, and learn how to partner with the great Intercessor, Jesus, to see His Kingdom come. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

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Shout “Mercy” Over Your Prodigal

Kathi Pelton

I recently heard a story during one of our Sunday services that the Spirit of God has been bringing back to me again and again.

The story was about a young man who had committed the crime of desertion from Napoleon’s army for which he received a sentence of death. His distraught mother went before Napoleon and begged for mercy for her only son. He said to her,

“Your son does not deserve mercy.”

The mother replied,

“If he deserved mercy he would not be in need of it.”

When Napoleon heard this he was moved with compassion and showed her mercy by pardoning her son and returning him to his mother.

Mercy is what is shown to one who deserves judgement; it is completely unmerited by the recipient. Mercy flows out of a place of compassion and unconditional love toward the guilty and the condemned. Grace, on the other hand, is unmerited favor. It is what brings forgiveness and provides salvation to the one who cries out in repentance.

In the story that I shared above, the son didn’t cry out for mercy; his mother did. Since hearing this story I have heard the Lord ask me again and again to “Shout for mercy!” over the prodigals.

My husband and I have four beautiful children; our oldest daughter we adopted when she was a year old. Her adoption was the most radical miracle I’ve ever personally witnessed. The day that we brought this beautiful baby home was the best day of my life. I remember sitting in the back seat of our car with her sleeping next to me in her car seat. I touched her little hands and toes and wept in awe of this gift that God had delivered into our hands. She was perfect and she was ours…she was a desire and promise fulfilled for us.

When she became an older teen we watched the enemy bring an assignment upon her life to steal her away. For the past decade she has lived as a prodigal in a life that is so much less than God’s plans for her and our dreams for her. Although all of our other children are walking strong in the Lord, our hearts live with a daily ache to see our “promise baby” return to the Lord (we know that she will!).

As the mom of a prodigal, this exhortation to “shout for mercy” for the prodigals and the story of the mom begging the judge for mercy for her son, has deeply stirred my heart. I find myself driving in my car shouting “Mercy” over her and “Mercy” over all the prodigal sons and daughters. Like the father in the story of the prodigal son, I am always watching down the road for our daughter to return home. I will run to her when she does.

Though these prodigals are not crying out for mercy, their moms can cry out for them. There is a judge in heaven who is full of mercy and full of compassion. Go before the mercy seat of God and plead mercy for your prodigal child or loved one. In Exodus 25:22 God makes a promise regarding the mercy seat saying,

“There I will meet with you.”

In the Old Testament, the mercy seat was sprinkled with blood when the priest came before it. It had two gold cherubim on either side of it and it was the place where God’s presence rested. When Jesus rose from the dead, there were two angels dressed in white at the head and foot of where the blood stained body of Jesus had laid. It was a perfect picture of the mercy seat.

You are invited to go before the mercy seat of God, where He will meet with you, and ask for the blood of Jesus to come upon your prodigal and mercy to be declared over their lives.

Shout mercy! Mothers…shout mercy! Wives…shout mercy! The Merciful One is saying, “Shout Mercy”! There is an agreement between your shout and His compassion that will bring the breakthrough. Don’t stop!

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13

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