Your Persistent Prayers Will Open the Door of Breakthrough

by Kathi Pelton

The other day we were blessed by having a team from YWAM (Youth With a Mission) come to our home to pray and prophesy over us as we face many transitions. During this precious time we put our daughter’s dog out on our deck. She was not a happy dog to be kept away from all of the excitement so she began scratching at our glass door. She scratched and scratched and scratched.

Her scratching began to become like the sound of fingernails going down a chalkboard. She was persistently pleading with her paws,

“Open the door, open the door, OPEN THE DOOR!”

I began to feel myself getting annoyed with her. I was about to get up to open the door to answer her persistent request when I suddenly heard the Holy Spirit speak to me,

“This puppy is like the story of the persistent widow who came before the unjust judge. Her persistence finally wore Him down and he granted her request. Persistent prayer will open the door for you.”

The story of the persistent widow goes like this,

Luke 18:1-8

Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’

“He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”

Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”

God is just, He is full of love and He WILL “stick up for you” against injustices. Though your trials may seem to drag on, your faith and persistent prayers are creating an atmosphere that bruises the enemy. Your prayers are not being ignored but they are doing a deep work in your life and character while shifting the atmosphere around your life as well.

I began to see our glass door, that was being scratched upon, as the enemy’s head. Our dog would not be dissuaded by the door that blocked her from her desire. Like the persistent widow, whose requests were like bruises upon this judge, so are our continual prayers bruising the enemy.

I hear the Spirit saying,

“The door will be opened for you!”

God is not ignoring you or deaf to your prayers but knows the perfect time to open the door for you. Though it feels like you’ve been left out in the cold (without your desired answer), suddenly and at the appointed time the door will open and you will enter with great joy.

Do not stop praying. Do not stop knocking at the door before you and do not believe the lie that God is ignoring your request. You are scratching, bruising and tearing down the lie that “God is not faithful” and defeating the persistent enemy that taunts His sons and daughters with accusations of being orphans. Abandonment is not possible for the sons and daughters of God. He will never leave nor forsake you! You will see the faithfulness of God come to your aid.

I will finish with the truth and encouragement from Romans 5:1-5,

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”

You are being changed through your persistence and patience. You will never be the same and when the door opens you will walk through it as a different person…as the person He created you to be.

He dearly loves us!


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The Lord Has Spoken. It Is Vindication Time!

Kathi Pelton

I heard the Lord announce today,

“It’s vindication time!”

The enemy has been served notice and though he is scrambling to hold his ground, he will not prevail! The Lord has spoken!

This vindication will transcend what we see; it refutes the evidence before us that currently points to defeat. God will overturn the tables of evil and vindicate personal lives, as well as national issues. Those who have walked in integrity and not turned from truth will now see vindication come.

I was recently sitting with a couple who had prayed for vindication regarding areas of their lives that the enemy had ravaged, and I kept hearing the Lord say, “I have taken up their cause and I will vindicate them!” These words have come back to me today and are going out to you.

You have cried out like the Psalmist,

“Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, And I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.” Psalm 26:1

And soon you will shout out like Jeremiah,

“The LORD has brought about our vindication; Come and let us recount in Zion the work of the LORD our God!” Jeremiah 51:10

This vindication will spread over nations and over people groups because the remnant of God’s people have humbled themselves before the Lord. They have prayed and put their trust in the Lord alone. Now, as in the days of King Hezekiah, we will see God rescue us and the kingdoms of the earth will see that He alone is God!

“Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O Lord, are God.” 2 Kings‬ ‭19:19‬ ‭

God will vindicate those whom He has place in positions of authority for such a time as this. He will vindicate the unborn, He will vindicate the fatherless, He will vindicate those who have been falsely accused, and He will vindicate those who have been afflicted and oppressed!

Declare His vindication over your life. Thank Him even now for His full vindication because He has spoken, therefore it is so! Rejoice even now for His gavel has come down and declared your recompense.

Those who have been barren—you will be as Rachel and be found fruitful!

“Then Rachel said, ‘God has vindicated me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son.’ Therefore she named him Dan.” Genesis 30:6

The Hebrew meaning of Dan is “his judgement.” God is rendering His verdict on your behalf and is vindicating you!

Watch in 2019–and beyond—what God does throughout the nations! Watch Japan, watch the United States, watch Egypt, watch Brazil, and watch some of the most oppressive places suddenly turn because a remnant has prayed and trusted in God alone!

This vindication will shift financial structures and cause “dirty money” to turn into pure gold as it is placed in the hands of the righteous. Debts will be paid off and a time of jubilee will occur. Shifts will take place that dispossess strongholds held by the enemy and suddenly the Lord’s Kingdom will come and be established in the most unlikely places. Then, even the media will call it a miracle!

It’s time to dance because it has been announced! This is not a time of “wait and see” but it is a time of rejoicing in our King, for He has spoken!

“Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, “’The LORD be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.’” Psalm 35:27


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Your Vats Will Overflow!

Today the Spirit spoke to me out of Proverbs 3:9-10,

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs‬ ‭3:9-10‬ ‭

There is a divine reset coming for many of you in the area of finance. I sensed the Lord desiring a “first fruits” offering to finish the 2018 year with honoring Him with an extravagant financial gift. The promise attached to it comes from the verse above from the Book of Proverbs. Honor the Lord with your wealth! This is an “honorarium to the Lord for His faithfulness and faithful promises.

2019 will be a year of new wine poured into new wine skins. There has been an emptying of the things of old that could not hold what the Lord is bringing forth in the days ahead. He has prepared us to walk honorably with wealth and emptied us of the old in order to fill us with the overflow of new wine. This will be a physical and spiritual overflow.

Will you prepare your first fruits offering to seal 2018 and to secure 2019? This will close the past year with thanksgiving and open the door of the new year with the honor that is attached to the promise in Proverbs 3:9-10.

Lastly, the Lord spoke to me from Ezekiel 12:23 recently saying that this will be the new proverb or new testimony in 2019 and beyond (I believe it shifted on 12/23/2018). I will start in verse 22 in order to give context,

“Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel: ‘The days go by and every vision comes to nothing’? Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.’ Say to them, ‘The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled.” Ezekiel‬ ‭12:22-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Even this week we are seeing prophesies coming to pass that are decades old! This is merely the beginning of the days that will hear the testimonies of visions and prophesies fulfilled. It will be a time of Biblical and Personal prophesies coming to pass.

Proverbs 3:9-10 is a promise and prophesy that those who honor the Lord with their wealth will see come to pass!


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#GivingTuesday is Here

Today is #GIVINGTUESDAY which is your opportunity to give a yearly gift to a non-profit organization that you believe in. Will you prayerfully consider giving your yearly gift our ministry.

Each year #GIVINGTUESDAY comes the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday where huge amounts of money are spent on gifts for ourselves and our loved ones. But then comes Tuesday which is a “Give back” day to support your favorite ministry or organization.

It is always the focus of our lives to give of ourselves; our resources, our time and our gifts each and every day of the year. This often comes with great sacrifice but we know that Jesus sacrificed His all for us so we are merely following His example of what love looks like.

One of our favorite verses on giving comes from Luke 6:38-40,

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.”

This is a promise that we have seen fulfilled in our lives continually. We have never been able to out-give God…all that we have ever given has come back upon us in a greater measure.

That is why we love #GIVINGTUESDAY! We know that every person who gives will receive back according to the measure that they give. This is true for you today as well. We love that what our ministry receives will come back on those who give with abundant and multiplied blessings. God keeps His Word!

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Jeffrey & Kathi Pelton

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It is an honor and blessing for us to spend our lives giving to you and to those that the Lord has put in our path. We pray that you are greatly strengthened and encouraged by our articles, books and devotionals.

We want to send out our book, “The Sounds of Christmas” and “The Yielding: A Lifestyle of Surrender” as a thank you for every gift of $500 or more we receive on #GIVINGTUESDAY. We will personally sign them with a personal word for you that we seek the Lord for (this offer is limited to those in the Continental United States due to international shipping costs.)

Thank You for standing with us and for giving back!

With Thanksgiving in Our Hearts~

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The God of “More than Enough” is Replacing Your Lack with His Abundance 

Kathi Pelton

Today I hear the Lord saying,

“Tell my people that I am the God of more than enough.” 

He is coming upon lives, circumstances and families that need this supernatural “more than enough” to take them from lack or need to the manifestation of abundance. 

Enter into worship and thank Him that He is reversing lack with more than enough. Declare it over your life and family…”He is more than enough!” His “more” is about to overtake your lack or need. 

Peace will wash away worries, wisdom will replace confusion and joy will overtake sorrows. Even in the places of your life that you have regrets, God is causing broken pieces to fit back together. What the enemy meant for evil God will turn for good. 

God’s compassion is flowing from His Throne of Mercy and Grace. His compassion releases healing and His compassion overtakes all lack that has held you down. You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. His favor upon your life will lead you into new victories and will open doors and new opportunities for you. 

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”‭‭ Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭

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The Crossover: 5777 to 5778


Kathi Pelton

We have come into the moment of “crossover” from the Hebrew year 5777 to 5778. A time from what prophetically has been called the “Year of the Clashing of Swords” to the “Year of the Door”.

The summer months have been months of refining and purification to prepare His people to enter through the door. The Spirit spoke to me in May saying that it would be a summer of miracles. Although many of those miracles looked different than we’d have expected, they were nonetheless miracles. These months produced the miracles of deliverance from lies into truths, old habits that brought about warfare to new ways and behaviors that bring peace and life and it brought forth the shedding of the old wineskins and the putting on of the new wineskin (old garments to new garments). These have been miracles that have prepared you for what will be poured out in this new year of open doors and new beginnings. 

I saw a vision of the bride going through what looked to be a hidden doorway that led to a secret garden. As the bride entered into this garden she was given new wine to drink and fresh baked bread to eat. It was His blood and His body; great healing and restoration came upon her as she partook of these gifts of grace. She then was taken to a place where she received a deep refreshing that was very much needed for her parched soul after a year of preparations and purifications. Jars of pure water were poured over her that refreshed her soul and revived her heart with new vision and renewed love. As she stood in this new place the smell of the grapes being pressed, fresh bread being baked, green grass after a rain and fragrant flowers mingled together in a cool breeze that blew gently upon her. These scents went into her very being and filled her with new beauty where the ashes had once been. Then a garland of the flowers from every season was placed upon her which caused a new sound of praise to come forth from her. This filled her with joy and revived first love for her Bridegroom to well up within her and then pour out from her.

As this vision ended I was aware that we are passing through a doorway at this time where we are invited into a secret place where all things are made new. New wine will fill the new wineskins and He will “restore our souls”. It was like walking into Psalm 23 and our cup was filled to overflowing with His beauty. 

As a young child (I was 4 years old), every night I would lay down in my bed to go to sleep and immediately I’d be taken into a long corridor or hallway where I saw in the distance door, after door, after door. At the time I could not reach the doors no matter how hard I tried. There were so many doors ahead and such a long and narrow corridor that it would overwhelm me and even frighten me. I somehow knew that beauty was on the other side of these doors but the hallway to get to them was too long. 

As we have come upon this time of Rosh Hashanah (5778) I have been reminded of this experience and suddenly heard the sound of the unlocking of all of these doors. No longer were they in the distance and unapproachable, but they were standing before us. It is the time to go through and crossover. We must leave behind what was carried through the years before this one. It is time to take off the hiking gear and allow the white garments that a bride wears to adorn us.

This year will mark a 50 year period since I had those experiences as a four year old child. It is like a jubilee time to leave the old and come into the doorway of the new. The old wineskins will not be able to hold the new wine therefore the old must be left outside the door. 

These are heavenly doors that will affect earthly things. The beauty and blessings will not only heal and restore your soul but will cause favor, wisdom and beauty to touch the places that your feet will step. 

…How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

This will be a key verse that will anoint His bride as she passed through new doors. Good news and good tidings will come forth from her, peace and salvation will be her proclamation and shouts of “Our God reigns!” will fill the atmosphere. 

The secret door is unlocked that will usher you into the place that you experience the restoration of your soul. 

Enter in…

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Streams of Income Will Open Up

Kathi Pelton

A couple of weeks ago I had a dream where I saw many stream but each one had been dammed up by beavers. As I saw these streams that merely trickled, due to the beaver dams, I heard the Lord say,

“These are streams of income that have been blocked by the enemy. Tear down the dams because it is time for these streams of income to flow swiftly and without obstructions.”

Many of you have been facing a resistance regarding finances and your sources of income have been obstructed or blocked. Some of you have been waiting for new streams of income to open up but have yet to find them. In either case, I hear the Lord saying that it is time to command those demonic dams to come apart, break open and move! 

As these dams break there will be a sudden and swift rush of income and provision that has been building up behind this “wall” that has stopped the flow. This will happen for individuals, families, churches (ministries) and businesses. 

There has been a “build up” that has been happening behind the dammed streams that is putting great pressure on this block that the enemy has set up. It has created a storehouse of provision that will flood your need with “more than you can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). 

Now is the time to prophesy to those streams of income to open up and flow freely. Command that the dams break and that all obstacles are removed. 

…And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. Matthew 21:21

Ask the Spirit for wisdom in stewarding the income. God’s wisdom is like the thread that closes the hole in your pocket that your money has been falling through. It ALL comes from Him and belongs to Him. 

The Spirit showed me a vision of a pocket with a dime in it. This pocket had a round hole in it that looked like a zero (0). I knew that this dime represented their “tithe” (10%). Then this person with the hole in their pocket asked for wisdom and the Spirit of the Lord spoke to them saying,

“Replace the hole with the whole.”

Immediately this person knew that God wanted more than a tithe of ownership in his life (and finances); he wanted the whole! This person then said, 

“You can have it all Lord.” 

As he said this the hole in his pocket that looked like a zero was closed by the thread of this wisdom (and the obedience to the wisdom) and the zero was added to this dime over and over causing great multiplication. What was 10 became 100, then 1000, then 10,000 and so on. 

“So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship. Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.”  Romans 12:1-2

The obedience to committing your “whole” or “all” will open the dam and close the hole that has caused losses. 

It is time for the Kingdom to go forth and the citizens of Heaven to have all that they need to do all that He asks. Break all agreement with lack and come into agreement with abundance. The whole belongs to Him! 

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38


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Our True Inheritance


By Kathi Pelton

In the past few years the true meaning of the word inheritance has become very real to me. Both my parents suddenly passed away within a short time of each other, leaving my siblings and I with a financial inheritance. My parents worked hard for many years.  They spent countless hours carefully investing and consulting with financial advisors through both prosperous and perilous times to preserve funds for their retirement and security.

In the end, the money could not replace the inheritance that we truly needed as their children. Money could not hold our family together, but merely divided us.  It was our hearts that needed investment and needed to be secured. If time had been invested, and spiritual seeds sown, we would have been rich.

What I had longed for all my life was a relational and spiritual inheritance. I have watched many men and women who have been blessed with a long line of parents and grandparents who have given their lives to see a spiritual inheritance passed onto their children and their children’s children. These godly parents invested time, love and honor into their children. They taught them how to walk with God and how to love Him with all of their hearts. I have always been in awe of this kind of legacy—a godly inheritance that would not pass away.

I honor the work of my parent’s hands and how they labored for many years to make a good life for themselves and leave a monetary inheritance for their children.  The truth is that I would have traded every penny for a spiritual inheritance.


The Inheritance That Will Never Pass Away

A spiritual inheritance is something that my husband and I have been laboring to leave our children and our children’s children. It is something that we can give them while we are still alive, and something that we can leave them after we are gone.

Psalm 37:18 says,

The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever.

Teaching our children to live fully in the Lord’s care, in absolute dependence on His promises and to listen to His voice every day of their lives is the greatest investment we can make. We would give our very lives to make sure that within our family we prepare a place where the blessing of the Lord can rest for generations to come.

Our greatest longing is for our children to know that they are loved not just by us, but by the One who gave His life for us. We invest our love, time, prayers, counsel, affections and finances into each of them.  We long to leave an inheritance of truth and righteousness that reads, “His love endures forever!”

This is an everlasting inheritance; one that will not end. His love is eternal and is the answer to every question they will ever need answered after we are gone. The height, width, length and depth of His love are the boundaries that we want our children to live in.

Psalm 16:6

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.


His Inheritance

Along with teaching our children about leaving a spiritual inheritance, we also have taught them that they are the inheritance that the Father longs to give His Son.

Investing in His inheritance is the greatest investment that we can make. For thousands of years the enemy has sought to kill, steal and destroy the inheritance that is to be given to Jesus. WE ARE HIS INHERITANCE! You are His inheritance; every man, woman and child that has every lived was created to be His inheritance.

Psalm 28:9 says,

Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.

God is moving on the hearts of His sons and daughters to go into all the Earth to gather the inheritance of His Son. They are dispersed throughout the nations, and many have been sent to gather the lost seeds. The Father is waiting for the return of His sons and daughters who are His Son’s Bride.


The Prodigal: His Inheritance Comes Home

God longs for His family. He longs for every wayward child, every son and daughter that has wandered from His care.

Just like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son, our Heavenly Father waits with anticipation for His sons and daughters to return home. In that story the son feared returning home because he had squandered his father’s inheritance and was too ashamed to face him. But all the father longed to do was embrace his son and cover his shame by restoring him into his family.

Luke 15:20-24

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

The father was not concerned about the money that had been wasted, because he knew that his son was the true inheritance. Our Heavenly Father understands this; He gave His most precious possession—Jesus—in order to provide a way for His family to come home. His family is His inheritance. You and I are the true inheritance.


A Jubilee Year

As we have now passed Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) into the year 5776, we have entered what is considered a Jubilee year. Jubilee refers to a year where debts are paid and land is returned to its original owners.

I believe that this is God’s Jubilee year for many. Many prodigals will have their debts forgiven and they will return to their true Father. God’s inheritance will increase and His family will grow. Let us announce this jubilee over our families, over our cities and over the nations. We will partner with our Father to see His Son have the inheritance that He is worthy and deserving of.

This year both physical and spiritual inheritances will be returned. There will be a transfer of wealth from the enemy camp to God’s family. This wealth will be lives that have been held by sin and death as well as resources that have been in the hands of the ungodly.

Proverbs 13:22

A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

God will release the wealth of sinners in the hands of the righteous this year in ways that will astonish many. These transfers will resource many to go forth to bring Jesus His inheritance.


Kathi Pelton







A Now Word: Transfer of Wealth, Salvation and Prisoners Set Free


By Kathi Pelton

A word of encouragement for God’s people:
I believe that there is a great transfer of wealth and resources coming into the hands of the righteous who have laid down their lives to fulfilled God’s will and to see all glory given to Him. This is to ALL who have surrendered in whatever role the Lord has placed you in to be His representative. I see resources, land and finances being transferred and being prepared to be transferred even now.
I also believe that there is about to be a great influx of sons and daughters (prodigals) returning home along with the eyes of those who have never walked with the Lord being open.
Last, I see a great visitation of the Lord that is about to come upon prisons. I see angelic visitations for those in prison that will be like Saul’s conversion to Paul. These visitations will bring immediate and sudden deliverance from demonic strongholds and tormenting spirits that have kept these men and women enslaved. The hardest of the hard will become the softest hearts of all. Prisoners will be ministering to the guards and they will both be free in Jesus. People will go to prisons to be set free.
Agree with me in prayer for these things. As we agree with Heaven and humbles ourselves to pray; great things will be unleashed.

In Our Weakness He Makes His Strength Known


By Kathi Pelton

As we enter into this New Year (according the the Jewish Calendar) of 5776, it helps us to be aware that this is a Jubilee Year–a time when debts are canceled, land is returned and strength is given in place of weakness.

God is the One who will do for you what you cannot do for yourself. Have you been crashing into your own weakness and inability to help yourself? If yes, then you are to know that as you surrender your weakness to God that He will come in and manifest His strength on your behalf.

2 Corinthians 12:9-11

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Yesterday I was sharing with a couple of young adults that the greatest dilemma we face as believers transitioning into adulthood is that, even as we must learn to shoulder greater levels of personal responsibility, it is vital that we also learn to become absolutely dependent on God. Dependency on God is the key to freedom and independence from the bondage of the world’s call to rely on our own strength. Self-dependence merely reveals our desperate need for God.

We are living in a time that God is being very deliberate, inviting His sons and daughters to live in the safety and refuge of His strength. This process first exposes our greatest weaknesses, and areas where we have been living independently from His strength, exercising our independence through self-protection, striving and insecurities. But the good news is that surrender is as easy as “raising your white flag”: turning in humility to a loving Father who is very present to scoop you up into His strong and loving arms and embrace you.

We are a people in need of God and each other, My area of weakness may be your area of strength and my strength may be your weakness and together we can hold one another up as God holds us all. We were not created to live independently from one another or from God. We shine through dependency and His power is revealed in our weakness. Unity and dependency are like a two edged sword. It is the truth revealed to His sons and daughters who live in a world that tries to deceive us into living apart from Him and one another.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

This is a beautiful truth that speaks of the unity of marriage and of friendship. I love that I have my husband, my family and many friends who can pick me up and keep me warm–and I can do the same for them.

God’s strength makes the impossible possible. You can let your faith arise as you are facing impossible situations, because God’s strength and power comes to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

Matthew 19:26
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

Psalm 37:39
“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble.”

As you enter this New Year, celebrate His strength and power. Celebrate His invitation into Jubilee, where He does for you what you cannot do for yourself. Boast in your weakness, knowing that His power will make a way where there is no way.