God is Intermingling the Old and the New

by Kathi Pelton

The uncompromising message that I heard as a young believer that taught foundational truths, holiness, and freedom from sin and death has often been lost in the desire to let the world know that we walk in love. Yet, no one had to water down the truth that brought conviction of sin when I came to know the Lord. Sin was devastating my life, and the love found within the message of freedom from sin and a God who would die to redeem me from it was greater love than I had ever imagined possible!

Somehow many have concluded that any message that brings real conviction or exposes sin is not love. Yet, there is more love than we can imagine in the message of an invitation into freedom. The truth that the wages of sin are death and hell is now a politically incorrect message, yet it is the truth that Jesus died for; the one that saved my life and the lives of countless men and women.

The teaching of universalism is that there is ultimately no hell, no final judgement for any individual. There are those who tell us that it is unloving to proclaim the truth that rejecting Christ’s payment for sin will result in eternal separation from God. Such ideas have the appearance of kindness, but they are merely a recipe for watered-down Christianity.

Hell is real, but it was not designed for men; instead, it was meant for Satan and his demon army. Jesus made a way, through His death on the cross, for every man and woman to be redeemed, because He paid the price for our sin. We have the opportunity to receive the free gift of salvation and righteousness before our God. It is amazing that God has not forced His love upon us, but has given us free will to accept it or to reject it. Love offers a choice; not a compromised choice, but real freedom to chose.

When I was a new believer I understood these important truths, but unfortunately there were not a lot of true “fathers and mothers” who would come alongside us new sons and daughters in order to nurture us. Many of us who had chosen Christ and received the gift of eternal life still struggled with deeply wounded souls. I was one who carried scars from my childhood and from the many bad choices I had made that brought great harm to my young life.

Though I had experienced the amazing love of God during my salvation experience, rigid “Do no sin!” messages—apart from the healing of my soul to replace the orphan spirit I carried—merely reinforced an unhealthy demand to perform and set me up for failure.

We are seeing a wonderful shift in this season, and messages of love, healing, intimacy, our true identity in Christ, loving family, and generations walking together are now nurturing new converts and healing wounded souls. However, this does not negate the need for us to understand our hopelessness outside of Christ. We must understand the message of holiness and healing found in Jesus.

What I see happening in the Spirit is an intermingling of the message of uncompromising holiness, true conviction of sin, and Jesus redeeming men from the penalty of sin (which is death and hell) with the message of intimacy, family, sonship, identity, grace and His “reckless love.” It’s “not either/or” but “both/and.”

Either message without the other brings about unbalanced living. One demands holiness apart from healing, and the other creates compromise that makes people “feel good”; but they are being comforted within the constraints of their captivity. We need both! We need holiness and we need healing, we need uncompromising truth and unconditional love, we need to displace the enemy and then fill that place with the true identity that God created men to live in.

There is an intermingling of holiness and healing! There is an intermingling of conviction of sin and healing of hearts! There is an intermingling of uncompromising truth and intimacy! And there is an intermingling of foundational teachings and His reckless love that creates true disciples that know they are sons and daughters.

This will release light to those caught in darkness. It is the message the world longs to hear and the balm that souls need to receive. It is new wine poured into new wine skins. One without the other causes the wine skins to burst and the wine to be wasted.

Let us enter into a yielded life that allows the Spirit of the Lord to intermingle the fullness of all the aspects and characteristics of God within our lives. May a bride who is both holy and healed emerge in this hour!

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Are You Needing Wisdom?

by Kathi Pelton

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proverbs 1:7 says,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Keys, Mysteries and Purification

by Kathi Pelton

At the beginning of the year the Lord told me that 2019 would be a “Year of Demarcation.” I knew that February would be a significant month that highlighted moments of demarcation. Beginning 2/12 to 2/22 there was a significant shift, moving the body of Christ into a greater authority that will expose things hidden in darkness, bring forth light, open and close doors, and see both mercy and judgement released.

There are three Scriptures that the Spirit of the Lord highlighted to me. All three of the verse references have the numbers 222 within them.

They are Isaiah 22:22, Daniel 2:22 and Revelation2:22. Let’s look at them and then begin to unpack them a bit.

“I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them.” ‭Isaiah‬ ‭22:22‬ ‭

“He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.” Daniel‬ ‭2:22‬ ‭

“So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.” Revelation‬ ‭2:22‬ ‭

In Isaiah 22:22 we see a key of authority given that can open and shut doors. We have entered a time of possessing the keys of authority to shut doors that the enemy has held open to bring about demonic laws, agendas, deceptions, defilements, and darkness; these doors will begin to close through the power of prayer and the authority of Jesus Christ given to the church. The word “Holiness” will be written upon these keys.

The authority that comes to those who will follow His ways and walk in His truths (not adding or subtracting from His Word) will receive keys of authority such as Jesus had when He walked on earth.

“To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, To them I will give authority over all the nations. They will rule the nations with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots. They will have the same authority I received from my Father, and I will also give them the morning star!” Revelation‬ ‭2:26-28‬

“They will have the same authority…” Incredible!

Daniel 2:22 is upon us as God is revealing deep and hidden things: both truths and deceptions. He is using the most unlikely men and women to bring this about! In the midst of deep darkness His light will be revealed. The enemy’s “underbelly” will be exposed; shields that have protected and hidden satanic strongholds will suddenly be removed, allowing the light to penetrate the darkness. The enemy will be found vulnerable and exposed in many ways and arenas.

Lastly, Revelation 2:22 deals with the spirit of Jezebel. In this chapter the Church of Thyatira is rebuked for “tolerating that woman- Jezebel.” Verse 22 not only brings judgement upon this spirit of deception and defilement, but it calls those who have joined with her into repentance or they will also be judged.

This is a time that we are seeing this spirit exposed (judged) and “those who have joined with with her” given a chance to repent. It is very sobering because it says that those who do not repent will suffer greatly. How merciful it is of our God to offer a time of repentance. This is His mercy because He does not desire to bring judgement.

The end result of this purification, exposure of darkness, and closing doors will be the return of “Holiness unto the Lord” upon His bride.

We will see righteousness, mercy, light, purity, truth, integrity, and the fear of the Lord come upon the church, and this will result in great authority that replaces the kingdom of darkness and deception with the Kingdom of light and of truth.

This is a time of demarcation that is removing the filthy garments from God’s priests as we see in Zechariah 3. We pray for mercy to triumph over judgement and for the fear of the Lord and holiness unto the Lord to come upon His bride.

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Breaking Cycles of Destruction

By Kathi Pelton

Many believers come from family lines that have generational cycles of destruction and dysfunction within them. As we know, many abusers were raised by abusive fathers and many addicts were raised by parents who struggled with addiction. This is not always the case, but it is often the case.

When a believer has come from a generational line of demonic cycles, the first thing that we do is to repent on behalf of those who have gone before us; and then repent for our sins that have been attached to the sins visited upon us. But often we stop there and are left wondering why the “curses” are not broken and the cycles of destruction and failures continue.

There are a few keys that I’d like to share with you that will allow you to walk out the freedom that you prayed for.

1. Trust

Most heroes of the faith had one thing in common: they trusted in God.

Trust in God will move you out of destructive cycles that have been formed in those places of pain and betrayal that bring about an independence from God. We are called to live and walk in absolute dependency upon God; therefore trust must be restored so that cycles of rebellion, stubbornness, offense, pride, and self-centeredness can be broken.

“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.” Psalms‬ ‭9:10‬

2. Obedience

When we come to know Christ as our Savior and we repent of our sins (and even for the sins of our forefathers) this means that we change our ways! We no longer walk according to the flesh and the sins of the flesh but we walk according to the Spirit and in obedience to all of His ways and commandments.

We must “turn from our wicked ways” and follow Christ. This means that we allow the Spirit of God to search us and see if there is any offensive way within us (Psalm 139:23-24). If there is rebellion, pride, hatred, bitterness, jealousy, or a lying tongue, we must repent and by the help of the Holy Spirit, as well as those who God has put in our lives to walk with us, change our ways.

“You must love the Lord your God and keep (obey) His charge, His statutes, His ordinances, and His commandments always.” Deuter­­onomy‬ ‭11:1‬

We must also understand that obedience to God and to His designated authorities does not stifle freedom—it frees us. Rebellion breeds independence and independence breeds pride and pride always comes before a fall. To walk in authority we must first understand how to live in authority!

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch over your souls as those who must give an account. Let them do this with joy and not complaining, for that would not be profitable to you.” Hebrews‬ ‭13:17‬ ‭

3. Humility

Often we need the help of the family of God to break familiar and destructive cycles. Humbling yourself before those who walk in intimate relationships with you is vital for your freedom. Confess your sins and bring them into the light so that there are no hidden places of darkness.

We must also humble ourselves before God. As we choose the posture of humility it will break the independent cycles bred by pride—cycles that divide people from one another and from God.

A humble heart is a teachable heart. Humility causes the soil of your soul to be soft and “good soil” for all that the Lord desires to plant within you. Humility comes before integrity which is required for true authority.

“But He gives more grace. For this reason it says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”” James‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭

James 4 goes on to say in verse 10,

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭

4. Love

If we want to truly see lasting change in our lives and the lives of our family line then we must learn to love. Not love according to the world’s definition, but as Love Himself defines it in 1 Corinthians 13. There is power in love and the attributes of God’s love set men free.

Pray through these verses, read them aloud, ask the Spirit of the Lord to plant every aspect of love into the soil of your life. Repent of any violations against love so that you can be free!

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭

Conclusion—

We must understand that we can pray for cycles to be broken and generational cycles (curses) to be lifted, but after we pray we must walk out the “new way” (God’s way). We must put feet to our prayers and agreements. His Word is true and we cannot mix truth with lies. You cannot mix obedience with rebellion, humility with pride, or dependency with independence.

God has given you keys to freedom throughout His Word. Receive them and watch freedom come!

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It’s Time to Cross the Threshold

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Kathi Pelton

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Last November I was in Okinawa, Japan attending meetings with a number of global gatekeepers. During our time together an Asian leader shared a story.

The previous week, he had met with a remnant of believers from his nation, so that they might seek the Lord together for breakthrough into victory over the many obstacles they have faced for generations. Churches had fasted, prayed, worshiped and repented and yet they were not experiencing the breakthrough that they were seeking. This man told us how, in the midst of their meeting together, they became aware of several families among them who were in severe financial need. The entire group stopped everything that they were doing, laying down their agendas and schedules, and proceeded to take up an offering for these families. As the money was distributed to those in need, they received it with humility and gratitude, deeply touched and profoundly blessed.

Later, when they all regrouped and returned to prayer, crying out once again to the Lord corporately, everyone gathered sensed the witness from the Holy Spirit that they had received the breakthrough they were looking for.

As I listened to his story my spirit was moved and I heard:
“They crossed the threshold of Isaiah 58.”

It was like having water splashed in my face, awakening me to a vitally important truth that we often neglect as we contend for a corporate breakthrough. We forget that the body is made up of individuals, and we can find ourselves rejoicing in a corporate victory even as many individuals leave and return home feeling the weight of oppressing circumstances upon them.

Isaiah 58 is the chapter about God’s chosen fast. It begins with passionate words to those who have fasted, prayed and called out to God but to no avail:

“Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.
‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’

These words echo the cry of those who had stood on behalf of that Asian nation and yet they were not experiencing breakthrough. But let’s read further:

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD?

The leader I mentioned told us how within his country, many churches competed with one another to see which was the biggest and best congregation. This led to leaders treating their people—and even their own families—in harsh and abusive ways as they strove to be the best. Leaders were dealing with divisions, offences and broken family relationships. They looked good on the outside but the “family” within their walls was broken and divided.

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

When these leaders turned their hearts to the needs of individual families, putting aside their public agenda to meet the financial need, they crossed a threshold from the old way of doing things into the new “true” fast. They stopped striving for breakthrough the way they always had, and in doing so, became the breakthrough for others. As they released the ones in need from the yoke of oppression, God released them from the yoke of oppression that was upon the whole. Already, the promises of Isaiah 58 are beginning to come upon them as pastors and other leaders have begun to humble themselves and repent for their pride and harshness, seeking to repair broken relationships and release new freedom among their people.

Maybe the poor are among us as an invitation into the corporate breakthrough. Will we remove the oppression from them, or simply ignore their need? Will we point a finger at them and wonder what they’ve done wrong to be under this yoke of oppression or recognize that—just possibly—they are under that yoke because we have not taken it off of them. Does all of our time and money go to building church walls and better ministries, or do we first stop and build a strong family? Maybe our promises are found in Isaiah 58’s wisdom….just maybe.

Give and It Shall Be Given Back to You

One of the first words the Lord gave me as we approached 2016 came from Luke 6:38:

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.”

The Holy Spirit emphasized this verse again and again to me. I knew that God was about to deal with the poverty spirit that presides in the Church. This spirit is rooted in fear and unbelief. We must take God at His word and truly know that to whatever measure we hold back, that creates the measure that is held back from us; but also, to the measure we give, so are overflowing blessings given back to us.

I often hear believers say that they can’t give because they do not have enough to meet their own needs, but this is the very thinking that often causes God’s children to not have enough. It is as we give that it is given back to us. Remember the story of the widow’s mite?

Mark 12:41-44

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Her small gift was counted as more costly than those who had given large amounts out of their wealth.

Many years ago when my husband and I were living in another country with our four children we experienced something similar to this story. We were living on missions support and our monthly support base was much smaller than our monthly needs. One Sunday morning, as I sat in the morning service, I was feeling a great weight of oppression upon my shoulders as we only had a couple of dollars in coins left. We needed groceries and gas, and there were bills due. When it was time for the offering, I wished desperately to give something, even though I really wanted to save our last few dollars for milk. But, as the basket came nearer, I remembered the story of the widow’s mite, so when the basket was put into my hands I turned my wallet upside down and emptied all that I had. It was a very small amount and yet it was such a great sacrifice.

God is faithful, and we somehow got through that next week.

The next Sunday our church was filled with many visitors due to a large conference our fellowship had hosted. The pastor who was speaking that morning gave a brief message, and then called my husband and me up to the front. We were startled, and our surprise turned to astonishment as we heard him recount how he woke up that morning and the Lord told him that He wanted to pour blessings over us. Ushers set two chairs in the front of the church, and we were instructed to sit down. The pastor then invited everyone assembled to come forward and pour money over our heads. People began to empty their wallets over our heads (just as I had done the week before with the offering) and then people set cash in our laps and checks in our laps until it seemed as though we were covered. When the cash and checks were counted the amount was over $7000.00!

I gave my “widow’s mite” and in return, God sent hundreds of people to pour provision over our heads. “Give and it shall be given to you….running over, will be poured in your lap.”
It was literally poured in our lap!

Your Faith Will Be Perfected

God is perfecting our faith in this hour. When His people begin to move forth in faith and trust in all that He has said in His written spoken word, it creates momentum that begins to move us forward. But moving forward requires action on our part. On February 22nd (2/22) I heard the Holy Spirit say, “It is a 2:22 time.” I began to seek out what the 2:22 meant and was led to

James 2:22.

You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works.

Here is the context of that portion of Scripture:
James 2:21-24

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Now Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

Our faith is perfected when we obey by taking action on what the Lord has spoken. Many hear and believe, but do not add action, instead requiring proof through what they can see. Their attitude is “seeing is believing.” But we believe even before we see. We believe, therefore we act as a result of our faith. God is looking for the remnant of modern day “Abrahams” who put action and works to their faith.

When God called our family to move to another country, all we had was His word to us. Our house hadn’t sold, we didn’t have support raised and we only had temporary housing set up. But God made it clear that we were to go, and He would provide every step of the way, so we put action to our faith and moved. He was faithful to take care of us through the years. There were times we were afraid, but our fear was not because of unfaithfulness on His part but rather unbelief on our part.

Wrapping it Up

I believe we are in a kairos time, where we can cross over thresholds that have kept many of God’s sons and daughters from breakthrough. Here are vital keys for all of God’s people in this hour:
• Walking out the Isaiah 58 fast, where we remove the oppression off those in need;
• Giving generously according to Luke 6:38, which breaks the poverty spirit; and
• Moving forward in obedience to God’s direction as stated in James 2:22, putting our faith into action.

We are called to be light and salt. I am convinced these truths written in the Book of Life will bring both light and salt back to His body. They will be beneficial in breaking the orphan spirit, the poverty spirit and the despair of hope deferred off of many. We were created in His image and must reflect His image in our private and public lives. We must put works to our faith, be generous in our giving, give care to those who are oppressed and stop the pointing of the finger in accusation against those facing hardship.

The truth truly does set us free and His Word is truth.