The Awakening

By Kathi Pelton

Do you feel the “awakening” that is beginning to take place? If you don’t, then get ready to! God is awakening His church and He’s waking up those who have not been awakened to the unconditional love of the Father.

I hear the Lord speaking the words from John 11:11,

“Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”

I began hearing words like, “My friend __ (fill in the blank) has fallen asleep but now I will go and wake him up.”

I hear it over sons, daughters, cities and nations.

“My friend America has fallen asleep but now I will go and wake her up.”

It has been like an echo resounding in my spirit for many days now. Only, within the echo the name changes each time it goes forth.

There is a great awakening! In the places that a spirit of lethargy or even death has come to put even those in Christ to sleep (or in a grave); God is kissing His bride and awakening her to be His bride.

There are prodigals that are waking up and many sons and daughters will suddenly come to their senses; they will be overwhelmed with WHO HE IS! Deceptions will fall away, lies will be replaced by truth and true identity will be restored. They will suddenly understand and be awakened to the depth, height and lengths of the love of God for them.

There are people, churches, cities and even nations that have been like Lazarus; dead and stinking in a sealed grave but Jesus will arrive on the scene to “Awaken His friend.”

I believe that we are about to enter a time where we will even see the dead raised. Not merely the spiritually dead but the physically dead. He will be glorified through the raising of the dead and many will believe because of these miracles.

Unbelief is like the death of faith and God is about to display His unbelievable power that will break this death and unbelief off of many. They will believe and put their trust in God once more.

There is an old and very loved Christmas movie called “Miracle On 34th Street” where the young Natalie Woods is trying to have faith and belief for the first time. In one scene toward the end of the movie she is riding in a car on Christmas Day repeating the words, “I believe, I believe…” over and over. Her miracle not only comes but it far exceeds her wildest dreams. I keep seeing this scene in my mind and the great joy she experiences when her childlike faith “to believe in the impossible” is finally realized.

We may be in for a “Miracle On 34th Street” type of experience for many who have lost their childlike faith. The death of dreams and desires will be awakened and great joy will fill hearts once again. The Lord took me to Exodus 34 while I was pondering the title “34th Street” and this is what I read,

“Listen, I am making a covenant with you in the presence of all your people. I will perform miracles that have never been performed anywhere in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people around you will see the power of the Lord —the awesome power I will display for you.” Exodus 34:10

Miracles! Awakening! Resurrections! He is going to awaken His friends. Begin to declare, “I believe, I believe!!” Let it ring through the atmosphere and into the places where unbelief has brought death to your faith. Let it rise like the sound of a bell ringing or the sound of life coming back into a dead man. “I BELIEVE!” Shout it, sing it, declare it over every dead thing.

Miracles are coming and all the people around you will see the awesome power of your God!

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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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Stones Are Being Rolled Away

Kathi Pelton

The Spirit of the Lord took me into a vision where I saw people in dark, enclosed tombs. It was as if they had died but I knew that these were people who were actually still living. A spiritual death had come upon them and they were trapped in a dark tomb with a large stone keeping them captive. They could not awaken from this death or perceive any light.

Then suddenly I heard a rumble and saw a quaking as angels rolled away the stones of these tombs. Light poured in and these individuals were suddenly awakened and came to their senses. The spiritual death came off of them and they arose and left the tomb that the enemy had trapped them in.

As they emerged from these tombs of spiritual death a huge family was waiting for them. They were embraced and celebrated with great joy. Just as in the story of the prodigal son, a robe was placed upon these resurrected ones. A ring of family identity was placed on them, their feet were washed and new sandals were placed upon their feet. They were fully restored to God and family.

If you have friends or family that have been in a “spiritual death” and not been able to see the light or awakened to the truth of the love of God then take hope! I believe that salvations kiss is about to awaken those who have been entombed by deception and death. A resurrection is coming and the stone that has kept them in darkness will be rolled away.

Your prayers have been heard and a great resurrection day is coming to these ones who have been held captive. Let the rejoicing begin. Watch with great expectation because stones are about to roll away! The prodigals are coming home and great joy will fill homes and the heart of families.

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