Stay In The Now

Today, as I was praying, I was taken into a vision where I saw a man standing in “today” (the now) but his soul

was in yesterday and tomorrow; he was absent from where he was actually standing— in the NOW. His focus on yesterday was keeping him stuck in regrets and disappointments and his obsession with tomorrow was drawing him into heavy burdens, dread, and fear. As I looked at him I could see the Lord calling to him to come and enjoy the day He had planned for him; a day filled with grace, joy, love and peace. It was a table set before him with such detail and love. But, he had become so accustomed to not living in the “now” or even in the day that the Lord had given him that he had lost his peace and his joy. He had not enjoyed the delicacies that were set before him for a very long time.

Then I saw the Lord go into his yesterday and wash away the pain, the regrets and the disappointments that had clung to him like a cold, wet garment.

Then I saw the Lord go into His tomorrow and He sent forth angels to prepare the way to bless and prosper him in all his ways. He then washed the dread, worry and fear from him with a peace that surpassed this man’s understanding.

Tomorrow’s table had no provision upon it because the Lord had not set it for him yet.

Then He wrapped him in a clean, white garment and drew him back into today. As this man left his past and entrusted his tomorrow to the Lord’s perfect care he was able to enter into the amazing grace that the Lord had set for him that day. This man began to laugh with joy. Relief from the sorrows of yesterday and the burdens of tomorrow flooded his soul while peace, rest, and a lightness filled him like a long, deep breath.

The Lord is resetting those who have been dealing with great anxiety, depression, and fear. Allow Him to minister to the pains of yesterday and the fears of tomorrow while drawing you into the beauty of today.

This is a work of His Spirit that He is doing even now. Stop and take the time to be with Him; allowing Him to do this deep work within you. There is such peace and rest in abiding trust. There is amazing grace that sets you free from having to figure it all out in your own strength. There is joy in the surrender as you put your faith in His perfect care.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

STAY IN THE NOW!

Ask the Lord to remove your soul from the regrets of yesterday and the burdens of tomorrow. He has gone before you to prepare a future and hope for you so you do not need to worry.

He has prepared a table for you today and it has everything you need for the day. Does a mother set out food for her family that is to be eaten tomorrow? No, it will spoil if it’s set out before meal time. She only puts out what is for now. God does the same for you. You were never supposed to live on yesterday’s spoiled food or sit at tomorrow’s table that has not yet been set for you yet. There is so much to enjoy today—enter into your now!

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A Jubilee Dream

On 2/9/2020 (into the morning of 2/10) I had a dream that lasted all night that had three themes:

• Jubilee
• Awe & Wonder
• A Renewed Heart of Gratitude

These themes filled my dreams last night— in the dreams I saw large debts forgiven and brought to the place of “zero balance owed.” It was a financial jubilee! Along with this jubilee, the recipients were given the gift of “awe and wonder!” Many of these recipients had become a numb as they went through one hardship after another but this jubilee caused their hearts to be awakened to the glorious awe and wonder of the overwhelming love and kindness of God. This awe renewed a heart of gratitude within them that awakened prayer, worship and love like they’d never known before.

Many of His people are about to discover the awe and wonder that comes from the loving kindness of God. This discovery will resurrect depths of love for God and for others that take their breath away.

“Discover” is the word that will define what they are about encounter because they will discover awe, wonder, grace, miracles, gratitude and love in a way that transforms every part of their lives.

Thank you Jesus for such kindness! We stand in awe of You!

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Honor The Lord and Watch Him Bring Victory To The Battle You Are Facing

By Kathi Pelton

I absolutely love the story in 2 Chronicles 20! In this story Jehoshaphat has been informed that a vast army is approaching to attack his land and his people. He is terrified and calls for the people to fast and pray. Then he prays and reminds the Lord that they established a temple in the land to honor His name and that their trust is in His name alone. The people once again cry out to the Lord to spare them from the vast approaching army and the Lord speaks through one of their prophets saying,

“He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!””
‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭20:15-17‬ ‭

The next morning they go out, sending worshippers ahead and as soon as they begin to sing the enemy armies turn on themselves and fight one another until not one is left alive.

As all the people of Judah and Jerusalem saw the Lord Himself defeat the vast army they rejoiced greatly. They also spent three full days gathering all the plunder left by the defeated armies. They rejoiced with song, dance and great joy as they entered Jerusalem carrying the plunder!

What stands out to me in this story above all else is that it began with honor! When they returned to their land from exile they set up a temple to honor the name of the Lord. It was the statement over their nation and their people that said, “In God We Trust!” When they heard that enemies were approaching to take their land they immediately turned to honor the Lord and they turned their trust toward Him once again. Yes, they were afraid but even within their human fears they honored the Lord and trusted in His faithfulness.

I believe that this story is a “testimony for today!” Many are facing approaching enemies, vast armies and even “sure defeat.” But you are a temple of the Lord and your life has been established to bring Him honor. Your posture in the midst of human fears and even what appears to be a pending defeat is to decree, “In God I trust!”

I hear the Lord speaking to you, just as He did to Jehoshaphat, saying, “This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s…”

Honor the Lord with your posture, your trust, your prayers, your faith in the midst of fears and then sing and declare, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His faithful love endures forever!” (2 Chronicles 20:21)

God spoke through His prophet to them that they were not to be afraid and they believed the word of the Lord and acted on it (2 Chronicles 20:20). They went out to face an enemy too large to defeat with only the word of the Lord and their trust put in that word (and in His faithfulness!).

Do not hear the word of the Lord and then run away in defeat. You can go forth and face your dread enemies knowing that, as you have honored Him with your trust and faith, He will battle for you and defeat all of your enemies. You will watch as God fights for you. You will even be left with more “plunder” than you can carry!

This is a word for God’s people individually and corporately. It is for households and for nations. It is for all who honor the Lord even when their very lives are threatened and their land is being invaded.

Put your face low to the ground in humble honor, dependency and begin to pray. Cry out to the One who’s love endures forever and then follow His instructions. Sing of His love and as He leads go to the battlefield with songs of praise leading the way. Then watch what He does! Watch as your enemy turns on himself and destroys all that was planned to destroy you! Watch as the Lord fights for you and watch as you return home carrying the plunder of provisions.

Honor Him! Honor Him when you are afraid! Believe in His words through the prophets and believe in His faithful love that endures forever. Though your enemy is vast and defeat appears sure; trust the Lord and what He is saying! Go out and face them knowing that the battle is the Lord’s!

“Give thanks to the Lord; His faithful love endures forever!”
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His Heartbeat Is Your Breakthrough!

by Kathi Pelton

Over the past few weeks I have begun to hear the sound of the heartbeat of God during times of worship. Each time this happens the beat (rhythm) awakens the atmosphere with life, healing, light, love and breakthrough.

Then the Lord began to show me another aspect of the sound of His heartbeat. Twice now, when I have heard the sound, I was taken up to see what it is doing to the darkness and strongholds over lives and regions. When the sound of His heartbeat comes into a room and it is recognized and partnered with it becomes the force of a battering ram against strongholds of darkness. It is the sound of breakthrough!

When two hearts are joined as one there is something that happens– oneness, unity, alignment, agreement and strength. When the pulse of God’s love is joined with the longing of His bride it changes atmospheres, transforms lives and breaks through demonic strongholds and assignments. The joining of His heart and our hearts breaks down walls of division!

During some recent gatherings the worship leaders began to sing prophetically the words, “Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see?” As they sang these words the sound of His heartbeat was heard in the room and dividing walls broke down, ushering in a oneness with God and one another. As we heard the sound of His heartbeat we also saw the sound pounding the forces of darkness like a battering ram to knock down the strongholds that opposed God and His people.

Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see and your ears to hear the beat of His heart. Then join your heart to His and watch what happens! Watch as oneness of hearts break the divisions and watch the sound breakthrough the resistance! First love will be awaken, great joy will fill your heart and families will be restored.

Do you hear what I hear? It’s the sound of the Bridegroom and His bride becoming one heart…the sound of His sons and daughters becoming one family!

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What Is God Doing?

By Kathi Pelton

As I was flying cross country today I felt the Spirit ask me to share with you some things that have been highlighted to me as we’ve entered 2020. There is more but I’d like to share these specific ones with you so that you can both identify (confirm) His work in your life regarding these areas and so that you can begin to pray for these things personally, for your loved ones and for the body of Christ.

Here are the eight that I’d like to highlight and further explain for now:

Rest In Christ: This is a “rest in your soul” that comes with abiding in the surrendered trust in your Father’s love. It heals trauma, brings peace and breaks fear/anxieties.

By My Spirit: Zechariah 4:6 has been highlighted as a key verse for this era. As we rest in Him (laying down our might & power) it makes room for the sovereignty of His Spirit to accomplish the impossible; giving ALL glory to God!

Jubilee: I keep hearing that we are about to see “miraculous jubilees “ take place. These will set many free from the enslavement of financial debt. It will cause prisoners to be set free and heavy weights to be removed from the backs of God’s people.

Holiness: A hunger for holiness is building and growing that is causing authentic “Godly sorrow” that ushers permanent change (repentance) and sets people free from regret, guilt and condemnation.

Clean Hands/Pure Hearts: “The pure in heart will see God.” A washing of hearts and hands is now happening! It is like a fresh baptism in purity. This is causing a purification of heart motives and reforming movements.

Return To First Love: The revelation of the agape love of God is beginning to fall upon the Church (His Bride) that will awaken her to first love. This “first love” will cause a sound that is like a pounding heart but will act as a battering ram against hatred and darkness. It is the sound of full abandonment to His desires. Worship and prayer movements will carry this sound and will become the thing that goes before what He is doing in the earth (evangelism, healing, deliverance, salvations, nations shifting, etc.)

The Government of God On Earth: The bride has been crowned with authority (such as Queen Esther). The King’s scepter has been extended and He is awaiting her requests so that He might grant them. Her voice and requests will set people groups and nations free. The signet ring has been placed on modern day Mordecai’s who will carry out what the King has spoken (and His Bride has decreed). This is establishing a governmental authority upon the church like has not been seen before. The earth’s governments will even be subject to the authority released through the mouths of God’s people.

Family, Unity & Oneness: Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21-23 is beginning to be made manifest. This is a sovereign act of God that merely requires humility! Preference of others, being family, praying rather than judging differences, and surrender are purifying (fertilizing) the soil that is making this possible.

There is so much more! What a magnificent time it is to be alive in Christ! Make these points (themes) points of prayer and meditation each day.

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Prophesy The Good Report and Watch Your Miraculous Breakthrough Happen!

By Kathi Pelton

We are living in times that could “knock the wind” out of the strongest and most resilient men and women. Looking at the world around us truly is like reading a bad report. There are constant natural disasters (fires, floods, famine), there are acts of terrorism that are unthinkable and acceptance of the most horrific crimes against humanity such a “full term abortions” that are unashamedly called “a woman’s right!” and Christian’s are being persecuted around the world.

As believers we could easily look at the world around us and want to concede defeat. But we do not take our cues or perspective from the world around us but rather from the One who rules and reigns over all.

We must look beyond the natural realm to see, hear and then speak (declare/prophesy) what the Holy Spirit is saying. This is where you will find encouragement for your heart, rest for your soul and the hope that carries you into victory after victory; breakthrough after breakthrough.

When the children of Israel passed into the Promise Land they knew that the natural report was that “taking the land would be impossible!” Well, that very scenario, to the believer, should be your greatest hope! Why? Because that is where we see God show up the most frequently! He is the God of the impossible (not improbable). But He waits for a people who will partner with Him to receive the instructions (that more often than not look completely foolish to the world) that will bring forth the victory.

Over and over during this first month of the new decade I have heard in my spirit the words from Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord.” The good report aligns us with the work of His Spirit to accomplish the impossible while partnering with His people to be the conduits of foolish obedience that ushers in impossible results.

When God’s people came upon the fortified city of Jericho; it’s walls, guards and strength spoke a very bad report! If they were to have stopped and merely looked with their eyes at what was being faced; they would have conceded defeat before even starting. But God had a good report that involved acts of faith and obedience that “in the natural” (apart from “by His Spirit”) would merely result in making them look very foolish and becoming a mockery to their enemies.

To be “strangers in a new land” and show up to your first battle by walking around the city seven times and then release a shout must have looked like absolute foolishness. I’d imagine that the guards and rulers of Jericho must have looked on and thought, “Really, that’s all you’ve got?!” No weapons, battering rams, armored warriors…just men, women and children walking in circles?

But they were waking in Zechariah 4:6! They were obediently making room for “by my Spirit” to accomplish the impossible! There was no act of might, no human power being displayed but merely a people who saw beyond the natural realm and listened to the voice of their God and became surrendered vessels to make room for a “by my Spirit” victory to occur.

After the seventh lap around Jericho the people used their voices to release the sound of victory and just as the Lord promised, “Jericho’s fortified walls came tumbling down!” This struck fear into the hearts of their enemies throughout the land. The voice of faith became louder than the voice of mockery. It was the sound of a people who believed that “by my Spirit” the impossible can happen!

Too many Christians have been receiving the bad report about their personal lives, their cities and their nations by “reading the circumstances!” If the impossible is standing before you then it’s time to get excited because that is where God most often will bring a “by my Spirit” miracle! But he does look for a people who trust Him enough to believe His good report and will act on it! He is calling a Joshua and Caleb army to arise and take the land!

When my family arrived in the Washington DC region two weeks ago to live (at the Lord’s request) it was an impossible situation from the very start! We didn’t have the money, the means, the “invitation” or even the physical strength for a 3000 mile move. Everywhere we looked we saw “impossible” barriers. But as we saw the impossible, heard the good report and began to surrender step by step to His instructions. And what happened far exceeded our wildest expectations!

Now we have arrived (we are living in Northern Virginia)! But we arrived to a state that just elected a governor who is so extremely liberal that he condones taking the life of a baby if it survives a late term abortion! We have arrived in this region during an impeachment trial, during a time where our president is hated with vile hatred by the media and by the most vocal Americans, and during a time where our nation seems more divided then since the time of the Civil War. But guess what? We have heard the good report! We have heard a good report that in the midst of division we will see a John 17:21-23 unity miracle occur. We may be strangers in the land who have just crossed over in the midst of many giants (we may look like grasshoppers in comparison) and fortified walls but we have a “by my Spirit” promise!

We are not coming with might or power but with yielded and surrendered lives so that we can hear the good report, receive the instructions (even if they seem and look foolish!) and join with like-minded people who will be those conduits of surrender that make way for a “by my Spirit” miracle!

Are there fortified “impossibilities” that you are personally facing? If so, now is not the time to lose hope or give up! It is not the time to allow the anxiety of pending defeat to rob you of your faith! Now is the time to hear the good report and prophesy it over your impossible circumstance! Declare Zechariah 4:6 over your situation and then hear and obey even the most foolish thing. But be sure to let your voice be louder than the voice of opposition! Let a victory shout rise up so that you are raised up out of a posture of defeat (the tomb of dread). Stop seeing the impossible as your death sentence or sure defeat! It is your invitation into victory and breakthrough.

There is a supernatural rest in this posture because it doesn’t require your might, power or strength…it merely requires your faith! Will you dare to believe the good report or will you live according to what the impossible dictates? Will you remain in Egypt (under a master that enclaves you to hard labor) or will you move into the Promise Land of your inheritance and believe that as you hear and obey that “by His Spirit” the breakthrough and victory will come?

Let the spirit of Joshua and Caleb come upon you and arise in faith! Put on the shield of faith and go take the land of your inheritance! Take back rest for your soul, take back the land of promise, take back the peace that surpasses understanding, take back your hope, joy and victory! Take the good report and watch the walls that stand between you and your promise fall. Now is the time for breakthrough after breakthrough!

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For All Who Are 60+…The Lord Has A Word For You!

By Kathi Pelton

Yesterday I was speaking to someone who is in his early 60’s and I said to him (by the Spirit’s prompting), “In 2020 your 60’a will be like your 20’s again!”

I literally saw his “youth renewed.” As I spoke these words the Spirit is the Lord landed on my words and showed me that this will come upon the 60+ year olds who are still “running with the Lord.”

I saw a weariness and the fatigue of age was weighing them down but suddenly the words from Isaiah 40:28-31 will come upon them and renew them!

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

You will have the wisdom, maturity and experience of your natural age but you shall run and not grow weary, walk and not faint! 2020 will restore the strength of your 20’s while retaining the wisdom of your years. Many will say, “60 is the new 20’s!” It’s the best of both!

God is breaking off the battle weariness and the soul weariness from years of plowing the ground. He is cutting off restraints from the past and giving new vision, new strength, new hope and new joy for the days ahead. The joy of the Lord will propel you further than any other thing. There is angelic help that will cause you to be able to do as much as the “twenty year old you.” There is a rest in the Lord that will clear the way ahead of you and allow you to feel like you are walking on level ground even while ascending a mountain. You are going up higher without effort.

Many of you have sacrificed your dreams and your youth to prepare the way for your children and your children’s children. You have worked tirelessly! But watch how God causes it now to benefit you! You did it for them but you will now reap a great reward! It’s not too late to dream!

Get ready for a revitalization! You are not nearing an end but rather entering a new beginning! A new strength! A new wind and a new joy!

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Do You Need Relief From Fear? Here’s What The Lord Told Me…

By Kathi Pelton

I battled fear for many years! It was a gripping fear that would consume me and rob me from experiencing joy. I would obey (say yes) to the Lord and then as I began to walk it out I’d be gripped by a soulish terror that was traumatizing. A number of years ago God brought me through a season of healing and freedom from this “spirit of fear.” It was a process of learning trust and peace but because we live in this world there is always the temptation or opportunity to allow fear to return.

When God recently called our family to move from the West Coast to Virginia (we arrived less than a week ago) and live in the Washington DC region I have to admit that the challenges and obstacles that were before us to make this move where an “invitation to become fearful.” The day we said “yes” was filled with some anxious moments as I dealt with my soul. When I took my anxious thoughts before the Lord, He took me into a vision. In this vision I saw the disciples on the deck of the boat in the midst of the storm (Mark 4:35-41) while Jesus slept in the stern of the boat. The disciples were in a fearful panic for their very lives! As I saw this scene the Lord spoke to me and said,

“Daughter, you have two choices; you can live on the deck of fear, focusing on the storm, or you can find where I am and come rest with Me.”

Jesus was not going to let anything happen to His disciples because He knew that the Father was watching over Him (then). In this story, He gave us a beautiful and powerful example of His posture in sudden storms— rest! Just as He rested in the care of His Father, we too, can rest in the shadow of His wing in the midst of the storms.

As we walked through the process of a complete life change, location change (3000 miles from anything familiar), leaving our youngest son, our church, our dearest friends, our home and saying yes to a new financial demand (and spiritual atmosphere) that would take the stretching of our faith once again— I decided to allow my soul to rest with Jesus in the stern of the boat. Though there has been a constant demand on my physical body; my soul (my heart, mind and emotions) needed to be at rest.

If you are experiencing fear, anxiety or a sudden storm— find where Jesus is and let your soul abide with Him there! The “deck of fear” is where the storm will beat against you relentlessly! It will scream defeat with every crashing wave. But there is an invitation into the hidden place (beneath the deck…in the stern) where your soul can find rest.

This is your promise and this is the stern of the boat where you will find rest:

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”” Psalms‬ ‭91:1-16‬

The key is where you dwell! If you choose to live on the deck, trying to save yourself, you will experience the crashing waves but if you will go into the place of abiding in Him with absolute surrender to trusting in Him— you will find rest for your soul and be free from the fear of the day’s arrows and of night’s terrors. Because He loves you, He will rescue you!

Leave the deck of fear and allow you soul to find Jesus and find rest. There is joy in the absence of fear. There is peace in the presence of Jesus! ————————————————–

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Your “Peace Guard” Is Ready and Waiting

By Kathi Pelton

I have a daily habit during my prayer time to pray one particular verse. That verse is Philippians 4:7 which says,

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

I pray this because the Spirit revealed to me years ago that if I have peace, even while facing negative or challenging circumstances, that there is no inner warfare or turmoil. Therefore, this prayer daily (and some days more than once a day) has proved to anchor my soul in the rest and peace of Jesus.

But, something happened the other day as I was praying Philippians 4:7! As I prayed it I saw what looked like an angelic royal military guard stand at attention (forming two lines on either side of me) and I heard the words, “Your Peace Guard is in place.”

As I saw this it brought to life the verse in Psalm 91:11

”For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.“

And Luke 4:10,

”For it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning you to guard you carefully.’”

In early December I had an amazing experience with the Lord where His bride was being crowned (as a queen) and I heard the words, “It’s coronation day!” (You can read the full word here: http://bit.ly/36POy1c ). Since that time I have had numerous experiences where waters “stood to attention” as His people passed by, creation has stood at attention and now an experience of an angelic guard standing like an “military honor guard”. This peace guard that surrounded me was standing with such honor and dignity; as if I was a highly important individual.

Then I looked up what the military honor guard specifically does and this is their main assignment: appointed to receive or guard a head of state or other dignitary.

As we have bowed in humility to receive our crown from the King of Kings, heaven and earth have begun to stand at attention as we pass by. When God called our family to move from the West Coast to the Washington DC region (we arrived last week); he specifically said to me, “I am sending you as My chosen dignitary. You will sit with and host many dignitaries from around the world.”

A dignitary is a person considered to be important because of high rank or office. A queen is a high rank and is show great favor by her King (see the Book of Esther).

I believe that the body of Christ will experience many of these royal and high ranking experiences. It will be odd at first because we are still coming to grips with “who we are in Christ” (this is part of the change of seasons we are in) but it will change how we see ourselves. This assignment of a peace guard is very important for the days ahead. It will guard your heart and mind!

The Spirit gave me a key the other day regarding avoiding traps that the enemy has set specifically at this time and it involves peace. He said, “The enemy has set up circumstances and situations designed to move you from the operating out of your spirit to your flesh. These instances will provoke you to lose your peace, to engage your flesh and to propel you into a carnal reaction (and foolish action). That is where the trap is laid! If you move and act out of peace and in “a soulish reaction” the enemy has traps laid to rob you, delay you and ensnare you. Regret will try to bring you shame that robs you of your dignity.

When I heard this I sat down with my entire family and shared it with them. I warned them to be patient in circumstances that provoke a reaction (like traffic or fear or an offense, etc.). I shared how the enemy has set traps behind these provocations that are far greater than what is provoking them in the moment. The enemy has a legal right when we leave the spirit and enter into an agreement or alignment with the flesh.

I share this with you because it is truth. It is a warning that will guard and keep you from unnecessary warfare. Ask for His peace guard to come and surround your going in and coming out. Invite them to join you and to guard your heart and mind with the peace of Christ that is beyond comprehension (understanding).

We are learning how to live in the new day and new land. This is one of those important revelations for understanding your enemy and understanding the heavenly host that is made available to you.

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12

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Clean Hands and Pure Hearts– A Generation of Purity Will Arise!

by Kathi Pelton

There is something deep within most people that long to be clean. Purity brings peace and a clear conscience. It is something that when I first came to know the Lord as a young 18 year old, felt was out of reach! I didn’t fully understand how the blood of Jesus makes us whiter than snow but also how there is “a process to purity” that we must desire and partner with.

When I was born my parents named me Karen. In those days moms and babies stayed in the hospital for three days after a birth. For the first three days of my life I was called Karen but on the third day my parents had a visitor who said that I looked like a “Kathleen” and they fell in love with it and changed my name (calling me Kathi for short). The interesting thing is that both of these names have the same meaning, “Pure One.”

As a new believer I would look back upon my first 18 years and I realized they were anything but “pure!” I would do anything for love and often did. So when I discovered the meaning of both of these names they Lord said to me, “I created you to carry purity and that threatens the enemy more than any other call on your life.” I knew that the enemy had fought long and hard to defile what God had put within me.

So…I began to pray that He would make me pure as He is pure. I asked for clean hands and a pure heart. Though my outward actions changed fairly quickly; the motives of my heart, the manipulations of my soul and the developing of a clear conscience was a process. The process didn’t defile me because I was covered by His blood and clothed in His righteousness (not my own!). Yet, I had to want it enough to value purity like a treasure of great worth that I had to find.

Though I was pure and clean in the Father’s sight through the righteousness of Christ, I still dealt with many things that I knew grieved they heart of God because they were things that blocked my view of His beautiful face. For me, impurities were like stones in my soul that blocked my view and caused me to stumble or have to navigate my way around until they were removed. I loved the verse from Matthew 5:8 that says,

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”

While gifting a can allow you to be used of God, purity allows you to see God! But how do we have our hearts cleansed, our minds renewed and our souls set free of the defilements of the world? For me, it was a constant prayer out of Psalm 51 that I prayed and cried out for,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit…” (Psalm 51:10-12)

In my early days (as new believer) gospel singer, Keith Green, had a song that was written from this verse and I remember driving in my car singing it with tears streaming down my face; wondering if my heart would ever be pure. Yet, it was not by might, not by my power but by the work of His Spirit that He began to renew my mind and purify my heart…as this happened I began to see God. It was the treasure that was worth the journey and the search.

As we are living in a time where the exposures of darkness and sin are becoming a common occurrence I find my heart grieved. I’m not only grieved because these lives were made for so much more but because I want them to see God! The pursuit of purity is one of the greatest pursuits you will ever engage in because it is the pathway to intimacy and unhindered oneness with God. It is worth fighting for and pressing in for.

Again, the blood of Jesus lacks nothing in allowing us to stand before the Father as ones who have been made as white as snow. Yet, there is a process that must occur of in the lives of every believer that involves purification, the renewing of our minds and cleansing of the motives of our hearts. As this happens we find great freedom and alignment with the character of Jesus creates a “face to face” intimacy that is like nothing we can imagine.

I believe that God WILL have a bride without spot or wrinkle! I believe that a generation of purity will (and is!) arising; completely dependent upon His Spirit to do this work within their hearts and lives. I believe that a deep longing for purity is arising from the exposure of darkness and sin that has been hidden in the church. The prayer in Psalm 51:10-12 will be on the lips of His people like never before. I pray that every person who is being exposed will fall on their faces when n humility and repentance and pray for clean hands and a pure heart. May they SEE God!

Purity is not merely the appearance of walking in Biblical morality; purity is what is within your heart, your mind and your motives. It is not obtainable by works but rather it is a work of His Spirit. But we must want it..cry out for it and pursue it as if our lives depend on it (because they do!).

I long to always see God! I long for all of His people to see Him as He is! This will keep so many from being pulled into deceptions and compromise. When you see Him you will want to be like Him…it’s like pure, clean water that refreshes every place of shame and separation. He’s so, so beautiful!

Let’s begin to pray this prayer like never before; over our lives, over our children’s lives and over the body of Christ.

“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.” Psalms‬ ‭24:3-6‬ ‭

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