By Kathi Pelton
By Kathi Pelton
This year we will experience the first Christmas Day full moon in almost four decades. When my husband mentioned this to me, the Spirit immediately said it is a sign in the heavens that God is releasing great light in the midst of darkness beginning Christmas Day.
If you have loved ones living in darkness, then take hope, because this next year will be a season when His light will shine brighter than we have experienced in many years. The revelation of Jesus Christ as the Light of the World will be made known to many still living in darkness.
For those who know Christ as their Savior, there will be greater light that will light the way for you. This light will also illuminate places that the enemy is hiding so that great freedom will come through the release of demonic strongholds that have bound people in fear, doubt and anxiety.
This season of light will be like the miracle of Hanukkah when the Menorah burned for eight nights, even though there was only one night’s worth of oil. I feel that we are entering an eight year period of miraculous light and oil.
I keep hearing the phrase to the children’s Sunday school song, “This Little Light of Mine” that says, “Hide it under a bushel? NO! I’m going to let it shine!” The anointing (oil) of evangelism will come upon the five fold ministry (Ephesians 4:11). I see the prophets releasing words that bring men and women to Christ, pastors loving in such a way that the lost run home to the Father’s arms, the apostles (sent ones/ambassadors) going forth with the truth that The Light of the World is here and teachers that teach with the oil of salvation upon their words. We will be astonished by the number of those saved, the means by which they are saved–and by who is saved!
Like moths are drawn to flame, so will the lost be drawn to this miraculous revelation of light and Jesus as the Light of the World, beginning Christmas Day.
Begin rejoicing even now, because Good News is upon us in a year of bad reports. God is releasing good reports that will make the negative reports of media pale in comparison.
So turn on your Christmas lights, light your candles, sing songs of joy and enter into the peace that comes to all who know the Light.
All is calm, all is bright! Merry Christmas.
By Kathi Pelton
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isaiah 60:1-2
Tomorrow night the Jewish festival, Hanukkah, begins. This is also known as the “Festival of Lights“. The origin of this festival began over twenty-one centuries ago when The Holy Land was being ruled by the oppressive Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks). At this time, a small band of faithful Jews (known as the Maccabees) defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth and drove these Greek oppressors from the land. The Holy Temple in was recovered and rededicated to the service of God.
When they went to light the Temple’s menorah they found only enough olive oil for one night that was still pure (the olive oil used to burn the lamps had to go through a purification process). But miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.
This is an accurate picture of what the body of Christ has been going through. The enemy has been oppressing God’s temples (sons and daughters). He has stolen what rightfully belong to them and oppressed them in their own land.
But God has been having small remnants of Believer’s go forth in faith (at His direction) to stand in His truth in the
midst of this demonic oppression. They have the spirit of the Maccabees that understand that though they are small in number they have the might of the Lord’s Heavenly Army at their backs. They have gone forth and declared His name and His might before the powers that have sought to oppress God’s people. There are small bands of “Maccabee-type” movements all over the world who have been rising up against this great oppressor to see what belongs to God returned and to lift up His name above every other name.
Meanwhile, the Spirit of the Lord has been preparing and purifying His sons and daughters to be pure oil that will burn bright in days of darkness.
This Hanukkah season is a significant time to see God’s people arise from the grip of their oppressors and reclaim what belongs to the Lord. Once again light will come to these temples and a re-dedication to be temples of the Lord will take place.
Take time this Hanukkah season to rededicate your life (your temple) to the Lord and to ask Him to pour the pure oil that He has prepared into the lamp of your life. He is the Light of the World and you are the lamps that are to carry this great Light.
During this Festival of Lights let us arise and shine for the Light of the World has come to dispel darkness and freedom from oppression!
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By Kathi Pelton
A spirit of fear rages through our world in these days. Continually, we read and hear reports of terrorist attacks, ISIS cells emerging on the international scene, natural disasters and threats of war. These woeful proclamations tempt the inhabitants of the global community to dwell in an environment of fear. This kind of fear provokes an emotional reaction which can thrust people into survival mode, rather than into a peaceful response that intentionally seeks wisdom.
Occasionally, reactionary fear is appropriate, even necessary. It is helpful as a response to immediate danger, such as an out-of-control speeding car or a falling object. But it is not healthy or proper to live consumed by this fear or to make long-term decisions dictated by its torments. If you do, then you are living in the “fear of fear” rather than in the fear of the Lord.
The Fear of the Lord
Proverbs 9:10 says,
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
The fear of the Lord refers to a reverence and respect of His ways, His power and His counsel. Following the life-giving instruction found in His Word is to walk in the fear of the Lord. Walking according to the Spirit of Wisdom is to live in the fear of the Lord. If you grew up in a household with a good and loving earthly father, then you understand that you can be fully and completely loved and still fear moving outside of the boundaries that your father set for you. Those boundaries represented safety and wisdom. They kept you safe and protected from harm.
It is the same with the fear of the Lord. He so loves you that He has laid out boundaries of safety for your life. I never look at them as rules to live by, but loving arms to live within. When we choose to live outside of these arms of love it causes repercussions that often bring harm and calamity into our lives. Our loving Heavenly Father wants to protect His children from these dangerous and fearful situations; therefore He invites us to live in the fear of the Lord.
When my children were young, I set loving boundaries for them. They may have thought I was simply making rules, but they were actually protections put in place because of love. I did not want them to face the consequences of disobedient behavior. My husband and I trained them because we loved them. It brought us no pleasure to discipline them when they crossed boundaries that we set for them, but our discipline was better than letting them grow up and face the harsh consequences laid down by the world when foolishness is fully manifested in an adult.
By submitting to the discipline of God, we come to know wisdom and we receive insight. As we become more and more intimate with Him, we gain a greater confidence and trust in His ways which cause us to experience a peaceful environment in the midst of a fear-based world.
Letting the Spirit Lead
Some of my extended family members do not yet know Jesus as their Savior. Because of this, they still react with fear to world events, rather than come under the fear of the Lord that responds to heavenly wisdom. During this time in our lives my husband and I are traveling internationally with greater and greater frequency. This is causing a lot of fear in these members of our family. All they can see is that we are exposing ourselves to enhanced risk of possible terrorist attacks. But what we see is that the best place we can be is in the center of our Father’s will!
As we seek the wisdom and insight of the Holy One we allow our lives to be overshadowed by the covering of the Lord as revealed in Psalm 91: 1-2,
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.”
The fear of the Lord leads me to turn to God as my refuge and fortress. The fear of the world will merely dictate a life of self-protection that keeps me from experiencing and relishing fullness of joy. There are two key words that should not be missed in the verses above: “will rest…”
Negative fear and rest do not coexist, but the fear of the Lord will lead you into rest. In my new book, Thirty Days to Breakthrough: Peace, I discuss how much of the warfare that we experience as believers is due to lack of peace instead of actual circumstances. When we move into fear and worry about tomorrow rather than dwelling in the refuge of the Almighty, we begin to live out our greatest fears even before they have happened. Our minds can be one of our greatest battlefields if we allow fear to control our thoughts.
We want to place our faith completely in the protection of our Father, not express faith in the destruction of the enemy. We must allow the Spirit of the Lord to renew our minds as our thoughts are captivated by peace and rest in the presence of the Lord. Even as we face fearful circumstances, we can remain in rest as we adjust to living in the refuge of His love.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
We must settle it in our thoughts and our actions: the ways of the world are not the ways of our God. His thoughts are foolishness to the world’s mindsets. But to the believer, there is no greater wisdom than the wisdom that comes from above.
Look at the battle of Jericho. The children of Israel were told to march around that walled city and then shout in order to see the walls fall. Can you imagine the mocking they must have endured as they walked, day after day?
Or, consider Noah. Can you imagine a man building an ark in the middle of a desert with no rain in sight? What foolishness!
This is how we live as God’s children. We live after a fashion that looks like foolishness to the world but appears as faith in the eyes of Heaven. We fly into danger zones at the Lord’s request during times of violence, we worship and rejoice in the midst of hardship, we declare truth and watch it change events on Earth. This posture illustrates who He is and helps us grow in trust as we obediently live in the fear of the Lord. That is wisdom.
He is inviting us into His ways, His truth and His peace. We can enjoy life in the midst of an environment of evil and fear. There is a truth that is greater and more powerful than earthly “reality” and there is a government that rests on the shoulders of the Almighty that will prevail. Nothing can separate us from the love of God, and that is our greatest victory. No evil or fearful thing can overcome His love that surrounds our lives.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
This is our assurance and the truth that we live by. We have an eternal hope that cannot be shaken and we are surrounded by a love that is irreversible. Let your faith arise and let the fear of the Lord be the doorway to wisdom in your life. This is not an hour to fear evil, but to fear the Lord.
By Kathi Pelton
Recently I heard Bill Johnson talking about how he starts every morning by turning his affections toward the Holy Spirit.
The Book of Isaiah begins with talking about how God’s people turned away from Him and turned their affections toward images made by the hands of men. Most of us would read that and say, “We would never worship at the alter of idols!” But do we?
This is a time where the Spirit of God is searching every part of His children’s hearts to make sure that it all belongs to Him. We have prayed that the Lord would search us and know every part of us. He longs for and deserves our affections. He wants to release the affections of God upon us. Mutual affection is where true intimacy happens.
This world screams for our affections through all of it’s enticements. Day after day we are subjected to images that are made by the hands of man and call to receive our affections. Billboards displaying new cars, commercials with the newest fashion trends, magazines with beautiful homes and window displays that tantalize your senses with beauty. Although these things are not bad in themselves (we need cars, homes, clothes and even beauty); when they replace where we place our affections they become idols.
When you wake up in the morning are your affections immediately turned toward God or are your affections drawn to man made images? God longs to bless you with wealth and He loves to prosper His children. But, He is jealous for your affections. Ask Holy Spirit to search your heart so that He can align your affections with His affections toward you.
May we be a people with clean hands and a pure heart. May we be fully satisfied in little or in abundance because He has become our portion. Let us turn our affections to the One who created all things that are beautiful because of His deep affection toward us.
By Kathi Pelton
Agreement is a powerful tool in both earthly and heavenly matters. Agreement is the vehicle by which ideas become legally binding and differences are reconciled.
The dictionary defines agreement in this way:
- Harmony or accordance in opinion or feeling; a position or result of agreeing.
- A negotiated and typically legally binding arrangement between parties as to a course of action.
- The absence of incompatibility between two things; consistency.
The power of agreement has resulted in treaties that were signed, covenants made and unions formed. Throughout the Bible we read about agreements that resulted in treaties and covenants. Scripture is quite clear about how much God honors agreement between two parties.
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Agreement About You
If there is so much power in the agreement between two people on Earth, just think about how much power there is when you come into agreement with the spiritual realm, whether with God, or with the enemy.
My husband and I spent many years doing foster care. Most of our foster kids were teenage boys who had been neglected, abused and abandoned. As horrible as many of the events were in these boys’ pasts, there was an even more tragic event that permeated their lives. The day they came into agreement with the voices of evil that pursued them is where their lives took the most tragic turn.
On more than one occasion when one of our boys had been “triggered” (upset emotionally by some word or deed) causing them to rage against their existence, I would put my arms around them and repeat over and over, “This is not who you are! This is not who you are!”
Somewhere deep inside they knew that the message of being worthless was not true, yet life had beaten that demonic message into the fabric of their identity. The enemy had used the events in their lives as proof of the lie, creating agreement between them and the demonic agenda that was being played out.
One of the enemy’s greatest strategies is to get one of God’s amazing creations to agree with an identity that is different than the one that He gave to them. The enemy takes great pleasure in setting up scenarios that give proof to his lies. Demons love to hang out with hurting and disillusioned people to speak lies about their identity. If he can get them to agree with his lies, then power is released creating legal authority to validate this lie as truth in their life.
Has this ever happened to you or someone you love? Have you ever come into agreement with the demonic voices that want to convince you that you are not who God has said you are? Have you spoken words like, “I am so stupid”, “My life stinks”…or even worse? Those are agreements with the enemy that release power and a basis for accusation and harassment.
Breaking Demonic Agreements
There is good news if you have agreed with the enemy about your life or the life of someone else. YOU CAN BREAK THAT AGREEMENT.
It is not too late to change the course of your life and remove every legal right that this agreement has secured. You can go before the Righteous Judge and ask forgiveness for this agreement, renounce the agreement, break the power of the legal right and then come into agreement with truth and justice on your behalf and on behalf of others.
The Mercy Seat of God is open to you. The blood of Jesus will both cleanse and renew you. He purchased you with His own blood, and has triumphed over every evil power and all accusations against you. The power of His Spirit will set you free from any alliances you have made with lies against your true identity.
In Isaiah 30, God speaks about His people being deceived into entering into an alliance with a plan of the enemy, because they had not asked His counsel, that they might know His truth.
Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation. For though his officials are at Zoan and his envoys reach Hanes, everyone comes to shame through a people that cannot profit them, that brings neither help nor profit, but shame and disgrace.”
Drop down to verse 18, and read of God’s desire to intervene on their behalf.
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
It is time to allow the Lord to be gracious to you and restore you. His justice flows to those who make His truth the only agreement and alliance that they enter into.
Agreeing with Truth
Isaiah 30 goes on to list the results you will see when you break the alliance with every demonic lie and come into agreement with His truth and His ways.
And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and bread, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that day your livestock will graze in large pastures, and the oxen and the donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork. And on every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Moreover, the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord binds up the brokenness of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.
The Lord says to us, “This is the way, walk in it” (verse 21).
Walk in truth! Agree with truth! Speak truth! Who does the LORD say you are? Who does He say the person standing next to you is? Agree with that identity, even if the enemy wants to give “proof” of the opposite in this visible world. It is time for us to agree with the truth of the unseen and bring it down to Earth. There is power in agreement. When you agree with the truth of the Lord it releases the power of the Spirit. You agree with the legal right of Heaven to come to Earth. When you bring another into this agreement along with you it releases even more power.
I encourage you today to break all alliances and agreements with lies and to enter into truth. You are amazing, you are brilliant, you are loved and of great value. Wait for the Lord for He will restore all things as you come into agreement with His truth and walk in it.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
By Kathi Pelton
by Kathi Pelton
Vav: Peg, Nail or Hook
As we passed into the Jewish New Year of 5776, I kept experiencing the same vision over and over. In this vision, I saw a carpenter’s shop containing a workbench covered with piles and piles of wooden pegs. Then I saw the Lord standing before the bench. He was holding a knife and was whittling one of the wooden pegs with great attention. As He carved this peg, He would stop every few minutes and hold it up to a hole to see if it fit securely in the proper place that they were meant to be fastened. His eyes scanned every detail of the peg, as if it was the most important thing that He had ever made.
Each time I saw the vision, I would hear these words:
“My people will no longer be like square pegs trying to fit into round holes. They will be known as sons and daughters and fit in My Father’s heart securely.”
We have entered the Hebrew year 5776. Two of the Hebrew letters associated with this number are the ayin and the vav.
Ayin gives us a picture of an eye and Vav gives us a picture of a peg, nail or hook. When I discovered this, I understood why our Lord’s eyes were so intent on the peg He was whittling. Every aspect of His children’s lives that was not founded upon identity as a son or daughter was being whittled away. Every edge that keeps them from fitting in the Father’s heart was being chipped away so that they could find a secure home in His heart.
The Age of Sons and Daughters
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1.
We have entered an age where the harvest field is great and ripe. The key to the harvest is the revealing of the sons and daughters of God. We read in Romans 8:19 that all creation longs and yearns for the revelation of the sons of God.
In past seasons, there have been many who have labored diligently for the Lord, but have not fully grasped His deep desire for them as beloved members of a family. But now, God is inviting all who are willing to embrace their identities as sons and daughters. An orphan spirit affecting many throughout the church has caused the heart of God great pain. He has watched His children behave like orphans and paupers, causing them to live with deep insecurities and misrepresenting His true nature to the world. As we come to understand that we are children of God, we will no longer just know of Him, but will truly experience Him as Father—Papa, Daddy, Abba.
The Father will entrust the inheritance of His Son, Jesus, into the hands of His sons and daughters. I hear the Spirit saying that this is the Age of the Sons and Daughters. They will reveal the lavish love of the Father and the many will run to be a part of this family.
The Apple of His Eye
As the world sees the revealing of the sons of God, they will come into the family by the thousands. This revelation will also open the eyes of God’s chosen people, the Jews. God is sending many of His sons and daughters to support and show love to His chosen ones.
The battle has been great over the nations that have stood with Israel. Most have turned their backs on this land that was home to our Messiah. My nation, the United States of America, has turned away within our government. But many of God’s sons and daughters have continued to stand faithfully in the gap for the “apple of His eye.”
For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye…” Zechariah 2:8.
This year that speaks of an eye also speaks of the apple of His eye. It speaks of eyes being open and many sons and daughters coming home to the heart of the Father. God’s family will represent His government within the nation as they stand with Israel.
Securing the Peg
All glory belongs to the Lord! There are to be no other gods before Him and no glory taken in vain for ourselves or our personal gain. There is a great purification taking place in His yielded children, cleansing impure and selfish actions and motives.
In Isaiah 22, we read about an official in Hezekiah’s court named Shebna, who craved power and prestige, with no thought for the well-being of his people. He built a marvelous tomb for himself, so that he could be remembered with honor and splendor. Shebna was a man who wanted to promote himself more than he wanted to advance the kingdom. So the Lord proclaimed that he would be removed from his position.
20 “In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. 21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah. 22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat of honor for the house of his father. 24 All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.
25 “In that day,” declares the Lord Almighty, “the peg driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down.” The Lord has spoken. Isaiah 22:20-25.
Because of his pride, Shebna was replaced by Eliakim, a true servant with a father’s heart. Yet, even an honorable man such as Eliakim could never ultimately be a support for all his people (verse 25). He was simply a shadow of the One who would truly fulfill this promise, who is “holy and true, who holds the key of David” (Revelation 3:7). The Lord is whittling away every vestige of self-exaltation among His people. It is because of His great love that He is removing anything that will enslave and entomb us. In His great love, He is removing the roots of pride and self-dependence that will cause us to fall if they remain.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:11-12.
Because He delights in us, He will discipline us. His discipline is merely His love being made manifest in our lives. The chisel in His hand is painful against our rough edges for a moment, but the finished work will cause us to live securely as sons and daughters within the love of the Father’s heart. Yielding yourself to the work of His hand and humbling yourself before Him will allow this process to be completed quickly.
He’s a Good, Good Father
There is a song that has become very popular in Christian circles called “Good, Good Father” (written by Pat Barrett and Anthony Brown). Every time I hear this song I am moved deeply. It is the message of this time. He is a good, good Father and we are loved by Him. The lyrics are the sound I hear in the Spirit when I wait upon God. I hear the Spirit revealing the love of the Father and revealing the truth of our identity as sons and daughters.
This truth is our security and the peg that will not fall. Many will be able to come home and hang up their outer garments on this peg of truth. They will come home to the Father’s house and to the Father’s heart where they will fit securely.
By Kathi Pelton
By Kathi Pelton