Mind the Gap: An Exhortation From the Lord

Kathi Pelton

We all have a soul and a spirit. Our souls can either be under the control of the flesh or of the spirit. It is the will of a man that decides what controls the soul. God does not violate our will. He loves us so completely that He allows us the free will to choose who we will serve and how we will live.

Today, I heard His Spirit say to me,

“Kathi, tell My people to ‘Mind the gap.’”

When I ask Him what He meant by this I immediately saw a picture that had the word “soul” on one side and “spirit” on the other with a gap in between the two. Then the Holy Spirit said to me that the gap represents the will of every man and woman.

The past couple of years have been years of transition and alignments that have invited God’s people to yield their will to the ways and commands of God and to train their souls to be submitted fully to the His Spirit. It is a time of great purification and a call to holiness.

We must understand the times and seasons that we are living in and transitioning into. They are great times of victories and fruitfulness but they are also times that we will face giants and battles that require those victories to be won through yielding fully to God by submitting our souls to respond and obey the will of God.

One of the greatest battles that many are facing in this hour are concerning our souls and who (or what) is controlling our thoughts and emotions. God is training His people to yield to His will even while they find themselves in the grip of emotions and thoughts that scream for their way rather than God’s way.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

This process is making a way to break through old and familiar ways that are not aligned with His ways. The “familiar” patterns that do not align with God’s often cost us victories and bring us into warfare and battles that God did not intend us to face. It is the mercy of the Lord that He has “turned up the heat” of the Refiner’s fire in order to purify us and save us from pain and losses in the days ahead. There are too many defeats that have been faced in past seasons because the souls of man have not be submitted to the ways of God.

We must MIND THE GAP! Our will is to be submitted to His will and His ways. The enemy comes to agitate, aggravate and cause offense in order to bring forth (provoke) a reaction from the soul rather than a response to His Spirit. The devil prowls in dark places seeking to strengthen his control over your soul (thoughts and emotions) so that he can assure your future defeats. The soul submitted to the will and ways of the Lord will dispossess the enemy’s strongholds as they listen and obey Him even when the instructions don’t make sense to the human mind. God is assuring victories ahead as we yield to the refinement.

We are in what I would term as “pre-battles”. These are the lions and bears that we must face and defeat before we face the giants in the land ahead. We have crossed over into the Promise Land and the giants aren’t far off now. We do not have to be afraid if we will take heed now and learn to “mind the gap” of our wills in order to embrace His ways.

As you go through each day be sure to pay close attention to those moments that your soul is being stirred to “react” (in fear, frustration, despair or offense). It is in those moments that a lion or bear is before you and you will need to yield your will and respond out of your spirit to gain the victory. Breathe deep and call upon His Spirit to help you!

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Call upon His peace to guard your heart and mind (to still your storm tossed thoughts and emotions). Then by an act of your will bring your soul into submission to the control of the Spirit. Then you will receive your victory and learn the ways of peace, which are His ways. We will be “giant-slayers” and bring fear to the enemy’s army as we allow this great work to take place in our lives.

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You Are of Great Value…Oh, How He Loves You

Kathi Pelton

I awoke today with the verse from Luke 12:27 flowing though my mind, :

““Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith Luke‬ ‭12:27-28‬ ‭

Last night I dreamed that I had a home in the most beautiful setting. The beauty of the trees and the snow-capped mountains took my breath away. God’s artistry in creation overwhelmed my senses. God clothed the Earth in radiant beauty and glorious splendor and yet His Word says that He has “all the more clothed us”.

As I’ve spent the past forty days yielding to the work of the Spirit in my life, I have experienced an awakening to the reality of my personal value and to the greatness of God’s love for me. This awakening has been like receiving royal robes and white linens that have clothed me anew. When God looks upon me, and upon you, He sees such splendor and beauty—far more than even the most beautiful setting on Earth.

If we are of such great value then why do we fear or fret about the earthly things? We are eternal beings who have been clothed with a heavenly love that will never be removed. We are the inheritance of Jesus, His radiant bride who takes His breath away. He cares for every need we have while here on Earth.

When I was a teenager my life was very difficult. I felt that I had no value or worth. A man at my high school began telling me about having a relationship with Jesus. i had never heard of such a thing. At that time, I was given an album by the Christian artist Keith Green. Though I did not yet know the Lord, I would listen to one particular song over and over. The words of the song caused me to weep and experience a washing that I did not understand. It was as if the words to this song would clothe me and cover me in worth and great value. Here are the lyrics to that song,

My son, My son, why are you striving You can’t add one thing to what’s been done for you I did it all while I was dying Rest in your faith, my peace will come to you

For when I hear the praises start I want to rain upon you Blessings that will fill your heart I see no stain upon you Because you are my child and you know me To Me you’re only holy Nothing that you’ve done remains Only what you do for Me

My child, My child, why are you weeping You will not have to wait forever That day and that hour is in My keeping The day I’ll bring you into Heaven

For when I hear the praises start My child, I want to rain upon you Blessing that will fill your heart I see no stain upon you Because you are My child and you know me To me you’re only holy Nothing that you’ve done remains Only what you do in Me

My precious bride, the day is nearing When I’ll take you in My arms and hold you I know there are so many things that you’ve been hearing But you just hold on to what I have told you

For when I hear the praises start My bride, I want to rain upon you Blessings that will fill your heart I see no stain upon you Because you are My child, and you know Me To me you’re only holy Nothing that you’ve done will remain Only what you do for me

(“When I Hear the Praises Start” by Keith Green)

I have not thought of that song in many years, but as I awoke today with the verse from Luke 12 in my mind, it ushered me back to the days when I first discovered how much He loved and valued me. It awakened first love again. It brought me back to the days in my youth when the words to that song began to cover my shame and nakedness, bringing me into the greatest and purest love I’d ever known.

These past forty days have rekindled first love. The Spirit of God has reminded us of the greatness of His love toward us and how greatly we are valued. We do not need to worry, strive, or weep for we are His children, we are His bride. We have been clothed in the splendor of His love and we are held by the arms of a God who will never let us go.

I will close with the words from Isaiah 40,

“O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah‬ ‭40:27-31‬ ‭

Our strength is found in the greatness of His love for us. His love gives us wings to soar and strength for the journey ahead.

Oh, how He loves you and me!

(Day 39: The Yielding)

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God is Purifying All That the Enemy Has Defiled

Kathi Pelton

As I’ve taken the past two months to meditate on Zechariah 3–a story that is marked by God’s miraculous grace to save a man defiled by his own iniquities—I have become keenly aware of this continual work of grace happening in the lives of God’s sons and daughters even now.

As believers we stand before the Father fully clothed in the purity and righteousness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Yet still, we are being transformed in our souls— our minds, character, thoughts, and feelings. Our minds are continuously being renewed in order to obtain the mind of Christ, our belief systems are being aligned with truth, and our actions are being adjusted to mirror only what we see the Father doing. Condemnation has been removed and we have been set free from guilt and shame, even while our souls are being purified from all that the enemy has defiled from the old patterns of this world.

As I awoke this morning I saw in my spirit a scene of snow falling. As it fell it began to cover the branches of each individual tree, then the soil and brush beneath the trees, causing the entire landscape to be clothed in this pure white snow. It was a gradual and peaceful transformation. The land did nothing to receive this gift, it merely received it.

The same is true in Zechariah 3 with Joshua the high priest; he merely stood and received the new garments (white linens) just as the land received the white covering of snow.

There is an accuser who desires to replay and remind God’s people of their past iniquities, hoping to cause them to return to the pig pens of his demonic defilement. He wants to keep our souls in his defilement so that our light will be hidden. The definition of defilement is to sully, mar, or spoil. impair, debase, degrade; desecrate or profane (something sacred), desecrate, profane, violate, or to violate the chastity of (a woman). Jesus has clothed us in new, white garments and removed our sins as far as the east is from the west. He has set us free from sin and it’s defilement, He is the pure oil that renews and transforms us into a bright and pure light that reveals Christ to a darkened world.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

Remember that just as it took time for the landscape to be fully covered in the white snow, and as the oil that was used to light the flame of the menorah took eight days to purify, so our souls are in a process of purification. Though we stand blameless before God because of the blood of Jesus, our souls are still being transformed.

Today is a day to yield to the transformational work of the Holy Spirit. I heard the Spirit say that there is a deep work of grace happening even now. He is removing defilement from lives. I saw the “landscape” of lives being purified from all the mire of iniquities of the soul and He is covering places that had been left uncovered.

The landscape represents all that pertains to your life. Just as in the scene of the snow falling, not only were the individual trees covered in snow, but the ground that they were planted in was covered and the growth around them was covered in white. Even the atmosphere was permeated by the falling snow. God is removing defilement from spiritual atmospheres, from lands, people groups, families, and from your life. He is covering every detail. All you have to do is to be still and receive it.

“Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm‬ ‭46:8-10‬ ‭

(Day 36: The Yielding)

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You Have Been Clothed in Fine White Linens

Kathi Pelton

Here in North America we have entered the winter months where, in many places, the ground is covered in the winter’s white snow. If you go to the mountain tops the snow is untouched, undisturbed and looks as if the purest white linen has been laid upon the ground. A hush comes with this beauty that causes the onlooker to find stillness and rest.

As we finish the second 8-day segment of “The Yielding” we also finish the focus verse from Zechariah 3:5,

“Then I said, “They should also place a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean priestly turban on his head and dressed him in new clothes while the angel of the Lord stood by.” Zechariah‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭

The angels brought new clothes that represented Joshua’s restoration and purification. We, too, have received a “new turban” as our minds have been renewed and new garments as we have yielded to a deep purification in our hearts. Just like the undisturbed snow-covered mountain tops, a hush and stillness has come upon us. The beauty of “Christ in us” and the peace that comes with alignment and purity causes a “Selah” to come upon our lives. I even sense Heaven’s holy hush as they view this act of grace as the pure white linens have been laid upon God’s people.

Today is a day to rest in the work that has been done. It is a day to feel the peace that purity and grace has brought to us.

Breathe it in and let the light burden of the Lord bring us into a deep rest. As we rest we will be taken higher. It is in the high places that the gentle snow falls and covers everything with a white garment. The rains came to wash and at times it felt like a flood of debris being removed accompanied by the sound of thunder. Now we have been washed and clothed anew. The sound of the silence is the sound of the peace that surpasses our understanding.

I am reminded of the verse in Isaiah 1:18 that says,

“Come, let us settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are crimson red, they will be like wool.

It is settled and today we can rest. God will bring the new instructions but we will carry them out without the burdens of all that we’ve been carrying. He has removed our iniquities and taken our burdens. His yoke is as light as the soft white linens that now covers us. His gentleness surrounds us and His peace rests upon His chosen ones. .

~Selah~

(Day 16 of 40: The Yielding)

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The Restoration of Being One Spirit with Christ

Kathi Pelton

(Day 7 of 40: The Yielding)

“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭6:17‬

One spirit with Him? Have you ever thought about these words?

If you read through the verses prior to 1 Corinthians 6:17 you will find that this is compared to intimacy between a man and woman when “the two become one flesh”. Paul warns against being joined physically with a harlot because of the joining and “oneness” that occurs.

We are temples of the Holy Spirit; therefore we are to walk in purity in both our bodies and our spirits.

As we continue to stand before the Lord as Joshua the high priest did in Zechariah 3, we are yielding to the work of His Spirit that will remove all places in our bodies and in our spirits that have been defiled or joined to anything that separates us from being “one spirit with the Lord”.

Today, as you come before our merciful God, ask the Spirit to restore the purity in your body and in your spirit. We will live in one spirit with the Lord and therefore in unity with His people.

Let us offer ourselves as holy and living sacrifices as we read inRomans 12:1-2,

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬