Do Not Be Agitated By Those Who Do Evil

By Kathi Pelton

We are living in times that can quickly provoke the soul to agitation, even anger, everywhere we turn if we are not diligent to “trust in the Lord.”

Here in the United States, election years always release a spirit of division, opposition and agitation. This election year is like no other; the battle is on a whole different level and the landscape feels like the beginnings of a civil war. Now we have added the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the already charged atmosphere. If you watch those hearings for five minutes and your sure to become agitated no matter what side you are on!

We must go up higher in our spiritual posture and let our roots go deeper in the soil of His ways. God’s people can stand up for righteousness, goodness and truth without stirring up the atmosphere with soulish agitation. We must remember that we are on the brink of a literal civil war here in America, therefore, we need to be those who hold the standard of truth in righteousness. We have authority to shift atmospheres through our worship, our words, our intercession and our love— let us not be the trip wire that takes us from civil unrest to civil war!

Psalm 37 is an excellent guide for these times. The very first verse instructs us on how to conduct and restrain our souls,

“Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong. For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants.” Psalms‬ ‭37:1-2‬ ‭

DO NOT BE AGITATED! They spring up quickly but wilt before becoming strong or mighty tree— they wilt like tender green plants. Psalm 37 goes on to say,

“Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday. Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.” Psalms‬ ‭37:3-7‬ ‭

This past January the Lord moved our family to the Washington D.C. region from the West Coast. He was very clear in His instructions to “dwell in the land” as 2020 began. We had no idea why or what was coming but the one thing we carry with us (no matter where He sends us) are the instructions from Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.” Our favorite version says, “…dwell in the land cultivate faithfulness.” That is what we do!

As God moves us to a new location we first establish our trust in the Lord and do what is good before Him and to those around us. Then we cultivate faithfulness— we live by faith, we plants seeds of trust, we practice peace and ask Him to “dwell with us.” Then we watch Him act on our behalf and on behalf of the people and land that He has placed us in.

The only other thing that we came to this region carrying was a powerful prophetic dream that I had in May 2019 of seeing “In God We Trust” restored in our nation. So, once again we cultivate trust— then we know that— “He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like noonday.”

We moved to a city just south of DC that is the home of the national ministry (movement) called, “Awaken the Dawn” so when I read, “making your righteousness shine like the dawn”, I know that we are called to awaken righteousness and a movement of righteousness from this place through prayer and worship. We are in DC weekly where there is a hearing regarding justice happening even now— God will act and make our justice come forth like the noonday. HE WILL ACT AS WE TRUST! Noon is coming.

We are the Church and it is up to us to cultivate faithfulness and trust in the place that He has planted each of us! You may wonder why you are in the city or state that you are but let me suggest that you are there to cultivate the land, to hold the line and to establish righteousness and justice through your commitment to walking in HIS WAYS!

Let’s not cultivate agitation! We become agitated when we do not understand our enemy! Our enemy wants to provoke us so that we focus on being robbed, cheated, lied to and deceived. Though these things are true (and always have been— we are merely seeing with 20/20 vision now), the shift and change will not come through weapons of the flesh but through weapons of the Spirit! Peace, trust, righteousness, faithfulness and walking in His ways will cause God to act! Refrain from anger!

Let’s look at another few verses from Psalm 37,

“Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated — it can only bring harm. For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” Psalms‬ ‭37:8-9‬ ‭

It’s time to inherit the land! But anger and agitation will only bring harm! God will destroy evildoers as we put our hope in the Lord and refrain from soulish reactions. The humble will inherit the land— not the arrogant evildoers who seek to provoke you to leave your place of trust and engage in their divisive and hateful tactics. Verse 11 says,

“But the humble will inherit the land and will enjoy abundant prosperity.” Psalms‬ ‭37:11‬ ‭

It goes on to say, “The wicked person schemes against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him. The Lord laughs at him because He sees that his day is coming.” Psalms‬ ‭37:12-13‬ ‭

Psalm 37 is a verse for this time! It paints a picture of how we are position ourselves to inherit the land and to prosper. I greatly admonish you to heed His instruction by refraining from agitation, the ways of the world and the provocation of the enemy. Trust in the Lord and do good— then God will act!

I also greatly encourage you to read, study and meditate in Psalm 37 during this time because it His wise instruction of how to inherit the land.

“Wait for the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land. You will watch when the wicked are destroyed. I have seen a wicked, violent man well-rooted like a flourishing native tree. Then I passed by and noticed he was gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found. Watch the blameless and observe the upright, for the man of peace will have a future.” Psalms‬ ‭37:34-37‬ ‭

Amen!

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Slaves to Righteousness

Kathi Pelton

Did you know that there is a slavery that sets you free? Romans 6:19 says,

“…Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.”

We can come before our merciful Savior and surrender ourselves to Him as “slaves of righteousness”. As we do this we are giving ourselves over to the power of His holiness that sets us free from the chains of sin and death.

Today I saw the Lord inviting sons and daughters to come to Him in order to exchange their slavery to sin for slavery to righteousness. He will remove the ring of captivity off of your finger and replace it with a signet ring that bears His name. All of Heaven and Earth will recognize that you belong to the Father and that you have joined yourself to the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

This divine exchange binds you to righteousness and frees you from the power that sin has had over your life. You are joined to freedom by your free will to become slaves to righteousness. Just as a man joins himself to a woman when he chooses to enter into a marriage covenant with her (causing them to become one flesh); you can freely choose to join your lives to righteousness.

Romans 6 goes on to say,

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Romans‬ ‭6:22‬ ‭

Oh the freedom that comes in becoming “slaves of God”! It is not forced and it is not harsh…it is the way that we come into all of the benefits of being sons and daughters of such a loving Father. It is a decision that has everlasting benefits and the pathway to holiness. It is where we overcome by the blood of the Lamb! It is the decision to be set free.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭

The slavery to sin is a heavy yoke but slavery to righteousness is light and gives us freedom.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

There is an open invitation to come to Him to exchange the heavy yoke that has been upon you for God’s gentle yoke that gives you rest for your soul. His loving kindness is never ending and His desire for you is deep and wide.

We have been crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives (Romans 6:6). Slaves to righteousness are the ones who have been set free!

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