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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Ask For His Glory: The Key to Manifest Transformation

Kathi Pelton

John Piper defines the glory of God this way,

“The manifest beauty of His holiness.”

So how best do we describe God’s holiness? John Piper also did his best to describe His holiness in these words,

“God’s holiness is his infinite value as the absolutely unique, morally perfect, permanent person that he is and who by grace made himself accessible — his infinite value as the absolutely unique, morally perfect, permanent person that he is.”

John 17:22-23 says that God gives us His glory so that we may be one. He gives us the “manifest beauty of His holiness” that draws us into the oneness and unity that is shared by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John‬ ‭17:22-23‬ ‭

What if we all ask for the glory of the Lord to permeate our lives, our relationships, our churches, cities, and nations? What if we surrendered to His glory so that His holiness transformed us to be one even as God is one?

I believe that we have looked upon the glory of God in too narrow of a way. Often I hear His glory described as His presence but it truly is so much more than “God with us.” It is the manifestation of the beauty of His infinitely unique and morally perfect nature that is eternal.

If His glory is the manifest beauty of His holiness and we are given His glory, then we will begin to be the evidence and embodiment of who He is as we allow the Spirit to grace us the glory of the Lord. Unity and oneness will begin to be manifest in our families and in the family of God so that the world will know and see Jesus in His manifest beauty and as John Piper says, “In His infinite value.”

If the glory of the Lord is His manifest holiness, then isn’t that the key to seeing true purity and the undiminished value of God return to the Church so that the world can see Him as He is? It is time for His glory to fill our lives, our homes, and our gatherings so that the fullness of Christ will transform us and transform every place our feet and hands touch.

Far too often we have tried to display His true nature apart from His glory— which in turn is apart from His holiness. This has merely created striving, formulas, and methodology for being “Christ-like.” It is time to ask for His glory to return to the Church, to our homes, and to our hearts so that by His grace we begin to see the manifest beauty of His infinite value displayed.

Let’s ask Him for His glory so that we can be transformed and be the evidence of His infinite value and purity in the midst of a world that has traded true beauty and the value of holiness for defilement and perversion.

His glory is the key for transformation!

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Understanding The Season of Acceleration and Transformation

Kathi Pelton

We truly do seem to be in a time of acceleration; change is happening everywhere we look! Nations are changing, governments are changing, the spiritual landscape is changing, and hearts are changing. Prayers that we prayed in faith for decades are suddenly coming to pass, and open doors are before many. It is like a “domino effect” is occurring…the hand of God pushed the first one over and now walls are falling down like dominoes.

In this time of acceleration it is vitally important that His people do not get into a “driven” or “high speed” mode that will cause them to burn out or run ahead of proper timing. God is the One who is accelerating things…not man! We are to make sure that we are taking time to be in the secret place, to linger in His presence and to sit with Him until He says “go.” We are to ride the wave of change that is transforming and accelerating us from a posture of peace, stillness, and intimacy.

There is a deep caution in my spirit to be sure that we are not trying to force greater acceleration by our might or our will. This is—and will continue to be—a move of God, not a move of man. It has begun first with personal transformation and will then transform the nations. I hear the familiar verse from Zechariah 4:6 that says,

“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

For nearly a year I have been carrying in my spirit the word “yield.” I daily have been intentionally yielding to the move and work of His Spirit within me and all around me. What has been happening for me personally, and what is happening all around us, is not by might but BY HIS SPIRIT! Most great moves of God began with a swell or acceleration that came by the Spirit but often the “might of man” moved in and not only caused men to fall but also halted the pure move of His Spirit.

What God is doing, and what He is about to do, is in the near future will be by His Spirit. We already are seeing the acceleration beginning, and it is now that we must position our hearts and our wills to yield fully to His Spirit. We must intentionally remain “in Him” by not allowing a move that is accelerating things around us to cause us to run ahead or become driven by our own strength. This move of God will be one that is being propelled by the yielded ones who have allowed transformation to occur. It will not be marked by “the driven ones.”

Understand that you will see driven ones arise and though their efforts may seem good at first, they will merely produce the appearance of fruit, not the organic pure fruit that will last and reveal Jesus as He truly is. This kind of activity will create a wind, but in the end it will bring people into a storm because the strength of men cannot uphold and preserve a pure move of God.

What God is bringing through the partnership with His yielded ones is pure and will draw His people into a peace that allows them to ride His wave without striving or any frantic, man-made push. It will not come from the strength of men but by His Spirit.

So…slow down and yield to His Spirit in this time of acceleration! His Spirit has brought forth this acceleration and will continue to bring further acceleration. We must learn to rest in Him and allow Him to carry us where He is going and into what He is doing. Yield to His full preparation that is transforming His Church; yield to the swell of His Spirit, yield to His healing, His cleansing, and His love. This is a time of freedom, not of frantic striving! Stay in His Spirit.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18.

We are being invited into accelerated transformation so that we will reflect the glory of the Lord as we are changed into His glorious image. This move of God will first and foremost be marked by transformation! It is the transformation we read about in the verse above. This verse will be a marker for what God is doing.

We are currently experiencing a move of the Spirit individually and as a corporate family that is transforming us to reflect His image. The world is longing for something or someone to identify with; they are looking for an “image” to reflect, but so many have merely found confusion and bowed before the graven images of the world’s systems. But as we, His Church, yield to the accelerated transformation that His Spirit is doing, suddenly the world will see Him in us! We will reflect His glorious image for people to see. This will release an accelerated transformation into all the world…not by might but by His Spirit.

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Rushing Wind

Kathi Pelton

I awoke with an old Keith Green song in my mind. I immediately knew that the Spirit gave me this song as a prayer for today. The words are,

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Rushing wind blow through this temple,

Blowing out the dust within,

Come and breathe your breath upon me,

I’ve been born again.

Holy spirit, I surrender, take me where you want to go,

Plant me by your living water,

Plant me deep so I can grow.

Jesus, you’re the one, who sets my spirit free,

Use me lord, glorify, your holy name through me.

Separate me from this world lord.

Sanctify my life for you.

Daily change me to your image,

Help me bear good fruit.

Every day you’re drawing closer.

Trials come to test my faith.

But when all is said and done lord,

You know, it was worth the wait.

Jesus, you’re the one, who set my spirit free,

Use me lord, glorify, your holy name through me.

Rushing wind blow through this temple,

Blowing out the dust within,

Come and breathe you breath upon me,

For I’ve been born again.

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As these words rushed like wind through my mind, I knew it was the song of surrender and the prayer of yielding that invites the Holy Spirit to blow through me.

His wind has been blowing away the dust from places that we didn’t even know were there. It is going to the very roots of wrong beliefs or patterns that we’ve conformed to. It’s changing behaviors and old habits. His rushing wind is blowing upon all that keeps us hindered from fully being surrendered to Him.

This deep work is not only about iniquities being removed but also about being realigned in even the most subtle things. Two years ago I received a prophetic word from a stranger passing by and she said to me,

“The Lord is about to recalibrate you for the new season that He’s moving you into.”

Then she shared with me about when she moved to a new state where the altitude was higher and the winters were colder. She said that her car was not running well after moving there. She took it to a mechanic and they told her that it needed to be recalibrated for the new climate and seasons. When they recalibrated her vehicle it ran better than ever because it was now aligned and calibrated to the new.

We are being recalibrated for the new climate and season. We have gone up higher and this is requiring fine tuning and adjustments that will give us strength and alignment for the future.

The grace and mercy of our loving God has given us the gift of repentance as an invitation into transformation. God never forces us into transformation (or even recalibration) but invites us to come and stand before Him so that He might blow this rushing wind upon and through us.

Today pray with me the words from the song above. Say yes to the invitation into transformation. We have been given new, white linen (garments) in place of the former garments that were soiled with both sin and accusations against our God. We pray these words now,

“Rushing wind blow through this temple, blowing out the dust within.

Come and breathe you breath upon me,

For I’ve been born again.”

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You Will Be Transformed

Kathi Pelton

(Day 5 of 40: The Yielding)

Last night I was suddenly awakened with a phrase going through my mind as a declaration. The words were,

“Where Satan has tried to conform you to the world, God is about to transform you by His Spirit.”

This naturally brought my mind to the verse in Romans 12:2 that says,

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

As this supernatural work occurs you will be able to walk in the wisdom of knowing His perfect will and Word.

Today, invite the Spirit of the Lord to transform every part of your life and mind that has been conformed to the patterns of this world. The patterns of the world cloud discernment, judgement and understanding. The renewing of our minds bring us into clarity and wisdom.

I come into agreement with the prayers of Jesus right now that you and your loved ones will be transformed; having your minds renewed. I declare with you that every place that has been conformed to the patterns of this world are now transformed by the power of His Spirit and the washing of His Word.

We do not belong to the world any longer (John 17:16) but are now citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven (Philippians 3:20). He will transform us to the patterns of His Kingdom and to the ways of our King.

This is Who You Are! The Transformation of “Christ in You” is Now Upon You

Kathi Pelton

Many years ago I was with a young man that was just coming to know the Lord. His life had been visited time and time again with great loss and disappointment. He had not been able to process the losses in his life or receive the comfort he greatly needed. This caused a build up of rage that would continually have to be released. One day as this build up was spilling out I asked the Lord what to do and He said,

Tell him, “This is not who you are.”

I looked into the eyes of this young man, who was full of pain and rage, and said the words the Lord asked me to say, 

“This is not who you are!”

Then from my mouth I began to speak the truth of whoGod says that he is. Then I took him in my arms and held him like a mother would hold their own child until the rage turned to tears and the comfort that his soul longed for was finally realized. 

I am sharing this story because the enemy has been trying to stir up areas in people’s lives that have not been fully redeemed; they have not been comforted in times of loss and trauma. We were created to give and receive comfort and compassion. When a person does not receive nurturing and comfort in these times it will often turn into strongholds of control, aggression and rage. 

If you are dealing with these strong emotions and reactions as you see the world around you in all kinds of chaos, the Lord want you to know,

“This is not who you are!” 

I declare over you that your true identity is found in the identity of Jesus Christ. You were created in His image and you carry within you peace, love, joy, compassion, beauty and self-control.

For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, and of love, and of self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

I declare power, love and self-control over your life and into your soul. I speak the release of comfort over the areas of traumas and wounds that have left you feeling out of control. I declare His breath of life now to come upon you and blow away the darkness that has overshadowed who you truly are. And lastly, I declare compassion, peace, forgiveness and hope into you even now. 

You were created to walk, speak and live in the character of Christ. Though the enemy stirs the waters of strife, you were created to merely touch those waters and bring peace to those around you. When people around you scream out in rage, who will dare to tell them,

“This is not who you are.” 

The people of God are to be the ones who bring peace, the ones who bring words of hope and life, the very ones who bring Christ to a world that is out of control. We must be renewed and allow Christ to be formed within us. 

God wanted his people throughout the world to know the glorious riches of this mystery-which is Christ living in you, giving you the hope of glory.  Colossians 1:27

It is vital that, as God’s people, we allow our minds to be renewed. We must meditate and dwell on who He is, what is pure and what is worthy. The enemy stirs up storms to get people fixated on what he is orchestrating which merely creates a greater wind of adversity. We have been given authority over these “winds of adversity” by the Spirit who lives within us and transforms us into the very image of Christ. Then we truly become light in the darkness and peace in the storm.

I love this renewal verse from the Amplified Bible,

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].  Philippians 4:8

This is a key verse for transformation. You will not only have your mind renewed as you think continually on these things, but you will posture yourself to receive comfort, compassion and healing from past events that have distorted your character and identity. Power, love and self-control (a sound mind) will come upon you. 

Finally…forgive those who persecute you and do not judge so that you are not judged by that same harsh standard. If you follow the words below, they will set you free,

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  Luke 6:27-36

“But to you who are listening…” 

We must listen and obey. God’s people must allow their lives to be transformed by His Word of truth. These are the mysteries that unlock the Kingdom of God to come to the Earth. These are the mysteries, that when lived out, bring healing and transformation to those around us. It is all upside down in the systems of this world and the hearts of men apart from God. We are called to listen and then to live in God’s truth which puts us “right side up”

THIS IS WHO YOU ARE! 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  1 Peter 2:9

We have entered the time that we must yield to the work of Christ being formed within our lives. The enemy fears this more than anything else because it is the key to bringing light into the darkness. We have entered the time of transition or the time of birthing. This is the time where the sons and daughters are being revealed…creation has yearned and groaned for this day. It is as if a deep labor has come upon many to birth the transformation and reformation that will usher in the great harvest and ultimately the return of Christ. The pressure you feel comes from the push to give birth to becoming true sons and daughters. 

For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.  Romans 8:19

You are birthing who you are and who the sons and daughters of God are. You are laboring for the transformation and revelation of Christ in us…the hope of glory.

According to Ellicott’s Bible Commentary the hope of glory is this,

“The glory” is the glorified state of perfection in heaven, wrapt in the communion with God, and so “changed from glory to glory.”

The fullness of the metamorphosis (transformation) is upon the sons and daughters of God. There is pressure in the birthing and transformation…yield to truth, to the mystery of His Word and allow Christ to be birthed within you. 

Again…this is who you are and who you were created to be! 

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