Testimony Time!! Do You Need Financial Breakthrough?

by Kathi Pelton

Yesterday I was sitting with a small group of people that I’m traveling with as we were preparing for the day. As we sat together the Spirit came into the room and we began to express that a particular brother in the Lord had been on all of our hearts that day. This man is a part of a team that we travel with and he had a financial need that needed to be met right away. We began praying for him and as we did I felt that I was to thank a couple that was in the room because I knew that they had sown financially into him out of their own need. Suddenly the Lord dropped on all of us in the room to sow financially into his breakthrough and said that it would bring our breakthrough as well.

A couple hours later one of our team members turned to me and said, “Kathi, have you sown your financial gift yet?” I had gotten busy after our prayer and not yet done it yet so I replied, “Not yet.” She said, “Your gift is the release.” Then it was like a swirl of angelic excitement filled the room and I knew I needed to sow a particular amount right away.

I pulled out my phone and went to his fundraiser page to sow. As soon as I entered the amount and pressed “send” my phone received a notification that I had in that exact moment received ten times that amount…to the penny! It was an amazing breakthrough moment. Our whole group knew that what we had done for this brother’s missions project was releasing breakthrough for our own ministry needs!

This is how the Kingdom works! Then I began to speak the words from Luke 6:38 aloud,

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

We gave with such excitement and joy to see our brother’s breakthrough and it was not only returned in full but ten times more!

God’s ways are not the ways of men! “The amount you give will determine the amount you get back!” It’s so backwards and upside down from the ways of the world! It is time we turn the tables on the issue of lack and poverty. Let’s follow the way of the Kingdom of God that releases breakthrough for all.

Our little “giving party” yesterday is still having a ripple effect upon all involved; not only financially but spiritually and prophetically! The angels gathered around us with such excitement and I am so aware that they have been drawn to the atmosphere of heaven that was created on earth as we gave.

It’s time to overturn the tables of lack by aligning with the ways of the Kingdom…which is generosity! The world is what is upside down; not God’s ways. Recalibrate, realign and renew your mind with the perspective of heaven! Create an atmosphere of heaven on earth, where the angels gather and God opens the windows of heaven over you!

Luke 6:38 is the key to the outpouring of breakthrough and the atmosphere of heaven opening over your life!

“…I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Malachi‬ ‭3:10-11‬ ‭

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The “Yes” That Fills The Room

by Kathi Pelton

Sometimes your “Yes” to Jesus comes with great excitement and joy but when your “Yes” comes with the sober awareness of sacrifice and cost; then it must be accompanied by the awareness and posture that cries out, “You are worthy of it all!”

These times remind me of Mary, a teenager being visited by the angel of the Lord who announced that the Holy Spirit would cause her to conceive a child, the Messiah. She had to be keenly aware of at least some of the cost; reputation, misunderstanding, accusations and so much more. Yet, in that moment of “being chosen” her response was this,

“And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” LUKE‬ ‭1:38‬

“Be it unto me according to your word.” Those words have become the deepest cry of my life. I would pray them in the days of my youth with little understanding of the weight that they carried. Though I’d never change that innocent response of the “teenaged me”; today when I pray it I understand the weight of taking up my cross and following Him.

The beauty has far outweighed the cost and we choose not to count the cost but rather to count it all joy! He is so worth it all and making His worth known throughout the earth is what we live for. To see Jesus receive His full inheritance is our greatest joy. He gave His all so how can we give any less; even in the moments that our “yes” has the fragrance of sacrifice upon it?

I believe every “yes” is a pleasing offering to Him but the “yes” that is accompanied by tears and an awareness of truly having to “let go of your will to receive His” is especially beautiful to Him.

If you are in a “Yes” moment…either for the first time or you’ve lost count because you live a “yes lifestyle” then remember that the only regret we’d ever have at the end of our lives would be the times we held anything back from Him. Our “all” is the only offering that is fitting the God who gave His all.

When He visits you, to choose you, respond with the only words that are fitting, “Be it unto me according to your word.” If tears and sacrifice accompany your response then know that your words are like the costly perfume in the alabaster jar poured over His feet once again. The fragrance of your yes fills the room!

We say yes…

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The Veil Will Be Torn On Capitol Hill

by Kathi Pelton

This morning while I was worshipping I was taken into a powerful vision. In the vision I was kneeling in prayer at the Lincoln Memorial; looming across the National Mall to the Capitol Building. I was kneeling and weeping for our nation from the exact spot that Martin Luther King gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. As I interceded I suddenly saw the Capitol Building split down the middle but it was a veil tearing.

Suddenly what appeared in its place was the Lamb of God seated upon the mercy seat. His throne was as large as the Capitol Building had been. At His feet stood those that serve in leadership in our nation; the representatives from the house and the senate. The veil had been torn and this “house divided” was before the King of Kings and as they looked upon Him they suddenly became united by the love in His eyes and the revelation of “who He truly is!”

In this vision the veil of deception, division and separation was torn and Jesus was revealed to all who filled our Capitol Building as “The God Who We Trust In.” Mercy poured forth from His throne as they bowed in awe at the sight of Him and their eyes were open to truth.

As I saw this vision I began to weep as if it was happening even now. Faith for revival in that divided house filled me. We know that the Word says,

“But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” Matthew 12:25

There has been a crumbling of the house in our nation; often revolving around the issues of family and life. This has caused many individual homes and families throughout our nation to crumble. But if revival can come to Washington DC and the sovereignty of God causes the veil to be torn, then even the enemies of God will cry out “Holy is the Lord.” Then we will be united and truly stand as the United States!

This past week, as I was in Washington DC, I experienced such an awakening of deep intercession for our nation. I literally didn’t want to leave but longed to stay and weep between the porch and the alter on behalf of our nation. Oh how I long to see Jesus receive His full inheritance in our nation. I ached to see His mercy respond to the blood that cries out in the ground with His blood that washes away our sin. I longed with such a deep travail to see our nation bow before Him as our eyes are opened to see His beauty. He is worthy!

Will we take this vision and add our faith and intercession to it? Or will we merely say, “That will never happen!”? It never will if we do not take up the cause of Christ on behalf of our nation. God is asking for those who will partner with Him and say, “Yes, I believe and will intercede!”

As I stood in David’s Tent last week in DC I could feel the longing of the Lord that it would always be full…full of believers that have been called to stand in the gap. The angels gather there and the Lord is longing for His people to gather there to partner with the heavenly host that He has sent there.

In the early 2000’s my husband and I directed a house of prayer that Patricia King had birthed called The War Room. It was an amazing place but in 2006 the Lord visited us and asked us if we would sow it into the ground as a seed that would come forth at a later time. We have longed to have the seed come up out of the ground since that time.

As I slept during my third night in Washington DC I had a dream that “war rooms” would suddenly arise out of the ground; first in DC and then multiplied throughout the nation. They were places that men and women would gather to come into the counsel chambers of heaven. Those who gathered would receive the counsel and wisdom of the Lord for the days ahead. Scrolls, blueprints and strategies would come as they gathered in His presence. Wisdom for issues that man could not find solutions for would come and change the trajectory of homes, families, cities, states and for our nation.

Can revival come to our nation’s capital? Yes it can! Speak it, let the vision burn in our hearts, call on God and stand in the gap. May His glory fill this house!

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An Opportunity for Transforming an Inner-City Neighborhood

A door has been opened to us to be part of an initiative in West Palm Beach, Florida beginning June 20, 2019.

The Awaken the Dawn team will work in conjunction with local ministries, business leaders, and other partners to see the revitalization of an inner-city neighborhood in West Palm, Florida, with the goal of of long-term, sustainable transformation on a city-wide level.

We have been asked for our involvement in setting up a tent to host the presence of God in the area as spiritual covering and support to the physical work of restoration and transformation.

Singers, musicians, and prayer warriors from across the country will join us in praying through the area, receiving strategic blueprints, shifting the spiritual atmosphere, and establishing a house of prayer in the midst of this amazing project.

All those who say “yes” to this invitation will do so as volunteers; therefore, this assignment will need to be funded by supporters. The cost for us to take part in this missions project is approximately $1500.00.

This is an opportunity for the body of Christ to sow into sustainable transformation that will truly reach the poor and needy with hope and new beginnings, while bringing city transformation.

Let us fulfill the following verses in our cities and nation!

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—when you already have it with you.— Proverbs 3:27-28

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.— Proverbs 11:25

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Are You Downcast? Tell Your Soul To Hope in God!

by Kathi Pelton

Today the Spirit began to speak to me out of Psalm 42 regarding those whose souls are cast down and whose trust have begun to doubt God’s promises and lose hope in His ability to save.

David was familiar with the kind of warfare that wears the soul down. In verses 5 & 6 he says,

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God.”

‭‭David speaks from his spirit into his heart and soul; telling himself to put his trust in god and to praise Him again…because God is his Savior!

Many of you are in a time of great opposition and contention that has been sent to cause you to doubt, lose hope and stop praising. Just last week the Lord showed me in a dream that the attack against so many of God’s people right now is a direct attack against “putting their trust in God.”

(Click here to read that word: https://oceansinthedesert.com/2019/05/30/42906/)

Psalm 42 goes on to say these words,

““O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”” Psalms‬ ‭42:9-10‬ ‭

The enemy not only sent opposition and enemies against David but then he mocks him with deep oppression and accusations, saying, “Where is this God of yours?”

But David responds to who he knows God to be. His words paint a picture of a man standing up out of the stupor of oppression and hopelessness by saying,

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!” Psalms‬ ‭42:11‬ ‭

Many of us need to stand up in hope, trust and courage at this time. We must shake off the stupor of doubt and discouragement and “praise Him again”—for He will indeed save His chosen ones!

Even now the spirit of Joshua and Caleb is being released in our land. It is the spirit that says no to doubt, says no to hopeless despair and stands up against the giants. It says, “In God I trust!”

It releases the spirit of the overcomer and the spirit of bold courage in the midst of contradicting circumstances. It is the “holy yes” in the midst of a fiery furnace of adversity that says, “Bow to the god of this world and lose hope in God.” Instead we say, “I will not bow under the weighty pressures that so many are bowing under in this hour but I will arise and shout praise because I know that He who promised me is faithful.

“By faith Sarah herself also received the ability to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:11‬ ‭

We can judge God according to our circumstances or we can judge (discern, consider) God according to who we know that He is in the midst of our circumstances! He is faithful and we must put our trust in Him alone and “praise Him yet again!”

May your spirit stand up in the midst of your soul being bowed down and praise Him! Put your full trust in Him and watch what He will do. This is a time to shout and to release a roar! The Lion of Judah is with you and you will overcome.

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Prophetic Dream For America

Kathi Pelton

Last night I arrived in Washington DC and as we drove by the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, lit up against the night sky, I could feel the longing of God for our nation begin to swell in my spirit. I went to bed last night with intercession for our nation stirring within me.

When I fell asleep I went into a significant, prophetic dream.

The Dream:

I was with the group of international prophets meeting together in our nation’s capital. We were seeking the Lord together for the United States. In the dream I asked the Lord what He wanted to say to us and as I asked I was suddenly taken to an aerial view of Washington DC. Then this aerial view was transposed onto a large silver coin. Then the Spirit of the Lord asked me, “What is your nation’s motto?” I answered, “In God We Trust.” As I spoke the words they appeared upon the silver coin. The Spirit then said, “This is what will save your nation.”

Then, in the dream, I was taken to see many in the body of Christ who were interceding for our nation, who were prophesying over our nation, who were standing with our nation or living in our nation. As I looked upon them they were under severe personal attacks. I asked the Lord why there was such an attack against His people at this time. He answered my saying, “Their ‘trust’ in Me is under attack. If the enemy can cause My people to lose their trust in Me then He can win the battle for your nation. The key to victory is found in the words, ‘In God We Trust.’”

In the dream I began to prophesy what I had just seen and as I did I began to repeat over our nation and over His people and over my life the words, “In God We Trust! In God I trust!” Then the Lord said something that shot through my spirit like a bolt of lightening. He said, “It only takes a remnant to win this battle for your nation! A remnant that will put their trust in Me!”

As He spoke these words; life and hope surged through me with such victorious power. The words, “It only takes a remnant.” repeated over and over in my spirit until it began to pour out of me with the Spirit of prophesy upon them.

Understanding the Dream:

There was more to the dream that I may share later but I will save that for another time. What I want you to understand from this dream is that the attack against you has been a direct attack against your trust in the Lord! It may have taken the form of health issues, financial lack, relational issues or even mental/emotional attacks but what the enemy is after is your trust in God!

You are a part of the remnant that will rise up and say, “In God I trust and in God we trust.” These words and this posture is the key to seeing this established in our nation. What appears to be a personal attack is in fact an attack against America and her key to victory. The inscription on our coins is the key to purchase back our nation for God.

Within the dream I was with international leaders that I recognized from Canada, Israel, Germany, Asia, Japan and many other nations. They were all standing with us in our nation’s capital because they knew that the time was now to stand with our nation. The victory in America was also a victory for their nations. They felt the weight of the Lord’s longing for them to join us and stand with the United States until we gained the victory. They brought their “trust” as a part of the remnant that would turn our nation back to God.

Conclusion:

No matter what you are facing or battling, know this: it is a battle for your trust! Rise up and put doubt under your feet! Put every word of accusation against the Lord and all circumstantial evidence that has been raised against Him under your feet and stomp it out with the words, “In God We Trust!”

Let these words rise over your life and rise over our nation with the incense of intercession and prophetic declaration! Let the remnant arise and put their trust in God alone. It only takes a remnant to arise and see a nation saved!

“Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies. Let those who hate God run for their lives. Blow them away like smoke. Melt them like wax in a fire. Let the wicked perish in the presence of God. But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy. Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord — rejoice in his presence!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭68:1-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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It’s Not “Either/Or” but “Both/And”

by Kathi Pelton

So much of life with Christ is not found in an “either/or” answer or posture but rather a “both/and” agreement.

Some examples:

• Is the prayer/worship or evangelism/discipleship more important?

— It’s both/and! Prayer and worship sets the field or prepares the atmosphere so that hearts are softened and the air is clear for eyes to see and ears to hear.

• Are those who go or those who give more important?

— It’s both/and! How can people go without those who give? It’s a partnership in which we have opportunities to do both. The reward and credit is the same in God’s eyes!

• Should we battle darkness or gaze upon His beauty?

— It’s both/and! Intimacy is not left in the place of gazing when we enter the spiritual battles. It is an unbroken bond of intimacy that fights together and retreats to rest together. They are equally important.

• Should we take our homes/city or go to the other cities/nations?

—It’s both/and! As a mom I spend a lot of time with my natural family nurturing, loving and making a home where His presence abides; but I also go out to strengthen other’s children, marriages and homes. We must stay and we must go because what we build in our homes and cities become what we can bring to strengthen another’s home and city (or nation).

• Do we preach love or truth?

—Both love abs truth! The love described in 1 Corinthians 13 is the only love that is filled with truth! All other love is conditional but agape love does not demand something in return.

There are more examples then I’d ever be able to post but these are just a few. People often have a “for or against” posture or an “either/or” posture but that comes from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It creates separate camps and divisions over opinions, interpretations, human knowledge, limited understanding, different cultures, etc. The tree of life yields the sweet fruit of John 17:21. It is the unity/oneness that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit share and enjoy that we have been invited into.

Though they are One in every way, we can enter into that oneness and nurture unity with our brothers and sisters by laying down our right to be right. I’m not talking about compromising convictions but acknowledging that we all see in part and carry different parts in different seasons. Every part of the five-fold is equally important and needed to see the fullness of the Kingdom established. Every part of the body is needed to perform the function that they were created for. Every expression is a revelation of a facet of His beauty. Not one of us is completely “right” in our understanding of scripture or application of scripture but God sees our hearts and the motivation of our hearts. We are clothed in His righteousness in the midst of our imperfections and even misrepresentations of His true nature. We ask for clean hands and pure hearts so that our greatest longing is to see Him receive what He died for…mankind!

Let’s move away from the either/or and for/against mindset and begin to eat of the tree of life until we see the longing of Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21 fulfilled.

He deserves His prayer to be answered by a people who will humble themselves before Him and one another in the only “camp” worth living in…the tent of Jesus!

“that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John‬ ‭17:21‬ ‭

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God Is For You!!

May 23.2019– Kathi Pelton

• When everything seems against you… “I am for you.”

• When the odds are stacked against you… “I will tip the scales in your favor.”

• When you feel alone and without help… “I am with you to help you.”

• When you have no answers… “I will give you wisdom & miracles.”

• When you cannot find your way… “I will carry you and comfort you.”

• When you feel too weak to carry on… “I will be the strength that you need.”

• When you face the impossible… “Remember—I make all things possible!”

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans‬ ‭8:28-31‬ ‭

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The Rooster is Announcing the Dawning of a New Day

by Kathi Pelton

On August 2, 2007 I had an article published on The Elijah List called “The Roosters Are Crowing, “It’s A New Day!” (http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=5541).This word was birthed out of a time where our family was recovering from losing our home in a fire just months earlier. A Mennonite couple from Pennsylvania felt led of the Spirit to go on a treasure hunt with God to buy our family a prophetic gift. What they were led to buy for us was a beautifully crafted ceramic rooster to signal a “new day is dawning”.

Now, twelve years later, I am once again being reminded again and again of that rooster. It started a few weeks back when some friends and I was doing a “treasure hunt” for property. We were waking the grounds of a magnificent estate that is for sale and on one of the patios was a life size statue of a rooster. To say that it was out of place for this setting would be an understatement! But the “out of place” caused it to stand out to us! Immediately I remembered my prophetic gift from 2007 that said that beauty would come forth from our ashes and a rooster announced “the dawning of a new day.”

Since that day a couple weeks ago I have been seeing roosters everywhere! I hear the sound of their early morning crowing deep in my spirit which is awakening the dawn of a new day and awakening hope!

Yesterday I wrote a word about barn revivals and barn raisings that will occur in the days ahead. As I released that word I saw in my spirit a weather vane on the top of a barn. This weather vane had a rooster on it and was spinning around and around because the wind of the spirit was coming from every direction. It was like a holy whirlwind that was touching these barns. Then last night I was watching a news station that was tracking a tornado that had touched down in Ford County, Kansas. The storm chasers who were following it kept reporting how it was coming upon barns and only touching the barns. As I was watching this unfold before my eyes I once again began to see in my spirit the weather vane with the rooster on top of the barn that was spinning from the wind that was coming from every direction. It was a sign in the natural of what will come and touch barns…only the wind of the Spirit will restore and not destroy.

God often speaks to me through visions (I’m a seer), the natural visual things and through natural events that declare spiritual truths. In this season I am seeing barns, roosters, fire, wind and the dawning of a new day. These are not separate but rather they converge together to paint a picture of what the Lord is about to do.

I believe that this is a prophetic sign for America! Just as we were sent a prophetic gift of a rooster twelve years ago; God is sending the church a prophetic sign and gift of a rooster that announces a new day…a day where revival will come upon communities as we return to our grass roots of gathering together on homesteads (in barns). We will see unity come from sharing life together, sharing meals together and raising barns together. Family, community and gathering in love will cause the Spirit’s fire to fall and the wind to blow. Homesteads will host the presence of God and become portals of miracles, signs and wonders.

This is a time to restore those old barns, build new barns and gather in barns because it is a new day! The stalls will be full again, the vats will overflow, the grain will be plentiful and we will rejoice!

“Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the Lord ‘s temple was laid, consider: Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on I will bless you.”” Haggai‬ ‭2:18-19‬ ‭

Where the barns have been empty and desolate, they now will be full! Where there had been no seed, now there will be an abundance of grain! Where there has been to yield from the land and from the work of your hands, now there will be more than enough. “From this day on I will bless you!” (On a side note and sign; my husband and I were married on the 24th day of the ninth month… Gregorian calendar not Jewish calendar).

Though I believe that this is specifically a word for America, I also see it touching other nations. Canada, Australia, Argentina, Japan, Scotland, Mexico, Brazil…and many other nations will hear the crow of the rooster to announce a new day that brings them into harvest and blessings.

The rooster is crowing…”It’s a new day!”

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Faith, Finances and Fruitfulness

by Kathi Pelton

Today I was reminded of the story in John 6 of the boy who offered his lunch (loaves and fish) to the Lord. It is such a beautiful example of what God can do with our offering.

“‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many? Jesus said, ‘Have the people sit down.’ Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost. ‘ So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, ‘This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!’” John‬ ‭6:9-14‬ ‭

The offerings that we bring often feel insignificant compared to the great need that is before us. But when all that we have (both small and large) is placed into the Lord’s hands, He blesses it and multiplied it to feed the multitudes. Not only that—there is always more than enough with leftovers that exceed the original offering. In this story the boy who offered his lunch not only still ate and was “filled” but I believe that this increase was counted to his credit! Not only were the people’s hunger satisfied but the miracle of multiplication revealed Jesus to the masses. They believed!

This seemingly small act of faith on the part of this boy brought increased fruitfulness not only for him but for the multitudes. It is still revealing Jesus today and increasing the faith of those who merely have “a lunch” to offer.

My husband and I have been in full-time ministry for many years. The majority of our time in ministry we have been supported by those who the Lord prompted to support us financially. On an emotional level this was a hard adjustment for us when we started on that path. We had been used to being the ones who supported others and suddenly needed to be supported. When God called us to live in another country to oversee a house of prayer, we had to “go” and trust that the Lord would bring generous givers to surround our lives as we gave our “yes” to His call. We quickly had to learn absolute trust and thanksgiving in times of plenty and times of hunger.

Throughout the years of living upon the support of others (amazing and beautiful people!), we had to come to terms with the truth that Paul speaks of in Philippians 4 regarding his own ministry and support, when he writes, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.”

Our hearts, like Paul’s, have always been to give our all and give our “yes” to all that the Lord asks of us (whether giving or going). Though there are times of great struggle and sacrifice, we know that He is worthy of it all. We have come to understand through these verses in Philippians 4 that the burden or weight that we often felt as people supported us was wrong thinking. Let’s look at what Paul says about those who supported him and the work he was doing,

“Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Philippians‬ ‭4:14-20‬ ‭

God equally credits the fruitfulness of Paul’s ministry to those who stood in the place of support. Although Paul was the mouthpiece (and he was credited for that), those who offered financial support gave “an acceptable and pleasing offering to the Lord” and it was credited to them for all the fruit that came forth.

It is a partnership! One is not greater than the other because one cannot exist without the other. I live in the confident assurance that those who give are benefiting from the fruitfulness that comes from the work of those they give to. In light of this truth we all can focus on the work before us and pray for the increase of Kingdom fruitfulness; being confident that those hard working supporters are being blessed equally as much. The reward for the one who goes and the one who gives is the same!

I am sharing this because there is so much misunderstanding about this partnership and about the role of those who give and those who go. Often people hold back because they feel as though they give with no return. Or they give only a small measure because they feel as though all the fruit goes to those who are the mouthpiece or instrument of “going.” But according to Paul, he is able to “seek the fruit that was increased because of those who gave!” There must be those who plant the seed and those who water the seed. God sees both with equal importance, impact. and honor.

The one that “goes” and the one that “gives” are rewarded the same and credited for the increase of fruitfulness. Both take a posture of faith and live by faith even in two different roles.

I pray that this understanding takes the pressure off those who go and adds a blessing upon those that give. I have been in both roles; those who have given and those who have gone, and one was not above the other or more honorable than the other. No matter what role the Lord has called you to stand in; the increase of fruitfulness is credited to you. It is a pleasing sacrifice that will bring the increase of fruitfulness upon your life as well.

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