Be Still…God is in Control!

by Kathi Pelton

Last year a friend sent this photo of the still waters of the harbor where she lives and wrote the words,

“Be still and know that I am God.”

She did not know that the night prior I had gone to bed with a bit of a wrestle in my soul against concerns that were out of my control. Whenever this “wrestle or stirring” in my soul begins to occur (disrupting peace) I become aware that the enemy seeks to steal my peace, my stillness (posture of trust and abiding in His faithfulness), and create striving. The enemy comes to make waves in order to block the view of Jesus.

When Jesus called Peter to walk to Him upon the water, they were on a stormy sea with waves that would have easily hindered Peter’s view of the Lord’s outstretched hand. As the waves blocked his view, fear set in and Peter began to sink beneath the raging sea. This is such a clear illustration of what the enemy tries to do with the storms of life and the waves of circumstances.

The One who calms the seas calls us to come out from the natural into the supernatural (walking on the water of faith) but the one who stirs the waters of fear will always try to block our view so that we will sink under the powerful force of the natural (seen) realm so that we will abandon faith for fear.

God speaks over the storms of life, “Peace be still”

He speaks over your life, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Our faith in this truth calms the storms of our souls and takes us into the supernatural ability to walk upon the water. Faith makes a pathway in which we can walk out to take hold of the outstretched hand of the One who has authority over every natural, created thing.

“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6

Do not fear! If God is for us then who can stand against us? Who can stop the Lord Almighty? No one…not one!

Today, speak in faith to your soul, “Be still.” Walk out upon the natural storm that surrounds you and do not sink under the waves that rage with fearful intimidations of doom. Take hold of the outstretched hand of Jesus who will lift you above the natural into the supernatural stillness, peace, and rest of abiding in the shadow of His wing.

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.””

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:1-2, 4-16‬

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The Beauty of Tears Offered As Praise

Kathi Pelton

Last night my husband and I sat with four young people that we love deeply. A couple of them were experiencing profound pain, so we put aside the night’s “agenda” and we sat with them, held their hands, held them and then all six of us began to weep together. We wept with deep intercession and tender love. Jesus was so present there weeping with us.

Then the young man began began to offer his pain as praise declaring, “You are worthy of my praise in the midst of pain.” His tears became drops of worship like the costly perfume offered over the feet of Jesus by Mary. The pain in the room was so real but the praise offered in the midst of the pain released a sweet aroma that filled the room with His presence and beauty.

We were all undone as we entered into the hope and the offering of praise in the face of pain.

Romans 12:15 says,

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”

We have become well-acquainted with both weeping and rejoicing with the ones that we love. We know that pain lasts a night but “joy comes in the morning.” Sometimes the nights are long but surely morning will come and then together we will rejoice.

All too often we are quick to try to “cheer someone up” rather than merely sit with them while they let their tears flow. What if we stopped and wept with them with no answers or words? If we would do this we would probably experience what we witnessed last night: a time where in the midst of pain the alabaster jar is broken and the costly perfume of praise that was formed in the pain is poured out upon His feet. Each one of us entered into the weeping and then received the anointing of the perfume that was released.

The words, “Nothing is wasted, nothing is wasted…” were whispered through the tears and I want you to know: your pain is not wasted, your tears aren’t falling upon the ground but rather upon His feet. Not one is wasted.

Jesus wept!

He weeps with you and turns the tears and pain offered as praise into an oil that anoints His feet and fills the atmosphere with the sweetest and most costly fragrance. Because the offering out of pain is far more costly.

For those who are in a “night of weeping”—let it flow out until it intermingles with His presence where it will becomes a sacrifice of praise that fills the room. It is so beautiful.

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Breaking Cycles of Destruction

By Kathi Pelton

Many believers come from family lines that have generational cycles of destruction and dysfunction within them. As we know, many abusers were raised by abusive fathers and many addicts were raised by parents who struggled with addiction. This is not always the case, but it is often the case.

When a believer has come from a generational line of demonic cycles, the first thing that we do is to repent on behalf of those who have gone before us; and then repent for our sins that have been attached to the sins visited upon us. But often we stop there and are left wondering why the “curses” are not broken and the cycles of destruction and failures continue.

There are a few keys that I’d like to share with you that will allow you to walk out the freedom that you prayed for.

1. Trust

Most heroes of the faith had one thing in common: they trusted in God.

Trust in God will move you out of destructive cycles that have been formed in those places of pain and betrayal that bring about an independence from God. We are called to live and walk in absolute dependency upon God; therefore trust must be restored so that cycles of rebellion, stubbornness, offense, pride, and self-centeredness can be broken.

“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.” Psalms‬ ‭9:10‬

2. Obedience

When we come to know Christ as our Savior and we repent of our sins (and even for the sins of our forefathers) this means that we change our ways! We no longer walk according to the flesh and the sins of the flesh but we walk according to the Spirit and in obedience to all of His ways and commandments.

We must “turn from our wicked ways” and follow Christ. This means that we allow the Spirit of God to search us and see if there is any offensive way within us (Psalm 139:23-24). If there is rebellion, pride, hatred, bitterness, jealousy, or a lying tongue, we must repent and by the help of the Holy Spirit, as well as those who God has put in our lives to walk with us, change our ways.

“You must love the Lord your God and keep (obey) His charge, His statutes, His ordinances, and His commandments always.” Deuter­­onomy‬ ‭11:1‬

We must also understand that obedience to God and to His designated authorities does not stifle freedom—it frees us. Rebellion breeds independence and independence breeds pride and pride always comes before a fall. To walk in authority we must first understand how to live in authority!

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch over your souls as those who must give an account. Let them do this with joy and not complaining, for that would not be profitable to you.” Hebrews‬ ‭13:17‬ ‭

3. Humility

Often we need the help of the family of God to break familiar and destructive cycles. Humbling yourself before those who walk in intimate relationships with you is vital for your freedom. Confess your sins and bring them into the light so that there are no hidden places of darkness.

We must also humble ourselves before God. As we choose the posture of humility it will break the independent cycles bred by pride—cycles that divide people from one another and from God.

A humble heart is a teachable heart. Humility causes the soil of your soul to be soft and “good soil” for all that the Lord desires to plant within you. Humility comes before integrity which is required for true authority.

“But He gives more grace. For this reason it says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”” James‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭

James 4 goes on to say in verse 10,

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭

4. Love

If we want to truly see lasting change in our lives and the lives of our family line then we must learn to love. Not love according to the world’s definition, but as Love Himself defines it in 1 Corinthians 13. There is power in love and the attributes of God’s love set men free.

Pray through these verses, read them aloud, ask the Spirit of the Lord to plant every aspect of love into the soil of your life. Repent of any violations against love so that you can be free!

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭

Conclusion—

We must understand that we can pray for cycles to be broken and generational cycles (curses) to be lifted, but after we pray we must walk out the “new way” (God’s way). We must put feet to our prayers and agreements. His Word is true and we cannot mix truth with lies. You cannot mix obedience with rebellion, humility with pride, or dependency with independence.

God has given you keys to freedom throughout His Word. Receive them and watch freedom come!

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From Hope Deferred to Desire Fulfilled

By Kathi Pelton

It was August of 1987 I was jolted out of a dream—where my greatest desire had been fulfilled—back into the reality of my constant state of hope deferred. In the dream I held my baby daughter. It hadn’t felt like a typical dream; It seemed I had actually been taken somewhere and held my desire fulfilled for the very first time. I had never felt such love or beheld such beauty. When I awoke it was as if she was torn from my arms, and deep waves of grief flooded my soul.  

 

My husband and I had been trying to conceive a baby for years with no success. We had gone through all the medical tests and the problem was with me. I had been going through fertility treatments for over two years at that point, with no sign of improvement. I’d often find myself wondering why so many women who didn’t want their babies or who considered them “disposable” could conceive but my husband and I, who ached for a baby, were left barren. I knew God had not abandoned us but I did not see His plan in this. 

 

Four months after my beautiful dream, we received a call from a pastor who had recently counseled a fifteen-year-old mother; four months earlier she had given birth prematurely to a little girl and this mother wanted to give her up for adoption. The pastor had heard that we wanted a baby but were unable to conceive, and the Lord put it on his heart to call us and ask if we were interested in adopting this little girl. 

 

We were overwhelmed with excitement and immediately said “yes!” Although it took nine months from the day of that phone call to walk out the miraculous story of getting our daughter, not only did we get to bring her home just before her first birthday, but I was four months pregnant when we did! We found out that she was born the same month I had the dream of holding my baby daughter, and the name that her young birth mother gave her meant “longed for” or “desired one.”

 

Now, thirty years later, I am watching our youngest daughter and her husband face the same pain. After years of trying to conceive a child they are in that painful grip of hope deferred. I see the pain in their eyes and the helpless struggle that her husband feels to comfort his wife as she silently aches inside. As her mom, I keenly understand the pain, the constant ache, and the many thoughts of “Why?”

 

The beauty of my story of adoption and the pain of my daughter’s journey of hope deferred made the recent news of the late-term abortion bill in New York State that much more of a sting. The issue has been before us for decades, but for whatever reason this particular ruling has acted as a tripwire that woke many out of the spiritual stupor of prayerlessness. It ignited a burning desire to see this horrific, defiling waste of life stop. 

 

As I prayed the Lord showed me that the church has been in a continuous “ebb and flow” of prayer regarding the issue of abortion. With every ebb the enemy would take that time to advance his agenda to kill the sons and daughters of tomorrow. His deceptions and lies would advance his cause to rob God, and rob the world, of the very inheritance the Son died for. Each year nearly sixty million abortions occur worldwide. Sixty million! 

 

If that fifteen-year-old girl had given into the “ease” of solving her unwanted pregnancy through abortion, our daughter would not exist. That beautiful baby that fulfilled my greatest longing would have been merely a statistic that only our God truly grieved for. 

 

Most abortions are not performed on teens, but rather women in their young twenties. If only they knew that what they carried in their wombs could fill the arms of a couple that longed to cherish and love a son or daughter! If only they understood that even before this child’s conception, God dreamed of this life, made plans for this life, and knew this life  intimately. 

 

If only we, as His people, had stopped to pray. 

 

Something has happened, and it has awakened the church and awakened women to rise up and fight for these little lives that cannot fight for themselves. Their mothers have been blinded and deceived by the enemy of God, the deceiver who has written a different narrative telling our culture that a life is not a life until it is outside of the womb. God forgive us for our prayerlessness and for not facing the evil giant called abortion. 

 

Together we are now going as one, in the power of His might and the name of His Son, to face this giant until it is defeated. No more ebb and flow, but rather a continuous flow of resurrection power coming from those who have received LIFE!  May the word adoption replace abortion and may hope deferred be replaced by desires fulfilled. 

Choose life!

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The Enemy That You Are Facing Will Be Defeated!

Kathi Pelton

Last night I went into prayer with so many things on my mind; our nation, our children, our hearts…I only knew that God wanted to bring His word and His perspective.

As I waited upon Him I was led to read 2 Kings 18 and 19. These chapters recount the time when King Hezekiah is being mocked and taunted by the Assyrian king who has captured every fortified city in Judah. He mocks King Hezekiah before the people of Jerusalem saying,

“This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you from my hand. Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’” 2 Kings‬ ‭18:29-30‬ ‭

Yet, as we know, Hezekiah goes before the Lord and prays these words,

““It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.”” 2 Kings‬ ‭19:17-19‬ ‭

The lands that had been captured had put their trust in false gods fashioned by men. But Hezekiah trusted in the One True God who delivered him just as He had promised.

Last night as I went before the Lord to pray for all that I was carrying in my heart (my nation, the unborn, my children, the Church, etc.), Hezekiah’s words from 2 Kings 19:19 poured forth,

“Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.”” 2 Kings‬ ‭19:19‬ ‭‬‬

We are facing many enemies and the enemy mocks our trust in God; taunting the words that we have heard through the prophets and in the secret place. But our trust is not in man-made gods or the ways of the world…it is in the Lord of All.

I hear Him saying these words,

“Just as in the days of Hezekiah, I will keep My word. I will defeat the enemy who has shouted lies and planted fear into the hearts of men. Continue to trust in Me and watch as I defeat your great enemies.”

This is a time of facing giants and of seeing victories as we put our trust in the Lord. This past November the Spirit of the Lord kept saying to me, “Things are not as they appear.” Though the enemy makes his threats, mocks your faith and plants fear into the atmosphere, remember who your trust is in and do not waver.

THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH WILL KNOW THAT HE ALONE IS GOD!

Declare these words over your life, over your family, over your nation and over the enemy that you are facing. Our trust is not in a god made with human hands but in the God who made those human hands. He will bring the victory.

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Watch As Goodness and Mercy Are Poured Over Your Life

Kathi Pelton

Today the Spirit of the Lord showed me a picture of a liquid substance being poured over the heads of His sons and daughters. As it was being poured great joy was coming upon them. Then I heard the words from Psalm 23:6(a)

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…”

The liquid substance was His goodness and mercy being poured out in great abundance over our lives!

The verse the proceeds this one (verse 5) says,

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:5‬ ‭

This is a “cup running over time”. You will see and experience His goodness and His mercy being poured over your life and you will feast upon the fruits of what He has done for you!

You will shout, “Come and see what the Lord has done, the amazing things he has done on the earth.” Psalm 46:8

Not only will He display His goodness and mercy in the lives of His people but the Lord will show Himself as “God of the Nations” in the days ahead. Though there will be shakings and clashes within nations, the Lord will subdued enemies and bare His mighty arm of power to do what only He can do.

We will be witnesses of the sovereignty of God in the days ahead. Posture yourself in that truth and apply your faith to His sovereign ability to do what no man can do; for you and for nations. Look beyond the natural and see how the arm of the Lord is reaching into the earthly impossibles to show His goodness and mercy.

Look up and receive the outpouring of goodness and mercy. Let the joy of this gift revive you and fill you into new life. Allow your cup of thankfulness to overflow as He causes your cup to overflow with favor and blessings.

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Lift Up Your Impossible!

Kathi Pelton

I awoke early this morning to a vision of many of God’s people picking up the impossible circumstances in their natural lives and “by faith” carrying these things to a heavenly place where the supernatural not only makes it possible but fulfills that possibility.

It was as if these people suddenly woke up out of a circumstantial “stupor” that was creating fear, doubt and hopeless despair and realized that they are not citizens of this world but citizens of a Kingdom that makes a way where there is no way and where faith ushers them into the realm where all things work together for good for those who love God.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Faith is the doorway to enter into God’s Kingdom where there are no limits, no impossibilities and no lack. We can bring every impossibility into that place that is higher than the natural (circumstantial) realm and watch God do what only He can do…make a way!

Today, pick up the very things that are keeping you “earthbound” and by faith bring them to the place where everything that is bound gets loosed! This is where the miraculous will begin to transform your impossible into a testimony that declares His faithfulness.

Tell your soul to put it’s hope in God! Say to your heart, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11

Finish 2018 in faith not fear! God is able and He is willing to rescue and save you from every impossible circumstance. Put your hope in God and begin to praise Him. Let faith arise and lift you above what has been disturbing you.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20

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God Will Do For You What You Cannot Do For Yourself

Kathi Pelton

The Lord showed me people who were lying in bed with their minds filled with anxious thoughts that led them to conclusions of dread and doom for the days ahead. But the Father came to comfort them saying,

“Do not fear, do not worry, and do not dread the days ahead for I will do for you what you cannot do for yourself. You can trust me.”

As the people responded in confident trust, the gripping fear washed away and peace restored them to rest in His promises.

If you are being driven by fear and anxious thoughts then the Lord wants you to hear His words of truth and words of hope. He is not unaware of what you are facing and He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

Your sleepless nights that lead your thoughts down dead-end roads and hopeless prospects are being exchanged for the deep sleep of a baby in its mother’s arms and the thoughts that bring your hopes into a vast space with abundance before you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

You will lie down in peace and wake up in joy because the Lord has taken up your cause! Though you have not been able to find your way though the tangled net that you are caught in, watch now: the Lord will rescue you.

I declare peace over you, peace over your mind and peace over your body. Though you don’t feel adequate or able to find your way out of the place that you find yourself in, know this: He is able to rescue you!

“Such is the confidence and steadfast reliance and absolute trust that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualifications come from God.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:4-5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Christ qualifies you for success, for breakthrough and for a positive outcome. It is in yielding your life to the place of “absolute reliance and trust through Christ toward God” that your confidence is restored and you are saved.

Have you ever seen a wild deer caught in barbed wire fencing? It will flail in fear only to find itself held tighter in the snare’s grip. When rescuers come to free the deer they must hold it still in order to free it and keep it from greater harm. The Lord is holding you still and cutting away the barbs and snares that you find yourself caught in. Do not fear for He is with you and freeing you from the tangled snare that you are caught in. He is doing for you what you cannot do for yourself!

Be calm, be still and watch to see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.

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Transitions

Kathi Pelton

Today is the last day that our youngest lives with us. Tomorrow he will live 600 miles away and today my heart aches to hang on just a bit longer.

Moms never believe that this day will come and when it does every rhythm and movement you’ve known in your life for decades suddenly shifts. The day that you become a mom your life becomes focused on raising, loving, nurturing, and praying for the amazing gift you’ve been given. It is your main ministry; and what an honor and high call! Then, suddenly the years have flown by and the youngest is ready to set off. You’re never ready for this…never ready to not be present for every first and their daily hugs…but nevertheless the day comes. For me it is today. Transition is here.

This is a time of transitions for many. It is a season where so much is changing, and what was once sure and familiar is now behind you. Jesus stands out upon the water that is before you and He is calling you to come to Him. His hand is a familiar hand, but the surface and place that He’s calling you to walk on is completely unfamiliar and unsure to all of your natural senses.

During times of transition it is vital to focus on His gentle and loving eyes that say, “Come; it will be alright; I’ll hold you up.” If you look at the unfamiliar surface or what looks like a place that you’ll surely sink then you will become overwhelmed and fearful. Look into His eyes and take His hand, then it will be a seamless transition into the new.

The rhythm is changing all around the world and in the spiritual atmosphere. Don’t try to hang onto the old or you will be sure to step on the feet of those God has called you to dance (move) with at this time. We must, like a flock of starlings, move and turn together according to the leading of His Spirit. The familiar dance and movements are shifting and we must take His hand as one body and learn the new movements.

If you find your life in sudden turmoil, make sure that you are not holding onto something old that is keeping you “out of step” from where the Spirit is calling His people. If suddenly you are stepping on toes or having your toes stepped on, check if your steps need to be reordered to align with the new rhythm, movements, and pulse of heaven.

As my son leaves our home tomorrow, my greatest prayer is that he will keep His eyes fixed on the One who is calling him out into this new place; that as he lets go of my hand, he will grab hold of the hand of the One who loves him even more than I do (how can that be!). My heart calls out, “Let Him teach you the new way to walk, Son.”

I hear the same prayer coming from your Heavenly Father for you. He is saying,

“Take the hand of My Son! He is trustworthy and will teach you to walk in the new place. Keep your eyes fixed on Him and He will take you from the shallows into the deep; for the deep is the new surface that you will walk upon.”

It’s okay to shed tears, but don’t look back for too long or, like Lot’s wife, you might get stuck in what was behind rather than what is ahead.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

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The Lord Will Defend You

Kathi Pelton

Our family has a tiny dog that frightens easily. Whenever he becomes frightened by a loud noise or stranger he will run away and hide under a chair, sofa or table. We will immediately try to get to him in order to hold him, comfort him, and defend him, but he makes it very hard by running and hiding in a hard-to-reach place.

Many of God’s people are much like this. When the enemy comes to frighten them they run away from the One who is there to comfort and defend them rather than TO Him. He is calling to you who have been gripped with fear to come out of your hiding place. He will be your defender and your comforter. He is longing to lift you up from the pit of fear and hold you in His arms where no enemy can touch you.

It is in the refuge of His arms that you will learn to “be still.” Instead of your wrestle for self-preservation and self-defense, you will surrender to the stillness of knowing that He is God and He is your helper.

“You have made the Lord your defender, the Most High your protector, and so no disaster will strike you, no violence will come near your home.” Psalm 91:9-10

This is your promise and your legal right as a son or daughter of God. When I sense the enemy bringing a threat or assignment against my home or family, I know that it is illegally trespassing upon a promise given to me. This is the time that I run to the arms of my Defender so that He can deal with the approaching thief. My weapon of war becomes the stillness of trust and the surrender to His authority over all the battle.

“How I love you, Lord! You are my defender. The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe. I call to the Lord, and he saves me from my enemies. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 18:1-3

The first Scripture I learned as a new believer thirty-five years ago was Psalm 23. If you study this portion of Scripture in the Hebrew language, you will find that throughout the verses the different names of God are used that declare who He is to us. Praying this Psalm with His names within it is a powerful tool to draw you out of hiding and back into His loving arms.

1. The Lord is my shepherd;

(Yehovah-Roi, my Protector)

I shall not want.

(Yehovah -Yireh, my Provider)

2. He makes me to lie down in green pastures:

(Yehovah– Adonai, my Master – our Sovereign Lord)

he leads me beside the still waters.

(Yehovah -Shalom – The Lord is my Peace)

3. He restores my soul:

(Yehovah– Rophi, my Healer)

he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

(Yehovah – Tsidkenu , my Righteousness: meaning the Lord our Righteousness, Lord is there or the Lord is with me.)

4. Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shades of death,

(Yehovah– Shammah, my Divine Presence/You are with me. Meaning: You are always with me.)

I will fear no evil: for you are with me;

(Yehovah – Tsebaoth, my Warrior: meaning our Lord will fight for you)

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

(Yehovah-El Elyon, my Defender – means: The Lord God Most High, or The Lord God, my Defender)

5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies:

(Yehovah – Nissi, my Encourager meaning: The Lord, my Banner or the Lord who rallies us to Himself. )

thou anointest my head with oil;

(Yehovah-Mekaddesh, my Righteousness or Sanctifier meaning: The Lord, my Sanctifier or the Lord makes me Righteous)

my cup overflows.

(Yehovah – El Shaddai, my Nourisher meaning: The Lord my Nourisher or our All-Sufficient, Extra Ordinary, Supernatural God)

6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

(Yehovah – El Elohim , my Protector meaning: The Lord God is My Strong Protector. Also means our Eternal Creator)

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

(Yehovah – El Olam, my Eternity meaning: The Lord God of Eternity or our Everlasting God. The Hebrew word “olam” can be translated either “eternity” or “secrets”. The LORD will take care of us forever as that is what Yehovah– El Olam stands for.)

Psalm 23:1-6

He is your defender and so much more.

Today is a day to come out of fear and come out of hiding. It is time to let Him be your Shepherd (protector) and watch how your “cup will overflow”.

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