8.22.2017

Will We Obey?

It's time to get down to the nitty gritty of Christian living. Forgiveness may be one of the grittiest decisions a Believer faces day by day. Forgiveness often travels hand in hand with what Jesus stated is the second greatest command of loving our neighbor as ourselves. God says in His Word that those who love Him obey His commands, and Scripture abounds with verses on forgiveness. So, if you want Biblical confirmation of the necessity of forgiveness, it can be found in the Bible. 

Online concordances and Bibles are available for use free of charge if you would like to use an online source. Bible Gateway is one website; others can be located with an online search. Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty of living Jesus, find out what pleases our Heavenly Father, and be about His business. 


Who will we focus on? 

"You can focus on the person who hurt you or the God who healed you." 
- Christine Caine


Will we obey and forgive? 

"Forgiveness doesn't diminish justice; it just entrusts it to God." 
- Max Lucado



Searching out scriptures that focus on the topic we are growing in helps us retain laser like focus. Many people write verses on index cards or sticky notes and place them in places they will see most such as above the kitchen sink or on the bathroom mirror. One of my daughters creates images with her chosen verses on a Bible app. Another one of my daughters has a journaling Bible with art work in the margins she can color. My youngest prefers to draw her own graphic art in her personal journal. Whatever helps us learn God's Word is the best method for each of us to use. The technique that works for you may not work for me so each one of us is free to personalize our study. 

Now that we have each selected our method of learning the scriptures, here are some verses on forgiveness to get us started:

Proverbs 17:9 He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.

Matthew 6:14For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 6:15But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.

Matthew 12:7 And if you had only known what this saying means, I desire mercy [readiness to help, to spare, to forgive] rather than sacrifice and sacrificial victims, you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Matthew 18:35So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.

Mark 11:25And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.

Mark  11:26But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.

Luke 6:37 Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiveand released.

Luke 17:3Pay attention and always be on your guard [looking out for one another]. If your brother sins (misses the mark), solemnly tell him so and reprove him, and if he repents (feels sorry for having sinned), forgive him.

Luke 17:4 And even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and turns to you seven times and says, I repent [I am sorry], you must forgive him (give up resentment and consider the offense as recalled and annulled).

2 Corinthians 2:7 So [instead of further rebuke, now] you should rather turn and [graciously] forgive and comfort and encourage [him], to keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow and despair.

Colossians 3:13 Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].

1 Peter 4:8Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].


8.21.2017

Portable Pioneers


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(Pictures from Google Images)

 Run an online search for portable housing and be amazed by what you find! Scores of articles, photos, and how-to postings will fill your screen. All different types of people from differing lifestyles seem to be flocking to the world of portable or movable housing. 
What on earth would make a family leave behind a comfortable home and settled life surrounded by familiar community? The reasons for adapting a nomadic way of life are are varied as the people themselves. College students, young couples, single adventurers, empty nesters, and families with children each have their own reasons for choosing to leave a traditional home behind and becoming modern day nomads traveling the nation. While the location of these portable homes may be temporary, a commitment to home, health, and family appear to be a constant, if one can judge from the articles being published. 
The pictures above are just two examples of school bus conversions. For some reason I am most intrigued by the conversions of school buses as opposed to the renovation of vintage campers. Perhaps it is the fond memories I have of riding in an old church bus as a young girl. I honestly don't know. Whatever the reason, seeing the lovely homes full of cozy warmth being created from clunky old school buses amazes me. Who would have thought! See that photo on the left up there? What a darling cottage look that one has. I had to go get myself a cup of tea after seeing the curved door with the tiny windows. 
As I thought about these portable homes and pondered what I had read about the people living in them, I couldn't help but compare all of these tiny homes to the tiny living accommodations of the pioneers who settled our nation. Leaving their comfortable homes and settled communities behind men, women, and their children set out to create a new life for themselves. Purging their belongings of all but the barest necessities they packed up and headed in a new direction just like these modern day tiny house owners do. 
Many modern nomads, before leaving traditional housing behind, often felt trapped in a rat race and left the traditional 9 to 5 job in search of freedom from the daily office grind. They longed to experience new places and meet interesting people. Widespread internet access allows people the freedom to do this by making it possible for their work to travel with them rather than being tied down to one specific spot. 
For others, the decision to leave corporate employment and live in movable housing is an environmental issue. The desire to leave a smaller footprint on the earth and live simply is a driving force for many individuals and families in the modern age. Owning less, experiencing more is an extremely popular motivation.
Increased financial independence and/or stability is another reason individuals downsize. Living in refurbished RVs or converted buses eliminates large monthly housing expenses. Not only are there no property taxes or monthly housing payments, but other expenses traditional homeowners have such as lawn care, trash pickup, homeowner associations, etc. etc. etc. are also no longer a burden for one whose home is a recreation vehicle. There are expenses to be met, but they are enough less to motivate many families to downsize. 
The similarities between early pioneers setting out for a new place and the choices of many people today to live in their homes while traveling the country didn't capture my attention until today. In the middle of modern day America it is easy to think that the pioneering spirit has almost vanished, but perhaps, just perhaps it is not as long gone as one might think. Perhaps the motivating factors that influenced the early pioneers aren't all that different from those influencing the nomads of today. A fresh start, an improved/more stable financial situation, a search for adventure, breaking free from the rat race, all of these moved both the people of yesteryear and today to make life-changing decisions.  
As I look through the pictures and read the stories of the people creating these portable homes I can't help but think that inside each person is a God-given hunger to create, to explore new territory, to constantly grow in the body, soul, and spirit. AND that each one of us will in some way be a pioneer of something. Whether we create a new product, write a book, compose a song, paint a masterpiece, cook a delish meal, raise a gorgeous garden, or move into a portable home, every person has the same hunger to create within them. AND it would appear that if a person is in a situation or circumstance that prevents them from feeding the hunger to create, they can be motivated to make life-altering decisions in order to satisfy their creative appetite.

Author's Note: The preceding article is quite rough. It could definitely use some tweaking. However, I felt that for some reason someone somewhere needs to see it as it is. This isn't an excuse, just a why. Thank you for being a faithful reader of Abundance House. We appreciate you more than words can say. With that being said, we will conclude this posting.

May the pioneers of today recognize the Source of their creative hunger and Go in God!  
         

8.20.2017

Prayer for Direction

Solar eclipse, racism, riots, What is a Christian called to do? Be salt and be light. How? Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto us. What things? Things to eat and wear.  Say what? How will food and clothes help shine His light? If God will provide food and clothing, will He not also provide the way to season and shine His love to those around us? Most assuredly so!

I am feeling impressed to read today's article word more than once and to seek God for His heart so that I will be thoroughly equipped to accurately represent Him and His viewpoints should He place me at a round table of discussion.

Choosing to represent God accurately is a key decision each Christian must make for themselves. Will I choose God's thoughts or continue on in the way I see it? This is a time for standing strong in the Lord and choosing this day who we will serve. These are days for seeking His way of doing and being right rather than our personal beliefs about such matters. It is a new day, a new season. Who will we serve?

Maybe you will join me in seeking God prayerfully for His thoughts and ways so we each can learn how He would have us walk through our days. Now on to the word being shared.

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August 19, 2017

"The Spirit of Racism – What We Need to Do"
by Brandon Gatson, Frankfort, Kentucky

Intro From Ryan LeStrange:

Brandon Gatson is a fresh prophetic voice. I have been pleased to mentor him as he has worked directly with me in ministry. His gift-set is so unique and brings a strong perspective to the Body of Christ. His prophetic insight reveals the heart of Jesus in an uncommon way. I fully endorse him and strongly encourage his prophetic gift to the nations.

Prior to the horrific events in Charlottesville, I was spending time with the Lord when He began to speak to me about the need for justice in America. I sensed a Daniel mandate to mobilize the intercessors and apostolic leaders to turn their attention to the strong spirit of division trying to rise in the land. I also saw a vision of apostolic and prophetic leaders visiting key places where the civil rights movement unfolded and were tapping into the spirit of freedom. In addition to the spiritual side of this, I believe there must be honest and transparent conversations and repentance.

At present there is a strong spirit of anarchy attempting to manifest in the land with an evil agenda. Though the present circumstances appear dark, I am confident of the power and authority of the Kingdom for this moment! God is speaking! He is releasing revelation and Kingdom strategy is coming forth. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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"The Spirit of Racism – What We Need to Do"
by Brandon Gatson, Frankfort, Kentucky

I think we're all concerned for the lack of love and value for life in this nation. This is an issue that has to be addressed. We can't change what we avoid! I believe there are ungodly cycles that resurface in each generation that are designed to rekindle division among us as a people. There are strategic events, epidemics, assertions, TV shows, movies, and movements intended to keep us from progressing forward. It's one thing to have an understanding of history but it's another thing to be bound by it.

The spirit of racism manifests itself in two primary ways as an "oppressor" and the "oppressed". As the oppressor it produces a superior, unjust, violent, angry, hateful, segregated, controlling, and arrogant spirit; and for the oppressed a rejected, fearful, hateful, angry, segregated, violent, inferior spirit.

The children of Israel (the oppressed) were slaves in Egypt (the world system). They were bound, beaten and treated unfairly. They cried out to the Lord and He delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh (the oppressor) however, we learned of another issue: They were out of Egypt but Egypt wasn't out of them!

They took the mental damage with them and became a product of what they went through. God did NOT allow them to enter the "Promised Land". They all died in the wilderness (an unfruitful and unproductive place). So, God raised up a generation that wasn't affected by the oppression or the oppressor of Egypt. They were educated on their history but free from the mental damage it caused. As a nation, we cannot allow this spirit to influence us.

Racism is a cycle in America. The actions that are taken place now are designed to reignite and surface the anger and hatred that has been hidden and is from the past!

The Vision of Men on Horses

The Lord showed me a vision of men on horses. They were in the form of a ghost dressed in colonial attire. They were leaving the state of Virginia traveling throughout America. Then I saw little fires going throughout the states. I asked the Lord about this and this is what He revealed:

The men were ancient spirits resurfacing to take control of the land; the fire was a violent movement sweeping across the U.S. and the state of Virginia was the starting point because this state was the birthing place of slavery in our country in August 1619 (Charlottesville, Virginia riots happened August 12th). I saw the violent fires lead to "Marshall Law" however towards the end, I saw a massive move over the U.S. in evangelism. The Kingdom influence had grown to be greater than all the darkness that was taking place.

What Do We Need to Do?

• We need to pray against this movement (Matt. 6:10).
• Pray for our law enforcement (1st Tim. 2:1).
• Pray for President Trump (1st Tim. 2:1).
• Share the Gospel and the love of God (Mark 16:15-18).
• Use our positions and platforms for peaceful solutions (Matt. 5:9).
• Remain encouraged! (Philippians 4:8-9).
• Pray for the leaders in the Church to come together (Romans 12:5).

We cannot look to the world (this system) for answers. That is not the Kingdom mandate or the example that Jesus modeled. He brought His world into this one as "Heaven on Earth". It's our job to model and provide the answers to the world, but if the LEADERS in the BODY don't align and model unity, diversity, and love, how will the world know? It's perverted to look to a system void of the influence of God for answers.

If we're Kingdom focused, there will be divine alignments from every stream but when we're focused on our individual ministries, we will only align when it benefits us. I'm praying for divine meetings from leaders of every color and denomination in the Body, not to put in a conference but to sit down at a round table to discuss these issues. We have to make plans for the world and the Church!  

Let the alignments come, in Jesus name Amen! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Brandon Gatson
Email: makeconnections1@gmail.com
Website: www.makeconnections.us

Brandon Gatson is the son of Pastor Willie and Shirley Gatson. He is a Georgia native and has worked with prophetic and deliverance ministries for over 15 years. He served 10 years with Resurrection Family Ministries as well as 5 years in community outreach at Kentucky State University. He's partnered with P.Y.C.E (Promising Youth Center for Excellence) program and facilitated the campus ministry over the last 5 years. Brandon currently works with the Kentucky Governmental Coalition for leadership for the state of Kentucky and travels full-time with Ryan LeStrange Ministries. Brandon is a very unique prophet that functions in a high level of revelation, miracles, and Kingdom activation. He resides in Frankfort, Kentucky with his wife, August Gatson. They attend Heavenly Outpour Church and seek to establish the heart of God in the lives of people, cities, regions, and nations.

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8.18.2017

Remembering Goodness



I Remember...



In the Shadow of the Spurs




Measuring My Days




The Promise of Life in the Spring


8.17.2017

Remembering God's Goodness - on the Blog



Remembering...

God's faithfulness
to Abundance House
Blog





"Be still my soul and know that He is God."








 

The Rain of His Love is Coming!
Are you ready for His rain?

8.16.2017

Oops!

Major oopsie here this evening. We didn't talk about forgiveness earlier. That post is scheduled for later. So...please go ahead and read the post from Ann Voskamp. Your heart will be refreshed.

http://annvoskamp.com/2017/08/when-you-go-into-heart-failure-and-it-turns-out-to-be-a-metaphor-for-all-the-things-right-now/

Forgiveness

So, remember how we talked about forgiveness yesterday? Yeah, well, after writing was over and I was checking emails real fast while supper cooked, there was an email written by Ann Voskamp. An extremely powerful email that hooked and reeled me in . I am reading along when what should the email start talking about? Yep. Forgiveness. I was wide-eyed in awe and wonder at the goodness of God. What an exciting confirmation! What rich treasures from heaven the writing contained! Please nurture your heart with the words: http://annvoskamp.com/2017/08/when-you-go-into-heart-failure-and-it-turns-out-to-be-a-metaphor-for-all-the-things-right-now/.

Through the Blogging Years

Thank You for your many prayers for those of us here at Abundance House during the past eight, almost nine years, we've been publishing a blog. First we were A Mother's Rewards. Then Living Large on Less joined the family. Finally we have returned to writing one blog and it is indeed a house of abundance! 

Many adventures have befallen our family throughout our time together. And I am not referring to the adventure of adding another baby, though we have had our share of that type of adventure too. During the years of blogging I have felt strongly impressed to focus on the blessings of God in our lives rather than lamenting the hardships. That doesn't mean there haven't been any difficulties or trials though. There have been many. 

Today I am writing to intentionally give God thanks. It isn't Thanksgiving yet, but I can't wait until then to say Thank You; I can't wait even one more day. I have to say Thank You now, this day, this moment. So many voices are crying, moaning, groaning, sighing, whining, shouting, arguing, lashing out! The noise of all of the unpleasant voices seem to choke out any bit of goodness, but not today. Not here. Not on this blog. Today, right now, on this blog, there is a woman standing up, facing the voice of evil in the eye, and saying NOT IN THIS HOUSE. NOT HERE. NOT NOW. 

Today, if you listen, you will hear a voice of praise going forth from this blog to the world singing out the praises of Him who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light. And His light truly is marvelous. The Light of God shines forth casting out every shadow, every bit of darkness from its path. Today I join with the Psalmist in saying "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Today I stand strong in the Lord and the power of His might and declare to the nations that God, He is God; there is no other. 

What has God done that is so wonderful? I am SO glad you asked! God has saved and kept me. More than once He has healed me. He leads me and guides me through life in practical and supernatural ways. He provides, restores, refreshes, and loves me perfectly, better than I could do for myself. Continually He is teaching me new things, both practical and fun. He is patient with me always. He never tires of communicating with me. He doesn't sigh in frustration because He understands me perfectly. He corrects me but does so lovingly in a way that makes me thankful He has. He provides me with adventure and challenges that keep me always going forward, always seeking. He doesn't let me stagnate or grow dull. 

God allowed me to be the answer to my mother's prayers for a child. He allowed me to be raised to serve and live for Him. It is He who placed me in an extended family filled with lovers of Jesus who provided countless examples of what His grace looks like in the nitty gritty of the everyday. From them I have learned that with God all things are possible, and there is never anyone so far gone that God can't save them and turn their mess into a message and their tests into a testimony of Him. 

He placed me in a covenant of marriage that is beyond my imagination and dreams. He rewarded me with seven children to grow more like Him with. He not only created those seven children, but He healed them and has kept them alive and well. He has placed me in a family and community filled with people who are lovely, beautiful, and full of great potential, people who spur me on to become more like Jesus every day. They are people I can pour out His love to and grow in His grace and knowledge with. 

During over 26 years of marriage, our family has moved at least seven times. Throughout each of these moves, there has been a loving church family, caring friends, and a safe place to land while navigating new territory, both on earth and spiritually. In one new place, God caused random friends to separately give me books and magazines from new ministries. This new reading material led our family into new truths from the Bible that led us into greater freedom and increased revelation of who God is. We went from viewing God as a dictator who demands His own way to experiencing that He is love and extends great grace. What freedom! What deliverance! What healing! has followed in the years since those reading materials entered our home! 

Every where we live, He is there preparing the way before us. Whenever sorrow or hardship come, He is there comforting and providing for our every need in ways beyond explaining. For example, while living at one place, a mother of 15 children brought groceries to our family of only four children every Friday afternoon. Time and time again, one of my young children would comment during the week that such and such a food item would taste good, and without fail, that very item would be in the groceries delivered on Friday! Every. single. time. Broccoli. Apples. Oranges. Even cinnamon rolls, ice cream, and chocolate milk! Don't even try to tell me that God doesn't care about His children's every need.

In one of the communities we lived, the childrens' ministry was exceptionally good. The leaders weren't afraid to teach children the complete truth in God's word. They didn't water it down for the children. If God said He has given us power, the children were taught exactly what God said. Consequently, when a goldfish belonging to one of our youngest died, one of the other children began to pray over that goldfish in the name of Jesus, and the goldfish came back to life and lived a long, full life! True story. 

Time after time I have been able to witness God's marvelous care and provision in the lives of My Beloved  AND in the lives of each of our children. Every single time there was going to be a new baby in the house,God faithfully prepared each one of our hearts to receive the new baby with joy and gladness, even numbers five, six, and seven! My Beloved has been supernaturally delivered from accidents that "ought" to have been fatal numerous times, a number of those within the past year. 

No matter how much I share with you of God's greatness in this post, there is more that hasn't been shared. So much goodness. So much grace. So much mercy. So much patience. So much joy. So much love. So much of God has been extravagantly lavished upon me throughout my life. I feel like one of the authors in the Bible who wrote that if all of the miracles and deeds of Jesus were written there wouldn't be room enough to record them all. 

If each of us would look back through the years we have been living on this earth, I would imagine that each of us could tell of God's marvelous love for us. Yes, we have each faced hardships and challenges. Each one of us has most likely suffered in some way. Yet, in spite of the awful, often in the middle of the struggle, if we look closely, we find love lights pointing the way to the Lover of our souls, Jesus. Everywhere we look, He is there. Every day, if we choose to see, we find Him. 

What if we pause for a moment and consider what would happen if every single believer in Jesus were to begin sharing their thanks for all He has done for them. What would the voices we hear sound like then? Can the voice of irritation scream loud enough to drown out the voice of true thankfulness to God? I don't think it can. As a matter of fact, I know it absolutely cannot. What if each one of us deliberately, intentionally choose to give voice only to the good things God has done and refuse to even mention any of the hardships, unless recalling how God delivered us from them? If we quit talking about the bad things and only spoke of the goodness of God would the enemy be rendered silent? 

Here in my house, the children are currently traveling through one of those seasons where they are re-testing the waters to see if the boundaries are still in place. It is not a pretty season of parenting. It is rather loud and often unpleasant. I would much rather snuggle in and spend pleasant moments of fun with my children than have them attempt to engage me in conflict. However, a few seconds spent remembering the goodness of the Lord causes a quiet song of calm strength to arise in my heart. No longer does the clamor of the children's voices create stress, for their mama remembers how God has led her through days like this before. She remembers His faithfulness and rejoices, even in the middle of whining, even though she detests whining. 

Could even a few Christians silence the chaos the screaming of the world's voices just by remembering God's goodness and declaring His faithfulness? Could the enemy be silenced by a shout of praise to the Most High God? If Jericho is any indication, yes, the enemy can be silenced by our thanksgiving and praise. What if believers in Jesus chose to actually believe Him and obey His Word? What would happen then? Is anything too hard for our God? NO! With God ALL things are possible! 

Let's rally the troops! Let's gather the saints! Let's give thanks to our God and declare His faithfulness to ALL generations! Let's silence the enemy with our thankful praise! Let's talk about Jesus!

Remembering His Faithfulness with Thanksgiving,
Abundantly Blessed







8.15.2017

No Divisions Among Us

"A Word Regarding Charlottesville, Virginia: Non-violent Conflict Resolution—for the 21st Century"
by Dr. Alveda King, Atlanta, GA


Then and Now!

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, spiritual problems and social issues were slowly destroying God's work among them. SUCH IS THE CASE TODAY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.

As Paul was thankful for his flock (1 Cor. 1:4-8), so are we as was Paul; but we too are also called to a high purpose as servants/leaders of God. Consequently, our gifts and callings, as God's microphones, often require us to say what people don't want to hear. The divisions among the Corinthians then and the divisions among us now are designed by the enemy to rip the Church apart.  Consequently, following the pattern God gave Paul, we must implore the Body of Christ today to make some difficult transformations:

"Now I exhort you, brothers [and sisters], by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that...there not be divisions among you, and that you be made complete in the same mind and with the same purpose. For...there are quarrels among you" (1 Cor. 1:10-11). 

Amazingly, Paul was able to set aside his fleshly tendencies, all strife and bragging, to leave us this advice:
"Each of you is saying, 'I am with Paul,' and 'I am with Apollos,' and 'I am with Cephas,' and 'I am with Christ.' Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I give thanks that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that you were baptized in my name" (1 Cor. 1:12-15)."

Yes, Paul challenges and reminds us that Christ deserves all the credit. Don't we all have opportunities like this—to take credit for someone else's work—or even worse, to touch Jesus' glory?

Are we still stumbling about in the outer courts of politics and social justice, failing to conquer the 7 mountains illustrated so powerfully by Lance Wallnau? Are we able to tackle the 3-headed monster that is before America—Racism, Abortion and Sexual Perversion? Are we ready and able to slay the "skin color dragon" and embrace each other as brothers and sisters, the one blood, one race, of Acts 17:26?

"He made from one blood all nations who live on the earth. He set the times and places where they should live" (Acts 17:26).

Six Steps and Principles for Non-Violent Social Change—A Sequential Journey to Victory

I've often been asked to share the King Family Legacy's approach to non-violent conflict resolution which is introduced here briefly:

Principle 1: Non-violence is not passive, but requires courage.
Principle 2: Non-violence seeks reconciliation, not defeat of an adversary.
Principle 3: Non-violent action is directed at eliminating evil, not destroying an evildoer. 
Principle 4: A willingness to accept suffering for the cause, if necessary, but never to inflict it.
Principle 5: A rejection of hatred, animosity or violence of the spirit, as well as refusal to commit physical violence.
Principle 6: Faith that justice will prevail.

Understanding this, we apply the six steps of non-violent conflict resolution:

1. Prayerfully enter into a process by conducting research and gathering information to get the facts straight.
2. Continuing in prayer, conduct education and awareness campaigns to inform adversaries and the public about the facts of the dispute.
3. Prayerfully commit yourself to live and manifest a non-violent attitude and actions.
4. Prayerfully mediate and negotiate with an adversary in a spirit of goodwill to correct injustice.
5. Prayerfully apply non-violent direct action, such as prayer vigils, marches, boycotts, mass demonstrations, picketing, sit-ins etc., to help persuade or compel an adversary to work toward dispute-resolution.
6. Prayerfully anticipate reconciliation among adversaries in a win-win outcome in establishing a sense of community which should now be achievable. 

Considering the times, I am grateful to be a part of a biological family as well as a spiritual family who embrace these truths. Won't you join us?

"We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish together as fools." –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
"Love never fails" (1 Corinthians 13:8). (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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Dr. Alveda C. King, Evangelist and Author
Alveda King Ministries and Priests For Life 

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Dr. Alveda King is an evangelist and civil rights activist; niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.; daughter of Rev. AD King; and guardian of the "King Family Legacy." Alveda King Ministries aims to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the catalyst for salvation and being born again; promoting traditional family morals and values, from a Biblical worldview. Building strong, healthy families is a cornerstone – where individuals and families are given the necessary tools and resources to live prosperously to their full potential. An aim is to educate through community events, mentoring programs, media campaigns scholarship awards, coalition-building Christian advocacy groups and other means of positive reinforcement in order to lead people to Christ in expectancy of life, family, hope and "agape love" in the global community. You can purchase her latest book "America Return to God" from Elijah List Publications here.
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8.14.2017

It Is Time

Every so often a word comes across my computer screen that seems to agree with something deep inside my spirit. This is just such a word. This word says all of the many many things I have been sensing God impress on my heart. 

In an earlier post, I referenced that it seems as if God Holy Spirit has been leading me to obey all of the lessons from former days in Sunday School, Children's Church, and Kids' Crusades. That now is the time to take the truth of God's Word and make it a reality in my life, in every area not only the "major" areas. I believe the word God gave me coincides with the truths from the following word perfectly.  

We are no longer to be operating from the position of the status quo but from the position of power and authority in the name of Jesus. That we are to live as if God is exactly who He says He is and as if we are exactly who He says we are. We are to no longer attend Christian social clubs but BE the Church of Jesus Christ, a body of healing, comforting, delivering, salvation sharing soldiers of the Most High God. It is time for the Goliaths to fall! The soldiers of Emmanuel are rising up in the name of Jesus, going forth in His power, and darkness is fleeing from the light of God shining out from within us! 

It is a time like never before, and Abundance House is honored to share words like the following  and those at http:brookesbabbling.blogspot.com/ with you. Please visit Brooke's Babbling blog. It is authored by one of our four lovely daughters. I am confident that not only will you see how extremely blessed this mama is, but you will also join our family in giving great thanks to God for all he has done in one of our beautiful girls' life!

In Christ's Love,
Abundantly Blessed

"The Great American Eclipse: A Prophetic Sign for Our Nation"
by Kathi Pelton, Eugene, OR


On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be seen across the United States of America. People are calling this the "Great American Eclipse". Though the sky will go dark for only a few minutes as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, people have been preparing for this months in advance. It is no coincidence thatAugust 21 is also the first day of the Jewish season of Teshuvah, a forty-day season of repentance and return to God leading up to the Day of Atonement.

Alignments and Unity

Numerous prophetic voices have been hearing about alignments, preparations, repentance and many turning back to the Lord. Often, we will see events in the natural realm illustrate spiritual realities. I believe that this is one of those times.  

As we entered 2017, the Spirit spoke to me and said that the first half of this year would prepare God's people to align in unity with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit according to Jesus' prayer in John 17:20 (17:20 in 2017), just as the Sun, the Moon and Earth will align. However, God's alignment will not be momentary, but eternal. He also spoke to me that July would be a month of completion that would usher God's people into resurrection, restoration and true repentance. I keep finding myself saying the words,"Repentance is freedom from wrong alignments." 

When I began to hear about the "Great American Eclipse" I knew in my spirit that it was a prophetic sign in the sky of a spiritual manifestation on Earth, specifically for America.

Momentary Darkness Turning to Light

The months since, our presidential elections have been a momentary darkness that is aligning our nation and God's people to move into unity, restoration and the resurrection of God's original intent. The forty-day season of Teshuvah will be the culmination of alignments, preparation and repentance to enter into authority. Repentance produces humility, and authority is a product of godly humility.

A little more than a week after these forty days of repentance, an event will take place at the Washington DC Mall called "Awaken the Dawn – America's Tent of Meeting". From October 6-9, fifty tents from all fifty states will be set up at the Washington Mall to pour forth prayer and worship 24/7 for three days straight. I believe that this will be a time of "divine reset" after the forty days of repentance. 

Over a million people are expected to travel to our state of Oregon to view the eclipse; so will we also see a million people gather at the DC Mall this October to see darkness turn to light in our nation's capital?
"Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You."
(Psalm 139:12)


No Longer Status Quo

It is time to align with the light of our God, even in the midst of earthly darkness. Then darkness will not be dark to the people of God. They will be the light of Christ to a world in darkness that searches for light. This is a time to truly take the seasons of God seriously. The Holy Spirit is calling and asking us to "come up higher" in order to discern the times and seasons. It is not "status quo" any longer. Now is the time to see nations turn back to God. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Kathi Pelton
Inscribe Ministries
Email: jkpelton@sbcglobal.net
Website: www.inscribeministries.com

Jeffrey and Kathi Pelton understand our culture's need for encouragement and hope. Through writing and speaking, they escort individuals into awareness of God's profound compassion and mercy that heals brokenness, and they have a unique ability to help anyone seeking pathways into His kind embrace. For several years, Jeffrey and Kathi led a house of prayer located in Kelowna, British Columbia. Currently, they travel extensively, working with prayer and prophetic movements. Recently, Jeffrey and Kathi, their grown children, and their one grandson relocated from Northern California to Eugene, Oregon. They continue to travel and have begun networking with prayer ministries in the Pacific Northwest. They are also part of a development team for Kairos Ministries, a local church plant.