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Kathi Pelton: "What If?' and 'Did God Really Say...?'"

Kathi Pelton
Jul 17, 2022

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Steve ShultzThere is much to ponder in Kathi Pelton's word below, and we know many will relate to these thoughts that have come through our minds such as:

What if I didn't hear God?

What if I fail?

Did God really say...?

Yes, the enemy is always trying to get us to question the Lord, what He speaks to us, and doubt what He has said.

If that's you, you'll want grab hold of this word from Kathi Pelton, as she shares many wisdom nuggets from God's heart to yours.

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"What If?' and 'Did God Really Say...?'"

Kathi Pelton, Portland, Oregon

What if...

These are two words that can become a land mine in the midst of your journey of faith. They are two of the enemy's favorite words to throw at the faithful Believer, just before they drift off to sleep or venture out in faith. How often is it that you are enjoying the beauty of the Lord, and just as you begin to feel that all is well, those two words come and hit you like a bucket of ice water in your face?

What if I didn't hear God?

What if I fail?

What if I just imagined the vision?

What if God didn't say what I thought that He said?

What if my hopes are dashed?

What if...

Cue the ICE WATER!

Did God Really Say...?

Wait, this sounds familiar! One of the first stories we read in Scripture about the serpent (the enemy) has to do with this very thing.

"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, 'Did God really say, "You must not eat from any tree in the garden"?'" (Genesis 3:1 emphasis mine)

The words aren't exact, but the meaning is the same! What if God didn't say that?

Have you ever had one of those nights that turned into a sleepless night because of those negative "what if" thoughts? I use to have them often when I was first stepping out in faith. Those thoughts and fears were rooted in not trusting in the goodness of my Father and the plans He had for me and my future.

These questions that the enemy is quick to throw at the obedient Believer can take them on a fast-track from their heart to their head. (Photo via Unsplash)

The "what if" questions can come in the midst of your peaceful walk through green pastures with the Lord. Suddenly, there is the serpent whispering questions that only have lies for answers; they exploit your greatest fears. It's like having land mines explode unexpectedly beneath your feet. But you can know that this is NOT the voice of your God because "God is not a man, that He should lie..." (Numbers 23:19).

If this has ever happened to you, then be encouraged, because the enemy rarely asks this question if you actually haven't heard from the Lord! When you hear and obey, you can pretty much guarantee the first attack will begin with this question: "Did God really say...?"

The Lord Directs Our Steps and Makes Them Sure

The one thing I know is that after hearing God's voice, with every step of faith you take, you can know that He has gone ahead of you to prepare the way. It often looks different than we expect, but there is a plan and purpose. Sometimes that purpose is much greater than we could have ever imagined, and sometimes it appears like it is purposeless; yet these are the times when our character and endurance are formed, if we keep our hearts set on Him.

When the enemy comes with the questions that have the words "What if" or "Did God really say," within them there is only one answer, and that is this: "If I have not heard the Lord and have made plans outside of His will, then God will re-order my steps in the right direction, even in the midst of my plans!"

I have a scripture to back me up in this: "A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure" (Proverbs 16:9).

I have seen this again and again in my life and in the lives of other Believers. Yep, we get our plans wrong sometimes and God has to move in and reorder things. But He always orders the steps of a righteous man or woman. I don't put my trust in MY ability to hear and interpret His wisdom, I put my trust in HIS ability to order my steps and to cause me to walk in His ways. God will be faithful to rescue you and direct your steps on a sure path as you trust in Him.

Know this: He is a faithful Father. As you commit your steps and plans to Him, He will keep you on a sure path. Don't judge your journey harshly. Some paths are rocky and cause us to learn to have our foundation in Him alone, and some paths are smooth and full of fruitfulness. Both are necessary for our growth.

We must not put our confidence in our gifts or even in what we see, but rather in the absolute truth that He is a faithful Father in the midst of all of our humanity. He honors and adores every overture of love that we make for Him. (Photo via Unsplash)

Make all that you do become worship to Him. Obeying God's voice is not always the easy path, but it is always the best path.

There is an old Rita Springer song called, "Worth It All." This song is a declaration as God calls His people into unknown paths that require faith and obedience. Know this: no matter what it looks like, when done "unto Him," it is going to be worth it all.

Turn the "What If" Around

Next time the "what if" questions begin to spin you in circles, try turning them around by changing the narrative to something positive. Ask different "what if" questions:

• What if my greatest longings are fulfilled?

• What if I fly rather than fall?

• What if God exceeds my dreams and expectations?

• What if I'm about to embark on the greatest journey of my life?

• What if it's better than I imagine?

• What if I find crazy favor every step along the way?

Dream with God, and thank Him for desiring these good and perfect gifts for you! Every step of your journey will be worth it!

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Kathi Pelton
Inscribe Ministries


Jeffrey and Kathi Pelton live in Portland, Oregon. Jeffrey is a writer, teacher and book editor. Kathi is an author and prophetic voice to the Church. They walk with nations and individuals to see God's original intent fulfilled. Their ministry, Inscribe Ministries, was founded upon the verse from Habakkuk 2:2 that says, "Then the LORD answered me and said: 'Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.'" 

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