Full Steam Ahead!

Full Steam Ahead! by Su Gilstrap

Introduction

When Su first shared this prophetic word with me, not only was I excited but my spirit was too.  These five words God gave her for Restoration Church contain so much promise and unlimited potential for a fantastic year.  

It is our hope that you read over them, print them out and keep them in front of you. We must prepare our hearts to receive and walk in these powerful prophetic promises.

This year and this upcoming season are going to be an exciting one for Restoration Church and for the Body of Christ.  

Below is the prophetic word that Su Gilstrap released during the Proclamation Service.  

Get Ready!

– Pastor Debbie

 

FULL STEAM AHEAD!

I (Su) heard 5 words: 

  • Healing
  • Remember
  • Recompense
  • Rejoice
  • Revealing

Healing– God is tired of His kids walking in sickness and not believing that He desires all to be healed.  He wants His kids, His church to be a healing center. A place where they absolutely know the Father’s heart is to heal and save and to give life! It is only Satan that that kills, steals and destroys. 

Recompense– means to make amends to someone for loss or harm, to repay or to compensate for.  2019 will be a year where God makes up for what Satan has stolen from you and your family!  But you have to lean into this word, expect it, look for it.

Remember– means to be able to bring to one’s mind, an awareness of someone or something the one has seen in the past.  To recall or think about. God wants you to keep his prophecies before you and His Word before you, remember it, be aware of it, meditate on it.

Rejoice– means to feel or show great delight, happiness, pleasure, joy and celebration. The Lord told me that this year would have an overabundance of joy.  Joy unbelievable! God is going to give laughter and joy back to the church. The old sour-faced church is the church of the past! There will be laughter coming out of churches and people will go because of the extreme joy they feel while even walking by a church that is walking in His joy. 

Revealing– the Lord says, “I am coming to show up and show off.  Look for me and you will see me in places I have been but you didn’t see me because you weren’t looking.  God is going to reveal Himself through our gifts, passions and talents. We will discover new gifts He has given us too.  He said He is going to show off through us, His kids and He is going to break off false humility and limiting beliefs. He said his signs and wonders will happen through us, His kids.

He said, “We have to fully walk in His words for us! We have to fully participate with Him. We have to come into agreement with all His word says He is and we are. God says, you can’t go where I’m going with dead weight, limiting beliefs, old traditions, and wrong mindsets, they will need to be pruned off. 

Then He said FULL STEAM AHEAD! 

 

God’s Heart for Me and You

For when the time was right, the Anointed One came and died to demonstrate His love for sinners who were entirely helpless, weak, and powerless to save themselves. Now who of us would dare to die for the sake of a wicked person? We can all understand if someone was willing to die for a truly noble person. But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly! And there is still much to more to say of unfailing love for us!

-Romans 5: 6-9 Passion Translation

more “God’s Heart for Me and You”

Carriers of the Anointing

Food has been a tool for temptation since the first man and woman. So for many people, they can find every excuse in the book NOT to fast. They say they will fast from TV or social media, which is fine and good, but it’s not true biblical fasting. The word “fasting” in the Bible always means abstaining from food and drink.

The Bible is filled with heroes of the faith fasting—here are some different ways of fasting and reasons why it is important to fast from food!

Isaiah 58:3-7 tells us why we should fast and how we should fast. I would definitely recommend meditating on this one while fasting.

Esther 4:16 (Word of Faith) says, “Go gather all the Jews who can be found in Susa, then fast for me. Stop eating and drinking for three days, night or day. I and my young women will fast likewise.” I looked up eating and drinking and it actually meant food and all drink. Nothing by mouth for three days; just praying and crying out to God for His mercy for an entire race. Oh yeah, and God moved!

Daniel 10:3 talks about Daniel’s fast and prayer time. He fasted from fancy foods, meats, and wines. Most Bible scholars believe he ate vegetables and lentils. He repented for his whole race, for their sins, and for the mercy of God.

Luke 2:37 talks about Anna, who was 84 years old, and how she fasted and prayed often in the temple for the coming of the Christ.

And finally, in Matthew 6:16-18, Jesus said, “And when you fast…” He didn’t say if you really feel like it or only when you don’t have anything else going on…He said put on a happy face; don’t be grumpy and fast!

Generally when the Bible or Jesus talks about fasting, it means abstaining from food and drink with the motive of breaking off fleshly appetites and making more time to spending prayer. Fasting and prayer prepares our hearts to carry more of what we were made for. You fast and pray to become carriers of the anointing.

And some ways that every single person can fast! How can everyone fast? We have always included our kids when we fasted. They all participated in the Daniel Fast (fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds and water only). This is actually a really healthy diet and almost everyone in the world would benefit from it; it will truly change you. My children have gone on a 1-3 day water fast since about age 13.

Fasting isn’t just about restricting your diet. It is about using that time of not eating or greatly simplifying your meals to pray and commune with God. Fasting is a time to honor God. Take your eyes off of your flesh and its desires—think and pray about others. Take part of the saving from not buying meat or lattes and buy a homeless person a meal or donate to a ministry for feeding the poor.

 

Why Should We Give Hope Filled Encouragement?

This past week it was my youngest son’s birthday.  He turned 14 this year!  We had a Caribbean Dinner for him at home that my oldest son, who is a chef, prepared.  It was amazing and a fun family day.  I made a chocolate cream pie and homemade ice cream as well.  Very fun, but it is nothing like the birthday parties I have done for my kids in the past.  The last few birthdays have been like this.  I have teenagers and adults so it is more expensive to do big deal parties.  So I have been somewhat down on myself about the lack of creativity or effort put into the last few parties. 

 A friend of mine had some plants to give me and told me to pick them up at her office.  So I dropped by to get them.  She said that she had seen the pictures of Jett’s birthday and it was fantastic.  She also said we always do such an amazing job with celebrations!  Wow, what an encouragement! 

 On our group family text, my daughter asked this question: Why should we give hope-filled encouragement? 

 The first thing that came to my mind was the story above, because it had just taken place. 

 Hebrews 3:13 (NIV) says, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today’, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

 My daughter in-law said this about encouragement:

It’s so easy to get caught up in the frustrations and disappointments in life or give up because things take too long to happen.  But when we encourage each other with words of hope, we remind each other why we are to “press on”.  It’s like someone on the sidelines during a race.  The runner may feel like they’ve given it all they’ve got but then they hear the crowds cheering them on, speaking out encouragement, it’s like a fresh wave of adrenaline hits you!  People who don’t have encouragers in their life seem to give up more quickly.  We need words of hope to remind us that God is cheering us on, which gives us renewed energy to finish our race well.

 

 

 My husband Rich said, ” I can’t help but think that it’s the media that joy comes through. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before him; also Abraham hoped when hope didn’t even make sense.”

 In Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) it says, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”

 Why should we encourage each other?  Because we all need it!  We all need to be reminded of the hope we have.  We all need to have someone from the outside saying you’ve got this. 

 So my question to you today is who are you going to encourage?  Wouldn’t it be cool if we went about our day bringing hope and encouragement to others and making their day? So heads up!  Look around and pay attention to who you can be filling with hope and encouragement today!

 

The Blame Game

A few Sunday’s ago while at church I heard God saying, “STOP THE BLAME GAME!

The blame game is a dangerous game we humans play to blame our life and circumstances on a myriad of things. Some things that come to mind are ex spouses, ex boyfriend/girlfriend, bosses, teachers, the economy, parents, your age or gender or race.

This is a very familiar pattern for us humans. Genesis 3:10-13 (NKJV) says,

So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

From the beginning people blamed something or someone else for the mess they were in. Today we are no different, unless we grab onto the truth God has for us!

God has given us many keys on how to walk away from the blame game. Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV) says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

The KEY to stopping the blame game is forgiveness. Until you forgive and forget the hurts and the people that hurt you, you will be stuck. In order to move forward in your life you need to forgive and move forward. Is it easy? Nope, usually not.

Believe me, I know! I grew up with an abusive father; other people and church leaders have abused me. I went through a period of about 7 years so hurt, wounded, stuck and hopeless that I felt paralyzed. I was starting to come out of the extreme hopelessness and seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I was working daily on forgiving those who had wounded me and beginning to trust again. Then along came a punch so hard it threw me into great distrust. Yet another person, a trusted friend, colleague and church leader, wounded our family. But I am happy to say that this time it only took a little over a year for me to be able to start trusting again and walk out of the pain! I’m hoping I get this revelation so deep inside me that the next time I’ll just keep moving!

You have to decide every day to forgive and to let go of the hurt and to let God take care of the situation or other person. When we forgive, we walk into a place of freedom and peace that Jesus bought for us on the cross. All we need to do is step forward and grab this freedom through forgiveness and take our authority against satan and his attacks on our lives.

We could also be blaming God, our lack, the weather, ourselves, and on and on. So many things to blame as we stay stuck in our yuck! We can continue playing the blame game or we can start taking control of our lives with the authority and wisdom God has given us in His Word.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Philippians 3:12-16 (Voice translation) says,

I’m not there yet, nor have I become perfect; but I am charging on to gain anything and everything the Anointed One, Jesus, has in store for me–and nothing will stand in my way because He has grabbed me and won’t let me go. Brothers and sisters, as I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission. I am sprinting toward the only goal that counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God’s call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus the Anointed.  All of us who are mature ought to think the same way about these matters. If you have a different attitude, then God will reveal this to you as well. For now, let’s hold on to what we have been shown and keep in step with these teachings.

Some people are blaming themselves for past sins or bad decisions and thinking God is punishing them. Totally not true! Repent and turn away and walk in God’s forgiveness. The old is gone and the new has come! Receive this gift that Jesus bought for you on the cross! Don’t discount the blood He shed to pay for this! Forgive yourself and move forward. Don’t look back, look forward.

Colossians 1:12-14 (NKJV), “Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Jesus dying on the cross qualified you! What you need to do is accept Him as your savior and the redeemer of your life, then forgive yourself and move forward. You can have every promise in the Bible now that you are God’s kid! You have been adopted into His family and all of His promises belong to you now, not later.

Your life will be what you decide to make it. You can have the life you want and the life God has promised you in His word. Stop blaming where you are at in your life on everything under the sun! Start walking by faith with the Word of God as your guide. Walk in the fruits of the Spirit and take the responsibility for your own life. Take the authority God has given you to stop the enemy from attacking you and lying to you.

Change the blame game to the faith game. Study the Word of God for yourself, find out what God has promised you and go get it by faith. Forgive those who have wounded you, let yourself go free from that bondage. Forgiving those who hurt you does not let them off the hook! They are totally going to have to go before God for what they did. But you don’t have to make that happen, let God deal with them. You just get free! Let it go! (Cue song).

God has so much greatness planned for you no matter what your age. He has more for you. He wants you to experience heaven on earth and to bring heaven to earth for others around you. He wants you to live a powerful and free life full of goodness, love, mercy and abundance. Give it to God! Do it daily until you are free. Praise God for your freedom!