Today is our last day of the 21 day scheduled fast encouragements. We hope that you have been blessed though the encouragements each day. As we end this years fast, please enjoy these last two devotionals, from Bill & Linda Kelley.
Now that the new website is up, it is our hope that we will post weekly encouragement through our blog.
Are you in balance?
I know that there are a lot of times that I am not in balance. I can tell by the reactions I get from the people I have interaction with, and how they react to what I do or say. At those times I all of a sudden realize that I must be out of balance. How else could I elicit those types of negative reactions from people I care about.
What is this balance thing I am talking about anyway? My definition is have I allowed myself to focus inward, or am I realizing that – for me – I need to make a conscious effort to focus outward and make sure I am considering those around me and considering them in the things I say and do.
The real key for me – when I am smart enough to think ahead – can be found in 1st Corinthians 13:5 – of the love chapter – Love “does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;.” Without Jesus and the leading of the Holy Spirit that is not me. It is not that I do not care. It is more that I do not think before I respond.
The moral of this story – especially if you are like me – is to constantly tell yourself what is the God kind of love really is. Read – 1st Corinthians chapter 13 – the love chapter over and over and tell those you offend that you are sorry. I get a lot of practice on that last part.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. (1st Corinthians 13:4-8a)
RC Council & RCG Leader
I am deeply desiring to understand more about faith and to walk in it more consistently. Hebrews 11:1 tells us .”faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I will truly value input from any of you on this subject as well, I am wanting, searching and desiring truth.
Faith: Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
Substance: A particular kind of matter with uniform properties, the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists and which has a tangible, solid presence.
Evidence: The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or false.
FAITH: Hebrews 12:2 tells us Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. Eph. 3:17 Christ dwells in our hearts through faith. Romans 5:1-2 . Being justified by faith in Jesus Christ, we have access by faith into this grace.Hebrews 11 is called the faith chapter, it shows us that things were accomplished by faith: By faith Abel.by faith Enoch. by faith Noah.by faith Abraham.by faith Sarah.the worlds were framed by faith. Verse 6 says without faith it is impossible to please Him.Is anything eternal done without faith? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by The Word of God Romans 10:17.
SUBSTANCE: The Word says faith IS the substance of.IS can be defined as being. and I believe faith may be an actual substance of spiritual matter. II Corinthians 4:18 says .the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
EVIDENCE: The Word of God is the evidence which shows the truth of faith. When the angels came to people and said “fear not” was it just for them to feel comfortable or because they needed to resist fear and embrace faith so they could receive what was being revealed to them? We cannot be in faith and fear at the same time. I value and appreciate the series pastors John & Debbie just finished on Believe. I am thankful we can get a DVD of them and meditate on the Word and receive it into our hearts.
Thank You Lord Jesus that we can believe Your Word and be in faith so YOUR TRUTH can manifest here in this natural world. I am weak in my flesh, but I am strong in You and I believe for You to work in mighty way through us all who put our faith in YOU!
RCG Prayer Director & RCG Leaders
Daily Prayer Points
A Special Thank You to those who are helping to write up prayer points each week:
Linda Kelley, Su Gilstrap, Kim Spahr, & Pastor Debbie
Pray for Restoration Church:
- Continue to Pray for God’s direction and leading about a new building and further growth/expansion of Restoration Church. Ask Him to go before us and give us favor with our future landlord as well as favor with our current landlord.
- Thank God and give Him praise for the wonderful facility He has already given us, and for the new people He is bringing to Restoration each week.
- Pray for the future ministries at Restoration Church
- Pray for future ministries the Lord has in mind for Restoration Church that we may function in all the dimensions of the Holy Spirit and do what Jesus told us to do, make disciples.
- Pray for the particular ministries to be instituted at Restoration The Lord has in mind.
- Pray for anointed people to lead the ministries and the people to come who will be blessed by them and equipped to go forth in the community and world drawing people to Jesus and equipping them to further God’s kingdom.
Pray for our City, State, Nation:
- Prayer of protection
Father, I thank you for Your covenant promise of protection. Right now I call upon the covenant I have with you and plead the blood of Jesus over my husband/wife, my children and myself. (Say each persons name)
Angels, I charge you to watch over my family and me to protect us, for we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Go before us, behind us, and all the way around us. Keep us from calamity, evil and misfortune.
No evil will befall my family in the name of Jesus! No weapon formed against them will prosper, and every lying tongue that rises up against them I do condemn, for this is my heritage as a servant of the Lord.
I thank you, Father, that great is the peace of my children. Their righteousness is of You. They don’t walk in their own righteousness, but in Your righteousness by the blood of Jesus. I thank You for that Lord. They will not get off track in life, none of their steps shall slide (Psalm 37:31)for Your Holy Spirit will guide them every step of the way.
Father, your Word says that we, your sheep know your voice. It says you will show us things to come. It says the voice of your Spirit will come to us and say, “this is the way ; walk in it.” I stand on these promises, Lord, and ask that You teach us to hear Your voice. Help us recognize when you are speaking to us, and we will obey.
Now I stand in Your holy of holies and open my spirit to receive the wisdom you have afforded me. I put myself in a position to hear and receive instruction from you. I enter the secret place of the Most High by the blood of the lamb, and I purpose to live in your presence.
I thank you that you are faithful to Your Word Father. I thank you that what You say is certain and sure. When You say You will deliver us, we can rely on that promise. So right now I receive Your supernatural protection and deliverance for my family and me in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Today’s Personal Prayer Focus
- Ask the Lord to speak to you about who you may need to go and apologize seeking forgiveness.
- Ask the Lord to help you to be slow to speak and quick to listen and seek His face.
- Ask the Lord to increase your Faith and to reveal His truth to you.