Day 21 Daily Fast Encouragement:  Are You in Balance & FAITH IS …

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.

 

Day 21

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)

Bill Kelley

RC Council & RCG Leader


FAITH  IS.

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.

Dictionary definitions:

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!

Linda Kelley

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.

Day 20 Daily Fast Encouragement: The End or the Beginning?

Day 20

21 days ago, many of us that call Restoration Church home began a fast.  I find myself asking,  “is this the end or is this the beginning?”

It certainly is the end of our 21-day fast and yet it is still the beginning of 2017.  While none of us can say exactly how the year will unfold, we know that God does.

Fasting is a short-term reminder of the importance of pressing into Jesus by simply seeking His presence.  This is a good time to take a moment to reflect on the fast.

Has he spoken something to you?

Has a new vision been planted in you?

Has something new taken root in your life?

Has something that has been nagging you been broken off your life.

Whatever your experience has been over the last 21 days, my prayer for you is that you continue to experience a deeper understanding of Jesus and the depth of His love for you.   His desire is to continue to meet with you. When you quiet yourself and listen for that still small voice He is faithful to speak.

As we wrap up this 21 days the question remains, is the end or the beginning?

What if the seeking and waiting on the Lord that we did during the fast became a pattern that we follow the whole year through?  Forget about the fast. Forget what you set aside. Forget how difficult or easy it was. Instead focus on the beginning of a new depth of relationship with Jesus.

Placing a fast at the first of year effectively lays a foundation for the year.  Our foundation is found in our relationship with Jesus and nowhere else.  We have not earned anything with Him.  We have made our intentions clear, we have brought our petitions to the King, we trust in the Jesus who said, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

I look forward with a great sense of anticipation to a year of more intimacy with Jesus.  A year filled with breakthrough and spiritual success.  A year filled with reports of healing, freedom, of restored family relationships, financial turn-arounds, and most importantly significantly deeper relationships with Jesus.  You have laid a good solid foundation when you have built on Jesus and expect 2017 to be a year of great promise.

Let’s join together and charge!  Charge forward beyond the fast and continue to seek the face of Jesus.  I look forward to seeing how He changes us and how He changes the world through us.

Pastor John Kitterman

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:

  • Pray for our pastors
  • Pray for pastors John & Debbie, faithful servants of our living Lord, pray for God’s blessings to overflow in their lives.  As they minister by The Holy spirit may the anointing continue to grow and penetrate our hearts, igniting us to go deeper in The Word, gaining revelation knowledge and living it out as Jesus intends, by The Power of The Holy Spirit!
  • Pray that the transforming, penetrating love of Jesus Christ so fill us to overflowing that it drives out fear and brings unity to the body of Christ, drawing others to Jesus and ushering in revival!  Pray that the body of Christ be motivated and walk in faith to do the greater things Jesus told us about!

Pray for our City,  State, Nation:

  • Pray for those in the news media.
  • Pray for darkness and lies to be pushed back and truth to come forth.
  • Pray for Christians and people of integrity to rise to the top and be in position to make positive changes in the media.

Today’s Personal Prayer Focus

  • Ask the Lord to speak to you  fill you with a great sense of anticipation for the year ahead.
  • Seek Him and ask Him to help you draw closer and closer to Him throughout the year.
  • Ask Him to ignite or relight the fire of your first love for Him.

Day 19 Daily Fast Encouragement: Where is Your Assurance?

Day 19

While reading the other day, I ran across a statement that jumped off the page at me.

“The foundation of fellowship is assurance.” (Duffield and Van Cleave, 1983)

That statement shook me for a minute. The reason is because lately I’ve been having problems with my extended family. Things used to be good enough between us, but over time, a lot of hurtful things have been said and a lot of injuries have been given. And it’s been a struggle. We’re all Christians. We are all supposed to love to each other, be nice to each other, and all that jazz. But it just hasn’t been that way.

So why did that statement jump off the page at me? Because I realized that the foundation to my relationship with them was no longer based on assurance, assurance that they wanted the best for me,  that they cared for me, that I could trust them. Any assurance I had that this was a good friendship was gone. The fellowship was tainted.

Sometimes I wonder how many of us feel like we’ve lost that assurance with God. Through circumstances, or our own distorted understanding of what is going on, we feel like we no longer have that assurance that God is for us, and not against us (Rom 8:31). Like God has abandoned us or forgotten us, maybe even ignoring us completely.

When that happens, I remember that those are the attacks of the ENEMY. He is the accuser, not our trusted friend.  He is the father of lies (John 8:44) and not a place of any assurance, other than for our demise.  God is our place of assurance, assurance of His amazing love (John 3:16),  assurance of being adopted as His child (Rom 8:16), assurance that He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb 13:5). We have the greatest gift in the universe that proves God loves us – Jesus. He died for us. How much more assurance do we need that He is willing to go to the ends of the earth for us and wants what is best for us? So when that questioning comes, I always go back and settle on that.  My assurance is set.

A lot of our relationships here on this earth are going to be tainted. The foundation of assurance is going to erode from own sin or the sins of others. We are broken people trying to live in a broken world.  But never, for one second, doubt the assurance you have in Jesus. That rock will never move. Set your assurance on that.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

-Blessed Assurance, Crosby, 1873

 

Janna Plummer

RC Outreach Director

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:

  • Pray for ushers and greeters
  • Pray for God to place on the hearts of more people to be ushers and greeters at Restoration.  Pray for Ron Stoddard to be blessed to overflowing as he has put in so many hours in this ministry, it is a ministry that has blessed us at Restoration and new people who come.
  • Pray for people who want to bless others and do an excellent job volunteer for this ministry.  This is a ministry of helps and we pray that each person at Restoration Church will want to help in some area with a grateful thankful heart.

Pray for our City,  State, Nation:

  • Never has our country ever been so divided by race and religion. Pray for unity, peace and healing in our nation and in the body of Christ.

Today’s Personal Prayer Focus

  • ]Ask God to be the secure foundation which your relationships are built upon.
  • Ask God for restoration of relationships in your life and your family.
  • Ask God to heal your heart of wounds and hurts that have come from others. Now choose to release forgiveness to them.

Day 18 Daily Fast Encouragement:  What are you Speaking?

Day 18

WORDS

This morning my attention was drawn to meditating on the importance of the words I speak and how powerful they are either in the positive or negative. In Genesis 1-1 God created the heavens & the earth, in verse 3 He SAID, let there be light and there was light, he CALLED the light day and the darkness night .All through Genesis  God SAID and CALLED things into existence.  In verse 26 he created man (mankind) according to their likeness (I believe referring to the trinity).

Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”  James 3:2-18 has a lot to say about the power of the tongue as well.  2 Corinthians 10:4 tells us the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.  Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and powerful.”

Proverbs 15:1-2 “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.  The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”

It is easier for me to Say good things to people I don’t live with and CALL forth blessings on them.  Nevertheless I believe for powerful words of blessings to go forth all the time from me to those in my household as well, not because I can do it, but because The Holy Spirit lives in me and I choose to walk by The Spirit.

Thank You Lord Jesus that I can do all things through you because you strengthen me; I cannot do it in my humanity, but through YOU;  may the WORDS of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”  Psalms 19:14.

Linda Kelley

RC Prayer Director & RCG Leader

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:

  • Continued Spiritual Growth at Restoration Church
  • Pray that the Biblical, Rhema Words being spoken through our pastors at Restoration be received deep within our souls into fertile soil, bringing forth abundant fruit in our lives and overflowing into our community, state and nation.  Pray that relationships and unity continue to grow deeper.
  • Pray that we will encourage each other and bless each other in words and deeds.

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

  • Pray and ask the Lord to help you speak only words that line up with His Word and His Truth over your life.
  • Pray and ask the Lord to help you with negative thoughts and negative talk.
  • Ask the Lord to fill your mouth with His words, and fill your heart with joy and praise.

 

 

Day 17 Daily Fast Encouragement:  What is Strength?

Day 17

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

    and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him,

    and he will make your paths straight.

 

What is strength?

As a child looking up at the closest giants – my parents – in my life I thought that anyone that big could handle anything that life could hand out.

As I grew a little older I started to see a crack or two start to appear in their armor. Do not get me wrong my parents were good people trying to raise a family and survive in this world.

Throughout my growing up years, and in fact all of my life I started looking at – and trying to understand – what strength really is. Even as a child I started to realize that true strength is not just having the ability to push people around and get your own way. Some of the people I have known who have shown the greatest strength have turned out to be very gentle people as well. The words “Gentle Strength” is not an oxymoron at all.

Having said all that – a term I like to use – I want to say without a doubt that the men and women I have known – and want to be around – that have the greatest strength and peace in their lives are those who “trust in the Lord with all of their heart and lean not upon their own understanding.”

That is the difference between just being strong and having real – the God kind – strength.

The good news is that through Jesus – and only through Jesus – we can all be men and women having the God kind of great strength and peace.

Bill Kelley

RC Council & RCG Leader

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:

  • Pray for Forged Men’s Ministry.
  • Pray for Dennis Williams as he heads up Forged Men’s Ministry that he will continue to hear the leading of the Lord and bring the men together that their relationship with each other and The Lord be deepened.
  • Pray blessings on the men and that they will see themselves the way the Lord sees them and walk in Godly authority as the Word says, not in the way the world portrays them.  Pray that the wives will honor their husbands and work together with them as help mates.  Thank you Lord Jesus for Godly men at Restoration Church and may many more come.

Pray for our City,  State, Nation:

  • Pray for restoration of the United States’ diplomatic relations with Israel.

Today’s Personal Prayer Focus

  • Ask the Lord to help you trust in Him and not in your own understanding.
  • Ask Him to uncover any areas where you are not fully trusting Him.

 

 

Day 16 Daily Fast Encouragement:  Sow Deep – Abundantly Reap

Day 16

Finish Strong

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:7-10)

I know the above Scripture is often used in reference to finances, but it is so much bigger than that.  The principle of reaping and sowing covers all areas of our life.

I liken fasting to gardening or planting a field.  When I fast, I know I am preparing my life for the things God wants to do in and through me.  Not just for right now, but for days, weeks, month and years to come.  Fastening is a spiritual discipline, which is not always enjoyable to my flesh, but nonetheless necessary to spiritual advancement and growth.

I am not a gardener and I did not inherited my grandmother’s green-thumb for plants, but I sure do love to have all sorts of flowers in pots and hanging baskets around my home.  I often start out really good caring for them, watering them, and tending them.  They begin to bloom, blossom, and grow.  Then, it seems, over time, I water them less, or don’t tend them as much as they need.  The effect is they become dry, parched, stop growing or even die.

Sometimes, during a fast, I will reap immediate benefits and answers to my requests.  However, other times, I must wait, and wait, and wait some more.

Just like in a garden, or a field there are many stages to preparing the field before it is ready for harvest.  First you must prepare and till the soil.  Then, you must remove any obstacles, big or small like rocks or brush, that were exposed during the tilling process.  Then you sow seed, water, and wait.  Then you water some more, and wait.  Some things begin to sprout, but so do the weeds, and so you weed, water and wait some more.  Until one day what you sowed begins to produce.  We don’t stop caring for the field, we continue to harvest, water, weed in hopes that more will be burst forth.  So that our harvest will be continually bountiful.

I know some of you have already begun to receive favorable answers for the thing you were fasting for.  That is excellent, and I celebrate with you, but what more does God have for you this year?  What new thing have you added to the list of things you are believing God for?

When the crop you plant yields it first harvest, don’t you want more?

Some of may be discouraged and feel as if God has forgotten you.  You haven’t received any answers yet, and it even seems like doors are closing right in front.  It seems the very things you are believing God for are further away. You may even feel discouraged.

There may be some who may not have made it this far into the fast, or maybe you didn’t even start the fast to begin with.

If you didn’t even start the fast, it’s not too late to start and join us for the remaining 5 days (or beyond).  If you quit early, its OK, pick yourself, and begin again.

Wherever you fall on the spectrum, don’t quit. You’ve made it this far.

We are in the home stretch!

Is that loud cheering I hear? (hahaha)

Remember this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

Honestly, I have rarely seen immediate results for the things I was fasting about. Sometimes yes, but other times no, it often came about in a later season.

In God’s time table, not mine.

Bob Sorge in his Book the Secrets of the Secret Place says, “when you sow to the Spirit by giving dedicated time to the secret place, you will eventually reap life in the Spirit.”

He later goes on to say, “when we arise from sowing into the secret place, we will not usually be able to point to immediate results or benefits.  What we sow today will require an entire season of growth before the results are manifested.”

Now re-read the above quotes and replace the word “fast” where it says “sow”.

Be encouraged, God has so much for you and for your family in 2017.

Keep moving forward, Keep pressing forward, Keep your eyes focused on Jesus.

Let us be Abundantly Fruitful together in 2017!

Pastor Debbie Kitterman

Daily Prayer Points


Pray for Restoration Church:

  • 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:

Father God, I come in the authority given to me in Mark 11:24 saying, that whatever I ask for in prayer, believing that whatever I ask for in prayer, believing that I have received it, I will receive it!

I plead the mighty blood of Jesus over the borders of the United States land, over its air ways and over the seas surrounding it. I thank you Lord, that no harm will come to us and no disaster in any form will come against us!

I thank you Father that you have sent our guardian angels concerning us to guard us in all of our ways. I thank you that because you love the United States you will rescue us. And that as we as a Christian Nation call upon you, you will be with us in trouble and you will satisfy us with long life and you will show us your salvation.


Today’s Personal Prayer Focus

  • Ask the Lord to give you strength to finish strong. Seek Him about the items on your fasting worksheet.
  • Ask Him to speak to you about what other things may need to be added to the things you are believing Him for.
  • Begin Praising Him and give thanks in advance for the very things you are believing for.