More than Meets the Eye

More than Meets the Eye by Pastor Debbie Kitterman

I wrote a social media post a few months ago during the summertime. Maybe you saw it? If not, no worries! I am going to share it below with the picture that was attached. 

Working hard or hardly working? That is the question.

Many will see this picture and make a judgment or assumption that this person is hardly working. What a rough life – right? Amazing view and soaking up the sun. Can it get any better than that?

However, when we make judgments and assumptions without the full picture it can be dangerous and damaging. Not just to us but to the other person too. It opens the door to accusations, jealousy, pride, offense and more. This is not of God but the way the enemy slips through an open door.

In fact, God says to leave the judgements to Him. (1 Sam 16:7) He sees the heart, He sees the bigger picture; we do not.

Confession time. I’ve been this person. I’ve been the person to look at a picture or an image and pass judgement. I have been the person to see someone and make an assumption without getting the fuller picture, and I was wrong.

So what’s the fuller picture?

This is a picture of me working hard. Computer on my lap working, taking phone calls and meetings throughout the day. Yes, the view is amazing and the sun is out. I have a desk I usually work from most of the year, but it doesn’t have this view and the sun isn’t always out where I live. So when it is, I want to work outside. Also, truth be told, my desk is a mess! Not just a small mess, a huge one. It is piled high with stacks of papers, books and stuff. Plus, my office chair is filled with a box of stuff I need to go through.

Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “there is more than meets the eye?” This is a powerful truth, we need to understand. It’s also a kingdom principle!  

It is important for us to understand there is often more going on behind the scenes or under the surface than we can see in the natural. We don’t know what a person is going through, where they have been or even how far they have already come. What we see is what is presented to us, which isn’t always the entire picture. Sometimes we pass judgements or make hasty decisions based on what we see or how a person makes us feel in the natural.

God addressed this issue with Samuel when he was sent to anoint the next king. In 1 Samuel 16, Samuel wrongly made a judgement about which one of Jesse’s sons should be the next king based on appearance and stature alone. Oh boy was he ever wrong! 

Jesus talked about making judgements or passing judgement on others too.   

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5).

Today, our culture makes it easy and seem acceptable to criticize others or pass judgement against them. Over big and small things. Their house wasn’t clean enough, their kids weren’t well behaved, or they have a bad attitude. The truth of what Jesus said is that we have no business passing judgement on anyone, instead we should deal with ourselves. 

The truth of the matter is, it is never ok to pass judgement on another. When we want to pass judgement, we need to stop and pray for the person instead and let God take care of them. 

Prayer:
Father God, help us to not make judgements or assessments towards another person or their actions and forgive us for when we have. We repent of the attitudes in our heart and the thoughts in our mind. Amen.

Don’t Settle

Don’t Settle by Pastor Debbie Kitterman

I was jolted awake early one morning when I heard: “Don’t Settle!”

I sat up in bed, got my bearings and realized, no one was there.  I am not sure if I had been dreaming or a heavenly voice woke me up.  It really didn’t matter where it came from, I knew it was from the Lord. He was trying to get my attention and now He had it.

I laid back down and began to pray.  I asked the Lord what He meant and what He needed me to know about settling.  He then whispered gently to my heart like only a loving Father can:

“Don’t Settle.  Don’t you dare settle for anything less than My best and My will for your life.”

I didn’t realize I had been settling, but as soon as God whispered this message to my heart, it became crystal clear. I am going to be really transparent with you.  I had been settling. Ok, not just settling, but I was ready to quit. I was discouraged, frustrated, disappointed and ready to throw in the towel. It seemed like the logical thing to do.

In the months leading up to this, I had been bombarded with things from every direction.  It seemed my life had gone from a fast paced, yet straight road to a roller coaster. My son getting engaged, my dad’s failing health, my aunt being put on hospice, doors being opened for ministry, doors being slammed shut for ministry, and the list goes on.  Disillusionment set in and I began to question my calling, my identity and purpose. I began to listen to the lies and whisper of the enemy. The battle was intense and I was ready to settle.

That is until my early morning wake up call to not settle!  To not give up, to not quit or throw in the towel.  It did stop me in my tracks and while I didn’t immediately turn around, I stopped the downward spiral and spinning out of control.  It was enough for me to refocus on God and not my circumstances. It was enough for me to take a step back and realize I had been listening to lies and not taking my rightful position as a daughter of the King.  I hadn’t been practicing what I preach. I had not been holding onto the promises and prophecies God has spoken over me and about me. I had become weary of the battle. I was not standing my ground.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 NIV).

Rick Warren says this about Galatians 6:9: “This is the law of the harvest: There is always a delay between sowing and reaping. You plant in one season, and you reap in another. God wants to see if you’re going to keep cultivating, planting, and sowing. If he sees consistency in your life, then the harvest will come. It will not come immediately, because it proves nothing if he does it immediately — no character development or stretching your faith.”

Do you find yourself weary or settling for less than God’s best for your life?  If so, stop. Take a minute to breathe deeply. Now, refocus – Not on your current situation and circumstances but instead on God.  Then ask God to bring back to your remembrance His plans, promises and prophesies He has spoken to you. Write these words out and then read and read them as many times as is needed, and as always pray.  Pray and ask God to strengthen you, to help you not quit, to not give up or throw in the towel, but to stand your ground.

Father God, we ask for You to show us the areas of our life where we are settling for less than Your best.  We ask for You to remind us of Your prophecies and promises. Give us strength as we stand our ground and trust in You.  Amen!

Adjust the Flow

Adjust the Flow by Debbie Kitterman

Recently while I was cleaning up the kitchen, I adjusted the flow of the water at the kitchen sink. As I stood there doing a mundane yet necessary job, I heard the Lord whisper to my heart,

“You adjust and direct the flow of the Spirit moving and working through your life.”

I was kind of caught off guard, because I wasn’t expecting God to show up and speak to me while I was doing the dishes after a long day of caring for my dad. I was tired and getting ready for bed, I was just finishing my “chores” for the day when out of nowhere God began to speak to me.

While my head understands the statement God spoke to me, I knew I was missing something important. For Him to speak to me, I realized I needed to be reminded that I can adjust the flow and direct how much or how little He is allowed to move in and through my life.

Scripture says:

On the last day, the biggest day of the festival, Jesus stood again and spoke aloud.

Jesus: If any of you is thirsty, come to Me and drink. If you believe in Me, the Hebrew Scriptures say that rivers of living water will flow from within you.[b]

Jesus was referring to the realities of life in the Spirit made available to everyone who believes in Him. But the Spirit had not yet arrived because Jesus had not been glorified.

John 7:37-39, The Voice

The Holy Spirit connects believers to the Father and His Son.  So any fear about being disconnected from God may be abandoned; the Creator of the Universe dwells within His people, sustains them, and will accomplish the impossible through them.

Notes in Scripture for John 7:37-39, The Voice

It’s so true we direct the flow of the Spirit Working in our life! Yet we ourselves can become a hindrance and stop the flow; or we can open it wide and allow Him to move.

The Scripture in John 7 also tells us to come to Him and drink! As the fast comes to an end, that doesn’t mean that we can’t fast other times throughout the year. It doesn’t mean that we stop spending time with Him or seeking Him out. It means we need to pursue Him more. We need to be more intentional and more aware of how we are shutting down or adjusting the flow of how He moves in our lives.

I don’t think I realize how often I stop or hinder the power or fullness of what God wants to do in and through my life.

How about you?

I want to have the spigot of my life wide open, allowing the Spirit to have complete and unhindered access to flow through me. I want to partner with Him. I want His Spirit dwelling in me to not just sustain me, but to be released to accomplish the impossible and the miraculous and make a difference in the lives of others.

How about you?

Prayer:

Father God, I want Your Spirit to move freely in my life. Show me anything that is hindering, blocking, or stopping You from flowing freely in my life. Help me to adjust the flow as needed so that You can accomplish the impossible through my life.

Amen!

Greater Things in 2019

Greater Things in 2019 by Pastor Debbie Kitterman

Over the course of this week, for the first part of the 21-day fast, we will be releasing the four corporate prophetic words that were given during the Proclamation Service on Sunday, December 30th.  

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 Pastor Debbie released during the Proclamation Service.  


Greater Things in 2019

God is calling us to put out into the deep in 2019 [1]. He is calling us to go deeper and trust Him more. 

2018 was a year of new beginnings and a year of Promise and Destiny, which brought about intense warfare and spiritual battles.

2019 will bring breakthrough, increase, and transformation in our lives.[2]

It will be a year of drawing closer to God and a year of walking in the miraculous. 2019 is a year to possess the promises of the Bible and walk in the “Greater Things[3] He promised us. 

God is calling us to a season of unrivaled and incomparable miracles.  His Glory will be on display for all to see.[4]

As we put out into the deep this year and possess the promises of God. We must continue to stake out and claim new territory for His Kingdom.  This is to be a year of fruitful abundance.

As breakthrough comes, so too will come increase. It will be a year of unprecedented fruitfulness and abundance[5], particularly in the area of Spiritual manifestations (miracles, signs, wonders) and an increase in the number of souls added to the Kingdom. (Harvest).

God is calling us up and out.  His Spirit is calling to our Spirit to Arise and Awaken![6]  Deep is calling to deep.[7]  We must respond to the call.

It’s time to go deeper.

It’s time to step out and obey [8].

It’s time to trust and go where He’s calling us [9].

It’s time to be transformed [10] to the Kingdom and not conform to this world [11].

It’s time to draw closer to God [12].

It’s time to walk in the miraculous!

The church, and we as individuals who make up the church are being called in this season to walk in the “Greater Things” which Jesus talked about in John 14:12-14:

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (NIV)

This is a pivotal year for the Church. It is key this year that the body of Christ understands her identity and begins to walk in her spiritual authority.  It is essential that we draw closer to God and put out into the deep. We must come together in unity and love, so we can begin to walk in the promises of the Bible. This year, the harvest will be great for the Kingdom of God, but it will come about as we all work together to advance God’s agenda here on the earth.

As we read the book of Acts, we see the church having a powerful effect. They added to their numbers daily,[13] they had miracles, signs and wonders manifesting in their midst[14] and they were of one heart, one mind walking in unity and obedience to Christ.[15]

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all (Acts 4:32-33 NIV)

These are the same things God longs for His Church to be walking in today.  This year, 2019 is a year to possess the promises of the Bible. It is the year His Bride will awaken and arise and answer the call! It is the year to walk in the fullness of God’s ‘Greater Things’!

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:42-47 NIV).

 

[1] Luke 5:4
[2] Psalms 107 & Isaiah 45:2-3, Isaiah 54:2-3
[3] John 14:12-14
[4] Psalm 77:14 & Isaiah 60:1-2
[5] 2 Corinthians 9:8
[6] Isaiah 60:1-2
[7] Psalm 42:7
[8] Psalm 119:60
[9] Proverbs 3:5
[10] 2 Corinthians 3:18
[11] Romans 12:1-2
[12] Psalm 34
[13] Acts 2:47
[14] Acts 2:43 & Acts 4:33
[15] Acts 4:32-33

21 Day Fast Begins

21 Day Fast Begins by Pastor Debbie Kitterman

January 6, 2019 – January 27, 2019

Since Pastor John and I have stepped into pastoral leadership here at Restoration Church, we have purposed to give God the first fruits of our year during a 21-day fast. This is a wonderful opportunity for the congregation to come together with one heart and one mind as we seek God for direction in our own lives and in the life of our church. We invite you to join us for the next 21 days, as we take time to fast, pray, and seek God for His plans for us. more “21 Day Fast Begins”