The restoration of God’s restoration

The mindset that many people have adopted these days is that things can’t get better and that a lot that has been broken can’t be fixed. There is a strong feeling that we can’t get out of the hole that this pandemic has dug in our lives. Hope has left the building and doubt is a permanent resident in many homes. All we can think about is how bad the situation is getting and there seems to be no end to the chaos. “How will this get fixed?” many are wondering. What will it take to get back to a normal life? Is there a way to go back to normal or are we heading toward a new normal that is dismal and discouraging? There is a way. There is hope. There is a truth that will make things right. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the One who can and who will fix this. He knows the way to do it, He holds the truth that will set people free and He has the life that changes everything. What we all need is to restore our faith and our hope in God’s power of restoration. God is still the same. He is the God of miracles and the God of restoration. He will give us what we need and He will fix everything that is broken. Not just some things but everything when we believe. Today I want to encourage you to go back to where your faith once was or to reach the place where your faith sees restoration and reparation.

The word “reparation” usually refers to the making of amends for a wrong one has done by paying money or by helping someone to whom a wrong was done. God is in the business of reparations. When Jesus died and rose again, the biggest reparation was paid to the world. He made amends for the wrong the enemy did to the world and for the wrong sin did to humanity. He made things right with God and He helped every human being that will ever believe in Him. He fixed the biggest problem the world would ever face and His reparation is still true today. Whatever you are facing today can be fixed. It was fixed on the cross and now your faith can make it come to pass. Go back to the cross today. Go back to what Jesus did for you. Spend time in the Word, study it and meditate on it. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. Like many people nowadays what you hear is gloom and doom and your faith has been damaged by the terrible reports. Scary things are happening in the world but they don’t change the good news of the Gospel of Jesus. He came to set the captives free. He came to set you free. This is not the end. Jesus will put an end to this. Build your faith back up. Go up the hill of hope. Get out of the valley of desolation. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever!

God will restore what was taken from you and give you beauty for ashes, hope for every doubt that has been sown in your heart and peace for every storm of worry that is thundering in your mind. “Restoration” is a powerful process. God will restore your life to where it was before and more. You see, with the Lord there is always an increase. You go from glory to glory. This means that His restoration is better than the world’s restoration. When something is restored in the world, it goes back to the way it was before. With the Lord, the restoration goes to a higher level. Life is restored according to His standards and not according to the world’s standards. I remember that after I spent a time in the wilderness even though I had been saved, God’s encounter or re-encounter took me to another level. He gave me peace that I had never known before. He opened my heart to worshiping Him more than ever and He put a zeal in me that I didn’t know existed. God is going to bless you in ways you never knew were possible. Stay in faith. Get into the habit of declaring that God is restoring your life. Keep on praying and keep on praising. Your Sunday morning is coming. It won’t be Friday night forever. Stay encouraged. God’s restoration is about to impact your life. Praise Him!

Suggested reading: Amos 9:14; Isaiah 61:7; 1 Peter 5:10

Your resurrected life

Resurrection Sunday is here and it’s not a once-a-year event. It was the starting point of our resurrected lives if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior. It is Easter. It is a holiday. It is symbolic and it is a lot more than a chocolate rabbit or a slice of ham as we like to celebrate it in the US. I love Easter. I love what it represents and I love to remember that it is what kicked off my new life and it is a daily event. Resurrection Sunday is resurrection every day. Your new life is an everyday reality. It’s not once a year and it’s not once a week. Why then do we get stuck on the occasional new life experiences? Our lives in Christ are not an occasion. They are an eternal celebration. We are to celebrate the life we have through Christ. We are saved. We are forgiven. We are blessed. We are heirs of the Lord. We are resurrected with Christ. Your Sunday is here to stay, friend. This resurrection is yours forever. The importance of what Jesus did for us just blows my mind. It is worth celebrating every day. Today I am here to encourage you to live out your resurrected life. It is Easter. It is a reminder of what we should be living all the time. Let’s not get stuck on that terrible Friday night most of the time. Let every day be Resurrection Sunday. That’s what the Lord intended it to be.

 

 

Your resurrected life is still happening today. You are living thanks to Jesus and through Jesus.  Resurrection implies being born again, living again. Your new life is provided by the One who created the universe. It’s not just a simple life. It’s a life that is in sync with God’s best. You have passed from darkness to life. Your old life is dead. It is gone. It was buried and it perished in that grave with the Lord. The tomb was rolled and new life came out of that place of doom. There is no doom today. You have been resurrected with Christ into a life of peace and harmony with God. Think about it! You are in harmony with God. Meditate on it. Believe it and see it come to pass. Your old life is no longer in existence but the enemy will bring it back to your mind every chance he gets. He will revive what died and blind you to the point where you will trust that you are still the old you. Don’t buy into the lies. Don’t relive your past. Don’t entertain an old life mindset. Jesus took care of it all on the cross. Your past needs to stay in the past. According to the Lord it doesn’t have any power over you anymore. God knows best. Follow His lead.

 

 

What does Resurrection every day look like? It’s a life where we are no strangers to God. A life where God is our focus and our life. Every day should be dedicated to the Lord. That is a good way to live our Resurrected lives. If you have been vacillating between your old life and the new life in Christ, use this Easter as a restarting point and keep on staying in the Lord from now on. Celebrate Easter today and every day. Celebrate Jesus all the time because He didn’t die so that we would rejoice on a designated day. He designated every day for us to rejoice. Have a great Easter Sunday. Have a great Resurrection Sunday and have an awesome resurrected life! Jesus is risen and He will never go back into the grave so don’t put Him back there. Keep Him where He is. He is not on the cross anymore. He is alive and that will never change!

 

Suggested reading:  Luke 24:2-3; John 11:25-26; 1 Peter 1:3