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Week 4:  Redemption Brings Restoration

Day 1

Could I just write to you from my heart today? I came from a background filled with some of the finest and most Godly people you could ever dream to meet.  However, in the midst of such a wonderful heritage, I also came from a placed filled with fear.  I lived in constant fear that one tiny mistake would send me “straight to Hell” with no room for redemption. How much of this was a result of direct teaching or how much of this was formed from a child’s inability to understand balance, I don’t know; but grace was truly a foreign concept for me until recent years.

I found freedom in burying myself in the Word and prayer.  I didn’t have a lot of teaching on the subject of redemption as a child.  As I grew older and began to look at truth through the light of God’s love and grace, I recognized that the bondage of fear that my heart and mind was in was NOT God’s will.

He wants me to experience true freedom.  He says it in His Word repeatedly.  A few years ago, I was studying and read this verse with a new understanding.  Now, when I am tempted by my need to make others happy in religious behavior (causing me to fall into fear again over and over) this verse helps me hold on to truth and freedom, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).  Paul was reminding Galatian believers, to allow themselves to live in the freedom of Christ and not to return to the bondage of laws based on a fleshly desire to ‘earn our way’.  Salvation will never be based on us being good enough.  This truth doesn’t mean we live like the world.  It simply means we live our lives dependent on God’s grace.  We allow Him to work His purpose over our prideful desires which are always be motivated by our sinful nature.  Let us embrace this season of restoration!

 

Day 2:

Security is important.  When we feel safe, we also typically feel free. We flourish and we grow.  With that vein of thought this week, I want to share one of my favorite verses from one of my favorite chapters today. Romans 8:15 (AMPC) says “For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!” Because of the blood of Jesus Christ, this chapter continues to teach us that the Spirit assures us that we are children of God and because we are His children then we have become heirs with Christ.  Now that’s security!

I have two sons.  I love them with an incredible love.  When God called me to adopt a daughter, I questioned my ability to love her as much as I do them.  However, I have learned that I love her with an equal and yet an even more special kind of love.  I cannot begin to tell you in these short devotions how much God has used this precious daughter of mine to teach me about His love towards me.

I never fully understood the lineage of Jesus Christ until I held this precious daughter in my arms.  The moment she was placed in my arms, I was overwhelmed with the same love I had for my sons.  Even when she screamed in confusion as to why a strange woman was holding her, I would have fought to my death to protect her. She is an equal heir of my household in every way to her brothers.  Her home and relationship with me as her parent is every bit as permanent and secure as my sons.  There is simply no difference.

This is why I wanted to begin our week with Romans 8:15. We are not just allowed into Heaven or granted salvation out of the kindness of the Heavenly Father. He has made us his heirs.  There is no slavery or bondage, only the complete security of “sonship” or “daughtership” and all the benefits that entails.  Yes of course, it makes us different from the world of unbelievers.  Yes, of course, we will also share in the sufferings of Christ.  We are equal family.  We have the privilege and opportunity to share in every way as daughters of the King!

 

Day 3

As we learned last week, the blood cleanses us from sin, gives us life, cleanses our conscience, heals us, and protects us.  I would like to add the reminder that it is the blood that also identifies us!  Galatians 2:20 says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  When we are adopted into the family of God, He no longer sees the blood of our flesh that was born into sin.  Our heavenly Father sees the blood of Christ! That which identifies us as belonging to Him! What a safety and security we have in the knowledge that we are truly new creatures in Christ!  The world around us may see the same face, but we know that our heart has been made over new.  We are no longer slaves of sin, but have been set free and adopted into the family of Christ becoming daughters of the King!

 

Day 4:

As we continue our focus on our security and identity in Christ, I would like to return to my daughter. (I did tell you that she has taught me much about Christ’s love for us.) As we received her information from the orphanage, I struggled with the decision of whether to keep her orphanage given name.  Because she is a different race, I wanted her to respect her heritage and did not want to take that away from her.  However, after many questions and research, I discovered that orphanages in that country generally “tag” children with names to make the papers look good but in reality, names are just ordered tags similar to assigning them a number.

I saw her name in a new light with this information.  I knew she would be receiving our last name already because of course; she was part of our family.  I also dropped every single part of the given orphanage name.  My daughter was no longer an orphan.  In reality, she never had been.  God had planned her to be part of our family long before she was born even to the extent of speaking her name in my heart while I was in prayer 2-3 years before her birth.  Her name means “An oath of God”.  She was purposed and designed to be my daughter.  He spoke her name without my knowledge of the meaning until much later.  She had name.  One that identified her as my daughter and His promise.  She was only an orphan in the eyes of those who found her and cared for her until I could come bring her home.

We are and were the same.  We were granted adoption through Christ!  The world around us may still call us by our given name but He has given us His name!  Even the world identifies us as Christians, but He has called us His beloved, His bride, His redeemed… What security! Isaiah 62:1-4 says,

For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

Focus on verse 2! “…thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.”! Dear sister, He knows you!  He has called you to a place of restoration because you are His!

 

Day 5

This week we have focused on our security in Christ and essentially our identity because of that security.  My prayer is that as we head into the last week before The Night of Restoration that you are feeling the effects of that restoration! I pray you understand the love God has for you, rededicating yourself once again to Him in his love, allowing His blood to cleanse and restore you back to His purpose for your life, and rejoicing in the security and knowledge of who you are in Christ Jesus! There is no need to live in defeat when victory has already been won! I would like to share a quote I copied and hung on my prayer wall.  This helps me remind the enemy when I have doubts about who I am.  Beth Moore wrote this and I encourage you to also write this and hang it up to help you remember each day who you are.

Who Am I?
I am a woman of God
Redeemed by Jesus Christ
Loved, pursued, and chosen
Equipped with the Words of Life
Clothed in strength and dignity
Commissioned here and now
Gifted by the Spirit
Forgiven and Unbound
Blessed is she who believed.
~Beth Moore, 2014~

Go woman of God! Go forward in His purpose! Rejoice in who He has made and called you to be!


Week 3: Victory in His Blood

“Therefore we do not lose heart…” (2 Cor. 4: 16) words that echo in my soul when going through trials.  Lord, help us remember what Paul’s therefore is there for!  This week we turn our attention to the victory won through the work of Jesus.  Hebrews tells us that Jesus’ perfect work on the cross, brought us a “new covenant established on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6).  It’s a covenant sealed by Jesus’ own blood.

When we come to Christ, the veil is taken away (we have direct access to God).  As we look at, set our hearts on, receive the promises, which are in Christ, author and perfector of our faith, we are transformed.

May God do a work of transformation in you this week to bring about the freedom His shed blood bought.

Day 1:  Jesus Blood Cleanses!  “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 

Just like our bodies need to be cleansed, so too, our soul and spirit need cleansing.  Restoration begins with the truth that we have sinned and need a Savior.   What is keeping you from going to God and allowing Him to cleanse you?  What are you holding on to so tightly that is keeping you from fellowship with your Savior?

You were never designed to keep your own heart clean or free from sin.  You need to be washed!  Say it with David in Psalms, “Create in me a pure heart, oh God and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51: 10).  Go to Him.  He will not reject you!

Day 2: Jesus Blood gives life!  John 10:10, “Jesus said, ‘The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.’”

Jesus, boldly declared, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  Do you hunger for or thirst for something you cannot accomplish in your own strength?  Do you feel the enemy has stolen or destroyed something in you?  Bring your loss, your disappointment, your hunger to Jesus and ask Him to show you how his blood broke the power of the enemy’s plan for your life.

Thank God, for the blood that brings life and ask him to help you know the plans he has for you.

 

Day 3: Jesus blood cleanses our consciences!  Hebrews 9:14 “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God!”

The Bible teaches us that because of blood of Christ, we are cleansed from all sin (1 John 1:7).  We need only to confess (1 John 1:9) (confess meaning “homologea”, meaning to “say the same things as” God says about our sins.)  If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive.  Even more amazing, when we come to Christ, receiving His grace, our conscience is healed!

Is guilt holding you back from really living?  Is shame?  Jesus said you are forgiven!  Jesus wants you to be free to serve him without shame, without fear, without remorse!  Ask Him to do a work in your heart to heal your conscience.

Day 4: Jesus blood heals you.  Isaiah 53:5, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

Before you allow your mind to find an excuse for why this scripture does not work for YOU, take a moment and ask God to give you revelation about what His blood bought you.

This verse, reiterated in 1 Peter 2:24, tells us that Jesus, the sinless one, suffered to death to purchase our complete healing spiritually, physically, and emotionally.  He took what we deserved.  By doing so, he became the source for healing.  He is our healer today!  Ask God to show you how his blood has paid the price for your healing.  Ask Him to restore whatever part of your body is keeping you from life and serving Him.

 

Day 5: Jesus blood protects you.  Exodus 12:13, “1And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”

You and I are daughters of the living God.   Because of His blood, we are protected by all the works of the enemy.  Just like the Israelites posted blood of lambs on their doorposts, we plea the blood of Jesus over the doorposts of our lives.  Romans says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  (Romans 8:31-32)

Ask God to continue giving you revelation about what was won for you through Christ’s obedience to the Father and love for you displayed on the cross.  His victory is your victory.  Romans 8:11 says it best, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”


Week 2: God gave His  only begotten son

This second week as we prepare for restoration, let’s take a look at the next part of that all familiar scripture (John 3:16) “…that He gave his only begotten son…”

 

Day 1: Genesis 3

This is the story of when we first came to need a redeemer.  When the serpent proposed that eating from “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (disobeying the Word of the Lord) would not bring death, the woman began to question the command of the Lord.  She took a second look at the tree and saw that it was beautiful and desired the knowledge that she thought she could obtain by eating.  She wanted to be “in charge” like God.

 

When she ate the fruit, she did not just commit a single “sin” but opened the door to an avalanche of issues.  The kind of decisions we make in our own lives when we decide to chase something we know is not good for us but WE WANT.  We forget the consequences that follow and how out of control things often spin.  Adam joined her and from that moment on, all of humanity had fallen into sin, separating ourselves from the Holy One who loved us more than anything or anyone ever could.  With one bite, death entered into the world.  With one bite – one poor decision, the entire human race was in immediate need of restoration.

 

How thankful I am that our Creator had that solution!  While He could have made redemption immediate, He chose to teach us in a way that allowed us to catch a small glimpse of understanding of his love for us.  After He explained the consequences of their sin and gave them the promise of redemption, he illustrated the pain of that redemption by killing the first sacrifice of the animals to make coats to cover them.  Blood was shed to provide a covering for sin on the very first day sin was committed.  The animal had not sinned but their sin had brought not only the curse of death upon them but upon all of creation.  God showed them that sin was enjoyable for the moment, the consequences were devastating forever.

 

I will never know the pain my sin has brought to my Creator.  When I stop on moments like today to consider what I have done, the weight upon my heart is more than I can bear.  That knowledge that I have completely and utterly messed up with no way to repair what I have done…but wait… “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son…”  I need a Savior!  We need a Savior!  Restore us again O Lord, we pray!

 

Day 2: Yesterday, we learned why we need a redeemer.  Today, I’d like to continue our focus the Redeemer and Restorer of our souls.  Let us begin by reading Psalm 51.  I love this Psalm because if anyone knew how to repent properly, surely it was David! I often read it aloud as my prayer when I am so overwhelmed with my failures and know I have sinned. As David cries out for mercy he reminds the Lord of his unfailing love and great compassion.  David does not excuse his sins.  He owns his mistakes and acknowledges that he deserves whatever punishment is justified for his transgression.  He asks for cleansing, renewal, and restoration of his spirit.  Then he follows with praise of who God is.  What an example of a repentant heart and even more importantly, what a testimony of the faithfulness of God to his children in forgiveness and restoration!

 

Today, we chime in with David, “Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us…Restore to us the joy of Your salvation! Our tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness and our mouth shall show forth Your praise!”

 

Day 3: God is a God of restoration! Isaiah 61(particularly verses 3-7) reminds us of God’s promise of restoration – beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, garment of praise instead of heaviness, repairing that which has been broken, double for that which was lost, and everlasting joy.  Oh my, what a promise! This promise is because of the prophesy of the Messiah that was given in verse one.  The promise was of the One who was sent to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the promise of deliverance for those bound in prison.  God gave his son! He gave his son so that we could be restored to fellowship with Him. He gave his son, so we would know freedom. He gave his son so we would know deliverance, healing, and complete restoration! When we act in faith believing in the power of the cross, restoration begins.

 

Day 4: Romans 5:6-8 says, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

This scripture reminds me of the old hymn “At Calvary”. The fourth verse says, “O the love that drew salvation’s plan! O the grace that brought it down to man! O the mighty gulf that God did span, at Calvary.” I’m not sure I will ever have the ability to fully understand the love of His sacrifice especially when I am searching my soul and seeing so many ways I fail to allow Him to have control and to bring healing and restoration into my life; but my oh my, I sure am thankful for His love! Without His grace working in me, I would be destitute without hope!

We hope as this week passes, you have opened your heart to repentance and restoration.  Jesus was willing to die for us, what right do we have to not allow him the reward of his sufferings.  Let us welcome his grace. Let us welcome his forgiveness. Let us welcome his RESTORATION.

 

Day 5:  My father-in-law is one of those old-time, old-fashioned evangelists.  He is 85 and while his memory is failing him, his love for Jesus remains strong.  I cannot remember a single time when he was ever able to read Matthew 11:28-30 without weeping.  As I’ve grown and matured in my walk of faith, I often find myself feeling the same way.  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Accepting the work of the cross is a choice.  It is the biggest decision we will ever need to make in our life.

Those of us who have experienced walking with Christ a few years cannot imagine any other life.  We have learned that even the most difficult things life will ever throw at us, are somehow made bearable and possible through Christ.  We have found that indeed learning of Christ, while not necessarily easy, brings a peace and a rest within our soul that cannot be found in any other source.  Serving Him is easy and his burdens are light when compared to the idea of walking this journey alone, broken, and always in fear.

Today as I have done every day for many years, I will choose to allow the work of the cross in my life.  I will choose to believe and accept restoration for my mind, my body and my spirit.  How about you?


Week 1: For God So Loved

If you grew up in church, you have heard the words, “Jesus loves us” often.  God’s love shown through Christ is a cornerstone of our faith and an assurance of things to come (John 3:16).  Then, when life throws its punches and nothing seems to be working for our good, these words can be challenged and if not careful reinterpreted by our experience and our own thinking.

God is at work to restore us to knowing Him through His word.  This knowing is the very foundation to restoration.  This week, as we prepare for the Night of Restoration, we are going back to the beginning to ask God to remind us of his original design for us.

Monday, July 10: Genesis 1:31, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”

Turning on the news in the morning motives me to get up for a cup of coffee and to reach for my iPad to hear a positive Scripture or song to reframe my day in a more hopeful light.  Our world seems to be surrounded by threats, fear and lies.  We have to remember that we are created by the masterful hands of a loving Godhead.  His purpose for us is good no matter what is going on around us.  In fact, in response to looking at His creation, God said it is very good.

Ask God today to remind you this week of your purpose and his plan for you.  Ask him to renew your trust in His Word so that it speaks louder than your circumstances and the world around you.

Tuesday, July 11: Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.’”

Have you ever had someone say to you, “You look just like (insert name here)?  Even better, that a part of your personality reminds them of some other family member?  Why does what we look like and how we act mean so much to people?

I understood this verse perfectly two seconds after my first child was born.  She was the perfect blend of her father and me.  Her reflection of us gave us a sense of instant connection and sense of God’s love for His creation.  That is how God sees us – an intended reflection of Himself.  There is something in our design that displays His glory; no matter what we have come through or where we are in life.  We are little walking images of God.  If you ever miss the point of creation, look in the mirror.

Wednesday, July 12: Acts 17:24-25 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”

Did you know that God doesn’t need us?  My ego doesn’t like that answer but then, when I stop and reflect on that, my heart is filled with joy at knowing that I’m am loved not by what I DO but just because I was created.  Why would God do this you ask?  If you read on in Acts 17 it says, “God did this so that they (people) would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”  Are you seeking him today?  Have you really received his love for you today?  Reflect on this quote from John Piper, “God created us to know him and love him and show him. And then he gave us a hint of what he is like — the universe” (http://www.desiringgod.org).

Thursday, July 13: Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

I love long trips on country roads, walks on beaches or the simplicity of being in the yard.  Why?  You don’t have to look too long at a flower, watch how fast grass grows or see majestic clouds come across the sky to realize how very intricate and amazing God made the world.  Romans 1:20 says that we are without excuse, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made”.   I wonder what invisible qualities are at work in us?  Think about that today.

Friday, July 14: Isaiah 43: 6-7 “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’  and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

You and I are daughters of the living God.   Because of Him, we are called glory makers.  When life throws its greatest punches physically, mentally or spiritually, we need to stop and remember that at our beginning and at our end, we are HIS!  We are here to know God to respond to His love in relationship with Him and to display Him.  What would He not give to reach you in your circumstances?  Speak to your situation about your God today.  The one who made you to display His glory.  Ask him to speak again to your “north” and your “south” so that you can come back to a place of freedom.