Retreat Prep

Welcome to our Retreat Prep page.  If you are looking for prayerful journey to help you prepare for restoration in an area of your life, we believe the Word of God is the exact change agent to your breakthrough.

Below is a 5 week journey you can embark on to prepare your heart for this year’s COTR women’s retreat.  We stand with you as you pursue Christ, the author and perfecter of your faith.

 

 

Week 1 – Fasting for your Breakthrough Blogs

 

Week 1: Day 1
Jesus began his ministry here on earth by completing a 40 day fast.  As we begin to prepare for the Restoration Retreat, let’s individually pause and ask ourselves, “Am I hungry for the fullness of God?”

Journal Entry – Read Matthew 5:16
As a believer you have a calling, your own personal giftedness to minister to others.   Does your life reflect Christ to others?  What is the light of your life pointing people toward?  Are you hungry for the fullness of God or have you become distracted or derailed in your walk with God?  By what?  Write a letter to the Lord about what’s on your heart today.

 

Week 1: Day 2
Remember when Jesus was baptized, the Bible tells us about the Spirit descending on him like a dove.  This was a physical acknowledgment that Jesus was on earth to do what none other had ever done.  The Father made it clear that Jesus was His beloved Son in whom He was well pleased.  Isn’t it interesting that the first act of Jesus’ ministry prepared us for His last act of ministry on earth where He would cry, “Why hast thou forsaken me?”  God let us know at the beginning of Jesus’ journey that the dark moment of the cross would not be the end.  As the Spirit immediately led Jesus away for a time of testing, we were told ahead of time that the victory was already won. 

Journal Entry – Read Matthew 3:13-17 and Matthew 4:1-2
Are you lost in your life’s tests?  Take a moment and reflect back to the day when God began His work of everlasting victory in your life.  Where there words of encouragement that have kept you?  What are the scriptures you hold on to in times of distress or darkness? Ask God to help you know that the dark moments you have been walking through are not the end!  Just like Jesus, your victorious end has already been spoken about by God.

 

Week 1: Day 3
When Jesus responded to Satan with the scripture, He was quoting from the Old Testament, referring to when the Israelites were in the wilderness. Jesus was fulfilling what they could not do themselves.  His fast of 40 days represented their wandering 40 years in the desert. They were hungry then just as Jesus was now hungry. 

Just like God bringing the Israelites into their Promised Land, Jesus now, through His walk of obedience, made way for us to enter into our eternal land of promise, including forgiveness, provision, and triumph over every  attack of the enemy.  What we cannot do, He did for us!

Read Deut 8:3, Deut 6:16, Deut 6:13 Matt 4:3-1
What do you appreciate most about salvation?  Is it freedom from sin?  Is it the hope of Heaven?  Is it the possibility of living free?  Where would you be now without God’s love and hand on your life?  Write about this in your journal and take a moment to thank God for provisions He made for us by sending Jesus to the earth. 

Week 1: Day 4

Trials and tribulations are just a part of the human experience.  Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Until you’re broken, you don’t know what you’re made of”.  There is truth to this statement.  When we are forced to go without something we have come to rely on, we feel a sense of loss whether it be positive or negative.  The discipline of fasting brings about the same effect.  Nothing reveals the condition of our hearts quicker the depriving our bodies of what comforts us.

Journal entry – Read Psalm 34:19 Romans 8:23
Today write about where do you place your value and trust? What are you hungry for–God, food, power, things? The purpose of a fast is that we come to rely more on God.  Matt: 4:4 reminds us that we can’t live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.   This week, consider setting up a time of fasting whether it be food or something else. Allow God to reveal what is controlling you.

Week 1: Day 5
Fasting is all about learning to press into God rather than our own understanding or ability.  When tempted in the wilderness, Jesus referred to the Old covenant text which starts with, “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna…” We fast when we hunger for that which man cannot satisfy.  Satan tempted Jesus to make manna for himself.  Jesus, trusting in God’s plan, answered him by quoting from the same passage in Deuteronomy(8:3) that “…man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord

Our strength doesn’t come in the miracles or even in discipline of fasting.  Our strength comes from learning to BE STILL AND KNOW that God is God with or without miracles.  Satan still today often twists the scripture to divert our attention from the truth.

Journal Entry – Read Matt 4: 1-4; Deut 8:3
When in a room with just you and God, what do you really put your trust in?  Are there experiences or things in your life that are difficult to trust God with?  The whole point of the manna was not to trust in miracles, not to trust in physical bread but just to trust in God!  He is eternal, far greater than a temporary miracle, or temporary satisfaction of the flesh.

  _________Week 2: Journaling for Discovery_________

Week 2: Day 1
Why is it a good idea for believers to journal? Admittedly, most of us are inconsistent at best yet writing can be a wonderful means to focus, express our heart, organize our thoughts, or simply remember what God is sharing with us.  In essence, journaling is a time of meditation with God.  Psalm 119:27 says, “Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works”.

There is no wrong way.  You can record a blessing, write out your prayers, meditate on Scriptures, or write your hopes for the future — whatever helps you express something out of your time with Him.  As we are approaching our Psalm 23 retreat, journaling will help you focus on what you need God to restore in your life.  It will give you a purpose and means to develop your time alone with the Lord.

Journal Entry – Read Habakkuk 2:2; Jeremiah 30:2; Psalm 102:18; 119:27
Take a few minutes to write to God about where you are at with this event and with journaling.  Ask Him to help you discover Him in a new way this week as you take time to write.

Week 2: Day 2
Don’t you just love the story David and Goliath?  Who would not be amazed at this epic victory rendered at the hand of a shepherd boy with a passion for God and a knack with slingshot?  Amazing!  It so easy to forget the beginning of the story where David physically and mentally prepared himself daily with no foresight of the day he would have to take a stand against the enemy and render his giant-slaying victory.

For David, until that moment, his days were spent in long hours alone talking with God, guarding his sheep and believing that there was more to life than serving his father in this way.  It would have been easy to be passive but David had a heart after God and his sites on bigger things.  Then in the face of Goliath, he was able to recall how God helped him slay the lion and the bear in order to save his father’s sheep. He had developed a trust in God for the seemingly impossible (not to mention a decent skillset with rocks).

Journal Entry – Read Psalm 102:18
Do you ever wonder if David had that lion or bear rug in his room?  It’s funny but imagine in the mornings after, when his feet hit those rugs, how he would be reminded of the day God gave him the victory over the each one.

Today create your own bear rug!  Make a list of times you KNOW God showed up, kept you from something or delivered you through something.  The Bible says to record it for your children, so that generations to come will know of the goodness of the Lord and praise Him.  Create a “bear rug” for them but then…take time to read it too!  Be reminded that whatever you are facing is conquerable with God.

Week 3: Day 3

In addition to celebrating the goodness of God, journaling is a great tool to understanding the Word (God’s plan for man)!  In fact, evidence based training suggests that the more of our senses (touch, site, sound) we use in learning, the more we will remember.  There is no better way to memorize scripture as when we both read it, write it and say it often.

Journal Entry – Read Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Today write about something you have been struggling with and see if you can “define” the issue on paper.  Then, take time to research the word and find scriptures that help you remember the promises God has given you regarding that issue.  You might even write them out a second time on a Post-it note or index card and put them up around your home.  These are God’s promises to you!  Let the Word of God speak to your situation.

In fact, take the time daily to remember your previous victories and review your journal entry.  Pray over it and begin speaking the words God gave you regarding it.  You will begin to see God help you and add more understanding to the issue.  He may be giving you a key to the victory as you pursue and commit His Word about you in your journal.  Whatever He does, write down and celebrate it.

 

  _________Week 3: The Good Shepherd_________

Week3: Day 1
The first verse of Psalm 23 says “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”. This week we are talking about God, the Good Shepherd.  Who is this Good Shepherd? How is it possible that He could be our Shepherd today and forever? What does it mean for us to have such a Shepherd?  Why did God design us to need a Shepherd?

Today we begin with the question, “Who is this Good Shepherd?” The Bible is filled with scriptures illustrating the shepherd (a great Bible word search)!  We will begin with what Jesus’ says about Himself, “‘I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep’” (John 10:14-15).

Journal Entry Read Hebrews 13:20-21
Jesus is your true shepherd.  He laid down His life to form an everlasting covenant with His “sheep” (those who follow His leading).  In that covenant and in that relationship is your victory!  In your journal today, write what the Good Shepherd means to you.  Be as specific as possible about why you believe having Jesus in your life gives you hope for restoration.

 

Week 3: Day 2
Jesus being our Shepherd seems to be a central theme of the Word.  God even called pastors to be shepherds of his people.  He calls pastors and teachers.  The word pastor means shepherd. Ephesians 4:11 Jesus as our Great Shepherd is mirrored through pastors and teachers. Now of course we know that humans are flawed and fall into sin (even pastors and teachers).  I am thankful for grace and yes…RESTORATION. None of this would be possible without that Perfect and Great Shepherd Jesus Christ.

Micah prophesied of the Messiah being born in Bethlehem and as our shepherd (read Micah 5:4).  Christ is the shepherd of our souls.  I want to give you one more verse that reminds of the fact that Jesus as our Shepherd also means He is the Restorer.  (Read 1 Peter 2:24-25) I love the reminder that by His wounds and stripes, as Isaiah 53 says, we are HEALED! I love that Peter called him the Overseer of our souls.  Nothing happens without His notice.

Journal Entry Read Micah 5:4; 1 Peter 2:24-25

Take a moment in your journal today and write what you are expecting from the Great Shepherd, the Overseer of your soul, our Healer and Restorer.  Thank Him for his careful and watchful eye over your circumstances and life.

 

Week 3: Day 3

How is it possible that Jesus can be our Shepherd?  A verse in Hebrews reveals this,“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant…” 13:20(ESV).  Jesus became our Shepherd through His work on cross.  His very blood mediated an eternal new covenant where we have forgiveness of sin and a relationship with God.

Truth #1 – There is absolutely nothing we have ever done nor will we do to deserve God’s love.  Truth #2:  Jesus died once for all and is still alive today.  He does love us!  If we receive Him, He promises to be our Great Shepherd!  John 10:14-16, “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd”.

Journal Entry Read Luke 22:20; Jeremiah 31:31-33; Romans 4:25

Take a few moments today and thank Him for being your Great Shepherd who has given us far more than we deserve or can earn and yet has promised to continue to keep us for all of eternity!  What a true Shepherd He is!

 

Week 3: Day 4
What does it mean for you to have a Great Shepherd?  Wednesday we read Hebrews 13:20-21, “the God of peace…that great shepherd of the sheep…Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight…”

You have heard the saying, “He doesn’t call the qualified but qualifies the called”.  This is a true saying. We are called because HE is qualified!  This does not mean our life will be a perfect experience but that His work in us is perfect and will guide us into an ever-maturing walk with Him. Being led by Jesus, the Great Shepherd, is about learning to follow His lead and to trust He can take us through anything.

Journal Entry Read Jeremiah 32:40; Psalm 138
So, what does it mean for you to have Jesus as your Great Shepherd? Do you feel like you are walking in His plan for you?  Do you trust his Shepherd’s voice or do you struggle with trusting Him to protect you.  Talk to God about the journey you have had and perhaps the obstacles to trust in your relationship with Him.

 

Week3: Day 5

Why did God design us to be sheep and He our Shepherd? Our verse in Hebrews 13 would point out that as our Shepherd and Redeemer; God deserves the attention and glory as our creator, redeemer and friend.  Truth be known, without the love of God, the work of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are simply human beings left with the strength of our own flesh to fight through life’s circumstances and the attacks of the enemy.  Sheep without a Shepherd.

Okay!  So we are designed to need some help, right?  The reality is that as sheep, we need to be reminded from time to time that our lives, the glory, the struggles, the outcomes of our circumstances—these belong to God.  Why?  It is only in giving it to Him, our chosen Shepherd, that we can experience salvation, healing, victory, peace, presence, and (insert your need here).

Journal Entry Read Psalm 84; Romans 8:31-39; Isaiah 53:6
Today can you say with David, “Lord, better is one day with you than a thousand without you”?  The Bible tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God.  Like sheep who wander away from the protection of their shepherd, we can by action or thought, fall in to fear, pride or self-focus; all which result in broken relationship with God and others.  The Shepherd is calling.  Go to God in your journal and talk to him about what has kept you from His loving presence.

 

  _________Week 4: Clarifying the Conflict_________

Week 4: Day 1
I love this analogy from Bill and Pam Farrel, …women process life more like a plate of spaghetti. If you look at a plate of spaghetti, you notice that individual noodles all touch one another. If you attempted to follow one noodle around the plate, you would intersect a lot of other noodles and you might even switch to another noodle seamlessly. That is how women face life. Every thought and issue is connected to every other thought and issue in some way…” Whether you agree with this idea or not, we can agree that being a woman IS COMPLICATED!

Psalm 23 starts off with, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want (lack)”.  I don’t know about you, but thinking about what I need from God can be equated to asking me to jump into a 3 foot wide barrel of water sitting in the middle of a lake from a 50 foot high diving board.  It can be difficult to separate the “all” my needs, from my wants, from just what I am lacking (or just need to do’s).    Do you ever feel this way?

This week we will be looking at Clarifying the Conflict.  If we are to pursue God for restoration, we need to do some work to clarify what we are really asking Him for.

Journal Entry Read Matthew 7:7-11; John 15:7 and then James 1:5
Read today’s verses and then take a clean sheet of paper and list out all the things you are asking God for (leave nothing out and don’t worry if it is a need, want or a to do – JUST WRITE).  When you’re done, take a moment to present your list to God.  Ask Him to give you wisdom on what “it” you are truly lacking (peace, fulfillment, healing).

Week 4: Day 2

Paul said it best, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Roman 7:15).  Our minds are in conflict when we behave or experience in a way that contradicts who we want to be or what we believe.  This mind battle is nothing new to humankind.  The Lord said this of Jeremiah’s audience, “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16).  He also says it in the New Testament “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden…and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt 11:28-30).

People find peace within themselves when there is a sense of stability in knowing who they are and what they believe.  Overtime our relationship with God and others can be damaged by experience; if not careful, the enemy can steal our trust in God and others.  We have to be reminded that, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

Journal Entry Read the above scriptures in your own Bible
Think about your own life’s journey.  Can you identify specific experiences in your journal that forever changed the way you see the world, yourself or God?  (If you cannot think of any experiences, look at your behaviors.  Have there been things you wish you could take back that forever changed perceptions about you?  Have those perceptions changed how you feel about yourself, others or God?)

Then answer these two questions:
1.  How did these behavior or experiences influence your personal definition of yourself or God?
2.  How did they change what you believe about the world around you or what God thinks about you?

Write freely and then present your thoughts to God. As Him to begin to reveal truth through His Word and restore your peace of mind.

Week 4: Day 3
God does not make junk!  “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14).  Your body is an amazing thing; and yet, all of us deal with body related issues: self-esteem, sickness, weight, hormonal imbalances and son on.  In full health, our bodies are a means to accomplish many things; but when it breaks down, we become limited to reach our full potential.

In the Bible, our body is referred to as a tent or tabernacle (2 Cor 5) for our spirit.  Our bodies along with our mind and spirit are in turn a “Temple” of the Holy Spirit that lives in us as believers (1 Cor 6:19).  This leads to a few questions we all must consider at some point in our lives.

Did God give us our bodies to use and abuse as we like, or does He expect more?  The next question would follow, “how does he expect us to view and take care of our bodies?  Finally, when things happen to our bodies or we have poor image of our bodies (whether or not it was produced by action, circumstance or blatant attack), does God have a plan to restore it?  The answer is yes!

Journal Entry Read Psalm 103:2-5, Psalm 30:2-3, Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 9:35
In your journal tonight talk to the Lord about restoration of the body.  What do the scriptures you just read tell you about the possibility of restoration in your own body?  Are there behaviors you need to change to bring your “Temple” into alignment with His Word for you?  Ask him for wisdom on how to come in alignment with what the Word says about your healing.  Write down any ideas or actions that come from your conversation with the Lord.

Week 4: Day 4
One of my first spiritual mentors used to ask me, “Are you happy?” to which I would reply, “Yes, I am happy” only to hear him say, “Happiness is nice but what I really want to know is if you have joy.”  These words seemed silly in my 20’s but as my life has progressed, I have realized how much truth there is to this statement.  “Happy” is a state of being that is associated with what is going on in our life.  It is situational.  We need more than happy to keep us through life.

I love John Piper’s definition of joy, “Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.”  If we are not careful, life, people, and/or situations can hurt us.  Hurts and offenses can build up like tartar on our teeth and cause us to become callus in our love for people, life and God.

Even David, a man after God’s own heart, needed God to renew his spirit, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me (Psalm 51:12)”.  God desires to clean hearts and renew spirits.  Do you need joy?

Journal Entry Read Psalm 51:1-10; Isaiah 55:1-12
Today in your journal, write to the Lord about the aches in your heart?  You can list people who have hurt you or talk about the one that hurt you the most.  There are no rules.  Who or what has robbed you of joy?  Once you write about these experiences, present them to the Lord and ask Him to help you forgive and begin your healing journey.

 

 

_________Week 5: Seeing the Victory_________

Week 5: Day 1
Do you remember PE classes in middle school where two classmates, declared as team “leaders”, would select their teams.  One by one, they would pick people for their team. First, it was the popular kids, then perhaps they selected based on friendship, strengths, similarities, etc.  Do you remember what it felt like when your name would be one of the last to be called?  Aren’t you glad that God does not relate to us this way?

Isaiah 44 is an intimate message from a creator, redeemer to more than just a randomly selected people.  He calls them by name, “Jacob” (another name for Israel) which speaks of intimacy.  God shows his love despite Jacob’s imperfections.

We too are grafted into this amazing family of God, we aren’t just people – we are a chosen people, every time and in every situation by our Creator God.  We are marked as His own and not only for the moment but for eternity – along with Israel, we do not need to fear abandonment.

Journal: Read Isaiah 44: 1-5
When you read the verse, put your name in where Israel, Jacob, Jeshurun is written.  Allow the Lord to minister His deep love and commitment to you.  Hear Him say to you, “I made you!”, “I will help you!”, “Do not be afraid!”.   Are you thirsty for something?  Are you believing God for children or family members?  Go to him and write freely about your experience of this verse.  Don’t be afraid to ask the Lord to be your help.

 

Week 5 – Day 2
No one knows defeat like God’s people, Israel, in the time of Isaiah.  They were defeated, their temple destroyed and taken in chains, exiled to Babylon.  They were removed from their land and by appearance, alienated by God.   Have you been there? Have you ever had a crisis of faith and identity like this?  THIS my friends is a bad day!  If so, today is for you.

The enemy would love to take times of change, crisis, and quietness from God as a means to cut us off from our identity in Christ.  But here, in the midst of devastation, Isaiah makes this bold and hope filled prophetic word, not to just to Israel and Babylonians but to “the Islands” – to the world beyond where they lived.   He says,

Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” (Is 49:1-3)

If you are in a place today, waiting on God to restore you, you need to get bold and make a statement that lines itself with the Word of God.  Here is truth for you today.  The Lord knew you before you were born.  You are called (Ro. 8:28-30; Eph. 4:4).  He knows your name.  You may not be in a place of testimony to others right now, you may not even be strong enough to fight with strength of faith, but God says through his Word, that you are like a sharpened sword that he has concealed in his quiver.  In God’s time and through the sharpening of our faith by God’s word, your breakthrough, your victory will be a means to display God’s splendor.

Journal – Read Isaiah 49:1-4; Romans 8:28-30
Today in your journal is a day to make a statement about your own victory.  Write out Isaiah 49 word for word with your own name where it applies or write out another statement based on the scriptures God has been giving you.  You make a declaration about your life like Isaiah to “the Islands”.  Once written, read it aloud and let the words sink into your soul as you speak them.  You, dear sis, are a child of God!  Your victory is sure because the one who made you has called you and wants to display his glory through you.

 

Week 5: Day 3
Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives be rescued from the fierce?” (Is 49:24).  Have you ever had something taken from you that you just could not seem to get back?  It seems easy to recount childhood losses “the playground bully who steals the ball out from my hands”, “that favorite dress I lent out that came back with a stain”, “money stolen from my purse”.  For some, the loses experienced have been much larger and far deeper.

Losses or offenses, whether small or large, have the capability to wound our soul and lead us to be captives of our experiences.  Then, looking at the wreckage, it’s easy to see that the enemy has a plan “to kill, steal and destroy” our very souls (mind, spirit, body) but we must to remember that Jesus came to defeat the enemy’s plan so that we “may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).  From Genesis to Revelation, we who are in Christ have a greater promise.  Isaiah prophetically declares this to God’s people in Isaiah who were defeated and exiled:

But this is what the Lord says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save…Then all mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Is: 49:25-26)

Be encouraged!  If that is God’s promise, then you have been made to overcome the things that are at war within you; the fierce experiences in life.  1 John 5:4-5 says this, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Journal: Read Isaiah 49:24-26; 1John 5:4-5: Isaiah 55:8-11
Take time today to continue speaking the Word over your life and circumstances.  In your journal, begin thanking God for restoring you from things that seem stronger than you and circumstances that seem bigger. Ask Him to continue to give you scriptures to bring you to the place of living a life that reflects His plan for you “life to the full”.  Finally read Isaiah 55: 8-11 aloud and let it minister to you.

 

Week 5: Day 4
Today we turn our sites to another prophet, Ezekiel, whose name actually means, “(whom) God will strengthen”.   Here again the prophet is speaking about God’s people.  Are you getting an idea about how many people (believers) experience the need for restoration?

Over the past weeks, you have been asked to revisit your life:  where are you in life and where has life brought you to?  Are there things in your life that are, by all logical or physiological accounts, dead?  Do you need restoration?  Whether a lost relationship, a lost dream or the possibility of physical loss – God is calling you to “set down in the middle of (your) valley” and Prophesy over those lost places.  Sound strange?  Look at what God led Ezekiel to do:

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.

Journal: Read Ezekiel 37:1-10: Roman 10:8; Is 55:10-11
Ask God to strengthen you today to look squarely at the places in your life that need restoration.  Ask God to help you speak in faith over those places.  We know that human words and actions without the breath (anointing) of God have no power.  Therefore, we need to speak the Word of God just like Ezekiel, saying, “listen body, listen dream that died, listen mind….hear the Word of the Lord”.

If you have but only one “life scripture” (a scripture that speaks to your situation), write it out and speak it aloud over your body, your life or your circumstance(s).  Then stop and ask God to give you the ears to hear “a rattling”, the sound of your restoration beginning to take place.  Allow the Spirit of God to stir up your faith. Restoration is coming!  Finally, give God praise!

 

Week 5: Day 5
It would see appropriate to end our five-week preparation blog with seeing the greatest victory we will ever witness.  If there is ever a hope-filled word to keep on track, it is that no matter what we go through in this world, it isn’t the end experience.  Revelations says this:

And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new ” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”  21:1-5

Journal Entry
Today and for the next week, take time each day to write to God, speak the Word and ask God to help you see His amazing greatness.  You are a child of a living God.  Because of that, we will see God someday.  Ask the Lord to help you live well here but also, have a sense of the great things to come.  On that day, all the “stuff” of this world and of our journey will done.  He will be among us.  His promise to you today and every day is complete restoration.  To Him alone be the glory, honor and praise.  Amen.