We recently moved into a bigger home, closer to church and church family. This has been a goal of our family for almost five years. As I had my hands in the dish water doing the dishes yesterday, I was thanking God for bringing restoration to our family. I was overcome with the presence of the Holy Spirit to the point all I could do was worship Him through my tears. I’m so thankful for what He’s done for our family.
He’s opened doors for us to step through which has allowed us to experience His goodness, His restoration, on a very personal level. Five years ago, as I looked over our belongs strowed across the lawn like the aftermath of the recent tornados, I was devastated and wondered if we would ever get our lives put back together. For five years I stood on the Bible verses from the Message Bible found in Jeremiah 30:18-19, “Again, God’s Message: “‘I’ll turn things around for Jacob (Lucia). I’ll compassionately come in and rebuild homes. The town will be rebuilt on its old foundations; the mansions will be splendid again. Thanksgivings will pour out of the windows; laughter will spill through the doors. Things will get better and better. Depression days are over. They’ll thrive, they’ll flourish. The days of contempt will be over.”
That was and is my promise of restoration! I say “is” because I still believe God for restoration of other things that were stolen from us.
That verse is in the Old Covenant and so is Jeremiah 33:10 which reads, “…I’ll restore everything that was lost in this land. I’ll make everything as good as new.’ I, God, say so.” Since we are no longer under the Old Covenant, but under the New Covenant which has better promises, let’s look at the following verse from Romans 3:22 that reads, “…He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.” That is Covenant my friend!
Covenant means you have a binding agreement; compact; a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action. So, when God tells you He is going to do something, it is a sure thing it is already done because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. It is up to us to receive everything that Jesus has already done for us.
You may ask yourself, “How do I receive what Jesus has done?” I’m so glad you asked!! Your faith activates God’s power in your life and when you simply say “Thank You!” like Father Abraham did, you are using your faith! Faith takes what has already been done for you. What you are desiring may not have manifested today, so you get up in the morning and say, “Thank You, Lord! I believe I receive it now! Today is the day!” That’s how simple it is to work your faith muscle; and like any other muscle, it has to be developed!
The devil would try to discourage you and tell you what you are standing in faith to receive will never come to pass. He’ll bring delays, discouragement, and disappointments, BUT, God has promised restoration and all we have to do is stay in faith, don’t quit, and rejoice before we see it manifest!! If He did this for us, He will do it for you because He is no respecter of persons!