Restoration Is A Promise

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!

A Covenant of Redemption

It was early this morning or late last night, depending on your perspective, when I kept hearing the word “redeemed” roll around in my spirit. I thought about the green stamps my parents would get when they would buy gas and then we would “redeem” them for something of value that we wanted.
 
So this morning when I got up, I decided to look up the definition of the word “redeem”. This is what I found: it’s a verb so it shows action. It means to buy back; repurchase; to get or win back; to free from what distresses or harms – as to free from captivity by payment of ransom or to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental or to release from blame or debt; clear – to free from the consequences of sin. It also means to change for the better – reform, repair, restore; to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby to remove the obligation of by payment, or to exchange for something of value; to make good – fulfill; to atone for – expiate or redeem an error; to offset the bad effect of; to make worthwhile; retrieve.
 
As I thought about what Jesus did for us when he went to the cross in relation to redeemed, I have a better understanding of what actually happened on the cross…Jesus bought us back! He paid a debt that we couldn’t pay ourselves. He redeemed us from the curse as we read in Galatians 3:13, “Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself.” Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That’s what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.”
 
As we look back at the Old Testament to Isaiah, which is a type and shadow of the New Testament, where you see “Jacob” (whose name was changed to Israel in Genesis 35:10) you can insert your name and personalize each verse which will help you have a better understanding of redemption…Isaiah 44:21, reads “Remember these things, O Jacob. Take it seriously, Israel, that you’re my servant. I made you, shaped you: You’re my servant. O Israel, I’ll never forget you. I’ve wiped the slate of all your wrongdoings. There’s nothing left of your sins. Come back to me, come back. I’ve redeemed you.” And in Isaiah 44:23 we read, “High heavens, sing! God has done it. Deep earth, shout! And you mountains, sing! A forest choir of oaks and pines and cedars! God has redeemed Jacob. God’s glory is on display in Israel.”
 
When you ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior, you are redeemed, not only bought back or ransomed from the enemy, but helped to overcome something detrimental! This should encourage you to know that you can overcome anything that comes your way when you focus on what Jesus has already purchased for you with His Blood. When you were born again, you entered into the finished work of Jesus Christ. There’s nothing else that has to be done for you to experience victory except for you to receive by faith the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ!

Jesus Is Our Qualifer

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30

      I have come to realize what we need do when the devil accuses us of having done wrong, or tells us that we don’t deserve God’s blessings. I thank God for our Pastors because recently, they showed me that we’re to point everything back to Jesus, who qualifies us for all God’s blessings.

      So when the devil says, “You’re not righteous enough,” just look to Jesus and declare, “He’s my righteousness!”

     When the devil says, “You’re not holy enough,” just look to Jesus and declare, “He’s my sanctification!”

     When the devil says, “You don’t deserve to be healed,” just look to Jesus and declare, “By His stripes I am healed!”

     When the devil says, “You don’t qualify for the blessing,” just look to Jesus and declare, “He’s my qualification!”

     Each time we point everything back to Jesus, the devil has nothing to say because Jesus qualifies us for all of God’s blessings. In and of ourselves, we don’t qualify. Without Jesus, there’s nothing good in us which can qualify us.

     But with Jesus, our disqualification becomes our qualification for the undeserved, unearned and unmerited blessings of God because God puts our life in Jesus (Colossians 3:3), who is the all-deserving one, we become all-deserving.

     Because we are in Christ, we’re qualified. Jesus qualifies us because He died for us and gave us a blood-bought right to all of God’s blessings. We have a blood-bought right to a life full of meaning, purpose and abundance.

     We have a blood-bought right to walk in divine health; and the right to prosperity even when the economy is bad. We have a blood-bought right to preferential treatment because God favors us. We have a blood-bought right to the good life! 

     You may not have heard this before, but you have a right to all these blessings not because of who you are and how good you think you are behaving, but because Jesus shed His blood and qualified you to have them.

     So, when the devil or anyone tells you that you can’t expect to walk in the blessings of God, point them to the finished work of Jesus Christ!

Chosen

“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” – Ephesians 1:4, The Amplified Bible 
 
Have you ever thought you weren’t planned by your parents, or that maybe you were an accident? Sometimes people use that as an excuse that they aren’t supposed to be here, so they don’t accept responsibility in life.  However, as you can see from the verse above, God knew us before the foundation of the world was established. He knew us and was callling us to be His children, created with a special purpose to fulfill in this world.
 
In Psalm 139:15-16, according to David, God knew us when we were nothing more than “substance” as we were being formed in our mother’s wombs.
 
And to go further, if you are born again, that is no accident either!  Paul writes, “According as he has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world…”  The word “chosen” in Greek is ecklego which is a compound of the words ek and lego. The word ek means out, and the word lego means I say. Together these words mean Out, I say!  It can also mean to call out, to slelect, to elect, or to personally choose.
 
In Greek writings, the word eklego refers to a person or a group of people who were selected for a specific purpose, such as military soldiers or special people honored with the task of being chosen for a special mission.
 
So, when Paul says that God “…chose us in Him before the foundation of the world…”, he is saying that God looked out to the horizon of human history – and He saw us!  And when God saw us, His voice echoed forth from Heaven: “Out, I say!”  In that flash, our destinies were divinely sealed! We were separated by God from a lost and dying world, and He called us to be His own.
 
God didn’t bring you into the world so you would live a pointless life.  He has a purpose for your life.  He has chosen you and He wants to use you!  He wants you to be a significant part of His plan today!

The Trial of Your Faith

As I read Dr. Bill Basansky’s article it ministered to my heart and encouraged me beyond compare so I have put it here for you to read today so you can be encouraged as well.

Dear Friend:
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren (Luke 22:31-32, KJV).

Every time that you dare to believe God for ANYTHING, your faith will be put on trial and tested. Satan believes that if enough pressure is applied on you, then you will get discouraged and quit. He will tempt you and try to lure you into sin.

If you have ever quit in the past, then Satan is counting on you to quit again. He will constantly remind you of your past mistakes and failures. He is a master when it comes to temptation and mind manipulation.

Satan does not believe that you will stand strong, believe God’s Word and continue to trust God when everything around you indicates that your situation will never change.

One of the keys to making a strong stand against the devil is understanding that TESTS AND TRIALS DO NOT LAST FOREVER. They are temporary and subject to change (2 Corinthians 4:18).

When you know that trials are subject to change, then you can endure because God’s Word never changes.

1 Peter 1:6-7 tells us that …the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire.

Hebrews 10:35 says Cast not away therefore your confidence which has great recompence of reward.

Hebrews 10:23 …Let us hold fast the profession – confession – of faith without wavering for he is faithful that promised.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13, KJV).

The word temptation refers to any outside source that appeals to a weakness in your flesh and entices the flesh to take a closer look. If you don’t stop this thought process, it will set its hook in your soul and pull you right into the middle of some kind of sin.

But this verse promises that God will make a way for you to escape temptation IF you really want to escape it. The word escape means to walk out of a difficult place, to walk out of a trap, or to walk out of a place that is not good for you.

This reminds me of the time when Joseph fled from Potiphar’s wife when she tried to seduce him (Genesis 39:12). In other words, Joseph did not stay in a bad situation and try to negotiate. He fled from there as quickly as he could!

Negotiation with sin usually leads to falling into it rather than conquering it.

This is why Paul was constantly telling the early believers to FLEE evil influences (1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Corinthians 10:14, 1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Timothy 2:22).

You don’t have to be stuck in those temptations that surround you. You can walk out of those temptations just as easily as you walked into them. God has made a way for you to escape, but you are the only one who can make the choice to jump through the escape hatch!

So today the Lord is asking you: Are you going to stay the way you are right now? Or are you willing to take the proper steps to escape from the emotional temptation and demonic trap? The choice is yours to make. You are the only one who can chose to walk of those temptations or negative situations.

The moment you make that decision, your journey of freedom has begun and the Lord will lead you to victory.

Standing with you in faith,
Dr. Bill Basansky

**Dr. Bill Basansky, born in Ukraine, was confined in Nazi prison camps during parts of World War II. Dr. Basansky became paralized in his legs, resulting from an injury during his work in the Air Force. Thankfully, God healed him and restored his body from drugs and alcohol, and his mind from thoughts of suicide.

For five years, Dr. Bill worked with Oral Roberts University as a professor, and afterwards moved to Florida and founded Love And Grace Fellowship, which he and his wife pastored for over 14 years. His ministry is now focusing back to his country of origin. Scheduling multiple missions trips a year, Dr. Bill Basansky has started es, established Bible Schools, and held leadership seminars to train pastors and leaders. With his partners and friends have been able to ship more than $15 million in medicine, medical equipment and supplies, vitamins, clothing, food, and shoes to his home country. Dr. Bill is serving as an advisor and spiritual father to our leadership.  We celebrted Dr. Basansky’s promotion  to heaven September 9, 2010. 

Never Give Up In The Battle

By Lucia M. Claborn

Are you ever tempted to give up in the heat of battle?  Sure, you are! We (including me) have all wanted to quit at some point in time because life’s situations just got too hard, we could see no way out,  no help on the horizon, and thought it better to find a cypress tree and have a pity party for ourselves.

However, you need to know that God didn’t draw you to Himself and anoint you with the power of the Holy Spirit to be a quitter!  He made you to be a winner, more than an over-comer, in every area of your life.

You may have never been told that before, so I get the wonderful pleasure of telling you now:  God created you to triumph! In the Amplified Bible we read in 2 Corinthians 2:14a. “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory].” And in the Message Bible it reads, “In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade…”

No matter what life’s situation is that you’re facing and need to conquer, you must make a decision that you are never going to give in or give up!  This is exactly what the devil wants you to do: give up and quit!  Don’t give him the satisfaction of beating you!  One key to victory is continuing to do the right thing with the right attitude and refusing to quit.

When we become a born again Christian, God gives us the authority to whip the devil every time! Ephesians 1:19 tells us about this power, “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.”

I would like to encourage you to not let the pain of the past keep you from enjoying your today. Your dreams of the future have no place for the failures of the past.  Be determined to put the past behind you, as you can not change one thing back there. Press on into your future. the new beginning God has planned for you.  Although right now is not the first of the year when we would normally be making all of our new goals and commitments, today is the first day of the rest of your life.  No one else can be determined for you, so you must continually remind yourself to let go of the past and go on into the new things of your future.

I love the following quote by Winston Churchill and keep it on my refrigerator to remind me how good my future is going to be. “I have no fear of the future.  Let us go forward into its mysteries, let us tear aside the veils which hide it from our eyes and let us move onward with confidence and courage.”

When you decide to turn your back on the devil and humble yourself before the Lord, He will lift you up and make your life valuable, wonderful and worth living each and every day.

When you are discouraged and about to give up, God wants you to know that He’s there to help you. “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”  Galatians 6:9

Remember that it’s not how you start life’s journey that’s important, it’s how you finish.  You have not failed until you stop trying, so don’t give up and give in to the enemy’s plan for your life.  God created you to triumph in all things.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 4:17, “As it is written, I have made (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.”

For years, I’ve taken God’s Word and personalized it with my name as well as my husband’s and children’s names and spoke it forth with authority calling those things which weren’t as though they are only to watch situations line up with God’s plan for our life!  When we learn who we are in Christ, and the awesome power our words have, we can easily change our negative words to positive, faith-filled confessions and change our world to have heaven on earth.

If you were like me when I began my journey with Jesus, I didn’t know who I was in Christ or even what that statement meant!  Today I have a better understanding of who I am in Christ, so here are some Bible verses that I have learned to stand on to help me believe who I am in Christ.  I simply insert my name or my children’s names and say, “I’m (or my children’s names) is/has (then confess the following):

Above and not beneath. (Deuteronomy 28:13)
Apple of God’s eye. (Deuteronomy 32:10)
Abundantly provided for.  (Ephesians 3:20)
Abundant life. (John 10:10)
Abounding in all things. (2 Peter 1:3)
Accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
Anointed. (Isaiah 61:1)
Access to God. (Romans 5:2)
Authority. (Luke 10:19)
Abounds in faith. (Colossians 2:7)