Thursday, January 9, 2014

Portion of Restoration

As children of God, it is important and necessary for us to remember His promises. As we begin this new year, we should renew our mind and thinking, put the past behind us and look forward to the new year with hope, expectation and anticipation. It is so easy for us to fall into the 'going through the motions' phase, especially if the previous year was a difficult one with many trials. But, as children of the Most High God, we are seated in High Places with Him, we need to keep this in mind, and know that a new year means a new opportunity to access His grace, favor and blessings. Actually, each new day is a new opportunity for this, but it's so much easier to get caught up in all the drama. As we start this new year, let us remember that it's a new page, a new slate and let's wipe away the negative and hurtful memories of 2013, and let's concentrate on all He has in store for us in 2014.

A clear promise He has given us is the promise of restoration. We need to believe it and access it. We can't continue to live our daily lives routinely or mechanically, thinking of what was lost or what was once ours. We need to wake up and realize it's a new day, it's a new hour and restoration is ours! First, we ARE HIS. We are His heirs, so His promise is ours!  And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory. -Romans 8:17 So when we suffer in Christ, we know that His abundance and blessings is ours and that will last so much more!  His anger lasts only a moment, his goodness for a lifetime. Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning.  -Psalm 30:5
Whatever happened yesterday, is in the past; His goodness and joy is ours to last us a lifetime!
We are His and because we are His, He has promised to restore to us what was lost and taken!
And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). -Ephesians 2:6

Here are some Scriptures on restoration, ones to keep close, meditate on and declare and decree over all circumstances!

I will seek that which was lost and bring back that which has strayed, and I will bandage the hurt and the crippled and will strengthen the weak and the sick... -Ezekiel 34:16

If you and your descendants will turn back to the Lord and with all your heart obey his commands that I am giving you today, then the Lord your God will have mercy on you. He will bring you back from the nations where he has scattered you, and he will make you prosperous again. -Deuteronomy 30:2-3

For I will restore health to you, and I will heal your wounds, says the Lord, because they have called you an outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no one seeks after and for whom no one cares! -Jeremiah 30:17

You have sent troubles and suffering on me, but you will restore my strength; you will keep me from the grave. You will make me greater than ever; you will comfort me again.  -Psalm 71:20-21

Restore us again, O God; and cause Your face to shine [in pleasure and approval on us], and we shall be saved! -Psalm 80:3

And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten—the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust...  -Joel 2:25

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you. -1 Peter 5:10

As you enter into this new year and seek God's direction with expectancy and anticipation, I declare open heavens over your life, I call God's full restoration into your life and a restoration of your lost years. May the glory on your latter house be greater than that on your former! AMEN! GLORY TO GOD!!!

It is my prayer that this reflection be a part of your daily portion.

Love & Blessings,

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