The rains came down hard and fast. The flood waters crept up the bank in the back yard. Nightfall hid the rising flood, but I knew it was there.
Although the weather over the holidays was wet, it was my life that had been the issue. I was living dangerously close to the place of losing what I had because I was not living out a life of losing it.
The light came and I was reminded that the right foundation protects even against the rising waters. More revelation and inspiration comes when I recognize that the right foundation will also provide restoration of what might have been or what could have been (or even what was).
I have the right to be fully restored – but that right only comes when I take the steps to live in restoration.
Stepping Out into Restoration
First – I just have to take off the mask. This means I have to stop pretending to be in a place I know that I’m not – and that pretending is often as much for my benefit as it is for anyone else.
Second – I have to choose to change my direction. I am not where I want to be because I have not been moving in the direction I want to go. I have gotten close at times – but close it is still far away. The only way to change is to choose different steps.
Third – I have to put my attention wholly on the cross. The only way that I can walk on water is if I have my focus on Christ. Anything less than Christ focus and I will sink. I have to choose to turn from where I have been looking and look at what will lead me to restoration.
Fourth – I have to stop looking back at what might have been. If you try to plow while looking behind you then your garden will be a disaster. I have to look at where I want to go and let that be the guiding force.
Fifth – I have to believe the promise. Until I believe it – and I mean deep down in my heart believe – a belief that is natural as breathing – then I will struggle to take action in it.
The Word of God promises me restoration and healing – in fact, the Word says that my restoration and healing are completed. They are finished. The Victory is won.
But the Word of God also says that in order for me to live in that restoration and healing, I have to make the choice to walk out God’s will for my life – and that starts with making God the most important part of my life.
Are you ready for a year of restoration?
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