Daily Devotional – 8/26/19 “Recovery then restoration!”

Stop praying for a Job type restoration, if you aren’t willing to go through a Job type test. See, we want the restoration but to get to restoration, there has to be something that happened prior to that caused either damage or brokenness. That’s where we fail. We can’t pray for restoration, unless there’s something damaged and/or broken. In my latest book, When the Vows Break 3 (shameless plug), I wrote on recovery and restoration. First, you have to know there’s a difference in the two because many times we tend to want to skip the recovery part. However, recovery is the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost. Whereas restoration is the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. Let’s say you own a building and the building catches fire or there’s been some damage done to it. After the fire, the building is in the hands of the fire department and until you regain possession of it, you can’t restore it. Well, the only way God can effectively restore us, we’ve got to be in God’s possession. We do that through recovery.

Let’s face it, we sometimes walk away from God. That’s because we face stuff that seems like punishment or we have abandonment issues. With abandonment issues, even physical, they play into our spiritual. You can be honest because when God doesn’t answer, when we think He should, we feel abandoned and we turn away from Him. We’ll stop going to church, stop praying, stop tithing and fasting etc. That’s okay, God doesn’t leave us, even when we leave Him. However, for God to perform restoration, we have to be in His possession. Job, he went through unimaginable loss, after which God restored everything he lost. Yet, before he got to restoration, he had to recover.

Job’s recovery was a process and it hurt. He had to go through detox (he had to lose some stuff), anger (he cursed the day he was born), crying out to God, pleading with God, arguing with God, the why me (Job asked why aren’t the wicked punished), understanding, recalling former things, being challenged by God and then apologizing to God. Once we make it here, God isn’t done because then, He’ll require something of us. For Job, he had to pray for his friends. Afterwards, though, Bible says in Job 42:10, “When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!” Yes, we can get to restoration but there’s a process and a cost. And if you want to know if the process is worth it … it absolutely is.

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Daily Devotional – 10/11/18 “What cha’ going back for?”

Yesterday, I told you to go and get your stuff but did you notice what I didn’t say? I did not tell you to go and get your stuff back. You want to know why? Because sometimes the blessing is being okay with leaving with only the broken pieces of you. The broken pieces of your heart, mind, body and soul because if you leave, you now have the chance to rebuild. Sure, I know you want the couch back you paid for but leave it and the bad memories. I know you left the dishes grandma gave you but let them keep them if it means your freedom. Revenge, you want it but at what cost? Beloved, find the healing in saying goodbye and the severing of that toxic relationship. Find the restoration, you’ve been longing for, by finally getting the strength to walk out without looking back. And quit saying, “I’m coming for everything the enemy stole.” Do you not realize, in order to get back what was stolen you have to deal with the thief who took it? That’s like going back to see the person who kidnapped you, after you’ve been freed. It doesn’t make sense. You’re free even if it’s with bruises, bad memories, tears and pain. You’re free. And what cha’ going back for when God has given you the promise of restoration, when you trust in and praise Him?

Bible shares in Joel 2:23-25, “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for He has given you the autumn rains for your vindication. He sends you showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be full of grain, and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. I will repay you for the years that the swarming locusts have eaten—the young locust, the destroying locust, and the devouring locust—My great army that I sent against you.” God says He will REPAY you. Repay is to do or give something as recompense for a favor or kindness received. In other words, because you trust in God, because you praise God, because you are faithful to God and because you follow God’s command; He’ll repay you for everything you’ve lost. So, to you my brother and my sister; stop trying to get back what you bought in suffering when God will repay every year you lost by your sacrifice. That child support, let it go. The time you can’t get back, let it go. That stuff in the attic, let it go. Those boxes in the garage, leave them. And this time when you leave, although it may be with some brokenness, you will survive. Not only will you survive but you’ll be repaid for EVERY year!