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God Will Restore All that has been Lost in the Hurricanes and Fires and Earthquakes

God will restore all that has been lost this past year in the midst of the hurricnes, fires,and earthquakes in our land. It has been a season of natural disasters. As Sister Bonnie taught us last week, the Earth is getting tired, just like us. The Earth is longing for  a Savior, just like us.

 

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
Then look to the earth beneath;
For the heavens will be torn to pieces and vanish like smoke,
And the earth will wear out like a garment
And its inhabitants will die in like manner.
But My salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness (justice) [and faithfully fulfilled promise] will not be broken.” – Isaiah 52:6 AMP

And it is your FAITH that will get you there.

Faith

“But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6

By faith Moses belived, by faith Noah Believed, by faith Abraham believed, by faith…Remember Hebrews 11? The FAITH chapter!

Now, a moment of truth, it may be restored in the world or you may have to wait – but it will be resotred in the world to come.

Are you ready for the next chapter of your life? God is with you.

Seem impossible right now? God is with you.

Just like He was with the Disciples in the boat during that storm He is with you.

Remember what He said – we are going to the OTHER SIDE!

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“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. For by this [kind of] faith the [a]men of old gained [divine] approval.
By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” – Hebrews 11: 1-3 AMP

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Besides, this is not the end of God’s story.

He is not finished yet – with us or with his plan.

Yeah, this part kinda sucks. Nobody likes disasters. Nobody likes hardships, or no electricity, or floods, or fires. That is not from God. He didn’t send it. He is for us, not against us. He is WITH US in the storm. And the new Earth will look way different than this one – way better – He promised!

Do you know Him?

Have you met Him, this Jesus?

He’s kinda a big deal…

 

New Heavens and a New Earth
“Behold, I am creating new heavens and a new earth;
And the former things [of life] will not be remembered or come to mind.

“But be glad and rejoice forever over what I create;
Behold, I am creating Jerusalem to be a source of rejoicing
And her people a joy.

“I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people;
And there will no longer be heard in her
The voice of weeping and the sound of crying.” – Isaiah 65: 17-19 AMP

 

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Clearing Your Vision

visionVision. I don’t believe vision is just sight.  It is not just what the Eye Dr. says.  Not just what we see in the natural with our eyes.  I have to admit, if I only looked in the natural I would have stayed depressed! I had to learn to step back and look through my faith – not my eyes, to see.  God has promises that better things are coming.  He has told us that He has a plan for us, not to harm us, but for a better future.  And He promised that all things would work out together for our good.  I don’t need to know all the answers today.  I can choose to trust that He has it worked out, and He will make a way for me when I can’t see.  God is still on the throne and He will light up any and all darkness – He promised!

” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

I think that when we look at things with God’s help our vision is clearer.  When God speaks to us we can see! And I also have to watch the ‘voices’ that I listen to.  Not every voice is clear.  Not every voice has my best interest in mind.  Not every voice will help me grow closer to God.  these last 3-4 days of the New Year I have been practicing my ‘no’.  I will not entertain every voice that comes my way.  I will not repeat something that does not ring true.  I will search out and seek God, His voice, and listen as He gives me vision.

This happened to Cornelius too. This gave me hope, that God hears our prayers, helps us to see clearly, and answers us.Gods Masterpiece

God’s Word for You:

Cornelius Sends a Delegation

“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,  a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.  About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”

 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?”

So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.  Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter.  He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.[a] He will tell you what you must do.” And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually. So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.” (Acts 10:1-8 NKJV)

My Prayer for You

Dear Lord,

I ask you to clear our vision.  Take away the things that blind us like our disbelief.  Quiet the voices that are not from You. Clear the clouds, send the rainbows, and open our eyes to see You as you really are, in Jesus Name.

Remember that old song, I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone? Here is Johnny Nash singing it live on the Midnight Show in 1973. Gotta love that jacket! Talk about a blast from the past!

I can see clearly now the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshinin’ day.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshinin’ day.

Oh yes, I can make it now the pain is gone.
All of the bad feelings have disappeared.
Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshinin’ day.

Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies.
Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies. (Ies)

I can see clearly now the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Here’s the rainbow I’ve been praying for.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshinin’ day.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshinin’ day.
Real, real, real, real bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshinin’ day.
Yeah, hey, it’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshinin’ day.

Songwriters
GAMBLE, KENNY / HUFF, LEON

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New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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Fire and Fragrance

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Daily Prompt: In Good Faith

Describe a memory or encounter in which you considered your faith, religion, spirituality — or lack of — for the first time.

FIRE AND FRAGRANCE

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

Wounds and scars, leftovers of pain
will they stop me from trying again?
Can I spend my pain like cash?
Letting good come of my suffering
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I uncover my wounds in God’s presence
my offering of fire and fragrance
His healing – poured out oil
on the altar of His love
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Was this meant for me alone?
leaning on the Cornerstone
or do I share my deepest pains
to ease you in your suffering?

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

Faith in What We Don’t See

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see. (Hebrews 1:11:1-3 AMP)

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 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

For by [faith—trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report.

By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:103 AMP)

By Faith We Understand

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3 NKJV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

Help us with this faith thing.  You know we tend to believe what we see with our eyes. You call us to trust in what You have said in your Word – things we can’t always see.  You spoke and it just was.  Help us to put more faith in You and your Word, and less in ourselves and in what we see right now.  Heal our wounds and brokenness, and let us help each other out on this journey called life, in Jesus Name.