A quick encouragement for December…
As we’re heading into the last month of the year, I am truly filled with hungry anticipation, for not only the celebration of Christmas, but also for God’s preparations for 2021.
As many of you know, the Lord gave us a strong Word over 2020—that this would be the “Year of Restoration.” And I can certainly testify; it has been that! God has made use of the chaos of 2020 (or perhaps even more years than that) to draw out of us what may have been lost through the natural attrition of time.
In my own experience, I have found healing beyond my physical body. I have discovered new boldness and courage for the call upon my life and ministry. And, I have seen my faith find new heights of trust in the goodness of God manifested.
It’s been a powerfully rejuvenating year for me.
My prayer for you is that you too would find the silver lining of God’s work through the fabric of this year’s arduous process. Trust God! He will always see His Word fulfilled as we believe Him more than in the boundaries of our circumstances.
This year, God has certainly tested our resolve to believe the Gospel of His love and reign more than in what the world is telling us.
So, to help you end the year well, I would like to give you 5 Ways to Embrace Restoration before we head into 2021. Don’t just hand over your days to the distresses of COVID-19 or cultural chaos; let’s make the most of this final month of the year.
#1—Focus on identity more than a nostalgic past or dreamy future.
It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that restoration has something to do with the best of the past or the greatest hopes of the future.
Understand that in the clash of the Kingdoms all of hell works to steal your identity, BUT all of heaven seeks to restore it—the best version of you—freed from the imposed marring of this life.
Stir-up excitement for an identity that doesn’t fully exist yet. In Christ, the Spirit of God is working hard to translate what God has always hoped to bring through your life.
Believe it; and watch the obstacles begin to move out of the way.
#2—Step INTO restoration.
All things kingdom come by faith. You have to believe more in where you’re going than where you long to retreat. Your best life is available, right now, as you step into the unknown. Only when we act on every vision of God do we actually give God the opportunity to lead us into every promise.
I know this can be scary. I’m a little bit scared too. But, I would rather risk a little bit now than keep the status quo on past depression.
Nothing will hold you back more than an offense. It will consume you. It will anchor you. Unless you let go of what you believe has permanently hurt and disabled you, you will continue to give more power to your past than the promises of God for the future.
Trust in hope not in how you feel. We live in a culture dominated by emotion. That’s why we see such mind-bending dysfunction.
Be part of God’s solution—be people who move by faith and vision rather than remain bound to their broken heart.
#4—Move prayer up on the priority list.
Prayer is the one thing that pierces the veil into the realm of God’s vision. It’s the place of renewal—it opens our heart to the possibilities as we believe what God reveals more than what our past declares.
Pray and you will always find the reason to move.
This is a great time to make prayer the priority of your day as you hope for the best in 2021.
This may be kind of cliché, but, if you don’t like yourself, how will you enjoy what’s been given to you to give to life?
God knew what He was doing when He made you. You are perfect in His eyes. Get your eyes off of what others possess, and make the most of what God has placed in your hands. You have everything, right now, to complete your story in this life…and really for all eternity.
Merry Christmas to you all! May the blessings of this season jettison you into a brand new year of possibilities!