Dominion Restored: Happy Easter
Wednesday, 31st March 2021
Romans 8:28 – We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
We’re all broken people. Sometimes we hurt each other intentionally or unintentionally. Life isn’t fair. Innocent people suffer. Everyone has experienced unfair treatment in some way.
How do you respond to it? If you start dwelling on it and worrying, your soul takes a hit. Grudges over what others have done to you will hurt your soul, thoughts, emotions, and decisions. Resentment, bitterness, retaliation, and revenge will damage you.
The Bible actually says that God’s going to even the score. Judgment is coming one day. People who were mistreated, misjudged, or treated unfairly will receive justice. But it is not your job to avenge yourself: “Never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for He has said that He will repay those who deserve it” (Romans 12:19).
Unaddressed grudges blinds you to how much good God has done in your life. You become blind to the truth. You become blind to the needs of people around you. Your soul will not be restored until you let it go. That’s what Jesus wants to help you do. God wants to restore your soul, taking the bitter things in your life and turning them into better things.
Of course, _we know that not everything that happens to you is good. But can God take the bad things people do to you and use them for good? Yes. Can God take your sins and mistakes and bring good out of them? Yes. Can God take your own weaknesses and work good? Yes. Anybody can bring good out of good, but God specialises in bringing good out of bad.
God turns your hurts into holiness. He turns your wounds into wisdom. He uses offenses to remove your pretenses.
When you believe that God can bring good things out of very bad things, He will begin to rebuild your soul, your broken thoughts, your broken emotions, and your broken will.
Tuesday, 30th March 2021
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid..
God wants you to give up your tendency to roam, to wander, to veer off course. Restlessness leads to exhaustion—physical fatigue, emotional fatigue, spiritual fatigue,, etc.
One of the Hebrew names of God Jehovah Shalom. Shalom means peace. Jehovah Shalom means “I am the God of peace.” Jesus says in John 14:27, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid”.
If God says, “I’m offering you a gift of peace,” He means it. It’s not something you have to work for. It’s not something you deserve. It’s not something you beg for. Peace has nothing to do with problem-free living. It is simply a gift that you must choose to accept, and it’s available to you today.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Jesus said that when you follow Him, He will make your load lighter. You can rest in His promise!
Friday, 26th March 2021
Mathew 6:25 – Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
God is the source of everything you need to live. He is the Good Shepherd who feeds, leads, and meets your needs. You don’t have to look anywhere else. You don’t have to look to the government. You don’t have to look to your spouse, your bank account, or your job.
If you’re going to put your security in something, you need to put it in something that can never be taken from you. You can lose your health. You can lose your job. You can lose your good looks. You can lose your family. You can lose your life. You can lose your mind. You can even lose your way.
God, however, is never lost. And there is nothing you need that God can’t supply. Philippians 4:19 says, “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus”.
So why do we worry so much? It is the direct result of forgetting that God is good all the time. You can pray, or you can panic. You can worry, or you can worship. As soon as you invite worship in the front door, worry goes out the back door.
The Bible says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear”. Clearly, God doesn’t want you worrying about anything. Yet it’s hard for all of us to stop the worry habit. It’s just in our nature!
The best place to start is prayer. Once you’ve recognised how worry keeps you from the goodness of God and you’ve decided that you don’t want it to get the best of you, you can take things to God in prayer instead.
Thursday, 25th March 2021
Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
When you are worried, don’t suppress it, or deny it. Confess it. When you try to push down worries, it’s like taking a can drink, shaking it up, and then putting it in the freezer. It’s going to explode!
What is the peace that surpasses understanding? It’s when you’re at peace but you have no logical or rational reason for it. You just lost your job but somehow you’re at peace about it. Why? The Lord is your shepherd. You just heard the dreaded word “cancer” from the doctor. For some reason, you have peace about the situation. Why? The Lord is your shepherd. Just keep giving your worries to Him. He can handle it.
If you know how to worry, you know how to meditate. Meditation is simply focusing on one thought over and over. So take the skills you use when you worry, and instead meditate on God’s Word.
Start with a small portion of Scripture. First, read the passage slowly, perhaps out loud a few times, placing emphasis on different words or phrases. Second, reflect on the truth or promise in the text. Third, respond to God in light of what you’ve just read. Fourth, rest in the Word of God, listening for what God has to say through the Scripture.
Would you rather have your worries or God’s Word, His promises running through your head? Do something about it today: Confess your worry, and then fill your mind with God’s truth and promises found in the Bible.
Tuesday, 23rd March 2021
Mathew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
The best thing to do when you start to worry is pray. Prayer has power! It has the power to change your perspective, change your heart and change your life! Worry, on the other hand, has no redeeming power. In fact, it’s worthless. Here’s why:
1. Worry is unreasonable: It is irrational. Plus, we typically worry about the wrong things, things that won’t matter in five years. To worry about something you can’t change is illogical. If you can’t change it, why worry about it?
Every moment you worry is a wasted second of your life: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27).
2. Worry is unnatural: You weren’t made to worry. Nature does not worry. Human beings are the only creatures that worry. If birds don’t have to worry about how God takes care of them, then neither should you.
3. Worry is unhelpful: It doesn’t change anything. Worry cannot make you bigger or smaller, thinner or fatter. Worrying about any problem will never move you one step toward a solution. It just makes you tired and stressed. “Worry weighs us down” (Proverbs 12:25).
4. Worry is unnecessary: Worry is assuming responsibility that God never intended for you to have. Every time you worry, it comes from the fact that you misunderstand the goodness of God. Worry is a caution light warning that you’ve forgotten how good God is. God can be trusted to take care of everything.
5. Worry is unbelief: God has promised to take care of all your needs. When you doubt that, you actually become an unbeliever in that moment. You’re acting like there is no God and there are no promises in Scripture.
Philippians 4:19 says, “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need”. What’s not included in everything? Nothing. God knows about your physical needs, your social needs, your career needs, your family needs, even your sexual and emotional needs. There is nothing you could ask God for that He does not already know that you need.
Do you believe it?
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