“After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession. 16 And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! 17 Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.” (Genesis 13:14-17).
Are you facing major changes in your circumstances? Are you finding it difficult transitioning from the old into the new? Dealing with setbacks and having to start all over again can be unsettling and stressful, particularly because of the fear of the unknown. If you are in that place right now, I want to encourage you not to allow the spirit of discouragement and fear to move in. Even though you may have lost everything or it looks like you are alone and have nothing to start with. Remember, the Lord is a present help in time of need. (Psalm 46:1).
Take a look at the story of Abraham and Lot in Genesis Chapter 13. Many of us like to claim the blessings of Abraham but we often forget that God gave Abraham that promise in Genesis 13 vs 14-17, after he lost the best part of his livelihood to his nephew Lot. Abraham had been so good to his nephew, yet, Lot looked with greed and took the best part of the land from Abraham. But Abraham kept a good attitude through the whole process and God blessed Him with more than enough in replacement. Also your attitude towards the change confronting you is very important.
Having to start all over again can be difficult and challenging but God is able to heal and restore you. God is with you and has a great new beginning for you. Start looking at the change as an adventure with God. Start believing God for favor and new opportunities to build again and to do it better than before. On the other hand, may be in your situation, you see yourself as the prodigal son. You believe you have blown it through your own mistake. I can assure you that if you turn in repentance like the prodigal son your heavenly Father is waiting for you and ready to forgive. The Lord will heal and restore you too, so that, you can be a trophy of his mercy and grace.
Prayer Confession: Thank you Father that you are my healer. I repent of my past and I give the broken pieces of my life to you to mend. Heal and deliver me from the torment of my past. If any man be in Christ the old is gone and the new has come. My life and destiny are hidden in Christ. I declare by faith, I have a new beginning in Jesus name. The Lord shall restore back to me the years the hopping, stripping, and crawling locust have eaten away in my life. I shall eat in plenty and be satisfied. I shall never be put to shame. The righteous may fall seven times but the Lord picks him up. I will put my trust in the Lord and I will keep a good attitude by God’s grace. Thank you Father for setting new doors before me and positioning me to move forward. I will influence the world with my testimony as you turn my mourning into rejoicing in Jesus Name. Amen.
Reflection:“I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.” (Philippians 3:13-14).
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