“Restored!”

When my computer shuts down unexpectedly while I’m online, when I sign back on, in the corner of my screen there appears a button that says “restore.”  This button is designed to take you back to the tabs and sites you were visiting or working on before the crash or shut down occurred.  It is there to bring you back to the place where you once were.

Have you ever experienced a shut down moment in life?  A time when is seems that the walls came crashing in and you lost sight of where you were?  Has there ever been a time when you just need a refreshing?  You needed to step back, evaluate everything presently before you, and start again?  I’m pretty sure we can all raise our hand to attest to being in similar situations at one time or another.  A time when you just felt depleted and needed to be restored.

Restoration is right up God’s alley.  Everything in the Bible points mankind to His holy desire to see people restored.  God cares about us.  Not only the spiritual us, but He cares about all of us.  Every tidbit in life, He is well aware of.  Many people only look to God in the big and dramatic areas of life, but God is concerned about your well-being in the whole of your life.

John once wrote, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth,” (3 John 2).  I believe that John wanted us to walk out the restored life in our daily living.  Not just claiming it for our salvation (which, needless to say, is very important), but to have it as an active mindset that goes before us and prospers us in every part of our daily living.

Slumps are all around us, but we are not called to be slump dwellers.  We have a choice how to handle the strains and afflictions we face in this life.  Peter gives us this advice:

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” (1 Peter 5:6-10)

In these few verses, Peter doesn’t hide the adversities one faces, but he highlights what to do with them.  First, he states to humble yourself before God and let Him exalt you (vs. 6).  When God is the one exalting you, you are restored!  Next, in verse 7, he tells his readers what to do with all those cares that are weighing you down, all those things that are making you feel like you are in a shut down mode.  He says to get rid of them.  And, we are not to dispose of them any kind of way.  We are to give these burdens to God because He is the One who truly cares for you.  Once again, if God is caring for you and helping you to deal with your burdens, you are in a restored position.

There are things that can try to hinder and rob you of the restored life.  Following the above two verses, we see some of the afflictions and dealing with the enemy that people face and how we are to be on guard against the advances of it and be steadfast in our faith through it all. We have a responsibility to protect our restored status while pushing forth in the faith.

And lastly, in verse 10, Peter lets us know that though there may be suffering at times, it will never compare to the glory that we inherit by our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is He that will see us through.  It is He that will make us perfect.  It is He that will “stablish, strengthen, settle you.”  It is through Him you can be restored!

In our everyday life, as well as in the time to come after we pass from here, in Christ, we live a restored life.  Once in a while we may feel that we have been knocked off our rocker, but remember who you are and whose you are.  In Him, we don’t have to stay in that “knocked off” state.  Follow Peter’s advice and give what you are dealing with to God and ask Him to hit the restore button in your life.

God wants you to be blessed in Him.  He wants you, more than anyone else, to live a successful Christian life.  Let Him in your world, your circumstances, and your situations and lean on Him for complete restoration and healing.  He will pick you up, polish you off, and make you like new again.

“Unload My Burdens on the Lord”

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“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles,” Psalm 34:6

“Cast all your care upon Him; for He careth for you,” 1 Peter 5:7

 “Relax.  Relate.  Release.”  If you grew up during the time when the sitcom: A Different World  (IMBd) was running you will immediately recognize this phrase.  When the character Whitley, played by Jasmine Guy, was at a point of being super stressed out in life she went to see a therapist.  The therapist offered this three-word phrase to her in order to help her speak calm into her own life.  Using funny hand and body movements, Whitley went through her hard times quoting, “Relax.  Relate.  Release,” over and over again to herself.  The funny thing is people who have seen that episode or catch it on reruns now, never seem to forget that one.  I often hear individuals jokingly say to one another, “Relax.  Relate.  Release.”  If you were to do a simple google search you would see how many people have that three-word catchphrase as their mantra.

 You have to see the humor in it all.  As ironic as it all is, this is in fact what humanity tries to do.  Come up with some self-constructed solution on how to handle the troubles that we sometimes go through.  Libraries and bookstores, television infomercials, computer ads popping up – many are designed to help somebody deal with something.

I love God.  He not only sits on His throne as Sovereign of the universe but, He sits as, “Our Father.”  There is a unique love that fathers have for their children.  There is a protective instinct that these men have that causes them to be on guard for the care and welfare of their families.  To make sure all is well; to make haste to run to the aid of the little ones when they cry out.  Our heavenly Father is no different.  As a matter of fact, He set the course for all other fathers to follow.

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”  God does not turn away from the sincere heart that is seeking Him.  If you are His child and are crying out for His help, the Father hears.  Not only does He hear but He sees.  He sees the disappointment and the heartaches.  He sees the tears and the loneliness.  He sees!  But, it doesn’t stop there.  He did something about it.  He did something to proactively change the situation.  “He saved him out of all his trouble.”

A lot of people feel that unless it’s a big, major upset in life, they ought not to bother God about it.  Let me draw your attention to that three-lettered little world in this verse, “all.”  All means everything.  God is concerned with every aspect of your life, big or small.  If it bothers the child, it bothers the Father.  So, go ahead, cry out!  Let your heavenly Daddy know, “I’m hurting.  This is too much for me.  Please, help me!”  Cry out!   God’s got ears and He hears.  Cry out!

“Cast all your cares upon Him” because “He cares!”  I really don’t think people believe that enough.  He cares for you!  He cares for me.  He cares about this mess I’m in.  He cares!  Why do I feel the need to carry all this junk by myself?  To deal with all this mess myself when He cares?  He gave me permission to get rid of it.  To cast it all on Him and yet, we’re still holding onto it like we can handle it better than Him.  How’s that been working out for you so far?  If you keep doing the same thing you are going to keep getting the same results.

I think it’s time that we, as professed children of God, start taking our Daddy, our “Abba, Father,” (Gal. 4:6), at His Word.  It boggles the mind of one who will deny such an infallible re-source as our God.  Yet, people do it every day.  Today is different.  Today, I don’t want to carry this whole load myself any longer.  These burdens are too heavy for me – so, I cry out!

 What will you do today?

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“Unload My Burdens on the Lord”

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Photo Credit: Gospelgifs.com

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles,” Psalm 34:6

“Cast all your care upon Him; for He careth for you,” 1 Peter 5:7

 

“Relax.  Relate.  Release.”  If you grew up during the time when the sitcom: A Different World  (IMBd) was running you will immediately recognize this phrase.  When the character Whitley, played by Jasmine Guy, was at a point of being super stressed out in life she went to see a therapist.  The therapist offered this three word phrase to her in order to help her speak calm into her own life.  Using funny hand and body movements, Whitley went through her hard times quoting, “Relax.  Relate.  Release,” over and over again to herself.  The funny thing is people who have seen that episode or catch it on reruns now never seem to forget that one.  I often hear individuals jokingly say to one another, “Relax.  Relate.  Release.”

 You have to see the humor in it all.  As ironic as it all is, this is in fact what humanity tries to do.  Come up with some self-constructed solution on how to handle the troubles that we sometimes go through.  Libraries and bookstores, television infomercials, computer ads popping up – many are designed to help somebody deal with something.

I love God.  He not only sits on His throne as Sovereign of the universe but, He sits as, “Our Father.”  There is a unique love that fathers have for their children.  There is a protective instinct that these men have that causes them to be on guard for the care and welfare of their families.  To make sure all is well; to make haste to run to the aid of the little ones when they cry out.  Our heavenly Father is no different.  As a matter of fact, He set the course for all other fathers to follow.

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”  God does not turn away from the sincere heart that is seeking Him.  If you are His child and are crying out for His help, the Father hears.  Not only does He hear but He sees.  He sees the disappointment and the heartaches.  He sees the tears and the loneliness.  He sees!  But, it doesn’t stop there.  He did something about it.  He did something to proactively change the situation.  “He saved him out of all his trouble.”

A lot of people feel that unless it’s a big, major upset in life, they ought not to bother God about it.  Let me draw your attention to that three-lettered little world in this verse, “all.”  All means everything.  God is concerned with every aspect of your life, big or small.  If it bothers the child, it bothers the Father.  So, go ahead, cry out!  Let your heavenly Daddy know, “I’m hurting.  This is too much for me.  Please, help me!”  Cry out!   God’s got ears and He hears.  Cry out!

“Cast all your cares upon Him” because “He cares!”  I really don’t think people believe that enough.  He cares for you!  He cares for me.  He cares about this mess I’m in.  He cares!  Why do I feel the need to carry all this junk by myself?  To deal with all this mess myself when He cares?  He gave me permission to get rid of it.  To cast it all on Him and yet, we’re still holding onto it like we can handle it better than Him.  How’s that been working out for you so far?  If you keep doing the same thing you are going to keep getting the same results.

I think it’s time that we, as professed children of God, start taking our Daddy, our “Abba, Father,” (Gal. 4:6), at His Word.  It boggles the mind of one who will deny such an infallible re-source as our God.  Yet, people do it every day.  Today is different.  Today, I don’t want to carry this whole load myself any longer.  These burdens are too heavy for me – so, I cry out!

 What will you do today?

“Unload My Burdens on the Lord”

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Photo Credit: Gospelgifs.com

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles,” Psalm 34:6

“Cast all your care upon Him; for He careth for you,” 1 Peter 5:7

 

“Relax.  Relate.  Release.”  If you grew up during the time when the sitcom: A Different World  (IMBd) was running you will immediately recognize this phrase.  When the character Whitley, played by Jasmine Guy, was at a point of being super stressed out in life she went to see a therapist.  The therapist offered this three word phrase to her in order to help her speak calm into her own life.  Using funny hand and body movements, Whitley went through her hard times quoting, “Relax.  Relate.  Release,” over and over again to herself.  The funny thing is people who have seen that episode or catch it on reruns now, never seem to forget that one.  I often hear individuals jokingly say to one another, “Relax.  Relate.  Release.”

 You have to see the humor in it all.  As ironic as it all is, this is in fact what humanity tries to do.  Come up with some self-constructed solution on how to handle the troubles that we sometimes go through.  Libraries and bookstores, television infomercials, computer ads popping up – many are designed to help somebody deal with something.

I love God.  He not only sits on His throne as Sovereign of the universe but, He sits as, “Our Father.”  There is a unique love that fathers have for their children.  There is a protective instinct that these men have that causes them to be on guard for the care and welfare of their families.  To make sure all is well; to make haste to run to the aid of the little ones when they cry out.  Our heavenly Father is no different.  As a matter of fact, He set the course for all other fathers to follow.

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”  God does not turn away from the sincere heart that is seeking Him.  If you are His child and are crying out for His help, the Father hears.  Not only does He hear but He sees.  He sees the disappointment and the heartaches.  He sees the tears and the loneliness.  He sees!  But, it doesn’t stop there.  He did something about it.  He did something to proactively change the situation.  “He saved him out of all his trouble.”

A lot of people feel that unless it’s a big, major upset in life, they ought not to bother God about it.  Let me draw your attention to that three-lettered little world in this verse, “all.”  All means everything.  God is concerned with every aspect of your life, big or small.  If it bothers the child, it bothers the Father.  So, go ahead, cry out!  Let your heavenly Daddy know, “I’m hurting.  This is too much for me.  Please, help me!”  Cry out!   God’s got ears and He hears.  Cry out!

“Cast all your cares upon Him” because “He cares!”  I really don’t think people believe that enough.  He cares for you!  He cares for me.  He cares about this mess I’m in.  He cares!  Why do I feel the need to carry all this junk by myself?  To deal with all this mess myself when He cares?  He gave me permission to get rid of it.  To cast it all on Him and yet, we’re still holding onto it like we can handle it better than Him.  How’s that been working out for you so far?  If you keep doing the same thing you are going to keep getting the same results.

I think it’s time that we, as professed children of God, start taking our Daddy, our “Abba, Father,” (Gal. 4:6), at His Word.  It boggles the mind of one who will deny such an infallible re-source as our God.  Yet, people do it every day.  Today is different.  Today, I don’t want to carry this whole load myself any longer.  These burdens are too heavy for me – so, I cry out!

 What will you do today?