2021 Benediction: Restoration Is On The Horizon

2021 Benediction: Restoration Is On The Horizon

RESURRECT UP OUT OF THE GRAVEYARD. You may think, “Wow, what a bold declaration to slam the headlines with.” I think all of us would agree that 2020 was one of the roughest years we’ve ever been through. It started out with goals, dreams, direction, fire, and passion, similar to the feelings experienced at the beginning of a new year. Hopes were set high, as we victoriously marched through the first few months set before us. Then, out of nowhere, came an event that would change the world forever; a pandemic that would make us realize that we truly live busy lifestyles. Being busy isn’t a bad thing, until it gets in the way of seeing and appreciating God’s blessings found throughout each day.

As I reflect back over the past year, I see some disappointments, but God used those circumstances as teachable moments, and showed me how He makes beauty from ashes. He taught me that even when the things we think we need to be successful are stripped away, there are still many reasons to carry an attitude of gratitude; for the life we have been given, the family and friends surrounding us, the strength found in clinging to the Solid Rock of Christ, for the eternal Hope He provides us through Salvation, and for His unfailing love, there is always a reason to be joyful, even when everything around us looks dim!

I am here to remind you that even though what you went through may have been extremely challenging and stretching, God’s Hope and victory lies ahead, awaiting on the horizon. All we must do is step out in Faith to step into the greatness God has for each of us. You may feel like you have not completely seen the full manifestation of the vision that God has planted within you but be assured that He has been working behind the scenes. In the midst of what seems like complete chaos, His glory still shines bright! It’s time to rise up out of the graveyard of the disappointment, fear, uncertainty, and worry from 2020, AND LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND!!! In 2021, God has commanded us to reclaim territory for His Kingdom that Satan attempted to steal! The late evangelist, Myles Munroe, affirms that, “The wealthiest places in the world are not gold mines, oil fields, diamond mines or banks. The wealthiest place is the cemetery. There, lies companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted… In the cemetery there is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential. There is a treasure within you that must come out. Don’t go to the grave with your treasure still within you.”

Today, I ask you, what vision, dream, or goal has God laid upon your heart that may have died or been disrupted as a result of this long journey? Whatever it may be, IT IS BURIED ALIVE!!! The flame still burns, and God wants to bring it back to life 100-fold! Continue to stand on His Word, trust in His timing, and press forward when you are prompted to take a step. We are about to witness a year filled with God’s restoration, grace, and promises that lie on the other side of His great plan! OH, RESURRECT, FOR OUR HOPE STANDS STRONG! We have the DNA of Lazarus deep within our souls, and it is up to us to call it forth! ARISE, ARISE; FOR A NEW DAY HAS COME!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!

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