What are the promises spoken over your life? Are you clinging to the hope that God has placed in your heart, or are you living according to the weight of your circumstances?
The Bible is filled with powerful accounts of redemption and restoration. Since the fall of man, and from one civilisation to the next, God has gone to great lengths to restore us as heirs in His kingdom.
A Biblical Perspective
God used Noah to rebuild the entire human race after the flood. He sent Moses to restore a civilisation previously enslaved. With just one promise, He used Abraham, an old man without any heirs, to birth generations upon generations of believers. He used countless prophets and kings to speak out His promises and establish His order on the earth.
Jesus, Himself, became the ultimate symbol of God’s unfailing love and restorative plan, as He died on the Cross to reconnect us to the very heart of the Father. This is victory. This is redemption. Christ’s blood covered a multitude of sin and disgrace so we could experience true freedom.
However, the devil’s goal has always been to keep us away from the restorative plans of God. He uses deception as a weapon to keep us from walking in the freedom of Christ’s call on our lives. And yet, time and time again, God keeps pursuing us. He draws us closer and offers us renewed hope and restoration.
No matter our circumstances, God patiently waits for us to recognise our calling and our place in His Kingdom. For many have heard the promises spoken and have seen God’s faithfulness proven in our own homes and communities. However, like the Israelites who quickly forgot how God miraculously freed them from a lifetime of slavery, we too forget that God has already broken off the chains of our oppression. We struggle to see beyond our earthly circumstances to experience true redemption and a closer walk with Jesus.
Living in Freedom
If you are feeling downcast because of the weight of your burdens, we encourage you to lay them down at the foot of Jesus. There is nothing too big that He cannot overcome. There is nothing too burdensome that He cannot lift right off our shoulders. He calls us closer, willing to swap our burdens for His own. He says: “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).
God waits with anticipation for us to take the step closer to Him. He longs to restore and rekindle the passion and promises He has spoken over us. He gives us access, if only we would grab hold of Him and pursue Him. In Him, we will find true freedom and a newfound knowledge of who we are in Christ.
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,” (2 Timothy 1:10).
Look up and above your current situation and failures. God is a gracious and forgiving father waiting to empower and strengthen His children. It is time to rise and take our place as the Bride of Christ. For this is God’s very promise: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you,” (1 Peter 5:10).