Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Restoration, Recovery, & Peace

1 Samuel 7:14

S = “Then the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were RESTORED to Israel from Ekron to Gath; and Israel RECOVERED its territory from the hands of the Philistines. Also, there was PEACE between Israel and the Amorites.”

O = God is a God of Restoration, Recovery, & Peace! Once Israel repented and returned to the Lord, they positioned themselves in the center of God’s will, provision, and protection. God is always "for us". However, blessings flow when we are "for Him"! Israel stepped out of God's protection and provision because they were no longer "for God" but "for themselves". They wanted to be like the culture that surrounded them. They lost focus in their pursuit of God and started experimenting with the world. Maybe they got bored and curious. Either way, they started living "for themselves".

A = Am I living for myself or for God? Am I in the center of God’s will? If not, GET THERE FAST! If yes, I must keep myself there. I will consume God’s presence and His Word. I will not allow disappointment, pain, lack, or struggle to remove me from God’s presence and will. He restores me. I recover all that was lost. I live in peace. I walk in all these blessings by faith as I live in the center of the will of God.

P = Father, I thank You for being for me. Help me to live for You! I ask for your strength to stay steadfast in You. I live by faith!