Adjust Your Focus

Are you focusing on the diagnosis more than His Promise Of deliverance?

The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. ~ Psalm 34:17

He renews our hopes and heals our bodies. ~ Psalm 147:3

Are you focusing on the aches and pains instead of His promise of being the strength we need in our weakness?

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Are you focusing on how far you have to go to turn some things around or His promises about not worrying about tomorrow or making all things new?

Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. ~ Matthew 6:34

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:19

And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.~ Revelations 21:5

Are you focusing on how you will ever get from simply A to B not ever believing you will ever make it from A to Z or His Promise that He is the Alpha & Omega – The Beginning and the End – the Every place in-between because He promises to never leave you or forsake you?

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. ~ Revelations 22:13

Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or terrified, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.~ Deuteronomy 31:6

We tend to fixate on our problems instead of focusing on God and His promises.

We will also gravitate to where our focus is.

We must adjust our focus!

There is a Promise for every problem you face.

We must believe that Every Promise In The Book (Bible) is ours. It’s time to put your name on it!

~ XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom

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Emerge

The darkness and wrestling

of your cocoon stage is almost over

and you will be emerging soon.

At first your wings will be wet and bloody

from all the struggles and shaking.

The winds of change; God’s mighty Spirit,

will blow and dry and strengthen you

with each flap of your wings.

Preparing you to emerge

from that dark season of your cocoon;

Fully transformed

with an unstoppable ability to soar

above all that has tried to keep you silent

and suffering for far too long, My Dear!

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Emerge

e·merge

əˈmərj/

verb:

move out of or away from something and come into view.

synonyms: come out, appear, come into view, become visible, surface, materialize, manifest oneself, issue, come forth,become apparent, important, or prominent; become known, become apparent, be revealed, come to light, come out, turn up, transpire, unfold

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Enslaved

Running in circles

Straight into You

The One I avoided

I came face to face with

No way of escape

It was the due date

I had to look up

Confront all my fears

Let go of the anger and hurt

I held onto for so many years

I drew back for a moment

My heart racing

Pictures of sin flooding my mind

I wonder if it’s also flooding Your’s

How could I a mere sinner

stand in the presence of

One so grand

I looked up

into Your eyes

filled with love

Not a trace of the judgment

I had expected

Love flowed from the marvellous light

that surround You

It enveloped every fiber

of my being

For the first time in my life

I knew the true meaning of love

I had to run into the One

Whom I needed most

Without knowing it

You were wooing me in

I could not escape

from the embrace

in Your eyes

I could not escape

from Your nailed pierced hands

That were stretched out to me

a mere sinner in rags

For a mere moment I retreated

I have run for so long

to avoid this sacred moment

I could have lost my soul

End up in the pit of hell

Still Your love drew me

from places

I dare not remember

For Your presence is sacred

Your presence is holy

Your presence frees us

from darkness that enslaves us

Your love stronger than death

Will cross every border

Search through every pigpen

Through the enemies camp

You won’t back down

To be united with us

You will not rest

Till we come home

What greater love is there to experience

Then our Father’s heart towards us

He cleanses, heals, and restores us

We are no longer slaves

To our circumstances

We are enslaved

by the Father’s unrelenting love

towards us.

~ Ebigale Wilson

Enslaved

The Journey

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Restoration Stories – Benjamin David

In 2014 I did something really stupid, something that cost me my church, my dream. I was utterly devastated, heartbroken.

Everyday for the last 4 years I’ve been in deep regret, a regret that has brought about some very deep shame. I would cry, punch the walls, scream, I hated myself. After all, I was just reaping what I had sown.

Unexpectedly these last 5 weeks I’ve felt a call back to minister again, but I quickly shut it down because I believed I didn’t deserve another chance. Yet the voice of Jesus was calling me even though I was inwardly being chocked by shame.

Last night for the first time in about 5 years I responded to an invitation to receive prayer at Freedom Church. I felt something shift but I was unsure what it was. I cried like a baby, I went to bed and slept like a baby.

This morning at church I heard a message about God removing my shame. It was as if the entire message was written just for me. My heart was dancing inside of my chest at the sheer joy of what I was hearing. “I will remove your shame and restore your inheritance- double.”

I’m crying as I write this because it’s been such a journey these last 5 months of inner restoration back to God. A year ago I arrived at a place where I was ready to walk away from God, it was just too painful to believe anymore. It was less painful just to give up.

But, oh the joy of expectation within my heart! I was internally dead BUT Jesus breathed his life into my lungs. He’s taught me to hope again, to believe again. I’ve had repair but now it’s time for restoration. I’m chocked as I wrote these last few words because it’s so opposite to what I believed…I’m not a failure, I’m not cast off, I’m not a bad egg, I’m a good person because God doesn’t make mistakes.

As the minister said, “We’re not failures. God just needs to polish us so we shine with identity, an identity that brings God glory.”

He has restored my soul. -Psalm 23

~ Benjamin David

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My Reflection

I want to be strong,

To pull myself up

From depth that has me chained

To fear,

Shame,

And a past I can’t seem to forget;

In fear of what others might think,

I display a picture of strength,

Fearlessness,

And faith,

And yet I am so far away from it all,

Or at least that’s what my mind keeps

telling me;

I see myself fading,

Submerging deeper and deeper

Into the ocean where I am lost

Yet forever found by my Savior;

If only I would receive that

And accept His truth,

I would be better off

Than where fear has left me-

Paralyzed and feeling lost,

Not able to move forward

Out of fear of failure;

I want to be on the surface

Waiting for His love to find me

Instead of rejecting it

Cause thoughts keep telling me

That I’m worthless and a mistake,

But I want to truly believe the opposite,

And I’m really the only one

Stopping myself from receiving it;

Fear can be my answer for everything,

But it doesn’t have to be

Cause we are brave enough,

Strong enough to pull ourselves up,

And in time, be free…

You just have to want it hard enough…

I know I do;

I will take a leap of faith,

I will be brave

No matter what comes my way,

I believe I’m here for a purpose,

And I want to know what He has for me,

So I will go from depth to surface

And walk on the water with Jesus;

I will keep my eyes focused on Him

And learn to trust God

Cause I know with Him,

I can’t be weak…

I will go from fear to faith.

~ Bethany Anne

Pursuit

WORTHY THOUGHT: Pursuit of sin is a reality but we know we have victory.

You’re either killing sin or it’s killing you -John Owen

So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, would you not be accepted? And if you do not do well sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you but you should rule over it.”-Genesis 4:6-7

This particular passage in Book of Genesis; God was speaking to Cain if he does not do right he will be tempted to sin instead he can choose to to rule over it by obeying God. But Cain chose to disobey. Therefore comes consequences.

Sin is always in hot pursuit in our lives, it never ends. But the good news, God has a plan for us to rule over it! That is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We look unto Jesus and be in His authority and that will lead us into victory.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill