Our concept of people is shaped by our knowledge of them. It is the same with God. How you view Him depends on how well you know Him.
For the first 20 years of my life I never doubted God’s existence but He remained a distant figure and if you had asked me about Him I would probably have said, “God is someone in heaven.” When I experienced my spiritual birth God changed from a distant figure into “my Heavenly Father.” For the first time in my life I knew He loved me and I felt related to Him as His child. For the past 32 years I have grown in my relationship with Him and today I want to share with you an aspect of His heart that I have recently discovered.
In November 2010 I was listening to Christian television while I was making our bed. Suddenly the preacher said these words, “God wants you to ask for 3 things”. I immediately stopped what I was doing and gave him my full attention. For 3 months I had felt that God was repeatedly bringing one word up in my spirit, “Ask”. I was confused and did not really understand what He meant as I regularly prayed for others and my health. “What does God want me to ask for?” I wondered. Before the preacher gave the answer I knew in my spirit that God was speaking directly to me. “God wants you to ask,” the preacher continued, “for no more loss, complete restoration and abundance.” I wrote these three requests on my office deskpad and held on to them as treasure in my heart. Since that amazing day when God spoke so clearly to me I have begun to understand in a greater measure the heart of our loving God.
NO MORE LOSS – if you read my book, SEEING the UNSEEN, or listen to my testimony on CD you will understand the significance of these words in my life. Every time I have the privilege to speak to a group of people I always share about the loss RA brought into my life and I contrast it with what I have gained in Jesus Christ. Any loss pales into insignificance when you discover that you have a Saviour in Jesus. RA caused my life to take a turn for the worse but Jesus caused my life to turn for the better. I am sure you will appreciate how the words “no more loss” were music to my ears. It was as though God had taken His finger and drawn a line in the sand. Behind the line was loss and on the other side was gain. Any accountants reading this blog will have a mental picture of a balance sheet. It was as though I had moved from the black to the red. Like Paul, the Apostle, this is my testimony: But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:7-11)
COMPLETE RESTORATION – I have experienced a glorious restoration of my soul over the past 32 years but only a ‘measure’ of physical restoration up until that point in time. Life has been a constant physical challenge with 13 surgeries and much pain and suffering. During those years my renewed spirit has definitely sustained me. The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear a broken spirit? (Proverbs 18:14) My joy and strength has come from the Lord …for the joy of the LORD is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10). “Complete restoration” that was once just a dream is becoming reality and all because my life is in the Hands of a God who loves and longs to restore the lives of His children. The wheels of restoration have begun turning. My myopic eyesight (-20 in one eye!) and a lifetime of glasses/contact lenses have ended. Cataract surgery has set me free from all the eye paraphernalia and for the first time in my life I wake up, open my eyes and can see the whales out to sea and read everything (except tiny print) without assistance! God has miraculously opened the door on 18th May 2011 for me to have professional help in the form of Biokinetics and Pilates (more in a future blog). On the 14th January 2012 I swam breaststroke unaided for the first time in 32 years. I have no idea what God is going to do in the days, weeks, months and years ahead of me but I am fully persuaded that I will be completely restored for His glory! For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD (Jeremiah 30:17)
ABUNDANCE – Since receiving this word from God I have researched what God’s Word has to say about this subject. You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. (Psalm 65:11) Wherever God passes He leaves blessings behind Him both in nature and in the lives of His children. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8) The beauty of abundance is that one not only has enough for your own needs but there is plenty for others as well. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. There is a well-known poem about a cup that overflows and the poet describes how she has so much that she is drinking from her saucer (not something you want to do in public!). God showed me that the overflow from my life is not for me. The contents of the cup are mine but the overflow in the saucer is for others to drink from!
I have saved the best news for last. God has no favourites and this same heart for restoration is directed to YOUR LIFE as well. God desires to completely restore your life – spirit, soul and body. Come to Him today and allow Him to begin His marvellous and miraculous work in your life. You, too, are invited to ASK Him to stop the loss in your life, restore you to wholeness and make you to walk in abundance.
Blessings ’til next time…