DAY TWO: RESTORATION: GOD’S KEY TO JOY IN YOUR LIFE

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steveMatt 11:28-30: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. 29 Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. 30 Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)

Part of the restoration process in your life is laying every burden in your life at the feet of Jesus. In order for the restoration process to start and be successful you must be willing to let go of everything that needs repair. Part of this process also requires you to get away with God. You must take time to be alone with Him and remove all distractions. In order to do so that probably means you will have to change up some of the things you do. It may mean letting go of some responsibilities for a brief period of time so that you can hear from God and so that God has all of your attention so He can do the work He needs to do in your life.

When it comes to this point in the restoration process of your life it’s important that you listen as clearly and closely as possible to the Lord’s leading. He may tell you to step away from some things for a period of time, a day, a week, a month, or a year. The purpose is so that He can do the work He needs without certain distractions in your life. He wants you to truly learn how to walk and work with Him. He wants you to truly learn the unforced rythms of grace. He won’t lay anything ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Him and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

As God works in your life to restore that which was lost He’s going to give you the tools you need to do things bigger and better. He’s going to teach you how to do it with less of you and more of Him. That’s what learning the unforced rhythms of grace is all about.

So, this next step in your process is to lay it all down at His feet. Let it all go and let God have every part of your life. Listen closely to His leading and follow each step He gives you. Some days will be easy, some will be hard, surround yourself with people that understand where you’re at and who have been where you are. They will bring understanding and support to you.

When you get through this, you will experience joy like you’ve never experienced.

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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