Day Na Break [weekly] Devotional (January 1 - 7, 2021)
Written by: Guladia
Our Year Of RESTORATION (Joel 2:25; Isaiah 51:3)
Happy New Year!!!
Day Na Break! It is a brand new year!!! Hurray!!! Happy New Year to us all. The Lord has revealed to us that this is our Year of RESTORATION...leading to a FRUITFUL 2021, in Jesus' name. Amen!!!
Some of us might be wondering that after a long, turbulent year, there is nothing much to look forward to in 2021. In fact, it may appear as though issues from 2020 are spilling over to this year. We may have lost a lot this past year. However, we need to know that God will turn His face towards us this new year. Halleluyah!!!
The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
Our Year of RESTORATION:
Let us cry unto the Lord: RESTORE our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev. Psalm 126:4, then like Zion, the Lord will look with compassion on all [our] ruins [Isaiah 51:3] and RESTORE the years the locusts have eaten, according to His Word. When we declare, let us put God in reminder of His Word.
"I will RESTORE to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the palmerworm, my great army [of worms] which I sent among you."
When God RESTORES the years which the locust hath eaten, what follows is FRUITFULNESS. Like Zion, the Lord God will make our wilderness like Eden [Isaiah 51:3 - KJV]. The Lord Himself [has brought] us into a good land [Read Deuteronomy 8:7-10; Deuteronomy 11:10-11]. God Himself [has already blessed] us, like Noah, and has set us forth to become FRUITFUL. Genesis 9:1- Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said, [As for you], be FRUITFUL and multiply, and replenish the earth. When we read Genesis 1:28, we realize that this was God's original blessing to mankind, after He created Adam and Eve. God blessed them and said to them 'be FRUITFUL, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.'
Now, we need to understand that FRUITFULNESS in this context does not necessary refer only to bearing children. FRUITFULNESS also has a lot to do with being creative and productive in terms of our work here on earth. Watch this: after God wiped out all of mankind by drowning everybody on earth in a flood, apart from Noah and his family members, God blessed Noah and his sons and gave them His original blessing of being FRUITFUL all over again - Genesis 9:1.
God has promised that He Himself will lead us into a good land, which He has already done. For He knows the end from the beginning. He said in Psalm 126:5-6 that "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him." God will bless the works of our hands.
All we need to do is to fear the Lord, walk in His ways, love Him, serve Him with all our hearts, and with all our souls. We should 'faithfully obey the commands the Lord God has given us' [Read Deuteronomy 8:11; 11:13]. We should stop being stubborn [stiff-necked], for God 'accepts no bribe' [Read Deuteronomy 11:12-17]. We should be very careful not to seek other gods to see us through this year (Deuteronomy 8:19-20).
Let us go out and begin to put our hands to work and leave the rest with God.
In order for us to step into our year of RESTORATION, which will lead us into being FRUITFUL this 2021, this is what we are entering into the New Year with and we will abide in it from today, January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021:
Ephesians 6:10-18 - 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;