New-Beginnings2Text: Gen. 32 – 33:5 (Emph. Vs,24-33:5).

Through this life’s journey, I have come face to face with individuals who pay special attention to the last day of the year. To many, it is a time for resolution, check and balance, renunciations, disassociation from friends, decision concerning coming hours, to mention but a few. But the sad truth about the crossover night, as it is popularly called, is that very few in the coming hours after such resolutions are made could count faithfulness to their decisions.

One good reason for such failure is attributed to self. For by the strength of man shall no one prevail.
The world around speaks about spirituality, though many are ignorant about their use for equipping our mind and feeding our spirit for possible positive results’ oriented gains.

I am without doubt that everyone truly desire and long for 2015 to be a year of breakthroughs.

But many are living as if it is a desert ecosystem we have been born into. The reason is because people remain unaware of strategies and techniques that could improve yields, reduce risk, and begin healing the world’s dry-lands and deserts around them.

The Word of God, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, have provided unequal principles and believe system which if pursued and adhered to leaves one like Psalm 126 stated, – “Like one dreaming dreams”. If you are a witness to this you will understand what I am about to address here.

Restoration often denotes the attempt of individuals or groups in society to re-establish in whole or in parts earlier conditions that prevailed before a major change took place.

Within the context of Christian belief it denotes a reform movement aiming for continuity in the midst of historical change and decay of traditions and authorities. It speaks of change from a known state or post-traumatic period being emphasised.

Restoration in the Old Testament, Judaism and early Christianity leave us with certain real factors that must be considered when desires for restoration show up.

There must be an understanding of what the earlier order was like, the trauma which disrupted that earlier order, the subsequent situation of those who long for a return of the earlier order and the very traditions regarding each of these points.

The restoration mandate is not sidelining other existing lives within and outside the Northern Israel and Southern Kingdom of Judah that make up the Davidic state.

We must understand that God’s promise to restore His people Israel have great implications for the whole world.

A Look at Deu. 28:64-68; 29:27-28 points to introduction of why in the first place the people went on exile
We therefore turn to the theme: Tapping into the realm of total restoration There are three very heart arching accounts in the Bible that left a mark in my heart when considering this topic and it will be rewarding to work around two of these accounts. Gen 32: -33:5; Presents the following to us:

• Fear of the unknown Vs: 10-12 What are you afraid of today? 2015?
• Plans to solving situation by applying our ‘know how’.
• The true identity of who we are. –
• Wrestling indicates many things:
• A touch by God
• A decisive moment
• Asking about God’s name was a way of rubbing shoulder with God since we have told him our name sometimes we see ourselves saying I played my part play your part as if we are colleagues.
• Change of name and blessings
• Victory manifested despite our weakness and deformed state.
• An enemy run and kiss sign of reserve of that which we feared.
• A night of revelation and strengthening.

In the end, Jacob does what we all must do. He confronts his failures, his weaknesses, his sins, all the things that are hurting him . . . and faces God. Jacob wrestled with God all night. It was an exhausting struggle that left him partially crippled. It was only after he came to grips with God and ceased his struggling, realising that he could not go on without Him, that he received God’s blessing (Genesis 32:29).

What we learn from this remarkable incident in the life of Jacob is that our lives are never meant to be easy. This is especially true when we take it upon ourselves to wrestle with God and His will for our lives. We also learn that as Christians, despite our trials and tribulations, our striving in this life are never devoid of God’s presence, and His blessing inevitably follows the struggle, which can sometimes be messy and chaotic. Real growth experiences always involve struggle and pain.

Jacob’s wrestling with God at the Jabbok that dark night reminds us of this truth: Though we may fight God and His will for us, in truth, God is so very good. As believers in Christ, we may well struggle with Him through the loneliness of night, but by daybreak His blessing will come.

What was Jacob actually after? Because a good check would prove that he already was blessed; Gen. 28:15 vs. 21 brings to light the place of many in the house of God and the world at large and it will sure be a good thing to identify that 2015 is a year of IDENTITY: ALTHOUGH JACOB KNEW ABOUT GOD HE DID NOT PERSONALLY KNOW GOD. (My GOD)

HOW CAN WE TRULY MAKE GOD OUR GOD?

In Jacob we should be able to appreciate the key to overcoming and divine breakthrough to indicate weakness being broken into submission which gives birth to strength. For when we submit to God and allow God to be in control we come forth victorious.

As Smart people the best thing to do is to yield oneself early enough before the fight begins, for in this journey of life such time as experienced by Jacob awaits every one born into earth. Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour made flesh could not debate this but rather He yielded Himself at Gethsemane to God by saying not my will but Thy will be done.

Our Identity is in Christ: Isa. 11:10,16, Zephaniah 3:9 Not only is He restoring the Gentiles towards Christ, they shall go through a clear and smooth way prepared by the God. This points to deliverance.

Tools that aid restoration:

1. Approach the situation by uprooting the root source of the crises – Sin. According to the Bible, sin is cancer to our spiritual state which manifests in the physical as difficulties. Adamic narrative presents us a view to this and how we ended up in such decaying world. Recall he that covers his or her sin cannot not obtain good success or prosper.

2. Constantly Plant the Word of God in your system – Just like the forestry do over a desert land. Joshua 1:8-9 Study – meditate and keep to heart through practice what you read and hear. Note that you are what you feed yourself on. Good success is a product of the Word activated in us.

3. Wisdom is not aging but it is the reward of God to His Children – James said if any lack it let him ask of God; James 1:5 Today many will acquire wisdom to know how to eliminate factors that have attacked their blessings this long. Among many things, I would recommend you:
• Do a check of where you have been and where you are now and see the impacts of past actions.
• Understand the causal chain and occurrence of events that lead to all you would not want to experience in 2015.
• Make up your mind to reduce the adverse effects of present and future activities by anchoring to the Alpha and Omega – Author and Finisher of all things: He that was in the beginning.
• Invest your time and life in others and experience the blessing of loving your neighbours as yourself. It is a principle to practice.

4. Pursue to Seek and mind the things of God: Cols.3:1-3 cf Matt. 6:33-34. Plan out practical strategies and methods for the expected restoration in 2015: To truly do so accept the invitation to be fed by the Holy Spirit because the physical is a product of the Spirituals.

5. Become eternally minded: Since we live in time and there appears to be accelerating speed up of all things towards the unknown, I believe 2015 shall manifest more meaningful events identifying us with the reality of it. God says the secret things are made known to His children and that we come face to face in His Word – the Bible. There is no better way to facing the events in 2015 than through the worship of the Creator of all things.
6. Christ Our example prayed at Gethsemane a must surrender prayer of self to the full possession of the Holy Spirit.
7. Persistence in our pursuit for breakthrough is inevitable.
8. Becoming uncomfortable with our statues is very essential for a fight to be arranged.

CONCLUSION:

Are you ready to receive your own restoration for the year 2015? your own blessing and not that gotten from being born into a particular family or associated with a particular friend. Today you are about to receive many unseen, unheard of, un-thought of breakthrough if you only will be willing to have your identity engraved in Christ.

Yes, Jacob had it but not without a price. He was left with a permanent mark of the struggle. God “touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him.” (Verse 25) He limped for the rest of his life.

Jacob’s limp is a good reminder to any of us who would aspire to wrestle with God.

What if our own identity is at stake? What if we look deep inside ourselves and find Jacob there? Is any price too high to pay? Dare we become Israel?

Few engage in this highest level of prayer. I understand it because the cost is great.

The question for those who might try is this: :How badly do you want a new name?

God is about to manifest that which He spoke concerning you in 2015 only set up a fresh alter of worship, prayer life and relationship with God and all around you for restoration year is here to them that shall encounter God today by faith in Christ Jesus.

The end result of encounter with God is always blessing and it takes you to a real of total restoration. Jer. 29:11

Pastor Joseph A. Dumbili

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