By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of September 13, 2020
After I consider a souvenir, I consider a cherished memento that brings a remembrance of what we maintain pricey, like folks near our hearts or particular occasions, corresponding to a marriage or birthing.
Dictionary.com defines souvenir as “something stored, or given to be stored, as a token of friendship or affection; remembrance.” Some synonyms of souvenir are: favor, reminder, memorial, image and token (Thesaurus.com).
When searched in a web-based Bible, “souvenir” is related to the phrase “token.”
Token in Hebrew, can imply a promise or a solemn pledge, corresponding to phrases spoken from God’s coronary heart or within the type of an indication of covenant, such a rainbow or a circumcision (Robust’s #226-oth).
Token in Greek means to have, maintain or possess (Robust’s #2192-echó).
This brings to thoughts wedding ceremony vows and rings—symbols of covenant, the place the bride is given to have and to carry, to own God’s guarantees.
In searching for The Lord about “souvenir revival,” the message He revealed to me was this:
As we come extra deeply in relationship with God, He’ll deliver revival to members of the family we maintain pricey in our hearts and revival of our relationship with them. God’s need is to re-set and re-establish household legacy for everybody’s profit, together with constructing subsequent generations. God’s need is to revive members of the family from false beliefs and lifeless methods as they reconcile extra deeply with Him, then one another. The Lord will deliver new life with a brand new perspective to outdated hearts and younger attitudes.
Throughout visits with these members of the family, He’ll break open communication with each other to present us deeper understanding, lighter hearts and new reminiscences we have longed for—a clearer connection, a refreshing. In doing so, God is giving us a “token of grace” (a souvenir) and a “second expertise of grace” (2 Co 5:17) to carry in our hearts as treasure of His goodness.
We are going to expertise a renewed love and pleasure towards each other as we expertise a particular earlier than and after distinction that may strengthen particular person relationships and the household total. It may occur to the extent that painful pasts can be washed away as in the event that they by no means occurred.
For these members of the family who will not be so shut, God is bringing reform that may foster deep reconciliation with Him and restore with us that may impress us with superior marvel, figuring out God alone introduced the restoration.
I imagine David skilled this when his members of the family met him within the cave of Adullam, the place he was strengthened (fortified and multiplied) earlier than transferring nearer to his promise of coronation (1 Sa 22:1-5).
Let’s keep in mind that God provides redemption and fruitfulness to even the toughest circumstances, like a few of us.
Psalm 44:4 NIV says, “You’re my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob.”
Nobody is simply too tough for God to achieve.
Hosea 12:3-6, 13 NLT replicate on Jacob’s journey. They are saying, “Even within the womb, Jacob struggled along with his brother; when he grew to become a person, he even fought with God. Sure, he wrestled with the angel and gained. He wept and pleaded for a blessing from him. There at Bethel he met God head to head, and God spoke to him—the LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, the LORD is his title! So now, come again to your God. Act with love and justice, and all the time rely upon him…the LORD introduced Jacob’s descendants out of Egypt and…they had been protected.”
God did the inconceivable with Jacob. The Lord enabled Jacob to return to the tip of himself, then reconcile with The Lord, then reconcile along with his brother, Esau (Ge 32:24).
That is God’s order of reconciliation.
And now, it’s our time to do the identical.
We are able to lengthen the guts of gracious Esau and Christ, merely out of His overwhelming pleasure and a need to not trigger extra ache.
We are able to expertise the wealthy mercy of forgiveness as household prodigals reconcile with God and us.
We are able to expertise “higher” within the type of a souvenir revival ahead that God guarantees to increase past us (Ge 33:Four-5).
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV guarantee us that “All that is from God, who reconciled us to himself by means of Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting folks’s sins in opposition to them. And he has dedicated to us the message of reconciliation.”
Could we be compelled by Christ’s love (2 Co 5:14) to minister reconciliation from a Spirit of Grace, being out there to fulfill with members of the family as led by Holy Spirit.
Could we minister in accordance with Isaiah 43:18, which reminds us to “Neglect the previous issues;” and “not dwell on the previous.”
Could we see that God is “doing a brand new factor.” And because it “springs up,” allow us to “understand it” (Is 43:18).
Like Esau and King David, allow us to not cease quick within the challenges, as a result of victory is assured, simply because it was for Jacob.
In Jesus’ Mighty Identify.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founding father of God’s Love at Work, a market outreach purposed to share God’s biggest energy supply – the love of Christ.