Friday, January 23, 2015


"And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you."  Joel 2:25

We certainly know how to make a mess of our lives sometimes.  If you don't believe me, just ask Adam.  One wrong choice; one act of disobedience; listening to another's voice; doing what someone else wanted him to do and he "messed" it up for all of mankind. 

Does this sound familiar?  We are our own worst enemy.  We don't always do things right.  We don't always make the right choices.  We don't always listen to the right people.  And because of it, we get ourselves in trouble, we mess our lives up (sometimes other lives too), we bring pain and suffering upon us and we have to live with irreversible consequences. 

When we do, like Adam, it costs us.  What Adam did cost mankind more than we can yet fathom.  Our mistakes, wrong choices and disobediences can cause us to lose our family, friends, homes, jobs, health, etc.  Is this where you are this morning?  You have made choices that have been detrimental and caused you to lose it all.  Are you suffering because of it?  I have good news.  Jesus knows how to turn your mess into a miracle.  He knows how to clean it up.  He knows how to bring restoration.  He knows how to take your mess and make something out of it. 

There is a big craze now that is going on in the decorating world.  People are taking old furniture or other items and repurposing and restoring them.  I have seen some of the furniture.  You would have never thought that something so old and ugly and falling apart could turn into a piece of furniture so beautiful that you want to show it off in your home.  This is what Jesus does with the "mess" of our life that we have made.  He makes it something band new.  He "repurposes" it.  He restores and gives back what was destroyed.  He may not give you back the exact things you lost, but He will give you better.  He will give you a new life. 

Have you messed up?  Have you lost it all?  Turn to Jesus.  He will restore, renew and bring something beautiful out of your mess.

Have a great day.  Jesus can take your messed up life and make something beautiful out of it.  
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