“The Return” Devotional by Angela Irwin

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by: Paul Gay

09/22/2020

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So far, this year has been one like we have never before encountered. Most of us have been surprised at the turmoil, the sickness, the unrest, and the violence our world has witnessed. However, our Father was not taken by surprise. As one who knows our future, He carefully watches over us (Genesis 28:15, Psalm 121:8) with parent like anticipation waiting on us to call out to him for help. He is eagerly listening for our humble admission that we are ultimately powerless without the HOPE of his rescue. Isn’t it a perfect depiction of the story of salvation? We, in our sin, could make futile efforts to feel peace, hope, and joy. Try as we might we could not do enough to earn eternal residence in heaven. We had to resign to simply trust in God’s plan of salvation:

  • He gave His only son to die.

  • We believed that God raised Him from the dead.

  • We believed and confessed that His son, Jesus’ sacrifice was enough

    to pardon us and give us HOPE for eternal life.

    Now we are faced with the same kind of faith-filled decision to trust the triune God for salvation’s plan for this time. See, months ago many believers were hearing the word “reset” in their spirit man. When I began to hear this word, I understood it to mean that we had been given an opportunity to analyze our spiritual motives and to reevaluate the importance of activities or things we made priority in our lives. Mt. 6:33 says “Seek you first the kingdom of God ...” If we heed to the “reset” that America and the rest of the world has been afforded, we will be able to see our land healed as 2 Chronicles7:14 tells us. In addition, we are further promised the declaration in the following verse 15. “Now my eyes will be opened and my ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.” Do you see the similitude of a parent watching over us as children and anxiously awaiting our submitted, desperate cry for help?

    This watchful protection and valiant action is in reaction to, and contingent upon, prayer offered in “this place”. What is “this place”? It is the place mentioned in the previous verse: the place of humble repentance and seeking God’s face, the

RETURN of total dependence only on the HOPE that is in Christ, the RESETTING of our priorities to be about Him.

So far, this year has been one like we have never before encountered. Most of us have been surprised at the turmoil, the sickness, the unrest, and the violence our world has witnessed. However, our Father was not taken by surprise. As one who knows our future, He carefully watches over us (Genesis 28:15, Psalm 121:8) with parent like anticipation waiting on us to call out to him for help. He is eagerly listening for our humble admission that we are ultimately powerless without the HOPE of his rescue. Isn’t it a perfect depiction of the story of salvation? We, in our sin, could make futile efforts to feel peace, hope, and joy. Try as we might we could not do enough to earn eternal residence in heaven. We had to resign to simply trust in God’s plan of salvation:

  • He gave His only son to die.

  • We believed that God raised Him from the dead.

  • We believed and confessed that His son, Jesus’ sacrifice was enough

    to pardon us and give us HOPE for eternal life.

    Now we are faced with the same kind of faith-filled decision to trust the triune God for salvation’s plan for this time. See, months ago many believers were hearing the word “reset” in their spirit man. When I began to hear this word, I understood it to mean that we had been given an opportunity to analyze our spiritual motives and to reevaluate the importance of activities or things we made priority in our lives. Mt. 6:33 says “Seek you first the kingdom of God ...” If we heed to the “reset” that America and the rest of the world has been afforded, we will be able to see our land healed as 2 Chronicles7:14 tells us. In addition, we are further promised the declaration in the following verse 15. “Now my eyes will be opened and my ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.” Do you see the similitude of a parent watching over us as children and anxiously awaiting our submitted, desperate cry for help?

    This watchful protection and valiant action is in reaction to, and contingent upon, prayer offered in “this place”. What is “this place”? It is the place mentioned in the previous verse: the place of humble repentance and seeking God’s face, the

RETURN of total dependence only on the HOPE that is in Christ, the RESETTING of our priorities to be about Him.

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