By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of May 29, 2022
Abraham is one of my most favorite Bible characters. We know he was known for his great faith, even faith for God’s promises that would extend beyond his lifetime on earth; and especially for a restored family for God and himself.
In this light, I believe Holy Spirit has been highlighting some promises to me that He’s about to fulfill in my own family lineage, including for those who have gone before me. And I believe this is also for whosoever is willing to receive.
Our Lord highlighted Isaiah 55:11-13 TPT, which say,
So also, will be the word that I speak; it does not return to me unfulfilled. My word performs my purpose and fulfills the mission I sent it out to accomplish. For you will leave your exile with joy and be led home wrapped in peace. The mountains and hills in front of you will burst into singing and the trees of the field will applaud! Cypress trees will flourish where there were only thorns and myrtle trees instead of nettles. These will stand as a testimony to Yahweh’s renown, everlasting signs that will not be cut off.
These passages describe the goodness of God in motion. We know from Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMP that "He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart..."
God is taking us from captivity to captivating. This is grace for reward for those who patiently endured and follow Jesus (Hebrews 11:6). What used to be barriers will no longer be. We can enter into His promises with peace, rejoice and wisdom. We can experience God’s beauty for ashes in many forms as He brings us into a more complete freedom with expressions of restored beauty—even material beauty—that stand as testaments to His extraordinary goodness. Reflections of Him.
These material things are divinely purpose and will be important to our hearts, because they are important to God’s and necessary for our assignments. Some of these material things were important to those who lived before us and are now gone—things that they did or didn’t receive in their lifetimes, for which they held faith in their hearts, like Abraham, believing God would deliver as promised.
Hebrews 11:1 MSG says that "The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd."
Romans 8:14 AMP reminds us that "For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." As sons and daughters of God, we have a blessed heritage.
Our God doesn’t forget His promises yet to be fulfilled (Nu 23:19). His way for us is always prosperous. His restoration includes gracious and miraculous multiplicity as He calls us out of former places through His wide-open doors for expanse that will require an Abraham kind of faith for restored legacy in our families and in God’s family-at-large.
As God fulfills these desires of the heart, He will establish greater grace in our lives and extend family legacy for our benefit and His glory.
Are you seeing God work in your life this way?
We know that Abraham grew in faith. He was commanded by God to come away from his father’s unholy house and go where God would send him.
The irony of it all was that God miraculously led him into an increase of family and blessings that he couldn’t contain or attain through his first family, only through God.
As God graciously removed Abraham from hindrances and facilitated miracles, Abraham soared, including as a father of many nations (Ro 4:18).
Like Abraham, as we extend faith, we can expect some big shifts for greater legacy beyond what we’ve previously known.
Just as mountains of the soul have been removed, and hope has been restored, God’s redeemed ones are now beginning to enjoy an increased expanse of freedom to live in the full purpose of His manifest plans for their futures unafraid (3 John 1:2).
God is reminding us of Jeremiah 29:11 AMP, which says, "For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’"
So, let us pray…
Thank You that in Your Presence is fullness of joy (Psalms 16:11). Thank You for bringing us to a place of captivating beauty in You. Please continue to help us to engage with You and let lesser things fall away. Continue to show us Your glory and experience it in new ways to us.
Help us to remember who we are as in 1 Peter 2:9 TPT, which tells us that we are Your “chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones.” Thank You for calling us “out of darkness to experience” Your “marvelous light.” Thank You for claiming us as Your very own. Thank You for Your purpose, which is to broadcast Your “glorious wonders throughout the world."
Let us be a showcase of Your mercy and grace. Thank You for making all things new.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.
Originally published Sunday, 29 May 2022.