What you give up in order to serve God is nothing compared to what you will get back. ‘Peter answered and said to Him, ‘See, we have left all and followed You”… So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you…you who have followed Me…and…left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.”’ (Matthew 19:27-29 NKJV) That means God can give you back a hundred times more than what you’ve sacrificed in order to serve Him. Are you feeling weak and ineffective today? Read these words and stand on them: ‘Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense [restoration]…He will come and save you.”’ (Isaiah 35:3-4 NKJV) You say, ‘But I have lost my joy.’ God can give it back to you in overflowing measure: ‘And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.’ (Isaiah 35:10 NKJV) You say, ‘But I have so little to show for my efforts.’ Then stand on this promise: ‘…And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; it shall blossom abundantly…’ (Isaiah 35:1-2 NKJV) Rejoice; your God is a God if restoration, so your best days are ahead of you!
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