The Ministry of Reconciliation
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the world of reconciliation." II Corinthians 5:17-19
Reconciliation and restoration are similar, but different. If we reconcile our bank account, we are putting it in order. If we proclaim our bank account is restored, we are saying whatever has been lost, stolen or wasted must come back to us in increased form. To operate in a level of reconciliation and restoration, we must mix II Corinthians 5:17-19, with faith, putting 'me' in the verses. God has given me the ministry of reconciliation and has committed to me the word of reconciliation. No longer do we ask, "What is God going to do?", rather, "What will we do with this truth?" What will we do with the authority given to us?
In Mark 9:12, Jesus said, "...Elijah verily cometh first, and restoreth all things..." Mark 9:13 says, "...Elijah is indeed come..." When we speak words of reconciliation and restoration by faith, we experience an inner peace, knowing what we say will come to pass. It is necessary as believers in Christ to stop looking for someone or something to make things better. We must accept the power and authority that has been given to us to use in the NOW, knowing what God has already done through Jesus Christ. God is a God of the NOW.
We have access to a supernatural power through Jesus Christ. When we choose to live in God's authority, we discover a new sense of power; the Holy Spirit. He is our Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby, Friend (John 14:27 Amp, Message). God sent the Holy Spirit to teach us all things and to remember Jesus' sayings (John 14:26). Jesus gives us His peace, not as the world gives. We are not to allow our hearts to be troubled, fearful, agitated, disturbed nor are we to permit ourselves to be intimidated, cowardly or unsettled (John 14:27 Amp). The Holy Spirit moves and changes our situations for the highest and best!
Moses experienced God when Pharaoh ordered the Egyptians to enslave the Israelites (Exodus 1:1). God appointed Moses to lead the Israelites in a way of escape through the wilderness toward the Red Sea (Exodus 13:17). The Egyptians pursued the Israelites and caught up to them at the Red Sea (Exodus 14:9). The Israelites were afraid and called out to God (Exodus 14:10). They said to Moses, "Why did you take us out of Egypt into the wilderness to die? Why have you treated us this way? We were better off in Egypt as slaves than to die here in the wilderness" (Exodus 14:11-12). Moses' response was said by faith, "Don't be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today" (Exodus 14:13). God said to Moses, "Why cry out to Me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea and divide it. They will walk through the sea on dry ground." (Exodus 14:15-16, Amp, Message).
The Lord moved through Moses' word and action to deliver the Israelites from the oppression of the Egyptians. Exodus 14:13 is an excellent scripture for us today; it is an answer to worry and fear. God worked through Moses as the Holy Spirit works in us today; He moves, He responds, He provides and He changes things according to our spoken word of faith. The Holy Spirit is our ever present helper, but we must speak it BOLDLY (Hebrews 13:16)! Do not wait for a 'certain' feeling. Affirm the scriptural fact and the 'true' feeling of confidence will follow.
Faith Practices to Speak
1. Because of Jesus Christ, I am reconciled to God. I say this as a fact by faith. I speak Divine order over my life every day. Speaking this faith statement develops a keen awareness and it builds your reservoir of spiritual power and authority. After accepting Jesus as your Savior, don't allow any thought that you aren't reconciled to God! Being reconciled to God is not based on behavior; it is based on what He did. Speaking Divine is speaking reconciliation. What is already in you is activated by saying so.
2. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for the privilege of saying the law of reconciliation is invoked over the body I live in. Divine order causes my body to function properly. The law of restoration is invoked to draw into my life everything that has ever been lost or stolen from me. I live in Divine Order with restoration operating every day. Thank you again and again and again. Amen. To satisfy the urge to do something, remember that speaking and believing is doing what is necessary.
3. It is written in Your Word by the laying on hands, the affected recover. Thank you, Lord. Holy Spirit, I release You to flow in Divine order through my body now. I say I am healed, restored and renewed. Amen. Whenever you have a particular health situation, identify that area in your body, lay hands on it and speak words of faith.
4. Lord Jesus Christ, from this day forward, I will not pray to be healed. By faith, I receive my already provided health provision by Jesus Christ's stripes. I have perfect health and increased strength now. Thank you, Lord. Amen.