Dream New Dreams

As we begin 2018, it’s good for all of us to be reminded that our Heavenly Father has dreams and desires for us, His children. He is wanting to do great things in our lives this year, things that are far above and beyond our own dreams and desires. Our part is to look past where we have been and where we are at today to Him and, with a sincere heart, receive the dreams that He has for us. In other words, we can dream together with the One who holds our future! As we delight ourselves in the Lord this year, I believe He is going to put new dreams and desires into our hearts that are strategic for this season of our lives.

Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 AMPC

We can see this in the life of Moses. In Acts 7:23, it says when Moses turned 40 years old, it came into his heart to visit his people. This desire that came into his heart was a God-given dream and a part of his divine destiny. As the story unfolds, things didn’t turn out the way that Moses had expected and he spent the next 40 years of his life out in the wilderness. I think that there are a lot of people today who probably feel the same way that Moses must have felt at that point in his life. He had big dreams of making an impact in his generation but it looked as though it was never going to come to pass. From a natural perspective, it looked like the dream he once had was dead and there wasn’t much hope that he would ever become the person he once thought that he would be. What’s amazing about this story is that 40 years after the time the dream first came into his heart, God visited Moses in a burning bush and spoke to him again concerning the dream he had when he was a young man. God RESTORED Moses’ dream and empowered him to go on and accomplish the things that were in his heart years earlier.

“It shall come about after this That I shall pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions.” – Joel 2:28 AMPC

It’s never too late to dream a new dream! If God did it for Moses, he can do it for you. No matter what you may have been through, by the power of God, you can be restored and dream again. In Joel 2:28, it says that in the last days God will pour our His Spirit on all flesh and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, old men will  “dream dreams.”  The word translated dream in that verse could also be translated “recover” or “restore”. This means that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, God can restore our dreams. Things that looked as though they were lost or impossible of fulfillment, the Lord is saying, I can recover it! Remember, the gifts and callings of God are without repentance. He is able to redeem the time and restore the years that have been lost.

“Now to Him who is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams].” – Ephesians 3:20 AMPC

Let’s dream big dreams this year, dreams that are rooted in what God is able to do in and through our lives. In other words, let’s enlarge our vision and make room in our lives for the power of God. Nothing is too difficult for Him! No dream is too big! So, let’s approach our future with renewed faith and hope in the One who not only gives us big dreams but also brings them to pass!

Get ready… GREAT things are ahead!

Jordan & Melissa Gash | Pastors

BEHOLD HIS GOODNESS: What’s happening on the inside of you is more important than what’s happening on the outside of you. In this message, you will be encouraged about the true nature of God and the good things that come to your life as you look to Him, trust in Him and expect to see His goodness in your life! There are a lot of things you could look at today but there is a new DREAM that will rise in you as you BEHOLD His beauty and goodness. #DREAMnewDREAMS

Grace & Peace: God’s Gifts to You This Christmas

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior this Christmas, our prayer for you is that His peace would fill and overflow your heart. God loves you more than you know… and we love you too! Beyond the busyness and noise of the holiday season, may His voice be clear to you and may His relentless love be real to you. I would like to encourage you for a moment about the reality of God’s grace and peace. These are precious gifts that He has given to us and He wants us to enjoy them!

The world that we live in can be turbulent at times and in life there are many opportunities to loose our peace. As children of God, we need to be reminded on a regular basis that we have access to peace, a peace that has power to quiet the storms that come against our minds, our homes, our families and our relationships.

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT

The peace of God affects our lives in the moment that we receive it but it doesn’t stop there. Walking in God’s peace can also have a powerful impact on our future… the Bible teaches that God’s peace actually enables us to fulfill our God given destinies! In Judges 6, the Lord appeared to Gideon and spoke to him about his future. Gideon was full of fear, timidity and was uncertain about his future at the time but the Lord encouraged him and spoke peace to him. This peace was real to Gideon and it impacted him to the point of building an altar as a memorial of what had happened that day. He called the name of that place Jehovah Shalom, which means the Lord is Peace. For Gideon, receiving God’s peace was a destiny altering moment that gave him a clear vision of his future and powerfully impacted his life. This is one important reason why we must choose to stay in peace… our future depends on it!

Here are 7 keys to staying in peace:

#1 – Look to Your Source.

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace….” -1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV

God is the author, creator and originator of true peace. In the Old Testament, Jesus is called the Prince of Peace and, in the New Testament, there are 5 places that call our Heavenly Father the God of Peace. He is the source of absolute, genuine and pure peace. In other words, the peace we are talking about is the peace that God himself has, walks in and enjoys. This is the peace that fills Heaven. This is the same peace that also filled Jesus and calmed the storm in Mark 4:39. As a person made in His image and likeness, this is the peace that you were created for, a peace you were destined to know and enjoy!

#2 – Enjoy the Peace You Have With God.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1 KJV

Jesus came as the great Peacemaker to bring peace into our relationship with God. After the fall of Adam, mankind was spiritually separated from the God of Peace and, as a result, we no longer knew the way of peace (Romans 3:17). The Scriptures show us that Jesus came to guide our feet back into the way of peace and, in Colossians 1:20, we see that through His work on the cross, Jesus brought about peace between God and man. This peace of forgiveness and righteousness with God puts us into a place of favor with Him and it gives us access to a life of peace… spirit, soul & body. Jesus gave us peace with God so we could enjoy the peace of God!

#3 – See the Grace & Peace That’s Ever Coming to You.

“Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come.” – Revelation 1:4 KJV

You and I are in a living relationship with God. He is our Heavenly Father and His posture towards us is one of grace and peace. So much so, that 17 New Testament letters begin with grace and peace be unto you from God, our Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ! This is the context of our relationship with God or, you could say, this is the atmosphere in which the New Testament was written. He is ever gracious towards us and His peace is ever available to us. Our part is to respond and to choose to participate in that relationship (and the peace that it brings). In other words, don’t live at a distance in your heart and mind from the One who loves you. Draw near unto Him in faith and take time to fellowship with the God of peace. As you do, His peace will come upon you and affect you in a wonderful way.

#4 – Acknowledge His Peace That Is Within You.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace….” – Galatians 5:22 KJV

The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit now dwells within us and that He is ever at work, producing God’s peace on the inside of us. Yielding to the Holy Spirit leads us into a life of peace and He gives us power to live in peace with those who are around us. God has empowered us from within to be at peace and to bring peace into our environment. It’s good to acknowledge and give God thanks for the peace of the Holy Spirit that is within us. Doing so, enables us to access that peace that is readily available on the inside.

# 5 – Let His Peace Reign in Your Heart & Mind. 

“Let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state to which as members of Christ’s one body you were also called to live. And be thankful (appreciative), giving praise to God always.” – Colossians 3:15 AMP

Throughout each day, we always have a choice to make where the condition of our heart is concerned… are we going to let our heart be troubled or are we going to let the peace of God reign instead? Whatever we let ourselves think on and talk about the most is what is going to reign in us. David said in the Psalms that great peace have they which love God’s Word and we see in Romans 8 that what we think on can produce life and peace. Let’s think on God’s Word! Let’s allow the truth of His Word to fill our hearts, our minds and our conversations. Doing so is a sure way to experience His peace that passes understanding!

#6 – Contend for Peace in Your Home.

My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” – Isaiah 32:18

The peace of God that fills our hearts and minds can also fill our homes. When Jesus sent out His disciples, He said that their peace would come upon the homes of those that would receive them. This is a real peace that we should expect to experience in our marriages, with our children and in our homes!

#7 – Be a Peacemaker & Choose to Avoid Strife.

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.” – Proverbs 12:20 NIV

A major part of living a life of peace is choosing to be at peace with others. We can’t control what other people say or do but we can always control our responses to others. Jesus said,Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” He didn’t say blessed are the people who win every argument or blessed are the people who prove their point or get their way. No, He said blessed are those who seek peace and desire to be at peace with others. The older I get, the more I realize the value of having peace in relationships. This is a major part of staying in peace and it keeps us focussed on what matters most. Let’s be like our Father in Heaven. Let’s be peacemakers!

 

We hope that these verses are filling you with the peace of God! Also, we’ve included a link below to two messages that I recently taught on the peace of God. I hope that they are a blessing to you. We love you and we are praying for you. Have a very blessed Christmas!!!

GRACE & PEACE,

Jordan and Melissa Gash, Pastors

www.oswegofamilychurch.com

 

Beyond Boundaries Project | December Update

Dear Friends,

As Melissa and I consider all that has taken place over the past year, our hearts are full of gratitude for what the Lord has done.  2017 has definitely been a special year for our family and for our local church!  We are seeing God’s favor, restoration, and increase in amazing ways and we are grateful for the special season that our church is in right now.  We believe that this is an exciting time for all of us to go beyond our boundaries!

We want to give you a quick update on how things are moving along with the building project.  As some of you know, there was quite a bit of demolition work needed to be done on the inside of the building before any kind of construction could take place.  I’m excited to report that all of the interior demo work is now complete!  You can see how the inside of the building looks now in the December update video below. Getting that work out of the way was a big step towards our interior renovation goals.  We are continuing to meet with city officials, engineers and our architect to fine tune our building plans and we hope to have more information soon regarding a possible timeline for the renovation.  We look forward to sharing those details with you once we have them!

We also want to be sure to say a special THANK YOU to all of you who have given and continue to give towards this project.  So far, 33% of our project costs have been paid for!  God’s grace and your gifts are enabling us to take this step in order for our church to make a greater impact.  Thank you for helping us take the message of Jesus to this region and beyond.  We love you and we appreciate you.  Together, we are taking the land and going far beyond our boundaries!

Grace & Peace,
Jordan & Melissa Gash, Pastors

I WILL NOT BE AFRAID: WORDS TO DECLARE IN THE FACE OF FEAR

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” – 2 Timothy 3:1

The world that we live in is a dangerous place and now more than ever we are faced with many opportunities to be afraid. In 2 Timothy 3:1-17, the Bible explains that there will be dangerous times and that evil people will become worse and worse. In that passage, the Apostle Paul lists in great detail the corrupt attributes of man’s fallen nature, attributes that can be traced back to the garden of Eden. There, God originally created mankind in His image and likeness and man was very good. Adam and Eve were God’s children and were carriers and revealers of His life, light and love. When Adam turned away from God, his Creator, he also turned away from his true identity and purpose. Romans 5 explains that at that time, sin entered into the world through Adam along with spiritual death and darkness. Then, in the very next generation, the heartbreaking destruction began. Cain, who should have been his brother’s keeper and friend, murdered innocent Able instead. By the time you get to Genesis 6, God’s creation had moved far away from His original plan, so much so that His heart was grieved over the violence that had filled the earth through man. So, how does He feel about the violence taking place today? God is love and He continues to be only good. There is no one more grieved by the violence and evil that exists in the earth than He is. He is not the originator of it and He is not behind it. He is the One who, in His great love, sent Jesus to restore us and to rescue us from the evil effects of Adam’s Fall.

“But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned them.” – 2 Timothy 3:14 AMPC

Even though we live in dangerous times where evil is present, we don’t have to live our lives intimidated by fear. In 2 Timothy 3:1-17, Paul not only describes the dangers and evils that we will face, he also teaches us how to respond to them. Beginning in verses 13 and 14 he says in affect, these evils exist but you’re to give your attention to the Scriptures that will empower you to be the person that God has created you to be. In other words, don’t be distracted or intimidated by the darkness. Instead, keep moving forward, keep shining, keep believing in God and continue to pursue the plan He has for your life. We don’t have to be paralyzed by fear! God has promised to protect us from evil. Our part is to respond to His promises of protection with genuine faith and to overcome evil with good.

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” – Psalm 56:3 KJV

Whatever we look at, listen to and talk about has an impact on our heart, either in the positive or in the negative. We can focus on the darkness or we can focus on the light. The choice is ours. If we make an intentional decision to put the light of God’s word before our eyes, it will strengthen us and bring peace to our hearts and minds. We must not be silenced by fear. If what God has said to us in His word is really true, it must affect the way we talk about our future. All of the promises of God belong to us now that we are in Christ Jesus, so let’s hear God’s promises preached, let’s read them and let’s declare them with trust and confidence in the One who gave them to us. 2 Corinthian 4:13 says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”  Listed below are some promises found in God’s word that you can personalize, believe and speak.

I would encourage you to think about these and make them your declaration in the face of fear:

1. “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21 (KJV)

Declaration: I will not be overcome by evil but I will overcome evil with good. 

2. Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” – Galatians 1:4 (KJV)

Declaration: Through Jesus, I am delivered from this present evil world according to the will of my Father in Heaven.

3. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” – John 17:14-17 (KJV)

Declaration: God keeps me from the evil that is in the world and my life is sanctified by the truth of God’s word.

4. “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (KJV)

Declaration: The Lord is faithful. He establishes me and He keeps me from evil.

5. “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – 2 Timothy 4:17-18 (KJV)

Declaration: The Lord stands with me and He strengthens me to do His will. He delivers me from danger and He shall deliver me from every evil work. He will preserve me unto His Heavenly Kingdom.

6. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” – Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV)

Declaration: I will live in the secret place of the Most High and I will abide under the shadow of the Almighty, the One Who is my source and my abundant supply. The Lord is my refuge and my fortress, my God; in Him will I trust. He delivers me from the traps of the enemy and from deadly diseases. He covers me and I trust in Him. His truth and His faithfulness are my shield and buckler. I will not be afraid of the terrors of the night nor of the dangers of the day. Neither will I fear destruction or diseases. A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand but it will not come near me. I have made the Lord my refuge and the most High my habitation, so no evil will befall me and no plague will come near my home. God has given His angels charge over me and they protect me wherever I go. I overcome every enemy and trample them under my feet. Because I have set my love upon the Lord, He will deliver me. He will set me on high because I have known His name. I will call upon Him and He will answer me. He will be with me in trouble. He will deliver me and honor me. With long life will He satisfy me and show me His salvation.

7. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4 KJV

Declaration: The Lord is my shepherd. He loves me and He is with me. Therefore, I will fear no evil.

We hope that these promises have encouraged your heart today. We sincerely believe that God has great things in store for you and your family!

We love you and we’re praying for you,

Jordan & Melissa Gash, Pastors
Oswego Family Church

Earlier this year, I preached a message about being either a prisoner of HOPE or a prisoner of FEAR. The link to that audio message is above. I hope that it is a blessing to you! – Pastor Jordan

A New Name for a Greater Vision

Dear Friends,

November 7, 2017 marks 13 years since we started the church. Since that day, we have been on an amazing journey, one that Melissa and I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. While we are forever thankful for all that God has done over the years, we know that it doesn’t begin to compare to what He has in store! As we celebrate this anniversary of the church, we felt like it would be the perfect time to also introduce some exciting changes that will be taking place when we move to our new location. We would like to officially introduce to you today the future name of our church, Restore Church. We believe that Restore Church is a new name for a greater vision. Our current name describes where we are but our new name speaks to who we are. We are really excited about making this change! In addition to sharing with you the new church name, we also want to bring you up to speed on where we are with the Beyond Boundaries Project.

God’s grace has been abounding towards us and we have made great progress since our last update. When we first launched the project this past August, we set what we’ve called our 250 Seat Goal. At $3,200.00 per seat, the project will be paid in full. Our initial goal was to pay for 79 of the 250 seats in order to purchase the property and begin the building renovations. We’re excited to announce that since our last update, we have officially reached our first goal of 79 seats! As of today, 80 seats have been paid for, leaving only 170 seats to pay off the project. God is so good!!!

In addition to paying off the project, our goal now is to move things along as fast as possi­ble. Thanks to some pretty amazing volunteers, the clean-up and demo work out at the property has been going well. We’re also working with an architect and a civil engineer to finalize the necessary plans for building renova­tions and parking lot construction. We do not have a definite timeline yet as to when we will be able to move onto the property but we will be sure to let you know just as soon as we have more information.

We especially want to thank all of you that have given and continue to give towards this project. You are helping us go beyond our boundaries as a church in order to impact this area with the gospel of Jesus! We are sincerely grateful for your support. Together, by God’s grace, we are taking the land!

Much love and blessings,

Jordan & Melissa Gash, Pastors

http://www.beyondboundariesproject.com

 

Beyond Boundaries Project Update

Hello Friends,

Melissa and I would like to give you a quick update on the progress of the Beyond Boundaries Project. Great things are happening! First, we want to thank all of you who have already given towards this project. We have seen an amazing response from our church family and our friends both here in Illinois and around the world. THANK YOU for helping us take this step in order to advance the kingdom of God and go beyond our boundaries! We’re excited to share with you what has taken place since we first announced the Beyond Boundaries Project in August.

On September 8, we officially closed on the new church property, a total of 34 acres along with the building that we plan to renovate. The very next day, a group of volunteers from the church went to work on the lot, mowing and clearing out overgrowth and dead trees. They have done a tremendous amount of work in a short period of time and we are off to a really great start. While continuing to do what we can ourselves in order to get the building and site ready, things are also well under way with the required engineering and architectural planning to get city permits and to begin building and parking lot construction. The Lord has definitely been showing us favor and things are progressing well.

When we launched the project, we set 2 main goals, an immediate goal to fund the renovation costs and an overall goal to pay for the entire project. Things are coming together quickly! We are very excited to announce that we are now at 91 % of reaching our first project goal. So, for the seat goals that we set, 72 seats at $3,200.00 per seat have been paid for and now only 7 more seats at $3,200.00 per seat are remaining to reach our first goal. God is doing exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think! Once we reach 100% of our first goal, we will be able to begin full construction and renovations. We are almost there!

Thank you so much for your friendship, prayers and support. We are confident that our best days are just ahead. Together, by the grace of God, we are taking the land!

Much love & blessings,

Jordan & Melissa Gash, Pastors

http://www.beyondboundariesproject.com

 

The Beyond Boundaries Project

Dear Friends & Partners,

Melissa and I would like to share some exciting news with you regarding the church and bring you up to speed on a few recent developments and an opportunity we believe the Lord has brought to us.  Great things are happening!

In January of 2016, the Lord began dealing with us about the future location for our church and, shortly after that, we discovered a piece of land that was for sale in that same area.  We continued to look at it over the course of 2016 but when 2017 began, it seemed like this was something that we needed to pursue.  So, in March of this year, after much prayer, planning and discussion with our board, we decided to make an offer on that property.  The offer was less than their asking price and the seller ultimately decided not to accept our offer… but what happened next is the reason why we’re sharing all of this with you.

The day after they turned down our offer, we received a call about the land immediately next to that property (we didn’t even realize that it was for sale at the time).  As it turned out, this property was bigger, nicer, and it had a building on it!  To make a long story short, after negotiations, we are going to be able to purchase the larger property with the building for about half of what they were asking for the first property!  I believe that this is what I was praying about at the beginning of 2016 and that this property is going to be the future home for our church.

Let me share some more details with you.  The land sits about 5 miles SW from our current location on Route 71 and is visible from Route 126 in Yorkville, not far from Route 47.  The building on site, once renovated, would give us more square footage than our present rented facilities and would enable us to double our sanctuary space.  This would be a great first step in the short term and, with a total of 34 acres, the new property would also allow for much future church growth and expansion.

One reason we are excited about this opportunity is because our current lease expires at the end of February in 2018.  Once we meet our initial goal, we could be in our own building on our own property in a matter of months!  We believe that this is a window of opportunity for our church to go beyond our boundaries.  This is why we are launching the Beyond Boundaries Project.  We believe that the Lord is positioning us to make a greater impact and together, by His unlimited grace, we will take the land… I believe that the Lord is with us and that we are WELL ABLE!

Along with this letter you will find more detailed information about the Beyond Boundaries Project and how you can be a part of it.  We’re simply asking that you pray about supporting this project to help us advance the Kingdom.  We believe that our best days are just ahead!  Thank you so much for your friendship, prayers and support.

Much Love & Blessings!

Pastors Jordan & Melissa

http://www.beyondboundariesproject.com

Joy Restoration | 5 Things to Focus On

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5 KJV

We can go through difficult places in life that can drain our joy, our strength and our peace. Maybe you have recently lost a loved one, experienced health problems or had a serious family situation. All of these things can leave us feeling like our joy is depleted and some even wonder if they could ever experience joy in their life again. The good news is that our God is a God of restoration! He can turn our mourning into dancing, give us beauty for ashes and cause our lives to be sweet again.

“Restore our captivity, O Lord, as the stream-beds in the South are restored by torrents of rain. They who sow in tears shall reap with joyful singing. – Psalm 126:4-5 AMP

God is able to bring restoration to our lives suddenly. Where, one minute, there was sadness and despair but the next minute, because of His restoration power working in our lives, our joy is back even stronger than before. Like a strong rain that brings a sudden flood, God’s rains of restoration can bring sudden joy to our lives. The Bible teaches that the Lord wants you and I to enjoy the life that He has given to us. You may be facing some challenging situations right now, but remember that your Heavenly Father loves you, He is for you and He is able to give you the oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness. As you look past your present circumstances to Him and His promises, His restoring power will work in your heart and bring new strength into your life.

“This day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10 KJV

God wants you and I to be strong in life. When our joy level is low, our strength level is going to be low as well. So, we must choose to receive the the daily supply of joy that the Lord has for us and let it strengthen us. Proverbs 22:17 says that “a merry heart does good like a medicine.” In other words, as we allow God’s joy to work in our hearts, it affects us in real ways, even emotionally and physically. In another place, Proverbs 15:15, the Bible says that the person who has “a merry heart has a continual feast.” That means that the people who let joy work in their heart will be the ones who ever receive and draw upon God’s gracious provision. So, instead of yielding to despair, worry and fear today, let’s yield to the joy of faith, the joy of the Holy Spirit, the joy of the Lord and the joy of our salvation!

In this video, I share 5 things we can choose to focus on that enable God’s restoration power in our lives. I hope that these things encourage you and help to strengthen your joy!


We love you and we’re praying for you,

Jordan & Melissa Gash
Oswego Family Church

Restoration Is Coming!

“For behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will RESTORE…” – Jeremiah 30:3 ESV

God’s people heard this powerful promise of restoration during a time of oppression while being held captive in Babylon. It was a very difficult moment for them and, from a natural standpoint, it looked like there was no hope that things could ever be any different. It was in that hard time that God announced to them that restoration was coming. He wanted them to see beyond their present moment to the restoration plan that He had for them. He wanted them to realize that things weren’t over yet. There were still more chapters to be written in their story… chapters of healing, victory and restoration! Like them, you may have gone through some hard times recently and what you’re facing today might seem impossible to overcome, but know this, the same God Who had a restoration plan for the nation of Israel has a restoration plan for you. Your story isn’t over yet! God is for you and He wants to write a new restoration chapter in the story of your life!

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5 KJV

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is found in Genesis, chapters 42 through 45, in the life of Jacob. Toward the end of Jacob’s life, it looked like everything had turned against him and that God’s promises weren’t going to come to pass. He had suffered tragic loss in his family and got to the point where he was facing poverty and starvation. Meanwhile, even though there were many things against him, the Bible reveals that, more importantly, there was someone who was for him! God had been working behind the scenes and had prepared an amazing restoration plan for Jacob. What looked as if it had been lost forever was restored unto him and his last days ended up being the most blessed days of his life.

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31 KJV

Could it be that way for you? Remember, you are a child of God and all of His promises belong to you now because of your faith in Jesus. Make up your mind that, by His grace, you’re going to come out of where you are into greater days. Like Jacob, life may be against you, but the Restorer is for you. Put your confidence in Him and expect to see His restoration power in your life. Get ready for things to change in your favor because we believe that your Restoration is coming!

Jordan D. Gash

 

7 Ingredients of the Spirit of Faith

“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.” – 2 Corinthians 4:13 KJV

It’s time to go where we have never gone before and FAITH in God is how we will get there!

Where you are right now in life isn’t all that there is to your life’s story. The truth is that no matter what you’ve seen so far, your Heavenly Father has more in store for you! I believe that He has new levels for you and I to walk in that are exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask for or even imagine. So, how do we get from where we are to where He wants us to be? How do we rise higher and go to the next level? Like Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Joshua, Caleb & David (just to name a few), we’re going to have to live our lives with a spirit of faith, not the faith of yesterday, but living faith for THIS season of our lives. No matter how impossible it might look, with a spirit of faith we can go to the next level!

We advance and make great progress in life as we stir up and actively employ the spirit of faith, but in order to do so effectively, we’re going to need to use the right ingredients. This past weekend, my oldest daughter, Hannah, baked and then decorated cupcakes for our family (and she did a really great job!). One of the reasons they turned out so good is because she was very careful to add in all of the ingredients that were listed in the recipe. The Lord recently helped me to see seven “ingredients” of the spirit of faith in 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 AMPC. These seven things have greatly encouraged me and I would like to share them with you.

#1. The Spirit of Faith Believes
Our faith is in the faithful God who loves us and He NEVER fails!

#2. The Spirit of Faith Speaks
Don’t be silent in the face of adversity. Instead, boldly declare your faith in God and His Word!

#3. The Spirit of Faith is Assured of Victory
The same One who raised up Jesus, raises us up. No matter what it might look like, we will be victorious!

#4. The Spirit of Faith is Not Discouraged
Don’t quit! Don’t give up! Choose to let go of the past. Today is a new day with new mercy, new grace and new opportunities. Take courage and know that you’re more than a conqueror!

#5. The Spirit of Faith is Not Afraid
Fear not and believe only. God is with you, He loves you, He is for you, and the Greater One lives within you!

#6. The Spirit of Faith is More Aware of the Inward Man than the Outward Man
Remember, you’re a new creation in Christ, old things are passed away and all has become new! Put on the champion that you are now in Him!

#7. The Spirit of Faith Goes Forward, Looking Beyond the Seen to the Unseen
Everything that we see today is temporary and is subject to change. So, don’t be intimidated by what you see. Instead, look with eyes of faith to the eternal plan of your gracious God. That’s what’s established. That’s where you’re headed!

Is faith rising in your heart? Are you stirred about the days ahead? I believe with all of my heart that we’re about to step into some amazing days that will be unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. So, let’s rise up in this season with fresh faith in our faithful God. Let’s go forward with an attitude of faith, a spirit of faith, believing to see what we’ve never seen before!

Your best days are truly yet to come!

by: Jordan D. Gash

www.oswegofamilychurch.com