Merry Monday by Parris Bailey


“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”


Spurgeon said, “God is glorious in the history of his church. God is glorious in the history of every believer. The life of a true believer is a glorious life. He will have men know that he is God, and beside him there is none else.”

This morning while in worship I felt like I was looking through a huge telescope of God, or through His lens instead of mine. I saw the future of Victory and my family. We all know that God is a God of restoration, after all the gospel is good news is it not? He gives us a future and a hope. At times I know we can all get self absorbed in the here and now and begin to lose sight of the promises of God. In 2005 when Katrina blew into our city, Frank and I said it would take  ten years to build it again. I realized that God has been using all of us that live in New Orleans to restore the ancient wells. What’s crazy it’s now been ten and I was challenged this morning to evaluate if I had grown spiritually since then. How wonderful it to see through the telescope and observe God and all He has done through restoration in our church and our lives. He desires breakthrough, expansion and perseverance for the kingdom of God. In the Spirit I felt like I saw the church debt paid off, my family members restored and on our back property I saw Restoration village! A small city so to speak filled with the stories of what God has done. He surely can restore what the cankerworm has eaten in our lives. The above verses is all about Restoration of the Messiah kingdom. When CHRIST comes into our lives our DNA changes. We are no longer wolf like but live like lambs with each other and little children. Jesus said “you will know they are Christians by their love”. God can restore broken relationships and broken hearts but we have to step up and let Him take the broken things from us. Do you measure your life from what has been taken or have you’ve been able to put it into the hands of our Heavenly Father and let him make all things new.