by Tammy Phillips
August 27, 2020

And that they may RECOVER themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2 Timothy 2:26 KJV)

Kris, my sweet hubby, headed out the garage door for a lunch meeting.  Within minutes he was back in the door asking me, “Have you seen my key?”  I thought, “Uh…oh!”  Kris always knows the location of his key fob. I prayed, “Lord, help us find that key, please and thanks?”  

We searched in all the obvious places and then, all over the house. We looked upstairs, downstairs, under beds, sheets, and sofa cushions. I thanked the Lord for His help as I went. I knew that He knew where the key was, and had it covered.  I even took wet clothes out of the washer. NO KEY!  Kris headed for lunch in my car and I looked a bit longer.

I did not recall where, nor what, Kris had done they day before.  I called him to find out.  He said that he would look when he got home and not to worry about it.  I wasn’t worried; I just wanted to help.  He started retracking his steps.  He told me where he had looked and two more places to look. Then, the answer to prayer came.  Confidently, he told me to check in his coat jacket.  Abnormally, Kris had not worn a suit jacket much in the last six months. This coat was a spring/summer coat.  I doubt that he would have worn it again any time soon and the expensive-to-replace key would have been lost for a while.  But God…it was recovered in the coat pocket. 

What have you lost? Peace? Health? Wealth? The Key? What do you need to recover? 

When we think of the word recover, it brings to mind a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength; to find or regain possession of something stolen or lost; to get back, reclaim, or repossess.  Recovery means returning to the way God intended, whole, healed, and complete in Him.  I love that in 2 Timothy 2:26, recover means return to soberness, your senses and a sound mind.  It means recover yourself. 

David said in Psalm 39:13, “O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.”  In this verse recover means to break off or loose; to desist from grief; to be bright; to shine forth as the dawn; to laugh, to be cheerful; to smile.

God’s plan and will is for us to completely recover! Recover what was lost. Recover our mind. Recover our smile. Recover our beauty. Recover our wellness. Recover the Key, if we have hidden Jesus away from the center of our lives.

Recovery requires aggressive action.  We cannot just sit and hope it happens.  Each person will take different steps and paths to reclaim what was lost or stolen. 

I enCOURAGE you to look at the simple steps we took.   Hopefully, it will help you recover:

  1. Realize something is lost or stolen.  
  2. Ask for help from those around you and from God! 
  3. Take action.  Do everything you can.
  4. Recognize that God has had you covered since before you were born. “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13 NKJV)
  5. God alone will “deliver you from the snare of the fowler [And] from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover you with His feathers.” (Psalm 91:3-4 NKJV)
  6. Ask and believe God; you will receive and be saved.  You will recover what is lost.  These signs will follow those who believe…In My name, they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. (Mark 16:16-18 NKJV)
  7. He will show you the steps you need to take towards recovery and find what “your key fob.” 

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