God’s restoration

God is the God of restoration. He restores, He fixes, He repairs, He mends and He replaces. He can mend your heart. He can fix your life. He can restore what the enemy has stolen. When I got saved, restoration took place in my life. I wasn’t aware of how much the enemy had taken from me. I didn’t realize it until I saw what I could get from the Lord, until I understood that life was not what the enemy had said it was. I had been living a lie. I had been dealt some difficult cards and Jesus took them away and gave me a brand new set. His cards were much better. His cards were cards of love, hope, peace and joy. I never knew that life could be that amazing. 

I had very little experience with unconditional love. God put that in my life. God put layers upon layers of a new structure that built a house of hope. His house became my dwelling place. He removed the shed I had been living in so to speak and gave me His mansion of salvation. He fixed my life and gave me hope. He fixed my life and taught me about faith. He fixed my life and gave me reasons to be joyful and to be at peace. God is the God of restoration and He never stops fixing what the enemy destroys, spoils and kills. You see, with God there is unlimited hope so every time the enemy says your circumstances are dead, know that restoration and revival are available.

Jesus, through His death, His burial and His resurrection personified the greatest restoration of them all. He fixed life as it was. He brought eternal life into the world. He conquered death and put an end to it. As a believer, you are entitled to this major restoration. As a believer, you have resurrection power in your life. Learn about it. Study it in the Bible. Meditate on that truth. Repair the old mindsets that you had. Renew your mind through the Word of God. That process takes time and the first stage of it should be the renewal of our thinking of our lives and salvation. Salvation through Christ is for here and now. It is not for later when we get to be with the Lord.

 I had to work on that in my head and change my expectations. God’s salvation is a gift that starts now and with it comes an array of great blessings. I had to fix my thinking and the Holy Spirit helped me with that. Friend, you are highly blessed and highly favored and you have a Savior who saved your life forever. Forever is here and it is sweeter than honey. Enjoy the taste of salvation today and fully embrace it. Ask the Holy Spirit to fix your thinking and you will have an exhilarating life. A life where you know where you stand with God today and where you are headed and trust the restoration power of God.

I can’t thank the Lord enough for how He has fixed my life. He keeps on doing it. Salvation was the beautiful start of it all but every day I have things that need to be fixed or restored. The enemy is always after our peace and our joy. Bad circumstances can steal the fruit of the Spirit at any given time but we have a wonderful Savior who can always restore the fruit. We have a Lord who knows how to mend anything and who is always willing to recharge our lives with His goodness and to lead us back to peace and joy. When money was tight, peace and joy didn’t seem to be part of my daily experience. I thank God for encouraging me during those times and for giving me glimpses of hope. It is those glimpses that got me through the hard times and every time I held on to them, hope came back. I confessed that God was my provider and that I lacked nothing. My mind didn’t always get it but my spirit was on the Lord’s wavelength and faith got stronger and stronger. 

I am glad to say that the Lord restored my finances and He is not done yet. I am expecting replenishment and much more. I am expecting the Lord to keep reigning in every area of my life. I am being rebuilt on the inside and it is showing on the outside. Confidence and boldness are being restored. God is doing a great work in me and I know He will do the same for you. Whatever you are facing today, trust in the God of restoration. Whatever has been stolen from you will be restored and you will get even more. Your house might have been torn down but know that the Lord will rebuild it with additions and with amazing renovations. God can restore anything. God can fix anything. God can rebuild anything. Stay in faith and praise the God of restoration. May God bless you and protect you and remember He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Amos 9:14; Isaiah 40:31; Acts 3:21

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The restoration of God’s restoration

The mindset that many people have adopted these days is that things can’t get better and that a lot that has been broken can’t be fixed. There is a strong feeling that we can’t get out of the hole that this pandemic has dug in our lives. Hope has left the building and doubt is a permanent resident in many homes. All we can think about is how bad the situation is getting and there seems to be no end to the chaos. “How will this get fixed?” many are wondering. What will it take to get back to a normal life? Is there a way to go back to normal or are we heading toward a new normal that is dismal and discouraging? There is a way. There is hope. There is a truth that will make things right. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the One who can and who will fix this. He knows the way to do it, He holds the truth that will set people free and He has the life that changes everything. What we all need is to restore our faith and our hope in God’s power of restoration. God is still the same. He is the God of miracles and the God of restoration. He will give us what we need and He will fix everything that is broken. Not just some things but everything when we believe. Today I want to encourage you to go back to where your faith once was or to reach the place where your faith sees restoration and reparation.

The word “reparation” usually refers to the making of amends for a wrong one has done by paying money or by helping someone to whom a wrong was done. God is in the business of reparations. When Jesus died and rose again, the biggest reparation was paid to the world. He made amends for the wrong the enemy did to the world and for the wrong sin did to humanity. He made things right with God and He helped every human being that will ever believe in Him. He fixed the biggest problem the world would ever face and His reparation is still true today. Whatever you are facing today can be fixed. It was fixed on the cross and now your faith can make it come to pass. Go back to the cross today. Go back to what Jesus did for you. Spend time in the Word, study it and meditate on it. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. Like many people nowadays what you hear is gloom and doom and your faith has been damaged by the terrible reports. Scary things are happening in the world but they don’t change the good news of the Gospel of Jesus. He came to set the captives free. He came to set you free. This is not the end. Jesus will put an end to this. Build your faith back up. Go up the hill of hope. Get out of the valley of desolation. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever!

God will restore what was taken from you and give you beauty for ashes, hope for every doubt that has been sown in your heart and peace for every storm of worry that is thundering in your mind. “Restoration” is a powerful process. God will restore your life to where it was before and more. You see, with the Lord there is always an increase. You go from glory to glory. This means that His restoration is better than the world’s restoration. When something is restored in the world, it goes back to the way it was before. With the Lord, the restoration goes to a higher level. Life is restored according to His standards and not according to the world’s standards. I remember that after I spent a time in the wilderness even though I had been saved, God’s encounter or re-encounter took me to another level. He gave me peace that I had never known before. He opened my heart to worshiping Him more than ever and He put a zeal in me that I didn’t know existed. God is going to bless you in ways you never knew were possible. Stay in faith. Get into the habit of declaring that God is restoring your life. Keep on praying and keep on praising. Your Sunday morning is coming. It won’t be Friday night forever. Stay encouraged. God’s restoration is about to impact your life. Praise Him!

Suggested reading: Amos 9:14; Isaiah 61:7; 1 Peter 5:10