Restoration

As believers, we’ve all heard about the power of God. We hear it through song, sermons and it may even come up as a topic of conversation. How many us really believe in the power of God? Often times, I’ve found myself dealing with the struggles of my past. For so long I’ve carried shame and regret because of the things I did in my past. Even though God said old things have passed away, it was hard for me to believe that. I allowed the enemy to whisper into my ear and remind me of the person I used to be. He would say things like, “How can you tell the world about being pure before God knowing that you haven’t always practiced this belief?” The thought of knowing I couldn’t go back to change the past and I would have to live with my mistakes was all too devasting. I can remember a night that I began to be completely vulnerable with God and I told him that it was hard for me to accept the fact that I’m not a pure virgin, I haven’t been a virtuous woman, and I haven’t always been loving and forgiving. Immediaetly, I noticed that my bible was turned to my glossary and my eyes fell upon the word, “restore.” God began to speak to me. He said, “Was my dying in vain? Was my blood shed in vain? Although you may have endulged in sexual activity, I can give you a virgin’s heart. I can give you a virgin’s mind and change your life in such a way that you forget that you’ve ever been touched. ” It was in that moment that God began to heal my heart. I feel silly for not really considering the ulimate power of God. If Jesus was raised from the dead, why wouldn’t he be able to restore my heart? Here are some powerful scriptures regarding restoration:

Isaiah 61:7, ESV Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.
Joel 2:25-26, ESV I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
Isaiah 1:18, ESV Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

So, it doesn’t matter how ugly your past may be. God is able to restore. Pour out to him and allow him to pour back into you. I hope someone is able to benefit from this message. Please share this with whomever you think would benefit from reading this. 🙂

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