What the Bible Says About Restoration

A friend recently completed an extensive remodel on her house. As I followed her journey on Facebook, I oohed and ahhed over the pictures of her all-new bathroom. I imagined what it would be like to have that in my house!


I also saw pictures of their work-in-progress, which helped me realize how much time, effort and commitment went into crafting such a beautiful finished product. Not to mention talent for building and design.


What exactly is restoration?

Restoration is the act of returning something to its former condition. Making something new again. Restoring can also make things better. The Bible says a lot about this. Our Heavenly Father’s restoring power is one of the greatest promises from Scripture. 


As we look closely at what the Bible says about restoration, let’s open our hearts to receive this promise on a deeper level than ever before. My prayer is that as we study Scripture, we will see God restore what’s been lost in our own hearts, lives, and families.

Here are 4 foundational truths about restoration from God’s Word.


Restoration can happen in our physical bodies.


“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 30:17 ESV

I can go for a walk every day, make trips to the gym, and cook healthy meals at home. All of these are good things that bring honor to the One who created my body. All of these help me regain my strength I may have lost during illness or injury. But nothing can fully restore us like God can.

Claim this promise with me: God is able and willing to heal me and restore my health.


Restoration can happen in our spirits.


“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12 ESV

Life’s struggles can suck the joy right out of even the most positive person. Pile one struggle on top of another, and we can easily become trapped under the weight of despair. God’s promise for restoration doesn’t only apply to our physical strength, but our spirits as well. You can read more about restoring our peace here.

Claim this promise with me: God is able and willing to heal and restore my spirit.


Restoration can happen in our surroundings.

“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 ESV


When we feel like we’ve lost it all, God promises to return even more than what was stolen from us.

Claim this promise with me: God is able and willing to restore what was lost.

Restoration will always be visible on the outside.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV


When I gaze at before and after pictures like my friend’s, I have a new appreciation for the change that takes place. I believe God sees that same change in our hearts when we invite His restoration power into our lives.

Claim this promise with me: Praise God for making me a new creation through restoration!


These next few weeks, we will be exploring this topic in our weekly devotions. I’ll even have some surprise guests share their insight as they tell us about God’s restoration in their own lives. Will you join us?

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Blessings,

Kristine

Are the What Ifs Controlling Your Life?

Our devotion this week comes from a good friend and great Bible teacher, Ellen Chauvin. I know you will enjoy her contribution to our series on BELIEF. Let’s learn what God’s Word has to say about letting the What Ifs control our lives!


I grabbed the pen, eager to sign up as a volunteer at the local pregnancy crisis center. There were several opportunities available: Provide food for meeting - umm, nope not my area; Wash and fold donated baby clothes - ouch! Laundry! I can't keep up with mine and my hubby's, much less add more. That's out; Reception, answer phones - Ahhh, I can handle busy (or not) office phones! I am no stranger to complicated phone systems. I can do this!



My hand trembled. I gripped the pen tighter, poised above the paper that said "Reception/Phones." Only, I couldn't do it. I couldn't put pen to paper.  I wanted to help. They needed help. I believed in the work the center was doing.  



I put the pen down and walked away. Without signing up.



The "What if's" got the better of me when I over analyzed the situation. Sure, it was only answering phones. I'd worked in professional offices long enough to be very comfortable with phone etiquette. But...



What if I say something wrong? What if I discourage a young, pregnant mom by saying the wrong thing? What if she chooses not to come in, and instead seeks an abortion? What if...?

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I'm no stranger to What if situations. Looking back, it seems that me and "What If" have been besties since I was a child!

"Do you want to ride the ferris wheel?"

"Nooooo, what if it gets stuck at the top?"

"How about the roller coaster?"

"Noooo, what if it flies off the tracks?"



How many times do we allow the What Ifs to scare us off?



"Do you want to ________________?” (Fill in the blank.)

"Noooo, what if the absolute worst happens?"

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Jesus told the synagogue official in Mark 5:36 "Don't be afraid. Just believe." But first, we have to figure out what we are  afraid of. That night, fear made me turn my back on a worthy cause. Fear has held me back from many, many opportunities. Often, when we say no to an opportunity, it isn't because it's outside of God's will, but  because it is outside of our comfort zone. We're not willing, because we fear the unknown. We're not willing, because we don't believe. We're not willing because we imagine the worst case scenario.



In their book Experiencing God, Henry and Richard Blackaby say that when God invites us to join Him in His work, He has a God-sized assignment for us. We realize pretty quickly that we can't do this on our own, and without God's help we will fail.



"This is the crisis of belief when you must decide  whether to believe God for what He wants to do through you." (Experiencing God, page 134)



Do we really believe that God will provide everything we need in order to carry out His will? That Jesus is faithful and He will equip us? Will God really be with us, never leaving or forsaking us? Will He really equip us? Do we believe that God is sovereign and in control of ALL THINGS?


At this point, the best prayer to pray is "God, I don't want to do this without You. I can't, without You!"


"Then Moses said, "If You don't personally go with us, don't make us leave this place." Exodus 33:15 NLT


And then?

Believe.

Take a step of faith over fear.

Sign your name. Volunteer. Face your fear, with God.

Know that in doing God's will, you WILL have His presence.



Lord God, I believe! Help my unbelief! I want to stand firm and follow Your will, even when it's outside my comfort zone! Thank You Jesus, for equipping me and holding me tight even when I am fearful. Amen.



Ellen pens her stories from the Bayou Country of South Louisiana, where gumbo and crawfish reign and majestic oaks provide shade for weary sojourners. When not writing and digging into God’s Word, you can find Ellen digging in her flower beds, relaxing on the back porch, hanging out with her grandkids, or traveling with her husband John.

Ellen has loved writing since high school, but this passion lay dormant for many decades. When her mom passed away in 2011, Ellen felt the Lord urging her to write her stories. She shares these deep truths from God’s Word in teachable, relatable and often funny stories that help women see God’s faithfulness in their own lives.

Ellen is passionate about scripture and her desire is to see women dig into God’s Word and thirst after Him with all their hearts. She writes at EllenChauvin.com, where she encourages her readers to soak in God’s Word and sprout seeds of faith.

She has contributed to Deeper Waters, Word Nerd Wednesday, The Laundry Moms, Sweet to the Soul, The Consilium and The Message, a study magazine published annually by the women’s department of WEGOM, a non denominational evangelistic organization in Nigeria.

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