Have you ever tried to restore something? Maybe a piece of furniture or an old house or car. It can be hard, tedious work.
The word restore means to return something to its previous condition: to bring something back to an earlier and better condition. In order to truly restore something you have to know what it looked like before and how it was originally created to function. You may discover some things have changed over time and things may not work as they once did. You may have to take away things that were added and replace that which has worn out or is rotting away in order to restore it to its original design.
The same is true with our spiritual life. Over time we may have allowed things to be added that shouldn’t be there, or maybe we’ve simply neglected and drifted from God’s plan for our lives. We may have sin that we haven’t dealt with. When any of these elements are present in our lives, that’s when a restoration of our heart is needed.
There’s a process for restoration. First, there is recognition of our condition and the need for change. Second, there is repentance…confessing our sin and seeking forgiveness. Third, there is restoration. Restoration is always evidenced by transformation…change. Transformation is not simply a cosmetic change in outward attitude or behavior, but a rebuild...a reconstruct...a repair from the inside out that results in a change of heart.
“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” Ezekiel 36:26-27
My question to you today is who do you know that needs restoration?
Sunday - Psalm 51
Monday - 2 Samuel 12
Tuesday - Ezekiel 36:26-27
Wednesday - Acts 13:22
Thursday - Proverbs 15:13
Friday - Psalm 51:17
Saturday - Psalm 23:3
Prayer: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Amen. Psalms 139:23 NLT
Bro. Joe Metts