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re*sto*ra*tion, noun.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

a bringing back to a former position or condition. the reconstruction of the original form. the return to an unimpaired or improved position. Biblical: reclamation of what evil has taken or destroyed. Personal: your return to your destined condition.

re * sto * ra * tion Jesus said that the devil came into your life to "kill, steal & destroy". He went to work early. He didn't wait until you were old enough to understand what he was doing. He doesn't play fair. From the very beginning of your life, he used the words of people close to you, wounding experiences, and even your own natural doubts and fears. But his goal was always the same, destroy what you are, take what you are rightly due and, ultimately, kill you. Before you knew who Jesus is, you took this condition as normal. You were like the famous story of the man with the ticket to cross the ocean on a huge ship. He was excited about the voyage, so he packed some food, boarded the ship, and thrilled to all the sights and sounds. Every day he would look into the dining area and see the beautifully dressed people eating huge amounts of magnificent food. Then he would return to his cabin and eat the small amounts of food he brought with him. On the last day of the voyage, a crew member noticed him looking into the dining room and asked him what he was doing. After the man explained, the crew member said, "But sir, your ticket entitles you to eat anywhere on board. That food you see is for you." This was your life before you knew Jesus. You were entitled to more, but you did not know it. A banquet had been set for you, but you didn't know you had been invited. Then Jesus comes. He comes having died with your sin, having stripped the devil of his power, and having answered every accusation against you. And you are saved. You are new. You live in a new kingdom. Then it is time for the restoration of what has been lost. It is a new day. In Acts 3, you are told that if your repent, "times of refreshing may come from the Lord." It is a sweet thought, but the language doesn't quite convey the original meaning. The words in the original language actually mean that if your repent, the restoration of what has been stolen from you will begin. In other words, it is the sin in your life that has given the devil the opportunity to destroy you. When you repent of sin the devil has no place to attack and God begins his restoring work. Think for a moment of your own life. Think of what has been lost through sin and cursing. From the destruction of your property to the damaging of your heart, how has sin made you less that what you were made to be? Think about what has been stolen from you, even what you ought to have had from parents, teachers, and friends - all of this is part of what may have been taken from you.

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Jesus came to restore it. He comes, as the Wesley hymn says, to make the blessing flow as far as the curse is found. The very areas of your life in which you have lost the most are he areas he wants to make the realm of greatest restoration and rich provision.

Take stock of your losses. Go ahead, be brutally honest. What has been taken from you? Now repent of any sin connected to those very areas. And ask God to restore you, gloriously, from his very presence. This is the promise of the gospel and the delight of your heavenly Father. Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. ACTS 3:19 NIV

Restoration of what our sins have destroyed, of what the devil has taken from us in our days of ignorance: This is the work of Jesus YUSEF MATI

He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, he shall see His face with joy, for He restores to man His righteousness JOB 33:26 NKJV

etcetera... Things you might not know about restoration: 

Under biblical law, restoration was a legal concept that required someone who had stolen to restore many times more than what he had taken. This is the concept of restoration that God says results from the repentance of New Testament believers. Restoration in the original Greek means, in part, "to relax" the idea is that one can relax because nothing is permanently lost, because what is lost is returned, because there will always be enough provision.

God cared so much about man's renewal that he sent his son into the world to accomplish this purpose. W. CURRY MAVIS

He comes to make the blessing flow, as far as the curse is found. CHARLIE WESLEY

When the Lord restores his captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad. PSALM 14:7 NASB

God, I want to glorify you and bring honour to the sacrifice of your Son by taking possession of all you intent to restore to me. Grant me, I pray, an unwillingness to live in less than you have provided and to repent so as to see all that has been stolen in my life restored. Thank you, God. - Amen. Extract from - Words to live by Love from Maja

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