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Restoration

God has empowered the church with covenant promise and through prayer we can establish perimeters of possibility. Even while we are faced with despair we can create new potential for restoration and growth. We can become the image of Christ in the earth through His transforming power and then take authority over the ruin and destruction of our lives and personalities to become His ambassadors in the earth.

 

After coming to God we must all rebuild our lives and recover from the past. We must be willing to deal with the destructive behaviors that we allowed to exist and begin to rebuild what has been broken. We can recover from our defeats and remake our personalities into the image of Christ.

 

Nehemiah discovered the ruins of the city of Jerusalem and surveyed the devastation of 90 years of neglect by taking a mule ride around the wall under the cover of the darkness of night. He had told no one what God had put in his heart to do.

 

So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon (Nehemiah 2:11-12).

 

This kind of assessment doesn’t come from wise counsel; it comes only from being alone with God. Sin has done a great deal of damage in all of us. Even though the image of God is indelibly stamped upon each of us, there are still things about us that have been broken and remain so.

 

I want you to discover the possibilities God desires for your life. Even though we are all unique, we can still have unity. I believe that all of us have a certain dimension of passion or heart, a certain dimension of hope, and a certain measure of faith. The body of Christ needs your measure. Every joint in the body supplies its portion of oil to the body. From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:16).

 

Though disaster may burn our hope, tragedy may smash our faith, and injury may bruise our heart, God can and will resurrect our faith and we cannot be kept down. However, your amount of willingness and measure of faith will determine whether it will be successful or if it won’t. You can take an honest assessment of your brokenness but you cannot fix it by yourself. You need to enlist the aid of the Holy Ghost. You need, as John said in the New Testament, a paraclete; a comforter. The Holy Ghost is the only power that can rebuild and restore.  Even though along the way your destiny has been taunted, tainted, and tangled by test, trauma and tragedy, God had a blueprint in mind from the beginning.

 

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see my substance, Yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them (Psalm 139: 15-16).