Being Restored

Being restored to Christ really begins with humility and recognizing our need for HIM. When we do this we are showing an understanding that our relationship is broken and needs to be restored. Sin is a negative word many don’t like to speak about but sin has a hold on ALL of us. Sin is really any deviation from God’s perfect will and standard. Sin can be the result of our behavior or thoughts, causes us to separate from God and is a form of rejection that involves our willful disobedience. Praying to God is truly an act of humility. The primary purpose of prayer is to cast our cares to GOD, repent from our sins and prepare ourselves to do HIS perfect will. It is our communication with GOD that involves not only our talking but also sitting still, meditating on HIM and listening with our heart. In short prayer is the doorway through which we enter into our communion with God. The Holy scriptures instruct us to seek God, and to do so continually (1 Chronicles 16:11, Psalm 27:8 and Psalm 105:4). When we fellowship or commune with God we are choosing to live our lives in service to God and being intimate with HIM through constant dialogue with GOD. When we are seeking restoration and turning away from disobedience, we must be intentional. Taking the courage that Jesus died to give us, we should exercise our free will and step into great faith by leaving our cares and concerns with Christ. Wholeheartedness is the only way we can win this battle, there are no shortcuts. Anything le

ss than being wholehearted will cause us to live in a constant struggle with our soul and spirit and we simply wear ourselves out in our own strength. Our worth is tied to JESUS because HE stands in the gap for us which is why we can give over our battle to him and leave our worries with HIM through faith. Patience is Key God’s strategy to counter rebellion and restore us is patience, which is a Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22). “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Patience trusts God. When we trust God with the matters of our heart we wait patiently for HIS deliverance, and in doing so we honor God and see His promises of deliverance. We do this by abiding in God’s Word and presence through prayer and praise. Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for your grace and hearing my prayers. I come before you praying for complete restoration in my life. I trust the plans you have to prosper me, not to harm me, to give me hope and a future as your WORD declares in Jeremiah 29:11. I pray that you restore my joy as you have said in Psalm 51:12 as I exercise my faith and surrender all to you. In JESUS name, Amen. In HIS Loving Service, Afua R. Jones

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