Open Heaven 31 August 2023: The God of Restoration
MEMORISE: And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: Genesis 40:21
BIBLE READING: LUKE 6:6-10 (KJV)
And it occurred on another Sabbath that when He went into the synagogue and taught, a man was present whose right hand was withered.
7 And the scribes and the Pharisees kept watching Jesus to see whether He would [actually] heal on the Sabbath, in order that they might get [some ground for] accusation against Him.
8 But He was aware all along of their thoughts, and He said to the man with the withered hand, Come and stand here in the midst. And he arose and stood there.
9 Then Jesus said to them, I ask you, is it lawful and right on the Sabbath to do good so that someone derives advantage from it] or to do evil, to save a life [and make a soul safe] or to destroy it?
10 Then He glanced around at them all and said to the man, Stretch out your hand! And he did so, and his hand was fully restored like the other one.
Restoration can be simply described as the process of returning something to its original state. Divine Restoration is an act of God because only the Creator of heaven and earth has the knowledge and ability to restore humanity to its original state.
The unfortunate error of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden robbed mankind of their dominion in creation. This led to separation from God and attracted death and other terrible curses.
Thereafter, life became full of different kinds of sins – idolatry, immorality, wickedness – until life became unbearably difficult. At this point, our loving and compassionate God decided to end the misery by restoring man’s dominion through redemption by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Restoration is a complete package that includes forgiveness of sins, freedom from guilt and mercy rather than judgement. It usually comes as an act of mercy, favour, compassion, and love, with the sole aim of reconciling mankind to God.
Restoration often involves the remission of sin, cancellation of debts, and reversing the irreversible. Our God is a God of restoration
Jesus restored life to Lazarus in John 11:43-44 and the son of the widow of Nain in Luke 7:11-15. He restored sight to a man born blind in John 9:1-7.
Our God can restore ill health, failing businesses, damaged relationships, broken marriages and lost opportunities. All you need to do is cry unto Him in prayer. May you be fully restored in every area of your life, in Jesus’ name.
The Bible teaches that as God is, so He wants us to be in this world. We must forgive everyone that has offended us while also seeking the forgiveness of those we have offended.
Forgiveness is to be without limits, as stated in Luke 17:3-4 and Matthew 18:21-22. Forgiveness leads to peace, reconciliation, healing, progress, joy, prosperity, and answered prayers.
Make up your mind to be at peace with all men (Hebrews 12:14), forgive everybody that has offended you and settle all pending disputes with your neighbours.
Let the love of God radiate through you to others so that you would become a beneficiary of the abundant blessings of the Lord.
Be restored to God first, then pursue restoration of every broken relationship as God guides you.
PRAYER POINT: Father, restore everything that I may have lost in time past, in Jesus’ name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 23-24
Thank you for studying today’s Open Heaven – The God of Restoration – written by Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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Open Heaven 31 August 2023