by Clarence Dalrymple

Guest Post

Today is all we have to live, love, labor, laugh, and learn.

  • Yesterday is in the tomb
  • Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery
  • But today is reality
  • Yesterday was instructive
  • Tomorrow is unknown
  • Today is the proving ground

It is important to remember the lessons of the past.

  1. It is not good to dwell on the past.
  2. The past will cause you to waller around in the murky mud of the past.
  3. The stench of the murky past will keep you in fear of the future and chained to defeat.
  4. Do not ponder on the past. The key word is pondered, which keeps fouling us up. It means to keep talking about and dwelling on, in this case, your past, such as being hurt by a former spouse, a former boss or employee, or a parent who hurt you.

Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Restoration Is God’s Plan for Everyone.

Psalm 51:10-12. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”

We miss the full picture when considering restoration is only needed by those who stumble. The full picture is that restoration is God’s heart and plan for all of us. We are all targets of God’s restoration. We are all in the middle of His restoring work in our lives.

In order to have “restoration,” there must be a standard that a person is being restored unto.

In God’s mind, that standard is not limited to a happy marriage, a positive net worth, or a specific job. God’s standard for restoration is much higher. God’s goal is to restore every person to His original intent for their life.

That’s why we are all targets and in the restoration process because God is restoring us to His original intent for mankind.

See, God’s original intent was not for you to just be saved; it was to live in His glory.

Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the GLORY of God. God made you to be full of His glory. That was His original intent for everything; that’s why the Bible tells us that the earth will one day be restored and be full of His GLORY as the waters cover the sea.

We were always intended to be filled with the glory of God, to inhabit His world in the third Heaven, and for His Spirit to inhabit us. But Adam and Eve fell, and the world was corrupted by sin.

Ever since that time, God has been in the restoration business.

God is obsessed with redemption.

I thank God that He is never content to leave us in a fallen state.

Because Jesus died on the cross, God has the legal right to execute the deepest will of His heart–which is to restore–on the earth.

So He’s been at it ever since:

  • He forgives our sins and restores us to eternal life when we receive His salvation in Christ Jesus.
  • He heals our sicknesses and diseases, restoring our bodies to divine health.
  • He restores our finances to a state of heavenly abundance when we tithe and give generously, even if we start at rock bottom.
  • He redeems our minds from depression and fear, restoring us to a state of power, love, and a sound mind.
  • He delivers us from sin and restores us to His original intent for us to walk before Him in holiness and purity.

Restoration is something that every one of us needs in every area of life.

Being restored to God’s original intent for us is to:

  • walk and talk with Him in person
  • live seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly places
  • and to demonstrate His fullness and abundance on the earth

So, when I hear someone talking about restoring this person or that person, I say: BRING IT ON!

As the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 103:4, God has redeemed my life from the pit–so who am I to refuse to let God execute those same mercies on someone else? Who am I to hinder God’s work on the earth?

Like a Potter at His wheel, Father God is molding and shaping all of us. He is changing all of us. He disciplines and chastises all of us–because He loves us and because of the blood Jesus shed for us.


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