A few months ago, I was teaching on Psalm 23 at a Congregation in the USA. When I was done teaching, the senior leader of the Congregation came to the podium, and called a young man to come up and share what God has done in his life. As the man began to share, I was touched by the mysterious ways in which our God works. The man – who was one of the associate leaders of the congregation – walked away from the Lord and fell into a very a heavy sin. This sin not only took him away from the Lord, but it also broke his family and caused him to lose his job.
Often times, when we allow sin to enter our lives – even the “smallest” one – it not only brings death, but it also affects our own life, the life of those around us, and most importantly, our walk with our God. Sin is sin…there is no such thing as a “big” or “little” sin in God’s eyes. Quite simply, sin equals death!
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.” Rom 6:23
As the man continued to share, he said that once the truth was discovered, instead of slamming him with judgment, the leadership of the Congregation instead offered to start a process of restoration with him. He accepted the offer, as he realized the gravity of his sin. And here we were four years later, hearing a great testimony of restoration of a young man who was on the verge of losing everything, but now sharing how the Lord restored his life. His leader also shared how the Lord is now restoring his position into leadership once again. While the process of restoration can be long and painful, being reconciled to Him is the essence of God’s heart for us!
I was blown away by the way the Lord works; I was sharing about restoration from the scripture, and here I got to witness the amazing way that the Lord restored a young man and his family.
The restoration of our soul is an internal matter; the Lord will encourage, revive, strengthen, comfort and sanctify your inner being, your soul…because He wants to. He wants you to come to Him, to encourage, revive, strengthen, comfort , and sanctify your inner being – your soul.
“The Torah (Teachings) of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.” Psalm 19:7-9
Let us all reflect upon our lives this weekend, return and repent where needed, and allow the Lord to restore our soul for His namesake. If you are struggling with temptation, and find it hard to resist, please remember that, with His strength, you can overcome anything you struggle with!
Be encouraged my brothers and sisters! We have a great hope in the one and only true God.
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