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Restoration

  • Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the LORD loved him 2 Samuel 12:24 ESV

    David and Bathsheba were the talk of town. They had an affair, she became pregnant, and on top of that, Bathshebas husband Uriah had been killed in the process. This was worse than most church scandals today. Though David went through a very bad time because of his actions, God restored them all. They got married, had a son named Solomon, and the LORD loved him. All three of them are in the lineage of Jesus. God loved David before and after this incident, but he did have to repent to move forward.

    In my own life, the Lord told me to prepare myself for ministry. I went through Bible college, earned my degree, and looked forward to a bright future. Later though, I had to endure a long messy divorce, which brought out the worst in everyone involved. Wrecked and humbled, I was convinced that the ministry path had ended, that the ship had sailed, so I concentrated on my computer business. Years later when He was ready, or I was, He dried up the computer business and pushed me straight into the ministry because it was the only path open. Now, I am here writing this devotional and using the skills that I learned during that time of preparation.

    People fall, they repent, and God restores them. If you have made mistakes in your life, know that you are in good company. Repent, and don't worry about the disapproval of those around you. Even though David and Bathsheba are in the lineage of Jesus, they would probably not be welcome in many local churches.

    Likewise, be kind to those around you who have fallen. Often we will hang on to what they have done forever, long after the Lord has forgiven them. Though what they have done may have been as serious as David's sin or even worse, you do not want bitterness to live in you.

    Face it, life is messy. People are not perfect and sometimes they are seriously flawed. Still, if they truly repent, God will restore them. If you have fallen, repent and get up. This is not the end. Though the righteous fall seven times, they get up because God restores the fallen.

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!  God restores his children and loves them always!  Our God is kind, loving, compassionate and full of mercy!  That's why "GOD IS LOVE"!!  Amen
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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen! well needed this day. All have a blessed day. 
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Amen, Thank you Pastor Todd 
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Thank you Pastor Todd, this went down in me, sometimes I fall but I always get up , and I thank God he always forgive me and helps me to continue to stand. 
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen Thank You Lord Jesus
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea This is a message of hope to all who have strayed from the path. This encourages me so when I look back to those times on my journey that have not been the prettiest in my life to say the least. Not without consequences, as David was not without them, but being forgiven so that your heart is made right with God is such a gift of love it can never be repaid. We serve such a forgiving, loving God. I am in awe at how much he loves me.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I am printing this one! Of Course we all make mistakes---we are HUMAN! We are all running the same race!I tried telling my parents this (I also was pregnant when I was married) But all I got in reply was, "You have to defend us! Blood is thicker than water!" (bull!) Everyone.has ghosts. Some people just hide them better than others. Blessings, Kathy
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Thank you
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Jack Murphy
Jack Murphy A great message!!! Much to be thankful for!!!
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell Good Morning... repentance Is part of the key. Thank Yooou God for The Solution.  Have a fantabulous day 
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Carletheia Linnen
Carletheia Linnen Awesome morning message, Amen!!!
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Marlene Anglin
Marlene Anglin Amen!! Thanks for this message, I needed it.
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Sheri Stewart
Sheri Stewart in forgiving those who have hurt us in any way, we are able to release them and no longer carry the burden of their sins.  if we choose to renew a relationship with them, for whatever reason, we must see them through new eyes with a clean heart
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse Thank you Lord for your faithfulness, that you never change in a world that is changing minute by minute. You are our rock, our salvation and our restoration. I repent of my sins and ask you to complete the good work in me that you have started..to the end.
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse So thankful God has given us a way back to Him!! Amen!!
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Tonya Jones
Tonya Jones Amen.. thank you Lord.. This let's me know that if I repent for my sins.. He will forgive me.. Our God is a awesome God.
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Angel Brooks
Angel Brooks I praise you God for restoring me! I praise him for restoring you also pastor and your family God Bless
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Evan Force
Evan Force Awesome message!  Thank you for sharing your life with us.  It helps me to realize that we are all on a journey that has it's own challenges.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady The Lord told the parable of the prodigal son, so we would know that even when we abandon God , He is waiting for us to return home. He runs to us with open arms when we repent of our sins. He loves us this much!
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Marilyn DeJongh
Marilyn DeJongh Thank you. 
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt God never moves from us, no matter what our circumstances are. Our relationship can change when we do our own thing. Gods will for us is to live in peace and have joy while we live there. God sees us as a special treasure to Him. It breaks His heart when we do our own thing without Him. He just wants us to turn around and go a diffrent direction and stay in a awesome relationship with Him. I have learned from doing my own thing apart from God is not a peaceful life. The Holy Spirit is in me to teach me through Gods word, how to stay in a relationship with Jesus Christ. One of the hardest things for me is to not worry about things. To believe that God is in control and to act on that belief. I know I can't worry and have peace at the same time. I pray that I will stay in a relationship with Jesus, and know, that is Gods desire. If I chose to not have that relationship, He will not force me back, That is my choice to restore my relationship with Him. Thank God He still love me no matter what happens.
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Susan Richardson
Susan Richardson AMEN! This is so me....thank you for this message!
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Marcia Diehl
Marcia Diehl AMEN..and Thank You.
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Rick Griner
Rick Griner Amen brother, God forgives the hardest of hearts.
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman Thank you for reminding us that we are so blessed to have a very forgiving God!
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Good morning Helena :)
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, He sees past the garbage in our life and loves us anyway <3.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, He is indeed!
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Hi Kathy, remember that if you click " Printable Version " right under the title of the message that it will take you a plain white page with just the message. That way you can print it and save ink :)
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen! Also, I like to use the word "fantabulous" too ;).
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Reinhard Blefgen
Reinhard Blefgen Amen 
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Shannon Payne
Shannon Payne Never fails God speaks to me thru these devotionals. Thank u again for a message God needed me to hear... May I continue down this path He has set me on Stay positive and be thankful for the ppl and circumstances he places in my life...
April 28, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli I love this message because it says so much to me.  I am forgiven even though I have fallen, I got up and brushed myself off and started over.  Praise God!
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Troy Adams
Troy Adams The forgiveness of God is amazing...I have had a messy situation similar to yours...I just turned the other cheek and walked away never looking back...But God has rebuilt me and I've repented for that time in my life...And He still continues to bless me...
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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy Amen
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, thankful for His grace!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Yes! We are forgiven and the only way to move forward is the realize that, get up and move on.
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Anna Eriksdotter
Anna Eriksdotter He is the best!!!!! Love U LORD!!!!
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Thank you Father God, for where would we be without your Love, Mercy, and Grace. ♡
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Linda Geer
Linda Geer Thank you for setting me straight
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Mahlet  Tsegaye
Mahlet Tsegaye Amen.
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Deleted Member He is always right there to pick us up when we fall, because His love is so great.
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Deleted Member Amen I don't know where I would be without Jesus. He is my strength.
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord, He truly is the best. God bless you.
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Deleted Member He is right there with arms outstretched to catch us when we fall. He will help us get back up on our feet. 
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Deleted Member Even in our worst times, Jesus still loves us. He wants us to welcome Him into our hearts and trust Him when we fall, cause He is gonna make a way.
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Deleted Member Amen that is what we have todo, if we fall down, get up and go again.
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Deleted Member Yes, if we can stay positive in the troubled times. We know Jesus is coming to our rescue to pick us up and to set us back on our feet to follow His perfect will. He loves you.
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Deleted Member We serve a wonderful Savior that loves us and He is right there.
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Deleted Member I am so glad He is a forgiving God, because I have made so many mistakes, that I have to have His Saving Grace and Mercy.
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Deleted Member Yes, He does. I had an uncle that didn't ever want anyone praying for him when he got sick. He told the pastor of our church and that time, he could just leave. He got better, by God's Grace, but later got cancer and there was nothing the doctors could do. So he sent word for that preacher to please come pray for his soul, because he wanted to receive Jesus has his Savior.  My uncle was fortunate that we had such a loving pastor and he came to his home and prayed with him and he accepted Jesus as His Savior. This really shows me just how much Jesus is not willing to let us fall and stay down, but He will lift us up.
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Deleted Member Amen, The word giving to us today was just what i have seen many needed. Thank you Jesus for allowing your servants Pastor Dion and Sylvia to lead and directed by your Spirit.
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Deleted Member Amen. I too am so thankful for the message of today. God bless you.
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Deleted Member May God bless you.
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Deleted Member Yes that is a beautiful way to express how much Jesus loves us. Thank you for these words.
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Deleted Member Amen, I too love the real life messages. KEEPING IT REAL,  because that is what life is, its real, its hard, but God is always right there to help us through our Journey with Him.
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Deleted Member I am so thankful for God's perfect grace.
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Deleted Member Yes, Lord thank you so much for your restoration power. Jesus can make things better than ever before.
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Deleted Member Yes all we have to do is ask, believe, and receive. Jesus hears your every cry. He loves you.
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Deleted Member What a beautiful prayer so that you can allow Jesus to do His perfect work in you.
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Deleted Member Amen, a great message, much needed for our lives to know if we fall Jesus wants us to get back up, because He wants to be the very first in our lives. 
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Deleted Member Hi Helena, I will have to say good afternoon. lol, I had a lot of errands I had to run today, but I sure hope your evening goes well. God bless you.
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Deleted Member Amen, so thankful He shed His blood on the cross that day, so that we can be set free from the bondage of sin and be free to serve our Lord.
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Deleted Member Yes, I have so much to be thankful for too.
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Deleted Member I too am in awe of how much Jesus loves me. 
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Deleted Member Amen, lets stand together for Christ.
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Deleted Member I pray your day has been a blessed one too. God is so good.
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Deleted Member Thank you Jesus for your restoration power.
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Jeanie  Fleming
Jeanie Fleming Praise be to You God, our Lord and Savior for You never rest and hear each plea for forgiveness in the light of day and in the darkest hours before dawn.  Whenever we feel the sudden pain of guilt You are waiting to hear our voice pleading.  You feel our shame and weep for us.  Praise be to You sweet Jesus for wearing our sins and not running from our Father's disappointment and His judgment poured upon You.  You saved us from ourselves then, now and forever.   Thank you Abba for the amazing grace You bathe us in. For loving us in spite of the constant hurt and disappointment You suffer for our endless sin.  We know You weep the tears of a heart broken father for our thoughtlessness, greed, lies and deceit.  You forgive when we don't deserve forgiveness and love us in spite of it all. Please, Father and Son and Holy Spirit help us choose to honor You through our actions here on earth and show those who don't believe that You are real and alive by our actions.  Amen   
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Church...a place for sinners.  If I was perfect I wouldn't need church or God.  Yet the other are people who are in church ready to judge each one coming in the door such as do not sit in their pew.  I understood long ago people purchased their pews and had brass plate with their names on it.  So they need Jesus.  I worked with homosexuals in a ministry along with being secretary to the headquarters man in that position.  Walls lined in books.  Idle moment I'd be reading.  All interesting and helpful to my own understanding.  Help women in a group setting and some callers on phone.  They came to my church with my boss.  Teaching was given in the fullest for understanding which many churches lacked therefore would see it as the worse sin possible.  Sin is sin so no differences.  True no positions held by them.  Their walks and healings were continually the forefront of their walk with Christ.  I was grateful to be on inside of that and learn.  Most of all meet the men & women struggling with it as many sins that truly imprison people.  If they walked away back into it we would pray for them & know they are in God's hands.  My early days I was on the streets and hear God calling me into the church I had attended in younger.  God was so caring and persistent.  I was His piece of work in the happening and suffered some of my bad choices yet He was there & blow my mine.  What a God!!
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Some times for me it is just to reach out and touch His robe.  It require an effort yet feels desperate to connect with Him
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Rod Fortner
Rod Fortner Amen! It's not how you start the race that matters, but whether you finish or not. Like a boxer who falls many times, we must keep getting up and stay in the battle until it's done! The enemy wants us to stay down and give up and will lie to us that we're worthless and done for - just like he lied to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Their son Cain murdered Abel. Imagine how Adam and Eve felt after this, remembering the lie of the devil and now where it has brought them. Yes, their lives became real messy. God says in Romans 3:23, "... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," however, we are now "justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus..." Don't believe the liar, the devil, believe God who says we have been forgiven and we should believe it, rejoice, repent and go tell others of our joy and salvation in Him - the Good News!!
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J D  Williams
J D Williams I LEARNED AWHILE BACK THAT THERE ARE NO PERFECT PEOPLE WE ALL HAVE OUR FLAWS WE MUST BE MINDFUL OF OUR OWN SHORT COMINGS....
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Get back up again!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Rod, this is a marathon, not a sprint!
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd You only have failed when you will no longer get up :)
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers This is goooooood! 
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you Pastor for the Message!
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you, Lord for forgiveness
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Adrian Labuschagne
Adrian Labuschagne Awesome!! AMEN!!
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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins Awesome!!! Amen111
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