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Restoration

  • David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her, and lay with her. She bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Yahweh loved him; and he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and he named him Jedidiah, for Yahweh's sake. 2 Samuel 12:24 WEB

    David and Bathsheba were the talk of town. They had an affair while her husband Uriah was away serving in the military. She became pregnant, and David had her husband killed in order to cover it up. 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. David, Bathsheba, and their son Solomon, are listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:6). God loved David before, and after this incident. It was just a bump in the road, but he did have to repent in order to move forward with God once again (Psalms 51).

    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 felt that I was finally ready, He ended the computer business and pushed me straight into the ministry. Now, I am here writing this devotional and using the skills that I learned during that time of preparation to build an online church.

    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. I am not saying that we should view sin lightly, but that God is more forgiving than His people.

    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 that 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. God will restore the fallen when they call out to Him.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your grace and mercy. Unless You had sent Your Son Jesus, none of us would be saved. None of us can earn Your salvation. Forgive me of my sins. I forgive others and let them go. Wash me and cleanse me from all bitterness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people" (Ephesians 6:18). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dearest God forgive my sins. Increase my faith and find favor with us. Help my Grandchildren please. Amen

Sep 27
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

I hope and pray that Father God gives you strength and His peace. I pray that He meets all needs for you and your grandchildren. In Jesus name, Amen!

Sep 28
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen! 

Sep 27
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Sep 27
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

Sep 27
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Sep 27
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

That was a great message, If God would forgive David and Bathsheba he will certainly forgive and restore us. We have all done things we are sorry for or regret, Is it not better to repent and be forgiven and restored/ I sure think so, because I have had pletny of messes in my my own life, And I thank God everyday for his grace and mercy, and I have learned to repent quickly when I know I have made a mistake. He is faitful and good. He restoreth my soul. Amen!

Sep 27
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen brother!

Sep 28
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,thank you Pastor Dion.God is awesome.

Sep 27
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

What a  timely message for me! Another example of God's forgivenerss can be seen in the Book of Judges. Despite their "sin cycle", God continued to forgive His people when they repented.

Sep 27
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Most people call the church an Army of Christians. It is the only Army I know of that shoots it's own wounded. Dion is right, if you are truly born again and you know it, Repent and ask God to forgive you, He certainly will. Know that the same oppertunity will come around very quickly to see if you learned anything.

Sep 27
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank You. This is good to remember always.

Sep 27
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Anen and Amen!

Sep 27
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your grace and mercy. Unless You had sent Your Son Jesus, none of us would be saved. None of us can earn Your salvation. Forgive me of my sins. I forgive others and let them go. Wash me and cleanse me from all bitterness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for this message.

Sep 27
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

Sep 27
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

Sep 27
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Amy Gonzalez
Amy Gonzalez

I struggle with this especially because my ex-husband has done some. Horrible things and he still has not asked God or anyone else for forgiveness. 

Sep 27
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Sorry to hear that Amy. Prayed for you, may God bless you.

Sep 28
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Forgive me Father for I have sin, thank You for  giving us Your Son Jesus for the redemption of our sins. That Your love and care protect us from falling again, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN. Repentance is a most in our lives. 

Great message Pastor, God bless you. 

Sep 27
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Sep 27
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen and Amen!

Sep 27
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Thank you for this message Pastor Dion!!! I learned that first hand that to forgive and forget is often very hard and a painful process, but also a healing process for us! How can we hold on and not forgive and forget, and then expect our Lord to forgive us? That is a fervent prayer of mine especially for my/our daughter, who has been hurt and disappointed so much in many ways, especially when she was previously married! I also believe that is why she has so many health and emotional problems! She is holding on and on, the bitterness is festering like a cancer and choking her in her relationships with us, her son, and especially with the Lord God most high! May the Lord grant restoration to her and grant healing, in the most holy name under heaven, in the name of Jesus I ask and pray, Amen!!!

 

Sep 27
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Praying  with you Liesel. In Jesus name Amen!

Sep 28
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Sep 27
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

Sep 27
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen! I thank Father Yahweh for His restoration process in me.

Sep 28
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Sep 28