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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 12:24-25 WEB.

    King David and Bathsheba would have been on the front page of the news. They'd had an affair while Bathsheba's husband Uriah was away serving in the military. She became pregnant, then David had her husband killed to cover it up. It was even worse than most of our church scandals today.

    Though David went through a very bad time because of his actions, God restored him after he repented. They got married, had a son named Solomon, and the LORD loved him. Hence, 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 for him, but David did have to repent to move forward with God again (Psalms 51).

    In my own life, the Lord told me to prepare myself for ministry when I was young. So I went through Bible college, earned my degree, and looked forward to it. Yet before that, I had to endure a long messy divorce which brought out the worst in everyone involved. Wrecked and humbled, I was convinced that His ministry plan for me had ended. I felt that ship had sailed on without me, so I concentrated on working in my computer business.

    Years later, when He felt that I was finally broken and ready to use, He ended the computer business and pushed me straight into the ministry. So now, I am here writing this devotional and using the skills I learned during that time of preparation to build an online church for Him.

    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. So often, we will hang on to what people have done forever, long after the Lord has forgiven them. Even though what they have done may have been as serious as David's sin, or even worse, you don't want bitterness to live in you. Let them go.

    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 stumbled, repent and get back up. This isn't the end. Though the righteous fall seven times, they get up. God will restore the fallen when they cry 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. Please 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!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Ephesians 6:4 "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." ~ Of course 'Father Moments' will be our next fun-filled theme and as always, is open wide for creative expression! Show us your father, you as a father, someone you see stepping into a gap for children. Show us your interpretation of Father moments and let's celebrate this inspired theme for 2 weeks because why not!?! I believe Fathers around the world deserve our appreciation for bringing up children in the ways of the Lord! Don't you? Have an amazingly blessed Father's Day and enjoy your week! I'll see you in a couple of weeks ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you for your love and forgiveness of our sins! ❤️
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Amen!
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Please God forgive us of our sins and let our lives be for you and your glory. Amen 

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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen

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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Jun 29

AMEN. Heavenly Father, I pray for forgiveness of all my sins.  Help me to forgive others. Amen

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you Lord for your love and forgiveness 

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Thank. You  lord  for loving us  in. Jesus name amen 

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear Merciful God forgive my sins. Help me to be a better person. In the name of Jesus Amen 

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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You for Your forgiveness and to lead us to be closer to Your will, help us to follow up with Your plan Lord. In Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. Keep us safe Lord. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for all you do for us through these devotionals, God bless you both, Amen. 

 

 

 

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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you so much Jesus for your loving forgiveness

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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praising the Lord for this story of restoration! I thank You, Lord, for Your grace and mercy to me. AMEN 

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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

In Jesus's name I pray, amen 

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David Krull
David Krull

Thank you pastor for your Spirit inspired messages. Always on point.

Thank you Father for Your restoration that I believe is coming in my life for You are the God who restores us sinners. Help me walk according to Your word in mind and deeds. I rebuk you satan for  allowing the destruction you have caused in my life for effecting me.. I repent for getting my eyes off You Lord and on my circumstances. Father help me walk each day, not by my self but by Your Spirit.. Forgive me my sins and heal my pain for Your Namesake.. Restore to me the joy of my salvation and Renew a right spirit in me. Lord I want to serve Your again but can't like this.. Help me get out of the house and be effective for You. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen

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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

Love this devotional! Sitting at an apt w my daughter Angelea whose been ill reading these devotionals- would love prayer for Angelea- thank you :) 

Jul 1