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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 was serving in the military. She became pregnant, and her husband Uriah was killed 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 Solomon are listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:6). God loved David before and after this incident, but he did have to repent in order to move forward with God (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 was ready, or I was, He ended the computer business and led 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 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 restores the fallen when they call out to Him.

    Prayer: 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.

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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr

Amen.

August 25, 2016
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Pat Turner
Pat Turner

Needed to hear this.  

August 25, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen! The way to humility in our faith is failure. When we fall hard we learn true humility. We learn that we can do nothing in or own strength, that we are powerless to change ourselves. We learn to surrender to Abba Father. This is the way up, by falling down on our knees and letting our Abba Father raise us up to be more and do more than we ever imagined.

August 25, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!

August 25, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

AMEN

August 25, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

August 25, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

thank you  lord  for  forgiving  today   amen

 

August 25, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: 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!

August 25, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!

August 25, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

August 25, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

The faithfulness of Gods love.

August 25, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank you God for restoring and loving me when I mess up and make mistakes. Thank pastor Todd for this devotion thank you for sharing your story it gives me hope even though I made mistakes it not the end amen.

August 25, 2016
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Rhoda  Mora
Rhoda Mora

Amen !

August 25, 2016
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen! Another word in season...Thank you, Pastor Dion!

August 25, 2016
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Perfect word for the day!

 

August 25, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Miraculous the way God works in our lives through our sins and His forgiveness. Thank you for shining His light on restoration, Pastor Dion!

August 25, 2016
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April Williams
April Williams

This was an awesome devotion. God, has really taught me the power of forgiveness. A few months ago I had to walk through some things, that had happened earlier in my life and I just couldn't "forgive myself" God had me show Him where in His word does it say to forgive yourself. It doesn't because when Christ went to the cross it was completed. I needed to accept God's forgiveness and then let it go.

August 25, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

August 25, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

thanks great devonal .

August 25, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Thank you FATHER ALMIGHTY for forgiving my sin.  I am a big sinner but through and in the name of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST I AM SAVED BY HIS GRACES AND MERCY.  AMEN

August 25, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

August 25, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you pastor!

August 25, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!! Thank you Pastor Dion for sharing another beautiful devotion. :-) Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross to give us a that chance to repent and be saved. Amen! I claim Pastor's prayer over me. In Jesus, name. Amen <3 Thank You< Jesus for all you do for us. I Love You! <3

 

Prayer: 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.

August 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Diane!

August 26, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

August 25, 2016
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese

something to think about. amen

August 25, 2016
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Linda Lauver
Linda Lauver

I'm so thankful for Gods restoration in my life! 12 years ago I never would have dreamt that I would be a pastors wife! I should have been sitting in prison on felony charges! I thank God for the police officers mercy on me by not pressing charges! God knows the plans He has for me! Thank you Pastor Dion for the reminder of Gods forgiveness and restoration!

August 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praise God, He is truly good and merciful!

August 26, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Amen 

August 25, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese

Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!

August 26, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you Pastor Todd!  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.

August 26, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, Renew a right and true spirit within me  O Lord, I have not listens to you, but forgive me and restore joy and good health in my life, thank you Lord Jesus, thank you Pastor Todd, this devotion jogged my mind back . Pls remember me in prayers .

August 26, 2016
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Cheryl Branch
Cheryl Branch

Mr. Todd, there is more that God wants to do in your life. He wants you to understand that true repentance is not only feeling sorry for your sin, but it is turning away from and going in the opposite direction of it. Sir, if you and your first wife were each other's 1st spouse or neither of you had a previous spouse still alive when you married, then God joined you and nothing can separate you except physical death. You are still her husband and she is still your wife, regardless of any piece of paper signed by an earthly judge that says you aren't. According to Jesus, if you are remarried you are in adultery. Do not let Satan deceive you into thinking your remarriage is justified. There is no justification for remarriage. No matter what your 1st wife did (or is still doing), the ONLY thing you have the right to do is love and be faithful to her! If you are remarried, you need to repent of your adultery and that means you need to get out of it. Please, please don't let Satan fool you into thinking that God is okay with your remarriage just because your personal life and ministry are blessed. It's a lie and it will cost you your soul.

August 26, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Father, thank you for your unfailing love,your Grace and your Mercy.Thank you for sending your Son to die for us.,and for cleansing us from our sins.Thank you that you Love the sinner but hate the sin. Help us Lord Jesus Christ to Love others as you so love us.Help us not to judge or condem, but to love one another and to build one another up.We commit our lives into your hands,and ask you to lead and give us guidance in all that we do.In The Name Of Jesus Christ I Pray.For none of us are perfect,and have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.Thank you Pastor Todd for your devotions and words of encouragement.

September 8, 2016