Everything experiences wear and tear. Over time, things need to be replaced, updated, repaired, renovated, or restored. This is also true with spiritual things.
Ephesians 5:18 tells us to “be filled with the Spirit.” That word “be” means “be being.” Verse 18 can, therefore, be read, “be being filled with the Spirit.” In other words, we are to experience continual renewal. If we don’t, we will dry up!
It’s easy to tell when Christians have “dried up” and need revival in their spiritual lives. Their joy seems to be gone. The devil runs all over them, and they do nothing about it! When it comes to victory or what God did for them, they seem to only talk about the good old days.
God did wonderful things in the past, and He will do it again today! Let’s look at what the Bible says about times of restoration.
Acts 3:19–21 (NKJV)
19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,
21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
According to these verses, God is saying that through Jesus, He will restore everything He promised to mankind. We tap into that when we repent and are converted to Christ. This passage also talks about times of refreshing. Notice the word “times” is not singular. It’s plural, so it means more than once. Times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord (v. 19), and verse 21 talks about times of restoration of all things. We need to expect continual refreshing and restoration. That’s what the Holy Spirit wants to do in our lives!
Peter stated in these verses that refreshing and restoration would happen between Christ’s ascension and His second coming. That means times of refreshing should occur throughout the church age until Jesus comes again. Whenever we talk about the “church,” we are referring to the ecclesia, the called-out ones. That means you and me. This is supposed to be happening in our lives!
If He restored in Bible days, He can do it again today. Don’t let the devil tell you it’s over.Kenneth W. Hagin
Now Is Your Time!
We can rejoice in this! We are living at the right time to experience God’s promise to refresh and restore us continually. Everything God is doing in the earth since Jesus came is to further His plans of restoration. We play a part in it! God has a purpose for each of us to carry out while we are here. Expect times of refreshing and restoration with the Spirit of God.
God wants to restore everything Satan has stolen from us. We can go through a lot in our lives—bad, tragic, and traumatic events happen to people. But we can put our trust in God. He will bring restoration.
Joel 2:23–26 (NKJV)
23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you—the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
25 So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.
Everything will be restored! That is not only for the Israelites. If you are born again, then you are Abraham’s seed and an heir to those promises (Gal. 3:29). We are adopted into the family, and therefore, we are the spiritual children of Zion (Rom. 8:12–17). As we trust God and stand in faith, He will continue to work until His promises are fulfilled in our lives. And if God ever fixed something once, He can fix it again!
God Will Do It Again
The devil may have brought chaos and messed up your life. You may feel ruined. Your heart may feel so shattered it looks unrepairable. But if you will commit your heart and life into the hands of the master restorer, He will put it back together again. When He’s done, you won’t even be able to tell it was broken!
God wants to come in and restore everything. He can repair all situations. He can even fix you! He has not forsaken you. He has not turned against you. If He restored in Bible days, He can do it again today. God will always make a way where there seems to be no way.
Don’t let the devil tell you it’s over. God is the master restorer. He is looking for messes He can fix, situations He can repair, hearts He can mend, lives He can put back together—things He can change just for you!
Faith in Action
Restoration in Action
We all need to be continually filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit every day. Read the Word. Pray in tongues. Fellowship with God. Let the Holy Spirit come in and refresh you with God’s presence.
Maybe you were once close to God, but you’re not where you used to be. You may feel as if you can never get back to that kind of relationship, but God can restore you! He is saying, “If you come to Me, I’ll restore you. I’ll put you back where you were.” This is your time to renew your relationship with Him.
Pray this: Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Jesus to shed His blood on Calvary, to take stripes on His back for my healing, wipe away sin, defeat evil, and restore me to You. I ask You to restore the joy of my salvation and revive my life in You. Thank You for refreshing me with Your Presence. I put my life in Your hands, the master restorer, and I thank You for making all things new. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
Kenneth W. Hagin
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