The worldly meaning of “restore” means to bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate. Oftentimes we use restore to reference computers or smart phones and fixing issues that arise with these technologies. Sometimes to fix the issue, using a system “restore” is the only way to combat the problem. This type of restore allows you to roll back your computer or smart phone to a previous time before the problem occurred – a factory reset back to the very basic setting.
The biblical meaning of the word “restore” or "restoration" is to receive back MORE than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition. The main point is that someone or something is improved beyond measure.
Unlike the regular dictionary meaning of "restoration," which is to return something back to its original condition, the biblical definition of the word has greater connotations that go above and beyond the typical everyday usage. Repeatedly throughout the Bible, God blesses people for their faith and hardships by making up for their losses and giving them more than they previously had before.
Grasping this very basic fundamental of restoration IS thriving (to prosper or flourish). What can you lose (1) spiritually (2) financially (3) in relationships, and (4) ministry? What can you strip down, bring into the margin, or lose in those areas so you can find yourself in a greater condition than what you started; improved beyond measure…thriving?
I’ve talked many times before about intentional planning and how focused action is what gets things done. What planning can you do to restore areas in your life so you can thrive?
I firmly believe if we start with restoration, we will have thriving lives. Thriving lives will IMPACT others! There is a snowball effect no doubt! Anyone that is near someone who is thriving is bound to catch it! Catch what it feels like to improve beyond measure!
Share your stories with us at Whole Armor Ministries. Be an encouragement to others by telling us how restoration has open doors to a life where you thrive. Email us your testimony at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re interested in having us host a financial seminar or marriage testimony service at your church please visit our website www.wholearmorministry.com.