If restoration in a spiritual sense brings you back to a better state than where you started, then how do you protect that change? How do you protect yourself from tarnishing again?
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
Our protection from reverting back, comes from the power of the Holy Spirit residing in us. There's joy unspeakable as evidence God lives within you. It is this joy that is your strength to fight, to continually thrive, to break through the storms when others sit in them.
Jesus wrapped himself in flesh to die for our sins and out of love, he left us a comfortor, a protector, a stream of living water to keep us out of dry places. This gift of the Holy Spirit is available to every generation if you're willing to recieve it. The first step is recognizing you can have it, that contrary to what you think, just feeling the presence of God around you or near you doesn't mean it's inside you. There's an extra step and that's to recieve it. To surrender yourself, your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, and give it all to God. Not living on the fence of Christianity but becoming a peculiar people, separated unto God.
I'll never forget ten years ago in March I received this precious gift. The Tuesday prior to receiving it I learned in bible study about the rapture and God coming for his people when life as we know it is over. There will be a mighty sound, a trumpet, and those in Christ will rise to be with Him. A revelation happened... My son, 8 at the time, he would go up to heaven since he was a child of God yet without knowledge of the Holy Spirit, but what about me? I imagined us standing together and him rising up while I remained. That was the scariest thought to ever cross my mind. The slightest possibility my child would go to heaven without me. That night I knew I needed to work at getting the Holy Spirit. I was ready to surrender all of me. It was that revelation and decision that opened my heart to recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit two days later. Since that very day, ten years ago, I became a new creature. For me that consisted of no longer smoking, drinking, swearing, and a huge change of priorities. The greatest impact however, is the joy of The Lord this gift continually supplies.
To that person who can't find peace or joy in life. To that person who continually faces trials and feels worn out. To that person who knows theres something that is missing from their life. SURRENDER! Ask God for His gift of the Holy Spirit. Ask for forgiveness and express your love for Him. Open your heart with desire to be closer to Him. See the miracles that will happen in your life. See the miracle of restoration and a new thriving life.
If you desire the Holy Spirit, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will work with you and help you find that strength. For anyone that already has the Holy Spirit, please share your testimony here so others can be encouraged.