A Great Day-Starter from Jesse Today:
What an enlightening message from Brother Chris on the Parable of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:11-32. The parable unveils a clear progression from sin, to recognition of that sin, to repentance, to forgiveness, to restoration. Does that sound familiar? We sin, we recognize and admit our sin, we repent and ask forgiveness for our sin and He graciously forgives and restores us. Believers understand the process of salvation from sin to forgiveness. That salvation experience, that we recall joyfully, took us from sinner to saint. Jesus’ sacrifice cleansed us of past, present and future sins. We are reminded in 1 John 1:9 that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” He restores us to our former condition of righteousness!
Acts 3:19 tells us to “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” When we sin, He will forgive us and restore us to our relationship with Him!
David sang to the Lord in Psalm 51:12 after he had sinned with Bethsheba, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.” David asked and received restoration. Job also experienced the restoration of the Lord. Job 42:10 tells us “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Peter spoke of restoration in his letter 1 Peter 5:10. “After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
Our hope and joy comes from His promise of, not only forgiveness, but restoration. “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3)
If your relationship with the Lord is in need of repair, then Repent and He will Restore!