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Restoration: A Biblical Perspective on Reclaiming What Was Lost

Restoration, in a biblical context, means returning something to its original condition or improving it to an even better state. The Bible speaks extensively about restoration. One of the most profound scriptures on this topic is Joel 2:25-26 (NIV): “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten… You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you.” This promise from God highlights His commitment to restoring what has been lost or taken away.

Understanding Loss and the Need for Restoration

Life’s journey is fraught with challenges, and we can lose many things along the way: relationships, health, finances, peace, and purpose, among others. These losses can occur due to various reasons, including personal mistakes, external circumstances, or spiritual attacks. The need for restoration arises from the desire to regain or improve upon what was lost, ensuring that we live fulfilling and purposeful lives.

How God Restores

God’s restoration is all-encompassing and transformative. He not only restores what was lost but often provides abundantly more than what was taken. In Isaiah 61:7 (NIV), it is written, “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” God’s promise of restoration is not just about replacement but also about enhancement and multiplication.

Examples of Restoration in the Bible

  1. Job: Job lost his children, health, and wealth, but God restored everything to him twice as much as he had before (Job 42:10).
  2. Joseph: Sold into slavery and wrongfully imprisoned, Joseph was eventually restored to a position of power in Egypt, saving many lives, including his family (Genesis 41).
  3. Naomi and Ruth: After losing their husbands, Naomi and Ruth experienced restoration through Boaz, leading to the lineage of King David and Jesus Christ (Ruth 4:13-17).

    Whenever God restores something, He restores it to a place greater than it was before – Bill Johnson

Twenty Areas of Restoration

1. Restoration of Marriage

Restoration of relationship

  • Ephesians 5:25 – Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
  • Proverbs 18:22 – He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.

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2. Restoration of Health

  • Jeremiah 30:17 – But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord.
  • Psalm 103:2-3 – Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.

3. Restoration of Finances

Restoration of finance

  • Philippians 4:19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
  • Malachi 3:10 – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

4. Restoration of Relationships

  • Colossians 3:13 – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
  • Matthew 5:24 – Leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

5. Restoration of Faith

Restoration of faith

Restoration of faith

  • Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
  • Mark 9:24 – Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

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6. Restoration of Peace

  • John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  • Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

7. Restoration of Purpose

  • Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
  • Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

8. Restoration of Joy

  • Psalm 51:12 – Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
  • Nehemiah 8:10 – Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

9. Restoration of Hope

  • Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Hebrews 6:19 – We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.

10. Restoration of Integrity

  • Proverbs 10:9 – Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
  • Titus 2:7-8 – In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

11. Restoration of Honor

  • 1 Peter 2:17 – Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
  • Romans 12:10 – Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

12. Restoration of Wisdom

  • James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Proverbs 2:6 – For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

13. Restoration of Strength

  • Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
  • Psalm 18:32 – It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.

14. Restoration of Dreams and Visions

  • Acts 2:17 – In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
  • Joel 2:28 – And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

15. Restoration of Courage

  • Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

16. Restoration of Trust

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • Psalm 56:3 – When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

17. Restoration of Justice

  • Isaiah 61:8 – For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.
  • Amos 5:24 – But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

18. Restoration of Compassion

  • Colossians 3:12 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
  • 1 Peter 3:8 – Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

19. Restoration of Confidence

  • Hebrews 10:35 – So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
  • Philippians 4:13 – I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

20. Restoration of Love

  • 1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
  • 1 John 4:7 – Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

If you are reading this article today and have lost something in your life that you need to restore, know that God is a God of restoration. Through faith, prayer, and seeking His guidance, you can reclaim and even enhance what has been lost. If you need spiritual support and guidance in this journey, I, Prophet Daniel Amoateng, am here to help you in your spiritual battle to restore whatever you have lost through the power of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Reach out, and let us walk this path of restoration together.

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