Posts Tagged ‘restoration’

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See that tiny seed? It’s dead. It has no life. It’s useless.

It’s useless until it’s planter puts it into soil and with the right amount of water and sun, it will begin to grow. Do you know what that tiny seed’s purpose is? What it produces? What it grows into when planted and maintained? You would never guess what it has to offer. What it was designed to form into. Believe it or not, as dead as it is, it can still grow!

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It’s a Sequoia Tree or a Redwood Tree seed. And yes, it grows into a huge, strong and massive tree. The biggest tree on this planet! A powerful, well rooted, well planted tree. Amazing how something so small and dead becomes so magnificent. How something, once given a chance, given a purpose, can grow and become a solid, stable structure.

Did you know Paul, the author of just about half of the books in the New Testament, was an anti-Christian, a persecutor who had Christians put in jail, threatened them and approved their death? He hated Christians. Paul, who was named Saul prior to his life changing conversation with God, lived a life opposite of his revealed purpose. (Acts Chapter 9)

This guy went from hating people and wanting them dead to loving them and teaching them a new way of life. Here is an example of darkness becoming light. Someone useless becoming an important tool. A total role reversal. Paul became an important missionary for Christ and went around preaching the Gospel, confusing people who saw him as a persecutor. But he became strong and powerful proving to the people that Christ was indeed the Messiah.

Paul went on, persevering and teaching. However, he did have his ups and downs. He was thrown in prison for many years during his travels for preaching the Gospel. Even then, in prison, he continued writing to the people and encouraging them. He persevered through his hardships. In chains, staying positive and faithful.

Addiction takes its toll on us. Addiction sets us back and labels us. Our addiction destroys and leaves a nasty trail. It destroys relationships. It consumes us.

In addiction we are useless, we are dead. Nothing but an empty carcass being led by a desire to abuse drugs and abuse alcohol. Our only purpose is to self medicate and feed our SELF, that’s it.

That’s what addiction does. That’s what it wants you to believe. That you are worthless. But it’s not true. You DO have a purpose. You are worth something. You CAN make a difference! You DO have the ability to become steadfast, well rooted with a strong, solid foundation. You CAN turn from your past and become fruitful!

Become Free! Get the help you need today! Ask God to come into your life and to take the addiction away. It may take time, it may happen instantly. You may learn a lot about yourself, as I did. You may have to break a few walls holding you back. Just know it is in you to conquer this. You have it in you to persevere and to live a productive life. You have a lot to offer and you may one day change someone else’s life.

God IS listening, allow Him to plant you into good soil so you can produce and have a purpose! Continue and maintain in His Word daily and watch your life change!

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I found this toy in the dirt on a job I was on. We were digging dirt away from a foundation to expose some cracks in the foundation wall for mortar filling. It’s a Denmark toy from the 1950’s. In good condition it’s worth anywhere from 90 to 150 dollars.

But after removing some of the dirt. I realized it wasn’t restorable. The tires were missing, the cast metal frame was broken in areas and the interior was simply destroyed. Too bad, because it’s a rare item, and would have been worth something. It’s funny, I come across a lot of old jars and old toys that used to have life. That used to have meaning and a purpose. But all too often they are rendered useless due to the condition they are in.

My dad likes to go out to the beaches with his metal detector. He digs up some pretty cool things. One time, pretty recently actually, he was at the beach swinging away with his little beeping machine. A couple saw him and approached him in distress. “I lost my wedding ring!” says the wife of a concerned husband. And of course, my dad, who has the appropriate tool for the job, starts swinging left and right looking for it. Not too long after, he finds it, hands it to the wife and the couple lives happily ever after.

In this case, what was lost, was found. Still worth the same amount it was before it was lost… why? It didn’t have a chance to corrode. It didn’t have a chance to become deteriorated by its surrounding elements. It was strong enough to go through it’s little endeavor. That ring was lost for a very short time and was recovered. It’s purpose was reinstated. There was no loss.

I know for myself, my body definitely needed to recover from my many years of abusing Oxycontin. Railing cocaine from 8 at night to 8 in the morning. Sniffing what ever pill you had and I could find. Drinking myself into a lushified (not a word) state to attempt to reduce the depression. I abused my body, my mind and my soul. It took close to a year to recover and I thank God I am able to talk about it and share what I have gone through.

Unfortunately, not everyone battling with addiction gets to talk about their past. Not all addicts make it through the storm. I have lost a handful of friends to substance abuse in this past year alone. It’s horrible. Each one of them came to their own conclusion. Each one chose to fuel themselves to the point of self destruction. They didn’t get a chance to become restored. They corroded too quickly. The elements engulfed them. Their mind, body and soul were compromised. What they were; strong, intelligent, courageous, adventurous… was quickly brought to an end. Their purpose was consumed. They were brought to a level where they could not be restored.

If you are reading this, you or someone you know has a chance to become restored. It’s not too late. Becoming restored takes time and perseverance. Restoration involves cleaning. Fixing what is broken. Installing new parts that are missing. Refinishing the surface. Rebuilding the internal components. Revitalizing, rehabilitating, reconstructing and so on.

If you have breath, you have a chance at a whole new life. A life where you do not have to live broken down and corroded.
That toy car I found had lost its value. You have it in you to gain your value. Do not let yourself go and lose your purpose. Do not give up! Become restored through the One who is calling you! Feeling like a ton of bricks is on your back? Like you’re surrounded by dirt and can’t get out? Feeling weathered and beat up, have no strength to move on? Feel like a beat down, worn out, useless piece of junk? WELL YOU’RE NOT.

Become free, become renewed, restored through Jesus Christ. The Way, the Truth and the Life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
Yes, a popular verse and a very important one. It’s about restoration. About not wasting away. Becoming new.
Another relevant verse is “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
You mean if I just accept Christ in my heart, I become a new creation, just like that? Yes! Just like that! It’s free, no one is going to call you for additional sales pitches, no “hey, not only will you get a new life, you also get a chance to get a new car!”, none of that.

I know for me, God has been calling me for years. I used to dip my toes into the water, but never just jumped right in. Today, I’m swimming… come on in!

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10