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 By Pastor Israel

God is a Restorer. He restores the fortune of His people when they call on Him. He does not only restore to the former position but enhances it by His divine power.

His restoration work began ages ago when He brokered the plan to restore man to his original position in the Garden of Eden before the fall of man. This plan involved Christ leaving the throne of heaven, setting His glory aside, putting on our humanity, coming into this world, and carrying all our sins, our sicknesses and afflictions on Himself and paying the debt for our sins by dying a shameful and painful death on the cross. Remember that all our sicknesses and infirmities were nailed to the cross with Him so that we might experience them no more. Prophet Isaiah wrote: ‘But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our sin was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed’ (Isa.53:5).

This salvation that has been given us freely was costly to God the Father. First, was the painful parting from His only begotten Son who was in His bosom before the foundation of the world. Second, was the pain of seeing His Son brutalised and nailed on the cross and left to die. Third, was the unbearable spectacle of His beloved Son carrying the sins of the world on His head on the cross. This was an abomination He could not behold and He turned His eyes away from Him. It was painful to both the Father and the Son. The Father turned away His face from Him and the Son in great mortification of spirit cried out: ‘Father, why have You forsaken Me?’ No wonder the writer of Hebrews describes the salvation offered us by Christ as great. He asks: ‘How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?’ (Heb.2:3). It is true that this salvation, though meant for everyone, is not embraced by all. Only those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and who daily follow Him can lay claim to it.

One may ask, ‘If we have salvation from sickness why are we sometimes sick? If we have salvation from infirmities why are we still afflicted by the spirit of infirmity?’ Part of the answer is that when we go into sin we open up our bodies for the devil to afflict us with illness. But when we call on the name of the Lord to restore us He will have mercy on us and do it.

However, God’s restoration work is not limited to the physical it also extends to both the material and the spiritual. Through carelessness, bad planning or lack of the fear of God, a virile and blooming business may collapse; hard-earned wealth may disappear – the bible says that riches have wings and they may fly away, also the devil can seize the property that has been acuminated over the years. But when you call on the Lord He would have pity on you and force him, the devil, to return the things he has stolen from you.

God also restores in the spiritual. May be your relationship with God has broken down and you have lost the joy of His presence; or may be that you have lost your peace due to a sin in your life and this has destroyed your relationship with members of your family and the people around you; or you have transgressed the law of God by dabbling into the occult, or you have been a victim of generational curse because of the sins of your fore-fathers. If you are aware of the need for restoration and you call on the name of the Lord, He will restore you to His original plan for your life. But there are conditions to be met.

You must recognise Him as the Almighty God with whom nothing is impossible.
You must accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
You must repent of your sins and ask God for forgiveness.
You should seek His face in prayer, worship and adoration

We find many incidents of restoration through healing and deliverance in the bible. Jesus said that healing is the bread of His children. If you are one, you are qualified for it. But no matter what you have lost in the physical, in the material or in the spiritual, God in His mercy is always ready to restore you to your place of joy and comfort if you will ask Him.

From the Pastor’s Desk

‘Believe me woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem…. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth – for they are the type of worshippers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:23-24).

Today, many of us Christians are more concerned about the name of our church, the denomination we belong, the name of our pastor, the programmes and our attendance in the church than the God we purpose to serve. When we put church above God, it means that we are serving the church rather than God. This is ‘Churchianity’ and not Christianity. Christianity is a call to follow Jesus Christ our Saviour and not a call to follow a church. The Jews of Jeremiah’s time put the Temple in Jerusalem above the God of the Temple. God called their attention to this idolatry (Je.7:1-15) but when they refused to listen He removed the Temple as it was destroyed by the Babylonians around 586 BC. While we should not forsake the assembly of one another we should not forget that our primary purpose of coming together is to worship God. Let us begin to worship Him in spirit and in truth whether in our churches or wherever we choose to worship Him.