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Today’s 333 Devotional: “God’s Restoring Grace”
As I thought about God’s restoring grace what came to mind is the promise Jesus gave to His disciples of the Holy Spirit’s coming.
“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
Jesus knew that our relationship with Him would probably end like most relationships if someone greater than ourselves didn’t intercede and give us the power to grow and mature.
So, He promised that another like unto Himself would come and pick up the slack after He left.
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:16-17a)
It is the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit within us that will help our relationship with Jesus grow and mature, because no relationship ever remains the same. We are either growing closer or drifting further away. Relationships never remain stagnant.
We don’t just become a Christian and that’s it. We’re either growing closer to Jesus or we’ll soon find ourselves drifting further away. Either are hearts are growing warmer, or they’re growing colder.
We all know someone who was once on fire for God but today they’re nowhere to be found, especially within the church. After experiencing the many struggles of life, they have cashed in their chips, calling it a day and/or a life.
But the good news is that while they may have drifted away, Jesus remains with His arms wide open to receive them back.
It’s called God Restoring Grace.
God is in the business of restoring this relationship by His grace, and so when we blow it, when we walk away, when we stumble and fall, Jesus holds his arms wide open saying, “You can come back to Me.”
Jeremiah prayed, “Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; renew our days as of old.” (Lamentations 5:21)
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