Innocence Restored

by | Aug 24, 2018 | Brokenness, Inner Healing | 10 comments

It’s quite miraculous when someone takes something that is old and trash-worthy and diligently brings it back to life. Our dear friend, Bob, finds great delight in doing this with his prized 1940 red Ford Deluxe Sedan. He’s spent countless hours working on it, meticulously cleaning and polishing it and doing everything in his power to make it look and act like new. He loves his “baby” and proudly displays it in car shows around the state and uses it to chauffeur friends to special occasions. Because of this great effort, his little red car is as sparkling and reliable as when it was brand new. That’s because it has been restored, which literally means “to bring back to an original or normal condition.”

I’ve heard it said that God is in the restoration business. This means that, because of what Christ did on the cross , the Holy One can restore us by cleansing and making us new (1 John 1:9). As a result, everything that has been lost in our lives, even if we’ve experienced trauma of any kind, can be found.

So how can this be? To restore an old car is one thing, but the restoration of one’s innocence seems utterly impossible.

The evil one uses painful experiences in our lives to steal, kill and destroy all that God desires for us. As a result, oftentimes we tiptoe around in the shameful rags of our past mistakes and assaults, acting as though we are ready for the garbage. Living this way makes us feel dirty and unworthy, but it’s what we’ve become accustom to. It’s what we feel we deserve. Rather than allowing the Holy One to cleanse and restore us, we choose to remain in a shameful, broken condition. This ultimately brings great delight to our enemy while breaking the heart of our heavenly Father.

Another definition for the word restore is “to return (something lost, stolen, etc.) to its owner.” The Holy One bids us come to Him and find cleansing and restoration for all things…yes, even our innocence. This happens when we come into His presence and lay our burdens down at His feet. In this holy place, where heaven and earth come together, we are washed in His fountain of love. And every single thing that the evil one took from us is returned. 

Whether it’s our hearts, relationships or innocence that’s been lost, God’s desire is always for healing and restoration. No matter how broken or bruised we are, when we lay our dirty garments before Him, He joyously exchanges them with radiant bridal attire shining brightly with His glory. In the presence of the Great Restorer, all that was stolen is miraculously returned to us…and we are made new.

Psalm 37:6 says “He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.”

 

10 Comments

  1. kate

    There is always a lesson and pause for deep reflection whenever you share your thoughts. Thanks for making me think deeply today.

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      You are very gracious with your responses. ❤️

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  2. Jane Nash

    Wow, friend, this really spoke to me on so many levels tonight. Thank you for your words of truth and love written with such clarity.

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      It was the Holy One that spoke to your heart….because He loves you so much. Blessings to you, sweet friend.

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  3. Jeanne Isdale

    Bev, your words inspire me. I’ve been reading the book of Job. His friends accused him of so many things. They did not really know him. Only he and his Heavenly Father knew him.
    I refuse to accept any praise given to me because, ‘I know me.’ I only accept the praise as I point upwards to Him, because any good seen in me, is Him reflecting through me, for which I give thanks. I want with all my heart to have His Glory and Grace to be seen in my restored life.
    He alone is worthy of honor and praise.

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      God is using you as you bow your life before Him. You are an amazing woman who is shining His light in this dark world.

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  4. Carrie Cobb

    Our stories are similar Bev and it took me a very long time to move past the shame and anger. It also took me a long time to come to Jesus and be made new and lay those negative feelings down. You continue to inspire me. Thank you for that.

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      His love is always drawing us to His heart where we can find healing for all our wounds.

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  5. Marcie Anderson

    Bev, what a wonderful reminder of this attribute of God. He renews, restores, refreshes, revives us when we come to Him. Hopefully we will do it often without hesitation. Very encouraging message. ❤

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    • Bev DeSalvo

      You are so right. Thankd for your encouraging words.

      Reply

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