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Subject   THE RESTORING LORD

Reading John 21

FAILURE: One can rightly call humanity and society just one great, huge scrap heap. The sons of men have become spiritually, and in some cases wrecks, as sin and evil have taken its toll of their lives. potential and talents. Man has failed to achieve anything in the terms of real, divine quality and character and in relation to pure and true destiny. There may be things that before each other look outstandingly good, but measured against what could be in and through the Lord, there is nothing but failure. In taking note concerning all one could ask the question: is there any hope of restoration and realization to divine calling and destiny?

GRACE: Above all, there is an utter dependency upon God’s favour and grace to effect something worthwhile out of this tragic and extreme situation. If anything of any worth is to occur and of major significance it will require an act of God. He must be gracious and willing enough to do it. Thankfully, He is the God of all grace. He wants to perform a work of restoration. There is much to turn Him off but He is will to undertake to work on this project. The Architect of the universe, this planet, of man, wants to do something outstanding in the work of transformation. In and through Him, all is full of possibility and potential!

POWER: But also, He must have the ability to do it. Has He got the wherewithal in skill, patience and time to work in and with mankind to transform the whole wrecked state? He is not lacking on this front. At His disposal are all the means in and of Himself to bring about a fantastic alteration that leaves all concerned in a condition of wonder and worship.

EXTENT: There is no limit to what the LORD can and will do in and with the individual that allows Him access and action. He can move in on any life and utterly renew by His grace and power and make that life acceptable and give a calling and destiny of infinite worth.

1/ HE RESTORES DESTINY THAT HE HAD BESTOWED IN REVELATION – GENESIS 41

To a young man, who could have thought that his life and career was finished, (after such a promised start in divine revelation and a good impetus on the way), wrongly accused, incarcerated in prison, the Lord was able to prove He could bring him out of jail and raise him to a unique status.

2/. HE RESTORES A FAILURE IN ORDER TO MAKE HIM A UNIQUE DELIVERER – EXODUS 3

Moses had reached an age and situation in his life where he really must have felt a failure. He had been schooled in all of the arts and skills of the Egyptians and here he is just a shepherd looking after his father-in-law’s sheep. Even the flock was not his own! It appeared as if he had no future but the Lord was to change all that in one divine encounter.

Winston Churchill regarded Moses as one of the greatest men that ever lived.

3/ HE RESTORES THE FORTUNES OF A NATION IN HOPELESS CAPTIVITY – EXODUS 12-14

The nation that seemed to be destined and enslaved forever is to have its whole future changed. The Lord was to embrace them in an act of redemption and release them from the tyranny they were in. He was also to school them in His ways and bless in every way. It all occurred miraculously and swiftly. He took the nation on to great things!

4/. HE RESTORES THE PERSON WHO HAD FALLEN GREATLY INTO SIN – PSALMS 32; 51

To a man who He had valued so much and let Him down so badly, the Lord reveals that His grace, mercy and power are so infinite that He can renew following the deep work of repentance. The sin of David should not be under-estimated. It was a foul deed in every way. The outstanding fact is the way the Lord was willing to restore him after such an atrocious slip-up.

5/. HE RESTORES THE HEALTH OF ONE WHO WAS AT DEATH’S DOOR – JOB 42

From the natural standpoint one would never have given any hopes whatsoever with regard to a recovery for this man, Job. He had been literally reduced to skin and bones and life expectancy was greatly reduced. The pessimism of his so-called friends would not be helpful either. But the Lord was gracious and able! There comes a unique and bountiful manifestation of divine intervention that honours and blesses His servant.

6/. HE RESTORES THE DISCIPLE WHO DENIED HIM TO GREAT APOSTLE-SHIP – JOHN 21

Peter had been a real let-down at the crisis hour in the life of Christ. His denial just showed what he was capable of. As he is at a loose end he goes fishing on to familiar ground and work. The Lord shows up and performs a loving act of challenge and change. Peter was never going to be the same again.

7/. HE RESTORES THE YOUNG MAN WHO MISSSED OUT ON HIS FIRST MISSIONS EFFORT – ACTS 13:13

This young man, Timothy, was attracted to the role of being in the initial missionary team but on the outgoing trip is disillusioned. He cannot stand the pace and demand and returns home. He wasn’t to terminate his days in this condition. A new opportunity was given to him and he makes good in spite of an apostle’s original idea of him. Later, even he has to change his mind – 2 Timothy 4:11

The restoring work of the Lord brings great honour and glory to Him as both life and work are renewed to the best possible level and effect. There is no limit to what he can do for anyone that requires His input and blessing

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