Maybe it’s a family relationships, A Job, A Home, Cars, Riches, Talents, A relationship with God, with friends, your church, parents, and through the effects of your choices you have lost very important parts of your life. Maybe your addiction has cost you more than you ever wanted to lose, but now all of this can be put into the past not to have any more power to steal, to kill, or to destroy anymore, here and now is where we live and the past is no more! Now we realize the errors of our ways and are believing God for a change! God can change things, he is able to restore all that the cankerworm has stolen from you! Joel 2
This is what has happens for countless people for many years, God has restored them, for example, let us consider just one, Joseph, In Genesis 37 we read of Joseph, and how he had a dream, and was hated by his brothers because of it, he then became th target of their envy as they plotted to kill him, then to cast him into a pit, and then to sell him into slavery.
In Genesis 39 we find that Joseph the slave was brought to Potiphar, an officer of the Pharoah, so that he as his slave would become the Pharoah’s servant and overseer of his house.
So we see so far that Joseph, had a dream and was thrown in a pit, almost left for dead, then sold into slavery and soon to be thrown into prison, as we read in Genesis 39 how Potiphar’s wife accused him of rape and he was cast into prison, now none of these things or similar things to this may have happened to you, but it might seem that your life can relate to this tragedy, you see, Joseph did nothing wrong, he lost his family, he lost his job, he lost his money, and he lost many days of his life, all because of tragic events. The same as you have lost, regardless of fault, he suffered pain and you have been suffering pain, now does this change? Yes! In Genesis 40 we read of how Joseph while in prison interpreted dreams, and his words of interpretation was fulfilled by God. Now shortly after this the Pharoah was told of Joseph’s talent to interpret dreams, the next things that we see is the beginning of Joseph’s change, from slave and then inmate unto the Pharoah’s right hand man! In Genesis 41:37-57 we read about Joseph being placed into a high position of leadership in the Pharoah’s Court!
Now he is no longer the same Joseph that many people knew, and so it is with you, no longer a failure, an addict, a mess up, a delinquent, or any of the many other negative things that people may have said about you, now you are new!
Restoration is possible and here is how we can request this in our life:
Say this with me, "Have mercy on me O God according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions."
"Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin."
"For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me."
"Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: That thou might be justified when thou speaks, and be clear when thou judges."
"Behold I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
"Behold thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the inward parts thou shalt make me to know wisdom."
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me and I shall be whiter than snow."
"Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice"
"Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out my transgressions."
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
"Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me."
"Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."