The loss of anything good and important is a prerequisite for restoration. After returning from captivity, God's people needed repair, as recorded in Ezra 9:1-9. Their example, I believe, provides vital lessons for people seeking God's face in some sort of restoration.
When people are kidnapped and taken to a different land as prisoners, they have a propensity to lose their identity and character as the environment influences their values. This happens to the Israelites.
After God used Ezra to persuade the king of Persia to allow the restoration of God's worship in Jerusalem, it was discovered that the Priests and Levites who were supposed to lead the people in worship had become corrupted by marrying Idol worshippers and were unable to minister.
Ezra 9:5-6 mentions some crucial things Ezra performed that cannot be missed by anyone seeking restoration in order to kindle the fire of revival and commence the restoration of God's people to His worship. The text reads,
“And I arose from my heaviness at the evening sacrifice, and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, and said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities have increased over our head, and our trespass has grown up unto the heavens.”
Before they could experience any other kind of restoration, Ezra knew that God's people needed to be restored spiritually first. As a result, he went before God, repentant and humble, seeking forgiveness and restoration. This story demonstrates that we can only be restored spiritually if we are penitent and humble in front of God.
God's sacrifices are a broken soul, according to Psalm 51:17: "A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not disdain." In other words, true repentance is built on a sorrowful heart, and spiritual restoration is received via genuine repentance (Acts 3:19).
Making a U-turn away from one's transgressions is the definition of repentance. Those who repented of their misdeeds during Ezra's time did not continue to do so; they entirely abandoned their previous ways of life (Ezra 10-2:17). As a result, it is perplexing that some people claim to have repented of their sins but continue to live a wicked lifestyle.
They're merely kidding themselves when they act like this (Romans 6:1-2). What kind of loss, spiritual, physical, or otherwise, have you experienced, beloved? If you truly repent of your sins and return to your early love for God now, you can be restored.
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