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I know a woman who is very close to me who was struggling against the restoration of her family. She has a sister who had written her off years ago and she prayed for her sister daily. Other members of her family came back into the fold after many years of watching their beloved (the woman) run head first into pits designed to keep her in bondage. After her recovery and after watching to see if it would happen again, forgiveness and love began to be the cornerstone of all their relationships, except for this one cherished, lost relationship between sisters and friends. Forgiveness and love were there, but that was it. Nothing more was made available by either party as to the words of encouragement these sisters used to share, the long nights on the phone talking about life and love, the trust. All of that was gone. Until…

restore3Ezekiel 39:25-29 –  “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name. 26 They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid. 27 When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. 29 I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

restore2God is in the business of restoring things. Recently, these two sisters, not by any choice of their own, were reunited in a family environment and eyes were opened to the truth. Healing took place, revelation of the future ran aground, and each saw from their own vantage point that their battle was not against flesh and blood. God promises to restore to us all the years the locusts have eaten and in one recent conversation, both women were able to share everything that had taken place in their lives since their last positive encounter over 10 years ago. The Holy Spirit of God poured out, overflowed, and manifested in the hearts of two women who love each other dearly. They were gathered back to one another and each were no longer in exile. Praise the Lord for He is awesome!

You can read Ezekiel 39-43 about Ezekiel’s call to prophecy and the vision of sin and judgment at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Ezekiel

To further your reading, consider this from:

restore1Joel 2:25 – “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you.”

That who sent among us??? GOD! He sent the army that devoured everything in sight? But WHY?? So that we would know that ALL good things come from Him alone and we cannot do anything in our own strength. He allowed it to bring us closer to HIM! The crops that were harvested long ago were eaten by the massive swarm that was unrelenting. The fields lay empty and we set aside every dream and let them die only to see them live again! God promises restoration.

I have to remember in the process of waiting that I am God’s servant, NOT His advisor. Hope surrounds me…the consistent expectation of what is to come.

Related Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:7; Micah 4:4; Psalm 126:3