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steve“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” (Psalms 51:12, NLT)

“Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!” (Psalms 51:12, The Message)

Restoration: “restitution of something taken away or lost.” This word restoration is something the Lord has been speaking to me for some time now. We recently received a prophetic word and part of that word said that restoration would be the stamp of our ministry. Restoration is not always easy, whether you’re the one going through it or you’re the one walking someone else through it. Anytime something is restored, that means something has been torn out, taken away, or lost.

Restoration is God’s key to bringing joy and purpose back into your life. In the passage above to restore the joy of salvation means that he once understood the joy of salvation but has lost it. In this case it was David’s sin that caused joy to leave his life and he’s crying out to God to once again bring back the joy of salvation. Now, sin may not be the reason why you’ve lost joy and need it restored, it can be but doesn’t have to be. There are many things that take place in life, things that don’t go the way you thought they would and it can drain the joy from your life.

For many of you, you once knew joy and there have been circumstances in your life that have drained the joy from you. Some, maybe you could have prevented, others have been things that you could not have prevented. When you read the scripture above it hit you. I love The Message version: “Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!” It’s time for the joy of salvation to be restored to your life. It’s time to come out of your gray exile. It’s time for a fresh wind to be put back into your sails. It’s time for complete restoration in your life. What the enemy has stolen, what’s been taken away or lost, it’s time for complete restoration!

I hope to walk you through some steps to restoration over the next few days. Now, it’s important that you get people around you that can walk through this with you. I believe my daily posts will give you some keys but you’re going to need a person or some people that can walk with you through this process. Restoration isn’t easy, you have good days and you have bad days. You have high days and you have low days.

Over the next few days you’re going to see the same title but don’t skip over it thinking it’s the same one you read the day before. My plan is to bring you a fresh word of restoration each day this week and it will give you some keys to start on the road of restoration in your life.

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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