Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Process of Restoration

                                                                      Chuck Pierce: 
                                                The Process of Restoration: "The Holy Spirit"

Allow Holy Spirit to come into your sphere these 10 days! Let Him restore everything that needs to be restored.

We've talked about the "what" and "how" of restoration. Now let's look at the "Who." The Holy Spirit is the Person of the Godhead who is serving as the restorative agent here on earth. God the Father is the Author of our restoration plan. He manifested Himself on earth through His Son, Jesus. Jesus carried within Him that plan and, consequently, our future. He took the sin that would stop our personal future and let it be crucified on the Cross with Him. This act insured our restoration and future success. Jesus then said to His disciples, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you... All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you" (John 16:7, 15). 

The Holy Spirit has an essential role in the life of every Believer, with a vast job description. Some Christians only associate the filling of the Holy Spirit with those things that are considered "charismatic," such as tongues, and therefore prefer to ignore His function. They limit themselves to a very narrow view of the One whom Jesus called our Helper. The word "helper" in Greek is parakletos, meaning intercessor, counselor, advocate or comforter. What a beautiful promise of a constant help. But that's not all. In his book The Names of the Holy Spirit, Elmer Towns (book out of print) expounds on a list of 126 descriptive names, titles and emblems of the Holy Spirit found in Scripture.

These references to the Holy Spirit include: 
Breath of Life (Rev. 11:11);
a Dove (Mark 1:10);
the Finger of God (Luke 11:20);
the Guarantee of Our Inheritance (Eph. 1:14; cf. 2 Cor. 5:5);
the Oil of Gladness (Ps. 45:7; Heb. 1:9);
Rivers of LivingWater (John 7:38);
the Spirit of Promise (Eph. 1:13);
Adoption (Rom. 8:15);
Counsel (Isa. 11:2);
Fear of the Lord (Isa. 11:2);
Glory (1 Pet. 4:14);
Grace (Zech. 12:10; Heb. 10:29);
Holiness (Rom. 1:4);
Judgment (Isa. 4:4);
Knowledge (Isa. 11:2);
Life (Rom. 8:2);
Love (2 Tim. 1:7);
Might (Isa. 11:2);
Power (2 Tim. 1:7);
Prophecy (Rev. 19:10);
Revelation (Eph. 1:17);
a Sound Mind (2 Tim. 1:7);
Supplication (Zech. 12:10);
Truth (John 14:17);
Understanding (Isa. 11:2);
and Wisdom (Exod. 28:3; Deut. 34:9).

     Only when we allow the Holy Spirit 2 work within us do we have the power 2 live a victorious Christian life. And it is He, the Holy Spirit, who does the work of restoring the fragmented, scattered pieces of our lives to something that is far greater than its former state. When we receive the Holy Spirit's work in our lives, and yield to His direction, we have access to all that the Father desires for us. The restoration process can begin.
When the Holy Spirit begins a process of restoration, He has placed us in a new season with new revelation and new life: a new wine. Most of us are familiar with the passage in Matthew 9:17 that says, "Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

In order to contain the new wine of restoration, we need a new wineskin. The Greek word for new, meaning something totally new that has never been seen before, is neos. But that's not the word used in this passage.

The word used in this passage is kainos, meaning something that has been renewed or made over – something restored. In the restorative process, God takes what was there and brings it 2 a new place so He can pour within it that which He longs to release 2 us – our new wine. To make a wineskin new, He soaks an old wineskin in water and rubs it in oil. Rubbing in the oil is the part of the process that makes us flexible. Those hard things we go through are the oil that He rubs into us. And that oil also contains a new anointing. As we allow the Holy Spirit to take us through the process of rubbing, we not only become more flexible so that we can handle all God desires 2 pour into us, but we also become able 2 pour out in a greater measure.

Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion International Ministries

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