I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in October of 1971. It was an amazing day, a day during which I personally experienced a peace that I had never known before. I knew (based on God’s Word) that my sins had been forgiven, and that I had received His gift of eternal life. I had peace! I had hope! I encountered brand new feelings for a brand new me!
Within a few months, the work that God had been doing in my life all along really started to manifest. I began regularly attending a local church where God’s Word was accurately being taught. I also started attending a women’s Bible study. This was a new experience for me, but I really enjoyed learning more about God and about myself, as well as what He wanted for and from me. Step by step, God was helping me to grow in the grace and knowledge of Him.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18 KJV)
As I was learning more and more about the Lord, He started teaching me His process for overcoming the long-term consequences of abuse and addiction. This process is called Biblical restoration.
What does restore/restoration mean?
Per the American Heritage Dictionary, restore means to “bring back into existence or use; reestablish.”
According to the Complete Word Study Dictionary, restoration means “to bring back to an original state; to put (someone) back in a former position.”
The Bible teaches us that God originally created man in His image to have a relationship with Him. When Adam and Eve believed the lie that their way was better than God's way, which led them to sin against God, our relationship link to God was destroyed. To this very day, Satan is still tricking people into believing this same lie. God’s solution to reestablishing this broken link was Jesus Christ. Please read & 1 Timothy 1:15-16 & 1 Timothy 2:3-5. Restoration of our relationship with God was accomplished by Christ’s death on the cross.
Once our bond has been restored with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, God then begins the process of restoring us to His image. This restoration is an ongoing process that occurs throughout our lifetime.
Our next blog post will address the question: Do We All Need Biblical Restoration? I believe that you will be Biblically enlightened and uplifted by what you read. Therefore, I hope you will continue to follow the REST Assured blog. These articles are not only for those who have been abused, or who are currently in an abusive situation, but also to help those who wish to encourage these individuals in dealing with the short and long-term effects of abuse.
Please feel free to write and share your thoughts with us, as well as any questions you might have. The answers to conquering many human strongholds will be found within our postings. You are important, and we want to encourage you by sharing God’s Truths with you.
God Bless You My Dear Sisters! Judy Edinger
Edited by: Miss Tracey Carson