I Am Alive
EPH 2:4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
What a great scripture which gives us a wonderful picture of a "restored" life. With the variety of uncertainties in our world today and the numerous people that have seen devastation and felt heartache, restoration often seems out of reach. But God has a plan! We are prone to make mistakes but God is rich in mercy and because of mercy, because of grace that is all-sufficient, He has a process for taking that down and out believer and turning them into one that is up and coming.
He made us alive! Sin lost it's power because He forgave us and put a new heart in us...born again!
He raised us up!! Once you have a new outlook and a new heart, He lifts you back up on your feet again.
He sits us in heavenly places!!! New heart, back on your feet and placed in the perfect place once again: now THAT'S RESTORATION! So take a deep breath, you are alive, lifted up and in the perfect place for success.