There are so many “helps” in our society. Bringing back the basics of God’s Word is essential to restoration. Reading and studying the Bible, praying, gathering together, etc. are meant to be all we need. When we are grounded in the truth, the truth can bring about restoration. Sometimes we can get caught up in doing all these “other” things to bring about desires results, but we should just get back to the basics.
This question touches many areas of my life. I would love to see restoration both in my family and in my church. My wife and I are both leaders in our church and try to bring about restoration both at the individual and corporate level. We make ever effort to lean on God’s word to guide us and the Holy Spirit to direct us. He has convinced that we cannot influence the lives of other and bring about restoration in our church unless we focus on His glory and make every effort to live holy and dedicated lives. God gives us the opportunity to mentor and disciple other, to teach His word and help other apply it in their lives and He blesses us with gifts that are beyond our own abilities to enable us to glorify him. Romans 12:1-2 and Psalm 46:10 are live verses for us as well as Proverbs 3:5-6. Our experience is if we strive to live holy lives that glorify God, trust Him and wait patiently on Him, He will bring about restoration.
Even though I am a local truck driver here in Grand Forks, ND, and do not currently hold a leadership position, I can bring about restoration in my sphere of influence to my neighbors through lifestyle evangelism.
Be the change I want to see. Be the leader of prayer and being the example of a person that lives by and relies on God’s Word for my family and areas of influence.
There was an old saying which says a family that prays together stays together . I believe this fosters an Christ like environment in the home which changes a community which changes a nation.
Read the Bible more to and with my family, pray with and for them and lead them in the way of the Lord.
I can start off with prayer first. I need to make sure I’m right with God and help others to be right with him also. I can open myself up (as a temple of the Holy Spirit) as a place to commune with God.
Pray intensely. Be prepared with as much of the Word of God I can fill myself with; and as much as the Holy Spirit will supply to me. Resting in Jesus.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the verb “restore” as bringing back to or putting back something to a former or original state. The promise of restoration, “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord” in Jeremiah 30:17.
As a leader, we should uphold the Christian values particularly in the following area:
Generosity –being kind and unselfish, especially with our money and time.
Courage– being bold and confident. It’s the opposite of fear.
Love – The values Jesus Christ taught in the New Testament can be summed up in two thoughts—love God and love others.
Respect – A Christian value is to be conscious that God has created all people in His image. As a response, we show respect to all.
Hope – The value of hope is confident expectation. It’s a firm assurance in God.
We should always encourage to know God and His words and put into practice what they have learned. As a leader, we must lead by examples so that others are convinced to do so.