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Religious revival, restoration, reform

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ELISA NORMAN

The Living Word

In these days of spiritual awakening around the globe, God is reviving the hearts of his people to repent.

Hosea 2 and Jeremiah 31 speak of the restoration of God’s people to himself.

In Hosea 2, God speaks to his people as a bridegroom to his bride: "I will betroth you to me forever (Hosea 2:19)." In Jeremiah 31, we read of those people of whom Hosea speaks, "you are not my people," and we see that they will be called "sons of the living God (Hosea 1:10)."

Although we see the renewal of faith and restoration among the Messianic community and beyond, we also see that revival and restoration are a long way from being complete.

Religious reform will be a key component of Messiah’s return. Restoration in the Bible entails unity between members of the Body and unity between Messiah and the Bride.

The people of God today are anything but unified!

It is as if we are living in the time of the judges, where everyone does what is right in his or her own eyes.

Even when we use the written scriptures as a guide to life, so many interpretations exist and so many life experiences play into interpretations that the communal body of Messiah is, well, dysfunctional.

Revival without reform will leave us with fruitless emotional experiences that will continue to fracture the Body.

While revival and the beginnings of restoration are precursors to Messiah’s return, true reform can only happen after Messiah returns and sets up his leadership.

The best way to prepare ourselves to join Messiah’s whole, unified, and functional body is to study his Word and live according to his directions, weeding out anti-biblical practices from our lives.

For some, restoration involves returning to the Promised Land, making aliyah.

Richard and Carolyn Hyde, Messianic leaders formerly of San Antonio, currently reside in Israel.

They will be speaking this Sabbath, July 24, at Baruch HaShem in Dallas and on Sunday, July 25, at Hampton Road Baptist Church in DeSoto.

You can learn more about them and their ministry at www.heartofg-d.org.


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