A Heart Surrendered to Jesus While Committed to a Journey of Restoration
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In relation to all of God’s creation, humanity has been given the unique gift of having a heart that feels love and pain, fear and joy, fulfillment and disappointment. As we move through life we build attachments in our hearts. However, sometimes we get hurt by those attachments when things break down, people come and go, jobs fall through, we get betrayed by people we trust. These types of experiences take a toll on our hearts. They can desensitize us to the things that are meant to connect us to God.
Alongside being hurt, another tendency of a broken heart is to make up for insecurity by seeking glory for ourselves. Although the ambition for success is healthy, when our motivation is self serving no amount of glory we attain will satisfy our heart. Going down a self seeking path of glory can actually become destructive to our future and our true heart's desire for fulfillment.
A fulfilled heart is a heart that is overflowing with the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self control. A fulfilled heart has an intimate relationship with God. A fulfilled heart leads us to love others as we love ourselves.
Healing our hearts back to wholeness is the life long pursuit of a restored spirit. Everything we do reflects the state of our heart. “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
When you are confronted with unanticipated pressures, your impulsive response may reveal residue of past hurts and insecurities instead of the freedom of a healthy heart.
God allows us to face unanticipated pressures to help us see what’s in our own heart. In order to heal we need to know what’s broken. These confronting moments are invitations from God to step into the process of healing each individual area of our heart.
The Bible is our ultimate resource to find healing and explore what it looks like to live with a restored spirit. Everything in creation reveals something about God’s Kingdom, but only the human story reveals the nature of God’s heart. The human story exposes the reality of heaven in a way that goes beyond earthly principle. It is not just reaping and sowing, but the Israelites receiving manna from heaven. It is Jesus resurrecting Lazurus, and defying the natural power of death. It is only through the human story that we see the touch of heaven supersede all logic.
There are stories that uncover the dark side of humanity and there are stories that uncover the beauty of humanity. Jesus is the perfect example of what a restored spirit looks like. He never seeks humanity’s approval. His response is not out of hurt or pride. Everything he does is for the benefit of others.
A restored spirit is living with a heart that is sensitive to and fastened to God’s presence. It’s a spirit that desires to fulfill the purposes God has placed within it. It is a spirit that doesn’t let fear direct it’s path but presses on to reach the heavenly goal of experiencing the fullness of God’s love. And it is a spirit that is constantly being transformed to reflect Jesus.
The RMS SPIRIT program helps you identify key markers of a restored spirit, enabling you to choose an area to develop. We provide you with Biblical examples of the human experience to unlock new perspectives for spiritual growth. The first step toward restoration is surrender.
When you surrender your heart, God is faithful to protect it, fill it with his love, restore the brokenness, and expand it to experience His glory. If you pray the prayer below, you are choosing to surrender your whole heart and it’s desires to begin the process of healing and restoration.
Father, my desire is for your Holy Spirit to consume every part of who I am. Help me to have a sensitive spirit so that I can absorb your Word of Life that has been implanted into my nature. I declare that I will no longer only listen to your Word but I will respond to it - to bring deliverance and fulfillment of your purpose. Lord, I give you permission to penetrate my heart and allow your Word to transform my spirit. I pray that as I deeply gaze into your perfecting law of freedom, you would remind me of my divine origin. I pray that the power of your Word would strengthen me and produce divine blessings in and through me. I ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen [James 1: 21-25 TPT]