Monday, June 7, 2010

Restore Factory Default Settings - Part 1

Restore Factory Default Settings - Part 1

I was praying for my children the other night and this phrase came to mind: restore factory default settings. On a computer or other electrical devise – when they’ve become corrupted, if a person knows how to do it, they can sometimes restore it to the factory default settings. The manufacturer could tell you how to do it. My cell phone has that option, too, for when you want to start all over from scratch – or to begin again like new.

Simply because my children have grown up in this world and lived life as we know it here on planet Earth – they’ve become corrupted by the world’s value systems or lack thereof. When I ask God to send angels to rewire their hearts and heal them to be true reflections of Him – I’m really asking Him to restore their factory default settings; to restore them back to the state in which He created them. I’m asking Him to perfect them.

We’ve all wanted the opportunity to start with a clean slate; a do-over. I’ve seen bumper stickers that reflect as much when they ask, ‘Don’t you wish life had a rewind button?’ We’ve all made mistakes we’d like to undo. We’ve all said or done things we wish we hadn’t; just as we’ve all been hurt, betrayed and lied to. Too many of the components of our belief systems are distorted by the wrongs in our lives.

Because Jesus did what was necessary to meet the requirements for the payment of sin – all sin, which only He could do, He in fact restores us to our factory default settings when we ask Him to.

Jesus justifies us. As in ‘just-as-if-I’d-never….’ All we have to do is ask.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (NIV)

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