Many people have been hurt by religious theology, fallen Church leaders and other backslidden Christians, or by painful circumstances that have left their lives in ruins. Because of these experiences they are bitter toward God and do not want anything to do with the Church. So, we are going to talk about the need to rebuild spiritual ruins, look at some of the main causes for the spiritual deterioration and see how to rebuild and restore trust and hope in the lives of these people.
First of all, compromise and corruption within the Body of Christ have weakened the basic foundation of faith. As a result, many struggle to trust God. It is time to rebuild this foundation. It says in Isaiah 58:12, “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”
Jesus Christ repaired the breach that existed between us and our heavenly Father, in 2 Corinthians 5:18 He has called us to be ministers of reconciliation: “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”
Now, more than ever, we need to take serious the ministry of reconciliation that Jesus calls all believers to and repair the breach. The only way to build up these old waste places is to restore trust between the lost and our witness. Put aside vain religious philosophy, all forms of ungodliness, repent and get real with Jesus so that others may know there truly is a God in heaven who cares for them.
Ask yourself, “Am I willing to rebuild a spiritual foundation for my own life, and for the lives of those around me? Am I willing to be used by God and enter into the ministry He has called me to, the ministry of reconciliation?”
Dear heavenly Father,
We ask You to forgive us for being religious in our spiritual walk, for being calloused in our hearts toward You, for being filled with the things of this world but empty in our spirits and void of hope for others. Help us to be living testimonies for Your glory, which draw and woo people to You. May we take serious our call to be witnesses to the lost, to be tools in Your hands to repair the breach and to mend the violations of mistrust that we have caused in others. May we be Christians who act out what we say we believe and walk in the miraculous so that the world may know You are the one, true God.
In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.