Marsha Deveaux Johnson

Galatians Chapter 6
Verse 1 “Brethren if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also. (Amplified)

2 Corinthians 5:17-18
“Therefore if any person is [in-grafted] in Christ (the Messiah)) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether: the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away.  Behold the fresh and new has come!
But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others in harmony with Him].”

Right Standing
Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior brings man into right standing with God.  The acceptance of Jesus Christ guarantees that we belong to Him.  It is His debt on the cross that paid for this position of right standing with God for us.

Right Fellowship
Right fellowship is based upon deliberate and willful decision-making to do what is right and pleasing in the sight of God.  A breach in practicing righteousness allows the fellowship and communion with God in righteousness to be broken.  This is sin. A restoration process needs to begin. 

The Restoration Process

Acknowledge Sin/ Transgress/ Fault/ Misconduct
Recognize that something wrong has happened on your part with your relationship with God.

This happened between you and God even if others were involved.  Ask God to forgive your sin in the matter.
Seek Restoration from the Spiritual Body of Christ
Seek out ministers who are walking in right standing and right fellowship with God.  Ask God to lead you to those who faithfully execute His will in their lives and can offer counseling and support to the lives of others.

Take Full Responsibility for the Broken Fellowship
 Others may have influenced you but God has given you free will.  This freedom must be understood and appreciated.  Choice always brings consequences.  When you make a decision and take action, consequences (good or bad) follow the action.

We are brought back into harmony with Father by God’s word, our words, and the deeds we practice after we are restored to right fellowship (2 Corinthians 5:18). Amplified

Make a decision to receive forgiveness and reject condemnation (Romans 8th Chapter).  Allow God to heal your hurting heart.  No one can help you like Father.  Walk and allow the wounded place to be a place of victory when the deliverance that God orchestrates takes place.

Setting Boundaries
·         Make a quality decision not to go to a place of broken fellowship with Father. 
·         Draw your line in the sand!  
·         Set your parameters!  
·         Choose people, places, and things in your life that cause you to move closer to God. 
·         Cry out to God! 
·         Ask for His help! 
·         Choose no other gods before Him! 
·         Abandon selfishness! 
·         Lay your life before Him daily and finally “Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for YOU!” (1st Peter 5:7)

Why "Hepzibah in Training?"

More than twenty five years ago I stood in a powerful praise and worship service. As I entered into worship weeping in the presence of the King, I heard the voice of Jesus in my spirit. He called me two names. The first name was Hephzibah and the second was Beulah. I was stunned and immediately sat down on the bench to ponder these two names. Neither of these names appeared flattering to me.

I left church and called my sister, a mighty warrior of God, and told her that God had called me two names. Her reply was “If God called me names; I needed to find out what they meant.” I searched scripture and found that the name Hephzibah means, “The Lord delights in her” and that Beulah meant, “Thy land is married (committed, spoken for, etc). Needless to say, I was delighted in the significance of these two names that my Savior has bestowed upon me. My goal and treasure in life is to fulfill the plan for my life on this side of Eternity and to train for the other side of Eternity.

I offer you the revelations, thoughts, and meditations that God imparts to me in this blog “Hepzibah In Training”.

I thank you for your comments.