I recently received a prophetic word that God was going to restore 7 -fold what the devil had taken. Great word! I was thrilled! Jumped up and down! Shared it with my pray team and now with my blog reading friends. I was very excited about it. It was the first word on restoration I had received in 3 years. For 3 years, it had been either silence or our words had been: “you are in the battle; God says you have been faithful”. Nothing revelational there! You know when you are in the battle. You don’t need a prophetic word to confirm it!
I knew the devil had stolen from me and my family. It was almost as if everything was been sucked down into this black hole of nothingness. As I am very much a stickler for it that if God speaks, I act! I started to act on my prophetic word. I sat down and made a list of all that the devil had stolen. Not because I was greedy, just because I wanted a visual list in front of my eyes to be able to thank God for His 7- fold restoration every tyme I laid my eyes on the visual.
My “stolen goods list” looked along this line:
– Health (from been under constant stress)
– Peace of Mind
– My Name
– My Reputation
– Desire/Drive to start my Ministry
– Tymepeices aka watches, TV’s, laptops, furniture
– I’m very tempted to list my hair! (long story)
But a strange emotion occurred when I started the list; I fell to my knees and started sobbing the presence of God.
I started my list was my mental health & stress related symptoms dealing with my Faith. I kept on hearing this quiet whisper: “but my Son has paid the price for your healing.” 1 Pet 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness– by whose stripes you were healed.
REVELATION (yet again): You don’t need to pay MONEY for medication when Jesus paid the price in FULL FOR MY HEALING! ONLY BELIEVE!
The My Identity and Peace of Mind I had to deal with 6 years ago. I had to learn to live by faith. I was battling with a relationship in my life where I had felt blatantly rejected repeatedly over and over. Every couple of months I have an outburst and then I bring it back to the cross and ask God to take care of it. In his tyme God did.
After writing the post “It is Finished”, I’ve been bringing a lot of areas to closure in my life and this was one of the areas I’d asked God to deal with because it was just to big for me to deal with. God was saying, I want you to rely on ME for your daily provision, and a roof over your head. The name and the reputation were sorted out by when I found the following scripture:
Isaiah 61:7 For your shame ye shall have double; …
It was a TOUGH LESSON to learn!
Another issue sorted! God was ticking them off my list at an alarming rate!
When the restoration word came, the Holy Spirit whispered: “do you really want to go back to the bondage of a salary, NO Identity, living in Moab? Do you really want to trade all the lessons you’ve learned living by faith for a lifestyle of just enough (salary) and of having a backup plan in case I don’t work in your tyme? (Unconditional Faith)”
My response was: but what happens if it all gets stolen (Peace of Mind, Identity, Desire/Drive to start my Ministry, My Name, My Reputation)!
“If the devil has stolen from you and you have learnt to live by faith, you are able to faith it all back! And once again, I will restore more that the devil took! What have you really lost?” was quietly offered as an answer.
The devil cannot truly rob me of my FAITH in God! His power is only what we give him!
As the Holy Spirit made mince meat of all of my “stolen goods to be restored 7 Fold” points, the only thing I came up with what had truly been stolen (BY FAITH God could heal and replace all of the rest, I only had to BELIEVE) was my RELATIONSHIPS! (& the Holy Spirit just proved to me once again that I did not know God well enough to trust Him to restore). The devil has stolen many of our relationships with family and friends. The crux of my list left me once again realizing:
GOD IS ONLY INTERESTED IN PEOPLE!
Only when I had started “seeking 1st the kingdom of God” had I received the promise of 7-fold restoration. Only once I started leading people to the Lord, praying for the sick, started preaching the good news of the Gospel, – all the things important to God, did the promise of restoration come.
Once my sights were focused on what God saw as important, PEOPLE, not just people, but where people would spend eternity, how I treated individuals, what words of life had come out of my mouth to sow life etc, He sorted out the rest. All else comes down to my faith level in “ONLY BELIEVE”
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
The ultimate battle has already been won. Positionally, Satan is already defeated; but practically– as we learn the Word of God–we need to exercise that victory on a day-to-day basis.
First John 5:1-5 “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God …. For whatever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
Overcomers are people born of God–people who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. When you place your faith in Christ, you are born of God and become a victor. The Greek word translated “overcomer” literally means “victor.” The verb form is nikao, and the noun form is nike. The verb means “to conquer,” “to have victory,” or “to have superiority“. It sometymes means “Matthew 6:33.”
The reality check I experienced was we all equate Restoration 7 – fold to Finance/Money! Even with all the lessons I’ve experienced in the last 7 years, I really needed to shift my thinking into “the mind of Christ” before thinking of “things to be added to me” Now, I can truly look forward to God restoring each and every relationship, and *SEVEN FOLD BONUS:
Look back over my life (in my best Fred Hammond voice). When I first meet my wife we dated for about 7 weeks. 7 years later we rekindled our relationship, I courted her and obviously you got married. In out first year we were separated for about 7 months and almost divorced. Through wise counseling we renewed out 7th wedding anniversary Thanksgiving 2012. And thanks be to God 7 years after almost breaking up what God put together, my wife and I are pregnant with our first child (Ava Camille).
To God Be the GLORY!