I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you. (Joel 2:25)
This scripture is good news for anyone who has had things taken away through the powers of Satan. We all have . Because he has come to steal to kill and to destroy. This verse tells us that the locust and it’s company not only destroyed the produce of that year, but so completely ate up everything that was green, in other words ate up the profit and the capital. But God promises that He would remedy that evil. He would restore all the years the locust, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm had eaten (KJV). Do you believe God for it?
What is restoration?
Restoration is the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. Synonyms of restoration include: repair, repairing, fixing, mending, refurbishment, reconditioning, rehabilitation, rebuilding, reconstruction, overhaul, redevelopment, renovation; informal-rehab. This year God will accomplish all theses in your life in Jesus name.
What is consolidation?
To consolidate is to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole; unite; combine: To consolidate is to discard the unused or unwanted items of and organize the remaining: This new year you will get rid of junks (unfruitful ideas, life styles ,companions and relationships )in your life and be pure and be made whole. To consolidate is to make solid or firm; solidify or strengthen. This year you will be solidified in Christ .You will regain your focus.
What can be restored?
Salvation. Backsliding, Marriage, Friendships, Relationships, Hope, Health, Faith, Joy, Purity, Job, Position, Trust, Fortune. Broken Relationships;
There could be family restoration, spiritual restoration and Healing.
God promises this year that he will restore His church. The gate of hell shall not prevail. God promise this year spiritual , physical, financial ,emotional restoration for his own people. Will you be a partaker?
Path to Restoration.
There are many paths to restoration, depending on what was devoured and needs restoration. But the principles of restoration are generally the same: there is a need to set forth the fundamental principles behind the concept of restoration. The need for restoration implies,
1) that something is corrupt, something got spoilt, there was a devastation and that needs to be identified and fixed.
2) There is need to set forth a strong structure and pattern to ensure lasting restoration .
3) Unity of purpose, (Necessity for reasonable association)
4) Doing the work that needs to be done.
1. What led to our devastation ?
Something is wrong. Something is corrupt. Doctors don’t just prescribe they tell you go and do lab work, lab analysis-Ray ,before fixing. Let us look at some causes of devastation.
1.Wrong choices or other misfortunes. Some are still debating is Jesus Lord or savoir. One of our daughters gave me a DVD : I recommend you to watch it is also on You tube .
‘Evolution vs God.’ Wrong belief . What you belief matters! Isaiah 53:1 whose report will you belief? Wrong choices of religion, career, spouse, geographical location, due to economical situation, relationship. Life styles, same-sex marriage ,diet. Idolatrous practices.
If for instance you are indebted ,find out what led you to it. Is it that you are always eating out inviting unwanted friends at ‘Forest Cafe’ and buying food for them, indirectly acting out prodigal son’s script! Meaning you are always spending . You are an impulse buyer. You jump at every sale in Albion Mall & York Gate Mall and more convenient now online!
Keeping wrong association .
Listening to wrong messages, wrong music, carrying head phones listening ‘to shop my money.’ instead of waking up to read your bible. No more time. It is now roaming from Instagram ,to watsapp to Facebook ,to twitter, From their to app for CNN,BBC,CBC ,-all feeding you with wrong information helping you to make poor choices .
2. External Devastation: God promised us through the minor prophet Joel that barren lands would produce crops again. Locust, palmer worm caterpillar, speaks of external influences, attacks, bewitchment, satanic influence. Job 1:1-3 rape, assaults. There are destiny changers. The bible calls them locust, caterpillars.
People change people’s destiny. Replace a good destiny with a vandalized and counterfeit destiny.
To exchange means to replace, trade, substitute, and switch over and to swap with. Destiny exchanger uses different arrows to achieve their goals. The arrows of bewitchment are different from person to person, from generation to generation, from tribe to another tribe, from one environment to another from nation to nation and continent to continent. However, they all work towards a common goal of bewitchment which is the main vital tool the enemy uses to exchange destinies. The destiny is there but the owner has lost sense of living it or even not knowing that there is something spectacular in him which can showcase him to the world.
To bewitch a person is to blindfold, divert and confuse them. For example a person was supposed to go to the east but was diverted to go to the south where bewitchment is programmed for her/him.
A bewitchment could be an evil spoken word in the life of a person which diverts the person from the right directions/tracks of his/her destiny to wrong ones. A bewitchment could be a charm prepared against somebody, or a family, environment or a nation to follow wrong patterns of life contrary to the patterns of their destinies.
A bewitchment could be a curse placed upon a person not to be fruitful, prosperous, healthy, or have long life, etc. A bewitchment could be an evil mark put in the life of a person to divert any good thing from that person.
Many people are under this demonic influence of destiny exchange, which has put many shinning stars in wrong places in order not to shine at all. Many people went to school and studied wrong courses, thus everything in their academic lives just go wrong. They were manipulated by the devil to follow wrong careers so that they do not function well.
Arrows being fired in lives of persons are different from one another. These arrows could be prostitution, alcoholism, rejection, disappointment, accusation, stealing, madness, envy, jealousy, adultery/fornication, chains of sicknesses, etc. Most of these things are planted in the lives of people right from the beginning of their lives.
The devil is afraid of what God has given you. Matt 5:14 “Ye are the light of the world; A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid” (KJV). He is afraid of the complete power of God in your life; that is the reason he is always fighting to defeat you in the battle field of life. He is trying to overpower you. He is trying to silence you. He is trying to suppress you. He is trying to overshadow you. But I speak to your life right now that, come out of every manipulations of the devil, in the name of Jesus.
In the year of restoration your vandalized destiny shall be restored
3. Your inheritance
Except the power of the Holy Ghost , Genotype SS sickles cell is inherited , poor choices of parents. Those who want to marry in the church now will go through medical test. We are not here to theorize, but be practical. Before anybody gets two serious with you check the genotype and compare with yours. If there are chances your children will be SS just quietly kill that relationship . Or better still abort the relationship. Because if you claim love is blind , I can tell you after 28 years of marriage , that marriage will open it.. What I am saying is that some life’s were spoilt by there genealogy . All of us white or black Latinos or Coloured, have idolatrous backgrounds. Many were dedicate and initiated to covens, idols. Psalm 11:3 says if the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do? I guess that us what we are doing looking for solution. Looking for restoration.
3. Lack of vision. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28)
4.Wrong connection and accusation. Satan wrongly accused Job and took away his fortune of course with God’s permission. His friends made matters worse by playing the blame game. My wife as a Lawyer will tell you there are so many people in prison who are just victims of wrong connection, lying and plain false accusation.
But the good news is Just as God restored double what was taken away from Job, He will do the same for us if we believe God’s promise of restoration today.
2. The need for new pattern-the need for restructuring, -structural adjustment .
This year to experience restoration I want to recommend some areas of your life where you need restructuring.
1. Restructure your vision.
This world is ruled by the spiritual.’……. What we see is temporal what is unseen is is eternal.’ 2 Cor 4:8
Through our imagination, visions, and dreams we can become who we want to be and do what we want to do. Through dreaming dreams and envisioning visions we can kick away the wall of limitation, remove all barriers, and let our imagination soar. We can be creative in our minds when it comes to our families, friends, jobs, and ministries. It is all right to dream and have visions. That’s why Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived told us, “Where there is no vision the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). If you have no vision, you are not being creative. If you are not creative, then those people under your leadership are going to perish. Through proper envisioning you can get your life restored.
The Holy Spirit communicates through visions and dreams. Only through your dreams can you see and visualize a more successful existence. We see in our imagination and bring what we see to life. In Genesis 13:14-15, “And the Lord said unto Abraham, ‘Lift up now your eyes, and look for the place where you are, northward, southward, eastward, and westward: For all the land which you see to you will I give it, and to your seed forever.’” God could have told Abraham He would give him the land. God wanted Abraham to see it and visualize all his descendants on the land. Pictures of this came to Abraham’s mind time and time again. These dreams and visions carried dominion over Abraham’s 100-year old body, and it was transformed into one that produced the son God had promised. And Abraham did have many descendents . . . including YOU
2.Restructure you time.
Myles Munroe preached a message on Time, when he passed away they were showing the message on TV in Kenya,I watched it in my hotel. I recommend it for you .Time cannot be recycled. He said time is one commodity or currency that is universal. The rich and the poor have the same quantity everyday. The rich maximize theirs the poor people squander theirs. For your life to be restored to your original state and better state you need to restructure the way you use your time this year.
You cannot continue with the old pattern of wasting your time ,mismanaging your time and expect a meaningful restoration .Part of consolidation is to know what you need to do away with.
3.Restructure your overall principles, ambition and ,aspiration.
That you were born poor does not mean that you have to die wretched Rom 29: 11 ‘ the gifts and the calling of a God are without repentance’ you are made of a better stuff, the fact that someone afflicted you, abused you, assaulted you when you were young does not mean your talent, and gifting has changed. They are temporarily corrupted, or suspended , and God has vowed this year to return you to your original state.
A mad man still has its gifts, when restored he could still be President of nations. You are not mad you just do not know your value.
4. Restructure your value system – move from corruption to integrity mode.
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein
Psalm 26:1O Lord, stand by me for I have lived my life without blame. I have trusted in the Lord without changing. 2 Test me and try me, O Lord. Test my mind and my heart. 3 For Your loving-kindness is always in front of my eyes. And I have walked in Your truth. 4 I do not sit with men who lie about the truth. I would not be seen with those who pretend to be someone they are not. 5 I hate the meeting of sinners, and will not sit with the sinful. 6 I will wash my hands of any guilt. And I will go around Your altar, O Lord. 7 I will speak with the voice of thanks, and tell of all Your great works.
Whatever we hold firmly in our minds will come to pass. Therefore, it is so important to visualize and think only on those things that are honest, true, just, pure, lovely and of a good report (Philippians 4:8). So go ahead be a man of integrity of value,by . . . dreaming integrity, envisioning integrity,live integrity,it is a function of time everything you list will be restored!
5.Restructure your life policy move from NFA to visionary personality.
They used to call me NFA when I was young, no future ambition . Not that I do not have ambition , then but I had wrong ambition, I wanted to be a taxi driver .
Thank God, he used a Muslim colleague that to find my path and to restore my vision and life policy
Biblical Verses about Restoration & Being Restored
1 Restoration of Health, Restoration of Joy & Honor
Jeremiah 30:17, ESV For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares The Lord .
Isaiah 61:7, ESV Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonour they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.
2.Restoration of Fortunes
Job 42:10, ESV And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
3.Restoration – All things become new!
Isaiah 1:18, ESV Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
5.Restoring Hope – Prayer for Restoration of Hope
Romans 15:13, ESV May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Zechariah 9:12, NIV Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
How not to be restored – two false approach
1. Not doing what is necessary – waiting for God to do magic not miracle.
While waiting on God is not a wrong thing, waiting indefinitely is. Seek God. Pray. Read God’s word. By all means do those things. But follow what He tells you to do!
I have seen so many Christians paralyzed by a kind of false spirituality that allows a person to believe that they are “so close” to God because they pray, read the word, go to church etc all while persisting in habitual sinful behaviors. They maintain that thay are waiting on God to do something. Until then… it’s God’s problem not theirs. If He wants them different, he will make them different. They will say things like God knows their heart or that He understands their situation…. all “christianese” for “big fat excuse”.
News Flash!! He already has done something! He broke the chains that would bind us and made a way for us where there was no way. You can be restored! You can change! Your situation can change! That’s the good news! Quit waiting. Get on the bus. Study your books. Write the resume. Start the business. Get the new plan . Secure the admission. Change how you look. Change your diet.. Set yourself free!
The second area of false expectation is the “I tried what the bible said before and it didn’t work so things will never be different” syndrome. The idea here is that somehow God didn’t perform as expected so I’m no longer responsible for my behaviour. I did what I was supposed to do, but God didn’t do his part. Really? Do we really want to claim that amount of wisdom and knowledge to take God to task for anything? Again do not be lazy! When you dig the earth you will reach water level. Guaranteed. If you have not, keep digging. Don’t give up. Restoration and consolidation is on your way.
3.UNITY OF PURPOSE
1. When restoring a house, the chief architect has the final decision. Jesus is the corner stone the chief restorer! We have to unite with him.
2. Today, we must have unity of purpose if we are going to restore our life’s and the church.
3. We must also unite with ourselves. In our homes. With the pastor. In your Sunday school Department. As choristers.
1) Jesus prayed for unity. John 17:20-21 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
2) Paul commanded unity. 1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
3) Our fellowship is based upon unity. Ephesians 4:3-6 “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit,
4. THERE IS WORK TO BE DONE. BE PRACTICAL.
1. When you want to restore a house, you may have everything material in place, but if you fail to do the work, the house will never be restored.
2. We have what we need to continue our efforts at restoration. Let’s go to work. What do you need to facilitate your restoration? God is not going to do every thing. What is your part? Collaborate with God.
Do you have to go back to school?
Do you have to rebuild that relationship, by humbling your self. Do you need to write a letter of apology. Do you need to forgive someone to restore the relation.
Do you need to pray more ?
Do you need to read the bible more?
Do you need to attend more classes, more services?
Do you need to watch less movies, less gossiping, less facebooking. Less twitting?
Do you have to spend more time on your business?
Do you need to change your strategy?
Do you need to fire your boss and start your own business?
Do you need to work extra hours?
Do you need to apologize to someone you wronged?
Do you need to forgive some one? Gen 45:3-7,…I am Joseph, … God sent me before you ?
Do you have to take some rest to recover lost energy? Do you need a vacation to recover yourself? One time in a flight I left the economy class I was to go and watch what people in first class cabin were doing . I was surprised to see all of them sleeping none was on the computer, or watching movies! They knew they needed rest to restore themselves!
Continue the good work you are doing.
“Gal. 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” 1 Corinthians 3:9 “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”
Give room for the Holy Spirit. When we let God’s power work in us, it makes the difference. Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
For you to engineer your restoration:
1. Understand that you are created for a purpose Matt 5:13-15
2. Understand that Jesus loves and cares for you. John 3:16
3. Confess your known and unknown sins. Isa. 1:18
4. Understand that when Jesus forgives you, He has forgiven you. 2 Cor. 5:17.
5. Understand you need to know what caused the devastation .Joel 2:25
6. Understand you need to rebuild your structure,Isaiah 61:4
7.Understand you need to unite with others.Psalm 133:1,Act 2:1
8 Understand that there is nothing too hard for God to do. Luke 1 :37
9.Pray destiny restoring prayers.
10.Do the needful.
11. Trust God and praise Him because he has done it.
1. If you are not a Christian this morning.Would you hear the great call of restoration? Jesus came to restore humanity. John 14:6.
No other religion is going to help you except the pure religion of Jesus Christ.Heed the plan that it has for man’s salvation today! Hear the word; Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing…” Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6 “For without faith it is impossible….” Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matt. 16:16).Be baptized for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:15-16).
3. If you are a Christian and you have back sliding, this is a great moment.
A brand new year, get down on your knees wherever you are and come to the Master
Pastor Amos Dele Dada