I want to talk to you today about restoration. The word restoration means, to “restore something back to its original state.” The Biblical concept of restoration is even more powerful. God is a God of restoration, and when He restores, He does it usually in greater quantity and quality. In other words, God does not only desire to restore that what we have lost, but He desires to restore to us even more than we have lost. In John 10:10 it says the “Thief comes to steal rob and destroy, but I have come to give you life, and life abundantly.” What the thief takes, Jesus wants to give back in abundance.
There are a number of examples in the Bible:
Job: We have the example of Job. In Job 42:10, “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave him twice as much as he had before.” Not only did God give to Job, more in quantity, but also more in quality. God gave Him seven new daughters and in Job 42:15 we read that they were the most beautiful girls in the world. If the devil has taken something from us, or if we have lost something, we can believe to receive even more than before.
Nebuchadnezzar: As a result of his pride he lost his kingdom and lived like an outcast for seven years. When he repented of his pride and gave glory to God, God restored him to the throne and we read in Daniel 4:36, “and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.” God restored to him more than he lost!
David: As a result of his sinful relationship with Bathsheba, a sick baby was born and eventually died. However, David repented, worshiped the Lord and God gave him and Bathsheba another baby, the baby was called Solomon, and the Bible says that God loved Solomon. God gave to them a better baby, who became the mightiest king in the history of Israel.
The prodigal son: When the prodigal son decided to go back to his father, he was totally restored and was even given a great welcome home party. That is how much our Heavenly loves us and wants to restore us. No matter how much we have missed it in life, God still wants to restore our losses.
There may be many of us today, who have suffered some form of loss. It could be loss of finances or possessions, homes, etc. Such was in the case of Job. Some of us have lost relationships and loved ones. God is able to heal our pains and give us new satisfying relationships in the future.
Some of us have lost opportunities and feel that we have wasted so much time in the past and that the years have passed us by. In Joel 2:25, we have a wonderful word of encouragement where God says, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.” Notice, that the Lord did not only restore that what the locusts had eaten, but the “years” that the locusts have eaten. He is able to restore lost opportunities and make up for the time that we have lost. We are never too old for God to restore our opportunities and it is never too late to have new dreams and pursue new goals. In fact the best and most fruitful years still lie ahead of many of us.
God is able to restore our health and even our youthful energy. In Psalm 103:5 we read, “He satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” We also read in 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” This promise is for all of us and not only for those under the age of 40!
Furthermore, God is able to restore our zeal, passion and our anointing. If we have lost our joy and our experience with God has become dull and boring, God can re-ignite the fire that we once had and even take us to greater heights in the anointing and power of God! If God has used us in the past and today it seems that there is not much happening in our lives, God wants to do even greater things in the future. The Bible says in Psalm 92:14 in the Passion Translation, “Even in their old age they will stay fresh, bearing luscious fruit and abiding faithfully.”
Keys to restoration:
Firstly, the importance of repentance:
Repentance is usually the “entry point” to the blessing of God. The reason why some have suffered loss could be because of some are of sin and compromise, or something they have done. For example, the sin of pride caused Nebuchadnezzar to lose his kingdom. The sin of self righteousness caused Job to lose all he had. When God revealed this to Job, he said in Job 42:6, “Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” When Job repented, the “LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.”
Secondly, we need to have the right perspective of God:
Let us look at some amazing scriptures:
– Jeremiah 32:17 we read, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”
– Mark 9:23, “If[ you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
– Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
When the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus, she asked him, “How can this be?” Gabriel said to here in Luke 1:34 and 38, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you …For with God nothing will be impossible.”
We therefore need to believe with all our heart:
- There is no situation that God cannot change.
- No problem that He cannot solve.
- No mistake that He cannot redeem.
- No prayer that He cannot answer.
- No sickness that He cannot heal.
- No door that He cannot open.
- No mountain that He cannot move.
- No relationship He cannot restore.
There is nothing that He cannot do! All things are possible if we can only believe. He is greater than our problems, our pain, our disappointments and every negative situation that we face. He is a great and mighty God, He is the Creator of the universe and if we can only believe, all things are possible. No matter what has happened in the past, God still has a great future for us. Our perspective of God must always be bigger than anything we face. God loves us and wants to show Himself strong towards those of us who dare to believe!
Thirdly, we must not dwell on the negative things that have happened in the past:
Paul writes in Philippians 3:13, “but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…” We cannot go back into the past and change the decisions that we have made, but with Jesus we can make new positive decisions for the future. Isaiah 43:18 says, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” God want to do wonderful new things in our lives, He is able to make a “road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert!” Even if it seems so hopeless, God is still able to work all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. So it is no use regretting what we have done or what has happened to us in the past.
Fourthly: We must keep a positive confession.
In Proverbs 18:21 we read that “the power of life and death is in the tongue.” Our words will influence our lives. Furthermore, in the New Testament, Peter writes and says, that “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile.” (1 Peter 3:10) Our quality of life and the length that we will live, depends on the words that we speak!
That is why Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” The word hope means, “a joyful expectation of good things to come in the future.” Therefore, as we continually spoke positive, faith filled words, based on the word of God, we will begin to experience what we say. Just as God created the heaven and the earth by the words that He spoke, we in the image of God can influence our futures by the words that we speak.
We read in Romans 4:17 in the Amplified Bible, “God, speaks of the nonexistent things as if they [already] existed.” We are to do the same! Our declaration is not to be based on what we see or hear, but on what we believe and on what God’s word says no matter how negative our circumstances seem to be. We are to declare things into existence before they manifest!
Fifthly: The importance of our commitment to Jesus:
In the well known verse in Matthew 6:33 we read, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” The Kingdom has a king and His name is Jesus. As we put Him first in every area of our lives, everything else in our lives will come into order. In Colossians 2:16-18, we read, “All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”
Wherever Jesus has the preeminence, there will be order, restoration and blessing. That is why our personal relationship with Him is so important and one of the keys to restoration. We have the example of David, when his baby died the first thing he did was to go into the temple of and worship God. After that, he and Bathsheba had another child.
Sixthly: We can pray.
This seems such a simple and obvious step to restoration. In James 4:2 we read, “Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” This implies, that “You have because you ask!” Jesus gave us so many wonderful promises about prayer.
– Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
– Matthew 7:11, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
– John 16:24, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
In Isaiah 42:22 we read, “But this is a people robbed and plundered; … They are for prey, and no one delivers; for plunder, and no one says, “Restore!”” God was challenging those from who the devil has stolen to cry out, “restore!”
We are living in the end times in a time of restoration. We read in Acts 3:21. “ Whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” Jesus is restoring to His church that which was lost. He is restoring the gifts of the Spirit, the ministry gifts and the power that was upon the early church. He is building victorious church that will destroy the gates of hell. He is coming back to a glorious church without spot or wrinkle.
His Kingdom will come and His will be done on Earth as it is in heaven! We are entering into the greatest revival in history of the world. We will see the manifestation of His glory and power as we come closer and closer to His return. This is a wonderful time in history to be alive, a time of restoration and glory. As we believe this, we will see God begin to do, exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask or think. Amen.