Here’s what will happen. While you’re out among the nations where God has dispersed you and the blessings and curses come in just the way I have set them before you, and you and your children take them seriously and come back to God, your God, and obey him with your whole heart and soul according to everything that I command you today, God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. No matter how far away you end up, God, your God, will get you out of there and bring you back to the land your ancestors once possessed. It will be yours again. He will give you a good life and make you more numerous than your ancestors.
Deuteronomy 30:1-5 (MSG)
The word restore in our theme for this month is indicative of two things. First, it tells us that the object, situation, or benefit to be restored has been in existence before. Second, it tells us that it has either been impaired or lost altogether. God, our father is a God of second, third, and sometimes, numerous chances. He understands our weakness(s) and knows that we sometimes drop the ball (Hebrews 4:15). With our God, the door is never shut. There is always hope.
David In Ziklag
In 1 Samuel 30:1-20, the bible recorded the story of how David’s camp was invaded by the Amalekites and the camp was burnt down, their family members taken captives and all their properties were taken away as war spoils. Remember, at this point, David and his men have been battle-weary. They have been rejected by their home nation-Israel and now rejected by their host nation – Philistines, where they have been living pretending to be helping their king. To say the least, David and his men are frustrated beyond description and men (warriors) began to weep until they have no more strength to weep (1 Samuel 30:4). This is a clear indication that David and his men has come to the end of themselves.
It’s Ok to express your emotions
As the popular saying goes, we sometimes want to fake it until we make it. However, it is of no use to bottle up or hide our emotions before Him who already knew and has the solution to our problem(s). Expressing our feelings has the ability to humble us and put us in a position to ask for help. After David was done weeping, he came to a realization that there is one way to look for help and that is up. In Psalm 121 vs 1, he wrote, I will look unto the hill, where comes my help, my help comes from the Lord who made the heaven and the earth. It is only Him who created everything that has a solution to every situation. So, take your matter to your father and tell Him just the way it is. Cry if you have to. Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord…And Hezekiah wept bitterly…and the Lord said, I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears 2 Kings 20:2-5
Like David, strengthen yourself in the Lord. You may be down, don’t stay down
Life happens. That we fall sometimes is not because we sinned or God is angry with us. God sometimes, allow things to happen to enable us to unearth the treasure that is buried in us and sometimes to see what is the heart of people in our life. Not only was David’s wife and children and the wives and children of his men have been taken captive, his men spoke of stoning him (1 Samuel 30:6). In spite of this, David was able to dig dip and encourage himself in the only one that can make the impossible possible-God. He took his attention away from the situation and from man and turned it to Him who is able to help him even when it is obvious that his life is in danger. He chose not to be moved by the circumstances. Never let your circumstance(s) determine your action.
Seek to know what on God’s mind concerning the situation
Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. So David inquired of the Lord, saying, and “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” 1 Samuel 30:7-8
The first step toward recovery is to seek the face of the Lord. Often times, the enemy leverage our ignorance to steal from us. To recover, we must know what the enemy doesn’t know and this can only be revealed by the all-knowing God. Take time to search His word. Let the Holy Spirit interpret the Word to you and be ready to act out the revelation. Revelation comes from making time to meditate on the word of God. This takes spending time in the presence of God. Note this, until the secret thing is revealed and forms the basis of our actions, mental analysis will always fail us in spiritual warfare.
Rise up and fight for your inheritance. It’s yours and no one will do it for you
Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled. So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all. 1 Samuel 30:17-19
Total recovery has two sides to it. In Deuteronomy 30: 1-5, the scriptures say, the Lord your God will restore everything you have lost while in 1 Samuel 30: 17-19, the scriptures say that David recovered all. What this is saying to you and me is that, just as God has a role to play, we have a role to play too. God has promised restoration but we must stand up in faith and recover. His job is to restore (in the spirit), your job is to wrestle it from the enemy.
So, my brothers and sisters, it is time for us to rise up and fight for our heritage. It doesn’t matter how long this battle has been on for. Determine today to recover your heritage.
Being down is not the last chapter of your story. With the help of the Holy Spirit, you can move on to the next chapter. The author (God) is still busy with pen in His hand. He still writing your story. What has the enemy has stolen from you? Your joy, finances, relationships, health, peace in your life, and home? Whatever it is, take up the mantle of His power and call on the God of Elijah to execute judgment on forces of darkness and take back what belongs to you TODAY!
- Lord, I thank you for the final say always belong to you. I thank you because your promises are yeah and amen. Thank you father because there is always a way of escape for me from every trap of the enemy. I give you all the glory because you will reveal the secret things that belong to you (Deuteronomy 29:29) and with the help of the Holy Spirit you will reveal them to me.
- Father, I come to you today to lay down everything that is serving as the inroad for the enemy into my life. All my struggles, the passion of the flesh. I lay it all down and I take on Jesus. I receive the anointing of the Holy Ghost afresh to live victoriously. I overcome the flesh. I overcome the world and I overcome the devil and I am positioned to recover all you have restored in Jesus’ name.
- The bible says, when a thief is caught, he will restore that which he has stolen in seven folds (Proverbs 6:31). Today, I stand upon the victory of Jesus and stand against you devil and I command that that which you have stolen, you have to restore now in Jesus’ name. I break the gates of your treasury open and I recover all that belongs to me. You can’t stop me! The one who died for me has taken the keys from you and has handed it over to me. So, I command you to let go of all you have stolen TODAY in the name of Jesus.
- Father, surround me and my family with your edge of protection. Preserve me and my family with your power. Cover us with your glory. Let any evil hand raised against me and my house wither. Whenever the enemy stretches his hand to steal from me, Lord, let the hand wither.
- Like David, I declare that I pursue, I overtake and I recover all in Jesus’ name. Nothing of my household is missing great or small in Jesus’ name. I recover all in Jesus’ name.