The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost to the stripping locusts, the cutting locusts, the swarming locusts, and the hopping locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you” (Joel 2:25, NLT).
God can give you back what you lost, if only you will believe His word and trust Him to do it. All of us have lost something precious at one point in our lives. Some losses were very painful. Some losses are even considered
irreparable. But God is able to restore all that was lost, and to do much more. The Bible says that God is able to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
Some losses people suffer come as an act of divine judgement, resulting from repeated sin. Some losses were a product of carelessness, negligence or slothfulness. Some losses come due to the unfaithfulness of people with whom we are in one form of relationship or another. Some loses were just acts of the devil who comes “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Such was the case of Job.
In the case of the text of today, the economic loss Israel suffered came as a result of God’s judgment for their stubborn sinfulness (Joel 1). God then called them to true repentance, asking them to turn to Him with all their hearts (Joel 2:14-24). He promised that if they truly repent, He would remove the judgement, and restore what the enemy stole from them (Joel 2:25). What a gracious God! If indeed you want the Lord to restore your losses, the following steps will be helpful to you.
1. Identify what it is that you have lost, and decide to seek the Lord for full restoration (Luke 15:8).
2. Sincerely ” find out, from within you, why you suffered that loss. This is needful so that you can both secure restoration, and avoid a repeat in the future (Psalm 139:23-24).
3. Sincerely come before the Lord and repent of every sin, every fault, every act of carelessness and negligence that led to the loss, adjusting your life not to repeat them again (Joel 2:12-14).
4. Ask the Lord in very specific terms to restore what the enemy stole from you, or what you had lost, believing Him to fulfill His word as you pray (Luke 18:1-2).
5. Ask the Lord to show you what specific steps you should take to recover your losses. Many times God tells us what to do to recover our losses, when we pray (1 Samuel 9:6).
6. Give thanks to God for answering your prayers (Phil 4:6-7).
7. Go and do exactly what God told you to do to recover your loss (John 2:5).
Today, I believe God with you that all that the enemy stole from you is fully restored. You will soon testify, to the glory of our God.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY
FOR FURTHER STUDIES
Confession for Today: I claim back all that the devil stole from me. My losses are fully restored.
- Turn all the steps outlined above into prayer, asking the Lord to restore what you lost, in very specific terms.
- Pray for your church.
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