Joel 2:23-26, Psalm 23:1-6.
RESTORATION – “The act or Process of returning something to its ORIGINAL condition by repairing it, cleaning It etc.”
It also means the “Act of bringing back something that Existed before”.
It is also defined as “an act of returning SOMETHING that was Stolen or Taken”.
God had a MASTER plan for MAN from the beginning-Gen 1:26-28, The Devil however felt he could thwart that Plan-Gen 3:1-5,because being the ‘Thief’ he is John 10: 10, he only comes to steal hijack, takeaway, disposes, forcibly obtain, waylay, double-cross etc. people of what belongs to them. The list of what we have been robbed off is inexhaustible: Peace, Health, Blessings from God, career growth, Promotion. The list is endless.
Many people often ‘resign to fate’ and concede their loss to the enemy. A few tips to overcome this ‘MIND-SET’ includes:
Knowing who you are-The Image of the Living God, Gen 1: 27, Gen 9:6, Psalm 8:4-6 what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.
The Son/Daughter of The Most High God: Rom 8: 15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! (AMPLIFIED Bible), Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Knowing what God says concerning YOU: Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end, Isaiah 49:15, Whilst its possible for a woman to forget her nursing child, God is swearing by His Word that He will not FORGET YOU!!!
God however demonstrated His commitment to the initial MASTER Plan by availing us with Redemption through The Cross: Heb 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us”.
RESTORATION- “A CASE STUDY OF JOB”.
He feared God and eschewed Evil- Job 1: 1-2.
By the standards of that period, Job was a very very rich man, Job 1:3-4.
The Crisis that hit JOB was a VERY UNUSUAL ONE!!! Job 1: 13-22, 2:7-8.
Job was Calm when hit by the STORM- Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth”
Job Showed he was man after all- Job Chapter 3, God knows about it. The Pain, the feeling of failure, the anxiety, the insecurity,
Sometimes, life challenges will tempt you to forsake GOD- Job 2:9.
CHARACTER must be built during our transition. See the exchange between Job and GOD during his TRAIL. Job Chapters 38-42.
JOB eventually got DOUBLE for his Trouble Job 42:10-17.
Restoration Requirements (RR)
2 Chronicles 7:14 – If My People, THE IF CLAUSE…..
Isaiah 55:7 Return unto the Lord!!! “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon”.
Walk with GOD!!! Deut 5:33 (Read KJV) “Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess” (NIV).
Empower yourself with the WORD – Study the Word. 2 Tim 2:15, Joshua 1:8.
Hang On to GOD’s WORD and CONFESS IT- Psalm 119:105 ‘Thy Word is LAMP’ meaning it gives illumination, Revelation, Insight, Deut 12: 28 “Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God”,
Speak into that situation- “Dry Bone Confession Mode”. Ezekiel 37:1-14, Use the capability that God has given you Proverb 18: 21 Your Tongue, Deut 32:1.
The “elements” can hear and Obey us when we speak (See scenario of Sun Standing still in Joshua 10:13)
Psalm 8:2, Matt 21:16 God has perfected Praise through your mouth-PRAISE GOD CEASELESSLY!!!
Provs 40:30 “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord”,
Ex 15:11 “Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
Quote: “You don’t really know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have!”
Aspects of Restoration
Spiritual and Financial Restoration- 3John 1:2.
Physical Restoration (Health) – Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth and grow up as calves from the stall.
Restoration in all aspects of your life; Academics, Ministry, Career, Relationships etc.
Last-line: So you are saying ‘‘BUT I HAVEN’T LOST ANYTHING”!
This Subject is a guide to assist you navigate through the Challenges of Life because it will SURELY come, but we WILL Overcome.
John 16:33 I have Overcome the world, 1John 4:4 Greater is the ONE in you, 1John 5:4 whatever is born of God overcomes the world,
Luke 8 23-25 Jesus is the MASTER of the Storm,
Put on the Whole armor of God because the Evil day will come Eph 6: 13.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Ultimate restoration of Humanity is to re-unite with GOD in the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
Phill 3:20 Our Conversation is in Heaven, 1Thess 4:17 we shall be caught up to be with the LORD.
Bro. Joshua Ozugbakun
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