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GOD’S RESTORATION – DOUBLE FOR TROUBLE
Too often, we are settled with what we have. We have to get the bounce back mentality, which means when we are knocked down, we don’t stay down, we get up, back again. Every set backs and every problems are not permanent, it is not going to last forever, and these are only temporary. The Bible says "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." We don’t need to think about the past failures, and sit around and complain about them because our God is a God of restoration.
Isaiah 61:7 - Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs.
God says in His Word that we will receive double for our trouble. If the devil has given us one trouble, then for that one trouble we can expect to receive a double-portion blessing! If that trouble has caused us to experience shame, God’s promise to us is this: “Instead of our shame we shall have double honor”. God wants to give us a double-portion blessing for every trouble we go through! God has promised us to pay back double for every unfair situation. We have to know the goodness of God and instead of being discouraged by the difficulty; we got to be encouraged by knowing that we are going to get double for our trouble.
We should never think that God is behind our troubles. The devil is the real culprit or sometimes we ourselves can cause troubles in our lives. The moment we respond to God in faith, He works on our behalf behind the scenes for our restoration. He does not restore to us the same amount that we have lost; we always get more than before.
I would like to share one of the testimonies, which I remember in my life. When I was working few years back in a company, I was in a non-technical field, but my interest was to get into the technical field. By God's grace, I learnt technical things and started to work from there on, handling both non-technical and technical stuffs. I used to go to office early morning, and start working from morning to evening, some days without even having breakfast or lunch due to heavy workload. This was routinely going on everyday, but one day I came down for a walk, my eyes were filled with tears and said "Lord, I have been spending so much of time working at my desk, but no recognition, no increment, no appreciations, for the work what I am doing." To be frank, I was quite discouraged and depressed during that time, but thank God for His Word, without His Word I wouldn’t have come back. His Word gave life to my soul and made me comfort. I thanked Him and said, God You are always with me, without You I cannot do anything, and that is the time where God put in me a thought to search for a new job, but to be frank my thought was to be in current company. I obeyed God and uploaded my resume, the jobs were coming from north, south, west, and east, and at the end of time of leaving that company, I was having almost 3 offers at my hand. I decided to join a storage company, all the things which I wanted to have in the precious company, where I didn’t get, I got the double blessings in the new company. I should say more than double.
All the efforts what we put will never go in vain, there is One watching us always. God has tattooed our picture on the palm of His hands and He is mindful of us. If there is nothing paid for the work, and if anyone has earned money because of your hard work and not paid back to you, and if any unfair situation that has caused some loss, I am saying now, restoration is on the way, be glad. God will not only restore double but triple, fivefold or even sevenfold! Halleluiah!!!
God will never leave us in a situation where we are struggling forever, it is just a matter of time; we will bounce back because that is the spirit we have in us. We have the seed of the Almighty God, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives on the inside of us. In our blood, right now, we have the DNA of a winner, the DNA of an overcomer. There is no challenge too difficult for us. There is no obstacle too high for us to overcome. There is no sickness, no disappointment, no person, no financial problem, can keep us from God-given destiny. The enemy may have done his best, but his best will never be enough. If we stay in faith, what was meant to stop us will not be a stumbling block, but rather a stepping stone, so we can go to a higher level.
There are times when we feel like that nothing is happening as we wish, but Praise God that God has put in us a bounce back spirit and that is why when we are tempted to give up on our dreams and our goals, and when we are tempted to settle where we are, something down on the inside says "no, no, this is not who I am, I was created to live in victory, I was created to overcome the sickness, I was created to rise above these problems" why this voice comes from our spirit, because we are sanctified and redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus and we have the blood of a Winner. When times get tough, we cannot sit back and feel sorry for ourselves, we got to stand up and have the attitude that I may be down now but not knocked out. We have to realize that this setback is simply a setup for a greater comeback and it is just a matter of time before I come back stronger, healthier, better than I was before.
When we feel down and feel hopeless, we don’t need to stay there, we have to get into the Word of God. We have to get the hopes up through the Word of God and the Word says that we are not normal, we are the child of the Most High God; the Word says we are not weak, we are strong; the Word says we can do all things through Christ; the Word says Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, the Word says by His stripes, we are healed; the Word says He has given us the power to get wealth; the Word says Jesus is our Wisdom; the Word says Jesus is our righteousness; the Word says my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus; the Word says I have the peace of God which surpasses all understanding; the Word says I am the light of the world; the Word says I am the salt of the earth; the Word says I am blessed coming in and I am blessed going out; the Word says I shall be above only and not be beneath; the Word says I shall be the head and not the tail; the Word says God has commanded the blessing in all the work of my hands; the Word says my kneading bowl is blessed, in other words my bank account is blessed; the Word says the windows of heaven is opened unto me and pour out for me such blessing that even the room cannot contain; the Word says…, the Word says ….. the Word says ….. keep going on whatever promises you have stored in your mind, Praise God!!!
Psalms 92:12 - The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
This is one of the verses where the truth is hidden in a tree called "palm tree," and if this truth is understood, it will be like a key to bounce back from nothing to something. This tree can bend and push all the way over during the strong winds and can almost touch the ground but not break. During the cyclones, this tree may get bent and pushed down to the ground for 4 or 5 hours, looks like it is done and it is over, and when the strong winds slow down and move from that place, this palm tree gets upright and stands still.
It is just like the tree feels a real good stretch and taking a deep breath and think this is where I am supposed to be, standing upright. God put a bounce back in the palm tree and this is the reason it behaves like this whenever strong winds blow. It may get pushed over but it is only temporary, only a matter of time it just lies flat and then rises up. During the storms, the palm tree does not get worried. It just sees other trees left and right falling down, but the palm tree knows who he is. This makes me to remind the verse "A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not come near me." The palm tree knows that Almighty God has put a bounce back in his DNA.
Studies show that during the hurricanes, the palm tree is stretched, and when it is being bent and pushed over, its root system actually gets strengthened and give new opportunities for growth. When the storm is over, the palm tree gets back to the same position but this time much stronger than before. This is what God says what will happen to each one of us when we stay in faith during the trouble times.
The Bible says "The righteous will flourish like a palm tree." God could have said, the righteous will flourish like an oak tree or banyan tree, which means big with great branches. The reason God mentioned "the righteous will flourish like a palm tree" is because God knew there would be difficult times in our lives, He knew things would come against us to try to steal our joy, peace and victory. So, God said "you are going to be like a palm tree, because I have put a bounce back spirit in you."
The storms of life will come, the winds will blow, at times looks like it is all over, looks like our dreams have died, looks like no way to get better, but just like the palm tree when the storm is over, we are not going to stay down, we are going to come back right up again. The storms may arise, and the winds may blow, but no weapon formed against us will prosper, Halleluiah!!!
The winds may be blowing in our lives today, may be business is not growing, facing a health issue, not getting a job, or any other thing; our attitude should be like, it is just a matter of time before this turns around; because of this sickness I am lying down, but I am not staying down, God is restoring health back to me now; this disappointment may look like the end, but I know when one door closes, God always opens up another door; times may be tough, the storms may be raging, but I am not worried, I am not upset, I know I am righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ, therefore I am like a palm tree when storm is over I am not going to be lying down, I am not going to be defeated and be depressed, I am going to come out stronger, healthier, increased, than before. When you stay in faith and in agreement with God, no matter how hard the storms may blow in your life, they cannot uproot you, they cannot break you, when it is all set down, you are able to say I am still standing, and I am right up back. Amen!!! GLORY BE TO GOD!!!
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