Wednesday, February 8, 2012

God will restore 7 fold what the enemy has stolen!

I recently received a prophetic word that God was going to restore 7 -fold what the devil had taken.

Great word! I was thrilled! Jumped up and down. Shared it with Arthur. We were very excited about it. It was the first word on restoration I had received in 7 years. For 7 years, it had been either silence or our words had been: “you are in the battle; God says you have been faithful”. Nothing revelational there! You know when you are in the battle. You don’t need a prophetic word to confirm it!

I knew the devil had stolen from us. It was almost as if everything was been sucked down into this black hole of nothingness. As I am very much a stickler for it that if God speaks, I act! , I started to act on my prophetic word. I sat down and made a list of all that the devil had stolen. Not because I was greedy, just because I wanted a visual list in front of my eyes to be able to thank God for His 7- fold restoration every time I laid my eyes on the visual.

My “stolen goods list” looked along this line:
We all like the idea of living in a
"Smart House"


- Houses
- Cars
- Money
- Clothes
- Make up
- Health (from been under constant stress)
- Medical Aid
- Insurance
- Holidays
- Jewelry
- I’m very tempted to list my hairdresser! (long story)
- Our Jobs
- Our Name
- Our reputation
- Bedding
- TV’s, carpets, furniture
- Food

But a strange emotion occurred when I started the list.

It started with the Health aspect. I really wanted (not needed) to have some dental work done, and the thought that kept on crossing my mind: “I can pay to have dental work done, but if I trust God, God will do it for free. Flip the coin, if I pay, the devil is stealing MONEY from me again, because I’m spending money on Health when God promises me:

Ps 103:5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

REVELATION (yet again): I DID NOT NEED TO PAY MONEY FOR DENTAL WORK; GOD COULD DO IT FOR FREE!

2nd on my list was my family's health & stress related symptoms. I kept on hearing this quiet whisper: " but my Son has paid the price for your healing." 1 Pet 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins,

might live for righteousness-- by whose stripes you were healed.

REVELATION (yet again): You don’t need to pay MONEY for medication when Jesus paid the price in FULL FOR MY HEALING! ONLY BELIEVE!

Next up was the houses and the cars:

God just said: If I’ve called you to be a sojourner through this earthly land, do you need a house and a car? Yes, u do, but God provides all the way! The question God challenged me with was "you trust God to provide a house and a car?"

Another issue sorted! God was ticking them off my list at an alarming rate!

The JOB, MEDICAL AID and INSURANCE we had to deal with 6 years ago. We had to learn to live by faith. Arthur and I felt for US (not for you, but for OUR FAMILY) God was saying, I want you to rely on ME for your daily provision, and a roof over your head.
The name and the reputation was sorted out by when I found the following scripture:
Isa 61:7
For your shame ye shall have double; ...
KJV

It was a TOUGH LESSON to learn.

When the restoration word came, the Holy Spirit whispered: “do you really want to go back to the bondage of a salary, medical aid and insurance? Do you really want to trade all the lessons you’ve learnt living by faith for a lifestyle of just enough (salary) and of having a backup plan incase I don’t work? (Medical Aid & Insurance)”

My response was: but what happens if it all gets stolen (insurance)!

WRONG QUESTION!

“If the devil has stolen from you and you have learnt to live by faith, you are able to faith it all back! And once again, I will restore more that the devil took! What have you really lost?” was quietly offered as an answer.

The devil cannot rob me of my FAITH in God!

As the Holy Spirit made mince meat of all of my "stolen goods to be restored 7 Fold" points, the only thing I came up with what had truelly been stolen (BY FAITH God could heal and replace all of the rest, I only had to BELIEVE) was my RELATIONSHIPS! (and the Holy Spirit just proved to me once again that I did not know God well enough to trust Him to restore)

The devil has stolen many of our (ours & the children's) relationships with family and friends.

The crux of my list left me once again realising:

GOD IS ONLY INTERESTED IN PEOPLE!

Only when I had started "seeking 1st the kingdom of God" had I received the promise of 7-fold restoration. Only once I started leading people to the Lord, praying for the sick, started preaching the good news of the Gospel, - all the things important to God, did the promise of restoration come.

Once my sights were focussed on what God saw as important, PEOPLE, not just people, but where people would spend eternity, how I treated individuals, what words of life had come out of my mouth to sow life etc, He sorted out the rest.

All else comes down to my faith level in “ONLY BELIEVE”

Matt 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

The reality check I experienced was we all equate Restoration 7 - fold to Finance/Money! Even with all the lessons I've experienced in the last 7 years, I really needed to shift my thinking into "the mind of Christ" before thinking of "things to be added to me"

Now, I can truelly look forward to God restoring each and every relationship, and *SEVEN FOLD BONUS!* adding many more because He promised He would restore 7 fold all that the devil had stolen!

*Bonus* Look after people (saved & unsaved/rich & poor/lovely & unlovely/goodlooking & ugly) and God looks after your needs!


3 comments:

  1. Dear Janine,
    Today (as with the past maybe 12-18 months), I woke up with a pain in the pit of my stomach and a deep inner desperation for God to become real to me. Over the years, I have read scripture and I have tried to live a 'Christlike' life but with every passing day, my trying became harder and harder until I caved in to leaning on my own understanding. I did not know how to trust God. Often I heard people talk about that 'inner yearning place in your heart that ONLY God could fill'. I had that inner yearning and in spite of my begging for God to fill it, nothing happened. I prayed, I fasted, I read the bible, I went to church but still there was this emptiness that I had no idea how to fill.

    After two divorces (the first failed because of his drug addiction), I met my current husband who loves the Lord has the relationship with God that I longed for. My husband loved me unconditionally and was all that I had asked God for in a husband. Last year I succumbed to an affair. The guilt of that affair was crippling to say the least, not to mention that the man I had the affair with, I did not even like. I did not like him at all, I hated the affair so why was I there? I have no idea. Please understand that I am not making excuses for my behavior. As I write this, I am trying to understand the reasons for my actions. I went home for Christmas (I am from South Africa) and during my first two weeks in South Africa, my husband found out about the affair. Needless to say he was/is devastated. In addition to my initial panic state, there was some sort of relief that he found this out because the sin of secrecy was killing me as well.

    Since my return from South Africa, my husband and I have spoken about the situation and I agreed to his request for a divorce. We are not fighting at all but because of the realization of what I am losing (the one man that I love so very much), I ran back to God (which is what I always did in times of crisis - but this time something happened inside of me) and daily I see Him working in my life. For the first time in my life I know and understand why we have that yearning place in our hearts that was designed only for Christ Jesus and I know what it feels like for Him to fill that part of my heart. I have made the decision to go back to South Africa but I am trusting God to restore my marriage in a way that I never have before. Everytime I think of that affair, not only does it disgust me but I realize why the word of God says to FLEE FORNICATION. God could have said, like he did with other commandments; "Do not...." or "Turn from...." but when it comes to adultery or fornication, He says to 'FLEE'. I looked up that word in the Websters dictionary and it literally means "To run with rapidity, as from danger; to attempt to escape; to hasten from danger or expected evil." I love my husband with every part of my being and for the 13 years we have been together, he has become my best friend and confidant. My husband does not deserve the treatment that I gave him that's why I did not fight him when he asked for a divorce. I know that there are consequences for my actions and I take full responsibility for them; but my main reason for writing is to thank you for this article. I don't know if my marriage will be restored, BUT I DO KNOW THAT THE GOD I SERVE IS A GOD OF RESTORATION.

    Your article spoke directly to me. I have realized that it's because of the revelation that God desires my life to be a reflection of Him then He can work in me according to His will. The Father Heart of God is that ALL should be saved therefore my focus should be to seek first the kingdom of God, then all His things will be added to me.

    Today I thank God for His peace that surpasses ALL HUMAN UNDERSTANDING and I thank Him for giving me the opportunity to know Him completely. All I desire is to live for Christ because of people like you who allow Him to work through you to get through to people like me! THANK YOU SO MUCH AND GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!

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  2. Dear Beautiful Believer

    Thanks so much for your comment. I have been praying for you since I found your comment. Feel free to contact me again should you desire! My email is janinesreflections@gmail.com
    Blessings to you.
    Janine

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  3. Thank you, I needed this read. I had the same prophecy spoken over me a few months ago (7 fold) and this was after walking away from a church of 24 years and starting with a ministry that is helping teens and the community. Our family has been persecuted for it, so to read this I can see why God spoke this to me, Ive stopped worrying about me (me and my husband) and we are concerned with people and what God wants to do for them, our hearts are beginning to beat as one with God and we really have an "eternity mind" not just for the moment.

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