Many of God’s children, though exceptionally gifted, have struggled to reach their full Kingdom potential.Glenn Bleakney
Pay Back For Your Setbacks
We are at a critical juncture in history and this is not the time to be sidelined. You may have great capability, but what about your availability? Are you constantly putting out fires? Do you keep being pulled off track? Too many irons in the fire?
Make no mistake about it, the devil is intent on preventing your progress, blocking your blessing, and delaying your destiny. Often his strategy is to fragment your focus through preoccupation with things of lesser importance. He launches a campaign to thwart your destiny using diversionary tactics. He is a master distractor.
Many great women and men of God around the globe, while attempting to do significant Kingdom assignments, are being met with strong resistance from the kingdom of darkness. Paul personally experienced this in his day. He understood that Satan works hard to block believers from making progress in the Lord.
“For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way.” (1 Thessalonians 2:18 NIV)
The Greek word for “blocked” is egkopto. The primary idea of this word is that it is an obstruction created by an enemy in order to prevent further progress. In ancient times, egkopto was used to describe a road that was in such ruin no one could travel on it. Paul uses this same word in Galatians to depict a runner cutting in and knocking down a competitor in a race:
“You were running a good race. Who cut in on [egkopto] you to keep you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7 NIV, emphasis added).
Rest assured that the Father is committed to seeing you fulfill your destiny. He is poised to launch you into a season of rapid advancement so you can complete your assignment here on earth and finish well. I believe He does this is by restoring our wasted years.
I WILL RESTORE YOUR WASTED YEARS
The Lord has promised to pay us back double for our trouble and to restore our wasted years.
“…Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.” (Zechariah 9:12).
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm” (Joel 2:25, NIV).
In Joel 2:23, we are granted insight into how this promise of miraculous restoration comes to pass: “…And He will cause the rain to come down for you—the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” In Israel, there were two rainy seasons known respectively as the former and latter rain. Amazingly, in this passage, the Father is saying He would cause a convergence of both the latter and former rains in one month resulting in a supernatural harvest that would replenish all that was lost, stolen, or destroyed in past seasons.
Such restoration is truly a miraculous experience that surpasses natural limitations. God wants to restore your wasted years so that you experience all of His promises and blessings.
God by nature is supernatural, meaning that though He created the laws of nature, He is not subject to them in any way. Time and space cannot restrict His workings. He can override the laws of nature anytime He decides to do so.
THE POWER OF SHMITA
We see this principle illustrated in the law of Shmita, also called the sabbatical year, the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel. During Shmita, the land is to lie fallow and all agricultural activity, including plowing, planting, pruning, and harvesting is strictly forbidden by Jewish law.
Observing the sabbatical year was clearly a test of faith. What would the people eat during the seventh year, since they were forbidden to plant or harvest crops in the sixth year?
The Lord assures His people; He is able to transcend every natural constraint: “Be assured that I will send my blessing for you in the sixth year, so the land will produce a crop large enough for three years. When you plant your fields in the eighth year, you will still be eating from the large crop of the sixth year. In fact, you will still be eating from that large crop when the new crop is harvested in the ninth year” (Leviticus 25:21-22 NLT).
Nothing is impossible for God. He can restore to us ALL that has been lost and stolen. He merely commands His blessing and it is done!
However, for every promise, there is a process. This promise is for those who engage in the process of seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. In the context of the book of Joel, this promise is fulfilled to those that truly repent and turn to God with all their heart (See Joel 2:12-17).
God is looking for a people that will live in priority—seeking first His Kingdom and righteousness, making His will their will, and having no personal agenda. Such people of priority will experience the provision of Heaven. Jesus Himself has promised that when we live for the King’s vision, the provision of the Kingdom will be ours – a hundredfold, now, in this time.
We must believe and contend for the promises of God. “By faith, these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them...” (Hebrews 11:33, NLT).
God is faithful to His promises. We must be faithful to the process!
“So Jesus answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the Gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first'” (Mark 10:29-31).