25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
God is in the business of restoration, and as believers in Christ, He wants to make us whole in every area of our lives. This process transforms us into the new creation that 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMPC) describes as "(a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away"
Joyce Meyer once shared the story of her own restoration” I remember when I desperately needed to recover from the abuse in my past. I had thought that when I was old enough to leave home, I would leave the pain behind, but the problem was in my soul — my thinking and emotions. I needed healing and restoration so I wouldn't continue to be poisoned by things that had happened to me all those years growing up.
I came to this realization after a woman came to speak at our church and shared her testimony of how she had been abused and God had healed her. My husband, Dave, bought her book for me, and when I started to read it, it was so painful that I threw it across the room and refused to pick it up. But then I clearly heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart, "It's time, Joyce." God had a much better life for me than what I had known up to that point, and He wanted to restore my soul so I could experience it.”
That’s the amazing testimony of Joyce Meyer, someone who was raped almost fifty times by her own Dad and God has raised her today to become one of the most glorious lights of the gospel in the world over.
Isaiah 61:7 (AMPC) says, "Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs."
This scripture shows us that God can completely restore us — no matter what we've done or been through. And He wants to bring us to a position that's better than we would have been in if we had never gone through the messes in our lives. He wants to give us double for our trouble!
"Top of Form"
Notice the phrase "instead of your former shame." Do you know what it's like to have shame in your life? Joyce Meyer had a shame-based nature for many years because of the abuse she experienced from her father. She felt guilty, blaming herself for the wrongs of her father.
But the first thing Jesus gives us through our relationship with Him is righteousness, or right standing with God (2 Corinthians 5:21). It's so important for us to get this, because the enemy wants us to think about everything that's wrong with us so we'll focus on our faults. And when we do this, it just gives our problems more strength over us. The next thing we will need is our own very action.
The Process of Restoration
God has spoken through the mouth of our Father in the Lord that a season of Complete Restoration is here. Think about it like this: When a person restores a used-up, beat-up piece of furniture, the first thing they do is strip off the old layers of paint or varnish.
We all have things that need to be stripped away in our lives. Maybe it's old attitudes and mindsets that don't line up with the way God thinks and acts or unhealthy relationships that are holding you back from God's purpose and plans for you. Whatever it is, you can pray, "Lord, strip me of everything that's not good for me, and everything that's hindering my walk with you. Bible says “If my people that are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray… I will heal their land”
Complete restoration does not just happen. I beseech you dear friend that you take personal responsibility to enforce this prophesy. Gear up for it. Be expectant and sow your seeds. I assure you; most certainly you shall be restored in Jesus name.