2018 Recovering Everything
2018 Recovering All
Having begun another year, it reminds us that there are new possibilities in front of us that we can embrace, and trust that with a new beginning will become a reality in our lives.
It is also a time for us to reflect on the experiences of the past using them to inspire us to make our lives and the world we live in better.
Every day we encourage you to be better, do better and become a better Christian. A new year affords us the opportunity to reflect on the past year and see the progress we made. Not only that but to make the adjustments so our lives can reflect who God wants us to be.
To accomplish this, for most of us we must press past our own prejudices, biases, standards and ideals and embrace what God declared in His Word.
Since you’ve been saved, you made the choice to line your life up with the Word of God and realized that it’s better than it was five or ten years ago.
This does not mean that you are not facing a challenge, but overall, you are better and without sounding cliché, the best truly is yet to come.
You know that things did not get better without you putting forth any effort. They improved because you chose to make a change by constantly reflecting on the things of God and making them a priority.
Those same principles hold true for 2018, however, I believe there will be a supernatural increase and the things you have labored for will bear the fruit that you have hoped for.
Being 2018, in the Scriptures the number eight means new beginnings. The number 8 represents revival, regeneration, rebirth, renewal and recovery, you have been revived and regenerated and a renewed focus and determination has taken root in your heart.
It is causing a holy indignation or resentment against the things that have kept you living below what you know God has called you to.
In the Book of First Samuel chapter 30, you have king David and his men out in battle returning to his camp to find that their families and their possessions were taken, and their city was burned with fire.
His men spoke of stoning him and in distress but verse six ends saying, “David strengthened himself in the Lord.”
6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
While you are about your Father’s business, you must remain focused and not allow the hurt and pain that people who are with you go through to get you over into their camp. You must learn to strengthen yourself in the Lord because you have a greater directive. You are building for the Lord of the universe.
As David strengthened himself, he asked the Lord if he should pursue the enemy and God said go. There is timing with God and just because something is right, it does not mean you are to immediately act on it. Always see what God is saying and move as He directs you to move.
So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
As David pursues the enemy, he recovers everything the enemy took and more. Verse 18…
So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives.
19 And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.
20 Then David took all the flocks and herds they had driven before those other livestock, and said, “This is David’s spoil.”
When you look at the word recovery, it is not a passive word but an
aggressive one. It is an action word as
the Hebrew word
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the power of one
person or entity
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In the preceding years we may have lost some stuff; our families, our money, our health our jobs but we didn’t lose our God or our determination to get it back.
When the enemy thought we were out for the count, God brought us into His spiritual operating room and gave us a transfusion of His Blood. It brought us back to life as we began to see the possibilities and know that our lives were not over as the number 8 signifies. In 2018, you will recover all!
The first thing we are taking back from the enemy is the praise he stole from us; The prayer life we know we were supposed to have; the increase in the knowledge of God that we have longed for and the love we were supposed to have for one another.
Once these priorities are in place the resources, health and strength become a benefit or perk of the increased character that God develops in us. Material things do not have the power over us as they once did and at that point, God knows He can trust you with it more.
Allowing God to cultivate His priorities in our hearts opens the door for peace and contentment in all things. This is what Solomon craved for when he was king over God’s people. He wanted to live and judge as God’s representative in the earth and God granted his heart’s desire. Second Chronicles 1
7 On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
8 And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”
11 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king—
12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”
God’s desire is that His people will still know His ways and not seek the works that He is able to perform. God has never had an ego problem where He must perform a miracle or bless someone to show how powerful He is.
He does these things, so we can enjoy the benefits of our relationship with Him no matter how much or how little we may have.
Yet, the fact is that God is just and will ensure that things that happened to His people that were not right or righteous will be reversed and this is the season that we have entered. He is saying, stay focused on Him and not let what He can do serve as a distraction that will replace temporary blessings for an eternal relationship. Hebrews 3
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years.
10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’ 11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”
12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;
Recovering Your Position in GOD
As I have begun sharing on “recovering all” I’m convinced that the majority of Believer’s do not realize that they are in a major battle that is unseen.
As I said, we are taking back from the enemy:
< >the praise he stole from us; The prayer life we know we were supposed to have; the increase in the knowledge of God that we have longed for and the love we were supposed to have for one another.“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Let it not be said of those associated with this church and in this generation.
The reason for the disconnect with Christ is many have come to church, but never came to the Savior; Many sang a song, but never worshipped the Lord; many did good works but didn’t realize that their good works were as filthy rags.
This fact is brought out in a scripture that is not understood because it is often taken out of context. When you read it in context, you will see that there is a remnant of people that thought they had a relationship with God but neglected to fully embrace what God determined for them.
7 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’
11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
In context, Jesus was referring to John baptizing people who found him in the wilderness. They were coming so they could have a greater assurance of eternal life and as such, had not considered what God required of them.
As a matter of fact, in Matthew 3 Amplified Bible, it has what Jesus was talking about and John being frank with those who came to gain access to God’s Kingdom.
5 Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the country round about the Jordan went out to him;
6 And they were baptized in the Jordan by him, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee and escape from the wrath and indignation [of God against disobedience] that is coming?
8 Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart];
9 And do not presume to say to yourselves, we have Abraham for our forefather; for I tell you, God is able to raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones!
The responsibility to grow in the things of God rested on the shoulders of each individual person that came. However, the main group that John spoke of were the religious people of the day referred to in verse 7 as the Pharisees and Sadducees.
John was not just granting access to God without an expectation of something in return. As verse 8 says, “Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart];”
The presumption of verse 9 […do not presume that because you are a child of Abraham…] was that because John baptized me, I’m in the Kingdom of God… but God wanted fruit that was worthy of repentance which was a change of life and lifestyle.
Going back to Matthew 11:12, you see Jesus again referring to the account in chapter 3, however he refers to those that do not count the cost as a “violent” person.
In the Greek interpretation of the word violent, there are two main thoughts. The one is what we automatically associate someone who is violent with as being, “A person, who uses force.” This is often thought of when someone hurts, maims or kills someone else or destroys the property of another.
However, this is not what Jesus was referring to. The second definition is what we often see today which is “A person who hurries to appropriate something that seems good without measuring the consequences of such action.”
This scripture refers to those who heard the preaching of John the Baptist and came to him to be baptized without truly repenting of their sins.
They probably said to themselves, “Let’s hurry to be baptized; let’s accept the advantages by the physical act of baptism.” But they never repented and believed in Christ… As John commanded them in Matthew 3.
They were rushing into the kingdom and because of that they were, Greek word, ‘Biastaí’ or violent, being those who speedily pushed their way in. That is why they are said to seize the kingdom by force, something that is impossible as you must come into the Kingdom on God’s terms, not our own.
You can seize the opportunity of eternal life by your own energy, but like them, you are not saved unless you repent, believe, and are accepted by Christ.
Therefore, the kingdom of God suffering violence and the violent taking it by force, is not a warfare term where the people of God get radical and pray harder, but in context speaks of those that do not consider the actual commitment God requires and are presuming to “flee from God’s wrath to come” by appeasing their conscience while in the earth.
To compensate for this ignorant position, we become carnal in our thinking and place greater emphasis on the natural realm than we do spiritual things.
Because of mis-directed focus the tendency is for you to settle for whatever life throws at you without considering the fact that no matter how good it is, it can still be better. However, life being better in and of itself requires a deeper relationship with God.
From this relational perspective with God, we can establish God’s rule and authority in your life and recover all.
As we established the foundation for this Biblical concept, using the New Living Translation for more clarity, First Samuel 30:8
8 Then David asked the LORD, “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?” And the LORD told him, “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!”
Using Biblical numerology [which is the study of the supposed influence of numbers], we saw that the number 8 [as this is the year 2018] eight means new beginnings. It can bring back to life that which was dead and give you a fresh start.
The number 8 represents revival, regeneration, rebirth, renewal and recovery.
Through the past season of occupying and defending, you have exerted energy and strength that seemingly has depleted your resolve. But God is saying “Will you dream again? Will you trust again? Will you believe again? Will you hope again?”
Will you prophesy to your life and command your “dry bones to come back to life? Ezekiel 37
The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”
4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ ” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
The Need for Biblical Revival
As we ended last time looking at the importance of speaking positively over our lives, we saw that you have the responsibility to make your life all that it can be.
In the beginning of this series, I said we are taking back from the enemy
< >The praise he stole from usThe prayer life we are supposed to haveThe Worship and praise that we know is due our LordThe increase in Godly knowledgeAnd the love and unity we desire and know we are supposed to have6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Using Biblical numerology [which is the study of the supposed influence of numbers], we saw that the number eight [as this is the year 2018] means new beginnings. It can bring back to life that which was dead and give you a fresh start.
This we saw in Ezekiel 37:1-10 as the prophet was commanded to prophesy to the dry bones.
The number eight represents revival, regeneration, rebirth, renewal and recovery.
We know we are to recover all, yet are we positioning ourselves and pursuing those things we desire… and doing so in the manner God prescribes?
Recovering everything, you can be reborn, revived and regenerated, and cultivate a renewed focus and determination has taken root in your heart. As each of these principles are part of the definition for recover. Yet, you must make the effort… fan into flame the fire that’s in you…
God does not want His people “lukewarm.” He wants us on fire for Him…
Revelation 3 NKJV
14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
The Message Bible
15 “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot!
16 You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.
You must reconsider your walk with God to ensure that you are in faith. It takes considering the cost and following through on your commitment to God
It’s then that you hear God as David did when he asked, “Shall I pursue” the things that was stolen from me and with clarity you will hear God respond, “PURSUE, FOR YOU WILL SURELY OVERTAKE THEM AND WITHOUT FAIL RECOVER ALL!” First Samuel 30:8
When we consider the road to recovery, we understand that there is usually a process to it. In our bodies, the more severe an injury, the longer it may take to be made whole. However with God, He can turn things around in a moment of time.
The responsibility to position your life where God wants you to be cannot be over-emphasized. This is the bridge to you recovering all that is on your heart which was stolen from you.
As I said, this is not just physical items, but joy; prosperity; peace of mind; health, healing and wholeness; confidence; hope; faith and love.
Today, God is desirous of bringing revival to your heart, mind and life and you are the conduit to make these things a reality.
6 Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?
7 Show us Your mercy, Lord, and grant us Your salvation.
8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
In verse 6 you have the psalmist petitioning God to revive His people for the specific purpose of causing a rejoicing in Him.
Defined, to be revived means “to be alive or keep alive. It means to come back to life, recover consciousness and full strength.”
Further it means to “flourish again; become active; accepted and popular; to cause something good to be experienced again.”
Acts 3 Amplified Bible
18 Thus has God fulfilled what He foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ (the Messiah) should undergo ill treatment and be afflicted and suffer.
19 So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;
20 And that He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you—even Jesus,
21 Whom heaven must receive [and retain] until the time for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past [from the most ancient time in the memory of man].
Although God brings revival, He also expects YOU to be His hands extended and revive others when He leads you to do so.
This is especially seen in the New Testament when God’s messengers and servants would become weary and the people of God would step in and though their acts of kindness revive them.
This principle is contrary to how most Christians view revival as when it is mentioned, the thought of extended special services, exuberant praise and prayer comes to mind.
Although being revived can include these things, the touch you get in a revival type service will not sustain you unless you practice the principles God reveals so you can be continually refreshed and strengthened.
Without submitting to the strengthening and refreshing of the Holy Ghost, we will find that we have depleted our spiritual resources and like Sampson, our strength will have left us, and we didn’t know it.
Look at the principle in Second Corinthians. Paul begins letting the people know that his prior letter of correction, reproof and instruction, although hard, was for their benefit.
Second Corinthians 7 Message Bible
8 I know I distressed you greatly with my letter. Although I felt awful at the time, I don’t feel at all bad now that I see how it turned out. The letter upset you, but only for a while. 9 Now I’m glad—not that you were upset, but that you were jarred into turning things around. You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from him. The result was all gain, no loss.
10 Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.
11 And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you’ve come out of this with purity of heart.
12 And that is what I was hoping for in the first place when I wrote the letter. My primary concern was not for the one who did the wrong or even the one wronged, but for you—that you would realize and act upon the deep, deep ties between us before God.
13 That’s what happened—and we felt just great. And then, when we saw how Titus felt—his exuberance over your response—our joy doubled. It was wonderful to see how revived and refreshed he was by everything you did.
As your pastors, our desire to have you serve God and become all He created you to be is often tied to what we see in your lives and what we receive from God’s Spirit. We therefore instruct and encourage you to put off all that will distract and run with patience the race that is before you. This oftentimes cannot be done unless we are honest with you.
In verse 13, the people went through their own suffering, pain, sorrow and anguish and got closer to God. These referred to as distress, worked in the people because they chose to allow it to. They chose to draw closer to God instead of becoming bitter and angry at the pastor because he shared the Word of the Lord with them.
When people that are in distress of any kind, seek God in the middle of their mess, the result is two-fold.
First, as verse 11 says, they draw… “closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you’ve come out of this with purity of heart.
But not everyone can and will receive the instruction of a Father. They will find ways as verse 10 says to… “let distress drive them away from God… and… end up on a deathbed of regrets [doubts and misgivings].
Second, when you’re in distress and seek God in the middle of their mess you allow their distress to work for them you will look for ways to reward those who are looking after your soul.
This is not about getting something but allowing the gratitude of your heart to move you to the place where you will revive those whose strength needs to be replenished because they are laboring in the Word of God and prayer.
First Timothy 5 NKJV
17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”
17 Let the elders who perform the duties of their office well be considered doubly worthy of honor [and of adequate financial support], especially those who labor faithfully in preaching and teaching.
18 For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain, and again, the laborer is worthy of his hire. [Deut. 25:4; Luke 10:7.]
Will you allow your distress of the past or that you may be facing today… propel you into a deeper relationship with God? Will you ask God to revive you, so you can rejoice in Him again?
2 O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.
This is the heart of people that seek Biblical revival and when their time of refreshing comes from the Lord, they become more diligent in the things the Lord called them to ensuring that His Kingdom is advanced.
To take back what the enemy stole from you, you must understand that God is a strategic God. He often does things in a methodical manner and positions us so we can reap what He determined and receive often by force what He promised us.
You are going to be persistent in establishing the plan and purposes of God as you make the resolution to “know God,” not only know about Him.
The cry of Paul’s heart to “Know Christ and the power of His resurrection…” will stimulate you to forsake your own ideals and ways of doing things and embrace God’s. This should cause you to lay aside your fears and doubts and step out of your self-imposed prison to do the impossible.
Philippians 3 New Living Translation
7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ
9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
The fact that you have a responsibility in your walk with God does not sit well with the average Christian. Their perception of maturity is their ability to pray the right thing, confess what God says and sit back and watch God bring the desires of their hearts.
That mentality and spiritual position produces frustration because material things never become as settled in their lives as they hope them to be. There is always something that comes to challenge their increase.
Because they lack focus on God’s priority, without realizing it they forfeit the very promises God made available to them because they lack the knowledge and persistence needed to make these things a reality.
Your walk with God is a lifestyle that must eventually become “WHO” you are and not “WHAT” you do.
However, the reality is that “Who you are will always reflect what you do, but very seldom will what you do reflect who you are,” as your character will always win out. It’s only a matter of time before your true character will find its way to the forefront of your live.
It’s the character of God that has been forged in you that will now produce a visible and evident affirmation of God’s grace on your life.
Confirming the numerical significance of the number eight, it comes after what God sees as a completed stage, the number seven. It is an invisible number that says you can start again which is often implied by the number in each week which follows the number seven… the number one which is the first day of the week saying start... however the number eight means you can start again.
In the Book of Genesis God created the heavens and the earth and completed everything in six days, chose the seventh day as a day of rest and then what would be “the eighth day” becomes a season or time to start again. We are reminded of this each week as the seven days run its cycle and we can begin a fresh week.
Coming after seven and the number seven signifying a season of rest, it signifies the end of one thing and the beginning of another.
The tests and trials you faced in 2017 as you were occupying your place and defending what God gave you, will no longer be a distraction. You have seen God bring you through and establish you in the presence of your enemies. You strengthened your relationship with God and are more focused on what really matters.
The things the enemy used to un-focus you and cause fear, doubt and torment will no longer be effective against you. You are beginning a new season of your life that will produce the results you have been anticipating.
As I said, it’s a season of recovering all; recuperating; a time to start a new beginning. A season of revival, regeneration, rebirth, renewal and recovery, as you have been revived and regenerated and a renewed focus and determination has taken root in your heart.
In Revelation 21, God said “I’m making all things new” and in doing so we have entered a season that is a pre-cursor if you will, of the blessings associated with the new season God has brought us into.
We will walk closely with God and step into the greater mandate He placed on our lives without questioning Him and without reservation.
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
In making all things new, we have the responsibility to stay in God’s will and live as He determines for you to live. God is refreshing us in the middle of a drought or a desert and will cause refreshing to come, making your desert an oasis.
The coward is the person that is weak and fainthearted. The unbelieving person is skeptical of the things written in God’s Word. They question everything God says instead of receiving with meekness the engrafted Word of God which can save their souls.