BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Gen 24, Matt 23, Neh 13, Acts 23
Psalm 126:1 when the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream
Overcoming a strong man is not a child’s play . Luke 11:21-22 says when a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. The fellow who will overpower a strong man must be far stronger than the strong man. Those that robbed Zion and took them captive were far stronger them. The resident of Zion was taken captive not because they were lazy but because a stronger nation came and overpowered them.
The fellow who will restore what the thief has stolen must be far stronger than the thief.
Not only that, the fellow must be willing to help. Who is the thief? The devil . According to John 10:10, he steals, he kills and destroys. But thank God we have a restorer who is Jesus. He is far stronger than the thief – devil. He is so strong He can shake the heaven and the earth will come out of its place, Isaiah 13:13. Matthew 28:18 says all power in heaven and in earth is His. He is not only strong but He is willing to restore everything the thief or the enemy has stolen from you. Jeremiah 29:11 says His thoughts towards you are thoughts of peace and to give you an expected end. In Mark 5:1-13 is the story of the mad man of Gadara. This man was full of potentials. Actually he was born to be a great evangelist but one way or the other demons that were far stronger than him took him, bound him and robbed him of his glorious destiny. Immediately this man saw Jesus, he ran to Him and worshiped Him. Jesus delivered him and restored his potential back to him. Jesus left the city and by the time He came back this man had already won the city of Decapolis for Jesus, Mark 5:19-21.The bodies of Sarah and Abraham robbed them the opportunity of having a child – Abraham was ninety-nine years old and Sarah was eighty –nine years old. The bible records in Romans 4:19 that Abraham’s body was dead while Sarah’s womb was dead. In Genesis 18:1-16, the Lord visited them and restored life to their body. Nine months later, Sarah gave birth to a bouncing baby boy at the age of ninety. The question is how can I get the Lord to restore what the enemy has stolen from me? By worshiping and serving God. Paul and Silas delivered a young girl possessed by demons and the owner of the girl put them in prison; they robbed them of their freedom. As Paul and Silas began to worship there was an earthquake and the Lord restored their freedom, Acts 16:25. Peter fished all night and caught nothing. While he was washing his net, Jesus requested for his services and he agreed. After Jesus had finished preaching on his boat, he restored all the opportunities Peter had lost all through the night. Peter caught so much fish that two boats began to sink. Luke 5:1-8.
ACTION POINT: To recover all the enemies have stolen from you , worship and serve God this year with all your heart.