When Paul was in prison he wrote to Timothy in the second book of Timothy “For the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ I’m in these chains.” Yet, we know that the word of the God cannot be chained or imprisoned.
God says, “My word will accomplish what I have sent it to do, it cannot be imprisoned”. The word of God walks through prison walls, mental institutions, hospital rooms, through depression. The word of God cannot be chained and cannot be imprisoned.
It is time to get the word of God in our mouths. Speak it and God will honor His word. God watches over His word – not your word, His word. So many people let their circumstances dictate to them, but what about saying what God says about your circumstance? If we start speaking God’s word and place His word above our situations, our situations will definitely change. The word of God states that He watches over His word.
The eyes of the Lord run to and fro on this earth and He is looking for people who have an undivided attention toward the Most High God. This attention which God is seeking relates directly back to the word of God. What do you do with the word of God in your mouth? You have to say it; you have to speak it. The Word is nigh thee, even in thy heart and mouth to speak it.Romans 10, Deuteronomy 30.
It’s not good enough just to have the word, you must speak the word.
It’s the spoken word of God that carries power.
You therefore have to get the word of God in you.
God said; “Let there be light”.
God said; “Let there be a dividing of the waters”.
God said; “Let there be a sun”.
God said; “Let there be trees and flowers”.
God said; “Let there be animals”.
The word of God is not chained or imprisoned!
Confess Out loud:
“The word of God is sharp, strong, powerful, it reaches right into my life, bringing division between the spirit and soul and bone and marrow. God watches over this word to perform it. I declare that the Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not be in want, my head shall be anointed with oil, my cup shall run over, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. I will not be in bondage or slavery, because Christ has set me free and therefore I am free indeed. I declare that because of the word of God, I am more than a conqueror and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am above and not beneath, I am the head and not the tail. By the stripes of Jesus I am healed. I am prosperous in all my ways. God is for me and nothing can be against me. The word of God is alive and speaks to me right now in Jesus’ Name.”
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that the might have it more abundantly.
Jesus has said that He came so that we can have life and have it more abundantly. Not just abundantly, but more abundantly. I want you to know that if a thief steals from you, Jesus has come to restore. Note Jesus is not coming, He has already come. A thief will come and go, come and go, come and go. A thief does not come to steal by staying at your home. He will come to steal and then go away. In contrast, however, Jesus has come so that we may have life and have it more abundantly.
The Shunamite Providing for God’s Man.
2 Kings 4:8 [Ampl.] Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where a rich and influential woman lived, who insisted on his eating a meal. Afterward, whenever he passed by, he stopped there for a meal.
I want you to note that this woman had enough and even more. She had insisted that Elisha eat a meal. It then became a routine for Elisha to stop over for a meal whenever he passed by.
2 Kings 4:9 – 13 [Ampl] And she said to her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God who passes by continually. Let us make a small chamber on the [housetop] and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then whenever he comes to us, he can go [up the outside stairs and rest] here. One day he came and turned into the chamber and lay there. And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to Gehazi, Say now to her, You have been most painstakingly and reverently concerned for us; what is to be done for you? …
This woman must have done more for Elisha than building the room, putting the chair, a lamp and a table in there. Months, maybe even years later, Elisha says to this woman that she had been painstakingly concerned about them. In other words, this woman must have really been caring well for Elisha. Elisha could have said, “I know the word of God, and I know the standards God placed in His word and I know how God works. If you give, God says He will give unto you”. You cannot give to a man of God and not receive. Elisha asks the woman what he can do for her.
Give and it Shall be Given
2 Kings 4:13-16 [Ampl] …Would you like to be spoken for to the king or to the commander of the army? She answered, I dwell among my own people [they are sufficient]. Later Elisha said, What then is to be done for her? Gehazi answered, She has no child and her husband is old. He said, Call her. [Gehazi] called her, and she stood in the doorway. Elisha said, At this season when the time comes round, you shall embrace a son. She said, No, my lord, you man of God, do not lie to your handmaid.
This woman did not accept the prophetic word from Elisha. When he said to her that this time next year you shall have a son, she responded “Forget it, you are lying to me.” She therefore did not accept the Word of the Lord.
2 Kings 4:17-21 [Ampl] But the woman conceived and bore a son at that season the following year, as Elisha had said to her. When the child had grown, he went out one day to his father with the reapers. But he said to his father, My head, my head! The man said to his servant, Carry him to his mother. And when he was brought to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him and went out.
This woman took the dead child, didn’t tell her husband that the child had died, didn’t tell anybody in the house that the child had died and ran up to room of the man of God. She laid the child on the bed and upon leaving the room she closed the door behind her. She did not look back at the circumstances behind her. She went to the man of God believing and knowing where she could get an answer to revert the situation. How many times have you prayed and still kept looking back at the circumstance.
2 Kings 4:22-27 [Ampl] And she called to her husband and said, Send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, that I may go quickly to the man of God and come back again. And he said to her, Why go to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath. And she said, It will be all right. Then she saddled the donkey and said to her servant, Ride fast; do not slacken your pace for me unless I tell you. So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When the man of God saw her afar off, he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite. Run to meet her and say, Is it well with you? Well with your husband? Well with the child? And she answered, It is well. When she came to the mountain to the man of God, she clung to his feet. Gehazi came to thrust her away, but the man of God said, Let her alone, for her soul is bitter and is vexed within her, and the Lord has hid it from me and has not told me.
It looks like Elisha was upset, because God did not inform him that something was wrong. This man of God must have had some kind of relationship with God – he normally knew everything. When the king wanted to know something, people always referred to Elijah as someone who knew the word of the Lord. Therefore, Elisha must have been some kind of a man, but this time it seems that he did not know and he said, “I’m a little bit upset because God didn’t tell me there’s something wrong with this woman.
2 Kings 4:28-37 [Ampl] Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? Did I not say, Do not deceive me? Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins and take my staff in your hand and go lay my staff on the face of the child. If you meet any man, do not salute him. If he salutes you, do not answer him. The mother of the child said, As the Lord lives and as my soul lives, I will not leave you. And he arose and followed her. Gehazi passed on before them and laid the staff on the child’s face, but the boy neither spoke nor heard. So he went back to meet Elisha and said to him, The child has not awakened. When Elisha arrived in the house, the child was dead and laid upon his bed. So, he went in, shut the door on the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. He went up and lay on the child, put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself on him and embraced him, the child’s flesh became warm. Then he returned and walked in the house to and fro and went up again and stretched himself upon him. And the child sneezed seven times, and then opened his eyes. Then [Elisha] called Gehazi and said, Call the Shunammite. So he called her. And when she came, he said, Take up your son. She came and fell at his feet, bowing herself to the ground. Then she took up her son and went out.
What a miracle!
This woman was stinking rich. The Bible states that she was very rich. She spoiled, gave to and blessed the man of God. Elisha said that because of the fact that she kept on giving, he had to give something in return. He asked her what she wanted and she responded that the she wanted nothing and that she was happy and content. Gehazi then told Elisha that this woman did not have a child. Elisha instantly declared to this woman that she would have a child. Her first response to the man of God was, “Don’t lie to me!” According to the word of the Lord, she received the child. When the child grew up, the child died. Her subsequent response to the man of God was “I told you not to deceive me.” Elisha raised the dead boy to life and that is a mighty miracle! Now look at 2 Kings 8 – a few years later.
When God Restores
2 Kings 8:1-3 [Ampl] Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, Arise and go with your household and sojourn wherever you can, for the Lord has called for a famine, and moreover, it will come upon the land for seven years. So the woman arose and did as the man of God had said. She went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. At the end of the seven years the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, and she went to appeal to the king for her house and land.
After seven years in a strange land you cannot come back and claim your land back again. She left the country for seven years and after seven years she comes back and tells the king that she wants her house and land back. The king’s reaction to this was probably, “You’ve been gone seven years. You abandoned everything! Now you want it all back after seven years.” Notwithstanding this probable reaction from the king, she insisted and appealed to him to get her house and land back. The king must have turned his back on this woman, ignoring her and started talking to Gehazi.
2 Kings 8:4 [Ampl] The king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me all the great things Elisha has done.
Get this picture. The king is sitting on his throne and Gehazi is there for some or another reason. Here comes this woman and says to the king, “I’ve been away for seven years. Please can I get my land back?” The king responds whilst turning away, saying: “Woman, excuse me” and turns to Gehazi, saying “Gehazi, tell me about this Elisha! Tell me about the miracles this man has done!” This king is very interested in the miracles, which Elisha has performed.
2 Kings 8:5 [Ampl] And as Gehazi was telling the king how [Elisha] had restored the dead to life… So, the story Gehazi had to tell was one of how the man of God had restored to life the son of the Shunammite woman. …behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and land… [Ampl]
The king did not pay attention to this woman and here’s the proof. This woman asks for her house and her land back and the king ignored her, rather spending his time inquiring of Gehazi about Elisha, wanting to hear about miracles. Gehazi could have probably responded, “Man, I tell you, the greatest miracle I’ve seen since the day I’ve been his catcher was the day when he restored that dead boy” on which the king must have shook his head, saying “My goodness!” Gehazi then went on, saying “King, I want to tell you, the woman who came in earlier for her land, that’s the woman whose son was restored to life by Elisha.”
Note – the word that is continually being used – Restored.
2 Kings 8:5 [Ampl] …And Gehazi said, My lord O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha brought back to life. When the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed to her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field, since the day that she left the land even until now.
Can you fully comprehend what has happened here? For seven years the woman left the land because of famine and came back after seven years. Gehazi told the king “My king, this woman’s child died but was restored back to life” The woman asked the king to restore her house and land back to her, but he king ignored her. When the king found out that Elisha had spoken restoration into this woman’s son’s life, he responded by restoration. He commanded one of his officers to restore to this woman what she had and what she would have had, should she have had good crops for the previous seven years. Everything was to be restored to this Shunammite woman.
There were seven years of famine in which nobody had a harvest and nobody had fruits coming in as a result of their labor. The land was in a famine for seven years and this means that nobody could have had a harvest in this period of time. You’ve got to get this and understand it. Here comes this woman requesting to be restored to her only what was hers when she had left the country. When the king of this country heard something about restoration and the word of Elisha in this woman’s life, he immediately commanded that all that had been hers, and all that would have been hers be restored. In doing this calculation it had to be assumed that the previous seven years of famine, were seven years of good crops.
Are you ready for this! This woman got seven times more than any other person who had lived in the land during the seven years of famine. This woman got seven times more and she still lived in the land of the Philistines where there was abundance in the seven years. She had everything she needed in the seven years, came back to her own country, and got a seven fold return.
Why was she so blessed?
When she saw the man of God, she said “Let’s give, let’s build a room for him, let’s put a bed there, let’s put a table there, let’s put a lamp there and a chair”. And every time the man of God came by she blessed him. She gave to the ministry, and gave to the ministry and gave to the ministry.
Joel 2:25 And I will restore to youth the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm…
God is saying that He will restore everything that has been stolen from you. It does not matter how many years you spent going through what you’ve been through. If you come back into His restoration day, He will give back to you what was stolen plus what would have been yours should you have been living in a good land. Everything that has been stolen through the years He will restore to you. God’s restoration is not only giving you what you had, but also giving to you what you would have had should all the bad years you went through be counted as prosperous years.
Exodus 22:1 If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
Take this word from God. It does not matter what has been stolen from you or what you may have got back in a ruined condition. God’s word declares that restoration of seven, five or four fold is promised to you.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 [Ampl] Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
If you rely on your own insight and understanding you will never be able to accept the restoration plan that God has in place for your life. If you rely on your own insight you will be more than happy to only get back what was stolen, regardless of its condition. In God’s plan, what has been stolen from you is to be restored to you more abundantly. God’s restoration means He is going to give back what you had, what you were supposed to have if nothing was stolen and all the good things that would have come with it plus more abundantly.
Every time you’ve been sick, whether it was a headache, the flu or cancer, time has been stolen from you. Each time there has been sickness in your life, time has been stolen from you. In those periods you have not been what you were supposed to be or what God intended for you to be. In times of sickness you were unable function the way you’re supposed to function, you could not live the way you were supposed to and you could not be what you were supposed to be. If you’ve ever had flu you might have been in the situation where you’ve said to yourself; “I cannot lie and rest for three days, but I’ll just lie down this afternoon”, and then you spend two hours just trying to recover from the flu. Two hours of your life have been stolen from you. Maybe you’ve spent two whole days in bed – two whole days has been stolen! You can never catch this time up, except if restoration comes your way. Then God says: listen, I see you’ve been in bed for two days with the flu. I see that the thief has stolen from you and destroyed things in your life. What you would have done in those two days, I’ll give back to you plus all the fruit which you could have had in those two days, plus I’m going to multiply it seven times or five times or four times.
Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding.
The Philips translation of this scripture states, “If you acknowledge Him in all your ways, He will give you ways to walk in.”
Proverbs 3:7-8 [Ampl] Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.
If you turn away from evil ways, if you walk in the ways of the Lord and you do not lean on your own insight and understanding, God says that it will be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones. God was extremely clever when He made up the human body. Medically speaking, if ones nerves, sinews, marrow and bones are healed, the whole body is whole. Any sickness in the human body is related to one of these four parts of the human body. Isaiah 58 states that God will make fat your bones. What does “fat bones” mean? It means the marrow, which is inside your bones, will be fat. If the fatness in your bone marrow breaks down, then your blood is not what it should be. If the fatness in your bones is at the right levels, then your blood is healthy. Blood is the medium through which your body distributes oxygen to its various parts. If you are sick, and a blood sample is taken from your body, it can be detected whether you are sick or not. The word of God declares that His word is sharper than any two edged sword, which divides between soul and spirit and bone and marrow. So, God is saying if you will listen to My word, I will do something to your bone marrow.
Proverbs 3:9-10 [Ampl] Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labors] and with the first fruits of all your income. So, shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine.
God says that if you will do as He tells you, you shall be healthy and your storehouses shall be filled with plenty and will be overflowing. So, if your store is not filled with plenty but is empty, it needs to be restored!
GET THE REVELATION OF RESTORATION!
If your store is empty, you need to get it “RE – STORED”
in order for it to be filled up again.
God Wants to Bless You.
Deuteronomy 28:11 [Ampl] And the Lord shall make you to have a surplus of prosperity, through the fruit of your body, of your livestock, and of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
God says that He will give you a surplus of prosperity in your body and in all your property, which means you will be healthy and you’ll have more things than you can ever use or be in need of!
Deuteronomy 28:8 [Ampl] The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land which the Lord God gives you.
The Lord will command the blessing in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. The storehouse being referred to in Deuteronomy 28 and Proverbs 3 do not only refer to money. It speaks of your body, your possessions and things and ground as well.
Get this. Satan is a created being and not a creator and is therefore unable to create anything. He can only use what’s already there and pervert and distort it. In other words, the devil cannot make you sick! Let’s get this fact straight in our minds once and for all. People are forever saying the devil has made me sick. The devil cannot give you anything. He is a thief who is only able to steal your health and then you become sick! He is unable to create sickness, but he can steal your health if you let him. He can steal one’s finances and cause poverty. He can steal one’s peace and then one is troubled. He can steal one’s joy and then one is depressed. Understand this clearly, the devil can only steal from you – he cannot create something in you or give something to you.
Your body is filled with health, because by His stripes you were healed. However, if a portion of your health has been stolen, what you need is RESTORATION in that potion of your body. You need to be RESTORED! If something is wrong with my heart, then it’s not sickness that’s come upon me, but rather health that has gone away from me. It needs to be RESTORED!
Joel 2:21,23,24 & 25 [Ampl] Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things. Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He gives the former or early rain in just measure and in righteousness, and He causes to come for you the rain, the former and the latter rain as before. And the [threshing] floors shall be full of grain and the vats shall overflow with juice [of the grape] and oil. And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten – the hopping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you.
God Wants to Restore Your Health.
Matthew 8:13 [Ampl] Then to the centurion Jesus said, Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed. And the servant boy was restored to health at that very moment.
I want you to see that God uses the word restored when He talks about sickness. This means that something was taken out.
Matthew 8:14-16 [Ampl] And when Jesus went into Peter’s house, He saw his mother-in-law lying ill with fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her; and she got up and began waiting on Him. When evening came, they brought to Him many who were under the power of demons, and He drove out the spirits with a word and restored to health all who were sick.
Those who were demon possessed needed to be restored. Those who were sick needed to be restored.
Matthew 9:20-22 [Ampl] And behold, a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment; For she kept saying to herself, If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health. Jesus turned around and, seeing her, He said, Take courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well. And at once the woman was restored to health.
Jesus said, “The thief cometh not for to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that you may have life more abundantly.” Jesus could just as well have said, “I’ve come to bring restoration”.
Restored means everything that is out of the store will be put back. And not just that, it will overflow. There will be a surplus.
I want restoration in my life. What about you? Just think of all that has been stolen from you in health, in your home, in your finances, in your time, in your joy, in your love, in your marriage, in your work. Just think of all that has been stolen from you. God says, “I have come to restore”. So, open up your storehouse wide today and say, “Lord, please fill it up”.
Do you want restoration?
As the Church of Jesus Christ we are supposed to drive good cars and live in good houses, but more than that we are supposed to be healthy. We are supposed to be able to buy what we are supposed to have. God does not want you to stand at the shop window and say to yourself, “…. One day…. !”
Proverbs 3 declares that if we honor the Lord with our income, He will fill our storehouses.
Are you willing to give to the ministry of God?
Are you willing to bless the Lord’s work out of your finances?
Are you willing to give out of your storehouse for the work of God?
If so, and you do it, God will restore your storehouse to overflowing!