Eph 3:20-21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
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.”
We have a God who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. Jesus will reverse the effects of the thief. The thief comes to steal, kill, and to destroy, but Jesus will not only reverse that but give back more than was taken.
God wants to do something in your life.
Here in America, we have ample evidence of abundance, yet do we really comprehend what that means? Do we understand how that concept applies to our God?
The word abundant means ‘having plenty of something’. Plentiful, copious, ample, large, huge, overflowing, prolific, teaming are synonyms. These are good words to describe our God as well.
Jesus gives abundant restoration.
In my life, there have been things lost. I’ve got regrets, yet Jesus promises restoration and renewal. His word promises that. If I choose to trust Him and follow His leading, I can experience that restoration and renewal, but I can’t keep doing the same things. I must choose God’s will and God’s way. That’s really the only true way.
Joel 2:25-29 “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. 27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. 28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.”
Pastor Michael says, “There have been things that have been taken away in our lives. Happiness might have been taken, mental health, physical health. Depression and hopelessness might come in. Joy might have been taken away over the years.”
He continues with this example, “Job had it all. He lost it all pretty quickly, but it took years before it was all restored. When he finally realized what was going on, he repented. God didn’t just restore all that was lost, but He restored much, much more.”
God will restore to you not only what was taken, but He will give back more, in abundance.
God has something for you. His Word is true. His promises are for you. Will you trust Him to give back more than was taken from you?
“Ezekiel was transported in a vision. He saw dry, dead bones. God asked if those bones could live. Ezekiel answered, ‘God, You know.’ So, God told him to prophesy to the bones. In a short time, an army of mindless zombies stood before him. They are still captive, lifeless. God commanded Ezekiel to prophesy to the wind to breathe life.”
It’s the very same thing in our world today. We look around and see so many people with no life and no hope. Yet, this passage of Scripture can happen to them too. After Ezekiel prophesied to the wind, those lifeless bodies came back. God still gives life today. Let Him breathe into your life.
Our God is a God of abundant revival. There is nothing that stops him from blessing and doing exceeding abundant.
Pastor Michael used the story of Nehemiah as an example of renewal. “Nehemiah had the temple, but there were no walls, no protection. The walls needed to be rebuilt.
The large majority of the people rebuilding the walls weren’t builders. They were bakers, musicians, etc. Yet, in building the wall, they were renewed. Their hope was renewed. Their city was renewed. Their lives were renewed.”
Our God is a God of abundant restoration, revival, and renewal.
I’ve seen Jesus breathe life back into the lifeless. I’ve seen hope born and light come into eyes right in front of me.
Psalm 34:5 “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
Change your perspective. Instead of looking at your problem, look to Him. Look to Jesus and you will become radiant. He still has that effect. Let Him do what only He can do in your life and you WILL experience your miracle.
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
This is one of my favorite verses of Scripture. Just as satan is a liar and everything he says is a lie, Jesus IS the truth. Everything He says is truth. Everything He does is life-giving, renewing, transforming, restoring, and reviving. If He said it, you can trust Him to follow through. Look to Him and see.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Youth Pastor Michael Lagle.
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If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!