May hope be present, hope in your dreams, in hardest times, and never waver. May faith be rising, faith lift your soul, a fresh new gift each day. May love be flowing, love bless your life, always cherished and ever safe. May Christ be yours, Christ in your soul, a guiding leading light.
One single successful Year can make you forget 10 Years of Suffering. 2023 will be year of success to you in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you” (Joel 2:25).
Brothers and Sisters, let us begin to decree and claim this in The Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.
You know you are forgiven and your past forgotten because it is under the Blood of Jesus. But wouldn’t you love to get back those years and live them for the glory of the Lord?
How often have you thought, “I could have been so much further in Christ! I could have brought so much joy to His heart! I could have saved myself and my family so much pain and suffering. How blind and stupid I was: how enslaved by the devil! How close I came to losing my soul and my sanity. I can never make up for all those wasted years.”
In his final days Paul looked back over his life and testified, “I have fought a good fight. I have kept the faith. Now a crown of righteousness is awaiting me.”
I don’t care if you have been saved 30 years or 30 days — God can and will restore all your wasted years! This one prophecy of Joel was directed to three groups: the nation of Israel, the church and individuals in Christ’s body. I want to focus this prophecy on the third group, applying it to us as individual believers.
matter how many times the sinner tries to resist, this army keeps coming!
Anyone who once was bound by a satanic habit knows this. Your home — once like a garden, full of peace and love — soon was devoured and left a desert! You tried to stop the attack but, like powerful horsemen, they leaped on you and were too strong for you to resist!
One satanic worm after another devoured your life: “That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten” (Joel 1:4). Every crack vial, coke bag, and heroin needle was a locust, a cankerworm.
Isn’t that what happened? Satan had his teeth clamped on you,” whose teeth are the teeth of a lion” (Joel 1:6). He caused waste, ruin, mourning. “The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up.” Everything in your life withered away! “The vine is dried up and the fig tree languisheth… even all the trees of the field are withered… joy is withered away” (Joel 1:10, 12).
Joel is describing the terrible scene after the devouring army had done its evil work. And it is a picture of nothing but desolation, waste, withering and loss of joy. When you look in the face of a dying AIDS victim, what do you see? You see this same terrible destruction.
Think back to your own time of deliverance. You were dying both physically and spiritually, totally helpless, as the hordes of hell completely overpowered you.
Joel Prophesies the Full Restoration of Those Who Repent.
I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten” (Joel 2:25). The New American Standard says, “I will make up to you for the years…eaten.”
This promise is incredible! All along I had wanted to make up those years to God, to make amends and repay Him! But He says, “Wrong! I will make it all up to you — all those years of being wasted, stripped, harassed by the devil. You can’t repay Me for a single wasted hour. Walk before Me in righteousness, and turn from your sins — and I will make up all the losses, whether they were yours, your family’s, or Mine!”
To repentant sinners the Lord declares, “Fear not… be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things” (Joel 2:21). You need not be ashamed of your wasted years. God is going to remove from you the evil army, and you will eat and be satisfied. You will never again be ashamed! (Joel 2:19-20, 26-27).
You were born for His eternal purposes. He planned for you a life of satisfaction, joy and usefulness in His kingdom. But then sin entered, and God’s plan for your life was interrupted. The devourer moved in, and suddenly years were wasted, lost.
But now, in Christ, all is new — even the calendar! The Lord goes back to the day the locust came, and He removes all those wasted years and starts counting again from the moment you repented! All those blessings you missed were stored up! All the joy, the peace, the revelations, the usefulness that you thought were dead and gone forever were actually kept by the Lord!
The Lord of the harvest had only to speak, and the need was abundantly met. Beloved, the same is true for every believer today. God need only speak the word, and the lost years can be restored to you!
This is how God restores our wasted years. He brings forth in us supernatural joy, revelation, peace and victory — far beyond our human abilities! He can accomplish more in us, for us and through us now than we ever thought possible.
God healed Israel’s incurable wound and saved a nation already under judgment! He restored it and built the city on its own heap! He multiplied and blessed them, and “their children also shall be as aforetime” (Jeremiah 30:20).
And we pray:
Lord, You have promised that if we will commit our work to You, You will make it succeed. So today, I dedicate every aspect of that work to You. I need Your wisdom daily to make the right choices, ones that require fairness, integrity, and a servant spirit.
I Will Lack No Good Thing Prayer
Father, Giver of all good things, I praise you for the promises of your word. You have promised that those who trust in you will lack no good thing. I will taste and see that you are good! I give you my reverence, for those who fear you have all they need. I will boast in your name, for I trust you to grow my business and make it well-known and prosperous. I will use my success to tell of your greatness and as a testimony of your lovingkindness. Amen.
Following God’s Plan Prayer
My Lord and my God, your word gives me instructions for how to live a long and prosperous life. You have said that I must keep my tongue from speaking evil and my lips from telling lies. You said to turn away from evil and do good, to search for peace, and work to maintain it. Lord, I know that when I conduct my personal life and my business with integrity and kindness, I can expect your blessings to chase after me. I thank you now for victory in my business’s finances. Amen.
Prayer for a Better Way
O my God, who provides more than enough, I know that you have a better way. I know that trusting in myself or following the world’s system is simply a recipe for disaster. I realize that my life is not my own, and that I am not able to make successful plans without your gracious help. I thank you that there’s a better way to run my business, and that is your way. I will remember to give you the honor and praise, for you are the one who gives me the power to make this business rise to the top. Amen.