Recently I was praying about the New Year and I heard the Lord say, “I am bringing New Year Restitution. I am restoring what has been lost and stolen and recompense is coming to those who have stood in faith.”
Restitution is defined in the dictionary as restoration and recompense -
Restoration – the return or recovery of something that has been lost or stolen to its proper owner and the return of something to its origin state or position.
Recompense – to pay or give compensation for injury, damage or loss.
I believe this year will be one where many will see the Lord bring change to their lives and restoration of that which the enemy has stolen. The Lord is going to go beyond the natural definition of restoration and He will restore back to you more than has been lost so that your final state is greater than your original position. He will also bring recompense and many will be surprised at how their situation will turn around.
The Word of God tells us that the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy but Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). God is turning all things for your good. He is turning things the enemy meant for harm and working them together for your good. Romans 8:28 (NASB) - And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. The Lord wants to make us whole in every area of our lives. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and to restore His children to the fullness to which He created them.
The bible as a whole can be said to speak about God’s plan for the restoration of mankind. From the creation week where everything was made “very good”, to the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, to Christ’s atoning death at Calvary and ultimately climaxing in the new heavens and new earth where God makes everything new again. This reveals God’s heart for restoration of His people.
According to Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 we know that God ordains times and seasons in our lives. We have now entered a season where God is bringing restoration, both individually and corporately and we can be thankful for this. Rejoice in God who holds all things in His hands and from whom all good things come. He delights in His children and enjoys releasing blessing to us.
Jeremiah 30:17 (NASB) - For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds, declares the Lord.
Isaiah 61:7 (NIV) - Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
Joel 2:25-26 (NASB) - "Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, my great army which I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; then My people will never be put to shame.”
1 Peter 5:10 (NASB) - After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
Zechariah 9:12 (NASB) - Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; this very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you.
Recompense is mentioned in the book of Ruth where Boaz asks a recompense of blessing on Ruth for all she did for her mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth 2:12 (NKJV) - The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to trust. The Word tells us that God is our deliverer and He is the one who will recompense or repay. We are to wait on the Lord and trust in Him. Romans 12:17 (NKJV) - Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. Proverbs 20:22 (AKJV) - Say not you, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save you.
This is the year of restitution! The Lord is bringing restoration to that which has been stolen and recompense for your losses. Praise God and stand in assurance that the Lord is working all things for your good. Trust in the Lord and His goodness and continue to stand in faith, knowing He is in control of all things.