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3 Steps to Recovering All!
October 25, 2012

 In the Bible account of David’s loss at Ziklag (1 Samuel 30), we find a valuable lesson concerning our attitude and actions during our own times of failure, defeat and injury. What is the righteous response when the enemy has come in suddenly without warning and has ravaged and stolen that which was dear to our hearts? I’m not talking about what is the easiest course of action, or the most logical, which is quite often to just give up and walk away (believe me, I know what I’m talking about)—no, I’m referring to standing firm in who you are, who God is and the destiny that is rightfully yours, in spite of adverse and contrary circumstances. We all know the sting of the devil who has stolen from us and created havoc and even deep discouragement in our past and present, but he cannot reverse or abort God’s plan and will for our future. Praise the Lord!

There are three key steps in recovering all that the enemy has plundered, and they are “stay, pray and obey”. The word “recovery” means“to get back something taken away”—in other words, something was rightfully yours, it was wrongfully taken away, and you’re getting it back! If you’ve been watching the political news centered on the U.S. election, specifically the presidential debates, the No. 1 topic on everyone’s minds and lips has been the economic recovery for America. The U.S. was already 13 trillion dollars in debt when in February, 2009, in an attempt to kick-start an ailing economy, Congress passed the American Recovery Act, also known as the stimulus package in the amount of $787 billion dollars of, not surplus funds, but borrowed money that will most likely never be repaid. It all looks great on paper, but in reality, it’s just more deficit spending on top of deficit spending. The problem is the government never had it in the first place! That’s not recovery—that’s insanity! U.S. national debt now stands at over 16 trillion dollars and continues to grow at a trillion dollars a year.

Right now, 11 million Americans are in the devestating process of losing their homes to foreclosure because they can’t afford their mortgage now that the interest free time period of 2-4 years has elapsed. Literally, their monthly house payment doubled overnight. But they were never their homes in the first place. They were purchased with no money down and insufficient income! This careless action of the U.S. banking system has resulted in a total collapse of the entire housing market. It was a false economic boom that looked too good to be true and has not recovered from the national mortgage crash. You cannot recover something you never had.

But God has made unfailing provision for His people to recover all that has been stolen! God gave Israel an Old Testament law regarding the theft of money or property. “If someone gives a neighbour money or things for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbour’s house, the thief, if caught, must pay back double.” (Exodus 22:7)  When we apply this promise spiritually, it is “money in the bank!”

One word describes the devil and that is ‘thief’! Jesus said in John 10:10, “the thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy.” Job understood that reality more than any other man on earth. Satan stole his finances, killed his children and destroyed his body. All looked lost to Job, his wife and his friends, but glory to God, there was a payday for all of Job’s pitiful suffering. Though he did not comprehend the sovereign workings of God to perfect and purify this righteous and faithful servant before his accuser, Job recovered all and more! In fact, God restored to Job double for his trouble! “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10)

There’s likely not one of you reading this blog that has not had something stolen from you by the enemy that God is going to return to you double for your trouble if you will follow these three crucial steps to recovering all! “Stay, pray and obey”.

1. STAY—Don’t run away when people and circumstances turn against you. Stay right where God has placed you with an unshaken confidence in His unfailing faithfulness. Stand your ground and don’t give the enemy an inch!

2. PRAY—Trust God for divine direction and provision as you turn to Him in prayer. Ask Him the next course to take and He will show you as you wait upon Him in perfect peace. Favour and blessing will come from unexpected sources.

3. OBEY—Go forward in faith, knowing that you have heard from God and that He is going before you to vindicate and defend you in your full recovery.   

For over ten years, David had been running from King Saul, separated from his home and everything dear to his heart in Israel. During that time, he married wives and raised a family. He also gained an army of 600 loyal, mighty men who knew how to fight. For 16 months, David, his men and their families settled down in Ziklag, a Philistine city. Ziklag became David’s new home, his sanctuary and his safety. As David and his army were travelling back home after being away three days, they discovered their houses burnt and their wives, children and possessions gone—all was lost, stolen by the ruthless Amalekites. This tragic scene was too much for the strong men used to hardships except this one—they broke down in sheer exhaustion and wept uncontrollably until they could weep no more. As they remained in this deep mental state of despair, David overheard whisperings of stoning him for his failure to protect their loved ones—surely, this was David’s doing! It's true--the blame ultimately falls on the leader. No wonder it's lonely at the top. Anyone else, under such physical and emotional duress would have ran fast and hard, but not David. He “stayed”. He had come too far on the long journey of kingship to turn back now. He was God’s leader and leaders don’t quit. I repeat—leaders don’t quit! They stay and then they “pray”! David did the only thing he could do—he encouraged himself in the Lord and prayed for God’s counsel as to the next step he should take. God spoke to the man after His own heart and told him to go and “recover all”. David rallied the troops who now saw his confidence in the Lord, which no doubt instilled confidence again in their trustworthy king. David stayed, he prayed and then he “obeyed”. He went after the Amalekites by the direction of the Lord and he recovered all that was stolen and more! In fact, David took so much spoil from the enemy that he was able to bless multitudes of his friends in thirteen different cities with the captured flocks and herds. Talk about “double for his trouble”!

Your full recovery is here and now if you will just follow these three vital steps:

1. STAY—don’t run away!

2. PRAY—trust God for direction!

3, OBEY—go forward in faith!

I declare that you will get back all that the “thief” has stolen that justly belonged to you with plenty beside to bless many people in your family, friends, business and ministry! David recovered all and so shall you!


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