God gave me a message this morning that I believe many, including myself, need to hear. For some this word is going to shift you to another season. For some this prophecy is going to bring resurrection power! I am putting the word He gave me out there this morning and whether you receive it or not is your part, mine is to speak it. I pray right now in the mighty name of Jesus, that you would make this declaration: “I will hear your words Lord, I will receive your word, and I will believe you!”
God said prophesy to His people and declare that today is your day of restitution and a time of restoration. “Restitution” means to get back that which has been wrongfully taken from you, and “Restore” means to put it back in its proper place and in its proper order.
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief comes but for to steal to kill and to destroy, but I am come that they might have life and that more abundantly.”
Many of you love the Lord with all your heart and you wouldn't think of ever turning your back on the Lord. You're doing your best to serve him and please him. You never planned for it to happen and you didn't think it would ever happen to you, but somehow somewhere in the course of life and the daily grind your joy has come up missing. A thief has entered your house and taken something from you. You don’t know how he got in, but you been robbed! Your Joy is missing and you don’t know what happened to it!
The truth is it happens to most of us at some point in time. Even David the great psalmist, prophet and king, who understood more about praise and worship and the presence of God than almost anyone living, one day found that the joy had come up missing. But David knew the source of his joy and that is why he cried out to God in Psalms 51:12, “restore unto to me the joy of my salvation and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
The devil knows that joy is a tremendous source of power to the believer. The Word of God declares in Nehemiah 8:10, “the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
I want to say it this way this morning: Joy is “bounce back power!” It’s “get back up power!” Proverbs 24:16 says, “For a just man falleth seven times and riseth again.” He gets back up. As long as you have the joy of the Lord no matter how hard the devil hits you, you will bounce back and be stronger than ever. let me say it another way, the joy of lord makes you unsinkable!
Secondly the Joy of the Lord is “take you through power!” It doesn't matter what you have to go through in life, the joy of the Lord will give you the ability to keep walking, to keep pushing, to keep praying, to keep praising, to keep sowing, and to keep going. We all have to go through stuff sometimes. In fact, I was just telling a young couple in my church last night, if the devil isn’t trying to put you through the wringer, you might need to reevaluate your spiritual life because the Word says clearly in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
But what I am really thankful for is that the joy of the Lord is also, “take you over power!” It is the joy of the Lord that gives wings to your faith and enables you to rise above the storms, the trials, and the attacks. The Joy of the Lord is Holy Ghost Helium, it's the internal substance that gives us lifting power. The joy of the Lord, the result of the indwelling power of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, gives us the power to break the gravitational pull that wants to drag us down into worry, fear, depression, and discouragement.
According to Genesis 49:22 Joseph was able to overcome every wall and every adversity because he was planted by a well. Joseph was continually drawing from the supply of the Joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord is vivacious, it's alive, and it's contagious. If anything should distinguish us from the world it should be the joy of the Lord. When we can go through the same tests, the same trials, and the same hardships as the world and they're tripping out, flipping out, and freaking out, but we’re chilling out, because of the supernatural supply of power that the joy of the Lord has supplied us with, they're going to want what we have.
Some of you have been going through all kinds of difficulties, hardships, trials, and just plain old attacks from hell. It seems like you get victory in one area then you're attacked in another. It feels like you're in a continual cycle of warfare, like you're caught in the spin cycle in the washer and you can't turn it off. Here's the reason why. The devil wants to wear you out. Daniel 7:25 says, “he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High.”
Some of you have been going through all kinds of battles all kinds of tests and trials and storms and your joy has been under attack. If you’re honest about it, the devil has hit you hard, and not just in one area but in multiple areas. The truth is, sometimes his aim is pretty good and this time it was a good hit. I mean the devil hit you where it hurt, you felt it and it stunned you.
The Devil's been after your strength, he's been after your “bounce back power”, after your “go through power,” and he’s after your “take you over power.” He's been trying to steal your Holy Ghost Helium, but I prophesy right now in the name of Jesus, today you're getting it back!
Square up your shoulders and look the devil in the eye and shout I’m taking back my joy! In the mighty name of Jesus, I’m taking back what you stole from me! It’s restitution time you no good thief! It’s restoration time you stinking liar! I choose to believe my God, and He told me it’s mine and you can’t have it!
Declare right now in the name of Jesus, I'm getting my joy back! Come on and shout, I'm getting my wings back! I'm getting the pep back in my step, the fire back in my furnace, and the power back in my punch! I'm getting back my Holy Ghost Helium!
You hit me hard devil and I went down but that was the last round! You landed a few good shots in that last round, but the fight ain't over! I'm up again and greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. I got my fight back, I got my joy back, I got my bounce back power back, and now I'm ready to put you under my feet.
The devil made a big mistake when he tried to destroy me. Yes, he hit me hard, he knocked me down, and he very nearly succeeded in destroying me, but he left me breathing. He should have killed me when he had the chance, but he left me breathing. And I had enough breath to crawl back to the Father’s house. I still had enough breath to cry out for His mercy and grace! I still had enough breath to shout His name and praise Him! I still had enough breath to access the power of God one more time, and that was all I needed for God to turn my life around.
Somebody needs to know today, the Lord told me that this is your time for a turn around. This is your time for a divine reversal. Your joy is going to catapult you into victory today! Your joy is going to catapult you over your enemies today! Your joy is giving you the power to blast through any adversity.