January 5, 2015

New Creation Church First Sunday Service 2015 by Pastor Joseph Prince:2015, The Year of Restoration

Jan 4th 2015

Vision Casting: 2015, The Year of Restoration

Psalms 91- Believing in divine protection. God always protects His people. No harm shall come upon His beloved sons and daughters. 

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16 NIV)

When God reveals something to us and we pray about it, there are blessings to come. 

"Do not satisfy the fancies of curiosity seekers"

What pastor see happening:
1. A lot of mayhem, like the world is boiling. Hands with long fingernails are squeezing the nation of Israel, trying to remove the status of Jerusalem. A lot of pressure on Israel this year. Pray for them. 

On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. (Zechariah 12:3 NIV)

2. For those who experienced death of closed ones, or relationship death: God is preparing something greater for you. 

God does not takes away and fills in. God adds on. Each year is the year of greater glory and the year of restful increase. It goes on. 

Learn to rest. When we rest, God works. When we work, God rests. 

2015 will be the year of restoration. Everything that has been taken away from us, been cheated off, every broken relationship, heartache and bitterness, everything you have lost- everything- will be restored by God. 

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you. (Joel 2:25 NIV)

The years we spent in sin are wasted years. Our Almighty Father in heaven, He is able to restore. When man restores, something will always be lost. But when God restores, it always comes in greater quantity, or greater quality, or both. 

1. God is able to restore our soul. Soul: heart and mind. 

he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3 NIV)

2. Restore our health and wounds

Basis of restoration in greater quantity:
“Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep. (Exodus 22:1 NIV)

Greater loss = Greater restoration

Example of Paul arguing from the principles of the Law:

a. For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned? Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? (1 Corinthians 9:9-11 NIV)

b. The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:17, 18 NIV)

Guilt offering and restoration principle in OT. The harmer needs to restore 120%. 
“When anyone is unfaithful to the Lord by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of the Lord ’s holy things, they are to bring to the Lord as a penalty a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel. It is a guilt offering. They must make restitution for what they have failed to do in regard to the holy things, pay an additional penalty of a fifth of its value and give it all to the priest. The priest will make atonement for them with the ram as a guilt offering, and they will be forgiven. (Leviticus 5:15, 16 NIV)

Jesus doing the restoration in our stead for things He did not steal. Even when it's our fault and we are the one who should be responsible to pay the restoration, Jesus pays the price for us. 
Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal. (Psalm 69:4 NIV)

The Law said that the injured party is the gainer. When Adam disobeyed God, God as the one being injured has received far greater after restoration done by Jesus. Because the devil tempted Adam, God has gained even more and reaped richer harvest from the work of Christ. This is according to the Law. 

Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.” (Ruth 3:18 NIV)