2021 is the year of the Local Church and Divine Recovery.
We are believing God that this year you will experience Divine healing, Divine Health, Divine Prosperity and Divine Recovery. The past year, during this lockdown period, we’ve been hearing so much about loss.
Loss of lives. Loss of business. Loss of jobs. Loss of income. Loss of relationships. And it’s absolutely real but what do we do to make sure that our souls don’t sink into a place of grief, sorrow and depression as a result of all this loss. If we are not careful and if we don’t deal with it, we will just focus on loss and end up walking around with a spirit of grief without even realizing it. We need to get filled with hope and stay filled with hope during this time. We talking about the God kind of hope that only comes from the promises of God. Because in the natural there might be no hope in your situation. Romans 4 says Abraham believed in hope against hope. In other words when there was no hope in the natural for him and Sarah to have a child, he put his hope in what God promised him. And this is my prayer for you…
Romans 15:13 NLT
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Keep believing. In the midst of impossible situations, keep believing. All things are possible to him or her who believes. We are not of those who draw back, quit, faint, lose heart or give up. We are of those who believe. Put your hope in God, not in man. People say, “don’t get your hopes up and you will not be disappointed”. That depends on who you are putting your hope in. If you put your hope in man, you will be disappointed but if you put your hope in God and His promises, you will not. So we talking about overcoming loss. Grief and sorrow are associated with loss.
Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV
“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows;
Whatever Jesus bore on the cross is satanic. And whatever He bore, you must resist. He bore our sin, so you must resist sin.
Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
He bore our sickness and disease, we resist it.
The first step to overcoming loss is resisting grief and sorrow. Because grief and sorrow are associated with loss.
When somebody loses something, for eg, a job, a relationship, income, the spirit of grief comes in and wants you to be sad and depressed and tries to neutralise you.
Isaiah 51:11 NKJV
“So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
Sorrow and grief must flee away from the redeemed of the Lord.
Psalms 107:1-2 NKJV
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
Ask God to show you if there are any areas in your life that you might still be grieving.
Lets look at the life of David and see how He overcame loss.
1 Samuel 30v1-3 NKJV
Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive.
David and his men are totally exhausted, coming home from a battle against the Philistines. And he comes home to find that his city is burned with fire and everything is taken including his family. He came home for comfort but finds himself in conflict. And that is how the enemy works. He attacks when you are tired and weak and need recovery yourself. He is a coward. But no matter how weak you are in the natural, God’s Grace is greater than your weakness.
II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
God’s grace is sufficient for you to be a Father, a husband, a wife, a Mother. God’s grace is sufficient to bring you through any trouble and danger that you are facing right now. Don’t depend on yourself. Depend on His grace.
Romans 5:20 NKJV
Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.
I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Samuel 30v4 NKJV
Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
David and his men are consumed with grief, distress and anguish because of the huge loss they’ve just experienced. Have you ever been there? Where you cried and cried until you had no more power to cry. The tragedy, the loss was so huge, you didn’t know if you could ever rise again. But God!
1 Samuel 30v6 NKJV
Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved [bitter], every man for his sons and daughters.
When tragedy or loss occurs in people’s lives, they end up crying and grieving first and then they become angry. These guys, after they cried wanted to stone David. They were angry. They wanted to blame somebody and find out who is responsible for this. They were angry at God and because David represented God, they wanted to stone him. When some people experience loss, they cry, grieve and then become angry, looking for somebody to blame for this loss. Some even go to the extent of wanting to take revenge. They become consumed with hate. “The soul of all the people was bitter”Don’t let life, people and negative circumstances turn you into a bitter person. David was greatly distressed and I am sure greatly depressed. So not only is David dealing with his own personal situation, he is also dealing with leaders who want to stone him. They were blaming God and because David represented God, they wanted to stone him and get back at him.
Stop looking for someone to blame. People are not your enemy. Take authority over the devil.
But then the story begins to change. And this is what I want you to pay attention to.
1 Samuel 30v6 NKJV
But David strengthened [encouraged] himself in the Lord his God.
That’s the 2nd key to overcoming loss. First, resist grief and sorrow and 2nd begin to encourage yourself. Begin to praise your way out of depression and heaviness. Begin to speak to your soul and encourage yourself. Put the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. (Isaiah 61:3). You must begin to praise the sacrifice of praise.
Hebrews 13:15 NKJV
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
When you pray, you come into God’s presence but when you praise, He comes into yours. I believe that is what David begun to do. He began to speak to his soul and began to recall the psalms and to bring up all the victories that God had given him before. Just like he did with Goliath, he told him, I killed the bear, I killed the lion and I killed this uncircumcised philistine.
Psalm 43:5 NKJV
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
Psalm 34:1-2 NKJV
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Psalm 103:1-5 NKJV
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
He began to encourage himself. He changed his position and got out of a place of grief, crying, sorrow and anger. He made a choice to resist that sorrow and grief. And I know from experience that the sorrow and grief also leaves when you forgive those who attacked you, who stole from you and those who wanted to stone you.
What I want you to notice and pay close attention to is this!
While they were crying, God said nothing. Or if God was saying something, they couldn’t hear Him. Because when you are in a place of depression, sadness, grief and sorrow, it is almost impossible to hear God’s voice speaking to you and guiding you. You must break out of that space and place of depression and begin to resist. But the minute David got his praise back on, adjusted his attitude and stirred up his winning attitude, resisted grief and sorrow, things began to change. He began to hear God’s voice speaking to him and guiding him.
1 Samuel 30v7-8 NKJV
Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. So David enquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
And that is what God is saying to you today, “Pursue the enemy, you will surely overtake them and without fail, you will recover all”.