Glory to God, 2016 has been a wonderful year, and Phyllis and I want to thank you for your continued love and faithfulness in supporting this ministry. While we have seen the supernatural take place in our hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, we have also seen marvelous things all over this world—salvations, healings, and lives restored. God is so good, and we are expectant for this same flow to carry us and all those who stand with us into 2017. We are starting the New Year off travelling to Ukraine to minister in a faith conference to pastors. What an honor to carry the spirit of faith into Europe just as the calendar turns.
Toward the end of last year, the Lord told me that in 2016 I would enter into a season of restoration. While I certainly had an idea of what that meant, I didn’t recognize the fullness of what He spoke to me until the year began unfolding.
In many places I travelled to this year, the Lord led me to minister this same word to the churches, and it resonated in the hearts of many—especially the pastors. It was a word in due season because of the havoc the devil has caused for so many in recent years.
In Acts 4 we see the time when Peter and John were questioned and even put in prison because of the miracles occurring as they ministered in the Name of Jesus. Why? The Word! It’s all about the Word, and everything in life that you will ever encounter will be about the Word. It may not be obvious, and it may be covered up by layer after layer of other things, but the reality is that everything that goes on in your life is all about the Word.
Phyllis and I just returned from some wonderful meetings in Washington D.C. We arrived the day after the election, and never before has this truth been revealed so clearly as it was in this election. America was raised up to be a light to the world, and God needs America to continue her work. There is a great harvest yet to be reaped, and this mandate for America was being threatened by Satan, but praise God, the church rose up and did something about it, and Satan lost! I have never before seen the church praying like it did during this election. Prayer works!
In II Kings, we find the story of the woman from Shunem. The Bible calls her a great woman—a woman of wealth who feared God. At one point in her life the prophet, Elisha, told her to leave her homeland because of a famine coming, so she did as he said. At the end of the famine, she went to the king to get back what belonged to her—her house and land. When she arrived, the king and Gehazi (Elisha’s servant) were talking about that very woman, and how Elisha had restored her dead son to life. It was one of those “right place at the right time” moments.
II Kings 8:5-6, …And Gehazi said, my lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life. And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.
Everything that belonged to that woman and all the harvest that she missed out on while she was away was given back to her in that very moment. That is RESTORATION!
I love this story. Among other things, this woman exemplifies faith, determination, and honor. There was an appointed time—a season for her to receive what belonged to her, and she found herself at the right place at the right time. Notice too that it took the right king in office to accommodate this restoration to her.
When the Lord spoke to me about a season of restoration, He didn’t limit that season to one year. Seasons can be less than a year, but they can also be more than a year, and what took place during 2016 is just the beginning of this season of restoration. When I think about how the church as a whole rose to the occasion through faith and prayer during this election, I can’t help but get excited about the brightness of the future.
Friend, God never intended for you to do without. If there is an area of your life that needs to be restored, then know this—NOW is the time. This year, we have witnessed restoration taking place in the lives of so many. One man in particular had his bank accounts restored. In one day, he paid off $150,000.00 worth of debt and received a brand new vehicle of his choice—paid in full! How’s that for restoration?
If you’re wondering how to get this working in your life, I’ll tell you the direction the Lord pointed us in. Isaiah 42:22 says, But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. Think about these conditions—robbed, spoiled, snared, prisoners, and prey. Not one condition is appealing, yet a cry to be restored could not be heard.
We took this verse and zeroed in on the areas that we knew needed restoring. We then declared and decreed them restored. What areas of your life do you desire to see restored? If it’s your bank accounts, then take your wallet, checkbook, etc. and say, RESTORE! If it’s a relationship with a child, then take their picture in your hand, and say, RESTORE! If you’re in need of physical healing, then speak to that area of your body and say, RESTORE!
This year marked a year of restoration, but it doesn’t just fall upon you because you’re a child of God. It takes faith on your part—believe you receive, and don’t take no for an answer. If you’ll stand your ground, then like that woman from Shunem, you will get what belongs to you!
We are sincerely grateful for your financial support during 2016. Much fruit abounds to your account. Lives, churches, cities, and countries have been changed for the glory of God.
In January 2017 we will be travelling to Ukraine, where we have been invited to preach at an annual faith conference for pastors. To quote their invitation, they desired “someone who has a heart for and reputation for ministering to ministers.” My heart is full for this opportunity to preach to these hungry ministers.
As with most of our international travel, we will be carrying the expense of this trip. Would you prayerfully consider sowing a special seed into this rich soil?