God Will Restore Everything You Have Lost. (With Pictures)

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The seasons of life.

Autumn  Seasons 2  Life starts to get tough. We have a few problems.

Winter  Snowstorm The difficult times in our life. Times are hard. We have many problems.

Spring  Summer  New hope starts to rise in our heart. God is saying “You can make it”.

 

Summer  Seasons 3  Faith gets stronger. With  God’s help we overcome our problems.

GOD WILL RESTORE ALL YOU HAVE LOST

(It may take a long time.)

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Here is the end part of the Bible story of Job, after he had suffered for a long time.

Job Chapter 42     King James Version (KJV)

1 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,

2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

7 And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.

10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.

15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.

17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

RESTORE 2 James Chapter 5 verse 16

James Chapter 5 verses 13-20  The Prayer of Faith

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.

15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,

20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

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When you read the whole story of Job’s life you will see how much he suffered. He lost almost everything that was dear to him. But Satan had to ask God’s permission before he was allowed to testJob and put him through many trials. When you go through hardship in your life do not assume God is punishing you. On the contrary, He is more than likely putting your life into the right order even though it feels as if everything is going wrong and turning your life upside down. The times of hardship can sometimes be long. Because of mistakes made by ourselves, or the hurtful actions of other people, it can take a long time for God to pick up the pieces of our lives and put them in to the right order again.

We can suffer loss in life in many different ways, bereavement, loss of job, divorce, natural disasters, wars, illness etc. But even if the loss or hardship is our own fault, God still has compassion and He still puts the situation right even if it takes a very long time.

Think of the wonderful lessons we learn when we go through hardship. If we are wise we will choose to trust God no matter what! Then, He teaches us patience and endurance to an extent that we would never have had if things had always been easy. We learn to be compassionate towards other people who are suffering. God teaches us these things, but we have to be willing to put them into practice. Sometimes we have to take our eyes off our own problems and help somebody else in whatever way we can, like Job when he prayed for his friends! And God does not always give us twice as much as we had before like He gave to Job, but it is always what we need! God does not always replace the loss with exactly the same thing; indeed some losses like bereavement are irreplaceable, but He always sends something that we can know is from Him. He always replaces that which we have lost, but in His timing and His will.

Incidentally, God always rewards us when we have tried to do the correct thing and been badly hurt by people in the process. Again you may not be rewarded for a long time but it will surely come. I believe that some good things we have done will not be rewarded until we are in heaven, but that is my own personal view, some people would not agree with me.

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God does not always reward us with money but He makes us ‘prosper’. There are all kinds of different ways to prosper in our health, faith, joy, peace, friends, job satisfaction, having a loving family etc. Remember to thank and praise God every day if you have a loving marriage and healthy, loving children and grandchildren. So many people do not have this and where we can, we must pray for unhappy people.

Another way you can prosper is in the special unique talent or ‘gift’ that God has given to you personally. I believe that everyone is talented or gifted at least at one thing that is unique to them. When you have dedicated your life to God your special ‘gift’ gradually becomes clear as time goes on and God prospers you in that. It might be to do with your job or it may be a hobby. You become more interested, you learn more and more, you get better and better and you ‘know’ that God is prospering you! It doesn’t have to be a big talent and it does not mean that you will be famous. It is just that it will bring you joy and satisfaction. For example I love growing plants, indoors and outdoors. I love taking cuttings and seeing the new plants flourishing. It is a joy in the spring when all the plants that have been resting all winter come to life again and another busy gardening year begins. I have plants that are many years old and they have had dozens of cuttings taken from them which have been given to friends and relatives over the years.  M. Mainwaring

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Garden 17   Garden 6   Garden 5

I love to sing the following favourite hymn to myself !

IN THE GARDEN

I come to the garden alone

While the dew is still on the roses

And the voice I hear falling on my ear

The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,

And the melody that He gave to me

Within my heart is ringing.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

I’d stay in the garden with Him

Though the night around me be falling,

But He bids me go; through the voice of woe

His voice to me is calling.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.       Charles Austin Miles (1912)

Here is the account of how this beautiful hymn ‘In the Garden’ was written—from the hymn-writer C. Austin Miles himself:

One day in April, 1912, 1 was seated in the dark room, where I kept my photographic equipment and organ. I drew my Bible toward me; it opened at my favourite chapter, John 20–whether by chance or inspiration let each reader decide. That meeting of Jesus and Mary had lost none of its power and charm. As I read it that day, I seemed to be part of the scene. I became a silent witness to that dramatic moment in Mary’s life, when she knelt before her Lord, and cried, Rabboni! My hands were resting on the Bible while I stared at the light blue wall. As the light faded, I seemed to be standing at the entrance of a garden, looking down a gently winding path, shaded by olive branches. A woman in white, with head bowed, hand clasping her throat, as if to choke back her sobs, walked slowly into the shadows. it was Mary. As she came to the tomb, upon which she placed her hand, she bent over to look in, and hurried away. John, in flowing robe, appeared, looking at the tomb; then came Peter, who entered the tomb, followed slowly by John. As they departed, Mary reappeared; leaning her head upon her arm at the tomb, she wept. Turning herself, she saw Jesus standing, so did 1. 1 knew it was He. She knelt before Him, with arms outstretched and looking into His face cried, Rabboni!  I awakened in sunlight, grip­ping the Bible, with muscles tense and nerves vibrating. Under the inspiration of this vision I wrote as quickly as the words could be formed, the poem exactly as it has since appeared. That same evening I wrote the music.

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   The Garden of Gethsemane

I think about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane when I think of the above song. I think about the agony of Jesus, knowing what He was about to face, but willing to go through it all because of His love for every single human being. He wanted to do His Father’s will to save mankind.

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I think about Mary’s grief when she found the empty tomb in the garden where Jesus had been buried.

empty tomb 2      Jesus and Mary

     Easter story. John 20 The Empty Tomb

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.

4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.

6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there,

7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.

8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.

9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying

       Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb

12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

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 sunshine      Rainbow 6

Deuteronomy Chapter 30     New International Version (NIV)

Prosperity After Turning to the Lord

(Moses is speaking to the Israelites.)

1 When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations,

2 and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today,

3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.

4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back.

5 He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.

6 The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

7 The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you.

8 You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today.

9 Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors,

10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

The Offer of Life or Death

11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.

12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”

13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”

14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.

15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.

For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them,

18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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I will restore your health and heal all your hurts.   Jeremiah Chapter 30 verse 17 

Psalm 71:20: “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again.”

 God loves you 8   God loves you 10   God loves you 14

God loves you 4   God loves you 3   No Condemnation

Bible verse 9   HOPE 22  Sea 2

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The following article and prayer is by Joel and Victoria Osteen.

When You Feel Buried

We all face difficulties and challenges in life. But you have to remember, as a believer in Jesus, you have the life-giving seed of Almighty God on the inside of you. When you go through disappointments or tough times, you may feel like you’ve been buried. You may feel like you’re in a dark, lonely place. You may feel like it’s the end; but in reality, it’s only the beginning. The fact is, you haven’t been buried; you have been planted. That means you’re coming back. And not only are you coming back, but you’re coming back in increase, better and stronger than before!

In those tough times, you’ve got to draw the line in the sand. Make a declaration, “This difficulty is not going to bury me. This loss, this disappointment, this injustice is not going to cause me to give up on my dreams. I refuse to live in self-pity. I know I am a seed. That means I cannot be buried. I can only be planted. I may be down, but it’s only temporary. I know I’m not only coming back, I’m coming back even better than I was before!”

A Prayer For Today

Father in heaven, thank You for filling me with Your life-giving seed. I choose today to focus on the potential for my future. I know that I will overcome every obstacle by Your power that is at work in me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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You can receive an encouraging daily devotional word and prayer by E-Mail each day from Joel and Victoria Osteen by going to their website    http://www.joelosteen.com

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box UK and USA. You can also watch programmes on their website at http://www.revelationtv.com/They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association http://www.PeaceWithGod.net

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