Restoration, continued by Apostle LaFayette Scales

Saturday, September 06, 2008
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Restoration continued by Apostle Lafayette Scales

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Pastor Scales and his wife – Theresa.

Pastor Scales brought us back to Joel 2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done marvelous things!

We had many in attendance who were not there the prior night, so Pastor Scales reviewed what he taught last night. He reminded us that this prophecy of Joel was meant to inspire the Southern Kingdom before they were brought into captivity.  To let them know their captivity would be 70 years, and if they repented they would be brought back into the land. The people had been resorting to idolatry, mistreatment of the poor, and lack of obedience to God. Because of that, God brought a warning to the people in the form of a swarm of locusts. These locusts ate up first all the grass and green stuff, then the next swarm ate the roots and the stalks down to the roots, and then another swarm ate up all the roots.  The land was in total desolation. They were given a word of God.

Joel 2:21-22 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done marvelous things! Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field;  for the open pastures are springing up, and the tree bears its fruit;  the fig tree and the vine yield their strength.

Notice God tells the people twice to not be afraid.

Joel 2:23-26 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you—the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust,  and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame. 

Praise!

Joel 27-29 Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the LORD your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame. And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;  your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams,  your young men shall see visions.  And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

Joel prophesies a day of restoration.  GOD NEVER SENDS A NATION INTO CAPTIVITY OR TRIALS WITHOUT A PROPHETIC WORD TO KEEP THE PEOPLE STABLE. Trials don’t last, but people do. The people will come through this as restored individuals and a restored nation.

Restoration is the return of something back to God’s original intent.  This is not only for a person’s own life, but for everybody in the Nation of Israel.

Babylon held many of the Israelites captive.  One of the kings, Belshazzar was disrespectfully using the temple utensils for a party in Babylon, when God wrote on the wall. No one could interpret the writing except Daniel, and the message was: Daniel 5:25-28 “And this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEK: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”

In one night the Medes and Persians came and overran Babylon.  The Israelites were still in captivity but Daniel was counting the time and 70 years had passed.  Daniel prayed to God, telling God that the time is up.

God is a God of circumstances and works in history – HIS STORY. God’s dealing with mankind, events, circumstances, and conditions reveal a supernatural God.

God restores, which means brings back to use.  Former things are brought back into the original state that God intended. God restores marriages – making them healthier and happier than before the break. If you are bankrupt, God can restore your finances. If your finances don’t meet your need, it must be your seed – sow your seed to reap a harvest.

Pastor Scales told us we often have no problem believing for salvation and forgiveness for sins, but think it is too difficult for God to deal in our other circumstances.  Yet, it is no harder for Him to deliver us from our sins than it is for Him to deliver us from financial difficulty. Pastor Scales’ church is an economically diverse church.  He told us that one day one of his members had only a dollar in her purse, and she sowed that last dollar as a seed (something no one in the church knew), praying to God for her needs.  One of the members of Pastor Scales’ church came up to him later and anonymously asked Pastor Scales to give this woman money anonymously, a check for $8,000 dollars.  The man told Pastor Scales that woman always greeted people with a smile and God had asked him to give her this money.  That Wednesday she went to church, and Pastor Scales called her to the office, giving her the check. She whooped and hollered and couldn’t wait to get to the sanctuary to share her good fortune and it was then that the people learned she had given her last dollar on Sunday.  Pastor Scales told us from that point on people were very friendly, smiling at each other.

He told us we need to treat everybody in church as if they are somebody. For they are, and we never know how God might help us through them.

(Heather’s comment:  if you are in Columbus, Ohio, you can go to Pastor Scale’s church.  He is the Pastor of Rhema Christian Center when I went to this site I noticed that there are study notes from previous sermons – I want to go back and explore this surprise blessing!)

How does God restore?

He wants to pick us up and clean us off.  Fix something so that it never needs to be mended again – marriages, finances, relationships, possessions, etc.

Restore what was broken or rent. Restore means to make something what it ought to be – we often want things better for our kids than we had when we were growing up. When things are fractured, God can mend the broken bits and God makes it according to His original plan for us. It is better than before we were broken.

Restoration is making something fully ready for service.  Restoration repairs something broken– family, finances, relationships, career, reputations, etc.

Pastor Scales told us that only the broken are masters at mending. He gave as an example an athlete who hurt his ankle during a game, one of the coaches came out and grabbed the ankle, causing the athlete to scream in pain. The head coach came out and said, let me help him, I have hurt my ankle before.  The head coach was so gentle that he did not cause more pain or damage to the ankle for he knew how to handle it.

Galatians 6:1  Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

Pastor Scales told us that God wants to restore people when they have been spiritually broken, or caught up in sin.

When you have been broken in an area, you tend to handle broken people better than in areas where you weren’t broken.  You handle people differently for brokenness produces compassion. You how how it feels to have been abused, separated, having the devil mess with you.  You don’t blame a person, you realize that they acted ignorantly or made bad choices.  We were broken once because of our own bad choices.

Pastor Scales reminded us that at one time he had trouble with his finances, and his pastor reminded him to tithe to establish a covenant with God. At that time if he had used all of his income he could not meet his bills, so he decided what did it matter if he took 10% to tithe to God.  God challenges people in Malachi to test and prove God in the matter of tithes. He does not tell us to test him in other areas, but in the tithe we can.  Offerings are over and above the tithe.  When we tithe it lets God into our finances. It is remarkable how when you give out to God in obedience, how he brings finances back in.

Then Pastor Scales showed us some pictures of restoration in the Bible.

Genesis 14:14 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.

Abraham and Lot were related, but there was not enough land to sustain the two groups in one spot, so Lot and Abraham separated.  After the separation kings came together and overran the area of Sodom where Lot chose to set up camp.  The kings took everyone captive.

How many of us realize our kingdom is overrun by kings?  Kings like drugs, crime, etc.  When Kings overrun our communities everyone suffers.  They take our area captive.  This is not right and we need to go and get our communities back.

Pastor Scales called all the men in the congregation forward to the altar. He then said this was like what Abraham did, calling forward 318 trained servants.  What would happen if all the brothers in the church gathered together and went and made their presence known in a community.  If the sanctified and partially sanctified went forth.

We were laughing when Pastor Scales told us what a partially sanctified person was. His example was how one of the sisters in the church brought her unsaved boyfriend to church with her.  Pastor Scales did not know that this person was in the congregation, but his sermon had to do with shacking up with others, and her boyfriend thought Pastor Scales and his girlfriend had worked this out among themselves and he was the target.  It was not helped by the girlfriend shouting, “Preach it pastor” at telling points.  After the service the man came forward and started to get into Pastor Scales’ face, and Pastor Scales did not back down.  After awhile some of the men came forward to encourage the enraged man to leave the church, asking if Pastor Scales wanted them to do something more to protect him.  Pastor Scales used that as a teaching moment of how not to respond with rough stuff in God’s Kingdom.

He told the men at the altar, we want restoration and at times we need to fight for it as men.  Women want a romantic warrior like David. David could romance God, worship, be gentle and kind, and still take down Goliath.

He told the men that sometimes we just need to show up.  Can you imagine 318 men in Kingston and the surrounding area showing up – perhaps all dressed in black – men in black. This would have presence in the community.  He is talking about taking back and restoring.  This is similar to what Abraham did.

Abraham got all his men together and managed to restore and retrieve all that was stolen, and they received even more. Abraham had contact with the first priest mentioned in the Bible, Melchizedek. Hebrews 7 tells about that.

This was a social justice issue that Melchizedek was ministering to.  He came to Abraham with bread and wine in hand and Abraham tithed to him.  This Priesthood in the Order of Melchizedek was the priesthood Jesus ministered from.  Jesus was not from the tribe of Levi or descended from Aaron.  He was of the tribe of Judah, a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.  He was not a priest of the tabernacle. He was not a priest of the Temple.  He was not a priest of the synagogue.  He was not a priest of the cathedral.  He was not a priest of the church.  He was another kind of priest, a priest of the community.  When you read the Scriptures you will find Jesus did not do many miracles in the Temple or Synagogue.  He did many of his miracles out in the community, changing water to wine, the woman with the issue of blood, blind people healed, demon possessed people freed, leprous people healed. He was a priest in the community.

Some things never change in the community until we take the priesthood from Melchizedek into the community.  We bring Jesus to bear on drugs, the occult, false religion.  If we are miseducated (not taught correctly), no education (people refuse to learn) and under educated (people not challenged to their full capacity – for example if people get labeled early, and become stigmatized by the label. Pastor Scales told us that all children can learn, but not all children can learn the same way.  We often use a Greek model of teaching, but not all children respond to that. Some people are audio oriented, others are visual, and some are hands-on learners.  Pastor Scales told us he learns best by kinesthetic learning.  He needs to use all of his senses to learn something.  So learning was harder for him until he learned his style – then he realized that he had to sit at the front of the class so he could see, take copious notes, and use other helps to get him to learn.  He had to work very hard to just earn a “B”, but once he realized his learning style his grades improved.  He said that one advantage of kinesthetic learning is when you learn something, you learn it for good.

Jesus used kinesthetic learning to teach us about him. In the book of John we see that people saw, heard and handled Jesus. Praise God that Jesus teaches us kinesthetically.

God can restore our community. The men of our congregation were prayed for and sent back to their seats.

God can restore our possessions – sometimes we seem to work very hard and get less.

Genesis 15:13-14 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.

God prophesied to Abraham that his descendants would be four centuries held captive, but then God would bring them out of captivity with possessions.

GOD WILL NOT LET YOU GO THROUGH TOUGH TIMES WITHOUT A PROPHETIC WORD.

We all know the Exodus story or have seen the movie so Pastor Scales brought us to a Scripture that details this.

Psalms 105:37 He also brought them out with silver and gold, and there was none feeble among His tribes.

He told us we know the story and then proceeded to delight us with a rendition of it – I wish you could hear it.  I suspect if you wanted to you could call Living Word Chapel (see link on left) and order a CD of the teaching, it would be well worth your effort.

The people would leave Egypt, after 400 years of slavery with silver and gold, AND there would be NO FEEBLE ONES, no weak or sick ones.

After Joseph died, a pharaoh came into power that did not know the great works that Joseph did for Egypt.  The people grew in numbers from 70 to well over a million.  The Egyptians were afraid there would be an uprising, so they started making the Israelite’s lives difficult.   At that time Pharaoh wanted to have all male babies killed.  Moses was born and his mom put him in an ark (like Noah was in an ark) and Moses was found by Pharaoh’s daughter, brought into Pharaoh’s house and God arranged for Moses’ mom to be paid to nurse him. He was able to learn the laws and history of the Hebrews.  As he grew older he wanted to see the people free.  He ends up killing a slave master who was beating one of the Israelite slaves – this caused him to flee to the wilderness, and he spent 40 years in the Midian desert.  When the time God prophesied had passed, Moses was called out of the wilderness, and God sent great persecutions on the Israelites.  The people would be sent out with great possessions.  They ultimately had to take a lamb and put blood on their doorposts and lintels (making a cross) and it represented the blood spots on Jesus – his head, hands and feet.  Death passed over.

Then God told Moses to tell all the women to collect gold, silver, and valuable things like fabrics. Pastor Scales told us it was good that he sent out the women because women knew the difference between diamonds and cubic zirconia.  Women know how to shop, men know how to hunt.  Men, when they go to a mall hunt the seek their prey (item), kill it, pay for it and drag it out.  When women shop, they don’t mind going up and down the aisles and the stores, shopping for things.  So the women were a natural here.

These people were slaves for 400 years, and God was able to – IN ONE NIGHT- restore their finances.

The Egyptians had no right to enslave the people, set them free, and say we are straight now.  They owed the Israelites their wages, so the Israelites left loaded down with stuff.  At first Pharaoh was happy the Israelites were leaving, but then he noticed that much stuff was gone, and he quickly swapped grieving for his dead son to anger and a desire for revenge.  God then performed many miracles, splitting the Red Sea and drowning Pharaoh’s army.

Miriam said that it was time for a worship conference, she and the women danced.  Moses, who told God he stuttered, was able to sing and dance and worship God.

Is restoration possible for today?  In or life and time governments have restored things to people. Pastor Scales reminded us of the Japanese who were interred in war camps just because they were Japanese, and 120,000 of these detainees were awarded $100,000 each for their denied freedom and and inconvenience and loss of property. The government paid reparations.

The European Jews received a settlement from Germany called the Luxembourg settlement, and the world court went against Germany to win reparations for the European Jews. The Holocaust survivors received reparations and money in response for the suffering they and their families received.  Germans are still paying back for World War II, there are so many Mercedes’ cars in Israel because low rates for the purchase of these cars is part of war reparations.

American leaders made 120 treaties with the Navajo, and broke them all. Today Navajo families get checks from the Department of Indian affairs in reparation for the broken treaties and stolen land.

Why do you think it is impossible for your God to restore what has been stolen from you? In the Old Testament the Israelites were told that they had to pay back 7 fold what they stole.  God can bring back what was taken from us with interest.

Israel was paid in one day for 400 years of servitude.

In Christ we are Abraham’s seed and heirs of the Promise of God.

1 Samuel 30:1  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,

David returns to Ziklag on the third day, to find the city burned with fire.

1 Samuel 30:2  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.

Their women, children, and possessions were taken captive by the enemy.

1 Samuel 30:3-4 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. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

Pastor Scales asked us if we ever were in a situation where we cried until there were no more tears.  Most everyone raised their hands.

1 Samuel 30:5-6 And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

When the devil attacks, he wants to kill the leader. David was a shepherd, and satan caused David to be greatly distressed.  Sometimes when we face our stuff, we feel like we have to face it alone – as David did at this stage.  What we need to do is learn to encourage ourselves when we are alone.

Pastor Scales said that one day in church he was having the members tell each other how good they looked.  After the service one woman was crying because she told him that she was alone at home and there was no one to tell her how good she looked at home. He told her she had a mirror and she could tell herself she looks great, tell herself, “You’re looking good girl. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, a marvelous Work of the Lord.”  He then told us we are not fat – fluffy- so admire your fluffy self in the mirror.  He told us if we are upset we are big, lose the weight, if we can’t lose it, then flaunt it.  We have to learn how to encourage ourselves when things are tough or we are depressed.

1 Samuel 30:7-8 (8 is the Key verse)  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 inquired 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.”

RECOVER ALL!!! There are times when we need to pursue the enemy and recover our sons, daughters, spouses.  To get up and fight for our family.  We do not want the devil to have our sons or daughters. They may be pursing sin for a season, but not for life.

God tells us that we need to PRAY. Pastor Scales told us one mom in his congregation had a son in college who was beginning to hang with the wrong crowd drinking and taking drugs.  She kept praying and and although the child was not wanting anything to do with God at the time, the Holy Spirit picked him up (at a distance – the mom was in another city across the country) and slammed him against the wall, he hit the floor talking in tongues.  When this happened, the boy was at a party with his friends, smoking drugs and drinking.  The tongue talking and spirit filled words would not stop coming out of his mouth, and it was interfering with the “fun” of the party. His friends kept trying to get him to quit speaking out in tongues, and eventually took him bodily out of the party and deposited him in his dorm room.  After two days of being ministered to by the Spirit, he came out totally changed.  His mom’s prayer changed his life.

Sometimes we are at our Ziklags and God can make a move of God.

Pastor Scales thinks that when Paul was knocked off his animal the Holy Spirit was not all that gentle.  We are to never give up, keep praying until something happens.

P – pray
U – until
S – something
H – happens

P – Proclaim
U – until
S – something
H – happens

P – Praise
U – until
S – something
H – happens.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. God’s Word will not return void.

Psalm 138:2   I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
God puts His Word above His Name.

Our prayers, praise and the Word brings the Word from the Spirit realm to the earthly realm.  God can blow the dust off our marriage vows and bring joy and happiness back in the relationship.

Believe God. Prophesy the Word.  Speak to those dead bones like Ezekiel did – let them come back – add flesh to them, life, God can restore them.  He can restore families, marriages, finances, people who got caught in sin, reputations.

David pursued the enemy and recovered EVERYTHING. Even the men who stayed in camp to protect their stuff shared equally with the spoils. Everybody shares in a season of restoration.  Everybody gets to put on victory.  We may not be the best intercessor or prayer warrior, or warrior, but we can still tap into the season of restoration, restoration of our finances, relationships, possessions, families. God can even repair our name.  God can turn around our situations.

Joel tells us in Joel 2:25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you.”

God can restore the years that the locusts ate. God restores us not only in the Spirit, but in the natural.  Have faith, God is on High, no matter what the circumstances look like God can restore.  He can make us shine.

We then prayed.  After that Pastor Don spoke so powerfully. He told us that there were many in the room that still had trouble believing in God’s restoration.  We stood quietly, soaking in the truth, and applying it to our lives, letting the Holy Spirit minister to us. This was a powerful word in season for me, and touched on an area I still struggle with.  But God shaved off another layer of unbelief from me, and touched me profoundly.

I sure hope one day you can hear Pastor Scales preach in a church near you – trust me, it is well worth going to hear his teaching.  I am so blessed to be surrounded by pastors who love the Bible, share that love, and teach the whole Word of God.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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