Published on November 21st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Paula White: The Restoration of Worship
The definition of “restoration” is the act or process of returning something to its original condition by repairing it and/or cleaning it. Restoration is the act of bringing back something that existed before as well as the act of returning something that was stolen or taken. This is everything that God wants to do for you!
You are not designed to live in just one season. Purposes are regulated by seasons. The difference between anything is seasons. People of God, it’s about to rain! God is dispensing seasons. That’s why the word of God says in Lev 26:4,“Then I will give you rain in due season.” And again in Eccl 3:1 “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
There are 4 areas I want to focus on that God is going to do something quickly, instantly and unexpectedly!
- RESTORATION – (2 Chron 29:36)
- DEFEAT OVER YOUR ENEMIES (PS 6:10)
- DELIVERANCE (Acts 16:25-31)
- REVIVAL – OUTPOURING & OVERFLOW (Acts 2:1-18)
The first area that God is going to touch in your life is restoration. Quickly, instantly and unexpectedly, He is going to restore to you certain things, relationships and spiritual blessings He intended from the beginning but that were lost due to the enemy stealing it from you, your own sins and personal failures, and through the failure of other people towards your life! God is going to bring you a restoration SUDDENLY! Let’s look at the keystone verse:
“And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people:
for the thing was done suddenly.”
2 Chron 29:36 KJV
Prior to Hezekiah’s reign, his father, King Ahaz, brought the very worst forms of idolatry into Israel. Ahaz was 20 years old when he became king. The Bible says this of Ahaz:
“But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel;
indeed he made his son pass through the fire, according to the abominations
of the nations whom the LORD had cast out from before the children of Israel.”
2 Kings 16:3-4
Ahaz burned his own son alive in a pagan sacrifice ritual. Ahaz didn’t just disobey God – Ahaz ran into the arms of Satanic practices and saturated Israel in every evil thing God had forbidden His people to do. Ahaz shut the Temple doors, set sculptures of pagan gods upon every high place, and even persecuted the priests who tried to do right by God. Those in Israel that Ahaz didn’t kill, he corrupted. Ahaz goes on to marry the famed Jezebel, who came from the same mindset and loved evil even more than Ahaz did.
Israel becomes filled with idolatry, satanic practices and unrestrained sin and hedonism. But Hezekiah succeeded Ahaz as king at age 25 and would rule for 29 years! Hezekiah was God’s anointed man to bring revival, healing to the nation and RESTORATION! In 8 days, God would do a SUDDENLY to restore and supernaturally reverse years and years of a culture being steeped in complete wickedness!
Just like He declared in Joel 2:23-26:
“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.”
When Hezekiah began His reign at age 25, the Bible says he “opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them” 2 Chron 29:3. Hezekiah set aside and trained the priesthood according to God’s standards, and began to restore the Temple. What a huge job he set out to do!
Hezekiah’s first priority was for worship to be established. I’m not just talking about the music portion of service we do on Sunday, but true worship.
31Then Hezekiah answered and said,
Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto the LORD,
come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house of the LORD.
And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thank offerings;
and as many as were of a free heart burnt offerings.
And the number of the burnt offerings, which the congregation brought,
was threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred rams, and two hundred lambs:
all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD.
And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.
But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings:
wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended,
and until the other priests had sanctified themselves:
for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.
And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering.
So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order.
II Chron. 29:31-36
Hezekiah only had one option, only one plan, that he offered for the despair of his nation and people. Return to God. Get things in order.
In obedience, he started his reign by consecrating the house of the Lord. His next order was to carry the “uncleanness out of the holy place”. This was saying to everyone in Israel, get your heart right with God.
Jesus told us in Matt 15:8-9:
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth,
and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
For Hezekiah and the people with him, it occurred in a matter of 8 days! It started with the restoration of worship! God has a suddenly for you!!! There is going to be a quick, instantly, unexpected restoration to the things God has promised you! Let’s return to true worship and see your suddenly come to pass!
“35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings,
and the drink offerings for every burnt offering.
So the service of the house of the Lord was set in order.
36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.”
(2 Chron 29:35-36 KJV)