We have a scripture sheet entitled “Recompense” with verses specifically pertaining to God’s promise for recompense for His people that you can print out from our scripture page to use during your personal prayer and meditation time.
Recompense is payback for what was stolen and the word promises 7 times any time the thief is caught! The thief is the devil, and as a born-again Christian, Jesus has redeemed us from the curse by His blood and already bought back everything that belongs to us with His blood, so the devil has no right to any of our joy, peace, health, wealth, possessions or anything else. BUT, he still keeps coming to steal from God’s people and the only way he can do it is by convincing us to believe a lie.
Knowledge is power and many Christians don’t understand they have power, dominion and authority restored to them on this earth and over the enemy through Christ. Therefore, the enemy keeps stealing…
Luke 10:19 (Jesus speaking):
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
Now this doesn’t mean we go doing foolish things like putting ourselves in harm’s way and setting out to trample on snakes and scorpions!! Only religious activity would suggest something like that. However, it does mean that if we ever face a situation where harm is in our way, we have a promise we shall trample and overcome it!
It’s literally true, but also pictorially true that Jesus gives us authority to overcome ANY harm or scheme of the enemy and over ALL the power of the enemy.
Too often Christians let the enemy come in and just steal away…thinking they are powerless to do anything about it. Religion even somehow teaches that GOD had something to do with it! Ewwww, yuck! Man’s attempt to reason things is just plain foolishness when you have an understanding of who God is (God is LOVE: 1 John 4:8). It is important for us to have an understanding of God’s word in context of all the scriptures put together and seeing everything through God’s heart and not just “piece mealing” scriptures out of context (most often from the Old Testament). The people in the Old Testament didn’t have Jesus. Job didn’t have Jesus. The Old Testament and stories like the Job are meant to show us our need for a savior — someone to intervene for us, because on our own, no matter how “well-behaved” we are like Job was, no matter how “good” we think we are, we are still fallen and cannot stand up against the enemy. Without the blood of Jesus, the enemy DID have the right to take from God’s people in the Old Testament when they sinned, because they had broken covenant with God and their covenant was conditional and temporary based on their perfect obedience which no one could attain…it just went from one sacrifice to another cleansing people from their sin and bringing them back into right standing with God who can’t be in the presence of sin. BUT when Jesus came, He was the final sacrifice and did a complete work (John 19:30) to restore us back into our original position that God had given us in the garden under His grace.
For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
2 Corinthians 5:18
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
As Christians, we can only rule and reign on this earth and exercise the power, dominion and authority we have through Christ to the measure of our understanding of what our legal rights are. If we don’t know what is ours, the enemy will take it from us! Just like he took Adam and Eve’s identity in the garden when he convinced them to believe a lie that they weren’t already made in God’s likeness and image. The truth was that God declared when he made us that we were “made in his likeness and image” but because they didn’t have an understanding of who they were and of the great power they had as God’s created beings on this earth, the enemy was able to come and take it from them!
Again, Jesus did a “finished work” as He personally called it when He died on the cross and gave up His life so that we could again have LIFE and have it to the full (John 10:10) ON THIS EARTH AND for eternity…not just for when we get to heaven. God wouldn’t have made us and given us the earth if He didn’t want us to also have life here, and from beginning to end, He is always pouring out His blessing, His grace, His mercy, and His love upon us…even when we mess up!
Jesus didn’t just win you the right to eternity in heaven; he restored you back in to the rightful position you had in the garden with authority over the enemy and over the earth and everything in it (except for other people). Go back and read Genesis and how God blessed man and all He gave him in the garden…that is now again our promise since Christ has redeemed us.
Why do I bring all this up? Because it’s not just enough for God’s people to celebrate when they get free from something…when we weren’t meant to have that “something” happen in the first place! If the enemy has stolen some health from us and brought sickness, we celebrate when we are healthy again, but what about all the lost days, lost time, lost peace or joy if he managed to steal that too? There is a promise for RECOMPENSE (payback to us 7 times what was stolen) and the enemy doesn’t want us to know about it!!! If he somehow gets in and steals something from us, we need to first resist him and tell him to flee when he brings a lie into our mind (James 4:7), then tell him according to the word, he has to now pay us back 7 times all he took from us! There is evidence in the bible of double portion, but also an example and word for 7 times, so I choose to believe for the maximum the word offers…no different than believing for a hundred fold return of a seed sown as Jesus talks about in the parable of the sower…he says a seed can produce 30, 60, up to 100 times…I will always choose to believe for the 100 and rest in HIS faith working in me to produce that, not trying to believe for it on my own.
Meditating on the Word in this area helps us to grow in knowledge and understanding about the promise of recompense that is ours in Christ.