Memory Verse: “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” Luke 19:8
Bible Passage: Luke 19:1-10.
God’s commands are always in our best interest. Restitution is no exception. It enables us follow peace with all men and allows us to live holy lives. It is an act of putting things right and in good order, so that it will be well with us. It is divine restoration.
What Is Restitution?
RESTITUTION, we reiterate, is the act of putting right what is wrong and repairing or making good any loss. This is a very important step for every believer. The doctrine is common to all dispensations.
Restitution is not a new doctrine. It has been in practice even before the law. Moses gave certain laws of restitution, Lev.6: 1-6, 24:21; Num. 5: 6-8; Ex.22: 1-5. The doctrine was mainstream during the era of the kings and prophets, 2 Sam.12: 1-6; 2 Kgs. 8:1-6 right down to the Church age. Its continued acceptance during the life of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ was unbroken at the dawn of the new testament down the ages till today, Lk. 19:8-10; Philem. 1:7-12.
The Blessings of Restitution
Genuine restitution will ensure:
Favour from God, Lk.2: 52.
Speedy answers to prayers, Lk.11: 9.
Fearlessness, Ps.27: 1.
Healing, Ps.107: 20.
Anointing for exploits, Acts 10:38.
Protection, Ps.105: 15.
Heavenly provisions, Ps.132: 15-16.
As long as someone is hurting or suffering on account of our wrong acts, or omissions, we will experience delays, setbacks and come across obstacles. The hindrance holding us back is often caused by the wrong we committed even before salvation.
Restitution is an avenue to make your ways right with your fellow man, while salvation makes your ways right with God. One is not complete without the other. You cannot claim to love God and grievously offend man made in His image. This is consistent with the golden rule; Do unto others, as you want others to do unto you. We decree true deliverance and freedom into your life in Jesus name. God bless you.