LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY ® Kingdom Recompense

September 2018

CHURCH EDITOR Dr. ANDREA OATES

CHURCH EDITOR Dr. ANDREA OATES


Have you ever felt as if your sacrifices have been in vain? That, perhaps, God has forgot about you? Rest assured that God knows what’s going on with us. And He promised that everything would work together for our good. But there are varying dimensions to receiving the “good.” When we go through trials and tribulations, we are thankful to have made it through with a sound mind. And that is praiseworthy. However, without realizing it, we may still be allowing the enemy to steal from us. You may ask: “Steal what?” We may be letting the devil off without requiring our recompense.

Recompense is a kingdom term. It is the word, “shalam.” It is similar to the word, “shalom,” which means peace. However, “shalam” carries a little more weight. From its origin, it means to have a covenant of peace-to restore, make compensation, to recompense, to reward, and to be repaid. This means that whatever we have lost has to be restored. But not just restored as it was. That’s not gaining anything. The Bible promises us more than what we had before.

But if he [a thief] be found, he shall restore sevenfold…For your shame, ye shall have double, and for confusion, they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land, they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. {Proverbs 6:31, Isaiah 61:7}

The Word of God’s promises extends beyond simple pay back. Because of what we’ve endured in the process, we are supposed to gain far more than was ever touched by the thief. (It is the devil that comes in our lives to steal, kill, and

destroy.) When we are recompensed, we are actually supposed to move to a completely different level in every area of our lives. Jesus, when He was crucified, suffered the death of the cross. But because He didn’t deserve His treatment, He gained the keys to death and hell {Rev. 1:18}. More than that, He gained all power in heaven and in earth {Matt 28:18}. Afterward, God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name that is higher than any other name that exists {Phil 2:19}. He despised the shame that He went through, but He’s walking in His reward now {Heb 12:2}. He was recompensed!

The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. {Ruth 2:12}

One Biblical example of someone that endured trials is Ruth. Her husband and all of her male in-laws died. Based on their culture and customs of the time, she was destined to be poor and childless. But Ruth didn’t let the trial make her bitter; it made her better. She made a choice to serve the Living God. And while God provided for her and her mother-in-law, He had more in store for her. She eventually married and had a child. But not just any marriage. Nor did she birth just any child. Boaz, her husband, is called her kinsman redeemer (recompenser). Many of her blessings came through him. Not only did she marry a wealthy man, but she also birthed a son who was a forefather of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We can definitely say that she got back more than she would have ever had before. She was recompensed!

Recompense to no man evil for evil… Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you…For we know Him that hath said, “Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense,” saith the Lord…{Romans 12:17a, 2 Thessalonians 1:6, Hebrews 10:30a}

But there’s one very important lesson in recompense. If you don’t follow it, you can lose even what you had. The lesson: Only God can recompense you. You can by no means ever take it upon yourself to recompense evil with evil. In fact, if you do, you’re setting yourself up for judgment as well. I don’t know about you, but I like to keep my hands clean. That way, when God starts avenging, I won’t be on the receiving end. Although our true enemy, the devil, causes people to come against us. It’s actually him working behind the scenes. As Christians, our goal is to operate in love and forgiveness with people. But we are to battle the warfare with Satan in the spiritual realm. How? By reminding the enemy to give up our spoils. For every tear you’ve cried, for all of the shame you’ve endured, for all that’s been stolen, killed, or destroyed…if you didn’t get your recompense, require it of the enemy now. And sit tight, because a flood of blessings will overflow you. And now you know…after the battle, don’t leave your spoils behind!