Restoration: Getting back the years that the devil stole from you.

By Mario Murillo

 I was with a great man of God as he surveyed the wreckage of America even as he was looking back on his life.  This Christian general sighed deeply and said “if only I were a younger man…”  I interrupted him and said “YOU ARE A YOUNGER MAN!  At that moment I had nothing to back up my statement but I felt that I had just blurted out something very important.

No long after that I listened to an older woman who had received a great miracle of healing say, ” While I am grateful for my healing… I still regret the years that Satan has stolen.

Soon after that I listened to a saint explain how unfair it seemed that huge chunks of her life were taken from her and she said,  “I just want them back!”

Right now, a lot of people are looking back on their lives and feeling that many years were stolen from them.   They recount scenes of besetting sin, betrayal, calamity, sickness and just plain mistakes that had outsized impact on their years.

There are lots of people feeling a special turmoil right now.  They have conflicting emotions:  Feeling they’re too tired or that it is too late to start over while at the same time they are burning with passion to take on a new mission.

Hollywood senses this and makes films like RED: Retired and Extremely Dangerous that touches this need for revenge on the past.



However this turmoil is far from just an older person’s crisis.  Many young believers struggle with the sense that something has swept in like locust and robbed not just their past but their future.  Dreams are held in limbo and they live feel trapped in a holding pattern losing valuable time.

Joel 2:25 says, “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust.   What does that mean?  Can we get back the years that the enemy has stolen?

The answer is: WE CAN AND WE MUST!

In that moment when I exclaimed, “But you are a young man!,” it was not clear to me what I was actually saying but now it is not only clear but forcefully irresistible.  The Holy Spirit wants to give us back what Satan has stolen!   Here is how:

1.  BURN OUT the burn out!  Wait on God for specific fire to burn out spiritual fatigue and regret.   Isaiah 40: 31 “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”   It is time for you to get up and get going!

You need to make some bold moves and big decisions.  Realize that it is not really your body that is tired it is your spirit.   Go to war in prayer specially seizing God’s promise to fuel and direct those who wait on Him.

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 2. Do not settle merely for restored energy, go after a total revolution in your mind and body.    Some of what you suffered in your past was because you were timid.   You went along with things and you did not make the demands on life that were just and right.  Now you must boldly enforce God’s Word and apply God’s grace.   You will now say no to things that you once said yes to: “No, I am not too old.  No, I am not going to sit still.  No, it is not too late!   Conversely, you will now say yes to things that you once said no to!  Yes, I can do it!  Yes, I can finish my race!

Here is what your new attitude must look like:  Joshua 14: “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.”

3. You get the years that you lost by an overabundance of years now!  Locust destroyed Israel’s crops because of judgment.  The damage eat up years of crops.  What God promised in Joel “I will restore the years”  is that You shall be comforted according to the time that you have been afflicted, and shall have years of plenty to more than make up for the years of famine.

This is not just added time but added results that puts your life back in the plus column.  Haggai 2: 9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

Note just added time but long life that satisfies: Psalm 91: 15 says, “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” 

4:  Live to leave something for the next generation.  Psalm 71: 18 “18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.” I believe that great men and women have been kept alive by their passion to impart a legacy to the next generation.  So long as they stubbornly mentored, imparted and wrote great works of wisdom it kept them alive. 

Oh, and by the way…that great man of God I mentioned in the beginning of this blog…at 87 he has reclaimed the rights to the  name of the mega church he once led and he and his wife are relaunching a great work.  AMEN.


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P.S.  The Warrior’s Workshop in Houston is now on for September 17th!

God forged a new weapon at Mario Murillo Ministries—a weapon that answers the monumental, unspoken frustration in the heart of millions of believers.  It will yank believers out of the Christian Witness Protection Program and turn them into lions.

We call it the Warrior’s Workshop.  A workshop that makes a bold claim:  With just 3 skills we’ll revolutionize America.  You will get these skills at my Warrior’s workshop…a workshop that took me 40 years to build.

The best way I can describe it is this:  The object of military training is not to prepare men for war but to make them long for it.   The same is true of this workshop—it makes you yearn to reach out—heal the sick—and walk in total victory.




  1. Bless you, dear brother, for this extremely encouraging message. The Holy Spirit was dealing with me this morning about what was holding me back from “moving forward” into His plans and purposes in my life. And I basically said something like, “I am about to turn 65. What if I am still being held back at 85 by the same defeatist kind of thinking?” It was a terrible thought, but with it came this sens of wondering if I could possibly manage significant forward motion at my age. So if your example can take back his stolen territory and destiny at 87, then I think that 65 seems rather young. Thirty years ago, when I was a brand new baby Christian, I went to an evening meeting at a Foursquare Church. They began to sing a new song, and one that I only heard maybe one time after that night. “I will restore what the worm hath eaten, and the years that the locust destroyed, I will come again to My people, and I will heal, I will heal, saith the LORD.” I stood there with tears streaming down my face…unable to even fathom what that might mean in my life. But I knew the Holy Spirit was speaking to me. And indeed…He has been true to His word. One of the first ways He did that was through a physical healing. I had been severly troubled by an illness caused by a demonic martial arts confrontation. I just thought I had to live with the pain for the rest of my life. A new friend in the LORD said, “Mario Murillo is going to be at the Woodburn Armory tonight. I will take you there and perhaps the LORD will heal you.” So we went to the Woodburn Armory, Mario was given a word of knowledge, and I was healed. And thirty years later, I have a testimony to His faithfulness a mile wide. But what He has been asking me to do in the next thirty years or so seemed impossible, and partly because of my age. But I suddenly feel young and able, because I know that He is able. So bless you! I have prayed for your ministry so many times over the years, and I rejoice in the way He continues to give you words of knowledge and gifts of healing and miracles. Bless Him!!! He is faithful!!!

  2. Ye so wonderful to getting backs what the devil has stolen from us in his tricks and today heavenly the lord wil giev us his treasurer and well prosper and favor infor Christ and we will celebrate in harmony with joy,thanks and bless,keijo sweden

  3. Yes, I returned to God after being a serious alcoholic. Not long after, at a Jimmy Swaggart camp meeting, God told me my best years were still ahead of me. God is good and in the past 8 years, everything plus lots more has been restored. Put your trust in God, not just as your savior, but make Him Lord of your life!

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