TAKE BACK THE YEARS THE DEVIL HAS STOLEN FROM YOU

I was once with a great man of God who was looking back on his life and surveying the wreckage he has seen in America.  This general in the army of God 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.

Not long after that, I was with an older woman who had received a great miracle of healing.  While she was grateful for her restored health, she was also regretting the years that Satan had stolen from her.

Soon after, I was listening to another saint explain how unfair it seemed that huge chunks of her life had been taken from her.  She added with regret, “I just want them back!”

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

There are lots of people who are feeling a special turmoil right now.  They are torn by conflicting emotions—they are feeling like they are 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.  There is a right way to do this. This is not for personal gain bur by the vengeance of our God.

However this turmoil is far from just a crisis that is felt by those who are older in years.  Many young believers struggle with the sense that something has swept in like a swarm of locusts and robbed not just their past, but their future.  Dreams are held in limbo, and they live feeling like they are trapped in a holding pattern and that they are 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.”

So what does that mean?  Can we be renewed like the eagle? Can we get back the years that the enemy has stolen?

The answer is: WE NOT ONLY CAN, BUT WE MUST!

In that moment when I exclaimed to that man of God, “YOU ARE A YOUNGER MAN!” it was not clear to me what I was actually saying.  Now I realize that the Holy Spirit does want to give us back the years that Satan has stolen!

Here is how:

1. 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! But to do so, you will need to make some bold moves and big decisions.  Realize that it is not so much that your body is tired, as your spirit.  Go to war in prayer! And specifically, claim, seize hold of, and seek God’s promise that He will fuel and direct those who wait on Him.

2. Do not merely settle for restored energy—what you are after is a total revolution in your mind and body.  Some of what you have suffered in your past has been because you have not been bold, but timid.   You went along with things and you did not make the demands on life that were just, right, and Biblical.  Now you must boldly press into the promises found in God’s Word. And you must also apply God’s grace.  You will now say, ‘No’ to things that you once said, ‘Yes’ to.

Repeat after me: “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! Yes, I can do all the things that Christ gives me strength for!”

Here is what your new attitude must look like:

Joshua 14:10, “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 (to war) and for coming (back) in.”

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

There is a similar passage in one of the few Psalms written by Moses, Psalm 90.  In it, Moses is asking for equal time. 15 “Make us glad in proportion to the days in which You have afflicted us, and to the years in which we have suffered evil.”

This is not just added time, but it is added results that will put your life back in the plus column:  Haggai 2:9, “The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former,” says the Lord of Hosts; “And in this place will I grant you peace…”

Not just added time, but long life that satisfies: Psalm 91:15, “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, “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.  

The bottom line is, you are not done—not by a long shot.  Pray, plan, and pursue God, expecting to receive unique gifts that will help us all to overcome the evil of our time!

 

35 thoughts on “TAKE BACK THE YEARS THE DEVIL HAS STOLEN FROM YOU

  1. I was just getting up this morning thinking about all the opportunities I have missed. At 64 I have an awesome history of walking with God for 40 years. But I have never been able to fully realize my call. I was feeling discouraged and guilty and regretting. Then I opened this email that ministered to me. Thank you. I believe God can restore those years. Please pray for me and call me. God bless you brother. Ron DeLouis 412-628-2761.

  2. Glory to God. I am at a crossroad in my life with my employment. I am starting to say “No” to things I always said “yes” to. Some of the verses you wrote here have been going through my mind over and over lately. One thought that I feel strongly is “God will do a NEW thing.” Hallelujah! I Do “Have a Future and a Hope.” Praise Him! Gods Word is always on time.

    Darlene Rodriguez

  3. I’m 66 and just diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. I really needed to read this. Some of the verses you quoted are what the Holy Spirit has shown me. Thank you!

  4. 😭😭😭thank you!!!! This is exactly 🎯🎯🎯🎯🎰🎰🎰🐎🐎🐎🏆🙌🍇👑🌊🌅
    Yes & Amen, so be it according to your word Abba🙌

  5. Thank You Mario for those encouraging words. My husband and I are in our mid 60’s, he just had a sudden heart attack 2 weeks ago and survived by the Grace of Jesus Christ. I’m facing a major Cardiological workup myself and just last Friday I was fighting back the inclination to feel despair at the lack of time left to serve our Lord King Yeshua and bemoaning the lack of physical strength to do it.
    We are the clay HE is The Potter, may HE mold and reshape us for HIS new plans to use us prior to HIS return. Amen.♥️

  6. You struck a chord for many more than you know in this writing. My wife and I have said we do not intend to rust out as we live our final years. When we breath our last breath, we are going down in flames, Holy Ghost flames that is. They will have to allow our bodies to cool off before putting us in the casket! A week ago in a prison crusade, we saw the greatest number of salvations ever. In four services at 3 different units we saw 134 prisoners come to Christ! God is moving as never before. We also minister in drug and alcohol recovery settings. Neither of us have ever seen anything to compare to how God is moving. She and I have both been through tragic situatiins in years past. But God truly has restored the years the swarming locust has eaten. He has renewed our strength. We are pressing onward and upward, and our God is doing amazing things!!! Sometimes we stand there stunned as we watch God show off!!! To him be all praise and glory.

    1. Mark: I need to read this as worked Care-giving, Hospice, Cemetery and just sat by my Best Friends bed and watched breathe last breath and told them would Love them forever and ever and wouldn’t give up the Fight of defending abused children and ALL that we were all involved in for over 40 years.
      Isaiah 60:ALL highlighting verse 1-60 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
      2 Timothy 4:7-8 King James Version (KJV)=NOT UNTIL HE SAYS IT’S DONE, as our next breath is NOT our own and he knows each and every one of us as he created us Psalms 139:all and Jeremiah 2:all), like Psalms 27:4=not before our time, to fulfill the one that created and sent us for this time like Esther, and the so many examples.

      Remember hearing a message years ago about those who were born for this time and now it was an amazing message about God knew. So, that’s why ask him to order my day and I want to fulfill my call and destiny while on planet earth as “the heart may be flaming, but the body is fading”. Never too late.
      Remember movie where to the tune of: pick up the Sword and fight, fight with everything you have, NEVER surrender’ and of course we know, we are not going to die; we are going to live forever.

      P.S. Famous actor going through Trials and Tribulation, grew up in an Christian Home he who is Apostolic in Call and doesn’t realize like so many; wife gifted same; neither serving Lord. Please pray for ALL those and keep them in prayer. Thank you!

  7. Yes. This is something that I have thought of a lot.

    Many are waking up to the fact that they have lost 20 years of their life. The Millennials will soon hit 40 and that will be a huge concern.

    Look there is much I regret. I wish that I had been wiser when young. It took me a long time to grow up. To become wise. Now I am pushing 70.

    Not all bad. I served in the Military for 30 years. Did my last combat tour before I turned 60. But nothing that was of greatness. Once I did my last tour I used that hardship of that tour to push myself harder. Started guitar lessons. Started Hebrew lessons. Found out that the state community college allows those of 60 to go for free.

    I am looking get my pilots license. I would love to get a PhD.

    I know that I cannot add years to my life. But I can add life to my years.

    And G-D lets me know that life is not over. The world says that I should sit down and die. That I am worthless as I am old. I feel like G-D is training me for something big.

  8. This was the word I was looking for. What a powerful revelation for the body of Christ and beautiful promises of God to overcome the enemy.

  9. Mario This expression is a confirmation beyond my natural comprehension! I’m so thankful for your gifted ministry! You are Blessing the Body of Christ So Faithfully! The Lord’s Blessing Be Upon You Today! Thank You, Rich (Now 79 years old finally learning to walk in His Word..Psa. 90:11-17 ..a prophetic word ultimately confirming my work as I finish this race so as including God’s Glory being shown to my family!)

    Sent from my iPhone

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  10. Wow. Count me in with these remarks. You definitely heard from the Lord on this, Pastor Mario. Blessings to you and your family.

  11. As beloved C.M. Ward would say, “God Be Praised”. Once again, your inspired words are right on time and speak directly into my life. Thanks for caring about your readers and the Body Of Christ by being obedient to the Holy Spirit and for creating this forum.

  12. Thank you, thank you, thankyou Mario Murillo ! You have spoken HOPE into my life today, such a timely prophetic and powerful encouragement to continue to press IN 🙌🙏

  13. Deuteronomy 34;7 KJV
    “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated”. THIS should ALL encouage our hearts.

  14. May God unleash all who commented here, who are mature gray hairs, upon the church and the world. It is not too late for God to use those who have lived, learned, experienced, been broken, been repaired, have seen, have heard, have grown, and who have matured spiritually for his glory.

  15. I don’t believe that I have ever heard of more encouraging words for those of us who feel that precious time has slipped away and the things of the Lord that he has previously prophesied to us years ago telling us of our future assignments in his Kingdom; that it can still happen. This is good to hear and that it is now not too late. Yes, we are part of that group. Please pray for my husband Jim and me. Yes, hopefully we have grown and matured through life’s many trials and can still be useful in the Lord’s work before he returns. To God be all the glory.

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