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“Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving. 31 But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house.” (Proverbs 6:30-31, NLT)

The word “restitution” by definition means: “the restoration of property or rights previously taken away, conveyed, or surrendered.” We know by scripture that the enemies purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). It’s time to start identifying those things which the enemy has stolen and start demanding restitution, seven times what has been stolen.

When we look at the definition of restitution, those things which the enemy has taken may have been stolen, or we have transferred (conveyed) them or surrendered them through our actions or simply giving up on the authority we have nor a misunderstanding of the authority we have. Do to those actions the enemy has had an open door in our lives to steal. Whatever the reason, I challenge and encourage you to begin to specifically identify those things and start demanding restitution. “Devil, I know what you’re trying to do, but you’ve been caught, now I demand seven times repayment.” Then just begin to thank the Lord and speak every day that you are blessed and you’ve got seven times coming back to you.

I’m learning the connection between our authority and the power of our words. They work together. A police officer doesn’t beg and plead for you to obey what they are commanding you to do. They speak with authority. We don’t need to beg and plead God to bless us because we are already blessed and we certainly don’t need to beg and plead with the enemy. Speak with authority and command those things that according to your natural eye, may not be reality.

I’ve always been a realist. “You may say this, but reality is….” That has been something that I have had to, and still have to combat because what has already taken place and what is taking place in the spiritual realm is quite often not reality in our own lives. We cannot go by what we see; we must go by what we KNOW.

So, begin this week, begin now to demand restitution. It’s time for the enemy to PAY IT BACK!

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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