David testified in Psalms 126:1 saying, “When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. This year 2022, The Lord Will Turn Again Our Captivity, And We Will equally Be Like Them That Dream.
From that testimony of David, When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, they were like them that dream. According to David, the end result of the Lord turning again the captivity of Zion was their mouth was filled with laughter, and their tongue with singing:
In addition to their mouth being filled with laughter, and their tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for them; whereof they are glad.
Obviously, in likewise this year, we are assured that the Lord will turn again our captivity, and we will equally be like them that dream. The end result of the Lord turning again our captivity will be our mouth being filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing:
When this is done, then people who are aftermath knew us before will surely testy, saying, “the LORD has done great things for us. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we will be glad.
However, there are two sides to a coin, we are the ones that will provoke this captivity turning. In other words, we have a personal responsibility to take to facilitate this happening to us and with speed.
That is to say, that there is what is required from us as individuals. First, we need to behave like Jotham as it was said of him in 2 Chronicles 27:6. That passage says, “So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God”.
That means that even from this January if we will be diligent and take steps to prepare our ways before the LORD our God, it is then He will turn again our captivity and will end up being great like Jotham. Are you ready and willing to prepare your ways before the LORD your God?
Secondly, another person that the Lord turned again his captivity in that he rose from being a prisoner to the post of prime minister in Egypt was Joseph. It was said of Joseph in Genesis 39:9 where he boldly told Portipher’s wife saying, how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
If we will this year 2022 behave like Joseph and run away from iniquity, sinful pleasures, especially illicit $exual pleasures, the Lord will, in turn, take pleasure to turn again our captivity. We can’t be swimming in the pleasures of sin and expect God to turn again our captivity.
Another thing required of us that can provoke the Lord to turn again our captivity is being diligent in whatever we are doing. The book of Proverbs 22:29 says, “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men”.
What I am trying to bring out here is that we should not be lazy yet expect God to turn again our captivity. I said this because some people, mostly Africans, and Nigerians are so lazy, yet expecting to command affluence, that some of them are sacrificing their mothers.
Other people, mostly Christians, instead of being diligent, are lazy, but try to use prayer to compel God to turn again their captivity. Please it is not so, God is a God of principle, and we must follow the principles diligently if we expect to command affluence.
The next is to follow the example of Abraham. It was said of Abraham in Genesis 24:1 which said, ” And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
The Book of Genesis 22:15-18 gave us what provoked Abraham, being blessed in all things. That passage says, “and the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. That is to say that we must be willing and eager to obey the voice of God without reservation.
We should also learn from what happened to Isaac if we desire to see our captivity to be turned again in 2022. As it was recorded in Genesis 26:2.
In the above passage, there was a famine in the land and Isaac wanted to go to Egypt. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:
For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. In other words, despite famine being in the land, Isaac obeyed the Lord and stayed in the land.
It was said of Isaac. Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great.
It is unfortunate that some Christians are listening to the voice of unbelievers that are discouraging them from paying tithes and sowing seeds in the kingdom yet they will be expecting God to turn again their captivity in 2022.
Finally, in this segment, to learn from Jacob. A look at what happened in Genesis 32:24-26, “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
That is to say that in the year 2022, if we will often learn to be alone with God and as well wrestle in our prayers, God will surely bless us as He blessed Jacob and will surely turn again our captivity.
Please let us make it happen in 2022 as God will turns again our captivity, we shall be the envy of our society. Shalom!