As I was reading in Zechariah 9 the other day, the Word of the Lord jumped off the page to me. In the chapter we see where God is declaring judgement upon the enemies of Israel.  In the 11th verse, God reminds them of the blood covenant and the freedom it brings, and then the 12th verse is what simply leapt into my heart.

Zechariah 9:12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.

Two big things that the Lord spoke to me:

  1. He calls them (and me) prisoners of hope.
  2. He declared a double portion of restoration.

When the enemy tries to steal, kill and destroy…what God has deposited in me is the reality that I am a “prisoner of hope”.  Because of the covenant relationship I am in with God I have found Him to be faithful and true. My history with Him tells me that I can wait in “hope” through all the struggles I have. In fact not only can I wait, but I am a prisoner…I am bound to the hope that He has deposited in my heart. He has promised and I know that God fulfills His promise. So in spite of what I sometimes see with my eyes, sometimes what seem as hopeless situations…I am held fast, I am “in chains” to the hope of the Lord.

Secondly, what the enemy thinks he’s stolen and when he thinks he’s won, Jesus is declaring back into my life a double portion. So even when something seems to be stolen, I can stand confident because this is God’s promise. So next time you feel like the enemy has killed, destroyed or stolen something from you…stand back and remember…you’ve been promised twice what was just taken. It actually is an upgrade in your life, so rejoice in hope of the blessing which is coming your way.

-Pastor Patrick