A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, November 20, 2014
“And I [The Lord] will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.” – Joel 2:25
Many of us have claimed the promise of this verse, coming into agreement with God restoring the years that were ravaged. And we should. However, how many of us ever focused on the four insects mentioned in this passage? I never have until the Lord put it in my spirit.
I must admit, that after I researched the Hebrew origins of these four critters, I still didn’t see it. I said “Lord, what are you trying to show me for your people on today?” He gave me what I believe is to be released at this time; but I do know there is much more revelation to this that I am not currently seeing. What I do know is that our Lord God Almighty wanted me to press in for this Scripture and impart it to you for this day.
Without going into specific detail for each insect, their Hebrew origins as referenced by Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, are (respectively): arbeh (pr. ar-beh), yeleq (pr. yeh-lek), chaciyl (pr. khaw-seel), and gazam (pr. gaw-zawm), and each represent a type of locust at a different stage of development (larvae, young locust with rapid increase, non-winged, and winged).
Locusts swarm quickly and mercilessly, and they breed rapidly. These powerful fliers travel great distances and consume all green material. They must breed rapidly to keep the species alive, as their average life span is only several months (animals.nationalgeographic.com). Green represents life. Just like the locusts that eat all the green; thus devouring life, when we allow sin to germinate, it explodes out of control and eats away at our existence, consuming our blessings along the way.
When I came across the phrase “travel great distances,” God’s Holy Spirit spoke to me and said that these locusts also represent generational curses; that sins we commit and do not acknowledge and allow God to destroy in our lives then can travel great distances through our bloodline affecting our children, our children’s children and beyond until if and when they are finally dealt with and broken.
Exodus 20:4-6 warns “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” This last sentence (after the semicolon) also gives us the strategy to break any generational curse! Let us remember that God’s intent is always redemptive by any means possible, and up to the very last moment of an individual’s life.
Locusts, for our purposes here, represent the progression of sin, and how not addressing it at the beginning stages because of looking the other way, false rationalizing, justifying, or condoning, causes it to manifest quickly, spiral out of control, and open doors of destruction and devastation in our lives and for generations to come. Perhaps, for some sons and daughters, a generational curse is holding up the promise of restoration. Maybe, for others, it is something that has not been dealt with at its root; as evidenced by its swarming rebirth every several months.
The Lord then took me to Joel 1:4 and lit up the order for me. This verse laments “That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.” Are you catching this, family? It doesn’t end with the palmerworm, but rather begins again with the locusts. Sin and its brutal effects don’t just stop on their own; but rather it continues to spiral out of control, growing stronger and larger—from the palmerworm, to the locust, and to the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and back to the palmerworm. Sin is recursive, meaning that it can repeat and replicate itself indefinitely, even down to future generations, until it is stopped and destroyed.
What’s been eating you, my brother? How has your harvest been, my sister? It is time to go deeper, past the remnants of a harvest long since plundered; beyond our own understanding, and back through the ages to where this worm first hatched. Allow Holy Spirit to take you where you need to go, and to show you what is holding up your harvest. And then wait with expectation and anticipation as your Faithful Father restores the years that were lost. While you are waiting, thank Him in advance for what He is about to redeem through His mercy.
Father, right now in the Mighty Name of Jesus, we repent for generational curses that came through our bloodline and have been allowed to enter into our lives and even our children’s lives. We come into agreement with You now, Mighty and Righteous God, and decree and declare “this far and no farther!” (Job 38:11). We repent for tolerating any sin in our lives that we watched our grandmothers, grandfathers, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles and anyone else who tolerated and passed down this heresy to us. We come out of the agreement of sin that spawned and produced any generational curses that we are affected by, which originated with any of our ancestors. In Jesus Name, we thank You for restoring to us the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to not tolerate any sin or any of its forms. Choose to be more sensitive to God’s Holy Spirit in what He shows you and convicts you concerning sin in your life, your family’s life, and in the lives of your ancestors that may still be in your bloodline. Determine to be quick and heartfelt to repent of sin that you commit, so you do not open any doors or cause any seeds to spawn. And continue to fight the good fight of allowing your Holy Father to restore you; for God, your Great Grace Grower, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.