For your shame  ye shall have double; and  for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. (Isaiah 61:7)

                     For your former shame you shall have two-fold recompense, whatever you have lost shall be restored to you twofold. At one time, Reinhard Bonke, a Minister in Africa had prepared a Gospel tent with a sitting capacity of 30,000 people, but that night there was a terrible storm and the tent was torn into pieces. People began to ridicule him and put him to shame. Because of the publicity, nearly 70,000 people came and when they saw the tent, they began to give generously so that a new tent was built to the capacity of 1 lakh people. Only then did Bonke know that God had allowed that storm in order to bless a greater number of people. The Lord will not allow your enemies to reproach you; even if they do, the Lord will bring them to you and let them know that you are a child of God.

  1. Divine Promotion: “For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews” (Esther 10: 3). Haman thought scorn to lay his hands on Mordecai and the Jews. He made many schemes and plans against them. But eventually, instead of shame and reproach, Mordecai was exalted. Two things happened :1. All the Jews were saved. 2. Godly Mordecai was exalted in the King’s office. The Jews had rule over them that hated them. God turned the tables around. Can you imagine a man sitting at the gate, now sitting next to King Ahasuerus? Divine exaltation will come only from God. Why did God exalt Mordecai? In Esther 2:21 – 23, Mordecai saved the life of the King and it was recorded in the book of the Chronicles. But a terrible injustice was done to Mordecai. Instead of honoring Mordecai, the King exalted Haman (Esther 3:1). Mordecai did not fight for his rights but submitted and depended upon his God. In due time, God exalted him. When the enemy plots your demise, the King is planning your destiny. When the devil was working with Haman against Mordecai, the same night God was working with the King for Mordecai. Haman was hanged on the same gallows he had  prepared for Mordecai.
  2. Divine Proclamation: “This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. ” (1 Samuel 17 : 46). Goliath despised David and wanted to bring reproach on David. This man kept reproaching God’s people day after day. He said unto David, “Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field” (1 Samuel 17: 43, 44 ) He had only one purpose and that was to put God’s people to shame. Have you been put to shame? Spoken ill of? Are you being despised by people? The Lord is on your side. He will fight your battle. He will lift you up before the very same people. God will do this for you this month, if you believe. The God of David will fight your battle. There is only one condition, in every situation that you face, give God the glory. David gave God the glory and that is why God gave him tremendous victory and blessed him twofold. 1. His enemy was put to death 2. David was honoured. In every situation you face, give God the glory.
  3. Divine Predestination: “Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.”(Genesis41:40) Joseph was put in prison for no fault of his. The wicked Potiphar’s wife wanted to put him to shame and reproach. But the LORD was with Joseph and He showed him mercy and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. At the right appointed time, God lifted up Joseph. For his shame, he was recompensed two fold. Firstly, Joseph was exalted and secondly, his family was sustained. What was the condition? Joseph said, “How can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9). Joseph’s life was a life of purity and sanctification. God stands with a man who stands for holiness. God had already predestined to lift up Joseph. Many things happened contrary to what God had spoken to him. Many people would have made fun of Joseph and believed the false accusation. They would have called him a criminal. But Joseph would have said, “You can accuse me falsely, but I know that my life is before God. I am maintaining my holiness before God.” Holiness will always fetch rich dividends. This month decide to live holy.
  4. Divine Presentation: “The King said, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Daniel 3 :24, 25). Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Men who stood for the truth, men who had backbone for God, now they were bound and cast into the burning fiery furnace in front of thousands of people. Therefore the Lord came down and walked with them as the fourth man in the furnace. People were shocked and amazed and could not believe their own eyes. Can you imagine the Almighty God presenting himself for ordinary man?  What is the secret of God walking with them? Because they were men who stood for the truth. They had holy zeal for God. The twofold blessing they experienced because they stood for the truth was: 1. God was glorified in their lives. 2. They were promoted in the province. God always stands with those who stand for the truth. When you stand for the truth, the LORD will present Himself on your behalf and the people will see Almighty God standing with you. Have  zeal for the LORD. Do not compromise with the world or please your own people when it comes to the truth.
  5. Divine Progression: “And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over”(2 Kings 2:14). Elisha faithfully followed his master Elijah from Gilgal to Bethel, then to Jericho and then to Jordan. Along the way Elisha faced a lot of discouragement not through the heathen but from his own Bible college students. Discouragement is a tool that satan uses against God’s people. Do not give in to discouragement. Elisha was consistent in his walk with his master. Be consistent in your prayer life, Bible reading, worship and your walk with the Lord. “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, nevertheless, if thou see me  when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee” (2 Kings 2: 9,10). As long as Elisha fixed his eyes on Elijah he made steady progress. No words of discouragement altered his spiritual progress. We need to fix our eyes on Jesus all the time,only then we can progress spiritually. When the devil brings discouragement, tell him, “I know whom I serve, I know whom I believe.” The double portion of God’s anointing shall rest upon you. Zechariah 9 :12 says “Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare  that I will render double unto thee.” For your shame and reproach, you shall have two fold recompense.