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PROSPERING EVEN IN THE TIME OF HARDSHIP AND FAMINE

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.

TOPIC: PROSPERING EVEN IN THE TIME OF HARDSHIP & FAMINE

COMPILED/EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him.”
Genesis 26:12

SUMMARY: in the midst of famine and lack, one man believed God and went into overflow and abundance “you can too if you follow his example ” Learn the secret of the Isaac Harvest”

ISAAC SOWED INTO THE LAND!
You have been taught that this passage means, ‘give bigger offerings to God when things are tough’. That is not what Isaac did! He sowed into the earth during drought.

The longer I meditated on this statement and prayed, the more this piece fit into the overall puzzle concerning financial exaltation. If the lesson to be learned from Isaac’s sowing was to teach us to give bigger offerings to God, then we would have seen Isaac building an alter and sacrificing animals on it as his father Abraham had done.

There was no temple, so this was the only avenue available to them in that time to make offerings to God. Or, Isaac could have tried to track down Melchizedek to offer gifts. But bigger offerings to God was not the lesson to be learned here. God had a reason for wanting to bless Isaac materially and he caused Isaac to sow material seed into the material earth to do it.

Another example of this principle; when God wanted to exalt Pharaoh to be the most powerful ruler on earth, he did not instruct Joseph to tell him, “What you need to do, Pharaoh, is to offer bigger and bigger offerings to God.” No, God wanted to exalt him materially and He used material means and supernatural information to accomplish it.

REAPING A HARVEST IN THE MIDST OF FAMINE

In Genesis 26, scripture talks about a time when there was a great famine in the land. There had been a drought for many years, and the people were struggling to survive. God told Isaac to take a step of faith and plant his crops anyway. It didn’t make sense. There was no way to water the crops. It looked like it would be a waste of time. Isaac could have said, “God, have You seen the conditions lately? Have You checked the weather report? Do You realize it hasn’t rained in years? Nothing is going to grow.” Isaac could have looked at things in the natural and talked himself right out of it, but instead, Isaac had a bold obedience. Scripture says, “In the midst of the famine, he sowed a seed in the land.”
I can imagine his friends saying, “Isaac, what in the world are you doing? Do you realize nothing is going to grow in a drought?” But Isaac didn’t get discouraged. He didn’t listen to the naysayers; he just kept planting. What was he doing? He was sowing a radical seed. What happened? He reaped a radical harvest! The scripture says, “In the same year, in the famine, he received a 100-fold return.”

Now, Isaac could have reasoned things out and held onto those seeds for years waiting for the conditions to be perfect, but nothing would have happened. Isaac understood that the power was not in the seed, the power was in the obedience. When he obeyed, that’s when the miracle happen. The conditions don’t have to be perfect. The economy doesn’t have to be booming for you to be blessed. You don’t have to have the most education, the most talent, or live in a certain neighborhood. All the odds can be against you, but when God asks you to do something and you don’t argue or make excuses, you just do it, that’s when miracles happen.

Like Isaac, have the attitude that says, “God, I don’t understand it, but I’m going to sow a seed anyway.” That’s when you’ll see a harvest in the midst of the famine. You’ll be promoted even though you weren’t the most qualified. You’ll see dreams come to pass even though the odds were against you. God is looking for people who will have this bold obedience. He’s looking for people who will dare to sow a radical seed of faith!
“Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him.”
Genesis 26:12

ENJOYING COVENANT BLESSING

If ever there was a time when people would have been reluctant to sow their seed, it was this time in the life of Isaac. It was a time of severe and terrible famine. There had been drought and people were starving for food and water.

What most of us would have done is withhold the seed because we needed it so badly. When a time of famine comes people tend to hoard. It is so easy in the time of famine to close our fists and hang on to all we have.

But not Isaac. The scripture says here that Isaac obeyed God. God said, “Isaac I don’t want you to go to Egypt for bread, I want you to look to your heavenly father with whom you have a blessing covenant.”

God has entered into a blessing covenant with Abraham and his descendants. That blessing covenant had to do with faith. Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness.

Now Abraham was dead and gone but God’s covenant of blessing was with Abraham and his seed. Now God says the covenant continues with Isaac who is the seed of Abraham and is a sign of his faith. Isaac takes the precious seed that he has left and he sows in time for famine and God multiplies it back to him a hundred fold the seed sown.

Why would Isaac sow in a land that nobody else was sowing in? He sowed because God promised to bless him. God promised to bless him regardless of the hard times that were in the land. Isaac sowed because he had a promise. That’s why you need to sow, even if others are not sowing. That’s why you need to sow, regardless of the condition of the economy, regardless of the financial crisis that you may find yourself in. You have a promise that if you sow a seed you will reap a harvest.

SHALOM!

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