I have taught the story of Isaac sowing in the midst of an economic famine and reaping a hundredfold return many, many times to audiences around the world.
I’ve spoken, taught and preached how God told Isaac in Genesis 26:2 to “. . . Go not down into Egypt. . .” more times than I can remember.
In a very special moment the Lord gave me the outline for a teaching that I call “Seven Reasons To Stay Out Of Egypt.”
At a time when everyone else was following the world system by heading to Egypt to escape the economic hard times . . . God told Isaac to stay.
Unfortunately, way too many believers follow the “wisdom” of the world when it comes to their personal finances as opposed to following the instructions found in the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever misplaced something you not only wanted to find. . .but you had to find.
Perhaps, it was your car or house keys. . .an important document for work or some back-up files for your taxes.
After some time passed and more mental anguish than you care to admit you finally found the misplaced items.
Recently, a precious, close friend of ours, Pastor Malc Burton sent me the following text.
“Good morning, Pastor. Read Psalm 62:5 when you get a moment. God stirred me this morning about misplaced expectation and misplaced trust. Love you.”
I’ve always heard some men and women of God talk about a point of contact when it comes to the prayer of agreement.
Over the years I’ve come to believe a point of contact is anything God instructs us to do to help release our faith.
Our point of contact could be the prayer of faith…the laying on of hands…an act of faith that causes you to move outside your comfort zone, Holy Communion…a prayer cloth or anything that requires a step of faith toward the previously unknown.
A point of contact is a method we use to reach God and obey His divine instructions.
Point of contact is also used in transferring the anointing and healing.
Sickness is evil. . .it is not of God.
We never see God introduce it in the Bible. We only see it show up after Satan comes into the picture.
Though there are some well-meaning Christians who feel it’s a cross God wants us to bear.
Not so. Absolutely, scripturally speaking not so.
The only things we see come from God are good gifts. . .advantageous gifts.
Do you ever remember hearing someone talk about the K.I.S.S. method?
No, I’m not talking about kiss for a loved one or friend. . .and I’m most certainly not talking about the rock group by that name.
Some years ago, and frankly, I don’t remember when or where I hear the K.I.S.S. method first but regardless. . .K.I.S.S. means KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID.
If you want to move outside your comfort zone. . .if you want to change your mental, spiritual and financial environment. . .then you must keep it simple.
To do otherwise and expect things to change is well. . .just. . .stupid.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone who thought they “knew it all?” Perhaps you even referred to that person as a “know it all.”
Truth of the matter is. . .when you think you know it all. . .you haven’t even begun to tap into the wisdom and knowledge that’s available to you.
Isaac Asimov, the scientist, said:
“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”
Have there been times in your life. . .when you totally realized you didn’t “know it all?” In fact, you didn’t even know what to do next.
God scheduled an appointment for you before you were ever born. It’s a part of your destiny . . . His purpose and plans for your life.
Let’s talk about two scriptures in Jeremiah.
First, Jeremiah 1:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
Your loving Heavenly Father had plans for you even before you were born.
Make no mistake about it. . .if God promises us something. . .makes a covenant with us. . .it’s going to happen . . . unless we ignore His instructions or give up or in first.
Our circumstances don’t matter. . .the problems that we’re currently facing don’t matter. . . but our obedience to His Word definitely matters..
Having said that. . .let me tell you there are going to be times when you wonder what’s going on. . .simply because you may not be able to perceive that God is working in and through your life to manifest His precious promises.
During these times. . .it’s critical to understand there is definitely an enemy waiting in the shadows hoping to knock you off course. . .frustrate you. . .so you NEVER manifest God’s promises.
Are you expecting a promise from God to be fulfilled? Are you trusting God for a financial breakthrough? Are you facing seemingly insurmountable odds?
If so, you must make sure that your faith is strong and unmovable. You must believe as Abraham and Sarah did and stand firm until your victory appears.
Romans 4:17-22 in The Living Bible says:
17 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say that God made Abraham the father of many nations. God will accept all people in every nation who trust God as Abraham did. And this promise is from God himself, who makes the dead live again andspeaks of future events with as much certainty as though they were already past.
18 So, when God told Abraham that he would give him a son who would have many descendants and become a great nation, Abraham believed God even though such a promise just couldn’t come to pass! 19 And because his faith was strong, he didn’t worry about the fact that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred, and that Sarah his wife, at ninety, was also much too old to have a baby.
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