In a time where we need all the assurance and security that we can get, being reminded that God will provide really helps us face the uncertainty in our midst. It is an affirmative statement that does not make room for any doubt. Dr. Siohvaughn Funches continues with the fifth part of this timely series, showing us that it is God’s perfect will to supply our needs and bless us well beyond, even in times of famine. In this episode, we will also see that God is faithful in keeping His promise, providing for us more than enough, even if we make mistakes along the way.
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God Will Provide For You (Part Five)
We’re going to be continuing with our series titled God Will Provide For You. I love this title that God gave because there’s no guessing. There’s no doubt about it. God is making an affirmative statement. He will provide for you, not maybe, not possibly, not even most likely or the odds are good. God is saying He will provide for you. It gives us the assurance we need and the security we need in times, especially as the ones we’re living in where they seem so unsecure and unstable for so many different reasons. It was always a blessing that God is our provider, but now we can even appreciate it all the more because many things that can be shaken have been shaken.
Before we get into that, continue on and recap a little bit for those who are joining us for the first time, we’re going to do what we always do and that takes a moment and acknowledge God and ask him to take over this show. I thank you, Heavenly Father, once again for the opportunity to get at the feet of Jesus and hear His word. I thank you for every man, woman and child under the sound of my voice. I thank you, God, that all the benefits and all the blessings, all your promises, all your divine protection, all your provision that’s wrapped up, in getting at the feet of Jesus and hearing His word. I thank you that you have positioned us even via this show to receive the fullness of it. Things you have revealed to us so far and even the things you have yet to reveal to us.
I thank you, God, that you have caused these things to come to pass and to be our portion and the portion of our family members and our friends in Jesus’ name. I pray, Heavenly Father, that you the father of glory. I thank you that you’re given to each one of us the spirit of wisdom, revelation and the knowledge of Jesus. I thank you that you’re opening the eyes of our understanding and enlightening them, that we know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance and the saints. What is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe according to the working of His mighty power.
I ask you, Jesus, to expound on the scriptures to us about the things concerning yourself, Lord. I pray, Papa, that we will know you more than we will have a fresh, revealing God of your heart towards us and even your hand towards us, God. I pray, Heavenly Father, that we will see your son, Jesus, in all that you exposed us through this show and even in our time when we open up your word, God. I pray, Father, in Jesus’ mighty name that your word will be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. I thank you, God, that it will be directing our steps. I thank you for the solutions that are in your word, even to practical everyday problems and I praise you for going before us and being our rear guard. I want to take the time to pray your prayer of protection over all of us.
I thank you for your promise of divine protection in Psalm 91. I thank you God, for your word declares, “He who dwells in the secret place of the highest shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. I say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Him I trust. Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and the perilous pestilence. He covers you with his feathers and under His wings you take refuge. His truth is your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side and a myriad at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord who was my refuge, even the highest your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you nor shall any plague come near your dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways. In their hands, they shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone. You tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you trample underfoot. Because He has set His love upon me, therefore, I deliver to Him. I set Him on high because He has known my name. He calls upon me and I answer Him. I am with Him in trouble. I deliver Him and honor Him. With long life, I satisfy Him and show Him my salvation.”
I pray, Papa, you be it unto every one of us under the sound of my voice according to your word, in Jesus’ name. I thank you that you’ve dressed us in your whole armor. We put on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, fast and tightly around our waist. Our feet are shot with the readiness of the gospel of peace. We’re blessed to take up the sword of your spirit, which is your word, God. Above all, we lift the shield of faith, quenching every firing dart and every flaming arrow of the wicked one. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
God is our provider and He even provides divine protection. These promises are our portion. We get ahold of them in the word of God and let those words take root in us and bear fruit that remains in us and not be shaken if trouble arises. Jesus warned us that the enemy does that for the word’s sake. He wants to steal the word out of your heart that God planted. May God cover our hearts and every word and promise He made us. Let us not be shaken. God is in our midst. We will not be moved in Jesus’ name we pray.
Heirs Of God
To recap a little bit, we started this series with a key scripture although God uses many of them. We started with 2 Corinthians 8:9 as far as our key scripture is concerned for this series where it says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes, He became poor. That through His poverty you might become rich.” We established very early on that it is God’s perfect will. We know that it’s written. God says, “I will supply all of your needs according to my riches and glory in Christ Jesus.”
That’s our needs being met. What about even above and beyond that? What’s God’s heart? What’s His will on that matter? We know God’s will is His word. We see in His word that not only does God supply all of our needs. He doesn’t want us to live at a bare minimum. He tells us that in 2 Corinthians, Jesus became poor so that through His poverty we might be rich. Rich is more than enough. Remember, we are the seed of Abraham. I say that because for those joining us for the first time, the Bible tells us that.
This is not something I wish for or hope for. It is the absolute truth spoken by God who cannot lie. We’re heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. We’re also heirs as the seed, as the children of Abraham. We have an inheritance via Christ Jesus with Christ Jesus. We have an inheritance even being sons and daughters of Abraham. His inheritance was not to the Jews only, but also the Gentiles and that’s because of the cross of Jesus Christ.
We all know, whoever believes in Jesus, becomes a son and daughter of God, not the Jewish people have this opportunity. This opportunity belongs to anyone willing to believe and these promises from a God who’s faithful. Even if your faithless belongs to you when you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. Thank God we are blessed and we’re not blessed. God doesn’t bless us to bless us, although that delights His heart as a Father, that we are blessed.
God always thinks big. He always does big. Remember, God is the God that you can put those five loaves and those two small fishes in his hands and it turns into a buffet. God goes big or goes home. God blesses us to be a blessing. That’s why God gives seed to the sower. You think about a seed that’s planted and comes up. A whole tree can come up and in that tree are many fruits. Within each fruit is a multitude of seeds. I’m telling you God doesn’t know how to do this thing small. It’s like He can’t help Himself out of Himself. He blesses us and He’s a big God.
Out of himself comes this abundance, comes this more than enough. If God is blessing you, if God has given it to you, it’s more than enough. Sometimes we can look at what we have and say, “I don’t see how this could be more than enough,” and that’s maybe another message for another day. When that prophet was with that widow who said she didn’t have enough, Elijah asked her what do you have in the house? She had what she needed. It came in contact with who represents God in that story.
With that, like the five loaves and the two small fishes, you put it in God’s hand. You put it in contact with Him, you roll it over on Him and trust it to Him. It’s like even what you have turned into a multitude. This thing that didn’t seem like enough. We learned from Jesus when He took those loaves and those fishes and multiplied that. We give thanks in all things. He didn’t thank God after he saw that it was more than enough. He thanked God when it looked like the demand was more than the supply. Once he did that, the supply completely outweighed the demand where they had twelve baskets full of leftover after feeding probably a solid 10,000 people. The Bible says 5,000 men and that didn’t include the women and children who were there.
We praise God for His provision, His way of blessing us in His heart and His mind before we ask Him to meet our need. He went before us and said, “I’ll supply it,” before we had a desire to be wealthy, to be rich so that we can be a blessing to others. God sent Jesus to the cross. Jesus bankrupted himself so that He can give us and make us rich. We are in a position now where we need to believe God. That’s how we receive from God. We talked a bit about that too. We don’t inherit this inheritance via the law. We spoke about that. The Bible even says that if the promise was made to Abraham and his seed through the law, then faith is made void.
The promise of no effect, the promise becomes null and void. It nullifies the promise. Trying to keep the law, trying to please God and doing these things. If you’re wondering a good behavior is right, is good, your right is good. It tends to bear great consequences that you don’t regret. You don’t have to go through certain unnecessary processes that bad decisions can cause. We need to be able to rightly divide the word of God and understand completely that our righteousness is the righteousness of God.
The Bible talks about the righteousness of God is revealed and it’s a part of works. That’s what we need to grab hold of. There are times when we’ll make a mistake. We know that those who receive God’s abundance of grace and His gift of righteousness, righteousness as a gift from God is the true righteousness of God. That righteousness that was established by trying to keep the law, God said that righteousness is filthy rags. The law was not able to justify man by. When it comes in contact with the flesh, it only stirs up seeing more. It does that. Not because the law was wrong, but because of the sinful nature of the flesh.
That’s not the way and God who can’t lie told us is not the way. Let’s set our mind and our focus not on trying to have the right behavior and certainly not trying to have the right behavior to earn something that’s like the things that money can’t buy. People keep trying to use the money to buy it. They’re not taking currency for peace of mind. You can’t use currency and get peace of mind. Not true peace of mind. You can’t get currency and buy love, not real love, you cannot.
There’s a way to obtain it, but it’s not with money and all the money in the world would do someone no good because there is no acceptance. Love is not accepting currency in exchange for itself. Lady wisdom doesn’t accept currency in exchange for herself. God says whoever asks for wisdom, He gives it freely. Not that you can accumulate money and buy wisdom or purchase it somewhere. There are things that certain currency will not allow you, will not afford you that particular blessing.
As far as justification is concerned, God who is the only righteous judge has decided what’s righteous and what’s not. What has a form of godliness and what is godly to Him, the righteous judge and trying to keep the law is filthy menstrual rags is what it says in the literal translation of that Bible verse. We know that justification by faith, God says that is the righteousness of God. You put on God’s righteousness when you let Jesus put you on these garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness. Not many robes, not a bunch of different righteousness that can be weighed, but the robe of righteousness.
We wanted to establish that firmly. We began looking at the life of Abraham. We went over and started talking about his son. God said His paths drip with abundance. God’s path, not Abraham’s, but God’s paths drip with abundance. We learned from the father of faith, our father, Abraham, that it’s true God’s path drip with abundance. God made Abraham a promise, and this is important, not because we’re history, but because we’re heirs of his.
God didn’t make this promise to Abraham, He made it to Abraham, to his descendants and his heirs and that’s us. The Bible says, “If anybody is in Christ, then he’s Abraham’s seed.” That’s us. God put us in Christ. All of that is scriptural, all of that is biblical. To know that for those who are joining us, maybe for the first time, so that when you know that you have a scriptural foundation for this inheritance, this is something that’s been paid for you.
Someone’s paved the way and gotten this inheritance for you. It’s your job to receive it. We know you do that by faith and you do not do that by trying to keep the law. You cannot earn it. You believe and you receive. You believe God is that good and He did that for you. He wants to give you that, but it’s a gift. Gifts can’t be earned. They must be received. That keeps us all very humble that we didn’t earn it. God gave it to us. It makes us, instead of putting our focus on our sales, we put our focus on God.
We fix our eyes and our heart on Him. We’re continually reminded how good He is, how gracious He is as opposed to how hard-working we are. How we can dot our I’s and cross our T’s. We’re no longer self-occupied, we’re Christ-occupied. That’s what God wants for all of us as children, as sons and daughters of God. We looked that not only did God tell Abraham He was blessing him to be a blessing. He made him a lot of promises, especially being the heir of the world is not sick regardless of the Coronavirus, is not lacking for vision regardless of how the economy is affected. You cannot be the heir of the world and this famine take you down.
This has always been the truth, but it’s a timely word, a relevant word given the things that not only our nation but the nations around the world are all facing. I believe everywhere except for Antarctica is facing this. Because we’re all connected, I’m sure that it has had an effect on that place as well. Maybe not the virus itself. It’s come to try to touch people in other areas, especially financially, which is why I say that this word from God, although it’s time lists, this has always been there. This has always been the will of God. He desires for us to receive it.
He would bring it up. He would remind some and enlighten others that this is your portion. Take your eyes off the stock market. Take your eyes off the job market. Take your eyes off the economy. Take your eyes off your ability. Take your eyes off yourself and your spouse. Take your eyes off of it and fix your eyes on Jesus for He is well able. When you remember, you’re seated with Him and you sit far above principalities and powers. You remember your place. You remember your reign as a king and a queen. You remember that the creator of the universe lives on the inside of you. That same creative gene in your Heavenly Father is in you. If you don’t have it, create it with your mouth.
God didn’t have a light before. It was dark and it was chaos. He didn’t have order. He created it with His mouth. Get to creating, open your mouth, beloved, and by faith, know. God said, “As Jesus is so am I in this world.” Jesus is not lacking any good thing. If it’s something that is missing, Jesus can open His mouth and create it. That’s Elohim, the creator. The creator lives in you. His Holy Spirit is in you. I don’t have the power to do this. It’s not in me. In and of yourself, it’s not. In and of myself, it’s not. If someone tells you otherwise, they’re lying. Power comes from somewhere. The source lives on the inside of you. If you’re born again, and if you’re not, I want to invite you to do that. God fill you with His Holy Spirit because now is the time more than ever for us to fix our eyes on God and stay connected to that power source.
We’re called to abide in Him. Not visit Him once in a while, we stay there. We remain there. That is where we live. That is where we dwell. He dwells on us and the inside of us. He never leaves us or forsakes us. That power is with us. You do have everything you need. It’s right on the inside of you and you can bring it out on the outside of you via your mouth. That’s exactly what God did and God doesn’t change. You’re called to be like Him like Christ. Go ahead and do it. You’ve seen Him do it time and time and again.
Speak a word and surely it comes to pass, prophesied over your own self and life. I dare you to declare the word of God that never comes back void or empty. It accomplishes what God sent it to do. I come in agreement with God’s word, purpose, plan for your life coming to pass and on time in Jesus’ name. There’s power in agreement. One can put 1,000 a flight to 10,000. We are dispelling these enemies of our finances, future and our families. We looked at Genesis 12 with Abraham and then we started on Genesis 26.
We saw with Abraham that this provision from God, these promises weren’t all over the place. It doesn’t matter where you’re at, what you’re doing. It does matter. We should ask God. Part of our daily bread from God is direction. I believe our daily bread is His word. I can tell you that with certainty. It’s also a daily direction. I tell you that also with certainty. Abraham was not able to go anywhere and the blessing was there. God directed his steps. In God’s paths, there is abundance. He said His path drips with abundance. His blessings make you rich and He doesn’t add any sorrow with it.
It’s not anything that appears to be a blessing and it’s not anywhere. It’s in a place. It is a thing. It comes from God. It is for you and it’s somewhere. We want to grab hold of that truth and not be thinking. You’re wondering why you didn’t have it. I want you to know what somewhere and you’ve got to ask God every day, “Instruct and teach me in the way I should go. Order my steps, Lord lead me, guide me and bless me to follow you.” That’s a prayer my granny taught me to pray. It’s relevant every day. Sometimes I say it again through the day. I’m like, “I’ve been feeling like I don’t know if I’m following you right.”
I say, “Lord, lead me, guide me and bless me by causing me to follow you, in Jesus’ name.” We want to be where God is. We want to be on this path that drips with abundance. Let’s be honest. We want to be there. We don’t want to hear about it. We want to be there to experience it and grab hold of what is ours. Nothing’s wrong with that. God is saying, “You please me that you’re taking and receiving from me.” Because God’s role is the giver, our role is the receiver.” Everybody takes that stage and know your lines. You know your role and the whole play flows out smoothly. The whole movie of life goes smoothly.
God Is Faithful, Even If We Are Not
God is glad about that. He’s pleased with that. That’s not arrogant. It’s wise to do that because you are blessed to be a blessing. It’s selfish not to take ahold of it. That’s not conceited or self-centered. That’s why it’s humbled to receive. It takes humility to receive. God is pleased with that. He gives grace. He gives even more to the humble. I encourage you to take hold of these teachings and receive it. We saw that God led him to Abraham. We talked about God speaking to Isaac, his son, which is a representation of us because we are heirs of Abraham.
Even as Gentiles, even if we didn’t come from his loin, if we’re in Christ and those who are born again, we are heirs of Abraham. We are the seed of Abraham. Praise God. The promise God made Abraham is our portion. We saw that. When God spoke to his son, Isaac, though the instructions were different. God noted that for us. These instructions that his father got were not instructions that he can get. His father was led by God to go into Egypt. His son was told, “Don’t go down to Egypt.” We learned that God’s instructions to one person could well lead them into a big blessing.
If someone else tries to piggyback off of that and go in that same direction without hearing from God for their life, it can lead them into destruction and lack. We also noted that both Abraham and Isaac heard from God and obeyed. We saw Abraham didn’t obey perfectly, but we see that God is faithful and he’s perfect to keep his part of that covenant. Abraham was under the grace of God like we are via this new covenant because of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was interesting that God also gave Isaac instructions and told him to go.
Isaac did go. He went and he dwelt in Gerar. In verses 6 through 10, it says, “Isaac dwelt in Gerar and the men of that place asked about his wife.” This is interesting because remember his father went into something similar to this. He said, “She is my sister,” for he was afraid to say she is my wife because he thought, “Lest that men of the place kill me for Rebekah,” because she is beautiful to behold. It came to pass when he had been there a long time that Abimelech, King of the Philistines, looked through a window and saw. There was Isaac showing endearment to Rebekah, his wife. Abimelech called Isaac and say, “Quite obviously she is your wife. How could you say, ‘She is my sister?’” Isaac said to him, “I say unless I die on account of her.”
We see some cowardliness here, in his behavior and not that he’s a coward. Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might soon have lain with your wife and you would have brought guilt on us. Abimelech charged all his people saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.” The Bible says Isaac obeys God and he went where God told him to go. We know surely that God didn’t tell him to lie. We know that God didn’t tell him, put your marriage and your wife in jeopardy. Have another man rape your wife because I’m sure she’s not going to be willing to be with another man.
This woman loves you very much but does that. For all the reasons in all the world, you don’t do it to save her neck, you do it to save your own. If they’re giving out awards for the husband of the year, he is not even a candidate as a possible recipient for this award. All the wives are like, “Amen.” This is crazy. He’s obedient but flawed. We can see that. We see our humanity, but God is good. The Bible says that God is faithful. He’s faithful even if we’re unfaithful. Some verses say He’s faithful even if we’re faithless. I love the faithfulness of God. I don’t love the behavior of Isaac.
I don’t love it when I do wrong, but I love the faithfulness of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep doing what’s good and what’s right. Never let any of us or our behavior change that. I love Him for who He is. I love the fact that you can’t change Him. I love the fact that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. This consistency, this ability, this absolute unconditional love and faithfulness is the only sheer foundation to stand and build any life, marriage, family, finances, career, calling, ministry, anything on.
Everything else can be shaken and torn asunder in a split second. This is the only sheer foundation. That’s why God refers to Jesus as our rock. He is strong and is sure and it’s secure. I encourage everybody, build everything upon that rock and not by your mighty power, but by God’s spirit, let it be built please. That’s the only way that it will stand. That’s crystal clear. God is unshakable and unchanging no matter what. I love it because we saw that Isaac, like his father Abraham, when this account took place, Abraham had a similar account with his wife, Sarah.
We saw that God was still faithful to Abraham, and the Bible says that Abraham was rich. It was good enough if he was rich. We’re going home. We’re satisfied. It’s like, “God, you can take me now.” No, but God said he made him rich. This was during a time where famine was on the Earth. We know that now. With this Coronavirus thing, this so-called famine in the Earth. It’s been serious. There’s been nothing to take lightly as far as what people have suffered, the effect it’s had on families and people’s minds. It’s not been a joke. There’s been a famine or drought or even joy and hope. That’s more serious than a loss of money, any day ask anyone who has battled with the spirit of depression or despair, that’s a real war.
When you’ve got that coupled with financial things and stuff like that, it can get serious. The heart of God is going out to people and even reaching them via this show and other anointed teachers, ministers, preachers of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, whether it’s speaking or in books or podcasts. I have a couple of books that God has written through me already. Praise God. I know that I pinned them, but God wrote them. God inspired them. The Holy Spirit inspired those. I can highly recommend those with a clear conscience and sleep well at night because I know well I’m not that smart. I didn’t come up with that. People are like, “What a revelation because I heard that from Him.
I’m on the stage, but I’m sitting in the audience all at the same time. I promise you that I’m as much as you are and all of God and wild and things like that. The microphone that I stand behind sometimes and sit behind sometimes doesn’t change the platform. It doesn’t change the fact that I even as being used by God. I am a sheep in the sheepfold, that’s for certain. Jesus is the true shepherd of the sheep. I’m simply a vessel that he’s speaking through and pleased to deposit in. For me to release the deposits out that he puts in. There is nothing more that I can think of. I thank God as much as you do and I’m enlightened and blessed as much as you are probably more in a lot of instances. You’d be amazed at how God says stuff and people are like, “That was great. I needed to hear that.”
I’m like, “Not as much as I did.” I was a desperate woman before God said that and now I got peace, rest, joy, and I’m dancing again, singing and baking something happily. I thank God for His words, which our life and our truth. May God heal and restore every family that has suffered anything due to this pandemic, due to the famine it costs, due to the side effects. The trickle-down effect, that domino effect that it had. May God cover His people and their minds with the blood of Jesus and clothe our lives with this word, the same mind which is in Christ Jesus is also in us. As He is, so are we in this world, be it on to us, Papa, according to your word, in Jesus’ name.
I pray over all of you, including me and my whole house and my children, Zion and Zaire. I pray above all things that you will prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers in Jesus’ name. May you, God, rid the entire body of Christ of every form of sickness, disease, and every form of ailment, every form of sickness, even spiritual sickness. Depression is a spiritual sickness. I pray God in Jesus mighty name that your healing will spring forth God. It will break out and surely if the devil can spread a virus, God, I thank you that it will break out in the entire body of Christ and our whole houses, God, healing, God, health, wholeness.
Your shalom that Jesus bequeathed to us, we do not forfeit it, God. Not by our might or power but by your Holy Spirit. We say yes and amen to the shalom that Jesus Christ, the son of God, bequeathed to us and we say nothing less than your best, God. Amen to every blessing, amen to every promise, amen to your provision, amen to your direction, amen to your obedience, your requirement, God, that we walk and follow you. God, we say amen, amen and amen all the days of our life and we prophesize and we decree and we don’t prophesize in the future. We declare as a prophet of God whose word doesn’t come back void and empty like Samuel, God, greater than that, greater than John the Baptist.
We stand as a prophet and come in agreement declaring in Jesus mighty name, not one word who spoke over our life will fail or fall to the ground, but all shall come to pass. On-time we speak and we decree and declare that there will be no more delay and that time is on our side. We bind the spirit of depression. We bind the spirit of despair and we bind premature death in Jesus’ name. I release the blood of Jesus and I prophesied, decree and declare the blood of Jesus is against every spirit of depression, every spirit of despair, every hopeless spirit. The blood of Jesus is against you. The blood of Jesus is against your dark demonic ministry, and I prophesied, decree and declare your words will fall on deaf ears concerning the sons and daughters of God.
The blood of Jesus is against you, Satan. The blood of Jesus is against your assignment behind the sons and daughters of God, and I decree and declare you are a defeated foe. I agree with God. You are a defeated foe and the blood of Jesus is against you. I thank you, God, for dispatching an innumerable count of angels and giving them charge over us to keep us in all our ways. I thank you for supernaturally ordering our steps and giving us your core, blessing us to be at the right place at the right time, thinking the right thing with the right ones, God, in Jesus’ name. This is not by our might or our power, God, but it’s by your Holy Spirit that indwells in us and rules as an empire given us you a peace that surpasses all understanding as we walk in your wheel and your ways. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
The Grace Of God
That was the Holy Spirit. That’s what I mean by giving room to God to move and do what it is that he wants to do. That was necessary. We come in agreement with you, God and your spirit making intercession through us because how to pray, we don’t know, but thank you for your Holy Spirit making intercession again through us. He is the provider. He provided that for us. God is good. I love the grace of God demonstrated not only in the life of Abraham, but Isaac who represents us as the son, the heir, the descendant of Abraham.
We know and we could probably suspect that after Isaac did, that lie like his dad, his wife almost raped, it’s like, “What’s about to happen to him? He better duck.” Remembering the days of Abraham, they were living like we are. This is a covenant of grace. It may not have fully come the way that Jesus has caused things to fully come to pass by going to the cross and shedding his blood and dying for us. God justifying us and proving that by raising him from the dead, but these are great pictures of what was to come. The Bible says that as far as Isaac was concerned and mentions it right after the shenanigans. I love God. If He weren’t faithful, we’d be finished.
It says in verse 13 talking about Isaac, “The man began to prosper and continued prospering until he became prosperous for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants.” We know and God later comes and He appears to Isaac again and He’s telling him how He’s going to bless him because of his father. That’s the thing about being an heir. It’s not about what you do because if it’s about what you do, then he sometimes obeys God and sometimes he was acting like a fool. We see that clearly from what the Bible told us happened in the life of Isaac. We know clearly. Our gut tells us that’s not the will of God. This man almost gave his wife away. He did give her away, but somebody else almost laid with his wife. That’s crazy. He’s not doing too much. He’s doing the most. This is the most. God stayed faithful.
God mentions later on again that He’s doing these things for Isaac for the sake of his father, for the sake of the covenant he made with his father, for the sake of the covenant that God made with Jesus. Even though you and I don’t dot every I and cross every T. God is faithful. It takes faith to believe that because naturally speaking or what our flesh would tell us, and even the devil who’s the accuser of the brother, the prosecutor wants to throw the law at you, like a prosecutor does a defendant and say, “This is where you went wrong and this is the recommended sentence.”
He does that. God bless the born again prosecutors, but Satan does that. That’s his job and still to this day, that’s what he does. It takes faith to believe that even though I failed, God is still going to do what He promised. He’s still going to get me to where I need to be. It also takes faith to believe that your God, who is the God of Abraham, who didn’t survive just a famine, God’s will for you, is not that you just survive it or that you make it like you barely made it. You’re singing that song from Destiny’s Child, I’m a Survivor. No, I am a thriver. God said I’m the head and not the tail. Not barely hanging on and not the tail. No, I’m the head. That’s the top. If you’re at the top, you shouldn’t drown.
We want what God wants for us and if that’s what God says, praise him. It’s not like you believe this word because there’s no opposition. Abraham was in a famine that the Bible says was severe. The Bible says his son was experiencing a famine, like one of the days of Abraham. Here we are in a time where they’re telling us this is a famine in the land because of that virus, and that may have changed. It was a different famine in Abraham’s day, something different may have caused the famine in Isaac’s day, something different calls the famine in this day, but God has remained the same and all of the accounts. He was God the over supplier and provider meeting every need and making Abraham rich.
God didn’t wait until the famine was over to make him rich. He was glorified in the famine. If that wasn’t enough proof, here comes Isaac right behind him. What do we see? A famine like the days of his father and God telling him, “I’m blessing you because of the covenant I made with your father.” Abraham is your father and he’s mine. God is the same. We could care less whether it’s a famine or not. What we’re telling God is what you did for Isaac do it for me and I won’t limit you there. Go bigger. You even promise to take us from level to level and glory to glory.
I’m sure you’re being more glorified than you were before. In Jesus’ name, if Isaac even in him not being perfect in his behavior can prosper, continued prospering and not after a famine but right in the midst of that then surely God can do it for you and me. We come in agreement with that in Jesus’ name and we’re going to pick up with this series. Until then, God continue and always bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you, lift up His countenance upon you, be gracious to you and grant to you His shalom peace in Jesus’ name.