TOPIC: OBEDIENCE, ISAAC SECRET OF PROSPERITY IN HARD TIMES
Scripture: Genesis 26: 3. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; 6. And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter!
In continuation of how God prosper His children in hard times while considering the life of Isaac.
We discovered there were secrets Isaac traded for his prosperity. Today we shall looking at one of those secrets and that is obedience.
What are the secrets to the prosperity of Isaac?
1. Divine Direction
2. The presence of God
3. The force of the blessing
(For details of all this check previous edition)
4. The path of obedience:
You will recall we earlier on established that God gives Isaac Divine Direction but there is no Divine Direction without Divine instruction! It is in keeping with the Divine instruction that guarantees prosperity.
From our anchor scripture (Gen 26:3, 6), we observe the instruction ‘sojourn in this land’!
Meaning don’t move out from where you are. And Isaac obeyed that instructions for the Bible said:
Gen. 26: 6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
Isaac could as well choose not to obey Divine instruction and move out of Gerar but he choose to obeyed God and the obedience paid him off just like the scriptures said:
Job 36: 11. If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
From the above scripture, you will observe that one
condition for your prosperity is obedience! “If they obey ….”, then prosperity is certain. In other words disobedience equals poverty, no prosperity! And with poverty you can’t spend your days in pleasure! Therefore obedience to God is a requirement for your prosperity.
Someone might ask, ‘how do I obey God that I don’t see?’ Well obeying God you have not seen is obedience of faith! In this case you don’t need to see God if you can see His word and obey it then you have obey God! Beloved, in this difficult economic season if you must prosper then you must obey God by obeying the word of God.
You must listen to His voice directing you on what to do and what to give. You must know the write time to give and where to plant your seed.
How does the word for you to obey comes to you?
1. It could come to us as a still small voice (1kg.19:12)
2. It could be from the pages of the scriptures or a devotional like this(Isa.30:30-31)
3. It could be through the voice of our prophet/pastor(1Sam.3:5-8)
4. It could come to us as a promptings in our hearts
Then what is required of you is to obey
Deuteronomy 28: 1. And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
So, obedience to the voice of the Lord that proceeds from His word is the secret to high flyers. Mary the mother of Jesus understood this secret and pre-informed the disciples by saying:
John 2: 5. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
Beloved, your next level is tied to your obedience to the last instructions received. There are so many of us who are supposed to be more than this but, our disobedience has kept us from making progress. Some of us are stagnated in life because of disobedience!
Do you know you are supposed to be an answer to someone’s prayer? But as long as you refuse to obey God to be an answer to someone’s cry and prayer, your own cry and prayers has remained unanswered.
It was ‘Kathleen H. Hughes’ that opined, “God knows the needs of his children, and he often works through us, prompting us to help one another. When we act on such, we tread on holy ground, for we are allowed the opportunity to serve as an agent of God in answering a prayer.”
There are those who are praying for thousands, the little hundreds they have is another person prayer points as long as they refuse to part with what they have, they remain stagnated.
Beloved, where you are currently is the prayer points of another person. In your own little way, become an answer to someone’s prayer by obeying God’s prompting in your heart.
Remember this: Heaven is real and hell is real! Disobedience to the word of God is a gateway to hell, give your heart to Jesus today.
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord, I receive grace to obey the voice of your prompting to me in Jesus name.
– I prophesy the baptism of prompt obedience, receive it now in the name of Jesus.
– Every stagnation is broken as you begin to obey God now in the name of Jesus.
Assignment : Make up your mind to obey that voice that is speaking to you to give and invest today.
From your brother Alex
God bless you.