Faith and Patience (Part 19): Defining God and Mammon (8)
Delivered By
Marilyn Moore
Delivered On
December 9, 2015
Subject
Faith and Patience Series
Description

 

FAITH & PATIENCE – FAITH IN FINANCE

One Word from God, Acted on = Prosperity

December 9, 2015

 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  Jeremiah 29:11

expected (Hebrew)  literally, a cord (as an attachment)

A.  Genesis 26:12 KJV:  Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an

       hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.

  1. In prayer over what the Lord wanted me to study, I heard in my heart Isaac and the hundredfold return.
  2. This familiar passage of scripture I had looked at & studied many times.  What did I already know about this.
  3. Gen 26:1-2 NASB:  Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.

Isaac was in a pressure time.Famine meant drought, no food for his family, his herds & flocks, his servants.He had to do something, go where there was not a drought.

  1. He knew his father had gone to Egypt in a time of famine, and God blessed him there.  That was Isaac’s intention to go to Egypt.
  2. Gen 26:2-3 NASB:  And the Lord appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you,….  But Isaac heard the voice of the Lord who told him not to go to Egypt as his father had done.  He heard the Word of the Lord and obeyed.
  3. Gen 26:12-14 NASB: Now Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the Lord blessed him, 13 and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy; 14 for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.     He stayed in Gerar, sowed in the land, and received 100fold.  He continued to become richer and richer, increased and increased until the natives of that land envied him.  His prosperity was very obvious
  4. One Word from God, acted on = Prosperity

B.  There was something more the Lord wanted me to see.  I googled this question:

      “How did Isaac prosper in Gerar?”

          1. Several sites came up but only one had insight for me.  This particular one was written by a man named Gary Carpenter who had insight from this passage that answered my question.

          2. Up until this time I had just assumed that God supernaturally made his crops to grow.

          3. The scripture doesn’t specifically say how He made Isaac’s crops to grow, but if we seek we can find answers to our questions.  This man had spent a great amount of time praying in the spirit over some of the same questions that I had. 

          4. Quote from Gary Carpenter: I know the Lord is perfectly capable of doing any kind of miracle He wants, but the silence in the Word regarding how these crops grew is almost deafening. The Word   is not usually very timid in telling us about the miracles of God. It is very bold and says things like, "and Aaron's rod budded, or, the river became blood, etc.". But regarding Isaac's bumper crop it simply says,

            Gen 26:12  Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD    blessed him.

          It doesn't give us a clue as to how this miracle crop grew during a time of famine. One day as I had been praying many hours in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to the many occurrences in the Genesis account concerning Isaac and the digging of wells:                             

          Gen 26:18-19  And Isaac digged again the wells of water... And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water

            Gen 26:21-22  And they digged another well... And he removed from thence, and digged another well.. Gen 26:25  And he built an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well

            Gen 26:32  And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.

          I didn't know what to make of this for a while, and then suddenly, I just knew: Isaac's seeds produced crops during the drought because he introduced a new technology to the land of the Philistines. HE IRRIGATED HIS CROPS FROM WELL WATER!

          That is why we are not told how the Lord performed this miracle, because it was not a miracle in the   sense of a supernatural intervention into the natural laws of the earth, although God could certainly have done that had it been His desire.  How did Isaac come up with this idea? Again, after much prayer, the Holy Spirit not only answered this question but another one that has been in my mind for nearly fifteen years:

C.  Why Was It within God’s Will for Abraham to Go to Egypt in a Time of Famine?

  1. God allowed Abram to go to Egypt during a famine because there was something He wanted him to see.
  2. Quote:  Remember, it is not by formula that we prosper, but rather by finding out the plan of God for each generation and flowing with that plan. God wanted Abraham to go to Egypt because He wanted Abraham to see something there.

                  Notice that during all of these famines, Egypt nearly always had excess crops. Why? Egypt is a very arid land and seldom receives sufficient rainfall to produce good harvests. The Egyptians had long since mastered the art of irrigation. The land of Egypt was blessed with the Nile River, which has its headwaters deep in the mountains of Africa. Drought in Egypt did not affect the Nile because the source of its flow was in Africa.

                 God wanted Abraham to observe how the Egyptians irrigated their crops. You could put it this way: While Abraham was in Egypt he had the opportunity to observe the "cutting edge" of technology regarding crop irrigation in an arid land. I am sure, to Abraham, this technology was interesting but he could see application for it in the land of Canaan. After all, Canaan had no Nile River from which to irrigate, and you certainly cannot use saltwater from the Dead Sea nor the Ocean.

                 Sometime while young Isaac was growing up he surely asked his father, "What was Egypt like"? In telling the lad about Egypt and their customs which were so different from their own, he certainly must have described how they irrigated their crops from the Nile instead of depending on rainfall. That information was filed in Isaac's mind for future use.

          3. Gen 13:1-2 KJV:  And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.  2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.  God blessed Abram in his journey into Egypt in a time of famine.

 

D.  One Word from God, Acted On = Prosperity

            1. Quote:  This was the mind of God for Isaac, and Isaac chose to flow with it. The Lord said he would bless him in this land, yet there was drought, no rain from above. By now the rivers had run dry or were so low that there was not enough water flow to irrigate as Abraham had told him the Egyptians had done.

            Isaac had faith like his father Abraham and knew that the Lord would not lie, and that what he had promised, he was well able to perform it. His thinking may have gone something like this, "I know God will bless me here, as He has promised. I need water to grow my crops. There is no rain, no water from above. The rivers are dry, no water available from them...."

            And right about there, the idea must have hit him, "There must be water available from below. I could irrigate my crops using well water." He adapted the cutting edge technology of his day to the conditions existing in Canaan, and his crops grew when nobody else's would. Remember,

            Prov 8:12  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

            Because of this one idea from God, not only did Isaac have plenty of food for his household, but an abundance left over to sell to the Philistines. His prosperity really began to increase rapidly now, as the wealth of the Philistines was transferred from them to him.

            In fact, he became so rich and powerful that the king said that Isaac's household was more mighty than the entire nation of the Philistines, and they sought a peace treaty with him. You don't have to be a genius to prosper. All it takes is one idea from God, acted upon.

E. Deut 29:29 KJV:  The secret things (hidden realities) belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.                 

         1.  God’s secrets are FOR us.  As He had a secret hidden and reserved for Isaac, so does He in this hour.  Right now it is His secret, but He wants it to become our secret.

         2. Prov 2:6-7 AMP:  6 For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity,

         3. As the secret He had reserved for Isaac was an idea that no one had ever seen before, I believe He has ideas for us to prosper that no one has ever seen before. 

         4. One idea, one Word from God, and Isaac acted on it brought a wealth transference.  As he was the only one in the land of Gerar who had food in the drought, undoubtedly the inhabitants of the land had to come to him to buy food.

         5. One idea, one interpretation from God of Pharaoh’s dream, brought a wealth transference in the land of Egypt.

F.  Where are the solutions and strategies, the secrets that we need to fulfill our destinies, that we need for any problem or crisis in our lives?

         1. They are hidden and stored up for us --- in the Word and in our born again spirit.  As we lift    our voice for the hidden Wisdom, seek and search the Word as for buried treasure, mix that with tongues, mysteries and secrets are revealed.  Once they are revealed, they become ours and our children’s forever that we may do all we are called to do.

G.  How does Isaac’s story compare to us today?

         1. Here we are in Lamar, Missouri…population 4500, rural community located in the heart of the United States.

         2. To look in the natural you cannot “see” a lot of opportunity for prosperity….a type of famine.

         3. As Isaac was told not to leave where he was, so He has not let many of us leave here.  He has brought us together for His purpose.  We have spent years digging down deep into underground waters.  Fruitfulness – digging out deep roots of religion, etc., overcoming strategies and schemes of the enemy which has stopped up the wells.

         4. Isaac was called to stay in Gerar in a time of famine & prosper so much that God’s glory was manifested in the whole region,   Gen 26:26-29 NASB:  26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with his adviser Ahuzzath, and Phicol the commander of his army. 27 And Isaac said to them, "Why have you come to me, since you hate me, and have sent me away from you?" 28 And they said, "We see plainly that the Lord has been with you; so we said, 'Let there now be an oath between us, even between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.

         5. If God has called us here to this place in Lamar, Missouri, in a time of famine to persevere and display His glory, His manifested presence right here in the heart of America, does He not have a Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom, one idea that is acted on, to gather in the wealth we need to display heaven on earth? 

         6.  This is the hour of restoration!  The Wisdom is hidden but stored up for us.  He has the plan, but we must go after it, not settle for anything less than the “perfect” will of God, where the 100fold return is.  He has the plan for each of us—an idea for something that no one has ever seen before.  God is no respecter of persons.  If He would do it for Isaac, would He not do it for you?  After all, Gal. 3:29:  We who are in Christ are Abraham’s seed.

         7. Let’s take a minute and expose lies, unbelieving things which keep us from believing that we could get one idea that would bring a wealth transfer:  a. I live in Lamar in a depressed economy.  b. I am just a young person.  c. I’m too old, can’t labor like in my youth.  d. I’m a single woman—or I’m a single man, no mate to help me.  e. I don’t have money to invest in a project.  f. What do you hear? 

         8. What is the Truth of the matter?  Gen 18:14 KJV:  Is anything too hard for the Lord?

         9.  Last night in prayer, we prayed about finances, specifically connections, partners, etc. Tonight I want us to pray for the hidden Wisdom that is stored up for each of us in this hour. Finances are not only going to come from without our body.  They are going to come from within this body.

Additional Scriptures:

Mark 4:20-25 AMP:  20 And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit — some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much.  21 And He said to them, Is the lamp brought in to be put under a peck measure or under a bed, and not [to be put] on the lampstand? 22 [Things are hidden temporarily only as a means to revelation.] For there is nothing hidden except to be revealed, nor is anything [temporarily] kept secret except in order that it may be made known. 23 If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend. 24 And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure[of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure[of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you — and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. 25 For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force],

Rom 12:2 KJV:  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

John 16:7 AMP:    7 However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].

John 16:13-15 NASB:  13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 "He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you. 15 "All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you.