BLESSED BY 'FAITH'

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Genesis 26:1-3 Now there was a famine in the land…and Isaac went down to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live… and I will be with you and bless you.

Isaac is God’s Promise – he is the ‘promised child’ to Abraham; he is God’s Blessing. Yet, there is a famine in the land. In fact, it's not just one famine it’s two! Abraham had his famine and now Isaac gets his.

And here is what’s so profound about this picture…

You can be in the place of God’s Promise, you can be in the middle of God’s Blessing, but you are surrounded by famine!

Some people think that the Blessing of the Lord means a ‘trouble free life’ filled with ‘comfort and convenience’.

The Holy Spirit is called “parakletos,” which means “comforter”, but comfort is not the goal. 

Often, comfort and convenience will never cooperate with Calling. That’s because you need to step out of your comfort zone to step into the zone of your Calling. Learning to step out in faith with God will always feel uncomfortable and will usually always be inconvenient.

Learning to attend church regularly is often inconvenient; learning to tithe will be inconvenient; learning to pray and praise often makes you feel uncomfortable at first…

So don’t be guided by comfort and/or convenience in your life. Don’t confuse these with God’s Peace.

God called Isaac blessed even in a time of famine. 

So we have to learn to understand ourselves not based on our circumstances or setting, but God’s Word.  

Ephesians 1:3 says we have been blessed in the heavenlies with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Isaac was blessed because God called Him blessed and you are blessed because the Word of God also calls you blessed.

And what we see in Isaac’s life are his circumstances changing to come into agreement with God’s declared Word. And it will be the same for you. Blessing flows in proportion to your own revelation that you are blessed because of Christ within you. This is called Faith.

If you are looking to your surroundings to obtain evidence of being blessed, you are focusing on the wrong source – that’s not faith. Faith starts and ends by looking to Christ. Understand this theological truth about faith and start declaring that over your life and like Isaac, you too will be blessed in a time of famine. 

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Look to Christ as the evidence of your blessing.