Recently I have written notes of encouragement to my precious partners that, despite what the world is saying about the breakdown of the global economy, all is well for every believer who supports the work of the Lord Jesus and seeks the shelter of His blessing that only comes through sowing seed into His kingdom.
Especially when you sow to change your circumstances!
I have seen this confirmed time after time during recent weeks and months.
And I want you to hear the truth of this message again until it penetrates your heart, mind and spirit for if you can learn this vital lesson, you can change your circumstances, through obedience to His mighty Word forever.
Blessing During Famine and Financial Chaos
There is a Biblical truth that has tremendous application to every believer, and it is this:
Our God has always blessed His people during times of famine!
And although we are not necessarily in a season of famine as the Bible describes in Genesis, the principles that rescued Isaac from and through his circumstances have great application to our nation at this time of economic and global uncertainty. Look at this most amazing portion of God’s Word:
And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: 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. (Genesis 26:1-3)
Isaac was on his way to the land of Egypt, following in the footsteps of his father Abraham. Isaac believed that Egypt would sustain and help him, yet God said not to go to Egypt and directed his steps in a very different way. And true to his character he obeyed the voice of the Lord rather than following his earthly desire.
Isaac obeyed the Lord and stayed in the land while famine was all around him. Yet the Bible declares, Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him (Genesis 26:12).
Imagine this remarkable picture of a man sowing amidst the desolation of a stark and barren famine. Sowing in the belief that God would provide a bountiful harvest, and in spite of the famine gripping his homeland, must have been an unusual scene indeed. Most likely his neighbors thought he was a mad man to be sowing seed while the land was dry and dead. Yet all he had to rely on was the promise of God. The Lord had told him, I will be with thee, and I will bless thee.
All we need is one promise from God to change our lives forever!
The Bible declares, The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied (Psalm 37:18-19).
We shall be satisfied!
The Hebrew translation for this word is filled to satisfaction. We will be satisfied even in the days of famine if we are upright and obedient.
You see, the God we serve is not controlled by conditions. The God we serve controls the conditions.
Consider these three major keys from Isaac’s supernatural harvest:
Isaac sowed in times of famine, even when God didn’t tell him to do so. He knew God’s promises in his heart. He sowed when the land was in great famine, where there was absolutely no reason in the natural to do so. Still, he stepped out in faith and scattered the seed on the parched soil.
Isaac sowed to change the conditions! He knew from experience, from watching his earthly father Abraham sow seed in times of plenty and in times of need, that if he sowed in faith, he would change his circumstances, he was sowing for a supernatural harvest. And although he did not have the precious Word of God as we do today to be his guide, he acted upon the promises of God that he knew, and he sowed anyway because he wanted to sow beyond the circumstances. Even though the land was dead, yet he sowed, and the conditions quickly changed.
Isaac believed God and obeyed Him by not looking for help from the world and man. He looked to God as his Source. He sowed in the supernatural, taking ordinary, natural seed, but he sowed believing in a supernatural God! He didn’t wait for the conditions to change. He sowed so the conditions would change!
By so doing, he not only changed his situation, but he also changed the conditions of his land and the land of the neighboring region.
He knew, just as we can discover today, that when you sow in faith, believing in a supernatural God, it will not only change your situation, but it will also change the conditions around you and transform the circumstances of people all around you!
We are told in Genesis 26:14: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. He began with seed, but he ended up with flocks, herds, and a great amount of workers (husbandry) who nurtured Isaac’s increasingly prosperous farms.
What does Isaac’s supernatural harvest say to us today about sowing to change our circumstances?
We live in a world of turmoil!
And as our national debt rises every day, so it goes around the world. Even the most optimistic economists say that the future of our global economies is in dangerous and shaky conditions.
But remember, Isaac faced a far worse situation than we face now. Isaac was in a country surrounded by utter famine. The entire Philistine kingdom was in desperate trouble. Even the king was starving.
Yet in those dire circumstances, Isaac did the unthinkable. He stepped out in faith and began planting seed into the seemingly useless, dry soil. He stepped from the natural into the supernatural, and his obedience secured survival for himself, his family, his workers, and even the surrounding countrymen!
He sowed to change his circumstances!
Yes, Isaac’s obedience and his willingness to sow to change his circumstances touched the Philistines all around him.
The Outpouring Continues
Remember how King Abimelech, knowing the countrymen were envious of Isaac’s abundance, even in the midst of famine, said, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we (Genesis 26:16).
Soon after, as the supernatural outpouring continued on Isaac, his family, his crops, and his flocks, King Abimelech and his executive staff came to visit. Isaac asked, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you? (Genesis 26:27). The Philistines wanted to be part of the amazing blessing:
“And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath between us, even between us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee; That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD”. (Genesis 26:28)
They wanted to be close to him. They saw what had happened through his faith as he sowed to change his conditions!
Today, you and I have the same opportunity to impact not only our loved ones but also those around us.
Beyond Natural Sight
However, we cannot look at the circumstances around us. We cannot sow seed in accordance with what our natural eyes see. Our survival, as well as our abundance, depends upon seeing with supernatural eyes, then sowing seed to change our current conditions.
We are told, “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1); we know that He owns the cattle upon a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10).
God is about to pour this abundance into your hands, just as He did with Isaac (as well as with Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, the children of Israel, and Solomon).
And you are next! It is up to you to sow to change your circumstances!
God Is Ready to Change Your Conditions
Never forget this promise “I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten” (Joel 2:25).
So today, sow your seed in faith, regardless of the situation surrounding you. Believe the Lord to take care of you. As you sow your seed, remember that God gives seed to the sower. Release your seed today out of your hand, and He will multiply the seed abundantly.
God is ready to change your conditions, for He promises:
“And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts”. (Haggai 2:7-9)
You can impact the world all around you as you sow to change your conditions, regardless of the circumstances. Begin to activate the law of the supernatural harvest that is coming your way!
Sow to change your conditions, for we know our wonderful Jesus has promised, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again”(Luke 6:38).
Your conditions can be changed supernaturally as you learn to plant natural seed into God’s supernatural soil!
Do not negotiate with the Lord, but obey Him today. All you have to do is put God’s interests ahead of yours and see what He will do for you”. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Now Is the Time
Sow your seed with mighty expectations for today and the future! Sow to change your circumstances!
Now is the time, for your greatest days are ahead. Your future is so much greater than your past and your destiny is more prosperous than anything you have known in your earthly experience!
Thank you for all you have done for our precious Lord Jesus to take the Gospel around the world through crusades, broadcasts, and mission outreaches.
For the glorious and eternal cause of our precious Lord Jesus Christ,
May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!
May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!