Don’t Count Yourself Out!
Hello Partners and Friends,
Genesis 26:1-6; 12-14 – “Now there was a famine in the land—besides the earlier famine of Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelech 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. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspringa all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.” So Isaac stayed in Gerar.”
“Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.” (NIV)
Right now the world is experiencing a famine. Governments are toppling, national debts and economic collapses, riots are taking place, they’re talking about a double-dip recession and on and on. However, we as the children of God are connected to a different Kingdom. We have access to a place that is doing just fine. However, if we’re not careful the famine mentality can get on us. Isaac was in the middle of the famine and he began to act like everyone else. He thought he had to go to Egypt and leave the land God had given him. In other words he decided to bail on his destiny to survive.
Please hear me out. Don’t bail on your destiny just to survive. God doesn’t want you surviving, He wants you thriving! He has a divine call on your life. He has placed you on the earth for such a time as this. Stay where God has planted you. Dream, build and sow your life in the direction God has you going and you will produce!
Several years ago Alyssa and I were experiencing a personal famine. We had no money and everything was going wrong around us. Yet God kept telling me to stay right where I was at and that He was going to bless. Today we’re reaching so many more people for God than we were even a year ago. I believe the main reason is because we obeyed the voice of God. Listen to the Holy Spirit, don’t bail on your destiny just yet and don’t count yourself out.
Matt & Alyssa Shull