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                      Thriving in the Midst of Famine

The word "famine" means a severe shortage, extreme scarcity, or a serious economic downturn.

There are Christians who are experiencing constant shortage, scarcity and lack and that is not the will of God for their lives. We need to take authority because Jesus has already done something about it for us on the cross.

In times of famine, we don’t just survive—we thrive.

Survive means – barely get by, merely exist.

Thrive means – flourish, succeed, advance, prosper, grow vigorously, increase in goods and estate.

As God’s covenant people, we prosper, we flourish, we succeed, we advance, we grow vigorously and we increase in goods and estate.

You don’t just survive, you thrive. You are thriving in the midst of tough times. You are experiencing Victory over lack.

This is a dark time for those who don’t know God or don’t understand their covenant with Him. It’s a time of fear, panic, uncertainty, and hopelessness for those who don't know God. But to those who are in the household of faith, (that's us), we do not need to fear. We prosper in tough times.

Genesis 26:1-6 NKJV

There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.

Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.  

And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.

Genesis 26:12-14 NKJV

Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.

The Lord blessed Isaac and The Blessing began to prosper him.

Isaac was Obedient

Isaac was obedient. He stayed in Gerar. He never went down to Egypt, which is a type of the world's system. Even though there was a famine, severe shortage, God had a Divine Plan to prosper Isaac in the midst of that famine. He stayed when God told him to stay. He followed God's counsel and guidance. God needed Isaac there and as a result of his obedience, God blessed him. The man began to prosper.  

Likewise, if we want to reap and see the blessings of God flow in our lives, then obeying God when He speaks to us is vitally important. Obedience releases blessings. We must stay where God tells us to stay because God needs us right here, right now to make a difference in the lives of others.

God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing.

Isaac Sowed

Not only was Isaac obedient to stay but he was obedient to sow when God told him. He sowed in tough times. He sowed in famine. He sowed when nobody else was sowing and he ended up reaping when nobody else was reaping. He reaped in the same year a hundredfold.

You and I need to keep sowing in tough times. We need to keep tithing and giving regardless of the pressures around us. The first thing you should never do is cut back on your giving when the pressure is around you. You will end up cutting yourself off from the flow of God's blessings. Don’t withhold more than is right. You don't have to reap seasonally. You can reap continually if you sow continually.

So fear not. Be of Good Cheer. Flow with God's plan for your life and you will thrive, flourish, succeed, advance, prosper, grow vigorously, increase in goods and estate in the midst of famine and tough times all around you. 

Ps. Lester Holland

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