It’s not easy to remain strong and confident when things are deteriorating around you. Even for a seasoned believer it requires a bold and uncommon confidence and unshakable faith.
Yet, we can develop a faith-filled belief system by putting God’s Word first place in our personal priorities. When God’s Word is rooted in our lives it will bring stability into unstable situations.
One of the greatest examples of uncommon confidence is found in Genesis 26. Isaac was living in a region that had been devastated by a drought. The land had dried up and the crops were dying. The economy was decimated which caused all the families in the region to flee to Egypt with the hope of simply surviving.
Surrounded with desperate conditions, Isaac heard something radical from God:
Then the LORD appeared to him and said:
"Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 26:2).
As unreasonable as it appeared, Isaac stayed in the drought-dominated land because of what the Lord had said to him. You must realize that this was a life and death decision for Isaac along with all the families of Israel. He was the patriarch of Israel, and therefore responsible for leading the entire nation. If he made a wrong decision by remaining in the land, they could all perish.
Not only did Isaac remain in the land but he did something else that seemed unreasonable—he planted seeds expecting a harvest and believing that God’s plan was greater than the drought that surrounded him.
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 (Genesis 26:12-13).
Isaac prospered and saw a huge harvest—a hundredfold harvest—when others fled in fear. Why? Because Isaac followed God’s instructions, sowed seed and expected God to create a harvest!
This is such a powerful example for you and me right now. The pressure to fear, pull back, or quit always comes when conditions around us become desperate. But your faith can create conditions that supersede the pressure.
Sowing seeds saved Isaac and Israel in a time of severe famine. Sowing seed-faith offerings today does the same thing. Sowing in faith turns a pressure situation into a release of power.
When others are panicking in fear, you can turn this time of pressure into a testimony of God’s power doing amazing things. But to do so, you must keep your eyes, ears and heart in the right place. Don’t focus on the reports of disease and death. Whose report will you believe, the news media or God’s Word? Let God’s report of healing, protection, and provision dominate your mind. Apply the same principle as Isaac by sowing seed into the Kingdom to activate God’s provision.
Giving is such a big part of the life of faith. Not only does our giving honor God, but it is the corresponding action of our faith. James 2:17 clearly says our faith without action is phony, fruitless and dead. Living by faith takes corresponding action and one of those actions is trusting and honoring Him through our giving.
Proverbs 3:9-10 says it this way:
Glorify God with all your wealth, honoring him with your very best, with every increase that comes to you. Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy! (TPT).
Honoring God by giving in faith connects us to His promise of overflowing blessings. His abundance inside and out moves us into overflow mode.
Today, I want you to do three things as corresponding actions of your faith. First, fill your mind with faith building thoughts from God by meditating on His Word. Next, ask Him what seed you should sow like Isaac did. Lastly, get Vikki’s new book: Help, It’s Dangerous Out Here — How to Walk in Supernatural Protection. It is jam packed with faith-building examples and teaching. You can download it right now by going to www.dennisburkeministries.org or order a printed copy from our website.
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