• Pastor Rusty Owens

Increase

“When Isaac planted in that land, he reaped in the same year a hundred times what he had sown, * because the *Lord blessed him.” Gen. 26:12

Isaac’s father Abraham has passed and there is famine in the land. This is a hard season for him, but the Lord appears unto him telling him not to go down to Egypt (Mizraim), but stay in the land that He (Yhovah) will show him. I’m supposing God is telling him specifically not to go to Egypt because that is what his father did when he first experienced famine in the land. Sometimes God demands that we do not follow the course of our fathers. Isaac is to remain in the land that God promises to give to his descendants someday. So Isaac remains in the land and “sows” (zara) in the land and the Lord blesses him a hundredfold. What an act of faith, sowing seed contrary to the condition of the land and receiving a harvest one hundredfold, “Because the Lord blessed him.”

How many of you perceive the blessings of God on your life. Or is there an absence of His blessing on your life? In some cases, it is because of the absence of action on your part. Look at Isaac, he sowed seed not because the conditions were favorable but he did it in faith because God told him to remain in the land. He sowed despite conditions. If there is an absence of an increase in your life, maybe it’s because you haven’t given God something to work with. Learn the principle of sowing. You cannot receive a harvest where seed has not been sown.🤔 Now I’m sure Isaac prepared the soil the best he could despite the harsh conditions the soil had to be in, BUT GOD BLESSED HIM! Sometimes your not experiencing blessing because your not sowing into the land. The way the text read he received one hundred times more than what he sowed. Also, notice the “blessing “ was associated with an increase. Very seldom do we associate blessing with Decrease. Nobody in the history of anybody looks at the scourge of poverty and says, “There’s the blessing of God.” Spiritual laziness is a scourge and never leads to an increase. If you truly do not perceive the blessings of God on your life, you ought to. There ought to be perceivable blessings in the life of every child of Abraham. “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” Gal. 3:9. Learn to sow in the land and look for increase.

Amen.

Pastor Rusty