Prospering In Times of Plenty and Lack

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Prospering In Times of Plenty and Lack

Financial crises have come and gone, but God’s people who truly trust the Lord have prospered both in times of plenty and in times of lack!

In fact, according to God’s Word, His hand is always revealed in times of lack. For example, as recorded in Genesis 26, Isaac prospered supernaturally and miraculously, while King Abimelech and the Philistines all around suffered great loss and famine. Isaac was not affected, not even for one minute: “For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him” (Genesis 26:14).

That happened after Isaac sowed seed during famine, an unnatural thing to do, yet he received a hundredfold harvest within months! And King Abimelech and the Philistines experienced financial disaster daily. They were so envious that finally the king came and asked Abraham’s blessed son to leave: “And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we” (Genesis 26:16).

After Isaac left, the Philistines realized more than ever how much Isaac had been blessed. And without the blessing upon him, they would have lost their own lives. King Abimelech and the leaders came to him:

And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you? And they said, We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt 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 26:27-29)

What God did for Isaac, He did with Abraham previously; then He did it again with Jacob afterward and repeatedly with His people Israel.

Laughing During Famine?
In these troubled times God’s Word assures us, “He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword…. At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh” (Job 5:19-20, 22).

The righteous laugh in the face of famine!

The Bible declares that God will satisfy us financially and physically, even in times of famine and financial chaos: “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).

What God has done, He still does. What God has done, He will continue to do. This is not the time to fear! This is the time to trust and rejoice in the Lord, for His promises are “yea and amen”—they cannot fail.

The Bible later reminds us, “Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).

God’s Plan for You
God Almighty wants to prosper and bless you. That is God’s plan for you. All He is looking for is your obedience. As you trust only in the Lord, the Bible tells us:

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

He also promises that He will open the windows of heaven “that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).

And the Son of God Himself also tells us, “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).

The Door to Plenty, Even in Economic Turmoil
These are not promises of lack. These are promises of supernatural abundance that are beyond our comprehension!

And the door to supernatural provision, even in times of famine and chaos, is through obedience and faithfulness to God’s Word. As long as believers support the work of God, they have nothing to fear; but those who do not support the work of God and the spreading of His Gospel do not enjoy that same protection and have much to fear.

Giving to the work of the Lord—I repeat!—giving to the work of the Lord is the secret to abundance! When we join hands with Jesus Christ and give to His work—spreading His Gospel to the ends of the earth—He has guaranteed that we cannot and will not lack financially! The same cannot be said of those who do not give to His work, so I urge every believer to protect yourself and your family by being generous with the work of God.

All you have to do to secure your present and future is give to the Lord’s work and let your faith be established in God’s Word. The Lord even promises to bless and prosper and protect your children and your children’s children.

When you give to God, you build a wall of protection around you and your family. You cannot lose! It is impossible for you to lose, for your guarantee comes from the highest authority in heaven and on earth.

God’s Promise to You
I am sending you this note to remind you of God’s promise and to tell you that as long as your trust is in the Lord, you stand on solid, unmovable, unshaken ground!

Do not let the world or the news weaken your faith in the mighty God of heaven and earth. God is not a man that He should lie. His promises are eternal, and your life and future are safe. You will be safe forever as long as you trust the Lord.

So today, as you obey His precious Word and give to His glorious Gospel, He promises to increase you “on every side” (Psalm 71:21). Remember, every time you give, the Gospel will be preached, for it is your giving that enables me to preach the Gospel around the world, with the Holy Spirit confirming His Word with signs following.

When we give to the Lord, we receive abundance in return: “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10).

God has an answer to the looming financial crisis. Give today to the Lord, for surely He will fulfill His Word! Honor Him today with your substance. Honor Him with the firstfruits of all your increase. And He promises in His eternal Word that your barns will be filled with plenty and your presses will burst out with new wine!

Read this wonderful promise and apply it to your life—in fact put yourself in the verse as you read it: “He

[I] shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his [my] fruit in his [my] season; his [my] leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he [I] doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).

Debt Cancellation
Now is your time. Disregard the reports of famine, destruction, lack, and hopelessness. Your situation is not nearly as bad as Isaac’s or the widow’s were, yet they both stepped out.

Remember that your greatest days are ahead. Your future is healthier than your past, brighter than your past, and more prosperous than your past!

We know it is “not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6)

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