Starting this week I'll be combining both studies as I don't often have time to post on this blog more than once a week. So this week I'll be sharing both the 40 week fast as well as the 40 week study on prosperity.
Here we go with the fast:
"Things might not get better. They seem to be getting worse!"
This thinking is not an option today or EVER! No matter how bad things have gotten financially or in ANY AREA OF YOUR LIFE, God has promised that they will get better.
Let’s change it today:
1. The path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter until the full day (Proverbs 4:18).
2. God is the God of increase, not decrease. 1 Corinthians 3:6 says, “One plants, another waters, BUT GOD GIVES THE INCREASE.”
3. You have a covenant of increase from God. Psalm 115:14 says “May the Lord give you increase”. Deuteronomy 1:11 says, “May the Lord..increase you a thousand times and bless you as He has promised.”
4. Eliminate the ‘half empty glass’ mentality. In fact, don’t accept it half full either! Think: My cup runs over! (Psalm 23:4)
5. Your life is going to end up better than it started! Ecclesiastes 7:8 says, "Better is the end of a thing than the beginning." Haggai 2:9 says, "The latter days of this house shall be greater than the former."
6. EXPECT THE BEST TODAY! In Luke 15:22 the father said, "bring the best robe, and put it on my son..." You are God’s child. He wants the best for you. Believe for goodness and mercy to follow you all the days of your life.
THINK IT & SAY IT:
No matter what is happening in this world, things are getting better and better for me! God has made me righteous through His blood; therefore, my path is getting brighter and brighter every day.
My inner man is being renewed, day by day. I have a covenant of increase and God is increasing me, and all that I have, more and more. I expect the best today. He has saved the best for last and therefore I expect my coming days to be better than my past days, in Jesus’ Name!
Now on to the 40 week study on Prosperity:
Thriving in the Midst of Famine
A. Genesis 26:1—There Was a Famine in the Land
a. Severe shortage
b. Extreme scarcity
c. Serious economic downturn
2. Dark time for those who…
a. Don’t know God
b. Don’t know their covenant with God
c. Fear, panic, uncertainty, hopelessness
3. What the word tells
a. Job 5:20, 22 (NLT): “He will save you from death in time of famine…. You will laugh at destruction and famine.”
b. Psalm 33:18-19: “The eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in His mercy [NLT—rely on His unfailing love]; to deliver their soul from
death, and to keep them alive in famine.”
c. Psalm 37:18-19: Even in famine they will have more than enough.
i. HEB: “…He will supply until no more is needed.”
4. In famine, we don’t just survive—WE THRIVE!
a. Prosper, flourish, succeed, advance
b. Grow vigorously
c. Increase in goods and estateus about famine
5. Proverbs 10:22: “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
B. Genesis 26—Isaac Thrived in Famine
1. Verses 1-6: Stay where you are—obedience.
a. God needed him there.
b. God needs us right here, right now.
c. Zechariah 8:13 (NLT): “Among the other nations, Judah and Israel became symbols of a cursed nation. But no longer! Now, I will rescue you and make you
both a symbol and a source of blessing. So don’t be afraid. Be strong, and get on with rebuilding the temple!”
d. We are a symbol of THE BLESSING.
e. We are a source of THE BLESSING.
i. Genesis 12:2-3 (AMP): “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and
distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]…. In you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will
ii. Psalm 21:6 (AMP): “…You make him to be blessed and a blessing forever.”
2. Verse 12: He sowed and received in the same year one hundredfold—and the Lord
b. Psalm 65:11-13 (NLT): “You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness
become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout
and sing for joy!”
c. In the same year.
3.Verse 13: Isaac waxed great, went forward and became very great.
a. (NLT): He became a rich man and his wealth only continued to grow.
b. He was thriving—flourishing, succeeding, advancing, growing vigorously, increasing in goods, estates, bulk and stature.
c. He became stronger and more powerful in wealth and influence.
4. Verse 14: He had possessions of flocks of sheep, herds of cattle and a great store of servants.
a. Philistines were jealous.
b. They wanted to stop him.
5. Verses 22-24: He didn’t give up—he wouldn’t quit.
b. (NLT): “…At last the Lord has created enough space for us prosper [thrive, flourish, succeed, advance and grow vigorously] in this land.”Unusual yield—even in fertile regions, not greater than twenty-five to fiftyfold.Rehobeth (HEB) = room, streets, a broad and spacious place, an enlargement.C. In Order to Thrive in Times of Famine, We Must Keep Doing What Isaac Did
1. Keep obeying God.
a. Obedience is where THE BLESSING is.
b. Isaiah 1:19: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.”
2. Keep sowing seed.
a. It is always a good time to sow into the kingdom of God.
b. Ecclesiastes 11:4 (AMP): “He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”
3. Keep tithing.
a. Isaac tithed—how do we know?
b. Genesis 14:20: Abraham gave tithes of all
c. Genesis 18:19: “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord….”
4. Keep on walking by faith.
a. Isaac didn’t quit standing in faith.
b. Hebrews 10:35 (AMP): “Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.”
c. Galatians 6:9 (AMP): “Let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we
do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”
5. Psalm 92:12-14: Keep attending church.
a. Verse 12: “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.”
b. Verse 13: “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.”
c. Verse 14: “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.”
i. Our future is secure in Him.
D. Thriving In a Time of Famine—Confession
I am not moved by what I see.
I am not moved by what I hear.
I am going up higher.
I am going to keep obeying.
I am going to keep sowing.
I am going to keep believing.
I am going to keep receiving.
I am going to keep on walking by faith.
In a time of famine,we are thriving.
We are prospering.
We are flourishing.
We are succeeding.
We are advancing.
We are growing vigorously.We are increasing.
So there you have it. I hope you are enjoying this combined 40 week study on financial freedom and peace and prosperity as much as I am enjoying sharing it with you.