“Stay in this place…and I will bless you” (Genesis 26:3)
A note to those who find this to be your first visit to my blog ~ you are walking in during a movie that is already playing. No problem; welcome! You might want to backtrack for a moment to get caught up with the unfolding plot. Begin at January 1, 2013 – that was the first post in this ongoing series about how God wants to bless us with financial stability during these turbulent times.
And now, to my regular readers, back to the movie:
We have been looking at “the blessing given to Abraham” by God; the eulogy which God spoke over the man’s life, and the results of that blessing upon him, and his descendants. I thought it would be good, therefore, that we take a close look at Isaac, Abraham’s promised son. Surely, if the blessing of Abraham truly passes on to his descendants, then we would see the blessing in Isaac’s life, just as it was in his father.
But, suprisingly, we do not; at least, not initially. There were some unresolved issues in Isaac that actually blocked the blessing of the Lord from coming fully upon him. And until he faced these issues and came into alignment with God’s will regarding them – he himself would not be blessed; even though he was the direct descendant of Father Abraham himself.
The point here is that you cannot ride on the coat-tails of others when it comes to inheriting the blessings of the Kingdom. Though God wanted Isaac to be blessed, just as his father had been, there were five principle issues that Isaac had to personally deal with in order for the blessing to come. I call these the Five Principles of Prosperity (i.e., breaking through to God’s higherst and best for our lives).
I maintain that these same five principles apply to us today.
#1 – The Principle of Place
The Lord said to Isaac, “Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you” ( Gen 26:3). There is a place where the Lord wants you to dwell. Many people flit about like bees in a garden, gathering bits of pollen here and there, but never experiencing the fullness of God’s blessing – nor the peace that comes with it.
Though we are pilgrims, we are not nomads. We have a place assigned to us by our Lord. “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” (Act 17:26)
God’s blessing for Isaac were preconditioned upon him dwelling in the specific land where God had placed him.
To illustrate this further, consider Jeremiah. “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house,” the Lord told him, “and there I will cause thee to hear my words.” (Jer 18:2). And remember Elijah, whom God sent to stay by the brook Cherith, “I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there” (1 Kings 17:4). And yet one more. The King invited the beloved Shulamite to the garden vineyards, saying, “there will I give thee my loves” (Song 7:12).
In each of these the PLACE is important. Had they gone to any other place but that which was appointed – they would be on their own. Are you in the PLACE where the Lord wants you to be? The place the Lord has called “THERE”….that’s where God’s blessings await you!
That’s the first matter you must face before the fullness of His blessings can be poured forth upon your life. Tomorrow we will look at the second principle of prosperity.