THE SECRET OF WALKING IN ABUNDANCE
The promises listed from the book of Deut. 28 : 2 – 14 covers every area of our lives. The key to living in these abundant blessings of God is to hearken unto the voice of the Lord, to observe and to do all his commandments (His words). Here, the bible is talking about obedience to the voice (word) of God. Obedience to the word of God is one act that will cause us to live in plenty, even in the midst of scarcity.
Most nations of the world today are going through economic recession – the prices of basic life essentials have become prohibitive – this is famine in most lands. The land of Israel experienced similar situation in the days of the Prophet Elijah the Tishbite. There was famine in the land of Israel because it did not rain for a period of three and half years – (1 Kings 17). There was no food; there was no water in the land.
“And the word of the Lord came unto him saying; Get thee hence and turn eastwards and hide thyself by the brook Cherith that is before the Jordan. And it shall be that thou shall drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there” – 1 Kings 17 : 2 – 4.
The natural man would say, ‘Yes, Elijah can drink of the brook, but how can the ravens feed him? From where would they get the food when the entire land was in famine? It doesn’t just make sense. The same way it is with us today, God’s word and instructions regarding our life situation sounds foolish to every rational mind. But the foolishness of God is wiser than men (1 Corint. 1 : 25). The bible says, “so he (Elijah) went and did according to the word of the Lord; for he went and dwelt by the brook of Cherith… And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” – 1 Kings 17 : 5 and 6.
While people were dying of starvation in the entire land of Israel, the man of God who obeyed the voice of the Lord lived in abundance of God. So, if you will step out of Faith now in obedience to God’s word concerning your present situation, no matter how foolish it may look like in the natural, my friend you will just be stepping into the abundance of your God. Obedience to the word of God you are receiving now is the key and not human wisdom – based logic and rational conclusion. Remember that the foolishness of God’s word is wiser than the wisest man. The bible says if we hearken to the voice of the Lord and obey all his commandments, his blessings will come upon us and overtake us. They will overwhelm us.
Eventually, the bible says the brook dried up and again the word of the Lord came unto Elijah saying: “arise get thee to Zarephath, … and dwell there; behold I have commanded a widow woman to sustain thee there.”
To many of us today, this point will be where unbelief will creep into your mind. We would say, “After all God, you asked me to come to the brook and now it is dried up. And you are asking me now to go meet, of all people, a widow woman.”
But Elijah was one man that knew the integrity and faithfulness of his God. He obeyed without questioning. So, he arose and went to Zarephath. Elijah met the widow woman gathering sticks to prepare her last meal for herself and her son, after which they can die, as there was no hope for another source of food.
Is that your situation today? Just preparing to spend your last naira note or take your last meal of eba? Take heart, because you are not the first person to be there. As hopeless as the widow’s situation looked in the natural, the man of God who knew that he had heard from God would not be deterred. “ And Elijah said unto her fear not, go and do as thou hast said, but make me thereof a little cake first and bring in unto me , and after make for thee and thy son. For thus said the Lord God of Israel. The barrel of meal shall not waste neither shall the cruise of oil fail, until the day that the lord sendeth rain upon the earth,”
It took again a step of obedience on the part of the widow to do according to the word of Elijah. When she obeyed the voice of the Lord through the servant of the God, the Bible recorded that after that she and her household did eat many days instead of dying after the last meal. Obedience to the word of God will always move you out of lack, scarcity and insufficiency into abundance of GOD. The prophet Elijah and the widow woman lived in plenty in the midst of famine because she obeyed the voice of the Lord. What are you doing with the word of God that you hear always, even right now? Determination on your part to obey and do what the word says in every situation will launch you into the prosperity of God even in these harsh economic times.
Another important principle that causes us to walk in abundance of God is giving. The Bible exhorts us to give of our love, talent, time, money etc and it shall be given to us. “Good measure pressed down shaken together and running over shall God cause men to give into your bosom.” Our giving is the seed which we plant in order that we may reap a harvest. The Bible says, “As long as the earth remaineth, day and night…seed time (planting time) and harvest time shall never cease.” The widow woman gave her last meal and that brought her a continual harvest until the Lord sent rain upon the land. Friends, we can give our way out of lack and abject poverty. Giving especially by the leading of the Holy Spirit is a powerful way that takes us into the flowing of the abundance of God.
God Himself is the greatest giver of all time. When Adam sold out to Lucifer, Satan the devil, God lost the entire humanity to the devil. And in order for God to regain and win back man , He gave his very best, His love, His only begotten son Jesus Christ. And today because God gave Jesus Christ , many sons and daughters, including you and I, have been won into glory. The best and the quickest way to recover that which the enemy has stolen from you is through giving.
Beloved , God is calling us to a life of obedience and the fruit of obedience shall be ours – obedience to the word of God in every situation. Obedience in giving will usher you into the unlimited resources of God. We can expect God to…”Supply all our needs according to His riches (not according to our salary or business) in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philipians 4:19 ).