Saturday, 14 November 2015

PROGRESSIVE BLESSING


TEXT: GENESIS 24:35, GEN 26:12-13, GEN 30: 41-43
And the LORD has blessed my master greatly; and he has become great: and he has given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and donkeys (Genesis 24:35).
 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great. (Genesis 26: 12-13).
And it came to pass, when the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters that they might conceive among the rods. But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. And the man increased exceedingly, and had large flocks, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and donkeys. (Genesis 30:41-43).
The scripture made us to know that it is the blessing of God that makes riches without adding sorrow (Proverbs 10:22). It is not your hard labour that makes riches, your intellectual knowledge or intelligence is not enough to prosper you.
If it is hard labour that makes riches; Peter wouldn’t have toiled all night without any tangible result to show for his labour. Peter’s hard labour was fruitless until Jesus blessed him by instructing him on what to do for him to record success (to launch into the deep-Luke 5:1-11).
The Lord assured us in Deuteronomy 28:12 that He would bless the work of our hands. This implies that you may work and struggle to no success if the Lord refuses to bless your endeavour. For anybody to record good and progressive blessing, you have to be in tune with God.
Our anchor scriptures describe the greatness of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The adjective used to describe their blessing and greatness was progressively increasing from generation to generation, from the first generation (Abraham) to the third generation (Jacob).
Abraham was described as great, Isaac was described as very great and Jacob was described as exceedingly great. This illustration shows that you and your generation to come can enjoy God’s progressive blessing, because this is the pattern He designed for His children. Hence, you must be in tune with Him, you must allow God to direct your path and you must live in total obedience of His word.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob obeyed God, they allowed God to direct their path, and they followed the leading of God without swerving or swaying away from His instruction. You and your generation to come can enjoy such blessing as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, provided you listen to God and train your children to live in the way of the Lord and not to depart from it so that they in turn would pass it to their children (Joel 1:3).

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