Isaac - What to do when life seems to push you around?
3 John 1:2 NKJV
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Isaac - Was a son of inheritance and blessing. Yet he had this experience. What did he do?
Genesis 26:1-6 NIV
Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. (2) The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. (3) Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. (4) I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, (5) because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” (6) So Isaac stayed in Gerar.
Genesis 26:12-13 NIV
Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. (13) The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.
But then … 3 Challengers to 'a good journey’
1.The challenge of Abimelech - an old rival or old criticism.
Genesis 26:14-16 NIV
He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. (15) So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth. (16) Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”
2 Corinthians 10:4 GNT
The weapons we use in our fight are not the world's weapons but God's powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments
2.The challenge of Gerar - quarrelling - esek - challenge to our 'rights as a child of God'. “That’s not yours”.
Genesis 26:17-20 NIV
So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. (18) Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them. (19) Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. (20) But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (6) in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
3.The challenge of Sitnah (satan = Spiritual warfare)
Genesis 26:21 NIV
Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.
1 John 4:4 NIV
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Genesis 26:22 NIV
He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.
1.Attitude of 'Keep on getting up and moving on’.
2.Dont’ let challenges be a part of your future.
3.Keep digging wells in your anointing and gifting - it stays attached to you!
4.The future promises are great in God - keeping his promises always in front of you. (Journalling)
Jesus is our coach in this
Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2) fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (3) Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart