Blessed in the Time of Famine

Posted 30 September 2009 in Posts / Kenneth Copeland
Experts and layment alike are straining their eyes, searching the financial landscape for signs of economic recovery.  The slightest uptick in the stock market ignites their hope. The slightest downturn extinguishes it again.  Yet they keep searching for evidence the economy is turning around and things are going to be all right.

But, they are looking in the wrong place.
The recovery they so fervently long for is not going to come from the godless, economic system of this world. That system is like a runaway train. Just as a runaway train can’t be fixed by disconnecting the brakes, the problem of overwhelming debt can’t be fixed by borrowing more money. But that’s what the people trying to fix this economy are doing because they’re walking in darkness and don’t have any other answers.

I’m not saying the situation is hopeless, that we should give up and start saying things like, “They’ve gotten us into such debt we can never repay it! There isn’t enough money in the world to get this financial burden off our backs!”

That’s an easy perspective to slip into these days. I slipped into it myself not long ago. But, the Lord corrected me. He said:

People can’t pay off a multi-trillion-dollar debt,but I can. Trillions are nothing to Me. I’ll rid you of this debt. I’ll pay it, and when I do the United States of America will be stronger than ever. Her light will shine once again. Many, many souls—more than ever efore—will come to Me to make covenant with Me and you will lead them out of darkness into the marvelous light. Then you’ll shout, ‘Remember! It is Jesus who has given you the power to get wealth!’ And those around you will preach the gospel of the kingdom to more than you ever dreamed you would.

How will God do it?
He will do it through the Church! The money is going to come because we believed for it; and it’s going to come through our hands because we are BLESSED—and “THE BLESSING of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).

The Church’s economy isn’t in financial trouble. What’s falling apart is the Babylonian system created by man’s desire to meet his own needs without God, and we’re not bound to that system. We’re in God’s Eden-Covenant system, and Jesus—our High Priest, the Melchizedek of that system—is here to minister THE BLESSING to us right in the middle of this mess.

That’s why we’re here! This current economic crisis didn’t surprise God. He knew it was coming, and He spent the entire 20th century preparing His people for this day and hour. He has been teaching us year after year how to walk in THE BLESSING of Abraham so He would have a body of believers He could call on and say, I’m putting this nation in your hands. What are you going to do with it?

“I’ll Bless You Right Here”

Right now the Body of Christ is in the same position Isaac was when famine hit the land of Canaan. Famine is a time of lack. It’s associated with failure and hunger.Famine includes everything the curse can produce to destroy people in a wide region.

People who don’t know how to live in THE BLESSING are tempted to cut and run when famine hits. They start looking for a place to escape from it. That’s what Isaac’s father, Abraham, did when he first ran into famine. In the early days of his walk with God, before he knew what God wanted to do for him through THE BLESSING, he packed up and went to Egypt when times got tough.

Isaac started to pull up stakes when he found himself in that situation. However, he knew
more than his father knew and he’d seen what the covenant of God could do. So when the Lord said to him, “Don’t go to Egypt. Stay put and I’ll BLESS you right here,” he believed
it and obeyed. He sowed seed in the midst of that famine-ridden land. “And the man waxed great, and went forward,and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines
envied him” (Genesis 26:13-14).

The phrase waxed great doesn’t mean Isaac became famous. It means Isaac’s life, his ministry, his family and his finances grew. The Hebrew text says he became very wealthy. These days people would say he was independently wealthy. But in reality, he was dependently
wealthy. He depended totally on the word of God. He depended completely upon THE BLESSING to prosper him. He had such confidence in it that when everyone else was hoarding their seed, waiting for the drought to end and conditions to be right for farming, Isaac sowed and reaped a hundredfold harvest.

While everyone else was in trouble and losing financially, he was increasing. He amassed more wealth in that year of famine than he had all of his life up to that time, and he was already wealthy.

The Lord spoke to me about that in prayer not long ago. He said those of us who go forward and keep obeying His Word during the tough times we’re in right now will experience the same thing Isaac did. We’ll become very great in times of need—not to put more money in the bank to protect ourselves, but to minister bread to the eater and seed to the sower. We’ll
be BLESSED so richly we’ll be able to bring more souls into the kingdom of God than ever before.

For us this isn’t a bad time—it’s a time of great opportunity!
There will, however, be persecution. There always is.Isaac found that out and so will we. He was minding his own business when the Philistines started harassing him. They envied his prosperity, so they stopped up the wells his father had dug and filled them with dirt (verse 15).

What kind of sense did that make?
To stop up water wells in the desert during a drought because you’re jealous of someone is stupid. But the Philistines did it—and they didn’t stop there. After plugging up Isaac’s wells, King Abimelech said to him, “Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we” (verse 16).

If there’s anything dumber than stopping up wells during famine, it’s running off the one guy who is contributing to the economy. But Abimelech was too mad to consider that. According to Hebrew commentaries, all he could think about was how humiliating it was that in the middle of the famine, Isaac had prospered so much his estate had gotten bigger than Abimelech’s palace.

Just Dig Another Well

Isaac wasn’t looking for a fight. So he did what the king asked him to do.

And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah. And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land (verses 17-22).

Bless Isaac’s heart! Those people wouldn’t leave him alone. He’d dig a well, they’d come fuss with him and he’d give it to them. He’d move on, dig another well, and the same thing would happen again. Notice, he didn’t argue or get in strife. He just went someplace else and every time he dug, he hit water. The Lord directed him just across the valley and he hit an underground river—a gusher of water.

Although Isaac got to keep only one of the wells he had dug, his wells had BLESSED the whole land!

But the Philistines weren’t grateful. In fact, once the water started flowing and the fruit trees started blossoming, they decided to get rid of Isaac. We’ve got the wells, they thought. The famine is over. We’re fat and happy now. We’ll just kick that Jew out of here.

Big mistake.
Jewish historians tell us that when Isaac left, the wells dried up and the trees started dying again. The famine came back with a vengeance. It hadn’t run its course; it had just been stopped by THE BLESSING of Abraham.

When they saw everything withering up, the Philistines suddenly had a change of heart and said, “THE BLESSING of God is on him. He has a covenant with God that causes wells to spring up and trees to bear fruit. Bring him back and give him whatever he wants before we all starve to death!”

Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army. And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you? And they said, We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee…thou art now the blessed of the Lord. And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water (verses 26-29, 32).

Do you see what happened? The Philistines entered into covenant with Isaac, promised not to do him any harm and to honor his God, and the next thing you know Isaac’s foreman came rushing in saying, “Boss, we’ve hit water again!”

Abimelech and his general who was standing there with him must have been thinking, What’s going on? What is on this man that stops famines and causes water to flow? Whatever it is—we need him and we need his God!

Re-Dig the Old Wells, Then Dig New Ones

Recently, Gloria and I were sitting in our living room talking about these things and the power of God flooded the room. We got so excited we could hardly contain ourselves. The Lord showed us He is setting up the Body of Christ right now just like He set up Isaac. He is setting us up to bring THE BLESSING when and where it is desperately needed. He is opening the door for us to demonstrate the power of the covenant we have through the blood of Jesus right in the middle of the worst economic famine anyone in our lifetime has ever seen.

As I turned around to say something to Gloria about it, the word of the Lord came out of my mouth. He gave us some instructions to help prepare us for the time ahead. He said:

Dig in the old wells! Go back to the things I told you in the past when times got rough and you had to believe your way out of them. Get out your old tapes and listen to them again. Go back and meditate on the words I gave you. If there’s anything in the past I instructed you to do that you haven’t been doing, pick it up again. Go back and re-study those scriptures. Dig in the old wells, then dig new wells. Spend time praying in the spirit. Set aside a time to tithe and spend time doing it.

Notice, the Lord said we should spend time tithing. If you want to walk in the fullness of THE BLESSING, it’s not enough just to write a check and throw it in the offering bucket. Gloria and I learned that to truly honor God with our tithe, we must set aside a specific time each month to bring it to Him. Although we give all the time, and on occasion the Lord will tell us to tithe immediately on money that comes in, we have a certain time when we go together before the Lord to fellowship with Him over it. Often the Lord will say to us, Take Communion together this morning. I have some things I want to share with you.

I love those times because that’s THE BLESSING time. That’s when we receive revelations that take us to new levels of increase—spirit, soul and body. So, especially in this season, make sure you don’t miss out on it. Take extra time and seek the Lord over your tithe. Get together with your spouse and your children (if they’re pulling together with you in the faith) and step out of the rat race long enough to hear what God has to say to you.

If you haven’t been tithing—now is the time to start because if you’re not tithing, you won’t be part of the coming financial recovery. You’ll be in the same position Adam was.
He cut himself off from THE BLESSING by eating the fruit that belonged to God. He robbed God, blamed it on his wife, never repented for it and ended up under the curse.

“But Brother Copeland, I have to wait until I get some money before I can tithe.”

No, you don’t. Tithe something now. Bring whatever you have—shirt buttons, shoelaces, something!—get on your knees and honor God with it. Commit yourself to Him and say, “Father, from now on, I’ll honor You by giving You the first 10 percent of everything that comes through my hands.”

My mother and dad made that commitment to the Lord the day they got married. They actually included tithing in their wedding vows. They didn’t know nearly as much as we do about THE BLESSING. They didn’t have the revelation we have, but even so, all through the Great Depression, when people all around him were unemployed, my father had good jobs. If he got laid off one job, he always had another one within 24 hours.

He was BLESSED and, to the degree he knew how, he blessed others. He was always the man in the church who took care of the preacher and the evangelists. He went all the way through the Depression without experiencing the hurt and shame of it. He and mother never suffered the agony of the bad times that so many others did. He lived in another world—the world of the tither, the world of THE BLESSED of God.

That world is available to you and me all the time, only in far greater measure than it was then because so much has been revealed, particularly in the last 50 years, preparing us for this very hour. In my father’s day, when the world’s economic system hit the skids, the Church didn’t even believe she was supposed to have any money, much less be the answer for the rest of the world.

But it’s not that way now!
God has laid a foundation of revelation in this generation of believers. If we’ll stand on it by faith and stay on God’s side—on the giving side—THE BLESSING will do for us right in the midst of this financial famine what it did for Isaac! It will enable us to dig wells that will water this land both spiritually and naturally. No doubt, some folks will want to argue us out of them. They will try to get us in a fuss. But, like Isaac, we’ll just love them, move on and dig another well.

I’ve already seen in the spirit what’s coming. Because of THE BLESSING that’s flowing through us, the famine will stop momentarily and for a while people will go back to their old ways. Then the famine will return. That’s when they’ll realize what has happened. That’s when they’ll come looking for us. They’ll understand that THE BLESSING of Jesus on us is the source of our prosperity and they’ll cry out, “Come back!”

And I’ll confirm it, says the Lord. I’ll appear to many and the famine will be broken. You will wax great, the great end-time harvest of souls will be reaped, and there will be great rejoicing in the kingdom of God.