Creflo Dollar Ministries

Dear Zoe Partner

Recession, inflation, and economic hard times have been with mankind virtually since the beginning of time. They are not new conditions demanding new solutions. The biblical answers to these economic conditions first appear early in the book of Genesis.

“And there was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham…” 
(Genesis 26:1).

God gave Isaac very specific instructions to follow in order to prosper during those economic hard times:

1. Stay faithful to God’s commands.
The Lord told Isaac He would bless him because “Abraham obeyed His voice and kept His charge, commandments, statutes, and laws” (Genesis 26:5). Don’t let circumstances ruin your good, Christian habits and lifestyles.
Many saints become inconsistent in times of economic pressure; however, fluctuation from your Christian principles will only weaken you further.

2. Don’t follow the world’s philosophy.
Because of the famine, everyone was leaving for Egypt, but the Lord had a different program for Isaac:

“Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of; Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee,
and will bless thee…
(Genesis 26:2, 3).

Move to a new city or state only upon God’s command, not because of rumors about
prosperity being there. Remember, God can bless you in any location.

 “Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field” 
(Deuteronomy 28:3).

3. Sow generously during the famine.
Isaac went forth under the Lord’s instruction, and he “sowed in that land, and received
in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him” (Genesis 26:12).
Early on in His precious Word, God set down this principle of biblical economics. God intended for Isaac to
conquer the famine, and He gave him the prosperity principles that were needed to emerge victorious from it.

These same biblical principles apply to you and me today. Begin to use them now in your own life.

 Remember:
• Stay faithful to God’s commands.
• Don’t follow the world’s philosophy.
• Sow generously during the famine.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 clearly indicates how the world’s way is different from God’s way
when dealing with economic matters:

“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.”

The people who were fleeing to Egypt in Isaac’s day were looking too closely at their unpleasant circumstances.
They observed the
winds of hard times. They regarded the clouds of gloom and doom. So, they uprooted their families, abandoned their possessions and their homes, and headed straight for Egypt.

After all, everybody was doing it. But it was sowing, not fleeing, that delivered Isaac from his circumstances.
The seeds he sowed delivered him.

God told Isaac to stay and sow seeds for a harvest in the midst of a famine. He said:
“Isaac, don’t look at your circumstances. Don’t look at the famine around you. Ignore the winds and the clouds, and focus only on your desired goal. Consider only your need to eat and to prosper. If you want food for your family in the midst of famine, then you must first sow the seeds that will produce the harvest.” So Isaac sowed the seeds, without following the world’s methods, and God produced a harvest.

Do not listen to the world’s answers, even when the winds of hard times hit your family, or the clouds of gloom and doom are all around you. Instead, seek the voice of God. His way is not the world’s way. The world says to hoard all you can in the midst of a famine. The Word of God says to plant seed and expect to reap a harvest. Remember, hard times are the wrong times to stop giving to God.

 Be epic, prosperous, and blessed,
Creflo Dollar