Happy New Year to everyone! 2017 is our year of greatness as a church and individuals. You are going up in everything this new year. Receive the grace to run faster. In 2017, God is causing you to have victory all the time! You cannot fail because the Greater one is in you.
Today, I would like to begin this new year by sharing with you about the greatness of Isaac. On this first Monday of 2017, I want us to receive the greatness associated with him. “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him, 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 26:12-14). All great forms of greatness are rooted in blessings from God. God’s blessings make you great. When God blesses you, you wax, grow and become great. As you are receiving blessings and guidance everyday when you go into the house of the Lord, God is going to make you great. Do not try to understand it. Just believe it and receive it.
Now we are connected to Isaac as it is said in Galatians 4:28 “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” Just like Isaac was, how his life was and how it became, that is how you are going to be. God is showing us the link between all these great people in the Bible and our lives. Isaac’s greatness came in the form of financial blessings unlike that of his son Jacob. He had possessions of flocks, herds, great store of servants In the coming year, your possessions are going to increase. When God blesses us, we tend to forget what life was like for us before these blessings came. It is important that when these possessions increase, you remain grateful because you did not have much before. Let God be the first person you remember when you become great!
“And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:” (Genesis 26:1-2).This is master key to all kind of success: to follow what God says. Everyone is going to Egypt but God says do not go to Egypt. Every nation has an Egypt. For Ghana, it is the city of London or the United States. Egypt represents a place where things are better than one’s home country. Your great success in life depends on your ability to follow God and what He says. If your life in 2017 can be guided more by what God says and not what others say, then you can expect the greatness that Isaac experienced. Believe God in receiving the art of hearing Him. It is not easy to know what to do, where to live, who to marry and many more things. If you think you will hear an audible voice in your room directing you in what to do, then you must be new. If you think you can shut your spirit and only listen to a prophet, then you are also making a big mistake. In 2017, receive the ability to hear the voice of the invisible God. This year will be your year of greatness. May you experience the greatness of Isaac who waxed great, went forward and grew till he became very great.