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Introduction: God wants to prepare us for the famine ahead

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MAIN IDEA

The answers to the famine and recession we are experiencing today can be found in God’s Word.

key scriptures

Gen. 26:1–2, 1 Cor. 10:11, Gal. 3:29, Rom. 4:3, Gen. 21:2, Gen. 25:7, Gen. 13:2, Gen. 24:35, 1 Tim. 6:10

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOLLOW PASTOR PRINCE AS HE EXPOUNDS ON THESE POINTS
  • “There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you.”
    —Genesis 26:1–2 NKJV
  • Do not go down to Egypt” — The times that we are living in are similar to the times when the children of Israel were experiencing a famine. Even though there appears to be more troubles and lack (e.g. recession, food shortages, etc.), God instructs us to not go down to Egypt, which is a picture of following the ways of the world. Even as the world continues to experience famine or recession, we as children of God will see more of the provision God has for us in these times.
  • The events that happened in the Old Testament are examples and types written for our learning and benefit today (1 Cor. 10:11). Even in these times of lack, we can find the answers to our needs in God’s Word.
  • As believers, we belong to Christ and are therefore Abraham’s seed (Gal. 3:29). Since we are Abraham’s seed, all the promises that God gave to Abraham and his descendants are ours! 
  • The first blessing of Abraham is righteousness. God imputed righteousness to him (Rom. 4:3) and considered him right in His eyes. Every other blessing comes from this.
  • The second blessing that Abraham received was health and renewal of youth for himself and his wife, Sarah. Even at an old age, Sarah was able to conceive a child (Gen. 21:2). For this to have happened, God must have renewed her youth and restored her health, reversing physical ailments of old age (e.g. menopause). Sarah was also physically beautiful in her old age, to the point where even a heathen king found her attractive. The Bible also tells us that Abraham lived a good long life of 175 years (Gen. 25:7).
  • The third blessing of Abraham was material blessings. Genesis 13:2 and Genesis 24:35 tell us that God blessed Abraham and he was rich in cattle, silver, and gold. Pastor Prince cautions against materialism for the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10). It can also lead to us developing an insatiable greed for riches. Instead of hoarding these things for ourselves, God wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others. 
  • When we study Genesis 26 and see how Isaac thrived in a time of famine, we can receive God’s wisdom on how to thrive, be supplied, and enjoy a victorious life as we face the famines in the world today!
  • ”There was a famine in the land, besides the first (רִאשׁוֹן) famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.”
    —Genesis 26:1 NKJV
  • “the first (רִאשׁוֹן) famine” — This first famine refers to the famine that Abraham experienced (Gen. 12:10). The Hebrew translation for “first” is רִאשׁוֹן (ri'šôn).” The etymology for  “רִאשׁוֹן (ri'šôn)” is “רִאשׁ (rō'š)”, which means “head” or “chief.” רִאשׁ (rō'š) is also the same Hebrew word for Russia. This is significant because it tells us that this story of famine that Abraham experienced contains wisdom pertaining to a famine related to Russia. The world right now is experiencing such a famine!
  • God’s wisdom for us in times of famine is built on the foundation of the finished work of Jesus. We need to remember that salvation is a gift. We cannot take credit for earning our salvation and forgiveness through our good works and morality. The work of our salvation has already been finished through our Lord Jesus who died for us at the cross. Being anchored in this foundational truth is what will help us in times of famine.
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What you need to know about the flesh

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MAIN IDEA

Our flesh—our old nature that has the propensity to sin—has been put away at the cross. Today, we are new creations in Christ, created in true righteousness and holiness.

key scriptures

Rom. 8:9, 2 Cor. 5:17, Eph. 4:24, 1 Cor. 15:45–47

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • The biggest problem that many of us face today isn’t so much the outward sins that we commit but our flesh, which is not the physical part of our bodies, but the part of us that has the propensity to sin. Even though we are born again, echoes of our “old nature” with our old habits still remains in our flesh. But we are not in the flesh but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9)! This is our real identity. Through Jesus’ finished work, we are now new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), created in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24). 
  • Because of Adam’s sin, man’s spirit was cut off from God. But through Jesus, our spirits are born again, and we are born again as new creations, established in righteousness and true holiness. 
  • After the first Adam sinned, sin came upon all generations of man, and this is why we see old age, sickness, disease, and death. The troubles we see today (e.g. depression, war) are a result of Adam’s sin. But this is not God’s plan for us. God’s dream is for us to enjoy a perfect paradise as we see in the book of Revelation, where there is a new heaven and new earth, where there is no more sickness or death and we will live forever young, strong, and healthy! This is why Jesus came as the second Adam—to be the new head of a new human race (1 Cor. 15:45–47). As new creations in Christ, all that Jesus has accomplished and every victory He has won are ours to enjoy today!
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Who do you identify yourself with?

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As believers, our real identity is in Christ. Instead of identifying ourselves with our circumstances, problems, or even bad habits, we need to identify ourselves with Christ!

key scriptures

Rom. 6:6

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • Who are you identifying yourself with today? If you identify yourself with inherited issues from your parents or grandparents, you are identifying wrongly with the first Adam instead of the second Adam. God wants you to identify yourself with Jesus!
  • While it is powerful to acknowledge the deity of Christ, it is also important to understand that He was a man—human—in every way.
  • Our Lord Jesus was fully man as much as He was fully God. He was born naturally, in the same way as any other child, and He grew up just like us. As Jesus grew in His understanding, He also grew to understand the true purpose for which He was born. Even though He was as human as every one of us, Jesus was sinless, holy, and righteous. He was the only human being who was able to meet all the requirements of God’s law, and He became the perfect sin offering for us on the cross. 
  • The cross was the only way that God could welcome sinful man justly.
  • At the cross, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for all our sins and lawlessness as a man. He took our place under the curse of the law so that we might take His place of blessing today! We need to own our position in Christ today!
  • None of us can keep the law. This is why God sent His beloved Son, Jesus, to establish the new covenant of grace for us through His finished work. Jesus fulfilled the the law the cross. As the only sinless man who knew no sin and did no sin (2 Cor. 5:21), He became sin for us and paid the price for all our lawlessness and satisfied the demands of the law. That is how we were brought out from being under the old covenant of the law to being under the new covenant of grace! Under the new covenant of grace, God has promised that He will fulfill all His promises to us!
  • It’s important that we know Jesus died on the cross as a man and rose from the dead as a man. On the cross, He not only bore our sins, but also bore us. We were crucified with Him. 
  • “. . . knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”
    —Romans 6:6 NKJV
  • that our old man was crucified with Him” — Our “old man” refers to our flesh, our old nature that has the propensity to sin.
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The way to overcome the flesh

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The way to overcome sinful habits is to be conscious that you are already forgiven in Christ, and you are always in the presence of your loving Father.

key scriptures

Rom. 8:10, Rom. 8:9, 1 John 4:17, Heb. 1:3, Heb. 10:12, Heb. 4:16, 1 Cor. 12:12–13, Heb. 10:14, Rom. 5:17, Rom. 4:8, Heb. 10:17, Rom. 3:26, 2 Cor. 4:18

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOLLOW PASTOR PRINCE AS HE EXPOUNDS ON THESE POINTS
  • What many of us struggle with today isn’t so much the outward sins that we commit but the constant uprising urge to sin within us (e.g. urges to lust, anger, or even have blasphemous thoughts that we sometimes experience even in the midst of prayer). In the face of this, it is important to remember that God does not see us in our flesh. God sees us in the Spirit. 
  • And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
    —Romans 8:10 NKJV
  • "But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you . . ."
    —Romans 8:9 NKJV

    This means that because we are in Christ, all that is true of Jesus is true of us! 
  • “. . . because as He is, so are we in this world.”
    —1 John 4:17 NKJV

    As He is” — God is not referring to Jesus during His earthly ministry on earth, but Christ who is now glorified at the Father’s right hand (Heb. 1:3)!
  • When we see ourselves in Christ, we are aligning ourselves with the way God sees us: He sees us at His right hand in Christ.
  • Our Lord Jesus purged all our sins (Heb. 1:3). He was the perfect sacrifice that paid for the forgiveness of all our sins forever (Heb. 10:12)! The enemy will always try to make us focus on ourselves, our flesh, and the mistakes we make. Instead of condemning ourselves, we need to be conscious that our sins have already been put aside by Jesus’ blood and that we are accepted by the Father and close to Him in the Holy of Holies.
  • This is the best way to overcome sinful habits or behavior we may still see in ourselves—have the mentality that our sins are forgiven and we are in the loving presence of God.
  • Through our Lord Jesus’ finished work, we have been perfected (Heb. 10:14) and made righteous (Rom. 5:17). God will not impute sin to us because it has already been imputed to Jesus at the cross (Rom. 4:8).
  • “. . . then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
    —Hebrews 10:17 NKJV
    no more” — This implies that there was a time in the Old Testament when God remembered man’s sins because they were under the law. But today, under the new covenant of grace, God no longer keeps a record of our wrongs because our righteousness and forgiveness is based on what our Lord Jeus did! 
  • When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God accepts us not out of mercy but justice. In accepting us, He demonstrates His righteousness. He is just in making the sinner righteous (Rom. 3:26).
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Choose faith over your feelings!

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How we feel about ourselves is not always true! Our feelings can lie to us. Instead of believing what your feelings tell you, anchor your beliefs in what God says about you!

key scriptures

Heb. 11:1, Rom. 6:6, Gal. 5:4, Rom. 8:9

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOLLOW PASTOR PRINCE AS HE EXPOUNDS ON THESE POINTS
  • We need to identify with our Lord Jesus. Right now, we identify with our Lord Jesus in faith. Some might think that faith is not “real” since we cannot see things which are of faith. However, the spirit realm where we operate in faith is more real than the physical realm. The Bible tells us that faith is the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1)!
  • Identifying ourselves with the Lord begins with seeing ourselves the way God sees us. Today when God looks at us, He does not see sin on us because His eyes are on the blood of Jesus, the payment for our forgiveness. 
  • This is where faith comes in: see that the part of yourself that likes to sin (the flesh) was finished at the cross of Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:6).
  • This does not mean that we do not experience sin. But even during times when we feel our flesh/urges to sin rising up, we can be assured that God sees this part of us as dead because it has been finished at the cross. It is important for us to take this position instead of basing our reality on our feelings!
  • Some of us might even resort to praying against this part of us that has the propensity to sin. While praying is good, such prayers are based on unbelief (we do not believe that our flesh is already dead at the cross), and not based on a revelation of the finished work of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and He cannot bear witness with a prayer that is based on a lie. When we pray to defeat an enemy that has already been defeated, we are not praying in line with God’s truth. In fact, we are negating the Word of God and the work of Christ when we act as though we are still in the flesh! The more we act in unbelief, the more we fall (Gal. 5:4). 
  • When you feel sinful urges, just recognize them as remnants of the flesh that is already gone. Just like you may still feel the motion of waves after you get off a cruise ship, you may still feel the remaining feelings of the flesh. But don’t let that fool you into thinking you are still in the flesh! You are not!
  • You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9). Your fleshly feelings are not a reflection of who you really are. Identify with the real you that God identifies you with!
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You're always accepted in God's presence

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As children of God, we are always accepted and loved, and we are always in His presence.

key scriptures

Heb. 10:17–19, 1 John 5:6

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOLLOW PASTOR PRINCE AS HE EXPOUNDS ON THESE POINTS
  • “. . . then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh.”
    —Hebrews 10:17–19 NKJV
  • When Adam fell, whatever he did became our lot. Likewise, because Jesus is the second Adam, whatever He has, we have too! Since He is today in the Holy of Holies at the Father’s right hand, that is where we are too! We are already in the Holy of Holies. Being in the Holy of Holies means that we are always in God’s presence, always accepted and loved. 
  • When you realize that you are always accepted, loved, righteous in Christ, and always in God’s presence, you can judge your sin.
  • “And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.”
    —1 John 5:6 NKJV
  • The Holy Spirit can only bear witness with God’s truth. Sometimes, we may find our prayers going unanswered because they are not in alignment with God’s truth, e.g. praying as though we are far away from God. This is not true and the Holy Spirit cannot bear witness with a lie.
  • When we pray “in Jesus’ name,” we are not using these words as a magical formula. To pray “in Jesus’ name” actually means to pray as if you are in Jesus’ position—seated at the Father’s right hand!
  • Having faith is not about believing something that isn’t real into existence. Faith is substantiating what is already true and present in the Spirit realm. It is to act as if God is near, God is hearing every prayer, and all your sins are forgiven. Your feelings can fluctuate but your identity in Christ is constant: accepted and in God’s presence always. Only when you know this truth can you put to death the sinful deeds of the body. Revelation comes before action.
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Remember who you are in Christ and rest

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MAIN IDEA

You can rest even in the midst of your troubles when you own your true identity in Christ!

key scriptures

Gen. 26:1, Ezek. 38:1–3, Psalm 110:1, Heb 4:11

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOLLOW PASTOR PRINCE AS HE EXPOUNDS ON THESE POINTS
  • Going back to the famine that Abraham experienced (Gen. 26:1)—this is a picture of a famine related to our times, a time when Russia is prominent.
  • There may be some of us who are very worried about what will happen in the near future with regards to Russia. The prophet Ezekiel gives us insight into this and assurance for our times. 
  • In his prophecy, Ezekiel foretold a war that would take place beyond our time.

    “Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.”
    —Ezekiel 38:1–3 NKJV
  • Gog” — While this word translates to mountain, the etymology of “Gog” means expansion. 
  • Magog” — The root word of “Magog” means extension. 
  • prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal” — “Rosh” refers to Russia, Meshech is Moscow, and Tubal is Tobolsk in Russia.
  • This prophecy assures us that in our time, there will not be a great nuclear war that will wipe out mankind. This is because Ezekiel 38 has not happened yet, so everything cannot come to an end. Ezekiel 38 ends with God’s victory over the nations that come against Israel. A great way we can prepare ourselves for the times we are living in is to study Bible prophecies so that we will not be alarmed by what is happening.
  • In the coming weeks, Pastor Prince will continue to share on how we can prepare ourselves in this time of famine. These truths can only be beneficial to us when we are first established in our identity in Christ—as a child of God in the Holy of Holies, accepted forever, perfected forever, with a purged conscience.
  • Everything in the natural may tell you that nothing has changed and that you’re the same person with the same habits. But what is important is what God sees and says about you—that you are in Christ, seated at His right hand.
  • Sit at My right hand,
    Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.
    —Psalm 110:1 NKJV
  • Sit” — This is a posture of rest. When a new problem or trouble arises, rest. Sit down and thank the Father for dealing with it. Our part is to labor to enter His rest (Heb 4:11)! 
  • This week, practice this: remember who you are and rest. When you pray, be conscious that you are close to your heavenly Father. You are in the Holy of Holies. It’s not about how loud or quiet, how hard or soft, you pray. He hears you.

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