Breaking The Cycle Of Pain
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scripture: Genesis 26: 1-14; Genesis 12: 20-29
Sunday 09th March 2014
Today, we continue the series, ‘The Lord Has Made Room for Me’. It is a journey that we have embarked upon together in which we have understood a number of fundamental truths, primary amongst which is that irrespective of the situations that we may face, we are in covenant with God and that it is God’s plan for us to prosper and flourish.
Irrespective of the challenges that life may bring your way, God’s word will come to pass. You can be confident therefore that you will experience enlargement in this season. The account of Isaac’s life, how he overcame the famine which was designed to prevent him from experiencing enlargement provides us with a great deal of instruction that we should apply to our lives in this season: we can see that he heard God clearly and received divine instruction; Isaac sowed in the land and received a maximum return on his investment. Notwithstanding the opposition that he faced, he persevered and refused to give up. Genesis 26 provides much by way of insight and revelation and we will unpack more of this today:
There are cycles that are designed to hinder you from experiencing enlargement. You will observe that many people face certain issues in their lives, over and over again. Recurring issues and challenges that seem to be encountered which leave us confused and wondering why? There are cycles which unless they are broken, will continue to perpetuate. In Genesis 26 we learn that there was a famine which caused Isaac to move to Gerar, where the Philistine king Abimelech lived and here, he persuaded his wife Rebecca to pretend to be his sister as he was afraid that the Philistines would be attracted to her and decide to kill him in order to have her.
The account begins with, ‘There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham.’ This provides a clue that there is something that is not quite right. Genesis is the only chapter of the bible in which Isaac features and yet Abraham appears immediately as an important part of the context and proves insight into what happened to Isaac.
The events to which the bible makes reference here, namely the famine that Abraham encountered had occurred over 100 years before. Isaac had not yet been born when Abraham encountered a famine. Abraham and Isaac lived at different times and in different circumstances and yet both of them experienced famine. In order to fully get an understanding of the truths that emerge from the scripture, we need to look back to the life of Abraham.
In the account in Genesis 12, we learn that a very severe famine hit the land of Canaan which forced Abraham to go and live in Egypt. He too concocted a plan for fear of his life on account of his wife Sarah’s beauty whereby she would pretend to be his sister. In this situation however, Pharaoh having taken an interest in Sarah and having brought her into his palace,discovered that she was Abraham’s wife as a result of the plagues that were sent upon his household because of her. Isaac was not even alive when these events occurred and yet, 100 years later, there was a recurrence.
If we are going to experience enlargement, recurring negative situations must be dealt with. The same issues which have plagued your past again and again cannot be permitted to continue. Somehow the events of Abraham’s life, down to almost the finest detail, were replicated in the life of Isaac. The father’s battles were somehow mirrored in the life of the son. This phenomenon is recognised in the natural realm as having significance; think of how common it is for a doctor to enquire about medical history of parents in trying to assess current medical symptoms being encountered. In the lives of both father and son, there was a promise of enlargement but in both of their lives, there were issues of a fundamental nature.Abraham’s issues manifested in Isaac’s life, notwithstanding that they occurred over 100 years apart. Who opened the door?
Life can be summarised as being comprised of cycles and seasons. We are now in spring, very soon summer will follow and before we know it autumn will arrive and then give way to winter which will in turn give way to spring again; an unbroken cycle. A similar pattern can be seen in the galaxy and the way in which the earth rotates on its axis and even in the human body with the female reproductive cycle. Genesis 12 and 26 demonstrate this truth in the lives of individuals and also in their forebears. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, ‘For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.’ We must pay careful attention to the cycles of activity in our lives so that we may interrupt and put an end to any cycle that has not been ordained by God.
In Genesis 8:22 God says, ‘While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease’. The enemy understands the recurring nature of seasons and cycles and knows how to perpetuate negativity in the lives of believers. I declare that every cycle that is contrary to God’s plan for enlargement for your life is stopped today in Jesus’ Name!
To encounter enlargement, there are certain cycles that must be broken and certain cycles which perpetuate God’s blessing must be commenced. In Deuteronomy 28: 12 God said that he would send the rain in its season. In the account of Isaac’s life, we see that he had to break the cycle of famine which was becoming in a recurring event in his family line. I declare that the cycle of pain is broken!
The cycle of poverty is broken! The cycle of failure is broken! The cycle of untimely death is broken! The cycle of mental illness is broken! Every negative cycle is broken in Jesus’ Name! Every design of hell is broken! You will experience God’s best for your life in this season!
In Genesis 26:12 we can see how Isaac broke the cycle of famine over his life. ‘Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous;’ He turned his situation around and broke the cycles of famine by sowing in the land and God blessed him.
In Genesis 1: 11, in the account of creation, we see that God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation – every sort of seed bearing plant and trees that grow seed bearing fruit” God, you will notice called forth the tree that bore the seed bearing fruit. He never had to create a tree again as He perpetuated a system of re-creation and began the process with a seed.
A seed will produce after its own kind; this is why a Japanese man and woman cannot give birth to an African child. Isaac was going through a cycle of famine and understood that he needed to plant a different seed in order to commence a different cycle. In order to stop the cycle of pain, he initiated a cycle of blessing.
The bible says that Isaac sowed in the land. The Hebrew word used here is ‘zara’ which is translated as ‘sowed’ and means posterity or children. It is the same word that is used to refer to the Seed of the woman in Genesis 3: 15 when God pronounced “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.” If you look carefully at this scripture, you will notice that the Seed of the woman is capitalized and refers to Jesus. Isaac’s act of sowing therefore looked forward to Jesus being sown as a seed. It pointed forward to Jesus’ life being sown into the ground for humanity and there being a multiplied return.
When God created mankind, He made him in His image and likeness. God started a cycle of blessing however, man lost his position through disobedience and became subject to a curse. Although man was made in the image of God, in Genesis 5, we see that something significant has changed: ‘And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness,
after his image, and named him Seth.’ Adam’s child Seth was not made in the image of God but had inherited his father’s fallen nature and was similarly subject to the curse. As a result of the disobedience of Adam, all of humanity entered into the curse. Isaac’s decision to sow a seed represented God sowing Jesus as a perfect seed to break the cycle of the curse and to initiate the blessing. Galatians 3: 13 says that Jesus became a curse for our sake so that we could be free from the curse of the law. God started the cycle of blessing so that you no longer need to go through the cycle of pain. Because of Jesus, the cycle of pain is broken and you are blessed! That is why I am so certain that you will enlarge and expand in this season! You are blessed! You will prosper and you will advance!
Although we are blessed, many of us do not recognise this as our reality. We do not realize that the curse is broken and therefore when the devil shows us a picture of our past cycle of negativity, we fall prey to worrying and fretting and find ourselves in agreement with his distortions and his lies.
I declare however that you are coming out of the cycle of pain, limitation, negativity, struggle and failure! Every burden is removed and every yoke is destroyed! Everything that Jesus did for you has broken the cycle of pain; in addition, he has given you all authority and power over the works of the enemy and nothing in any way will harm you! The cycle of pain and failure is broken and the cycle of blessing has been initiated!
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