God's Multiplication Is A Sandwich
By Pastor David Adabale
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scripture: Genesis 17:1-2, Psalm 37:23
Sunday 24th April 2016
Whenever we encounter the real deal in any area of life, undoubtedly we must also watch out for the counterfeit. Having been focusing on the theme of multiplication since the year began, God's plan for us on this subject is the real deal, but we must be made aware of the counterfeit of Satan.
Jesus speaks about the devil in John 8:44; 'He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it'. Some few years ago, I was a victim of identity fraud. I received an e-mail from a source camouflaging as my bank. After a thorough investigation, it was revealed that the source was not genuine. This is the same technique often employed by the devil. Thankfully the funds were refunded by the bank.
How do you decipher between a trap and an opportunity? During its inception, cashiers were trained on handling cash, by blindfolding them and getting their hands used to those genuine paper notes. In life, how do you decide on the right job to accept if given two offers with the same prospects? If a marriageable single lady is approached by a man who is a Christian who loves God, and another who is the devil incarnate, it is obvious that the right choice between the two men is the God loving and fearing one. If however, she is approached by two men who both love God and would like to marry her, then she may need to probe a little further to find out what God wants for her. This is pretty similar to the dilemma we face as Christians in deciding what God's multiplication for our lives should be.
God's words can lead us in the right direction: 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way' (Psalm 37:23 KJV). God's Spirit can direct us on what to do and how to go about making a decision in life. Here is what Apostle Paul wrote regarding this: 'For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God' (Romans 8:14).
How do we know what a God decision should look like in life? Well, let's use the analogy of the sandwich to explain this further – we usually have three parts to a sandwich: Bread, filling and Bread. The filling could range from butter or cheese to turkey. God's multiplication is a sandwich, starting with God, then there is our part that we need to play and lastly leaving the rest and the outcome to God. Genesis 17: 1-2 reads: 'When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly."'
Let's take a close look at this sandwich:
• Start with God: When we make a decision to start with God, we have concluded rightly that our multiplication is primarily God's idea. The word 'El-shaddai' describes God in Genesis 17:1. El-shaddai can be interpreted as God the Almighty and the 'many breasted one' – the one who supplies all that we need. New-born babies are usually given breast milk, containing all the nutrients that the baby requires to grow in the early stages of life. Conversely, all that we need in life – promotion, favour, healing, forgiveness, blessings and more is found in God. Life and creation began with God in Genesis 1, and so should every venture we embark on. God desires that we involve Him, right from the start.
Deuteronomy 30:19 reads: 'I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live'. God will not violate our will, but He desires that we choose the right part, and this begins with starting with Him.
1 Samuel 30 describes an account about the life of King David who decided to pray before embarking on pursuing the Amalekites, when the obvious logical decision to make was straightforward. Always start with God!
• Do your part: The blessings of multiplication will not become a reality in our lives until we have taken the necessary steps towards its fulfilment. James 2:14-18 and 26 reads: 'What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]? If a brother or sister is poorly clad and lacks food for each day, and one of you says to him, Good-bye! Keep [yourself] warm and well fed, without giving him the necessities for the body, what good does that do? So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). But someone will say [to you then], You [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works. Now you show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can], and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith. For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead.' (AMP). Our actions should correspond with the blessing we are expecting from God. Once we begin moving in the direction of that which we believe God for, fear, procrastination and distractions disappear.
• Finish with God: This is that stage during the process where we have settled it within us who is ultimately in charge and to whom all the glory should go! The psalmist writes about this in Psalm 127, which reads: 'Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain'. The Corinthian church was a gifted congregation, but disorganised and carnal. Here is 1 Corinthians 3:5-6, as Apostle Paul addresses this crisis: 'Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase'. For every venture we embark on, unfailingly we must ascribe all the glory to the One who gives the increase. Even when things are not going according to our human timing, we can be rest assured that God is still in control, regardless. Ecclesiastes 9:11 reads: 'I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn't always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn't always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skilful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time' (NLT).
In conclusion, let's end with a simple equation: God+me+God = Multiplication. For every multiplication that God has prepared for us; firstly we must commit our ways to the Lord, ask for the grace from God to do our part and finally commit everything back into His hands.
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