Friday, March 31, 2017

The Multiplier

UV 2241/10000 The Multiplier
The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!
Deuteronomy 1 v 12

In every area or domain of life, the Lord desires and intends to bless us. He blesses us so that, quantitatively and qualitatively, we grow a thousand times more than what we are at the present moment. He promised Abraham that he will have seed or successors that are as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore. It implies that He would increase Abraham infinitely, such that none can count. Just as the Jews are the descendants of his physical seed or generation, we of the faith are the spiritual descendants of Abraham. It proves that there are no limits to what God can do in our lives.

It is the blessing of the Lord that causes us to increase, to grow, to multiply, to expand, to enlarge or develop ourselves in every field- physical, intellectual, emotional, social, financial, familial and spiritual. These are the seven colours of the rainbow of covenant or the divine agreement with the Lord. By the terms of this agreement, the Lord promises to increase us. Spiritual blessings are the blessings of peace, eternal life, spiritual wisdom, the blessings of ministering to the spiritual and holistic needs of people. We should be most zealous for spiritual blessings.
We need to believe that the Lord is able and willing to do that which He has promised. If He has promised something in His word, He means it and will fulfil it in His time and not necessarily in the manner and time of our expectations. Some of the promises may be fulfilled in our lifetime but it can happen over many generations or over the course of human history as it did in the case of Abraham. Faith therefore, necessarily should be accompanied by positive patience and enduring hope. It will help our faith grow and endure if we remember His faithfulness to the fathers of faith, the previous generations, the biblical heroes of faith, His goodness towards us and our families in the past many years. To put it mathematically, God is the multiplier, our faith is the multiplicand or the factor by which the multiplier is multiplied. The sum or result is what is witnessed in our lives.

Prateep V Philip

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