Three Generations of Decline

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… These three give us an example of the decline. The time is ripe for a fresh anointing such as never been seen since the day of Pentecost. In Exodus 3:6, God told Moses, “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (KJV). Today there is a lot of frustration. Many who knew the touch of God in the past now live on the glory of the past, and are dying off because of old age. The “Isaacs” are content to be believers, to be part of God’s move, but are in “limbo.” The “Esaus” and “Jacobs” haven’t much respect for churches or God or parents. In our text you will find three generations and their faith. Find your place, and if you aren’t satisfied, start doing something about it.

ABRAHAM had a touch of reality. He knew the power of God (Genesis 12-25). God was real to Abraham. He heard God’s voice. He had visions with promises. He met the enemy and overcame them. He was visited by angels. He was able to move the hand of God regarding Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 24:1 says, “The LORD had blessed Abraham in all things” (KJV). Abraham believed God, and it was counted as righteousness. Abraham was also called the friend of God (James 2:23). Abraham had some problems too. He faced strife, trials, difficulties with relatives, and endured ridicule. I remember the days in my ministry when rocks came through the doors and windows. Abraham made mistakes too… think of his passing off Sarah as his sister (Genesis 12, 20) and the Ishmael debacle (Genesis 16, 21). However, Abraham knew that he was part of something big. People who know that never give up. That kind of folk know they are part of God’s plans and purposes.

ISAAC… In Genesis 31:42, Jacob says, “Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty” (KJV). Notice “the fear of Isaac.“ Isaac had a fear of God. Isaac’s story is found in Genesis 24-28. Here you will find a believer in limbo. God was his fear. Some know enough of God to stay a Christian, but not enough to be on fire for God. Isaac was blessed because he saw the hand of God on his father Abraham. He was one step back from reality; he lived on the afterglow of his father’s faith. His experiences were based on his father’s experiences. Isaac was a quiet man and meditated a lot (Genesis 24:63). He was mama’s boy (Genesis 24:67). He was also blessed of God (Genesis 25:11, 26:3). Isaac was directed by God, only to be told in Genesis 26:5, “[I will bless you] because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Some of you are reading this are blessed by God and prospering because of your parents’ faith. Isaac sowed and reaped a hundredfold (Genesis 26:12). The enemy envied him and chased him out time and time again (Genesis 26:14-23). When God is only your fear, the enemy will chase you out. In Genesis 26:24, God tells Isaac, “I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.” It was not, “I will bless you for your sake.” For some that might be hard to take. It wasn’t until Genesis 26:26-29 when Isaac confronted the enemy that he overcame his fear. The enemy feared Isaac and said, “You are now the blessed of God” (v. 29). The children of the Isaac generation are wild and carnal. Esau married the wrong girls, who became a grief to Rebekah (Genesis 26:35). Genesis 27:1-5 reveals that Isaac and Rebekah played favorites with their children. Manipulation began over the birthright and inheritance. If God is not real to you, He will not be real to your children. If you are a Christian only because your parents were, you shouldn’t rest until God becomes real to you. This is not the hour to rely on someone else’s faith. This is the hour for a good examination of your spiritual life, to get it going with power.

JACOB… Genesis 28-49 tells the story of “no God contact” by the time of the third generation. In Jacob and Esau we see the modern-day youth rebellion. Holiness has moved out, and evil is in. The Jacobs are not wild; they are in church but not on fire. The Esaus are wild. Sin and corruption have moved in. The Jacob generation is reaping the results of Isaac’s fear. Isaac and Rebekah were at odds over Jacob and Esau. The mother wanted a spiritual upbringing for the children, but the father wanted venison… the relaxation of discipline. Jacob is said to be a wheeler-dealer (a supplanter). Jacob ran a lot because he created frustrating situations where he had to run. Finally, one day, in Genesis 28:4-22, Jacob prays, “Give me the blessings of Abraham.” Before the night was over, Jacob had touched God. He was stirred enough now that he decided to obey God (although for the next twenty years it was partial obedience). In Genesis 32, we have the story of the midnight wrestling match. Jacob came out a new man, with a new name, “Israel,” which means a “God-ruled man” or “a Prince of God.” Jacob got the birthright by his mother‘s trickery, but he got God’s blessing through prayer and determination. We are living in an Esau-Jacob generation. You hold the key. Do you want your own touch from God? Then waste no time. Get a hold of God… now. Be a God-ruled man or woman in your generation. Be one that hears God’s voice.

Pastor George Belobaba

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