God's Divine Intervention

September 8, 2002 AM
Pastor Chris Abernathy
Columbus, Georgia

If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of Deuteronomy chapter twenty-eight. The book of Deuteronomy chapter twenty-eight. And when you reach the book of Deuteronomy chapter twenty-eight, please stand for the reading of God’s Word. And also please say amen. Glory to God. Deuteronomy chapter twenty-eight. We will be looking at verses one through verse six. Verse one through verse six.

1. And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

2. And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

3. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

4. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

5. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

6. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

Let us pray.

Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for who You are and for what You do. Master, hide Your son behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me. Dear Lord, as I decrease I truly ask that You would increase. And finally, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. In Jesus’ holy and blessed Name.

And the people of God said amen. You may be seated in the house of God today.

When God says He will bless us, what is He saying to us? God is saying that He’s going to do something supernatural to produce more than what our natural could ever produce.

You see, in this world we are the Christians. We are the anointed ones and His anointing, the little anointed ones and His anointed. And the world needs to see something different about us.

They can’t just look at us as we begin and continue to labor (glory to God) on our jobs. And we are the same as they are. They need to start seeing something a little different about us. The prosperity that they have should be the prosperity that we have.

God is looking to take our natural and turn it into something supernatural. He’s looking to breathe on what you and I have, to cause it to increase. He’s saying to us, “I’m going to multiply what you have by My divine intervention.”

You see, I don’t know about you, but I when I try to do things on my own, it can only go so far. There are limitations to what I’m able to do. But when I ask my God to take a hold of my little bit.

It may start out with humble beginnings. But baby, by the time it’s through, it’ll be succeeding abundantly, more than I could ever ask or think. Divine intervention is what we need.

You see, the world looks at the church. And the world says, “Why do I want to be like you?” Oh, you don’t want to talk to me. The world looks at us and says, “What I have seems to be more than what you have.”

But see, if we would begin to follow the principles of God, then what we have even in the natural would be more than what they have in the natural.

We’ve already got more than what they got in the Spirit. Because the Bible said in Ephesians, “I bless you with spiritual blessings.” But I don’t know about you. But I (hallelujah) don’t want to just be able to raise the dead. I want to be able to have the money to put a roof on the place if... Oh, you better talk to me.

You see, many churches, they’re so full of the Spirit of God. They’re so full of the Anointing. They could lay hands on the sick and they recover. True Vine. They can prophesy into somebody’s life and it can come to pass. True Vine. But too many churches have so much spiritual power, but they don’t have the natural resources. Who am I preaching to today?

Divine intervention. He said, “Everywhere you go you will be blessed.”

Don’t, don’t... Pay attention and listen. Listen, listen, listen. Don’t be distracted today. Because we need to get this.

You see, I got all of these gifts in me. And I can do all of these spiritual things. But when the world looks at me, they’re still saying, “I still got more than what you got.” I need my supernatural and I need my natural.

But He said to them, “In order for you to have that natural,” He said, “You got to be obedient to Me.” He said, “You got to walk in obedience to Me.” He said, “If you’re obedient to Me, I won’t withhold anything from you.” The Bible says no good thing will He withold from them that walk uprightly.

We got to be able to put the roof on if it got a leak. Come on. Talk to me today. (Tongues)...ain’t going to put the roof on. Come on. Talk to me. Talk to me today. We need some natural.

See, I can’t be a person that bounces from meeting to meeting, all in my Christian life, and still don’t have nothing. Oh, my God. I came out of a meeting. And I’m in the meeting. I’m on fire. But let a week or two or month go by. What I don’t have in the natural is going to pull all that fire out of me.

He told them, He said, “I want to give you something. But you got to be obedient.” He said, “Observe to do.” Look at your neighbor and say, “Observe to do.” You ain’t saying it like you mean it. Observe to do all of these commandments. And the blessing of the Lord, according to Proverbs ten and twenty-two that maketh rich, He will add no sorrow to it.

He wants to bless our natural. It’s time for us as believers to raise the standard. It’s time to raise the standard.

“What do you mean, pastor?” See, unless I learn how to prove God... Isn’t that what He said, “Prove me, and see if I won’t”? But see, you got to do something to prove Him. Oh, you fixing to go somewhere we don’t want to talk about, pastor. See, I’ve got to prove Him by digging in my pocketbook sometimes. That’s what He said. I didn’t say it. He said it. Don’t get mad with me. Get mad with Him.

The blessing has been there for years. But it takes us so long to be obedient. If I would just start to be obedient and stay consistent, the Bible says in Hebrews eleven six that He’s a rewarder of what? He’s a rewarder of the diligent. Diligent is consistent. Not sometimes, but all the time. Not when I have it, but when I don’t have it.

Obedience brings the blessing. We must have the blessing of God in our lives. We have to for the world to know that there is a Christ.

The Bible says it’s easier for a camel to pass through an eye of a needle than for a rich man to be saved. If we’re going to reach those that are rich, then we have got to show some prosperity. The Gospel is just not for the poor. It’s for everybody.

When we look at Jesus... Go with me to Matthew chapter fourteen. Are you with me today?

“How can I pay my tithes and offerings, when they turning off my telephone?” You better pay it anyway. Because that’s the way you going to get it back on.

In Matthew chapter fourteen, look at verse fifteen. It said,

15. And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

16. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

Wait a minute, Jesus. What don’t You understand? We just said this is a desert. What are we going to give them to eat in a desert? Look at verse seventeen.

17. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

18. He said, Bring them hither to me.

Sounds like there’s going to be divine intervention.

You see, when you look in the natural, you may only see limitations. But the Bible said in Matthew twenty-seven that God can make the impossible possible. He said, “Bring them hither to me.”

19. And he commanded the multitude to sit down...

Sometimes you got to take authority. Some folks don’t want you to take authority. But sometimes you got to tell them to sit down somewhere, because you’re hindering the move of God. Hello, somebody.

19. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Listen. When there was not enough, He looked up to heaven and blessed it. You see, when you don’t have enough, you need to look up to heaven and give thanks anyhow.

I have sat down to meals where in my natural mind I knew it wasn’t going to be enough. But by the time I got through, my taste buds and my mind was saying, “More, more, more.” But my stomach was saying, “You can’t hold no more.”

See, we allow these five natural senses to get in the way. But He break it and worked a miracle. He blessed it. Look at verse fifteen.

15. And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place...

“Send the multitudes away,” is what they were saying. “Let them go away and buy themselves food.” But Jesus was demonstrating the limitless supply of resources in heaven.

See, we limit God. See, we’re in this world but we’re... You need to listen to this. We’re in this world, but we’re not of this world. You’re here, but you’re not of here. So therefore your supply is not limited to here. Your resources are unlimited, because we serve an unlimited God named El Shaddai. Jehovah Jireh.

So why do we spend our time fretting over what we don’t have? Why? When I can bless what I have and cause it to be more than enough.

Satan loves to make us think the problem is either to small or too big for us to go to God. But it’s when our backs are against that wall that God shows up and shows out. Why does God need to show up and show out? If you’ve got everything in order all the time... He wants room for Himself to fit in the picture.

So your back may be against the wall this morning. But let me tell you something. You’re ripe for a miracle. It would be so absurd for your back to be against the wall with nowhere to go, pent up, locked down, and you just start rejoicing.

Have you ever heard somebody pray, “Lord, I’m glad in this position”? It goes against the grain, doesn’t it? But see, He goes past this natural mind. The Bible says His ways are unsearchable. So whatever position you’re in of lack, praise God and worship Him right where you are.

See, we serve a strategic God. The Bible says the Lord is a man of war, and the Lord is His Name. So we throw the devil off balance when he thinks we’re pinned down, and we start lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting anyhow. We begin to ambush him. And we’ll cause our enemy to scatter.

See, he thinks he’s crazier than you are. But you got to be crazier than who he is. Paul said what? I’m a fool for Christ’s sake.

Somebody needs to hear this today. Because you’re going by your natural. And it’s causing you to be emotionally depressed and down, and can’t find your way. The devil think he got you. But today is your day to prove him wrong. Prove him wrong today. Let him know that your God has the upper hand.

What problem is just the right size for God to handle? Any problem that you have. It’s just the right size. It’s just the right size. All we have to do is learn how to give it to Him.

When Abraham met with the Lord... Go with me to Genesis chapter eighteen. Verse ten through verse fourteen.

“Why you preaching this today?” Because somebody needs to hear it.

In Genesis eighteen, verse ten through verse fourteen it says,

10. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.

11. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age;

In other words, this was impossible.

11. ...and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

In other words, it was too late for her to have a baby physically according to the natural.

12. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

13. And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?

14. Is any thing too hard for the LORD? (glory to God) At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

She was like us, wasn’t she? She was reluctant to claim the blessing.

The Bible said in Second Chronicles twenty and twenty, “Believe in the Lord your God. So shall ye be established. Believe His prophets, and so shall ye prosper.”

God may speak something to you. But instead of grabbing hold of it, we reach forth with uncertainty. But see, when God tells you something, you and I need to claim it and say, “Lord, it’s mine.”

We hope for things. And there’s nothing wrong with hope. But hope is not faith. Hope and faith have got to travel together. When we believe God for what He says, God will bless us.

Over in chapter twenty-two, after they had received the promise of their son Isaac... Listen. Chapter twenty-two. The Bible said in verse one that God tested Abraham.

You see, just because you got part one of the blessing, we like to stop right there and starts shouting. Hallelujah. But that’s just the beginning of the blessing. See, to receive the rest of the blessing, you and I have to receive a test.

See, a lot of times, you know, it’s been so long before that... Listen. That promise came to pass. It was twenty-five years before that promise of his son came to pass. And by the time that child Isaac got there, I’m sure that Abraham loved him with everything that was in him.

But the Bible said that God tested Abraham. He wants to see if you’re going to love that blessing more than you love your God. So He began to talk to Abraham. And told him to take his son up to the mountain and sacrifice him to him.

You see, when you haven’t had a desire for such a long time, it’s hard to give it up, isn’t it? Oh, you ain’t never been there. See, let me tell you this. See, a... Most of us haven’t had much money. So when we get it, it’s hard to let go of it. We be playing with God like this. And God says, “Give Me that money.”

But Isaac, he was even of the age where he could ask his father, “Where are we going? And not only where are we going, but when we get there, where is the sacrifice?” So God allowed it to be doubly hard on him. Because when you got something speaking up at you when you trying to lay it down and kill it, compassion really kicks in, doesn’t it?

So he laid him down. And Isaac said, “Where’s the sacrifice?”

And Abraham said, “God will provide Himself a ram or a lamb.” And sure enough there was a ram caught by his horns in the bush.

But then God went on to tell Abraham after he was obedient, He said, “I’m really going to bless you now.” He said, “With blessings I will bless thee.”

You see, that part one of your blessing, He wants you to us that to get the rest of the blessing. Hello, somebody. See, your blessing is not just here. But your blessing is all the way over here. But see, we have a habit of stopping right here, don’t we? I’ve got what I wanted when I asked God for it. God’s trying to do something else for you.

So saints of God, don’t just stop right here because you gave ten dollars, and you got fifty back. Hello, somebody. Or should I say down to one... You gave a dollar and got ten. Everybody can’t laugh at that, can they?

But when you really give it from the heart... See, don’t confuse what I’m saying. Because if that’s all you got, then that’s all you got. You remember the widow mite right? Don’t confuse what I’m saying and get up tight about it. But I’m saying to you, it’s rendered to Caesar what’s Caesar’s. But give God what’s God’s.

We hinder our own blessings. And we come to the house of God. And we’re all upset a lot of times. And then, you know, the first question I can ask is, a lot of times... Not all cases. But a lot of times I can say, “Well, do you pay your tithes and do you give offerings?”

And immediately the head will go down. “No, but...” There’s always that “but” in there.

He wants to add some super to our natural. And your blessing doesn’t just have one part to it. There are several parts to your blessing. There’s going to be a test.

I remember times (glory to God) even when I was in school. I’m still in school now. I would get my money for school. And one time I got so blessed. I got a check in the mail from my school. I said, “Lord, I’m scared.” Didn’t want to call financial aid, but fear told me, “You better find out what this all about.”

Called up financial aid. And I finally got myself to say, “I got this check in the mail.” Knowing the whole time. (Tongues.) “Thank You, it’s mine, Lord. It’s mine.”

And they looked it up on the computer. Gave my social security number. Said, “Oh, you got that check because thus and so and thus and so.”

I don’t want to sound like, you know, I’m trying to be all that. Because I ain’t. So I ain’t going to say. But, “You got this check because of thus and so and thus and so.”

And I was like, “Glory to God.” Said, “Thank You, Jesus.”

And when I look back at my tithes, and I look back at my offerings, I can say, “Lord, I paid my tithes every week.” Oh, you can check back there if you want to. And I give an offering every service, just about every service now. Come on. Talk to me.

And even when I just come up here to pray during the day by myself, I put an offering. There sometimes be two or three with mine in there. I put an offering up in there. Why? Because I’m proving God. You said it, and I believe it. And I shall receive it.

You say, “All I got is about two or three pennies.” Put them in the basket anyway. God is looking at your heart.

I’m not a preacher that’s trying to get rich off of nobody. Let me tell you something. I want you to get what belongs to you. But it’s through obedience. It’s through obedience.

You know, a lot of preachers, once they get their new building and stuff, because they got it by tithes and offerings, they start talking about the other little churches that has the chicken dinners and all this stuff. I don’t knock them. They got it the best way they could. Oh, you better bless God in this house.

You can’t put God in a box. He can come this way. He can come that way. And the whole time they were feeding folks chicken, folks were blessed. Why? Because Jesus going to feed the Spirit and the flesh. It’s Scriptural, isn’t it?

Saints of God, this message is for us today. I remember I told people it was the season to sow, and there were blessings all over the house. I’m telling you again, this is the season to sow.

And let me tell you something. God has given me an anointing where I can touch and agree. Isn’t that right, brother? Isn’t that right sister? And the money came almost immediately, didn’t it? Oh, you better bless God.

God wants to bless His people. But He wants us to know that it is Him that gives us the power to obtain wealth. That’s what He said in His Word in Deuteronomy eight. He said it’s the Lord that gives you power to obtain wealth.

He even said, “I led you out in this wilderness. And I even caused you to hunger.” He will cause you to be hungry. And I’m not just talking about food. But the Bible said He caused them to hunger and then gave them manna.

He will cause you to hunger so that you can cry out after Him. He will allow there to be a little lack there. Hello, somebody. Because He know a lot of us won’t cry nothing unless we broke. “I’m broke, Jesus. Help me.” Oh, you don’t want to laugh no more.

Saints of God, know this. This is the season to sow. Every now and then I tell you. I’m not a preacher that preach money every Sunday or Tuesday or Friday. I don’t do that. But when it’s in my spirit to tell you, I tell you. This is the season to sow. This is the season to sow. This is the season to sow. It’s the season. It’s the season.

But see, a smart person in this season to sow will keep the ball rolling, won’t they? They won’t say, “Oh, season’s over. Ain’t giving no more. Pocketbook’s closed. Bank account closed. Got to a closed sign on the door.” You’ll keep on and allow the blessings to continue to flow to you, because they will.

It may not look right in the natural, but we’re not moving by the natural. We’re moving by the supernatural. We’re moving by the supernatural.

We need divine intervention. That’s what we need. We need God to breathe life into our natural resources and cause them to explode. Not just so that we can gloat, but that the world out there can see what our God has done. And they can say, “Well, how’d you get that?”

“I went to church.”

“Well, that sounds weird. You went to church. What happened? The preacher gave...”

“Preacher ain’t gave me nothing. God gave it to me. God gave it to me. God gave it to me. And I’m so glad about it. God gave it to me.”

You remember the man of God... And we’re just about to close. The king wanted to bless him, didn’t he? He said, “I won’t receive anything from you. Because then you’ll say it was your hand that prospered me, when I know it’s the Lord that’s going to prosper me.”

So saints of God, today know that you have heard the word of the Lord. And observe to do.

Give God a handclap of praise.

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