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Pastor Joby Soriano   /   Sep 14, 2014

Habits are routine lifestyle patterns of behavior. We should all learn to respond with P.R.A.Y. (Pause, Resist reacting, Ask God for wisdom, Yield to the Holy Spirit) as a habit. This is vital to our lives if we want God’s best. It should be our Default, meaning our instinctive, natural, automatic response that comes from our heart.

God’s Purpose in our Famine (Genesis 26:1-6)

In Genesis 26, there was famine in the land. God instructed Isaac not to go to Egypt. Although Egypt back then was the America of today, the symbol for prosperity, Isaac responded in faith and remained in Gerar.

God wants first-hand faith. He uses problems to grow our faith and develop our character. When you are facing adversities, respond in faith. Like Isaac, do not put your security in a person, place, or possessions. Place your confidence in God. The blessing is in Him and where He wants you to be.

There are two circles of concern in our life: a small circle that is within our control and a bigger circle that is outside our control. God wants us to assume responsibility for our response to what we can control, and surrender to God in faith the things that only He has the power to handle. When circumstances look bleak, P.R.A.Y in faith, not by sight.

God’s Test of Faith in our Fear (Genesis 26:7-11)

Just like his father Abraham, Isaac also made mistakes. While in Gerar, he lied to Abimelech about Rebekah being his sister for fear of his life. Later on the truth came out and Abimelech, an unbeliever, rebuked him of his sin of lying.

Like Isaac, we too may fail and react impulsively in the face of fear and uncertainties. Rather than letting your fears take control of you, use it as an opportunity to pray and come closer to God. He is bigger than our failures. When you are afraid, put your trust in God. Psalm 56:3-4 says, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” P.R.A.Y. in faith in the face of fear.

God’s Faithfulness in our Sowing (Genesis 26:12-14)

Isaac sowed in the land despite the famine. He did his part and trusted God for the harvest. The Bible tells us that indeed, he reaped a hundredfold and became very, very rich in the land.

Sometimes the things that God asks us to do we cannot understand. But instead of reacting, respond in faith. Trust God and do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5"6). When circumstances seem impossible, P.R.A.Y in faith by sowing to reap.

When we make responding in faith a habit, our life will accomplish God’s will for God’s glory.

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