TIME OF JOYFUL INCREASE – Part 2
By Prophet Cindy Jacobs
You have multiplied the nation and increased its joy;
They rejoice before you according to the joy of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil. (Isaiah 9:3)
The Lord wants us to move into an area where we walk in joy. Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, joy is a noun. It is not a verb or an adjective. It’s a noun. Joy is so important scripturally. So, this is a word of the Lord to you as we are coming into a time of joy. Don’t let Satan steal your joy!
When God gave my husband Mike and I this word and I released it, we had circumstances come in our lives. But because we have the word of joyful increase, we look at each other and we say, oh Satan is not going to steal our joy. And we came back into the presence of the Lord with joy. When a circumstance comes, it’s very difficult but you have a choice. Is your joy going to be taken from you because of that circumstance? Are you going to be an overcomer? You see, your emotions will sometimes drag you around. Don’t get up in the morning and ask your emotions how they feel. Get up in the morning and tell your emotions what to feel!
Now that we talk about joy, the joy of the Lord is our strength. Nehemiah 8:10 says that. Let’s talk about increase. It’s joyful increase. The number one way to increase is through giving. It’s about sowing. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. And then interestingly, verse 10 says, Now may he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness … What does that indicate? They didn’t have seed to sow. Sometimes we don’t understand we need to get in faith in order to sow. Because if you don’t sow you don’t reap, so you have to sow to reap. It’s important to understand that.
One time I wanted to bring a love offering of 10,000 dollars to GodTV. I was going to their telethon and I wanted to give 10,000. I didn’t have any of that, but I have faith. So, I began to decree, you know, three days from now, I am going to have 10,000 dollars to give to the television network. The first day went by, I didn’t have 10,000 yet. The second day went by, I still didn’t have 10,000. The third day someone called me and said the Lord told me to give you 10,000 to the ministry and I had it. Are you understanding this?
You know, God is a supernatural God. I remember one time I was preaching in the revival in Argentina. And it was just an amazing time. And as we were preaching, we said reach into your pockets and find a gift God wants you to give. People started reaching into empty pockets, empty wallets, empty purses and hands full of cash. Hands full of cash were coming out. He supplies seeds to the sower and bread for food. He will supply and multiply the seeds you have sown and increase the fruit of your righteousness!
Mike and I are always sowing. We are always giving. Because one thing we know is that when people give back to us, we cast our bread on the waters and the next day, somebody will give us a check for the same amount. You see, we are just moving money around in the Kingdom of God. You understand this? One day I might have it and the next day they might have it. But we are family. We have the ability to listen to the Holy Spirit and move around funds.
Talk about joyful increase. I did a study on seed. The Lord said to me, everything in my Kingdom has seed. One day, I was walking in a parking lot and I stepped on an acorn seed. The Lord said to me, “You have just stepped on a forest.” And so, I went and I studied about acorns. See, that little seed that I disregarded, when it is planted, in a certain number of years, will become an oak tree. The oak tree will grow as many as 10,000 seeds, from one acorn.
So, you can look at your seed that you have in your hand, one ringgit, or whatever, something small. And you think this isn’t worth giving. Well, if you plant it, how many could it become? Because the Bible says cast your bread upon the waters and after many days it will come back to you. And you don’t know what way it will prosper. Many times people don’t give because they think their gift is too small. That is not true. God loves any gift. Listen, God wants to give you increase. But you need to follow the biblical patterns.
What is the word of the Lord saying to us? That we are in a time of joyful increase, that we have to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. We have to get in faith for it to happen. So many a time, people plant seeds and they don’t plant for a reason. When you plant a seed, you need to believe God for something from that seed. It is a certain kind of seed and you need to name what kind of seed it is.
Philippians 3:14 says, I press towards the goal for the prize of the upper call of God in Christ Jesus. You know what, I believe to see souls saved. Because that is a reward of the Cross. And I want to give Jesus the reward due to Him for what He sacrificed and what He gave, because I love my Savior. And God wants us to be able to change our nations. God wants you to be able to send your children to college and good schools. He wants to provide for you.
So, don’t let life drag you around. What mark do you want to make? How many souls do you want? How many do you want to see come to the Lord between now and the end of the year? If you don’t make a mark, if you don’t make a goal, you don’t make it. And not only that, you receive a new anointing today. You receive something new that you never had before. And you activate it by faith. You know, many people are afraid to talk to someone about the Lord Jesus. But you know what, I find that many, many people are hungry. And don’t forget the Lord says this is the year of household salvations. God is getting ready to do new things!