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Many of you probably know the story of Abraham and Isaac. Let’s recap it.Issac was the promised child of Abraham. Abraham and his wife had Issac when they were well beyond child bearing years. God told Abraham to go sacrifice his son Issac on top of a mountain. Abraham and Issac start their journey, and Issac asks where is the animal to sacrifice. Abraham tells Issac that the Lord will provide. They build an altar to God and then Issac is laid down. Abraham lifts his knife to kill his own son, and God calls out for Abraham to stop. Then that’s when they see a ram in the thicket!

Your Issac

Many of you probably know the story of Abraham and Isaac. Let’s recap it.

Issac was the promised child of Abraham. Abraham and his wife had Issac when they were well beyond child bearing years. God told Abraham to go sacrifice his son Issac on top of a mountain. Abraham and Issac start their journey, and Issac asks where is the animal to sacrifice. Abraham tells Issac that the Lord will provide. They build an altar to God and then Issac is laid down. Abraham lifts his knife to kill his own son, and God calls out for Abraham to stop. Then that’s when they see a ram in the thicket!

Some of you may think this is just a story from the Old Testament. God uses symbolism to speak to us in various ways. God has used this story to speak to me in at least three ways.

As it says in Revelations, We overcome by the blood of the lamb and the by the word of our testimony. Let me tell you three brief stories.

In 2017, I divorced the ex husband. I felt as though I had lost all of my gifts that God had given me. I felt that I had to sacrifice those gifts because I divorced even though I sensed God gave me permission. That situation was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Then while I was at a well known grocery chain I had a family hunt me down. They saw me in the store and they felt led to tell me that the year before God had used me. I prayed for a young lady’s foot. She was told it was broken and that she couldn’t go on to play soccer that season. I prayed and left. This same family hunted me down to tell me that as soon as I prayed for the woman’s foot that she was healed. The doctor released her and she went back to playing soccer that season. When they shared that testimony to me it encouraged me. God had not taken away my gifts, but he enlarged them. That was my first Issac moment, but I had not made the correlation to it yet.

Soon thereafter I met Bernie. Bernie was the guy i was going to marry. I just knew it in my spirit. He was different than any other man that I dated. He was a true, genuine Christian man. He treated me with the utmost respect, and he loved my kids like they were his very own. We had talked about the possibility of marriage, but in prayer God told to wait six months. I bought a $10 ring and put it on my hand so other men would leave me alone. It was also done so that I could feel better about the situation. January came along and a friend of mine invited me to a Southern Gospel Style singing. I went for her sake not mine for that is not my style of music. However, there came a man singing a song about Isaac! God convicted me about that fake ring. He asked me if I was willing to give up that ring and all it represented to me. Would I give him Bernie? After some wrestling with God i walked up to the altar of the church. I knelt, prayed, and left that fake ring on the altar. When I got back into town Bernie and I had a date and he told me what he was wrestling with. It was the same thing! Two months later Bernie prayed and proposed to me!

About 3 months ago I started wrestling with an idea. I had went into business about 1.5 years earlier. I was questioning about the beginning of my business. Was it God telling me to start the business or was it myself being tempted to start the business? Did I follow God?

I got to thinking about this because I was considering going through a school of sorts to become a Christian counselor. Bernie had asked
me why I was considering it. I told him I wanted more clout. Bernie told me that God calls people and not a title. I sent requests out to a few of my prophetic friends. One of them came back with a scripture from James 1:17.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

The verse didn’t really touch on anything but I felt led to look at the verse in context.

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.

I was being tempted to go through with this counseling class. However, that was my own flesh doing that! That was what made me question my business. Once again, I asked some of my prophetic friends to pray and to see what God told them. I said nothing about what I wanted prayer for. Just asked them to pray. All of them came back with a positive, affirming message. One person told me that God was proud of me for asking Him about it. I was ready to give if God said to. I only want to be in His perfect will. Then a few months later we had a breakthrough in our business. Out of the blue God told me that our business was an Issac. I had offered it to God, and I was willing to
sacrifice it if God told me to.

Then God told me to write this message. I have told you these things about me because I sense that some of you are holding onto some Issacs in your life. I encourage you to let go and be willing to sacrifice them. Your willingness to obey is where the blessings come! Each time I let my proverbial Isaac go God blessed me abundantly. It is not an easy thing to do. I cried many tears. I thought about the what ifs and the consequences of my actions. How my actions would effect others, etc. God didn’t fail me and he won’t fail you. Trust him .

Father God, thank you for the times in my life where I trusted you even when I couldn’t see what you were doing. I pray that the person reading this article will feel your presence in their life so strongly like they haven’t ever felt it before. I pray that you give them revelation and knowledge about the Issacs in their life that you are wanting them to give to you. I pray, Father God, that you encourage, strengthen, and fill them with a larger amount of faith.

In Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s Holy Name - amen

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