How Do You Birth Isaac?
How do we start now? It’s very hard to start.
Especially when you are alone in what you believe. And they don’t even consider you are a Christian, because you are not with them anymore.
That thought was expressed a couple of days ago in Australia. A heart of courage is needed. It’s going to take an element of courage to take what you’ve just heard for the last four hours and apply it. Internally, there is a switch that you’re going to have to throw. How do you do this? There is a switch that you’re going to have to find and you’re going to have to turn it on. Everything else that’s been said has been documented; there are lots of resources and the Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance everything that Jesus has said. But none of that will be of any value if you don’t throw that switch. In fact, you can even try to apply some of this without throwing that switch, and make it even worse.
The question, “How do we do this? What’s your advice?” Well, it’s been said, a lot has been said already, and I’ve seen a lot of heads nodding meaning you probably knew this already—a lot of this is inside you—if you’re really honest with yourself.
Maybe we just lead the Christian life and obey Jesus Christ? It is very difficult, but we just live the Christian life, you know. We can do it.
But there is going to come a decisive moment of courage to obey. It will have consequences one way or the other.
That’s the ‘how to’ question.
How did Sarah have baby Isaac? How? How?!
(laughter) Well, I don’t think there’s an explanation!
How did Abraham have baby Ishmael? It gets dangerous to try to answer what you’re asking about “how to start.” If anyone answers that question, you now have “Ishmael” instead of “Isaac.” How do you have Isaac? How do you do it exactly, how do you it? Trust—Love—Obey. Trust—Love—Obey. You plant the seed of the Word and you go to sleep, and in the morning it grows and you know not how.
Yeah, that’s why I said, “Just live the Christian life.”
The seed of the Word will help you. If you want to grow a crop of corn or maize or some other product, you’ve got to sow the seed for it. In the Bible it says, “The seed is the Word.” If you want to grow a crop of the corporate Life of Jesus—being one man, contending as one man, of one accord, no one counting their possessions as their own, and intertwined Koinonia daily Life—if you want to grow that crop, you’ve got to sow the seed. We’ve been sowing seed, but even so, the farmer goes to sleep and it grows in the morning; he knows not how. If we want Isaac instead of Ishmael, we treasure these things in our hearts like Mary did. She treasured these things in her heart. Jesus said, “Go and find the meaning of these things.” He didn’t explain everything. Sometimes He just sowed the seed and let people interact with the Father.
You would find out that we were total frauds if we told you HOW. We would be frauds, and we would just be one more program if we told you “how.” Farmers sow seeds in the Kingdom of God, and no one knows how, but only God gives Life. If you want Ishmael, then everyone can tell everyone else “how.” If you want Isaac, then you sow the seed of the Promise and you worship. You’ve got to sow the seed. That’s what we’re here for today, but there’s nothing about how that was ever intended to be part of this conversation, really. Mostly it’s about falling on our faces, worshipping, and crying to the Lord of the Harvest to bring life out of death. “How can these dry bones live?” God knows. God knows.