The Father is Jehovah Jireh, which means “The Lord will provide.” There are several names for God and each of these declares His character: Jehovah-Shammah, “The Lord is present”; Jehovah-Shalom, “The Lord is peace”; Jehovah-Rohi, “The Lord is my shepherd”; Jehovah-Raph, “The Lord is my healer.”
Genesis 22:1 – Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” and he said, “Here I am.” Is it possible to get a revelation of who God is during testing? That’s when Abraham got the revelation that “The Lord will provide” during the biggest test of his life.
(Verse 13) Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. (Verse 14) and Abraham called the name of the place, “The LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” ( In Hebrew this is Jehovah-Jireh)
(Verse 15) Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, (Verse 16) and said: “By Myself, I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, (Verse 17) “in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. God told Abraham three things He would do for him, blessing, multiply and possessing.
What did Abraham have to do to receive this blessing? He had to believe! Romans 4:2 – For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something of which to boast, but not before God. (Verse 3) For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (Verse 4) Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.
Here is how Abraham received what God said: By grace, not works! Ephesians 2, verse 9 confirms this: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. (Verse 9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.
But now look at these verses: James 2:21 – Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? (Verse 22) Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? (Verse 23) And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
(Verse 26) For as the body without spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
This is where so many Christians get confused. Is it grace or is it grace plus works; is it works, or is it grace plus faith? Which is it? Its either grace or its works. However, faith is “working faith.” Faith without works is dead. Grace is a gift, works is earned. But James says, “It was working faith that responded to God’s grace.
Grace will bring us to the door of God’s house. I did nothing to deserve salvation. In faith, we believed what God said and we walk through the door of which I was invited in God’s house. Our working faith is the response to God’s grace.
So then now we are in God’s house and we’re a believer, but we want to be blessed. So how can we be blessed? Well, we now put our faith into action. Take your finances for example: Now that you’re a believer, we put our first 10% into God’s house. That’s putting faith into action. We can’t say that we want the benefits of God’s blessings without responsibility.
This is not just in our finances, it’s any area of our lives. God brings blessings to our “door-step”, but it depends on whether we’re going to walk in “working-faith” or not whether we’re going to be blessed.
Genesis 22:17 – “in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore;
Genesis 17:1 – When Abraham was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. (Verse 2) “And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”
God is a God of multiplication! So the key to blessing is “faith” and “obedience.” Just as Abraham did, he believed and obeyed God. God had told Abraham to go and sacrifice his son and he rose early in the morning to go do it. That’s obedience.
Remember the story of the two fish and five loaves in Matthew? Matthew 14:17 – and they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” (Verse 18) He said, “Bring them here to Me.”
Now would you like to see your finances multiply? Bring them to Him! It’s that simple. We lay it in His hands. When we give to God, He multiplies what we bring!
Matthew 6:26 – “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Genesis 22:17 – …and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.”
Genesis 14:18 – Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. (Verse 19) And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; (Verse 20) and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.
This was about five hundred years before Moses and the law. There was no law as of yet that said to give God 10%. Why did he do it then? Because Abram recognized that God was the provider!
What does it mean “to possess the gates of our enemies?” The gate of a city was the most vulnerable place of attack going into a city. The gate was also the most fortified. Here is what the enemy does: He looks for the most vulnerable place in our lives and he tries to build a strong-hold there. He will attack our weaknesses.
But here is the good news: We have a promise from God that we can possess the “gates of my enemies.” The place where the enemy builds a stronghold, we can tear it down and rebuild it. How? Believe and obey, but sometimes we don’t have the strength so what do we do?
Who was the strongest man in the Bible? Samson! Why? Because the Bible says that “The Spirit of the LORD was on him,” and as long as he believed and obeyed, the Spirit of God was on him. However, when Samson stopped believing and obeying he lost his strength. But look what happened before he lost his strength:
Judges 16:2 – When the Gazites were told, “Samson has come here!” They surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him.” (Verse 3) And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
Samson was walking in obedience at that point and the Spirit of God had warned him what the enemy’s plan was. The enemy didn’t have a chance against him! Samson took the “gates” of his enemy to a hill and set them where all could see that his strength came from the LORD!
Walking in the Spirit of God, believing God, trusting God, is when the revelation that the Father will provide will come!