How to Break a Famine

April 30, 2024

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Let me ask you an important question. Are you satisfied with the level of prosperity you currently experience, or do you desire more? If your answer is more, then by the end of this letter, you will understand a sure-fire way to experience God’s highest and best for your life where prosperity is concerned.

In II Chronicles 26, we find a man by the name of Uzziah who was king of Judah. According to this passage, he was a God-fearing man, doing that which was right in God’s eyes. Verse 5 says, “…and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper.” Read that again, and notice what he sought. He didn’t seek prosperity; he sought God!

The word “made” is a Hebrew word which also means “to push forward.” In other words, as long as Uzziah sought the Lord, God kept pushing him forward, pushing him higher, and pushing him on. This is a good pattern for us to follow because in the New Testament, we are instructed to “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Earlier this year, the Lord directed me to spend some time teaching on prosperity, and we have had a wonderful time digging into the Word on this subject. Establishing “God first” in your life is one principle that cannot be overlooked if you desire to walk in the prosperity that Jesus purchased for you. 

There is a story found in I Kings 17 that is near and dear to me. This story contains a widow woman, her son, and the prophet, Elijah, who through no fault of their own, found themselves in the midst of a famine. 

When Elijah showed up in Zarephath, he came upon this woman and asked her to bring him some water, which happened to be the most valuable commodity at the moment. As she was going to get it, he then asked her for something to eat. She quickly let him know that she didn’t have any food for him. In fact, all she had were enough ingredients to bake a small cake for herself and her son. According to her, they were prepared to die after they ate it. 

Perhaps you can relate to this woman who had been facing a seemingly never-ending struggle. Day by day, she watched her barrel of meal and cruse of oil dwindle down to just enough to make one more cake. There was no increase happening; only decrease. 

However, the day came when Elijah showed up with the solution to her problem, and he responded, “Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, the barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.” (I Kings 17:13-14)

I want to emphasize a few key components in this story that will help you break out of any famine or hardship you may be experiencing

  1. Elijah told her to “fear not!” He wasn’t talking about the kind of fear that denotes terror. The fear mentioned here indicates respect. In other words, he said, “lose your respect for this famine.” Too often we go through life, becoming too familiar with circumstances that don’t reflect the blessing of God. Over time, we accept them as “normal” like this widow woman did. But when the Word of the Lord arrives, we must lose respect for that circumstance, and choose to fear God.
  2. How did she finally lose respect for that famine? She heard the Word of the Lord and BELIEVED His words more than her experience by taking steps.
  3. She made Elijah a cake, FIRST. Though many people have emphasized that the prophet took her last cake, have you ever noticed that the word “last” does not even exist in this story? The only word you find is “first,” indicating there will be more. From the widow woman’s perspective, the cake she was preparing to make was her “one and only” cake. At that moment, God offered her a choice…this cake can be your last cake, or it can be your first. You choose. By putting God first, she chose that it be her first of many cakes.

This God-fearing widow woman experienced miracle after miracle because of these three things. I Kings 17:15 says, “And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.” The margin of my Bible equates many days to about one year. 

She went from having one meal for her household to feeding herself, her son, and her guest, Elijah, for a whole year! Glory to God! What a beautiful illustration of someone seeking God first, and God making them prosper

How about you? Are you eager to experience God’s best for your life? Friend, don’t spend another day with your priorities out of line. Seek Him first, and He will make you to prosper!



If you’re ready to break the famine in your life, the message below will bless you. God is highly interested in your prosperity!

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