I want to talk about Increase Strategies today. I was coming back from a business trip when the Lord kept on speaking the words “Increase Strategies” to my heart. I waited and the words just kept on coming over and over. I knew that God wanted to release increase strategies to the Body of Christ.
If you look at Jacob and his 12 sons, they were not poor by any means. God had caused Jacob to prosper despite Laban’s injustice. Jacob had the blessing of the Lord on his life because he valued spiritual things. However, the Lord knew that famine was coming upon the known world. Jacob and his sons were shepherds and soon their flocks would be starving. God was moving to prosper Jacob and his family before they even knew what was going on.
The Lord released dreams to one of Jacob’s youngest sons about the increase strategy he had for them. Joseph was shown his future and could not keep quiet about it. He had to tell somebody. Unfortunately he told his dreams to everyone and nobody received them. They rejected him and did not perceive what God was saying. The Lord was telling Joseph that he had a promise and a plan for his life. The message was an indication that increase was coming to Joseph. The strategy was not what Joseph would have chosen.
Egypt was not a place for Hebrews. Egyptians could not even stand the thought of even eating with Hebrews. Yet, God had a plan for increasing Joseph and Jacob and the other tribes. Sometimes the hard time that you are walking through is just a passage way to your increase. Sometimes the Lord has an increase strategy that is so much higher than what we can even imagine, he will only show us the end result. We would never agree to take the first steps if we knew that we were being sent to Egypt with all of it’s evil and sorcery. Nothing could be worse than being sent to Egypt. Nothing could be better than being second only to Pharaoh.
Joseph’s promotion brought increase to Israel that they would carry on into the promised land many years later. Increase strategies are more complex than we would like them to be because they are “God things”. The key to increase is being brave enough to trust Him when things get tough.