IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE LORD TAKES PLEASURE IN THE PROSPERITY OF HIS SERVANT.
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
PRESIDENT Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Psalm 35:27 AMP
God designed you for success. He made you to be a winner. This is true for every person, regardless of what has happened in the past. God has never destined anybody to live a mediocre life.
Jeremiah 29:11 says,
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
This verse says that God knows His thoughts toward you, and His desire is to give you an expected end. That end is promised in the Word of God. You can walk in victory like Moses. He was 120 years old, and his eyesight wasn’t dim nor his natural force abated (Deut. 34:7). He actually climbed a mountain the day he went home to be with the Lord.
Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.
Psalm 35:27 AMP
In His death, Jesus took upon himself all our sins, all our, sickness and disease, all our lack and poverty, and death itself. In their place, He gave us all that was His: life, health and blessing!
God promised Prosperity for people in the Old Covenant when they walked in obedience and listened to the voice of the Lord. If this was included in the Old Covenant then how much more can we expect it in the New Covenant? The Bible says we’re under better a covenant based off of better promises.
Poverty and Lack was a curse under the Law. The Bible says in Galatians 3:13-14, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ…” Lack has no place in a believers life. Psalms says, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not LACK!” God wants to prosper you because God does not want you to lack anything.
Confession Of Faith: I am not moved by what I see or by what I feel. I am moved by what I believe. I believe the WORD of God The victory is mine! – I have it Now!I can see it through the eyes of my faith
God has a covenant determination to prosper us. Our responsibility is to believe it and receive it.
Psalm 25:13 (NLT)
13 They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land.
Psalm 25:12-13 (NLT)
12 Who are those who fear the LORD? He will show them the path they should choose.
13 They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land.
3 John 2 NKJV
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2 (AMP)
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.
Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV
“And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “Wealth” as an abundance of valuable material possessions or resources.
True wealth as a three legged stool. The first leg is financial security, the second is living with purpose and the third, is a healthy mind and spirit.
The absence of any of the three renders the others incomplete. It takes them all to create real wealth.
Proverbs 10:22 NKJV
The blessing of the LORD makes one rich,
And He adds no sorrow with it.
Philippians 4:19 NKJV
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
True prosperity or wealth is the ability to use God’s power to meet the needs of mankind in every realm of life—spirit, soul, body, financially, emotionally, etc.
True Prosperity begins with God! He is the divine reference point when it comes to our soul, brain, mind, will operating in prosperity.
It doesn’t begin, because you read books on how to get out of debt! Prosperity doesn’t start because quote scripture!
Prosperity begins when you return to God and acknowledge that he chose you from the foundation of the world to fulfill an eternal purpose.
God wants you to prosper. In case there’s still any shadow of doubt, I want to give you some more Scriptures. In Psalm 1:3, the Bible says that a righteous man “…shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
So many times we look at a man who has gone through several marriages, whose kids are rebellious, who has an ulcer, who is addicted to alcohol… but who has a big bank account, and so we say he’s prosperous. He’s not prosperous. He’s a miserable failure.
Spiritual prosperity is an independent joy, a mind–set that takes us through our pain, sorrow, loss, grief, tears and fears.
Jesus Christ satisfies all of our need for security, significance and sufficiency. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the live.” As we make ourselves available to Him He supplies our inner personal needs.
The Beatitudes teach us to place our trust in Christ for our security and significance. He loves us unconditionally. “We love Him because He first loved us.” Because of that great act of love we matter. We are appreciated. We are important. Ultimately the only thing that matters is how we stand with Him. Our need for sufficiency is found in the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit. He sustains us and gives us the power to live a life pleasing to Him.
I pray God will place in every believer a hunger for an abundant, victorious spiritually prosperous life under the control of His Spirit. My God give us a thirst to abide in Christ.
God has created us with certain basic spiritual and personal needs that He alone must satisfy if we are going to have a spiritually prosperous life.
The amazing thing is that God in His grace meets all of these needs personally. Our tendency is to look for the solution to our basic personal needs in the wrong place and in the wrong way. Satan has led us to believe we can get them met by physical beauty, intelligence, wealth, family heritage and position in life.
The tragedy is we carry these false ideas of spiritual prosperity over into the most vital areas of our personal lives. God’s standard is faith, hope and love. There is a craving for spiritual prosperity that cannot be satisfied in the world’s philosophies. You will always feel empty and void until you let Jesus Christ meet those needs.
This is the spiritually prosperous person. He has an intimate, personal right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. He enjoys the blessings of being in that relationship with Him. He has been graced by the grace of God. He is the recipient of God’s favor because of the right relationship.
This spiritually prosperous person experiences a blessedness and life–joy because God has been gracious to Him in providing salvation. It has nothing to do with our outward condition or status in life. Makarios is the life-joy that is evident from God’s blessings on a person’s life.
The only person who can be described in such a way is the believer in a right relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the state or condition of the believer who has experienced God’s saving grace. He is the recipient of the new birth, salvation, and responding to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in his life. When we cooperate with Him He produces this kind of live in us. He is enabled to minister these blessings to the believer when he is yielded to the Holy Spirit and cooperates with Him. This is the state or condition of a man to whom Christ’s righteousness is imputed by faith.
The “blessed” person or spiritually prosperous is the state of a person to whom Christ’s righteousness is imputed by faith. Such a person is promised the kingdom of heaven, comfort, mercy, shall inherit the earth, see God, is called a son of God, etc. It is a blessing that comes from God to those who trust in His Son for salvation and life. When we believed on Jesus Christ as our personal Savior we came to share in the very life of God. He gave us eternal life. It is Christ living His life in and through us by the presence of the Holy Spirit. In Him we have everything we need to life the spiritually prosperous life.
Here is a life–joy that takes us through our pain, sorrow, loss, grief, tears and fears. Change in fortune, collapse in health, failure of our plans, disappointments of our ambitions or dreams in life do not affect it.
The Beatitudes are not wishful glimpses of some future eternal sunset. They give us life and hope today. The spiritually blessed person is secure in Christ, significant in God’s Kingdom and sufficient in God’s provision. He is the recipient of divine favor and blessing. He is prosperous because of God’s saving and sustaining grace (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 8:1; Colossians 1:28).
This spiritual prosperity comes through faith in Jesus Christ. The world does not have anything to match this kind of life. Humanism can’t touch it.
The Amplified Bible reads: “Blessed—happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous [that is, with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions
There can be no doubt that the idea of prosperity is popular among many Christians today. It’s especially common among those who lean towards charismatic and Pentecostal theologies. And let’s be honest, why not? I mean it sounds great to “name and claim” what we want, believing it will then become ours! We live in a quick fix, instant culture. The problem, of course, is the teaching that “if you just have enough faith, God will multiply your accounts” or “if you send money to the right TV personalities, God will double your income” is lousy theology. It takes scripture out of context and takes advantage of those in great need. In fact the only people who benefit from these messages seem to be the ones delivering them.
When various teachings on prosperity get taken out of scriptural context it undermines the truth and trust that prosperity is from God. Every gift we have is from God, including the ability to make wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). No matter what we have been given – money, gifts or abilities – it’s not about what we’ve obtained, but about what we do with what we have. The principle for the one who has little is the same principle as for the one who is entrusted with much. In a word, it’s faithfulness.
Having more of anything is not the point in God’s Kingdom. Being faithful with what God gives seems to be more important to God. Many of the prosperity messages have to do with getting more, and then putting the stamp of God on it to justify it as if to say it is a sign of God’s blessing. But that teaching removes the faithfulness of the one who may have little but remains faithful.
Sometimes what we celebrate as blessed or successful is often very different than what God is doing through his Kingdom. Instead of entrusting all of us with all of the same wealth, gifts and abilities, he teaches us about learning faithfulness to what he has given to us. The best of God’s Kingdom is not what we get, but what we’re able to give away.
Having confidence that we know God will provide just what we need, just at the right time, because that is the promise of being planted. This is what it really looks like to prosper in every season of life.
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