Thursday, 24 November 2011

How to prosper!

I am not big on prosperity teachings but I do believe that when we focus on God and strive to be in His will, we do have His favour.  I believe God wants to bless us, but as He knows us better than we know ourselves, He knows how much and when to bless us!

I believe that God trusts us with a 'little' - and when we prove ourselves able to handle that 'little' He trusts us with more.  Not because HE CAN'T TRUST US but because HE KNOW OUR LIMITS and ABILITIES.


2 Chron 31 v 20-21:  Thus Hezekiah did through out all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. (21) And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, SO HE PROSPERED.

Two things come to mind when I read this:
  1. God loves us unconditionally, but His promises are conditional.  You do this - and I'll do this.  If you only ever receive His promise of salvation, conditional on your asking for it, acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Saviour and repenting, you WILL go to heaven one day.  But God has so many more promises He offers you!
  2. The second thing that stands out for me is that to prosper is not just 'wealth'.  It is health, favour with God and man, inner peace, peace with the people you come into contact with, wisdom, etc.  Hezekiah did his best - to honour his Lord - and he prospered!
For me to prosper in this world, I must put God first, do what He asks of me TO THE BEST of my ability, with a good attitude, and for His glory!  

The word says in Ps 37 v 4:  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
If I got the desires of my heart, to me that would be God prospering me!


My encouragement to you is to delight yourself in Christ and His word, and see Him prosper you!

God bless
Tracy

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14 comments:

  1. Loved this post, I often pray for favour and prosperity and blessings for my children and others.

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  2. Great post Tracy. The prosperity gospel, as some people call it, has gotten out of hand here and there, but I certainly belief God wants us to prosper. Besides that, if there is a prosperity gospel, is there also something as a poverty gospel?
    Anyway, well written girl, good job!

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  3. You are absolutely correct that God does want to prosper His children. Also that we have our part to play. As we walk with him, in obedience, he will prosper us body soul and spirit. I believe in tiething and giving and that when we do so, God gives back to us. Call it prospering or simply his way of blessing us. Thank you for visiting my post and your sweet comments.

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  4. Dankje wel voor dit mooie, leerzame schrijven. Ik leer hiervan. Kan je dit lezen? Ik hoop het. God bless you and your blog for us all.

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  5. Good post Tracy. I too believe that God wants to prosper us and I want all He has for me. Money and things are nice but "His riches and favour" are what I'm looking for and I believe He will give them to me. Have a good day...Chelle

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  6. Thanks for presenting a balanced view Tracy. I do believe God, like any parent, likes to see His children doing well but that doesn't negate our responsibilities.

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  7. "For me to prosper in this world, I must put God first, do what He asks of me TO THE BEST of my ability, with a good attitude, and for His glory!" I love that.

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  8. Hi Tracy:

    You presented this topic in a good perspective. The "prosperity" gospel has gotton out of hand, but God does desire to bless His children. I believe that living an abundant life is to live one fully and completely walking with Jesus. As you said, we are are saved will go to heaven someday, but there is so much more to the Christian life that getting our "fire insurance". God wants us to live fully within Him now.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  9. Becoming a couch-potato Christian where you think God should just bring everything to where you are is all wrong. Christian's are called into a covenant relationship, like you describe - where we have obligations to fulfill. I am trying to teach that to my boys - that this is not a one-sided relationship. It is an interactive relationship with behavior expectations. Preach it sister! This kind of honest is needed to open a lot of eyes!

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  10. Hi Stefanie - its great to be able to pray God's word over others.

    Hi Marja - thank you for the positive feedback. I appreciate it

    Hi Joyful Noise, thank you for following and for the feedback. I appreciate what you have to say.

    Hi Roos - Ek kan basies verstaan want ons kan afrikaans praat en dit is a bietjie die selfde. Dankie vir jou mooi woorde. Ek is danbaar daarvoor.
    God bless


    Hi Chelle - its in the believing in Him for His will in our lives that I believe He starts to prosper us.

    Hi Wanda - I was a bit nervous with this one so your comment means much to me. Thank you

    Hi Jenifer - amen, it speaks to perspective.

    Hi Joan - so true. God has so much more for us and we block that be having wrong expectations instead of believing for His will in our lives.

    Hi Kelly - thank you

    Hi Blue Cotton Memory - I don't think I ever though I'd hear the words "preach it sister" aimed at me. You have made my day :) Thank you too for the follows. I appreciate it.

    Ladies, this was an interesting topic for me to tackle so I really appreciate your feedback. You guys ROCK
    God bless and have an awesome thanksgiving!
    Tracy

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  11. I Love this "God loves us unconditionally, but His promises are conditional. What a great point! So true. I am so thankful for the unconditional love from an Almighty God! I am thankful for his pursuit of me so that I can claim all the promises He has given:) Happy Thanksgiving girl!!

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  12. How narrowly we view God's blessing and prosperity sometimes... what a beautiful reminder of our call to follow & obey, and God's promise to have His hand over us in the process. Thanks Tracy!

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  13. Hi Kelli - I am also thankful that God pursues us. I know without His pursuit, I'd probably be too lazy to push through

    Hi Denise - great point, trust and obey, for there's no other way, ok, so got that song in my head now, not a bad thing though, right? :)

    God bless ladies
    Tracy

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