Prosperity and How to be Successful
To achieve in this life is a natural desire to have. When we reach the goal of our dreams it makes life really rewarding. We don't want to live a mundane existence barely surviving and settling for a mediocre life style. Fulfillment of the ambitions of our dreams, is a very satisfying thought.
Today in our world we see many programs and speakers who promote motivation towards success and stimulate attitude changes, like positive mental imagery etc.
These do help people reach their goals in life to a degree.
However, there is a deep need in mankind that is not always reached by our abilities and inventions of humanity. These help programs can help the soul of man, in his thinking and in his mindset to become successful.
Now our thinking and thought life is critical for our development, so we need to find the heart of the matter and see the whole man working.
The spirit of man is the heart center of our beings and we need to reach the spirit and our whole beings to really prosper in life. It is like when you spray the leaves only of a plant, it doesn't directly affect the roots, so to be effective water should also be applied deep down where the heart is in the roots, to meet all of the needs of the plant.
HOW CAN THE WHOLE MAN BE BLESSED?
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful;
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he 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.
We see a blessed man and a man who is not blessed in what they do.
Not being blessed :
taking counsel from the ungodly - getting unsound advice and direction from people that does not come from God
standing in the path of sinners - going the same way as sinners and heading down the same track
sitting in the seat of the scornful - having the same mentality as the mocker to the things of God.
Hebrews 8:10 -
Delighting in the law of God - Having a heart towards God and His ways
Meditating on His law day and night -
Keeping Gods words and ways in your heart, as you live each day and even while you sleep the thoughts of God are working in your dreams and waking moments.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
We have a new heart given to us and we can now delight in God's law, which is written on our hearts and minds, we can apply this thinking to our lives and live a blessed lifestyle.
We can receive instruction for life as he writes the WORD in us and we don't put our own interpretation on the word, derive our own meaning ,or figure it all out.
Our whole thinking is permeated by the word of life and this translates to our actions.
We meditate day and night, it is a process of growth and change to Gods laws and His word.
In Psalm 1:3 we have a tree which is a living creation which needs life giving nutrients for growth - depending on the source of the essentials of growth is how the tree will mature. If the tree has access to rivers of pure flowing water which saturates the soil with life as well as nutrients the tree will thrive.
The tree produces fruit and healthy leaves and it is a successful plant thriving in a proper environment.
The leaf does not wither as it is evergreen like everlasting, a leaf that has eternal properties from Heaven.
Whatever you do prospers that is a promise to grab hold of for sure.
Definitions of prosper
Thrive, be successful (of God cause to)
state of wealth, favouring, favour, grace.
We often look at one of the aspects of prosperity, which is possessing wealth, but we do need to see the whole package of prospering and who provides the prosperity, which is God and His favour towards us.
Success with favour, we need to know the favour of God and have His grace and not be only wealthy in this worlds possessions.
3 John 2 -
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
I believe our soul is prospering if we follow the example of the blessed man in verse 2 of Psalm 1
Now for some wise advice
Proverbs 4:10-15 -
10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
Prov 4:20-27 -
20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.
It is harmful to your life and your health to not look after your heart, what you believe will effect your thinking and in turn your actions which result in succeeding or not.
Give attention to His Words and what He is saying to you, let that be your focus and not the distractions of wrong desires which is lusting.
We are sons of the living God, His sons and daughters are in relationship with Him, as His very own we have access to His provisions.
2 Peter 1:3 -
3 His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
What is it that enables us to have access to this life producing source, such as the rivers of water that will cause our tree to produce healthy fruit? How can we tap into the source?
John 10:9,10 -
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Jesus says he is the door or the entrance to salvation, access to the pasture. Jesus says we need life and when we are saved we have life in abundance.
This sounds a lot like prosperity in life doesn't it?
Now we know that Jesus is the way to Prosperity.
John 15:1-8 -
1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Jesus is the vine, the Father is the vine dresser and we are the fortunate branches which are pruned, to produce even more fruit.
Pruning is cutting off dead wood and ouch that can hurt, but it is the very best for the branch to get rid of the deadness hanging on isn't it.
We have access and we are clean because of the source through Jesus.
We now abide in Him and He in us. Without Him we can do nothing, we are dry and wither.
His words abide in us allowing us to thrive and prosper in whatever we do.
Abiding is like delighting in Psalm 1 a continuation of a relationship, partaking in all that is offered through this relationship and feeding from the source.
ASK what you DESIRE and it will be done for you.
Yeh right you say!!! cant see that happening without some type of excess.
NO this is when you are abiding in Him and His life is flowing through you, so that you produce good fruit and not bad fruit.
That is real success when you ask for anything you desire from God and it is granted.
What a day you say. And it is possible with God it is possible.
Does a tree instantly grow? No it takes time for a tree to grow and produce a bud and then form into maturity,
Isaiah 61:3 -
a large tree. Likewise with us, we got to start somewhere and grow into maturity, it doesn't happen instantly in a microwave oven, this is a life practice and a lifestyle of becoming all we are meant to be.
You can ask in faith, because His word abides in you and you find yourself in His will and you produce good fruit.
The Father is glorified when we bear fruit, as we are His sons and daughters He is very proud of us and we are one with Him.
We can walk in His ways which will create in our lives prosperity a successful life.
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
We are described as trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, so that He may be glorified. Sounds a lot like we are abiding in Him.
When we seek Him and are sorry for our wrong lifestyle, He can convert our depression to joy and lift us up.
We become planted by the Lord and grow into a stable tree, which will bring produce fruit in the right season, what we do does not wither, we can have everlasting affects in our lifetime and He is glorified.
Something happened in our inner beings, when we become born again as believers, now we have access to Gods blessings by birthright.
He can convey His word by revelation to our spirit man. The Holy Spirit is our counsellor, His law is written on our minds, we are transformed to think like God thinks, which guarantees our success.
There are definite steps we can take to ensure our success in life. God has provided these steps for access to His blessings. Praying in the spirit allows the Holy Spirit to build us up, so that we are an open channel to the revelation of His Word. As we spend time and delight ourselves by abiding in His presence in worship, by giving ourselves to reading, meditating and making bold declarations from His Word, we will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water.
We will prosper in life.
New King James Version was used for most Bible references.
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