PROSPERITY

ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS,   John 3:16-18,  Romans 10:9-10

PROSPERITY,    “WORTH CONSIDERING”
    9/2/19,   (Across my desk this morning.)

Today’s Scripture
“…let them say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’”  (Psalm 35:27, NKJV)
He Delivers You From All

In Scripture, the Israelites had been in slavery for many years. That was the land of “Barely Enough.” They were just enduring, surviving, barely making it through. One day God brought them out of slavery and took them into the desert, the land of “Just Enough.” Their needs were supplied, but nothing extra. It says their clothes didn’t wear out for forty years. They were probably grateful, but who really wants to wear the same clothes for forty years?

God eventually took them into the Promised Land, the land of “More Than Enough.” The food and supplies were plenteous. The bundles of grapes were so large that two grown men had to carry them. It’s called “the land flowing with milk and honey.” “Flowing” means it didn’t stop. It never ran out. It continued to have abundance. That’s where God is taking you.

You may be in the land of “Barely Enough” right now. You don’t know how you’re going to make it. Don’t worry. God hasn’t forgotten about you. He’s leading you to a new land. Just keep following His leading and move forward into the abundance He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for delighting to see me prosper. Thank You for the blessings You have given me and those You have in store for me. Help me to develop a vision for Your abundant life so that I can be a blessing everywhere I go in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Comments:
Right away,  Joel Osteen, comes to mind as so many Christians are so deeply jealous of his financial success.  By the way his success if from book royalties and he does not even take a salary from the church.    I guess if we lived in the times of David the King,  or Salomon it would be the same,  lot’s of jealousy.  After all,  David was not perfect,  in fact he was a REAL SINNER….  But the truth of the matter is that if we are truly “HIS SERVANT” it would not be difficult for the Creator to make any of us very prosperous.  The problem is that prosperity could also easily destroy us.  We could become so secure with the stuff that we trade in our faith security in and with our Creator.   A maturity level in handling prosperity or money seems rather scarce in today’s world.   How many people do you know today who do not pay any interest at all, -0- ?  Yet the Bible teaches that the borrower is servant to the lender, and what you sow, you will reap,  Prov. 22:7.  And are taught in the Bible to only be the servant’s of Christ Jesus.    How many folks do you know who are living within their means and have a surplus with which to help others.  So really think about it,  do I have the mastery over the stuff or does the stuff have the mastery over me.  If I am comfortable owing my soul to the country store then what good would prosperity do?  The habit pattern of having a debt load would just get bigger and more stressful as you could borrow more.   Learning to be free of debt and the need of stuff is one of the things that the Holy Spirit is here to help us with but very few take HIS Prosperity Course.   Proverbs has a lot to teach on this subject.  Paul puts it this way: 

Render to all men their dues. [Pay] taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due.  Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].  The commandments, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet (have an evil desire), and any other commandment, are summed up in the single command, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.  Rom. 13:7-9.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,  Ken<><  www.Trinity-Aloha.org

There is but one Church of Christ Jesus and all who love and obey HIM are members.


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