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Measuring Prosperity and Success- STS eBook Chapter 2 PLEASING GOD (con’t)

God views prosperity and success from a spiritual perspective, not in the way we think of the accumulating of wealth, material possessions, status and reputation.  Neither are the latter a measure of success, but success in God’s eyes is about whether or not things are working out in our lives, whether or not we are experiencing His blessings as a result of how we live our lives in obedience to His Word.

The soul of man is much more valued by God than all the riches in the world :

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [in the eternal kingdom of God]?”  Mark 8:36 AMPLIFIED BIBLE

To be rich in faith is a far better position to be in than to be living in spiritual poverty.  James 2:5 states:

 “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

Where are you laying up your treasures?

Mt 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Mt 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Mt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(Review ‘PLEASING GOD AND GOOD SUCCESS’ in the earlier part of Chapter 2)

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Prosperity and Success  (Conclusion of Chapter 2 PLEASING GOD-LOVE GOD, LOVE HIS WORD AND OBEY HIM)

In 3John 2 it says,

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

John was encouraging persecuted Christians, but today we have many Christians in America who suffer with hard times and deprivation! Don’t listen to any ‘Prosperity Preachers’ who are wolves in sheep clothing! They wrongfully use 3John 2 to equate prosperity and success with material gain and status, bilking people out of their money to make only themselves rich!

Throughout the Bible the word ‘prosper’ means a state of well being, of doing okay despite one’s circumstances, being wise in making right decisions; it has to do with having good emotional and spiritual well being, being at peace with one’s life and relationships with God and others, knowing that you are in God’s will.

To prosper and be successful we need to:

do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that IT MAY BE WELL WITH THEE, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers”,…

The last part about possessing the good land is about receiving the blessings God has in store for those who love and obey Him. (Deut 6:18)

Being Blessed                  

We began In Deut 6:18:

“And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers”...

Here is the clincher in vs 19,

…”To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the Lord hath spoken.

The blessings of God are conditional, i.e. they are not forthcoming unless certain requirements are fulfilled. For the Israelites, it meant they had to destroy everyone in the heathen lands they invaded. The obvious reason was that they were idolaters and would contaminate God’s people (which they eventually did!).

The lesson for us is that we must IDENTIFY AND GET RID OF things or obstacles in our lives that hinder God’s blessings from us, that keep His love, joy, and peace from permeating our lives, our children’s lives, our home, our jobs, etc. It could be something within our character and behavior that we need to change, or the way we sometimes treat one another in unloving ways; it could be things we do that are not pleasing to God, for some maybe it’s what we’re listening to, reading, the movies or You Tube videos we watch, how we spend our time, who we spend it with that is grievous to God, etc.  Only when we “do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord” will the blessings of God be released upon us!

Let us pray as David did in Psalm 51; he confessed his sins and asked God for mercy and forgiveness, that God would not withhold His blessings.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of they righteousness.”  Psam 51:10-14