LIVE THE GOOD LIFE
The dream of those who live in the western world, (many would say this is a dream copied from a somewhat outdated “American dream” penned in the 1970’s) is to pursue what many would today call “the good life.” An ideology that usually implies owning your own home, having a couple of late model cars in your garage, taking nice holidays, and retiring to a comfortable life of doing whatever you like.
These are considered to be today’s “rich and famous,“ who are supposedly “ordained“ to enjoy the good life we all now strive to be a part of. These are the same people that are splashed across the pages of national and international magazines so that we all can enviously enter their lives and dream about striking it rich ourselves.
Many are Financially Comfortable but have Missed Out on the Abundant Life
But while many of those in the western world who are financially comfortable may have achieved what is considered to be “the good life,” most of them have completely missed out on the abundant life that Jesus promised to all who follow Him.
So what is the abundant life? Sadly, many of those who follow this newly acquired “prosperity doctrine” have mainly just baptized the materialistic western world dream with some Christian labels. A culture that embraces Christian jargon, where even the preachers look pretty much like unbelievers Americans in their pursuit of their goals.
But the abundant life that Jesus promised has everything to do with being right with God through faith in Christ and having the hope of eternity spent in His presence. Once that is achieved, we are promised that we would prosper as our soul prospers. And that is what is meant by the abundant life. (3 John 1:2, Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.)
Remember, Jesus Himself claims to be the door through which His sheep enter to experience the abundant life. This is the third of Jesus’ seven “I am” statements (for the others, see John 6:35; 8:12; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; and 15:1, 5). This means that the Lord’s message is Himself. Christianity is not primarily a bunch of rules or rituals; Christianity is Christ Himself.
Jesus is the only door to abundant life for all who enter through Him. Jesus again uses “truly, truly” to alert us that what follows is important (John 10:7): “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.”
The Bible Tells Us God Gives Us the Power to be Prosperous.
The Bible tells us that any form of prosperity does not come from our own power, but solely the power of God. In fact, God has pleasure in the prosperity of His people. From a Christian perspective, it should be understood that the practice of daily Bible study and prayer is the greatest key to our prosperity. For if we delight in the Lord, God will make us prosper and allow us to fulfill the desires of our heart.
Deuteronomy 8:18, “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that the may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
It is only if we believe in God through Jesus Christ that we can prosper in all realms, spiritually and materially. Any other route we take to build prosperity in our lives will invariably result in sin and the ugly consequences that sin brings with it. Deuteronomy 8 compels us to keep God first in our lives as He, and He alone has the power for us to get wealth.
Abundance Through God
God has great things in store for you, but you will never go to a new level without opposition. That’s why you must stay committed to what God is calling you to do. Stay in fellowship with your Heavenly Father through prayer, worship, study of His Word, and fellowship with others. Rise up today and take authority over any area of your life that’s keeping you in defeat. Be aggressive and on the offensive. If you stay focused and determined, God will take you places you’ve never dreamed of and you’ll live that overcoming life of victory that rightfully belongs to you. Time is the most valuable assets God has given us. There are only 24 hours in a day, and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. Are you spending time with God daily and investing in relationships with family and friends? God wants you to live a focused, disciplined life, full of purpose and hope. Start each day asking the Lord what He would have you to do there is no limit to what you can accomplish. God promises to take you places you’ve never dreamed possible and you will experience a more abundant life than you ever imagined.
Know and Meditate on the Bible And You Will be Prosperous.
The Bible is God’s guidebook for us to lead prosperous and successful lives. There are numerous promises and lived out examples in the Bible of God promising prosperity through the following God’s word. In the Book of Joshua, God tells Joshua to meditate on the book of the law day and night so that we may prosper.
Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night. that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
God Has Pleasure in His children Being Prosperous.
God has pleasure in the prosperity of His people, if we would have faith and favour a righteous cause God puts on our heart and joyfully go about it. Psalm 35 implores us to continually magnify the Lord who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servants.
Psalm 35:27, “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”
Accomplishment Through the Word
The principle of seed time and harvest. Many claim this the to be the principle of God’s blessing, prosperity, SUCCESS, multiplication, triumph, love, favour and is the one factor that will generally move the “Hand of God” over our lives faster than any other. It was first mentioned at the time of Noah after the flood, and after he built and altar and sacrificed to the Lord. God was so pleased He made promises to all mankind because of Noah’s faithfulness. God also introduced the “Law of Seedtime and Harvest” as we see in Genesis 8:22 . . . ‘While the earth remains, Seedtime and Harvest, Cold and Heat, Winter and Summer, and Day and Night, Shall not cease.’ Everything that God has created multiplies because of God’s “Seed Principle.” Our lives began because of the “Seed Principle,” as did everything else – either from the good Seeds or the bad Seeds Sown by Seed sowers. To overcome life’s problems and reach our potential in life, Seed sowing is crucial if you want to see your life become fruitful, multiplied and replenished in the areas of health, finance, spiritual renewal, family and relationships. Simply Sow in your Seed in the Soil of Your Need.
If We Delight in God, We Will Be Prosperous.
Delighting in the Lord is having a true love of God. We need to love Him always because he is God, and our prosperity is just a by-product of our relationship with God and not the reason for our loving relationship with God. Jeremiah 17, as does Psalm 1, both tell that those who trust God are like a tree planted by the water and are sustained and remain fruitful even in times of drought.
Jeremiah 17:8, “For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
Psalm 1:3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the banks of a flowing stream – prepared and nurtured to bring forth fruit in its season. His leaf shall neither wither nor fade, and everything he puts his hand to will rightfully prosper.
Achieve God’s Best in Your Life.
You need to dream big dreams, but have to also put your faith into action. The Bible tells us “faith without works is dead.” Whatever part of life needs an extra input of God’s blessings, continue to sow seeds of encouragement, hope, faithfulness and live a disciplined life. When you are faithful in doing that, God will reward your diligence and you will reap your harvest of Success. Time is the most valuable assets God has given us. There are only 24 hours in a day, and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. Are you spending time with God daily and investing in relationships with family and friends? God wants you to live a focused, disciplined life, full of purpose and hope. Start each day asking the Lord what He would have you to do there is no limit to what you can accomplish. God promises to take you places you’ve never dreamed possible and you will experience a more abundant life than you ever imagined.
HERE ARE SOME SCRIPTURES TO STUDY
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.
1 Chronicles 29:9
Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly.
Honour the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.
…the righteous gives and does not hold back.
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.
He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”
Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
…Or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
2 Corinthians 9:10
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;
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