Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Prosperity Special. Part 10. The God of prosperity is a rewarder of those who diligently seek for Him.
Friday, October 15, 2004
HEB 11:6 And without doctrine resident in the soul, it is impossible to please Him, for he who is occupied with the God must be convinced by resident doctrine that He is, and that He becomes –
“A rewarder” – misthapodotes – misqapodovth” = a rewarder, or someone who recompenses and rewards wages – a hapax legomena.
The fact that God is a rewarder is a possibility or a potential depending upon your attitude toward doctrine.
PRO 4:8 “Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.”
PRO 8:21 Doctrine endows those who love it with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.
PRO 9:11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.
“Those who seek Him” – pres-act-part – ekzetousin – e*kzhtousin = diligently or earnestly seek, it is a verb of obsession.
It means to seek out, to search for, to continually habitually seek in the participial form.
Static present – used for a condition which perpetually exists; it represents the importance of being consistent with your positive volition toward doctrine.
Active voice – winners or spiritual adults produce the action of the verb by persevering and not quitting in life.
HEB 11:6 And without doctrine [resident in the soul] it is impossible to please Him, for he who is occupied with the God must be convinced by [resident doctrine] that He is, and that He becomes a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
MAR 9:41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.
1CO 3:8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
REV 22:12 Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.
2TI 2:15 Study to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.
1PE 3:15 “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you”
None of us should expect God to prosper us unless we are willing to pay the price of working hard at studying His Word.
Spoudazo – “study” – 2TI 2:15 = exertion, diligence, to use speed, to make a great effort.
If we have problems in one particular area of our lives, we need to do a thorough job of “rightly dividing,” God’s Word in order to find every possible verse of Scripture that covers this particular area.
The Bible will make us think like we have never thought before – but only if we are willing to dig and dig and dig without expecting it to unfold its secrets to us immediately.
What is the difference between “studying” the Bible and just “reading” the Bible?
If you had a book entitled “How To Survive When You’re Lost In The Mountains,” and you read it in the comfort of your home, you would just be reading it.
Because the way to glorify God is by being blessed by Him, all of us should study what God’s Word has to say about prosperity.
Millions of Christians are living far beneath their rights and privileges as children of God because they fail to pay the price of constantly studying God’s Word to find out exactly what these rights and privileges are and how to attain them.
1) We must speak His Word constantly which means His Scriptures should constantly come out of our mouths.
2) We should constantly study His Word and meditate “day and night” on what it says.
Meditate – hagah = to ponder, to meditate, to study, to examine.
Unlike the meditation that people do in yoga and similar forms of meditation which tell us to “empty” our minds, we are, instead, meditating by “filling” our minds with the awesome power of the Word of God.
3) We should live our lives exactly as His Word tells us to live and we should know His Word so well that we conduct our lives “according to all that is written in it.”
God tells us that, if we want to prosper in everything we do, He will bless “the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked” – this includes the world’s counsel on prosperity and finances.
ROM 12:2 – He tells us not to conform to the world’s way of doing things, but, instead, to transform our lives by following His laws.
No matter how bad a drought might be, the leaves of such a tree will never wither and dry up because the roots of this tree will be able to draw water from the river.
HOS 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.