Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Prosperity Special. Part 11. How to prosper in every area of our lives, financially, spritually, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

1. Always give God number 1 priority in our life by seeking His plan first, MAT 6:33.
2. To renew our minds so that we will understand that God’s way for prosperity is different than the world’s way,
ISA 55:7-8; ROM 12:2.
3. Bible doctrine being number one priority on your scale of values, HEB 11:6.

HOS 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

PRO 11:9b through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.

JOS 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

PSA 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
PSA 1:3 …And in whatever he does, he prospers.

If we do this continually, we will prosper in every area of our lives, financially, spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Seek – zeteo = to keep on searching for, keep on pursuing, keep on endeavoring to obtain, keep on investigating, keep on examining, keep on desiring to possess something.

MAR 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.

Strength – ischuos = all your physical strength in the sense of you making the maximum effort to get to know God.

PRO 2:4 If you seek her [wisdom] as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern true respect for the Lord, and discover the true knowledge of God.
“If you seek her” – seek is in the Piel stem, the intensive stem = to search intensively or to strive after something.

JER 29:13 And you will seek Me and find {Me,} when you search for Me with all your heart.

Search – Qal future – darash = to beat or to tread a path; used figuratively to learn and to study – to go to a place so frequently to learn that you tread a path from your home to that place [Gesenius].

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.

Seek – pres-act-part – ekzetousin = to seek diligently, investigate, scrutinize, crave and desire for something = P.V.T.D.

If you truly do seek to glorify God and to understand God’s guidelines and instructions to prosper then you need to accept the premise that God owns everything and that we own nothing.
God’s Word clearly tells us that we do not “own” anything.

1CO 4:7 For who regards you as superior? And what do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

1CH 29:2 Now with all my ability I have provided for the house of my God
Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart,

1CH 29:12 Both riches and honor come from Thee, and Thou dost rule over all, and in Thy hand is power and might; and it lies in Thy hand to make great, and to strengthen everyone.
1CH 29:14 But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from Thee, and from Thy hand we have given Thee.

1CH 29:16 O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build Thee a house for Thy holy name, it is from Thy hand, and all is Thine.

DEU 10:14 Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it
1CO 10:26 for the earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains.
HAG 2:8 “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,” declares the Lord of hosts.

1CO 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

PSA 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

God’s Word warns us not to forget where our blessings come from,
DEU 8:17.

MAR 10:23 “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!”

The world’s way is to trust in material assets and securities and to continually try to accumulate more of them.

Close observation of people who have more money than they can spend shows they do not find any lasting satisfaction from their wealth.

ECC 5:10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance {with its} income. This too is vanity.
True satisfaction can only be found deep within ourselves, not in any external worldly possessions.

“Money has never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and triples that want in other ways.”
1TI 6:7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.

JOB 1:21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

PRO 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.

Often wealthy people find that the years of pursuing wealth have given them high blood pressure, ulcers, heart disease, mental illnesses and other illnesses as well.

Everyone who prospers by methods other than God’s guidelines and instructions to prosper sooner or later will find that this prosperity will become a curse.

PRO 1:32 “The prosperity of fools shall destroy them”
PSA 53:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,”
PRO 15:6 Much wealth is {in} the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked.

Financial prosperity achieved by the world’s methods will bring sorrow, but God’s Word clearly teaches us that God’s laws will enable us to prosper in every area of our lives without any sorrow.
PRO 10:22 It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.

1TI 6:10 For you see the love of money keeps on being a root of all sorts of evil, through which [love for money] certain ones by intensively desiring it [money] have gone astray from doctrine, and pierced themselves with many types of pain.

PRO 28:22 A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth, And does not know that want will come upon him.
PSA 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord.

PRO 28:16 A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, {But} he who hates unjust gain will prolong {his} days.
ECC 5:13 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt.

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