Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

They that seek the Lord shall not be in want of anything.

Thursday, October 7, 2004

One of the first principles for blessing from the God of prosperity is to make sure God has number 1 priority in our life;
1KI 2:6-12; MAT 6:33.

This all-consuming desire for money is exactly the kind of desire that we should have for God.

PRO 16:16 Get wisdom – it’s worth more than money; choose insight over income every time.

PRO 23:23 Buy truth – don’t sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight.

The more we learn of God and His ways, the more we should want to learn.

PSA 34:10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.

When we are in right standing with God and always keep Him first, we will receive all of the riches and honor that we will ever want or need.

JOH 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Too many Christians (often without even realizing it) are much more problem-centered than they are God-centered.

All freedom comes from switching our preoccupation from ourselves to occupation with God.

ISA 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in Thee.”

First, we must keep Him first at all times by keeping on mind on Him.
Second, we must trust Him completely.

God’s guidelines and instructions to prosper will only work to the degree that we keep Him first in our lives, totally, completely and absolutely ahead of everything else.

The blessings that we receive from God will be in direct proportion to the degree of our true, deep and lasting commitment to Him.

A part of God’s guidelines and instructions to prosper is to renew our minds so that we will understand that God’s way for prosperity is different than the world’s way.

You have been taught lies and propaganda from the cosmos diabolicus – the devil’s world – concerning how to prosper.

PRO 3:14 She [wisdom] is worth far more than money in the bank; her friendship is better than a big salary.

PRO 8:10 Prefer my life-disciplines over chasing after money, and God-knowledge over a lucrative career.
PRO 16:16 Get wisdom – it’s worth more than money; choose insight over income every time.

PRO 22:1 A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.
PRO 23:5 Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder.

One of the biggest obstacles to learning and applying God’s guidelines and instructions to prosper is the tremendous difference between them and the world’s system of prosperity.

Will you really believe what the Bible says and do it – will that be your challenge?

Many of us have followed the world’s system for many years and it’s not easy to change from long established and ingrained habits and patterns.

ROM 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Anakainosis = to make new, to completely change.

Are you willing to “erase” the information which has governed your viewpoint for prosperity, so that you will line up with God’s guidelines and instructions to prosper instead of the world’s system of prosperity?

3JO 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

We will experience this prosperity and health that He wants so much for us in exact proportion to the degree that our souls are “prospered” – to the exact degree that our souls are made brand new.
The soul is the combination of our heart, our mind, and our emotions.

God wants us to constantly engage in the process of converting our souls from the world’s ways to His ways.

PSA 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

In order to prosper, we have to change from the way that we have always handled our prosperity and finances to the way that God tells us to handle our finances.

JOH 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.”

Verse 3 – God wants His truth inside of us and He wants us to walk in truth – to live our daily lives based upon the teachings of His Word.
Verse 4 – nothing gives Him greater joy than to see His children walking in truth.
Verse 5 – acting faithfully in truth produces divine good even toward strangers.

Verse 8 – walking in truth causes us to support others who are doing the same!

We will prosper under God’s guidelines and instructions to prosper to the exact degree that we fill our hearts with these laws and obey them in our daily lives.

MAR 7:13 “Thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition.”

God does not ever think in terms of financial or other shortages.
MAT 13:58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

God wants us to renew our minds because He wants to restore our souls, to make the soul “brand new” in the realm of thinking divine viewpoint.

PSA 23:1-2 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”

He will guide us to the still waters – away from the angry and bitter waves of the cosmic system or the failing systems of this world.

He will restore our souls so that we will always be in tune with His laws of prosperity instead of worrying about the constant erosion of the world’s man-made system of prosperity.

Amplified Bible –
EPH 4:22-23 Strip yourselves of your former nature – put off and discard your old unrenewed self which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind – having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude.

One of the biggest obstacles to learning and applying God’s guidelines and instructions to prosper is the tremendous difference between them and the world’s system of prosperity.

PSA 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

ROM 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,”

2CO 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

Renew – pres-pass-ind – anakainoo = to receive new strength, new vigor, new energy, to be changed with a new kind of life.

JOH 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”

EPH 4:23 “Be renewed by means of the breathing of the soul,”

2TI 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

COL 3:10 “Put on the new self who is being renewed by means of epignosis knowledge [metabolized doctrine] according to the image of the One who created him.”

Too many of God’s people are trying to solve their serious problems with their limited, carnal, unrenewed minds.

Christians who have not renewed their minds in God’s Word do not have the “spiritual eyesight” to see their way out of seemingly unsolvable problems.

ROM 13:12 “Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

ROM 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to {its} lusts.

EPH 4:24 “Put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created by means of perfect righteousness and devotion to the truth.”

MAT 19:26 “but with God all things are possible.”

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

JOH 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

PSA 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

JOH 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

Christians who have paid the price of diligently renewing their minds will focus in on the solution.

Christians who have not paid the price of renewing their minds will focus in on the problem.

Renewal is a law of God.

2CO 4:16 …“though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.”

That spiritual food is transformed into a spiritual strength and energy called pistis or faith.

2CO 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight –

JER 15:16 Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;

Our soul cannot prosper unless our mind is under control and our mind will not be under control unless we can cast out all negative thoughts and bring every one of our thoughts completely in line with the Word of God.

Too many Christians today focus so much on the problems of the world that they ultimately become part of those problems because they are so identified with them.

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