Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The secret of the mystery. Part 168. The value of prosperity testing in your portfolio of invisible assets.

Friday, December 1, 2006

1. The old sin nature test.
2. Cosmic #1 test.
3. Cosmic #2 test.
4. Disaster testing.
5. People testing.
6. System testing.
7. Thought testing.
8. Prosperity testing.

1) Individual prosperity testing, in which some form of success challenges the top priority of doctrine.

2) Collective prosperity testing, in which a city, state, nation, business or group becomes very prosperous.

There are many believers today who cannot handle any form of prosperity because promotion and recognition causes them to become arrogant and think more highly of themselves than what they ought to think, especially in churches.

“It’s the TLJC who they were worshipping stupid and you’re just a jack-ass.”

Prosperity cannot bring happiness apart from the believer’s residence, function, and momentum inside the PPOG.

Our capacity must always precede our prosperity.

The cosmic system can offer you success, sex, fame, wealth, promotion, social and professional prosperity, but all these are without happiness and you make your own misery.

Passing this test consolidates the believer’s scale of values, making them consistent with the PPOG, resulting in stabilizing the right priorities of life, and giving capacity to enjoy prosperity.

Passing this test means that the mature believer receives God’s greatest prosperity, the greater blessings of time and eternity.

When you have the same happiness in adversity as well as prosperity, it means you have passed the test.

You concentrate on occupation with Christ,
HEB 12:2, so that He is the focus of your life, the priority solution, the motivation, and the basis for worship, as in communion.

In spiritual autonomy, you have a very high area of focus and motivation.

Occupation with Christ becomes a major problem-solving device in passing momentum testing and advancing to spiritual maturity.

On a good day, enjoy yourself; on a bad day, examine your conscience.
God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won’t take anything for granted.

It may be the giving of prosperity which might change the believer’s LIFESTYLE or it may be the removal of the prosperity that the believer was enjoying.

The prosperity test also brings out the covetousness and jealousy that some believers still have within them.

There is the prosperity of the wicked which sometimes causes envy in the righteous.

Asaph was one of the finest and chief musicians in Israel.

Even if you do not understand what you are going through remember God is good to His people.

There are certain people who prosper even though they are wicked, and this is also a part of your prosperity test.

How do you handle the prosperity of others?

1CO 12:26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

ROM 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

God in His Grace actually will allow the wicked to prosper on this earth.

MAT 5:45b He causes His sun to rise on {the} evil and {the} good,

You don’t see the discomfort and lack of content in their soul.

ECC 5:12 The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much. But the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.

They don’t have that peace that goes beyond understanding, PHI 4:6.

“Their body is fat” = their strength was from their riches.

You always need to remind yourself - you have something in your soul that money cannot buy, a peace that you can go through a tragedy, disaster, sickness, and still say, “I have learned to be content in whatever state I am.”

“Their hearts run riot”= whatever their heart wants, they get, because of their riches.

ECC 2:10 And all that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,

PRO 19:4 Wealth adds many friends,
PRO 19:6 Many will entreat the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.

PSA 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

They were standing on a smooth place (everything’s going smooth for them), but always remember -
smooth places can be very slippery.

JER 23:12 Therefore their way will be like slippery paths to them,

“They will be driven away into the gloom and fall down in it; For I shall bring calamity upon them, The year of their punishment,” declares the Lord.

ECC 8:11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.

“There’s a year for their punishment” = every person who is anti-God and has negative volition has a year assigned by God for their punishment.

ECC 8:10 So then, I have seen the wicked buried, those who used to go in and out from the holy place, and they are {soon} forgotten in the city where they did thus. This too is futility.

“Beast” - behemah - the water ox or the hippopotamus; a plump colossus of flesh, an emblem of colossal stupidity.

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