Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The secret of the mystery. Part 169. God's standards for prosperity in your portfolio of invisible assets.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

1. Communion or the Lord’s supper is a test for true Christian fellowship.

Fellowship with God the Father - 1JO 1:3 “Indeed our fellowship is with the Father,”

Fellowship with the Son - 1CO 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Fellowship with the Holy Spirit - 2CO 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

2. The communion service is a test of your application of doctrine.
3. Ritual without reality is meaningless.

a. The bread which speaks of the impeccability of the humanity of Christ and His qualification to go to the cross as the Lamb without spot and without blemish.
b. The cup which represents the salvation work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

4. The ritual of eating and drinking portrays salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.

5. The importance of relating the communion service to worship.
JOH 4:24 - “they who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth or doctrine.”

6. The importance of the rebound technique, because this is the means of recovering fellowship and being filled with the Spirit.

Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, December 3, 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.

Nine times in Deuteronomy He tells them not to forget what the Lord had done for them and 15 times He tells them to remember the Lord and His deliverance.

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?

With freedom and prosperity comes the temptation to trust in the blessings rather than in the Blessor.

1TI 6:17-19 To those who are rich in this present age, instruct them not to be arrogant and not to have confidence in the uncertainty of riches,- but to depend upon the God, who richly supplies us abundantly with all things for our pleasure and enjoyment.

1TI 6:18-19 To be producing divine good, to be rich in honorable deeds, to be generous and liberal in giving, Accumulating treasures for themselves, an honorable foundation for the future, in order that they may take hold of the blessings of that which is life indeed or really life.

For many individuals, adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

“To stay balanced through adversity, adaptability is required.
But to stay balanced through prosperity - ah, that demands integrity.”

Every believer must pass the prosperity test before he can achieve spiritual maturity.

That is because our capacity to appreciate it and enjoy it 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 means that the mature believer receives God’s greatest prosperity, which are greater blessings in time and therefore even greater blessings in eternity.

ECC 7:14 In the day of prosperity be happy, but in the day of adversity consider - God has made the one as well as the other.

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.

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

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

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.

“I am with you God and I could care less if things are not going right at this time.”

God has certain laws and principles that He tells us we must follow in order to receive His highest and best in our lives.
God has certain laws and principles that we are to follow concerning money or finances.

One extreme concerns those people who hear that God wants them to prosper and follow Him simply for that reason.

The opposite extreme = the belief that financial prosperity for Christians is totally wrong.

The Living Bible -
PRO 22:4 True humility and respect for the Lord lead a man to riches, honor and long life

LUK 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

2CO 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.

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