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The secret of the mystery. Part 171. God wants us to have prosperity, not prosperity to have us!

Thursday, December 7, 2006

DEU 8:18 “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth,”
3JO 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

MAT 27:57 And when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.

LUK 8:3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.

God wants us to have prosperity, wealth, and money, but He does not want them to have us!
God gave us His precious promises so we can be like He is if we follow them.

2PE 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature,

Adam forfeited the abundance and prosperity that God intended for us, his children.

1JO 3:8 The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
MAT 28:18 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

God has certain laws and principles that He tells us we must follow in order to receive His highest and best in our lives = election.

HAG 2:8 “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,” declares the Lord of hosts.
PSA 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.
PSA 50:10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills.

Anyone who reads 2Co 8-9 can see that both of these chapters deal primarily with the subject of finances.

When verse 8 tells us that the Lord became poor so that we could be rich, this applies to spiritual riches. Some Christians also believe that our Lord was poor during His earthly ministry.

MAT 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard,”

He knew God’s laws for prosperity.

2CO 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

MAR 15:24 And they crucified Him, and divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them, {to decide} what each should take.

His earthly ministry = the approximate three year period between the time He was baptized and filled with God’s Holy Spirit in the Jordan River until the time He was crucified on the cross.

Surely He could have stayed in the home of the wealthy Joseph of Arimathea or in other nice homes where He was welcomed.

JOH 13:29 “Judas had the money box”

Jesus Christ had the purest faith that has ever been seen on this earth. As a result, He was able to turn little into plenty.

MAT 17:27 “Go down to the shore and throw in a line, and open the mouth of the first fish you catch. You will find a coin to cover the taxes for both of us; take it and pay them.”

Miraculous things happen to believers who have PVTD - perception, metabolization, and especially application of Bible doctrine.

When Peter and the other disciples had fished all night and came up empty, Jesus was able to produce so many fish that the nets broke, LUK 5:1-11; JOH 21:1-11.

When Jesus needed a donkey to ride into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, He did not have to rent or buy a donkey.

When Jesus needed a room to serve the Passover meal, He did not go to a hotel to rent one.

When Jesus hung on the cross, the soldiers who crucified Him gambled for possession of His expensive, seamless one-piece robe and His other garments.

Jesus Christ had the purest faith that has ever been seen on this earth.

Because Jesus followed all of God’s laws of prosperity, He enjoyed total prosperity, not just financial prosperity, but total prosperity of the spirit, soul, and body - throughout His earthly ministry.

JOB 27:16-17 The evil man may accumulate money like dust, with closets jammed full of clothing - yes, he may order them made by his tailor, but the innocent shall wear that clothing and shall divide his silver among them. - TLB

PSA 84:11 No good thing will He withhold from them who walk along His paths

PSA 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits.

God wants you to prosper, and the first law for prosperity is “Always keep God first,”
MAT 6:33.

MAT 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

Never start any day without first of all spending a period of quiet time of prayer.

Set definite goals of Bible study either through face to face teaching or personal Bible study on a daily basis.

2CO 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!

1. Do I actually place God ahead of each member of my family?

2. Is God always more important to me than my friends?

3. Do I spend more time seeking God each day than I do watching television or enjoying hobbies?

4. Is God more important to me than any possession that I have?

5. Is seeking God on a daily basis more important to me than seeking financial prosperity?

1. Do I actually place God ahead of each member of my family?
2. Is God always more important to me than my friends?

You will be opposed by your friends, family members, co-workers, and even enemies.

Abraham stayed with his father because of sentimentality, and that was a mistake because his father led him down the path to reversionism.

Many times families hinder the spiritual growth of believers because the believer is forced to compromise certain standards and convictions that are developed through doctrinal growth.

Families are not important!

MAR 3:21 And when His own family heard of this [that He claimed to be the Son of God], they went out to take custody of Him; for they [members of His family] were saying, “He has lost His senses.”

JOH 7:5 For not even His brothers were believing in Him.

Per-act-ind - hestekasin = in the perfect tense, they have been waiting outside for Him for a long time!

TLJC taught that His followers are even closer to Him than His natural family and closest relatives.

1TI 2:4 He wills all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Relationship with God must have priority over relationship with people.

For the scribe, people emphasis, namely emphasis on himself, will prohibit him from following TLJC!

He allows family, friends, and others to guilt and manipulate him into action!

In this case, conforming to society and pleasing his family is more important to this type of individual than following the Lord!

There comes a time when you have to make a decision in life: Doctrine and rejection by family and friends, or family and friends and rejection of doctrine.

Will family responsibility be more important to this man than following TLJC?

There are times that a believer must take a doctrinal stand against the family or a family member for the sake of his own immediate family!

Is Bible doctrine more important to you than the most intimate ties of life?

His problem is that his lifestyle is one of placing his relationship with people over his relationship with God.

The Lord knows that this man needs to be released from being in bondage to what people think of him or placing his relationship with people over his relationship with God.

Adverb “proton” = the adverb of priority!
MAT 6:33 “But seek first [proton] His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”

He must get to the funeral because of what “people” think!
He even thinks our Lord might think evil of him if he leaves, so he seeks to be excused!

PRO 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

When the Lord said allow the dead to bury their own dead, He was saying let those who are dead spiritually bury those who are dead physically.

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