Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

True prosperity – do you know it? Evangelist Scott Grande.

Friday, December 15, 2006

COL 2:16-17 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

HEB 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

There are blessings in your life that you can see, taste, or touch. Prosperity from God that is material in nature.

That’s part of the prosperity test: we can become arrogant and forget the Giver, and forget to thank Him for all that we DO have.

So maybe we need to change our viewpoint. Maybe we need to see that we already possess 3.9% of the 4% materials blessings we could ever want in this world.

HEB 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The 96% of blessings that we possess as believers in TLJC comes by faith, or by learning Bible doctrine.

EPH 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Secure beyond our thoughts!

Arrogance leads us to believe that we are worthy in some way on our own. And arrogance can lead us to take scriptures out of context, to make the Bible say what we want it to say, so it feeds our own arrogance.

We like to fit God into our own little box, picking and choosing the scriptures we want to focus on, and often we make our own interpretation of our chosen verses, without even knowing it. 2PE 1:20

ISA 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Mankind has a natural desire, from the sin nature within us, to take credit for how good we are trying to be.

But the Bible clearly says there is none of us that are righteous, not even one. And there is not one of us who does good, not even one. ROM 3:10-12

Even our righteous deeds are like dirty rags to God!
ISA 64:6a For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;

REV 3:17 ‘Because you say, ” I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,

If we learn God’s thoughts through the categorical teachings of the scriptures, and from the original languages of Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, we will see the Truth from God’s perspective.

We are secure BEYOND what WE thought was possible.

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