Thursday, October 4, 2012
31 Days of Seeing Through God's Eyes-Day 4: YOU ARE PROSPEROUS
Someone told me once that there are over 300 scripture references about prosperity. That makes it pretty clear that not only does God see his people (YOU) prosperous but he gave us the tools to be that way.
First and foremost, let me say that prosperity doesn't always refer to money so when you are reading this think about a couple of areas that you would like to prosper in or feel "rich" in. The principles will apply to anything really. Some of those areas could be:
1. Money (duh)
Do any of those perk your ears up? Due to the state of the economy lately most ears perk up as soon as someone asks if you want to prosper in your finances so let's start there :)
First of all, look at this scripture in Deuteronomy. It says 17-18 If you start thinking to yourselves, “I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!”—well, think again. Remember that God, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors—as it is today." I can promise you that if you fail to be THANKFUL for what you have and realize that GOD is the provider and it's not all about YOU then you will find yourself miserable. So be THANKFUL peeps!!
Proverbs 3:9-10 make me wanna run around my living room. In fact, it gets a spot on my "Words to live by" white board in my kitchen! If you read this and you don't get excited you need to be checked over for a pulse :) It says "Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst; your wine vats will brim over." Excited yet? This scripture refers to giving! Giving of your best! Your first! In other words, TITHE people! Tithe and watch your BARN DOORS BURST OPEN. That doesn't say that your barn will have some extra back in the corner but that you will have so much that your BARN DOORS WILL BURST OPEN. GOD SEES YOU AS RICH. GOD SEES YOU AS PROSPEROUS. HE WANTS YOU TO HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH.
There are some practical aspsects to increasing your income and paying bills of course and there are some great financial counselors. Ask for help if you need it but pray about it first. Don't seek ungodly counsel.
Close your eyes with me for a minute. Imagine that you just won the lottery. Imagine that Ed came to your door with the bouquet of balloons and the big check BUT instead of that check saying ONE MILLION DOLLARS it said PEACE, HOPE, LOVE, LAUGHTER, WHOLENESS. Would you be just as happy to have won that?
YOU DID WHEN YOU ACCEPTED JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOUR.
You are prosperous in all these things! You have more than enough of these things to have a wonderful life. The richness is there for the taking and if you are not tapping into it you are really missing out.
You may say to yourself, "I just don't FEEL it". I don't feel prosperous. Feelings are part of your emotions and you know what??? EMOTIONS change like the wind and you know what changes them?? YOUR MIND!
What are you thinking about? Are you following the advice of Phillipians 4:8?
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
If you are thinking on things TRUE you will find that the father of TRUTH sees you PROSPEROUS in all areas of your life!
Turn off CNN, HOARDERS, HGTV, TLC or any of those channels that create a sense of lack in your emotions. It's hard to remember all the great things you have in your home if you are watching a show on TV that is showing you staged homes that noone lives in. That will mess with your THANKFULNESS and your EMOTIONS right there.
Just remember..be THANKFUL for what you have! Honor God with your firstfruits! Change your mind/emotions about your current status! Be practical in your financial life (this applies to relationships too) and if you ever doubt that God sees you as prosperous GOOGLE scripture on prosperity and see for yourself!!!