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Prosperity and Health, God's Will for YOU

Sunday PM  08/10/14

     3 John 2 says "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers."  Now these were the words of the Apostle John to the Apostolic Church.  When I discovered that God wants me to be a success and to be prosperous and healthy, I walked in his plan.  

     That means we study His word, find His Biblical principles of Health and Prosperity.  Joshua 1:8 tells us to stay in the Wrod of God and do what it says and we will be successful.  Proverbs 4:20-23 says that His Word is life and medicine to the flesh.  Psalms107:28 says God sent His Word to heal us and to save us from our destruction.  

     So we have the basis of being prosperous and healthy if we will obey what He says in His Wrod.  Prosperity is a redemptive truth.  Salvation is a redemptive truth just like physical health is a redemptive truth.  Jesus came to restore all that was lost in Adam.

     Romans 5:15 and verse 18 says that it was health and prosperity that Adam and Eve enjoyed before the fall.  "Much more" God wants us to live in His Kingdom and be subjects of His Kingdom, not as the world system lives.  Satan runs the world system and it is a mess.  WE are in the world, but not of the world.

     So I do these things that are of the Kingdom.  You will find these principles to live by in the "Kingdom Manifesto," Matthew 5 - 6.  Let's see what Jesus said:

     1.  Be meek or humble (Matthew 5:5)

     2.  Be righteous (verse 6)

     3.  Be merciful (verse 7)

     4.  Be pure in heart (verse 8)

     5.  Be a peacemaker (verse 9)

     6.  Be the salt and light in the east. (verse 13)

     7.  Love your enemies (verse 44)

     8.  Be perfect (verse 48)

     When we walk in these principles God is going to prosper us.

     Knowledge and wisdom will produce prosperity and health.  Proverbs 2:1-4 again in Proverbs 4:3-10 Solomon was blessed with wisdom and was the richest man in the world and the wisest.  But when all this comes, there is responsibility.  That means you walk and live in Gods ways, not the ways of the World.  Wealth is dangerous to a lot of people.  It ruins them and destroys them if they don't use it wisely (Luke 12:48).  It can bring happiness if you use it correctly (Proverbs 3:13-14 and verse 16).

     To follow God in prosperity you must:

     1.  Separate yourself from the ties of the world.  (Romans 12:2)

     2.  Forsake all to follow God.  (Psalms 84:11)

     3.  Don't turn back under pressure.  (Genesis 12:9-10)

     4.  Be diligent and work hard.  (Proverbs 10:4)

     God has a purpose for you to be prosperous (Hebrews 10:38).  Deuteronomy 8:18 says, "It is God who made you prosperous to bring forth His covenant in the earth."

     While you are prosperous to bring forth His covenant, His church, His salvation plan, you will be in the blessing flow and have a  blessed lif.

     Therefore, when you are int he covenant with Him you will be so blessed you won't have to beg and borrow from others (Deut 28:6-8).  We are not to be selfish with God's blessing; they are given to us so that we can be a blessing to others who are in need.  2 Corinthians 9:10 says God can give you more and more seeds to plant so that you can give away more and more from your heart.  You can be an "Instrument of God's favor."  

     Jerry Savelle says God's favor is:

     1.  Something granted out of goodwill

     2.  A gift bestowed as a token of regard, love or friendliness

     3.  Preferential treatment

     4.  To have an advantage

     So when God asks you to give and bless and show favor, it is because He wants to put you in a position to receive from Him.  This brings God's health and prosperity into your life.  Being a blessing to others, always listen to the Holy Spirit, and then be obedient; this brings the fruits of righteousness into action into your life.  Isaiah 32:17.

     This brings peace and quietness and confidence into your life.  Confidence in the Lord.  Confidence that no matter what happened in the world system; our El Shadai will come on the scene and meet our needs.  Amen!

     As you study Malachi 3:10-11, yo find the seven things God wants to do for you when you obey His Word in giving.  You can never out give God.

     Once you develop a life style of blessing and giving you will have a life of prosperity and health.  It releases power of God on our behalf through faith (Hebrews 11:6).

     So today is your day to renew your minds to what God wants to do for you.  It is His will for you to prosper and be in good health as your soul prospers.

Amen!