I’m reminded of an airplane flight I took some years ago. I was sitting in first class and the two men across the aisle were discussing how they were going to become filthy rich.
One of the men noticed that I had more than a passing interest in their conversation. He directed his comments at me and inquired, “Do you want to be filthy rich too?” I said, “No, I don’t want to be filthy at anything.”
Then I quoted Proverbs 10:22:
“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
I said for me to be filthy would be sorrowful.
The man said “You must be one of those name it and claim Christians.”
I said if it’s in the Bible I will name it and claim the promise as mine.
He said, “Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Christian.” Then he quoted Psalm 118:24 which says:
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I said, “You know that’s a great verse but I like the next one. . .Psalm 118:25 says:
“Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.”
The man then smiled and said, “I believe I like your verse better.”
The New Living Translation of Psalm 118:25 says:
Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success.
Notice the progression in these two verses.
If the Lord has made this day. . .and He has. It should be a day free of worries because He’s not giving to give you a day with troubles. And even better still, He wants to deliver us from the cares of this world and send us prosperity.
Psalm 118:23-25 in the Amplified Bible says:
“This is from the Lord and is His doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This [day in which God has saved me] is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Lord, save now, we beseech You; O Lord, we beseech You, send now prosperity and give us success!”
Do you want to know what God’s doing? Would you like to know what is marvelous in His eyes?
Yes, this is your day . . . “this is the day the Lord has made”. . .we can get excited about what He’s doing in our lives. God is ready to do a marvelous thing for you and He is doing to do it “now.”
The verse says. . . “send now prosperity.” The day of increase and prosperity (notice the “now”) is coming … now! Because ‘now’ is the time for us to take the gospel to the remote places of the earth.
According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for prosperity is H6743 and it means:
“to advance, prosper, make progress, succeed, be profitable, to make prosperous, to cause to prosper”
That’s what God wants to do for each of us.
It’s time for you to move out of your Egypt (lack and insufficiency) and into the Promised Land (prosperity).
Psalm 66:12 says:
“Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.”
In this verse, the Word is speaking of the Israelites coming out of Egypt. This is a type and shadow of what God is going to do for us…look carefully at “out” and “into.”
The last part of Psalm 66:12 in The Living Bible said:
“. . .But in the end, you brought us into wealth and great abundance.”
God is always bringing us out of something, if we will just follow Him. God will not force us out but He will lead us out. The scripture says that God lead the children of Israel out of Egypt by a mighty hand. He did not force them to leave so they had to have a willingness to follow.
The same principle is true if you want to come out of the financial captivity that you’ve been living in. If you want to leave the land of poverty and barely making it. . .there has to be a willingness to follow God out and into a wealthy place.
God is not going to force you out of financial bondage. If you want to stay the way you are living from paycheck to paycheck then God is not going to force you out of captivity. But if you want something different; if you want to experience His prosperity then God will show you the way out and into his plan for your live but you must follow Him.
I think everyone knows God will not heal a sick person unless they call out to Him and open the door of acceptance. God will not save anyone from their sins unless they ask Him but He will save everyone who asks. After all, God is not a respecter of persons or a man that He should lie. What He has done for one . . . He will do for everyone.
God brought us out and into a wealthy place. There can be no question that “wealthy” means money and property.
You can know beyond a shadow of a doubt when you enter into a wealthy place.
A good description is found in Deuteronomy 8:7-10:
“For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass. When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.”
One way to know for sure if you are in a wealthy place is whether or not you are lacking anything. If you are lacking something then you are not fully in a wealthy place. But you can be comforted in knowing that it is God’s desire to lead you to this scriptural place.
No longer will you have to wake up wondering how are you going to pay your bills. When there is no lack in your life . . .you sleep better. That’s a medical fact. When you no longer have to live from paycheck to Prozac you will feel better because you are living in a wealthy place.
You will also find that you won’t have as much trouble in your marriage when you follow God into the wealthy place. Lack and financial problems are the number one reason people divorce. When they don’t have enough money they overload on stress trying to figure out how to survive the next financial crisis. Unfortunately, many people just quit the marriage because they feel hopeless in trying to figure a way out of the mess they are living in.
The wealthy place is where there is no lack and where you can be a blessing instead of a burden. You can take care of your responsibilities to your family and you can be a blessing to those inside and outside of the church around the world.
1 Timothy 6:18 says:
“That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.”
The scripture is challenging us as believers to become rich in good works when we move into the wealthy place. In other words, be ready to be a vessel God can use to bring about the vast end-time harvest.
It does not matter what you have now. . .because when God brings you out and into the wealthy place. . .things can happen very quickly.
Psalm 105:37 says:
“He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.”
The children of Israel would have been happy if God had just brought them out of Egypt (everything that has you bond). But God didn’t just bring them out, He took them into a wealthy place with silver and gold as healthy people.
One moment they had nothing. . .no freedom. . .no money. . .barely enough food. But then they left with silver and gold and there was not one feeble person among them. And they walked out into a wealthy place.
God wants to lead each of us out of our Egypt (bondage) and into a wealthy place….not just a few believers…but everybody in the camp. . .on your street, church, city, state and nation.
But we must stay focused on our faith in our righteous God who delivers us from evil and He wants to bring us to some place special.
It’s time for us to follow His lead.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS