What God Will Bless and What He Won't

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Would you like to be known as a successful person or as someone who just gets by?

Would you like to meet and socialize with important people?  And by the way, there is a difference between important and successful people.

Seem impossible to you?  It’s not. . .according to the Word of God specifically in Proverbs 22:29 in the King James Version which says:

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” 

The key to meeting, working and socializing with important people is to be “diligent” in your business.

It’s important to understand that being diligent in your business does not necessarily mean you have to own your own business.

The word diligent is the Hebrew word mahiyr (H4106) which means:

“quick, prompt, skilled, ready.”

The Message Bible translation of Proverbs 22:9 says:

“Observe people who are good at their work—skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don't take a backseat to anyone.”

“Yes, but Brother Harold, that’s hard because you don’t know the kind of people I work for.”

That may be true, but God does.

Ephesians 6:7 says:

“With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.”

God anticipated you’d run into this problem and gave you an answer to it. 

Getting a fresh revelation of this scripture should change a person’s attitude and work ethic.

When we understand the principle of performing our assigned responsibilities as unto the Lord and not to men, we immediately add an extra dimension of powerful success and advancement to whatever vocation we might be involved in.

There is a powerful principle of increase behind the mindset of being the Lord’s employee.

But you must be a worker. . .because a lazy person is not capable of success.

Proverbs 12:24 in The Living Bible says:

“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.” 

Laziness is a dream robber, destiny stealer and heart-breaker.

Proverbs 12:24 in the New Living Translation says:

“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.”

This is what I call an either/or scripture.

Either you work hard and become a leader. . .or. . .if you don’t work hard. . .you won’t be a leader but will, in fact, become a slave.

Need another reason to be a leader instead of a follower?  Leaders make more money.

Now let’s get to our primary scripture for this teaching.

Psalm 1:1-3 in the King James Version says:

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

As much as God wants each of us to prosper. . .He can only prosper what we do.

He cannot and will not prosper what we do not do.  God cannot prosper our inactivity.

Nor … what we think about doing.

Nor … what we talk about doing.

No matter how many times you go to church. . .not matter how righteous you live your life. . .if you are idle. . .God will not prosper you.

The last phrase in Psalm 1:3 makes God’s reaction to us most clear.

“. . .whatsoever he does. . .”

That means work. . .God will not prosper. . .wishful thinking or day dreaming  He cannot and will not bless it .

God will only bless what you do. . .that is your work, that is your seed, that is your part in fulfilling the scripture.

The last sentence of Psalm 1:3 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“Those people succeed in everything that do.”

Anything of value doesn’t come cheap.  Every prize has a price.  According to the scripture. . .the price for prosperity is hard work.

If you don’t work. . .God doesn’t have anything to bless

2 Timothy 2:15 in the Message Bible says:

“Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.”

When you study hard at what God has called you to do. . .you will not be ashamed but you will be acclaimed.

Now let’s look at the seven key thoughts in Psalm 1:1-3.  This time we’re going to read it in the Classic Amplified Bible.

“Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers).  2  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.  3  And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].”

Here are seven ways He will bless this but not that.

1.       Walking in the wisdom of the Word.

Psalm 119:32 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“I am eager to learn all that you want me to do; help me to understand more and more.”

We must have an insatiable appetite for the wisdom in the Word of God.

Luke 2:52 says:

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”

According to Strong’s Concordance wisdom is the Greek word sophia (G4678) and it means:

“wisdom, broad and full of intelligence; the wisdom which belongs to men; the varied knowledge of things human and divine, acquired by acuteness and experience, and summed up in maxims and proverbs; the knowledge and practice of the requisites for godly and upright living”

It’s the same Greek word found in Luke 21:15 in the Amplified Bible which says:

“For I [Myself] will give you a mouth and such utterance and wisdom that all of your foes combined will be unable to stand against or refute.”

It’s also used in 1 Corinthians 1:24 in the Amplified Bible which says:

“But to those who are called, whether Jew or Greek (Gentile), Christ [is] the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.”

How do you and I get this wisdom?  James 1:5 says:

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

As we renew our minds with the wisdom of the Word. . .amazing things begin to happen.

1 Corinthians 16:23 in the Amplified Bible says:

“The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

2.       Avoiding negative and sinful people.

Think about these things.

First, remove yourself from associating with ignorant, negative people who are satisfied with where they are in life and don’t care to find direction or purpose.

Second, put yourself in the company of people who have a hunger, a thirst and a passion for wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 4:8 in the New Living Translation says:

“If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.”

As we honor the Word of God we are honored by God.

Are you around people who reverence the Word and honor God?

Do you associate with people who think the glass is half-full or half-empty?

Are your friends pessimistic or optimistic about the future?

Proverbs 13:20 in the Message Bible says:

“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.”

Make a determined effort to get around those who can exhort, encourage, edify, build you up and lift you up.

Again, I’m not telling you to abandon your friends . . . but I’m telling you some facts.  “Like” produces “like.”

Your attitude, speech and behavior are directly affected by your friends.

If you’re committed to elevating your life. . .then add some new friends.  Hang around folks who have it together . . . personally, financially and most of all spiritually.

3.       Hanging out with the right folks.

It’s not enough to avoid negative, sinful people. . .you must hang around with the right kind of people.  Those who have a dream. . .a goal. . .a vision.

Here are seven questions to ask yourself:

First, what biblically successful qualities do you want to manifest in your life?

Be specific.

Second, name the seven people you currently spend the most time with?

Don’t get hung up on naming seven. . .if there are only four or five. . .go with them.

Third, list the positive and negative character qualities of each person.

What are the top three positive or negative qualities of each person?

Fourth, which of the people you named match the kind of scriptural qualities you want to manifest in your life?

Find a consistency in their character and motivation.  Do not include someone who’s occasionally but not always positive.

Fifth, list seven people who may not be in your inner circle at the moment. . .but they possess the character and motivational qualities you desire.

Once again, if you’ve only got four or five. . .go with them.

Sixth, how can you increase contact with the new people you want to be a part of your inner circle?

You can reach out to the new people by direct contact (face to face; email; social media; telephone or even snail mail).

Gain access to these people through their books and CDs until you can establish a more personal way to contact them or come in contact with folks like them.

You can also establish contact through your imagination.

Napoleon Hill wrote in Think and Grow Rich that every night before he slept, he would have an imaginary council meeting with his ‘invisible counselors.’

The council started out with a group of 9; it eventually expanded over time to over 50. These included people such as Einstein, Aristotle, Socrates, and the like.

Through these nightly council meetings, he received immense inspiration, knowledge and ideas which he credited for his success in life.

Seventh, know your list may change over time.

It’s important you surround yourself with eagles. . .people who are soaring high.

Life is too short to waste your time on earth handing around with the wrong people when the right people are available to you.

Remember:

Some friends are only in your life for a season.

You can outgrow relationships.

True friends will understand it.  If your friends don’t. . .they weren’t really true friends.

4.       Those who love talking about and obeying the Word.

First, do your friends. . .read their Bible on a daily basis?  Is the evidence of that readily apparent in how they act and react?

Second, if you meet a friend on the street. . .what’s the first thing they talk about?  If you have a fifteen minute conversation. . .how much of that time is in discussing what the Lord has just revealed to them?

Third, do they criticize and complain about their spouse, parents, boss and/or job?  If so, they may know the Word but they’re not practicing it.

Fourth, are they in church. . .each time the doors are open or do they attend Bible studies?

Fifth, do they spend as much time reading and studying the Word and anointed books as they do watching TV or surfing the net?

I could go on . . .but I think you’re catching the essence of this point.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Make sure you’re flocking to the right group.

Successful people are drawn to other successful people.

Find friends seeking to make something out of their lives.

I would rather have one friend with their head on straight than 20 mediocre friends.

Proverbs 27:17 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“As iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion].”

Your friends should be sharpening you and making you better.

5.       Those willing to do what’s necessary to be a winner in life.

First, decide to be a winner.

The primary difference between a winner and a loser is the decision to be a winner.

You’re the only one who can effectively make that decision about your life.

You can soar while others sink.

As you’re watching this program . . . you will make a life-changing decision.

You will decide to leave things the way they are. . .or you will begin taking the necessary steps to be a winner in life.

Second, no spiritual short-cuts.

Ephesians 3:20, one of my favorite scriptures in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”

Taking a spiritual short-cut never works.  There is a reason we wait.

It’s called preparation. . .by us and by the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 27:14 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.”

Third, be transformed.

To be a winner. . .you must repent.

Matthew 3:2 in the Amplified Bible offers great advice when it says:

“And saying, Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

In order to think creatively. . .it’s imperative you do the four things mentioned in this verse.

First, think differently.

Second, change your mind.

Third, regret you sins.

Fourth, change your conduct.

Be mentally and spiritually prepared to open your heart to receive what God is sending your way.

Fourth, stand on God’s Word.

As a winner you must hold onto what the Word of God says, not by what you see, hear or even imagine to be true.

In 1 Samuel 17 the Bible says Goliath “stood and shouted” (v 8); “the Philistine [Goliath] said” (v 10); “Israel heard these words” (v 11); “and Goliath spoke these same words; and David heard them” (v 23). 

The battle was raging even before David took a smooth stone out of his pouch.  It was a battle of words—Goliath’s words versus God’s word.

With boldness David stood on the word of his covenant with God.

He didn’t waver, flinch or doubt that God would deliver him against this giant of a man. . .because he had the word of God.

What word has God recently planted in your heart?  Is it a promise, provision or a word of direction?

The difference between a winner in life and a loser is the Word of God.

6.       Those who choose to blossom where they’re planted.

Here are seven keys.

First, appreciate where you are at the moment.

Second, spend quality time with your family.

Third, keep track of your goals.

Fourth, keep your life in balance

Fifth, accept what you cannot change. . .at the moment. . .and work on the things you can do something about.

Sixth, get involved in your local church and community.

Seventh, maintain your outlook with a steady diet of the Word.

1 Corinthians 8:23-24 in The Living Bible says:

“You have been bought and paid for by Christ, so you belong to him—be free now from all these earthly prides and fears. 24 So, dear brothers, whatever situation a person is in when he becomes a Christian, let him stay there, for now the Lord is there to help him.”

7.       Those who know ‘whatsoever he doeth shall prosper’ when God is in it.

If we carefully obey and follow God’s ways, whatever we do will prosper. It doesn’t matter what circumstances we are in. . .we will prosper.

Read Genesis 39:2-3, 23. Joseph was considered a prosperous man, although he was a slave - and then a prisoner!

How can a slave or inmate be prosperous? By putting their faith in Jesus Christ, and obeying His Word. You see, Joseph being prosperous had nothing to do with his temporary circumstances.

Circumstances change, but God’s Word doesn’t. Joseph was prosperous, because he believed God’s Word. . .and honored it. It was a few years later, that his circumstances caught up to what he believed. He then became 2nd in command over the most powerful nation in the world at that time. In due season, you will reap if you don’t give up (Gal 6:9).

When we’re obedient to His Word . . . then we will experience biblical success regardless of where we’re at or what we’re going through.

Job 8:7 in the New Century Version says:

“Where you began will seem unimportant, because your future will be so successful.”

Joseph was prosperous . . . a successful man even when he was standing on a slave block in Egypt.

Genesis 39:2 in the New Century Version says:

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man. He lived in the house of his master, Potiphar the Egyptian.”

The King James Version of Genesis 39:2 says that Joseph was a prosperous man.

At this very moment. . .you can be up to your eyeballs in debt. . .working a dead-end job. . .so broke you can’t rub two pennies together. . .but that’s not where you’re going to stay. . .when you follow God’s principles of biblical success.

Genesis 39:3 in the New Century Version says:

“Potiphar saw that the Lord was with Joseph and that the Lord made Joseph successful in everything he did.”

Everywhere Joseph went people were blessedHe was successful regardless of his circumstances.

Genesis 39:23 in the New Century Version says:

“The warden paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph's care because the Lord was with Joseph and made him successful in everything he did.”

It takes a never-give-up faith in the Word of God that will see you through.  Psalm 75:6-7 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotionandlifting up.

But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.”

God keeps the books. Your supervisor may not notice what you do; even your spouse or family may not notice … but God notices a righteous man or woman.  He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)

It’s not where you’re at. . .it’s where you’re going.

I want you to write this next statement down….

It’s not where I’m at. . .it’s where I’m going.

You can even personalize it.

It’s not where <<Name>> is at. . it’s where <<Name>> is going.

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