7 Ways To Prosper

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When I feel led to teach a subject…it’s at the unction of the Holy Spirit.

I was somewhat surprised when I was recently directed to write another message on prosperity.  I’ve written 17 sermons with the words “prosper” or “prosperity” in the title.  Over 386 of my teachings mention prosper and prosperity in a significant way.

So I think you can understand my amazement at being directed to write on prosperity once again.  But this one thing I know. . .I want to be obedient to His instruction.

Plus, I also know that a number of people will be ministered to in a significant way by hearing or reading this teaching. God always has a purpose in everything He does.

Here are seven ways to prosper.

1.         Get wisdom and understanding

Proverbs 19:8 in the Amplified Bible says:

“He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.”

I also like The Living Bible translation of Proverbs 19:8 which says:

“He who loves wisdom loves his own best interest and will be a success.”

How do you get wisdom and understanding?  Two ways.

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.

In past teachings, I’ve encouraged everyone to make a list of their friends and review their contributions to the fulfillment of your dreams.

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

Increase your wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 1:5 says:

“A wise man will hear; and will increase learning.”  

Paul wrote to young Timothy in 1Timothy 4:13 to say:

 “Till, I come give attendance to reading…“

2 Timothy 2:15 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.”

If you don’t increase in wisdom, knowledge and understanding. . .you’ll be left at the dock waiting for your ship to come in. . ..

Hosea 4:6 proclaims:

My people are destroyed (bound) for a lack of knowledge.

I’ve always found it interesting that the Scripture doesn’t say that Satan would destroy you. He says ignorance would destroy you.  Satan just helps us enjoy staying ignorant.

The right information will not only promote, motivate and give us confidence.  It will also bring us before successful people.

Finally, become a wisdom magnet . . . draw knowledge to you with an irresistible force. 

What you earnestly desire will be drawn to you. . .and that puts you on the right road to prosperity.

2.         Listen to instruction and be joyful

Proverbs 16:20 in the New International Version says:

“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”

I like the way Proverbs 16:20 is written in The Living Bible which says:

“Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.”

I must also submit to you that it takes more than listening . . . you must be a doer of the Word as well.

James 1:22-24 in the Message Bible says:

“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.”

Act on what you hear!

Let me say that again.

ACT ON WHAT YOU HEAR!

Truthfully, I believe Proverbs 16:20 is sufficient to prove that we’re to Listen to instruction and be joyful, however, I feel led to share two other verses.

Deuteronomy 6:2 in The Living Bible says:

“. . .reverence the Lord your God by obeying all of his instructions as long as you live; if you do, you will have long, prosperous years ahead of you.

That’s what I’m talking about. . .not just a long life. . .but a long prosperous life.

Joshua 1:8 in The Living Bible says:

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

You will prosper and succeed in all you do.

How about one more scripture?  Proverbs 3:3,4 in the Amplified Bible says:

My son, forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;

For length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you

Can somebody say HALLELUJAH!

3.         Work hard

Proverbs 13:4 in the New Living Translation says:

Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.

Think about the word reward.  God’s spiritual law of reward simply states:

Luke 10:7 says:

. . . for the laborer is worthy of his hire [reward] . . . .                        

Your employer is not doing you any special favor by giving you a paycheck.  Whatever your vocation, your wages are yours scripturally, morally, and legally.  You have earned them.  They are not a gift.

                                                                                                                                                              

When you work hard, God’s law demands that you receive your reward.

Proverbs 28:19 says:

He that tilleth [works hard] his land shall have plenty of bread…

If you are working hard, expect to receive your just reward. 

Now the other side of this law of reward is that if you don’t work, you get no reward.  God’s Word is emphatic about it.

1 Timothy 5:8 says:

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.                    

2 Thessalonians 3:10 says:

“. . . if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

Plant this law firmly in your mind.  Like all of God’s spiritual laws, it is an absolute!  Those who till the land will have plenty of bread.  If your hard work is not bringing plenty of bread into your life, then some spiritual law of poverty is working to stop God’s desire for you.

Work hard and you will prosper.

# 4       Be Generous

Here are seven reasons why generosity leads to prosperity.

First, to expand your horizon and increase your opportunities, you must be a giver.

Proverbs 11:24 in the Message Bible says:

“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.” 

Second, you must know a generous giver is blessed in everything they do.

Deuteronomy 15:10 in the New Living Translation says:

“Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.” 

Third, there is only one way for a fresh wind to blow in your finances.

Proverbs 11:25 in the New Living Translation says:

“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

Fourth, generosity guarantees that your needs will be met. . .and that you will have enough left over to bless others.

2 Corinthians 9:8 in the New Living Translation says:

“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”

Notice this verse says “. . .you will always have” it doesn’t say you might have, you could have, you should have. . .no it says “YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED AND PLENTY LEFT OVER. . .”

Fifth, your generosity always provides immediate benefits with a guaranteed return.

Generosity not only gives you a guaranteed future . . . it provides immediate returns on your investments.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 in the Message Bible says:

“Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns.”

Sixth, when everyone else is getting bad news from their employer. . .the news media or Wall Street. . .those who are generous are getting good news.

Psalm 112:5 in the New Living Translation says:

“Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.” 

Seventh, when you give even in troubled times. . .when you do the right thing and bless others, you will even get a bonus.

Ruth 2:11 in the Message Bible says:

“Boaz answered her, "I've heard all about you—heard about the way you treated your mother-in-law after the death of her husband, and how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth and have come to live among a bunch of total strangers. God reward you well for what you've done—and with a generous bonus besides from God, to whom you've come seeking protection under his wings." 

# 5       Be a person who does the right thing

Several musical artists have written and performed songs entitled “What Are You Waiting For”. . .however, there is one song written by Natalie Grant that says the right things and asks the right questions.

So you wanna change the world

What are you waiting for

You say you're gonna start right now

What are you waiting for

It only takes once voice

So come on now and shout it out

Give a little more

What are you waiting for

Sometimes I feel a little helpless

Seems like I can't do a thing

But anything is possible just you wait and see

Good things happen if you just believe

The first world that you need to change. . .is yours.

The key to doing right things is speaking right things.

Psalm 81:10 in the New Living Translation says:

“For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.”

Proverbs 23:16 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Yes, my heart will rejoice when your lips speak right things.”

What we think about. . .we speak about. . .which we bring about.  That’s the progression to have right things which will cause us to prosper.

Proverbs 11:11 in the Message Bible says:

“When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes; evil talk turns it into a ghost town in no time.”

Make speaking the right thing a habit.

# 6       Love Jerusalem

First, why should we love Jerusalem. . .because God does.

II Chronicles 37:7 says:

"He claims Jerusalem as His own."

Second, why should we pray for Jerusalem. . .because God directs us to.

Psalm 122:6 says:

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they prosper who love you [the Holy City]!”

Third, God blesses those who bless Jerusalem.

Psalm 128:5 says:

"The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life."

 

Fourth, when we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. . .we will prosper.

Psalm 122:6 in the New Living Translation says:

“Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.”

The Hebrew word for prosper is H7951 which means:

“to be a rest”

Now some would suggest that the word prosper has nothing to do with prosperity. . .I disagree.  Let me ask you several questions.

When you owe more than you can pay. . .are you at rest?

When you’re past due on your mortgage. . .are you at rest?

When you don’t have the money for your child’s tuition and books for the next school year. . .are you at rest?

If your retirement account is not properly funded. . .are you at rest?

If you want to be at rest. . .to prosper. . .pray for Jerusalem. 

# 7       Don’t worry about others who prosper

Psalm 37:7

“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.”

Any time you spend questioning God or talking with others about why the ungodly prosper is time where the enemy has diverted your focus from what God wants to do for you .... to what’s happening to others around you.

The enemy knows that focus is either a destiny maker or a destiny breaker.

Anytime he has you thinking about things that are not of earthly benefit to you...he can neutralize your effectiveness for the kingdom of God by creating doubt.

When thoughts pop into your head about how the ungodly are prospering. . .what should you do?

Psalm 37:7 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.”

I looked up Psalm 37:7 in 21 different translations . . .and the thought at the beginning of each translation is clear.

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him.

Psalm 73:12 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Behold, these are the ungodly, who always prosper and are at ease in the world; they increase in riches.”

We should never spend even one second…not one…being envious, jealous or upset when the ungodly prosper or get recognition we don't.

Keep your focus on Him not them…knowing your time is coming. You have the God of creation behind you.

Let me give you three scriptural reasons why you benefit when the ungodly prosper.

Proverbs 13:22 says:

“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”

The New Living Translation of Proverbs 13:22 says:

“. . .the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.”

Ecclesiastes 2:26 in the New Living Translation says:

“God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. . .”

When will this wealth transfer come to pass?  James 5:13 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Come now, you rich [people], weep aloud and lament over the miseries (the woes) that are surely coming upon you.

“Your abundant wealth has rotted and is ruined, and your [many] garments have become moth-eaten.

“Your gold and silver are completely rusted through, and their rust will be testimony against you and it will devour your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped together treasure for the last days.”

I’m going to repeat something that was said earlier in this teaching. . .never be envious, jealous, or upset when the ungodly prosper. . .because after all. . .they’re working for you. 

Remember the words also found in Psalm 37 but verse 10:

“For yet a little while, and the evildoers will be no more; though you look with care where they used to be, they will not be found.”

Trust in the Lord with Psalm 37:3

Meditate and study the Word with the verse Joshua 1:8.

Obey His commands and the scripture He gave me wasDeuteronomy 5:29.

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