Summary: Second part on a three part series on prosperity. "God wants His children to prosper in every area of life."
Prosperity for 2005
Where we ended last week;
1.Hard work, determination and commitment to God produce prosperity.
”Choose to love the LORD your God and to obey him and commit yourself to him, for he is your life”. “Then you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."
3 John 1:2 says; "Beloved I wish above all things that you prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers".
-If God is truly your life, than let your actions prove it!
A lazy person will not prosper
Turn your Bibles to*Proverbs 12:27 says; Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.
-Lazy people leave everything half cooked or half done.
-They never finish what they start.
*proverbs 15:19; “A lazy person has trouble all through life; the path of the upright is easy!”
- They are always looking for a new job. They got fired from the last one.
- They will always have problems with their finances.
-Always owing somebody something.`
- Always hiding from bill collectors.
-Always starting to read a new book but never finished reading the last one.
*proverbs; 19:15 says; “A lazy person sleeps soundly and goes hungry”.
- You can’t seat at home watching television all day and expect to achieve what others have with hard work.
- A lazy person is always tired, bored.
Never has any money left over for anything.
- They can’t participate the same way that others can.
*Prov. 10:4; “He who is lazy becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
* Prov.13:4; Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.
2. You must make a choice how you want to prosper.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:24; 0 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
Paul’s Charge to Timothy
11But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.