Summary: Genuine prosperity which is based on the word of God includes not only accumulation of wealth but also good health and peace of mind springing from spiritual security from God
THE 10 PILLARS OF PROSPEROUS LIVING
The business world understand a sagacious rule: “If you want to gain wealth, then you have to outsmart others.” Many people considered honesty, virtues and moral values as weaknesses if your want to be financially successful. However, gaining riches may not be the total meaning of a prosperous life. In fact, wealth is a very dangerous foundation of a man’s life. During the Global crisis of 2008, we read of several millionaires who committed suicide when their business suddenly became bankrupt.
Genuine prosperity which is based on the word of God includes not only accumulation of wealth but also good health and peace of mind springing from spiritual security from God. The bible said: “The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” Pro 10:22
King Solomon, who ruled in the golden days of prosperity of Israel from 971 BC to 931 BC, wrote the book of Proverbs under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In Proverb Chapter 3, he recorded the secrets of living in good health, success and peace. Let us study these biblical principles and discover that it is also relevant to our lives today as it works to Solomon almost 3,000 years ago.
I. PRIORITY Pro_3:1-4
Pillar No. 1 - Set your priority according to God’s word.
Instruction toward God:
Pro 3:1 My son, do not forget my teachings, and keep my commands in mind,
Promise if you will obey:
Pro 3:2 because they will bring you long life, good years, and peace.
Instruction toward others:
Pro 3:3 Do not let mercy and truth leave you. Fasten them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Promise if you will obey:
Pro 3:4 Then you will find favor and much success in the sight of God and humanity.
The arrangement or your priorities today will determine the product of your future.
1) Worship – Love above law
2) Fellowship – Compassion above regulations
3) Discipleship – Growth above comfort
4) Ministry – Service above office
5) Mission – Mission above ambition
II. RELIANCE Pro_3:5-6
Pillar No. 2 - Rely on the wisdom and power of God and not of your own understanding only.
Pro 3:5 Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.
Pro 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.
You can never rely on God if your perception is limited only on what you can see. The Bible said: We do not look at the things that can be seen. We look at the things that cannot be seen. The things that can be seen will come to an end. But the things that cannot be seen will last forever. 2Co 4:18 NLV
Relying and trusting God required the activation of our 6th sense which is the eyes of faith. The bible said: Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see. Heb 11:1 GW
III. OBEDIENCE Pro_3:7-8
Pillar No. 3 - Obey God’s word and not your own will and desires
Pro 3:7 Do not consider yourself wise. Fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
Pro 3:8 Then your body will be healed, and your bones will have nourishment.
Though God has a wonderful plan for our future but we can only come to the fullness of God’s plan into our lives by the walk of faith. Faith is the ability to see our future based on the promises and guidance of the word of God. You have to choose to believe on the word of God even if it is opposite with our feelings and human understanding. The eyes of God can see not only our past and present but God can see our future.
Our faith is what allows us to enter the future -- not with a question mark -- but with an exclamation point!
IV. SOWING Pro_3:9-10
Pillar No. 4 – Acknowledge God’s ownership of everything by giving back what is due to Him and be generous also with other people
Pro 3:9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first and best part of all your income.
Pro 3:10 Then your barns will be full, and your vats will overflow with fresh wine.
Sowing is part of natural and universal law and giving to the Lord is compare to it. God measures the allocation of our blessings by our generosity. You can never have a time of harvest in the future unless you start sowing today.
2Co 9:6 Remember this-a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.