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Summary: The first thing that will determine your prosperity: 1. What you sow! 2 Corinthians 9:6NIV Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. You say, “Well, I don’t have much!” Listen,

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God Wants You to Prosper 2 Corinthians 9:10-11NIV

A rich man asked a wise man to write something down that could encourage the prosperity of his family for years to come. It would be something that the family could cherish for generations. On a large piece of paper, the master wrote, "Father dies, son dies, grandson dies."

The rich man became angry when he saw the master’s work. "I asked you to write something down that could bring happiness and prosperity to my family. Why do you give me something depressing like this?"

"If your son should die before you," the master answered, "this would bring unbearable grief to your family. If your grandson should die before your son, this also would bring great sorrow. If your family, generation after generation, disappears in the order I have described, it will be the natural course of life. This is true happiness and prosperity."

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Paul draws from Isaiah writings, in Isaiah 55:10NLT “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry.

The same God who is faithful to supply all His creatures’ physical needs and is kind to all men, is uniquely gracious to His children. He always fulfills His promise to replenish their generosity.

Hosea 10:12NLT I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

How often does God have to say it before you believe it? He wants to empower you spiritually, relationally, and financially! However there’s at least four truths that will always determine your prosperity:

The first thing that will determine your prosperity: 1. What you sow!

2 Corinthians 9:6NIV Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

You say, “Well, I don’t have much!” Listen, you always have enough to create what you need.

What has God given you? Use it as a seed to begin your next harvest.

God wants to empower you spiritually, relationally and financially; however, ‘The level of your maturity’ helps determine your prosperity.

It takes character to handle success. 3 John 2NAS Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

God only wants you to prosper as your soul prospers.

If your harvest is slow in coming, be patient! What does it mean to be patient? Stay fruitful!

“God loves you too much to give you something you can’t handle.”

Your obedience, determines your prosperity.

Joshua 1:8NIV Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Listen, “God can’t bless you beyond your last act of obedience.”

Isaiah 1:19-20NIV If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; 20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Your purpose determines your prosperity to empower you spiritually, relationally and financially.

General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, was asked the secret of his success. He replied, “Years ago I decided to give God all of me, and that’s no secret. Anybody can do it- if they’ll pay the price.

Again, “What’s the price?” All of you!

You say, “I wish I had your confidence.” Listen, confidence is something you decide to have. It comes from reading God’s word, and choosing to believe it. If you do, you’ll have confidence; If you don’t, you’ll continue to live in doubt.

“God is looking to entrust you with more than you ever dreamed possible.”

“Take your limits off; allow Him full reign.”

Benediction.

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