The Fundamentals of Prospering
Psalms 1 - Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
We have a lot of people expecting God to do Great things this year; and it’s primarily because a lot of us had a rough 2010. I’ve had the opportunity to speak to a number of people that have dealt with MANY hardships in 2010 – loss, sickness, death, divorce, no money, and the list goes on and on. I mean, I know that I had a rough 2010 so I’m right there with you. And the Bible speaks of blessing those who endure suffering. We’ve seen it in Job and Romans 8:18 says for the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that WILL BE revealed to us. But we must understand that we have to not only endure, but we have to also remain faithful to God.
Take a look at the first verse: Blessed is the man who DOES NOT walk in the counsel of the wicked OR STAND in the way of sinners, OR SIT in the seat of mockers. We must realize that our blessing is connected to our obedience AND faithfulness.
The smoke has, somewhat, cleared for a lot of us and we finally feel like we can breathe. And thank God for that feeling; Thank God for Peace. Yet, also be aware that the devil is lurking around waiting for a time to strike and break us down… Which means that because the smoke has cleared that the temptation to slip up may be more accessible… I’m just being real. Let me bring it to reality: After suffering in debt 2010, the Lord has made a way and provided you with a job…not just a job but a GREAT paying job, but you are responsible for paying back taxes. Now in 2011, you finally have some kind of control on your finances. Yet, instead of paying your taxes (come tax time) you would rather have a 60 inch Flat Screen, a motorcycle on the side, and a few extra pairs of shoes and purses to match. Then you want to cry and pray to God when the PoPo is cuffin’ you because you don’t want to go to jail…
Listen, the smoke has cleared, but you got to remember that temptations are always there and that there are consequences that follow… Just because God has given us a little breathing room doesn’t mean that we no longer have to keep watch and be aware of the enemy’s tactics. The scripture says that we must meditate on the Word day and night. And by doing this is builds us up so that we are able to stand our ground and withstand the enemy. We must be faithful…. Fundamentals of Prospering.
Sometimes we can feel run down and drained from trying to do good and remain faithful….
Us: “Lord I’m trying to love my enemy, but she keeps trying me! Why do I have to be the one that keeps the peace??”
“Lord, I’m trying to do what’s right, but why am I still at square one??”
“Lord, I’m trying to do this ministry, but is it really worth it??”
And I’m just keeping it real, because we spend all our lives perfecting “living behind the church mask” and then when we fall, we don’t know how to handle life because our life was centered around the church life and/or church people. Or, like many women, we hide behind the “having it all together” mask. We have this attitude that everything is peachy keen, but the reality of it all is that we’re broken and we may have that feeling of being bound on the inside…
Yes, we’re strong in the Lord, yet the Bible also says in Psalm 34:19 that the righteous has many troubles. And don’t get me wrong God can and will deliver us yet most times we block Him by putting on the mask… When the preacher could be preaching to you and when God wants to deliver you, He’s blocked because “You’re ok.” We put up a wall instead of being honest with ourselves… Honesty brings deliverance…
But anyway, we become run down and drained and want to quit because we feel it’s too much. But we have to pray for a renewed mindset, because it’s not about us or anyone else…it’s about doing His will. Once we start thinking like that then it doesn’t matter what outside pressures come… God requires us to be pleasing to Him. Romans 12:1 says …”Present your bodies as a living sacrifice Holy and Pleasing to God…” We are to be please the Father with our lives and the rest will follow.
Understand that we had to go through hardships so that we could learn to trust and depend on God more. Every event that happens in our life happens with purpose. The problem sets in when we try to choose the direction of our solution. God will guide us. We gain our strength by depending on Him. We’ll be like that tree planted by the water, once we realize that it’s all about Him and that He has our best interest at hand. When you meditate on his Word day and Night, you start to hear Him more, and you realize the Importance of Pleasing Him. THE BIBLE says (Not Tiff) that WHATEVER you do will prosper, if you take delight in these things. As I said in the beginning, this year (2011), a lot of people are expecting great things to happen; and you should be expectant. But here’s the question: What are you doing in the meantime while you wait??
To be honest, we really don’t deserve anything extra… I mean I’m happy with eternal life. And I’m sure that there are a lot of people reading this that agrees with me… yet I have another question for you: Are you living to receive eternal life? There’s black and there’s white and then there’s a new color that the church made up called grey. As I’ve mentioned on facebook, so many people are expecting so much from God but are not willing to do what it takes to get it! God is a giving God and the scripture says that He will not withhold any good thing from His child; but what does your life look like? Your public and hidden life?? And I’m not saying any of this stuff to make anyone feel bad. I’m saying it because #1 – God gave it to me to share. And #2 – I’m saying it so that we can be real with ourselves and raise the standards.
The Christian standards have gotten too low!!! Since when has it been ok for Pastors to cuss in front of select members and then preach on Sundays? Since when is it ok for Gospel Artists to have church functions to raise money for their secular CD? Since when has it been ok to drink yourself into a coma, yet you still have enough insight to lead people? Yes, we all have shortcomings and I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about people that actually do this and find NOTHING wrong with it!
It’s time to come up, seriously. There’s a greater work and just think of how many souls you could have blocked because of your foolishness??? …Think about it… Selah
Do you know who could have been watching you? We have to do better. And I believe that’s what the Lord is saying. He wants to restore (because we’re definitely in that season) but we have to do better.. We cannot accomplish soul winning living a grey life. We all must raise the standards and realize that there’s always room for better!!
So in closing….Fundamentals of Prospering:
#1 – Choose ye this day who you will serve
#2 – Be honest with yourself (it makes room for deliverance)
#3 – Obedience and Faithfulness is the key
I’m going to leave you with two scriptures to meditate on:
Psalm 37: 3-4 - Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.