What About Prosperity?

What About Prosperity?

Did you realize that the Bible has a lot to say about prosperity?  Do you understand that God intends for His people to prosper?  Here are a handful of Scriptures on the topic:

Who is the man that fears the LORD?  Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth.  (Ps 25:12-13)

Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.  (Ps 122:7)

His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. (Ps 112:2-3)

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.  (Pro 13:22)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.  (2 Cor. 8:9)

These precious promises from God’s Word are a gift to each and every believer.  Trust God to bless you and to bless all of the work of your hands.  (Deut 16:15)  The Lord will cause you to increase and to be blessed.  (Deut 28:4; Isa 51:2) 

Our Father God is the only One who has the power to bless you and to cause you to prosper.  Trust Him for these blessings, and take Him at His Word.  You’ll be thankful that you did! 

Other passages about prosperity to check out

Deut 8:18; 28:1-2, 8; 33:19; Eccl 5:9, 19; Job 36:11; Ps 65:11; 68:6; Pro 8:21; 10:4, 61, 22; 11:25; 22:4; 24:3-4; Isa 48:17; 55:2-3; 60:5, 11; 61:6; Jer 31:14; 33:9; 2 Cor 9:8; Eph 1:18-19; and Phil 4:19.

Walk Circumspectly

Walk Circumspectly

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise . . . (Eph 5:15)

What does it mean to walk circumspectly?  Circumspectly means:  cautiously, warily, vigilantly, watchfully, guardedly, and with awareness. 

So about what should we be so cautious and wary?

  • Do not call upon other gods or let their names be heard on your lips. (Ex 23:13)
  • Be shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. (Mt 10:16)  Shrewd means wise.
  • Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. (1 Cor 14:20)
  • Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Phil 1:27)
  • Continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. (Col 1:9)
  • Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. (Col 4:5)
  • Walk worthy of your calling. (Eph 4:1)
  • Be a light in the world. (Mt 5:16)
  • Allow the love of God for you, and for mankind [collectively and individually] to guide your life.

It is by faith that we see spiritual realities (Heb 11:1); but if we’re too tied into earthly or material things, it can dim our spiritual vision. 

Allow your “spiritual spectacles” to stay firmly in place as you make every decision in your life, whether it’s a physical, financial, or relational matter with which you’re dealing.  Trust God to lead you and guide you, and to provide grace in every season, department, and sphere of your life. 

He has promised that He’ll never leave us.  (Heb 13:5)  He will never fail us!  (Ps 89:33; Zeph 3:5) 

Love never fails.  (1 Cor 13:8)

It’s Far Better to Trust God than Man

It’s Far Better to Trust God than Man

The Bible says outright that it is immeasurably better to put our trust in God than to rely upon any human being.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.  (Ps 118:8)

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.  (Jer 17:5)

The Lord shares His wisdom with us from His Word.  It’s simply a matter of believing and trusting in what we read there!  The scriptures tell us that the one who trusts man more than God is cursed.  May that never be the case!

The Word reminds us to trust in the Lord completely and not to rely upon human reasoning or understanding.  As we look to our Savior and trust in Him, He’ll give us direction and guidance, as well as miraculous answers to prayer.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.  (Pro 3:5-6)

He will bring us through to victory.  (1 Cor 15:57)

There are a number of good, practical reasons to trust God completely rather than man.  I’ll share some of them with you.

  • God doesn’t lie. (Nbrs 23:19)
  • God cannot fail. (Josh 23:14)
  • God has limitless power. (Job 36:22 TLB; Ps 147:5 ESV)
  • God never forgets a promise. (2 Pet 3:9 AMP)
  • God doesn’t change. (Mal 3:6 KJV; Heb 13:8)
  • God is all-knowing. (Isa 40:13-14; 28 ESV; Job 28:24 ESV; Ps 147:5 ESV; Col 2:3)

When you’re facing a difficult or frightening situation, especially when there seems like no way out and no one capable of helping, put your hope, trust, and faith in the Lord and in His Word. 

Blessed Are All Who Wait for Him, Part 3

Blessed Are All Who Wait for Him, Part 3

Today, we continue our focus on the idea of waiting on God for the purpose of hearing His voice and His wisdom.  In order to hear the Lord, we need to seek Him with a humble heart. 

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.  (Jer 29:12-13) 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.  (Prov 3:5-6)

We don’t need to be fearful of our desire to hear from the Lord, because the Bible says that we will know His voice. 

… and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.  (John 10:4b)

The Word of God tells us that we can train our ears to recognize the voice of God above all of the noise of daily life.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:14) 

Here are some clues to hearing the voice of the Lord:

  • Whatever we hear should conform to the spirit of the Bible. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (II Tim 3:16-17)
  • The Holy Spirit will speak to our hearts. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, ‘know the Lord,’ for all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them. (Hebrews 8:10-11). 
  • God may use a prophetic gift to speak to us. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good. (I Thess 5:19-21)
  • We will hear from God through godly counselors. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.  (Prov 11:14)
  • God will confirm the things that He speaks to us. By the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.  (Matt 18:16)
  • Peace will reign in our hearts when God has spoken to us. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.  (Col 3:15)

Seeking the Lord and yearning to hear from Him is a blessed and worthwhile pursuit.  Believers who engage in this practice privately and corporately are spreading the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  (2 Cor 2:14)  God bless you!

Forget the Past & Advance (Part 2)

Forget the Past & Advance (Part 2)

This is a continuation from the previous post: in order to move forward in life, we need to let go of the past.

We discussed forgiving others and forgiving ourselves, which are key components to making forward progress.  However, there are circumstances that may work against this happening.  The enemy of our souls does not want us to advance.  People that we have hurt in the past may have a difficult time forgiving and forgetting.

Sometimes, after we’ve forgotten the past and have begun to make forward movement, we realize that someone we have hurt in the past (that “forgotten” past) will not forgive or forget!  They not only won’t forgive and forget, they have decided not to be in relationship with us.  If this is a casual friend or a business acquaintance, we can usually manage to accept their decision. 

But what if that person is a close friend—or even more painful—a relative whom we love very much?  The devil delights in stirring up more trouble and strife by reminding people about the hurts that they have experienced in life.  He can be so successful, at times, that he influences a person to break off a relationship with a person whom they love and who loves them—all due to past history in the relationship. 

Let me first state that if there is any small chance of a repeat of the injury, then the previously injured person would be justified in ending that relationship.  But when one party is genuinely sorry for what has occurred in the past, and is prepared to resume the relationship with due caution and consideration for the feelings of the other one, then I believe that there is true hope for a good outcome.  In a situation like this, what do you do when your loved one has determined that your relationship is over?  What do you do when they will not see you or speak with you?

The first step is to recognize that they have the right to make such a choice.  Yes, it hurts tremendously.  But realize that they are merely protecting their spiritual, mental, and emotional health.  That’s good and healthy.

Next, pray for the entire situation and for everyone involved in it.  If it’s a family member or a church member, other people are also adversely affected by it.  Don’t try to enlist people onto “your side.”  That’s extremely destructive and counterproductive.

Instead, cry out to the Lord in prayer.  Pray for the person whom you injured—whether intentionally or unintentionally injured.  Ask God to bless that person and to heal their hearts, minds, and memories.  Ask Jesus to give that person the grace and the desire to forgive you.  Pray consistently and persistently for that person, and allow the Lord to cause your love for them to grow and to mature.  Be patient. Bathe the entire situation in prayer.  Be patient.

The Lord is our Mediator.1 He is our Peacemaker2; and our Reconciler3.   The Bible reminds us that the Lord has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.4 It makes sense, then, that He would want us to be reconciled to one another.

Since the Lord wants us to be at peace with all men, we are instructed to LIVE PEACEABLY with all!5 This means that we should not speak evil about anyone, and we should be gentle and humble in dealing with others in any capacity.6  

Put your faith in God and in His Word; be patient and trust God to bring about reconciliation in His timing and in His way.  He says that the ones who trust in Him will not be ashamed or humiliated.7 Place all of your focus and all of your efforts into loving God and serving Him.

Rejoice in the love that Jesus has for you, and that your name is written in glory!  Let God take care of the rest.


  1. 1 Timothy 2:5
  2. Romans 5:1
  3. Romans 5:10
  4. 2 Corinthians 5:18
  5. Romans 12:18
  6. Titus 3:2
  7. Psalms 22:5; 34:5; 119:6; 2 Timothy 1:12

God’s Promises

God’s Promises

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.  For ALL the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.  (2 Co1:19-20, emphasis added)

Every beautiful promise in the Scriptures is for us believers.  The Lord says “Yes” to us concerning each promise, meaning that we may have it.  There is an eternal “Yes” through the name of Jesus to everyone who has accepted Jesus as their Savior.

Every blessing, benefit, and miracle that we receive brings God glory:  by the testimony of our lips in answer to simply believing, resting in, and receiving the Word of God as our guarantee.  The scriptural promise is God’s verification that our blessings are inevitable. 

Just remember that we can’t dictate how the blessing will come or how it will look.  That part is in God’s hands, and we must trust Him to do it well.  Study God’s Word to find several promises that will bring you the answer that you desire; believe them; rely upon them; and trust God.