Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Prosperity Is The Result Of A Good Working Covenant Relationship With God

When you consider the lives of several great men in the Bible, you would realise that they had a good working relationship with God. And it was evident in their lives for all to see. 

Consider Abraham. The Bible says of Him in James 2:23 (NIV) that "And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend." Genesis 13:2 records that "Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold." 

Also Consider DavidThe Bible also states in Acts 13:22 (NIV) that "After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’" 1 Chronicle 22:14 shows how rich He was - "Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto."

When God outlined the terms of His Covenant in the Bible, He guaranteed our physical prosperity in the contract. The Bible is replete with many instances where He said, If you do this, I will do this. Deuteronomy 28:1-14 is a famous passage of the Bible that tells of all the great things that will happen to us if we hearken to His word...Verse 1 and 2 says "If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God."..........

This is a timeless truth and is applicable to every Christian that holds God to His word and walks closely with Him. 

This prosperity also holds true for modern day Christians. Christians are called to greatness, but unfortunately many are conformed to mediocrity. Yes there will be troubles and times of tribulation in this life, but that doesn't negate the fact that God wants us to share in his wealth. His plan is for us to prosper and have good lives. It may not necessarily mean that we should be multi-millionaires but at least He wants us to pay our bills and be out of debt. He wants us to succeed and prosper. And not just for our own sake, but for the sake of those who are in our sphere of influence.

This is not about a certain amount of money that God wants to bless you with. But with a principle that God wants to bless you according to his abundant riches, just as he blessed those who followed him obediently in the scriptures. And that blessing includes wealth (The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it. Proverbs 10:15, NIV).

God can never lie. His word is always true and He loves us. Get close to Him and enjoy the benefits of the covenant relationship with Him.

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