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Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)
TITLE: The Measure of Prosperity
By Valerie Routhieaux
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One, two, three, four, five hundred. Six, seven, eight, nine thousand. Ten, eleven, twelve million dollars. Cars, boats, houses, prestige. Success is the meaning of prosperity, isnít it?
Well, at least by the worldís standards. But what about Godís standards?
To be prosperous with God starts at the point of new birth. It increases as we fall on our knees, and seek His will for our lives. It increases more as we study His word, and put it deep in our hearts.
Joshua 1:8 says: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (KJV)
When we put Godís word in our hearts the Psalmist says in Psalms 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (KJV)
God also offers prosperity and success if we follow Him. Success is measured by the world with things. When we seek God first He promises to add the things.
Matthew 6:33 says: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV)
It is much better to do things Godís way, than to run ahead of Him and think we have a better plan.
Proverbs 14:12 says: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (KJV)
Proverbs 10:22 also says: The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. (KJV)
Godís word brings prosperity when we study it day and night, hide it deep in our hearts, and it brings a blessing without sorrow.
God doesnít measure prosperity by what we have, but by what we do for Him out of a pure heart. For it is God who weighs the motives of the heart. Until man comes to God, he will never understand what true prosperity is.
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