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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)

TITLE: The true essence of Prosperity
By Preethi Jayakumar
05/18/06


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The very word prosperity means an economic state of growth with rising profits, well being, successful. The world looks at prosperity not just as a state where the need level is low but also, many a times prosperity means power to accomplish and do anything. This is the yard stick people use when judging whether a man is prosperous or not. In otherwords, the level of a personís prosperity defines how influential and powerful he is.

Itís evident that all these factors are necessary for our survival in this world but what we see around now is a mad race for power and prosperity. This reminds me of Lucifer who fell from the heavens when he exalted himself above God and wanted to gain power.

The Lord says in Jer.29:11, ďFor I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Ē(NIV). So, itís evident that God doesnít want His children to live as paupers in this world. It is only the richness of the heart that the Lord abhors. One good example for the richness of heart is Nebuchadnezzar, who built the hanging gardens of Babylon. God loves to bless us abundantly but He will not like it if we start treating and worshipping prosperity as an idol.

Jesus says very clearly that itís hard for a rich man to enter in to the kingdom of God. Here, He is referring not to just worldly possessions alone but also to the riches/richness in heart that comes in between God and man.

As we are living in the last days and the Lordís coming is very short we better do what our Lord and saviour Jesus commanded us to do. He says in Math. 6:33, ďBut seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Ē (NIV). God wants us to seek Him and His righteousness in life and not to run after power or fame.


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Edy T Johnson 05/19/06
The only thing I would recommend for this sermonette (which is well done) is a parable-illustration to introduce your reader to your topic and grab their interest. People actually learn more from stories than we may realize. God bless your writing!
Jan Ackerson 05/22/06
You've picked just the right Scriptures to make your point. Great Bible study! I'd urge you to not begin with a definition, and to include some real-life applications--search for ways to give your piece some additional "zip" to increase your readership.
Shari Armstrong 05/23/06
This would make a great devotional. Good thoughts, but try not to sound like a dictionary at the beginnging. I love the scripture verses and examples. They tie it all together :)