In Victory Assembly 2010 has been declared as our year of Supernatural Release. I preached this message on the first Sunday of the year and gives insight and practical teaching on making your way prosperous. I pray that as you read it you will step into a new dimension of prosperity.
Making Your Way Prosperous
Joshua 1: 8
“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.”
We must speak the word continually and meditate upon the word. As you speak and meditate on it, you will receive the ability to walk in the light of it and the power to do what the word says.
There is no doubt that God desires that we all experience prosperity.
Psalms 35: 27
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”
Prosperity is not about having more money to pay the bills, get a bigger house and a bigger car; it is so that we can be a blessing to those around us, to help someone out of poverty, pay the hospital bills of someone, and to fund the kingdom work of God.
And prosperity is not only about money, it is also about our relationships, it is about our marriage, it is about our work, our studies, our business or investments, it is about our health too; for he desires for us to have a healthy life and live long so we can fulfil his purpose for our creation.
Prosperity is about achieving progress in the things you are involved in.
We cannot doubt the fact that God desires for us to prosper. We know he does; the bible is full of it and he has also made available for us the grace to achieve it. However, we have a role to play to achieve it. We are the ones to make our ways to prosperity. We determine the outcome of our lives and what results we get. Heaven is open to us.
I like to share with us four things that I believe can put us on the path to prosperity.
1. Having a covenant relationship with God
You must understand that God is a God of covenant. We come into covenant with him by accepting Jesus as our Lord and saviour. If you are born again, you are a covenant child of God.
Anybody who has not accepted Jesus as lord and is not born again has no covenant with God. Anybody who is not saved has no claim on God or the benefits of the kingdom. If you are not born again, you don’t have a right to the goodness of God.
True prosperity comes in covenant relationship with God.
Deuteronomy 8: 18
“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
I understand that the grace of God has appeared to all.
Titus 2: 11
“11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men”
But what that means is that God is merciful to all.
Matthew 5: 45
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust”.
So there are things that the good God does to both the unsaved and the saved like, like making sure you don’t sleep hungry, helping you take a journey and arrive safely, go to bed and wake up e.t.c. he does this in his capacity as the creator and merciful God.
But you must know that there are certain interventions of God that can happen to a man only as a result of his covenant relationship with him. Like God answering prayer, like God taking over and fighting your battles for you, like God supernaturally intervening for you in difficult times.
2. Give him the Honour and Glory due unto his name
We show that we honour God by our lifestyle. God is honoured when our lives show the fear of God. God feels despised when our lifestyle is not right with him and does not conform to His word.
Proverbs 14: 2
“He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him”.
If you are not living right and are not showing regard for him in your lifestyle, how you can expect him to have any regard for you.
Psalm 128: 1-4
1Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
“He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. 14The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children”.
Also we show our regard for God and give him glory by our attitude to what he has blessed us with especially in the light of our relationship with him. Good things happen because God commands them. In the midst of open doors, when we are advancing, we should look up and say he did it, every time we give honour back to God for what he did, he feels glorified.
I. We must remember to acknowledge that every achievement and every increase that we come into are God’s gifts.
Deuteronomy 8: 10-19
“10When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. 11Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: 12Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 16Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; 17And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. 18But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day”.
II. We must learn to bring to him offerings from the blessing.
1Chronicles 16: 28-19
“28Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. 29Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness”.
There are four fundamental ways we give God the glory through our offering:
a. Our gift of first fruits
b. Our tithes
c. And offering of thanksgiving
d. And pledge redemption
3. Make yourself useful or of service to God
Being of service to God attracts reward. You need to make yourself available to God. Don’t just be at a distance on the periphery of what is happening in your church. Don’t just come to God when things are hard. Make yourself available and useful to God. Let him use you and you will not be ashamed.
Hebrew 6: 10-12
“10For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises”.
Believe me, there is nothing that you will do for God’s sake that will be in vain. He will always reward you back. And a lot of times, answers to prayer come as a reward of service. As God the creator, there are things he does for everyone, but there are some desperate things which you are believing God for which won’t come if you are unfruitful.
John 15: 16
“16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
Also, it is good Remember that it is not only about this life that we are to do certain things or subject ourselves to a particular lifestyle - the quality of your life in the hereafter (I mean life after dead)is going to be dependent on how much you have committed to God here on earth.
So no matter how busy you get you must create time to serve and be faithful and selfless. Don’t make yourself unprofitable.
Colossians 3: 23-24
”And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ”.
Exodus 23: 25-26
“And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. 26There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil”.
The Devil won’t kill your case if God has found you fruitful.
4. Sow your seed of faith
Genesis 8: 22
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease”.
Seed time and harvest shall not cease, it is the principle of recreation and increase, an eternal order of life. Without the seed there can’t be harvest. The seed determines the future. When you give your seed the future is great.
The seed is so powerful that it can even affect your generation after you. What you sow today can impact on your entire generation tomorrow.
You sometimes walk into a blessing not because of what you have done yourself but because of what somebody who has gone ahead of you has done on your behalf.
John 4: 38
“38I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”
so what you sow today can impact on your generation after you.
When he Holy Spirit, and not man, is stirring you up and challenging you to lay something down as a seed you better do it. I mean not man stirring you up, but the Holy Spirit. Look through the scriptures, every time God was going to lift a man to a higher level he challenged him to give a seed. Until something dies there is no increase.
John 12: 24
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
God is faithful, he will always put a seed in your hand but until your seed is planted and it dies, it abides alone.
If you want to come out of the ordinary, out of poverty or lack and out of debt, know that apart from all the financial wisdom and planning, you’ve got to be a giver.
Where to plant seed
a. To meet needs in the life of a brother
“And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith”.
b. To meet needs in the kingdom. Whenever there is a need in church, sow into it. Don’t complain whenever there is a call to give into a kingdom project, if you can’t afford it, keep quite. But always sow into it.
c. Sowing into kingdom things when you are facing a challenge or believing God for the next level, sow into.
d. You can sow a seed to connect with an anointing in a man of God’s life. If you seat under a man of God, and his ministry is a blessing to you, you can sow into his life to make room for his grace to work for you. E.g the woman of shunem and Elisha in 2Kings 4:8-17
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