Thursday, March 15, 2012

What should you think about Prosperity ?

What should you think about prosperity?

Here are a few ideas to remember- and to believe. It may be important to review these regularly because Proverbs 23:7 tells us
“as a man thinks, so is he.”
The Bible says that the one who mediates on the law of the Lord is blessed (see Psalm 1:2). The word meditate in the Hebrew language doesn’t simply mean to “think about” or “ponder.” Rather, it means
“to mutter, to say aloud.”
In other words, we must speak the words of God to actually remind ourselves of the Truth of them. Remember, faith comes by hearing- not by thinking (Romans 10:17).
Joshua was commanded by Moses not to let the words of the Law depart from his mouth, but to meditate on it day and night (Joshua 1:7). This is why. He needed to remind himself that he could believe the Lord’s words were true- particularly when reality seemed to say otherwise. So, change your thinking- by speaking the passages of the Bible aloud.
Remind yourself of the following:
First, God operates from prosperity- not scarcity. Live from a position that affirms that God has more than enough- not that He lacks anything. The earth is His- and everything that belongs in it (Psalm 24:1, 1 Corinthians 10:26).
Second, God is a giver of the prosperity that He has. Proverbs 35:27 tells us that the Lord actually has pleasure in your prosperity (and, remember, we are defining prosperity as God’s blessing to you in order to allow you to bless others- not simply as Him giving you lots of “stuff”). Romans 8:32 asks the rhetorical question, “He who did not spare His own Son; how will he not freely give us all things?”
Third, you are a conduit of God’s blessings. As long as you have your hands open, you can receive from Him so that you can give to others. Many people hold their hands closed, afraid they will lose what they have. However, we can still lose things from “closed” hands- and closed hands block us from receiving.
Live from the mind-set that God has plenty, that He takes delight in handing it to you, and that He hands it to you to continue handing it off… Jesus freed you to this on His way to The Cross. It’s the promise of the crown of thorns.