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Prosperity Journey
by Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of January 13, 2019

"'For 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.'"  -Jeremiah 29:11

So much has been said about prosperity gospel with an emphasis on financial prosperity. And I do believe that God created Adam and Eve to flourish in the Garden of Eden without sickness and disease, without poverty and without pain. But we live in a fallen world now.

Yes, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” according to Hebrews 13:8. God does not will anyone to perish. Not a one of us. He desires we prosper in Him. He gifts us and equips us and lays out His precepts for us to live victoriously, which requires our submission and our obedience to His will. And it is powerful and wise to declare the word of God over our lives. But we also need to recognize that God has a timeline for our destinies and that our pathways are a unique process. So don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

Sometimes, we need to be patient and prove out righteousness and faith while God does a new thing (Is 43:19), a deep work in us, like in Job and like in Abraham. Sometimes, we need to be courageous like Joshua and Caleb as we take dominion and lead others. And of course, we always need to praise God like David, no matter what we experience along the way.

Jeremiah 29:11 isn’t magic. It is a reminder of redemption, that as we experience life—even the pain of life—God has purposed everything in ways we do not understand, and He will work it all for our good (Rom 8:28). When we feel ready to throw in the towel, that's just God getting our attention to turn to Him. We need to remember that God isn’t finished with us yet. The best is yet to come. He has more for us, just as He had more for Job. And God will awaken us to His purposes by His grace if we just don’t give up.

Your circumstances may look a certain way to you, but are you really seeing them with God’s eyes? What may seem to you as prospering may be harming; and what may seem to you as harming may actually be part of God’s plan to prosper you. Consider Isaiah 53:10-12 in reference to Father God’s plan for Jesus…

"But it was The Lord’s good plan to crush Him and cause Him grief. Yet when His life is made an offering for sin, He will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and The Lord’s good plan will prosper in His hands. When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of His experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins. I will give Him the honors of a victorious soldier, because He exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels." 

With human eyes, Jesus’ painful divine mission to save us seemed to harm Him, even to the point of death: "...And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins" (Isaiah 53:4 )! But Father God saw it differently. Father God’s plan was to prosper Jesus and us! It looked like harm to humans, but it was, in fact, God’s plan for prosperity, for abundant life for all who would believe!

Points to consider along your journey:
  • Ask God to give you His eyes with which to see your circumstances. Ask Him for His wisdom to understand, so that you can live in God’s truth and clarity and power.
  • Have you sacrificed your sorrows for the saving grace of Jesus? Or do you continue to carry heavy burdens that God never intended you to carry? Do you cast your cares upon Him and receive His rest for a heavy yoke? Or will the burdens of life wear you down to the point of disabling you from reaching your destiny on earth as it is in Heaven? What do you need to lay down? Galatians 6:9 tells us, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Have you given up?
  • 3 John 1:2 tells us "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." Is your health prospering? Do you treat your body like the holy temple God designed it to be (1 Cor 6:9)? What about your heart and mind and will? These make up your soul; and as 3 John 1:2 indicates, as they are pure and uncorrupted, you will be successful. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary tells us, "...Soul prosperity is the greatest blessing on this side of heaven. Grace and health are rich companions. Grace will employ health...True faith will work by love." What measure of grace operates in your heart? Do you sincerely believe God's grace is sufficient (2 Cor 12:9)? Do you really trust God with all things that concern you?
  • Does God need to do a deeper work of restoration in your soul before you can receive the greater prosperity He desires you to have? One way He does this is by pruning—cutting away both good and evil from your life (John 15). Pruning facilitates the increase of good fruit. Are you willing to go through a Job-like journey in which Job received a double blessing from God? Are you that submitted to God? Are you willing to fully let go of everything God cuts away for your good?
  • Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need." Are there any idols in your life? Is there anything that you unintentionally put above God? Your children? The earthly man in your life? Your work?
  • Do you fast when you seek The Lord? Do you understand the value and power of fasting? Are you willing to sacrifice? And if so, do you fast according to God’s precepts in Isaiah 58?
  • Have you forgiven everyone who has wronged you? Do you love your enemies? Do you pray for them? Job did. His inner circle of best friends behaved like enemies when he went through his worst losses. They judged him. People spat on him. Who do you need to pray for and forgive?
  • Good or bad, increase comes through seed sowing. What kinds of seeds are you planting with your words, your attitudes, your actions, your daily routine, your finances? Are you sowing in good ground? Which servant are you most like in The Parable of the Talents (Matt 25:14-30)? Do you tithe—return to God what is already His? Or do you steal His money by keeping it or spending it? Do you give to the poor?
Pray:  Dear Lord, Thank You for Your words of truth in Jeremiah 29:11. Please bring conviction, mercy, comfort and help. I repent of all ungodliness in my life; and I fully submit to You and invite You to have Your way in my life to bare much fruit for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.



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