Today we had a fantastic day at Freedom Life! The whole team did a great job pulling off the biggest (non-holiday) day that we've ever had! 3 people made decisions to follow Jesus and God's presence was there in a powerful way. I shared the closing message of our series that is based on our theme for 2010, "Believe That You Can." Today's theme was, "Believe That You Can Prosper." Here are the notes below!
Prosperity: the condition of being successful or thriving; especially : economic well-being; a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, esp. in financial respects; good fortune.
The other Hebrew word that is commonly translated "prosperity" is salom or shalom. This word means "peace and well-being" in every sense: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. So shalom entails health, security, tranquility, success, safety, comfort, and welfare. It also signifies peaceful relationships, relationships among people that are marked by these characteristics.
GOD DESIRES TO PROSPER YOU!
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
No weapon formed against you shall prosper...This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD...". Isaiah 54:17
1. FAITHFUL OBEDIENCE IS THE KEY TO PROSPERITY. (Daniel 6, Deuteronomy 30)
"Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Job 22:21
Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do. Deuteronomy 29:9
(see also Proverbs 13:21, Proverbs 21:21, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1, Proverbs 28:13)
2. GENEROSITY IS THE HEART OF GOD & THE REASON FOR PROSPERITY.
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25
2 Corinthians 9:6-8, 11)
THREE MINDSETS ABOUT PROSPERITY
1) THE BAG: NOT ENOUGH
…You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Hag 1:6 NKJV
2) THE BASKET: MORE THAN ENOUGH.
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock…5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. Deut 28:4-6
3) THE BARN: INFINITELY MORE THAN ENOUGH.
The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to... Deut 8:8
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing… Proverbs 3:9-10
HOW MUCH CAN GOD BLESS YOU WITH?
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? Luke 16:10-11 (see also Luke 12:16-21, Malachi 3)
Which mindset do you have about prosperity? In what area of your life do you need to more generous with God's resources? Have you committed to Biblical principle of tithing and giving? What's stopping you from trusting God?