Thursday, July 29, 2010

Urban Legends, Part 4

This past weekend I shared a variety of Urban Legends, some true, some false. Two of the more popular ones are the ones below. Both are true! :-)

Paul Karason puts a whole new spin on "feeling blue.” For more than a decade, the 57-year-old has been living with a blue face. (read more by clicking here)

While most folks today are too squeamish to take more than a glance into the casket during a funeral, in the late 19th through early 20th centuries someone dying meant it was time to break out the camera for a family photo. The practice was known as memorial photography. (read more by clicking here)

Crazy pill stuff but totally true. The point of the message was to tackle the Urban Legend that God wants you to be poor. I talked about the FACT that God wants to prosper you & bless you to be a blessing. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here & the notes are below!

Urban Legends II- Part 4
FICTION- GOD WANTS YOU TO BE POOR/ FACT- GOD WANTS YOU TO PROSPER
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (NKJV)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." 3 John 1:3 (KJV)

The Greek word "prosper" here is euodoo (yoo-od-o'-o)
which means "to have a successful journey through life."

DO YOU HAVE A POVERTY OR PROSPERITY MENTALITY?
The Hebrew words for prosper are:
sakal (saw-kal') Definition: consider, expert, instruct, prosper- in other words, to experience prosperity as a result of wise decision making.
tsalach (tsaw-lakh') Definition: prosper, success, to break out & come mightily- in other words, to experience sudden supernatural prosperity.
shalom (shaw-lome') Definition: favor, To make amends, happiness, restore, Peace, Prosperity, Wellness, Wholeness- In other words, all your needs are being met, Spirit, soul and body.

YOU WILL PROSPER BECAUSE OF GOD’S PRESENCE

"The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did..." GENESIS 39:1-6

GOD’S GREATEST DESIRE IS TO TAKE YOU FROM THE PIT TO THE PALACE FOR HIS PURPOSE!

THE PROCESS OF PROSPERITY (TURN TO JOSHUA 1:6-9)
1. Be strong and of a good courage.
2. Be strong and VERY courageous.
3. Observe
4. Don't turn to the right or the left.
5. Prosper
6. Mouth
7. Meditate
8. Only then!

sakal--tsalach--shalom (wisdom, supernatural breakthrough, peace & wholeness)
Joseph's master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph's care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. GENESIS 39:20-23

 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you...” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.." GENESIS 41:39-44

PROSPERITY ISN’T MERELY FOR OUR PLEASURE, BUT FOR GOD’S PURPOSES
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” GENESIS 50:20 (NLT) *see also LUKE 19:10, 2 PETER 3:9

This Week’s APP-
Change your perspective from one of poverty, to one of prosperity. Know that you are blessed to be a blessing & that God has good things in store for your life. Prosperity is for the purposes of God, not merely pleasure! Take time to meditate & think about Joshua 1, Psalm 1 & Psalm 112 this week & get ready to prosper!