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Thursday, February 22 2018
Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
In the last study, we looked at “Qualifications for Walking in Prosperity.” We learnt that the “qualification” referred to in the title is the condition that must be fulfilled before the “right” of walking in prosperity can be acquired. We concluded that God wants us to prosper in every area of our lives but He does not want us to live our lives in misplaced priorities. And that our material and physical prosperity are hinged on our spiritual prosperity. Today’s study is titled; “The Good of the Land”.
What do you think of when you hear the phrase, "the good of the land"?
The Amplified versions refers to it as “the best of the land”; the NIV says: “the good things of the land.”
To go to through today’s study, we shall be splitting this verse of scripture into two parts
I. THE OUTCOME: THE GOOD OF THE LAND
What does THE GOOD OF THE LAND refer to?
“Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us.”
1 Tim. 6:17: "As for the rich in this present world, instruct them not to be conceited and arrogant, nor to set their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
Material blessing is a part of God’s goodness. He delights in our enjoyment of the increase of the earth. Jer.2:7 says:
“And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof;”
In Gen.45:18-20, Pharaoh said to Joseph:
“And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat of the fat of the land. Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.”
And in Genesis 47:27, the Bible records that the Israelites gained possessions and acquired property there and were fruitful and multiplied greatly.
II. THE ACTION: WILLINGNESS AND OBEDIENCE
Obedience and submission are two different things. Obedience is an action and submission is an attitude. God looks at our heart. He knows whether we are willing to obey Him or not. It takes humility to submit to God’s authority in our life and to do what He says. So, we must be submitted to God with all our heart and we must obey Him by doing everything He says to do.
(a) Willingness: Willingness refers to us consenting in our wills to the Father. Mark 14:36 (NLT): “Father, everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine"
Willingness also refers to a desire to obey; not coerced, not cajoled! A willing spirit is what sustains us; keeps us from falling in life. David prayed in Psalm 51:12 (AMP): “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.”
(b) Obedience: Obedience here implies our being submissive in our actions. To be compliant with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority. Abraham was completely obedient. Genesis 12:4 says: “So, Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.:”
James 1:22 (NIV) says: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Obedience implies doing what the Word of God says.
1 Kings 2:3 (NIV) says: “Observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go”
For obedience to accomplish its purpose, it must be complete. Partial obedience is disobedience
God is the author and source of all the blessings in our lives. Psalm 50:10-11 says that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills; and all the animals of the field are His! It is Him who also causes the land to produce goodness. Psalm 85:12 “Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.”
For us partake in eating the good of the land, we must be submitted, spirit, soul and body, to Him. God does not force His will on us; so, we must make the choice ourselves to yield our wills to Him.
Let us learn from an encounter Kenneth Hagin had about Isaiah 1:19. God asked him to leave a church and go into the field and he obeyed but he really didn’t want to go. Afterwards, he started having financial issues and he went to God quoting Isaiah 1:19. God told him that although he qualified on the obedience side, he didn’t qualify on the willingness side. And because it is one and the other not one or the other he therefore didn’t qualify to eat the good of the land! To be willing and obedient implies keeping your motives pure. God sees our hearts, and He knows what attitudes are motivating us (1 Sam. 16:7). If a person's motive is not right, he needs to repent and make the necessary adjustments; because God is not going to bless someone whose motives are impure.
To eat the good of the land, we must therefore be both willing and obedient!
Thursday, February 08 2018
Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
In last week’s study, we looked at Learning to think in line with God's Word. We saw that unless we thought this way we would miss out on the very many blessings God has for us.
In today’s study we shall be looking at an interesting topic: “Qualifications for Walking in Prosperity.” Qualification referred to here is a condition that must be fulfilled before a right can be acquired. As a foundation of this study we need to establish the following:
There is nothing wrong with being rich and having money. But it is wrong for money to have you! It is wrong for money to be your ruler or master or for you to consume finances entirely on your own lusts. God wants us to prosper in every area of our lives but He does not want us to live our lives with misplaced priorities.
PART 1: TYPES OF PROSPERITY
John writes in 3John2 (NKJV):
" Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things (Materially) and be in health, (Physically), just as your soul (Spiritually/Emotionally) prospers." Emphasis mine.
In this verse, John talks about financial or material prosperity, physical prosperity, and spiritual prosperity. Notice that material and physical prosperity are dependent upon spiritual prosperity. He concluded the verse by saying “even as thy soul prospereth”.
From 3 John 2, we can therefore conclude that there are broadly three types of prosperity
PART 2: QUALIFICATIONS OR CONDITIONS
In this second part we will be looking at qualifications or conditions for walking in prosperity. These conditions are not man-made conditions but directions from the Lord in His word! No wonder he told Joshua how to make his way prosperous (how to walk in prosperity) in Joshua 1:8 the Bible says: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
So, what are the contents of this book of law we keep always on our lips and meditate on day and night?
Let’s look at five of them.
CONDITION 1: PUT THE SPIRITUAL BEFORE THE MATERIAL
Matt.6:28-33. Emphasis on verse 33.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Putting the spiritual first guarantees material prosperity.
CONDITION 2: BE WILLING AND OBEDIENT
Isaiah 1: 19 says: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land".
God wants us to prosper materially! But our prosperity depends on our putting first things first. From this scripture, we find two words coming ahead of eating the good of the land. “willingness” and “obedience”.
CONDITION 3: ESTEEM EARTHLY THINGS LIGHTLY
Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) says:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
You must esteem earthly things lightly and esteem heavenly things highly! Align your desires and will with the Lord’s. This action guarantees Spiritual/Emotional prosperity.
Proverbs 11:28 (NKJV) says: “He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.”
You cannot hold tightly to earthly things and expect to prosper as God desires you to.
Ephesians 1:3 says:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”
CONDITION 4: COMMIT TO SERVING THE LORD
John’s prayer in 3John2 is that we “be in health” or have good health or prosper physically.
Exodus 23:25 - 26 tells us how we can guarantee this
“So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.”
Very clearly therefore, to guarantee physical prosperity and divine health, serve the Lord!
CONDITION 5: ENGAGE IN PRAISING GOD
The popular phrase “When the praises go up, blessings come down” is coined from Psalm 67:5-6 “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us.”
This action praise guarantees Material Prosperity and other blessings.
God wants us to prosper in every area of our lives but He does not want us to live our lives in misplaced priorities. He wants us to prosper materially and physically based on our spiritual prosperity. Our material and physical prosperity are hinged on our spiritual prosperity. Also, Obedience and Service are key requirements for living in prosperity according to Job 36:11 which says: “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.”