Deuteronomy 5:33 How To Be Prosperous

Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33

Thousands of books and websites are everywhere that talk about how to be prosperous. People will pay thousands of dollars to find out how to be prosperous. They are looking for the magical trick to build their wealth, along with being able to live longer.

As people purchase all of this information, very few actually gain any real wealth or become prosperous. Or they get prosperous for a short moment, then go back down again.

Moses told the people to obey all that God had commanded so that they may live and prosper with long lives in the new land.

Financial gain appears to be very good and prosperous when one sees or immediately upon receiving it. However, financial gain often disappears very quickly. It also brings a lot of fear and uncertainty with it. It is an elusive gain that fades as fast as one receives it.

Rather than seeking to be physically prosperous with money, the believer must seek to obey God in everything that He commands. Obedience to God brings about perfect love, joy and peace, regardless of the situation and gives purpose to life here on this planet. These are things that nothing can take away or destroy and will last for eternity.

Every command God gives is meant to bring a full and abundant life to the believer. Unlike some who think God is out to destroy them, God desires to give a full life to each and every person.

No matter who a person is, where he lives, or his family line, he can have this full life, if he is willing to obey God in every way.

God has a plan to give you a full and prosperous life. This life may not look like what the world is seeking, but it is one that cannot fade, rot, be stolen or lost. In order to gain this prosperous life all, all you need to do is obey God in every area of your life.

Allowing God to be your ruler will ensure that you live the perfect and prosperous life that the world cannot find or understand. Seek God and not the temporary things of this fallen world and you will have a prosperous life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will strive to obey every command of God; that God will give you the strength to trust and obey Him; that you will see the prosperity in obeying God; and that you will know the peace and contentment you can have in obeying God.

1 Timothy 6:8 Godliness And Contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:8

All across the world people are seeking more wealth. They want to have more things and can never get enough. The desire for more and more is with most people, especially when they compare themselves with others.

This desire is also increased greatly when they see advertisements everywhere that they need something new that they don’t have and that will make their life better.

Many people will sacrifice nearly everything and anything in order to get more. They will work extra hours and sacrifice family and friends for more.

Paul tells Timothy a very simple formula to gain. It is to have godliness with contentment.

When God created Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, He gave them everything that they needed in abundance. Instead of being content, they wanted more. Ultimately they wanted God’s knowledge and power. This led to their downfall and being cast out of the garden.

Later Jesus dies for mankind and provides everything that they could ever need–an abundant life. All one has to do to get this abundant life is to believe in and follow Jesus.

Yet, many choose to follow the sinful ways of the world, rather than God. In doing so, they may gain some physical things, but they will lose everything in the end, including their lives.

All a person really needs is a little food, a little clothing and a little shelter to survive in this world. To live for eternity, all he needs is the salvation provided for by Jesus.

Many believers have fallen into the same trap as the world of being greedy and wanting more. They are never content with what God has given them. Or else they are content, but not living Godly lives.

Each one must be living for God in His ways, and be content with what God provides. You may or may not have as much as your neighbor, but if you have food, clothing, shelter and eternal life, you have all that you need.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the greed, sin and discontentment that this fallen world promotes. Live the holy life God has called you to live. Trust God for all of your day-to-day provisions.

As you trust God, you will have an abundant life with more than you need to live life here on this earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow all of God’s commands; that you will live a holy life unto God; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will see God’s hand of provision for your life; and that you will be content with what God is blessing you with.

Ezekiel 8:5 Idols Of Jealousy

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Then he said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar I saw this idol of jealousy. Ezekiel 8:5 

Jealousy is the extreme desire to have what someone else has. It is being upset that the other person has it and one does not have it.

Jealousy can be found nearly everywhere in society and is promoted as a good thing. It is based upon self and greed. One cannot have enough and it is looked at as bad if someone else has more.

God had Ezekiel look at the temple place. As he looked in, he saw an idol of jealousy at the opening gate of the temple. The people of Israel had been worshipping jealousy and promoting it as a good thing.

The church still has the same problem with worshipping jealousy. People inside the church are often as jealous as those in the world.

Talk is often heard of people complaining that some people have billions of dollars, while they are fighting to make a living off of a few thousand dollars. People are jealous of others driving new fancy cars, while they drive an older car that they don’t know if it will even start today.

All jealousy comes down to greed, pride and self. It is all about what self does not have and wants.

Believers are to be content with what God has blessed them with. They are to trust that God is giving them just what they need, nothing more and nothing less. They are to trust God for everything that they need.

When the believer’s eyes are turned towards God for provision and blessing, the eyes of jealousy will be closed. It will then be a blessing to see someone who has more, not a curse.

There are things that others have that you would love to have. Do not allow yourself to be jealous and fight for what God has chosen not to give you or allow you to have. God is the only one who has a right to be jealous, because He owns it all and it belongs to Him.

Rather than bowing to worship jealousy, give praise that God has blessed someone else with what you see as a blessing. You are to be filled with God’s love for other people, which is never jealous.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will see God’s blessings in your life; that you will be content with what God has given you; and that you will praise God for the blessings others have.

Psalm 27:8 What To Seek

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My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:8 

People everywhere are always looking, seeking for something. Sometimes it is something that they had lost, but more often it is something that they do not have and want.

Every day billions of searches are made on Google of people seeking something. People are seeking ways to make more money, ways to be happier, ways to make life easier, ways to make one’s self look better, and many other searches.

It is commonly thought that ‘if I just have…’ or ‘if I just do…’ then one will be happy and life will be so much better. However, all those things that a person can have or do is temporary. There is only One that is eternal and never ending.

David’s own heart told him what he needed to search for. What he needed to search for was God’s face. David, then, chose to seek out God’s face.

Seeking God’s face is finding out who God is. It is finding out what God wants. It is wanting to see His face smiling because one is doing what he is supposed to be doing. It is pleasing God.

Many do not want to seek God’s face, because they fear rejection, condemnation, or a revealing of sin in their lives and hearts. They want to know God, but from a distance because they really do not want to change.

In order to get to know God, one must read His word daily and find out what it says about Him. The Bible reveals God’s character and love.

One must also take time to talk with God on a regular, daily basis. Open his ears to hear what God has to say. And then obey what one has read or heard.

You may be searching for something right now. It may be an object you need, but you may be also searching for something in this life for joy, happiness or peace. While the object will meet a temporary need, the real need is in the eternal.

True joy, happiness and peace comes only from God and knowing God. It is getting close enough to Him that you can see His face and hear His voice all the time.

Focus your time and efforts on seeking God and His face, and then take time to obey what He is showing you. In that you will find contentment and all of your real needs met.

Will you seek His face today?

I pray today that you will seek God’s face; that God will reveal Himself to you in new ways; that you will know God’s heart for you and others; and that you will know and obey what God wants of you.