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.
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. Jeremiah 29:7
Every group or entity has an enemy of some sort. There is someone or something in competition against them. Every business has another business that is in direct competition to them wanting to be the best and largest business. The opponent always wants to be the best.
Most people seek to have the opponent crushed and destroyed. They do not want to see the opponent prosper in any way. They are the enemy.
As God is getting ready to put the Israelites into Exile, God tells them to go peaceably and seek the peace and prosperity of the place they are going to. This is seeking the peace and prosperity of the enemy who had captured them and forced them into exile.
It is common for believers to seek the destruction of those in the world, who are living in and promoting sin. They often rejoice when bad things occur to the enemy or those who are against the church.
Thinking and acting in this way is having a short term view and showing no love.
Even though people are living in and promoting sin, they are still people who need things and need God. Seeking their destruction is not showing God’s love for them.
When the world is falling apart economically and socially, the world of the believer will also fall with There are a part of this world in that they are living in it.
Believers need to be praying for peace and prosperity for those who do not know God. This is showing that one cares for them and wants the best for them. In doing so, this allows the believer the chance to be a witness and point them to Jesus. It shows genuine care for those who don’t know God.
There will be groups or people you know who do not know or serve God in any way. Despite their not knowing God, they need to have food, housing and clothing. You can pray for their prosperity and peace to increase so that they may come to know God.
As the businesses around you prosper and have peace, you can also have prosperity and peace, allowing the gospel to be shared even more.
What are you praying for enemies to receive?
I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will know God’s peace; that you will understand how God wants people to prosper; and that you will seek opportunities to be His witness.
“and 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” 1 Kings 2:3
The desire to prosper is something most people have. They want to be successful in everything that they do. Searching the internet will show millions of ways to be prosperous in this life. Billions of dollars are spent annually by people seeking to be more prosperous. There is advice on how to be prosperous in every area of life, relationships, finances, positions, family, marriage, hobbies, and more.
As David was coming to the end of his life, he had made Solomon, his son, the next king of Israel. He gave some advice to Solomon on how to be king. The greatest advice he gave him was to observe and know what God requires of him. All Solomon had to do was obey God and follow all of His commands, then he would be prosperous in all that he does.
The world sees prosperity as being wealthy and having a lot of things, and being in the number one position. While being wealthy and having things can make some things easier, it may not be the most prosperous, because the soul is still lost. If one has all the money in the world, but does not obey God, he has nothing in the end.
Obeying and serving God will create a greater prosperity than anything in this world can give. One may not have any money or things, but with God, he has eternal life, something that money cannot buy.
The one who is obeying God will also be successful, because He is doing what God wants him to do. God will bless and honor anything that He wants one that is being done according to His desire.
If you want to be prosperous and really successful, stop following the ways of this world and follow Jesus. Find out what true prosperity is as you begin to serve God with all of your life.
Doing what God wants will bring eternal security and peace that the world cannot give, nor does it know or understand. Building God’s kingdom is more valuable than all the money or things in this world.
How prosperous are you today?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live according to God’s plan for your life; that you will obey God in all He tells you; and that you will know the prosperity of serving God with your life.