Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Power to Get Wealth

Then you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth. And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Duet 8:18

God’s covenant with us has a by-product of prosperity. He is giving us power to get wealth based out of a promise/covenant He made. Us prospering is God keeping His word to us. True prosperity only comes out of trusting God, and it requires a sacrifice (based out of trust) on the front side. Every time God is getting ready to prosper us, He is going to show/tell us to do something that seems a little scary, and like we are losing. He is going to put us in a place to trust him to open the door for Him to “give us power to get wealth”, and in doing that He is establishing His covenant. We don’t do it, He does it! He just manifests the covenant through us being willing to obey.

Main point- God Gives us power to get wealth.
Why? That he might establish his covenant.
What does it require of us? Complete trust even in the face of feeling there is no way we will make it (other than God saving us). It requires an action from us on the front side whatever that may be. In a short term, it requires obedience from us.
So is prosperity from God? Absolutely, and it is a by-product of walking in obedience to Him.
Does prosperity glorify God? Absolutely, and it is a means by which we see His covenant being established. He is establishing it.
So why do the wicked prosper? Anything gained by the hand of man can be taken by the hand of man. When God gives us the power to get wealth, it remains His wealth, His covenant, and He establishes it, therefore, man can not take it away and keeping it does not depend on how good we are, but how good God is. We just get to enjoy what came from Him.

Friday, March 4, 2011

What if it all depends on us? What if the coming of God’s kingdom depends on the bride’s willingness to be prepared. We are being knit together with one another to become a holy temple and a dwelling place for Christ. Can we postpone the reconciliation of Christ with his home (the bride, the church) by being unwilling to be knit together to form his home. Eph 2:21-22. Perhaps God is giving us more of a part than we realize. We must be purposed about being more like Jesus. We must be purposed about being more intimate with Him, with our spouse, with our friends. For me, this is obeying God in the small revelations He gives me about what it means to obey Him. He is showing me how to obey. If I obey, I am speeding along the coming of His kingdom. We are supposed to believe the Kingdom is coming in our life time. We are supposed to look for it, wait for it, believe it is coming and seek it out. ("Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls, who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46 ) (The virgins with the oil lamps awaiting the coming King - Matthew 25:1-13). We should want it so bad, that we seek opportunities to obey, and when we don’t, it grieves the process of His coming Kingdom. We have been waiting on God, but is He waiting on us?