We all want to be prosperous, but sometimes, we limit what prosperity in our lives looks like. So often, we attach prosperity to finances only. However, the Bible says that we can prosper in all that we do. At one point, I had only been praying to prosper in my finances. During that time, God had to remind me that prosperity is not just for my finances and by only focusing on the financial piece, I was failing to get all that He had for me.
II Kings 2:3 says, “And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:”
God doesn’t just want us to prosper financially. He wants us to prosper in our relationships, in our homes, even in our volunteer services. He wants to prosper everything we put our hand to. The word “prosper” in Hebrew means to push forward, in the literal or figurative senses. It means to break out, come mightily; to cause something to go over, to be good, be meet, or to be profitable. This is above and beyond just the basics. It is beyond just “doing alright”. God wants us to be at a point where we are prospering fully because He causes every area of our lives to be good and profitable. So that means our marriages are phenomenal, our children are excelling, we have more than enough in our finances, and that we’re healed spiritually, mentally, and physically. God is invested in our prosperity.
III John 2 says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
John’s prayer above all things was for our prosperity and health. So then, how do we do we make sure we prosper? We walk in God’s ways—do what He says. We see this in II Kings 2:3 and we also see it in Joshua 1:8 which says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
We experience the truth of this directive from Genesis to Revelation. When people listen to God and do what He says to do, they have success. Noah building the ark (Genesis 6-9); Joshua fighting the battle of Jericho (Joshua 5-6); David fighting the Amalekites (I Samuel 30); Peter letting down the net (Luke 5); and many more. However, the greatest example of success is Jesus.
In John 5:19, Jesus said that He only did what He sees the Father. In John 14:31, He said He does what the Father commands Him to do. As a result, we saw Jesus prosper in every area of His life. His finances were blessed. He was so blessed that even though Judas was stealing, His ministry was not affected. He had successful relationships—His people carried on His legacy after He went to Heaven. He got countless people saved. He’s taught an innumerable amount of people—we’re still learning from Him today. And the list goes on. He was prosperous in every area because He obeyed God and only did what He said to do. What if we were more like Jesus? What would prosperity look like for us if we did what God tells us to do, either through His Word or the leading of the Holy Ghost?
If we look at First Kings again, we see the answer, we will prosper wherever we turn ourselves. When we are doing what God has proscribed, we have no choice but to prosper in everything that we do and everywhere that we go. God has made prosperity available for everything that we do and everywhere we go. So, don’t limit Him.
Let’s check in and ask God to show us if we are following His path and doing what He told us to do. If we are not, we can simply make the adjustment. If we are, we can expect prosperity. Let’s get everything that God has for us in this year of the Blessing of the Lord!
- Minister Jasmin Haynes
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