Grace Journal Vol. 1 Issue 1 June 9, 2017
Grace Journal Vol. 1 Issue 1 June 9, 2017
Grace Journal Vol. 1 Issue 1 June 2017
A Journal of God’s good news
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[*Enjoying God’s Prosperity *]
by Chukwuemeka Hargley
I believe that it is God’s will for each and every one of us to prosper: Matt. 7:11; John 16:24; Romans 8:32; 3 John 1:2; and that God has made adequate provision for our prosperity. I believe that this provision is His beautiful and amazing grace and in this article, we explore God’s provision of prosperity through grace.
[*Let’s begin! *]
The grace of God is the true secret to prosperity.
See the following Scriptures:
2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
In other words, by virtue of the grace of God we have access to a life of prosperity.
Scripture also teaches us that faith is how we access the grace of God. That is, by believing in God and His word, we access His bountiful goodness for our lives.
See Rom. 5:2: “by whom we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand…”
And again Eph. 2:8: “For by grace are ye saved through faith”
Additionally, the Bible says in Heb. 4:2 that “the word which they heard did not profit them not being mixed with faith in them that heard it”, teaching us that God’s word needs to be mixed with faith in us or believed by us for it to profit or benefit us.
The sum of it all then is this: In order to experience for ourselves the truth of God’s free gift of prosperity we are to simply believe!
And believing or walking by faith involves:
Consistently confessing or speaking God’s word to ourselves, particularly as it relates to our prosperity because:
The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the word of God: Rom.10:17. As we boldly declare God’s word concerning us we’ll find ourselves naturally walking by faith concerning God’s word and effortlessly enjoying God’s prosperity.
Faith speaks. Speaking forth that which you believe is natural for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks: Mt. 12:34; Luke 6:35.
See also 2 Corinthians.4:13 KJV: We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
Therefore, because it is true (and because we believe) that by virtue of His grace we are rich and that as cheerful givers we are always richly supplied in all things, we consistently confess the truth ensuring our participation in this amazing gift of prosperity.
Note that we do not consistently speak or confess God’s word to make it true, it already is (and in fact it is the truth), but we do so because that's how we are designed to live- by faith (Rom.1:17) which is the same as saying [_“…man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” _]-Mat.4:4; Luke 4:4.
Speaking or praying in the Holy Ghost.
The Bible says that praying in the Holy Ghost builds us up on our most holy faith:
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” Jude 1:20
This means that by praying in the Holy Ghost (which includes praying in tongues) we build up our lives on the truth that we are prosperous and always will be by virtue of the grace of God. We build up our lives on the foundation of prosperity!
In doing this, we ensure that we are indeed walking by faith (for it means that our lives: thoughts, actions and speech are organised, influenced, inspired and directed by our faith) and thereby accessing God’s beautiful gift of prosperity.
Additionally, the Bible lets us know that it is through the Holy Spirit that God blesses and by implication prospers us for the blessing of God maketh rich and addeth no sorrow- Prov.10:22
Well, firstly, it is important to note that the word ‘blessing’ in the Scriptures properly means or refers to the act of speaking well of, eulogizing, lauding or praising someone. It means to make a pronouncement of good upon someone.
Secondly, the Scriptures tell us that the Holy Ghost is the blessing. See Gal. 3:14; Isaiah 44:3,4. In other words, in giving us the Holy Ghost, God blessed us with all of His blessings for the Holy Ghost is verily God and through Him all God’s blessings are conveyed to us. See John 16:14,15:
[_He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew (declare) it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew (declare) it unto you. _]Words in parentheses mine.
And 1 Cor.2:9,10,12-13:
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit… Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual;
Furthermore, in the Scriptures, water is significant of a means through which one is made prosperous.
For example in the account of Genesis 26 we read of how God prospered Isaac, even in a time of famine, so that he “waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great” Gen.26:13. In that account, God visited Isaac and told him that He would bless him in the land where he was, a land of famine, in fulfilment of the oath He swore to his father, Abraham, to bless him and his seed. Also contained in the account is the understanding that the wells which his father’s servants had dug, played a pivotal role in his prosperity for the Scripture says that when he became great, the Philistines stopped all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in his time because they envied him and that when he dug a well which the Philistines did not strive for with him, his response was to call it Rehoboth meaning streets or rooms, “For now”, saith he, “the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” Clearly with the wells of water he could water his crops, cattle, and flocks.
Additionally, a popular imagery the Bible uses to describe prosperity or a man that is prosperous is that of a tree that is consistently and adequately supplied with water.
See Psa 1:3 (KJV) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Isa 58:11 (KJV) And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
See also, Is.44:3,4; Jer.17:8; Ps. 92:13-15 (the palm tree and cedar are usually evergreen and are as such like trees richly supplied with water).
Now the Scripture says in Ezek. 34:26,27: And [_I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase… . _]teaching us that in the above Scriptures, water equates blessing which results in prosperity. Comparing this with what we just shared above on the meaning of blessing it means that when Scripture uses the imagery of a tree that is adequately supplied with water to describe a prosperous man, it is invariably saying that the prosperous man is the man who is blessed, that is, the man whom God has spoken well of.
Now consider the following portion of Scripture:
Is. 44:3,4: For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: (v.4) And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
Here, we see that the outpouring of ‘water’ is equated with the outpouring of God’s Spirit which is equated with the outpouring of His blessing which brings about prosperity. This confirms that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is synonymous with the outpouring of God’s blessing from which prosperity and other blessings flow. In other words, an outpouring of the Spirit is synonymous with a profuse declaration of God’s goodness/favour which results in prosperity.
Again, in John 7:37,38: Jesus, speaking of the Holy Ghost which they who believe on Him should receive said, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
See also John 4:14: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life . ‘Well’ there means fount, that is, source or supply- Strong’s Concordance.
This means that the residency of the Holy Ghost in us produces a perpetual and abundant supply of water which, as we have just seen, means a perpetual and abundant supply of God’s blessing or a perpetual and profuse declaration of God’s goodness. This happens when we speak in tongues for in speaking in tongues, the Bible makes us understand that we are declaring forth those things that God has freely given us cf. 1 Cor.2:7,9-13; 1 Cor.14:2.
Therefore, inasmuch as we are the planting of the Lord, trees of righteousness: Isaiah 61:3; Ps. 92:12-15; Jer. 17:7,8; we can water our lives and thereby flourish by speaking forth from within the wisdom and blessing of God for our lives through tongues and the interpretation of tongues.
Thanksgiving, rejoicing in, praising and glorifying God.
These are the natural responses of the human heart to God’s wonderful gift of prosperity.
In doing these we are walking by faith for they are proof that we truly believe what the word says.
Much more than that, the Bible says that we abound in faith by thanksgiving. It means that by giving thanks for this wonderful gift of grace we abound in it; our experience of it is rich and abundant.
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:7 KJV
See also Psalm 67:5,6
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. [Then] shall the earth yield her increase; [and] God, [even] our own God, shall bless us.
Being thankful or rejoicing in God also has the added benefit of making us strong in faith. It brings us to the place of full persuasion or conviction of the verity of God’s word!
See Romans 4:20,21:
[He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.]
Giving. Walking by faith also entails giving.
2 Cor.9:8 clearly teaches that if we give cheerfully we will be blessed abundantly, far over and beyond measure. If we truly believe this then we will give cheerfully.
See also Luke 6:38:
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
(This is a bit different from the others but it is very important)
Ephesians 4:28 KJV
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
The Bible recognises labour as a key to wealth. From the Scripture above, we see that it is from good honest labour that one has to give to him that needs. This teaches us that from honest labour comes more than enough provision to sufficiently cater for one’s needs and the needs of others. In a sense then, from labour comes wealth.
Other Scriptures confirm this: Prov.13:11; 14:23; Acts 20:34,35; 1Thess.4:11,12; 2Thess.3:8-12.
However, notice that it says, “… the thing which is good”.
In Eph. 2:10 we are told that[_ we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them._]
The term ‘good works’ is an all encompassing term referring to labours, acts, deeds, undertakings, businesses, employments, and or occupations that are good in nature and therefore beneficial in their effects. As such, it includes and may refer to acts of charity and even occupations: Eph.4:28.
‘Walk in them’ means to walk around in them, that is, to live in them, dwell in them, spend our time doing them, to be engaged in, employed in or occupied with them, etc.
The phrase “[_which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” _]therefore means that God had already prepared that we should live in, be engaged in, employed in or occupied with doing these good works.
This implies at least two closely related things. One is that God has already prepared that we should derive our sustenance from doing these good works. The other is that God has already ensured that these good works are suitable to us.
This lets us know that for each and every one of us there are certain jobs that are suitable to us and for which God has designed that we should derive our sustenance from. It is these jobs or occupations that we should be engaged in or occupied with doing as pertaining to God’s provision for our prosperity.
Comparing this with what we have learnt above, it means that as regards our prosperity we ought to cooperate with the gift of God’s grace by engaging in the work that He had already prepared for us.
As the Holy Ghost is the One who leads us into all truth and reveals to us (through our spirits) the deep things of God: John 16:13; 1 Cor.2:9-13, it follows that in fellowship with the Holy Spirit we discover what these good works are.
This does not mean that we cannot or should not engage in other good works (jobs or businesses), what it simply means is that there are set places for each and everyone of us and in such places (works) God has provided abundance for us.
In summary then, the grace of God teaches us that We have been freely blessed with wealth and a never ending supply of it. In order to experience this free gift of wealth, we are to only believe; consistently confessing the word of God, praying in the Holy Ghost, giving thanks and rejoicing, giving and working that which God has called us to do.
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Grace Journal is a free periodical dedicated to publishing the good news of God's love. This is the very first edition. In this issue, I look at Enjoying God's Prosperity.