God's Word Sermon Notes Note 05/12
Hebrew Halak = To go on, to progress. Tsaleach = (To cause) to go on prosperously.
|Ezra 5:8||Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.|
|Deut. 29:9||Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, |
that ye may prosper in all that ye do.
|Job 9:4||... Who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?|
|Psalm 73:3||For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.|
4: For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
5: They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
6: Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
7: Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
8: They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
9: They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
10: Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
11: And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
12: Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
13: Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
14: For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
15: If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
16: When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
17: Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
18: Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
19: How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
20: As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
21: Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
22: So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
Yahweh's people may or may not be rich; they may or may not be
clever, they may or may not have great possessions. But they should
all be prosperous. They should all be happy, fulfilled and at rest on
the Spirit of God. Until we have found prosperity of Spirit,
we could find ourselves chasing bubbles like so many millions are doing today.
|3 John 1:2|| Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.|
3: For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
4: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
|2 Chronicles 20:20||And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.|
|Joshua 1:7||Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.|
8: 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.
The Bible is full of examples of true prosperity. They demonstrate very dramatically the results of faith and obedience. Sad to say the modern Christian world look upon obedience as a form of doubt: as though the obedient believer is trying to earn his/her salvation and entry to the Kingdom of Heaven. This is not the case. So let me - yet again - put the record straight.
Faith in Jesus Christ is the very first and last requirement for entry into the Kingdom of God. But that faith must be living faith: and living faith to be recognised as real must exhibit itself in obedience.
The repentant sinner, in other words, must "go and sin no more." (John 5:14, 8:11) He/she must give up and forsake sin.
|Genesis 39:3||And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
|verse 23||The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.|
|2 Kings 18:7||And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth...
|2 Chronicles 31:20-21||And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.|
21: And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
|2 Chronicles 26:5||And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.|
|2 Chronicles 13:12||And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper|
|Proverbs 28:13||He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.|
Yahweh wants all His people to prosper and He has given us the formula for true prosperity. You will have noticed that the Bible gives good examples of how believers have prospered.
But what about us? Can we
also prosper like Hezekiah or Joseph did? Yes we can. The formula
works in any age and for all believers who put their faith in and obey
the Most High. There are no exceptions.
|Psalm 1:3||And he (the obedient believer) 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.|
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