4 Steps to Prosperous Living

prosperous livingGod is for you, not against you. Do you believe that? Whether you’re fighting cancer or a troubled teen, lost your job or your loved one, feeling overwhelmed or overworked, God loves you. He has plans to prosper you.

Sometimes our plans don’t turn out the way we imagined. Life disappoints us and we feel hopeless and depressed. That’s precisely why it’s crucial to know God’s promises, to know that He cares about you, and that you are not alone. He never caused the pain and suffering, but He knew it was coming. We live in a fallen world that is corrupt by evil desires and demonic forces pulling us away from God. Think about it, that’s why Jesus came to show the Father’s love, to show that He is personal, and to give us the truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life here and everlasting (John 14:6). So, why wouldn’t we listen and follow Him?

Are you seeking after God or have you left Him out of your day? If you ignore Him, why wouldn’t He ignore you? If you want to prosper then invite Him into every moment. Begin your day focused on seeking Him with all of your heart.

4 Steps to be Prosperous:

1. Ask God with all your heart to prosper you for His glory.

God knows our motives. Do you want to prosper in all areas of life to glorify God or yourself? God says He wants to bring you hope and a future. What is your future dream? Is it for the here and now? Are you building up temporary treasures of wealth or eternal treasures of precious souls. God wants to use you to minister to hearts of His people so that they will prosper for eternity.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

2. Believe that God loves you and that He gives you His precious promises to prosper you.

What you believe brings life or death, blessings or curses, prosperous living or destruction. To live this life without regret we need to believe in God’s Word, meditate on it, and follow it. When you do, you will prosper (Psalm 1:1-3).

Avoid getting sucked into the evil desires of this corrupt world of sexual immorality and selfish ambition. God says, “He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:4). The evil desires of this world will bring destruction and despair. Do not believe the lies of the enemy of this world who is out to deceive and destroy your life through temporary self-gratification.

3. Confess your internal and external sins to have powerful prayers.

God uses His church family to be the hands and feet of Jesus. This relationship is a safe place to go to get the prayer support that you need to live a victorious Christian life. When you confess your sins to God, He is faithful and just to forgive you and purify you of all unrighteousness, (1 John 1:9). But it’s not enough to confess your sins to God. God designed the church to do life together. When you humble yourself to confess your sins and weaknesses to others your relationships will be healed.

Come out of isolation to shed light on your wrong thinking and wrong behavior to be encouraged and lifted up in prayer by your sisters and brothers in the church. Also, by confessing your sins to the person you hurt, you have the opportunity to be reconciled which will prosper you. God promises to lift you up and give you powerful prayers.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

4. Decide to glorify God and you will do great things.

Many scriptures tell us that to follow the Word of God is to demonstrate your love for Him. When we ask for anything that will honor Him in Jesus name our prayers will be answered. Those prayers may not be answered in our timing, but they will be answered to bring Him glory.

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:12-13).

God gives us these 4 promises to help prosper us in what we say and do. Each moment of the day ask Him for help, believe that He loves you, confess your sins to be humble and lifted up in prayer, and decide to glorify Him so that you may prosper.

Praise and Prayer

Dear Father in heaven. I love you and believe that you love me and want me to prosper in this life and into eternity. Thank you for your precious promises that will allow me to avoid the evil desires of this world. Please forgive me for my sin of pride that says I can live this life without you. Forgive me for doing things my way instead of your way. Forgive me of my selfish desires of lust and greed that keep me from following you and keep my prayers from being answered. Help me to be mindful of you every moment of the day, to be sensitive to your still small voice as I seek you with all of my heart, meditate on your precious promises, and glorify you in my speech and my actions. Help me to be humble by confessing my sins right away to you and to confess to others when I sin so that my relationships may be healed. I thank you that when I submit to you and resist the devil, he will flee from me. Thank you that when I come near to you, you come near to me, and that you have plans to prosper me and not to harm me. I rejoice that you want to give me hope and a glorious future into eternity. Lift me up to reflect your glory as I surrender myself to you. I trust that you are involved in every situation to prosper me to become more like you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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