Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Taste and see your Good God today

Soul prosperity first

"Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your souls prosper" (3 John 2)

When your soul (i.e. your mind, emotion and will) prospers, everything thing else in your life prospers as well.

As children of the Most High God, we are not waiting to be blessed, we are already blessed. We are not waiting for good days, we are living in good days, and are expecting better ones ahead.

Prosperity begets prosperity, poverty reaps poverty

We are not waiting to be prosperous, we are already prosperous. Knowing and believing this truth causes us to be able and willing to give and sow generously (of our gifts and talents, our time, our finances), which in turn, causes us to reap bountiful harvests and experience a greater measure of abundance. As a result, out of a grateful heart, we cannot help but want to give and sow even more generously. This virtuous cycle goes on and on.

On the other hand, if someone does not believe that he is rich, he will most likely scrim and save everything he has. He will withhold from giving freely to others. Because he thinks his resources are limited, he cuts down on sowing As a result, he sabotages his future harvests - in the areas of his finances, his friendships or his overall fruitfulness in life.

So, paradoxically, the more he scrims and saves, and the less he gives and sows, the more poverty and lack he perceives and experiences. Soul poverty reaps poverty in other areas in life.

Prosperous when in possession of nothing

Remember the example of Joseph? When Joseph was a slave in Egypt, and had nothing, the Bible describes him as being successful, and says that everything he did prospered. (Genesis 39:2-3).

Joseph did not have a smooth-sailing life. He went through the pit and the prison, before he finally ended up in the palace. But do we see him complain and murmur? Do we see him discontent and bitter? Look at how he was always concious of the Lord's presence, and therefore enjoyed blessings after blessings, regardless of his circumstances.

Good days for Joseph were not defined by where he was or how much possession and power he had. Good days for Joseph were defined by the friendship and faithfulness of the Good God who was always with him.

Seeking after the kingdom of God which is righteousness, peace and joy

Joseph did not seek after earthly riches and material comfort. He did not seek after riches and honour. He sought after and enjoyed God. He sought after and enjoyed the kingdom of God. He sought after and enjoyed righteousness, peace and joy.

And goodness and mercy of God followed Joseph all the days of his life.

(Note that material riches and honour before men did NOT follow Joseph ALL the days of his life - he struggled with material lack and endured shame during parts of his life. But the goodness and mercy of God did follow after Joseph all the days of his life. Joseph was a blessed and prosperous man throughout his life not because of earthly riches and man-given honour, but because of the goodness and mercy of His Good God. And when God's goodness and mercy chase after you, do you think you need to worry about chasing after earthly riches and honour?)

See things through God's eyes. Renew your mind with God's truth. Speak forth life and peace. Know that you are already blessed in Christ, appreciate your blessednesses, and you will see more and more of God's blessings manifest in your life.

Loving life and seeing good days

"He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good. Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers" (1 Peter 3:10-12)

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!...those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry" (Psalm 34:8,10,12-15)

You have a Good God who loves you and blesses you more than you could ask or imagine. Your path is getting brighter and brighter. You are enjoying a good life that is getting better and better.

Turn away from the evil lies of the devil that tell you otherwise. Refrain from speaking his lies.

Good days are here, enjoy them now

Confess instead God's promises and God's truths. Speak forth your life and peace. And rest in the finished work of Christ that has given you everlasting righteousness. You are righteous and you are blessed! And you don't have to wait for good days to come. Good days have already come!

Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." (Luke 4:18,19).

And it is written, 'For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, NOW is the acceptable time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation' (2 Cor 6:2)

Appreciate and enjoy your good days now.
Taste and see your Good God today.

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