The Principles of Prosperity
Would you like some good news? God wants you to prosper. In case there's any shadow of doubt, I want to give you some Scriptures. In Psalm 1:3, the Bible says that a righteous man "…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." Joshua 1:8—"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." Third John 2:2—"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." Psalm 35:27—"Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, 'Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.'"
So many times we look at a man who has gone through several marriages, whose kids are rebellious, who has an ulcer, who is addicted to alcohol… but who has a big bank account, and so we say he's prosperous. He's not prosperous. He's a miserable failure.
Years ago I read of an old prospector who'd been mining for gold out in the West. He had found what he thought was the Mother Lode, but what he found wasn't gold at all. It was mica, "fool's gold." He loaded down his old burro with it and started out across the desert, but he ran out of water. He and the old burro died. When they found his body, they found a note the old prospector wrote before he died. "Died rich." But he had nothing but fool's gold in his saddle bag.
Even people who have real gold are much like that ...
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Adrian Rogers is the voice of Love Worth Finding ministries, Bartlett, Tennessee.