ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Prosperous Living

Updated on July 9, 2020
Akin Akinbodunse profile image

'Been on faith pilgrimage the last 38 years. 'Been at the mountaintop and down in the valley as I sojourn carried by grace, and grace alone.

What it is...

Living a prosperous life is not about driving a Mercedes Benz. It is about making the best of all you have been endowed. And, that is different for each one of us. For, we have not been equally graced.

Like my friend shared, "we are each in a class of one." We don't have classmates. We don't have grace-mates. We don't have track-mates. We are in a class of one, and whether we pass or fail has no reference to anyone else, but our own very self.

My Father's Rest
My Father's Rest

If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.

— Job 36:11, NKJV

No Competition...

Hence, there is no basis for comparison. There is no basis for competition. There is no basis for jealousy. There is only a basis for gratitude. There is only a basis for contentment. There is only a basis for rejoicing with others. There is only a basis for knowing our source, and never be in doubt as to the process of life.

What I don't have now, I don't need now. When I need it, or before I need it, it will appear without fail. That is assuming, I have not gone off my place of calling. That is assuming, I am still in order, and in line. That is assuming that I am still waiting, and waiting faithfully. It is assuming that I am gratefully using that which I have been endowed today. It is assuming that I am found faithful at my station.

Before he left on his journey, he entrusted a bag of five thousand gold coins to one of his servants, to another a bag of two thousand gold coins, and to the third a bag of one thousand gold coins, each according to his ability to manage.

— Matthew 25:15, TPT

No Hurries...

There is no hurry in life. And, I should be qualified to know that, after more than fifty years (50) years on this pilgrimage. With all my mountaintop and valley experiences, my rollercoaster emotions, my heavenly confident, and dark days. I ought to have picked a thing or two along the way. Things I can hold close to. Things that make a difference. Like my native people will say, "a child cannot have that many clothes as to have more rags than the old person."

To live in prosperity is to know there are no hurries in life. NOTHING in life is worth hurrying for. Things done out of hurry or haste are typically things done out of fear, not out of faith. And, you know how that typically ends. Right?

Just a rule of life. Things that are done out of fear typically don't end well. They are typically things done by people with no foundation, faulty foundation, or they are unsure of what they have. They are unsure of who they are. They are unsure of whose own they are.

He's Got Me
He's Got Me

For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:

“In returning and rest you shall be saved;

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”

But you would not,

— Isaiah 30:15, NKJV

Rested...

The Bible has this to say, "He that believes will not make haste." [Isaiah 28:16; Romans 19:33] Depending on which Bible translation you lay your hands on, you'll see the Hebrew word also translated as, "disturbed, sudden panic, panic, ashamed, shakable, tremble, rush, disappointed, worry, impatient, run away, topple, waver, anxious. The two most common usage being panic and haste.

Therefore thus says the Lord God:

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,

A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;

Whoever believes will not act hastily.

— Isaiah 28:16, NKJV

When you are living a prosperous life none of the above will define you. You know your source. You know your foundation. Your source and your foundation know you, and answers for you in the day of trouble, that comes on all men.

So, living prosperously is not about rushing to your tomorrow. It is not about escaping your yesterday either. It is about living every moment of "today" in peace knowing that it is all that presently is. It is all that cleanses your yesterdays. It is all that produces your tomorrow. It is all you have. It is in it that you are most powerful. It is in that you are most creative. It is in it that you are most you. And, where else can you find the zenith of life?

Grateful
Grateful

A Faithful Steward...

It is using what you have today, to grow the future you desire. It is about having dominion over your present circumstances to produce the future you desire. It is about having a dream, a plan, and executing the same. That you can do, irrespective of where you find yourself.

It is not about using what you don't have, moaning for it. You have to always start with what you have, not what you don't have, and let your imagination go wild. You don't have to be conventional. You don't have to tread the old worn path. You can start a new path. Never forget, "Imagination is limitless."

Release yourself to think. It is still legal. Release yourself to dream. Release yourself to fly. Release yoursel to live. Release yourself to be. Our imagination (our ability to think and reason) is our leverage. That is what separates us from mere animals. We can make our environment what we want.

Tired On The Inside | Pastor Steven Furtick | Elevation Church

© 2020 Akin Akinbodunse

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Akin Akinbodunse profile imageAUTHOR

      Akin Akinbodunse 

      13 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      @Toba: Thanks for obliging me to read the article. I am blessed to know you were blessed by it. May God continue to make His word available us all. A word from Him truly can change our life for good. Keep winning my brother.

    • profile image

      Toba Aboluwarin 

      13 months ago

      "To live in prosperity is to know there are no hurries in life. NOTHING in life is worth hurrying for. Things done out of hurry or haste are typically things done out of fear, not out of faith"

      No Hurries, No Competition, Not Fretting. But Resting in the Lord.

      Just reflecting on some of these words.

      They are so deep and even deeper than what we actually thought they are. We shall truly need to ask God to help us understand these facts and scriptural truths. There is really no need for competing with anyone or struggling with people over things of this world. Neither should we compare ourselves with others. I pray God help me and help us all.

      Really blessed by the post sir. Thanks for inspirational words like this. I hope to get more of such words.

      God bless you greatly sir

    • Akin Akinbodunse profile imageAUTHOR

      Akin Akinbodunse 

      13 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      @Eric: Thanks for your kind words. I am honored to have you stop by and drop a note. You know this thought stream started for me as the Lord impressed upon my heart to study 1 Timothy 6:6. Wow! What a blessing it has been. It just keeps expanding. I have five (5) bible study outlines already from it. And, still, a whole lot more to go.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is a good piece. I have been living so long in prosperity I can't remember when I did not. I ask and am provided with more and better than I prayed for, always.

      Of course in my class of one, I only want what I need. Fancy stuff makes me uneasy.

    • Akin Akinbodunse profile imageAUTHOR

      Akin Akinbodunse 

      13 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      @manatita44: Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate you.

    • Akin Akinbodunse profile imageAUTHOR

      Akin Akinbodunse 

      13 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      @Funmi: Absolutely! God's commission always requires faith in us. He wants to show forth is His glory not ours. So, we need to trust Him to bring it to birth. Have you read the book, "Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby?" if you do get a chance, you'll never regret you did. That is a life-changing book.

    • Akin Akinbodunse profile imageAUTHOR

      Akin Akinbodunse 

      13 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      @Taramajo: I am blessed and honored by your kind words. You know, I have known that verse in Isaiah for a very long time, but knowing is not what saves us. I have known the truth, but have only recently dwelt on it. How so true Jesus said to those who believe in Him to continue in the word, for only in doing that will they know the truth, and the truth which they come to know will save them. [John 8:32; Joshua 1:8, Colossians 3:16] There are power and rest in meditating on the word of God.

      I appreciate you. Thanks for the follow. I trust we are going to have an awesome time of fellowship out here on Hubpages.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      13 months ago from london

      Lovely and inspirational piece, Every moment is new and we can make a new path. Awesome!

    • profile image

      Funmi 

      13 months ago

      You have to always start with what you have, this means we should not always wait and wait we should take a step of faith with whatever gift God has given unto us.

    • Tamarajo profile image

      Tamarajo 

      13 months ago

      Hello Akin, I sincerely enjoyed this timely read. You are right. Hurrying is about fear. I've read the Isaiah 28 verse many times and never noticed the mention of hurrying.

      My favorite quote from your article is "It is about having dominion over your present circumstances to produce the future you desire." This idea reminds me of God's original plan when he commands Adam and Eve to have dominion. Your thought gives a great application to the "beginning" narrative of the Bible.

      I appreciate your insights and will carry them with me today.

      God bless!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)