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Success, wealth, and prosperity

Updated on November 7, 2013

Poverty

In Proverbs 21:17 in the New Living Translation (NLT), it states that the those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich. Do you love showing others what you have, making them jealous or envying your lifestyle. Being modest with anything helps you in the long term. Do you have the right intentions/motives for obtaining wealth? There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land (James 2:5 NIV). Psalm 82:3-4 states again how we should treat those who are poor. We should maintain their rights and rescue the needy and lowly from the wicked.



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The Problems of being Wealthy

In the NLT version of Proverbs 13:8, it states, "the rich can pay a ransom for their lives, but the poor won't even get threatened". Ecclesiastes 5:11 reminds me of the lyrics the more money we come across the more problems we see (Mo Money Mo Problems by Notorious BIG). It states in that scripture "the more you have, the more everyone expects from you. Your money won't do you any good-others will just spend it for you" (Contemporary English Version-CEV). It also states that someone rich can lose everything in a business deal and it also mentions how they can't even sleep at night (Ecclesiastes 5:12,14). In Kenneth Copeland Faith to Faith for October 7, 2013, he states "that God has said that "the prosperity of fools shall destroy them" (Prov. 1:32). I challenge you, this week, to go to Proverbs and find out for yourself what God says about the characteristics of a fool. Let the Holy Spirit search your heart". A foolish characteristic is being quick tempered (Proverbs 14:17). I think Oliver Stone states it best when he says "money isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another".

Practicing altruism

According to the NLT version of Proverbs 22:4, true humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life. What it means to fear the Lord is obeying His commands and giving Him reverence/respect. We should love him with all of our heart, mind, and soul. That means not allowing anything to becoming bigger than Him in our lives. Don't capitalize any other gods besides Him. Income from charging high interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor (Proverbs 28:8 NLT). Everybody knows the saying you reap what you sow or karma comes back to you (the same thing). That's why if you want something it just makes common sense to be generous to deserving people and you will become bless by doing it. In the NLT version of Proverbs 11:24-25, it states, "Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed".

Being Fulfilled regardless of circumstances

In the Our Daily Bread on October 8, 2013 by Julie Ackerman Link, it states "the deer and the squirrel represent ways that God cares for us. He enables us to work and save for the future, and He meets our need when resources are scarce..... Another way that God provides is by instructing those with plenty to share with those in need (Deut. 24:19)". Don't take matters into your own hands but trust in the Lord. Allow Him to be God and support your needs. Faith is another important virtue. In Ecclesiastes 5:18-20, it states, "Enjoy what you have-eat,drink, and work hard" (CEV). Sometimes you can have everything you want given by God and still not enjoy it (Ecclesiastes 6:2 CEV). Concentrating on the Lord and His ways is the only way to be prosperous no matter what is going on in the world. Also, do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly (Psalms 1:1-3 New King James Version). You are stable when it comes to God and can not be moved by circumstance that occurs in your life. In verse 3, it states, "He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water".

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