Freedom and Prosperity
Published by Theresee on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:52pm
By: Tim Rowland
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
I am an investment advisor. I advise clients about their money. Therefore I get to see both the good and the ugly sides of money in my clients' lives. Those with a grateful heart are better able to handle the responsibilities of having money. Those that operate in fear will never have enough money in their minds and so choose to live under the bondage of money. This is not a good place to be for anyone.
For me, the right and correct perspective is to pray, "Father, grant me as much prosperity as would be good for my soul." My experience is that some clients can handle a great deal of money. They are generous, their marriages are strong, they are respected in the community, and they are right with God and his priorities. Other clients, while they have more money than they will ever spend, do not have "happy souls".
Psalm 128 above suggests those who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him (not money or power) will eat the fruits of your labor, blessings and prosperity will be yours. There is an order here: fear - obey - labor - prosperity. In other words, respect and place the Lord first in your life. Next, we are called to work. This work is to work on building the kingdom regardless of whether we are employed, between jobs or retired. There is always work for us to do. The fruits of that work will be blessings and prosperity. Prosperity is freedom from money and its control over our lives. So I challenge you to pray for as much prosperity as would be good for your soul. Can you do that?
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Pray each day this week, "Father, grant me as much prosperity as would be good for my soul."