For Permanent Prosperity
Know God's Ways and How He Operates
Permanent Prosperity… I recently purchased a Mac computer. I had never owned a Mac before. I had always used Microsoft Windows based computers. So one of the first things I had to do was to read the owners manual for instructions on how to operate it properly. It's pretty obvious that since Apple is the company that created the Mac, they would be the best source to get instructions on how to operate it, right?
Well, it works the same way regarding how we operate in life. We can keep trying to figure it out ourselves, or we can simply read the instruction manual provided by the Creator (the Bible). Just like the example of Apple Computers, the Creator of life is the best source to get instructions for how to operate in it.
So it's important for us to know God's ways and how He operates when making life choices regarding our finances, family, health, business, and every area of our lives to live in true and permanent prosperity.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts: Let him return to the LORD, And He will have
mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
8 " For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD.
9 " For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
God wants us to know His ways because they are better than our ways of operating. The challenge is for us to let go of our own ways of dong things and make a decision to operate in His ways. He has actually already come up with a way to do everything we are trying to do.
For example, for true and permanent prosperity in your marriage, you must learn from the Creator of marriage how you are supposed to love, honor, respect, and submit to your mate. Submission means to get under the mission of another. God's way is for both parties to submit to one another (Ephesians chapter 5).
It's God's desire that we know His ways. So He will make His ways known to us when we spend time in His presence. Consider Psalms 103:7 which reads…
7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
Notice the fact that God made His WAYS known to Moses, but His ACTS to the children of Israel. God showed Moses His methods of operation. Moses spent 40 days and nights in the presence of God at Mt. Sinai. He spent time with God and learned about how God operates and received instructions from God.
However, regarding the children of Israel, I believe that God had to first get their attention by His acts. Once He performed His mighty miracles before them in the dessert (e.g. the parting of the Red Sea, Manna from Heaven, water from a rock, etc.) they would then be motivated to desire to know more about His ways of doing what He did.
Our goal is to do like Moses did by getting into the presence of God to know His ways. Because it's in His presence that you begin to learn how He does what He does. In His presence is where He shows you a way of operating that is higher than the way you've been trying to operate.
As a businessman, it's important to get into the secret place of prayer to learn how to excel in your business in a way you have not previously been able to achieve. True permanent prosperity, the greatest prosperity, takes place by operating in God's ways. We cannot be successful without God. The presence of God will lead you to a true and permanent prosperity.
The Wisdom of God makes the difference between an average life and an extraordinary life of permanent prosperity. Consider what Isaiah 48: 17-18 says…
17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way
you should go.
18 Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
It's clear from this scripture that it's God that "teaches you to profit" and provides permanent prosperity. He leads us in "the way" we should go. There is an advantage that we have as Christians. We have the privilege to go to God in prayer to learn His ways concerning how to operate in life. By doing so, not only will we achieve a true and permanent prosperity, but we will also have peace like a tranquil river about our situation.
As a Christian, it's important to pray for wisdom concerning your finances and every other area of your life. Just know that God has something to say to you concerning whatever you may be facing. One word from God can change your life. The answers you need are with Him and in His presence.
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