THE BIBLE ANSWERS THIS QUESTION WITH AN EMPHATIC, YES!
Exodus 31:1-11 “And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship to design artistic works, to work in gold, silver and bronze, in cutting of jewels…….”
Isaiah 28:23-29 “Does the ploughman keep ploughing all day to sow?……… This all comes from the Lord of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.
It is important to remember that God (Holy Spirit) will only equip and empower us to do the work He has called us to do. You can do your own thing but then you do it in your own strength and knowledge and it has no eternal value whatsoever. You have been chosen by the FATHER, redeemed by the SON and sealed and empowered by the HOLY SPIRIT “for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10.
See that you walk circumspectly , not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is (for your life)” Ephesians 5:15-17.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” Romans 8:14.
Johan Huibers built a full sized replica of Noah’s Ark: 130 metres long, 29 metres wide and 23 metres high. It is located in the town of Schagen in the Netherlands.
God has a plan and purpose for your life. The story of Noah and the Flood was an actual event in history a little over four thousand years ago. It reminds us that God is in control of history and we need to be obedient to HIS call on our lives.
Fruit bearing is all to do with GOD working through us and nothing to do with what we can do.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, faith, gentleness, goodness, kindness and self control. Are these evident in your life? You can quench the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. You can grieve the Holy Spirit. He is the third person of the Trinity. Do you treat Him as a person?
The Lord has picked each one of us out, selected you and me, and by listening to and trusting the indwelling Holy Spirit we will produce good fruit in our lives and businesses. We will be successful on earth and reap eternal rewards in heaven as well. Got to be the only way to go.
DON’T PUT YOUR TRUST IN STUFF – money and possessions.
ESTABLISH GOD AS YOUR SOURCE:,
2 Corinth 9:8 ,
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times you may abound in every good work.”
“Therefore I tell you do not be anxious about your life, what you eat or what you will drink, nor about your body , what you will out on. Is not your life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sew nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the gentiles seek after all these things , and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”
And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
ESTABLISH REGULAR GIVING:,
“Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, “How have we robbed you?” In your tithes and contributions . You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no need.”
2 Corinth 9:6-7,
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also real bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
BELIEVE GOD WANTS TO PROSPER YOU ,
“Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant.”
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous , and then you will have good success.”
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers: but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
Although God’s people had planted their seeds, the day of harvest is still months away, and yet the Lord promises that an abundant harvest will in fact come. The work of the temple had been started again, giving evidence of the people’s renewed devotion to the Lord and their return to a God centred lifestyle.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14,
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their evil ways , then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
“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 in the way you should go.”
Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honour the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
IT IS MUCH MORE THAN RICHES, IT IS A STATE OF GOOD OR WELL BEING FOR THE WHOLE MAN, SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY, INCLUDING PEACE, JOY, HEALTH (MENTAL & PHYSICAL) AND MATERIAL PROVISION.
PROSPERITY IS THE ABILITY TO MEET ANY GIVEN NEED AT ANY GIVEN TIME THROUGH THE POWER OF GOD.
God want us to be prosperous, to bear fruit in His Kingdom but in large part so we can be a blessing to others.
THE WORLD’S VIEW OF PROSPERITY
Good luck and/or hard work; Money; Authority over others; Fame; for ME, I’m the purpose.
KINGDOM OF GOD VIEW
God given blessing; Bearing fruit in the Kingdom; Well being of the whole man; For others – our purpose is to be a blessing to others.
We live forever and what we do here on this earth for God’s purposes is building up treasure in heaven. There are rewards in heaven. The Bible is clear on that.
The parable of the talents is a sobering story of how God expects us to use our God given abilities. Matt 25: 14-30
We will be working on the new earth and heaven creating and building new enterprises. What you are doing now influences the role you will have there. Christians will have their works judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Our character and works will be revealed as they really are and suitable rewards will be given by Jesus. This is not the White Throne Judgment of the unsaved at the close of the 1,000 year reign of Jesus. Rev 20:1-15