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10/12/11 – “God’s Best Comes through Giving” V – Participation

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES

Wednesday in the Word

October 12, 2011

 

God’s Best Comes through Giving V

(Participation)

 

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS

  1. III John 1-2 (KJV & The Amplified Bible)
    1. Prosper is to do well; to have a sufficient supply of God’s abundance to complete your life’s assignment.
    2. Living a fulfilled life with all emotional, financial, relational, and spiritual needs met in abundance.
  2. Psalm 84:11(KJV & The Amplified Bible)
  3. Joshua 1:6-8
    1. Do not minimize or reduce God by turning away from the Word, thinking the Word is not working.  (verse 7)
    2. If you are not saying the Word you are not working with the laws of prosperity.
    3. Prosperity is God’s idea.
    4. Prosperity is developing the spirit, soul and body

 

OPENING OBSERVATIONS

  1. God is promotional.
    1. St. John 10:10 (KJV & The Amplified Bible)
    2. Colossians 3:1-2
      1. There are three realms of prosperity for the believer: spiritual, “soulical” and physical.
        1. Spiritual prosperity is salvation (being born again).
        2. Soul prosperity is having a stable mind (to agree with or think in line with the word of God).
        3. Physical prosperity is wellness in your body.
        4. The gospel comes to erase the way you previously thought; to elevate your thinking, your body and your spirit.
        5. Prosperity is not just money; prosperity is wholeness in the body, soul and spirit.

 

  1.          I.            Prosperity is agreeing with God through the principle of giving.
    1. God is a principle-oriented God which implies an “if – then” relationship.  In other words, you must do something before God can move on your behalf.
      1. A conditional promise is one type of promise given in the Bible.
        1. II Peter 1:3-4
        2. Principles require your participation.  For example, the law of gravity and the law of lift will work regardless of any other factor or condition.
        3. Giving and receiving is a principle and will work for the preacher or the parishioner.
        4. When you involve yourself (participate) with principles or laws the outcome is always predictable regardless of who works it.  In other words, gender, race, weight, height, or discrimination does not affect the operation of the principle.
          1. Galatians 3:28
    2. Principle defined…
      1. A principle is an established truth that defines God’s order, reactions, and responses.
      2. Principles are truths by which God can be counted on to perform regardless of situations, circumstances, and conditions.
    3. Confessions do not override a principle God has established in His law.
      1. Examples of conditional promises…
        1. You must train a child in the ways of God to confess – Proverbs 22:6.
        2. You must comply with dietary laws, the laws of exercise and rest to confess – Psalm 91:16.
    4. The will of God does not come automatically.
      1. Principles must be participated with to see the promises of God.
        1. Galatians 3:13-14
        2. II Peter 3:9
        3. Joshua 1:8
  2.         II.            Participation is necessary because it is the real proof you agree with a thing (a lack of participation is a barrier to prosperity).
    1. Participate through meditation.
      1. Psalm 1:1-3
    2. Participate by walking uprightly.
      1. Psalm 84:11
    3. Participate by honoring God with our substance.
      1. Proverbs 3:9

 

·           The prosperity of my body is experiencing the overflow from the prosperity of my mind and spirit.

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