God's Plan For Prosperity
Take your bibles, and turn, please, to proverbs, chapter 28. Let's look in verse 13. We're preaching through the book of proverbs, under the general heading of "god's way to health, wealth, and wisdom". Today, I wanna speak to you on this subject: "god is plan for prosperity". Are you interested in being prosperous? I hope you are. God is interested in your being prosperous. Did you know that the bible says that god takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants? That god is pleased when you're prosperous? God takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants. As a matter of fact, one of the most unqualified promises in all of the bible is found in psalms, chapter 1. The bible speaks of a righteous man who's "like a tree planted by the rivers of water". And the bible says, concerning that type of man, and whatsoever he doeth," shall what? "prosper. " whatever he does shall prosper! Now, what is god's plan for prosperity? And what is prosperity? Well, that doesn't mean, necessarily, you're going to be wealthy. Many of you, when I said it's god's plan for prosperity", you tuned in because you said, "boy, that means I'm gonna have a lot a money." you may have more money than god can trust you with right now. Eh, we're not talking primarily about money, when we're talking about prosperity. If you think that we're talking about that, you really don't understand the intent of the bible, nor the meaning of the biblical word "prosperity". Prosperity means that you live a, a life of general welfare, where god meets your needs, and that you are being fulfilled, an' enjoying the blessings of god. The bible teaches that is prosperity. Now, here is "god's plan for prosperity". And I want you to see it here in, uh, the book of proverbs, chapter 28, and verse 13, "he that covereth his sin shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." "he that covereth his sin shall not prosper." now, let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, the reason that we don't prosper is very simple: there's unconfessed sin in our hearts and in our lives. It's just as plain as that, and just as simple as that. "he that covereth his sin shall not prosper." I could turn it around and read it this way: "he who uncovers his sin shall prosper." "he that covereth his sin shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." now, we have a little saying: "to err is human, to forgive is divine", and that is true. But I think we could also say, "to err is human, and to try to cover it up is human also." isn't that right? Huh, we, we try to cover up our sin, when we sin. ;'and, uh, someone else has said, "he who falls into sin is a man. He who grieves over his sin is a saint. He who boasts of his sin is a devil now, if you're a saint, you may sin. But if you are a saint, you will grieve over that sin, and you'll want to do something about that sin. And, therefore, this verse is for ...
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