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The Promise of God's Prosperity (1 of 5)
Dr. Stan Coffey
After the death of Moses, God placed His hand upon Joshua and called him to lead the people across the Jordan River into the land that He had promised to give them. In God's initial instructions in the first chapter of Joshua, the Lord makes clear His desire to prosper Joshua and the people of Israel. In Joshua 1:7 we read, "...that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest." We read again in the latter part of verse 8, "...for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous." What God said to Joshua, God also is saying to you and to me today. In I Corinthians 10:11, the Bible says that all these things happen to them as examples for us.
Some Christians mistakenly believe that it is not God's plan for them to prosper. They believe they are destined to live lowly lives of defeat and mediocrity. Somehow they cannot be humble before God and be prosperous at the same time. However, it is definitely God's plan to prosper His people. Psalms 1:3 says, "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
Psalms 35:27 states, "Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: Yea, let them say continually, 'Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.'" God takes pleasure when His people prosper.
The latter part of II Chronicles 20:20 reads, "Here me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper." In Nehemiah 2:20, the Bible states, "Then answered I them and said unto them, 'The God of heaven, he will prosper us, therefore we his servants will arise and build.'"The theme of the promise of God's prosperity runs throughout the Bible. God wants His people to prosper. God wants our families to prosper. God wants ...
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