TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, September 17, 2020:
To be successful or fortunate; thrive; flourish.
If you do not obey the Lord your God -- you shall not prosper in your ways.
He sought God in the days of Zechariah and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper."
II Chronicles 26:5.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
III John 2.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We all want to prosper and be successful. Moses was very specific in Deuteronomy chapter 28 in telling the Children of Israel what they must do if they wanted to receive God's blessings and prosper in life. They must obey the Lord their God and carefully follow all His commandments. (Verse 1) In the following verses, 2 through 14 he lists the blessings they would receive. You will be amazed as to how much God promised to the children of Israel if they would only obey their Lord and follow His commandments. Do you realize that God will do the same for us if we only obey the Lord and keep his commandments?
In verses 15-68, Moses details the curses that will come on them for disobedience. Moses warned them if they disobeyed God they would not prosper. Are you living in disobedience to God and wondering why everything is going wrong?
Every person wants to prosper today and when they see others prospering and they are not they become envious and many times bitter. We have two thoughts on this for your consideration today.
First, what is meant by “prospering”? God may prosper you with specific talents to do His work. If he has, are you using them as He would desire? God may prosper you with time so that you can help others in their times of need. If so, how do you spend your time? God may prosper you with wealth. Can He trust you with what He has given you? Do you use your money wisely?
Another thought for you to consider is that God will only prosper you, according to the scriptures, when you put Him first place in your life, all of the time! You cannot live for the Lord on Sunday and not on the weekdays and expect God to prosper you. You cannot treat your friends kindly and your family unkindly and expect to prosper. The decision is yours because God wants us all to prosper.
In II Chronicles 26, we read of Uzziah who became King of Judah at the age of 16. It is recorded that as a younger child when Uzziah was living under King Zechariah, he continually sought God in all that he did. When he became King, God said that as long as he sought Him, he would prosper. Notice that the verse says "as long as." For a time Uzziah was obedient to God and did prosper. Unfortunately, he became proud which led him to be unfaithful to God. The result was disastrous for him, God afflicted him with leprosy until the day he died.
Psalms 122:6 instructs us as Christians to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The Psalmist here says if we do God will prosper us. Do you pray for Israel each day?
Perhaps you are wondering why we should pray for Israel? Israel, as a nation and a people, are God’s Chosen people. The people of Israel are descendants of Abraham. God promised Abraham that he would bless those who blessed Him and curse those who cursed Him. God does not change. He is still concerned about all that happens in Israel.
God expects us to pray for Israel. God's chosen people turned away from Him but God has never turned away from them.
And finally, John in his third book writes to Gaius, who he calls the beloved believer in the first century church. Because of his faithfulness to God and his consistent daily walk in truth, John prays that God will prosper him in all things and give him good health. Likewise, we as Christians are to pray for our fellow believers and ask God to bless them in their faithfulness to the Lord.
Our prayer for you today is that God will prosper you in all that you do. But remember it will only happen if you obey God's commands, continually seek God, pray for the peace of Israel and those are serving the Lord, and be faithful and truthful in all you do for the Lord.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Thank You for giving me instruction from the scripture that challenges me to honor You in all that I do so I may prosper. Help me to understand that prospering means that I will receive Your blessings on my life. May I use the talent, time or treasure that you have given me so that I may be blessed and that my family and my friends will see Christ in me and may they give up their worldly traits and honor You in all that they do. Help me to pray daily for my family, my friends, and my fellow believers and for the peace of Jerusalem.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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