HE WHO TRUSTS IN THE LORD WILL BE PROSPERED !
(JR March 2003)
HE WHO TRUSTS IN THE LORD WILL BE PROSPERED ! Proverb 28:25
God always blesses. It is His nature to bless. The Lord blessed Adam and Eve when He created them (Gen. 1:28) We see in the scriptures the Lord being called “God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob.” What sort of God is He? He blesses. The scriptures tell that God blessed Abraham in everything.
Abraham was spiritually blessed
and spoke with God and walked with Him (Gen.18:33). In Genesis 24:25, the
servant of Abraham tells of his master,
“The Lord has blessed my master greatly and he has become great and He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants and camels and donkeys.” The Bible tells how Abraham was blessed in everything. Read Genesis 26:12, Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundred fold. The same Lord will bless the labour of your hands, your business a hundred fold.
In Genesis 35:9, we read that God appeared unto Jacob and blessed him. So, the nature of the Lord to bless. He wants to bless us in all things. He wants our lives to prosper. Not an ordinary blessing but a prospering one. He wants you to prosper. Only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. So, then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham (Gal.3:7,9). What does this mean? God made Abraham rich. In the same way God wants to bless you with all the blessings of Abraham to make you prosper.
We must believe this. God wants to bless us. God does not will us to be in debt, poverty or pain. We must believe that God wants to bless my labour and business. Do not forget that this blessing is yours. Some may think that the Godless people and their business prosper and they are rich. There is a great difference between the blessing of the Children of God and others. “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.” (Proverb 10:22 NKJV) God’s blessing is without sorrow.
When God blesses one, any ups
and downs in his business can not affect him. God will uphold us set our feet
firmly, bless us and exalt us. Therefore the blessing of the Lord is a
sorrowless blessing. There are millionaires and billionaires in this world. But
if you look into their lives, you will find that they are not able to sleep
without the help of pills, drinks and drugs. This wealth is not without sorrow.
This is the great difference between those who fear the Lord and those who
don’t. God wants to give you this blessing. What should I do to receive this
blessing? What does God expect of me?
PUT YOUR TRUST IN THE LORD !
“He who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.” You must trust the Lord fully for your blessing. This is what God expects of you. Some rely on their own ability. Thus says the Lord, “ Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength. Whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert and shall not see when good comes.” ( Jer. 17:5,6 NKJV) We depart from the Lord when we rely on our own strength. We move away from the Lord and backslide. When we do not set the Lord before us saying, “I can do it. I will accomplish.” we deny the Lord. The Bible says that such people are cursed. It will appear to prosper for some time and will seem that in our strength itself we can do it. A day will come. We will lose everything. Therefore pushing aside our strength, experience and wisdom, let us trust in the Lord and depend on Him. “ Lord, I do not trust in my strength but put my trust on the Lord. My Lord will guide me, bless me and open avenues before me.” Let us say thus and trust the Lord wholly.
Some persons trust men and depart from the Lord. When we trust men, we deny our Lord. Some times God makes man favour us. Trusting the Lord and acting on His word, we may approach a man and God will make that man do favour to us. For that we must depend on the Lord. Without trusting the Lord if we go to men thinking, “ he is known to me and he will do me good.” You will be disappointed. Trust in the Lord and you will have the favour of men. Do not trust man. Trust the Lord. “ Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverb 3:5,6 NKJV) “ It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than put confidence in Princess” ( Psalms 118: 8,9 NKJV). See, some persons believe only in their wealth. “ My father has left me a lot of property and great wealth. I will start a big business with this and become great.” They depend only on their wealth.
“ As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for enjoyment.” (I Timothy 6:17 Amp Bible) Wealth and riches will be with someone today. Tomorrow it may change hands! It does not last for ever. But our Lord Jesus does. If we depend on Him, we will be prosperous and rich. We will be blessed in any circumstance.
God establishes those who depend on Him, “ Whatever be the situation.” Nobody can block the blessings God has for you. Do not put your trust on riches but trust in the Living God who provides all good things perfectly. Many business men suffer loss and unnecessary pain because, they place their trust in the wrong place. Before starting a new business or opening a new shop many consult their horoscopes. How many christians have horoscopes in their house? You have curse inside your house itself. If you go to an astrologer, to consult your horoscope or for divination or reading your palm, you are denying the Lord. You may say, “I believe in the Lord” but deny Him by your actions. When you believe your horoscope, it is clearly evident that you do not believe God. You can trust only one God or horoscope.
Some believe “ Vastu
Sasthiram” and shift their doors from one direction to another. If you can
be blessed by shifting your door, Jesus has died in vain in the cross. Thus
satan deceives many and leads them into false beliefs with false promises of
blessing. Whenever you believe Satan~&~s promises, you are denying the Lord and
you become cursed. Some people believe in rings with “Lucky Stone”. If you can
be blessed by a lucky stone there is no need for a God to bless you. If you
believe in lucky stones you are denying and humiliating the Lord. Many take this
very lightly. Some say, "I am wearing this with much prayers." No ! This wrong
belief and misplaced trust will be a curse upon you!
Once our pastor and myself visited the house of a member of that church to pray. He asked us to come to his shop and pray for his business. We went there and according to my habit I went around the shop secretly praying, “ bless all things I see Lord.” Suddenly my eye caught something. Behind the things in a rack, I saw a “talisman-plate” hanging on the wall with a spot of kumkum on it. I was astounded. In the front behind the counter a picture of Jesus was hung. But inside the shop satan was glorified. Pious christians, they have the Bible also with them. But how can God bless them?
Their trust is on the talisman-plate. The “Plate” is eroding his faith on the Lord. This is a sign of your denying the Lord. “ DO NOT LEARN THE WAY OF THE GENTILES.” says the Lord. If you think a lime fruit will ward away evil, you have no need of a God. Don’t entertain such stupid superstitions. On the other hand believer that our Lord dwells in you, your shop, workshop or factory.
Give room to the Lord read the Bible, pray, invite Jesus and go with Him into your shop. If the Lord comes with you, He will bless you. You must remove all false beliefs from your heart. If you put your trust on anything but Jesus it is idolatry. It will be a curse on you ! It will block all blessings. God’s children must be diligent to keep this in mind.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is in the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:7). “Only the Lord is my hope. Only He blesses me. Only He leads me. Only He supplies all my needs. My whole trust is on the Lord!” Lean only on the Lord. This is what pleases the Lord. What is it to trust the Lord? Trusting His word is trusting the Lord. Read Luke 5: 5,6 verses. Peter, the fisherman stands disappointed and dejected as he could not catch any fish even after toiling the whole night. He was cleaning his nets. Peter was worried, “ What to take home for eating? How can I go empty handed to my house?” Right at that moment Jesus met Him. The same Lord who met Peter has come to you to meet you. Peter that day was a failure in business. Jesus asked him, “ Give me your boat. Give me a part in your life and business. I will be with you. Push the boat into the deep and cast your net.”
Fish can be caught only during the night in the sea of Galilee. No fish can be caught during day time. The sea of Galilee is not an ordinary sea like in our parts with salt water and big waves. It is a big fresh water lake from which river Jordan also flows. I have sailed on that river. I have prayed in the sea of Galilee. During day time, the lake will be very clear in the sunlight. The fish will see the net and escape. No fish can be caught. Peter was a fisherman and Jesus was brought up in a carpenter~&~s family.
Jesus told Peter, “ Cast your net.” Peter said, “ I have toiled all night and I have not caught any fish. All my experience and knowledge have not been useful. Still, I will cast my net according to your word.” You might have lost everything in your business or industry. God will give you a new beginning. Start a new business. God will increase it.
Are you worrying? “I have tried till now, no use?” Jesus Who created heaven and earth tells you, “Cast your net as per my instructions.” Peter said, “I will cast my net as per your word.” and cast his net in the deep. What happened? The net burst with fish and the boat was filled with fish! Our Lord makes the impossible to become possible.
Trust His word. Read His word and meditate. Believe the scriptures. Jesus when asking Peter to cast his net might have commanded the fish to fill the net ! All the fish would have fallen into the net obeying the Lord! He is the Almighty Creator. He is able to bless you and exalt you. In a single day, He can give you back all that you have lost in a life time. God helped Peter. God will help you. He will give you the business and blessing you lost. You will get a double fold. Trust His word as Peter did. He will led you miraculously. I know a brother by name JUDSON in Warangal, Andhra pradesh. He was doing business in Warangal. He lost everything and was in debt running to lakhs. Even if he sold all his property he could not repay the loan. He could not stay in Warangal. He came to his native place. There was no way. Neither could any one deliver him from the burden of debt.
He could not return to his place of business. Even in these trying circumstances he did not waver in his trust in the Lord. You know what he did? He prostrated himself in the presence of God for hours and prayed with tears, “ Lord, I have no hope. Nobody can help me repay this huge debt. None can lift me up. Even if someone came forward to help me, he can not, for my debt is so much. Only you can help me. Only you can deliver me from this yoke of the debt. Only you can bless me again.” Thus he prayed for many days. He never contemplated suicide for he was strong in his faith on the Lord. He held on to the Lord confessing. “ God will lead me, I have faith in Jesus Christ.”
God took mercy on him. A marvelous thing happened. God does things which we can never comprehend. One day the Holy Spirit came upon him and told him, “ Son, do not cry. I have heard your prayers. I will give you a business. Do it. Your debts will be cleared and you will be free.” Judson asked, “What business Lord?” Immediately the Lord replied, “make small cakes and sell. I will teach you how to make it. Take a paper.” When brother took a paper the Lord taught him how to make the machine. He is not a mechanical engineer. But the Holy Spirit himself told him. “Make this machine. Make a small cake. I will bless it.”
Then the Holy Spirit started
dictating and the brother drew the diagram of the machine. With the help of
skilled persons he made the machine. Engineers who came to see the machine
exclaimed, “ we have never seen such a machine in our lives. How did you make
it? Who gave you the plan?”
Brother replied, “It is the plan of the Lord.” This brother started the cake business. God blessed it. Within a few months, God so blessed the business that the brother was able to clear a debt of several lakhs. The Lord who blessed Peter is still alive today. The brother is a witness to it. Today the factory is making millions of cakes that are sold throughout the state. Many tried to imitate the brother but could not succeed. If God be for us no body can compete with us.
MEDITATE HIS WORD !
“Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly (following their advice, their plans and purposes) nor stands (submissive and inactive) in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down (to relax and rest) where the scornful (and the mockers) gather. But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates by day and night. And he shall be like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its seasons; its leaf also shall not fade or wither and everything he does shall prosper. (Psalms 1:1-3 Amplified Bible) If you want to prosper, know a secret. Delight in the scriptures of the Lord and meditate it day and night. WITHOUT MEDITATING THE WORD OF GOD YOU CAN NOT BE BLESSED. Don’t go to your shop without reading the Bible and praying. Set apart atleast ONE HOUR for the Lord. Be alone with the Lord, sing songs of praise and pray. Pray holding the promises in the word of God. Then go to your business. If you want the labour of your hands to prosper, meditate the word of God, day and night.
Many years ago, a young man came
to meet me and pray. I asked him, “what brought you here?”. “I am about to start
a small business. I do not have much capital. I have decided to do this with
whatever little amount I have” the young man replied. I prayed for that brother.
Seeing his faith and love for Christ. I prayed for him, I told him, “I will give
you one counsel. If you will do it, the Lord will bless you.” “What should I
do?” he asked. I told him, “daily read the Bible in the morning and pray and
then go to your business. The Lord will bless you.” He agreed to do so and left.
He went to a city and started a small business. Daily he read the Bible and
prayed. The Lord blessed him and exalted him in a very short time. After many
years, I went to that city to preach the gospel. I found that God has raised
this brother beyond expectations. He was a big industrialist in that city and he
was meeting the financial need of the gospel meeting. Read the Bible on your
knees and meditate. The Lord will bless you and exalt you. Your business may be
a petty shop, a tailoring mart or a small school. Whatever be it the Lord will
bless the labour of your hands and raise you.
GIVE TO THE LORD !
If your life should prosper and be blessed, “Honour the Lord with your possessions and with the first fruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.” (Proverb 3: 9,10 NKJV)
The Lord says that your storage places shall be filled with plenty and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine. This is prosperity. Your business, industry, job will overflow with God’s blessing. When? When you honour the Lord with the first fruits of all your increase. “The generous soul will be made rich.” (Prov. 11:25) We must give to the Lord our mite. Then we can receive overflowing blessings. “Bring all the tithes into the store house, that there may be food in My hou se, and prove Me now in this.” says the Lord of hosts, “ If I will open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” [Mal.3:10 NKJV] The Lord will open the windows of heaven and bless. You can receive such a blessing in everything you do, in your business and in your land
When you give tithes to the Lord. You must give atleast one tenth of your income. As you give you will be blessed. The next verse says, “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.” (Malachi 3:11 NKJV). If you tithe regularly, God will punish satan and those who practice witchcraft against you to cause you loss. The Lord promises divine protection for your business and prevent losses. “ Give and it will be given to you and good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 NKJV)
As you give to the Lord, so will God bless you. Have partnership with God. Make him a partner in your business and give him a share and keep the rest for you. This itself will be an enormous blessing. One of the richest man in the world, gave an interview. He has many oil wells and ships. His budget was for billions and billions of dollars. He was greatly blessed. When asked the secret of his blessing, he said that, he started a small business and started tithing regularly. “God blessed me and raised me. I started giving twenty percent. God blessed me to increase. I started giving thirty percent. God blessed me still more. I increased fifty, sixty, seventy and now I give ninety percent of my profit to the Lord. I give 90% to the Lord and take for me only 10%. Even that 10% is a very large portion. This is overflowing blessing.”
You can be blessed only if you give more and more to the Lord. As you build the kingdom of God, you will find your business and the labour of your hands being blessed more. Make a covenant with the Lord and make him your partner.
“Lord, you are my partner from this day. We both will run this business. Bless me. You have a share in my profits.” says this prayer and dedicate your business to the Lord. That business will increase a hundred fold. You will be blessed, exalted and prosper. While giving to the Lord, remember the poor and set apart a portion for them. “ But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” ( Heb.13:16 NKJV). Give a portion of your income to the Lord, and give a portion to the poor. Help others. You can bear the educational expenses of a poor student. You can help poor widows. A generous soul prospers.
As you generously help others, God will bless you and exalt you more. Consider those who work in your shop, factory or fields not as servants but as gifts from God. They toil hard. Give generously and make them happy. God will bless you for this. Help the poor generously and reap a great blessing. God can not bless selfish people. But God will bless those who give. Pray this prayer that God may prosper your life.
O, Lord, who made the Heaven
and Earth, I praise you!
I believe you are the Lord who will bless me and make me prosper. You are my hope. I believe that you only bless the work of my hands and my business. I dedicate myself to read the Bible and meditate it daily. I decide to give generously to your ministry and to the poor. Bless me, Bless my business and make me increase. Bless my income till it overflows. I believe my life will prosper from today. I expect miracles. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen! Amen!