There are countless books written on how to live prosperously and the 12 steps or 112 steps to prosperity according to many authors. However, the Author and Finisher of our faith says that there is basically one way to true prosperity: OBEDIENCE. God says that if you obey His commands, there are countless blessings He’ll pour upon your life.
What are His commands? Unlike the children of Israel during the Old Covenant who had hundreds laws to follow, we who are under the New Covenant only have 2 commands to follow. Jesus reveals those two commandments in Matthew 22:37-40, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” I caution you to not make the mistake of thinking that love is simply an emotion; NO, it’s not! Love is a decision and God has called us to make the decision to make love our lifestyle.
Obedience to God and His Word, releases a myriad of blessings that some of us did not even know existed! He wants us to have them, and as with any covenant, both parties in the covenant must bring something to the table. God brings bountiful blessings, blessings that we all want, and our part of the covenant is obey our Heavenly Father; the One Who knows ALL things, can do ALL things, and Who has ALL things. When we do that, here is what He promises:
Blessings for Obedience
1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you. 11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.
12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
I pray that the Holy Spirit leads you to full submission and obedience unto God so that you and your children and your children’s children may be able to receive all that God has just for you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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