"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,
that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and
then thou shalt have good success." - Joshua 1:8
I believe that if we step things up for God, He will
also step things up for us. So if I can share any one thing with you, it would
be to charge your ministry with stepping up and being more committed in 2003. No
matter how committed and faithful we already are, we can still strive to raise the standard higher and higher. Because we can never match what God has done for us, even for just the one thing He did when He gave His
Son for us. We can't match Him, but we can strive to do as much as we can
while we are still here on earth.
So, I believe
that if we raise the standard, God will raise His blessings. If we step things
up for God, He will step things up for us. If we commit more to Him, He will
commit more to us. Because when looking at the Word, we see that God so often
gave the people what they gave Him. They didn't listen, so He said that He would
not listen. They turned their backs, so He said that He'd turn His back. And likewise as Paul taught, he that soweth sparingly, reapeth sparingly. He that soweth bountifully, shall also reap bountifully. So
off that scripture alone, imagine if we sowed into our service to God bountifully, what then shall we reap? So along with the harvest that we so often speak of, it takes a lot of work for a great harvest. But if we do, remember what comes after a great harvest; a great FEAST! So work creates harvest, and the harvest supplies the feast. Our
service harvests souls for Christ, so Christ supplies our blessings! Amen? Amen.
\Pros"per*ous\, a. [L. prosperus or prosper, originally, answering to hope;
pro according to + the root of sperare to hope. See Despair.] 1. Tending to prosperity; favoring; favorable; helpful.
2. Being prospered; advancing in the pursuit of anything desirable; making
gain, or increase; thriving; successful; as, a prosperous voyage; a prosperous undertaking; a prosperous man or nation.
1. Having success; flourishing: a prosperous new business.
2. Well-to-do; well-off: a prosperous family.
3. Propitious; favorable: a prosperous moment to make a decision.