On The Path Of Winners
BY BAYO OGUNMUPE
How To Walk In Lifelong Prosperity
APOSTLE Paul said in 2 Corinthians 9: 6-11: ‘‘But this I say: He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully. Everyman according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” That encampsulate the promise of God for a lifelong prosperity for man.
Thus, God is able to make all grace, every favour and earthly blessing, come to you in abundance, so that you may always be self sufficiently – possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every work and charitable donation. The lesson from this Bible interpretation is that God has shown the way man can prosper throughout life. Observing and learning the rules is what is lacking among the poor people of this world. It means if you give generously, God will cause every blessing to come to you. Jehovah wants you to be able to give to others.
The very first rule about believing God is faith by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Acting on God’s word brings instant results. Just act on His word as quickly as you would on the words on your doctor or lawyer. Your prayer will be answered regardless of your circumstances and regardless of what your physical senses tell you. Acting on God’s word brings forth faith and faith comes into action, causing the laws of the world to function and bring results. In the parable of the sower, Jesus taught us how the word bears fruit.
We have discussed the importance of keeping strife out of your life. Let us see how this enters into your efforts to gain financial freedom. Jesus taught his these things in Luke Chapter six. He said: Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Bless them that curse you. Give to every man that asketh of thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And you would others should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Jesus taught us disciples how to stay out of trouble. That was not a Christian doctrine. It was designed to keep you connected with the power of God, so you can live an overcoming life. Love stops the work and effect of strife by building a protective shield around you. The shield of faith keeps satan from having access to what you do, what you think and what you are, see First John Chapters four and five.
What does walking in prosperity mean to you? Does it mean driving the fastest car, owning the biggest house, wearing the latest clothes and having the most prestigious job? God’s concept of prosperity is very different. Jesus said: ‘‘Guard against greed. Life is not measured by how much you own,” Luke 12:15. Indeed, there are two ways to get enough of your wants. One is to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less and less. People today are obsessed by possessions as no other generation. The more complex life becomes, the more convinced we are that we need more to be happy. Having obtained what we think we need, we soon become unhappy because a model with more bells and whistles come out, it takes far less than we think to discover happiness if it comes from within and we break the stranglehold things have on our lives. Which is why Jesus told the rich young ruler who wrestled with that questions: ‘‘Sell your possessions, give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me,” Mat. 19: 21. Does that mean God is opposed to being rich. No. he is just against anything taking His place in your life. He knows your heart will be where your treasure is.
Indeed, God holds back no good from those who do what is right. But it is important to acknowledge Him as the source of all your blessings. And on that we all fall short. Moreover, more isn’t always better. In fact, your dependence on God lessens as your dependence on money increases. That is why Levitical law discouraged empire building. In the Torah, loans to the poor were to be interest free, outstanding debts cancelled every seven years; slaves freed and given the means to start over and property that was sold or lost and not redeemed, returned to its original owner, Leviticus 25: 14-17. This is because God wanted His people to depend on Him, not possessions. So, He cautioned them: ‘‘When all you have is multiplied, you may say, my power and strength have produced this. Remember the Lord gives you the ability to produce wealth,” Deut 8: 13-18. God’s principles haven’t changed. The Bible didn’t say that God is a rewarder of those diligently seeking things. No, it says, ‘‘He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, Heb. 11: 6. Thus, don’t ever depend on others,” your heavenly Father already knows and will give you everything you need,” Mat 6:31.
Our champion this week is Sir Isaac Newton, the English physicist and mathematician who invented the calculus, laid the foundations of optics and formulated three laws of motion that became basic principles of modern physics and led to his theory of universal gravitation. He is regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time.
Born on Christmas day 1642 in England and died on March 20, 1727 in London. After a bachelor’s degree at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1665, the Cambridge University was closed for two years because of plague. He returned in 1667 as fellow to Trinity College where he became Lucasian professor of Mathematics in 1669. Newton discovered the nature of white light in 1666 and invented the calculus in 1669 but did not formally publish his ideas until 35 years later. He built the first reflecting telescope in 1668. Newton’s most famous publication, the Principia Mathematica, 1687: The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy contains his work on the laws of motion, the theory of tides and the theory of gravitation. His laws of motion laid the foundation for classical mechanics and the theory of gravitation. The principia has been called the most important works of science ever written. Newton served as the warden of the Royal Mint from 1696 and became president of the Royal Society in 1703 holding this office until his death. In 1705, he became the first British scientist to receive a knighthood for his works.