40 KEYS TO OPEN THE GATES FOR BREAKTHROUGH 3

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GATEWAY TO PROSPERITY (Part one)

 

KEY VERSE:

Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. —Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)
 

Key #8: …And let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified, who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”—Psalm 35:27 (NASB)

 

God’s Will is Prosperity

 Prosperity is a greatly misunderstood topic in the American Church where there have been some very good teachings and some very bad teachings on it in the last 25 years. Prosperity is far bigger than just finances. Finances are only one part of the Biblical concept of prosperity. We have the clear understanding that when Jesus enters a man’s heart, the man changes; first in the spirit realm, and then progressively working out that salvation into the natural. When we come to Christ, we enter into covenant with God in the blood of Jesus’ work at Calvary. God raises us to a level that is beyond comprehension.

 Total wholeness is now available to us through the concept of

Shalom

(see Key #14). As the above Scripture reads, God is magnified by and delights in the prosperity of His servants—us! Now if this is in the Old Testament, and the Book of Hebrews tells us we have a covenant built on better promises, then “Wow!” for the New Testament believer!
We

need

a revelation of this promise deep within us, and to constantly speak it from our lips! Our God desires total prosperity for us in spirit (new birth), soul (a whole mind, deliverance from all bondage, healing from all the wounds of the past), and body (bodily health and vigor). He desires prosperity also in all that we put our hand to do (employment/careers); in our marriages and family relations; in our finances and every aspect of our social interactions. Our Father God desires to see us prosper exceedingly above and beyond all we could think or imagine, and that we would even have an abundance in our lives left over to reach out and help others.

 

Knowing this and believing this in our hearts is the beginning of a breakthrough! Let us agree with God who has not called us to a poverty mentality, but to live out what He’s already made us to be: His very righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). Let us make it a point from this moment forward that this is our foundation, and that we are moving on for the prosperity of His covenant to manifest in every area of our lives!

 

Confession:

The Lord delights in my prosperity!

 

Prayer:

Father God, may I live up to all that You have proclaimed in Your Word that I have been given, and may You delight in the prosperity of Your servant. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

 

Journaling Question:

Do I believe that God wants me prosperous? If not, what’s holding me back from believing Him at His Word?

 

Resources: Books: God’s Will Is Prosperity, Gloria Copeland; Prosperity Promises

, Kenneth & Gloria Copeland

Key #9: Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.—Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)

 

The Prosperity of Our Confession

 

Prosperity is tied to confession. Confession means “saying the same as” which is, for the believer, speaking in agreement with what Father God has said concerning us in His Word. We need to agree with God by believing in our hearts first, and second speaking out in faith on our lips. Confession becomes the works of faith for the believer. We don’t have a “do” covenant with God; Old Testament Israel had this. We have a “believe-faith” covenant with God, because Jesus did the “do” part for us; that’s why we have a Savior.

 

If we want the promises of God’s Word to manifest and prosper in our lives, we must speak it out by faith. Paul tells us all of God’s promises toward us are “yes”; not maybe, not perhaps, not if you work hard and are found worthy … but “yes”, not because of us, but because the blood of Jesus has made the way for us and we can rest in His accomplished work. Our part is the believe-and-speak walk.

 

Our prosperity in all realms of life is directly related to what we speak. This is breakthrough stuff. If you’re not doing this consistently, a breakthrough awaits you! You’re going to speak something from your lips, so why speak poverty and lack when you have the promises of God’s Word that call us to prosperity and abundance? For example, why do people say when they have no money, “I’m broke!” when the promises of God’s Word would lead us to the conclusion that “I’m in between money”? It is a spiritual attitude that will determine the altitude of how high you rise in life. Let’s see things through the eyes of God’s Word and speak accordingly instead of seeing things from the eyes of this world-age. What will you choose to believe? What will you choose to speak? I suggest going with God! I know of no other rock!

 

Confession:

All of my God’s promises toward me will never fail!

 

Prayer:

Father God, may my heart be enlightened by the truth that I possess in my life what I confess from my lips. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

 

Journaling Question:

How much of my speech and conversation agrees with God’s Word on His prospering my life?

 

Resources:

Books: Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose, Derek & Ruth Prince; An Enemy Called Average, John Mason

 

Key #10: Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.—Deuteronomy 29:9 (KJV)

 

The Prosperity of Our Vision of Life

 

How do we view life? Do we only see it in day by day duties, or in week by week/month by month chunks? Do I see my whole life with purpose in the Kingdom of God, discovering the plan God has for my life and making vision decisions instead of career decisions? Do I see my life prospering in God’s plan? Few Christians have an inward vision of God prospering their lives for the Kingdom’s sake. All should. We need to see our lives connected to His covenant and that His covenant will for us is to prosper.

 

In the above verse, we need to keep the words of His covenant in order that we may prosper in all we put our hand to do. We keep these words by being in the Scriptures to keep it before our eye and ear gates, holding it highly esteemed in our hearts, speaking it from our lips, and letting it guide the actions of our lives. We need to do something with the Word of God. There is an active believing then, and not a passive believing. Active believing speaks what we believe and thus acts accordingly.

 

We need to see life with an eye of prosperity. All that does not conform to this must change. We don’t deny what exists; rather we deny its right to exist when it is not in conformity to our covenant. What God decreed in His Word must be declared by our lips of faith and thus will set the course for our lives. Breakthrough lives here!

 

Confession:

May the Lord be blessed who delights in the prosperity of His servant! My God delights in my prosperity!

 

Prayer:

Father God, may I see my life through the lens of the prosperity You have set before me. May all I say and do be filtered through that lens of vision. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Resources: Books: Total Life Prosperity, Creflo Dollar; Know Your Limits—Then Ignore Them, John Mason; Let Go of Whatever Makes You Stop

, John Mason            

 

Key #11: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. —2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJV)

 

The Prosperity of Our Finances

 

Prosperity in our finances is an aspect of the prosperity God has given us in His covenant. The above verse is in a Biblical chapter on the topic of finances. This verse compliments Isaiah 53:5 (see Key #14) which concerns our redemption. Christ, at the cross, redeemed us from poverty and lack. Poverty and lack are a result of the fall of man and are of the devil. Abundance and prosperity are of God and His covenant. This belief must be foundational in our hearts before we can prosper in our finances in God’s economy.

 

When we come to believe God’s will for us is financial prosperity, we must also hold on to the anchors of the doctrines of contentment and stewardship. Striving for finances and removing our eyes from God is not covenant financial prosperity. Believing with contentment must be in our hearts. We must constantly remember that all belongs to Him, not to us, and that we are stewards of all we have, and will have to give an account to Him one day. Our motives for finances are also another anchor that keeps us sound on the topic of finances. Greed, selfishness, hoarding, stinginess and disregard for the poor are all enemies of a righteous financial prosperity. Scripture shows us the generous man is blessed of the Lord.

 

Our main goal when our needs are met and the chastened desires of our hearts have come forth, should be to see the gospel advanced. A breakthrough in financial prosperity comes forth when we line up these guideposts of spiritual truths, and these anchors hold us securely: 1) believing it is God’s will for us to prosper financially, and speaking it from our mouths; 2) living in contentment with a view of stewardship; 3) weighing the motives of our hearts in finances; 4) ridding our minds of a poverty-“just-getting-by” mentality; 5) desiring to see the needs of others met and the gospel advanced; and 6) understanding and practicing the Biblical economy of giving and receiving.

 

Confession:

I am a prosperous man/woman. Money comes to me and I abound in prosperity!

 

Prayer:

Father God, shed your light on the motives of my heart concerning finances. I agree with You, that it is Your will for me to prosper in my finances. Help me to think and act accordingly. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

 

Resources: Books: Laws of Prosperity, Kenneth Copeland; Giving & Tithing: Includes Serving and Stewardship

, Larry Burkett

 

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