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My Servant Will Prosper

December 19, 2018

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My Servant Will Prosper

Most everyone wants to prosper  and be successful  in their endeavors.     Very few really want to fail  at everything they do.     We put forth all sorts of efforts  to be the very best we can be — but,  something is missing.     In spite of all our efforts,  we get the feeling  we’re just spinning our wheels.     The concept  of success  seems hopeless.

One might think of a Bible verse  like Proverbs 28:25“An arrogant man stirs up strife,  but he who trusts  in the LORD will prosper.”     We can think  of all sorts of people,  who truly trust  in the LORD,  but they aren’t rich.     They don’t run the most prosperous business  in town.

Maybe God’s idea  of prospering  is different from our worldly concept.     It is.     Jesus was successful  in His endeavor,  but He lived  in earthly poverty.     Isaiah 52:13-15  prophesies  about Jesus’  prosperity.     It says,

Behold,  My servant will prosper,    
He will be high and lifted up,  and greatly exalted.    
Just as many were astonished at you,  My people,    
So His appearance  was marred  more than any man,    
And His form  more than the sons of men.    
Thus  He will sprinkle  many nations,    
Kings  will shut their mouths  on account of Him;    
For what had not been told them  they will see,    
And what  they had not heard  they will understand.

Terribly beaten  and hanging on a cross  was a part  of the path  to Jesus’  success and prosperity.     Jesus is prosperous and successful  in washing away the sins  of all  of God’s children — and in giving them the gift  of eternal life  in heaven.     Only Jesus had the power  to accomplish that,  and He did.

To the world,  Jesus looked like  a miserable failure — but,  their closed minds  could not fathom  the perfection and holiness  of God Almighty  condescending  to come down  to this earth to be born  in a stable,  live a real life of poverty and suffering,  dying a torturous death — and,  ascending  to the highest heavens  as LORD of lords  and King of kings.

So, what is success and prosperity?     Is it in the earthly riches  that we cannot take with us  when we die?     Is it in the accolades  of many people,  who can just as easily turn away  from us  when we appear  “unsuccessful”  to them?

All of this is  garbage  when one considers the  success  and prosperity reached  in  heaven only.     When we look  at the prosperity and success  of God’s children  throughout the Bible,  what did their prosperity look like?     Think of Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, Paul, Peter, James and tons of others.     They all suffered  in many different ways — but,  they are all successful and prosperous  in heaven.

So,  was all their earthly trouble  worth it?     Beyond a doubt, yes!

Our prosperity and success is  in our faith  in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior  over all.     If we get the picture here,  we will prosper,  even while living  on this earth.     God will gladly lead us  from strength to strength,  until we reach our heavenly home.

Are you prospering  as God wants us  to prosper?

As God lives  in our hearts  and strengthens us  to live by faith,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  all things are possible through You.     Thank You  for being so faithful  in leading me.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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