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FOUR STEPS TO PROSPERITY

Date: April 15

Category: Prosperity

2 Chronicles 31:20-21
"Hezekiah did this throughout all Judah, and he did what was good, right, and faithful before the Lord his God. And every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in keeping with the law and the commandments to seek his God [inquiring of and yearning for Him], he did with all his heart, and he prospered."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThese verses are about King Hezekiah, a godly man of prayer and the ruler of Judah, the southern kingdom. According to this verse, he was a man who did all that was good, right, and faithful before the Lord. He didn't just do what was good before himself or before other people. He wasn't a person who just did something to please other people. He wanted to please God. So he did all that was pleasing to Him.

If we read verse 19b, we can see what it was that Hezekiah did. "..to give portions to all the males among the priests and to all who were registered among the Levites." Hezekiah gave his tithes and offerings to the priests. In other words, he made sure the work of the Lord was continuing and he did that by making sure the workers of the Lord were being supported. So giving tithes was something that was good, right, and faithful before God.

Then in verse 21 we see that every work that Hezekiah began to do in the house of the Lord, he did while keeping the law and the commandments of God. In other words, we have to get direction from the Word of God as to what we are to do for the Lord. That's why spending time in the Word, reading it, meditating upon it, speaking it, thinking about it, are all so important. There is no way we can do what God wants us to do unless we know His Word. And we can't know the Word unless we spend time reading it.

The reason why Hezekiah obeyed the Word of God was to seek his God, it says in verse 21. He was inquiring of and yearning for God. Because Hezekiah desired to seek God, he acted in obedience to the Word. The word "seek" in Hebrew is darash, which means seeking to the point of exertion. It's like when a person digs for gold, he digs to the point that he exerts energy. That's how we should seek God. That's how Hezekiah sought God.

The last portion of this verse says, "he did with all his heart, and he prospered." What he did for the Lord, he did with all of his heart, meaning with all of his being. He spent time doing what God wanted him to do. He invested money to do what God wanted him to do. He put an effort to do what God wanted him to do. He focused on the things of the Lord – all because he wanted to seek his God.

If you're involved in sports, you have to put your heart into it otherwise you won't succeed. When you're engaged in sports, there are certain things that you can't do. For example, you have to watch what you're eating; you have to exercise; you have to practice. All those things take time, energy, and discipline. If your heart is in it, then you'll become a successful athlete. That goes with anything you do. If you want to do something for God, then you have to focus on that work. When you put your heart in it and work hard, then you will be successful.

That success is your prosperity. Hezekiah prospered first of all, because he gave his tithes and offerings to the Lord, as we read in verse 19b. That sacrifice was pleasing to God. Secondly, he prospered because everything he did was in accordance to God's Word, meaning in all of his work, Hezekiah kept the law and the commandments of God. Thirdly, he prospered because all his work was for the purpose of seeking the Lord. He wanted to have more of God in his life. Fourthly, he prospered because he put his whole heart into his work. That was how success came to Hezekiah and that's how we can achieve success in our lives today.

Sometimes people want to prosper but they don't want to do anything for it. Prosperity doesn't knock at your door asking you to take it for nothing. Prosperity is something that is earned through your hard work and by doing all that is pleasing to the Lord, and when you put all your heart into your work. Prosperity means lacking nothing and missing nothing in your life. This is in terms of your finances, but also in your health, your relationships, and anything else in your life. God uses prosperity to help us enjoy peace in our often stormy world. We have the inner knowing that everything is going to be alright. We are content with whatever circumstance in our lives, while at the same time doing all we can to go forward. That prosperity comes from these four steps: tithing, lining up our lives with the Word of God, working to seek God and putting your whole heart into your work.

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