Is true prosperity really material??

good samaritanThere’s a scripture that I would like to read today.

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

There are actually three kinds of prosperity listed here:

  1. Financial prosperity,
  2. Physically prosperity, and
  3. Spiritual  prosperity.

See if you can find the spiritual prosperity in this verse:

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”.

Now, I bet you can find the part about physical prosperity

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Well, that was easy; Here we read that we are to be as healthy as we are spiritual. This is “physical prosperity”.

But we won’t stop there. It’s also easy to see the financial prosperity that God is talking about in this verse

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Do you see the three kinds of prosperity here? Most people do see it, unless they have been pre-conditioned to reject financial prosperity.
Though well-versed they may be in scripture, they fail to recall the tremendous financial blessings of Job, Abraham, and Joseph. Or how God specifically decided to make Solomon the richest man who ever would be, when he asked God for the spiritual prosperity of wisdom.

Yes, it is true that many “prosperity” preachers have perverted the purpose of prosperity to mean something that is consumed upon one’s lust, as James condemns.
They missed the point…the purpose of prosperity is to be blessed and to bless others.

How could the good Samaritan pour oil and wine on the injured man, if he himself had no oil and wine to give? How could he have put him on his own beast, if he was too poor to afford transportation? How could he then have afforded to lose three days wages tending the mans wounds? And how in the world could a poor Samaritan have afforded three nights stay at an inn. It sounds to me like he was a prosperous Samaritan.

And if that’s not enough, he writes a blank check to the inn keeper by saying, “Take care of him, and when I return this way,I’ll pay you back”.

Does that sound to you like the kind of prosperity that could get things done?
Does that sound to you like the kind of prosperity that could bless God’s kingdom?

What would you do if you had a million dollars, those of you who so despise the idea of God dumping money on His people? Would you bless others? Would you backslide?

The good Samaritan is a beautiful passage, but do you think the Samaritan was a backslider? Was he so financially blessed that he couldn’t live for God?
That’s not what we see. We see a man who was so blessed by God that he himself was a blessing.

Doesn’t that sound like the way prosperity is supposed to be?

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Intercessory prayer.
Has it ever come to your mind to pray for your business like you pray for your
Church, family, and neighbor hood?

When I speak of praying for your business like you pray for other thigns, I’m not saying that your business is as or more important than your friends and family.

But what I am saying is, if you have a scheduled time of prayer for the people in your life, then wouldn’t it make sense to pray fro the vehicle God uses to bless you financially?

After all, if you are a generous person of your time, talents, and money, then wouldn’t it be logical to activate the power of prayer in the arena that this blessing usally flows through?

Today I’d like to share with you the story of a man who found himself in a desperate situation and how he “got over” it. You can read about it here. Chapter-16

How to achieve success in your Internet Marketing Business

If you want to be successful selling in your internet marketing business, there are some basic steps to follow

Choose the Right Product.

Maybe you love pickled herring for a snack each night. That doesn’t mean everyone else does. Choose a product that has enough potential customers for you to make a profit.

Sell to the right market.

Just because you drive a harley and like quilting doesn’t mean tha you are the typical consumer. Find out where your average prospect hangs out and meet them there.

Branding

Shakespeare was wrong. A good name is everything! Make sure that your company name is relevant, meaningful, and memorable.

Size up the competition.

If you want to sell books online, you most likely will be eaten alive by Amazon. Make sure the market is not saturated. Once you pick the right market, find out what your competitors are up to. Price your product accordingly.

Write good content.

All of the internet runs on information. Your customers go online to find information about what you are selling, not just to find out where to buy it. The more informative you can be, the better. So write some good articles and post them on your website.

Promote your content.

If you can afford it, get one of your competitors to post an article of yours on their website, with a link back to yours (I cover other promotional strategies in my internet marketing program).

Buy the best advertising you can afford

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How to Stand Before Envy

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Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy

So how does someone stand before envy?
Well, let’s just assume that this thing, envy, is a person. No, let’s imagine that this thing envy is any one of four people.

Envy #1 She’s a killer queen.

She demands to be the queen bee. She will let you be number two (maybe) unless you are far too much of a rival. In which case, she will do everything she can to eliminate you.
“Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” you will never be able to get too close to her, unless you are self-efacing and let her assume a leadership role over you. Who wants that kind of relationship? Steer clear.

Envy #2 She’s insecure.

Or feels inferior. In many of these cases, She would secretly like to be your friend, and wouldn’t even envy you (not so much, anyway) if she were in your circle. Or, maybe, she just is intimidated by your warmth and confidence. Group two types usually are not concerned with being the fairest of them all, they just don’t want to be the dullest.

Envy #3 She’s not really envious in a bad vibe way.

And she doesn’t necessarily admire you as a person. But she does admire your looks, talent, money or success, though she doesn’t necessarily want you not to have those things…she just wishes she had a bit of it herself.

In the case of person number one, you really aren’t wise to try to convince this person to be your friend. And any deposits of kindness you try to invest in her will almost surely be met with scorn and contempt.

If you believe in loving your enemy inspite of their hatred toward you, then I recommend doing acts of kindness behind their back, with no hope of a reward from them. You can always pray for them.

In the case of person number two, I recommend extending the right hand of fellowship to them. Give them heartfelt invitations to join your circle of friends. One very effective way fo winning their trust is to bring a group of others with you when you invite them. Prompt your friends ahead of time to pour on the love and affirmation. This personality type suffers from low self-esteem, and a lack of belonging. Include them and watch their attitude melt away.

Another note: These personality types often find it hard to express themselves and to reach out socially. Let them shine! Invite them into each conversation. It’s important, of course, that you are sincere in your praise. You don’t want to gush or seem cheesy. But yes, heartfelt compliments and asking their opinion, in front of the group, are great ways to ease their self-consciousness and hopefully win a fan for life.

With type number three, you may be dealing with someone who doesn’t even view you as friend material. Be a friend anyway, and you may just find them reaching back for fellowship. In either case, don’t let their lack of interest in you as a friend, or even their resentment ever stop you from being all that you can be.

It’s worth nothing that none of these scenarios completely or even adequately define someone who is fearful that you will encroach upon their favored position with another, particularly someone who thinks their mate would be attracted to you. If they really, really like you, have been friends with you in the past or for some time in the present, then they might opt to keep their friendship with you while at the same time keeping you away from their significant other. But unless there was at one time a friendship between your, or , perhaps, you are a celebrity they’ve always wanted to befriend, then usually they will never decide to be or stay your friend…the risk is far too great.

For example, if someone knew you all throughout high school, and then later reconnected with you at a high school reunion, they might still be your friend provided they could keep you from meeting their spouse. This might be the case in a friendship where you were both close, lost touch, and then reconnected, only for them to find that you were no longer an ugly duckling. Or maybe they had become one. Or maybe neither of you were unattractive, but you had kept your youth whereas they had not. You get the picture.

Romantic relationships are not the only situations this occurs in. Sometimes neighborhood mom’s are secretly rivalrous of one another, and think that the other mom is a hot shot. It only takes one episode of little suzy or johnny coming home from a sleepover declaring that “Mrs. so and so is the greatest”.
Some Moms are insecure about their parenting ability, their kid’s affection for them, or just being “cool” enough.

Work relations

If you work with someone who for no apparent reason can’t stand you, it could be that they think you are a threat to their position or promotion.

Clerical favor (pastor likes me best).

Pray. Oh do pray hard. This may be the most wicked, insidious,, demonic, cut throat envy there is. Think, King Saul and David.

One final Note: Sometimes these dynamics operate on a smaller, less harmful scale. Sibling rivalry is a good example. So are sporting events (though we all know that even childhood sports can escalate from rivalry into adult tantrums). In all cases, the litmus test for the other’s toxicity is the feeling they have toward you personally.

“You’ve got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em, know when to walk away, and know when to run”–sang by Kenny Rogers.

If a woman looks hurt when you walk into a room, and you are drop dead gorgeous, then she deserves your affirmation and compassion.

If a woman looks sideways at you and grabs her husband, then she may warm up to you in the future. You’ll have to prove that you are no threat to her marriage, and not come on to strong in initiating hospitality right away.

But if a woman is throwing daggers with her eyes and is locked in a death stare with you, avoid her completely. She is dangerous.

The Blessed Business

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Wherever you want to be in your business, there is something that you must have if you are going to be as successful as possible.

You need the blessing

You need God to bless your business, and to give you strategy.

God will bless your business if it’s His will for you to have this business.

If you think that God has called you to do what you are doing, don’t you think it’s a good idea to check in with Him from time to time about specific steps and Wisdom?

Have you thanked Him for your business today?

Have you submitted your business to Him? In other words, have you given God permission to use your business for His glory?

Can God at anytime tap you on the shoulder and tell you “Give that person a free….” Whatever—product, book, or service? Can God trust you to use your business to freely bless others when He want you to? The Bible tells us that if YOU give to others, then they will give to you.

I’m not suggesting that you never charge for your product or service. That would make it a charity and not a business.

Still, what do you think might happen if you asked God how you could bless someone today with your business?

Do you think He might send someone your way who needed help?

Just a thought.

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