Friday, 19 December 2014

THE PLEASURE OF THE LORD

Spirit & Life Devotional
Wednesday, December 10
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim

THE PLEASURE OF THE LORD

Psalms 35:27 NKJV "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.”
There's a debate about if God wants us to prosper or whether Christians should be prosperous in this world; but God has pleasure in the prosperity of His servants. Hallelujah! 3 John 1:2 says, "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." Amen!

But God doesn't want us chasing prosperity as the unbelievers do, neither does He want us cheating or stealing from others for whatever reason, instead He wants to bless us with prosperity. Jesus taught us to seek first the kingdom of God. If we do, God will bless us with prosperity. That's what Solomon did, when God asked him for what he wanted, he put the kingdom first. And God was pleased:

I Kings 3:10-13 says, "The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days." Wow!