To prosper anywhere, you need to do these five things:
Obey the Lord
Pray and seek the Lord.
It is my turn to lead a corporate devotion and the challenge is what to say and what the theme for the exhortation shall be.
Because it is a devotion, I checked Rylisms by James Ryle (James Ryle gives good illustrations of the scriptures and I glean insight from him too) if there is a possibility of the topic for that day ringing a bell and applicable. But also it has to be what God wants said.
I could not get a ‘simple’ devotional material that fits and neither do I have a topic that is powerful too, so I resulted to the good old wisdom of encouraging others with the encouragement God has given. That is what I did and I think it is good you also have the gist of it. What you are reading now is the expanded version. Prosper.
Are you in the land of your birth, in the land of your dream which can also be the land of your birth, or neither of the two? Your job or any other thing might have restricted you to a location but the reality is that God’s power is not restricted to a location.
All over the world immigrants are getting as prosperous as natives and sometimes can be more prosperous but this will not be the primary thought we are discussing but a liberating thought that all of us, natives and foreigners are all foreigners on this planet.
What this thought will do is save you from the thought that your destiny is tied to a particular location. This is a limiting thought. It is a thought that is affecting Africa and Africans, we often think that if we travel out of our countries we will make it faster and better. While that can be proved correct, it is actually not a location problem but the desirability of a functional system and society which rewards labour appropriately over a failed state or system. Prosperity can happen anywhere and it is happening everywhere.
While I believe God’s assignment and instruction can be tied to a location, you can prosper anywhere you find yourself by simply following these counsels. They are deductions from Bible characters and situations in an attempt to get the truth consistent with the nature of God concerning the issue of belief that one’s destiny has a specific place it can happen.
Following these deductions will prove to you that with God, time is more important to destiny than location.
Prospering In a Foreign Land: How To
Case Study: Abraham in Gerar. Genesis 20:11.
In the whole story, Abraham was caught in deceit but the verse explained why. He perceived the people of that place are godless and will do anything, even wicked things to obtain what their neighbour has simply because they want it and therefore to save his own life he lied. It is a lie because Sarah was more of a wife and in fact is a wife to him at the time more than a sister. Our concern is not in Abraham’s morality as much as his good eyes for godliness. Ungodliness is not normal to him that’s why he could easily discern the wrongness in the land. Godliness is, among several descriptions, knowing and differentiating what is good and bad and to do the good while speaking against the bad. Eventually Abraham collected a rich dowry on his wife without giving her out in marriage.
Obey the Lord:
Case Study: Isaac in Gerar. Genesis 26: 3, 12.
This is the same place Isaac’s father was blessed but their blessings were on different premises. While Abraham’s prosperity in this place was because of his wife, Isaac’s prosperity was because he obeyed the Lord. Obedience to God also put the burden of responsibility on him to plant, to sow, to farm and to work, but what made that exercise prosper is obedience. We know this is true because he prospered during an unlikely time.
This is the only instance we will be safe to assume that our destiny is tied to a location, but it will still be a wrong assumption because that was not God’s purpose for Isaac nor for Abraham. Prosperity was only part of the plan. The purpose for Abraham, Isaac and everyone now alive is to walk before God and be perfect. This summarily means obeying the Lord.
It must also be said at this point that prosperity came to these people outside the Promised Land. So the short answer to the question “can someone prosper outside the promised land?” will be yes.
Case Study: Jacob in Paddan-Aram with Laban
This place, also outside the Promised Land is where Jacob became prosperous. All his wives were married in that land, all his children except Benjamin were given birth to in this same place.
At this point, even though one major ingredient was missing in Jacob’s life, he labored hard and got himself prosperous. He worked for his father in-law for 14 years and he served faithfully even though his boss is one boss no one will ever wish for. What was missing is the knowledge of God and His presence, Jacob needed to be told that by Laban, who is being blessed because Jacob on whom God’s presence abide is living and working for him.
This quickly gives us a lesson that God’s anointed can still struggle because the correct and the right path can be the most tortuous. But we must never lose sight of service on our path to prosperity. The better and needed a service is the better it is rewarded and it will not matter what the location is.
Case Study: The Nation Israel. Genesis 15:13
Many things will happen whether we like them or not but what saves us from stress and unnecessary burden is knowledge of what has been said concerning them. Long before Jacob was born or started his family, God already told his grandfather what will be the lot of Jacob’s children and how the location must and will be Egypt. The purpose of the trying period was for populating the people in preparation for nationhood.
Pray and Seek the Lord
Case Study: Israelites in Exile. Jeremiah 29: 5 – 13
It will be wrong for us to accept the promise of God according to Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” If we cannot believe or find it difficult to believe that God’s power is not restricted to a location or that our destiny is tied to a specific location.
But in the event that we want the promise to come to pass, we must also pray and seek the Lord because it was to this end of promise fulfilment that God continued and said
“Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29: 12 – 13
This happened and was first fulfilled outside the beloved country of every Jew and it is still happening to everyone who believed no matter their location.
It does not matter much what job you’ve got or the location you are right now, but if you understand and practice godliness, obey the Lord, serve, run with prophecy, pray and seek the Lord, you will prosper.
God’s purpose for us will always please Him and it has pleased Him to have the following written
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8 – 9
As long as the day is today, it is still an acceptable time to be saved, when you hear (or read) these kind of things the admonition is “harden not your heart”.