The Good Life
The psalmist David said: How excellent is your lovingkindness, O God! to those who put their trust under your wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied, they shall drink at the river of your pleasure. For with you is the FOUNTAIN OF LIFE (Psalm 36:7-9).
Psa.36:7-9 Solomon said: Listen to me, and you will have a long, good life. Carry out my instructions, for they will lead you to real living. (Prov.4:10,13LB).
No state of being is as rewarding as living in harmony with God. Humankind is designed to —think, plan, talk and act with God— fulfilling His purpose on earth.
•Get His ideas.
•Work with His projects.
•See life as He sees it.
•Discover who you are and your own real value.
•See yourself as God sees you.
•Get interested in His plans.
•Get God’s opinion of yourself—and of others
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Principles found in scripture, when followed and applied, reveal the Abundant life
•Old weaknesses and chronic ailments will disappear.
Sicknesses will be cured.
•A new self-Confidence will be yours
•You will Gods keys to Success and succeed inall you do.
•You will get relief from pressure and tension.
•GOD WIll show you his divine plans for your life.
•Your sins will be forgiven. Guilt and self-condemnation will be gone.
•Living will become a pleasure.
•You will be happy and know achievement.
•You will help and enrich others.
•People will esteem you and believe in you.
Paradise of Abundance
THE VAST WEALTH of this planet is the creation of God who is good Psa.145:8-9; 100:5; 119:68 and who has created an abundance of good things for you. Every diamond and precious stone, every mineral and every natural treasure is placed here, on deposit, for THE GOOD LIFE which God wills for you.Deut.33:13-16; Eze.28:13.
•From the flamboyant tulip beds which dazzle the landscapes of Holland to
the lush orchid masses of tropical jungles, God has decked our environment with splendor and beauty.
•From the breathtaking grandeur of mountain peaks to the fabulous wealth of
rich valleys, the Lord God has indeed placed man and woman amidst a world of abundance. Adam and Eve were created and placed in the Garden of Eden—a paradise of abundance. Made in God’s own image, they were destined to live and dream and
work with God, carrying out His divine plan on earth.Gen.1:26-31 Then temptation came.Gen.3:1-6 Man and woman sinned and were consequently driven out of God’s presence Gen.3:22-24 to become the slaves of Satan. They for- feited their right to THE GOOD LIFE. God, in His love, never abandoned His dream of having man and woman, whom He had created in His own image, near Him. But being righteous, God could not fellowship with sin.Isa.59:1-2 His law was established and it could not be compromised. The soul that sins, it shall die.Eze.18:4,20 All had sinned so all must die.Rom.5:12 But to satisfy the claims of God’s justice, one who was perfectly innocent could take the place of the guilty and die as a substitute. Once the punishment was suf- fered by a perfect and innocent substitute, the crime of the guilty would be paid for, and the guilty one could be justified as though no sin had been committed.Rom.5:1 Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was perfect. He had never sinned. Jesus came to this world and took upon Himself the sins of the whole world and suffered our full penalty.Jn.1:29 God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever
Jesus Christ became your way back to God. Through His sacrifice, He removed forever the condemnation of your sins and dissolved the barrier between you and God, so that you are now welcome to return to His presence where you can once again share THE GOOD LIFE.Heb.10:18-22
No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly before him.Psa.84:11 For as you know him better, he will give you, through his great power, every- thing you need for living a truly good life: he even shares his own goodness with us.²Pet.¹:³ LB
•There will be no more fear, uncertainty, guilt, condemnation or inferiority be-
fore God. You will know Him and fellowship with Him as a personal friend— even closer, as a member of His own household.Eph.2:18-19
I BELIEVE the Bible is true because of the life of Christ. Jesus Christ was a good man.
•He was kind and loving; a man of peace and of good works.
•He cared for every individual, regardless of age, social, educational or eco-
nomic status, color, race or gender.
•He advocated principles that are the cornerstones of the best and most free
societies in history.
•He never hated or envied.
•He never sought for revenge or passed judgment.
•He loved and healed and helped and encouraged.
He identified with those who had no friends.
•He loved the most unlovely and blessed the most unworthy.
His rules of life were and are the most challenging of any leader who ever lived. Treatothersasyouwantthemtotreatyou.Lu.6:31LB Hesaid:Loveyourenemies,blessthemthatcurseyou,dogoodtothemthathate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you maybethechildrenofyourFatherwhichisinheaven.Mat.5:44-45 Jesus believed the scriptures.
•He quoted them as being the absolute word of God.
•He lived by them, taught them, proved them, made them work.
•He was good and honest, without guile or deceit.
I can trust Him more than any other teacher.
Chapter 3 Facts of the Good Life
WHEN YOU DISCOVER your roots in God and identify with His purpose for you on this earth, you have begun to really live THE GOOD LIFE. It is a lifestyle based on:
What is the source of this positive faith?
Faith comes by hearing the word of God.Rom.10:17
Here are fifty-two facts which lift you from boring mediocrity to a fruitful part- nership with God. They are the miracle stepping stones that lead you from the con- demning guilt-complex of living out of harmony and out of contact with God to the success and exhilarating self-esteem which develops when you discover who you
are and how you can come to God and share His lifestyle. You discover a new power, a new goal and new purpose. You are transformed from defeat to success, from sickness to health, from bore- dom to enthusiasm, from problems to solutions, from pressure to pleasure, from poverty to prosperity, from hopelessness to happiness. You are blessed, and your family is benefited too. The Bible says: Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.²Cor.⁵:¹⁷ These fifty-two facts will guide you to THE GOOD LIFE. Then they become the foundation stones of God’s pact of plenty—His full life policy that covers you and your house.
•Review them often.
•Rehearse them in prayer.
•Recite them in family worship.
•Recount them to relatives and to friends.
52 Facts Of The Good Life
1. You were unsaved before you received Christ. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.Rom.3:23
2. You were guilty before God, under the penalty of death. For the wages of sin is death.Rom.6:23
3. But God loved you too much to see you perish. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.²Pet.³:⁹
4. God offered His best to prove His love to you. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.Jn.3:1
5. Christ was God’s gift and He died for you. But God commends his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Rom.5:8
6. You realize that your sins separated you from God. Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you.Isa.59:2
7. Knowing your sins cost God His Son, and Jesus His life and blood, you repent of them. You sorrowed to repentance; for godly sorrow works toward repentance ²Cor.⁷:⁹-¹⁰ and you know that except you repent, you shall perish.Lu.13:3
8. You confess your sins to Him and are cleansed. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.¹Jn.¹:⁹
9. You recognize Jesus at the door of your heart. You open it and He comes in. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if you hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in and will sup with you and you with me Rev.3:20 meaning to dine and have fellowship together.
10. You receive Jesus and become God’s child. As many as received Jesus Christ, to them he gave power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name.Jn.1:12
11. You become a new creature. If any one be in Christ that one is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.²Cor.⁵:¹⁷
12. You know you are born again because you receive Christ. Jesus said, You must be born again Jn.3:7 and when you received Christ with power to become God’s child,Jn.1:12 you were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a human being, but of God,Jn.1:.13 by the word of God which lives forever.¹Pet.¹:²³
13. You believe the powerful message of The Gospel that saves you. The gospel is the power of God to salvation to every one that believes.Rom.1:16
14. You believe on the name of Jesus Christ because of the record of the Gospels. These are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.Jn.20:31
15. You call on His name and are saved.
Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.Rom.10:13
16. You recognize that Jesus is the only way to God. I am the way, the truth and the life: no one comes to the Father but by me Jn.14:6 for there is one God, and one mediator between God and people, the man Christ Jesus.¹Tim.²:⁵
17. You know there is salvation in none other. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.Ac.4:12
18. You put your faith in Jesus as Savior. For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any one should boast.Eph.2:8-9
19. You believe that the Lord comes into your life. I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.²Cor.⁶:¹⁶,¹⁸
20. You do not trust in any good works or self-righteousness to be saved. Our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.Isa.64:6 Our salvation was not of works, lest ny one should boast.Eph.2:9
21. You are saved only by God’s mercy. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.Tit.3:5-7
22. You know Christ’s death justifies you before God. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.Rom.5:1 23. You know His blood remits your sins forever. This is my blood which is shed for many for the remission of sins.Mat.26:28 Being justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.Rom.5:9
24. You know you are cleansed from sin. To him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood; Rev.1:5 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.Col.1:14 25. You know your sins are put away and forgotten. Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world,Jn.1:29 havin
emoved our transgressions from us as far as the east is from the west Psa.103:12 so that your sins and iniquities will he remember no more.Heb.10:17
26. You know your sins were paid for by Christ’s death. Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness.¹Pet.²:²⁴ He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him.Isa.53:5
27. With your sins punished and washed away you know they can never con- demn you again. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,Rom.8:1 for God made him who knew no sin, to be sin for us; that we might be made the right- eousness of God in Christ ²Cor.⁵:²¹ and where remission is, there is no more offering for sin Heb.10:18 so that now nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ.Rom.8:35
28. You know when you accept Christ you receive His life. Those that have the Son have life,¹Jn.⁵:¹² for they that hear my word, and believe on him that sent me, have everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but you are passed from death to life.Jn.5:24 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.Jn.17:3
29. You know Satan will accuse you. He is the accuser which accused them before our God day and night Rev.12:10 just like he did to Job. Job1:6-12
30. You are not ignorant of His works. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.²Cor.²:¹¹ For we know that he comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.Jn.10:10
31. You know how Jesus overcame him. But he answered and said, it is written.Mat.4:4,7,10 Then the devil left him, and, be- hold, angels came and ministered to him.Mat.4:11
32. You know Jesus proved that Satan could not win. Christ was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.Heb.4:15-16
33. You know He faithfully helps you in temptation. There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to humankind: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.¹Cor.¹⁰:¹³
34. You know that there are two weapons Satan can never resist. And they overcame him…the devil who accused them before God day and night… 1) by the blood of the Lamb, and 2) by the word of their testimony.Rev.12:10-11
35. You know Satan cannot win over your faith. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith.¹Pet.⁵:⁸-⁹ Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you; Jas. 4:7-8 you who are the begotten of God keep yourself, and that wicked one touches you not.¹ Jn.⁵:¹⁸
36. You know your faith is the victory. For whoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that over- comes the world, even our faith.¹Jn.⁵:⁴
37. You know not to love the world but to do God’s will. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any one love the world, the love of the Father is not in them. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passes away, and the lust thereof; but those who do the will of God live for ever.¹Jn.²:¹⁵-¹⁷
38. You know Christ came to defeat your enemy. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.¹Jn.³:⁸
39. You know Satan is no match for Christ in you. Christ in you, the hope of glory.Col.1:27 I will dwell in you and walk in you, says the Lord Almighty.²Cor.⁶:¹⁶,¹⁸ You are of God, little children and have overcome, because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.¹Jn.⁴:⁴
40. You know your new life source is the Lord Jesus Christ. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.Gal.2:20
41. You know your new life has divine purpose. The steps of good people are ordered by the Lord and God delights in their way. Though they fall, they shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds them with his hand.Psa.37:23-24
Chapter 4 Three Habits of the Good Life
HOW WONDERFUL TO KNOW that you are right with God. Your record is clear. No sin that you have ever committed can ever condemn you again.Rom.8:1 You have come to Christ and received Him.Jn.6:37; 1:12 You have confessed your sins to Him and trusted His blood to cleanse you.¹Jn.¹:⁹ He has heard your prayer and has come to live at your house.Jn.14:23 Never let Satan cause you to doubt your salvation. You did your part. Christ has done His part. Now it is finished, as Christ said when He died on the cross.Jn.19:30 To help you live a happy, successful Christian life, here is a daily formula—three things to do each day of your life. If you will do these consistently, you will grow stronger and always be coura- geous. You will always be a happy, successful and an enthusiastic Christian.Col.1:10-14; 2Pet.3:18 It is easy to form these three Christian habits. They will become as natural as
combing your hair, dressing yourself or eating your meals. They gradually become part of your daily life.Eph.4:13-15 You must be willing for changes in your lifestyle.Eph.4:22-32; 5:1-2; Col.3:12-17 Then be resolved to practice them—like a good athlete who disciplines the body with physical exercise in order to achieve higher goals. In order to learn how to serve God and really live THE GOOD LIFE, here are the three habits to form: FIRST: Talk to God every day. SECOND: Let God talk to you every day. THIRD: Talk to someone else about God every day. They are simple, basic, and easy to remember. In the following three chapters, I will show you how valuable these three good habits will be for you.
Three Habits of
the Good Life.
HOW WONDERFUL TO KNOW that you are right with God. Your record is clear. No sin that you have ever committed can ever condemn you again.Rom.8:1 You have come to Christ and received Him.Jn.6:37; 1:12 You have confessed your sins to Him and trusted His blood to cleanse you.¹Jn.¹:⁹ He has heard your prayer and has come to live at your house.Jn.14:23
Never let Satan cause you to doubt your salvation. You did your part. Christ has done His part. Now it is finished, as Christ said when He died on the cross.Jn.19:30
To help you live a happy, successful Christian life, here is a daily formula—three things to do each day of your life.
If you will do these consistently, you will grow stronger and always be courageous. You will always be a happy, successful and an enthusiastic Christian.Col.1:10-14; 2Pet.3:18
It is easy to form these three Christian habits. They will become as natural as
combing your hair, dressing yourself or eating your meals.
They gradually become part of your daily life.Eph.4:13-15 You must be willing for changes in your lifestyle.Eph.4:22-32; 5:1-2; Col.3:12-17 Then be resolved to practice them—like a good athlete who disciplines the body with physical exercise in order to achieve higher goals.
In order to learn how to serve God and really live THE GOOD LIFE, here are the three habits to form:
FIRST: Talk to God every day.
SECOND: Let God talk to you every day.
THIRD: Talk to someone else about God every day.
They are simple, basic, and easy to remember.
In the following three chapters, I will show you how valuable these three good habits will be for you.
Chapter 5 When God Listens to You
TALK TO GOD every day. That is prayer. When you received Christ, you became part of God’s family. —ONE OF HIS OWN— Now you can call God your Father, and He calls you His child. ²Cor.⁶:¹⁸; Gal.⁴:⁶-⁷ He wants to spend time with you like any good parent desires time with their children.¹Cor.¹:⁹; ¹Jn.¹:³ Prayer is that intimate time with your Father who is always waiting for those pre- cious moments of communion with you.¹Pet.³:¹² I love the Lord because he hears my prayers and answers them. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I breathe.Psa.116:1-2 LB
He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.¹Pet.⁵:⁷ LB There is nothing mystical or difficult about prayer. God is your Father. You are His child. He invites you to pray and He promises to answer. So, every time you pray, you are accepting His loving invitation to come to Him and talk things over with Him. He is your best friend. Call to me and I will answer you.Jer.33:3 Ask, and it shall be given you, every one that asks, receives.Lu.11:9-10 In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.Phil.4:6 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infir- mities; but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.Heb.4:15-16 Every day, talk to your Father.
ead the Bible every day.
Let God talk to you through it. Jesus said, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall never pass away.Mat.24:35 Balaam said, God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has he said, and shall he not do it? or has he spoken, and shall he not make it good?Num.23:19 Solomon said, There has not failed one word of all his good promises.¹Kg.⁸:⁵⁶ David said, For ever, O Lord, your word is settled in heaven.Psa.119:89 God said to Jeremiah, I will hasten (watch over, protect, stand behind, enforce) my word to perform it.Jer.1:12 God told Isaiah, My word that goes forth from my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing where- to I sent it.Isa.55:11 God said to Ezekiel, For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass.Eze.12:25
Chapter 7 How to Share the Good Life
TALK TO SOMEONE else about God every day. That is witnessing of Christ to others. The Bible says: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.¹Tim.¹:¹⁵ The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.Lu.19:10 Jesus came to save sinners. That was His mission. First and last, JESUS was a SOULWINNER. The greatest soulwinner the world has ever known. The first group He chose to follow Him received this challenge: Come after me, and I will make you to become fishers of mankind.Mk.1:17 The last group who followed Him out to His ascension received this command: Go make disciples of all nations.Mat.28:19 RV
First and foremost, Jesus was a soulwinner. That is what He came for, to save sinners. That is what He lived for, died for, rose again for and sent back the Holy Ghost to His followers for, to make them effective soulwinners. And He said to his disciples, as my Father sent me, even so send I you,Jn.20:21 and then and there He breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Ghost.Jn.20:22 What for? And you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses to me.Ac.1:8 OUR MISSION —the ministry of every Christian— To tell others the Good News. Paul said, The same good news that came to you is going out all over the world and changing lives everywhere, just as it changed yours that very first day you heard about God’s great kindness to sinners.Col.1:6 LB He talked about the great love for others which the Holy Spirit has given to us,Col.1:8 LB then added: So everywhere we go we talk about Christ to all who will listen (because) this is our work, and we can do it only because Christ’s mighty energy is at work within us.Col.1:28-29 LB
Chapter 11 How to Develop Success and Happiness
IN ADDITION TO the three daily Christian habits of 1) prayer, 2) Bible reading and 3) witnessing, here are some further secrets of success for THE GOOD LIFE. In the third century, Cyprian, the Bishop of Carthage, wrote to his friend Dona- tus: “It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any of the pleasures of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they do not care. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians and I am one of them.” If you have repented of your sins and have received Christ as Savior, then you, too, are one of them.
A vital aspect in following Christ is your fellowship with other Christians. The Bible teaches that You are the body of Christ, and members in particular.¹Cor.¹²:²⁷ That all believers are to become more and more in every way like Christ who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction the whole body is fit- ted together perfectly, and each part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.Eph.4:15-16 LB Paul says of individual Christians: Some of us have been given special ability as apostles; to others Christ has given the gift of being able to preach well; some have spe- cial ability in winning people to Christ, helping them to trust him as their Savior; still others have a gift for caring for God’s people as a shepherd does his sheep, leading and teaching them in the ways of God. Why is it he gives us these special abilities to do certain things best? It is that God’s people will be equipped to do better work for him, building up the church, the body of Christ, to a position of strength and maturity; until finally we all believe alike about our salvation and about our Savior, God’s Son, and all become full-grown in the Lord—yes, to the point of being filled full with Christ.Eph.4:11-13 LB We will lovingly follow the truth at all times—speaking truly, living truly—and so be- come more and more like Christ who is the head of his body, the church.Eph.4:15LB And now you have become living building-stones for God’s use in building his house. What’s more, you are his holy priests; so come to him—[you who are acceptable to him because of Jesus Christ]—and offer to God those things that please him.¹Pet.²:⁵ LB And so, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.Rom.12:1-2LB Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you.
Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others. God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, then prophesy whenever you can—as often as your faith is strong enough to receive a message from God. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If you are a preacher, see to it that your sermons are strong and helpful. If God has given you money, be generous in helping others with it. If God has given you administrative ability and put you in charge of the work of oth- ers, take the responsibility seriously. Those who offer comfort to the sorrowing should do so with Christian cheer. Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.
Chapter 12 How to Pray and Get an Answer
THERE IS NO greater secret to THE GOOD LIFE than to learn to pray and to get an answer. God wants you, as His child to come to Him with absolute confidence that whatever you need or desire, you can ask Him for it in simple prayer and faith, and it shall be done for you.
•He made many marvelous promises—and they are for you—personally:
•Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which
you know not.Jer.33:3
•This is God’s invitation to prayer and His promise to answer:
•Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened to you.Mat.7:7
•This is Christ’s encouragement to prayer and His assurance that your prayers
will be answered:
•Everyone that asks receives.Mat.7:8 This is His promise that everyone in a million who asks shall receive:
•The one that seeks finds.
•To the one that knocks it shall be opened.Mat.7:8
In His mind, there is no such thing as unanswered prayer. It is always His will to answer prayer. That is His delight. God invites you to pray—to ask. He is always ready to answer you. When people do not pray, it is because they have no hope of an answer. Unanswered prayers stand between people and their faith.
How to Pray and
Get an Answer
THERE IS NO greater secret to THE GOOD LIFE than to learn to pray and to get an answer.
God wants you, as His child to come to Him with absolute confidence that whatever you need or desire, you can ask Him for it in simple prayer and faith, and it shall be done for you.
He made many marvelous promises—and they are for you—personally:
Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you know not.Jer.33:3
This is God’s invitation to prayer and His promise to answer:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.Mat.7:7
This is Christ’s encouragement to prayer and His assurance that your prayers will be answered:
Everyone that asks receives.Mat.7:8
This is His promise that everyone in a million who asks shall receive:
The one that seeks finds.
To the one that knocks it shall be opened.Mat.7:8
In His mind, there is no such thing as unanswered prayer.
It is always His will to answer prayer. That is His delight.
God invites you to pray—to ask. He is always ready to answer you.
When people do not pray, it is because they have no hope of an answer.
Unanswered prayers stand between people and their faith.
His Victory Was for You
•You are redeemed now.
•You are free from sin now.
•You are the conqueror now.
•You have peace now.
•You have no lack now.
•You are healed now.
When you approach God in prayer, do not come as a beggar. You are His child. You will not receive these blessings Christ died to provide if you ignore the cross and His suffering which paid for them. That is why I impress upon you: The foundation for answered prayer is to realize that the only reason you can expect any blessing from God is that Jesus died to provide that blessing. Since it is provided in His death burial and resurrection, then it is yours. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain…¹Cor.¹⁵:¹⁷
14. GIVING AND RECEIVING
THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY, and privilege, of all Christians is to give the gospel to every creature in all the world. Because the ministry of giving the Gospel is foremost in the Church, all Christians are called by the scriptures to contribute financially of their material means for the ministry of evangelism. Inasmuch as God created the wealth of this planet for the use and prosperity of His children who do His will, the financial support for all ministries of His Church is to be provided by Christians who: (a) Honor the Lord with their firstfruits; (b) Who bring their tithes into the storehouse. (c) Who give of their gifts for the soulwinning ministries of evangelism. In so doing, God wills that they prosper financially, and be in health, even as their souls prosper.
•God wills that they increase in material possessions, according to His law of
sowing and reaping.
•The same way that a farmer reaps more than is sown, in order to have more
to sow and thus more to reap. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord.Hag.2:8; Ex.19:5; Lev.25:23; Psa.50:10 Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase: So shall your barns be filled with plenty.Prov.3:9-10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse and prove me now herewith, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.Mal.3:10 Give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall people give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you shall meet with, it shall be measured to you again.Lu.6:38; 2Cor.9:8; 1Tim.6:17-19 The blessing of the Lord, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.Prov.10:22; Ec- c.5:19; Psa.112:1-3 If you sow sparingly, you shall reap also sparingly; and if you sow bountifully, you shall reap also bountifully.²Cor.⁹:⁶; Gal.⁶:⁷; Ac.²⁰:³⁵
PERSONAL COMMITMENT HAVING RECEIVED THE Lord Jesus Christ, and having given myself wholly to Him, I do now resolve to walk in Him, with love toward others for His glory. There- fore, in His strength, I purpose:
•I will demonstrate genuine concern for others and will take every opportunity
to lift and encourage all whom I meet.
•I will enjoy the fellowship of other believers, and will publicly acknowledge
Jesus as my Savior and Lord.
•I will treasure family worship and teaching at home, and be faithful in scrip-
turally training my children, and those under my influence to show their love for Christ by sharing His life and love with others.
•As I am the light of the world and the salt of the earth, I will practice the
awareness of Jesus Christ who is at work in and through me, and allow Him to use my eyes, my hands, my feet, and all that I am to express His life to oth- ers.
•I will systematically invest of my substance in the Lord’s work, by bringing
my firstfruits, my tithes, and my gifts for evangelism, so that God may pros- per me for the expansion of His kingdom as I express and propagate the gospel to all people in all the world.
•I will in all conditions, even until death, strive to live to the glory of Him who
has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Getting God’s Attitude About Money
TO ACCOMPLISH GOD’S No. 1 Job on earth— that of giving the gospel to every creature, we need to get rid of the religious tradition believers hsould not have money or be rich and that having money is evil. Further poverty is not an oath the believer takes when he becomes a Christain. Pt
•Money is not evil. The love of money is the root of all evil.¹Tim.⁶:¹⁰
•Riches and wealth… are the gift of God.Ecc.5:19
•Jesus said to seek first the expansion of God’s kingdom worldwide, and all of these things shall be added toyou.Mat.6:33 RV
•You see, God promised to meet all of your needs when you serve His purpose and carry out His will. My God shall supply all your needs according tohis riches in glory by Christ Jesus.Phil.4:19
•No good thing will he withhold from them thatwalk uprightly Psa.84:11before
•Jesus promised: Whatever things you desire, whenyou pray, believe that you re-
ceive them, and you shallhave them.Mk.11:24 For your own needs to be met, you need money. For God to supply all of your needs, He will help you to acquire money. He did it as recorded in the Bible. He will do it today. The Bible teaches that God has never changed. I am the LORD, I change not.Mal.3:6 He is the great I am.Ex.3:14-15 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day and for ever.Heb.13:8 If you could read the prayer requests that come to us, you would understand that people have many material needs—that cost money. People from all over the world request prayer that God will provide money to pay their bills, that they can get a car, or buy a house, or rent an apartment. They want a job, or better clothes, or a better business. They need money for a trip, a business venture, industrial or business tools; for repairs on their house or car or equipment. They request prayer that God will intervene in their financial need for medicine,
hospital care, dental work, glasses; for cattle, sheep, poultry or other farm animals; for crop planting, cultivating, disinfesting or harvesting; for repairs or new ven- tures; for funds to move from one place to another; for a train trip or for gasoline— and a thousand and one other material needs. They ask us to pray for these needs. We do pray for these things and our daily communication bears abundant evidence that God answers prayer and meets material needs—often by unexplainable miracles.Jer.32:17,27; Lu.18:27 Aside from the spiritual needs of people, most of their needs require money. Things cost money. God created all the wealth of this earth—not for unbelievers to monopolize, but for the prosperity of His children who do His will. So God is interested in your temporal and material needs too.
THE BIBLE CONTAINS innumerable promises for financial and material pros- perity. But too often we hear only the negative side of the subject:
•That the love of money is the root of all evil.¹Tim.⁶:¹⁰
•That they that love silver shall not be satisfied withsilver.Ecc.5:10
•That it is hard for them that trust in riches to enterthe kingdom of God.Mk.10:24
•That the rich man rejected Jesus and was verysorrowful: for he was very
•That they that trust in riches shall fall.Prov.11:28
•That they that will be rich will fall into temptationand a snare, and into many
foolish and hurtful lusts,which drown them in destruction and perdition.¹Tim.⁶:⁹
•That riches are deceitful.Mat.13:22
These and many other scriptures constitute the negative side of the subject— and these admonitions should be carefully heeded. But to get God’s perspective of money, we need to understand that money in it- self is not evil. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil. While God never intended that His people live in poverty, neither did He intend that they set their heart on the things of this world.Col.3:1-2; 1Jn.2:15-17 WE ARE CONSISTENTLY warned to not trust in uncertain riches¹Tim.⁶:⁶-⁷,¹⁷ and if riches increase, set not your heart (upon them).Psa.62:10 This is why Jesus empha- sized how hard it is for them that trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God.Mk.10:24 We are to trust in God.Psa.37:3; 73:28; 91:2; 115:11-12; Prov.3:5 When you trust in wealth,Psa.20:7 you fail to see your need to trust in God. Your whole perspective becomes distorted by the false security of uncertain riches which can be so easily wiped out. This was the big point which Saint Francis of Assisi felt compelled to demon- strate by his lifelong vow of poverty. He lived in an epoch of wealthy arrogance and ruthless dominance by the rich over the poor. Saint Francis made his unusual vow before God to live in such a way as to show the world that there was something more valuable than gold. And he made an indelible impact upon the world. God did not demand this of Saint Francis. He did it out of his own intense love for God.
When greed, lust and envy motivate your pursuit of riches and your use of them, there is no doubt but that you will eventually weep and howl for the miseries that come upon you. (as James said) Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.Jas. 5:1-3 Christ said to the man who laid up treasure for himself, and was not rich toward God, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have provided?Lu.12:20-21 IT IS TRUE that financial blessings cause some people to turn away from God, but their motives were wrong. Perhaps they would have forsaken God anyway. Just be- cause some abandon their faith, trusting in their riches, should we blame the abun- dant love and providence of God? There are people who turn away from God and sin by their obesityDeut.21:20;
Prov.23:1-2,21; Phil.3:18-19; Lu.12:19-20 or by the way they dress.Lu.16:19; 1Sam.16:7; 1Pet.3:3-4 RV; Jn.7:24 One can be as full of pride over good clothes and a new car as over riches. But we should not condemn good food or clothing or au- tomobiles or nice homes because some folks who acquire them forsake their trust in God. Should we argue that these things are evil because they affect some people ad- versely? Neither should we argue that prosperity, health and abundant blessings are evil because some people who have these blessings do not serve God. The devil’s strategy is to promote accusing ideas about God’s abundant provi- dence and convince people that prosperity is evil, that poverty and suffering is godliness, so that millions would reject God. Any Christian realizes that one must be alert to the potential negative aspect of either physical or financial blessings—or even spiritual arrogance. Some people have a terrible spiritual pride. They count themselves holier than anyone else and constantly judge others.Col.2:18; 2Pet.2:18 This is spiritual sin. Others are proud of their health and of their attractive physiques, looking with contempt and scorn on those who are less robust or charming.Gal.5:26; Col.2:8;
Phil.2:3-8 Some people flaunt their riches. They are haughty and high-minded, regarding the poor and miserable with disdain.Prov.21:24; 26:12; Rom.12:16; Jas. 4:6 This also is evil. But these sinful attitudes do not mean that the blessings of salvation, health and prosperity are evil. AMONG ALL OF the promises and provisions of salvation, ecclesiastical tradition generally opposes only two of them: 1) Physical, miraculous healing. 2) Financial, material prosperity. Both of these blessings are clearly part of THE GOOD LIFE which God wills for you. He wants you to enjoy both in abundance. Theologians have been known to limit God’s power to spiritual miracles. They
readily admit that anyone can be spiritually reborn.
•They often reject the idea that God will do physical miracles such as healing
•The idea that God would meet material needs by a miracle would usually be
considered ridiculous. God’s power is not limited to spiritual things. He wills to also supply our phys- ical and our material needs. God desires to manifest His miracle power in the physical and material realms as well as in the spiritual realm. It was never God’s will for His children to live under the curse of poverty, need and failure. Religious tradition presents us a strange philosophy. It tells us that God made all of the gold and the silver in the earth, that it is the creation of His own word from the beginning. Yet we are led to believe that only the unconverted should pos- sess that wealth—that Christians should be poor in order to remain humble and
submissive. Is it not strange how we overlook scriptures if they conflict with tradition? In Chapter 22 we have given many scriptures which clearly contradict the theory of poverty for the believer. To say that money, wealth and prosperity will make you carnal and proud is like saying life, health and happiness will make you evil-minded and carnal. Should only the unconverted possess God’s wealth? To believe that only the unconverted should prosper is like believing that only the unconverted should have life and health. But poverty has been so eulogized that many good Christians do not allow them- selves to consider prosperity. They are persuaded that they might backslide, or be- come proud, or wasteful, or arrogant if they were blessed materially. So they live under the bondage of poverty and never become partners with God like He de- signed them to be. This attitude is a vain tradition, making the word of God of no effect,Mk.7:13 con- cerning God’s financial blessings.
RADITIONAL RELIGION AROUND the world has, as a general rule, taught: 1) That to be spiritual or holy or humble, one should live in poverty, suffering and discomfort. 2) That if one is blessed materially, they are apt to be proud, merciless, wicked and ungodly. While this has often happened, it is also true that some of the most cruel and ungodly people on earth are on the poverty level, stealing, killing, destroying and hating in their pursuit of money.
While not all prosperous people are generous and kind, it is true that some of the most gentle, benevolent and loving people on earth are materially wealthy, giv- ing, sharing, loving and spreading kindness wherever they can help people. This must be why Agur prayed: Remove far from me vanity and lies: Give me nei- ther poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full, and deny You, and say, Who is Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of your God in vain.Prov.30:8-9 It is a fact that either riches or poverty can be evil, depending on our attitude. It is also clear that if God’s No. 1 Job is ever to be accomplished, there must be Chris- tians on whom God can bestow the responsibility of good stewardship, for His glory. We must learn to receive God’s blessings graciously and utilize them for the good of others, and avoid the temptations of sinful pride and of the unholy use of them. It is the right use of God’s blessings that is important. Many people say, “I’d rather be poor and stay humble and spiritual. If I get money, I may become proud and carnal.” Do you think so?Here, I believe, is where tradition has laid its most cunning roadblock. Christians have been so convinced that poverty and limited means are a virtue that thousands of them actually believe their poverty is a blessing. They are con- vinced in themselves that it would be sinful to be blessed financially. They would never dream of studying and believing God to lead them into real financial pros- perity for His work. Satan uses many cunning devices ²Cor.²:¹¹ to misguide people about money. He constantly glorifies poverty and praises those who are poor. He accuses those who prosper of being proud and haughty. He applauds the poor and boasts of their humility. He extols them for their humble insufficiency. He distorts scriptures to condemn anyone who prospers, and to praise anyone who is poor. It is all a tool of Satan to limit the spread of the gospel. THE WHOLE CHRISTIAN value of financial prosperity rests on one’s attitude
ward money, and one’s objective in its use. If you love money and covet it to hoard, and if you trust in richesMk.10:24 or set your heart on money, Psa.62:10 this is evil and wrong and will only prove to be a snare, for miseries shall come upon you… (as)…your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall witness against you. Jas. 5:1-3 But when you look upon money as:
•A personal blessing,
•A tool for evangelism,
•A means to obey our Lord’s last command to give the gospel to every crea-
•A faith partnership with God to prosper financially in order to live in the
abundance Jesuscame to share with you, and to be able tosend the gospel into all the world, Jn.10:10 then, you can be sure that God’s will is to bless you with His material abun- dance and goodness.
Chapter 24 God Will be Your Partner ONE OF THE GREATEST discoveries in THE GOOD LIFE with Christ is to learn
how to sow money for God’s glory and how to become a business partner with Him in order to share in carrying out His No. 1 Job—giving the gospel to those who have not yet received it. Paul said: When someone becomes a Christian that person becomes brand new in- side. A new life has begun…and God has given them the privilege of urging everyone to…be reconciled to him… This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors.²Cor.⁵:¹⁷-²⁰ LB Jesus plainly said, Follow after me and I will make you to become fishers of people.Mat.4:19 He said: The Good News will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it.Mat.24:14 LB This is your opportunity to tell the Good News. And the Good News must first be made known in every nation.Mk.13:9-10 LB His last instructions were: Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.Mk.16:15 When Christ promised that every believer would receive the power of the Holy Ghost, the reason was to accomplish this task. Jesus said: You shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come on you. And you shall be my witnesses… to the uttermost part of the earth.Ac.1:8 Our motto shall always be: ONE WAY—ONE JOB.
The ONE WAY is Jesus. The ONE JOB is Evangelism. The supreme joy of every Christian is to give the gospel to every creature. 1) God loved the whole world. 2) Jesus died for the whole world. Our greatest opportunity for success in life is to tell the Good News to the whole world. Jesus said: You go to the whole world. So every Christian can either go or send the Good News to others, and do both whenever possible. Paul made an interesting resume of the Christian’s objective in life:
•Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
•But how shall they ask him to save them unless theybelieve in him?
•And how can they hear about him unless someonetells them?
•And how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends them? Rom.10:13-15
LB So this, I say, is the honor of Christian living. We are saved to save others. Other Christians sacrificed to give us the gospel. Now it is our privilege to share it with others—either to GO or to SEND the Good News—or to do both. I SHALL NEVER forget the day God spoke to me about reaching others with the gospel. Being just a poor lad on the farm, I was surely the most unlikely person on earth to be God’s representative. If you would have talked to me about reaching people in Tokyo or Paris or Buenos Aires, you might just as well have mentioned Jupiter, Mars or Venus. Those cities were like other planets to me. But I believed the Bible. I believed in prayer. I believed in miracles. And God did he rest. During over six decades we have been involved in soulwinning on a large scale in practically every free nation on earth. Our National Missionary Assistance program resulted in sponsoring over 30,000 national preachers as full time missionaries to unevangelized tribes and villages where new, self-supporting churches became established globally. During many decades, we published over a ton of literature per day, in more than 130 languages. Our DocuMiracle films have been used globally in evangelism and church plant- ing activities. Today they are available on DVD. See www.osborn.org for more information. We have produced and provided our sermon recordings in 70 languages and have furnished thousands of players, to missions abroad. We provided over 100 mobile vans for evangelism on mission fields—all of this in addition to our mass evangelism crusades around the world. Who could ever have dreamed that our family would have been chosen of God for such a world ministry. It has happened because we believe evangelism is God’s No. 1 Job and that God will financially bless and prosper any Christian who takes
part in such a ministry. That is why it is so important for Christians to learn the se- crets of God’s financial prosperity. Satan will oppose every morsel of Bible truth about this subject because this is the greatest threat to his kingdom. AS LONG AS Christians remain in poverty and glorify God for their humble estate, believing it is for their good, to keep them submissive and holy, the gospel will never be preached to every creature. And until this is done, Christ cannot return.Mat.24:14 Then Satan can continue his rule as the prince of this world.Jn.12:31; 14:30; Eph.6:12 God wants you to see yourself as a partner with Him—a financial partner; one in whose care He can trust His wealth in a flowing interchange of giving and receiv- ing. You will be amazed at how rapidly and miraculously God will bless you with His
material goodness once you learn how to plant money as seed in the fertile soil of God’s No. 1 Job and once you realize how He will multiply it back to you in an in- creased measure according to His abundant promises. Your life will become pro- ductive in God’s will and you will discover God’s abundance in THE GOOD LIFE He has given to you in Jesus Christ. God wants you to see that giving and receiving links your act of faith with His unlimited supply and His infallible law of sowing and reaping. When you invest your money in the Lord’s work, it is seed-money planted in the soil of His divine will. Once planted in faith, it must reproduce itself and return to you a multiplied harvest of much more than you sowed. As sure as wheat seed yields more wheat, your firstfruits seed-money will yield more money. When you give, you will receive more. Jesus said, Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running overLu.6:38 —that is an abundant return. God’s promises cannot fail.
A FARMER SOWS seed before reaping a harvest. The only seed that can be multi- plied back is the seed that is planted. It is the same in God’s law of giving and re- ceiving. Only the seed-money which you plant in the Lord’s work can be multiplied back in a harvest of financial prosperity. Suppose a farmer gathered the family around and complained: “Why does God require me to give this good seed to the earth? Can He not see that my family needs this seed for food? I shall feed my children first. Our needs must be met first. If no seed remains, we shall believe for a miracle-harvest anyway. God can give us a harvest without requiring us to sow our seed because He knows we need it.” But that is what God will not do. God has ordained that there shall be no harvest if seed has not been sown. The successful farmer sets aside the choice grain, the firstfruits, and gives it back to the earth. In return, the earth gives back an abundance of the same kind of seed that was sown. The barns are filled with plenty.Prov.3:9-10 Thus, there is more
to sow on greater fields. The principle of giving which Jesus taughtLu.6:38 is superior to the Old Testa- ment law of tithing.Lev.27:30 Giving is the New Testament way of life.Mk.10:29-30 It is as natural to a Christian as breathing. You give your time, talents, energies, your body, mind and money—your total life. The more you give the more you re- ceive, but giving comes first. In tithing, you return ten percent of your earning to God after God has given to you one hundred percent. You do it more as a debt owed to God—a release of one- tenth of your money which you do not really consider your own. So you fulfill your obligation and return to God His tithe which is, in effect, a thanksgiving of ten per- cent, but only after you have received your full portion first. But seedgiving is sowing. It is investing in the greatest security on earth—the unfailing covenant of God’s prosperity which guarantees that every seed sown will reproduce itself in a multiplied return. Giving always comes first. This expresses faith in action.
hapter 25 Expect a Good Harvest THERE ARE SOME very important facts of sowing and reaping which are basic to THE GOOD LIFE. Jesus taught that every promise He gave was a seed. He said: The seed is the
word of God.Lu.8:11
•That seed of His promise is incorruptible¹Pet.¹:²³ (undecaying, immortal,
•Each seed of God’s promise is life; it cannot decay, or die, or perish.
God’s seed-promises cannot fail. As sure as wheat seed reproduces wheat, God’s promises reproduce what they talk about for the person who plants them in the soil of His own believing heart. It is impossible for a farmer to plant one kernel and to reap only one kernel. The reaper’s return is always abundantly more than the sower planted. This principle is true in all aspects of life. Jesus underscored its application to giving one day when He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.Ac.20:35 His point was that it is more productive to give than to receive, because only what you give is multiplied back to you again. God’s principle of sowing and reaping is the key to Christ’s immortal statement about giving and receiving.
It is more productive for a farmer to sow grain seed (to give it to the earth) than to feed the family with it. By withholding the seed, the family may eat for awhile—but then they may die of starvation. By giving that same seed to the earth, God’s law of sowing and reaping guar- antees an abundant return to the farmer of more than was sown. One of the greatest hindrances to carrying out God’s work is the tradition which says to give and to expect nothing in return. This is exactly opposite to God’s law of sowing and reaping. Many times I have heard Christians say: “Oh, I give because I want to give. I ex- pect nothing in return.” Suppose a farmer said: “I sow my fields each spring because I just love to plant seed, but I expect nothing in return—no harvest.” How long could the farmer sur- vive? The wise farmer expects a good harvest. Good seed always produces a multi- plied return. It is God’s will for you to reap more than you sow. Each time you set aside your firstfruits, remember three basic points in planting your seed-money in the Lord’s work.
Keep your expectations only on the Lord. God alone is your supply—your only source. God shall supply all of your need.Phil.4:19 Look only to Him.
•He is the life of every good seed.
•He is the creator of all wealth.
•He is the source from which your abundant return flows.
When you plant the seed-money of your firstfruits and anticipate your increased harvest, do not limit that source of increase to your employer’s willingness to raise your salary, or to an increased interest or dividend on your savings or securities, or to any of the usual channels of income. God is the source of your supply. Trust Him to give an abundant harvest in His own way. He may use these means I have mentioned, but He is not limited to them. He may perform a material miracle to prove His promises to you. The point is that you must keep your eye on Him—not on the means He might use.
After you have sown the seed-money of your firstfruits, expect growth.
•And keep your expectations in God as your only source because, as Paul said,
•Once you have acted in faith on His word of promise, you have every right to
expectamiraclereturn. Yousowed—Youexpecttoreap.Withoutexpectation—Faithisdead. This is why we are on our knees every morning, praying and believing with each Christian partner in this vast world ministry. We are expecting and claiming what we know is God’s will for each one of them—that their needs be met miraculously, and that they receive back a harvest of more than they planted in God’s work. This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will[HiswordofpromiseisHiswill],weknowthatwehavethepetitionsthatwede- siredofhim.¹Jn.⁵:¹⁴-¹⁵ EverytimeaChristianpartner’sfirstfruitsarereceivedforGod’swork,thatisevi- dence on which to base faith for financial harvest. That gift is planted as seed-money in the fertile soil of doing God’s will.
•That planted seed will produce a harvest.
•God’s law of sowing and reaping is unalterable.
•His guarantee of plenty is unfailing.
Believe that God wants you to be blessed financially as well as spiritually.³Jn.² God wants you to be blessed by His material goodness as well as His spiritual and physical goodness. God created you for abundance, for good living. Only when you are blessed, can you bless others. Only when you are lifted, can you lift others. It is God’s will that riches and wealthPsa.112:1,3 be in your house, that you drive a nice car, live in a nice home, dress and live like the child of divine royalty that you are. And it is His will that you be His partner in reaching, blessing and lifting oth- ers. His will for you is always THE GOOD LIFE.