Five Principles of ProsperityJanuary 30, 2022 Save Article
God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants. Psalm 1 speaks of the man who is “like a tree planted by the rivers of water,” and ends with a promise: “Whatever he does shall prosper.” Our problem is that we don’t understand what real prosperity is—God’s hand upon you, helping you do the things He wants you to.
Abraham was the father of the Jewish nation. In Genesis 24, Abraham sends his most trusted servant, Eliezer, to find a bride for his son Isaac. God prospered Eliezer, and in that we can find five principles of prosperity.
1. Set Specific Goals
Principle one: establish your cause. You have got to have a God-given goal for your life.
“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, ‘Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac’” (Genesis 24:1-4).
Clearly, Eliezer had a cause, a mandate. Do you? Or are you just drawing your breath and your salary?
Beware of vague goals. Most people could not write down what God has called them to do. Rather than being specific, they live a wandering generality, like a ship at sea on a dark night without a rudder, chart, or compass.
Beware of unworthy goals. One definition of failure is succeeding in the wrong thing. George MacDonald said, “In whatever man does without God, he must fail miserably—or succeed more miserably.”
- Is your cause God-given?
- Does your cause motivate you to fulfill it?
- Does your cause demand your very best?
- Can you honestly pray for God to help you fulfill your cause?
Beware of unbalanced goals. You need goals for every area of your life—not just physical, financial, or spiritual goals. Your entire life needs to be in balance.
If you get where you’re going, where will you be? Are the things you’re living for worth Jesus dying for?
2. Plan for the Challenges
Principle two: examine your condition. Diagnose your problems. Eliezer knew what his cause was, and then he had to see where he was. “And the servant said to him, ‘Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came’” (Genesis 24:5)?
It is not enough to establish your cause. Ask yourself, What is standing between me and that cause? Roadblocks do not mean that God is not with you. Your ability to meet and solve problems constitutes your job. Planning is not unspiritual; God planned our redemption before He made the world. The Lord said, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it” (Luke 14:28).
To fail to plan is to plan to fail.
3. Find Your Foundation
Principle three: encourage your confidence.
1. The Promise Factor—Get a promise from the Word of God. Abraham told Eliezer, “The LORD God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there” (Genesis 24:7).
To encourage your confidence, saturate your soul with Scripture. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8). Wait before God until you get a promise, and let it come out of the Word of God.
2. The Profit Factor—In the right sense, you need to ask, “What’s in it for me? Why am I doing this?” Real motivation comes from proper motives. What was Eliezer’s reward? 1) His master Abraham would be pleased, 2) there would be a bride for Isaac, 3) God would be glorified, and therefore, 4) Eliezer could have joy. It is not wrong to serve for reward if your reward is to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (See Matthew 25:21, 23.)
3. The Prayer Factor—“Then [Eliezer] said, ‘O LORD God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham’” (Genesis 24:12). When you pray, the Spirit of God comes into you to encourage, motivate, and drive you, so that you are not doing it alone.
4. Discipline Your Life
Principle four: enforce your character. You are not going to drift into success. Eliezer disciplined his life.
- He disciplined his decisions. “And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not” (Genesis 24:21). He was not making a snap judgment about Rebekah. He wanted God to affirm it.
- He disciplined his appetite. “Food was set before him to eat, but he said, ‘I will not eat until I have told about my errand’” (Genesis 24:33a). There are times when we have to set aside food, television, ballgames, vacations, etc.
- He disciplined his time. Rebekah’s family tried to slow down Eliezer. “And he said to them, ‘Do not hinder me, since the LORD has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master’” (Genesis 24:56). Don’t squander your time. There is enough time in every day to gracefully do everything God wants us to do. Do not insult God by saying you don’t have enough time.
When you examine your condition, some of the obstacles may be coming from some lack of discipline in your character.
5. Work with Other Christians
Principle five: enlist your comrades. Eliezer knew this was not a one-man show. He had to get Rebekah’s father, mother, and brothers to cooperate.
God makes us dependent on one another; that is the reason we have churches. Ask yourself, Am I a cooperative person? Have I learned to enlist others, to depend upon others, to delegate? A single snowflake isn’t much, but enough of them together can stop traffic.
Abraham did not send Eliezer off to get the job done without equipping him with gifts. (See Genesis 24:10, 53.) God the Father has given every one of us spiritual gifts—tools, not toys. Everything God has given us is to be used for the glory of God the Father, and we must give as we’ve been blessed.
Success is the progressive realization of the will of God for your life. Sooner than you think, you will stand before God, and then you will find out whether or not you’ve been prosperous.