“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

– Romans 15:4 NIV

In the process of my recent posts on the subject of prosperity, the scripture reference for today’s post (from Romans 15) has quietly reverberated in the back of my mind. It is a definitive reminder to me of the purpose of the word of God for my life as a source of instruction and inspiration to aid me in my faith walk with God. The blessed man described in Psalm 1, who prospered at whatever he put his hands to do, did so because his delight was in the law of the LORD and he meditated on it day and night.

Prosperity, from the perspective of Scripture, is the expected outcome of one’s faith relationship with God. According to Romans 15:4, the bible was written to instruct us and inspire us to live with hope, or the expectancy of fulfillment. In the beginning, everything God created had the capacity to produce of its own kind (read Genesis 1). God created man (male & female), in His own image and likeness, with the expectation that we be fruitful, multiply, rule over and subdue the earth. In the gospel of John, Jesus teaches His disciples this very same principle of being frutiful (John 15). Later, in the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul teaches his readers about the fruit of the Spirit and our responsibility, as Christians, to bear the fruit (or character), of the Spirit of Christ (Galatians 5).

According to Psalm 1, it was noted that the blessed man who walked in the way God had chosen for him to take, stood firm upon God’s word as the authority by which he governed his life and sat at His feet to learn from Him, that man would be like a tree planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season (Psalm 1:3). In the same manner, God planted the seeds of the earth, watered them and waited for the process of growth to produce what He planted in Creation. As His creation, God has planted the seed of faith within me, as I confess Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, and waits patiently for the harvest of righteousness and prosperity to be produced within and through me as it occured in the beginning.

May God bless you and help you to gain insight, knowledge and understanding from His word and apply His wisdom revealed from the Scripture, so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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