Principals apply to everything in life

Idle hands make one poor,
but diligent hands bring riches.
The son who gathers during summer is prudent; the son who sleeps during harvest is disgraceful.(Proverbs 10:4-5)
In the last teaching I promised that I’ll share with you the principles to follow in order to prosper.
The first principle which we must know and apply is that deligence in what ever your doing brings success. Many Christians are lazy in the name of faith, if you don’t work you won’t receive anything even if you fast for the whole year. In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.(James 2:17).
In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: “If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat.”(2 Thessalonians 3:10)
The second principle we should look at is the principle of time and opportunity. If you are not willing to take certain risks, you will never gain anything in this life. There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven:(Ecclesiastes 3:1). If you want to know if an opportunity has presented itself, you must study the times.
Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all of them.(Ecclesiastes 9:11)
The last principle we should know especially as children of God, is the principle of priority, always put first what you desire the most and for us it is the kingdom of God.
This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you — you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.(Matthew 6:25-34).
This is the last teaching of our current series, I hope you have been blessed by it. If you have any questions just leave a comment and I’ll respond as the Spirit will lead me to.
This teaching is a tribute to Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke whom spent over sixty years of his life on earth travelling the world to win souls for the Lord, he is an example of a person who seeked the kingdom of God and His ministry touched the lives of millions of not billions of people.
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Gospel’s prosperity : understanding principles

He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.(Proverbs 10:4-5)
In the past few months we have been looking at the Gospel’s prosperity, the biblical prosperity. We have seen that the yardstick of our property is the growth of our spirit and we learned that the first set to spiritual growth is to love God with your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
I want use to move to the next phase of this topic which is, understanding principles. When God created the heaven and the earth, He made rules and laws “principles” for everything to obey, and in order to for us to prosper we have to obey these principles.
Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.( Genesis 1:6-31)
We will start looking at the principles that we need to obey in order to prosper as our soul is prospering. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.(3 John 1:2).
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How to love God: the proof of your love

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.(Mark 12:30)

In the previous teachings we have been looking at how to love God, I believe that before we move on we have to look at something the bible says about loving God.

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.(1 John 4:20).

The bible says the if you say you love God and hate your brother, you are a liar. The reason for branding such a person as a liar is because it concludes that you can’t love God or something you can’t see while hating someone you can see.

Your love for God has to be seen through your love for people, because God loves people that’s why he sent His son to die for people and also instructed us to preach the good news to people. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16), Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19).

If you truly love God you will be able to do something for somebody else so that they can receive the light of the word of God.

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.(Luke 1:1-4)

Consider everyone around you just as you consider yourself, because that’s how the Lord and people can verify your love for God.

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How to be rich towards God : Love Him with your strength

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.(Mark 12:30)
We have been learning on how we love God, and we saw that we are supposed to love God with your heart, soul, and mind. Today we’ll look at what it means to love God with your strength.
When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.”
“Feed My lambs,” He told him.
A second time He asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.”
“Shepherd My sheep,” He told him.
He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”
Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.”
“Feed My sheep,” Jesus said. (John 21:15-17)
From the Book of John 21:15-17 we learn that to love God with your strength is to use your strength to serve serve Him. Meaning you can never say you love God with all your strength if you don’t work for God with your strength.
Some may be wondering, “how do I work for God with my strength?” the answer to your question is found in Matthew 28:19: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
The first thing Jesus said in Matthew 28 verse 19 is “Go”, hence if you are not willing to travel because of the work or anything related to the church you don’t love God. You can’t claim to love God with all your being while you don’t belong to any department in the church you attend, if you fully love God your love for Him push you to find something to do for Him.
If I say, “I won’t mention Him or speak any longer in His name,” His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones. I become tired of holding it in, and I cannot prevail. (Jeremiah 20:9)
When your strength doesn’t love God you will never be a faithful giver or be able to consistently pray because when your heart and mind agree to give or pray, your strength which controls your hands and mouth will manipulate your mind. But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property. However, he kept back part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge, and brought a portion of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.(Acts 5:1-2). Then He came and found them sleeping. “Simon, are you sleeping?” He asked Peter. “Couldn’t you stay awake one hour? Stay awake and pray so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”(Mark 14:37-38).
Make sure that your strength is applying the same effort in the work of God as your soul, heart, and mind so that you can fully be productive
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How to be rich towards God: Love Him with your mind

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.(Mark 12:30)
In the last two teachings we started looking at what we should love God with, and we saw what it means to love God with your heart and soul. Today we’ll look at loving God with your mind.
When you love God with your mind it means you have a reason that makes you love Him and as a result you will always think about Him. Anything your mind loves it will always gravitate towards. When I think of You as I lie on my bed,I meditate on You during the night watches because You are my helper; I will rejoice in the shadow of Your wings.(Psalms 63:6-7).
It is important that your mind meditates in the word of God because it’s transformation comes from there(the word of God), and since your mind controls your physical body it will give you power to subdue your body. Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.(Romans 12:1-2).
This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.(Joshua 1:8)
Make it a point to always read and meditate in the word of God so that your mind will be saturated with the Lord and your love for the Lord will be built.
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How to be rich towards God:Love Him with your soul

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.(Mark 12:30)
Last time we started looking at how to be rich towards God and we saw that we first have to love God with our hearts. Today we are moving to the second point, which is loving God with your soul.
The simplest explanation of what a soul is the inner part of your being which controls feelings and desires that you can’t explain why you have them.
Your soul is what controls your peace. Things like liking someone you’ve just met or preferring coffee over tea even though you don’t have any bad experience with either if your soul. Have I not wept for those who have fallen on hard times?Has my soul not grieved for the needy?(Job 30:25).
Your soul is the biggest influencer of your heart because unlike your mind it doesn’t have to give reasons to your heart, hence if you love God with your heart you can’t explain why you live Him so much. We see this type of action when God gave Christ for redemption. “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16).
When your soul loves God you no longer need a reason to pray or go to church. When your soul loves no amount of reason will explain why you serve him or why you praise him.
When you always need a reason to serve or praise God, you will end up falling into temptation because the devil will always give you a reason for not serving or praising God, he can even qoute bible verse to “prove” his point. The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”(Genesis 3:2-5). Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”(Matthew 4:5-6).
May your soul fall in love with God so that you will never fall into temptation.
Next time will look at the last two things that you should love God with.
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How to be rich towards God: love him with your heart

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.(Matthew 6:33)
In the last teaching we saw what it means to be rich towards God, now we’ll look at how to be rich towards God.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.(Mark 12:30)
As Christians are given two laws, which are to Love God and to love our neighbour. The first command is what teaches us how to be rich towards God. The first three things which we are commanded to love God with are internal and they influence our external components.
The first thing we love God with is our heart, meaning that we must be passionate about God and His work. Anyone you have given your heart, you want to the that person joyful and happy at all times and you will do anything in your power to make sure that they are always like that.
So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.(Genesis 29:20),
Now Israel loved Joseph more than his other sons because Joseph was a son born to him in his old age, and he made a robe of many colors for him.(Genesis 37:3). Hence if you love God with your heart, then winning souls for him because it makes him happy is something you will do joyfully. I tell you, in the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.”(Luke 15:10).
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16).
Another factor of loving God with your heart, is buying or giving gifts to Him. If your hands can’t express what you say with your mouth, it means that the sincerity of your love is in question. I love you without a lovely gift is fake. If God gave in order to express His love, it means everyone also has to give to express their love.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than his other sons because Joseph was a son born to him in his old age, and he made a robe of many colors for him.(Genesis 37:3).
We’ll continue with the other points on the following teaching.
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