Prospering Through Adversity
April 15, 2007
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Prospering Through Adversity
Winds of prosperity are blowing – Stories of prosperity are coming in. It’s great to anticipate it prophetically (which is also happening). But, I especially enjoy the experience of God’s movement in tangible ways. Increase is coming to those that have sowed and they are beginning to see the harvest. The Father’s heart is longing to extend this anointing for increase throughout the Body of Christ. The Lord is preparing us us for great influence to bless the nations. Here are a few suggestions on how you can ride this same wave.
Sowing in Adversity – This biggest mistake Christians make in preparing to experience prosperity is “not preparing.” If you want to have increase you have to sow… an investment, a business, real estate, an invention… something that God can multiply. The school of thought farthest off base is that somehow the wealth of the wicked will magically be transferred into the pockets of blissful believers just waiting for this end time miracle (spelled slothful). HELLO – you’ll be waiting a long time for that one. Prosperity comes as a result of work and wisdom. If you do nothing that’s a great indication of your expected harvest.
Once we turn the corner, see the big picture, and starting sowing in something that will increase then the fun starts… so does the adversity. We have the authority to easily defeat whatever the enemy can throw at us but knowing and doing are two different things. Here’s the general promise of our power over problems that arise.
The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven Deut 28:7
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Gen 12:3 NIV
The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Prov 28:1
Listen to Ps 126 – the emotion of sowing through adversity and returning in joy with a great harvest.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev. 5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him. Ps 126:4-6
Adversaries – There are times when your adversity will take on a specific name and face in the form of lawsuits, extortion, theft, etc. When that happens we don’t want to get out the voodoo dolls and pins. However, we don’t want to to roll over and passively turn the other cheek in every case either. It takes a specific leading from the Holy Spirit and we shouldn’t be too prescriptive with fitting one verse to every circumstance.
The first thing to realize is the spirit behind the person. There is always a possibility the human adversary might get saved and forgiven… just like we were. They are just the messenger and the real problem is behind the scenes resisting your commitment to build the Kingdom.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Eph 6:11-13 NIV
With that caution, we also need to be aware that Paul gave us an example of dealing with a personal adversary through prayer. We see the same kind of prayer in David’s life especially in the Psalms. Neither were afraid to appeal to the Lord to break off an attack – both the spirit and the person.
Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message. 2 Tim 4:14-15, 2 Tim
Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme. 1 Tim 1:20 NIV
Paul’s thorn in the flesh was apparently a person. Yet, when he made an appeal to the Lord to remove it the answer to his prayer was “my grace is sufficient.” (2 Cor 12:7-10) Paul also encountered preachers operating out of selfish ambition trying to stir up trouble. Paul concluded it really didn’t matter in the bigger scheme of things.
The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Phil 1:16-18 NIV
Your Strategy – Like everything else, spiritual principles start of fail us when we try to use them outside of specific direction from the Holy Spirit. The real lesson is the Father revealing his plan to his friends (Jn 15:15). Don’t tolerate adversity. Do get the plan in prayer and cause “it” or “them” to flee in 7 directions.
There is a great anointing to prosper God’s people available right now. Take up your mantle and inherit your land… even if you have to kill a few giants in the process. God’s making some omelets and He’s looking for warriors that aren’t afraid to break some eggs.
Life is an adventure. People are a blessing. God is amazing. We’re winning.
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