When down-and-outers get a break, cheer! And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.
James 1:9-11 MSG
Most have been on both sides of the road here. I’ve had hardly anything and without God not even hope. When I started to have a relationship with God but not much in material including food (not knowing what we would eat for the night). He showed me how to live one day at a time with faith and hope and He provided daily. My faith was built up and I could see how He took care of me and my boys in everything. This I could boast that I had a relationship with God and He carried us through. I like to think I was like the woman with the oil and flour. I trusted God with my every move.
She said, “I swear, as surely as your God lives, I don’t have so much as a biscuit. I have a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a bottle; you found me scratching together just enough firewood to make a last meal for my son and me. After we eat it, we’ll die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t worry about a thing. Go ahead and do what you’ve said. But first make a small biscuit for me and bring it back here. Then go ahead and make a meal from what’s left for you and your son. This is the word of the God of Israel: ‘The jar of flour will not run out and the bottle of oil will not become empty before God sends rain on the land and ends this drought.’” And she went right off and did it, did just as Elijah asked. And it turned out as he said—daily food for her and her family. The jar of meal didn’t run out and the bottle of oil didn’t become empty: God ’s promise fulfilled to the letter, exactly as Elijah had delivered it!
1 Kings 17:12-16 MSG
I have had money, plenty of food and places to live. God showed me if I did not place Him first and I placed the material first. The consequences were being lonely in my Spirit and the joy in my heart was no longer there. Without God and His Spirit living inside you all the money in the world will not make you happy.
In the end of our life we our layed down in our grave and become dust. We can’t take a thing with us not even clothes. I want my heart to have been full of a joy and have a forgiveness and love for others. What did we do when we were poor with little money? How did we love others and trust God. What did I do with the money I was blessed with? Did I tithe, give to a good cause? Did I just blow it or did I listen to God what to do with it?
It’s ok to have nice things.. it is… God loves to bless us but He wants us to be smart with what we are blessed with. To listen to Him and put Him first. Like Joseph did. He was in prison with nothing but never gave up and counted all his blessings. He forgave his brothers for selling him and trusted God. Look what happened to him. Pharoah went to get him out of prison because He heard Joseph told what a dream meant to the cup bearer. Joseph could have sat in prison and sulked and never did anything God told him to do, but he did his best even in prison and Gods plans for Joseph He told him about when he was a boy came to the surface. See if God told you something you better believe it’s going to happen, but sometimes you have to go through the drought so He can train you for what He has for you. Better pass the test like Joseph did are He will keep testing you until you do.
Then Pharaoh said to his officials, “Isn’t this the man we need? Are we going to find anyone else who has God’s spirit in him like this?” So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “You’re the man for us. God has given you the inside story—no one is as qualified as you in experience and wisdom. From now on, you’re in charge of my affairs; all my people will report to you. Only as king will I be over you.” So Pharaoh commissioned Joseph: “I’m putting you in charge of the entire country of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his finger and slipped it on Joseph’s hand. He outfitted him in robes of the best linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He put the second-in-command chariot at his disposal, and as he rode people shouted “Bravo!” Joseph was in charge of the entire country of Egypt. Joseph had two sons born to him before the years of famine came. Asenath, daughter of Potiphera the priest of On, was their mother. Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh (Forget), saying, “God made me forget all my hardships and my parental home.” He named his second son Ephraim (Double Prosperity), saying, “God has prospered me in the land of my sorrow.”
Genesis 41:38-43, 51
Did we make a life where we were full of Jesus and people knew us to be kind and have a Jesus love? When we take our last breath and close our eyes we will be in Heaven beautiful heaven where we have others who are already there to meet us. Jesus will be waiting. We will see our glorious God. What we do on this earth does matter. What we do with the money God blessed us with does matter. What we do with the time does matter.
“Yes, I’m on my way! I’ll be there soon! I’m bringing my payroll with me. I’ll pay all people in full for their life’s work. I’m A to Z, the First and the Final, Beginning and Conclusion. “How blessed are those who wash their robes! The Tree of Life is theirs for good, and they’ll walk through the gates to the City. But outside for good are the filthy curs: sorcerers, fornicators, murderers, idolaters—all who love and live lies. Revelation 22:12-15