What does a “Prosperous Life” really mean?

I thought my detective work should begin with uncovering the TRUTH;  to approach PROSPERITY by comparisons of thinking. The world’s way of thinking about prosperity is $$$…Money. I once had a boss once who was Korean and almost obsessed with the idea; money will lead to his success. I asked one day, “Jay, how do you say MONEY in Korean?”  He smile at me and said, “MUNN-NEY!”  We are going to have to change the way we think regarding PROSPERITY. We need to quip ourselves with the truth so we can prove that as a believer, we are really different from the worlds way of thinking.

A good place to start is in the Book of Romans. If you don’t have your Bible close by, get it. I’ll wait.

Romans 12:1-2,  “I APPEAL to you therefore; brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy, (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.   DO NOT be conformed to this world (age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], BUT be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you ].”  Amplified Version

I will start uncovering the facts, using those verses in Romans 12. I like how the Amplified Version of the Bible says to avoid conforming to this world’s understanding of what being successful is. We need to be transformed or changed, not by knowing what to do but the renewal of the “entire” mind; at the center of our mind, soul and spirit.

Your soul is the center of your mind, emotions and spirit. Let’s do some “proving” of what is good and acceptable for us. Go to 3 John in your Bible.

Verse 2 says,  “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.”

The word PROSPER in the Greek New Testament is, “eudoo“, pronounced ‘udoo’. It refers here to prosper; in the physical and spiritual health. It is not a ‘either or’ verse. You are to prosper in “every way“. If we believe that the word of God is the truth, then this verse is saying to me that true prosperity is the ability to go beyond the outside of my own self-indulgence. To excel to the point of prosperity isn’t just money.

The literal translation of the word “prosper”  in 3 John is, “to have a good successful journey or path”.  Genesis 24  is a story about a servant of Abraham who had been sent out to find a wife for his son Isaac.  In verse 12, Eliezer prays to his Lord that he would meet with success that day. Then verse 21 goes on to say, “The man stood gazing at her in silence, waiting to know if the Lord had made his trip prosperous.”  The Hebrew synonym for “prosperity” in this verse is “saleah” or “shalom“.  I am still uncovering the facts in all these verses. A good Complete Concordance is a must tool in being a Word Detective. That is where I start my investigations before every daily post.

Now, we can turn to the Book of Romans Chapter One.  We run again into the Greek word “eudoo“.  

Verse 10,  “I keep pleading that somehow by God’s will I may know at last prosper and come to you.”   Paul is praying for a “PROSPEROUS JOURNEY”.

In 3 John 2, it refered to prosperity in every avenue of our lives. I uncovered a neat clue, that embraces “prosperity in every way”.     I Corinthians 16:2, the Apostle Paul is giving instructions to the church in Corinth.

That you may receive her in the Lord [with Christian welcome], as saints (God’s people) ought to receive one another. And help her in whatever matter she may require assistance from you…”

Paul is referring to “profitability” of church members. Through the “prosperity” in every avenue of their lives. That’s the GOOD NEWS;  success in every area. Your mind, emotions and spirit. We learned a new word in Genesis 24; “shalom“; a Hebrew word for “prosperity”. Let’s continue with that word clue and turn to Psalm 35:27.  I want to read this verses in The Interlinear Bible–Hebrew, while you follow in whatever translation you might have.

“Let those who delight in my justification shout and rejoice; and they shall say without ceasing Jehovah be magnified, delighting in peace of His servant.” In the King James, Amplified and NAS versions, they all use “the prosperity of His servant“. In the New Internal Version they use “well-being”. In the Hebrew, “shalom” or “peace” or “wholeness” is used in place of the English word “prosperity”. Are these clues helping you in understanding?

I told a story yesterday about a boss-owner of a company I once work for in Seattle. Although cultures have different understandings of what is meant to be successful in life, his misunderstanding of true prosperity dealt with financial gain; the material. Expensive cars, expensive gadgets, expensive home and so on. Go with me now to the Book of the Revelation to look at the church in Laodicea.

Verse 17,  “For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”

Verse 18,  “Therefore I counsel you to purchase [obtain] from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy…”

Verse 19,  “…So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent.”  Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, changing your entire attitude. If God gives you enough money to allow Him to do His will in you; that’s true prosperity.

2 Corinthians 9:8, says that God will furnish you in abundance for every area of your life. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is about what Jesus came into our lives to do.

John 10:10 says,  “The thief (Satan) comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”

Now put you name in place of the word “they” and read it again aloud. Where are you in your abundance, your prosperity, your success? In the fullness of the abundance? You can step into the overflow if you renew you mind, changing your way of thinking with a new attitude towards “TRUE PROSPERITY“.

I will pick up this message again in Job 36 tomorrow. Be a partner with the Word Detective and start your own search for the Truth.


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