God's Good Pleasure
“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
What makes God happy? What gives God satisfaction, enjoyment and delight? All creation, everything that exits was created by God for his pleasure. And so are we. Like everything else, we were created by God to bring Him pleasure. We exist for God. We were made to honor, obey and worship our Creator.
Before the foundation of the world, God planned for us to be in fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ so He could take pleasure in our prosperity. Prosperity is received by faith. Everything we do requires faith in God’s ability to do what He has promised in His Word.
The Holy Spirit living in us is the power source and the complete supply of our prosperity (II Corinthians 9:8). When we allow the Holy Spirit to have full access and freedom in our lives, He reveals methods for living in the abundance and prosperity reserved for us. Saying the name of Jesus Christ and speaking God’s Word in a personal, present-tense way frees the Holy Spirit to release the provision of the Divine substance for our abundance and prosperity. Without the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing; He is our breath of life!
Prosperity for believers in Christ includes:
Prosperity of Peace. The peace of Jesus Christ is given to us as a gift. It is constant and fulfilling. The peace provision of Christ is our power position to accept the ‘what is’ in our lives. When we stop fighting unwanted circumstances and accept them in peace, they change into what we really want. We have the peace of God which surpasses all understanding if we allow ourselves to forfeit control and trust Him. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7. The word ‘keep’ is a military term for someone standing on guard duty.
Prosperity of Power. The Holy Spirit is your inner power (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit is the blessing of Abraham (Galatians 4:14). He guides us in Truth (John 16:13).
The Holy Spirit is our provision, strength, counselor, wisdom, helper, righteousness, peace and sanctification (John 14:16-17, Hebrews 13:6, I John 4:13). He is in us as a scriptural fact, not as a feeling. The Holy Spirit is our power to witness the love of Jesus to ourselves and to others. He is our power to choose our attitudes daily. The Holy Spirit is necessary because emotional moods and circumstances will challenge our attitude. Circumstances are too great for humans without revelation of Jesus as ‘Savior’.
Prosperity of Plenty. To believe God is our source is challenging and life changing. When God said, “You will have sufficiency for all things”, He added ALWAYS (II Corinthians 9:8). God is fully capable to be our source for ‘all things’. Our work is to clear away negative patterns, mindsets of lack and the energy of fear and disappointment. Replace old negative expectations with faith expectations. Begin to expect every need to be met. Expect abundance in all areas of your life.
Prosperity of Purpose. Every person and everything has a purpose. The purpose of a car is to carry us places. The purpose of a saw is to cut wood. The purpose of a human is to be a carrier of God in our bodies. We are containers expressing Him on earth. The revelation and awareness of this great purpose gives every believer in Christ the power to have the courage to be who they are to be and do what is written in their heart (Ephesians 1:18).
As we begin to see all things, people and events with a thankful attitude and thankful words, our focus in is on creativity, initiative and courage. “…mount up with wings as eagles (Isaiah 40:31). Isaiah is expressing that we change our point of view, develop an uplifted attitude and change the way we see things. When we change our perception, circumstances begin to look more like opportunities for miracles. Perception is our personal faith. How we see things produces either victory or death in this life. A Caleb can-do attitude of ‘nothing is too hard’ and seeing abundance all around is the birthright of every believer in Christ. This is true prosperity.