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Sunday June 1, 2020

 

 

 Corona Virus and Prosperity

Introductions-    When we prosper we are able to have money because we are expected to HELP others. We are to be God’s arm to bring that HELP others.  God wants us to be an extension of Christ! What does prosperity mean to you?  Can you provide for yourself or others? Prosperity is when we can provide for others and not just ourselves! Corona virus is a pandemic that makes it difficult to provide for ourselves or others!  There is much poverty during this time!  No one is able to work so no money is coming in!

 

Outbreaks since 2000  In researching this I found that somewhere in the world there are outbreaks of pandemics or epidemics  just about in every year. I have not included more localized ones for in research I found there were more localized ones in Africa and China in many of these years.  Some of these listed below were worldwide. Some were localized in the US. Below I am giving a list of the viruses since 2000.  Also I wanted to point out many of these occurred in election years.  Some of the viruses listed below may have been man made!
2000 AIDS  2001 anthrax   2002 West Nile Virus   2003 SARS 2004   H3N2 2005 Avian    
2006 E Coli   2007 XDR TB   2008 Avian or Bird flu   2009-11 H1N1 ( swine flu)                   
2012 MERS   2013 H7N9    2014 Ebola 2015-16 ZIKa Virus                                                    
2017 Seoul virus   Ebola 2018     Measles 2019   Corona 2020
 

 

I want to point out that even though there were worldwide pandemics just about every year from 2000-2020 none of these shut down the world like this Corona Virus did. Some affected the whole world like Aids,  Bird flu,  Swine flu, and Ebola but none had the effect that Corona Virus did and I think part of that was due to the fear that was projected by the Media. Let God arise in our life for when we focus on the Lord we will not succumb to the fear of man but instead walk in his provision for us! These epidemics and pandemics is a sign we are in the last of the last days!


Focus Scripture  Phil 4:19 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.


 This is one of the best known Scriptures about our provision with the Lord.  God wants to supply our needs and does it because of what Jesus did.  The answer is what our riches are in Christ.  Christ is the one who made the provision so we can have what we need! The answer is God will supply.  God said I will do it, so we can count on it. God will confirm his Word with signs following!


Phil 1:19 19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,


 The supply will come from the Spirit of God.  The supply comes because of the salvation we acquired at Calvary.  IT comes by prayer. The answer is not in my doing. The answer is in Christ. Too often we focus on us and not on the supply that Jesus wants to give to us.  God has a mansion in glory for us and streets of gold. God has lots for us and can supply for us no matter what comes our way. The provision is greater than our ability to mess it up if we will trust Him for it!


He is my Source - To be free in our mind we need to get rid of the poverty mindset. To do that the first step is to realize that we are not our own source. God is our source. He is the one we must rely on for all things. God is our provider. The name for the Lord our provider is Jehovah Jireh. God will provide no matter how bad the situation seems.


Gen 22 10-17 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;


This is the story that our provision is based on. Here the name of the Lord is called Jehovah Jireh.  God said that you showed me great love and years later sacrificed Jesus for us.  The blessing was confirmed again by the sacrifice of Isaac.  Yet God provided a ram ( male lamb) to be offered in his stead as the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. The provision is in the sacrifice of GOD!  Abraham was credited with  withholding his only son even though he also had an Ishmael.  God says to you I will bless you for you are in my covenant with Abraham.


James 1:17 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
 

 God is good all the time and all the time God is good! God gives only good gifts and here James says there are also perfect gifts that come from God because God is perfect in all his ways. The answer is in the fact that God is our Father and gives to us His light! He is so good that there is no shadows for he is absolute light! God never changes  for His ways are higher than our ways. God wants to give to us all His ways!


Ps 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.


 Look at all these things that our in our provision. He is our source for blessing and benefit package. God does not expect us to work for him without a benefit package and this is a partial list of benefits.  He forgives, heals us and redeems us and one day will crown us grace and mercy. He wants to satisfy us with good things to help to renew our youth. IN his economy we will never grow old.  He wants to satisfy with long life! He wants to redeem us! He wants to give from his great storehouse. He wants to give us from all He has! HE wants to make you into a king/ queen.  We are his kids! HE wants us to reign with Him!


Essential needs  We have been told that in this time food, gov’t mechanics, trucks, medical are essential but churches are not. In fact in some states liquor is more important then churches.  Our President believes church is essential.  We need to have our spiritual needs met as well as our physical needs met.  God is essential. Money is important. We cannot live without God, and we do need money to exist in this realm!
 

Mt 6:18-21 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


 Men seek for treasure to the tune of 40 hours a week – Pastor John Hogan. God says our treasure should not be earthly but heavenly.  No thief can steal our heavenly treasure. What do you focus on Heaven or Earth?  IF your focus is on Heaven then your treasure will be heavenly but if your focus is on Earth then your treasure will be here and thieves will steal it.


1 Tim 6:10 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
 

 Money is not evil but the love of money ( greed) is. When we focus on making money our god then we will lose sight of the value God wants to instill in us. Satan is not our Lord so we need to make the Word of God essential in our life. IT is essential that we allow God to be#1 in our life and when we will allow God to be 1st in our life then money will only be a tool and not the source of our blessings! Do not covet the 10 commands say!  When we covet  it can bring sorrows! Solomon says Money is the answer for everything (Eccl 10:19) I would add to that in this world! Solomon the richest man said this for he saw how money solved many things in this life!


Pr 10:20-22 20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.


 The essential things is that God will make you rich and riches are not based on just money. The richest men do not have the simple things like family or love. The richest men get so wrapped up in business so they lost sight of what is important. The most important thing is a relationship with Jesus Christ. You need a loving family and a good home.  Speak what is right and speak in line with the Word of God!  God wants to bless you without sorrow! God wants to remove your tears!


Love one another   We need to learn how to walk in love. We need to love one another. We need to support and help one another. We need to put others first. It should go Jesus Others You. That is the only way we can have joy in this life when we allow the Lord to be first in this life.  When we love each other then God will give to us out of his blessings! God Is love for when we love then we demonstrate that Christ is in us!
 

Mt 25:34-40 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.


 Jesus wants us to love one another. This passage are for those on judgment day at the goat and sheep judgment.  God wants us to love one another. Sometime we are too busy are have been too conditioned by society to not be a giver! IT is important to give to people.  Jesus sees us giving and says when we give to others we give to Him. Pray for the sick, give to the poor ( those who have less then you)  Give and it is given back to you again!  Have a heart of giving! Feed the hungry and thirsty, clothe the naked,  visit those in prison and bless those by being a blessing to others! Do what you can to love others!


Lk 10:25-37 25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.


 Notice that the Samaritan did not expect to be repaid but gave knowing he would not get paid in return. He gave first aid and did what he could for the man. The religious people did nothing. The enemy of Israel helped him but the people of Israel in this story rejected the injured.  The ones in the house of God need to love one another  The Samaritan was one who gave a deposit to the hotel manager to help the man.  So we need to show mercy to those in need! So ask yourself how can you pray for others or show mercy to them, because what you give God will give back to you again  ( Lk 6:38)


John 13:34-35 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.


 I think that it is important we consider the source of the statement. Jesus. did he demonstrate love? Yes! He said love one another so we can trust that statement for he demonstrated what he is asking us to do. He is not asking us to do something that he did not do!  We will even today know that we are God’s students. He is the teacher so let us love like He did!


Mt 5:16 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


 How bright does your light shine before others and what makes your light shine? Your deeds come out of your relationship and opportunity!  Your light can only shine before men when you get your light from God!  The works are the result of the relationship you have with God!  You first must give to God before you can give to men and then God will give back to you! Giving comes from the heart! Your giving glorifies God!
 

Mt 5:42-44 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;


 Now do not forget to lend to many nations and not borrow. We should help others but in the world we expect people to pay us back. IF they do not pay us back then the debt is God’s and He will pay us back.   Love your enemies and love your neighbor for the love needs to flow out of you to all.  Walk in love  and bless others for when you bless them God blesses you. The blessings flow you learn to love no matter what!  Love and pray!  Pray for others so you can love them with grace!


Prosper – We need to know that God wants us to prosper for so many Christians have been taught that prosperity is a curse. The truth is that God desires his kids to prosper. Prosperity is a blessing! God removed the curse with the atonement.  The curse brought sickness and poverty for men had it perfect in the Garden of Eden.  Moses declared clearly that there was a curse which was also clearly declared in the Scripture!  To have prosperity we need to accept prosperity and get rid of the poverty mindset and adopt a prosperity mindset!  Be free because of the atonement that Jesus provided!


Deut 8:17-18 17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.


 You got yourself nothing! Remembering the Lord God helps you to give you the power or authority to get wealth. The ability to have more then you need to provide the needs of yourself your family and others!  God wants to establish the covenant that he made with Abraham to be with you and in you!  Christ in you!  Without Christ I can do nothing! I need him daily so I need him to do the work for me in me!  God is my supply! I do not supply my needs through my job, for God is the source!


Deut 28:1-6 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.


 There are so many blessings given to us in this one passage. Your prosper  in the city, field they overtaking you in your children , what you plant  and what you own, in your bank account and business. Then to top it off you are blessed going into your house and when you go out. You are blessed in everything you do and in everything you have in your life. Everything in your life is blessed because you are blessed!  God blesses everything that is connected with you.  This is the blessing God gave Abraham and this is the blessing God gives you!


Jer 29:11 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
 

 God thinks good thoughts toward you! There is not one evil thought toward you from God. God never changes his mind!  God wants good for you and God wants to give you an end where you will have all he provided! HE provided for you on Earth and in Heaven. The answer is not limited to fleshly situations but is for all eternity.  God wants to remove all those things that are obstacles to being able to receive from Him! He wants to give you peace so you can have a right relationship with Him!


2 Cor 9:6-8 6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:


 This is a statement of fact! You sow much you get much, but you sow little you get little! As you sow you reap!  The sowing needs to come first from the heart before it comes from the wallet! Heart giving is what matters! Giving is important but you must do it willingly! I have heard many say they would give but the issue is the heart not flesh! We are to give with joy and not sadness but with joy!  God wants a cheerful giver!  God gives out of grace and wants you to show that same grace to others. Give with love!  God wants even your giving to be a good work! Trust the Lord with your wallet for Jesus pointed out that giving is smallest area of faith ( Mk 4:13-20- sowing and reaping)


Ps 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.


 The delight needs to be in the Word and that must  be the focus of our relationship.  We are planted by rivers so we can prosper. Trees planted by rivers grow high and produce much fruit. Fruit is the result of this water of the Spirit in our life. Prosperity comes when we spend time with the Word and allow the Lord to lead us. During this time of famine in the world spend time in the Word and let the Lord become a greater focus in your life! Allow God to become more of what you need! Allow Jesus to focus your thoughts on Him for in doing so you will be able to be free from all the devil tries to do in your life!


Conclusion:    God wants us to help one another. We help one another by loving one another. We help one another by giving to one another. We help one another by giving out of our prosperity to people. The reason for our prosperity is to help. The reason we are to love is to bring people to Jesus. We must realize that God is our source so we can share based on sharing from our essential sources, our of which we can help people can receive from us, for we are God’s ambassadors to men!


Next week:    Corona Virus and Prophecy
 

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