For as he thinks in his heart, so is he in behavior… — Proverbs 23:7a AMP
In my humble opinion, the two most crucial questions any human being can answer for themselves are these:
- Who am I?
- What is the purpose of my existence?
The answers to these salient questions are foundational to every one of our other thought processes and resulting behaviors. If we feel — whether consciously or subconsciously — our answers to those two questions are non-existent or inadequate, the likelihood of us sinking into depression — and possibly even resorting to suicide — are stratospherically high.
If our answers do not echo as Truth down into our deepest souls, we vainly embark on endless quests to find ones which do, typically leading to all sorts of addictions and/or other compulsive behaviors. Rather than bringing the peace we so desperately crave, those compulsions result in ever-increasing amounts of guilt and shame. Our incredible propensity to indulge in denial over the root cause(s) usually leads us to a point of despair, thus circling us back to the aforementioned issues of depression/suicide/etc.
That’s the bad news.
The astonishingly Good News is this: Jesus has answered those questions in spades — and truthful spades at that! — so we can have a solid foundation for our lives as we walk them out in a world whose darkness seems to increase exponentially by the day.
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I felt led of the Spirit to clarify this term which is used both by those who accept and those who oppose the doctrine of divine prosperity, often with little precision in what is meant by it by either side.
The pro-prosperity side tends to say that God is not the Author of failure and that God rewards those who obey Him this side of heaven, especially those who are generous with their wealth, no matter how large or small. Nay-sayers proclaim that divine prosperity is a heretical conflation of cherry-picked Scripture verses with the American Dream and that divine blessing does not automatically equate to financial wealth.
Much of the disagreement really depends upon how you define the word “success” which — naturally enough when exploring the Scriptures — is distinctly different from our earthly preconceptions and that of popular culture.
So let’s take a good hard look at how God defines success in His Word and see how/if that translates into financial prosperity. In other words, let’s discover if there is truly an intersection between godly success and earthly.
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What is Success?”
Last weekend on Saturday night, using free tickets a friend of my wife gave us, we attended the production of an abridged version of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Prescott High School in Prescott, AZ. It was the first time for me to see the play — I’d of course heard of it, but never saw it, assuming it was a biblical travesty like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s subsequent work, Jesus Christ Superstar. Turns out it wasn’t, so that was cool.
It was a really well-designed, well-executed production and all who were involved with it should be proud of their accomplishment. There were two standouts in the cast: Summer, who played the narrator, has the voice of an angel and a stage presence well beyond her tender years, and Emily, a female dancer who also had a stage presence that commanded our attention (last names withheld to protect the innocent). If both of them can navigate the minefields of high school and college without being entrapped by the allure of drugs, unhealthy dating relationships, unprotected sex and all that entails, teenage rebellion, etc. that plague our educational institutions nationwide, they have a bright future ahead of them as performers. I wish them well!
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