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The Blessed Life – Part Three…What is it? How do you get it? – Words to Live by

Lonnie McCowan

By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan

Continuation from last week:
In order to prosper, you must first have a prosperous soul. That’s the beginning of the prosperous life. But how do you get there?

Once you find a promise in the Word, don’t disqualify yourself from receiving by saying, “God would never do that for me.” Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). Let God’s Word change your thinking. You will prosper in any area as your soul [mind, will and emotions] prospers in understanding about that area from the Word, and you take that knowledge and act on it. Your inner man prospers when you believe the Word. Your circumstances prosper when you receive what He says and act on it. Be faithful to keep meditating on the promises in the Word until they overtake your life. Everything you receive from God starts with the Word in your heart. Proverbs 4:20-23 says, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 28:20).

3)Tithing and Sowing “Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency. And with the first fruits of all your income; so shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10, The Amplified Bible).

I never had any financial growth until I became faithful in tithing. At first it looked impossible to give that 10 percent. But when I did, the 90 percent I had left went further than the 100 percent I had before.

Tithing is a covenant transaction that gets God involved in what you are doing. The first 10 percent of your income—the tithe—belongs to God. The Bible calls it firstfruits. It’s devoted to God, and it goes to support ministries that feed you spiritually.Tithing is how you honor God with your money. It makes a way for God to bless you supernaturally.

Whatever we do must be in obedience and in faith for God to be pleased with it. II Corinthians 9:6 says: “He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”

The Scripture plainly says you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7). If you desire to be a receiver, you have to be a giver. “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

4)  Believing and Saying “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak” (II Corinthians 4:13).The Bible says several times, “The just shall live by faith” Romans 1:17. Abraham was blessed because he lived by faith. He believed God. We’re supposed to live the same way: “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham” (Galatians 3:9).Faith must be in two places—in your heart and in your mouth. “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach” (Romans 10:8).

Believing in your heart and saying with your mouth produce the operation of faith. “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23).

I learned that if I let the word of God get in to my heart in abundance, it would come out of my mouth as faith-filled words and Gods words coming out of my mouth or your mouth can and will changed things around us!

Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email at lonnie100@msn.com or by visiting www.miraclecenterventure.com.

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