March 10, 2022 READING A PROVERB A DAY (PROVERBS 10) The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22) Adrian Rogers on Proverbs

Proverbs 10 New Living Translation

Proverbs 10New Living Translation

The Proverbs of Solomon

10 The proverbs of Solomon:

A wise child[a] brings joy to a father;
    a foolish child brings grief to a mother.

Tainted wealth has no lasting value,
    but right living can save your life.

The Lord will not let the godly go hungry,
    but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.

Lazy people are soon poor;
    hard workers get rich.

A wise youth harvests in the summer,
    but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.

The godly are showered with blessings;
    the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

We have happy memories of the godly,
    but the name of a wicked person rots away.

The wise are glad to be instructed,
    but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.

People with integrity walk safely,
    but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.

10 People who wink at wrong cause trouble,
    but a bold reproof promotes peace.[b]

11 The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain;
    the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

12 Hatred stirs up quarrels,
    but love makes up for all offenses.

13 Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding,
    but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod.

14 Wise people treasure knowledge,
    but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress;
    the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives,
    but evil people squander their money on sin.

17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life,
    but those who ignore correction will go astray.

18 Hiding hatred makes you a liar;
    slandering others makes you a fool.

19 Too much talk leads to sin.
    Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.

20 The words of the godly are like sterling silver;
    the heart of a fool is worthless.

21 The words of the godly encourage many,
    but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

22 The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich,
    and he adds no sorrow with it.

23 Doing wrong is fun for a fool,
    but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.

24 The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled;
    the hopes of the godly will be granted.

25 When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away,
    but the godly have a lasting foundation.

26 Lazy people irritate their employers,
    like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.

27 Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life,
    but the years of the wicked are cut short.

28 The hopes of the godly result in happiness,
    but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.

29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity,
    but it destroys the wicked.

30 The godly will never be disturbed,
    but the wicked will be removed from the land.

31 The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice,
    but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.

32 The lips of the godly speak helpful words,
    but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.

God Wants Me to Prosper?

Love Worth Finding

Adrian Rogers

God Wants Me to Prosper?

Ecclesiastes 11:1-10

I have good news: God wants you to prosper.

I’m not talking about the “prosperity gospel”—a uniquely American false teaching— but God’s desire for you to have true prosperity. The prosperity He wants for you is financial and fiscal responsibility and blessing.

But have you wondered if God wants you to prosper? Listen to just three Scriptures.

And he [the righteous person] shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in the season, his leaf also shall not witherand whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:3)

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth. (Third John 2

 Let the Lord be magnified, who hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. (Psalm 35:27)

I’m not claiming you’ll become a millionaire,living a life of luxury. People often look at a man who’s gone through several marriages, whose kids are rebellious, who has an ulcer and battling an addiction, but because he’s got a big bank account, they call him prosperous. He’s not prosperous. He’s a miserable failure. But the Bible says, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).

The challenge is to have true prosperity God’s way. The wisest man who ever lived, other than the Lord Jesus, was Solomon. In Ecclesiastes chapter 11, he sets out 8 principles of prosperity.

1. Investment Principle

 Cast thy bread upon the waters for thou shall find it after many days.

Solomon invested wisely (1Kings 10:22-23). He was a trader, investing in ships, sending them across the sea, “casting his bread upon the water.” Sometimes they’d be gone for as long as 3 years, but when they came back, they returned with incredible riches.

The Lord Jesus taught us to invest. Remember the parable of the talents (Matthew 25) and the property owner’s anger upon return when one of his servants did nothing but bury the money in the ground. “His Lord answered and said unto him, ‘Thou wicked and slothful servant.’” That is, “You should have invested what I gave you and made it grow.”

You are a steward of all God gives you. Your responsibility is to grow His investment. Your motive must not be greed or pride, but wise use of what He’s given. And you must get wise counsel. “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” (Proverbs 13:20) If you lack wisdom, ask God and He will give it to you.

2. Diversification Principle

Give a portion to seven and also to eight, for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.” Ecclesiastes 11:2

I looked this up in another translation. It clarifies, “2Take shares in several adventures, you never know what will go wrong in this world.” Don’t pull all your eggs in one basket. Diversify as you invest.

3. Preparation Principle

Get ready for the foreseen and the unforeseen. There will be a rainy day. Sooner or later a storm will come.

Some say, “Well, I’ll just trust God.” You ought to trust God, but the Bible says to make preparation. If you don’t prepare, that’s not trust, that’s presumption. “Keep back thy servant from presumptuous sin” (Psalm 19:13), and “Learn a lesson from the ant.” “Go to the ant thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise….” (Proverbs 6:6). Prepare for a rainy day. Are you saving for the future? You ought to be. “There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man spendeth it up” (Proverbs 21:20). You say, “Well, I’m trusting God.” Faith and prudence are not in competition with one another. “The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. (Proverbs 14:18)

4. Venture principle

Another word for “venture” is risk. Did you know the Bible encourages taking a risk? You say, “Oh, isn’t that like gambling?” Not at all. Every farmer putting seed in the ground takes a risk. The servant who buried his master’s money did so because he said he was afraid.

I’m not talking about foolish chance or hoping to get rich quick. You’ve got to get out on a limb because that’s where the fruit is.

5.Trust Principle

You must trust God because there are some imponderables in life that are solely under the sovereign control of Almighty God. Rather than worry, there comes a time when you have to say, “Lord, I realize I’ve got to make investments. I must diversify, make preparation, and be willing to venture. But after I’ve done all that, who knows what’s going to happen? So Lord, it’s in Your hands. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know You, Lord, and I know You love me. I will trust You.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

6. Work Principle

In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand, for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both alike shall be good.

Here the principle of diversification is married to the principle of work.

Solomon said, “The sluggard shall not plow by reason of the cold, therefore shall he beg in harvest and have nothing.” (Proverbs 20:4)

Paul agreed: “For even when we were with you this we commanded you that if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10-11).

7. Perspective Principle

Solomon gives us much-needed perspective in verses 6-9. Enjoy life, but remember bad days will inevitably come. Sooner or later you’re going to get sick; you’re going to die. Keep that in perspective. Enjoy life. God wants you to enjoy life. If you have good things, enjoy them.

Jesus was not a recluse; He was actually accused of being a wine bibber and a glutton. Of course He was not, but his accusers envied how much He enjoyed life! Jesus was a man of joy.

There is nothing better for a man that he should eat and drink and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw that it was from the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 2:24

If God is showering you with blessing, if He prospers you, if God gives you a home, enjoy it. If you sit down to a Sunday dinner, thank God and enjoy it. If you are surrounded by your wife, your children and your grandchildren, rejoice. If you’ve got brothers and sisters in Christ today, thank God for them. If there’s beautiful music, let it bless your heart. God is good. Don’t forget that.

The Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

8. Accountability Principle

Grow up. Put away pessimism, put away sin, live wisely, because we are stewards. Ask, “God, how much of this do I need to use? How much should I save? How much should I invest? How much should I give? For none of it is mine. It is all Yours. And I know soon and very soon I’m going to stand before You, and You’ll say, “What did you do with what I entrusted in your hands? I am a steward.”

Listen well: What you call your own is not yours. You’re only a manager. Owners have rights. Stewards have responsibilities. And if you have Jesus, you’re already rich.

To hear this entire message, including more content than we can share here, the message will be heard on radio nationwide in two parts on Friday, June 22 and Monday, June 25. You can hear it on our website, www.lwf.org on those dates and afterward, and at www.oneplace.com

If you’d like a CD copy for your own study and review or to share with a loved one or friend, call us at 1-800-LOVE-GOD and request Message # 1901, “The Principles of Prosperity.”

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