Back From Egypt

19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt.
20 “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”

Matthew 2:19-20 (NLT)

We shall continue from the story in the previous article. In the previous article, we learn that Jesus’ life was in danger the moment he was born. Yet God was with him. However, his natural parents knew nothing about the danger until after they were visited by the wise men. After that, an angel told them that they must flee to Egypt because Herod was planning to kill Jesus. At that time, the family would have no problem in complying with the angel’s instructions because they had a lot of money.

Subsequently, Jesus’ family went to a luxurious holiday trip to Egypt. I added the word “luxurious” because there was no reason for them to be thrifty when they had so much money. So, the family spent quite some time having fun in Egypt until an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph and told him to get back to Israel because Herod had died. The family went back to Israel.

Let us stop here to identify the lessons that we can use for our prosperity. In the previous article, we learn that God always release the necessary information at the right time. Premature release of information can cause us unnecessary worry and fear. God does not want us to live that way. In addition, God will only tell us to do certain things after he has provided us with the means to do them. God will never tell you to flee to Egypt if you do not have the money to do so.

The central message here is Jesus eventually returned to Israel. Egypt was place of refuge but Israel was the place of action. Jesus’ place was in Israel and not Egypt. No matter how comfortable life in Egypt was at that time, Jesus still returned to Israel because Israel was the place that he was called to create prosperity.

I believe all of us will enjoy vacations. These are the days where we put aside all our pressures of work, go to a far away place, stay in wonderful hotels, enjoy being treated like kings and focus only on having fun. Sometimes we even wish that we have more money so that we can live like that for the rest of our lives. However, we still have to face reality on having to go back to our jobs or businesses.

The truth is, God does not have problem with us having fun and live like kings. It is not a sin in wanting to live like kings. God wants us to live like kings. In fact, we Christians are called to be kings. Jesus is the king of kings. Who are the “kings” who worship Jesus as their king? It is definitely not the head of states of the kingdoms of this world because not all of them worship Jesus. There is only one group of people who worship Jesus as their king and that is us Christians. So, when you came across the phase “king of kings”, remind yourself that Jesus is the “king” and all Christians are the “kings”. Therefore there is nothing wrong with us kings wanting to live like kings.

The crucial point here is that living like kings is not limited to vacations alone. Kings have the responsibility to defend and prosper their respective kingdoms. God did not design us to live in a vacation setting forever. He designed us to be achievers.

There is nothing wrong to spend some time in a nice resort but there must be a time for us to pack our bags and return to the real world. The real world is the place where we fulfill the desires God has placed in our hearts in creating prosperity for ourselves and for the people around us. We are blessed to be blessings to others. There are many people who live and die every day around the world without knowing the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are many people who live in hopelessness and despair around the world because they do not know of a God who loves them and wants to prosper them.

It is up to us Christians to spread the word of the Gospel. The best way we can do that is to live the lives God wants us to live. Live a life of prosperity, good health, long life and success in every area. When we do that, we will be beacons of light shining in the darkness. People will be drawn to us. Soon, they will realize that Jesus is the one who prospers us. They will want to believe him. This is what true evangelism is all about.

It is time to leave Egypt and go to Israel.

Flee To Egypt

13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
Matthew 2:13 (NLT)

We continue with the story in the previous article. Jesus’ family has some distinguished visitors who came with a lot of treasures. All of a sudden they became rich. After the visitors had departed, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee to Egypt with his family and stay there until further notice because the local warlord named Herod wanted to kill the child.

The whole family escaped southwards. In case somebody may ask on how were they to finance their trip like buying food and paying for accommodations, the answer is they had already received a lot of treasures from the wise men. This tells us that God has some common sense. He planned for the wise men to meet with the family first before he sent his angel to ask them to leave so that they can have the money to do so. This also means that the family did not travel like refugees. They had a lot of money. So, they must be travelling with the best money can buy.

After Herod had discovered that the wise men did not inform him of the location of Jesus, he became furious. He ordered a massacre.

16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.
Matthew 2:16 (NLT)

He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under. This tells us that Jesus must be around that age that time. So, when you see replicas of Jesus’ birth with baby Jesus surrounded by his parents, angels, shepherds and the wise men in Christmas season, you now know the replicas are wrong. The wise men did not appear at Jesus’ birth at the manger. Only the angels and shepherds were there at Jesus’ birth besides his parents. The wise men only arrived when Jesus was around 2 years old at his house, not manger.

Let us stop here to revise on how we can use the above truth for our prosperity. Jesus’ life was in danger the moment Herod knew about him. However, he was under 2 years old at that time. He would not have the capability to defend himself. Neither could his parents knew about this threat. Even if they were informed of it, what could they do? They were a poor and helpless family that relied on carpentry for a living. This means they can neither fight nor run.

However, they had God on their side. God saw their plight and devised a way out. There was a group of wise men who discovered Jesus’ birth and they had the desire to see him and present their gifts to him as an expression of their worship. God took this opportunity to match make the group and the family together. When the wise men met the family, their desire to worship Jesus and give him gifts was met. At the same time, Jesus’ family had the money to run away.

This is basically how God does his business. He is not Robin Hood. He will never rob from one group to give to another. In other words, God will not prosper us at the expense of others nor will he prosper others at our expense. He can prosper all of us together. This is the mentality of abundance. The wise men got what they desired and Jesus’ family got the money to escape from danger.

You may have noticed that Jesus’ parents never knew of Herod’s plot to kill Jesus before the wise men left. Why do you think would have happened if God were to tell them that the moment Jesus was born? I suspect Joseph and Mary would have spent the first 2 years after Jesus’ birth in worry and fear, wondering when would Herod come. So, God showed them mercy by telling them about Herod’s plot only after they had the money to escape.

This is the God of the Bible. He is not a pervert. He will never tell you things to make us worry and live in fear. His words are always uplifting and encouraging to us. If you read the Bible and feel discouraged, you are not reading it in the right context. If you go to a church and listen to a sermon that makes you worry and fearful, that sermon is not from God. It must be a theology, which is a lie from the pit of hell.

In case you have been wondering on why God does not reveal all the challenges of your life in advance, the reason is because he does not want you to worry and live in fear. He wants you to concentrate in dealing with today’s problems. He will give you what you need for tomorrow’s problems when tomorrow comes. All we need is to trust in him. He will show you the solution when the time comes. If the solution happens to run away, he will give you the money to do so.

Finally, God always over-provides. The Bible tells us the wise men brought treasures chests filled with valuable items. That sounds more than enough to finance an escape to Egypt. Since the Bible does not record any other financial achievements in Jesus’ family, I suspect the treasures last quite a long time until the time Jesus started his ministry. No wonder Jesus was so rich when he was in his ministry. God over-provided for him.

Likewise, God will also over-provide for us. What have you ask God for? He will give you exceedingly and abundantly above all that you are to ask and think of. All you have to do is to believe. Do you believe?

Jesus Was Born Rich And So Are You

11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:11 (NLT)

The above verse is about an event that took place when Jesus was under 2 years old. Jesus was born in a manger that was filled with animals. It was not exactly a good place to be born in, even though there were some shepherds dropped in to say hello. It seems like Jesus was born poor but the situation changed dramatically when he was around 2 years old.

At that time, Jesus had a few visitors who came from far away and they did not come empty handed. They came with treasure chests filled with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for Jesus. Jesus became rich even before he was old enough to attend kindergarten. So, anyone who says Jesus was poor on earth are either liars or they don’t read the Bible.

Why do you think God put this verse in the Bible? Obviously he wants us to know that Jesus was rich when he was on earth. Jesus was setting an example for us that God has designed every one of us humans to be rich. There is no provision in the Bible that allows Christians to be poor. If you happen to be a poor Christian, you should start rejoicing because God wants you to be rich. Seek God, read the Bible, listen to true Bible teachings and read the articles in this blog if you really want to obey God and be rich.

Please note that, Jesus only received his physical gold when he was about 2 years old. He did not get them immediately when he was born. Jesus was born in a very “unglorious” place. He did not look very rich then. There is a waiting period between the birth of Jesus to the day he got his first treasure chests. So, even Jesus has to wait for some time to get his riches manifested before his eyes.

The same can happen to us. You may not find yourself very rich right now. You can still see the poor environment and the piles of debts around you. God is telling you not to give up. God is the one who promised you abundant prosperity and he will keep his words. Your prosperity will come as long as you keep believing and don’t ever give up your faith.

However, if you choose to give up, I can prophesy right now on what is going to happen. This is my prophecy: nothing. If you give up, nothing is going to change. Your present situation will remain the same. Therefore, faith is your only choice is you want to change your life for the better.

This is your waiting period. Your visitors are on their way carrying your treasure chests to you. Make sure you don’t run away or they will not be able to find you. How did the visitors find Jesus? They followed the star. God has planned the star to be at that particular location in order to direct the visitors to Jesus.

Likewise, wherever you are right now, God has planted a star at that location to direct your prosperity to you. You may be in a very bad job like washing toilets or sweeping the streets but it does not matter to God. God can still prosper you wherever you are. Do your job cheerfully, enthusiastically and with thanksgiving to God. You are effectively making your star to shine brighter. This will cause your prosperity to come sooner.

Having said that, it does not mean that you cannot move to a better job when the opportunity comes. If the new job is better than your present job, you can be sure that God wants you to go for it. He will move your star along. I am sure you will understand that this does not include jobs that are illegal or immoral.

In conclusion, do not be despair if your situation looks bad now. If you are a Christian, you are meant to be rich in every area of your life. This includes having a lot of money. Theologians and doctrine worshippers may be against Christians asking God for a lot of money but not God. God wants us to be rich. He has placed a bright star above each of us to direct prosperity to us.

Each time, you talk negative, think negative, feel negative and stay away from God, you are making your star dimmer. You are effectively delaying the manifestation of your prosperity. In contrast, if you talk positive, think positive, feel positive and stay close with God, you are making your star brighter. Your prosperity will arrive sooner.

This is the truth. What is your choice?

How Many Failures Can You Take?

16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.
Proverbs 24:16 (NLT)

In this article, I shall address the question on how many failures can we Christians endure before we can achieve success. Please note that I never wrote on whether we can have failures in our lives. If you live long enough, you are guaranteed with some failures along the way. Being Christians do not immune us from experiencing failures in life. God has never promised us that our lives on earth will be like beds of roses after we become Christians. The truth is failures are here to stay as long as we are alive on earth.

So, how many of them can we take? The above verse tells us that the godly may trip seven times. However this does not imply we can only fail 7 times. I would like to clarify that the number 7 here does not refer to the numerical 7. It refers to infinity. The true meaning of the first part of above verse is:

No matter how many times the godly meet with failures, they will overcome them and bounce back.

All of us want to win and be successful at all times. None of us like failures. However, when they come, God has given us the guarantee that we have what it takes to overcome them and move up to the next level. No matter how many times we trip, we can get up again. We may be down for a while but we are never out. We should always remember this truth especially when we find ourselves trapped in a bad situation that seems impossible to get out.

Why must there be failures in the first place? Why can’t we just live in a fail-proof environment? The answer is as humans, we have the desire to keep improving, reaching new heights and explore new worlds. This sounds like Star Trek but this is the quality that makes us different from animals. The human civilizations will not reach the present level if our ancestors were to stay inside their comfort zone and refused to explore new worlds, discover new knowledge and rise to the next level of civilization.

If we want to improve and move to the next level, we will have to leave our comfort zone. In doing so, we will encounter situations that we have never met before and thus increase the risk of failures. The higher we rise from our present situation, the higher risk of failures will be for us. What is your choice? Will you choose to be stagnant in your present situation that comes with a low risk of failure or will you choose to keep improving, rise to the next level and face the higher risk of failures? The choice is yours.

What are you going to do when you meet with a failure?

You may be diagnosed with a terminal disease where there is no cure. You may be burdened with huge debts and have no source of income to rely on. All these are the examples of bad situations that are quite common among the people of this planet. The real question here is, what are you going to do about it?

Are you giving up and talk negative, like the rest of the world? Or will you choose to activate you faith and use it to break out of the seemingly impossible situation? Are you determined to turn your sickness into health, your poverty into prosperity and your weakness into strength? This is the difference between Bible believing Christians and the rest of the world.

We may trip seven times but we will always get up again. I have added the word “always” to emphasize on the certainty of our resilience toward challenges in life. We have this resilience because we believe in the faithfulness of our God. We believe that our God has integrity and he will keep all his promises to us regardless of how bad the situation around us may look like. This is the life of faith. No wonder Apostle Paul said, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

The second part of the above verse tells us what happens to the wicked, which is the opposite of the godly. They cannot even take one disaster. This is how weak they are. So, don’t be angry or sad if you have wicked people oppress you or mock you with phrases like “being deluded by the prosperity gospel.” They may look big and strong when their situation is good but when a single disaster happens, they will be gone for good. The reason is because they just don’t have our faith.

In conclusion, don’t give up when you are facing a difficult situation. God has given you everything you need to overcome it. You have what it takes to overcome and triumph over that situation. No matter how many times you have fallen, you have the strength to rise up again. He who is in you is greater than he who is in this world. As long as you don’t give up, you will win. Your sickness will turn into health. Your poverty will turn into prosperity. Your weakness will turn into strength.

Do You Have The Right Motives?

1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?
2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.
3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
James 4:1-3 (NLT)

I have been reminded of James 4:3 a few times by people who wanted to contradict my writings on the goodness of God, how much he wants to bless us with prosperity and his desire in answering all our prayers with a definite “yes”. It seems to these people that God can revoke his earlier promises to us if he thinks we have wrong motives. How do we know what motives are right and wrong? It seems that asking for things that give us pleasure is considered wrong motives.

What does that supposed to mean? Does this mean I cannot ask God for the things I like? God will only give me what I ask only if I ask for the things I hate? If that is the case, why would I bother to worship this perverse God at all?

Furthermore, if the idea that God can reject our prayers if he thinks our motives are wrong, why did Jesus not say it in his sermons? Why didn’t the rest of the apostles say the same thing? Apostles like Paul, Peter and John never mentioned anything about the wrong motives. Does this mean only James knew about this “wrong motive” doctrine?

The logical answer here is the idea of God rejecting our prayers on the basis of wrong motives does not make sense and totally unbiblical. The Bible never says God can reject our prayers due to our wrong motives.

How about James 4:3? I am going to explain the full context for this verse. The full context can be found in Verse 1 and 2 of the same chapter. Let me summarize the contents.

1. The church members were not getting along peacefully. There were quarrels and fights among them.

2. James tried to analyze the reason for this scenario.

3. He identified the cause to be the evil desires within them.

4. Those people had desires for the things that they did not have.

5. They were willing to scheme and kill for them.

6. They were jealous of what others have and they didn’t.

7. They fought and waged wars to seize what they wanted from others.

8. The reason why they could not get what they wanted is they did not ask from God.

9. Even when they asked, they did not get what they wanted because their motives were wrong.

The above are the contents of the first three verses of the chapter. Based on the full context, we can now understand the true meaning of the “wrong motives” given in James 4:3. It refers to the mentality of scarcity among the church that received James’ letter.

Let us look in detail. The church members did not get along and fought among themselves. They saw what others had that that they wanted but they didn’t have them. They were jealous and tried evil ways to get what they wanted.

Theologians will say the problem was in their desires for material things. If those people did not have such desires, they would get along peacefully among themselves. Are the theologians right? The truth is even at the time when James wrote these verses, there were already several religions that promoted the same theme on rejecting desires. We still have the same no-desires religions today and the nations that practiced them still have wars, violence and strive.

The facts we can see around us tell us that we can never achieve peace by removing our personal desires. The reason is simply because God made us with desires. Without desires, we will be nothing other than soulless drones. We will lose our individuality. Our desires are a part of us. God has never tried to stop his people from having any desires including desires for health and wealth. Health and wealth may sound like dirty words for the theologians and doctrine worshippers but not to God. Our desires define who we are. This tells us that the theologians’ approach of blaming our desires for the evils of this world is nothing more than another theological nonsense.

The problem in James 4:1-3 was not about desires but the unbelief. Why would anyone want to feel jealous and want to fight others to satisfy their desires? Obviously, this person does not believe his God is able and willing to give him what he wants. He has never asked God for them. Even if he asked, he asked with the wrong motives, meaning he asked with the mentality of scarcity.

The last part of the passage says “you want only what will give you pleasure.” It does not mean we cannot ask for our pleasure. Please note the word “only” in the sentence. It refers to the mentality of scarcity. If you have the mentality of abundance, you don’t have to ask God for the things that give you pleasure only. You will ask for things that will give others pleasure too. This is the mentality of abundance is all about.

Therefore, it is clear to us that the “wrong motives” in James 4:3 refers to the mentality of scarcity. In order to correct it, we need to adopt a mentality of abundance. When we ask God for things with the mentality of abundance, we have the right motives based on God’s definition.

Next, I would like to explain further on what is the mentality of abundance. When you have this mentality, you will see all the riches of this world and the things that you desire to be like the seawater in the oceans. How do you get seawater? All you have to do is to go to the beach and all the seawater is available for you. Whether you take a spoonful, a cupful or a bucketful it makes no difference to the ocean. You will never dry up the oceans by taking too much seawater. How much seawater do you want? Go ahead and take it.

If you have such view, you will never feel jealous, greedy or being an altruist. You will never feel jealous when you see other people taking a lot of seawater from the ocean, as though there will not be enough for you. No matter how much seawater the other guy took, there is still a lot more from the ocean. There is always more than enough for you.

You will not be greedy either. You will not scoop as much seawater as you can in due to fear that it may run out. The seawater will never run out no matter how many people take from it.

Neither will you get into altruism. Altruism is the response to scarcity that is opposite from greed. While greed says “I must grab as much as I can before others do” altruism says “I cannot take too much or there will not be enough for others”. Both greed and altruism are sins because they come from the mentality of scarcity. How much seawater do you want? Take as much as you desire and don’t worry about the rest. There is enough seawater for everyone.

In conclusion, the above passage is about James teaching us how to get all our desires manifested through prayers. This is another proof that God always says “yes” to all our prayers. What you want right now? Go ahead and ask God for it. His answer to your prayer is “Yes, I will give them to you.” This is our God.

Is God A Pervert?

9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?
12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not!
13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
Luke 11:9-13(NLT)

In many of my articles, I have made it clear to everyone that God is not a pervert despite the lies of theology. Today, I moving up a step further to show you from the Bible directly on the true nature of God that he is not a pervert. This means God will never cause us to be poor, sick and fail. He is also not the one who caused or “allowed” disasters to happen. Let us begin.

Verse 9 and 10 above confirmed what I have written before on the truth that God will never say “no” to our prayer.
 When you ask, you will receive.
 When you seek, you will find.
 When you knock, the door will be opened for you.
This is another way of saying that God only have one answer for us when we pray and the answer is “yes”.

So, when you pray and don’t get what you want, it is not because God said “no” to your prayers. We have seen from the Bible that God always say “yes” to everything we pray for. So, we will need to do self-diagnostic to find out what is blocking the manifestation of our prayers. Ask yourself the following questions:

 Did I pray in faith?
 Do I have the right motives?
 Do I think negative?
 Do I speak negative?
 Am I being grateful to God for all the blessings I am enjoying now?
 Do I believe I receive what I have asked for in prayer?
 Do I believe God desires me to get what I want?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “no”, correct them. Keep evaluating and correcting until you can see the physical manifestation of what you ask for in prayer. This is called spiritual discipline. As long as you continue with this discipline, you will always get what you want from God?

Some folks may ask, “What if some Christians ask for things that are dumb, wrong, evil and mutually exclusive in their prayers? Will God say “yes” to those prayers too?” My answer is I don’t know. I am not God. I am not the one who wrote the Bible. I am not the one who gives the guarantee that I will always answer all your prayers with “yes”. God is the one who did all these things. God is the one who gave us the guarantee that he will always answer all our prayers with nothing other than “yes”. This means God is either an idiot or he knows what he is doing. I choose to believe that he knows what he is doing.

Next, from Verse 11 to 13, God compares his role as our spiritual father with the roles of the earthly fathers that we are familiar with. I have a disclaimer here. The earthly fathers in those verses refer to normal fathers, not perverts. This is very important factor we must always remember.

According to Jesus, fathers on earth will never give scorpions to their children when they asked for eggs. What does that mean? Fathers will only give good things to their children and never do anything to harm them. Let us expand this to our modern context. Try to answer the following questions:

 Will a father give his children a type of disease called “thorn in the flesh” to show them his “sufficient grace”?
 Will a father cause accidents to happen to his children as a judgement for disobedience?
 Will a father poison his children to make them sick in order to give the children time to rest?
 Will a father deny food to his children and make them starve for his glory?
 Will a father cause his children to go through pain and sufferings to show them his love?
 Will a father do any form of perverted things to his children and make them suffer for any reason of all?

I am sure no civilized society can ever tolerate any father who do any of the above. Not only that, I am sure we have laws to punish fathers who do any of the above. We simply do not accept such acts.

How about God? Is God a better or worse than the fathers on earth? According to Verse 13, Jesus said God is a much better father than the fathers on earth. He will even give us the Holy Spirit. When Jesus said this, the Holy Spirit had not appeared on the scene. Today we know that he has fulfiled his promise. Since God has given us the Holy Spirit, what else will he not give us? Jesus is telling us that we can have everything we want. All we have to do is to ask in faith.

Next, I want you to answer the following questions on God:

 Will God The Father give us a type of disease called “thorn in the flesh” to show us his “sufficient grace”?
 Will God The Father cause accidents to happen to us as a judgement for disobedience?
 Will God The Father make us sick in order to give us time to rest?
 Will God The Father make us poor so that we can starve for his glory?
 Will God The Father cause us to go through pain and sufferings to show us his love?
 Will God The Father do any form of perverted things to us and make us suffer for any reason of all?

You should be able to answer the above questions with a confident “no” by now. What does this tells us about those preachers who said God causes or “allows” bad things like sickness, poverty and disasters to happen to us? They are the false teachers prophesied in the Bible. Their teachings are not from God but from Satan.

If you happen to be one of them, this is a good time for you to repent. Turn from theology and toward Jesus. Theology kills but Jesus saves.

The bottom line is, God is not a pervert.

Haste Makes Mistakes

2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.
Proverbs 19:2 (NLT)

This is another lesson of wisdom from God, which we should take seriously. We Christians ought to take God’s words seriously. However, we don’t do that under duress. This means we are not blackmailed into obeying God. Contrary to the teachings of theology, our God does not blackmail. We obey God because we want to, not because we have to. This means we can also choose to directly disobey God, still go to heaven and face God boldly. This is true christianity.

The above verse is a part of God’s wisdom, which he shares with us. It does not contain any instructions for us to obey it nor is there any form of threats if we do not obey. In other words, it is totally non-theological. In fact, the whole Bible is non-theological if you read them in proper context. So, if you want to be a serious Christian and learn more about the Bible, avoid theology as though it is a plague. Put your trust in God, not theology.

Let us look into the verse. The first part says enthusiasm without knowledge is no good. God never says enthusiasm is no good. The truth is, enthusiasm is good. Everything else being equal, more enthusiasm will always produce results. We should make it a habit to be enthusiastic in everything we do, no matter how menial and insignificant the job is.

You could be stuck in a lousy job right now. You hate it and wish God can give you a better one. Let me give you a clear prophecy right now. From now until the arrival of the new job, you are stuck with this job. You have to work in it whether you are happy or not. The wise course of action is to be happy. In order to achieve that, you need to be enthusiastic in your job even if you are washing stinking toilets or serving rude customers.

When we are enthusiastic about something, we are in a positive mode. We will be filled with joy and gratitude. Joy and gratitude are fertile grounds for our faith to do its work in creating prosperity into our lives. We will prosper in every area of our lives. Be enthusiastic now and your situation will change for the better.

However, enthusiasm alone is not enough. The above verse says enthusiasm without knowledge is no good. We need knowledge in all our actions. For example, you may be enthusiastic to start a business. You cannot just create a business out of thin air. You need to have adequate knowledge on the type business that you are about to start. Then you can make informed decisions about it. Otherwise your business is bound to fail and you will lose a lot of money. Having faith does not exclude knowledge.

I would like to emphasize that the term “knowledge” in the above verse refers to true knowledge like science, mathematics, engineering, economics, business management, financial management, history etc. It does not include superstitions like astrology, numerology and theology. God wants us to get true knowledge to equip ourselves toward greater prosperity.

The next part of the above verse says haste makes mistakes. Never be haste. Be as fast as you can but never haste. It is always better to make your first million dollars in one year than ten years as long as you do it without haste. What is haste? It refers to the act of rushing toward a certain direction without a clear mind. When we do things is such a way, we are bound to miss certain factors in our acts. As a result, we may end up with greater problems.

It is crucial for us to always remember that there is always time to think and pray not matter how “urgent” things appear to be. Always take time to think and pray. You want greater prosperity, not poverty. This is the summary of God’s words to us in this article: Never haste.