Nothing has gotten the church more fired up than the message of prosperity. Particularly over the last few years, people have loved to hear it and a lot of preachers love to teach it. We teach the promises and people get excited, but one thing we have neglected to teach is living a principled life. Living a principled life is the prerequisite to unlocking the promises of God.
When things fail to manifest in our lives, especially when we’ve been taught that greatness is coming, we wonder what happened. The truth is, without the principles, we won’t see the promises happen. Living a principled life requires action on our part. Principled living is when we act on what we believe. We’ve been talking about placing first things first and seeking God, but after we seek God, we must put His principles into action as the next step.
Seek God first. Many people think that putting God first means to put Him at the top of your life list then everything else follows. Seeking God first means putting Him first in every area of your life. So instead of saying God then family then career, the proper order is God first in family, God first in career, God first in marriage, etc. In every decision you make in every area of your life, you seek God’s guidance and direction in it. What is He saying about it? What is His opinion on it?
Set your priorities. Setting priorities is the principle of progress. As a kingdom citizen, you have two priorities: the kingdom of God and the righteousness of God. Place things in their order of importance. It is the key to being productive. What do your priorities look like now? What have you placed first in your life? What do you give most of your time to? You can discover what has your priority when you look at what has your time and what has your money.
Study and understand Biblical principles. You read last week that the Bible serves as our constitution. Our constitution has principles. It contains the statutes of the kingdom and our King is the source. It doesn’t just give us a list of rules, but it also outlines our rights and privileges as joint heirs in the kingdom (Matthew 5:3-10). A lot of people look at the Bible as a rulebook, but it’s really a guide for kingdom living. You find out how to live, what God thinks about you, and what your rights are.
Get His mind (in your mouth). When you understand God, His principles, and how He works, His words start to become a part of who you are. The word is living. It’s alive so when you read it, it becomes alive in you. You understand how kingdoms work. This can be especially new information if you live in the United States because we are used to democracy. Most other cultures operate on kings and queens who rule the land. In America, we all vote and make decisions together. The kingdom of God is not a democracy, but God rules as king. He makes a decree and it is final. When you seek after God and study His word, you understand this kingdom operation, which is the culture of heaven, and how it works.
Be willing and obedient. Many promises are outlined in the Bible with the prerequisite, “If you are obedient.”
- Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NIV: “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of on earth. All these blessings will come on you if you obey the Lord your God.”
- Isaiah 1:19: “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; 20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.”
We often forget about that part. We misread or skip over the obedience and jump straight to the promises, but when God makes a promise to us, He wants to collaborate with us to make something happen. We will see the manifestation of His promises when we obey. God will do His part if we do ours.
You are a magnet for manifestation. As a kingdom citizen, you don’t have to wait for it. It is always your time. Principled living helps you become productive. Act on what you believe and you will begin to see those things manifest in your life that you’ve been waiting for.