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Success – is it God’s will?

By Pastor Nilo Briones

As part of His powerful Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Jesus emphatically delivered that, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Does it mean that we are to languish in lifetime poverty as His divine will for our lives?  Or does the Word abhors people who enjoy success as fruit of their labor?  There needs to be a healthy balance in theology here as the Bible declares that one of the blessings of obedience is the Lord’s delight in prospering His people (Deuteronomy 28:63).   Thus it’s worth comforting that as we submit to the lordship of Jesus, it is His will, not only to provide for our needs, but to prosper us so there would be sufficiency in helping the destitute and less fortunate in life.  To be ‘poor in spirit’ then means absolute and humble dependence to God in terms of everything, like His mercy on granting us forgiveness and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  He is the true Giver of abundant life who takes pleasure in blessing His people so they could bring Him the praise, glory, and honor He alone deserves.

In His gracious act of unconditional love, God has given us the ability to work and produce wealth.  I like the idea stressed by a dream-builder, who endeavors with the help of the Lord, saying “I am here not to be average; I am here to become great!” Being a Christian who bears His Name, it is practically translating what Apostle Paul said that, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  This does not only depend on the arm of flesh, but in the mighty hand of the Lord.  Let us then be admonished by giving our   best shot in life.  As missionary Stephen Grellet said, “I shall pass this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, let me do it now.”

Pastor Nilo serves at Jesus Word of Life International Church congregated in Emmanuel Community Church building, #3003 – 28th St. SE, Calgary. Come join our worship at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday followed by food fellowship.  For prayers or home Bible study, contact (403) 816-9642.









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