Text: Don’t long for “the good old days.” This is not wise. Wisdom is even better when you have money. Both are a benefit as you go through life. Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life. (Ecclesiastes 7:10-12 NLT)
- Money is good but Wisdom is more reliable than money.
- The principles and wisdom of Jesus will lead to prosperity.
- Knowing the person of Jesus will take to Heaven but applying His principle will bring prosperity as well as salvation.
- Wisdom is necessary for a successful Christian life.
- Success is fulfilling the will of God for your life.
Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord , and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:3-6 NLT)
- Wisdom is not common, you must search for it like treasure.
“Look, I now teach you these decrees and regulations just as the L ord my God commanded me, so that you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy. Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and intelligence among the surrounding nations. When they hear all these decrees, they will exclaim, ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’ (Deuteronomy 4:5, 6 NLT)
Everything in life is governed by laws
- The Royal Law – If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; (James 2:8 NKJV)
- The Golden Rule – Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12 NKJV) If you want success, help someone else to succeed
- Law of potentiality – Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it. (Psalms 139:14 NLT) Everyone has potential! Discover it, believe in it and maximise it.
- Law of intentionality – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Colossians 3:23 NLT) It is God that will repay, not man.
- Law of least effort – people prefer to do what is easy and has least resistance. Sometimes it is wise to balance effort versus outcome. Must I work all through my studies or can’t I get a scholarship that will make life easier? Ask God to show the easier way. It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. (Romans 9:16 NIV)
- Law of reliability – Be trustworthy and dependable “A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence”. (Proverbs 11:13 NLT) “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? (Luke 16:10-12 NLT)
- Law of Harvest – Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7 NIV) “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed”. (Proverbs 11:25 NLT)
Dr. Akpo Onduku
(Pastor, RCCG Chapel of Grace)
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