Two of our small group leaders this week received substantial raises at work putting their annual earnings at over 100K per year. Even better we had two small group leaders this week quit their 100k jobs to start their own businesses. Prospering through purity is a common occurrence on Monday night, we hear the testimonies regularly. So regularly that we expect nothing less. There may be down times, breaking, humblings, resets, adjustments, but the end product is the same every time, prosperity.
One of the biggest breakings I have seen in the room other than my own was one of our leaders who lost a substantial amount of money in the real estate bust of 07-09 and for years cut wood and delivered news papers to feed his family. What impressed me most was his humility through it all. His knowing that it was not permanent. Prior to the bust for 20 plus years he was a 100k + a year man. He had great earning potential but for what ever reason he couldn’t find work…anywhere, at all. It was brutal. Two years ago it turned around for him and now he is earning more than double what he used to make with much more to come. Case and point, the end product every time, over time is us prospering inside and out.
These are great stories, they’re our stories, they will be your story. Those who pursue purity, prosper.
Proverbs 28:13 says: He conceals his sin does not prosper. If you’re in the room and in a group what we are radically pursuing is living a life that is in the open, concealing nothing knowing that one of the many rewards is prosperity.
1 Peter 3:5 says: If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Integrity with our tongue, and complete honesty precedes happiness and the enjoyment of life.
Both of these scriptures are not just biblical mandates, they carry with them the promises of God.
Purity is better than an inheritance, a rich father in-law, or an MBA. If you want to do good for your balance sheet, provide well for your family, and extend your financial legacy for generations to come, purity is the best place to start. Sin destroys, holiness builds up.
Sexual purity isn’t a some magic pixie dust with the winning lottery numbers. What happens is that all the work you need to do to get pure is exactly the work you need to do to prosper. They are: Become disciplined, learn to communicate, show appropriate emotion and passion, lose the passivity, learn how to build and maintain relationships, value and love yourself, embrace delayed gratification and show restraint. Have integrity and be honest, know yourself/your limitations and your strengths, be positive, encouraging, humble, confident and focused on the goal. All that along with the promises of God on top and you’re golden. When you pursue purity, prosperity will pursue you.