Prosperity: 6 Steps to Standing on the Word (Part 2 of 3)

This whole month we have been talking about prosperity.  God wants us to prosper, but we have to do things His way.  This is part 2 in a 3 part series titled 6 Steps to Standing on the Word.  It is imperative that we use the Word of God to prosper.  

God will not bless us without first going through His Word. 

If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to read part 1 in this series.  Our text is still the same parable we started this month on.  

Our Text

14 The sower soweth the word.

23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Mark 4:14;23-29 KJV

A Quick Recap…

Just really quickly I want to go over the first two steps here.

Step 1: Know what you’re believing for

As we said last time, “Faith is a rifle not a shotgun.”  You need to have a specific hope not some vague idea of what you might want to see happen.  If you are believing God for a car, you need to get a mental picture of the exact make, model, color, interior, etc. 

Step 2: Make sure it lines up with what GOD wants 

Remember we looked at James 4:2-3 where we talked about how we have to look at the motive behind our request.  Why do we want what we want?  

Is it out of pride? Are we wanting to use it to rub it in people’s faces?

This is important because God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 

Step 3: Pick a scripture to stand on

Ok. Now that we recapped the first two steps, let’s look at step 3.  Here is where we come back to the parable of the sower.  The sower sows the Word (Mark 4:14). 

We need to have God’s Word on whatever we are believing God for.  

Pick “A” Scripture

Notice I said pick “A” scripture not 100+ scriptures.  Google is great. You can find hundreds of scriptures about money, houses, land, food, healing and whatever else you might need, but the key here is to pick just ONE.

Why? It allows you to plant that scripture in your heart. 

Remember at the beginning of this month when we talked about the sower?  You are the sower.  You must sow the Word of God into your own heart.  

Planting and Seed Growth takes time

26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

Mark 4:26-27 KJV

This concept is also called “The Law of Seed, Time and Harvest”.  The Bible tells us to meditate (or speak over ourselves) the scriptures daily (Joshua 1:8-9 KJV).

This is how The Word of God becomes A Word of God or revelation to our own spirit. 

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17 KJV

It is only by hearing the word and planting that word in our hearts (or the human spirit) that we grow in faith. 

Write that ONE Scripture somewhere visible

The next very practical thing to do is write that scripture on a piece of paper and put it somewhere very visible.  Some people will put it on a sticky note and stick it to their mirror.  Others will place it on a paper on their desk.  

Whatever works for you.

Write… 

My Car [ Or your hope you want to set faith for. ]

Psalms 45:4 [ Whatever verse you choose. ]

Remember the verse has to actually line up with what you want to happen.  You can’t twist the Word of God and think you are going to get something from God.  It won’t work!

Step 4: Ask once thank God daily

The next thing to do is to take that scripture and ask in prayer once.  The Bible says you have not because you ask not so you have to ask, but when you do ask, don’t ask and ask and ask. 

That is called begging, and if you’re begging you’re not in faith. 

Ask from a place of having

When you pray say something like…

“Father I know in your Word it says (put your verse you are standing on and read it).  Now according to that verse I ask and receive my healing (or whatever you are believing for).  I thank you that I have no pain in my joints. Moving comes easily. I walk without pain or problem. (List out some of the SPECIFIC attributes of the hope you have.)

In Jesus Name. Amen”

Now that is just a simple template, but the key is that you are asking from a place of having. 

Thank God Daily

Now that you have asked.  Spend time every day thanking God for the answer to your prayer.  Don’t say, “God I really need that healing now.” or “God, Please give me this month’s rent.”  

You stand in faith by saying, “Thank you father for my healing.”  or “Thank you for this month’s rent”

“Prayer makes your petition to God known, but praise gets your answer.”

Don’t Whine – Praise

Think just real naturally for a moment.  No one likes a whiny brat.  If your kid comes up to and starts begging for something and throwing a fit and crying, what do you want to do?  

It’s embarrassing! To be in public and have your kid do that while everyone else is watching, but we will do it to God all the time.  

We will come up to God and start crying and begging and pleading, and God said, “I’ll supply all your needs…” But we start crying and wanting it RIGHT NOW! 

I’m being harsh to prove a point. 

“Here is a gauge of showing your age or better yet showing your size.  Here is a tip: don’t trip on your lip, but sound off in praise with a gust.” 

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Philippians 4:6 KJV

Praise your way to Victory

Here is the key.  Praise. You have already asked.  Now simply thank Him for already doing it.

BUT I DON’T SEE IT!!!

EXACTLY!

It wouldn’t be faith if you already saw it.  Walk by faith and not by sight. 

Again. Think back to the spoiled child example.  Some kids have figured it out, and daughters are the best at this.  They don’t whine. They just get around their parents and start saying, “I love you Daddy.”  

And pretty soon Dads are like, “What do you want?  Sure I’ll buy you that.”  Why? Because they did the same thing we in the spiritual realm are supposed to do with God. 

One More To Go…

6 Steps to Standing on the Word.

There is so much to talk about when it comes to prosperity and operating by faith.  This is the second post in a 3 part series and next week we will finish it off with our final two steps to standing on the Word.