Hebrew Halak = To go on, to progress. Tsaleach =
(To cause) to go on prosperously.
|Ezra 5:||8: “Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.”|
Sakal = To cause to ‘act wisely’ as in:
|Deuteronomy 29:||9: “Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them,|
that ye may prosper in all that ye do.”
Shalom = To be complete, finished, at peace, as in:
|Job 9:||4: “...who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?”|
The implied answer to this question is: No one. No one who resists the Spirit of God has ever prospered. Yet everyone wants to be prosperous. It is a perfectly normal and respectable yearning. But how few people achieve true prosperity? How very few are really successful, safe and are at peace in their souls? To be sure millions have a lot of money and there is seemingly no end to the possessions some folk have. But wealth and possessions in themselves do not spell prosperity. Prosperity is a state of the soul. It is a spiritual condition which is reflected in happiness and inner peace. All the world unconsciously seeks prosperity; but comparatively few find it. Why? Why are so many rich, famous and knowledgeable people so miserable, restless and unhappy? Why? What is the secret of true success, true happiness, true prosperity? Are you truly happy, prosperous and at peace?
|Psalm 73:||3: “For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.|
4: For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
5: They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
6: Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
7: Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
8: They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
9: They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
10: Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
11: And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
12: Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
13: Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
14: For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
15: If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
16: When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
17: Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
18: Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
19: How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
20: As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
21: Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
22: So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.”
Yahweh's people may or may not be rich; they may or
may not be clever, they may or may not have great possessions. But
they should all be prosperous. They should all be happy, fulfilled and
at rest on the Spirit of God. Until we have found prosperity
of Spirit, we could find ourselves chasing bubbles like so many
millions are doing today.
|3 John 1:||2: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.|
3: For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
4: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
|2 Chronicles 20:||20: “And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.”|
|Joshua 1:||7: “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.|
8: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
NOTE: These two things (faith and obedience) attract the Spirit and blessing of God. The more you apply them the more prosperous you will become. A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada writes a great deal about the sin of Sabbath-breaking, not because it is the worst of sins, but because it is the most widespread. Billions commit this sin every weekend without realizing it. They must be informed.
|Genesis 39:||3: “And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.”
|Verse:||23: “The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.”|
|2 Kings 18:||7: “And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.”
|2 Chronicles 31:||20: “And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.|
21: And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”
|2 Chronicles 26:||5: “And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.”|
|2 Chronicles 13:||12: “And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.”|
|Proverbs 28:||13: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”|
Note: If you have wronged another person, go to him (not someone else) and clear the matter. If you were in the wrong, confess your fault to the person concerned (not to any other), and put it right. Then you will be blessed of God and prosperity will follow.
|Psalm 1:||3: “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (the obedient believer)|