Times of Refreshing Will Come

I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. Proverbs 24.30-34 ESV

Wealth is not the only form of prosperity. Some people are supremely blessed on Earth with finance but impoverished in other areas.

Such areas of prosperity are health, peace, joy, long-life, good reputation, honor, children, success, good relationships, influence, giving to others, and most certainly wealth.

God desires that we have everything we need and that we even obtain our desires. So the question, How can I Prosper, can be answered by applying the lesson found in the teaching of Proverbs 24:30-34, the vineyard of a lazy person.

The first step requires that we assess the garden of our life, our heart as symbolized through a vineyard. After honestly observing our predicament, clean up must begin. In order for fruit to grow, we must cultivate, till, and remove whatever keeps roots from growing deep. If we have a relationship with the Lord, that requires us getting honest with our situation and getting gritty in terms of character, relationships, thoughts, actions, and emotions We are available to answer questions to anyone who desires support during this process, especially if this is a new step for you.

We clean up our garden because, in all honesty, we permit areas in our life that are not apt to honor God and promote growth and prosperity. One man recently approached me and said, "I need to get right with God, I know it’s a long road but it starts with me getting married to my girlfriend. I need God’s help more than ever."

A good example of cleaning up our garden can be seen in our interpersonal relationships. Relationships around us are like a trail that demonstrates our character. When we have a heart that is healed, it is a product of a repented heart, and a broken heart. A hard and calloused heart shows signs of harbored hurt, pain, and unforgivingness. We know who we have hurt and who have hurt us. As Christians who live what we believe, we forgive those who harm us and ask forgiveness to those whom we have hurt. This is possible when we have been healed in our heart and emotions, but very difficult to fake with a tough indifferent ego. We must make an effort at the relationship even if we fail time and time again. We keep going and thus keep our garden clean of obstacles.

The last step requires sowing good seeds in our freshly readied soil.A major key to being a Christian who prospers is not keeping from evil alone, but also DOING GOOD constantly. In doing good, we plant seeds that will eventually grow. If you can count the good deeds you have done, then it is not enough. If we clean up our garden, and only plant a few seeds, harvest time will come and our field will be filled with weeds once again. We must continue to keep our garden clean and plant seeds. Once we forget about the good we have done and stop reminding God and others, somehow that seed grows and we are prospered in a moment. There is a wonderful promise to those who are willing to clean up their garden, keep it clean, and plant seeds of righteousness. I pray that you prosper in every sense of the word and as the passage says, that times of refreshing come!

Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah. Acts 3.19-20 ESV