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How to Prosper Spiritually

Introduction

Spiritual prosperity is about growing in your relationship with God and experiencing His blessings in your life. As Christians, God wants us to prosper and be in good health (3 John 1:2). However, spiritual prosperity goes far beyond material wealth and physical health. It is about having joy, fulfillment, purpose, and intimacy with God.

In this blog post, we will explore biblical keys to true spiritual prosperity. We will look at what the Bible says about developing your spiritual life and how to experience more of God’s blessings. Whether you feel stagnant in your faith or want to take your spiritual growth to a new level, applying these principles can help you prosper spiritually.

Key Takeaways:

  • Read the Bible daily for spiritual nourishment
  • Prioritize prayer and worship
  • Serve God and others with your time and resources
  • Have faith in God’s promises and provision
  • Surround yourself with positive Christian fellowship
  • Be obedient to God’s Word and leading
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and empower you
How to prosper spiritually

Feed on God’s Word

God’s Word is spiritual food for believers. Just as natural food nourishes our physical bodies, the Bible nourishes our inner spirit. 1 Peter 2:2 (NKJV) encourages us:

“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”

When we regularly read and study the Bible, we take in God’s wisdom, truths, promises, and instruction for life. This leads to spiritual growth and maturity.

Aim to read a portion of the Bible daily through a reading plan, devotionals, or studying specific books/passages. Highlight verses that stand out and meditate on their meaning. Be intentional about applying what you read to your attitudes and actions. As you devote yourself to Scripture, your mind will be renewed and your life transformed (Romans 12:2).

Here are some examples of how God’s Word provides spiritual nourishment:

  • It builds faith as you read testimonies of God’s miraculous power and faithfulness. Romans 10:17 declares, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
  • It brings hope through promises of God’s love, restoration, and eternal blessings. Jeremiah 29:11 assures, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
  • It brings joy and encouragement through stories of God’s goodness. The Psalms are filled with praises of God’s blessings.
  • It leads to spiritual growth and maturity. 1 Peter 2:2 says, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.
  • It renews our minds and transforms our lives. Romans 12:2 explains, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

To prosper spiritually, nourish yourself daily with the bread of life – God’s Word!

Prioritize Prayer and Worship

Prayer and worship are like breathing to our spiritual life. Just as oxygen is essential to our physical bodies, communing with God sustains us spiritually.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us to “pray without ceasing.” When we cultivate a heart of continual prayer throughout our day, we acknowledge our dependence on God. Prayer enables us to seek God’s will, request help, find strength and comfort, intercede for needs, and thank Him for blessings. Through prayer, we can cast all our cares upon the Lord, finding grace and peace in every situation (Philippians 4:6-7).

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The Bible also exhorts us to worship God – to honor and glorify Him through our thoughts, words, and actions. Psalms 95:6 says, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” We worship God through songs of praise, lifting our hands, kneeling in reverence, meditating on His greatness, and serving Him. As we magnify the Lord, we align ourselves with His purposes and delight in Him above all else.

Aim to start your day with devotional time – praying, reading the Word, and worshipping. Seek to maintain a heart of worship throughout your daily activities. Let prayer and praise fill your mind while driving, doing chores, or waiting in line. Schedule extended times of worship personally and corporately.

As you devote yourself to prayer and worship, you will connect more deeply with God’s Spirit. Like breathing clean air, drawing close to the Lord restores and energizes our souls. He will empower you to live wholeheartedly for Him and experience His supernatural peace and joy.

Serve God and Others

An integral part of spiritual prosperity is serving God and people with your time, abilities, and resources. As Christians, we are each given spiritual gifts and talents to build up the church and reach the world for Christ. When we steward what God has entrusted to us for His purposes, we reap eternal rewards.

Galatians 5:13 states, “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” As we serve others, we live out Christ’s example of humble service and allow His love to flow through us. We also imitate the early church which grew and thrived as everyone contributed what they could (Acts 2:42-47).

There are many ways to serve God and people:

  • Use your spiritual gifts in the church – teaching, leadership, administration, music, hospitality, serving, etc.
  • Volunteer your time and talents through church ministries – children’s, youth, food bank, visitation, etc.
  • Share Christ’s love through community outreach.
  • Support and encourage other believers.
  • Give financially to fund ministries and help those in need.
  • Pray for the church and specific needs.
  • Participate in short-term missions locally and globally.

As we give of ourselves to serve God’s purposes, He promises to bless and multiply our efforts (Luke 6:38). We store up eternal rewards as we make a difference for eternity (1 Timothy 6:18-19). Serving others is a vital way we steward God’s resources and thus prosper spiritually.

Have Faith in God’s Promises

Developing strong faith is essential to spiritual prosperity. Hebrews 11:6 declares, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” As we trust God more, we access His power, favor, and blessings.

We grow faith by studying and standing on the many great promises in the Bible. 2 Peter 1:4 assures that God has “given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature.” As we continually meditate on scriptures about God’s faithfulness, it builds our faith muscle.

For example, hold onto promises like:

  • Jeremiah 29:11 – God’s plans to prosper and not harm us.
  • Psalms 37:4 – God grants the desires of our heart as we delight in Him.
  • Philippians 4:19 – God supplies all our needs.
  • 1 John 5:14-15 – God hears and answers prayer.
  • Romans 8:28 – God works all things for our good.
  • Psalms 23:1 – The Lord is our provider and shepherd.

Instead of worrying, we can boldly pray these promises back to God and trust Him to act. When fears or doubts arise, replace them with words of Scripture to strengthen your faith. Let your mind dwell on how great and faithful God is.

As you continually exercise faith in God’s Word, your trust in Him will grow. You will see evidence of His miraculous power. He rewards those who diligently seek Him through faith (Hebrews 11:6). Believing God empowers you to access His amazing spiritual blessings.

Rely on God’s Provision

Closely related to having faith is relying fully on God’s provision. As Christians, God calls us to look to Him as our source rather than striving in our own strength.

Matthew 6:31-33 instructs: “Therefore do not worry…But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow.” When we seek God first, He promises to provide everything we need.

This requires laying down our human tendency to be anxious and self-reliant. Instead of worrying, we must pray and release each need to the Lord’s hands. Rather than depending on our jobs, bank accounts, or government, we can rest in God’s ability to supply through His Spirit.

As we learn to rely on the Lord, we experience His supernatural provision again and again. He gives us what we need when we need it. God promises to meet our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). We can stand on His Word and trust Him to care for us.

Some ways we can rely on God’s provision:

  • Look to Him daily to supply your needs – physical, emotional, spiritual.
  • Pray first rather than trying to figure everything out yourself.
  • Trust God to help you manage your finances.
  • Believe God can use you powerfully when you feel weak or ill-equipped.
  • Expect God to open the right doors at the right time.
  • Wait patiently on the Lord to act rather than rushing ahead of Him.

As you continually rely on the Lord’s provision, you will learn to walk by faith not sight. You will find peace, comfort, and rest knowing God cares for you. His spiritual blessings will abundantly overflow as you depend fully on Him.

Surround Yourself with Christian Fellowship

God designed believers to live in community together for spiritual strength and growth. Hebrews 10:24-25 exhorts us:

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Christian fellowship provides encouragement, accountability, comfort, and biblical guidance as we share life together. It helps us persevere when we might otherwise become discouraged and give up. We were never meant to follow Christ alone.

Here are some ways to surround yourself with Christian fellowship:

  • Attend church weekly and get involved in a small group or service team.
  • Develop friendships with other believers who will build you up in faith.
  • Join a Bible study group.
  • Find an accountability partner or group to confess sins and pray together.
  • Listen to uplifting Christian podcasts and radio.
  • Participate in Christian social media groups.
  • Attend conferences and retreats periodically for inspiration and refreshment.

God designed the church to disciple believers and prepare us for works of service (Ephesians 4:12). As iron sharpens iron, Christian fellowship refines us spiritually (Proverbs 27:17). We prosper together as the whole body builds itself up in love (Ephesians 4:16).

Obey God’s Word and Leading

An essential key to spiritual prosperity is obeying the Lord’s commands and guidance for your life. James 1:22 instructs, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” It’s not enough just to read the Bible. We must actually live out its teachings.

As we obey God’s moral commands, we receive blessings rather than the curses and consequences of sin. Deuteronomy 28 outlines the stark contrast between these two outcomes. Jesus said if we love Him, we will obey His commandments (John 14:15). Obedience proves our love.

Obeying God also means following the personal guidance He gives each of us. The Holy Spirit leads us into God’s unique callings and purposes for our lives. As we surrender our will and ways to the Lord, He leads us into new adventures of faith and spiritual growth.

Here are some tips for obeying the Lord:

  • Read the Bible to know God’s commands and principles.
  • Examine your life. Are there any areas of willful disobedience?
  • Listen for the Spirit’s promptings and follow His lead.
  • Take steps of faith when God gives you an assignment.
  • Persevere through hardship and testing when obeying God.

As we obey God’s Word and leading, we position ourselves to receive His full spiritual blessings. He promises to lead us into paths of righteous and bless us as we trust and follow Him.

Rely on the Holy Spirit’s Power

The key to living a spiritually prosperous life is relying on the Holy Spirit’s power at work within us. He empowers us to pursue godliness, endure trials, resist sin, share the Gospel, and use our gifts to serve God.

Jesus assured His followers they would receive the Holy Spirit’s power to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). We cannot serve God effectively in our own strength. But the Spirit’s unlimited power lives within every believer.

Galatians 5:16 exhorts us to “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” As we submit to the Holy Spirit’s influence and leading over our selfish desires, He produces His fruit“love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22).

The Holy Spirit also distributed spiritual gifts “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12). He gives these supernatural abilities so believers can strengthen the church and be part of God’s missionary work on earth.

Relying on the Spirit looks like:

  • Inviting Him to fill you and lead you each day.
  • Confessing and turning from sin.
  • Praying for His power and gifts to operate through you.
  • Listening for the Spirit’s promptings and obeying.
  • Boldly stepping out to share the Gospel and serve others.

Walking in the Spirit’s power is essential to living a spiritually prosperous life. He transforms us into Christ’s image and enables us to do the works of Jesus on earth (John 14:12). Yield yourself to the Spirit’s work within you.

Conclusion

Living a spiritually prosperous life brings tremendous joy, peace, and reward. As we follow God’s principles for spiritual growth, we experience more of His goodness and blessings. We flourish in relationship with Him and fulfill our purpose on earth.

I encourage you to reflect on these keys and ask God how you can grow stronger spiritually. Set goals to excel in different areas highlighted in this post. With the Lord’s help, you can thrive spiritually and be a light to the world around you.

Remember, a life of wholehearted devotion to God leads to blessing. As Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

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Pastor duke taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.