Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 07.
SECRET #7 Develop Good Character The Fruit of the Spirit By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. Galatians 5:22-23 Character is critical to a prosperous life. Recently, I was waiting at an ATM and in front of me was an old man. He spent a lot of time typing in his numbers and submitting his request. I just counted to ten and waited patiently. After about five minutes he was finished and walked off. I went up to the ATM to start my withdrawal request when I realised that the old man had left without taking his money. I immediately called for him, now about 25 foot away and shouted “you’ve forgotten your money!” He didn’t hear me, so I shouted again, took the money out of the machine and began to run towards him. He turned around and I gave him his money. He said “oh, I thought it was slow.” I smiled and got on with my day. The point is this, I could have easily just taken the money, which looked like a few hundred pounds and simply walked away with it. There were no cameras and nobody else there. Why didn’t I? It was my instinct to do the right thing. What would you have done? Good habits will lead you to a prosperous life. Your words, thoughts, emotions, decisions, actions and habits have got you to wherever you are right now. It is patently clear that a sense of entitlement, selfishness, jealousy, getting your own way, having to be right all the time, a critical spirit of others, repetitive patterns of behaviour, loveless - cheap sex, accumulation of mental and emotional garbage, loneliness, ruthless competition, divided lives, homes and relationships, uncontrollable addictions and an inability to love and be loved are all the hallmarks of a bad character. The inevitable result of a bad character is disappointment and depression. If you have been experiencing any of the above and are blaming other people for your own mistakes, being ungrateful, unkind, hurting people that care about you and breaking relationships, then you are still in the flesh. You need to grow up and mature as a Christian and be led by the spirit (see Secret #8). You need the Word of God. You need to be God dependent, not self dependent. Character is doing what is right when no one is looking. It is also, doing what is right - well or with excellence. Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Morals are formed out of your personal values. Your values are formed during your upbringing, education and life experiences and they provide you with a moral compass that informs and/or enables your ability to judge between right and wrong and subsequently, make a decision. Morals are subject to opinion, but for a Christian, good morals are non negotiable. While morals tend to be driven by your personal beliefs and values, there are certainly some common morals that most people agree on in the secular world. These are: Always tell the truthDo not destroy propertyHave courageKeep your promisesDo not cheatTreat others as you want to be treatedDo not judgeBe dependableBe forgivingHave integrityTake responsibility for your actionsHave patienceBe loyalHave respect for yourself and othersBe tolerant of differencesSeek justiceHave humilityBe generous The Ten Commandments have been used as the basis for lawful societies. Do not have any gods before meDo not make for yourself a graven imageDo not take the name of the Lord your God in vainRemember the Sabbath day to keep it holyHonor your father and motherDo not killDo not commit adulteryDo not stealDo not bear false witness against your neighbourDo not covet your neighbour's wife or possessions Integrity When people talk about character, they really mean integrity. Integrity adheres to a code of conduct. i.e. God's Word. And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments: 1 Kings 9:4 Character is doing what's right, because it's right and doing it right. Your character is also what people have come to expect from you. Character is the values and beliefs that you hold fast to on the inside and are what people see on the outside of you. In other words, your character is your actions of a thing or a story. Integrity is recognising a wrong behaviour or thing and not joining it. Character is doing something about it. So you recognise that something is wrong and you do not join it. Now do you have enough character to do something about it? So you see a friend that is hungry or naked. Integrity says “this is not right” and character does “get them something to eat or wear.” To walk on by and do nothing is wrong, likewise to say “well I’ll pray for you” is equally wrong. Humility One of the most important prerequisites for reading the bible is to learn humility. Biblical humility is to submit yourself to the Word of God. When you come across a scripture that you don’t agree with, then it is always you that is in error and not the Word. It is your pride that will tempt you to think that you know more than God. Galatians 5:16-25 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Works of the Flesh Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. The Fruit of the Spirit By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. It is not the purpose of this secret to do an in-depth study of the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit. I have included it to provide a reference point and a solid foundation for developing a great character or a Godly character. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 As a Christian, your goal is to become like Jesus and to develop His character through His Word. This will allow you to be free from the chaos of this crazy upside down world and will ultimately set you free. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 Three Temptations to sin Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. 1 John 2:16-17 The Message Translation Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 PRAYER Heavenly father, thank you for your loving kindness and grace that you bestow upon me. Give me the strength to make good decisions in my life from now on, choices that please you, and grant me the wisdom to know the difference between right and wrong. Plant in me a good character, with honesty and integrity. I rebuke the lust of my flesh and I choose to bear the fruit of the spirit. It is in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.