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You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today" (Deut. 8:17-18).

God desires to do a new thing within our lives. He wants us to be people with great hope. Not just hope the way the world hopes—a rabbit's foot or birthday candle wishes—but true hope in the impossible manifesting itself as possible in our lives.

We have the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead living within us—the Holy Spirit—the helper of dreams that are to be fulfilled. This is why we can and must carry great hope within us.

If you observe how God has always worked in the earth, He first inspires hopes and dreams that accomplish a work within the heart of man. Jesus is to be that first work of the heart! He then makes His power available for healing, help and restoration. Upon restoration, He finally establishes good works, blessings and resources that benefit others and furthers His plans and purposes.

God wants hopes and dreams, healing and help, restoration and blessings going in within and about our lives. Then we become equipped to help establish others in His love. Let's read some verses to begin to establish these truths:
A) As you worship God, He wants good for you
B) He wants your life to experience blessing and success with a focus of using it for His purposes
C) He doesn't want you to forget where the good came from

We see can easily see these truths and promises the following verses of Deuteronomy. As you worship God, He wants good for you! He'll even bring blessing to you that comes from His hand, not your own.

Deuteronomy 6:10-13: "When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you - a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant - then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD…."

Deuteronomy 8:6-14: "Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him. For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land - a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills."

He doesn't want you to forget where the good came from. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.

Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But you'd be wise to remember the LORD your God, for it is HE who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

His covenant of promise is "to all generations—to all who believe." That's you and me! God's prosperity comes in many forms that help rebuild our lives around Him and fulfill our hopes and dreams. His prosperity includes the dreams, the motivation, the inspiration, the direction, the resources and help.

They are all a form of prosperity that comes by His grace. Without faith in that, you'll not believe it and it will not come. When it does come, it will come because it is He who gives us the ability to produce wealth for the confirmation of His covenant.

When you do believe, then use what He gives you to help people become established in Jesus' love. As you do, the hope and dreams He has put in your heart will begin to unfold before your eyes!

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Author Biography

Tim Burt
Web site: Todays Fresh Manna
Timothy Burt is a pastor, author, and writer. He is best known as the author of Fresh Manna, a daily devotional and online Bible study.

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