Secret Keys To Prosperity

Today is Palm Sunday, a day celebrated worldwide as Jesus's entry into Jerusalem. Upon his arrival, Jesus was hailed as a king, with people believing him to be the Messiah destined to restore Israel's kingdom.....

March 25, 2024

Today is Palm Sunday, a day celebrated worldwide as Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Upon his arrival, Jesus was hailed as a king, with people believing him to be the Messiah destined to restore Israel’s kingdom. However, his mission transcended mere political restoration; he brought forth a superior kingdom, one far more significant than national revival. His message urged repentance, signaling the imminence of the Kingdom of God—a realm not confined to the heavens but extending to the jurisdiction where the king reigns.

Jesus’s arrival symbolizes the kingdom’s presence within believers. Thus, the Kingdom of God isn’t an external realm but an internal reality within each individual who embraces the gospel.

Luke 17:21 – The kingdom of God is in the midst of you.

The kingdom resides within and among believers, carried within them by virtue of having the king within.

In Mark 1:32, we witness the convergence of the sick, demon-possessed, and impoverished towards Jesus. Even as night fell, they sought him out, drawn by something profound in him. This action signifies the magnetic pull of Jesus’s leadership, attracting those in need of healing and liberation. Such a phenomenon underscores the transformative power of Jesus and the promise of abundance and freedom within the Kingdom of God.

People don’t simply approach others without reason. When someone invests their time, it’s because they see something valuable in that person. Understanding this is crucial. People didn’t recognize Jesus as the son of God solely on a spiritual level. Many, even those within the church, lack spiritual discernment entirely. This is important to acknowledge.

When people sought out Jesus, it wasn’t always due to spiritual recognition of his divinity; rather, they were drawn to him because they witnessed the tangible value he possessed. They recognized his worth, prompting them to seek him out, often clandestinely. Why? Because they were willing to exert the effort. Jesus embodied a palpable value that transcended the spiritual realm. His teachings addressed practical, earthly issues.

If your message fails to address real-world problems, then it lacks value and practicality. Your preaching of the gospel should manifest in tangible realities and usefulness. Merely emphasizing hell and sin without translating it into addressing someone’s physical needs won’t truly resonate with them. They might already feel like they’re living in hell. The gospel must resonate with their physical needs; this is what the Bible teaches. “By his stripes, we are healed.” He became poor so that we could become rich in the gospel. The gospel offers a holistic transformation from poverty to richness, from sickness to healing, from oppression to deliverance. It’s about translating spiritual reality into physical usefulness. We’re not just discussing abstract concepts; we’re talking about how it can impact your daily life, how it can be practically beneficial.

This is why people came to Jesus. While he spoke about the kingdom of God, he also healed and delivered people in tangible, observable ways. What you preach spiritually should have evidence in God’s kingdom or in the world we live in. God’s reward system isn’t arbitrary; it’s purposeful.

Proverbs 18:16 – A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.

What is a gift? It’s the value you carry. It could be a skill, an ability, or a potential. A man’s gift makes room for him. The value, the ability, the potential that you carry, makes room for you. So it is not just enough to discover the gifting that you have. You have to develop your gift and deploy it. Because a gift that is not given is not a gift at all. Yet, if I have the gift of preaching and teaching, and I don’t deliver it, it remains with me. So your gift journey begins by discovering. You need to identify what your gifting, ability, value, and potential are. However, discovery should not be the end goal. You must also develop it.

Moses was prophesied to lead Israel many years before, but he required training and development. Similarly, David was anointed as king at a young age but needed years of training before assuming the throne. Before deploying your gift comes development; you need to cultivate your gift, nurture the value you carry. Are we all the righteousness of God? Yes, but we must grow into that identity. Therefore, your gift must be discovered, developed, and deployed. Until your gift is given, it won’t create opportunities for you.

“A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.” You are rewarded for the gift you possess, for the value you bring. When you develop and deploy your value, you’re rewarded. God’s reward system isn’t arbitrary; it’s based on the value you provide to the world. Your practical usefulness determines your reward.

Yes, practical usefulness to the world determines your rewards. What I’m endeavoring to teach you is how to operate in a realm of prosperity where you’re not reliant on a single source but develop a system of prosperity that continually supports you, enabling you to answer any call from God without worrying about your basic needs being met. That’s the essence of what I’m conveying.

If you truly desire to enter into this realm, you must transition from the wilderness mindset to the promised land mentality. In the church, there are extremes: some rely solely on their jobs for provision, while others, like missionaries, wait solely for random miracles from God. But for both groups, the goal is the same: to enter into the promised land.

Manna was a miracle from God, but it wasn’t His ultimate plan. Possessing and thriving in the promised land is His plan. Let me share something with you: Work is God’s idea. He designed us to be productive and to contribute to the world around us. So let’s embrace that truth and step into the abundance He has prepared for us.

Yes, you would be surprised if I asked you personally what you envision doing in heaven, and most of you would probably describe activities that don’t involve work at all, like simply roaming around. But let me tell you, work is a blessing. God ordained work for Adam even before the fall. Work is a blessing, and I want to share some New Testament scriptures with you that might challenge your perspective. Will you allow me to do that? Don’t reject this message until you’ve heard it to the end. I extend grace to you.

Ephesians 4:28 – Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

If you don’t work, you’re essentially stealing because you’re not working for yourself; you’re working to be a blessing. You work so that you can bless others, not just yourself. This is Paul, the one who taught us about grace.

1 Timothy 5:8 – But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

This might be hard to hear, but it’s in the Bible. If you neglect to provide for your family, claiming you’re living by faith, you’re worse than an unbeliever.

So, let’s rethink our perspective on work. It’s not just a mundane necessity; it’s a means of blessing others and fulfilling our responsibilities.
Do you realize how many children resent ministry because their parents are poor? How many missionary kids grow to disdain missions and ministry because of their parents’ financial struggles? The Bible unequivocally states that if you can’t provide for your household, you have denied the faith, you are worse than an unbeliever.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 – For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

In other words, if you refuse to work, you don’t eat. It’s as simple as that. We often devise doctrines to justify our actions, but the truth is everyone needs to work. Now, here’s the crucial point: You can either work for someone else or work for yourself. But if you can’t work for someone else, there’s a hundred percent chance you won’t succeed working for yourself. Let me define what work entails. Work is a structured system demanding daily, consistent effort toward a specific vision. It necessitates accountability, progress reports, achieved targets, and the value you provide. When you work for yourself, without a system driving you toward your vision each day, you’re essentially unemployed.

Why are Christian missionaries in India often impoverished? It’s because they lack a structured system; their ministry is haphazard. If you desire consistent blessings from God, such as monthly support, you must commit to a monthly commitment. Think about it: if your ministry is random—doing an outreach on Saturday and then contemplating a Bible study six weeks later—your rewards will be random as well. If you want systematic, regular rewards in God’s kingdom, you must make a systematic and regular commitment. It needs to be consistent.

That’s why the Bible emphasizes diligence. “The hand of the diligent makes him rich.” Diligence is key. “The hand of the diligent will rule; a diligent person will be brought in front of kings.” Diligence leads to wealth, influence, and leadership. But what exactly is diligence? It’s constant effort toward a vision, daily effort.

Whenever the Bible discusses diligence, especially in Proverbs, it contrasts it with laziness. You’re either diligent or lazy; there’s no middle ground. So don’t deceive yourself into thinking, “Well, I’m not highly motivated, but I’m not lazy either.” No, you’re either diligent or lazy. If you’re unsure which category you fall into, let me help you out: You’re lazy. It’s as simple as that.

I’m sharing with you secrets to prosperity—secrets you can tap into regardless of who you are, what you do, or where God has called you. You’ll never have to beg; God will supply. Do you know Deuteronomy 28 says you shall lend to nations and not borrow? But before that, it says, “The Lord shall bless the work of your hands.” How can He bless you if you don’t work? It’s time to embrace diligence and tap into the prosperity God has promised.

Anything multiplied by zero equals zero. If God wants to multiply something, there needs to be something for Him to multiply. If there’s zero effort, how can He multiply? It’ll result in zero. So effort is essential. There must be effort.

Now, let’s discuss the first thing you need: a vision. But I won’t delve into the topic of vision today because our focus is on diligence. However, understand this: diligence without vision won’t be rewarded. Picture this scenario: You see someone on the street hitting the ground with a hammer. You inquire, “What are you doing?” They respond, “No idea, just hitting the ground.” This person will likely face consequences; they’re diligent but lack vision. Now, imagine another person doing the same thing, hitting the ground with a hammer. You ask, “What are you doing?” They reply, “I’m digging a well. I see water underground and want to draw water from it.” This person will be rewarded. Both individuals are engaging in the same activity, but one is punished while the other is rewarded. So your diligence should align with a vision. Where are you headed? What are you striving for? Why are you working hard? Why are you waking up early? What is the vision? Do you know where you’re going?

The second crucial element is knowledge. You need knowledge for where you’re going, for your vision. For instance, if your vision is to preach the gospel, but you only have one message, how far can you go? You need to develop yourself, enhance your gifting, and this development occurs through knowledge. Similarly, if your desire is to be a worship leader to nations, but you’ve only written two songs, how many times will you sing those same two songs? You need to expand your repertoire, and knowledge is key to achieving that.

We’re not living in a fantasy world. Having a vision, acquiring the knowledge necessary to achieve that vision, and then making the effort to get there—this is the practical reality. Just having a vision and knowledge without putting in any effort leads to fantasy, to living in la la land. Because it’s effort that will propel you forward. Effort is what will get you there. Now, let’s talk about the anointing. The anointing is crucial because it makes your efforts more effective. Effortless doesn’t mean no effort; it means less effort. The anointing amplifies your efforts. If you put in a little effort, the anointing multiplies it, making it into something greater. But if your effort is zero, the anointing can’t multiply it, and the result will be zero.

Think of it like a microphone. I’m speaking softly, but the microphone amplifies my voice. However, if I don’t speak at all, you won’t hear anything. I need to make an effort first. Similarly, the anointing amplifies your effort so that you can have a greater impact. So consider this: the more effort you make, the more raw material the anointing has to multiply. Don’t be spiritually foolish by putting all your hope in the anointing while making no effort yourself.

I heard a statement recently that’s quite profound: “It’s hard to differentiate between an anointed man and a hardworking man.” Indeed, the anointing gives you the grace to work hard. Who taught you about the gospel of grace? Who taught you about living effortlessly? It was Paul. Let’s read what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:10.

1 Corinthians 15:10 – But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

We’ve misunderstood the concept of effortless living. Effortless living doesn’t mean making no effort at all. In fact, it doesn’t even mean that you won’t get tired. Tiredness is often a sign that you’ve accomplished something worthwhile. Think about it: when you play football for an hour and feel tired afterward, it’s a satisfying exhaustion, indicating that you’ve exerted yourself productively. Rather than trying to conserve energy, embrace tiredness as evidence of your productivity.

Effortless living means achieving maximum impact with minimal stress. It’s about putting in effort that yields significant results without feeling overwhelmed like the people of the world. When God appointed Adam, He gave him work even before the fall. After the fall, work became associated with toil and stress, not just sweat. Sweat itself isn’t the issue; it’s the stress that accompanies it.

You’re not called to live a stressful life, but you are called to live a diligent life, to work hard. When you’re doing what you love, even if it leaves you tired, you feel deeply satisfied. Personally, when I go on mission trips and preach for hours, despite feeling physically exhausted, I’m filled with a sense of contentment knowing I’ve given my all for God’s work.

Consider why your grandparents, despite working tirelessly, rarely experienced depression. They were too preoccupied with survival to dwell on irrelevant matters. Unlike them, many of us have made hard work optional, which can lead to feelings of depression as we ponder unnecessary concerns.

Diligence is the key to increasing your value. The more value you carry, the more rewards you attract. You are rewarded for the value you bring. Diligence, working hard, making constant effort toward the vision that God has called you to. And it must be systematic, not random.
Why systematic? Because God operates through systems. He doesn’t need to create a tree or a human being repeatedly; He has established systems for reproduction within creation. If you lack a system in your life, you’re hindering God’s ability to multiply. That’s where diligence comes in. If your days are haphazard—doing one thing on Monday and something entirely different the next—claiming to be led by the spirit while lying in bed accomplishes nothing. If your days are random, your rewards will be random.

Some of you might find yourselves in a position where you need to work for somebody else because you haven’t yet developed a system within yourself to hold yourself accountable. Working for someone else demands constant effort. Yet, even within this framework, some people still slack off, pretending to work while actually doing nothing. Do you know what pretending to work achieves? You will never be rewarded. I’m telling you, you will never be rewarded if you just pretend to work. But if you diligently develop the value that you carry, you shall be rewarded.

Let’s consider a tangible example: working in a company. If you work diligently, adding value to the company, won’t your salary increase? Won’t your bosses notice your efforts and reward you accordingly? That’s the most physical example I can provide.

Now, let’s discuss a spiritual example. Imagine you’re called to missions, but currently, you have no opportunities and nobody knows you. You find yourself sitting at home with nothing to do. However, you decide to dedicate yourself to prayer for eight hours every day. Don’t you think your value is going to increase? You develop a system where you pray and read the word diligently, day in and day out, because there’s nothing else to occupy your time. And what do you think will happen? By the end of 30 days, the next time you encounter someone, they’ll receive a gift from you that you never knew you possessed because you developed it in a secret place through prayer and dedication.

Dave Roberson, though no longer alive, left a powerful legacy. He wasn’t always a renowned healing evangelist; he started as a farmer with a Baptist background. His ministry began when he committed his life to Jesus, despite having no clear direction or mission organizations to join. Here’s where it gets interesting: Dave would hear bells signaling different times for farmers to go into the field and start or end their work. He decided to dedicate himself to prayer during these times.

At the sound of the bells, he would fervently pray. He did this diligently, day in and day out, for 30 days straight. Despite the absence of any spectacular visions or divine encounters during this period, Dave persisted. And then, one day, something remarkable happened. He attended a meeting not as a preacher but as a participant. While there, he noticed a woman with a leg problem, and with a sudden burst of insight, he offered to pray for her. Miraculously, she was instantly healed. This was the moment his ministry truly began.

Do you think that your diligence won’t be rewarded? Do you believe that your efforts in private, in the quiet places where only God sees, go unnoticed? Do you think that recognition and rewards only come from people, overlooking the fact that there is a God in heaven who sees all and rewards according to our diligence?

Don’t be deceived. It’s crucial to be systematic in your approach. The danger for those who are self-employed lies in the lack of a structured system. Without a system in place, there’s no framework to enforce diligence and routine. Whether you’re in ministry, business, or any field, without a system that demands accountability, your diligence may falter. It’s essential to establish routines that dictate when you wake up, when you return home, and how you allocate your time. Your diligence will yield rewards.

Proverbs 10:4 – A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Diligence leads to prosperity regardless of your occupation. Even if you’re a janitor, diligent work toward your vision will bring wealth.

Proverbs 14:23 – In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Hard work always brings profit, but empty talk leads to poverty.

Proverbs 21:5 – The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Diligent planning leads to abundance, while hastiness leads to poverty.

Proverbs 12:24 – The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

A diligent person will rise to a position of authority, while the lazy will be relegated to servitude.

Whether you’re preaching the gospel or working in a corporate setting, diligence is the key to prosperity. Stay diligent, exert constant effort toward your vision, and you will reap the rewards. Remember, you are destined for rulership through diligence, not servitude.

Despite laws against slavery, a new form persists: corporate slavery. Taskmasters, now called managers, drive employees relentlessly. But here’s the truth: diligence transcends circumstances. Even in a corporate setting, diligence leads to rulership.

Proverbs 22:29 Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Diligence elevates you. Whether you’re in a remote village or an unknown territory, diligence attracts attention. Like light, it cannot be hidden. Diligent individuals emerge from obscurity to success. Their diligence makes them influential, enriches them, and positions them as rulers. Riches, rulership, and influence are the fruits of diligence. Do you aspire to such heights? Embrace diligence.

Be diligent. Don’t work randomly; be diligent. If you’ve been engaging in random acts of generosity, be diligent in your generosity. If you’ve been praying randomly, move into diligent praying. Let your life be an expression of diligence in everything you do. Diligence is an attitude. Just changing your attitude from laziness to diligence can lead to riches, rulership, and influence. God’s reward system is not random.

You can be a sincere Christian and still feel frustrated. Being a good person doesn’t guarantee success. Employers are looking for skills, not just goodness. Would you hire a Christian pilot who doesn’t know how to fly? No, because skill matters. You can love the Lord and still face frustration if you don’t provide channels for blessings through diligence.

So challenge yourself to be diligent. Upgrade your skills, work consistently toward your goals, and create channels for God’s blessings in your life. That’s the path to riches, rulership, and influence.

Diligence. I want to be a man who prays diligently. I want to be a man who sows diligently. I want to be a man who does whatever I’m assigned to do diligently. Laziness should not even be a concept in my life. It should not be a culture applauded by the Bible. The Bible never applauds laziness. Poverty is not applauded either. A righteous man leaves wealth for his generations. You need to be so rich that your grandchildren will eat from the fruit of it, otherwise the Bible does not consider you righteous.

So be diligent, my friends. Be diligent according to the vision God has blessed you with. Work daily towards it. Even if you don’t see it happening, you will be rewarded for it. Let me give you an example. When I was called into ministry in 2013, I heard the Lord very clearly, but one thing I hated was seeing missionaries being poor. So when God challenged me to step into ministry and leave my job, I told Him, “I don’t want to be poor, and I don’t like begging.” I still don’t know how to do fundraising. But I asked God to give me the conviction that He will provide for me, even to the standard I had when I was working.

In my 12 years of ministry, I can tell you that God has only increased us. When God called me into ministry, I didn’t know what to do, so I just made myself available. I went on mission trips, attended church events, and helped people, but there was no system in place. Because I was randomly being a blessing, I was also being randomly blessed.

It’s amazing how implementing systems can bring about systematic blessings. I’ve experienced this firsthand in my ministry journey. When we started our Wednesday Bible study, which brought in a system, I began to experience systematic blessings. Interestingly, the money didn’t flow directly from the Bible study itself; we didn’t even take offerings during those early years. It was only after we formally became a church that we started taking offerings. But the mere presence of a system in place allowed me to deploy my skills effectively, and that’s when God started blessing me systematically. Every month, there was always enough, and as I became more diligent in the ministry, the rewards kept growing.

Here’s another example: when we started the church, we were just five people, and all the offerings would come into my personal account because we were too small to have a separate church account at the time. But then the Lord instructed us to create a separate bank account for the church. It seemed unnecessary at the time, but we obeyed. And as soon as we had a separate financial system in place, it was like God was waiting to pour out His blessings. We saw significant amounts of money flowing in, despite the fact that our congregation size remained small. It was truly remarkable how implementing a simple system could result in such abundance.

Absolutely, tightening up our financial practices and protocols can have a significant impact on our organization’s growth and God’s blessing on our endeavors. It’s incredible how God responds to our diligence, especially in the finer details of our work.

Even if you feel like you’re only reaching a few people, if you’re diligent in your efforts, God will reward you. The number of people reached doesn’t matter as much as the diligence with which you labor. By being diligent, you’re creating value and expanding the channels through which God can bless you.

If you haven’t seen an increase in your salary, it might be a reflection of your level of diligence. But here’s the good news: you don’t have to feel ashamed about it. You can change your attitude and choose to be diligent. God will honor your efforts and reward you accordingly.

Adjust your mindset. Embrace diligence. You will be rewarded for it. Diligence pays off. This message is for everyone. Whether you’re a housewife or a mother tending to your children, diligence matters. Let’s emphasize diligence. I truly resonate with this message. Amen.
Now, let’s consider a couple of questions to help gauge your level of diligence, particularly if you’re self-employed or a missionary.


About the author

Samuel Thomas

Samuel is a second-generation pastor with a rich heritage in the Holy Spirit. He has been the pastor of Lighthouse Church since 2017 with a two-word mission statement: transforming lives. Samuel's priority in life has been to know Christ and to grow deeper in His love.

Recent Sermons