Elder Mynor Ávila
Tonight I want to talk about God´s goodness and the way in which He speaks and works in us.
Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.
God always speaks to us in many ways because He has a perfect plan for each one of us. His purpose is to do us good, His desire is that we can reach the stature of His Son. He brings comfort to our hearts saying that there is a glory prepared for those who love Him. Therefore I believe that this year is crucial for the Lord´s church, this is a time in which we must grow in faith and work for Him.
The bible is full of examples that are very useful for us. Through God´s word we know what things please Him and what things He does not approve.
I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
To be able to enter the repose of God, we need to obey His commandments and put aside all the things He hates.
Ezekiel 16:4-6 As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths.  No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out into the open field, when you yourself were loathed on the day you were born.  And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, Live! Yes, I said to you in your blood, Live!
The passage above talks about a process that God prepares for His people, He started a work in our lives since the day we were born, and the good news is that He will conclude it.
Ezekiel 16:13 Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty.
According to the Bible, the Lord guided Israel from slavery to royalty; His purpose is to take His people out of all kind of slavery and give them a land of rest, i.e., to become owners of His promises.
II Chronicles 14:1-3 So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land was quiet for ten years.  Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God,  for he removed the altars of the foreign gods and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images.
Now let´s see the meaning of two words: the first is quiet, this comes from the Hebrew word shacát (H8252) which means repose, appease, rest, peace, stay still. The second word is Asa, which means healer. This shows us two things: first, when our leadership is willing to destroy all kind of idolatry, the peace of God will come upon His people. Second, we know that Christ is our healer, but this restoration will begin when we decide to obey His commandments, and then, the repose will come.
II Chronicles 14:6-7 And he built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest; he had no war in those years, because the Lord had given him rest.  Therefore he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and make walls around them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us, because we have sought the Lord our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.
If someone wants to prosper, he first needs to be in order and reposing in God. Every Christian will make progress if his soul and his will are aligned with God´s will. Repose is being in peace with the Lord, then your relationship with Him will grow stronger and He will reveal His plans for you.
The word prospered comes from the Hebrew word tsalákj which means, to push forward.
Joseph is described in the bible as a prospered man, his name means: may He add, adding. Now, let´s see some events of Joseph´s life.
- Joseph was betrayed by his brothers when he was 17 years old.
- He was sold to the Ishmaelites.
- He was accused falsely in Potiphar´s house.
- His companion forgot him when he was a prisoner.
- He was taken to Pharaoh and was tested as an interpreter of dreams.
Genesis 39:1-2 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.  The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.  And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.
In this passage, we notice that Joseph was not a rich man, nor did he own anything because he was a servant. But the truth is that whatever he did prospered because the Lord helped him. Therefore, prosperity is when the Lord´s presence and favor is upon you, that is, when He enables you to do a certain work with His grace. I am not saying that prosperity is only limited to economic or material blessings, I believe that true prosperity is when your life and faith develop successfully before God.
Judges 14:5-6 So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him.  And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
I want to highlight the verb came, this matches the Hebrew H6743 which means prospers, push forward. Now let´s notice that this impulse comes from the Spirit of the Lord, therefore if the Spirit of the Lord comes upon you and enables you to do feats, then your life is truly prospered. In addition to this, if you are able to recognize and destroy your spiritual enemies, then you know that the Lord is on your side and your way shall prosper.
Judges 14:19 Then the Spirit of the Lord came (H6743) upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave the changes of clothing to those who had explained the riddle.
Again we see how the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson and helped him to kill thirty men; this shows us that the Spirit of the Lord is willing to give us the power and the strategies we need to achieve God´s blessing.
Judges 15:14-15 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.  He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it.