August Scripture Reading and Devotion
Pastor Bernie Samples
August 1st 3 John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, EVEN AS THY SOUL PROSPERS.” Jesus doesn’t want you poor and struggling economically nor physically sick and full of disease. Notice your physical and financial condition are directly dependent upon your spiritual health, “even as thy soul prospers.” So for the next 30 days I’m going to help you with the prosperity of your soul.
Faith Confession: According to 3 John 2 Jesus wants me to prosper and be in good health and I will do my best to cooperate!
August 2nd To understand the phrase, “… even as your soul prospers,” you must have Bible understanding of who you really are. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “… and I pray God your whole SPIRIT and SOUL and BODY be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The person that you see in the mirror isn’t the real you. That is the physical body that the real you (your spirit man) temporarily lives in. Notice also you have a SPIRIT and a SOUL; Two different things. When you received Eternal life into your SPIRIT, the real you was Born Again! But you have a SOUL, that wasn’t changed and we will talk about that tomorrow.
Faith Confession: I am a spirit being, I possess a soul and I live in a physical body.
August 3rd Hebrews 4:12 “For the WORD OF GOD IS quick (ALIVE), and full of power, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of SOUL and SPIRIT …” Revelation knowledge from the Word of God withthe help of the Holy Spirit is the only way to truly understandthe difference between SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY.
Faith Confession: With the Holy Spirit’s help, I will pray and study God’s Word and understand in my heart and with mind that I am a spirit being, I possess a SOUL, and I live in a PHYSICAL BODY!
August 4th Your spirit is where you received eternal life and the Holy Spirit lives and bears witness that you are born Again. Your soul also lives inside your body, but it consists of your mind, will and emotions. Your spirit is brand new and full of God, but your soul is full of natural knowledge of things you learned before you were Born Again. James 1:21 “Wherefore lay aside all filthiness and abundance of wickedness, and receive with meekness, the engrafted WORD, WHICH IS ABLE TO SAVE YOUR SOULS.” This verse is talking to Born Again Christians! Your spirit is saved but your soul needs a lot of change so you can enjoy 3 John 2. “Prosper and live in good health” how Jesus wants you to. Stick with me this month and you will begin to see your soul prosper more and more!
Faith Confession: I will meditate in God’s Word every day and prosper in my soul!
August 5th Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (lack) …” Verses 2-3 “HE RESTORES MY SOUL.” Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world, but BE YE TRANS- FORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, THAT YOU MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT WILL OF GOD.” The mind is the door to our spirit and our minds have been educated wrong about spiritual things. Psalm 23:3 and Romans 12:2 say the same thing. Like a smart phone or computer, we need a new program in our minds. It’s called “The Bible”! Specifically this month our souls are receiving an update from the Holy Spirit called: “Your Heavenly Father WANTS YOU TO ENJOY FINANCIAL SUCCESS!” Now that we’ve laid a foundation for five days, be prepared for the update (prosperity) of your soul to begin tomorrow!
Faith Confession: I will receive all the Bible knowledge my Heavenly Father has for me and I will enjoy financial success in life.
August 6th Psalm 35:27 “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor My righteous cause …” Have you ever heard the phrase, “For the cause of Christ”? God’s cause has always been salvation, to preach the Gospel to every person on earth! “Yea, let them SAY CONTINUALLY, LET THE LORD BE MAGNIFIED WHICH HAS PLEASURE IN THE PROSPERITHY OF HIS SERVANT.” Prosperity: The condition of being successful or thriving; especially economic well-being.
Faith Confession: I will reprogram my mind to agree with God’s will for my life. Starting today I will say this every time that I am tempted to complain of lack. “Jesus gets pleasure when I prosper financially because I love and support the preaching of the Gospel.”
August 7th Psalm 37:25 King David said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet I HAVE NOT SEEN THE RIGHTEOUS FORSAKEN, NOR HIS CHILDREN BEGGING FOR FOOD.” Verse 26 “He is every merciful, and lends; and his children are blessed.” King David as well as many of us today know the will and the heart of our loving Heavenly Father.
Faith Confession: I will confess God’s provision every day! I always have more than enough food, gasoline, school money, bills paid on time, and everything I need.
August 8th Deuteronomy 8:18 “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power (ability, the means,) to get wealth, THAT HE MAY ESTABLISH (CONFIRM HIS COVENANT which He swore unto thy fathers, as it is to this day.” Israel had been delivered from slavery in Egypt. They then spent forty years wandering around the desert. Then it was time to go into Canaan Land and possess all that He had promised them. This is a type of New Covenant Believers being delivered from darkness and satan’s slavery to sin, sickness, poverty, addictions, etc. Now God wants us to walk by faith and begin to take possession of all the promises of God in the New Testament.
Faith Confession: I will live by faith receiving all that Jesus purchased for me at Calvary.
August 9th Deuteronomy 8:18 Notice “… giveth thee POWER TO GET WEALTH, THAT HE MAY ESTABLISH HIS COVENANT…” Power here means the ability, the resources, the wisdom, favor. Wealth means the abundance of valuable material possessions or resources: affluence, abundant supply. Establish: confirm His covenant: This is His contract of promises that He made and recorded in the Bible. God must get it to you so He can send it through you! You must use what He gives you to bless and help others in Jesus Name to share His love as a life style.
Faith Confession: I’ve been blessed by God to be a blessing!
August 10th 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 Read these New Testament verses and compare them with Deuteronomy 8:18. Notice verses 6-7. We always reap what we sow. God gave us a free will (our will is part of our soul). So we sow (give) by faith and by choice! “…for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Faith Confession: I cheerfully give bountifully and I receive bountifully!
August 11th 2 Corinthians 9:8 Amplified Bible “And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient (possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation).” Wow! This is what God’s covenant is all about in the financial arena for the believer that chooses to be a cheerful giver!
Faith Confession: I will read this verse out loud frequently for several days and make it my personal confession of faith.
August 12th Deuteronomy 8:18 “But thou shalt REMEMBER the Lord thy God …” What are we to REMEMBER? This passage is talking about God giving us the means and ability to enjoy financial success. He wants us to have more than enough to help finance the preaching of the Gospel and have abundant supply for our family.
Financial Confession: I will remember to always be in position to have more than enough financial provision God’s way.
August 13th Hebrews 7:8 “And here (on earth) men that die (pastors/preachers) receive tithes: but there He (Jesus) receives them, of whom it is witnessed that He lives.” The first thing we must learn from the Bible and always remember about our money is whenever we get paid, the tithe is not only about money – it’s a Biblical principle.
Faith Confession: I will pay my tithe by faith knowing that Jesus receives it through the Pastor of my church.
August 14th Leviticus 27:30 “And all the tithe … is the Lord’s; It is holy unto the Lord.” Verse 32 “And concerning the tithe … THE TENTH shall be holy unto the Lord.” The Old Testament people God was talking to were farmers and shepherds. Their economic support was from what they grew in their orchards and fields. And from the increase of sheep and cattle they possessed. Today most of us get a paycheck or profit from our business. God simply says, “Remember Me when you get paid. The first 10% is holy and belongs to Me.”
Faith Confession: I will be diligent to remember that the number one step of giving me power to get wealth to establish His covenant is by paying my tithe faithfully to the Lord.
August 15th Malachi 3:8-12 Verse 8 “…tithes and offerings.” There is a difference between “a tithe and an offering”. A tithe is always the first 10% of your gross income. Your gross is your paycheck before any taxes come out. An offering is any money you give above your tithe. I’ve heard people say, because of a lack of teaching, “I’m tithing 20%”. You can’t tithe 20%. A tithe is always 10%. But you can pay your tithe (10%) and give as an offering another 10%. Verse 9 Simply speaking, even today the world system is under satan’s influence. 2 Corinthians 4:4, 1 Peter 5:8 But the simple act of tithing by faith and obedience to God’s Word makes it possible to break free from the curse and operate in God’s economic system.
Faith Confession: I understand that paying my tithe and giving offerings is basic Christianity. I will rebuke the fear of tithing and giving offerings, of not having enough, to believe God’s Word, to trust Him with my finances and do my money God’s way!
August 16th Malachi 3:10 This is God’s instruction to live free from the curse on the world’s economics and live in the blessing that Jesus made possible (Galatians 3:13-14, 29).
Faith Confession: Father, help me to get the revelation that I am to bring all my tithes into His storehouse (which is my local church) so there will be meat in His house. It is God’s plan that His children pay their tithes and give offerings so that His house is well taken care of and so that His pastors are supported so they have adequate time to spend in prayer and in the Word of God. I will be obedient to do Your Word!
August 17th Malachi 3:10 “ … and prove me now herewith saith the Lord of hosts (battles), if I will not OPEN YOU THE WIN- DOWS OF HEAVEN, and POUR YOU OUT A BLESSING, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” You can’t “open” an “open” window! You can only “open” a “closed” window! A person can be Born Again and know they’re going to Heaven someday yet still have Heaven’s window of God’s full blessing closed. I didn’t say it, the Bible did!) When you make the quality decision to start giving God His title by faith, He opens the windows of Heaven and you can start living by faith in all that Jesus has provided.
Faith Confession: I choose to faithfully and consistently bring all my tithe to God’s storehouse!
August 18th Malachi 3:11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes …” Who is the devourer? Is it inflation? Not enough overtime” Everything you buy going up in price? Look at John 10:10. Satan is the thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy! He is behind the scenes and ultimately responsible for the poverty and lack in the world. But thank God we have the means to live free from satan’s curse of lack.
Faith Confession: Because I’m a faithful tither I prove God is faithful every time I give Him His Holy tithe!
August 19th 1 John 5:19 Amplified translation. “We know (positively) that we are of God and the whole world (around us) is under the power of the evil one.” It’s obvious to serious Born Again believers that satan is the one behind the stealing, killing and destroying that is rampant all around us. Look at Malachi 3:12 “And all nations (the people in your realm of influence) (will see the blessings of God on your life because you’re a faithful tither) and they will call you “BLESSED”! This is one way the Gospel is preached every day.
Faith Confession: The blessings of God on my life and family are a great witness to the lost and hurting people all around me.
August 20th 2 Corinthians 9:6 This is the law of sowing and reaping. It is a spiritual as well as a natural law. Verse 7 This verse isn’t talking about the tithe. God already said how much the tithe is; it’s always 10% no matter how much you make. Whether you work for minimum wage or you earn $10,000 a week, your tithe is 10%. “Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give …” This is talking about offerings! his is after you have given God His 10%! Now you can deter mine how much you want to give as an offering. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will speak to your heart a certain amount but if He doesn’t, it’s totally “as you purpose in your heart”.
Faith Confession: I’m always faithful to God with His Holy tithe and I’m also a cheerful giver of offerings!
August 21st Leviticus 27:30 “And all THE TITHE OF THE LAND, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, IS THE LORD’S. IT IS HOLY UNTO THE LORD…” Verse 32 AND CON- CERNING THE TITHE … THE TENTH SHALL BE HOLY UNTO THE LORD.” I’ve heard people say because they tithe, “I’ve got seed planted so I have a harvest coming.” That’s not true. One time the Lord told me to have a farmer in our church bring a bushel of ears of corn to church for a demonstration. During the sermon in teaching about the tithe, I laid out several ears of corn. I set aside 1 out of every 10 for the priest for his food. Those couldn’t be planted in the ground for a harvest. The remaining 90% could be used to plant some for a future harvest. However, some also needed to be used to sell to pay bills and some had to be used to eat. So whatever was left I could determine how many to plant for harvest time. This is how our tithe works today. The tithe takes care of church bills, upkeep and salaries. Offerings are seed planted. Offerings aren’t just what you give in church, you can give financially in many areas of life. When you give, always give cheerfully and in faith.
Faith Confession: I will not be ignorant about the difference between the tithe and offerings. I pay my tithe to my local church and offerings are anything I give ABOVE my tithe. Offerings are what I sow in order to reap a harvest. Offerings are my seed in the ground!
August 22nd Proverbs 8:12 “I wisdom dwell with prudence …” Prudence: wise in the management of practical affairs, especially business matters. If you want to prosper God’s way, you must do two things first. One: get His wisdom from the Bible about His laws of prosperity. Two: with His help develop a financial plan in how you spend your money.
Faith Confession: I will learn God’s system of economics and develop a natural plan in how to manage my money.
August 23rd Proverbs 3:27 write your bills on a calendar or use a computer or smartphone to know when they are due! This verse very plainly says, “When bills are due, PAY YOUR BILLS WHEN THEY ARE DUE!” Always look at your calendar to see what is coming due. Don’t spend your house or utility bills on eating out or entertainment. Don’t lie to a creditor and say, “I don’t have it” if you spent it at McDonald’s or a theme park. Sometimes you have to crucify your flesh for a season so you can end up where you want to be financially.
Faith Confession: I will be wise in how I manage my money. I will pay God’s tithe first, then I will pay bills that are due. Then God will bless what I have left.
August 24th James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God … and it shall be given him.” Verse 22 “But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” It’s not what you hear and know, it’s what you know and do that gets results!
Faith Confession: I follow God’s financial plan for my life. I tithe, pay my bills on time and give offerings. I always have more than enough left over to take good care of my family.
August 25th Proverbs 24:30-34 You can’t be lazy and mooch off of others and prosper God’s way. Deuteronomy 28:8 and 12 God’s financial plan is to “bless all the work of your hand”. “Blessed” in Hebrews means, “empowered to prosper”.
Faith Confession: I work my best at what I know to do and God’s anointing to prosper is on my life.
August 26th Acts 20:32-35, Ephesians 4:28 It’s very plain in both the Old and the New Testaments that God’s plan is for believers to work, to give and to prosper!
Faith Confession: I don’t just work for a living, I also give for a living! I’m anointed to prosper!
August 27th Deuteronomy 28:12 “Bless all the work of thy hand; and thou shall … LEND to many nations and thou shall NOT BORROW!” God’s will and God’s plan is for us to get to the place of being givers and even having money to lend! Some teach that it’s a sin to borrow, but it that were true then it would be a sin to lend also. And God wouldn’t tell us to lend if it was a sin. The first step to becoming a lender is to STOP BORROWING!
Faith Confession: I am learning to pay cash for everything and not live off of borrowing.
August 28th Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go…” You are probably familiar with this verse. But did you ever notice the next verse that tells you part of that training? Verse 7 “The rich rule over the poor, and the BORROWER IS SERVANT TO THE LENDER.” God wants us free from being servants in debt! He wants us to teach our children and grandchildren to be tithers, givers and lenders!
Faith Confession: By an act of my will I choose to be a servant of God and not a servant to debt!”
August 29th Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power (authority) of the tongue …” In other words, what you SAY is a major way of exercising your authority as a believer! Psalm 35:27 “… let them SAY continually, Let the Lord be magnified which has pleasure in the PROSPRITY of His servant.”
Faith Confession: Make your own confession every day concerning God’s will for your financial wellbeing.
August 30th Matthew 6:31-34 Verse 33 (literal translation) “Go for the expansion of God’s Kingdom FIRST and everything you need will be given to you in abundance!?
Faith Confession: I am always eager to talk about Jesus to all who will listen. I’m bold to pray with the lost to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
August 31st We will close this month where we started. 3 John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may PROS- PER …” Greek for prosper - Euodoo – to help on the road or succeed in reaching. God’s prosperity is more than just money. It’s a progressive thing. It’s His blessing on your life spiritually, mentally, physically, financially and socially. It’s a lifelong process! Keep loving, serving, tithing, giving and confessing God’s Word over your life!
False Confession: God’s will is coming to pass in my life, I’m a lover, a server, always putting Jesus first and I can’t lose for winning! Amen!