Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 19, 2015

Prosperity comes from “TULIP”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 18.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“5 So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and prospered;  and Saul set him over the men of war.  And it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

6 It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments.  7 The women sang as they played, and said,

“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”

8 Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him;  and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands.  Now what more can he have but the kingdom?”  9 Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.

10 Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual;  and a spear was in Saul’s hand.  11 Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.”  But David escaped from his presence twice.

12 Now Saul was afraid of David, for the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul.  13 Therefore Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him as his commander of a thousand;  and he went out and came in before the people.  14 David was prospering in all his ways for the Lord was with him.  15 When Saul saw that he was prospering greatly, he dreaded him.  16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, and he went out and came in before them.”  1 Samuel 18:5-16.


“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity;  in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.”  Deuteronomy 30:15-16.

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it;  for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”  Joshua 1:8.

“So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.”  Deuteronomy 29:9.

“2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”  Psalm 1:2-3.

“12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will abide in prosperity,
And his descendants will inherit the land.”  Psalm 25:12-13.

“But the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.”  Psalm 37:11.

“1 Praise the Lord!
How blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who greatly delights in His commandments.
2 His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.”  Psalm 112:1-3.

“1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”  Psalm 127:1-2.

“25 The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered.
26 He who withholds grain, the people will curse him,
But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.”  Proverbs 11:25-26.

“Adversity pursues sinners,
But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.”  Proverbs 13:21.

“An arrogant man stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the Lord will prosper.”  Proverbs 28:25.

“‘They are fat, they are sleek,
They also excel in deeds of wickedness;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the orphan, that they may prosper;
And they do not defend the rights of the poor.”  Jeremiah 5:28.

“7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7-8.

So, what is a summary of these Scriptures?  How does one obtain prosperity?

Prosperity comes from meditating on God’s word.

Prosperity comes from trusting God.

Prosperity comes from being generous and providing for the needs of others.

Prosperity comes from defending the cause of the orphan and the poor.

Prosperity comes from being righteous.

Prosperity comes from fearing the LORD and delighting in His commandments.

Prosperity comes from being humble.

Prosperity comes from keeping God’s commandments.

But, ultimately, prosperity comes as a gift of God.  In today’s Scripture, we simply read “David was prospering in all his ways for the Lord was with him.”  Verse 14.  We also read:  “… For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”  Psalm 127:2.

Reformed Doctrine always is humble, recognizing its natural condition of “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Reformed Doctrine trusts God and seeks grace from God and understands that the fountain of that grace is God’s “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Reformed Doctrine also understands that the means of that grace is “Limited Atonement”, the “L” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.   Canons of Dordt states in part:  “… the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father; that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death …”  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby.

Reformed Doctrine gladly receives that “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation knowing that it is needed to sincerely start to do the good things of meditating on God’s word, trusting God, being generous and providing for the needs of others, defending the cause of the orphan and the poor, being righteous, fearing the LORD and delighting in His commandments, being humble, and keeping God’s commandments.

And, Reformed Doctrine perseveres in doing these good things only because God preserves us through “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of  “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32.


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