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6 Biblical Pictures Depicting Your Prosperity
When the Prophet Balaam looked upon Israel in Numbers 24, he saw six pictures of prosperity. Since you are a part of the spiritual Israel, you can claim these same blessings for you and your family. God wants you to prosper - there is no doubt about it! Believe it and receive it! Allow these images to expand your vision of all that He has for you.
Numbers 24:5-7 says - "How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters. He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters..."
1. Can You See "Largeness" For Your Life?
Numbers 24:6 says - "As the valleys are they spread forth..."
Picture a valley that stretches or spreads out far and wide. Or picture watercourses, brooks, or torrents which pour down in parallel courses from the upper slopes. This is what Balaam saw when he looked upon the armies of Israel encamped in the plains and villages of Moab. And this is what God sees when He looks upon you and your family. He sees "largeness." He sees the place of your tents being enlarged. He sees the curtains of your habitation stretching forth - depicting a sign of greater influence, power, favor, honor, and reputation among the heathen. Just as a stream starts at one head but spreads into the great broad waters, even so your life or ministry which has started off "small" is headed for "largeness." If you are seeing great growth and expansion, you are seeing as God sees for your life!
2. Can You See Spiritual Richness, Well-Being, and Greater Fruitfulness In Your Walk?
Numbers 24:6 says - "...as gardens by the river's side..."
Picture for a minute the famous artificial gardens - filled with flowers, plants, and trees - found along the banks of the Euphrates River. This is how God sees you. You are His well-watered garden - pleasant and beautiful - and secured by the fence of His promises. You are a plant taken out of the world and transplanted by Him into the richest soil - Christ Jesus your Lord. You are nurtured and watered daily by the rivers of His Divine Love and Grace. Though the "heat" of adversities and dangers be ever so great, you are preserved by His blessing and power.
3. Can You See God Using You Like Never Before?
Numbers 24:6 says - "...as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted..."
The "lign aloe" or wood aloe tree is an Arabian and Indian tree which has a sweet smell and yields shade and shelter to both man and beast. It grows in the East Indies and reaches eight to ten feet in height. Its stem can expand to the thickness of a man's thigh. At its top, it grows a tuft of thick leaves which are jagged and indented. They are broad at the bottom but grow narrower at the point and reach four feet in length. This tree has the most beautiful appearance with blossoms that are red intermingled with yellow and yields a red and white fruit which is the size of a pea. Its conical form suggests an apt resemblance to a tent. Its wood is highly valued because of its exquisite fragrance and is widely used in the preparation of incense. It is a mere production of nature - not planted by the art or industry of man - and kept strictly by Divine Providence.
God sees you as His "lign aloe" tree. You were not planted by man's ingenuity but strictly by His hand. Hence, you are kept by His Providence. You are reaching to higher heights each day and spreading further and further - offering solace and comfort to more and more people. Your words offer "shade and shelter" to all those whom God brings by Divine Appointment. You display the greatest beauty because of your holiness and exude the loveliest fragrance - the "savor of Christ" - to all those with whom you come in contact. Out of your being comes the "incense" of prayer and intercession for all the multitudes who come under your "shade."
4. Can You See Promotion & Greater Maturity Coming Your Way?
Numbers 24:6 says - "...and as cedar trees beside the waters..."
The cedar trees are valued for their lofty growth and durability of wood. They are a picture of excellence - being superior to all the other trees. They are the noblest of all trees - the image of majestic strength and beauty. They grow on the most elevated part of the mountains - taller than the pines. Their wood is brown, very solid, and incorruptible. Their branches grow in parallel rows round the tree - giving it a conical appearance. At the approach of winter, these same branches erect themselves - clinging close to the body of the tree. They do this to prevent any quantity of snow from lodging on them and breaking them.
God sees you as His "cedar tree." Among all the "trees" of the wood, you are His delight for you are righteous and godly. He has made you the perfect image of majesty, strength, and excellence. Your growth comes through your mountaintop experiences with Him. Out of your times with Him come forth such durability and incorruption in your spiritual walk. Your life is in the shape of a "cone" - always directing people to Jesus. When adversity hits, you stretch yourself further and further upwards - not allowing your trials to "break" you but to "make" you the tall tree that you are. Just as the "cedar wood" dispels corruption, even so does your life and ministry dispel sin and wickedness and bring forth the "fear of the Lord" unto others.
5. Can You See Greater Blessings & Plenty Coming Your Way?
Numbers 24:7 says - "...He shall pour the water out of his buckets..."
Water was and is the leading source of all blessing and prosperity in the burning East. Here we have a picture of a man carrying two pails that are overflowing with water. It is a depiction of God's exuberant and unfailing channels of blessing and plenty for His people. He will wonderfully and outwardly bless you with an abundance.
6. Can You See Great Blessings Coming Upon Your Children?
Numbers 24:7 says - "...and his seed shall be in many waters..."
An allusion is made here to the sowing of rice in flooded waters. Your seed will enjoy the overflow of blessings coming their way. They will enjoy the well-watered land of Canaan and resultantly bring forth much fruit. They will know and experience expansion and great dominion.
Isn't it amazing what is hidden for you and your children in this small portion of Scripture? Indeed, this is "hidden treasure" for you and your family to claim as your own.
God wants you to prosper and be blessed. Don't ever question this truth again. Believe it and receive all that He has for you.
Take it by faith!
May God Bless His Word.