God’s will is for His people to prosper and have success. Joshua 1:8
If you’re a follower of Christ He wants you to have success in life. Jesus said, “I have come to give you life and life more abundantly” (John 10:10).
God has given us the principles of prosperity in His Word. It is part of our inheritance as a believer. That being said, I realize many pervert and abuse the truth of God’s Word about His provision. However, we should not allow that to hinder us from walking in the light and truth of His Word.
The Bible is filled with instruction, counsel, correction and direction about prosperity, wealth, money and finances. There over 2000 Scriptures related to prosperity and finances!
Here are just a few verses that speak of God’s will for your life:
Psalm 1:1-3 | 3 John 2 | Psalms 35:27 | John 10:10
God Owns it All
Until you realize God owns everything you will not experience true prosperity in your life. He owns a cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalms 50:10) The gold and silver belong to Him. (Haggai 2:8) The Psalmist puts it best “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.” (Psalms 24;1) God owns it all. You will never be in financial trouble if you remember those four words. They are the foundation for true financial prosperity. When we understand everything belongs to Him we can let go, trust Him and focus on our true responsibility and task , that is of being a steward. God owns it all!l.
We Are Stewards
John Wesley founder of Methodism put it this way, “When the Possessor of heaven and earth brought you into being, and placed you in this world, he placed you here not as a proprietor, but a steward. Stewardship is managing God’s treasures in God’s way, for God’s purposes, and always for God’s glory. We begin life with our hands wide open and nothing in them. As we mature, by the grace of God, He allows certain things to be placed into our possession, none of them under our ownership. Remember, He owns everything in heaven and earth. It’s all His. We are stewards for a season. In the parable of the good steward found in Luke 16 Jesus explains the principles of stewardship. The essence of His instruction is for us to be faithful with what we are entrusted with. God is the source of what we have and He expects us to be good stewards.
God is Our Source
If you are looking to your job, education, government, someone else or even the church as your source you have limited your supply. God has more than enough supply for every need you have, He is El Shadai the God who is more than enough. It is in Him we live move and have our being. Hebrews 12:2 says, “fix your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”
If you want to experience Biblical Prosperity in your life make God your source. “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory.” (Philippians 4:19) Make God your source and you will never be without. You are more valuable than any bird and Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
God is your source the issue is do you have your priorities right? Don’t put other things ahead of God. God is Our Source!.
Jesus gives us this instruction in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” This simply means we are to seek the things of God as a priority over the things of the world. It means we are to give our relationship with Jesus and the things in the kingdom of God priority because they are of greater value than all the world’s riches.
This does mean we are to neglect the responsibilities we have in our communities, schools, businesses, and daily life. We just need to continue to keep things in the right order of priority. Notice when we keep the things of God first He then adds to us the things we need for life.
When it comes to understanding God’s plan for success and prosperity the issue is this – “Love God not Money”. Jesus explained this way, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
The Apostle Paul in 1Timothy 6:6-10 gives us this admonition, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
John Calvin said, “Where riches hold the dominion of the heart, God has lost His authority.” And if God loses authority over your heart, there will be a God-shaped hole in your heart that can’t be filled by anything or anyone other than God. It is unfulfilling.
Satan is the Lord of Materialism. He will try to use money and possessions to lead us down a dark path of greed and destruction. In Luke 4, we see that Satan says the following to Jesus: “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them-because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will bow down and worship me.” Satan is the devil because of his desire to be worshiped and he wants nothing more than for you to worship him.
Prosperity with a Purpose
The primary purpose of prosperity is not so you can heap riches upon yourself. There is nothing wrong with having an abundant life style if you have the other four principles operating in your life and they are producing the fruit of true prosperity in your life. “Prosperity with a Purpose” is not a phrase to be used to justify ones selfishness, greed and desire for more wealth. There really is a God based purpose for prosperity.
God prospers your life for the following reasons:
1) so you can be a blessing
2) so you can help establish His covenant in the earth
3) so your life has great influence in the “world”
“o prosper” is “to go forward hopefully, to flourish, succeed, thrive”.