Prosperity Is More Than Money
May 9, 2007 6:59pm CST
Remember that in 3rd John 2, John has prayed that we all prosper and be in good health, as our soul prospers. Some would ask, "Is prosperity always about having lots of money in your pocket and bank account?" The answer is no, prosperity is not always about having money in your pocket and bank account. Yes, God wants us to prosper financially and not live in poverty. He wants us to have money to pay for college (especially grants and colleges), pay our bills, take care of families, and be a blessing to others (Remember Deuteronomy 8:18). But God doesn't want us to prosper in just the financial part. But He wants us to prosper in all of our areas of life, including academics, family, health, marriage and relationships, spiritual life, work life, and prayer life. Prosper comes from the Greek word euodoo, meaning to succeed or be successful. Remember that what's important is that you as children of God are rich in Christ Jesus. Prosperity has been a misunderstood and a controversial topic. Yes, prosperity is of God, but the Devil perverts it because the main focus is money and material possessions. There's nothing wrong with a preacher preaching on prosperity, but you got to understand that preachers may go about prosperity the wrong way. They'll preach too much prosperity and leave out holiness. Also, they'll make it all about money and go overboard with the "Money Cometh to Me" stuff, which gets on my nerves. Understand that it's important to seek God first and live right before you let prosperity seek you. So sad that prosperity has be preached more and holiness has been preached less. Think about it. There are preachers preaching prosperity, blessings, and getting your breathrough when there are those who are bound in sin. Understand why. Because preachers like to pump people up and get amens and handclaps. No, it's nothing wrong with preaching on prosperity, but it's important to teach people how to walk in holiness and seek God first. Besides we need balance because you can't name it and claim it while you're not walking in holiness. Remember that having lots of money, fame, and material doesn't constitute the fact that you have God's favor. Yes, you may have fame and fortune, but they mean nothing when you don't have Christ in your life. Think about Mr. Burns from "The Simpsons", the late Anna Nicole Smith, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and the rest of some of the celebrities. Yes, they may have all the money, but they are empty on the inside because they lack a relationship with Jesus Christ. In order to get God's favor, you must walk upright for His word says that if you walk upright, He will not withold any good thing for you. The point of this note is to explain how prosperity has been misunderstood and taken too the extremes. Yes, it's a good thing to preach on prosperity. But, if a preacher leaves out holiness and preach prosperity all the time, there's something wrong because you can't get prosperity without living in holiness. Remember that it's important to have balance for the Lord our God is balance. Don't treat Jesus like he's your sugardaddy or Santa Claus so that you can fulfill your selfish desires. Treat Jesus as your Savior and Daddy who knows what's best for you. Don't get caught up in material possessions and money because they come and go. But get caught up in Jesus because He lasts forever.
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8 Jun 07
Hi Rozie... you know, just the title of your discussion urged me to respond. I haven't even read your discussion yet, but I just wanted to testify of something that I'm going through right now. I am on a medical from my job because I have very bad headaches everyday. Ever since I've been out, I had only received about 400 dollars from TDI (temporarily disability insurance). I came to find out that because of my position, I only got paid for 5 days out. But let me tell you something, God had provided for me and my family all this time that I have not received income. He had blessed me the assistance from the federal just recently. And all this time that I've been home, I have been on the computer day and night trying to find a way to earn online. I'm really not making that much, but it's something I want to continue on working on for the time being. This is why I just responded to your discussion because I have come to realize that I shouldn't be focusing on just trying to make money, but focusing more on him and what he wants me to do. I thank God for you starting this discussion. Now I have alot to think about. I pray and ask God to bless you with abundance and continue to use you as one of his vessels to carry out his work. In Jesus' name Amen. God Bless You.