WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT PROSPERITY?
Did you know that God intends for You to live in Total Prosperity—in every area of your life? Lack in any area of your life is not God’s plan for you, because He came to give you Abundant Life! Prosperity begins in your inner man—in your spirit when you become born again into eternal life. Then it begins to touch every area of our lives as our minds are renewed in Truth and the way we believe, think, and act transforms into God’s image.
Renewing our minds happens through reading and meditating on the Word of God, learning to spend time with God and Hear HIs voice and obey Him, and repenting or changing the way we think and act when it does not agree with God. Our bodies are also intended by God to live in total prosperity, or life—also called Divine Health. God does not intend for us to live in lack in any area, and He paid for this on the cross once and for all. The Redemption on the cross included healing of the whole man—no form of oppression was left to succeed. Jesus paid for man’s total redemption. In addition, God’s total prosperity includes our finances. Again, lack is not from God. We must submit to the Spirit of God in every area of our lives. This includes trusting God with our finances through obeying what He shows us—starting with the tithe. We can trust God with every area of our lives and give abundantly, because our God has, and promises to, bless us abundantly. Prosperity also includes our relationships. God intends for us to have favor with Him and with people—and this happens again as we submit to His ways and His Spirit—trusting Him in this area of our lives.
There is a prosperity that starts in the inner man—our spirit.
“Jesus replied, ‘I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’.” John 3:3 (HCSB)
Being born again is taking away of the old nature that was prone to sin and enslaved to sin, and receiving the spirit born of God and His nature, which is eternal life or life as God has it.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain thatGod is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God.’ He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that wemight become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (HCSB)
You are not renovated like an old house, you are completely made new in your spirit with God’s nature. You are born again of His Spirit! God has dealt with sin and is no longer counting your trespasses against you, because Jesus paid for them on the cross. Jesus took on your un-righteousness and in exchange, gave you His righteousness. You are now right with God, everything is good between you and God, because of Jesus. Everything that came in through sin has now been paid for. Its bondage and effects are now broken through the blood and body of Jesus. You now have the life of the resurrected Christ through the born again spirit.
We activate this eternal life or life as God has it by believing what God says He has done for you through Jesus.
“… The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:8-10 (HCSB)
It is activated by your confession that Jesus is your Lord and Savior and that God raised Him from the dead three days later. It was man’s unbelief that separated him from God, it is now man believing what God has done that brings us into right relationship with God.
“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 (HCSB)
Not only are our spirits made new, but it is the will of God that our minds be made new as well! He has provided the power and the ways for this to happen.
There are numerous ways that help us to renew our mind. One way is with the Word of God. It can be read, listened to, talked about, but a key is to learn to meditate (contemplate) on it. Another key is to learn to host God’s presence and learning to hear the voice of God, or the Holy Spirit, who is One and the same.
When we see that what we believe or think doesn’t match up with the way God thinks, then we need to take steps to change our minds and not try to change God’s.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is an everlasting strength!” Isaiah 26:3-4 (NKJV)
Stayed means to take hold of, lean on, rest self. We have to take hold of God like there is no other, and just relax and trust Him like a child trusts a Good Father, knowing He is for us and gives us everything we need.
Many times there are steps of faith that we need to take for us to enjoy the benefits of God’s promises, such as, “stir up the gift…”
“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NKJV)
Fear will deplete your strength and motivation, so an absence of fear is greatly prosperous for our soul. A sound mind is a mind in alignment with God’s Word and will help us to make better decisions in life that will result in us prospering in other areas.
“Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.” Isaiah 53: 4-5 (HCSB)
This is a prophetic word given from God long before Jesus came upon the earth speaking of the redemption that He would provide. Notice that part of the redemption includes healing of the whole man.
“When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick, so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: He Himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases.” Matthew 8:16-17 (HCSB)
The Gospel account is confirming that Jesus has done what was prophesied about in Isaiah 53. This is confirming that Jesus paid for man’s total redemption; What Jesus did on the Cross paid for the sickness and disease in your body.
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; you have been healed by His wounds.” 1 Peter 2:24
These are only a few of the many references of God’s desire to heal your body as well as your soul (mind, will, and emotions).
“Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2 (NASB)
God wants you to prosper and be in health in all areas of your life. Submit to the Spirit of God reigning in your born again spirit, so that you may be transformed in your soul and body into His image, in abundant, eternal life, without lack.
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 3:10-11 (NRSV)
Tithe means “a tenth.” God is wanting us to prove Him by faith that He is faithful to His promise of prospering you as you give to Him. If you give your ten percent to God, your 90% will go a lot farther.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” Luke 6:38 (NRSV)
In Scriptural context, this Scripture is dealing with how we relate to others, yet it also applies to how we give.
“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.’ He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 (NRSV)
This Scripture shows that our giving will determine our return.
“My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare they will give you. Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and of people.” Proverbs 3:1-4 (NRSV)
Here God is showing that we are to prosper and find favor in our relationships with God and one another as we submit to His Spirit and His Word, and are continually transformed into His image.