Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
I believe in prosperity! I do not believe in the “prosperity gospel” but am completely convinced that the wealth of the wicked are laid up for the righteous. There are two extremes in Christianity – those who believe that God wants people to give up every “thing” to follow Him and live an impoverished existence. There are those on the other end of the spectrum who think that with God we are supposed to swim in wealth and make our worldly existence opulent to draw men and women to Christ. These are extreme deviations in doctrine. As a believer, we must decide how we feel about riches, wealth and even money to determine the role that it plays in us and through us. God takes care of me and will supply all my needs from His Glorious Riches which belong to me because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior AND most importantly (for this discussion) as Lord. The Lord assumes responsibility for my life. Every aspect of my existence submitted to His Lordship becomes His Business. God desires to bless His People. He has set aside an inheritance from His Glorious Riches for each of us. We must understand the reality of riches and wealth in God to properly access these provisions and the prosperity hidden in the Kingdom of God for His People.
Isaiah 45:3 (NLT)
And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.
The Lord promises “treasures hidden in darkness – secret riches” to His People. Why are they hidden? Why all the secrets? The purpose of prosperity in the life of the believer is to know that He is the Lord, God of Israel, who is the One who calls us by name. There connection to Glorious Riches hidden for us is an intimate relationship with the Lord. He doesn’t allow casual connections to plunder His Kingdom. This is the inheritance of God’s Children that is preordained and predestined for our life. Long ago, it was explained to me like this: When we meet the Lord, He will walk us through a storehouse. We will see large packages and great wealth. When we ask Jesus where it came from, He will tell us that this all belonged to us but we never claimed it on the earth. What a waste? What if there is prosperity, riches, blessing and more that has been hidden in Heaven never allowed to be unlocked by faith? The key to the Kingdom is labeled “FAITH” and it opens the door to what we hope for every single day!
John 10:10 (NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Why does God hide our treasures? Why is He so secretive about our riches? Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life. He came well-equipped to do so. The enemy wants to steal from us. He wants to destroy us. He wants to kill us. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, our life is no longer in jeopardy so that just leaves our stuff like love, joy and peace. It also includes the natural provisions and overflow designated to care for us amply in this life. God keeps it safe so “no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.” (Luke 12:33) God is keeping your blessings safe for you to come get them.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT)
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
If God really does have a plan for our life, He has provided everything we need to make our dreams a reality. Every single dollar we need is available to us. His Plans are good. They contain a future and hope. When we pray, God listens. Are you praying for His Will? This unlocks the resources and riches of Heaven to our avail. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Everything God has for us is in a logical place. It is in His Presence overflowing from His Kingdom. If we truly want all that God has prepared and provided us, it can only be found where He is. Faith begins in our heart not our hands. It is not something we do but everything we believe. God weighs every action by our intent. We must carry our heart to God because that is where true prosperity begins. (3 John 1:2)
I Timothy 6:6-10 (NLT)
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.
Godliness with contentment is the secret to living successfully in the abundance God has designated for our life. When our pursuit of Jesus Christ is our primary focus, prosperity becomes perpetual in our life. Why? Money doesn’t matter as much as seeking His Face and knowing His Name. Money does not change our life. It just gives us an opportunity to become who we really are. God will withhold from us that thing which might separate us from Him. God takes sinners wealth giving it to the godly. (Ecclesiastes 2:26) True repentance and full acceptance of God’s Grace is a conduit to the glorious riches that the Lord has secured for us. Otherwise, we live in jeopardy of lack at any moment.
“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His Commandments…wealth and riches will be in his house and his righteousness endures forever.” Right standing with God releases His Riches in our life. Those who respect and love the Lord will delight in His Commandments and strive to adhere to them applying His Word and Way to their whole life. Those who do are promised riches in Psalm 112. When our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is no longer influenced by what we have or do not have, the spigot of blessing once held shut by sinful disobedience is opened wide steadily flowing in our life.
We are filled with the fullness of Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:226-27) As our roots grow deeper in our life, He makes us satisfied and content in life so money is not an object. Whether we have it or not – we are prospering from the inside out. His Favor is better than any bank account.
Luke 16:9-12 (NLT)
Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?
Every resource in our life comes from the abundance of God released into our life. The more of our life committed to Christ and sharing His Love with the world, the more of these resources are released. Hoarding is a problem that stops the overflow of God into our life. This is not why God prospers us. It is the same as the farmer. We plant little seeds that harvest big crops. We are fed from this abundance. We prepare seeds for the next planting season. We share it with others. These three principles must be in operation in our life. A budget is not a bad thing unless it becomes like the law. God operates in our finances when we have a budget led by His Spirit acting on His Word. We must sow to reap. We must be obedient and faithful in tithing. We must love to do the Will of God even those things that challenge worldly security to access Kingdom riches. Just a reminder… the riches of Heaven have nothing to do with cold hard cash. The streets of Heaven are paved with gold.
Luke 12:21 (NLT)
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
There are many times in the Word of God, if we read just before the scripture we are studying that it all makes sense. This is one of them that I have found today. I have read the passages about not worrying or stressing over the realities of life. The part where the Lord promises that He will care for us with same rich abundance of the ravens and the lilies of the field. (Luke 12:21-28) I am learning to live and operate in the abundance of God rather than fear of lack that is my prevailing enemy. My fear for tomorrow most likely stems from the battle we have just won. I am fighting the flesh that says but what about tomorrow. What if tragedy strikes? What if famine comes? What if the unexpected arrives at our doorstep? Well, that is for another day. I must live for today. What does the Lord have for me to do today? Why do I have so little faith? It is human nature. Greater is He who is in me so I will win the fight for more faith if I do not give up or remain in bondage to the Law. I have recognized an evil exchange. I shook off the chains that held me captive to sin by the Power of His Name only to slap on shackles of bondage to the Law of Doing rather than becoming a Child of God totally dependent on Jesus Christ for everything I need in life. I still try to make my own way. There is only One way. His Name is Jesus! He wants the best for me. To have it requires only to be with Him! I am supposed to have a rich and satisfying life. If I do not, I must only step closer to Jesus and live in the Presence of God. This is the reality of riches.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (NLT)
Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God. For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.