Windows on Finance Part 6
Welcome back. If you’ve just joined us, please read article 5 before you embark into this one, otherwise you might think I’m a subscriber to the “health, wealth and prosperity” club.
Last time we looked at the poverty and provision mindsets and found them both to be at odds with scripture - unless we’re seeking to be cursed or selfish! This left us with only one other possibility... prosperity! We also found Paul supporting this with a bit of a tirade on “abundance” in 2 Cor 9:8.
So to help us get a clearer handle on “prosperity” and “abundance” from a biblical perspective, a great place to start is in Genesis where God not only promises Abraham great wealth, He also puts it into context.
Gen 12:1-3 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
The whole key to today’s article is in this passage. Firstly there’s the wonder of the blessing God announced to Abraham. Please reread the above scripture taking note of all the “ands” in the passage. This is a very comprehensive blessing!
Secondly, God’s purpose in blessing Abraham wasn’t just so he could be prosperous (although that was a key part of the package – as he couldn’t give what he didn’t have). Abraham was blessed so he could be a blessing to others. In fact as if to underline this, God said if others bless you, I will bless them too, and if they curse you I will curse them.
Did God follow through on His promise? Gen 24:1: Now Abraham was old, well-advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.
Here is where this whole thing goes to the next level…
Gal 3:13-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
If you are a Gentile in Christ Jesus ie a non-Jew and a Christ follower, Abraham’s blessing is available to you right now. Wow! – Remember all those “ands”?
If you are a Jew you are a descendant of Abraham and so you already have the blessing of Abraham through your family lineage.
Let’s check this out a bit further, because maybe we’re making a mountain out of just one verse.
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. - There’s that “all” word again.
Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Why would God give Joshua the keys to prosperity if He didn’t want Joshua to prosper?
Psalms 35:27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favour my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
This verse teaches that God takes pleasure in our prosperity! He loves to bless us. The quid pro quo being that being poor does not bring God pleasure. So it seems part of pleasing God is moving into the prosperity of God. It’s time to start acting in faith and pressing in to receive it. Part of acting in faith is to pray this verse continually and expectantly: “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” This is an affirmation we need to start praying daily. I recommend you also get God’s promise to Abraham in Gen 1 and regularly meditate on and pray this over your life too.
Remember God didn’t redeem us so we could be blessed in a selfish or self-centred way. God wants to bless everyone on earth and he wants us to be His hand of blessing (Jesus with skin on). Of course if we’re not living in abundance (poverty), or if we consume everything we receive (provision) we won’t have anything to give and we defeat the whole plan. It’s time we step up to God’s purposes for our lives, and the good news is, prosperity is part of His plan for us!
Now this idea of prosperity may excite you or it may scare you half to death. Either way is ok. If you can’t grab a hold of it wholeheartedly yet, take it before God and talk it over with Him. Use the father’s prayer in Matt 9:24 “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Talk it over with someone you trust and pray about it together. I’m sure as we go through the next few articles you’ll get a greater understanding of God’s desire to bless you so you can be a blessing.
More next time…
May God richly bless you,
P.S. For more in-depth teaching on what I’ve shared today, may I suggest Graeme Lauridsen (www.nations.co.nz). He runs an excellent seminar series on financial increase which expands significantly on what’s been discussed here.
This series is designed to build your faith in God as your Provider and to enable you to release His full abundance into your life. If you have a testimony of God’s provision as a result of applying the principles from this ministry please share it with us (and let us know if we can share it with others). If this article has helped you, please consider praying for me and this ministry. Thanks and God Bless, Richard BP.
This article is provided for educational and edificational purposes only. It does not constitute and is not a substitute for professional advice. If you require financial advice or assistance please contact a suitable professional advisor.