Money And Prosperity It is important for Christians to receive the revelation of true biblical prosperity.
Although we see in the scriptures more evidence in the Old Testament of God materially and financially blessing His people, the New Testament is also very clear in communicating God’s will to abundantly supply all the needs of His sons and daughters. In truth, God has set laws in motion from the very begining of creation, that when obeyed, will bring prosperity into the lives of all those that adhere to those laws. To limit prosperity to money only is to limit God. It is essential at this time that we let God’s word define for us prosperity. I) Prosperity Defined Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which has pleasure in the prosperity of his servants. OT Hebrew: Strong’s 7965-shalom, shaw-lome; from 7999; safe. well. happy, friendly; also welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace: It carries the implication of total soundness and wholeness. The word shalom carries the equivalence of the New Testament word salvation, or in the Greek, “soteria”, which is all inclusive. Thus, when the bible, both Old and New Testaments use the word prosperity, it carries the implication of total prosperity. Spiritual – (John 3:3, 11; 2Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 10:9-10) -Mental (2 Tim. 1:7; Rom.12:1-2; Isa. 26:3) – Physical (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Pet. 2:24) – Financial 3Jn2; Mal. 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2Cor. 6-10; Deut.28:1-14) Social (Prov. 3:4). Joshua 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever
OT Hebrew: Strong’s 7919 – sakal. and to kill. Eccl. If God delights in the prosperity of His servants (Ps. saw-lal. that thou may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous. Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth. even as thy soul prospereth. to succeed in reaching. financial and social. 35:27) and He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). and then thou shalt have good success. in the lives of His people. NT Greek: Strong’s 2137 – euodoo – yoo-od-o-o. then it is His will to abundantly supply in all areas of life for all people at all times. from an overall examination of the entire word of God that He is a God of abundance in every area of every aspect. 3Jn. physical.tsaw-lakh. It is clear. 11:6 In the morning sow thy seed. II) Poverty Versus Abundance John 10:10 The thief cometh not. OT Hebrew: Strong’s 6743 – tsaleach. OT Hebrew: Strong’s 3787 – kasher – kaw-share. but thou shalt meditate therein day and night. To help on the road. emotional.
. and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper. mental. either this or that.to push forward or breakthrough. I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health. but for to steal. and that they might have it more abundantly. To be straight or right.thou goest. Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want (be in lack). To have success by making wise decisions. to succeed.2 Beloved. to succeed in business affairs. or whether they both shall be alike good. spiritual. and to destroy: I am come that they might have life. to be acceptable.
El Shaddai. 5) Jesus was cursed so we could inherit the blessing. that ye through his poverty might be rich. the devil. (the Lord that provides) tell of His nature as much as Jehovah Rapha (the Lord our healer). 4147 – plousious. though he was rich. emotionally. wax) rich. financially or socially is not God. Jesus is the one perfect sacrifice for all time and eternity. abounding with. Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected forever. 6) Jesus was made poor with our poverty so we could share His riches or be in abundance. Galtians 3:13-14 v13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. but identified as the enemy.The Hebrew names of God. increased with goods. The provision of the all-inclusive salvation is by God’s grace which we receive by faith in Jesus Christ. was accomplished by Jesus at the cross. David. plouteo. Noah. Solomon. Wealthy. demonstrates God’s willingness to bless His people in all areas of their lives. Jacob. in any area of our lives is not the will of God. 3) Jesus was mades sin with our sinfulness so we could be made righteous with His righteousness. 1) Jesus was punished so we could be forgiven. Jesus. the God that’s more than enough) and Jehovah Jireh. From John 10:10 it is clear that anything short of abundance. 2) Jesus was wounded so we could be healed. Examining the lives of Adam. NT Greek: Strong’s 4145. in this case financially. them that are sanctified. that. 4) Jesus died our death so we could share His life. being made a curse for us:
. The provision for abundance in every area of our lives. Isaac. 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. physically. to name a few. (the busty one. (be made. yet for your sakes he became poor. Abraham. III) The New Testament Provision of Abundance 2Cor. Moses. So anything that is stealing from our lives or our loved one’s lives or anyone’s life spiritually. mentally.
and with gladness of heart. So. that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. in hunger. and in want of all things: We can define poverty. for the abundance of all things: v48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee. 3:13-14 that poverty is a curse. and in nakedness. 4:5. The second function of God’s intent to prosper is found in Eph. nakedness. the curse we have been redeemed from. Giving to those in need is the second purpose for financial prosperity. Deut 28:47-48 v47 Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness. 8:9 and Gal. The first is found in Deut. according to Paul. and in thirst. Eph. cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree: v14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. Let us define abundance: It is having enough for your own needs and more left over to bless someone else. God intends for us to use the wealth He gives us to establish His covenant on the earth or another way of saying that is to advance the kingdom of God on this earth.for it is written. 4:5 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour.8:9. thirst. The alternative provided by Jesus’ finished work on the cross is abundance. that he may give to him that needeth. and well stricken in age: and the Lord blessed Abraham in all things. 24:1 And Abraham was old. as it is this day. Gen. That is
. and in need of all things. True biblical prosperity has two main functions. from these verses of scripture as hunger. working with his hands the thing which is good. It is clear from 2Cor. Deut. that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers. 8:18. Jesus on the cross took our poverty that we may have His abundance as stated in 2Cor. 8:18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth the power to get wealth.
Jesus became poor with our poverty at the cross at Calvary. only received by faith. Any time you see grace in the bible. John 19:28 – “I thirst. 3) Abundance – more than enough. Jesus was not poor prior to the cross. 4) He was in need of everything. that ye. People live at one of three levels in their lives.poverty. Jesus could go anywhere and demonstrate the provision of His Father in every aspect of need. Jesus became the poverty curse so we may have abundance. it cannot be merited. It is more blessed to give than to receive. not that we may only re-
. 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you. God has provided abundance. 2) Sufficiency – just enough. this curse of poverty was perfectly removed in Jesus at the cross: 1) He was hungry – He hadn’t eaten for over 24 hours. So on the cross. 1) Insufficiency – less than what one needs. There is a greater blessing. (John 6: 1-6). the word all is used five times and the word abound is used twice. always having all sufficiency in all things. we want to emphasize that according to 2Cor. 2Cor. 9:8. 5) He was buried in a borrowed tomb in a borrowed robe. how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak. However. To suggest that Jesus was poor prior to the cross is misleading. He had absolutely nothing when He died. may abound to every good work. An example was the feeding of the five thousand. 2) He was thirsty. 8:9. The grace abounded toward us is on the basis of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus. Why does God want all His children to have abundance? Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things. It cannot be earned. in the Greek language. In 2Cor. how he said. At this point. Grace is a gift based on Jesus’ finished work on the cross.” 3) He hung naked on the cross. and the Father honored His actions.
cattle.and increase the fruits of your righteousness. 96:8 Give unto the Lord the glory due his name: bring an offering. but give so that we may give and obtain the greater blessing. 34:20 But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem him not. and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw
. and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. Prov. v25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind. and herb yielding seed after his kind. but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God. whose seed is in itself. 9:10-12 v10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food. whose seed was in itself. And none shall appear before me empty. and multiply your seed sown. Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind. upon the earth: and it was so. and creeping thing. the herb yielding seed. v11 Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness. V) The Law Sowing and Reaping Gen. and come into his courts. and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind. 1:11-12. and the tree yielding fruit. after his kind: and God saw that it was good. v10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty. let the earth bring forth grass. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. 24-25 v11 And God said. 2Cor. v12 And the earth brought forth grass. and with the firstfruits of all thine increase. Ps.ceive. IV) Giving is Worshipping God Ex. v12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints. then thou shalt break his neck. which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. and cattle after their kind. 3:9-10 v9 Honor the Lord with thy substance. v24 And God said.
For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again.that it was good. and he that sows bountifully shall reap bountifully. The term “same measure” refers not to quantity but the kind of seed sown. so let him give. and running over. or the” law of increase. Humans produce humans not anything else except after its own kind. that shall he also reap. The term “running over” refers to God’s abundance or increase. and shaken together. v8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you. one doesn’t sow finances in order to reap healing. God is not mocked: for whatever a man soweth. Again. 2Cor. when you sow finances (money) you get finances (money). 9:6-10 v6 But this I say. every kind after its own kind. The following verses will show this to be true. pressed down. In other words. or deliverance or any other blessings except for what they sowed. Again. he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly. Dogs produce dogs not cats. good measure. every kind reproducing after its own kind. Apples produce apples not oranges. shall men give into your bosom. 6:7-8 v7 Be not deceived. We maintain that the terms sparingly and bountifully refer more to frequency rather than quantity. but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Luke 6:38 Give and it shall be given unto you. that ye always
. Gal. v7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart. not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver. These scriptures refer to what is called the “law of seed time and harvest”. We are adamantly opposed to sowing finances for anything other than finances. When applying this to the law of sowing and reaping pertaining to finances.” It is important to note that every kind reproduces after it’s own kind. flesh reproduces flesh and spirit reproduces spirit. This again is the principal of increase. v8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption. in this case finances.
he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth forever. 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. nor
. It is an added benefit apart from God’s provision by grace. save me by faith. or what ye shall drink. v10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food. Healing is a free gift. what ye shall put on. Take no thought for your life. 2Cor. and increase the fruits of your righteousness. wholeness. neither do they reap. but I have to give to get is inaccurate. healing or prosperity.having all sufficiency in all things. Prosperity is a free gift. Is not the life more than meat. Romans 8:31-32 v31 What shall we say to these things? If God be for us. This final scripture will clarify this point once and for all. It’s all by God’s grace. nor yet for your body. but delivered him up for us all. 8:7 v9 (As it is written. soundness and yes prosperity. and multiply your seed sown. This provision of the spiritual law of seedtime and harvest or sowing and reaping or increase or action and reaction (these are all synonymous terms for the same spiritual law) was instituted by God Almighty Himself for all that will apply this principle to their life in whatever area it is applied. may abound to every good work: Please note that chapters 8 and 9 of 2Corinthians is dealing exclusively with financial giving which Paul expresses as an act of grace. and the body than raiment? v26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not. how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Salvation is a free gift. Phil. To say that God will heal me by faith. Matt. 6:25-34 v25 Therefore I say unto you. he hath dispersed abroad. protection. We don’t pay for the gift of salvation. what ye shall eat. Inclusive of salvation is healing. who can be against us? v32 He that spared not his own son. Salvation is by grace.
What did the fowls of the air. What shall we drink? or. a spiritual law set in motion by God for all people before God’s provision of grace through Jesus Christ is a provision of God’s grace. and to morrow is cast into the oven. That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. how they grow.gather into barns. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. if God so clothe the grass of the field. This is God’s abundance. which to day is. neither do they spin: v29 And yet I say unto you. This is God’s prosperity. v34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. and all these things shall be added unto you. What shall we eat? or. saying. v33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God. shall he not much more clothe you. Wherewithal shall we be clothed? v32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. the lilies of the field or the grass of the field do? What did they sow in order for God to so abundantly supply and cause increase? How much more will our heavenly Father so abundantly supply for His own by grace through faith? This is Divine Providence.
. Even the law of sowing and reaping. v30 Wherefore. O ye of little faith? v31 Therefore take no thought. they toil not. which is an added benefit. Are ye not much better than they? v27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? v28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field. and his righteousness.