The primary purpose of prosperity for the believer should be the advancement of God’s Kingdom on earth. That should be our first priority in life.
Another reason for our prosperity is to meet our legitimate needs and to be a blessing to people around us who have needs as well.
There must be balance and commonsense in our material lives when God brings prosperity to our lives.
We should not be covetous or wasteful or allow material gain to be our primary motive in all our dealings.
I believe in hard work, faithfulness, diligence and excellence and its my view that if we develop our talents and gifts…God will bring prosperity into our lives as Christians.
We might not own a mansion or drive a Rolls Royce in this life but our needs will be met and we would not need to live on hand outs etc.
There are legitimate ways God can prosper His servants.
Paul the apostle depended on his skill of tent-making to finance his missionary exploits.
God can bless a man of God through his published works via the printed page and other medias.
We can make good investments of our time, money and resources that will in turn bring in wealth into our hands.
An intriguing point about God’s word is the wisdom that is imparted to our lives to excel and prosper in the works of our hands and all that we do.
Think about this for a moment: Will God require us to give to support His work here on earth if His plan is not to prosper or make provision for us to support the gospel?
Every church should have a ministry to the poor.
But can a poverty driven church fulfill the great commission or carry on its ministry to the poor?
With the world’s population rising to billions of people today …the church is faced with a huge challenge to evangelize the world.
Here is a fact that is very obvious: poverty brings limitation to our lives.
Poor believers will be unable to fulfill the great commission or send men and women who have a calling to go into all the world to evangelize because it takes funds…money to achieve that.
Was Jesus prosperous? I think so.
Jesus did not live in a mansion or drive luxurious cars but what is obvious is the fact that our Lord was not a beggar!
He depended on His father to make provisions for Him to meet the demands of His ministry here on earth and to take care of the needs of His disciples.
Through the application of the principles of prayer and faith and walking in love we can approach God for our needs without limitations.
The biblical principles of tithing and giving is for every believer to live by.
Poor believers are not excluded from practicing these principles.
Remember the poor widow that gave her mite and how Jesus commended her giving?
Jesus said she gave more than every other person in that congregation.
Tithing and giving is a means for God to prosper us to meet our needs and even to accomplish the great commission here on earth.
In Malachi chapter 3…God challenged us to prove Him with our tithes and offerings and He will open the windows of heaven to flood us with His blessings.
When we live according to the principles of God’s Word…He will make provisions for us to meet our needs and also to be a blessing to people around us and to advance His work here on earth.
Denouncing the Biblical teaching of prosperity will continue to enforce poverty in the church and believers will have that mentality and will not be able to fulfill the great commission.
Does it bother you that it is only 20% of Christians world-wide that are putting in their money to finance the work of God today?
What about the rest of the 80% Christians?
I tell you among these 80% Christians…so many are bound by covetousness and the spirit of poverty.
The church must continue to enlighten believers about the true purpose of prosperity…which is the advancement of God’s kingdom.
My heart is full. My heart bleeds. I honestly detest the damage that we are doing to the purpose of God by raising defeated Christians and poverty minded Christians through our pet doctrines.
I have vowed to continue teaching along these lines as well as other important doctrines of God’s Word even when other voices accept to be silenced.
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